Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost thirty years. Growing up in West Virginia, he’s attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast.
While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials. He also served a tour in the U.S. Navy as well as teaching both hearing and hearing-impaired students at the pre-school through university levels.
In recent years, Chris has developed a progressive degenerative neurological condition affecting mainly strength, balance, and increasing pain levels, causing him to spend increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound. Also known as Rolling Thunder Cosplay, he is a vocal advocate and encourager of the disabled, especially within the fandom convention and cosplay communities. Still an active cosplayer, many of his costumes incorporate his disability. For one of his more notable creations, Chris built a detailed mobile replica of the TARDIS around his wheelchair, earning him first prize in the Doctor Who division at North Carolina Comicon 2014.
Chris is a past member of the 105th Squad, the largest costuming organization in North Carolina. In addition to cosplay, he is an avid convention guest, panelist, writer, prop fabricator, costume judge, and is currently volunteer staff at Fayetteville ComicCon and Accessibility Coordinator at Animazement.