Wenatchee Valley Dental Village Youth Cosplay Contest
Emily Geisler has been dressing up and making costumes since she was 6 years old. Specializing in custom costumes and passionate about inspiring joy and creativity, Emily loves the inclusive and whimsical culture brought to life by Cosplay and Cons. You can find Emily helping out at Sew-Creative when she isn’t busy running her own company, Astruso.
SSG Monte Brown is a local U.S. Army Recruiter in the Wenatchee Area and a longtime supporter of the WENCON! He has been in the U.S. Army for twelve years, with time spent around the world as a Rocket Artillery man. SSG Brown currently supporting the local Wenatchee community, helping the public learn more about the opportunities and benefits of joining the U.S. Army! Maybe you might see him today as The Tick!
Sew-Creative Teen/Adult Cosplay Contest
Emceed by Joy Knight-Richards
Joy Knight-Richards has been in the performance industry for over 30 years, performing and teaching at various conventions, Renaissance Faires and specialty events across the Pacific Northwest and further. She is a magician, puppeteer, costumer, designer, director, makeup artist, character performer, MC and pro cosplayer. You can find her at Gypsy Realm productions, The Girl Next Door Cosplay and Visions by Victory on Facebook.
Ryan Wells, Portland, OR, is a professional cosplayer prop builder and builder for Magic Wheelchair @ magicwheelchair.org Known for being a “Creature Cosplayer” building larger than life costumes and drawing inspiration from fantasy and science fiction, he has been featured on such sites as Stan Winston School for Character Art’s and Muppets Henson. Ryan is administrator for an online cosplay group and is a huge advocate for sharing ideas, community, and volunteering.
“Cosplay was a natural progression for me since there was simply not enough Halloween in my life. I love to learn new skills, trades, make challenges for myself, getting inspiration and ideas from friends (new and old) and making connections through this great community. I tend to draw inspiration mainly from film but I’m trying to branch out into other genres.”
Kelsey Pipkin is a local costume maker, crafter, embroiderer, digitizer, and teacher. During the work week you can find her helping creative minds accomplish their sewing dreams at Sew-Creative where she has worked for nearly 10 years. She prefers the horror-genre including Zombie culture and Norse Mythology. With 3 boys at home she finds it’s easy and fun to “Clown around” with makeup and costume.