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Manga fans gather in Middlesbrough, England

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Cosplay enthusiast Ashley Cochran, 18, attends the North East Manga and Anime Convention (NemaCon) dressed as Marvel Comics character Dead Pool at Middlesbrough Town Hall on June 18 in Middlesbrough, north east England.

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Cosplay enthusiasts dressed as Lolitas prepare to go on the catwalk at NemaCon.

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Lauren Sheperia, 16, poses dressed as an anime character during NemaCon.

Hundreds of Manga, Anime and Cosplay enthusiasts gathered at the weekend for NemaCon 2011, a convention in Middlesbrough, north east England. Cosplay is short for Costume Play where players dress and perform roles from Japanese culture, Anime and Manga art characters.

See an earlier post about a Cosplay couple in Mexico.