FAN GUEST OF HONOR – RAFE WHITE
Rafe White was born to a cool mom and dad who introduced their wee one to Star Trek, Star Wars, and all other things sci-fi. He grew up (theoretically) in a room full of comic books, D&D modules, and video game consoles (from Atari to Xbox, he’s owned them all). In 2012 his love of everything geek and the desire to meld with like minds lead to the collaborative creation of the Southern Geek Facebook group, which now has over 6,000 members. He first started attending cons at the turn of the century and has been a regular congoer ever since. With the help of friends and family, he hosted the con Southern Geek Fest in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2016 and 2017; however, Rafe prefers going to cons over hosting them, so look for him on the con floor. He’s the guy table-hopping, sharing the love of his fandoms, and learning about new ones.
AUTHOR GUEST – ROB CERIO
Rob Cerio was born at an early age, and has since grown much more hair. As a comedy writer, he denies all rumors of making inappropriate jokes at funerals. He has published four novels, six short stories, and helped author a YouTube web series. He has also won two awards for his writing contributions to his local 48hr Film Festival. He now lives in Metairie, Louisiana with his lovely wife, two adorable step kids, and a small annoying dog named after a large Japanese monster.
AUTHOR GUEST – ERNEST RUSSELL
Ernest Russell has written for Pro Se Productions, Beyond the Threshold Studios, and the literary journal Violet Windows. Some of his favorite things (besides coffee) are Science Fiction, Horror, Steampunk, and Fantasy books and movies. His writing is split amongst those genres and when not writing can be found playing board games or a RPG In the last year, Ernest has joined the staff at Pro Se as contributing submissions editor and, as time allows, content and copy editor.
He has managed the Facebook page for The Week in Geek 99.5 WRNO Talk radio and still makes contributions to this great show, a radio show dedicated to all things geek.
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, and the Photography II winner of the 2018 Raymond James Affiliate Art Show. Ms. Richardson is the founder and owner of Viridian Tea Company and a World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist. Ms. Richardson is also the founder of Tea Junkie World, a blog dedicated to the Tea Lifestyle.
AUTHOR GUEST – J.B. GARNER
J. B. Garner is a hybrid author and professional editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has written over a dozen published novels and edited dozens more, including multiple Amazon bestselling titles in the speculative fiction genres.
AUTHOR GUEST – JASON FEDORA
Jason Fedora got into writing when a grade school teacher asked her students to write an Easter story. While everyone else wrote of fluffy bunnies Jason wrote about an Easter egg hunt that became the battlefield between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Jason wrote the Truth of Betrayal, an epic fantasy, published by Dark Oak Press.
AUTHOR GUEST – DEREK DYKES
AUTHOR GUEST – JULIE WETZEL
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2011, she started writing stories to entertain her sister, deployed with the US Navy. Julie currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and son. She’s a bit of a factotum that’s currently acting as a full-time author and part-time R/C mechanic.
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 linktr.ee/netherden.
MEDIA GUEST – JASON CARTER
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/