Cosplay A history : the builders, fans, and makers who bring your favorite stories to life

Andrew Liptak

Book - 2022

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.

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Genres
Illustrated works
Published
New York : Saga Press 2022.
Edition
First Saga Press trade paperback edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xvi, 352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781534455825
1534455825
Main Author
Andrew Liptak (author)
Other Authors
Adam Savage (writer of foreword)
  • Introduction ;
  • Fandom and conventions.
  • The origins of fandom ;
  • Convention masquerades ;
  • Reliving stories of the past ;
  • Beyond Worldcon ;
  • Trek invasion ;
  • The summer of 1977 ;
  • Legions of fans ;
  • The rise of Comic-Con ;
  • Costume play ;
  • Mainstream acceptance ;
  • Identity ;
  • Protest cosplay ;
  • Charity
  • Traditions.
  • Street theatrics ;
  • Bringing the past to life ;
  • Living in the past ;
  • Halloween
  • Production.
  • Instruments of storytelling ;
  • Do it yourself ;
  • The art of cosplaying ;
  • Selling stuff online ;
  • Technologies ;
  • Cycles of costuming ;
  • From fan to pro
  • Legality/franchise support.
  • Fan works ;
  • Walking, talking copyright violation: intellectual property ;
  • Influencing canon
  • Technology.
  • Hollywood ;
  • Owning a piece of history ;
  • Internet forums ;
  • Virtual communities ;
  • Cosplay and COVID-19 ;
  • The future ;
  • Why we troop.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Once limited to specific events meant to share participants' love of costume, cosplay is now embraced as a mainstream passion for many. With the increased popularity of sf/fantasy television, movies, and other media, cosplay is now more popular than it has ever been. 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. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Cosplay is "more than just dressing up as a favorite character.... Above all, it's a community," writes journalist Liptak in this illuminating history. Despite its recent rise in popularity—thanks to Comic-Con conventions and shows such as Game of Thrones—Liptak insists that cosplay originated over a century ago, with its first inklings in street theater, reconstructions at historical sites, and even an 1891 London costume party inspired by Edward Bulwer-Lytton's sci-fi novel Vril. Cosplay got a boost in the 1970s from cultural obsessions with Star Trek and Star Wars, and was later supercharged by the internet, which made it easier for cosplayers to connect with one another. Enriched by amusing tales of his own fandom (and fascination with Star Wars' "white-armored" stormtroopers), 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—as when members from his group, the Star Wars fan organization 501st Legion, were cast as extras in The Mandalorian. 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" with organizations such as the Make-a-Wish foundation. Cosplayers and curious minds alike will enjoy this intriguing dive into an eccentric world. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A history of the colorful and complex kingdom of cosplay and fandom fashion by Andrew Liptak, journalist, historian, and member of the legendary fan-based Star Wars organization the 501st Legion.In recent years, cosplay—the practice of dressing up in costume as a character—has exploded, becoming a mainstream cultural phenomenon. But what are the circumstances that made its rise possible?Andrew Liptak—a member of the legendary 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the dark side of Star Wars—delves into the origins and culture of cosplay to answer this question. Cosplay: A History looks at the practice’s ever-growing fandom and conventions, its roots in 15th-century costuming, the relationship between franchises and the cosplayers they inspire, and the technology that brings even the most intricate details in these costumes to life.Cosplay veterans and newcomers alike will find much to relish in this rich and comprehensive history.