Following a mostly sleepless Thursday night, the first day of Dragon Con proper began with me, A.C. and Jimmy enjoying some fruit and caffeine in the Hyatt Regency's VIP courtesy suite. They girded themselves for a day of signing in Artists Alley while I made my way over to another hotel for the morning's scheduled MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 panel, but that event was postponed until Kevin Murphy arrived (he'd been delayed), so instead I wandered around and shot pics of con-goers until I had to take over at A.C.'s table so she and Jimmy could take a lunch break.
A family of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 fans. I love the idea of Mom as TV's Frank.
The best of the many cross-dressing cosplayers. The use of the choker to obscure the masculine Adam's apple was a brilliant stroke.
Zero from THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, complete with glowing nose.
The best of the many Hit-Girls. (There was an adorable two-year-old done up as this character but I couldn't photograph her because I saw her while in transit between buildings in an area where stopping to take pictures would have fucked up the flow of traffic.)
A favorite from last year returns: The Bruces from MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS.
Harley Quinn has been a ubiquitous cosplay presence for nearly twenty years, but this is the first time I've ever seen The Squire.
The most infamous character from an MST3K short: Mr. B Natural.
My favorite of the ubiquitous Poison Ivys, who gets the win thanks to her man-eating plant that growls.
A superb Red Sonja and Conan. For the curious, Sonja says the individual scales for her armor (what there is of it) were fashioned from plastic, so it's all relatively lightweight and non-pinchy.
One of many Turanga Leelas. I see more and more of these with each passing year, and the simulation of her cyclopean eye keeps getting better.
Donna Troy, aka Wonder Girl. Possessing perhaps the most convoluted origin story/stories in comics history (next to Hawkman), the character has nonetheless been one of my Top 3 female heroes of all time and I've been in love with her since discovering her while she was drawn by the legendary Nick Cardy (who designed her classic outfit), and then forever polished and defined by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in their NEW TEEN TITANS run. That said, this woman is the first cosplayer I've ever seen to truly nail the character.
Awesome Zatanna, decent modern Wonder Girl (a character I fucking loathe), best/worst Aquaman ever (the beard makes him look like a waterlogged Gabby Hayes), and the current version of Donna Troy, complete with sparkly star-field outfit.
We all know that everybody loves bacon, but when this guy walked into the room the sentiment became quite literal. Everywhere he went, people would shout, "I love you, Bacon!" This was especially true of the plethora of hot chicks who draped themselves all over him for photo ops throughout the day.
During my formative years there was no greater influence on my taste in what is female than Julie Newmar as Catwoman, so I love it when I see cosplayers who favor her version over all the others. This woman totally nailed that rare Newmar thing and completely appreciated it.
Not only did this lady nail it, she's also the first Newmar cosplayer I've ever seen who had the famous cat-gun. She said it was made for her by a friend.
The same lady who rocked the Batman look the previous night returns, in a visually coherent Huntress getup.
The Black Canary and the Green Arrow, perhaps the most popular couples costume for comics geeks. Extra points for the boxing glove arrow!
I have no idea if this guy was supposed to be a specific character, but imagine wearing this outfit at the end of the summer in the American South. Sheer lunacy.
I'd say the Dark Phoenix is the last person you'd want to have tell you "Talk to the hand."
A FUTURAMA fan rocks a brain slug. The brain slugs were very popular this year and were all over the place.
TO BE CONTINUED