Tor.com is at this year’s DragonCon! We’re most easily found in the Wheel of Time track (at the Westin) but you’ll find us haunting most everything in downtown Atlanta, eating in the same food courts you’re eating in, accidentally finding ourselves in elevators with Stan Lee, and marveling at that one hotel that thinks it’s a spaceship.
We’re also snapping pics of all the cosplay we like. Just like you! Maybe that should be our new slogan. Tor.com: We’re Just Like You. And So Tired.
Head below to find our favorite cosplayers from Friday, including a steampunk time machine, David Bowie cosplay, and a functional GLaDOS!
Click any image to enlarge. Even Lobot up there. We asked him to give us a thumbs up because somehow we knew this is what we needed to be happy. And we were right.
MUPPET STORM. 12 cosplaying Muppets in various guises. Don’t worry about feeling vaguely sexually attracted to the Great Gonzo and/or Beaker. That’s natural; it’s called becoming an adult.
A candid shot of the Justice Society of America deciding what to do about lunch.
Even your favorite 30 Rock joke is cosplayed at DragonCon!
This guy’s been in the shit. He’s seen some things. Steampunk-esque things.
Everyone gets out of the way when a procession of Time Lords comes through. Especially if they might be initiating the Final Sanction.
Even this awesome Hagrid is unnerved.
Someone seriously just left this kitted out steampunk bicycle unattended in the hall. We wonder if it will still be there tomorrow. (Locking the front wheel does not an effective deterrent make.)
Leave her alone, you b...tourist!
Now it can be told. Had Sarah chosen to stay with Jareth the Goblin King they would have eventually relocated to Atlanta and their courtship would have eventually degraded into nights out at Hooters and reruns of Family Guy. “I don’t need to find a job, Sarah, I’m a king,” Jareth would sullenly utter, slouching in his chair and passing his crystal ball from palm to hand to palm for hours after Sarah would leave to go to work.
(Okay, we’re just letting ourselves ramble. These two were maybe our favorites. And they were certainly everyone else’s, too! We saw them stopped over and over again for pictures.)
No wait! The Cult of Bakula might be our favorite. Is it too late to change our minds?
After we took this photo, they departed with a “the blessings of Bakula be upon you” to which we replied without thinking, “And upon you.” We were apparently the first ones that day to respond correctly to the benediction, according to the cult. What!
After a while, it became more interesting to photograph cosplayers candidly. Here, someone with a Minecraft head stares ghoulishly out the window of the Marriot elevator.
Captain Planet enjoys a soda.
Team Zissou takes a break. It appears only Indian food was eaten, and not Esteban. (This time.)
Lost for a moment, a lone cosplayer waits as the world whips around her.
Presented without comment:
This one’s for you, John Scalzi!
Who wants to see Spider Jerusalem leer at a shockingly good Benedict Cumberbatch cosplay?
Who also wants to see an Aperture Science technician who created his own GLaDOS, one that swivels and speaks and stares at you unblinking?
Don’t worry, Companion Cube. The cake might be a lie but its love for you isn’t.
The day wasn’t complete without stumbling across a steampunk time machine. (Er, we think that’s what it is, anyway.) We took a picture and it somehow came out naturally like this.
Okay, we fussed with it. Here’s the actual photo for comparison.
The first day of DragonCon was a blast and we saw a lot of great cosplay aside from the folks pictured here. But none of them could hold a candle to the pinnacle that was this costume of Manos: The Hands of Fate’s THE MASTER.
The light! The angelic light! The embroidered hands! We are powerless against it all!
Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com. Stubby’s likelihood of believing in something can be directly correlated to how many tentacles it has.