At a nerd convention as big as San Diego Comic Con, there’s bound to be amazing (and…not-so-amazing) cosplay. Over 125,000 people attended! People from all over the country and even from around the world came to geek out while paying homage to some of their favorite video game, anime, and movie characters, painstakingly hand-painting and handcrafting details to make sure everything was just perfect for the big day. Here are some of the best.
Look at this Groot. I have no idea how these cosplayers make such intricate costumes, but it must take a lot of time, money, and effort. (Me? The best I can do is one of those low-cost cosplays). Like this one:
Ha. See, I can be funny sometimes. But I digress. When you look at all these cosplayers with their intricate outfits and their flawless makeup, do you ever feel a twinge of jealousy? Because I do. I wish I could go to San Diego Comic Con and rock the socks off a fantastic outfit that I spent hundreds of hours working on. But I can’t. So all I can do is drool over these beautiful photos and videos.
Not this one. This is Deadpool. Not beautiful. Ah, Deadpool. Sly, humorous, very… cool. Hey: you have to admit, this fire hydrant did an excellent job of pretending to be him.
Okay, I’m just joking. Are you ready for the real cosplays? Here you go.
Sneaky Zebra, a fantastic filmmaking duo, attended SDCC and compiled a pretty amazing and drool-worthy video displaying some of the best cosplays at the convention. This year’s con featured a lot of characters from Westworld, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Rick & Morty. Makes sense, since those are the shows and movies that have been at the forefront of the geek world!
You have to watch this video. The poses, the snarky (and comedic) looks, the costumes, everything in it is so fun to watch! Around the three-minute mark, there’s a little kid who dressed up as Boba Fett. It’s so heartening to see that cosplay can be a hobby anyone can enjoy, from the youngest children all the way to the grandmas and grandpas (some of whom can be viewed in the video cosplaying as Leia, Stan Lee, and other characters).
Nestled among the authentic characters were some interesting mash-ups, like a spooky Snow White ogre and a Princess Peach alien creature. Here are some more Youtube videos to watch:
It’s technically just a bunch of photos, but you can really see the level of details in all these costumes. Here’s another (more exciting? video):
Look at that stunning D.Va cosplay. I wonder how long it would’ve taken to construct the machine part of her costume, and how she even did it in the first place! So many of these cosplays look incredibly intricate, full of detail we probably would never notice. And yet these cosplayers show so much dedication to their craft, making sure that their costume matches the original character design.
All that being said, why do people cosplay? What’s so great about donning a costume that takes so long to make? It’s only worn for a few days at most, and then presumably displayed or put in storage when no longer used. Here’s why people do it!
Cosplay is a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play.” Some say that the Japanese began cosplaying first. People cosplay to pay respect to a character they love or to pretend that they’re a particular character (even if it’s just for a few days). Essentially, cosplay is a form of performance art. The challenge in cosplay lies in bringing the artist’s vision to life. How many times have we spent hours doing things we loved, whether it’s playing a game or writing a book or doing something else entirely? Often, great games shape our culture and even shape the people we become. It makes sense for people to be inspired and to try to become like their heroes. Here are some comments by cosplayers:
The best part of cosplay is when a little kid sees you and gets excited to meet you/the superhero or whatever you’re being. There’s pretty much nothing better.” – Sabrina Ranellucci
” 1. Cosplaying is my preferred method of being social. I got into it because my friends started doing it and it looked like a blast! Nowadays I can’t imaging going to a convention and NOT cosplaying, that’s just crazy.
2. I also am into it for the technical challenge of building costumes and props. Building props are now my professional career and making new and exciting costumes keeps me on the bleeding edge of costume fabrication technique.
3. Lastly, I really enjoy taking up the visage of my favorite characters from video games. Who DOESN’T want to be Commander Sheppard and look like a total badass?!” – Bill Doran
So as you can see, there are a lot of reasons why someone would cosplay. Imagine being able to make a living just by doing what you love? I hope that one day I’ll be able to cosplay one of my favorite characters.
What about you? Are you a cosplayer? Or do you feel more inspired to start cosplaying after seeing these videos? Let us know in the comments section or you may Tweet us @essjay_ent. Chat with you soon!
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