Thanks to COVID-19, San Diego Comic-Con 2022 had fairly strict requirements for attendees, starting with proof of vaccines or negative COVID tests, and continuing to a (mostly) strictly enforced mask mandate. That presented a challenge to cosplayers, whose incredibly creative work often extends to their faces — something masks can, of course, screw up.
But — like you’re surprised — fans rose to the challenge and all over San Diego. We saw cosplayers who found creative, colorful and fun ways to incorporate the required masks with their costumes.
Read on for some of our favorites. (All photos taken with the express permission of the subjects.)