Artist Guest of Honor Kristin Kest Returns to ConGlomeration in 2017


Want to spend a weekend with Kristin Kest? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Book Werm by Kristin kestConGlomeration is elated to announce that once again our 2011 Artist Guest of Honor, Kristin Kest, is returning as an Attending Artist in 2017.

Kristin has been an illustrator for over 25 years and has created the interior and cover artwork for books, textbooks, magazines, calendars, and cards for scores of publishing companies such as McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Random House, Peaceful Kingdom, Yankee Publishing, Picture Window Books, Bearport Publishing, Charlesbridge Publishing, Marshall Cavendish, Web of Life Press, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aqueduct Press, the venerable and now-defunct Western Publishing Co., and many, many more.

For nearly nine years, Kest has taught illustration, drawing, and professional development courses at York College of Pennsylvania. She earned her MFA at Maryland Institute, College of Art, exhibits her work in galleries, and lectures at conferences on aspects of illustration and storytelling.

Kristin Kest's Lost in DreamsRecently, Kristin completed Lost in Dreams: Book 1, the first volume of a graphic novel series with New Worlds Comics, now available through ComiXology.

Kristin works in both traditional ~brushes and oil paint~ and digital media. Some of Kristin’s work has been nominated for the Chesley and the Hugo Awards for Best SF Illustration, and her work has been in the fantasy and science fiction publications Spectrum, Infected By Art, and the Directory of Illustration #32.

You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and see Kristin’s work at www.kestillustration.com.

(She also likes pirates. ARRRR!)


Want to spend a weekend with Kristin Kest? Register for ConGlomeration 2016!


Art Show Questions?
Contact Kyle Thomas, Art Show Chair [artshow@conglomeration.info]

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ConGlomeration 2017’s Fandom & Pop Culture Program Track

ConGlomeration’s 2017 Fandom & Pop Culture program lineup includes panels and activities designed to curate, illuminate and celebrate the “geek culture” that defines modern fandom — and modern pop culture at large.

You can view our complete program lineup here.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

5pm: “Welcome to Fandom”
“What is this place? What are all you people doing?” Join us for a very brief overview of what awaits the adventurous heart. Everyone welcome especially newbies. Our programming staff and coordinators will be available to discuss the upcoming events.

6pm: “Partying Safely”
Lexi Taylor hosts a discussion with members from BarFleet, The Royal Manticoran Navy, and others focused on how to both enjoy and throw room parties responsibly and safely for all involved.

6pm: “Stardate: Wibbly-Wobbly”
Calling all Trekkies and Whovians for a panel discussion of IDW’s comic crossover mini-series, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation.’ Whether you stand with the Federation, or your other ride is the TARDIS, you’re in for an hour of sci-fi worlds colliding, featuring self-proclaimed experts from both fandoms. Live long, prosper, and Geronimo!

7pm: Dinner Break

8pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Opening Ceremonies
And so it begins: Welcome all our Guests of Honor to ConGlomeration 2017, meet a few of the staff responsible (for better or for worse) for this year’s convention, and maybe even get the skinny on a few “unofficial” parties and events.

9pm: “Update on Star Trek: Axanar with Guest of Honor J.G. Hertzler”
Join 2017 Multi-Media Guest of Honor John G Hertzler for a first hand update on where the highly anticipated AXANAR project is now that the legal issues seem to be resolved. We will start with a viewing of ‘Prelude to Axanar’ to get you in the mood.

9pm-?: Open Filking
Filking?” No, it is not illegal (mostly). Yes, it is a lot of fun. No, you don’t have to play an instrument or even carry a tune (Oh c’mon, I’ve heard Mark ‘sing?’) Pull up a chair, or some floor, and relax.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

11am: “Anime 101: 1962-Today”
Hosted by the Louisville Anime Community – Join us for a look at how anime (Japanese animation) started, and how it has changed over each decade to where we are today.

12pm: Lunch Break
Eat; it’s good for you. Also, eat something good for you.

1pm: “Trekking Across the Universe”
Join 2017 Multi-Media Guest of Honor John G Hertzler for a guided tour of his many journeys thru the Star Trek Universe. JGH has been in every franchise except the original series, so imagine the things he has seen and the stories…you get the idea.

2pm: “Raising Gamers”
There are several games out there that are tailor-made to engage our kids. Teaching them critical thinking, cultivating their imagination, and encouraging teamwork. This panel discusses the kid-friendly games out there and the publishers who make them, as well as gaming in libraries and schools.

5pm: “Update on Star Trek: Axanar with Guest of Honor J.G. Hertzler”
Join 2017 Multi-Media Guest of Honor John G Hertzler for a first hand update on where the highly anticipated AXANAR project is now that the legal issues seem to be resolved. We will start with a viewing of ‘Prelude to Axanar’ to get you in the mood.

6pm: Dinner Break
Leave the building; consume healthy foodstuffs. It’s go-time.

7pm: Art Auction
Art Show items that have received three or more written bids go up for voice auction.  Bid early and bid often!  That art needs to come home with *you* and your bidding foes must be defeated!  ConGlomeration Art Show Awards, themselves pieces of art, are given out at the midpoint of the auction.

8pm: Cosplay Masquerade
This year’s Masquerade will be epic. After all, the Klingon High Chancellor is one of the judges and Il Troubadour is performing the half-time show. Being less than stellar might be painful this year. Bring on your best act and cosplay to win the day…er, night!!

9pm-?: Open Filking
Filking?” No, it is not illegal (mostly). Yes, it is a lot of fun. No, you don’t have to play an instrument or even carry a tune (Oh c’mon, I’ve heard Mark ‘sing?’) Pull up a chair, or some floor, and relax.

10pm-?: “ConGlomeration Karaoke Sing-Off”
Karaoke is back for round two! We have a simple selection of fandom songs from Supernatural, Marvel movies, Disney, and Weird Al as well as lots of K-pop and J-pop! Find a song you know and rock out!

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

9am: ConGlomeration All-Faith Chapel
Brother Dave Mattingly leads us in a celebration of diversity and unity in faith. Everyone — yes, even you — welcome.

11am: “No ‘One True Way’ to Game”
Old School Gaming, Narrative Play, Diceless Gaming, GM-less Gaming, Story Gaming – there is no “One True Scotsman” way to game, outside of being a decent person to your GM and fellow players. Discuss the different styles of gaming, their pros and cons, and how to figure out which one works best for your group during any given campaign.

12pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Closing Ceremonies
Come bid adieu to all our Guests of Honor and send ConGlomeration 2017 out with a hearty fare-thee-well.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Programming questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair [programming@conglomeration.info]

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Announcing ConGlomeration 2017 Featured Artist Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay - Deep Space Station GungnirConGlomeration is thrilled to announce that longtime friend-of-the-con Melissa Gay will be a 2017 Featured Artist.

For those that haven’t met her yet, Melissa is a critically-acclaimed artist of speculative fiction book covers, roleplaying games, botany manuals, and even a tarot deck. Her character redesigns have been featured on io9 and Tor.com, and her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world. Whether depicting criminal masterminds, comic book heroes, deep space, eldritch horror, child mermaids or sentient bugs, she strives to inject diversity and a touch of dreamlike wonder into all her work.


Want to hang out with Melissa Gay? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Melissa Gay - Liberty SkyPublishers she has worked with include Mythopoeic Press, Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., Hay House, Apex Press, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, DOJ, Margaret Weis Productions, Third Eye Games, Dead Gentlemen, Cosm Games, Blackwyrm Press, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, and Sagaborn.

Her game credits include illustrations for the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement Book of Dragons; Trail of Cthulhu supplements such as The Dracula Dossier, the ENnie award nominated Dreamhounds of Paris, and Soldiers of Pen and Ink; the Firefly RPG supplement Freedom Flyer, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement, the ENnie Award nominated Mermaid Adventures, Camp Myth, and Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes; Part-Time Gods and its supplements, Psi-Punk and its supplements, the Dungeon World supplement Plague of Storms, The Algernon Files NPC superheroes sourcebooks, The Elves of Uteria and its supplements, and the Demon Hunters RPG. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and HebrewPunk (Apex Press) and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar. Recently she has branched into children’s illustration with Cathy Coley’s Felix the Comet.


Want to spend a weekend with Melissa Gay? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Melissa’s personal work often features colorful palettes, atmospheric haze, and the far-flung telescopic distances of space, in which she lays down marks in a stream-of-consciousness style, letting the images emerge for themselves. “Allowing ‘accidental’ marks and textures onto my canvases helps my subconscious unlock images my conscious mind never would have dreamed up.” Her paintings have been featured in the annual Infected By Art anthologies. Additionally, as co-founder of The Bird Whisperer Project, she seeks to spread the joy of bird art to any who wish to participate. Visit her on the web at www.melissagay.com.

Guests of Honor questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair [programming@conglomeration.info]

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ConGlomeration 2017 Live-Action Fandom Program Track

il Troubadore Klingon Music ProjectConGlomeration’s 2017 Live-Action Fandom program lineup includes events that focus on the social side of fandom, with activities you just can’t replicate online or on your own. Want to sing, dance, drink, game, or even worship with a fannish flair? This is the program track for you. (And yes, we’ll have actual Klingon musicians around to spur you on.)

You can view our complete program lineup here.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

12pm-10pm: Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Teams of six join forces to crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. It’s a real-life Kobayashi Maru (but winnable).

5pm: “Welcome to Fandom”
“What is this place? What are all you people doing?” Join us for a very brief overview of what awaits the adventurous heart. Everyone welcome especially newbies. Our programming staff and coordinators will be available to discuss the upcoming events.

6pm: “Partying Safely”
Lexi Taylor hosts a discussion with members from BarFleet, The Royal Manticoran Navy, and others focused on how to both enjoy and throw room parties responsibly and safely for all involved.

6pm-12am: “Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) – Vampire: The Masquerade, Blood and Bourbon”
“For quite some time the Independent Alliance has had a negligible influence on the events in Louisville, Kentucky. The Giovanni have decided to fix that. In honor of his recent arrival Don Antonio Giovanni will be hosting a Salon on Friday evening. All guests are requested to RSVP, but exceptions will be allowed on a case by case basis. The Don looks forward to seeing everyone soon.”
Hosted by The Underground Theater. Sign-up information in the Game Room
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7pm: Dinner Break

8pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Opening Ceremonies
And so it begins: Welcome all our Guests of Honor to ConGlomeration 2017, meet a few of the staff responsible (for better or for worse) for this year’s convention, and maybe even get the skinny on a few “unofficial” parties and events.

9pm-11pm: “Let’s Play Otome!”
Can’t watch anime and play games at the same time? Then try otome games! Tons of genres, multiple endings, and hours of fun! Come hang out, try some games, and get help beating them! (PG-13 games included; audience be advised)9pm-12am: “Murder Mystery Interactive Theater”

9pm-?: Open Filking
Filking?” No, it is not illegal (mostly). Yes, it is a lot of fun. No, you don’t have to play an instrument or even carry a tune (Oh c’mon, I’ve heard Mark ‘sing?’) Pull up a chair, or some floor, and relax.

9pm-12am: “Murder Mystery Interactive Theater”
Hosted by LEGENDS. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

10am-10pm: Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Teams of six join forces to crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. It’s a real-life Kobayashi Maru (but winnable).

1pm-6pm: “Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) – Dystopia Rising”
Set generations after the apocalypse, Dystopia Rising is a game of survival and making a life in the wastes. Join us in the ‘Ville as we try to find a bit of rest from the Zed and Raiders!”
Sign-up information in the Game Room.

4pm-6pm: Cosplay Masquerade Rehearsal
Sarah Peek and her assistants work with the intrepid, the timid, and the bold to perfect that performance worthy of awards.

6pm: Dinner Break
Leave the building; consume healthy foodstuffs. It’s go-time.

7pm: Art Auction
Art Show items that have received three or more written bids go up for voice auction.  Bid early and bid often!  That art needs to come home with *you* and your bidding foes must be defeated!  ConGlomeration Art Show Awards, themselves pieces of art, are given out at the midpoint of the auction.

7pm-12am: “Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) -Vampire: The Masquerade, Community of Corpses”
“A modern take on the Vampire mythos, Blood and Bourbon is the story of Louisville after the sun goes down. It is a game of treachery, danger, and the ultimate question. What makes us human?”
Hosted by The Underground Theater. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

8pm: Cosplay Masquerade
This year’s Masquerade will be epic. After all, the Klingon High Chancellor is one of the judges and Il Troubadour is performing the half-time show. Being less than stellar might be painful this year. Bring on your best act and cosplay to win the day…er, night!!

8pm-12am: “Murder Mystery Interactive Theater”
Hosted by LEGENDS. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

9pm-?: Open Filking
Filking?” No, it is not illegal (mostly). Yes, it is a lot of fun. No, you don’t have to play an instrument or even carry a tune (Oh c’mon, I’ve heard Mark ‘sing?’) Pull up a chair, or some floor, and relax.

10pm-?: “ConGlomeration Karaoke Sing-Off”
Karaoke is back for round two! We have a simple selection of fandom songs from Supernatural, Marvel movies, Disney, and Weird Al as well as lots of K-pop and J-pop! Find a song you know and rock out!

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

9am: ConGlomeration All-Faith Chapel
Brother Dave Mattingly leads us in a celebration of diversity and unity in faith. Everyone — yes, even you — welcome.

10am-1pm: Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Teams of six join forces to crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. It’s a real-life Kobayashi Maru (but winnable).

12pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Closing Ceremonies
Come bid adieu to all our Guests of Honor and send ConGlomeration 2017 out with a hearty fare-thee-well.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Programming questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair [programming@conglomeration.info]

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ConGlomeration’s 2017 Visual Arts Program Lineup

Frost Giant by Christine MitzukConGlomeration’s 2017 Visual Arts program lineup includes panels and workshops to help you hone your skills in various media, including painting, sketching, sculpting, costuming, and whatever it is you call building boffer swords (foamcraft?).

If you want to be a better artist, or just want to fawn over some amazingly skilled craftspeople and creators who love sci-fi and fantasy as much as you do — including Artist Guest of Honor Christine Mitzuk — we have the workshops and panels for you.

You can view our complete program lineup here.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

4pm-7pm: Art Show and Print Shop Open
An exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art in several media, with hundreds of unique items up for silent auction.

5pm: “Life Drawing”
Bring your sketchbook and draw with us!  Clothed figure in gesture poses, short poses, and one 25 minute pose.  Drawing supplies provided.

6pm: “Quilling Workshop”
Ever considered coiling up thin strips of paper and turning them into art? (A.K.A. Quilling) We hadn’t either. But with the right tools, some creativity, and a sense of adventure you might surprise yourself. Come join us for some paper crafting fun! Colleen Logsdon hosts.

7pm: Dinner Break

8pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Opening Ceremonies
And so it begins: Welcome all our Guests of Honor to ConGlomeration 2017 including Artist Guest of Honor Christine Mitzuk, meet a few of the staff responsible (for better or for worse) for this year’s convention, and maybe even get the skinny on a few “unofficial” parties and events.

9pm-11pm: “Artist Jam – Christine Mitzuk & Melissa Gay
Artist Guest of Honor Christine Mitzuk and Featured Artist Melissa Gay collaborate on paintings in real-time before a live studio audience.  Creating art without a net!  We don’t know how this is going to end, but the process will be amazing!

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

10am-6pm: Art Show and Print Shop Open
An exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art in several media, with hundreds of unique items up for silent auction.

11am: “Sequential Art Confidential”
Get the lowdown on the incredible amount of work required to make that comic book you’re holding in your Cheeto-stained fingers. Kristin Kest and Brian Rodman will relay their experiences as Makers of Comics.  Melissa Gay (Consumer of Comics) moderates.

12pm: Lunch Break
Eat; it’s good for you. Also, eat something good for you.

1pm: “Visual Artists’ Secret Talents”
ConGlomeration has a host of members with talent in the visual arts. Join in a discussion (and if we’re lucky, demonstration) of the broad range of *other* skills that these artists possess. Warning: May include Vogon poetry.  Moderated by Lynn Harris.

2pm: “Many Worlds of Graphite”
Who says graphite only belongs in a pencil? This workhorse drawing medium, apart form living in your favorite #2 pencil, comes in an array of other forms that can be used to make art. Come play with the different forms of graphite—from powdered to water-soluble to kneadable—and see what you can cook up. Christine Griffin moderates.

3pm: “Christine Mitzuk Slideshow”
Artist Guest of Honor Christine Mitzuk reviews her career as artist, teacher, and raconteur. Ask her about donuts.  Or gummy dinosaurs paintings.  She’s eclectic like that. 

3pm: KIDCON: Cookie Decorating
Time for a snack break, and a chance to decorate your very own themed cookie with the help of our world famous Hospitality crew in the Con Suite.

4pm: KIDCON: Artist Guest of Honor Christine Mitzuk
Join our 2017 Artist Guest of Honor for some creative fun.

4:30pm-6pm: “Watercolor Workshop”
Join Darrenn Canton and his lovely assistants as they take you through the steps of drawing and painting an Orc Portrait.  You can’t mess this one up.  You’re drawing an Orc, bad is good!  Limited to 8 participants, age 12 and up.

6pm: Dinner Break
Leave the building; consume healthy foodstuffs. It’s go-time.

7pm: Art Auction
Art Show items that have received three or more written bids go up for voice auction.  Bid early and bid often!  That art needs to come home with *you* and your bidding foes must be defeated!  ConGlomeration Art Show Awards, themselves pieces of art, are given out at the midpoint of the auction.

8pm: Cosplay Masquerade Break
This year’s Masquerade will be epic. After all, the Klingon High Chancellor is one of the judges and Il Troubadour is performing the half-time show. Being less than stellar might be painful this year. Bring on your best act and cosplay to win the day…er, night!!

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

10am-2pm: Art Show and Print Shop Open
Auction items and reserved purchases may be picked up from this point forward.

11am-1pm: “Glass-Etching Workshop”
Jessica Banks returns for another round of glass-etching assorted items with science fiction iconography.

12pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Closing Ceremonies
Come bid adieu to all our Guests of Honor and send ConGlomeration 2017 out with a hearty fare-thee-well.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Programming questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair [programming@conglomeration.info]

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