We have the honor of introducing you theses two magnificent Mexican cosplay artists, Danny Cosplay and Eliot, who also happen to be the winners of the first two places at COMCOM!! Tijuana, Mexico. The COMCOM!! was first launched in 2010 and was designed as a convention dedicated to the fans of the comics, anime, videogames, cosplay and basically all that is contemporary Japanese culture. So let’s have a little insight in their works.
Also, cosplay has allowed me to meet a lot of people, great cosplayers, and make great friends; it gave me the opportunity to travel to other cities and keep meeting new people from different places, and always learn new things from the others. It has helped me develop myself personally. Cosplay is something I’ve grown very fond of, and I do it with great delight and commitment.
I actually feel very satisfied, since up until now I’ve achieved all the goals and challenges I’ve set for myself in the world of cosplay; and sincerely one of them was being able to share my work as a cosplayer with CosplayGen and with the world.
Danny Cosplay: My most important experiences have been getting to know a lot of people I have become friends with, to learn from them and from myself, the memories and experiences of each finished costume, getting nervous right before the contest, the emotions, and also to feel the courage of getting on-stage. These are all experiences I would never change for anything, and I will never forget them since my beginnings as a cosplayer.
I don’t really have fixed goals, they all started coming out in time… but I can say that I have achieved all those goals and I feel very proud of what I’ve accomplished in such a short time as a cosplayer.
Danny Cosplay: Mexico’s cosplay community actually does have great potential, but I believe it is not sufficiently exploited. I think that in Mexico we are sometimes limited, and we’re unable to give it our all in the matter of contesting. Regarding cosplay itself, there really is some very good work, otherwise I don’t think we would be here.
Danny Cosplay: I don’t have a role model; I believe every cosplayer is a role model to follow. However, I do have a couple of cosplayers I admire, such as Yaya Han and Pikminlink. I admire Yaya for all of her work; it’s marvellous, and she’s a girl who remained very well known in the world of cosplay. I also like Pikminlink because she’s actually a crossplayer, and her work reflects her dedication to reach perfection, such as her well-known Link cosplay.
Danny Cosplay: The whole process started with selecting the character. For this cosplay, I chose Yuuko from xXxHoLic. It took me about 3 months before the contest to make the costume. The making process seemed endless to me, since I was eager to see it finished, and it was also kind of tedious since there was much to sew and a lot of cloth to put together, especially for the sleeves. The most difficult part was painting the circles and the butterflies, especially the butterflies, since the pink colour would not stay on the cloth and I had to give it several strokes. Making the mold for the hair was my favourite part in making the costume.
Personally, I like to become the character in the most realistic way possible, from his costume to his personality… I’m quite perfectionist in that aspect, it’s something about my personality and the odd way in which I enjoy myself. Like most people, I started out without knowing anything about sewing and I used to get others’ help to make my cosplays. Now, I do my entire cosplay myself, starting from sewing, armour-making, details, wig styling, to make-up itself. I’ve learned little by little based on tutorials, help and advice from others, observation, trial-and-error, and experience itself. There’s always room for improvement.
Danny Cosplay: I myself don’t think there’s anything bad about receiving professional help since there are always things you can’t do yourself, and there are a lot of people who are into cosplay, but do not have any sewing experience and require help. It’s all ok as long as you contribute with something to the making of the costume. For example, I receive help when I’m faced with dangerous stuff, like cutting wood with machines.
Danny Cosplay: Well, to me the conventions represent a place where I can show my work as a cosplayer, meet up with my friends, get to know new people, and sometimes talk to people to help them and encourage them into contesting or cosplaying. I can show my work much better in contests, express what I felt through the music, what I thought when creating my performance, and convey the character’s presence, which I really like to do during the minutes I’m on-stage, as well as having everyone look at what I can accomplish. Contests make me very excited while on the stage.