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Cosplay Workshops and Panels to Look out for at this Year's Chicago Wizard World Weekend (2019)

Whether you're curious about cosplay or an advance builder/crafter, there's something for everyone in this year's cosplay workshop and panel line up.

Featuring guests such as Papa Bear Cosplay, Hendo Art, Shield Labs, CosAwesome Studios, Wulfgar Weapons, Thousand Faces Cosplay, Galaxy Amethyst, PropCustomz and Lady Dragon Creations.


Cosplay And Anxiety

FRIDAY Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 13 Anxiety is far more common in the cosplay community then you might imagine and it truly can be debilitating. Come join this roundtable discussion with Lauren from Wizard World Cosplay guest Thousand Faces Cosplay and discuss some of the struggles and techniques involved with handling anxiety, particularly throughout a convention day.

Cosplay Foam Building/Foamsmithing Workshop With Cosawesome Studios & Wulfgar Weapons

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM location: ROOM 12 CosAwesome Studios guide you through your choice of a few foam builds. We will help you by presenting how to build them, answering questions, showing tricks, etc.


Prop It Like It's Hot!

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 1 Whether you’re an experienced propmaker or aspiring newbie, join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Hendo Art for a fun panel of shared tips, tricks, and invaluable resources in props! We’ll cover how to find local materials, where to get specialty items, the best sources for references, staying motivated, and of course, building tips! Come strapped with questions and take a look at some props up-close!

Cosplay 101

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 3 Want to begin cosplaying but don’t know how to get started? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests Hendo Art, Thousand Faces Cosplay, Galaxy Amethyst, PapaBear Cosplay and LadyDragon Creations in a discussion that will provide you with a guideline on crafting supplies, wigs, contacts, makeup, etc! Bring your questions for this Q&A and get some answers!

Introduction To Sculpting Workshop With Propcustomz

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM location: ROOM 12 Learn how to sculpt and model your own clay creatures and original creations with Expert Sculptor & Prop builder Calen Hoffman of Propcustomz. Propcustomz will provide everything attendees need to make their our custom clay creation! Several physical pre-made examples will be shown along with attendees receiving one on one instructions throughout the course of the workshop! Come for the fun and leave with your own creation.



Introduction To Resin Casting Workshop With Shield Labs

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM location: ROOM 11 A step by step introduction to making silicone molds and solid urethane resin cast, along with hands on resin casting with professional Maker & Prop builder Casey McBroom for "Shield Labs". This workshop will involve a walk through on making various types of silicone molds. An in depth Q&A on the process along with pre-made examples and resource guides. Attendees will also make and take home their very own Resin Castings from molds provided at the Workshop! ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED.

Cosplay Is For Everyone: Cosplay And Body Positivity

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 1 Join Wizard World Cosplay guests Thousand Faces Cosplay and LadyDragon Creations for this discussion.

Introduction To Professional Cosplay

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 1

Ever wondered how to get started as a professional cosplayer? How to brand yourself? Certain do's and dont's? then look no further as the panelist share their experiences as pro cosplayers, building a brand, cosplay resumes, tricks of the trade, contracts and more.

Cosplay 401

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE Join Wulfgar Weapons and CosAwesome Studios for this in-depth demo of advanced cosplay tips and tricks!

Cosplay Posing & Photoshoot Workshop

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM location: ROOM 11 Join HendoArt for tips on posing for all cosplayers and characters! We will cover masculine and feminine poses, knowing your angles, working with photographers, and even self-shooting! And what better way to but that knowledge to use than with an impromptu photoshoot! In the second half of this workshop, participants will get to have a mini photoshoot, shot by HendoArt herself! All participants will receive at least three professional edits and all raw photos, with full rights to use however you’d like in the future! ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED.

Live Foam Demo

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest PapaBear for this tutorial!

Cosplay Painting & Weathering Workshop With Cosawesome Studios & Wulfgar Weapons

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM location: ROOM 12 Come learn to paint props and armor while the Wulfgar Weapons Team guide through some props (you get to keep them at the end!). We will help you by presenting how to build them, answering questions, showing tricks, etc. ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED.


Prop Building 401

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: CREATIVE STAGE

Join Wulfgar Weapons & Props and CosAwesome Studios for this advanced prop building tutorial!

Cosplay And Fitness

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 1

Look, your body is perfect how it is, but if you want to use your upcoming cosplay as motivation for sculpting a superhuman physique, come talk with certified strength and conditioning coach and amateur bodybuilder, Ethan from Thousand Faces cosplay, and learn how!

Fantastic Fandoms: Keeping Your Fan Experience Positive - Even When Things Get Negative

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 3 For the most part, fandom is positive and affirming -- and sometimes our only refuge. But let's be honest, sometimes discussions and relationships can go south. Learn from Dr. Chrisha Anderson why the fandoms we love can turn on us and get practical tips on how to keep your fan experience the best it can be.

And don't forget this year's Cosplay Contest!

Saturday, Aug. 24, 20197:30 PM - 9:00 PM location: ROOM 25 Hosted by our very own superheroes, the Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest is no joke. The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay. Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Categories include Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Group and Best Anime (Prize Package Sponsored by Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the SHIELD LABS booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

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