SLCC Comic Con: Day Three

I had planned to attend about a half-dozen panels on the last day of Salt Lake City Comic Con. Instead, I spent about seven hours getting my picture taken. Hold on to your butts: we’ve got a lot of pics to get through.

Easily the highlight of the con:  getting my face melted off by an eleven-year-old with a fistful of Eggo’s (Stranger Things).

Are you ready to duel? (Yu-Gi-Oh)

Can’t expect me not to fangirl out when surrounded by some of my favorite Disney ladies, can you?

Yeah, this is probably okay to drink (The Emperor’s New Groove).

Pretty awesome Winter Soldier arm.

“Nice Wiccan cosplay!”  “Thanks for recognizing me!”

Save me, Prince Phillip!


Y’all know Dum-Dum Dugan, right?

Hey, Rapunzel, if you’re not impressed with Mr. Rider there, I know a slightly-balding guy who might be more interesting…


I lost my jaw to Lady Hellboy.

That is one surprising bird-monster (Warhammer).

Must… resist… urge… to… inuendo!


Sometimes, you just have to sit down and cry and very purposefully not look behind you.

This photo is practically perfect in every way.

Who’s the cutest little gonk droid?  That’s right, you are!

I don’t think Tumnus knows where to go any more than I do.

Doo doo da doo dooooo…  Doo doo da doo dooooooo.

Ain’t got no strings on me!

No lie… Those claws actually choked me a bit (Dark Crystal).

I can’t wait until “By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth” becomes a meme.

W.A.S.P.s of a feather…

All bow down before the Deku Princess (Majora’s Mask).

Buttercup, Blossom, Braddy, and Bubbles.

And here I’ll add a happy little Comic-Con…

SPOOOOOOOOOON!!! (I actually didn’t notice the spoon until I looked at the picture afterwards…)



You can’t see it, but I totes gots that dance magic! (Labyrinth)

Best obscure meme of 2016 reference at the con!

Dugtrio is evolving!  Dugtrio has evolved into… Dugquattro! (Pokemon)

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure Sheik here was holding real nails… (Ocarina of Time)

This girl was such a good sport… Pretty sure she had no desire to take a picture with a dude twice her age, but she indulged me anyway (Sailor Moon).

Wish I’d noticed the cuddly Wookie buddy waving me down first…

This cute little Hawkgirl with wings made out of music sheets had one of the best costumes in the con!

“Do a Tracer pose, and I’ll imitate you,” I said.  I’ll admit I was expecting a different pose (Overwatch).

Little magical girl soldiers in perfectly fighting-appropriate skirts… because Japan (Puella Magi Madoka Magicka).

More Mass Effecty goodness… The game’s actually pretty cool, provided you never have to get on an elevator.

I’ve seen worse presidential candidates…

Now that Comic Con is over, I’m feeling a bit sad. I absolutely love all the people watching, not to mention the panels and shopping. At the same time, I’ve got a severe cramp in my foot, and I think I got a cold from that Spider-Man kissing booth, so I’m pretty excited to have some recovery time. You might say I’ve got… MIXED EMOTIONS.

Thank you and good night!

SLCC 2016 Cosplay: Day Two

Man, thanks to Suicide Squad and Hotpants Harley Quinn, I have seen SO many butts this week!

The following are photos of not-butts.

Zelda, and… Um, I forgot what the girl’s name is.

Frickin’ rad alien chick (Mass Effect).

This Fezzik was pretty great… even if I’m taller than him.

Yes, I know I said Thor was a woman yesterday, but sometimes he’s a horse from outer space.

I can honestly say I have never seen Phryne Fisher cosplay before.

My friend Devon, the mermaid.

Harsh lessons from Master Splinter.

Magic doggie from heaven (Okami).

Dude’s Doctor Doom armor was actually made of metal.

This is the face of obliviousness (Metal Gear).

Pretty sure I know who wins this shootout (Fullmetal Alchemist).

Never been so happy to be photographed with Death (The Book of Life).

The power of Science! (Big Hero Six)

“What should I do in my photo with the Transformers?”

“Get beat up!” my photographer said… because of course.

SLCC 2016 Cosplay Pics: Day One

Easily my favorite activity from Salt Lake Comic Con last year: getting my shapely buttocks handed to me by the fightingest costumed crime fighters of the cosplay scene. Heck, I enjoyed it so much that… that’s basically all I did today. Here are the best pics I got from day 1:

A trio of ruffians from some nerd game for nerds (Overwatch).

Captain Marvel, complete with mohawk.

Thor (yes, Thor’s a woman now).

Dr. Fate, complete with swanky jacket.

My buddies and I and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Captain America, Peggy Carter, and a dislocated jaw.

Tippi Hedren (The Birds).

Wirt and a very meaningful cassette tape (Over the Garden Wall).

Four incredibly sexy people (DC Bombshells).

Red Queen, White Rabbit, Yellow Braddy.

Some bloke in very impressive and (dare I say) handsome armor.

More broke, more armor.

The second worst prom I ever attended.

The worst prom… ever (Mulan).

The world’s deadliest geometry (Silent Hill).

Lady Scarecrow and a glove of syringes.

Ms. Marvel – the best kid.

Me picking a fight with Lady Star Wars…

…and here we see how well that turned out.

And, finally, Steampunk Santa. The best thing any child could have hoped for.

Comic Con Warm-Up

I spent my Saturday evening at a tournament for Magic: The Gathering, which, if you don’t know, is a nerd game for nerds.  For the record, I won 3 of my 4 games.  Not too shabby.  

Anyways, the store owners hired this girl to dress up as a character from the game.  As far as I can tell, she was really only there to create a photo op, although maybe she sold some prints or something?  She had, like, her whole portfolio there.
Anyways anyways, all the guys in the shop that took pictures with her got these happy little portraits done, with their arms around the girl’s waist while she held up her crazy spear like some psycho death metal version of American Gothic.  After watching this go on for a while, I had to jump in and show this crowd how one should REALLY get their picture taken with a cosplayer.  After all, I can’t imagine this girl strapped on those blood-stained wings and jammed those blackout contacts into her eyes in order to reenact Lilith’s First Prom Night.

And all this got me thinking… Guys, I am getting, like, STUPID excited for Salt Lake’s 2016 Comic Con. This is honestly a little disturbing to me. After all, should I, a grown man with a mortgage and a full-time job and a whole host of other serious concerns, really be getting so excited to wander through crowds of costumed weirdos in an overpacked convention hall, just so I can spend my day talking about comic books and getting pictures taken with teenagers all dressed up as their favorite anime character, especially when said event is still more than a month away?

You bet your buttermilk biscuits I should.  Jumping in to dumb photos with the cosplayers at last years convention was about the most fun I had all year.  Dignity and decorum be darned, but I absolutely loved getting the crap kicked out of me by every kid in a video game costume, and I can’t wait to do it again.
Besides, I’m also getting super stoked for Christmas, and, seeing as how it’s now July, I think we can all agree that’s a more serious problem.

Snazziest Dressers of SLCC15

For the first time in my life, I  attended a comic book convention. I had a grand time cruising Artist’s Alley, doing a bunch of shopping, and, surprisingly, learned a lot about life.


I learned that some people are very free with letting strange men hold their stuff.


I learned that making eye-contact with flamboyantly dressed men for an extended period of time is fairly uncomfortable.

Pearl, from Steven Universe

I learned that people who carry spears are usually eager to use them.


Tonberry, from Final Fantasy

The same holds true for knives.

Sailor Moon

I learned that you always win when you side with love and justice.


Steampunk Finn, from Adventure Time

I learned that selfies don’t always capture the pertinent part of a picture, like a really cool steampunk arm.

Genderswapped Midna, from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

I learned that asking a costumed individual to behave “in character” sometimes leads to unpleasantness.

Captain America

I learned that I should, like, do some sit-ups or something.

Black Widow

I learned that necks are surprisingly durable for how sensitive they are.

Kiki, from Kiki’s Delivery Service

I learned that teenage girls hanging out with their dads are far more approachable now than they were when I was sixteen.

Scott Pilgrim, from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

I learned that you don’t hit on another guy’s girlfriend…

Ramona Flowers, from Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

…cuz she might hit you back.

Glinda the Good Witch, from The Wizard of Oz

I learned that giddiness does not become me.

Princess Mononoke

I learned that it’s surprisingly difficult to look feral.

Bee, from Bee and Puppycat

I learned that people in obscure costumes get really excited when other people recognize them.

Genderswapped Gambit, from X-Men

I learned that you should never trust anyone who carries around their own deck of cards.

Squirrel Girl

Seriously, they get so excited when you can tell them who their character is. It’s crazy.

Adam Warlock

I learned that I’m, in fact, super old.

Skull Kid, from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

I learned that it’s very difficult to mimic a facial expression for a face that doesn’t have a mouth.


I learned that a good laundry facility is important.

Bane, from The Dark Knight Rises

I learned that mphhhm hmmm ph hmm mphhhm mph hmmmph will be very painful… for you!

Sadness, from Inside Out

I learned that it’s surprisingly difficult to be grumpy in a room full of costumed nerds.


I learned that it is super hard to keep your eyes open while balancing on one foot for a picture.

Chun-Li, from Street Fighter

I learned that when you ask a video game character for a picture, you deserve what you get.

Him, from Powerpuff Girls

I learned that ANYONE who can manage to walk more than a few steps in six-inch heels should be applauded, period.

Honey Lemon, from Big Hero 6

I learned that love at first sight really does exist… but the object of your affection already has a boyfriend, so leave her alone or she’ll call the police on you.

Dr. Robotnik, from Sonic the Hedgehog

Okay, I didn’t learn anything from this guy, but dang if that costume isn’t amazing!

Genderswapped Juggernaut, from X-Men

I learned that skinny teenage girls can still wreck your business up.

Samus Aran, from Metroid

I learned that I will never put the hours into costume building needed to ever look this awesome.

Princess Merida, from Brave

I learned that sometimes you have to run into the same amazing costume, like, a half dozen times before you finally manage to get a picture with them.

Genderswapped Pyramid Head, from Silent Hill

I learned that parents obviously don’t know what’s up with the video games their children play. Either that, or this girl has terrible parents.