With Awesome Con in town, organizers hoped to break a Guinness world record for the most costumed superheroes in one place. Heroes and villains were asked to converge on the Reflecting Pool at noon to be counted, but unfortunately, heroes in the nation’s capital are hard to come by.

With only 237 participants, the record stands in China at 1,530. Still, there were some great photo opportunities.

  • DG

    Some people really need to get a life.

    And, this ain’t it.

    • studio_walters

      Meh. Live and let live. They ain’t hurting nobody.

      • DG

        Didn’t say they were.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      Speaking as a member of a fandom (as if my avatar didn’t give it away), it’s an all-too-common assumption that this stuff is ALL we do. Trust me, we don’t dress in costumes every day of our lives, nor do we spend all day talking about comics. The main difference between us and the “normals” is, we aren’t ashamed to wear our fondness for fiction on our sleeves.

      • DG

        Trust me. I get it. But, I’ve also known people who tend to blur the lines.

        My comment above is an expression of my own opinion.

        • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

          Perhaps, but there are people who take everything too far.

          • DG

            See my other comment.

        • fedfire

          How dare you have an opinion, lol

    • WookieeCon

      At least they were having fun.

      • DG

        True.

    • Markward

      So they are fans. And so are the people who dress up for Football games as a mascot too.

      • DG

        Read my comment further in.

      • David Johnson

        Wonder if anyone here has watched an Oakland Raiders Game?

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        Don’t forget the ones who “undress” to become shirtless, paint-chested, hypothermia cases.

    • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I wonder if people said this about those who used to dress up in 1700s Austria? While I don’t do it myself – it gives people an escape, helps build confidence they may not otherwise have.

  • viking628

    How can average Americans compete in the villain category when Congress has 535, the Supreme Court brings another 9, and 2 villains in the White House—Not to mention those in the various villainous federal departments and agencies.

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      That number is a bit lower than 535; is Ted Cruz really a villain?

  • Maxx

    The highlight of the event was the appearance of Obama’s comic book heroes, named after his first term…

    …the “Not so Fantastic Four.”

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      MSM Fantastic, with the ability to stretch and contort its body any way it takes to smooch Obama’s rear!
      The Invisible Solyndra, with the power to instantly disappear from all sight and recognition!
      The IRS Torch, able to hurl fireballs at its enemies and emit flames so intense nobody can touch it!
      And Obamacare, a lumbering behemoth which refuses to give up no matter how much punishment it takes!

      Together, they are the Not-So-Fantastic Four, the World’s Greatest Presidential Disaster! Excelsior!

      • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I see what you did there. :)

      • Adam Wood

        And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how one wins an internet.

  • DG

    The kids are cute. But the adults…………..

  • bedfordthegreat

    A bigger con like Gen Con, DragonCon or SDCC could maybe break the record, but not this no-name con. #justsaying

    • Markward

      My bets on SDCC or maybe NYCC.

  • tjack

    Looks like fun but the timing, Good Friday?, couldn’t have been that much worse. Christmas, New Years, or 4th of July anyone? Try Halloween next attempt you just might be successful.

  • Markward

    What, no Deadpool?

    For SHAME!

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Maybe he and Cable went to the nearest bar.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      He’d never hang around a gathering of that many nerds. At least not for very long – when the wedgies started he’d get thrown out.

      • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        You meant when he started handing out the wedgies he’d get thrown out. :)

  • DG

    Escapism, and the want and desire to participate in it, is something that is familiar to all of us. We all engage in it, in one form or another. Through personal fantasies, or movies, or television, or video games, or yes….even dressing up in costume and attending gatherings with other like-minded individuals.

    Dressing in costume is something that has never appealed to me since leaving my childhood behind me, but some people today still find solace and even a magic in it.

    It isn’t something I understand, and probably never will, but I don’t fault those who participate in it.

    I made a comment earlier in this thread that could easily be construed as narrow-mindedness on my part; and, I apologize for that comment. Sometimes I write things that come across as insensitive. I meant nothing insensitive.

    The whole idea of dressing up in costume as an adult is silly and pointless to me, but that is my own personal belief and opinion. It is not a comment on the integrity of those who do engage in this practice.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Oddly enough, I “dress in costume” not particularly meaning to, when I wear my leather bomber and a fedora (a look associated with Indiana Jones, of course, but one which is common enough that it isn’t “dressing up” per se). I wear those two items separately from each other on other occasions, so when I wear them together, people don’t usually think I’m being some Indy fanboi. If anything, they guess “Adam Savage.” That’s what comes from being a tall middle-aged man with a beard dressed that way (though not a “ginger”– I’m a brunet, wherever it hasn’t gone grey yet).

      The thing is, I don’t give a flyin’ fadoodle whether people think I’m TRYING to dress like Indy or Mythbusters. Their problem, not mine– I reject their reality, and substitute my own!

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        Larry the Cable Guy dresses like me, so there’s that.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I don’t care who y’are, that’s funny, right there…

        • http://www.FunDMental.com TheRealJackpineSavage

          Me too! Maybe we need to speak with Larry, Phil :op

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            I knew I should have patented the “chic hick” look.

    • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      All good

  • JeffWRidge

    Did anyone show up as “ObamaMan,” visitor from a distorted world, with strange powers to twist the truth and lie faster than a speeding Reid?

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Why, here he is. 😉

  • DG

    Apparently, I opened Pandora’s Box.

    Who knew?

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      Instigator. :/

      • DG

        lol Wasn’t even trying.

        • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          But it was big of you to come back and say what you did.

  • san rafael blue

    Is it Halloween again? Oh, I see. It’s a Bring Your Own Cape Day.

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    Points off for people showing up as super villains.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Wait, you mean those weren’t Democrats showing up for work?

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        “….Democrats showing up for work…”

        THAT is an enigma wrapped in a quandary, surrounding a conundrum.

    • ΘWΞNΛY

      Even when playing Cops and Robbers someone’s got to play the robbers or else you’re just playing Cops.

    • Chevypowered

      Actually the villains were investigating why all these heroes were on their home turf.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    More heroes would’ve shown up there, but c’mon, it’s Washington DC. There were a lot of crimes that needed to be foiled.

  • SPCAndyJ

    Should have just had some liberals show up in plain clothes – Weak Sister Man, Fetal Position Boy, The Bed Wetter, Vagina Girl, and Ambiguous Gender Thing would have broken the record by a mile!

  • http://www.unifiedpatriots.com/ JadedByPolitics

    Obama voters one and all. And correct that there are too few superheroes in Washington DC. They happen to be in hellholes fighting for America.

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      I see what you did there 😉

      Though I’m not sure that all of them were obama voters. Well, that’s what I want to believe.

  • Maryland_Malcontent

    China has superheroes?

  • chetnapier

    If you were a guy in tights would you take a chance on running into barney frank

  • 康 凯

    no zuo no die

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    They should have said ‘A cute girl dressed as Black Widow will be there” and millions would have turned up…lol

  • Jason atmeTV DC

    Here was the music video:

    http://youtu.be/G5yaUoRFDoU

  • Water Dude

    Well, always keep in mind that defeating the foul and cankerous blight of marxism requires serious knowledge firepower. Arm yourself: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878