WonderCon 2009: Best Costumes

Bonnie Burton | March 5, 2009

Half the fun of going to WonderCon every year in San Francisco is seeing all the costumed fans who dress up as superheroes, pirates, steampunkers, movie and video game characters and even Muppets!

We’ve already profiled our favorite Star Wars costumes this year, but here’s a list of some of the other costumes we couldn’t get enough of.


Superheroes:
It’s just not a comic book conventions without fans dressing like characters in actual comic books. Little kids and growups alike don masks and capes to wander through the convention floor looking for crime and photos ops. As an added bonus, Batman actor Adam West attended WonderCon this year and got to see all variations of the masked man he made so famous.


Watchmen:
Just in time for the March release of the Watchmen movie, fans dressed up as their favorite characters like Rorschach, Silk Spectre and Sally Jupiter. No Doctor Manhattans were spotted, but then again it takes dedication to show up to WonderCon blue and naked.


Yip Yip Martians:
If you grew up watching Sesame Street, you’ll recognize the interplanetary visitors called the Yip-Yips — nicknamed for their yip yip language. They seemed right at home yipping around WonderCon.


Steampunk:
The ever-popular genre of steampunk had a presence at WonderCon 2009. This futuristic meets Victorian sci-fi theme was apparent in impressive costuming as well as booths selling steampunk rayguns. brass goggles, and more.


Transformers:
Bumblebee made an appearance at WonderCon to remind fans about the upcoming Transformers 2 movie, or perhaps just to impress us all with this impressive costume. Even though the BFF to Optimus Prime is considered the “least likely can be the most dangerous,” judging from all the photo ops he is more likely to be the most popular.


Guitar Hero:
I’ll play Guitar Hero with this fan any day. Though I kinda wish these kids would start real bands — they already have the hardest part down: the costume!


(photo by Terri Hodges)
Monarch’s Henchmen:
Fans of The Venture Bros. can spot the Monarch’s henchmen from miles away thanks to their bright yellow butterfly uniforms. Since Doctor Girlfriend/Ex-Girlfriend/Wife is one of my favorite characters, I jumped in the shot just to pretend for a tiny second that I was working for the Guild. Hey, it could happen!

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WonderCon 2009

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