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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”…

Otacool 2 Cover Cosplayers Revealed

Otacool 2 Cover

When top otaku culture blogger Danny Choo needed cosplayers for his upcoming photobook, Otacool 2: Worldwide Cosplayers, he didn’t seek them out in the traditional way. He didn’t set up geographically limited auditions or prohibitively expensive photoshoots. He didn’t fly in cosplayers from around the world or conduct time-consuming local contests in various countries. No, he didn’t indulge in any such offline prefiltering.

Being a tech industry veteran who’s worked with the likes of Microsoft and Amazon, Danny did something smarter, something more scalable, something more disintermediated, something that completely bypassed geographic cosplay cliques. He leveraged the Internet for crowdsourcing.

Danny made a public call for cosplayers to post photo entries on his hobby site, Figure.fm. Thanks to Danny’s considerable fame within his niche, hundreds of entries piled up in a matter of weeks. Some of the world’s top cosplayers even contributed to the blogger’s book project. Click here to continue reading “Otacool 2 Cover Cosplayers Revealed”…