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The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes . . . but won't the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world's cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don't have to The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes . . . but won't the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world's cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don't have to start from scratch: a few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn't as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes--all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and you can make these costumes! Magical girl (or boy!) Witch or wizard Animal hoodie Space traveler or astronaut Superhero (or villain!) Alien or monster


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The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes . . . but won't the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world's cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don't have to The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes . . . but won't the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world's cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don't have to start from scratch: a few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn't as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes--all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and you can make these costumes! Magical girl (or boy!) Witch or wizard Animal hoodie Space traveler or astronaut Superhero (or villain!) Alien or monster

52 review for Maker Comics: Create a Costume!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A fairly dry instruction manual for making your own cosplay outfits. I would never make or wear a costume myself, but I was impressed by the amount of effort it can take to make an eye-catching one. I was glad that cosplay etiquette was included along with all the sewing and gluing directions, especially the "cosplay is not consent" maxim. A fairly dry instruction manual for making your own cosplay outfits. I would never make or wear a costume myself, but I was impressed by the amount of effort it can take to make an eye-catching one. I was glad that cosplay etiquette was included along with all the sewing and gluing directions, especially the "cosplay is not consent" maxim.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This is a cute intro to cosplay for kids. If you want some early skills in sewing, foam work, adapting thrifted clothes (really loved this), and more, this is a cute way to get it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I'm biased because I'm a fan of this series in general that provide an outlet for interests kids have and create a story line and an eye-catching graphic novel around the topic. In this one, two friends are going to attend a con and want to cosplay, so they'll need costumes. The graphic novel lays out how to re-purpose as well as buy and create costume materials for anything from a con to just play in general if it's something you're interested in. For as nonfiction as it is, there is an enterta I'm biased because I'm a fan of this series in general that provide an outlet for interests kids have and create a story line and an eye-catching graphic novel around the topic. In this one, two friends are going to attend a con and want to cosplay, so they'll need costumes. The graphic novel lays out how to re-purpose as well as buy and create costume materials for anything from a con to just play in general if it's something you're interested in. For as nonfiction as it is, there is an entertaining gerbil friend who provides goofy antics while the serious work is happening but it shares topics like the tools needed but also how to experiment and what I loved most is the concept of patience because it's not an easy process and it takes time. It was accessible on many levels and finished with the kids attending the con and sharing about the con world including rules of engagement, harassment, being proud of your costume, and preparing to attend. It was inspiring.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have never made a costume in my life, after reading this graphic novel I am confident I could construct a simple one. This book teaches multiple tools and gives lots of inspiration for beginning cosplayers. On top of the easy to follow instruction there are pages about body positivity and how to conduct oneself at a convention. The illustrations are informative and adorable. I'm inspired to try a wizard or alien costume now! I have never made a costume in my life, after reading this graphic novel I am confident I could construct a simple one. This book teaches multiple tools and gives lots of inspiration for beginning cosplayers. On top of the easy to follow instruction there are pages about body positivity and how to conduct oneself at a convention. The illustrations are informative and adorable. I'm inspired to try a wizard or alien costume now!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes . . . but won’t the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world’s cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes . . . but won’t the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world’s cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don’t have to start from scratch: a few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn’t as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes—all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and you can make these costumes. This is a cute book for kids to read and get creative as a result of their curiosity. The story is easy to follow as are the instructions --- skip the trip to Value Village and make some great costumes at home while enjoying reading the book at the same time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This gave me so many ideas! I've always thought cosplaying was way too involved and I've always just gone with store-bought costumes for Halloween, but this did a great job of breaking down how to make different parts for different genres out of cheap (or free!) materials. I'm so excited for my son's future costuming possibilities now! On the flip side, I thought doing this as a graphic novel was a little weird? Like, most how-tos have great photographs, so one can really tell if they've got the This gave me so many ideas! I've always thought cosplaying was way too involved and I've always just gone with store-bought costumes for Halloween, but this did a great job of breaking down how to make different parts for different genres out of cheap (or free!) materials. I'm so excited for my son's future costuming possibilities now! On the flip side, I thought doing this as a graphic novel was a little weird? Like, most how-tos have great photographs, so one can really tell if they've got the right materials and are following the steps correctly, and with drawings it might be a little harder to tell. (I didn't actually try to make any of the costumes so I can't say for sure). I did really like the ending too - the premise was two friends making a variety of costumes (anime, witch/wizard, space, cute animals, aliens, monsters) to go to a local comicon - so the last section followed them to the con with all sorts of helpful tips (tips that perhaps I wish I'd known before I went to NYCC years back! lol) Bonus points for stressing body positivity, avoiding frustration, being proud of your costuming accomplishments no matter your budget, and good con manners!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Having made a few costumes on the cheap myself, I appreciated this graphic book’s low-tech, frugal approach. After all, it’s geared towards children and adolescents who don’t have a lot of money to spare. Using a cute fluffy animal as a guide (remember, this is for kids), we are taken through careful step-by-step instructions on how to fashion a variety of costumes using different methods. It’s easy to follow, fun and very helpful. It also includes instructions on how to behave at costume convent Having made a few costumes on the cheap myself, I appreciated this graphic book’s low-tech, frugal approach. After all, it’s geared towards children and adolescents who don’t have a lot of money to spare. Using a cute fluffy animal as a guide (remember, this is for kids), we are taken through careful step-by-step instructions on how to fashion a variety of costumes using different methods. It’s easy to follow, fun and very helpful. It also includes instructions on how to behave at costume conventions, including safety guides and etiquette points (which even adults should follow). It’s a comprehensive book for today’s modern child who itches to show her/his love of a particular pop culture icon by donning a costume and displaying it to others.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nadina

    Loved the comic format and in general found this to be a great guide as an introduction to cosplay. Honestly I have cosplayed before and am an adult, but there were tips in here that I found cool and useful. It is a book that I might actually consider getting for future reference when making costumes. It had a decent layout and was well organized and well paced. I liked that there was a chapter at the end where they gave a guide to being at the convention and tips for navigating the convention. Loved the comic format and in general found this to be a great guide as an introduction to cosplay. Honestly I have cosplayed before and am an adult, but there were tips in here that I found cool and useful. It is a book that I might actually consider getting for future reference when making costumes. It had a decent layout and was well organized and well paced. I liked that there was a chapter at the end where they gave a guide to being at the convention and tips for navigating the convention. Absolutely great book for first time, second time, cosplayers in general.

  9. 4 out of 5

    H

    I will admit: dressing up and pretending to be someone else for a day is fun. It is liberating from your everyday life and lets do and say things you might not else do. So when Create a Costume! came across my desk, I gave it look to see if there were any techniques or tips that would be useful or new. This tome has quite a few projects and how-to's told in a framing story of how-to go to a comic con. I would recommended for those who have never made their own costume or, even, gone to a con. Th I will admit: dressing up and pretending to be someone else for a day is fun. It is liberating from your everyday life and lets do and say things you might not else do. So when Create a Costume! came across my desk, I gave it look to see if there were any techniques or tips that would be useful or new. This tome has quite a few projects and how-to's told in a framing story of how-to go to a comic con. I would recommended for those who have never made their own costume or, even, gone to a con. The hamster narrator along is enough to read it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Holly Claxton

    This is the second Maker Comic I've read and I enjoyed it! There is a lot of information in this book, so at times it can feel intimidating to read. But I even managed to learn a few tips and tricks as someone who has been cosplaying for several years now! I think anyone who is interested in cosplay will find this book very resourceful! This is the second Maker Comic I've read and I enjoyed it! There is a lot of information in this book, so at times it can feel intimidating to read. But I even managed to learn a few tips and tricks as someone who has been cosplaying for several years now! I think anyone who is interested in cosplay will find this book very resourceful!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannan

    I love this so much! It's covering all the things a cosplay and con book should, from how to modify clothes to making a plan for going to the con and basics of behavior. And it doesn't make things too childish, but instead introduces math concepts to talk about making things like hats and cloaks, though this definitely means an adult will have to help with everything. I love this so much! It's covering all the things a cosplay and con book should, from how to modify clothes to making a plan for going to the con and basics of behavior. And it doesn't make things too childish, but instead introduces math concepts to talk about making things like hats and cloaks, though this definitely means an adult will have to help with everything.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Child960801

    I didn’t like this one much as the other maker comics. I think that might be because I already know a lot about sewing and clothes modification and so on. I think teenage me would have loved this one though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    This looks like it could be pretty useful. A graphic novel format how-to makes sense, and I liked that this one uses a lot of recycled materials so it would be fairly cheap and easy for a kid to make many of these projects. I also liked that there was a lot of talk at the end about the actual con experience, including the importance of consent and kindness. The overall message is positive: you can do this, and it'll be fun. No, I doubt anybody would be able to make an award winning costume with This looks like it could be pretty useful. A graphic novel format how-to makes sense, and I liked that this one uses a lot of recycled materials so it would be fairly cheap and easy for a kid to make many of these projects. I also liked that there was a lot of talk at the end about the actual con experience, including the importance of consent and kindness. The overall message is positive: you can do this, and it'll be fun. No, I doubt anybody would be able to make an award winning costume with the directions and tips in this book, but you could sure make a fun one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan H.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Library

    Interesting combination of graphic novel with a how-to guide for creating costumes. I'm not sure it worked really well together though. The how-to guide just didn't work. Interesting combination of graphic novel with a how-to guide for creating costumes. I'm not sure it worked really well together though. The how-to guide just didn't work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a review copy. Review to come.

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    Shaouais

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    JJ

  27. 5 out of 5

    Preeti Sharma

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Derrick Schneider

  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  33. 5 out of 5

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  36. 5 out of 5

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    Abby Cooper

  38. 5 out of 5

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  39. 4 out of 5

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  40. 5 out of 5

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