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Best of Comic-Con Cosplay: Sexy and surprising costumes command attention during San Diego Comic-Con 2012

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The annual geek mecca that is the San Diego Comic-Con draws tens of thousands of fans each year to see their favorite movies, TV shows, video games, celebrities, and other pop culture phenomena live and in person, through exciting exhibits, panels, and presentations. But despite all that entertainment, it’s often cosplayers that grab the most attention. For many attendees of SDCC, the event is the ultimate excuse to dress up in elaborate costumes, taking on the likes of familiar fictional faces, from Snow White to Superman and everything in-between.

Throughout the 4.5 days of the San Diego Comic-Con, I kept my video and still cameras ready at all times to capture the best costumes I spotted. Whether inside the convention center, out front, or in the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, costumed attendees dominated the landscape. And while many guys dress up in elaborate outfits, it’s the girls involved in cosplay that attract the most eyeballs, both in person and afterward online, and thus my lens tended to point in their direction more often than not. That’s not to say male cosplayers don’t have equally impressive costumes, only that girls tend to flaunt their assets more effectively.

Check out the highlights of costumes I saw throughout the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con in the video below, followed by some of my favorite stills and a slideshow of every cosplayer I photographed. Then comment at the bottom and tell me which are your favorites!


Video: The costumes and girls of San Diego Comic-Con 2012


San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay

San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Catwoman was purring with heat... from the metal police car's hood. She was hoping she wouldn't get arrested while posing for pictures in front of the convention center.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Just inside, Galactus towered over attendees. Note the tiny Silver Surfer off his left shoulder.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
A repeated cosplay theme this year was hipster characters, inspired by Internet memes. This pair was representing The Legend of Zelda characters with #HipsterHyrule.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012
This Disney Princess duo embodied the meme by adding caption boxes around their heads.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Popular cosplayer Traci Hines showed off her hipster Snow White look one day...
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
...and her best-known non-hipster Ariel, The Little Mermaid on another.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Newcomer to the Disney Princess universe is Merida, perfectly portrayed by this cosplayer down to her Scottish accent.