Dress up isn’t just kid’s play

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The other day Wired featured a fun photo gallery of images from WonderCon 2008 which was a convention for enthusiasts of comics, superheros, sci-fi and the like.

The pictures are a lot of fun and remind of how about two weeks ago I was at a local Barnes and Noble and stopped in my tracks as I head someone in a microphone say, “Let me tell you a little story about my time with Yoda.” My ears perked up and I quickly grabbed Harlo to make our way through what turned out to be a huge crowd to find an author of Star Wars fiction giving a talk, flanked by at least 15 or 20 people in full Star Wars regalia. High quality costumes too and for every character one could imagine. It was a fantastic way to perk up my magazine buying evening and I so admired (and was entertained by) everyone’s enthusiasm. So bummed we didn’t have a camera and cell phone photos weren’t going to do justice to the amount of time these individuals put into those costumes.

My colleague and friend Theresa Winge has written two articles on cosplay which you can check out:

Winge, T. M. (2006). Costuming the imagination: Origins of in Anime and Manga cosplay. Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and Fan Arts, Vol. 1. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

and

Winge, T. M. (in-press). Undressing and dressing Lolita: A search for the Identity of the Japanese Lolita. Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and Fan Arts, Vol. 3. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

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