THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
Riki LeCotey, known professionally as Riddle, has confirmed that she will be a guest at the inaugural BoroughCon event. The new pop culture expo, which caters to New York City’s outer boroughs, will take place May 26-29 at the Queens campus of St. John’s University.
Named by Kotaku.com as “one of the world’s best cosplayers,” LeCotey has been at the craft for more than 15 years. She was a main cast members on both season of Heroes of Cosplay, winning the most awards during her time on there.In this regard, her BoroughCon appearance will reunite her with castmate Monika Lee. LeCotey also has appeared in two award-winning documentaries, 4 days at Dragoncon and Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity.
She is internationally recognized in the cosplay community for her ability to translate costumes and focus on craftsmanship. She has been invited to conventions around the world to judge costume contests, host workshops and promote confidence in cosplay through craftsmanship. She has been interviewed by Playboy, NPR and The Washington Post, and has been featured on the covered of two of the most well-known cosplay magazines in the word, Cosplay Culture and Cohaku. All the skills she has learned through cosplay also has gotten the opportunity to work on a few superhero films during that time.
Also an avid cook, LeCotey is the creator of Cosplay for a Cause, whose first project was a cosplay calendar that raised more than $30,000 with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Japanese Red Cross tsunami disaster relief. Her favorite act of charity, however, is rescuing and rehabilitating baby squirrels.
Cosplayer Danquish has confirmed that he will be a guest at the inaugural BoroughCon event. The new pop culture expo, which caters to New York City’s outer boroughs, will take place May 26-29 at the Queens campus of St. John’s University.
Danquish is a cosplay, ninja, giant robot, and Shiba Inu fan. He got into costuming in 2010, when he discovered he could extend his love for recreating his favorite characters to more than just once a year at Halloween. Danquish has attended numerous cons, making great friends along the way and meetings some of his personal cosplay and creative heroes – all while bringing smiles to fans who share the passion for characters he strives to recreate.
He joins colleague Monika Lee as an attraction to BoroughCon’s cosplay track. The names of other celebrity cosplayers will be divulged in early January. Well-known guests in the anime, comics and manga, gaming and live-action film/TV/stream tracks will then be announced.
BoroughCon’s leadership team expects around 20,000 attendees to what they envision as the first running of an annual Memorial Day weekend event.
UPDATE: Here are some more pix of Danquish in action:
I hate August.
My birthday’s in August and, as if that’s not bad enough, I never had a proper party, even as a kid. That’s because everyone’s out of town. Boring beyond measure, August is the month I dread most.
But this one was exciting. Matt showed up in Japan for the World Cosplay Summit. I got to go to Super Smash Con and took my boys to compete in Nebulous Gaming’s weekly tourneys on the Lower East Side. I also brought my BoroughCon-teed torso to both Flame Con and Inbeon Con and met some amazing people who I hope find their way to St. John’s University over Memorial Day weekend 2017. We also got confirmation that I-Con has been revived, and you can count on us to support it — as well as New York’s newest literary convention, HELIOsphere, and its longest-running, Lunacon!
The excitement was diminished, though, by the losses of Willie Wonka and R2-D2, Gene Wilder and Kenny Baker. We at BoroughCon were profoundly saddened by these passings.
We broke the news to many of you via our dynamic Facebook page, but now’s not the time to dwell on them. Instead, here are happier memes posted there in August, the ones you viewed the most:
13) Star Trek smackdown. The Gap Band finally gets the video it deserves.
12) How to treat a cosplayer, and how not to. If “Don’t be a jerk” is too complicated, watch this video. Even if you don’t think you’re a jerk, you should still watch.
11) More GRRM. We’re nearing the end of Game of Thrones’ run, but its creator has more in store for us.
10) Congrats, Tim Zahn! One of our favorite tie-in authors received a lifetime achievement award. Here’s the link to his Facebook fan page.
9) Wal Mart. Where else?
8) Happy 50th birthday, Trek! Here’s the link to Smithsonian’s golden jubilee documentary, Building Star Trek.
7) How do you really feel? We all have contrarian opinions. Don’t judge. Maybe some people are really looking forward to Batman comics based on the Val Kilmer movie. Who knows?
6) Speaking truth to the mass market. Adam Ellis from Buzzfeed nails it and wins the Internet for at least a day.
5)”Oh, you said ‘Wookiee’?” Long, long ago, on a wonderfully diverse and peaceful inner-city street far, far away …
4) Taarna! Taarna! Happy 35th anniversary to animation masterpiece Heavy Metal!
3) Dead cat drones. A taxidermist and a flight engineer team up. What’s weird about that?
2) Sheikha America. The Star-Spangled Avenger in a hijab. Why not? Courtesy of Hijabi Hooligan.
1) The Big Reveal! But by far the most viewed images were a couple pieces of a puzzle we’ve been working on since we first formed our team. After relentless months of design, notes, redesign, refinements, we have a mascot who represents everything that BoroughCon is about. She’s fun-loving, street-savvy, down-to-earth. Attractive without ostentation, stylish on a budget, she’s the russet-skinned, caramel-eyed, ponytailed girl next door bound for bigger things. But this year she’ll be hosting you at BoroughCon. You’ll see her all over the St. John’s campus, adorning directional signs showing you which way to your next event. You’ll see what she looks like cosplaying her original characters from video games, comics, anime and superhero movies.
She hasn’t told us her name yet. Maybe you’ve already met her. If so, we’d love to know what to call her.
Regardless, please join the BoroughCon team in welcoming our newest member! (Maybe August isn’t so bad after all.)
We at BoroughCon have a chip on our shoulder. Not just the usual we-from-da-neighbawhood attitude, although, yeah, that too. (Sorry not sorry.)
No, we are operating under the pressure of being a first-year convention. No matter how much con-running experience our leadership team has, no matter the managerial and legal credentials of the rest of the team, no matter the aesthetics of our design, the usability of our web site, the quality of our content, we’re still the new kid with a big mouth and a lot to prove.
And let’s face it: A lot of first-year cons suck. Sometimes it’s a matter of a comics nerd inheriting $10,000 after his uncle dies and deciding to blow it on renting out the ballroom at the local Holiday Inn. Those rarely turn into second-year cons.
That’s who we’re lumped in with, but it just isn’t a fair comparison. First-years aren’t universally bad, and we don’t intend to be. There are a couple examples we love to cite to show anyone wondering how BoroughCon will shape up that they have every reason for optimism.
Salt Lake Comic Con might be, according to BoroughCon’s own market research, tied with New York Comic Con as the second-biggest annual pop culture event in the United States — and it’s only in its fourth year! The inaugural SLCC in 2013 crammed in a crowd of more than 70,000. Of course, nobody rubbed a lamp and wished for selling out the Salt Palace. It’s all about the organizational talent. The organizers, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, are the founders of DAZ 3D and Acclaim Studios, respectively. They have the skills and the connections — not to mention the money — to do whatever the hell they want.
Similarly, Silicon Valley Comic Con got off to a breakneck start last year. But when a geek convention is organized by Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee, there’s not a whole lot that can go wrong. It’s certainly going to be among the U.S. Top 10 as a sophomore.
We might not have those chops, but we didn’t exactly get these jobs in the Home Depot parking lot. Our CEO and CFO ran Orlando’s late, lamented KnightroKon anime convention for years. So our goals will be more modest than SLCC’s or SVCC’s, but we do know how to run something like this.
Perhaps the best analogy is Alamo City Comic Con, which debuted in 2013 with a crowd of 34,000 — then doubled it the following year. This was just a matter of good management, i.e., invisible management. All the star power is up in front of the panel rooms, not hiding out in Con Ops. We want to be just like Alamo City when we grow up.
Not that we’d have to look far for other role models. Right here in New York, Liberty City Anime Con moved from the suburbs to Manhattan in its Year 2 because of unexpectedly large crowds in Year 1. It’s a more modest scale than multi-fandom BoroughCon intends to be, but it still supports the theses that if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.
So we look forward to our inaugural event, Memorial Day weekend 2017, on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens. We hope to see you there, and you’ll see just how much we’re willing to do to make sure you come back for BoroughCon 2.