One of the features we do here at Comic Impact is the monthly Cosplay Spotlight. The idea is to showcase people from every facet of this wonderful world of fandom we call, “Cosplay.” We believe in the fun of dressing up and want everyone who plays a part to be recognized.
What is your name?
Hey Comic Impact! My name is Paul Cabatu, Jr.
How many years of experience do you have and what got you into cosplay?
I’ve been cosplaying now for about 4 years. When I started going to conventions I would see other cosplayers dressed and all it took was that one convention to get me hooked and from then on cosplaying has been a part of my life.
What character/design are you most well known for?
I’m probably best know from my Sub-Zero even though you can’t see my face.
Which is your favorite character/design?
My favorite character is the symbiote spider-man. I love the design because of its simplicity and the strong look.
Did you know how to sew/fabricate before you started cosplaying?
Before cosplaying I knew how to sew because my grandmother was a seamstress.
How have your techniques improved over the years?
My skills have drastically improved since the early days of slaving away at my singer sewing machine. I have learned how to fabricate with different types of materials such as craft foam, pvc piping, and plexiglass. In addition I improved spray painting skills and even self taught myself to wire lighting on to my cosplay.
How long does it usually take and what’s your typical process to complete a costume?Without interruptions and depending on difficulty I can usually complete a costume within one to two months.
Is there a particular fabric/pattern/accessory that you consider your Achilles’ heel?When making my Iron-Nightwing I worked with fiberglass resin and bondo. Both gave me equal amounts of trouble and headaches.
Have you met any of the artists or writers where your costume is based on their work?
I have yet to meet any artist where my costume was based on their work.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
I don’t know if it qualifies as funny but it was defiantly embarrassing. In the middle of getting ready for a rave I was in the middle of a cypher breakdancing and in the moment of feeling the music I go into floor back flips and the crowd was hyped until I crashed into the speaker. The moral of that night was don’t drink and breakdance.
What is your favorite comic book character?
Do I have to pick one??? If I have to choose it would have to be Batman.
Who are your inspirations?
My inspirations are my fellow cosplayers. Watching everyone progress and love the challenges that come with the territory get me excited. In turn it makes me want to improve and evolve as a cosplayer.
Have you ever participated in any cosplay events or costumed fund raisers?
I have cosplayed for Machinima at PaxEast promoting Mortal Kombat Legacy, video game events, as a model for a drink and draw event, and at a Cosplay in America event.
What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
When I’m not cosplaying I’m either reading comics, playing video games or going to the gym in my spare time.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to get into cosplay?
The best advice I can give to anyone wanting to get into cosplay is to jump right in and try even if it is a simple design. Everyone started somewhere so as long as you love cosplaying that’s all that matters.
Every 10th of every month, we will be feature a new Cosplay Spotlight. If you’re interested in having your hard work featured, contact me.