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ANIME EXPO 2016 welcomes its cosplay guests!

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Joshua Hart is the costume designer, fashion designer, model, and commissioner behind J.Hart Design, a brand which he has created to showcase his award-winning work, as well as, to foster knowledge, creativity, and inspiration among the cosplay and fashion communities. With over ten years of sewing and cosplay experience, Joshua strives to produce works of art that showcase his love for unique silhouettes, impeccable fit, and intricate details. Graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design and currently working as an assistant designer in New York City, Joshua’s goal is to provide access to industry knowledge through his various lectures, panels, and workshops at national and international conventions, through his Facebook page, and candidly in-person.

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Stella Chuu is a cosplayer from New York. She makes brilliantly detailed costumes, travels to conventions around the world, and works to promote geek culture. She loves to share the joy of DIY in costume construction. Most notable are her Devil Homura, Ivy Valentine, and Master Yi cosplays. Her creative and quirky personality has led her to be featured on Kotaku, Nerdist, Mashable, Tech Insider and more.

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WindoftheStars, Mel Hoppe, has been cosplaying since 2004 and has made over 100 costumes, many of which have won multiple awards.  Her costume works have been featured on TV as a judge on Call to Cosplay, in print mostly notably in Cosmode, OtakuUSA and Mangabomb, and in several web publications.  Mel has been invited as a guest of honor at conventions both in the USA and at international events.  As a veteran in the cosplay community, she strives to spread the sense of community, helping her fellow cosplayers, and to promote the art of costume creation.

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Originally from the east coast and now residing in the great Los Angeles area. Dustbunny has been in convention scene for over 10 years and is an award winning cosplayer as well as a cosplay costume judge. She was also involved in a fan-based documentary called “True Otaku: The Documentary” which was exhibited as an official selection at Florida Supercon’s 2011 Geek Film Festival and at Phoenix Comicon’s 2012 Film Festival. Dustbunny has a genuine heart for making costumes and the will to support anyone who has the desire for cosplaying.

Dustbunny has a genuine heart for making costumes and will support anyone who has the desire to cosplay.

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Aicosu, the couple cosplay team of Sheila & Sylar, have been cosplaying collectively for eight years. With over 100 cosplays made and 50 conventions attended, they focus on bringing more than just cosplays to the community. They are well known for answering any and all questions to those beginning or even advanced in Cosplay and hope to teach new things in their panels and programming. Aicosu can be found on the convention floors, at their workshops, or at their table and are always open to discussing everything from cosplay construction to which Dragon Age game was the best.

Keep checking back as we will continue to update this with more new guest announcements! And don’t forget to purchase your badge for Anime Expo 2016 today!
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