Saturday, September 11, 2010
Dragon*Con 2010 Wonder Woman & the Wonder Girls Cosplay
Every comic book-related convention draws its share of Wonder Woman costumed players, and I wouldn't want things any other way. Besides my love for the Amazing Amazon, Princess Diana belongs to the world of popular culture, and should be as well represented as any of the great four-color heroes at one of these shindigs. Dragon*Con 2010 was exceptional in that respect, because it not only featured a host of the usual DC super-heroes and Amazon Princesses, but a veritable dynasty of Wonder Woman characters and variations.
Shag Matthews of Once Upon A Geek did an outstanding job of photographing the spectacle, and has offered a number of bloggers the opportunity to raid his DragonCon 2010 Photos for material. There is seriously so much to sift through, it'll take me much of this week and perhaps some of the next to get to everyone in detail.
I believe all of these pics are of the same Princess Diana, but there were several roaming the convention halls, just not where a solid shot was taken. As you can see above, there were quite a few Wonder Girls as well, and Shag did snag quite a few of them, photographically speaking.
Wonder Woman herself was usually part of a sea of cosplayers in these photos, and even though she was usually up front, I've most avoided cropping many shots of her. Instead, I've cherry-picked a few favorites, and you can expert her to "guest star" in other spotlights to come. Above is a detail from an crowd shot, in which a quizzical Diana and was paired off with a battle ready Hawkgirl. Although the latter is wearing the deceased Kendra Saunders' costume, her built and stance makes her look more like Shayera Thal to me.
Pull back a bit, and you can see Brainiac-5 checking out Hawkgirl's tail feathers, and Coneheadhunter J'Onn J'Onzz taking in a star-spangled derriere. No matter the planet of origin or the shade of skin, men are men.
I prefer the headlining group shot above, because pretty girls should always smile. Sorry-- I've been watching a lot of Madmen recently. Anyway, this variation on the stances is a lot less sunny. Wonder Woman has pursed lips and the sun in her eyes. The Nick Cardy-style Donna Troy has a discreetly mischievous look, while the Pérez-style Donna Troy-Long seems to be distracted by something off panel. Cassie Sandsmark is consistently pissy, as is Sarah Gilbert, the star of Rosanne and Poison Ivy, who delighted con-goers as a third Donna.
This was my intended headlining picture, because a think it's freaking awesome, but I ended up having to go a different way. It's still one of my favs, not just here, but of all of Shag's shot. Not to be outdone by TV's Sarah Gilbert, the Donna Troy-Long cosplayer is working that leg!
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. Careful J'Onn-- those trunks don't hide much! The Alien Atlas and stars from my other blogs also got the Shag treatment, so look for a link list at the bottom of this post. Until then, here's a final variation on the "family picture," with extra saturation to bring out the reds and pitch the blacks...