Cosplay Judges

Aradia Tombes


Hello everyone! I’m Aradia Tombes, a cosplayer, designer and model from the Twin Cities area! I’ve been publicly active for 13 years but designing and sewing for 3 years longer than that! I’m wicked excited to be a part of Anime Milwaukee this year.

Sledgehammer Cosplay


Sledge is an award winning cosplayer from Austin, Texas. He’s worked with gaming companies to bring to life characters such as Gibraltar from Apex Legends, and Montana from BattleBorn. Having attended his first convention in 2008, he’s seen every aspect of the convention scene. He’s been cosplaying since 2013 specializing in props and armor builds, and has extended his knowledge into sewing and leatherwork over the years.

He’s been featured in multiple publications for his craftsmanship and commitment to the community, and is thrilled to meet everyone at AMKE this year!

Moderately Okay Cosplay

Moderately Okay Cosplay - Cloud from FFVII

Moderately Okay Cosplay (John) is a cosplayer based out of Orlando, Florida. He makes cosplay from anime, video games, comic books, and more. If you can nerd out over it, he’s probably made something from it!

John began cosplaying in 2012 because he wanted to be a character from League of Legends, but it wasn’t anywhere close to Halloween. A friend of his had introduced him to conventions and cosplay, and since then he’s been hooked. He has made over 100 costumes and has had the opportunity to work with companies like Nintendo by representing their characters to the public, as well as having traveled to many conventions, both in the US and internationally, as a cosplay guest and judge. He now cosplays mostly from video games, and is mostly known for his cosplays from the hit video game Final Fantasy XV.

The name, Moderately Okay Cosplay, matches well with how John describes himself. He believes cosplay is for everyone, not just those who are pros at it, and that the community has a spot for you, no matter what your skill level.

Gabrielle Cooke Cosplay

Gabrielle Cooke Cosplay as Tsunade (Naruto)

Gabrielle Cooke, also known as “Goob” has been a member of the cosplay community since 2014. Gabrielle has been working in the industry as a solo influencer since 2015 and has run several panels on developing your skills as a freelance cosplay artist.  Throughout the years, Goob has judged and guested for conventions throughout the country and has had the opportunity to work with companies such as, Bright Eyes Contacts, AiCos wigs, Unikrn Esports, Redbull Esports, and more.

This is Goob’s first time visiting Wisconsin and she couldn’t be more thankful and excited!

Judges from Previous Years


(L-to-R) Sledgehammer Cosplay (Craftsmanship), Gabrielle Cooke Cosplay/JustGoob (Performance), Aradia Tombes (Craftsmanship), Moderately Okay Cosplay (Performance)


Reika (Performance), Moderately Okay Cosplay (Performance), Shining Polaris (Craftsmanship), Karen Stitches (Craftsmanship)