What Not to Say to Cosplayers at Mumbai Comic Con

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What Not to Say to Cosplayers at Mumbai Comic Con

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


his weekend, the annual Mumbai Comic Con will be held over two days at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon, marking one of the rare occasions in the year when people in this city are happy to be stuck in a crowd. This is not like any other crowd though. As always, there are workshops and merchandise and performances, but the biggest draw of the festival are the cosplayers. At Comic Con, the high density of cosplayers and pop culture geeks means that if you’re planning on showing up in jeans and a t-shirt, you’re going to be the one looking like a weirdo.

Now that it’s too late to throw an outfit together, the least you can do is avoid offending the people who did go through the trouble to dress for the occasion. Here’s a handy guide to what NOT to say to the cosplayers at this year’s Comic Con. As a thumb rule, don’t call it “fancy dress” please.