April 19, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.

WonderCon 2014: Cosplayers congregate for Anaheim genre celebration

Jeff Campbell, 33, as Batman and his 8-year-old daughter Phoenix as Robin. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
WonderCon 2014 is underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, with cosplayers, comic book enthusiasts and genre fans flocking to the city’s convention center to check out a range of booths, panels and special programming. Smaller in scale than July’s massive San Diego confab, Comic-Con International, WonderCon still draws movie studios and television networks eager to showcase their upcoming titles. Saturday’s schedule included arena presentations devoted to such upcoming blockbusters as “Godzilla,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” while Friday night brought the premiere of the new animated movie, “Son of Batman,” which was followed by a Q&A with actors Jason O’ Mara, Sean Maher, Xander Berkeley and others. COMIC-CON PHOTOS: Cosplay costumes, in all their crazy glory Cosplay, of course, is always a big part of the scene at the annual pop culture expo […]
Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze cosplay: Thor, Loki, Disney, Batman and more

Des Grisham, of Los Angeles, works on the finishing touches for her Wonder Woman costume in the women's restroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center during Comikaze on Saturday. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron Man cosplayers mill around the escalators in the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby on Saturday morning during Stan Lee’s Comikaze. A group of X-Men gather on the stairs, and a dozen people dressed as “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett pose together, wielding their blasters for the cameras. Thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture expo that wraps up Sunday. The convention, now in its third year, featured panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world. Comikaze began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings after ticketing complications kept them from attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International. “We were terribly bummed,” Carpinelli told Hero Complex. “We thought, ‘There needs to be a show that […]
Aug. 13, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.

Cosplay gets reality TV treatment in Syfy’s ‘Heroes of Cosplay’

Heroes of Cosplay - Season 1
Cosplayers are hoping that a new reality show will shine a light on their creative, if quirky, endeavors. “Heroes of Cosplay” — a sort of Comic-Con-meets-”Project Runway” docu-series — premieres on Syfy tonight, pitting cosplayers against each other in Wizard World Portland’s cosplay competition. Cosplay, short for “costume play,” is a hobby that blends costume-making and role-playing. Cosplayers portray their favorite characters from genre movies and television, video games, anime, comic books and more, wearing handmade costumes to comic conventions and sometimes competing for prizes. It’s that competitive element that “Heroes of Cosplay” aims to spotlight, with each episode featuring a different contest and the cosplayers who, with varying degrees of experience, prepare to compete. Although the show isn’t without the seemingly manufactured drama that’s a hallmark of reality TV, “Heroes of Cosplay” provides some context for a hobby that […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013 top 10 moments: Superman, ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Comic-Con 2013: Top 10 highlights
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.

Comic-Con nightlife, as told by Kit Harington, Felicia Day and more

Lana Parrilla
With San Diego’s Comic-Con International expanding nearly every year, the annual pop culture convention has also accommodated the flourishing nightlife. “I understand that San Diego Comic-Con is like the Detroit Auto Show,” said “Banshee” actress Lily Simmons. “Sure, other places can have an auto show, but it’s not the Detroit Auto Show. “ While the city’s boisterous Gaslamp Quarter bustled with convention-goers and other Saturday night patrons, Hollywood took on its fair share of lavish events. “It’s just kind of insane,” said “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco. “I think there’s a scale of everything that’s kind of amazing to me. A couple people have warned me that it’s big. Everyone’s right!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Bianco, who played the upward-climbing courtesan Ros on the HBO series, said she party-hopped quite a bit over the weekend, starting off […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.

Comic-Con cosplay: Costumed role-players become temporary superstars

Clad cowl- to-boot in her handmade black and purple Batgirl suit, Briana Roecks arrives in the Gaslamp Quarter and pauses to adjust her boyfriend’s Robin cape. Instantly, the couple is surrounded by Comic-Con International attendees wielding camera phones. Roecks, 27, and her sidekick, 30-year-old Adam Earnhart, shift seamlessly from pose to pose as the cameras snap. Soon a Yahoo producer snags them for a quick interview. Afterward, a group of fellow Batman fans dressed as the characters from “The Dark Knight Rises” join them for a round of impromptu photos. A man approaches Roecks and plops his baby in her arms for a picture. More videos. More pictures. More poses. In half an hour, the couple has moved only 50 feet. “When you cosplay, you’re not a nobody,” said Roecks, who works in Hollywood as a visual effects assistant. “You’re […]
July 19, 2013 | 2:45 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013 photos: Cosplay costumes, in all their crazy glory

Zombie Dino attacks  Christina Peredia (dressed as Rogue) in front of the San Diego Convention Center on the second full day of Comic-Con. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Spandex-wearing superheroes, helmeted space troopers, sword-wielding warriors and plodding robots have once again descended on San Diego for Comic-Con International, where scores of fanboys and fangirls can always be counted on to show off their creative cosplay. The pageantry includes faithful re-creations of major and minor characters from comics, TV shows and movies, as well as personalized interpretations that are alternately humorous, sexed-up or just plain idiosyncratic. Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer likened cosplay to Halloween for grown-ups and told Hero Complex, “One of the cool things, certainly about Comic-Con anyway, is when you wear a costume, you get to be that character.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Another cool thing about Comic-Con: No reference is too obscure. “You may wear a costume that nobody else knows what it is, or you don’t think they do,” Glanzer said, “but at […]
April 01, 2013 | 9:04 a.m.

WonderCon 2013: A grand genre mashup with 40,000 characters

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 (featured image)
WonderCon attendees wielding camera phones flocked around Dawn Bright, a video game concept artist from the Inland Empire area who donned a head-turning Queen Amidala costume of her own creation. Her lavishly embellished gown, black feathered headdress and trademark white-and-red painted face stopped “Star Wars” fans in their tracks as they ambled through the lobby of the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday. “I made the entire dress from scratch,” Bright said, proudly pointing out the spiraled embroidery on her cloak before posing for more photos. “I just finished this costume last night at midnight, and I’ll actually be participating in the masquerade tomorrow.” A few feet away, more WonderCon-goers (some of whom wore costumes of their own) snapped pictures of Bright’s husband, Daniel, and their 3-year-old daughter, Victoria, dressed as the heroes from Disney’s “Wreck-it-Ralph,” with little Victoria’s stroller decked out […]
March 29, 2013 | 1:36 p.m.

WonderCon 2013 cosplay: The masquerade begins

WonderCon 2013 attendees show off their "Game of Thrones" costumes. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)
Sci-fi, fantasy and comics fans and professionals are descending on WonderCon this weekend in Anaheim. Let the masquerade begin. This year’s conference, the second year for WonderCon in Anaheim, is shaping up to be a big event. The crowd is expected to be as large as last year’s, which just fell short of 40,000. Attendees are invited to send pictures of themselves and their cosplay friends for inclusion in our gallery, above. Just upload them above or tag them with the hashtag #HeroComplex on Instagram or Twitter today and throughout the weekend. After all, the costumes and imagination of WonderCon fans are among conference highlights. GALLERY: WonderCon highlights: Your guide to the con Other highlights: panels on big-budget Hollywood films “Pacific Rim,” from Guillermo del Toro, and “The Conjuring,” directed by James Wan.  And author Cassandra Clare and director Harald Zwart […]
Sept. 16, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.

Comikaze cosplay: Catwoman, Wolverine, Zelda and more

Comikaze 2012 (featured image)
Frodo Baggins, Batman, Power Girl and Street Fighter’s Chun Li were in attendance at Stan Lee’s Comikaze — or at least their look-alikes were. In classic comic convention tradition, many attendees of this weekend’s expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. Spotted Saturday were the Doctor and his TARDIS, “Jurassic Park’s” Dr. Alan Grant and a T-Rex driving around in Power Wheels Jeeps, X-Man Rogue, “Adventure Time’s” Finn and Jake, several Stormtropers and a slew of other characters from anime, film, video games, television and comics. Click through the gallery above for a quick look at some of Comikaze’s creative cosplay. – Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Comikaze: Stan Lee unveils mobile game Verticus Comikaze: Elvira, Quidditch, zombies and more Comic-Con alternative Tr!ckster — a brand new bag Cosplay photos: Anime Expo 2012, a look back Holly Conrad puts costumes in the […]
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