Time to dive back into Dragon Con cosplay, 'cuz there's still SO MUCH to see!
Let's start with my dear friends Robyn & Christie, who once again blew me away with new costumes this year:
Fire & Ice Dragons!
Robyn as the Ice Dragon.
The sisters made everything themselves, but it's those elaborate headpieces that really steal the show:
The wire armatures outline dragon heads! WOW.
(I so want to make a giant feather headdress now, you guys.)
I later learned they also made elaborate - not to mention stunning - back spines that trail all the way to the floor, so I'm bummed I didn't get a shot from the back. I talked Christie into posting build photos, though, so head over to their Facebook page for more pics and to see how they did it all. (Christie's armor is made of individually cut scales of craft foam!)
Moving on, another gorgeous pair:
Elphaba & Glinda from Wicked!
Belle, Meg, and Lilo:
And I just realized Westley/The Dread Pirate Roberts is wearing a vial of Iocane powder. LOVE. (He's the Cary Elwes look-alike from my last post.)
You see a lot of "only at Dragon Con" stuff at DC, but I thought this group was especially perfect:
And a close up of one of the Borg:
I was thrilled to find this: Karen Hallions' famous Haunted Mansion Leia!
She asked me to help with the pose, but I think she nailed it on her own.
This steampunk Wizard of Oz group is perfect. PERFECT, I SAY:
I especially love the Tin Man's design; his metal heart had a rotating light feature in it. Also check out Dorothy's little Toto & sparkly boots, and the Cowardly Lion's Courage medal!
Oh, and Glinda's staff blew bubbles! You can see some here in a later shot:
Harrison from Volpin Props in his "Marriott Chariot":
You probably remember, but I posted a group shot of the Marriot carpet ninjas earlier.
If you love amazing prop builds, btw, check out Harrison's site. His Skyrim armor is the stuff of legends.
Oh! Speaking of armor:
Anyone remember the live-action show of The Tick?
Captain Liberty & Bat Manuel! YES!!
I'm having a terrible time finding a clear reference shot, but here's a general idea:
Those two are so spot-on, it's scary. They even look like the actors!
Here's a dapper twist on Jack & Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas:
Plus a great Doctor Doom.
I was in costume myself Saturday night, and this is my second favorite shot of the night:
My vision is so limited in the helmet that I had NO IDEA who I was posing with until afterward. Ha!
There were two or three truly amazing kid costumes at DC this year, and this Doc Oc was one of them:
It was hard to get close to him, but my dad - who loves costume hunting as much as I do, and was often right beside me taking his own pics - got a fantastic shot:
In fact, while I'm at it, here are two more of Dad's, of cosplays I missed:
(I love how everyone's headgear is different!)
And an absolutely stunning Maleficent:
You can see the rest of my Dad's Dragon Con photos here on Flickr.
K, back to my stuff! A great Borderlands group:
And I'm not sure of the character, but this girl's giant keyboard had fun color-changing lights underneath:
Not sure this counts as cosplay, exactly, but this lady had her own Mobile Virtual Presence Device, like Sheldon's from the Big Bang Theory!
If you're not familiar, it's basically a web cam on wheels that she was operating remotely - I assume from her hotel room. The device DID have a handler walking beside it for protection, but how cool is this for folks who don't want to brave the crowds in person?
Here's a classic:
Blue Screen Of Death!! ha!
I've seen some impressive Homestuck cosplay before, but this is my new favorite:
It's a Homestuck Star Wars mashup! So, so good.
(Homestuck trolls have gray skin and orange horns. If you go to any conventions, you've probably seen the cosplay, even if you didn't know what it was.)
And another great mashup:
Iron Man Totoro!
I featured this Totoro last year, I believe, and his makers told me they planned to make different costumes for him to wear each year. I LOVE this idea; like Totoro is cosplaying, too!
One of the Iron Man armor variations:
And a spookily-lit Splicer from BioShock:
Splicers come in all different outfits, but here's a general reference shot:
My gosh that game is scary.
(I still haven't made it all the way through the first BioShock; I chicken out when the lights go out on that second floor hallway. [shudder] For some reason I didn't find BioShock 2 as bad, though.)
A terrible shot, but this is a lovely Doctor Crusher doppelgänger!
And more loveliness: an Athenian warrior:
And... Jean Gray? I think?
Scratch that; she's Black Widow. Thanks, commenters!
Ok, THIS one I know:
Emma Frost has a diamond form, so this cosplayer is kind of mid-transformation:
I'm not sure what to call this style of Anna & Elsa, but it's vaguely Moulin Rouge-ish, and completely gorgeous:
Check out Elsa's levitating snowflakes! I assume there's a wire wrapped around her finger - simple, but oh so impressive for pics.
I loved this Effie Trinket from Hunger Games so much I had a little fun with her photo:
If you look verrrry closely, you can see there are even butterfly shapes in her eyelashes.
And here's Effie from the movie, for comparison:
The attention to detail is amazing; she even has the little butterflies glued to her arm, and the same yellow blush!
I'm going to end there, since John tells me I've spent more time and effort on this post than I have an entire week's worth of Cake Wrecks post. Heh. I do hope you guys are ok with me dragging out my Dragon Con coverage like this. Truth is, every year I feel so rushed to get all my photos posted that I think we both miss out. This way, I can take my time, play with photo editing as much as I like, and you guys get an extended DC visit, broken up over a longer time period.
Of course, I take so many photos at DC each year that I just realized I could easily post a different costume every day for a year. Hm... now THERE's an idea... for a different blog... when I have unlimited time. Ha!
Hope you guys are having a great weekend!