Monday, May 20, 2013
Photos: See the creative characters of Comic Con 2013
Those who were not dressed up were the odd men out.
IRVING At this weekend’s Dallas Comic Con, fans went all out to recreate their favorite characters.
“It’s Comic Con,” Logan Curtis said. “You can’t go to Comic Con and not dress up.”
Technically, you can. The costumes weren’t required, but they were certainly popular.
Curtis and Samantha Brownlee came from Oklahoma and dressed as characters Wash and Kaylee from Firefly. Both wore fake photo ID’s, clothes, and hair that matched their characters. Curtis’s costume was so accurate that it included a gaping fake wound, a reference to his character’s eventual death-by-impalement.
He got that wound from local special effects makeup artist Heather Henry. She was a contestant on SyFy’s Face Off, and spent the weekend teaching amateur makeup artists how to improve their techniques.
Others imitated more complicated characters. Max Thomas, 15, built a working replica of a dalek from Dr. Who. He made it in his garage, on a bet, out of an old Hoveround. You could walk up to the prop and never see he was hidden inside.
Costumes ranged from ordinary to intricate, and some were heavy and hot. But fans were enthusiatic, especially when it came to the contests, and seemed especially excited about the ones they’d made themselves. They took pictures on the “Cosplay Red Carpet.” They swapped stories about finding the best fabrics and posed for pictures with costumed strangers they admired.
To Curtis, the appeal of a costume comes back to the character he’s recreating.
“It’s our way of showing our appreciation and our love of these things,” Curtis said.
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