It started out as a niche and has blown into a full on culture of its own; Anime fans, or Otaku, have created a community that centers on Cosplay and Anime Conventions. With nearly 100 conventions, or cons as they are called, across the United States, the obsession is alive and growing. Pink and blue wigs are the norm, with Japanese endearments shouted about, at a con with 1,500 to 40,000 attendees.
The craft is of the most importance, with Cosplayers spending hours upon hours bent over the newest costume and prop. For many, every con is a chance to Cosplay a new character that has been proudly hand made.
A community has been intricately woven throughout the years and number of cons. Friendships have begun and continue even after the con closes its doors, with long lasting relationships and families born after years of attending cons. As a Cosplayer myself, I capture the community which has become my magical home away from home.