Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio.
A current decorated 18 year Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012 but the love for the comic and video game genre has been in his heart since he was little as it shows when he creates his costumes. Having created over 100 costumes which many have been praised and displayed on numerous platforms in print and online, Michael is regarded as one of the most influential male cosplayers in the world.
Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions including The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America 2: Winter Soldier and more. Michael was also an alternate for the 2006 reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” hosted by Stan Lee. Michael has worked on and has been featured in several fan films and productions such as “Flash Fall” by Together Brother Productions and the popular YouTube series “MAN AT ARMS: Reforged”. Michael has also created costumes for various World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.
Michael is a spokes model for the independent comic companies “Shot In The Dark Comics” and “Transgenesis Comics”, having his likeness used for upcoming comic book characters.
Genuinely loving to entertain, make a positive impact and bring smiles, Michael most often uses his costuming by participating in many charitable events, benefits, parades, birthdays and hospital visits to children. This has led him to becoming a member of esteemed costuming groups such as “The League of Heroes, The Heroes Alliance-Ohio Branch, East Coast Avengers, Costumers with a Cause and Superheroes to Kids in Ohio and Heroic Inner Kids”. Michael often works closely with local and national charity organizations as a sponsor, such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Capes 4 Heroes, Putting Downs First , Angels for Animals and many others. Michael has received numerous awards for his charitable deeds including the “’Outstanding Service Award” from Credit Where Credit Is Due and most notably the “Presidential Volunteers Award” from President Barack Obama and the White House.
If you wish, become a fan at www.Facebook.com/Knightmage1 and follow on Twitter @Knightmage and Instagram @Knightmage1
3:15 pm in Grand Gallery A-C
Have you ever wondered how to get started in this awesome hobby? Curious about how our cosplay guests got their starts? Got some first time questions you need answering but not sure who to ask? Just curious about the basics of dressing up like your favorite TV hero? This panel is for you! Come and join our cosplay guests as they discuss how they got started and answer some audience Q&A
KnightMage, Envy the Green Fairy Cosplay, House of a Thousand Glue Sticks
Foam Smithing 101
5:45 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Foam is a cosplay builder’s best friend and if you’re ready to get started with it, this is the panel for you! Come and learn the basics of working with foam for building props, armor and all sorts of crazy cosplay contraptions.
Envy the Green Fairy Cosplay, Knightmage, House of a Thousand Glue Sticks and Friends!
Cosplay over 30
11:00 am in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Our #over30cosplay panel is exciting and focuses on a target audience of older cosplayers and how our topic categories affects over 30 cosplayers, and how we can help them with any questions they may have. We’re not just a regular cosplay 101 panel, but rather an informative and helpful discussion about how to deal with all of these cosplay topics and issues when you are over 30, especially with all the unique things that older cosplayers deal with and how to make cosplay a meaningful family event.
Danielle Colby and Knightmage
Vintage Clothing and Cosplay
2:45 pm on the Main Stage
Knightmage, the reigning king of cosplay, and Danielle Colby, the queen of rust, will combine forces to discuss the cosplay phenomenon and how to incorporate vintage clothing into costuming. Danielle will answer questions afterwards on “American Pickers”.
Knightmage and Envy the Green Fairy Cosplay
Cosplay and Charity
11 am in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D
Cosplaying for a Cause can be the best thing about dressing up. If you’re curious about taking that step, come join us as we discuss our experiences and how you can get started!