Time for more Dragon Con goodness!
And we're going to start off with a bang, because a battle-ready Cinderella holding a bazooka named "Fairy Godmother" is preeeetty much the coolest thing I've ever seen:
Look closely: the bazooka shoots pumpkins. YES. And look at all the other princesses geared up for battle! Lots of great details, but I'm especially loving Aurora's Maleficent-skull staff.
Next up, a stunning... Lady Loki, I think?
That staff alone is a work of art, but also check out her filigree arm bracer, and the delicate snake on her corset! So many pretties.
Dragon Con can be quite family friendly, as this extended family of Krieger clones from Archer will attest:
This whole group is related: I think there are two parents with their kids & kids' spouses. Now that's how you do a family reunion!
And a reference for the characters:
I'm pretty sure everyone will recognize THIS character:
Remy from Ratatouille! BRILLIANT!!
Those of you looking for Halloween costume ideas, take note; this would be relatively easy to do!
And here's another easy one, but it made me laugh with delight. Let's see how many of you recognize it:
His shirt says "Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho."
Optimus Prime, ROLL OUT:
I love that he has windshield wipers.
A perfect Hans & Anna:
By the time I recognized this Zealot from Bioshock Infinite, she'd passed right by me:
(Zealots carry a coffin on their backs, painted with the likeness of Lady Comstock:)
Fortunately John leaped into action, and managed to run ahead for a photo of the Zealot's front - and to my delight, the cosplayer turned out to be a lady Zealot!
Zealots are always men in the game, and are rarely cosplayed, so seeing a gender-swapped version made it that much cooler!
Next up, the whole gang from The Lego Movie:
Check out Metalbeard - hee! And the Unikitty Girl is adorable. Oh! And do you see the human version of Wyldstyle in the middle?
Here are four steampunked members of the Green Lantern Corp:
Plus a classic Green Lantern on the right.
Green Lantern's ring was crazy bright, but I thought it looked really cool in this shot:
I saw some familiar faces, too: remember this Ronald/Joker & Wendy/Harley mashup from last year?
But no matter how many times I see it, I will never get tired of Consuela from Family Guy cleaning other peoples' costumes:
And then there were two!
Next, some assorted baddies:
This one is from the video game Alice: The Madness Returns, and I immediately fell in love with her chess piece staff:
Here's the closest reference I can find - sorry it's from the back!
Next up, a little hurdy durdy cäken schmööshing:
Swedish Chef! I even got a complimentary "bork bork bork" for my trouble.
I'm proud to say I knew EXACTLY who this was the moment I saw him:
It's Lt. Dangle from Reno 911! - as a Ghostbuster.
Now THAT is a mashup show I want to see.
Really loved this Strawberry Shortcake outfit:
SO SWEET. Hard to see, but her shoes had the sparkliest crystal strawberries on them.
And how cute is this 2nd Doctor with his Cyber(wo)man lady friend?!
That armor dress is SO GOOD. And look, she cut out eyelash notches in the helmet!
And while we're talking Doctor Who, here's one of The Silence:
I generally prefer creepy over gory, but I have to show you guys this next one:
That's my friend the infamous John Strangeway (aka Steampunk Boba Fett) as Dale, and his friend Ben as Tucker - from Tucker & Dale vs Evil.
Aaand a reference, for those of you who - like me - haven't seen it yet:
So if you're wondering, yes, that IS half a torso Strangeway's carrying around his neck up there.
(I've been assured this movie is a comedy. Still not sure I'll ever see it. o.0)
How's this for a perfect accessory - and a fun example of forced perspective?
Carl is wearing a garden hose harness - just like in the movie - and floating behind him is the house from Up! So perfect! Plus he was careful to put on his "grumpy face" for the photo.
As someone who prefers masks when cosplaying, I'm always on the lookout for new and creative ways to cover your face. These two ladies had some of the most unique examples of the whole con:
I've photographed him before, but this year was the first time I got to officially meet Dave Lee, aka steampunk Darth Vader. Here he is in his diver's costume, which some of you may recognize from the DC parade:
The back was equally impressive, with all kinds of colored lights and doo-dads:
And here's Dave's daughter, sporting an incredible captured mermaid cosplay:
Dave tells me they'll be adding even more to this one in the future, like interior lights and more detailing on the robot. She really pulled it off beautifully; definitely one of those costumes that make you look twice!
Awww, sad mermaid. :(
I'm hoping to find more photos of this Warhammer Space Marine later, but for now, here's a grainy one:
These space marines have a zillion different color schemes & varying details, but here's a general reference:
The cosplayer did have a helmet, too, but apparently he can't really see out of it, so most of the time he left it off.
And finally, what was arguably one of the greatest costumes Dragon Con has EVER seen:
HE IS GROOT!
Thank goodness he was so tall, too, or else I'd never have gotten any shots at all. The crowd was glued to him, and a full-body angle was completely out of the question.
This happened when I caught another camera's flash, and I thought it was pretty cool:
And then ANOTHER Groot came out, and the crowd went nuts:
And one final shot, which almost has a kind of melancholy to it that I love:
He seems so stoic and sad. I just wanna hug him. Or water him. Or something.
Oh, and do you see the little twig sticking out of his shoulder? Love that.
K, that's it for this installment! And I think I'm just past my half-way point, so... EEK. (I'm pacing myself, so forgive me if it takes even longer for the next batch. I want to talk about things besides cosplay from time to time, too!)
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