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Cosplay in libraries : how to embrace costume play in your library

Ellyssa Kroski (Author)
Cosplay, comics, anime, and geek culture have exploded into the mainstream over recent years and have resulted in a thriving community of costume enthusiasts and pop culture fans. Today's cosplayers find inspiration on the pages of comics, classic literature, and even history, as well as film, television, and video games to inform their creative and oftentimes elaborate ensembles. They utilize all manner of materials and techniques including 3D printers, thermoplastics, craft foam, fabric and more to design their costumes and props. Libraries on the leading edge are already embracing this new worldwide sensation by integrating cosplay into their programming and events. Learn all about the world of cosplay and how you can host cosplay events, workshops, makerspaces, clubs, and more in your library! This one-stop guide includes quotes and interviews with librarians who are incorporating cosplay into their programming as well as with cosplayers. You'll also find 32 full-color photographs of cosplay in action to give you both ideas and inspiration for getting started!
Print Book, English, 2015
Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, 2015
xiii, 137 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 26 cm
9781442256477, 9781442256484, 1442256478, 1442256486
ebook version :
What is cosplay?
Getting started : tools of the trade
Places to go, people to see
Libraries embracing cosplay
Cosplay programming for libraries
Project 1. Host a comic or anime con in your library!
Project 2. How to host a cosplay contest
Project 3. How to form a cosplay club in your library
Project 4. How to host a cosplay props 3D printing event
Project 5. How to host a create your own armor with Worbla event
Project 6. How to host an armor painting event
Project 7. Budget cosplay event : how to create an infinity gauntlet with craft foam
Project 8. Budget cosplay event : how to create cardboard superhero helmets
Project 9. Budget cosplay event : how to create papier mache minions
Project 10. How to host a cosplay cards workshop
Project 11. Host a cosplay Web presence workshop
Project 12. Plan a themed cosplay lock-in
Cosplay issues, tips, and tricks
Must-have cosplay resources
Appendix A. Cosplay event activities
Appendix B. Suppliers directory
Appendix C. Cosplayers directory
Appendix D. Photographers directory
Appendix E. Cosplay websites & blogs directory