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Comic-Con 2016: Bountiful Batmen!

SAN DIEGO -- I took a break from my work covering enterprise cloud for Light Reading for a long weekend at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of all forms of geeky entertainment here.

The convention started in 1970 with a few hundred comic book fans. It's a little bigger now, with well more than 100,000 people in attendance. Seems like the con is now more about fantasy movies and TV, with comics shouldered aside, (although the distinction gets confusing considering how much of movies and TV nowadays is based on comics). The conference hosts panels and presentations with actors, writers and producers, and previews of upcoming shows and movies, as well as a massive dealer floor crammed with geeky merchandise.

I don't care about the panels and presentations. What draws me every year are the costumes -- known to fans as "cosplay" -- merchandise, and sheer, joyful mutant density. And I love the opportunity to take photos. I took so many this year that we're dividing them up into two photo galleries. Click the photo below to start the first slideshow.

Batman vs. Wonder Woman
Lots of Batman costumes at Comic-Con this year. Here, Batman and Wonder Woman seem to have had a falling-out.
Lots of Batman costumes at Comic-Con this year. Here, Batman and Wonder Woman seem to have had a falling-out.

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kq4ym 8/12/2016 | 11:17:48 AM
Re: Cosplay The event planners surely know the costumes are going to drive a lot of traffic to the convention not to mention the free publicity all the gimmicky dress will draw around the country if not world-wide!
Joe Stanganelli 8/4/2016 | 5:52:07 PM
Re: Cosplay @Mitch: The girls go wild for guys in those getups.

I suppose I should start telling people I go to every Con and cosplay as the Invisible Man.
Mitch Wagner 8/4/2016 | 5:00:51 PM
Re: Cosplay I cosplayed as a middle-aged nerd. 
Joe Stanganelli 8/3/2016 | 5:10:46 PM
Re: Cosplay @Mitch: How about you?  Did you cosplay?
Joe Stanganelli 8/3/2016 | 5:09:51 PM
Comic Con I have a friend who's there now (but she's local, so it's easy for her).  I wouldn't mind going sometime -- especially if I could be covering it for a publication like you, Mitch!  ;)
Mitch Wagner 8/2/2016 | 8:34:29 PM
Re: Cosplay I had to look up Naruto. Heh. 
TeleWRTRLiz 8/2/2016 | 5:51:50 PM
Cosplay One thing I love about Cons is that you can feel free to let your freak flag fly and people totally dig it -- it's a safe environment to express yourself and have fun. I'm getting teared up just thinking about it. ; ) We've got Gen Con in Indy this weekend on our family schedule....cosplay planning in progress as I write and it's looking like Naruto and Star Trek is winning out.
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