Cape Town based cosplayer, Yamaki, is a certified motion picture make-up artist who has placed and judged in numerous cosplay competitions around South Africa. With her first cosplay dating back to 2006, Yamaki crafts and sews all her own outfits. With a repertoire of over 100 costumes under her belt, coming from genres such as anime & manga, manhwa, comics and gaming, Yamaki is most well known for her love of crossplay*. Not only does she enjoy cosplaying herself but greatly enjoys hosting cosplay & make-up panels and workshops in hopes of encouraging first time cosplayers.
Yamaki’s competition experience includes; 2013 Free Comic Book Day: One of the Finalist winners, 2012 rAge:1st Anime & Manga category, 2011 rAge: 2nd Anime & Manga category and A.I Fest Cosplay Competition: 1st place, her most recent achievement if being one half of the 2020 South African World Cosplay Summit Team. Her judging experience includes; FanCon 2019, The South African World Cosplay Summit Prelims 2018, ICON 2018, EGE 2018, FanCon 2018, rAge 2017, EGE 2017, ICON 2017, rAge 2016, rAge 2015, EGE 2015, rAge 2014, UCON 2014 and UCON 2013.
*cosplaying characters of the opposite gender
Ludus Cosplay has been cosplaying on a professional level for over 2 years and has worked in the costume industry since 2011 as a costume maker and head designer. He is a costume commissioner and the owner of Ludus Creations, a Cape Town based business offering custom made costumes, props and accessories.
- Top 10 Free For All competition at Fancon 2017.
- Winner of Free For All competition at UCON 2018.
- Top 5 Fan Favorite at Japan Day 2018
- Honorable Mention in the Advanced Competition at Fancon 2018.
- 1st Place Winner in the Advanced Competition at Fancon 2019.
- Guest Judge at EGE Electronic and Gaming Expo 2018.
- Guest Judge at Stelcon 2018.
- Guest Judge at Canal Walk Gaming Expo 2018.
- Guest Judge at UCON 2018.
- Guest Judge at Comicex 2018.
Baka Sakura is a Capetownian cosplayer that has been part of the cosplay and geek community for many years. She has won 1st place (Anime category) in rAge’s Cosplay Competition in 2013, and has placed twice (Top 10) in Readers Den Comic Shop’s Free Comic Book Day cosplay competitions in 2013 and 2014, as well as one half of the 2020 South Africa World Cosplay Summit team.
She has been a cosplay judge for UCON 2014, EGE 2015 / 2016, rAge 2014 / 2015, FanCon 2016, Icon 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 and WCS SA prelims 2018.
She MCs at Cons regularly: UCON 2015 / 2017 / 2018, Fancon 2017 / 2018, EGE 2017 / 2018 and rAge 2015 – 2017.
She also loves hosting panels and running workshops on cosplay, and hopes to travel the world one day, to meet cosplayers from all across the globe.