CoastCon is Mississippi's longest running and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization. CoastCon, Inc. and its ten-member volunteer board develop events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and science fiction, fantasy and gaming in all formats across the Southern United States, for over forty years.
Special Effects Guest - Tara Carter
Tara Carter is a make-up and special effects artist based in the New Orleans area. Her company, Nether Den Studio, specializes in latex prosthetics, art figurines, and realistic animal costume pieces.
From a young age, she was fascinated by the world of special effects makeup and creature creation, especially puppetry. The work of Jim Henson Creature Shop and Stan Winston Studio were (and continue to be) a major influence on her interests and style. After graduating from Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts with special recognition for concentration in the arts curriculum, Tara went on to achieve a BA in Fine Art from Tulane University. Seeking a more specific education, she attended the Complete Programme at Complections International Academy of Make-up Artistry (now known as CMU) in Toronto, Canada.
Equipped with this knowledge and training, she returned to New Orleans in the autumn of 2011 and landed work through 2012 on a television episode "Destination Fear" and three independent films - including the direct-to-DVD "Rugaru". Cutbacks in industry tax credits led to the rapid decline of the Louisiana film industry, so she founded Nether Den Studio and began selling her creations online at www.NetherDen.com
Media Guest - Jason Carter
Perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of Marcus Cole in the sci-fi tv series "Babylon 5", Jason began his career in London, England.
In 1981, after a three-month tour of Holland and Belgium playing Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet", he graduated The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Much British theatre followed, with plays throughout Britain, including playing Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre. Jason also had long runs in the London West End: "The Sleeping Prince" with Omar Sharrif; Simon Gray's "Melon" with Alan Bates and Simon Gray's "The Common Pursuit". At the Royal National Theatre, he played Naraboth in Steven Berkoff’s innovative production of Oscar Wilde’s "Salome".
Since he landed in America, Jason had roles in many TV productions including "Viper", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Roar", "3rd Rock from the Sun", "Charmed", "Lois and Clark" and "Angel". Film work includes “Georgia”, "The Mesmerist", "Wild Obsession", "Dakota Road", "The Emperor’s New Clothes" and "King David". Recently, Jason acted with Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth in the 2016 summer release "The Duel".
Jason's official website: http://jasoncarter-actor.blogspot.com/
Author Guest of Honor - Stephen Brust
Steven Brust was born late in the Cenozoic Era at a place a mere 238,900 miles from the lonely, harsh desolation of the moon. From the moment of his birth, he launched a study of language, facial recognition, and tool using, while simultaneously beginning an intense regime of physical fitness. He fell into a life of crime under the influence of Tuli, the Evil Dog of Evilness, a life which continued for many years. At one point, aided by Captain Blondbeard the Space Pirate Kitty, he nearly succeeded in either taking over the world or destroying the universe, the record is unclear. The plot, which featured a machine (built by a mysterious parrot known only as “Doc”) that could predict the future, failed when the machine turned out to be only able to predict the plot of action movies. This led Brust to abandon his criminal activities and begin writing science fiction and fantasy novels. Only time will tell how much lower he’ll sink.
Gaming Guest of Honor - Sandy Petersen
Sandy got his start in the game industry at Chaosium in 1980, working on tabletop roleplaying games. His best-known work from that time is the cult game Call of Cthulhu, which has been translated into many languages and is still played worldwide.
He also worked on many other published projects, such as Runequest, Stormbringer, Elfquest and even the Ghostbusters RPG, and was instrumental in the creation of dozens of scenario packs and expansions. He also acted as developer on the original Arkham Horror board game.
In 2013 he founded Petersen Games which has released a series of highly successful boardgame projects, including Theomachy, Orcs Must Die! the board game, and the much-admired Cthulhu Wars. His games have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and he has received dozens of awards from the game industry
Regional Guests - Scott and Eris
Scott Carroll and Eris Walsh are actors, writers, comedians, and the creators of the web comic “The Adventures of Scottbunny and Erisaurus.” With nearly 30 combined years of entertainment experience, Scott and Eris bring their unique brand of humor and stories to stages across the country.
Science Guest - Kathy Beauford
Kathy Beauford earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Loyola University of the South, and has taught for 31 years on the elementary, secondary, and college levels (where she earned 7 excellence in teaching awards). She has taught aerospace education for 28 years.
Lt Colonel Kathy Beauford is the Director of External Aerospace Education and Robotics Project Manager for the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol,(CAP) the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. She has been awarded the Crossfield Medal - Master Level for Aerospace Education. Kathy travels Louisiana hosting aerospace exhibits and presenting shows on such topics as “The Mars Rover Curiosity,” “Are We Alone in the Universe?” “The Fermi Paradox: Why hasn’t E.T. Phoned Home?” “Apollo Moon Exploration”, “The Future of NASA: The only way is UP!” “Are We Ever going to Mars?” and “The Space Launch System: Our Journey to Deep Space.” Kathy has researched, written, and produced two CDs: “Are We Alone in the Universe?” and “Aerospace Education.”
Kathy has earned 58 aerospace education awards, including the coveted Holm Aerospace Education Award, naming her as the #1 aerospace educator in the nation. She also has won the prestigious Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award numerous times, naming her twice as one of the top 8 aerospace educators in the nation. Her other favorite award is from Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society. The “Promotion of Research in Science Award” recognizes Kathy for “dedication to the teaching of science.” She says, “I was thrilled to be recognized by scientists.”
Kathy’s exhibits and presentations have reached 25,378 people in the last 4 years. Her press releases have resulted in 275 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Kathy has written for Science Stories for the National Science Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. With Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Louisiana Nature & Science Center, Kathy co-wrote A Teacher’s Companion to the Space Station: A Multi-disciplinary Resource. A Teacher’s Companion has enjoyed international distribution through NASA’s Teacher Resource Centers and Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Kathy has recently spent 10 months researching and updating the information and science in A Teacher’s Companion. With generous grants from Lockheed Martin Space Systems and the Civil Air Patrol, the project is in its third printing. Kathy founded the Space Flight Institute at the Louisiana Nature & Science Center in New Orleans.
She presents at such venues as The Laser Interferometry Gravitation Observatory in Livingston; The Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge; Advanced Space Academy for Educators at Huntsville AL; The CAP National Aerospace Educator School at Pensacola, Fla; Stennis Space Center in Peterson, MS; and conventions in Louisiana and Mississippi. Lt Col Beauford presents each year at the Louisiana Wing Conference and La Wing Academy on aerospace topics and robotics.
In the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Kathy is a navigator for air and search and rescue and has earned the “Find” medal 7 times.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology appointed Kathy to a NASA Solar System Ambassadorship, one of 450 in the nation. Kathy continues to be a force in the promotion of aerospace education and the U.S. space program. Her motto is “America needs SPACE to GROW!”
Media Guest of Honor - J. Michael Tatum
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.
Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.
Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn.
And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom and Dragon Ball Z Kai. In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/
Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.
Author Guest - K.D. Wood
Author Guest - Kimberly Richardson
Kimberly B. Richardson is the author of Tales From a Goth Librarian, The Decembrists, Tales From a Goth Librarian II, Mabon/Pomegranate, Open A, and The Path of a Tea Traveler. She is the creator of the Agnes Viridian series, the Maven Chronicles, the Tea Traveler Chronicles, and the Order of the Black Silk trilogy. She is also the editor of Realms of Imagination: An Urban Fantasy Anthology and the Steampunk anthology series Dreams of Steam, and has stories in multiple anthologies. Ms. Richardson was the 2015 David McCrosky Volunteer Photographer in Residence for Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also the founder and Editor in Chief of the literary journal violet windows. Ms. Richardson is the founder and owner of Viridian Tea Company and a certified thanatologist.