Friday, December 18, 2009

For the Love of Comics #07: Cosplay - a photo essay

Words &: Pictures: Seth Kushner

Cosplay (コスプレkosupure), short for "costume play", is type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

It's no secret that I'm a comics fan. If you're reading this, then odds are you are, too. I've been a fan since before I was able to read and have collected weekly for over twenty-six years. But, I have never worn a costume to a comic con. Just not my thing. To me, that is a different level of fandom, and one which I find fascinating. A couple of years back, I decided to turn my lens to such fans, and create a photo series, as a way of examining these Cosplayers. The following photos were taken at several comic conventions.


  1. Disturbing and courageous all at the same time. And that's just the photography. I'm in awe and fear of these people.


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