Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: Each year when there isn’t a pandemic fully raging, my wife Anne and I love attending entertainment and comic conventions throughout the Midwest and occasionally a bit beyond. We’re fascinated by the spectacle of each and every in-person nexus of geek cultures that presents a confluence of comics, artists, cosplayers, hobby artifacts, rare collectibles, IP-inspired handicrafts, talented performers and celebrity guests with fandom connections of varying levels of dedication and/or awesomeness.
My wife Anne and I just got home from the latest edition of the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Exposition (“C2E2″), a 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. After its 2010 inception, we attended every year from 2011 to 2019, then took a break due partly to the pandemic and partly due to guest lists outside our circles of interest. This year’s strong lineup lured us back in, much to our delight.
While we recuperate and wait for our feet to forgive us for their punishment, please enjoy this collection of cosplayers who brightened our two days around the show floor. The jazz-hands photo ops and other obligatory details will be shared in the other chapters because everyone loves costumes. We regret we can only represent a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the total cosplay wonderment that was on display this weekend. We’re clearly not professional photographers, journalists, costume designers, or Oscars red carpet commentators. We’re just an aging geek couple doing what we can for happy sharing fun.
Enjoy! Please feel free to identify the characters we failed to recognize!
To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:
Part 2: Actors!
Part 3: Comics!
Part 4: Convention!
I have it on good authority that the unidentified foursome are cosplaying in the outfits of the Gerudo people from The Legend of Zelda video games. In fact, one among them seems to be dressed up as Link!
Thank you, kind sir! My lifetime Zelda experience so far consists of a brief demo of the NES original, which I attempted some 35 years ago. The caption has been updated and credit given where due.
We continuously cross paths as you almost always have pictures of my husband and son, in this case it is Venger (Laird of Cosplay) and Eric.
Well, hi again! So this is utterly uncanny. We just happened to run across them while we were ambling through Artists Alley. I didn’t realize we’d met them before in past costumes. Loved their D&D get-ups!
Such great costumes! The John Wick charcter looked so much like Reeves. Plus, I always have a soft spot for Star Trek characters!
Same with us! We’re starting to see a few more Trek cosplayers out there as Paramount keeps driving up fan interest. And yes, this Mr. Wick was uncanny!
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