Kyle Cawthon

Kyle CawthonTrouble Planet is a YouTube channel that performs sketch comedy and an arcade show called, Mom Can I Have Another Dollar where we put in one dollar to see how far we can get. We explore a lot of popular games from the 80s and 90s that were in available in public arcades, as well as extremely bizarre and obscure games that should never have existed.

The group consists of Keith, Kyle, and Nick who met in 2010 while serving overseas in South Korea, where they started working on sketch comedy videos. Although now all three live thousands of miles from one another, they all try to meet up every several months to record more episodes of MCIHAD in a compressed session. So check them out, they even take requests. Kyle is excited to be representing Trouble Planet at this year’s RavenCon.

 

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.

Sean CW Korsgaard

Soldier, scholar, writer and freelancer, Sean CW Korsgaard is a US Army veteran, award-winning journalist, and freelance writer.

As a reporter, Sean has had articles published in more than a dozen newspapers across Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Progress-Index, The Free Lance-Star, and the Daily Press, and online has been featured on websites including Screen Rant, Collider, Boing Boing, and the Alternate History Weekly Update. He won the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for his coverage of the trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, has covered events ranging from military deployments to comic book conventions, and has interviewed people ranging from movie stars to U.S. Senators. Work has taken Sean everywhere from traveling to Poland with a Holocaust survivor to being attacked by a shark in downtown Atlanta, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Like many others here at RavenCon, Sean is a hopeful speculative fiction author, and has a handful of short stories he’s hoping to have published by the end of the year. In the meantime though, if you see him taking photos or video around the convention, be sure to say hello and to pose for the camera!

Sean lives in Richmond, VA, and is always on the hunt for another byline and his next grand adventure.

www.korsgaardscommentary.com

 

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.

 

Donnie Sturges

Donnie SturgesDonnie Sturges, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless… in a world of criminals who operate above the law. When he’s not fighting crime, you’ll find him trying to be creative. Formerly a web comic writer and creator for The Draconia Chronicles and Psycho Dreamatic, as well as a film and board game reviewer for sites like CHUD and the now defunct Guy.com, Donnie keeps his creative passions alive as a producer, actor, and writer. He’s currently serving as an independent film and series producer for Darkstone Entertainment, while also providing his acting chops for several Darkstone projects, like The Lovecraft Chronicles and the upcoming 7th Guest series. His main outlet for the artistic demons screaming in his head is the up-and-coming web comic The Adventures of Baby Skeletor, which is an ongoing series based on the life of an infantile sorcerer Donnie has been forced to document ever since he found the tiny bonehead left on his doorstep.

 

Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, NC. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live-event promotion company.

A man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film The Devil’s Lettuce, and the award-winning Doctor Who fan film: Doctor Who: Lucky 13, and has written over a dozen published short stories and novellas, many of which have been included in various anthology collections, with his latest writing effort being the Malkavian chapter of the new Vampire: The Masquerade: Endless Ages.

Additionally, Harlequin serves on the awards committee for the annual Fright Meter Film Awards, hosts various film festivals, and serves as the host for both the popular iTV series Booze of the Week, and author of the highly popular column “The Gonzo Report” on Cinema Slasher. In his free time (what little he gets) he enjoys cooking, gaming, comic book collecting, and craft beer brewing.

 

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.

 

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

 

E.L. Fortner

E.L. Fortner is a voice over artist, actor, author, scriptwriter, associate producer, director, lyricist, composer, and photographer with years of experience. He has also just recently produced several songs and is currently working on an EP release.

He began what is now over 25 years of experience by programming video games in the early to mid-eighties, while he was in high school, and developing and distributing titles for Apple Computers. He developed one of the first gaming BBSs in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region from the knowledge he gained while working in this industry. He also set out to refine his photography skills with classes in high school and then later in college.

During the ’80s and early ’90s, he honed his skills as a semi-professional gamer on a number of titles, managing to set a variety of records. On Saturday, August 10th, 2013, he received an award for his work in the video gaming industry and his visage was adorned on one of Twin Galaxies’ familiar video game trading cards. A card you can all now happily collect from the Twin Galaxies website.

Fortner has worked on a number of projects across multiple industries, ranging from indie games and voice overs to music to independent productions of film and television. His projects have even allowed him to work for industry giants like Blizzard Entertainment and Disney among many others. Edward’s favorite and most memorable project to date has been voicing characters on the amazingly popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He has also voiced several characters in the audio horror series Tales from Beyond, Volume 2, coming soon to iTunes and Amazon.

Edward has also worked in theater and on both film and television projects in a number of different genres. He recently appeared on AMC’s American Revolution period drama, Turn, and wrote for a TV pilot in Miami titled Experiment Kelly. He also directed a Christmas-related project, called Wishes, for television and is working on a number of different projects.

He is currently releasing his second book, titled Dreams of Reality, through Caffeine & Ink Publishing this year.