After enduring entry lines of more than five hours — Wasteland Weekend's stand-in for the misery of a nuclear bomb blast — survivors did battle in Thunderdome and Jugger matches, roared around in car parades, danced the dust and partied like it was the fake end of the world. It was "the world's largest postapocalyptic gathering," an event straight out of Mad Max, held Sept. 22-25 in the SoCal desert. All photos by L.J. Williamson.
Son of Monsterpalooza officially brought Halloween to Burbank over the Sept. 18-19 weekend. With tons of vendors, special exhibits, an art gallery and more, there was no event more fitting to get us in the spooky spirit.
Two phrases that should always be spoken in a spell to summon loads of wizards, witches and Muggles are "Harry Potter" and "free." A spell such as this was magically cast on Saturday at the Last Bookstore's Harry Potter Night. The Facebook event page said that 18,000 people were interested in the event and that almost 5,000 people planned to attend. While there weren't anywhere near that number of people on hand, there were easily hundreds who formed a line outside the store's main entrance on Fifth Street; like Slytherin House's mascot, the queue snaked around the building and down Spring Street. Unfortunately, not everyone, even those with the ability to Apparate, made it into the bookstore because it quickly filled to capacity. However, those who lined up early and got inside were treated to some Harry Potter music from folk Renaissance band Blackhaven, a hysterical set from Harry Potter improv group The Show That Shall Not Be Named, and a spectacular costume contest. All photos by Jared Cowan.
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At the Los Angeles Harajuku Fashion Meet No. 7 took place Saturday, May 14, in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, members of Harajuku Day took photos, exchanged fashion tips and showcased their newest kawaii accessories. Harajuku Day, a Los Angeles–based group of Harajuku fashion enthusiasts, has been putting together local gatherings since 2015. Angelenos attend the various meetings to celebrate the many Japanese street fashion–inspired styles, such as Lolita, decora, otome, gal, mahou kei and more. All photos by Shannon Cottrell
Sunday May 1st was the 5th annual Spring Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort. Each year an unofficial theme springs up, and this year it was dress as a dapper version of your favorite character from the Disneyverse. Guests from all over the world came as dapper versions of Leia and Han Solo, Minnie Mouse, Agent Carter and Snow White. There were plenty of Tweedles but only one Alice, and Minnies but no Mickies.
While Dapper Day is not a cosplay event, and many of the attendees at the best dressed unofficial day at Disneyland didn't come with an homage to a character in mind, this year was the first year that the dapper cosplay really came into its own. We stayed into the wee hours of the night to get you photos of all the dancing, eating, riding and gliding at Dapper Day Spring 2016.
Photos by Star Foreman
The Ghostbusters' Ecto-1, James Bond's 1963 Aston Martin DB5, the Batmobile from Tim Burton's Batman. We all know and love these famous on-screen roadsters, but no other movie car on the planet has sparked the imaginations of filmgoers like the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, aka Doc Brown's time machine. On multiple lists of the most iconic movie cars ever made, the time machine almost always comes in at No. 1, and rightly so. It's the one car that every '80s kid wanted.
During the production of the Back to the Future trilogy, multiple versions of the time machine were constructed. Sometime after the films were completed, the "A" car — the most detailed version, with all the bells and whistles — could be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood studio tour for a number of years. Eventually, the car succumbed to the elements as well as the occasional tourist who may have taken a piece from the screen-used vehicle as a souvenir.
Learning that the most famous movie car in the world was a grim shadow of its former self, a group of super fans and dedicated craftspeople set the car's time circuits back and worked on it full-time for two years. Knowing that fans would eventually see the vehicle in person, the restoration team made the time machine even more perfect than when it originally appeared onscreen. The final result is stunning.
On April 20, the "A" car was unveiled at the Petersen Automotive Museum in front of an audience that eagerly waited to set eyes on it. The much-anticipated ceremony was followed by a panel discussion featuring Back to the Future co-writer and producer Bob Gale. The party didn't stop there. Saturday at the Petersen saw an '80s dance party, followed on Sunday by a special DeLorean version of the museum's monthly cruise-in breakfast.
The fully restored DeLorean time machine that took Marty McFly Back to the Future can now be seen in the Petersen's Hollywood movie car gallery. All photos by Jared Cowan.