Nefarious Ferrets

The Nefarious Ferrets are Frank and Donna Parker of Gastonia, NC. Meeting each other in 2006 at ConCarolinas they realized they had many things in common: science fiction, a love of music, and a love of ferrets. It was a match made in fandom and the following year at ConCarolinas 2007, they were married.

Donna grew up moving around as a Navy brat. She had studied piano for a summer as a child, and enjoyed music but not practicing. A trip to the library ended up with a discovery of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark. This led to a love of science fiction and fantasy. That love led to other bad habits, like attending and working at science fiction conventions.

Frank is from New England, transporting to South Carolina in 2002. A self-taught musician he plays a combination of folk and filk music. He has been writing and performing at science fiction conventions and house filks as FilkFerret since 1998, though he has been fiddling with music since the “great trombone disaster” many years ago in third grade.

He has several awards in the filk community and was finalist two years in a row for songs composed for the Mars Society’s Rouget d’Lisle contest for songs celebrating the cause of the human exploration and settlement of space. These were “The Green Hills of Terra” and “Spreading Our Wings” (coauthored with Utah Filker Dawnya Thill). His signature song “Take it One Step and One Day at a Time” shared first place at Conterpoint 3 in 2000 for best serious filk and “Inherit the Heavens” took third place at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival (OVFF) in 2002 for the theme “for our children”.

Like the seeds of a dandelion the Nefarious FilkFerrets major goal is to spread the love of filk music.

 

Hawthorn & Holly


Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter. Started in 2007, these wizards hail from Charlotte, NC. Leah Schroeder and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars and Dave Beaucar on bass. Visit them online at 
hawthornandholly.com.
Hawthorn & Holly

Gild the Mourn

Entering a realm somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Grimm’s fairytales, Gild The Mourn has laid a path for you to travel to a world beyond your own. The fairytale-themed gothic rock duo hailing from Charlottesville, VA comes clad in armor and war paint to tell tales of battles long forgotten, worlds that have faded from the pages of memory, and the struggles of the human condition.

The band consists of husband and wife duo Gopal and Angel Metro. Gopal—a veteran musician—is also co-founder of the dark rock bands Bella Morte and Brighter Fires. The two strive to create a positive culture around their music, focusing heavily on inner strength and perseverance. Their motto “In the Darkest of Times, Find Light Within” represents finding fortitude within one’s self during times of hardship and strife.

Gild the Mourn

 

Devo Spice

Devo SpiceDevo Spice is a comedy-rapper from New Jersey who has become one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show. He was the founding member of Sudden Death, the comedy rap group that had the #1, #2, and #4 most requested songs of 2007 on the Dr. Demento Show. (“Cellular Degeneration,” “Getting Old Sucks,” and “Pillagers,” respectively.)

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.

Devo Spice has released several albums including Gnome Sane? (2009), a best of Sudden Death 2-CD collection called Rhythms from the Crypt (2013), a Doctor Who concept album titled I Am The Doctor (2014), and his most recent release Herp Derp Ya Don’t Sterp (2014). His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and The FuMP (the Funny Music Project). For more information please visit devospice.com.

 

Misbehavin’ Maidens

Misbehavin' MaidensThe Misbehavin’ Maidens are a bawdy nerd-folk band comprised of four women from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area with a love of feminist, sex-positive music, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, drinking, and fandom references for the 18+ geek crowd.

Performing in cosplay, pirate garb, and occasionally plain clothes, the group can be found at local theme bars and fandom conventions all across the country, entertaining those who are young at heart, but who have their minds in the gutter. The group has performed at Dragon Con, RavenCon, Wicked Faire, Nauticons, D.C./Baltimore area burlesque and variety shows, and local theme bars. They are very pleased and excited to be returning to RavenCon this year!

The band, which began rehearsing together in late 2012 and performed in public together for the first time in May of 2013, consists of four members: Flint Locke, “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc, Madame Rouge, and Saber Tompson. While all of the ladies come from a “pirate” background, they embrace a wide range of subcultures, offering musical tributes to everything from steampunk to anime.

After a wildly successful Kickstarter, their debut, independently-released album, Busted, was released August 15, 2015, and their second album, Sloppy Seconds, was released April 11, 2017. Both albums and the rest of their merch will be available in the vendor hall at their table. Make sure to drop by and say hello. 

 

Rob Balder

 

Rob Balder Rob Balder is the author of Erfworld, a sweeping fantasy webseries in illustrated prose and comic pages. It is currently penciled by the exquisitely talented Xin Ye, inked and colored by Eisner nominee Lauri Ahonen.

Erfworld tells the ongoing story of Parson Gotti, a fat gamer guy from Ohio who is magically summoned into a swords-and-sorcery setting. Parson is forced to command an army of cute and comical monsters in a gamelike war that is all too real. If he wants to stay alive, he must learn how the rules work—and how to break them.

The series has attracted a thriving community of fans who contribute art, comics, and fanfic. Working with the author, readers have built a wiki of more than 10,000 articles about the universe. And with five successful Kickstarters and a patronage program topping $1600 pledged per update, Erfworld is one of the great crowdfunding success stories in independent fiction.

As a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Rob serves on the Self-Publishing Committee and curates the SFWA Kickstarter page. He lives in Richmond, VA.

 

 

Paradox Machine

For over four years, Paradox Machine has been rocking out to your favorite geeky tunes. Whether Firefly, Doctor Who, Super Mario, or Zelda, we have it on tap. So pack your bowties, polish your wands, and power up your hyperdrives, because Paradox Machine is coming.