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)