This look at the colorful and complex history of cosplay and fandom fashion examines the relationship between franchises and the cosplayers they inspire and the technology that helps bring the details of costumes to life.
Seasoned writer, journalist, and historian Liptak dives deep into the research and history surrounding cosplay with this debut book. Delving into cosplay’s past and present, he also writes in detail about how this genre-bending art form will continue manifesting itself into the future. Cosplay’s complex history spans from the beginning of sf as a genre, and Liptak connects these beginnings to today’s conventions, which bring in thousands of cosplayers to show off the pieces they have created. Adding to his book’s interest and potential use, Liptak even includes chapters detailing how to create your own costume. Above all else, Liptak proves that cosplay is (and long has been) more than a hobby; it is a way to share stories and create community, one piece of art at a time.
... illuminating ... Enriched by amusing tales of his own fandom, Liptak’s narrative also explores the dynamics between owners of intellectual property and the makers of costumes based upon it, a relationship that’s sometimes mutually beneficial. Though he doesn’t gloss over troubling aspects of cosplay, including its culture of sexism, Liptak’s study is an inspiring one, underscored by the community’s efforts to spread 'magical moment[s]' with organizations such as the Make-a-Wish foundation. Cosplayers and curious minds alike will enjoy this intriguing dive into an eccentric world.