Visual Arts

Weird and wonderful converge at the Animate! Miami convention

John Dossinger, left and his girlfriend Kaitlin Statz perform “The Hard Sell,” a scene from Dossinger’s epic, Legend of the Boar Knight on Sunday at Animate! Miami. Statz illustrates Dossinger’s collections of stories set to music and creates her own work, which includes fantasy cartography. Dossinger’s work, collected under his brand name “Careless Juja,” is inspired by mythologies that are uncommon to the American public, like German and Slavic folklore. Dossinger also covers video game theme songs on his accordian, which he decided to learn after accordion music appeared in his dreams when he was 16.
John Dossinger, left and his girlfriend Kaitlin Statz perform “The Hard Sell,” a scene from Dossinger’s epic, Legend of the Boar Knight on Sunday at Animate! Miami. Statz illustrates Dossinger’s collections of stories set to music and creates her own work, which includes fantasy cartography. Dossinger’s work, collected under his brand name “Careless Juja,” is inspired by mythologies that are uncommon to the American public, like German and Slavic folklore. Dossinger also covers video game theme songs on his accordian, which he decided to learn after accordion music appeared in his dreams when he was 16. aharris@miamiherald.com

A girl dressed as Charizard sidles sideways through doorways to make sure her six-foot PVC pipe and felt wings don’t catch and break.

A woman screams and jumps for joy when a man dressed as James from Team Rocket hands her a blood-red rose.

Someone posing as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán (brandishing an anti-Donald Trump sign), the notorious Mexican drug lord, takes a selfie with a young girl dressed as The Internet in a cat dress and hoodie.

At the Animate! Miami convention, nothing is normal.

Thousands of costumed (or not) conventioneers poured into the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., for the three-day event, which ended Sunday. They proudly showed off their elaborate cosplays and delighted in the handicraft of others.

“It’s a safe place,” said Michael Colon, 22. “You can be who you are and wear what you love here.”

And when the carefully constructed wings, horns, tunics or tutus sport a rip, Colon’s nonprofit group, the Cosplay Medics, comes to the rescue.

Animate! Miami was a deep dive into a rainbow of cultures. Cutesy pastel outfits mixed with spooky goth wardrobes. Faux antique met super futuristic.

Professional photographers and smartphone wielders documented it all with snap after snap.

Fans can check social media at #AnimateMiami for more.

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