In my last post, I gave details on my first comic-con, ACE Seattle. It was a pretty long post and covered multiple topics, but I decided to break it into two posts because I think the cosplayers at this con deserve a post to themselves.
I love cosplay, and have tried out a few cosplays myself, even though I’m not very experienced at it. In fact, I went to the con as Claudia Donovan, my favorite character from the SyFy show Warehouse 13.
But even though I had heard that cosplay was super popular at cons, I don’t think I was expecting this many great costumes. On Sunday, I spent a couple of hours chasing down cosplayers and asking them if I could take their pictures – I missed a few great cosplays whom I saw on Saturday but not the next day. But all the people I did manage to ask, not a single one objected to their photos being taken!
So here they are. I’ve got pictures of 24 amazing cosplayers – some handmade costumes, others professional cosplayers. I’m not going to rank them, because that would be unfair to all the uniquely different and ingenius cosplays that I got to experience at ACE. Instead, I’m just going to give them to you in the order in which I got their pictures, and you can decide for yourself which ones are your favorites.
Spiderman (Spiderman: Homecoming): Adrian, FL
This guy is the first cosplayer I photographed, on Saturday, and I’m glad I did because I didn’t see him the next day. I think, given the number of Spideys I saw at the con, Adrian deserves credit for this original Homecoming idea. He pulled it off beautifully! The color contrast really pulls your attention to him – I had actually noticed him earlier in the day because I would see this pop of color out of the corner of my eye and turn to see him sitting in the panel audience, or walking around, and I just had to get his picture.
Captain America: Akemi, WA
Now this is what I’m talking about! I forgot to clarify whether this cosplay is meant to be Cap or one of the “star-spangled man with a plan” dancers from Captain America: The First Avenger. Because of the shield, though, I’m going to guess that she’s Cap. Either way, this is one of the things that I love about cosplay – you can be as canon-exact as you want or not at all. Unlike some other mediums, fan art doesn’t have to be exact – spin-offs and new takes on familiar looks are what make cosplay so great! And I love the shield, of course. I wonder if she got Chris to sign it?
Iron Man with Infinity Gauntlet (Avengers: Endgame): DoubleTakeCosplay
This guy is the bomb! I mean it: this professional cosplayer has everything down, even the sunglasses and the facial hair! I didn’t get his name but I did get his business card: the website doesn’t work but here’s a link to his Facebook page. This suit was so incredibly impressive I had to take a look at some more of his art. It looks like he does a lot of Marvel/RDJ cosplay and recreates Iron Man stills, though he has a few other things on there, too. That’s an incredibly specific niche but it fits him perfectly!
Thranduil: Meesha, OR
This handmade edition of Thranduil is incredible! Cost-effective and creative, it adds a personal flair to the character while still remaining recognizable. And I love how you can combine fairly ordinary items of clothing together to create the look you want – you don’t have to handmake everything if you don’t want to! My first thought when I saw this cosplay was that if Thranduil wasn’t the king of the Wood Elves, he should be king of whichever branch of elves celebrate springtime. Great job, Meesha!
Captain America & The Winter Soldier: Jordan, WA & Sander, CA
These guys are so adorable! And as far as I know, these two cosplayers don’t know each other. I was just getting a picture of Jordan when Sander’s parents came up to him and asked if they could get a picture of the two together (that’s why they’re not looking at me – Sander is grinning for his mom). But I mean, if my kid was cosplaying Bucky, I’d want to get a picture with somebody dressed as Cap, too!
Spiderman: Jaime, WA
This Spidey was completely into it! When I asked him for a picture, he immediately gave me multiple equally awesome poses, so it was hard for me to decide which one to use. This one definitely looks the most like a poster shot, though, so I decided to go with it. I applaud not only the costume, but the full athletic characterization as well.
Jedi with a Yellow Lightsaber: Mark, WA
This guy was hanging out near the vendors who built life-size working R2-D2s – I’m guessing he’s with them, though I didn’t ask. I’m not exactly sure if his cosplay is a particular Jedi or not – as far as I know yellow lightsabers are only wielded by the Jedi Temple Guards. But then again, I’m not as up to date on the Star Wars fandom as I used to be, and he may be cosplaying a specific named character. Either way, it’s super cool, and I’m so glad I was able to get a picture!
Captain America & Hawkeye: Brandon & Chance, CA
We caught these guys as they were leaving. Brandon’s movie-accurate suit (stealth suit from CA:TWS), which is my personal favorite, looks great on him, and goes perfectly with Chance’s Endgame Hawkeye, complete with swords which aren’t pictured because they’re sitting on the floor at his feet. Father/son bonding at its best – way to go guys!
Captain Marvel & Spider-Gwen: Emma & Amber, CA
These guys are super cute! This is the first and only Spider-Gwen I saw hanging around the con, so she stood out as one of a kind! I love the detail, right down to the white headphones to complete the look! And Captain Marvel’s costume has a lot darker, more serious colors than some of the other cosplays of this costume I’ve seen – definitely more reminiscent of Endgame than her original movie or the comics. I love it!
Captain America x2: Bentley and Harper
These cute kids were super eager to pose for me! They were so adorable I forgot to write down where they’re from, but that’s okay – the pic is all that counts! Kudos to their parents both for bringing them to the con in true Marvel style and for letting me get pictures of them!
Bro Thor & Shuri: Dustin & Laqawzia, WA
I love the creativity on this one! Both cosplays are spot-on, and out of all the different Bro Thor cosplays I saw that day (I think I saw 5 or 6) this one was one of my favorites. I was temporarily confused by the spear and thought maybe Laqawzia was cosplaying Okoye instead of Shuri, but I should have known just from the costume colors which character she was. Darn! I guess it just means I need to go watch the movie again.
Captain Marvel: Michelle, ID
Michelle really got into her cosplay! Full suit, perfect hair, and my absolute favorite pose! She had that particular pose all ready the moment I asked her, so I knew she’d already been thinking about how she wanted to portray her particular iteration of Carol Danvers. Way to go, Michelle!
Harley Quinn: SmallRiniLady
This awesome lady is the second professional cosplayer on this list, and I’m telling you, professional cosplayers are super cool in my book! She handmakes all her own costumes and actually judged the cosplay contest on Saturday night. I also love the idea of Harley Quinn as a marionette – so creative! Here’s her website so you can check out her stuff!
Hydra Cap & Winter Soldier: Tesla & Nikki, AZ
This cosplay is really cool! For one thing, I haven’t actually seen a Hydra Cap cosplay before, so I had to ask and make sure it was what I thought it was. But I also love these two because of their presentation and movie-accurate Winter Soldier costume, complete with book, which it looks like they got signed by both Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan!
Thor & Loki: Bernadette & Mary, WA
All I can say on this one is – very nice! I thought I was done taking pictures at this point, but then I saw them walk by and couldn’t miss the opportunity to chase them down. Plus, I had to get at least one Loki on this list, and this particular Loki is incredibly well-done! The Tesseract in her hand is actually a baseball display case with what looks like tissue paper and blue lights inside it. And they’ve both got bags around their waists, both as part of the cosplay and so they don’t have to carry any other bags around – clever!
Winter Soldier & Black Widow: Dawn & Amethyst, CAN
Woo-hoo! First and only Canadians on the list! With a very unique cosplay idea, as well! Of all the Buckys walking around, this is the first one-armed Civil War Bucky I’ve seen! And the sign is hilarious – the other side says “I’VE HAD WORSE”! Congratulations to these guys for a well-done and unique cosplay idea!
And finally, I want to give a shoutout to a couple cosplayers whom I saw but was not able to get pictures of – the full-costumed Batman who spent Saturday roaming around the con doing the Christian Bale voice, pointing at people and going, “I’m Batman!”, and telling kids, “Be good for your parents!” He was definitely entertaining and I wish I could have gotten a photo.
Additionally, one of the cutest and cleverest cosplays I saw was the little kid who came third in the costume contest. His mom had dressed him as Disappearing Spiderman, complete with a whole sleeve of his costume brown like it was turning into dust and a little sign that said, “Mr. Stark, I don’t wanna go!” The little guy was definitely an attention grabber, and loved every minute of it!
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