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PHOTOS: Cosplay creativity explodes in SDCC day 2, including this adorable Mario

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Al Mannarino
Jul 21, 2018

After a bit of a warmup day on Thursday, the cosplay scene at San Diego Comic-Con blew up on Friday as more geeks (and their presumably very heavy luggage) made their way to Southern California.

Thursday largely featured costumes paying homage to properties owned by Disney (which, to be fair, consists of about half of geek media). Friday, however, saw a diversification of franchises and genre, with all kinds of video games, anime, and other kinds of sci-fi heroes getting their fair share of tributes. Some standouts included a generations-spanning Mario and Bowser duo costume, an Ant-Man and Hello Kitty tandem (OK, that is Disney), and some excellent Studio Ghibli tributes.

Check out all the photos below and let us know which ones impressed you most!