comic-con pics from 1980

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  1. Nobby

    Nobby Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  2. darth_myeek

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    Bespin Leia kicked *.
     
  3. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This one is really good, especially for 1980.

    I wonder if it was a promotional suit from the studio or something ?

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  4. Jedifyfe

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    /\ I thought the same thing. The helmet looks really nice!
     
  5. Wes R

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    Given the time period some of those really aren't that bad. Can you dell that Dungeons & Dragons was still popular? lol That Ripley suit looks like it walked off the movie set.
     
  6. jedimaster

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    Isn't this the ep1 TPM Yoda?

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  7. Apollo

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    Thanks for the blast from the past!!!

    Those were the days back before Cons got to commercialized and began to be big business.

    So much creativity and Fan passion.

    Gotta love those late 70's early 80's hotel carpets and walls! :lol
     
  8. Jet Beetle

    Jet Beetle Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Man, I soooo miss real nerds.
     
  9. allosaur176

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    I guess nobody wanted to dress as a super hero back then
     
  10. micdavis

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    I do not believe those are either Comic-Con or 1980.

    I know several of the folks in those pics and recognize some of the costumes.

    Has to be '82 to '84 and looks like a Western-Con in Los Angeles.

    Several of those costumes are from the Nine Princes of Amber group we did.
     
  11. micdavis

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    No sir, that young lady made all that herself.

    It was very impressive up close too.
     
  12. Contec

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  13. Art Andrews

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    That Ripley outfit is incredible.
     
  14. micdavis

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    One of those pics is the infamous Kathy Pillsbury.
     
  15. Dave Ward

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    For a moment, I thought that Timelord headdress was full size. Shame it isn't. Someone should really do a run of those.
     
  16. micdavis

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    I could be mistaken but I think the guy on the left in this pic is Richard Coyle.
     
  17. Nobby

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    hmmm.............. definitely maybe

    it's just a shame that they all look so 'camp' :love
     
  18. Nobby

    Nobby Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow! most impressive
     
  19. micdavis

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    This woman is Kathy Sanders. She made costumes for Disneyland for a while. You can still see some of her work on some of the figures on It's a Small World ride.

    That is definitely the Airport Marriott. And Western Con.
     
  20. Nobby

    Nobby Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    just noticed that this topic has been 'moved'
    did I not post it in the OT originally?
     
  21. MooCriket

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    Thanks for all the background info, Mic. Some of those are really well done.
     
  22. Wes R

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    I wish more cons were like this still. The first con I ever went to was pretty small with lots of costumes and then it got popular and the dealers took over. It was that way at the anime convention too. You know something is wrong when the dealer space is bigger than all the space used by the artists and speakers. And don't laugh at the carpet, my grandma had stuff that was just as bad in her house until the late 90s lol
     
  23. d_jedi1

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    My wife posted this link on facebook the other day.
    My comment was that I liked the Ripley suit, especially the helmet. Several others were good as well but who was that last pic supposed to be?
    Melissa said she thought it was an attempt at Slave Leia and I replied that if that was the case, then it definitely wasn't 1980.
    I'm agreeing that it's probably a slightly later date and that the Alien Environmental suit is awesome.
     
  24. eaviii

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    Not that I am now having trouble sleeping but what were all the clowns?
     
  25. Goonie

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    Is that Black Stig sitting with Vader?

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  26. robn1

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    I think it's Frankenstein from Death Race 2000.
     
  27. Alan Castillo

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    I must say that this guy has an uncanny resemblance to Mark Hamill under the moustache. No idea who this is meant to portray, but even the costume, fluffy as it may be :lol, reminds me of a Jedi in a weird way.

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  28. Lutso

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    <sigh>...

    Nostalgia.

    The whole "nerd" thing is dead now. Between commercialization and increasing popularity of video games and Marvel movies, as well as the takeoff of the whole Hipster culture which totally rapes geekdom, we are a dying breed. Comic conventions are no longer populated by the same types of folks as in the past, and in fact are becoming almost hostile towards some of us.

    It's heartbreaking, but at least we have the internet. :lol
     
  29. Noeland

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    Rich Coyle was into cosplay?

    :confused
     
  30. terryr

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    Back then if it just kind of looked like the real thing, it was great. Now you have to be at least 99.99%

    Not many tights either.
     
  31. The Wolf

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    You can sure tell that "Buck Rogers" was popular then.

    Wolf
     
  32. micdavis

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    Well....adults just call it costuming.

    But I get what you're saying.

    ...and yes, Rich had a few costumes from the Planet Fred, if I recall.
     
  33. DarkJedi1500

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    Comic Con and the Wizard World type cons, definatly commercialized. Others, like Dragon*Con, not really. That con is definatly a fan run event. You go to Comic Con to meet celebrities, you go to D*Con to get your geek on

    The main diffrence I see between then and now is simply the internet. Before if you were a geek you had a small group of friends you were trying too impress and the only refence materials were pausing VHS or magazines. Now you have forums like this one where people discuss and share on a daily basis with hundreds of people, and the sharing of building techniques has really pushed costuming and prop building forward.

    Of course, I was born in 1984, so my thougs on the 80s are a bit heresay.
     
  34. Treadwell

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    I don't get the "for the time" comments. The 21st century didn't invent needle, thread, sandpaper and talent.
     
  35. Bootlegger137

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    I think it has more to do with the availability of research material. Today we have DVD/Blu-Ray and the ability to do hi-res screen cap. Information is readily available on the internet. In 1980 it required the purchase of numerous books and magazines to get any sort of decent pictures of items from the big screen.

    At least...that's my take on "for the time." I could be wrong, of course. ;)
     
  36. Treadwell

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    True...
     
  37. Apollo

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    Interesting observation and one I somewhat agree with.

    It's like with anything, Trek for instance, once it gets big..... it gets lost

    Once it gets Mainstream it gets diluted for maximum mass appeal


     
  38. DarkJedi1500

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    No, but the 21st definatly raised the bar. Plus we have the internet, red bull, and larger hardware and hobby stores that carry the parts we need. Plus Im not sure how easy it was to get stuff from McMaster and Smooth-On back then if they were even around yet.

    Another thing to consider: the source materials have gotten better. As the props and costumes in films and video games have improved, our project goals have dramatically increased.

    Just a short list of major projects that were not around in 1980 (the year, not nessecarily the decade) that are common place now:

    Star Wars props from ROTJ or Later,
    Alien
    BTTF
    Ghostbusters
    Terminator
    Pretty much any video game character (Legend of Zelda was 1987 for example)
    Tron
    Star Trek TNG or later series

    The only ones I can think of before 1980 off the top of my head are:

    A New Hope
    Classic Trek
    Lost in Space
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Dr. Who
    Buck Rogers

    Which besides 2001 and A New Hope had some pretty corny costumes compared to what we have today.
     
  39. LMFAOSchwarz

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    Certainly, the 'detail bar' has been raised as time has marched on, but there is a tendency for people to assume that "their" time outclasses the past in regard to skill levels. It reminds me of a bit from 'Leave It to Beaver', when Ward was helping Wally look for a car to buy. Thinking his father had no experience at this sort of thing, Ward replied something to the effect of, "Wally, believe it or not they had cars when I was your age." to which Wally replied, "Well, yeah...but used cars?".
     
  40. reaper63

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    And the original Battlestar Galactica.
     
  41. Funky

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    Man, people were ugly in the 80's! :lol
     
  42. LMFAOSchwarz

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    We still are!:lol
     
  43. terryr

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    People were thinner back then too. Fat then is normal now.
     
  44. GKvfx

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    Yeah, this building is the giveaway - it's across the street from LAX -

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    I wish I had some photos from the old Sci-Fi Expos up in Seattle around that same time. I have one of me in a Boba Fett costume. No way in hell I'm posting it...... :lol

    Gene

    PS - LMFAOSchwarz gets a big thumbs up for his avatar. Perfect for this thread......
     
  45. LMFAOSchwarz

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    I guess you're right...it does at that!
    I suppose if I live to 2100, I'll always have a soft spot for the "old days"!
     

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