Guests

MEDIA GUEST OF HONOR: Mr. John de Lanciejohndelancie

Raised in Philadelphia, de Lancie distinguished himself early-on in life by flunking the fifth grade, but not before racking up the most detentions ever given a child his age. They thought he was “a little slow,” but later discovered he was simply dyslexic. At 14, he played the part of Henry V in the school play. To everyone’s astonishment, including his own, he was good. This fact was not lost on his father, who, thinking “any port in a storm,” suggested that John become an actor. The die was cast.

After four years at Julliard on scholarship, de Lancie joined the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford. At the close of the summer season he was offered a contract with Universal Studios.

For two years he worked as a contract player on over 35 television shows including the acclaimed mini-series “Black Beauty,” “Little Women,” “The Thornbirds” and “Captains and Kings.” But by 1980, his sense of humor could no longer be contained by a studio contract.

That was when he created a character by the name of Eugene Bradford for the daytime series “Days of Our Lives.”

What ensued was a very successful three year romp (on screen) with actress Arlene Sorkin that broke the mold of staid daytime TV, garnering for the team, two People’s Choice awards. De Lancie’s acceptance speech is still aired, years later, as he thanks, “in order of importance, those elements instrumental to my success: props, cue cards and the lunch truck.”

That twist on nearly all the characters he’s played continued with de Lancie’s next major role as the omnipotent “Q” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”®. While appearing only nine times in eight years, the cult popularity of this character is so pervasive that de Lancie’s likeness has appeared on countless merchandising and promotional products from chess sets to dinner plates. He has been the subject of hundreds of stories (some authorized, some not) and has won, time after time, the popular votes for “Best Villain,” “Best Recurring” and “Best Loved” character in the show.

His film roles include “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” “The Fisher King,” “Bad Influence,” “The Onion Field,” “Taking Care of Business,” “Arcade,” “Deep Red,” “Fearless” and “Multiplicity.”

Over the years, de Lancie has performed at the Mark Taper Forum, the Seattle Repertory Company and the South Coast Repertory. He is a popular concert narrator, having performed with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Philharmonic and the U.S. Army Band. He is a regular fixture at the Aspen Music Festival with appearances in “Fidelio,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.” He is Associate Director of L.A. Theatre Works, the producing arm of KCRW/National Public Radio.

For their ongoing “The Play’s the Thing” series, he has directed such plays as “Fallen Angel” with Annette Bening, Judith Ivey and Joe Mantegna; “The Waldorf Conference” with Edward Asner, Ron Rifkin, Charles Durning and Shelley Berman; and “Invasion From Mars” and “When Welles Collide” that started the Alien Voices® ball rolling.

Mr. de Lancie’s bio courtesy of http://maryjensen.tripod.com/alienvoices/johnbio.html. Mr. de Lancie is proudly sponsored by Treasure Bay Resort and Casino, Biloxi, MS!

AUTHOR GUEST OF HONOR: Mrs. Kelley Armstrong

kellyarmstrongKelley Armstrong is the author of the “Otherworld” urban fantasy series, “Darkest Powers” & “Darkness Rising” teen paranormal trilogies as well as the “Blackwell Pages” middle-grade fantasy adventure trilogy (co-written as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr). Her latest is OMENS, first in the “Cainsville” series–mystery with a supernatural twist. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

Mrs. Armstrong’s bio courtesy of http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/PDFs/KelleyArmstrong-press-kit.pdf.

GAMING GUEST OF HONOR: Mr. Michael Brock

Since moving to Seattle in 2011, Mike has assumed the role of Global Organized Play Coordinator. As daunting a task as it may seem, overseeing the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign that has tens of thousands of players, Mike says it makes for an enjoyable, busy, and different experience every day at Mike Brockwork.

The Pathfinder Society Campaign has already seen numerous positive changes under Mike’s watch. Some of the bigger ones include a total overhaul of the Organized Play Guide, the opening up of retirement play beyond 12th level, the sanctioning of Pathfinder modules and novels for organized play, the addition of holiday boons, the world-wide coordination of the Beginner Box Bash launch and the Pathfinder Quests program launch, the expansion of the worldwide Venture-Captain regional coordinator program, and the creation of the Venture-Lieutenant regional coordinator position.

FAN GUEST OF HONOR: Mr. Don Schermerhorn

schemerhornYou have the family you were born with and the family you chose. Southern Fandom is my chosen family.  Southern Fandom is the source of many of my fondest memories and the support system that got me through the worst, the passing of my partner, Wayne Hergenroder, in 2011.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Donald “Don” Schermerhorn. I started gaming in middle school and haven’t stopped. I usually have at least 1 game a week.  In 1994, I was part of RAVE; Mobile, Alabama’s Vampire LARP. RAVE brought me to my first convention, Mobi-con  in 1995. It was after my second convention, Crescent City Con XVI in 1999 that Wayne and I started to volunteer and work conventions. We started working conventions for Pixie Garcia in the Merchant room under the nickname “The Pixettes” starting in 2000. I participated/hosted my first panel at Exoticon 2001. I have since work conventions in varying capacities, from gopher and program participant, organizing guests and art shows, running programming and promotions, and holding the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, and  Vice President.  Wayne and I were honored as Fan Guests of Honor at Crescent City Con 19 (2004) and at Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon 2011.

I am honored to be Coast Con’s Fan Guest for 2014. Coast Con was one of the first cons I attended (the third, actually, after Mobi-con and Crescent City Con).  Over the years, I have done panels (since 2001)  , been a merchant (more times than I can count), ran the art show (CoastCon 30 & 31) organized guests (CoastCon 27), run the hospitality suite (CoastCon 26 , I think), and always had fun at Coast Con!  Lat year, 2013, I was honored to be Herbius Rex the 2nd at the Krewe of Coast Con Ball.

In the mundane world, I have worked for 13 years in various capacities at a vocational technical college. I am an Eagle Scout, a frat boy, and the indentured servant of 5 cats. I love cult/B movies! I also enjoy cooking, herb gardening, spending as much time as I can with family and friends, and of course, long walks on the beach!

REGIONAL GUEST: Mr. Allan Gilbreath

Allan Gilbreath denies that he was raised by wolves, but still enjoys quiet moonlit evenings. He is an accomplished skeptic, cook, gardener, computer geek, martial artist, and avid student of arcane knowledge. Allan is also a nationally recognized and award-winning author, publisher, speaker, and instructor. He has appeared on television, stage, movies, radio, web/podcast, and tours the country in live appearances. He enjoys serving on panels and covers a wide range of topics from the serious to the outrageous. In his adult vampire novels, Galen and Dark Chances, he links sensual fantasy with danger and predation to excellent effect. His exceptional use of plot tension between the various characters sets a wonderful stage for the little details that bring it all to life. Allan’s Jacallangilbreathk Lago supernatural mysteries are known for their attention to detail and suspense. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and his collection, Allan Gilbreath: A Short Story Collection covers his three favorite genres; science fiction, dark fantasy, and steampunk. He is currently working on several media projects including paranormal research, comedy shows, and action movies. For more information please see: http://www.darkoakpress.com.

AUTHOR GUEST: Ms. Kimberly Richardson

After being found as an infant cKimberly Richardsonrawling among books in an abandoned library, Kimberly Richardson grew up to become an eccentric woman with a taste for jazz, drinking tea, reading books, speaking rusty French and Japanese, playing her violin and writing stories that cause people to make the strangest faces. Her first book, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Dark Oak Press and named a Finalist in both the USA Book News Awards for Fiction: Short Story for 2009 and the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story in 2010. Ms. Richardson is also the author of The Decembrists (Dark Oak Press) and Mabon/Pomegranate (Dark Oak Press); both were enlisted for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Ms. Richardson is also the author of the upcoming books Tales From a Goth Librarian II and Open A, as well as editor of the award winning Steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam and the award winning sequels Dreams of Steam II: Of Brass and Bolts, Dreams of Steam III: Gadgets and Dreams of Steam IV: Gizmos, all published through Dark Oak Press. Other short stories and poetry by Ms. Richardson have been published through Sam’s Dot Publishing/Alban Lake Publishing, Pro Se Press, Midnight Screaming, and FootHills Publishing.

REGIONAL GUEST: Mr. Brian Held, Jr.

Brian Held, Jr.Brian Held Jr. – Cosplayer, gamer, Dragonslayer, and geek extraordinaire! He has been part of the Gulf Coast Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Gaming community for over 20 years having been or is an active member of many organizations such as the 501st Legion, Krewe du Who, Society for Creative Anachronisms, and the Wargmaes and Fantasy Cosplay Troop.

Over the years he has made many costumes of which his current collection consists of; Darth Vader, Imperial Stormtrooper, Imperial AT-ST Driver, Imperial Crewman, Imperial Officer, NCR Trooper from Fallout New Vegas, Stargate SG-1 Away Team soldier, Rebel X-wing Pilot, U.N.I.T. Captain, a Dragon SlayerTM outfit, and lastly a large number of outfits from the 14th & 16th centuries.

In addition to making a large majority of the aforementioned costumes he loves to teach others his craft be it sewing, leather work, metal work, fiberglass, painting, etc. Brian knows that the best way to learn is to teach and he’s happy to share his knowledge.

Brian had recently joined David Ducorbier as co-host of the Week in Geek broadcasting live on Thursdays at 5:00pm to 6:00pm from WGSO 990am in New Orleans.

http://wgso.com/?cat=125

https://www.facebook.com/TheWeekInGeek

You can find him at: https://www.facebook.com/BrianHeldJr

Appearances on the net: http://wow.joystiq.com/2009/09/28/world-of-warcrafts-scarlet-crusade-stalks-dragon-con/

http://www.kreweduwho.com/blog/TabId/91/ArtMID/468/ArticleID/38/Cosplay-Spotlight-on-Brian-Held-Jr-.aspx

http://www.kreweduwho.com/blog/TabId/91/ArtMID/468/ArticleID/54/UNIT-Trooper-Cosplay-from-Doctor-Who.aspx

http://www.ikilldragons.com/

http://www.examiner.com/article/mechacon-brings-anime-fans-to-new-orleans-for-a-3-day-august-weekend

REGIONAL AUTHOR GUEST: “The” Rob Cerio

cerioRob Cerio may not be nearly as interesting as that Dos Equis guy, but he has worked as a paranormal researcher, piloted a riverboat on the Mississippi, and touched the clouds. He has been writing since the age of nine, despite his teachers trying to get him to learn things called “math” and “science”. His first novel, “Dimensional Games” was a Semifinalist for the 2011 Amazon breakthrough novel award, with his writing style being compared favorably to the likes of Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin. He has since been published a second novel, contributed to four steampunk and horror anthologies, and won the best writing award for his 48 hour film festival screenplays for two consecutive years. He is also co-creator of “The Adventures of Keith Flippen, Didgeridoo Player from the 3rd Dimension” which premiered as a webseries in October, 2013. Rob currently lives in Kenner, Louisiana with his lovely wife Cheri, two adorable stepkids, and one annoying dog named after a giant Japanese monster. For more information, check out www.robcerio.com.

REGIONAL AUTHOR GUEST: Mr. Brandon Black

Having learned to read at an early age in part due to an ancient cardboard box in his uncles’ room at his grandparents filled with Golden Age comic books, Brandon Black has read science fiction and fantasy his whole life. Raised by a physicist father and sociologist mother, instead of receiving a teddy bear as other children did, Brandon was given an inflatable astronaut.

Falling in love with shows about space travel, exploration and combat from an early exposure to Star Blazers and Robotech, Brandon was inspired to write his own science fiction after hearing the narrator’s line in Robotech — “Meanwhile, twenty light years away…” The idea that a story could have such scope and breadth as to involve relevant, simultaneous events light years distant from each other was a miraculous thing to young Brandon who decided then to give writing a try.

Brandon received a Bachelors in Military and Political Journalism from UNO and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from LSU. Brandon’s time travel story, “Time and the Wrinkled Prostitute” has recently been published in Dark Oak Press’ Dreams of Steam III. His stories, “Songs of the Divine Pulsation” and “The Gift” were published in New Orleans By Gaslight, an anthology of steampunk poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans, which Brandon edited with Christopher Wong.

Brandon’s upcoming projects are Cairo By Gaslight, a steampunk anthology set in Cairo, Egypt and Fey-Fic: The Other World, an anthology of modern-day short stories about the Fey, both of which are now open for submissions. He has also written a children’s book, The Tortoise and the Little Witches Three, and is currently writing his first steampunk novel. Brandon lives with his charge and protector, Battle-cat Princess Kaleidoscope, in his home town of New Orleans, Louisiana.

http://www.brandonblackonline.com/

REGIONAL AUTHOR GUEST: Ms. Jennifer Mulvihill

mulvihillJ.L. Mulvihill has made Mississippi her home for the past sixteen years and a Clinton resident for ten of those years. Her debut novel was the young adult title The Lost Daughter of Easa, an engaging fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of steampunk, published through Kerlak/Dark Oak Press in 2011.

Her most recent novel, The Boxcar Baby of the Steel Roots series, was released in July 2013 through Seventh Star Press. Steel Roots is a young adult series based in the steampunk genre and engages the reader into a train hopping heart stopping adventure across America.

She is also the co-editor of Southern Haunts, The Spirits That Walk Among Us which includes a short story of her own called Bath 10, a fictional thriller involving a real haunted place.

J.L. also has several short fiction pieces in publication, is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group.

J.L. continues to write fantasy, steampunk, and poetry and essays inspired by her life in the South. You can find some of her short stories at Dark Oak Press http://www.kerlakpublishing.com/, as well as & Seventh Star Press http://www.seventhstarpress.com, and at her websites — www.elsielind.com ; http://jlsbooks.blogspot.com/ ; and http://home.comcast.net/~mulvijen/site.

REGIONAL GUEST: Mr. Michael Moreau

Michael MoreauA man with an interest in just about everything creative, Michael is an avid writer, digital artist, prop & costume designer, filmmaker and photographer. He is a Louisiana native and lives near Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife and daughter. He currently owns and operates a production company that specializes in event videography, specifically wedding films.

His first novel “It Came From Tomorrow”, a tongue-in-cheek scifi adventure, is available through most major online booksellers. He is currently working on a novella entitled “Ashes of Acheron”, a short story anthology book about the characters from “It Came From Tomorrow” and a hard-SF novel entitled “Son of Seven Moons” which takes place in his own scifi universe that he has cultivated over the past 15 years.

He is also the commanding officer of SG-21 the Louisiana StarGators fan group and a Board member for the BayouCon convention in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

REGIONAL COSPLAY GUEST: Mr. John R. Mangus

John R. Mangus Is an actor, stunt driver, stunt man, stand-in photo double, model, Cosplayer, costume builder, athlete, and educated as he holds two undergraduate degrees and a Masters Degree. He is an all around modern Renaissance Man. He has worked in all forms of media from radio to television, films, shorts, stage, presentations and promotions for films and products. He is a trained and accomplished speaker who has been a panelist at many conventions and does an excellent job as a motivational speaker for groups or clubs, and is readily available for charity fundraising events. If you are interested in booking John for a convention guest and it panelist, or as a speaker, or modeling/ product representation, please use the contact email Jrmangus@etigers.net If you are interested in contacting him for acting roles, please contact his agency at http://www.actorschoicetalent.com%2F#2522. Lisa Fuller is his agent. Thank you! Bio courtesy of http://m.imdb.com/name/nm5572297/.

REGIONAL COSPLAY GUESTS: The All-Sizes Princess Project

The All Sizes Princess Project is the brain child of Mauti Owens. In May of 2012, she and several friends decided to started a cosplay group called the Plus Sized Princes Project with the aim of convincing the Walt Disney company incorporate the addition of plus sized princesses. In hopes of promoting good self-esteem, health at all sizes, and dreams coming true, plus-sized women across the nation have gathered to help in this endeavor. Each selecting a Princess either portrayed in the parks or not, they’ll be attending conventions promoting the project and aim starting in 2013. In January of 2013, the managers decided to move the project into a different direction and become a more all sizes accepting In the future the project hopes to gain more recognition in the media as a positive initiative to make a change in the Disney Parks: the addition of different sized princesses to show girls that dreams come true, not matter your body type. The project also hopes to show that a healthy lifestyle is possible, even at large sizes. They’d like to bring to light different health-related issues such as depression, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and eating-disorders which can cause weight gain and weight lost. We offer help to those that suffer with depression and self-esteem problems. If you feel that you need someone to talk to, whether while at a con we’re attending or online, please feel free to message us. One of us will get back to you as soon as possible.

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