Cosplayers take a break from the grind of festivities on Saturday afternoon..

Tavaroo Watson as Tony the Clock.

Cosplayers take a break from the grind of festivities on Saturday afternoon.. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

If you ventured into downtown Seattle over the weekend, chances are you saw some unusual things. Maybe you waited to cross the street next to a group of Umbrella Corporation operatives from Resident Evil, or caught a cab with Elsa from Frozen. Either way it was a sure sign that the annual Emerald City Comicon was back in town.

The annual event drew thousands from across the Pacific Northwest to the Washington State Convention Center for three days of comics, cosplay, and beyond. Of course the highlight for many are the insanely creative and detailed costumes that can be seen throughout the weekend. Take a look at our photo gallery for some of our favorites along with other scenes of craziness from the weekend.

Starship Troopers and a captive bug offer a photo op. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer

Grommash Hellscream from World of WarCraft gets the crowd going during the costume contest. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Melinda Rose, dressed as Ariel from Little Mermaid, waits for her ride Friday night. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

View full slideshow from the weekend’s festivities here.




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A woman records video of two fellow cosplayers.

Trevor Latal, left, and Noah Callaway, right, play Varrick and Bolin from ‘The Legend of Korra’ for fans.

Participants look through collectible lanyards at the show.

A trio of hats wait to be bought.

Sarah and Adam Oman play ‘Mortal Kombat’ on Super Nintendo in a video gaming room.

Jon Watts, left, congratulates Krista Rosebrook, right, after winning a game of ‘Ticket to Ride.’

Melinda Rose, dressed as Ariel from ‘Little Mermaid,’ waits for her ride Friday night.

Clad in blue paint, a participant poses for a photo as Doctor Manhattan.

Starship Troopers, complete with bug, board an elevator.

Starship Troopers, complete with bug, board an elevator.

Bobby Miller gives the camera his best Penguin face.

This man identifies himself only as Hank Pym.

Ronan, six, battles his father, Darth Vader, in the park outside the convention center.

Brett and Beverly Downen pose for a photo.

Malcolm, 4-and-a-half, shoots a wary eye to a gaggle of functional R2D2s.

Participants take a break from the grind of festivities on Saturday afternoon.

Fiona Richardson, dressed as Nepeta Leijon, poses for a photo.

Thresh from ‘League of Legends,’ otherwise known as Kevin Moore, strikes a pose.

Louisa Fan touches up her makeup at a cosplay repair station.

Retro comics adorn a shelf, ready for sale.

Harlan, 1-and-a-half, wins the unofficial ‘Seattle Weekly’ award for cutest thing we saw all day.

Using his cell phone as a mirror, Thomas Sergneri, aka Rawrbomb, adjusts his beard during a break.

Wonder Woman, aka Alivia Foley, poses for a photo.

Chris Dimoff, dressed as Hell’s Messiah, strikes a pose.

The costumed and the curious filled the halls of the Washington State Convention Center throughout the weekend.

Finalists and runners-up check in for Saturday’s highlight: the costume-contest.

Dressed as Katniss Everdeen, a participant waits in a service hallway for the costume contest to begin.

Three characters dressed as Marvel Action Hero toys walk through the service hallway before the costume contest.

A friend makes an adjustment to Becki Watts’ costume as she awaits the beginning of the costume contest.

Final adjustments are made to a costume before the show.

Handlers brace a giant, full-size tauntaun backstage.

The lifesize tauntaun is carefully guided toward the backstage door.

Participants in the costume contest watch the show on big screens while waiting their turn.

Participants in the costume contest watch the show on big screens while waiting their turn.

Participants in the costume contest watch the show on big screens while waiting their turn.

Hank Pym smiles as he receives a third-place prize.

Holding up her first-place medal, a participant celebrates her win in the tailor category.

Holding up her first-place medal, a participant celebrates her win in the tailor category.

Holding up her first-place medal, a participant celebrates her win in the tailor category.

Holding up her first-place medal, a participant celebrates her win in the tailor category.

Holding up her first-place medal, a participant celebrates her win in the tailor category.

Holding up her first-place medal, a participant celebrates her win in the tailor category.

Bioshock poses for the audience.

Bioshock poses for the audience.

Oogie Boogie from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ rests beside a lone lamp backstage.

Oogie Boogie from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ rests beside a lone lamp backstage.

Iron Man waves to the crowd.

Audience members cheer for their favorites in the final rounds.

A participant reacts after winning the second-place overall prize.

Grommash Hellscream from ‘World of WarCraft’ gets the crowd going during the Masters category of costumes. The character went on to win the contest.

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