COSPLAY Panels & Workshops for ConGlomeration 2019

Cosplay Family

ConGlomeration’s 2019 Cosplay lineup, featuring HarleenQuartz, the Ohio River Valley Cosplayers & Prop Makers (ORCs)Level Up Lightsaber Dojo, Cutie Cute Cosplay, and John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell, includes:

  • A full-on Cosplay Masquerade competition with juried awards
  • A live lightsaber combat exhibition
  • Workshops and panels to demonstrate costume-creation techniques
  • Interviews with professional cosplayers
  • On-the-spot repairs and enhancements of your own cosplay costume
  • A court jester
  • Puppets
  • Boffer swords

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — April 19-21 — as part of ConGlomeration 2019. It all culminates in our annual Cosplay Masquerade on Saturday, April 20.

If you know want to spend an entire weekend cosplaying with a few hundred fellow fans — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

Interested in more than just cosplay? You can view our full program lineup here.


Want to spend three straight days designing and displaying awesome cosplays? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

HarleenQuartz cosplayer

“What a Character!”
3pm | Franklin
John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell explains “Giving life to the voices in your head.” How to create memorable characters for your RPG, Con, or Haunt Experience!

“Cosplay on a Budget”
3pm | Grant
Join The ORCs as they discus the finer points of keeping your cosplay within budget while still looking amazing! Closet finds, DIYs, thrift store deals, and much more to learn!

“Adult Foam Weapons Demo”
4pm | Grant
Alan White of Level Up Lightsaber Dojo will demonstrate the safe, effectively, and awesome use of foam “boffer” weapons to enhance your cosplay performances, LARP games, and possibly your interpersonal relationships (we’re not here to judge).

KIDCON: “Royally Crafted”
5pm | Oldham
Come one, come all! Come and visit with princesses! Enjoy coloring, chatting, and other fun activities with some of our favorite royals! Hosted by Another Realm Costuming.

“Body Acceptance in Cosplay”
5pm | Grant
Examining the body positivity movement in the cosplay community and how we can influence mainstream media. Featuring HarleenQuartz.

KIDCON: “Kids Foam Weapons”
7pm | Oldham
Alan White of Level Up Lightsaber Dojo adapts his foam “boffer” weapon demonstration for younglings and padawans, teaching the next generation how to combat-cosplay safely and stylishly.

“Prepping & Surviving a Masquerade”
7pm | Grant
Let’s discuss the ins and outs of attending and participating in a cosplay contest! Whether you’re new to contests or a veteran, there’s always something else to learn or someone else to help. All ages welcome.

KIDCON: “Kids Wing Zone”
8pm | Oldham
Quick and easy methods to build four types of kid-sized costume wings: Angel or Bird wings that are soft and light, Butterfly or Dragonfly wings that are shiny and fun, Fairy wings that are sheer for a fantasy look, and Bat or Dragon wings with a leathery web. The techniques used can be leveled up for more advanced cosplay. Supplies and volunteers are limited so while everyone is welcome, we would appreciate if the older kids helped the younger members complete their wings first.

“Designing Original Cosplays”
8pm | Grant
Movie, game and comic characters are one thing, but what if you want to dress up as one from a book, a story, a myth, or even your own original character? There’s a lot to consider. Let’s discuss.

“K-POP Karaoke Party!”
9pm | Grant
Ready to rock out? It doesn’t matter if you’re not fluent in Korean or even if you’ve never heard of KPOP! Give us your best try at lip-syncing, dancing, and mumbling along for a chance to win, or just come hang out and enjoy the show!


Want to Easter immersed in cosplay camaraderie? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Saturday, April 20

Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and Prop Builders

“Foam Smithing 101”
10am | Grant
Learn from Kylie Standiford and The ORCs as she covers the fundamentals of building props and armor with EVA foam, and watch as a couple of members of the class build their first project using what we learn! (Workshop is two hours.)

“Foam Sword Construction”
10am | Franklin
Learn to forge sturdy foam swords from easily accessible materials for lightsaber duels, Human vs. Zombies-style games, and more. Anything you make is yours to take home. Stick around for sword fighting and game demos. Limited to 15 participants. Participants under 12 years old will need adult permission. Unlimited observers.

KIDCON: “Olivander’s Workshop”
11am | Oldham
Get crafty and make your own wand! The young and young-at-heart are all invited to handcraft your own magic wand. All ages welcome, just please supervise your first-years.

“Intro to the ORCs”
1pm | Grant
HarleenQuartz introduces you to the Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and Prop Makers (ORCs). Learn what the cosplay collective is all about and how you can join the ORC legions.

“On a Faire Day, You Can See Forever”
2pm | Grant
John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell moderates a panel of vendors and performers who offer tips and tricks to maximizing your festival or convention experience — for both you and the folks putting on the show!

“Choosing is Half the Battle”
3pm | Grant
Costume Choice is Half the Battle: Want to try costuming/cosplay but feel intimidated? You can do it! Come for discussion and advice on getting started, building skills and making things easier for yourself.

“Cosplay Hospital with The ORCs
4pm | Grant
Does your cosplay have a problem? Busted zipper; split seam; popped a button? Come get it fixed with expert assistance from The ORCs. (And yes, we intentionally scheduled this opposite our Cosplay Masquerade rehearsals, so you can get ready to get awesome.)

Cosplay Masquerade Rehearsal
4pm | Coronet Ballroom
On-stage is not the time to realize your costume and/or performance isn’t quite ready. Get prepared for your Masquerade moment with a quick rehearsal.

Cosplay Masquerade Pre-Judging
7pm | Coronet Ballroom (Green Room Area)
You want to contend for a Masquerade prize? Then you’ll need to give the judges time to audit your costume before it hits the stage.

COSPLAY MASQUERADE!
8pm | Coronet Ballroom
Performers to the green room. Audience to the peanut gallery. MC, rock the mic! It’s time for one and all to join in cosplay, competition, and camaraderie of the ConGlomeration Masquerade! All ages welcome, and be sure to stay for our intermission performers, Level Up Lightsaber Dojo.

“Cosplay Masquerade Photo Op Center”
10pm | Elliott
Opportunity to get that perfect photo of your favorite Cosplay Masquerade participant. Bring your own camera or phone and celebrate with our Cosplayers!


Want to spend a weekend cosplaying like crazy? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Cutie Cute Cosplay

KIDCON: “Royally Crafted, Once Again”
10am | Oldham
Come one, come all! Come and visit with princesses! Enjoy coloring, chatting, and other fun activities with some of our favorite royals! Hosted by Another Realm Costuming.

“The Tavern at the End of the Con”
12:30pm | Franklin Room
The alcohol is imaginary but the memories are real. Unwind for the last hour of ConGlomeration and share the best and “truest” tales of the events of this year’s convention.

“Themoplastic, Foam, and Adhesives, Oh My!”
10am | Grant
Join Eden Grey of Cutie Cute Cosplay for a jam-packed panel on the what, when, where, how, and why of cosplay materials. Original/black/clear worbla, EVA foam, fabric dyes, fur, foam, clay, heat guns, dremels, barge glue, and lots more will be on the table for you to see demos of and ask questions about. Lucky attendees may also win samples of some materials!

“Guests of Honor: Last Call”
1pm | Elliott
Final chance to say farewell to the 2019 Guests of Honor — including HarleenQuartz — as well as a sneak peak at what we have planned for 2020. Come say adieu, get that last autograph, and get the scoop on what’s ahead.


Cosplay questions?
Contact Sarah Ritchie, Cosplay Masquerade Chair [masquerade@conglomeration.info]