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.
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 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.
Jason Keith is an Eisner Award-nominated color artist, who for the past 15 years has colored exclusively for Marvel Comics. Credits include The Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider, Ultimate Avengers, Star Wars and Darth Vader. At the beginning of 2022, Jason created Cosplay World Richmond, a convention with a cosplay focus, with their third annual event happening June 15th-16th, 2024 at the Richmond Convention Center in Virginia. Check them out online at CosplayWorldRichmond.com.