Two things I love (which will not surprise you): cosplay and Christmas. So when I learned there's a Christmas-themed convention right here in Orlando, I was SO THERE.
It's called Holiday Matsuri, and it's apparently been around for a long time, growing every year. It's technically anime, but that shouldn't stop you, local geeks: there's plenty of cross-over from all the fandoms, and the cosplay scene is amaaaaazing.
Of course John and I've been so slammed with party prep - and then party cleanup, ha - that we didn't get around to his costume 'til the very night before the convention. Oops. We were up 'til 3AM - John sewing his new vest, and me fashioning a sweater for Figment from a thrift-store find, a Santa hat, and lots of hot glue:
BUT LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE.
Seriously, this makes me so happy.
(Here's how we made Figment, if you're curious.)
(Here's how we made Figment, if you're curious.)
The flower pin is a poinsettia off one of our trees, and the headpiece is a garland swag from the front room. Also I'm wearing shiny combat boots with my socks folded over the tops. :D
We went all three days to HolMat, though only for a few hours each day. Both Friday and Saturday we went directly from the con to different Christmas parties, so it was a pretty hectic time. But let me tell you: WORTH IT.
I was afraid there wouldn't be much Christmas to the cosplay, or that everyone would only wear their holiday stuff on Friday, but you guys: THERE WAS SO MUCH. All three days, everywhere we turned, there were sparkly Santa hats, character-themed winter wear, candy cane lightsabers, wreaths-on-shields, velvet capes, jingle bells... SO MUCH.
And Deadpool... being Deadpool. (Check out the candy cane stripes & curly ribbon on his boot knife, ha.) The gift box WAS attached to his crotch, yes.
This Borderlands group is ready for Mercenary Day:
And Joker and Harley look ready to curl up in front of a roaring fire:
Granted, for them the roaring fire would be from some kind of explosion, but still.
(We used the flash rig after Friday, so my photos will be a mix of phone shots, flash, and black-out flash. I tried some new settings this time, so bear with me as I'm still learning!)
It was so, so fun seeing how cosplayers added a little holiday sparkle to their costumes. Some just added a few touches, like this Bride of Frankenstein with tinsel in her hair:
... while others made entirely new costumes from scratch, like this Jack & Sally!
Look at Sally's dress: the patchwork uses plaids & poinsettia fabrics!
(Jack is on stilts, crouching down for us.)
There were gorgeous Christmas fawns:
And giant holiday dresses that left me drooling:
Moana added poinsettias to her headdress - yassss:
And while it's not really Christmassy, you HAVE to see this Tamatoa-inspired gown:
Laura here has Maui's hook on her fascinator, and there are gold shells sewn onto the skirt! SO SHINY.
A perfect Christmas angel:
And Sonic having a blue Christmas:
Santa Batman (!!) and a holly jolly Wonder Woman:
I love that she changed her blue shorts to green!
My flash was too dark for this sparkly Tinkerbell, but I am completely in love with what it did to her wings:
The wings are iridescent film, which is mostly see-through in normal light. Just look at all that lovely purple! So cool!
There was lots (and LOTS) of Overwatch Christmas cosplay, which cranked my Overwatch withdrawal pains up to 11. [sob] Still, Zenyatta's sweater here cracked me up:
It says "I'll Be Om For Christmas" using the Om symbol. Because Zenyatta is a Budhhist robot. YAY PUNS.
Then there's flight attendant Pharah with her "Coal Payload":
And a beautiful Christmas Angel Mercy:
So good. IT'S JUST SO GOOD.
Speaking of Overwatch, I found the most incredible Dragon-skin Symmetra:
I know it's the wrong holiday, but John worked 'til the very last few minutes of Halloween to get this skin, so it has a special place in our hearts. :D
Harley and Black Cat (Red Cat?) looking merry and bright:
Prince Charming's cape has a gorgeous lining under all that fur:
And look how cute Cinderella is!
There were also a lot of cosplays of wintry characters, like this stunning Anna & Elsa:
I even ran into the Grinch!
He was very put out at having to pose for a picture. I think my giggles were annoying him.
Jasmine and Belle in their holiday finery:
And prepare to drop a jaw over this historical Belle!
Now some Steven Universe lovelies:
Lapis' wings really look like water! AMAZING. And I'm loving everything about Peridot's outfit.
I was so happy to find two of my Instagram friends as Rose and Pearl:
Aren't they the sweetest together?
After I took a few flash shots I asked to take one more with my phone, and of course THAT was the best one:
Did I mention these two are newly engaged? I CAN'T EVEN WITH THE CUTENESS.
I love the matching Santa hats on these Star Trek ladies:
And I think the tribble has reindeer horns? Ha!
Did this Sailor Moon find the best use of garland ever?
I'm thinking yes.
DC Bombshells Stargirl and Supergirl:
I like how Stargirl added snowflakes to her goggles, and look at Supergirl in all red and green!
Here's Batwoman - also in the DC Bombshells design - about to teach Killer Croc a lesson:
(Isn't that a great backdrop? It was out in one of the main lobby areas.)
They're all so perfect!
Then this Christmas fairy sleigh'ed me (eh? EH?) with her adorableness:
LOOK HOW CUTE SHE IS! So many great details, from her crown to her stripey socks!
I of course took lots more photos, gang, but since I'm pressed for time I tried to feature mostly just holiday cosplays here. I'm still editing the rest, so I may do another photo post soon - and of course all my pics will be in my Flickr gallery later, so cosplayers, if I took your picture watch that space!