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.
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Fan Guest of Honor - Skungy Scontrino (The Week in Geek)
Being a manager of a local Gamestop makes Skungy the perfect candidate for The Week in Geek's weekly video game review. "Skungy's Pick of the Week" is a staple part of our broadcast and can be heard in the second segment of each of our shows. Video games aren't just a gig for Skungy as he possesses quite the collection of arcade pinball and cabinet games as well as a large collection of classic consoles. Skungy worked for the House of Shock for 18 years and during a majority of that was "Seaman Skungy" with his bordello of freaks. Performing on stage amidst a crowd wanting to get their pants scared off, Skungy kept the patrons of the House entertained on their way in. Skungy was also the face of the House of Shock appearing on billboards around the Metro New Orleans area.
Fan Guest of Honor - Dave Ducorbier (The Week in Geek)
APD for WRNO and WODT, Author, Pseudo-Celebrity, Gamer (Paper & Pencil), Live-Action Role-Player, Xbox Enthusiast, History Lover, and Father. A life long resident of New Orleans that has been involved in Southern Fandom since his first convention at the tender age of 15. Over the past 15 years his highly controversial alter-ego JOE BOB has MC'd over 50 Charitable Events at Conventions all along the Gulf Coast. He has also led panel discussions at several Conventions on Topics ranging from writing Steampunk stories to “How to Throw the Perfect Room Party”. David was also the Owner of the Bar “Spider's Web” in New Orleans. During that time he gave refuge to LARPers in need of gaming space and threw theme parties of epic proportions. The Week in Geek is his brainchild. It is an attempt to provide Geeks, Nerds, Fan Groups, and Geeky Charitable Organizations, a platform in which they may promote events and recruit members. Other Radio Stations refused to take calls or ideas from people they deemed Nerds. Our Radio Show and Station are the only ones in the New Orleans Area that give our fellow Geeks a Voice. You can find his short story “Arms R.A.C.E.” in the book “New Orleans by Gaslight” available on Amazon.com.
Fan Guest of Honor - Brian Held (The Week in Geek)
Cosplayer, Gamer, Dragonslayer, and geek extraordinaire! He has been part of the Gulf Coast Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Gaming community for over 26 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 Wargames and Fantasy Cosplay Troop. Brian has been an avid gamer for the past 33 years be it role-playing, board, card, or miniature war games he has played his fair share. On the cosplay front Brian makes many of the costumes that he wears and has even done a bit of makeup for Lucasfilm. He also enjoys passing along his costuming knowledge through teaching others to make costumes for themselves, Brian is always happy to share what he knows. On film, Brian has had some opportunities like his Dragonslayer commercial, playing the dad in the 48 film fest production Apocalyptic Problems, as a spokesperson for the 501st on WGNO's News with a Twist, and in Krewe du Who Time fest promo commercials. Lately, Brian has been on film with Tenet Noctis, Hopeless: A Star Wars Story, and NCIS New Orleans. Brian knows that there is always something new in geekdom to see or do and is eager for his next great adventure!
Author Guest - Derek Dykes
Bigger than a bread basket, and slightly more detailed than a medieval woodcutting, Derek is a Mobile, AL native, and terminal Geek. He's been writing for his friends and family for 25 years, killing characters and bad ideas as needed, always bringing the need for thought to his writing. Derek's work is not for those who need to be led to every conclusion, nor is it for the faint of heart.
His works include The Dark Zone Trilogy (Madness, Mayhem and Murder), as well as Dead Ringer, and several articles and essays spread across the Southeast.
If you want to know more about the author, find him on https://www.derekdykes.com.
Author Guest - Alexander S. Brown
Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008 with his first book, Traumatized. Reviews for this short story collection were so favorable that it received a reissue as a special edition. His current short story collection, The Night the Jack O’ Lantern Went Out, received bestseller status nationwide on day of release.
Alongside his solitary work, he is the author of multiple young adult steampunk stories. These tales can be found in the anthologies: Dreams of Steam, Capes and Clockwork, and Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His more extreme pieces can be found in the anthologies: Luna’s Children, Primal Fears, Southern Haunts, and State of Horror: Louisiana Vol 1.
Brown is the screenwriter, producer, and actor of two short films, The Acquired Taste, directed by Chuck Jett and, Granny’s House, directed by Chris Copeskey. His hobbies include confrontational spoken word poetry and photography.
Author Guest - Jason Fedora
Jason Fedora’s writing career started when an Elementary teacher had her students write an Easter story. While everyone else wrote of fluffy bunnies and family, Jason wrote about an Easter egg hunt that became the battle ground between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Jason has come a long way from that five-page short story. He has recently had the Truth of Betrayal, an epic fantasy, published by Dark Oak Press. The second book to The Truth of Betrayal, Gates of Worlds has been accepted by Dark Oak and will be releases late 2018/ early 2019. Jason has a Single Shot Dakota Bell, an alternate history short story, to be released by Prose Press in late 2018. Jason is also a contributor to the Prose Press release of, The Shadow sees the Sun: Creatives Surviving Depression. Jason is currently doing a rewrite for Unknown: War Drums, a modern day paranormal horror with fellow author and father R. J. Holmes.
Artist Guest - Keith Wahl
Keith Wahl is a professional celebrity artist hailing from Anniston, Alabama. To all he meets, he's known as 'That Spray Paint Guy!’ His subjects span across tv, film, comics, games, and anime. His work has been displayed in art gallery shows and conventions across the Southeast. He’s truly passionate about helping people live happier lives through art and geek culture. He is also an accomplished photographer. He loves anything and everything art!
Author Guest - MeLeesa Swann
MeLeesa Swann grew up in the small town of Millbrook, AL. She always loved reading and frequently wrote stories to live out her own adventurous dreams. One day, on a whim, she entered a competition and out of tens of thousands of people, she placed in the top 100. Finally seeing her talent for what it was, she embraced her destiny and became an author.
She has written many genres including, Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adult, Horror, and Middle Grade. Her current favorite is Middle Grade; she never really grew up anyways, so it works perfectly.
MeLeesa recently published her first novel, Legendary Lex: An ODD Beginning. She is working on the second book of the series and plotting future stories in her spare time.
Special Celebrity Artist Guest - Matthew Atchley
Matthew Atchley is a celebrity artist and actor known for his hand-drawn intricately detailed illustrations. His subjects span across all fandoms and different forms of pop culture including characters from popular TV, film, comics, and more.
He has created artwork for several actors from The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Breaking Bad, Arrow, The Flash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Napoleon Dynamite to just name a few. Ever diverse, he also created a series of political cartoons with Actor Sean Astin with Sean writing and Matthew illustrating. Matthew appears at comic conventions and events as a special guest all across the country. His artwork has also graced book covers, company logos, and art gallery walls. He was ranked in 4th place in an international poll for Best Portrait Artist by the Spacie Awards. Matthew has also recently returned to his acting roots as well. He can be seen on episodes of “The Originals”, “Nashville”, “Snapped”, & “Murder Calls” and many more upcoming projects. His entire artwork portfolio can be found at artofmatthewatchley.com and Facebook.com/theartofmatthewatchley.com.
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.