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Cosplay at StarFest

We have four featured cosplayers who will be available -- at their tables or wandering the halls or at their panels -- for answering all of your cosplay questions. They would all love to help you get started!

Cara Nicole

Az Powergirl/Cara Nicole is more than a pretty face. Yes, she is a world-wide cosplay sensation. Yes, she has pushed the limits of cosplay as an art form by creating books, appearing on national television, radio and print ads. Yes, Cara has worked for Marvel and Big City Comics at San Diego Comicon and is actually the model for Magic: The Gathering’s Emmara Tandris card (not many people can say that they are on a Magic card). And yes, Cara Nicole travels internationally to comic book, anime, pop- culture and other conventions. But with all of her success, she has not lost sight of her start in comics and still participates in as many local charity events as possible. Especially when it involves children or blood drives. As a true supporter to her passion of costuming, Cara uses her experience as an elite cosplayer to teach panels on Cosplay Safety, The Business of Cosplay, as well as mentors many newer costumers to grow in the business.

Az Powergirl/ Cara Nicole is more than a cosplayer, costume designer and model. She is a spokesperson, actress, comic book writer, editor, colorist as well as co-founder and co-owner of 183 Degree Studio.

Beauty, brains, talent, compassion, heart, attitude are just the start. People say she is intellectual, humorous, and a pleasure to be around despite being a TOTAL DIVA!


Tonya L. De Marco

Cosplay Tonya Tonya L. De Marco is a Costume Designer, published Cosplayer, Alternative Model, and Author. She lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

She’s been hooked on costumes and costuming since she was a preteen. Growing up reading about the wonderful characters and places created by authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, J.R.R.Tolkein, and Frank Herbert, Tonya turned to costuming as a way to immerse herself more deeply into those fantastic worlds.

Her love of the written word also encouraged her to pursue a writing career and she has several short stories published.Tonya is a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Tonya has over twenty years of sewing experience which includes designing and sewing numerous costumes for school plays and local theater.

Tonya cosplays across multiple genres including anime, sci-fi, steampunk, Disney, comic book, and pin-up. She attends several conventions per year across the country and enjoys meeting and talking with people about cosplay and writing. Tonya has been involved in costume contests/masquerades as both a participant and a judge—at different times, of course!

Tonya enjoys modeling, especially in her cosplay creations or as a pin-up. She has been published in several  magazines , GeekXGirls website and Facebook page and is also a model  for Rob Sacchetto’s  Zombie Art.

When she isn’t sewing or writing, Tonya enjoys spending time finding fast and dangerous adventures.

Find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon.

Tonya L. De Marco – Cosplayer and Author

Aka Cosplay Tonya




Kristin Killtastic

Kristin Killtastic is a cosplayer based out of Denver, Colorado. She first learned about cosplay when she went home to Alabama for a visit in 2013. She immediately fell in love with it. When she arrived back to Colorado, she jumped right into the hobby. Kristin had no experience with sewing or crafting costumes but found the challenge exciting. StarFest of 2014 was her first small costume contest. She dressed as Amy Pond. To her surprise she won 3rd place in the Doctor Who costume contest. Within that first year of cosplay, her Amy Pond photos were shared by BBC’s Instagram and official Tumblr. She was also invited to Italy and London’s New Year’s Parade. Over the past years Kristin Killtastic’s creative and colorful costumes have won many awards. Her cosplays and down-to-earth personality also won the hearts of many fans. She has made 30 costumes that represent the geek and pop culture genres of anime, tv, media, comic books and her own original designs.

Cosplay has given her many new opportunities that she never thought were possible. She is an actress at Columbine and Company, which is affiliated with Make a Wish Foundation. She has also been published in Cosplay Culture Magazine February of 2017, and she had the opportunity to work with Neal Adams at Vision Comics and Oddities and assist him at Denver Comic Con 2017. She was hired by GeekFuel at Denver Comic Con 2017 to dress as Wonder Woman and take pictures with fans, and the pleasure of meeting and befriending the amazing Colin Cantwell, the X-Wing creator for Star Wars.

No matter where her cosplay career takes her, she will always be thankful for that day in Alabama where she was first introduced to the magical world.

IG: Kristin_Killtastic Vero: Kristin Killtastic

Colorado Springs S.T.A.R.S

Colorado S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Squad) is a Resident Evil themed and inspired cosplay group founded in 2011. Since attending our first event at Starfest 2012, we have made it our mission to engage in fun and safe cosplay around the Rocky Mountain range and keep our communities zombie free. Our focus is not just on cosplay but fundraisers and charities for Colorado Fallen Officers, Veterans, children, special needs and animal rescue.



Facebook link: Facebook.com/cspdSTARS

Twitter: @Stars_colo

Cosplay Panels

These panels will be presented by our featured cosplayers!

How to Be a Professional Cosplayer

Learn what you need to know to get started, the real business behind cosplay, ins and outs of safety, the legalities involved in becoming/being a professional cosplayer and more! Presented by AZ Power Girl, Cara Nicole.


Learn what makes your kids excited about cosplay and what their favorite characters mean to them. Kristin shows you how to make cosplay a family project with neat DIY that you and your little superhero can do together.

Meet the Featured Cosplayers

Find out why we love cosplay and how we got started. We’ll share some of our biggest tips, most embarrassing moments and what some of our best purchases are. Come ready with questions, because after the introductions, we’re all yours! Presented by Az Power Girl Cara Nicole, Kristin Killtastic, Steve Wallace of Colorado S.T.A.R.S. and Cosplay Tonya (Tonya L. De Marco).

Sexy Cosplay: Is it Still Cosplay?

Where should the line be drawn? How much is too much? The “lewd” movement. Patreon accounts and what are members expecting? Do we have a responsibility to the next generation of cosplayers regarding sexy cosplay? A frank discussion with the audience (participation highly encouraged) as one cosplayer tries to navigate these controversial issues and figure out where she fits in with all of this. With Cosplay Tonya (Tonya L. De Marco).

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse 101

Introduction to Colorado S.T.A.R.S., a Resident Evil cosplay group. Learn about all aspects of zombies: the history of the genre, origins of the virus and the anatomy of the zombie. How to survive – Blending In (cosplaying as a zombie) or Eradicating (cosplaying a zombie hunter). Q&A encouraged. Hosted by Steve Wallace (founder) and other members of Colorado S.T.A.R.S.

StarFest Costume Contest

Our costume contest takes place on Saturday night in the Main Events room. Prizes are awarded in several categories. If you are interested in participating, sign up at Costume Contest Registration on Friday and Saturday. It’s a lot of fun and exciting, too! Imagine appearing on the same stage as our Hollywood Stars! Online registration — see the link after the rules here. You MUST sign up before the contest in order to participate. We cannot take any walk-on entrants.

Cosplay Rest and Repair Room

Hosted by The Royal Manticoran Navy, this is a room where cosplayers can go to get away from the convention or have their costumes repaired. Here are the rules for the room: Hours of operation will be Friday 12 pm to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 1 pm.

Rest and Repair

Take the time to take a break. It’s hard to be “on” continuously. Your costume and props can wear you down a lot faster than you expect.

Emergency Costume Supplies

Cosplayers are welcome to use the CR&R room and its supplies for emergency repairs. We have experienced costumers available if you need additional help.

Lounge Area Time Limit

Please remember the lounge area is for rest and repair. You are welcome to take as long as you need to get yourself ready to entertain your fans again. Please be courteous and allow others to make use of the room and its facilities as well.

No Unattended Children

The CR&R room is a place for cosplayers to rest. It is not a day care center. For the safety of your children, please do not leave them unattended. Unattended children will be turned over to convention security.

No Photo Zone

No worries about taking off your helmet, wig, or prosthetics and grabbing a bite to eat. The Cosplay Rest and Repair Room is a safe place where you can be out of character without disappointing your fans.