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The Costumes and Cosplayers of Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015

  • Season's beatings from Harley Quinn and Deadpool.
  • Happy holidays from the Galactic Empire.
  • Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Fallout boy.
  • A character from the Five Nights at Freddy's video game franchise.
  • These cosplayers mean business.
  • We salute you, Captain America.
  • Holiday versions of characters from the Metal Gear franchise.
  • Local cosplayers portray the characters of Steven Universe.
  • Local cosplayers portraying the emotions from Inside Out.
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  • That's some impressive costuming right there.
  • The pride of the Empire.
  • A trio of Jedi cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • That's an impressive wingspan, sir.
  • Characters from '80s cartoon Rainbow Brite.
  • Some Sharknado cosplay that we're sure fans of the schlocky SyFy film's will appreciate.
  • A yuletide Tinkerbell outside of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the site of Fan Fest.
  • Peace through superior firepower.
  • Batman is the Santa we deserve.
  • Nebula from the cinematic version of Guardians of the Galaxy.
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  • Thanks for the dramatic pose. We appreciate it.
  • Anyone that cosplays Mysterion from South Park, like the Fan Fest attendee on the left, is aces in our book.
  • Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you're new favorite sci-fi heroine.
  • A local cosplayer as Gambit from X-Men/
  • Female cosplayers portray The Joker (left) and Storm at Fan Fest.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • This is what happens when you fail to follow the rules of The Ring.
  • Kill your TV before it kills you.
  • A Tony Stark lookalike at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
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  • Nials MacLellan of Glendale as Cad Bane from  Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • This Wolverine is not in the mood for your shenanigans.
  • A female cosplayer at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Be careful when shaking Spawn's hand.
  • Wonder Woman and Solid Snake are friends? Who knew?
  • Local cosplayers portray Xena (left) and Hercules (right) in honor of Kevin Sorbo's appearance at Fan Fest.
  • You've got the touch, Hot Rod.
  • Pennywise from It, who will gladly haunt your nightmares.
  • Where are our medals, Princess Leia?
  • This is the the cosplay you've been looking for.
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  • We dug your movie Antman. Seriously.
  • Can't wait to see who will win when these two square off on the silver screen next year.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Gavin Hazeldene of Phoenix as Alphons Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist (left) and his daughter Libby Hazeldene as the anime’s protagonist, Edward Elric.
  • Man, the easter bunny's gotten pretty badass since our childhood days.
  • A group of family members and friends as the heroes and villains of the DC universe.
  • Let's face it, Deadpool would make a better POTUS than Donald Trump.
  • Cosplaying Phoenix from X-Men outside of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
  • A Sith Lady shows us her moves outside of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
  • Wolfy the Wolf from Five Nights at Freddy's.
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  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Meiko Starling of Phoenix as Sho’nuff from The Last Dragon.
  • Crossplaying Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead.
  • A trio of brothers as King Arthur and his knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Super Mario is now a super pimp.
  • Why so serious, your highness? Alice got you down.
  • Danger Mouse cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Two of the newest heroes in the Star Wars universe.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
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  • We don't remember Princess Leia being this sexy...or well armed.
  • The perfect outfit for "Casual Day" at the Death Star.
  • Cosplayers depict the characters from Bioshock 2.
  • A sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania.
  • A local family that went to Fan Fest dressed as characters from Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Heavy duty armor is one way to stay warm during December.
  • A local cosplayer at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Merida from Brave was always good with animals.
  • The Cantina Band (a.k.a. Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes) from the original Star Wars.
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  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • A local cosplayer at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • You wouldn't want to be at the business end of this dude's sword.
  • Cobra Commander sure is recruiting 'em young these days.
  • A local cosplayer as Cruella de Vil.
  • Um...aren't Sand People were supposed to move in single file to hide their numbers.
  • Jedi versus Sith.
  • A bounty of Mandalorian cosplayers at Fan Fest 2015.
  • The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble, his cheekiest companion.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
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  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • A group of friends as the troubled teens from The Breakfast Club.
  • Iron Man armor always looks badass, no matter who's wearing it.
  • The most interesting Sith in the world.
  • Drop-dead red.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Local cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
  • Trollki of Peoria and Amanda Albregard as characters from Mr. Robot.
  • Harley Quinn and The Joker.
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  • Count Dooku from Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
  • The force is strong with these two.
  • How can you see in that thing?
  • Spiderman meets Goku from Dragonball Z.
  • One of our favorite cosplay mashups from Fan Fest.
  • A fierce-looking Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
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Benjamin Leatherman
Season's beatings from Harley Quinn and Deadpool.
Costumes are one of the highlights of any big geek event in the Valley and this year’s Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale was no exception. Hundreds of cosplayers came out to the event, which ran from Friday, December 4, to Sunday, December 6, as some of their favorite characters from comics, video games, television shows, movies, and books and earned plenty of geek cred and attention from other attendees. Here’s a visual study of the costumes and cosplay from Fan Fest 2015.

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman