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The life of a superhero isn’t all action, as photographer Dai Sugano shows in these images that depict Spider-Man and Silk in their down time, doing utterly ordinary things. (Although how the wall-crawler gets the cereal through his mask is likely pretty extraordinary.)
Sugano, who works for the San Jose Mercury News, photographed cosplayers Saul Cervantes and Jare Longacre (boyfriend and girlfriend) ahead of this weekend’s San Jose Wizard World Comic Con.
You may recall Lianne Moseley, the self-trained makeup artist who turns fans into faithful recreations of superheroes. However, she’s not the only one using cosmetics to make people look as if they stepped out of a comic book.
A hairstylist and freelance artist for MAC Cosmetics, Argenis Pinal uses makeup and body paint to similarly impressive effect, transforming ordinary (if well-sculpted) mortals into the likes of She-Hulk, Superman, Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, Carnage, Green Lantern, Wolverine and Cyborg Superman. Heck, even J. Jonah Jameson — now a blond! — spends some time beneath the brush.
Conventions | The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con next month hope to break the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters. The current record of 1,530 was set April 2011 at the opening of World Joyland theme park in China. Since then, several conventions have sought to seize that crown, but none has succeeded. It’s not as easy as it may sound, as to be counted for the record, the character must’ve first appeared in a comic book. And that’s just for starters. Salt Lake Comic Con has a rundown of the rules on its website. [KSL]
Creators | Imprisoned Iranian political cartoonist Atena Farghadani is grateful she received the Cartoonist Rights Network International Courage in Cartooning Award, her father said after a visit to her in Evin Prison, and she’s hoping an appeals court will reduce her sentence. Farghadani was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for drawing a cartoon showing the members of the Iranian parliament with animal heads. [International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran]
While there’s certainly a lot of Iron Man cosplay out there, few are as imaginative and fun as this “Iron Merman” mashup, which debuted late last month at Tampa Bay Comic Con.
It’s the work of Aracknoid3, who incorporated his wheelchair into the costume with the addition of the wonderfully crafted fishtail, and included such details as the repeating trident insignia, light-up “gills” on the torso, the helmet (with its catfish-like whiskers), and of course the trident itself.
We’ve recently seen a lot of cosplay inspired Batman: Arkham Knight, but this is one of the few I’ve spotted based on Batman Beyond (albeit with a bit of video-game twist). And it’s pretty impressive.
The work of French cosplayer NightCold Creations, the costume is made even more amazing when you realize that it’s hand-crafted, not 3D-printed (he says a 3D printer is simply too expensive).
We may never know by a crazed mashup between Pokemon and Power Rangers has never existed before now, but clearly the world has been missing out.
Unleashed last month at Otakon 2015 in Baltimore, PokeRangers brought together Mega Garchomp, Mega Scizor, Mega Charizard X, Mega Rayquaza and Magikarp to form … something. Not a Zord or Megazord, but, still, something wonderful.
It was only last year that 398 college students in London set a new a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Spider-Man, but it looks like that crown has already been snatched away.
Although there’s been no official proclamation from Guinness, The Sydney Morning Herald reports the record was broken Tuesday as part of a charity event organized by an Australian recruiting agency. Hundreds of adults and children clad as the wall-crawler filed into the City Recital Hall, where they had to sit in full costume for five minutes, in keeping with Guinness criteria.
That impressive 3D-printed Batman: Arkham Origins suit may have met its match in this incredible Arkham Knight cosplay.
Based on the costume of the title villain from the recently released video game, it’s the work of cosplay Crimson Coscrafts, with 3D printing by Graphix Monster. To make the effect complete, he turned to Lucas Ambrosio Photography for photos that look as if they were pulled from the game.
Do you have what it takes to join the Gang of Harleys?
Harley Quinn collaborators Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will host the first “Great Harley Quinn Cosplayer Showdown” Friday at the DC Entertainment booth at Comic-Con International.
Creators | Scott Chantler, creator of Two Generals and the Three Thieves series of children’s graphic novels, will be the first-ever cartoonist in residence at the University of Windsor, in Ontario. [Our Windsor]
Cosplay | Alyssa Salazar, who runs the Tumblr The Hijabi Lolita, talks about combining frilly dresses and headscarves: “There’s really no difference, because Lolita is fairly modest to begin with. I could wear this without a scarf.” And don’t get creepy with her, because she carries pepper spray. [Vice]
Graphic novels | Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has sold through its second printing in Singapore and is heading into a third, just weeks after the country’s National Arts Council abruptly withdrew funding. The graphic novel traces the career of pioneering Singaporean cartoonist Charlie Chan Hock Chye through 60 years of the country’s history and includes satirical portrayals of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, and his rival Lim Chin Siong. An NAC official said it “potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy of the Government and its public institutions.” The graphic novel has already sold 2,500 copies, making it “the top-selling local fiction title so far this year.”
Although fans who preordered Batman: Arkham Knight have to wait another two weeks to play as Harley Quinn, this cosplayer already has the character down pat.
Going by the name dreamhunter707, the Polish cosplayer is the spitting image of the hit game series’ latest take on the fan-favorite antiheroine, from the patent-leather corset to the tights to the candy-striped club. She almost looks like a screenshot from the game.
“The Fight of the Century” is already taken, so let’s call this “The Battle of the Bows.”
In one corner, 87-year-old Minnie “Yoo-Hoo” Mouse; in the other, 41-year-old Kitty “Hello Kitty” White. In a fight decades in the making, the two merchandising icons finally faced off last week in — where else? — Times Square, with child psychologists emerging the real winners.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. When 40-year-old Star Wars fan George Cross bought a Stormtrooper costume, he thought it would be fun to show it off around the neighborhood in Lynn, Massachusetts, and surprise students at an elementary school. What could possibly go wrong?
Cross quickly found out.
There’s certainly good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cosplay — ones that don’t involve hastily applied green body paint — but few rise to the level of “great.” Maybe that’s because so many fans dress as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello, with the occasional Shredder thrown in for good measure.
But not Baback Moussavi of Diffuse Moose Creations, who’s expanded his Turtles repertoire to include a truly masterful Master Splinter, one that wouldn’t be out of place on a film set. The amount of detail is amazing, right down to the gnarly hands. Er, paws.