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Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio.

A current decorated 19 year veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012. Having created over 150 costumes, Michael is an award winning cosplayer with many of his creations being praised and displayed on numerous platforms in print and online. Michael is noted as one of the most influential and diverse male cosplayers in the world. Along with judging cosplay contests Michael often hosts cosplay panels and workshops at conventions showcasing the creative, positive, inspiring and supportive side of cosplay.

Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions. 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 is a spokesperson for FX latex product, Zombie-Skin. Michael has also created various costumes for World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.

Michael also is a spokesmodel 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 all over the United States 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 charity organizations as a sponsor and has partnered with over 60 various organizations around the world to fundraise and bring awareness to these organizations. 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  and follow on Twitter @Knightmage  and Instagram @Knightmage1.


Friday at 1:45pm in Grand Gallery E-F

Meet The Cosplayers

Here is your chance to meet all of our  cosplay guests in one sitting and ask them questions about anything you wish. Just don’t get too personal!

Friday at 3:15 pm in Grand Gallery E-F

Knightmage and Bebe Alkaid Cosplay

“Fire Cosplays and Hotter Sauces”

Join Bebe Alkaid Cosplay and Knightmage as they tackle some of the hottest sauces in the world while giving tips on how to spice up your cosplay from creative hacks to epic posing.

Friday at 6:15 pm in Grand Gallery E-F

Cosplay 101

Have a question about how to start cosplaying? Questions about how to pick who to cosplay or where to find wigs? Please join our cosplay guests for a little Cosplay 101 and prepare to learn

Saturday at 3:45pm in Grand Gallery Overlook B

Knightmage and Bebe Alkaid Cosplay

Makeup 101

Come learn the basics of cosplay makeup and other sfx that will take your cosplays to the next level.

Sunday at 11:00am in Grand Gallery E-F

Bebe Alkaid Cosplay and Knightmage

Intermediate Foam Sculpting

Bebe Alkaid has been featured in numerous photoshoots and a few magazine covers centering on her skill with adapting foam into fantastic armor, and she teaches a few tricks of the trade to more seasoned cosplayers. Something for everyone to learn a thing or two including techniques, tools, ways to make your cosplays look and feel better and some simple light or special effects installation. And also maybe touch on a few advanced techniques to boot.