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A2F River Valley Welcomes Cosplayer Austin Blevins

Austin Blevins started cosplaying in 2008 because he felt that it would be fun to portray characters he could not become in real life. Over the years, he’s become more skilled in prop making and has grown more devoted in crafting certain costumes. Austin calls himself a casual cosplayer as he does not rush to craft his items but takes his time in order to remain as stress free as possible. A2F was his first convention and he is excited to return as a cosplay guest.

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A2F River Valley Welcomes Instagram Cosplayer Shoujocos

Hadley, known as Shoujocos on Instagram, has been a cosplayer for six years and hopes to continue to grow and improve in the years to come. She uses her skills in cosmetology and theatre to bring her favorite characters to life, and hopes to inspire others to do the same. A regular attendant at A2F, Hadley has participated in the cosplay contest since she first started cosplaying, “I’m so happy to be apart of it and watch it grow, thank you all!”

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PaniK Cosplay Has a Message for A2F River Valley

“Hello hello, one and all! I’m PaniK Cosplay, or as I’m more commonly known, Akiho Shire. Cosplay, for me, is about making others happy. Seeing everyone smiling, seeing their favorite characters, is the most amazing thing I could witness. Being a reason people can have pleasant memories is worth all the time and effort spent into cosplay. I’ve been cosplaying for years now, but I still have lots to work on and progress to make. Even so, with the knowledge I’ve gained in this hobby of mine, I’d love to help those that also want to cosplay! Let’s all have fun working together, and I can’t wait to see all of your lovely smiles.”

You can find PaniK Cosplay at

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Peculiar Cosplayers Will Returns for Another Year!

Peculiar Cosplayers is a growing cosplay group based out of Peculiar, MO. Formed in 2011, the Peculiar Cosplayers have attended a number of conventions, including Naka Kon in Kansas City, Kansas City Comic Con, Planet Comicon, and Cosplacon in Jefferson City. They have a wide array of talents, including prop building, makeup and body painting, and chainmailing. They are excited to be running the Cosplay Classroom at A2F, and look forward to sharing cosplay tips and tricks!

You can find pictures of their latest cosplay projects at

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Spring 2016 Guest: Samantha Cartwright of 5amSam Cosplay

Samantha Cartwright has been actively involved in anime, cosplay, and conventions for twelve years. With a working knowledge of about 200 hundred animes, she has created convention panels, games and participated in many fan-based discussions. She has created cosplay outfits for herself and others. Her latest creation was a commissioned cosplay costume.

Her top Five animes, although difficult to narrow down, are D. Gray-man, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, and Full Metal Alchemist – but the list can go on and on.

She has created and participated in many different panels and games, including: Cosplay 101, How to survive an Anime Con, Five Nights at Freddy’s (18+), D. Gray-Man, Kuroko no Basketball, Wheel of Anime, Welcome to Night Vale, Cosplay warm up, Cosplay Survival Guide, Ready Set Cosplay, and All About Cosplay.

She and her sister Rachel Cartwright perform as Kashi Shoga (Lyric Gingers). They have been singing together since… forever! You see they are Twins! They sang choral in high school, competed in numerous venues, they have placed in many, and Rachel won the School Idol. Rachel has auditioned for “American Idol” and “The Voice”.

Anime, cosplay, conventions and singing has played a large part of their short lives. They love to spread the joy that Anime has given them, in the hopes of bringing attention to this Grand adventure Called Anime.

You can find Samantha as 5amSam Cosplay on Instagram and Tumblr.

A2F Spring 2014 Sunday Schedule

Sunday March 14th

Absolutely subject to change, please check the

Sunday schedule page!


Panel Room 1:
10:30am Chris Bevins Panel:Do it Again!
11:45am Rachel Robinson: Video Game Voice Acting
1pm J. Micheal Tatum Panel: Whats it like to be me?
2:15pm Guest Autographs
4pm Samantha Inoue-Harte Panel: Lost in Translation, working with Japanese Anime Studios

Panel Room 2:
10:15am Miyazaki Fan Panel
11:30am Kdramas are for Lovers
12:45pm Inuyahsa FP
2pm Japanese Performing Arts
3pm Kingdom Hearts Past & Future
4:15pm Who’s Hair is That?

Panel Room 3:
10am Black Butler Scavenger Hunt
11:30am Gaijin Goombah hosts: Web Show Workshop
12:45pm Shingeki no Kyojin Training Corps
1:45pm Yoko Kanno Fan Panel
2:45pm Modoka Magica Panel
4pm Con Photgrapahy w/ No Robots Photography

Main Events:
10am Anime Showing
11am Goofy Gaming
12:45pm Gaijin Goombah Showing
2pm Bound by Fire Poi Display
3:15pm Martial Arts Demo
4:30pm RAVE!

Tea Party Room
1pm Toyko Mew Mew Tea Party

Larp Room:

Amtgard demo: 11am-2pm
Poi Spinning Class w/ Bound by Fire: 3:30pm

Tabletop Room
Open Play Board Games All Day

Magic the Gathering Draft Tournament at 12:00pm
$15 entry fee minimum 8 players
(you do not have to have a badge to enter the tournaments, just stop by registration
and get an armband good for the tournament time and room only)

YuGiOh Tournament 2:00pm
$10 entry fee, minimum 6 players
(you do not have to have a badge to enter the tournaments, just stop by registration
and get an armband good for the tournament time and room only)

D&D Campaign Start at 3:45pm
Sponsored by Dragon’s Keep Gaming

Video game room
Free Play All day

Vendor room 10am-4pm

A2F Saturday March 15th Schedule

Saturday March 15th

Absolutely subject to change
Please check the Saturday Schedule Page

Saturday March 15th

Panel Room 1:
10:30am Samantha Inoue-Harte Panel: Why Does Hollywood Hate Anime?
11:45am Rachel Robinson: Final Fantasy XIII
1pm Chris Bevins Panel: Q&A and discussion
3:30pm J. Micheal Tatum Panel: Q&A and discussion
4:45pm Samantha Inoue- Harte Panel:Creating Co produced Anime with Japanese Studios
6:30pm Guest Autographs
9pm Reaper 101
10:45pm FREE! Discussion Panel

Panel Room 2:

11:15am Dr Who Jeopardy
12:15pm Hetalia World Meeting
1:30 Pokemon Battle and Trading
2:45pm Black Butler Fan Panel w/Jeannie
3:45pm All About Nekos
4:30pm Homestuck Ask Panel
7pm Are you a Sound Ninja?
8pm Final Fantasy- Beginning to End
9:15pm MLP Fan Panel
10:30pm Slumberstuck!

Panel Room 3:
10:30am DC Fan Panel
11:30am Lolita Fashion 101
12:45pm What the Fur?
2pm Attack on Titan Q&A w/ Hannah
3:15pm Black Butler: An evening with my Master
4:30pm Candy Making for the Rave!
7pm Ask YGO/TAS panel
8:45pm Gaijin Goombah Hosts:Game Theorists Q&A
10pm Weird Trivia with Anime Mom

Main Events:
10am Anime Showing
10:30am Cosplay Wedding
12:15pm Whose Line is it Anime?
2pm Ouran Special Event Stage Show
4pm Lip Sync Contest
5:45pm Cosplay
7pm Bound by Fire Poi Display
8:15pm Date Auction
10pm-midnight- RAVE!

Tea Party Room:
12 pm Maidstuck Tea Party time

Larp Room:
Amtgard Demo: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm- who knows!
Poi Spinning Class w/ Bound by Fire: 3:00pm

Tabletop Room
Open Play Board Games All Day

Magic the Gathering Draft Tournament at 2:00pm,
$15 entry fee minimum 8 players
(you do not have to have a badge to enter the tournaments, just stop by registration
and get an armband good for the tournament time and room only)

YuGiOh Box Tournament 12:00pm
$10 entry fee, minimum 6 players
(you do not have to have a badge to enter the tournaments, just stop by registration
and get an armband good for the tournament time and room only)

D&D Character Roll All Day

D&D Campaign Start at 4:00pm
Sponsored by Dragon’s Keep Gaming

Video Game room
Free Play All Day

Skullgirls 1v1-2 pm

Dota 2 1v1-3:30 pm

Super Smash Brothers Melee

Project M: 7 PM

Vendor room: 10am-7pm

Calling all Vendors, Artists, and Fans!

Pssst…you..yeah you..come on over here.

This is YOUR convention, you know that don’t you? Of course you do. You know we’re fans too. But we’re all busy running the convention (and a panel or event each) so we need you..

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Yes YOU.. to submit a panel..or an event? How about a Gothic Lolita Fashion show? Could *you* be the lovely that makes that happen (with our help)?

Or are you absolutely Moriarty over Sherlock? How about a panel ? Your webmistress will surely be there and so many other um…Cumberbabes and so forth.

Oh…are you a Chinese Zodiacal spirit who can’t have human contact…but your best friend (and secret love)is a human girl?

And how about you amazing capital A artists? I know I purchased several small pictures, ears and suchlike myself (and will again) along with adorable kitteh earrings and my alway needed Tardis charms. We want you and your wonderful wares and we have a few spots left!

But wait…we still have a bit of room left for vendors! Vendors do very well at A2F because we make sure we have diverse offerings and good flow. How about it?

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Let’s get ready to Cosplayyyyyy!

Do you know who you are going to be? Have you created an amazing costume or do you Sebastian-black-butler-25696727-564-4211inhabit your character so completely no one could tell you from the original? Have we got the events for you.

If you created your costume take a look at this page : A2F MainStage Costume Contest

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If you bought your costume and you are amazing as your character, try this page and choose Cosplay Entry.

photo credit samuraiwillz

And you can also try the Hallway Cosplay Contest if you don’t want to go MainStage, or if you are somewhere in between all these types.

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