Rebecca Roberts Ryan

Rebecca Roberts RyanRebecca Roberts Ryan, cosplaying as Foxy Roxy Cosplay, has been costuming and cosplaying for many years. She works with a wide range of crafting media to make costumes celebrating her love of TV, movies, comic books, video games, and sci-fi. She’s even thrown in a few original designs!

Known for her attention to detail and outstanding reference materials, she has won awards and acclaim nationwide—including receiving a “Best Costume” award from the Costume Designers Guild of America. She has guested, judged competitions, and hosted panels at conventions across the country.

Find her on Facebook @FoxyRoxyCosplay. Let’s talk shop!

 

James Treekiller

James Treekiller“If you have the desire, you can build anything!” That’s the motto I have lived with since a kid and its followed me through my adulthood though I still feel like a kid at heart. Being creative and working in the arts has always been second nature to me, I followed that passion through college and landed as a commercial artist in the private sector and museums. I was even in the running for the Smithsonian Institute but turned that career down to become a Medic/Firefighter, specializing in HAZ-MAT and Technical Rescue, which I recently retired from after twenty years of service.

If you know me, you will know that I have been a big Mad Max fan since seeing the first movie in the theatre, and following my motto my cosplay life started. My wife Deb and I rolled out Max and Doof as our first builds and they have won a lot of contests, including the big Mad Max 5-day event in the Mojave desert, Wasteland Weekend. The latest prop build is actually Max’s Interceptor which has had the approval of Emil Minty, the “Ferrel Kid” from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Again, if you have the desire, you can build anything!

 

Valkyrie

ValkyrieValkyrie is an all-around geek. She is a costume and jewelry designer, and cosplayer by trade; but also assists her husband in the Fx makeup business. She is primarily self taught and is always looking for new and nifty ways to create awesome costumes and mundane wear. Valkyrie loves talking makeup, costumes, video games, movies, and comic books.

 

Rebel Legion – Freedom Base

The Rebel Legion is a Star Wars-based costuming fan club. The Rebel Legion’s members create and wear costumes of the hero characters from the Star Wars saga, which includes—but is not limited to—the films, comics, books, games, and television shows based on the Star Wars saga.

Although started in the United States, the Legion is now an international club that encompasses multiple nations worldwide and has become the premier Rebel costuming group in the Star Wars community. Since the Legion’s inception it has been a volunteer club of costume enthusiasts who can enjoy, express, and share their interest of costuming with others in the fan community.

Rebel Legion

 

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn LambethCheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), television shows (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Avenue Q, Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sir Purr for the Carolina Panthers NFL team). She is also a published author, with three books currently on the market (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet, and Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers).

In addition to being a costume/prop builder, Cher is an active paranormal researcher, working with the Charlotte (NC) Area Paranormal Society as an investigator and cryptozoologist. On the fan side of things, Cher is proud to be a veteran charter member of the Star Wars costuming club the 501st Legion, serving on the Legion’s History/Archives team, and founder/team captain of the Southern Belle Ghostbusters.

 

Laura Arnette

Laura ArnetteLaura Arnette has been in the design industry for over forty years. Starting with a traditional apprenticeship, she has since worked in evening and bridal wear and classic Italian men’s tailoring. She’s also created costumes for Colonial Williamsburg, Shakespearian stage productions, Renaissance fairs, pirate festivals, and various sci-fi and anime conventions. Laura has also worked as a private contractor for several television and movie productions. She is currently the owner and designer for Cover dem Bones (outerwear for the inner pirate!).

Masquerade Rules

Masquerade Rules & Information

  • The RavenCon Masquerade is open to any costumed individual or group, but all participants must have valid RavenCon membership badges.
  • The event will be held on Saturday night. (See our program book for the time.)
  • Masquerade sign-up will be active online until noon on Saturday. No entries will be accepted after that time.
  • If you have audio material to be played while you are on stage, please have it recorded on an otherwise blank CD, which is labeled with your name, your badge number, and the name of your costume (or group). There should be no more than ten (10) seconds of blank time before your audio begins to play.  The Registration Staff will collect audio at our Registration Desk. RavenCon cannot guarantee your audio will be played during your presentation. We reserve the right to review music before allowing it to be used. CDs can be reclaimed after the Masquerade awards are presented.
  • There will be no live microphone for contestants to use on stage.
  • There will be no spotlights or other light effects available on stage.
  • If you plan to draw or otherwise “use” a weapon during your presentation, note that on your Masquerade sign-up sheet. Judges will make any necessary determination of suitability and safety.
  • If you are taking part in a group entry, only one Masquerade sign-up sheet is necessary for the entire group, but the name and badge number of all group members must be listed on that sheet.
  • The contest is open to all ages. An adult must accompany children under 12. Non-costumed parents of young entrants will be able to accompany their children at all times except while children are onstage. Costumed parents can accompany their children onstage.
  • Entrants under 12 will not be judged, but will receive certificates for participating.
  • Awards categories may include: Best Costume, Best Presentation, Best in Show, Best Re-Creation, Top Novice, Top Journeyman, Top Master, and Judge’s Choice. Depending on the number of entrants, other awards may be added. Participants will be judged on costume construction, originality, and presentation. Decisions of the judges will be final.
  • Novice costumers are those who have won three (3) or fewer major (Best-, Top-, 1st Place-in category) awards in costume competitions. Journeyman costumers are those who have won more than three major awards in costume competitions, but have won fewer than three (3) Best in Show or Best Overall awards. Master costumers are those who have won more than three (3) Best in Show or Best Overall awards. Any entrant may choose to compete in a higher category.
  • No individual may present more than one costume in the contest. You cannot wear a costume onstage, then change into another costume and present it, too, for competition.
  • Individuals are limited to one (1) minute on stage. Groups entries are limited to one (1) minute plus thirty (30) seconds for each additional member up to a maximum of three (3) minutes on stage. There will be no extended songs, skits, monologues, or conversations.
  • Any of the following on stage will result in disqualification and ejection from the Masquerade: smoke effects, open flames, squirting liquids, firing projectiles, throwing objects into the audience, use of obscene language, pornographic representations, full or partial nudity. Help us keep RavenCon a safe and family-friendly convention.
  • Judging will incorporate a weighted system, meaning that the standards will be stricter for a Master-level costume than for a Novice entry. This helps encourage participation by newcomers.
  • Points may be deducted for missing costume parts, poor makeup, inaccurate accessories, or outfits that disintegrate onstage. Wholly purchased or professionally constructed costumes are not eligible for the Masquerade competition.
  • We ask that anyone with a costume which has won three (3) or more major (Best, Top, or 1st Place) masquerade or costume competition awards elsewhere not enter that particular costume into RavenCon competition unless it has been significantly changed or improved.
  • Masquers need to be in the Green Room (see our Announcements Board at the con for its location) at least one (1) hour before Masquerade time to be pre-judged and assigned a place in line. If you have a re-creation costume, bring any supporting photos, illustrations, text passages, models, or other reference materials with you for judges to examine. Latecomers may not be allowed to participate, even if they have registered by turning in a sign-up sheet.
  • The Green Room will be secured while the Masquerade is taking place. Only identified contestants or their parents will have access to the Green Room in that time period.
  • RavenCon reserves the right to remove anyone from the contest at any time for any reason, including but not limited to: indecent costume, unprofessional conduct, tardiness, and disruption of the contest.
  • Participants must stay within the contest area (the Masquerade room, Green Room, or designated meeting area) until judging is completed and awards are presented.

Tips to help you win

  • Begin putting your costume together well before the convention. Everything takes longer than you may think it does.
  • Pay attention to detail. If your character is supposed to have red hair, you should, too. If that ray gun is supposed to be brass and steel, paint the green and blue plastic.
  • Construct what you can and buy what you have to. Nobody expects you to make Wellington boots from scratch, but that cape might be something you can do. Try to have a costume whose parts go together. A space captain should not be wearing ratty cross-trainers with his spiffy uniform.
  • When you are onstage, you are not supposed to look like you are wearing a costume. You are supposed to be the character you are portraying, wearing what that character would normally be comfortable wearing. Practice walking the way they would walk and making any distinctive gestures they would make.
  • If you will be speaking on stage, practice what you will say until you have it memorized and can say it convincingly.
  • When deciding how to portray your character on stage, keep in mind this dictum: Short is good. Funny is good. Short and funny is best.
  • Try on your entire costume and practice the moves you will be making on stage to ensure the costume does not come apart or leave a trail of pieces.
  • Make a list of everything that will be used in your presentation and check the items off as you pack them. This includes makeup, wig, belt, footwear, props, gloves, etc. If you have spares or a repair kit, pack those, too. RavenCon will have some basics, such as safety pins, and tape on hand in the Costume Triage Room, but it’s best to have what you may need with you. (You know what your costume needs!)
  • Don’t forget the little things. Tuck your membership badge out of sight before you get on the stage. Do not have a visible wristwatch if your costume belongs to a long-ago era.

Hall Costume Contest

Hall costumes are those worn by fans for fun rather than created especially for Masquerade wear. A hall costume can be any garb with a science fiction, horror, or fantasy flavor that is not entered for stage competition. Many fans live in these clothes throughout the convention.

Maybe you have an otherworldly outfit you like to wear, but you’re not comfortable with facing formal competitors. That doesn’t mean you can’t get kudos for your work! RavenCon will have secret judges roving the halls and evaluating costumes that may not be in the Masquerade. The Hall Costume Contest will run from the convention’s opening on Friday afternoon to an hour before the Masquerade begins on Saturday.

If a judge thinks your costume is a standout, you’ll receive a special ribbon to be attached to your membership badge. You may also be asked to come up on stage during the Masquerade judging to be recognized for your accomplishment! Let the crowd enjoy what you’ve done. There are no forms to fill out and no reference materials to be presented. Just wear and be there.

 

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!

 

Dave Lee

David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester, VA. David’s steampunk art has been featured in numerous art exhibits such as “Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit” with Dr. Grymm and has had exhibits in steampunk conventions, festivals, and art galleries throughout the US, Europe, and New Zealand. He has received numerous nominations and awards for his costuming and props. David played Steampunk Darth Vader in Trial of the Mask and Mask of Vengeance, two steampunk Star Wars fan films from Unruly Mile Films. In July of 2013 he teamed up with other authors, artists, and professional editors to establish HCS Publishing, a non-profit publishing house dedicated to publishing high-quality, great stories. In 2013, his steampunk western novel, entitled Country in Ruin: 1865, was published and its sequel World in Ruin: 1870 is due out in 2017. David is also a contributing “DIY” author for the Steampunk Chronicle and has been featured in three published books about steampunk fashion and costuming as well as the 2014 summer edition of Victorian Homes.

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been panelist, guest, and staff at conventions for thirty years.

Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He’s also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels.

Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition, spending increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound and requiring amputation and other procedures. As a tirelessly vocal advocate and encourager of the disabled, many of his cosplays incorporate his disability, such as his detailed mobile replica of the TARDIS built around his wheelchair, earning first prize in the Doctor Who division at NC Comicon.

In addition to cosplay, Chris is an avid convention guest, panelist, writer, prop fabricator, costume judge, and is currently volunteer staff at Fayetteville ComicCon and RavenCon, as well as originating Accessibility Services at Animazement. His boundless sense of humor and genuine love for all things geek make him a very popular con guest and panelist.