The best cosplay isn't just dress-up — it's a performance, paying tribute to the characters and stories we love. And this cosplay from Long Beach Comic Expo is just brilliant, and super-accomplished. It's the perfect thing for a dreary Monday morning. Here's our favorite cosplay from Long Beach!

Top image: Cosplay by @xfsista

This cosplay comes from photographer Davann Srey, whose work we've featured before. Davann was on the spot, capturing the greatest costumes at the Convention Center — see more of his photos here.

Note: Cosplayers' names and social media links are included where we have them — if we know the name or info for someone we missed, please let us know in the comments.

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