11. Tyrael and Malthael from Diablo III.
Fry and Jon have only been cosplaying for six months, and had never done anything as complicated as these Archangels from Diablo III. Not bad for relative noobs.
12. Samus Aran from Metroid.
While Fry and Jon were working on their Diablo costumes, Tiffany was crafting her Samus Aran costume in the garage that functions as the trio's workshop. She spent about a month on it, with the shoulders taking a large share of the time to construct. All three used PVC foam for their work, and frequently ran to stores to pick up workout mats that they reshaped with heat guns.
It was Tiffany's first time making a costume that required more than just fabric.
13. Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Cosplay is a great conversation starter. Sometimes, though, cosplay can make it difficult to hold a conversation. Take this Shredder as an example. I think he said his name was Rudy and that his friend made the costume, but his voice was muffled by the outstanding mask.
14. Claptrap/Sailor Wubwub.
July 5 was the official Sailor Moon Day at Anime Expo, with a Viz panel introducing the cast of the new English dub of the original series, plus the premiere of Sailor Moon Crystal. There was also a large, Viz-sponsored cosplay gathering for fans of the influential series. Needless to say, there was a lot of Sailor Moon at the con.
Cosplayer Drcane (not in this picture) made the Claptrap seen here. A friend added pigtails, bow and tiara to turn the Borderlands robot into Sailor Wubwub.
15. Sylvanas Windrunner and Lor'themar Theron from World of Warcraft.
Dawn Bright and Owen Lord were doing a Blizzcon test run at Anime Expo; Dawn made the costumes. Her Sylvanas Windrunner piece isn't finished yet, and Owen was having issues with makeup, as in his chin hairs had fallen. This is why test runs matter.
Dawn works with large pieces of plastic, which she cuts up and forms into armor with heat. She spray paints the work and uses acrylic paint for details. Some of the pieces on the costumes are made from resin. Both she and Owen are hobbyists and do work with the Stormtroopers of the 501st as well.
16. Poppy and Tristana from League of Legends.
These veteran cosplayers used some teamwork to put together fantastic Poppy and Tristana costumes. One focuses on the props - using everything from foam to vinyl flooring - and the other is good with a sewing machine and can rip up leggings to piece them back together as a shirt.
17. Homulilly from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
This costume is possibly a spoiler from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica universe, which you should watch. It took two gloves and a little paint to make the creepy hands. A box was used to make the stocks. It's a beautiful and totally unsettling costume.
18. Gandalf the Grey and Hobbits.
Friends worked with friends to put together these terrific costumes inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Amy is a "generic Hobbit" who made her costume in two days and used wool and flip-flops to create the illusion of hairy feet. Amy also helped Jon with his Gandalf the Grey costume, while Jon worked with another friend to make the staff. It's a PVC pipe covered in clay that was painted.
James, who is Bilbo Baggins, wanted to look like he was barefoot. He's wearing clear Insoles on the soles. Those are attached to his feet with mesh to create invisible flip-flops. All you notice at first is the hair, which was attached with spirit gum. James had a friend make his pipe.
19. Alien from Toy Story 3.
An army of aliens inside the convention hall might be disturbing no matter how Disney/Pixar they are, but a single, three-eyed Toy Story alien is adorable.
20. Rule 63 Sailor Scouts.
With the aforementioned big emphasis on Sailor Moon at Anime Expo this year, some cosplayers chose to dress as alternate versions of the Sailor Scouts. Of course, Rule 63 applied and I saw a handful of genderbent characters from the series. This group took their inspiration from fan art created by a devianARTist named heavenhellexe.
Honorable Mention: Totoro.
It just isn't an anime convention without one of these guys doing it right.
Previously by Liz Ohanesian