Kleefeld's Fanthropology: Makers vs Consumers

These days, San Diego Comic-Con receives a lot of media attention and regularly gets spots in all manner of news outlets and venues. And, inevitably, they typically show three types of scenes. First are the crowd shots. Large swaths of unidentifiable people swarming over the booths. Second are the celebrities because they're names everyone recognizes. Third are the cosplayers.

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San Diego Comic-Con can be about a lot of different things - movies, tv, celebs, comics - but one of the most fun parts of the four day extravaganza has got to be the talented cosplayers that walk the floor, snapping pics with convention goers. Some costumes are so creative and detailed that it's hard to pick a fave. So here is a round-up of our cosplay coverage so you can check all the varied and brilliant folks that hit Comic-Con this year.

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By Karen Yossman

During his our interview with the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" crew at San Diego Comic-Con, Greg Cipes, who voices Michelangelo menioted, “There's a lot of Turtles going around, more than I've ever seen.” And he was right. There were enough Turtle costumes for a full on pizza party.

Check out some of the best cosplay in a half shell below!

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By Karen Yossman

You either have to be incredibly crazy or incredibly brave to come to San Diego Comic-Con dressed as food. Putting on an apparently edible costume and walking into 130,000 geeks with limited access to carbohydrates is like being a gazelle in a lion enclosure. Except hungry geeks are 100 times more lethal than a hungry lion. (No really, that’s a fact).

With this in mind, I raise a glass to the delicious selection of cosplay spotted around Comic-Con. Nom nom!

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By Karen Yossman

Whether it’s retro Wonder Woman or steampunk’d Supergirl, there’s nothing like a quirky take on a beloved character for instant cosplay cred. Check out some of the best from San Diego Comic-Con below.

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If you ever find yourself on a trivia game show and get a question about "Hocus Pocus," remember that it came out in July 1993, not October. Yeah, it’s weird that one of the best Halloween movies didn’t come around in the spooktacular month, but that has never stopped any of us from associating it with our annual tradition of tricks, treats and dressing up. Speaking of, the Sanderson Sisters and Co. have been inspiring costumes for two decades now, so let’s take a look at the best "Hocus Pocus" cosplay out there.

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In a major move on the con scene, Dragon*Con organizers have announced they'd be changing the name of the company as part of a "cash-out merger."

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Mezco Toyz debuted its new Batman Mez-itz line from the classic 1966-68 “Batman” TV series in an event held today at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in New York City’s Times Square … but, while factual, that hardly captures the excitement of the day because Batman drove up in the Batmobile to unveil the toys.

And I got to be Robin, the goateed 30-something Wonder, sitting shotgun next to the Caped Crusader as he steered through the real-life Gotham City.

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by Alison Mayer

Cosplay is great, guys. And it doesn't get much better than Firefly cosplay, because really, who doesn't want to dress up like a space cowboy and gallivant about the universe, screwing with the Alliance and swearing Chinese?

But what if you could play-pretend all of that perched safely atop a certain Hero of Canton's head? Well...one fan decided to step up her cosplay game and do just that:

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Kleefeld's Fanthropology: Furries

As I was leaving the gym, I walked past the spot where a lot of free publications are left out for passers-by. Mostly apartment guides and auto traders and that sort of thing. But one that stood out was Echo, the student publication from Columbia College. It stood out because the lead feature was highlighted on the cover as "Up Close & Fursonal: Inside the Furry Fandom" with a full cover photo of someone in a mouse suit sitting at the bar in a bowling alley. Naturally, I picked it up.

I have to admit that, though I've studied various forms of fandoms and generally was able to see connections and commonalities among, furries was one that I hadn't quite got a handle on. I hadn't put a lot of thought into it, to be fair, but what I had learned suggested it was a somewhat different notion than the cosplay I was more familiar with.

Phil Foglio's XXXenophileNow, despite the popular misconceptions surrounding furries as sexual deviants, I've known enough people who attended furry conventions to know that was inaccurate; cartoonist Phil Foglio has talked up Anthrocon repeatedly. But it seems that the image is one that furries have had trouble shedding, as is noted in the article. And, as if to underscore that point, I happened to read Kim Deitch's Alias the Cat a day or two later in which he says furries "are rumored to get off cavorting around at weird parties in cute, cuddely animal costumes!" Read More...

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Welcome to MTV Geek's daily round-up of all things GEEK from the weird, wild world of the web! Got a cool link? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek!

In this episode: Marti Noxon joins the new "Tomb Raider" film, "Adventure Time" cosplay gets a gender-bender makeover, and open source DNA!

MARTI NOXON SIGNS ON TO REWRITE THE NEW 'TOMB RAIDER' MOVIE

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Most of the time, the most famous fan in Philadelphia is a large green fuzzball in a Phillies baseball jersey. Not so during the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con last weekend where the largest fanatic was literally Lou Ferrigno, a formerly green Hulk, also rocking a Phillies jersey. But the fans who came to see the notable names in nerd culture, and to support innovators and creators in comic arts, might give the Phillie Phanatic a run for his cannon-launched hot dogs in terms of zeal.

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Once again, Anime Boston filled the Hynes Convention Center with cosplayers and fans this past weekend. Of all the cons I go to every year, Anime Boston is the one that is most emphatically a fan con, and while there were industry panels and musical guests, the main attraction was... the fans. It's really all about meetups and cosplay and maybe getting some cheap manga and anime while you're at it. Here's a quick look from ground level.

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A couple of weeks ago we ran pics from the wedding of "Batgirl" and Nightwing" a.k.a. Laura and Seth, Bat-superfans. We loved the pics, but we needed to know, how exactly they pulled off such a gloriously geeky wedding. So we went right to the source!

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This picture is not her! Though, that would be impressive. She's after the jump!

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