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Nashi Con 2014

I attend a lot of conventions, and I see a lot of cosplay. Though perhaps not an expert, I know a good bit about the craft. I love everything about it; in my opinion, it is one of the most inclusive and tolerant fandoms in which a person can participate. Creating a costume, making props, and doing your best to channel your favorite character while parading around in front of strangers is likely the ultimate homage. Few people spend weeks or months behind a sewing machine “for the fun of it”. No one spends tons of money at craft stores and Home Depot just to say they had. No—we do it because WE LOVE COSPLAY! We want people to notice that we love whatever it is we love, be it Klingons or Magical Girls.

This column is my effort to show recognition to the wonderful guys and gals that put themselves on display to support the things they love. The following are all the best cosplayers I’ve met amongst the crowds of con-goers. These are people that obviously put their heart and soul (and lots of time) into these wearable works of art.

These are my picks* for the Top Cosplayers of… NashiCon 2014

1. Captain America (Marvel)
Cosplayer: Kat Ingersoll
About the cosplay: Everything from the ground up was all her doing. She made the patches and embrodery herself, and she even created the pattern for the actual outfit. Visit her website or Facebook page to show your support
Website: katsplay.net
Facebook: Kat’s Play

2. Gijinka’s Laprus (Pokémon)
Cosplayer: BellaNephilim
About the cosplay: Bella is one of the wonderful women from D20 Girls. She told me that she highly recommends wigs from Arda (http://arda-wigs.com/) They helped her with hers wig, though she did the buns herself as well as made her dress. Though it is hard to see in the picture, the LEDs she added under the skirt were a wonderful touch. Like her Facebook page to show your support.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BellaNephilim

3. Renji Abarai – Bankai Form (Bleach)
Cosplayer: Jacob “Wuffie” Richardson
About the cosplay: Though he is normally a steampunk costumer, Jacob made this walking giant in about a month, he said. It is constructed mostly from eva foam. This is one of his first foam-based costumes. On a side note, Jacob told me that he was planning to propose to his girlfriend at the con. Good luck, Wolffie!

4. Scanty and Kneesocks (Panty and Stocking)
Cosplayer: Autumn Ford (Scanty) and Brittany Bryant (KneeSock)
About the cosplay: These two are very clever girls. They only did face paint from the neck up and wore morph suits under the clothes. I loved that, because of how clean it looks. The detail in the weapons was amazing. I can’t believe it took them only a week and half from start to finish. Like these chicks on their Facebook cosplay pages.
Autumn: https://www.facebook.com/LiberatingseerCosplay
Brittany: https://www.facebook.com/ThelPhenomCosplay

5. Celestia Ludenberg (Danga Rompa)
Cosplayer: Miranda
About the cosplay: Check out her cosplay video here! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oM1B_hAHwU ) It tells all about her hobby and were she wants to go with it. Miranda recommends doing a lot of research before starting your cosplay construction; it will save a lot of time and money.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mirascarletcosplay

6. Loki (Avengers and Marvel Comic Books)
Cosplayer: Ashley Bell
About the cosplay: Mixing two different verison of Loki that fans all know, Ashley created a unique blend. She had some help with making her light staff and amazing headgear (made from PVC). All together a great costume. Ashley is the founder of Columbia (SC) Cosplay Group.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtomicMuffinsCosplay

7. GlaDOS (Portal)
Cosplayer: Janis Riddle
About the cosplay: When Janis walked down the hall, all you could see was GlaDOS. When she came into view, my heart jumped in my chest; I had to have her picture. She is very talented. The headpiece was all handmade, though she said she does not recommend using foam to make something like that. Still, she pulled it off well. She also found her very science-y dress at Goodwill, and did her own alterations. She was no potato.
Tumblr: manipulativeVanilla

8. Internet Explorer 11
Cosplayer: Cattz
About the cosplay: Some may not know who she is or why this particular cosplay is so cute. Allow me to enlighten you: in Japan, companies will often create an “idol” as a kind of mascot when releasing new programs/computers/etc. The idols are normally cute girls in skirts with sweet voices. Do you remember the little paper clip from Microsoft Word? It’s like that, only less annoying and far more adorable. Cattz hand sewed, dyed and sculpted all the pieces of her costume herself. I was so surprised to see such an orignial piece at NashiCon.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CattzsCosplay?ref=br_tf

9. Anna (Frozen)
Cosplayers: (Lefts) Shelby Sessler, (Right) Vivian
About the cosplay: I know I kind of cheated with this one—but they were both so cute and well done, I couldn’t help myself. So these two clones get to share a slot together. Shelby was a staff member for Nashi but still had the time to hand sew her top floral design and hand paint the dress. Vivian, on the other hand, found a lot of her items online. But she did style the wig herself and hand painted the boots.
Vivian: Nevi Lamina
Shelby: https://www.facebook.com/shelbeaniecosplay.

10. Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary / Kyōkai no Kanata)
Cosplayer: Kaitlyn Rose
About the cosplay: Kaitlyn looked so much like Mirai, it was hard not to call her by the character’s name rather than her real one. After we both gushed about how hard we cried at the last episode of KnK, she told me her cosplay secret was the website cosplaywho.com. They had everything from the sweater to the glasses and even the blood sword. This was one of her first cosplays.

This merc with a magical mouth earned a place in my heart over NashiCon weekend. No one had this much class, optimism, and all those other wonderful things you hope to find in any magical girl. And Deadpool, because… Deadpool. Honorable mention goes to:
After scouring the interwebs to find out who this wonderful person was, the faceless old woman who secretly lives in my house told me that it was actually Amanda Finley. Like her on Facebook!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaFinleyCrafts

Questions or comments? General cosplay chat? Shoot me an email! I love to meet new people and chat. My next convention will be MomoCon in Atlanta, May 2014. Catch you there!

*Disclaimer: I am not a professional cosplayer, seamstress, artisan, craftsman, or judge. This listing is for entertainment and publicity purposes only. I look for participants who enjoy the craft and who put real effort into their cosplays; the primary function of this list is to bring attention to these participants and initiate a dialogue for feedback and recognition. I do not select participants by race, creed, gender, religion, body type, age, physical disability, or general level of geekery. None of these are relevant to the enjoyment of cosplay as a hobby or art form. Thank you.




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