Our cosplay programming track is full of events for you to have fun and learn over the entire weekend. We have gatherings all weekend long along with educational panels to help you learn more about making outfits and props. We will also have a few workshops over the weekend that will allow you to make a piece of a costume in the panel while you are taught by one of our workshop instructors.
We are also happy to announce that we are the new location for the Soutwest regionals for the World Cosplay Summit. The event will be held on Monday 9/1 and will be completely separate from the Masquerade, which will be held on Sunday. To see more about the WCS please check out it's event page here.
Our masquerade is the largest in Arizona and has some of the best outfits and skits around, don't miss your chance to participate in the masquerade. Registration will open on July 1st and space is limited so please make sure to sign up online as if we reach capacity we will not have any at-convention registration.
Iruma Rioka is a Japanese songstress. Her musical influences are various; classical , progressive rock, and gothic music.
She started songwriting and composing music on the piano in her early age. Her sensational visual images with her strong background in music and arts, she takes the audience to a journey of music fantasy. Iruma’s fashion is related to the Japanese Gothic & Lolita which is very popular in Japanese rock and pop-culture.
Iruma and her partner, Nemu (guitar), with her 'bear' friend, "Honey", have traveled to perform all over the world including U.S., Mexico, France, Switzerland and Russia.
Iruma Rioka has recently announced to add a goth-loli violinist, Jill from Rose Noire, and will debut a music unit, "Hollow Mellow", in the U.S. in the very near future.
The miniature hats & costumes of Susan Lake come alive in GOBLINS' BEND!
Susan Lake has built a career creating distinctive and unique designs while staying true to her own sense of style. She has designed for theatre, dancers and the stage. Her design aesthetic is recognizable by her use of color, shape and size in a dramatic and powerful fashion statement. Now Susan brings her designs to the bjd world
In 2011, Susan began collaborating with face paint artist, Cheryl Austin, by introducing her bjd hat designs on Cheryl's dolls. Since then Susan has created a variety of unique and classic BJD hats.
In 2013, Susan introduced part one of her book GOBLINS' BEND, and gave the reader and bjd collectors the opportunity to get envolved in the story and in collecting the costumes inspired by the book's characters. A fantasy about two brothers struggle over the power of dark and light comes to life as a great battle is about to begin. The search for six magic hats, a cast of creatures and witches all come to realize the power of their destiny. In December of last year, Susan presented her first one of a kind bjd costumes inspired by the books characters. The magical costume of RASPINA RASPBURI, PRUDENCE of MORWEDD and DENORA DARK are truly works of art. Every costume is carefully thought out and topped off with elaborate detailed headpieces. This fall, part two of GOBLINS' BEND continuesas Zeeba travels to Hollowberry, in hopes of finding Opelaeria the Queen of the Fairies. Without her help his friends fate is doomed and the witches of Morwedd will begintheir reign of terror...
Derek Stephen Prince, aka Steve, has been in the voiceover industry 20 years. His career spans across such shows as Digimon: Seasons 1-4 & 6 playing such favorites as Digimon Emperor, Veemon, Beelzamon, Impmon, Piedmon and most recently Jeremy, to name a few; Love, Hina where he played Keitaro; Nartuto, where he plays Shino Aburame; and Bleach, where he plays Uryu Ishida. Video games include the Kingdom Hearts series as Vexen, Odin Sphere as Oswald, and Operation Darkness as Adolf Hitler and Jack the Ripper. Steve can also be seen in the original series NFLRushZone – Guardians Unleashed as Jackson, the DVD series of Kill La Kill as Guts the pug, and the film Jungle Shuffle with Rob Schneider and Drake Bell as Louca the toucan. There are currently two other anime shows he is in the process of recording, and when given the heads-up, he’ll post them to his Facebook page. (You can find him on FB by typing in his full name.) Steve will be voicing Vexen again for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 2.5 video game, due for release on December 2. Steve has a passion in his voice and he ain’t afraid to show it…
James Perry II is an American writer and manga artist who graduated with a BA in Game Art and Design. For a few years he tested cell phone games, and then moved up to console gaming by testing at the former THQ game company. Realizing his true passion was with manga and anime, he decided to submit his story ideas to Tokyopop.
He was accepted in 2009 and published the first volume of his original manga, an action/adventure set in the world of witches and warlocks, titled Orange Crows. The series took an unfortunate break when Tokyopop stopped publishing manga.
Flash forward to 2013, and thanks to fan demand and the help of Kickstarter, James continues the series through self publishing with volume 2 of Orange Crows which will be releasing this year.
James has experience with both professional publishing and self publishing, and welcomes anyone who has questions to come visit his table. Just be warned, you'll probably be engaged in long talks about Air Gear, Evangelion, Persona, or one of his many interests!
"Christophe" Chris Tang is a convention favorite, known for his multi-talented accomplishments as a cosplayer, video game designer, and competitive gaming champion.
With over 40 awards in costume competitions and appearances in magazines and on TV, his creations are often empowered with lights, moving wings, transformations, and other fun action features! Highlights include "Hero Suit" Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger & Bunny, Battlized SPD Red Power Ranger, Transforming Autobot Smokescreen WRX, Gundam Epyon, Sportacus, Captain Commando, and Battle Armor Cobra Commander. Chris enjoys using unorthodox techniques and resourcefulness to build something impressive out of the unexpected.
Success growing up as a competitive gamer won him many high-profile competitions including Nintendo and Sega World Championships – which helped him fulfill his dream of becoming a creator in the game industry. Contributing to top franchises such as "Street Fighter", "Marvel Vs. Capcom", "Transformers", and "Tetris", he's done everything from game design, game play implementation and story writing, to voice directing and voice acting. After serving as lead designer on a PS4 project for Sony, he continues his work as an indie game developer to create games and experiences that fans will love!
When not creating for the future, Chris keeps the spirit of the classics alive as the yearly announcer for the Tetris World Championships. He is featured in several gaming movies and film productions including "The Gamer Age", and the award-winning "Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters". He can also be seen as a cosplayer on season 2 of HBO's hit TV series "Entourage", and on various "Tiger & Bunny" video releases.
In his spare time he enjoys building gadgets, hi-res gaming rigs, and modifying and building experimental game controllers. At Saboten Con, he excitedly looks forward to adding to his cuddly collection of cute plush cats, and hanging out with his fellow fans!
Cosplay guest Living Ichigo will be hosting several panels during the weekend of Saboten Con, including his panel "Fitness and Nutrition for Cosplay". Make sure to keep watch for when his panels are scheduled so you can make sure to attend and learn some tips on keeping fit and healthy while still cosplaying.
Living Ichigo began cosplaying in 2009 and has won multiple awards, been featured in various publications and has been a guest at both local and international events. When he isn't cosplaying, you can find him at the gym following a very strict workout regimen. Living Ichigo was motivated to get in shape in an attempt to look more like the characters he wanted to cosplay – strong, ripped guys like Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach and Goku from Dragon Ball Z. Living Ichigo's ensuing transformation now inspires thousands of fans to work towards improving their own health and wellness while having fun cosplaying. In addition to cosplay, Living Ichigo loves anime, comics and video games and can be found livestreaming on Twitch TV.
Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.
Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and the horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”. His performance in the short film THE GOLDFISH is garnering rave reviews.
Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spiderman”, Rico on “Robotech”, and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women and voicing four Anime series, “Gaiking”, “Danguard Ace”, “Captain Horlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.
Armand Villavert is an American manga artist and graphic novel illustrator. He was done works for Tokyopop, Boom studios' Muppet Robin Hood, and is currently working on a long running series called Gladstone's School for World Conquerors. He has also done illustrations for Nintendo Game boy and Warner bros. animation. Armand lives in Phoenix and spends most of the day trying to top his all time record of how many hard boiled eggs he can fit in his mouth.
Kazuha Oda has worked with wide variety of different performers including the Grammy winning pianist Bob James. After her successful solo career working over 20 records in Japan, she decided to start her rock band "Kazha".
Kazha represents the new future of the world music; a fusion of cultures and musical viewpoints that create their sound. Their music combines the softness of a falling feather with the heaviness of a hurricane.