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The Look Book Goes to an Anime Convention

Cosplayers and gamers went all out for Anime NYC’s three-day event at the Javits Center.

Photo: Frankie Alduino
Photo: Frankie Alduino

Malia Noel (pictured above)
High-school student, South Bronx

Tell me about the character you’re cosplaying.
Celestia Ludenberg from an anime called Danganronpa. She wants to be known as that person who’s very elegant to people, even though her personality is the total opposite. Really, she’s kind of mean.

Where did you get the costume?
I got the costume itself from Amazon, but I made the headpiece. I bought this really long black wig, and I cut it to make bangs. Then for the ponytails, I used wire and duct tape. It took a week because I got the wrong-color wig and had to dye it a bunch of times and had to look for a specific kind of dye, which really took up a lot of time.

And who did you go with?
I invited my friend who is also into anime, and my mom took us.

Did your mom enjoy the convention?
Not really.

Parker Wise

College student, Upper West Side

Lillian MacMillan

High-school student, Sharon, Connecticut

Joshua Jordan

Factory worker, Akron, Ohio


Did you go alone?

My grandma drove up with me because she wanted to visit. The whole day, I felt comfortable, like I could really be myself. In Akron, I don’t express myself as much. I’m not as eccentric as I want to be. Being here gave me a feeling I will always cherish.

Claire Silverthorne

High-school student, Riverdale

Misty Gates

Accountant, Kansas City, Missouri


How did you hear about this?

I actually work for the convention. When I was a teenager, you did not talk about this stuff; you did not tell people you were a geek. That was the quickest way to get beat up. Now I get to do this just for fun — I have a full-time job as an accountant.

Isaiah Herrera

College student, Oyster Bay

Adrian Malaran

Software engineer, Battery Park

Christopher Portalatin

Customer-service associate, Fort Greene

Robert Cordero

Park monitor, Bridgeport, Connecticut


How long did this take to make?

It took roughly half a year to find a CCR-TV and three months to assemble it. Me and my father hollowed it out, then my friends coded the lights. I expected people to take pictures of me for a little bit, but I was popular all three days. The Army recruitment booth even had me do a video.

Diva Dotson

Assistant teacher, Coram

Schuyler Howland

Sculptor, Leverett, Massachusetts

Al-Sherod Robinson

Artist, Harrison, New Jersey


Tell me about the sword.

I 3-D-printed it. It’s 60 pounds. I woke up around six o’clock to do my makeup and put my clothes on and then I carried my sword on the PATH train to Newark, and from Newark to Penn, and then on the walk to Javits. Not everybody can hold a 60-pound sword for 15 hours.

Vaylyn Peterson

High-school student, Washington Heights

Scott Grace

Cosplay-store CFO, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Joseph Rivera

Supermarket porter, East Harlem

Naijia Zhong

Master’s student, Jersey City

Ashley Addison

Pet groomer, Highbridge


Who are you?

Black Cat from Spider-Man. Some people have never seen it the way I did it, with an Afro. It just made it more me. I actually do have a real Afro. This is a wig, but I like to incorporate that into my cosplays because I just love my hair.

Hara Munday

Content creator, Jackson Heights

Photographs by Frankie Alduino

Parker Wise

College student, Upper West Side

Lillian MacMillan

High-school student, Sharon, Connecticut

Joshua Jordan

Factory worker, Akron, Ohio


Did you go alone?

My grandma drove up with me because she wanted to visit. The whole day, I felt comfortable, like I could really be myself. In Akron, I don’t express myself as much. I’m not as eccentric as I want to be. Being here gave me a feeling I will always cherish.

Claire Silverthorne

High-school student, Riverdale

Misty Gates

Accountant, Kansas City, Missouri


How did you hear about this?

I actually work for the convention. When I was a teenager, you did not talk about this stuff; you did not tell people you were a geek. That was the quickest way to get beat up. Now I get to do this just for fun — I have a full-time job as an accountant.

Isaiah Herrera

College student, Oyster Bay

Adrian Malaran

Software engineer, Battery Park

Christopher Portalatin

Customer-service associate, Fort Greene

Robert Cordero

Park monitor, Bridgeport, Connecticut


How long did this take to make?

It took roughly half a year to find a CCR-TV and three months to assemble it. Me and my father hollowed it out, then my friends coded the lights. I expected people to take pictures of me for a little bit, but I was popular all three days. The Army recruitment booth even had me do a video.

Diva Dotson

Assistant teacher, Coram

Schuyler Howland

Sculptor, Leverett, Massachusetts

Al-Sherod Robinson

Artist, Harrison, New Jersey


Tell me about the sword.

I 3-D-printed it. It’s 60 pounds. I woke up around six o’clock to do my makeup and put my clothes on and then I carried my sword on the PATH train to Newark, and from Newark to Penn, and then on the walk to Javits. Not everybody can hold a 60-pound sword for 15 hours.

Vaylyn Peterson

High-school student, Washington Heights

Scott Grace

Cosplay-store CFO, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Joseph Rivera

Supermarket porter, East Harlem

Naijia Zhong

Master’s student, Jersey City

Ashley Addison

Pet groomer, Highbridge


Who are you?

Black Cat from Spider-Man. Some people have never seen it the way I did it, with an Afro. It just made it more me. I actually do have a real Afro. This is a wig, but I like to incorporate that into my cosplays because I just love my hair.

Hara Munday

Content creator, Jackson Heights

Photographs by Frankie Alduino

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