Cosplay fans in Pakistan can put their minds at ease — they no longer have to go all the way to ComicCon to indulge thier fantasies. Cosplay culture in Pakistan is thriving. Mashable Pakistan talked to Sameen Rahat and Asad Shams, two Pakistani cosplayers to find out more about the cosplay scene in Pakistan.

Rahat who works as an advisor for A-level students at a local school started her cosplay journey from 2015 after TwinCon – the first ever major cosplay convention in Pakistan. She reminisced that she was so happy she couldn’t stop smiling. “My jaw started to ache,” said Rahat. “Ever since then I haven’t looked back.”

Asad Shams, who first cosplayed as Kurosaki ichigo from the Bleach manga series and joined as a graphic designer, said that for him, nothing compares to the feeling of cosplaying for the first time. He recalls how he had sprayed his hair orange and asked a carpenter to make a sword for him. “Some people came up to me screaming, ‘Omigod Ichigo!’, it was phenomenal,” he says.

According to Rahat and Shams, the cosplay community in Pakistan is huge. “The last event happened in 2018, and people came all the away from cities such as Silakot, Gujrat, Abbottabad and Peshawar,” said Rahat. She continued, “It is just that we don’t know how to find each other and most get to know (about events) through word of mouth. Many groups, however have now popped up on online platforms like facebook.”

Shams pointed out that there is still “a hesitancy to accept” these hobbies as normal. “It is often dismissed as bachon wale kaam (childish stuff) even by your parents,” he says. He cites this as the reason why big brands don’t pay them attention or sponsor them.

Rahat also highlighted that many costumes for girls are not suitable in the local culture. “Harley quinn wears shorts but I had to change it to jeans.”

Her term ‘halalified costumes,’ that she once jokingly used on social media picked up steam in the community as many came up with ideas to tweak costumes in unique ways and make conform with cultural norms.

Both agree that the community offers a chance for forming long-lasting friendships. For Rahat this is “a creative outlet” where you can find other people with “the same interests.” She thinks it will take some time for people to get used to it because it is something new.

Shams agrees. You should not worry about log kya kehenge (what will people say),” he said. “Every form of art will have haters or trolls but there are more supporters than haters,” he added.

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From : pk.mashable.com

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