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Ubergeeks Cosplay - Team UGC began cosplaying in 2013 as a two person team. Founded officially in 2014 as a competition duo, they competed and won their first best in show for Alphonse Elric. Since then, they have added an official third member as a handler and gone on to win numerous consecutive best in show awards in the past 2 years, most recently winning best in show at Wizard World new Orleans 2016. The concept behind Team UGC is simple: teach. Understanding building methods and pushing information out there is the most important goal and entire reason this group was formed. Through their YouTube channel, where the duo streams build advice and how tos on a bevy of topics from building to con education as well as Cayne's monthly articles in Geekdom magazine where she talks all things cosplay, Team UGC has lived up to their goal of being not just teachers but active memeber of the cosplay Community. Pushing cosplay forward while also helping everyone enjoy cosplay is their M.O. Recently, they helped found the NWLA Nerd Herd, which is a non profit that focuses on kids battling cancer and various other serious illnesses. Though cosplay, the Nerd Herd hopes to reach kids who may feel left behind while also giving the kids a chance to not just have a break,but learn life lessons through workshops and interactive events featuring cosplayers from around their hometown.
Tripp the Tech, also known as UberGeek Tripp. One half of the founding member of team UGC, Tripp specializes in the tech factors of all of the fabrications. His roles includes all of the 3d modeling, pepakura, lighting effects, coding and generally giving the wow factor to everything we do. Want to know how to make something work? Need to understand the technical aspects of creating effects and lighting? Ask Tripp. With over 12 years in the computer/coding industry, he is the go to guy in team UGC for all things technical.
Cayne the creator, also known as UberGeek Cayne. As the other half of the founding members, Cayne began 15 years ago sewing. Her role is concept, design and execution of the cosplays. No detail is too small for her nor is anything safe! Cayne like pulling from any and all aspects of cosplay building. Foam, leather, bondo, Sintra and of course fabrics, if it sits still long enough, it will get put in a cosplay. Cosplay on a budget? Need to understand how to modify a pattern using only some duct tape and twine? Ask cayne.
Lorax the lifesaver, also known as UberGeek Lorax. Handlers are important! Lorax joined team UGC in 2014 and since then has been the most important part of our competition cosplay as well as taking over video editing for the YouTube channel. He is mainly responsible for keeping both Tripp and Cayne in line as well as ensuring they do the important things (like reminding them to eat).
Eric, or “Cherry” as many of us know him as, has been a major part of the anime community in Central Texas since the beginning of the new millenium. As a stage actor out of high school, he quickly became involved in multiple cosplay performance groups in North Texas, winning multiple events at AKon and Animefest in Dallas. This passion for anime and a gregarious personality lead to his meeting with and auditioning at FUNimation Entertainment.
In that time, Eric has been in more than 23 series. He can be heard in FUNimations newest series, Assassination Classroom as Takuya Muramatsu along with parts in BenTo and Space Dandy and the international hit series, Attack on Titan. He has also been in many fan favorites such as: Fairy Tail, KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple, Initial D and One Piece to name a few.
Teca is an award-winning cosplayer who has been cosplaying for over a decade. She's worked in official industry events as Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon for VizMedia, America from Hetalia for FUNimation, Kyouko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica for Aniplex, Marida Cruz from Gundam Unicorn for Bandai as well as various characters for Daisuki Inc and worked with bands such as Kalafina and CHEMISTRY. She has attended several cosplay events in Japan, including Comic Market (Comiket) and Osaka's Comic Event. After studying gender-psychology at Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka, she continues to keep an active interest in Japanese pop culture and geo-political relations.
Carl Martin and his professional prop making business, Shinka Studios, has been a staple of the Texas convention scene for several years. Best known for his appearance on Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay, Carl has been featured by Game Informer, IGN, Cosplay in America, and Forbes. In addition to Judging and emceeing cosplay contests across the nation, Carl has also served as a professional cosplay consultant for companies and enjoys participating in charities such as Extra Life.
Firaga Fox has been cosplaying for several years now and won many awards, becoming adept in fabric work, prop making, and the overall creation of characters. Growing up a fan of video games, cartoons,and anime, she'll school you in Zelda and Gundam trivia, while splatting you in a match of Splatoon.
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Darien Spider, raised in Raising Star Texas on a cattle ranch, spent 15+ years as a LARPer before making his debut in Cosplay at San-Japan 7. Specializing in cold forged metal armor and outlandish but sturdy props, including a functioning chariot and a breech loading Harkonnen Cannon, his builds and build have put him head and shoulders above the competition on the cosplay stage. From Novice to Master in his first cosplay show, now even stage fright can’t slow this spacenoid down!
QueenofSpace, a cosplayer since birth, well at least since per-pubesence, made her cosplay debut at Baka-con (now Sakura-con) 1998. Her passion for costume making has led her to a career as a garment production seamstress, and she has recently made a trip to Malaysia to combat urban poverty by teaching under privileged women how to sew for production.
Together, they lead Colony Drop Cosplay, a name you’ve probably heard of a lot if you’ve attended any cosplay competitions in the last few years, to date they have taken 16 major awards, including four Best in Show titles, and even made it to the World Cosplay Summit National competition in 2015. With the help of TheGoblinQueen (Hair and Makeup), ZappaSlave (Stage Ninja Extraordinaire), and TheSockNinja (Finacial Backer, and Moral Support), Colony Drop Cosplay is a team that really lives up to it’s name.
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