Every comic and gaming convention has cosplay; these are the people who pay to attend and go in various costumes. Most conventions also have their official Cosplay guests and Wizard World Chicago 2015 is no exception. Usually I am at least familiar with the official Cosplay guests, but this year there are some new faces so I thought I would take a look at them with a daily spotlight.
Eric is more than just a cosplayer, he is a jack-of-all-trades. Since he left the Marine Corps he has been a bodyguard, wrestled in GLOOW, NWA Shockwave, ECW and WEW; he has also had numerous movie and TV appearances. The most notable TV appearance to most cosplayers would have been as a guest host for Wizard World’s contest on SYFY’s Heroes of Cosplay.
His costuming repertoire is large and just getting larger as the years progress. His first character was Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Since then he has appeared as Rocketeer, Captain America, Gears of War, War Machine, Judge Dredd, Space Marine, Black Power Ranger, Batman, Captain Marvel, Neo, Spawn, V for Vendetta, Lt. Worf, Derrick Wildstar from Star BlazersDarth Maul, a Ghosterbuster, Cyclops, one of the Crazy Eighty-Eight from Kill Bill, Firestorm, The Shadow, Green Lantern and many more.
The Smoke is one of the many cosplayers I have personally met when a large group of us got together as Judge Dredds, however at the time I didn’t realize just how big he really was, makes me almost wish I had snagged a photo with him.
Here is the official Wizard World Bio:
The Smoke has made an impact on the pop-culture scene for over a decade. After serving in the Marine Corps, The Smoke worked as a bodyguard working in clubs backstage for concerts and for NFL games in Philadelphia.
He would later train as a pro-wrestler and have a strong presence in the independent wrestling world.
The Smoke has wrestled for companies like, GLOOW, NWA Shockwave, ECW, and WEW. The Smoke has appeared on T.V. shows like, “The Jenny Jones Show,” “GLOOW,” “The Dangerous Women of Wrestling” and “Heavy Sedation.” The Smoke has also appeared in films like “The Black Ninja,” “LEAF,” and “White Men Can’t Rap.” The Smoke also radio shows like “610WIP” and Celebrity Boxing shows. The Smoke was also guest host for the Wizard World contest on SYFY’s Heroes of Cosplay. Just recently The Smoke was just cast for the Star Trek series, “ Starship Farragut”
The Smoke would later become a leading character for “Big City Comics Studios” for comic books, “Tempest,” “Tainted” and the graphic novel, “WHORE.”
The Smoke is a fan of comics and is now one of the leading cosplayers and is an active member of the costuming group, “The League of Heroes” and is a founding member of the independent production company, “Together Brothers Productions” with fan films like, “The Legion of Injustice” “FLASHFALL ”, “The Heist” ,and his Dr. Who/Torchwood series “Legacy” as well as the Judge Dredd: Cursed Edge UK/US crossover series, “ The Deep End”.
The Smoke is the first cosplayer to become a DC Comics superhero named Freight Train, by Senior Vice President Dan DiDio .
The Smoke works with inner city youth as well as charity events . Later this year he will be a featured celebrity guest for The Peace Fund Games.
He also speaks to kids at schools, inspiring them to be positive and motived in their communities.
The Smoke Fan page www.facebook.com/THESMOKE007
Twitter : @THESMOKE007
Instagram : THESMOKE007
Starship Farragut: www.starshipfarragut.com
The Peace Fund Games : thepeacefundgames.org