2017 Guest Panelist List!
Dave Yang Photography
Dave is a professional photographer who shoots just about every kind of content, including beautiful cosplay images. Based in New England, Dave travels all over the country and is almost as well known for his black tees and Grumpy Cat-like frown as much as he is for his ability to get the best out of Golden Hour lighting.
Athel Cosplay Photography
Athel is a Boston-based professional portrait and fashion photographer, as well as a dedicated photographer of cosplay. Known for combining natural light with flash for beautiful images, Athel is just as comfortable in a studio.
Spectra is not only a foam armor expert who has run panels on the topic at New York Comic Con, but is Nerd Caliber‘s own AAA games writer. His cosplays draw most from comic books and movies, and his Frozone is so spot on that you almost think that Pixar based the character design on Spectra in the first place.
The Portrait Dude – Cosplay Photography
From Wes’ own description, he is a “who specializes in showcasing the amazing talent that is the cosplay community. I want the pictures we create together to turn people’s heads and say ‘Holy crap, you shot that WHERE?’ ”
Mark Hyrullian Cosplay
Mark burst onto the cosplay scene with an astoundingly realistic armored Link. and has kept up the armor work since then. Whether it is actual mail armor for Link, foam for Baird or leather for Edward Kenway, Mark has experience crafting it. In addition, he has deep experience (both in cosplay and out) in electronics lighting effects.
Lucky Grim Creative
I met Rachael when I first rediscovered cons, at Anime Boston 2008, and realized I was missing out on one of the most creative aspects of the nerdiness I love, cosplay. I berated the poor woman with questions about her Amaterasu outfit for at least a half hour, and she graciously answered every one. An amazing talent and a natural teacher.
Robbins Studios Photography & Fine Art
Benn and Liz Robbins are returning for CAPE! They are a creative power couple — she’s the trained, degreed photographer, he’s the former artist for The Tick comic book that picked up a camera and became a favorite in the cosplay world.
BelleChere is famous both in and out of the cosplay community for her costumes that are detailed, daring, or often both. The quality makes perfect sense, since theater costuming is her profession.
M.G. Norris Contemporary Photography
Matt Norris is a multi-tool photographer, mastering lighting and posing, Photoshop effects and digital compositing. He makes his living as a professional photographer, shooting ‘norms’ and nerds alike, and gained fame for his work in the steampunk community before branching out into all kinds of cosplay.
Human Sushi Cosplay
Abby Fellows is an experienced cosplayer and amazing crafter who has competed and won Master-level costume contests and masquerades. She is as comfortable with comic book characters as she is with obscure anime or popular Disney cosplay.
Khepera leapt onto the cosplay scene in 2014, and immediately started racking up cosplay contests awards, both for her amazing crafting skills and her ability to inhabit a character so completely. Right out of the gate she exhibited mastery of sewing, armor and prop making with foam and worbla, and makeup and wigs.
Cowbutt Crunchies is a duo of Bostonian cosplayers with a weird name and way too much love for dressing up. With ten years of cosplay experience under their belts, they’re big fans of sharing that knowledge with others in the form of tutorials, advice, and more recently wigworking tips as Gothichamlet participates in Arda’s Iron Wig contest.
World’s End Designs
Jeremy of World’s End Design started out making some of the most intricate steampunk accessories I’ve seen. He caught the 3D printing bug early on and since then he has created some amazing props for all kinds of fandoms.
Anna Cosplay Photography
When I first started out shooting cosplay, there were a bunch of names people would use when saying “Oh you mean like XXX or Anna Fischer?” That XXX would often change (although very often our other panelists Robbins Studio) but it was almost always followed by Anna. We are very happy and lucky to have her as a guest for our second CAPE.
Babs Who Takes Pictures
Babette “Babs” Daniels is a self-taught event photographer from Long Island New York, who specializes in fantasy, sci-fi and cosplay photography. Despite being in the eastern end of the island, she habitually travels up and down the East Coast to meet as many interesting people as she can, and show them off to the world.
Panda and Peaches from Wicked Geeky
One of the very first cosplay groups in New England, and one of the longest lasting, is the gathering of amazing lady cosplayers known as Wicked Geeky. The sheer number of hours of costuming and cosplay makeup experience among these ladies is staggering (and they are still young). Panda and Peaches will be representing the team in Nashua!
Mhysa Cosplay is so dedicated to accuracy in costuming, she built her own loom to weave a particular fabric for a Daenerys Targaryen cosplay — then memorized an entire speech in High Valyrian just to nail it down. A Master-level cosplay contest winner she now (like most of our judges) only judges contests and rarely competes. But she hasn’t slowed down creating, including designing an entire Disney princess/Avengers mashup team last year.
Kittenstrings Jena is a commissioned costume crafter, a model, medical special effects professional and might love fishing more than FirstPerson Shooter does. She rarely competes in contests, preferring to cosplay for fun and make costumes for other people to compete in. Leather, vinyl, spandex or crinoline — Jena can craft with it all.
Glitch Cos has quickly made a name for himself in the cosplay community as a designer and craftsman extraordinaire, and has won awards for his Protoman cosplay. While his love for the Megaman universe is broad and deep, he also cosplays as Cyril Figgis from Archer and can barely be seen as the Tin Woodsman in the post-apocalyptic Yellow Brick Road Warriors in one of our slideshow images on the front page.