Kermit R. Woodall

Kermit R. WoodallBorn to two artists, Roy and Suzy Woodall, Kermit Woodall today is a professional website designer and developer and an occasionally published writer of technical manuals and science fiction. In a prior career, he was part-owner of a company that produced early digital special effects software for television and film.

He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and many certifications in various computer fields. He is married to his patient wife Shealor, has a brilliant daughter Madeline, and three rather goofy dogs. His son Haydn died in an auto accident in April of 2015.


Hanne Madeleine Gates Paine

Hanne Madeleine Gates PaineHanne Madeleine is a book lover with a background in physics, computer science, and linguistics. She loves languages—natural and constructed—and everything to do with space. She hopes to one day go to graduate school in linguistics or astrophysics. Hanne Madeleine became an instant superfan of The Expanse after reading the novels, and organized the Save The Expanse team that helped rescue the show from cancellation with passionate fan organization and memorable stunts. She is also a moderator on the Expanse subreddit and Discord server—find her as “It Reaches Out” on Twitter, Reddit, and Discord. Hanne Madeleine has taught her workshop on Lang Belta, the creole language of The Expanse, at cons in the US, Canada, and Europe, and loves getting to see people discover and grow through language immersion.

Hanne Madeleine’s work typically involves computer programming and organizing people and systems. In her free time, she is one half of Paine×MacTane, a transcontinental duo creating ambitious projects from websites to popup bars, teaching Lang Belta, and producing a weekly series of character-inspired craft cocktails. She especially enjoys working with younger students and volunteered at an immersive space camp for kids for many years. She is currently working on learning to sing in public and accompany herself on the guitar, studying Quenya, Spanish, and Japanese, and discovering the secrets of New York and San Francisco, her two cities.


Carol Cowles

Carol CowlesCarol can currently be hear on Guardians of the Geekery, a weekly geek podcast, and she is the Cinemistress for Geek Radio Daily. Her major fandoms include Tolkien, horror, American Gods, Fargo, and Doctor Who (including Classic Who). She’s also a fire-eater and belly dancer!


DJ Drae

DJ DraeDJ Drae has been spinning since 2005. He has entertained at club nights such as The Dawning and Umlaut. He is currently one of the house DJs for the goth club Goth Night in Charlottesville. He has been the host of Les Temps Per Due on WNRN since 2005. He has also entertained at RavenCon since 2010, as well as other sci-fi conventions.


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.


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.”