Our 25 Top Cosplay Images from Long Beach Comic-Con 2014
The Long Beach Comic-Con, held in Long Beach, California, hosted its biggest show ever this past weekend, with thousands of fans and creators packing the hall to experience the best in the world of comics. Beyond the expanded programming and the hundreds of comic creators lined up into row after row on the main floor, the show presented its first Dwayne McDuffie Award, celebrating diversity in comics, gave fans an inside look at the past, present, and future of Batman on his 75th Anniversary, and let kids of all ages step into the S.T.A.R. Labs Mobile Unit in anticipation of the premiere of the new Flash series on the CW. Between all of that, there were scores of vendors selling rare collectibles, giveaways galore, and lots of fun activities for the kids.
In a time when some fans complain that bigger shows have taken their focus off of comic books in favor of overwhelming big media properties, Long Beach has stayed faithful to keeping comics and their creators at the center of its show. I’ve been going to Long Beach Comic-Con since the show started in 2009 and I’ve never seen a busier show with a wider array of creators and fans filling the hall from wall to wall. It’s tough to really show just how big and fun the show was in words, or even in pictures, because most artists hunched over their tables sketching away at original art just don’t make the most compelling images. Besides, the most visible component of any convention are the fans, especially those that cosplay. So what better way to show you what Long Beach Comic-Con looked like and what its fans obsess over than by showing you 25 of the best cosplay images we were able to collect at this year’s show? Sure, there were a lot more cosplayers than those seen in this collection, but these are some of the best that we saw over the two day event.
If you’re in Southern California next spring, you have a chance to experience Long Beach Comic-Con’s ever expanding sister show, the Long Beach Comic Expo, from February 28th to March 1st at the Long Beach Convention Center. For fans who love comics, cosplay, fan clubs, and the community that surrounds it, without having to worry about whether you’ll get a ticket or a hotel room that sells out instantly, Long Beach Comic-Con is the place to be.
Images: Doug Kline