Social Science - Popular Culture

Heroes & Villains: A Photographic Odyssey into the Fantastic World of Cosplay

Meet the spectacular cosplayers of New York's annual Comic Con. Heroes & Villains is a photographic journey into the heart of contemporary pop culture that is New York's annual Comic Con. Photographer Andrew Boyle captures more than 200 cosplayers from NYCC in a series of stunning photographs and interviews, celebrating the incredible world of expression, talent, inclusivity, creativity and fandom that is the cosplay community.

About The Author

Andrew Boyle is a New York-based photographer, whose obsession with the perfect capture – whether it's backstage at fashion week or rubbing shoulders at a music festival – makes him one of the best up-and-coming photographers out there. Andrew has photographed A$AP Rocky, James Murphy, 2 Chainz, The Blonds, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Scott, Tracy Morgan and many others, for publications including Schön!,The Music, MILK and Nylon.

  • Publish Date: September 12, 2017
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Social Science - Popular Culture
  • Publisher: Smith Street Books
  • Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 7-7/8
  • Pages: 264
  • US Price: $19.95
  • CDN Price: $26.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-925418-45-3


"Ever wonder about all the “crazy” fans who dress up like their favorite superheroes? Maybe you’re one of them! Andrew Boyle spent three years photographing and interviewing the intense fans at New York City’s Comic Con for Heroes & Villains(Rizzoli/Smith Street), a deep dive into the “cosplay” community that’s become one of the most colorful niches of pop culture."

"The people pictured herein are to be admired for doing what they do."
First Comics News

"Don't Dream It, Be It: Exploring the 'Fantastic World of Cosplay' "
Out Magazine

"The book collects more than 200 of the portraits Boyle made in and around the convention, all posed against plain or painted walls, or in front of the Javits Center’s distinctive cement to isolate the spectacular costumes."
Photo District News

"HEROES  &  VILLAINS:  A  PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY INTO THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF COSPLAY is lifelong comic book fan and renowned photographer Andrew Boyle’s homage to the devoted fans of the pop cultural phenomenon that is New York Comic Con. Boyle captures more than 200 cosplayers at NYCC in a series of stunning photographs and interviews takenfrom 2012 to 2015, celebrating the incredible pageantry of expression, talent, inclusivity, creativity, and fandom that is at the heart of the cosplay community."