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Friday, May 3
 

4:00pm EDT

How To Get Started In Cosplay
Have you seen a lot of con goers dressed up in fabulous costumes? Would you like to join in on the fun? Feeling a little clueless on how to start or maybe a bit intimidated? We will talk about techniques to make a costume, sources of inspiration, how to choose a character, and trying to keep it all in a budget.

Program Participants
avatar for Jennifer Skwarski

Jennifer Skwarski

Costumer, student, techie. Apparently, I'm not happy unless I have 20 projects going at once.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
EMC I

5:00pm EDT

Molds, Resins and Silicone Oh My!!
Learn the process of fabricating hard plastic and flexible synthetic accessories for your costume (or other hobby). We'll discuss the various types of casting and mold making materials, explore their pros and cons, and walk through the moldmaking and casting process. Samples of various materials and finished products will be on hand. Bring a notebook -- this panel is info-heavy! See finished pieces and learn the step-by-step process.

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
EMC II

6:00pm EDT

Eco Friendly Cosplay
This talk will be a discussion on the ways people make cosplay just a bit more green. From using a wide variety of eco-friendly materials you may never even thought of, thrifting and buying second hand, costume swaps, up-cycling, and even dumpster diving, the possibilities are endless and the results can be pretty amazing too!

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Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Charlevoix B

7:00pm EDT

Advanced Pattern Drafting: Make a Sloper Workshop
Learn to make your own pattern base customized to your own specific measurements to use in making future patterns fit you perfectly! This class is great for cosplay patterns or everyday clothing. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

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Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
EMC III
 
Saturday, May 4
 

10:00am EDT

Foamsmithing 101
Learn about the basic skills and tools needed to build props and costumes out of foam. See examples of pieces and ask for tips on projects you are working on.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
EMC I

11:00am EDT

Patterns Lie! and Other Useful Sewing Facts
Learning to sew can be daunting, especially if you've never had formal instruction. We're here to help! In this panel, we'll cover selecting and reading a pattern, choosing fabric, cutting, pinning, sewing, pressing, finishing hems, and more — all without complicated sewing terminology! You'll be sewing like a pro in no time. Bring your questions!

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Nicolet

1:00pm EDT

BoF: Dr. Who Meet Up - DATE/TIME CHANGE Errata
Birds of a Feather meet up for Dr. Who cosplay! Old school, new school, doctors, companions, enemies, family and friends, as well as spin off characters are welcome. Come dressed in your favorite Dr. Who cosplay, meet like minded people, enjoy conversations, strike poses, and take as many photos as humanly possible. Don't forget your props, witty comments, and sense of humor. Who knows? We may even be able to get a certain blue police box to stop by...

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Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Charlevoix B

1:00pm EDT

CANCELLATION ERRATA - Incorporating Disability Into Cosplay
THIS PRESENTATION IS CANCELED Many cosplayers have a disability or illness that requires them to use certain equipment to take into account other needs they might have. While you can really do whatever you like in cosplay, sometimes you may want to go all out and incorporate things that are already part of your daily life to make a truly epic costume. You may just want to find ways to be more comfortable or make small adaptations so your costume works better for your own personal situation. We'll try to cover these and any related topics during this panel.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Charlevoix B

1:00pm EDT

Stump The Experts
Have an idea for cosplay, but don't know how to go about making it? Come ask a panel of long time cosplayers for some advice and see if they can come up with some solutions.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
EMC II

3:00pm EDT

Cosplay Pics 101, Posing In Costume
Want to look better in your cosplay photos? Want to make quick hallway snapshots look as good as a staged photoshoot? It’s possible with a little posing practice! Come learn the secrets of creating flattering and dynamic poses for any character, as well as how to use setting and props to best effect.

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
EMC IV

5:00pm EDT

Cosplay Costume Contest
Come check out the amazing talent in our community as they compete for the most amazing cosplay costumes!

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Algonquin C/D
 
Sunday, May 5
 

11:00am EDT

Advanced Special FX Makeup for Cosplay Workshop
Learn and try various products and techniques in SFX makeup and face and body painting. We will be using foam, latex, and silicone appliances. We will learn and practice some of the more advanced SFX skills on ourselves and each other. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Montcalm

1:00pm EDT

Featherweight Armor Workshop
It’s possible to make great costume armor without investing in metalworking or risking toxic chemicals! We'll cover alternative armoring for historical and fantasy costumes, using a variety of inexpensive, readily-available materials. See sample armor pieces and learn about their construction process. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Montcalm