Philip Odango is an accomplished artist, designer, producer, director and actor. With over a decade of experience in directing and producing over two dozen stage productions, he is known for his award-winning costume work with his company Canvas Cosplay. He has appeared as an invited guest, costume contest judge and panelist in many conventions, including San Diego Comic Con, Disney’s D23 Expo, New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Dragon Con, Rose City Comic Con and HawaiiCon. He recently judged the The Cosplay Authority Global Challenge at AsiaPOP Comicon in Manila, one of the world’s prestigious cosplay competitions with a grand prize of $10,000 USD, one of the largest cash prizes in the world for cosplay.
His costumes have been featured in national publications such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes Magazine and in industry media, including Cosplay Culture Magazine, Cosplay in America, Kotaku and Fashionably Geek. His award-winning Doctor Strange costume was officially featured by MARVEL, and he was commissioned to produce a replica prop for The Jimmy Kimmel Show. A seasoned cosplay competition champion, his cosplay of Maui from Disney’s Moana won at the Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, and is recognized by Disney’s head of animation of Moana as “The REAL Maui”.
Philip launched the “Bros Who Sew” initiative to encourage visibility on male sewists, and teaches sewing workshops for men. In 2017 he partnered with SINGER® Sewing Company as its official Brand Ambassador, helping introduce novice sewers and cosplayers to the features and functionality of Singer products. Singer most recently sponsored the New York Comic Con Eastern Championships of Cosplay, where Philip helped award the top 3 overall champions each a $1000 prize.
A seasoned pro with 15 years of experience in advertising, creative and communications leadership roles, and an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, Philip strives to empower cosplayers worldwide to strengthen their professional development. Philip is excited to launch his Cosplay Professional Development Series, with his introductory book Cosplay Marketing & PR 101 in 2018.
Official Website www.CanvasCosplay.com
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