Published on February 19th, 2015 | by Ellyssa Kroski

Cosplay World Book Review

Cosplay World Book Review Ellyssa Kroski
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Cosplay Worldcosplay_world6 by Brian Ashcroft and Luke Plunkett is a stunning book filled with cosplay inspiration, biographies, interviews, and a history of costume play.

Chock full of over 200 captivating images, it’s sure to spark the imagination of would-be cosplayers and seasoned costumers alike. I particularly enjoyed the range of personalities who are featured and interviewed including not just cosplayers but photographers, makers, historians, and writers.


And having just come back from a trip to Japan, I appreciated the photographs of the cosplay shops in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. Additionally, many genres of cosplay are included in photos including comics and superheroes, video game characters, anime, film and television, even historical re-enactment cosplay.

This is definitely a must-have resource for libraries developing cosplay collections.


About the Author

Executive Editor Ellyssa is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 35 books including her latest book Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute and Drexel University, and an international conference speaker. She's also an avid cosplayer and has appeared on the Cake Boss TV show as well as in the official music video for New York Comic Con and many other events. Contact her at

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