Need Inspiration for Halloween? Check out these Costumes from the DragonCon 2015 Parade

We’re finally getting around to doing some processing of these! Whew, it’s been a crazy semester. Why don’t you try throwing these together for Saturday night. Don’t worry, you have plenty of time.


Sometimes the best shots aren’t of the parade, but of people walking to the parade. Go Joe!


Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow might meet his match if he gets in the ring with Wrestler Deadpool!


For some reason, the church background just fits for this photo. I believe these are horses and actors from Medieval Times.


Live long and prosper!


Go speed racer!


Maybe it’s too late to throw this one together for Saturday night …


Nice clown car.


“You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.”

Picture of the Day: Gotham’s Selina Kyle Cosplay

When we saw that Gotham was premiering today, we immediately remembered running into this awesome Selina Kyle at DragonCon 2015! We both love the show, and Selina has to be our favorite character (though Harvey Bullock comes in a close second). This cosplayer was so in character when we bumped into her that I made sure to check my camera bags to see if anything was missing. Hold onto your cell phones! Who else is watching tonight?


DragonCon 2015: Portraits of Skyrim

One of the best things about DragonCon is the chance to see cosplayers go all out for their favorite fandom. We knew the Skyrim cosplayers would not disappoint, so we went to their photoshoot on Friday to grab a few shots. Skyrim is an immersive action role playing game set in a fantasy setting. I have only played the game a little because there is so much to it and the possibilities are endless. For someone as indecisive as me, I find it simultaneously beautiful and overwhelming.

One of the great things about cosplay for such a game is the fact that you can cosplay a NPC (non-player character) with established attributes, or you can play your own character that you build in the game. Again, the possibilities become endless and you can have a great deal of variety without the added pressure of the “did I get it right?” question that plagues those cosplaying established characters. At any rate, these costumes were fun.

If you don’t know how these meet and shoots go, many times they assemble the whole group and then little subgroups of characters. We tend to focus on individual characters, so we practiced our portraiture in taking these shots.

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Catwoman kiss

Who’s Watching Gotham Tonight? Five Reasons we are Tuning In

Batman Ends

A cosplayer from DragonCon 2014 reenacts the classic pose from the end of Batman’s story in the Nolan films.

Since we are known around our stomping grounds as consultants on geek culture, several folks have asked us whether or not we are tuning in to watch Gotham tonight on FOX. Of course we are! We will give most comic book shows a chance, and we are rather partial to the Bat-verse. Michelle’s favorite character, after all, is Batgirl. But why tune in to another interpretation of the Batman mythology?

Joker and Harley

I wonder how long it will take for the Joker and Harley to come in and steal the show? Great cosplayers from the DragonCon 2014 parade.

1. We are suckers for an origin story, and while Gotham starts out with the classic origin of Bruce Wayne, I’m hopeful that the show will not center around him. Rather, it looks like we will get to see some intriguing beginnings of Catwoman, Penguin, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, Commissioner Gordon, and perhaps even the Joker. The character I’m most looking forward to, actually, is the

Dent Penguin

It’s never a good thing to see Harvey Dent and Oswald Cobblepot conspiring in a hotel. From DragonCon 2014.

Penguin, a crime boss whom I have never cared for in any television series or movie. The trailers of Robin Lord Taylor’s performance as the character, though, are diabolical and amazing.

Little Catwoman

Gotham’s Selina Kyle will be a bit younger this time around.

2. Because of the main character, Gotham itself. That’s right, the city is one of the main characters of the show, and I’m very intrigued with how they will approach it in this series.

Dark Knight Crew

Wait, the Riddler wasn’t in the Nolan trilogy, was he? A quick shot at the Marriott during DragonCon 2014

3. Because Batman is far less interesting than the characters around him. A lot of folks are wondering how a Batman show can succeed without Batman. If you watch the Nolan films, however, the only one that is really about Batman is Batman Begins. You get to learn about his origin and training there, and most of the pieces of his psychology are there. When you get to The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, though, the real show belongs to the Joker, Bane, and Catwoman.

Catwoman kiss

Catwoman blows a kiss to an unidentified paramour at the DragonCon 2014 parade.

4. Because of the potential for strong women characters. If they are indeed taking cues from Greg Rucka’s Gotham Central series, then they are pulling from a writer who has a great track record of strong female characters who are more than foils for their male counterparts. And since Bruce Wayne is only twelve or so, maybe–just maybe–every female character in this show will not have a crush on him (that’s right, I’m looking at you, Arrow). I was very excited to learn that one of my favorite characters, Renee Montoya, was going to be a part of the crew. I just question where they will go with her story, hmmmm.

5. Because we want more Harley Quinn than just a cameo from Amanda Waller’s  jail (we jest, Arrow, we jest). That’s right! More Harley Quinn you DC TV gurus! :-).


Sailor Joker agrees. There is always a need for more Harley. Taken at the Atlanta Aquarium during DragonCon 2014.


A Creepy Thirteen: Bioshock at DragonCon 2014

Elizabeth Leads Parade

Elizabeth leads the parade.

Little Sister, Big Sister

Little Sister and Big Sister walk in tandem.

Little Sister ready to harvest.

One of the creepiest things about the game is the large needle filling the baby bottle with blood.

Little Sister and her Big Daddy.

Little Sister loves her Big Daddy.

Elizabeth is a popular cosplay.

Elizabeth is a popular cosplay.

Peddling Power Ups

Peddling power-ups.

Don't mess with this little sister.

Don’t mess with this little sister.

A decapitated motorized patriot.

A decapitated motorized patriot.

Little Sister Ghost

Don’t look behind you!


A creepy approach to predestination.

Robert and Rosalind

Robert and Rosalind examine the coin of fate.

The Bioshock Infinite group shot.

The Bioshock Infinite group shot.

A Big Sister spotted at the Atlanta Aquarium

A Big Sister spotted at the Atlanta Aquarium.

White Walker

It May be hot Outside, but Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones Photos from DragonCon

Lord Varys

Lord Varys, AKA, the Spider, checking in with his “little birds.”


An awesome Shae cosplay. Where is Tyrion?


“You know nothing, John Snow.” A fun Ygritte cosplay.


The props often make the cosplay. Love this Melisandre.

Brienne of Tarth

Galacticat does a great Brienne of Tarth. Perfect attitude and a great costume.

White Walker

A white walker in the DragonCon parade. I had a lot of fun with this one!

Trooper Jack Sparrow

Hey, you got your Star Wars in my Disney …

Ariel & Captain Jack

Now I want to hear Ariel sing pirate shanties.

Princess Tiana

Princess Tiana at the Marriot

Ariel Under the Sea

This was an interesting one to shoot at the Atlanta Aquarium with very low light and a flash.

Bambi (1 of 1)


HadesMegara (1 of 1)

Hades and Megara having a moment

JediPrincesses (1 of 1)

Sith Snow White, Princess Ariel/Leia, and Jedi Elsa. The force is strong with these princesses.

MadameGothel (1 of 1)

Madame Gothel from Tangled

Steampunk Mad Hatter

Steampunk Mad Hatter (CORRECTION: We found out that this was Caitlyn from League of Legends, though the “Steampunk Mad Hatter” description still works, I think.)


A happy Rapunzel


A spot on Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon a Time offering a contract

Archer Snow White

This Snow White doesn’t need a huntsman. She’s packing her own bow and arrows.

Trooper Jack Sparrow

Aren’t you a little drunk to be a Stormtrooper?