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Featured Guests

Dichen LachmanDichen Lachman has enamored many by her looks and talents. She was born in Kathmandu, and is of Australian and Tibetan descent. She lived in Nepal until she was seven years old before her family moved to Adelaide, Australia. While there, she attended Norwood Morialta High School, Annesley College, and the University of AdelaideIn 2005, Lachman got her big break. She joined the long-running Australian soap opera “Neighbours”, playing the nurse known as Katya Kinski. Also that year, she received a small role in the film “Safety in Numbers”, where she played a news reporter for a publication. The next year, she was cast in the family movie “Aquamarine”.  She later joined the cast of the Fox series “Dollhouse”, created by the renowned Joss Whedon portraying the role of Sierra.  She has also had major roles on “Agents of SHIELD”, “The 100”, and “Being Human”.

Tahmoh Penikett is delighted to have starred as Lieutenant Karl “Helo” Agathon on the Emmy Nominated Sci Fi series “Battlestar Galactica” for which he has received the prestigious Peabody Award. Prior to “Battlestar Galactica”, Tahmoh joined the cast of the critically acclaimed Canadian series “The Cold Squad” for their final season. His performance on that series earned him a LEO award nomination. Tahmoh’s next major public production was Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series “Dollhouse“.

Tahmoh has also be seen in a Guest Starring capacity in a variety of other series including a recurring Guest Star on “Whistler“, “Smallville“, and “The L Word“.  Tahmoh played the lead role of Matt Ellman on Syfy’s four-hour TV adaptation of “Riverworld“. He also had a reoccurring role on “Supernatural”.

Tahmoh was born in the city of Whitehorse in the Yukon, Canada and his background, which includes strong ties to the Upper Tanana tribe and their traditions, led him to his love of storytelling. Tahmoh has a very strong connection and devotion to his family with whom he spends time with whenever possible.  In his spare time enjoys a variety of athletic pursuits including being a competitive kick boxer.

@TahmohPenikett


Zoie Palmer was born in England, and her love of acting began at an early age. Determined to follow her dream, she moved to Toronto where she graduated from York University’s Theatre Program with a B.F.A.Zoie has appeared in an array of television productions, notably starring as Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti, in “The Reagans”, the critically-acclaimed “MOW” that caused a sensation and was nominated for a slate of Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Palmer also appeared in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie, “Out of the Ashes”, starred in the pilot Devil’s Perch, and portrayed Goth musician Patsy in the series “Instant Star”.Zoie also starred in “Snapshots for Henry”.  She was honored with the Best Actor Award at the Baja California Film Festival for her performance in “Terminal Venus”, a short by Alexandre Franchi. She was also nominated for an ACTRA award for her work in “The Untitled Work of Paul Sheppard“.   Zoie also starred as Coast Guard rescue swimmer Carly Grieg in the hit Global series “The Guard” and in the movie “Cold Blooded”, a thriller for which she was awarded the best actress award at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.  Zoie then appeared in the comedy “Sex After Kids”.Season five of her hit series “Lost Girl” where she played Dr.  Lauren Lewis, scientist to the Fae just completed, and she is currently filming the second season of her new series on SYFY, “Dark Matter”.

You can follow Palmer on twitter @ZoiePalmer or her cat @Cloverblob.


Courtenay Taylor – Psychotic biotic? Check. Conflicted Jedi? Check. Elusive and sexy spy? Check and check! That’s right – Jack from Mass Effect, Juhani from Knights of the Old Republic and Ada Wong of Resident Evil 6 all enjoy the same vocal chords – those of actress Courtenay Taylor! While providing the pipes for a host of animated characters, you may also see her in live action projects like the cult classic Cannes-awarded feature “Rubber”, as well as recent roles on TV’s Franklin & Bash, Person of Interest, and Criminal Minds. She is also the voice behind the Sole Survivor (Female) in FALLOUT 4, Starla and Audrey on Regular Show, and 75+ other titles, and is the female player voice in the Firefly Online game.

Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM. As a writer, he is known for the science fiction and fantasy novel Hitherto a Lion. Original illustrated books and comics that he created with Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons include Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat,ShutterBox, and now The Trinkkits. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM. The comics and books he creates with Tavisha can be read and purchased at www.tavicat.com. His Blog can be found at www.rikkisimons.com.

@rikkisimons


Dana Snyder is a comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, and man about town!  “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, Granny in “Squidbillies”, The Alchemist in “The Venture Bros.”, Gazpacho in “Chowder”, Mr. Baldwin in “Fish Hooks”, Robot Chicken”, “Mad”, and “Bravest Warriors”, “Code Monkeys” (Todd, Warden Shank), “Adventure Time” (Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving, The Train), “Minoriteam” (Dr. Wang), “Robotomomy” (Dreadnot, Thunderbite).

Billy Tucci is an award-winning illustrator, writer, and filmmaker best known for his modern-day samurai fable, Shi. Through Tucci’s Crusade Fine Arts, the Eisner Award-nominated Shi has been printed in five languages, sold more than 3 million comic books, and grossed over 25 million dollars worldwide.

Shi has been featured on every major American TV network while also garnering praise in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. The character has also crossed over with many comic book icons including Daredevil, Witchblade, and Wolverine.

Tucci’s hugely successful run on DC Comics’ Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion earned him the 2011 Gold Medal Book Award from the Military Writers Society of America, while his work on Batman – A Trick for the Scarecrow garnered Tucci the fourth Eisner Award nomination of his impressive career.

A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Tucci traveled extensively through France and interviewed dozens of veterans, historians, and their families while researching Sgt. Rock. The US Army flew a flag in Tucci’s honor over Camp Victory in Iraq and Monsieur Michel Langloix, Vice-President du Conseil General des Vosges in the ancient French town of Bruyeres, bestowed upon Tucci the honor of Ambassador. Tucci was also invited to serve as the keynote speaker for the heroes of the Lost Battalion battle at the Japanese/American Veterans reunion in Las Vegas.

http://www.apostlearts.com/

www.facebook.com/billytucci

@billytucci


Rob Guillory is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning artist best known for his work on Image Comics’ CHEW. Born, raised and currently living in the fine city of Lafayette, LA with his wife, their two kids and assorted alligator-fighting cats.

In addition to drawing comics, Rob is an aspiring pro-wrestling valet. This is a lie.

Likes include: Pie, naps, nice people.   Dislikes include: People who don’t understand turn signals.

https://robguillory.com/
@Rob_guillory


Chad Thomas is a freelance comic book artist and illustrator currently living in McKinney, TX with his wife and two kids, and one mischievous dog. He currently works for IDW on the new all-ages Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures book after spending the last two years on TMNT: New Animated Adventures. His credits include work on Mega Man, and Young Salem, for Archie Comics as well as cover work for Boom! and IDW.


http://chad-thomas.com/

@ChadAThomas


sandeep-parikhSandeep Parikh is the founder of Effinfunny, a comedy portal through which he has produced, directed and written hit Web series including: “The Legend of Neil” for Comedy Central, and “Save the Supers” for My Dam Channel. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Zaboo in arguably the most popular series online, “The Guild” which has garnered more than 300 million views. He’s made television appearances on “The Crazy Ones,” “Community” and “Californication,” and was a judge on Syfy’s “Viral Video Showdown.” Additionally, Sandeep made the little league all-star team in seventh grade for his defensive prowess and bunting/stealing ability and is now one of the best Indian slow pitch softball pitchers in the LA county C-league. Sandeep is hosting a Party Bus Adventure on Saturday night at CONjure; you can get tickets now!

Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels including Pathfinder Tales:Called to Darkness, Blind God’s Bluff: A Billy Fox Novel, The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV, the “Black River Irregulars” trilogy (coming soon from Privateer Press), and the “Impostor” series (launching in February from Rothco Press.) His novel The Spectral Blaze won Diehard GameFAN’s award for the Best Game-Based Novel of 2011.Richard has also published dozens of short stories, some of which are collected in the eBooks The Plague Knight and Other Stories, The Q Word and Other Stories, and Zombies in Paradise. He has reviewed horror films for the Dirge Magazine website and writes an occasional opinion column for the SF news site Airlock Alpha.

Magnetic Press will publish his first graphic novel, the fourth in the “Basil & Moebius” series created by Ryan Schifrin, in February, and he is currently working with two different companies on new electronic games. Richard lives in the Tampa Bay area, where he spends much of his free time fencing epee. He is a frequent guest at Gen Con, Dragon Con, and Florida SF conventions.  He invites everyone to Follow him on Twitter, Friend him on Facebook, and add him to your Circles on Google+.


The Ken Spivey Band is an MTV.com-praised Time Lord Rock group that combines steampunk elements with mad Celtic energy into Time-Wimey, theatrical and comedic revelry. Doctor Who-themed steampunk!

Candy L. Keane started Three Muses Inspired Clothing in 2005 as a way of turning her passion for costuming into a career. Since then her costumes and cosplay photos have been featured in movies, TV, magazines, books and online. Recently, her appearance on the cover of  the “Jedi Junkies” documentary has been extra buzzworthy. She not only makes the costumes, but also does her hair, make-up and special fx (horns, ears, fangs, etc.) to go with each outfit. In 2009 she opened a retail location in Jacksonville, FL featuring her own handmade items, plus retail brands and items by local artists. Candy continues to share her love of costuming with people all over the world through her boutique website www.ThreeMusesClothing.com and by dressing up at numerous events and conventions throughout the year. She also sells many of her handmade items and costumes exclusively through her Etsy page. Check out the costume gallery for unique creations, character cosplays and customer photos. For a more in-depth look at the costumes and events, along with the latest boutique news, customer photos and convention reports visit Candy’s blog: A Mused Life.

Featured Artist

Stanley Morrison is an accomplished fantasy artist.  This self-taught professional artist is diverse in numerous mediums including acrylic, watercolors, pencil, and oils. He is best known for his works in Scratchboard and Digital. His subject matter encompasses many fantasy creatures, but especially dragons.

He started exhibiting at conventions in 1993.  He has since received many awards for his work at conventions such as Dragon Con, World Cons, Luna Con, Aggie Con and Boskone. He has Chesley nominees for 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2006 in the same category “Best Monochrome”.

He has done inside illustrations for many publishers such as Sovereign Press, Pale Writer, and RC Press. He has worked on video game creature concept art for Altura Games, Card art for AIG (Legend of the Five Rings), gaming card art for Conquest of Arthenia, Etching kit images for Royal & Landnickel, and many other illustrations.  Stanley is always experimenting with new techniques and mediums.  Due to his limitless imagination, his work knows no boundaries.  His vast creativity can draw you in, and encompass you, making you feel as if his work was created just for you.   He was also last year’s CONjure Iron Artist champion.  See him defend his title Sunday, Mar 6, 2016!

www.stanley-morrison.artistwebsites.com.

Special Guests


Patty Hawkins is a geek theorist & humorist which is politer and more marketable than calling himself a fatuous gasbag who has seen & read far too much media involving capes, swords & ray guns. He makes no claims other than speaking the truth as he sees it about geek culture without sucking up or snarking down. Sometimes he succeeds.

He is the producer & host of Come Get ∑ [pronounced ‘come get sum’] a new TV/webcast set to debut in 2016 focusing on issues modern geek culture is struggling with instead of an exploited clichéd demographic of basement dwellers & cosplayers.  He is one of the founding members & manager of The Geeks Of Comedy, a touring confederation of geek comedians who hack into all facets of fandom & fanDUMB with blistering honesty & self-effacement instead of lame ass Aquaman jokes.
He is also Patrick The Uneducated Critic and reviews films at his own caprice when they roll over on his Netflix queue (YES he is one of the weirdos that still pays to get the damn discs mailed).
He is a contributing panelist on the MarkWho42WHOniverse, a Dr. Who discussion podcast that bridges the generational gaps between Whovians which is not as easy as it sounds…
In his day jobs his is co-owner of TyFy Studios which an audio production facility, an Ideator at Ideas To Go, a member of the All New Review sketch comedy group & a contracted Equity performer for WDW.

@PattyHawkinz


The Geeks Of Comedy are a confederation of professional comedians who express their love of geek culture by trying to destroy it every chance they get, and they have come to CONjure with a two-pronged assault! On Saturday night they will be hacking into all facets of fandom in a standup comedy show recommended for 18+ only (cuz some of them talk nastier than 4chan on new-comic Wednesday)!


Girls of the Con was founded by Jason L. Bohannon and Traci Tant during 2007’s Dragon Con in Atlanta, Ga. We were inspired by the art show and the cosplay elements of the convention to put together a site featuring all the great cosplayers and to produce a yearly calendar featuring themed artwork from the various fantasy and sci-fi genres represented at the many cons throughout the U.S.

@girlsofthecon


Widgett Walls is the online nom du café of John A. Robinson. Walls is the chief cook and bottle washer of Need Coffee Dot Com. In that capacity, he serves as the site’s editor, the driver and critic behind over 175 Wayhomer movie reviews, the ringleader of over 200 Weekend Justice multi-hour mega-podcasts, the chairman of the Solve This! panel show/improv game, and also the site’s head janitor. John A. Robinson is the real world nom de guerre of Widgett Walls. Robinson is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point and three short story collections: Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First and Second Season. He is also co-author with Ken Plume and Len Peralta of the children’s book, There’s a Zombie in My Treehouse! When not writing, he’s producing audiobooks under his One Tusk Audio banner. Walls and Robinson have never been seen at the same place at the same time, and if asked, have been known to deny each other’s existence. However, both live and work in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither sleeps.

The Riley and Kimmy Show is a daily nerd/geek talk show originating from Orlando, Florida that includes commentaries…information and most of all fun. We discuss Comic Books (including Cosplay), Multi-Media (including Radio and TV), Films/Movies, toy/pop culture collecting and more.

 

www.rileyandkimmy.com
https://www.facebook.com/therileyandkimmyshow
http://instagram.com/the_riley_and_kimmy_show/
@RileyandKimmy

 

 


DJ Cylon has been performing at cons and clubs all over Florida, including CONjure 2014, where he is known for throwing his own geeky shows and supporting the scene for several years.  Come hear him spin Saturday night at the Chief Organizer’s Dance Party.

@DJCylon


Markwho42 is a podcast hosted by Mark Baumgarten, Patricia Helm, Eduardo M. Freyre, Patrick Hawkins (of Come Get ∑) and Christian Basel (of The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS).  If you love Doctor Who as portrayed by Peter Capaldi or any of his predecessors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith) or even Peter Cushing, then you’ll love markwho42. They delve into the original and new series on a weekly basis and have reviews, interviews, and all the latest news from here to Gallifrey.  Check them out at www.markwho42.net.

@markwho42


Scott Fensterer was a student of the Dick Smith’s Advanced Professional Makeup Course.  His passion for special effects makeup has morphed into a lifelong career in art. He has continued to evolve as an artist, sculpting maquettes, toy and hobby prototypes, life-sized museum figures and private commissions for collectors the world over. Following a personal “reboot,” Scott has turned his attention back to his first love of special effects makeup.  Scott was a contestant on the 9th season of Syfy’s Face Off!

http://www.scottfensterersculpture.com/

@scottstoybox


David O’Connell, a visual artist who’s skills range from FX makeup to photography. Over the past 6 years David has worked to bring his visions to life via Television, Film, and Photography. His attention to detail has been recognized and earned him work with National ads and garnered several nominations in the film industry.  Doc was a contestant on the 7th season of Syfy’s Face Off!

http://www.doc-fx.com/

@DOCFX13


Paul Vincenti has been creating images (and some might say mischief) for over 25 years. Based in Orlando, Paul’s style and subjects have a unique overlap between fantasy illustrations and the fine art world. Everyone agrees that Paul is blessed with boundless energy. His professional endeavors have spanned many media, including forays into musical composition and production. He has been well-received at the conventions, winning many awards including the coveted “Artist Choice” at DragonCon in Atlanta three times (2007, 2008 and 2010) and many other awards. Paul’s works are on display at major art shows, tradeshows, conventions and various galleries. Just look for the guy with the long blonde hair and little black hat.

www.paulvincenti.com

www.facebook.com/paul.vincenti


 

William Hatfield was born in a small town in northern Michigan and attended Western Michigan University, getting a degree in history and communications. Musical engagements led him to Gainesville, Florida, where he continues to live with his wife Karen and their two feline daughters. Rumor has it, he may have grown up, but it seems unlikely.

Rumor also has it that on the convention circuit, no piano is safe from his inclination to cause spontaneous piano bar singalongs.

Tough Crowd is the third book in his science fiction series, Fists of Earth, following the initial Captive Audience and sequel Duel Roles.

William has also written Menu for Murder, which tells the stories of three newcomers to Key West, trying to scratch out a living, even as two of them come to terms with their lifestyle. It is a quirky novel of murder and mischief that will make you laugh out loud. Key Notes is a collection of short stories spanning genres and the decades of his life as an aspiring and perspiring writer.  His books are available on Amazon.

www.facebook.com/bill.hatfield


Started in 2001, Wasabi Anime® is known for hosting innovative anime themed events at fan conventions. Their unique brand of Japanese pop culture entertainment has been featured at dozens of cons across North America including Anime Expo, Anime Festival Orlando, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Dragon Con, Florida Supercon, JACON, Gen Con, Metrocon, and many others. In 2011, we launched their own anime convention (Florida Anime Experience) that takes place each spring in Orlando, Florida.

http://www.greenmustard.com/
@WasabiAnime
www.facebook.com/wasabianime


Noise Complaint is Florida’s premiere professional tap ensemble… that also cosplays.

We perform many types of shows from one-song one-offs to full length productions. Tap Dancers are dancers as well as musicians, and through the rhythms we create with our feet and our bodies along with some of the best music, new and old, we put together stellar performances that will have you both glued to the edge of your seat and dying to get up and dance.

There truly is no way to describe the experience of a Noise Complaint show, but the following adjectives may apply: Loud, Rhythmic, Exciting, Musical, Nerdy, Epic, Fun, Memorable, Infectious, Strange (in a good way!) …and most importantly: TAP!!
*Technically, “tap” isn’t an adjective by any standard dictionary. However, with Noise Complaint, “TAP” is a noun, a verb, an adjective and a way of life.   

http://www.noisecomplaintlive.com/

@CosplayTapDance


DD Bre is a costume designer based in Orlando, FL who specializes in custom cosplay orders. She’s also a well-known cosplayer and model who’s famous for her curves.

DD Bre is a SCAD grad (Savannah College of Art and Design) with costume experience in both theater and film. She has worked on many film and theater productions such as “Kill Bill” and “Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical.”

https://www.facebook.com/bremadonna.evans


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