Throughout 2018, our photographer and videographer Mineralblu travelled the US covering cosplay conventions. To celebrate, and to recap some of the amazing stuff spotted at the shows, he’s put together this 15-minute highlight reel.
As the craft continues to grow, and its professionals become more professional, it feels like each year as we look back at the best cosplay from the last 12 months it gets harder and harder to pick standout examples from the crowd. Everything has just got so good.
There are 21 shows covered in all, from DragonCon to Comic Con to BlizzCon to New York Comic Con. Cons are shown in chronological order, and you’ll find links to our initial coverage of most of them below the video.
He’s even gone in and labelled most of the characters, in case you don’t recognise a particular cosplay!
Anime Expo is one of the biggest nerd shows of the year, but this year it was also the hottest. Literally. Held between July 5-8 in LA, temperatures soared during the con to reach well over 38C, which wreaked havoc with cosplayers and attendees alike.
Comic-Con, the biggest nerd show on Earth, wrapped up earlier this month, and aside from over-priced toys and exhausting panel talks there was also a ton of cosplay present.
DragonCon, which was held between August 30 – September 3 in Atlanta, isn’t just one of the biggest cosplay shows in North America, it’s now one of the biggest cosplay galleries we’ve ever run on this site.
Around 200,000 people went through the doors of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center earlier this month, making the New York Comic-Con one of the biggest nerd shows on the planet.
Holiday Matsuri has quickly grown to become one of the biggest and best cosplay shows in the US. And it’s not hard seeing why: who wouldn’t want to escape the chills of a US winter for a resort in the middle of December?