A discerning cosplayer with high skills and even higher standards, Vartan Sharkpuncher is a long time costumer, performer and judge. Awarded multiple Best in Show and Best in Division awards, he is best known for attention to the detail in both costumes and performance techniques. Precision wig work, resin casting, leather crafting, fabric manipulation, and even perfume making; whether crafting his own costumes or a commissioned work, he focuses on a complete recreation of the character. He enjoys sharing his passion for unusual techniques, and can frequently be found hosting panels on skit performance and advanced craftsmanship techniques - most recently dyeing and fabric manipulation. Over the course of the last decade, he has also served as a craftsmanship judge at over a dozen conventions, including Anime Expo, Katsucon and Otakon as well as being head of craftsmanship judging at Nekocon since 2007.
Ger Tysk started cosplaying in 2007 and has since turned a part-time hobby into a full-time business. She is a woodworker and prop-maker, seamstress, author, and professional photographer. Her photography and costumes have been featured on sites such as Kotaku, Polygon, Comics Alliance, Nerd Caliber, and Cosplay in America. She is the author of the cosplay photobook "Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self-Expression," a collection of photos and interviews from cosplayers across the USA.
Breaking All The Rules: A Cosplay Photobook project
Photography portfolio: http://www.seventhmoon.org/photography
Glay and QuantumDestiny
Quantum and Glay are a team of twins whom are best known in the cosplay community for their Dragonball Z costumes, which displays their overt fondness for transforming themselves in armor-clad, spiky-haired aliens covered in muscles. They first began attending Anime North in 2002 and have not missed a year since then! Quantum and Glay first started competing in masquerades with their friends in 2005 and achieved master class level at Anime North in 2010. They have organised several large scale cosplay groups (such as Reboot, Beyblade, and Sailor Moon) at Canadian conventions in the past as well as shared their knowledge through tutorials, panels, and the online costuming community. Their work has been featured on YTV, FUNimation YouTube channel, and numerous blogs and websites dedicated to anime, comics, nerd culture, and, of course, cosplay! Quantum and Glay’s efforts with wigs, make-up and prosthetics, muscle suits, and custom shoe/boots have been recognized all across North America. Specifically, their wig work and techniques since 2006 popularized the styling technique of using stiffened felt and hot glue wefting to create gravity-defying styles. Their muscle suit work has also encouraged people of all sizes to try their hands at building costumes with exaggerated bodytypes. These methods have inspired and been commissioned by cosplayers all around the world. Their favourite series to cosplay from include DragonBall/Z/GT, Beyblade (not that new Metal Fury stuff though), Slayers, Axis Powers Hetalia, Star Trek, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters & GX, and Sailor Moon. Quantum and Glay have cosplayed a wide range of characters from many different series with more plans in the future!