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Is Cosplay Harmless?
DAYTON -- Cosplay made headlines Tuesday when investigators revealed they were looking into Mark Edward's provocative costumed photos on his Facebook page.
We took a deeper look into cosplay and what draws people to it.
Cosplay - short for costume play - has been around since the 1980s. It's the hobby of dressing up as anime characters. In recent years the genre has expanded to include characters from comic books, movies and video games.
"It's just kind of fun for people do it to and act like that someone they respect," University of Dayton Professor Art Jipson said Tuesday. "They're just interested in a rich fantasy life or they're interested in just making the costumes."
Thea Coleman says she is the only cosplayer in Germantown.
"It's a way of life for some of us," Coleman explained.
The intricate details of the costumes don't come cheap. The hobby takes money and time. We spoke to one local man who says he's poured up to $2,000 into a single costume.
But underneath it all, Thea says she's just your average 24 year old who loves hanging out with her friends and cleans houses for a living.
"It's not normal, I'm guessing, to them. It is to us. It just feels right," Coleman said with a smile.
Taking an elaborate photo shoot has become much more common in cosplay.
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