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This ‘Dragon Ball’ cosplayer travels on his own Flying Nimbus


Even if you didn’t order your Goku costume and instead spent days — weeks, even! — creating it from scratch, you’re still going to have a tough time topping this one from DragonCon. I mean, how often do you see a Dragon Ball cosplayer with his own Flying Nimbus?

North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment captured video of the cosplayer, who not only transformed a Hands Free Mini Segway into a magical yellow cloud, but also comes equipped with light-up hands.

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DragonCon draws 70,000, shatters attendance record

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Courtesy DragonCon

DragonCon set a new attendance record over the Labor Day weekend, drawing a reported 70,000 to Atlanta for the annual pop-culture festival.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the previous record of 62,000 was set just last year. Spread across five hotels, the event has experienced significant growth over the past decade: For comparison, the 25th-anniversary convention in 2006 attracted about 22,000 attendees; the 2013 edition clocked 57,000.

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Meet the Guy With the ‘Dragon Ball’ Hairdo


Shaquille Dent has emerged over the past couple of days as a social-media sensation for — if you hadn’t already guessed — his sensational Goku-inspired, gravity-defying hair.

Now an animation student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Dent discovered while he was a junior in high school that he could sculpt his hair into enormous spikes. Although his original style was a tribute to Dragon Ball Z, he told BuzzFeed he recently bleached part of his hair as a nod to Yu-Gi-Oh!

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These ‘Dragon Ball Z’ costumes just solved your Halloween dilemma

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If your plans for dressing as your favorite Dragon Ball Z character for Halloween began and ended with an orange T-shirt and an excessive amount of hair gel, you may just be the target audience for these new masks and costumes from Japanese retailer Gee! Store.

Officially licensed, and incredibly faithful to the blockbuster anime franchise, these latex masks of Goku, Piccolo and Frieza make dress-up easy. To complete the look, Gee! is also selling matching costumes. Hey, who said dressing up had to be difficult?

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Photographer captures home life of Spider-Man and Silk

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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.

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This ‘butt-kicking’ wheelchair Hulk cosplay is simply incredible


Eric Levine originally planned to transform his nephew’s wheelchair into an AT-AT Walker from Star Wars for TerrifiCon. However, when 11-year-old Ellijah Davila decided he’d rather go as the Incredible Hulk, his uncle leaped into action. Butt-kicking action.

An optician from Keene, New Hampshire, Levine doesn’t have a background in costume design, but he told the Keene Sentinel he wanted Elijah’s outfit to be “the Hulk with butt-kicking action.” After researching materials that he could turn into legs to attach to the wheelchair, Levine settled on foam and PVC pipe, and went to work.

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Woman puts her cheating ex’s custom Batman SUV up for sale


The end of a relationship can be both an emotional and a financial strain, as couples often must untangle who owns what: y’know, the new television, that old sofa, the Batmobile … Oh, yes, for one Batman fan, the break-up is about to cut especially deep.

A woman in suburban Detroit is selling her ex’s Dark Knight-themed 2007 Dodge Nitro on Craigslist, saying, “Cheating boyfriend thought he was Batman.”

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Office workers awaken the Force with ‘Star Wars’ Post-It murals


Inspired by Ben Brucker’s amazing superhero office murals, a team of employees from the U.K. office supply company Viking Direct set out with several thousand Post-It notes and a mission: to create a series of Star Wars-themed murals.

The result is as fun and colorful as you might expect, with R2-D2, Yoda, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper rendered using 3,597 Post-Its in an enviable assortment of colors. “If we laid all the notes end-on-end it would stretch 899 feet!” the company adds. The murals took four people about five hours to complete.

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Comics A.M. | Neighbors throw young fan his own comic con

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Fandom | Twelve-year-old Cameron Bippen was  looking forward to attending Tampa Bay Comic Con, but had to miss the event due to unexplained seizures. Following his release from the hospital, Cameron’s neighbors in Riverview, Florida, threw him his own comic convention, complete with costumed guests and a visit from members of the Tampa Bay 501st Star Wars Legion. [Fox 4 News]

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Awesome dad forges Thor’s hammer for his 4-year-old son


When redditor Crux1836 asked his son what he wanted for his fourth birthday, the boy replied, “A Thor hammer … a real Thor hammer!” And so, like any dutiful dad, Crux1836 headed to the forge, because doesn’t every father have a forge and anvil in his workshop?

As he explains on reddit, he started with a piece of steel square tubing, because it needed to be “something large enough to represent the hammer, but light enough that a 4 year-old could hold it.” He walks through the rest of the process, ending with a fantastic replica of Mjolnir that’s small enough — and light enough — for the birthday boy, but still mighty enough to take on Frost Giants.

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Idris Elba stars in fan-made ‘Green Lantern Corps’ trailer


Although most fans are still scrubbing memories of 2011’s Green Lantern from their minds, YouTuber Alex Luthor is already looking ahead to the planned 2020 reboot Green Lantern Corps.

Using footage from Green Lantern, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, John Carter and other films, he casts Idris Elba as John Stewart and Garrett Hedlund as (presumably) Hal Jordan. The editing is nowhere as polished as some of Alex’s earlier work — some of the heads appear as if they were literally pasted on bodies — but he continues to demonstrate his skill at weaving together an engaging, cohesive narrative.

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With makeup and body paint, artist brings comic illustrations to life


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.

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This dad spent a year building a life-size Transformer for his son


After watching Transformers: Age of Extinction last year, Wang Liansheng’s son wanted his own giant robot. Unable to afford the large toy model the boy had his eye on, the Chinese shipyard welder instead built a life-size replica.

China’s People’s Daily Online reports that, with help from his brother, Wang gathered abandoned car parts from a car factory and recycling center near his village in Jiangsu province and went to work in August 2014. A year later, they now have a nearly 16-and-a-half-foot Bumblebee standing in their yard.

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This Iron Merman cosplay is impressive, but can he talk to fish?


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.

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Rise, Lord Vader: ‘Anakin’ among top 1,000 baby names in U.S.

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Parents don’t always think through the names they give their children, sentencing them to years of schoolyard taunts or scatalogical rhymes. A name is a powerful thing that can shape how a child is perceived, and even what path he might take — in other words, his destiny.

So it’s perhaps understandable if we’re a little alarmed that the Star Wars-inspired “Anakin” was the 957th most popular name among boys last year in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration. You know, the horribly annoying kid from The Phantom Menace who grew up to be the horribly annoying man in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, who became Darth Vader, one of the greatest villains of all time?

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