Clowning Glory

Pictures by: 
Jeremy Long
Report by: 
Tracy Low

It is no longer just heroes that are inspiring people to cosplay. DC Comics villain Joker was a popular choice at this year’s Cosfest XV: Reborn, which was held last weekend at D’Marquee at Downtown East. The 15th instalment of one of Singapore’s biggest cosplay conventions was the first time DC Comics favourites were involved on such a large scale at the annual event — characters from the upcoming supervillain movie Suicide Squad featured prominently among the usual anime cosplayers.
 
During the DC Comics Super Runway segment last Saturday, a 33-year-old stay-home mum, who wanted to be known only by her cosplay moniker Yugana Senshi, her six-yearold daughter whom she calls Yugana Mini-me and her male friend Fredrick Paras, 21, paraded as a Joker “family”. The Singapore permanent resident, who is originally from Malaysia, has been cosplaying for three years. She told The New Paper: “I like to make my own costumes and do my own make-up. I like to cosplay because it combines all my passions. “It’s also a positive influence on my daughter because it allows her to be artistic and it also boosts her confidence when she goes for events and appears on stage.”
 
Together with her husband and daughter, Yugana Senshi has also cosplayed the Minionsand The Powerpuff Girls. She took about two weeks and spent at least $500 to make her detailed Joker costume out of foam, cloth, pipes as well as metal buttons and gardening gloves from $2 mega store Daiso. She took less than a week to do her daughter’s version, which cost her $120. She gets her materials from craft shops, fabric craft and home interior store Spotlight and art materials and supplies store Art Friend, and sometimes flies to Malaysia for her cloth supply. Also channelling Joker at Cosfest was a 32-year-old chemical engineer who wanted to be known by his cosplay moniker The Jokumi. He has been cosplaying for 15 years, since his polytechnic days, after his friends influenced him.
 
His Joker was inspired by Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto’s incarnation from Suicide Squad. His costume, which was made out of synthetic leather, polyester and dri-fit cloth, cost him around $80 and took him five weeknights to complete. He said: “I like Batman, but I didn’t want to cosplay as him because wearing the armour would be very hot. “There’s no fun in seeing the heroes all the time anyway. I like Joker because of his craziness and I chose the new Joker for the novelty(factor).”