Wizard World Chicago 2017 Photos, Part 1: Comics Cosplay!


I’m so old, I remember when the Tick wasn’t an Amazon Prime superstar, and creator Ben Edlund was still writing and drawing his adventures.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

It’s that time once more! This weekend my wife and I made another journey up to Wizard World Chicago in scenic Rosemont, IL, where we found much enjoyment and new purchases alongside peers and aficionados of comics and genre entertainment. Friday night left us near death by the end of our day, after a few miles’ worth of walking up and down the aisles and hallways, with breaks to go stand in lines of varying lengths and value. We’re the Goldens. It’s who we are and what we do.

…and what we nearly always do is lead off a new convention miniseries with the mandatory cosplay galleries. We captured whoever we could while wandering the show floor Friday and Saturday in between the long lines and longer waits. (For a few reasons we skipped Sunday this year.) I have no idea how many chapters this particular experience will run, but the first three will represent a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the costumes that were in the house. Because I always feel the need to divide cosplayers into arbitrary categories, our first set spotlights the stars of screen and page from the world of Marvel, DC Comics, and other publishers out there, as well as from their movie and TV adaptations. Gentle reminder: there are more than two comics publishers out there. Enjoy!


This Joker with a pitch-perfect Mark Hamill voice kept us company when security wouldn’t let anyone pass through the Skybridge before 10:30 a.m. on Friday.


Groot police lineup.


If you thought Thawne, Zoom, or Savitar were creepy speedsters, wait’ll you get a load of this Flash.

Joker, Killing Joke!

Differently creepy but also accurate: Joker from Batman: The Killing Joke.

Jessica + Daredevil!

Jessica Jones and her spunky sidekick Daredevil.


Spawn , for the remaining Todd McFarlane fans out there.


Raven from the Teen Titans.

Ock + Bane!

Doctor Octopus and Bane lead a support group for popular comics villains who’ve only appeared in one movie sequel each.

Lady Deadpool!

Lady Deadpool! Somehow, incredibly, the only Deadpool variant we got all weekend.

Batman Beyond!

Batman Beyond, preparing to soar through the Stephens Center lobby. Good luck with that.


According to our limited anecdotal statistics, this year female Negans outnumbered male Negans 2-to-1.


The all-new all-different Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Captain America Revolution!

Revolutionary War Captain America, guaranteed 100% Nazi-free.

Drax + Gamora!

Drax + Mantis! Fun story: we didn’t realized till we got closer that they were familiar folks. Anne first met them in Burt Reynolds’ photo-op line at WWC 2015, where they hung out together and had a blast. And they get jazz hands. Awesome folks, awesome costumes.

To be continued! Other chapters in this special miniseries:

Prologue: Two Notes from Wizard World Chicago 2017

Part 2: Animation Cosplay!

Part 3: Last Call for Cosplay

Part 4: Objects of Affection

Part 5: Who We Met and What We Did

[Edited 9/1/17 to fix one caption error resulting from apparent brain cell loss.]

5 responses

  1. I discovered your blog a month or so ago and find every entry to be highly entertaining. Even more so when I discovered your a mid-westerner like me! Keep up the great work!

    PS As fellow Whovians, any chance you’ll be attending Time Lord Expo in Dayton in October?
    PPS I hate to be THAT person, but that’s not Gamora in your last picture, that’s Mantis.


    • Actually, thank you very, VERY much for being that person! I saw GOTG2 but my brain skipped a groove while finishing that last caption. Fixed now.

      Thanks for the kind words. We weren’t even aware of Time Lord Expo and may have a schedule conflict, but we’ll have to keep that one in mind.


  2. Hello, love your post 😊 I’m currently having my cosplayer interview series from all over the world and I would to know more of those cosplayers you took photos of. Do you have any contracts of them ? Hope you could help me out. Thank You


    • Thanks! Sadly, we’re not close acquaintances with very many cosplayers. Most are strangers we meet only by chance, rarely more than once. If they provide a business card (which happens sometimes), I add a link to their official cosplay under their photo. In the case of this year’s Wizard World Chicago, that didn’t happen for us. Sorry!


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