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Cosplay: Catgirls and Other Critters (Anime Costuming Handbook)
Cosplay: Catgirls and Other Critters (Anime Costuming Handbook)
by Gerry Poulos
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece of reference material, October 9, 2006
I originally purchased this book as a reference for a speech I had to give in a college course concerning Japanese animation (anime) conventions.

This publication is good because it easily makes anime conventions and cosplay accessable for people who don't necessarily know what any of these things are.

The cosplay creation instructions are simple and easy to follow. Even when the author gets more in depth with the catgirl ear creation instructions it is very easy to read and stay on track.

What I appreciate is that the author chose to describe what sort of role a cosplayer plays at an anime convention. You are told what sort of competitions are usually made available to you as a cosplayer, as well as what cosplay judges will be looking for and how to give photographers a great photograph.

As far as the author's credibility is concerned (as a previous reviewer mentioned), it's true that the author is described more as a photographer than a costume creator. However, the costuming steps are pretty much foolproof, making the credibility not a huge concern in this publication. There are a few pages at the end of the book giving resources and general information, but these don't actually appear to be references that the author himself used. Or if he did, it isn't very plainly mentioned. It seems that the references are more for the needs of the cosplayer. There are artistic resources given, cosplay sites and forums, convention sites and forums, and general catgirl studies references and links. These are placed in the book for the reader to find the things they need quickly and easily.

Again, I am not sure precisely how the author earned the knowledge of costuming, but the book itself is very well made, and lt is a good piee of reference material. I would definately recommend this book for anyone who wants to have a handy cosplaying book at their disposal.

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