The following is an archive of our 2021 cosplay guests:
Wig-Wig Cosplay is an award-winning competitive cosplay pair out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Paragon and SkyPirate have been cosplaying together since 2013 and have enjoyed traveling the country with costumes in tow. In 2019, they were the Team USA representatives for the International Cosplay League in Madrid, Spain, where they won first place in the duo category! They are best known for their combination of technical sewing and fabrication skills with entertaining performances. Their list of self-taught specialties include sewing, leatherwork, foamwork, wig-styling, propwork, silk painting, and many more. Alongside competition, they have been judging craftsmanship and performance as well as working to promote and assist cosplay departments and competitions. When not in the greenroom, Wig-Wig Cosplay has a passion for learning new techniques and skills, and they love sharing their knowledge and experience with the community.
May Hemmer is known as “The Sassiest Thing in New Orleans” and has been dubbed the “Cocoa Barbie” by Vita DeVoid of Florida. This lady has a larger than life personality and has been gracing the stages with nerdlesque, neo-burlesque, and much more since 2011. As a member of the Storyville Starlettes and The Bluestockings, she performed regularly at Burlesque Ballroom, Big Deal Burlesque, and many more independent shows and private events around NOLA.
She is not only a burlesque performer but a cosplayer as well! Her roots in costuming led to her love of nerdlesque as it was right up her ally. This led to her performing at various cons and all things nerdy around the country. Her love of cosplay now revitalizes, she’s hitting the sewing machine hard again to bring to life some of her favorite fandoms both on and off the stage.
Yarn Goddess Cosplay
Yarn Goddess Cosplay is an African-Caribbean cosplayer who’s taken crochet to a whole new level. ALL of her cosplays are completely crocheted by her and she has yet to find a cosplay she couldn’t make. On top of being handy with a crochet needle, Yarn Goddess Cosplay is an avid voice for POC issues in the cosplay community. She discusses how to talk about color, race and politics in the cosplay community while still having fun cosplaying.
We are pleased to welcome Yarn Goddess Cosplay as a judge for our Cosplay Runway contest!
She can be found on Facebook as Yarn Goddess Cosplay, @ygplushies on Instagram or through her store.
Piperonni Cosplay is a cosplay verteran, having been in the cosplay community for over fourteen years. They discovered cosplay in high school and, as an artistic person, quickly latched on and dove headfirst into learning as much as they could about the hobby.
They are a part of a pair, having met their cosplay partner, and companion, Kaz about four years into the hobby. Kaz handles most of the heavy duty sewing and prop making, while Pip handles the detail work and painting. Together they have delved into leatherwork, sewing, foam work, 3D printing, resin casting and alteration. They have tackled cosplays from every genre including televion, movies, video games, anime, manga and original characters.
Together they have watched the cosplay community grow and change for years, but one thing has always consitent: the creativity within the community never fails to impress.
We are pleased to welcome Piperonni Cosplay as a judge for our Cosplay Runway contest!
Ding Dia (formally known as Havenaims) is a long time, Nashville based, cosplayer and crafter, who has touched on many parts of the cosplay community, from photography, competitions, collaborations, wig making, etc. Cosplay has always been a big part of her life, which stems from her love of video games, anime, and anything nerdy. She feels that any project can be successful as long as you can have fun doing it (and maybe learn something new along the way!) Ding Dia is a former iron wig champion and long-standing bunny-ear-making enthusiast.