Back in 2012, I traveled across the country visiting cosplayers in 20 cities and documenting the cosplay scene in the United States. I would follow cosplayers to JoAnns, thrift stores, fabric shops, I would be there as they work on their cosplay in their homes and garages, I would be there as they get ready in the morning of the con at the crack of dawn. You see, this is the part of cosplay not many people sees and this is where you can definitely see the stress of Day Zero midnight sewing, the agony of something going wrong, the triumph of accomplishing that build and enjoying the con with your friends. I put three years of travel to put out the book Cosplay in America V2 in 2015.
I missed documenting those moments so I’m working on documenting cosplayers in Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin. You see, I plan to be at Ikkicon and PAX South and I figured I could spend some time following cosplayers as they hunt for material, the work at home constructing the outfits and getting ready and being at the convention.
I plan to visit 3-4 cosplayers in each city, photographing them over a period of three times – once for shopping (if possible), the other in building their costumes and finally at the convention.
I’ve been telling cosplayer’s stories on social media, this is just more of a deep dive. The resulting videos and photos will be posted online and who knows, maybe be in another book in the future.
For those outside of Texas, I’m looking for cosplayers in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, and New Orleans . I won’t be able to devote three separate visits but I can document the rush of the week before the convention and being at the convention. LA, DC and New Orleans will be in 2020 but it can’t hurt to get started. New York City I’ll be there for Anime NYC so I’m currently seeking cosplayers there. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org