Angela Pritchett

Angela PritchettAngela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer, podcaster, and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, the Porkchop film trilogy, Pig Girl, and many others.

Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last seventeen years. Her costumes have been featured in the Washington Post, as well as various Japanese magazines and coffee table books.

Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series, she has also been featured in numerous short story anthologies and books with essays on different topics in fandoms.

She also plays covers of geeky music on the ukulele on her YouTube channel Angela Plays Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment “A Geek Girls Take” that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pugs.

 

Dirty Metal Lefty

Dirty Metal LeftyA native of Richmond, VA, Dirty Metal Lefty comes “Straight Out of Nowhere” with an eclectic, heterogeneous blend of dark, soulful alternative rock with blues, metal, and jazz undertones. Acoustic or electric, this devil-may-care singer-songwriter is unapologetically raw and never fails to disappoint.

Official releases include: debut EP Nevá On Sundays, full-length follow-up See, What HAD Happened Was…, and single “FOBD (Ronin Vox Mix)”, a bass and vocal tribute to Soundgarden’s timeless classic, “Fell On Black Days.”

 

Azura Phoenix

Azura PhoenixAzura Phoenix has been cosplaying since 2011 and has been a loyal attendee of RavenCon since 2013. She prides herself in having a “cosplay is for everyone” attitude. Masquerades are one of her favorite parts of cosplaying because it can be such a great way to share and showcase everyone’s hard work. Although proud of the awards she has been given, the value she finds in competing is in the performance, memories, and fellowship with other cosplayers.

 

Charming Underclothes

Charming Underclothes is a movie recreation performance group that brings films to life! Shadowcasting, as it’s called, is a midnight movie phenomenon that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We began conquering castles with our RHPS debut on February 26, 2016, in Roanoke, VA. Since then, we have become a traveling cast that expands our stage to Lynchburg and Charlottesville, and we also do conventions and special events throughout the year. During our runtime, we have expanded our celluloid dreams to other movies, such as The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and Clue. Every show we do is in costume, with props, and is designed to give the viewers a very memorable experience with pre-show games and audience interactions.

Charming Underclothes

Sandra Baldari

Sandra BaldariSandra Baldari grew up watching sci-fi and fantasy shows and movies, she found comic books in high school, and worked at a comic book store as she made her way through university. She attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, and received her B.S. in Journalism. After the daily grind of working at newspapers she now works as a substitute teacher. In her spare time she reads several genres; including steampunk, cozy mysteries, and sci-fi/fantasy; writes book reviews; and enjoys crafting things.

 

Jason T. Graves

Jason T. GravesAuthor, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and two published short stories, collected in the anthologies Off the Beaten Path 1 and Badass and the Beast from Timberlane Press.

After years as a freelance editor and designer, and two stints in the publishing profession as an editor, Jason founded Prospective Press in 2015. The Press now represents over thirty authors, including veteran novelist Robert W. Walker, and has published 26 books and two anthologies, to date.

 

J. “Cal” Baldari

J. "Cal" BaldariProf. Cal Baldari is a retired U.S. Army Sapper and military instructor turned professor of philosophy with a focus in applied and normative ethics. His research credits include alternative military ethics, Aristotelian excellence, moral conflict in literature, implicit bias, modern heroics, RPG morality, and many others. He has published both academically and creatively, with author credits in short military science fiction and fantasy as well as his academic specialty. As an avid tabletop role-player and game designer, Cal has run games for over a dozen systems professionally. He specializes in the design of moral systems in role-playing and moral conflict in storylines, modules, and canonical backstory. He also provides expert services for authors, game designers, and comics writers; advising on ethics and continuity concerns. Finally, Cal is firmly entrenched in the battle to bring diversity and inclusivity to fandom. His work on implicit bias often references the broadening of “geek culture” and the awesome efforts many geeks have put forth to make this hobby one in which everyone, absolutely everyone, can enjoy it with impunity.

Cal regularly speaks at science fiction, fantasy, anime, comic, and similar conventions on his wide array of expertise. These can include subjects as diverse as “writing the best battle scenes” to “D&D alignments, are they all just Chaotic Stupid?” to “The strength of diversity in modern cinematic superhero culture.”

 

Greg Smith

Greg SmithGreg Smith is a writing coach, editor, and publisher. He founded the Agile Writer Workshop in 2011 with the mission of finding a method to help beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. His seminars on the Agile Writer Method have informed and delighted thousands of writers, scholars, and university students. Greg is a developmental editor and coaches authors through the self-publishing maze. Greg also writes for the movie-review blog ReelHeroes.net. Greg can be reached at greg@agilewriters.com and AgileWriters.com.

 

Tangent Artists

Tangent Artists started out back in 2006 as a webcomic company that updated once a week. Since then, they’ve grown into a fantasy genre powerhouse with comics, game aids, and books. Creators of The Handbook for Saucy Bards and other Guild Guides, they’re also known for their comics, Skeleton Crew (a macabre comedy) and CRIT! (swords sorcery & sarcasm) as well as the Fate Accompli erasable game aids. What will Tangent Artists cook up next? It depends on how many hours of sleep they can replace with tea and coffee.

Featuring: Monica Marier (writer/head artist) David Joria (writer) and Rachael Hixon (writer/colourist/print maven)

Tangent Artists

T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric BakutisT. Eric Bakutis is a professional videogame designer and author based in Maryland. His first book, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short story “Splitting Arrows” recently won 1st place in the 2018 Farpoint Convention Writing Contest. His latest “grimsnark” sci-fi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, is now available. You can find links to sample chapters from his books and also read his cyberpunk police procedural, Loose Circuit, for free at tebakutis.com. He has played over 200 hours of Skyrim VR.