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 2020’s special guests. Please look forward to basking in the exultant presence of the likes of:
(Special Gaming Guest)
John Dunn’s been active in the RPG community since the early ’90s as an author for RPGA convention scenarios and later as the coordinator for the Shadowrun Missions ongoing campaign. In more recent years, his focus has shifted to work as a freelance game developer. He’s worked with Fantasy Flight Games, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Catalyst Game Labs, and others. This includes work on RPG lines for Star Wars, Warhammer 40,000, Mutant Chronicles, and Shadowrun. He owns and develops for Melior Via, LLC, publisher of Accursed and Hope Preparatory School.
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.
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.
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 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.