Resident Cosplayers

Licia Rei of Kiss a Frog Cosplay is an award winning, body-positive Cosplayer from Charleston, WV with a cosplay and J-Fashion career spanning 10 years. Her cosplay focus includes using natural hair wigs and textured styles for cosplay and portraying strong femme characters and Magical girls. She has been featured across the web by AFROPUNK, Black Girl Nerds, Anime Complexium, Art of Cosplay, Black Nerd Problems and many others! She has also been published in Cosplay Realm Magazine and has graced the cover of Cosplay Art & Photography magazine. She was also a featured cosplayer by Arda for her wig styling. Licia has been a guest at multiple conventions in the US and Canada, including Anime Expo with the Senpai Program. When not traveling for cosplay, or managing the Tsubasacon Majokko Maid Cafe, she enjoys baking, gaming, Star Wars, and TTRPGs. Her best-known cosplays are her Super Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon, Princess Serenity, and Princess Tiana.


Katwoman Cosplay is joining us again to be a part of our cosplay team! Katwoman is a veteran cosplayer who has led several cosplay classes in the area, including a recent one at the Y’allternative Art Spot in Williamson. They will be leading a panel on cosplay on Saturday. Be sure to check the panel schedule on our website for details. Katwoman will also be performing as part of our Friday Night SongAlong in BE5 at 6:30.



Cosplay Contest Categories

  • Juniors (age 12 and under)
  • Novice (ages 13+ with little experience)
  • Journeyman (ages 13+ with a few competitions under their belt)
  • Master (agees 13+ for experienced cosplayers)
  • Exhibition (all ages, noncompetitive)

Cosplay Rules, Regulations, and Etiquette


Cosplay is an artistic expression not an invitation. Secure the permission of a cosplayer to enter their personal space. Do not touch any part of their costume or their person without permission and always ask before taking a photograph or a video.

Cosplay Etiquette Wristbands

This year we will be offering wristbands at the door for those in cosplay. These wristbands are meant to help other convention attendees know if you are comfortable being approached for pictures.

  • Red band = please keep your distance
  • Yellow band = you may approach with caution
  • Green means = you may approach

Respect The Character You Are Portraying

Be mindful that any portrayal is a homage, so be sure to act in a manner that would not diminish any character representation. Your character is no doubt beloved and we hope to preserve the spirit of that.

Respect The Effort Of Others

HERDCON is open to all, and there will be varying levels of skill. Be kind to your fellow cosplayers in regard to quality or accuracy!

Be Mindful Of The Space You Take And The Safety Of Other Herdcon Attendees

We welcome your creativity! Please be mindful that you cannot enter with a costume that features any sharp spikes, sharp edges, dangerous projectiles or any manner of hazard that may endanger you or other attendees. We are relying on cosplayers to use common sense in their construction, but we will have final say as to whether a costume is unsafe at registration.

Weapons Policy

Marshall university is proud to host herdcon, a celebration of creativity and fun. We expect all attendees to adhere to the safety and weapons policy to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all

No firearms of any kind are permitted on campus this includes: real guns, functional air soft, bb guns, paintball, pellet and cap guns etc

Prohibited: metal bladed weapons such as daggers, swords, axes, etc

Prohibited: projectile weapons such as functional slingshots, crossbows, water guns, long bows, etc

Prohibited: explosives and fire crackers

Prohibited: blunt weapons such as nunchaku, clubs, bats, brass knuckles, etc

Prohibited: hard/ overweight props such as items made of or covered with metal, fiberglass, hard wood, glass and other dense or heavy materials that may cause harm

Cosplay weapons will be inspected at the weapons check to determine if their construction meets with our approval.

Cosplayers must consent to a weapons check for inspection and tagging.

Any weapons not meeting safety standards will not be permitted in the CON

All cosplay weapons must be constructed of plastic, foam or wood that is light weight

Be mindful of wielding your cosplay weapons

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