anime Programming
 

Sewing is a complex art and there is always room to improve. We'll teach you how to measure & draft custom patterns, use draping to match character design elements, and how to fit your costume exactly. Learn tips for sewing stretch & latex fabrics, and address reinforcing structure with batting, boning & interfacing. Techniques will be applied to the cosplay, Steampunk, and Fantasy genres to name a few, so everyone can learn from this presentation. Come learn from House Lionheart some of the most complex techniques that any costume junkie needs in their arsenal.

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Want to be your favorite character? Don't want to spend a small fortune trying to find it online in your size? Want to do it as cost effectively as possible? Come learn the basics of machine-based costume creation. Covers: basics of the sewing machine, how to use your two most basic stitches and how to use a pattern. Techniques will be applied to the cosplay, steampunk and fantasy genres just to name a few. Whether you have never sewn or been sewing for awhile, House Lionheart promises to teach you something new.

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Cosplay Fashion Show
Day and time: TBA
Come see the Cosplayers from all walks of life showcase their talent and creativity at the Cosplay Fashion Show.
 
Interested in modeling and showing off your unique take on your favorite character, contact kelley.lester@phoenixcomicon.com with the subject "fashion show".
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Cosplay For All Sizes
Thursday, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: North 231a

Whether you're big, tall, or small, cosplay is definitely for you! Learn how to obtain confidence in the costumes you wear. Discover ways to alter clothes and patterns to fit your shape. If you want to cosplay then you'll have a grand time!

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Cosplay For All Sizes
Saturday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Whether you're big, tall, or small, cosplay is definitely for you! Learn how to obtain confidence in the costumes you wear. Discover ways to alter clothes and patterns to fit your shape. If you want to cosplay then you'll have a grand time

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Cosplay for Beginners
Saturday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: North 232a

This is where we can all come together, with questions and anything else that you don't know about Cosplay?! Wait, what is cosplay you ask?! Jump on in, join The Show Off as she takes you thru the steps of cosplaying! FOR BEGINNERS!

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Cosplay for Intermediates
Friday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

So do you think that you have what it takes to be an Intermediate? Well stop on in. Figure out the do's & dont's and get some helpful hints on when & where to show off your skills, and make things just right! Stop on in, cosplay friends and family, no judging, just fun!

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Cosplay from the Skin Out
Sunday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In this panel we will talk to you about Cosplay from the skin out. How to choose the proper undergarments to make the most of your body & your Cosplay costume. Also, we will discuss cleaning, maintenance & storage of cosplay costumes so they last.

Brought to you by Lady Ember Brennen Sparks, experienced cosplayer and professional costume designer and makeup artist.

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Cosplay Horror Stories
Friday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn from our pain. A panel of experienced Cosplayers tell you about their hard lessons learned from wearing a costume at a con. We will talk about the considerations beyond wearing the costume. Where do you put your phone? How to stay hydrated? How are you going to get to the bathroom? How to eat in your costume? What’s a Handler? Many of these untold mysteries will be revealed and discussed.

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Are you just starting out, not sure where to start or even who to cosplay as? Come learn from our group; some members have been cosplaying for years & some are just starting out, like you! Fun & excitement, ending with a mini game with a prize!

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Starting off in such a heavy-hitting cosplay world can be intimidating, but there's plenty of help! Anabel Martinez, a cosplay event coordinator and founder of Men vs Cosplay, has worked with cosplayers ranging from novice to experts for a variety of events and can help you whether you're just starting out, or want to get your cosplay out into the world.

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Costume Armor Weathering Techniques
Saturday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Allen Amis as he shares some of his coveted armor painting and weathering techniques in a live demonstration. Get the tips and tricks necessary to bring your armored cosplay to the next level- adding rust, battle damage, scorch marks, & more!

Allen Amis is an award winning and full-time costume builder.

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Take a look into the creation process of a costume, beginning with the actual concept (drawing) and then turning it into reality. Learn tips and tricks from Ivy Doomkitty on various materials that can be used to achieve your vision, as well as learn about modifications that can be made so that your 2D concept can translate well into the real world. Costuming samples will be on display (Notepad and pen recommended)

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Unleash your imagination & learn to make professional quality masks in this interactive panel! Artists will demonstrate various mask-making techniques & teach you how to make personalized masks for your own costume using plaster bandage & paper clay.

The panel will be led by local artist legend Zarco Guerrero, who has devoted the last 30 years of his life to creating masks for theater, performance, and cultural displays. Zarco’s work has been featured during Phoenix Suns halftime events and cultural festivals for Japanese Matsuri Festival and Día de los Muertos, as well as an hour-long PBS documentary on his work, titled The Mask of El Zarco. He will be joined on stage by members of the Flow Ninjas: a group of parkour-enthusiasts-turned-cosplayers who regularly study mask-making under Zarco and perform at various cultural events and costume conventions.

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The Jaze's pride themselves in ensuring their costumes, props, photography, & digital artwork are as authentic as possible, so that once in costume they actually become the character! This panel will discuss the challenges of making those costumes & bringing a character to life.

Although a young company, social media recognition has skyrocketed Jaze Cosplay into one of the most fashionable cosplayers in the industry. Formed by husband and wife team Aime and Lance, JAZE COSPLAY understand the value in honorably and respectfully portraying the cosplay characters that they love and admire. Their level of commitment positively impacts the fans of those characters, which, in turn, brings them the joy and satisfaction of knowing they've succeeded in making that fans' dream of meeting that character a reality!

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Dos and Don'ts of Anime Conventions
Thursday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: North 226 abc

Join the Renegades as they impart what wisdom they’ve gained over past con experiences. New attendees can get pointers on how to get the most out of their con experience, and for experienced con-goers share a few laughs over the mistakes.

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Duct/Duck Tape Costume Contest
Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

You've heard of the Duck Tape prom dress competition- now there's a pop culture version! You've watched the Mythbusters make a boat with duck tape, armor should be cinch. Let your creative juices fly ... then cover them in tape!

(Oh, you haven't heard of it? You can check it out at the Duck Brand website)

To get you started, here's some tutorials and inspiration (Note- your costume need not be 100% tape, you can cover fabric or cardboard with tape. Please make it MOSTLY duct tape, though!)

Get ideas on making tape clothing at Wikiehow's Make A Duct Tape Dress tutorial

Check out an article on this lovely Firefly couple at Costume Craze

Ohh look, a Princess Leia! She made it a mini-dress, but it's adorable.

Duct tape Disney group at Dragon*Con!

A very cool tutorial on duct tape boots.

(and then, after reading that, you'll think "Yeah, but how do I make one of those sweet Musketeer hats? Me too! Here ya go... )

Plus, the biggest question of all answered by Mental Floss: Is it Duck Tape or Duct Tape?

Titles awarded will include:
Most Amazing
Most Beautiful
Most Humorous
Most Applause (Audience Favorite)
And maybe more....

To pre-register (even if you're not sure you'll be done in time) email Shirley.Runyon@PhoenixComicon.com. Include your name, contact phone number, and what your costume is. WIP (work-in-progress pics welcome!)

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Sewing cosplay can be one of the most frustrating hobbies on the planet. You have to consider everything from what patterns to pick to how you’re going to make that 6 foot scythe. However, it all starts with your fabric. Join Priapella Corp as we guide you through fabric selection and much more!

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Location: North 231bc

The whys of cosplay­: Why do we continue to cosplay & attend conventions? This panel is to serve as a reminder of good experiences in this sometimes­ stressful hobby. Come share and listen to stories reminding all of us of what makes it such a fun and worth­while experience!

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Geek Weddings on a Budget
Thursday, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

A panel of experts talk about their own Geek weddings while doling out advice on saving money here and there, as well as where to splurge.

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Imagine a world where few could read or write. How would you know if the armor-clad warrior approaching is friend or foe? In popular shows like Game of Thrones and The Tudors, plus games like Assassin's Creed and World of Warcraft, symbols are used to represent different factions. The use of symbols isn't limited to historical/fantasy, though. In comics such as Superman and Batman, symbols are used to represent the heroes, and sometimes the villans. In this panel we'll give a brief explanation of what heraldry is and how it's used in today's pop culture.

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How to be Successful on YouTube
Thursday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

A surprising yet rapidly growing career field is the YouTube™ community. How do you make money on YouTube? How can you even become noticed on YouTube? MrCreepyPasta and CreepyRainbowPasta explain how to start, build and maintain your brand.

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Cosplay is fun but it can be expensive when you’re starting out! Luckily, it doesn't have to be. Come learn to express yourself without maxing your AmEx. You too can bring your favorite characters to life! Whether you want to make your own outfits & props or purchase them, join Broken Doll Cosplay for a fantastical hour of cosplay madness!

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Illusion: The Art of Cross-play
Saturday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Found a character you want to cosplay, but it's the opposite of the gender you actually are? While "gender-bent" costumes are fun, what if you'd rather be accurate? Join professional Male Illusionist Anson Reign & guests for clues, tips, and a Q&A.

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You’ve got your costume down, your wig is fabulous, & you think you’ve done a great job. But can you go the extra mile and stay in-character as we throw you into wild situations? What is Batman’s drink order at Starbucks? How would Naruto react on a blind date with Deadpool? Join Priapella Corp as we test your skills.

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Location: North 232a

Know your way around a sewing machine? Want to dig deeper & grow your skills? Then join us as we teach you intermediate skills like decorative stitches and their actual functions, sewing with high maintenance fabrics like stretch & vinyl, and adding accents like trims or embellishments. All skills will be applied to Cosplay, Fantasy and Steampunk genres so you'll find something interesting and new to raise your costuming to the next level.

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Want to make a costume but have no skills to help you start? Well look no further than this panel! House Lionheart will teach you techniques for costume creation that don't require a sewing machine. Ideas will work for cosplay, steampunk, & fantasy genres, just to name a few. Don't let your lack of skills interfere with your desire to join the costumed ranks! Listen and learn today!

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J-Fashion on a Budget
Sunday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: North 232a

Excited about all the things you learned at the J-Fashion panel but worry it’ll cost too much money? Have no fear! We’re here to teach you how you can dress in your favorite J-Fashion on a budget using everyone’s favorite online shopping mall, Taobao.

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J-Fashion Style Guide
Saturday, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: North 231a

Want to learn more about what's popular on the streets of Japan? Look no further! This panel will cover the different types of J-Fashions, major brands, and a purchasing guide.

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Do you aspire to strut the streets of Harajuku in authentic street style? Join Broken Doll Cosplay for an hour of fashionable fun! Lolita, gyaru, visual kei,decora; you name it and we'll be teaching you how to be it!

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Fashion styles made popular from Japanese fashion magazines, movies & mangas like Gothic Lolita Bible, Kera, Kamikaze Girls, Rozen Maiden or Japanese bands Malice Mizer & LM.C. Watch for us during the Fashion Walk in the halls after the show.

Interested in showing off your style?  Contact Miranda at Miranda.riojas@phoenixcomicon.com to sign up!

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Key Nagato: Tales of Conventionia
Thursday, 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: North 226 abc

Panelist, cosplayer, convention Santa, and stand up comedian? Key Nagato ventures into a new field of anime and convention comedy! Join Key Nagato(Jason Hill) as he shares stories about conventions and jokes about life as a cosplayer and anime fan.

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Leather bracers are a key part of many cosplay styles and genres. Come join House Lionheart and learn hands on how to make a pair of bracers as well as decorate them. All supplies will be provided and the cost per pair is $35. If you have specific decor in mind, feel free to bring it along and the crafting experts will help your add your ideas to your personalized project.

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Make Your Own My Little Pony Ears
Thursday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Using felt and a needle & thread, come join us and walk out with pony ears! We provide all materials and instructions, and walk you through the process. Included this year will be bobby pins to wear them out the door. $5 workshop fee.

Pre-paid kit orders can choose a color:
Pink, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, White, or Red.

Kits purchased at-con will be able to choose from Pink & Blue.

To pre-pay, send $5 using PayPal to glitzy.faery@gmail.com - add your color preference and the name of the person that the kit is for in the comment box.

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Make Your Own My Little Pony Ears
Sunday, 10:30am - 11:30am

Using felt and a needle & thread, come join us and walk out with pony ears! We provide all materials and instructions, and walk you through the process. Included this year will be bobby pins to wear them out the door. $5 workshop fee.

Pre-paid kit orders can choose a color:
Pink, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, White, or Red.

Kits purchased at-con will be able to choose from Pink & Blue.

To order, send $5 using PayPal to glitzy.faery@gmail.com - add your color preference and the name of the person that the kit is for in the comment box.

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Want to take your cosplay to the next level? Join Broken Doll Cosplay to learn the art of creating and applying makeup looks to transform you into your character! We will answer all of your questions, along with giving you useful tips and tricks. Feel free to bring makeup if you are interested in your desired look becoming a live demo!

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Get the run-down on translating video game screenshots & concept art into actual costumes through a plethora of accessible armor and costume-building techniques. Open QA at the end of the discussion, so you can get extra help to be ready for your next convention! Brought to you by Award-winning cosplayers from the "Men vs Cosplay" project.

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This one aint for the young'ins! Themed on the anime of the same name come dance all night to the best electronic dance music in your coolest PJs. Try to win a prize for best Cosplay dancer, Compete for the Miss Fanservice 2014 title, check out the go-go dancers and enjoy one of our themed adult beverages.

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Witness sixteen geeks debate some of the most hysterical, absurd, or downright ridiculous topics from across the realms of geekery! Nothing is sacred from anime to slasher films in this titanic battle of wits, and only one can emerge supreme as the Ultimate Geek. Register online at http://phoenixcomicon.com/pugs if you want to compete, or just show up to watch the mayhem!

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Witness sixteen geeks debate some of the most hysterical, absurd, or downright ridiculous topics from across the realms of geekery! Nothing is sacred from anime to slasher films in this titanic battle of wits, and only one can emerge supreme as the Ultimate Geek. Register online at http://phoenixcomicon.com/pugs if you want to compete, or just show up to watch the mayhem!

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Come and listen in on a panel led by Ivy Doomkitty, covering topics such as body image,skin color, age, and more. We will discuss how to push past boundaries that others try to place against you.  After all, cosplay is for everyone. It is not limited to one demographic. Q&A to follow

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Styling Synthetic Wigs 101
Friday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

You bought the wig, you want to wear the wig, but how to get the most out of that wig? In this panel we will discuss how to pick the right synthetic wig & how to straighten, curl, set & maintain your Cosplay wig.

Brought to you by Lady Ember Brennen Sparks, experienced Cosplayer, professional costume designer and theatrical hair and makeup artist, Wig Styling 101. Lady Sparks has been making and styling wigs professionally for over 10 years.

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Ever wanted to know what it is like to be a mermaid, or what you need in order to become a mermaid? Well come on down to The Mermaid Sisters Lilith and Summer's how to become a mermaid Q & A panel. We will answer all your burning questions about how to become a mermaid, and some of the risks as well. We will then open the floor to take any questions you may have for us or about tail making.

Be sure to catch our demo at the Hyatt pool Sat at 4:30!

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Who, Why & WTF of DBZ
Thursday, 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: North 222 ab

DRAGON BALL Z! Is the series absurd? You bet your last zeni it is! Robots, magic, aliens, dudes that can bench press a planet! But there was a time when this series was about adventure, puns and sweet T&A. Lets discover how it became what it is.

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Youth Fashion Show
Sunday, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Denise Gary (Kids Need To Read) will be the Mistress of Ceremonies with help from the Knightingirls, Knightingail and Kaeli, at the Youth Fashion Show. Kids showcase their fantastic costumes on the runway.

http://www.kidsneedtoread.org/

http://www.knightingail.com/

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