From Tor.com – Don’t look now, but cosplayers—or people who dress up as fictional characters—are everywhere these days. They’re at conventions, they’re in every other web gallery, there may even be one behind you right now.
And why wouldn’t cosplay be so popular? It’s a chance to become your favorite video game, anime or comics characters. It can be hard work, and expensive, but cosplayers get to live out a fantasy while also gaining membership in a community that loves the same shows and appreciates the crafty skills used to create your badass gatling gun or set of leather armor.
Of course, I’m just a humble writer, so to find out what it’s really like to be a cosplayer, I called up Empress Jessamine Kaldwin and her legendary bodyguard Corvo Attano, who also go by the names Sheila and Sylar when they’re not cosplaying Dishonored characters.