Last week, Blogs From Geekdom witnessed the birth of the first-ever Tree City Comic Con in Boise, Idaho. But the small size of this novice con did not stop the cosplayers one bit…
Tree City was only the second Con I have had the opportunity to attend. It was definitely smaller than Salt Lake, and you could tell that there were a few kinks to work out, but over-all, it was very enjoyable. In many ways, there were some perks to being smaller: The aisles were not nearly as crowded and it was easier to get Cosplay pics… more on that later…
With this being the maiden voyage of Tree City Comic Con, there were not as many big name celebrities The big draws to this Con were John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, LOTR) and Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Firefly, Warehouse 13). There were many other classic crowd favorites too, such as Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series), and Vern Troyer (Austin Powers). Even the arrest of Nicolas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by the Boise police didn’t stop him from showing up!
The Boise cosplay was as active as ever. I’ve broken them down into three major groups: Heroes, Hotties and Harleys.
Heroes – Heroic characters from the movies and shows we love and also the villains that make them look so good. Ranging from the obvious (Batman) to the obscure (Ben Franklin!), these heroes cover a wide range of nerdly interests. The most popular themes were Star Wars and Doctor Who.
Hotties – Girls that love to show off how good they look in any outfit. Some are professional cosplayers, but most are just ladies that are comfortable getting lots and lots of pictures taken! Boise has several Disney princesses, Lara Croft, Eowyn and many others. We even saw a few ladies dressed as male characters, such as Ash from Evil Dead and Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.
Harleys – A sub-genre of both groups above, comic cons are loaded with Harley Quinns from the Batman comics. Pictured here are just three of the best costumes from the plethora of Harleys running around the con.
Cosplay takes on many different forms, from a skirt and a tank top to intricate homemade armor. Whatever the look, cosplay is a fun way to enjoy a con. It’s also a cheap way to get lots of great “celebrity” pics!
What are YOUR favorite cosplay costumes? Let me know in the comments!