Christopher R. Mihm is the writer, director, and producer of the films of the "Mihmiverse," a series of award-winning, loosely interlinked feature-length films which pay homage to 1950s-era "drive-in cinema."
Mr. Mihm's filmmaking career began in 2006 with the release of his first retro-styled film, "The Monster of Phantom Lake." Made on a nearly non-existent budget, the film went on to garner much critical acclaim, appear in numerous film festivals, win multiple awards and, to this day, continues to screen across the world.
Since his first film, Mr. Mihm has released one new as-authentic-as-possible 1950s-style feature a year, many of which have received numerous accolades, nominations, and awards. "Attack of the Moon Zombies" raked in the most 2011 Dead Letter Awards at mailorderzombie.com. "House of Ghosts" beat out several big budget films to win the coveted Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Independent Feature in 2012. Mr. Mihm's ode to the "big bug" films of the 1950s, "The Giant Spider," won the Forrest J. Ackerman Film Award at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival and the Best Action/Horror Feature award at the Highway 61 Film Festival.
Christopher R. Mihm has been featured in many publications, both online and off, including SCI-FI Magazine, Screem, Famous Monsters of Filmland and Scary Monsters Magazine. Mr. Mihm was the recipient of the first-ever Roger & Julie Corman Intrepid Filmmaker award at the ninth annual Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, won the Best Director award from mailorderzombie.com and received the key to the city of Forest Lake, MN, where July 30th was officially declared "Christopher R. Mihm Day."
Dave Lea is a stunt coordinator/action choreographer, fight coordinator, and trainer to the stars. He is one of the most successful British–born stunt actors ever to make their mark in Hollywood. Born in London, Dave is known for being Batman’s stunt fight double in the first two Batman movies with Michael Keaton. He has worked with, and trained, many of the top stars including: Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Mabius and Ewan McGregor.
Based in Los Angeles, Dave currently works between Hollywood and the UK. He is highly skilled in a wide range of martial arts including — Wing Chun Kung–fu, Eskrima, and Shaolin fighting. Having originally trained at an early age in Shotokan karate in London, then in Wing Chun in London’s Chinatown, Dave further added to his skills by training with the masters in Malaysia. He learned Five Animals style, weaponry, improved his Wing Chun power, and became the first gweilo (white guy) to represent their Hapkune–Do school in London. Dave went on to open three successful martial arts schools in London teaching his students kung fu, kickboxing and weaponry, before embarking on a career in television and films.
Dominic Riggio is the writer and creator of The Arcane Awakening graphic novel trilogy, and the owner of Mess Bucket Comics, a self published and independent company. The ultimate goal of The Arcane Awakening is an animated or live action feature. He's been fortunate enough to have some talented artists work on his books. Bill Farmer, Keith Grachow and Jacob Crippen (Professional credits include DC, Disney and Marvel) have contributed colors, inks and pencils to The Arcane Awakening graphic novel trilogy and the upcoming series Donnybrook.
Dominic is the producer, director and writer for the Fox Sports Detroit, Detroit Winter Classic yearly TV program. He is the host of The Motown Mojo Live podcast and owner of the Echo Network in Royal Oak Michigan. Motown Mojo Live is an entertainment show that focuses on entertainment. Dominic was also Associate Producer for the 2018 film "Rottentail".
Dominic started Mess Bucket Comics as a way of distributing and promoting The Arcane Awakening and Donnybrook. He travels to over 20 comic conventions a year. Mess Bucket is very active on social media as well as TV and radio.
Random, aka Mega Ran, aka RandomBeats... Teacher, Rapper, Hero. When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.
Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.
Various video game developer co-signs and admiration from the genre’s toughest critics have led to placements in TV, movies, university coursework, and of course, games. Random’s music and story have been shared on stages across the world, on television (ABC/NBC News, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, WWE Wrestling) and in leading music, gaming and tech publications, print and online.
Today, Random is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme. With over 3 million YouTube views and a legion of smart art fans he calls “Team Mega” beside him, the future looks brighter than ever.
Wesley and the Crushers is a modern, one-of-a-kind musical exploration that is both passionate and geeky – passionate in our admiration and love for all things geeky, and completely geeked-out in our approach to our number one passion: music.
The band name Wesley and the Crushers comes from the television show “Star Trek the Next Generation.” In this show, the role of Wesley Crusher was played by one of science fiction’s all time heroes, Wil Wheaton. Today Wil Wheaton is one of the leading figures in the geek community, which has become large and multi-faceted in recent years. We continue to be impressed by his support for the underdog, and we are proud to share his name.
Members of Wesley and the Crushers include: "Wesley," known by many as the very soul of the Crushers; Trooper Jester, one of the greatest guitarists in the known universe; Trooper Mindtrick, an enigma wrapped in a paradox, wrapped in full-body storm trooper armor; Trooper Isomorph, who got his start in the musical world playing with a group of alien jazz cats that had an on-going house-gig with Jabba the Hutt; Trooper Bobalon, probably the most physically menacing member of the Crushers, not surprisingly, who has a great love for food – in particular, Toast; and Trooper Shooter, of whom it could be said has an eye for beauty. Many have speculated where this "eye" could have come from.
Chaotic Neutral Cosplay (CNC) started about three years ago with her first version of Lady Sif, from Marvel Comics. She now has three versions and is well-known for cosplaying strong female characters with impressive weaponry. She moved on to plastic space armor with her Mandalorian kits about a year later, and today loves crafting plastic armor, leather-working, sewing, and creating custom patterns for Lord of the Rings, Pokemon, Avatar, and many others.
Before cosplay, CNC worked on replica costumes and dabbled in film and voice acting. She appeared in “Glee” and “Private Practice” when living in LA and was featured on several radio shows after moving back to Michigan. She enjoys writing, sketching and ballroom dance in her spare time. CNC has won several awards including first places and best in shows, and recently started competing in upper echelon cosplay circles such as C2E2 in Chicago, where she won 1st in the Armor division with her Skyrim armor.
She’s most known for her Lady Sif (all three), Mai from ATLA (all three), her Twi’lek Mandalorian and her Carved Nordic Armor from Skyrim. When you see her on the con floor, please come and say hello!
Many Batmen (Batmans?) will be joining us at Cure-a-Con no doubt, but this one is special; he's been working with us since almost literally the very first day as a cheer-leader, motivator, and truth be told something of a mascot. He showed up at a fundraising event to fight cancer with no idea that we were planning to do a convention, and when we told him about Cure-a-Con he asked what he could do to help with zero hesitation.
When he's not helping us promote Cure-a-Con, Lansing Batman attends fundraisers, community events, and even birthday parties for children facing frightening illnesses, all with the aim of helping people in need when they need it. Like the Batman in the comics we all know and love, his battle-worn armor and darkly cowled visage are a stark contrast to his benevolent spirit and a heart of pure gold.
The League Of Enchantment, based out of Jackson, MI, has possibly one of the most heartening stories of any cosplay group I've ever heard. They began as a couple of girls that wanted to spread joy to children of all ages by visiting them dressed as iconic fictional characters. Today they are a collection of superheros, supervillains, princesses and more, brightening the lives of children and adults through cosplay.
We are happy to announce that the League of Enchantment will be at Cure-a-Con in November, posing for photographs with cosplayers young and old, doing face-painting, and accepting donations to fight cancer. They have visited other American Cancer Society events in the past, and Cure-a-Con just wouldn't be what it is without them here as well.
The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (MMCC) is a Star Wars-themed costuming group that designs its costumes around iconic Star Wars characters Boba and Jango Fett. While some members choose to portray the Fetts, along with other Mandalorian characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, the vast majority of members choose to do completely custom armor. This is something that sets the Mercs apart from other Star Wars costuming groups, who tend to keep to characters visually represented in the Star Wars movies, games, novels, etc. Each Mandalorian can do whatever they want with their armor, provided it stays within the guidelines set down by the group’s Costume Requirement Lists (CRLs). The MMCC prides itself on being an inclusive and friendly club, adopting the Mandalorian tradition that anyone can be a Mandalorian, regardless of race, religion, or creed.
Beyond building awesome armor and looking cool at conventions, the Mercs are highly involved in raising funds for charity to help children in need, among many other things. At the end of the day, though, we’re just simple people trying to make our way in the universe.
For more than 100 years the American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end the pain and suffering of cancer, and this year we are unveiling something brand new. Cure-a-Con is our first-ever comic and entertainment convention, taking place at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 10th, 11th, and 12th. Proceeds raised through this event will help us fight cancer by funding cancer research and by providing services for those individuals who are facing the disease right now.
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