The greatest cosplay isn't just a loving recreation of your favorite character (or item) from science fiction, fantasy, comics and games — it captures something terrific about that character's personality, mixed with the cosplayer's own. So the best cosplay isn't just thrilling, it's actually inspiring and exciting.

This past weekend was Long Beach Comic Con, and our photographer Davann Srey was there. Here are the most mind-blowing cosplay pics he captured. Check out more of Dvann's photos over on his Flickr stream.