Since the age of 11, Aaron Rabe has been creating and crafting costumes and movie props. Over time, he has made creation his career, now being a full-time cosplayer and professional prop builder. He has won a series of awards for his world famous Jack Sparrow, including multiple Best in Show, best performer, and best returning performer at Renaissance Fairs and many large conventions including Wizard World. Aaron’s movie props have been featured in multiple independent films and worn by multiple celebrities. His props have earned over 35 awards for their screen accuracy and craftsmanship. Aside from his costumes, he also has a love for theatre and music, having acted in over 40 plays and performed in different bands over the last 15 years. Aaron has also taken his experience on the stage and moved it behind the scenes: making sets, producing and directing. Performing and making people smile everywhere is his favorite pastime, because it’s about the journey not the destination.
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.