Or a chance to learn a little history. Melssen is a native of Dubuque, Iowa, and as a self-described history nerd, she got involved in Renaissance fairs. In Dubuque, she was asked to produce a fundraiser, which led to other fundraisers, which led to Renaissance fairs in that city. That led to producing the first two Times of Future Past festivals in Des Moines in 2015 and ’16. The event is Kewaunee County’s first-ever cosplay festival, it’s happening June 26 and 27 at Winter Park in Kewaunee, and it covers all periods of the past and future, perhaps making it the only such festival in the country.
Melssen said the opportunity to bring it to Kewaunee came through her past work with co-festival producer April Roy. 5 p.m. June 26 and 27 at Winter Park, N3787 Ransom Moore Lane (off County F), Kewaunee. Ray even shot some video of the park and sent it to Melssen, and they worked with county officials to have the festival make its return in Kewaunee. Guests will have photo ops with the costumed characters, too. Some of the historical actors will give stage shows where they talk, in character, about their lives and the issues of their day, but all will stroll the grounds to mingle with guests and each other. A “Snapshots in Time” stage will have the actors on hand and in character to pose with attendees.
How do you relate to the character you play? Kimura: It’s a high-quality suspenseful drama hidden behind unconventional character designs and casting choices. What interests you about your character? Cosplayers of all ages graced Sydney’s International Convention Centre this weekend dressed in their favourite super heroes, film characters, celebrities, anime costumes anime and video game characters. And fans were also hopeful of meeting some of their favourite film actors and writers in real life, with an appearance by Star Trek star Simon Pegg selling out, and Aquaman’s Jason Momoa heading a panel discussion on centre stage. Entertaining on the Main Stage will be the previously mentioned Falstaff and members of Studio 12, a music and theater studio from Green Bay. Jorg Rochlitzer will portray inventor Thomas Edison and create Edison Cylinder Recordings by hand-cranking a wax cylinder to put sound grooves in it, and Dave Rambow of Wisconsin Dells will demonstrate tintype photography.
Those include concessions from a booth manned by Fox Valley chapter of Desert Veterans of Wisconsin — a portion of the proceeds from the festival go to this organization — and other food and drink options (including mead). A portion of the proceeds go to the Fox Valley chapter of Desert Veterans of Wisconsin. But the idea was still alive when Roy, who worked on the Des Moines festivals with Melssen, moved to the Green Bay area about a year ago. Then one day she was walking through the city’s historic Masonic Temple, which has a variety of different spaces such as a billiards room, theater, ladies salon and a dance hall, and that variety gave her an idea.
ODDTAXI has been one of the biggest surprises of Spring 2021’s anime season. The series is also notable for the naturalistic way the voice actors are directed to speak, which is atypical for an anime series, especially one where the characters look like anthropomorphic animals. What looks like a simple furry anime turned out to be one of the most engaging original anime in recent years. If that sounds like an event targeted mainly at young adults, Melssen is quick to point out that the festival is meant to be a family-style event that will have something for everybody. Many people nowadays opt to have costume parties, most frequently for children’s birthday celebrations.