New York Comic-Con is my favorite time of year! There’s so much to love about it — The people, the vendors, the panels, and my personal favorite, the cosplay. The Legend of Zelda has always been well represented at this convention in the past, so this year I wanted to celebrate them with an article on some of the fantastic cosplayers I’ve come across at New York Comic-con 2018!

Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favorite artwork from The Legend of Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favorite characters and moments.

These cosplayers all did a fantastic job, whether store-bought or handmade, all year projects or last-minute ideas; these people put a lot of effort into their craft and I would like for them to get the credit and respect that they are due. While I would have loved to have gotten a photo of every single Zelda cosplayer that had attended, I am only one person in a very big convention and also want to be mindful of those who did not want to appear in this article.

Tunic of the Wild Link; Breath of the Wild

All Thursday long I was searching for Zelda cosplayers, and yet I found it difficult to find any! I swore to myself I would not leave this day without one single photo of a Zelda cosplayer, and lo and behold, a hero in green appeared! Not only that, but one wearing the Tunic of the Wild! This is personally one of my favorite outfits from Breath of the Wild (as you’ll see in my cosplay choice for Sunday), and I was so excited to see another wearing this particular tunic! This cosplayer’s grandmother was sweet enough to make this adorable costume and it looks absolutely fantastic! Way to go, Grandma!

Link and Zelda; Breath of the Wild

The thing that caught my eye about this Link was that he actually had the hood! It may be odd, but I don’t find that a lot with Champion Tunic cosplayers. I thought it was a nice little detail to add, so I asked for a photo. Then I found out he was traveling with a Princess Zelda! Even better! The two look great together. It’s always fun to do a matching cosplay with a friend, and there’s no better duo than Link and Zelda.

Princess Zelda; Breath of the Wild

Shortly after my first Breath of the Wild encounter, I quickly ran into another Zelda — This one dressed in her beautiful, white gown. It was a happy accident that I ran into her: I was trying to find my friends that I came in with and another that I was supposed to meet up with, all while getting asked for photos in my own costume, it all became a bit disorienting. I walked into this somewhat empty area to recuperate, and I caught this cosplayer in the corner of my eye and was immediately thrilled to see such a pretty Zelda!

Climbing Gear, Gerudo Outfit, and Ancient Armor; Breath of the Wild

I love the creativity for these three costumes! I’m the kind of person who likes unique picks, and these three are definitely great choices. Before this day, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone cosplay with the Climbing Gear or Ancient Armor — and of course, who doesn’t love the Gerudo outfit? On top of that, they each had their own skeleton arm as a weapon. These three are thinking outside the box, and I love it!

Urbosa; Breath of the Wild

This cosplay is stunning. I only wish my camera could have done it more justice. Lordli Cosplay did a fantastic job creating this cosplay and checking out her page she has even more of her incredible work including Nabooru from Ocarina of Time. I wish I could have talked more about how everything was created, but just in that brief moment we shared I could see how much hard work went into this and I am glad I got to see it in person.

Link; Hyrule Warriors

Have to say, this is a close one to my heart. Ever since I saw the design for Hyrule Warrior’s Link, I loved it, and to see it in cosplay is awesome. Not to mention how in-character this cosplayer stays! I love cosplaying Link, but sometimes I have such a hard time keeping a stoic, heroic expression. This fellow pulls off the hero look 100%!

Princess Zelda and Princess Peach; Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario Bros

Two princesses at once, I’m star struck! Both cosplayers model their gowns fabulously and appear as regal as ever! Here we have Meme.King.Cosplays as the ever lovely Zelda and FeenieCosplays as the delightful Princess Peach. The two of them stood out among the crowd in their fabulous gowns, and I raced down the hall to greet them and I am very pleased to say they are just as sweet in person as their cosplays are beautiful!

Skull Kid; Majora’s Mask

It’s very hard to miss when Skull Kid walks right by you, even in a sea of people. Though I didn’t get a chance to ask if it was handmade, the Majora’s Mask replica looked very well crafted! My favorite part is the hat, it always looks so fun to wear — Though I’m sure just dressing as Skull Kid would be a blast!

Gerudo Link and Champion’s Tunic Link; Breath of the Wild

These two look great together! Two different Links from the same game, so it’s only natural they go together perfectly. The pose that Gerudo Link gives us is on point, and I love that Champion Tunic Link is wielding a stick as his weapon of choice. Most importantly, these two look like they’re having a blast in their cosplays and that is just fantastic!

Blue, Red, and Green Link; Triforce Heroes

When I first asked these three for a photo, my friend said to them “You know what you have to do, right? Link totem!” To which these three (understandably) declined. Still, they are so in sync with their poses and their outfits, you can definitely tell these three are a team! _Ari.Knight_, Adrianna1903, and their friend make the perfect trio!

Shiek and Link; Hyrule Warriors and Breath of the Wild

There are many Link and Zelda duos, but it’s very rare to find Zelda in her alternative form, yet here we are! Chris and Di do justice to both of these characters: Their stances and costumes both match their characters perfectly. I just love that Shiek had a little harp! Seeing these two together makes me hope that Shiek returns to a future title, whether attached to her alter ego or as a totally separate character and team up to save Hyrule once again!

Barbarian Link and Lizalfo; Breath of the Wild

My friend and I were just headed towards the exit on Saturday, scooting our way past the crowds, and suddenly my friend grabs my attention and points out this outstanding duo! My goodness, this beastly cosplay was huge and so accurate, not to mention the functionality of the suit! The Crash Project has previously done some impressive work in the past as well, such as a life-sized Lynel. Such a privilege to see in person! Having a battle with Barbarian Link also made for a nice scene!

Shiekah Armor Link and Tunic of the Wild Link; Breath of the Wild

Alright, alright, I snuck into this last one — I always cosplay Link at least once every New York Comic Con and this year I chose my Tunic of the Wild. However, I didn’t choose this photo to show off my cosplay (okay, maybe a little), but to show off this wonderful Sheikah Armor portrayed by the Link to the left! Such a well-made costume, I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but we had to squeeze against a wall of Funko Pops to make room for the crowds!

It always makes me so excited to go into the city each year and see all the new cosplays people have chosen, I only wish my photography skills did them more justice. However, there’s a reason I chose to use only my photographs. This was my experience this year, and each photo has a story behind it. This was my way of sharing them with you, and I’m so glad I was able to.

I also hope that seeing these fantastic cosplayers gives hope and inspiration for those who would like to give cosplay a try for themselves or think of some unique ideas! Cosplay means so much to me, and I really think it’s shaped a part of me to become more bold and creative. It’s about having fun and becoming a character you hold near and dear to you, and it’s so nice to see that so many people have that special place for The Legend of Zelda in their hearts.