C2E2 2016 Photos: Last Call for Costumes!


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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.

This isn’t the final chapter in this very special week-long MCC miniseries, but it is all the costume photos we have left. Most of these would fit into a “Movie and TV Costumes!” chapter of their own, but that would leave a few stragglers out in the cold. As always, our goal here is to see No Cosplayer Left Behind if we have any say in their fates. So everyone unites in one last big potpourri hurrah for the sake of inclusion.

What we’ve presented in our five C2E2 2016 costume entries is a fraction of a fraction of all the hundreds of cosplayers we saw swirling around us all weekend. No two C2E2 attendees will have the same costume photo collections, so I’d strongly recommend seeking out others online if you want an even broader picture of the complete Chicago convention experience. C2E2 is large and it contains multitudes.

Quik Bunny!

Also from the world of advertising, Quiky the Nesquik Bunny, reminding consumers of a time when shilling was more of an artform than a traumatic horror show.


At first I thought SuperPizza might be a webcomic star, but this is a for-real Papa John’s shill trying to drum up business by offering free pizza through social media. Marketing nostalgia can be fun, but actual marketing is the WORST.

Ms. Sta-Puft!

A more tasteful marketing avatar: Giant Baby Groot at the Funko Pop booth, hanging out here with Ms. Sta-Puft.

The Mask!

Also from the world of effects-heavy action comedy: The Mask!



Daft Punk!

Daft Punk, keeping it shiny without chrome spray.

Duke Silver!

Also bringing the funk: Duke Silver from Parks & Rec. My wife ran up to him and yelled, “I HAVE ALL YOUR ALBUMS!”


Also missing from our airwaves: Chuck Bartowski from Chuck, starring TV’s Chuck.

Honeydew and Beaker!

Also handy with gadgets and gizmos, preferably from a distance: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker from The Muppet Show.

Madame Vastra!

Also deadly if you don’t watch yourself around her: Madame Vastra from Doctor Who.


Also not to be underestimated: an Andorian Starfleet officer from classic Trek.

Addams Family!

Gomez Addams and Uncle Fester, waiting for The CW to call them back on their reboot pitch called Altogether Ooky.

Game of Thrones!

From that Game of Thrones series that I’m told is all the rage with the grown-ups these days: Daenerys Targaryen, Khal Drogo, Jaime Lannister, Mayor Tommy Carcetti from The Wire, and know-nothing Jon Snow.

Tall Spooky Guy!

Fran from Final Fantasy XII returns from Part 5, this time with Black Canary (sorry I didn’t do her justice) and, uh, a tall spooky guy. Little help?

Chinese Dragon!

A Chinese dragon winds its way through the main hall and toward a bonus Red Power Ranger.

Dog the Bounty Hunter!

A rare sighting of reality TV infiltrating the show floor: my wife hanging out with Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth.

That’s it for costumes, but we’re not done with C2E2 yet. To be continued! Pleae enjoy these 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 5: Gaming and Animation Costumes!
* Part 6: Comics Costumes!
* Part 8: Who We Met and What We Did
* Part 9: The Things They Carried

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