Hey, is this San Diego Comic-Con or the TSA? While conventioneers this year won't have to go through a metal detector, they will be subject to "weapon" inspections and random badge checks. And don't forget to bring your I.D.!
According to NBC San Diego, badge security will be increased this year, with random checks occurring throughout the weekend to cut down on counterfeits. David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for SDCC 2012, explained the tougher security measures:
"Security has been very, very good about seeing counterfeit badges but at the end of the event, you may 10 or 15 badges with one person’s name used multiple times..."
But the new guidelines for cosplay weaponry on the con floor are somewhat more intense. For starters, if you intend to bring such a prop into the convention center, you'll need to get a wristband from security. There will be a "Weapons Check Desk" in Lobby E, and will have to confirm to state and federal law. Read More...
No, these aren't stills from the latest Zack Snyder film. These Steampunk-inspired fashions are from ultra-chic Prada's Fall/Winter 2012 collection...and who better to model them than intense, angular character actors like Gary Oldman and Willem Dafoe? Is this the first high-end couture line you can both wear to the opera and a comic book convention? One suggestion to the Prada designers: MOAR GOGGLES PLEEZ!!!!111!!!1! Read More...
Hosted by Clone Wars voice actress and Her Universe creator Ashley Eckstein, the panel will feature a lineup of experts -- made up of fashion buyers from Hot Topic, designers, and stylists -- who will be on-hand to judge the best outfit! So don't miss out on the chance to win great prizes, see awesome fashions, and talk all things Geek Fashion! And MTV Geek will be on-hand to video-tape the event! Read More...
When The Sun snaps a picture of you bright green in the shower, your mom futilely scrubbing your verdant skin with a toilet brush, you realize that you've taken your love for The Hulk waaaaaay too far. File this under: Cosplay Gone Horribly Wrong!
Enrique dos Santos, a 35-year-old swimming pool attendant from Brazil, wanted to bring his comic book fandom to the next level -- coloring his skin a bright Hulk-like green. Unfortunately, he chose paint that is normally used for ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines. The result? Stained skin, as well as a photo spread in a British tabloid. Glass half-empty, glass half-full.
Becoming a sort of local celebrity in the local Brazilian media, dos Santos was pictured in torn Hulk-jeans and semi-painted green skin, surrounded by clapping children. In another photo, his mother (misidentified in local newspapers as his girlfriend, causing further emotional trauma to the unlucky cosplayer) tried to wash the paint off with a sponge and what looked to be a toilet bowl brush.
But don't worry about dos Santos -- The Sun reports that after being continuously scrubbed and washed by friends and neighbors for 24 hours, the paint finally came off. The lesson? Don't color yourself with weapons-grade paint.
By Jon Waterhouse
Atlanta-based cosplay enthusiast Alisa Farrington has a boatload of secret identities, Wonder Woman, Black Cat and even Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” among them. Yet it’s her Supergirl costume that’s been luring fans and con paparazzi faster than a flurry of speeding bullets.
Even a high profile friend and fan found inspiration in her take on Kara Zor-El. Comics legend George Pérez decided to use Farrington’s likeness as his inspiration for the title character in Supergirl #8, part of Supergirl’s New 52 incarnation.
Farrington has been donning Supergirl duds on the con scene for nearly a decade. During that time she fostered a friendship with Pérez as the two of them cross paths at various events. When Pérez landed the Supergirl #8 gig and decided to use Farrington as his muse, the model said she was beside herself. Read More...
With so much time spent on the convention floor we've had plenty of time to check out a wide variety of cosplay based on comic books, video games, anime and movies. Some costumes look great and others don't, but this medieval Batman armor takes things to a whole new level of awesome. Read More...
For the last 18 years hundreds of people dressed in classic, and creative, Santa outfits have been filling the streets as part of annual Santacon events -- yes the fat man in red has his own conventions taking place around the globe and It's the holiday season, so once again the Santas are causing Santarchy all over town. Read More...
Starting this weekend, photographer Ejen Chuang will begin exhibiting photos from his book Cosplay In America at ICON Projects in L.A. The book and exhibit are the culmination of 1600 photos taken by Chuang at various conventions across the country since 2009. You can see more images and details from the exhibition after the break.
By Jon Waterhouse
Everyday is Halloween for iconic rock band Kiss. On the recent Kiss Kruise nearly 2,000 fans got into the act celebrating the season of the witch a bit early.
The inaugural event, which sailed October 13 to 17, featured a series of Kiss concerts on board. Fans, however, were given plenty of opportunities to rep their geekdom throughout the long weekend. This included Friday night’s Halloween party and costume contest spiked with band nerd creativity.
Sure, you had plenty of Genes and Pauls, but Kiss-themed mash-ups got the most attention. The contest’s winning couple sported their version of the Kiss Navy complete with uniforms and standard issue face paint:
Another crowd favorite was a pack of Kiss M&M’s:
Comic book characters are usually perfect Halloween costume fodder. They’re big, bold, and often, easily purchasable at your local dress-up-atorium. But there are some graphically inspired costumes that are a little, how do you say, graphic to wear outside. Here are ten comic book characters we DON’T recommend dressing up as for Halloween (that is, if you actually want to get some candy):
One of the biggest problems we see with Halloween costumes are apparatuses that are just too ungainly to wear all night long. They’re heavy, you can’t move well, and if you’ve done them right, it’s impossible to go to the bathroom. It was a toss-up on this one between Big Wheel and Stiltman, but Big Wheel won.
If you're a regular reader of MTV Geek, you no doubt are quite familiar with the concept of cosplay at conventions -- but did you ever consider that there is a fashion science to the whole thing as well? Well, MTV Style's Mary H.K. Choi -- with help from Supergirl, Evil Supergirl, Duella Dent, Daenerys Targaryens and more -- is going to give us a tour of New York Comic Con through the lens of Fashion with her Cosplay Style Guide!
Choi was particularly taken with the stunning Daenerys Targaryens cosplay at the show, including one young woman who chose to portray a rather violent scene from Game Of Thrones:
We took a camera on the convention floor to check out all the action AND even got an awesome Halloween costume idea because (where my Game of Thrones fans at???) we saw a slew of Daenerys Targaryens, which is easier to put together than you'd think. And for all you NON-NERDS, she is a beautiful blonde princess who is married to a great-big burly horse thief KING and they have a lot of sex—and she's got these powers that have to do with dragons and eats this heart this one time and OBVI I have said too much. Don't judge me.