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TitleAuthorJournal/Book TitleVol/IssMaterial TypeYearISBN/ISSNPublisherurl/doiAcademicNotesReview
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"Cosplay": Imaginative Self and Performing Identity
Rahman, O., Liu, W., & Cheung, B.
Fashion Theory: the journal of dress, body and culture
16 (3)Article20111362-704X
Bloomsbury Publishing
doi:10.2752/175174112X13340749707204
Peer Reviewed
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A Cosplayed Life: Subcultural Influences on Racial and Heteronormative Structures in Everyday Life
Hogan, J.Thesis2011
University of Connecticut
http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/gs_theses/315
Scholarly
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Cosplay Culture: The Development of Interactive and Living Art through Play
Lotecki, A.Thesis2012
Ryerson University
http://digital.library.ryerson.ca/islandora/object/RULA%3A1176
Scholarly
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Cosplay: Redressing American IdentityGoldsmith, C.Thesis2012
Wesleyan University
Scholarly
A bit verbose but has solid references and relates cosplay to similar historical analogs.
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No, Really: What is Cosplay?Nesic, N.Thesis2013
Mount Holyoke College
http://hdl.handle.net/10166/3217
Scholarly
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Selling Otaku? Mapping the Relationship between Industry and Fandom in the Australian Cosplay Scene
Norris, C. & Bainbridge, J.
Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific
20Article20081440-9151
Australian National University
http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue20/norris_bainbridge.htm
Peer Reviewed
Fairly solid depiction of the niche industry of Anime distribution in Australia and how that reacts with the Australian cosplay scene. Gives an alright overview of commissioners, suggests that cosplayers look down on regular fans and fanwear (like tshirts) more than most likely is the truth. Peer-reviewed.
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Visual Culture of CosplayPai, C.Thesis2006
Nanhua University
http://nhuir.nhu.edu.tw/handle/987654321/22967
Scholarly
Written in Mandarin, about cosplay culture in Taiwan.
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Cosplay, Learning, and Cultural PracticeOkabe, D.
Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World
Book Chapter20129780300158649
Yale Univeristy Press
http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1npk9q.15
Scholarly
Historical overview of the cosplay scene in Japan. Downplays the amount of store bought costumes that are actually available and completely ignores the presence of cosplay specific shops. Does have some numbers for amounts of cosplayers at some events.
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Tripping Through the Looking Glass, Stepping into Gotham City; Cosplay, Creation and Community
McGillivray, E.Chicks Dig ComicsBook Chapter2012
978-1935234050
Mad Norwegian Press
no
Brief article about the author getting into cosplay. Feels slightly judgy at first then ends with a clear sell for the convention she's helped found. Wouldn't recommend this one.
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Cosplay and Otakudom: the Daw of DIY.Kelts
Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S
Book Chapter2007
978-1403984760
St Martin's Griffin
no
Barely touches upon cosplay and for the most part ignores the American cosplay scene. Gives an alright look at the mid 2000s Japanese cosplay scene but focuses mainly on the origins of the term otaku, and the doujin industry.
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Everybody Cosplay!Kurotaki, J.
Book, nonacademic
20079781413903652ADVno
A look into one cosplayer's closet and some of the thought that went into each costume. It isn't very in depth but if you need a record of a cosplayer's closet or some of the thought processes behind creating costumes that isn't internet based this is a very solid option.
Review
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Fandomania: Characters & CosplayDorfman, E.
Book, nonacademic
2007
978-1597110358
Apertureno
Neat cover (craft foam!) but terrible content. Feels like it misrepresents cosplay and the trying too hard to look like it isn't trying hard to be artsy gives it a cold, awkward feel.
Review
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1000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay IdeasHan, Y.
Book, nonacademic
20139781592536986Quarry Booksno
Awkward layout and no real clear direction. Slightly misleading title. Seems most like a coffee table book of the best shoots from cosplayers' professional photoshoots except most pictures are too small to truly see details. Good if you want to present the best of the visuals of the cosplay world as the photos are all well staged and have good citations.
Review
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Cosplay Fever Red
Dunlop, R. and Lumby, P.
Book, nonacademic
20109780954300845
Ablaze Media Ltd.
no
A sequel to the original Cosplay Fever, it gives a very good snapshot of what cosplaying at a convention looks like. Good for showing people who have no clue what cosplay is or as a source for some general demographics at conventions in the UK (which you will have to infer/summarize).
Review
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Cosplay Fever
Dunlop, R. and Lumby, P.
Book, nonacademic
20099780954300838
Ablaze Media Ltd.
no
Gives a good snapshot of what cosplaying at a UK convention looks like. Some of the quotes and posing is eye roll inducing and make this not the best to show conservative parents or to use in academic papers.
Review
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How to CosplayCosnote
Book, nonacademic
20099784766119602Graphic-Shano
Gives insight into what cosplay at conventions looks like, how much costumes cost to make and many tutorials on make up (both regular and costume). Lots of pictures. Not necessarily "academic" but gives a good look into what goes into making cosplay.
Review
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Cosplay in AmericaChuang, E.
Book, primary source
2010
978-0615349060
OptikNerveno
Gives a good feel of the vibe of cosplay and cosplay wear at conventions. Primarily pictures.
Review
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Cosplay World
Ashcroft, B. & Plunkett, L.
Book, nonacademic
20149783791349251Prestelno
Half coffee table artbook, half articles and bios. Entirely lacks citations.
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Secrets of CosplayTooya, Ying, W.
Book, nonacademic
20149781908175502Cypi Pressno
Covers the whole process of cosplay from starting with ref pics to planning out the costume to how make up is used to change the face and common photo composition as well as beautiful final photos. Has a Chinese cosplayer focus but also touches on the int'l scene.
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Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library
Kroski, E.Book20159781442256477
Rowman & Littlefield
Scholarly
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"Kawaii" and "Moe"—Gazes, Geeks (Otaku), and Glocalization of Beautiful Girls (Bi shōjo) in Hong Kong Youth Culture
Yiu, W. & Ching-shing Chan, A.
Positions: East Asia Cultures and Critique
21 (4)Article20131067-9847
Duke University Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/530742
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Akihabara: Conditioning a Public "Otaku" ImageGalbraith, P. W.Mechademia5Article20101934-2489
University of Minnesota Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/400558
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"Cosplay is Serious Business": Gendering Material Fan Labor on Heroes of Cosplay
Scott, S.Cinema Journal54 (3)Article20150009-7101
University of Texas Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/579663
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Stardom/Fandom: Celebrity and Fan Tribute PerformancesDuchesne, S.Canadian Theatre Review141Article20100315-0836
University of Toronto Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/372722
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Costuming the Imagination: Origins of Anime and Manga Cosplay
Winge, T.Mechademia1Article20061934-2489
University of Minnesota Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/368597
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Cosplay Photography Sampler
Rauch, E. & Bolton, C.
Mechademia5Article20101934-2489
University of Minnesota Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/400556
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Under the Ruffles: Shojo and the Morphology of PowerLunning, F.Mechademia6Article20111934-2489
University of Minnesota Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/454412
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Maid meets Mammal: The 'Animalized' Body of the Cosplay Maid Character in Japan
Sharp, L.Intertexts15 (1)Article20111092-0625
Texas Tech University Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/452517
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The Hawkeye Initiative: Pinning Down Transformative Feminisms in Comic-Book Culture through Superhero Crossplay Fan Art
Scott, S.Cinema Journal55 (1)Article20150009-7101
University of Texas Press
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/595613
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Fashioning Japanese SubculturesKawamura, Y.
Book nonacademic
2012Berg
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Cosplay in America Volume 2Chuang, E.
Book, primary source
2015
978-0996129503
OptikNerve
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Cosplay New ZealandKirkman, S.
Book, primary source
20149780473277062
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Cosplay: Fashion & FandomLunning, F.Book2016
978-1472527134
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Undressing the art of playing dress up: Cosplay DeviantsReeves, A.
Book, nonacademic
20139780764345685
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Cosplay art photography book.
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For love of the character : animism and materiality in cosplay dress
Horan, S.Thesis2014
Washington State University
http://www.dissertations.wsu.edu/Thesis/Spring2014/s_horan_040914.pdf
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