Shappi Workshops adventures with cosplay started with manga and anime conventions in 2009. Since then she's been improving her skills in costume making, learning new techniques and gradually specialising in creating amours, wings and huge props. Her hard work has resulted in international achievements, winning several cosplay contests in Poland and has had the honour of representing her country at international competitions, often coming home with prestigious awards. She shares her knowledge about costume creation techniques on her YouTube channel, where you can also find videos with her current projects.
Red Lion Cosplay
New Cosplay Guest announcement. We're thrilled to have Red Lion Cosplay at Rai Con.
Self-taught crafting husbands Leon and Jamie aka Red Lion have been on the cosplay scene for over 8 years. They are the current Showmasters UK Champions of Cosplay after winning in July with their giant Timon and Pumbaa puppets, and are gaining a reputation for making wacky and wonderful costumes, from the French candelabra Lumiere, to everyone’s favourite pyromaniac Junkrat! Bringing the extraordinary to life is their passion, and Red Lion are looking forward to meeting lots of talented cosplayers at RaiCon's masquerade!
Sonia Leong is a professional comic artist and illustrator specialising in Anime/Manga and author of many drawing guides, including Draw Manga: Complete Skills (Search Press). Her first graphic novel was Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (Self Made Hero). Her awards include Young Adult Library Services Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Best Books for Young Adults and Tokyopop's first UK Rising Stars of Manga competition. She contributed to the Eisner Award-winning Comic Book Tattoo: Tales inspired by Tori Amos (Image Comics). Her most recent graphic novel was Great Lives: Marie Curie (B.E.S. Publishing). Her work also appears in Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived (BBC Books), Domo: The Manga (Tokyopop) and Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug (VIZ Media). Sonia is a cover artist for Titan Comics on Assassin's Creed: Awakening and Norman. In children's publishing, she illustrated the I, Hero series (Hachettes) by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, the Girls FC series (Walker) by Helena Pielichaty and the Ninja series (Barrington Stoke) by Chris Bradford. She also works in other fields such as design, film and television, fashion and advertising. She is part of Sweatdrop Studios, a comic collaborative and independent comic publisher based in the United Kingdom.
Details to follow soon.