about us

Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

Welcome to our cosplay portfolio! We are an award-winning cosplay couple who specializes in an wide range of techniques to create costumes that are both intricately detailed and impossibly over the top. Our ever-growing skillset includes advanced needlework, extreme wigwork, detailed armor, makeup effects, moldmaking, lighting, and animatronics. With over fifteen years experience, our focus is on learning and creativity, as well as encouraging other cosplayers through tutorials, advice, and convention presentations.

We strongly believe in giving back to the community. In additional to free-access tutorials and guides, in 2017 we launched Cosplayers For Cats, which aims to raise money for our favorite charities through our favorite hobby. The name "Cowbutt" and "Crunchies" comes from our first two adopted cats, and 100% of profits from our Patreon or cosplay-related sales are donated to cat-related rescues and organizations. To date we have raised over $10,000 - please visit Cosplayers for Cats for more information!

Appearances, Panels, and Judging

Judging

We pride ourselves on an unusually expansive mastery of many different construction techniques, including needlework, armor, and special effects. This wide range is particularly useful in evaluating the difficulty level and finishing of different cosplays within a competition. We have recently judged at national-level contests in both America and Germany, but very much enjoy encouraging beginners at smaller contests as well.

Panels and Workshops

We love presenting at conventions and shows! Our panels offer a highly educational slant over a large array of topics that spans beginners through experts. Examples of panels and workshops we have presented in the past are:

  • The Bare Bones of Corsetry

  • Introduction to Patterning

  • Shifting and Drafting Patterns

  • Fabric Smocking: Hands-on Workshop

  • Defying Gravity: Extreme Wig Styling

  • Common Wig Problems and How to Solve Them

  • Advanced Wigstyling Demonstration

  • Cosplaying with Thermoplastics

  • The Devil's in the Details: Detailing Worbla and Thibra

  • Introduction to Casting, Moldmaking, and Prosthetics

  • Light up your life: Lights and Motion in Cosplay

  • Motorized Wings

  • Designing for Cosplay: Original and AU Creations

  • Building Your Cosplay Toolbox



In general we prefer to travel as a duo, as we each offer different skillsets and function as each others' handlers with larger costumes. However we are open to solo travel if need be.

Interested in arranging appearances, panels, or judging at your convention? Please send us an email at cowbuttcrunchies@gmail.com

Media and Contact

To find more of our work, progress, and tutorials, please visit our social media sites below.











Patreon

Features free tutorials, detailed walkthroughs, and videos. All funds are donated to cat rescues through our charity site Cosplayers for Cats

Instagram

The best place to view our progress and announcements - we regularly update with new projects and completed photography.

Facebook

Larger photos and longer progress writeups can be found here.

Tumblr

Our favorite site for completed photosets.

Twitter

Our newest social site, Twitter includes a blend of all of the above.



For inquiries, proposals, or any questions you might have, please contact us at cowbuttcrunchies@gmail.com

Experience and Credentials

Awards

  • Keystone Comic Con (2018): Best in Show
  • Colossalcon Wig Styling Competition (2018): First Place
  • Eastern Championships of Cosplay at New York Comic Con (2017): Third Place Overall, First Place FX
  • Twitchcon Cosplay Contest (2017): First place Larger Than Life
  • Boston Comic Con (2016): Best in Show
  • Worbla's national TranspArt Contest (2016): First Place
  • Arda's Iron Wig international Contest (2015): Second Place
Guest Appearances

  • Another Anime Convention (Nashua, NH): 2018
  • Connichi (Kassel, Germany): 2018
  • Cosplay America (Raleigh, NC): 2018
  • Comicpalooza! (Houston, TX): 2018
  • ConBravo! (Hamilton, Canada): 2017
  • Animara Con (Sherbrooke, Canada): 2017
  • Animaine (Portland, ME): 2017 Cosplay and Anime Expo (Nashua, NH): 2015-2018
  • Alternicon (Boston, MA): 2015
  • Anime Boston: Panelists (Boston, MA): 2016-2018

Judging Appearances:

  • European Cosplay Gathering, German Qualifier (Kassel, Germany): 2018
  • Masters of Cosplay, Eastern Qualifier (Boston, MA): 2018
  • Comicpalooza! Cosplay Contest (Houston, TX): 2018
  • Sailor Moon Moonlight Masquerade, sponsored by Viz Media (Boston, MA): 2018
  • ConBravo! Masquerade (Hamilton, Canada): 2017
  • Another Anime Convention Masquerade (Manchester, NH): 2016-2017

Sponsorships and Freelance

  • Arda Wigs: Video Tutorial Freelance, 2018
  • Massachusettes College of Art, Guest Artist Lecturer: October 2018 and October 2017
  • Cosplaysupplies and Worbla.com: Ongoing Sponsorship, 2017-2018
  • Uniqso: Ongoing Sponsorship, 2016-2018
  • Live Love Polish: Sponsorship 2018
  • Cosplay Wig Supplier: Sponsorship 2018
Publications

  • BBC News: "Cosplayers explain how they support their art", Oct 2018
  • Cosplay Culture Magazine: "Teasing Large Wig Shapes", Dec 2018 / Jan 2019 Issue
  • Cosplay Culture Magazine: "A Tribute To the Craft" feature & "Smocking Tutorial", Oct/Nov 2018 Issue
  • Cosplay Culture Magazine: "The Ultimate Wig Dying Guide", Aug/Sept 2018 Issue
  • Cosplay Culture Magazine, photo appearances: Feb/Mar 2017, June/July 2017, June/July 2018 issues
  • Cosplay Realm Magazine: July 2017 "Star Wars" issue
  • Nerdcaliber: various publications and videos 2016-2017

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