Candy McFarlin was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. After attending her first convention in 2011, Candy debuted her first cosplay – Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. Since then, she has added an extensive number of costumes to her resume, including many variations of Miss Piggy, Fiona and Fairy Godmother from Shrek, Queen of Hearts, Peggy Bundy from Married…with Children, Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter, Captain Hook, Pam Poovey from Archer, Mrs. Beakley from DuckTales and Darla from Finding Nemo. She is most known for her attention to detail and film-accurate replications, however she is also proud of her original designs.
Candy was the cover model for the June 2014 issue of Cosplay+ Magazine and has been featured in numerous articles and interviews on various media platforms, including CNN, MSN, Adult Swim, Nerdist, and Cosplay Culture. Candy is passionate about supporting confidence in cosplay and body acceptance. She writes articles for various blogs on confidence and anti-bullying, including several inspirational videos. She travels to many conventions across the US, however her full time job is a Senior Administrative Assistant to a large Engineering corporation.
In her spare time, she continually strives to improve her skills in wig styling, prop building, is a makeup fx artist at a local haunted attraction and has taught cosplay classes at a local art school. Candy also enjoys reading, console gaming and various fandoms like DC Comics, 80’s movies and horror films.
Friday at 12:45 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Cosplay Q & A
You have cosplay questions? They have answers! Join Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knighmage, Natalie Vaia, Papa Bear, and Sweets4aSweet for a question and answer hour.
Friday at 3:15 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Learn important do and don’t tips for starting to cosplay. Even if you’re not a beginner, there is lots to learn! Join Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, Natalie Vaia, Papa Bear, and Sweets4aSweet for the essentials for jumping into cosplay.
Friday at 5:45 pm in Grand gallery Overlook A-B
Hot Sauce Challenge – Cosplay Edition
Don’t miss this crowd favorite panel! Our Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, Natalie Vaia, Papa Bear, and Sweets4Sweet answer your questions while they challenge themselves to endure increasingly hotter sauces. There will be laughs, there will be tears – who will make it through all 10 sauces?
Saturday at 12:15 pm in Grand gallery Overlook A-B
Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, and Sweets4aSweet
Introduction to Wigs
Wigs can completely transform a costume, and there is some basic information to learn about styling & caring for them so they last. Join Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, and Sweets4aSweet to take the mystery out of wig styling.
Saturday at 2:45 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Bebe Alkiad, Knightmage, and Sweets4aSweet
Making foam props & armor can seem scary, but these tips will help take the mystery out of this craft! Join Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, and Sweets4aSweet for the ins and outs of creating foam crafts.
Sunday at 11:00 am in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Even beginners to wearing makeup can quickly learn the ins & outs of this important aspect of cosplay. Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, Natalie Vaia, Papa Bear, and Sweets4Sweet teach you basics of cosplay makeup and skincare.
Sunday at 1:30 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook A-B
Cosplay over 30
Cosplaying over 30 can present a whole set of challenges that younger cosplayers don’t experience. Join Cosplay Guests Bebe Alkaid, Knightmage, Natalie Vaia, Papa Bear, and Sweets4Sweet for tips and tricks on changing challenges to triumphs!