April 26-28, 2024 – Richmond, VA

Category: Artist Guest

Ursula Vernon, aka T. Kingfisher

Ursula Vernon, aka T. Kingfisher, is the author and illustrator of far more projects than is probably healthy. She has written over fifteen books for children, at least a dozen novels for adults, an epic webcomic called Digger, and various short stories and other odds and ends.

Chiki Cosplay

Chiki Cosplay developed her sewing expertise under the tutelage of head costume designers for operas and professional theatres. Chiki Cosplay excels in craftsmanship, never shying away from any costume which requires minute detailing or difficult techniques. She has won a multitude of awards, including several Best In Show for construction and masquerade skits.

Chiki Cosplay has now found a calling as a judge and contest coordinator, judging craftsmanship at conventions all over the east coast. She has been a featured judge at Animazement, Katsucon, Otakon, TsubasaCon, and Nashicon and is the current cosplay director for NekoCon. In addition to judging and contest coordinating, she makes appearances as a cosplay guest and panelist, sharing her wealth of costuming knowledge as well as her other passions like Disney and Fallout. When not working at conventions, she focuses on her photography career, escapes home to the Appalachian mountains as much as possible, and spends too much time decorating her home.

Jason T. Graves

Jason is a writer of words, a doodler of drawings, and fixer of other peoples’ words and doodles. Many years ago, he founded Prospective Press. Before that, he slogged through University and earned a Master of Science degree in the Arcana of Genetics. Oh, and he was once punched—lightly—by Muhammad Ali. You should ask him about that last one, because no one ever does.

Heidi Hooper

Consumer Reports calls Heidi Hooper “The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint.” A graduate of VCU’s Sculpture department, she studied for her Masters at the Massachusetts College of Art. She is a two-time Niche Award winner for her unusual art, which can be found in many galleries and in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums. She’s been a guest on ABC TV’s To Tell The Truth (where Mel Brooks offered her his belly button lint) and on Access Hollywood (where she surprised Mario Lopez with a dryer lint portrait). She has been featured in many local TV shows, magazines, and podcasts. Although she no longer competes for health reasons, she is still proud of her status as a Master class costumer who has won awards at the Worldcon level.

Jason Keith

Jason Keith is an Eisner Award-nominated color artist, who for the past 15 years has colored exclusively for Marvel Comics. Credits include The Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider, Ultimate Avengers, Star Wars and Darth Vader. At the beginning of 2022, Jason created Cosplay World Richmond, a convention with a cosplay focus, with their third annual event happening June 15th-16th, 2024 at the Richmond Convention Center in Virginia. Check them out online at CosplayWorldRichmond.com.

LionHeart Expressions

Cosplayer and photographer, Jonathan (a.k.a. LionHeart Expressions) has been taking photos since he was a little kid. He enjoys the entire process of creating new art projects, with cosplay photography being the most fun.

Nikole McDonald-Jones

a.k.a Spooni*

Nini is an artistof many disciplines. She is a classically trained operatic singer and pianist, a trained dancer and choreographer and holds a BFA in Illustration and Kinetic Imagery. She is a working actor (primarily voice since spring 2020), creates video content and develops for gaming projects. Before relocating to Raleigh, NC, she worked with production companies on area productions as a fight choreographer and props manager for many stunts and fight reels for actors. Nini has also been the voice of the Red Rocks Music Festival. Her work can be found all across the internet.

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