Kraken Con in Oakland, California is one of the Bay Area’s upcoming conventions for anime, gaming and pop culture. With a warm body count of 3,524, this is for sure going to be the region’s next hotspot for anime geeks and general nerds alike. Aside from the wonderful staff and attendees, the convention wouldn’t be complete without their awesome artists showcasing their artwork to the world!
Here we have two artists that we call nowadays, ‘cosplayers’, Hezachan and Dominique De Leon. Both of these awesome ladies were chosen as Kraken Con’s ‘Cosplay Senpai’, which is another name they call their cosplay guests. First we’ll start off with Hezachan!
Also known as Heather, Hezachan has been cosplaying since the golden age of 2001 at SugoiCon which is in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio as Lime from Saber Marionette J. As the years go by, she has cosplayed other characters such as Sailor Chibi Moon, Faye Valentine, Morrigan Aensland (her favorite), and many more! Heather gets her inspiration from fellow cosplayer, Yaya Han, for her wonderful costumes and is the inspiration for 11,000 others on her facebook page and even more on her other social media plugs. “It’s a good feeling” Hezachan said when asked about people who admire her cosplays. She also describes feeling validated and all of her hardwork paying off. Cosplay isn’t the only thing this cosplayer likes to do, she also likes spending time with her cats and eating Korean food.
Dominique De Leon
Our next cosplayer is extreme armor maker, Dominique De Leon! From the sunny beaches of Santa Cruz, California, Dominique is a newcomer to the cosplay community already proving her passion in armormaking. Going back to Fanime 2013, a friend asked her if she would like to go to the con dressed as Princess Mononoke. The moment she said yes started her cosplay career ranging from Face Mcshooty from Borderlands 2 to Enclave Power Armor from Fallout 3. What is her secret weapon for these amazing armor pieces you may ask? “EVA foam mats” Dominique said. Yes, the ones you see at the gym and can buy from Walmart for $15. She uses different paints and coatings to transform them into her own artwork. When asked how does she balance normal life and cosplay she said, “Thank god it’s Friday!”