This article originally appeared on sbealeonline.com.
One of the big attractions at any fan convention is the cosplay, especially if you're a shutterbug like me. Cosplay, of course, is a contraction of "costume play," and for many players, it's more than just dressing up like a movie or comic book character. It's a form of performance art, and I've been impressed by how easily cosplayers will strike entertaining poses when a camera is present.
Here's a look at some of the costumed characters I encountered at the 2017 Clockwork Alchemy and FanimeCon in San Jose, plus some additional shots from the latter event.
Many thanks to Cassie Kalenda, Clara Blackheart, John R. Schmidt and Venita Coleman, who helped me identify some of the characters.
The Steampunk Explorer is an online magazine and resource directory for steampunk enthusiasts and creators. You'll find stories about people, places and events in the steampunk world, as well as guides to retail outlets, museums, galleries, eateries, and other attractions in 36 North American regions, with more to come. We also have several pages of resources for artists, writers, and people with an interest in 19th century history. The site launched in March 2018. Read more. . .