Synchro-Hearts (Kyle and Malinda Mathis)


When Malinda first got into cosplay in 2004, she never expected it would have such an impact on her lifestyle. Always a crafty individual, she found cosplay to be the perfect outlet for her urge to make geeky things that looked cool. She especially loves styling wigs and giving back to the cosplay community through her tutorials. Over the years Malinda has been featured in various publications and won several awards for her craftsmanship and performances. Originally from JC Missouri, she now works for Arda Wigs in Chicago.


Ex-Shadow has been cosplaying since 2004, and has attended dozens of conventions and events throughout the United States since he first started. To him, cosplay is an art; it is a way of breathing life into his favorite characters. His specialty is Mascots and props, but he’s no stranger to sewing either. He always strives to improve his costuming skills, and he loves to pass on anything he learns along the way. He has judged cosplay competitions at numerous events, won many awards for his costumes, and hosts costuming panels and workshops with his wife Malindachan.