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Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library

Cosplay, comics, anime, and geek culture have exploded into the mainstream over recent years and have resulted in a thriving community of costume enthusiasts and pop culture fans. Today’s cosplayers find inspiration in the pages of comics, classic literature, and even history, as well as in film, television, and video games. They utilize many materials and techniques, including 3D printers, thermoplastics, craft foam, and fabric to design their costumes and props.

Whatever your level of experience with cosplay and event planning, whether or not your library is new to fandom-style programming, you’ll learn something new, fun, and interesting. Learn all about the world of cosplay and how libraries can host cosplay events, workshops, clubs, and more!

After participating in this 90 minute webinar, you will have:
A solid understanding of the cosplay pastime, including what it is; what types of materials are used to create costumes, armor, and props; where cosplay occurs; and how to connect to the cosplay community.
Tangible cosplay programming ideas that you can use to host events at your library.
The guidance and knowledge to successfully implement cosplay into your events and programs.

This webinar will be recorded. Please register to receive the link to the recording.

Speaker bio: Ellyssa Kroski is an avid cosplayer who has appeared on TLC's Cake Boss TV show, in the official music video for New York Comic Con, and at many other events. She is also a librarian, an award-winning editor and author of 37 books, an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University and Drexel University, and an international conference speaker. Her book Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library was published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in Oct 2015. Find her professional portfolio at http://amazon.com/author/ellyssa

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Friday, February 8, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm

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