Cosplay— the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game—has a long history within science fiction and fantasy fandom. In recent years, it’s become a mainstream phenomenon. Andrew Liptak, author of Cosplay: A History, describes how cosplay has evolved from a niche activity of convention-goers in the mid-20th century to wide popularity today.
About Andrew Liptak
Andrew Liptak is a writer and historian from Vermont who has worked as a journalist for more than a decade. His work has appeared in places such as Clarkesworld Magazine, Gizmodo, Kirkus Reviews, Lifehacker, Slate, The Verge, and other publications.
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