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Imagine a world populated by Goddesses, aliens, elves, cat girls, blue haired martial arts masters, giant robots that do your bidding, visitors from outer space both nefarious and benevolent, sexy female Samurai, evil overlords and magic welding defenders of justice. I can show such a world exists... I've taken the Photographs to prove it!

Every year dozens of anime conventions are held across North America with droves of loyal fans attending. Many come dressed as their favorite anime characters, providing artists and photographers like myself with an endless mad parade of beautiful models to shoot (I took these photos over the 4th of July weekend at Anime Expo 2002, in Long Beach California)

As a long time participant in North America's anime fan community, the greatest thing I've experienced is the creativity of the fans themselves, and it's to them that I dedicate my photographs.

The compulsion to engage in "cosplay" is just too much for some anime fans to resist. To the outsider, it may appear as nothing more than simple exhibitionism... but to the anime community, it's a method of educating other fans while having a great deal of fun. Why just read about your favorite anime character when you can be your favorite character?!

Cosplay is an integral part of the anime experience, and it surely is one of the reasons why anime conventions have enjoyed so much success. I hope you have as much fun viewing my photographs, as I did taking them.

Photos from Anime Expo 2001

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