Cosplay Fever Book Launch

The authors, the book and what a big axe thing!

Tuesday the 20th, just around lunch time I turned up at the restaurant Hi Sushi for the launch of Cosplay Fever, the latest brainchild of Rob Dunlop and Peter Lumby. These are the guys that brought us the hilarious Tozzer . If you haven’t read any yet you should, it’s fantastic.

Anyway the pair hit on an idea to take the pictures of Cosplayers whereever they could find them and publish it in a book. You can find out more about the inspiration behind this on our latest podcast, in which I had a chat with Pete about his take on the whole thing. It’s episode 136, you can find it here – GS ep136 and the interview is 17m in.

Initially the launch was a bit quiet and I started to feel a bit sorry for the guys. well mostly sorry as it meant they got to spend a lot of time with the gorgeous Kez

seen here playing Rachel from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

So as I munched on the sushi canapes, my fears were soon allayed as the cosplayers started to arrive in force. These 4

cosplayersseemed a likely bunch so I got them together to find out who they were and why they did this.  You can listen to the result here –  cosplayers

Things were really starting to warm up.  More players were arriving.  The general public looked confused, bewildered, impressed and scornful by turns.  So I took a couple more pics to show you what they were looking at.

IMG_0244 From left to right we have a young lady demonstrating the Sweet Lolita fashion (which scares me a little bit), then The Scout, follwed by Shinn & Athrun from one of the Gundam anime’s, and yes I have no idea what I’m talking about.

IMG_0246The guys on the right are playing characters from the extremely popular manga/anime Bleach.  How popular?  Well it’s been collected in 40 volumes and sold over 50 million copies in Japan alone.

But just to prove people don’t just cosplay manga or computer game, the cold trio below (well only one of them was really cold and I’m sure you can guess which one it is) were playing Alice, Esme and Bella from Twilight.IMG_0245

Over the years my attitude to cosplayers has changed from the overwhelmed what the hell are these people doing to one of respect for the sheer time and effort that some of these folks have put into their costumes and the book really helps to bring this out.

Cosplay Fever has over 300 full colour pictures and most of them detail the cost and time spent putting costumes together.  The cosplayers featured also explain why they do what they do and to be honest most of the answers equal the same reasons the rest of us do what we do, so more power to ’em.  I suppose I get freaked out because of the sheer number of cosplayers I see in costumes that I simply do not recognise.  However the book is lovely to hold, compelling to look at and an insight into an amazingly creative and bonding hobby.

I stayed for a couple of hours but had to leave, but judging by the numbers of players that were turning up and the mood they were in I think the evening party was going to be a lot of chaos and a lot of  fun.

If you fancy a full immersion into this world then pop up to the MCM Expo in London this weekend where not only will you see lots, and I mean lots, of cosplayers but you can also meet Rob and Peter and check out a copy of the book.

Alternatively for a chance to win a signed copy of Cosplay Fever simply send us an email at [email protected] with the words “I’ve got the fever” in the subject line and we will enter you in a draw.  Closing date is 8th Nov.

GS Reporter: Monts

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