Though I wasn’t exactly bitten, the infecting process transforming me from runner to clicker took 6-7 hours for San Diego Comic Con 2014. Between my wife and her cousin, this was their first time doing this kind of makeup gig, and they did an outstanding job (understatement of the year).
We started around 10:30pm Friday night working on the hands, arms, and chest, and we finished around 2:30am.
There was no way I was going to take the prosthetics off and apply them again in the morn. So I had to sleep (as carefully as I could) with them on.
We slept for 2-3 hours, woke up and started working on my face at 4:30am.
Still the face, left side of the neck, shoulder, and any patchwork that had to be done from rough sleep had to be done in two and a half hours as we were leaving around 7:30am for San Diego.
The shoulder prosthetic was from a previous con, thank goodness, but it still needed an upgrade.
Keeping the tree bark on the neck was a challenge as was keeping my neck skin stretched for full elasticity and mobility for when the latex dries.
What delayed the process most was cheap liquid latex that was not thick enough therefore not drying quickly enough and also the over saturation of liquid foundation.
In San Diego, I walked blindly as my mask has virtually no vision, allowing me to play the clicker role all the more. I primarily had to rely on sound (how suiting).
Yes, the process was laborious and required patients. Yes, it took a team for both prep and during as I needed people to be my eyes. Yes, it was worth every moment semi-seeing the smiles, the awe and horrified looks on peoples faces.
"What is that?!"
"It looks like…toast…popcorn…pizza…French toast…pizza…bread…Sponge Bob…"