The Cosplay Contest
The Cosplay Lip Sync Battle
Why battle with fists and swords when you can be certified lip sync assassin? Join us for the return of the Lip Sync Cosplay Contest! Registration for the contest ends on 1 June 2019
The Haus of Blues Drag Show
Glitz, glamour, and surprises await you at the Haus of Blues Drag Show. Come watch your fellow con goers crossplay and lip sync as their favorite characters. Gag on the eleganza! As always, tipping is appreciated! Due to the use of strong language and mature themes, this event is recommended for attendees ages 16 and older.
Team up with your most creative friends in this fast-paced competition to see who can construct the most impressive costume out of the materials provided, including this year’s “mystery material.” Who will come out on top? Allez faire! Sign up for this contest takes place on site! We have a limited number of supplies so arrive early to secure your team’s spot!
Drag Queen Cosplayer
ABCU Course Catalogue
ABCU is dedicated to helping cosplayers of all skill levels improve their craft! Here’s a peak into this “semester’s” class offerings!
Featured Guest Programming
World of Wigcraft – Beginning and Advanced Techniques (Hosted by Petting Zoo Wigs) – Katie’s most popular workshops offer the unique opportunity to request any technique to be demonstrated and broken down in person. Audience participation is always encouraged, and a foam head will surely be brutalized. This is a two part workshop.
Formcore for Wigs (Hosted by Petting Zoo Wigs) – Today’s character design styles are riddled with impossible thickness, unachievable heights, and shapes that just make you scratch your head and ask “why?” To create these designs in real life, the answer is usually “foamcore”. However, using foamcore effectively, and creating seamless results takes a solid understanding of not only when to use it, but what type, and how. Throw that glue bottle away, and come learn from the creator of the foamcore technique how you can turn that lumpy mess into perfection.
Anatomy of a Wig (Hosted by Petting Zoo Wigs) – Come play mad scientist as we dissect and reconstruct wigs to learn more about the different types and purposes, and how we can build our own super wigs as a result. (No wigs will be harmed during the production of this workshop.)
Art for Profit (Hosted by Petting Zoo Wigs) – Learn how to take your hobby and turn it into a successful small business with minimum cost. We discuss packaging, self-marketing, finding the perfect price point, and pitfalls to avoid when doing commissions.
Wigcraft and Chill (Hosted by Petting Zoo Wigs) – As with any aspect of costuming, wigcraft has it’s ups and downs, moments of awesome, and epic failures. Bring your own tales of disaster and discovery, and join Katie for this anything goes wig jam session.
The Art of Transformation (Hosted by Venus Ann Serena) – Learn both makeup and costuming tips and techniques to elevate your crossplay to the next level in this two part workshop series, hosted by Nashville drag queen Venus Ann Serena
Own Your Inner Diva (Hosted by Venus Ann Serena) – Everyone one has an inner Diva waiting to be unleashed and the cosplay Diva herself, Venus Ann Serena, is here to guide you on how to let it all out. Connect with your latent fabulousness in this panel on how to lip sync, pose, and walk with confidence.
A Hairy Situation: Convincing Facial Hair Installation (Hosted by A.G. Howard) – Want to cosplay a bearded character but don’t want to look like a bad department store Santa Claus? Then we “mustache” you to attend this facial hair installation panel hosted by noted SFX makeup artists, A.G. Howard. This workshop has kits available for purchase if you’d like to experience the class hands on.
Next Level Costuming: Advice from Professionals (Hosted by A.G. Howard & Mandy George) – Do you feel like you’ve plateaued in your costuming? Mandy George of Imagine Time Costuming and A.G. Howard are here to offer guidance on how tried and true techniques used by professionals can help elevate your craft to the next level.
ABCU Hosted Courses
Death by Spandex – Learn how to sew on Spandex without losing your mind and soul. Everything you wanted and should know before spending a small fortune and delving into sewing with this unforgiving fabric.
Stitch, Zip, Clip, and Rip – Hands on basic sewing techniques for beginners. Learn when and how to clip seams, put in a zipper and use a seam ripper. Free gift to attendees
What Ever Shall I Sew? – Silk, Satin, Spandex and more what fabric is right for your cosplay dream and your level of sewing. Learn about fabrics, patterns and making a pattern your own.
Cosplay Hacks – Looking to better your cosplay but low on the cash? Here are some tips and tricks from experienced cosplayers with low budget just like you!
Be Our (Cosplay) Guest – Do you have aspirations to be a cosplay guest at a convention? Then this is a must attend panel. The Head of the Cosplay Department gets real about what we take into consideration when we’re searching for cosplay guest and red flags that immediately turn us off.
Cosplay Contest: Unmasked – Join us for a “behind the scenes” look at the pre-judging process and talk to the judges themselves about what they look for when examining your costume.
Community Hosted Panels
Kindergarten Kid: Create Your Own Gemsona – From the epic lore of Steven Universe, venture in the “prime” kindergarten of ABC and help homeworld create new gems! Pearls?! Jade?! Rubies? What will you create to appease you Diamonds?! Space and supplies are limited so COME EARLY!!!
Fursuits 101 – Ever wanted to learn the process of making a fursuit? Join us for tips and tricks on fursuit making and maintenance.