Hellboys and alien symbiotes: SDCC’s best cosplays
San Diego Comic-Con is back in full force after a two-year absence, filling a void that had been left wide open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many consider Comic-Con to be the pinnacle of pop culture, and this year will prove the validity of that claim. Indeed, Comic-Con is where things happen as people gather to celebrate all things pop culture, from comic books to movies and TV and everything in between. .
Part of what makes Comic-Con so legendary is the excitement and anticipation that surrounds it. Fans from around the world come together to show off their best cosplay in a vibrant and exuberant display of creativity, imagination and talent. Cosplay is part of the very essence of Comic-Con, and every attendee knows it. Over the years, the famous convention has given us some of the finest examples of cosplay art, many of which are sure to stand the test of time and become almost as iconic as Comic-Con itself. Read on to see for yourself.
The ultimate seal of approval
Prolific Mexican director Guillermo del Toro loves working with gifted but underrated actor and mime Doug Jones. Among the many memorable characters Jones has played over the years is the Angel of Death in del Toro. Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Below, Jones happily poses with a cosplayer dressed as an angel, giving them her nod in a pretty perfect image that captures the essence of Comic-Con.
Open the doors!
The Door Nothing comes features the original creature, The Gate. Forged in alchemy, The Gate can transform into solid, liquid and gas and “consume all matter into oblivion”. The Gate is an original character, and his presence at Comic-Con underscores just how important the event is for emerging artists and writers looking to showcase or showcase their creations.
Spread your wings and fly
The winged figures are always striking, and Velajuel de Summoners War is no exception. The original fire archangel from the action RPG is cuter, but this cosplayer’s take on the character ups the badassery considerably. Walking through the restless Comic-Con crowd may have been tough, but it was probably worth it.
Change of shape to the con
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Mystique is the best character in the x-men franchise. She is deceitful, complicated, selfish and engaging – a femme fatale if ever there was one. Mystique is also a favorite of cosplayers, although she is very difficult to pull off. This cosplayer not only manages to nail the iconic blue makeup, but steps things up by going half and half, literally bringing Mystique to life.
A large pious family
The Dragon Ball franchise has been delighting fans for over 30 years, and the anime is still going strong. New characters like the gods Whis, Beerus, and Zeno keep things fresh and fun, reminding fans why the franchise remains so beloved. Here, a quartet of cosplayers capture the fantasy of the DB gods, bringing a welcome animated performance to the Con.
Spawn in the house
Arguably the most underrated anti-hero in the comics, Spawn is a cosplayer favorite. The Hellspawn has made numerous appearances throughout Comic-Con history, but this fan stand out for their bizarre take on the iconic character. One look at this cosplayer, and you might think he came back from Hell!
Disney villains are infamous for their queer coding, famous for their iconic designs and fabulous for their songs, style and complete panache. The flamboyant but sinister Jafar remains one of Disney’s finest villains, memorable for his snake-like scepter, obnoxious red parrot, and powerful magical powers. This cosplayer perfectly blends Jafar’s creepiness with his undeniable flair, and the result would make the true wizard proud.
Let there be Carnage!
Venom and Carnage are some of Marvel’s most entertaining characters. The duo are often at odds with each other, but their connection is undeniable. As two of Marvel’s most iconic anti-heroes, Venom and Carnage are also popular with cosplayers. As proof, this talented fan duo chose the two sworn enemies for the 2021 special edition of Comic-Con.
Spirited Away at Comic-Con
Taken away as if by magic is probably the greatest animated film of all time. Timeless and celebrated, the film has a collection of characters that would be instantly recognizable anywhere. However, twin sisters Zeniba and Yubaba are particularly notorious, and this cosplay proves it. Everything is perfect, from rings to dresses to oversized heads.
The crossover we didn’t know we needed
Mad Max: Fury Road is arguably the best action movie of the new millennium. Pokemon is the most successful franchise in entertainment history. While these two properties have nothing in common, talented artist Rannie Rodil brought them together by dressing up as Immortan Joe and wearing Ash Ketchum’s signature cap. She also incorporates a Pikachu and Poké Balls into her costume, and the result is pure, beautiful mayhem.