April 26-28, 2024 – Richmond, VA

Category: Fan Guest

Carol Cowles

Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte, NC. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts—she is Carol the Cat on Guardians of the Geekery, The Cinemistress on Geek Radio Daily and one half of Refried Scenes on The Poprika Network. When she is not podcasting she is reading, writing or crafting. If you have trouble locating her, check your local cineplex, as movie theatres are her second home. Her fandoms include all things Tolkien, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and tea—lots of tea. You can find her on the interwebs at guardiansofthegeekery.com or geekradiodaily.com.

The Wonderful Billy Flynn

The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny on Geek Radio Daily! He has spent decades in radio, in and around Richmond, VA. His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Nintendo Switch (Friend Code: 4621 8841 4224), hosting trivia nights around the Richmond area, watching old movies, reading comics, or just relaxing.

Flynnstress

The Flynnstress brings a sultry, feminine voice to Geek Radio Daily’s new sWeekly show. Flynnstress is originally from Maryland, and went to school at George Mason University and University of Phoenix. The Richmond, VA area is now her home. She works as a Change Management Data Analyst after 17 years in education. Flynnstress was not always a geek; husband, Billy Flynn, got her hooked on favorites like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and Firefly. A former Derby Girl, Thistle Hurt, she now spends most of her time geeking out the next generation, her daughter MJ, or snuggled up with a book. Flynnstress also loves to travel, watches too much TV, admits to being addicted to Facebook, and is trying to save the earth, one recycled bottle of Coke at a time.

James Fulbright

James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. Just a few years after joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced him to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons; which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas, and worked VIP Registration at DragonCon. In 2013, he, and a small group of other fans, started their own convention, ConGregate. In 2017, James chaired his first DeepSouthCon, DSC 55. In 2021, that honor came around again, in the form of DeepSouthCon 59. The summer of 2024 will mark ConGregate’s 10th Anniversary—how did that happen?

In addition to running cons, James has also been known to put together a costume or two, blog a bit about running cons, and even run a game or two at conventions.

Venessa Giunta

Venessa Giunta is a writer of weird things, an editrix extraordinaire, and a little bit of a nerd. She is a published author, with non-fiction essays, short stories, and the urban fantasy Soul Cavern series, and has been a professional editor, both freelance and contract, since 2008. Conventions are a big part of her life, mainly as a guest and organizer. She is the Senior Programming Director for Multiverse and second to the director of the Writers Track at Dragon Con, both in Atlanta, and has been a guest and volunteer at many others. Additionally, Venessa runs a writerly support group called The Writers’ Troupe (formerly The Writing Tribe) on Facebook, Discord, and Twitch.

She’s been called the sort of evil that inspires hugs.

Sean Gleeson

Sean is one of the hosts of the podcast Doctor Who’s That? wherein he takes a newbie through Doctor Who, in order, starting from the very beginning in 1963. In addition, Sean is a massive fan of horror movies, and he has ridiculously seen every MCU movie on opening day. Yes, even The Eternals.

Wanda Harward

Wanda Harward is a member of The Charlotte Geeks, assisting Joey Starnes and Carol Cowles with Geek Gala, The Geekery Market (formerly Muggles Market), and other shenanigans as required. Her geeky interests include anime, filk music, renaissance faires, and gaming (online and tabletop). She runs a twice monthly D&D 5e group presently. She has been attending cons off and on since the 80s, and consistently since 2006. Professionally, Wanda is a retired social worker, current tarot reader, and life coach (findingthekeytarot.com/ ). She has been reading tarot for over 2​5​ years (professionally since 2017)​. She has been a tarot reader for many events and locations, including Carolina Renaissance Festival, ​The Geekery Market​,​ SagaCon, ConCarolinas, ConGregate, and professional events.

O. Hai Mark

O. Hai Mark is a twitch streamer, blogger, and podcaster that loves the oft-maligned movies that are considered terrible by other people’s standards. He streams Magic: The Gathering and other content most days of the week, hosts a weekly web show on terrible movies, and blogs about life as a geek. In addition, he has added short film producer to his bio this year, with two films making the festival circuit in 2024.

Joey Starnes

Joey Starnes (aka the GiddyGeeker) does not claim to be an expert on all geekeries—she’s just happy to organize them. She runs the Charlotte Geeks (home of the Guardians of the Geekery podcast), the Geek Gala, and the Geekery Market. Her main geekdoms include Doctor Who, Marvel, Star Wars, board games, WoW, and most anything British. She also has a slight obsession with HGTV, Food Network, and TikTok. She’s mostly prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse but is always willing to upgrade her bug-out bag contents. She has yet to build up an immunity to iocane powder. When not scooting from con to con handing out flamingos, she’s blissfully ensconced on the couch with her dog Angel and her husband Matt. You can find her in all the places by searching for @giddygeeker, but it may be easiest to start at charlottegeeks.com.

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