C2E2 2016 Photos: Gaming and Animation Costumes!

Final Fantasy VII!

The family that cosplays together: straight out of Final Fantasy VII, it’s Barrett, Vincent Valentine, and li’l Cait Sith peering into your SOUL. My favorite photo of the weekend.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: my wife and I spent two days at the seventh annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Exposition, where Midwest comics fans in particular and geeks in general gather together in the name of imaginary worlds from print and screen to revel in fiction and touch bases on what’s hot or cool at this moment in pop culture.

In tonight’s photo parade, we focus on artforms made of moving art, interactive or otherwise. I’m not the best guy to ask about anime or XBox games, but I’ve played my share of video games and seen more than a few animated features. The younger cosplayers are great at stumping me, but I love seeing other fans celebrate some familiar faces out there. And as longtime MCC readers may recall, Final Fantasy characters get preferential treatment here, but there’s more where they came from.


Fran from Final Fantasy XII. I didn’t ask her to replicate that otherworldly accent.

Black Mage!

Pretty sure this is a a Black Mage form one of the FF games I haven’t played, or from a remastered version of one of the oldies. I beat the original FF on my old NES back in high school…

Krieg and Tiny Tina!

I’m currently playing through (and gnashing my teeth at) the DLC for the original Borderlands, but I was excited to meet Krieg and Tiny Tina from Borderlands 2.

Lollipop Chainsaw!

Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw. (It’s a game.)

Mega Man + Zero!

Mega Man and fellow hero Zero.


Bowser! For my fellow oldsters out there.


Pac-Man! For the even older-than-oldsters out there.

Fred Flintstone!

Fred Flintstone! Even the most ancient of Ancient Ones know that guy. Bonus points for that regal Water Buffalo hat!


Ursula representing for Disney in our animation cosplay lineup.


I remember when the first extra-large Jetfire figure hit the U.S. market when I was a kid. Transformers his size were too pricey for my lower-class paws. And if you thought last night’s entry needed more Star Wars in it, then the bonus Mini-Kylo Ren is here just for you.


Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Better than M. Night Shyamalan’s version? YOU make the call!

Dr. Zoidberg!

Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama. WOOOOB WOOBWOOB WOOB WOOB!

Sailor Moon!

Nitpickers might point out Sailor Moon was a manga before it was adapted to anime and therefore oughta be moved to our next entry with the other comic-book cosplayers. If that’s your take, then in the name of the Moon, I will ignore you.

To be continued! Other entries in our special 9-part series:

* Part 1: C2E2 Kicks Off Our 2016 Convention Season in Style
* Part 2: Dance of the Mad Deadpools
* Part 3: We Are Here For Supergirl!
* Part 4: Star Wars: The New Cosplay Order
* Part 6: Comics Costumes!
* Part 7: Last Call for Costumes!
* Part 8: Who We Met and What We Did
* Part 9: The Things They Carried

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