Photo: Shannon Cottrell/LA Weekly, Ejen Chuang and friends at Cosplay in America Release party
Cosplay in America is a gorgeous tribute to the people who attend anime conventions. Photographer Ejen Chuang spent a year traveling to cons shooting cosplayers. He published the coffee table-style book on his own and is now traveling again, this time set up in the artist alley at various conventions with his labor of love.
I had a chance to look through the book at the Cosplay in America release party in Los Angeles a few months ago. The layout is slick and the photos are lovely. Chuang did what I hope more people will do in the future, portrayed cosplay as art.
Here's a wonderful video interview Chuang conducted with a Porco Rosso cosplayer.