Thursday, May 04, 2006
Stone Bridge Press, publishers of books about Japan that is well known for its titles on anime and manga, are coming out with two new books dedicated to cosplay.
A previous call for photos of cosplayers got hundreds of responses! However, most of these were schoolgirls...
Cosplay: Catgirls and Other Critters arrives this summer. That means Stone Bridge is down to the last of the layouts, but they need more photos of catgirls and various different creatures, just no more schoolgirls!
Cosplayers of all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, etc., are asked to submit hi-res digital images or photo slides (no mere jpeg will do). For the themes of the books, cosplayers must be catgirls or "critters." Think Inu-Yasha, various pets of heroes and villains, anything in fur, feathers, scales, etc. Stone Bridge Press will also need the actual name of the cosplayer(s) pictured and a model release statement.
There is no pay but there is glory, international exposure and a free book!
Cosplayers should email Stone Bridge Press before May 31, 2006 about what they have in terms of digital images, photo slides, or 8"x10" glossies, and the type of cosplay. It is okay to attach a photo!
About Cosplay: The Anime Costuming Handbook
Why just draw your favorite anime character when you can BE it? Cosplay – short for "costume play" – is sweeping the anime con scene from coast to coast, and once again we're leading the way with a pair of books for both beginning and veteran cosplayers. Each volume features: transforming ordinary fabric and accessories into fabulous contest winners, creating genre-specific costumes from scratch; duplicating your favorite characters or inventing your very own; cosplaying both for competition and just for fun; accessories from shoes to makeup; finding hard-to-get and imported items; patterns, measurements, and sewing techniques; money-saving tips and how-tos for cosplay on a budget; pointers on the care and transportation of costumes; resource lists, websites, where to find character models, etc.; plus full-color photos, plans, and drawings.
Catgirls and Other Critters
Catgirls are a favorite of fans from All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku-Nuku to Hyper Police and great for purring and prowling.
School Girls and Uniforms
This is all about schoolgirls (think Sailor Moon) and how to make uniforms with just the right bouncy-skirt done anime style.
About the author: Gerry Poulos is a long-time anime reviewer, illustrator, and photographer. He lives in Ohio.