Polls and Applications


Applications for 2018 Cosplay guests, photographers,  cosplay judges and Cosplay contest are now closed

If you would like to be added to the notification email list, then please send an email to omgcon@gmail.com titled '2019 Cosplay Application Notifications'.

 

Rules and Policies


 

Cosplay Special Guest


AKAKIOGA

  Akakioga is a SoCal home grown girl, now Cincinnati local cosplayer that has been loving the craft since 2014. She loves crafting, sewing, armor making, and especially detail paint work! Having been featured on pages such as Blizzard Entertainment/Overwatch, Kotaku, BlackNerdProblems and so many more, really beginning to make her mark on the cosplay world at large! But with such reach comes great responsibility. The driving conviction she has is being a huge advocate in cosplay and diversity, promoting that no matter your race, gender, size, you should be able to cosplay no matter what. Being a woman of color, she strives to encourage cosplayers from all walks of life to cosplay whomever they please. But most importantly, to have fun doing it!       Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akakiogacosplay/?ref=br_rs

Akakioga is a SoCal home grown girl, now Cincinnati local cosplayer that has been loving the craft since 2014. She loves crafting, sewing, armor making, and especially detail paint work! Having been featured on pages such as Blizzard Entertainment/Overwatch, Kotaku, BlackNerdProblems and so many more, really beginning to make her mark on the cosplay world at large! But with such reach comes great responsibility. The driving conviction she has is being a huge advocate in cosplay and diversity, promoting that no matter your race, gender, size, you should be able to cosplay no matter what. Being a woman of color, she strives to encourage cosplayers from all walks of life to cosplay whomever they please. But most importantly, to have fun doing it!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akakiogacosplay/?ref=br_rs

Mimiru riley

  Cosplayer, graphic designer, costume designer, artist, Japanese dancer, and comic book nerd; Mimiru has been in the hobby for a little over 15 years. Now, she wishes to further her skills and experience and join the industry, fabricating costumes and delving into production and design for theater and film. She has worked  with RetroHawk Productions in the filming for Antediluvian, a Steampunk Webseries as Commander Miranda Rose.  She loves the cosplay community and dedicated her senior thesis to researching controversies in the community and how to help prevent controversies and arguments from putting a gap in the community. She believes that cosplay is for everyone and strives to create a more inclusive community for cosplayers. Cosplay is about fun and passion and no one gets left behind! For her, it is important that everyone involved in the community feels welcome and feels as if they belong.  Mimiru's cosplays are heavy in armour or sewing, and she has an intense love for fine detail work.  Some of her cosplays include Umi Ryuzaki, Kid Loki (and other Loki variations), Jane Foster's Thor, Belle, battle Elsa, and Bubblehead Nurse.  Besides acting and costuming, Mimiru has a deep love for Japanese culture and language, and conducted research in Japan, traveling to Nagasaki, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. A couple of months later, she once again returned to Osaka to study at Kansai University in Suita. Mimiru also has a background in Nihon Buyou (traditional Japanese dance) and has learned in both, the United States and Japan.      Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/mimiruriley   Twitch: Mintyru  Website:  https://mimirucosplay.wixsite.com/mimiruriley   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelsshadows/?fref=mentions

Cosplayer, graphic designer, costume designer, artist, Japanese dancer, and comic book nerd; Mimiru has been in the hobby for a little over 15 years. Now, she wishes to further her skills and experience and join the industry, fabricating costumes and delving into production and design for theater and film. She has worked  with RetroHawk Productions in the filming for Antediluvian, a Steampunk Webseries as Commander Miranda Rose.

She loves the cosplay community and dedicated her senior thesis to researching controversies in the community and how to help prevent controversies and arguments from putting a gap in the community. She believes that cosplay is for everyone and strives to create a more inclusive community for cosplayers. Cosplay is about fun and passion and no one gets left behind! For her, it is important that everyone involved in the community feels welcome and feels as if they belong.

Mimiru's cosplays are heavy in armour or sewing, and she has an intense love for fine detail work.  Some of her cosplays include Umi Ryuzaki, Kid Loki (and other Loki variations), Jane Foster's Thor, Belle, battle Elsa, and Bubblehead Nurse.

Besides acting and costuming, Mimiru has a deep love for Japanese culture and language, and conducted research in Japan, traveling to Nagasaki, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. A couple of months later, she once again returned to Osaka to study at Kansai University in Suita. Mimiru also has a background in Nihon Buyou (traditional Japanese dance) and has learned in both, the United States and Japan.

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mimiruriley

Twitch: Mintyru

Website: https://mimirucosplay.wixsite.com/mimiruriley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelsshadows/?fref=mentions

 

Cosplay Contest Judges and Emcees


Judges

  Krazy Kat Cosplay & Photography  (Top right):   A cosplayer of 5 years, Kathleen took on some big projects right out of the gate. The funny this is, she didn’t even want to at first. When she first became a huge anime fan, she never thought she would be the kind of person to dress up. But eventually the cosplay bug bit her, and she made not one but 2 costumes for her first time cosplaying and even competed. Her first costumes were Maka Albarn from Soul Eater, as part of her friends’ group, and Toshiro Hitsugaya from Bleach. Her great aunt taught her how to sew and helped her along in the process learning all the different things you could do to make the garments you wanted, from modifying patterns to using an applique to achieve designs on a garment to working with vinyl. Eventually she took on her most recognized and largest costume to date, Dark Mousy. You may have seen this costume in the halls the first year we hosted OMG!con in Owensboro, considering that was its debut convention and those massive black wings are hard to miss. The costume grew even more from there and she took it to compete in Atlanta. While she did not win an award, she takes every con and competition as a learning experience. She encourages cosplayers to not allow losing to discourage them but drive them to do bigger and better projects. She’s always open to giving and receiving advice and loves helping cosplayers that are just starting out.  When she went to university she discovered the Mandalorian Mercs, an official Lucasfilm costume club, and quickly became an approved member. Eventually, she was offered an officer position in her local clan and swiftly accepted. She already loved helping organize events and helping new recruits find their footing.  Kathleen tends to have a “go big or go home” approach, always looking to take on a character that pushes her to the limits mentally, physically, and creatively. At the same time, she encourages cosplayers to just cosplay who they want and the characters they love whether complicated or not. “It’s important that you have fun and express yourself and your love for something. That’s what cosplay is all about.”     Stark Cosplay  (Top Left):   Hey guys! For those of you who I haven’t met yet, I’m Christopher of Stark Cosplay.  I specialize in Large Armor costumes and foam fabrication. I have been actively cosplaying for 7 years now, but long before that I have been designing my own costumes.  It started with never being satisfied with a store bought Halloween costume as a kid, and always modifying them to make them better. In 2010 I went to my first convention…. Star Wars Celebration.  From that day on I’ve been in love with the convention scene and costuming.     I have built a collection of armors and soft costumes, most notably my Lich King.  I always try to incorporate a new skill or technique into each costume I do. Always improving my ever growing skillset.  I absolutely love the cosplay community and make sure to encourage anyone that I can. If you have questions, I’m your guy.  I love to pass on what I have learned to others. As I make the transition from Competitor to Guest, my hope is to build other cosplayers up and encourage them to keep improving.      I’ve traveled the country competing at such events as Star Wars Celebration Anaheim & Denver Comic Con and I’ve won multiple awards for my costume designs and my craftsmanship.  The award I am probably most proud of is the best Craftsmanship in Show at Gen Con 2016. So it’s safe to say that I have a proper working knowledge on the competition side of things and I know what it takes to win.  I am also a part of multiple costuming groups including the Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and a couple of Star Wars Sith Costuming clubs. I have lived in the Owensboro area for my entire adult life, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of OMG Con! I can’t wait to see you all there!     Sickeningly Sweet Cosplay  (Bottom Left):   A couple cosplay team, Steph and Bret are competitive cosplayers from the Midwest. While they both enjoy making their own costumes, Steph prefers to channel her energy into her craftsmanship, while Bret likes to bring his character portrayals to life with his performances. They have both won numerous awards for craftsmanship and performance and enjoy sharing their creativity with the cosplay and convention communities. In addition to competing in cosplay contests, they love hosting costuming panels in order to help guide others in their cosplay journies. They are excited to be returning to OMG!con this year and for the occasion have special Overwatch costumes planned to match this year's theme.  A blossoming anime fan, Steph began cosplaying in 2008, after begging her mom to help her make a cosplay for Halloween out of thrift store clothes. Since then, she’s created over 50 costumes from her favorite animes, movies, and video games, and she’s not stopping anytime soon!  She loves testing her limits and trying out new techniques with each new cosplay. Whether it’s wigs, sewing, props, or armor: Steph loves to do it all! Her favorite aspects of creating costumes are styling really spiky wigs (“Your wig is on point!”) and making ridiculous props that probably shouldn’t ever exist in reality.  Steph has won numerous awards for her craftsmanship, and takes great pride in every costume she makes. She’s judged contests at a handful of local conventions, and has hosted panels with Bret on various cosplay-making subjects.  Bret was first introduced to the world of cosplay in 2010, after his uncle invited him to dress up for a 501st Legion event. Since then he’s taken every opportunity to add to his ever-growing collection of costumes.  Having a flair for the dramatics, Bret doesn’t just dress up when he cosplays; he embodies the character. Each cosplay is another excuse to portray the most ludicrous of characters and make the illusion of cosplay more realistic. After getting some sewing lessons, Bret was able to expand his reach of characters from the simple and quirky, to the insane and complex.  His experiences as a cosplayer have helped him grow as a person, as well as win several awards for his craftsmanship and stage performance. Bret takes his knowledge of his craft and uses it to help others enjoy themselves on the stage, in the halls, and in costume.    Including our Special Guest  Mimiru  Riley! (Bottom Right)

Krazy Kat Cosplay & Photography (Top right):

A cosplayer of 5 years, Kathleen took on some big projects right out of the gate. The funny this is, she didn’t even want to at first. When she first became a huge anime fan, she never thought she would be the kind of person to dress up. But eventually the cosplay bug bit her, and she made not one but 2 costumes for her first time cosplaying and even competed. Her first costumes were Maka Albarn from Soul Eater, as part of her friends’ group, and Toshiro Hitsugaya from Bleach. Her great aunt taught her how to sew and helped her along in the process learning all the different things you could do to make the garments you wanted, from modifying patterns to using an applique to achieve designs on a garment to working with vinyl. Eventually she took on her most recognized and largest costume to date, Dark Mousy. You may have seen this costume in the halls the first year we hosted OMG!con in Owensboro, considering that was its debut convention and those massive black wings are hard to miss. The costume grew even more from there and she took it to compete in Atlanta. While she did not win an award, she takes every con and competition as a learning experience. She encourages cosplayers to not allow losing to discourage them but drive them to do bigger and better projects. She’s always open to giving and receiving advice and loves helping cosplayers that are just starting out.

When she went to university she discovered the Mandalorian Mercs, an official Lucasfilm costume club, and quickly became an approved member. Eventually, she was offered an officer position in her local clan and swiftly accepted. She already loved helping organize events and helping new recruits find their footing.

Kathleen tends to have a “go big or go home” approach, always looking to take on a character that pushes her to the limits mentally, physically, and creatively. At the same time, she encourages cosplayers to just cosplay who they want and the characters they love whether complicated or not. “It’s important that you have fun and express yourself and your love for something. That’s what cosplay is all about.”


Stark Cosplay (Top Left):

Hey guys! For those of you who I haven’t met yet, I’m Christopher of Stark Cosplay.  I specialize in Large Armor costumes and foam fabrication. I have been actively cosplaying for 7 years now, but long before that I have been designing my own costumes.  It started with never being satisfied with a store bought Halloween costume as a kid, and always modifying them to make them better. In 2010 I went to my first convention…. Star Wars Celebration.  From that day on I’ve been in love with the convention scene and costuming.

I have built a collection of armors and soft costumes, most notably my Lich King.  I always try to incorporate a new skill or technique into each costume I do. Always improving my ever growing skillset.  I absolutely love the cosplay community and make sure to encourage anyone that I can. If you have questions, I’m your guy.  I love to pass on what I have learned to others. As I make the transition from Competitor to Guest, my hope is to build other cosplayers up and encourage them to keep improving.  

I’ve traveled the country competing at such events as Star Wars Celebration Anaheim & Denver Comic Con and I’ve won multiple awards for my costume designs and my craftsmanship.  The award I am probably most proud of is the best Craftsmanship in Show at Gen Con 2016. So it’s safe to say that I have a proper working knowledge on the competition side of things and I know what it takes to win.  I am also a part of multiple costuming groups including the Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and a couple of Star Wars Sith Costuming clubs. I have lived in the Owensboro area for my entire adult life, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of OMG Con! I can’t wait to see you all there!


Sickeningly Sweet Cosplay (Bottom Left):

A couple cosplay team, Steph and Bret are competitive cosplayers from the Midwest. While they both enjoy making their own costumes, Steph prefers to channel her energy into her craftsmanship, while Bret likes to bring his character portrayals to life with his performances. They have both won numerous awards for craftsmanship and performance and enjoy sharing their creativity with the cosplay and convention communities. In addition to competing in cosplay contests, they love hosting costuming panels in order to help guide others in their cosplay journies. They are excited to be returning to OMG!con this year and for the occasion have special Overwatch costumes planned to match this year's theme.

A blossoming anime fan, Steph began cosplaying in 2008, after begging her mom to help her make a cosplay for Halloween out of thrift store clothes. Since then, she’s created over 50 costumes from her favorite animes, movies, and video games, and she’s not stopping anytime soon!

She loves testing her limits and trying out new techniques with each new cosplay. Whether it’s wigs, sewing, props, or armor: Steph loves to do it all! Her favorite aspects of creating costumes are styling really spiky wigs (“Your wig is on point!”) and making ridiculous props that probably shouldn’t ever exist in reality.

Steph has won numerous awards for her craftsmanship, and takes great pride in every costume she makes. She’s judged contests at a handful of local conventions, and has hosted panels with Bret on various cosplay-making subjects.

Bret was first introduced to the world of cosplay in 2010, after his uncle invited him to dress up for a 501st Legion event. Since then he’s taken every opportunity to add to his ever-growing collection of costumes.

Having a flair for the dramatics, Bret doesn’t just dress up when he cosplays; he embodies the character. Each cosplay is another excuse to portray the most ludicrous of characters and make the illusion of cosplay more realistic. After getting some sewing lessons, Bret was able to expand his reach of characters from the simple and quirky, to the insane and complex.

His experiences as a cosplayer have helped him grow as a person, as well as win several awards for his craftsmanship and stage performance. Bret takes his knowledge of his craft and uses it to help others enjoy themselves on the stage, in the halls, and in costume.


Including our Special Guest Mimiru Riley! (Bottom Right)


Emcees

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       McNope and          Samurai Sanders

Seaton (left) and Steven (right) will be working together as a pair to provide a comedic and enjoyable performance while emceeing the cosplay contest.

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Cosplay Meet-Ups


 In no particular order here are your official Meet-Ups!

Overwatch
Disney
Pokémon
Black Butler
Steven Universe
Yuri!!! On Ice
Voltron
Dream Daddy
RWBY
My Hero Academia

 

Cosplay Spotlight


December:

Kathleen of Krazy Kat cosplay and photography

  Greetings fellow otakus! My name is Kathleen and I’m a cosplayer. You know when I first became a big anime and manga fan I told myself that I would go to cons and do all this stuff, but I would never cosplay. There was no way you were going to get me to dress up. But as I began attending more I realized something was missing. So, when my group of high school friends, whom I had convinced to attend the convention, suggested we do a group cosplay, I jumped on board. This was in 2013. I not only made 1 but 2 costumes AND competed in the cosplay contest. That was when cosplay took over my life. The first costume I wore on the convention floor was Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya from Bleach, and my first competition costume was Maka Albarn from Soul Eater. I will tell you they were terrible! Just remember, everyone starts somewhere and everything comes with time and experience. I soon became my friends’ go to wig and sewing person whenever we made costumes. My favorite costume is my Dark Mousy from DN Angel. I put so much work into that costume it was ridiculous. Compared to what I am planning now it’s pretty small, but at the time this was really pushing my experience level. This was the costume that gave me wings, literally and figuratively. It has evolved over the years and I still want to improve it. It is still to this day the costume of mine that has won the most awards and probably garnered the most public attention. I plan to tackle an Overwatch costume very soon. It will be the most challenging costume I’ve ever done. My favorite thing about cosplaying has changed over the years. A couple years ago I joined this group called, The Mandalorian Mercs. It is an officially affiliated Lucasfilm Star Wars costume club. It is sisters with the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion. In joining this club, I soon began realizing that I loved talking to people about the costume, how I made it and how they could join the club. I have become completely enamored with sharing any amount of knowledge and “wisdom” I might have about cosplay in general. I love answering questions and discussing important matters dealing with cosplay. I have recently broken into the judging circle and I enjoy it. Not because I love to tell people what’s “wrong” with their costumes, but because I love hearing all the cool ways people tackle a challenge and seeing the amazing detail and hard work put into these costumes. I never want to discourage a cosplayer. We’re all here to have fun and that’s the most important thing. We can’t ever lose sight of that because if we do, we become the very people we dislike. OMGcon is very special to my heart. It was the first con I ever went to, the first con I ever cosplayed at, the first con I ever competed at, and now the first con I ever judged at this past year. Thank you OMGcon for being awesome!    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krazykatcosplay/    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krazykatcosplay/    Website:   https://kathleenschreiner.wixsite.com/cosplay-photography

Greetings fellow otakus! My name is Kathleen and I’m a cosplayer. You know when I first became a big anime and manga fan I told myself that I would go to cons and do all this stuff, but I would never cosplay. There was no way you were going to get me to dress up. But as I began attending more I realized something was missing. So, when my group of high school friends, whom I had convinced to attend the convention, suggested we do a group cosplay, I jumped on board. This was in 2013. I not only made 1 but 2 costumes AND competed in the cosplay contest. That was when cosplay took over my life. The first costume I wore on the convention floor was Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya from Bleach, and my first competition costume was Maka Albarn from Soul Eater. I will tell you they were terrible! Just remember, everyone starts somewhere and everything comes with time and experience. I soon became my friends’ go to wig and sewing person whenever we made costumes. My favorite costume is my Dark Mousy from DN Angel. I put so much work into that costume it was ridiculous. Compared to what I am planning now it’s pretty small, but at the time this was really pushing my experience level. This was the costume that gave me wings, literally and figuratively. It has evolved over the years and I still want to improve it. It is still to this day the costume of mine that has won the most awards and probably garnered the most public attention. I plan to tackle an Overwatch costume very soon. It will be the most challenging costume I’ve ever done. My favorite thing about cosplaying has changed over the years. A couple years ago I joined this group called, The Mandalorian Mercs. It is an officially affiliated Lucasfilm Star Wars costume club. It is sisters with the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion. In joining this club, I soon began realizing that I loved talking to people about the costume, how I made it and how they could join the club. I have become completely enamored with sharing any amount of knowledge and “wisdom” I might have about cosplay in general. I love answering questions and discussing important matters dealing with cosplay. I have recently broken into the judging circle and I enjoy it. Not because I love to tell people what’s “wrong” with their costumes, but because I love hearing all the cool ways people tackle a challenge and seeing the amazing detail and hard work put into these costumes. I never want to discourage a cosplayer. We’re all here to have fun and that’s the most important thing. We can’t ever lose sight of that because if we do, we become the very people we dislike. OMGcon is very special to my heart. It was the first con I ever went to, the first con I ever cosplayed at, the first con I ever competed at, and now the first con I ever judged at this past year. Thank you OMGcon for being awesome!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krazykatcosplay/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krazykatcosplay/

Website: https://kathleenschreiner.wixsite.com/cosplay-photography

January:

Bret of Sickeningly sweet cosplay

  Bret was first introduced to the world of cosplay in 2010, after his uncle invited him to dress up for a 501st Legion event. Since then he’s taken every opportunity to add to his ever-growing collection of costumes.  Having a flair for the dramatics, Bret doesn’t just dress up when he cosplays; he embodies the character. Each cosplay is another excuse to portray the most ludicrous of characters and make the illusion of cosplay more realistic. After getting some sewing lessons, Bret was able to expand his reach of characters from the simple and quirky, to the insane and complex. Bret’s favorite cosplay to date is his Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The eccentricity of the character and the interactions between congoers is what makes the costume so special for him.  This year will be his fourth year returning to OMGcon. It comes at a very special time of year as it always occurs during his anniversary to his Fiancé. They use the con to celebrate and meet up with friends. For OMGcon this year he’s planning an Overwatch cosplay to match the theme.  His experiences as a cosplayer have helped him grow as a person, win multiple awards for his craftsmanship and stage performance, and judged at several local conventions. Bret takes his knowledge of his craft and uses it to help others enjoy themselves on the stage, in the halls, and in costume.  Find him online with the following links:  Facebook;  https://www.facebook.com/SickeninglySweetCosplay/   Instgram;  https://www.instagram.com/ssweet_bret/

Bret was first introduced to the world of cosplay in 2010, after his uncle invited him to dress up for a 501st Legion event. Since then he’s taken every opportunity to add to his ever-growing collection of costumes.

Having a flair for the dramatics, Bret doesn’t just dress up when he cosplays; he embodies the character. Each cosplay is another excuse to portray the most ludicrous of characters and make the illusion of cosplay more realistic. After getting some sewing lessons, Bret was able to expand his reach of characters from the simple and quirky, to the insane and complex. Bret’s favorite cosplay to date is his Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The eccentricity of the character and the interactions between congoers is what makes the costume so special for him.

This year will be his fourth year returning to OMGcon. It comes at a very special time of year as it always occurs during his anniversary to his Fiancé. They use the con to celebrate and meet up with friends. For OMGcon this year he’s planning an Overwatch cosplay to match the theme.

His experiences as a cosplayer have helped him grow as a person, win multiple awards for his craftsmanship and stage performance, and judged at several local conventions. Bret takes his knowledge of his craft and uses it to help others enjoy themselves on the stage, in the halls, and in costume.

Find him online with the following links:

Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/SickeninglySweetCosplay/

Instgram; https://www.instagram.com/ssweet_bret/

February:

Sparrow Moose

 Sparrow Moose is an entertainer and comic book artist that has been cosplaying for over 10 years. With their huge love of the performing arts and extensive theatre background, they  were immediately drawn to the art of cosplay when they stumbled upon videos on YouTube!   They love being able to portray their favorite characters and love the reactions other people get when seeing their favorite characters in person.     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/sparrowmoose/  Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sparrowmoose

Sparrow Moose is an entertainer and comic book artist that has been cosplaying for over 10 years. With their huge love of the performing arts and extensive theatre background, they  were immediately drawn to the art of cosplay when they stumbled upon videos on YouTube!   They love being able to portray their favorite characters and love the reactions other people get when seeing their favorite characters in person.

 

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/sparrowmoose/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sparrowmoose