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 2018’s special guests. Please look forward to basking in the exultant presence of the likes of:
Shawn Coss (Artist Guest of Honor)
I’m just an artist who gets to live his dream by doing what he loves. I’m the creator of the famous (infamous?) Inktober Illness series that took the internet by dark surprise. I’m also an author of Kindergarten which was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and if that wasn’t enough, I’m co-owner of Any Means Necessary Clothing. I’ve had the honor of working with Cyanide & Happiness since 2009 and presently, as well as working on Stephen King’s Cell film adaptation. I’ve worked with countless bands creating album covers, most notably, creating artwork for Seether. I’m just chasing the dream, and hope to never wake from it.
Nicole Marino (Gaming Guest of Honor)
Long time gamer, dilettante, dabbler, and underachiever Nicole Marino is finally getting her comeuppance as Convention Coordinator for North Star Games. She has floated around the gaming circuit for longer than she will want to admit -so don’t ask- but still enjoys games immensely in their many forms.
Engaging her overreliance of Excel to create a false sense of preparedness she covers the logistics for NSG at conventions. Then she uses her multiple degrees to herd cats as she travels the country with her different bands of rowdy fun-makers to encourage more laughter, fun, and games.
Anxious to break the stereotypes, she is avid about the outdoors, a sometimes runner, a sometimes bicyclist, and a legally endorsed motorcyclist whilst still getting a little reading in.
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.
Cosplay Guest of Honor – Shannon Elizabeth
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.
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.|
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 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.