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Denver StarFest fans take cosplay to a whole new level

Denver area Cosplayers definitely brought it at this year’s StarFest 2014. Cosplay, short for "costume play," is defined as a performance art in which people dress up as fictional characters from genres of Sci-Fi, comic books, and anime. Game of Thrones, Marvel and DC Superheroes, Doctor Who, and Star Wars were well represented by passionate fans. One man even did it old school with an authentic Emperor Ming from the original Flash Gordon. There was even a kid dressed as a Transformer who literally changed from a little blue box car to an actual Transformer. Participants normally spend hours doing hair and make-up, last minute touches and fixes, and even Hollywood quality body painting before parading the convention floor. Of course there are the celebrity guests, authors, panels, and gaming, yet one of the best parts of the annual StarFest convention is the wide-eyed wonder of kids and adults alike as they witness the amazing costumes.

Denver Starfest fans take cosplay to a whole new level
Colleen Bement

This annual three day event was held last weekend May 2-4 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Fans had the chance to see some of their favorite actors and authors up close such as the gorgeous Amanda Tapping from the Stargate, Supernatural, and Sanctuary, and Sam Witwer from the US Version of Being Human. Star Wars fans were thrilled to meet none other than Billy Dee Williams. Star Trek fans held their breath as they met Nichelle Nichols and Tim Russ, and Suzie Plakson. Amazingly Emmy Nominated Actor Giancarlo Esposito from Revolution and Breaking Bad made an appearance and proved to fans that he is actually nice guy!

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