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 2019’s special guests. Please look forward to basking in the exultant presence of the likes of:
Amy Ashbaugh (Artist Guest of Honor)
Amy L. Ashbaugh is a fine artist and illustrator based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Her artistic vision centers on the representation of the fantastic from literature, folklore, and pure imagination. Her work can be found in numerous adventure gaming books and collectible card games such as Fantasy Flight Publishing’s Rogue Trader and Black Crusade series; the Warhammer: Invasion and Call of Cthulhu card games; Palladium Books’ RIFTS, Dead Reign, and Palladium Fantasy series; Legend of the Five Rings CCG, by Alderac Entertainment Group; and many others.
Her work may also be found on her website: www.alashbaugh.com
Sandra Garrity (Miniatures Guest of Honor)
Sandy Garrity has always been interested in creating art, and she started her professional career as an art teacher in Arizona. Soon thereafter, she married her husband, John, and found herself moving to Texas. While there, she became part of the local art scene, joining the River Art Group, showing in their gallery, and participating in local art shows. She became known primarily for her Southwestern paintings and various sculptures (often wood). Her next move found her in the Washington, DC area, where she started selling fantasy paintings at the many fantasy and science fiction conventions that she and her husband attended. During that time, an artist friend introduced her to Sculpy and she began creating and selling various fantasy figures in this medium.
Life went on and she eventually found herself in Ohio, still with her husband, but the family had now been joined by two children, a horse, and a dog. In 1989, a friend told her that Ral Partha Miniatures was looking for a sculptor, and she applied for the job. She began working for them and for other gaming companies on a freelance basis, and soon joined the Ral Partha full-time sculpting staff, where she was also put in charge of instructing new sculptors.
In 1992, she decided to return to the freedom (and comfort) of working freelance from her home studio. Since then, she has worked for dozens of large and small gaming companies, including Grenadier, RAFM, Lance and Laser, Reaper Miniatures, Dwarven Forge, and Andy Hopp’s Mutha Oith Creations. She has also sculpted extensively for toy, model railroad, giftware, and decorative pewter companies such as Hasbro, Rawcliffe Pewter, and Danbury Mint, Licensed properties that she has sculpted for include Star Trek, Star Wars (which got her multiple trips to Skywalker Ranch), Jurassic Park, Doom, Army of Darkness, and others.
So far, she has sculpted well over 3,000 figures including knights and dragons, dwarves and elves, angels and demons, spacemen and cowboys (she says her favorites are usually dragons and anything with horses). Sandy loves to put action into her figures and is known for detailed faces and clothing. She has also done private commissions, which have ranged from paintings (including an oil painting of a prize Brahma bull for a Texas rancher) to figures sculpted from everything from plumber’s putty to cypress knees.
Her favorite things are her family, horses, conventions, horses, and meeting fans and fellow artists (and horses). Please feel free to drop by and talk. She is always happy to answer questions, meet new faces, and talk with old friends.
Jolly Blackburn (Comics Guest of Honor)
Jolly quietly celebrated his thirtieth 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 (Shadis) in 1990.
Best known as the creator of Knights of the Dinner Table, Jolly (who is vice president of KenzerCo) readily admits that the gaming comic was something of a ‘creative burp’ — an after thought that came about because he found himself with a few empty pages that needed filled and a pressing deadline.
“Being a cartoonist was definitely not something I set out to do” he explains, “I sort of fell into it. Looking back, I sometimes shudder when I think how close I came to trashing that first strip and moving on to other things. A few years ago I felt the comic was keeping me from designing games — the real reason I got in this business. Ironically, KODT has brought me full circle and has opened an incredible number of doors. It’s also introduced me to some amazing people. ”
Jolly was a co-writer/developer on HackMaster (Game of the Year 2001) and is currently helping develop Aces and Eights: Shattered Frontier. Most of his time however is still devoted to the comic he owes so much to.
Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine created an entirely new market in games/comics several spin-offs and a handful of competitors reaching for the same audience. Over a million copies have been sold since it’s debut in 1994. As it approaching its landmark 275th issue there’s no signs of it slowing down.
“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.”
Knight Mage (Cosplay Guest of Honor)
Michael “Knightmage” Wilson has been cosplaying since 2012. The 18 year veteran Deputy Sheriff and Stuntman has turned the art of cosplay from a hobby to a full fledged passion. Genuinely loving to entertain, create, inspire, spread positivity and make a difference, cosplaying has become that avenue. From being a decorated Deputy Sheriff to working on big budget Hollywood films to receiving awards for his costuming as well as for his charity work including the Presidential Volunteers Service Award, Knightmage continues to strive to be a representative of ideas and possibilities.
Entertainment Guest –
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.
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?
Art Paul Schlosser
Art Paul Schlosser is the winner of 9 Madison Area Music Awards has been writing lots of funny songs for many years and has over 40 CDs. You may have heard his songs “Have a Peanut Butter Sandwich”, “Vote for Me/It’s a Joke” and/or “Google” on the Dr Demento radio show. He has been on MTV, America’s Got Talent and the Colbert Report has mentioned him on his show.
Art Paul plays guitar, sings and has a killer kazoo solo. Here he is on the release of his newest song “Can I Drive Your Car” in hopes to make you laugh,smile, and break you out of your 7l square box of daily living and perhaps since this is Con on the Cob, he may also do his “Purple Banana’s on Moon” song or “I’ll Meet You On Mars” or maybe his Sharks song.
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.