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Complete Guest List for InConJunction XXVII
George R. R. Martin
Author Guest of Honor
Award-winning Science Fiction,
Fantasy and Horror Author
Award-winning author George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has
been writing professionally ever since. He writes fantasy, horror, and
science fiction, and for 10 years was a writer/producer in Hollywood working
on "The Twilight Zone," "Beauty and the Beast," and other feature films and
television projects. In the mid 1990s he returned to prose - his first love
- and began work on his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. George
recently finished work on the eighteenth volume of Wild Cards the first in a
"new generation" triad titled Inside Straight. George's next book in the A
Song of Fire and Ice series is titled A Dance with Dragons and is
forthcoming. George is a recipient of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and a
member of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), Horror Writers of
America (HWA), Writers' Guild of America, West (WGA), and five-time winner
of the Locus Award. George was a finalist for the 1971 John W. Campbell
Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction, the World Fantasy Award
(Howard) in both 1982 and 1983, and the Bram Stoker Award in 1987. He was
also on the final ballot for the Writers Guild Award (Best Teleplay,
Anthology Series) for 1986. A winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Daikon (Japanese
Hugo), Balrog, Gilgamesh (Spanish), Daedelus, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy
For additional information, please refer to George R. R. Martin's Web Page.
Artist Guest of Honor
Visual Effects Compositor
Sherry Hitch started out with an interest in visual effects while
majoring in Telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana
working with Cubicomp graphic computers in 1988. A college internship in
1992 with CBS' "The Young and The Restless" lead her to discover the Henry
Bay on the studio lot, where an even larger interest in visual effects soon
Within a year of arriving in LA, Sherry soon found herself working as a
3D artist with Jon Voight on a small independent film creating visual
effects called "Reverse Heaven". Unfortunately, the film never made it to
the big screen, but it opened up an opportunity and connections to join a
small number of innovative computer desktop visual effects artists just
starting up a new company named Foundation Imaging.
Instrumental in the visually groundbreaking effects in “Babylon 5” in
1993 as the first television series to utilize feature quality effects, she
was one of a few effects artists who received a Sci-Fi Universe Award for
After working in 3D animation, she turned her sights to compositing,
where she soon became a Supervising Visual Effects Compositor.
As a compositor in LA, Sherry also worked on other television projects
such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Deep Space 9, Star Trek:
Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Dawson’s Creek and began
working on feature films such as The Jackal and Men in Black.
Eventually Sherry had the privilege to work on a restoration of Robert
Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture for a Special Edition DVD.
Working closely with Mr. Wise, Sherry helped the renowned filmmaker update
the film while holding true to the filmmaker’s vision.
During her time at Foundation from 1993 to 2002, Sherry was nominated for
three Academy of Television Science Emmy Awards™, while contributing to a
winning fourth Award. After attending the 2002 Emmy Awards in LA, she
decided to further pursue her dreams by getting a job working for the man
who heavily influenced her with a movie named Star Wars; Mr. George
Sherry joined Mr. Lucas’ company, Industrial Light & Magic in Northern
California in late 2002 as a visual effects compositor, where her first film
was Pirates of the Caribbean. Thinking that this was a temporary project
for six months, ILM proceeded to keep her on board, where she eventually
became staff. Her work on big effects films at ILM has included Van
Helsing, War of the Worlds, the last chapter in the Star Wars
Saga, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Pirates of the
Caribbean 2: the Curse of the Black Pearl. Continuing the blockbuster
film trend, Sherry is currently busy working on this summer’s release from
Universal Pictures starring Steve Carrell, Evan Almighty.
Sherry resides in the San Francisco Bay area, where, when she’s not
creating magic on screen, she participates in outdoor activities such as
softball, hiking, and golf, as well as gourmet cooking and watching the
Indianapolis Colts during football season. She is also an active member of
Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, and
Women in Film.
For additional information, please refer to the Internet Movie Database listing for Sherry Hitch.
Representative from the Ohio Chapter of the Mars Society
The Mars Society is an international, non-profit advocacy group founded in 1998 to promote the human exploration and settlement of Mars. We believe that humans could be on Mars within 10 years from the start of a serious project. To that end, we are:
Increasing public awareness and support
Encouraging more participation by the government and private enterprise
Sponsoring several key projects to prepare us to go to Mars
Check out our website and explore our four-month Mars expedition simulation underway in the Canadian Arctic (at FMARS) and our mission reports from our Mars Desert Research Station Utah. Examine the planned activities at our next annual convention (August 2007 in Los Angeles). Read about our plans for political action over the next two years.
Local chapters do much of the local outreach and education – see our list of chapters and chapter contacts. We seek opportunities in schools, libraries, clubs and other venues to talk about Mars, Mars exploration, and developments in commercial space.
Jerry Black is a staff engineer with over three decades at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Evendale, Ohio. He is a member of several space and science related organizations, including the Mars Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Space Society, the SETI Institute, and the Planetary Society. Jerry is a lifelong space program enthusiast who once worked on the Apollo project.
For additional information, please refer to Jerry Black's Web Page.
Gary A. Braunbeck
Bram Stoker, Shocklines Shocker and International Horror Guild Award winning author
Gary A. Braunbeck is an American science fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror author. He was born in Newark, Ohio (the city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories). He writes in a number of different genres, but principally horror, and his work has been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award. In 2003, his short story "Duty" was honored with the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction.
Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the Cat Crimes anthology series.
Braunbeck also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, in an innovative Master's degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.
He has also served as co-editor for the latest installment of the Masques horror-anthology series created by Jerry Williamson, Masques V.
He currently is serving a term as President of the Horror Writers Association. He is married to Lucy Snyder, a science fiction/fantasy writer, and they reside together in Columbus, Ohio.
Gary loves movies, books, and music.
Some of his favorites films include Frankenheimer's Seconds, Friedkin's Sorcerer, Kurasowa's Ikiru, Lumet's The Offense, Robinson's Field of Dreams, John Woo's The Killer, William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration, and Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King.
His favorite authors include Jonathan Carroll, Peter Straub, Carson McCullers, Rod Serling, Kate Wilhelm, Harlan Ellison, Russell Banks, William Peter Blatty, Robin McKinley, William Kotzwinkle, William Goldman, James Dickey, and Ed Gorman.
Music is integral to his writing process. While he's working, he likes to listen to artists such as Tangerine Dream, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Stewart Copeland, Patty Larkin, Deep Purple, The Spin Doctors, Jethro Tull, The Cult, Faith and the Muse, Bloodrock, John Nitzinger, Steve Morse, Roy Buchanan, Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Mahler (especially the 1st Symphony), Leo Kottke, Pete Townshend, and The Who.
Gary's work has won 2 Bram Stoker Awards, 3 Shocklines Shocker Awards, and an International Horror Guild Award.
For additional information, please refer to Gary A. Braunbeck's Web Page.
Professional blogger and SF/F author
A professional blogger and SF/F author originally born in Grenada, Tobias currently lives in Ohio with his wife, Emily.
A reader - Tobias began reading at a young age. Throughout school he read novels in class to stave off boredom, and when those were confiscated, wrote stories.
A writer - Tobias had started submitting and writing multiple short stories while in high school. He attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop in 1999. He sold his first story shortly afterwards, and has since gone on to sell over 30 more. He has written and sold two novels (Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin).
A blogger - Having blogged since 1998 at TobiasBuckell.com (and earlier incarnations), it’s no surprise that Tobias recently moved to blogging for Weblogs Inc, as well as consulting for companies interested in the new medium.
An islander - Although living in landlocked Ohio, Tobias grew up in Grenada, as well as in the British and US Virgin Islands. Most of his family lived or makes a living off of yachts, and until the hurricane season of 1995, Tobias was no exception. Hurricane Marilyn destroyed the boat his family lived aboard, and Tobias moved to Ohio just before starting college. His ties to the sea and islands are still strong enough to show up frequently in his published fiction.
For additional information, please refer to Tobias Buckell's Web Page.
The Cast and Crew of "A Great Disturbance"
Star Wars Fan Documentarians
What began as a simple three day shoot at Star Wars Celebration in April 2005, became an even bigger production as the crew realized the potential the raw footage had if accompanied by scripted and improved interviews as well as filming the characters in their own environment both before and after the Celebration. The end result is a hilarious yet true look into Star Wars fandom…a film that can be enjoyed by hard core Star Wars fans and even people who have never heard of Luke Skywalker.
TammyJo Eckhart, PhD
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Author
TammyJo Eckhart lives a complex but very rewarding life as an author, a reviewer, a student, and a teacher. Her non-fiction has been published in Laura Antoniou's Some Women (1995) and in the journals SandMUtopian Guardian and Prometheus. Her fiction has appeared in the anthologies SM Futures (Circlet Press 1995), Dreaming in Color (Greenery Press 2003), and Color of Pain, Shade of Pleasure (Blue Moon 2004). Five of her own books have been published: the short story collections Punishment for the Crime (1996) and Amazons (1997) from Masquerade Books, Justice (1999) from Greenery Press, Eroscapes: Erotica from the mind of TammyJo Eckhart (2004) from Wells Street Publisher, as well as an adult fantasy novel Servants of Destiny (2006) from Nazca Plains. Currently she is the featured book reviewer for RinellaEditorial.com as well as one of the top 300 reviewers on Amazon.com. She will finish her PhD in ancient history in the fall of 2007 and currently teaches college courses at Indiana University in Bloomington. In her spare time (what's that?!) she loves to run World of Darkness RPGs.
For additional information, please refer to TammyJo Eckhart, PhD's Web Page.
Jonathan R. Eller
IUPUI English Professor and co-founder of the Bradbury Chronicles Project
Jon Eller (B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1973; B.A.,
University of Maryland, 1979; M.A. (1981), Ph.D. (1985), Indiana
University) is Professor of English and Associate Director of the
Institute for American Thought at Indiana University-Purdue
University Indianapolis. The Institute is also home for a new Ray
Bradbury research center known as the Bradbury Chronicles Project,
which he recently co-founded with long-time Bradbury scholar and
colleague, Professor William F. Touponce. Professor Eller is also
Textual Editor of the Writings of Charles Sanders Peirce and the
Works of George Santayana, and holds an adjunct professorship in
American Studies. He retired from twenty years as an Air Force
officer in 1993; his military service included operational
assignments with the Tactical Air Command and the Pacific Air Forces
before duty as an English professor at both the U.S. Air Force
Academy (Colorado Springs) and the U. S. Naval Academy (Annapolis).
He has published bibliographical and textual studies of Ray Bradbury,
Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon and Robert Penn Warren. Professor Eller
co-authored Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction (2004), which includes
the standard publication checklist for Mr. Bradbury's short stories.
Since 2000 he has also worked on four historical volumes of Mr.
Bradbury's fiction. He wrote the introduction for the expanded
edition of Dark Carnival (2000) and edited a restored edition of The
Halloween Tree (2005). He is the textual editor of the Fahrenheit 451
manuscripts recently published in Match to Flame (2007), and is
co-editor of Summer Morning, Summer Night (2007), a collection of the
Greentown stories that were left behind when Ray Bradbury published
Dandelion Wine and Farewell Summer.
Voice Actor with Flying Squid Studios
Daniel Geduld has been doing voice-overs for almost ten years. He started in the world of Radio Drama and has worked with many prominent names in the field including members of the Firesign Theatre, Tom Lopez and Sue Zizza. His voice has been heard on National Public Radio, national radio campaigns, childrens' albums, cartoons, computer games and even for a United Nations organizations' video. His current independent projects through Flying Squid Studios include The Skeletor Show, Hanna-Barbara.com cartoons and the Star Trek and Superhero cartoons at Lulu.tv.
He currently lives in Hollywood, California but was born and raised in Bloomington.
This year he'll be premiering Terry Nation's Blake's 7: The Audio Adventure, an officially licensed Blake's 7 audio re-imagining of the cult television classic with an all-star cast including Derek Riddell (Doctor Who), Carry Dobro (Babylon 5), Michael Praed (Robin of Sherwood), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), India Fisher (Doctor Who), Colin Salmon (James Bond, Hex, Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator), Craig Kelly (Doctor Who, Titanic, Queer as Folk) and Rula Lenska (The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy). The audio dramas are written by Ben Aaronovitch and Marc Platt (both veteran Doctor Who writers) and James Swallow (writer for Star Trek: Voyager). Also involved were producer Simon Moorhead (Mirrormask) and producer/director Andrew Sewell (Ghostwatch Live). You can find out more details on their company website: http://www.b7media.com/
For additional information, please refer to Daniel Geduld's Web Page.
The Gregory Morris Group
Collaborative Folk-Rock Quartet
The Gregory Morris Group is an all-original, collaborative quartet out of Cincinnati, Ohio, specializing in lyric-driven, folk-rock with jazz-tinged improvisational elements. Songs range from ballads about pirates (Yarrr!) and burning cities, to reflections on madness and the importance of a shiny old soul. And people like to dance to it!
For additional information, please refer to The Gregory Morris Group's Web Page.
Author of The Superman Guide to Life: Living
the Superhero Lifestyle and the novelization
of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Lou Harry, Co-Creator and Editor in Chief of Indy Men's Magazine, is the author of many books including In the Can: The Greatest Career Missteps,
Sophomore Slumps, What-Were-They-Thinking Decisions and Fire-Your Agent Moves
in the History of the Movies and the 2005 novelization of Santa Claus
Conquers the Martians. His novel The High-Impact Infidelity Diet
has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. His latest projects
include The Superman Guide to Life: Living the Superhero Lifestyle.
Lou has worked with such science fiction/fantasy legends as William F. Nolan
(creator of Logan's Run) and David Gerrold (author of The Trouble with
Tribbles episode of Star Trek) and spent ten years as a professional
stand-up comic. His plays -- including The Pied Piper of Hoboken and Lizzie
Strata -- have been seen on stages in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
For additional information, please refer to Lou Harry's Web Page.
IUPUI English Lecturer
Distinguished Associate Faculty, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, 1999-2000. Outstanding Associate Faculty Writing Instructor, IUPUI Dept. of English Writing Program, 1999-2000.
"The Confessions of a Science Fiction Reader: Notes upon values taught by Science Fiction and Fantasy" in Reaching Young People through Media. ed. Nancy Pillion. Littleton, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 1983.
Indiana Ghost Trackers
Indiana Statewide Paranormal Activity Investigators
Michael McDowell and the Indiana Ghost Trackers
Michael is the Founder, President and CEO of Indiana Ghost Trackers, Inc., one of the largest paranormal groups in the United States . He is one of the foremost experts on the paranormal in the state of Indiana and research specialist, investigator and journalist covering the field of ghost and poltergeist phenomena.
Michael has lived in Indiana his entire life and holds a B.S. degree in Systems Analysis from Purdue University. Utilizing a combination of cognitive investigative skills and the latest in technological monitoring and detection equipment, he has conducted haunted house investigations throughout the United States. He has cases referred to him by individuals, universities, the news media, and various Para psychological research organizations.
Being a main contributor to the education of paranormal enthusiasts around Indiana, Michael has taught over 2,000 people paranormal investigation techniques. He gives lectures along other similar lines of study including psychic protection, Electronic Voice Phenomena and advanced investigation topics.
McDowell has been featured in a large number of various news articles, TV stations and talk shows throughout the state and around the country. He is currently writing his first book and is the owner of Chaos Haunted and Historical Tours. In 2006 he was part of the critically acclaimed video Dead Whisper.
For additional information, please refer to Indiana Ghost Trackers's Web Page.
Rhett Whittington and Jack Knifley
Break the Line Comics
Break The Line is a two-man anthology comic featuring stories created by Knifley and Rhett Whittington. Each issue contains two complete, self contained stories covering a wide variety of genres.
Writer/Artist on Break The Line
Jack Knifley (a.k.a. Knifley) is one of the creators of the comic book Break The Line. He writes, pencils, and inks one story in the book with Rhett Whittington doing another story. Primarily a self-taught artist and writer, Knifley’s stories typically mix Action/Adventure with a veiled Sci-Fi undertone. He has a nasty habit of ‘hiding’ things in his artwork and thoroughly enjoys when anyone notices.
Writer/Artist on Break The Line
Rhett Whittington is one of the creators of the comic book Break The Line. He writes, pencils, and inks one story in the book with Knifley doing another story. Rhett began creating his fantasy epic ‘The Chronicles of Sublamoc’ in high school, and is now able to share some of these stories in Break The Line.
For additional information, please refer to Rhett Whittington and Jack Knifley's Web Page.
Paranormal and Horror Romance Novelist
USA Today best-selling Author, Rosemary Laurey is an expatriate Brit, retired special ed teacher and grandmother, who now lives in Ohio and has a wonderful time writing stories of vampires and shapeshifting pumas.
Rosemary's books include, from her vampire series, Kiss Me Forever, Love Me Forever, Be Mine Forever, Keep Me Forever and Midnight Lover, as well as Paradox I, II, & III with JC Wilder, Super Natural Acts, Southern Song, Country Pleasures, and Texas Bad Boys with Karen Kelly and Dianne Castell.
Rosemary also has stories included in: Sexy Shorts for Lovers, Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul.
Note: Many people ask how to pronounce my last name. It's not really how you'd expect. The first syllable: Lau- (the "a" is a schwa: like the sound at the beginning and end of Alaska. The "u" isn't pronounced) Second syllable: -rey. (The -ey has the long 'a' sound as in they.)
For additional information, please refer to Rosemary Laurey's Web Page.
Meet Cleaver Theater
Horror hosts direct from Thrills-ville Ohio!
Welcome to the virtual backyard BBQ that is "Meet Cleaver Theatre" Building a brave new world of movie-hosting with the Horror Hosting community's first "Post-Nuclear" Family! Direct from Thrills-ville (okay...Cincinnati), Ohio, the Cleavers & friends bring you deliciously rotten TV Dinner entertainment! From Sci-fi to Horror...Beatnik to Kung-fu...Modern Masterpieces to Cult Classics...The Swank to the Stank, you're sure to find a flavor you'll come to savor...no matter how bad your taste is!
"I'd best describe our show as the by-product of a frightening (yet strangely erotic) copulation between Barbara Billingsley and Tim Burton... while Donna Reed watches." It's a dash of rockabilly, a smatter of the sublime, and heaping scoop of hep all folded into some of your favorite b-movies from the 40s-90s.
So don't be a square! Join Butch R Cleaver, Joan E. Cleaver, Patches the scrappy dog, Corman the Patron Saint of B-Movies, and the whole Hee-Haw gang! Pull up a bean bag, mix up an eyeball martini and curl up with some of those familiar drive-in favorites you love to loathe!
For additional information, please refer to Meet Cleaver Theater's Web Page.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Author
Tony Ruggiero has been publishing fiction since 1998. His science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories and novels have appeared in both print and electronic mediums. His published novels include:
Operation Immortal Servitude: The US military has developed a new weapon to be added to its arsenal—the creatures known as vampires. Tony uses his Naval experience to write this dark fantasy thriller about vampires being used by the Navy SEAL's. Ground breaking and fast paced, the novel is a characteristic mixture of the vampire lore of Anne Rice and the clandestine secrets of the military found in Tom Clancy novels.
Alien Deception: Something to keep in mind with the upcoming presidential election: Nothing is as it appears…nothing. Your whole life you think you understand who and what you are and then one day you learn that it is all a lie. So what do you do? You have lunch with the leading candidate for President of the United States…you and your alien friends.
Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply. Aliens, Satanic Creatures, and other alternate life forms have gathered together to make a stand for literary fairness. Move over pesky human...a change is coming. An anthology of short stories where the center character is not human; includes the award winning story, Lucky Lucifer’s Car Emporium, as well as Electronic Bliss, Invasion or Subversion, and Going up?
Tony is also a contributing author to The Fantasy Writers’ Companion from Dragon Moon Press. The Companion picks up where The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy leaves off. The Fantasy Writers' Companion takes on more advanced topics of writing, such as incorporating horror, incorporating mystery, developing a story in your favorite RPG universe, and exploring alternative cultures for world building. Tony’s contribution is a chapter on the effective use of horror in fantasy. Other collaborative work includes The Writers for Relief Anthology and No Longer Dreams Anthology.
Coming in 2007 from Dragon Moon Press: Alien Revelation: Death has many meanings. For some it is an end, while for others it is a beginning. Yet, for one human/alien hybrid, it is a way to have one final chance to try and save his home, Earth, a son he has never seen, and find an enemy that just won't stay dead. The exciting conclusion to Alien Deception.
Tony retired from the United States Navy in 2001 after twenty-three years of service. While continuing to write, Tony teaches at Old Dominion University, Saint Leo University, and Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA.
For additional information, please refer to Tony Ruggiero's Web Page.
Nik Havert and Paul Schultz
Pickle Press Comics
Pickle Press is a small publishing company that specializes in comic books. Pickle Press creates and publishes several types of comic books, mostly in black and white, and may move into short story collections sometime in the next few years.
Pickle Press pledges to print fresh ideas and not just rehashed versions of someone else's work. There are far too many "cookie cutter" comics these days, and Pickle Press strives to keep its books outside the norm.
Nik has been writing some kind of fiction since he was about twelve years old. He started out with a story about talking animals at a zoo and has since gone on to self-publish comic books about women in love with superheroes, vampires running rampant in Chicago, vice-loving medieval mercenaries, and an EPA agent who is somehow still alive after being shot in the head and dumped into a lake.
Nik’s passion for writing comes from everyday life. Most of his ideas for stories and scripts (he has also ventured into screenwriting) come from real-life events, many from his own life, and bits of dialogue he has heard over the years. The idea for his latest graphic novel, Act of Contrition, came from an encounter with a woman who suffered from mild paranoia and dementia.
Nik writes because, as he likes to say, “I have to get all these ideas out of my head so I can have room for more.” He has seven journals and a bulging folder full of story ideas, and he gets more every week. His future plans include publishing a horror comic book anthology entitled Mysterious Mansion, which will be a big salute to Bronze Age horror comics, self-publishing a novel of some of his short stories, and self-publishing a wild spaghetti western comic book entitled Salem, AZ.
Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Paul E. Schultz has been reading comics since before he could even read and by the age of twelve had decided that drawing them was all he wanted to do. A scant twenty-five years later, Paul met up with Nik Havert of Pickle Press and his lifelong dream is slowly and steadily becoming a reality. Moslty self taught, Paul is a penciler, inker and painter influenced by many of the masters of the comics genre, none of whom he claims to hold a candle to. Paul is married with three children and currently resides in La Porte, Indiana, a town with no art supply store but a discount cigarette shop on almost every corner.
For additional information, please refer to Nik Havert and Paul Schultz's Web Page.
Founder of Twisted Gate Entertainment
Welcome to Twisted Gate! We thrive to bring the best in Independent Entertainment in form of Comics, Films, and more. TGE has been in business since 2001 and in that short time we have cornered a big market in quality Entertainment. We hope to bring you only the best for many years to come. Ray is the Founder/Owner of Twisted Gate Entertainment. He also creates alot of what comes through the company. In addition to his comic output, Ray directs the independent films released through Twisted Gate. He eats, sleeps and shits Twisted Gate everyday. This is his only career.
The World's Fastest Filker
For darn near two decades, Tom Smith, The World's Fastest Filker, has been breaking hearts, crippling minds, and dropping jaws across the country and around the world.
Sometimes it's with the slow, gorgeous stuff ("Starlight & Saxophone", "Storm Dancing", "A Dragon's Lullaby"). Sometimes it's the dark and dramatic ("Hellraiser", "PQR", "Bullet Time"). Sometimes it's the flat-out rockin' ("Bermuda Triangle", "Rocket Ride", "And They Say I've Got Talent").
But mostly it's the puns. And the godawful jokes that make you choke on your own laughter. And the audacity with which he throws 'em around. "Smurfin' Safari", "Five Years", "I Want To Be Peter Lorre", "Domino Death", "Sheep Marketing Ploy (The Ballad of Fenton)", "Divine Irregularity", "Telly Taley Heart", "Honey-Glazed Ham", "House At Cthulhu Corner", "Psychic Voicemail Hotline", "Dead Potters", "Badger Pajama", "The Illuminati Polka", "Talk Like A Pirate Day"....
Tom's got ten albums, dozens of other unrecorded songs, twelve Pegasus Awards for Excellence in Filk, an animated music video ("Enterprising Man" from the second Babylon Park video), and hundreds of stunned, delighted onlookers in his wake.
Tom's concerts are always high-energy, and because the news of the day usually has him cranked up (or off) about something, he usually has at least two or three new pun-filled ditties, and if he doesn't he'll make something up on the spot. His turns at the late-night filks get even more insane, because his philosophy is that if you've been up all day at the con the LAST thing you need is some monotonous, gore-filled dirge to put you to sleep, and he starts dragging out the really bizarre stuff, and he starts doing voices, and call-backs, and quotes from cartoons or The Muppet Show or Rocky Horror or MST3K, and... look, trust us, it just gets wild.
For additional information, please refer to Tom Smith's Web Page.
Horror and Fantasy Author
Tim Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer's pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though.
His novels in the horror genre include Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, Like Death, Necropolis, the Harmony Society, All Too Real, Dying For It, and the movie tie-in A Nightmare on Elm Street: Protege. He's also written the fantasy works Forge of the Mind Slayers, The Thieves of Blood, the Godfire duology, and two novels for young adults set in the Dragonlance Universe entitled Return of the Sorceress and Temple of the Dragonslayer.
Tim has published close to eighty short stories, some of them collected in All Too Surreal. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writers’ Journal, and other publications.
In addition to writing fiction, Tim has worked as an editor and a newspaper reporter. He currently teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and in the MA in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. His wonderful wife Cindy is a psychologist (a useful profession for the wife of a writer). They have two lovely daughters, Devon and Leigh.
Tim hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal.
For additional information, please refer to Tim Waggoner's Web Page.
Author of the The Wide Game and member of the Indiana Horror Writers.
Born on September 27, 1969, Michael West has lived in Indiana all his life. He holds a degree in telecommunications from Indiana University and has been writing as long as he can remember. As a producer/director for Educational Television in Indianapolis, he created a multitude of programs—including Teen Terrors, the study of modern teenage stress and anxiety. Of Tomorrows Unknown, his student film from 1991, is featured on the Internet Movie Database and his first novel, The Wide Game, was published in 2003. He is also the author of numerous horror short-stories and DVD reviews for the magazine Dark Discs.
West is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and President of the Indiana Horror Writers. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife and their two children.
For additional information, please refer to Michael West's Web Page.
Michael Z. Williamson
TV consultant and author of 12 novels
including Contact with Chaos,
Do Unto Others... and Rogue.
Michael Z. Williamson is a twenty-two year veteran of the US Air Force and US Army who has turned from being a full time bladesmith and blade-seller to being a full time writer who still dabbles in blades. He can be reached online at MichaelZWilliamson.com and SharpPointyThings.com.
For additional information, please refer to Michael Z. Williamson's Web Page.
Fan Guest of Honor
With a list of qualifications including (but not limited to) b-movie maven, sub-genius preacher, amateur improv enthusiast, sci-fi fan, computer programmer and author, amateur prop and costume designer wanna-be, amateur astronomer, playwright, webmaster, follower of all things urban-legend and/or myth, past InConJunction con-chair, and hard-core chili-head, Jeff Thompson is either a modern-day renaissance man, or someone that will do anything once you get a drink in him. Jeff's been attending InConJunction since 1983 and has been working for the convention since 1992. You can regularly catch Jeff at the Top Ten Worst Movies panel, Video Trivia Contest, Sci-Fi Whose Line, as an occasional member of InConJunction's acting troupe (the "It's Not Our Fault Players") or preaching at InConJunction's on-again/off-again Sub-Genius Devival. If you can't find him there, odds are he's in the bar.
For additional information, please refer to Jeff Thompson's Web Page.
Fan Guest of Honor
Never thinking of herself as a Sci-fi fan in ANY way, shape, or form before 1988, Kathie has come a long way learning and participating in the local Sci-fi community. The first two years she attended InConJunction no one even knew Kathie's name, referring to her simply as "Jeff's Wife". Since her first InConJunction in 1988 Kathie has been a stage manager, ran programming, ran the consuite, ran registration (her true calling), was the hotel liaison for many years, is running the blood drive, and was even co-conchair (with her husband Jeff) in 1997. There were several years when Kathie was running registration for StarBase Indy in November and organizing may other departments for InConJunction, all while holding down the role of treasurer for the Circle of Janus and InConJunction. Kathie introduced the first "genetically altered tribbles" to InConJunction and after her husband recovered from the vet, food, and furniture repair bills due to those 8 kittens, she realized it was time to call in the professionals and invited Cat's Haven to do the job at both Starbase Indy and InConJunction.
Randy has been a Gen Con regular since 1979 working for several different companies in the dealers room. When he's not a booth monkey, Randy is also the official historian and Keeper of the Ancient Gencon Lore. Randy is also a knowledgeable space historian in what litle free time he has.
For additional information, please refer to Randy Porter's Web Page.
Movie Director Batman vs Trek
36 year-old Christopher Allen is the writer, producer, and director for his fourth film since 1994, "Star Trek VS Batman", due out later this year.
Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Allen now lives in Carmel Indiana. While finishing post production on "Star Trek VS Batman", Allen has begun pre-production on his fifth feature film to be shot this fall, "A Time for the Heart", a dramatic time travel piece.
"Star Trek VS. Batman" has recently been invited to be screened exclusively at the Maple Valley Digital Film Festival, in Seattle, WA. in the spring of '07.
For additional information, please refer to Chris Allen's Web Page.
William A. Barton
William A. Barton is a long-time role-playing gamer and game designer/author. He was a contributing editor to Steve Jackson Games' The Space Gamer magazine as well as to Chaosium's Different Worlds for many years before his first "official" published game scenario, "The Curse of Chaugnar Faugn," in Chaosium's Curse of the Chthonians adventure book for Call of Cthulhu. He is the author of Chaosium's award-winning Cthulhu By Gaslight Victorian supplement (due out this summer in a new edition) and was the co-author of the first thee editions of Steve Jackson Games' award-winning GURPS Space. His work has appeared in several other game supplements by Chaosium and Steve Jackson Games, including Cthulhu Now, GURPS Horror, GURPS Space Atlas I, the Superworld RPG and the latest editions of Call of Cthulhu, and he's made contributions to FASA's Star Trek: The Role-Playing Game and other systems as well. Under his own imprint, Bill Barton Games, he published his own RPG, So Ya Wanna Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star! A Rock 'N' Role-Playing Game, which also won an award the year it was published. His work has appeared in FASA's Stardate magazine, TSR's Dragon magazine, and other publications. Most recently, two of his Call of Cthulhu adventures, Menace from the Moon and Return of the Ripper have been published by Chaosium as part of their new Miskatonic University monograph line, and he currently is working on several more CoC books, plus a Victorian supplement for GURPS, due out in early 2009. Aside from his freelance work as a game designer, Bill has been professionally employed as an editor for the past 27 years, from the Saturday Evening Post to Wiley Publications (publisher of the For Dummies books). He is also an avid Sherlockian and founder of the local Hated Rivals on the Surrey Shore scion society of the BSI. He lives on the East side of Indianpolis with his wife, Vicki, and their four cats.
Biography available soon.
Co-founder of The Pathworks Community
Biography available soon.
Harry loves to watch sci-fi on Friday nights and enjoys attending InConJunction as well as the monthly meetings of the Circle of Janus. Oil painting is another of Harry's interests and he'd like to take up spirit painting and take more courses to further develop his physic abilities. Harry is intrigued by metaphysics and believes that understanding Natural Law makes going through life a lot easier and smoother.
For additional information, please refer to Harry Bunn's Web Page.
Jess is a self proclaimed geek with aspirations of writing and a love of the sound of her own voice. She has many interests, too many to mention here but in the main pop culture, good food and fun times. Jess is geek who loves the company of other geeks and she hopes you have fun and come back.
Chris Canary has been a part of InConJunction, from it's "golden age", to
modern day. A locally reviled fan of movies, comics, and oddities,
and a pope in the Church of the Subgenius, Chris has worn many hats at
InConJunction over the last several years, and is currently a student, seeking to
better his life. Computer Geek, B-Movie Magnet (Bad... as if there were
any other kind of B Movies), Movie Soundtrack Obsessive, and a former
InConJunction chairman, Chris enjoys fun in almost any capacity... And
we're not just talking alcohol here.
Biography available soon.
30 years RPG. SCA 12 years. KAG member & Fleet commander. ST/Klingon expert. (aka Kolex QIHqem). US Navy, 4 yrs. US Army 17 years-rank Major, Battalion Commander, Ranger. Served in Iraq & Afghanistan. Military history buff. Cert. Hypnotherapist & Minister, Holistic Church of Ky. BA,
Education, E Montana College.
Miss Klingon Empire 2006 DragonCon’s Trek Trak. Professional illustrator, model kit builder. Certifiable uber geek - Hitchhiker’s Guide. Star Wars snob (only the 1977 movie counts). Star Trek nerd, especially TOS.
Work history: Script writer children’s news show (1990), illustrator/modeler, stripper, artist’s model, nutrition and fitness buff, social worker (MSW).
During the day, Rebecca is a mild, manner network administrator. After hours and on weekends, she is a stained glass artist and a science fiction fan. She read her first SF novel at age 9. A past Con-Chair, Programming Co-Chair and Play Director, she’s been around InConJunction since 1988.
Author - Lecturer - Philosopher
The business card for Samuel Travis Clemmons lists him as an Author - Lecturer - Philosopher - Time Traveler - Public Nuisance - Sometime Ne'er Do Well. The man claims to be an "Alternate Reality Counterpart" of the man that everyone knows as Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). Yes this is all a load of bullfeathers ... But you've got to start a biography somewhere.
The man who created the character of Samuel Travis Clemmons was born and raised in Central Kentucky. Being someone who loves an intricately woven tall tale (the more absurd the better) he wrote and began performing a comedy routine called Marc Twain: The Time Traveler. In order to keep his storytelling from being railroaded into following the actual events of Mark Twain's life, he decided it would be best to create a fictional Marc Twain who had been born in an alternate realm of existence.
So if a friend tells you that he's headed to a science fiction convention to meet Marc Twain ... Ask him to spell the first name before you call him a liar.
For additional information, please refer to Travis Clemmons's Web Page.
Vampire the Requiem LARP
A traveling sideshow known as the Crimson Lineage has recently been performing
across the country and brings with it mystery and political turmoil at every stop. Rumors
of true magick and fantastical supernatural elements in the show have spread slowly
across the country.
Now, they have set their eyes to the Midwest. Invitations have been received and the
Crimson Lineage promises to open the seals of knowledge and has invited the
area's supernatural population to, "Come and see."
In "Crimson Lineage presents: A Legacy of Lies" players both old and new
the genre will participate in a story that may literally shake the foundation of the
World of Darkness and bring the regions denizens to their collective knees. New
players will receive player packets with pregenerated characters, fully fleshed
out with complete backgrounds and a set of goals to complete before the end
of the event so that they can get right into the thick of the plot.
A Fifteen year veteran of on-line interactive fiction, big-screen movie enthusiast, and compulsive nit-picker, Brian was eager to help with InConJunction after his initial exposure, and has been actively involved in Programming and Operations since 1998. He has co-written two plays, acted in three, and directed one, for the "It's Not Our Fault Players."
Founder of The Whoosier Network
Biography available soon.
For additional information, please refer to Mark Dooley's Web Page.
Jeff Ello is equal parts Engineer and Artist. He has found success both on the technical and asthetic sides of the digital world, directing the technology efforts of the top ranked Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, as well as directing the visual efforts of a number of commercial print, web, and video productions, including "Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses", currently in post production. Jeff is an authority on technology and communication mediums and his philosophy on what's possible in the independent film market is echoed in the name of his production company, MassiveWorks. With the conclusion of the Starship II project, Jeff and MassiveWorks will be back on the indie film scene with the MagicHouse/Sleepless Nights production of "Essentially American".
Darwin A. Garrison
Darwin A. Garrison resides in the wastelands of northeastern Indiana where he spends his days hunting the wily saber-toothed prairie gopher to supplement his family's meager diet of instant ramen noodles and Kit Kat bars. Frequently observed near video retailers stocking anime titles and bookstores with notable science fiction and manga sections, he cannot be easily identified because he looks just like any other middle-aged cubicle lemming. By dint of his disconnect with reality and the miracle of the "infinite typing monkeys" theory, he has managed to produce three short science fiction and urban fantasy stories of sufficient quality for sale to DAW/Tekno anthologies: Kyri's Gauntlet in Under Cover of Darkness (available now), My Girlfriend Fate in Fate Fantastic (available this October), and Firebird and Shadow in Something Magic This Way Comes (November/December). His dearest dream is to sell enough fiction to fund a recurring Friday night Anime-pizza party that will continue until he succumbs to intense mozzarella poisoning.
For additional information, please refer to Darwin A. Garrison's Web Page.
Quickly becoming an InConJunction tradition, Gunner's Garrison returns with a big room full
of miniatures, board games and other family-friendly activities, happening non-stop late into the
Drew Happli has over 15 years experience in the computer field, this includes network administration, desktop support, help desk, network design, along with just about anything else you can do with a computer and a few things you most likely shouldn't. Not only does he work on computers, he plays on them too. You are likely to find Drew playing Battlefield 2 (If you see HavenIndy in a vehicle, and are on the other team, stay off the road, sidewalk, or greenways), Battle for Middle Earth 2, Galactic Civilization, Guild Wars or City of Heroes/Villians. Drew also plays non-computer gamees and is the Cell Leader for Indianapolis for Steve Jackson's Men in Black. Other fan interests of note are Comic books (Drew has been collecting comic books for over 20 years), Anime, and Drew is a voracious reader. Drew first attended InConJunction in 1992, and started helping at InConJunction in 1993. So far he has headed A/V, Anime, Programming and Dealers Room.
David A. Henninger
Dave is an artist specializing in astronomical paintings, a wanabe writer, and a founding member of the Circle of Janus. Over the years Dave has served as COJ President, InConJunction Con Chair, Art Show Chair, and Editor of the Circular of Janus. Dave says he'd been addicted to SF almost from the time he first began reading.
A longtime science fiction fan and Trekker, Kathy has been part of InConJunction (since it's second year) and Starbase Indy (since it's beginning). A geologist and science educator, she has trained in areas of seismology, forensics, and geology. Being of a giving nature, she gave birth to two daughters who were raised in the fannish lifestyle and began their training as go-fers at the conventions (Marta & Laura Hohman).
Biography available soon.
Deborah Hunt joined InConJunction and Circle of Janus in 1983 and has written several plays for InConJunction.
Deb is currently working two jobs - one as a pastoral assistant at a church (Westview Christian Church where the Circle of Janus meets!) and another job at a hospital in Pediatric Critical Care. This adds up to working 60 hours per week. So in what free time remains, she is a big fan of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia as well as Dr. Who, Star Trek, and Star Wars to name a few things she loves. She enjoys writing and art.
She recently achieved a Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary. Currently, she has an essay posted on the Leaky Cauldron website on the topic of "Biblical Markings and Harry Potter" and is writing a book on theology and Harry Potter.
Co-founder of The Pathworks Community
Biography available soon.
For additional information, please refer to Thomas Jones's Web Page.
Joseph D. Kaposta
Joseph D. Kaposta is an editorial associate in the Institute for American Thought, a research center of Indiana University's School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He recently provided editorial support for the restored edition of Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree (Gauntlet, 2005) and for the Fahrenheit 451 manuscripts collected in Match to Flame (Gauntlet, 2007). Related interests include graphic arts and the history of comics.
Dr. Marvin D. Kemple
Professor, Department of Physics, I.U.P.U.I.
Dr. Kemple's team's research centers on utilizing and further developing magnetic resonance techniques for probing the dynamics and the conformation of
macromolecules in liquid solutions. The long-term aim of his team's work is an enhanced understanding of the determinants of internal motion in proteins.
One of the Midwest's premiere
motion picture production houses.
Located in Logansport, Indiana, MagicHouse Productions, Inc. is an energetic, up-and-coming company on the verge of becoming one of the midwest's premiere motion picture production houses. With an 8,300 square foot facility at their disposal, they can shoot any size of production, from the modest to the magnificent.
Led by founder Mark Racop, the talented staff writes, designs, builds, shoots, edits, effects, and scores commercials to full-length motion pictures for the silver screen. MagicHouse films movies, documentaries, commercials, music videos, training films, events, and weddings.
For additional information, please refer to MagicHouse Productions's Web Page.
Vicki Merriman has been involved in fandom for more years than she'd care to admit to. She has been actively involved in InConjunction for over 15 years in everything from the play to ConChair, which gives you a clue about her mental health, or lack thereof. Her background is in science and she loves to argue so becoming an attorney was a logical progression. She enjoys keeping the 'science' in science fiction. Her current 'guilty pleasure' is japanese textiles.
Dr. Karen Nagel
Associate Professor at Midwestern University
Dr. Karen Nagel holds a Ph. D. in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and currently works as an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University.
She discovered horror novels before discovering fantasy, fantasy before science fiction, and all of them before discovering boys. However, this strange progression did not prevent her from capturing the heart of Samuel Travis Clemmons and refusing to give it back. He claims that she stole it. Her story is that he gave it to her willingly.
She tries to work science fiction themes into class when possible, a not so difficult task when teaching biotechnology. As to the horror, that seems to come while reading certain student papers. And fantasy, it's just associated with the grades the certain students expect to receive.
Biography available soon.
For additional information, please refer to Gregg Nowling's Web Page.
Rob Pyatt, Ph. D.
Mad Scientist and Pseudo Super Villain
Rocketed to Earth as an infant to escape the destruction of his home world where his parents had been brutally murdered before his eyes one night in a dark alley, Rob's ship crash landed in a jungle where he was adopted by a friendly gorilla and raised to learn the ways of the jungle. As a teen-ager, Rob re-joined society and quickly enlisted in the army where he was given an experimental formula designed to create the ultimate soldier. After being put on ice for a number of years, Rob ditched the military and got a job at a scientific research facility where he was unfortunately exposed to gamma radiation, beta radiation, delta radiation, cosmic radiation, and a really nasty bite from a radioactive spider.
Well, sort of.
Rob's been bouncing around InConJunction for a number of years now and you can normally find him hosting the "Top 10 Worst Sci-Fi & Horror Movie" panel with Jeff Thompson and Chris Canary. As a mild mannered scientist, Rob's secret identity allows him the chance to develop his plans for world conquest while conducting some pretty twisted experiments. In the past, he's warped the fragile minds of college students at Morris Brown College, Clark-Atlanta University, and Emory University and you can now find him in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Ohio State.
Director, Writer, and Producer
The filmmaking bug bit Mark Racop at an early age. Racop's father
remembers that Mark was interested in making movies even at the age of
two! While other children were reading short stories, Racop was
reading Stephen Whitfield's "Making of Star Trek."
In 1989, Racop formed MagicHouse Productions, and he raised money to
shoot the ultra-low budget, ultra spoof, "Rock N Roll Starship." The
movie featured cheesy sets, cheesy dialogue, and cheesy acting "but it
was all part of the plan. We watched Dark Star and Hardware Wars on
the same night," Racop said, "And Starship was the result!" The campy,
funny film has played to science fiction audiences across the country,
and he self distributed over 1,000 copies on VHS.
The success of the first film brought about a demand for a sequel.
"Starship 2" was greenlighted in October of 2000, and went before the
cameras on May 19th, 2001. The movie was a radical step up from the
original film, featuring great actors John Astin, Richard Biggs, Jason
Carter, Richard Hatch, and Leslie Culton? and a tightly-written script
with a great story. Shooting wrapped in August of 2001, but special
effects continued for another five years. "It was tough waiting on the
effects, but the results were well worth it. Massive Works blew me
completely away with the quality of the finished product."
In May of 2004, Racop bought an 8,300 square foot facility in
Logansport, Indiana that he is converting into a movie studio. With
two sound stages, makeup, wardrobe, editing, a paint booth, and plenty
of office space, Racop will be able to accommodate many feature films.
Racop is currently developing a spy thriller called "Plausible
Deniability" for production in 2006.
For additional information, please refer to Mark Racop's Web Page.
of Boarders Books
Biography available soon.
Kyra Shidler has been attending InConJunction since she was a young thing. At past InConJunctions she's been in charge of the "Fun Police", been Godzilla's Mom, and Godzilla's Wife (don't ask). She's currently biding her time at college untill she can take over the wor... InConJunction.
Mark is pretty much a fixture at InConJunction and has been for years. (Not that he is old or anything.) He is a master costumer and prop builder and a member of Fyberdyne Laboratories, a Midwest costuming group known for elaborate costume work. He has been a fan for most of his life, and has been fortunate enough to be called to Hollywood to do some props for television and movies. He is currently collaborating on the production of Batmobile replicas, and manages to find time to restore historical props for collectors such as the Gort helmet from “The Day The Earth Stood Still”.
Theresa was brought into fandom kicking and screaming and not understanding why anyone would do this type of thing… that is, until she attended her first convention. Needless to say, that was 15 years ago and she is still showing up and enjoying conventions. She has been a committee member for InConJunction for the last several years and is taking a vacation from all that real work this year.
Lucy A. Snyder
Lucy A. Snyder is the author of the story collection Sparks and Shadows. She lives in Worthington, Ohio where she writes by day and does tech support by night. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Strange Horizons, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, Full Unit Hookup, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.
For additional information, please refer to Lucy A. Snyder's Web Page.
Battlestar Wiki Bureaucrat
Kevin Spencer, of Indianapolis, is typical of many SF fans, except perhaps for his encyclopedic knowledge of "Battlestar Galactica" history, Original or New Series. When not cleaning articles and welcoming contributors of the Battlestar Wiki, Kevin enjoys the complex lores of the Hero, from the worlds of "The Matrix" and "Star Wars", to Greek mythology and Christian theology. Kevin welcomes anyone to challenge him with a question on "Battlestar" lore. Who knows? Maybe you can win a prize if you stump him.
For additional information, please refer to Kevin Spencer's Web Page.
George Starkey (1963-2138) local fan turned actor, and long time InConJunction participant, is cursed with a resemblence to George Lucas, but as of yet has been unable to find a way to capitalize on this. George's film roles include Woodworks Films' Saving Star Wars (2004) and Open Mic'rs (2006) and he is currently involved in a film project with Shane Felux (of Star Wars-Revelations fame). George is often named when someone says, "If I'm ever on Who Wants to be a Millionaire..." as a lifeline, because of his seemingly bottomless well of totally pointless and obscure trivia that he can summon at any given time.
For additional information, please refer to the Internet Movie Database listing for George Starkey.
Biography available soon.
The Whoosier Network
Biography available soon.
For additional information, please refer to The Whoosier Network's Web Page.
Linda and Nick Winks
Linda and Nick Winks got sucked into Marcon in 1986 doing children's programming. They did that fairly well, so they got asked to do more. Then they were co-chairs of Marcon 32 in 1997. THEN they started going to other cons (yeah, we know, that's backward - didn't occur to us until too late!) Now they do publicity for Context, a Columbus literary con, Con Suite for OVFF, a Columbus Filk, and are still suckers for Marcon - Linda was chair again for Marcon 41 in 2006. In their spare time, in 2004, they started a winter relaxacon in Columbus, DeCONpression. So... they're real pleased to leave town and go to a con where they just do and enjoy panels!
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