April 26-28, 2024 – Richmond, VA

Category: Costuming Guest

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.

Diebreado & Sikecoz

We are Diebreado and Sikecoz, a cosplay duo who work together to bring creative freedom and art to life. Looking at our content, you’ll find we each have our own talents and approaches to cosplay yet we mend together well and have found a synergy that’s works great for us. With our talents combined, we feature a great mix of special wig styling, unique makeup and SFX, costume design, and individual style. We believe cosplay is a place for everyone to express themselves and it’s been such an honor to have such a lovely hobby blossom into a job for us. We hope to keep inspiring people and growing our content so we can give back to the same community we’ve fallen in love with!

Jenna Hamrick

Hi, I’m Jenna, and I’m a Deadpool. I have a background in mental health and a deep love of most things fandom. I’m a short story writer, a crafter, and a cosplayer, and classify myself as aspiring but ambitious at all three.

Tori Kitsune

Hey there! I’m Tori and I’ve been cosplaying since 2016. My cosplays cover anime, DnD podcasts, video games, and even the Wendy’s girl!

I’m 27 years old and non-binary. I live in Williamsburg with my partner and our two cats, Ebony and Ivory. I love Pikmin, making unique earrings (to sell or keep for myself, heh), Twin Peaks, reading, theater, scary movies, and meeting new faces. When I’m not cosplaying, I stream on Twitch. My “adult” job is as an assistant teacher for special education middle schoolers.

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.

Mourning Dove Cosplay

Mourning Dove Cosplay is a Louisiana-based cosplayer that has attended various conventions throughout Virginia and North Carolina. She has been attending conventions since 2018 and has been a cosplay guest at RavenCon 2023 and ConGregate 2023. She has cosplayed many beloved characters including Wednesday Addams, Emma Frost, Mavis, and several others. Along with her love of cosplay she has also performed in two different The Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcasts, portraying characters Magenta, Janet, Columbia, Rocky, and Frank-N-Furter. She is excited and honored to be a guest at RavenCon and hopes to meet lots of people excited to discuss cosplay.

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer, podcaster, and makeup artist. She can been seen in films (Plan 9 and the Porkchop trilogy), television (Bill Nye the Science Guy), and commercials (JG Wentworth!).

Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for over twenty years. Her costumes have been featured in the Washington Post, as well as various Japanese magazines and coffee table books.

She plays geeky and spooky music with her ukulele and posts videos of her music on her Youtube channel Angela Plays Ukulele . Her videos have been featured in Ukulele Magazine, Horror Society, and on many other news outlets.

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, like Dr. Who and Star Trek. 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 Girl’s 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 cats and Pugs.

You can find her online at Instagram.com/Angalese and on TikTok as AngelaPlaysUkulele.

Second Mourning Cosplay

Second Mourning Cosplay is a group of cosplayers that came together in 2023 to form one large cosplay group. Our members include costumers from every level of cosplay; from Masquerade winners to beginners who just do it for fun. RavenCon will be our very first convention as a group and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Smashbcosplay

Smashbcosplay has been dubbed “The First Family of Cosplay” and they’ve taken Virginia by storm; competing in and winning numerous group competitions. The group consists of Smash (costumer), Matt (prop master), and their three toddlers. Smash is the face of the group and has also gone on to compete out of state. As a group, they’re best known as the Dragon Family for their Game of Thrones cosplay.  Smash is mostly known for her Darth Maulmmy OC, as well as IndiAnna Jones, and most recently Porco Rosso. The group has a deep love for fantasy and sci-fi, which is a common theme in their cosplays. Smash enjoys sharing her love of public speaking by hosting fun panels such as Cosplay with Younglings, Making Connections at Conventions, and Con Prep for Families. Constantly churning out new cosplays, they continue to explore different conventions and are looking forward to being guests at RavenCon and furthering their community with fantasy and sci-fi lovers.

Lena Volkova

Lena Volkova is an award-winning costume designer, model, and actor from the DMV. Lena mostly spends her time as a costume arts educator and designer in the theatrical world. Most recently, her credits include Billy and George (Avant Bard), Urinetown (Workhouse Arts Center), Julius Caesar (Avant Bard), and Xanadu (Workhouse Arts Center). In addition to her work as a costume designer, she is also a scare actor and creative designer for the annual Workhouse Arts Haunted Trail. Lena also currently serves on the board of directors for DC Cosplay Photo Shoots, a photography and costume arts education nonprofit that serves the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area.

Lena has been a staple in the DMV’s cosplay community since 2016 and a media personality in the costume arts world since 2018. Previously, she was well-known within the South Texas cosplay and horror communities where she served as a celebrity judge for the Facial Hair League and community-driven philanthropic events. These days, Lena primarily focuses on arts education and is dedicated to empowering the cosplay community with educational opportunities, resources, and information. Lena’s primary goal is not only to help make costuming a mainstream hobby but also to educate people on the merits of costume-based work and to view costuming as a valid art form. In 2023, she curated an Art Exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center, featuring selected works from DC Cosplay Photo Shoots’ members. The week-long gallery installation was the first of its kind and was the highlight of February 2023’s Second Saturday Art Walk. Lena and her mission and experiences as a costumer have previously been featured in CanvasRebel, Voyage Baltimore, and Metro Weekly magazines.

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