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Elizabeth Minkel

At a big fan convention, characters are everywhere. They’re the reason most of us are there, of course: to celebrate the characters we love and the worlds those characters inhabit. The easiest place to see this devotion—and the enduring public perception of what happens at a big fan convention—is the cosplay, people dressed up in everything from clever conceptual twist-type costumes (like Bob Ross and a “happy tree”) to pitch-perfect renditions of outfits from...