Where would conventions be without the incredible costumes? There is something magical about seeing your favorite hero or villain standing in front of you in 3D. Costuming has come a long way since my very first comic book convention in the 1980s. The talented folks behind many of the costumes you’ll see below spent months toiling over hundreds of screen shots and concept art to make their creations look as realistic as possible. I’ll go out on a limb and say that conventions wouldn’t be what they are today (see: awesome) without the hard work and dedication of these creative misfits.
Bioware has an incredible presence across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con. Thanks to a lot of hard work, the Hilton was professionally transformed into “The Bioware Base”. On top of demos, signings, costume contests and art shows, Saturday evening Bioware also played host to a special “Mass Effect March” followed by a top-secret game announcement. When I found all of this out, I think I had a nerd fit (there may have been literal twitching). I mean, how often do you get to stomp around San Diego with hundreds of like-minded Mass Effect fans armed with an inflatable omni-blade? The march took place in the gas-lamp district and led to the announcement of a special Facebook contest that will finally give us an “official” female Commander Shepard. If you haven’t gotten the chance to vote, head on over to Facebook and engage in nerd-democracy. Last we checked the blond-shep was stomping the competition (sparking some controversy).
While wandering the streets and “marching against the Reapers” we happened to run into the folks participating in 2011 Comic-Con zombie walk. What happens when a few hundred zombies smash into a few hundred Spectres? Mass confusion and plenty of omni-blade stabbings. I have to say that there was something incredibly gratifying about shanking a fake-zombie in the chops with my fake omni-blade. Check out the video below.