Comic Con Cape Town will host several local and international guests across all four days of the event. Fans will get to meet some of their favourite stars and well-known figures in the pop culture world including a couple of renowned cosplay professionals. We’ve already covered Elizabeth Rage so this time, it’s all about Leon Chiro, who will join Rage on the panel of judges for the Regional Champions of Cosplay competition set to take place at the event.
Leon Chiro needs no introduction in the world of cosplay. Across his career, Chiro officially cosplayed for several AAA gaming companies including Ubisoft, Square Enix and Capcom. His impeccably crafted cosplay creations caught the attention of the community and due to his strong presence and marketability, made him prime for representing some of the biggest characters in pop culture history. Let’s take a look at the life of Leon Chiro before Comic Con Cape Town.
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Leon Chiro was born on 31 May 1991 in Italy. He studied at the Vigamus Academy in Rome, specialising in Marketing and Digital Communication in Video Games. Chiro began his cosplaying journey all the way back in 2010 and has since collaborated with several video game companies and represented their most famous characters and IPs including Assassin’s Creed for Ubisoft, Final Fantasy for Square Enix and Devil May Cry for Capcom.
Working hard to stay in shape, Leon Chiro also rose in the professional wrestling scene where he still frequently dominates the ring. In 2016, he notably worked with 20th Century Fox and Ubisoft on the promotional campaign for the Michael Fassbender-starring live-action Assassin’s Creed movie.
Leon Chiro has been invited to over 80 events in more than 30 countries around the globe – including Spain, the United States, Brazil and South Africa where he appeared at Comic Con Africa last year. Over the years, he went on to win several cosplay competitions and was highlighted as the ECG Italian representative on the European finals in Japan Expo 2016.
Leon Chiro currently has over 425,000 followers on Instagram which highlights some of his most famous cosplay creations including Gladiolus from Final Fantasy XV, Greed from The Seven Deadly Sins, Portgas D. Ace and Roronoa Zoro from One Piece, David Martinez from Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Dio Brando and Anasui from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Dante from Devil May Cry, Erwin from Attack on Titan, Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter and many more.
Additionally, Leon Chiro has judged many high level cosplay contests in his career. This year, Leon Chiro will be on the judges panel for the Comic Con Cape Town Regional Champions of Cosplay competition. Don’t miss him on the panel and show floor across all four days of the event.
Comic Con Cape Town will take place from 27 to 30 April 2023 at CTICC 2. Doors open from 09:00 to 18:00 daily. Make sure you secure your tickets on Howler.