OutlantaCon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience! You'll find all the usual convention fare here--discussion panels, gaming, costuming, special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer 'bent' to it. Here you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you're free to be yourself! We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions of Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea's Drag Race (2011), and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents...
Dates for 2015 are May 8-10 in Atlanta, Georgia. Links are at the end of this post.
Here is a list of guests.
Native Detroiter Kage Alan is the comedic (aka snarky, smart ass, sarcastic…the list goes on) author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, Spacehunters: Master Elite and the Maternal Order of Loganites Beyond Uranus featured in the Butt Pirates In Space anthology, Twink Ninja Tiger, Flaxen Buns of Fury featured in the Butt Ninjas From Hell anthology, and It's A Wonderful Lube in the Butt Babes In Boyland anthology.
He lives under the regularly well-manicured thumb of his half Asian husband, in fear of his husband's evil Hong Kong Grandmonster, and under the constant threat of fellow author Patricia Logan's fan club of Loganites.
He continues to blog regularly at KageAlan.com, flog his impetuous staff, write his next book when not buying Blu-Rays each Tuesday on New Release Day, traveling overseas and buying Blu-Rays there, eating sushi, fibbing to his husband about what Blu-Rays he may or may not admit to picking up that week, making fun of people who read Patricia Logan, playing Laser Tag and attending Sci-Fi conventions. He also collects rare soundtracks.
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she's a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She's been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She's conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.
Shae has been an Outlantacon guest for several years and is perhaps best known as one of the authors for the Butt Pirates in Space and Butt Ninjas from Hell anthologies. For 2015, the butts authors plan to have not one, but two new titles available. Fannishly speaking, Shae cut her teeth in X-Files fandom, is a staunch Browncoat and a proud Hufflepuff, and believes firmly that Han shot first.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.
One of OutlantaCon's first guests and huge supporter Kiernan Kelly's stories of gay romance envelop diverse themes, varying from paranormal, to fantasy, and science fiction to contemporary romance, with thirteen novels currently in print and ebook, and over eighty shorter works available in both mediums. She has published with a variety of houses, including Torquere Press, Starbooks Press, MLR Press, Cleis Press, Renaissance Press, Circlet, Dreamspinner Press, and Loose-Id, as well as self-publishing a few short stories. Her horror short story release, "Cletus," appears in the Coscom Publishing's book "Bits of the Dead."
Kiernan also writes Young Adult gay romance under her Dakota Chase pen name.
Outlantacon welcomes, for his SIXTH time, star of the Hit YouTube fan series "Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor" Java! Best known for his long running stent at Dr. Frank N Furter with Atlanta's own Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lips Down On Dixie. Java is Featured at the Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon, Fridays at Midnight for an amazing 11 of the 14 years running. LDOD (Lips Down On Dixie) is the longest running theatrical event in Atlanta. He has also been the headlining Frank N Furter for 12 of the 14 performances of the show for Dragon Con. Some of which included working with RHPS film actors Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors-RHPS) and Patricia Quinn (Magenta-RHPS).
Along with performing with the acclaimed shadow cast, he is also an Actor and Filmmaker. Appearing in such films as "The Blind Side," "Ben 10: Alien Swarm," and on television with "Drop Dead Diva" and as a reoccurring zombie on "The Walking Dead." Java is also an established Visual effects and beauty Makeup Artist, working with Netherworld Haunted House, voted #1 in the nation several years consecutively, and on feature the film "ACE: The Zombie," and will be starring in the upcoming ensemble found footage horror films "The Lost Footage" from Crimson Films, "Atlanta Vampire Movie" by Idle Hands Entertainment, and appearing in the Zombie film "Test Group" with The Other Side of GA Productions .
Java has since gone on to launch his own production company, Jymeni Productions, LLC and is also one of the Exec. Producers / Co Writers / Co Directors and Makeup supervisor for the UNCANNY X-MEN fanseries, along with Producer and creator of the Youtube Webseries, "Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor" (Also starring as the Doctor himself!).
This year also debuts Javas newest story as a guest author on the anthology erotica series, "Butt Raiders on the Range" the follow up to last years "Butt Ninjas from Hell." Find and keep up with him on facebook and IMDb!
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Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of man-whores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version Lord Of The Rings movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids' friends say.
James Crawford writes the Young Adult book series Leech. As a boy growing up he realized there were too few LGBT heroes for kids to look up to and even fewer that weren't over sexed stereotypes. He didn't see anything that represented him. He decided to start writing Caleo to give young adults a homosexual hero who was not defined by his sexual orientation.
Vicktor "Vic" Alexander
Vicktor "Vic" Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn't stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds) because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don't ask him about Dungeons & Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to historical and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross lines and boundaries that he doesn't know are there. Vic is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses.
Attorney Sarah Avraham resides in Atlanta where she operates her law practice that primarily serves alternative lifestyles. Education is her passion and she believes that education will ultimately pave the way to equality for the LGBTQIA community. Attorney Avraham's love lies in presenting about the law. Her presentations cover many as aspects of family, criminal, estate planning, healthcare, employment, business, and even landlord/tenant law topics. More specifically, Attorney Avraham's favorite legal topics to cover are how to protect same-sex partnerships and multipartnered households through legal documents where no other legal remedy is available.
Keith Bailey is an award winning photographer, makeup artist and film maker. He has formed a company for film production (The Otherside of Georgia, Inc.) with Albert Roberts and Ginger Paige, that has several projects going in the Atlanta area. Keith wrote, co-produced and directed the zombie film "Test Group" that will have a theatrical release this September. He is writing and casting a new TV Series "Immortalz Atlanta".
Andrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer games and roleplaying games, is lead developer on the upcoming Fading Suns: Noble Armada mobile and tablet game. Andrew co-created the "Fading Suns" roleplaying and computer games and was the original developer of White Wolf's "Vampire: The Masquerade." He has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. He has also worked on products with other roleplaying game companies, including "Star Trek Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine." His computer game credits include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Crawlers, Dungeon Lords, The Virtual World of Kaneva, Railroad Tycoon Mobile and the Global Agenda MMO. A fellow with the Mythic Imagination Institute, Andrew is also president of the Georgia Game Developers Association and organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).
Moxie Magnus, the eight foot tall queen of outer space, serves as chief cosmetologist on the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. But that's just her day job! When she's not quaffing the Starfleet elite of the 23rd century she's entertaining the folks of the 21st century with her comedic styling and mad ukulele skills. Not only does she travel and perform her show throughout the US, she has a video podcast and most recently, a web comic "Tales from Salonbay".
Eden Winters has published a dozen novels to date, many of which have been recognized by the annual Rainbow Awards, and one also gaining finalist status in the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards. She calls the southern US home, and many of her stories take place in the rural South. She divides her time between a day job, friends, grandkids, PFLAG, writing, trying different varieties of vegan cuisine, and exploring her world. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, she owns a TV she never watches, and she's a firm believer that life is better with pets. She also loves cruising down the road on the back of a Harley Davidson.
Actor, cosplayer, author
Ellie Collins was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. She was always artistic and creative, but in her high school days she discovered a deep love for the theater and costuming. Since then she's created over one hundred costumes for herself and other actors and cosplayers. She's won numerous awards, and has even been featured in magazines for her costuming work. Also, she has gone on to do seamstress work for film and television.
On top of her costuming work for screen, she has worked both in front of and behind the camera. Whether it be assistant directing, wardrobe, or even acting, she finds herself happy in all parts of film making. She was featured on the first season of The CW's "The Originals" as a recurring DayWalker vampire. It was a season she credits with reigniting her passion for all things creative.
Ellie has also gone on to pen an urban fantasy fiction series titled "Empire Valley". It was an idea she had mulled around for many years, then the drive to write finally came with 2011's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where she wrote 50,000 words in the month of November. Since then, each year she participates and encourages others to participate in NaNoWriMo and follow their writing dreams.
The first book; "Empire Valley - The Arrival", will also be released alongside an audio dramatization and live action trailer. For more information on Empire Valley, or Ellie, check out the following sites:
David Yost is an American actor most notably known for his role as Billy, the Blue Ranger on the international television series The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Yost completed over 200 episodes of the series and starred in the feature film Power Rangers: the Movie. The feature film was produced by some of Hollywood's leading producers like Jon Landau (Titantic and Avatar) and Suzanne Todd (the Austin Powers franchise and Alice in Wonderland).
Yost was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa but moved around considerably while growing up as child. He has been able to call Death Valley, CA, Denver, CO and Billings, MT home. He graduated high school from Amador Valley High located in Pleasanton, CA. Yost attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa graduating with a degree in Communications and Dramatic Arts. Like many actors, Yost moved to Hollywood with the dream of making it big and within three months of being in the city, he landed the role of Billy, the computer literate superhero, on Power Rangers.
Since leaving the series, Yost has turned his attention to behind-the-scenes work in the Entertainment Industry. He has worked on and produced many reality television shows most notably The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Bravo and Temptation Island for FOX. He recently completed the second season of NTSF:SD:SUV:: - a comedy spoof of shows like CSI or NCIS and just finished production on NEWSREADERS – a comedic take on the people who bring us the news. As well as being a producer, Yost has held the title of Director of Production at the Sci Fi Lab, a television development entity for the SyFy Channel and Manager of Licensing for Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment in which he sold completed television series to international distributors, domestically closing deals with MTV and Showtime.
Yost is involved with several charitable organizations. He starred in the play Fallen Guardian Angels at the Complex in Los Angeles which benefited AIDS Project L.A. (APLA). The play was about six different individuals dealing with HIV/AIDS in various situations. The proceeds from the play went to benefit Children's Hospital AIDS Center and the entire production raised over $25,000. Yost is credited with raising $5,000 for the hospital and the reviews for his performance from LA Weekly Theatre were highly favorable.
Yost continues to raise money and advocate for APLA as well as Project Angel Food and The Trevor Project.
Don Teems has appeared in over 50 TV and movie projects that include The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Following, Flight, Identity Thief, Dumb and Dumber 2, Anchorman 2, Resurrection, and Trouble with the Curve.He am most known for being several featured walkers in seasons 2, 3, and 4 of AMC's The Walking Dead. He am also a local DJ here in Atlanta. He has a fan page dedicated to his time on the walking dead that has over 11,000 followers at http://facebook.com/DonTWDZombieTeems
Brent D Seth
Originally from a very small town in Illinois, Brent D. Seth began writing at an early age, but lacked the confidence to submit any of his work to publishers. He wrote in the closet, and kept it there for many years, along with his self-identity. Only with the support and encouragement of his husband of ten years, did Mr. Seth finally take the leap—all of them. His first novel, a science fiction comedy Short Fuse is now available through Leo Publishing.
Lee Martindale's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the Snows of Darkover anthology, Turn The Other Chick, Witch Way To The Mall, and Fangs For The Mammaries, three volumes of the Sword and Sorceress series, Warrior Wisewoman 2, Catopolis, and Low Port. She has also edited two anthologies of her own, Such A Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town. Her latest works are Bard's Road: The Collected Fiction of Lee Martindale, and a story slated to appear in Chicks & Balances, the sixth "Chicks in Chainmail" anthology coming from Baen in 2015.
When not slinging fiction, Lee is a veteran human rights activist, a Named Bard, a Lifetime Active Member of SFWA (where she serves on the Board of Directors), a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a member of the SCA, and a popular guest at science fiction conventions all over the country. She and her husband live in Plano, TX, where she keeps friends and fans in the loop at http://www.HarpHaven.net.
Darren Nowell is cohost of the Legion of Substitute Podcasters which discusses the Legion of Super-Heroes as well as having guest appearanced on Earth Station One, Comic Book Queers and Comic Geek Speak podcasts. Also an avid tabletop and video gamer his current obsession is Disney Infinity and Pandemic. You can find him in the gaming room or hosting The Match Game.
An E-List bearlebrity living in Atlanta, Neon has always been the "light of the party" per se. A southern boy at heart, his outgoing personality and mischievous demeanor will make you smile. Neon loves to entertain whether it be on the mic as an emcee or on the DJ decks spinning dance music that will get your blood pumping! As an international go go bear, Neon has danced around the globe bringing his electric style and incredible dance moves to the stage. He designs and creates most of is own costuming that blends his inner geek into his signature styles.
Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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Outlantacon is held May 8-10, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.
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Location 2015 Marriott Century Center Atlanta http://www.outlantacon.org/#!location/cp0k