Guest announcement: Mikomi Chan

She has been an avid cosplayer since 2011, having discovered cosplay in her junior year of college. Early into her hobby, she decided to learn how to make her own costumes, as many of her favorite characters were not available to purchase online. Through hard work, determination and the help of her cosplay friends, Mikomi learned how to create beautiful costumes from comics, anime, video games, television, and movies.
Mikomi continues to want to improve her art, and she has completed a formal leatherwork and woodwork apprenticeship under Dr. Mark Conley. Mikomi has been learning how to make armor and weapons for theater and reenactment purposes. Through the encouragement of her mentor, she opened her own costume design and fabrication business where she designs and creates costumes for clients all over the world.
Mikomi’s cosplays have received acclaim both in and outside of the convention circuit. She has won multiple awards for both craftsmanship and performance in masquerades, and her costumes have been featured in newspapers, magazines, art galleries, television shows and multiple geek and pop-culture websites. She has worked as a booth cosplayer for several geek and cosplay companies and is currently sponsored as a content creator and costume designer for the E-sports apparel company, RE: Activ Designs. Mikomi has a passion for teaching the next generation of cosplayers and has led panels on different cosplay topics from how to get involved in cosplay, to leatherwork and many things in between at conventions from Chicago to South Carolina to New Jersey. She loves leading panels and workshops at conventions, and she tries to fit as much educational content as she can into each one of her cosplay panels.

Guest announcement: Kiira Fox

Kiira was first introduced to anime as a kid through shows like Speed Racer and Beyblade, and her interest in Japan culture began with a simple research paper in elementary school. She didn’t connect anime and Japan together until a few years later, and her love for both gave her the opportunity to eventually be the vice president of the Japanese Culture and Anime Club at Liberty University, and travel to Japan in 2014 to discover religion and culture. In the future, she plans to move with her husband to Japan in order to support him teaching English and to discover more about the country. Kiira has ran anime and Japanese culture panels since 2012, and has presented them all over the east coast from Ohio to Georgia. She is also a contributor for, a website dedicated to anime reviews and content. Kiira hopes her panels will not only be fun to attend, but that everyone (including herself) will learn something new.

Guest announcement: The Manly Battleships

mb_logo_2016The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! From the “stay fun” academic to over-the-top panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you!