Alston Stephanus found his way to cosplay through his career as a fashion and accessories designer. After finding success with his business, he found he loved cosplay and has been developing as a professional cosplayer ever since.
He's based in Indonesia and routinely attends conventions around Southeast Asia as a panelist and guest. He also makes regular visits to San Diego Comic-Con. He wore a brilliant Star Wars and Mega Man of his own design to Comic-Con that caught attention both at the show and around the internet.
R2-D2 and Mega Man mash-up | Photo by Maurizio Cortigiano
I adore Alston's take on Judy from Zootopia:
Judy Hopps (Zootopia) | Photo by Maurizio Cortigiano
Take a leap to the gallery below to see more Alston's impressive work. You'll find him dressed as Hiro from Big Hero 6, Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and more. See all of his cosplay creations by following him on Facebook and Instagram and visiting his website.
Do you cosplay or take photographs of cosplayers? Then I want to see your work so we can talk about highlighting your creations in a future Cosplay Friday gallery. If you're a photographer, maybe we could focus on your images from a single convention. If you're interested, please get in touch with me at [email protected] and send photos you'd like me to feature—the more high-res the photos, the better. Be sure to provide credits for the cosplayers or photographers for each image because giving credit is good manners—bonus points if you include links to relevant Facebook pages or websites. Though I wish I knew all the nerdy franchises, I don't, so please let me know who or what is being cosplayed.
Images: Maurizio Cortigiano, courtesy of Alston Stephanus