Leftist politics and cosplay? What?
From Mother Jones:
Photographs by Elena Dorfman
Sometimes people are miscast in life. They may appear to be dentists or clerks, but deep down they are actually fierce swordsmen or goddesses with devastating sex appeal. These true selves can emerge in the world of cosplay, the practice of impersonating characters from anime, manga, Japanese video games, and other realms of fiction. When shooting this series of photographs (published in Fandomania: Characters & Cosplay), Elena Dorfman asked her subjects to momentarily stop role-playing and reveal their real-world vulnerability. "They had to come out of character so that I could see a bit of who they were through their costumes," she said.
Inside are ten photos. Those of you who cosplay should pay attention to the comments; some of the commenters display far more of a clue than the photographer. Other commenters, though, are just like the worst anti-weeabo people on 4Chan; they're even posted under "Anonymous."
Also, old feature is old (November 2007), but as far as I could tell, it hadn't been posted here during the past three plus years.
ETA: Link fixed.