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Canadian Cosplay Group Fighting Dreamers Productions Joins A2F 2018!

Fighting Dreamers Productions

Fighting Dreamers Productions

Fighting Dreamers Productions (FDP) is a cosplay group from Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past 10 years, they have been cosplaying a wide range of genres including anime, manga, video games, comics, film, and cartoons.

FDP is known for their cosplay YouTube channel, which has over 180,000 subscribers and provides viewers with series shows, parodies, cosplay skits, CMV’s, convention happenings, and tutorials. As cosplayers, FDP emphasizes inclusivity and promotes accessibility of cosplay through panels and performances at conventions across North America, the UK, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia.

FDP is also a non-profit group that has organized a number of charity events through their cosplay work such as: “Pray for Japan” helping earthquake and tsunami victims, “Aang for a Cure” which benefited cancer patients and a charity print drive to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

FDP is honoured to be attending to Arkansas Anime Festival 2018!

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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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A2F River Valley Guest panik cosplay

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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River Valley Guest ae taylor writer

Up And Coming Writer A.E. Taylor Bridges the Fanfiction Gap

Amy Elizabeth loves to write, “It’s my life, my passion, and my heart.” She adores exploring worlds through original works and fanfiction. As fanfiction writer MrBenzedrine, she is the admin of several Harry Potter themed fanfiction groups as well a beta reader for other writers. At A2F, she will be talking about where to begin when writing fanfiction, what it takes to make a great fanfiction story, overcoming writers’ block, betas, and how to connect with your audience in the digital world.

She is currently working on two original novels for publishing while living vicariously through her son and husband, and absolutely can’t get enough of (well-done) anime! You can find her at or read some of her original work at

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River Valley guests bound by fire

Bound By Fire Brings Their Blazing Performance to A2F River Valley

Bound By Fire is a high-energy, high-performance manipulative arts group that travels the Midwest spinning poi and telling enough cheesy jokes to have you groaning in your seat.

Bound by Fire dragon breath

After many years of perfecting the act of controlling fire, they will be putting on a blazing performance at Arkansas Anime Festival River Valley. Come see them for some great laughs and an experience that’ll make your weekend a memory you’ll never forget!

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RiverValley Guest Michelle the Storyteller

Michelle the Storyteller Returns

Michelle was given her first book of fairy tales as a child, and from there she was hooked. As she grew she began to read folklore and fairy tales from around the world. Her interest turned to Japanese fairy tales while she was studying abroad in Kyoto.

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In Kyoto, she learned about fox spirits, tanukis and the rabbit on the moon. Now she shares these stories and many more with others in order to entertain and educate. Her belief is that fairy tales help us see who we are, what lessons we wish to pass on and much more.

When she is not telling tales, Michelle can be found presenting on everything from mental profiles of horror movie villains to teaching classes in special effects makeup. She also occasionally guests on the Weeaboo Wednesday podcast done by The Loot. You can also find her on Facebook at

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Author Ben S. Reeder Returns to A2F River Valley

Ben Reeder is the author of the popular Demon’s Apprentice series, the Zompoc Survivor series and Ash Fall, the first book in the Apocalypse of Enoch: Everwinter series from New Babel books. He is also the co-author of the Verge Walker series with George Canfield. Born in Hawaii and raised in South Texas, he learned many of the vital zombie survival skills at an early age, spending much of his time as a young man outdoors.

When he wasn’t trekking through the wilds of Texas, Ben was traveling through places like Middle Earth, Hyperborea, and Earthsea or exploring the depths of outer space through science fiction and fantasy. A role-player since junior high school, he discovered that he had a penchant for telling stories early on, and by the time he was in high school, he was writing pulp fiction style stories for his friends to read.

After trying his hand at being an adult for several years, Ben returned to his first passion, storytelling, and in 2011, released his first book, The Demon’s Apprentice. In 2014, he got the rights to the Demon’s Apprentice back from his publisher and self-published the Zompoc Survivor series, and realized his life-long dream of becoming a full-time writer in 2015. When he isn’t traveling to conventions, he lives in Springfield, Missouri with his girlfriend Randi and several cats who have trained him to feed them on command.

You can read the first chapter of The Demon’s Apprentice on his website:

In an attempt to remain cool and somewhat relevant in the eyes of his grandkids, he has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and even has a writer’s blog page and an author page.

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