Cosplay in America is a photography book by Ejen Chuang. In 2009, he went to six different anime conventions across the country, compiling photos for the book.
The result? The first and most extensive documentation of last year’s generation of cosplayers in America.
All characters, all races, all genders are featured in this book– and if you’re familiar with the convention scene, you would probably recognize quite a few people. The book is straightforward but its design is quite sleek and cool– Cheung took great care with all the pictures. All his photos reflect how much he admires the hobby and the people who love it.
The launch party book was hosted in Royal-T’s backroom. Quite a good crowd of photographers, onlookers and cosplayers showed up. Yes, I did decide to cosplay for the event just to get into the spirit of things, of course! Though it isn’t easy to take pictures while other people are taking yours! It is definitely a strange feeling every time I put on a costume again, but I can’t always deny my love for dressing up.
Nonetheless, I believe the party was a success and everyone was enthusiastic about the book. Others were excited to see cosplayers featured in the book show up and I spotted a lot of autograph signing.
Tune in Tokyo (currently featured in LA Weekly’s Best of LA People 2009!)Â kept the Japanese music pumping in the room. Cosplayers jumped on the dance floor to show off their para para moves (my videos of those will be uploaded soon, by the way!) and eager voices sang along with the Pokemon theme song.
Cosplay-lovers should definitely add this book to their collection. It is a good representation of– well, cosplay in America!
The book sold out at the party, but Chuang is taking more pre-orders at his website and you can find him at conventions selling copies.
Don’t forget to check out his website for more information.
Watch the slideshow of the photos I took at the event: