Ex-Shadow and Malindachan – Sponsored by Arda Wigs
When Malinda first got into cosplay in 2004, she never expected it would have such an impact on her lifestyle. Always a crafty individual, she found cosplay to be the perfect outlet for her urge to make geeky things that looked cool. She especially loves styling wigs and giving back to the cosplay community through her tutorials and presentations. Over the years Malinda has been featured in various publications and received several awards for her craftsmanship and performances. Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, she now works for Arda Wigs in Chicago.
Kyle has been cosplaying since 2004, and has attended dozens of conventions and events throughout the United States since he first started. To him, cosplay is an art; it is a way of breathing life into his favorite characters. His specialties are mascots, armor, and props, but he’s no stranger to sewing either. He always strives to improve his costuming skills, and he loves to pass on anything he learns along the way. He has received many awards for his costumes, judged costume contests at numerous events, and hosts costuming panels and workshops with his wife Malinda.
Phil Mizuno is a Canadian cosplayer who followed his heart, and is pursuing his passion to empower others through nurturing and creativity. He has been cosplayingfor 3 years, and currently lives and creates his costumes in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
Phil has been able to share his cosplay with people from all over the world. With a large following on his social media platforms, he is able to influence others from all corners of the Earth. With his warming charisma and charm, he wants to help others
become more comfortable with cosplay, and themselves.
Throughout 2016 to 2017, he has had the privilege of being a cosplay guest at conventions in Canada, United States, Asia, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has international WCS/Yamato Cup experience, MC experience, and loves to hold panels about cosplay positivity.
Phil’s ultimate goal for cosplay is to be able to inspire, and support others to make them experience the same feelings he had (and still has) when he first started cosplay.
Brichibi & Snow
16 years ago Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (SnowCosplays) were two fanfiction writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil. Now? They’re still geeks and still have their fandoms, but they’re also a cosplaying couple who write books, make crafts, and are generally nerdy women. Snow is the seamstress of the couple, meanwhile, Brichibi talks about issues in the cosplay community and how the most important thing about cosplay is to love yourself and have fun. The two ladies also speak on the importance of diversity when it comes to writing and pop culture, and they’ve both written about it via personal blogs and various websites like SyFy Wire. Speaking of writing, the ladies have work published through Dreamspinner Press, both write freelance for WatchMojo.com (a YouTube channel with 15 million subscribers), and they also self-publish their own series of books. Brichibi just released a black, queer, magical girl series called “magnifiqueNOIR” which has been featured on websites like “Wear Your Voice” and “Afropunk” while Snow is determined to scare the living daylights out of readers with her upcoming horror anthology “Little Creepers.” Along with their solo projects, the two will soon be working on the third book in their “Hunters” urban fantasy series.
When going to conventions they always bring their best so that they can promote their work. You can enjoy their crafts, get lost in their book series, or heck, you can come by for a hug and fun conversations about cosplay, anime, or video games. Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Brichibi and Snow are smiling their way through the geek scene.
The magnifiqueNOIR site: http://www.magnifiquenoir.com/
Brichibi Cosplays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brichibicosplays
Brichibi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrichibiTweets
SnowCosplays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snowcosplays
Snow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snowstoryteller/
Main site: http://www.sewntogetherreflections.com/
Yaya Han discovered cosplay in 1999, when it was still a small, quirky section of thegeek-fandom. While Yaya had virtually no knowledge of sewing or crafting at that time, her childhood passion for Art and Japanimation got her hooked on the idea of dressing up as her favorite characters. Armed with a used $40 sewing machine, Yaya threw herself into making costumes headfirst, and quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation.
To this day, Yaya has made over 350 personal costumes in every fandom genre imaginable, as well as her own original designs. Her long-standing consistency of creating intricate and lavish costumes has made her a Craftsmanship Icon in the cosplay world, and inspired countless people to get into cosplay. Since 2005, Yaya has built a successful business creating unique costume accessories available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising. She has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to hundreds of conventions and events all over the world.
Over the years, Yaya has played a pivotal role in introducing cosplay to the mainstream audience. She has been a Guest Judge on 3 seasons of TBS TV Network’s “King of the Nerds” competition show, starred in the Syfy TV Network’s Docu-Series “Heroes of Cosplay”, and been interviewed countless times by media outlets about fandom and cosplay. Last year, Yaya lent her image to the comic book series “Wonderous 2: The Yaya Han Saga”, produced by Lionforge Comics, and became a legitimate superhero in the comic book world.
Yaya’s current focus is on making tools and materials more available to the cosplay community, through collaborations with global creative companies. She has been designing a popular line of cosplay sewing patterns with The McCall Pattern Company. Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores released the Cosplay by Yaya Han fabric line, making high quality cosplay-centric materials easily accessible to professionals, and amateur users in North America. Most recently, Yaya became a Brand Ambassador for the Bernina Sewing Machine Company.
Commercial ventures aside, Yaya often participates in charitable projects involving cosplay, and strives to be a positive force in the community. Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today. Everyday, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as Cosplay.
The 501st & Rebel Legion
The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion are an all-volunteer organizations formed for the express purpose of bringing together Star Wars costume enthusiasts under a collective identity. The Legions seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. There are currently world wide there are over 10,000 active members in the 501st Legion and 4,000 in the Rebel Legion.
The 70th Explorers is the unit serving Missouri and Kansas with over 140 members currently. Dantooine Base serves the same area for the Rebel Legion with over 100 members.