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Your new Cosplayer of the Month: Mark Robards

Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Mark Robards!

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What city are you based in?

Orlando, FL.

How did you get into cosplay initially?

I have been Marvel and DC obsessed since I was a child. I would read comic books and wanted to become the superhero in the book. I also strongly identify with Batman, I lost both of my parents at 15. I learned to do the right thing and about integrity from Batman. In short, I wanted to become my favorite superheroes and work very hard to bring them to life.

Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?

My Cable prosthetic/cyborg arm I made after Josh Brolin’s portrayal in Deadpool 2.

What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?

I hope to inspire people and leave those I cross paths with better than I found them.

Is there a cosplayer that you look up to or inspires you?

Alyson Tabbitha, she is one of the kindest people I know and genuinely loves her fans. Alyson is a good friend and inspiration to all in and out of cosplay!

If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?

Have fun, be kind and always remember that we all stand on level ground. Cosplay is about community and being all inclusive to everyone. It’s all about having fun!

What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?

For me personally, most of my costumes get very hot and I use contact lenses for effects. I can be in a costume from 3 to 10 hours doing charity events, photo shoots and guest appearances at conventions.

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