Saturday night at C2E2, the Crown Championship of Cosplay was held in front of a packed auditorium of attendees. Judges Ann Foley (costume designer for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Neville Page (film and television creature and concept designer), and Ivy Doomkitty (international costumer/cosplayer, host, artist, gamer, and figure model) picked Chicago native Jim Schmid as winner of the 2015 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay for his amazing Groot costume. Claiming the top spot as the Crown Champion of Cosplay earned him fame and $5,000 for winning.
“This was an amazing event and the perfect venue to reveal our larger plans for the growing cosplay community and our international competition circuit,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “As much as cosplay is on the map, we’re going to make it a true global movement connected through a global competition circuit across all of our Cons that culminates in Chicago at the Crown Championships of Cosplay.”
“Cosplay is such an amazing next-level tribute to fandom, and our many pop-culture communities on Wikia love the fantastic level of cosplay seen at C2E2, both in Chicago and at the event online. The spirit and passion we saw this weekend really is what we are all about, so partnering with ReedPOP to make this happen has proven to be really mutually beneficial,” added Annette Cardwell, Director of Lifestyle Programming at Wikia.