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Exploring Dutch Comic Con

Last weekend saw the second edition of Dutch Comic Con. Hundreds of people gathered in Jaarbeurs Utrecht for cosplay, meeting actors and writers, and finding the best merchandise from the franchises they love.

Having visited Comic Con in Dublin last year, I kind of knew what to expect. However, I wasn’t sure if the Dutch audience would be ready for the cosplay. The photo below tells a different story:


Dutch Comic Con organized a costume contest in which visitors could participate in various categories.

Amongst the exhibitors I ran into was Wayne from Wayne’s Workshop. He makes huge costumes from foam and finishes them with effects such as CO2 jets. I’d recommend checking out the tutorials on his Facebook page. While Wayne still makes all his parts by hand, I can’t wait to find out what he will unleash with 3D printing.


Former Shapeways intern Florent (owner of Proptimum.nl) and Wayne next to his self-built Iron Man Starboost suit.

Many other known characters were portrayed. Here’s a roundup of what seemed to be the most-cosplayed characters last weekend:

  • Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad (spotted 6 times)
  • Link from The Legend of Zelda (spotted 5 times)
  • Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones (spotted 4 times)
  • Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of The Carribean (spotted 4 times)
  • The Joker (based on Jared Leto’s impersonation) from Suicide Squad (spotted 4 times)
  • Lexa from The 100 (spotted 3 times)

I really enjoyed walking through the Lord of The Rings landscape filled with elves, the people of Gondor, and the Ringwraiths. Crawling over the exhibit floor and even creepier than the Nazgûl, was this girl dressed up as Samara from The Ring.


Nope, nope, NOPE.

Are you a cosplayer and planning to use or already using Shapeways for your costume? Drop a note below for a chance to be featured.

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