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Cosplay & Performance

Official Cosplan Frames

Want to share your cosplans for Tekko this year? Feel free to use our special frames and share them on social media!

Download them here:

2 by 2 grid, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
single row of 4, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cosplay Guests

ChibiTifa

ChibiTifa is a cosplayer & experienced seamstress from Maryland who has been in the hobby for over 15 years. Her passion for cosplay was ignited at her first ever anime convention which was Otakon 2002 and in 2004 she began her journey into the hobby. Since then, Tifa has made a vast array of costumes and has been a cosplay craftsmanship judge at several major conventions on the East Coast. As part of Team Stellar Rose, she was chosen to represent the US as Team USA 2021 at the World Cosplay Summit. Tifa makes it her mission to make the cosplay world more welcoming and diverse to any and all newcomers.

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Photo credit: Solitadphoto

Nekoyasha

Nekoyasha is a long-time cosplayer from Ohio. She has been attending anime conventions since 2003 and creating cosplay since 2006. Over the years she has competed in cosplay contests for both craftsmanship and performance skits gaining awards along the way. In recent years, she has been working behind the scenes as a cosplay judge for local conventions. Forever swimming in a pile of spandex, she calls herself the “queen of using spandex in unconventional ways”. Nekoyasha is a huge advocate for diversity and accessibility in cosplay, and uplifting the black cosplay community.

Photo credit: Eeza Photo.

Vickybunnyangel

Vickybunnyangel is a Canadian cosplayer and Twitch Affiliate. She has dedicated herself to the art of cosplay for over a decade and received international acclaim for her work in magazines and numerous websites. During the pandemic she rediscovered the joy of streaming and created JRPG centered content in addition to cosplay. Vicky loves trying out new things and encourages others to get creative and innovative with their builds. From sewing, to thermoplastics, to dyeing, to 3D printing, Vicky does it all. She's worked with companies like Riot Games, Arda Wigs, Worbla North America, Redbull Gaming, Acer, Prime Video Canada, and Warner Brothers Canada.

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Photo details: Vickybunnyangel as Technoblade Butterfly from Arena of Valor

Photo by Trickylove Photography

Enrana

Enrana of Asgard is a cosplayer from the DMV area who officially started cosplaying in October of 2014, but has loved dressing in costumes her whole life. Her love of theater and performing started early as well. She has been performing onstage and entering cosplay contests for years, and has won several awards including placing Best Advanced in last year's masquerade. She is also a strong advocate for body positivity, anti bullying and living with disabilities since she herself has struggled with all and values their importance.

Photo by Lyst Photography

Momo Kariño

Momo Kariño is a veteran cosplayer, seamstress, artist, and designer, who strives to spread happiness and inspiration to all! Her experience as a seamstress ranges from theater, to fashion, parades, theme parks, and even bridal! Momo has won numerous awards for her creations, and has served as a craftsmanship judge at several cons all over the U.S.

Dizzy Lizzy

From Maryland, DizzyLizzy is no stranger to the world of Costuming. For over 20 years, she has been creating costumes for herself and others while receiving several Best in Shows for her workmanship and performance skills. When she is not creating costumes, you can find her still behind her sewing machine creating bridal gowns for K&B Bridals and working her geeky fashion line for Silly Little Things. Lizzy believes in Cos-Positivity and stays active in the community by hosting workshops, judging, running Cosplay Departments such as Zenkaikon, Katsucon and AnimeNEXT, and is the curator of The Magic of Cosplay Exhibit. She is very excited to be attending Tekko this year and looks forward to meeting everyone!

FB: @DizzyLizzyCostuming

Insta: @DizzyLizzyCosp

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit

DizzyLizzy is bringing her “Magic of Cosplay Exhibit” to Tekko. For 2022, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure. The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don’t worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in. We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative! Our Exhibit staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you at the convention. Would you like to be showcased in this exhibit? Please contact us on our Facebook page .

Ely Renae

Ely Renae is a local cosplay commissioner from Pittsburgh, PA. She started cosplay in 2012, and enjoys building large armor pieces and working with body paint! About 5 years ago, Ely took her love of her cosplay hobby and started Kangaroomis - a costume company that creates handmade fleece dresses, rompers, and accessories. Ely is a firm advocate that cosplay is for everyone, and she strives to make sure to have fully inclusive sizing, as well as custom sizing for all body types. Since starting Kangaroomis, she has created over 500 costumes for customers all over the world.

Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok at @kangaroomis.

Crafting to Career (hosted by Ely Renae)

Crafting to Career: Learn how to turn your artistic endeavors into a thriving business!

Do you have a lot of creative energy, and want to try selling your work? Or maybe do you have a really cool product, but just don't know where to start? Come learn all about how to turn your artistic endeavors into a thriving business! Learn how to choose what customers will want to buy, advertise, grow customer support, build and organize inventory, price products, and more. We'll teach you all you need to know to turn your hobby into a creative empire! There will be a Q&A at the end of the panel for any additional questions you may have!

Ely Renae is the founder, owner and lead stitcher at Kangaroomis, a cosplay brand of kigurumis, kigu dresses, rompers, and other fleece attire. She started cosplaying as a hobby in 2012, and launched her brand a few years later. Kangaroomis has been Ely's full-time job for the last 6 years, and she has picked up a TON of trade secrets along the way. She loves to talk business strategies, and wants to help other artists grow their brands as well!

Rakumaroo

Rakumaroo has been involved with theatre since she was young, but began performing cosplay themed skits at conventions in 2016. Since then, she has won a Judge's award as Princess Zelda at Tekko 2016, First Place as Princess Zelda at Tekko 2017, a Judge's Award as Yuno Gasai at Tekko 2018, First Place as Yuno Gasai at Hazardcon 2018, Best in Show as Ochaco Uraraka at Tekko 2019, and First Place as Violet Evergarden at Setsucon 2022.

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Jez Roth

Cirque du Soleil. Celebrities. One Piece. EDC. Red Carpets. After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades, winning Best in Show 20 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 then, Jez has designed for clients such as Tao, EDC, the Billboard awards, with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, and Dash Berlin; He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as the American Cosplay Representative, was the head judge in the Official Sailor Moon Masquerade, the Canadian World Cosplay Summit 2016, and a couple hundred Cosplay Competitions all over the world. His journey went full circle when he was a designer for One Piece Gold, collaborating with Toei Animation and created official costumes for the anime series Aria and Emma. In Fall of 2019 he opened the first brick-and-mortar School of Cosplay: Cosplay.Vegas where students train in all forms of costuming and performance and have gone on to win awards all over the country. He loves ballroom dancing, cottagecore, coffee, Goldens, and of course, sewing. He is so happy to return to Tekko bringing with him his signature Lip Sync for your Cosplay!

Lip Sync for Your Cosplay

You'd Better WERK!

By popular request, Tekkocon is excited to be again hosting Jez Roth's Lip Sync for Your Cosplay!

Do you get your life from performing? That rush of getting onstage and being fierce? Then you'd better WERK! Lip Sync for Your Cosplay is the high-energy, heads-up dance battle competition where you show us what you're made of!

When and Where

Friday 7/22

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Formal Ballroom

How it works

For each round, a different song will be announced. From a show of hands, two people are randomly picked from the audience to battle against each other in a two minute competition. They each share the stage and once the music starts they lip sync, dance, perform, and SERVE the audience in a battle of performance, each fighting to keep the attention on them.

Once the music stops, the two judges declare one the winner.

Don't worry, we'll start with a demo song to show you the basics of a typical Lip Sync Battle.

Please note: You can only go once, unless there is a song that is short on volunteers.

Final Round

The Finale Song is not announced until the end of the event. Anyone is eligible to participate in the final round, even those who already performed! In the final round however, entrants will be selected by the judges - so if you already performed, your prior performance may be how they base their selections!

Guidelines

If you are practiced and able - Voguing -spins, hands, death drops are acceptable. No jumping off the stage or hard acrobatics.

No need to register in advance, just show up! Contestants are picked from the audience.

Will you win by choreography or being able to De-liv-er every syllable in Electric Shock? Is acting your forte? Play to your strengths!

You do not need to be in costume, but it adds to the performance element.

Judging is based off of three things: Knowing the words, choreography, and presence. This also factors in cosplaying elements - are you using parts of your costume i.e. a cape/prop to add to your performance? Are you nervous or owning the stage? Are you working the crowd or staying in one, stationary place?

So grab that costume, get dressed, and get ready to either perform or support the performers!

Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest

In the Craftsmanship Contest, cosplayers are judged on their ability to skillfully recreate a design in a private, scheduled interview with a panel of experienced judges. Please review all of the rules below before registering for this competition.

Performance Contest

In the Performance Contest, cosplayers will take to the Main Stage and perform in front of a live audience. Performers are not judged on craftsmanship, only overall presentation. You may compete with bought or commissioned costumes.

Iron Cosplay

Iron Cosplay - Tekko

Hosted by our cosplay guest: Ely Renae!

Make costumes from actual garbage, play outrageous mini games, SABOTAGE your friends!

Join us for a fast-paced creative adventure, where you get to speed-build costumes, and maybe sabotage your friends a little bit along the way! The audience will be split into teams and must choose their Cosplay Champions to create the ultimate costume and win the competition! Champions will have to use scrap cosplay materials and their imagination to make a kick-ass costume before the time runs out. If you're not a creative type, never fear! Audience participation will be paramount in helping your team win this event. Compete in mini-games in order to sabotage other teams, or to help your team receive items that will help them build their costume! All sorts of entertainment, inventiveness, and mischief will be had! Don't miss out on this outrageous event!

To sign up for the Iron Cosplay event, use this document !

Cosplay Repair Station

You are now entering Hangar Bay 16 aka Cosplay Repair! We are a highly skilled group of Cosplayers and enthusiasts here to help you fix your minor costume and prop mishaps.

This FREE service is available for all with badges to the convention!

You will recognize our staff by their aprons and CRC badges. We will also have a Cosplay Medic wandering the convention to help with on the spot needs.

We have dressing rooms and stations for Wigs, Glues and adhesives, Sewing, general repair and paint. Our staff is knowledgeable in all areas. We are a safe space where you can change outfits, fix items (yes, even your pants for you non-cosplayers!) and prepare for judging.

Cosplay Guest Suggestions

Would you or someone you know make an amazing cosplay-themed guest at Tekko? Let us know who you want to see and why!