For the fifth year Moshi Moshi Productions threw an epic themed after-hours party during MegaCon 2014, held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel’s Backstage Nightclub.
The party was called 80s Toons Gone Wild, an evening of dancing and drinking mixed in with a whole lot of nostalgia. MegaCon attendees were invited to take their cosplay back a couple decades, dressing as favorite cartoon characters from the 1980s. Hundreds showed up, partying the night away in elaborate and impressive costumes.
Playing off the party’s name – 80s Toons Gone Wild – the video below takes you inside the event as a parody of those instantly recognizable (and rather cringe-worthy) late night “Girls Gone Wild” commercials, featuring familiar animated characters letting it loose on the dance floor.Video: 80s Toons Gone Wild party at MegaCon 2014 (a Girls Gone Wild parody)
Sorry guys – Though the 80s Toons Gone Wild party was for ages 21 and up only, there was no actual nudity involved. Or, at least not that kind. There was body painting going on throughout the evening and bringing the sexy to the club were girls from Geek Goddess (link definitely NSFW), including Bambi Buttons (as Lum Invader) and and Solara (sporting some particularly eye-catching Ghostbusters artwork), along with rather buff versions of Mario and Luigi.
Moshi’s team created an elaborate setting, revealing Castle Greyskull as Skeletor and Evil-Lyn took the stage alongside fellow 80s cartoon baddies Destro, Cobra Commander, Baroness, Mumm Ra, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, and more.
But the costumes didn’t stop with the party’s official entertainment as its attendees showed up with incredible outfits meeting the theme. The cosplay included Krang, My Little Pony, Spider-Man, Gadget and Chip from Rescue Rangers, Transformers, Ghostbusters (with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man), Jem and the Holograms, She-Ra, Jessica Rabbit, Lion-O and Panthro, Voltron, Captain N, Strawberry Shortcake, Bill & Ted, Carmen Sandiego, and many more.
Dancers showed their moves both on the stage and on the nearby pole while some partygoers seized the opportunity to steal the spotlight too.
Shredder even lived up to his nickname: Chrome Dome.
Body painting continued throughout the night, with mostly women getting their chests covered with Ninja Turtles, GI Joe, Transformers, and a particularly inventive way of asking the question, “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” (All the girls’ revealing bits were properly covered before painting began.)
Moshi Moshi Productions succeeded at throwing yet another massive MegaCon party and will certainly return for another when the event rolls back through Orlando in 2015.
More photos from 80s Toons Gone Wild:
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PHOTOS: Seamstress mom turns daughter into Disney Princess magnet with elaborate costumes at Disneyland
What happens when a photographer’s daughter really, really likes Disney Princesses? Magic.
Photographer and mom Angela Bosner handmade princess costumes for her daughter Haylie, then taking her to Disneyland to meet her counterparts in Fantasyland, capturing hundreds of pictures of these magical moments and sharing them on Flickr. Everyone from Cinderella to Rapunzel to Pocahontas to the Mad Hatter has joined in to pose for some special photos in the park.
Here are just a few:
Angela and her family have only been visiting Disneyland since 2009, when the idea first sparked that she should make princess costumes for Haylie to wear there. Haylie’s favorite? Mary Poppins.
Angela doesn’t produce costumes for other children, reserving her talents just for her own.
She tells her story via The Weekly Flickr:
MegaCon 2014 Wrap-Up: Record crowds swarm Orlando convention to see Walking Dead stars, Stan Lee, more pop culture fun
An unprecedented attendance of more than 80,000 people on its biggest day alone made MegaCon 2014 one of Orlando’s biggest conventions ever. This year the sprawling show moved to the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center, packing in every inch of space with excited fans of all things pop culture, eager to see – and meet – some of their favorite celebrities, artists, writers, and more.
With many dressed in elaborate costumes, attendees at MegaCon 2014 showed that cosplay is bigger than ever, bringing impressive levels of creativity and craftsmanship to show off their talents and love of anime, TV shows, movies, comic books, superheroes, and a whole lot of Disney characters.
In partnership with MegaCon, photographer Michael Gavin and I were given access to every panel and presentation throughout the weekend. Below are video and photo highlights from all three days of the event that this year for one day impressively approached attendance levels of San Diego Comic-Con.
(You’ll soon see our photographs on the official MegaCon web site too.)Cosplay
In addition to the many amazing Disney costumes we’ve already shown off from MegaCon attendees, the convention was filled with thousands of cosplayers posing for and endless stream of photos throughout. From Superman to Batman to Powdered Toastman to obscure anime and everything in between, there’s no end to the possibilities of cosplay.Video: I am MegaCon 2014 – Costumes, Cosplay, and Zombies in Orlando
Video: Disney cosplay photo meet at MegaCon 2014 in Orlando
Some famous cosplayers were in attendance, including Yaya Han, Riddle, Ivy Doomkitty, and Kristen Hughey.
Below are just a few of our favorites that we photographed throughout the weekend, followed by a slideshow of the 800+ cosplay pictures we took.
MegaCon also hosted two separate major costume contests simultaneously, one specifically for anime and one catch-all for everything else, to showcase the best of the best and hand out some prizes.
More cosplay photos from MegaCon 2014:
The special presentations of MegaCon 2014 were packed throughout the weekend, particularly on Saturday where long lines of hundreds of attendees were turned away from popular panels like the cast of “The Walking Dead” as rooms filled up fast. But those who did get in were treated to hours of entertainment, information, and a whole lot of laughs.
For those who couldn’t make it into “The Walking Dead” panel, we have a full video of it below. And don’t worry, they didn’t reveal any spoilers.Video: FULL The Walking Dead panel at MegaCon 2014 – Michonne, the Governor, Sasha, Beth, Glenn
Beyond “The Walking Dead,” another highlight of MegaCon was some of the industry’s top voice actors reading the entire “Ghostbusters” movie script, changing up their voices for each scene. Tigger, Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Walking, Invader Zim, Cinderella, and Donatello, are just a few of the many character voices that were hilariously voiced during this entertaining presentation, highlights of which can be seen in the video below.Video: Voice actors read Ghostbusters script at MegaCon 2014 in Orlando
Unfortunately we do not have the full presentation on video, as we had to hop around to a few different panels and events to photograph overlapping with this one, but the group did select a costumed audience member to man a front-and-center camera (next to mine) to record the whole event, which they said would eventually be up on YouTube.
Other highlights throughout the weekend included presentations from Stan Lee, John Barrowman (with and without the cast of “Torchwood”), the cast of “Smallville,” James Marsters (from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), “Robot Chicken” creators, famous cosplayers, Six Degrees Improv, and many more.
More photos from MegaCon 2014 panels and presentations:
Throughout the show floor, exhibitors sold unique merchandise while artists displayed their works as well as commissioned custom creations. The level of talent found throughout Artist’s Alley is tremendous, consistently one of the most popular areas of the convention. Plus, there was a huge themed LEGO display, an area for Star Wars photo opportunities, and ample chances to meet and get pictures with and autographs from celebrities.
Here are a few MegaCon 2014 show floor highlights:
More photos from the MegaCon 2014 show floor:
Even after regular MegaCon hours ended, Friday and Saturday nights offered elaborately themed parties throughout the area. We’ll have coverage of two of the off-property, adults-only themed events coming up soon on Outside the Magic, so keep checking back for those!
On Friday night, MegaCon hosted the Cosmos dance party in one of the convention center’s ballrooms, blasting dance music for a chance to unwind at the end of a long first day. Then on Saturday, James Marsters’ band performed to an excited crowd and an anime dance party was held as well, keeping MegaCon alive until well past midnight each night.
More photos from MegaCon 2014 parties:
Though Saturday’s unexpectedly huge crowds caused severe traffic and parking issues around the Orange County Convention Center, those who were able to get in saw a huge MegaCon event that rivaled some of the country’s biggest comic-cons. MegaCon keeps getting bigger and better year after year and will return to Orlando in 2015 for even more comic, sci-fi, television, movie, and general pop culture fun.
Disney cosplay takes spotlight at MegaCon 2014 with huge group photo, frenzy of “Frozen” and crazy costume creativity
MegaCon 2014 has come to a close, setting new attendance records while drawing tens of thousands of pop culture fans to the Orange County Convention Center. Among them were plenty of cosplayers, showing off tremendous creativity and talent with hundreds of inventive costumes. And with MegaCon being in Orlando, naturally there was much Disney-inspired cosplay to be found throughout the weekend.
“Frozen” was certainly the most common inspiration for costumes this year, with many an Anna, Elsa, Hans, Krisoff, and even Olaf to be found. But Disney cosplay has no bounds, reaching across 80+ years of animation, live action, and video game history.
On Sunday, more than 100 Disney fans gathered for a group photo, featuring costumes based on characters from films like “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and many more.Video: Disney cosplay group photo and meet-up at MegaCon 2014
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After the main photo, the group also posed with some silly faces – though Roger Rabbit took the opportunity to be serious, at least briefly.
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“Frozen” was no doubt the most popular inspiration for Disney cosplay this year. An impromptu gathering brought together four Elsas, three Annas, two Hanses, and one plush Olaf.
Another pair of “Frozen” cosplayers called each other sisters, though it never was quite clear if they really were sisters or just very good at staying in character.
At the MegaCon costume contest, one Elsa really “let it go” on stage as she tore off her coronation dress to reveal a sparkly icy gown underneath, much to the delight of the audience.
But there was much more than “Frozen” to be found at MegaCon 2014. Also in the costume contest were a unique “Kingdom Hearts” pair and a child with an outstanding Animal costume from The Muppets.
Famous cosplayer Riddle (from Syfy’s “Heroes of Cosplay” show) got into the Disney spirit with her take on Snow White.
Many more classic characters could be seen in cosplay throughout the weekend.
And many fans took the opportunity to create their own versions of Disney characters, mashing them up with “Star Wars,” “The Hunger Games,” steampunk, and even a bit of sexiness and gender bending.
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Marvel are all part of the Disney universe and an assortment of costumes from these worlds were shown off at MegaCon too.
We’ll have much more from MegaCon 2014 this week including photos and videos from more cosplay, panel discussions and after-hours parties to be featured on Outside the Magic, so keep checking back!
More Disney cosplay photos from MegaCon 2014:
(Photos by Ricky Brigante and Michael Gavin)
Introducing Outside the Magic – Covering themed experiences, special events, and pop culture fun aimed at a more adult audience
Over the past nine years, Inside the Magic has grown far beyond the simple Disney podcast that started it all. Now reaching out to theme parks, conventions, and other special events across the country, this site features extensive reports about much more than the Mouse.
But as our coverage areas expanded, so did our audience – so much so that a split occurred between those who are only interested in family-friendly theme parks and those who are eager to see everything that the vast world of themed entertainment offers, even when it stretches into far more adult themes.
Thus, Outside the Magic is born.
This new sub-blog is now the home for everything that’s “out there” enough to potentially offend our more conservative followers. This is the home for extreme Halloween haunts, sexy cosplay, wildly themed parties, and other special events that simply don’t fit within the boundaries of all-ages entertainment.
In addition, we’ve set up a new Outside the Magic Facebook page (“like” it!) and Twitter account (follow it!).
So if you saw any of the following pictures on Inside the Magic and thought “that doesn’t belong here,” now it has its own place.
The creation of Outside the Magic will not change the exhaustive coverage Inside the Magic is known for. Our main site will still cover everything from theme parks: Disney, Universal Studios (including Halloween Horror Nights), Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and more. The main site will still feature conventions like MegaCon, San Diego Comic-Con, Toy Fair, Star Wars Celebration, and numerous others. But when there is any content from these areas that walks the line of questionably adult-oriented content, it will be posted on Outside the Magic instead.
The only exception will be our popular YouTube channel, which will still be home to all of our videos, whether intended for ITM or the new OTM. (Warnings will be added at the beginning of any videos that are intended for more mature audiences.)
More importantly, Outside the Magic is now a home for this web site to expand event coverage even further. Events that were previously deemed too risque are now fair game for this section of the site. So consider this (and the disclaimer at the top) to be your warning: Outside the Magic may contain content that could offend you. There will never be full-on “adult” content here (the Internet already has plenty of those sites). But if there is a new immersive experience, artistic exhibit, or exciting special event that happens to feature nudity, horror, violence, profanity, or other elements that would earn a movie an R rating, Outside the Magic will be the place to feature it.
So if you’re offended by any of the pictures above and are only after 100% family-friendly content, stick to InsideTheMagic.net and don’t venture here to the Outside, where we leave the pixie dust behind to explore the more extreme side of themed entertainment and pop culture fun.
To kick off Outside the Magic with a bit of content, coverage some of the more extreme events recently covered by Inside the Magic has been moved over to this blog. They’re good examples of what can be expected here.
MegaCon returns to Orlando Convention Center next week with The Walking Dead, Star Wars, voice actors, cosplay, and plenty of parties
The ultimate pop culture convention of the southeast is coming back to Orlando in one week. MegaCon will descend upon the Orange County Convention Center March 21-23, 2014, bringing with it celebrities, comic book artists, cosplayers, and thousands of fans.
Headlining stars this year include comic legend Stan Lee, “The Walking Dead” cast members David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney and Sonequa Martin-Green, a few “Star Wars” stars, as well as cast members and creators of popular movies and TV shows like “Robot Chicken,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and more. A full list of panel discussions can be found here.
Other special events include speed dating, belly dancing, a zombie walk, improv and stand-up comedy, droid building, and a very special panel featuring popular voice actors reading the film script for “Ghostbusters” in their own unique way.
A full list of media guests can be found here.
There will also be a show floor filled with apparel, collectibles, artwork, and a whole lot more merchandise.
This year to entice attendees to spend more time in Artist’s Alley, a contest has been set up in the form of an autograph hunt. Attendees can download and print the forms below, hunting around the convention for autographs from sixteen of MegaCon’s artists. After collecting them all, attendees will receive an entry form to fill out to be entered for a daily prize pack featuring art from each of those artists.
Of course, many MegaCon attendees will be showing off their own cosplay creations throughout the weekend, gathering for three separate costume contests: universal, anime, and zombie.
TodayMonday is the last day to purchase advance tickets at MegaConvention.com. Afterward, tickets will be available at the event at an increased price.
We’ll be covering all three days of MegaCon this year with cameras in-hand. In fact, we’re partnering up with MegaCon to shoot for their official web site, so expect more pictures than ever before!
And for those looking for some after-hours fun, there are many related parties on International Drive as well as further out in Orlando, all encouraging MegaCon attendees to show up in their costumes. (Some are adults only!) Below are flyers for a few including the official MegaCon Cosmos event, Moshi’s 80’s Toons Gone Wild, Cosplay Deviants’ Night of Deviance, and Cos-Play & Fetish Fusion at Firestone Live, and more.
Here’s a look back at the past few years of MegaCon:
Best of Comic-Con cosplay: Sexy, silly, and strange costumes amuse and surprise at San Diego Comic-Con 2013
With a week gone by since the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, it’s time to look back at the highlights of the mega-event, beginning with the best of cosplay. Arguably the most entertaining part of the Comic-Con experience, people watching is elevated to an extreme with thousands of event attendees arriving dressed as their favorite characters in elaborate, homemade costumes.
Whether completely in disguise as Optimus Prime or nearly naked as Slave Leia, costumes command attention even amidst a sea of celebrities and eye-catching exhibits. And every year, we make sure to fix our lenses on the best that we see, from outfits that are seriously sexy to completely crazy and everything in between.
The video below spotlights some of the best costumes seen at Comic-Con this year, also including a few interesting sights around the convention, including the impressive booth for The Walking Dead, official Assassin’s Creed 4 characters, and even a special appearance by Stan Lee and his World of Heroes.Best of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 cosplay
This year, I even decided to go all out with my own costume, cosplaying as Inspector Gadget:
I received a LOT of praise for the hard work I put into my Gadget costume, which included a rotating red light on top of the hat, handcuffed Dr. Claw arm (which I picked up on Etsy) and working Go Go Gadget arm that surprised everyone I showed it to.
While in costume, I made sure to grab a few photo ops around the show floor, like this opportunity with a few zombies from The Walking Dead:
And I even bumped into a fellow Inspector Gadget:
And an entirely different Gadget:
It was quite exhausting to wear that costume for most of the day on Saturday – and at times frustrating, not having use of my real left hand. But I do now have an even greater appreciation for all who create and don elaborate outfits for Comic-Con.
Now take a closer look at some more of our favorite costumes in the photos below, beginning with Disney followed by everything else. And don’t miss the full gallery of Comic-Con 2013 cosplay at the bottom of this post.
Other Cosplay Keep checking back for day-by-day reports with many more photos and videos from all four days of San Diego Comic-Con 2013, both inside and outside of the convention center including special off-site experiences. More photos of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 costumes:
Keep checking back for day-by-day reports with many more photos and videos from all four days of San Diego Comic-Con 2013, both inside and outside of the convention center including special off-site experiences.
More photos of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 costumes:
Inside MegaCon 2013: While cosplayers convened with creative costumes, zombies attacked popular Orlando convention
The annual MegaCon convention in Orlando has come and gone for 2013, another year of fans gathering together at the Orange County Convention Center, eager to celebrate their love of comics, movies, and other pop culture.
This year’s headlining celebrity guests included the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” along with popular voice actors from shows like “My Little Pony” and “Futurama.” But even the many attendees who didn’t brave the long lines wrapping the convention center floors for those popular panels had plenty of entertainment to enjoy, from browsing up and down the rows of exhibitors’ booths to engaging in the most enjoyable of all MegaCon pastimes: people watching.
It is always the cosplayers – those who show up dressed as their favorite characters – that offer the most entertainment. From Disney to DC and Marvel comics to anime and far beyond, without these costumed attendees, MegaCon would be a whole lot less fun. And this year, added to the mix was a hoard of undead unexpectedly stumbling through the convention center in a successful zombie walk.
Though all three days of the convention (March 15-17) were packed, our cameras were there only on Saturday, traditionally the busiest day. Check out some of the best of the sexy and the scary we spotted in the videos below featuring plenty of costumes and zombies, followed by photo highlights from around MegaCon 2013.
VIDEO: I am MegaCon 2013 – Costumes, Cosplay, and Zombies in Orlando
VIDEO: MegaCon 2013 Zombie Walk at Orlando Convention Center
More photos from MegaCon 2013:
(Photos by Ricky Brigante and Michael Gavin)
The sexy and the silly of Star Wars Celebration VI: Fans show off creative and crazy costumes from across the galaxy
The Force was strong in Orlando over the past four days as Star Wars Celebration VI drew tens of thousands of fans of the intergalactic franchise together. From August 23-26, 2012, Lucasfilm brought the excitement of the “Star Wars” universe to the Orange County Convention Center for the second official event in a row, following the hugely successful Celebration V in 2010.
Though the massive event featured interesting and exciting exhibits, unforgettable panels, and countless celebrities, the most unique part of Celebration VI was offered by attendees themselves, many showing up (and showing off) in impressive costumes.
From Darth Vaders to Jedis to a wide variety of unusual Stormtroopers, Star Wars Celebration VI was packed with eye-catching outfits, the most creative of which were captured by our cameras. The videos below offer highlights of cosplay found throughout the event, one an overview and the other focusing on one of the most attention grabbing occurrences at every major convention, a gathering of Slave Leias.Video: Costumes of Star Wars Celebration VI
Video: Slave Leia gathering at Star Wars Celebration VI
The photos below are some of the most attention-grabbing and favorite costumes I photographed amidst the hundreds of pictures I took throughout Star Wars Celebration VI, full slideshows of which can be found at the bottom of this post.
Come back for more from Star Wars Celebration VI in the coming days, including a closer look at the exhibits on the show floor and one particular bizarre interactive experience offered to fans.
Slideshow: Star Wars Celebration VI – Day 1
Slideshow: Star Wars Celebration VI – Day 2
Slideshow: Star Wars Celebration VI – Day 3
San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Day 4 – Batmobiles, Iron Man 3, Epic Mickey 2, LEGO, collectibles, and wrap-up
The final day of San Diego Comic-Con is met with anticipation, anxiety, and a bit of sadness. Even after several highly-entertaining days packed with pop culture excitement, attendees are eager to cram as much into the final hours as possible, particularly with the show floor closing two hours earlier on this last day.
Sunday is the day to rapidly hop from booth to booth, exhibit to exhibit, seeing all the sights put off until “later.” There is no “later” and the commotion around the convention is noticeably higher as attendees try to fit it all in.San Diego Comic-Con, Day 4 – Sunday, July 15, 2012 Our day began early, crowding around the not-yet-open convention halls with hundreds of others, including an Astromech droid roaming about. For some unknown reason, the doors to the show floor weren't going to open until close to 10 am, cutting a short day even shorter. Since we arrived before 9am, expecting earlier entry, I killed some time by finally making it over to the nearby Hilton lawn to see the Batmobiles from across the years that were on display together for the first time. Here's the vehicle from "The Dark Knight." This camouflage "tumbler" from "The Dark Knight Rises" was shown off for the first time as well. But my favorite Batmobile will always be this one from Tim Burton's films. It's the one I grew up watching. But you can't go wrong with the classic, from the much-beloved '60s TV show. Finally making it onto the show floor, I found my way to the giant Marvel booth, which had somehow eluded me for three days. The array of Iron Man costumes, including the debut of the new suit from "Iron Man 3," was impressive. Even Deadpool and Harley Quinn thought so. Or perhaps they were plotting something... I continued down to the lower-numbered booths, as I hadn't sufficiently explored that area of the show floor yet. Much to my surprise, there stood a massive Power Ranger, at least 20-feet tall. The Profiles in History booth was displaying instantly-recognizable pieces of movie history. Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination... The prices on these Wonka items (and everything else) did not indicate what they were selling them for, but rather estimates of what they think they'll fetch when they soon auction them off. Joe Maddalena and his team were happy to meet with fans of their reality TV show "Hollywood Treasure." Backtracking, I wanted to hit a few booths showing off new collectibles, like the always-impressive offerings from Sideshow. I'm not sure who actually buys these statues, but they are highly detailed. This series of Avengers statues was arranged to create that famous shot from the recent film circling around the main characters. Classic Tygra caught my eye. Sideshow also displayed life-sized statues, like this Star Wars baddie. And a "Terminator" T-800 Endoskeleton. And Han Solo encased in carbonite. Nearby I spotted a guy hand Wonderwoman his Wonderbaby to take a picture. Slightly awkward, but still fun. Continuing down my list of must-see booths, I hopped over to Diamond to check out a few more collectibles. I have a growing Street Fighter collection and that Ryu with a Hadouken fireball may be added to it soon. New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures and vehicles are always tempting, particularly when it's a new Turtle Van. I already own two versions... why not a third? These reimagined classic Turtles figures look amazing. I love the real metal chains on Michaelangelo's nunchucks. I'd walked by the LEGO booth many times but hadn't stopped there until now. No LEGO booth would be complete without a few life-sized LEGO sculptures, this one of Gandalf. Opposite Gandalf was Bilbo Baggins, both in promotion of "The Hobbit." A massive Hulk LEGO sculpture didn't scare anyone, though this kid felt the need to pose with his head in a box. LEGO Darth Maul certainly looked menacing. Little Batman attracted attention when posing in front of the large(r) LEGO superheroes. Continuing to wander all the booths I hadn't yet seen, I stumbled across the Prop Store, featuring screen-used props from years of filmmaking. My favorite was the somewhat toasted Stay Puft Marshmallow Man head. All of the above was packed into the first couple hours of the day. I had a panel to get to by 1pm so it was time to head back out into the Gaslamp Quarter to find some lunch. While there, we came across some girls promoting Will Ferrel's upcoming film "The Campaign." Also outside were characters from the upcoming movie "ParaNorman." After grabbing a quick sandwich at The Old Spaghetti Factory, we headed back to the convention center, where Catwoman was playfully pawing at a San Diego Police car, though regularly looking around to make sure she wasn't caught. Inside, Playboy bunny Avengers turned heads as they walked by. My first panel of the day and last of the convention was for Epic Mickey 2, with surprise moderator Adam Sessler. The panel consisted of the same crowd I'd interviewed the day before: Marv Wolfman, Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector, Walt Disney Archives' Becky Cline, and Peter David. They not-so-subtly made the whole audience jealous by wearing their hard-to-get Oswald ear hats.
You can watch the full Epic Mickey 2 panel in the video below, also briefly touching on Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for Nintendo 3DS:Some outstanding artwork and clips from the game were shown off but it was clear from Q&A that many were concerned with how the group was improving on the first game, which suffered from control issues. They're convinced those issues have been solved and the addition of voices and songs will take the new game to a new level. Those who asked questions received special E-tickets. But no one received any Oswald ear hats, despite many hoping for a giveaway. After the panel, I was determined to photograph and video every interesting costume I came across in the little remaining time I had left at the convention. This girl not only had a good costume but also strongly reminded me of Kaley Cuoco, one of the stars of "The Big Bang Theory" and hugely popular among the geeks at Comic-Con. That should be this girl's costume next year. All throughout this last day, I was once again dressed as a character. This time it was Freddy Krueger - or at least mostly, minus the burnt face. Here I posed with The Walking Dead photo op, though I was told Michonne would likely win this battle. I headed over to "The Hobbit" booth from WETA to snap a decent shot of their huge trolls, including the costumed one in the bottom. Too bad the other photographer snuck into an otherwise excellent shot. Around the corner, Gollum was being very paranoid... as usual. Some of the upcoming toys for "The Hobbit" were on display. At first glance, it seemed props from "The Hobbit" were also being shown off, but they turned out to be replicas, despite being behind glass. Over at the Hasbro booth, "Clone Wars" voice actress Ashley Eckstein was signing autographs, always smiling. Different cars rotated out at this booth celebrating James Bond's 50th anniversary. Continuing through the collectibles, we briefly passed by Tonner's booth. I couldn't resist taking a peek at the "Tron: Legacy" dolls, though I can't say I have any desire to own them. Gem looks good and is tempting simply because there is very little merchandise of her available. But the other two... eh. Nearing the end of the convention, I stumbled across actress Mindy Robinson once again, who I didn't actually recognize in unicorn form until reviewing these photos later. She reluctantly but politely posed for this photo, quite tired at the end of the day. I was too. Finally, this woman was spritzing attendees with Febreze to mask the unpleasant odors of 4.5 days spent at San Diego Comic-Con. It was over and while there was sadness in the air, there was also much relief, with a hint of anticipation for 2013. San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Day-by-Day Photo Reports:
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Saturday is generally the craziest, busiest, and most entertaining day at San Diego Comic-Con, when locals can finally get off work and come out to the convention. It’s also “TV day,” meaning all the biggest TV shows host their panels, this year not only in Ballroom 20, which has traditionally been home to TV-related presentations, but also in the substantially larger Hall H to accommodate annually growing crowds.
Day three of Comic-Con is also when the most attendees show up in costume – myself included. And that’s where we begin today’s photo recap.After arriving in my flying DeLorean, I stopped to check my watch while holding my mirrored sunglasses on my head to see if I'd arrived in time for the first panel of the day. If only that were true. Though many liked my Marty McFly costume, I really did need the ability to time travel to reach all of the presentations I wanted to hit that day. Comic-Con was definitely filled with great costumes on day three. Within a few feet of me posing in my own outfit, my wife spotted these three Disney fairies from Sleeping Beauty: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. As much as I love Mario and Luigi, those portly mustachioed plumbers have nothing on these twins.
This little girl was completely convinced that she had just met the real Korra. Sometimes cosplay is more than just dressing up.
Michelle's goal for the day was to see the "True Blood" panel. It was scheduled for 4:30pm, but we showed up to Ballroom 20 early to avoid waiting in a line outside for 6 hours like we did last year. This time, the entertainment began with a hilarious Futurama panel that included an impromptu costume contest, live drawing session with creator Matt Groening, and plenty of voice talent.
Here’s a video tour around the Frankenweenie Electrifying Garden:The first room inside featured a fountain surrounded by labeled plants, giving visitors some ideas on how to Burton-ize their homes. Just beyond that, visitors stepped into the world of the New Holland Pet Cemetery, straight out of the stop motion film. On the way in, visitors could enter a raffle to win T-shirts. The girl working there insisted I gave her a chance to take put her hair down and pose before I snapped this photo. The whole setup was great, temporarily transporting me away from the fast-paced insanity of Comic-Con and into a Disney-quality walk-through experience. This should definitely find its way into a Disney theme park. Heading back to Ballroom 20, the religious sign guys were still there, though one man decided to poke fun at them with his own sign. Yellow signs do indeed make God angry. I couldn't resist stopping for a photo if this excellent Merida cosplayer, complete with Scottish accent. Just after I snapped this photo, a Pixar animator who had worked on "Brave" got a photo with her as well. This pop art girl had one of the most unique looks I saw during the event. Signs of things to come. I finally made it back to Ballroom 20, just in time to use my pass to get back in... ...for the huge "True Blood" panel featuring all of the show's main stars! It was an extremely enjoyable discussion that culminated in the show's creator Alan Ball breaking down in tears as the cast expressed their thanks before he leaves the show soon. Lighter highlights included on-stage handstands and body rolls, which I'll leave to your imagination.
Best of Comic-Con Cosplay: Sexy and surprising costumes command attention during San Diego Comic-Con 2012
The annual geek mecca that is the San Diego Comic-Con draws tens of thousands of fans each year to see their favorite movies, TV shows, video games, celebrities, and other pop culture phenomena live and in person, through exciting exhibits, panels, and presentations. But despite all that entertainment, it’s often cosplayers that grab the most attention. For many attendees of SDCC, the event is the ultimate excuse to dress up in elaborate costumes, taking on the likes of familiar fictional faces, from Snow White to Superman and everything in-between.
Throughout the 4.5 days of the San Diego Comic-Con, I kept my video and still cameras ready at all times to capture the best costumes I spotted. Whether inside the convention center, out front, or in the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, costumed attendees dominated the landscape. And while many guys dress up in elaborate outfits, it’s the girls involved in cosplay that attract the most eyeballs, both in person and afterward online, and thus my lens tended to point in their direction more often than not. That’s not to say male cosplayers don’t have equally impressive costumes, only that girls tend to flaunt their assets more effectively.
Check out the highlights of costumes I saw throughout the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con in the video below, followed by some of my favorite stills and a slideshow of every cosplayer I photographed. Then comment at the bottom and tell me which are your favorites!Video: The costumes and girls of San Diego Comic-Con 2012
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay Catwoman was purring with heat... from the metal police car's hood. She was hoping she wouldn't get arrested while posing for pictures in front of the convention center. Just inside, Galactus towered over attendees. Note the tiny Silver Surfer off his left shoulder. A repeated cosplay theme this year was hipster characters, inspired by Internet memes. This pair was representing The Legend of Zelda characters with #HipsterHyrule. This Disney Princess duo embodied the meme by adding caption boxes around their heads. Popular cosplayer Traci Hines showed off her hipster Snow White look one day... ...and her best-known non-hipster Ariel, The Little Mermaid on another. Newcomer to the Disney Princess universe is Merida, perfectly portrayed by this cosplayer down to her Scottish accent. Back outside, Giselle from "Enchanted" was lost in a sea of Comic-Con attendees, dreaming of her first love's kiss... Following Disney's "Frankenweenie" panel, this group of Tim Burton fans posed outside Hall H. I accidentally overexposed the photo, rather ironic given Burton's tendency for dark films. Tim Burton-produced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was also on-hand at Comic-Con. Creepy costumes continued with this pair representing characters from Hotel Transylvania, not even released yet. On the lighter side of things, this pop art-inspired costume stood out among the superheroes and princesses of Comic-Con. This "Futurama" pair didn't blink when asked for a photo. Representing "The Simpsons" was Duffman. Regulars to Comic-Con are this pink pair who dress each year to raise awareness of breast cancer. Waldos are easy to find at the San Diego Comic-Con, but Odlaw is far more difficult. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Well, San Diego, naturally. Harley Quinns are also quite common at Comic-Con, though this one offered a funny expression. There are many variations of the Harley Quinn outfit and I particularly liked how the ambient lighting softened this shot, a striking contrast from the one above. Video games always are a popular source of costume inspiration and this sexy cosplayer perfectly represented the outfit - and shape - of the Mortal Kombat character Mileena. But not every costume has to be accurate to be fun, like this female Darth Vader... posing in the oversized Darth Vader action figure card. And yes, of course, there were Slave Leias. No Comic-Con would be complete without them. Leia wasn't the only one in a gold bikini, with these female characters from the He-Man universe representing the Mattel booth. Also at Mattel was this retro-futuristic "Back to the Future" girl showing off their upcoming Hoverboard toys. At the nearby Hasbro booth, Jem made a rare appearance. Truly outrageous. Watch out! Mega Man nearly Mega Busted me.
Reporting live on the scene was April O'Neil and her sort-of Ninja Turtle companion. Also out of the '80s... Thundercats HOOOOOO! I think this girl was made to be an Oompa Loompa. Perfect. Likewise for this Wonder Woman. There was certainly no shortage of superheroes at Comic-Con, with the Avengers joined by their arch-nemesis Loki, in female form, looking not too pleased to be posing with them. Unbeknownst to me, I photographed Hilly and Hannah Hindi of the Hillywood Show, in Lady Gaga-inspired attire. (I'd never heard of them before...?) Also musically inclined, the Star Wars Cantina band was playing their way through the show floor, with that famous song sounding around them. One of the most attention-grabbing costume events coinciding with the San Diego Comic-Con each year is a zombie walk through the Gaslamp Quarter. I particularly like how this zombie was nice enough to carry a cup to catch the blood she was drooling out. One human victim was being pushed around amidst the zombie outbreak. Apparently zombies can't spell very well. While most zombies are gruesome, at FEARnet's Con of the Dead party, this zombie successfully combined sinister and sultry. Looks like Snow White had been turned too. Must have been a bad apple. At the similarly-named Dawn of the Con party, this Street Fighter gang was ready to protect the night's event. And at a restaurant deeper in the Gaslamp Quarter, this waiter jumped through an open window to snag a photo with Batman and, his favorite, Catwoman. He was giddy.
…and yes, I was one of the many cosplayers at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, dressed as Marty McFly on Saturday (posing with the Hoverboard girl) and a pre-burnt Freddy Krueger on Sunday (posing with a photo op for AMC’s “The Walking Dead”):
This is just a small sampling of my favorite costumes from throughout the 4.5 days I wandered the halls and surrounding area of the San Diego Convention Center. I tended to take pictures only of costumes I found to be eye-catching, unique, interesting, or otherwise enjoyable to look at, so the slideshow below is filled with more than 200 of the best of the best of Comic-Con.
Stay tuned in the coming days for even more photo reports from the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, recapping my day-to-day adventures across the exciting event.
Slideshow of costumes at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con: