Calgary Expo 2017 brings in fans of all types, and that includes creative cosplayers of every level of skill and passion.
It was my first time in Canada, so who knew if the residents of Calgary and beyond had a good cosplay game? Well, we didn’t need to worry. Regardless of the weather, their cosplayers knew how to dress. Even for the locals, they had to admit that April was a bit cooler than normal, not that it had any effect on them. For some, they looked no different than if they were dressed for the hottest day at San Diego Comic-Con. In fact, a lot of them seemed to revel in wearing just a swatch of cloth and slathering themselves in body paint, adding muscular detail wherever they saw fit. Meanwhile, I was bundled in whatever layers I could find. And I had no cosplay game of my own, sorry to say. They had be beat before I crossed the border.
While making my rounds, I had to stop and chat with Phillip Vautour, Canada’s very own Alberta Iron Man. With a little help from an inside man at Stan Winston studios, he crafted his own suit of armor, complete with glowing repulsors, by hand. And why does he do it? For the kids, of course…
Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite cosplayers from Calgary Expo 2017: