From the USA: Cosplay judge Diana Tolin!

Diana Tolin has been a cosplayer and member of the anime industry for over 25 years. She worked in licensing, translation, and localization before following her passion for costuming and cosplay and starting her own business, Dial C Costumes, in 2016. Since then, she has crafted costumes for companies such as Square/Enix, Marvel Entertainment and SCRAP Real Escape Rooms. After representing the United States at World Cosplay Summit in 2016, she produced and curated the WCS Team USA Retrospective with the cooperation of WCS USA Alumni teams throughout the United States. In 2018 Diana joined the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, becoming the organizer for WCS USA and Entertainment Coordinator for their flagship show, Anime Expo. In 2020 and 2021 she developed digital cosplay events for SPJA/Anime Expo Lite as well as produced educational, cultural, and scripted content.

She has recently served as a guest curator for the Williams College Museum of Art exhibit ‘Repro Japan: Technologies of Popular Visual Culture’, been a producer, script writer, and on-site showrunner for Anime Expo Lite 2022, and works with Cosplay events around the world as a producer and director of events including Ultimate Cosplay Championship, Holiday Matsuri and World Cosplay Summit, Inc. as a member of staff. She recently opened the cosplay exhibition ‘Crafting Global Friendships: Celebrating 20 Years of the World Cosplay Summit’ as lead curator with the cooperation of the Japan Information and Culture Center - Japan Embassy and the Japan Foundation, New York.

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