Gamma Rae Cosplay
Cosplay Contest Judge
"I work as a lawyer by day, but by night I double as a cosplayer, under the name Gamma Rae Cosplay. Three years ago, I attended my first Comic Con, where I discovered a newfound passion for cosplay. My first attempt at cosplay was when I went to the Mississippi Anime Festival, dressed as Rick from Rick and Morty. I've been addicted ever since.
I've always loved geek culture. Growing up I played video games and loved things like Ronin Warriors and Street Fighter.
I co-host a podcast called Geeked Up, where we discuss geek/pop culture and what it was like to grow up as a geek in Mississippi. She also recently started a chapter of the international organization Geek Girl Brunch (a meetup group for ladies to talk about geek culture over brunch and mimosas) in Jackson, MS with two of her close friends. When it comes to cosplaying I love doing cosplays as a variety of characters and adding some black girl magic to it."
Cosplay Contest Judge
My name is Ligerzero! I'm a POC cosplayer and streamer from South Mississippi. After I attended my first convention in 2013, I fell completely in love with cosplay and jumped in feet first. While I started with some fun closet cosplays, now you'll find me around con floors, usually putting a bit of a curly haired twist on some of your favorite characters. With my huge love of anime like Gundam, Evangelion and My Hero Academia, video games like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Nier, and comics like Green Lantern, Spider-Man and Captain America, you never know who I'll show up as next. And when I'm not enjoying my love of cosplay, you can catch me coming to you live through the power of the internet, sharing my love of video games one stream at a time.
Lady Luna Loveless of Cajun Moon Creations
Cosplay Contest Judge
Lady Luna Loveless is an award winning cosplayer, wig stylist and owner of Cajun Moon Creations based out of Louisiana. When she's not gaming, reading comics or watching anime you can catch her spending her free time making cosplay for her and her family or nerdy items for her shop. She also take wig commissions to help other talented cosplayers realize their cosplay dreams. She continues to try to grow her craft in this ever changing world.
Louisiana Cosplayers is an organization focused on discussing cosplay, helping each other, and hosting meetups. Our members actively post in our Facebook Group about a large range of cosplay topics including: progress, help with design concepts, help with construction, convention meetups, locations to buy cosplay, and cosplay accessories.
We are a small team of artists who design, screenprint and embroider pop culture and nerd inspired merchandise. We offer professional and corporate looking products with a chill small biz feel. We also have a mobile Shaved Ice company that has been integrated into our Lazy Nerds branding.
Jess Halley Art
Inspired by various animation styles and video games, I create original and fandom artworks for stickers, prints, buttons, and assorted other fun knick-knacks! Aside from games and cartoons, I also make merch inspired by tabletop games and the LGBTQIA+ community.
50 Fifty Comix Publishing
50Fifty Comix is the newest visionary comic imprint looking to tell great stories featuring great art. We deliver print and digital content for all ages, and our universe of fresh and intriguing characters is always expanding. Join us and be a witness to the dawn of exciting new adventures!
Adorkable By Design
I create hand crafted plushies. Baby goats,dinosaurs and little mushroom friends are my specialty. I also make anime,superhero and video game character plush, and I'm willing to teach anyone who's willing to learn !
Crazy Crochet & Extras
We make nerdy and sci-fi themed crochet items for all your geeky needs. We also carry a variety of goods such as jewelry and cosplay items.
Nathaniel Landry Fine Art
Nathaniel A. J. Landry is an Illustrator, Painter, and adjunct professor in Fine Arts. Nathaniel Has self published two mini comics and now produces limited edition, art, prints, household & usable products that’s explore the realms of Afrofuturistic Abstract Expressionism. His work showcases a fifteen year artistic evolution.
Pro Se Productions
Ernest Russell is an author and editor who has written for Pro Se Productions, Beyond the Threshold Studios, and the literary journal Violet Windows. As submissions editor for Pro Se, an innovator in the Genre Fiction market, works to continually refine its presentation, product and is always working on exciting and unique veins of New Pulp to readers and fans of all ages everywhere! Some of his favorite things (besides coffee) are science fiction, horror, steampunk, and fantasy books and movies. As often as possible, you can find him playing board games, table-top, or an RPG. Most often with GUGL, Grown Up Gaming League, sponsored by the EBR Parish Library.
Hector Rodriguez III
Presenter: El Peso Hero
Saturday Aug 6
Hector Rodriguez III, creator of the comic book series El Peso Hero and Co-Founder of Texas Latino Comic Con. His works have garnered attention and praise from the Latino community and have been featured on America Way Magazine, Univision, CNN, Telemundo, NPR, CBS, NBC, and countless other media sites worldwide. He also serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the newly minted Chispa Comics, the first direct-to-market Latino comic book publishing house. As well as serving as Director of Development for Masked Republic where he oversees the creative development of Masked Republic media properties.
The Bear & The Beard Podcast
Saturday Aug 6
Toxicity has become a major problem in the nerd and pop culture fan communities. We try to combat that by spreading nerd love and awesomeness to our listeners. Now it’s panel attendees turn. We will give examples of toxicity in an effort to educate the difference between Healthy Dislike and Toxic Trolling. We will also discuss how gaslighting has negatively affected our respective fandoms. Fans have the power to change and to change things in their respective fandoms we just want to help make that happen.
It's all about having fun while we share with our opinions and try to spread love throughout all the fandoms in an attempt to end toxicity. We raise money for charity through raffles and merch giveaways. We bring props for the kids, and the kids at heart, to interact with. We even have a few team members that do cosplay.
We are the Blerd.ish! podcast and comic book pop up shop. We are independent distribution for artists that consist of indie comics to manga and art prints. We are in the process of creating our own comic styled coloring book based on our experiences.
PoeArtry Creative Movement LLC & Cowries by Axya
(Antoine GHOST Mitchell, Erica Axya Williams-Mitchell)
Antoine GHOST Mitchell and Erica AYXA Williams-Mitchell are a creative husband and wife duo based in Baton Rouge, LA. Antoine is a graphic artist specializing in traditional and digital art and Erica creates cowrie shelled jewelry. Together they develop their Afro-Fantasy comic book series, Sankofa's Eymbrace, where Antoine is the creator, writer, and artist and Erica edits with a fine tooth.
Wild Skullflower Art
I'm Corin Beverly, the artist behind Wild Skullflower Art! I create vibrant and colorful fine art illustrations which pulls elements from the tattoo world, street art, comics, and the generally peculiar. Otherworldly fantastic and magical imagery, brilliant crystals, beautiful flowers, skulls, and geek culture populate my work. It's a bright and colorful mish-mash but, hey, it works for me!
R. Anderson Jr is a local author and entrepreneur who has set out to inspire children and families from around the world with his collection of fairy tales. He is the founder of Rogue Star Publishing and Anboran a newly formed media and entertainment company that sells his books and branded merchandise. He is looking forward to sharing his stories and letting the magic of Anboran surround you and your family.
Anubis Games & Hobby
Anubis Games & Hobby is a local game store in Lafayette, LA. Anubis offers board games, video games, role playing games, tabletop games, trading card games, gunpla models and more. We have an open play environment for people of all walks of life to in and enjoy their favorite games.
Clear Cut Sky
We are a duo who sells various keychains, prints, buttons, stickers. Our merch stems from different anime and video games that inspire us. Not do we engage with our audience online, but we are quick to make sure that any issue is address, should one come up. Clear Cut Sky as a brand is still quite small, but we are working to broaden our reach.
Presenter: Drawing Workshop
Saturday Aug 6
Keith Van Douglas is known all over South Louisiana as CartoonMan™ and as an extraordinarily prolific caricaturist has drawn over 300,000 people over his long and very productive career. Keith is a brilliant artist/cartoonist whose images are colorful, vivid and spatially imaginative. Keith’s work evokes his own sensibilities as well as the work and style of many of the greats who have preceded him. There is no style that Keith Van Douglas cannot do. Keith is positive, creative and unique.
Calvin Wilson/Ground Nova
Live Drawing Demonstration
Calvin Wilson sells digital and traditional art prints at conventions. He draws characters in an anime/comic art style. He has attended Cyphacon, Mechacon and Louisianime as an art vendor.
Saturday Aug 6
Gulf Coast based fan group dedicated to ALL things geeky! While we love our BIG Blockbuster geeky stuff we have a heavy focus on "The little Guys". Our artists, writers, makers, creators really make us happy. We like to think of this as the place where friends come together to escape the more toxic side of our fandoms. We celebrate each other and we hope you find your home away from home here.
Red Stick Reads
We are a small independent book shop, with a carefully curated selection of books for all ages, specializing in children’s books, and are fluent in all things nerd!
CorsPlasticSmores is a locally owned business specializing in Perler beaded art. We sell everything from video game sprites, to anime characters, and everything else loved by fandoms. CorsPlasticSmores also does custom requests as well... If you can dream it, Cor can bead it!
Game Party Squad
Game Party Squad is a fun comedic web series about up & coming girl gamers and their daily life shenanigans together.
Nerd Brew Coffee & Gifts
Nerd Brew Coffee and Gifts is a pop culture based hand roasted coffee and handmade gift company. I started this business with the goal of spreading the nerdy love and bringing people together to talk and discuss fresh ideas over a cup of gourmet coffee. Nerd Brew prides itself in providing quality coffee and fun affordable jewelry and gifts.
Bleu is both a traditional and digital artist that dips into the world of fantasy. She is an aspiring webcomic artist hoping to launch her own series soon.
The International Star Trek Fan Association
The USS CORSAIR is a Star Trek Organization for All Generations of Fans
and is a proud Chapter of STARFLEET, The International Fan Association (SFI)! We are a chapter with members currently all over the great state of Louisiana. While the fan club is based and organized around Star Trek, we are a group that love a very broad array of Sci-fi and fantasy. Our business is conducted both online and in person. Whenever we go out/meet up with each other, or other fans, it is all about having fun!