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Otakon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday!

Posted August 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Sunday was the last day of Otakon, held last weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center, and our photographer (and videographer) Adam Etheridge got these shots of the excellent cosplayers showing off their skills and love of their fandoms. When you are done with this gallery, check out the shots from Friday, as well as the first half of Saturday’s […]

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Otakon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday, Part 2!

Posted August 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Now we have the second of two galleries by Adam Etheridge from the anime-focused convention Otakon, held last weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are M I S S I S S I P P I as Princess Peach and the featured photo, Shinrajunkie as a Witch Doctor. When you are done with this gallery, […]

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Otakon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday, Part 1!

Posted August 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The Baltimore Convention Center last weekend yet again hosted the anime-focused convention Otakon, and we sent Adam Etheridge there to cover all the excellent cosplay. Here is the first of two galleries of his photos from Saturday. When you are done with this gallery, check out the shots from Friday as well. Photo gallery tips: Once the page […]

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Otakon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Friday!

Posted July 31, 2015 by Rodney Brown

One of the nation’s largest anime-focused conventions, Otakon, was held at the Baltimore Convention Center last weekend, and we had Adam Etheridge there to grab photos of the amazing cosplayers that showed up. According to online observations (not any official numbers to be clear) attendance this year was down slightly from last year, possibly in […]

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Summer Heat: Pool Party Riven!

Posted July 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Since Riven’s giant sword becomes a huge carrot when she is in her Battle Bunny skin, it only makes sense that it becomes an enormous, partially eaten green popsicle in her Pool Party version. At the recent League of Legends Pool Party, well, pool party, Riven was cosplayed by the wonderful Princess Gigglesnort. Photo gallery […]

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Celebrate ‘Walk On Stilts’ Day With Giant Robots!

Posted July 27, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Today is National Walk on Stilts Day. Seriously, Google it. In recognition of the somewhat dubious day of recognition, I am highlighting one of the most accomplished stilt-walking costumers I know, Tom of Extreme Costumes. I first met Tom at Katsucon of all places, where in 2012 I was asked to do a photo shoot for the […]

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Ain’t No Party Like a Nerdy Party

Posted July 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At last year’s DragonCon, I was talking to Micah of Beat Down Boogie, and he was telling me about what was on his mind for the future, now that its very popular Mario Warfare series was wrapping up. He mentioned the idea that he would like to leverage some of the many years worth of […]

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Summer Heat: Pool Party Lux!

Posted July 25, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The League of Legends pool party shoot from June is the gift that keeps on giving, and today it is giving us Teragarm Cosplay as Pool Party Lux. I’m not sure what sort of magic she can summon out of the tiki torch staff, but I’m more than willing to wait and find out. Photo […]

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Anime Expo 2015 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted July 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

While most of us were enjoying grilled food and summer weather over the July 4th holiday weekend, more than 90,000 anime fans flocked to the Los Angeles Convention Center for Anime Expo. The convention labels itself as the largest anime-focused event in North America, and with numbers like that it seems a valid claim. This […]

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Summer Heat: Pool Party Sivir!

Posted July 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The third set from the fun League of Legends pool party shoot last month is of Boston Bee Cosplay as Pool Party Sivir, getting serious about saving lives. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster […]

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A ConnectiCon First Timer In A Pricey Court

Posted July 21, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

(Ed. Note: As I hinted yesterday, we have one more ConnectiCon gallery to go. At the bottom of this review are shots taken by Jibrii himself, so check ’em out!) Whenever a friend talked about their experience at ConnectiCon to me it was never in a good light. Since I first heard about it in 2013 I have […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday!

Posted July 20, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The final set from your editor from ConnectiCon is all of the shots from Sunday. While the number of Steven Universe cosplayers was down from previous days, the other big new cosplay trend, Mad Max: Fury Road, was in full force as you can see. Representing the latest Mad Max movie were HaruVamp (twice) and Eliza from […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 3!

Posted July 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Wrapping up the Saturday galleries from 2015 ConnectiCon is the third set of photos. In this group are cosplayers Chelsea Von Chastity, Peaches from Wicked Geeky, Vanity Fox, Pixie Belle Cosplay and HaruVamp, among many others. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 2!

Posted July 18, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We’re in the middle of the Saturday galleries from the 2015 edition of ConnectiCon. This gallery is loaded with cosplayers, such as Dancing Fool Cosplay, Amalgam Cosplay and Blue Sky’s Cosplay; Dollicious; Neocoolstar Cosplay; Princess Gigglesnort and Teragarm Cosplay; the Hero Army (with a bunch of Disney characters jumping in); Katastrophe Cosplay; ATK PWR; Chubby Buns Cosplay […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 1!

Posted July 17, 2015 by Rodney Brown

In early to mid July in the Connecticut River valley in central Connecticut — home of Hartford and  ConnectiCon — things can get pretty swampy. This past weekend was no exception, so while you may see plenty of shots elsewhere from the stairs outside the Connecticut Convention Center, your comfort-loving editor in chief stayed in the […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Friday Part 2!

Posted July 16, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second Friday gallery from ConnectiCon this year includes, among others, cosplayers such as Peaches from Wicked Geeky, Pixie Belle Cosplay (again), Jewbacca Cosplay (also again – seriously, how do you people change so fast?), Chibi Kitsune Cosplay, RachniQueen Cosplay and the amazing SACScosplay in their steampunk Kingdom Hearts costumes. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Friday Part 1!

Posted July 15, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The largest nerd convention in the Nutmeg State is ConnectiCon, held each year at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. In the past few years the convention has been transitioning from being mainly an anime-focused event to a more general pop culture one like Super MegaFest in Massachusetts or Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence. […]

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Summer Heat: Pool Party Syndra!

Posted July 14, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We continue with our League of Legends Pool Party sets, this time with Syndra, cosplayed by ATK PWR. Alas, the set is probably the smallest of the bunch, and I can only assume it was because I was too dazzled by ATK PWR to think of multiple poses. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the […]

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Mashup Cosplays on ‘Embrace Your Geekiness Day’!

Posted July 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Today is Embrace Your Geekiness Day (seriously, Google it). Since most of my fellow geeks geek out over multiple fandoms, I thought it would be appropriate to do a small gallery of some of my favorite mashups — the combining of two worlds of fandom or pop culture into one awesome pun or inside joke. […]

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Wanda Maximoff Weirds Out Florida SuperCon!

Posted July 12, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second set of photos Alex of Alex Valderana Photography sent us from Florida SuperCon is of Amy Nicole Cosplay as Wanda Maximoff from the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster […]

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Summer Heat: Pool Party Jinx!

Posted July 11, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second Summer Heat gallery from the recent Bay State version of the League of Legends Pool Party shoot is Jinx, cosplayed by the delightful Chibi Kitsune Cosplay. Poor Jinx seems to be having some trouble with her overly playful dolphin. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation […]

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Chun Li Kickin’ It at Florida SuperCon!

Posted July 9, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At the recent Florida SuperCon, Alex of Alex Valderana Photography did a bunch of shoots and we are lucky enough to have a few of them. First up is Jackie “Spider-Girl” Cosplay,  as Chun Li from the Street Fighter games. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back […]

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Summer Heat: Pharoah Nidalee and Lee Sin

Posted July 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be one of a handful of photographers invited to a Cosplay Pool Party, featuring League of Legends cosplayers wearing costumes based on the Pool Party skin for various game characters.  At that party I shot enough awesome cosplayers to create eight individual galleries! Up first is a two-fer: […]

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Sunday MASSive Comic Con Gallery!

Posted July 7, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The last gallery from the first ever MASSive Comic Con, held recently in Worcester, Mass., is the biggest from the two-day convention, but only by a couple dozen images. All added up, I have posted 433 images from that convention, a sign that is was very well attended, at least by cosplayers. In this gallery […]

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Summer Heat: League of Legends Pool Party at AnimeNEXT!

Posted July 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

It’s almost like Riot Games knew we were planning this Summer Heat series. Why else would it have introduced a Pool Party skin for nearly every League of Legends character? OK, probably not that reason, but still it is something we can take advantage of. Our man Adam Etheridge did just that during AnimeNEXT recently, […]

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Saturday MASSive Comic Con Gallery, Part 3!

Posted July 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Finally, here is the last set from the first day of the first ever MASSive Comic Con, held a couple weekends ago at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. While I am not a wrestling fan, you would be remiss in not paying attention to the accurate and somewhat disturbing cosplay of CM Punk by the […]

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Saturday MASSive Comic Con Gallery, Part 2!

Posted July 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery of three from the first day of the brand new convention MASSive Comic Con is loaded with amazing cosplayers, including nearly a dozen from the Connecticut-based group The Hero Army, which was at the convention helping out with a fundraising table for Autism Speaks. Also in this gallery is Wonderllama Cosplay as the Netflix […]

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Summer Heat: Jubilee Swimsuit Cosplay!

Posted July 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

On this weekend of fireworks all around the United States, it is only fitting we bring you a gallery of Marvel’s own mutant fireworks factory, Jubilee! Jubilation Lee, in a summer outfit and definitely not in her later vampire form, is cosplayed by Pixie Belle Cosplay, and the set was shot by Crash: The Photos. […]

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Saturday MASSive Comic Con Gallery, Part 1!

Posted July 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Even though it was an inaugural event, MASSive Comic Con held in Worcester, MA, this past weekend was a big hit, based on the number of cosplayer photos I took. For Saturday alone of the two-day event, I have enough photos to create three 100-images galleries, so here is the first one. In this gallery are a […]

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NorthEast Comic Con 2015 Gallery!

Posted July 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

I was only able to get to Northeast Comic Con on Sunday when it was held at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, MA, a few weekends ago. But, despite having a rough inaugural convention last year, there was still enough cosplayers in attendance to get nearly 100 photos on Sunday alone. Having Adam West as a […]

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Anime Mid-Atlantic Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions, Sunday!

Posted July 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

As is always the case at a convention, Sunday at Anime Mid-Atlantic saw fewer cosplayers than previous days filling up the Chesapeake Conference Center in the city of Chesapeake, VA. Once again, Howell’s Visions Photography went there to take pictures for us, following on from his gallery from Friday and Saturday. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the […]

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BelleChere’s Squirrel Girl Cosplay is Nuts!

Posted July 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At the recent inaugural MASSive Comic Con held in Worcester, MA, international cosplay superstar BelleChere was a guest and cosplay contest judge. On Saturday of the two-day convention she debuted her awesome version of Squirrel Girl — Marvel’s most powerful rodent-based superhero. Check out her interview below by Lois Lane (actually the multi-talented cosplayer FergyK) […]

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Anime Mid-Atlantic Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions, Saturday!

Posted July 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Anime Mid-Atlantic is a convention held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in the city of Chesapeake, VA. Howell’s Visions Photography went there to take pictures for us, and following on from his gallery from Friday is this one from the second day of the anime-focused (but clearly not exclusive) convention. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will […]

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Borderlands Cosplay Party Rocked NYC

Posted June 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

As the nerd culture becomes a greater part of overall culture, nerd events in general, and cosplay events in particular that are not a convention are becoming more common. Case in point, the recent 8-Bit Bash: The Pre-Sequel — a Borderlands-focused cosplay night at the club Stout NYC. We sent Johnny Daggers to the party put […]

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Anime Mid-Atlantic Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions, Friday!

Posted June 29, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Keeping the anime fans happy in the Commonwealth of Virginia is Anime Mid-Atlantic, a convention held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in the city of Chesapeake (oddly enough, which is not on Chesapeake Bay). This year we were lucky enough to get Howell’s Visions Photography to take pictures for us, and first up is this gallery from […]

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EternalCon Cosplay Gallery from KBV Photography!

Posted June 28, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The summer con season is well upon us. Two weekends ago we had photographers at a handful of conventions including Long Island’s EternalCon. Held each year at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Eternal Con is a comic con that has grown into a general nerd and pop culture convention. We sent KBV Photography […]

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AnimeNEXT Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge, Saturday

Posted June 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The NJ-based anime convention AnimeNEXT continues to produce content for us. Now we have the third and final set of shots taken by Adam Etheridge at the recent convention held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. In the set you can find Mark Hyrullian Cosplay in his amazing Thor armor, and Kayla Ann Cosplay as a perfect Janine […]

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AnimeNEXT Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge, Friday, Part 2!

Posted June 24, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Our second gallery from AnimeNEXT is the second half of the shots taken Friday by Adam Etheridge at the recent convention held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster than the […]

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AnimeNEXT Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge, Friday, Part 1!

Posted June 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Once again this year we had our man in the Garden State, Adam Etheridge, hit up AnimeNEXT, held a couple weekends ago at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. The summer staple of the East Coast anime cosplay community again produced a pile of excellent cosplays for Adam to shoot, and this is the […]

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Behind The Scenes Of A Summer Cosplay Photo Shoot

Posted June 22, 2015 by Luis Correa

(Ed. Note: The multi-talented Luis Correa goes by the name Crash: The Photos as a photographer.) Lady Yumie Cosplay can be summed up in one word – incredible. During a recent photo shoot, Lady Yumie debuted her new casual Sailor Neptune costume. The cosplay combined the timeless look of Sailor Neptune with a more realistic […]

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HeroesCon Cosplay Gallery from Double Stomp!

Posted June 21, 2015 by Rodney Brown

For more than 30 years, HeroesCon has brought comic book creators and fans together in Charlotte, NC, for a celebration focused very strongly on heroic comics. This year the convention is being held this weekend, still going on as I type this. Sure, there is a very large Indie representation, but it is the superhero […]

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When Cosplay Becomes ‘Causeplay’

Posted June 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

If you have been a fan of cosplay for any real number of years, you probably know who Meagan Marie is. A former games industry journalist, she is now inside the industry itself, working as Community & Communications Manager for Crystal Dynamics, the maker of the recent Lara Croft reboots. So it makes sense that […]

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Final Fantasy VII Cosplay Retrospective!

Posted June 16, 2015 by Rodney Brown

In light of the news from yesterday’s Sony E3 press conference that Square Enix will remake Final Fantasy VII, here are a bunch of cosplayers portraying characters from that game. According to the website Final Fantasy World Apart, that could include Cloud Strife, Aeris Gainsborough, Barret Wallace, Tifa Lockhart, Red XIII, Cid Highwind, Cait Sith, Yuffie […]

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Summer Heat: Agent Carter Swimsuit Cosplay!

Posted June 15, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Imagine you are WWII-era super spy Peggy Carter and you have been assigned to an American battleship on a hot, sunny day. What would you do? For cosplayer FergyK it was clear — Agent Carter would grab that new-fangled two-piece bathing suit and get some sun wherever she wanted to. The battleship is the USS […]

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Summer Heat: Lilith from Darkstalkers Swimsuit Cosplay!

Posted June 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

ColossalCon continues to produce for our Summer Heat cosplay swimsuit series, and this time we have the lovely lolita Lilith, as portrayed bikini-style by Avalon Cosplay. Enjoy the images taken by KBV Photography of Lilith lounging around the pool, playing in the fountain or hanging around the rocks, but just remember, she is a succubus […]

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Summer Heat: Lady Amalthea Swimsuit Cosplay!

Posted June 11, 2015 by Rodney Brown

In light of the sad passing of Christopher Lee at the age of 93 today, I am rushing out the Summer Heat set I shot just yesterday of Gwendolyn Taylor as Amalthea in a swimsuit. Lee was the voice of King Haggard in the classic animated movie The Last Unicorn, and we shot on the […]

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NYCC Special Edition 2015 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted June 10, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The spinoff convention from New York Comic Con, Special Edition NYC, was held last weekend on the East River in Manhattan again. Unlike last year, which featured both comic creators and celebrity guests, the 2015 version of the convention was devoted just to creators. Based on the photos our man Cantera Image brought back from […]

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Summer Heat: X-Men Swimsuit Cosplay At ColossalCon!

Posted June 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Since ColossalCon is held every June at the Kalahari Resort, with its own waterpark, it is no surprise that swimsuit cosplays are a common sight. This year we had a number of people covering the con, and one of our newest contributors, photographer The Portrait Dude (Wes), captured this outstanding group of X-Men ladies in […]

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MomoCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery By Double Stomp Productions

Posted June 5, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Our last gallery from Atlanta’s 2015 MomoCon comes from Willie of Double Stomp Productions, also a Georgia-based photographer as is Blake of Bentpic5, whose first gallery and second one have been published. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to […]

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Fan Expo Dallas 2015 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted June 4, 2015 by E. Ortiz

When the company that runs Canada’s Fan Expo convention bought then-named Dallas Comic Con in February 2014, it only took a year to change the name to Fan Expo Dallas. This year the newly rebranded convention was held this past weekend, and we were lucky enough to get Ayden Grace Photography to take pictures of the cosplayers […]

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