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Hail to the King, the Queen, and the Killmonger: Rad Black Panther Cosplay

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S.W. Sondheimer

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When not prying Legos and gaming dice out of her feet, S.W. Sondheimer is a registered nurse at the Department of Therapeutic Misadventures, a herder of genetic descendants, cosplayer, and a fiction and (someday) comics writer. She is a Yinzer by way of New England and Oregon and lives in the glorious 'Burgh with her husband, 2 smaller people, 2 cats, a fish, and a snail. She occasionally tries to grow plants, drinks double-caffeine coffee, and has a habit of rooting for the underdog. It is possible she has a book/comic book problem but has no intention of doing anything about either. Twitter: @SWSondheimer

The surge in Black Panther cosplay leading up to and following the release of the phenomenal Marvel film on February has been a thing of beauty. And while I didn’t see as much of it at Emerald City Comic Con as I anticipated (there was some and it was amazing and is included below), it just so happens that, as a cosplayer, I follow a lot of extremely dedicated and talented folks on Instagram. You should too.

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite Black Panther Cosplay thus far. I look forward to much, much more to come.

Black Panther Cosplay at Emerald City COmic Con

Most of these, unfortunately, are uncredited, as is often the case at cons. They did all give permission for their photos to be used in this article.

Their Royal Highnesses, Orono and T’Challa


Black Panther is always ready to help kids in need.

The women of Wakanda

The Best Black Panther Cosplay on Instagram

Well, the best I’ve seen. There is so, so much more. Black Panther Cosplay is one of those rare internet rabbit holes that is one hundred percent worth falling down (though be warned: if you’re doing so with the kids there are “boudoir” and “lewd” versions of many characters online and I’m sure the these characters are no exception). Search suggestions: #blackpanthercosplay #nakiacosplay, #doramilajecosplay #okoyecosplay #shuricosplay

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"There's People all over the world who look like us whose lives are much harder, and Wakanda has the tools to liberate them all." – Erik Killmonger aka the protagonist of Black Panther!….. Ive been thinking alot about what makes this characters motivations so perfect. He makes Tchalla a better king!! Killmonger shows up, rekts evvverybody…… other stuff happens (no spoilers from me) and later Tchalla is building up the hood and helping the world. 📷 @deeganmariephoto . . . #blackpanther #blackpanthermovie #blackpanthercosplayer #blackpanthercosplay #killmomger #killmongercosplay #marvel #infinitywar #cosplay #cosplayer #blackcosplayer #cosplaywip #cosplayconnection #cosplayidea #eccc #eccc2018 #emeraldcitycomiccon2018 #emeraldcitycomiccon #2018cosplay #newcosplay

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And then, of course, there’s the official art, the fan art, the Black Panther inspired fashion (my favorite are Rock Love’s kimoyo beads)…A bag I’ve had to talk myself out of buying several times…The Art of Black Panther concept art book…Insight’s Marvel’s Black Panther: The Illustrated History of a King… 

Long may this fandom reign.

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