Featured Guest

Michael “Knightmage” Wilson

International Cosplayer / Entertainer / Philanthropist

Featured Cosplays by Knightmage

Superman Cosplay by Knightmage

An Ohio native, Michael “Knightmage” Wilson is a decorated 21-year Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. Michael has been cosplaying since 2012. After creating over 270 costumes, Michael is an award-winning cosplayer, with many creations visible on numerous print and online platforms. Michael has become one of the most influential and diverse male cosplayers in the world. Along with judging cosplay contests, Michael often hosts cosplay panels and workshops at conventions showcasing the creative, positive, inspiring, and supportive side of cosplay.

With a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic-book movie productions. Michael was also an alternate for the 2006 reality show Who Wants to Be a Superhero, hosted by Stan Lee. Michael has been featured in several fan films and productions such as “Flash Fall” by Together Brother Productions and the popular YouTube series Man at Arms: Reforged. Michael is a spokesperson for the FX latex product Zombie Skin. Michael has also created costumes for World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.

Michael loves using entertainment to make a positive impact and bring smiles. He participates in many charitable events like benefits, parades, birthdays, and hospital visits to children. He is a member of esteemed costuming groups all over the United States such as The League of Heroes, The Heroes Alliance-Ohio Branch, East Coast Avengers, Costumers with a Cause, Superheroes to Kids in Ohio, and Heroic Inner Kids. Michael often works closely with charities as a sponsor, partnering with over 100 organizations around the world for fundraising and to bring awareness to these organizations. Michael has received numerous awards for his charitable deeds including the “Outstanding Service Award” from Credit Where Credit Is Due, the CosBravo Award, and most notably the Presidential Volunteers Award from President Barack Obama.

Knightmage’s autographs and photos are FREE with a donation of any amount to his charity partner.

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Noon | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

Meet Knightmage at his table in the Exhibitors Hall. (2 hours)

Tracks: Autographs

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Cosplaying On a Budget with Knightmage

Award-winning creator of over 270 cosplays, Knightmage shares super-saver tips on how to cosplay when you don't have a ton of money in the bank, but you've got a TON of ideas and style.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Knightmage

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Costuming & Fashion

3:30 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

Meet Knightmage at his table in the Exhibitors Hall. (30 minutes)

Tracks: Autographs

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

So You Want to Enter a Costume Contest?

Tips for everything costume contests—preparing your application; brainstorming your ideas; how prejudging works; and what the awards are. Plus, how to deal with stage fright while upping your stage presence to enjoy your time in the spotlight as an awesome creative.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Buck Berlin, Carousel Costumes, Cal Custard, Kekkuda, Knightmage

Tracks: General Interest, Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion

6:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Opening Ceremonies

SoonerCon 30's official opening. Emcee John Eads welcomes all SoonerCon Heroes Home!

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Muriel Fahrion, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Mace Kendu, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup

7:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A

Friends of SoonerCon Reception

Friends of SoonerCon membership-exclusive social event with SoonerCon 30 guests of honor and featured guests. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided. Thank you to our 2022 Friends of SoonerCon and Kickstarter supporters!

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Jerry Bennett, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Muriel Fahrion, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Mace Kendu, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup

10:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 1

This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)

Moderator: Crazy Red Artist

Panelists: Crazy Red Artist, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, EBA Comedy, Hall of Femme, Lyde Van Hoy, Carolyn Kay, Kekkuda, Chaz Kemp, Knightmage, Lollalotus, Madi, Mimic Rae, Moe, Michael Mosley, R Karch Photography, WandererTJ, ET Wardwell, Mel. White, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Meetup, Art, General Interest

10:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Costume Contest Prejudging Sessions

All interested costume-contest contestants must attend their assigned prejudging session in full costume. Questions? Find the Costuming Info table near Con HQ/Registration. (3 hours; various timeslots assigned by SoonerCon's costuming staff.)

Moderator: Beku.Cos

Panelists: Beku.Cos, Kekkuda, Knightmage, Remy Domino

Tracks: Performing Arts, Maker, Cosplay, Contest, Costuming & Fashion

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Makeup Demo with Knightmage!

Knightmage is known for his bang-up makeup designs and fun social-media vids with on-budget cosplays featuring TONS of characters from pop culture. All skill levels are welcome for this special make-up demo for achieving color contrast in makeup for your next costume.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Knightmage

Tracks: Cosplay, Art

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

Meet Knightmage at his table in the Exhibitors Hall. (3 hours)

Tracks: Autographs

8:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Costume Contest

SoonerCon's 30th annual Masquerade Costume Contest! Sponsored by Bernina OKC, TNT Cosplay Supply, OKC Fabric Market, and One Stop Anime.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Kekkuda, Knightmage, Remy Domino

Tracks: Performing Arts, Cosplay, Maker, Costuming & Fashion, Art

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Psy-Cosplay

What are the social and mental-health benefits of cosplay? We discuss the psychology behind character development and various sociological elements of cosplay, emphasizing why we choose to be someone or something else.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Knightmage, Aoi Kitsu, Lauren Howard (Stellae Cosplay), Rynaga, TattedSith Cosplay, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Kids Costume Contest

SoonerCon's annual Kids Costume Contest on the main stage (ages 5-12), featuring costumes imagined and made by younglings. Participants can pre-register online or onsite Friday and Saturday during registration hours at the Costuming Info Table. Sign-ups are first come, first served with a cap of 30 participants. Prizes sponsored by Bernina of OKC.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: Knightmage

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Kids, Maker, Contest, Cosplay

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

Meet Knightmage at his table in the Exhibitors Hall. (2 hours)

Tracks: Autographs

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Costuming and Cosplay for Body Positivity

As the saying goes, if you want a Slave Leia bikini body, just put on a Slave Leia bikini. Cosplay is not fashion gatekeeping. Panelists share their experiences and tips for maintaining body positivity. Let's talk about body positivity and why it matters for creativity and wellness in cosplay.

Moderator: R Karch Photography

Panelists: R Karch Photography, Carousel Costumes, Sherri Dean, Knightmage, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay, Health & Wellness

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Closing Ceremonies

SoonerCon 30's official closing. Emcee John Eads gets us stoked for SoonerCon 31, coming 2023.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup