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WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Scott Peavy aka the merc from the south, Vacation Deadpool
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
A little concoction of my own! It’s ginger ale, apple juice, and Jameson Irish whiskey. I call it an Adult Swim. It’s good whenevs! Early mornings at 3am, late nights at 3am, or any time in between!
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
Speaking as myself I’m a graphic artist/stand-up comedian/cosplayer. I have been drawing my whole life and still do. I picked up stand-up comedy in 2011 and now, aside from performing and writing jokes, I run shows and have even booked and opened for some very talented comics including a comedic hero of mine, Doug Stanhope. A little more recently I started cosplaying as Deadpool on vacation and have pretty much only done that ever since. Once in a while I will stray a bit and do Chefpool, White Trashpool, or Elvispool, but odds are if you see me in costume it will be as Vacation Deadpool. As a comedian, the character Deadpool allows for so much freedom that it’s hard to imagine cosplaying any other character. My sense of humor is pretty similar to how he’s typically written, though I tend to be a little more light-hearted as I would prefer not to get banned from conventions.
Speaking as Vacay DP I hail from an alternate dimension not unlike your own. Except on my Earth Bitcoin is our national currency and Omarosa is president. Long story short, Dr. Doom hired me to steal this dimension-hopping gizmo from Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards and in my defense I DID steal the gizmo. But I took Doom’s half down deposit and decided to take a little vacation. Always get a half down deposit, kids! I spent the next few purposely non-descript units of time hopping around from one dimension to another and trying chimichangas on alternate Earths. Did you know that there is this one Earth where France conquered Mexico some years ago?!? Yeah, their chimis were predictably terrible. Basically just fried kale wraps full of mayo and brie. Another Earth had free WIFI everywhere you went but everybody wore layered tank tops. Like, they wore multiple tank tops at the same time. EVERY. BODY. Imagine having to occasionally see professor X in layered tanks. Anyways, eventually I landed here, broke Reed’s gizmo, and since on your Earth the Fantastic Four only exist in comic books and a handful of unwatchable movies I guess I’m stuck here.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
Well, I guess you could say that I hit the scene in 2014 at Pensacon in Pensacola, FL. Before that I was just a really big Halloween fan. I LOVE costumes. But nowadays, if you see me at a convention, I basically am who I am, Vacation Deadpool.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
It keeps me young and allows me to escape all the real world noise for a bit. The real question is: why doesn’t everyone cosplay?
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Well, I have several friends who do amazing work cosplaying, too many to name just a few. I also admire lots of professional cosplayers. I especially love my fellow Deadpools. I love seeing all the different mash-ups and places that people take their characters, ie; on vacation, to other comic and movie universes, etc. But movie realistic and source material exact will always be super impressive too. I guess the ones I admire the most are the people who do it for fun. No matter their body-type or what they look like. It’s all made up anyways so just have fun with it. Be you.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
Primarily Vacation Deadpool. I have also done Leatherface, zombie Ed (Shaun of the Dead), and Walter Sobechak (the Big Lebowski) on occasion.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
At cons I like to see stuff like lesser known/supporting cast characters, gender bent characters, clever mash-ups, and low budget cosplays. For us Deadpools it’s always fun running into a Negasonic Teenage Warhead or a Hydra Agent Bob. I’ve seen lots of male Harley Quinns that could give any female Harley a run for her money. I like seeing the occasional Yondu Poppins. And I once saw an Optimus Prime cosplay built entirely out of beer cases! I think I have a picture of that one in my MegaCon 2017 album on my Vacation Deadpool Facebook page.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Retired Wolverine was one of my first ideas. Basically just Wolverine in a condiment-stained tank top and pajama pants. Hair down. Classifieds stuck on my claws.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
Yes. I buy what I can’t make and then I customize from there. Mostly my customization just consists of sewing a Deapool patch to things.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
Freedom. I am the most at home all costumed up, surrounded by my brethren, geeking out over other people’s cool costumes and nerd culture stuff like Star Trek and Dragon Ball Z. Deadpool just allows me to be myself. My humor is very similar to his but it’s different enough that I can take the character and make it my own and people who know Deadpool get it and appreciate that. In addition to being a cosplayer I’m also an artist and a stand-up comedian so at comic book conventions, dressed as Vacation Deadpool, all 3 parts of Scott Peavy get to come out to play and I honestly don’t know how I’d get by otherwise.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Living in Florida. It’s SO HOT HERE for most of the year. Granted, most of the time I’m indoors but I would love to not be sweating so much in between air conditioned rooms. After that I’d say it’s just that I haven’t been able to find a way to do it for a living yet.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
Earthworm Jim. Just kidding. Vacation Deadpool. I get to put lot of myself into him. But I have taken a lot from him as well. Sometimes when dealing with a complete stranger in a new situation I ask myself “How would Vacation Deadpool respond?” and I just say what I’d say if I had the mask on. It can make boring situations more not boring.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I want Gene Roddenberry’s future Earth like nothing else! There’s no money, no poverty, no fighting, just study what you want and do what you are good at. That’s what we should all be working towards. Not everyone sees it that way, however. Next I’d like to visit Ooo from Adventure Time. I want me a grass sword!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
Whatever is going to make people laugh. I typically have a little Bluetooth speaker playing music while I’m at conventions. I want people to hear the music, turn around to see where it’s coming from, see me doing the Stanky Leg to ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and crack up. That’s pretty much what I’m banking on to get me into heaven, good deeds.
What are your “fandoms”?
Deadpool aside, I love Star Trek: TOS, Dragon Ball Z, Godzilla, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the most. I quote the first TMNT movie a lot. And I constantly use Goku a prime example of why we need to be good to others. He would have just died during his fight with Raditz and stayed dead if not for his friends.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Have fun and be nice! Don’t worry about every little detail, not everyone is going to notice or care.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Dudes in spandex, get a dance belt!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Cosplayers just want to have a good time and not be Kevin the bag boy or Sarah the cashier for a little while. We love being asked for pictures! We love high-fiving your little ones! And we don’t care to hear comments like “Wonder Woman isn’t black” or “Captain America looks a little scrawny”. We know that. We just want to escape for a little while. And while you are over there hating, we are inspiring others to be more than themselves. So to those of you who aren’t too judgmental to ask for a picture with fat Spider-Man or the Flash in a wheelchair, thank you. We appreciate you more than you know.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Vacation Deadpool 2: Electric Boogaloo! Actually, my wife and I just had our first child, a little girl named Clementine! So I will probably begin working on Dadpool. I don’t imagine it will change much. Maybe just swap the Hawaiian shirt for a polo with the little alligator on it.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
I’d love to make a badass Lobo (DC comics) cosplay! It’s not impossible, I would just want to do it right.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Facebook.com/VacationDeadpool and Instagram @vacation_deadpool
Are you in character while in your cosplay?
Absolutely. 100%. With a character like Deadpool you can’t not be in character. People expect it and I love the challenge.
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