Trickssi is available to sit on panels relating to cosplay & consent, some types of dance (see Dance section), LGBTQIA (B), cosplay & mental illness (depression, anxiety, PTSD, CPTSD), specific games and anime of interest, and general Q&A.

She can be reached at contact@trickssi.com.

Active Panels

Accessibility & Inclusivity in Formal Dances | Beyond Cosplay Is Not Consent | I Was a Cosplay Mean Girl |
Psychology in Danganronpa | So You Think You Can Dance... To This? | Trauma in the "Tales Of" Series |
Trauma in the "Zero Escape" Series | Why Formal Dances are Important | Yaoi Paddles of Yore and Don't Like, Don't Read Lore |
Your Faves Need Therapy: AI: The Somnium Files


Psychology in Danganronpa
Description Members of the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) discuss some of your favorite characters in the Danganronpa series, touching on topics including DID, child abuse, narcissism, gaslighting, cult behavior, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Provided for educational/entertainment purposes, the panel does not constitute medical advice.

This panel can be presented as a one-hour discussion of Trigger Happy Havoc & Ultra Despair girls or Goodbye Despair & Killing Harmony, or as a two-hour discussion of all four games.
Previous Presentations Tekko 2021 (THH/UDG), Ohayocon 2022 (THH/UDG), Fanime 2022 (Full Series), Tekko 2022 (GD/KH).
Average Audience Size Between 30 and 90 people; Ohayocon 2022 was standing room only.


Accessibility & Inclusivity in Formal Dances
Description This panel reviews barriers to access within the partner dance community and why it's important to collaborate with actual disabled and neuroatypical individuals to ensure we have equitable access to partner dance.
Previous Presentations Fanime 2021.
Average Audience Size Between 30 and 40 people.


Why Formal Dances are Important
Description Formal balls at anime conventions are more than just opportunities to dance, show off fancy cosplay, and hang out with your friends. During this panel, Trickssi discusses her dance philosophy and how events like these can help promote inclusivity and teach interpersonal skills that are of use beyond just the dance floor.
Previous Presentations Fanime 2021, Tekko 2021.
Average Audience Size Between 100 and 110 people.


Your Faves Need Therapy: AI: The Somnium Files
Description The Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) guides you through a reading of psychological trials and traumas on characters in AI: The Somnium Files by Kotaro Uchikoshi, creator of the Zero Escape series. We'll also offer resources for those who may be struggling with post-trauma irl.
Previous Presentations Ohayocon 2021, Fanime 2021, Tekko 2021, Ohayocon 2022.
Average Audience Size Between 10 and 60 people.


So You Think You Can Dance... To This? / Let's Build a Formal Ball
Description This interactive panel begins with a brief lecture on dance, music, and rhythm, a short demonstration of ballroom dances, and an explanation of how playlists for formal balls are curated. Participants are encouraged to bring song requests (PG-13 or under lyrics in all languages) either on audio-jack enabled device or through YouTube/Spotify to have Trickssi & sometimes her co-panelist, BWH Comics determine what social (ballroom) dance applies, if possible. Ribbon prizes for those who bring danceable tunes OR ones that make the panelists suffer!
Previous Presentations Maple Gel Con 2020. Fanime 2021, along with other members of the Black & White Ball.
Average Audience Size Between 30 and 50 people.


I Was a Cosplay Mean Girl
Description Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by Regina George—er, the cosplay community! Trickssi shares big-hair secrets of what it was like to BE a bully before she became an advocate against bullying and harassment through the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN). Whether you go here or not, learn how you can personally make a difference in irl and online spaces. Especially you, Glen Coco! Sponsored by CSSN.
Previous Presentations Anime Crossroads 2020, Maple Gel Con 2020, Tekko 2021, Fanime 2022, Tekko 2022.

A version recorded for CSSN's Twitch channel can be viewed here.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 45 people.

Yaoi Paddles of Yore and Don't Like, Don't Read Lore
Description Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) founders share the history of harassment and reporting across internet fandom and anime conventions, from back before you even collected bishies and waifus. Cringe your way through things we all used to think were "okay" and learn what we need to do to keep improving!
Previous Presentations This panel is currently under submission.
Average Audience Size N/A.

Beyond Cosplay Is Not Consent
Description Our convention community has a real problem with harassment, but "Cosplay Is Not Consent" has not been fixing that OR the stalking, abuse, and assault that can occur. We would like to show you what's really going on as a result of that phrase and offer solutions for today's conventions and online experiences. #WeBelieveYou and your voice matters for safer, more enjoyable conventions for everyone, not just cosplayers. Sponsored by the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN).
Previous Presentations Fanime 2019, Ohayocon 2020, DigiCon 2020, Maple Gel Con 2020, Comfy Cozy Con 2020 (Summer Edition), & Comfy Cozy Con 2020 (Winter Edition, with Rose of Battle), Ohayocon (Online) 2021.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 40 people.


Trauma in the "Tales Of" Series
Description Throughout the usually upbeat "Tales Of" series lies a darker undercurrent: betrayal, body possession, dismemberment, and more. This panel will follow the psychological journey of characters from Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Zestiria, and Tales of Berseria who have experienced trauma and confront the appropriate and inappropriate responses of the narrative to survivorship and recovery, as it relates to the needs of real-life survivors. Spoilers will be linear and explicitly noted for those who would like to hear about some aspects, but not others. Sponsored by the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN).
Previous Presentations Maple Gel Con 2017, MAGFest 2018, Ohayocon 2018, Tekko 2018 (in Tekko Gakkou), FanimeCon 2018, Aselia Con 2019, Anime Crossroads 2020.
Average Audience Size Between 15 and 40 people.


Trauma in the "Zero Escape" Series
Description This panel will guide you through a reading of trauma and its effects on characters in the Zero Escape series by Kotaro Uchikoshi. We'll provide commentary on 999, VLR, and ZTD, and offer resources for those who may be struggling with post-trauma in real life. Sponsored by the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN).
Previous Presentations Tekko 2019, MAGFest 2020.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 50 people.



Previous Panels

Con Safety and You | Cafe Consent: A Casual Chat about Conventions | Cosplay: Confidence and Consent |
'Cosplay Is Not Consent' Is Not Enough | Let's Talk Cosplay Harassment | Shall We Dance? |
Welcome to the Ballroom


Con Safety and You
Description There are still too many conventions that don't understand or accept the need for a solid harassment policy, education for staff, and effective intervention procedures at their events. Trickssi, the founder/executive director of the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN), and Samurai Dan, a self-defense expert, discuss ways to stay empowered when conventions can't—or won't—protect you, and what to do in worst-case scenarios.
Previous Presentations Sangawa Project 2019
Average Audience Size Between 40 and 50 people.


Cafe Consent: A Casual Chat about Conventions
Description What's the tea on consent in the convention community? Share a discussion with CSSN founders on the state of harassment in nerd spheres like gaming and cosplay; learn how you can support your peers and strengthen convention policies; and help us define what consent should mean to everyone. Sponsored by the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN).
Previous Presentations Tekko 2019.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 25 people.


Let's Talk Cosplay Harassment
Description Cosplayers: have you ever been stalked, harassed, or bullied and felt like you were alone? What about abused or even sexually assaulted by someone in our community? This is a workshop for people who identify with the above to have a discussion about their experiences and discover resources for healing as well as bettering the nerd sphere. Every convention is someone's #MeToo, and we're here to remind you that you're not alone and #WeBelieveYou. Sponsored by the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN).
Previous Presentations Fanime 2019; brought back in 2022 for Gen Con, along with Greater than Games.
Average Audience Size Between 15 and 20 people.


Welcome to the Ballroom
Description How did Japan elevate the art of ballroom dance in the mid-to-late 1990s? How is a European-crafted style of dance relevant to Japanese culture? This panel exhibits hidden gems of Japanese ballroom dance, starting with last year's manga-to-anime adaptation "Welcome to the Ballroom" to the 1996 film "Shall We Dance" and everything in between.
Previous Presentations Colossalcon East 2017; presented at Anime Mini 2017, Tekko 2017, Fanime 2017, and Colossalcon 2017 in its previous version ("Shall We Dance?").
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 25 people.

Shall We Dance?
Description Are you a fan of sports anime and want to get on your feet? Want to find out how ballroom dance connects to Japanese culture? Learn how to waltz, tango, and rumba like the characters in the new anime, "Welcome to the Ballroom!" No partner required and all levels of experience are welcome.
Previous Presentations Anime Mini 2017, Tekko 2017, Fanime 2017, and Colossalcon 2017.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 25 people.
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'Cosplay Is Not Consent' Is Not Enough
Description Have you or someone you know (cosplayer or otherwise) ever been harassed at a convention? Have you ever wondered how prevalent an issue it still is, even with so-called "Cosplay Is Not Consent" campaign posters peppered throughout events like New York Comic Con? Find out the history of harassment culture in conventions and how organizations like the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) and Uplift are banding together to create a positive change for a safer community for everyone at anime/gaming/nerd conventions.
Previous Presentations This version debuted at Tekko 2018.
The previous version of this panel, "Cosplay: Confidence and Consent," has been presented at Anime Mini 2017, Tekko 2017, and Colossalcon 2017.
Average Audience Size Between 10 and 40 people.


Cosplay: Confidence and Consent
Description Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, being a cosplayer is about much more than putting on a costume. In Cosplay: Confidence and Consent, you'll enhance your knowledge about enhancing wearability, building self-confidence, and ensuring fun and safety for yourself and those around you even in uncomfortable situations.
Previous Presentations Anime Mini 2017, Tekko 2017, and Colossalcon 2017.
Average Audience Size Between 10 and 30 people.
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Guest Panelist


Formal Eye for the Ball
Description Want some tips on how to get dressed up or style your outfits for the Black & White Ball or other formal dances? We've got you covered! Trickssi brings her knowledge of formal dress and cosplay to provide tips on modify your favorite character's outfit for your favorite event.
Previous Presentations Fanime 2021.
Average Audience Size Between 40 and 50 people.


Black & White Ball Q&A!
Description An open question & answer session for anyone to answer questions about dance and the Fanime Black and White Ball in particular.
Previous Presentations Fanime 2021.
Average Audience Size Between 40 and 60 people.


Judging Dance in Anime
Description Fanime Black & White Ball staff review the quality and feasibility of partner dance in various anime.
Previous Presentations Fanime 2021.
Average Audience Size Between 40 and 50 people.


The Relationship Between Cosplayers and Photographers
Description What do cosplayers expect from photographers? What do photographers expect from cosplayers? In this panel, we discuss matters involving the basics to the unexpected. From matters of consent to matters of who you want in a photographer or cosplayer. Things have gotten a little more complicated in the digital age of photography and we do our best to sort them out!
Previous Presentations Guest panelist of Greyroamer Photography at Matsuricon 2017 & 2018.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 30 people.


Yikes: Real Con Horror Stories
Description This interactive venting panel led by cosplay community veterans invites you to share your "omg" moments while we commiserate in a supportive environment. Guest panelist of Feytaline.
Previous Presentations Tekko 2017, Tekko 2018, Tekko 2019, and the Sangawa Project 2019.
Average Audience Size Between 20 and 100 people, depending on room size; Tekko 2018 was standing room only.