Guests/Presenters

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YAYA HAN

Yaya Han is a cosplayer, designer and author. She discovered cosplay in 1999, when it was still a small, quirky section of the geek-fandom. Armed with a used $40 sewing machine, Yaya threw herself into making costumes headfirst, and quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day, Yaya has made over 400 personal costumes in every fandom genre imaginable, as well as her own original designs. Her long-standing consistency of creating intricate and lavish costumes has made her a Craftsmanship Icon in the cosplay world, and inspired countless people to get into cosplay. She has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to hundreds of conventions and events all over the world. Over the years, Yaya has played a pivotal role in introducing cosplay to the mainstream audience. She has been a Guest Judge on 3 seasons of TBS TV Network’s “King of the Nerds” competition show, starred in the Syfy TV Network’s Docu-Series “Heroes of Cosplay”, and been interviewed countless times by media outlets about fandom and cosplay. Yaya even lent her image to the comic book series “Wonderous 2: The Yaya Han Saga”, produced by Lionforge Comics, and became a legitimate superhero in the comic book world. These days, Yaya is passionate about making tools and materials more available to the cosplay community through global retail and manufacturing companies. She designs a popular line of cosplay sewing patterns for The McCall Pattern Company which is distributed worldwide. JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores carries the Cosplay by Yaya Han brand of fabric, trims and EVA foam in all of their 860 stores in North America. Yaya helped launch a sewing machine model for BERNINA and partnered with Dremel to bring rotary tools to JOANN stores. Most recently, Yaya wrote a book about the culture of modern cosplay, called “Yaya Han’s World of Cosplay.” It is available worldwide.

Commercial ventures aside, Yaya often participates in charitable projects involving cosplay, and strives to be a positive force in the community. Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade-long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today. Everyday, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as Cosplay.