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This graphic novel takes a humanistic look at cosplayers, the Storm Troopers and Sailor Moons that have become the symbol of comic cons in America.
This graphic novel is an ode to the defining element of fandom. It celebrates both the culture’s theatricality and D.I.Y. beauty—as well as its often-awkward conflation of fantasy with reality—in seven interconnected short stories about two young women. Cosplayers is an affectionate, funny book about how fandom can be much more inclusive and humanistic than the stories and characters it's built upon.

Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781606999486
Branch Call Number: Fiction Shaw
Characteristics: 111 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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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.

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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