Here's me and Sushu in our costumes for Anime Central. We're Iroh and Toph from Avatar: the Last Airbender.
Wow, it really looks like Toph (Sushu) is sucker-punching me in this picture.
The girl on the left is Kitara in her Fire Nation disguise. Um, I don't know what her name is in real life. That's anime conventions for you: instantly bonding with total strangers just because they're dressed as characters from the same show as you are.
We found a lot of other people cosplaying Avatar. It's a popular show! (And nobody seems to care that it's "Not really anime". I'm glad; it's a stupid thing to care about.) Here's a group of us, including two Kitaras and two Zukos:
That one Zuko is shooting lightning out of his arm, in case you can't tell that's supposed to be lightning. It's made of clothes hangers. I thought it was pretty clever.
Here's what our characters Iroh and Toph are supposed to look like:
Sushu did all the sewing for both of our costumes. I just made my armor (cereal boxes, coat hangers, hot glue, paint), grew a beard and colored it grey, and bought an "Einstein" wig which I failed to completely get all the curls out of. Also I ran out of time so ended up not making any footgear, which is why I'm in those very inappropriate sneakers. Man, I could have done a lot better if I had more time, but it was a really busy week at work.
Non-Avatar cosplay that was cool:
This Jack Skellington had stilts inside his pants to get the proper proportions. He was like ten feet tall. It was freaky!
Other really cool cosplay that I did not get pictures of included...
- A group of ALL THE BATMAN VILLIANS, in their old-school comic-book versions. They sang an a-capella version of "Never Gonna Give You Up" (a.k.a. "the Rickroll song") to passersby in the dealers' room.
- An absolutely fantastic-looking Final Fantasy 6 group, which was all the obscure characters: Gogo, Relm, Setzer, and Gau. It warmed the cockles of my bitter heart.
- Rorschach and the Comedian, from Watchmen. Later I also spotted a red-headed hobo-looking guy with a sign that said THE END IS NEAR, but I don't know if it was the same guy as the Rorschach mask or not. Spooky.
Here's us with Helena, who was the president of the U of C anime club way back in 2004 when I first met them all.
She's not in costume; she just always dresses like that. "It's not cosplay! It's fashion!" she likes to say.
From left to right are Kimberly and John and Cat, then Helena and Sushu. (Hey Helena, what are you up to with my betrothed?) John and Kimberly were in the club before my time, so I only know them from A-CEN. That's the main thing that's cool about A-CEN - meeting up with cool people I never get a chance to see otherwise.
It's pretty much a college reunion that just happens to take place at an anime convention.
Oh, you know what else was awesome? On our way home from the con, me and Sushu and Cat stopped by my parents' house to see Aleksa (who had her ninth birthday the same weekend). She had also been watching Avatar, borrowed on DVD from the library, and she had gotten almost all the way through the series. We sat down and all watched the last episode together, with us still in costume. Is that perfect or what?
Then of course she was all hyped up, and we had to go act out battles in the living room, where punching a pillow at someone is "earthbending" and whipping someone with a blue sheet is "waterbending". Ahhh, good times.