Lianna Preston from Los Angeles is Junkrat from "Overwatch."
Lianna Preston from Los Angeles is Junkrat from “Overwatch.” Photo by Chris Stone

How many at San Diego Comic-Con dress up? A cosplayer census has yet to be taken, but estimates range from 5 percent to 20 percent.

If the median — 12.5 percent — were accurate, the number of badged con-goers would top 16,000. (Of course, people in costumes — but without badges — crowd the Gaslamp as well.)

Recently on Reddit, one reply was: “I usually go to two cons, WonderCon and SDCC, and SDCC is maybe 5 percent cosplayers, and Wondercon is maybe 10 percent cosplayers. If anything, I’d say that bigger cons have [fewer] cosplayers on average.”

More certain is how the word cosplay came into play.

It’s been called portmanteau of the English terms costume and play — kosupure in Japanese — coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi of Studio Hard at the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles.

No matter their number, San Diego’s cosplayers are among the best in this galaxy. Here are some early favorites.

Jim Hampshire of Illinois is the Night King from “Game of Thrones.” Photo by Chris Stone
Lilah Edwards of La Mirada is the Weeping Angel from “Dr. Who.” Photo by Chris Stone
Malis Vitterfolk of San Jose is Merida from “Brave.” Photo by Chris Stone
Collin Tongue of Hollywood is Darth Maul from “Star Wars.” Photo by Chris Stone
Bernadette Bentley of Los Angeles is Super Snow White. Photo by Chris Stone
Emilie Hirsch of Simi Valley is Psycho from “Borderlands.” Photo by Chris Stone
A joking Jon Ringard is King Titon of Little Mermaid. Photo by Chris Stone
Summer Newton of San Diego is Mystic from “X-Men.” Photo by Chris Stone
Duan King of Denver is Zazeo. Photo by Chris Stone
Brandon Isaacson of Alameda is McThor. Photo by Chris Stone
A 15-month-old boy dressed as a dragon is among the youngest cosplayers at Comic-Con. Photo by Chris Stone
A character greets guests in front of Laika on Fifth Avenue. Photo by Chris Stone
Megan Murphy of San Francisco is the Queen of Hearts. Photo by Chris Stone
Gekai Halton of Dallas in Spider Girl. Photo by Chris Stone
Jocelin Montejo is a Zombie Sailor Moon. Photo by Chris Stone
Peter Vasquez labeled himself a crazy monster. Photo by Chris Stone
Amanda Vanderbeek of Houston is Vision. Photo by Chris Stone
Edward Quintero of San Diego is Adam Warlock. Photo by Chris Stone
Dan Langley of Tulsa, Oklahoma is Kratos, God of War. Photo by Chris Stone
A cosplayer with a card called Trixter wanders Fifth Avenue near Comic-Con. Photo by Chris Stone
Comic-Con attendees get “looked over” by ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier promo wrapped on a passing trolley. Photo by Chris Stone

The best of the rest from Friday: