Participants in the PGL Cosplay Open competition should prepare themselves to be judged by four experienced cosplayers with worldwide fame. PGL is proud to announce the four costumed celebrities that will be attending the PGL Cosplay Open convention held between October 29 and November 1st at the Polyvalent Hall in Cluj-Napoca.
|Tabitha Lyons - Dyana Smythe - Marie Claude Bourbonnais|
The PGL Cosplay Open special guests will take turns doing workshops, presentations and sitting in on the judging panel for the cosplay competition with $8000 prize pool.
Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Canada)
Marie-Claude was revealed to the cosplay scene in 2009 with her Mortal Kombat tribute pictures where she was dressed up as Frost. She officially became one of the most recognized North American cosplayers when she attended NYCC in 2010, wearing a latex costume of Sue Storm, introducing that material for the first time in the mainstream cosplay industry and creating a new trend.
|Marie Claude Bourbonnais|
Over the years, her costuming work has also developed through many collaborations. She made 7 leather outfits for the actors of Heroes of the North - Season 2, a webseries about Canadian superheroes in which she's featured as an actress. Marie-Claude and her team spent the first part of 2015 building a 10 feet tall fiberglass robot that Soda Pop Miniatures used as a display piece for Gen Con earlier this year. Marie-Claude is now recognized as a technical cosplayer who’s building high quality costumes and props. She’s received as a cosplay guest all across North America, Mexico, South America and Europe.
Tabitha Lyons has been in the prop industry since she was 12, making foam and latex props with her dad Nic Samiotis. In 2007 they created their own company called Artyfakes supplying costumes and props to around the world. You can catch them live in their studio on their creative Twitch stream.
Tabitha was also seen on Sky One's King of the Nerds as a costume judge for the Cosplay challenge week. In her spare time she likes to stream Hearthstone or old school games like Mariokart 64.
Calypsen Cosplay (Poland)
Marta is a young cosplayer from Poland which has already started to turn heads and gain appreciation for her crafstmanship skills at only 19 years old of age. She loves making armored cosplayes, working with worbla and EVA foam. She also isn’t afraid of the grinder, heat gun or working for hours. She loves pizza and Assassin’s Creed. :)
● Took 1st place as Diana from League of Legends during Hall of Games in 2014 in Wroclaw
● 1st place as Lady Arthas from World of Warcraft during Animatsuri in 2015 in Warsaw.
Dyana Smythe (Romania)
Dyana Smythe gave the cosplay contest at DreamHack Bucharest 2015 a real sense of structure and purpose so naturally we had to call her back and to be part of PGL Cosplay Open. Dyana is constantly busy with her cosplay, and she will represent Romania at the EuroCosplay Championship at MCM Expo in London, right before she will travel to Cluj-Napoca. We wish her the best of luck and can’t wait to see her new cosplay!
● EuroCosplay Championship representative for Romania 2015
● EuroCosplay Finalist 2013
● Most Popular Cosplayer Award DreamHack Bucharest 2014
● Winning group for Animecon’s Bordercos contest 2014
● 2nd place at East European Comic Con Cosplay contest 2014
The PGL Cosplay Open guests will be at the convention in the Polyvalent Hall every day of the event, eager to meet and talk to their fans, sign autographs and take pictures. The cosplayers that want to sign-up for the competition for a chance to win a piece of the 8.000$ prize pool have until October 9 to register. You can find the registration form here: http://dreamhack.ro/cluj-2015/en/cosplay/