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Guest Spotlight: Behind the Mask

Award-winning Behind the Mask Studio was founded by Eric Bornstein in 1990, and specializes in mask theater programs, corporate event planning, arts education, custom made masks and costumes. Eric has studied with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy. He received his MLA in Fine Arts along with the Thomas Small prize from Harvard University. His masks have appeared most recently at the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker, Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly, Peabody Museum at Harvard, Puppet Showplace Theatre, the 31st Cambridge River Festival, Contemporary Theater of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Performance Lab’s Le Cabaret Grimm, Babes in Boinkland's The Slutcracker; A Burlesque, Underground Railway Theater’s Life of Galileo, and the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Shulamis. Eric was part of the team that recently won an award for Excellence in Production Design at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012 for his masks in Le Cabaret Grimm. Behind The Mask has created masks and promotional events for Bethesda Softworks to celebrate award-winning video games Dishonored and Elder Scrolls/Skyrim. Over the last 30 years Eric’s masked characters have appeared in a variety of venues and the subject of numerous media features. They were a highlight of Boston’s First Night celebration for 15 years. His masks have also appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Kennedy Library/Museum, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Ballet, the Society of Arts & Crafts (Newbury Street), The Peabody/Essex Museum, King Richard's Faire, and Revels. Recent features include The Boston Globe, The Phoenix, NPR radio, and Artscope Magazine. He currently teaches classes in making and performing masks, and offers performances and residencies to schools throughout the state through Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Please visit www.behindthemask.org

Eric can be seen at TempleCon 2015 vending in the Plaza Foyer and also at these events:

Friday, February 6th, 1:00PM-2:00PM in Con Suite 2 (Room 632)
Masks and Your True Selves
Saturday, February 7th, 11:00AM-12:00PM in the Greenwich room
Masks and Your True Selves
Sunday, February 8th, 11:30AM-12:30PM in the Barrington room
Masks and Your True Selves

Sponsor Spotlight: Giant Microbes

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GIANTmicrobes® is a fast-growing global brand inspired by the huge impact that tiny microbes have on the world. More than 10 million of these infectiously cute collectibles have been sold worldwide at a feverish rate that can only be called viral! With more than 100 microbes ranging from Common Cold, Flu and Sore Throat, to Brain Cell, Nerve Cell and Blood Cells, there is something for everyone.

Now that GIANTmicrobes® popularity has built to epidemic proportions among kids and adults of all ages they have decided to invade the digital world next and introduce Computer Virus Dolls® and Computer Virus Digits® Keychains. Available in 8 styles, Computer Virus Dolls® and Computer Virus Digits® Keychains combine information and humor with the same whimsical flair demonstrated in best selling GIANTmicrobes®. Each toy is figured using inventive combinations of 0’s and 1’s, to represent the binary code of which all computer programs are composed. Each product comes with a pop-up hangtag, like the on-screen pop-ups that alert computer users to the presence of a virus. And the toys’ humorously long sewn-in labels depict the names spelled out in code. (The tag for Virus, for instance, is 01010110 01001001 01010010 01010101 01010011.)

For more information, please visit their websites:

Giant Microbes
Computer Virus Dolls

Computer Virus Pack

What is TempleCon?

TempleCon began a decade ago as a convention dedicated to smashing the mold from which so many events had been cast. After finding that the modern paradigm of an increasing number of expo-focused events didn't capture what they were looking for in a convention experience, the creators of TempleCon decided to push forward to create a massive oasis for geeks, nerds, gamers, music lovers, costumers, retro-futurists, and anyone else seeking a one-of-a-kind community of pure distilled awesome to become a part of.

Why is TempleCon different? You could ask a dozen people, and get a dozen answers. What constantly rings true is that TempleCon is a haven that offers you all of the best games, entertainment, sights, sounds, and most importantly, people that you will ever find on the convention circuit.

Welcome to TempleCon.

The lifeblood of TempleCon is our diverse weekend-long sets of shows and live performances; no matter why you attend TempleCon, you do not want to miss these! From cutting-edge live music, to dancers, to variety shows, unbelievable DJs, and more, this has become the destination for insanely creative people to show off what they do best. We're incredibly proud to say that we've served as a groundbreaking venue for artists that have been shaking up the convention scene ever since, both locally and abroad!

As we've said for years, TempleCon isn't a convention for just gamers, but instead for people of all interests who truly love to game. 

Tabletop Gaming has been the primary reason for thousands of people to descend on Rhode Island from all points of the globe. As of this year, TempleCon is one of the largest conventions in North America for tabletop miniatures wargaming, playing host to some of the largest competitive events in the entire world, with tournaments and demos from a myriad of game systems run by representatives of the companies that bring them to you, on some of the most amazing terrain on the convention circuit.

But Wargaming is just a small part of the tablestop gaming action. Collectable Card Games, Role Playing, and more also have a massive presence, as always. And Board Gaming? Prepare to experience what may just be the largest board game library at a major convention in North America! Come to compete, or come to find a casual game on an open table. Tabletop Gaming at TempleCon is designed to cater to all skill levels and interests! 

When we say you'll experience "retro-gaming," we mean it. TempleCon each year plays host to an ever-expanding arcade of fully restored classic games ranging throughout the 1980s and into the 90s. The TempleCon convention director's personally-restored collection of vintage arcade nostalgia is an interactive museum of the golden era of video gaming, available day or night throughout the weekend for you to take a trip down memory lane or compete against some of the annual top scorers. And the best part? No quarters required!

TempleCon is proud to host some of the best costumers in the country, and every year the caliber of what folks grace our halls and stage with seems to dramatically increase. With our rotating yearly theme, you will never expect what people will concoct each year.

Even beyond hall costumes, TempleCon also plays host to an annual Makers' Masquerade costume contest to showcase and award the very best in convention costuming, as well as an annual fashion show featuring designs and concepts tied to science fiction and retro-futurist themes from some truly talented designers who have made TempleCon a launchpad for their creativity.

What convention weekend isn't made complete by picking up a bunch of cool goodies? TempleCon features massive amounts of vending and expo floor space for all sorts of stuff you love, from both small craft vendors and the creators of your favorite games, books, and more.

It's not unusual to have people travel here just to check out the vending ballroom, expo area, and the infamous Clockwork Bazaar!