TV ACTRESS / BROADWAY ACTRESS
Ciara Renee starred as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl in the CW series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash. Her vocal type is mezzo-soprano. Renée guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU. She is also known for her roles on Broadway as The Witch in Big Fish and the Leading Player in Pippin, as well as portraying Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse. Renée played Susan in the Off-Broadway revival of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical Tick, Tick... Boom!; and Mary Magdalene in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
ACTORS/ SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP ARTISTS FROM THE SYFY TV SHOW "FACE OFF"
George and Cig met on season 7 of "Face Off" and loved working together. It showed as they wowed the judges and the viewing audience with their upbeat fun take on special effects makeup. In the years since, they have been continuing doing makeup effects for film and television. The were invited back on the Season 11 All-Stars of "Face Off" series this year. With their new company TroTron FX, they will be bringing energy and elitenment to Arkansas.
2 NERDS IN LOVE will be hosting THE 2017 COSPLAY CON & ANIME EXPERIENCE, along with a Nerdtastic list of Special Guest, Feature Cosplayers, and Guest Cosplayers. The married couple of Jacob and Elli Kelley are Arkansas lifelong nerds. They attended their first convention in cosplay in 2014. After several publications and awards, they now use cosplay to preach positivity and individuality within the cosplay community. Elli strives to be a positive role model and accomplished crafter, Jacob likes to live though his fandom’s in hopes of becoming a well know voice actor and ADR script writer and cosplayer known for his gender bends and his akame ga kill cosplays. The couple live up to their stage name and enjoy sharing their passion for cosplay, food, anime, manga, Video games and all around geekery.
-2014 Admin/owner 'Cosplayers of Arkansas Unite' -2014 First convention -2015 LRCC 2nd place -2015 RCCE 2nd place -2015 Buzzkill Magazine publication -2016 LRCC 3rd place (group) -2016 CosplayZine publication -2016 Cosplay Monthly publication -2016 Cosplay Monthly contest winner -2016 HallowCon guest judges
-2017 NJACC Panel Host
FILM, TV, & VOICE ACTOR
Robert Axelrod was born and raised in New York City where he trained as an actor and voice over artist. Also a pro musician(electric bass), he came to Los Angeles in the late '70s and cut a niche for himself with dozens of Film, TV, and Voice roles including six years on THE MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS as LORD ZEDD and FINSTER. Anime shows include DIGIMON, ROBO TECH, ULTRAMAN, TRANSFORMERS, COWBOY BEBOP, METROPOLIS, and many more. On-camera roles include THE BLOB, STAR TREK VOYAGER, ICE CRAWLERS, SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE and more!
VOICE ACTRESS / SCRIPT WRITER
Katelyn Barr is a voice actress and script writer working for Sentai Filmworks and FUNimation. You may have heard her as Ayumi Yamagou in Girls und Panzer der Film, Layla the Blue Chaika in Chaika the Coffin Princess, Liza Randog/Lizardia in Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon, Aisu Kyuubu in Amagi Brilliant Park, Fantasia Yusano in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, and various other tough chicks, older sisters, monsters, tomboys, ACTUAL boys, cute cats, and evil seductresses in anime of all sorts. Katelyn’s also lent her voice to a few video game characters, such as Jackie in Marooners, Nerith in Celestial Crossing, and Kizana Sunobu from Yandere Simulator. As a script writer, Katelyn is most known for her work on shows like One Piece, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Amagi Brilliant Park, and the action-packed hit Akame ga Kill!, which premiered on Toonami in August 2015. She currently resides in Houston, TX with her mic, her piano, and her carefully curated Sailor Moon collection. They’re very happy together. Katelyn’s all kinds of thrilled to meet everyone at The Cosplay Con and Anime Expo and geek out about anime, games, Once Upon a Time, Panic! at the Disco, and whatever else the kids are into these days (except for the super cool new thing she can’t talk about yet, gahhh!). See you there!
David Wald began voice acting in 2004 on ADV's "Shadow Skill" as an unnamed soldier who was crushed by a planet, and a long love affair began. After a brief but miraculous recovery from being planet-crushed, David went on to voice roles such as Master Chief in Halo: Legends, Gajeel in Fairy Tail, Berg Katze in Gatchaman: CROWDS, Bulat in Akame Ga Kill, Duke Togo in Golgo 13, Hannes in Attack On Titan, Paulie in One Piece, Mutsumi in Kiss Him, Not Me, and many others. He served as ADR Director for AURA: Koga Maryuin's Last War and began writing ADR scripts with Sentai's release of Diabolik Lovers: More Blood.
Before anime staged its hostile-but-welcome takeover of a reasonably respectable life, David spent about 30 years acting on theatrical stages around the country and abroad, where he developed a particular devotion to all things Shakespeare. He attended Elmhurst College in Chicago and then the University of Miami as a jazz & studio music major and spent several years afterward playing keyboards and/or singing in various jazz, rock, and funk bands.
David is delighted to join Cosplay Con for its inaugural year, and looks forward to meeting all of you!
The artist NoFlutter (Jen Vaiano) is a Florida based artist that specializes in concept character design and costume design. Her work is used by many cosplayers across the world, and has been featured on SyFy, Geek Girls, and Fashionable Geek. The excitement and anticipation for her appearance at the C.C.A.E is growing everyday.
Alisha is cureently finishing her upcoming new book, Kiara's Cosplay Adventure
Her previous book titles are:
Haji's Fight for Freedom,
Timber's Gambit (currently being pitched for a movie deal),
Swift Just Wants a Friend,
and Assassin's Curse.
They can all be found on her Amazon page: www.amazon.com/-/e/B00FBWX9MS
FEATURE COSPLAYER from the SYFY TV Show "COSPLAY MELLE"
I'm a cosplayer/prop designer out of bossier city Louisiana and have an extreme passion for what I do. I'm always looking forward to meeting new cosplayers and learning new things about this beautiful display of craft. I've been building props for 12 years and cosplaying for 4, and they've been the happiest years of my life. I recently appeared on episode 4 of "Cosplay Melee" on the SYFY channel, and I believe it to be my crowning achievement in my cosplay career. I hope to make many more steps in the cosplay universe, and teach many aspiring cosplayers new things to help them along the way.
Larissa Paige is a professional Cosplayer from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been cosplaying for over 3 years and has won several awards for costume designs. Larissa has also produced, judged and executed the Cosplay contest for the Salt Lake City Comic Con. She had been featured in many shows around the country and has been featured in MYM Magazine. She was named #4 cosplayer of the year with Big Show Entertainment for 2016. She creates all of her own cosplays, from scratch, coming up with gender bending ideas as well as original characters that put a creative spin on classics.
The 6 feet tall lawyer was discovered by Malcolm Fledge (Fledgetacular Multimedia & Cosplay Promotion Team) in November 2016. Just like the character Lynda Carter played, her daily job is fighting for people who can't fight for them selves. In less than 3 months she became one of the most often followed Wonder Woman Cosplayer. She continues to make her presence known at major comic cons in California, and posting amazing pics from new photo shoots. She appeared on the Morning TV News to announce The Race For Autism event in San Diego. Her phenominal works with Batcave Productions, WhoANerdaAlert, SupermanIsReal76, and Dynamite Webber, during the rest of 2017, will take her to even greater heights.
APPEARING "LIVE VIA SATELITE"
ONLY FRI. NOV. 17th!
Whether you watched Gotham, people enjoy Cos A Commotion’s authenticity of their Fish Mooney and Oswald Cobblepot cosplay. They are in fact a married couple, which makes this truly a labor of love. Dean and Shellane occasionally cosplay “Richonne” but are also open to other cosplays as well depending on the convention. After winning #DressForPlay2016 (Online Cosplay Contest), Cos A Commotion have been invited as Special Guest to several events, and have become recognized figures in the Florida Cosplay community. They are always looking to add other cosplayers to add their cast. They ask if there are any cosplayers interested in joining that they contact them at Info@CosACommotion.com
Emmylou has been cosplaying since late 2014, Her very first cosplay was Harley Quinn at Stockton-Con in 2014. Ever since then she knew she would never want to stop. Besides being a cosplayer, she has also been a passionate photographer since high school. She lives her dreams by marrying her two hobbies together.
QueenKoopa Cosplay (Sarah Drew) is an award winning cosplayer from Central Arkansas. Cosplaying since 2013, she has completed over 2 dozen costumes from multiple genres. Some of her most recognized characters include Bowser (Super Mario Bros.), Dr. Doom (Marvel comics), Pam Poovey (Archer), Lady Thor and Lady Loki (Marvel comics), and a handful of Disney costumes (Princess Belle, Snow White, Scar). A firm believer that cosplay is for everyone, she hopes to promote body positivity and inspire people of all races and sizes to cosplay any characters they love.
Kotton Kandie Kosplay has been cosplaying for 10 years. Her specialty is original designs of well known characters and her own creations. She has few awards under her belt including "Best Masters" from Anime Blues Con 2015. As a plus sized cosplayer, she believes people should cosplay what they love.