And here’s to 2017!
We doubled our cosplay efforts in 2016 to bring you coverage of incredible cosplayers from all over the world, and today we decided to round up some of our favorites of the year.
These are photographs we either took ourselves at events, or ones we featured on the site last year – click right to see them all:
HurleyFX’s Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy) cosplay, as photographed by Dim Horizon studio.
Termina Cosplay a Ho-Oh (Pokemon), photographed by Vordigon Photography.
Rick Boer as Solid Snake (Metal Gear), photographed by Nathalie Bakker.
Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) cosplayer at Fanime 2016.
Connor Gray as Joker, with Moe Hunt as Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad). Photographed by Patricia Louise Felton.
NTG Cosplay’s Gijinka Blastoise (Pokemon) cosplay, photographed by Alex Blaise.
NipahDUBS’ Noctis (Final Fantasy XV) cosplay, as photographed by AmaitoFuu.
Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) cosplayer at Fanime 2016.
Acdramon’s Marcus Holloway (Watch Dogs 2) cosplay, as photographed by GooJunky Photography.
TJ Cosplay as Hilda (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds), photographed by Sean Fernandez.
Tom Bradier’s Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) cosplay, photographed by Robert Meares.
Jay Justice’s Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) cosplay, photographed by JL7 Photography.
Darth Jar Jar cosplayer at Fanime 2016.
The Sisu Squid Cosplay as Gijinka Scizor (Pokemon), photographed by Vordigon Photography.
Bishop Cosplay’s Bishop (Marvel), photographed by SF Design.
Yeliz Cosplays’ Kotal Kahn (Mortal Kombat) cosplay, photographed by S L Dixon Photography.
Something Wicked’s Deadpool (Marvel) cosplay, photographed by Riots Armory.
Rick Boer’s Big Boss cosplay, photographed by Cynthia Veekens.
d-Slim Cosplay as Starmie and Peterson Sim as Staryu, photographed by Somakun.
Knitemaya as Winter Wonderland Skin Tracer, photographed by Pireze.
Regarding cosplaying in general, Tom Braider, one of our featured cosplayers, told IGN, “My favorite thing about being a cosplayer is knowing that there are people out there that can really understand and relate to my interests. It’s one of the best ways to meet friends, make connections and celebrate the culture in which we are a part of. I am so happy to contribute and be a part of it.”
Thank you to all of the cosplayers and photographers who shared their work with us in 2016. Here’s to another great year of cosplay on IGN.
Alanah Pearce is an editor at IGN, but she’s a cosplayer, too! You can find her cosplays on Facebook.