Obituary: Toni Lay

Costumer Toni Lay (b.1950) died on August 28. Lay was a long-time costumer, serving as Program Director for Costume Con 5 as well as the Historical Masquerade Director for Costume Cons 16 and 22. She was frequently a judge and was a member of the “Sick Pups,” the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild. Also a Deputy Chatelaine for the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the SCA, Lay’s interests included science fiction and fantasy on television and reading, as well as mysteries and alternate history.

Obituary: Adrienne Martine-Barnes

Author and costumer Adrienne Martine-Barnes (b.1942) died on July 20. Barnes published her first short story in 1982 and followed up with her first novel the same year. She collaborated with Marion Zimmer Bradley on three Darkover novels, with Diana L. Paxson on the Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal trilogy, and published the Chronique D’Avebury trilogy on her own. In 1979, Martine-Barnes attempted, but failed, to create Costume-Mania, a costuming weekend, but her vision eventually launched Costume-Con 1 in 1983.

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Obituary: Sandy Swank

Philadelphia and Charleston fan Sandy Swank (b.Gregory A. Swank, 1959) died on June 13. Swank served as President of the Greater Delaware Valley Costumers Guild and was also active in the SCA. In May 2015, Swank, along with his husband, Rob Himmelsbach, co-chaired CostumeCon 33 in Charleston, SC. Swank was active in living history education as well.

Obituary: Preston Saul

Costumer Preston Saul (b.1947) died on August 22 due to complications from diabetes. Saul was a regular attendee of Lunacon and Costume-Con.

Obituary: Cal Cotton

Fan Cal Cotton (b.1948) died on April 17. Cotton was active in the SCA as “The Moor Tarik” The Black King in the SCA and at Ren Faires in California since 1968. In addition to Ren Faires, Cotton was also an active Civil War reenactor. Cotton was diagnosed with brain cancer in February.

Obituary: Stuart Andrews

Fan Stuart Andrews died on March 20 following a short illness. Andrews was a costumer and was widely known as “Viking Stu” for his Viking costumes and paraphernalia.

Worldcon Masquerade Winners

The LoneStarCon 3 Masquerade was held on August 31 at the Worldcon in San Antonio, TX. There were twenty-nine entries. The Workmanship Judges were John Hertz and Michele Weinstein. The Presentation Judges were John O’Halloran, Pierre Pettinger, and Sandy Pettinger.

Workmanship Awards

    Young Fan Division

    • Best Leatherwork: Lady Lattitude and Wingnut, by Steward Facile (their Dad)
    • Best Sewing and Applique: Kirby Picachu, by Candace Pohle

    Novice Division

    • Construction of Fur Suit Heads: Project F-Zero-X, by Jay Brandt
    • Most Ingenious Use of Mundane Substance: AirProof, by Don Clary
    • Best Entry Made on Site: AirProof, by Don Clary
    • Additions and Alterations: Emmaleen and her Flying Machine, by Sharon Bass and Barb Galler-Smith
    • Best Use of Found Objects: Her Majesty Jadis, Empress of Charm and Queen of Narnia, by S. Kay Nash

    Journeyman Division

    • Arrangement of Transformation: A Crack in Time and Space, by Sabine Furlong
    • Best Engineering: Stinza Nickerson, Half-Horse, by Wendy Snyder
    • Best in Class, Journeyman Workmanship: Beren and Luthien, by Lorretta Morgan

    Master Division

    • Hand Painting: Tardis in vortex, by Steward Facile
    • Best in Class, Master Division: Saucer Country, by Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg, Greg Sardo, Jerry Majors Patterson, Ken Patterson, Chuck Serface, and Nova Mellow as “Daisy”

Presentation Awards

    Young Fan Division

    • Most Royal: Medieval Princesses, by Emma Jackson and Hope Jackson
    • Best Story: Ni No Kuni, by Niki Hyatt, Micah Joel Hyatt, Tori Hyatt, and Malachi Hyatt
    • Best Recreation: Kirby Picachu, by Candace Pohler
    • Most Beautiful: Lady Lattitude, by Robyn Facile
    • Best in Class: Wingnut, by Lillian Facile

    Novice Division

    • Honorable Mention for Presentation: Emmaleen and her Flying Machine, by Sharon Bass and Barb Galler-Smith
    • Honorable Mention for Chaos: Randomly Generated Character, by Tamisan
    • Dr. Moreau Award: Project F-Zero-X, by Jay Brandt and Victoria Brandt
    • Deep in the Heart of Texas: Airproof, by Don Clary and James Cossaboon
    • Great Balloons of Fire: Airproof, by Don Clary and James Cossaboon
    • Best in Class: Daenerys Targaryen, by Andrea Morrison

    Journeyman Division

    • Best Transformation: A Crack in Time and Space, by Sabine Furlong
    • Most Beautiful: The Dragon Lady, by April Korbel
    • Best in Class, Journeyman Division: Beren and Luthien, by Tim Morgan and Lorretta Morgan

    Master Division

    • Most Humorous: Public Service Announcement, by Rebecca Hewett, Kevin Hewett, Serge Mailloux, and Janice Gelb
    • Close Encounters of the Texas Kind: Saucer Country, by Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg, Greg Sardo, Jerry Majors Patterson, Ken Patterson, Chuck Serface, and Nova Mellow as “Daisy”
    • Best in Class, Master Division: Saucer Country, by Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg, Greg Sardo, Jerry Majors Patterson, Ken Patterson, Chuck Serface, and Nova Mellow as “Daisy”

    Out of Class Awards

    • Judge’s Choice: Stinza Nickerson, Half-Horse, by Wendy Snyder
    • Best of Show: Otilia, by Aurora Celeste

Obituary: Marty Gear

Fan Marty Gear (b.1940) died on July 18. Gear began attending Worldcons in 1953. Gear became a costumer and helped build up the Masquerade at Balticon and chaired CostumeCon 3. He also chaired Balticon 21 and was a Guest of Honor at Genericon 2, Arisia 9, and Balticon 30. Gear sat on the BSFS Board of Directors. He founded what would become the first International Costumers’ Guild chapter and in 1991, Gear received the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Obituary: Patti Paczolt

Costumer Patti Paczolt (b.1952 Patricia Hochmuth) died on February 17. Paczolt worked in chemical technology and real estate and won multiple Worldcon costuming awards. A long time attendee at CostumeCon, her last convention was CostumeCon 28 in 2010. At various times she was known as Patti Gill and Patti Mercier.

Chicon 7 Masquerade Results

The Chicon 7 Masquerade was held on August 1. Presentation judges included John Hertz, Bethany S. Padron, and Jon Stopa. The Workmanship judges included Carole Parker and Gregory Rihn. Chicon 7 named their Best in Show (Presentation) Award in honor of Chicon 5 GoH Joni Stopa, who was instrumental in creating modern Masquerades. Chicon 7 also arranged for fans with severe visual impairment to have the opportunity to touch and examine the costumes during the half-time period.

Presentation Awards:

  • Most Compelling, Novice: Sith Inquisitor, by S. Kay Nash
  • Best Choreography, Novice: Prince Zuko of the Fire, by Torrey Stenmark
  • Most Humorous, Novice: Dragon Rider of Pern, by Sharon Bass, Barbara Galler-Smith, and Ita Vanedenbrock
  • Best in Class, Novice: Folken Fanel, by Mark Cloud
  • Best Re-Creation, Journeyman: Sakura Hime from Tsubasa, by Michelle Mussoni
  • Best Original, Journeyman: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
  • Best in Class, Master: Leather Sole Airship Pirates, by Charles, Kendra, and Paul Wayman
  • Joni Stopa Award for Best in Show: Lady of the Lake, by Aurora Celeste

Workmanship Awards:

  • Wing Work, Novice: Folken Fanel, by Mark Cloud
  • Dye Work, Novice: Steampunk Kimono, by Emma Roberts
  • Make-Up, Novice: Sith Inquisitor, by S. Kay Nash
  • Pattern Modification & Repurposing of Materials, Novice: Dragon Riders of Pern
  • Embroidery, Novice: (tie) Sally Ragdoll and Suzaku the Phoenix
  • Most Daring Workmanship, Novice: Phedre as Mara
  • Best Novice Workmanship: Suzaku the Phoenix
  • Form, Journeyman: Gur
  • Feathers, Journeyman: Sakura Hime from Tsubasa
  • Attention to Detail, Journeyman: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
  • Best Journeyman Workmanship: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
  • Nail Work, Master: Prince Zuko of the Fire, by Torrey Stenmark
  • Mechanical Work, Master: Leather Sole Airship Pirates, by Charles, Kendra, and Paul Wayman
  • Baby Prop, Master: Pleased to Meet You, by Leah Reed, Janet Catherine Johnston, Carol Botteron, Donald Eastlake 3, and Jill Eastlake
  • Spinning Wheel Prop, Master: Pleased to Meet You, by Leah Reed, Janet Catherine Johnston, Carol Botteron, Donald Eastlake 3, and Jill Eastlake
  • Hats, Master: Welcome to the Future
  • Best in Show, Workmanship, Master: Lady of the Lake, by Aurora Celeste