Please welcome our Judges for Con Nichiwa's Masquerade!

Ex-shadow and Malindachan are a veteran cosplay duo that have been crafting costumes for more than 15 years. Both are well-rounded in a wide range of abilities and continue to learn more with every costume made. They strive to be good role models to the community and are ongoing advocates of cosplay being for everyone. Over the years they have won numerous awards for their craftsmanship and performances, and they enjoy sharing their knowledge with others. In 2020, they became full-time creatives between a combination of contract work and running their own cosplay accessory shop, Turtle Smithy.

Malindachan (Malinda) especially loves sewing and wig styling, and you might be familiar with the numerous tutorials she's created for Arda Wigs. Malinda has been invited as a guest speaker and contest craftsmanship judge internationally including events such as Anime Central, Project A-kon, and MCM Comic Con. Alongside Arda Wigs, she’s collaborated with brands such as Simplicity Patterns, McCall’s Patterns, and Sideshow Collectables.

Ex-Shadow (Kyle) has had a passion for breathing life into his favorite characters since he was a kid. His specialties are armor and props, but he’s no stranger to sewing either. Like his wife Malinda, he has traveled far and wide as a cosplay panelist and judge. A few of his accomplishments include being the first winner of C2E2's Crown Championships of Cosplay and creating armor patterns for Simplicity.

Ryann Kay is an Arizona costume designer, circus performer and cosplayer. She started sewing at age 11 and started working as a theatre costume designer and seamstress at the age of 17. During college she discovered the cosplay community through some amazing and nerdy friends. And now costuming has changed from a job to a true passion. Since then she has created over 100 unique cosplays based on anime, comics, video games, and everything in between. She is always looking for new adventures and ways to bring her cosplays to life by combining it with her other passions such as aerials and acrobatics. Her core belief is that there is no right or wrong way to cosplay, it’s up to each individual to interpret a character and make it their own.

The Masquerade will be Saturday, November 20th at 8pm in Main Events.

We are still looking for entries, so if you have always wanted to show off your craftsmanship and costumes, please register here:

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