Pin-up artist working in graphite, digital, and oil paint
Nicole Brune is a former model and traditional pin-up artist working in graphite, digital, and oil paint. Her new and different take on characters really got the attention of fans that refer to her as “the next Olivia”. Over the years, the requests and commissions have steered her pin-up art towards comic, fantasy and sci-fi themes. As the world turns digital, because of the intricate detail of her oil and pencil work, she is becoming the artist’s artist. Nicole is always happy to share advice and techniques with aspiring artists. Combined with her beauty on and off camera, as well as her friendliness and approachability, her fan base continues to grow exponentially!
Nicole is a frequent guest of comic cons around the country, and her works have been seen in Koncept Magazine, Von Gutenberg Magazine, Married to Rock on E!, PlayboyTV, G4TV and more. Her pin-ups have been licensed for use on drum sticks, guitar picks, guitars, boats, shirts, vintage metal signs, stickers, posters and sold-out Limited Editions. She has designed tattoos, and cosplayers are even making outfits based on her unique takes on existing characters. Her newest full sized book was released at the end of 2014, and in mid 2015, her art was seen on the cover of the SOLD OUT Lady Death: Death Becomes Her edition!
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.
Author, Steven Brust! He is the author of 26 novels and is best known for his novel series based on fictional character Vlad Taltos, an assassin part of a minority group of humans living on a world called Dragaera. Mr. Brust is also a drummer, guitarist, banjo player and singer- songwriter with one solo album and two albums as a member of Cats laughing. He has written songs for bands such as Boiled in Lead. He is an enthusiastic amateur poker player.
Visit his website: dreamcafe.com
Ring the bell! Coming to the booth, from Austin, Texas, weighing in at (an undisclosed weight, probably less than your waifu collection) pounds, It’s Caitlynn French! Caitlynn is fairly new to the scene, having debuted in 2012 as Qumola from Book of Bantorra. She’s ran the ropes and trained hard to conquer roles such as Shiro (No Game No Life), Chris (Cross Ange), Hana Isuzu (Girls und Panzer), Matsurika Shinouji (Maria-Holic, Maria-Holic Alive), Tina Sprout (Black Bullet), Mei Tachibana (Say “I love you”), Mio and Midori Nishizono (Little Busters, Little Busters Refrain), Sakura Inami (Beyond the Boundary), Ai Astin (Sunday Without God) and Miyu Edelfelt (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya & 2Wei).
Caitlynn recuperates from her time in the booth by playing video games, MMOs, and watching professional wrestling. She goes through grueling vocal conditioning playing tabletop roleplaying games, and screaming obscenities at the TV during Monday Night RAW. She likes to keep her life simple but unique. Ever changing hair dye, superhero capes, blacklight paint, and yoga pants are all just routine parts of life. At the end of the day she likes to wind down with a good nightly read of the Necronomicon. It is unconfirmed, but highly suspected, her blood is pure caffeinated Pepsi.
Paladin began radio and acting in the same year as he became a full-time radio personality for 1360am KNRB (formerly KXOL – George Carlin’s alma mater) as well as his debut as a professional actor in Word Music’s “The Promise” (musical theatre) as The Gadarene Demoniac in the musical portrayal of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
In a number of films-including “Grim,” “Pros & Cons,” “Skunk-Ape Hunters In Texas,” and a documentary about the Dallas glam-rock scene as well as short films.
Appeared in Love Stricken Demise rock video for “Celebrity High” Love Stricken Demise features Nikki McKibbin (American Idol, Celebrity Rehab), Billy Blair (Macheté, Jonah Hex), Rico Getz, and Holly Wood (“Hot Hair by Holly,” Observer Makeover Contest 2011, Deep Ellum Arts Festival live music MC, and featured on the Tara Buell and Paladin Rox show on FishBowlRadioNetwork.com). Video for song “Celebrity High” on June 20th, 2011, at legendary Dallas rock club “Trees.”
Actor, Broadcaster, Author, Voice-Talent, Voice-Actor, and Poet/Lyricist.
Christopher D. Schmitz
published author of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal fiction
Christopher D. Schmitz is a traditionally published author of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal fiction. He has a background in sales and pitch-work and excels at engaging people in public situations. Often found at events and conventions, he has a bunch of random skills involving playing the bagpipes and drawing stick figures. In addition to his day job at a nonprofit which works with area teens and writing he runs local gaming clubs, keeps an active blog, and regularly guides and encourages other young authors. He also writes for his local newspaper.
Aaron Imholte hosts the Steel Toe Morning Show on Rockin’101 101.7 in Sauk Rapids from 5-9am. You can also find him doing stand up comedy around Central Minnesota. He also hosts the “Steel Toe Uncensored Podcast” every Tuesday at 10am on the Steel Toe Morning Show Facebook Page, Youtube, SoundCloud, and Itunes.
radio host, comedian
The Cosplay Contest Guest Judges | Wig-Wig Cosplay
Paragon, one half of the cosplay duo Wig-Wig Cosplay, hails from St. Paul, MN and has been cosplaying for only a few years, but has been an avid lover of RPGs, board games, and videogames since he could hold a game controller. Over the past year, Paragon has become known for his leather work and armor making skills. His attention to detail is only rivaled by SkyPirate, and his work always involves some kind of research on materials – leather, EVA, Sintra, Worlba, Terraflex, Transpa-Art, woodworking, you name it! Paragon’s favorite part of cosplaying is planning out his next project to beat out the last. While not slaving away over a dremmel or a beveling tool, Paragon hosts tabletop gaming nights, plays games of Warhammer 40K, and works on his personal board game and RPG creations – which he’s always excited to talk about!
SkyPirate, the other half of the cosplay duo Wig-Wig Cosplay, drives to all her cons from St. Paul, MN and brings with her a plethora of cosplay knowledge – and tons of trial and error stories! Her cosplaying days started back in middle school, but really took the spotlight in 2015 when she and Paragon attended 14 conventions and won numerous consecutive awards for craftsmanship. With each project, SkyPirate tries to learn a new skill to grow her talents. From wig styling to painting, her favorite will always be sewing and she has spent more hours at her Pfaff than she would be healthy to admit. Every blue moon, she’ll step away from cosplay and enjoy buying a new board game to add to her collection or join in on Paragon’s RPG adventures. Rivaling her love of cosplay is her enjoyment of JRPGs and selling her soul to the Final Fantasy franchise.
Find them on Facebook: wigwigcosplay
Guests: Midwest Haidong Gumdo & Sword Art Live
Sword Art Live is a con group that has hosted panels over the past 5 years at many of the local events including Marscon, CONvergence, AnineDetour, AniMinneaplis and Wizard World’s Minneapolis Comic Con.
The group is made up of instructors and students from several Midwest Haidong Gumdo schools. Our con team varies from event to event which makes the panels different each time.
The panels we host range from demonstration based (Sword Masters Live), audience participation (Sword Art Now & Swords in Anime & Scifi), and Martial Arts as Superhero training (Training Your Hero).