Charles Xavier Conley is a Georgia based prop builder and designer. Originally from California he moved to the east coast in 2006 and has been in the metro Atlanta area ever since.
Charles, who typically goes by the name Xavier, started prop building around 2010, although he had already been a very proficient graphite artist since his youth. As a child, all throughout elementary school Charles was bullied, so the armors and creations he makes today are a tangible reality of the heroes he wishes he had standing by his side during those dark days.
Because of the hardships he faced as a youth Charles is a champion of social justice and equality both in and out the world of cosplay. In 2016 he started in the hashtag #RepresentationMatters after a powerful encounter while wearing his Batman armor with a little boy at Atlanta's largest convention, Dragon Con.
Just recently Charles started Cosplaying professionally with his business, Ebony Warrior Studios, gaining more and more recognition for his foamsmithing prowess. Charles' work has been recognized by the likes of Marvel Studios and Weta Workshop. He was also a contestant on Syfy's Cosplay Melee TV series, winning the episode with his original Star Wars character Syresh Vos. Through his work Charles seeks to inspire and change the world of cosplay one build at a time.
You can check out his work at ebonywarriorstudios.com