April of 2014 marked the second year Wizard World has graced St. Louis with a ComicCon. It’s been going for years in other cities like San Diego and New York, but St. Louis is new to the game. Last year was a learning experience, and I thought I knew what I would be getting into this year. Fortunately for you and anyone watching this video, that wasn’t the case.
Before carpooling down to the city on Saturday, I was surprised to find that my company would be in costume. Specifically, seeing James step out of his car dressed as Mario made me realize that the day would be anything but what I expected.
After about 10 minutes of watching James and Devon act out their characters, I decided to film this. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did filming it.
This year was a lot of fun. There were a few complaints we had about the logistics of the costume contest (mainly the fact that they had an entry cap but didn’t have a screening process). This year’s contest was subject to many duplicate costumes. I swear, every couple wants to dress as Joker and Harley. There were at least two of each modern incarnation of Doctor Who. I mean I love Doctor Who, but no Doctor is ever going to win a costume contest. Come on, it’s just a suit and a sonic screwdriver… about as much work as a store-bought costume.
Despite the disappointing aspects of the costume contest, there were quite a few gems in there. I was caught unprepared when it came to getting decent photos from my seat, but I can tell you that the costumes that won the awards really deserved them. Especially the female Demon Hunter from Diablo III. I really wish I had gotten a photo of her, because she was head-to-toe legit. Completely hand made clothes and armor, built to look exactly like the Demon Hunter’s armor.
And as we do every year, we discussed costuming possibilities for next year. I’m a little hesitant though, because cosplaying at a con is a really involved experience. Any recognizable character or impressive costume will be subject to literally dozens if not hundreds of pictures over the course of the day. Enough so that it’s hard to do anything else (like shop around the con floor or get to panels on time).
But despite my hesitations, there are several ideas in the works: Super Smash Bros. group costume (with Mario & Luigi of course), Borderlands vending machine costumes (No refunds!), Venture Bros. group costume (probably made up of random characters from the show), Revan & Malak (the Sith Lords from Knights of the Old Republic), and my favorite idea, the Imperial Mafia (which would just be people in pinstripe suits and Stormtrooper helmets).