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Good Cosplay Thread - pt3 - The Pros of Cons

Discussion in 'Pez's Playhouse & Cosplay Corner' started by figmentPez, May 24, 2010.

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    Welcome to the Good Cosplay Thread Part 3 - The Pros of Cons.

    Part 1 is lost to mists of time, but Part 2 can be found in the Hall of Fame (hopefully).

    Everyone is welcome to post what pictures they find, and I love it when the cosplayers themselves post in the thread.

    Make sure to help me fill out tags for the thread. Characters, cosplayers, conventions... please add tags.

    Be sure to help me identify cosplay I don't know, or correct me when I'm wrong. Also, if you know the name a cosplayer goes by, and if they have a website, Flickr photostream, Youtube channel, DeviantArt account, blog or other home on the web, I'd love to know about it.

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    When I started the last Good Cosplay thread ten months ago, having no idea it would run to 2,000 posts. In hopes of getting this thread off on the right foot, I've gone through the old thread and picked out some of my favorite photos. It was hard whittling it down, so I went with the best images, not necessarily the best costumes.

    *Disclaimer*, I'm not a cosplayer or a photographer. These were chosen by my personal preference, and may not reflect a general concensus of artist merit.*

    It was very difficult to pick photos, and I had over 60 that were on the "short list" before narrowing it down to the final 30 that will make up the first 3 posts in this thread (please hold your replies at least until I get done with these three "best of" posts.) I estimate there were over 7,000 cosplay photos in the last thread, and I hope no one feels bad if one of their favorite pics didn't end up in the half-of-a-percent that I chose. (Damn, I once figured that I sifted through over 100 pictures on Flickr to find one photo for the thread. I've probably flipped through well over a half a milllion photos by now, even if my numbers aren't as conservative as I think. :wtf:)

    One last note. I'll be switching photo labels to below the image, since Google image search seems to expect them there, and the "best of" photos will be larger sizes. I'll go back to the medium size when I move on to new photos.


    So, what draws my attention, and makes me like a cosplay photo?

    Well, sometimes the character is captured perfectly. As in this photo, with it's wonderfully mad smile.
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    the Joker : DC Comics


    Other times it's just my fondness for redheads, though this Sally is excellent beyond a beautiful canvas.
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    Sally : The Nightmare Before Christmas (Cosplayer: Tallest Silver)


    I also have a fondness for wings. Even when I don't know what character is being cosplayed.
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    Golden Wings


    I'm also drawn to colored glasses, favorite or obscure characters (especially those I haven't seen before) but a wonderful location can really compliment a costume:

    Setting the photo as an epic adventure.
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    Steampunk Slave Leia


    Or complementing the colors of the costume.
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    Zafina : Tekken


    Giving a super-hero a city to protect.
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    Ms. Marvel


    Matching the setting of the source material...
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    Big Daddy and Little Sister : Bioshock


    ... or completely breaking cannon.
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    Batmen by the pool


    Even something as simple as a set of stairs can provide the perfect backdrop.
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    Wonder Girl / Donna Troy : DC Comics


    The right setting provides wonderful lighting and color, showing off wonderful costuming.
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    Black Canary : DC Comics (cosplayer: Kelldar)
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    Conventions aren't always the perfect location for photos, but it's really about the cosplayer. A wonderful pose can more than make up for a simple background.
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    female Joker and male Harley Quinn : DC Comics


    And enthusiasm can matter more than a flawless costume.
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    Kid Flash : DC Comics


    A bright smile makes almost any costume look better.
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    Scarlet Witch : Marvel Comics (Cosplayer: Panda)


    But sometimes it's important for a character to look menacing.
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    Mary Marvel : DC Comics (Cosplayer: A Riddle)


    Some cosplayers seem to be made for the costumes they wear.
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    Punisher


    Others embrace the personality they're dressing as.
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    Deadpool


    A great cosplay photo can tell a story...
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    Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy


    either mirroring the source...
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    Marvel Zombies: Polaris, Spider-Man and Captain America


    Or it can break out of character, and provide an alternate take.
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    Inky and Pac-Man


    Cosplay should be fun.
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    A certain Jack and Jill from Freakazoid
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    Some costumes are eye catching for the amount of work that went into their fabrication.
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    Atomic Robo


    Or how difficult they must be on the wearer.
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    Pennance / Hollow


    Making an excellent costume requires great skill, and some body types fit certain characters better than others.
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    Red Sonja and Captain Morgan (Cosplayers: Belle Chere and her husband Jerry)


    I'm a big fan of the way color plays in photos.
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    Sarah Pezzini: Witchblade (Cosplayer: virtual.girl)


    Providing a rich backdrop
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    Rogue


    Or setting the photo in another place or time.
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    WWII-era Pin-up (Cosplayer: Aktrez)


    Lighting plays a big role in catching my attention.
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    Splicer: Bioshock


    As does the occasional mash-up of ideas.
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    Jedi Riddler


    Occasionally, I'll post a photo that isn't really cosplay, but still bears some connection to conventions or geekery in general.
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    Kissing Booth $100


    And I really love the chance to add in my own attempts at humor.

    This lantern carries a terrible curse!
    Ooh, that's bad.
    But it comes with free cookies!
    That's good.
    The cookies are also cursed.
    That's bad.
    But they've got lemon icing!
    That's good!
    The icing contains contain potassium benzoate.
    :confused:
    ...That's bad.
    Can I go now?
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    Sinestro


    And those are my picks for the best photos of the Good Cosplay Thread - Part 2. I'll be back soon with new photos.
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    "Unknown but possibly a female War Machine" - This could be City of Heroes Cosplay. The one on the left I don't know (it could be a Warmachine version of Pepper Potts' Model 1616), but the one on the right looks a bit like a Malta Gunslinger.
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    Dude in the cowboy hat looks more like summat out of Gears of War to me. Gunslingers wear baggy fatigues, not full body armour. Observe:

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    I would just like to say how happy I am that figmentPez is back to post more pictures!
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    Agreed. MORE!
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    Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying things. I certainly am.


    Disney Cosplay

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    Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Jasmine (Aladdin)


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    Why isn't Snow White smiling?


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    Snow White


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    Belle


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    Belle


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    Unknown, Rogue (Marvel Comics), Belle - The unknown has been identified, by LittleKagsin, as Umi from Magic Knight Rayearth.
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    I'm more put off by those costumes than anything. I mean, they're good, but they're also a bit creepy. Those human eyes staring out from behind the masks look strange.
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    That's because they are FURRIES.
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    Hey, what they do in those costumes later is non o' my business. But those eyes... I can't look at em for too long.
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    Bro and Sis Shazam!
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    You love that picture as much as we do.


    That's not a bad thing, by the way.
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    Looking lovely, as always, MaryMarvel.



    Animation cosplay:


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    Crysta (FernGully: The Last Rainforest)


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    Crysta


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    Winx Club


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    Orko (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)


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    Skeletor


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    Venger (Dungeons & Dragons)
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    Comics and Animation

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    The Phantom


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    Fray (a spin-off of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)


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    Dream and Death (The Sandman - Vertigo Comics) I've never read the comics, but Dream (if I have the name right) seems to be an alternate, Arabian Nights, version from an action figure set called The Sandman Incarnations. I don't know about the Death costume, though.

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    Death

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    Dream

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    Reverse to show the cape
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    It's not really a comic cosplay (only if you took the clerks miniseries) but it was too much fun to wear to keep this from you.
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    My best buddy since elementary school and myself as Silent Bob & Jay.

    Here's more of it.
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    I love it! But then I'm a big J&SB freak.
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