Tell us something about yourself.
Hi, My name is Azam Sebastian and I have been part of the cosplay community for the past decade..oh and I am an engineer by profession.
How did you got interested in cosplaying?
Actually I always wanted to cosplay…I used to dress up at home using the stuffs I had but I did my first proper cosplay at Animatsuri 2015.
What are the challenges that you face while cosplaying in India?
Well not a lot of people know what cosplay is…to give them an idea you have to explain its fancy dress competition you did when you were a kid..and because its not well known its really hard to find the materials required to put up a cosplay.
What cosplayers inspire you?
I do look upto a lot of people but there are only few that really inspired me.
1) Thomas DePetrillo (You can see his hulkbuster pictures all around the world).
2) Kenny Cosplay & Stuff (This guy is legend in making cosplays specially from League [my favourite game])
3) Jeet JM Molankar – This guy is remarkable and truly an inspiration of how he manages to work and put up amazing cosplays with limites resources.
What are some important things to consider while cosplaying?
You have to have a lot of things into consideration but your safety is the most important thing and also read the instructions before using the tool for making the props. Basic thing about cosplay is how well are you performing as your character’s behaviour and your efforts you put into cosplay, later comes the perfection.
How do you see the future of cosplaying in India?
I see a great future for cosplay in India. Its progressing at a good rate and the number of competitions have increased on a fair scale too. The reason we see very less cosplays in Indian events is mainly because not a lot of people are aware of it and even they are they don’t interest in it unless its already in trend.
Any tips for cosplay fans who are just starting up?
Go for it. Cosplay for the love of your character not for perfection. Perfection comes with practice and experience. But the most important thing when you cosplay is to have fun cosplaying the character you love.
Interview by Mohit Sharma