Professional artists, writers, directors, editors, game designers, costume designers, and hobbyists that will be joining us!
Jillian Chiharu is an ambitious self-taught Florida cosplayer that has been participating in cosplay for about two years. In this short period of time, she has been fortunate enough to create over thirty cosplays and win several cosplay awards including Best in Show, Best Group, Best Craftsmanship, and Judge’s Choice. Jillian specializes in armor based costumes but also enjoys cosplays that marry elements from both sewing and armor making. She can usually be found cosplaying with her boyfriend, whose cosplays she also makes, and creating genderbends of different characters from male to female or vice versa. Jillian’s favorite challenge in cosplay is creating original humanized concepts of non-human characters and finding materials that complement a character’s personality. Her favorite category to cosplay from is video games because she spends far too much time playing them!
To show her love for anime, comic books and video games, her increasing knowledge of sewing and crafting skills to bring the characters she loves into reality. Fudgie has won multiple awards for her costumes, ranging from judge's choice, honorable mentions, and two costumes Storm (Xtreme X-Men) and Princess Tiana being Best In Shows. Being a huge supporter of "Everyone can Cosplay," she encourages others to cosplay whoever they want to, no matter race, gender, or size.