The worlds of anime and video games collided in Pomona over the Jan. 14-15 weekend at Anime Impulse 2017. The annual convention celebrates everything from Pokemon to the manga series Naruto, and the cosplayers were no slouches. Check out some of the most creative costumes we saw at the con.
All photos by Ed "The Animal" Carrasco.
The average adult dresses up roughly once a year (if that), and usually it's for Halloween. But it seems Angelenos find an inordinate number of excuses to dress as someone else for the day, whether it's WonderCon, Son of Monsterpalooza, the Lolita get-together Nun of Your Business, Long Beach Carnevale or Pokémon Day. Oh, and a lot of burlesque any old day.
Here we've compiled some of the best costumes we saw this year, Halloween and otherwise.
They made a list, they checked it twice — a list for the pub crawl and fun and games, of course. The revelers of L.A. SantaCon, who dressed as Santa, as poinsettia plants, as naughty elves — and then there was that posse of protesting clowns — followed @lasanta on Twitter to Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, a park to play some Santa games, then to the Gold Line to start the pub crawl. Later in the evening, the Santas made a quick stop before hitting up downtown Culver City and requesting some Santasy lap dances at Fantasy Island and Plan B (sorry, no photos allowed) before finishing the *burp* night at Grilliant, Janga and Pieology. Next year Santa will show up in another part of Los Angeles — watch the Twitter handle for information after Thanksgiving 2017.
Tucked away in downtown Long Beach, in Harvelle's Underground, Seduction: Classic Burlesque Stripshow offered a voyeuristic eye into the mad genius that is Tim Burton. Equally twisted and titillating, this unique show manages the difficult task of balancing sinister performances with a dash of dark humor for good measure. Batman, Beetlejuice, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Big Eyes and Nightmare Before Christmas come to life before the audience, with quality costume and set creations, accompanied by trivial musings from creator Bobbie Burlesque, a boylesque performer himself. Burton would be proud.
Tim Burton Burlesque is part of the regular Seduction: Classic Burlesque Stripshow, held every third Saturday at Harvelle's in Long Beach. All photos by Daniel J. Sliwa
Every time the Walt Disney Corp. works on a new attraction, all the way back to the original inspirations for Disneyland, it uses immaculately put-together sketches to show the world its vision. Even with 3-D imaging available, Disney still uses the 2-D sketchbook to communicate with the world. Twice a year Dapper Day comes to remind us what Disneyland would look like if those original sketches came to life exactly as is. Promenading through the park are men in suits and ties, women in heels with their hair perfectly coiffed, and children dressed as through any second now Grandma is going to call.
In its fifth year, Dapper Day has gone from a few dozen friends getting together to more than 30,000 attendees in three parks, plus an expo at the Disneyland Hotel featuring clothing from Pinup Girl, the necessary D broach from accessory company Match, swing dancing and even a book signing with world-famous Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix.
The next Dapper Day at Disneyland isn't until April 23, but that gives you plenty of time to find the perfect outfit and get your hotel reservation so that you can stay the night after walking around in those heels all day.
All photos by Star Foreman.
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.