What a wonderful fan convention that was ECCC. We attended Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle last year, but this year the cosplay was even more outstanding. The Western Championships of Cosplay was full of amazing looks, of course, but the quality of cosplay out in the hallways sometimes rivaled the contestants. We were fortunate to be able to pick out some of our favorite characters, but we also had tons of amazing cosplayers just show up wanting to get their photo taken. If we could’t fit you in (it was a busy four days), we hope you’ll find us again next year. If we did have you sit for a photo shoot, make sure to download a high-res copy. It’s just dying to become your Facebook profile photo for the next three months.
Here are some of our favorite looks from Saturday and Sunday at ECCC….
People who came back again and again
We had a number of people who dress differently each day come back. This fellow sat for us no less than three times at ECCC. As you can quickly see, he some talent with fabrication. He’s especially experienced at creating items out of fiberglass, which of course looks about as professional as can be. The two swordsmen were some of the most polished cosplayers we saw at ECCC. And one of them is his wife! Kudos to her for her sewing prowess (and patience with his labor of love). Thanks to everyone who came back for more!
This fellow made this entire suit of armor out of cardboard. He really maximized what you can do with cardboard and rivets (very smart use of corrugated cardboard in spots). The details are very impressive. If you zoom in you can see the finger greaves. You can even see his eyes peeking through, which is a testament to our photographer Michael’s attention to detail.
Mad Max Family Time
This family sat for us last year for a few different cosplay looks, and they came back this year with a stunner. The entire family joined in to create a Mad Max group that was easily the most impressive of any Mad Max themed cosplay we saw this year. All of them are amazing, especially the “Immortan Joan” look. Thank you @coregeek, @emmy__jonesy, and the rest!
This couple is driven by this guy’s obsession with vikings. Not just the TV show The Vikings. He’s into all things viking, and boy does he know his stuff. We spotted his shield from far away and knew we had to have them pose for us. Turns out he built this shield the way the original Vikings used to. It’s covered in canvas, which helps keep the wood from splitting when hit by swords and spears, and the entire outside is made out of rawhide that is super hard and reinforces the entire shield. He told us all about it, including how he couldn’t find the right materials he wanted so he went and bought tons of dog chew toy rawhide, soaked it to make it a little more malleable, and then formed it and set it on the shield. Resourceful — just like a viking.
This imposing fellow sounds as loud as he looks. Actually, much louder. He turned heads everywhere at ECCC with this barbaric cosplay. His spittle-flying lunges at our camera were frankly awesome. It was a real pleasure to have him pose. He’s a real expert. Does it for a living, in fact. Nice bear head, bro!
Hell Messiah of the Cenobites
Hellraiser is horror canon, so you always expect to see at least a few people doing one of the iconic looks from the movies. But we don’t think anyone has done it quite this well. This fellow also sat for us more than once. In fact, he showed up for photos four (five?) times during the four days. Sometimes he would wear two looks per day. That’s commitment! We’re a fan of all of his looks (which you can find in the Cosplay Gallery), but this Cenobite interpretation is probably our favorite of his many cosplays.
One thing I find interesting about the rising popularity of cosplay — and of fan conventions themselves — is that it’s occurring during the rise of both superhero movies and this new Golden Age of Television. You’ll see all kinds of cosplay inspired by both animated and live action TV, and this Steven Universe character was well done — and she really went for the poses we asked her to take.
We like how some cosplayers go for alternate looks of characters. Sometimes those are alternate comic book story lines and sometimes they are conceptual interpretations. This alternate Flash was interesting and different, but what really blew us away was his enthusiasm for Pixlr. He’s a long-time user and we loved hearing about his experiences with our apps. Front of the line, @titancosplay. Your flattery is welcome here.
Some of the cosplay we see is through the roof with details and looks like it took weeks or even months to make. But we’re also really impressed by people who do simple things really well. It only takes three or four of just the right pieces using the right colors and details to make stand-out cosplay — especially when the person who embodies the character really believes in it. This Princess Mononoke was understated but also outstanding.
Pixlr Staff of Power Photo
We definitely have a favorite of all the photos we took at ECCC. To us, our favorite photo is the last one we take — our staff photo. This time around, we had a smaller staff than we did at C2E2, but the photo turned out just as epic as that last one in Chicagoe. We admit it, we’re biased to choose this one as our favorite. Even though we try, it’s impossible to be completely objective when judging cosplay. And it’s completely impossible to not pick this photo as our favorite because we felt the same rush that all the other cosplayers who had their photo taken at our booth this week felt. When our expert photographer Michael poses you and makes you reach for that last 5% of emotion when you think you’ve already given 100% percent, and you step down from your pose and see how epic you look on a big 55-inch screen that’s broadcasting your photo to the entire convention — well then it’s going to be your favorite photo no matter what. Thank you, Michael, for your amazing work, and thank you to everyone who sat for a photo shoot!