Cosplay Your Way: The Faces of Comicon

(Original article published on Emerge Magazine, March 9, 2014)

Cosplayers from every dimension brought their A-game to Toronto Comicon 2014.

Day 1 of Toronto Comic Con started with a random encounter with Jason Todd, aka the Red Hood sporting his iconic red helmet and a casual military look.

Cosplay is nothing short of an art-form. Each year, enthusiasts spend months of their time and multiple paycheques to bring their favourite characters to life. But what is the reward of working so hard on these costumes, year after year?

For one, these knights of imagination become the centre of attention at any convention, showing off their incredible skill in crafting costumes as well as their passion for their favourite shows, movies, video games, and comics.

On top of that, these cosplayers all get to be under one roof, which in turn becomes the greatest cross-over event of the year. Only at conventions like Toronto Comicon will you see Master Chief from Halo hanging out with a Star Wars Jedi, casually talking about the weather.

This photo essay is a celebration of all things cosplay; our way of honouring these dedicated fans by highlighting their hard work and passion. These are the faces of Toronto Comicon 2014.

 

If you call him Zelda, you will face his wrath. It's Link!

Captain Levi from Attack on Titan was also present on the floor. Thankfully, there were no 12-meter titans around to eat us

Deadmau5 or Dead Pool? either way, this was just hilarious to see

This photo does not even need a caption at all

A fresh take on the Joker, combining a retro style with the Nolan-esque grit

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A dapper representation of Matt Smith's 11th Doctor (or is it 12th? 13th?) from Doctor Who.

Reunited! Captain Jack Harkness, River Song, and the 11th Doctor pose in front of the TARDIS. Timey wimey!

Phenomenal costume of Cassandra, aka. the skin lady, from Doctor Who.

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Connor from Assassins Creed 3 with one of the most impressive costumes of the show

Moments before the Stay Puft Marshmallow man went on a rampage in New York, I wonder what the Ghost Busters said?

Who you gonna call?

Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead, before all the blood and guts

This is what happens when you try to conquer the world, Loki

Batgirl on patrol in the streets of Gothan, well, Toronto

The only bounty hunter on the team, who left his blaster at home

The Spy, Medic and Engineer took a quick break from Team Fortress 2 for a picture

It's not easy being a red shirt from Star Trek, especially when you're in the middle of these two

Green Arrow and Zatana on patrol!

Rapunzel from Tangled made an appearance as well!

You can't see it, but Master Chief is smiling big with Halo 5 coming out later this year

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It's hard work catching facehuggers, even with all that equipment

A casual game of poker at Penguins

The legendary assassin Slade Wilson a.k.a. Death Stroke with his iconic yellow-and-black helmet. Just hope he does not show you his iconic sword

A close up of Death Stroke. Not too close or you'll loose a eye like he did

Beep-boop-beep-beep (Stop taking pictures of me, human)

The family that cosplays together, stays together. Easily the best family at Comicon portraying characters from The Hobbit

Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Joker and Black Mask. No this is not the Justice League

A Black Canary enthusiast using the updated look from the hit CW show "Arrow"

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and Anthony Hale (Resistance) taking a break from saving the world

This warrior never backed down

Canadian superhero Captain Canuck out on the floor showing off his costume

Black Mask. King of the criminal underworld. Despises Batman with a passion and surprisingly, very photogenic

Watchmen's Rorschach automatically posed for us, without even saying one word

One of the most beautiful games Journey, spawns some of the most beautiful cosplay costumes

Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion doing what she does best. Show off her attitude. Luckily it is without her EVA

"Ridlette" and Poison Ivy posing in front of their booth

When you think classy suit and hyper intelligent robot assassin, you would never think Legion from Mass Effect would look so dapper

Kelsey Grammar or not, this Beast cosplay from X-men was authentic

Don't worry, Stormtroopers always miss

That grin on face of The Lego Movie's Emmet? That's the satisfaction of a great costume, and a high-grossing movie

These were just some of the many elaborate costumes present this weekend at Toronto Comicon. Cosplayers from all walks of life, all genres, and all passions came out to show off their work and the results were out of this world! We can’t wait to see what kind of costumes people will come up with next year, and if you have the chance this August, FanExpo 2014 in Toronto promises to be the biggest convention yet!

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