7th August 2007

San Diego Comic-Con 2007: Negative Space

I managed to take a few compositionally interesting photographs. Despite the mad rush of bodies, seemingly everywhere you walked, I captured two (reported) “Dr. Who” costumers and a couple of thoroughly exhausted convention attendees. I like the rare occurrence of negative space.

Negative Space 1

Negative Space 2

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7th August 2007

San Diego Comic-Con 2007: Batman Family

Each year at Comic-Con, Batman and related characters account for many of the costumes you will see. I was quite impressed by some of the outfits, such as the Batman/Catwoman and Joker/Harley Quinn combinations I encountered.

Batman Family

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6th August 2007

Geek-Grrls Rule! (Part 6)

Truly a Teen Titan. For most of the Con, this girl ran around with friends who were dressed as Raven and (I think) Slade. However, her Starfire costume was clearly superior and the coolest of the bunch, so we took an opportunity to photograph her alone, as she stood in queue for the Comic-Con Masquerade Ball.

Teen Titans Starfire

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6th August 2007

San Diego Comic-Con 2007: The Naked Truth

I think it’s clear that modern toy companies have gone too far with their myriad figure variations.

I’m pretty sure this is French Fries-Gobblin’ Robin (left)… or is it Hamburgler Robin? Anyway, I decided to juxtapose this awesome dude with two random, super-hot Comic-Con chicks (right).

Hamburgler

Safe to say: Never the ‘tween shall meet.

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6th August 2007

Geek-Grrls Rule! (Part 5)

As if you need further proof that Geek Grrls Rule, I present Scarlet Witch:

Scarlet Witch

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5th August 2007

San Diego Comic-Con 2007: Rosario Dawson

Actress-turned-comic book creator Rosario Dawson yuks it up with a couple CosPlay Comic-Con villains, Joker and Harley Quinn.

Rosario 1

Rosario 2

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5th August 2007

Geek-Grrls Rule! (Part 4)

OK, OK, OK.

I admit this girl didn’t exactly have the best Batgirl costume I’ve ever seen.

Batgirl 1
Do I look like I care?*

Batgirl 2
*hint: I don’t look like I care.

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4th August 2007

Geek-Grrls Rule! (Part 3)

This could be my favorite costume of the entire convention. On Saturday night, we walked the line of fans waiting in queue for the Comic-Con Masquerade Ball. We found this young girl who created and wore an incredible Captain America costume, and I was really taken by its faithfulness while being quite original and clever.
Captain America Poses

She had cuffed boots, but they had heels! She had the shield, but it was the old-school 40s-style badge shield!

Captain America Salutes
Perhaps most impressive was her addition of iconic American patches, one on each arm.

Captain America Patches

Big props to this girl. I’m guessing she is maybe 15 years old, and a case-in-point example of my assertion that Geek-Grrls Rule!

Update: August 5, 2007 — It has been brought to my attention that this “girl” is actually a 19 year-old woman who regularly engages in CosPlay at comic book conventions. I apologize for my inaccurate guess.

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4th August 2007

Geek-Grrls Rule! (Part 2)

Dark Willow DetailTaking a much-needed rest on Saturday afternoon, Andrew, Martha and I were chillin’ out in the convention hall’s atrium. I spotted an adorable woman about 50 feet away. When she raised her head and gazed over our heads, I struggled to reconcile the emptiness where her eyes should be.

“Andrew, check her out,” I nudged my buddy. “Oh, cool,” he said. “She’s doing the ‘Dark Willow’ thing.” Not being a fan of Buffy, I had to take his word for it.

She started to leave the area, so Andrew and I ran over to request pictures. She is really pretty, but the black contact lenses were really creepy!

Having failed to bring drops, she was blinking her dried-out eyes furiously. She was a good sport and managed to keep her eyes open long enough for us to get some cool images.

Dark Will

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30th July 2007

Geek-Grrls Rule! (Part 1)

Little Leia 1

Over the past few years at San Diego Comic-Con, I have noted a drastic upswing in female attendance. In the late ’90s and early aughts, the fairer sex was represented mostly by mid- to late-teen girls. Typically, these were Goths-Grrls looking for Terry Moore or Neil Gaiman. Leather boots. Dyed hair. Tats. The works.

This year, I ran around with two of my oldest and dearest friends, Andrew Jones and Martha Chong (brother and sister; Martha is married). We noticed that females — both young and old — were representing! And these weren’t casual attendees or fan-boy companions. Nope. These girls were full-on…

hard-core…

NERDS!

One common threads among females was clever costuming. Hands-down, the best costumes we saw were created and worn by girls. We were particularly impressed by all the girls who exhibited uncanny character awareness and geek nuance. This goes way beyond just playing ‘dress up.’ When we asked to take someone’s picture, these girls were fully prepared with dynamic poses and catch-phrases.

One of my favorite examples of this phenomenon was a little girl Andrew and I dubbed Little Leia. She is maybe 8 years old. And she was very into the character. Andrew and I asked her father (wheelchair-bound and dressed as Darth Vader, no less) if we could take her picture. With his approval, Little Leia scurried off to drop her bag and retrieve her blaster-gun. Upon return, Little Leia struck a cool pose, and we snapped some shots (see triptych above).

Andrew and I thanked the little girl and turned to walk away. Three steps into retreat, Little Leia quietly protested, “I… I have another pose…”

Andrew and I looked at each other blankly for a moment, then broke into giant grins. “OK!” we announced, walking back toward her. “Go ahead!”

Little Leia struck her second pose. And we snapped away like Hollywood papparazi. Andrew and I agreed Little Leia was absolutely charming and adorable.
Little Leia 2

Benjamin

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