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josh faceJoshua Von Warbear has made armor for Kristian Nairn (best known as Game of Thrones’ Hodor), designed for award-winning steampunk film, Skyship Chronicles, and has conducted workshops all around the US.

Joshua is a real person. He is many feet tall and weighs many pounds. He loves making things and his love of steak and other various meats is legendary. He is sometimes mistaken for the mighty Sasquatch, who vacations on the Floridian coasts whenever his schedule permits.

See his work at Dark Archer Design:

Kaye CosplaySammi Kaye, otherwise known as Kaye Cosplay, has been cosplaying for over ten years. Kaye loves to create costumes with large skirts, embellishments, and ruffles… Lots and lots of ruffles!

She has been awarded with many best in show, craftsmanship, and judges titles, and has appeared as a cosplay guest and judge for many local conventions. When she is not cosplaying, Sammi Kaye can be found as a cast member at “The Happiest Place on Earth.”


Living Plague CustomsJon Lee and Eric Leas, of Living Plague Customs, have been creating and building costumes and props since 2010. Starting out as prop makers, their work quickly evolved into larger than life characters, elaborate costumes, and generally awesomeness now encompassing costuming, armor building, weaponry, props, prosthetics, and more.

They have been awarded numerous Best in Show and Craftsmanship awards, have had their work featured in movies, sold globally, and can be found regularly terrorizing conventions throughout the country.

See their work at and

Embellish FXTaylor Nelms (Tayrex Cosplay), an award-winning cosplayer, is appearing on behalf of Embellish FX, Orlando’s Premier Costuming, Beauty and Theatrical Supply Boutique!

Embellish FX is *the* shop in Orlando for Costumes, Special Effects, Theatrical Makeup, Wigs, and so much more. They carry makeup for theatrical and body painting applications from Kryolan, Ben Nye, Mehron, and European Body Art. They also carry a wide variety of Cosplay supplies and are now the exclusive distributor of Worbla in Central Florida! The Embellish team takes pride in talking to each of their customers about your costuming concept, and then advise you on what products can be used to fulfill the vision!

Visit their site at

PhotographersSGH PhotoArt– Cosplay Photographer for 6 years based out of Orlando, Florida. Best known for Photoshop manipulations. The style is between a Photo and Art hence PhotoArt. Costumes offer a unique perspective into the photography world through illusion and magic. SGH PhotoArt tries to bring that together through posing and post processing.

Lawrence Mabilangan – imPhotography – has been taken photos for all his life and 5 years ago decided to become a professional. His photos have been published in magazines and has been a featured photographer on Cosplay Photographers. He not only strives to create compelling cosplay images, but also capturing moments as a wedding and graduation photographer as well.

Nathan Carter – Victor Voyeur – is a photographer and Cosplayer based in Tampa. His photographic style tends toward the edgy and gritty side, preferring to use dramatic lighting and posing to create dynamic portraits.

bobbioBob Walker of Midsummer Knight’s Dream is a sculptor with 35 years professional experience, and has in the past few years, flourished in the field of 3-D printing. He was seeking to explore new avenues, and found that 3D printing added a new dimsension to his work to allow him to create amazing props for cosplay projects.

View Bob’s work at his website

bobbioSpellbound Stitches is the team of two ginger sisters from different misters, Carlye Starr and Gloria Fontane. Between the two of them they have almost 30 years of professional costuming and fashion design experience. Their recent projects include the Bollywood Oscars, House of Hollywood’s first collection, production of Howl-O-Scream Icon “Scarlet” for print and commercial, exclusive designers and production house for “The Vault”, and one of the featured designers for Cocktails and Couture 2016.

Carlye and Gloria often complement each other with their different expertise, which collectively include design, pattern drafting, drapping, men’s wear, armor fabrication, technical flats, accessories, styling, pin-up fashion, millinery and costume creation. Both halves of the team thoroughly enjoy all things artistic, comics, horror movies, mild cannibalism, cats, translating ancient text to release the dark one, and spooning… Mostly with each other. The ladies are currently taking custom costume orders and working on their own clothing line.

Find them online at or on Facebook.