We've got even more kudos for those costumes that were especially impressive, imaginative, and inspired, including our 10 favorites that we spied over all four days of the annual event at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency, or elsewhere.
Honorable mentions: Although they didn't make the cut, we also dug the Ooggie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, a family dressed as the Wonder Twins and Gleek, and a pair of princes from Katamari Damacy.
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
It's been forever and a day since we've seen MST3K, but we were huge devotees of the snarky-as-hell cult television show back during its lengthy run on both Comedy Central and what was then known the Sci-Fi Channel (episodes like "Manos: The Hands of Fate," "Soultaker," and "Mitchell" were particular favorites). And, apparently, local cosplayer Joel Cranson was a big fan as well, since he came to Comicon dressed as Joel Robinson, the show's original protagonist. If you've never seen the show, the character is a down-on-his-luck temp who is stranded on an orbiting space station by his evil bosses at the Gizmonics Institute and forced to watch (and razz) bad movies along with a couple of homemade robots.
Although Cranson, who's renowned locally for the series of Star Wars fan films he's helped create, only brought along one of MST3K's robots, in this case the gumball machine-like Tom Servo, it was a fun bit of nostalgia to see his costume.
Freddie Mercury Cyberman
Of the many cultural exports that the United Kingdom has gifted the colonies over the centuries, two of our favorites are both the music of Queen and the wonder of Doctor Who. So when we spotted this Phoenix Comicon attendee sporting a hybridization of Queen's late frontman Freddie Mercury in his famed yellow jacket from the band's 1986 world tour with the malevolent Whovian cyborg foe known as Cybermen, it definitely caught our eye. It even included Mercury's signature mustache.
We weren't the only ones who dug the costume, as photos of it that were posted online over the past weekend got plenty of love, including such amusing comments as "We Will/We Will/Delete You," playing off the Queen hit "We Will Rock You" and the Cyberman's trademark battle cry.