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IN PHOTOS: Comic-Con cosplayers back in-person

While Comic-Con Special Edition is a smaller event than in previous years, some attendees were just grateful to be back on the Convention floor — and back in cosplay.

“I think I've had this costume on backlog since 2020. First chance to finally wear it out today,” said Sarah McGrath. McGrath was dressed as Diane from “The Seven Deadly Sins” on Netflix.

Cosplay, or costume play, for those that don’t know, involves dressing up as characters from video games, film, comics and TV shows.


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Some cosplayers were strategic with their costume picks. Jeremy Arceneaex and Regi Paragas picked costumes that would be comfortable in the hot San Diego weather. The pair were dressed up as characters from the classic ’90s Nickelodeon TV show “Legends of the Hidden Temple” — outfits that allowed them to don shorts and t-shirts.

“We wanted to do something that was very casual for the first day because we knew it would be hot,” said Arceneaex. “Hopefully, we won't get too sweaty in here.”

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Some had in-person performances to do after going virtual the past two Comic-Cons. Kevin Taylor, Brett Kenney and Dennis Hanon were dressed as a steampunk character, a pirate and a “Star Trek” Klingon for a fandom play called “Klingon Lifestyles Special Edition.”


As if recalling Comic-Con’s transition from virtual to in-person, their performance on Friday night will morph from a video presentation into a play.

“Tonight the one that we're doing starts out video, and then it works into life,” said Taylor.

But for people like Brenda and Jaime Torres and their son Andres, cosplay was a family affair. They were dressed as Chun Li, Ryu and Akuma from the “Streetfighter” video game series.

“I grew up playing it, and I played it for a long time,” said Jaime Torres. “I try to have my little boy do cosplay. So that way, maybe he can carry it on to when he's older, so I still enjoy it. He seems to, too.”

Comic-Con continues through Sunday. Tickets are still available.