2019 cosplay guests
“ Hailing from Southeast Michigan, Disfusional Studios’ lead designer and fabricator, Ashlee Kalthoff, has been creating and showing her artwork since 2005. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design (with concentration studies in welding and painting), Ashlee has applied her traditional artistic background to costume and prop designing. Through artistic collaborations Disfusional Studios has been able to bring their creations out of the studio, and into the abandoned heart of the Motor City.
Since 2012, under the direction of Kalthoff, Disfusional Studios has won many cosplay ‘Best in Show’, and craftsmanship titles around the Great Lakes region. Her attention to detail and advanced sewing and fabrication techniques have allowed her creations to stand in the spotlight again and again. To further her commitment to the craft and culture she shares build guides, fabrication techniques, tutorials, and general advice and information to whomever asks. As a former educator, Kalthoff imparts wisdom on anyone who shows interest in her creations. ” Check out her website HERE
Mitten State Cosplay
My name is Stephanie Bulszewicz. I started cosplaying in 2016 and being a Michigan native, I figured Mitten State Cosplay was a very fitting name. I have always been obsessed with Halloween, the costumes, props and the ability to transform into whoever I wanted to be. When my sister introduced me to the cosplay world a few years ago, I instantly fell in love with it. Since then, my brother Robbie has also joined in on the cosplay fun, and as a family we have attended many events and conventions. I love that this is something that we can do together. I mostly stick to DC & Marvel cosplays, but I plan to expand on that in the near future. With the help of my husband, Matt, I try to create, make and build most of my own costumes and props. This past year, I volunteered as Hawkgirl at the Autism Hero Walk at the Detroit Zoo. It was truly the most rewarding experience & something I would like to do more of in the future. I have also been featured in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, MLive News, MotorCity Geek and Comics Beer & Sci-Fi. I love to interact with people and being able to put a smile on someone's face means the world to me.
Tawny is an award winning creator of large scale puppetry, impressionistic creatures, pop-culture costumes, sci-fi/fantasy armor, and historically accurate costume reproductions. She is also a fine artist in oils, sculpting and textiles. She specializes in the production of unique, lightweight, large scale creatures with elaborate costuming; bringing animated creatures to life.
She has been a master musician and educator for over 20 years, and is formally recognized for excellence in teaching. Tawny continues to teach music while spending her free time teaching costuming, cosplaying and special effects classes to local youth and communities.
Awards and Appearances:
Honorable Mention, Jim Henson Creature Shop Challenge LIVE 2018
Steampunk Amore Guest and Costume Contest Judge 2018
ConQuest with John St. John, Episode 1 and 2 2018
Youmacon Costume Panelist 2017
WindyCon Costuming Guest of Honor 2017
Kitsune Kon Costume Panelist and Cosplay Contest Judge 2017
MidWest Media Expo Costume Panelist 2017
American Sewing Guild's Costume Maker's Group Presenter 2017
WindyCon Costume Panelist 2015
Detroit Maker Faire Exhibitor 2015
Shuto Con Costume Panelist 2015
The Dark Crystal Creature Competition 2014
Best of Show, Friday Night Costume Contest, Dragon Con 2013
"Propped Up Creations Best of 2012" Recipient, Dragon Con 2012
Local productions of Shrek the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Once on This Island
Approved 501st Legion and Rebel Legion Kits:
Shaak Ti, Kit Fisto, Darth Nihilus, Generic Jedi, Luminara Unduli, Dagoba Luke
League of Enchantment
We started The League of Enchantment after visiting a little boy with a terminal disease. Meeting him and seeing how he reacted to seeing his favorite characters in real life made a lasting impression. His smile could light up any room he was in; his parents told us they had not seen him smile the way he did when seeing us in a long time.
We grew attached to him and his family, made regular home visits in full costumes, and saw what we could do for that family and for the little boy in the moments we were there. Letting him escape his pain for a bit, and just smile. We want to be able to provide that escape for as many children as possible.
To do so, we knew we were going to need help. Thus The League of Enchantment was born with close friends. In the year that we have been operating it has grown farther than our expectations but we are looking forward to meeting more children and families to bring some magic into their lives.
House of 1,000 Glue Sticks
House of 1,000 Glue Sticks is a family of cosplayers from the Grand Rapids area. Thayne and Jennifer Dunahee have been cosplaying together with their four kids since 2014, but their cosplay journey began long ago with a love of Halloween. House of 1,000 Glue Sticks is about designing and creating together as a family. Everyone gets involved and their house is always filled with costumes and props in various stages of construction. Their most ambitious project to date is an 18 foot long mechanical dragon puppet/costume based on a Frost Dragon from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Frosty, as the family affectionately calls him, took three years to build.
You can find this family cosplay group on Instagram HERE and their Facebook HERE.
Tra’cor Mandalorian Mercs
The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is an international STAR WARS™ costuming organization dedicated to celebrating the STAR WARS™ universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent the Mandalorian characters and culture from the STAR WARS™ sagas.
The MMCC unites individuals with a common love for STAR WARS™ and the Mandalorian culture/characters while encouraging self-improvement, personal growth, family involvement, and fellowship with peers.
The MMCC promotes interest in STAR WARS™ and facilitates the use of these costumes for STAR WARS™-related events as well as contributing to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
MMCC is unique as it encourages is membership to embrace creativity and individualism as opposed to costume organization based on visual accuracy from the STAR WARS™ films and canon reference material. The MMCC is an inclusive and friendly club, following the Mandalorian way of “Clans” or family units and a clans’ ability to adopt anyone who wishes to be a Mandalorian.
Michigan Misfits Battalion
The Michigan Misfits Costuming Battalion(commonly shortened to MMB) is a group of sci-fi based cosplayers from Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes region. It was founded in September of 2014 as a Halo based group, however, has grown to include many more games and even a Living History detachment, but maintains a fairly heavy Halo influence. The groups aim is to coordinate events in and around Michigan, including events such as conventions, parades and other smaller events.