Special Guests and Presenter

It’s hard to imagine that a girl growing up with a love for video games and an early interest in the violin would ultimately turn into the global phenomenon and crossover sensation artist that is Taylor Davis. A self-admitted “proud nerd” and still an avid gamer, her unique arrangements of many of gaming, anime and film’s most iconic soundtracks have been viewed over 300 million times by her delighted audience of over 2 million YouTube subscribers.


Master Daniel Pesina is a gold medal winner in international as well as USA sanctioned martial arts tournaments. He gained his notoriety for his contribution to the Mortal Kombat franchise. He was the co-creator and actor who portrayed characters such as Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot. Master Pesina gave physical form to creative concepts and designed the characters’ signature moves — hallmarks of the franchise that remain relevant in pop culture today. During the early promotional development of the franchise, Master Pesina was often asked to get a group of characters together for local, national and international tours, including choreographing fight scenes to be videotaped for ideas on how to translate the franchise into movies and live tours. Master Pesina has also done stunt work for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II movie as well as work on other independent movie projects. He currently teaches martial arts at his dojo in Chicago, IL, and attends retro gaming events nationally and internationally. Because of his vast teaching experience and the iconic characters he portrays, his seminars are popular for marital artists, cosplayers and the casual enthusiast.


16 years ago Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (SnowCosplays) were two fanfiction writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil. Now? They’re still geeks and still have their fandoms, but they’re also a cosplaying couple who write books, make crafts, and are generally nerdy women. Snow is the seamstress of the couple, meanwhile, Brichibi talks about issues in the cosplay community and how the most important thing about cosplay is to love yourself and have fun. The two ladies also speak on the importance of diversity when it comes to writing and pop culture, and they’ve both written about it via personal blogs and various websites like SyFy Wire. Speaking of writing, the ladies have work published through Dreamspinner Press, both write freelance for WatchMojo.com (a YouTube channel with 15 million subscribers), and they also self-publish their own series of books. Brichibi just released a black, queer, magical girl series called “magnifiqueNOIR” which has been featured on websites like “Wear Your Voice” and “Afropunk” while Snow is determined to scare the living daylights out of readers with her upcoming horror anthology “Little Creepers.” Along with their solo projects, the two will soon be working on the third book in their “Hunters” urban fantasy series. When going to conventions they always bring their best so that they can promote their work. You can enjoy their crafts, get lost in their book series, or heck, you can come by for a hug and fun conversations about cosplay, anime, or video games. Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Brichibi and Snow are smiling their way through the geek scene. The magnifiqueNOIR site: http://www.magnifiquenoir.com/ Brichibi Cosplays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brichibicosplays Brichibi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrichibiTweets SnowCosplays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snowcosplays Snow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snowstoryteller/ Main site: http://www.sewntogetherreflections.com/