James Hannon releases book Anatomy of a Cosplayer: Tales from Behind the Mask with Charity Cosplay Event

Cosplayers to come to Scotch Plains comic shop to celebrate release of cosplay book Anatomy of a Cosplayer and raise money for Make A Wish Foundation of New Jersey charity.

On August 4th, 2018 at 6pm, cosplayers from the NY/NJ/PA area will converge at Little Shop of Comics in Scotch Plains, NJ to celebrate the release of James Hannon’s new book, Anatomy of a Cosplayer: Tales from Behind the Mask. and to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation of New Jersey. DJ Batman aka the DJL Show will be leaving the Bat-Cave and spinning Bat-Tunes all evening.

Hannon explains the book, “Regular people from all walks of life put on costumes and go out in public, and it’s not just for Halloween. Some do it for the love of a character, some do it for friendships and camaraderie, while others want to help charity events out or get their fifteen minutes of fame – or a combination of all these. Anatomy of a Cosplayer tells you everything you could possibly want to know about cosplaying but didn’t know to ask. A cross-section of 60 world-wide cosplayers with various experience levels will cover topics such as how they got into cosplaying, how they made their costumes, the pros and cons of costuming groups, how family, friends and co-workers react, their best (and worst) experiences, and the future of cosplay.”

Author James Hannon is particularly suited to be a behind-the-scenes guide as he has been a costumer for the last decade, and is friends with the original pioneers of costuming, up-and-coming stars, and everyone in-between. Hannon has spent the last 7 years interviewing them on all the various aspects of cosplay. He still bears scars from “Costuming” or “Cosplay” wars.

Entrance to the book release party is free, and signed and personalized copies of Anatomy of a Cosplayer will be available for sale. Mr. Hannon’s previous book and documentary will also be available as gifts for donating to the Make A Wish Foundation of New Jersey.

Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Doors open at 6pm and will run until at least 8pm. Little Shop of Comics is located at 387 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Anatomy of a Cosplayer is available at Little Shop of Comics in Scotch Plains, NJ, and on most online booksellers such as AuthorHouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. It is also available in eBook, Kindle and Nook format.

For more information on James Hannon or Anatomy of a Cosplayer: Tales from Behind the Mask, please visit Lantern-Media.com or facebook.com/AnatomyOfACosplayer. For media inquiries, contact the author at jameshannon@lantern-media.com

Anatomy of a Cosplayer: Tales From Behind the Mask
By James Hannon
Published by AuthorHouse, Jun, 2018
412 pages

6×9 Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5462-4713-5)
6×9 Hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-5462-4712-8)
Kindle/eBook (ASIN: B07FDBSCYM)

About the Author
Growing up in the Bronx during the 70s, author James Hannon never imagined he’d be spending almost a decade of his “adult” life dressed up in costume, but sometimes life takes unexpected detours that somehow includes spandex and plastic armor. Mr. Hannon has portrayed Stormtroopers, TIE Pilots, Gorilla Soldiers, Cylons, SuperVillains, and a professional-wrestler-turned-governor, and has personally seen this hobby explode from a small group of friends to the current worldwide pop-culture phenomenon.

Mr. Hannon is also the author of 2010 book Lost Boys of the Bronx: The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang, and is the filmmaker behind the 2004 documentary Out of Our Dens: The Richard and the Young Lions Story.

He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Jackie who thankfully also costumes, and his cat Buster, who just isn’t surprised at anything that goes on at the Hannon house anymore.

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