Another Awesome Count-i-Con

One of our favorite events of the year is Lake Count-i-Con. The organizers are gracious enough to let us run their cosplay stage and we always have a great time. This year we brought some new game shows including Count-i-Con Pyramid and Count-i-Con, Lose or Draw. Thanks to all of our participants for playing along.

We also run three costume contests for the weekend – Adults, Kids, and Pets. It has been great to watch this local convention grow and we are always amazed by the talent that walks through the doors.

Want us to help run your cosplay entertain? Check out the About Us page to learn more.

Movie Nights Are Back

You asked, and we listened. Not only are we coordinating movie nights again, we’ve brought them closer to home thanks to our partnership with the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square. The newly renovated theater is absolutely gorgeous and adjacent to a wonderful neighborhood. Attached to the theater is the always fun and delicious, Carbon Arc.

Keep up with our calendar to find out when your next chance is to meet us out at the theater. We’ll be teaming up with C2E2 for giveaways leading up to the convention.

 

 

Our Epic Summer!

We Are Cosplay has had an amazing summer thanks to our all of our awesome partners and members.

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 8.12.56 PMWe spent a lot of time with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital including attending their Superhero Week and hosting our first Free Comic Book day at the hospital thanks to the kind donations from Dark Tower Comics.  Make-a-Wish Foundation reached out to us to help delivery C2E2 tickets to Eric DellaTorre. We are super excited to be assisting with his super fantastic wish and our currently working with one of our members to create a very special costume for him. Join us to cheer him on.

Summer is also a great time for movies! We had lots of great meet and greets at Hollywood Palms including Age of Ultron 3D (video), Ant-Man (video), and Fantastic Four. Stay tuned for some VERY exciting end of year movie meet and greets.

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 8.16.07 PMHope everyone got their summer reading in! We partnered with some new libraries this year and visited some old friends. You may have caught us at Indian Trails Library, Gail Borden Library, and Orland Park Public Library. We also did an really fun event in Tinley Park where we paired up with artist painting comic book themed benches! And of course, we hung out with our friend Boomer at the Schaumburg Boomer’s stadium for Superhero night.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 7.20.17 PMWe wrapped up our summer at Lake Count-i-Con, where we hosted a gameshow stage all weekend long. It was great to see all the very talented cosplayers (images) out. We had a wonderful time.

 

We’re gearing up for Fall which means lots of costume fun, preparing for this year’s Cospys, and of course STAR WARS!

 

 

New Series: Coffee with Cosplayers

During our first year as a brand, we highlighted a handful of Featured Members and told yoScreen Shot 2015-05-25 at 6.21.32 PMu a bit about them via a posted interview. This year we wanted to kick it up a notch and provide some more in-depth on camera time with our featured members. We are so excited to launch our first episode, featuring Chrystine Shelton. We met Chrystine at the Wicker Park shop, Wormhole. The space is littered with retro toys and blasts from the past. We learned a lot about Chrystine and had an amazing time. Thanks to Wormhole for letting us crash!

Check out the first episode here.

Behind the Scenes Photos.

 

 

Chi-Fi 2015 Recap

This year we were invited to get involved with Chicago’s own Chi-Fi convention. Along with our usual booth triage we participated in judging the costume contest as well as hosted Saturday’s after party event. It was great to see the Chicago sci-fi and fantasy community get together to support this local event and we had a lot of fun.

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Moderator Paul Heid and We Are Cosplay members Toby Markham,Zadok Manny Camacho, Stever Schertz, and Ronald Ladao participated in our Men of Cosplay: Midwest panel.

 

 

 

11076795_670946186344757_1236885616804433048_oModerator Angelique Starr Rickhoff and We Are Cosplay members Casey Renee, Jen Greeley, Margaret Musiel, and Jenny Prado discussed the Midwest Cosplay scene from the female perspective as part of our Women of Cosplay: Midwest panel.

 

10505225_670949113011131_7984309438046160246_oOur Party at the End of the Universe had an amazing turn out.  DJ Fishdick [aka Brian Graupner of The Gothsicles (official)] provided music for the evening and performances by Acrobatica Infiniti Circus: The Nerd Circus! combined circus, cosplay, and genre fiction for fans to kept us all entertained. Your We Are Cosplay admins guest bartended special cocktails to fundraise for the group every hour.

Check out our album for more photos. See you at Chi-Fi 2015!

2015 Off to a Great Start!

DSC_0771_15997758414_mWe are so excited to be 2 months into our second year as a brand. Already we’ve had three events including a Costume Karaoke Party to promote Northwest Indiana Con,  Adler After Dark: Revenge of Geek Chic at the Adler Planetarium, and one of our all time favorite events the Chicago Dance Marathon to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital.

It is our goal this year to again provide a variety of opportunities for our members and so far so good!

Be sure to check out our galleries for Adler After Dark and Chicago Dance Marathon.

 

Adler After Dark Cast

Amanda Lopez Captain Malcolm Reynolds
Casey Welsch Tauriel
Claire Rogoski Princess Boba Fett
Clayton Faits Fox Mulder
David J. Carvelli Obi Wan Kenobi
Harrison Kuras The Doctor (10th)
Jessica Lynn Cwik Sister of Battle
Katrin Frendreis Andorian
Kenneth Seli Russel (special request to include balloons)
Kimberly Schure Loki
Lauren Faits Dana Scully
Luis Humgerto Marquez Barf
Luisa Gonzalez Mystique
Marc Nabke Daft Punk “Bangalter”
Matthew Rzepka The Doctor (9th)
Paul Heid Skeletor
Sanlea Salkic Xena
Steve Schertz King Sombra
Toby Markham Star-Lord
Valerie R Romack Daft Punk “de Homem-Christo”
Angelique Rickhoff Social Media Director
Nyq Bonaventura Media Director

 

Chicago Dance Marathon Cast

Paul Heid Spider-Man
John E Kohler Batman
Albert Capoccia Robin
Amanda Roark Queen Elsa
Jayme King Princess Anna
Zadok Camacho Olaf
Toby Markham Star-Lord
June J Rivas Gamora
Scott Whipple Superman
 Angelique Rickhoff  Social Media Director
 Nyq Bonaventura  Media Director

 

We Are Cosplay Returns to Chicago Dance Marathon!

We Are Cosplay is deeply honored to be invited back by our sponsors, Solstice Mobile, and welcomed by the families, friends, and staff of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Here’s 2 minutes out of the 786 we spent at last year’s event!

Please visit our fundraising page and help us surpass our modest goal.

 

 

A Year in Review

We had an amazing first year here at We Are Cosplay with 20!! events under our belt to show for it. We could not have done it without the support of our 485!! members. A special thank you to all the organizers, partners, and sponsors for making it all happen. We’re excited to do it all again this year, but even bigger and better.

As a token of our appreciated, we decided to host a member appreciation night. Everyone looked fabulous as they celebrated the achievements of their peers. Check out the album to see the photos from that night. Congrats to all our nominees and winners.

 Watch the whole night here!

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Daniel went home with not one but two Cospys!

The Winners! 

Best Prop – Daniel He Xi
Best Makeup – Bevan Sukowaty
Most Charitable – Jayme Lee
Best Photo – Jonnie Lee
Most Supportive – Stvo Jay
Most Accurate Replica – Kyra Wulfgar
Best Original Character – Daniel He Xi
Most Events – Zadok Manny Camacho
Most Dynamic Duo – John Quade & Char Lee
Best Performance – Luis Marquez

 

Thank Yous!

Thanks to our sponsors- Solstice Mobile, C2E2, and Lake Count.I.Con, thank you.

Thanks to our hosting venue, Hollywood Palms Cinema, thank you.

Thanks to our presenters and featured members, Ryan Green, Bevan Sukowaty, Jonathan Onopa, Ronald Ladao, and Margaret Musiel, thank you.

 

 

Featured Cosplayer: Margaret Musiel

Margaret Musiel

This Halloween season we challenged the We Are Cosplay community to post their costumes with the hashtag #wearehalloweenplay, for a chance to be the next randomly chosen featured member. I was personally excited to see the selection as I think the toyline is a fantastic alternative to the traditional options, and we really love the aesthetic of Dia de los Muertos!

Skulls off to Margaret Musiel, for bringing the gorgeous Skelita Calaveras of Monster High fame to life! Now let’s get to know a little more about her… “Muggy” that is.


Skelita

Character wise, who’s on your “done it” list? Who’s the favorite?

“My done list is pretty extensive [laughs]. But to list a few I have done- Skuld (Ah! My Goddess!), Rena (Higurashi), Asuna (Negima), Hatsune Miku (Vocaloid), Ame Comi Harley Quinn (Batman), Ragyo (Kill La Kill), Stephanie Brown Robin (Batman), and Sakura (Tsubasa & Cardcaptors). Most recently Skelita (Monster High). My favorites so far have been Ragyo, Skelita, Robin, and Harley because of the experiences I have had with others while wearing them, but my favorites to make so far have been all my Sakura’s.

*How could she forget to mention one of our favorites, San of Princess Mononoke?! 🙂

San of Princess Mononoke by Margaret Musiel

“Now where did I park my Moro?” – photo by Ron Ladao

 

Your must read/play/watch at the moment?

“I am completley in love with Fox’s new Gotham right now. I can’t miss episodes. I had to emergency drive home just to DVR the latest one so I wouldn’t miss it! Besides that the other shows I have been heavily following right now are American Horror Story, and Gravity Falls. I also recently DVR’d Cartoon Networks, Over the Garden Wall. I hope it’s good!!!”

Who are your favorite artists/writers/publishers/game studio/whatever?

“Many of my favorite artists have been [fashion] designers, such as h. Naoto, and the late, Alexander McQueen. Their designs always push me to go a little bit further out there with the costumes I choose to make and do, and to be a little more creative with my own designs. I am drawn to the more ‘out there’ pieces.”

What got you into costuming/cosplay/propmaking/fx/photography/etc.?

“My mom took me to comic cons at a very young age. I had broken my arm and as a pick-me-up she brought me to Wizard World so I could indulge in my current obsession (Paul Dini’s Harley Quinn). I had started a small collection of items for her such as some figures and the comics that had started to be released. She had heard about the con and thought I’d love it. Boy was she right. Cosplay at that point was pretty underground. There was maybe only a small handful there at the time in costume but I knew the next time I went I needed to make a costume. I self taught myself and started doing as much as I could. I later ran ‘costume crew’ in my high school’s theater, and majored in Fashion in college. I am so in love with the hobby. It’s become a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What do you think is an important issue in the pop culture sphere today?

“Oh boy. That’s a loaded one. If i had to choose a major one I personally had issues with, it would be, ‘Cosplay is Not Consent’. I am so glad they are pushing for more strict guidelines and have more firm anti-harassment policies in play and in writing at cons. I am glad it has been getting media attention. Because I have seen all different kinds of people at conventions of all sexualities, genders, and races experience harassment. It’s an important issue that I really hope continues to be put in the spotlight.”

What’s your typical process when taking on a new project?

“I normally think about it for a very long time. I gather as many referance images as I can and start plotting out how each part will be done. Then I’ll make a list of everything I need. I normally rely on mental notes, although I mean to write them down for tutorial purposes later. Once I start on something, It just kind of takes a mind of its own. Once I start something I have trouble putting it down for breaks. I just love seeing the finished product.

Have you met any of the artists/writers/filmmakers/etc. Who’s work your costume is based?

Ah My Goddess

Heaven, Hell, and Earth wait for no man… except Hiroaki Gōda. – ACen 2003

“Yes actually! It was really exciting! We had our Ah! My Goddess! Group at a con one year and the director of the film was there! We waited hours in line to see him only to be told by his handler when we reached near the front that we needed to buy a voucher, which were sold out. We sadly left the line but the director left his table to chase us down for a photo with us! It was probably one of the biggest compliments we’d ever gotten.”

Are your aliases known to everyone, and how do they feel about it?

“I have a cosplay nickname- ‘Muggy’, but its actually pretty common knowledge to everyone. I have the nickname purely because I enjoy it, but not to separate my cosplay from myself. I have been pretty fortunate that work and family enjoy seeing what I make and I even bring in photos. I understand why others need to have the fun and work separated, but I am so glad that I am allowed to be open about something that is a huge part of who I am.”

Most interesting Con story?Harley Quinn

“Oh man. I will go with a safe one [laughs]. My most interesting con story has to be last C2E2, as Harley Quinn. No one was ever inappropriate towards me, but one guy stood out to me. He came up to me saying that his friend had ditched him and decided not to go, but that it would make him so jealous to send him a picture of himself with said friends, “love of his life”, Harley. So he sent him a picture of me holding him in a headlock [laughs].

As I was typing that I remembered the other good Harley one!!! A man, with a baby girl and an older son, walked up to me and told me that he named his daughter after me… Harley, and to ask his son. I looked over to the mortified kid nodding his head ‘Yes’. Kids are priceless.

What Con are you most excited to one day attend, or return to?

DragonCon!!!! I want to go! Someday!!! I always hear such great things!!! Until then, Colossalcon!!!”

What do you like to do when you’re not costuming… other hobbies?

“I LOVE Lolita fashion and ball-joint dolls. I am a huge collector of toys, but Lolita fashion and the dolls are a huge portion of what I enjoy outside of cosplay. But additionally, I also enjoy making plush toys. All of my hobbies involve sewing or dress up in some way.”

Costume groups, or solo- which do you prefer?

“I like the ‘no pressure’ of solo cosplay. But if a group happens to appear, and work out, I am the most excited person! I am very guilty of ‘geeking out’ at other related cosplayers I see at conventions. So, if I ever see you as Batman or Robin while I am Stephanie Brown, prepare yourself because pictures will be needed!”

What’s next? Dream project?

“Pepper Pots’ Rescue suit. It needs to happen. I love attending childrens events, and I want the suit as a more recognizable face for them. I love Pepper and Iron Man, and it’s just a huge dream cosplay for me. Soon.”

Rescue

See what else “Muggy” is up to at her facebook community- Love You Sew, catch her teaming up with friends at Fandem Tandem, or connect with her via the We Are Cosplay facebook community.

Night of the Living Dead: Recap

 

We love Halloween! Go figure, right? So we kicked off the month with a Night of the Living Dead! Everyone crawled out of their graves in their best rotting flesh, or other horror movie cosplay and joined us at Hollywood Palms in Naperville!

Check out the gallery for more photos!

Special thanks to all the members who joined us! You looked amazing.

Albert Capoccia
Bevan Sukowaty
Carole M. Brown
Christopher English
Cliff Karrow
Jayme Lee King
Jennifer Greeley
Jerry S Gonzalez
Jonathan Lee
Josef Lim
Joseph Flores
Joseph Liss
Joshua Vigor
June J Rivas
Luis Humgerto Marquez
Luisa M Gonzalez
Maurice Castillejo
Mimi Guido
Neal Haze
Robert Castro
Ronald Ladao
Sandra Iordanov