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

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

Guest Spotlight: Ed Bourelle

Ed Bourelle picked up his first miniature at the age of seven and has been playing and creating tabletop games and RPGs ever since. With a background in graphic design, art direction, and illustration, Ed has worked on and led creative teams at design agencies, a software company, and a Fortune 500 telecommunications company. Ed started his own game company in 2001 and began working full-time as a freelance artist and writer in the tabletop games industry. During that time he worked as both a volunteer and freelancer for Privateer Press.


Ed accepted a job with Privateer Press in early 2009 and now oversees the creative team behind WARMACHINE, HORDES, Bodgers, Monsterpocalypse, and more. His work day consists of planning and critiquing new model concepts, concept art, illustration, graphic design, and miniature sculpts.


Somewhere in there he finds time to help move work forward on new products, games, and initiatives with the Privateer Press development and marketing teams.


See Ed Bourelle at TempleCon 2015 at:


Friday, February 6th, 10:00AM-11:00AM, in The Grand Ballroom
Privateer Press Panel 'The Next Big Thing!'


Guest Spotlight: Aria Michaels Paradise

Aria Michaels Paradise is a dancer, choreographer, and founder / artistic director of ABRAXAS Dance Theatre. A Jung-oriented psychotherapist, art historian, Reiki Master, and Gemini, she inhabits the ethereal, liminal, and indefinable realm of air: mercurial, shapeshifting, ever inspired, and ever evolving. As a former company member with the State Ballet of Rhode Island, Aria first discovered how art can honor and celebrate the journey to the underworld. She performs both nationally and internationally. Aria offers her audience an immersive and psychically charged experience.


Aria can be seen at TempleCon 2015 at: 


Friday, February 6th, 7:00PM-9:00PM, in The Rotunda
Imperium: An Evening of Retro-Futurist Entertainment



Guest Spotlight: Monique Renée

Monique Renée is a cosplayer, professional model, and, more recently, an actress. A well known veteran of the Science Fiction and Scifi-Fantasy costuming community, Monique is best known for her Star Wars costumes. She began costuming as a teenager, joining a renowned Star Wars costuming group with her very first costume: a Padmé gown from Episode II that had, in fact,  been her senior prom dress, which  she had helped replicate. Since then, her wardrobe has expanded to include dozens of costumes from all different fandoms. 
Monique has worked as a promotional model/promotional cosplayer for nearly a dozen different convention-attending companies, appeared at even more conventions as either an attendee or model, and has also collaborated with a variety of artists in her costumes over the past 9 years. She has been used as the reference model for ​the Star Wars Expanded Universe character Tenel Ka Djo in several publications, depicting her award-winning costume. 

She is currently in  collaboration with artist Tom Hodges as a reference model for a character in his independent comic book series. Just recently, Monique has broken into acting, playing one of the four Chainsaw-wielding demons in the horror-comedy film Chainsaw Maidens from Hell, featuring Kane Hodder (Jason X), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), and Sarah French.


Monique Renée is the organizer for the TempleCon 2015 costume contest and will be one of the judges for the event.



Guest Spotlight: Matt Herring

Author Matt Herring, or the Matman as he is known in the comic book community has been the co-host of the Secret identity Podcast for 9 years. He, along with Brian LeTendre have created ‘solid gold ear candy’ for thousands of comic/pop culture fans each week and both have now embarked on careers as writers. In 2012 Matt published his first book, POW BAM SELL - THE GUIDE TO COMIC BOOK MARKETING, and the following year his second book, COMICOPOLYPSE- HOW TO SURVIVE THE COMIC CON EXPERIENCE. But it was the next one, THE UNOFFICIAL DOCTOR WHO COMPANION that has brought his life to a crazy, yet very exciting point. And now he paints!!! See more at 


See Matt Herring at:


Thursday, February 5th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in the Barrington Room
Superheroes and the Masks They Wear: An Open Discussion


Friday, February 6th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Panel Discussion: The Road to Publication


Friday, February 6th, 7:00PM-8:00PM, in the Barrington Room
Superheroes and Religion: New Gods or Old/New Gods for Old


Matt will also be vending the Plaza Foyer at TempleCon 2015.



Guest Spotlight: Hogan McLaughlin



Hogan McLaughlin is a Chicago-based designer, artist, and dancer.   He began his career as a professional ballet dancer, touring internationally with various companies, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  In 2009, McLaughlin moved to New York City to pursue a career in fine art and illustration but found himself presented with the opportunity to produce his first fashion collection.  Since then, he has been profiled by The New York Times, WWD, and New York Magazine, among others, and has had pieces on display in the windows of Barneys New York and at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  McLaughlin's clients include Chelsea Wolfe, Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga, and Dita Von Teese. 


Hogan can be seen at:


Saturday, February 7th, 5:00PM-6:00PM, in The Rotunda
Dominion: A Retro-Futurist Fashion Show



Guest Spotlight: Thom Truelove

Thom A. Truelove has had a wide-ranging career in music, production and science, with particular passion and expertise in 18th century history and Masonry. A DJ, musical consultant, graphic artist and illustrator, he is the Vice President of Development at House of Diggs Productions focusing on diverse film and television projects, a co-founder of Psychic Wing R & D production company, and a co-author with award-winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber on upcoming Historical Fantasy novels.  

Guest Spotlight: Aurelio Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.

An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs "Brains!" and "Land of the Dead" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy";Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.

Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years.  He's released
11 full length CDs.


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See Aurelio Voltaire at:

Thursday, February 5th 10:00PM-11:00PM, in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: Aurelio Voltaire



Guest Spotlight: Redfield Designs

Redfield has been seen on New England runways for several years and has become a staple of the Steampunk Community in the North East, including being the featured designer for Teslacon 2013. Redfield has a striking and colorful esthetic, which focuses on a more personal and unique style of steampunk. She strives to create individual works for clients that add to the diversity of design within the community. She has been published in many books and magazines, including a spread in the book Anatomy of Steampunk as well as 1000 Cosplay Creations and Cloud Orchid Magazine. She has spoken to many seamstresses from novice to experienced, including being asked to be a guest Speaker for the Costumers Association of America. 


See Redfield Designs at TempleCon 2015 at:


Saturday, February 7th, 5:00PM-6:00PM, in The Rotunda
Dominion: A Retro-Futurist Fashion Show




Guest Spotlight: Tempest


Tempest is the most recognized name associated with Gothic & Steampunk Fusion Bellydance in North America and across the world. She is often referred to as the "Goth Mutha" for her groundbreaking work in dark fusion. Tempest pulls from her visual arts background, literary tendencies, and global inspirations to create dance that crosses the boundaries of time and culture.  Her compellingly artful performances exemplify her distinctively theatrical, unique, and expressive style that are rooted in oriental dance technique with a transcendent approach. Tempest's fascination with sacred and ritual dance lead her to bellydance over 15 years ago, and the exploration of Myth is an important and recurring theme in her work.


Tempest strives to create and teach dance that maintains the essence of bellydance; balancing tradition, inspiration, and innovation. She brings her dynamic interpretation of the dance to her workshops with a sense of fun, a strong foundation in technique, and a deep-hearted goal to aid students in developing their own sense of self within the dance.


She is the producer of Waking Persephone - an annual dark dance event, and Tapestry Dance Retreat, which focuses more on the sacred and folkloric aspects of the dance. Tempest is the founder and primary author of The Gothic Bellydance Resource, which tracks the progress of the movement as it develops worldwide, and was co-producer of the largest festival devoted to Gothic Bellydance in North America - Gothla US from 2008-2010.  


In addition to dance, Tempest is a professionally trained visual artist, receiving her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and having trained at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts. Her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide, and has been published in numerous books and magazines.  Her costume designs have revolutionized the look of modern bellydance, and continue to inspire new and old generations of dancers alike. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, musician Nathaniel Johnstone, and works full-time as an artist, designer, and dancer.


For more information, please visit her websites at and


See Tempest at TempleCon 2015 at:


Friday, February 6th, 1:00PM-2:00PM, in Con Suite 1 (Room 637)
Bellydance Fusion: Tempest Style!


Friday, February 6th, 7:00PM-9:00PM, in The Rotunda
Imperium: An Evening of Retro-Futurist Entertainment


Saturday, February 7th, 2:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Neo-Victorian High Tea


Saturday, February 7th, 8:00PM-1:00AM, in The Rotunda
Byzantium: A Retro-Futurist Ball


Saturday, February 7th, 10:00PM-11:30PM, in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: The Nathaniel Johnstone Band


Sunday, February 8th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in Con Suite 2 (Room 632)
Infusing Dance With Ritual




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