Ric - 2007 

In 2006 I started a personal project about cosplay in Austria, meanwhile the project has expanded to Germany, UK, Hungary, Italy...Cosplay is the short term for costume play. A Cosplayer tries to imitate a character by costume and behavior; there are competitions to determine the best Cosplayer.
At Conventions or Meetings people are wearing their self-made or bought costumes. Although there are sometimes on first sight similarities to live-action role play, carneval, middle ages scene, fandom .... Cosplay started to spread around the planet from Japan, after the successful start of japanese TV-Anime-Series and Manga books around the world. 

Meanwhile it is a global phenomenon, there are several sociological and cultural differences in each area what it means to do Cosplay, how people in the near and broader social context react. The reasons for being a Cosplayer are different, some people are doing it for years, some teens photographed have stopped in the meantime, others are getting more involved, start to sew their costumes by themselves. The mechanical skills are also one aspect, from loving but not perfect at all to incredibly professional "Hollywood" look-alike. One thing all these people have in common is .... passion.

More than 300 people from the age of 11 - 54 years are so far involved. I am not a Cosplayer myself, but always loved comics, SciFi and Fantasy novels when I was young.  (image by Eva Minu Schimmer)
Ric - 2007 In 2006 I started a personal project about cosplay in Austria, meanwhile the project has expanded to Germany, UK, Hungary, Italy...Cosplay is the short term for costume play. A Cosplayer tries to imitate a character by costume and behavior; there are competitions to determine the best Cosplayer. At Conventions or Meetings people are wearing their self-made or bought costumes. Although there are sometimes on first sight similarities to live-action role play, carneval, middle ages scene, fandom .... Cosplay started to spread around the planet from Japan, after the successful start of japanese TV-Anime-Series and Manga books around the world. Meanwhile it is a global phenomenon, there are several sociological and cultural differences in each area what it means to do Cosplay, how people in the near and broader social context react. The reasons for being a Cosplayer are different, some people are doing it for years, some teens photographed have stopped in the meantime, others are getting more involved, start to sew their costumes by themselves. The mechanical skills are also one aspect, from loving but not perfect at all to incredibly professional "Hollywood" look-alike. One thing all these people have in common is .... passion. More than 300 people from the age of 11 - 54 years are so far involved. I am not a Cosplayer myself, but always loved comics, SciFi and Fantasy novels when I was young.
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