Texas-based POC Cosplayer specializing in sewing, prop-making, and education
If you count the time she convinced her mom to buy her a jean vest and skirt to dress as Android 18 in the 6th grade, Ashweez has been cosplaying since 2000. If you don’t, she’s been cosplaying since 2005. Of course, back then, cosplay stores weren’t a thing yet, so she had to get by putting her cosplays together by modifying store-bought clothing items and making props out of the random supplies at her parents’ house or in her dorm room.
In 2010, she got a Brother CS6000i sewing machine. The first cosplay that she would sew with it was her Blake cosplay, which coincidentally was also her first time documenting the build process. It wasn’t until 2016 that she felt comfortable enough sewing to make her first from-scratch cosplay, Korra, which was her first cosplay contest piece. Since that first contest, Ashweez has gone on to serve as a judge at the Quakecon 2019 Cosplay Contest, win a Judge’s Award at the Animefest 2019 Cosplay Contest, and win first place in the Journeyman division at Anime Dallas 2019 Cosplay Contest.
In 2020, Ashweez had dreams of guesting and paneling at cons as a cosplayer. She had even managed to get approval for a panel for Anime Frontier 2020 for May. Then Covid decided that wasn’t going to happen after all. Ashweez figured if cons couldn’t invite her as a guest or panelist, she’d just make her own con. And thus, ComfyCozyCon was born. On August 15, 2020, she and a team of volunteer guests hosted the one-day virtual con on the ComfyCozyCon Twitch channel. The Winter Edition is set for December 2020.
In August of 2020, Ashweez established Ashweez Cosplay, LLC her small business that offers “Cosplay and cosplay-related goods and services,” which is her way of saying she sells merch, prints, and hopes to make some money guesting and paneling at cons (whenever those happen again). Her goal as a—now self-proclaimed “professional”—cosplayer is to give back to the nerd/con community through education and outreach. She currently promotes marginalized cosplayers through her “Feature Friday” posts and offers graphic design services to cosplayers at affordable prices.
Ashweez wants to continue to make cosplays, learn new building/sewing techniques, meet interesting people, and share whatever knowledge she can. And hey, if she can eventually turn a profit doing all that, that would be pretty swell, too.
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