Of course, some people, whether intentional or not, went for a more old-school approach, such as this Cyberman who could have walked right off a Tom Baker set.
Unfortunately Jeremy Bulloch cancelled his appearance, but lest anyone be reminded that they wouldn't know him out of costume if they tripped over him, there was this first-rate Boba Fett who did a bang-up job of imitating the only actor from Star Wars less recognizable than David Prowse.
I haven't had the chance yet to find out if this guy won the costume contest, but he certainly deserved to place in the top three for his homemade Iron Man costume. It was one of those costumes that was so good, it looked like it was bought from a high-end dealer. Even with his visor raised, he was reminiscent of Tony Stark...except that I don't think the iron Avenger ever required someone to hold up his faceplate for him. Well, maybe in his more gin-soaked days, but not generally.
My other personal pick for top contenders was this guy, who did such a dead-on Ash, I'm surprised he didn't call me a primitive screwhead and offer to introduce me to his boomstick.
One of the more creepy costumes of the day....at least intentionally so...was this good steampunk doctor, ready to battle the plague at its worst. Actually, steampunk was very well represented at this event. This was my first meeting with real steampunk costumers, and I think the level of detail they put into their costumes is just mind-boggling. Somehow, a whole generation of mechanical engineers has gone seriously, but interestingly, awry.
But top marks for creepy for the day has to go to this young lady and her "It's Alive" baby. This was movie quality stuff, topped off with a truly disturbing pair of contact lenses. I haven't been so similarly attracted and repelled since the first time I hooked up with a drunk chick in university.
That's the best of my photos. I'll be back at another time with some comments on the various creators and artists I met there.