Meredith Placko, known around the con circuit as Ana Aesthetic, is a journalist, cosplayer and self proclaimed crazy cat lady. She has been cosplaying since 1999 and has created over 150 costumes for herself and friends, as well as stage and film productions. Meredith has been incredibly lucky to be an invited guest and speaker to conventions across the country, including the first official “cosplay guest” of Dragon*Con. Her work has appeared in CosMode, Game Informer, New York Times, MTV, G4, Maxim and Mondo. Meredith is a respected voice in the cosplay community – known as much for award winning costumes as she is for her articles and interviews on cosplay, what it’s like to be a woman in the convention community, and her own personal trials and insights on the hobby. The League of Hot Geeks has dubbed her the “Ambassador of Geek Girls’ Rights.”
When not holed away in her cosplay sweat shop, Meredith works as a freelance reporter and producer. She lives in Atlanta with her five cats, a Beta fish named Sterling Archer and a hipster roommate. You can see more of her cosplay work on her Facebook page – http://facebook.com/anaaesthetic.