RavenCon 2014 ~ Out and About

RavenCon is about to get super-busy for me in the coming year, as I’ve been taken on as the head of Artist Alley! That hadn’t started when I went this year, though, so I had at least a little time to get around.

Thanks very much to the people who let me take photos of them. They’re sparse, but I snapped what I could, and you guys were awesome.

Always photograph megucas.

Always photograph megucas.

Quite a spread costume-wise.

Quite a spread costume-wise.

This was our Saturday morning fandom stigma panel. I think we were all tired.

This was our Saturday morning fandom stigma panel. I think we were all tired.

I really do not wanna drive with this guy.

I really do not wanna drive with this guy.

Watching Paradox Machine perform. What a great band.

Watching Paradox Machine perform. What a great band.

Dead vicar. Don't worry about him.

Dead vicar. Don’t worry about him.

That last picture was from the Tangent Artists’ book launch party, and they weren’t messing around. Monica Marier hooked us up with tea, homemade biscuits and finger sandwiches, and super classy wine in a box. I also won a neato mug in their raffle:

Neato mug.

Neato mug.

Next up will be photos from our Doctor Who photoshoot. Because those tend to happen when I go to cons.

Incidentally, next weekend you can run into me at Anime Mid-Atlantic, running the karaoke competition and then doing God knows what else. See you there!

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RavenCon 2013 ~ My costumes.

[NOTE: This one’s an oldie. I’ve had trouble getting the pictures scanned and uploaded, hence the delay. Expect Shore Leave, Intervention, and PreCure photoshoot entries soonish.]

Sadly, as RavenCon isn’t quite as heavy a ‘costume’ con as others I attend, there weren’t many chances to go and get large amounts of photos like I do at, say, Katsu.  However, there were a couple of cool dudes doing a photo booth, and I decided to drop my weekend spending money there for some pics.

Thanks to both of them for putting up with me and for making this neatness happen.

First up, Claudielf.  Well, specifically, a version of Claudia Donovan from a Warehouse 13/Eureka crossover episode where the gang ended up in a VR video game.  I intend to make more Claudia costumes, especially since someone gave me a good cheap source of clip-in hair streaks.

Been hearing from a lot of other Claudia cosplayers about this one. Always happy to help!

Been hearing from a lot of other Claudia cosplayers about this one. Always happy to help!

Next, one that my aunt Diane recommended that I do — Madame Simza from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  Specifically, her traveling outfit from late in the movie.  This involved a lot of layers and a lot of tailoring, but I like the outcome.

Another warm-weather costume. I hope to get more photos of this in fall or winter.

Another warm-weather costume. I hope to get more photos of this in fall or winter.

And finally, not a new costume, but one I had on hand just in case … my Eleventh Doctor, with Star Angel as Oswin Oswald.  The fez was borrowed from my friend Greg.

I want to do a photoshoot of nothing but Claras. I will be contributing to this cause soon.

I want to do a photoshoot of nothing but Claras. I will be contributing to this cause soon.

 

More photos from more shoots coming soon. Thanks for your patience!

RavenCon 2013 ~ Rovin’ Con

This is one of the cons where I tend not to have a table, though that may be changing next year.  It’s also one of the cons where I tend to perform with Luna-C.  However, since they’re switching out the entertainment for a couple of years, the most I had on my plate were a couple of panels.

As always, want to thank the RavenCon staff for inviting me to take part.

Now, because I didn’t have a table, I didn’t have costumes going by every few seconds.  I also had to miss the masquerade because … well … food.  So I fear photos are a bit scant this year, but the ones I did find were very neat.

I wear a TARDIS now.

I wear a TARDIS now.

Ja(y)ne?  And Mal.

Ja(y)ne? And Mal.

The 501st went all-out.

The 501st went all-out.

Lovely Asian-inspired outfit.

Lovely Asian-inspired outfit.

Red Riding Hook got clawed.

Red Riding Hood got clawed.

Lovely steampunk ladies who are apparently opening an online shop.

Lovely steampunk ladies who are apparently opening an online shop.

One of the first I saw over the weekend.

One of the first I saw over the weekend.

Merida!

Merida!

Monica of Tangent Artists as Marty McFly.

Monica of Tangent Artists as Marty McFly.

I saw this dude at Nekocon initially.

I saw this dude at Nekocon initially.

Reversing the polarity didn't help.

Reversing the polarity didn’t help.

Bow ties are cool.

Bow ties are cool.

Angela's Peter Pan lolita coords.

Angela’s Peter Pan lolita coords.

Jack, is that you?

Jack, is that you?

I also made sure to make a stop-off at the Capclave party.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are a way-cool literary sci-fi convention (I’ve been told — never been but I’d like to go) and they throw way-cool parties.  Not only did they mix it up with a 1984/Brave New World theme, they also (as always) had piles and piles of free books looking for new homes.  One of my favourite places to drop in when I see them at a con.

Any excuse to wear Shaz to a party.

Any excuse to wear Shaz to a party.

I was an Epsilon last year, so I'll take it.

I was an Epsilon last year, so I’ll take it.

Given a bit of time, as I’m doing some writing for other projects, I will add a few photos of my own new (for the most part) costumes.  Remember, if you see yourself in any of these photos, steal ’em for your own use.  If you have a link you’d like me to post here, let me know and I’ll do so!

RavenCon 2012 ~ Me and my new iPod Touch

RavenCon was an interesting one for me.  I had delayed complications from my surgery, so I wasn’t able to do nearly as much as I’d hoped.  For one thing, I had to skip out on Luna-C improv night and ended up spending the evening in the room drawing short comics and watching Takashi Miike movies off Crunchyroll.

The Luna-C variety show, incidentally, did go well.  We had a lively crowd and plenty of new material.  Unfortunately, we don’t have any photos because our usual photographer had a panel opposite the show.  However, I did manage to click a few things of my own in between.

RavenCon is becoming more and more of a costume-friendly convention as time goes on, so there was some nice stuff to see.  There was also some nice food to see … then again, this is Richmond.

Spock sports this year’s shirt.

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RavenCon 2011: Bringing the Luna-C

All righty, after way way too long comes my RavenCon (albeit mostly Luna-C) summing-up.  It’s been crazy here just trying to find time to do this, but here we are!

Sadly, I ended up spending a good portion of the convention holed up in my room due to the aforementioned bum knee, but I did make it out to a couple of panels and parties.  Capclave threw a great one that I spent pretty much my entire Friday night at, and thanks to them for both the party-time and the variety of free books.

The first bit of Friday night was Luna-C improv, and thanks to those who came out for that, especially those who took the time to write up suggestions for our humble comedy stylings.  I hosted this time rather than straining my leg onstage, and I’ll say making the buzzer go was rather fun.  It’s entertaining to toy with people that way — though after having seen about twenty episodes of Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, I suddenly have dozens more ideas I wish I’d had available to me for the games this past time.

The central bit of the weekend, though — for me, at least — obviously the Luna-C Saturday night show!  Thanks to Barb Fischer for the stealable photos.  No video just yet, but perhaps before long (and with the permission of our fearless leader) I can rip a skit or two.

I actually wasn’t in many skits this time, but we had a fairly packed show with a fairly packed cast.  We did the majority of these at MarsCon as well, but I figure you could use the reminders (and some new pics), yeah?

First up, our lovely Ape App skit — apparently when parodying a certain tiny church protesting, the writer of the skit didn’t know that said certain tiny church had actually protested San Diego Comic Con.  Which only makes the skit better.

There's an APE for that!!!

Second was one of my personal faves, featuring two Masters fighting with each other about how Mr. Saxon has gotten, erm, a bit soft.  And food-obsessed.  And far too willing to emulate the Doctor and help him save the universe from Timothy Dalton.

One thing we started doing at MarsCon, as you may recall, is the Geico commercial parodies.  Apparently this one was a reference to True Blood, which I fear I’ve never seen … but apparently telepaths really do make good waitresses.  I don’t usually play this role, but our regular for the part couldn’t make it in for Raven, and thus it fell to me to wear that wig.

'We're all out of your favourite beer, but we do have your second favourite.'

The first of our two Twilight skits (which ends with another True Blood reference, it seems — perhaps I should just man up and see this show) was ‘Pro-Fic Writer’ once again.  Any excuse to get Dwight and Cheri playing Edward and Bella, as far as I’m concerned, is a good one.

Oh, hey, remember my triumphant turn as Eleven?  Yeah, he’s back again in that there Geico parody.  I’ll admit that I’ve started to enjoy playing him, to the point that we’re hashing out a couple more skits featuring Mr. Smith’s Doctor.  More on that later — don’t want to spoil it.

'Is THIS your card?!'

Remember the Fringe skit I mentioned last time?  Well, I’ve got a new action pic of Susan having her head slammed into a table by a giant cat.

Makes sense in context, I swear.

We whipped up a new Firefly skit as well, featuring De as Jayne — he does a magnificent job of that.

'What's the MATTER with my cunnin' hat?'

Another we’ve done before is one more ‘There’s an app for that’ parody.  Sadly, Ensign Redshirt couldn’t get the proper app downloaded in time to save himself from … uh.  That thing.

The Primeval skit was back, too, and (in my opinion) with the extra practice on the physical bits ran a lot more quickly.  I’m pretty sure Rick gave Mike a ‘close call’ hit that the audience actually winced at.

Ooh, ooh!   One of my faves was back this time, too!  The Firefly skit featuring ‘Malware’.  And not just because I’m in it and get to throw shiny underwear around.  Well, that’s a major part of it, too.

The audience totally beat us to the joke.

An encore performance of MarsCon’s Twilight skit, this time featuring Rick as the old-school vampire since Chris couldn’t make it out, either.  I can see why they vie for playing this part.  It looks fun.

An oldie but goodie featuring Spock training with Yoda … with the new Abrams Star Trek reboot, we can use the excuse that it’s young Spock being sent away to train by his older self.  I only showed up at the end, so that Spock could be encouraged to demonstrate pon farr.

Hmm ... that dress looks familiar.

And finally, a super-sweet Harry Potter skit that’s apparently a retooling of a Xena: Warrior Princess skit from the Before Times.  Whilst on their Deathly Hallows camping trip, Hermione teaches Harry and Ron the basics of outdoor cooking whilst they beat up a variety of similar-looking Death Eaters.

A very well-done skit and a good closer, I thought.

That’s all for Luna-C for the year — well, for me, anyway.  A contingent may still be going to Shore Leave, but several of us are taking off for a Discworld convention up north that same weekend.  Next up for me?  Anime Mid-Atlantic and new costumes.  Including the ugliest prom dress ever.  Bah, you’ll see what I mean soon.

In the meantime, Yunmao has started posting her Katsucon report, starting here.  Yes, it’s only in Japanese, but even if you can’t read it you can still look at the pretty pictures.