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Ely Renae: Cosplayer.Fabricator. Super Nerd.

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Don’t let the nerdiness fool you, Ely Renae got skills. A recent college graduate, Renae took up cosplaying about 3 years ago and used her talents in sculpture, metal-smithing, painting, and digital media to create costumes. For those of you who don’t know, cosplaying (Costume Play) is the art of recreating your favorite comic or gaming characters. The enormous detail and time that goes into each build is mind-boggling, but Renae takes it all in stride. Renae is also an accomplished gamer, you can probably catch her raging against someone during the week. Anime and loud singing are also on her favorite things to do list. Visit ELY.

Matt Buchholz: Digital Artist. DJ. Monster Masher.

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Matt Buchholz has one of the coolest jobs in the world. His company, Alternate Histories, specializes in doctoring historic images and placing sci-fi oddities in them. Lochness Monster on Big Ben? No hassles. King Kong on the Eiffel Tower? Sorted. The company produces a wide variety of scenarios for fans. From post cards to calendars, you can get weird through multiple print mediums. Buchholz also moonlights as a DJ, runs In Bed by Ten Dance Parties, and recently finished a project in where he watched a Hitchcock movie every week and wrote an accompanying article. Visit Alternate Histories

Carolina Loyola Garcia: Performer. Social Advocate. Professor of Awesome.

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Currently an Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University, Carolina Garcia is a multi-talented powerhouse, offering depth and relevance in all of her work. A multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker, she works in various mediums, specializing in media arts, but also dabbles as a performance artist. She has explored topics related to social justice, the dislocated identity that results from colonialism and migration, and questionings around issues related to complex aspects of human existence such as relationships, memory, and the tense interaction between economy and the environment. Visit Garcia’s works