From July 3 to July 6, anime, manga, and Japanese culture enthusiasts from near and far gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for Anime Expo 2013 to celebrate the games, books, movies, television shows, and more that have enriched and brought joy into their lives. Some of these talented individuals also stepped into character to showcase diverse and incredible cosplays just for the occasion!
The cosplay at this year's Expo was downright stunning, and we were thrilled to see so many Diablo-themed pieces grace the halls (and sidewalks) of the event. Through the wonders of technology, we were able to get in touch with three talented artists who could have easily passed for denizens of Sanctuary, and we've oodles of gorgeous pictures of their cosplay for you to peruse below!
- Cynthia Hall, Archon Armor -
Having previously rocked the mantle of the Demon Hunter, Cynthia decided it was about time to re-roll and put her cosplay skills to the test with a new hero. Her chosen class for AX 2013? The Wizard, featuring iconic Archon Armor.
A piece this detailed is invariably a labor of love, one requiring months of investment and hardwork. To give us a little perspective in what goes into building a Diablo III cosplay, Cynthia also shared with us some unique behind-the-scenes photos:
Want to see more of Cynthia's work or learn about her latest cosplay adventures? Then be sure to visit her official pages on Facebook and deviantArt. (You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram, as well!)
- Venn Kaden, Mini Tyrael -
This community is no stranger to epic Tyrael cosplay. From JoJo Chen's infamous "Tyrael's Secret" to the striking designs of Crimson, we've been blessed with some pretty amazing interpretations of Justice over the years.
And now we're happy to add Venn Kaden's work to that list! Influenced by the coveted figurine from BlizzCon 2011, feast your eyes on this absolutely adorable Mini Tyrael cosplay which made it's debut just last weekend.
- Monika Lee, Diablo III Wizard -
Instead of recreating a character or armor set from the game itself, Monika elected to craft a cosplay based entirely on a single piece of concept art. Her inspiration? This piece, originally completed by Victor Lee in January 2007. While a completely different take on the Wizard we've all come to know and love, we all agree Monika's incarnation is just as captivating and (dare I say?) magical.
Want to know how this cosplay was made? So did we! Take a peek:
MLZ Studios also put together an amazing fan video of cosplay from Anime Expo 2013 in which Monika's Diablo III "Concept Art" Wizard was featured! Her spotlight begins at roughly 0:30 seconds in: