Groots, Black Widows, and Every Johnny Depp
October 13, 2014 12:45 PM   Subscribe

 
... why is mojo jojo holding tom servo?
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 12:51 PM on October 13, 2014 [6 favorites]


I went to Oakland's Kraken Con a few weeks back and had a good time looking at the cosplayers. Most of them were anime characters (spiky hair, gigantic swords) so I had no idea who they were, but there was one woman dressed as Ripley... in a cardboard power loader. It was pretty impressive.
posted by brundlefly at 12:52 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Every Johnny Depp!

Needed more Prince Hawkcat though.
posted by Drinky Die at 12:53 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Nice to see the Baseball Furies still kickin it.
posted by valkane at 12:54 PM on October 13, 2014 [9 favorites]


Tina Turner cosplay! Love it.
posted by mogget at 12:55 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


The Lying Cat killed me.
posted by lumpenprole at 12:57 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's in New York. How sure are we that those aren't actual Baseball Furies?
posted by ckape at 1:10 PM on October 13, 2014 [20 favorites]


The fork was a nice touch.
posted by Jpfed at 1:11 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


I was hoping there was a Prince Robot IV among them, and I was not disappointed.
posted by Foosnark at 1:12 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Giuliani ran out the Baseball Furies, the Warriors, the Riffs, the Lizzies and all the other old gangs. Right now we've got the Clipboard Botherers and the Groping Elmos but that's it.
posted by griphus at 1:13 PM on October 13, 2014 [24 favorites]


It's in New York. How sure are we that those aren't actual Baseball Furies?

That's Javit Center Jaguar territory!
posted by Artw at 1:21 PM on October 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


That guy dressed as Firestorm looks enough like Mark Ruffalo to make me double-take. (Maybe joke's on me and it is Ruffalo?)
posted by dorque at 1:28 PM on October 13, 2014


Loved the two from "Up", though the guy playing Carl looks suspiciously like Crispin Glover, so I sense a missed opportunity for him to do "Back to the future" with a guy in an orange puffy vest.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:29 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


I can see your Fro-Zone, dude
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:32 PM on October 13, 2014 [20 favorites]


Giuliani ran out the Baseball Furies, the Warriors, the Riffs, the Lizzies and all the other old gangs. Right now we've got the Clipboard Botherers and the Groping Elmos but that's it.

Have you forgotten the Are-You-Jewishs?
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:35 PM on October 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


who was the yellow pyramid with the fishnet tights? I'm guessing something anime, but I dunno.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 1:39 PM on October 13, 2014


That's Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls.
posted by griphus at 1:40 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


i was in nyc this week and it was great to see costumes everywhere. there were more costumes at penn station than bronco/jets jerseys on sunday. i rode the subway with every mode of zombie, superhero, and assorted comic and young adult character, and then some. i was walking the high line with my mother and as we exited on 34th by the railyards and javits i took a weird pleasure in pointing out to her who each character was. her reaction was kinda 'huh, how 'bout that.'
posted by buffalo at 1:54 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Bloodied up Wonder Woman isn't playing around. Fierce.

The Tetris pieces couple were made for each other.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 1:57 PM on October 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


Man, these are way better than what I saw on the train, which was a bunch of sad, sad people sniffling alone on the subways like superheroes who failed and were sent home. I didn't even make the connection purely bc not a single one of them looked like they were even in the vicinity of fun for days.
posted by nevercalm at 2:03 PM on October 13, 2014


I briefly forgot about NYCC and was in a busy subway station like "what is up with all these fucking people who don't know to stay to the right? ...and why do they all look like huge nerds?"
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:05 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Bleeding Cool will see your NYC Comic Con cosplay gallery and raise you three more besides.
posted by Doktor Zed at 2:26 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


By the way, all this cosplay is only contributing to the US economic downturn, claims a non-fun economist.
posted by Doktor Zed at 2:28 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Sharknado = best.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:30 PM on October 13, 2014 [6 favorites]


MOJO SERVO
posted by JHarris at 2:32 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


I like the Groots with tiny Starlords. I can imagine the conversation:

Parent: "Come on buddy, don't you want to be Rocket? You are the perfect size to go with my Groot costume!"
Kid: "No, I wanna be Starlord!"
posted by history_denier at 2:33 PM on October 13, 2014 [17 favorites]


By the way, all this cosplay is only contributing to the US economic downturn, claims a non-fun economist.

Ugh. In a field defined by weak proof for theories, that is some weak, weak proof.
posted by GuyZero at 2:34 PM on October 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


By the way, all this cosplay is only contributing to the US economic downturn, claims a non-fun economist.

Boo this man!
posted by history_denier at 2:35 PM on October 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


YOUR PINKIE PIE COSTUME IS DESTROYING WALL STREET
posted by JHarris at 2:36 PM on October 13, 2014 [9 favorites]


Especially since clothing and costume supplies just appear seasonally and involve no other economic transactions both related to creation and attending.

( there was some British wag in the 1840s complaining that a potato diet made it too easy for the Irish to find sustainance and made them idle. )
posted by The Whelk at 2:42 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


YOUR PINKIE PIE COSTUME IS DESTROYING WALL STREET

OCCUPY MANE STREET!
posted by Drinky Die at 2:46 PM on October 13, 2014 [11 favorites]


By the way, all this cosplay is only contributing to the US economic downturn, claims a non-fun economist.

That's not what the article says. It says that the bad economy is causing more cosplay.

Anyway, my reaction to these photos is that these people are really wealthy. They have time and money to consume the relevant media (I used to be a nerd but I had no idea what 85-90% of these characters were and was hoping for more captions). Time to construct these costumes and to learn how to do so. Money to purchase the materials for the costumes. Time and money to travel to the conference and related expenses.
posted by Kwine at 2:50 PM on October 13, 2014 [7 favorites]


Not shown, the Whelk as Captain Tightpants.
posted by Ber at 2:52 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Honestly I'm a bit surprised there are so few Batgirls in the pictures. When the redesign came out I just assumed all cosplayers everywhere would just drop whatever they were doing and make that instead.
posted by ckape at 2:53 PM on October 13, 2014


Not shown, the Whelk as Captain Tightpants.



well not THIS year but a few years ago yes.

posted by The Whelk at 3:09 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Kwine,

That sort of is what the article is saying, but with regard to the actual economics of cosplay- have you ever been in a band? Or re-built an old car or bike in your spare time? Have you ever scrounged for parts, and scrimped, and traded shifts, and made what time you can in order to do something you love? Because that's sort of what's happening in a lot of these cases.

For more perspective on how this all works: Paris Is Burning.


(at any rate, the relationship between cosplay and the current state of the economy is tangential at best)
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:10 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Anyway, my reaction to these photos is that these people are really wealthy. They have time and money to consume the relevant media (I used to be a nerd but I had no idea what 85-90% of these characters were and was hoping for more captions). Time to construct these costumes and to learn how to do so. Money to purchase the materials for the costumes. Time and money to travel to the conference and related expenses.

I'll be sure to inform my crafty coffeeshop employee friends that they are actually rich while they spend the entire year scrounging for material for their costumes for Dragon*Con. They will be so relieved!
posted by Kitteh at 3:14 PM on October 13, 2014 [18 favorites]


Back when I did Dr. sketchy's I would create amazing, elbatorate set designs on basically no money cause I had dropped out of school and had oceans of time and lots of underemployed friends - eventually you figured out what effects you could create if you had a lot of time and hands but little cash - I did some amazing things with balloons and folded paper and bulk party supplies teased and glued and cut into new shapes and textures.
posted by The Whelk at 3:20 PM on October 13, 2014


Anyway, my reaction to these photos is that these people are really wealthy.

Oh, hush. Let's just enjoy people making fun outfits and having fun wearing them.

Besides, I can't really believe the Sharknado costume was really that expensive.
posted by Stark at 3:20 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Kid: "No, I wanna be Starlord!"

I'm quite fond of this anti-bullying special issue.

"It's alright, sobbing child. I used to be bullied too, but now I'm the LEGENDARY STARLORD."
"Who?"
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:21 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Jazz and flappers caused the depression.
posted by Artw at 3:24 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


No it was Satan's own dance, the scandalous waltz that lead to the Great War.
posted by The Whelk at 3:30 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Sharknado looks so darn happy. I love all of them.
posted by arcticseal at 3:42 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Frozone needs a dance belt.
posted by anastasiav at 3:43 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


I like the Groots with tiny Starlords.

Yeah, I totally approve of this thing of dressing your kid like an adult superhero so you in your Groot costume look 10 feet tall.
posted by straight at 3:58 PM on October 13, 2014 [8 favorites]


My desire to see a steampunk larry & balki from Perfect Strangers remains unfulfilled for yet another year.
posted by dr_dank at 3:58 PM on October 13, 2014 [9 favorites]


Why The Rise Of Golf Is A Bad Sign For The US Economy.
posted by straight at 4:01 PM on October 13, 2014 [10 favorites]


I've been meaning to develop this blog post into a proper FPP about why people cosplay, but am clearly never going to get around to it. Take a minute to read it, it's lovely!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:24 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


My desire to see a steampunk larry & balki from Perfect Strangers remains unfulfilled for yet another year.

It's time for you to find someone who shares your dream and then make it happen, my friend.

These kinds of pictures fill me with both joy and despair, because I never have the time+skill+inspiration to do a truly awesome Halloween costume. I was thinking about Amethyst from Steven Universe today, she's pretty simple if I could find the wig/right color bodypaint, but then will anyone but me know who she is? Maybe a few kids. Their parents will have no idea. And then will I be creepy for dressing up as a kid's show character? All the other moms will probably be Elsa or witches.

Still, she's kind of badass looking even if you don't know who she is. I will probably get "Oh, rock star!" a lot.
posted by emjaybee at 5:24 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


I was manning a booth and actually hopped over our table to ask that Lying Cat for a Photo.

There was also a really killer Rennaisance-y Captain Marvel that was kickass.

I was Black Widow but I had the totally belated inspiration of being Box Prince from Adventure Time. Next year and or halloween.
posted by KernalM at 5:45 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


I went into Target today in search of a black fright wig so I could wear an oversized men's suit and be Tommy Wiseau for Halloween but alas, no luck.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 6:15 PM on October 13, 2014


Did you know that a proper Vault-Tec vault dweller jumpsuit is made out of leather?

A blue leather coverall.

If anybody knows how I might source that, please get in touch.
posted by rlk at 6:20 PM on October 13, 2014


I was also working a booth this weekend, and these are some great ones, but they're missing:

-The guy dressed as Nick Cage from the NOT THE BEES head-cage scene from Wicker Man
-The dude dressed as Nixon's head on a podium from Futurama
-The lady in a full Batgirl costume made up of nothing but underwear, a cape, and head-to-toe, super-detailed body paint
-The guy in a vest, tie, and booty shorts carrying a basket of hot dog buns and a sign that read "SEEKING ANACONDA"
-The woman dressed as a sim, as in The Sims
-The woman dressed as Renaissance-era Captain Marvel

And about a million more. It really was an embarrassment of riches.

Next year, I'm going as Vincent Adultman.
posted by Itaxpica at 6:21 PM on October 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Comic Con is seriously one of those things that I am genuinely grateful for. Look at all this artistry, this ingenuity and courage. It's a wonderful celebration of all the hard work that goes into making stories and characters we resonate with for sometimes our whole life. That's definitely a big maudlin to say, but I mean it. I can't wait for next year's in San Diego.
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:30 PM on October 13, 2014 [3 favorites]






Next year, I'm going as Vincent Adultman.

That is going to be me at Halloween. I keep "encouraging" my friends to watch the show so that they will recognize my costume :)
posted by Lemurrhea at 8:02 PM on October 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


emjaybee: Amethyst is awesome, Rebecca Sugar is a genius, Steven Universe is crazy popular, and nobody whose opinion matters will think you're a creeper for dressing up as a kids' show character on Halloween, particularly if you have your own kid(s) tagging along. Go as Amethyst! Worst case, a clueless adult mistakes you for Lumpy Space Princess.
posted by Lazlo Nibble at 8:15 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's hard to find a decent cheap white fur coat in my size to be Mason Verger for Halloween this year but I can be Dr. Chilton by walking into my closet, choosing a blazer at random and adding a cane.
posted by The Whelk at 9:41 PM on October 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


DragonCon also has some pretty great costumes usually. I took over 500 photos this year, I should sift through them and see what's worth contributing to the thread.
posted by JHarris at 9:53 PM on October 13, 2014


That's my friend as Black Widow. She and her friends do some amazing period costumes for The Avengers.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:05 AM on October 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


I love looking at cosplay pictures, often with my kids. My only opportunity to express my inner cosplayer has been hosting the kids' birthday parties. I was a pirate last year, but with a very simple costume. I'm a bit apprehensive about the going down the rabbit hole and constructing a more elaborate costume, though. But keep the photos coming!
posted by Harald74 at 12:55 AM on October 14, 2014


Here is my friend as flapper Captain America - her friends are flapper Iron man and flapper Winter Soldier. They called this set "Captain Gatsby." On the official Marvel site, for the win.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:08 AM on October 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Oh, and the "every Johnny Depp" costume is inspired!
posted by Harald74 at 1:12 AM on October 14, 2014


Cosplay doesn't have to be hugely complicated or expensive. I think my Shaun of the Dead costume cost maybe $50 total for the shirt, tie and cricket bat. I made the name badge myself.

The zombie guy isn't even someone I know. I was walking one direction with my wife and he was coming from the opposite direction. Of course we both lit up at seeing the other, so we handed cameras to my wife and spent the next 10 minutes posing while other passers-by wanted photos too. The best was a little girl, maybe 6 years old, wanted to pose with us. She grabbed the cricket bat from me, so I just stood behind her acting scared.

Fun!
posted by Fleebnork at 5:52 AM on October 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


Frozone needs a dance belt.

or at the very least a pixelated blur, although I imagine the mental fortitude it would take to pin onto the costume would be very great indeed.
posted by poffin boffin at 10:21 AM on October 14, 2014 [1 favorite]




The Tetris pieces couple were made for each other.

I feel like there's something missing... (nsfw)
posted by homunculus at 4:27 PM on October 15, 2014


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