Every comic and gaming convention has cosplay; these are the people who pay to attend and go in various costumes. Most conventions also have their official Cosplay guests and Wizard World Chicago 2015 is no exception. Usually I am at least familiar with the official Cosplay guests, but this year there are some new faces so I thought I would take a look at them with a daily spotlight.
This was a name I didn’t recognize, but once I started looking at pictures I realized that I have met him before, albeit informally, as I was talking with Ivy Doomkitty at the time. I believe I have even seen him at Renaissance Faires. Looking at his pictures he is not an unfamiliar face, just one I never had a name for before. If you get a chance head over to his store Forgotten Seas Trading Company and check out the props and costuming pieces he makes. He’s not just good-looking, he also does some wonderful work.
Here is the official Wizard World Bio:
Since the age of 11, Aaron Rabe has been creating and crafting costumes and movie props. Over time, he has made creation and performance his career, now being a full-time cosplayer and professional prop builder. He has won a series of awards for his world-famous Jack Sparrow, including multiple Best in Show, best performer, and best returning performer at Renaissance Fairs and many large conventions including Wizard World.
Aaron’s movie props have been featured in multiple independent films and worn by multiple celebrities. His props have earned over 35 awards for their screen accuracy and craftsmanship. Aside from his costumes, he also has a love for theatre and music, having acted in over 40 plays and performed in different bands over the last 15 years. Aaron has also taken his experience on the stage and moved it behind the scenes: making sets, producing and directing. Performing and making people smile everywhere is his favorite pastime, because it’s about the journey not the destination.