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Awesome Con took over D.C. again this past weekend with over 70,000 fans descending on the Convention Center for three days of geek heaven. With a seemingly endless amount of content and activities centered around comic books, movies, tv, video games, art, science, and toys, it can be an overwhelming experience. Yet the excellent organization, friendly staff and collective positivity and joy exuding from all the attendees make it a can’t miss D.C. institution, no matter you’re level of fandom, age, shape, color, or smell. Long live Awesome Con.

This year, we asked some of our favorite Cosplayers to give us their best superhero leap. Photos by Nicholas Karlin. Enjoy:

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Families who cosplay together, stay together.

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Happy Easter.

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Deadmau5 can’t jump

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Deep cut with Bob Burden’s Mystery Men

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I assume this is Wedgie Man

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Possibly our favorite person at the Con.

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Excellent form.

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The golden rule at cons is that you need permission to take a photo. A costume does not equal consent. But then how do you get those fun candid shots of people in costumes doing the stuff of mere mortals? You stage them:

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Live long and may the force be with you

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Guardians were in abundance at Awesome Con this year, including Michael Rooker who held a hilariously irreverent q&a sesh. q: “What are you working on next?” a: “Stuff! Next question!”

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And Sean Gunn gave us a solid Ravager salute

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We shot plenty of non-jumping cosplayers as well (mostly because we forgot to ask):

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I seriously can’t get enuff of this photo.

Anyway, the showroom had a never-ending selection of geek goods for purchase:

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plus props to admire and games to play with:

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while MagFest handled video game duties:

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And now even more photos by Foxy Bear Photography:


And if this somehow weren’t enough photos for you, check out our 2017 and 2016 coverage. Plus check out our Will Friedle interview, and this post we did a while back on a day in the life of a Cosplayer.