14 Glorious Photos Of Cosplayers Celebrating Their Art Form

New book Cosplay World explores the evolution of costume play, a small curiosity in Japan that became a global phenomenon.

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Men and women have been dressing up as their favourite characters from anime, films, games, manga, TV, and books for over 100 years.

Cosplay World, by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett, features over 200 photos of stars of the art form, including Yaya Han, Crystal Graziano, and Spiral Cats.

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Boomie (left) of the cosplay group Strawberry Censor as Gon Destroyer from Blade & Soul, and Goldy as Alphonse Elric from the manga and anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

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Voroninsky (left) as Empress Himiko from the video game Atlantica Online, and Jibrii Ransom as the Marvel Comics character The Black Panther.

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MangaFreak150 (left) as Cheza from the anime Wolf’s Rain, and Meagan Marie as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.