I may know a little more than the average female about comic books and cosplay and such, but I am nowhere near the level of most of the ladies and gentlemen that show up to comic conventions. That doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to have a good time. Anyone who had a childhood (that’s you) can appreciate the fun of so many comic and toy vendors and being able to interact with the real people that wrote and/or illustrated the comics and graphic novels…
And then there’s the cosplay! It’s so great to see people who are supposed to be grown adults, wandering around in tights and helmets and wigs, with all manner of accessories in tow, and all the related poses notwithstanding. I was in awe at all the characters milling around.
I’ll admit that I was in need of a nerd guide at times, given that I knew maybe 20% of the characters that costumes represented, then there was another 40% that I’d seen but couldn’t name, and the last 40% were some that I’d never seen and was completely clueless. Luckily, as the costume contest proceeded, there were teenagers near me that I was able to quiz regarding who is who.
The following photos are some random fandom shots as the characters milled around, and then pics from the adult category of the costume contest and finally, the child costume contest. I was very impressed by the work that went into some of these costumes, as well as the dedication to character.
Applause around to those in costume, as well as the judges and the man who puts on the show, my friend (and Saline County resident) Mike Tinnel. You’ll know him as a the guy who ran the comic book store in Benton, Autobot City, and you can find him on Facebook to ask about future events.