Who knew studying graphic design would one day come in handy for Razziah Rashid’s cosplaying dreams?
It all began in 2002 when Razziah attended the first ever Comic Fiesta convention in Kuala Lumpur. Since then, she and her sister Hafizah, 34, got hooked on cosplaying.
“Back then, it was like a hidden community. But cosplaying today is so popular in Malaysia,” recalls Razziah, 32, a senior graphic designer at The Star newspaper.
Razziah reveals that she and Hafizah put their cosplaying adventures on hold for nearly six years to further their studies.
In 2010, Razziah and Hafizah, together with their other sister Khairunnisa, 27, brother Azizan, 22, and Mohd Izwan, 30 (Razziah’s then-boyfriend and current husband) joined forces and formed Team Blood.
Team Blood is set to make an appearance at the inaugural Star Supa Comic event at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 29 and 30.
At cosplay competitions, it has been fiercely competitive, with a string of successful competition entries and an array of spectacular handmade costumes.
In Team Blood’s upcoming “Basic WIP of Cosplay Competition” workshop at Star Supa Comic on Dec 30 (5pm), Razziah (and the team) will be guiding participants on the “basics of making a work in progress (WIP) portfolio before entering a cosplay competition.
“In this portfolio, you need to report everything from character selection to choreography, rehearsals and prop-making.”
Razziah, whose favourite character is Valkyrie Randgris (Ragnarok Online game), says her team’s biggest achievement was in 2014 when it joined and won the first ever Cosplay Invitational at Comic Fiesta in KL.
“Participants cannot just register and join the competition. They must earn an invitation card from the organisers. There are only two ways to get invited. Firstly it is by becoming a winner through an affiliated cosplay competition. Secondly, it is from an online nomination. We were named as champions at the final stage and were invited to perform at (cosplay event) Fancy Frontier in Taiwan,” she explains.
Later on, Team Blood won the Project Darkness competition top prize in Johor Baru and recently, its members made waves (as characters from the Dota 2 game) at the KL Major Event.
Razziah takes pride in the group’s ability to achieve accuracy and consistency in replicating the cosplay costumes.
“We really love the challenges behind making a costume. You need to study the design and make sense of it. Then, you need to choose the right material to get started. On some days, you need to improvise to get the job done. That’s the fun world of DIY costumes!” says Razziah, who goes by the moniker Vinca in cosplay circles.
Star Supa Comic will take place at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur on Dec 29 and 30. It is organised by i.Star Events (a subsidiary of Star Media Group) with event partner AniManGaki and media partners DimSum, 988 and Suria FM. For more information and to register, call i.Star Events at 03-7967 1388 ext 1097 / 1505 / 1541 or visit: bit.ly/starsupacomic.