I'm back from Dragon*Con and it was a whirlwind 5 days of amazing costumes, good friends, and an overwhelming love for everything Marvel. Every staff member I dealt with was extermely helpful from picking up my badge to securing me a press spot for the parade.
I want to send a huge thank you to Allen from the SuperHeroCostumingForum, who not only directed the largest Marvel gathering at Dragon*Con, but also helped me get all the model releases signed. Plus a thank you to every costumer and cosplayer who wore a Marvel costumer and took a moment to stop at a gathering. I'm still in awe of the care and love you all put into your costumes! Please keep them coming!
On to the recap!
I arrived Thursday, and within a few hours of even the convention beginning, I saw costumes popping up.
Friday started the insanity with the phenominal Thor group (you might remember from Megacon). Yaya Han also tagged along in her Sif!
Later in the day was the Avengers & Villains gathering which had me clicking away at some of the more obscure villains! For the first part, the villains and Aveners were split up but then in the 2nd part, the came together for a giant battle VS shot.
Saturday started with the annual parade, where the Super Hero Cosmtuing Forum and the Captain America USO Girls gathered to walk.
That afternoon was filled with the X-Men Shoot.
At the same time, on the other side of the convention was the Swimsuit shoot.
Later that evening, over 50 costumers gathered for the immense Captain America USO Girls photo shoot. There were over 30 USO and USO girls, plus Captain Americas, the Howling Commandos, a Howard Stark, and more movie related costumes! The gathering was such a hit, they're talking possibly an outing for NYCC next month!
At about the same time, the Deadpool group met to grab some photos too. And while they were congregated, Daniel Way, the writer on Deadpool, made a stop by, surprising the costumers!
Sunday was the immense Marvel Universe Shoot. Shortly before the craziness began, a small group of Fantastic Four costumers gathered, including The Watcher, Galactus and Super Skrull, for a quick photo shoot.
As the Marvel shoot was about the begin, the skys opened upon us and had costumers running to shelter from the rain. Thankfully it stopped long enough for everyone to get up on the stairs and allowed all the photographers to grab their photos! There were so many costumers this year, that they wrapped up the entire staircase and exploded out. A sight to be seen!
I even stepped into a shot to get my shot with everyone!
As the shoot began to end, everyone was suprised as Stan Lee made his way to the photo shoot. He took a few minutes to pose with the costumers and George Perez, who's a regular at the SCF events. Thanks again to Stan the Man, who really made the weekend complete!
Before we dashed away, myself and the other photographers grabbed shots of as many costumers as we could!
Phew! So thanks again to every Marvel costumer and cosplayer this weekend! The weekend was made because of all of you!
I'm back from a fun-costuming packed weekend! There were hundreds upon hundreds of Marvel costumers and cosplayers throughout the weekend from X-Men, to USO Girls, to even a M.O.D.O.K.! The spectacular display continually amazed me!
I took over 4500 photos, so stay tuned for an epic recap post from the convention.
Before I run out the door for Dragon*con, here's a recap from Fan Expo this past weekend in Toronto. This was Marvel's third official year attending the convention, and the fans did not disappoint. As I wasn't able to make it this year, Rich Herrera, our trusty video guy, grabbed photos of the cosplayers and costumers throughout the weekend!
On Saturday we had our Marvel Costume Contest at the booth. Judged by Marvel Editors Sana Amanat and Jeanine Schaefer, as well as Michele Marasigan and Agent M/Ryan Penagos. We had a smaller group then SDCC, but still a hefty selection of amazing of costumers! First place went to War Machine, but a job well done to all those who graced our stage!
Here's a few more photos of Marvel costumes throughout the con!
With Labor Day weekend upon us, it must mean it's time for Dragon*con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film in the southern U.S.! Held in Atlanta, Ga. and in its 25th year, the convention boasts attendance of 40,000, plus a large list of guests from actors to artists and more!
This will be my third year attending and I'll be covering everything Marvel, especially the amazing costuming and cosplay! My schedule is packed full of gatherings and shoots, so I'm quite excited.
If you'll be in attendance, jot the below Marvel Costuming gathering times and locations down!
Friday, September 2 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Avengers & Villains at the SunTrust Building 7:00 p.m.: Asgardians at the Hardy Ivy Park
Fan Expo is this weeknd in Toronto, Canada and the Marvel staff are prepping for a great convention! I won't be able to attend this year, with Dragon*con the weekend after, but stop by the Marvel booth (#743) for all your cosplay & costuming needs!
Marvel Costume Contest Saturday, August 27: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. -Compete in the annual Marvel costume contest with the chance to win great prizes!
All contestants and costumers will be asked to sign a model release to appear on marvel.com.
If you're in a Marvel costume and will be at FanExpo, stop by the booth for the contest or just to say Hi! Our own Agent_M will be there plus our trusty video-dude Rich.
If you can't make it, stay tuned to our hub: marvel.com/FanExpo2011 for all the latest in news, images and videos straight from the convention.
I'll be back later this week with my plans for the amazing weekend that is Dragon*Con!
Capcom is hosting a Fight Club this Thursday, August 18! Below are the details for time and location. I'll be there!
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center 540 West 21st Street New York, NY 10011 6 pm - 10 pm
Look forward to some Street Fighter x Tekken, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition to make appearances. Plus, maybe even some returning guests from Atlanta's event a few months ago!
Hope to see you all there! Look for my pink head wandering the floor!
About a month ago, Jay Tablante contacted me with a preview of a new piece of his amazing cosplay photography. You all should remember Jay's work from my previous blog post about him in January.
His work is always stellar, plus he'll be heading our way for New York Comic Con in October. I'm super excited to finally meet him, plus see him in action!
Without further ado, here's his new Psylocke Photo:
Make-up: Ara Fernando Styling: Hannah Kim Costume Production: Badj Genato Art Direction: Jhem Manalang Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno / Genald Tungol CG Imaging: Genald Tungol Model: Jinri Park
And some behind the scenes shots taken by Carlo Pagulayan of the photo shoot!
Amazing work again Jay! Thanks for sharing with us!
We came! We photographed! We Video-ed! We conquered!
I'm back and bright-eyed from San Diego, and can say that this year's Comic-Con was an amazingly-super-duper-stellar time! This year the Marvel.com team rocked SDCC with massive video coverage throughout the weekend, plus over 500 photographs live in the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Gallery!
As is the custom, we had two cosplay and costuming events at the booth: the Marvel Cosplay Photo Op and the Marvel Costume Contest sponsored by Oxygen.
---Marvel Cospay Photo Op---
This year the Cosplay Photo Op was held on Friday and we had over 50 cosplayers jump up on stage for their turn in the spotlight.
--- Marvel Costume Contest sponsored by Oxygen ---
The contest was on Saturday and we had about 35 contestants battling it out for some exciting prizes, including a Stan Lee signed guitar. Judging the contest was famous cosplayer, Yaya Han; Marvel Senior Editor, Steve Wacker; and Oxygen's Elissa Harman and Amy Schuster.
First place went to the six person X-Men Group featuring Rogue, Gambit, Kitty Pryde, Cyclops, Emma Frost and Ms. Marvel. Second place went to 1940s Female Captain America. Third to Beta Ray Bill, and two honorable mentions to Songbird and Stan Lee.
--- Costumes on the Con Floor ---
I had a few quick moments to surf the floor looking for other costumers, and put our intern, Hunter, and other photographers to the task! Here are some other amazing costumers and cosplayers.
--- Marvel.Com photos from the Convention ---
Had enough? Well here are some more photos I shot throughout the weekend:
I want to give a big thanks to my Marvel SDCC Crew! I love these guys!
Thanks to all the cosplayers and costumers who stopped by the booth for our events or even to just say hi! I love meeting and seeing each one of you!
With Captain America: The First Avenger in theaters this Friday, July 22, I've wrangled together an extreme selection of the amazing Marvel fans who've donned Captain America-inspired costumes. Below are a selection of cosplayers & costumers from throughout the eras and costume-changes.
Thanks again to the guys and gals over at the Super Hero Costuming Forum for answering the costuming-call! Plus all the photographers and costumers who sent in photos!
Thanks to all the cosplayers, costumers and photographers!
San Diego Comic-Con is quickly approaching, with only eight days to go! We here at Marvel.com are gearing up for a smashing convention, with a schedule packed full of events. Plus, of course, we have two of our annual cosplay & costuming events at the booth.
Stop by the Marvel booth (#2329) for these two great events:
Marvel Cosplay Photo Op Friday, July 22: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. -Stop by the Marvel booth in a Marvel costume, have your photo taken on the booth stage and appear on Marvel.com
Marvel Costume Contest Presented by Oxygen Saturday, July 23: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. -Compete in the annual Marvel costume contest with the chance to win great prizes!
All contestants and costumers will be asked to sign a model release to appear on marvel.com.
If you're a Marvel cosplayer/costumer and attending Comic-Con, send me a message and I'd love to grab some shots of you in your costume!
Plus, the Avengers Initiative is organizing a Marvel group photo Friday morning at 11 a.m. on the back steps behind the Mezzanine Level.