Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay is a Boston-based duo who dabbles in an ever-expanding range of techniques as they create cosplays that are both intricately detailed and impossibly over the top. They believe that the best cosplays come with both a challenge and a learning opportunity, and they are constantly adding new skills to their repertoire.
Many of their cosplays have a strong emphasis on clean sewing and patterning techniques. However, they’re also known for extreme wig working, intricate armor, corsetry, electronics, and prosthetics. Their favorite cosplays are ones that combine multiple skill sets, and they will often create original designs in order to showcase these large, detailed projects.
Despite cosplaying for over fifteen years, they are constantly learning new techniques and tricks, and they’re passionate about giving that knowledge back to the cosplay community in the form of tutorials and advice.
Jennifer "Jenny" Barclay is an award winning artist who fears no medium. Her vast background has given her a wide range of skills including traditional illustration, digital art, animation and, of course, cosplay.
Jenny thrives on challenges, especially those that others believe is impossible. She is a professional Creative Director at the digital media company Moxie and her work has been shown internationally. Despite all she does, when Jenny finds some free time, she prefers to spend it with a controller in hand while hosting the gaming web show Backward Compatible.
Reika began her crafting path in elementary school where she made felt badges, cultivating early talents that would eventually lead her to craft her first costume: Okita Souji from Rurouni Kenshin. Since then, she's brought many of her favorite characters to life, even if they are male. Her favorite costume accomplishment to date is Origami Cyclone (Tiger & Bunny). She's become quite good at creating her own clothing patterns and she's learned many things attending Cosplay America alumnus Goldy's cosplay and prop-making classes. When taking on characters with large props or intricate masks, she develops the props and most difficult elements first to make sure she doesn't run out of time and rush the parts that need the most attention. If you'd like to learn more about traditional outfits, Reika recommends visiting historic clothing exhibitions and museums. At the end of the day, Reika believes there's no greater reason to cosplay than to take on characters you love.
Tae Yeon began cosplaying as a social hobby and ultimately found her true passion in competitive cosplay. She has competed in stage performances and contests around the world. Tae Yeon represented Korea in the 2012 World Cosplay Summit and found her dedication to cosplay growing with every challenge.
When it comes to selecting characters to cosplay, Tae Yeon follows her heart. She reimagines youthful and cute variants of characters she loves if her stature doesn't fit with the common portrayal of a character. Her material of choice is EVA foam for building large props and mech costumes. Some of her favorite costumes have been God Keron Mk. II (Sgt. Frog) and Pohwaran (Blade and Soul).
If given the chance, she would love to travel the world and match her cosplay to the location she is visiting; Sakura (Card Captor Sakura) at Tokyo Tower or Ciel (Black Butler) at a castle in the UK. Her advice to new cosplayers is to just jump in without putting too much emphasis on perfection; just do what you can, keep going and improve each time.
December is a Colorado-based cosplayer who envisions cosplay as an expression of her artistic craftsmanship. She seeks out characters to cosplay that challenge and develop her craft to a higher degree. With an emphasis on textiles, her most refined skills are silk-painting, dyeing, applique, leatherwork, draping and patterning.
December’s crafting method emphasizes quality and control throughout the creation process. She prefers to begin creating with raw materials, such as un-dyed silks, leather spits and soft woods. She drapes and drafts her own sewing patterns. December has enjoyed conducting cosplay panels at many conventions in Colorado, and has won over 15 craftsmanship awards at cosplay competitions nationwide. When not crafting, she enjoys reading, spending time with her cat, and cooking.
2018 Workshop / Fabric Painting
What do you do when you can’t find the right plaids or flowery prints for your cosplay? This workshop places the brush in your hand and walks you through the basics of fabric painting.