Baltimore Comic-Con brings cosplay couples closer

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 18:26:16-04

Does the couple that cosplays together, stay together?

That seems very likely for the duos that dressed in tandem at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con.

Whether they were repping Marvel or DC Comics, portraying Star Wars or Star Trek characters, or pretending to be Spiderman or Superman, cosplay just seems to be more enjoyable when you’re doing it with someone else.

Nicole Neaton of Easton donned a Polaris costume, while her boyfriend Alex Berman, also of Easton, was the Iron Fist. Both are Marvel characters that aren’t associated with each other, but their green costumes complemented each other perfectly.

Neaton has been to numerous Comic-Cons, in Baltimore and other cities, over the years.

Berman, on the other hand, is a cosplay newbie.

“I just like dressing up and everything,” she said. “I’m still trying to get him into it.”

“I don’t usually wear spandex,” added Berman.

But he’s open to doing it again.

“Only for her,” he said.

Bennie Davis of Pasadena and his girlfriend, Pearl Coleman of Annapolis, went with the Batman theme this year.

Davis was the Joker – “I’m a really big fan of the series, and the Joker is my favorite villain”—while Coleman was Harley Quinn, a popular cosplay choice for the ladies.

Group costumes are pretty common for cosplayers, they said.

“You’ll see a bunch of people in groups from the same series,” Coleman said. “You get to showcase your work, and it’s just more fun to do it with friends.”

Chloe Ey and Devin Minnich of Abingdon are both members of the 501st Legion’s Old Line Garrison, a Star Wars fan organization. Ey was Princess Leia on Sunday, while Minnich was a Stormtrooper.

“I’ve seen a lot of Power Rangers groups, a lot of Star Wars groups, a lot of Dr. Who,” Ey said.

While portraying their favorite characters is lots of fun, Minnich said, there’s also the charity aspect that goes along with being a member of the 501st Legion. The organization’s 10,000 members contribute to charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is “the best of both worlds,” Minnich said.

“I get to be my own action figure, and I get to go out and make a difference as well,” he said.

Angela Perry of Fort Washington and her best friend, Robert Dillard of Temple Hills, came to Comic-Con Sunday wielding their Captain America shields.

“He’s more comics, I’m more anime,” Perry said.

Still, she said, she appreciates the chance to step outside of herself.

“I want people to know that women rock cosplay better than men!” she said.

And dressing as a pair is fun.

“I think we get more responses when we’re together,” Perry said.