John Ferguson enters his 61st year as Count Gregore. It began on WKY–TV, channel 4,the NBC affiliate in OKC, on Saturday night, May 10, 1958 at 11:30 p.m. Shock Theater, intended for a two–year run, remained undead until 1988! John continues to make personal appearances at special events. His many years in television spanned almost every facet of the broadcast business. John was in the first class of the Speculative Fiction Hall of Fame, inducted in 2013 at SoonerCon 22. He has also appeared in a number of theatrical stage shows, comedies, and musicals from Indiana to Hollywood. He is grateful and blessed to consider his life and career—with more to come!
Sissy Space received her bachelor’s in forensic science with minors in chemistry, biology, and criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a master’s in anthropology at Wichita State University. Her study in anthropology included biological, where she focused on identification and analysis of skeletal remains, and cultural, in which she assisted in projects including but not limited to ritual analysis and visual documentation of peoples and cultures. She has a strong background in both qualitative and quantitative methodology. Professionally, Sissy Space is now using these talents to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking to make science more accessible and to help others to understand people and cultures around the world. In her personal life, Sissy Space is an avid cosplayer and nerd. She cosplays for a variety of organizations including Forever After Parties. She recently assisted Dynamite Conventions as the Science Lead for CrashLanded. In 2018, with New World Comics, she was awarded for most costume appearances in a single year and going above and beyond in charity events.
Caleb Masters is a podcast producer, writer and film critic with a lifelong love of pop culture. Masters currently serves as the editor-in-chief of The Cinematropolis, a film-essay website dedicated to thoughtful conversations and analysis of cinema. He hosts a monthly podcast, The Cinematic Schematic, where he reviews movies, interviews filmmakers, and discusses noteworthy soundtracks. He is also an active member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle.
Masters also hosted a weekly Game of Thrones podcast, The Cast Beyond the Wall. His work has also been published on GoodTrash Media, We Got This Covered, the Oklahoma Gazette, Renegade Cinema, and Screen Rant.
Oklahoma City’s R2-D2 is a full-scale replica of the astromech droid from the Star Wars universe. Constructed of aluminum and steel, fully remote-controlled with authentic lights and sounds, Artoo is ready to save the day and help raise money for charities.
R. Cat Conrad’s creativity encompasses many areas, including illustration, painting, collecting, and entertainment.He’s known for his sly repartee as an auctioneer and panelist at numerous media and SF conventions. Cat’s most popular artistic works are his space landscapes and dragon sketches.He’s also a Golden Age comic–book historian, collector, and comics investment advisor.He co-starred in Rachel Caine’s Morganville series as the Vampire Enforcer.
Jerry Bennett is a full-time artist of comic books, children’s books, and shirt designs for Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Saban. He’s created storyboards for Mattel and DreamWorks; licensed art sketchcards for Star Wars; and animated book trailers for Scholastic and Lerner Children’s Books. He also art-directed Even in Death, an award-winning animated short, with talented students on the autism spectrum. Jerry is the current Paseo Arts Association artist-in-residence at the Skirvin Hilton, focused on teaching the comic-art process and creating gallery comic art. Jerry is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Oklahoma region of the SCBWI.
Matthew L. Price is a journalist, filmmaker, and comic-shop owner from Norman, OK. He and his wife, Annette, celebrated 20 years of their store, Speeding Bullet Comics, in 2018. Matt is the co-writer and producer of the indie superhero feature film The Posthuman Projectand the writer-producer of the film The Grave. Matt also co-wrote the short films Paradox,Heroes of the Realm, Overdue, Semi-Social, and The Bulleteers. Comic books written by Matt include The Grave, Team: Awesome!, and Agent Blue.
Matt has written about comics, film, and geek culture as a journalist for more than two decades.
Haileigh Todd is an actress, voice actress, writer, director and musician from Dallas, TX. She participated in eighteen shows in high school, directing two. She earned a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for her role as Eve Rosser in Rachel Caine’s Morganville: The Series, starring alongside geek-culture veterans Robert Picardo and Amber Benson. Recently she has been involved in multiple productions at Funimation, giving voices to characters such as Takashi in Hinamatsuri, Edstrom in Overlord, Shannon in The Ancient Magus’ Bride, and the Young Goblin Slayer in Goblin Slayer. Her obsessions include anything and everything purple, everything food-related, and pranking. She moonlights as a flight attendant for Endeavor Air.