With such rich tapestries to draw from, video games provide cosplayers with incredible creative opportunities. We’ve compiled a massive collection of cosplay inspired by video game characters to celebrate the dedication and passion of these fans, with costumes that runs the gamut from the truly iconic to the downright obscure. Some of these costumes are simple and clean; others are dazzlingly complex; but each cosplayer brings a personal touch to these memorable heroes, villains, and side-characters. These are the best video game cosplays.
Legend of Zelda
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
Comic fans and video game fans are two groups that share an awful lot of overlap, and webcomics like Penny Arcade and artists like Zac Gorman, have made all kinds of comics about video games for the internet, but what about actual comic books? In a previous video, we told you about five video games that deserved comics, but this week, it’s all about some of the very best video games that have made the leap from consoles to comic pages.
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Considering how prevalent it's become in the art you see everywhere on the internet -- including the hated Here's Two Things genre that has fueled the mindless engine of destruction that is online t-shirt sales -- it's always tempting to say that we've had enough of minimalist, graphic-design inspired takes on pop culture. The thing is, when it's done well, it's always fantastic, and Komboh does it very, very well.
Komboh, the collective term for artists Michael W. Mateyko and Hans B. Thiessen, have done an incredible job bringing their design sensibility to stuff like Star Trek, Doctor Who, and posters that promote reading, and they've even done a great job mashing up Adventure Time and The Legend of Zelda. Check out a few of my favorites below!
For comics readers, Katsuya Terada is probably best known for his work on Iron Man and Hellboy, but there's a pretty good chance you're already very familiar with his work, even if you don't know it. As a concept artist, Terada designed characters and settings for The Legend of Zelda, and his work is awesome.
Check out a few of the best designs below, including an adult Link and a, uh, very adult version of the Great Fairy!
While Nintendo's Zelda franchise has long seemed to have a loose sort of chronology, or at least overlapping elements, a new Zelda art book titled Hyrule Historia finally reveals what gamers had long suspected and craved: There is an official timeline mapping every game in the Zelda franchise, and now you can look at it...
Zelda fan films are a dime a dozen, but few have the high level of quality as this video by Devin Graham, where cross-gender Link cosplayer Lindsey Stirling plays a haunting medley of Legend of Zelda music on her fiddle as she traipses through dark castle hallways, snow-covered meadows, and magical forests...
Nothing against Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda manga, but Zac Gorman's gif-alicious Link comics are about the best illustrated stories to come out of Nintendo games since Nester regularly appeared in Nintendo Power...