We finish up in the fancy dress section with a look at contact lenses and fangs. But it stuck with me, because as I’d studied up on the group, I realized that in order to properly tell it, you’d need to talk about more than just the 501st: I’d want to talk about the rise of conventions and the cosplay that went with it, the role that Star Wars played in the public imagination, and how sites like the Replica Props Forum helped incubate the talent and people who ended up forming the communities and practices that led to the 501st. Around that time, I ended up signing with a new literary agent, Seth Fishman of the Gernert Agency, and he encouraged me to redo the pitch to look at that broader history, which Saga ended up picking up, miku costume with Amara Hoshijo as editor.