We are thrilled to give you the one and only Maki Roll's Chop Shop! She will be joining us for panels, cosplay contest judging, picture taking and autograph signing for all her fans, old and new!
Maki Roll is the "Cosplay Cutie Turned Burlesque Beauty". The DC native started her journey as a cosplayer in 2007, and through going to conventions and networking, has branched out to various forms of entertainment and modeling. She has made over 30 costumes, but gained extreme recognition for her portrayal of Ryuko Matoi's Senketsu Fashion Week from the anime Kill La Kill.
When not playing dress up at conventions, she can be seen performing nerdy inspired burlesque and sideshow acts all over the US. She is the producer of several nerdy themed shows, and strives to create a safe, fun space for performers of all races, genders, sexual orientation and beyond.
Maki has been interviewed by NPR, ESPN's Undefeated and has been featured by Playboy, Kotaku and MTV. She uses her platform to speak on social justice issues both in the cosplay community and outside of it. She was selected as a panelist for the Chocolate City Burlesque & Cabaret "Beyond Blackface: A Conversation on Cultural Appropriation" where she gave her perspective as a cosplayer and model.
Check out her page here.