5 Standout Cosplays of 2011
A lot of characters get the steampunk treatment, but few make as much sense as these electronic music-loving robots. With steamdisco outfits and a vintage boombox from an era that never really existed, Daft Steampunk forever earned my respect.
I saw this duo at Dragon*Con, which makes sense because it's a convention where inventive costumes are all over the place and the party never stops. There is video indicated that they appeared at the convention before, but this was my first time at the Atlanta event and my first encounter with Daft Steampunk.
Andrew Hussie's webcomic, Homestuck, has been around since 2009, but it has only been this past year that we've seen cosplayers support this work in droves. There's a good reason for this. The cosplayers seem to prefer dressing up as the Trolls, who play a big part in Act 5 of the saga, which began midway through 2010 and wrapped up in October of this year.
Large groups of Homestuck cosplayers turned up at many of the conventions I attended this year, including Anime Expo, San Diego Comic-Con and Pacific Media Expo (photographed above). Check out photos of individual Homestuck cosplayers in our slideshow "2011: The Year in Cosplay."