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Professionals by day, superheroes by night

Becka Noel and Dhareza Maramis seem cut from the same cloth as your typical working professionals: Noel is an assistant at a private equity firm in Midtown Manhattan, Maramis the creative director at an ad agency. They live together with their cats in a financial district apartment.

But these two New Yorkers lead a double life—of the Peter Parker variety.

Noel and Maramis "cosplay," that is they "costume play," as various superheroes, anime characters and comic book villains throughout the year at conventions and contests across the country. They've been serious about the hobby for about three years now, ever since Maramis took Noel to New York Comic Con. She fell in love with the costuming and he grew tired of "holding her purse" while she cosplayed.

They're serious enough to spend hundreds of dollars on materials for making the armor, dresses, loin cloths and capes. The Batman Thrasher costume in which Maramis competed at New York Comic Con 2014 cost him about $1,500 to make, mainly due to a pricey and highly durable thermoplastic called Worbla.

Becka Noel, dressed as Wonder Woman, and Dhareza Maramis, dressed as Batman Thrasher, pose for a portrait after the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2014.
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Becka Noel, dressed as Wonder Woman, and Dhareza Maramis, dressed as Batman Thrasher, pose for a portrait after the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2014.

Noel said her 9-to-5 job at the private equity firm supports her cosplaying passions.

"I try to stay as close to budget as possible, but a lot of the materials I work with are pretty expensive," she said. "This is the only hobby I do, so I factor that into my life. I have my job, and then I am a cosplayer."

The duo plans to transition cosplay into a more central part of their working lives, with aspirations to create costumes for film, television or other cosplayers.

"I've always had a creative blood in me," Maramis said. "I've always wanted to make something, and when I discovered cosplay I feel like that's the avenue to take."

Noel said she has long been interested in fashion, and with the combination of attending Comic Con, "the stars aligned, and I realized, that's my kind of thing."