DerpyCon 2017 - November 17 - 19, 2017 - Morristown, NJ

2015 Guests

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books and has recently started her own press, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court: and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections. She is a member of Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres. Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and two extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail, BadAssFaeries, eSpecBooks, and TheHornieLady). To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, www.especbooks.com or www.badassfaeries.com.

Kevin Bolk

Cosplay Burlesque Kevin Bolk (K-Bo to his fans) is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and proud alumnus of Awesome University (his favorite imaginary alma mater). Although he’s done work for Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Udon Entertainment, Blind Ferret Entertainment, and Voices For, he’s best known for his parody webcomics “It Sucks to be Weegie” and “Ensign Sue Must Die!” as well as “I’m My Own Mascot” (www.mascotcomic.com) and the fantasy send-up, Trigger Star (www.triggerstar.com). All of these delightful deviations can be found at the Interrobang Studios website (www.interrobangstudios.com). BOOKMARK OR PERISH! His work has also been featured on MTV.com, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cracked, Comics Alliance, and The Daily Dot. You can check out more of K-Bo’s stuff at www.kevinbolk.com. He built this city on Rock & Roll.

Children Driving Robots

Children Driving Robots At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade play throughs, bringing you that which you can’t get at blockbuster, inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not a word. Check them out online on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or on their website.

Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque Cosplay Burlesque is a performance spectacle featuring comedians and ecdysiasts dressed as popular characters bringing striptease and silliness to conventions up and down the East Coast! Join us for a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad chorus all dressed as your favorite fandom characters! For more information about Cosplay Burlesque, visit their website at http://www.cosplayburlesque.com/.

Keith R. A. DeCandido

Keith R. A. DeCandido Keith R.A. DeCandido is mostly known as a best-selling, award-winning author, with dozens of media tie-in novels (most recently the Star Trek coffee-table book The Klingon Art of War, the Heroes Reborn novella Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, the Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution, and the forthcoming Stargate SG-1 novel Kali’s Wrath) and original fiction (the “Precinct” series of fantasy police procedurals, including four novels and a dozen short stories, a cycle of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida, novels and short stories featuring the Super City Police Department, and the short story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido) to his credit. In 2009, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. His rewatches of classic TV shows (various series in the Star Trek and Stargate franchises, as well as the 1966 Batman) have been appearing twice weekly on Tor.com since 2011. He’s also an editor of more than 25 years’ standing (working for clients both corporate and private), a second-degree black belt in karate (which he teaches to both children and adults), a veteran podcaster, a professional musician (currently the percussionist for the parody band Boogie Knights), an avid baseball fan, and probably some other stuff that he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net.

Doctor Puppet

Doctor Puppet Doctor Puppet celebrates Doctor Who and its rich history through hand-crafted puppets and original stories. It was created by Alisa Stern in 2012. At first, it was just a Tumblr blog about the adventure of an Eleventh Doctor Puppet, but it soon grew into an animated web series starring all the Doctors! Doctor Puppet is currently made by a small team of professional artists, animators, and musicians. Together, they’ve made a dozen videos. Alisa Stern produces, makes puppets, and animates. Rachel Gitlevich animates, makes props and sets, and paints backgrounds. Erin Natal storyboards and animates. Shelby Arnold makes props and sets. The whole team contributes to the brainstorming and writing process. Outside of Doctor Puppet, everyone has worked on animated TV shows, music videos, books, and many other creative projects. Clips from Doctor Puppet have aired on several BBC channels, and it’s been featured in a BBC-produced documentary as well as Doctor Who Magazine. Steven Moffat once said that Doctor Puppet is “amazing!”

E. L. Fortner

E. L. Fortner E.L. Fortner is a voice over Artist, Author, Scriptwriter, Associate Producer, Director and an aspiring actor with years of experience in the movie industry. He has also just recently produced his first song and is currently working on a Ep release. He began, what is now over 20 years of experience, by programming video games in the early eighties, while he was in high school, developing & distributing titles for Apple Computers. He developed one of the first gaming BBS’s in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region from the knowledge he gained working in this industry. During those years, he honed his skills as a semi-professional gamer on a number of titles, managing to set a variety of records. On Saturday August 10th, 2013, E.L. Fortner received an award for his work in the video gaming industry and his visage was adorned on one of Twin Galaxies familiar video game trading cards. A card you can all now happily collect from the Twin Galaxies website. He has worked on a number of projects across all of the above industries, ranging from indie games & voice over’s, Music, to independent productions of film and Television. His projects have even allowed him to work for industry giants, Blizzard Entertainment, Disney, and many others. Edwards’s favorite and most memorable project to date has been voicing characters on the amazingly popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He also voiced several characters in the Audio Horror Series “Takes from Beyond Volume 2” coming soon to ITunes and Amazon. He has done Theater and both Film and Television Projects in a number of different Genres. He recently appeared in the American Revolution Period drama, “TURN” that showed on AMC and wrote for a TV Pilot project in Miami Entitled “Experiment Kelly” in which wrote and edited. He is currently working on a Christmas related project for Television. He is also currently completing his second book titled, “Dreams of Reality”, through Haven Publishing, releasing in 2016. He currently is also working on a radio drama, a few independent films including a Director on one, and of course more voice acting projects.

Jessica Gee-George

Jessica Gee-George Veteran Voice Actor Jessica Gee-George discovered she was a performer at the age of 2 when she grabbed her father’s smoking pipe, placed it in her mouth, and began to mimic a visiting family friend who garbled all of his words with a British accent. Jessica’s Anime credits read like a “History of Anime in America”, dating back to such classics as Akira, Magic Knight Rayearth (Mira), Metal Fighter Miku (Yoko), Tenchi Muyo GXP (Kyo). Currently, Jessica can be heard as Petz and other villainesses in VIZ’s new dub of Sailor Moon, and in Doraemon as Big G’s Mom on Disney XD. Some of Jessica’s extensive work in Feature Animation and TV Series includes: Mattel’s Team Hot Wheels, The Land Before Time (TV Series and Films), Space Chimps, Fly Me to the Moon, Max Steel, PBS Kids Maya & Miguel, Adventures in Odyssey, Little Big Panda, Disney’s Recess. Jessica is currently voicing a plumb role in the upcoming series Zak Storm, conceived by Man of Action, the creators of Ben 10. Jessica is best known to Gamers as the tough and sexy Zhu Rong in the ongoing Dynasty Warriors and Warriors Orochi Series. Jessica has also worked with Looping/ADR groups since she was a child, and continues to cast and direct projects. Her list of Film and TV credits includes literally hundreds of titles. Sci-Fi and Horror Fans will especially appreciate her voicework in such classics as Battlestar Gallactica (2004-2009 as the Ship’s Voice), Red Riding Hood (Wolf Voice Effects), Hansel & Gretel (Creature Voice Effects), Eureka, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dinotopia and Xena: Warrior Princess. You can find more information at Jessica’s website, www.GrabThatVOice.com.

Geeks Next Door

Geeks Next Door Artist Jessi Pascal and her husband Matt Pascal have been penning the webcomic Geeks Next Door since 2007. Along with their otaku roomie Barry, glamazon geek-in-the-closet Maggie, and mandatory adorable mascot Madison, the two share exaggerated tales of their everyday lives and poke fun at various nerdy tropes. Snack attacks, convention adventures, mecha/kaiju battles, and terrible fanfic ideas are all part of the lives of the Geeks Next Door!

Grant George

Grant George For more than a decade, Voice Actor Grant George has been heard worldwide in popular Animation/Anime Series and Feature Films, as well as hot-selling Video Games and Interactive Toys. Anime fans will recognize his distinctive, heroic voice from such titles as: Kill la Kill (Uzu Sanageyama), Fate/Zero (Lancer), Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Night Rikuo). Grant is the voice of Marvel’s Ant-Man, appearing in the Disney XD series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man and Lego Marvel Superheroes. Other Recent Animation work includes: Daniel, the main antagonist in the 3D Feature Film Thunder and the House of Magic. Grant’s Video Game work exceeds well over 100 titles. Most notable credits include: Dissidia Final Fantasy series (Warrior of Light), Soul Calibur III, IV & V series (Kilik), Disgaea series (Vyers & Axel). You can find more information at Grant’s website, http://www.grantgeorge.com.

Greggo’s Game Shows

Greggo's Game Shows Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.greggosgameshows.com for more information.

Michael H. Hanson

Michael H. Hanson Michael H. Hanson is a writer with over 80 short stories published in the fields of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. He is also the Founder of the international writers club “The Fictioneers,” which has over 160 members in 11 different countries. Michael’s creation, SHA’DAA, is a shared-world horror anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing LLC). The first four books in the series are “SHA’DAA: TALES OF THE APOCALYPSE,” “SHA’DAA: LAST CALL,” “SHA’DAA: PAWNS,” and “SHA’DAA: FACETS,” all of them featuring excellent stories by a talented array of authors Michael has put together. The fifth volume in his series, “SHA’DAA: INKED” is slated for publication in early 2016. You can find more information about Michael’s Sha’Daa universe at the official website, http://www.shadaa.com/.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch Richard Hatch has enjoyed international recognition for more than three decades. He has starred in such series as The Streets of San Francisco for which he won Germany’s Bravo Award (the equivalent of an Emmy Award), and the role of Philip Brent, which he originated on ABC’s All My Children. Hatch is best known and received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Captain Apollo in classic Battlestar Galactica. He is also well known for playing the integral role of political activist Tom Zarek in the re-imagined version of this iconic series. Richard’s recent projects include a guest starring role on Pairings, for which he won Best Guest Actor at the Indie Series Awards; a steampunk pilot, Cowboys & Engines with Malcolm McDowell; LOADOUT: Going in Hot, After the Harvest, and his role as Klingon Commander Kharn in Star Trek: Axanar. You can find more information at Richard’s website, http://richardhatch.com.

Inverse Phase

Inverse Phase Get your bits ready and hold onto your hardware! Hailing all the way from a distant time and place, Inverse Phase brings you retro jams within the limitations of the original NES, Atari, Commodore 64, Sega, and more. But these aren’t your ordinary jams; Inverse Phase aims to twist these sounds into the likes that you’ve never heard. With tributes recognised by Nine Inch Nails, Information Society, Men Without Hats, and more, these chiptunes are ready to make you move. For more information, see http://inversephase.com/.

LeetStreet Boys

L33tStr33t Boys LeetStreet Boys is an anime otaku band created by singer/composer Matt Myers. The band first gained international attention in 2008 with their smash hit song and animated music video “Yuri The Only One.” LeetStreet Boys is renowned for the unique mix of romance, humor, and epic that marks their extensive repertoire of catchy, heartfelt songs. LeetStreet Boys have performed live at conventions across North America, their music videos have appeared on Japanese TV and on Video Games Live, as well as screened at anime and video game festivals all over the world. LeetStreet Boys have released three full-length albums: “LeetStreet Boys,” “Otaku Hearts” and “L3g3nds.” Widely credited as one of the first Western anime bands to gain significant worldwide attention, LeetStreet Boys songs and animated music videos including “Yuri The Only One,” “Guitar Hero Hero,” “She’s So Kawaii,” “Cosplay Girlfriend” and most recently “Imaginary Boys” have reached millions of fans on YouTube. LeetStreet Boys also performed the theme song “My Name In Lights” for the hit dating sim “Roommates” from Winter Wolves Games. “LeetStreet Boys croon otaku-centric pop songs.” – Anime News Network

Manly Battleships

Manly Battleships The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! From the “stay fun” academic to over-the-top panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you! For more information about Manly Battleships®, visit their website at http://www.manlybattleships.org.

Professor JP McClendon

Professor JP McClendon Professor JP McClendon is an award-nominated internet author, entertainer, gamer nerd, and budding YouTuber. He works with a variety of groups to entertain and educate via a variety of mediums. He’s often seen working with Kitsune Entertainment to run LARPs at various gaming conventions, the Munchausen Society to tell unique and humorous stories (often for charity!), the Overly Dramatic Readers doing over-the-top book readings, or just by himself reading stories and fantastic tales for a live audience. When he’s not doing all this, he’s filming food and beverage tastings for YouTube. Currently, he can be found on Facebook on both his own page and as a part of the Munchausen Society.

Mike McPhail

Mike McPhail Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is a member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and those deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors/editors/artists, as well as supporting related organizations in their efforts to help those “who have given their all for us.” www.milscifi.com He is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future series of military science fiction anthologies, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary. www.defendingthefuture.com In 2015 he added the title of publisher, as the co-owner of eSpec Books LLC, Speculative Fiction Publishing. www.especbooks.com Website: www.mikemcphail.com

Scott Melzer

Scott Melzer Scott is the head writer and director of the anime fan parody group NoN.D.E. Fanfilms. An anime fan since birth in 1966, Scott grew up on Speed Racer and Star Blazers, having no idea of the shows’ origins. In college he learned the truth: they were Japanese, and there were uncut versions of these shows! And there were conventions! Rabid otakunization soon followed. In 2001 he tried his hand at directing fan parodies, and the homage to fans and fandom “This Is Otakudom” was the result, followed by “S.T.E.A.M.: The Movie” in 2005 and “Fanboy Soze” in 2011. Scott is also an avid LARPer and member of Mystic Realms, who will be running their “Danger Room” adventures at Derpycon. He is currently working on the documentary “Live, Love, LARP” which will be shown here as well.

Munchausen Society

Munchausen Society The Munchausen Society is a New Jersey and Pennsylvania-based group of storytellers. With their own unique brand of shenanigans, they are often seen congregating at various events and conventions to entertain audiences of all sizes by telling stories of their grand adventures, and often for a good cause. With the unofficial motto of, “Everything we tell you is true, especially when we lie!” they are a brand of entertainment not to be missed.

Overly Dramatic Readers

Overly Dramatic Readers The Overly Dramatic Readers are an eclectic bunch of rogues, scoundrels, and goofballs who take nothing seriously, except their own shenanigans. What they do is simple: They bring literature of all sorts to the performance stage and read it, sometimes aloud, well, okay, always aloud…and they do it in a spectacularly OVERLY DRAMATIC fashion. It doesn’t matter what that literature is, they make it OVERLY DRAMATIC! If it’s a drama, they make it a comedy. If it’s already a comedy, they make it funnier. If it’s tragic…well, it’ll still be tragic, but now it’ll be hilariously tragic! The Overly Dramatic Readers, when they take the stage, watch out!

Santa Claus

Santa Claus You better not shout. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to DerpyCon 2015! Santa Claus lives in the North Pole in Christmas town with his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus, his loyal band of Elves and 9 reindeer. He is the jolly man in red spreading joy and good will, and delivering presents to all except those on the naughty list. They get a lump of coal. He is going to be taking a weekend break from Christmas preparations to stop by and say hi to all of DerpyCon! Fun fact Santa Claus enjoys Sci-Fi and classic comic books.

Carel Struycken

Carel Struycken as Lurch In 1978 Struycken was “discovered” as an actor at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles by a lady who had abandoned her car in the middle of the street, calling after him: “We need you for a movie!” The movie was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Struycken later played the antagonist Terak in the 1985 TV movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, a spinoff of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He also co-starred as Fidel in the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. That same year, he appeared as Mr. Homn in “Haven”, an episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role he would reprise in four more episodes until 1992. In 1991 he starred as Lurch in the feature film The Addams Family. He reprised the role in the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values.

Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended UTD on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19 he was cast as Romeo and changed majors the same day. Maybe you’ve seen him on stage around Dallas at Kitchendog Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Stage West, Shakespeare Dallas, Project X, Second Thought Theatre, Nouveau 47, Upstart Theatre, and many others. But he’s probably most well-known for his work with Funimation Studios, where he has voiced many characters including Ayumu Aikawa in Is this a Zombie?, Accelerator in A Certain Magical Index, Shu Ouma in Guilty Crown, Marco Bodt in Attack on Titan, Karma in Assassination Classroom, and Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul. And Austin has been a proud member of the Couchsurfing community since 2011. He just really loves couches.

Uncle Yo

Uncle Yo Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer has toured the anime convention circuit for 8 years emceeing panels, podcasts, puppet shows, and every cosplay contest in-between. You can Spotify his four albums or find them online at any digital distributor. His unique brand of long-form, “rantcore” stand-up comedy centers only upon white and nerdy privileges. You can view his webwork on Youtube’s “Schnoz-Man and Hole Punch” and his personal fantasy sitcom, “Dungeon Crawlers,” as well as several cameos across thatguywiththeglasses.com. It’s gonna be a great sophomore year for Derpycon.

David Vincent

David Vincent David Vincent is a professional voice actor / television producer based in Los Angeles, California. He has lent his voice to a variety of animation / anime and video game titles, as well as numerous national commercials for television and radio. David was nominated “Best Voice Actor in an Anime” by the American Anime Awards for his work in GUN x SWORD. Some of his best known credits include: Senketsu in Kill la Kill, Grimmjow Jeagerjaques & Kouga Kuchiki in Bleach, Li Xingke in Code Geass, Archer / Gilgamesh in Fate / Zero, Assassin in Fate / Stay Night, Van in GUN x SWORD, Seiji in Durarara!!, Arthur August Angel in Blue Exorcist, Jin Kisaragi & Hakumen in the BlazBlue game series, Richard in Tales Of Graces F, Raymond Vester in Resident Evil: Revelations, Marshall Law & Forest Law in the Tekken franchise, Shin Kamiya in Tekken: Blood Vengance, Eliot in Dead Or Alive 5, Keiss in Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, T-Hawk in Super Street Fighter IV, Richter in Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, Robin in Super Smash Bros.. Other titles include HALO 4, Soul Calibur V, Spec Ops: The Line and Alpha Protocol, plus many more new titles to be released this year. In addition to voice acting, David has also appeared in front of the camera in guest and co-starring roles on primetime television shows NCIS, Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, among others. Please feel free to say hello to David on Facebook on his official Facebook fanpage or join his fan club at David Vincent’s Windor Panthers.

Aurelio Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
 Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens. Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years. He’s released 11 full length CDs.