G. Paul Richardson
G. Paul Richardson is the creator behind the comic/manga titles of Sgt. Sasquatch: The Bigfoot of Liberty and Space Daisy. He is a teacher, storyteller and artist who happens to care for abandoned critters and is a self-proclaimed beach bum who has a peculiar fascination with mythology. Follow him on FB and at sgtsasquatch.com & machipongostudios.com
Arthur Stump is a cosplayer & comedian for Spectrum Entertainment from Franklin County Virginia. He is best known for cosplaying Eric Cartman at every single convention he goes to because he doesn’t know how to sew & apparently loves dehydration & heat exhaustion. He is also known for never breaking character because, “Hey, when your costume is a woman’s jacket, a hat you bought of Amazon & gloves you stole from a trailer at work, you’ve got to put SOME work into it.” Arthur has been a guest at several conventions & won multiple cosplay awards for his outstanding performance as a fat, angry little boy from a rural mountain town in Colorado.
U the Magician
With over seven years of experience, U is no stranger to the world of magic nor hypnosis. Hailing from Rocky Mount, he has assembled all of his best tricks to bring around the convention scene, partnering frequently with Black Materia Inc. to bring the best of entertainment to their many con-goers.
Spectrum Entertainment is a limited liability company based in Roanoke, VA. Ever since their opening, they’ve been working on assembling the best performers, caterers and set-up for a wide variety of events. Boasting acts such as comedians, martial artists, magicians, jugglers, DJ’s, the opportunity for virtual reality simulators and so much more, Spectrum is quickly becoming your go-to company for any entertainment related need.
The “yeah yeah ninja” is a two-time national weapons champion in Tae Kwon Do with Bo Staff and Triple Staff. He studied martial arts in many different disciplines such as Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Ineyan Kali.
Man At Arms
Man At Arms, from Baltimore, the best fantasy weapons black smithing group in the world. They have a 4 million subscriber YouTube channel. Matt Stagmer, host and bladesmith, has been making swords for 17 years. He is the lead blade grinder at Baltimore Knife and Sword. In the summer of 2014 he began hosting the hit web series MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED. Teamed with other talented craftsmen, he brings to life the most requested fantasy arms and armor from your favorite video games, anime, and other pop culture genres. Ilya Alekseyev was born in Troitsk, Russia. Since an early age he developed a liking to the art and craftsmanship of bladed weapons. He likes to bring his background in Art History, Asian Studies, and Philosophy into his craft. Ilya is currently an Armourer working with Baltimore Knife and Sword as well as one of the product designers. Among the skills that he brings to the Man at Arms project are his expertise in armour, damascus steel, bloomery steel, and engraving.
Although recently seen in many screen projects and web series, Bonnie is most recognized for her time on ABC’s inventively fun fantasy/reality show, The Quest. You can also see her on the new Star Trek Geek & Sundry Alpha show “Shield of Tomorrow!”
If her face doesn’t seem familiar to you, perhaps her voice will… From video games to anime, some of her voiceover credits include Street Fighter V (Rainbow Mika); Fire Emblem: Echoes (Silque and the vocalist for the end credits song); recurring characters on Cartoon Network’s Mighty Magiswords; Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock; Ikki Tousen (Soujin); Akiba’s Trip; Guided Fate Paradox (Frunetti/Misery); Demon Gaze for PSVita (Comit/Chronos/Pluto), and many more soon to be announced! Her future plans include living off of cheese plates and world domination.
You can find her on Twitter and IG at @BonnieBellG Library Bards – @librarybards
Xander Jeanneret is an actor, voice over artist, and reality personality living in Hollywood, CA. A fan favorite finalist on the popular TBS show, King of the Nerds (Season 2), Xander has also provided the voice of the “Announcer” on the hit indie fighting game Divekick and the voice of Zampa in the MMORPG Dragon Nest. Most recently, Xander has been traveling the US with his parody band The Library Bards, a collaboration with Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest, Street Fighter V). Fluent in Japanese, and a member of the LGBTQ Community, Xander brings his flair and unique perspective to events around the world. You can find him on Twitter at @Xanderrific and The Library Bards at www.librarybards.com!
The Library Bards
Dissatisfied with the Top 40? Not hearing enough Lord of the Rings references on the radio? Look no further than the musical stylings of Bonnie Gordon and Xander Jeanneret! Collecti Collectively known as the Library Bards, this comedy/musical duo transform chart-toppers with their own unique style – a fresh blend of nerd culture and sharp wit – into parody songs catchier than any Gregorian chant this side of the Shire! Hear some of your favorite top 40 hits transformed into catchy songs about some of your favorite fandoms including: Star Wars, Star Trek, Anime, Video Games, Harry Potter, and more!
It all started at the age of 12 when Joleen (aka Fritz Cosplay) was sketching out ideas for characters in unique dresses or strange outfits. Those sketches itched to come out and be real, and so they did. Otakon 2006 was her first convention and 44 conventions later, she has no plans on stopping. Hoping to spread the word of cosplay/costuming, and how she got going from not knowing anything about sewing or making her own costumes to making unique outfits and elaborate ball gowns. Learning to sew on her own with some assistance from her mom was tough, but thankfully to one of her best friends for helping her tune her skills there is almost nothing she can’t handle. She has won awards including 1st place at Nipponcon (2015), and best in show at AniMore (2016). Her costume count is roughly around 50 outfits. Fritz cosplay is a lover of anime, manga, k-drama’s, video games and of course Disney! Fritz cosplay is also a character performer with an amazing company called Faerie Fantastical Parties, who loves to make special visits to hospitals and children’s birthday parties. Don’t hesitate to stop by and chat with her!
Matt has been making swords for 19 years. He is the lead blade grinder at Baltimore Knife and Sword. In the summer of 2014 he began hosting the hit web series MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED. Teamed with other talented craftsmen, he brings to life the most requested fantasy arms and armor from your favorite video games, anime, and other pop culture genres. In 2017 he became the host of the TV show MAN AT ARMS : The Art of War starring alongside Danny Trejo to make history’s most devastating weapons.
Anthony Wesley Bowling is an American actor and voice actor, who works for Funimation. He has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series, the best known of which is Ukyoin Samurai 7. He has also voiced the following roles: Tulio Oritio from Is this a zombie? Shiro Ashiya/Demon General Alchiel from The Devil is a part-timer, Shin Fukuhara from Baka and Test and is thrilled to be joining the conventions’s lineup this year.
Felecia Angelle is a voice over actor and suspected Sea Witch. We can’t pin anything on her for sure, but she’s voicing adorable characters and there’s a mute mermaid making waves. You do the math. Her non-acting hobbies include pretending she could do better than TV cooking show contestants, playing videogames (poorly), and buying more books than she could ever possibly read. You can hear her voice all up in your anime, as well as coming through the TV to sell toys to your kids. Her work includes The Hero Emilia/ Emi Yusa in The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Perona in One Piece, Shinoa in Seraph of the End, Supreme Kai of Time in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Aoi Asahina in Danganronpa: The Animation and Alex Bendetto in Gangsta, Shalltear Bloodfallen in Overlord, Fubuki in Kantai Collection, Sayaka Miyata in Keijo!!!!!!!!, and Lynne in Attack on Titan. Felecia has also served as the Assistant ADR Director for Blood Blockade Battlefront, Barakamon, Trickster, One Piece, and Attack on Titan: Junior High, the Lead ADR Director for Sky Wizards Academy, Chaos Dragon, Puzzle and Dragons X, and Kenka Bancho Otome, as well as the Co-ADR Director of Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions.
Rhoulette discovered a profound respect and love for armor-crafting, prop-making, sewing, and special effects after debuting her first cosplay at Otakon 2014. Since then, she has debuted several League of Legends cosplays including her first armor and SFX build, PROJECT: Leona. She’s passionate about pushing the boundaries of her costumes, often challenging herself to adopt new skills in order to expand and improve upon her craftsmanship. Rhou was recently awarded a medal for Excellence in Prop and Armor Making at ReplayFX 2017 for her PROJECT: Leona cosplay. An alumna of George Mason University, she studied Applied Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and a minor in Business. She works full time in the video game industry and her current projects include Elphaba (Wicked), Huntress Widowmaker (Overwatch), and Program Soraka (League of Legends). Fun fact: she’s originally from Serbia and speaks Serbian fluently!
Jessica Crouse is an actress, model, cosplayer, playwright, and LGBTQ activist. She has her BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland. She spends her days balancing work with being the mom of her 6 year old son.
Jessica cosplays Xena Warrior Princess, Maleficent, Bellatrix Lestrange, Poison Ivy, Black Widow, Pin-up Snow White, Newt Scamander, Lara Croft, and a few other creations of her own. She loves cosplaying interesting and kick-tail women. Xena is her absolute favorite cosplay. Xena was her hero growing up, so that fact that she gets to cosplay her and bring that joy to others is beyond words.
Jessica started cosplaying about 5 years ago. She always loved costumes, but fell in the love with the cosplay comminuty after her first time cosplaying. Shortly after that she began collaborating with a lot of makeup artists and industry professionals in FX makeup. She was fascinated and tried to learn eveything she could from them. She began by letting them put the makeup and prosthetics on her and then slowly through following their instruction and countless hours of practice, she began doing all her own makeup and prosthetics. This past year Jessica taught a cosplay workshop and a Stage Makeup class at Anne Arundel Community college. She has been asked back for the spring semester and looks forward to continuing to spread the love of cosplay and creation.
Jessica has always loved charismatic male characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Han Solo. She had always wanted to cosplay as them, but didn’t think that she could. But within the last year she has started branching out with adding male cosplays to her rotation. She has started with Newt Scamander. After that went extremely well, she now has plans to add other favorite male characters. She uses her knowledge of makeup and fx makeup to transform her face into the faces of the characters that she is cosplaying.