This past weekend was Katsucon, an anime convention held just outside of Washington DC in National Harbor, MD. In addition to being a great anime convention in general, Katsucon also has the distinction of making its home in the Gaylord, one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing which makes for some wonderful photos. It’s also a nice sized convention that feels neither small nor overcrowded. (Yes, walking is totally possible here!) From the panels to the maid cafe to the artist alley and dealer room to simply people watching, there was something for everyone last weekend. If you live in the area or simply want to check out a fun convention at the most gorgeous hotel of all time, I absolutely recommend checking it out next February.
One of the wonderful things about conventions is the variety of costumes that convention goers (and the innocent people who wander into the hotel) get to see. Despite being an anime convention, Katsucon boasts a wide variety of costumes from every anime and manga imaginable to western television shows and comics. Obviously, anime and manga costumes ruled here but there are some fandoms that will always have a presence such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Disney, Homestuck, and both Marvel and DC comics. This year, I also noticed a solidly large gathering of costumes from last fall’s Rise of the Guardians film and Adventure Time along with a ton of Kid Loki and Korra cosplayers. And, of course, Sailor Moon continued to have a solid presence, something that is likely to only increase with the anime’s return this year.
(Just as a note, please let me know if you recognize yourself or others in any of these pictures. Unfortunately, my plan of trying to get cosplayer names mostly backfired due to being in costume myself for much of the convention and touchscreen phones do not work with gloves. Please feel free to comment though and I’ll be more than happy to edit credit into this post!)
Because we are primarily a Star Wars blog, I’m going to start with some of the great Star Wars costumes I spotted this weekend. (I did my best to sprint down the corridor after most of the ones I saw but undoubtedly missed a few.) Check out these Star Wars costumers (and many more!) after the jump!
Also, if you’ll forgive me a picture that includes myself, there was also a small gathering of Expanded Universe characters and costumes! From left to right: the Zhobot duo as Darth Caedus/Jacen Solo and Queen Mother Tenel Ka, vestara as Leia Organa Solo, and yours truly as Winter.
As always, we at Tosche Station continue to be huge fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra so of course some of those cosplayers would catch our attention. In particular, Korra cosplayers were out in full force at Katsucon.
It may have been an anime convention but western comics were certainly not neglected! Many of the more well known Marvel Avengers and X-men characters were present along with some DC characters too. I was personally incredibly excited to see my first Moon Knight cosplayer and some spectacularly done genderswapped Thor and Loki costumes.
As with almost every other convention, there were plenty of Disney cosplayers! These pictures only represent a small fraction of the Disney cosplayers present at Katsu but wow did everyone look amazing!
And there’s inevitably a costume group that’s put a super cool twist on the typical Disney costumes like this group below.
These next two costume pictures are a part of what I’ll refer to as “The Costumers Bria Ran After Because Nanci Would Appreciate Them” club.
And then there are some costumes that are so awesome that they don’t need a category or explanation.
This is, of course, only a very small selection of the hundreds of fantastic costumes that were at Katsucon last weekend and I’ll be posting some more costumes that I haven’t included in this post in forthcoming Cosplay Mondays. To close out, I’ll leave you with the one costume that I like to think sums up Katsucon rather neatly: Sailor Deadpool.