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Cosplay Documentary Cosplanet Examines the Origins of Everyone’s Favorite Hobby

I mean, it is, right?

No matter how many people yell, “Get off my lawn!” about it, cosplay is a hugely popular phenomenon that has only picked up steam in recent years. But where did all the awesome gender-swaps, character mashups, and all-around amazing costumes come from? Cosplanet wants to get us all up to speed.

Patrick Meaney told The Hollywood Reporter that Cosplanet got started thanks to some of the interviews recorded during production of She Makes Comics, another documentary on which Meaney was a producer and editor. Meaney said,

While we were working on She Makes Comics, we spoke with several cosplayers, and heard a lot of fascinating stories about the world of cosplay, going back to the very early days of fandom in the 60s and 70s. We didn’t have enough room in that film to include all of the cool stuff we heard from interviewees, so we started throwing around the idea of doing a project more focused on cosplay.

Lauren Bregman, owner and founder of Castle Corsetry, joined the project, and since then it has gone into production with additional interviews and an IndieGoGo campaign to help the finished project eventually reach your eyeballs. Meaney added, “It’s a community of people helping each other to make cooler and cooler stuff,” and hopes that community will help the team at Respect Films make this documentary happen.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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