(Some of) the Coolest Cosplays from Dragon Con 2016

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Dragon Con may be known for its panels, parties, and record-breaking crowds every year (this year’s 30th anniversary surpassed 77,000 attendees!), but it is also famous for its cosplayers. There isn’t a way to walk around without bumping into someone with an amazing cosplay they’ve clearly spent lots of time and money creating, especially on Saturday, when a parade is thrown to show off their accomplishments. One thing that also stands out among cosplayers is the diversity of those who participate and the community it creates. Cosplay connects fans from all walks of life and allows them to express what they are passionate about in a welcoming space. It is a cornerstone of fandom and Dragon Con is the perfect place to celebrate that which makes us nerds.

Here are just a few of the cosplays from Dragon Con 2016.

Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and Rey


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Taylor, 21; Jessi, 21; Haley, 21

What does being a nerd mean to you? Solidarity. – Taylor

What was the hardest part about putting your cosplay together? The money it took to make it! – Jessi

What is your favorite part about cosplay? Getting to be pretty. – Haley

Agent Carter


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Emily, 21

What does being a nerd mean to you? Loving something with everything you are.

Nightwing


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Arsenio, 25

What was the hardest part about putting your cosplay together? The time frame. I put it together in a month!

Psylocke and Wolverine


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Addison, 23 and David, 26

What is your favorite part about cosplay? Dressing up and taking pictures, socializing and making friends, and coming back every year to build on those friendships – Addison

What was the hardest part about putting your cosplay together? Getting my hair to stay up! – David

The Flash


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Danlee, 20

What was the hardest part about putting your cosplay together? The size – it’s very tight!

Inspector Gadget (based off a DeviantArt)


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Steven, 37

What does being a nerd mean to you? Doing what you want and not apologizing for it. A lot of times people look at you like you’re crazy for being a nerd and cosplaying, but there are crazier things someone can do.

The Comedian


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Aaron, 33

What is your favorite part about cosplay? I love the creative aspect. San Diego Comic-Con has become very industry-oriented, but Dragon Con is still fan-based, which allows for more self-expression. It’s beautiful.

Lady Olenna Tyrell and Brienne of Tarth


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Beverly, 86 and Meryl, 62

What was the hardest part about putting this cosplay together? We chose my mom’s costume carefully because we knew it had to be something that fit. She doesn’t actually watch Game of Thrones because it’s a little risqué, but we showed her clips of Olenna and she fell in love and we knew this would be the part for her. – Meryl

What does being a nerd mean to you? Being a nerd is having fun in a different way and out of step from the crowd. – Beverly


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