This year, our eyes beheld some truly innovative and mind-blowing cosplay. We saw gender-swapped characters, Evil Dead hats, and elaborate costumes that included as many as five cosplayers. Not to mention Rockabilly Batman, Superhero Princesses, Furry Jesus, and a heap of characters straight out of Brian K. Vaughan's Saga.
We sat down and skimmed through every convention gallery, cosplaying website and halloween how-to guide and came up with our picks for the very best cosplay creations from 2012. Here they are.
Behold the Avenger Bunnies from San Diego Comic-Con 2012. Taken by Sebastian Jespersen on Flickr.
Lady Magneto via Eurobeat Kasumi Photography. Found at Comikaze Expo 2012.
Dark Helmet taken by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.
Moe taken by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.
Family Guy's Boba Chicken and Peter Solo taken by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.
A personal favorite cosplay moment of 2012. Izabel from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga (one of the best comics of 2012). Points for accuracy and missing legs goes to the creator over at the Ink Blot Tumblr.
Speaking of Saga, here's a darling Prince Robot captured at New York Comic-Con 2012 by the folks at The Mary Sue.
Hauntingly perfect Joker cosplay, captured by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.
Skimpy Supers give us something to cheer about. Commenters said that this image was a perfect storm mashup of San Diego Comic-Con and San Diego Gay Pride, which occur very close to one another in date (hence the inspiration).
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Gender Swapped Star Wars via We Know Memes. Found at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
DC Rocky Horror Mashup, Created by Home Of Happiness.
Arrietty Via The Bird The Bee at Deviantart.
Game of Thrones by Laura Pliskin via Fashionably Geek.
Commander Shepard cosplaying as Commander Shepard. This was a stand out cosplay moment, voice actor Mark Meer (who plays Shepard)in full Mass Effect gear. Listen to everyone freak out on the video, priceless.
Spike Spiegel from Cowboy BeBop via Redditor LAN__mine.
Furry Jesus Fresco. By Reddit user Spinjump. Taken at Anime Weekend Atlanta.
Baby Power Loader created by Jason Smith. Watch the video here.
Adam Savage created an insane Doc Ock costume for Patton Oswalt.
The Legend of Korra from New York Comic-Con 2012. Photographed by David Ngo.
Lady Blue Beetle from New York Comic-Con 2012.
Roswell Waitress from SDCC 2012.