I had the opportunity to meet Ronan Angelos during the Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 Costume Contest. This man was very new to costuming at the time but he took 2nd place in the Intermediate category (entering as a beginner!). Little did we know we would become friends after that adventure! Since then we have both participated in several charity events getting to know each other and at many conventions. This man is newer to costuming but has accomplished some amazing things, just check out his Facebook page to see what he has done! He actively supports his local costumers and cosplayers through a Facebook group called Anyone Can Cosplay. He even has a YouTube channel where you might learn an thing or two! Thank you for always upping the bar and being an example that you can make anything you set your mind to! –Mala
Name: Jon Robinson AKA Ronan Angelos
Location: Salt lake City, Utah
What got you into CAUSEplaying?
The very first time I started cosplaying I realized the joy it brings to the little kids. So Once I found out there was a local group that used their cosplaying skills to benefit kids and charities, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
Knowing that I brought a smile to someone’s face. And no matter what that person is going through, for those brief moments I am a super hero for them.
What was your first CAUSEplay event?
It was an event that was to benefit Lupus research. I was still new to the whole cosplay scene and only knew a couple people in the group. Everyone made me feel welcome and had fun while helping to raise money for research.
What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
It would have to be my Mad Eye Moody. It is a very recognizable costume and range of the fans is huge. Everyone from a little kid to a grandparent loves harry Potter.
Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :
During one Con I was able to be part of a Make-a-Wish event and granting a wish for a Little kid who wanted to be the Doctor (from Dr Who) When it was my time to interact with him, I made him my world. Even though we were surrounded by lots of people, it was a very special moment to be able to interact and see his face light up when he we done with my part. It was truly humbling to know what he was going through and to know I was able to help him get his mind off it.
What is your favorite cause to support?
After the above event, it is now Make-a-Wish.
The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
You mean apart from dressing up in a costume? It would have to be wearing a huge armor costume and riding a peacock on a Merry go round at the zoo.
Who inspires you?
Sounds corny, but my mom. She has nothing to do with causeplay, but she is a great example of service. She is 84 and bed ridden. But she has done over 1000 crocheted baby blankets for local hospitals and other groups. She doesn’t let her frailties stop her from helping others.
Advice for CAUSEplaying:
Do it for the right reasons. When you are doing an event, be there for the kids. Don’t do it to show off your costume to other cosplayer. Kids don’t care how great the craftsmanship is, they just care that they can get a picture with their hero.
What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
There will be a Toys for Tots drive on Nov 22nd at Hastur Games & Comics 6831 S State St, Midvale, Utah 84047
Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
Cosplayer, because I not only make the costume, I play in it.
What was your first costume/cosplay?
It was a Space Marine from the game Warhammer 40k
What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m a Systems Administrator (IT Guy)
If you could have any job what would it be and why?
Ever since I saw the behind the scenes from the original Star Wars, I have always wanted to build models and props.
Tell us something random about yourself:
I was trained in Psychological Warfare in the Army as my job.
Star Wars or Star Trek: -Hard decision, I would have to say Star Wars though
Marvel or DC: Marvel all the way
Favorite Comic Series: It is a lesser known one and was only like 20 in the series, it was called Nth man from marvel. It was about 2 kids that grew up in an oppressive orphanage. They both had some powers. One turned into a super spy and the other turned immortal and made some bad decisions along the way.
Favorite Comic Character: Captain America
Favorite Book: Too hard to decide, but favorite series is The Horus Heresy series. It is a story set in the Warhammer 40k world, but 10k years before when they split the Empire.
Favorite Video Game: Fallout series
Favorite Convention: Only been to 3 so far, so I would have to say the first SLCC
Affiliations (clubs or groups): Mandalorian Mercs and Rocky Mountain Muggles (a Harry Potter group)
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/JRobinsonCreations
Facebook Cosplay profile: https://www.facebook.com/ronan.angelos
Let me know how you are getting involved! I want to hear your stories!! And adventures!! Or tell me about a CAUSEplayer or a group you think are making a difference! Email AdventuresWithMala@gmail.com with your stories! If sending info on an individual person please let them know you have done so, to reduce the creep factor of a stranger contacting them for a potential interview.