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Cosplayer/Costume Designer Jez Roth Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Jez Roth

Award-winning cosplayer Jez Roth will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades, winning Best in Show 16 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian, designing the opera gowns. Eventually, he landed at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular “O,” building costumes. Since leaving Cirque, he has worked freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, to mirrorball men, to golden fairies that contort through the air.

Roth has designed for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, and Dash Berlin. His jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.

He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a cosplay guest, was the head judge in the Official Sailor Moon Masquerade 2018, and also helped choose the Canadian World Cosplay Summit representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit: from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (such as Lip Sync For Your Cosplay and PROJECT: Cosplay!)  and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more streamlined.

His artistic journey came full circle in 2015 when he was hired as an artistic consultant for the “One Piece: Gold” film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel. In 2018, he was hired by Right Stuf Anime to create the official brand costumes for animes “Aria” and “Emma.” Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Cosplay Invades Auburn, NY this June!

The Schweinfurth Art Center is hosting its third annual Cosplay Invades Auburn! event 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Carriage House Theater, located behind the Schweinfurth in Auburn, NY.

The event will feature a talk with costume tips and tricks, vendors, a costume contest, and a food truck. Cosplayers can use the event to fine-tune their costumes for Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con, to be held July 6 and 7 at the New York State Fairgrounds’ Expo Center.

The day starts at 1 p.m. with a talk by cosplayer and costume contest judge Kate McKay offering tips and tricks for improving your presentation. Registration for the contest runs from 2 to 5 p.m., with the contest starting at 5:30 p.m. In between, check out our amazing vendors, including Kim’s Collectible Records and Comics, Morbid Morgue Creations, and Galloway BBQ, our on-site food truck.

Attending the event, including the costume talk, is free, but cosplay contest participants pay a $5 fee to enter. Prizes, including two tickets to Salt City Comic-Con in Syracuse, will be awarded to the top winners in each of seven categories:

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13-18, Anime
  • Ages 13-18, Comic
  • Ages 13-18, Pop Culture (TV/movie/video game)
  • Adult, Anime
  • Adult, Comic
  • Adult, Pop Culture

Judges for the contest are McKay; Darlynne Overbaugh, organizer of Wizarding Weekend Ithaca; and Syracuse University professor Chris Wildrick, who cosplays as Savage Opress, Two-Face, and Molecule Man.

When cosplayers register for the contest, they will also sign up for private pre-judging, during which they will meet with the judges and answer questions about their character and costume. Contest participants are asked to bring a reference photo for their character.

Sponsors include Salt City Comic-Con, which donated tickets for prizes, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

C2E2 2019: The Cosplayers and Clueless Panel

When I entered C2E2 (early for once) on Satuday, I was greeted by a dancing Mr. Fantastic and a Swamp Thing chilling out with a John Constantine (Sadly no Alan Moore.) and knew that 2019 would be yet another great year for cosplay at this convention. The Academy Award winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse seemed to have a huge influence on this year’s cosplayers with lots of dads aka Peter B. Parkers, Miles Moraleses, Spider-Gwens, and Spider-Man Noirs walking around. Without further ado, here are some the cosplayers and cool booths from C2E2 this year.

At C2E2, I also had the opportunity to attend the Clueless reunion panel that featured a capacity crowd and appearances by Breckin Meyer (Travis), Donald Faison (Murray), Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz herself), and Paul Rudd (Josh), who made a big entrance and bragged about having all the spoilers to Avengers: Endgame. Here are some pictures from this panel. It was a showcase for Meyer’s wit and hijinks as he got down on one knee and proposed to Faison, Rudd’s enthusiasm as he geeked out about Tim and Eric and Depeche Mode, and an opportunity for Silverstone to relive how much work she put into being in almost every scene of Clueless and her appreciation for Emma, the Jane Austen novel that inspired it.

Around the Tubes

Die #4

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Oh Man This Alita: Battle Angel Cosplay – This is pretty impressive.

The Beat – Jen Bartel Reveals Captain Marvel Adidas & We Need A Pair Immediately – Yes please!

Reviews

Newsarama – Die #4
Outer Rim News –
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018’s Costume Contest Winners

The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the winners of our 10th Annual Costume Contest. The contest took place this past Saturday, September 29, 2018 for both amateur and professional adults, and Sunday, September 30, 2018 for kids. Visually stunning costumes ranged from classic superheroes to video game and movie characters and beyond, and our contest has proven to be one of the most anticipated events at the show.

This year’s costume contest separated amateur adults from professional adults, and held a separate contest for amateur kids as well.

The grand prize winner for Best in Show Costume, and the recipient of the $1,000 cash prize, was Kelly Coffman for her “Sylvanas Windrunner from Heroes of the Storm” costume.

Winners for this year’s contest include:

Professional

Best Overall Costume: Kelly Coffman, Sylvanas Windrunner from Heroes of the Storm

1st Place: Matthew Yaeger, Zorah Magdaros Armor From Monster Hunter World

2nd Place: Patrick Benson, Black Manta

3rd Place: Jara Barrett, Anastasia

Amateur

1st Place: Candace Birger, Lady Thor/Jane Foster

2nd Place: Patrice Newman, Queen Amidala

3rd Place: Rose Ryan, BriteBomber from Fortnite

Best Group

1st Place: Catiana, Judith and Ecco Conte, Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

2nd Place: Jason Hettel, Rose Liquori, Bartholomew Macasieb, Jennifer Macasieb, Steampunk Batman Team

Amateur Kids

Kids Prizes in the Age 12 to Age 17 category:

Grand Prize: Audrey, Kurumi Tokisaki (Date Alive)

1st Place: Tommy, Iron Man Mark II

2nd Place: Olivia, Rose Quartz

Kids Prizes in the Newborn to Age 11 category:

Grand Prize: Jayden, Gundam D.Va Of Overwatch

1st Place: Rachel, Nadia Pym, Unstoppable Wasp

2nd Place: Mary, Dragon Warrior

Baltimore Comic Con’s Annual Costume Contest Returns Saturday, September 29th

The Baltimore Comic-Con and Toynk.com proudly present the highly-demanded and hugely popular Annual Costume Contest.

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, September 29th at 3:00pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:30pm or their deposit will be forfeit. Prejudging will start at 2:00pm and will be split into amateur and professional contests. We are proud to welcome Baltimore radio personalities Jeremy Conn, co-host of The Scott & Jeremy Show on 105.7 The Fan and Bethany from the Mix 106.5 Morning Show.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, September 30th at 2:30pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:30pm.
Categories

  • Adult – “Professional” ($10 Entry Fee)
    • Those working a job involving building or fabricating costumes.
    • Those who make costumes or pieces for casual sale (eBay, etc.).
    • Those who have won an award at a costume contest at any convention.
    • Those that have been invited based on Cosplay.
  • Adult – “Amateur” ($5 Entry Fee)
    • Any adult 18 years or older that does not meet the above requirements.
  • Kids (Free)
    • Ages 17 and under.

PRIZES

Overall Best Costume (Best in Show) 
$1,000 Grand Prize in Cash for Professional

Prizes in each of the Professional Adult categories:
$250 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$100 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Amateur Adult categories:
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$100 Tonnk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members):
$200 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$100 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:
$100 Grand Prize Toynk.com Gift Certificate
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$35 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2019 and both Adult Grand Prize Winners will be asked to judge the 2019 contest!

RULES

  1. All participants must have Baltimore Comic-Con admission wristband or badge (this includes Associate, Dealer, Press, and other specialty badges). Members of Baltimore Comic-Con staff are ineligible to compete.
  2. Participants can register at any time up to 1pm on Saturday or Sunday for the respective Costume Contests by visiting the Costume Contest Booth located in the lower Pratt Street lobby.
  3. All participants will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the contest. Minors under 18 years of age may participate only if a permission/release form signed by the minor’s legal guardian is provided. Forms are available at the Costume Contest Booth (see #2 above).
  4. Participant category (Amateur or Professional) shall be determined by a set of 3 judges during the pre-judging portion of the contest.
  5. Pictures will be taken during judging of all participants and throughout the costume contest and will be the property of Baltimore Comic-Con.
  6. All costumes must abide by the rules of Baltimore Comic-Con, including but not limited to the Baltimore Comic-Con Weapons and Harassment policies. If a policy violation is discovered, that entry will be disqualified.
  7. Craftsmen are contestants who have participated in the Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest before, whose costume is 40% hand-made or greater, and who have not won the professional prize at Baltimore Comic-Con before.
  8. Professionally made or rented costumes are prohibited.
  9. Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may not be entered in the Hall Costume Contest unless major (50% or more) work has been improved or worked over with photographic proof of the changes.
  10. No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the Baltimore Convention Center.
  11. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume design.
  12. Groups from the same series are welcome to enter, but random characters from different series are discouraged. Groups will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share.
  13. Each contestant may present (wear) only one costume, or a group of people may wear one costume at the same time (i.e., a large costume that requires several people inside to move it).
  14. All entrants are encouraged to bring reference material for their costume. Not all judges know all characters, so it is in everyone’s best interest to bring a color picture (or several) if possible. The reference should depict the details of the costume you are presenting. Please do not ask to e-mail or print out references at the convention.
  15. Costumes will be judged on a variety of criteria, including craftsmanship and overall effect.
  16. All judges’ decisions of the costume contest are final.

The Sights, Sounds, and Cosplayers of FlameCon 2018

Nestled on the second and third floor of the Times Square Sheraton, FlameCon 2018 was both intimate and expansive. There was a Hall H-esque (Ok, I’m probably exaggerating) line for a live recording of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, but most the panels were easy to attend. Artist’s alley was a little crowded, but it was nice to be able to buy comics, zines, prints, and most of all, enamel pins directly from writers and artists and not through a third party.

And throughout this community space, there were many excellent cosplayers and not just your usual Deadpools and Harley and Joker couple costumes. There seemed to be a lot of Steven Universe and X-Men cosplayers along with a hearty helping of gods from one of my all time favorite comic book series, The Wicked + the Divine.

Without further ado, here is a sampling of the sights, sounds, and cosplayers of FlameCon 2018 with a few, nerdy bonuses.

Blerd City 2.0 Beams Back to New York

The first thing you need to know about Blerd City is that it isn’t a convention, it’s a conference. What’s the difference you ask, Blerd City was created by founder Clairesa Clay as a crossroads of geekdom and social issues that enhance or impact Black culture.

IMG_3285Blerd City 2.0 was aptly named as the conference had new dates July 13-14, a new home, St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, and with the panels and events in a more centralized location moving from one to another was easier then last years. In addition to the main events there were more vendors, a free arts and station for kids, and for the grown folk excursions to local bars for a brief talk on Bourbon or cosplay meetup.

Day One

Saturdays highlights started with A Black Space Odyssey: 21st Century Sci-Fi Adventure, a discussion on the influence of sci-fi and media with people of color presented by Darlena Mari of the Starbase Centaur 42-10 fan group. Members of the group have a passion for Trek and it’s message of being less hung up on race theory or as Darlena put it “At least on Star Trek you died because of the color of your shirt not your skin.”

Code, Write & Sip moderated by Nicole Franklin and Mekesia Brown teamed up to tackle social problems with technology. Using writing techniques to craft a narrative for the coding, this crash course was best for folks who have a background in coding.

As a fan of Star Trek, I was looking forward to the Son of Mogh panel, an indepth look at everyones favorite Klingon, Worf. Presented by the energetic and funtastic Kennedy aka Storm Tribble of the Black Tribbles. She covered everything, from his hairstyles over the years, to the politics on screen and behind the lens.

Day Two

Normally I hate walking in on a movie that that’s already started, but for day two 2015’s Battledream Chronicle, an animated French film, was the exception with its digital animation and stylish character designs. In a world were most of the citizens are kept in a virtual universe, I was sucked into this mashup of The Hunger Games, the Matrix and Yu-Gi-Oh.

We love to talk about cosplay, unfortunately we don’t talk about mental illness, but thankfully Surviving as Womyn and NonBinary People of Color with Mental Illness in Cosplay did. Moderated by Mel Pellerano, panelist talked about how cosplay/geekdom helps with their various illnesses by giving them focus and momentum to move through the day. Adversely, it could also enhance their depression or lower their self-esteem, if costumes don’t come out as planned or people just being unnecessarily mean. My biggest takeaway was the obvious mental health has to be worked on, not so obvious, the work/selfcare that goes into it. These women should be commended for getting in front of strangers to open up and tell their stories.

An educator in her own right Deirdre Hollman’s Teens in Comics panel was a showcase of teens and their roles in educational comic workshops, being shown how to create structure for their stories. Also, part of this talk was the short film See You Yesterday by Stefon Bristol, a powerful sci-fi film about a young girl who keeps going back in time to save her brother from being killed by the cops.

As it did last year, the conference ended with citations being awarded, to deserving recipients who were acknowledged for their positive contributions to the culture. This years recipients were comic book artist Khary Randolph, Kyesha Ruffin, owner of Science in the City a NY based STEM program, educator and Black Comics Collective founder Deirdre Hollman and FUBU co-founder Keith Perrin Jr.

This was its sophomore year and like most conferences Blerd City Conference had some growing pains, but keeping the tech analogy going, things were updated on the fly and patches were put in place. The most important thing to take away is that this gathering of people geeking out, having fun, learning and sharing, is a worthy mid-season event for folks who like to shake things up. I look forward to Blerd City 3.0!

George Carmona3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, current book lover, and lifelong comic geek. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

Five Days of Books

Everyone’s heard of Comic Con be it the San Diego or New York editions, for the non-comic geeks or book nerds there’s ReedPOP’s other pop culture offsprings Book Expo America and Book Con. These two events combine over five days, May 30th to June 3rd, in New York City to give readers a glimpse at upcoming books and a chance to meet their favorite authors.

To be clear the first three days, Book Expo America or BEA, are more for industry folks, giving them a chance to chat and politik, like I did, look for upcoming book reviews as soon as I get a chance to power through my book haul. The last two days, Book Con is for the fans to get a chance to grab autographs and also learn about books on the horizon, and snag some discounted books, I spent a bit more than I needed too.

What follows are my 3 highlights, which can different from someone else’s, so please be kind as I went to panels that sparked my interests.

Day 1 is more for signing in but I was able to squeeze in my first panel, The Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018, moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid gave me a heads up on a gang of graphic novels that cover several genres; a memoir by David Small (Home After Dark), a new take on food by Blue Delliquanti (Meal), sports stories by Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) and more sci-fi from the mind of Tim Fielder (creator of Matty’s Rocket).

 

On day 2, for whatever reason, odds are my Mom and her politicking, I’ve been in rooms with Congress people and Mayors before, but never a living legend like Congressman John Lewis and I was one of the lucky ones to meet him, Afua Richardson, and Andrew Aydin as they signed samplers of their new book Run.

My last panel for the Con on day 5 was PBS’s The Great American Read with authors Glynnis MacNicol, Yahdon Israel, Veronica Roth, Daniel Jose Older, and host host Lindsay Ellis. This literary showdown pitted American classics against each other in preparation for the eight-part series that explores 100 best-loved American novels chosen from a national survey. I still can’t believe that Harry Potter was the winner of our panel event. To vote or for more information go to PBS.

Of course there were other great panels, filled with authors who were gracious with their wit and insight in a carnival like space with a few Cosplayers, but if you’re a book lover like me you need to find your way to one of these amazing gatherings of book nerds.

 

George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, lifelong comic geek and book lover. He is also the author of  DC Super Friends Joke Book from Penguin Random House. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

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