Hey gay geeks and gaymers, we’re here with Andrés Gómez Palacios from Seville Spain. He’s a graphic designer and an amazing cosplayer doing characters like the High Priest in Ragnarok Online, Kassadin from League of Legends, Jecht from Final Fantasy, Roadhog from Overwatch and Law from One Piece. He’s cosplayed at Andalusia: Mangafest, Salón Manga de Jerez, Fic Zone, and Gamepolis.
How old were you when you started doing cosplay?
Well, I did my first cosplay when I was almost 20 years old and it was “Soul” from “Soul Eater”, I think I did it well but I stopped doing cosplay until 2 years ago, when I met my partner, She is a cosplayer better known than me and thanks to her I learned a lot and I came back doing cosplay again. I think I have been really cosplaying 2 years, I mean professionally wasting more time and money.
What got you into cosplay in the first place?
The first time I cosplayed was trying what is cosplay and go to an event playing a character. I want to be one more of those cosplayers I always saw in conventions/events… And I did. But, when I took it more seriously, the reason was my partner of course.
Well, the most awkward and funny experience I remember was when I won a contest this march here, in Andalusia. I wore “Kassadin Cosmic Reaver” cosplay and it was very hot and I was sweating a lot.
When I finished my performance I quickly put off my cosplay because I didn’t think I would win the contest, and I did.
When I went to collect the price I didn’t believe it! I was there, in front of everybody with my clothes and no cosplay, and everybody asking them, who I am…
What is it about cosplay that you like the most?
Really what I like the most is to paint, paint my props or armors, do the volume with shadows and lights, creating brights…I think cosplay is enjoyed doing what you like. It’s playing a character, being him/her and watching the faces of others persons and feeling great when they recognize your character. Cosplay means to me playing the character I like the most and enjoy wearing it.
What are your views of being body positive when doing cosplay?
I think cosplay is a hard world (at least in my country). It is not rated and people with a body that not fit with the character that is cosplaying at are so criticized. I think cosplay must be feeling good with your body playing the character what you like. That’s all, you don’t do cosplay for others, you do cosplay for yourself. Playing a character could help people that feel bad or ashamed of his own body to show it. If you are playing a character I think it’s easy to show how really you are.
Do you compete in any cosplay contests?
Yep, In a total of 2 contest in my whole life. I have to say I hate complete because I don’t like to act in front of the public. But I won one of those 2 contests.
Do you feel like the cosplay world has changed over the past few years? More free and accepting?
Of course! A few years ago, cosplay was done more quickly and or not so prepared. Nowadays we are looking for perfection and we have a lot of new materials to do it.
What was your most expensive/hardest cosplay you did and why?
The most expensive and hardest cosplay that I did was the last, Roadhog from Overwatch. The reason? Worbla is so expensive here, in Spain. Also, spray and airbrush paints… Roadhog has lots of things hard to create like hog nose, the hook or the chain device on his back.
If money weren’t an issue, what would be your dream cosplay?
Wow, I dunno. Maybe Gore Magala Chaos Sword Master armor from Monster Hunter 4 with his iridescent armor, that would be awesome!! Or maybe the complete Anub’arak structure like if it was real, you know… I do my own costumes and props but I don’t work with cloth, I leave it to my girlfriend. I don’t know anything about sewing.
Who is your favorite cosplayer?
Owww, I have a lot!! Kimpatsu, Doremi, tasha cosplay, jessica Nigri, leon shiro, jannet in cosplay, liui…
What would you say to a first time cosplayer?
Cosplay the character you like the most, try the times you need to get every part of cosplay is like you want to be and enjoy wearing your creation. Try your best always, learn, improve and don’t settle for always doing the same.
Where can fans get more of you (social media, websites, etc.)?