COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH
So, we came across this charming and uncanny dead ringer of Mr. Spock and we’ve got to tell you, we are quite intrigued! We’ve expanded our Cosplayer of the Month page to include a few more details about this month’s talent. His name is Jen’s Dombek from Berlin, Germany and he both proudly and enthusiastically let us know that he is the German voice of Mr. Spock in STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES PHASE II “The Holiest Thing.” In his spare time we imagined that he and the Captain are out seeking out new life and new civilizations, in addition to boldly going where no man has gone before, but he’s actually a very talented IT Computer Scientist! Brains and looks! How fortunate we are to feature him!
Jens was kind enough to tell us a little bit more about his experiences here on earth, allowing us to get the know his human side.
USS ENTERPRISE-NCC 1701 ...In fact, the 17.01. is my birthday and if I let it melt on my tongue from today's perspective, it fills me with pride and I thank my parents for their precise work ... in the spirit of Starfleet.
The fact that my birthday coincides with the first broadcast, is somehow cosmic to me, but also a bit scary, since the connection to Star Trek and the character Spock already existed almost my entire life. In the mid-70s, one of the highlights for my father, Saturday night, 18:00 on ZDF, was the original series of Star Trek.
From the first second I saw the pointed eared gentleman in blue, I was immediately intrigued and wanted to be, like him. So I ran around wearing Vulcan ears made out of paper and a blue T-shirt. I practiced raising the eyebrow, which I didn't manage to do at all at first. Also, I couldn't execute the Vulcan salute with any of my hands. I practiced in the evening while in my bed, on the way to school on the bus, in the school, in my home ... everywhere I could. If you want to be a Vulcan, you definitely have to be able to do that. I can't remember the exact day that I finally had success with the salute, however, I remember showing everyone I came into contact with, that I could do it.
My passion for the character of Spock started quite early. At every opportunity in games with friends about the Enterprise, I always just wanted to play Spock. All the other characters were not an option. If my friends wanted me to be a different character, I would refuse to play until my friends said, “yes, yes, fine, you can be Spock.”
The first experience of presenting myself as a cosplayer arose in Berlin, when the Allied forces were still represented here. A friend at the time told me about an upcoming mega-carnival event. American Carnival was not just any carnival party, but a giant event, combined with show acts. The first place winner would receive a large amount of money. We decided to divide the money by four. We had three months to prepare. It was my idea to appear as crew members of the Enterprise. The two women started picking fabrics to sew the uniforms. My buddy and I, thanks to the pause function on the video player, would pause a scene from Star Trek to check out the details on what the phasers looked like. We carved, glued and then painted the phasers from balsa wood. The construction of the communicators and tricorders also gradually became real in painstaking small work. We won first place from more than 1,000 fellow contestants at the time. My appearance to many looked like Leonard Nimoy in person. That was the first big transformation into my idol, Spock.
The Star Trek Destination Germany 2014 opened a new chapter for me to again appear as Spock. It was especially wonderful when I met William Shatner. Upon looking at me, he thought he had seen a ghost. It was a major compliment and honor for me.
The worst day in my life was when I had to read about Leonard Nimoy's death in the paper. My biggest regret even now, is that I never had the opportunity to meet him…Live Long and Prosper.
Thank you Mr. Spock, Jens, for sharing your journey with us. You are truly an amazing cosplayer and we hope that amazing opportunities come your way! We still can’t get over Jens, Leonard Nimoy’s, Mr. Spock doppleganger!
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!