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.

 

James R. Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. He began writing his tales 20+ years ago, and has been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales and poetry in roughly fifty venues over the years, including nine appearances in the various incarnations of Nth Degree Magazine. Most recently, he has appeared in the anthologies Dead Souls (2009), Rum & Runestones (2010), Fantastic Futures 13 (2013) and Bad Ass Fairies IV: It’s Elemental (2014), and will be appearing in the next issues of Nth Degree Magazine (#27) and the Best of Nth Degree Anthology due later this year. His final reveal will come with publication of his novel, The Dokkalfar’s Ploy, when he will emerge into the light, triumphant.

 

Tedd Roberts

Tedd RobertsDr. Tedd Roberts (pseudonym of Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D.) is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to surviving the Apocalypse, from prosthetics to TV and movie diseases, and from the fictional depiction of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction include Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), Riding the Red Horse (Castalia) and Black Tide Rising (Baen).

Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain. He is also leading the clinical testing efforts for a “neural prosthetic” to restore human memory following damage due to aging, injury or disease (publication forthcoming, Spring 2017).

With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science just for fellow scientists was not enough. As Dr. Roberts or Dr. Hampson, his public talks on science, science fiction (and the science in science fiction) are available to professors, students and civic groups as well as SF/F conventions. He is available as a subject matter expert via the Science and Entertainment Exchange—a service of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Greg Smith

Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of utilizing a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the Reel Heroes series; books on heroes in the movies.

His seminars on the Agile Writer Method have informed and delighted hundreds of writers, scholars, and university students. Since 2011, Agile Writer authors have completed dozens of first draft novels, eight published books, and two members have been nominated for the coveted James River Writer Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

 

Frédéric El Maafer

Frédéric El MaaferFrédéric El Maafer hails from the legendary city of Paris, France. He has been a cosplayer since he was but a wee lad of four years old, being raised properly of course in the ancient arts of Geek.

In 2008 he specialized in his love of Warhammer 40k, Star Trek and steampunk. He is one of the founding members of the Parisian cosplay group Paradox Riders (facebook.com/Paradoxriders/).

Monsieur El Maafer shall marry his love, Mademoiselle Jennifer Koutou the week after RavenCon at the Steampunk World’s Fair. He is an avid purveyor of rum, a fierce advocate of cinnamon, and high priest of the color purple.

He is very honored to be a judge for this year’s Masquerade and shall uphold the law of Zantac!

 

Samantha Bryant

Samantha BryantSamantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she’s not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything).

She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, the sequel Change of Life, and the three-quel Face the Change (due out July 11, 2017), all available through Curiosity Quills Press on Amazon or by request at your favorite bookseller. You can find her on Twitter @mirymom1 or at her blog/website: samanthabryant.com

 

Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan has turned his lifelong love of horror and science fiction films into a life which, when not spent teaching science to high school students, revolves around indie films and the celebration of genre cinema. He has worked as a screenwriter, actor, makeup and special effects artist and director on four feature films and nearly two dozen shorts. He can also be found writing at Gruesomemagazine.com and as part of the Decades of Horror podcast, waxing poetic over the charms of A*P*E, The Giant Spider Invasion and Dracula vs Frankenstein, often with a straight face. He has spent much of the last year trying to expand his award-winning short film 400 Ways to Kill a Vampire into a novel and is determined to finish it in 2017 or die trying, either result is as good as the other. This is his first RavenCon and he is eager to see old friends and make new ones.

Carolyn O’Neal

Carolyn O'NealCarolyn O’Neal is a native Virginian author and environmentalist. Born in Norfolk and growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, Carolyn knows the importance of protecting the water. Now she is the regional coordinator for the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program out of VCU and is active with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Kingsley is her first novel but not her last. Set in the near future, Kingsley is an eco-thriller that creates a dystopian world in the vein of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam series. Stop by the Artist & Author Alley to pick up your copy of Kingsley and to talk to Carolyn about sequels.

 

Chris AddottaSmith

Rev. Chris AddottaSmithFamiliar to many, Chris AdottaSmith has been active on the Virginia convention circuit for about twenty years. She attended SheVaCon when it was still in Staunton. Then she moved to the peninsula and found MarsCon where she ran the Con Suite for several years. She eventually moved up to Vice Chair in 2015, and Chair in 2016. From there she found RavenCon (where she ran Children’s Programming for three years) and Mysticon, too.

Chris is certainly a local fan. However, to define a fan, one must define her passions. Chris has many things that quicken her heart… She loves being with people, and hates sleeves. She firmly believes in feeding the hungry, but dislikes shoes. She loves kids, and is forever in “teacher” mode!

Pertaining to fandom there are many things she loves: Reading (Tarzan, Pern, Middle Earth, The Chronicles of Prydain, anything Arthurian), comics (Classics Illustrated, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Ka-Zar, Hawkman, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Thor, Alpha Flight, Wolverine), media (Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Stargate: SG-1, Harry Potter) and gaming (Gamma World, MERP, Vampire: The Masquerade). Chris had an original box set of Dungeons and Dragons and played AD&D for years.

Which all adds up to Chris loves cons!

James Iagulli

James is a born collector. From games to action figures, he’s seen a lot and is willing to share his experience with like-minded people.