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Black Superhero History Series: Icon

Posted February 16, 2018 by Byron D. Zero

The next entry in my series is the brainchild of the late great Dwayne McDuffie, a man who created a powerful pantheon of black superheroes. Icon was created in 1993 under the Milestone Comics brand, which was distributed by DC Comics. Icon (along with all other Milestone properties) took place in a different continuity from […]

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Cosplay Feature: D.Va And Mei Get a Valentine’s Surprise

Posted February 14, 2018 by Rodney Brown

After shooting individual sets of Chantel Marie – Cosplay with her bunny suit Mei and Deadlysymmetry in her schoolgirl D.Va cosplay, it only made sense to do a duo shoot. There are only about half as many photos in this set as in either of the previous two, because everyone was laughing so hard most of them didn’t come […]

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Black Panther Deserves a Superhero Movie Crown

Posted February 14, 2018 by Byron D. Zero

Marvel Studios’ maiden voyage into 2018 starts out with an incredibly strong outing in the form of Black Panther. It’s a film that has garnered a heavy amount of acclaim and controversy even before it’s premiere, but does it live up to the hype? Well, let me tell you a little story! Black Panther is […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

Finding Paradise: Clicking at Your Heartstrings

Posted February 14, 2018 by Scott Beaulieu

Storytelling in video games can hit a broad range of emotions. Many of us can remember where we were and how we felt when we watched Sephiroth run through Aerith in the Forgotten City when we first played Final Fantasy VII. Strong storytelling add spice to a game with somewhat plain gameplay, leaving a strong […]

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Cosplay Feature: D.Va Digs a Different Valentine’s Treat

Posted February 13, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Once we settled on an Overwatch theme for our Valentine’s Day featured photo sets, another obvious choice was Deadlysymmetry and her schoolgirl D.Va cosplay. Kat joined Chantel Marie – Cosplay with her bunny suit Mei cosplay, profiled in yesterday’s featured set. D.Va strikes some cute poses before getting a Valentine’s Day treat, then another. Finally she makes her […]

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Cosplay Feature: Hot Mei Wishes You a Cool Valentine’s Day

Posted February 12, 2018 by Rodney Brown

When we were brainstorming ideas for a Valentine’s Day shoot this year, one person to contact was obvious: Chantel Marie – Cosplay with her bunny suit Mei. We first saw Chantel in this suit at Rhode Island Comic Con this past November, and I jumped at the chance to do a featured set shoot with her. Mei […]

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Peter Rabbit Jumps All the Sharks

Posted February 9, 2018 by Byron D. Zero

When it comes to adaptations of beloved children’s stories, there’s only a handful of ways it can go; the “respectful of its source material” route or the tried and true “Sony Animation” route. I will give you one guess which route Peter Rabbit took — here’s a hint, they pointed out that he doesn’t wear […]

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Damsel: Simple Formula Still Yields Vampire-Slaying Satisfaction

Posted February 8, 2018 by Scott Beaulieu

Outside of the Twilight series of books, you can never go wrong with vampires. The game Damsel brings everyone’s heliophobic baddies out in the open in this exciting early access title brought to un-life by Australian developer Screwtape Games. This fast and frantic arcade platformer puts you in the Doc Martens of Agent Damsel, professional […]

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The Real Cloverfield Paradox: Who Will Stop J.J. Abrams?

Posted February 7, 2018 by Rodney Brown

I wasn’t going to write a review of the new Netflix movie The Cloverfield Paradox, but the more I think (and fume) about it, I can’t help myself. Sort of how J.J. Abrams can’t help himself from ignoring (or actively hating) actual science. First off, a warning — this review will have spoilers. There is almost […]

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Ohayocon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by The Portrait Dude

Posted February 5, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Once again, our friend in the Steel Belt, The Portrait Dude, went to Ohayocon and brought us this excellent gallery of cosplay shots. This time Wes mixed in some random photos of the activity at the greater Columbus Convention Center, including a selfie with friends (he’s the one in the middle with the beard and the black toque). […]

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Black History Month Cosplayer Profile: Everyone’s Hero Cosplay

Posted February 3, 2018 by Rodney Brown

We continue with our recognition of Black History Month with our first profile this year of a cosplayer of color, the creative and energetic Everyone’s Hero Cosplay. Marcos is a New England-based cosplayer who burst on the scene a few years ago with a big splash. He is known for a number of things, but […]

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Black Superhero History Series: Black Lightning

Posted February 1, 2018 by Byron D. Zero

In honor of Black History Month I wanted to take some time to pay homage to some of favorite colored crusaders of justice. A few have been with me since my childhood, while others I became better acquainted with as an adult. I will be discussing heroes from both DC and Marvel, as they both […]

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Swimsuit Overwatch Group from Arisia 2018!

Posted January 27, 2018 by Rodney Brown

When someone asks you if you want to take pictures of their group in unofficial Overwatch swimsuit cosplays at the hotel pool, you say yes. Or at least, I did on Saturday at Arisia 2018, when Unlucky Number Four Cosplay and Skye of Colonial Armory asked me. Not being equipped with the right clothes to step into the pool […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery by Wonderllama Photography

Posted January 24, 2018 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

It’s officially 2018 con season here in Boston, and as usual we kick things off at the sci-fi/fantasy con, Arisia. The weekend of Jan. 12-14 was full of great cosplays, friends old and new, and — only in New England — a steamy upper-50s Friday followed by two days of 10-12 degrees and gale-force winds. But we’re hardy […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday Part 2

Posted January 23, 2018 by Rodney Brown

This is the last gallery of hall shots of the cosplayers at Arisia 2018 by me. But stay tuned for a set of hall shots by Wonderllama Photography as well as featured sets by him and one by me. Cosplayers in this gallery include Clillith cosplay, Unlucky Number Four Cosplay, Ace Of Snakes Cosplay, Crystal Heart Cosplay, Redfield design, PaperToadette, Hassan Cosplay Photography, Grainne Sea Cosplay, sewpoke_cosplay, Kirkette Cosplay, […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday Part 1

Posted January 22, 2018 by Rodney Brown

There are always a lot of good possibilities to choose from for the Featured Image from any gallery, but none sums up the convention Arisia like the one above. Amazingly talented cosplayer Mink the Satyr Cosplay is posing with the puppet Winken from Dogtoon Media, a participant in the Puppet Slam event and the screening of […]

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Maze Runner Finale Will Only Appeal to Hardcore Fans

Posted January 21, 2018 by Byron D. Zero

My first movie review entry for 2018 was a journey into rather unfamiliar territory, “Young Adult novels.” As a rule I tend to avoid most YA stories as I am at least twice the age as many of the leads and I find their anti-authoritarian message to be contrived, exceptions being Harry Potter and The […]

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Fantasy Strike Fulfills Its Mission Despite Balance Issues

Posted January 20, 2018 by Scott Beaulieu

I have to admit I suck at fighting games. I’ve always admired the competitive spirit in the fighting game community, admiration born from inviting friends over, opening up a bottle of Wray and Nephew, and spending an entire evening dedicated to talking trash and beating each other up. That being said, outside of living room arenas, […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 3

Posted January 19, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Since it is a hotel con, Saturday evening at Arisia 2018 was pretty much when the really exciting stuff started happening. Alas, as someone who day trips into the con every year (about a 20-minute drive for me) I left shortly after packing up our table promoting our Cosplay And Photography Expo around 7:30. Well, actually closer to 8 p.m. […]

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Netflix Godzilla Will Rock Your World

Posted January 18, 2018 by Rodney Brown

It seems as though the new Netflix movie Godzilla: Planet of Monsters was made just for me. Not because I am any kind of a dedicated Godzilla fanboy, but because I’m more of a Godzilla filthy casual. To be clear, I think I’ve seen almost every Godzilla movie made, from the Toho originals to the […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 2

Posted January 18, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The attendees at Arisia 2018 started arriving or shaking off their hangovers around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and things at our table promoting the Cosplay And Photography Expo started to get busy. In between taking photos of amazing cosplay, I was answering question about CAPE, as was staff and panelists that spent time at the table. Among the […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 1

Posted January 17, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The second day of Boston convention Arisia 2018 started off very slowly, adding to the sense that it had a somewhat smaller attendance that previous years. However I shot enough images to make up three galleries from Saturday, the same as last year, so if it was smaller it didn’t affect our content. In this first of three Saturday galleries […]

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Arisia 2018 Cosplay Gallery, Friday

Posted January 16, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The long-running and spectacularly nerdy Boston convention Arisia was held at the Westin Waterfront this past weekend. Despite the weather’s crazy mood swings, the con was its usual self, full of science fiction, fantasy and steampunk fans. Well, maybe not as full as in the previous few years, something noticed by many attendees and staff […]

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Gotham by Gaslight Pushes the Best Victoriana Buttons

Posted January 14, 2018 by Lauren Grant

You’ve seen Batman in a million different ways over the years and now we have Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, an all new steampunk rendition of timeless characters set in the 19th century. I went in completely blind, not having read the graphic novel. Outside the fact of it being a steampunk film, which immediately excited me, […]

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My Top 5 Movies of 2017

Posted January 8, 2018 by Byron D. Zero

2017 was definitely… a year, to sum it up in the most inoffensive way possible. But for all its somber moments, there was no shortage of pop culture to distract us as the world casually deteriorates beneath us. So I offer to you some of the pieces of cinema that reminded me just how important […]

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What Games in 2018 Do You Consider Must-Play?

Posted January 5, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The crop of new games scheduled for release in this year looks impressive. So we want to know which games coming up have you the most excited. Of course, there is no guarantee that all the games in the list below will get released this year. Nobody knows how to miss a stated deadline like a game […]

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What Movies in 2018 Do You Consider Must-See?

Posted January 1, 2018 by Rodney Brown

It’s a new year and that means a new crop of nerd (and nerd-adjacent) movies to look forward to. We want to know which movies coming up have you the most excited. Is it Black Panther, with the amazing cast and killer fights? Aquaman, with Jason Momoa’s amazing … well, everything? Maybe it is the […]

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Grimm’s Cosplay Tales with L’il Red Riding Hood

Posted December 30, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

The award for Toughing It Out In a Summer Cosplay for a Winter Photoshoot goes to DeadlySymmetry. We arranged to meet with her and HarleyHaQuinn in central Massachusetts for holiday greetings video shoots and winter photo shoots. DeadlySymmetry’s lightweight Red Riding Hood isn’t well suited to single-digit temps and brisk winds, but with a few trips to the car […]

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Winter Hijinks with Harley Quinn

Posted December 29, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

After recording our holiday greetings videos with HarleyHaQuinn and DeadlySymmetry, we all popped ’round to a local cemetery for some snowy photo fun. Don’t let the sun fool you — it was about 12 degrees and windy. After that, we blasted over to Coggshall Park for some shots in the lake-side gazebo. First up is […]

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FirstPerson Shooter’s Favorite Genderbent and Crossplay Photos of 2017, Part 2!

Posted December 27, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We now present the second of two galleries of genderbent and crossplay photos from 2017. Once again, some definitions: For both categories, I am going on character appearance. So, if you are a hairy -chested, bearded person, and wear a straight-up skirt-and-bustier Wonder Woman costume, I am calling that crossplay. That isn’t to say the person wearing […]

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FirstPerson Shooter’s Favorite Genderbent and Crossplay Photos of 2017!

Posted December 26, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Before we start with the first of two galleries of genderbending or crossplay cosplay photos, some definition and clarification is required. For both categories, I am going on character appearance. So, if you are a hairy -chested, bearded person, and wear a straight-up skirt-and-bustier Wonder Woman costume, I am calling that crossplay. That isn’t to […]

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FirstPerson Shooter’s Fave Odd & Obscure Cosplays of 2017, Part 2!

Posted December 22, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery of my favorite photos of Odd & Obscure cosplay includes particularly Innovative cosplay as well, but again, length restrictions keep that term out of the headline. Innovative, you ask? How about the featured image of Azura Cosplay as Ghost, Jon Snow’s dire wolf. Obscure? I give you Steve Martin’s gas station attendant from The Jerk and Maverick […]

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FirstPerson Shooter’s Fave Odd & Obscure Cosplays of 2017!

Posted December 21, 2017 by Rodney Brown

I shot enough photos of cosplay this year in the category I call Odd & Obscure for two galleries. This could be because I probably took more photos this year than most. But it could also be because conventions seem to be expanding the definition of what they call “nerdy” content to include more nostalgic, […]

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Jumanji Sequel is a Fun Game-like Lightweight Romp

Posted December 20, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

With 2017 drawing to a close, I have to admit that I haven’t seen a huge number of comedies this year. There is a big reason for this; I am a comedy snob. I have no stomach for gratuitous Happy Madison-style low brow humor, and with a number of comedic actors following the Will Ferrell […]

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FirstPerson Shooter’s Favorite Mashup Cosplays of 2017!

Posted December 19, 2017 by Rodney Brown

I have fewer mashups cosplays to present this year than in previous years, mainly because I didn’t attend Dragon Con, the source of the largest number and some of the most creative mashups in the convention scene. But the ones I did shoot are quality, like the feature photo above. That is Wild Card Cosplay […]

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What Does the Disney Buy of Fox Assets Mean for Marvel’s First Family?

Posted December 14, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Today Disney announced the long-rumored purchase of entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for a value of $52.4 billion. That means that the rights to many of your favorite movies and shows come back to Marvel or move to Disney. But there is some confusion about certain properties, mainly the Fantastic Four. Let’s explore the deal […]

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Last Jedi Far From Least Jedi

Posted December 12, 2017 by Rodney Brown

I have one serious issue after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson won’t be back to write and direct the next one. I am going to find it challenging to keep my review below spoiler-free, because so much is different in this movie from previous movies in the franchise that saying anything about it […]

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The Shape of Water Will Fill Your Hearts and Minds

Posted December 9, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

The tagline for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is “A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times.” It’s a clever phrase whose double meaning is quite apt. Set in the incredibly troubled Cold War era of 1962, its depiction of racism, sexual harassment and xenophobia is every bit as relevant in 2017. It’s at once […]

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Sunday RICC 2017 Cosplay Gallery by ZephyrLynk Productions!

Posted December 8, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Our very last piece of photographic content from Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 is the gallery from Sunday shot by Jake of Zephyrlynk Productions. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Koi Fish Asylum, SBG Cosplay, Super Savage, The CosBae Dolls, J. Warford and many more. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and […]

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Update: Sex Offender Quits as Photo Ops Provider for BSCCC

Posted December 6, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Update 3: The trademark infringement case wasn’t settled, it was decided by a judge and the judge’s ruling was not opposed. The information about that decision has been updated below. Update 2: The post from Silverman of Sci-Fi Photo Guys has been taken down from the Boston SouthCoast Comic Con Facebook page and has been […]

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RICC Feature Photo Set of Inferno Squad

Posted December 3, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Last up in our  Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 Feature Photo Shoots sets is J. Warford and his friend and fellow member of The 501st Legion, Ivory, cosplaying as Inferno Squad members. The characters are drawn from Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, a prequel novel to the video game Battlefront II. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads […]

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Anime Boston Parent Sues Boston Anime Fest Parent Over Trademark

Posted December 1, 2017 by Rodney Brown

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the New England Anime Society Inc. filed a trademark infringement suit against Fantastic Gatherings Inc. and Image Meet and Greet Entertainment LLC over the use of the term “Boston Anime.” Boston Anime Fest is a new sub-event held concurrently with the Boston SouthCoast Comic Con & Collectible Extravaganza, formerly know as Pop Culture […]

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RICC Feature Photo Set with Brandon the Shapeshifter

Posted November 30, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Next up in our Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 Feature Photo Shoots is Brandon the Shapeshifter. He brought a brand-new, original design, called ‘The Master of Time & Space.” As usual, Brandon absolutely slays with this glamorous, mysterious cosplay. The rotunda at the Omni Providence hotel was the perfect place for this shoot, with the […]

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Second Saturday Gallery From AnimeNYC by Adam Etheridge

Posted November 29, 2017 by Adam Etheridge

We now come to my second, and final photo gallery from Saturday at Anime NYC, which will also be my final photo gallery from the event. Once I finished shooting in front of Anime NYC’s banner, I moved on to get a few photos from a couple of scheduled meetups at the event. First I […]

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First Saturday Gallery From AnimeNYC by Adam Etheridge

Posted November 28, 2017 by Adam Etheridge

Saturday is typically the day that brings out the highest quantity of cosplayers at any multi-day convention, and Anime NYC was no exception. I spent most of the morning and early afternoon hours on Saturday taking photos in front of Anime NYC banner near the entrance to the building. The overcast skies that we had […]

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Friday Gallery From The First AnimeNYC by Adam Etheridge

Posted November 27, 2017 by Adam Etheridge

Anime NYC, a creation of LeftField Media, held its inaugural show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Nov. 17-19. There was no lack of competition, with at least four other comic and anime related events being held in the NY/NJ/PA area on the same weekend. Despite this, Anime NYC […]

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Final RICC 2017 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter!

Posted November 27, 2017 by Rodney Brown

This is the last cosplay gallery from me from Rhode Island Comic Con 2017. But it won’t be the last content from the chilly convention, as we have some more coming from Zephyrlynk Productions. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Muin + Staers Cosplay, irl_genji, BNHPhotography, geekyacosplay, geekyjcosplay, marvelchick96, loki_dark_world, Super Savage, Mini Mal Cosplay, Maid of Malice, The CosBae Dolls, Magical Warriors Cosplay, […]

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Third Sunday RICC 2017 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter!

Posted November 26, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The third gallery from Sunday at Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 includes some of the most daring costumes of the weekend — and I definitely include in that list the hairy-chested male Wonder Woman. In this gallery are cosplayers NivMizzle Cosplay, dollfacesabrina, pernicious.pen, Closet Geekery, Timberwolf Cosplay, cinnarust_studio, CiaoBirdie Cosplay, Brandon the Shapeshifter, GeezAlize Cosplay, Chris Doherty Quest For Screen Accuracy, ladycorvid.cosplay, Vasilichia Designs, Franco Films, Lucky Grim Creative, Disney Princess […]

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Second Sunday RICC 2017 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter!

Posted November 25, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 was a little warmer than Saturday, but not by much. However the ticket lines that ran down the sidewalk outside the Rhode Island Convention Center were smaller and moved faster than the previous day. Cosplayers in this second of two galleries from Sunday include LadyJ_Cosplay, Big Daddy Cosplay, Mr.Cosplay, highmaharajahcosplay, kittycatcosplays, 9RealmsCosplay, Kaylaina Cosplay, missmollythelibrarian13, shadowtinkcosplay, LenaKali Cosplay?, and many […]

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First Sunday RICC 2017 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter!

Posted November 24, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Sunday was less crowded at Rhode Island Comic Con 2017, as is usual with any convention. But it still drew plenty of cosplayers, since the cosplay contest was that day, not Saturday. Among the cosplayers in this first of four galleries from Sunday are brandon.e52, Multitudes Cosplay, Not Quite Done Yet Cosplay, loki_dark_world, Brandon the Shapeshifter, morenafantasie, Momochi Cosplays, Turnfolio Cosplay, ArmariaSeole Cosplay, Maverick Dad Cosplay, Olivia Kitt […]

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