Secret Cosplay Lair FOUND in Indiana!!!

FOUND:

One secret cosplay lair in remote location – rural Indiana.  Individuals present at said lair were noted as multi-talented cosplayers and highly trained photographers and videographers – partners in their dedication to the art of cosplay handiwork and documentation of all activities occurring in said lair during the weekend of 27-29 March 2015.  This was the Camp David of cosplay!  The X-Files secret cabinet of costuming.  Willy Wonka’s hidden glass elevator to cosplay heaven!

CODEWORD:

Project CosAwesome 2

MASTERMINDS:

It has been noted the lair’s masterminds are no other than infamous James Wulfgar and willing accomplices Kyra Wulfgar, (both from CosAwesome Studios), Cody Critchon, Morgan Black, Jenna Fairchild, Evelynne Bell and all the fantastic members of CosAwesome Studios.   They plotted with SO many intensely dedicated individuals, including CosTacular Studios to bring the best cosplay and photographer hands, bodies and minds to one location for revelry, dancing, cosplay, documentary filming, photographic remembrances and camaraderie found among Indiana and surrounding area cosplayers – when placed together for a full weekend of fun, photog, video and revelry.

MASTERMIND ACCOMPLICES:

– CosTacular Studios provided event coordination and on site entertainment during the Weakest Link contest Friday night, DJ dancing, a Mario Cart area and tons of costumes for the Guardians of the Galaxy dance party on saturday night and throughout the weekend.

– Photographers and Videographers from practically every corner of the Indiana and local area cosplay scenes worked together to plan this event in order to document, review, post, modify and edit all needed pics.  Last count tallied 16 amazingly talented, well known and up-and-coming photographers and videographers joining in this event for the cause and cosplay!  (can sneak a peek at one cosplay documentary at www.WhyWeCosplay.com)

– Cosplayers – Arrived eager to show, share and shine in their latest and greatest costumes and cosplays.  Invites to this hush-hush destination made it so much easier for the sharing of resources, abilities and knowledge of costumes, costume construction, photography and videography set ups, positioning and tips!  So much amazing talent was shared to help others – lots of cosplay and photog/video love to go around!!!

FINDINGS:

This recently discovered secret meeting site is determined to be one of the most intensely awesome and incredible weekend events EVER…. a great opportunity for epic photographs to be snapped, friendships found, C2E2 cosplay match ups to be made (last minute, of course).

Well done to the entire gi-normous team of hard charging people  who put this together!!!  Project CosAwesome 2 was an intense event with great attitude, epic costumes, eager cosplayers , incredibly talented photographers and videographers who were all present to document, devise, detail and costume their hearts out without fear of bullying, teasing or ridicule.  Well done!!!  (Your secrets safe with me)!

CosAwesome Studios sends special thanks to these dedicated cosplayers, photographers and videographers who put in so much time and energy into the event to make Project CosAwesome 2 a resounding success:  Morgan Black, Evelynne Bell, Nicci Tague, Beau Tague, Jenna Fairchild, Nikki Wonders, Conner Grey, Cody Critchon, Jayme Lee, Tyson McFall, Joe Fowler, John Quade, Chris English, Rodney McPhail, Eric Biddle, Wes Smith, Jason Ernst, Jonnie Lee, Eddie Bonneau, Toby Bates, Casey Renee, Cliff Karrow, Matthew Sperzel, Corey Trotter, Sabrina (Moon Moon) Maruszewski, Steve Kaminsky, Jason Neitling and James Buckhorn!  BOOM – they made it happen (and kept it secret better than Shield)!!!

Check them out:

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Big Group shot – Project CosAwesome 2 – photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Almost all of the photographers and Videographers of Project CosAwesome 2 – photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Nightmare Nurses from Silent Hill – photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Group X-Men shoot – photo courtesy of Nick Maro
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AMAZING!!!!!!!! Photo courtesy of Wes Smith – The Portrait Dude
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Crazy fun! Photo courtesy of Power Cosmic Photography
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Anime shoot – photo courtesy of Michael Elliott
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Weakest Link contest – Photo courtesy of Nick Maro
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Corey Trotter by his green screen – being photo bombed in a selfie! How photog!!! :0 We love you and your work!!! Photo courtesy of Aria Manual
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Devil Jin cosplay from Tekken – photo courtesy of Killer Pom
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Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Saved by the bars!  photo courtesy of Power Cosmic Photography
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Fantastic!!! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Phenomenal Borderlands light display – photo courtesy of Wes Smith; The Portrait Dude
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Fantastic!! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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X-Men group shot – Photo courtesy of Jim Pinkstaff
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Borderlands photo shoot setting up – photo courtesy of Nick Maro
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Freaky Nurses from Silent Hill!!! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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The sharing of the cape!
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X-Men waiting for the shoot! Photo courtesy of Neal Haze
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Spiderverse shoot – Photo courtesy of Power Cosmic Photography
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XMen photo courtesy of Neal Haze
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Marvel awkward family photo shoot participants
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Waiting for the XMen shoot to travel to location
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Project CosAwesome!!!
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UMO Photo and Eddie B. Photos in action!
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Taking a break between shoots!
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Videographer Jacob Neitling setting up!
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Rodney McPhail hard at work!
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DC selfie – with photographer Gabe Duval
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Storm rising! Photo courtesy of Eddie B Photos
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Swim shoot beauty! Photo courtesy of Eddie B Photos
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CosTacular Studios – Photo courtesy of Eddie B Photos
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This guy is incredible! Photo courtesy of UMO Photo
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Loki – Photo courtesy of UMO Photo
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Steampunk – photo courtesy of UMO Photo
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Photo courtesy of UMO Photos
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Wolverine – Photo courtesy of UMO photo
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Card table flip – Photo courtesy of Eddie B Photos
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Photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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Walking Dead photoshoot participants getting ready to travel to location.
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Studly Duke Nukem and his lovely ladies! Photo courtesy of Neal Haze
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Storm green screen photo shoot with Corey Trotter
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Kraven being friendly
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Star Wars cosplays with Kyra Wulfgar in the middle (aka Shadowulf Photography)
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Photographer John Castillo – photo courtesy of Shadowulf Photography
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Great pool shoot candid – photo courtesy of Shadowulf Photography
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UMO Photo uses the best colors!!! – photo courtesy of UMO Photo
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Make-up artist and expert Jordan Musenbrock – phenomenal!!!
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Jordan helping everyone look beautiful!!!
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Star Wars folks taking a break from their shoot
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Great cosplay – photo courtesy of Shadowulf Photography
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Evil Ariel – luv it!! Photo courtesy of Shadowulf Photography
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Phenomenal Game of Thrones cosplay! Photo courtesy of Shadowulf Photography
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Link cosplay photo shoot break – photo courtesy of Gabe Duval
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Phenomenal water cosplay – photo courtesy of Shadowulf Photography
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Corey Trotter working his green screen magic! He’s incredible! Photo courtesy of Shadowulf photography
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What a Borderlands hand! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Oh Yaaaa!! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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Photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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Photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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Borderlands amazing poker table picture! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Cosplay Tea party! Photo courtesy of Killer Pom
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The Walking Dead photo shoot! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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CARL brought to cosplay life! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel photography
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Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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TOO COOL!!!! Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Fantastic Batman shot! Photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Spiderverse photo shoot! Photo courtesy of Nick Maro
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TWD – photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Disney shoot – photo courtesy of Michael Elliott
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Behind the scenes! Photo courtesy of Michael Elliott
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Anime shoot – Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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X-Men begin the battle – Photo courtesy of Matthew Sperzel Photography
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Batman shoot – photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Sci-Fi shoot – photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Batman group! Photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Part of the Star Wars shoot – photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Star Wars shoot on site – photo courtesy of Jason Ernst
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Photo courtesy of Rodney McPhail
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Star Wars beauty! Photo courtesy of Rodney McPhail
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Wonder woman shot photo courtesy of Rodney McPhail
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Disney Photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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DIsney photo shoot – photo courtesy of Wes Smith
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Tinkerbell – photo courtesy of The Portrait Dude
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SWEET! Photo courtesy of Killer Pom!
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Superman! Photo courtesy of John Castillo
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Fantastic cosplay – photo courtesy of Steve Kaminsky
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Photo courtesy of Steve Kaminsky
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Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay – photo courtesy of Paul Shelton
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Photo courtesy of Steve Kaminsky

Thank you to the incredible photographers and their tons of pictures I was allowed to look through and use.  I am so sad that I couldn’t post the thousands that I saw, they all were amazing and such incredible artistry!  Please, photographers, accept my apologies if I did not get yours in here, it was so difficult as they were all phenomenal!  You are all amazing and such talented artists, thank you – thank you – thank you!  If I made any errors, pls let me know and I’ll correct!

PS…… JUST ONE LAST NOTE:  Corey Trotter was unable to edit any photos at the time of this article due to moving, find two shots he did from Project CosAwesome 1 last year.  He’s totally incredible and his work is greatly missed in this article…  See below some great work from last November, 2014 during PCA1.

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Photo courtesy of Corey Trotter from PCA1
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Photo courtesy of Corey Trotter from PCA1

 

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