MC and Judges
Every year, we have amazing costumers come through our halls, performing on stage, and wowing the audience and the judges with their creations. They convention wouldn’t be the same without the Masquerade, and it’s not possible to run an event of this calibre without many talented people, both behind the scenes and highly visible. Some of those highly visible people are the judges: costumers and cosplayers themselves from the Toronto area, with special Cosplay Guests of Honour added to the mix. Many of these people you may pass in the halls and not recognize them.
In 2011, the Anime North Masquerade was granted International Costumer’s Guild status, meaning our Masquerade would be considered on par with the Masquerades at Costume Con or World Con. We have talent in the Canadian Cosplay community, and it should be showcased. To help promote our home-grown costuming talent, the Cosplay Department at Anime North would like to start by showcasing our Masquerade judges. They come from a variety of costuming backgrounds to create one heck of a team.
Having staffed Anime North's masquerade since 2003, Kevin eventually became skit contest director followed by Anime North's masquerade director, a position he held for five years. Additionally, Kevin has MC'd the skit contest, competed at various masquerades in Canada and the United States, produced audio for other peoples' skits, been a stage ninja, served as cosplay prop and generally produced run-on sentences because of too many random cosplay activities. Outside of masquerades, Kevin is a cosplay photographer whose work can be found at stillvisions.net
MeltingMirror, also known as The-Mirror-Melts, is a bilingual master-level cosplayer with 10 years of cosplay experience . She has been frequently featured in magazines including Cosmode and Cosplay Gen, and showcased on websites such as Kotaku and Deviantart. Her costume choices cover a wide range of characters types and genres - anime, comics, video games, movies – and they also involve the use of a variety of techniques. With the knowledge she has gained through years of crafting, she is always open to help cosplayers and frequently provides tips and advice both online and in panels.
Miagolare has been honored to judge at Anime North for many years and is thrilled to be returning. She has been cosplaying for 13 years and plans to continue forever. She especially enjoys sewing and painting techniques. She looks forward to seeing the hard work of all the amazing cosplayers, and is one of the bilingual judges.