Past Guests from LVL UP EXPO 2017:

Sean Schemmel

Sean Schemmel gets paid to stand in a sound proof padded room and make wacky voices all day with good reason.  He’s good at it.  Ever since he was discovered doing so at an undisclosed mental institution (read Marionette Theatre) Sean has been gainfully employed as a voice actor for some of the most popular titles in animation history.  He is best known as the voices of GokuKing Kai and Nail in the internationally acclaimed anime series, Dragonball Z Dragonball Z Kai, and Dragonball GT.  More recently, he can be heard as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises for iPad/Android, Bronk in Yu-Gi-Oh ZexalAmidamaru, and Rio in Shaman KingConstable BigglesSh’OkanaboMaster Kahn (and many others) in Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesOnsokumaru in Ninja Nonsense, about 12 different thumbs in Thumb Wrestling Federation and Gonard in Kappa Mikey.  Sean can also be heard as Paradox in the feature film,  Yu-Gi-Oh 5d’s Bonds Beyond Time and as Grings Kodai in (Pokemon) Zoroark: Master of Illusions, as well as many other voices throughout the Pokemon series.

In the realm of audiobooks, Sean won a 2010 Earphones Award for his work in The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo and has been nominated for a 2011 Audie Award in the category of humor for his work in Shit My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern, and 2013 he won the Audie in that same category for the sequel, I Suck At Girls, by the same author.

Sean has also adapted for English and directed the following anime series:  Space Pirate Mito,  Sadamitsu: The DestroyerMidori Days, and Ah! My Goddess.  Sean currently resides in Los Angeles, and in his spare time enjoys playing the French Horn, writing parodies, playing guitar and bass and the impossible task of ever beating his girlfriend at Mario Kart.

Christopher R. Sabat

Christopher R. Sabat (@Chris24_Sabat on Twitter) has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for nearly 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonaball Z, as well as the voice actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and countless others, you could say he is the “voice” of Dragonball Z.

Chris has lent his voice to countless other roles including: Alex Luis Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist), Elfman (Fairy Tail), Roronoa Zoro (One Piece), Ayame Sohma (Fruits Basket), Saiga Tatsumi (Speed Grapher), Kurogane (Tsubasa Chronicles), Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III), Father Tres (Trinity Blood), Braun (Stiens Gate), Giroro (Sgt Frog),  Rundas (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), Garterbelt (Panty and Stocking), Sakaki (Kenichi), Masa (My Bride is a Mermaid), Saito (Darker Than Black), Woerman (Attack on Titan), Alex D (Deus Ex: Invisible War), Captain Smiley & Star (Comic Jumper), and others.

Most recently, Chris was cast as Batou in the new Ghost In the Shell: Arise series and he will soon be playing Goro Sasabe in Free! Eternal Summer as well as Sakuya Togane in the second season of Psycho-Pass. When not in his recording studio, Okratron 5000, Christopher loves to make electronic music, play video games and buy Puma 917’s, airline glassware and mid century furniture on eBay.

Jennifer Hale

Dark and determined Commander Shepard from Mass Effect 1 and 2, ever hopeful and shining Cinderella, psychotic Princess Morebucks and sunny Ms Keane from The Powerpuff Girls, sleek and sexy Naomi Hunter from the Metal Gear Series, superspy Sam and superspoiled Mandy from ‘Totally Spies’, and super fighter Aayla Secura from Star Wars Clone Wars all have one thing in common.

Their spirits and their voices spring from the heart of Jennifer Hale.

Jennifer has brought to life a wild range of characters from a disgruntled 12 year old boy, to a timeless heroic princess, a quirky ancient alien, a ridiculously perky tour guide, a rock star, a shy four year old and a sizzling super-bad girl. At the top of her field in animation, commercials, and promos, Jennifer is responsible for these and many more memorable characters as well as lending her signature voice to many products and programs familiar to all of us.

A singer as well as an actress, Jennifer is currently working on her first solo CD.  When she’s not acting or singing, she’s hanging out with her friends and family, riding horses, rock climbing or volunteering.

Ali Hillis

With an innate combination of beauty and charm, actress ALI HILLIS has built an impressive list of credits since moving west. Though the streets of Hollywood can be merciless for a majority of actors, Hillis’ talent has helped her land a succession of diverse and memorable film roles, her first of which was in the acclaimed independent feature KISS KISS BANG BANG as Robert Downey, Jr’s tweaky tryst.  The romantic comedy MUST LOVE DOGS as Diane Lane’s smart-talking younger sister, the Farrelly Bros. HEARTBREAK KID as Ben Stiller’s would-be bride, and the comedy OVER MY DEAD BODY with Eva Longoria and Paul Rudd soon followed. Recently she’s kept audiences of all ages smiling with her performances in Disney’s BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA with Jaime Lee Curtis and Piper Parabo, and SPACEBUDDIES with Deidrich Bader, and she just wrapped shooting a new movie for Disney whose title will be released in fall 2012.

Additional film credits include Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin’s strong-willed mother in Twentieth Century Fox’s drama THE ULTIMATE GIFT. Ali starred alongside Eric Dane in ADRIFT: OWII, the suspense filled drama which bowed at Cannes, the ensemble comedy THROWING STARS which premiered at the Las Vegas Film Festival, and she appeared as leading lady in the independent feature NESTING, which is on the festival circuit and was released in theatres in spring 2012.

Born in Huntington Beach, CA, Hillis spent her childhood in Sheboygan Falls, WI, then moved to Charlotte NC. She received a full vocal music scholarship from East Carolina University, and entered a 2 year Meisner study.  Hillis took her regional stage experience to New York City where she further honed her craft off-Broadway and in various indie films; culminating with a guest-starring role on LAW & ORDER which gave her the confidence to move cross-country to Los Angeles.

The transition proved a successful one, as it wasn’t long before she garnered guest starring and recurring roles in numerous television comedies and dramas, including her most recent appearances on CSI opposite Laurence Fishburne, and MEMPHIS BEAT opposite Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard.

Only recently did she stumble into the world of video gaming and anime, finding fast friends in a world of controllable characters. The XENOSAGA series was her first experience with voicing video games, but her roles as Dr. Liara T’Soni in Biowore’s MASS EFFECT,  Lightning in Square Enix’s FINAL FANTASY XIII, Dr. Ariel Hanson in Blizzard’s STARCRAFT II, Black Cat in THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, and  Palutena in KID ICARUS: UPRISING, along with anime roles such as Emma Frost in Marvel X-MEN and Karin in NARUTO  have earned her new fans across the globe, with more undisclosed characters in high profile games in the works!

Hillis currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dogs and hedge fund manager husband, who is also part owner of the NYC hot spot Brother Jimmy’s BBQ where the two met.

Jez Roth

Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. ONE PIECE. Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos. Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998.

After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show 15 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular O. Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards. He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a Cosplay Guest and in Canada to choose the Canadian WCS representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit—from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (such as Lip Sync For Your Cosplay) and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more mainstream.  His artistic journey came full circle last year when he was hired as an Artistic Consultant for One Piece: Gold film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel.

Past Guests from LVL UP EXPO 2016:

Actor, musician, singer & more… Star: Jeremy Shada

Born in Boise Idaho before relocating to Los Angeles, Jeremy Shada, the teen behind the voice of Finn on Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated series, Adventure Time is showing that he is multifaceted in his talents. After landing acting jobs on hit television series such as, ER, Nip/Tuck, Shark, Cold Case, and Parenthood and recurring roles on Ghost Whisperer and Lost, Jeremy lent his vocals to the hit Sony Pictures film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Developing a niche for voiceovers, Jeremy was cast as the voice of Robin/Young Robin on the animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold before ultimately landing the role of the main character Finn on Adventure Time and then as a series regular on Nick Canon’s live-action sketch comedy series, Incredible Crew where he made the viral video, “Running Errands with my Mom.”

As Jeremy continues working on Adventure Time, he is also busy working on a number of other animated and live action shows being released in 2016. Along with pursuing his acting, he is also pursuing his life long love for music. Singing since the age of six and playing the bass since 12, Jeremy has utilized much of his spare time honing his skills. Forming a band alongside his brother Zack Shada and friends, Seth Renken, Logan Charles, and John Spicer entitled Make Out Monday, Jeremy “acts” as co-lead singer, and bass player, showcasing his rapping abilities, and offering his fans or “Shadanators” as they call themselves, another side of himself.

Alternative Punk Rock Band: Make Out Monday

Make Out Monday is an alternative punk rock band based out of Los Angeles. Compiled of brothers Jeremy and Zack Shada, and long time friends John Spicer, and Seth Renken. The band came together naturally after a few jam sessions in Los Angeles. With the band’s diverse interests, their sound is influenced by multiple musical styles. Make Out Monday’s catchy songs, carefully crafted lyrics and contagious stage presence, have garnered a quick following in LA as well as around the world. Jeremy, who voices the lead character of Finn on the number 1 animated show, “Adventure Time”, was appearing at San Diego Comic Con in 2014, the same weekend the band had a scheduled performance at the House Of Blues, in San Diego. Fans from the con flocked into the show, to see the band for the first time, and were immediately hooked. When word got out about their performance, and the crowd that it drew during the con, other comic con promoters around the world began asking the band to perform directly at their events. Over the past year, the band has performed across the U.S. and as far as the Philippines and Australia, to thousands of Adventure Time, and now Make Out Monday Fans. Having released an EP in 2014 titled Kicking Cars, the band continues to write and record all of their own original music. They have opened for New Politics, and have even co-headlined and performed on stage with DMC of RUN DMC.

As the band forges forwards, it seems the wave only grows around them. They are currently in the studio recording their full length album, and getting ready for scheduled 2016 concert dates including, Las Vegas, NV, London, UK, Hannover, Germany, Providence, RI, Seoul, South Korea, Brooklyn, NY, Salt Lake City, UT, San Antonio, TX, Atlanta, GA, Orlando, FL, Nashville, TN, and a special one night performance aboard the Royal Caribbean Majestic while at Cocoa Cay.

www.makeoutmonday.com
Twitter: @makeoutmonday
Instagram: @makeoutmonday

Voice Actor, Writer & more… Star: Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (Animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men and many other TV Series’), “Starscream” from Transformers Prime, “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from Spectacular Spiderman, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games! (MANY more now!!)
Recently, you can find him as “Zeb Orrelios” in Disney XD’s hit show Star Wars: Rebels, “Heatwave” on Transformers: Rescue Bots!, “Shoe” and “Sparky” in The Boxtrolls. Several characters on the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Ultimate Spider Man, HULK, Agents of SMASH, Ben 10: Omniverse, Wander over Yonder, Breadwinners, Pickle and Peanut, TMNT, and as the terrifying anti-bender “Amon” on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra!

And every Saturday night, Steve appears as “TOM” the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.

For more info, please visit steveblumvoices.com (Click Me)

On Twitter! @blumspew (Click me!)

Or Steve’s IMDb (Click Me)

 

Voice Actor, Singer, Writer & more… Star: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed “Major Motoko Kusanagi” in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as “Sei” in Alpha Protocol and “Nora” in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are “Cornelia” in Code Geas. “Kurenai” from Naruto, “Julia” from Cowboy Bebop, “Helba” and “Bordeau” from .hack, “Jagura” from Wolf’s Rain and “Caroline” from Vampire Hunter D.

YouTube Star: “Angry” Joe Vargas

Joe Vargas a.k.a. Angry Joe, began posting gaming videos in late 2008 with one goal in mind—to share his honest thoughts about the latest games in an entertaining and passionate way.

The first pre-AJS video that garnered developer attention was regarding the Madden franchise and was posted on Operation Sports. The video outlined his frustrations with how stripped features from the next-gen console version of the game were being placed back into the new games year-by-year and touted as “new features.” These points were highlighted in a comical way using footage from “Terry Tate Office Linebacker,” as if Joe had sent the linebacker to EA offices to lay a beat down.

After the initial negative reaction from OP forum members, Ian Cummings replied with a post commending the work (making him laugh) and promised those features would be restored in the next game (which he later became lead developer for that year); They were.

After seeing first hand that fan feedback could have a real effect if done properly (even on a multi-million dollar franchise like Madden), Joe quickly launched the Angry Joe Show for similar causes.

Cosplay Star: Stephanie Von Schweetz

Steff Von Schweetz first began making costumes in 2003 when she barely knew how to work a sewing machine. Since then, she has gone on to create over one hundred costumes for herself and others. Steff is completely self-taught in all things costuming related and is a huge believer that anyone, regardless of skill, can cosplay. Throughout the years, she has gone on to make online tutorials, judge in over a dozen costume contests and win a handful of awards across the West Coast. Steff is happy to be returning to LVL Up Expo and excited to help in the costume contest.

Cosplay Star: Jez Roth

Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. Olympians. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos. Red Carpets. Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998. After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show with strong costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular “O.” Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin. He has traveled as far as Japan as a cosplay guest and represented the United States at the IOEA. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit – from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. And his career is currently taking him one step further…

Cosplay Star: Vegas PG

Vegas PG is a well-rounded Geek. She enjoys Gaming with her friends as much as she likes wearing the cosplays she makes. She has a creative side that drives her to make, bake, and discover new things. But most of all she loves to promote positivity and encourages the people around her to do what they love! Vegas has been cosplaying since 2008, but has been acting on stage and in film most of her life, and has begun spokesmodeling in the last few years. She loves to share her knowledge and fandom with all!

Cosplay Star: Angelic Threads

Angelic Threads, aka Heather, is a Vegas born-and-bred cosplayer obsessed with all things sparkly. She has been making costumes for herself, family and friends for 15 years and has recently branched out into creating original lolita fashion creations as well. Because of her notorious love for shiny things, she is known for adding over-the-top details in beads, sequins, embroidery and rhinestones to as many costumes as possible! Heather loves going to conventions to cosplay and compete in Masquerades all over the country, but always feels happiest right at home in Las Vegas.

Cosplay Stars: Dead End Cosplay

Dead End Cosplay is a couple cosplay team comprised of Ruka Starr and Kei Starr. They have been cosplaying together as a team since 2008. Ruka has been cosplaying for 10 years now and Kei has been cosplaying for about 7 years. Ruka sews all the costumes while Kei crafts the props. They have won several awards concerning their performances. Once of their biggest highlights was being two of a select few chosen to promote and guest at Namco Bandai’s premiere screening of “Tekken: Blood Vengeance” at LA Live! in 2011. They enjoy challenging costumes and are always looking forward to making friends in the process.

VGBootCamp

The premier Smash Bros live-stream/media producing company and crew founded in 2009 by GimR and Aposal. VGBootCamp’s mission is to grow and strengthen the fighting game community, particularly the Smash Bros community.

D1

Community Program Manager at Twitch and Smash Bros community ambassador. D1 is a legend in the Smash Bros community regularly attending events hosted both by the community and Nintendo such as the Nintendo World Championships in 2015.

TKbreezy

Not just a top Smash player but one of the top commentators in the fighting game community. TKbrezzy has a plethora of major events under his belt both on the controller and the headset.

Past Guests from LVL UP EXPO 2015:

Actor, Screenwriter, Author, Producer & more… Star: Yuri Lowenthal

Yuri had an exotic childhood, growing up not only within the United States but also throughout Africa and Europe. After a brief stint with the Japanese government, Yuri turned to acting full time, and after several years in NYC, has recently relocated to LA. He has performed throughout the world and is also an internationally produced playwright. Since moving to LA, he has continued to work in film, television, theatre and voice-over.

Yuri is fluent in Japanese, French, and German and is trained in several martial arts including Wu Shu Kung Fu; he is an award winning Sumi-e painter and a published author. In addition to acting, Yuri has penned a novel called TOUGH CITY as part of the 72 hour novel writing contest, as well as a series of illustrated children’s books and short stories and 6 feature screenplays.

Yuri’s latest endeavor is a production company with his partner Tara Platt. Monkey Kingdom Productions won a prestigious Award of Merit from the Accolade Film Festival for its first feature film, TUMBLING AFTER. He is the co-author of the book Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic with Tara Platt; he is also the co-author of the pulp novella Tough City with Keith Ikeda-Barry; both books are published by Bug Bot Press.

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Actress, Author, Producer Star: Tara Platt

I am an actor/writer/producer who creates excellence thru play! No matter what project or in what capacity, I always strive to honor two values: playfulness and excellence.

I just celebrated the 10th anniversary of my production company, Monkey Kingdom Productions, where I’ve produced and acted-in two features: award-winning psychological thriller Tumbling After and mockumentary Con Artists. I also created, starred in and produced the successful web-comedy, Shelf Life, for four seasons. Most recently I was on Scandal, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle, and appear in the Halle Berry movie The Call.

Together with my husband, Yuri, I wrote the award-winning book, Voice-Over Voice Actor which we published through our publishing company, Bug Bot Press.

But my career isn’t about the achievements; it’s about exploring your imagination. One of my favorite things about acting is discovering our own creativity and wonderment. Imagination thru the creative process is how I get to say YES to play.

What I bring to the game is unique, since I strive to learn and grow with every opportunity. Everyone I come into contact with gets to experience a high level of excellence thru playful adventure. And as a bonus, if I could wear costumes or disguises in alternate realities or time periods all the time when I work, I’d be living my bliss!

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Voice Over Star: Cristina Vee

Cristina Vee is a Los Angeles based voice over actress and director. Cristina is also known for her popular renditions of anime songs on YouTube and got her first “big break” at an anime convention. Her first roles as a professional actress were Nanoha in “Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha” and Louise in “The Familiar of Zero”.

Recent voice acting roles include Homura Akemi in “Madoka Magica”, Mio Akiyama in “K-ON!”, Alisa Bosconovitch in ”Tekken: Blood Vengeance”, Kanaria in “Rozen Maiden Traumend” and “Rozen Maiden Ouverture”, and Nagisa in “Squid Girl”.

Her Video game credits include Noel Vermillion, Nu-13, Mu-12, and Lambda in all the current “Blazblue” titles, Riven the Exile in “League of Legends”, Compa in “Hyperdimension Neptunia”, and Lian Shi in “Dynasty Warriors 7″, just to name a few. She has also recently completed her first gig as a director for the popular fighter “Skullgirls” and provided the voice of Cerebella for the game as well.

Cristina currently has a few songs available on iTunes. She traveled the US with the other actresses for K-ON! and performed concerts as Mio Akiyama. She also is a host of AnimeTV and was the ASOS Brigade leader for the live action Haruhi Suzumiya season 2 promotional videos.

Looking for the Christine and Christina Raffle page? Click Here!

Voice Over Star: Christine Marie Cabanos

Christine is a voice over actress based out of Los Angeles. She is most known for her roles in Anime and Video Games. Some of her most notable roles include Azusa Nakano of K-On!, Madoka Kaname in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Shiemi Moriyama in Blue Exorcist, Silica in Sword Art Online, Haruka in Oblivion Island, the titular character of Squid Girl in Squid Girl, Minawa Ando in Mahoromatic: Iʼm Home, General Pisti in Magi, Michi Kondo in Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne, Ruka Asato in Accel World, Reina and Mew in Pokemon Origins, Minori Kushieda in Toradora!, Filia in Skullgirls, Marie Rose in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Chiaki Nanami in Dangan Ronpa 2, Nepgear in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Keina Sawaya in Atelier Meruru, and roles in video games such as Time and Eternity, Ragnarok Online 2, and Witch and the Hundred Knight

Looking for the Christine and Christina Raffle page? Click Here!

Heroes of Cosplay Star: Carl Martin

Over the years Shinka Studios and Carl Martin have been a part of many conventions, winning multiple major awards, taking part in promotional videos, being featured in Game Informer and Cosplay in America, announcing and judging at conventions, being interviewed by Forbes, assisting in several charities, and being a part of SyFy‘s show Heroes of Cosplay.

This brother and sister team pride themselves in their work. At many times Carl and April do unorthodox cosplays or challenging characters in an attempt to bring them to life, learn new skills, and inspire others. The cosplayers of Shinka Studios have always been advocates for positivit in the community, equality for all, and that cosplay is for everyone.

Local Cosplay Star: Kiki Kabuki

Kiki is a Utah-based cosplayer with the motto to always simply “do what you love, with those you love.” She picked up crafting costumes in 2010, and since then, has won awards including Best in Show at various conventions along the Western United States.

Hoping to continue expanding the horizons of the hobby, she continues to share tips and tricks with fellow costumers both online and at conventions. “The main goal? To take something positive from every experience!”

Kiki is looking forward to her adventure with everyone at LVL Up Expo 2015 where she is not only a special guest, but also one of the judges to the Masquerade! LVL Up Expo in return, is excited to have her as part of the team!

Local Cosplay Star: Dead End Cosplay

Dead End Cosplay is a couple cosplay team comprised of Ruka Starr and Kei Starr. They have been cosplaying together as a team since 2008. Ruka has been cosplaying for 10 years now and Kei has been cosplaying for about 7 years. Ruka sews all the costumes while Kei crafts the props. They have won several awards concerning their performances. Once of their biggest highlights was being two of a select few chosen to promote and guest at Namco Bandai’s premiere screening of “Tekken: Blood Vengeance” at LA Live! in 2011. They enjoy challenging costumes and are always looking forward to making friends in the process.

Local Cosplay Star: Vamplette

Vamplette aka Collette is a cosplayer/artist based in Las Vegas who enjoys bringing characters to life! She cosplays mostly characters from video games with the occasional Anime characters. Her favorite video game to cosplay from is League of Legends. Collette has been cosplaying since 2005 and continues to progress in her cosplay techniques and skills. She enjoys meeting new people that have the same interests as her and helps others with any crafting questions they may have. “With each cosplay I create, my skills get better, I learn new techniques, and learn from my mistakes from other costumes. I plan on seeing how far that will take me in the costuming world.” She says. “I have always been very creative since I was a little girl and this hobby is my favorite way of displaying that creativity that flows within.”

Local Cosplay Star: Stephanie Von Schweetz

Steff Von Schweetz first began making costumes in 2003 when she barely knew how to work a sewing machine. Since then, she has gone on to create over one hundred costumes for herself and others. Steff is completely self-taught in all things costuming related and is a huge believer that anyone, regardless of skill, can cosplay. Throughout the years, she has gone on to make online tutorials, judge in over a dozen costume contests and win a handful of awards across the West Coast. While she consistently strives to better her craft, Steff’s favorite aspect of cosplaying is making children smile.

Special Designer Star: Dolldelight

Cyril Lumboy is an Asian street fashion designer originally based in the Philippines. Now U.S.-based, she is the head designer and model for her brand dolldelight. She began sewing six years ago starting with headpieces and eventually moving on to making her own dresses. Her work has always been inspired but never limited to the popular Japanese street fashion of Harajuku. Her style is best described as feminine and free in that she appreciates both elegant and edgy aesthetics.

Since her convention debut at Pacific Media Expo in 2011, dolldelight has been featured in Los Angeles’s International TV network LA18, KTLA 5 Los Angeles, and has made numerous appearances in other conventions and events by providing solo fashion shows. She modeled her dresses at the Asian American Expo in Pomona, the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, FIDM in Irvine, Fanime in San Jose, CA, and many others. At Anime Matsuri in Houston, TX and also at Pacific Media Expo in Los Angeles, CA, she was chosen to be a model for the prestigious Japanese lolita fashion brand Baby the Stars Shine Bright. dolldelight was also Anime Expo’s first ever Fashion Guest of Honor in 2012 in which she headlined for a 2000-seat, fully packed, fashion show auditorium. Since then, she has been the Fashion Guest of Honor for SacAnime Winter 2013 in Sacramento, CA, Anime Conji 2013 in San Diego, MechaCon 2013 in New Orleans, LA, Expo TNT 26 in Mexico City, Mata Expo in Los Angeles and Manila, UP AME in the University of the Philippines, and Hanadoki Con in San Diego. dolldelight has also made US and Philippine television appearances in My Strange Addiction, Society X with Laura Ling, Myx TV’s I am Asian American and…, and Hero TV’s I-Cosplay. For more information, please visit dolldelight.com.

Special Guest: Horny Mike

After years of making custom horn helmets by hand, Michael Henry decided to take his horn helmets to the next level, and is now mass producing horns for the public. Now you don’t need anyone to customize your helmet, you just need some of his new stick-on horns. Young, old, girls, or guys will find these horns are simple to apply to any helmet. Apply the double stick tape to the bottom of the horns, and stick to your helmet, it’s really that easy.

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