Cosplay Portraits from Comic-Con NY

Cosplay Portraits from Comic-Con NY

It isn't Halloween yet, but the dedicated cosplayer needs no season to show off their stuff. Nerd conventions happen all year and the nerds of the world show up in full force to emulate their favorite characters. Geek culture is pretty widespread and inclusive; you'll see Star Wars characters and general steampunkers at comic conventions and characters that never made it off the page at video game gatherings. And of course, nerd groupings of all varieties and sizes are never without their zombie contingent. Portrait photographer Senen Llanos took the time to document some of the best outfits at New York's Comic-Con this weekend. The results are pretty spectacular.

I especially like that Llanos didn't just focus on only the most polished of costumes. Sure, a lot of people spend a lot of money to look exactly like a 3D rendering of their favorite game hero, but the rougher cuts bring a ton of personality to the scene, too. One of my favorite portraits took a little creative liberty with her character, arriving as a humanized GLaDOS from Portal. The game's infamous villain isn't human-shaped at all--she's more of a feminine HAL than anything--but no one could mistake this particular cosplayer for anything else. 

Llanos made sure to photograph all sorts of characters, too, from obscure game protagonists to Boba Fett to Captain America. He pulled them away from the buzz of the convention to isolate their image against a dark background. Most convention shots are pretty hectic so it's nice to see these cosplayers in quieter portraits. Be sure to check out the whole set over at Llanos's blog.