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COSPLAY IN AMERICA (online)

Cosplay in America posts interviews with cosplayers daily on various social media : FB / IG / TW / TU / YT

COSPLAY IN AMERICA V2 (2015)

A lush combination of portraiture and documentary photography, Cosplay in America Volume 2 takes us on a tour of fan conventions across the nation—from Comic-Con International in San Diego and Los Angeles’s Anime Expo to Dragon Con in Atlanta and New York Comic Con—in celebration of the pastime of cosplay. The act of dressing up as characters from movies, manga, video games, and anime can require hundreds of hours of preparation and painstaking attention to detail, and with five hundred conferences per year in the United States attended by a dedicated community, the line between hobby and lifestyle blurs.

Ejen Chuang spent two years photographing people as they constructed their costumes and gathered at events to model their efforts. Accompanying Chuang’s beautiful and deeply human images are cosplayers’—of all ages and backgrounds—own stories of finding themselves while bringing fictional characters to life. Essays by Andrea Letamendi and Liz Ohanesian deepen our understanding of this transformative subculture.

COSPLAY IN AMERICA (2010)

In the past decade, cosplay has exploded in popularity here in the United States. Walk into any anime convention in America and you’ll see fans dressing as their favorite characters from anime, manga, or video games. In 2009, photographer Ejen Chuang travelled to six anime conventions across America to capture this phenomenon. Five months were spent photographing 1,651 cosplayers from coast to coast followed by another six months of editing. The result is a hard bound coffee table book of cosplayers captured at the conventions. Through these pages one can see the many faces of Americans – of different race, background, and age all united under the love of anime

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Cosplay in America P.O. Box 201152 Austin, TX 78720

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