MarsCon 2012: Intros and Interviews

MarsCon 2012: Intros and Interviews


It is the first day of MarsCon and how lucky we are to have it fall on Friday the 13th!

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We started things off in the Patriot Ballroom where the ‘Opening Ceremonies’ was under way. The ceremonies included champagne toasts, the MarsCon Guests of Honors (which you will meet later), all types of entertainers and Michael Khandelwal -the Toastmaster.

We set up our mics and started talking to people. The first person we talked with was Adam Seats. Adam is one of the judges for the 2nd Annual MarsCon Pun Contest  and he carried around the hammer of PUN-ishment.

After the Opening Ceremonies, Bob and I headed over to the Zombie Make-Up Lab where we talked with Sami Sanchez and Wade Cutrell about the art of make-up.

[singlepic id=1698 w=320 h=240 float=left] Samantha Sanchez is a 23 year old graduate student at VCU, studying to be an English teacher. Her lifelong love of literature, visual arts and the fantasy genre led her to Kamans Art Shoppeswhere she worked as a portrait and body artist. There she found that her true passion for face and body art that has led to six years at Busch Gardens Williamsburg painting living canvases. She’s excited to help this year’s MarsCon guests get gruesome for the zombie apocalpyse!


[singlepic id=1685 w=320 h=240 float=right] Wade Cutrell is a professional special makeup effects artist who trained under some of the masters of the industry. He studied at the Tom Savini special makeup effects program at Douglas Education center.  He has worked with small and large productions. His projects have gone to such places as Cannes film festival, Screamfest, the 48 hour film project, and SXSW.

After getting covered in blood we ran into David of Hatton Cross Steampunk and he talks with us about the awesome steampunk wears he makes.

We rap up this segment with the belly dancing group, Wicked Hips.

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  • Chaaya Nachni1

    January 19, 2012

    Hi guys,

    I’m Chaaya, one of the Wicked Hips member. Just wanted to tell you that it was really nice meeting you at Marscon and that you did an awesome job. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share with you the art we love


    • Jason Bayless2

      January 20, 2012

      Hello Chaaya! Thanks for taking the time out to talk with us at MarsCon – it was very nice meeting you and the rest of the Wicked Hips crew. See you next year at MarsCon 2013 🙂


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