Jessica Nigri has her roots from San Diego Comic Con since 2009. Since then, she has been to numerous conventions and has built her celebrity status on her multiple high quality cosplays she presents to each con. She is often seen at product launches and loves “gaming, reading comic books, watching anime, reading manga, watching movies of all sorts and SO MUCH MORE!”
Anna Fischer is a professional fashion photographer. Her work has run in The New York Times, Flaunt Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Time Out New York, Racked, Style Bistro and many other publications; but she is perhaps best known for her cosplay photography. She has been involved with cosplay her entire adult life, and she wants to expand the scope of what cosplay photography can be. In the cosplay community she is most recognized for her photography in The Wild Places. She will be taking your pictures on the oceanfront of Pensacola Beach and Fort Pickens, weather permitting.
Carolann Voltarel is better known online as Athena. She has been cosplaying since 2002 and has many cosplay awards to her name including several Best in Shows. She has been perusing Costume Design as a career and has worked on numerous movies and theatrical productions. Originally hailing from Orlando, Florida, she is now based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently is part-owner of Athena’s Wink, purveyor of fine cosplay hats and accessories.
Katie George is a cosplayer from Alabama with 10 years of experience and over 80 costume creations. She holds a BFA from Auburn University in Costume and Makeup Design and has won major cosplay awards at conventions all over the United States. In 2012, she and her cosplay partner won the title of World Cosplay Summit Team USA. They traveled to Japan and competed against 20 other cosplay teams from around the world. Later that year, Katie was invited to Japan once again to participate in an international anime karaoke contest event.
Katie has also had a hand in coordinating, judging, and MCing multiple cosplay events across the Southeast, and is thrilled to be judging this year’s Northeast World Cosplay Summit Qualifier at Katsucon 2013. Katie loves that cosplay has given her so many opportunities to visit new places and meet new people, and hopes to have even more exciting experiences in the future. Most of all, Katie loves the passion of the cosplay community, and being a part of it is what keeps her going late at night when the con is two days away and her costume is less than half finished! You can find her online at Katie Cosplays.
Lindze Merritt has been cosplaying for 14 years and currently works full time as a professional makeup artist and stylist at Pixelette Studios, where she does makeup transformations for pinup, boudoir, high fashion, and professional photography clients. Find her work on Pixelettepinups.com and Lindze.com
Lindze studied fashion design in Atlanta and has won numerous awards for her cosplay as well as being featured in magazines such as Spin, PlayStation Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Creative Loafing.
Riddle was born and raised in Canada. Introduced to gaming and anime at an early age, it was only a matter of time before she would find a unique way to express her fandom: cosplay. Each costume presents its own set of challenges, requiring her to learn new skills like translation, sculpting, molding, casting and of course, sewing. What started out as a hobby, has now led to many unique opportunities such as getting to work on a couple films and commercials, as well as getting invited to conventions all around the world. Riddle is also the creator of “Cosplay for a Cause”, a cosplay charity group she started whose first project raised over 30,000 for the Japanese Red Cross tsunami disaster relief. When she isn’t working on her costumes, she is rescuing baby squirrels, or talking to her robot therapist about video games. She is one of the Cast members of SYFY’s new cosplay reality show “Heroes of Cosplay”.
Monika Lee’s love of anime/manga, pop culture and games led her to the cosplay community at age 13. She has competed in numerous craftsmanship contests winning several Best in Shows and other various awards. An avid gamer, Monika spends most of her time playing video games, making costumes from video games and recently worked at E3 2012 for Hyperkin. When she’s not cosplaying, Monika is a 2nd year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Industrial Design. She was recently invited to Japan for an international cosplay event and her work has been featured on GamesRadar, Kotaku, IGN, and Game Informer.
Biographies supplied by AnimeCons.com.