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Amara is an Arizona native, cosplayer, and aspiring writer and photographer. She officially began cosplaying in 2005, creating many costumes since. More recently she has begun assisting and running panels at local conventions. Along with her friends, she hopes to bring entertainment and fun to these panels, while also being helpful to those hoping to learn from them!
Founded to provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the Arizona Avengers is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.
The Arizona Avengers is a Marvel Comics fan club dedicated to celebrating the Marvel Universe through costuming. The Avengers is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Arizona Avengers seeks to promote interest in reading Marvel Comics through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Marvel Comics-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
The Arizona Avengers recognizes it holds no claim over the costumes and characters it portrays. The members of the Arizona Avengers acknowledge and accept that while in costume, we represent the Marvel Entertainment brand and will do so professionally and responsibly at all times.
Costume Designer and Celebrity Stylist, Dawn Ritz has become a worldwide name for her courageous styles and inspirational designs.
Some of her work includes Costume Designing the opening sequence for American Horror Story “Coven”, The X Factor, The Voice, and JJ Abram's, “Undercovers”.
Her love for film was never more evident with the brilliant costumes she designed for the soon to be cult classic, “The Devil’s Carnival”, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Her work was so influential that it lead to a cult following that soon inspired Cosplay’s across the nation.
Dawn’s next big endeavor came on the set of Lost In Austin, Directed by Will Raee, starring Linda Cardellini, Craig Robinson, Skeet Ulrich and Ursula Parker. This clever dark comedy was met with some real challenges when Dawn had to turn LA into Austin. Her ability to hit the fashion mark in every scene was nothing short of brilliant. Her versatility as a Stylist and Costume Designer helped bring the vision of Lost in Austin to life.
Dawn also recently completed a Short film for New Regency Films, 'The Liar's Chair', Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero.
Like many Artists, Dawn’s drive for artistic perfection is haunting and her consistency to build beautiful wardrobes with detailed designs is a testament to her creative genius.
Favorite Quote: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”
Dawn has also found herself submerged in many music videos such as, Panic at the Disco, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, Mika featuring Ariana Grande, The Beat Freaks, and many more.
Some of Dawn’s more notable clients reads like a list of Who’s Who:
Marilyn Manson, Slipknot (Art Director: Shawn Crahan), Country Legend Glen Campbell, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Marie Presley, Liam Hemsworth, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun White, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Asking Alexandria, Escape the Fate and Amy Lee of Evanescence.
When she is not working she is inspired by her Boston Terrier “Yoda” and supports saving the animals!
A member of the Local 892 Costume Designer’s Guild, Dawn Ritz is represented by the management division of the Up Late Entertainment Group and will be accompanied by Producer and Manager, Danny Costanzo. Danny is one of the Producers from Lost in Austin and Partner at Up Late Productions, a division of the Up Late Entertainment Group
Ivy Doomkitty is an International Costumer/Cosplayer, Host, Artist, and Figure Model for comic book artist/writer, Frank Cho, based in Los Angeles. She is also an avid gamer on both PC and Xbox 360. Ivy has been attending conventions for many years, before deciding to take the plunge by showing her fandom through cosplay.
She now uses this new found passion to create her own costumes and use them to bring to life her favorite characters from gaming and comics as well as creating a positive impact in the cosplay community. She strives to show others in the community that you can do something you love, regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, body shape/size.
Ivy was recently the Featured Cosplayer on the Premier Episode of the webseries, "Cospladies", a short documentary on the trials, tribulations, and love of cosplay. Ivy is also a member of the West Coast Avengers/Avengers Initiative, taking part in charity events in Southern California.
Ivy heavily promotes the art of Cosplay at every convention that she is a guest at, including participating in panels, judging the costume contest, and meeting many fans that are interested in starting in the craft. In the past, she has interviewed some incredible talent, including Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno, Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden, and more.
She has also written comic book reviews, co hosted Cosplay Con, in addition to presenting and hosting the costume contest.
Ivy also handles promotions and cosplay talent coordination for Big Wow! Comicfest.
Ivy has been a Guest at multiple conventions, Judged costume contests, as well as participated as a Guest Panelist, with more coming soon for 2014.
The Justice League Arizona is a DC Universe fan club dedicated to celebrating the DC Universe through costuming; specifically the costumes and characters of the heroes, villains and denizens. The JLAz is an all-volunteer club formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity to promote interest in DC Comics and properties through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
Actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a Theatre degree and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has published short plays and adapted works of 19th Century literature for the professional stage. Her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the American Booksellers Association "Indie Next List" and is a Scholastic edition "highly recommended" title. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY, on Tor.com, in QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) among others. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES, launches in 2014 alongside a reissue of the Strangely Beautiful novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple national book club editions. She is a four time Prism Award winner in fantasy and novella categories among other genre awards. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she's telling ghost stories, cavorting at Goth clubs, corset shopping, channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards and adventuring about New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.
The DREAD Fleet is comprised of five ships, each specializing in a spectrum of pirate talents; belly dancing, sword fighting, living chess matches, stage shows, contra dancing, and all manner of pirate history! Our ships sail Arizona executing educational and entertaining performances. If ye think us merely a sailor’s grog induced ramblings, we beg you visit when we make port at Phoenix Comic Con. Our adventures promise to amuse and may entice the wayward free-booter!
UZA -- We are United Zombies of America, a small family-owned and operated business and we just recently received our LLC, even though our initial grassroots organization “broke ground” in the spring of 2012. We are an organized, professional, performing group of actors. We enjoy being Zombies but we can and have done several other characters as well. We not only act, but we have done many other types of services while we work with and for others. A few of us have been doing this type of service and employment for many decades now. Our skills and experiences are varied to say the least. We are also more importantly a “family friendly” and “appropriate for all ages” group. We know that “Families that SCARE together STAY together!”
UZA is a professional acting group. Our family’s initial, core group was trained by professionals from Universal Studios, Disney, Rocky Point’s Haunted House, The Haunting Haunted House at Halloween Express, Thirteenth Floor, and House of Torment. Some of us have been trained by certain professionals with these groups and have even been trained on how to train others to perform. We have had theatrical training and we have acting backgrounds as well. We are NOT a Zombie Only Business. We Do Love Zombies, but we also Love old-time movie monsters, as well as gothic, sinister, horror characters, and most horror genre.
We have done the following things: acting in professional haunted houses for the past five years, comic cons, AZ Thespians 2013, Thrill The World Phoenix, AZ – dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the State Fair 2013, various character walks, music videos, commercials, movies – including “Cowboy Zombies” just released on DVD 2014, promoting various businesses and cons, training, teaching, panels, various makeup for selves and others, DJ-ing events and dances, photography – taking pictures and being in pictures, security, volunteering, and charity work as well as so very many other things.
So we do the following: makeup and special FX, acting and improvisation, training/classes/panels on various topics, promoting and advertising, movies/commercials/videos, comic cons, haunted houses, photography, costuming, art, security, social media, DJ-ing, parties and carnivals as well as all kinds of events, volunteering, and charity work. We are currently developing products to sell at our booth and online as well.
We also created our own “ZOMBIE ATTACK” game also known as “Plants VS Zombies” at Comicon 2012 and 2013. UZA Zombie Attack is a game that travels throughout Arizona. It can be scary or “family friendly” for kids or scaredy cats. Game description: Zombie Attack is an interactive game. Outside of a big tent you stand behind caution tape. Zombies come at you from inside the tent. You have to “kill” the Zombies by throwing balls at them, before they get to you. We can make the game as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Depending on the time of day and the location played at there can be lights and fog inside the tent. The lights go to music that is used for the game and for the time waiting between games. The entire game has music you play to and it comes with a soundtrack made for the game and its own DJ. *Don’t forget to book the UZA for your upcoming events. Book us early to make sure we can meet your event’s needs.
If you are “unique” in any way THEN you might just find UZA a place where you would find the “perfect fit” especially if you do LOVE Zombies! So come on and join us for some fun or relaxation, we don’t bite…hard. For your entertainment and amusement cravings the UZA is available for a departure from the normal run of the mill into the “Fiendishly Supernatural Zombie Zone” so you may party with those things that go bump in the night...and the daytime, too. PARTY ON with UZA -- United Zombies of America, LLC, Entertainment, not only for the walking dead but for all the living too! “We are faith-based, we have high standards, and we aim for excellence.” We are the first original group and business of our kind so please beware of the imitations and knock-offs pretending to be the first and the best.