If you dig putting on the fancy duds, the steampunk goggles, the stormtrooper armor, the fluffy dog ears, the superhero cape, the wizard robes, the Dr. Who scarf, the life-size Godzilla feet, or any other sort of costume, garb, get-up, or disguise then Con on the Cob is the place for you. One of several places, actually (Here’s another).

Costumes are encouraged at Con on the Cob. All costumes (as long as they’re legal and safe for the chillunz to see). Imagination is Earth’s most important resource and we want to see what’s cooking in your noggin. Show us what you’re into. Be PROUD. Sing it LOUD. Don your geek garb and strut your stuff.

To facilitate such snazziness, we have several super-fun CosPlay activities planned. Here are some of them:

Cosplay Guest of Honor


Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio.

A current decorated 19 year veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012. Having created over 150 costumes, Michael is an award winning cosplayer with many of his creations being praised and displayed on numerous platforms in print and online. Michael is noted as one of the most influential and diverse male cosplayers in the world. Along with judging cosplay contests Michael often hosts cosplay panels and workshops at conventions showcasing the creative, positive, inspiring and supportive side of cosplay.

Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions. Michael was also an alternate for the 2006 reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” hosted by Stan Lee. Michael has worked on and has been featured in several fan films and productions such as “Flash Fall” by Together Brother Productions and the popular YouTube series “MAN AT ARMS: Reforged”. Michael is a spokesperson for FX latex product, Zombie-Skin. Michael has also created various costumes for World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.

Michael also is a spokesmodel for the independent comic companies “Shot In The Dark Comics” and “Transgenesis Comics”, having his likeness used for upcoming comic book characters.

Genuinely loving to entertain, make a positive impact and bring smiles, Michael most often uses his costuming by participating in many charitable events, benefits, parades, birthdays and hospital visits to children. This has led him to becoming a member of esteemed costuming groups all over the United States such as “The League of Heroes, The Heroes Alliance-Ohio Branch, East Coast Avengers, Costumers with a Cause and Superheroes to Kids in Ohio and Heroic Inner Kids”. Michael often works closely with charity organizations as a sponsor and has partnered with over 60 various organizations around the world to fundraise and bring awareness to these organizations. Michael has received numerous awards for his charitable deeds including the “’Outstanding Service Award” from Credit Where Credit Is Due and most notably the “Presidential Volunteers Award” from President Barack Obama and the White House.

If you wish, become a fan at  and follow on Twitter @Knightmage  and Instagram @Knightmage1

Cosplay Special Guests:

Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon has been cosplaying for over nine years, the last five of which she has been crafting and competing. She always knew she was different growing up because she loved dress up more than anything. Over the years her playing dress up has blossomed into her successful cosplay career which is still on the rise. She started when she was only twelve years old, and has made upwards of over thirty custom costumes in the time between then and now. She primarily specializes in armor and props, making things such as full plate armor or life sized swords axes and bows. In her downtime from crafting and competing, she likes to play video games preferring RPGs and FPS. She also participates in some character dungeon delving with her dungeons and dragons group that she plays with every week.

Sheikahchica Cosplay

Going by the name Sheikahchica Cosplay, Lindsay has been cosplaying since 2009, with 65+ costumes (including variations) under her belt. She has been featured on numerous websites, such as Kotaku and Geeks Are Sexy. She has also appeared in the Women VS Cosplay 2017 calendar and the Star Wars 40 Years of the Force special edition magazine by Time Magazine. She is an artist, writer, and gamer, previously writing for the former as their Cleveland Girl Gamer Examiner. She currently works with the Tangent Bound Network as a con correspondent. Also an actress, she has appeared in Marvel’s The Avengers, and is the female lead in the upcoming movie Forever Knight by Curseborne Films. One of Lindsay’s greatest passions is giving back through costuming, raising funds for charity, and volunteering through the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, Heroes Alliance, and the Columbus and Cleveland Ghostbusters. Lindsay believes that CAUSEplay is about the impact you leave behind – encouraging others to follow their dreams, being a hero to those who need one, and leaving smiles in your wake.




Zac Taylor

Zac Taylor of Electro Z Cosplay was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and resides in Ohio. He has always been interested in acting and martial arts. He officially began training in Taekwon-Do when he turned ten years old. He has been lucky enough to have trained under and with many renowned Masters and Grandmasters. In Taekwon-Do he is a sixth degree black belt, international instructor, national and international champion, world competitor, and class A umpire. He has been a member of team USA multiple times and an official at world championships. He has helped spread Taekwon-Do in his local area through many demonstrations.  In 2016 he opened his own Taekwon-Do school (Taylor Taekwon-Do Academy). He has attracted many black belts to his school and loves training and developing students as well as helping them achieve their goals. Also, he is a founding member of ITF HQ-USA where he is the Ohio State Representative.

Zac very much enjoys entertaining people. Through cosplay, he loves to bring his favorite characters to life and smiles to people’s faces. Although he has been dressing as his favorite characters for as long as he can remember, he began trooping with the 501st Legion in 2011. He is also involved with other groups like the Heroes Alliance that gives him the opportunity to do many charity events. Besides charity events he has also worked with some of these groups to help entertain at conventions. He feels it is very rewarding to have helped make someone else’s day, even if just for a short time. His most notable cosplays include The Flash, Emperor Palpatine, Anakin Skywalker, and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, among others.

Outside of cosplay and martial arts, he has had the opportunity to combine his skills to get into acting and stunt work. Recently, he has become a stunt team member of Steel Legion Stunts. He has been involved with various projects including fan films and 48 hour film competitions. The projects he has been involved with such as The Three Chocolatiers: The Cotton Tail Of Revenge, and Unclean Hands have even won awards for best fight choreography.  He will also be featured in the film The Order.

HarleenQuartz Cosplay

Cosplaying since 2012 HarleenQuartz has made a name for herself in the community as a body positive cosplayer. Plus sized and proud she cosplays any character she wants to regardless of their or her size. A firm believer in cosplay being for everyone she loves to host panels on the importance of loving yourself, cosplaying on a budget, and spreading the gospel of cosplaying being fun.

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Jeff Gishnock

Steampunk enthusiast, Ghostbusters addict, furry, and an all-around well rounded cosplayer.  I got my beginning as a costume and prop maker from watching my mom, a seamstress by trade, make quilts and my costumes for Halloween since about the age of 5.  At around 12 years old I asked her to show me how to use a sewing machine.  It was the spark that has led me down a path of creativity that I am very grateful for.  Since then, I have ventured into different materials and techniques for other various things and props for my cosplay.  EVA foam is a gift from the crafting gods!  My first big endeavor was a wizard staff about 16 years ago which has led me to many great things and pushing myself to try and outdo my previous project.  If it brings a smile to someone, I know I have done a great job.

Cosplay Contest

This will be the 3nd year we’re doing the cosplay contest with pre-judging for those age 10 and up!  (Younger kidlets have the opportunity to be in the kids costume contest in the kids room along with trick-or-treating)  This means each contestant will have an opportunity to talk to the judges and brag about all the work that went into your creations.  Here’s how it’ll work:


  • You can turn in your cosplay contest form and sign up for your pre-judging slot Thursday noon – 7pm, Friday 9am – 7pm, and Saturday 9am – noon.
  • When you turn in your registration you will be given a card with your assigned 10 minute time slot and where to go to see the judges.
  • You must be signed up in order to compete!


  • Pre-judging will be Saturday, please arrive 5-10 minutes early to your time just in case!!
  • This is here you can let the judges know all about your costume, the work put into it, the inspiration behind it, or anything else special about it.

Mainstage Show:

  • The cosplay showcase is Saturday starting at 7pm on the main stage.  Strut your stuff, show off your costume, preform any skits, or show off your cool moves where attendees can see you.
  • You’ll have a chance to tell the audience about your cosplay and may be asked a few questions by the MC.
  • Awards will be awarded at the end by the cosplay guest of honor.
    • Best Youth costume (ages 10-14)
    • Best Young Adult costume (ages 15-19)
    • Best Adult Costume (ages 20 and up)
    • Best Group
    • Judges Choice

Contestants are welcome to sign up on site or feel free to download this form and fill it out beforehand. Please turn them in at Cosplay HQ located outside the registration/badge pick up room Thursday noon – 7pm, Friday 9am – 7pm, or Saturday 9am – noon.

Cosplay Contest Form