Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Comic-Con Days 1 - 4 Photo Funnies
"I just saw a guy dressed as Captain Caveman."
"Uh, that was a homeless dude."
Girl Scouts in Spaaaaacccce!
"Is that a Batarang in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"
"I knew I loved him as soon as I saw the size of his feet!"
When underachievers CosPlay, part 1.
Can you guess which slave girl comes from the planet with no sun?
The upside-down kissing booth.
OMG, somebody scalped Marvin the Martian!
"Luke, I am your...bowling ball bag."
Do NOT touch, unless you want a laser blast up your maintenance corridor..."
All over the empire, the anorexia spread....
F Street Novelty Suits in ssspppaaaaacccce!
Alright, who let the same guy who designed Mork from Ork build the Cap America suit?!
Scary stuff at the Doc Johnson booth.
When underachiever CosPlay part two.
"These effin snackbar PRICES are the REAL Killing Joke..."
When underachiever CosPlay part three.
Baa-daa, daaa-daa, Daa-duh Daa-duh, Batmen!"
World's Most Expensive Back Scratcher.
Kick Ass 40 year reunion.
Who knew the Twin Peaks booth would have Cherry Stem Girl?
Pity they never made that Tron/Wonderland crossover.
Apparently, there are no testicle-shaped Legos.
Wait, NBC has a new show about polygamist twin cultists?!
Long after the rest of the band quit in disgust, iCarly was still playing requests for the Robotech Macross theme song....
Underoos sure have gotten fancy...
When Underachievers CosPlay part four - I mean, dude, that's a bathrobe!
Um, Dominatrix Girl?
I don't remember the Cap America VS Prophylactic Man issue.
Those socks deserve their own cartoon show.
My Dad can be so embarrassing!
Boys in Black VS Boy Commando?
Okay, that's pretty impressive! Indy Jones and his Dad - the Duo of Extraordinary Gentlemen!
Toilet Paper Man!
Can you imagine if these guys tried to hop a plane to San Diego looking like that?!
Muffin Top Pop Tarts!
First, there was Kiss Koffins - now checkout the Kryptonian Krypt!
Since when do hot chicks dress like one of Canada's Mckenzie Brothers?
From the Ghost Rider spinoff, Dust Rider.
C'mon, those are pieces from six different costumes!
That's either supposed to be Rorschac, or the winner of a blackberry pie eating contest.
And WHY were women on ships supposed to be bad luck???
Who's enslaving who?
She's lovely, but I can't take my eyes off the bizarre Bunny Ship.
Auditioning for that mouthwash commercial, are we?
When Fabio got dosed by Gamma rays...
Did someone say super-size my Skittles?
Look, it's Peter Criss' kid!
Lady ninjas need UV ray protection, too!
Got Drunk & Fell Into the Fishtank Man??
"Ebony and Ivory...."
"...live together in perfect har-mony..."
That's how this guy dresses every day!
Sarah Palin says "No moose is gonna f-k with me now!"
This is the first year the snackbar is making booth deliveries...
Craig Ferguson IS Han Solo!
It's a nice day for a white and green wedding.
When your mom goes all steampunk...
Well worth becoming a supervillian if THAT's who's gonna beat me!
That's some serious bug exterminators!
Leggo of my Fetto --
That's some hat trick!
You're Super, Girl!
Looks like she prefers a mini-vibrator to a Gentle Giant.
She's mad because they didn't have time to finish their costumes.
"Are you yankin' my chain?"
Nerd nirvana, alright!
"You think I'm funny? I look like a JOKE to you?!"
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain..."
Wotta Wonder Woman!
As long as there's cleavage or a bare belly, it's Manga!
Are we sure these are actually costumes?
Oh noooo, the Borg assimilated Larry "Bud" Melman!
Sly Stallone's worst nightmare.
Um, Manboob Man??
Either Men in Black, the Blues Brothers, or undercover cops looking for Trek bootlegs.
George Lucas' next project - Star Wars: The Musical!
The team up nobody asked for.
When Underachievers CosPlay Part Six.
What Comic-Con attendee hasn't wished for a gas mask?
Now THAT'S a Dark Knight!
And an even DARKER one!
Who knew David Copley was gonna be a guest?
Latvian dictators are quite well fed.
"Finally, the snackbar has something I can eat!"
Michael Jordan Underwear Girl?
Picking up princesses is easy when you bring some magic mushrooms.
Wotta buncha jokers.
Uh, paper bag Stimpy??
Sid and Marty Krofft have been into the blotter acid again...
Sorry, hon, the Peter Murphy concert was LAST month.
UV Protection Woman!
If it weren't for the Hellraiser puzzle box, I woulda mistaken them for Misfits fans.
Who knew Betsy Ross had a comic?
Almost caught Kitty Pryde taking a cat nap.
For those about to geek, we salute you!
Something fishy about these two...
WOW, a costume from the awesome '70s rock opera movie Phantom of the Paradise!! My fave of the show (so far)!
It's true - it's always easier to get a date when you hang out with an ugly friend...
Before he became a leader of the Empire, Spaceballs' mainman Darth Helmet had some pretty menial jobs.
Is there a Cameltoe Twins manga?
How much you wanna bet they met on eHarmony?
"I'm not waiting in any dang line!"
Well, I'm no longer afraid of spiders and bats!
Mike Tyson is really letting himself go.
I get the whole steampunk thing, and I even kinda diggit -- but what's up with the Victor Bueno zombie carrying Heineken on a tray??
"Danny DeVito IS Mr. Mxyzptlk!" I've been going to comic-cons since 1975, and I've NEVER seen a Mxyzptlk costume. Bravo, weird little man!
When underachievers CosPlay part eight.
Wonder Women - the Next Generation!
"I'm feeling a little bloated..."
NObody expects the Spanish Inquisition...to be sitting on the stairs...
Do you think the entrance guards even notice she's not wearing a Comic-Con badge??
So many characters I don't recognize this year - is this, uh, King and Queen Bee VS the Gingerhead Man?
In a truly righteous universe, this would by my future wife!
A Trio of Titanic TaTas!
That moth almost ruined the picture.
Y'know, ALL Captain Americas should have wings sticking out of their helmet like that!
Adam Lambert 2025 takes a break by the Sail Pavilion.
How is it that people outdoors in costumes like that aren't even sweating?!
The cure IS worse than the disease!
Either those are great costumes, or those two locals have spent too much time swimming in The Plunge.
"F-ck Johnny Depp!"
The guy on the right isn't wearing a costume; he tried to cut in front of the Twilight line.
Hybrid costumes seem to be all the rage this year, like ol' Captain Spidey here!
Impressive Alice and Mad Hatter! I like these two better than anything I saw in the actual movie...
I'm a little nervous about where the guy on left is aiming one of his guns.
When Phoenix met Elektra - another Jdate success story.
Can you guess which warrior woman LOVES the BBQ ribs at Hibachi House???
You'd be amazed at all the OTHER things this gal can do with plastic cigar cases!
AfterMASH: The Movie! "I need all these crowds like I need a new hole in my head..."
Back in the '70s, the Charges went thru a weird uniform phase...
Usually at the foot of Market Street, "Buy American" means something very different...
The League Of Extraordinarily Hungry Gentlepeople.
I almost passed up little miss Riding Hood here, until I noticed her basket! Extra bee-yatch points for appearing to be shipping the wolf's head to his mother or something!
"These are not the droids you seek..."
She really needs to do something about that monkey on her back.
=Gasp= You could do Shakespeare from that balcony!
Took me a second to get this one - steampunk Captain Hook! Thank you, brass man!
The little guy was another slow "aha" - steampunk Flash!
Pretty lame way to get people to look at your junk.
"It's not a costume. Some Klingon grabbed my skirt!"
"You know, Indians wore pelts, so that makes us the First Furries..."
"Look at the cool 'marital aids' we bought at the Doc Johnson booth!"
"Once you go green, you'll see what they mean!"
"WC Fields IS The Penguin!"
"Michael Stipe IS Darth Vader!"
Thanks to Ed Cormier for the photos! Check out Ed's tune "Famous Former Neighbors," based on the Reader's own comic strip - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/audioclips/94/ or his other music at http://www.Myspace.com/13
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