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1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas provides a broad and detailed glimpse into the ingenious artistry and attention to detail behind some of the most fabulous costumes you can find. Featuring costumes from popular convention-goers to professional craftsman, this stunning, photo-filled book by Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories walks you thr 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas provides a broad and detailed glimpse into the ingenious artistry and attention to detail behind some of the most fabulous costumes you can find. Featuring costumes from popular convention-goers to professional craftsman, this stunning, photo-filled book by Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories walks you through scads of your favorite characters as imagined and created by fans.


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1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas provides a broad and detailed glimpse into the ingenious artistry and attention to detail behind some of the most fabulous costumes you can find. Featuring costumes from popular convention-goers to professional craftsman, this stunning, photo-filled book by Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories walks you thr 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas provides a broad and detailed glimpse into the ingenious artistry and attention to detail behind some of the most fabulous costumes you can find. Featuring costumes from popular convention-goers to professional craftsman, this stunning, photo-filled book by Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories walks you through scads of your favorite characters as imagined and created by fans.

30 review for 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas: A Showcase of Creative Characters from Anime, Manga, Video Games, Movies, Comics, and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    While I appreciate the hard work all of the contributors put into their costumes, the book itself wasn't so great. It's basically a photobook, but the quality of the images is mediocre, which I think was mainly due to the production of the book. The collection felt a little lazily put together. Various photos of the same people in the same costumes would count as multiple entries within the "1000" count. For example, one photo of River Song and Doctor Who together, then the next entry would be t While I appreciate the hard work all of the contributors put into their costumes, the book itself wasn't so great. It's basically a photobook, but the quality of the images is mediocre, which I think was mainly due to the production of the book. The collection felt a little lazily put together. Various photos of the same people in the same costumes would count as multiple entries within the "1000" count. For example, one photo of River Song and Doctor Who together, then the next entry would be the same Doctor Who in a photo alone, followed by a separate entry of the same River Song alone. Photo choices were odd at times; some focused more on the face than any of the costume, some had photoshop effects covering the costume. Probably more of a 1.5 star rating for me, but since Goodreads doesn't do half stars, I'll round up because it includes a photo of one of my college roommates.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megalion

    Like other reviews say, just a photo book of pretty and skinny people in cosplay. No descriptions or interviews or any in depth content. Oddly, many photos are headshots only while a couple people IN THE SAME costume get more than one photo. Very biased compilation. Better off perusing online galleries. Glad I didn't pay for it. Also DFN because it got repetitive. Especially for lack of decent full body photos of the ones I did want to see.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Loveliest Evaris

    This book... At first made me feel like this. Then like this. And finally, like this. I have many things to complain about this collection. As a devout anime and manga fan, and as an enthusiastic sideline cheerleader for great cosplay of basically any and all fandoms (just because I don't like Dr. Who or One Piece doesn't mean that what a cosplayer did isn't worth merit ^_^ ), I had so many issues with this book. #1. THE CHOICES If this book is supposed to be about INCREDIBLE cosplay and costume idea This book... At first made me feel like this. Then like this. And finally, like this. I have many things to complain about this collection. As a devout anime and manga fan, and as an enthusiastic sideline cheerleader for great cosplay of basically any and all fandoms (just because I don't like Dr. Who or One Piece doesn't mean that what a cosplayer did isn't worth merit ^_^ ), I had so many issues with this book. #1. THE CHOICES If this book is supposed to be about INCREDIBLE cosplay and costume ideas, then for the love of GOD, have only WELL-DONE and COMPETENT cosplays shown! Not EVERYONE is "born" to look like a certain character that they want to cosplay, I get it. They shouldn't be shamed because they're too fat for a particular character or their attempts don't pull off so well. But if you're going to put a book together that is supposed to blow my mind, then DON'T put in amateur cosplays. Put in professional or insanely well done attempts/successes. There are some blurry pictures in here, an instant -10 points, as well as some quite shoddily made costumes, another -5. Also, there are quite a few people in here that don't pull off the look of the character at all. That in of itself is one of the most important aspects of cosplay. That's basically the whole point. -50 points. Another thing. There are some photos in here where the cosplayer is photographed from BEHIND. What the actual fuck? I don't care if their silhouette of the character is GOOD, what actually matters is if they look good from the FRONT. You know, their face and the side of their body that normal people look at? #2: OBVIOUS, BLATANT FAVORITISM FOR FANDOMS I am so pissed at this book because of the Anime/Manga section. Let me run by you the numbers of roughly how many of each fandom are showcased in this book: Trinity Blood: 25 Naruto: 4 Bleach: 5 Code Geass: 15 Chobits: 7 Black Butler: 17 Slayers: 6 Neon Genesis Evangelion: 8 Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles: 8 Pokemon: A flipping lot xxxHolic: 7 One Piece: like, 3. There is NO reason that Trinity Blood should be listed THAT MANY TIMES in comparison to everyone else. Above all that, the characters that were cosplayed for their respective fandoms had some "repeats", as in two or more people cosplayed the same character! There are good cosplays of OTHER characters, go and fucking find them! Absolutely ridiculous!! I saw only four Naruto cosplays and a handful of Bleach cosplays. As a fan of cosplay, I should be able to see roughly the same amount of cosplays from fandoms all under the sun. The fact that they threw in ONE cosplay for some random-ass fandom that barely anyone likes (view spoiler)[ The Kaoruko Someya cosplay from Okane ga Nai! YAOI anime, bottom right corner, Page 17 (hide spoiler)] only further pisses me off. Wow, you have all of these different well known cosplays that you obviously want to push upon my the fandom of, but then "oh let's just put this random-ass cosplay in here! It's good!".. Well it doesn't fit! #3: ORGANIZATION Or simply, the lack of it. There are cosplays from the same damn fandoms over and over again, but one time they get a full page spread, and the next they're just popped in randomly everywhere. Where the hell is the organization and flipping CATEGORIES? Why the hell is a two page spread basically devoted to this "Pokemon+Nobunaga's Ambition" crossover (Pages 22 + 23), but I'll be assed to find an xxxHolic or Black Butler two-page spread? If you're going to put that many flipping photos of people doing this character or this fandom over and over, flipping organize it so I'm not turning page after page trying to find them as they're all randomly jumbled up! Halfway through the makers of this collection decided "Oh, let's make this a blue page!" . Pages 40 and 41 were all devoted to "blue" characters. What's with the sudden urge to actually group things by attributes? Pages 42 and 43 are then devoted to "pink" characters. Pages 56 and 57 have green-haired only characters. Fun fact: 4 out of 7 of them are all C.C. from Code Geass. Hurray for giving other cosplayed characters a chance!! (view spoiler)[ Insert so much goddamn sarcasm HERE (hide spoiler)] #4: MISCELLANEOUS COMPLAINTS 1. There is a goddamn inconsistency with the labels of the series that the respective people have cosplayed. Page 101 48 page 107 Page 48 has a cosplay of Boris Airay from "Heart No Kuni No Alice". Page 107 has a cosplay of Boris Airay from "Alice in the Country of Hearts". Up until Page 150, Final Fantasy was referred to by their Roman numerals (AS THEY SHOULD), but on page 151, entry #0477, it reads "Final Fantasy 7". Page 101 had a cosplay of Beatric from "When They Cry". This is technically incorrect because there are two different series that are under "When They Cry": Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni (view spoiler)[ When the Cicadas Cry and When the Seagulls Cry Wings, respectively (hide spoiler)] The fact that on page 151, entry #0478 has a cosplay of Beatrice from "Umineko no Naku Koro Ni" also irks me :/ Those are just some of the consistencies that drove me up the wall. Also, the Video Games section should just be called the "Final Fantasy/Guild Wars/Vocaloid Tribute Pages! Yaaaay!!!!" One. Last. Thing. PAGE. 296. ENTRY #0941. (Points accusingly at book, then turns slowly to authors) (leans into authors' ears) (whispers menacingly) "Joker...is a fucking character...from Black Butler. Maybe..if you hadn't devoted so much time showing off shitty Sebastian Michaelis cosplays, you'd do some research and FIGURE IT OUT!!!" JOKER: A CIRCUS-INSPIRED ORIGINAL CHARACTER

  4. 5 out of 5

    April

    The only thing this book would be good for is if you had a friend or family member who didn't own or operate a computer and you wanted to show them examples of what cosplay is so that they could appreciate the artistry in the hobby. Some of the costumes are amazing, but many are just average- it is the quality of the photography that made them worthy of inclusion. I cosplay and this book did nothing to help me come up with ideas for how to create better representations of the characters I love. The only thing this book would be good for is if you had a friend or family member who didn't own or operate a computer and you wanted to show them examples of what cosplay is so that they could appreciate the artistry in the hobby. Some of the costumes are amazing, but many are just average- it is the quality of the photography that made them worthy of inclusion. I cosplay and this book did nothing to help me come up with ideas for how to create better representations of the characters I love. As another reviewer mentioned the photos are not organized in any way other than in a couple major categories: anime/manga, video game, movie/TV, and original character. But here is my biggest gripe with this book. I'm not even an ubergeek and I found multiple mistakes in it and I'm not talking about hair splitting things like calling the protagonist in 'Doctor Who' rather than 'the Doctor'. They misspelt Fairy Tail, a very popular anime, and gave a cosplayer a full one page photo in the original character section for her character, "Erza Scarlet' who is one of the main characters in the Fairy Tail cannon. It felt like the book was put together by someone outside of the cosplay community who thinks cosplaying is really neat, but has no idea how seriously people in the fandoms take this stuff, but believe me if you plunk down your hard earned dollars and your blood, sweat, and tears to cosplay you deserve to have your character and fandom respected. None of the photos came with stories of how the costumes were fabricated or why the cosplayer was driven to represent that character and there is one photo in there of Rose and the Tenth Doctor that is no where near the quality that it should be to have been included. Long story short- flip through this book if you want or better yet google cosplays for the characters you like. Don't waste your money on this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    (Jen) The Artist Librarian

    As others have said, it's an okay photobook, all pictures, no interviews really ... and the typos and organization leave something to be desired. I recommend taking a look at Cosplay World by Brian Ashcroft as a alternative.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannan

    This is essentially a collection of pictures of cosplayers, including Yaya. That's great and I'm glad they're getting some exposure, but how is this actually a book of ideas for a reader? There's not exactly breakdowns or detail photos of each costume, or even really a blurb describing the techniques, just name of character and cosplayer. If I was looking for more cosplayers to follow, this could be kind of useful, assuming they're all still in the game. Otherwise? It's pretty, I guess.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donica Hart

    It's more like a pintrest board than a book lots of low quality pictures and it's not really 1,000 ideas because there are so many repeats. Fine to flip through if you're bored and it's free

  8. 5 out of 5

    Misha Hamu

    As far as the title goes- it's lying. There are not 1000 ideas. There are 98-something pictures of pretty people in pretty costumes, with the remainder being props. Often several of the same person, or the same costume, or both. Lazy, sloppy editing. The organization is weird, with the photos being placed in no particular order. Sometimes they seem thematically grouped, but mostly they don't. You'll have pages where it's eight pictures of the same character, with one other picture of one from a As far as the title goes- it's lying. There are not 1000 ideas. There are 98-something pictures of pretty people in pretty costumes, with the remainder being props. Often several of the same person, or the same costume, or both. Lazy, sloppy editing. The organization is weird, with the photos being placed in no particular order. Sometimes they seem thematically grouped, but mostly they don't. You'll have pages where it's eight pictures of the same character, with one other picture of one from a totally different series, and then three pages later? that same character again. Often the name given will change, like from 'Princess tutu from Princess tutu' to 'Ahiru from Princess Tutu', but it's still clearly the same character in the same outfit. Sometimes they're classified entirely wrong, too, like Yvaine from Stardust was in the 'Comics' section, even though she clearly belonged with books and movies. To its credit, the pictures are all nice, crisp and clean, but they don't really seem to focus on the costume so much as making a pleasing composition.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Titling this book with "idea" is kind of misnomer. It's really a ("Professional") Cosplay/Costume Photobook. I say ("Professional"), because many of those photoed are NOT amateur cosplayers. Most, if not all, of these cosplays took hours of work and were not by any means "slap-dash" or "Last minute". They are a joy to look at! Certainly a collection of the best-of-the-best there is in Cosplay. All that aside, it's an interesting look at what an be done with cosplay. I did like it because it inclu Titling this book with "idea" is kind of misnomer. It's really a ("Professional") Cosplay/Costume Photobook. I say ("Professional"), because many of those photoed are NOT amateur cosplayers. Most, if not all, of these cosplays took hours of work and were not by any means "slap-dash" or "Last minute". They are a joy to look at! Certainly a collection of the best-of-the-best there is in Cosplay. All that aside, it's an interesting look at what an be done with cosplay. I did like it because it included non-Japanese/Asian cosplayers in the Anime/Manga section, as well as a few Plus-Size cosplayers (like the steam-punk Batman featured on the cover), which as a +Cosplayer, I appreciate.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Beautifully photographed and the layouts complement each other. However, I hoped this would be more of a reference book. It would have been nice to have the characters organized by show instead of randomly spread out through the book. And although Cosplay IS mostly related to Anime, I would have liked to see more attention directed to Video Game, Movies, and Comic characters. Lovely to look at though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aya

    Hugh reference guide of costumes from a variety of games, animes, tv shows, comics, and more. This is strictly a book of professional-grade photos of detailed/well-constructed costumes, no tutorials or discussions on costume construction but a place to start when searching for possible costumes. Major complain, no tutorials or basic costume construction information.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This book is just a collection of cosplay and costume photographs- many of which, I've already seen online or on Pinterest. There's no useful text, no real costuming or prop creation advice. It's just lots of pictures with captions. Not very helpful or inspiring if you're trying to create your own costume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Vela

    I thought this was pretty cool. This mostly a book profile of different Cosplays. My only thing is I was looking for a reference I could use for a Male Cobra Soldier Costume from Gi Joe. So Im going to have to use refrences from the 80's cartoon and comic books. Also if there was more of a how to. I'm intrested how they do it as a Artist myself just very curoius.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joe Crawford

    Confusing layout. Barman characters under multiple headings. Not truly 1000 ideas, because customers are reused in different poses, or in one of Boba Fett, a closeup of a previous picture is used. characters are mislabeled as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Came across this at the library. Started flipping through, and decided to check it out. It's just photos of costumes people have made, often photographed in unique settings, from around the world. Most of the costumes were good, and a few were very impressive.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book just proves that some people have both too much time on there hands and too much money. After saying that all the costumes were wonderful. My two sections I liked the most were the Movies + Books and the Comic Books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    this book was ok i guess that i would have liked it more had i been a big fan of graphics and video games i really only knew the characters from the movie and tv part of things i wanted to be impressed but i just didn't like it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beck Frost

    Too much Yaya Han and not enough amateur costumes. People who purchase this are probably looking for easy ways to start dressing, and seeing so many professional costumes can be daunting. I would say that this is for the serious cosplayer for reference, but otherwise check it out of a library.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Nice collection of good cosplay. I've seen tons better, and I feel like this book could have contained more of that (but that's what the Internet is for lol) and this is a good representation of what it wanted to be. Recommend, and bravo to all the hard work that goes into these costumes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    The craftmans ship was awesome.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Blue Mountains Library

    this book is so packed with creative and colourful photographic Cosplay inspiration, I should be more than ready for Free Comic Book Day 2015! N.O

  22. 5 out of 5

    frogfairie

    If you love to dress up and are looking for inspiration, give this book a try!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ley

    Really cool.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ama

    I had hoped for more info about the costumes. This is essentially a book of photos of what seems to be mostly professional cosplayers. Several repeated costumes with the same people wearing them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley N.

    Great pics of folks in costume! I'd love to do it someday!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A photo album of fantastic, creative costumes. If you go to Comicon or Dragoncon and take dozens of pictures of the attendees in costume, this book is for you. Thoroughly enjoyable and impressive.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Geddes

    Its just a look book really

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex Gutierrez

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