Guest - Alpacosplay
Cosplay Contest Judge

Alpacosplay is an avid gamer, artist, and cosplayer. She cosplayed at her first convention in 2001 and immediately caught the cosplay bug. In 2013, she started competing and fell in love with contests after meeting so many wonderful people.

In 2015, with her cosplay partner Yummy Gamorah, she earned the honor of representing the United States at the World Cosplay Sumit in Nagoya, Japan. They competed with 26 other countries, winning the Brother Award for best costume and 3rd place overall.

Her current goals are to continue improving her craft while also sharing what she’s learned through Twitch streams and tutorials.



Diana Tolin

Cosplay Contest Judge

Diana has been cosplaying for over 20 years. She has won awards all over the US and recently traveled to Japan to represent America as Team USA 2016 at World Cosplay Summit. Her costume company, dialC, has created custom costumes for the Real Escape Room Game ‘Defenders of the Triforce’ which is currently traveling in the USA and Canada.

Diana has helped spearhead several American Cosplay Paradise events and proudly organized the World Cosplay Summit Team USA Retrospective at Anime Impulse 2017. She especially enjoys spending time interacting with and supporting cosplayers by sharing her experiences and knowledge of cosplay at home and abroad. She has judging experience with Anime Expo, San Diego Comic Con, and World Cosplay Summit (to name a few) and can’t wait to visit Anime Banzai!

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DJ Jpan

Guest - EmpathPEmpathP is an American musician, illustrator, and Producer from Virginia. Specializing in the creation of original VOCALOID works, her credits include illustrating the Celtic English VOCALOID “AVANNA” and voice providing for the American English VOCALOID “DAINA”.

Through her self-promoted music and art studio “Empathy Studioes”, her wish is to spread the love for VOCALOID technology across the United States. As the manager of VOCAMERICA: The Western VOCALOID Concert Project, she and her team have worked hard for over a year to make the dream of a western VOCALOID concert series a reality.




Cosplay Contest Halftime Show Entertainment

JupiterJupiter began as a songwriting endeavor to blend melodic hooks, introspective lyrics, and trance rhythms into songs that are both catchy and meaningful. Its six members (located in various towns across Utah) are drawn from diverse backgrounds, ranging from classic rock to opera; and from the self-taught to the collegiate. Each bring their own perspectives, talents, and experiences to the mix. They have been performing around the inter-mountain west for 10 (ten) years now, and are pleased to be a part of the Anime Banzai Convention this year.

Pannonator’s Pan-Tastic Cosplays (Pannon)

Cosplay Contest Judge

Pannon has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 16 years, she’s refined her craft and competed all over the United States and abroad! Pannon has won over 60 awards nationwide. She and cosplay-partner, Garnet Runestar, won the title of Team USA in 2014 as part of the World Cosplay Summit, and got to represent the US again in June 2017 as Team USA in The Netherlands’ C4 competition.

Though she still competes in the international circuit, Pannon has also judged for over 30 contests, returning as an Alumni Judge for the World Cosplay Summit as well as several national cosplay contests. She has since worked professionally in the field of costuming and fashion ever since. Pannon worked for two years as Lead Designer and Seamstress for a professional sports mascot-making company where she built mascots for the Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, and many more.

She is currently a designer, seamstress, illustrator, and pattern-maker for a local dress-making company that specializes in fanciful gowns for photographers and fashion shoots, and runs her own brand of fashionable bags and accessories on the side.

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