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.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOKS
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.BOING BOING
It’s a heartwarming peek into their world, one inhabited by people too often, and too easily, dismissed as geeks or nerds.WIRED.COM
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.”