LuckyGrim has over 20 years of experience in the costuming world. A professional makeup artist and seamstress, she has worked on multiple films, television shows, and stage events. As a cosplayer, she has won multiple masters' and best in show awards across the East Coast. She has judged multiple Masquerades, hosted a number of panels, and is regularly a featured guest.
Wayra Cosplay has been cosplaying since she was about 10, beginning immediately after she discovered it through her favorite childhood show, Yu-Gi-Oh. Over the years she became even more enthralled in the workmanship and how many talented people there were in the community, and began participating in various cosplay competitions. Though she doesn't choose to compete as often as she once did, she still loves being part of the event and is looking forward to participating as a craftsmanship judge at Anime Boston this year! Outside of cosplay, she is currently pursuing a degree in fashion design at Parsons in New York City and tries to use various techniques she has learned through cosplay in her own designs (and vice versa). If you would like to see any of her previous work, her social media accounts for cosplay are on both Facebook (Wayra cosplay) and Instagram (@wayracosplay for completed images and @slifer_slacker_ for WIPs of all of her artforms). She's looking forward to having a great convention this year!
Lily/Albinoshadow is a cosplayer, historical costumer, historical textile conservator, and proud Ravenclaw who lives in New York City with her collection of nineteenth century garments and photographs. She has worked as a theatrical costumer and wardrobe technician. In 2017, she performed objects conservation for the Hispanic Society of America's touring artifacts exhibition that began in Madrid, Spain. It will tour the USA and Mexico and end at the Louvre. She is currently writing two articles for peer review to be published by the Costume Society of America and the American Institute for Conservation. In her free time Lily is a longtime and fully addicted cosplayer who has won major awards for her costumes at Arisia, Anime Boston, and most recently New York Comic Con. Find her on Instagram @albinoshadowfire or on Facebook as Albinoshadow Cosplay.
AkaneSaotome is a veteran cosplayer from the East Coast. Over her 14 years in the cosplay community she has accumulated over 100 costumes and won multiple craftsmanship and performance awards from various competitions. With those skills, she's judged many masquerades and craftsmanship contests, including Anime Boston, Otakon, AnimeNext, and even the World Cosplay Summit. She has also been featured on many websites, podcasts, videos, and magazines for her cosplays, along with getting to participate as the official Mercury for Viz media at Otakon and the Arda Wigs Iron wig contest. When AkaneSaotome isn't cosplaying, she's designing new bags for the medical field, and making dreams come true as a party princess. She loves crystal Pepsi and hates Jalapenos.
Lady CelsLady Cels is an award winning cosplayer who began cosplaying in 2003, actively competing and winning cosplay contests until 2010. She went on to earn her BFA in Technical Theatre/Costume Tech from the University of Connecticut in May 2014. In Fall 2017, she earned her MA in Puppetry with a focus on cosplay. She has written or been cited in several academic works and continues to teach cosplay and costuming through panels, workshops, and online. You can see her work at https://www.facebook.com/LadyCels/.
Sketch is a New England artist/craftsman, cosplayer, and one of the hosts of AnimeConsTV. He has attended Anime Boston since its inception in 2003, and started cosplaying in the 2004 masquerade as Vash the Stampede from Trigun. Since then, Sketch has attended over 50 conventions, sold artwork in Artist Alley, performed improv with Anime Unscripted, displayed his full size TARDIS replica, and participated in masquerades, cosplay chess matches, and dating games. From his award-winning Silver Monkey Statue from Legend of the Hidden Temple to his costumes, including Lynx from Chrono Cross, Canti from FLCL, and Godric Gryffindor from Harry Potter, Sketch has shown us his chops as a craftsman. But with his various awards for performing in masquerades and entertaining crowds in cosplay related events we welcome his experience again for this year’s masquerade.
You can find him on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sketchcosplay
Shiva has been a performer for most of her life, earning her BA in theater and dance performance in 2004 and performing in dance and theater shows around the U.S. and abroad. She discovered cosplay as a hobby in college and attended her first convention, Anime Boston, in 2005. Since then she has attended over 50 conventions, created over 90 costumes, and won numerous awards for both craftsmanship and performance, including Best In Show at Anime Boston in 2009 and 2010. Her current favorite costumes include Summoner Belgemine and Shiva from Final Fantasy X, Princess Zelda from Hyrule Warriors, and 1980’s Rainbow Brite. She also performs improv with Anime Unscripted, serves as one of the hosts for AnimeConsTV, and enjoys making AMVs. She loves seeing what her fellow cosplayers create and is thrilled to be judging masquerade performances again in 2018 at her hometown con! You can see more of Shiva's work by visiting https://www.facebook.com/shivacosplay or http://diamonddustcosplay.webs.com/.
Rhea (DMZ Cosplay)
Rhea is excited to be back for another year of performance judging at Anime Boston! She has participated yearly in numerous award-winning masquerade performances both at Anime Boston and around New England from 2007-2013, gradually working her way up to a Best in Show performance in 2013. Since then, she has been judging performances at Anime Boston, developing her personal craftsmanship work, as well as cosplaying for events outside of conventions. Her most recent adventure was playing Daenerys at Fenway Park! Outside of cosplay she spends her time healing sick animals and cuddling her cat. To see more of her cosplay work and cat check out @dmzcosplay on Instagram or Facebook.
Haruvamp is a German cosplayer currently residing in Connecticut. She has been an active and professional cosplayer for over 17 years. She has competed in most major German cosplay competitions and Japan Expo in Paris. More recently she competed for the World Cosplay Summit title in the U.S. She has been a guest judge at many conventions including Anime Boston, Camp Anime, Rhode Island Comic Con, Super Mega Fest, and many more.
She has been featured in many books, calendars, and magazines such as 1000 Incredible Cosplays, The Cosplay Book, Cosplay in America, Konneko, and Animania to name a few! Cosplay is her passion, but so is helping others. She does a lot of charity work, including Charity walks and helping out with Autism Awareness. She was recently featured in a calendar shoot with other passionate cosplayers to support a wolf den.
She can’t wait to meet everyone at Anime Boston.