Cosplayers

Cosplayers

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"Cosplayers is cartoonist Dash Shaw's ode to that defining element of fandom, the "costume play" of so many anime and comic conventions. Artfully celebrating both the culture's obvious theatricality and uniquely D.I.Y. beauty, as well as its often awkward conflation of fantasy and reality, Cosplayers explores these delicate psychological balancing acts via a series of seven interconnected short stories surrounding two talented young women who combine their love of cosplaying with their love of social media and film in order to deepen their relationship with the popular culture they celebrate. Cosplayers depicts their stories in an affectionately funny way, celebrating how much more inclusive and humanistic fandom can be than most of the stories and characters it is built upon"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington :, Fantagraphics Books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781606999486
1606999486
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC Shaw Dash 11/2016
Characteristics: 111 pages :,color illustrations ;,22 cm

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JazZeke
Aug 11, 2017

As a cosplayer, I picked this up as soon as I saw it. But I felt the title and cover were misleading. The back promised "relatable stories for cosplayers, and some insight into the community from non-cosplayers." However, only ONE story in the entire anthology is focused on the activity of cosplay. And while, yes, it was a fairly accurate representation of the convention scene, the rest of the stories are offbeat dramas about the two main characters. And they lose all reliability/sympathy from the very first story when they assault two guys for the sake of their webseries. The vibe of the storytelling is that of a "pretentious" indy. Not recommended, don't waste your time on this like I did.

Mark_Daly May 29, 2017

A gentler successor to "Ghost World" illuminates the break between Gen X and millennial culture. A must-read.

VaughanPLAlison Mar 09, 2017

The stories are a little disjointed or vary wildy in length and content, which I found rather confusing at first. Once you get past that though, you've got some great tales of two fangirls doing what they love and interacting with other fans while they do it, which are stories all geeks and nerds will love.

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oheysteenz
Oct 26, 2016

Fun! It really spoke to me as a weeb that used to go to anime cons as a high schooler/early college student.

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Mark_Daly May 29, 2017

"I get that cosplay is about dressing as someone else, but it's also about being yourself!"

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