Google+ Cosplayers of the Week: Top Cosplayers

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Top Cosplayers

There may be a lot of discussion as to who the top cosplayers are. Opinions can vary greatly depending on what you think makes a Top Cosplayer; contests won, number of different costumes, conventions attended, but the easier factors to track are Facebook Likes and Twitter Followers. While these numbers may not be most reliable or scientific, they are socially telling. How many people think you are worth following and reading posts from?

Using a spreadsheet and a few tools it is possible to track and list the Top Cosplayers in North America by their fanbase. I have to say I was a little surprised by some of the results, and happy to find people that I hadn't heard of before while researching this. Here is a look at this list as of May 1, 2014.

NameWhereFacebook Rank
Jessica NigriPhoenix
1
Yaya HanGeorgia
2
Liz KatsL.A.
3
Nicole Marie Jean Boston
4
Kristen HugheySouth Carolina 
5
Ani-MiaWashington
6
Abby Dark StarOakland, CA
7
HeatherFlorida
8
Amie LynnArizona
9
Stella ChuuNew York
10

Facebook seems to have a good spread of the country covered with representation. Once we look at Twitter though the demographics shift to Georgia and Los Angeles, and we see a few different names

NameWhereTwitter Rank
Jessica NigriPhoenix
1
Yaya HanGeorgia
2
Vampy BitmeSan Jose
3
Monica Lee Georgia
4
Melonie MacGeorgia 
5
RiddleGeorgia 
6
Liz KatsLos Angeles 
7
Lindsay Elyse Arizona 
8
Raychul Moore Los Angeles
9
Ivy DoomkittyLos Angeles
10

Once you put it all together things shift, but the same people are involved.

Name
WhereCombined Score
Jessica NigriPhoenix
1
Yaya HanGeorgia
2
Liz KatsLos Angeles
5
RiddleGeorgia
8.5
Nicole Marie Jean Boston
9
Amie LynnArizona  
10
Vampy BitmeSan Jose, CA  
11.5
Ani-MiaWashington
11.5
Ivy DoomkittyLos Angeles
12
Kristen HugheySouth Carolina 
12

What other traceable factors could be included in such a ranking? All of these cosplayers travel and do a great job of promoting our medium, and they do lots of conventions. That's why I started the list in the first place, to help decide who our local convention should invite.

Between May 1 and June 21, I found 3 people that should have been in the top ten in these lists.

Meg Turney should be # 4 on Facebook and #2 on the Twitter list.
Holly Conrad was missing and should be #8 on Facebook.
Chloe Dyksrta should be # 4 on Twitter, her dad worked on Star Wars (Episode IV)

I have to wonder who else I'm missing. If you know someone comment below or e-mail me. Before I get to flooded with emails, let me quantify the list, must live in Canada or the USA, must have more than a 5,000 Facebook followers or 2,000 on Twitter.


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