The NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay returned to the Javits Center last night, just as it does every year. It seems like every year the quality of the cosplay gets sharper and sharper, in both materials used and creative ideas pursued. Competitors battle for $5,000 in prizes, which is always nice, but for most of these folks it’s not about the money. Glory and the satisfaction of a job well done. Winners also qualify for the final round of the 2017 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, which is the the final stop in the Global Championships of Cosplay.
As sponsor of the event, Autodesk is given access to the contestants earlier in the day, which we love because we get to ask them all kinds of questions about how they made their cosplay. It’s a group of people who are really experienced at making things, including a few people we’ve met in past years who are returning again, but it’s also a bunch of folks who’ve never been in any kind of competition like this before. Some of them have serious butterflies, but our photographer Michael always has a way to get them to stay focused for their photo shoot. As usual, the final photos look great. Here are the winners and all the rest of the competitors for 2016….
First place: Frau by Lucky Grim from Sakizou Art Work
Second place: Voltron by outLAW2LK from Voltron: Legendary Defender
Third place: The Wanderer by Cap Santiago from Fallout 4.
First place: Tyrande by Sayakat Cosplay from World of Warcraft Heroes of the Storm
Second place:: Imlerith by PhazonJuke from The Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt
Third place:: Iron Man by Allen Wong from Iron Man
First place:: General Hux by Vanya Yount from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Second place: The Sorcerer Supreme by Canvas Cosplay from Doctor Strange
Third place: Homulilly by With a Thorn Cosplay from Madoka Magica Rebellion.
First place: Belldandy by Alchemical Cosplay from Ah My Goddess!
Second place: Immortan Joe by Adam Shefki (not pictured)
Third place: Tiny Tina by Mangoloo from Borderlands 2
Category: Larger than Life
First place: Voltron by outLAW2LK from Voltron: Legendary Defender
Second place: Count Chocula 2.0 by Michael Wong from Monster Cereal
Third place: Doctor Octopus by Tony Reinen from Spider-Man 2
These folks didn’t win a prize, but they definitely won a place in our hearts.
The Baker’s Wife by Lady of Time Cosplay from Into the Woods.
Cersei Lannister by Lia London of Go Sew Cosplay from Game of Thrones. (not pictured)
Samus Aran by Victoria Miller from Metroid
Yennefer of Vengerberg by Elynne Costumes from The Witcher 3
Erza Scarlet by Amanda Gazzola from Fairy Tail
Iron Man Mark 1 by Kevin Uribe from Iron Man
Harley Quinn by Autumn Sharer from Batman Arkham City
Oswald Cobblepot by Ozwald Cobblepot from Batman Returns
Tracer by Foxtail from Overwatch
Johanna by A. Steakhouse from Diablo Heroes of the Storm
Gamora by Violette Fiasco from Guardians of the Galaxy
Morrigan by Gabriella Nuovo from Dragon Age
GLaDOS by Orisen from Portal
Junkrat by Hanari Solomon from Overwatch
The Corpse Bride by Amanda Dawn from Corpse Bride
Iron Man Mark 43 by Ken from Iron Man
Clara Oswald by Jana Kucera from Doctor Who
Leona – Valkyrie by Kath Dragons from League of Legends