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9 Photos of Comic-Con Cosplayers Eating

You don't usually see the heroes of comic books, TV shows and video games going to the bathroom, eating, or sleeping. But unlike fictional characters, the people in the costumes at San Diego Comic-Con do need to do these basic human activities. Here are a few photos we snapped of cosplayers at SDCC chowing down.

1. Lunch Date

Eating in a costume can be challenging. Some cosplayers need to worry about their accessories getting dirty—but the truly lucky ones even have someone else around to help them eat without messing their clothing up.

2. Accessories Not Included

Those worried about their costumes who don't want to be fed by someone else (or who don't have someone else to feed them) tend to find somewhere quiet where they can remove all the accessories that might otherwise get in the way and relax while they snack.

3. Simple Snacks

Some of those in costume choose to eat relatively simple items because they minimize the risk of messing up the costume and are a lot easier to munch on as well.

4. Burger Time

Of course, for some cosplayers, eating actually works with their costumes. In fact, as long as this Children's Hospital character didn't mess up his makeup while enjoying this burger, a little spill wouldn't hurt his look at all.

5. Unmasked

In other cases, eating is actually a pretty simple process, as long as you don't have your mask or gloves on.

6. Costume Capers

As you might guess, the simpler the costume, the easier it is to eat in. Megara's costume even allowed her to store her cell phone while she enjoyed her lunch.

7. Chat and Chew (Or Not)

Like most people, cosplayers aren't exactly thrilled to have people take pictures of them as they stuff their mouths with food. Luckily, they are also incredibly kind and wonderful people, so when I explained to them why I wanted a picture of them with food, they were all really nice about it...though many of them still asked if I could just shoot them holding their food rather than chewing it.

8. Sandwich Smiles

In part, that's probably because they were so darn excited to finish lunch and get back to the biggest pop culture convention in the world.

9. Chow Down

These cosplayers show that if you ever decide to don a costume at a convention, you have a few options: wear something simple; bring something easy to eat that's not messy; or have someone else feed you. You certainly don't want to walk around in a full-body Transformers costume all day without enjoying so much as a granola bar.

If you couldn't care less about the eating, but just want to check out some great cosplay, don't miss my gallery with over 200 costumes, or if you're looking for a pretty face, I also have 50 photos of some of the most lovely women at the convention.

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Build Your Own Cat With These LEGO-Like Blocks
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It’s one thing to commission a custom portrait of your pet, but it’s quite another to build a life-size sculpture of them yourself with more than a thousand LEGO-like bricks. That’s exactly what you can do with the cat sculptures made by the Hong Kong-based toy-brick-makers at JEKCA (“building blocks for kidults,” as the company describes itself).

The pet sculptures, which we spotted over on Bored Panda, come in the shape of various breeds and colors that allow you to choose one that looks uncannily like your own pet. As long as your cat looks like a typical orange tabby or tuxedo shorthair, Siamese, Persian, or other garden variety cat, at least. They come in different colors and are available in multiple positions, whether it’s sitting, walking, pouncing, or playing.

Made of more than 1200 individual bricks each, the cat sculptures run about a foot tall, and between about half a foot and a foot long, depending on whether they’re sitting, standing on their hind legs, or walking. They come with instructions for assembly and can be taken apart and built again as many times as you want. But you don’t have to worry about them falling apart, according to JEKCA, since the blocks are secured by screws. “These cats are like real sculptures and will not collapse or break apart,” the company writes on its Facebook.

Six different calico cat sculptures in different positions
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You could build one that looks exactly like your cat or adopt one of the brick animals as a pet itself. Buy a whole team of them, and it’ll look like your house is overrun with a cat gang—minus the extreme litter box cleaning that comes with being a traditional crazy cat lady.

The cat sculptures cost between $60 and $90, plus shipping, depending on the size of the kit and how many bricks it requires. You can see them all here. If cats aren’t your favorite pet, the company also makes dogs, birds, and other animals as well. Although, sadly, unlike their domestic pets, their dolphins and deer don’t come in life-size versions.

[h/t Bored Panda]

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Aflac's Robotic Duck Comforts Kids with Cancer
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Every year, close to 16,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. That news can be the beginning of a long and draining battle that forces kids and their parents to spend large amounts of time with medical providers, enduring long and sometimes painful treatments. As The Verge reports, a bit of emotional support during that process might soon come from an unlikely source: the Alfac duck.

The supplemental insurance company announced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it has partnered with the medical robotics company Sproutel to design and manufacture My Special Aflac Duck, a responsive and emotive sim-bird intended exclusively for children undergoing cancer treatment.

When a child cuddles the fuzzy robotic duck, it can cuddle back. It reacts to being cradled and stroked by quacking or moving its head. Kids can also touch special RFID chips emblazoned with emoji on the duck's chest to tell it how they’re feeling, and the device will mimic those emotions.

But the duck isn’t solely for cuddling. In “IV Mode,” which can be switched on while a child is undergoing IV therapy, the duck can help the user relax by guiding them through breathing exercises. Accessories included with the toy also allow children to "draw blood" from the duck as well as administer medication, a kind of role-playing that may help patients feel more comfortable with their own treatments.

Aflac approached Sproutel with the idea after seeing Sproutel’s Jerry the Bear, a social companion robot intended to support kids with diabetes. Other robotic companions—like the Japanese-made seal Paro and Hasbro's Joy for All companion pets for seniors—have hinted at a new market for robotics that prioritize comfort over entertainment or play.

My Special Aflac Duck isn’t a commercial product and won’t be available for retail sale. Aflac intends to offer it as a gift directly to patients, with the first rollout expected at its own cancer treatment center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mass distribution is planned for later this year.

[h/t The Verge]

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