Star-Lord is volunteering at the Long Beach Main Public Library and teaching free 3D modeling and printing classes that are currently open to the public.
It may not be the real Star-Lord — or even the real Chris Pratt — but the library volunteer is a real star in the Long Beach cosplay community.
Robert Gunderson, a local cosplayer and fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, has gained online notoriety for his portrayal as Guardians of the Galaxy’s Peter Quill (Star-Lord).
He can be spotted at Comic-Cons in the Los Angeles and Long Beach area showcasing his custom costume portraying a believable Star-Lord alongside his girlfriend, cosplayer Lily Liqueur, as Gamora.
“About five months ago, I started doing classes here once a month,” Gunderson said. “The first class was about how to create very simple molds off of 3D prints.”
Now he has added appearances at the Main Library’s Studio and MakerSpace.
Gunderson said that he had learned how to create his own 3D prints a couple of months prior, so the entire concept of the class was new to him at the time.
Originally, the class idea was intended to help cosplayers create 3D printed models to enhance their costumes, but quickly branched into a “how-to” class for anyone interested, regardless of their interest level in cosplay, Gunderson said.
“I have been doing cosplay and prop making since 2004,” he said. “I’d love to pass what I’ve learned to other people.”
Examples of his work include his Star-Lord belt buckle that is 3D printed at the library’s studio, as well as a model that he created of Baby Groot for his cosplay.
He added that the library has so many resources available to the public to utilize and he’s glad that he has the opportunity to teach classes and show others how to use the space.
Currently, each student in Gunderson’s class has learned how to create a 3D mold of the character “Baby Groot.” On Saturday, he showed the class how to fill the mold and during their next class, he will teach participants how to paint and complete their own Baby Groot.
Gunderson said that he hopes to incorporate electroplating (applying metal to the surface of 3D printed products made at the library studio) as well as more 3D printing classes.
All classes offered at the library are free and open to all ages. The classes Gunderson teaches are a part of the library’s MakerSpace, which offers free classes and technology resources to the public.
The Main Library is at 101 Pacific Ave. and is open even during construction of the new Lincoln Park and Civic Center.
Gunderson’s cosplay adventures — as well as updates on specific classes that he is teaching — are documented on his Instagram page (@the_son_of_ego).
For more information on free classes available at the Long Beach Public Library, go to lbpl.org/studio or email LibraryStudio@lbpl.org.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at email@example.com.