Jan. 29th, 2014

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I've been having a knee-jerk ARGH OLD PEOPLE reaction to someone's essay on what cosplay is - according to a book their friend wrote - and I've been trying to calm down enough to write a coherent rebuttal that isn't all rage and snark. So far, not working so well. So perhaps I'll ramble a bit to myself to see if I can make intelligent and calm phrasing out of my ideas.

kind of gutsy to write an essay on cosplay in front of cosplayers and get it wrong )

I am also going to be featured in a book about cosplay, published by the writers from Kotaku. They will be printing my essay on the history of cosplay, which is posted here as well as my own website. In it, I tell the history of geek costuming since 1939, and why it isn't uniquely Japanese, which is exactly the opposite of what a lot of veterans would like to believe. If I can educate the anime-con crowd about this stuff, maybe we can turn around and re-educate the old farts about their own hobby.

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