This was the first year that the WonderCon (Comic-Con's little sister) was held in Anaheim instead of San Francisco, unfortunately, that didn't mean that the weather was any better. In fact, it was pouring the better part of the weekend. While the poor weather and smaller size of the convention meant there were far fewer cosplayers than at Comic-Con, the diversity and quality of the costumes was definitely impressive. Here are a few of the best costumes as photographed by Zeon and myself. There are always a lot of Batman costumes at any convention, but with The Dark Knight Rises coming out this summer, there were even more than usual -including this sexy group of cosplayers. There was also a matching Harley Quinn, but I didn't get a good picture of her. Sorry boys. Cat Women and Riddlers were particularly popular at the convention. Harley Quinn was also a pretty popular costume, which is interesting since they still haven't put her character into a movie yet. Nolan, maybe you should take note of that fact. Cross-play was also a pretty big trend and this adorable Robin and Green Arrow did a great job at adapting their costumes accordingly.
While the Birds of Prey might not technically be a Batman comic, the fact that Batgirl is part of the team means they are close enough to be part of the family. This adorable Harley Quinn and her rival Batman cheerleader were some of my favorite reinterpretations of common costumes. But I have to admit that IT guy Andrew Rodriguez's costume made me smile more than just about any other outfit there. As far as other comic books turned into successful movies, this Tony Stark costume was quite delightful, particularly the fact that he had a mock-martini with him throughout the day. This homemade Rocketeer costume was particularly impressive. As was this impressive (not to mention sexy) elf costume. This was an interesting group, mostly WOW characters with a few Boba Fett thrown in for good measure. Of course, it wouldn't be a convention without a few Boba Fetts, like this particularly militaristic version. And if you can't rely on Pimp Fett to party down at a convention, who can you rely on. Of course, I don't think any cosplayer got half the attention this little one attracted. Funny enough, she had no idea why all these strange people were staring at her. For those that prefer their Star Wars costumes a little more traditional, this group couldn't be missed. The wookie and storm trooper even came equipped with spot-on voice boxes. If you enjoy seeing costumes of characters you hate though, perhaps you'd enjoy this Jar Jar design. While there are always a few rebel pilots on hand, this was the first time I've seen someone dressed as Zoe from Firefly. There were actually quite a few Firefly cosplayers, like this gender-swaped Jayne, although no one seemed to be dressed as Mal. Also, there were quite a few Doctors, but notably no one dressed as the Eleventh Doctor. Perhaps this Dalek achieved her goal of exterminating Matt Smith's version of the Doctor. For those that enjoy fantasy over sci fi, there certainly weren't as many costumes, but there were a number of good ones, like this Harry Potter couple complete with a Hedwig that could move his head in a full circle. There was also this rather intimidating Ring Wraith. And, while I'm not sure she technically counts as a fantasy character, I was quite taken with this lovely militant Snow White equipped with a poison apple grenade. For a childhood icon that wasn't turned on end, this foxy Maid Marian from the Disney classic was quite a vision. And this humanized version of Red and Wembley were almost as fun as their Fraggle selves. She-Ra was looking particularly well. This Stay Puft Marshmallow Woman and Juvenile Ghostbuster made quite a team. For a more modern childhood classic, look no further than this great red Power Ranger. Personally, I find the Akatsuki of Naruto to be rather intimidating, even when it's just in cosplay form. That's why I prefer seeing Fat Buu from Dragon Ball Z. If you're more of a Pokemon fan though, perhaps you'd prefer seeing Ash and Pikachu, along with a gender-swapped youngster from Pixar's Up! As for the original version of Russel, this guy has it down pretty tight. For a really contemporary and extremely fun show though, you can't go wrong with Adventure Time, especially when it comes to Fionna and Cake, Finn and Jake's gender-swapped characters. Of course, there's always room for Captain Jack. Assassin's Creed characters are also regular features at the conventions, which makes sense -they're awesome costumes that are fun to wear. And of course, these days you can't have a convention without a few steam punks showing up. Now obviously, Zeon and I couldn't capture every costume at the convention, so if you're looking to see a few more with almost no repeats from this post, might I recommend The Mary Sue's collection. So lads and ladies, what is your favorite costume from the convention? And what do you wish you could see more of?