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Behind The Mask: My Favorite Costumes To See At Conventions

  • Feb 3, 2012
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Costuming, or cosplay (a term which originated with costuming based around Japanese fiction), has taken off in the last couple of decades.  Fans of everything from anime to science fiction have logged countless hours on designing, creating and perfecting their costumes. 

As a person who attends multiple science fiction and pop culture conventions, I get to see many of these costumes on display.  I have a very short list of cosplayers that I look forward to meeting at conventions and getting the chance to check out their latest work.

Many cosplayers have a large fan following.  They even have Facebook fan pages and/or webpages solely dedicated to their work.

This list is simply a collection of characters that I enjoy seeing cosplayers tackle.  While I've seen a number of brilliant anime costumes over the last few years, I'm not a very big fan of that subject, so most of my list is derived from science fiction and comic book characters.

On a personal note, I have made two very low-budget costumes of my own.  I created a Doctor Octopus and a Mad-Eye Moody costume and have been making plans to start on a Klingon costume.

Thanks for reading this list.  Feel free to comment on it or list your own favorite costumes!
Captain Rex
I've only seen a couple Captain Rex costumes in person.  He's my favorite clone from Star Wars and for whatever reason, cosplayers in my neck of the woods just won't attempt to build a Rex costume. 

The Predator
I have a friend who tops out at 6'9" tall.  He is the biggest Predator costumer I've ever met and I have taken photos with him at every convention I've seen him at.  His heighth coupled with his brilliant Predator costume work make him one of the best costumers I've ever personally seen.

DC Comics heroes seem to be plastered all over conventions.  It might be because DC heroes have a tendency to have brightly colored costumes that attract attention or that many of them are readily available at costume stores.  In any case, Supergirl is one of my favorite costumes to see at conventions.  Why?  Because it's a sexy costume!  I have no other reason to list this costume here except that it's just a dead sexy thing.  Plus, when Supergirl's at a convention, there's usually a good chance that Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, or Zatanna is with her!

Darth Maul
The most visually striking character in the Star Wars universe proves to be quite the challenge for many costumers.  I'm proud to say that I'm friends with one costumer who has perfected this character's look, movements, and overall awesomeness.  He's the only person that I've seen as Maul in costume, but just one web search for the Sith assassin and you'll see plenty of other people have attempted to portray Darth Maul!

cobra commander
Seeing the boss of an international terrorist organization stroll through a building full of geeks is quite fun to witness.  I've bumped into a few costumers dressed as Cobra Commander in recent years and for some odd reason, all of them seem to be more outgoing and fun that most other costumers.  What is it about being Cobra Commander that makes people so friendly?  I don't know.  What I do know is that this is one snappy looking costume that I always seek out at conventions.

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy seems to have grown in popularity among the costuming community in recent months.  I've seen quite a few Poison Ivy costumes on display at conventions.  I like seeing people in this costume for two reasons:  1)  It's usually just a few bits of leaves and flowers tossed onto a bikini and 2)  Poison Ivy's lovely hair.

Much like Supergirl, Poison Ivy makes this list for her looks!

The Fourth Doctor
Tom Baker's iconic version of everybody's favorite Timelord is a hit at many conventions.  His poofy hair, bugged-out eyes, and legendary long scarf make him instantly recognizable.  While Baker's Doctor isn't my favorite (that'd be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison), he's such an eccentric character that I just love to see people dress as him.

Orion Slave Girl
Last but not least, this list is capped off with the Orion Slave Girl.  There's really no need to go into details as to why I love this particular costume.  I personally know many of the young ladies who dress up as these characters and I have to say that they are always ready to pose for a photo with a geek like me.

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February 09, 2012
So. Friggin. Cool. Getting some Halloween costume ideas here! :D
February 08, 2012
Good pictures !
February 07, 2012
I like this list. Especially 3, 6, 8 , and 10. For Obvious reasons.
February 07, 2012
I'm pretty sure I know what those reasons are, too!
February 07, 2012
Yeah they are my favorite super heroes/ storm troopers. Why what are your reasons. LOL
February 08, 2012
I'll be honest. They're hot!
February 10, 2012
LOL. Awesome dude
February 07, 2012
Great premise! I kind of like the guys who dress as The Joker too!
February 07, 2012
This is awesome! Great pics!
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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