Love how Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj look like cutting-edge characters in The Big Bang Theory, when they attend the San Diego’s Comic-Con International? Well, it’s not too late to be a superhero or your favourite character in real life. Be a part of Comic Con Hyderabad’s Cosplay contest and live your dream.
A precursor to the third episode of Hyderabad Comic Con, the event organisers have joined hands with the city’s Cosplayers Club to conduct a workshop on July 31, at Heart Cup Coffee in Jubilee Hills. Jatin Varma, founder of Comic Con India, says, “The Hyderabad edition will be a lot bigger (with more surprises) than it was the previous year. We also have a few firsts in terms of the guest line-up this year. Expect new fan experiences, hot merchandise and tonnes of new comics for the fans.”
Cosplay—often described as the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime—picked up pace in 2013 during the Hyderabad Comic Con. “It has steadily grown in the last few years. There are those who started off as amateurs at our show and now have turned professional. It’s a great way to display your passion for your favourite characters or series and an outlet for creativity. There are hundreds of them in India and quite a few in Hyderabad,” he informs.
Says Saiprakash, a Cosplayer for three years who will be conducting the workshop, “It’s all about living the life of your dream character.” The workshop will have a session emphasising on the basic etiquette that needs to be followed and obviously on the costumes and props. “We will be teaching the easiest way to make armour and props like swords using the light and elastic Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam,” says Mahima Srivastav, one of the core members of Hyderabad Cosplayer Club.
Mahima recommends that the participant chooses someone he/she has been admiring since childhood instead of a brand new character. “This makes it easy for the people participating because you need to know everything about them. You should speak, talk and behave like them. If the character is from a Japanese anime, you better learn Japanese,” explains the 26-year-old.
The Alto Hyderabad Comic Con – A Special Cosplay Workshop with Hyderabad Cosplayers Club will be held at Heart Cup Coffee, Jubilee Hills, on July 31 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Entry free. Details: 23555003
— Nishad Neelambaran