Cosplay has been gaining popularity year after year, flooding the geekdom with expertly-crafted costumes that can take months, or even years, to design and assemble. Cosplay has become inextricably linked with the thousands of gorgeous and creative women who meticulously dress like their favorite comic book, video game, and movie characters.
But, although we usually imagine women when we think of the fashion design and modeling associated with cosplay, the art is becoming a favorite hobby (and even profession) of men around the world too.
And why not? Traditionally, massive conventions like Comic Con (and nerd culture in general) was largely a man’s world. It might seem like a sexist stereotype, but at one time, a girl may not have been found within one hundred miles of a comic book store or a showing of the latest Star Wars movie. Nerd culture has become much more inclusive since then, as women embrace their inner artist and reign supreme among some of the best cosplayers and most popular 'Con attendees in the world.
Now, as men put their artistic and creative abilities to the test by making exact replicas of Boba Fett, Scorpion, and Prince of Persia costumes, cosplay women have some worthy competition. Best of all, many of these men are collaborating with their fellow female Cosplayers to create some of the most realistic costumes and scenes in the industry.
16 Roland’s Forge
Roland’s Forge has been creating costumes and accessories since at least 2008. He’s a graduate of UNCG’s sculpture department and originally got into Cosplay to strengthen his portfolio for a future job in prop making. Although Cosplay may not be more than a hobby for Roland’s Forge, he has created incredibly realistic costumes like the villainous Jafar from Disney’s Aladdin. His version of Jafar was recognized by the popular Cosplay America fan page on Facebook when they spotted him at Anime Los Angeles earlier this month. A big part of a convincing costume is having the right model, and Roland’s Forge easily pulls off Jafar with his tall and slender figure.
14 Elffi Cosplay
The best in cosplay reaches as far as Finland, where Elffi takes every opportunity to show off his latest creations. In addition to being a well-known cosplayer, Elffi is also an artist and model.
13 Justin Acharacter
Justin Acharacter was an artist who loved nothing more than bringing gaming characters into real life with amazing Cosplay. On his Facebook page, he wrote: “I like to make my costumes look like they have just stepped out of a comic book or movie.” He definitely succeeded. Through characters from Borderlands to The Dark Knight, Acharacter transformed himself into a real-life fiction.
12 Carlos Blanchard
10 Something Wicked Cosplay
9 Kelan Ord
Kelen Ord is a self-proclaimed geek and proud of it (parts of his apartment are decked out in Star Wars memorabilia that would make any superfan drool).
8 Junkers Cosplay
Junkers Cosplay is based in San Diego, which becomes the epicenter of cosplay every year when thousands attend Comic Con, one of the biggest comic book/movie/video game conventions in the world.
7 Captain Cosplay
Captain Cosplay is a professional cosplay artist who specializes in one character: Captain America, the ultra-strong, Nazi-killing superhero from World War 2.
6 Harley’s Joker
Before Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger transformed the look and personality of The Joker in The Dark Knight trilogy, there was only the original. Harley’s Joker is Anthony Misiano, “a geek with an evil grin and a lot of drive to create”, according to his Facebook page.
5 Leon Chiro Cosplay Art
4 Mark Meer
3 Steven K. Smith Props
D-Piddy modestly describes his forays in the Cosplay world: “I dress up as fictional characters and make YouTube videos.” But with over 100,000 Likes on his official Facebook fan page, his work on character costumes might have more to it than mere dress up. D-Piddy is a comic book geek, movie buff, and gamer who has been making costumes since at least 2012. His favourite character is Deadpool. One look at his computer desk as seen from pictures on his Facebook fan page will stop you from ever questioning his deep love for the character. D-Pippy can be seen at events like Anime Los Angeles and ConComics Guadalajara hugging other characters, break dancing, and making hilarious Youtube videos. Above all, D-Piddy doesn’t take Cosplay too seriously and never forgets have fun.
It seems that Danquish can do just about anything in the cosplay world, but he especially shines with characters like Scorpion and Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat. He started cosplaying 4 years ago, but has excelled at the art and proudly proclaims he lives his life "one cosplay con at a time".
He loves to show off his creations at cosplay and comic book conventions any time he can, including DragonCon. His cosplay art is so revered, a fan of SubZero was inspired to get a tattoo based on Danquish’s version of the character.
All information sourced from cosplayers' public Facebook pages
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