Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the week : Tony Brisciano (The Colonel’s Korner)

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Tony Brisciano : Online
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Tony Brisciano : Town Marshall Western gear.
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Tony Brisciano : Maybe a con or two and a Spooky Empire as The Creepy Colonel.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Tony Brisciano : Yes, SYFY Bartow 2018 and Spooky Empire Orlando and won in both.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Tony Brisciano : My Wig Sux but i keep trying to improve.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Tony Brisciano : Photo shots with people or Fans makes them happy and myself as well but wouldn’t mind anything that will get me exposed. In a nice way! hahaha
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel, the Most Recognizable Individual on the planet only second to Jesus!
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel !!!
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel in a building opening a window and Batman and Robin are there on the wall climbing up the Bat rope!
Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Tony Brisciano : Try it or anything to achive perfection of a costume.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel brings the most Joy to people and families. I enjoy this the most! If I can make anyone forget there Sadness or Problems for just 15 seconds and make them Smile then I have achieved the Greatest Accomplishment I can possibly ever want in life and I have done this with people and celebrities from all walks of life!
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Tony Brisciano : Don’t have one.
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Tony Brisciano : I was at my very first Con acually Expo in Lakeland and was literally swamped by the celebrities and fans and I barley got through the doors China was pulling my arm, Sean was telling me he wanted a photo Daisy Dukes and Dawn Wells the same! Two Models from Frozen wanted Portraits and others…They all wanted photos with the Colonel !!! But the funniest is when I went to the snack room and Barbara Eden followed me in there and when her and her crew sat down on the table next to mine and I can hear her say “this isn’t the green room!”. I had to laff as she must have thought I was part of the show or a damn good look a like!
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Tony Brisciano : Just being The Colonel.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Tony Brisciano : My Grandson.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel and any Fans.
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Tony Brisciano : Amazon and any props I can find at my job.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Tony Brisciano : Pre-styled.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Tony Brisciano : Yes, John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever an old version! hahahaa
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel Sanders and the Creepy Colonel and a terratorial Marshal.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Tony Brisciano : The World Chicken festival in Kentucky, Comic con and Mega con Tampa.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Tony Brisciano : Technically The Colonel is so recognizable I don’t need a prop but I carry my chicken in a bucket everywhere.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Tony Brisciano : Yes my Kane but found it later in the day.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Tony Brisciano : Just photos.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Tony Brisciano : Both
Leo Nocedo : If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Tony Brisciano : I’ll hold you and you hold my chicken! Smile for a photo! LOL
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Tony Brisciano : No but i have done a few brief interviews.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Tony Brisciano : Both.
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Tony Brisciano : Don’t be afraid and you can do it!
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Tony Brisciano : The Colonel to star as a super hero just him and his Magic Chicken!
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Tony Brisciano : The Creepy Colonel as I had to create my own props of severed heads of fast food competitors.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Tony Brisciano : The Creepy Colonel..
Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Tony Brisciano : I am definitely not a pro I think experience and years in the community
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Tony Brisciano : Making people smile and forget anything negative going on in there lives. If I could come back as a character who would I be? Obviously The Colonel. Stay Well and Eat more Chicken!


Leo Nocedo is a cosplay photographer who has been using a camera for the last forty years in many forms , in the military and professional studios in Miami and New York city . He got his start in cosplay photography attending conventions with his brother Juan Nocedo . He keeps on doing what he does to honor his late brother .

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