I'd like to say thank you to EVERYONE who attended and participated in the cosplay events at this year's Ani-Magic! Thank you for making them a very great and memorable experience!
As most of you know, Cosplay.com donated a fabulously generous $500 in cash for some of the masquerade prizes. Best in Show won $300, and best veteran individual, best veteran group, best novice individual and best novice group won $50 respectively. I thank Kyle and Adella from the bottom of my heart for doing this for the Ani-Magic Masquerade. You did not need to do this and it was dearly appreciated!
In addition, Kyle and Adella both filmed and photographed the Cosplay Revue Show and the Masquerade. They generously gave their time, equipment, tape, "film" (as a relative term
)and love of this hobby to record these events for posterity. Thank you dearly for that!
Neither of these cosplay events would have been possible without the WONDERFUL staff Lisa and I were blessed with. Claire, Nessa, Red, Cody,Laura and Leanna- thank you. You all were fabulous and deserving of much praise! Lisa Honeychan I extend special thanks to for being there all year, helping around every little detail, and making the adorable neko-treats for our judges. Claire and Nessa were also INVALUABLE backstage and during the stressful times. Thank you so much! We couldn't have done it without you!
There were a lot of behind the scenes people who helped as well- Rob Miles, the sound guys, Rey Rey and his elegant flock of mau-mau-mau girls (and of course miss Jean!), Tetsugyu et. al for the great opening Matrix skit, USAMusume for all their wildly entertaining performances, security for hanging out backstage, Karisusama and family for generously providing backstage photos and backdrops for posing, con-ops, and Revell Walker and everyone on Ani-Magic staff who came to the aid of the cosplayers. Thank you all!
Then there were the judges- Mike Toole, Prairie Rose Clayton, Keith Burgess, Sue Ulu, Aimee Major and G-Chan. Thank you so much for judging the show! I admire you all for making the tough decisions with style and I hope you had fun! Cheers to every one of you!
Of course, the cosplayers! Everyone in the Revue was so great and entertaining... thank you for being a part of it! The cosplayers in the masquerade- I have to say this has been the best year for costuming yet! Thank you for continuing to make Ani-Magic truly an Autumn dream.
To the Hizashigumi- Thank you for sharing in my dream, I feel so deeply honored to work with every one of you, Annie, Nessa, Sheila, Lisa and Claire, thank you again... we did it, ladies!!
Most of all, I want to thank everyone who I was lucky enough to meet, and EVERYONE who attended the Revue and the Masquerade. Without the audience, there is no show. Thank you very very dearly, every one of you!
Here's to another great Ani-Magic... Cheers!