Everyone Can Cosplay! (SDCC 2013)

We at Geekquality sought out to find cosplayers at SDCC 2013 who broke the horrible bias that in order to cosplay a character, you must look exactly like that character. That is obviously a terribly restrictive idea, but one that seemed to be slowly rectified as the show floor of San Diego Comic Con was awash in diverse cosplayers.

We wanted to not only celebrate cosplayers who shattered the “expected” look for their characters, but also highlight cosplayers excited to come as under-represented characters of color throughout geek culture. Presented here in no particular order, as they are ALL fantastic, is a small gallery:

1. Gwendolyn (Saga, Image Comics)


2. Aqualad & Zatanna (DC Comics)


3. Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who) & Black Widow (Marvel Comics)



4. Wonder Woman (DC Comics) 


 5. Miles Morales (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Marvel Comics)



6. Fix-it Felix, Jr. & Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun (Wreck It Ralph)


 7. Green Lantern – Guy Gardner (DC Comics)


8. The Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)


9. Link (The Legend of Zelda)


10. Korra (The Legend of Korra)


Unfortunately, these photos were taken on the fly (with an iPhone), but hopefully all of this amazing cosplay comes through loud and clear.

We did obtain verbal permission to take and use these photos on the website, but if you are a cosplayer featured here and would like us to either add a name credit, or remove your photo, please email us at info@geekquality.com, and we’ll sort it out.

For everyone that did let us use these photos, thank you! Celebrating cosplayers like you will hopefully inspire new people to be as amazing and creative as you are.

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5 Responses to Everyone Can Cosplay! (SDCC 2013)

  1. Melv says:

    Did “John Stewart” Green Lantern say he was John Stewart? That looks a whole lot more like Guy Gardner to me.

    • Hilary says:

      At SDCC, when asked who he was, he (while laughing) said “black Green Lantern!”

      Since John Stewart IS the only black Green Lantern in the DCU, I put John Stewart on there. Since now I’ve looked at images of Guy Gardner, I can see his costume is a great match. I’m so so sorry for this mistake, as this article celebrates the exact kind of thing this cosplayer decided to do, cosplay out of his race (with an amazing vest, I might add). I accidentally took his joke as being serious, posted it with the name of the only black Green Lantern, and that mistake has been corrected on the main post. Keeping this comment up/public for my own humility, and to make sure I research a little more about characters I don’t know about, before posting about them.

      Thanks for the correction, Melv. :)

  2. Jermain says:

    I am the “black green lantern” and I find the above discussion hilarious! Love all the pics! Thanks for adding me!


    • Hilary says:

      Eee, yay!

      Thank YOU for looking so amazing! Again, I’m so sorry I don’t know about the Green Lanterns, and totally mis-identified your character. Thanks for being so forgiving and wonderful. :D

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