The day my father Odin banished me from Asgard, I was bitten by a vampire and had radioactive waste dumped into my eyes. To make matters worse, my mutant ability to control weather activated just as I was hit by a blast of gamma radiation!
Naaaaaah! Actually, I'm just a merc who wants to make a difference. If you've stumbled upon this page, it's probably because you've seen me, the glorious Pink Deadpool, at any given number of Comic Cons and Anime Cons all along the East Coast... or somebody really spammed the hell out of the link to this page. Which is GREAT because now you get to hear me rant! My real name is James Ryan Jwanowski and I'm not JUST a cosplayer, I'm a "Cause-Player". (Ha! HA! Get it?!)
Now, I bet all you mouth breathers out there are asking yourselves two things... WHY is Deadpool, of all people, asking ME for money and WHY in the world is he PINK?! WELL, I came up with the idea for a Pink Deadpool costume to help promote breast cancer awareness.
For the longest time, I've wanted to take my cosplaying career to the next level and go beyond the convention scene. I want to actually BE a superhero for people. However, since I can't fly, jump over buildings, or stop a speeding bullet (well, I guess I can do that last one but it really hurts), I figured I could always dress up for charities for kids, the less fortunate, the sick, or whoever wants a great costumed hero at their event. I also really wanted to stick out of the crowd where ever I went so that I could get people's attention a lot easier for whatever cause or event I was promoting. I then found out that a couple of friends of mine and/or their family members were either diagnosed with breast cancer or were survivors of it, one of them being my lady's mother. Hearing all of their stories was kinda like when Bruce Wayne was deciding on a costume. He needed one that would strike fear into the hearts of criminals and then a bat bashes through his window, giving him the idea to become Batman. That was when I decided make a PINK Deadpool costume for breast cancer awareness and honor the fight that my friends and/or their families are in against breast cancer.
SOOO why Deadpool, you ask? That's easy. I'm a Deadpool cosplayer and not to toot my own horn but I'm pretty damn good at it. His crazy personality and dark sense of humor come very natural to me. I bring Deadpool to life like it ain't funny, but actually it is. Don't believe me? You got another comin' if we meet. ANYWAY, I've built up quite the reputation at the conventions to which I have been attending for the past year and a half, making my following on the internet pretty intense. I have got some of the best fans a merc could ask for. I've also met some of the most amazing people in my life due to this little hobby and they've inspired me to keep going with it. So, I figured since Deadpool is so "out there" and random, it doesn't seem like too far of a stretch to see him wearing a pink suit as opposed to his traditional red suit. Deadpool is the character I portray extremely well so I might as well continue with it where ever I go. What I find funny and pretty cool about doing a breast cancer awareness Deadpool is that in the comic books written by Daniel Way there's a point where Deadpool tries to become a hero and teams up with popular characters such as Spider-Man and Captain America.
My goal with this suit is to help out breast cancer charities of all shapes and sizes and to spread awareness like a virus. I also wanna show other cosplayers that they can do some good with their costumes too. Actually, I have already inspired some other cosplayers to make pink versions of their costumes too! Realizing that I'm no longer the only superhero decked out in pink for breast cancer awareness made me giggle like a little school girl and really lifted my spirits, Like me, they are all being thanked by random people who's lives have been impacted by breast cancer for showing their support in such a huge and creative way. Right then and there was when I really knew that where ever I hopped, skipped, and bounced in my new pink Deadpool suit spreading breast cancer awareness that it was going to be well received by others. The only question I had was why weren't people doing this before?
My first plan of attack was to enter costume contests at conventions across the eastern seaboard and donate the winnings to a popular breast cancer charity. The Susan G. Komen foundation was my first choice since it's so well known. It was the least I could do. Alas, in the geeky cosplay world of movie-accurate Iron-Men and car-battery powered Daleks, this honest assasin couldn't catch a break! :(
Now, like after every failed first attempt, it's on to plan B! So I'm here asking everyone who knows what I'm all about and admires what I'm doing to donate whatever they can to help out the millions of women affected by breast cancer. Now before you dismiss me like the average telemarketer who's always asking for money, hear me out. I know times are tough, believe me. I'm not exactly "rolling in it" either. Hell, I should have a FirstGiving account just for my own funds BUT this ain't about Deadpool's questionable financial managing skills. This is about helping out the millions of women and their struggle to find a cure for breast cancer.
Now let's get serious for a minute here... I'm not going through with this charity page because I want the attention. I'm doing this because I can and because I knowthat down in my heart it's the right thing to do.
To myself as well as the millions of ladies battling breast cancer, it matters not how much you donate. What matters is if you do.
So go ahead and ask yourself... How much do YOU value a full, voluptuous, glistening rack? $2.00? $5.00? $1000?