FanimeCon 2011 Cosplay: How Does FanimeCon Compare To Comic-Con?

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Working with Comic Vine I have seen my share of comic book conventions- but I can't say I have been to very many anime conventions. This weekend I made my way down to San Jose for FanimeCon 2011- northern California's largest anime convention to see how it compares to Comic-Con. The expected turn-out was about 20,000 attendees; which is approximately the same size as San Francisco's Wonder-Con. And while the number of people that hit the big show this weekend was relatively the same as what I had been used to, the culture is vastly different. FanimeCon is a convention organized by fans and for fans, and it thrives on the passion of cosplayers and costume makers rather than being boosted by publishers. Unlike many comic book conventions where publishing companies like Image, DC and Marvel are present and prevalent- manga publishing companies like Tokyopop for example, did not have booths at FanimeCon. What is present, instead, is a plethora of independent comic book creators and self published artists and writers.

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Sometimes when you hit a big comic book convention like San Diego Comic-Con, for example, you find that areas of the show floor like artist alley aren't nearly as densely populated as, say, the Warner Brothers booth. FanimeCon, however, is all about the artist and creator. Artist alley at FanimeCon is jam packed with fans looking to purchase original art work from some high profile artists as well as independent creators struggling to get their self published work seen.

Like many conventions I am used to attending, FanimeCon has panels- but they are completely different from anything I have ever seen. FanimeCon holds everything from Karaoke of your favorite Japanese anime theme song to all day screenings of new anime movies and series that have not yet made their way across the pond. Unlike Comic-Con, there is no DC or Marvel spotlight panel here at FanimeCon- but there are fashion show and costume contests galore. In fact, I actually felt a little out of place not dressing up! Many of the costumes are absolutely gorgeous- and I even got to see some cross-overs (Captain America and Iron-Man!) The experience was, overall, a lot of fun because the attendees were all about having fun, dressing up, and being themselves. I've included over 200 pictures of cosplayers from FanimeCon 2011 for your entertainment, so enjoy! Which are you favorites? Do you recognize some of these characters?

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#1  Edited By Daveyo520

I think I've seen that Deadmau5 photo somewhere before.

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#2  Edited By JediXMan  Moderator

It's not bad. Although I was a bit more impressed by what I saw at NYCC.

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Giggity
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#4  Edited By ooochoa
@RedheadedAtrocitus: Her name is Linda Le =D
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#5  Edited By shawn87

I like the Chun-Li costume. Most of these I dont even know...

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#6  Edited By TypingKira

OMG, Deadmau5, lol.  
 
Sweet, there are a lot of really good cosplayers in here! 

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#7  Edited By Sammo21
@RedheadedAtrocitus: That's Line Le (also known as Vampy).  She's pretty awesome.
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#8  Edited By jeprox30

lady gaga!

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#9  Edited By panzerjedi

What was the deal with the protesting that was going on outside? I was told that happens every year.

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#10  Edited By NightFang3
@RedheadedAtrocitus: She looks like one of those chicks from Gantz.
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#11  Edited By cyberninja
 
 
I think I'm in love.  ʘ‿ʘ
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#12  Edited By The Impersonator  Online

I love anime and manga. Although, I don't read manga that much but I do watch anime most of the time.

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#13  Edited By MysterioMaximus

I'm on team America - F!#$% YEAH! ...Anime ...meh.

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#14  Edited By CrimsonTempest
@cyberninja said:
  I think I'm in love.  ʘ‿ʘ
A new Pokemon has appeared...?
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#15  Edited By pikahyper  Moderator

I absolutely love the gay Super Mario Brothers group !!!!!!
 


Oh and Tokyopop will not be at any US conventions cause today is their last day in America :(
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#16  Edited By Eyz
Ah, cosplay. How it makes some of us who can't attend conventions envious...
And how it annoys some amongst the ones who can attend  them.
 
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

 Giggity
GASP!
 
:'3 lovely!
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#17  Edited By Beatrix

So that's where Wally* has been hiding. Tsk, been looking everywhere.   

(That's *Waldo, to you Americans.)
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#18  Edited By jubilee042
@pikahyper: ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww now i have second thoughts on my chilhood game
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Bit too much Anime for my liking

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#20  Edited By Billy Batson
 

BB

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#21  Edited By Norusdog

kudos to these guys for goin out and havin fun but....the majority of those costumes are Dogsh**

that iron man one, while it looks like a lot went into it, looks like absolute sh**

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#22  Edited By ReverseNegative

Holy crap, it's Captain Falcon

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#23  Edited By Bestostero

Lady Gaga cosplayer! and Judas...I mean Jesus...? lol

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#24  Edited By craigbo180

I love it. Swag.

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#25  Edited By Out_of_Space

It has good pictures. Seems like people there are having fun.
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#26  Edited By The Jeff

with the exception of the hot girls, cosplaying is lame

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#27  Edited By weaponmaster

The pictures made my eyes vomit.
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#28  Edited By pikahyper  Moderator
@jubilee042 said:
@pikahyper: ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww now i have second thoughts on my chilhood game
awww but they are so cute and having so much fun with it
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#29  Edited By Darth Coleslaw

Mandalorian Wolverine returns! And the MODOK faces! Pretty awesome Gandalf costume too.

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#30  Edited By Iron Apollo
@babs did you get a pic with deadmau5?
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#31  Edited By MrUnknown

I'm surprised I barely recognize any of them. I need to read more manga/watch anime!!

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#33  Edited By No_Name_

YO! I just added an addition 100 mind blowing pictures to this already mind blowing post. ENJOY!

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#34  Edited By Doctor!!!!!

The Thing that is different is that Anime Convenrions usually have more hot women at them, or vice versa, I don't really know for sure.
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#35  Edited By yeopop

That cowgirl with brown hat is Yee-ha!

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#36  Edited By UnosInfinitos

It was all fun and games until the girl in the fail lady gag costume.
Also is Bobavine stalking you guys?

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#37  Edited By No_Name_
@UnosInfinitos said:
It was all fun and games until the girl in the fail lady gag costume. Also is Bobavine stalking you guys?
I liked the Gaga costumes, personally.
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#38  Edited By PreyingMantis

Thanks for the uploads.  Found myself in 2 pics.

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#39  Edited By MFK300
@Doctor!!!!! said:
The Thing that is different is that Anime Convenrions usually have more hot women at them, or vice versa, I don't really know for sure.
It's at the anime/manga conventions that generally have a larger female turnout. While there are several female comic readers. There are several more female anime/manga fans due to there being studios and publishers that gear towards solely females.
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#41  Edited By Chibi-Iroh

Don't get me wrong I like cosplayers but was it just me or did like 95% of those people just look weird or just plain fugly? Don't get me wrong the Umbreon girl, Tomb Raider, and the Cowgirl with the armored American bra, were all very "bonerific".

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#42  Edited By pikahyper  Moderator

Those Chobits girls are adorable and Chii has some cute shoes 
 

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#43  Edited By Primmaster64
@The Jeff said:
with the exception of the hot girls, cosplaying is lame
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#44  Edited By Decept-O

Nice job, Babs.  Thanks for sharing all these pictures, even if I don't know 99% of these characters as Cosplayed here, the costumes are incredible!

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#45  Edited By Mbecks14

Well for one thing, Anime is like 90x weirder 

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#46  Edited By rum1929

Great costumes!! Love the couple with the MODOK heads.

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#47  Edited By TheSavageAssasin

Im digging the Deadmau5 with the Geass!!

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#48  Edited By MrUnknown
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

 Giggity
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#49  Edited By MFK300
@Jolt92:  That's a bit of an unfair statement dude. I know of plenty of conventions where there were tons of scene peoples. All I was trying to say is that Anime has a larger demo for females than comics. There are weekly and monthly publications that collect several manga geared toward females. Resulting in a larger female following for the medium. 
 
Hey Babs, when you going to start cosplaying again... *drool*
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@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

 Giggity
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Agreed! :P