Photos: Cosplayers excited to be back together again during 2021 FanX in Salt Lake City

Toothless from “How To Train Your Dragon” by Jennifer Losty at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City. (John D. Mabunga, Mabunga Media)

SALT LAKE CITY – Cosplayers from Marvel, Disney, video games, anime and everything else in pop culture were back at full steam at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention last weekend.

Some of them are eagerly waiting to debut their cosplay before last fall when the convention was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The requirements for face masks didn’t seem to deter cosplayers either. Instead, some even made masks into their costumes.

The convention was held September 16-18 at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City. The convention center was again filled with visitors who had dressed up colorfully as their favorite characters. Participants of all ages who weren’t in disguise joined in the fun by taking photos with cosplayers.

Some popular cosplayers found it hard to get very far without being stopped for a photo, but it was easy to see that they loved the admiration for their hard work. The ultimate praise came when a cosplayer was awarded for his non-mainstream costume.

FanX has hugged the cosplayers and has more meet-ups, panels and guest cosplayers every year. Panel topics included how to make foam armor and helmets, cosplay as a family, and even tips on making and cleaning “hard-to-clean” costumes presented by professionals at the Hale Center Theater Orem. The big finale of the convention always seems to be the cosplay contest, where hundreds of fans marvel at the elaborate and inspiring costumes.

The Jensens are a family of FanX regulars traveling from Tremonton to Salt Lake. This year’s cosplays were inspired by the “Critical Role” web series. They are avid fans of the “Dungeons and Dragons” series and looked forward to showing their creations after the long drought.

Characters from Critical Role characters cosplayed by the Jensen Family at the FanX 2021 Salt Lake Comic Convention in downtown Salt Lake City.at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City. (Photo: John D. Mabunga / Mabunga Media)

Spencer Nelson from Riverton worked on his cosplay for a month. His love work was based on his favorite character from the video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s”. He used Lego Mindstorms – the company’s robotic components like motors and sensors that you can program – to create the movement in his mask, which he then controlled using switches on his hands. Computer parts were also used to decorate the colorful creation.

Scrap Baby from Five Nights at Freddy's cosplayed by Spencer Nelson at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City.Scrap Baby from Five Nights at Freddy’s cosplayed by Spencer Nelson at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City. (Photo: John D. Mabunga / Mabunga Media)

Julie Whiteley’s beautiful creations were featured on stage at the cosplay competition. A mix of princess dresses and some of the most popular Marvel superheroes resulted in unique cosplays that wowed everyone.

Princess Iron Man, Princess Thor and Princess Captain America cosplays by Julie Whiteley at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City.Princess Iron Man, Princess Thor and Princess Captain America cosplays by Julie Whiteley at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City. (Photo: John D. Mabunga / Mabunga Media)

Five members of the K-pop dance group BlackMoon Krew wore cosplays and performed an energetic dance number to the song “More” by K / DA. Their cosplays from K / DA, a virtual K-pop group made up of characters from the League of Legends video game, were superb and their complex dance moves wowed the crowd. After that, a long line of enthusiastic fans formed who wanted photos with the group.

K / DA dance performance by cosplayers from BlackMoon Krew at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City.K / DA dance performance by cosplayers from BlackMoon Krew at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2021 in downtown Salt Lake City. (Photo: John D. Mabunga / Mabunga Media)

Whether they bought a ready-made costume or spent months creating their masterpieces, cosplayers all agree it’s great to be together again.

More photos of cosplayers from this year’s FanX can be found in the photo gallery.

About the author: John Mabunga

John Mabunga was born in Utah and raised in New York City. He has a career in computers and loves photography and everything Disney related. His goal is to visit every Disney park in the world. He loves spending time with his beautiful wife and five children. Follow him on Instagram @jmabunga for updates on his projects.×

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