Did I really just take a 5 month break in the middle of posting my Dragon Con cosplay pics?
YES I DID.
But let's not dwell on that.
After all, the important thing here is that I finally found a few days to finish editing the rest of my gazillion photos, and I AM READY TO SHARE.
As always, I'll only be sharing my favs and/or the ones I want to talk about here. You can see ALL the madness over on my Flickr account.
I didn't remember the dress, so I looked it up:
Clear your schedule for the next few minutes, 'cuz you'll need at least that long to see all the fab details on these SOCK HOP DISNEY PRINCESSES:
Wha whaaa?? SO AWESOME.
Can I just point out that Esmerelda's purse is shaped like a tambourine? And Belle's is a rose? And Flynn's letterman jacket has his initials on it?
Oh! And Tiana there is an Epbot reader, so everyone say HI, TIANA*!
(*not her real name.)
Anyone remember Flight of the Navigator?
So clever to build the Navigator out of a backpack like that, and if you look closely, you can see the cutesy little creature guy perched on his hat. D'aww.
(Bonus Weird Al Yankovic dressed as Jesus in the background. Because DRAGON CON.)
This Dungeon Master was walking around with a full playing board, complete with giant lighted dice on columns:
And another option for a game? This chess-playing Jawa:
I heard later the Jawa is actually a young kid who happens to be a chess master, and he never spoke; just shook hands after every game (which he almost always won.) LOVE IT. (That's his mom holding the sign.)
On Saturday night I stepped out as Lady Vadore again, mostly so I could meet this guy:
The ultimate power couple!
Yep, that's Dave Lee, aka Steampunk Darth Vader. We only had a moment for pics in a very dark walkway, but I'm glad I caught him. Dave just moved to Germany, so this was my last chance!
While we waited for Dave, John and I also spotted the Femme version of Steampunk Boba Fett, who doesn't make me look quite so short in comparison, thank goodness.
Next up, some spot-on classic Star Trek:
Seriously, she looks like she just stepped off the screen!
And just so you guys can see why editing takes me so long; here's a comparison of that shot with the "before" straight off my camera:
I'm still a total amateur with my camera (I know, it's sad), so combined with DC's cave-like lighting, it takes a LOT of post-processing to get my pics even half-way presentable.
I do love it, though. Looking at all my before-and-afters makes me happy. :)
And of course most shots just get a crop and general brightening up; I only take extra time with my favorites.
K, moving on...
Some unlikely friendships:
Those Breaking Bad guys are perfect. And props to "Walt" for going full-on tighty whitey. Ha!
I like this Batgirl's suit; it looks like a comfy stretch knit material:
Way more practical for kickin' butt than latex & spandex, am I right?
I may have posted this knight before:
If so, I still like his purple lights.
A beautifully gender-swapped Joker from Tim Burton's Batman:
Complete with her own henchman!
Which reminds me: A while back I mentioned wanting to see cosplay of all the Disney princesses gender-swapped, so a bunch of you immediately pointed me to these guys:
They're at DC every year, and are hilarious, but when I say "gender-swapped" I mean something more like this:
The Wicked Tailor there completely re-imagined Elsa as a King instead of a Queen. Both guys did all their own embroidery work, too - my pic doesn't come close to doing it justice. (And "Anna" has the white streak in his hair - nice!)
I'm going to need some help ID'ing this next one, guys, because what the actual heck:
She's wearing fake, flesh-toned boobs over her real boobs, and let me tell ya, in the dark hallways of DC they were extremely convincing. Which is probably why it took me until just now to notice that her gun has a hand sticking out of it. (?!?)
So if any of you are willing to admit you know what insane movie this is based on, tell us in the comments, and I promise we won't judge. Much.
[UPDATE: Aha! Jane Fonda's Barbarella! I should have known. Thanks, guys!]
This next one is one of my favorite cosplays of the whole con: a completely original twist on Booker from BioShock: Infinite:
Why is this so cool? Well, since the game is first-person, and because you play Booker, you only see Booker's hands on screen, like this:
Booker's left hand changes according to what special power you're using: it can look like it's crackling with electricity, on fire, or, for the popular Murder of Crows, it sprouts black feathers & claws. So that Booker up there has a Murder of Crows hand. AND IT IS SO COOL!!
Some lovely ladies:
And the prettiest faun!
Look at those colors! She had little purple lights in her flower headdress, but for once it was so bright they don't really show:
This is in the food court, and given all that glorious light I'm tempted to just camp out there next year. (Too bad so many of the cosplays only come out at night...)
A few more from the same area:
Hard to see, but this Totoro has soot sprites in her underskirt!
And I JUST noticed she has the little white forest spirit hanging from her lanyard!
I'll be honest, I hesitated before taking this next pic:
Kind of an "If the Nazis had won" take on The Rocketeer. For some reason it gave me pause in a way that Red Skull cosplay doesn't - maybe because Red Skull is so obviously fantasy? I dunno. Anyway, really well done, but I bet smarter geeks than I could have some fascinating discussions on where The Line is in cosplay - or if there even is a line. (Admit it: you'd go to that panel, right?)
Can you tell I write these posts pretty stream-of-conscious? Ha! Ok, Jen, button it up and show the people the pretty peektures, already...
No idea on the character, but look how amazing:
Can she be on my side, please?
[Update: Consensus is she's Hela, death goddess. Thx, guys!]
Adventure Time fans do some pretty fun stuff to adapt the cartoon's style into a more realistic cosplay. Case in point, one guy took the Ice King from this:
That's as creepy as it is cool - pun intended.
And I want that glowing staff!
Another of my top favorites: Princess Bubblegum Leia!
YES. We need to see more Leia mashups like this! Love it.
(This is Princess Bubblegum, btw:)
K, I'm going to quit there for now, but there's LOTS more amazing cosplay to come. And since the pics are all edited now, I promise you won't have to wait so long for the next batch!
I've got about 2 more posts' worth to go, so I'll try to write up one per week to space it out a bit. Don't want to give you guys cosplay fatigue. Heh.