Cosplay is a growing subculture in which people dress as characters from science fiction, fantasy, or comics. Often the costumes can be very elaborate and expensive. The trend originated in Japan and Jim Pethokoukis’ piece at The Week draws some parallels between Japan’s stagnant economy and our own. Using the rise of cosplay as an indicator didn’t go over too well with the fandom.

https://twitter.com/serephita/status/520335412880240640

Heh.