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A lush mixture of portraiture and documentary pictures, Cosplay in America Quantity 2 takes us on a tour of fan conventions throughout the nation—from Comedian-Con Worldwide in San Diego and Los Angeles’s Anime Expo to Dragon Con in Atlanta and New York Comedian Con—in celebration of the pastime of cosplay. The act of dressing up as characters from motion pictures, manga, video video games, and anime can require tons of of hours of preparation and painstaking consideration to element, and with 5 hundred conferences per 12 months in the US attended by a devoted neighborhood, the road between pastime and life-style blurs.
Ejen Chuang spent two years photographing folks as they constructed their costumes and gathered at occasions to mannequin their efforts. Accompanying Chuang’s lovely and deeply human photographs are cosplayers’—of all ages and backgrounds—personal tales of discovering themselves whereas bringing fictional characters to life. Essays by Andrea Letamendi and Liz Ohanesian deepen our understanding of this transformative subculture.Superior costumes