Every year at Con on the Cob we offer the opportunity to meet some of the geek world’s most iconic creators. Artists, game designers, musicians, and a motley assortment of interesting characters are there for your hanging-out-with enjoyment.
We are exceedingly proud to present our 2016 guests!
More guests will be added as time progresses. Check back often.
Gaming Guest of Honor – Sean Patrick Fannon
Attendee Guest of Honor – Glenn Mardis
Special Gaming Guest – Carrin Seabolt
Special gaming Guest – Eloy Lasanta
Eloy Lasanta is a game designer, writer, publisher, and gamer from Tampa, FL and owner of Third Eye Games (thirdeyegames.net). With his innovative and ever-expanding systems, DGS (Dynamic Gaming System) and Pip System, he has produced several RPG settings (so far): Apocalypse Prevention, Inc 2nd Edition, Part-Time Gods, Mermaid Adventures and AMP: Year One, with plenty more in the works. He works hard on his own projects, as well as freelancing to help other designers bring their worlds to life, and is known as “The hardest working man in RPGs”. Though, he’s never too busy for a quick chat or game. It’s his second year at Con On The Cob, so just walk up and start talking.
Special Artist Guesat – Jolly Blackburn
Knights of the Dinner Table™ was accidentally created by Jolly R. Blackburn way back in 1990 as ‘filler’ for his small press magazine, Shadis. It was something of a ‘creative burp’ and Jolly really didn’t give it much thought. Perhaps that’s why he was just as surprised as anyone that soon KODT was overshadowing everything else he’d ever done and that the created was now controlling thecreator. Fortunately, writing and drawing KODT strips isn’t the lonely job it was in the past. Hundreds of fans have contributed to the beast over the years and, since joining the ranks of Kenzer and Company and the formation of the KODT Development-Team (Jolly, Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer and Brian Jelke), the Knights have gone far beyond anything Jolly or Kenzer and Company ever imagined. In 2006, Jolly was inducted into the Origins/GAMA Hall of Fame.
Miniatures Guest of Honor – Sandra Garrity
Legendary miniature sculptor (she sculpts miniatures, she’s not miniature herself) for companies such as Reaper Miniatures Inc., Ral Partha, Lance & Laser Models Inc., Leading Edge Games, Game Lords Ltd., Alderic Entertainment Group (AEG), Thanes Games, Black Orc, Discount Hobby/Dark Ages Miniatures, Aspen Modeling Company, Talon Games(HAVIC), Guardians of Order, Rafm/Silver Fox, Dwarven Forge/Master Maze, Fantasy West, Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, Rawcliffe Pewter/a division of Encore Group Inc., Fortress Figures Inc., Hasbro Toy Group, Spirit of the Empire, and private commisions – Sandra Garrity is just too great to describe in the space I have here. I refer you instead to this wonderful interview with her over at Witchhunter.net.
Music Guest of Honor – Worm Quartet
Worm Quartet is a comedy rock band from Rochester, NY known for spewing hyperspeed lyrical lunacy over catchy synthesized punky music-type stuff. Worm Quartet is a regular on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show, and had the most requested song of 2004 with the ex-girlfriend ode “Great Idea For A Song” and the second most requested song of 2002 with the anti-drummer anthem “Frank’s Not In The Band Anymore,” as well as collaborating with Sudden Death on the most requested song of 2005, “Inner Voice.” Their celtic-twinged vasectomy tale “The Ballad of Dr. Stopp” won them the Logan award for outstanding original comedy song in 2011. They have collaborated with MC Lars on several occasions, they are card-carrying core members of The Funny Music Project (www.thefump.com) and they have previously shared the stage with such other artists as MC Lars, the great Luke Ski, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Marc Gunn, Devo Spice, Tom Smith, Ookla the Mok, The Pietasters, MC Frontalot, Rob Balder, Joe Giaccoio, Carla Ulbrich, The Vibrators, and Dr. Demento himself. They insist on referring to themselves in the plural despite the fact that the sole member of Worm Quartet is a 6’4” long-haired maniac who insists on being called “Shoebox.” He isn’t as fat as he used to be, and sometimes he plays a keytar. Deal with it.
In addition to all of this, Shoebox is also the writer of the syndicated “PartiallyClips” comic strip ( http://www.partiallyclips.com,) he is ¼ of the “Cirque du So What” sketch comedy group, he was half of the “Baldbox” musical project (along with Rob Balder of Erfworld fame) and he has had short stories and essays published in various zines and podcasts. In 2004 he appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show” and VH-1′s “Totally Obsessed” as “The Pac-Man Guy,” which was hideously embarrassing but lowered his degree of separation from Kevin Bacon to 3. He has a degree in Engineering, but then, so does Gallagher. By day he ties back his hair and writes printer interfaces in a cubicle. He has a wonderful wife and an amazing son who are gracious enough to tolerate all of this.
Worm Quartet’s new album “Songs of the Maniacs” is available now at http://www.wormquartet.com as well as from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, CDBaby, and probably The Pirate Bay. Did he mention he has a wife and son?
Music Guest of Honor – Devo Spice
|Devo Spice is a comedy/nerdcore Hip Hop artist from New Jersey who has become one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show. He was the founding member of Sudden Death, the comedy rap group that had the #1, #2, and #4 most requested songs of 2007 on the Dr. Demento Show. (“Cellular Degeneration”, “Getting Old Sucks” and “Pillagers”, respectively.)Devo Spice performs regularly across the country at music clubs, comedy clubs, and science fiction conventions. He has shared the stage with Dr. Demento, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and many others. The live show features videos and animations synchronized with the music resulting in a hilarious show that goes over very well with a variety of audiences.|
Musical Guest – Dan the Bard
Dan the Bard sets fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, and anime lyrics to Renaissance, Medieval, Celtic and original music. He performs on period instruments at conventions and Renaissance Faires.
Musical Guest – Derwood Bowen III
Derwood Paul Bowen III was born on March 11, 1988, in Akron, Ohio. He and his parents moved around a little while until finally settling into where he lives now in Westerville, Ohio, where he has lived since second grade.
His first exposure to comedy/novelty music came about somewhere around 1st Grade, when his dad first played him the 45 of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen, and it instantly became his favorite song at that time! Later on, in 3rd Grade, his music teacher started playing the Food Album by “Weird Al” Yankovic, which is how he first heard of him. Then, while he was in 7th grade, his father bought the Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection and introduced him to the show, of which he started becoming an avid listener. It was a weekly radio show (it is now online only) with 2 hours of comedy/novelty music, with a very enthusiastic DJ. This inspired him to try to write his own songs, which he started trying to do as early as 7th and 8th grade, although he never actually made anything that got recorded until junior year of high school, when he got a keyboard and computer microphone headset for what little he could afford back then. Since then, he has been improving at a steady rate, and found a couple small followings. First, he started off by performing a song here and there whenever possible at Capital University’s open mic nights, which has gained him fans and entertained many people. His second following started with an online project called the Funny Music Project (or The FuMP) where a core group of comedy musicians would release a free song every Tuesday and Friday. Since so many people wanted to get involved, they created the FuMP Sideshow where anyone could upload something, and being able to share his music there, along with performing at conventions such as Con on the Cob, Derwood has picked up a following among other comedy music artists and listeners, with airplay on the online streaming radio station Dementia Radio. – See more at: http://www.derwoodbowen.com/bio/#sthash.D72cY6k9.dpuf
Special Musical Guest – 2D6
In the year 20XX, two being come together to form the ultimate rap duo: Cliff B and DJ Stuck Down A Mineshaft. Together,they rock the nerdcore hip-hop genre with their rhymes about video games, tabletop roleplaying, fatty foods, Jerry Seinfeld, public radio, weekdays, diseases, bleeps, bloops, etc.
Special Gaming Guest – Lisa Steenson
Lisa Steenson is the Grand Pooh Bah of Gut Bustin’ Games®. She created and designed Redneck Life®, Redneck Life Expansion: Bustin’ a Gut®, Trailer Park Wars!®, and ‘Oh Gnome You Don’t!® board games and is currently working on Cheap Shot and Flea Marketeers.
Lisa grew up in Sweet Home, Oregon, and has a B.S. in Physical Education from OSU. Battle Ground, Washington is her current home town. Lisa grew up playing board and card games, and loves the challenge of seeing an idea-turn into a game-turn into an evergreen best seller in the stores.
With no adult supervision, Lisa has turned this love of games into a business. Lisa would much rather just play and develop games and go to fun game conventions than actually run a business and have to do math and have “business meetings” while pretending to be an adult. She also feels awkward writing about herself in third person.
The Web site is www.GutBustinGames.com.
Special Gaming Guest – Matthew McFarland
Matthew McFarland, also known as BlackHat Matt, has been writing and developing roleplaying games professionally since 1998. Most of the work he has done has been for White Wolf Game Studio (now Onyx Path Publishing), where he contributed to almost all of their game lines (including both incarnations of the World of Darkness). He and he wife Michelle Lyons-McFarland co-own Growling Door Games, Inc., and, in October 2014, will be Kickstarting a new edition of the Chill roleplaying game. Learn more at growlingdoorgames.com!
Special Children of the Cob Guest – Santa Claus
I’m sorry, did you say “Santa Claus”? Yes, yes I did. The real, actual, genuine Santa Claus will be at Con on the Cob. He’ll be playing games with the kids, telling his fantastic stories, and hosting a pajama party! Yep, the real Santa…
Special Artist Guest – Tony Steele
Tony Steele. Physician, scientist. Searching for the key to unlock man’s potential. When an accidental overdose of gamma radiation….no wait that was other kids. With 15+ years as a professional artist for screen printing industry and 10+ years as a freelance artist for board and card game companies doing illustration in many genres such as Science Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Horror, Concept Art, our lad is a one to watch. Also he’s recently stepped into the world of 3d modeling and prototyping with Scott Frank and Kay Steele in the guise of Frank & Steele. And I or he is a really nice guy, be not afraid of my or rather his hugeness and beard. Both are friendly.
Special Artist Guest – Heather Kreiter
Heather has been working professionally in the Gaming industry since July 2000. She was first introduced to the world of Fantasy at the age of 14, when a friend gave her the book, “The Sleeping Dragon” by Joel Rosenberg. Just two years later, her life would be forever changed. She picked up the book, “Dragons of Spring Dawning” by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. This was the first time she had ever seen the artwork of Larry Elmore. Soon thereafter she was in awe of other Dragonlance artists, Clyde Caldwell, Jeff Easley and Fred Fields.
After spending about 4 years gathering a lovely collection of rejection notices she finally received her first freelance project for the CCG Doomtown by AEG. Heather continues to work for AEG today on their CCG Legend of the Five Rings. She has also done work for Vampire the Eternal Struggle and World of Darkness (White Wolf Inc./ CCP NA), Bella Sara (Hidden City Games) and many others. Heather works exclusively in traditional mediums. All of her CCG artwork is produced in oils on gessoed watercolor paper, while her interiors are created using Prismacolor markers & colored pencils, graphite and white charcoal on watercolor paper.
When Heather has time to create work for herself it tends to have a softer subject matter than her usual freelance work. She often creates works with erotic faeries, faerie mothers and children, or angel mothers/fathers and children. She also enjoys creating items that draw from her Native American Spirituality whether it’s an elaborate oil painting or an authentic Dreamcatcher, Rattle or Spirit Chaser.
Heather currently resides in Hermitage, PA with her husband Chuck, son Chal, daughter Jaela and three feline minions, Banshee, Lucifer and Thor. She also runs the art show at Con on the Cob.
Special Gaming Guest – Silvervine Games
Silvervine Games is a tabletop role-playing game system, designed to give an unparalleled character based role-playing experience.
Character Creation is done through a straightforward point buy system that allows players to make the Armored Mage, Sneaky Paladin Ninja, Gun Toting Dragon Riding Badass, Skilled Street Fighting Pickpocket, Ninja Penguin or any character concept they can imagine.
Players are also given Thematic control over the look and feel of all their character’s powers and equipment. Does using a wrench as a weapon feel better for your mechanic character than a light mace? Want to buy high level armor, but keep the unencumbered look? The final paint job and description is in the player’s hands.
Silvervine is built to foster and encourage Cinematic actions, without making them contingent on a die roll or penalizing players for trying them. It does this by giving the players Narrative control in describing their successes and failures. A die roll determines if the action is successful, but you determine why.
Special Minis Guest – Scott Frank
Scott is far too cool to reply to my repeated attempts to wring a bio out of him, so I’ll make one up. As one third of the soon-to-be legendary FrankenSteele Laboratories and a first-rate sculptor, fabricator, and painter of miniatures, props, and various other assorted jazzes he also has orange hair.
Special Artist Guest – Andy Hopp
Is it lame to make yourself a guest at your own convention? Yes. Yes it is. http://www.muthaoithcreations.com
Reformed Canadian and acclaimed author Dawn Toles is co-leader of the Ohio Pirates Paranormal Investigation Squad, an accomplished public speaker, a founding member of the Rubber City Book Posse, and an avid steampunk enthusiast. Her first novel, Awakenings: Defective Device Book 1, was recently (very recently) nominated for the Andy Hopp Distinguished Cultural Achievement Award. She’ll be appearing and signing books at Con on the Cob and Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird.
In 1972 a crack commando unit was sentenced to a military prison for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped, with the help of Kylan Toles, to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire Kylan Toles. He’s a super swell guy. I mean, seriously, he’s the beans. Not only that, he’s an internationally known author and creator of Lucas Tate Adventures. His debut novel, On the Downbeat, is really something special. In fact, he has also recently been nominated for the Andy Hopp Distinguished Cultural Achievement Award.
Special Gaming Guest – Lee Garvin
Lee Garvin! Lee. Garvin. Lee Garvin… THE LEE GARVIN!!??
Who the heck is Lee Garvin?
So, his dog is both loyal and psychotic? Interesting…
The two are not mutually exclusive, in my experience.
I guess not. Oh, Lee’s the Tales From the Floating Vagabond guy? Super cool.
We are very happy to have him as a guest. He is a valuable asset to this convention.
What will he be doing at the con?
Playing games, selling stuff, hanging with peeps, participating in panels, going to parties, playing miniature golf… All the normal Con on the Cob jazz (just like you).
What does he look like?
WHAT THE WHAT! Does he really have three eyes?
Well, one of them is basically just a light sensitive proto-eye extension of his pineal gland, but since he hasn’t actually denied having three eyes I am forced to assume he does.
I can dig it…
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
Clint started out with an Atari 2600 and dreams of global domination. While he still dreams about taking over the world, Clint has become an indie podcaster & host of the GeekDig Podcast, as well as a semi-permanent host of the GreenUp Gaming podcast. Bringing geekery to the world brings Clint much joy. Clint is a fan of many facets of Geek culture – Star Wars, video games, movies, podcasts, comics, cons, and more!