I’ve been to SDCC a couple of times in the past, but when I attended L.A. Comic Con this weekend, I was immediately surprised not only by the number of cosplayers, but also by the quality of their outfits, makeup and props.
At first, I thought it might be because less time is spent outside in sweltering heat at LACC, or that SDCC is more of an industry event, but I think I eventually landed on why the cosplay was so good—the event landed less than a week before Halloween.
If you’d worked on your amazingly geeky homemade Halloween cosplay for months, wouldn’t you want an early opportunity to show it off, surrounded by tens of thousands of fans who might actually get your super niche costume? Plus, the convention takes place over the weekend, so you can head straight to a Halloween party after the con without even changing your outfit. Keep reading to discover some of my personal favorites from the weekend.
Bowsette may not be a real Nintendo character, but she’s real in all of our hearts. There were many Bowsettes on display at LACC this weekend, and every one of them perfectly captured the spirit of the Queen Koopa.
This Wonder Woman costume is already stunning, but it’s even more impressive when you realize that it’s made entirely of beads. That’s some serious dedication.
Thor and Loki’s sister Hela may not be the most beloved of Odin’s children, but we’re obsessed with this cosplay. In the movies, Hela’s headpiece was achieved with CGI, so this masterpiece is no joke.
D.Va may be the best Overwatch character ever, and this pose is quintessentially D.Va. Even without her mech, this cosplay is tough to beat.
Los Angeles Comic Con’s cosplay mashups showed off some major ingenuity on the con floor over the weekend. This one, combining Spider-Gwen and Venom, is especially striking.
Look at the detail on these costumes! This genderbent take on Belle and the Beast shows real craft. Totally jealous of those sewing skills.
This muted, authentic-looking cosplay looks like it could be straight from Jakku.
Squirrel Girl is one of my favorite Marvel characters of all time, and seeing multiple Squirrel Girls on display warmed my geeky heart. The bushier the tail, the better.
When it comes to clown character cosplay, the creepier, the better. This Pennywise costume nails it.
Captain Marvel may not have made her debut on the big screen yet, but that doesn’t mean the fans aren’t eagerly awaiting her appearance. This cosplay looks great—and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of her after March.
Jodie Whittaker has been making a huge mark on fans as the 13th Doctor. She’s a huge inspiration, so it only makes sense she’s inspiring cosplayers, too.
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