Respect Films, the team that brought you the winner of The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2015 Best Documentary Award for She Makes Comics are working on their next ambitious project, Cosplay Universe. Cosplay Universe is a comprehensive documentary that explores the origin of the global phenomenon, the process of constructing some of the most mind blowing outfits, and why cosplay is for everyone. In recent years, cosplay has become a global social movement that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to conventions, but most people don’t know how it started, or why it has become such a phenomenon.
J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work: