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C2E2 Cosplay & More!

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Two years ago I attended my first Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2 for short). I wasn’t able to make it last year but made a triumphant return last weekend. I sat on the Comix Chix panel (to be posted and linked shortly), picked up some great art, and saw and participated in some fun cosplay. Take a look at our photo diary of the event.

(All photos [except where stated] © Jill Pantozzi, please credit if reposting.)

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  • DJRM

    Yeah there was some good cosplay at C2E2 this year. The best was the group all eleven lady Doctors.

  • DJRM

    here is a link to some pictures of them all together

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I’m so happy to be seeing more women do the entire group of Doctors instead of just the modern ones. I organized a group for NYCC 2011 and it was so much fun!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not well versed in cosplay ideology, but here’s a question from seeing your Ice Queen cosplay.

    If there exists a gender-swapped version of a character in canon, would cosplayers be more likely to do the gender-swapped version if they want to do genderswap cosplay? Or would they be more likely to do their own genderswapped version of the original character?

    Like, Ice Queen in Fionna and Cake is much more dainty and put together than Ice King with her dress and everything, but if I did a genderswapped version of Ice King, my instinct would be to make her more like a baglady the way that Ice King is supposed unhygenic and bum-like.

  • Stacey Booksavvy

    Oh my glob! You totally captured me as Lumpy Space Princess and my smooth poser friend, Alice! Thanks for the photo love!

  • Jill Pantozzi

    It’s personal preference, really. Canonical Ice Queen wears that big dress but I wanted to do a more casual/comfortable thing.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    You both were lovely, you’re welcome!

  • Anonymous

    Did the cosplayer in number 9 specify that she wanted to be referred to as Lady Strange? Dr. Strange isn’t the character’s nick-name; it’s his title and surname. In the main continuity he was a surgeon before his hands were permanently damaged.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Yes, Lady Strange is my friend, that’s what she called her creation.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah. I guess cosplay is becoming more and more creative and less regimentally literal, so people feel free to do what they like (steampunk versions, eras, etc.) I just wondered whether people, given a canon alt-version, will choose to go as the canon alt-version or invent their own alt-versions. Like, steampunk X-Men was a thing in Astonishing, but I wonder if I’d see an original take on steampunk X-Men.

  • Katie Harris

    I love that We Are All Wonderwomen art. I need that in my life and my apartment, pronto.

  • Katie Harris

    That’s one of the artist’s blog posts about it (the other is her twin sister.) Hopefully there will be another update soon!

  • Jill Pantozzi

    All the artist credits are to the right of the image (in gallery form) or below it (in view all).

  • Amanda Burke

    I love C2E2 and wish I could have made it this year, but it was too close to the end of the semester. All the cosplay looked great! And Natalie Dormer is one of those actors where I’m always shocked to see her with her real haircolor–even though I know it’s not brown. It’s like that with Benedict Cumberbatch, too. Weirdly, it’s with everyone who had dark hair when their natural hair color is dark, but not the other way around.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Dormer actually mentioned that in the panel. She said she gets recognized a lot more in airports etc. but still has some anonymity thanks to that. But she said this was her first con so that was likely to change now. :)

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I’ve done a “Classy Lantern” group at 2 different cons with a group of ladies. Not sure if that’s what you’re referring to.

  • Brian Adkins

    I wish I had a camera at last year’s HEROES con because I saw a young woman who resembled you. She had red hair and was dressed in a Batgirl costume and was in a scooter/chair like yours! Thought I was going to get to say hi in person;bummed it wasn’t you.

  • Marian Librarian

    I recognize 80s Pinkie Pie as Megan Lara, geek girl artist extrodinaire!