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Each year Geek.Kon brings in Anime, Gaming and Science Fiction guests. Guests include voice actors, authors, game developers, artists and more!

Guests Confirmed for 2014
Little Kuriboh
Tia Ballard

Wow, Tia is cool! Tia is not awkward at all! Tia is letting you know that we write our own bios on here and it feels weird. Raised on generous helpings of Disney magic and video games, this Southern blonde goofball has provided the voice for Happy the Cat (Fairy Tail), Mizore Shirayuki (Rosario + Vampire), Megumi Shimizu (Shiki), Rea Sanka (Sankarea: Undying Love),  Kusano (Sekirei), Porche the Foxy Pirate (One Piece),  Xiao Mei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Rin Ogata (Rideback), Hibana (Deadman Wonderland), Inaho (Maken-ki!), Eris (Cat Planet Cuties), Priscilla (Nintendo’s Monster Tale), and a ton of other toons and video games! https://twitter.com/tiatoony

"Tia is a good person and if you don't love her you're probably a jerk."-Tia’s best friend

"So, Tia dresses up like Mickey Mouse or something at these conventions? I don't get it." -Tia's brother

"Tia is delicious!" -A cannibal

 

Little Kuriboh
Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany

Martin has been making internet based parody videos since 2006. His most popular works to date are Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged, the original abridged series, and Naruto The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show.  Since then he's recently been making strides into the professional voice-over world, having been cast in such projects as Heroes of Newerth and K-On: The Movie, with more projects on the horizon.  Originally from England, Martin has wormed his way into the Los Angeles acting scene and despite the beard is remarkably approachable. Just don't ask him where his new episode is.

 

Jolly Blackburn
Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). He's been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman.  He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls, writes before six in the morning and tries to teach his three kids to act like they’ve been to town before. His novels include WISP OF A THING, THE HUM AND THE SHIVER, HE DRANK AND SAW THE SPIDER, and THE GIRLS WITH GAMES OF BLOOD.

 

Bill Bodden
Bill Bodden

A freelance writer since 2001, Bill has done most of his writing work in the tabletop games industry, with published work for such companies as Modiphius Entertainment, Onyx Path Publishing, Green Ronin Publishing, Margaret Weis Productions, Games Workshop/Black Library, Fantasy Flight Games, and Mongoose Publishing. Bill has more recently worked on writing fiction, with publishing credits "A Quiet House in the Country from Haunted: Eleven Tales of Ghostly Horror (Flames Rising Press, 2011) and "In the Shadow of His Glory" from Sidekicks! (Alliteration Ink, 2013). Check out Bill's website and weekly blog: www.billbodden.com

 

Matt McElroy
Chris Cason

Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z", Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia", Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist", Face McShooty and Mal in "Borderlands 2", Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater", Miyamoto and M1 in "Yu Yu Hakusho", Taruru in "Sgt. Frog", Boo and Whitey in "Shin Chan", Hanai in "School Rumble", Ukyo in "Ouran High School Host Club", Chamo in "Negima", Babbit in "Kodocha", Siegfried in "Kenichi", and Hanbei in "Sengoku Basara" represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles.

You may have also heard him in: Attack on Titan, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland, Michiko & Hatchin, Fairy Tail, Case Closed, and Space Dandy

As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games.  Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, and as Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken.

For additional information, visit “Chris Cason’s Anime Chuckle Hut” on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.

 

Joseph Scrimshaw
Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic book artist currently providing artwork for the science fiction comic series Parallel Man, due out later in 2014. Most of Chris’ work in recent years has been penciling for DC Comics, including penciling, inking and interiors and covers for Young Justice, based on the hit Cartoon Network animated TV series. He was also the regular penciler on The Batman Strikes. Other DC Comics credits include Batman '66, Justice League Adventures, Batman & Robin, Day of Judgment and the cult series Young Heroes in Love. His work for Marvel Comics includes Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Marvel Superhero Squad. His other comics include the comic book adaptation of Re-Animator, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, Kolchak: Fever Pitch, and he is also the co-creator of Dr. Blink Superhero Shrink with writer/cartoonist John Kovalic.

Chris enjoys a second career as the Chief Creative Officer for CONvergence, the world’s largest fan-run science fiction convention. Chris co-founded the convention in 1998, and served on the parent organization’s Board of Directors for the first 14 years of its life, and has created a wealth of artwork for organization, most of which features the convention mascot Connie.

Chris currently resides in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where he is surrounded by talented friends who seduce him into more projects he doesn’t have time for – including improv, sketch comedy and voice acting.

 

John Kovalic

USA Today called John Kovalic a “hot pick.” His creations include the multi-award-winning comic Dork Tower, as well as Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink, Snapdragons, and many other features. His work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times and Rolling Stone to Dragon Magazine.

John is co-founder and co-owner of Out of the Box Games, and is a frequent conributor to the madness that is Steve Jackson Games. John has illustrated more than 2,500 cards for the Munchkin game, which must be some kind of record somewhere...

John has illustrated more than 100 games and supplements, and is also responsible for toys such as My Little Cthulhu and Mythos Buddies. John was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in July 2003, the first cartoonist to receive such an honor.

John calls Madison home. It never calls back

 

Matt McElroy
Matt M. McElroy
Matt M McElroy is the Director of Marketing for DriveThruRPG.com, DriveThruComics.com, and other related sites. Here, he works with Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Catalyst Game Labs, and other publishers to deliver your favorite RPGs and comics in digital and print editions. A long-time horror, dark fantasy, and dark science fiction fan, he is also the owner of Flames Rising Press which publishes the type of fiction and games he loves. Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror, an award winning anthology, is Flames Rising's most popular book in its current catalog.

Matt is also a freelance developer of games, primarily working with Onyx Path Publishing on the Vampire: the Masquerade and Hunter: the Vigil RPGs.

 

Joseph Scrimshaw
Marianne Miller

Marianne very rarely stops talking, and once she realized she could make money off it, life became even sweeter.  At the ripe age of 19 she was cast in Fullmetal Alchemist and the Conquerer of Shamballa, and from there went on to work on animation and video game projects such as Monster, Fate/Zero, Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Zebraman, Tweeny Witches, Avalon Code, Squid Girl, and Dragon Age: Warden's Fall, among others. Some of her more notable roles are Kyosuke Kamijo in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Recon in Sword Art Online, Young Kiritsugu in Fate/Zero, Braxton in the successfully kickstarted Cryamore, and Kai in the Wizart Animation telling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen.

 

Joseph Scrimshaw
Joseph Scrimshaw

Joseph Scrimshaw is a comedian, writer, and squirrel enthusiast. He's brought his geek-flavored comedy to Dragon Con, CONvergence, w00tstock, SF SketchFest, Jonathan Coulton’s JoCoCruiseCrazy, and more. He’s written for the movie-riffing site RiffTrax, the radio show Wits, and the podcast Getting On With James Urbaniak. Joseph's podcast Obsessed has been featured as a "Staff Favorite" on iTunes. His latest comedy album is Flaw Fest: a comedy show about horrible human flaws with a bonus music album of songs inspired by the show. Featuring music from The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, John Roderick, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Mike Phirman, and more. Joseph wastes all his free time tweeting about not having enough free time. Find out more than you would ever want to know about Joseph on his website at http://www.josephscrimshaw.com.

 

Mark Stegbauer
Mark Stegbauer

Mark Stegbauer is a 20+ year veteran of the comic book industry. He has inked numerous comics for Marvel, DC, Image, and Moonstone on such titles as Spider-Man, Avengers, Flash, JLA, Badger, and the Phantom. 

He is the Illustrator of the DIY Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse from Hanson Press. 

His current projects include, SURVIVAL, an urban zombie tale written by Russell Lissau, and Dr Goyle, his creator owned all-ages comic.

Find him on the web at www.steg-art.com.

 

Monica Valentinelli
Monica Valentinelli
Monica Valentinelli is an author and game designer who lurks in the dark. Her publications include non-fiction, original and tie-in fiction. Stories range from Redwing's Gambit, a novella set in the universe of the Bulldogs! RPG, and "Tailfeather"; which debuted in Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy. In addition to her short stories, novellas, articles, and RPG contributions, Monica crafted one of the first enhanced e-books titled The Queen of Crows. In her spare time, she dons the role of project manager for horror and dark fantasy webzine, Flamesrising.com. By day, Monica dons the role of Marketing Director for Steve Jackson Games and Business Manager for illustrator and comic artist John Kovalic. For more about Monica and her work, visit her website.
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