The above picture did it. This was the image that broke the representation camel’s back. I was with my family in San Francisco’s Japantown where we stumbled upon a mini faire of artists hawking all things influenced by anime and manga1. It was astonishing. All ages, colors, and genders — there were few demographics not represented — milled about. Artists sold t-shirts, buttons, posters and postcards, handmade mecha figures, and independently produced films and comics. And there was cosplay — lots and lots of cosplay. Needless to say, money was spent.
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