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N. K. Jemisin is a New York-area science fiction and fantasy writer whose 5 novels and numerous short stories have been nominated for 22 awards – including the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Locus (winner). She is currently at work on her latest novel, for which she posts updates and her thoughts on the future of speculative fiction at

Jeffrey L. Wilson is a journalist who’s written gadget- and gaming-related nerd-copy for PC Magazine, LAPTOP magazine, Parenting Magazine, WWE Magazine, the sadly defunct, and his own He’s a mech-head who believes that the original Macross is anime perfection, and he’s never read a comic by John Byrne or Chris Claremont that he didn’t like. Yes, he’s old.

Emmanuel Ortiz has been working as a journalist, graphic designer, videographer and editor for over ten years at many different organizations. He has worked for The Wall Street Transcript, New York Tokyo and FUSE Music Television. Today, Mr. Ortiz is the owner of Nerd Caliber, a website focusing on the many aspects of nerd lifestyle, from cosplay to gaming.

Muse en Lystrala is a musician, author, and political commentator. She is the lead singer of symphonic metal band Crown of Melusine, author of the Clans of the Dark Masque horror series, and author of the Uppityblackwoman blog on Tumblr. A longtime anime and comic fan, this is her first time at NYCC.

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad is the Founder and Editor of Islam and Science Fiction ( which is the most comprehensive resource on the subject Muslims cultures and characters in Science Fiction and Science Fiction written by Muslims. He also edited the first anthology dedicated to Muslims and Science Fiction - A Mosque Among the Stars. Muhammad has a doctorate in Computer Science and is working as a data scientist at a predictive analytics start up. 

Ger Tysk started cosplaying in 2007 and has since turned a part-time hobby into a full-time business. She is a woodworker and prop-maker, seamstress, author, and professional photographer, all supporting various aspects of the cosplay community both in the United States and abroad. Her photography and costumes have been featured on sites such as Kotaku, Polygon, Nerd Caliber, and Cosplay in America. Her latest project is a photobook entitled “Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self-Expression,” a collection of photos and interviews from cosplayers across the USA, on sale November 2013.

Jay Justice is a comic book collector, science fiction & fantasy enthusiast, costumer and cosplayer from New York City. On her tumblr ‘And Justice For All’, she is known for promoting equality, tolerance & awareness among fans & convention goers. As a person with a disability, Jay strives to demonstrate that the only thing it takes to reach your goals is the determination to get there.

Moderated by Diana Pho (a.k.a. Ay-leen the Peacemaker).
Diana is a fandom scholar, activist, and owner of the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana ( Her writing can be found in Steampunk Magazine, Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press), Steaming into a Victorian Future (Scarecrow Press) and the upcoming Anatomy of Steampunk (October 2013 from Race Point Publishing). She has been interviewed about steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets. Diana works for Tor Books and blogs for


Vanellope is finally back in her Candy Castle (:
It was sheer luck that the floors match in style and colors! There was no color manipulation in this photo.

Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz - Wreck it Ralph
Metrocon 2013

Cosplayer: Kaye Cosplay
Photographer: Chou-Wa Photography & Cosplay


Breaking All the Rules Book release party

Last night at Bond Street Studio in Brooklyn, NY, cosplayer, photographer, and author Ger Tysk  debuted her second book Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the art of Self-Expression. This is her first cosplay photo book, that features the stories, the motives, and emotions of each cosplayer in the book. From the summer of 2012 to the fall of 2013 Ger Tysk had traveled almost all over the United States from one convention to another taking photos and interviewing cosplayers.

The party itself was a gathering of photographers and cosplayers all snapping away, posing, and of course eating. Of course Ger’s book was readily available to purchase and to be signed by her as well. For me the night was a great evening with friends, sharing tips with fellow photographers, and just enjoying a each others company. 

I wish Ger Tysk much success with her book.


A really awesome video on what one woman is trying to do for the cosplay community. I really have to commend her on what she’s done and the wonderful message that she’s trying to send people.

Source: Polygon

Article: “Anatomy of a Cosplayer


When I was little,
I dreamed of space travel and superheroes
when the monsters that scared me were real.
Leaving the Milky Way, heading to Andromeda-
with shining eyes, I read my picture books

When I was little, I dreamed of a future world with flying cars
where even scary robots seemed lonely.
If I believed in it, could I have gone to that future world?
My dreams never came true, but I know yours will.

Leaving the Milky Way, heading to Andromeda-
those dreams never came true, but having met you is enough for me.
Sweet dreams, good night.


Han Pan as Oerba Dia Vanille [Final Fantasy XIII]
Photography by Ger Tysk
Shot at Ormand Beach, Florida


Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self-Expression is here!!

I had my book launch party on Saturday and the book is now on sale and ready to ship! If you’d like to receive your copy in December, please order by Sat, Dec 14 to be sure it makes it in time! (I’m traveling for the holidays and can’t guarantee I will be able to ship things during the last weeks of 2013/first week of 2014.)

Thank you so much to everyone who supported me during the completion of this project! <3

Ger Tysk makes woodworking look effortless. As wood chips and splinters fly, sticking to her shirt and rebounding off her plastic safety goggles, her face remains as still and calm as water. Her arms move back and forth, the wooden block in her hands an extension of her limbs, pushing it through the saw and flipping it over to push again in one fluid motion.

Tysk is in her garage in the middle of Arlington, Mass., where she has banished her car in favor of a workshop. Floor to ceiling, the walls are covered with shelves and hooks sporting saws, wrenches and blades of all sizes. A pile of wood blocks and dowels sits in one corner, a dedicated station for spray-painting in the other. A bandsaw, router, lathe and two tables with half-finished projects clutter the room.

The spread on the tables is impressive: a Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, what looks like an unfinished sword hilt, the beginning of what will become an 8-foot collapsible spear. The latter is what Tysk is working on now, recreating a weapon originally rendered in polygons with wood, plastic and paint.

“The props are the best part,” Tysk says with a grin as she flicks a switch and the saw roars back to life.

Episode 9 - Ger Tysk - Breaking All The Rules

On this episode of Awkward Inquiries: Anthony Chodor talks with Ger Tysk, cosplayer, photographer, and author of the book Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self Expression. Breaking All the Rules is a in-depth look at the world of cosplay as well as the stories behind the costumes featuring cosplayers at all levels of expertise from across the USA.

You can learn more about the book at:
See more of Ger’s work at: