|(Cover art created by Travis Bundy of Creator's Edge Press)|
The main reason I stayed so long at my first Jet City Comic Show (JCCS) was to take pictures, primarily of the cosplayers.
I'll start off with JCCS's icon--Bomber Girl.
I snapped two sets of pictures: One with the orange barrel cap on her Mauser C96 replica, and another set with the cap off.
She was also nice enough to do a "Dynamic Duet" shot with me taken by Travis:
|(Me with my best "You Kids Get Off My Lawn" scowl posing with Tina)|
There were a few cosplay groups present at this year's JCCS.
The fist one was Comic Book Characters for Causes (CBC4C), which attends various events and raises money for charitable organizations. One can get a photo taken with one, or more of the CBC4C cosplayers, and have the option of making a charitable donation.
Pictures taken at events become available for viewing and downloading shortly afterwards.
Here's the "cast of characters" album of Saturday's attendees (5 November) and Sunday's (6 November).
|(CCB4C's photo-op area)|
|(Another view of CBC4C's photo-op area)|
...along with Thor.
For the Imperials, there was the 501st Legion (Vader's Fist)...
...while for the more "what's in it for me" types, there were the Mandalorian Mercs.
Not all the cosplayers were human. A duo of R2-D2's were rolling around. One was the standard astro-mech droid...
...while the other was made out of Legos.
The smattering of Star Wars cosplayers included a Mandalorian...
...a TIE fighter pilot...
...and a fire team of stormtroopers.
Black Widow was apprehended for being "...part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor..."
But before the stormtroopers could take her away, author S.F. Edwards stepped-in, while author Django Wexler remained seated to chat with a fan.
The stand-off continued for a while, so other attendees could snap photos.
Despite the Imperial and Mandalorian presence, they were outnumbered by the super hero cosplayers, such as Kitty Pryde...
...who, by the way was looking for her husband, Star-Lord, before I waylaid her for a photo.
Then there was the elegant Emma Frost...
...Deadpool and Mystique...
...another Deadpool, with a character I can't identify...
...the Purple Power Ranger...
...the incredible Syndrome...
...zombified Zatanna and Robin...
...while another cute couple was Black Cat and Kraven the Hunter.
While waiting for the Cosutme Contest to start, the Winter Soldier showed up.
The next five photos features, Tigra tangling with Bucky.
She was actually nervous about standing on his shield, but Buck insisted. Another cosplayer helped steady Tigra, and arranged her long, read hair out of her face, so the photographers to capture her snarl.
Despite her scantily-clad appearance, the Tigra cosplayer was actually wearing a body suit, with body paint applied to her face, neck and hands.
This trio of cosplayers consists of a fetching, fedora-wearing Captain America from the CBC4C, a bellowing Black Canary and another character I can't identify.
Cap & Buck strike an action pose instead of striking each other.
A rough & ready Destroyer Soldier from Mass Effect 3.
Disney Villains and Heroines
Ursula and the Queen of Hearts received an honorable mention from one of the Costume Contest judges.
Pre-ball gown Belle seemed surprised I wanted to take her picture. I liked the simplicity of her outfit.
Disney didn't have a monopoly on cartoon characters. Sailor Moon and her pal Sailor Jupiter sailed-in for the show. While I recognized Sailor Moon, I had to ask the Sailor Jupiter cosplayer who she was.
Hermione Granger was about to zap me with a spell.
The Costume Contest
The showroom floor closed at 5 PM, and the Costume Contest started shortly thereafterwards.
Since I didn't want to "break character" of my Punisher persona, I brought along my Panasonic DMC-FX01 camera. This was fine for snapping pictures of cosplayers willing to stand still for several moments while I fumbled with the controls.
However, when it came time to take shots of the Costume Contest, nearly all the pictures came out blurry, because the contestants were constantly moving. I've never had luck taking action photos with the Luminix. Next time I'll be sure to bring my Nikon Coolpix P530.
Anyway, the following are some shots I salvaged.
Tony Stark was the emcee:
The judges' panel:
Merida and her mom, Elinor managed to stay still-ish:
I felt this photo of Kitty Pryde and Star-Lord was too cute to toss out, despite how blurry the image is:
I thought this was a character of the cosplayer's own imagination, until a coworker told me later that there actually is a Quailman. Anyway, Quailman remained motionless long enough for me to take the best photo of the contestants.
Bomber Girl model, Tina Rivets, did a short photo-shoot while the judges deliberated.
The judges reached their verdict.
Third Place: Merida & Elinor.
Second Place: (I can't remember her character name)
And the Winner is: (A video game character who's name escapes me).
The next costume contest I watch, I'll try to remember to take notes.
Finally, all the contestants gathered for a group photo.