Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ashley Eckstein judges cosplay contest

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Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano and founder of girl geek outfitter Her Universe, made a stop in New Jersey on Saturday to host a cosplay contest for the grand opening of a new FYE. I and Johnamarie got to talk to her about The Clone Wars and Her Universe's process - it can take a year to go from acquisition of a license to products coming out for a new franchise.

VictoriaCosplay, with whom I had not been familiar before, also judged the contest.  About 20 people in a variety of costumes, including a Jedi and Dark Helmet, showed off their work in the store.

I remember FYE fondly from my teenage days, and the new store has a welcome change in emphasis from CDs and records to licensed clothing and accessories from brands like We Love Fine.

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