Guests

FEATURED COSPLAY GUESTS:

 

CiaoBirdie Cosplay

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CiaoBirdie Cosplay (who also goes by Birdie) is a local New England cosplayer from Providence, RI.  She has been cosplaying for 5 years and has won several top honor awards for craftsmanship.  Her cosplay interests are varied, and range from Disney and Star Wars to video games, movies and steampunk.  Her skills include sewing, armor making, thermoplastics, makeup, body paint, and pattern-making.  She spends much of her free time volunteering with several local charity costuming groups, adding to her ever-growing list of future costumes, and also spending time behind the camera doing cosplay photography.

You can follow more of Birdie’s costuming work on facebook and instagram!

 

Kitteninstrings Cosplay

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Kitteninstrings Cosplay has been costuming for 10+ years. She went to school for Opera and Vocal performance and fell in love with and refused to leave the costume department. A resident of Northern New England, she travels a lot and does many classes, workshops and lessons at conventions and her local workshop in Saco, Maine. Her biggest lament is that she takes on so many commissions that she hasn’t had time to make a new costume for herself in ages! Sewing, Beading, Embroidery, Armor, Props, lights, and all points in between… she’s done it all!
When she’s not crafting or at a con she can generally be found at home with her nose in a book or getting into trouble with her 9 y/o. 

Check out her social media pages:

Facebook, Instagram, Patreon, Print Shop

 

Carol Salemi

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Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming/cosplay from creating/fabricating to teaching to judging/masquerade directing. She is a Master costumer that enjoys new/fun/challenging techniques that keep it fresh. Her most recent work can be seen on TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding”. She is a medical massage therapist (30years), works for Regal Cinemas, Sondra Celli Designs, has jobs in the Haunt Industry and likes making Steampunk jewelry and accessories.

 


FEATURED PERFORMANCE GUEST:

Odaiko New England

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Odaiko New England (ONE) was founded in 1994 by Elaine Fong and a group of individuals with a common love of taiko. In the early days, members drummed on old, taped up tires and taiko borrowed from the New York City-based taiko group, Soh Daiko. Its first rehearsal space was in the basement of a church in Brookline. For three years, ONE floated between at least seven different rehearsal locations, finally settling in 1997 in its present space, the ACAS Center in Woburn.
With Japanese taiko drums being prohibitively expensive ($5,000 for a medium-sized taiko), ONE followed in the footsteps of fellow North American taiko groups, and made its own taiko from California oak wine barrels. To this day, ONE still makes some of its taiko.
Odaiko New England’s very first concert was in 1996 at the Cambridge Multicultural Art Center (CMAC). Since then, ONE has performed throughout the New England area at festivals, universities, corporations, and special events. As a roster artist of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, ONE presents a dynamic and educational taiko program to K-12 students, reaching over 15,000 every year.
When it began, ONE identified itself as an Asian American taiko group.  Over the course of its 15 years, ONE has evolved and currently characterizes itself as a North American taiko group, in recognition of the racial and ethnic diversity of its members.
Visit their Website and Facebook page!

FEATURED PANELIST:
Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe
Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe’s dad took her to her first Star Trek convention as a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She’s performed for all sorts of venues from The Norman Rockwell Museum to the Massachusetts library association. She has also staffed many conventions, including a three year stint as head of guest relations at Anime Boston. She advises ignoring the dog park, thinks Bruce Banner is the best Avenger, and takes her tea earl gray and hot.
Sarah lectures on a variety of geek cultural topics. From panels for fans to professional panels on using geek culture in educational settings, she has something for every event. She has been touring and speaking for over 10 years.

FEATURED ARTIST:
Sin D’Angelo
“One Lovely Sin”
Sin D’Angelo, the official artist for PopCult Anime Convention is a Springfield, Massachusetts-born artist, specializing in original work, anime/manga and traditional styled caricatures. She has first hired as a professional artist at age 18, drawing caricatures at Riverside Park (Now Six Flags New England). After years of freelance work doing odd jobs such as painting murals, she began working as the artist for a  Boston-based button company known as PopCult Anime in 2006. In 2008, she branched off on her own as Plastic Love Studios, and eventually, a solo artist by the name “One Lovely Sin”.  Sin has toured many conventions in the northeast and as far south as Washington D.C. and in the past, has been an Industry Guest to ConnectiCon and Another Anime Convention. Sin is best
known for her ‘free chibies’  and her claim to fame is her original artwork, beloved caricature I.D. badges, keychains and buttons, as well as her original full-color web comic series “SweetDreams Bakery”
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Along with her booth in the Artists Alley, Sin will be offering free chibi drawings throughout the convention, so be sure to check out the schedule to find out where and when!
Check out Sin’s DeviantArt!

 

OTHER GUESTS:
 The Nerdfit Network
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This Boston-based entertainment group has delivered hours of laughs and amazement at events since 2007. With most of it’s members having been in the convention scene since the early 90’s, their experience and love for chaos have only added more shenanigans and fun to each event they attend. Nerdfit provides a versatile list of talents including (but not limited to) hosting and performing in panel presentations, game shows, concerts, DJ sets and dance parties. One of their many signatures is Nerdfit Game Theater, an MST3K-inspired showcase of weird or hilarious video games from the past to present. Outside of events, they provide live streams, videos and comedy articles about anime, video games, technology, and silly conspiracy theories. You can find them at www.Nerdfit.com.

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