Article by PatrickD    (07-28-08 01:02 AM)
Arlington, VA (July 26, 2008) -- T-MODE is happy to welcome cosplayers YuffieBunny, Natalie Smith and Fire Lily to its guest lineup. They are fan favorites on the convention circuit and each will showcase their own unique brand of cosplay to T-MODE attendees.

YuffieBunny started cosplaying in 2001, then brought some official cosplays out into the public mid 2003. She's known for cosplaying as Rikku from the popular video game series Final Fantasy, but also likes to dress up as her favorite anime characters and JRock musicians.

YuffieBunny has successfully utilized cosplay as a spring board for costume and fetish modeling, using her design talents to launch new and unique photos. These photos have received much attention and led to TV appearances, CD covers, and numerous interviews; all appearing world wide. Lately, she has started judging and performing guest activities at anime cons across the USA, and hopes to continue doing so with the support of her friends and fans.

Natalie Smith
Natalie Smith has been a part of the cosplay/costuming world since early 2004. She has been enthusiastically creating costumes since then and isn't stopping anytime soon! She's currently a student at a university to pursue theatrical costuming, and is loving every moment of it. She has won several awards for her costumes at conventions for their attention to detail and the sparkling beadwork she incorporates.

Her first debut as a cosplay guest at T-MODE is sure to be exciting and a ton of fun, and she can't wait to meet everyone, talk about costumes, and just have a great time!

Fire Lily
Fire Lily began cosplaying in 2004, and immediately immersed herself in the world of costuming. She loves making costumes, as well as her own clothing, and is always coming up with more detailed and extravagant costuming ideas. She tries very hard to remain true to the spirit of the characters she cosplays and to recreate them as accurately as she can.

Fire Lily has won numerous 1st Place, Best Overall, and Best in Show awards for her creations, including co-winning Best in Show at T-MODE 2007. She is very excited to share her knowledge and know-how with cosplayers everyday through and through craftsmanship judging at local conventions.

About T-MODE
T-MODE is an annual anime and gaming convention dedicated to the expansion of Asian culture and video gaming in the United States. Previously announced guests for 2008 include actor/director/musician Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach, Trigun, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers); industry member Kevin McKeever (Robotech); the first Maryland visual kei band, [geist]; garage rock female group Thee 50's High Teens; jazzy J-pop duo Love etc.; power-funk outfit Sakura Madams; horror-comical-freak core rockers Gelatine; and professional Japanese/ Korean vocal musician D-chan. This year's T-MODE is dedicated to the memory of T-MODE Founder and Chairman, Lawrence Stuckey. Visit for more information.


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