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Guest Author – Richard Lee Byers

Richard Lee Byers is the author of forty fantasy and horror novels including The Reaver, Blind God’s Bluff, and the best-selling Dissolution and the creator of the post-apocalyptic superhero series The Impostor. His short fiction can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has collected some of the best of it in the eBooks The Q Word, The Plague Knight, and Zombies in Paradise.

A resident of the Tampa Bay area, the setting for a substantial portion of his horror fiction, he spends much of his leisure time fencing and playing online poker. He invites everyone to Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and to read his blog at http://rleebyers.livejournal.com.

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Guest Photographer – Mark Pariani – Productions

Mark Pariani – Productions is a Florida born photographer and architectural designer. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where he studied both architecture and photography. He has been featured in multiple professional art galleries and has several published photo works and awards. Mark has been photographing in the cosplay and convention community for about 5 years and is very excited to be returning to SwampCon this year. Please visit his FREE photo booth, open the entire weekend!

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Special Guest – Florida Whammy Entertainment

Formed in 2008 under the name “The Game Show Gurus”, Florida Whammy Entertainment is a not-for-profit professional organization that designs, creates, operates, and performs various interactive entertainment events for conventions.

Specializing in Game Shows, their highly experienced team have created and developed game shows, panels, and other original programming for a number of regionally and nationally known fan conventions and events focusing and specializing in a variety of genres in popular culture, Japanese culture, Otaku culture, and other various cultures and fandoms alongside also making appearances in community events as well.

Florida Whammy Entertainment has been producing panels and shows for 8 years! FWE’s unparalleled experience in multiple aspects of conventions ensures and allows them to be prepared for any unexpected request and lets them keep a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to the future.

Florida Whammy’s Board of Directors oversees the entire organization and ensure that the company is moving in the right direction and not moving away from the original core ideals that it was founded on. FWE is also backed by a support team of over 20 individuals who lend their time and talent to helping FWE achieve its mission statement of bringing quality Interactive Entertainment to conventions across the country.

Florida Whammy Entertainment’s goal is to provide an entertainment experience that will leave every participant with a lasting impression on FWE, the host convention, and various cultures as well. FWE’s proud to have the honor of saying they’ve been around for 8 years, and they will work hard to continue to bring professional, engaging entertainment to the masses!

You can follow then on their Facebook (Florida Whammy Entertainment), or on their Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram (@floridawhammy)!

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Guest Author – Armand Rosamilia

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life… 

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels. 

He runs a very successful podcast on Project iRadio, too… Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc. 

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes! And e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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Guest Author – Bill Hatfield

William Hatfield is the author of Captive Audience, Duel Roles, and Tough Crowd, the first three installments of his SF series, Fists of Earth. He also has two quirky LGBT novels set in Key West, Menu for Murder and Blown Choices, putting his characters through their first serious hurricane season. He is currently working on the third installment of the LBGT novels with Bare Soles, a light-humored and lightly dressed study into the mayhem of crime lord kidnappings and nude resorts in Mexico. He lives in Gainesville with his mad scientist wife, and their two feline daughters.

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Cosplay Guest – Denialism

denialism │ noun │ de·ni·al·ism │ a person’s choice to deny reality, as a way to avoid the truth; a Tampa-based cosplayer more interested in playing pretend than being a real life adult.

Shunning even her own name for the sake of make believe, Julia (Denialism Cosplay) began attending cons in 2007, during the height of the Narutardation of the convention scene. With no more to her ‘costume’ than a ninja headband, she vowed to one day be among the ranks of her newfound idols, wearing a wig and bearing the pain of an elaborate cosplay with the best of them. Fast forward to 2014, when that nerdy little spark grew into a raging inferno that devoured not only Denialism’s heart, but also all her time and money. Today, she travels to cons all over the east coast and strives to expand her skill set with each costume she makes. As a frequent contest competitor, her focus on clean construction and attention to detail are…admittedly a little concerning, but we’ll just chalk it up to dedication. Some of her most popular cosplays are Raven, Nonon Jakuzure, and Ruby Rose.