Time for more Dragon Con insanity!
But don't worry; it's always GOOD insanity.
Tell me this next girl doesn't make you want to stand up and cheer. TELL ME:
Hope for humanity... growing...
And then there's this adorableness:
It is SO DARK on the bottom floor of the Marriott, but luckily these girls' natural geeky brilliance manages to shine through. (They weren't even together, either; they just found each other in the crowd!)
I'm almost afraid to ask, since I feel like I SHOULD know (it's a cartoon character, right?) and because I know the first 10 comments are going to tell me, but... who is this?
[UPDATE: "Your unknown purple monster is Eduardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends." Thanks, Molly!]
I don't know if these two were posing or legitimately konked out, but either way, this is how you feel after a full day (and night!) of DC:
And now, the kind of cosplay mashup genius only Dragon Con seems to bring:
Harley Wendy with a Joker Ronald McDonald.
GENIUS, I say.
Oh, hey, looks like I DID get a shot of those Spartans:
If you listen closely, you can almost hear their abs rippling.
This robot was massive - nearly 10 feet tall, I think? - but I couldn't seem to catch him standing still:
(You can embiggen any of these pics by clicking on them, btw!)
Some amazing armor:
And a massive Versailles-style gown:
And now, I give you: JEDI DISNEY PRINCESSES:Pushfighter's series on DA. Thanks, Ariel!]
I initially chased down these Dandelion girls thinking they were from Pushing Daisies, but it turns out they're from the movie Epic - "but the same idea," they told me:
From the neck up they really are identical to the girls from Pushing Daisies, right down to the petals used for eyelashes!
I wonder what they used for the head stalks? I can't tell from the photo.
Next up, if you recognize these three then you must be a child of the 80s like me:
Lady Lovely Locks!
(Sorry 'bout the awful pic - it really was the best I could do! :/)
Oooh, now I want to see a group do Rose Petal Place. (Anyone remember them? Kind of the poor girl's Strawberry Shortcake?)
I saved my two favorite cosplay shots for last, since I had so much fun editing them. First, a fantastic Booker:
In the madness that is DC it's often impossible to get a good one-on-one shot with a cosplayer, much less several. If you stand on the center bridges from the main floor to the elevators in the Marriott, though, there's enough breathing room to line up some nice shots without blocking traffic. I camped out there for a bit, darting into the fray to recruit cosplayers passing by to follow me back for a photo. Anyway, I was lucky enough to catch this guy walking through, and he was a real pro at posing:
I made sure to get the back of his hand in at least one shot, because look what's carved there, Infinite fans! (LOVE.) It's so much fun doing shoots like this, I can't even tell you. I wish I had three minutes with proper lighting & space with every cosplayer.
And finally, hang on to your socks, because... SPOCK!
I was positively GIDDY taking this shot, since he was taking a break on the stairs in perfect posing position. It's a good thing he was seated, too, because I saw him standing later and he is reeeeally tall. (Ok, so everyone is tall compared to my five-foot self, but still.)
Anyway, is he not Leonard Nimoy's doppelgänger?
That shot is my favorite by far, but I also skipped up the stairs beside him and grabbed this profile angle:
At this point I reached my photo-editing capacity and had to take another breather, but I think I'll be able to squeeze the rest of my favorites into my next and final DC post. [Home stretch - phew!]
I'm also not posting everything here - just my favorites - so if you want to see ALL of my shots just head over to my DC Flickr gallery.
Many thanks to all of the cosplayers here for letting us share in the fun! Oh, and if you spot your photo here, please say hi in the comments - ideally with a link back to your own site or photo album!