At Cos-Con 2016 we'll have some of the world's top cosplayers and cosplay professionals sharing their skills, knowledge and experiences through panels and workshops. These cosplay aficionados will be on hand all weekend to chat about every aspect of Cosplay and costuming, with no huge queues at tables to keep you waiting. Below are a few details of who we have appearing, with more to be announced.
Electrikid, aka Leo Neville is a cosplayer, model, wig stylist, and makeup artist from England, and is next in our special guest line up for Cos-Con 2016.
Leo draws much of his cosplay inspiration from Anime, and his skills include wefting his own lacefront hairlines, beards, and sideburns, as well as styling against gravity and giving wigs some impressive finishing touches.
His make-up work, as you can see, is second to none; a skill he studied at Delamar Academy of Makeup & Hair, coming out with a HE Certificate and a Distinction in prosthetics.
Leo also runs Colour Me Kiddo: through which he imports and supplies products from the best cosplay supplies companies, alongside his own creations. He also dabbles in prop making, and is working hard to broaden his skill set to include more sewing and fabric techniques.
When not attending conventions (and sometimes while he is), you'll find Electrikid filming cosplay vlogs and tutorials for youtube, and he's sure to offer us a whole bunch of cosplay knowledge in Glasgow this August.
Kenny Cosplay Stuff
When it comes to guests at Cos-Con, we want to give everyone a chance to interact with and chat to the people who inspire them, without waiting for hours in a queue or loitering at the other side of a table. That's why we keep our conventions intimate and small in size, and why we book awesome guys like Kenny Cosplay Stuff.
Kenny specialises in armour builds, which have seen him win a whole bunch of competitions as well as representing the UK in last year's Cosplay World Masters. He's also acclaimed for his expressive and energetic performances, entertaining crowds with his stage presence and sense of humour, alongside his beautifully detailed builds.
When not cosplaying, Kenny's a big videogame geek, so much so he was a contestant on Sky 1's tv show King of the Nerds. Games characters are often the subject of his awesome cosplays; we can't wait to showcase his insane skills at Cos-Con 2016.
Candy Valentina is a freelance performer, model and cosplayer.
Candy trained as a performer at Reynolds Performing Arts College, and has a huge catalogue of performances which she takes to events and conventions all over the country. She is also an agency represented model, work which has seen her win a number of awards, while collaborating with countless brands and publications. She'll have so much experience of being in front of the camera to share with us when she comes to Glasgow.
She found her passion for cosplaying back in 2014, when she attended her first convention as Yoko Littner. From this point onwards she knew that cosplay was something she wanted to progress further in, and she has since had cosplay features in print publications such as Neo Magazine and MYM, among others. You may recognise a number of Candy's cosplays, a favourite being her awesome Shredder (TMNT) costume. We can't wait to see what she brings to Cos-Con this August.
Cosplex, aka Lex hails from the Granite city, and we had the pleasure of having her as a guest judge at Cos-Con North 2015.
Lex has been Cosplaying for over 10 years and mainly focuses on fabric based Cosplays but is not afraid to tackle the odd prop either.
A committed competitor, she has represented the UK on two occasions. Firstly as one half of the first UK team to enter the World Cosplay Summit in Japan in 2012 and last year winning the Solo category at the European Cosplay Gathering in France with her gorgeous Satine Cosplay.
To her, cosplay is a wonderful creative outlet and her experience at a competitive level will give her loads of insight to share in Glasgow this summer.
Iona is a freelance costume designer and maker, as well as the host of Scotland's most popular free sewing/craft class and Youtube channel, Say it Aint Sew.
Iona has created costumes for performances all over Scotland, and has been stylist & wardrobe supervisor for touring performers including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Prince - to name but a few.
At Cos-Con 2016 Iona will be hosting sessions of Say It Aint Sew especially for cosplayers, and taking us through the basics of sewing.
MAKLab was founded in 2012 to allow people to access the latest fabrications technologies, and since their growth now deliver teaching workshops, community outreach programmes, professional development and accredited learning for a wide demographic across Scotland.
Their workshops contain numerous cutting edge machines and technologies - from 3d printers to industrial sewing machines.
As well as sponsoring our prop competition, Maklab will be speaking to us about fabrication and the different disciplines possible in their workshop.
Sars is a fursuit maker from Scotland, and a regular on the Scottish convention circuit.
She has been creating fur based costumes for years, and these days is kept busy completing an unending series of fursuit commissions, ranging from realistic animal creations, to more fantastical creatures from fiction. Pokemon, Digimon, bobcats and Alsatians - this fury can build it for you.
Sars will be hosting a workshop on fur suit creation and taking us through her techniques.
Thom is a prop replica artist, model maker, and cosplayer based in Glasgow.
He makes space helmets, laser guns, fantasy swords and all the other cool geeky things you wanted as a child but could never have. The majority of his works are scratch builds, involving sculpting and resin casting, but he also works on plenty of projects using found objects, and he utilises all kinds of materials in completing commissions for clients.
His workshop at Cos-Con will cover advanced techniques for cosplay building.
KC is a cosplayer and artist from Scotland, and Cos-Con marks their first appearance as a cosplay guest!
A classically trained painter, KC aspires to a career in film and theatre, and expresses this passion for art through their cosplay.
As well as makeup SFX and fabric work, KC draws on their painting skills in the production of props as well as armour and fabrics based costumes.
At Cos-Con, KC will be hosting a workshop on painting for cosplay, walking us through processes and techniques for getting a great finish.
Alasdair Watson is a commercial photographer from Glasgow, and when not busy with products and event photography, Alasdair likes to work directly with cosplayers, shooting at many of the UK’s biggest cons, as well as organising shoots on location out in the wild.
Alasdair has taken photos with literally thousands of cosplayers around the country with his cosplay photo studio.
At Cos-Con, he will be taking us through tips and tricks for taking great photos of cosplayers at conventions, no matter your equipment or experience.