The best cosplay face masks at Fan Expo Canada 2021

Fans at the pop culture convention found creative ways to work mandatory face coverings into their costumes


Mathilde as the one and only Cruella
Nick Lachance

Mathilde masks up as the one and only Cruella.

Face masks are still an essential accessory in Toronto. Until the province lifts the mask mandate, the coverings are required indoors to curb COVID-19 transmission.

So as parties, concerts, receptions and all manner of events gradually become part of everyday life again, the question of how to coordinate the piece of fabric with the rest of your ensemble might become more of a conscious concern for some.

If the occasion happens to be Fan Expo Canada 2021, how to seamlessly integrate face masks into cosplay outfits is definitely a pressing issue. How would Venom, Cruella, John Wick or World Of Warcraft characters rock a face mask?

The country’s largest pop culture convention returned to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for three days over the weekend in scaled-down form, welcoming up to 25,000 fans of sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV, comics, anime and video games. (Attendance in pre-COVID times was around 130,000.)

To find out how cosplayers got creative with COVID protocols, NOW photographer Nick Lachance hit the convention floor. Check out the best cosplay face masks below plus more photos from Fan Expo Canada 2021.

Hayley, dressed as Venom Spider Gwen.
Nick Lachance

Hayley, dressed as Venom Spider Gwen.

Chell (right) and Moony, dressed as Rio Ranger and Tia Safalin from Your Turn To Die.
Nick Lachance

Chell (right) and Moony, dressed as Rio Ranger and Tia Safalin from Your Turn To Die.

Tony, rocking a sick Steampunk mask.
Nick Lachance

Tony, rocking a sick Steampunk mask.

Yorick dressed up as his character, a conjuration wizard with a purple beard.
Nick Lachance

Yorick dressed up as his character, a conjuration wizard with a purple beard.

Justin (right) and Heather, dressed as Overhaul and Toga from My Hero Academia.
Nick Lachance

Justin (right) and Heather, dressed as Overhaul and Toga from My Hero Academia.

Asolocab with an amazing Endeavour from My Hero Academia
Nick Lachance.

@asolocab is flaming hot as Endeavour from the anime/manga series My Hero Academia.

Toula crushes the costume (and skulls) as an Oak from World of Warcraft.
Nick Lachance

Toula crushes the costume (and skulls) as an Oak from World of Warcraft.

Resistance to Richard's killer Borg costume is futile.
Nick Lachance
James pays tribute to puppies as John Wick
Nick Lachance

James pays tribute to puppies as John Wick.

Check out more photos from Fan Expo Canada 2021:

Fans arrive at Fan Expo Canada 2021 near the CN Tower
Nick Lachance
A man dressed as a muscle shark
Nick Lachance
People in costume check their cellphones
Nick Lachance
People in costume against a wall at Fan Expo Canada 2021
Nick Lachance
People pose for a photo with Jabba the Hut at Fan Expo Canada 2021
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance
A comic book vender at Fan Expo Canada 2021
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance
People in costume on an escalator at Fan Expo Canada 2021
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance

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