It's kind of amazing to see how the hobby of cosplaying has evolved from "goofy excuse to wear spandex" to "multi-million dollar artform with its own celebrities and industries". So too has San Diego Comic-Con International grown in both participation and stature. So when all the nerdy eyes are on this one convention, the global cosplay scene knows that its time to step their game up. Here's 20 examples of how prop makers, models, costume designers, and makeup artists have honed their skills and taken cosplay to the next level at SDCC 2017.

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1. Wonder Woman, Hippolyta, and Amazonian by Sylvia Vale and @WonderWomanIsReal

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photo credit: Manny Llanura


2. Arkham Joker by Strange Dave, Lee Joyner, and Gabi Gonzalez

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3. Iron Man Mk V by AZ Tony Stark

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photo credit: Manny Llanura


4. Ursula the Sea Witch by Joo Skellington


5. "I'm Mary Poppins Y'all!" by Capt Cash

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photo credit: Adolfo Perez Design

6. Lady Broly by Devi Me Cosplay

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photo credit: David Ngo


7. Elise the Trailblazer by Trillium Sage Cosplay

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photo credit: Joits Photography


8. Angelic Princess Leia

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photo credit: David Ngo


9. Mega Man X

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photo credit: Manny Llanura


10. Doomfist by Henchmen Studios

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photo credit: Big White Bazooka