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July 10-12, 2015
Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC 
www.con-gregate.com 

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Friday, July 10 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
The Care And Feeding Of Fan Groups

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Four Carolina fan icons talk about starting their groups, what they hope for the groups, how to maintain the organizations and how to let go.

 


Moderators
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest
In 2007 Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club here, with NC’s “Talon Clan” being the organization’s first chapter.  Years of hard work would gain the club recognition by Lucasfilm LTD. as the “Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization”.  Tom has lent his knowledge of Mandalorian character, armor, and culture to help collaborate on various Star Wars books, as well as being a writer for... Read More →

Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
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James Rippe

Fan Guest
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well-known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →
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Scott Rorie

Special Artist Guest
Scott Rorie is a free-lance artist from Cary, NC. Learning to draw at an early age, Scott won his first art show at 11 years old, when he won a school-wide art show. After studying art all through high school, he attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, majoring in Advertising Design. Although Scott works in many different media, his mainstay is the airbrush, which he taught himself to use.  Like many airbrush artists... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Provincial B
  • Programming Tracks Fan