Sunday, September 12, 2010
Dragon*Con 2010 Martian Manhunter Cosplayer
Dragon*Con is probably the largest geek culture convention in the American South, and a damned sight more impressive than anything I've ever seen here in Texas. It seems like a veritable army of costume play enthusiasts descended on Atlanta, Georgia this year, and The Irredeemable Shag was there to greet them. Shag joined the Girls Gone Geek in touring the joint, and he snapped plentiful pictures as evidence. The guy even offered them up to bloggers like myself, and I've spent most off my hardcore hooky day sorting out the ones I want to use on my blogs. While you should look up Mr. Matthews' 600+ DragonCon 2010 Photos, I've got a few right here featuring everyone's favorite Martian... the one... the only... J'Onn J'Onzz!
Well, okay, maybe this guy wasn't even the only Martian Manhunter cosplayer in attendance, and I don't recall our hero being a member of the Justice League of Mall of America, but he's one of the best I've seen. No saggy green cloth leggings or rubber mask for this guy. From the Outer Limits prosthetic brow to the Orion Slave Girl body paint, this is the finest live action Manhunter from Mars that '60s sci-fi television could produce! However, the high folded collar, cape clasps, and toned body could only have come from the '80s. The red "pie" belt buckle with translucent elements are of a more recent vintage, recalling Alex Ross' take. All told, this is about as close the perfection as is probable without a pricey effects budget.
This Martian Manhunter turned up for many of Shag's group shots, but I'm really pleased these big solo pictures got snapped (just for me? You're too kind, Shag!) However, it's pretty neat seeing him interact with other heroes, especially the dude dressed as the Atom, who seemed to actively avoid being anywhere near a camera. You'd think he was hiding a pregnancy, or Blue Beetle Belly, or something. It's awesome that two of the more respected also-rans of the JLA, and obviously a pair of my favorites, stood side by side in a pic where J'Onn is so totally in character. These guys are all the way in the back of a shot involving a whole hell of a lot of people and stairs, but Martian Manhunter's presence still shine through... as do the Atom's ears. I'm also a fan of Steel, so I'm glad that fellow looks less like a dinner theater Tin Man in other pictures.
Here's another great aside-- the Bronze Age Manhunter from Mars and the One Year Later Martian Manhunter totally hitting on Ame-Comi Wonder Girl (is that legal?) and an amused but unreceptive Wonder Woman. We'll look at Coneheadhunter later in the week, unless you go ahead and scope out Shag's picture galley. Note that the Olive OYL is just shy of groping little Cassie, while big pimp Bronzey has got a smile on the Amazing Amazon's face. Is it the body paint or the telepathy? You decide!
Oodles more pictures available, with blogs like mine providing a filter for character specific surfing...