ByWilliam Avitt, writer at

A few days ago I posted an article on showcasing some of the most embarrassingly half-assed cosplays out there. I am a huge fan of cosplay, and I tend to do it myself at every opportunity.

One of our family traditions is to go to comic book conventions and we all dress up as a family, usually in a theme, but not always. Cosplay is fun and it is a great way for family bonding. My kids love every aspect of it. They love putting their costumes together, or even just going out and buying them from a costume store. They love dressing up and they love taking pictures with other people who dress up, and having people ask to take pictures with them.

Below is an example of my family at Wizard World Mid-Ohio dressed as the Batman family:

Everything on my Batman costume is homemade, except for the cowl, which I got on Amazon.

My middle child, the only one who isn't Robin, is actually dressed as an Adam West era henchman, with the name GOON on his shirt. Fans of the Adam West series will remember this as the name of a criminal organization called the Grand Order of Occidental Nighthawks. My wife, of course, is Catwoman. While we are out at conventions, we try to go to two or three a year, we have seen some amazing cosplayers.

Here are some of the best from around the Internet:

Duela Dent

This amazing cosplayer was photographed at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012. First I have to say, this cosplayer, Dayna Scodras of Vancouver, British Columbia, is extremely beautiful. What is also beautiful is this amazing Duela Dent costume. She honestly looks like she stepped right off the comic book page. Interestingly, someone who didn't understand who she was supposed to be tried to turn her into a meme, but that meme was quickly shut down by in-the-know Redditors:


This is Jacqueline Goehner. Jacqueline made this amazing costume herself, with silicone caulking, sculpted with a toothpick.

Jacqueline is actually a Hollywood professional who does cosplay in her spare time. She has an IMDb entry, and has worked as a make-up artist on Star Trek: Renegades, the unofficial Tim Russ Star Trek project as well as both make-up artist and costumer on Star Trek Continues.

Ultimate Spider-Man

Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey made this costume himself, based on Spider-Man's movie costumes, as his interpretation of what a cinematic Miles Morales costume could look like. The texture on it and the overall attention to detail is great.

Nikolas is himself an accomplished artist, and you can find some samples of his artwork here. Nikolas actually had his fifteen minutes of fame when photos of him as Miles went viral and he became an Internet sensation last year.

Iron Man

This Iron Man was spotted at AnimeLand Wasabi in Denver Colorado in 2012. This young cosplayer built the closest thing to a working Iron Man costume anyone is likely to get in the near future. This suit does more than the practical movie suit can do. It's actually pretty amazing to behold.


This was actually the mascot for a Chevy dealership in Mexico, and he actually transforms into a Chevy Camaro! I have seen some Transformers costumes that actually transform before, but I don't think I've seen anything quite as good as this one.

There you have it, folks! Some of the best and most imaginative cosplays from around the world. Have you seen any amazing cosplayers? Are you one yourself? Let me8 know in the comments below.


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