Who is Spider-Man? Depending on who you ask, they'll say Peter Parker. Or Miles Morales. Some might even say Dr. Octopus; there was a comic book story where he and Spider-Man swapped bodies you see. But in the Royal City, Spider-Man is Brandon Bott. He is Guelph's Spectacular Spider-Man!
Brandon Bott is Spider-Man, at least in Guelph anyway. You may have seen him around, hanging out at the Dragon at Old Quebec Street, or zooming by on his eBike at the Santa Claus Parade, or at any one of the numerous comic conventions around our area, but if it's Guelph, and if its Spider-Man, then it's probably Brendan. So you may be asking yourself "why?" and so did I come to think of it. There are a number of cosplayers out there branding themselves - Toronto Batman, Brampton Iron Man, K-W Deadpool - but why Guelph? And why Spider-Man?
Those are two of the questions I asked of Brandon. As a fellow nerd, I was also interested in talking to him about his cosplay skills, the characters he likes to play, and where he want to take his love for all things nerdy and costume-related in the future. For now, Brandon seems to just be fond of getting the good vibrations he elicits from Spider-fans, young and old, inseeing their favourite hero on the streets of Guelph. But in the midst of all the fun he's having, Brandon still takes the rights and responsibility of being a real-life Spider-Man seriously.
What's a little less serious is this week's Guelph Politicast, as we take a break from serious issues, and get seriously nerdy.
You will be able to see Guelph's Spider-Man at Kitchener Comic Con, which takes place on April 1 and 2. You can learn more about it at KCC '17 website here. As for Brandon, you can check him out at his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter.
The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.
The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.
Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday's episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.