Costume play or ‘cosplay’ has become an indispensable part of pop culture celebrations in recent times. Known as the biggest cosplay competition across the country, ICC is an initiative by Comic Con India which aims to encourage local talent to go professional on an international scale. It serves as a platform for the most talented Indian cosplay artists to battle against each other to represent India at the annually-held Crown Championships of Cosplay, the largest and most prestigious cosplay contest in the world, at C2E2 in Chicago. Akshay Churi (Cosplaying as Jim Raynor) has been declared as the winner of the main championship and will be competing with cosplay champions hailing from countries like USA, Australia, China, France, Austria, Singapore, and Indonesia to win the coveted ‘Quest for the Crown’ 2019.
The contest had eight finalists, each of whom won the respective cosplay competitions held on each day during the Maruti Suzuki Arena Comic Con 2018 in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. The finalists for ICC 2019 were Jeet Molankar, Vipin Aryan, and Shine Saha representing Delhi, Akshay Churi and Akshay Jadhav from Mumbai, Anupam Chandra and Shabaz Ahmed from Bengaluru, and Sridhar Thaduri from Hyderabad.
In addition to the main award pertaining to the ‘Jury’s Choice’, ICC 2019 also announced Shine Saha (Cosplaying as Gipsy Avenger) as the winner of the ‘Fan Favourite’ award. The former comprised CCI and Reed Pop Team members as the jury who determined the country’s representative for the Crown Championships of Cosplay. The winner was decided based on criteria such as creativity behind the costume, detailed resemblance with the character portrayed, and the final presentation. Whereas, the winner for the Fan Favourite category was voted by the fans through the official website of Comic Con India. The winners will be felicitated on 28th February 2019 at a glittering event at CyberHub.
Sharing his excitement regarding ICC 2019, Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India remarked, “We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s edition of the highly anticipated Indian Championship of Cosplay. Since its very inception, Comic Con India has passionately strived to offer a platform for aspiring cosplay artists to pursue this art professionally. This contest serves as another initiative to support the country’s cosplay ecosystem further by giving the local talent a chance to showcase their talents on an international level. I would like to congratulate the winners of both the categories as well as the finalists for making it to this penultimate stage. The entire Comic Con India fraternity is enthralled to have Akshay Churi (Cosplaying as Jim Raynor) represent the country at the Crown Championships 2019 in Chicago. May the best cosplay artist win!”
Over the last few years, Maruti Suzuki Arena Indian Championship of Cosplay has emerged as a remarkable platform for the country’s cosplay community to showcase its creativity and passion for this form of art. For more information about the ICC 2019, please visit https://comicconindia.com/icc/ or any of Comic Con India’s social media profiles.