SAN DIEGO, CA (AP) – Comic-Con is back in person, and back in character.
The scene was everywhere in and around the San Diego Convention Center amidst a crowd of tens of thousands of fans In the first full-attendance version of the popular culture phenomenon since 2019.
They came to see panels and previews from movies like “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Of Thieves” and TV shows like “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” on Amazon and the dystopian drama Severance that was nominated for an Apple Emmy.
And, as in years past, costume makers were the self-made stars of the show, drawing the stares from convention-goers and photographers.
While topical cinematic originality is the goal for some costume wearers, others use their characters as a springboard for broader creativity or expressions of identity.
Kaleigh Kailani of Los Angeles wears an especially electric Mad Hatter costume, with long, shimmering green hair, a purple hat, striped socks and a tutu-like skirt.
In the Marvel meets Marie Antoinette mash-up, Kerri Zehrung added a powder wig and lampshade skirt to her Iron Man costume, and gave Jasmine Preston the same transformation into Spider-Man.
San Diego locals Lisa Lore and Sean Richter have used almost the entire color spectrum for their clothing, adding rainbow elements of an LGBTQ pride flag to the metallic mask of the Mandalorian from the Star Wars galaxy, complete with a canopy, suspenders, and feathers to boot.
One set of cosplayers was made with giant masks and plastic clothes as Funko Pop dolls from characters including Wonder Woman, Batman and Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid.
When they weren’t acting out their roles, the cosplayers lived more of a pedestrian life. They had to mark their imaginary weapons as safe by the security guards. They sat and looked at their phones. Paul Forrest of Toronto, dressed like the original Mr. Spock from Star Trek, got a shoe polish from Daniel Golden, who was dressed as Senior Officer Captain Kirk.
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