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Yaya Han (Atlanta, GA)

Yaya Han (Atlanta, GA)

“When I quit my job to open a costume commission business in 2005, I took the leap to making cosplay my only source of income. Since then my …
Bryan Morton (Los Angeles,CA)

Bryan Morton (Los Angeles,CA)

“Why Superman? He represents a person trying to live up to the best potential of himself he can be. He has so much power to do whatever he …
@vakermaker (Dallas, TX)

@vakermaker (Dallas, TX)

For as long as I can remember, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays due to the fact that it was the one where you could …
CHIP (Chicago, IL)

CHIP (Chicago, IL)

My group of friends usually gets pretty into Halloween, so everyone wants to have a good costume. And through that I found it was fun to create costumes …
Caroline & MoIses (Los Angeles, CA)

Caroline & MoIses (Los Angeles, CA)

My first comic con that I attended was at Long Beach Comic Con 2009 where Stan Lee cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony. I was a bit …
Benjamin (Cypress, CA)

Benjamin (Cypress, CA)

I spend well over a year combining as many outfits as I could to create closet cosplays that actually weren’t half bad, and over time I got better …
Kryten (California)

Kryten (California)

Sure, well the reason I picked the Doctor was pretty much when I was in college a friend of mine introduced me to the TV show Doctor Who …
T.J Burnside Clapp (Arlington, VA)

T.J Burnside Clapp (Arlington, VA)

The photos were taken at the 1977 Halloween party that was hosted by the University of Maryland Association of Star Trek (UMAST). I was a 16-year-old high school …
Forrester Sisters

Forrester Sisters

By Lauren Forrester. We are dressed as a Japanese animation show called The Dirty Pair (Kei and Yuri). We had been dressing up in these costumes at Japanese …
Warren (Chicago, IL)

Warren (Chicago, IL)

Susumu Kodai from Space Battleship YamatoCosplayer: @the.yamato.boyPhoto : @m_padron15 Funny enough at anime cons, not a lot of people recognize it as the Space Battleship Yamato, they usually …
@super.ultra.omega (Rhode Island)

@super.ultra.omega (Rhode Island)

( photo: BakedKristi ) With my builds, I do my best to pay the ultimate tribute. ‘Toy Story’ has been a franchise that never ceases to take me …
Kirilee Cosplay (Australia)

Kirilee Cosplay (Australia)

G’day, I’m Kirilee cosplay, I’m a cosplayer based in Perth, in Western Australia. And at the end of last year, I had the absolutely amazing opportunity to come …
Kendra (Whitewater, WI)

Kendra (Whitewater, WI)

Deadpool was one of the first comic book characters that I really connected with. The humor and antics were so funny, and it’s one of the only comic …
EMMA (New Mexico)

EMMA (New Mexico)

My first con was in Baltimore for Otakon 2001. Pre 9/11! I originally wanted to attend a con either out in Colorado or Texas, but I was the …
Nikki Moxxi (Orange County, CA)

Nikki Moxxi (Orange County, CA)

I was running out of time to create my Anime Expo cosplays (one week before con!) And I knew I wanted to do something challenging but manageable. I …
MJ

MJ

I’d been cosplaying for a couple of years when I did my first “joke” cosplay, which was Pokémon Go themed, and was floored by how many people wanted …
@theblackbard (Chicago, IL)

@theblackbard (Chicago, IL)

I’m a fashion designer and have always been a nerd/gaymer. But until about 8 years ago I never knew that cons existed, or that people dressed up to …
Soydoka (Chicago, IL)

Soydoka (Chicago, IL)

I decided to crossplay as Ruby Rose because she is my favorite character from Rooster Teeth’s RWBY. She’s fun character in the series, can be silly at times, …
Clinton (Owasso, OK)

Clinton (Owasso, OK)

I’ve always been a big fan of superheroes and I have a big fondness for a lot of the classics, especially Golden Age (1940s) versions. A friend and …
Cosplay Repair Fairy

Cosplay Repair Fairy

I pretty much carry on with anything, and I mean anything, that I think could be useful. I have the basics that anyone would have like needle and …
Nicole (Houston, TX)

Nicole (Houston, TX)

The  online cosplay contest are scary to me. They [the judges] do not see all the details or hand stitched parts you have done. All you can do …
Katana Cosplay (Reno, NV)

Katana Cosplay (Reno, NV)

I (Kate) am the one who manages the accounts and does most of the cosplay work. Nana is there for support and helping me figure things out, and …
Jacen

Jacen

My favorite experience while cosplaying Cheryl from Archer would have to be at KrakenCon last November when there was a booth with a flying simulator that people could …
Stephen (New York CIty, NY)

Stephen (New York CIty, NY)

I started cosplaying for last year’s NYC Comic Con and loved it, That year I was a Jedi Knight and a Elven Decker from the RPG Shadowrun. I do cosplay …
@FernsideDragons (Seattle, WA)

@FernsideDragons (Seattle, WA)

☺️❤️❤️ #nyancat #eccc #ECCC23 pic.twitter.com/EHrt27YnvD— Wink❤️💛💚💙💜✨ @sakuracon (@Winkonthings) March 3, 2023 CIA What inspired the Nyan cat? MEGAN I have loved Nyan cat ever since I first watched …
Xander (Austin, TX)

Xander (Austin, TX)

Photo: Kevin Lillard. It was sometime in the very early 2000s, probably 2000 or 2001. I discovered the website A Fan’s View run by Kevin Lillard. He went …
Patience (Anchorage, AK)

Patience (Anchorage, AK)

Well I don’t believe I really became a geek until my first time at Senshi Con back in 2012-2013. I didn’t know about the cosplay world until I …
Lady AVA Designs (Baltimore, MD)

Lady AVA Designs (Baltimore, MD)

I stumbled upon Otakon 2001 through an ad in Animerica Magazine. With anticipation and a lot of begging, I convinced my parents to embark on this anime-filled adventure …
Charmedseed (Denver, CO)

Charmedseed (Denver, CO)

I was born in Indiana and raised in Wyoming before moving to Colorado for college. Having grown up very crafty and creative, as well as a little nerdy, …
@sweetieplague (Chicago, IL)

@sweetieplague (Chicago, IL)

The idea to cosplay as the C2E2 sign has been in the making for around 4 years now. I was previously inspired to think outside the box by …
Anna-neko

Anna-neko

It really does go back to ancient days of AOL – usenet boards (rec.arts.anime) anime chatrooms where you might accidentally stumble upon a fellow nerd who had the …
Jeremy Fisher (Los Angeles, CA)

Jeremy Fisher (Los Angeles, CA)

My first home built costume was Boba Fett for Halloween back in 1997. Ever since I saw the original trilogy, Star Wars has been a huge part of …
Alan Yeh (Cary, NC)

Alan Yeh (Cary, NC)

Being in cosplay repair can definitely get you into some strange circumstances. Last year at Dragon Con a Mr. Mime cosplayer ran up to yelling “HELP ME MY …
@blueclarice (Pennsylvania)

@blueclarice (Pennsylvania)

I’ve always enjoyed dressing up. When I was a kid I would refuse to go anywhere without wearing a tiara which eventually evolved in me not going anywhere …
The Mending Medic (Raleigh, NC)

The Mending Medic (Raleigh, NC)

My favorite thing is people’s reactions when they realize that I have hot glue. It’s a mixture of disbelief and amazement, and I love it. Another awesome thing …
@DraconPern (San Antonio, TX)

@DraconPern (San Antonio, TX)

It started probably back in 2006 or 2007. You get bored and you look online for anime-related stuff and by chance I see these characters, these photos online …
Avis (Dallas, TX)

Avis (Dallas, TX)

I could fill a book with all the funny things people do when they come up to Lightning [Final Fantasy XIII]. You would think such a serious character …
Chunky Cosplay (Anchorage, AK)

Chunky Cosplay (Anchorage, AK)

So, at first Maybel Pines started off as just a simple costume just to provide some more content on mymusical.ly account. I came in to the Gravity Falls …
Scrapper Costuming (New York CIty)

Scrapper Costuming (New York CIty)

Photo: @making.with.megan The Classic Batman TV series, to my memory was my first real exposure to superhero media- my parents were both the right age to watch the …
Myleah of Lumikha Cosplay Resale

Myleah of Lumikha Cosplay Resale

Kujo Tenn Cosplay shot by Ubevisuals Interviews with Myleah conducted by Zippy March 17, 2023 At only 26 years of age, Myleah has already made her way through …
CaffEineCraft & Setterspecs (Chicago, IL)

CaffEineCraft & Setterspecs (Chicago, IL)

Photo: Payton’s Photography CAFFEINECRAFT: This is the story of how Setterspecs and I met and how things came together for us to get married the day before Anime …
Fallen Feathers Cosplay (Ooltewah, TN)

Fallen Feathers Cosplay (Ooltewah, TN)

Been cosplaying since 2001, but I personally haven’t been sewing until 2011.  I’ve always loved Halloween and to have a hobby where I can actually dress up on …
@CosplayRepairMedic (Pittsburgh, PA)

@CosplayRepairMedic (Pittsburgh, PA)

How did I become a cosplay medic? I find we get this question a lot and it surprises people how far back this goes for me. When I …
Matt (Anchorage, AK)

Matt (Anchorage, AK)

Remembering my childhood, I believe My Neighbor Totoro was my first anime feature film, didn’t mind the dubbed version until discovering subbed versions of animes in my high …
Marc Kandel (NEW YORK)

Marc Kandel (NEW YORK)

Photo: @Miggychagon Iron Man, the Silver Centurion and later the Modular armor, were chosen as all my builds are, from a period from roughly 1982 to 1994, the …
ConnArtistry cosplay (Anchorage, AK)

ConnArtistry cosplay (Anchorage, AK)

I chose Sombra for both her design and her attitude. She simply oozes confidence, and her concept is colorful and charismatic in a way I found challenging and …
Jessica Nigri (Phoenix, AZ)

Jessica Nigri (Phoenix, AZ)

Originally recorded on Feb. 18, 2013 at San Diego Comic Con Hi. I’m Jessica Nigri. I’m 22 years old. I’m cosplaying. Since 2009 at San Diego Comic-Con. I …
Sumikins cosplay (portland, OR)

Sumikins cosplay (portland, OR)

I am cosplaying Rue from Princess Tutu – Specifically her Fire Festival dress from Episode 5. Princess Tutu is arguably my favorite series of all time. I love …
Shasta (Anchorage, AK)

Shasta (Anchorage, AK)

After binge watching Dragon ball super, I was excited to see a new females character introduced in the series, Vados. She was shrewd, humorously sarcastic, and possibly stronger …
Punished Props (Seattle, WA)

Punished Props (Seattle, WA)

I’m way into video games. For example, I played World of Warcraft for five years. At a certain point the only way that I could express how much …
IAN (Dallas, TX)

IAN (Dallas, TX)

I was reading the comic Young Avengers when it re-launched from Marvel. It was not only super funny but super insightful about gender norms and race. As a …
Brandon (Orlando, FL)

Brandon (Orlando, FL)

I found out about cosplay and conventions from my Vice President from the Japanese Culture Club, when we were in High School. I mostly knew only the culture …
KAYE COSPLAY (Orlando, FL)

KAYE COSPLAY (Orlando, FL)

Photo : Felix Wong. I was surprised that so many people at the convention recognized who I was cosplaying! I expected that not many people would know because …
@Wasted_Fett (Las Vegas, NV)

@Wasted_Fett (Las Vegas, NV)

Once you learn how to make molds and casts in which there’s hundreds of techniques and tons of materials to work with, the most difficult part is actually …
Delta Major (New York City, NY)

Delta Major (New York City, NY)

I love cosplay but wanted to step out of doing exact replicas of the characters; instead, I wanted to do my own take on the characters by adding …
@NIMSCRAFT (Cleveland, OH)

@NIMSCRAFT (Cleveland, OH)

My Assassin’s Creed outfit was my one of my most ambitious projects and I have learned a lot of crafting techniques in the process of making it: leatherwork, …
Jez Roth (Las Vegas, NV)

Jez Roth (Las Vegas, NV)

Interview conducted by @wintermelin October 2022 I opened up the School of Cosplay in November of 2019, right before covid. And I wanted to open this because I’ve …
Dragon Con Cosplay Medics (Atlanta, GA)

Dragon Con Cosplay Medics (Atlanta, GA)

Written : Zippy / photo: Uniquely Similar Photography ) If you’ve ever seen a convention goer with a sign that says ‘cosplay medic’ or ‘cosplay repairs’, then you …
Nick Yarian (Eagle River,  AK)

Nick Yarian (Eagle River, AK)

Ever since I was a kid, I loved watching anime and playing video games, I was a pretty typical young boy growing up and loved watching Dragonball z …
Kelsey (Atlanta, GA)

Kelsey (Atlanta, GA)

Since it’s a local landmark, people from out of town didn’t understand it – they just stared in confusion. But Atlanta locals LOVED IT! I’d hear people scream …
DeZBAH ROSE

DeZBAH ROSE

Photo: @terrance_clifford Dani is one of the few fully developed Indigenous characters in comic book history, let alone a Native Woman. I decided to give her more authenticity …
Monkey Monsters Cosplay (Los Angeles, CA)

Monkey Monsters Cosplay (Los Angeles, CA)

Santos Medrano : The idea came from a joke that I made about myself. See, I love cosplaying, I always loved the idea of dressing up, sadly I …
Chip (CHicago, IL)

Chip (CHicago, IL)

My group of friends usually gets pretty into Halloween, so everyone wants to have a good costume. And through that I found it was fun to create costumes …
Garrett (Los Angeles, CA)

Garrett (Los Angeles, CA)

My first experience attending a convention was in 2006 with a friend of mine. We just graduated high school and wanted to check out Anime Expo which was …
Ubehime (Florida)

Ubehime (Florida)

Photo: DTJAAAAM DW has become so integrated into my experience as a cosplayer because she reminds me to never forget to have fun. I always describe myself as …
Volpin Props (Atlanta,GA)

Volpin Props (Atlanta,GA)

In 2013 as part of the second book, I flew to Atlanta to visit cosplayers including Harrison Krix of Volpin Props. He had gain some attention for the …
@CosplayMom99 (Los Angeles, CA)

@CosplayMom99 (Los Angeles, CA)

Photo: @bb49r Everything Everywhere All At Once went viral and it was really exciting to see all of the buzz about it. Seeing Jamie Lee Curtis win the …
amuly21 (North Carolina)

amuly21 (North Carolina)

2014 2019 In 2014, I wore the comic book Captain Marvel costume to HeroesCon, a guy ran up to me and asked if I could take a picture …
ventuswentus

ventuswentus

(photo: Felix Wong) He’s cool as hell, punk, AND BLACK? That’s such a win for black fans, especially black fans who are alternative like me. This has been …
Rethink Cosplay (New York, NY)

Rethink Cosplay (New York, NY)

Written : Zippy / Photo : Felix Wong Ariel Krupnik, aka Rethink Cosplay, creates elaborate and unique cosplays that not only make you do a double take in …
Dash Gordon (League City, TX)

Dash Gordon (League City, TX)

Not all heroes wear capes; however, in the appropriately comic book sounding League City, Texas, there’s one hero who certainly does, and his good deeds are getting noticed …
StrangeCatCosplay & Fooprawn (New Orleans, LA)

StrangeCatCosplay & Fooprawn (New Orleans, LA)

CIA: What was it about @btanselanocian’s redesign that inspired y’all to tackle this project? STRANGE CAT COSPLAY: When I saw the designs I fell in love with the props, …
William, Evelyn & Natalie (Vancouver, WA)

William, Evelyn & Natalie (Vancouver, WA)

The crowds never really bothered Evelyn. She’s kind of a ham and likes attention, so people asking for pictures made her day, plus she could show off her …
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Alive Alf

I believe it was Anime Los Angeles 2017 when I met Alify Nasution or better known as Alive Alf. I remember this because he had a portfolio book …