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On November 28th & 29th (Black Friday and Saturday for you retail minded people), representatives from ConNooga will be at both DiceHead Games & Comics locations garnering support and taking registrations for our upcoming convention. Now would be the best time to get your registration in before we cut off pre-reg and you have to pay more money at the door.




ROBOTECH.COM represented by Kevin McKeever

Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.
His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor, Farmclub.com, The 60's as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst.
Kevin's first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech's television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin's analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.

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The First Annual Fandom Girls will be at Con Nooga 2009!

Jumping right off the pages of the calendar.
If you missed the chance to meet them, or did not get all their autographs yet, or just want to have your photo made with them! Gamers, Costumers, Movie Buffs, Anime, Sci-Fi, and Horror Fans all wrapped up in one Calendar!
All the Fandom Girls are within shouting distance of Chattanooga too... So these are girls you've seen at the local cons, clubs, gaming stores, and of course conventions. Don't forget proceeds from the Calendar go to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.

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Convention Vixens

(aka ConVixens), is an organization of traveling girls dressed as cosplay characters of their own creation. These characters reflect different genres of fandom that touch on Sci-Fi, Pop Culture, Video Games, Comic Books, Anime, Asian Cinema, Horror and Fantasy. ConVixens appear at conventions and are supported with artwork and partnerships by such greats, as fantasy artist Larry Elmore. They are the real life models, which the fans can meet in person. They take pride in supporting the love for fandom, and in doing so, putting forth time and effort towards crafting the characters they have created for themselves, and the aesthetic of hair, makeup and personas that tie into them.
With their eye-catching appeal, friendliness and eagerness to connect with the fans, they are sure to be a memorable addition for convention attendees to meet during the shows from season to season.

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Deborah Collard - Paranormal/Author - Northeastern Alabama Paranormal Society

Deborah Collard, RN, who is Cherokee by blood, enjoys reaching back into the past to connect her with the spiritual world. The way she celebrates this passion is through her studies of the paranormal. Deborah considers herself an oldie in this venue, knowing that I the beginning the only tools she used to investigate with were her flashlight and whomever she could drag along with her to see if she could find answers to the many questions that wandered through her mind. As technology progressed so did she and many years later has a very solid team of paranormal investigators. The Team is NAPS North-Eastern Alabama Paranormal Society. NAPS was officially formed and being sought out to do investigations in 2004. Deborah teaches workshops, does lectures and panels on the paranormal as well as guests on many radio shows throughout the country. Deborah Collard has two published books to her credit. A third is expected out this summer. These books are the beginning of a ten book series. They are: Haunted Southern Nights Vol. 1 Ghost Hunting, The Basics+ and Haunted Southern Nights, The Haunted Backyard. Deborah continued her studies in the paranormal by completing post secondary education to receive a certification in Parapsychological Studies. For the past several years Deborah has trained many paranormal investigators and continues to lecture and panel in her region on the paranormal. She also assists families and law enforcement agencies with cold cases using her psychic abilities primarily via remote viewing. Deborah is an active member of the Parapsychological Association and the United Cherokee Ani-Yun-Wiya Nation. Deborah hosts NAPS Live Radio Haunted Southern Nights every Tuesday night on BlogTalk Radio. She seems to never meet a stranger or a ghost she can't be friends with.

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Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon was born in Tennessee (January 4th, 1966) and raised in Georgia. He has lived and worked in Binghamton, NY; San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Raleigh, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Chattanooga, TN; Columbus, OH; and most recently he’s returned to the estate of his family up on Signal Mountain, TN. He is 6'1", of large frame and build, with black hair, green eyes, and a penchant for really cool hats.

Sean has been professionally involved in RPGs and interactive entertainment for the last 20 years of his life. Starting in 1988, Sean began writing freelance articles and game reviews for small roleplaying game magazines and fan `zines. He then started writing books for the world-famous Champions RPG (including High Tech Enemies, The Mutant File and Champions Universe). He then went on to become the Continuity Director of the Champions Universe property. During this time, Sean also wrote for such properties as the Shatterzone RPG and the Star Wars RPG, as well as Shadis Magazine, Adventurer's Club Magazine and Dragon Magazine for TSR.

Sean then parlayed his RPG experience into the computer game field, starting as a designer for Interplay Productions (where he was the lead designer on one of the Star Trek adventure games). He was then recruited away to Vortex Media Arts, where he worked on multiple properties (including a licensed TONKA activity game).

Taking some time out of the electronic industry, Sean was offered the chance to write the premiere book about the entire roleplaying game hobby and industry. Entitled The Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible, this book was published by Prima Entertainment in 1995, and it sold over 10,000 copies in a few short months.

Sean returned to the industry as a lead designer for Infogrames Multimedia (where he did some major design work on one of their early Nintendo title bids). When the Santa Monica studio was moved north to San Jose, Sean accepted a position with newcomers 8th Wonder Games in Raleigh, NC, where he worked as the Lead Designer for the Drachen Zor title (to be published by SouthPeak Interactive). When SouthPeak chose to shelve the project, Sean then took on the role of Lead Designer and Producer for Telepathy Entertainment's Out There project (an online RPG project with educational and drug-intervention principles involved).

When his contract ran out with Telepathy, Sean was heavily recruited by Jared Nielsen to help start Obsidian Studios, where he worked from early 1999 until late 2000. During that time, Sean wrote the The Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible (2nd Edition), a completely updated and revised version of his `95 book. He also wrote and developed the Fuzion version of Shards of the Stone: Core. Then Cybergames.com purchased Obsidian and moved Sean back West for a time.

Sadly, that all fell apart. After a brief sojourn back in LA, doing some consulting work with Hollywood firms, Sean returned home to the South. He started working on his own projects while driving an armored car. He transferred from Atlanta to Chattanooga, TN, to be closer to his family. This is where he met some of the folks (to include Mark Swafford, Coley Brookshire, and Alex Smith) who would have dramatic impact on Shaintar: Immortal Legends, his most important creation to date.

Sean continued his work on Shaintar and other projects, consulting with many good and dear friends in various ways, looking for the right opportunity to dive back into the business full time. Then GAMA (the Game Manufacturer’s Association) came calling, looking for an Events Coordinator for the Origins Game Expo. Moving to Columbus, OH, Sean had the honor of working with some of the finest people in the industry, helping to run two truly great shows (Origins and GTS).

Then his old friends, Aaron Acevedo, Jason Engle, and Martin Klimes’ came calling, letting him know they were more or less “getting the band back together” (www.talisman-studios.com) and that they wanted to help him publish Shaintar: Immortal Legends. Thanks to his dear friend, Shane Hensley, it became the premiere Epic High Fantasy setting for the award-winning Savage Worlds system.

After a brief stint with a casual computer game company (FreshGames, LLC), life events drew Sean home, where he’s built a house on the old family property up on Signal Mountain. He’s now working for the largest e-publishing game store network in the world (OneBookShelf.com, featuring DriveThruRPG and RPGNow) as the RPG Marketing Coordinator, as well as the Senior Writer/Designer with Talisman Studios. Here in his 40s, Sean’s life has come together in ways even he never imagined. Living in a beautiful “Cabin on the Mountain” with the immortalized “Evil Beagle,” Lady, and the “Wild Muttling,” Riah, and supported by the largest network of wonderful and geeky friends in the world, Sean keeps writing and rolling the dice.

Yes, Gaming IS his life, and he loves it. Buy him a beer (Guinness, if you please) and he'll happily tell you more than you might ever want to know.

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Chattanooga Roller Girls
Chattanooga will never be the same after the Chattanooga Roller Girls roll in! Don't miss your chance to meet and support the team as they get ready to start tearing up the competition in 2009. Be sure to check them out on Myspace!

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Them F$&%^* Puppets

Back by VERY Popular Demand! TFP - The Puppets took Con Nooga by storm in their debut performances! Watch for the return of TFP in 2009!

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RADIO CULT - Returns in 2009

What can't be said about Radio Cult! They are Con Nooga Family! A world class band that has helped put Con Nooga on the map and who can resist the covers and enthusiasm Radio Cult brings to the stage. We are PROUD and HONORED to have Radio Cult return in 2009 and hopefully for Many - Many Years to come! Many people will thoruoghly enjoy the latest release - sends shiversup my spine as Bambi does Rob Zombie proud! Join the Cult... Radio Cult is a band not to miss!

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LETICIA WOLF

Leticia Wolf brings an amazing feel with her acoustic sets. From the moment she takes the stage until the last note you can feel her emotions and true love for her music. Con Nooga is proud to have Leticia return in 2009. Check out her page and buy her new CD that just released!

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HAZMAT

Hazmat has been heating up the south for nearly a decade. With a new energy and new material Hazmat is getting ready for a full speed attack on the rest of the country. Hazmat has recently finished work on two motion picture soundtracks, with several more on the way. Hazmat love what they do and it shows. They do it the right way, they play the music from the heart.

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PUBLISHER - Dianne Helm

Dianne Helm is President and owner of Helm Publishing, founded in 1998. She fell into publishing by meeting a writer/employee at one of her project management assignments. After an employee approached her with a manuscript he had been working on, he asked if she would edit the copy, she not only edited but offered to serve as his agent for query submission. After 250 rejection letters, Dianne stepped back and started submitting to publishing houses. After another 250 rejection letters, she decided the work was just too good to let go. She formed Helm Publishing in 1998, and published the first manuscript. Dianne was hooked. Since then she receives about 2000 manuscripts a year, and publishes about 2% of all queries received. Her authors live all over the USA and Dianne travels to trade shows, festivals, and publishing events, supporting and helping to provide promotion for books and the passion she has for reading.

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SHANE BERRYHILL

Faster than a not-so-speeding tortoise! More powerful than a five-year-old girl with the flu! Able to leap tall speed bumps in a single bound! Look, there at the computer! It’s an illustrator! It’s a writer! It’s SHANE! Shane signed with PMA Literary and Film Management, Inc in August 2004. By November of that same year, PMA had acquired a deal with Starscape Books / Tor for The Adventures of Chance Fortune series. Chance Fortune and The Outlaws was released in July 2006.

Shane lives with his wife Lesley in Chattanooga, Tennessee and continues to work on the next books in The Adventures of Chance Fortune series, along with several other novels and projects.

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ED CRANDELL

My name is Ed Crandell is the author of West World. He was born near St. Louis, Missouri, in 1970. He attended Northwest High School - then located in House Springs, Missouri - and took one course in creative writing. Even at this early date, he had in mind an idea for a sci-fi western. It wasn't until several years later, in August of 1998, that Ed put pen to paper to begin West World. That afternoon he wrote the opening two paragraphs of the story - about a planet named Endia - and then went to a party with some friends. That was the day he met the woman who would become his wife. Ironically, her name is Indhira, which in it's Spanish pronunciation sounds very much like the name of the planet created for the story. Ed finished West World in June of 2002, and went straight into writing Return to West World.

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CHRISTINA BARBER

An award-winning author of speculative fiction works noted for their darktones, Christina Barber loves to create dark fantasy worlds for readers. Christina Barber’s works have won acclaim for capturing thereader’s imagination, taking them into other worlds where anything canhappen. With a focus on the paranormal and dark forces of evil, Christina’s books give the readers a taste of what happens when real life collides head on with characters from dark, demonic worlds.
Encouraged by her fourth grade teacher, Christina has always been captivated by the craft of writing. She now writes full time.

Christina’s published books include Seely’s Pond (Dark Urban Fantasy, April 2008), Spirits of Georgia’s Southern Crescent(Non-Fiction, August 2008) and Greystone (2006 Speculative Romance). Christina’s shortstories appear in magazines and anthologies across the writing spectrum.
While Christina spent most of her life growing up in the suburbs of NewJersey, she currently resides in Georgia, with her husband and daughter. She happily shares her home with three dogs, and two cats.

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D.A. Adams

In 1990, he entered Walters State Community College on the Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship. In college, he realized that stringing words together to tell stories was fun, so he boldly set out to conquer the world as a writer. In 1992, he moved to Memphis, TN to attend the former Memphis State University. For three years, he studied writing under the likes of Margaret Skinner, Brett Singer, Tom Russell, and Rick Lyons. During these formative years, D. A. continued to excel at drunken stupidity, but conquering the world proved a bit more challenging than he had anticipated. He graduated from the renamed The University of Memphis in 1995.

For two years, D. A. worked tirelessly to produce professional quality short stories and managed to place one story and several poems in small literary magazines. During this time, he also abandoned the practice of inebriated public disturbances and became to most of his friends a tedious bore. Once sober, he realized the folly of world conquest and began to focus his efforts more on earning a living.

In 1997, he returned to Memphis for graduate school and studied under Reginald Martin, Randall Kenan, and John Bensko. While in the writing program, several of his peers and even a couple of not-mentioned instructors informed him that he lacked the talent to pursue writing professionally. Thus inspired, he earned his Master of Arts in Writing in 1999 and entered into a long period of writer’s block.

After earning the degree, he took a position teaching composition, speech, and business communications for a small college in East Tennessee. For several years, he served as an Assistant Professor of English, which is a fancy way of saying that he worked too many hours a week for slave wages. Frustrated by the poor pay and the necessity of working weekend jobs to survive, he began to refocus his efforts on writing. Despite an overwhelming sense of certainty that writing was his true calling, D. A. struggled to rediscover his narrative voice.

Then, sometime in 2002, while watching The Two Towers, an epiphany came to him, and he realized that what had originally inspired him to write was fantasy action-adventure. For several months, he pondered the idea of developing such a story and thus inspired, in 2003, began work on The Brotherhood of Dwarves. The novel was released in 2005 and has been widely embraced by fans as a fast-paced, powerful tale of friendship and betrayal. In spring 2008, the sequel, Red Sky at Dawn, was released and has been acclaimed as a rich, well-crafted adventure that keeps readers riveted until the end. Presently, he has begun work on the third installment of the five book series.D. A. Adams is also the father of two sons, who reside in Florida with their mother. Although proud of his successes as a novelist, he maintains that his boys are his greatest accomplishment in this world. Any parent reading this can probably concur.

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Robert Freese

Over the years Robert has worked for various print and electronic publications. Since 1998 he has been a regular writer for The Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope Magazine. (I pride myself on watching movies that would cause stomach distress in most other reviewers.) He has also been a staff writer for Blood Moon Rising since 2002. 2005 saw the publication of his first short story collection, A Place of Dreams and Nightmares (Dream Passage Publication Group). Robert currently lives in Alabama with his incredibly patient and understanding wife Frances. Not only is she Roberts constant source of inspiration and support, without her hard work this site would never have been a reality. Robert also collaborated with Phillip Cerreta on the first Volume of "Lights Camera Trivia" http://www.robertfreese.com

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Michael E. Hill

Born in Sacramento California. Camping and hiking in the woods was a passion for Michael. It really let his imagination grow. He would often imagine the woods as the dinosaurs would have seen them, or perhaps the old cliff dwellings of the Indians. His Grandfather, who was half Comanche and half Dutch, would encourage the stories he would tell him after returning from the woods.

At 10, he heard the story of the Hobbit and it sparked his imagination even further. He would read many books of Greek mythology, ancient Egyptian gods, and any others along those lines. The first book he actually bought for himself was the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

At age fifteen, he moved to Tennessee. As he grew, he started remembering the stories he used to tell his Grandfather Hoos, and the promise he had made to him to share his stories with others. The readers, are helping him to keep the promise. Michael's biggest wish is that one of my stories might ignite your imagination as the Hobbit did with him so many years ago.

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Cheryel Hutton

Overcoming the fear and insecurity she'd grown up with enough to scare her stories with the world would be one of the hardest things she'd ever done. There were other, more mundane, problems too. Though she continued to write, life got in the way more times than not. Marriage, and later divorce, raising two daughters as a single mother, and all the day to day crisis that everyone faces. She worked as a registered nurse until health problems forced a career change and a return to college. While there, she wrote essays and stories for the campus newspaper. She also established, edited, and wrote for a newsletter for and about students with disabilities. Reminded of how much she loved to write, she decided to get serious. Cheryel has had articles, humor pieces, and short stories published in local newspapers, small press, and online magazines, and in an anthology to benefit the American Red Cross. She just signed a contract with Samhain Publishing for her first book, a paranomal romance. Cheryel is a member of Romance Writers of America, Smoky Mountain Romance Writers, and the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal chapter of RWA.

The mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of five (three girls and two boys), Cheryel holds a green belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is involved in disability awareness. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and their two dachshunds, Cujo and Sugar.

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David Boop

Denver-based author David Boop is a single dad and returning college student. Dave was a journalist before turning to fiction. In fact, he’s done jobs as diverse as DJ, magician and teacher. He’s published a dozen short stories and made two short films. A fixture on the convention circuit, he’s spoken at literary gatherings in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington State. He’s part of a cavalcade of authors on Second Life, as well. His novel, She Murdered Me with Science, debuted in August, along with his first anthology, Space Pirates. General interests include noir, Mayan history, and The Blues.

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Our 2009 Logo Artist - Billy Tackett

Award winning artist Billy Tackett hasn’t always been referred to as “The Creepiest Artist In America”. With humble beginnings in rural KY, the darkness came a-callin’ early on. His fondness for Famous Monsters of Filmland over Little Golden Books hinted at a dark future to come. Eventually his mastery of the macabre arts drew him to the big city in search of more enthusiastic victims. With his boo-tiful wife Heather, he settled in the Greater Cincinnati area and began to put in motion his evil plan to zombify America. After publishing over 200 book cover and illustrations he created his signature piece, Zombie Sam, giving birth to his Dead White & Blue series. Those paintings then became the inspiration for the Dead White & Blue Comics graphic novel, scheduled for release early 2009 from Abyss Walker Comics. Billy’s ability to bring characters to life on canvas and paper caught the attention of best-selling author Shane Moore who dubbed him “Duco-Letum” (Painter of Death) and named him Official Artist of his Abyss Walker Series. Utilizing his talents in both graphic design and traditional art, Billy has unearthed a line of graphic Ts emblazoned emblazoned with the denizens of the vast and forbidding wasteland known as his Imagination. Avoid visiting www.BillyTackett.com if you suffer from heart problems, weak stomach or fear of the dark.

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The Legendary Larry Elmore

Has been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 20 years. Larry worked as a staff artist for TSR, Inc. from 1981 to 1987. While at TSR, he helped set the standards of gaming art in the role-playing genre. Besides creating covers for Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D and other gaming books, Larry Elmore may be best known for his work with the world of Dragonlance. Since 1987, he has been working as a freelance illustrator, doing covers for comics, computer games, magazines, fantasy and science fiction books and many more projects too numerous to list here. His time at TSR, Inc. is best exemplified on the covers of the DRAGONLANCE book series. Since then, Larry has worked for other publishers such as BAEN books, Bantam, Warner Books, ACE/Berkley, Doubleday, and Del Rey. He is also the co-author of "Runes of Autumn" and creator of the "Sovereign Stone" series. In the gaming and comic industries, Larry has freelanced for TSR, Inc, FASA, Mayfair Games, Game Designer’s Workshop, White Wolf, Iron Crown Enterprises, Dragon Magazine, Amazing Magazine, Wizard Press, D. C. Comics, First Comics, Eclipse Comics and Frank Frazetta’s Fantasy Illustrated. Miscellaneous credits include: LJN Toys, Mattel, Lucas Films, Tonka, Monogram Models, Western Publishing, Sony Entertainment’s Ever Quest, and various computer game covers.

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Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor is a full-time writer of prose, graphic novels and comic books.
He's the writer of Gene Simmons Dominatrix by Simmons Comics Group published by IDW Publishing and has also written for Gene Simmons House of Horrors, also published by IDW. He's also currently writing the upcoming fantasy graphic novel Shan: Be My Hero for VLE Comics, the upcoming miniseries Last Chance School for Girls and Jesse James in the Mayan Underworld for Arcana Comics, and the ongoing title The Veil for Rogue Wolf Entertainment.

He's the former managing editor of Elfin graphic novels, where he oversaw the publication of graphic novels based on classic literature, world literature and historical biographies, as well as original works. For Elfin, he has written the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man and contributed to an upcoming Halloween-themed collection of stories, and he's currently writing an original sequel to The Invisible Man and The Time Machine.

Other projects of note that he's currently working on include Parodox Alley, a tie-in one-shot (featuring Fishnet Angel, Nick Landime, Phantom Jack and Cyberfrog) with the massive War of the Independents indy comic crossover, with his partners in that venture Erik Burnham and Mike Sangiacomo, Quinn: The Reckoning with artist/co-creator Martheus Wade, "Jennifer's Luggage" (a short comics tale) for Image's Negative Burn anthology, Jesus Manson, Agnostic at Large with artist Oliver Tria, an adaption of the cult-classic novel Less Than Human with author Gary Raisor and artist Douglas Draper Jr. and Gary's Graven Images novella/screenplay with artists Tony Guaraldi-Brown and Kariann Childs, Body Dumper with artist Taki Soma, Ace Robinson, Monster Killer for Hire: Turf War with co-creator/artist George Pitcher III, "Sweetly Felt the Dream" (a comics short) for Terminus Media, and a few others that aren't quite ready for public revelation as of yet.

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Team Toshigawa Returns in 2009!

Martheus and Janet Wade along with Kevin Williams

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MARK HELWIG

Mark is an illustrator, sculptor, classical musician, and composer. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, his answer is usually, "I have to what?" Over the years, Mark's eclectic career has spanned a host of creative endeavors, from desingning business logos, advertising illustrations, t-shirts, architectural rendering, caricatures and creating artistic engravings on motorcycles, to performing as a tenor with the Atlanta Opera and teaching people in his Army Reserve unit how to shoot straight and more. Mark holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kennesaw State University and is a member of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. He lives in the slightly wacky town of Athens, GA with his wife, daughter and a small menagerie.

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Lin Workman Returns w/ Bushi Tales!




Don't Forget Saber Idol!



A Lifetime partnership with Con Nooga has SABER IDOL becoming our premiere event! In 2009 the stakes will get higher, competition tougher and some new twists and surprises are abound in 2009! A Family Fun event NOT TO MISS! Check out: Saber Idol for more details.

And for the Kids - Don't miss SABER IDOL JUNIOR! The next big thing to hit Con Nooga - as the Kids take the stage and dazzle our judges and crowds with their lightsaber skills! Coming to Con Nooga 2009!

GAMING, GAMING, GAMING!!!



Tournaments (All sponsored by DiceHead games)
WarHammer 40K
Yu-Gi-Oh
Munchkin
HeroClix
WarMachine

We still have a few slots left open for Scheduled Gaming! If you want to run some gaming goodness for us, email our Gaming Director Mark at gaming [at] connooga.com for more info.
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