Fanime 2011: Over 200 Amazing Cosplay Pictures

Topic started by _Aurore_ on May 31, 2011. Last post by Fire Star 3 years, 6 months ago.
Post by _Aurore_ (13 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Working with Comic Vine I have seen my share of comic book conventions- but I can't say I have been to very many anime conventions. This weekend I made my way down to San Jose for FanimeCon 2011- northern California's largest anime convention to see how it compares to Comic-Con. The expected turn-out was about 20,000 attendees; which is approximately the same size as San Francisco's Wonder-Con. And while the number of people that hit the big show this weekend was relatively the same as what I had been used to, the culture is vastly different. FanimeCon is a convention organized by fans and for fans, and it thrives on the passion of cosplayers and costume makers rather than being boosted by publishers. Unlike many comic book conventions where publishing companies like Image, DC and Marvel are present and prevalent- manga publishing companies like Tokyopop for example, did not have booths at FanimeCon. What is present, instead, is a plethora of independent comic book creators and self published artists and writers.

Sometimes when you hit a big comic book convention like San Diego Comic-Con, for example, you find that areas of the show floor like artist alley aren't nearly as densely populated as, say, the Warner Brothers booth. FanimeCon, however, is all about the artist and creator. Artist alley at FanimeCon is jam packed with fans looking to purchase original art work from some high profile artists as well as independent creators struggling to get their self published work seen.

Like many conventions I am used to attending, FanimeCon has panels- but they are completely different from anything I have ever seen. FanimeCon holds everything from Karaoke of your favorite Japanese anime theme song to all day screenings of new anime movies and series that have not yet made their way across the pond. Unlike Comic-Con, there is no DC or Marvel spotlight panel here at FanimeCon- but there are fashion show and costume contests galore. In fact, I actually felt a little out of place not dressing up! Many of the costumes are absolutely gorgeous- and I even got to see some cross-overs (Captain America and Iron-Man!) The experience was, overall, a lot of fun because the attendees were all about having fun, dressing up, and being themselves. I've included over 200 pictures of cosplayers from FanimeCon 2011 for your entertainment, so enjoy! Which are you favorites? Do you recognize some of these characters?

Post by CapeBarnes (509 posts) See mini bio Level 18
Yay, you got a shot of Ayumu with his chainsaw.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,302 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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HI BABS!

Holy cosplay gallery, Batman.

Nice to see Kota from Highschool of the Dead, shame I can't see any of the other characters from the series.

Post by metalsnakezero (680 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Pretty good amount of pics.
Post by ouchmydragonballs (41 posts) See mini bio Level 8

Fav pic was the Deadmau5 helmet with the Geass activated. love all the pics  

Post by MrXD (643 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Hot damn this is awesome...holy shit, is that a creeper and portal? Wow, this is great!
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Sign...I need to finish loading up my images onto DeviantArt. Some of my images turned out decently, but most were garbage (bad lighting, screwed-up settings on camera, or mistakes I made)
Post by 1337W422102 (3 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Wait, is that the RE4 Merchant?  Holy crap.
Post by Halberdierv2 (1,300 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Deadmau5~! 
also, MR T!
this is a good set of shots here...
 
depending on certain things, and a bit of luck, i MAY end up going to FanExpo in Canada later this year. If I do.... I hope my camera doesn't run out of space.
Post by sickVisionz (4,310 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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Cool photos. Seeing this and all the tweets that come from these make me so anxious for Anime Weekend Atlanta but it's still many months away.

PS, it's a shame there's no Babs cosplay pics in here :(

Post by _Aurore_ (13 posts) See mini bio Level 9

@sickVisionz said:

Cool photos. Seeing this and all the tweets that come from these make me so anxious for Anime Weekend Atlanta but it's still many months away.

PS, it's a shame there's no Babs cosplay pics in here :(

I'm with Deadmau5!

PS I stopped Cosplaying :(

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I logged in to say this article is relevant to my interests.
Post by datarez (3 posts) See mini bio Level 3
There were a lot of really good costumes there.
Post by AURON570 (573 posts) See mini bio Level 15
awww the Tsukimi (jellyfish princess <3) and Eureka cosplay was great! and also Kouta was great, it took a few seconds to make the connection though. hehe. sometimes I feel lost looking through pictures of cosplayers thinking to myself, "what, who??" but then I find someone I actually recognize and go "oh hey I know that one! ^-^"
Post by Astroknot (2 posts) See mini bio Level 13
nice pictures 
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@Babs said:

I'm with Deadmau5!

PS I stopped Cosplaying :(

Great pictures, and thanks for sharing these in an article with the Anime Vice community.
 
Too bad you stopped cosplaying. I thought you made a great Wonder Woman and a stellar Catwoman.  The picture of you in the Wonder Woman outfit and posing with that little girl is one of the cutest convention pictures ever.
Post by Little_Socrates (45 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Actually, I recognize one of the cosplayers. The Lady GaGa you caught in there gave me the same pose at Anime Central in Chicago.
Post by Sonata (35,688 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Some awesome pics, there would usually be an ocean full of information and such coming out of something like this. Does any one know some new good news??

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Babs: The hell would you stop for?  
 
Edit: It's great to finally see some cosplay on the site. I don't think anyone has uploaded much of anything for months. 
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@Babs: Forgot to say these are awesome photo's Babs ! Loving all this convention attention here lately !
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