Cosplay Contest Judges
Jerikandra got into cosplay after meeting Abi Sue in 2013 and never turned back. Beginning by having Abi make her costumes, she eventually learned how to sew spandex and create custom patterns.
Alongside learning to sew, she taught herself the art of latex sheeting as well as working on some of her own props. Creating latex costumes has become a fun and unique way of cosplaying. She posts ‘work in progress’ pictures often and keeps track of several tutorial links for future use as well.
When it comes to cosplaying characters, she finds herself picking them based on either their empowering abilities or simply ones with shiny and bright colored costumes. She loves superheroes, Disney princesses, Science fiction, Fantasy, and comics as well. Running out of characters to cosplay will never be a problem for her. Cosplaying has been an incredible experience for her and she believes strongly in being openly supportive to anyone who is interested in cosplaying, no matter their race, gender, or body type.
Morgan Herring is a professional costume builder based in Portland, Oregon. Morgan made her first costume, Princess Leia, after her first day at her first convention. She finished in time to wear it the next day! She has been a serious hobbyist since 2010, and a professional builder since 2017. She won Best Workmanship, Master Class at Norwescon, 2018, several other awards at various other events, and has walked the runway at the DragonCon Vintage Vogue Fashion Show.
Morgan specializes in sewing and embroidery, but she is also skilled in 3D printing and design, leatherworking, foamsmithing, sculpting, painting, and illustration. The majority of her work comes from the Star Wars universe, but she has also made costumes from other sci-fi and fantasy worlds, comics, real-life personalities, and original pieces. Her work has been featured in several cosplay photography books and two music videos.
Morgan makes costumes for people of all shapes and sizes, genders and ages, and believes that cosplay is for everyone!
My name is Eric Pope and I have been playing a villain most of my life, no not what you think.. I don’t rob banks and beat people up, I am 6’7″ with a dark look and have a really impressive War cry that could be heard over a mile away. Was always a cosplay kid back in the day but everything changed when I became the leader of the Seattle Zombie Walk, it was a flash mob that gathers several times a year to surprise an area of Seattle with hundreds of zombies. In 2011 our Red White and Dead party broke the world record with 4,500 zombies. This opened many doors from movies, TV and other character performances including my popular act “Wotan the Fairysmasher.” Who is seen at the renaissance fairs and music festivals on both coasts in USA, entertaining children of all ages by being that giant villain to blow kisses at and run away from. When not smashing faeries or on a random adventure, Eric is a software engineer in Seattle by week and river rafting guide by weekend.
Abi Sue got into cosplay in 2009 when her brothers invited her to an anime convention. The experience was so enjoyable that she continued making upwards of 30+ costumes for herself and more for friends and family over the years. She enjoys posting ‘work in progress’ photos often and loves to help people find solutions to costume problems.
Materials that she has worked with range from worbla or craft foam armor, jewelry, wig styling and wefting, sewing a variety of fabrics, specializing in bodysuit creation with spandex, creating patterns from scratch or editing existing patterns, learned the basics of casting resin from Jerikandra, leatherwork, hand embroidery, and even learned how to make chainmail.
Having won first place in the Rose City Comic Con costume contest in the comics category a few years ago, as well as placing in a few other contests, she now enjoys judging costume contests now. Having a love for a variety of characters, she has a huge list that she keeps adding to. She cosplays from comics, Disney movies, Sci Fi, games, anime, movies, tv shows, the list goes on! Abi loves choosing characters that she can relate to, or that have really challenging or beautiful costumes to create. Cosplay has such a positive influence in her life, she thinks that everyone who is interested should give it a try!