Christina and John O'Halloran
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Christina and John O’Halloran

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Christina and John O’Halloran are best known for their work behind the scenes, helping masquerades at all levels run smoothly and efficiently, and keeping costumers calm and encouraged. They served as Stage Directors for Costume-Con 26 masquerades in 2008. John was also Stage Manager for Worldcon 60 (ConJose) and has worked backstage in many roles for Worldcon since 1985.

John is a well-known West Coast masquerade photographer (BayCon, Silicon, Westercon, Sasquan), and was the official photographer at Worldcon 74 (MidAmericon II) in 2016. He is also noted for running the Fan Photo Area at various conventions where he helps photographers and costumers get their ideal photographs.

Christina can frequently be found helping to staff exhibits, information desks, or the Green Room when she is not backstage.

John stepped into a new arena when he agreed to be a presentation judge at BayCon 2009, a role he also performed at Worldcon 69 (Renovation), and again at Worldcon 71 (LoneStarCon 3).

John served as the ICG webmaster and received President’s Awards in 2003 and 2007 for his work originating the ICG website and migrating it to a new hosting platform.

Both Christina and John have appeared as panelists at multiple conventions and have written articles on their  backstage work and costume photography for costuming publications.

They sometimes also appear on stage, including at Worldcon 61 (Torcon 3) in the best-in show entry, “Trumps of Amber,” at Woldcon 62 (Noreastcon 4), at Costume-Con 23, and at Costume-Con 26. Christina occasionally costumes shows for her local community theater, and is a hall costumer, re-creating such characters as “Dolores Umbridge” from the Harry Potter series.

Christina and John are probably most familiar to Con-goers as the duo in tie-dye/aloha shirts, which pretty much qualifies these days as “historical” costuming.

(View the 2023 LAA group portrait).