Cosplay, short for “costume play”, has become more and more popular in the last few years, as fans of all types dress up for comic book and sci-fi conventions. Cosplayers can spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in an elaborate labor of love to look like their favorite comic book and sci-fi characters, and some of them are famous in their own right. This past weekend, professional and amateur cosplayers showed up in droves at Fan Expo Dallas for fun and photo ops. Here are just a few of the amazing costumes seen at this year’s comic con.
Meg Turney is a cosplayer who is famous for her roles on Internet shows such as SourceFed and Rooster Teeth.
Professional model and cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp dressed as Freddy Krueger from “Nightmare on Elm Street”.
Spock Vegas is a professional cosplayer who does an amazing job for portraying Mr. Spock from Star Trek, never breaking character while playing the iconic character.Austin-based model and cosplayer Mika Nicole poses for a photo.Brent Collins of Lubbock dressed up as Ronan the Destroyer from “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
This “Futurama” fan dressed as Philip J. Fry, seen here with the head of his robot friend Bender.Some cosplayers go as original characters, like Dim N Wit, the brightly-dressed Fairy Brothers, giving out free hugs to convention-goers.Cosplay is for more than just fictional characters. This man dressed as Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, as portrayed by Brad Pitt in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.These cosplayers dressed as Marvel superheroes Deadpool and Domino.Disney characters were represented as well, with this “Brave” fan dressing as Merida.This fan was dressed as one of the Weeping Angels from “Dr. Who”.
Group costumes were also popular. These “Batman” fans dressed as Harley Quinn, the Joker and Poison Ivy.
While many of the costumes at Fan Expo Dallas were elaborate and expensive, sci-fi and comic book fans are very accepting of every level of cosplay, from a simple tee-shirt to Hollywood-quality makeup and costuming. Fan Expo Dallas, and its sister event Dallas Comic Con are the best places to see great costumes outside of a Halloween party. In fact, comic cons like Fan Expo Dallas are better than Halloween, since cosplayers have a love of dressing up beyond just a simple Halloween costume. Whether you’re interesting in dressing up or just meeting those who do, Fan Expo Dallas is a great experience for the whole family.
If you’re looking for more cosplay fun, make sure to check out Dallas Comic Con Fan Days at the Irving Convention Center on October 16-18, 2015. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for next year’s Fan Expo Dallas on June 3-5, 2016. For more information, visit dallascomiccon.com.