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Calen Hoffman

A cosplay costumer and prop maker

Calen Hoffman has been making high quality props and costumes for about 8 years. His work has been seen all around the world at conventions and even a parade that has been around since the 1800’s. He is best known for his award winning Groot costume, most recently at C2E2 in Chicago this past March. Calen won Best in Show at Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2015. He uses a variety of mediums and loves making things and sharing his knowledge.

Interview with Calen Hoffman at

GG: I have been a huge fan since you started out and everything you’ve done so far are fantastic! What was it that got you into cosplay in the first place?

Calen: Thank you! Like I said, I have always enjoyed making things with my hands ever since I can remember. I have always loved masks and other wearable art. So since those two things go hand and hand, it made perfect since. There is just something about making art from a pile of raw materials, that appeals to me.

GG: What so far has been your most challenging Cosplay/Commission thus far, and which Cosplay/commission has been your favorite to date?

Calen: The most challenging project I have done so far would have to be my Baird suit, from Gears of War Judgement. Mainly because the whole thing was templated by myself with very limited reference. It also has a massive amount of detail over almost every square inch of the suit. My favorite has to be….All of them! For me, it is like trying to pick my favorite child. They’re all created with my passion and love for the characters and art. If I were to choose my favorite based on construction, I would have to go with my Left 4 Dead Smoker. I made it in 10 days with panty hose, batting, and acrylic caulking. I came up with the method on a whim and it turned out beautifully in my opinion.

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4:30 pm

BEHIND THE CRAFT :: Room 2502 (Lower Level)
Abby Darkstar, Calen Hoffman, Steven Smith, Keith Zen
Friday May 20, 2016 :: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

7:00 pm

Chroma, Abby Darkstar, Calen Hoffman, Leatha LaGuardia, Pros and Cons Cosplay, Sloane Of DoodleSpork Cosplay, Steven Smith, Keith Zen
Saturday May 21, 2016 :: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm