Indiana Comic Convention 2023 Photos, Part 1 of 2: Cosplay!

Three Mandalorian costumes styled like Woody, Jessie and Buzz from the "Toy Story" series.

Mando, meet Andy’s room. Andy, Mando. Sheriff Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear a la Mandalore.

It’s that time again! This weekend my wife Anne and I attended the ninth edition of the Indiana Comic Convention at the Indiana Convention Center in scenic downtown Indianapolis. They refrain from calling themselves “Indiana Comic Con” on paper for tiresome legal reasons that aren’t their fault, but to us they’ll always be Indiana Comic Con.

ICC 2023 was another opportunity to look at walls covered with old comics, meet people who create reading matter, boggle at toy displays, respect the anime fandom whose population dwarfs us older generations, and find space to breathe among or away from those cheerfully ever-growing crowds. Although the showrunners reserved less space than they did for last year’s edition — in fact, they moved the show back to the halls where the inaugural edition was held back in 2014 — geek life nevertheless thrived in abundance.

While we recuperate and wait for our feet to forgive us for their punishment, please enjoy this modest collection of cosplayers who brightened the day around the show floor. The jazz-hands photo ops and other obligatory details will be shared in the other chapter. 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 just an aging couple doing what we can for happy sharing fun. Enjoy! Corrections welcome for those we misidentified!

costume: a lazier layabout Thor who looks a lot like The Dude from "The Big Lebowski".

Thor by way of The Dude, from his first scenes in Avengers: Endgame.

Costume: Red Skull in a black robe, holding a gem at the camera.

The Red Skull, guardian of the Soul Stone.

costumes: Spider-Man and Ned Leeds throwing metal hand-signs.

Spider-Man and his BFF Ned Leeds.

Costume: gold and purple armor with an Osiris-shaped helmet, a yin/yang symbol on the breastplate, and carrying a large fancy staff with rings hanging from the large circle on top.

Sakuyamon, from the world of Digimon. [UPDATED 5/8/2023, 10:30 p.m.: Special thanks to MCC’s commentator-at-large for identifying this one.]

costume: the Phantom Stranger with blue hat, domino mask, and cape.

DC’s mystical hero the Phantom Stranger.

costume: Jedi robes with an entire helmet shaped like a Lego person head

Lego Jedi Knight.

costume: a very tall Chewbacca wearing a gold medal.

Chewbacca finally got his medal.

See caption

Another Wookiee with three Jedi, Cad Bane, and Connor Kenway from Assassins Creed.

costume: Sauron, menacing folks in front of the escalator.

Sauron competes with the Wookiees for the Tallest Costume award.

costumes: Sally and Oogie Boogie.

Sally and Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

costume: Kool-Aid Man, standing next to an unharmed white wall.

Kool-Aid Man, for once respecting a wall and resisting the temptation to bust through it.

costume: Toadette with a very wide-brimmed mushroom hat and holding a stuffed Yoshi doll.

Toadette, one of many Super Mario fans on the premises this weekend.

costume: Weird Al Yankovic carrying an actual accordion.

Weird Al Yankovic, complete with trademark accordion.

costume: Barbie! Carrying her own life-size box around.

Barbie! Soon to be a major motion picture! You may have heard about it!

costumes: Bob and Linda Belcher from "Bob's Burgers".

Bob and Linda Belcher bring you today’s specials.

costume: a girl wearing a unitard-sized whoopee cushion.

A whoopee cushion. No, we didn’t test her.

To be concluded!

3 responses

  1. I think that there individual is not in fact Osiris but is rather some sort of Digital Monster. Specifically, Sakuyamon. I am of course not completely certain. I may be mistaken. It is my best guess! Any and all errors my own!


    • The internet tells me this is a brilliant guess, one made painful by the fact that my son was a HUGE Digimon fan growing up, though none of his deep knowledge of Digimon arcana rubbed off on me. The caption has been updated. Thanks once again for another much-appreciated contribution to quality of life for our viewers at home!


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