#FriendlyFriday -Andrew Liptak

Welcome back to another #FriendlyFriday, where I tell you all about my fabulous friends and what brilliant things that they are up to!

You guys, I cannot tell you how long I've been waiting to do today's #FriendlyFriday post. Seriously, I've had it on the schedule since OCTOBER when I got Andrew's newsletter about it. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my friend, Andrew Liptak! Andrew is a fellow Vermonter and journalist who has worked for such illustrious outlets such as Clarkesworld MagazineGizmodo, Grist, io9Kirkus Reviews, LifehackerOneZero, Pando Daily, Polygon, Slate, Tor.comUncanny Magazine, VentureBeat, The Verge, and MORE!

But today I'm thrilled to talk about his newly released novel, Cosplay: A History: The Builders, Fans, and Makers Who Bring Your Favorite Stories to Life! Ready to hear more about it?

A history of the colorful and complex kingdom of cosplay and fandom fashion by Andrew Liptak, journalist, historian, and member of the legendary fan-based Star Wars organization the 501st Legion. In recent years, cosplay—the practice of dressing up in costume as a character—has exploded, becoming a mainstream cultural phenomenon. But what are the circumstances that made its rise possible? Andrew Liptak—a member of the legendary 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the dark side of Star Wars—delves into the origins and culture of cosplay to answer this question. Cosplay: A History looks at the practice’s ever-growing fandom and conventions, its roots in 15th-century costuming, the relationship between franchises and the cosplayers they inspire, and the technology that brings even the most intricate details in these costumes to life. Cosplay veterans and newcomers alike will find much to relish in this rich and comprehensive history.

If you're a fan of cosplay, or a newbie looking to get into cosplay (Or even just a fan who is homesick for Dragon Con), I highly recommend purchasing your copy of Cosplay: A History. And then, as always, drop by Andrew's website to check out all the other amazing things he's up to.

XOXO,

Princess Alethea