New Video! COSPLAYER HOTSPOT – EPISODE 2: JACQUELINE HANNON


Welcome back to the second episode of Cosplayer HotSpot – where I interview interesting cosplayers I have met since I started writing my book “Anatomy of a Cosplayer: Tales From Behind the Mask.” Some have been interviewed in the book, while others I met after publishing it – all have intriguing stories that deserve being told in this series.

Jackie Hannon is my beautiful wife and best friend. So I am absolutely biased here, but she has been with me from the beginning of my costumed journey. From swearing that she would NEVER COSTUME to currently owning over 12 costumes, she has been waist deep in cosplay for the last decade.

Jackie’s current roster of costumes are:

Legion of SuperVillains:
Mrs Cold (gender-bent Captain Cold), Poison Ivy, The Top, Pied Piper, Sinestro, and generic Yellow Lantern

501st Legion:
Imperial Crewman, Reserve TIE Pilot, Jawa (dual costume with the Rebel Legion)

Rebel Legion:
Rebel Pilot, Rebel Fleet Trooper

Finest GI Joe Costume Club:
Cobra PR Officer

Independent:
70s/80s wrestler Adrian Adonis, Yeoman Hannon (Star Trek TOS Red Dress)

Jackie is also an elementary/pre-school teacher and has used her teaching skills in cosplay, and her cosplay skills in teaching. She explains how the two callings are related..

Please enjoy the second video in the series and please like and subscribe to my channel. Please message or comment if you have any suggestions for future videos in the Cosplayer HotSpot series

Associated Links:
James Hannon website: http://www.JamesHannon.com
James Hannon FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lanternmedia
FB page for my book Anatomy of a Cosplayer: https://www.facebook.com/AnatomyOfACosplayer
Jackie Hannon’s FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/jackie.hannon.161
Jackie Hannon’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkleatherjack
Legion of SuperVillains website: http://www.LegionofSuperVillains.com
501st Legion: http://501st.com
Rebel Legion: http://www.rebellegion.comFinest GI Joes Costuming Club: https://www.thefinestcc.com

Starting a new marketing campaign! (Giveaways)

Hi everyone,

After hitting #BookCon and #BookExpo last week, I learned a new respect for newsletters and a website for selling my book.

I had been only sticking to the Social Media (Facebook and Instagram) methods of marketing which worked great, but in talking to some successful authors, I found that I should not ignore the newsletter and website way of marketing. So I am giving it a go.

So, I am asking for your help in helping me build up my newsletter. Please subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of this page. I promise I won’t go overboard on sending you junk, and I absolutely will respect your privacy and never send it to anyone else.

In return, I will send you a copy of my article “15 tips for Beginning Cosplayers.” As well as give you first peek into our latest updates and giveaways and contests.

Spoiler: There will be a new giveaway next week!

Until next time
-=James

Published Article on Charity Cosplay in Cosplay Culture magazine Dec/Jan 2019 issue

Cosplay Culture Magazine Dec/Jan 2019

James Hannon’s article Cosplay with a Heart for Cosplay Culture magazine (Dec/Jan 2019 issue) has hit newstands!

The articles focuses on charity cosplay and how cosplayers can give something back to their communities while having fun in costume – and how to get started in it.

Cosplay Culture magazine can be found at Barnes and Noble, ShopRite, CVS, Walmart, and crafting stores like Joanne’s Fabrics, Michael’s and AC Moore.


Anatomy of a Cosplayer reviewed by Kirkus Reviews!

From:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/james-hannon/anatomy-of-a-cosplayer/


ANATOMY OF A COSPLAYER
Tales from Behind the Mask
by James Hannon

KIRKUS REVIEW

A cosplayer explores the phenomenon that has him portraying a galactic Stormtrooper and other characters.

Comic book conventions these days feature parades of grown men and women dressed up as action heroes and other characters, proudly posing for photographs and reveling in the rising popularity of costume play, or cosplay. The global market for cosplay costumes, which reached $11.7 billion in 2014, is forecast to grow to $23.6 billion by next year. In this book, Hannon (Lost Boys of the Bronx, 2010), an avid cosplayer, shares his experiences and examines this intriguing trend. The author’s own fascination with cosplay began with attending a Star Wars exhibition, which resulted in him putting together a Stormtrooper costume and joining the 501st Legion, a pioneering “costuming community,” whose membership has roughly tripled since 2008 to more than 12,000. He “struggled with shyness” but after his first event, or “troop,” with the Legion—a Halloween parade—he came out of his shell. He added other characters to his repertoire, co-founded the Legion of SuperVillains, and enjoyed the camaraderie of other cosplayers. “Forget about the TV show Cheers, conventions are truly the place where everyone knows your name,” he writes. The book also deftly spotlights some of Hannon’s costume-loving friends, many of whom found in cosplaying a way to express their inner geeks or “live out a childhood fantasy.” “You can relive your childhood, but also bring joy to the next generation, as little kids love this kind of thing,” says one, while another asserts, “Let’s be honest, it’s so we can play pretend.” But the author’s use of an oral history format often produces dreary reading and his account fails to offer the depth that would make it compelling to non-cosplayers. He mentions, for example, that he has seen the breakups of costumed couples firsthand, but rather than examine how cosplaying might contribute to marital tensions, he refrains from getting into specifics. Ultimately, he fails to bring as much color to the participants as they do to the characters they inhabit. Still, Hannon provides a lively insider’s view of cosplaying, delivering some vivid details. For example, the crowds at conventions have become “absolutely horrible,” but—very much on the plus side—the 501st Legion raised $889,000 for charity in 2017.

An account provides rich insights into the psychology of cosplayers but lacks the depth that would attract a wide audience.


Pub Date: June 30th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5462-4712-8
Page count: 412pp
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: Aug. 31st, 2018