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Published on Apr 14, 2014

With TV shows dedicated to it, and pictures and videos all across the internet, cosplay has now officially entered the public consciousness. All over the world, enthusiastic fans dress up as their favorite characters and show off amazing homemade costumes at conventions and in inspiring photography sessions. But beyond the glamour is a powerful story of personal transformation. Dressing up helps many cosplayers subvert cultural norms and experiment with new identities. For some, it makes them feel more comfortable in their own skin. A practice that on the surface seems just for fun, in fact can have a profound effect on the cosplayer, revealing another side to this intriguing contemporary movement.

Featuring:
Robin Rosenberg, Phd Clinical Psychologist
http://www.drrobinrosenberg.com/
Jill Pantozzi, journalist & cosplayer
https://twitter.com/JillPantozzi
Frenchy Lunning, Phd Professor & Author
http://mcad.edu/faculty/frenchy-lunning

Full source list of videos and images:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/c...

Additional photos provided by JLinto: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljinto/

Music:
"Mouth Money" by Professor Kliq - http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/10724...
"Wire and Flashing Lights" by Professor Kliq - https://soundcloud.com/professorkliq/...
"Wild Feelings" by MegaEnx - https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaEnx
"Shadows in the Woods" by MegaEnx - https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaEnx
"Speed Freak" by MegaEnx - https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaEnx

More Off Book:
The Rise of Videogame Economies
http://youtu.be/cxf0aoDQDWs
The New Rules of Robot/Human Society
http://youtu.be/FfwxQn3AmUQ
Are Emoticons the Future of Language?
http://youtu.be/8tWZ2JmFpx0
Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?
http://youtu.be/Vxv0-sggnqA


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