Amazing Cosplay at Amazing Arizona Comic Con
There’s an old expression that blood, sweat, and tears go into anything done well. When it comes to cosplay, we can add love and dreams as well. Hours of research, obtaining materials, measuring, cutting, sewing, gluing, taping, etc. Then the big day comes. I did my best to photograph all the cosplayers, but several of them were always too far away for me to ask. Rather than running after them, I looked closer to me, and almost always found another cosplayer close by. So here they are, from the complex to the simple, the well known to the more obscure. To everyone, thanks for posing.
Starting off my cosplayer round up is:
Geeksters Whimsy Cosplay, ready to save the world in her Steampunk version of Wonder Woman. Check out some her photos and previous work at https://www.facebook.com/geeksterswhimsy/
I am a huge Elfquest fan! Have been since I was a kid. Reading about all the other fans who dressed up as their favorite characters, I wondered how long it would be before I actually met someone. Behold, fresh from the forests of Abode (aka the World of Two Moons), Bearclaw, 10th chief of the Wolfriders and Joyleaf, his beloved Lifemate, and wise counselor/Chieftess.
One of the amazing parts of cosplay is the creativity. Thinking outside the box and doing the unexpected, are definitely ways to catch my attention. Enter Geoff. From the side, this leather ensemble really made me think of Shredder. However Geoff said it wasn’t originally intended to be the Ninja Turtles villain. Has anyone done Steampunk Ninja Turtles before? If not, this could be where it all started.
Wearing very impressive Toothfairy and Jack Frost cosplays this Ascheley Regina Cosplay duo is a knockout! Don’t let the pose fool you, this pair was friendly, and funny! The feathers are all foam (even up close I had to ask), and the detailing on his outfit is unbelievable – there was even a snowball hidden in his hood! Check Ascheley out on instagram https://www.instagram.com/ascheley_does_cosplay/
There are those who say Steampunk is on the way out, but these lovely ladies are steaming their way through the hall. Style is always la mode n’est-ce pas?
Big Hero 6 is by far one of my favorite animated movies, and of its cast, Honey Lemon is one of my favorite stars. So much so I’m still trying to figure out a male version to cosplay (the name is kind of a hang up). In the meantime this eclectic mix of characters posed for the camera. Let’s see, we have Thor, Merida, Honey Lemon, and Tadashi Hamada…what could go wrong? Probably nothing, since Loki was not around. Wait, Loki’s not around? Maybe something will go wrong. Good thing these four are here.
Striking a very familiar pose, Connor shows off his Gandalf the Grey cosplay. Even though it’s been a few years since the movies came out, the clothing of Middle Earth is still a hit with fans.
Megan and Andrew stood out as a very colorful Harley Quinn and Joker, wait is that redundant? No matter, his pistol with an old school twist, and her hammer, provided the perfect laugh break during the busy day.
Amber from Firelight Cosplay struck a pose in her impressive Togruta Jedi cosplay. It doesn’t show up nearly as well in the photo, but the detailing on this is mind blowing! Check out her facebook page. Like many talented cosplayers, I’m sure she has a step by step series of it’s construction. She is also super friendly, and knowledgeable about molding prostethics. Well compared to me at least. Look for her here, https://www.facebook.com/FirelightCosplay/. She’s also on twitter, and instagram.
Remember what I said about the unusual? Well this Soviet version of the Man of Steel threw me for a loop. Turns out there was a short ‘what if’ series in Superman’s storyline. I would not have known if not for this trio. They each have a facebook page showcasing their various cosplays. Go online and check them out.
Who doesn’t love a Disney Princess? Cinderella look ready for the ball while attending Amazing Arizona Comicon. She was so stunning I didn’t realize until now that her little forest friends were no where to be seen. Hmmm, maybe they were back at the Palace working on her next cosplay. She’s on facebook https://www.facebook.com/IcyPrincessCosplay/, https://twitter.com/IcyCosplay, and http://icyprincesscosplay.tumblr.com/. Learn more about her varied arts online.
What’s a superhero to do on the weekend of his big movie premier? Why bring the whole family to Amazing Arizona Comicon! If I ever go to a convention and do not see a Deadpool, I may just die of shock. The Deadpool family was a photograph hit. If they took more than three steps without having to pose for a camera I would be surprised!
This trio of glamorous Villains posed for me right before the costume competition. They added a dramatic flair to an already outstanding dance performance by a group of young adults who danced to “Rotten to the Core” from Disney’s Descendants. I have video of the performance, and hopefully will get it posted soon-ish.
I love dogs, (and cats), but Kiba is by far one of my favorites. It was only a matter of time before he rocked his own Deadpool cosplay. What a perfect weekend to debut it. I wonder if Rob Liefeld caught a glimpse of this? Look for more things Kiba online at https://www.facebook.com/KibaTheCorgi/
How do you know a cosplay is good? Lots of requests for photos? Sure. As close to authentic props as possible? Oh yeah. Nailing the perfect pose? Definitely. Having your photographer do a double take when you adjust your wig? Priceless! I met Hannah and Jake from Magic and Mischief at Comic and Media Expo last year. They are a fun and talented combination. Go online, and learn more about their cosplay adventures at https://www.facebook.com/magicmischiefcosplay/
Sean aka Q was one of those cosplayers that really stood out for me. Why? What ST:TNG fan doesn’t secretly, or even openly for that matter, want to wear this outfit? I am not ashamed to admit it, I have been trying for years to figure out that hat! Sadly Sean doesn’t know either, as it was made by a friend of his. Oh well. I have a blog to write, so maybe it’s best I didn’t learn that secret. For now.
Remember that Elfquest fandom thing I have going on? Well this stunning Red Sonja cosplay totally has a connection to Wendy “Elfmom” Pini. Though I am sure that wasn’t the reason for wearing this outfit. It’s been awhile since I read any of the Red Sonja comics. It may be time to fix that.
It’s almost like the fandom circles are completing themselves.
The very first con I attended as an official member of the Video Jouzu staff, was Game On Expo last year. I had the pleasure of meeting Little Sparkz in her Chromie cosplay, complete with light up staff. At Amazing Arizona Comic Con she was debuting her Elune cosplay. She looked stunning, and did extremely well in the costume competition. How well you ask? You can either wait until I write a recap of the competition, or you could join her fans and follow her on twitter, and facebook. https://twitter.com/LittleSparkzLFG, https://www.facebook.com/LittleSparkzCosplay/
In the brief time I have been a cosplay journalist I have met some incredible people. Cosplay pro Natalie Arvizu is one of them. Rocking her amazing smile and this Captain Teemo on Duty cosplay, Natalie gladly took a moment to pose for me and Video Jouzu. She’s on social at https://twitter.com/narvizu7 and https://www.facebook.com/NatalieArvizuCosplay/
More and more, there are children in cosplay at conventions. Where else are our future comic creators, film makers, and game designers going to come from? As an uncle I tend to avoid taking pictures of these young cosplayers unless I know the parents. I can only imagine how weird it must be for a stranger to take pictures of your children. This young Black Widow Cosplayer’s dad and I spoke at the convention. With his permission I got a chance to speak with this young lady, and take her photo. She has imagination, talent, a big smile, and a big knife! No matter which path life takes her, I think she will do very well.
My experience at Amazing Arizona Comic Con was brilliant. I met comic creators, cosplayers -new and experienced), had time to chat with friends, and now I get to share it all with the Video Jouzu readers. As always I look forward to the next con, but I also look forward to next year’s Amazing Arizona Comic Con! Thanks for the magic Arizona Cosplayers! I look forward to what you have in store for the con scene.