So, it was no surprise to find a few familiar faces at this past Saturday's Anime Fest at the Atomic Comics Paradise Valley location. The venue was packed with teens playing Anime-themed games like Anime Password and Project Anime, thumbing through the $4 bargain bins (tip: the Atomic Comics PV Store is moving, so look for huge sales!) and watching Naruto or One-Piece on the flatscreen. The event culminated in a cosplay contest held by the Saboten-Con Street Team. Yeah, they actually have a Street Team. And they're brutal. Is your Dragonball Z missing a patch? No black eyeliner with that "L" getup? No prizes for you!
More cosplay pics and a special surprise for Transformers fans after the jump. Trust us, you won't want to miss this!
Judged by a panel of three guests including a Saboten-Con rep, a seamstress and a props master, each entrant in the contest paraded by for an inspection. Costumes were required to be at least 80% homemade to win the top prizes, although you could score an honorable mention for altered thrift store costumes and intricate props.
|A contestant shows off her legs, er, leggings for the judges.|
Elena's cute, sexy Vocaloid outfit was a hit with the judges and the audience (especially the male audience). Unlike some private contests and con masquerades, there was a strict PG-13 max rating on costumes -- so this was as risque as it got.
Spence scored a win with a long, Valley Girl-esque monologue and this Poland costume from Axis Powers Hetalia.
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Others just came for the pizza. And believe it or not, there were strict costuming rules to score any of the saucy, cheesy goodness. So, if you're hoping for a free slice at the next Saboten-con contest, better bone up on your sewing and makeup skills first.
What's the big Transformers news? Atomic Comics is hosting a Transformers costume contest this Friday at their Mesa store. They're looking for mega-fans with mega-costumes. Flashing lights. Moving parts. Voice changers. Geeks, you know what to do... and we'll be there to catch you in action.
Look for a (hopefully) kick-ass slideshow in next week's Geek Beat!