ByRoAnna Sylver, writer at Creators.co
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This past weekend, Portland celebrated its love of comics, TV, movies and entertainment in general with its own personal Comic Con - Wizard World 2015! And Moviepilot was amazing enough to send me there, to enjoy the festivities and get a first-hand look at one of my favorite subjects: talented fans giving back with awesome works of art and cosplay!

And these fans were amazing enough to talk to me, and tell me a little about their cosplay projects, and how much it means to them.

It's a truth of the con industry that without the fans, there would be no conventions, and nobody to adore the creative works that bring us our favorite characters. I love the dedication, love and plentiful brilliance that fans display, and think they need to be shown some love in return.

Today I have 5 more amazing artists I found at WWCC PDX, and I can't wait to share. So enjoy the conclusion of my article series, Humans Of Comic Con: Portland Wizard World edition!

Name: Jolene E.
Character: Jareth the Goblin King - Labyrinth

  • Why did you pick this character to cosplay?
    Because it’s basically a rock star character and I like rock stars.

  • How do you feel when you’re in this costume?
    Badass and cool.

  • If you could say one thing to the character you’re cosplaying, what would it be?
    Never give back the baby

  • If you weren’t playing this character today, who else would you like to play and why?
    Darth Vader - also a rock star

  • Is there anything else you would like to share about cosplay?
    It’s all about the package

Well then. 'Nuff said. (I must say, the eye makeup was especially awesome!)

Name: Gigi
Character: The Wicked Witch of the West - The Wizard of Oz

  • +Why did you pick this character to cosplay?
    My daughter cosplayed a lot, and went to the San Diego Comic Con 6 years ago. I was watching her be creative and have fun and eventually decided I wanted to do that too! I make my own costumes, and we do it together now, it’s a great bonding experience and way to be creative and pay homage to characters you love. I mostly do classic TV and movie characters!

  • How do you feel when you’re in this costume?
    A part of a very big and fun world and community, cosplay is an escape from stress and the daily grind. There’s a wonderful feeling of acceptance and camaraderie regardless of your age, gender, or skill level.

  • If you could say one thing to the character you’re cosplaying, what would it be?
    “What put you in such a bad mood?"

  • If you weren’t playing this character today, who else would you like to play and why?
    More classics!

  • Is there anything else you would like to share about cosplay?
    Cosplay doesn’t know age or walk of life - it’s fun for everyone! Also, I need to work on my evil cackle.

These next two Humans of ComicCon are actually artists in the traditional sense, not cosplayers. But their talent and creativity rocked so hard, I had to get some shots and ask them about their crafts. I might have to give these guys their own articles in the future, since I also cover fan art on the regular, and there's a lot of amazing material to pick from! Enjoy!

First up is Jenny Parks, who re-imagines our favorite pop culture characters... as adorable kitties!

Sadly (well, happily for her) Jenny Parks was too busy with excited customers to fully interview, but you can check out her wonderful cat-filled portfolio online here. Thanks for the lovely kitty homages!

Next, have some more imaginatively re-designed classics with a colorful, gritty twist. These are all painted on wood, which I thought was another wonderfully unique touch!

Artist Name: Sean D.
Medium: Painted Wood Cuttings

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
  • Why did you pick this style of art?
    I like really gritty art and other mediums, so I bring that to my art. I feel as opposed to super clean minimal art, it adds an action and intensity that works in my subject matter.

  • How do you feel when you’re painting?
    I like to use my art as an excuse to study history. My pieces are very historic in nature and sometimes there’s more research time than paint time.

  • What has been your favorite subject so far?
    Some of my favorite characters I’ve painted are Rosie the Riveter, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz cast.

  • What are you going to work on in the future?
    Currently I’m working on my adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

  • Is there anything else you would like to share?
    Check out my site at www.industriacide.com!
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz
Look at the cut-out shapes! Such a unique style!
Look at the cut-out shapes! Such a unique style!

And lastly, these guys aren't cosplaying specific characters, but are more of an homage to an era, the 1960's Batman series, in all of its outrageous, colorful glory.

Name: Rich M. and Will B.
Character: 60's Batman Homage

  • Why did you choose this character to cosplay? (Or why are you dressed up like this, if it's not a specific character)
    As you can tell, we are not specific characters, but rather have suits representing the 1960's Batman TV show. We bought the suits for Halloween, then realized that Adam West and Burt Ward, the original Batman and Robin, were going to be at Wizard World Reno Comic-Con, so we thought it would be fun to wear the suits when we met them, and even get their autographs on the suits. Unfortunately, Adam and Burt had to cancel on the Reno Comic-Con, but we still had a blast.

  • How does being in this costume make you feel?
    This was our first time dressing up for Comic-Con and we were amazed at the difference. We actually felt like we were a part of Comic-Con rather than just an observer. People kept stopping us every few feet asking for pictures or complimenting us. The stars and artists even took pictures of us and the costumes became conversation starters. We were even encouraged to enter the costume contest. It made Comic-Con a entirely different experience.

  • If you could say one thing to the character you're cosplaying, what would it be?
    If we had the chance to talk to Adam West and Burt Ward, we would definitely thank them for bringing such joy and adventure to our childhood, and for still greeting their fans at cons.

  • What is your dream cosplay project?
    I have actually purchased a Magneto helmet piece here at Portland Wizard World that is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to build a costume around it. Will is looking forward to a full Batman costume.

  • Is there anything else you would like to share about your cosplay experience?
    We are just so glad we tried it! It brought Comic-Con to a whole new level. Everyone is so supportive and positive. We are hooked!

I hope reading these articles with an inside look into the minds and hearts of these dedicated fans has demonstrated exactly how amazing they are. Fans are incredibly passionate, creative and often brilliant people who do what they do out of love for the characters they portray, and the creative phenomenon that are cosplay, art and cons. Conventions and even our favorite works of fiction would not be where they are today without devoted and talented fans, and they deserve all the love and gratitude in the world.

As always, thank you so much for reading. Please keep your cosplay and art comments respectful - and go ahead and show these folks some love! They deserve it!

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