Best Cosplay Strategy Book: Facilitating creative transformations

Cosplay: Catgirls and Other Critters by Gerry Poulos

When manga and anime aren’t quite flesh-and-blood enough, you’ve got cosplay, short for costume-play. Dressing up as characters from Japanese comics or films, or as game characters or frilly vintage porcelain dolls — a style known as Goth-Lolita or GothLoli — is one of those look-at-me fads that people turn into a lifestyle, a philosophy, a tribe. How to win those cosplay trophies this Memorial Day weekend at FanimeCon at the San Jose Convention Center? Well, custom-made costumes can be commissioned from online sources such as and, but it’s more fun to make your own with the help of an affordable East Bay fabric shop such as Jo-Ann (multiple East Bay locations, and bead shops such as Cost Less Beads (1710 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-2800). How to get started? Gerry Poulos’ Cosplay: Catgirls and Other Critters, published by Berkeley’s Stone Bridge Press, is a step-by-step handbook with patterns, measurements, sewing tips, and ingenious ideas for transforming yourself into a 25th-century hyperspeed space-cop — with a tail.


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