Interview with Pentakill Cosplay

Jordan Wilhelm aka Pentakill Cosplay is a cosplayer, convention planner, gamer, hockey player and engineer by day. Pentakill Cosplay is based out of Burlington, Ontario and He loves his foam armor builds. He has been a part of the cosplay community for over 7 years and definitely has a trend of cosplaying the biggest and baddest villains!

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J: Lets start off with an easy one, what got you into cosplay?

PKC: As a kid I grew up watching the original Power Rangers TV show and movies as well as the Animated Spider-Man series and I always wondered what it would be like to live a double life as a superhero. Fast-forward later in life when cable boxes became a thing and I discovered G4 Tech TV. I became obsessed with that channel from X-Play to Attack of The Show it was the best and it’s a shame the channel is no longer a thing. Anyway, they did a live coverage of San Diego Comic-Con where I learned for the first time about comic-cons and people “dressing up” as their favorite superheroes. But unlike Halloween costume they looked like they walked out of video games and off of movie sets, and that’s when I was like I REALLY want to cosplay! After that I met Ali at a friends birthday party where the topic of wanting to go to comic-cons came up. Both of us jumped on the opportunity and both of us were in the mindset, well we’re not just going to show up in regular clothes, so with 3 days to Fan Expo we hit up Value Village and made our own Riddler and Harley Quinn costumes. Fast forward to the day of the con I ended up picking up a pass off a friend I knew who was selling an extra pass but had been going to Fan Expo for a few years already. So as I was waiting for my friend outside the convention, waiting for my ticket, I’m standing there in my Riddler costume, slightly uncomfortable but still excited, when a group with a 7-foot tall batman a robin and some other villains were walking to the convention center. I was in awe and I wasn’t even in the convention yet, when they stopped for photos and I was able to get a few with them a crowd of people swarmed us for photos. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced, but that was when I knew I was hooked on cosplay for good!

J: And how long have you been doing it?

PCK: I’ve been doing it since Fan Expo 2012. My first con where I first cosplayed.

J: Why do you cosplay?

PCK: It stemmed from wanting to walk a day in their shoes to challenging myself artistically to see how close I could capture the essence of epic characters that I’ve known or devoted myself to learning about. I’ve made costumes or done costumes because they’ve accomplished the goals I’ve set out for myself from expressing my love for a series, to pushing the laws of physics for how the heck is that armor realistic or possible to move in (Spoiler Alert: Armour never move as easy as the characters make it look!).

J: What has kept you doing it for so long?

PCK: As an engineer by day “creativity” is not a strong-suit and was definitely something excluded from my University curriculum. So cosplay has been my favorite outlet to challenge myself artistically and to express a different side of me. Doing it for so long over the years has also allowed me to meet amazing friends in the community who I love to see at cons and I always want to push my creative limits and share it with the people who love and respect the hobby as much as I do!

J: What is your dream cosplay or bucket list cosplays?

PCK: My dream cosplay is basically a screen replica Spider-Man 2/3 suit from back in the Tobey Maguire era. I don’t know why I love that suit as much as I do, but to me it’s perfection and I’d love to own or buy one of the Spidey Planet/El Fett kits and go to town putting it together. Otherwise I’d love to go all out on some Kratos armor on GoW 4, that’s more my alley, but we’ll see where the cosplay future takes me!

J: What is your fav cosplay and why?

PCK: My favorite cosplay overall has to be Thanos. Building that beast took over 5 months from all the amour, to the infinity gauntlet, and eventually his “perfectly balanced” sword. That cosplay taught me a lot about building, it pushed my limits and it opened a lot of doors for me and I have so many great memories from several cons and events with that cosplay, that it just sparks joy!

J: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a cosplayer or even as a male cosplayer in a mainly female predominant industry?

PCK: The biggest challenges I’ve faced as a cosplayer are I’m too ugly to go viral, and I’m not talented enough to win competitions so I just have to do it as a hobby lol. On a more serious note, I do agree the industry is predominantly women, but I think they’ve all earned their spot at the top. In truth, I feel the success comes from branding yourself properly, and disciplining yourself enough to succeed. It takes time, effort , dedication and practice (lots of practice) but I’m of the belief you can do anything you put your mind to!

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J: What are some words of encouragement you would give to someone who is just starting out or thinking about cosplaying?

PCK: If you’re truly passionate about it, go for it! Never give up on yourself. Reach out to the community for help or check out the many videos on You Tube to get you started. Google has all your answers, and if you stop having fun take a break! Also I’m here for you, so if you ever need anything reach out to me and I’d be happy to try and help ☺

J: What accomplishment or project are you most proud of and why?

PCK: I still can’t believe somehow in 2014 at Fan Expo I wore my Aatrox costume for the entire 3 days of Fan Expo. The weight of the wings on my shoulders and chest, the face makeup every day, the crowds, the heavy sword, navigating the aisles and fitting through doors was somehow still enjoyable. It was madness, but I am still alive so I’m pretty proud of that. I met a lot of other great League of Legends cosplayers who made sure I didn’t hit too many people or booths with my wings as well. That year a group of us had also entered the cosplay contest as a huge League of Legends group where we performed our parody of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy with a League spin on it. We had wrote, recorded and even rehearsed it and overall it was a so much fun and a lifelong memory. To sum it up that year was madness in a good way!!!

J: What is your favorite con and what con is your dream con that you hope to one day attend if you haven’t already?

PKC: My favorite con was San Diego Comic-Con 2019. I literally crossed that item off my bucket list this year, which was on there since I first heard about it on G4 Tech TV. That convention is magical, it’s huge, and the vendors pull out all the stops to get your attention. It’s so big it sprawls out of the convention to the downtown core and the city itself is transformed into a comic-con. It was so beautiful and I’d be happy to talk to anyone about it for hours! I’d love to go back. In terms of a dream con that was the big one, but I’d love to be able to attend ACE Comic Con, Dragon Con, and more locally Yeti-Con.

J: Who are you favorite cosplayers?

PKC: I have a lot of favorites for a lot of different reasons! That question is too general so let me break it down like this:

Favorite professional prop makers: Henchmen Studios, El_Fett, ReevzFX, Punished Props,

Favorite Crafters for Skill: Cowbutt Crunchies, Mel Colley, Kamui Cosplay, Kuristinaa Cosplay, Ariaslegacycreations

Other notable mentions: Bear Sailor Moon, Toronto Starlord, Violetlove Cosplay, Frank Coraci, Bin Rand, Heather Starsailor, Dayna The Sloth, Digi_Rin, Stark Reality Cosplay, Terry Chango, The Marvel Couple…I could go on for longer but its gotten to the point I love the content of so many I can’t pick just one.

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J: Is there anyone (cosplayer or otherwise) who has been an inspiration to you and why?

PKC: My cosplay partner in crime Ali O’Connor. She helped me when I was nothing, taught me the ways of “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust” and made me the cosplayer I am today. Other inspirations would definitely be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hilary Duff, obviously no explanation needed.

J: Is there any celebrity you are dying to meet and why?

PKC: I’d love to meet The Rock. Just being in his presence would get me pumped up and in the best mood of life. His charisma is unmatched and I’ve heard he’s just the most amazing person. I grew up watching him wrestling and now I enjoy watching him on the big screen. It’s great to see him have become so successful and I would love to meet him and spend a day with him.

J: What is your favorite material or medium and why?

PKC: I love working with foam. The technology and availability alone over the past 7 years has grown enormously. I love it’s durability, flexibility, price point and how easy it is to paint with enough TLC. These days I can get huge sheets, dense, grey and smooth on both side, whereas in the past you’d be limited to the puzzle pieces with the one finished side glue didn’t like to stick to, and if your paint came off, your armor was looking a lot more colorful. So it’s only getting better and I love making costumes with the new foams that keep on coming out.

J: What is your favorite genre of cosplay and why?

PKC: I love seeing builds that look like they belong in an art museum. Over the top detail, painted to the nines and just questioning where people got the skills and audacity to attempt something so epic. If it noticeably took a lot of effort, creativity and time I love it and want to know more about it!

J: What is your favorite comic book and why?

PKC: Sadly I was never big into comics, but I really enjoyed the R.L. Stine choose your own ending books as a kid, so those were my comic-books.

J: How many different cosplays do you have?

PKC: The Riddler, Gordon Freeman, Aatrox, Xerath, Blastoise, Rei Ryugazaki, Spider-man, Thanos, Sailor Mini Moon, Green Lantern, Monomi, Mr. Sinister, The Mole So 13 excluding Halloween costumes!

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J: What are your thoughts on paid and non-paid photo shoots?

PKC: It all comes down to communication! Both are fine as long as both parties are clear on exactly what they’re getting. I also think there is a necessity for both, and if you have a few extra dollars, spend it on a photo shoot for a few reasons: Support local cosplay photographers! If they are wonderful people and you want them around, pay them to do what they do and thank them for their work. If they can afford to be around doing something they love, they’ll stick around! They turn out much better and you don’t have to worry about not getting any photos back for your cosplay. If they shot you in the past, it’s a really great feeling for them if you love their work so much you’re willing to pay for more of their work as it helps give them a feeling of worth and lets them continue their hobby.

Photography equipment ain’t cheap and if people didn’t take a risk on spending thousands of dollars on equipment, well then we’d only have boring phone pics.

J: Do you prefer on location shoots or in studio?

PKC: In truth I don’t do either of them enough, but I definitely think location shoots help set the mood and provide a sense of adventure to the cosplaying experience! It’s more immersive when you shoot, but the conditions may not be as ideal.

J: What are your thoughts about the drama that surrounds the community, do you think it’s always been that way or is there more drama now with geek culture becoming so mainstream?

PKC: In truth everything has more drama now-a-days, not just cosplay. Media and the current “cancel culture” are in a state where drama sells and gets attention. I can’t control the world and so I try not to sweat the petty drama. I look at the intentions of others, try to put myself in their shoes when looking at the news and when it comes to personal matters I try not to take myself too seriously. You get what you give, so instead of drama I try and aim for love and support.

J: So what is next for you? any projects, hopes or goals for the future?

PKC: I just want to do more group cosplays in the future, I’m not as set on a character as much as having fun building something I can enjoy with my friends and pushing my creativity to the limit making it the best I can. That said there are some group projects in the work and a Green

Goblin cosplay that will be coming along. Project-wise I’d love to be able to create a master template for a men’s chest armor that could be customizable to give both beginners and experts a detailed and simple to follow template that allows you to design over top and create better cosplays. I’ve got two templates, which I’ve made on the computer, but after every build I find ways to improve them and make them more clearer, so I’m never fully satisfied with my templates!

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