Academic Cosplay Bibliography

This is currently a work in progress. This note will change once I consider it done/mostly done and a new note placed up top any time I edit it after that. If there is anything not listed here that you know about then please let me know!

This is now being compiled in Sheets! It can be accessed through the below link.
Cosplay Bibliography

Other useful sources
Academic Journals
These are journals are great places to take a look. Only Scholarly/Peer Reviewed journals are listed.

Mechademia. University of Minnesota Press. 1934-2489

Primary Sources:
These are obviously not peer reviewed or scholarly but are good resources for datamining or observing trends/insights about the community.

(All of these are less than 10 issues but are currently active)
Cos Culture
Cosplay Culture
Cosplay Gen
Cosplayers Among Us

Cosplay Mode (formerly CosMode) (14 years strong)

Below is old data which I am keeping around for the time being, feel free to ignore this.
Chuang, E. (2010). Cosplay in America. Ejen Chuang. ISBN: 978-0615349060
Gives a good feel of the vibe of cosplay and cosplay wear at conventions. Primarily pictures. Review

Cosnote (2009). How to Cosplay. Graphic-Sha. ISBN: 9784766119602
Gives insight into what cosplay at conventions looks like, how much costumes cost to make and many tutorials on make up (both regular and costume). Lots of pictures. Not necessarily "academic" but gives a good look into what goes into making cosplay. Review

Dunlop, R. and Lumby, P. (2009). Cosplay Fever. Ablaze Media Ltd. ISBN: 9780954300838
Gives a good snapshot of what cosplaying at a UK convention looks like. Some of the quotes and posing is eye roll inducing and make this not the best to show conservative parents or to use in academic papers. Review

Dunlop, R. and Lumby, P. (2010). Cosplay Fever Red. Ablaze Media Ltd. ISBN: 9780954300845

A sequel to the original Cosplay Fever, it gives a very good snapshot of what cosplaying at a convention looks like. Good for showing people who have no clue what cosplay is or as a source for some general demographics at conventions in the UK (which you will have to infer/summarize). Review

Han, Y. (2013). 1000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas. Quarry Books. ISBN: 9781592536986

Awkward layout and no real clear direction. Slightly misleading title. Seems most like a coffee table book of the best shoots from cosplayers' professional photoshoots except most pictures are too small to truly see details. Good if you want to present the best of the visuals of the cosplay world as the photos are all well staged and have good citations. Review

Dorfman, E. (2007). Fandomania: Characters & Cosplay. Aperture. ISBN: 978-1597110358
Neat cover (craft foam!) but terrible content. Feels like it misrepresents cosplay and the trying too hard to look like it isn't trying hard to be artsy gives it a cold, awkward feel. Review

Kawamura, Y. (2012). Fashioning Japanese Subcultures. Berg.

Kurotaki, J. (2007). Everybody Cosplay!. ADV Manga. ISBN: 9781413903652

A look into one cosplayer's closet and some of the thought that went into each costume. It isn't very in depth but if you need a record of a cosplayer's closet or some of the thought processes behind creating costumes that isn't internet based this is a very solid option. Review
Book chapters:
Kelts (2006). Cosplay and Otakudom: the Daw of DIY. In Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.. 146-175.
Barely touches upon cosplay and for the most part ignores the American cosplay scene. Gives an alright look at the mid 2000s Japanese cosplay scene but focuses mainly on the origins of the term otaku, and the doujin industry.
McGillivray, E. (2012). Tripping Through the Looking Glass, Stepping into Gotham City; Cosplay, Creation and Community. Chicks Dig Comics. Mad Norwegian Press.
Brief article about the author getting into cosplay. Feels slightly judgy at first then ends with a clear sell for the convention she's helped found. Wouldn't recommend this one.

Okabe, D. (2012). Cosplay, Learning, and Cultural Practice. In Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World. Yale University Press.

Goldsmith, C. (2013). Cosplay: Redressing American Identity. Master’s Thesis, Wesleyan University.
A bit verbose but has solid references and relates cosplay to similar historical analogs.
Hogan, J. (2012). A Cosplayed Life: Subcultural Influences on Racial and Heteronormative Structures in Everyday Life. Master’s Theses. Retrieved from

Lotecki, A. (2012). Cosplay Culture: The Development of Interactive and Living Art through Play. Retrieved from

Nesic, N. (2013). No, Really: What is Cosplay? Retrieved from

Norris, C. & Bainbridge, J. (2009). Selling Otaku? Mapping the Relationship between Industry and Fandom in the Australian Cosplay Scene. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 20.
Fairly solid depiction of the niche industry of Anime distribution in Australia and how that reacts with the Australian cosplay scene. Gives an alright overview of commissioners, suggests that cosplayers look down on regular fans and fanwear (like tshirts) more than most likely is the truth. Peer-reviewed.
Rahman, O., Liu, W., & Cheung, B. (2012). "Cosplay": Imaginative Self and Performing Identity. Fashion Theory: The Journal Of Dress, Body & Culture, 16(3), 317-341. doi:10.2752/175174112X13340749707204

Academic Journals
These are journals are great places to take a look. Only Scholarly/Peer Reviewed journals are listed.
Mechademia. University of Minnesota Press. 1934-2489


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