Cosplay is a growing aspect of media fandom, and Atlanta is a mecca for participants. One of the most high-profile opportunities to show off costumes, and to observe them, is Dragon Con.
People go all out, spending hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars in materials for costumes. Additionally, countless hours are dedicated to the craft of compilation. Costumes are a delicate balance of artistic expression, and physical functionality. The Incredible Hulk costume pictured above, is amazing, but is probably more difficult to get around in than the princess pictured below.
Although, that hoop skirt probably has it's issues when maneuvering through the crowds of Dragon Con, too.
Many costumes are able to express a character while simultaneously making it easy for the person wearing it to move around, such as The Walking Dead outfits pictured below.
Of course, carrying a weapon (even one that is technically a prop, and not functional in reality) around downtown Atlanta is not something people generally get away with every day. Weapons are a HUGE part of cosplay, and Dragon Con has every weapon imaginable on display throughout the multiple venues.
A pretty serious consideration in any cosplay event is the weather. Atlanta during the Labor Day weekend is NOT comfortable. It is generally very hot, with our famous humidity adding to the misery. The woman dressed as Rocket, pictured above, took off the costume head for a moment to get some fresh air. She looked like she was about to faint, but had water on hand to keep herself hydrated.
Indiana Jones and his dad, pictured above, were very authentic hanging about one of the hotels the eve before the convention kicked off. When I asked to take this photo, they agreed, and then had a conversation in the same voices and accents portrayed in the movie. Role-playing can also be a very enjoyable aspect of cosplay, and it is not unusual to see groups of cosplayers reenacting famous scenes from films during Dragon Con.
One of my favorite costumes I saw during this year's Dragon Con was the one pictured below, from How to Train Your Dragon.
It was huge, and intricate, and clever, and gorgeous - all elements of fantastic cosplay!
Atlanta's expansive artistic community, our always increasing technology industry, and our ability to embrace the extravagant all contribute to continued success of conventions and gatherings like Dragon Con. It also means life here is certainly never boring!
To see more examples of this year's Dragon Con cosplay, check out my article on their annual parade!