Who's ready for some cosplay pics??
Kida from Atlantis! She even has her giant mask!
Femme Daedric Armor from Skyrim!
Yep, iiiitt's... SHOWTIME.
John and I made the short trek over to Tampa Bay Comic-Con last weekend, and once again I was impressed. Though staffers were relatively scarce - and almost no one was checking entry badges - there were plenty of Police around keeping an eye out and checking bags, so crowd control was organized and very smooth. Considering this is a con that averages around 50,000 attendees, that's no mean feat.
Credit goes to nicely laid out queues, an easy-to-navigate convention space (all the panel rooms were on a single, spacious floor), and surprisingly lovely con-goers.
Seriously, this crowd was one of the nicest I've been around in ages, with so many more families and young kids than I'm used to. I didn't realize how much I missed seeing little kids in costume - and even dressing up to match their parents! - 'til I was surrounded by them.
Let's start with the kid costume that had me literally jumping up and down:
(She's from Stranger Things, guys. Watch it.)
All of the Eleven cosplay I've seen 'til now have been her pink dress & wig, so I am THRILLED someone made her water tank suit! (Not to mention this is perfect for the Florida heat.)
PRO TIP: Always ask the parent before snapping pics of younger cosplayers. And if the kids are a bit older, follow up by asking them, too. Please please DO ask, though; odds are you'll make their day, and let's face it: taking pics from a distance is creepy. (Actually that's true of all cosplayers, but doubly so for kids.)
LOOOVE this Gertie with E.T. Check out the Speak & Spell and bag of Reese's in the wagon.
And while we're talking 80s movies:
Teen Wolf! Ha!
I think part of the family-friendly vibe was a location thing, since places like Miami and the Orlando Convention Center can be overwhelming and hard to get to with little ones. You still have to walk 2-3 blocks for Tampa, but there IS ample parking that's cheap and easy to get to. So that helps.
I like how this Kylo's glasses match her 'saber:
And I have a whole photo essay on the adorable antics of this little Rey:
... but I have SO many more pics there's probably not enough room for that. Hrumph.
Screw it, I'm posting 'em anyway. You don't have anything better to do right now, right? :D
So little Rey was very, VERY distracted.
So Rey's 5-year-old sister (I know, because she told me) tried to help by holding Rey still:
This... didn't work.
"WATCH ME ATTACK THE GROUND!"
Note older sis' face while Rey demonstrates how to hold a lightsaber... with her knees:
She's all, "KIDS. Amirite??"
Then older sis realized I was actually taking the picture, and popped on a smile:
I blame the blur on both their moving and my laughing so hard.
OK. Moving on...
Thanks to Suicide Squad there were PLENTY of Harleys - but I like that there was still some variety:
Great Batman/Joker armor, too.
Of course I had to chase down this Monty Python goodness:
"SOME CALL ME... Tim?" (His daughter is the killer bunny!)
Here's Ripley in her Power Loader:
Plus a chest-burster guy. (Hard to see from this angle, I know.)
The Disney/Star Wars mashups were strong this year:
Check out Cinder-Fett's pumpkin thermal detonator. Love details like that!
Belle the Jabba-Slayer and Beast Solo.
And Haunted Mansion Star Wars:
This lovely lady is Autumn, and she always does some of the best local cosplay. Check out the details!
The top of her umbrella (which has a lightsaber handle, natch) says "R2-QT." And she put buns on Madame Leota. I mean, COME ON. So good.
I'll end there for now, peeps, since my plan to keep these posts around 20 pics just self-destructed. Ha. Stay tuned for SO MUCH MORE, though, because I still have an epic 3 year-old Wonder Woman, daddy/daughter princesses (AW YEAH), lady Killer Croc, thoughts on both DareDevil's Charlie Cox and the crazypants Borderlands-themed aerial stunt show (YES REALLY) and ermigosh how am I going to get these all done before Dragon Con.
Uh, stay tuned to find out?
UPDATE: Part 2 is up!