In Pictures: Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town

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Posted: 29 May 2013
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Well over 80 cosplayers joined in the fun at this year's Free Comic Book Day events in Cape Town. Some competed in an official costume competition, while others were there just for fun. Either way, many of the cosplayers set a very high standard with their amazing costumes. Here's a showcase of some of the best.

This year Cape Town's Free Comic Book Day was as much about cosplay as it was about comics. Readers Den organised a competition, which ended off the day's events, as well as a dance programme that ran throughout the day in which cosplayers performed dance routines both in groups and individually. You can see some of the videos and a few of the costumes, including Elza Grobler as a very cool Princess Merida from Brave, towards the end of our Free Comic Book Day roundup post and in the comments on that page.

There were so many cosplayers at the event that it was impossible for me to photograph all of them so this showcase is really just a selection of my better photographs. If you want to see even more photos, have a look at Readers Den's Facebook photo albums.



Out And About At Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Ready For Action Fourteen finalists won prizes in the competition, including Baka Sakura, Natalie Leaver, and Janke Roodman (Valkyria Nightshade) as Windrunner from DOTA 2.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Fan's Choice Leyla Heylen was the winner of the fan's choice competition that Readers Den held on its Facebook page. The character is Dead Master from the Black Rock Shooter anime series. Leyla's Dead Scythe is made of papier-mâché, with a wooden rod forming the basis of the handle. I held the scythe - not only is it impressive, it is very heavy.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Robin III Of Earth-31 Sasha Perdigao, one of the judges of the cosplay competition and the creator/admin of the Cosplay South Africa group, cosplayed as Caroline Keene "Carrie" Kelley, an Elseworlds Robin.



In Competition
There were over 70 entrants in the official cosplay costume competition. Many more cosplayers, some pictured above, just joined in on the day's activities for the fun of it and didn't enter the competition.

As you can see from the selection below, the effort put into the costumes was astounding and the cosplayers really got into their characters, making for a very fun event. The bar has been set very high for next year.

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Old School Is Damn Cool This cosplayer mined the archives of DC for inspiration and entered the competition as Sgt. Rock, a World War II infantry non-commissioned officer.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Twice The Charm Genevieve "KomboKitten" Lesch and Yamaki Chiya as Megpoid Gumi and Kagamine Len from Vocaloid.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
You Can't Take The Sky From Me Shaakira Samaai as Zoë from the TV series Firefly.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
The Law This was quite an intricate Judge Dredd costume that incorporated LEDs in some of the hardware.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
By The Sword Reuben Carstens as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad from the Assassin's Creed video-game series.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Riddle Me This This cosplayer moved too fast and I missed the top of the Riddler's Question Mark Cane as I was taking the photograph but you can see it here.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay



Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Judgement Day The judges of the cosplay competition were Readers Den co-owner Nizar Abrahams, Sasha Perdigao of Cosplay South Africa (see above), and Wendyl Martin from The Weekend Argus.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
And Then There Were Three The pool of over 70 entrants was whittled down to 14, who all received prizes, and then to three: Murray C Knox placed third for his Space Wolf Space Marine costume from Warhammer 40,000; Maggie Rossouw as Padmé Amidala from Star Wars, in her Theed Throne Room Robe (there's a clearer picture of it above), was the overall winner; and an anonymous cosplayer dressed as Spawn placed second.



Anne Hirsch Terrorises Cosplayers
Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Look Closely Into The Camera While wandering around photographing the cosplay cosplayers I caught sight of Anne Hirsch (and her sizeable crew) conducting an investigative interview of a group of cosplayers on behalf of her millions - if not billions - of YouTube fans.

Pro tip: When confronted with a microphone-wielding Anne Hirsch (or any sort of Anne Hirsch) it is best to hide, or stay out of sight behind her piercing gaze, to avoid being inappropriately sniffed or trapped in a prolonged hug.

(Unless you like that sort of thing.)


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
What Big Feet You Have From my special vantage point - hidden behind the stage in terror - I was able to observe the free-range Anne Hirsch in her unnatural habitat and glimpse a secret "trick of the trade" that YouTube stars and Tom Cruise employ to reach out and touch the top of comic-book-store shelves and the manly chests of Space Marines.

By the way, if you saw the episode of The Anne Hirsch Show (featuring some less famous YouTube star named Caspar Lee... or something) that ran after the Free Comic Book Day episode, you may have noticed that Anne's jar of extra special DNA artifacts was suddenly very full - that's because when no one was looking she was secretly cutting hair samples from all the cosplayers.


[ YouTube link ]


[ YouTube link ]



The Space Wolf: A Close-Up Look
Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay
Larger Than Life Although he only placed third in the cosplay competition the Space Wolf costume worn by Murray C Knox was amazing, and incredibly eye catching. Because I spent quite a bit of time near it I was able to take some close-up photos and get a better idea of how it worked and what it was made of. Murray also had an assistant with him who helped him move around and kept all the bits and pieces intact. It really was a very special, impressive team effort.


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay


Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town Cosplay



What a great day! Thanks to Readers Den for organising the event and the Cape Town cosplay community for demonstrating that we're as skilled as the rest of the world.


Tags: #arts_and_culture, #cape_town, #comics, #games





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