A majority of the fun at comic and anime conventions nowadays is cosplay. Regardless of whether you make your own cosplays, buy them, or anything in between, it’s always fun to run around for a few days either by yourself or with a group of friends dressed as your favorite characters. Even if you don’t dress up yourself, it can be enjoyable to see all the fun cosplayers are having. Conventions have certainly caught onto the fun and will have several featured cosplayers that have a dedicated booth where you can purchase prints or other items from them, snap a selfie with, or simply talk shop for a while.
Wizard World Chicago is certainly no different, and has a number of cosplayers that you will be able to stop by and see during the course of the convention August 22-25.
Papa Bear Cosplay is a cosplayer local to the Chicago area. He has been cosplaying since 2012 when he first attended a small local con and has been hooked ever since! He is heavily involved in the cosplay community, always willing to share the knowledge he has gained and help others level up their cosplay game. He is the co-founder of Chicago P.O.C. (People of Color) Cosplayers, as well as being involved with Indiana-based Cosawesome Studios and Costumers with a Cause – a costume charity organization. Papa Bear has competed in multiple cosplay events – winning several awards – and been a cosplay guest and judge across the country.
Thousand Faces Cosplay is a husband and wife duo who are performers and bodybuilders, using theatrics and fitness to bring the characters they portray to life. They believe in portraying the characters as much as possible, putting a higher emphasis on performance than the costumes sometimes.
They donate all proceeds from their print sales to animal-focused charities, such as Tenth Life Cat Shelter and Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, MO.
Galaxy Amethyst Cosplay is an up-and-coming 14-year-old cosplayer from Ohio who goes by the motto “Kids CAN Cosplay”. She has been cosplaying since the age of 9 by debuting her Weeping Angel cosplay at Wizard World Lousiville, instantly falling in love with the cosplay and convention communities. She continues to work with her family to learn and perfect new cosplay skills in order to build new competition cosplays. Having won at the Journeyman level at Cincinnati Comic Expo, she now competes in the Master level alongside many adults. She believes that cosplay is more than just “dressing up” for big kids and adults and looks forward to sharing how cosplay has positively influenced her in her daily life with everyone! =
Lisa starting cosplaying in early 2014, but has been making costumes for Halloween and hair shows for a long time. The craziest things she’s ever made was a dress made out of newspaper and chicken wire for an Avant Garde competition at a hair show. She is best known for her many variations of Harley Quinn, winning multiple awards and having her work featured in Cosplay Culture magazine.H
Hendo Art is a cosplayer and promaker from Southern California. With her wide-raging interests, her cosplay creations range from comics to video games, to anime, and beyond. Hendo also serves as a prop show host on AweMe’s Prop Shop and Super News Live.
Shield Labs is an artist out of Kansas City, Missouri that makes replica props and more for both cosplay and display. Some of his items include iterations of Captain America’s shield, the Winter Soldier journal, Iron Man’s Infinity Gauntlet, Mjolnir, and much more!
About Wizard World
Wizard World, Inc. produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.
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