Harry Potter fans are an extremely passionate, tight-knit community.
Ever since the books first came out, fans have been getting together online and in person to discuss J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and the cast of beloved characters she created. In 2007, the minds behind Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron got together to form an exclusive Harry Potter fan convention, which they appropriately named LeakyCon.
LeakyCon is known for its Wizard Rock concerts, fervent fan-fiction discussions, cosplay and cast-member panels. Since it began in Boston in 2009, LeakyCon has been hosted by cities from Orlando to Chicago. Last week and weekend, Burbank got its turn.
All photos by Liana Minassian.
On the eve of their 15th anniversary, the Suicide Girls managed to flood Pour Vous with a mass of individuals out for a "night of intimate burlesque."
Intimacy skewed to claustrophobic levels; people packed in like sardines. Despite the boom of the bass, a stranger's breath on the back of your neck and toxic lighting, it was easy to slip into the Suicide world as they performed acts inspired by Star Wars, Pokemon, The Fifth Element, Fight Club and more.
The energy was unlike anything I've seen at a show, making it obvious why Peek-a-Boo burlesque is here to stay in Hollywood.
Enthusiasts of the art deco movement, and the decades in which it flourished, gathered over the Aug. 19-21 weekend on the majestic Queen Mary in Long Beach for the 12th annual Art Deco Festival. The cruise liner, which is celebrating its 80th year since it was put into service, is home to the largest collection of art deco art and architecture in the world. Spirits were high, both in emotion and libation, when L.A. Weekly captured all of Saturday's dancing, dining and drinking fun aboard the Queen Mary. All photos by Jared Cowan.
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Sexy superheroes strutted their super stuff as Hard Heroes 13 returned to the Eagle L.A. on Saturday, Aug. 20, with its annual cosplay and erotic superhero contest. Contest categories included Best Hard Heroes Costume and Best Erotic Body Painted Costume. Unfortunately, there were no entries in the Best Group Theme category.
Marky Make Up and his assistant were on hand to paint up attendees both in and out of costume. Guest comic-world judges were Geek Pride Entertainment's Chris Riley and fantasy author Cyn Duby. Emcee of the evening was the fabulous Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, Bearonce Knows.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit agency Being Alive, which focuses on the mental health and wellness of people living with HIV and AIDS. The organization's mental health program, Antioch Alive, provides psychotherapy counselors extensively trained in dealing with people with HIV.
Friends John Mohr, Ron Rose and Rick Ewing created Being Alive in 1986 in response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement.
It was the first Saturday of August, which means it's time for fans to celebrate their love for Sailor Moon! After Lisa Terlato started International Sailor Moon Day in New York City, the Los Angeles chapter followed soon after, run by Rachael Klinger of Tomo Neko Productions, Travis Tyler Black of Sailor Moon L.A. and Erica Espejo of Scarlet Rhapsody. Angelenos gathered at Sycamore Grove Park in Mount Washington for a themed picnic, cosplay contest and day of all things magical. The synth-pop, experimental, one-woman band Plasmic performed for the crowds during the closing ceremony. All photos by Shannon Cottrell and Hannah Verbeuren.
Who says you have to wait until October for Halloween? This past weekend at Midsummer Scream in Long Beach, fans of the fall holiday proved that any time of the year is perfect to celebrate All Hallows' Eve. The convention center floor was filled with cosplayers, escape rooms, vendors selling anything and everything Halloween-related, and a Hall of Shadows featuring walk-through "haunts" by some of the region's best haunted-house creators. Saturday ended with an ’80s costume contest and a concert from Johnny Vatos' Oingo Boingo Dance Party, featuring members of the original Oingo Boingo lineup (minus Danny Elfman, of course). All photos by Jared Cowan.
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