We love cosplay and know that lots of you readers do, too. If you’ve ever wondered about the lives and motivations of the people who craft and wear those amazing character outfits, then our new video series Behind the Mask should be right up your alley.

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Sponsored by Bandai Namco, Behind the Mask is a crop of short documentary videos that take a look at one of the most thriving aspects of nerd culture. Today’s episode serves as an introduction to the history of costume play and future episodes will zoom in on six cosplayers—pro and amateur alike—to see how they integrate their passion into their lives.