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Denver, CO (June 27, 2015)…

Anime Expo

Los Angeles, CA (July 2-5)

DEALER ROOM @ Cosplay Photographer's Booth…

San Diego Comic Con 

San Diego, CA (July 9-12)



Orange County Zine Fest

Santa Ana, CA (July 19)…


Baltimore, MD (July 24-26)

ARTIST ALLEY. Sharing table w/ D13MON-Studios (Jamaal Malik Clymer)…


Indianapolis, IN (July 30-Aug 2nd)

Cosplay Guest of Honor……

Kansas City, MO (Aug 29, 2015)…


Dallas, TX (Sept 4-7, 2015)…

Anime Weekend Atlanta 

Atlanta, GA (Sept. 24-27)…

Designer Con

Pasadena, CA (Nov 21)…

Cosplay in America V2 by Cosplay-in-America
Cosplay in America V2

Cosplay in America V2 takes a reader on a visual journey through the culture of cosplay in the United States. Photographer Ejen Chuang spent two years visiting 20 cities to gather images for this book. Combining portraits of cosplayers taken at fandom conventions with documentary photographs of people making costumes at home and gathering at events. Along the way, cosplayers talk about their experiences in cosplay.

Cosplay is the act of dressing up as characters from a variety of sources, including books, video games and animation. Often, cosplay is done at fan conventions, events where people gather to celebrate genre entertainment. There are currently over 500 such conventions in the United States.

Featuring essays from Liz Ohanesian and Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Photographed at San Diego Comic Con, Anime Expo, New York Comic Con, Otakon, DragonCon and numerous other conventions.

Thank you to the 765 backers on my Kickstarter for your contributions !

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Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Los Angeles, USA

Long story short : I grew up as a shy boy in Houston, TX and escaped into comics and anime. Who knew that ten years after I left I would return to fandom in 2008 when I checked out Anime Expo for the first time. Since then, I've published Cosplay in America in 2010 and travelled the con circuit till 2013 promoting the first book, then spent the next two years working on the follow up - Cosplay in America V2 !

This year I plan to be back at cons as well as book signings event at independent book stores, zine fests, comic book shops, anime shops, designer toy shops or even a book fair. It's gonna be a crazy 2015 !

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syo-senpai Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Dood!  :D  Had a great time at Otakon!
WolfNightV4X1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, how cute, your deviantart icon looks like your deviant id except your icon is anime/cartoon ^__^

Also, you're kinda adorable too /)//w//(\

...Aaaaaanyways, I think the kickstarter thing is super cool, I'll definitely see if I can back it
HellknightLeon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thats so freaking awesome! I'm working on some stuff and know people... kinda... that build cosplay gear and its super cool to watch and do. Can't wait to see this get Kickstarted! Good luck!
glorifield Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! There is going to be an anime and gaming convention in Charlottesville, VA. If you're anywhere close by, you should come! [link]
Soldatoflife Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
I was forced to impersonate you once... :)

(by you ^^)
Cosplay-in-America Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
And did you not enjoy yourself ? ^^ lololol
Soldatoflife Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I wouldn't have it any other way with you ;)

For Otakuthon 2013 I won't have any new discoveries in terms of guests as I have already met them all.

Though I might get an awesome guest at Montreal Comiccon 2013 :P

*crosses fingers for Felicia Day, George Takei or Gillian Anderson*

You should get invited to MCC or Otakuthon for your 2nd book entry!

Your kickstarter better not end before I can give you money!
Vidarson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Hey, I love your videos and think you do an awesome jobs showing off all the different cons throughout the country. Because of you I want to go to katsucon, Acen and Sakura-con. Do you think you'll ever come to Realmscon? It's fair sized con and this year is its 8th year. They're getting a lot of cool guest and it would be cool if you could come. If you ever wanted a con that does anime, comics, and movies this is one of them.
Cosplay-in-America Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Honestly, probably not. Reason is I have a schedule set up for the next 10 months to shoot for the book so focusing on that for a bit.

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