Comic Con Costumes: The Best of the Best

It’s time to let your geek flag fly: Comic Con 2011 is just around the corner. What’s now known as Comic Con International first started in San Diego (where it remains to this day, despite an ever growing crop of other regional Comic Cons) as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970. It’s now one of the biggest entertainment events of the year, drawing thousands of attendees.

The laundry list of A-list stars that crowd the stages at Comic Con is always noteworthy, but what gets even more attention is the one-upmanship of the crowds, who come dressed in almost unfathomably intricate and fine-tuned costumes based on movies, TV, comic books, fantasy art, computer games and more. In fact, there is fierce competition for the top honors at the Comic Con Masquerade.

What makes a great Comic Con costume is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but there are some factors that are sure to make a costume a hit.

1. Go for (relative) realism: If there’s one common thread among the attendees of Comic Con, it’s dedication – they know their favorite series, movie or game, and they know it inside out. Put that passion to good use, adorning your costume with as many authentic details as possible. For example, this fan went all out to capture the look of Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

2. Go big: In a festival full of people in elaborate costumes, it can be hard to stand out – that’s when you need to think big. Fans construct enormous costumes that look more like something that just rolled off a motorized production line than a basement. Take a tip from this fan channeling comic book superhero War Machine and stop thinking small.

3. Don’t be shy: Comic Con is certainly not just for the guys. Ladies spare no expense getting themselves prepped for the event, and it’s no secret that there are some seriously sexy costumes that draw attention every year. From the perennially popular Slave Leia costume to skin-tight Na’Vi costumes inspired by Avatar, ladies shouldn’t be intimidated to show a little skin.