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Bring out those capes and light sabers, Comic Con is back in town. Put on your best act forward, they are watching you, at all times. Cosplaying is not as simple as fancy dress competitions at school level. Cosplaying requires insane amount of preparation, diligence and discipline.

So, if you are planning to finally take the plunge and get into the shoes of your favourite character, we have a few pointers for you to keep in mind.

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Have a sidekick

There should always be a Robin to your Batman, a Scooby to your Shaggy and Patrick Star to your Spongebob. While you are trying your best to make sure you don’t trip or stumble as your make your way through the crowd, it helps to have a friend by your side to help you with water supply, quick munchies, etc. Kevin Rodricks, who has been cosplaying for some years now, throws some light on the situation. “You will definitely need help getting in and out of costume. I’m lucky because in most conventions I have my sister who helps me out whenever I need it. So, always bring a buddy to help you out.

Water therapy

It’s only natural to feel stuffy in those overwhelming, elaborate costumes. Hence, it is highly essential to stay hydrated at all times. You don’t want your character to faint somewhere in between. Rodricks further advises us to create invisible pockets in the costume where you can keep some money, snacks and mobile.

Don’t let go of the kit

Charlotte Rodricks, one of the founder members of Indian Cosplay Community on Facebook, and a prominent cosplayer has one major advice: carry your own kit with you at all times. A basic kit should have two needles, black and white thread, safety pins, bobbins and trusty glue gun. “If you are wearing an armour or a fur suit or an elaborate costume, please ensure you have a cosplay handler with you at all times to eradicate douchebags and for crowd control,” she says.

Take it easy

Don’t over work yourself to the point of exhaustion. If the costume is not complete, wear an incomplete costume with a hell lot of confidence. Also, if you are commissioning stuff, please give the artist who did the work their due credit. Never body shame cosplayers or try to put down someone else’s cosplay if something is not perfect.

Mock drill

It’s imperative that you do a cos-test in advance. It helps avoid Velcro bruises or scratches during the event. Besides, keep in mind to not use any last-minute make-up products lest your skin reacts and starts acting up.

So, break a leg, all your cosplayers. And as Shakespeare says, All the world’s a stage! Go, grab the spotlight.

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