Here are 12 cosplayers you should know from Corpus Christi Comic Con

If you were in downtown Corpus Christi Friday through Sunday, chances are you saw Batman, Thor, a stormtrooper, and Marge Simpson taking a selfie at the American Bank Center.

After a two-year hiatus, Corpus Christi Comic Con returned with a three-day event featuring celebrity guests, panelists, vendors, video games, and tons of cosplayers.

Cosplay is an activity where participants wear costumes to embody and represent a specific character. Think of it like Halloween but with a more detailed finish.

Most cosplayers draw their interpretations from anime, cartoons, comics, TV series, and video games, but others also come up with their own character.

The Caller-Times wanted to showcase the hard work and creativity cosplayers put into their outfits, so here are 12 people we spoke to and their advice on performance art.

Bender – ‘Futurama’

Beeville's Ramrio Gomez is Futurama's Bender for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Ramiro Gomez

Occupation: Welder in Beeville

Why did you choose the character: “I didn’t know what else to do, so I thought I’d do someone no one would think of doing.”

Tips for cosplayers: “Keep trying. It takes patience. Don’t give up on your costume.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “I love seeing the figurines inside.”

Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch – Marvel Comics

Casey Musgrove, of Fort Worth, is Doctor Strange and Samantha Brown, of Denton, is Marvel Comics' Scarlet Witch for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Casey Musgrove and Samantha Brown

occupations: Waitress in Fort Worth and works at the reception of a hotel in Oklahoma

Why did you choose the character: “I’ve always loved Scarlet Witch,” Brown said.

“I really wanted to do this outfit,” Musgrove said.

Tips for cosplayers: “Do something you love,” Brown said.

“Do it because you want to, not because you want recognition,” Musgrove said.

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “People are so nice,” Musgrove said.

Hawks – “My Hero Academia”

Corpus Christi's Clark Janney is Machinima's Hawk for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: clark janney

Occupation: Professional player

Why did you choose the character: “He’s one of my favorite characters on the show. He’s mysterious and I find that interesting.”

Tips for cosplayers: “Don’t push yourself too hard and feel upset if your outfit doesn’t turn out the way you imagined.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “The atmosphere and the vibes. I don’t mind big conventions, but smaller conventions like these are much more inviting.”

Leia Organa – ‘Star Wars’

Rachel Welch of San Antonio is Princess Leia of Star Wars for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Rachel Welch

Occupation: Hairdresser in San Antonio

Why did you choose the character: “I love how she’s not afraid to speak her mind. If you see the buns, you immediately know who it is and can’t help but think of Carrie Fisher. She meant a lot to me growing up. I’ve wanted to be her since I was little.”

Tips for cosplayers: “I’ve been doing this for seven years and I’m still learning things. You’re going to feel nervous and that’s fine. Once you put the costume on and put it together, you’ll feel stronger. C It’s a piece of art that you put your love into.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “How intimate. It’s not intimidating.”

Marge Simpson – ‘The Simpsons’

Corpus Christi's Delia Neal is Marge Simpson for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Delia Neal

Occupation: Employee at Chuck E. Cheese

Why did you choose the character: “I found the wig and I knew I had to be her.”

Tips for cosplayers: “It’s my first time cosplaying, but trust me.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “All costumes. Everyone becomes who they want to be.”

Nezuko, Shinobu, Giyu and Zenitsu – ‘Demon Slayer’

Left-Back Allred Family, Ludi, Brad, Sophia and Nicco are Demon Slayer characters for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Sophia Allred, Ludi Allred, Brad Allred and Nicco Allred

occupations: Student, therapist, insurance agent and baby

Why did you choose the character: “Sophia loves the show, and today is her birthday, so we decided to dress up as characters for her,” said Ludi Allred.

Tips for cosplayers: “Enjoy it, have fun and be who you are,” Sophia Allred said.

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “Seeing everyone dressed up is pretty cool,” Brad Allred said.

Red Riding Hood and Nightwing – DC Comics

Dylan Owens, of Portland, is the Red Hood and Peyton Miller, of Portland, is DC Comics' Nightwing for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Dylan Owens and Peyton Miller

occupations: Lifeguards at the Portland Aquatic Center

Why did you choose the character: “I’ve been reading a lot of comics lately and I thought I would,” Owens said.

“I wanted to go with the ‘Bat’ family concept and match with it,” Miller said.

Tips for cosplayers: “Make sure you enjoy it,” Owens said. “If you don’t enjoy it, it’s no longer a hobby, it’s a job.”

“It’s not all about the costume, it’s about the character,” Miller said.

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “Seeing everyone’s costume,” Owens said.

Rooster Elvis

Edward Kretch of Rockport is Rooster Elvis, a character he came up with for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Edward Kretch

Occupation: Owner of Rowdy Maui in Rockport

Why did you choose the character: “I’m a DJ who goes through Rooster and I perform Elvis songs, so I thought why not put the two together?”

Tips for cosplayers: “Just do you. Be yourself.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “It’s my first time, but I grew up watching superhero shows and thought it was a good opportunity to get to know other people like me.”

Spider-Man – Marvel Comics

Dorian Frausto of Odem is Spiderman for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Dorian Frausto

Occupation: 4 years at Odem

Why did you choose the character: “I like watching Spider-Man. I want to be Spider-Man.”

Tips for cosplayers: “Enjoy.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “Take photos.”

Thanos – Marvel Comics

McAllen's Robert Solis is Marvel's Thanos for Comic Con on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Last name: Robert Solis

Occupation: US Customs and Border Protection at McAllen

Why did you choose the character: “He wants to take over the world and I think that’s great.”

Tips for cosplayers: “Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need.”

My favorite thing about Corpus Christi Comic Con: “All the cosplayers.”

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John Oliva covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Contact him at [email protected] or Twitter @johnpoliva.

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