Guests

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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.

Greetings fellow Coblins, Coblonauts, Coblinians, and Children of the Cob,

It is with a great deal of happiness that I present to you a brief listing of some of Con on the Cob 2017’s special guests. Please look forward to basking in the exultant presence of the likes of:

CJ (Bocchan)

CJ (Bocchan) began cosplaying at a young age learning from scratch about the convention scene with his family.  At the age of fifteen was the beginning of his preformance career in masquerades all over the USA, as well as, his journey into the costume making scene.  As an adult he works as a photographer and designer, with a passion for art.  Making lots of costumes, advocating for cosplayers against bullying, LGBT+, doing body positivity panels, and general fun hoopla have become the staple of this cosplayer’s fun and dreams.  In the future he hopes to continue supporting his community and doing charity service work.  As a part of Kangyaru Cosplay he enjoys performance with his friends exploring all that nerdom has with crazy antics, and of course tackling the crazy world of cosplay and fandoms.

Kerry Breitenstein

The force behind Twilight Creations. She finds herself staring at the screen wondering where all these Twilight Creations games came from and feeling more and more like a zombie every day. Having been part of Twilight Creations for over 15 years and an avid gamer for many years before that, she truly finds her home in the gaming industry, whether she likes it or not. Kerry has designed over 40 games and expansions including Zombies, The Haunting House, When Darkness Comes…, Zombie Survival, Zombietown and soon to be released Island of Misfit Friends.

Lisa Bowman-Steenson

Lisa Steenson, Grand Pooh Bah of Gut Bustin’ Games, has been designing table top games since 2005 and her titles include Redneck Life Board Game, Trailer Park Wars!, Oh Gnome You Don’t! Board Game, Flea Marketeers Board Game, and Cheap Shot: The Game of Insult Rummy. These games are all in distribution in the hobby game market, but also cross over into the gift, book, home, hardware, department, farm/feed and drug store markets.

Lisa is working on her first kids game, Gobs of Jobs, AND line of Cabo-Golf Games.

Gathering her inspiration from her love of small town America, Lisa keeps her games real, fun, and accessible.

Lisa lives is SW Washington, over the river and through the woods, designing games and running a busy Air BNB with her partner, Brian.

Jolly Blackburn

Jolly quietly celebrated his twenty-seventh year in the games industry a few months ago. He began his journey writing about games and those who play them in SHADIS, the award winning games magazine he launched out of an upstairs bedroom in 1990.

Best known as the creator  of monthly gamer comic book, Knights of the Dinner Table,  Jolly (who is vice president of KenzerCo) readily admits that the gaming comic was something of a ‘creative burp’.  Nearly 250 issues later and nearly 60 trade paperbacks the comic has consumed his life.

Jolly is a co-writer/developer  on HackMaster (Game of the Year 2001) and  Aces and Eights the old west RPG (RPG of the year 2007).

“I find myself in the awkward position of having stumbled on to the ride of a lifetime and not quite knowing how I got there.  All I can do is to hold on and see where it takes me.”

Gandersnitch the Goblin

Gandersnitch the Goblin was once a respected and notorious Barber in the savage country of Goblonia. He would lure away pretty mortals, entice them into the height of Goblin fashion, and set them loose of fancy fairy parties. He was apprehended by the artists of Goblin Road, found guilty of crimes against fashion by a faerie high court, and chained to his cart in service of the Fae realm. Since then he has grown fond of mortals, reformed his wicked ways, and now seeks to use his skills and wares to disguise the innocent from the darker and more dangerous elements of fairy revels.

Santa Claus

The Real Santa Claus
The Real 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…

For realsies.

Special Gaming Guest – Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka “Big Irish” or SPF) – Brand Manager and Lead Writer/Designer for the Savage Rifts product line for Pinnacle Entertainment – has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over thirty years. His dozens of projects have included Hero Games’ Champions product line; both West End’s and Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPGs; various World of Darkness books; and the Savage Worlds Epic High Fantasy setting, Shaintar.

He was the Events Coordinator for GAMA (helping run both Origins and GTS), and chronicled the entire roleplaying game hobby and industry in The Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer’s Bible, which sold over 10,000 copies. He worked for DriveThruRPG & RPGNow as the Marketing and Communications Director; during that period, he helped coordinate massive charity and relief efforts for folks like Doctors Without Borders and Feeding America, leveraging the RPG community’s generosity. He continues that tradition as a member of the Board of Directors for the RPG Creators Relief Fund.
Sean now focuses on his own gaming company, Evil Beagle Games, LLC (“Bad Dog. Good Games”), as well as his work for Pinnacle Entertainment Group. He’s working directly with Pinnacle and Palladium Books to create an entire line of books to bring the classic Rifts setting to Savage Worlds fans, which he says is his most challenging design project ever. He’s also working with Len Pimentel, Michael Surbrook, and Bill Keyes – his partners in Evil Beagle – on a new version of the Prowlers & Paragons superhero game system, and has two settings – Modern Gods and Unending War – planned for later release for P&P. Working with Spyglass Games, he’s bringing out a new setting next year called Freedom Squadron, which is described as a “love letter to G.I. Joe” and is based on Spyglass’ VENOM Assault Board Game. That’s just some of the many things EBG has planned.
You can follow his Pick of the Day – a daily showcase of both popular and hidden gem game products – at www.seanspickoftheday.com, and you can get involved with his creative projects before anyone else sees them at https://www.patreon.com/SeanPatrickFannon

Special Gaming Guest – Carrin Seabolt

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Carinn Seabolt is a senior partner for Evil Beagle Games, as well as their Editor-in-Chief. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief for the Shaintar product line for Savage Mojo.
Carinn also does quite a bit of freelance editing for other publishers in gaming. She’s a member of the customer service team for the industry’s most important digital distribution sites, DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. Carinn’s been a part of the Fat Dragon Games team at conventions, and is a much beloved Game Master as well.
Carinn is also co-creator of The Crew, a modern day supernatural action setting Evil Beagle plans to publish for Savage Worlds, and she’s lined up to write at least one or two Guidebooks for Shaintar.
Many blogs and podcasts seek to have Carinn join them for discussions on gender equality, social justice, and LBGT issues. She’s becoming a rising voice for these matters, and her compassion and practicality bring necessary grounding to these understandably sensitive topics.

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.

 

Music Guest of Honor – Worm Quartet

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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 SpiceDevo 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.

 

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 Children of the Cob Guest – Santa Claus

The Real Santa Claus
The Real 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…

For realsies.

 

 Special Artist Guest – Tony Steele

Tony Steele
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 Kreiter
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
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 Frank
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.

Make up whatever else you like about Scott here.

Special Artist Guest – Andy Hopp

Andy Hopp
Andy Hopp

Is it lame to make yourself a guest at your own convention? Yes. Yes it is. http://www.muthaoithcreations.com

 

 

 

 

 Dawn Toles

dawnReformed 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.


Kylan Toles

kylanIn 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!!??
Absolutely. The Lee Garvin.
Who the heck is Lee Garvin?
Here, in his own words, is who the heck Lee Garvin is:
I slouched onto the role-playing industry scene in 1991 with Tales From The Floating Vagabond, and have spent the last twenty-four years in a desperate scramble to avoid adult responsibility. I have done work with Avalon Hill, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Alderac Entertainment Group, West End Games, producing material for Deadlands, 7th Sea, Star Wars(d6), Indiana Jones. I also created The Noble Wild for Skirmisher Publishing. I am now running my own company, Reality Cheque L.L.C., home of a new edition of Tales From The Floating Vagabond, Control: The Game of Absolute Corruption, Dravakor, and my card game, Badass Zombie Killers.
I live in Northern Virginia with a loyal and psychotic dog.
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?

This:

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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…

Clint Thiele

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!

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