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Name: Danyelle Crowell, 36, Des Moines

What inspired your look today? "Lichtenstein and pop-art comics."

Who is your comic style icon? "Probably Scott Pilgrim.* I pretty much wear t-shirts and jeans every day."

If you could have one super power, what would it be? "To speak any and every language."

Name (L):Penny Aphrodite, 22 Iowa City

Who inspired your look today? "Chi from Chobits"

How did you get into cosplay? "I got involved because of my love of the characters, but it was the community of people that made me stick around. ... As a teenager I found it to be a really open, accepting group of people, which is what I needed at that point in life. What everyone needs, really."

Name (R): Nicole Welsh, 26 Dubuque

Who inspired your look today? Judy Jetson

Who is your con style icon? "Leeloo from the 5th Element. Her look is far more risque than I would normally dress, but when I wore that look [for a cosplay event], I felt really confident. It was fun to do a look that is different for me."

How did you get into cosplay? "I actually went to school for fashion design and fell in love with costume design. Cosplay was a natural fit. It's like Halloween every day! I love putting myself into the mindset of a character and really trying to embody that person."

Name: Sam Hoff, 21

Who inspired your look today?Sailor Mars

Did you make your own outfit? "Oh no. I bought this. I'm just getting back into cosplay after taking a break during college."

If you had one super power, what would it be? "To walk in high heels without pain."

Did you make your own outfit? "Oh no. I bought this. I'm just getting back into cosplay after taking a break during college."

If you had one super power, what would it be? "To walk in high heels without pain."

Name:Sonny Erickson, 21

What inspired your look today? "I'm like the grown-up version of Max from Where the Wild Things Are."

If you had a super power, what would it be? "To not get hangovers."

What was the coolest things you saw/did this weekend? "I had my picture taken with little Max [from Where the Wild Things Are]. It was pretty meta."

Name:Emma Simmons, 20

What inspired your look today? "I was just going for a sort-of fun, fairy princess look."

Who is your comic style icon? "Captain America is very stylish. He has sort of a cool, fashionable 40's thing going on."

What's the coolest thing you saw/did this weekend? "Just being with all of these people enjoying the same thing has been a really cool experience. Also--getting River Song's* autograph was amazing. I was in awe. She is perfection."

Name: Rachel Lavender, 28 Fort Dodge

What inspired your look today? "Secret Squirrel"

Coolest thing you saw/did this weekend: "I met Jason Mewes. My heart!"

Are you a regular cosplayer? "Normally it's just something I do in the privacy of my home ... I decided to use this weekend as an opportunity to show the world my other side."

Name:Madeline Norman, 24

What inspired your look today? "Raditz from Dragon Ball Z*

Did you create this look yourself? "Yep! This is totally DIY. Half of it came from stuff I found at the dollar store."

Who is your con style icon? "Probably Black Widow. She'd be like my alter ego."

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