Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
In 2019 my wife Anne and I attended our very first Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. We returned home to Indianapolis with a plethora of new memories, hundreds and hundreds of photos, and a shared suspicion that we’d return someday. Not every year, but someday. In the year of our grand pandemic 2020 we attended exactly zero conventions for easily guessed reasons. In 2021 several cons made their comeback plans, but Dragon Con stepped up hardest and made us some offers we couldn’t refuse. We didn’t have to think long or hard before accepting the special rules under which this pandemic-era show would be held…
To our surprise and delight, thousands of cosplayers showed up in full effect to showcase their sartorial talents and represent for their fandoms, despite the mandatory masking protocols. Some used plain masks to make them easier to overlook; others chose accessories with matching elements or incorporated them into their costumes. The rules were very specific that attendees couldn’t simply throw on a Ben Cooper plastic mask or a Latex Halloween head and consider themselves compliant. The masks felt and looked odd in a convention setting for about six minutes until we all remembered we’ve been staring at masks, masks, and more masks for over a year now. In a world where everyone’s doing mask cosplay, they were just more visual blips that blended in to our kaleidoscopic surroundings.
Anne and I attended more panels than usual at this show and consequently spent less time wandering around cosplayer stomping grounds. We were never the most outgoing photogs under ordinary circumstances, but after a year spent even more isolated from human contact, it was harder than ever to approach strangers and ask favors of them. It doesn’t help that the older we get, and the fewer new intellectual properties we attach ourselves to, the fewer new costumes we recognize. We do try.
The following gallery represents all the usable pics we took of the cosplayers in our path throughout our Friday and Saturday at D*C. They represent a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the total talented masqueraders we saw across the multiple buildings and their connective trails. This gallery does not include all the wonderful participants we saw in the annual Dragon Con parade on Saturday morning, which will receive its own entries next, if and when I can make the time to sort, edit, label and post all of those. We took a lot. Like, A LOT a lot. I promise I’ll get to them if life will get out of my way.
If I’ve mislabeled anyone here, please let me know. I do enjoy learning about new universes. Thanks in advance. Enjoy!
…and now, back to sorting hundreds and hundreds of parade photos.
To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:
Part 1: Return of the Jazz Hands
Part 3: Some Cosplay Parade
Part 4: More Cosplay Parade
Part 5: Still More Cosplay Parade
Part 6: Cosplay Parade Stumpers
Part 7: More Cosplay Parade Stumpers
Part 8: Last Call for Parade Cosplay
Part 9: Winding Down the Parade
Part 10: Day Zero
Part 11: Day One
Part 12: The All-Star Saturday Grand Finale With Wall-to-Wall Paneling