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Comic-Con cosplay could turn into Hollywood costuming career
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Comic-Con cosplay could turn into Hollywood costuming career

Contestants "The Women of the Haunted Mansion" perform onstage during the 41st Annual Comic-Con Masquerade costume competition on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For now, it may be just a hobby, but for the costumed fans at the Comic-Con pop culture expo this past weekend, dressing up can be a first step toward an entertainment career.

Costume play — or cosplay — has become a huge component of Comic-Con. Thousands of fans, and some celebrities, too, elaborately disguise themselves as their favorite characters from comic books, movies, TV, video games and anime. Taking photos of the coolest cosplayers is part of the convention experience.

Celebrities can enjoy the festival in anonymity by wearing a mask like so many other fans — just like Daniel Radcliffe did when he secretly dressed as Spider-Man last year. Jessica Chastain considered a mask as a means to invisibly attend Comic-Con’s finale event — Saturday night’s Masquerade Ball.

Part costume contest, part stage show, contestants embody their characters for up to 2

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