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Friday, May 29 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Opening Ceremonies

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WE'RE BACK! Come celebrate the opening of ConCarolinas 2015! We will be honoring the life of ConCarolinas Founder and first ConChair, Fred Grimm. If you have a Hawaiian shirt, please wear it!

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Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

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Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader’s Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013... Read More →
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Matt Busch

Pres, yo., Kaleidoscope Koi Entertainment, LLC
In the early 90’s, Busch began his career in Hollywood, working in every aspect of the movie business, from concept design and storyboards to poster design and advertising. Simultaneously, he began illustrating books, magazines, posters, comics, trading cards and toys for notable pop culture properties, including LORD OF THE RINGS, INDIANA JONES, THE CROW, HEROES, G.I. JOE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, The HULK, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, RESERVOIR... Read More →
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Jessica Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →
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Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →
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Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson is best known for creating the Peabody award-winning movie riffing sci-fi series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes. Recently, MST3K has been included in several “top 100 TV shows of all time” lists, including Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as being included in the “top 25 cult shows” list in TV Guide. Joel Hodgson – Media... Read More →
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Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan (c. 1949) is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Colonel Saul Tigh in the Battlestar Galactica series, Billy in The Peanut Butter Solution and the voice of Armando-Owen Bailey in the Mass Effect series. Hogan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1949, raised in North Bay, Ontario and studied at National Theatre School of Canada. He made his film debut in the Peter Fonda trucker picture High-Ballin’ (1978). He and his... Read More →
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Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →
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Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
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Rich Molinelli

Rich has worked in many fields but has found a great home working in the trading card and illustration field.  He has worked with clients who have dealt with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Voltron, He-man and the Masters of the Universe, Image Comics Invicible, Thundercats, Transfromers and many more.  Recent work includes Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit and Game of Thrones as well as his... Read More →
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Judith O'Dea

Stage and film actress Judith O’Dea began her career over five decades ago at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. But for most film and theatre goers, Judith is best remembered as Barbra in the George A. Romero 1968 horror film classic Night of the Living Dead.   This epic film changed her life and definitely remains one of her all-time favorite career highlights.   Since then, she has appeared in over 22 theatrical productions and 13... Read More →
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John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
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Lin Zy

As a child Lin Zy made crafts, designed illustrations, and made puppets. Years later she still does all those things only now as a professional. Even early on Lin Zy’s mom and dad knew their daughter’s life would be intertwined with anything and everything creative. “I knew that I loved art and design but I never knew I would want to persue it as a career. So i took after my mom and went to Cosmetology school. Hey it’s... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

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