This user-friendly DIY cosplay guide is just the ticket for creating a fantastic cosplay persona

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CREATE A COSTUME

From the Maker Comics series

Comic book fans Bea and Parker decide to attend their first comic con in cosplay, dressing as their favorite comic book characters.

The Costume Critter, a hamster that lives in Bea’s bedroom, introduces this graphic novel as an instructional manual for creating self-made costumes. Within the story, each chapter offers illustrations, starting with all of the tools needed to sew, along with sewing safety tips. Following this introduction, there’s a primer on patternmaking, then on how to use a sewing machine. In each chapter, Bea and Parker come up with various theme ideas for costumes, including witches and wizards, superheroes, and space travelers and astronauts. This guide extends from gathering materials for a costume to step-by-step sewing instructions, seeing the cosplay outfit from conception to fully made garment. A nice touch is the addition of body empowerment that recognizes that cosplayers don’t need to look exactly like comic-book characters in order to enjoy the experience. Myer also offers comic con attendance tips as well as smart rules of cosplay to help young people stay safe while enjoying the event. The level of detail empowers a young cosplayer to create a costume, though there is the suggestion that an adult may be needed to assist at times. Bea is fat and has beige skin, and Parker presents black.

This user-friendly DIY cosplay guide is just the ticket for creating a fantastic cosplay persona . (Informational graphic novel. 9-13)

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-15208-4

Page Count: 128

Publisher: First Second

Review Posted Online: June 25, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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DINOSAUR EMPIRE!

JOURNEY THROUGH THE MESOZOIC ERA

From the Earth Before Us series , Vol. 1

A quick trip through the Mesozoic Era with a paleontologist is all young Ronnie needs to become a dino-maniac.

So desperate is Ronnie to better a dinosaur exam’s failing grade that she’s willing to follow her odd but scholarly neighbor Miss Lernin into a curbside recycling bin—which, thanks to “Science Magic,” leaves the two in the late Triassic. Between meeting plateosaurs on that stop and a cozy nuzzle with a T. rex in the late Cretaceous, Ronnie gets an earful about dinosaur anatomy, convergent evolution, types of prehistoric life, protofeathers and other recent discoveries, and (as Miss Lernin puts it) “the exciting world of…phylogenetic trees!!” But mostly what she gets are dinosaurs. The graphic panels teem with (labeled) prehistoric life including, along with dozens of dinos, many early mammals and other contemporaries. Howard depicts nearly all of this fauna with snub noses and such friendly expressions that in no time (so to speak) Ronnie is exclaiming “Oh my gosh…Jurassic crocodylomorphs were so cute!” Indeed, her white tutor agrees, but also cool, dangerous, and majestic. Ronnie, who is depicted as a black girl, returns to the present to earn a perfect score on a retaken test and go on to spread the dino-word to her diverse classmates. Though the lack of source or resource lists is disappointing, closing graphic recaps of major prehistoric creatures and, yes, a phylogenetic tree provide some review.

A change of pace from the typical blood-and-guts approach to the topic, populous enough to sate even the most rabid dinophiles. (glossary) (Graphic informational fantasy. 9-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2306-3

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: June 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2017

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African-American Geo cuts a suitably chiseled figure in the pictures, but he doesn’t get enough to do and so is really no...

THE INCREDIBLE PLATE TECTONICS COMIC

From the Adventures of Geo series , Vol. 1

Superhero Geo introduces readers to plate tectonics.

Reviewing information on his way to school for a big geology test, young George transforms himself into “Geo,” a uniformed superhero with a rocket-propelled skateboard and a robotic canine sidekick. In his imaginary adventure, he leaps over sidewalk “faults,” swerves away from “tsunamis” splashed up by a passing truck and saves an elderly lady from falling into an open manhole “volcano.” Meanwhile, supported by visual aids provided by inserted graphics and maps, Geo goes over the convergent, divergent and transform movements of tectonic plates, subduction, magnetic “stripes” paralleling oceanic ridges and a host of other need-to-know facts and terms. All of this is illustrated in big, brightly colored sequential panels of cartoon art hung about with heavy blocks of explication. After the exam comes back with, natch, a perfect score (“I guess all that studying paid off”), Lee, a geophysicist, abandons the story for a final 10 pages of recap and further detail on plate tectonics’ causes, effects and measurement—closing with a description of what geologists do.

African-American Geo cuts a suitably chiseled figure in the pictures, but he doesn’t get enough to do and so is really no more than a mouthpiece—perhaps there will be more of a plot in his next adventure. (online projects, index) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-59327-549-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: No Starch Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 20, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2014

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