New book Cosplay World explores the evolution of costume play, a small curiosity in Japan that became a global phenomenon. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409141991); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3429909”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409141991); });

1. Yaha Han as Camilla from the anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

Yaha Han as Camilla from the anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust .

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Judith Stephens / Cosplay World / Prestel

Men and women have been dressing up as their favourite characters from anime, films, games, manga, TV, and books for over 100 years.

Cosplay World, by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett, features over 200 photos of stars of the art form, including Yaya Han, Crystal Graziano, and Spiral Cats.

2. Kamui as Wonder Woman.

Kamui as Wonder Woman.

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Darshelle Stevens / Cosplay World / Prestel 3.

Bill Doran / Cosplay World / Prestel

Wesley Smith, The Portrait Dude / Cosplay World / Prestel

 

A Daft Punk costume built and worn by Bill Doran (left), and Knightmage as Venom from Spider-Man.

4. Checkley as Savage Opress from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Checkley as Savage Opress from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars .

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Julian Checkley / Cosplay World / Prestel 5.

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Boomie (left) of the cosplay group Strawberry Censor as Gon Destroyer from Blade & Soul, and Goldy as Alphonse Elric from the manga and anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

6. Danny Kelley as Superman.

Danny Kelley as Superman.

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Jay Tablante / Cosplay World / Prestel

Eurobeat Kasumi Photography / Cosplay World / Prestel

 

Maria Rivera (left) as Wonder Woman, and Chaka Cumberbatch as Captain America.

8. Shawn Thorsson as a Spartan from Halo.

Shawn Thorsson as a Spartan from Halo .

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Melissa Hammack / Cosplay World / Prestel 9.

Xenia Rogutenok / Cosplay World / Prestel

A.G Vask / Cosplay World / Prestel

 

Voroninsky (left) as Empress Himiko from the video game Atlantica Online, and Jibrii Ransom as the Marvel Comics character The Black Panther.

10. Lyz Brickley as Garrett from the video game series Thief.

Lyz Brickley as Garrett from the video game series Thief .

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Darshelle Stevens / Cosplay World / Prestel 11.

Anna Fischer / Cosplay World / Prestel

Anna Fischer / Cosplay World / Prestel

 

MangaFreak150 (left) as Cheza from the anime Wolf’s Rain, and Meagan Marie as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.

12. Namiko101 as Panty from the manga and anime Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.

Namiko101 as Panty from the manga and anime Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt .

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Judith Stephens / Cosplay World / Prestel

13. Crystal Graziano as Raiden from Metal Gear Solid.

Crystal Graziano as Raiden from Metal Gear Solid .

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Eric Ng / Cosplay World / Prestel

14. Mo Meinhart as spider queen Arachnia.

Mo Meinhart as spider queen Arachnia.

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Judith Stephens / Cosplay World / Prestel

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/matthewtucker/glorious-photos-of-cosplayers-celebrating-their-art-form

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