We post a lot of cosplay pics here as part of this feature, but most of them tend to be from photoshoots. And don't get me wrong, while the results from those galleries are often fantastic, there's something I prefer about photos taken from a convention floor.
They're just more real. There's no Photoshop trickery, no super-imposed backgrounds, no tacky flame effects coming out of someone's fingers. The pics are just showing off a fan, their costume and their craft, and that's all we can ever ask for from a cosplay photo.
The pics you're seeing here are from this year's Katsucon (we posted some gifs a couple of weeks back), and are all the work of photographer Mike Kowalek. You can see more of Mike's cosplay photography at his personal site!
To see the larger pics in all their glory (or, if they're big enough, so you can save them as wallpaper), click on the "expand" button in the top-left corner.
Fancy Pants is Kotaku's weekly round-up of the best in video game cosplay (costume play), where fans dress up as their favourite characters.