Sharp-dressed Artoo leads Mandalorians down the runway.
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…
As promised, another gallery from the annual Saturday morning cosplay parade through downtown Atlanta, this time with specializations in Star Wars, Futurama, chemistry, and more. Corrections and revisions welcome as always. Once more, with feeling: enjoy!
We’ve seen these cubic heroes before but never know what they’re supposed to be. Blokhedz? Mega Bloks? Family Dollar imitation Lego?
It’s a block! It’s a cube! It’s Superman!
Spartans in formation, just daring us to rush them.
The Belle of the ball, Or parade. Whatever.
Quidditch hero Harry Potter flanked by two of his favorite services, the Hogwarts Express and the Honeydukes candy store.
The Mask and Willy Wonka, a perfect union of loony men with hats whose film successors sucked.
We missed any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but caught their mortal enemies Bebop, Rocksteady, and the Shredder.
Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man pretending we can’t see the romantic tension in the air.
Burned out on all those orange blow-up T-Rex costumes? How about just the insides of one?
The peppiest pirate in the parade.
Another recurring cosplay team, the periodic table brings representatives for myriad elements, often punning it up. We lead with Moscovium, Copernicium, Iron, Chromium, and a hilarious Oxygen that I really wish we’d gotten a better shot of.
Strontium, Gallium, and Aluminum, the comfort fabric of conspiracists.
Zinc is brought to you by our old pal Clippy!
Hassium and Technetium, though we might be stretching the whole “costume” thing.
Americium runs past Trekkers to catch up with his table-mates.
Captain America and a Klingon shake hands after fighting.
Our Star Wars selection of course begins with mandatory Stormtroopers.
Before Loki, Harley, and Deadpool, ‘Troopers were all about the variants.
A Knight of Ren leads the charge with a Biker Scout, at least two TIE Fighter Pilots, an Imperial officer, and a very good doggo.
And in this corner, Old Luke, a Jedi and an X-Wing Pilot.
We’re the troops of rock! There are none fly-er! Sucker Jedi should find ground higher! We got our orders, we open fire! We won’t stop shootin’ till we get tired!
Yep, they have hygiene theater on Tatooine, too.
Futurama was the final pop culture group of the parade, here featuring Leela, Roberto, and an anti-cancer Bender.
Scruffy the janitor and a pair of Nibbler keepers, including Amy Wong.
Planet Express nemeses get the last word courtesy of Zapp Brannigan and Robot Santa.
…so this is roughly the halfway point, but we’re still not done.
To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:
Part 1: Return of the Jazz Hands
Part 2: A Cosplay Sampler
Part 3: Some Cosplay Parade
Part 4: 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