Cosplay Goes Global

Cosplay costume and role-plau Nov Takahashi subculture centers around participants dressing and emulating their favortite characters from Japanese mangas (comic books), anime (animation), and video games.
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Most cosplayers make their own elaborate costumes from scratch and some even dye their hair and wear colored contacts to match the likeness of the characters. Because cosplayers pride themselves in the craftsmanship of their costumes, many compete at events worldwide. Cosplayers are seen backstage at the Madman National Cosplay Championships in Syndey, Australia.

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