Coming from all sectors of the galaxy, here are SwampCon Frontier’s special guests!
Wendi Shi is a composer and New Age musician. She started playing the piano at the age of four, and grew up with a passionate love for music and art. As an Eastern girl raised in a Western world, Wendi incorporates cultural elements from over the world in her music and art. She finds inspirations from many things in life and recreates them musically. Wendi’s music blends elements from traditional composition with folk songs to create a familiar ambience tinged with ethnic flavors. She composes various genres of music, including New Age, Easy Listening, and Instrumental. Her recent works are focused on Anime and Fantasy themed music, in addition to game audio.
“I consider it my life’s work to express those emotions and feelings that can only be conveyed through music. It’s how my spirit takes wing and soars to unfathomable, seemingly unreachable heights. I hope that my music does the same for your spirit, too.”
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.
MEW21 Cosplay is a cosplayer, costume designer and performance company owner based in Orlando, Florida. Her passion for various fandoms coupled with a love of craftsmanship have fueled an insatiable urge to learn new skills. This soon led her to win various craftsmanship and performance awards at many events including: DragonCon and Megacon. Her costumes are all parts of her fandoms including Anime, Disney, Cinematic, Comic and Video Games. Several of her cosplays have been featured on different social medias including Dorkly, Geek Girls and Art of Cosplay. MEW21’s greatest joy is using her degree in communications to teach others through informative panels. She loves sharing her wide range of knowledge on cosplay subjects, as well as, the struggles of coping with an invisible illness through the creativity of cosplay.
A performer since the age of nine, Kiteera grew up honing her acting, stage combat, and tribal style belly dance skills, which included diving into the world of costume creation.
In November 2015, Kiteera began working on her first cosplay project, hoping to bring Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life with her costuming expertise and stage presence. By July 2016, her project had earned recognition at conventions and placed in cosplay contests. She recently completed a cosplay of Blue Snow from the anime Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, and she is currently working on Visas Marr from the game Knights of the Old Republic II.
In addition to working on cosplay projects, Kiteera can be found streaming on Twitch, swinging weapons at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, and teaching belly dance classes.
Gilded Moon Cosplay
Gilded Moon Cosplay is a local artist and cosplayer. She started cosplaying 5 years ago, with her first convention being year one of SwampCon! Her first cosplay was Princess Luna from My Little Pony, and since then she has cosplayed from other popular series such as Homestuck, One Punch Man, Splatoon, and has recently been on a League of Legends cosplay craze!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.