Hailing from Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam, is 22-year-old student and Otaku House Cosplay finalist – Ban Chan.
Actively cosplaying since 2008, Ban has attracted the attention of fans worldwide with a variety of anime and manga based cosplay that she makes herself.
For those not familiar with what anime and manga is, (quite simply) they are comics (manga) and animation (anime) from the east. Most anime is taken from popular manga, and often (but not always) the manga has a long running history before the anime is produced and it is not uncommon for cosplayers to create their characters from long-running manga’s.
Ban lists several characters (she has portrayed) that she has drawn from long running mangas she has followed for years.
Unfortunately, due to language barriers, not all of Ban’s information is fully available to provide more depth to the person behind the costumes. This is a problem that fans may encounter as they follow eastern cosplayers; although many eastern cosplayers are making efforts in their social media to maintain both eastern and western friendly based pages for international fans., such as Ban does with her Facebook page.
On her Facebook, and World Cosplay page’s, fans are able to scroll through a variety of images (with some dialogue from Ban) of different costumes she is constructing. Where they can see the new costumes in the various stages of completion as Ban models each stage for the camera.
John Goodale is the author of ‘Johnny Gora’ (available through Amazon.com), and a number of articles here on TMRZoo.com. His monthly column ‘Indy Comics Spotlight’ appears here and through his blog Indy Comics Spotlight