One of the best things to come to the modern comicon is Cosplay. See Part 2 here. See part 3 here. Cosplay is short form for Costume Play and one of the great things about it, there are no rules. Well, some of the more family oriented cons frown a bit on “excessively” exposed skin but beyond that, sky’s the limit. The effort that goes into a Cosplay costume can be most impressive!
Originally, cosplay focused on Trekkies which were not influenced by comics at all. In the last ten years, Cosplay has developed into one of the reasons comicons have expanded in popularity. And many cosplayers pull these costumes off with authority.
Comic books, science fiction characters, video games, historical figures, movie and TV characters, everything is possible for today’s Cosplayer.
Comic Book conventions have morphed to comicons, which in turn have morphed far beyond mere comics. Owning an online comic store, I’m not always set up to bring a large quantity of collector comics to a comicon for sale, but comicons are an event not to be missed so I go as a fan. I have a blast like everyone else ferreting through items for sale, chatting with creators and collecting original art. One of the things I enjoy the most, and that goes double for the rest of my family, is Cosplay. If you are just a “people-watcher” cosplay, by itself, is worth the price of admission.
Cosplayers really get it. They are always happy to strike a pose and give us “the look”. While some “universes” would be ludicrous cross-overs in comic book form, TV or movie format, for comicon Cosplay, it’s not unusual to see Lord of the Rings characters posing with Ghostbusters or Batman. Everything works! The Witch King in Batman Comics…I don’t think so.
Here is a gallery of some of my favorites I snapped over the past 3 years:
At comicon, everyone is huggable, even the Witch King!
A nightmare comes alive!
How about a bit of cross-over fun!
Isn’t it nice when Mario and Luigi bring their family!
Back with more next week!