We have some great guests planned for Chi-Fi! As we confirm our Featured Guests, we will add them here. In addition, please be sure to check out all our fantastic author, artist, gaming, media, and musical guests on their respective pages.
Tarol Hunt & Danielle Stephens of Goblins!
Tarol Hunt first tried to place his comics on the internet as a child in the 80′s. Discovering that this would be an almost impossible task until the internet was invented, he tried again in 2005 with much greater success. As a child, Tarol drew scores of comics, mostly involving Dungeons & Dragons. He was inspired by other comics like Elfquest, Heavy Metal Magazine and Dragon Magazine (well you know, the back of Dragon Magazine... where the comics were).
Without Danielle Stephens, there would be no Goblins. Danielle colours and edits most of the comic and is Tarol’s best friend, soul mate and wife. She provides crucial emotional support during the stressful times and is the source of much of the happiness felt by all those around her. Danielle is currently the Chair VCON, Vancouver, BC’s science fiction / fantasy convention.
Phil KhanA longtime Professional Neckbeard, Phil Kahn has spent a few years writing for various Webcomic, Webcomic Criticism, and Webcomic Enthusiast sites, and is now trying to take his accumulated knowledge and put it all to good use on Guilded Age. While building a daytime career as an IT Support Specialist and Pokémon Trainer, he also spends a great deal of time practicing silly voices/faces in front of a mirror for the inevitable day where the only thing that can save the whole of humanity from certain doom is his impression of Henchman #24. Out of the three creators, he is also totally that Gnome Warlock who just won’t DIE ALREADY. - See more at: http://guildedage.net
Len Peralta is an artist/designer making a living out of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010, Len created a multimedia art project called Geek A Week that has since spawned four “seasons” including special branded exclusive sets for Discovery Channel/MythBusters. In his 11+ years of working on his own, he had designed card games, illustrated various books, created original artwork for thousands of people and left a fairly large footprint in the arena of geeky illustration. Len has just finished work on the graphic novel "Super Powered Revenge Christmas" with Bill Corbett (Rifftrax) as well as a five story arc for his Kickstarter-funded comic series "TenState" with Tom Merritt. Len also draws the top tech stories of the day on Twit.tv’s Tech News Today every Friday.
Jeffery Scott (http://factory1019.com/) creates photographic images that stretch boundaries and redefine standards. His photographic works are powerful juxtapositions of light and darkness.
In the last 20 years his artistic life revolved around painting, sculpting, and production design for music videos, television commercials and motion pictures. In an effort to produce a more exacting science behind his Artistic Vision, photography became his chosen medium for expression without compromises. It wasn't until November of 2002 that Jeffery Scott (A.K.A. 1019) made the switch from sculpting and painting to photography full time.
His first series explored this change and illustrates his transformation into a more complete Art. In December of 2003 he began developing his second series. His photographic images became for him what his paintings always wanted to be. The ideas were more complex than before.
The photographic images he creates represent an average from anywhere between 50 to 200 hours of meticulous work. All elements within the piece represent dozens of images combined and layered to construct the over-all whole. The photos can be looked at as layers upon layers of information communicating, to the viewer, a series of in-depth philosophies, concepts and stories.
Thought provoking titles also aid in this communication, drawing the viewer even deeper into into the Artist's emotive and contemplative realms.
Tim SeeleyTim Seeley is one of those "slash" people...a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I. Joe, Halloween, The Dark Elf Trilogy, Exiles, and WildCats. His writing work includes LOVEBUNNY & MR.HELL, BATMAN and ANT-MAN/WASP. He is most known for REVIVAL (with artist Mike Norton) & HACK/SLASH. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Gina, and a closet full of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE figures.
Jim ButcherJim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri. Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist. All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.
Marie Brennan is a former academic with a background in archaeology, anthropology, and folklore, which she now puts to rather cockeyed use in writing fantasy. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends her time practicing piano, studying karate, and playing a variety of role-playing games.
Rob Thurman has written three series for Penguin Putnam’s imprint ROC FANTASY: The CAL LEANDROS Novels, The TRICKSTER Novels, and The CHIMERA Novels. Her first book, NIGHTLIFE, was released in 2006. She has written thirteen books to date and is releasing the ninth book in the CAL LEANDROS Novels in 2014. She has also written for a Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner Anthology, WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE as well as three other anthologies: COURTS OF THE FEY, CARNIEPUNK, and KICKING IT. In 2012, Rob released a mainstream supernatural thriller, ALL SEEING EYE, for Pocket Books.
Although she does not write Young Adult, her first Urban Fantasy book in The CAL LEANDROS Series—NIGHTLIFE—has received a 2011 Eliot Rosewater Award Nomination for Excellence in High School Libraries—rather to her bemusement as she’d be the first to say her books are not for younger teens. Apparently, the librarians and teens disagree! Rob’s work is dark, non-stop action from beginning to end, rife with purely evil sarcasm as sharp as a switchblade—and probably nearly as illegal. If one shoved LORD OF THE RINGS, THE SHINING, and PULP FICTION into a wood-chipper, the result would be what Rob aims to deliver in her Urban Fantasy novels.
Rob’s main protagonists are almost exclusively written in a male perspective; in fact, she was “in the closet” as a female writer until her third book, when she posted her bio on her website. Some fans took note and some did not as she received one comment saying,
“Thank God! A man is finally writing a male point-of-view. Women simply can’t do it.”
Whether this was a compliment or insult is still uncertain, but Rob shrugged and went on. When asked why she uses a male pen name, she responds that with her books frequently being written in a male “voice,” it might momentarily confuse or cause a disconnect in the buyers’ minds to see a female name on the cover before they begin scanning the book. Besides, family and friends have called her Rob her entire life.
Rob Thurman lives in rural Indiana—land of endless fields, infinite cows and where dial-up is still the only soul-crushing option.
Catherynne M. Valente
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.
Andy and Kristin Looney of Looney Labs, creators of Fluxx
Andrew & Kristin Looney Founders of Looney Labs
Kristin and Andy met while they both worked at NASA, as an Electronics Engineer and Programmer, respectively. They quickly hit it off, and, among their many wacky side projects was a part-time game business. By 1999, they had both “jumped off the cliff,” quitting their day jobs to devote themselves to Looney Labs full-time – Kristin as President, and Andy as Chief Creative Officer. Best known as the inventor of Fluxx, Andy is also the designer of such games as Chrononauts, Aquarius, IceDice, and numerous games for Looney Pyramids, which he originally created in 1987. Andy is also a writer, a photographer, a cartoonist, a blogger, a hippie, a trekkie, and a geek. While Andy supplies the creative spark, Kristin has built Looney Labs into the successful game company it is today, largely through her business and marketing savvy, but also her amazing rapport with the ever-growing community of Looney Labs fans, a.k.a. “Looney Labs Game Technicians.” Kristin's earliest claim to fame came at age 16 when she solved a Rubik's Cube in 35.50 seconds on That's Incredible, and her enthusiasm for puzzles and games is still going strong.
James Ernest is the founder of Cheapass Games, a tiny little game company in Seattle. He is an award-winning tabletop game designer with more than 150 published games, and a member of the Origins Awards Hall of Fame.
James got started in gaming in 1993, doing technical writing for Wizards of the Coast. In 1996 he launched his own company, Cheapass Games, with six original games. Kill Doctor Lucky, one of the first Cheapass titles, won an Origins Award for best abstract board game.
From 1996 to 2006, Cheapass Games published more than 100 games, including award winners Give Me the Brain, The Great Brain Robbery, Button Men, BRAWL, and Diceland. During the same period James also designed games for many other publishers, including Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Fleer, GAMES Magazine, Microsoft, and Steve Jackson Games.
In 2004, James Ernest and Mike Selinker founded Lone Shark Games, an entertainment studio responsible for board and card games, including Pirates of the Spanish Main (Wizkids), Gloria Mundi (Rio Grande), and Lords of Vegas (Mayfair). James and Mike are also co-authors of two poker books, Dealer’s Choice (with Phil Foglio) and The Art of Texas Hold ’Em, and they are contributors to the Origins Award-winning Kobold Guide to Board Game Design.
In 2011, James Ernest began to release many popular Cheapass Games as free PDFs. In 2013, after a 6-year hiatus, Cheapass Games returned to game publishing with a full-color deluxe reprint of Unexploded Cow. He followed up on that with a full-color deluxe reprint of the 1999 game, now called Deadwood Studios USA. Also new in 2013 are two “cheaper” board games, Fish Cook and Veritas, and an upgrade of the 2005 board game Captain Treasure Boots. You can learn all about James Ernest’s latest adventures by following Cheapass Games on Facebook and Twitter, or by visiting www.cheapass.com.
Multiple Origins, Golden Geek, and ENnie Award winner Kenneth Hite has designed, written, or co-authored over 80 roleplaying games and supplements, including the Star Trek: The Next Generation RPG, Mage: the Sorcerers’ Crusade, GURPS Infinite Worlds, GURPS Horror, Call Of Cthulhu d20, and the Deadlands Noir Companion. Line Developer for Chaosium's Nephilim and Last Unicorn Games' Star Trek RPG, he has written for White Wolf, Pinnacle, Atlas, and many others. His “Suppressed Transmission” column explored the Higher Weirdness for ten years; from 1997 to 2009, he wrote “Out of the Box,” an RPG industry news and review column. He currently writes “Lost in Lovecraft” for Weird Tales and a column for Swedish gaming magazine Fenix. His most recent game books include the Trail Of Cthulhu and Night’s Black Agents RPGs from Pelgrane Press, and the Bookhounds of London, Qelong, and Day After Ragnarok settings.
Outside gaming, he has written Tour de Lovecraft: the Tales, Cthulhu 101, The Nazi Occult for Osprey Publishing, a series of Lovecraftian children’s books, and the graphic illustrated version of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to U.S. History. His essays and criticism have also appeared in Dragon Magazine, flamesrising.com, Games Quarterly Magazine, National Review, Amazing Stories, and in encyclopedias and anthologies from Ashcroft Press, Ben Bella Books, Dagan Books, Greenwood Press, and MIT Press. He has also written for computer games companies including 10Tacles, UbiSoft, and inXile. Half of the podcasting team behind Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, he lives in Chicago with two Lovecraftian cats and his non-Lovecraftian wife, Sheila. Follow his blog, if you can call it that, at http://princeofcairo.livejournal.com. Look for him on Facebook (facebook.com/kenneth.hite) and Twitter (@kennethhite).
Tim is a well-known actor, director and musician. He has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director and producer. He played several minor roles in TNG, DS9 and Star Trek: Generations before landing his best-known role as Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager. In addition, Tim recently appeared as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate’s ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, and currently appears as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon’s show iCarly. Tim directed the award winning independent Star Trek film, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. In addition to his directorial duties, Tim also reprised his role of Tuvok. Tim will also be directing Star Trek: Renegades.
Garrett Wang is most famous for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager. Wang is also a fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, his favorite episodes as being "Far Beyond the Stars", "Little Green Men", "Our Man Bashir", and "Trials and Tribble-ations.
In 2006, Wang co-starred with numerous other Star Trek performers in the fan films, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, directed by and co-starring his former Voyager castmate Tim Russ. While Russ reprised his Voyager character of Tuvok in the series, Wang's role is a new character.
Bill Corbett is writer and performer at RiffTrax, an entertainment and comedy company featuring the stars of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, where Bill starred as the robot Crow 2.0. He's also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, as well as a voice actor. Corbett's graphic novel SUPER-POWERED REVENGE CHRISTMAS will be released in 2014.
Kevin MurphyKevin Murphy is perhaps best known for portraying the stout red robot Tom Servo on the TV series Mystery Science Theater for nine seasons. For their work, Kevin and his colleagues received the Peabody award and several free dinners, and apparently made an enemy of Joe Don Baker.
After the series ended Kevin traveled the globe, seeing movies in theaters every day for an entire year, chronicling the experience in the HarperCollins book A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey.
Since then Kevin has continued to make a living out of being a culture-motivated merry-andrew, including a stint as a film commentator on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and a column in Total Movie Magazine. Presently Kevin has written and performed on the NPR series Wits, and with his MST3K confreres Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett continues to riff movies through Rifftrax.com.
Rob Balder is a professional webcomic creator who has also ventured into game design, comedy music, publishing and new media business development.
Most of his time is consumed writing and producing Erfworld, an epic fantasy/comedy comic about an obsessive strategy gamer who is summoned to fight a real war. Erfworld was co-created in 2006 with illustrator Jamie Noguchi, followed by Xin Ye, and continues now with the talents of illustrator David Hahn. Time magazine named Erfworld one of its top ten graphic novels of 2007, and Wired.com called it “Geekiest Comic Ever.” The first physical book of the series, "Erfworld: the Battle for Gobwin Knob," was published in February of 2011. In March of 2012, Erfworld's "Year of the Dwagon" Kickstarter raised just under $85,000 in fan donations for developmental projects related to the comic.
Jason Carter portrayed Marcus Cole in ‘Babylon 5’. Jason had roles in many different TV productions including "Viper", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Roar", "3rd Rock from the Sun", "Charmed", "Lois and Clarke" and "Angel".
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 theater followed with seasons at Chichester and Southampton; plays at the Royal Court, Edinburgh, Richmond, Guilford, Bromley, Brighton, York, Bath, and many London fringe theaters. 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 and the London West End he played Naraboth in Steven Berkoff’s innovative production of Oscar Wilde’s "Salome".
A regular in two British TV series Jason starred in a number of TV movies and a mini series. In independent films Jason collaborated with many film directors developing characters, evolving scenes and playing the camera. He worked closely with Jason Lehel whilst starring in ‘Boiling Point’, Gil Cates JR. on ‘The Mesmerist’, and with Nick Ward who directed Working Title’s ‘Dakota Road’ for which, at the Festival du Cinema Britannique de Dinard, Jason received a commendation for his performance as ‘Raif’ from chairman of the judges Ben Kingsley. Jason has acted in many independent films including Georgia with Jennifer Jason Lee and recently had the pleasure of working with Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini and director Edward Douglas (Midnight Syndicate) as they made 'The Dead Matter'.
Jason now has the distinct honor of working closely with the excellent David Winning, who directed episodes of Babylon 5, to realize Jerry Seward's compelling script - 'Cyberhunt'.
Fangirl Sarah (also known as Sarah Valentine) is a cosplayer and horror movie enthusiast.Sarah began cosplaying when she was 20 years old, instantly falling in love with the concept of dressing up as the Video game/anime characters she knew and loved growing up. Despite her powerful love of cosplay and all things nerdy, she is slightly more passionate about the art of cinema. She finds films that are very hardcore, extreme ,and rather obscure and reviews them on her YouTube channel. She has even been featured on the TV show "Dr. Phil" due to her never-ending search of the most disturbing and depraved films the cinema world has to offer. Sarah adores meeting new people, and adores making friends even more. Do not hesistate to approach her and strike up a conversation.
The Skepchick Network is a collection of smart and often sarcastic blogs focused on science and critical thinking. The original site is Skepchick.org, founded by Rebecca Watson in 2005 to discuss women's issues from a skeptical standpoint. The Network now also includes Queereka (LGBTQ issues), School of Doubt (education), Mad Art Lab (art, obviously), and Teen Skepchick (just like Skepchick but without the profanity). There are also sites for speakers of Spanish (Esceptica.org), Swedish (Skepchick.se), and Norwegian (Skepchick.no).
Irish drinking songs and science fiction. Nowhere else but from the bizarre imagination of Marc Gunn would those elements be so neatly integrated. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. He performs fun traditional Irish and Scottish songs with contemporary rhythms, as well as bizarre songs about hobbits, cats, kilts, Firefly, Star Wars, and Star Trek.
Gunn began his Celtic journey in 1999 with Austin’s award-winning duo, the Brobdingnagian Bards. He performed at some of the largest Celtic festivals, highland games, Renaissance faires, science fiction conventions in the country, including: South By Southwest, Stone Mountain Highland Games, DragonCon, Texas Renaissance Festival, and even a “Lord of the Rings” Oscar Party.
Marc Gunn was there at the beginning of the late 90s indie music revolution. While other bands fought to sign to a record label, Gunn started Mage Records to promote his music in the DIY fashion. Mage Records focues on fun indie Celtic and folk music. He has released over fifty albums on his Mage Records label since its inception in 1997. He release between one and four new albums every year.
Nicknamed “The Celtfather”, Gunn is a champion of indie Celtic music. He quit his day job in 2005 to become a full-time musician. It's then that he started podcasting. His most successful is the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. It is one of the top 40 music podcasts on iTunes. It was voted the #1 Best Podsafe Music Podcast in the People’s Choice Podcast Awards in 2009 and 2010. His Celtic Music Magazine is published monthly and goes out to over 21,000 subscribers. He has given away millions of MP3s since he began his Celtic music career.
Marc Gunn combines his love of travel with his love a music. Every year, he hosts Celtic Invasion Vacations which are different from standard vacation tours. Gunn believes that it is the people around you who ultimately make a vacation great. He finds one location abroad and gathers like-minded vacationers to experience his motto, “Good food, good drink, good company”. In 2014, he will take fans on a Celtic Invasion of Wales.
Find out more at www.marcgunn.com
S. J. TuckerA fascinating hybrid of geography and experience, S. J., called “Sooj” by friends and associates, is a constant musical journeywoman born to the sticky, mean delta humidity of southeast Arkansas. She was raised in a classically trained household, and she recalls having her young mind expanded by listening to the US release of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour on her toy record player at age 3. These days she spends most of her year on the road, performing at festivals and events with cellist Betsy Tinney, the Toronto-based Heather Dale band, or with her fairy/Celtic trio Tricky Pixie, and has not stopped touring since 2004. With over ten albums released to date and several more currently in the works, Tucker has received songwriting awards and has traveled the world with her music. For her, it all comes back to the fans, who have lifted her up and shown her their support since the beginning. A dynamic live performer known for her willingness to follow an evocative ballad with a tune about ninjas or pirates, Tucker is never in danger of taking herself too seriously. She is silly on stage, letting it be plain that she loves her job, but she also shows grace and calm, courting and cajoling the audience from song to song. Reviewers compare her voice to that of Joni Mitchell or Tori Amos, her guitar work to that of Emily Saliers. Apart from writing lyrics and music, S. J. loves fire dancing with poi and hula hoop and has given fire performances across the country. She released her very first film score in 2013, and she professionally narrated her first audiobook in 2012: Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. When S. J. is not traveling, she lives on the site of a former summer camp, which just happens to be in the middle of an enchanted forest, with two cats and a very handsome wizard. Listen to Sooj's music for free at http://music.sjtucker.com
Heather DaleIf the words 'Celtic music' make you think of wispy ballads or endless jigs & reels, then prepare for a Celtic concert like you've never heard before. Heather Dale defines herself as a "21st century Celt", fusing jazz, rock and world music influences with her own Celtic folk roots. With bold original songs and cheeky modern twists on old favourites, her concerts feature as many as a dozen folk instruments, all played by Heather and fellow multi-instrumentalist Ben Deschamps. They are full-time Canadian musicians, writing songs about fantasy, mythology, legends and history. Heather loves Dr. Who, D&D, Mercedes Lackey, Firefly... you name it. Ben's partial to reading Russian scifi, Harlan Ellison, Robert Sawyer and Bob Forward. After being introduced to filking at their local Toronto scifi cons years ago, they can now be found sharing their original songs with filkers all over North America and Europe. They’ve been tremendously honoured to accept Pegasus Awards for “Best Performer” and “Best Writer/Composer”. Visit www.HeatherDale.com for sound clips and further info about Heather's music.
Bounding Main is a vocal group that sings richly harmonic versions of traditional maritime songs. Their shows are filled with spirit, humor and harmony; their arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of fellowship, adventure and romance.
Each member of Bounding Main is a music and theater veteran, with diverse entertainment backgrounds. Their performances and four CDs have been well received on both sides of the Atlantic. They have entertained at music and maritime festivals, tall ships events, museums, renaissance faires, folk music venues and for corporate functions. (A complete and detailed list is available online.)
Devo SpiceDevo Spice is a nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey who has been called "the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem." His demented brand of hip hop made him one of the most popular artists on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show. Devo Spice founded the comedy rap group Sudden Death whose songs "Cellular Degeneration", "Getting Old Sucks" and "Pillagers" were the numbers 1, 2, and 4 most requested songs on Dr. Demento in 2007. In 2011 his album Gnome Sane went to #28 on the Hip Hop charts on iTunes. Devo Spice performs regularly across the country at music clubs, comedy clubs, and science fiction conventions. He has shared the stage with Dr. Demento, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and many others. The live show features videos and animations synchronized with the music resulting in a hilarious show that goes over very well with a variety of audiences.
The GothsiclesIn recent years, Chicago’s ultrasweaty industrial dance dorkstorm, THE GOTHSICLES, have played some of the most talked about live shows at some of the most premiere industrial music festivals around the globe. Compounding a ruinous mix of crass humor, video games and geek culture with an unapologetic EBM affinity, The Gothsicles’ 2011 release “Industrialites & Magic” (WTII Records) reached the #1 spot on Amazon.com for “Most Downloaded” in the “Goth & Industrial” category.
The great Luke Ski
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “the great Luke Ski” to be his radio program’s “Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century”. Since then, Luke held onto that title by having songs on “The Dr. Demento Show’s” annual year-end “Funny 25″ countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 11 years in a row, including three of them at #1 (”Peter Parker” 2002, “Stealing Like A Hobbit” 2003, “Snoopy The Dogg” 2011) and two of them at #2 (”You Don’t Know Jack” 2006, “Too Much Stuff” 2009).
His song parodies, originals, stand-up and sketches about pop culture phenomena (doot doo, do-do-do!) have make him a favorite performer at science-fiction and fandom conventions all across the midwest and beyond. He’s released ten albums and a DVD over the past sixteen years, many of which feature collaborations and cameos by his fellow comedy musicians of the Funny Music Project (www.theFuMP.com), most significantly Carrie Dahlby, who often sings lead vocals on Luke’s parodies of female musicians.
His past hits amongst his fans include songs about Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Battlestar Galactica, Batman, Firefly, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, and Family Guy, with more recent hits about Disney buying Marvel, Twitter, Anime, Bruce Campbell, The Big Bang Theory, and Monty Python.
He has won two awards at the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards For Excellence In Comedy Music (www.loganawards.com). The first for his Peanuts tribute, “Snoopy The Dogg”, winning ‘Outstanding Parody Song’ of 2011, and the second for his song about Disney buying Star Wars, “When You Wish Upon A Death Star” winning ‘Outstanding Parody Song’ of 2012.
And in 2013, Carrie Dahlby and the acts of the FuMP dot com surprised him at his Kickstarter event ‘LukeSkiCon 2013′ by presenting him with a 2-CD set full of their cover versions of Luke Ski songs spanning his whole career, titled “Worst Tribute Ever”, featuring an introduction by Dr. Demento, where Dr D. reiterates that Luke Ski is still his show’s most requested act of the 21st Century.
He is the musical jester of sci-fi, the emissary of rap dementia, the pimp of the geek nation, and a prominent bacon enthusiast. So join the Dementia Revolution, and become a Luke Ski fan today! www.thegreatLukeSki.com
Hailed as an artist to watch both online and off by media outlets worldwide, Kieran Strange is a dynamic young artist blending pop sensibilities, edgy guitars and synthesized electronic sounds into her own personal brand of British nerd-rock.
Raised on a variety of music genres above her grandmother’s pub in a small fishing village in southern England, Kieran left her family behind at the tender age of seventeen to follow her heart and chase after her dream of making music. Since doing so, she has shared stages with the likes of Kinnie Starr, Hunter Valentine and more, lighting it up in front of audiences from 200 to 10,000 strong, all whilst singing songs about girl crushes, zombies and video games.
When she isn’t rocking the stage, solo or with her band, Kieran can usually be found up to her elbows in fabric and latex weaponry, enjoying her hobbies of crafting and costuming. She’s a self-proclaimed ‘crazy cat mum’, and laughs at her own addiction to Dungeons & Dragons and other roleplaying games. She has recently been delving into another childhood dream and is working on developing her first online retro-style video game in synchronization with her upcoming Fall 2013 EP release. The game will tell the story and emotion of each of the songs on the EP through corresponding superhero characters, and according to Kieran is “the most ME thing I have done with my music to date”.
Worm Quartet is a comedy rock band from Rochester, NY known for spewing hyperspeed lyrical lunacy over catchy synthesized punky music-type stuff. Worm Quartet is a regular on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show, and had the most requested song of 2004 with the ex-girlfriend ode "Great Idea For A Song" and the second most requested song of 2002 with the anti-drummer anthem "Frank's Not In The Band Anymore," as well as collaborating with Sudden Death on the most requested song of 2005, "Inner Voice.” Their celtic-twinged vasectomy tale “The Ballad of Dr. Stopp” won them the Logan award for outstanding original comedy song in 2011. They have collaborated with MC Lars on several occasions, they are card-carrying core members of The Funny Music Project (www.thefump.com) and they have previously shared the stage with such other artists as the great Luke Ski, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Marc Gunn, Devo Spice, Tom Smith, Ookla the Mok, The Pietasters, MC Frontalot, Rob Balder, Joe Giaccoio, Carla Ulbrich, The Vibrators, and Dr. Demento himself. They insist on referring to themselves in the plural despite the fact that the sole member of Worm Quartet is a 6'4” long-haired maniac who insists on being called "Shoebox." He isn't as fat as he used to be, and sometimes he plays a keytar. Deal with it.
In addition to all of this, Shoebox is also the writer of the syndicated “PartiallyClips” comic strip (http://www.partiallyclips.com) he is ¼ of the “Cirque du So What” sketch comedy group, he was half of the "Baldbox" musical project (along with Rob Balder of Erfworld fame) and he has had short stories and essays published in various zines and podcasts. In 2004 he appeared on CBS's "The Early Show" and VH-1's "Totally Obsessed" as "The Pac-Man Guy," which was hideously embarrassing but lowered his degree of separation from Kevin Bacon to 3. He has a degree in Engineering, but then, so does Gallagher. By day he ties back his hair and writes printer interfaces in a cubicle. He has a wonderful wife and an amazing son who are gracious enough to tolerate all of this.
Worm Quartet's new album “Songs of the Maniacs” is available now at http://www.wormquartet.com as well as from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, CDBaby, and probably The Pirate Bay. Did he mention he has a wife and son?