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PAX East 2023: Special Guests, new Merch, Oh My! Don’t Miss Out!

PAX East 2023 video game exhibition

It’s hard to believe the Cookie Brigade will break the $1,000,000 lifetime raised threshold in 2023. It feels like just yesterday when we celebrated raising over $10,000 at a single PAX. Our success has come from our volunteers’ continued dedication and the many people and companies who have supported and partnered with us.

To celebrate the upcoming $1,000,000 milestone, we have asked some fantastic people we’ve had the honor of partnering with over the years, along with some new partners, to join us at our events throughout 2024.

We’re excited to announce the following special guests for PAX East 2023. Check back here and on our Twitter @cookie_brigade for more details.

Riss Zanfei

Riss Zanfei

Riss Zanfei is a Twitch partner, streaming at, and the lead artist and designer for Tasty Peach Studios. She is also the voice and talent behind Vtuber, Kaimeriss.

Riss and Tasty Peach Studios have partnered with the Cookie Brigade for over five years. With your donations, we’ve raised over $13,000 for Child’s Play Charity for her beautiful plushies, jewelry, and other merchandise. She has also raised over $33,000 on Twitch for charity through her extensive and dedicated online following.

She has been creating art for Tasty Peach for over ten years, bringing her dreams and ideas to life as adorable plushies, collectibles, clothing, and more. She is also the creative mind behind our 2022 Cookie Doe, Pinny Arcade pin, which debuted at PAX West and is available this year at PAX East 2023.

Tasty Peach plush and designs can be found worldwide and are available from retailers like Hot Topic and Claires or even your local aquarium!

She will join us at our table in SE Lobby C near the dance stage. Times to be announced.

Michael Mairs (Smirky)

Michael “Smirky” Mairs is a Twitch partner, streaming at, and a decade-long LGBTQIA variety gaming streamer specializing in the MMORPG Toontown. He has fundraised over $70,000 with his dedicated online community, the smirksters, supporting various charities, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Extra Life, and the Trevor Project. 

Outside of gaming Michael graduated college in 2021 with Summa Cum Laude honors and received a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. 

He will join us at our table in SE Lobby C near the dance stage. Times to be announced.

New Merch!

We have some exciting new merch as well for 2023!

Brand new for PAX East 2023, we’re pleased to introduce the Cookie Paladin Pinny! He’s ready to partner up with the Wizard Cookie for some adventuring. – $15 Each

Cookie Paladin Pinny

Stay hydrated during PAX with a colorful Cookie Brigade branded Que collapsible water bottle. This bad boy holds up to 20 ounces and can be shrunk to about half its size for storage. Made of LFGB Food-grade silicon, these water bottles are dishwasher safe, BPA-Free, lightweight, leakproof, and wide-mouth to fit ice cubes. – $35 each

Cookie Brigade branded Que collapsible water bottle in 7 colors. Get yours before they’re gone!

Show your support with our brand-new iron-on patches! Featuring the stylings of our lovable Cookie Wizard and Paladin. – $8 each

Feeling lucky? Grab one of our blind bags for some sweet mystery swag and a chance to win a fabulous prize. Each bag will contain a prize equal to the bag’s price and has a chance to win something legendary, epic, rare, or uncommon. – $TBA

Looking for Pinny Arcade pins? We’ll have a unique opportunity to support a brand-new program with some Pinny-only blind bags for sale. All these bags’ proceeds will support our upcoming partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Through this program, we will support two families, providing them with baking supplies and life skills courses for the patients. – $15

In addition, we’ll also have much more, including several of our past Pinny’s, such as the 2023 Welcome Home, Cookie Doe, and Wizard Cookie, for sale and more!

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