Announcing our 2018 Featured Cosplayer Lana “Always River” Highfill

Always River cosplay by Unconventional Photography

Always River Cosplay, as shot by our friends at Unconventional Photography

ConGlomeration is elated to announce that Lana “Always River” Highfill will be a Featured Cosplayer at our 2018 convention.

Many of you may remember Lana from her appearances during our 2017 Cosplay Program, and she was so well received we invited her back to help anchor our 2018 cosplay panels and serve as a judge at our 2018 Cosplay Masquerade.

Lana has been cosplaying as River Song from Doctor Who since 2014, and her alter ego was named by none other than the 10th Doctor himself. “David Tennant asked me, ‘Are you always River?’ And there you go. Why yes, Doctor, I am.” She’s won a dozen awards and accolades for her River Song cosplay, including “Best Masquerade Performance” at ConGlomeration 2017.

You can learn more about “Always River” — including some details on her incredibly accurate costumes and props — at her Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, or blog.

Want to hone your cosplay skills with Always River? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Masquerade questions?
Contact Sarah Ritchie, Cosplay Masquerade Chair []

Last chance for discount membership to ConGlomeration 2018

Keep Calm and register for ConGlomerationTime is running out to pay the lowest possible price for your ConGlomeration 2018 memberships. Our regular price for admission to ConGlomeration is $45; until Jan. 1, you can get in for a mere $35. That’s a $10 savings!

Starting Jan. 1, the price of ConGlomeration goes up by $5 per membership. And that discount won’t last long, either.

If you want to pay the lowest possible price for ConGlomeration, REGISTER TODAY!

And so long as we’re saving money, you can get a $10 kickback for referring new members to ConGlomeration. Refer four new members, GET IN FREE!

Remember, ConGlomeration makes a great holiday gift, but you shouldn’t spend more than you have to. When 2017 ends, so do $35 ConGlomeration memberships.

Only days remain to get 50 hours of: cosplay, gaming, geeky program panels, genre art exhibition, geek-centric shopping, starship simulators, art instruction from a Hugo-winning illustrator, tabletop encounters with the creator of the Pathfinder RPG, writing tips from a Grandmaster sci-fi novelist, and unlimited free snacks. A weekend like that is worth a small fortune, but you can still enjoy it for a mere $35 if you register today.

So, keep calm and save $10 on each ConGlomeration membership you purchase by registering today!

Give the gift of ConGlomeration 2018!

Merry Troopermas!
How do you gift-wrap 50 hours of tabletop gaming, cosplay, anime, fantasy art, sci-fi discussion panels, and unlimited free snacks and drinks?

You give a membership to ConGlomeration 2018!

No doorbusters to survive, no assembly required, and no worries about whether it’s the right size, color, or console version. A ConGlomeration membership is the perfect gift for the geek who has everything.

Want the perfect gift for the geeks in your life? Register them for ConGlomeration 2018!

Klingon Art of War by Keith R A DeCandidoPathfinder RPGMan-Kzin Wars 6 by Stephen HickmanArtemis simulator (not actual footage)
For a mere $35, you can give your favorite sci-fi and fantasy nerd 50 hours with grandmaster sci-fi author Keith R.A. DeCandido, Pathfinder RPG co-creator James L. Sutter, and Hugo-winning illustrator Stephen Hickman. You could never physically (or legally) fit that trio under a Menorah, Festivus pole, or Christmas tree — except with the gift of ConGlomeration.

Oh, and if that’s not enough, we’ll add a bonus commission as a starship captain — by way of the Artemis simulator — for free.

Throw in 700 fellow geeks to hang out with all weekend long, and you’ve got the best present any nerd could ever ask for.

And if you give this gift to four first-time ConGlomeration members, YOUR own membership is FREE!

Give the gift of ConGlomeration! It’s the best holiday present any geek can have.

Want the perfect gift for the geeks in your life? Register them for ConGlomeration 2018!

Registration questions?
Contact Kae Thompson & Christi Jones-Graziano, Registration Co-chairs []

The Artemis Starship Simulator returns for ConGlomeration 2018

ConGlomeration is thrilled to announce that we will again offer sessions in the Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator as part of our Gaming Program. Want to spend Easter Weekend commanding your own Starfleet vessel? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

So, what’s Artemis? This is Artemis.

Teams of six players will crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. And yes, one of you will be the captain. Scan for enemies, route power to the warp engines, and fire every phaser you can find as you seek out new life and new civilizations — and destroy all who oppose you!

Want to play Artemis? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Courtesy of our friends at Dwarven Woodworking and their custom Artemis bridge console — seen here commanded by none other than J.G. “General Martok” Hertzler at our 2017 convention — you can live out your lifelong fantasy of commanding a Starfleet vessel.

If you’re ready to boldly go where no fan has gone before, get your ConGlomeration memberships today.

Want to spend Easter Weekend commanding your own Starfleet vessel? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Gaming Questions?

Contact Derek Reese & Chuck Wahl, Gaming Co-chairs []

Announcing the ConGlomeration 2018 Author Guest of Honor Keith R. A. DeCandido

Keith R A DeCandido by Luigi NoviConGlomeration is excited to announce that prolific sci-fi and fantasy novelist Keith R. A. DeCandido will be our 2018 Author Guest of Honor.

“Novelist” is an inadequate word to describe Keith; he is literally a Grandmaster of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He earned that title by writing over 50 books, a dozen comics, and scores of short stories in his career — while also podcasting, designing tabletop and video games, and co-producing a television show. Keith describes himself as an “author, editor, blogger, podcaster, karateka, musician, and all-around hoopy frood.”

As indicated by his Grandmaster status, Keith is best known for writing media tie-in novels for all your favorite sci-fi and fantasy franchises, particularly Star Trek. Fifteen Trek novels bear Keith’s byline, among them some of the most definitive Klingon stories in all of Trek canon: the I.K.S. Gorkon trilogy, the novel Klingon Empire – A Burning House, and The Klingon Art of War.

Want to talk Trek with Keith DeCandido? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Supernatural Nevermore by Keith R A DeCandidoKeith’s (overly) full professional bibliography also includes — but is in no way limited to — tie-in works for Aliens, Andromeda, BattleTech, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Farscape, Firefly, Forgotten Realms, Hercules, Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Comics, Orphan Black, Resident Evil, Sleepy Hollow, Starcraft, Stargate SG-1, Star Wars, Supernatural, Warcraft, Xena, The X-Files, and Zorro.

Keith also produces original work, most notably his Precinct novel series about ground-level police officers working in a high-fantasy world. It’s Law & Order meets Game of Thrones.

Keith is also living the dream of getting paid to watch the entirety of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Stargate SG-1, and Batman ’66 and then blog about them for

Want to spend a weekend with Keith DeCandido? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Blackout by Keith R A DeCandidoSo far as his own secret origin is concerned, Keith was born and raised in the Bronx and earned his degree from Fordham University. From there he worked for a series of publishing houses as an editor, and then quickly transitioned to writing. A few decades later and he’s nerd-famous and has not one but two podcast shows: Chronic Rift and Dead Kitchen Radio. Today, Keith continues to churn out books and games and podcasts when he’s not too busy explaining how to pronounce his last name (it’s de-CAN-di-do).

You can learn more about Keith at his Wikipedia entry, Facebook Page, Twitter feed, ISFDB entry, LiveJournal blog, ComicBookDB entryInstagram feed, or his website,

Want to hang out with Keith DeCandido? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

20 Questions with Keith R. A. DeCandido

Klingon Art of War by Keith R A DeCandidoKeith R. A. DeCandido possesses a staggering knowledge of sci-fi and fantasy franchises gleaned from many a movie and TV rewatch (and many more glimpses at series bibles and licensing guides). What unspoken rules or unrevealed histories of your favorite geek books and movies have you always wanted to know? Ask, and he shall answer — if you are worthy.

We’ll collect the 20 best, most interesting and intriguing questions for Keith posted in the comments below, or sent to Then, we’ll compel Keith to answer. If you would know the unspoken truths and hidden insights of the Klingon Empire, the Winchester Brothers, or the Time Lords of Gallifrey, begin your questioning now.

Guests of Honor questions?
Contact John Hickman & Lexi Taylor, Programming Chairs []