Comic Con London 2011: Cosplayers

Comic Con London 2011 at MCM Expo was held on bank holiday weekend, it was anime, manga, deck wizards, videogaming, superheroes, goth art, illustrators & cosplay catwalk galore.

Leilei DarkStalker & WangYao

The three-day conference from 27-29th May at the Excel Estate near Custom House, South East London, included halls dedicated to a variety of comic genres from Japanese and Asian culture to Steampunk, a fusion of Sci-Fi and Victoriana, and held many events like Cosplay meet-ups and photoshoots. Fans from around the globe dressed as their fave characters from a huge range of comics and games, from Final Fantasy to Sailor Moon.

The huge venue had rows of stalls packed with Japanese comic art memorabilia and collectibles, anime and manga graphic novels and more. A shopping experience was combined with interactive areas, like a Wii games arena and stage, killer treats like Super Street Fighter to Dungeons and Dragons and space to try out soon-to-be be-released gaming.

The event finale was the Sunday Masquerade catwalk parade where hoards of Cosplayers assembled in the stage area for the best outfit competition. Before the show Disorder magazine caught up with a few of the visiting cosplay characters in and around the venue…

Perona from One Piece

Perona from One Piece, a Japanese Manga series, Perona’s magic power is she can produce ghosts that spy on and defeat enemies, she acquired the skill from eating devil fruit or Horo Horo no Mi ( if only the recommended five-a-day did that).

The outfit is inspired by the ‘Gothic Lolita’ look; she wears a red crown with a crucifix on top and carries an umbrella shaped like devil horns. Cosplayer: Rochelle, 19, London, “She’s got a crazy personality and I like it.”

LeiLei Darkstalker & China

Leilei/ Hsien-Ko, is a blue-skinned vampire night warrior from a series of fighting games called Darkstalkers. Leilei is a saviour hunter in the dark realm trying to find her way back to the earth realm using the power of transformation. Cosplayer: Yi, 23, from China, who has an ace sewing machine, “I really like the character and couldn’t find the costume anywhere so made it myself.”

Wang Yao or China (Chūgoku) main character in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers, the outfit is a red Chinese robe and panda mascot as shown in the Hetalia trading card game. Wang Yao is said to be symbolic of China as immortal as well as being over 4000 years old. Cosplayer: WeiWei, 28, China, “I admire the traditional costume of this character.”

Miwako from Paradise Kiss

Miwako Sakurada is from Paradise Kiss, a Manga series illustrated and written by Ai Yazawa. This sweet character is nice as pie and the main characters, Yukari’s bestfriend. The series is based around a high school kid who is tired of a meaningless and repetitive life and eventually models for Paradise Kiss and feels more empowered. Cosplayer: Jo, 17, Colchester, “It’s so cute and I had the dress already.”

Vincent Valentine Chaos Form

Vincent Valentine’s Chaos Form from the game Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cerberus. Red-eyed Vincent is a genetically modified human and the incarnation of chaos, his ultimate weapon is the death penalty gun which collects the souls of the wicked (sounds like public transport during rush-hour). Cosplayer: Katie, 20, Brighton, “I just love the costume and wanted to dress myself as the Chaos form since it’s more unusual.”

Okuni & Cao Pi

Okuni from Samurai Warriors is a travelling priestess who founded the Japanese dance-drama, Kabuki. She tries to stop violence on battlefields and falls in love with the heroes of the game. She wears a traditional Japanese outfit and holds a parasol, which is used as part of a dance. Cosplayer: Dona, 20, Japan, “This character is adorable.”

Cao Pi from Dynasty Warriors is a character who becomes the first emperor of Wei and is known for forcing Emperor Xian to abdicate his throne (not made a call into Buckingham Palace as of yet).Dressed in an elaborate traditional armour, Cao Pi is a proper fighter who carries many different types of swords. Cosplayer: Nagako, 21, Japan, “He’s brave, handsome and gives me a feeling of confidence.”

Yoshimitsu Soul Calibur

Yoshimitsu is a Japanese ninja warrior from the game Soul Calibur and Tekken; he’s a tough guy who at some point leads an infiltration on Dr. Boskonovitch’s lab in order to steal his Eternal Energy device, he loses an arm but gets a mechanical one to replace it. Cosplayer: Kim Li, 26, Norway, “I’m just a big fan of fighting games!”

Rin Miki Len Vocaloid Dolls

Rin, Hatsune Miku and Len from the Vocaloid Dolls, are a Yamaha singing Synthesizer program in which you input the melody and lyrics then the actors’ voices sing the tunes. The software can be used for back-up singers and sound samples on recordings. In addition, Miku Miku Dance is used for 3D animations of characters to be developed alongside the Vocaloid songs. The cosplayers are Doris, 23, Nana, 23, Colin, 21, Japan, “We think they’re cool.”

See more about the Comic Con London 2011 and further events on

Words & Pics: Jameela Oberman

Article originally published in Disorder Magazine

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