2021 GUESTS

William Hatfield

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William Hatfield was born in a small town in northern Michigan and attended Western Michigan University, getting a degree in history and communications. Musical engagements led him to Gainesville, Florida, where he continues to live with his wife Karen and their two feline daughters.

Rumor is, he may have grown up, but it seems unlikely.
He loves to travel via writing fiction, whether it be science fiction in outer space or LGBTQ+ in Key West.
Although he is known as Bill on Facebook and to many of his friends, he writes as William, and his books can be found on his Amazon Author Website.
Amazon.com: William Hatfield: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Seoulmates

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Seoulmates Podcast is hosted by Emily and Rachel, best friends and giant nerds. Every week they cover topics on the world of Kpop, anime, dramas and other facets of nerd culture. Seoulmates started as a local radio show on Grow Radio and evolved into a podcast in 2015. Since then, Emily and Rachel have been presenting panels and spreading their love of Kpop throughout conventions in the Southeast. You can tune into the show on anchor.fm/seoulmatespodcast or via iTunes and Spotify.

Nicki Mirage

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Nicki Mirage is a drag queen located in Gainesville, Florida. She has been doing drag since September 2013. She and Inertia are hosting our Drag Show, featuring Rival Royale, Sweet Tea, Dotte Com, Apple Aday, Miss Diana Hole, Mikki Miraj, DEERE, Biqtch Puddin’ (Winner of Dragula Season 2), and Rockabilly Roxie!

Kiicosplays

@kiicosplays on Insta

Kii is a 22  year old cosplayer from Jacksonville, Florida. They have built a following online by spreading awareness and education about disability within the cosplay and convention scene. They have been cosplaying since 2011, and  have presented and guested at cons all along the east coast. They are completely self taught, and have gained a wide variety of skills in cosplay construction, presentation, and performing. They have become known internationally for their “This Photo Was Taken Without Consent” buttons, which cosplayers across the world have purchased to feel safer at conventions. They have taken pride in creating an online community that is both educational and fun.

Donutkun

@donutkun on Insta

Donutkun is a 23 year old cosplayer residing in North Carolina. He has been cosplaying and attending conventions over 5 years and takes great pride and joy from the hobby. While he hasn’t participated in cosplay contests as of yet, he hopes to improve his craft in many aspects this year and work his way to it by early 2022. He’s been working to make significant improvements to various elements such as wig styling, makeup, sewing and crafting. He hopes to inspire those around him and prove that not only is cosplay for everyone regardless of race or gender, but also that cosplayers that look similar to him aren’t limited to specific portrayals and character types.

cbt_cosplay

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cbt_cosplay is a 23 year old cosplayer from Ocala who has been cosplaying for nearly 12 years. He has been competing in contests for the last 5 years and plans to continue doing so. He found he enjoyed competitive cosplay after placing in 3rd with a close friend with their skit entry, since then he has won Best in Show, Excellence, and a second place award. One of his favorite parts of cosplaying is small details, he enjoys taking time to add small details into his cosplays as well as intricate designs. While he has a wide rage of skills and is always willing to learn more, he takes pride in his sewn cosplays and prefers making them over armor work. He also enjoys passing on tips and tricks to newer cosplayers, sharing information and techniques is part of the fun of cosplay, everyone has something they can learn and he loves being able to help people find their enjoyment in cosplay by helping to make their time crafting easier.

Avera Cosplays

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Avera and her family have been cosplaying for about 5 years, they focus on foam armor crafting and prop making. Avera loves horribly uncomfortable foam builds, and believes sitting down is for the weak. Most of their work is related to video games, Disney or nostalgic cartoons. They love taking characters and mashing them up with other characters or fandoms. Avera has been competing in cosplay for 3 years and competes at the master level. She has been a finalist in armor at Blizzcon Online as well as Ultimate Online Cosplay Competition, and GamesCom. Her work was also recognized with best in category Dragon Con, SuperCon, and Megacon. Her goal is to continue to grow in the craft and her skills. Everyone starts somewhere and no one is where they want to be yet. The journey is the fun part!