Like any con these days, there were cosplayers galore at the East Coast Comicon this past weekend. I took some shots of a few of my favorites. I neglected to get any of their names, so if you see yourself or someone you know, let us know in the comments and I’ll edit their names in. And now, on with the show!
I saw this great Mister Miracle almost as soon as I walked into the convention center. I really like that he figured out a way to make the mask work.
Next, a cool Ditko-y Dr. Strange. This guy really has the right look for the character (although I did see him later in the day after he lost his mustache). I like how Mister Miracle looks slightly perturbed in the background, like he’s disappointed that I’m no longer taking his picture.
Next, Black Canary and Mr. Freeze. This Mr. Freeze had a cool homemade look to him. The backpack part was just a silver wastebasket and the mounted a small fan on the neck of his helmet. Very clever re-purposing of everyday stuff.
Here’s Batman: The Animated Series director Kevin Altieri with a Harley Quinn cosplayer. I talked to her a bit while we were both waiting in line for Kevin. She was nice. As I recall, she ran out of time to do the Harley hood/jester cap, so she just went without it. She still looks great!
Classic Harley is a trickier costume to put together than you’d think, since you have to be really conscious of which parts are red & which parts are black, as well as remembering where all the diamond patterns fall. It’s tough enough when you’re just drawing her!
I was really impressed by this Harley’s domino mask. It had a thickness to it, but it was still affixed to her face without any strings. She told me that she put in on with the same sort of glue you use for false eyelashes. I also like that she has Harley’s pop-gun.
On Sunday, I saw this great Trickster and Mirror Master. The Mirror Master told me that he was called a carrot several times by people who don’t recognize cool Flash villains. I can sympathize — When I dressed up as the Riddler for the East Village Halloween Parade in New York, a TON of people called me “Joker.”
I met this cool Marvelman/Miracleman as I was combing through back issues. He assembled all the materials for his costume, then had a friend do the final assembly on it. He even dyed his hair to match the character, since he had also dressed up as Miracleman for C2E2 in Chicago a couple of weeks before.
Here’s a combo I really like — Blue Beetle and John Constantine. I really like this combo and if I were running DC, I’d green light a mini-series featuring these two immediately. The John Constantine cosplayer dressed up as Booster Gold on Saturday for the JLI panel, but I think I like him as Hellblazer more. He was in character and appropriately surly.
Dan Greenfield and I saw this couple as the Rocketeer and a Julie Newmar Catwoman as we were chatting after the Kevin Altieri panel on Sunday. The Rocketeer made his helmet and rocket pack from scratch.
Dan wanted to take a picture of Catwoman solo, so I did, too.
And finally, I saw this cool Lex Luthor in a variation of Luthor’s George Pérez-designed power armor from the 80s. Again, an impressive piece of hand crafting & re-purposing of everyday objects. This Luthor told me that he’s friends with the Mr. Freeze cosplayer I saw on Saturday. They’re big on costumes that cut off your peripheral vision, I guess.
There were other cool cosplayers there. A little after I saw this Luthor, I ran across a little boy dressed up as the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite (he even had a Hooty!). I asked his father if I could take a picture of him, but the boy was being a bit surly at the moment. It’s always fun to see the kids in the costume, though, especially when their parents join in. I saw a father & son Spider-Man, and it was just adorable.
I’ll be back next Monday, when I’ll be chatting with my BACK ISSUE editor Michael Eury about his new book Hero A-Go-Go. See you then!