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Comic book and pop culture fans flocked to Awesome Con on Saturday and Sunday. Many dressed in the colorful garbs of their favorite characters. This practice of dressing up as specific fictional characters, called cosplay (short for costume play), is most commonly seen at conventions such as Awesome Con. Katie Fleming poses as the Injustice version of Catwoman, Rachel Kensler dresses up as Harley Quinn and the Travis McCoy poses as the Joker. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Comic book and pop culture fans flocked to Awesome Con on Saturday and Sunday. Many dressed in the colorful garbs of their favorite characters. This practice of dressing up as specific fictional characters, called cosplay (short for "costume play"), is most commonly seen at conventions such as Awesome Con.

Katie Fleming poses as the "Injustice" version of Catwoman, Rachel Kensler dresses up as Harley Quinn and the Travis McCoy poses as the Joker. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Adventure Time, a Cartoon Network show with a large college-age following, was one of the most popular cosplays at the convention. On the left is Finn, the main character. The cosplayer to the right is Fionna, the genderbent version of Finn. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
"Adventure Time," a Cartoon Network show with a large college-age following, was one of the most popular cosplays at the convention.

On the left is Finn, the main character. The cosplayer to the right is Fionna, the "genderbent" version of Finn. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Awesome Con was extremely popular with families. Many adult fans brought their kids along for their first con. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Awesome Con was extremely popular with families. Many adult fans brought their kids along for their first con. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Cosplayers dressed as Altair from Assassins Creed, Hawkeye from The Avengers and steampunk Green Arrow from the DC Comics pose together. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP).
Cosplayers dressed as Altair from "Assassin's Creed," Hawkeye from "The Avengers" and steampunk Green Arrow from the DC Comics pose together. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP).
A convention attendee cosplays as Vriska Serket from Homestuck in Trickster mode. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
A convention attendee cosplays as Vriska Serket from "Homestuck" in Trickster mode. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
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Cosplayers usually made their costumes from scratch. The more dedicated ones make increasingly elaborate costumes such as this one. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Cosplayers usually made their costumes from scratch. The more dedicated ones make increasingly elaborate costumes such as this one. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
A boy dressed as Ash Ketchum, the main character in the Pokemon TV series, shows his toy Pokemon. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
A boy dressed as Ash Ketchum, the main character in the "Pokemon" TV series, shows his toy Pokemon. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
A con attendee cosplays as Misty from Pokemon. Her son is dressed as Pikachu. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
A con attendee cosplays as Misty from "Pokemon." Her son is dressed as Pikachu. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Deanna Davis, a professional cosplayer for nearly seven years, poses as Catwoman from the Batman comics. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Deanna Davis, a professional cosplayer for nearly seven years, poses as Catwoman from the "Batman" comics. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Patrick (left) and Mandy (right) dress up as Casey Jones and April ONeil, respectively, from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Patrick (left) and Mandy (right) dress up as Casey Jones and April O'Neil, respectively, from the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
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Con attendees could browse and buy merchandise from the Exhibit Hall, which featured exhibitors ranging from comic book stores, comic artists and merchandise artists. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Con attendees could browse and buy merchandise from the Exhibit Hall, which featured exhibitors ranging from comic book stores, comic artists and merchandise artists. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Visitors browse the comic books sold in the hall, many of which were offered for as low as 1 each. Awesome Con also offered exclusive Adventure Time comic books. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Visitors browse the comic books sold in the hall, many of which were offered for as low as $1 each. Awesome Con also offered exclusive "Adventure Time" comic books. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Comic book stores such as Fandata, Third Eye Comics and Victory Comics offered both established comic books such as Green Lantern, Thor or Fantastic Four, as well as fan-made or web comics. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Comic book stores such as Fandata, Third Eye Comics and Victory Comics offered both established comic books such as "Green Lantern," "Thor" or "Fantastic Four," as well as fan-made or web comics. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
A convention-goer dressed as Finn from Adventure Time peruses the discounted comic book bins. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
A convention-goer dressed as Finn from "Adventure Time" peruses the discounted comic book bins. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
The deadly duo of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy pose amidst bustle of the exhibit hall. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
The deadly duo of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy pose amidst bustle of the exhibit hall. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
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Brian Carpenter and his fellow artists sketch drawings on commission from convention attendees. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Brian Carpenter and his fellow artists sketch drawings on commission from convention attendees. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Toni Smith makes hand-made custom quilts in the vein of video games and comic books. Her company, Quiltoni, has been operating for nearly four years. Thats why I do the conventions--the open face of Oh my god Smith says. I like interacting.
Toni Smith makes hand-made custom quilts in the vein of video games and comic books. Her company, Quiltoni, has been operating for nearly four years. "That's why I do the conventions--the open face of 'Oh my god!'" Smith says. "I like interacting."
Adam Vort and Ashley Macklefresh dress up as Deadpool, an immortal mercenary from Marvel Comics. Deadpool was one of the most popular characters to cosplay as at the convention. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Adam Vort and Ashley Macklefresh dress up as Deadpool, an immortal mercenary from Marvel Comics. Deadpool was one of the most popular characters to cosplay as at the convention. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Chef-pool poses with two other Deadpools and another cosplayers. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
"Chef"-pool poses with two other Deadpools and another cosplayers. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Media guests such as Ernie Hudson from the 1984 cult hit Ghostbusters were popular draws at Awesome Con. Other guests included Phil LaMarr, who voiced popular characters in Futurama, Justice League and Samurai Jack and Billy West from Futurama and Ren Stimpy.
Media guests such as Ernie Hudson from the 1984 cult hit "Ghostbusters" were popular draws at Awesome Con. Other guests included Phil LaMarr, who voiced popular characters in "Futurama," "Justice League" and "Samurai Jack" and Billy West from "Futurama" and "Ren & Stimpy."
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Guests wait in line for autographs and pictures with their geek icons. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP).
Guests wait in line for autographs and pictures with their geek icons. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP).
Nicholas Brendan, who played Xander Harris ins Joss Whedons cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the popular media guests. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP).
Nicholas Brendan, who played Xander Harris ins Joss Whedon's cult TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was one of the popular media guests. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP).
At the QA with Nicholas Brendan, Brendan answered questions about his time on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and his current stint on Criminal Minds. He also revealed that Joss Whedon had originally written the part of Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly for him, and that he had auditioned for a part in Whedons new show S.H.I.E.L.D. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP).
At the Q&A with Nicholas Brendan, Brendan answered questions about his time on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and his current stint on "Criminal Minds." He also revealed that Joss Whedon had originally written the part of Captain Malcolm Reynolds on "Firefly" for him, and that he had auditioned for a part in Whedon's new show S.H.I.E.L.D. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP).
Theodus Crane, who played Big Tiny in AMCs The Walking Dead, was one of the media guests at the convention. He spoke about his gruesome death scene in the television show. I have a legitimate fear of being chased, so I actually freaked out a little bit while they were filming it, Crane says. But it made it more realistic, made it better for the scene. The whole thing was a lot of fun, I got to see the process. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Theodus Crane, who played "Big Tiny" in AMC's "The Walking Dead," was one of the media guests at the convention. He spoke about his gruesome death scene in the television show.

"I have a legitimate fear of being chased, so I actually freaked out a little bit while they were filming it," Crane says. "But it made it more realistic, made it better for the scene. The whole thing was a lot of fun, I got to see the process." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Harry from The Next Issue podcast cosplays as Ezio from the historical action-adventure video game Assassins Creed. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Harry from The Next Issue podcast cosplays as Ezio from the historical action-adventure video game "Assassin's Creed." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
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Jason E. Axtel (left), a comic book artist who goes by the professional moniker of Axtellustration, was one of the artists in the Exhibit Hall selling his original work, which ranged from adult horror to childrens books. His friend on the right cosplayed as Amy Pond from Doctor Who.(Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Jason E. Axtel (left), a comic book artist who goes by the professional moniker of Axtellustration, was one of the artists in the Exhibit Hall selling his original work, which ranged from adult horror to children's books. His friend on the right cosplayed as Amy Pond from "Doctor Who."(Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
An attendee cosplays as John Egbert from Homestuck, a popular web comic. Saturdays Awesome Con was the location of Homestuck fan meet-up, arranged by D.C. Stuck, one of D.C.s Homestuck fan clubs. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
An attendee cosplays as John Egbert from "Homestuck," a popular web comic. Saturday's Awesome Con was the location of "Homestuck" fan meet-up, arranged by D.C. Stuck, one of D.C.'s "Homestuck" fan clubs. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
The Eleventh Doctor (center) and two Time Lords from the BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who pose regally for the cameras. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP).
The Eleventh Doctor (center) and two Time Lords from the BBC sci-fi show "Doctor Who" pose regally for the cameras. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP).
Jeff Read and Ben Kaufmann went to Awesome Con as Spider Man and Superman, two of the most well-known superheroes. Because of their notoriety, the two found themselves approached by children for autographs for most of the convention. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP).
Jeff Read and Ben Kaufmann went to Awesome Con as Spider Man and Superman, two of the most well-known superheroes. Because of their notoriety, the two found themselves approached by children for autographs for most of the convention. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP).
Its great, theyre really cute. Theyre so fun and so into it, Read says. Its what I was looking forward to actually, Kaufmann says. The joy they have from it was really great.
"It's great, they're really cute. They're so fun and so into it," Read says. "It's what I was looking forward to actually," Kaufmann says. "The joy they have from it was really great."
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A cosplayer strikes a pose as San from the 1997 Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
A cosplayer strikes a pose as San from the 1997 Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, "Princess Mononoke." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
San was another character that was quite popular with the kids, despite the gore present in the original film. Here she is approached by a girl asking for a picture with her. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
San was another character that was quite popular with the kids, despite the gore present in the original film. Here she is approached by a girl asking for a picture with her. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
San, with her mask down, takes a picture with Akela and Elizabeth, dressed up as colorful Daleks from Doctor Who. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
San, with her mask down, takes a picture with Akela and Elizabeth, dressed up as colorful Daleks from "Doctor Who." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Akela and Elizabeth attack the Daleks mortal enemy, the Doctor, from the British sci-fi show Doctor Who. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Akela and Elizabeth attack the Dalek's mortal enemy, the Doctor, from the British sci-fi show "Doctor Who." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Haley Irizariy cosplays as a Dalek from the TV show Doctor Who. She and her family were set to enter Awesome Cons costume contest. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Haley Irizariy cosplays as a Dalek from the TV show "Doctor Who." She and her family were set to enter Awesome Con's costume contest. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
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The Schiffler family dressed as the team from the 1984 cult film Ghostbusters. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
The Schiffler family dressed as the team from the 1984 cult film "Ghostbusters." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
A cosplayer strikes a sinister as Slender Man,a fictional character that originated from an Internet meme. The cosplayer lived up to its characters creepy nature, not saying a word for the entire convention and often standing in corners behind convention attendees. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
A cosplayer strikes a sinister as Slender Man,a fictional character that originated from an Internet meme. The cosplayer lived up to its character's creepy nature, not saying a word for the entire convention and often standing in corners behind convention attendees. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Two cosplayers pose as Miss Marvel, the new Captain Marvel, and Black Widow from Age of Ultron. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Two cosplayers pose as Miss Marvel, the new Captain Marvel, and Black Widow from "Age of Ultron." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Two friends dress up as Amy Pond from the Doctor Who episode Day of the Moon. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Two friends dress up as Amy Pond from the "Doctor Who" episode "Day of the Moon." (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
Tye, Nicole and Christina cosplay as Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman. They made Harley Quinns infamous giant hammer out of paper mache. (Hoai-Tran BuiWTOP)
Tye, Nicole and Christina cosplay as Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman. They made Harley Quinn's infamous giant hammer out of paper mache. (Hoai-Tran Bui/WTOP)
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