Leading by example through positivity and acceptance.
Our Cosplay Senpai Program, created in 2014, handpicks Cosplayers who have shown community support and outreach through positivity both at con and in the online world. They are invited to come and promote fun, passion, and acceptance within the cosplay community through panels and discussions. The Cosplay Senpai are always open to answering questions, giving advice, and talking with attendees; they can be found in the Entertainment Hall, right next to the Cosplay Repair Area.
Anime Expo advocates the idea that cosplay is for everyone –no matter what size, gender, age, religion, shape, color, or even species. Cosplay is all about having fun! The Cosplay Senpai help support our mission to promote the message that anyone and everyone can cosplay.
To do this, the AX Cosplay Senpai are expected to:
If you think you or someone you know might be a good fit for our Cosplay Senpai Program, please send us a message via our Contact Form, with “Cosplay” selected as the topic. Please be sure to tell us who you are suggesting and explain why you think he/she/you might be a good fit for our Cosplay Senpai Program.
2016 Cosplay Senpai
2015 Cosplay Senpai
2014 Cosplay Senpai
Examples of panels previously hosted by our Cosplay Senpai can be found below:
Cosplay Careers & More! w/ Aicosu
Are you considering a job related to Cosplay and Conventions? Come and talk to cosplayers in diverse fields (wardrobe assistant, social media, voice acting). To talk about how to break into the work force with your special skill, what the industry is like, how to make a resume and why your skills are valuable!
C3 Discusses Diversity in the Geek Community
We are a group of African American women dedicated to promoting the freedom of cosplay by showcasing and empowering all the gamer/nerd/geek/cosplayer within us all. We welcome all fans, girls and guys of different backgrounds to come meet the lovely ladies of Chocolate Covered Cosplay for an open and honest dialogue on con culture and see what the ladies of C3 are all about!
Cosplay Senpai Panel
The art of building a Cosplay following can be daunting. But have no fear, for your Senpai are here! Come join our fantastic Cosplay Senpai to learn about establishing your social media presence as a Cosplayer and more!
Cosplay Makeup 101 w/ Aicosu
From foundation to contacts and wig care to fake beards, come and learn all about makeup! We will cover the basics of learning about powders and pencils and then teach you how to transform into characters with special effect techniques! A live demonstration and Q&A included!