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Creating and Growing Community-Based Cosplay Memory Project


Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the history of cosplay and convention culture in the United States. Through collecting and archiving stories and photos, we aim to provide a resource for current and future cosplay enthusiasts.


Ejen Chuang started Cosplay in America in 2008 after photographing cosplayers for the first time at Anime Expo. There has been two hardcover books, Cosplay in America (2010) and Cosplay in America V2 (2015).

Michael Miller, aka Zippy is the head writer as well as the editor-in-chief behind the pop culture website LastLooks.org. When he’s not covering pop culture for Last Looks, he can be found shooting cosplay and concert photography throughout the Southeast.


Cosplay in America makes materials accessible through fair use and open access (Section 107-108, Copyright Act) for educational and scholarly pursuit, but we do not own copyrights to all materials. All images, magazines, newspaper clippings, and published materials are Copyright © by their respective authors/publishers. Copying, by any method, of material on this site for any purpose other than an individual’s personal reference for educational purposes without the written permission of Cosplay in America, or the copyright owner, is prohibited.

Cosplayers seeking remove of their interview and/or image, please contact : remove@cosplayinamerica.com



Cosplay in America is a gorgeous tribute to the people who attend conventions.Chuang did what I hope more people will do in the future, portrayed cosplay as art. 


It’s a heartwarming peek into their world, one inhabited by people too often, and too easily, dismissed as geeks or nerds. 


Ejen Chuang’s photographs do what similar photo books weren’t able to do: show cosplayers as real people who like to dress up as fictitious characters, and treat them with respect for their passion for the anime, games and manga that inspired their costumes.


Not just the most elaborately dressed or the sexiest, what you see is a cross section of costumed America … each one is set in front of same black backdrop which lets you focus on the cosplayers and how much work they put into their costumes. Ejen’s message is clear : they’re the artist. He’s just the photographer.