Avengers, Spiderman and Fantastic Four Cosplay at the #DragonCon2013

I know, I know… This post is long overdue. My insane writing schedule has been keeping me plenty busy. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but that’s a good thing, and it’s a promise of some steamy novels to come.

But enough about that…let’s check out some cosplay.


Iron Man and of course the master photo bomber, my son. 😀


Iron Man


War Machine and Iron Patriot

Old School Captain America

Old School Captain America

Lady Captain America!

Lady Captain America! I didn’t see any other Lady Captain Americas so she was one of a kind.


The Captain America girls

The Captain America girls

Black Widow

Black Widow

Miss Marvel

Miss Marvel


Another Miss Marvel


Wasp! Yet another cosplayer who embodied the character. She was so adorable and so WASP. Believe me when I say she was in character.

Wasp and Miss Marvel! This was the cutest pic I took.

Wasp and Miss Marvel!
This was the cutest pic I took at the convention.


Thor… and, oh look at that. It’s the photo bomber again. 🙂


Another Thor


Steampunk Lady Sith and Thor


Misty Knight and Lady Thor


Minnie Mouse, Beta Ray Bill, Lady Thor, and (Frankie Raye) Nova




Lady Loki

Lady Loki

Another Lady Loki


Steampunk Lady Loki


Not going to lie, this guy did it for me. Along with his handsome appearance, he came equipped with a British accent. *swoon*


Cool ass LOKI costume






Johnny Storm (Human Torch) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)


Red She Hulk and that’s Kang strolling by behind her


Spiderman and my son with his Spiderman shirt on


Spiderman and Black Cat




Guardians of the Galaxy


Small Marvel Group Photo-op


Marvel Villain Photo-op

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Epic Marvel Cosplay at the #DragonCon2013 (X-Men)

Alright, Marvel fans! Here we go!

I had so many pictures of cosplayers on team Marvel, I had to split them up into different posts.

Today celebrates X-Men cosplay.

I hope you enjoy them.


And yeah, that’s my son. The photo bomber. *giggle*



WOLVERINE This guy is a prime example of someone who embodies the character. He had the voice and everything. Unlike the other Wolverines, he didn’t smile. And that’s on point because we all know Wolverine doesn’t smile.

This guy is a prime example of someone who embodies the character. He had the voice and everything. Unlike the other Wolverines, he didn’t smile. And that’s on point because we all know Wolverine doesn’t smile.

EMMA FROST Shine bright like a diamond. ;)

Shine bright like a diamond. 😉

PSYLOCKE While going through my photos I realized both pics I took of Psylocke caught her with her eyes closed. Because of that, I almost didn’t add her to this post. But she looks so lovely it would’ve been a shame to leave her out. ^_^

While going through my photos I realized both pics I took of Psylocke caught her with her eyes closed. Because of that, I almost didn’t add her to this post. But she looks so lovely it would’ve been a shame to leave her out. ^_^

This is ROGUE with the powers of Archangel, Psylocke, Colossus, X-23 and Wolverine.  I hope she received an award for this getup, because she deserves one.

This is ROGUE with the powers of Archangel, Psylocke, Colossus, X-23 and Wolverine.
I hope she received an award for this getup, because she deserves one.

Old school ROGUE

Old school ROGUE



STORM It looks like she’s about to call down the thunder. :D

It looks like she’s about to call down the thunder. 😀


I’m not going to lie, I want those boots.

STORM She’s a cutie.


MYSTIQUE  This unmasked Deadpool is totally photo bombing my spot!

This unmasked Deadpool is totally photo bombing my spot! I should’ve cropped him out, but the look on his face makes me smile. 🙂 I can tell he’s thinking something naughty.
Feel free to caption this. *giggle*

MAGNETO In all his magnetic glory

In all his magnetic glory

MAGNETO After one too many cocktails.

After one too many cocktails.

DEADPOOL, LADY DEADPOOL, HIT GIRL and a WITCH (at least that’s what I think she is)

DEADPOOL, LADY DEADPOOL, HIT GIRL and a WITCH (at least that’s what I think she is)

MARVEL X-MEN photo op

MARVEL X-MEN photo op

MARVEL X-MEN photo op close-up Boobage alert!  Jean Grey is majorly distracting.

MARVEL X-MEN photo op close-up
Boobage alert!
Jean Grey is majorly distracting.

Ultimate MARVEL photo op

Ultimate MARVEL photo op

Ultimate MARVEL photo op Action Pose

Ultimate MARVEL photo op Action Pose

Feel free to comment on the cosplay you like the best.

My next DragonCon post will feature characters from the Avengers, Spiderman and Fantastic Four.

Be sure to check out my cosplay post, featuring DC Universe: http://blog.yvonnenicolas.com/2013/10/02/epic-cosplay-at-the-dragoncon2013-part-1/

Epic #Cosplay at the #DragonCon2013 (Part 1)

Alright, bloggers, comic book fans, anime/manga fans, and cosplayers! It’s time for me to post my DragonCon 2013 pictures!

It has taken me a while to go through them and sort out the good from the bad, but I got it done. Wow, do I have some awesome pics to share with you. 😉

You can always tell who put a lot of thought, time, effort and most importantly money into their costumes. I love the cosplayers who embody the character by literally becoming that character. It makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

Some of the pictures were taken with my iPhone, but most were taken with my Canon and/or Nikon. I hope you enjoy them.

Today’s post will feature mostly DC Universe cosplay.

Feel free to drop comments on the ones you like the best. 🙂




Remember in the movie Man of Steel when Kal-el came out of the water after saving the people in the middle ocean, and… and… Wait, what was I saying?

RAVEN from Teen Titans Granted this is not one of the greatest costumes, her pose was worth the click. :) She was into it.

RAVEN from Teen Titans
Granted this is not one of the greatest costumes, her pose was worth the click though. 🙂 She was into it.


Fabulous couple. 🙂


This couple was doing all kinds of crazy poses. This one was my favorite.


What a cool guy he was.




This pic has a little blur effect to it. Though I didn’t do it on purpose, it turned out looking pretty cool.


This is another POISON IVY with her lover, the SCARECROW.


My son photo bombed most of my pics, so you’ll see him in the images every now and then.
And yeah, that’s supposed to be his tough face.


She struck me with her whip… and I liked it. Alot. 😉


As you can see this joker was a class act.


This lady had a wonderful personality. Plus, she’s super cute. 😀








DC Universe / Marvel Crossover

Batman Single

I eased up on this guy while he was looking out the glass and asked in my sweet voice, “‘Scuse me, Batman, can I take a picture of you?” He didn’t answer, so tapped him on the shoulder and asked again.
Suddenly, he whipped around all scary-like with his eyes stretched wide, and said in the smoky Batman voice, “Yes you can.” *grin*
Talking about getting into character…
He gave me a hug afterwards. Sweet guy.

The supervillain GENTLEMAN GHOST This was one of the coolest costumes I have ever seen.

The supervillain GENTLEMAN GHOST
This is one of the coolest costumes I have ever seen!


This was literally a DC party. 😀


Batman from old to new.




Check out Baby Bane! What an adorable idea that was.

Next week I’ll post pictures featuring Marvel cosplay.

If you missed my post on TOM WOOD, fantasy artist, click the link below. http://blog.yvonnenicolas.com/2013/09/09/do-you-know-tom-wood-dragoncon2013-part-1-fantasyart/

Do you know TOM WOOD? #DragonCon2013 Part 1 #FantasyArt

I was supposed to write this post a week ago, but I’ve been recuperating from the amazing time I had at the DragonCon. You see, DragonCon to me and my family is like a trip to Disney for some people. The cosplay, the people, the pictures, the panels, the celebrities, the art, the fun, the fun… and THE FUN. Yes, we’re sci-fi and anime geeks, and proud of it. We’re already making plans for next year. I may be doing cosplay for DragonCon 2014. I found myself shopping for corsets the other day, so I think this is gonna really happen. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Tom Wood and his zombie friends

Tom Wood and his zombie friends at DragonCon 2013

Now one of the highlights of the DragonCon was seeing my friend, Tom Wood. If you’re a fantasy art fan and you don’t know who he is, you’re missing out.

As many of you know, I’m a lover of dragons, and Tom has the unique gift of bringing dragons to life in his art work. So yeah, I’m in love with this man. And when you see his art, you’ll see why.

I showcased this piece on my fan page last year around October and it received a lot of feedback from the male species, which I totally expected. *giggle* This is one of my favorites, Hot Zombie. It can also be purchased as a sculpture.

Hot ZombieHot Zombie2

My pièce de résistance is the art piece titled “Unleashed”. The title alone has a lot of meaning to me. I will be purchasing both the art print and sculpture. Why I like it? It reminds me of the battle between Gandalf and Balrog. Yes, I know. Balrog was a giant fire demon, but in my demented mind, I replace all villains with dragons. *grin* Crazy, I know. That’s how much I love dragons.Unleashedunleashed_dragon_8395

I know you want to see more, so why don’t you swing on over to Tom Wood’s website and get captivated by his wonderful fantasy art. http://www.tomwoodfantasyart.com/

Thank you, Tom, for feeding my addiction. 😀

This is Tom’s daughter, Emily, aka Hit Girl. There were several Hit Girls at the DragonCon, but Emily was the best!


I have a ton of DragonCon pictures to share with you guys. There are so many I have to split them up into different posts. I can’t wait for you to see them. 😉

Collecting My SWAG #Authors

Slowly, but surely, I’m collecting my swag for the Dragon*Con. It’s looking good.


In other news, SHADOWS & DUST will soon be in print! Yeeeyyy! I received the proof copy and it looks fabulous!


I have a Summer Giveaway coming up next month, and you better believe someone will receive a free autographed copy of Shadows & Dust.

Stay tuned!

Like my books? Please, be sure to drop by the site where you purchased it and leave a review. 😀 I’ll love you forever if you do. 😉

The Dragon*Con and Edward Kramer

For those of you who are curious about Edward Kramer, the man who is under molestation charges, and his connection to the Dragon*Con, the DC committee summed up the legal/ financial affiliation in this letter. I’m glad they wrote this detailed explanation for the fans. Like many others, I was disturbed to hear about Kramer’s story and his heinous charges, but that does not sway my decision to attend the Dragon*Con this year, and the years following. 🙂

Letter from the Dragon*Con:

There has been a great deal of discussion as of late in the community regarding our continued financial connection to Edward Kramer. Please know that we are as troubled by this circumstance as anyone else, but please also know that there is no simple, legal, solution to this matter…if there were, it would have been resolved long ago.

For the record, Edward Kramer resigned from the Dragon*Con convention in the year 2000. Since that time, he has had no role in the direction or management of the convention; however, he remains a stockholder despite our desires otherwise.

Since Edward Kramer’s arrest in 2000, we have made multiple attempts to sever all ties between Edward Kramer and Dragon*Con including several efforts to buy Edward Kramer’s stock shares. Unfortunately, Edward Kramer’s response to our buyout efforts was repeated litigation against Dragon*Con…thus our buyout efforts have been stalled. The idea proposed of dissolving the company and reincorporating has been thoroughly investigated and is not possible at this point. Legally, we can’t just take away his shares. We are unfortunately limited in our options and responses as we remain in active litigation.

The current flood of “information” about this litigation appears to have been taken from the multiple lawsuits against Dragon*Con filed by Edward Kramer and his lawyers (i.e., Edward Kramer’s arguments and allegations, not documented facts). To our dismay, much of this misinformation is being quoted as pure fact despite the reality that a court of law determined that many of the facts and figures provided by Mr. Kramer in his law suits were false, inaccurate or completely fictitious.

It is our sincere hope that the end is in sight and that the upcoming trial(s) in Gwinnett County will provide a resolution of Edward Kramer’s guilt or innocence, and therefore a cause of legally divorcing ourselves from him once and for all.

Since 2000, Dragon Con has been managed by three of the original co-founders, Chairman Pat Henry and board members Dave Cody and Robert Dennis. In that time the convention attendance has grown from less than 10,000 to over 52,000 fans. Our goal has been and will continue to be, to provide the greatest fan driven science fiction/fantasy convention in the world.

We do hope that everyone understands that due to past, present, and possible future lawsuits we find ourselves unable to comment further on any matters concerning Edward Kramer. Please do not construe any future silence on the matter as a lack of concern on the part of the Dragon*Con staff and more specifically, our board of directors.

We will continue to strive to provide the best possible experience for our attendees, volunteers, partners and invited guests alike.

We are, and will remain, for the fans, by the fans.



Dragon*Con ~ True Blood and the Vampire Diaries Panel

After a whole day of partying with superheroes, villains, comic book artists, up-coming rock stars, super geeks and even teletubbies, I woke up early Sunday morning eager to meet actors and actresses from my favorite vampire shows, True Blood and the Vampire Diaries.

True Blood

Since this was my first panel, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To my delightful surprise, I was thoroughly entertained.

First of all, the Hyatt Centennial ballroom was packed from corner to corner with True Blood fans, all anticipating the moment that the people who portray their favorite characters would appear.

Upon the announcer’s introduction, four of the actors from True Blood walked out on the stage.

Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), and Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler)

I had hoped Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman) would make an apperance as many of the other fans had hoped as well, but we were very happy with the crew we got.

At least I know I was. 🙂

First question screamed from a fan, “Joe, can you please take your shirt off?!”

LOL! I’m not gonna lie, that would’ve been nice to see. But he blushed, chuckled and politely declined to gift our hungry eyes with his amazing ripped torso. 😉

Sam was happily surprised to see such a huge turnout at the panel because it was 10am. People were clearly hung over, but they dragged their asses out of bed to for the True Blood panel, and like I said, they filled the room.

That’s dedication, baby!

At the beginning of the panel, Carrie did most of talking. Did you know she’s from Macon, Georgia? 😀 She made it known and was happy to be home, which got her some big cheers from the fans. She expressed that sometime in the near future she would like to shadow the director of the show to get a taste of the work on the other side of the camera then hopefully direct one of the shows.

Nelsan, who portrays the sassy, outspoken Lafayette, was pretty timid and tongue tied at first, but soon opened up. I find that most actors who play outrageous roles are pretty quiet and reserved, like Joseph Morgan who plays Klaus in the Vampire Diaries. Yes, he’s a timid one, but talking about Joseph comes later.

Little known facts about Nelsan and Joe:

When the show True Blood first started, Nelsan had to dig deep within to find the feminine part of himself to bring Lafayette to life. He struggled with this, but found inspiration in his mother and sisters.

Personally, I love it when an actor has to portray a character that is nothing like him or her. It displays their true acting skills. And Nelsan got it! Which is why I absolutely adore him!

Also, he listens to Rihanna to get into the Lafayette role before he steps in front of the camera. Now every time I hear Rihanna, I think of Lafayette. 🙂

Joe had a fear of wolves before taking the role as the alpha wolf Alcide Herveaux. He said the yellow eyes freak him out. Yeah, those slanted yellow eyes can be pretty damn scary. It took a while for Joe to warm up the wolf Thunder who plays Alcide in wolf form. And likewise for Thunder. 😀 But once the alpha wolf licked Joe’s pants to show he accepted the brawny human, the two formed a bond. Joe often drops by to take Thunder on walks.

Notice the chain for a leash. Damn that’s a big ass wolf.

While out with Thunder, Joe said when he got comfortable and started petting Thunder like dog, he kept saying to himself, “Oh shit, he is not a dog, he’s a fucking wolf.” LOL

The announcer asked pretty normal questions, but the best questions came from fans during Q&A session. One of the questions to the panel was “Which season is your favorite, and why?”

Nelsan says the first season is his favorite because he was able to work with Sam, Rutina and the other major actors on regular basis. As the seasons go on and the storyline thickens, the interaction with them stretches and he misses working with them.

I think they all pretty much feel that way.

Speaking of Rutina… Lafayette, I mean Nelsan, *snicker* gave her a call during the panel. The question came up about the steamy love affair between Tara and Pam. Of course the men on the panel cast mannish grins at the crowd. Joe said he loves the outfits Tara wears now. Then Sam brought up what a great dancer Rutina is.

I’m sure we all remember how well Tara (Rutina) worked that pole in season 5. *grin*

Anyway, being that the crowd was anxious to know how Rutina felt about Tara and Pam’s moment of intense sensuality, which of course will lead to something very promising in season 6, Nelsan got Rutina on the phone, and put her on speaker. The crowd went crazy when they heard her voice. Like me, they couldn’t wait to hear her answer about her character’s romance with Pam. *grin*

I think it was an awkward moment for her ‘cause she wasn’t prepared for the question. When asked the question, she laughed, paused then muttered, “I don’t know, I don’t knoooow.”

Nelsan chuckled then apologized for catching her off guard, right before calling her “hookah.” 😀

Another fan asked, “what’s your favorite gory vampire killing scene?”

Nelsan, Joe and Carrie pointed at Sam, then agreed as a whole. When he flew into the vampire’s mouth as a fly then shifted into human form while in her mouth, that was the best vampire death. I absolutely agree with that! That scene was crazy, bloody, and somewhat comical.

Sam talked about how 3 dudes covered him in buckets of red corn syrup and sticky, gooey stuff that acted as brain matter for the scene. He actually enjoyed the fake blood bath. LOL!

Another question from a fan: “What do you like to do on your down time?”

Carrie has an obsession with her dog and kids, so spends her off time with them.

Joe spends his off time at the gym. With a ripped bod like that… *swoon* And when he’s not pumping that sexy body up, he’s playing video games.

Nelsan likes poetry jams. For some reason that didn’t surprise me. He seems like the type of kat who would love poetry.

Sam spends his time surfing and chasing his little boys around.

All in all, the Q & A was successful and I enjoyed getting to know the actors on personal level. I did think the panel would be a little more extreme, and off the chain being that the show is so bizarre and unique. However, it was pretty tamed, but thoroughly enjoyable. I’m looking forward to next year’s TB panel at Dragon*Con, as well as Comic Con.

The Vampire Diaries

The craziness didn’t start until I headed over to Westin Peachtree ballroom for the Vampire Diaries panel. OMG, those dudes…wow! I’m sure they are suave and reserved when they are by themselves, but together, they are fucking out of control.


I had to post pics from online because my pics of the panel turned out crappy and blurry. Sorry. Those dudes had me laughing so much, my hands kept shaking and I couldn’t get a steady pic.

But let me tell you…

I met two women while shopping at an anime vendor who attended both the True Blood and the Vampire Diaries panels on Saturday. She sung praises about how good the TB panel was, and after seeing it for myself on Sunday, I see why.

That aside, her opinion on the TVD panel was a little different. She grinned and kept shaking her head, saying “those guys are wild. God, they are so wild, but fun, and so freaking adorable, especially Ian.” She warned me that if I planned to attend the panel the next day, don’t bother getting in line to ask them questions. 

I didn’t get why she said that until I got to the panel. Unlike the True Blood panel, which was packed, the Vampire Diaries fans only filled half the room. Honestly, I was surprised that there were so many empty chairs. Where in the hell were all the TVD fans?


Firstly, let’s me tell you who was there. Because they weren’t introduced by names individually, we had no idea who would walk out on stage. But we were happy to see the four beautiful men, Sebastian Roché (Mikael), Joseph Morgan (Klaus Mikaelson), Nathaniel Buzolic (Kol), and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) <— In that order. Sorry ladies, no Paul Wesley on the Sunday panel. 😦

Little known facts:

Ian recently had a pretty awkward incident at a comic convention. Though, he didn’t say which convention, he assured it wasn’t at the Dragon*Con. If I remember correctly, he said he and Joseph went to the restroom. They washed their hands then Joseph left the restroom, leaving Ian behind.

Ian walked out of the restroom and was caught by his throat by this big amazon hand, then was snatched him from where he stood and pinned against the nearest wall. He was stunned to see his captor was none other than Wonder Womaaann!

Or rather a woman dressed like Wonder Woman. 😀

Freaked out, yet captivated by how beautiful she was, Ian told her that the body guards were right on the other side of the wall and if she didn’t let him go, they would kick her out.

Without saying a word, she kissed him, sat him back down and walked away. True story, according to Ian.

Go Wonder Woman!!!

Ladies, take note from Wonder Woman. If you plan to grab Ian and jack him up on a wall… Make. It. Count!

Now, for those of you who wanted to see Ian Somerhalder as the gorgeous, yet psychotic Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey, I’m sorry to inform you that it’s not gonna happen. Hey, don’t get mad at me. He said he’s not gonna do it. I actually think it’s good decision. I’d prefer not to see him play the role of a demented sociopath millionaire who locks ditzy women in his basement and torments them with sex.

Moving on…

Right off the bat, the panel was wired. These guys were unhinged and didn’t care. A few “f’ bombs were dropped. Somebody said “shit”. Sebastian said “penis” and “cock” just for the fun of it. It was a crazy time. Apparently, this is normal language for Sebastian, Nathaniel, Ian and Joseph. Though Joseph, my favorite, was the tamest of them all, he too got sucked into the craziness.

At one point Sebastian and Nathaniel hopped up from the table to go pass out hugs like free candy. I’m serious! I had stepped out in the aisle to try to get a shot of it and almost got trampled by a pack of woman who rushed to the front to get their hug.

Good thing I have quick reflexes. I would’ve been hollering out, “Someone please call 911!”

Of course Ian and Joseph kept their asses glued to their seats. I don’t want to even think about what would’ve happen if they had left that stage to join in on the hug party. It would’ve been like wolves mauling sheep. Not a pretty sight. So it was a good thing they stayed where they were grinning at their co-stars.

The Q&A session was a hot mess to say the least. They would answer a question then go way off the topic. An question that should take no more than 60 seconds to answer stretches to 15 minutes or more. The panel was an hour long and I do believe only four fans got to ask questions.

Several times, the announcer/ interviewer tried to reel them in and make them behave themselves. Sadly, he failed each time. LOL!

Sebastian was the king of sexual innuendos. He could turn any conversation into a discussion about sex. Yes, Sebastian is horny as hell! Would somebody please bone him? I mean, I would do it, but… I’m married, sooo…yeaaahhh…

Somehow, Jennifer Lopez’s booty came into the convo and Ian quoted Chris Rock’s joke about JLo needing a separate limo for her ass. *giggle* Sebastian started singing a Beyoncé song then expressed how much he likes the song… and the video.

When asked who they would compel if they really possessed the power to persuade human minds, Sebastian and Ian were jokingly fighting over the chance to compel JLo.

For those of you who are curious, Ian and Sebastian are clearly “ass men”. So if you have a big ghetto booty like Bey or JLo, I’m a hundred percent sure you can garner their attention and keep it. 😉

BTW, Ian changed his answer and said he would compel the president. Hm… :/

Ian said that he thinks Damon should have more sex. I found this amusing since Damon gets more sex than anyone on the show. And Joseph didn’t hesitate to point that out. Ian disagreed and said the last time Damon got laid was when he boned Rebecca. Of course you know Rebecca is Klaus’ sister, which is why Joseph scowled at him and said, “Don’t bring that up.”

Suddenly, Sebastian, who played Rebecca and Klaus’ father, Mikael, perked up and said, “You had sex with my daughter?!”

*giggle* Yeah, that was funny moment.

The guys were having another one of their off the topic discussions, which was slowly making its way toward sex again, when a fan in line for questions said, “okay shhhhh, time for my question now.”

The lady sitting next to me, turned and looked at me with wide eyes and asked, “Did she just tell them to shut up?”

Yes, she did! And guess what? They shut the hell up and listened. LOL! So that’s what it takes to get them in line; a woman verbally cracking the whip. Hmmm…

Well on that note, I have a message to Kat Graham and Nina Dobrev. Ladies, you cannot allow the guys of TVD to do panels without supervision anymore! Take turns if you have to, but make sure one of you are in the building to keep them leashed, so the fans don’t feel gypped and disappointed at the end of the panel.

Once they ran out of time, a lot of people that were in line to ask questions walked out with not so happy expressions on their faces.

All that aside, it was fun to see this off-the-wall side of them. Though I would’ve liked them to tone it down just a tad bit so fans could get more questions in, I’m glad I caught the panel and can’t wait to see it next year.