Guests of Honor
Gregory French is an actor currently residing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After helping out a friend with a commercial, he sought his fortune in Hollywood. While commonly appearing as a walker in episodes of “The Walking Dead”, he also appears in “Under the Dome”, “We’re the Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, and “Parental Guidance”.
Paul Harmon is a compulsive, habitual GM. He has been running games since about age nine, when he forced the neighborhood children to add HP/MP and miss percentages to their games of cops’n’robbers. A long term resident of Harrisonburg, and SFFG alumnus, Paul graduated from JMU in 2008. His chief contribution to society comes in the form of stories about the motley band of lunatics he games with, and his staggeringly bad luck.
Cosplay sister duo Labinnak & Mangoloo Cosplays have been creating costumes and props from scratch since 2014. Using knowledge from classes in design and theatre the duo specializes in bringing video game characters to life (specifically Borderlands characters in which they have made 9 costumes from the series). Although their costuming does also branch out to other genres. The team takes great enthusiasm in character portrayal and strives for accuracy and authenticity. Their current mission is to inspire others to pursue and improve their costuming skills.
Marzgurl, a.k.a. Kaylyn Saucedo, is an internet animation and gaming personality, known primarily for her work on Channel Awesome (home of other famed internet personalities such as The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara) and Screen Wave Media (YouTube multi-channel network that hosts James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Videogame Nerd, Brental Floss, and Team Four Star). She is also a former CrunchyRoll writer. She rose to fame for her in-depth, introspective, and satirical review videos for subjects such as dollar bin straight to video animation to the works of legendary animators such as Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth, the later of who recognized and commended her work on his Twitter. She also runs her own thriving Twitch channel where she and her partner JoshKnightThe1st, ak.a. Joshua Saucedo, produce the weekly nerd culture podcast Beyond The Black Rims. In 2015, she released her first feature length film “Farewell Famikamen Rider” which she co-produced, co-wrote, and co-directed with JoshKnightThe1st. The film is a conclusion to the Famikamen Rider web-series produced by late internet personality Justin Carmical, a.k.a. JewWario, to whom the film is dedicated.
In recent years, Marzgurl has expanded her activities beyond the internet realm to include live appearances at conventions. She has hosted panels at Anime Expo, MAGFest, Oni-Con, and many others. Her panels cover a wide variety of topics from animation, to Japanese culture, to her own work and the work of Channel Awesome. She has also become known for her widely popular Nerf Wars, where attendees compete in a variety of Nerf games in an environment designated by the event.
Tainted Reality was founded in 2005 and specializes in subculture entertainment; most notable in the realms of Asian music, video games, and web-comics. TR is best known for the management and promotion of Japanese rock and visual kei musicians; organizing tours, concerts, and convention appearances across the country. Since 2013, they have begun working with conventions to provide high impact, adrenaline fueled raves that include stage shows, visual displays, and popular K-pop, J-Pop, and EDM hits. They also specialize in video game entertainment, and have conducted tournaments for several conventions, with championship rounds that utilize stage theatrics and showmanship to create wildly entertaining experiences for both contestants and audiences. Beginning in 2012, they have been producing their own web-comic, Fixer, which utilizes their decade-long experience in the music industry to tell the realistic story of a band formed in the late 90’s. It has since gone on to be well received by audiences all over the world, and has a dedicated following.
Their first music tour was in 2006 for the visual kei band, BLOOD, which included sold out venues in both New York City, and Los Angeles. Tainted Reality has since managed the tours of bands like The Candy Spooky Theater, and visual kei superstars, Versailles. They have also managed the appearances of many artists at popular Japanese pop culture conventions, including THE SOUND BEE HD at Katsucon, DJ SiSeN at Anime USA, and Versailles at A-Kon.