The Vailix – Music Guests of Honor

The Vailix

Formed in 2014, The Vailix is a female-fronted hard rock band from Charlottesville, VA, who use music, light, and art to tell stories based on the sci-fi comic book series “The Tales of the Cloud Ocean”, created by guitarist/songwriter Rob Richmond. Powerful vocals soar above riff-heavy guitars, grinding bass, and thunderous drums as they turn narration and images into songs that drive just as intensely as the story from which they spring.

The Vailix is a unique, and heart-pounding experience from start to finish!

The Vailix: “Big” Bruce (engineering, bass), Bri (pilot, vocals), Jaymi (tactical officer, drums), Corii (first mate, guitar), Cpt. Roc Robarts (ship’s captain, guitar, vocals).

Artwork by Jakub Wisniewski

 

U the Magician

U the Magician U the Magician is a hypnotist/magician with over seven years of experience in bringing a smile to faces and pushing reality beyond the expected. U started magic at the age of 15 and trained under three masters of the Craft. Since then he’s entertained friends and conventions while performing around the country.

 

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator

Starship Horizons 1The Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator is a multi-player experience allowing 2–6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Operations, and Engineering.

As a team, players can venture into the galaxy in our vast campaign setting, or play any number of pre-built missions designed for a shorter experience. There is no cost to play!

 

Devo Spice

Devo SpiceDevo Spice is a comedy-rapper from New Jersey who has become one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show. He was the founding member of Sudden Death, the comedy rap group that had the #1, #2, and #4 most requested songs of 2007 on the Dr. Demento Show. (“Cellular Degeneration,” “Getting Old Sucks,” and “Pillagers,” respectively.)

Devo Spice performs regularly across the country at music clubs, comedy clubs, and science fiction conventions. He has shared the stage with Dr. Demento, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and many others. The live show features videos and animations synchronized with the music resulting in a hilarious show that goes over very well with a variety of audiences.

Devo Spice has released several albums including Gnome Sane? (2009), a best of Sudden Death 2-CD collection called Rhythms from the Crypt (2013), a Doctor Who concept album titled I Am The Doctor (2014), and his most recent release Herp Derp Ya Don’t Sterp (2014). His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and The FuMP (the Funny Music Project). For more information please visit devospice.com.

 

Dimensional Riffs

Dimensional Riffs is a nerd rock band that was born from a joke at RavenCon last year. Our members include Jenny Hendrix as the lead singer and former member of Paradox Machine. Chuck Parker is lead guitarist and is the bass player for The Blibbering Humdingers. DJ McGuire plays bass, and Kat Sinclair is our other beautiful singer.

Dimensional Riffs

John Johnson

John JohnsonJohn Johnson shot his first film, Zap, in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature length films, one television series (20 one-hour episodes), and 44 short films.

After finishing school, John went back to his old high school to teach videography for two semesters. This was a class that he had helped create with the School Board in 1995 as an independent study. The class then grew to have two full sessions of over 55 students.

Johnson, as well as being an award-winning writer, is now an award-winning filmmaker as well as the founder of Darkstone Entertainment, an independent film company based out of Charlottesville, VA.

Johnson has seven features now available all over the world. From FYE, Turner Classic Movies, and Amazon Prime to Netflix, Johnson’s films can be found worldwide on DVD and streaming. He has another eight features being released on these platforms in the next two years.

To this day, Johnson has completed over 169 films. His remake of Plan 9 is his most popular film yet and has been mentioned in Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, and on over 200 websites.

Also on the roster, Johnson is working on turning the cult video games The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour into a television series. Production of the series closed in late 2016.

Future work for Johnson includes House of Horrors—a monster mash up on a very dark and gritty scale pitting all of the famous monsters against one another, including Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, and the Mummy. House of Horrors is projected to start production in late 2018.

 

Fabian Rush

Fabian RushRVA native, Fabian Rush, is excited to make his third guest appearance at RavenCon this year. He’s still enjoying a long and successful career as a multi-talented artist/performer. After graduating from the VCU school of business at the top of his class in 2002, Fabian wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first feature length horror film So Mort It Be, which, upon completion, was rapidly picked up for worldwide distribution.

Fabian’s passion for horror and science fiction fueled his desire to make more movies over the following years, gaining additional credits as production designer, visual effects coordinator, and director of photography. His subsequent film work—including the titles Dark Harvest, The Feeding, Pantheon Black, DWAM, and Alien Face Bashers—has been seen by audiences around the world. With a few appearances on the Syfy channel.

He is also the lead singer of the Richmond-based industrial metal band Synthetic Nightmare; a wild act in which he is known to don devil horns and wicked contact lenses. During the live shows, fans are transported to Hell as dancing girls blow fire and use power tools to shoot sparks into the audience.

Never resting, Fabian is now producing his next two horror films; Whitemeat, which promises to be his most shocking film to date, and Fhtagn: Rock Opera of Dooom, which is a hilarious heavy metal musical based on the mythos of HP Lovecraft.

 

Charming Underclothes

Charming Underclothes: Feature Presentations from Reel to Real

Charming Underclothes was formed in 2015 and began conquering castles as The Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast of Roanoke, VA. Our debut show was at MystiCon in February 2016. Now, a year later, we are a traveling cast that takes its unique experience to the cities of Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and even Charlotte, NC. And all the while still maintaining our own home shows and special events on the moon-drenched shores of Transylvania.

Even though Rocky Horror is our main love, we are very excited to be at RavenCon for the debut shadowcast of another favorite movie of ours, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. We have built this show from the ground up (once we discovered the atmosphereum that had crashed nearby). So, whether you’re a scientist, a wife who sometimes forgets she isn’t a space alien, or are made up from four different forest animals, we invite you to come out and experience the supreme shock sensation of our time!

You can get to know the cast by hanging out with us. Either in person or online (we prefer both)…

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Charming Underclothes—An RKE Radio Picture

Charming Underclothes

 

Misbehavin’ Maidens

Misbehavin' MaidensThe Misbehavin’ Maidens are a mixed a capella/folk band comprised of four women from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area with a love of sex-positive music, parodies, drinking, and fandom references for the 18+ nerd crowd.

Performing in cosplay, pirate garb, and occasionally plain clothes, the group can be found at local theme bars and fandom conventions all across the country, entertaining those who are young at heart, but who have their minds in the gutter. The group has performed at DragonCon, ConNooga, Wicked Faire, Nauticons, D.C./Baltimore area burlesque and variety shows, and local pubs. They are very excited to be adding RavenCon to their list for the first time!

The band, which began rehearsing together in late 2012 and performed in public together for the first time in May of 2013, consists of four members: Flint Locke, “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc, Madame Rouge, and Saber Tompson. While all of the ladies come from a “pirate” background, they embrace a wide range of subcultures, offering musical tributes to everything from steampunk to anime.

After a wildly successful Kickstarter, their debut, independently released album, Busted, was released August 15, 2015, and they’re currently working on their second album, to be released in the second half of 2017.

You can listen to their music, watch their videos, and more, at their website MisbehavinMaidens.com.

 

Dustin “Omni Voice” Beard

Dustin BeardDustin is a voice actor and YouTuber—under the name of Omni Voice—known for his creation of the Perfectly Normal web series for the popular game Warframe, as well as his narrations of famous Edgar Allen Poe works and many Creepypasta short stories.

Perfectly Normal is a comedy/satire web series or “Machinima” based on the popular videogame Warframe, featuring an overarching story of an aspiring reviewer whose career is hindered by a cast of various characters that impede his progress. All editing, story, dialogue, and voices of the characters are provided by Dustin himself.

Also featured on his YouTube channel are several narrations of famous works of Edgar Allen Poe, as well as many Creepypasta short horror stories including “Abandoned By Disney,” “11 Miles,” and “Tulpa.”

His YouTube channel is Omni Omega Voice (Omni Voice).

As a voice actor, Dustin provides voice work for various media; including narration, character voices, audio books, and commercial applications.

Website: http://www.omniomegavoiceover.com