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Being a Freelance Artist with Chaz Kemp – An Art & Victory Panel Discussion

In this Art & Victory episode at the pop culture convention, Pallas interviews Soonercon’s 2023 featured artist, Chaz Kemp, about being a freelance artist.

Chaz loves SteamPunk, CyberPunk, and Fantasy. SteamPunk and CyberPunk are all about creatively defying authority and forging your own path. It’s resistance as art. Fantasy is all about visualizing your dream and then defying the odds to achieve it, no matter who you are or what you look like. This is why Chaz draws culturally diverse characters in the Art Nouveau style. Publishers and corporations say that diverse characters don’t sell. He loves proving them wrong. Defying the odds is what defines him, and forging his own path is what drives him. Art is Rebellion.

Thank you to Soonercon for hosting us!

Getting into Cosplay: An Art & Victory Panel Discussion

Join us for an exciting panel discussion on “Getting Into Cosplay,” hosted by Spielventure’s Art & Victory series in partnership with Soonercon. This session is perfect for both aspiring cosplayers and seasoned enthusiasts, offering invaluable insights into the art of costume creation and character portrayal. Our expert panelists share their experiences, tips, and tricks on everything from selecting your first character to sourcing materials, mastering crafting techniques, and refining performance skills. Whether you’re just beginning your cosplay journey or aiming to elevate your skills, this discussion will provide the inspiration and knowledge you need to bring your favorite characters to life.


Rachel Karch (R Karch Photography)

“I’ve spent years organizing events, supporting conventions and charities, and working in marketing. With over 14 years of experience in cosplay, I’ve worn many hats in the cosplay community. Recently, I’ve discovered a deep passion for cosplay photography. I love showing cosplayers how stunning and talented they truly are. It’s incredibly rewarding when people tell me I make them look beautiful because I get to reveal the beauty that was already there, allowing them to see themselves through my lens.”

Levi Hornsby (Levicious Cosplay)

“My love for cosplay started in 2017 when I went to Fan Expo Dallas. I was blown away by the amazing costumes and the excitement people had while dressed as their favorite characters. In 2019, I decided to give it a try and wore my first store-bought cosplay, Lemillion from My Hero Academia, to a convention. I even entered the cosplay contest, and while I didn’t place, it showed me how much effort and skill goes into winning. After that, I started making my own cosplay pieces, learning from YouTube, friends, and lots of trial and error. In 2022, I entered another contest with my future wife, and we actually won first place in the novice class. I’ve learned and built so much over the years, and each experience has made me love cosplay even more.

Chelsea Hornsby (Sith Princess Cosplay)

“My journey in costuming began in the early 2000s through middle and high school theatre. During this time, I developed a love for haunted trails, mastered special effects makeup, and immersed myself in creating unique characters and their stories. In 2021, I discovered a new passion for building cosplays, bringing my favorite characters to life. Since entering the Oklahoma cosplay scene, I have won first-place awards for foam armor work and, alongside Levicious Cosplays, received the Cosplayer of the Month award. I have had the honor of guesting at New World Comic Con and Enid Comic Con, participating in charity work with Funds for Small Heroes, and teaching valuable lessons to kids at the Superhero School hosted by New World Comics. Join us to connect with fellow fans and dive into the vibrant world of cosplay! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more exciting content.”

Enjoy the discussion!

Thank you to Resonator for hosting us!

Thank you to Soonercon for working with us!

Art Lessons with Katelynn Knick

Working with Arts Council Oklahoma City, I’ve launched Sessions from Art & Victory. Sessions are one-off artistic lessons for people to enjoy at home or in the classroom. To kick off the session series, teaching artist Katelynn Knick shares how to make a coffee filter watercolor painting, a pop-up paper sculpture, and a god’s eye. 

Helen Frankenthaler inspired Coffee Filter Painting with Katelynn Knick

Alexander Calder inspired Pop Up Sculpture with Katelynn Knick

God’s Eye with Katelynn Knick

Featured Non-Profit: Arts Council Oklahoma City

“Through the generosity of people like you, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s programs and events reach over 1 million people annually. From children receiving hands-on arts instruction, to families enjoying the award-winning Festival of the Arts, your gift allows us to bring the arts and the community together.”

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