Cosplay the Marvel Way: A Guide to Costuming Culture and Crafting Basics

Running Pr. Jun. 2024. 192p. ISBN 9780762485802. pap. $24. CRAFTS
Women of Marvel podcast cocreator and cosplay producer Stephens’s book takes readers through the fun and entertaining world of Marvel cosplay. The book’s 11 chapters are grouped into three sections: “Welcome to Cosplay,” “Becoming a Marvel Cosplayer,” and “Get Ready for Your Debut.” The opening section documents cosplay’s origins, subculture, expansion, and evolution. Stephens highlights six Marvel characters: Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Jean Grey, Ironheart, Loki, and Black Panther. There’s an overview of each one and step-by-step guides (with images) that demonstrate how to create their costume. Using handmade, purchased, and/or upcycled items, researching characters, planning a costume (including budget and timeline), and sewing materials are all covered. Readers are also shown how to put the finishing touches on their look and prepare to attend a convention, including best practices for cosplay etiquette. Librarians should be aware of the pullout sections that note everything from contests to global Marvel cosplay.
VERDICT A comprehensive, beginner-friendly guide to the exciting and creative universe of Marvel cosplay.
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