By Elliott Serrano
September 10, 2013
This video has been making the rounds on comic-book sites around the web (see above). It was recorded at the recent Dragon Con event as a tribute to George Perez, one of the most popular and prolific comic artists in the industry.
Perez is known for co-creating the series "Teen Titans" with writer Marv Wolfman back in the 80's. It was a re-boot of the classic series - back before reboots were all the rage - and would go on rival Marvel's "X-Men" in popularity.
Perez has drawn just about every comic book character you could think of, working for both Marvel and DC along with some smaller publishers. (To see what may be his best work, you'll want to check out JLA/Avengers, the mini-series that Marvel and DC co-published, and the book that most likely inspired this video.)
If you ask me, to see such a collection of cosplayers all together, interacting on the same stage, is amazing. It takes some real skill and dedication to not only create the costumes that these folks wear, but to also embody the character as we know them in the comic-books. I mean sure, Christian Bale was an excellent Batman in the Chris Nolan films, but the guy in this video feels like he stepped right out of an Alex Ross comic!
In my experience, cosplayers embody most everything that's great about being a comic-book fan. They embody the passion that we all have for these characters, and take it a step further by bringing them to life in the "real world." To see cosplay on this level is a real treat.
This also brings a question to mind: when it comes to having the best cosplayers, which convention has them? Dragon-Con or San Diego Comic-Con?
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