All dressed up and nowhere to go

Tita Ghanjanasak dressed as Harley Quinn Batman: The Dark Prince Charming at the San Diego State University Transit Station. Ghanjanasak has been going to Comic-Con for four years and her favorite thing see is the Game of Thrones cosplay. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Tita Ghanjanasak dressed as Harley Quinn Batman: The Dark Prince Charming at the San Diego State University Transit Station. Ghanjanasak has been going to Comic-Con for four years and her favorite thing see is the Game of Thrones cosplay. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

With this week’s Comic-Con International moving online because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a whole world of cosplayers with a lot of creativity to show off. Since they can’t strut their stuff in the Gaslamp District, photographer K.C. Alfred asked them to suit up and show us their powers at various spots around San Diego County.

Dean LeCrone as Dr. Artemus Peepers

Dean LeCrone dressed as Dr. Artemus Peepers, a Steampunk hero at the Oceanside Pier. This would have been his 30th year attending Comic-Con. LeCrone, who is a cartoonist, said his favorite year was 2016 when he won the Sci-Fi Channel's Weirdly Awesome Costume Contest. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Dean LeCrone dressed as Dr. Artemus Peepers, a Steampunk hero at the Oceanside Pier. This would have been his 30th year attending Comic-Con. LeCrone, who is a cartoonist, said his favorite year was 2016 when he won the Sci-Fi Channel’s Weirdly Awesome Costume Contest. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sheila Noseworthy as Medusa

Sheila Noseworthy dressed as Medusa at Lake Miramar. Noseworthy took a month to make this outfit out of foam, and Dollar Store finds. She has been going to Comic-Con for ten years, and says it is one of the best places to people watch, even if you don't have a ticket. "Going in cosplay gives you a license to go chat with other cosplay people and makes you appreciate all the arts and comics," she added. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Sheila Noseworthy dressed as Medusa at Lake Miramar. Noseworthy took a month to make this outfit out of foam, and Dollar Store finds. She has been going to Comic-Con for ten years, and says it is one of the best places to people watch, even if you don’t have a ticket. “Going in cosplay gives you a license to go chat with other cosplay people and makes you appreciate all the arts and comics,” she added. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Colleen Rodriguez as Marvel’s Thor

Colleen Rodriguez dressed as Marvel's Thor in San Diego's Gaslamp District. Rodriguez had her outfit made out of cotton, super suede and is 3D printed. She has been going to Comic-Con for 6 years, 4 years as vendor. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Colleen Rodriguez dressed as Marvel’s Thor in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Rodriguez had her outfit made out of cotton, super suede and is 3D printed. She has been going to Comic-Con for 6 years, 4 years as vendor. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Shawn Richter The Mandalorian and Lisa Lower as Cara Dune

Shawn Richter dressed as The Mandalorian and his fiance Lisa Lower as Cara Dune with Yoda(center) from the Disney+ series Star Wars: The Mandalorian at Balboa Park. Richter has been going to Comic-Con for 11 years. His outfit is partly handmade and 3D printed and is handprinted. Lower has been going to Comic-Con for 7 years. The two do charity events in cosplay. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Shawn Richter dressed as The Mandalorian and his fiance Lisa Lower as Cara Dune with Yoda(center) from the Disney+ series Star Wars: The Mandalorian at Balboa Park. Richter has been going to Comic-Con for 11 years. His outfit is partly handmade and 3D printed and is handprinted. Lower has been going to Comic-Con for 7 years. The two do charity events in cosplay. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Matt Mullis as Captain America

Matt Mullis dressed in Captain America's Stealth Suit, from The Winter Soldier near the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. Mullis has been to Comic-Con the last two year, and after ordering the suit made custom modifications with stars and stripes along with weathering it up. The first time he went to Comic-Con, his outfit was well received at a Marvel cosplay contest. and marvel did a cosplay contest. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Matt Mullis dressed in Captain America’s Stealth Suit, from The Winter Soldier near the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. Mullis has been to Comic-Con the last two year, and after ordering the suit made custom modifications with stars and stripes along with weathering it up. The first time he went to Comic-Con, his outfit was well received at a Marvel cosplay contest. and marvel did a cosplay contest. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Justin Wu as Bumblebee

Justin Wu wears his B-127 costume, also known as Bumblebee from the Transformer series, next to his custom Camaro. Wu spent six months preparing this cosplay set up, which is made out of foam and has mechanical parts and electrical wiring for lights and sound, which he was going to debut at this year's Comic-Con. Although disappointed this year's Comic-Con was cancelled, he uses the outfit for charity work visiting children with disabilities and cancer at hospitals. Next Comic-Con he jokes will be even bigger and better as he adds family members to his Autobot crew. He has also gone as Captain America, Batman, Kylo Ren and Ironman. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Justin Wu wears his B-127 costume, also known as Bumblebee from the Transformer series, next to his custom Camaro. Wu spent six months preparing this cosplay set up, which is made out of foam and has mechanical parts and electrical wiring for lights and sound, which he was going to debut at this year’s Comic-Con. Although disappointed this year’s Comic-Con was cancelled, he uses the outfit for charity work visiting children with disabilities and cancer at hospitals. Next Comic-Con he jokes will be even bigger and better as he adds family members to his Autobot crew. He has also gone as Captain America, Batman, Kylo Ren and Ironman. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Tita Ghanjanasak as Harley Quinn

Tita Ghanjanasak dressed as Harley Quinn Batman: The Dark Prince Charming at the San Diego State University Transit Station. Ghanjanasak has been going to Comic-Con for four years and her favorite thing see is the Game of Thrones cosplay. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Tita Ghanjanasak dressed as Harley Quinn Batman: The Dark Prince Charming at the San Diego State University Transit Station. Ghanjanasak has been going to Comic-Con for four years and her favorite thing see is the Game of Thrones cosplay. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Galdino Sanchez as a Stormtrooper and Lance Mah as Darth Vader

Galdino Sanchez is a Stormtrooper and Lance Mah is Darth Vader, shown here next to the Apollo 9 capsule at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Sanchez, whose outfit is made out of ABS plastic, has been going to Comic-Con for 23 years. Mah, who has been going for 2 years, made his outfit out of fiberglass, wool, and plastic. The two say they have no problem with Comic-Con being cancelled this year and people's health and well being outweighed everything else. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Galdino Sanchez is a Stormtrooper and Lance Mah is Darth Vader, shown here next to the Apollo 9 capsule at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Sanchez, whose outfit is made out of ABS plastic, has been going to Comic-Con for 23 years. Mah, who has been going for 2 years, made his outfit out of fiberglass, wool, and plastic. The two say they have no problem with Comic-Con being cancelled this year and people’s health and well being outweighed everything else. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Shane Holly as Spartan 2296

Shane Holly dressed as Spartan 2296 from the video game Halo on board the Flagship Cruises Cabrillo in San Diego Bay. Holly spent two years working on this 3D printed and fabricated outfit. He has been to every Comic-Con since 1997. His favorite one was the first time he took his daughter and they cosplayed together. They have been doing it together for eight years. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Shane Holly dressed as Spartan 2296 from the video game Halo on board the Flagship Cruises Cabrillo in San Diego Bay. Holly spent two years working on this 3D printed and fabricated outfit. He has been to every Comic-Con since 1997. His favorite one was the first time he took his daughter and they cosplayed together. They have been doing it together for eight years. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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