10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

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10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Scott Sebring » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:10 pm

July 3 marked the 10th anniversary of the very first time I ever put on my Adam West Batman costume. Who knew that putting on a costume would eventually change the course of my life? The costume has changed significantly through the years and so have I. Both for the better.

Wearing that costume open so many different doors for me, introduced me to so many new friends and created lifelong memories for me that I will forever cherish. If you had told me 10 years ago before putting on that cowl that I would have experienced one 10th of the things that have happened to me, my wife and some of my friends during that time, I would not have believed you. The costume experience can be different for different people but I always took it as a responsibility when portraying that character. For me, it's like wearing a uniform that means a lot of things to a lot of people that is so much bigger than I am or could ever be. Whether it's been meeting fans at a convention or visiting children in a cancer ward, I've always tried to live up to their expectations while trying to treat each of them with respect. It's been tremendous fun and incredibly humbling at the same time. It's certainly made me a better person and I still strive to do better.

To the many friends and relationships that I have made along the way, thank you for being the best part about this whole experience. There's nothing like 66 Batman fans. They are a different breed and I'm proud to be among such good company.

Thank you with all my heart,
Scott Sebring

And now I'll shut up and share some trips down memory lane. Maybe you'll see yourself in there somewhere. ;)

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First photo posted on web of me in cowl. Suit wasn't completed yet.

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First time in suit. I didn't even know what I looked like in it yet since I didn't have a mirror when I got ready.

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First finger point. Still the very first time in suit.

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Sitting in Nate Truman's Batmobile. First Batmobile photo op.

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SDCC 2004. Our first Comic Con in costume!

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First meeting with Burt Ward

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First meeting with George Barris. The start of some great times with him.

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Encounter a young bat fan while at the Bat-cave. One of my all time favorite memories in the suit.

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With George and the original Bat Cycle

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With George and the Numder 1!

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The Joyride fund raiser event

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SDCC 2005 - First outing with Alex as Robin and meeting my good friend Bob Mitsch for the first time.

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One of many great moments with Wally

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Alex and I at George's shop before the Bullrun

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On Hollywood Blvd at the Bullrun

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Cruise for a Cure with Nate Truman's family

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Chiller in New Jersey 2005. My first bat-meet-up with fellow fans

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Come on! The smile says it all! I'm wearing one of Adam West's original suits! THANK YOU MARK HARDEMAN!!!

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At the 40th Anniversary event in Burbank 2006 with Adam.

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With the trio!

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At the 40th Anniversary event in Burbank 2006

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Novi, MI 2006 - 40th Anniversary event. What a collection of costume characters!

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My first live forum party in my hotel room at Novi 2006.

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"Fanatical" TV program did a feature on me as part of their first episode.

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George Barris Street Naming Ceremony - in the Number One with Jonas as Robin

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Culver City Auto Show 2007 with Vickie

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Doing one of the things I love the most

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Filming "The Amazing Adventures of Little Batman" in New York.

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Boston Megafest 2007

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My second live forum party in my hotel room in Boston. Actually, we expanded into Mark Racop's room as well.

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Driving the Batmobile in Manhattan

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One of my favorite pics in a Batmbile. This one is by none other than Fiberglass Freaks!

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A 2007 promo shot.

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Sitting poolside with Ruben Procopio, Adam, Wally and Fred in 2008.

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With the late great Lorenzo Semple Jr.

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Vickie took this one of me during a Children's Film Festival in San Diego.

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Alex and I with the original Bat Copter - Screaming Tiki Con in Ohio 2008

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The third live forum get together. We got our own hall this time. - Screaming Tiki Con in Ohio 2008

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Had to have a pic inside the Bat-copter - Screaming Tiki Con in Ohio 2008

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My favorite Catwoman - Screaming Tiki Con in Ohio 2008

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LOVE THIS PICTURE!!! The whole gang with Lee Meriweather at the screening of the 66 Batman film - Screaming Tiki Con in Ohio 2008

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Setting up Mark Hardeman's original costumes on mannequins for the Florence Hendersen Show.

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On the Gotham Police Headquarters steps at WB's backlot

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Strolling through Gotham

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With Yvonne in Arizona 2009

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Back at the WB lot again but this time with Robin. Alex made me run up and down those steps at least 20 times.

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Another part fo the WB backlot

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Should we do Bat-climb?

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City of Hope picnic for cancer patients. A great group of people putting in their time. This was the first time I met Sam who would become one of my other Robins.

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Fourth of July Parade with Nate Truman's Batmobile

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"Who are these people?" - SDCC 2009

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My all time favorite pic with Adam. Just a candid moment sharing a really good laugh.

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Sam and Sara with me at the South Pasadena Police and Fire Department open house

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A selfie

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Sara, Wally, myself, Steven and Adrian in Palm Springs for Adam's Walk of Fame ceremony there in 2010

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Providing color for Adam's Walk of Fame ceremony in Palm Springs

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With Yvonne at Wizard World in 2010. We realized that we didn't have a picture of the two us where I wasn't in costume. So we had this one taken. Not only is she a client of mine nowadays but she and her sister Meridel are really two people I can call friends.

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A great display of costumes by the message board members at Wizard World in Anaheim 2010

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The fourth live forum get together. Mark Hardeman brought his original costumes for all the members to check out and many got to wear that cowl. - Wizard World in Anaheim 2010

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At the forum get together, I had set up a photography area where I did portraits of various folks in costume. Here, I talked Alan into trying on my Batman suit to show him that he could make a decent Batman. He's done us proud ever since!

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SDCC 2010

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These are the best moments!

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Delivering the application for Adam's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Sam - 2011

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Entering the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to deliver Adam's application for his star on the Walk of Fame - 2011

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A nice picture of Alex and I taken by Ben Bentley while at SDCC 2011

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Support your local library!

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At Adam West's Walk of Fame star ceremony in Hollywood. The application we delivered was accepted!

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With Adam at his star ceremony.

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The crossover you never saw - SDCC 2012

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The other crossover you'll NEVER see - SDCC 2012

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Chilling with Yvonne during a casual little convention in Los Angeles. Very laid back but fun. 2013

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Alex and I during the parade at Dragon Con in Atlanta - 2013

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At Big Wow Comic Convention in San Jose - 2014

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Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's "Batman Meets the Green Hornet Again" crossover launch party and live podcast held at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Yep. That’s the real Batcycle! 2014

And I'm not done yet...

Um, I mean I'm done with posting picture but I'm not done having fun as Batman yet.
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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Todd Grimes » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:29 pm

Wow! Congrats on such an amazing journey - and thanks to bringing so much joy and fun to us fellow bat-fans! My personal favorite event was the Burbank show in '06 as it was the first time I got to meet Adam and Burt.

Looks like a lot of great memories in those past 10 years - can't wait to see pics of the next 10!

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by batfan1705 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:11 pm

Although my adventures have been on a slightly smaller scale than Scott's, my 3 years in the cape and cowl have been tremendously exciting, fun and heartwarming. My first real comic con was the Anaheim Wizard World in 2010 where I met Scott and many other board members for the first time. It was a great event and I was hooked! Although at that point I already owned a cowl, I was inspired to work on completing the costume. And I never looked back!

Thanks so much, Scott for all of your help and guidance to all of us batfans! Can't wait to see what adventures you will share with us in the future!

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by chrisbcritter » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:19 am

Scott Sebring wrote:Maybe you'll see yourself in there somewhere. ;)
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Holy cameo appearance! (look over your shoulder)
Here's the rest of me:
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And once again, thanks so much for coming to the drive-in!

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by elmrgraham » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:52 am

Thank You Scott, fellow Bat-Fan.

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Martin Zamorano » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:39 am

Great story, 10 years, wow. Congratulations my friend!!!!
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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Ben Bentley » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:55 am

Oh wow. Has it been ten years already?!

I remember seeing those early photos from SDCC 2004 like it was yesterday. Without being overly dramatic, the insight that those photos gave a kid growing up in the UK in the early 2000's into the experience of putting together a costume and heading out to a convention were a catalyst for me, to be quite honest, they began to change my life. Those photos and this board in a pre-social media world opened my eyes to only our fandom but to the notion of a "Comic Con". San Diego Comic Con in particular combined my fascination with a character/TV show and my life-long desire to travel to California. Five years later, I couldn't have been happier to make my first journey half way around the world to finally join in the fun with you guys at SDCC 2009. Fast forward to present day and I feel both proud and blessed to count you guys not simply as great friends, but in fact as family.

It might well have started with a mutual love of TV show and some truly special memories of being in costume, but in reality the relationships that are the wonderful bi-product are truly priceless and something that I know will I continue cherish for the rest of my life.

Scott, Alex and I, SDCC 2009
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Preview night San Diego Comic Con 2009, merely hours after meeting Scott, Vickie and Wally in person for the first time. Thanks to Adrian for the photo!
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Scott, Ivan and TDK, Wizard World, Anaheim 2010
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Adam's Walk of Fame Ceremony, Palm Springs 2010
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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by LA Batfan » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:13 pm

Congrats, ol' chum! You do the cowl proud!

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Chuck Williams » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:42 pm

Happy Anniversary Scott!!
Congratulations on 10 years of bat-tastic adventures!!

Wishing you many more years of fun,
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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Hedji » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:07 pm

Wow, simply amazing collection of experiences. Scott, we've never met, but I feel like I know you. Your generosity and passion is felt every day here on the board. Here's to many more.

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Batfanman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:14 pm

Some great experiences, Scott. How much of your costume has changed over the years - anything original that you still use today?
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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Mauled Vader » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:53 pm

Great trip down memory lane, Scott!

I'm glad that our mutual love of Adam West's Batman brought us together and we found that we have other common ground...like the Fab Four! We've had some fun times at various Bat-gatherings and for a VERY special few days after SDCC 2007, visiting the Batcave, Tom's shop, and that INCREDIBLE photo-op at George's shop!!! I'm forever in your debt for taking those shots there! :D

It's been a pleasure getting to know you and Vickie and I hope to see you guys in a couple of weeks!

Are you going to make it to Dragon Con this year?

Anyway, Happy 10th Bat-Anniversary, my Bat Friend! :)

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Scott Sebring » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:05 pm

Batfanman wrote:Some great experiences, Scott. How much of your costume has changed over the years - anything original that you still use today?
Everything has been replaced over the years. Some quite a few times like tights, trunks and I'm on my third cowl.

The oldest items I currently have still are my cape, belt and boots from 2005 (third pair of boots since my first to get it right). My utility belt will soon be replaced with a Chuck. Looking to replace the cape as well in time.

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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by Bama-Bat » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:27 am

Mr. Scott all I can say is wow! HOLY WOW!

You have been an inspiration in both my costuming and my music. I just wish I didn't sell my bat-costume. But I'll always share the memories and good fortune it brought me. Thanks Mr. Scott for sharing these awesome moments. Love the one with you just sitting at the table with Adam, Wally ect. I mean who else gets a chance to do that.

Thanks Again
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Re: 10 Years Later ... (Scott's 10 Years in Costume)

Post by rickrickrick » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:45 pm

Scott,

My congratulations on your "Bat-iversary." You've certainly racked up some great experiences.

Also, I wanted to publicly thank you for your contributions to this community. By your generosity in sharing your knowledge, and unending enthusiasm, you've helped many of us be better bat men.

A tip o' the cowl to you, sir!

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