How To Cosplay Series

May 26th 2009
Japanese publisher Graphic-sha jump-started its
series of practical and easy-to-understand cosplay
books in April 2009 with the publication in North
America of “HOW TO COSPLAY vol.1
Transformation and Special-effects Make-up.”
Information on the entire series, as well as special
materials on “HOW TO COSPLAY” vol.1 on sale now,
and next issue vol.2, is now available.

HOW TO COSPLAY: Background
Cosplay, once a genre reserved for a small segment of fans, has now
become a global phenomenon, and many cosplayers now appear at the
manga and anime conventions held on a nearly monthly basis around the
world. In addition, recently many events and contests focusing on
cosplay have been held, and we expect this trend to continue to expand
in the years to come. Against the background of this boom, many books
and magazines with features on cosplaying have been released, but at
Graphic-sha, our focus was producing books that are useful, and thus we
developed the HOW TO COSPLAY series.

The HOW TO COSPLAY series is currently divided into three categories
with alternating releases.

HOW TO COSPLAY Series
• COS*NOTE
• HANDMADE*COS
• COS*STYLE

1.
Transform yourself into your favorite character!
These books on techniques focus on aspects of cosplay other than the costumes, including, wigs,
make-up, weapons, accessories and props. Using abundant photos, the step-by-step explanations
are extremely helpful for cosplayers seeking to ramp up the quality of their cosplay techniques.

Release titles
・HOW TO COSPLAY vol.1: < COS*NOTE >
Transformation and Special-effects Make-up On sale now
・HOW TO COSPLAY vol.4: < COS*NOTE >
Wig recipes and Color Contact Lens Laboratory Scheduled for Autumn 2009
・HOW TO COSPLAY Vol. 7: < COS*NOTE >
Props Edition Scheduled for Spring 2010

2.
A must for anyone who wants to try making their own costumes!
These books introduce easy techniques for cosplay fans who want to start making their own
costumes by hand. They include thorough explanations for making standard costuming items,
from how to choose fabrics to the basics of using sewing machines. The included CD-ROMs
contain patterns for almost all of the costuming parts discussed.

Release titles
・HOW TO COSPLAY vol.2: < HANDMADE*COS >
Japanese-style Costumes Scheduled for Summer 2009
・HOW TO COSPLAY Vol. 6: < HANDMADE*COS >
Uniforms Arrangement Costumes Scheduled for Spring 2010

3.
All the latest information from Japan, the home of COSPLAY!
These books introduce the latest information from all fields of Japanese culture, including anime,
fashion, and hobbies, that attract the interest of young people from around the globe. These
“street snapshot” books showcase photograph after photograph of individualistic and cool styles
found at events and around town, including popular cosplay and Gothic Lolita looks. Details on
fast-changing Japanese styles abound, allowing readers to use the photos to take the styles and
make them their own. The definitive cosplay reference book!

Release titles
・HOW TO COSPLAY vol.3: < COS*STYLE >
Manga, Anime and Game Characters Edition Scheduled for Summer 2009
・HOW TO COSPLAY Vol. 5: < COS*STYLE >
Gothic and Lolita Scheduled for Spring 2010
Publication schedule
HOW TO COSPLAY vol.1:
< COS*NOTE >
Transformation and Special-effects Make-up (On sale now)
HOW TO COSPLAY vol.2:
< HANDMADE*COS >
Japanese-style Costumes (Scheduled for Summer 2009)
HOW TO COSPLAY vol.3:
< COS*STYLE >
Manga, Anime and Game Characters Edition (Scheduled for Summer 2009)
HOW TO COSPLAY vol.4:
< COS*NOTE >
Wig recipes and Color Contact Lens Laboratory (Scheduled for Autumn 2009)
HOW TO COSPLAY Vol. 5:
< COS*STYLE >
Gothic and Lolita (Scheduled for Spring 2010)
HOW TO COSPLAY Vol. 6:

Uniforms Arrangement Costumes (Scheduled for Spring 2010)
HOW TO COSPLAY Vol. 7:
< COS*NOTE >
Props Edition (Scheduled for Spring 2010)

About Graphic-sha Publishing.
Graphic-sha Publishing is a Japanese publisher producing specialty books that focus on
design, fine arts, architecture, handicrafts, hobbies, culture and much more. We have
published a large variety of practical books with high visual appeal, focusing on design
and fine arts looked at from a unique viewpoint. Our books are targeted not just at
Japanese audience; we have expanded our scope to Europe, North America and other
Asian countries as well, releasing versions of some of our books in multiple languages,
while being careful to protect the relevant copyrights. As part of this push into multiple
markets, we have participated in book fairs held once a year in Frankfurt, Germany and
London, U.K., making connections with publishers and distributors around the world. One
representative of our export books is the HOW TO DRAW MANGA series, with about 80
titles released so far, starting in North America and moving on to Europe and Asia.
These books continue to be a favorite with manga fans everywhere.


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