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Here Are Some Of The Latino Cosplayers Who Were Strutting Their Way Through Comic-Con This Year

Last weekend San Diego was filled with cosplayers from all over the world for Comic-Con, an annual comics and pop culture convention, and they stood out in so many ways. So in case you didn’t get a chance to see the unique and badass cosplayers in person, here are a few of the ones we just couldn’t ignore.

The cosplay this year was everything from  scary, to adorable and absolutely stunning. If you didn’t get a chance to see these costumes in person, here they are captured in photos, starting with our one and only Super Abuela! ??


Thor’s hammer has nothing on Abuela’s chancla.

But our Super Abuela wasn’t the only super hero at Comic-Con. She also ran into the badass and beautiful Mexican Wonder Woman.

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Beautiful way to incorporate her culture and identity into this cosplay. ✨

As for some of the dynamic duos who strutted their way through Comic-Con, here are detectives Dick Tracy and Carmen Sandiego.


No one rocks the trench coat better than these two.

Just like with any other profession, detectives also need a break once in a while, and this is how Carmen Sandiego took her break at Comic-Con:


Ayyyyye get it Carmen! ??

Another cosplay combo you couldn’t miss was the classic and spooky Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz.


That Beetlejuice body shimmy is on point.

Cosplay is also a bonding activity for mother and daughter, Norma Ruiz and Lissa, who arrived at Comic-Con as Ursula and Ariel from ‘The Little Mermaid.’


Absolutely love that this is how this mom and daughter bond. Just as Norma Ruiz’s profile says, “I’m a woman who loves to design costumes and do cosplay with my daughter.” ?

But in case Ursula wasn’t scary looking enough for you, here’s cosplayer Carlos Velarde dressed as The Joker from the 1989 ‘Batman’ movie.


The details of this costume are everything!!

And this isn’t the first time Carlos Velarde shows up to Comic Con as The Joker…


And he stays in character the whole time!

Another fictional character Velarde took on at Comic-Con this year was Baxter Stockman from ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’


It’s so dope that he cosplayed as Baxter Stockman, and not as one of the main ninja turtles.

But the absolute best part about Comic-Con was seeing people of all ages participating in cosplay, such as this little guy dressed as Tiny Rick from the animated series ‘Rick and Morty.’

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YESSSS! ??

And here’s this young girl dressed as Lisa from ‘The Simpsons,’ accompanied by her aunties, Patty and Selma.


Who were your favorite cosplayers from this year? Let us know and show us their rad costumes!


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San Diego Karen Wants To Sue For Half Of Starbucks Barista’s $100K GoFundMe

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San Diego Karen Wants To Sue For Half Of Starbucks Barista’s $100K GoFundMe

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Update: Amber Lynn Gilles is Internet famous for trying to shame a Starbucks barista on Facebook for telling her to wear a mask. Now she is becoming Internet famous for claims she is the victim and deserves half of the money raised on GoFundMe.

The GoFundMe page for Lenin Gutierrez is now over $100,000 and Gilles claims she deserves half.

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Gutierrez is now $100,000 richer after his friend Matt Cowan set up the GoFundMe to make the bad experience better. The original goal for the GoFundMe page was $1,000 but the amount keeps on growing as people share the love with Gutierrez.

According to the GoFundMe, Cowan set up for Gutierrez to meet with a financial advisor to help him invest the money. Gutierrez has said that he wants to use the money to pursue his dream of being a dancer. Even more, the young mans shared in a video that he wants to use the money to help others chase their dreams in dance as well.

“We crossed the $100,000 mark,” reads the GoFundMe page. “A huge thank you to everyone who has donated. Lenin is overjoyed and at a loss of words at the kindness that has been shown to him by everyone worldwide.”

After the fundraiser made a lot of money, Gilles has decided to sue for half of the money she feels she deserves. However, she needs people to send her money so she can hire an attorney to take on the case. The fundraiser was started on July 2, 2020, and has raised $460 of the $5,000 goal in two weeks.

“I have been attacked by liberals, the organizations who form many Facebook hate groups, I am silenced on media platforms and censored,” Gilles claims on her GoFundMe page. “I have been slandered and defamed on a GoFundMe raiser, he used my photo and personal information without my permission.”

Gilles claims that she has a medical condition and showed a note from a chiropractor saying she has a breathing condition.

Original: Karens are everywhere and one Starbuck barista in San Diego encountered one in the wild without a face mask. Lenin Gutierrez asked a customer if she had a mask when he saw her without one. She said no and refused to put on one. She then went to social media to call him out.

A white woman in San Diego was very upset that a Starbucks barista told her to wear a mask.

Credit: Amber Lynn Gilles / Facebook

Face masks have become a very controversial issue. The most important tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has become a politicized issue. Conservatives have denounced the facial coverings claiming they infringe on their rights and are unconstitutional. A Vinn diagram of people protesting the lockdown and not wanting to wear masks would show a lot of overlap.

She included a photo of Lenin Gutierrez, the man who stood up to her.

Credit: Amber Lynn Gilles / Facebook

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a mandate ordering al Californians to wear facial coverings when they are in public. Private businesses, like Starbucks, are allowed to refuse service to anyone that employees deem necessary. During a pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 Americans and infected more than 2.6 million, facial coverings are crucial.

Gutierrez is the one coming out ahead when a GoFundMe was set up to show him support.

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So far, more than $49,000 have been raised to help Gutierrez. The money is being donated by people who are thanking him for stand up to the woman who thinks she is too good to wear a mask. If you want to donate, you can click here.

Gutierrez took to Facebook to thank everyone who donated to him.

I’ve received numerous messages asking for my side of the story. Since this seems to be the most popular thread I decided to post my personal experience here. Thank you all for the love and support.

Posted by Lenin Gutierrez on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The barista was so moved by the donations. The young man shared that he was working at Starbucks to make the money to pursue his dreams of dancing. According to his Facebook, he likes Folklorico, the native dance of Mexico. There is no doubt that $49,000 will definitely help him pursuing is dreams of diving deeper into dancing.

Don’t forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has not slowed down in the U.S. Instead, the number of infections continues to rise in the U.S. with more than 40,000 falling ill on Thursday. Facial coverings are the best tool we have to slow the spread. Be smart. Be safe. Listen to the scientists. We can make it through this together.

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25 Cosplayers Of Color To Help You Get Through Missing This Year’s Comic-Con Now That It’s Canceled

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25 Cosplayers Of Color To Help You Get Through Missing This Year’s Comic-Con Now That It’s Canceled

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Remember when we all used to play dress up as a kid? Well, guess what: there are people out there who still do it … and they take it to the next level. We’re talking professional, amigos. And let’s face it, with the rise in popularity for Marvel and DC superheros, who wouldn’t want to feel and look superhuman for a day? One of the best things about cosplay is the fact that you can interpret characters whichever way you want. It’s one way that Latinos can reshape representation in an industry that capitalizes on whiteness.

So for all you babes out there who are keen to see Latino and black cosplaying in action: look no further! We’ve put together a list of 25 black and Latino cosplayers for you to thirst over.

1. Soni Aralynn

Instagram: @soniaralynn

Probably one of the coolest things about Soni Aralynn is the fact that not only does she wear her cosplay with perfection, she also makes some of the outfits herself! This lovely Latina is a jack-of-all-trades, performing as an actress, influencer, and gamer on top of her cosplays.

2. Rosy Durán

Instagram: @rosydurancosplay

Rosy Durán is one epic abuela. Her claim to fame is stellar re-creations of the likes of Stan Lee from the Marvel Universe, and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter. Although, you should also keep an eye out for her rendition of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother!

3. La Latina Otaku Cosplay

Instagram: @lalatinaotakucosplay

Remember playing Crash Bandicoot as a kid? Because Carmen sure as hell does. She pulls off an amazing Coco, Crash’s sister. This New Englander Latina is prolific, with cosplays such as Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura, and Cid from Final Fantasy XV to her name.

4. Toxicfoxx

Instagram: @toxicfoxx

Not only is Toxicfoxx a Latina cosplayer, but she is also a real advocate for more visibility around Latino cosplayers! She currently runs the Tumblr ‘Cosplaying While Latino’, which aggregates content from her fellow Latino cosplayers.

5. Candu Stark

Instagram: @candustark

It doesn’t get much cooler than doing a Captain Marvel cosplay right now! Check out Candu Stark’s rendition of a gender-bent Pennywise if you want to see what her other work is like.

6. Leiracosplays

Instagram: @leiracosplays

Leira’s talent knows no bounds when it comes to Disney cosplay! Her work hits right in the feels for us ‘90s kids out there. Think along the lines of Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Roxanne from A Goofy Movie, LaCienega Boulevardez from the Proud Family, Kairi from Kingdom Hearts, and even a gender-bent Spiderman! 

7. Ivy Doomkitty

Instagram: @ivydoomkitty

Ivy is one talented cosplayer. Not only is she killing it internationally on the scene, she commands a formidable resume of gamer, content creator, pinup model and body positive advocate. Her work is a real nostalgia kick for all kinds of nerds out there – here we have a kickass Chell from the Portal series!

8. Nadya Sonika

Instagram: @nadyasonika

A self-described cosplay maniac, streamer, TV host and Gundam pilot, Nadya has got cosplaying down to a fine art. Beyond her Black Widow and Sleeping Beauty re-creations, she has also dressed as the likes of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, Spiderman form the iconic franchise, and Asakusa from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

9. The Princess Lissa

Instagram: @theprincesslissa

Who says we can’t stan amateur latina cosplayers, too? Lissa has a fabulous portfolio – beyond her Elphaba from Wicked and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, she has also donned Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel from the iconic Disney movie Tangled, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

10. The Latino Joker

Instagram: @latino_joker

Known in his everyday life as Carlos Velarde, the Latino Joker makes for one stellar Joker from Batman, and all-round horror character re-creationist. Let’s just hope we don’t bump into him in a dark alleyway somewhere, because his attention to detail is intense

11. Victoria Avalor

Instagram: @victoria_avalor

Hi, hey and hello Supergirl and Wonder Woman! Victoria has one fabulous talent for cosplay, and it shines through her other work – keep an eye out for Elsa from Frozen and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family!

12. Nerdtastic Mel

Instagram: @nerdtasticmel

Mel has done some phenomenal work on the cosplay scene. Chuckie from Rugrats? Check. Nurse Joy from Pokemon? Check.

13. Cookiemodel

Instagram: @cookiemodel

Cookie has some serious talent when it comes to creating her own outfits. This Maleficent? All home-made. Amazing.

14. Zyraleecosplays

Instagram: @zyraleecosplays

Real talk: does it get much more mind-blowing than stellar cosplays of both Dora Milaje and Domino? Probably not.

15. Luvdinero

Instagram: @luvdinero

We stan a babe who can pull off a cosplay that’s even better than the original – and has the versatility to pull off the badassery of Domino, and a law-abiding know-it-all like Hermione. 

16. Chaiho Cosplay

Instagram: @chaiho_cosplay

This self-described “kpop trash” pulls off Wednesday Addams like it’s no-one’s business. For those Steven Universe fans out there, she has also cosplayed as one of the all-powerful Diamonds, too.

17. Cosacommotioncosplay

Instagram: @cosacommotioncosplay

If Marvel ever needs to find another person to play Gamora, they now know where to look.

18. Maryvampireprincess

Instagram: @maryvampireprincess

Raise your hand if you were a Neon Genesis Evangelion fan in the 90s! No? Well, you’re in luck, fellow anime fans, because there’s a reboot in progress. In the meantime, check out this divine Rei cosplay.

19. Denetrabfit

Instagram: @denetrabfit

Even though Denetra focuses on fitness for her day job, this cosplay makes us want to get fit. Imagine being so multitalented: having this bod, and pulling off a Goku cosplay like this? You know she has talent when she has her own fanbase making fanart of her timeless Dragon Ball hero interpretation.

20. Tatted_poodle

Instagram: @tatted_poodle

We all know that Halle Berry made the best Catwoman – even if her movie of the same name wasn’t the most popular. And it’s even better seeing Michelle channel this.

21. mynamesash_

Instagram: @mynamesash_

After seeing this brilliant Poison Ivy cosplay, it’s abundantly clear: we need a Poison Ivy movie, stat.

22. Moonlovingloser

Instagram: @moonlovingloser

Time for some LGBTQI representation, with Korra from animated series, The Legend of Korra! Frances is a prolific cosplayer, drawing her inspiration from animation and anime. 

23. Mapetitecosplay

Instagram: @mapetitecosplay

The caption says it all: “Storm, Goddess of Thunder and Lightning”. Thor, who? Mapetitecosplay has badass down pat – think along the lines of Wonder Woman from the hit movie, and Yoruichi from Bleach.

Which cosplayer was your favorite of them all? Has this inspired you to try cosplay, or are you already performing on the scene? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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