We would like to welcome game developer and Florida native Catherine West! Starting her programming journey on a TI-86 calculator, Catherine coded her way to a job at Chucklefish in London as Technical lead and was the lead programmer of Starbound. The indie game is an intergalactic journey through a vast procedurally generated universe. The player must traverse the stars in their space shuttle while beaming down to planets on various quests to collect items, fight enemies, and explore the wide open world. You will not want to miss Catherine’s panel!
Voice actor Dino Andrade is probably best known to video game fans worldwide as the Scarecrow from the Game of The Year Award-Winning Blockbuster Batman: Arkham Asylum. Dino is also known as the voice behind Professor Putricide, Mimiron, High Tinkerer, Mekkatorque, The Death Knight Gnomes and more from World of Warcraft, which boasts 11 million gamers around the globe! Additionally, Andrade has lent his voice to such high-profile properties as Brutal Legend, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, Pocket God, Samurai Heroes, and Nerf-N-Strike. Anime/gamer fans know him for his starring roles as Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, and Ragou in Tales of Vesparia, as well as his guest appearances in Hellsing Ultimate and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Dino has also been heard in both radio and television campaigns for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies as the iconic voice of Pop of Snap, Crackle and Pop fame!
Be sure to check out his pages and come see him at the con!
FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/dino.andrade.75
OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://dinoandrade.com
Egto Cosplay and Deanna Is A Duck cosplay have been making costumes for over 11 years. They started cosplaying together in 2015 and have made many different costumes, ranging from armor to bodysuits from their favorite video games and anime, including costumes from Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, and Naruto! They will be joining us for ECC 2017 to share their wide range of costuming knowledge. Be sure to check out both of their pages https://www.facebook.com/egtobiologist/ and https://www.facebook.com/deannaisaduck/ and come see them at the con!
While visiting his parents’ home in Central New York, Joe Granato discovered a box of forgotten illustrations, designed by he and other eight-year-old neighborhood friends—concepts for a video game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. He decided it might be fun to try to realize those ambitions. But instead of creating it for a mobile device or modern console, he set out to use the same techniques and adhere to the same limitations that would have been employed in 1988 to make a new cartridge-based game actually playable on the now-archaic hardware. Gathering a small team of modern creatives, what began as an explorative novelty project about building a video game for a system 30 years removed from relevance escalated to a two-year, ten-thousand-mile journey into an esoteric subculture made up of devotees to creating new NES games; artists who thrive on limitation. www.thenew8bitheroes.com
Little Red Fox Cosplay is an accomplished seamstress and costumer from Mobile, AL. Red grew up backstage at local ballets and theater companies and spent her childhood assisting in the creation and repair of all kinds of costumes and props. Her expertise in sewing and working with a wide variety of crafting materials, as well as her keen eye and attention to detail, keep her in demand as a cosplay competition judge. Known for innovative designs and use of materials, she is always looking for projects that will challenge both her skill level and her artistry. She believes that cosplay is about having fun and being whoever or whatever you want to be, and she always remembers to put the “play” in cosplay.
In addition to convention and event appearances, Red also maintains Causeplay Gulf Coast, a group of talented cosplayers and builders who volunteer their time at charitable and community events, portraying favorite characters from comics, television, movies, anime, and gaming, and entertaining the crowds. Their interactions with fans helps bring attention to worthy causes while providing a little something extra to the event.
When not cosplaying, Red can often be found at her sewing table at home, listening to audio books and working on the next project, or playing video games and annoying her dog, Lily. She also enjoys board games and cooking, and is addicted to all things Harry Potter. You can see more of her work at www.facebook.com/littleredfoxcosplay and www.instagram.com/littleredfoxcosplay
Chimichanga TalkChimichanga Talk is a Geeky podcast which averages 4,500 listeners. Chimichanga Talk takes an insider’s look at the industry from people in the industry. From comics to movies, video-games to novels, we cover it all!
Past guests have included: Michael Rooker, Jason Douglas, Kevin Eastman, Lew Temple, I Fight Dragons, Bobby Nash, and Lloyd Kaufman to name a few. Be sure to check out there page http://www.chimichangatalk.com/home.html and come see them at the con!
Eric is a native of Texas. He operates Focus Pointe Productions, which includes the Underground FX Lab, Productionrigs.com and S.L.A.V.E. Magazine (Script, Lighting, Audio, Video and Editing). His passion for FX started over six years ago and has always been inspired by the SyFy channel’s Face Off. Like others before him, he is a self-taught FX Artist. He has spent hours in his garage making monsters. His creations are now being sought after. He has recently been published in the Daily News, Emerald Coast Magazine and the Pensacola News Journal (which went to the Associated Press). Recently did all the FX for the Movie “Lost Souls” and “Trepanation”. He also worked on a music video that will feature eight of his zombie characters. Along with his television producer workshops, he started an Underground FX Lab, where he has now started instructing others in the fine art of zombie makings, blood, scars, masks, mold making, sculpting and more.
Zombie Fishie Cosplay
Zombie Fishie Cosplay will be joining us as a guest and as our cosplay coordinator! Katherine will be organizing and running this year’s Adult and Kid costume contests. Zombie Fishie Cosplay; Katherine is a crafty costumer from Destin Florida. She has been sewing and creating costumes since 2005. Zombie Fishie works hard to create screen accurate props and cosplay with a variety of materials and techniques. Her hard work has paid off with numerous craftsmanship award such as; Best Character Likeness, Best Prop, Best Group, and numerous Best in Show. Whether its armor and props or sewing Zombie Fishie makes sure to capture every detail. In her free time she is a huge gamer and overall nerd, playing Dragon Age, Destany, Overwatch, and Assassin’s Creed, among many more. Photo by Variant Cover Cosplay Composites
Rika is an artist and cosplayer based out of the Florida Panhandle, and has been perfecting her cosplay since 2009. She has an intense love for every character she portrays, and always tries to keep the “play” in cosplay, embodying the full character while in costume. To her, cosplay means first and foremost to “be who you want to be”.
In early 2013, Rika moved to Florida and began building friendships and professional relationships with some of the most talented cosplayers and photographers in the southeast. With this new-found inspiration and support, her cosplay portfolio expanded dramatically, which led to winning multiple local awards and making appearances at conventions along the Gulf Coast. Her favorite characters to cosplay have the duality of being sultry and seductive, yet extremely strong, powerful, and a little dangerous. When not cosplaying, Rika enjoys painting, table-top gaming, international foods, and all things Disney.Be sure to check out her page facebook.com/Rikativity/ and instagram.com/rikativity/ and come see her at the con!
Geek Out Studio
In 2013, Geek Out Studio took the plunge into the cosplay and prop making community by making big props and armor. They have since become an award winning cosplay group appearing in publications and at numerous cons. Geek Out Studio loves bringing new people into the world of cosplay by teaching and demonstrating how they too can make their own cosplay goals come to life. They are best known for armor and big props.
Be sure to check out their page https://www.facebook.com/geekoutstudio/ and come see him at the con!
The surf rock band Action Doug will be rocking out on the main stage Saturday at 12pm. Check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/actiondougband/
405th Southern Regiment
The 405th Infantry Division is the world’s premiere Halo based costuming organization. Members enjoy, express, and share their interest in costuming with others in the fan community by creating and wearing costumes and props that represent characters from the Halo universe. The organization was founded in 2005 as an online message board to help fans create the complex costumes and props seen in the Halo universe and in 2014 expanded its scope to become a costuming fan club. You can find more information at www.405th.com/