Chuang, E. (2010). Cosplay in America. Ejen Chuang. ISBN: 978-0615349060Another "Overview of Cosplay" type book but I will say right now that this one is doing it right. The photos don't always show great details of the costumes but the poses give them life. Where as Fandomania felt cold and detached and depressing all the shots here feel alive. Even if someone is clearly awkward the poses and shots themselves do well to downplay that.
The photos feel respectful.
Reading the forward it becomes clear why the photos feel respectful, because the photographer does respect the subjects. The foreword also tells us about the photographer, why he decided to do this and about his method including when and where these photos were collected from.
The subjects in this book feel very alive. These are clearly poses chosen to highlight the character.
Either way, if I was asked to show someone, whether a professor or a parent, what cosplay looked and felt like then this would be what I would show them. It does well to capture the fun and life that is cosplay but it also presents it professionally.
8/10 (Lost points for not listing who the character themselves were or what series they were from and there were a few typos in the foreword)