Comic-Con would not Comic-Con without cosplay.
As much a part of the event as Hall H panels and the comics themselves, donning elaborate costumes — or watching people in elaborate costumes — is a big reason people attend. This year, cosplay felt even more crucial. Due to health concerns related to the spread of Covid-19, there hasn’t been an in-person Comic-Con for two years. Last weekend, when the event once again filled the streets of San Diego, the cosplayers also returned.
But not without a few, uh, modifications. Just because Comic-Con held an IRL event this year doesn’t mean Covid is over, far from it, so people had to take precautions to stay safe, including wearing masks. By now, cosplayers are used to wearing masks, but the types needed to stop the spread of infectious diseases aren’t necessarily the ones Spider-Man wears. So, as expected, fans got creative.
WIRED asked the photographer Daniel Goncalves to attend last week’s convention and seek out cosplayers with some of the most creative masks around. He found some excellent ones – and a few that had no mask at all.