Seoulmates was formed by Emily Stanton and Rachel Seaman in 2013. It started as a local radio show on GrowRadio.org and evolved into a podcast in 2015. Twice a month, Emily and Rachel discuss the latest in K-pop, anime, dramas and nerd culture in their half hour podcast. They documented their travels to Japan and South Korea through the podcast and Seoulmates’ YouTube channel. Check out Seoulmates Podcast at www.seoulmates.podbean.com.
Emily and Rachel are both SwampCon alums and are excited to return as guests.
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.
Barry Yandell is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. An award winning educator for 21 years, he has appeared on several regional and national stages including a national tour of South Pacific starring Jodi Benson (Disney’s Little Mermaid). Favorite roles include Sweeney (Sweeney Todd), Sparky (Forever Plaid), Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch (The Wizard of Oz). As a voice actor , much of his work is currently featured on The Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and FUNimation. Popular characters include William T. Spears (Black Butler),Yoki (Full Metal Alchemist), Mr.2 Bon Clay (One Piece), Little Demon (Soul Eater) among many others. His voices is also featured on numerous video games,—most notably the Borderlands series. One of his favorite things to do is meet the numerous fans of his television shows , films and games!
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!
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.
PikaBelleChu has been cosplaying for over 16 years and has created over 80 costumes to date ranging from original Pokemon inspired gowns to Disney, SciFi and other anime characters. She is most famous for her continuing passion for Pokemon though the years and has appeared at many Pokemon events and tours along with her Pikachu inspired VW Beetle, she has also appeared on several television shows, appeared in several magazines and newspapers around the world, but is most known for gaining a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for having the World’s Largest Pikachu collection with over 20,000 items of the famous electric mouse. When not attending conventions and other events she also does many children’s events and has done a lot of charity work for Make-A Wish foundation through her cosplay as well as teach art classes on how to draw cartoons and make crafts at a craft store and painting murals in her town in homes and businesses.
Fudgie is an award winning cosplayer, she has won best in shows, craftsmanship awards, and competed internationally. She is vocal about issues in the cosplay world and is always willing to help a fellow cosplayer that needs advice with a costume, wig, sewing techniques and etc. When you see her, don’t be afraid to speak, she loves meeting new people!
Miss Koumori Cosplay
Miss Koumori is a cosplayer and graphic artist based in Jacksonville, Florida, originating from eastern North Carolina. Her costuming career began at the age of 10 when she created a thrift store Amy Rose costume for Halloween. After attending her first convention, Animazement 2008, she fell in love with cosplay and has been constructing handmade costumes ever since. While she loves all aspects of the craft, from sewing to armor making, her specialty is big bat wings! Recently, Miss Koumori began filming cosplay tutorials for her Youtube channel in the hopes of becoming a mentor to any aspiring cosplayer. She has been attending Swampcon since 2012 and looks forward to meeting all of you this year!
3AM received SwampCon’s Best in Show award from this previous year. This group has been cosplaying since 2007, and they like to make costumes, dress up, take pictures, and make questionable decisions at 3 AM, one cosplay at a time.