C2E2 2018 Photos, Part 4: Last Call for Cosplay!

Princess Lolly!

Princess Lolly from Candy Land, the classic board game that taught us kids all about colors and sugar.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

It’s that time again! The ninth annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Exposition (“C2E2″) just wrapped another three-day extravaganza of comic books, actors, creators, toys, props, publishers, freebies, Funko Pops, anime we don’t recognize, and walking and walking and walking and walking. Each year C2E2 keeps inching ever closer to its goal of becoming the Midwest’s answer to the legendary San Diego Comic Con and other famous cons in larger, more popular states. My wife Anne and I missed the first year, but have attended every year since 2011 as a team.

In this special miniseries I’ll be sharing memories and photos from our own C2E2 experience and its plethora of pizzazz. If it’s a convention, that means it’s time for more cosplay photos! Anne and I are fans of costumes and try to keep an eye out for heroes, villains, antiheroes, supporting casts, and various oddities that look impressive and/or we haven’t seen at other cons…

Part Two featured the majority of Marvel characters we met; Part Three covered more Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, and a bit of video games. This time around: all the cosplay that’s fit to print and left to post. Same disclaimers apply as in Part Two. Enjoy! Some more! Still!

Battle of the Planets!

G-FORCE! Tiny and Jason from Battle of the Planets. Or Gatchaman, if you’re hardcore.

Greatest American Hero!

Ralph Hinkley, the original Greatest American Hero.

Dream and Elsa!

Dream a.k.a. Morpheus from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and Elsa Lanchester, Bride of Frankenstein.

Golden Girls!

Sophia from The Golden Girls is easily recognizable to us Gen-X-ers, but Anne and I debated quite a bit over which ones the other two were.


The Rocketeer, doing Dave Stevens proud.


Kaylee’ s lovely ball gown (and strawberries) from the Firefly episode “Shindig”.

Quidditch team!

Quidditch team representing for the world of Harry Potter, along with an accidental Syndrome from The Incredibles. I usually leave unintentional Easter-egg cosplayers unlabeled for readers to discover on their own, but what the hey.

winged woman!

One of our convention traditions is a little game called “Cosplay Stumpers”, in which we photograph a few cool costumes we don’t recognize and see if my son knows them later. He failed to identify this winged warrior and forfeited many points.

Aquaman or Ariel!

Also stumping us: similar to one of Aquaman’s old color schemes, but a design akin to Princess Ariel’s.

medieval knights!

My original caption was “Medieval knights from that one thing with the medieval knights in it”, but I just now dug more deeply and confirmed these are Riften guards from Skyrim, which should’ve been included in Part Three with other gaming characters. My bad!


The Egyptian god Anubis.


Dueling Reptars from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats.

Walter Whites!

Dueling Walter Whites from not-Nickelodeon’s Breaking Bad.

Queen of Hearts!

The Queen of Hearts from Tim Burton’s colorful but depressing Alice in Wonderland sequel.


Aang from Avatar: the Last Airbender.

Left Shark!

It’s rare to see sports-legend cosplayers, such as Super Bowl XLIX breakout star Left Shark.

Moana and Hei Hei!

Moana and Hei Hei, who thankfully didn’t keep running headlong into dealer displays.

Miguel from Coco!

Miguel from Pixar’s Coco, my favorite film of 2017. I still tear up every time I think of “Remember Me”.

To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:

Part 1: Another Jazz Hands Gallery!
Part 2: Marvel Cosplay!
Part 3: More Cosplay!
Part 5: Comics Creators Cavalcade
Part 6: Who Else We Met and What We Did
Part 7: Random Acts of Pop Culture

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