Welcome to the Central Florida Spotlight – Online Poll page!
Choosing Cosplay guests is no easy task, each year we will have a handful of applicants that we feel should all be guests at a local event for their dedication and passion in the cosplay community.
With this new feature, LUMI-CON will select one deserving cosplayer from our CFS archive submissions to bring to the event and then turn to the community to help choose the second CFS guest.
It is our hope that in sharing their submissions with you these individuals will use this opportunity to reach higher recognition and spread positivity in their careers with the opportunity you have given them.
We ask that you review each candidate who has put themselves out there by recognizing their skill, dedication to craft, community interaction and how you feel they will represent you the fans as a LUMI-CON CFS Guest.
This is your chance to ensure that someone who is deserving not only gets noticed but shows that their work and doing what they love is appreciated by everyone.
for each vote, we thank you in advance.
(Poll will start on May 1st, 2018, Ending May 30th, 2018)
Below are the Candidates who are currently entered into this feature:
Moira Yume Cosplay
My name is Moira Yume and I have been cosplaying for almost 13 years. I have also been a costume commissioner for over 10 years. I have a background and degree in theatre and costume design and experience having worked with fabrics for over 6 years in a previous job. I’ve also got a few awards for some of my cosplays, including Best Intermediate for two as well as Judge’s awards and Best Anime/Manga. I would love to have a chance for Lumi-con’s Central Florida Spotlight as a way to help get my name out there!
Arielle Pendergrass Cosplay
Hello! my name is Arielle Pendergrass. I grew up with my family being immersed in theater. At a young age I had an aptitude for memorizing lines. Performing in front of crowds became second nature over the 21 yrs I’ve been in this industry. I started cosplaying at the age of 5 when I became a fill in for an actress that was to be painted in gold and used as a live statue for an Egyptian parade. I enjoyed it all, so continued my journey from there. Now my goals for the future are to do regular cosplay music videos and blogging on YouTube. I would like to improve my skills in fabrication and costume building while traveling the country going to conventions.
Pixel Doll Cosplay
I’ve been cosplaying since 2010 and am mostly self-taught. I’ve cosplayed over 30 costumes from a number of different genre’s ranging from video games to anime both retro characters and new! I have also designed a number of costumes based on pokemon, princess and even a ladybug! I’ve been performing onstage for the cosplay community since 2011. You may have seen me anywhere from shadowcasting with CRH to cosplay burlesque with a number of performance groups. My focus for cosplay is that it is for everyone at every skill level, you can always see my live streams and see how I make my cosplays and also see how silly I can be while trying to get it together. I have grown with the Florida cosplay community and would love for the opportunity to give back to such a wonderful, inspiring and creative community!
My name is kitty and I first started cosplaying in 2011, my first cosplay was a team magma grunt from Pokémon during nekocon 2011 in Virginia. After my daughter was born in 2014 I took a hiatus from cosplaying and cons for about a year so we could move to Florida and so I could parent my little one. After Holmat 2015 I became fully immersed in conventions and cosplay again. I would try my best to get new cosplays and make new props for cons, some of my well-known cosplays I worked hard on are Chansey from Pokémon, chowder from chowder, and my poison ivy which is my first time making armor. My props have included a sailor mars wand, a comedy gold book, a serving tray type prop for nurse Chansey and a very leafy plant umbrella for poison ivy along with the armor. When I first started becoming active in the online cosplay community I noticed first hand other bigger cosplayers like me would have to work much harder if we wanted compliments an recognition in the community. Ever since I got my first dose of cosplay bullying I decided to keep going and go harder not only for myself but for other plus-size cosplayers. I believe cosplay is for everyone and no matter your physical features or your income you should be able to portray a character you love, have fun and be accepted by others. I love to make people smile and try my best to brighten up the community so everyone is happy and so my daughter knows the good of the community. I hope one day my reaching out and kindness helps rid the cosplay community of some of its toxicity so that more people will join and experience the wonder of conventions. I hope my uplifting attitude warms your hearts and you consider me as a guest.
O-zone & ComicChic19
We are a local cosplay family in the Tampa area. Wholesome family cosplay fun is what our main focus is. Traveling around and enjoying each others company as our favorite anime, comic and video game characters. I have been dressing up since birth, but really taking it seriously around 2002. My first cosplay ever was Inu-yasha himself for our anime club in the high school parade. But my “known” character is Batgirl. O-Zone my crazy 10-year-old son has been, for real, cosplaying since birth. Starting out as “Gamakichi” the toad that Jiraiya summons in Naruto, Smallvilles Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Kid Sora, Damian Wayne Robin and Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. Besides the typical convention visits, we also do various charity events. From visiting kids to helping out good causes around the Tampa Bay area with the Suncoast Ghostbusters and Heroes Alliance. We have been featured on various small blogs around the net, Word of the Nerd online, geek tyrant and just recently Cosplay Culture magazine. We both appeared in the Tampa Bay comic con commercial for 2016 and O-zone was featured multiple times by Blake Foster for the Turbo Blue Power Ranger cosplay. But we’re looking to grab your attention to break ground in the cosplay scene with this opportunity! I’d say at this time O-Zone has gained a following of his own and has become more popular than me, So even if he’d just be considered as a guest that would be fine too! He has 26 cosplay’s from birth to now 2018. That’s more than double his age and way more than I have!
Dorks In Disguise
Hello! We are a cosplay pair in Central Florida that would love to be featured in a spotlight! Our names are Fen and Spades, and we do cosplay photoshoots, videos, events; anything and everything we can manage. Although it’s mainly the two of us, Fen and Spades, we love to include other people in our work. Cosplay is first and foremost a community and we believe anything can be a collaboration. Fen has been living (and cosplaying) in Florida for over 10 years, and Spades has just moved from Greece to find a fresh start here. Pretty much everyone who applies for this spotlight will deserve it as cosplayers do an immense amount of work for their craft, so there’s not much else to say except thank you for the opportunity!
A born and raised Jersey girl, Stef started her cosplay ventures in the year 2000 at Otakon. She became a Florida-based cosplayer in 2015 after taking on a job as a Sewing Specialist at Walt Disney World, where she was able to hone her craft even further. Now that she’s coming up on eighteen years of experience, she’s ready to show the world what she has learned!
Stef has cosplayed characters as such as Tiny Tina (Borderlands) and Evie Frye (Assassin’s Creed), however, she is more notably recognized as Android 18 (Dragonball Z) and Lunyafreya Nox Fleuret (Final Fantasy XV). Her attention to detail is impeccable, and the time she puts into each intricacy shows in her work.
For Stef, cosplay is about having fun and making friends who share the same love for anime and games as she does, and she is proud to say she’s made some of her lifelong friends through the cosplay and convention communities. She draws inspiration from her peers and is always willing to lend a hand where she can.
Outside of the convention scene, Stef is an avid Lilo and Stitch fan who is on a mission to collect as many Stitch-related items as she can find. She is also a self-proclaimed cheap wine snob and a lover of bunnies.
I have lived in Brandon my whole life, and I’ve been cosplaying since 2015. I love creating costumes because it allows me to bring fragments of the worlds I love into this one. It makes me very happy to connect with those who share my passion. One amazing thing about cosplay is how you can connect and find common ground with people from so many different backgrounds. I’ve met so many awesome friends through cosplay and I can’t wait to meet more.
BLUE CRYSTAL COSPLAY
At a young age, Lysette knew she wanted to leave her mark on this world. She thought it would be with writing, but never imagined it would actually be with Cosplay. In her freshman year of high school she attended her first anime convention, Metrocon 2008, and fell in love with the idea of dressing up as her favorite character. In 2010, she competed in her first costume contest as Eevee from Pokemon. Although she did not win, that did not stop her from making more cosplays in the years to come. With each costume her skills grew, learning new techniques and advancing her craft.
Being a plus size cosplayer, she believes it is for everyone no matter the color of skin, race, size or talent. In her 10 years of cosplaying Lysette has encountered many hardships including body shaming, both in person and on the internet. But instead of quitting what she really enjoys, she keeps on smiling and continues to advance with new goals to reach every day.
Aside from cosplaying, Lysette also enjoys watching anime and playing video games. Her favorite games include TERA, Smite, and Overwatch, retro games like Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, Azure Dreams, Spyro, Kingdom Hearts, even board games such as Pathfinders. Some of her favorite animes include Inuyasha, Wolfs Rain, Food Wars, Gosick, Akame Ga Kill, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Attack on Titan, Clannad, and so much more.
NOVA KYRA COSPLAY
Nova Kyra is a Florida based cosplayer who has lived all over the southern United States. She has been cosplaying since 2010 and in recent years has boosted her sewing and pattern making skills to show a level of detail that can be achieved on even the smallest of budgets.
She has also won multiple costume craftsmanship awards at conventions all over the country. Her panels focus on drafting your own patterns and how to use different settings on sewing machines to achieve a clean look.
STARLIGHT DARLING COSPLAY
StarlightDarling is a St. Petersburg-based nerd who has been cosplaying since 2012. In that time she has won numerous craftsmanship awards and hosted several cosplay panels. Most recently she has been able to add a performance-based cosplay award to the always growing list.
StarlightDarling is a self-taught seamstress and crafter that firmly believes cosplay is an art form and a true expression of love. She works tirelessly to learn wig styling tricks, glamour and special effects makeup artistry, sewing skills, armor crafting and everything in between. She believes there is always room for improvement and is never satisfied until the character has been faithfully portrayed.
She has a passion for details, from playing with interesting fabrics to adding unexpected sparkles. While crisp tailoring and lavish little details are hallmarks of her work, she appreciates a good meme and can’t resist the opportunity to be completely silly.
StarlightDarling is best known for her portrayals of Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night), Gudako (Fate/Grand Order), Hokuto Sumeragi (Tokyo Babylon) and Himiko Toga (Boku no Hero Academia.)
When not working on cosplay (or at her day job) she can be found grinding for EXP cards in Fate/Grand Order, writing fanfiction or training for her next half marathon.
How can I become a Central Florida Spotlight Guest?
CFS applications are now closed for 2018! We hope to see you all next year! Keep working on those amazing cosplays and we look forward to working with you! Good luck!