Award-winning cosplayer Avera Cosplay to appear at Sunshine City Scare 2023

Award-winning pro cosplayer Avera Cosplay will be a guest cosplayer at Sunshine City Scare on May 13-14 at the Coliseum and surrounding area in downtown St. Petersburg. The nationally-known pro cosplayer is seen below in her Mercy cosplay mashup from Overwatch and Warhammer that won the Cosplay Central Crown Championship at Florida Supercon 2021, which hosted the competition for the South region of the U.S.

featured cosplay: maleficent from sleeping beauty

Avera Cosplay’s featured cosplay for Sunshine City Scare is Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, a true example of evil! She will have the cosplay on display at the event. (note, she cannot wear the large armored cosplay at Sunshine City Scare because as a guest cosplayer she will be hosting panels and meeting fans).

And there will be lots more on how she crafted the Maleficent costume coming (stay tuned to our blogs and follow Sunshine City Scare on Instagram and Facebook.

lady dimitrescu from resident evil

Avera Cosplay will be cosplaying Lady Dimitrescu (aka Lady D) one of the days of Sunshine City Scare. 


Sunshine City Scare offers 2 cosplay contests: Craftsmanship on Saturday and Runway on Sunday.

Saturday is ‘Craftsmanship,’ which means 50% or more of the cosplay must be handmade. And there is $500 in cash prizes for the Craftsmanship Contest. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday is ‘Runway,’ which allows store-bought costumes and focuses more on the ability to assume the character of the costume. Walk-up registration will be available on Sunday.

florida cosplay digital magazine will be there

Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine will be at Sunshine City Scare snapping lots of pics for its next issue. So if you’re in a good cosplay, chances are you’ll make the mag! Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine is a free monthly digital publication covers conventions and cosplayers.

subgenre #1: anime horror

There are 4 horror subgenres at Sunshine City Scare. And the first is anime horror, which jam-packed with anime voice actors who portray major characters from the most popular shows such as Chainsaw Man, Tokyo Ghoul, Demon Slayer Attack on Titan, Dangonropa: The Animation, Parasyte, and more.


Anime horror characters at Sunshine City Scare

4 voice actors who portray the following characters will be at Sunshine City Scare:

  • Denji from Chainsaw Man
  • Pochita from Chainsaw Man
  • Future Devil from Chainsaw Man
  • Enmu from Demon Slayer
  • Kuki Urie from Tokyo Ghoul:Re
  • Gabi Braun from Attack on Titan
  • Furlan Church from Attack on Titan: No Regrets
  • Jazz from Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun
  • Celestia Ludenburg from Dangonronpa: the Animation
  • Shinichi Izumi from Parasyte

subgenre # 2: video game horror

The video game horror subgenre brings big-time characters from big video games through big-name voice actors. It’s gonna be big! Characters from video games and shows based on video games include: 

  • Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2
  • Alessa from Silent Hill
  • Little Sister from Bio Shock 2
  • Celestia Ludenburg from Dangonronpa: the Animation

subgenre #3: horror in movies & tv

Sunshine City Scare celebrates horror in movies & TV with 2 live-action actors who have played roles in major horror movies.

First is actor Jodelle Ferland who is most known for her portrayals of children in horror movies like Alessa in Silent Hill, Patience Buckner from Cabin in the Woods, Emily from Dark Matter, and Aggie from ParaNorman  (and some may remember her as the innocent child turned vampire Bree from Twilight).

Second is Casper Van Dien who is widely known for his roles is cult classics like Tim Burton’s horror flick Sleepy Hollow and the sci-fi/action/horror movie Starship Troopers as well as several vampire movies including Modern Vampires and Vampire 3000. 

and #4 is a very special guest

Monster High creator Garrett Sander is making his first convention trip to Florida at Sunshine City Scare 2023! And in a huge announcement, Sander will be signing Monster High dolls FOR FREE at Sunshine City Scare both days. Attendees can bring their own Monster High dolls, or purchase the dolls from a choice of several vendors that will be stocked up. 

Contests and programming

This first-of-its-kind horror con will also feature five contests with a total of $1,500 in cash prizes. There will be two cosplay contests (Craftsmanship on Saturday and Runway on Sunday), as well as a lip sync contest, a fan art competition, and a Tiktok film festival. In all, Sunshine City Scare will feature more than 25 hours of panels and programming.


Sunshine City Scare 2023 is sponsored by Florida Comic Cons, a news site that covers comic, anime, sci-fi, horror, and pop culture conventions; and Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, a free monthly magazine that spotlights cosplay throughout the state from features and interviews to photos from recent conventions; and Anime St. Pete, which is on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the historic Coliseum in beautiful St. Petersburg.

join us for a new breed of horror convention