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Friday, May 4
 

11:45am EDT

Forged in Foam: A guide to crafting armor and props!
Want to learn to build your own prop? Create armor? Curious how to use wonderflex or worbla? Or create something out of foam? Velvet Rose Creations is back for another year of "Forged in Foam: A guide to crafting armor and props!" Learn about different types of materials, the costs, and how to use them! Followed by a live demo and some Q&A!

Speakers
avatar for Serenity Zachariadou

Serenity Zachariadou

Panelist, Velvet Rose Creations


Friday May 4, 2018 11:45am - 1:15pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:15pm EDT

Overcoming Con Anxiety
Convention stress is something that every con-goer deals with, whether they are new to the scene or veteran attendees, programmers, vendors, and the like. In this panel, seasoned con attendee and programmer Ivy Leaves discusses how to prepare you to have the best possible convention experience, what pitfalls to avoid, and some simple tips and tricks to make you most comfortable and relaxed.

Speakers
avatar for Aniyah Lyszt

Aniyah Lyszt

Founder, Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment
Veteran convention attendee and content provider (formerly known as Ivy Leaves in the burlesque scene), Aniyah has been providing educational and entertaining programming since 2014 as the founder of Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment, and has been attending conventions as a patron... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm EDT

Girl Gaming 101
Ladies have been showing up in video games and they have been fierce. Let's celebrate females and how far they come in the industry and how they help empower female gamers today.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Brinich

Emily Brinich

Entertainer, Nerdy Expression


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:30pm EDT

Cosplay Shenanigans: Armor 101
Learn the basics or sharpen your knowledge of how to build armor for cosplay._x000D_
Ichigo Gami will teach you tips and tricks for taking your cosplay to the next level. Feel free to bring paper and pencils for notes as well as any questions you might have._x000D_

Speakers
avatar for StrawberryPaperDoll

StrawberryPaperDoll

Owner/Designer/Photographer, Strawberry Paper Doll
StrawberryPaperDoll is a brand that strives to bring a touch of whimsy and flourish to every look. Ranging from pieces with lots of beading to detailed designs with touches of historical reference. Her one of a kind designs are made for the discerning eye and well tailored to make... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]
 
Saturday, May 5
 

9:00am EDT

How to make Ruffles and Pleats, learning Fabric Manipulation
This will be a slideshow lecture on manipulating fabric to create ruffles and pleats for cosplayers, with a short demo at the end. All levels of skill are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Lamia Creations

Lamia Creations

Costume Panelist, Lamia Creations
I sew, I craft, I bling, I embroider, I knit, and sometimes I even finish a project.


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am EDT

Cosplay Shenanigans: Wigs 101
Learn the basics or sharpen your knowledge of how to make that anime hair real! We'll talk about everything from base wig quality to support and understructure._x000D_
Ichigo Gami will teach you tips and tricks for taking your cosplay to the next level. Feel free to bring paper and pencils for notes as well as any questions you might have.

Speakers
avatar for StrawberryPaperDoll

StrawberryPaperDoll

Owner/Designer/Photographer, Strawberry Paper Doll
StrawberryPaperDoll is a brand that strives to bring a touch of whimsy and flourish to every look. Ranging from pieces with lots of beading to detailed designs with touches of historical reference. Her one of a kind designs are made for the discerning eye and well tailored to make... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:15am EDT

How To Be A Villain 101
This panel will teach new people on how to be a proper villain, as well show current villains new ways to improve themselves.


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:15am EDT

Mold Making and Materials for Cosplay
In Costume and Prop construction, we often find that we need a specific small bauble or decoration that we can't quite find in stores. We can construct the item ourselves, however, we need about 12 of the baubles to complete the display. During this demonstration, Jay and Barb from the Museum of Science Fiction will discuss the various ways to use several different mold types, and the various materials you can cast in your mold! They will also be demonstrating how to use silicone and resin using their favorite professional brand of materials.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Escape Velocity
I have been working with conventions for quite a while, mostly in that I have been running Dance off for over 12 years now, and I have also been seen on stage and behind the adjudicators table for various events such as Celebration 5, Balticon, and NYCC. I can most be seen planning... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am EDT

Intro to 3D Printing for Cosplay and Everyday Use
Cosplay as we know it is an ever changing art form. Those experience in the hobby are well aware of the challenges associated with designing and fabricating props and accessories; intricate design, expensive tools, time sensitive deadlines, and subpar workmanship are some of the biggest issues reported. The recent increase in consumer level 3D print technology could potentially eliminate some of the aforementioned challenges. _x000D_
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We will present vital information to start 3D printing on your own or how to utilize a print service. We'll be going over software, hardware, types of materials, printer setup, common issues, and more! We'll also provide time for any questions you may have!


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:45pm EDT

Kids Can Cosplay Too!
Are you on the younger side and like to cosplay or want to cosplay? Does mom, dad or even your brother/sister cosplay and you want to be a part of it too? Here's your chance to create a mask, create a character and have fun. Geared towards kids 13 and under to take their first step into the cosplaying world!


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

3:00pm EDT

Cosplay Saved My Life
Corgi Cosplay will be sharing her story about mental health and how finding cosplay has helped her. Even if you don't want to share your own story, please join us and see that you aren't alone in your fight.

Speakers
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplay, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba the Cosplay Corgi and his wise cracking, awkward potato Mom, Nicole! Kiba has been cosplaying since 2013 and Nicole joined in on the fun in 2015. They love promoting acceptance and fun in the cosplay community, while simultaneously furthering the corgi... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

6:15pm EDT

Cosplay Dance Off
Cosplay Dance Off, Where Street Dance meets Cosplay! Watch as our Cosplay Dance Off teams battle it out as your favorite characters against each other for that Convention's Grand Champion title! Dance Off has been running strong for over 13 years now at east-coast conventions such as: Escape Velocity, Anime USA, Katsucon, MAGFest, and Anime Mid Atlantic and more! Over the course of three rounds, our dancers will go head to head and Dance battle it out! Join us for the show! Any thing can happen!

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Escape Velocity
I have been working with conventions for quite a while, mostly in that I have been running Dance off for over 12 years now, and I have also been seen on stage and behind the adjudicators table for various events such as Celebration 5, Balticon, and NYCC. I can most be seen planning... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

7:00pm EDT

Make your own horned headband
This will be a hands-on make-your-own-horned headband, in line with the theme of demons and monsters. Using supplied materials (and a small materials fee), attendees will make their own horns and take away wearable pieces.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Collodel

Amanda Collodel

Unicorns and mermaids, pirates and tiki, glitter and shiny things, hair and makeup, costuming, omg shoes, and of course: anime!
avatar for Lamia Creations

Lamia Creations

Costume Panelist, Lamia Creations
I sew, I craft, I bling, I embroider, I knit, and sometimes I even finish a project.


Saturday May 5, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:45pm EDT

Fake it till you Break it: distressing, faux textures and antiquing, for props and costumes
Add some realism and story to the look of your cosplay! A fun, lighthearted practical look at techniques for distressing and antiquing of cosplay props and costuming. Examples from the presenter's professional and personal work will be used to illustrate the processes for a variety of materials.

Speakers
avatar for Erick Hershey

Erick Hershey

Special Projects Craftsperson, Sight & Sound Theatre
Designer and Maker, specializing in steampunk and costume props. Creator of mechanical props and effects for Sight & Sound Theatre and set carver for the current production, "Jesus". Freelance scenic artist for end clients such as Cirque st Soliel, Disney's California Adventure... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45pm - 11:45pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:45pm EDT

Cosplay Boudoir [18+]
Cosplay Boudoir is an intimate and fun style of photography meant to help us feel more confident! Its become a recent hit for most cosplays, so we are going to talk about how to do a photoshoot like this feel good and look good along with tips of outfits, poses and more!

Speakers
avatar for Emily Brinich

Emily Brinich

Entertainer, Nerdy Expression


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15am EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]
 
Sunday, May 6
 

10:00am EDT

Cosplay Bullying
Let's talk about bullying in the cosplay community and find ways to end it. Become a cosplay equality warrior with us.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

Panelist
What to say about me? I'm not really sure. I've been an avid gamer since I was 5 when I built my first computer with my dad. I started watching Anime when I was 8. Discovered fanfiction in middle school and off I went and became an Otaku. Fully in love with East Asian culture and... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00am EDT

Swap Meet with Meraki Kai Cosplays
Are you tired of having things in your closet that you don't wear? Want to try and find the perfect pair of pants for a fancy cosplay? Have a lot of figures and manga that you're tired of looking at but don't wanna deal with shipping? Come hang out with Meraki Kai Cosplays as we host this swap meet for you guys and also try and get rid of some supplies. _x000D_

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am EDT

Hot Glue Friend or Foe
 To use hot glue or not? That is the question. We have all been there, half way through a con your cosplay starts to fall apart but why? There are lots of adhesives out there and sometimes we don't always choose the right ones. Come to learn about which glues work best for what and discuss what you could have done differently to prevent it from happening again.


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:15am EDT

Bling all the things, or how to add pizzazz to your cosplay and accessories
Do you have a headband, bracer, bra, belt, gun, shoes, sunglasses, gloves, sword, body harness, boots, bracelet, helmet, phone case, lipstick holder, purse, wallet, mask, wig, wand, travel mug, or other personal item that needs some pizzazz? Bring it with you and let's make it sparkle and shine! There will be a small materials fee.

Speakers
avatar for Lamia Creations

Lamia Creations

Costume Panelist, Lamia Creations
I sew, I craft, I bling, I embroider, I knit, and sometimes I even finish a project.


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:30am EDT

Crossplay and Gender Bending 101 - The Basics!
Ever wanted to delve into the world of crossplay but have no clue where to start? Not sure what crossplay is? What about gender bent cosplays? Ever wondered where to begin or what character is right for you? Join us as we give you all the ins and outs of the world of crossplay, cosplay drag, and more!


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:30pm EDT

Cosplay for Anyone: Body Painting and other FX
Find yourself cosplaying characters of non-human skin tone but have no idea how to achieve the perfect Beast Boy green or Lapis blue? We'll show you the Do's and Dont's of body paint along with plenty of tips and tricks for a successful paint job.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Diamond

Lorna Diamond

Panelist, Cosplayer, Darling Cosplays
Darling began her descent into cosplay experimenting with body paint and hasn’t stopped since. Learning and growing, Darling enjoys teaching others the perfect paint job, how to create cheaply & efficiently, or performing in fun interactive panels!


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:30pm EDT

Cosplay Recovery
It feels like the end of the world when a piece of your costume breaks. Join Cosplay Crew as they discuss how to fix even the most hopeless of costume problems.

Speakers
avatar for Cassidy Wells

Cassidy Wells

Cosplay Crew
East-coast based cosplayer since 2008. Also known as Hikaru Cosplay and a member of the Cosplay Crew.


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:45pm EDT

Man Up! FTM Cosplay Crash Course 101
From ace bandages to mascara beards, a lot of mistakes are made when trying to create the "male illusion". This presentation is for those female-bodied individuals who need some help creating a more realistic male persona. Learn how to bind safely, create realistic looking beards, and utilize cosmetics to make your "crossplay" more convincing.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fernandez

Gavin Fernandez

Cosplayer, Featured Panelist, Educator, Manifest Dreamer Cosplay
I'm a fan of proper LGBT education, Star Wars, and giant mutated plants.


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]
 


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