Ratha Con Dates and Locations

Ratha Con is a pop culture convention taking place on May 7 & 8th, 2016 in Athens, Ohio. The night before, on May 6th, at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH. there will be an art opening of pop culture themed art and a screening of a film. Art opening at 6 pm and film at 8 pm. The main convention on May 7 & 8, 2016 will be from 10 am to 5pm both days at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701. Saturday the 7th will be followed by a costumed dance party at Casa Nueva Cantina, 4 W. State St. Athens, OH. starting at 10 pm.

The 2016 admission cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 - 17, free for kids 11 and under. These prices are subject to change - dependant on the special guest(s).

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

There has been a change in the schedule:

At 1 pm Z.E.R.O.S. (Zombie Eradication & Rescue Operations Squad) will offer their presentation and then Cassandra Morgan's presentation will now be at 3:00 pm.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Admission: $10 Adults; $5 12 - 17; 11 and under free

First 30 paid tickets receives a free Ratha Con poster created by Stave Richter

2015 Ratha Con Schedule (subject to change)

10:00 am     Convention Opens - whole building
Food vendors begin selling (Room C “Not Guilty” - grilled
sandwiches & outside “Holy Guacamole” Mexican fare)
                    Quidditch Match - teams chosen and practice (field behind building - 
must register and sign waiver to participate)
Hero Head & Rogue Squadron Pod Casts begin (gym)

10:30 am     John Marks gives workshop on making molds for special effects
makeup and sculpture (Room B)

11:00 am     Model building, painting, and altering with Jay Pare (art room -
registration required)
Casey Hoffman’s Cosplay Workshop #1 (conference room - 
registration required)
Bullwhip Demonstration with Dan Trout (Room A)
Quidditch Matches (field behind building)
RPG games begin (Room C - registration required)

11:30 am Blind Wave Productions’ presentation on lightsaber choreography
and screening of their videos (Room B)

12:00 pm   Casey Hoffman’s Cosplay workshop #2 (conference room - 
registration required)

12:30 pm Blind Wave Productions begins Light Saber Choreography hand to 
hand techniques (exercise studio - must sign waiver form to

1:00 pm Cassandra Morgan’s presentation on writing and self publishing
(Room B)
Steampunk Talk & tea featuring the Whiplash Tribal Fusion Dancers
(Room A)
2:00 pm Travis Horseman presents the graphic novel “Amiculus” and
discusses using Kickstarter to help with self publishing 
(Room B)

3:00 pm Z.E.R.O.S. (Zombie Eradication & Rescue Operations Squad)
presents a workshop on protecting yourself from zombies
(Room B)
Bullwhip presentation with Daniel Trout (Room A)
4:00 pm Costume contest (gym/main convention floor - registration required)
6 short films by Andrea Ricca - total run times: 31 minutes (Room B)

4:30 pm RPG gaming finishes (Room C)
Lightsaber choreography techniques finishes (exercise studio)
5:00 pm Convention ends - food no longer served

5 - 8 pm Humans vs Zombies mini game (community center grounds - 
registration with Athens HvZ required during convention)

10:00 pm Ratha Con after party at Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina (Free 
adults and $2 under 21)

All Day/main convention floor:

Celebrity/special guests:
TV and Film Star Chalet Lizette Brannan - signing autographs 
John Marks - special effects makeup and sculpture
Cassandra Morgan - author
Travis Horseman - graphic novel creator

Comic/graphic novel creators:
Steve Richter Terence Hanley
Chris Monday Shawn Langley
Abby Costilow Nix Comics
Lee Smith Jack Wallace
Kelci Crawford Todd Goodman
Mark Fisher Larry Blake
Jenna Thompson

Visual Artists:
Emi Olin - graphic illustrations
Brytton McGuire - painting/drawing
Dane Eichinger - print making
Larry Bailey - photography
Penni Al Zayer - henna
Red Mandalorian - intergalactic flower seller

Daniel Trout - bullwhip
Z.E.R.O.S. (Zombie Eradication & Rescue Operations Squad)
OU Flying Bobcats - Quidditch team
Athens HvZ - Humans vs Zombies
Airship Athena - Athens Steampunk organization

Fun extras:
Hero Head & Rogue Squadron Live Pod Casts
Ghostbusters, WV Division - ghostbusting fun and games
Ratha Con space ship - climb in and pretend
Lego zip line races - build your own zip line racer or use one of ours to
challenge your friends
Magic card play - casual gaming, table by Super-Fly Comics

Super Fly Comics
Hrothgar’s Hoard
Frank Gorscak
Classic Toys & Collectible
Chippies Anime
Bunnie Ferro
Jason Kiley
WooHooligan Comics
Banana Road Costumes
JZ Toys

Friday, April 24, 2015

Our special guest, Chalet Lizette Brannan has just signed on to a Star Trek project.

Amazing Cosplay artist Casey Hoffman will be offering two cosplay workshops. Here is her synopsis on her workshops and her short bio:
Workshop #1: Transform Yourself… into a Dragon!
Come learn the all the tricks of becoming a scaly creature! We'll go over 3D makeup techniques, costuming, and what surprising household items you can use to completely transform yourself into another species! Everything taught in this workshop can also be used for other cosplays, including: Snakes, Dinosaurs, Mermaids, Elephants, Aliens and whatever else your imagination can dream up!
*Audience participation is required
Workshop #2: Transform Yourself… into a Wood Nymph!
Come learn the all the tricks of becoming a stunning ethereal creature! We'll go over makeup techniques, learn the art of "distressing" costumes, and learn what's growing in your backyard that you can use to completely transform yourself into something mystical! Everything taught in this workshop can also be used for other cosplays, including: Fairies, Butterflies, Elves, Gods/Goddesses, and whatever else your imagination can dream up!
*Audience participation is required
Obsessed with "dressing up" since she was a little girl, Casey Hofmann's first endeavors into the magical world of cosplay began by freaking out all the neighbors on Trick-orTreat night. Since then, she has designed and produced professional makeup and costumes for theatre companies, won numerous Cosplay awards, worked in a costume shop, terrified local citizens at zombie walks, and completely filled her Mom's basement with her fantastical creations.
Ratha Con after party at Casa Nueva Cantina - 10 pm.  Adults FREE and underage $2

Attendees are highly encouraged to wear their costumes!!!

Brought to you by Athens Bass Crew founders Sector7G and Thoughtbeat. There will be a mix of classic dance music, 8-bit video game samples, sci-fi themes, and whatever other nerdishness we end up pulling out of our bag of tricks all accompanied by video projector visuals befitting an evening such as this. Come out and get your dance groove on, or just kick back and enjoy the ambience.
Hey Ratha Con fans! Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/rathacon/
We'll be posting pics all day during the convention of your costumes and our special events. ‪#‎rathacon‬
Athens, Ohio Pop Culture Convention

Monday, March 30, 2015

We are ready to reveal our special guest. Her name is Chalet Lizette Brannan. She is a young rising star who has been in several films and tv series, many of which are science fiction.
She will be at our convention signing autographs and taking pictures. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal her films and shows or go to her IMDB page to see for yourself.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Posting of our first special guest who will be a presenter at the convention:
Travis Horseman - Writer/Creator
Travis was born in Springfield, Ohio, and discovered comic books at the age of six. Since then, the course of his life has been shaped by his love of comics, theater and classical history. In addition to being a writer, he has been an actor, a director, a produced playwright, and occasionally, all three at once.
After writing the first draft of Amiculus as a ten-page play in college, he began adapting it as a comic, intending it to be a short 32-page project to test the waters for a different series. Eight years and 162 pages later, it has become an epic unto itself.
Travis is a graduate of Ohio University's School of Theater, and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.
AMICULUS is a quasi-historical epic, telling a “lost” history of the fall of Rome through the eyes of its last emperor, a 12-year-old boy named Romulus. Through him we see Rome at the moment of its collapse, besieged by a vast barbarian army. Yet within Rome a secret war rages, revealing an intricate mosaic of conspiracy within conspiracy, bloodshed and betrayal, tragedy and loss. At its center is AMICULUS, a mysterious cloaked figure manipulating generals, kings, and western civilization. As the mightiest empire on earth crumbles, we are left to wonder: did Rome merely fall, or was it pushed?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

We are hard at work planning for the 2015 convention on Saturday, May 9th.  We have already set in place fun for the night before on Friday, May 8th, at ARTS/West, we will be hosting an art opening for an exhibit of pop culture themed artwork then screening a film - times to be determined.  The main convention will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at the Athens Community Center with a costumed dance party to follow at Casa Nueva Cantina.

We are working on finding fascinating and fun special guests.  In addition we will be inviting back many of our former artists and guests from the last three years.

We are also planning on having some fun activities, workshops and panel discussions for all ages.  So far we have role playing games, light saber fighting workshop, props workshop, costuming workshop, and much more.

Be sure to come dressed in your best pop culture costume - we will be giving out prizes to the best.

Stay tuned to this blog and to our facebook page for updates on the 2015 convention.

Friday, April 18, 2014

We have so much planned for the 2014 Ratha Con.

Here is a schedule for the presentations and workshops:

Daniel Trout - Bullwhip presentation - 11 am - 12 pm - Large exercise room

Dungeon's & Dragon's game led by Benton Molina - starts at 11 am - main floor 
*registration required

Comic Panel with Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Terence Hanley, and Ken Eppstein moderated by Sam Berlin - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - large conference room

Magic Gaming - starts at 12:30 pm - main floor *possible regristration required

Charles Milhouse dicussion on self publishing - 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Large conference room

Model Making with Jay Pare - 2 pm - main floor *registration required

Wearable Wounds with Danette Pratt workshop - 1 - 2:30 pm - small conference room *registration required

Light Saber Choreography with Blindwave Productions - 1:30 - 2:30 pm - large conference room

Stage fighting workshop (to apply techniques learned in Blinwave presentation) with Brian Evans and Tom Fiocchi - 2:30 - 4 pm - large exercise room
* registration may be required

Daniel Boyd's presentation of his films and graphic novels - 2:30 - 3:30 pm - large conference room

Costume contest - 4 pm - parade of costumes 4 - 4:15 pm

We will also have our Artist Alley, sellers, local collectors with their collections on display, and artisan vendors selling their handmade work.

Cost is $5 for everyone 13 and up and kids 12 and under are free.