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.
Ricky Dick aka Gravely MacCabre
Master of Ceremonies
Ricky Dick, aka Gravely MacCabre, is well into his fourth decade of fannish costuming. He has well over 100 awards including over two dozen Best in Shows.
Ricky has been MCing masquerades since 1989. He was presented with the Momiji Award by Anime North in 2010 for his services to the cosplay community.
Stage Judge and Copslay GoH
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.
Eva is currently the masquerade director for Con Bravo, and has participated in many masquerades both on stage as a competitor and backstage helping out. Her cosplay addiction began when her parents bought her a sewing machine for her 16th birthday. Fast forward several years, the basement is now full of fabric, notions, and worbla scraps, and her parents are probably regretting their decision.
Gillykins is a Toronto based cosplayer who has been creating costumes since 2005. She is an ICG ranked Master Costumer with numerous awards under her belt, including Best in Show at Anime North. Her cosplays have been featured in various magazines and websites throughout the years. An admitted superhero addict she is best known for her work with different stretch fabrics. www.facebook.com/Gillykins.cosplay
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
Elizabeth Schram, more commonly known in the costuming community as DizzyLizzy, is not only a Baltimore-based cosplayer, but also is a wig commissioner, costume designer, fashion design graduate, bridal seamstress, Project Runway Season 9 semi-finalist, wacky waitress, wife, mother, and chinchilla owner. The verdict is out on if she sleeps. Over the years, DizzyLizzy has performed on stage with the Agents of Cosplay and received a number of awards for craftsmanship and presentation. She loves to make costumes, goof off on stage, share knowledge, and hang out with friends.
Featherweight is an Ontario based master level costumer and prop commissioner that has be active for nearly a decade. He is best known for creating high quality pieces out of extremely cheap materials such as cardboard and hot glue.
Kurumasha (sometimes known as Shawna) has been cosplaying for nearly 15 years. A Master level Cosplayer, she focuses on construction and tailoring, and has won numerous Best in Class titles and a Best in Show. Always happy to help the community, Kurumasha has helped organize, run, and judge cosplay events for almost a decade including AC³, G-Anime, and now Anime North. A staple of Anime North, she’s attended AN for the first time in 2002 and every year since. She’s honoured to judge this year’s masquerade and can’t wait to see all the costumes up close.
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.