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Comic-Con 2010 Asian Cosplayers

Popular Asian cosplayers Linda Le, Jan Illenberger, and Alodia Gosiengfiao pose for the cameras at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Linda cosplays Juri Han from the video game Super Street Fighter IV. Jan cosplays Bayonetta from the video game Bayonetta. Alodia cosplays Amaha Masane from the anime series Witchblade. Photo by Erskine Manglicmot.

Popular Asian cosplayers Linda Le, Jan Illenberger, and Alodia Gosiengfiao pose for the cameras at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Linda cosplays Juri Han from the video game Super Street Fighter IV. Jan cosplays Bayonetta from the video game Bayonetta. Alodia cosplays Amaha Masane from the anime series Witchblade. Photo by Erskine Manglicmot.

Since 1970, the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has served as one of the world’s biggest conventions dedicated to geeky passions of all kinds: from comics, to animation, to movies, to toys. One of those geeky passions is cosplay, and that passion was extremely well-represented at this year’s Comic-Con. Hundreds of cosplayers from around the world trooped to the San Diego Convention Center to become their favorite characters for four days, representing every genre at Comic-Con.

One particular cosplayer, Filipina cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao, came to Comic-Con this year with a mission: to host a cosplay gathering for Kotobukiya, publisher of the new photobook Otacool 2: Worldwide Cosplayers. Through the global crowdsourcing efforts of top otaku culture blogger Danny Choo, Otacool 2 brings together amazing cosplayers from around the world, including Alodia. How fitting, then, that Alodia’s cosplay gathering should unite four Asian cosplayers in America. Click here to continue reading “Comic-Con 2010 Asian Cosplayers”…

Japanese Cosplayer Kaname Speaks Out on Regional Cosplay Championship 2009

Renowned Japanese cosplayer Kaname, one of the judges at the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship 2009, candidly shares his thoughts on the event. Apparently, his favorite costumes and performance came from Filipina cosplayers Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao.

The sisters’ interpretation of a fight scene from the anime Witchblade impressed Kaname so much that he gave them perfect scores across the board. In fact, their portrayal led him to discover the anime itself.

Now Kaname, an international anime market influencer, is suddenly a Witchblade fan — all thanks to Alodia and Ashley. Witness the power of cosplay as media consumer evangelism.