COSPLAYER INTERVIEW: Aeron Costaa
City: Dubai, U.A.E.
Why do you cosplay?
I started cosplaying in 2015 because I wanted to try it out for fun. I’m a big fan of arts and crafts so I gave it a shot.I enjoyed it a lot, after attending multiple events held by a non-profit organization I came to realize I was making a lot of children happy. I was positively reinforcing good habits and became a role model to many kids; that’s sort of what made me want to keep doing it, which I still do up to today. I am now looking to do a lot more detailed and Comic/video game accurate cosplays. Cosplay is an art to me which spreads positivity to many.
What was your latest Cosplay?
My latest cosplay is Dante from Devil may Cry 3.
How long did it take you to make this cosplay? Were there challenges in the design?
This cosplay took me roughly two weeks to make, but of course, I am always looking for ways to improve every bit of my character. There were many challenges in making Dante and his accessories. The first challenge was building the sword called Rebellion. It was the biggest challenge because where we live, finding material posted in tutorials is close to impossible, so I had to substitute a lot of things. For example, instead of epoxy, I had to use clay to create the entire hilt. I also created an entirely new design from scratch. Another difficulty was finding the right coat (which I’m still looking to improve). When I thought this was enough my creativity struck and I realized I wanted to build Agni and Rudra two twin light up swords. The crafting for the design of the swords was fairly easy. My real challenge was completely learning to make it light, compact, durable and function with lights while being able to swing around which was rather tedious.There were times where it got a bit stressful but the stress of crafting and creating is rather enjoyable especially for the end result. After the costume was set and ready; then came the worst and most dreaded part of any pizza lover, working out.
Your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
I would say my Spider-man cosplay is my favorite so far because when I made this costume, wearing it has always been a symbol of cheer. It was very popular in lots of conventions and after getting involved with a non-profit charity called Dubai Superheroes that devotes its time to hold events for special needs children; this costume has been a symbol of hope and happiness to many kids.
What’s your favorite convention?
The Game event that happened in Dubai in 2015 #Games15. It was an absolutely new experience.
How long have you been into cosplay?
I have been cosplaying for 2 years now. It has been a great opportunity for me, I’ve made lots of people and children happy and now I can’t seem to stop doing it, it’s like a healthy addiction.
What was your first costume? Advice for anyone just starting out?
My first cosplay is Deadpool in a tux (James Bond meets Deadpool). Honestly, there is no rubric for cosplay, just jump right into it and make some mistakes. Every cosplay ever has flaws no matter how experienced they are. It can be very annoying in the beginning but learn to love your art for what it is. It’s what makes it yours. If you have a passion for any character then express it and let it show. Cosplay at the end of the day is your version of the character you are portraying. A little side note cosplay can be very expensive so please check every store, compare prices, and don’t forget to set a budget or you’re going to go overboard.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I remember scrolling through Facebook one day and seeing a post of The Baltimore Batman meeting kids at hospitals and cheering them up. I thought to myself that I really wanted to be a part of something that great in my country, but I didn’t get into it at that exact moment. In the same year, we had a Comic-Con for the first time in Dubai and that completely inspired me but I was still unprepared to cosplay so I really planned and waited for 2 years before I went through with cosplaying. It’s been an amazing journey since.
What are you working on next?
Well, there are many things in production for my next cosplays. Currently, I’m working on a Nightwing prototype armor which was already completed but I’m re-doing it all because I wasn’t happy with the outcome due to the fact it wasn’t as durable as I’d want it to be. Other cosplays I have lined up for the future are Green Lantern, which will have a completely new design made from scratch just like my Nightwing cosplay, and Black Manta; which will be the most challenging in terms of electrical components as well as saving space without being uncomfortable or weighed down.
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