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‘Armed’ cosplayers cause a stir in Derby, England

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Cosplayers with fake weapons triggered at least two calls to police over the weekend in Derby, England, as about 800 people gathered for the J-Con anime and manga convention.

According to the Derby Telegraph, a police spokeswoman said there were at least two “major incidents” reported by alarmed residents, prompting investigations of the fans in “fancy dress.” “We’ve obviously investigated but, when we’ve found the people involved, the weapons turned out to be fake — just a bit of fun,” she said. “From a distance, though, they didn’t look like fun.”

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There’s a new world record for largest gathering of Batmen

Photo courtesy of Nexen

Photo courtesy of Nexen

While the rest of us were busy Thursday with humdrum activities like work, classes and household chores, 542 employees of Nexen Energy were being awesome by gathering outside the company’s Calgary headquarters to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Batman.

The previous record was a paltry 250. It marks the second time Nexen employees have set a world record: In 2011, 437 of them came together to establish the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Superman.

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This Iron Man Hulkbuster Armor cosplay is pretty amazing

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Well before Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor makes its big-screen debut next year in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, cosplayer Pablo Bairan has brought the comic-book version to life, quite epically.

And as difficult as it is to believe, the massive suit is mobile, with an honest-to-goodness person in side. You can see for yourself in the photos and video below.

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This Groot costume will make you rethink your Halloween plans

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With a nearly $127 million domestic box-office haul, an inescapable marketing campaign, countless merchandising tie-ins and a soundtrack debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, it’s safe to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is worming its way into our pop-culture consciousness. And come Halloween, the streets and malls will be crawling with little trick-or-treaters dressed as Rocket Raccoon, and every grown-up party will feature at least two Draxes, a Star-Lord and a Gamora.

But few of them will be able to hold a candle to this Groot costume created by Calen Hoffman. The photos show the work in progress, which will likely clue in cosplayers as to how he produced the almost movie-ready ensemble.  The last time I sculpted anything was in 11th grade art class, so I’m happy to just sit back and marvel at the finished product.

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SDCC | The ‘Gotham’ zip line photo we’ve been waiting for

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Widely circulated photos have shown San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council President Todd Gloria riding the 200-foot zip line set up at Comic-Con International to promote Fox’s Gotham, but it’s The Hollywood Reporter’s Philiana Ng who delivers the winning image: a Batgirl cosplayer striking a pose as she glides across the Gotham City skyline.

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Cosplay group mixes Gotham’s finest with Hefner’s Bunnies

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The creative crew of Skirts and Swords has come together for a twisted take on the denizens of Gotham City titled Arkham Bunnies. Inspired by the DC Comics  and artist Milkydayy’s own Gotham Bunnies, this amazing cosplay creation was photographed by Greg De Stefano (who can be seen as Batman). Take a look:

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Hugh Jackman battles ‘Magneto’ on ‘Monday Night Raw’

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You never know what to expect when Hugh Jackman appears on WWE’s Monday Night Raw.

A couple of years ago he helped Zack Ryder win a match by clocking Dolph Ziggler when the referee’s back was turned. Last night, Jackman returned to Raw to promote the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, bury the hatchet with Ziggler and battle Magneto — or at least wrestler Damian Sandow, who was cosplaying as the Master of Magnetism.

On a night that included announcer JBL making references to Asteroid M, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, Sandow tried to use his magnetic powers to take Jackman’s microphone, which — SPOILERS! — didn’t end well for Sandow. Check out the video below.

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Awesome Con falls way short of cosplay world record

Although an attempt on Friday to set an new world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters fell considerably short — 1,294 people short to be exact — it did manage to attract a lot of media coverage for Washington, D.C.’s Awesome Con.

According to WUSA Channel 9, just 237 cosplayers rallied at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool, leaving intact the record of 1,530 people set in April 2011 in China.

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ECCC | Flash mob

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Comic Book Resources contributor George Tramountanas tapped into the Speed Force this weekend to capture an unexpected gathering of Flashes at Emerald City Comicon.

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ReedPOP & Wikia launch C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay

c2e2-cosplayConvention organizer ReedPOP is partnering with the social network Wikia to launch the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, described as “the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the United States.”

Debuting in April at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, the competition will bring together veterans and amateurs alike in a battle for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

“With some of the amazing costumes we’ve seen at our other shows, we thought it would make for a great showdown between the best of the best in cosplay,” Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President of ReedPOP, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have teamed up with Wikia for the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay to truly celebrate pop culture and the creativity of its fans.”

The inaugural event will feature a panel of celebrity judges that includes Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Her Universe fashion line), Yaya Han (Heroes of Cosplay) and Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume designer and head of costume design at The Theatre School at DePaul University).

Online registration for the competition begins today. Complete rules can be found here.

Artist Patrick Dean offers effortless cosplay ideas

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There are a lot of creative folks who put a lot of work into their cosplay costumes, and it really shows. Then there are others who wouldn’t mind dressing up, but they’re intimidated by the amount of work involved. For those people, artist Patrick Dean is here to help: He’s started a blog called My Half Ass Cosplay Ideas, which feature cheap and effortless costumes made from “stuff you probably already have in your closet.”

Check out some of his designs below, and visit his blog to see all of them.

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Joker medieval armor will make you wish Gotham had a Ren faire

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I’m simultaneously fascinated and terrified by this incredible medieval-style Joker leather armor crafted by Prince Armory to unnerve attendees at the next Renaissance faire. It’s composed of: “Jester’s Helmet with Joker Mask, Breastplate, Drama Face Pauldrons, Breastplate, Jester’s War Skirt, Cuisses/Knees/Greaves, Articulated Jester Shoe Sabatons.”

No price is listed, but I’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll set you back a lot.

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Wonder Woman and Sailor Moon face off in epic dance battle

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In one of the most incredible crossovers ever, Wonder Woman and Sailor Moon faced off in an epic dance battle during the 2013 Streetstar dance festival in Stockholm, Sweden. The two dancers — France’s Lasseindra (Wonder Woman) and Finland’s Ida “Inxi” Holmgren (Sailor Moon) — went up against one another in the Vogue Femme Final Battle dressed in full costumes. Although the competition took place back in February, the video was only posted last month on Streetstar’s YouTube page, and showcases some incredible impressive dancing, bringing a crossover battle the likes of which have yet to be seen in a comic.

The battle routine takes place over the course of seven minutes, and it gets progressively more and more ridiculous, showcasing nigh-superheroic invulnerability to floor impact until a winner is crowned.

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Cosplayers celebrate 10th anniversary of ‘JLA/Avengers’

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Photos by Pat Loika

It’s a little difficult to believe it’s been 10 years since the debut of JLA/Avengers, a crossover that found the greatest heroes of Marvel and DC Comics used as pawns in a cosmic game between Krona and the Grandmaster. Of course, it’s also hard to believe there hasn’t been another Marvel/DC crossover since then.

In any event,  the Superhero Costuming Forum organized a gathering of cosplayers earlier this month at DragonCon in Atlanta to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the miniseries with — what else? — a photo shoot of an elaborate battle between the Justice League of America and the Avengers. Artist George Perez even got in on the action.

Lucky for us, Pat Loika was on had to photograph the costumed brawl. You can see a couple of his photos below, and many more on his Flickr account.

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Cosplay photo shoot spooks Boca Raton residents, police

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What began Saturday night in Boca Raton, Florida, as a seemingly harmless photo shoot for an upcoming comics convention, quickly turned into a tense confrontation with police.

According to Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander, concerned residents approached two officers to report they saw four or five people donning body armor and taking guns from the trunk of a car. The cops immediately rushed to the top floor of a nearby parking garage, where they found five men in “military-style outfits” brandishing firearms; one had two samurai swords strapped to his back. You can see some of their weapons and gear, including a Deadpool mask, in the photos above.

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