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Entertainment

Do a Barrel Roll!

Do a Barrel Roll! is a videogame tribute act out of Minneapolis, Minnesota that puts a different spin on the idea of performing game soundtracks live that even fans and musicians deeply rooted in the scene have not encountered before.

With their new album project entitled Super Smash Band, the band focuses on mashing up an eclectic selection of videogame songs with other songs across popular music. There are so many subtle similarities and patterns that we pick up on in music that create these cognitive relationships.

They’re normally established to help us understand, categorize, and digest music, but this album will embellish that concept and have fun with it. Down-tempo deep cuts and energetic hidden gems make up most of DABR!’s catalog, with a few more-recognizable, “Freebird-ready” hits of the VGM world sprinkled in.

From this band you can expect cheeky humor, tight pocket, a few tunes you didn’t know before you walked in, and hopefully a handful of twists, turns, and eyebrow raises that defy your expectations.

Friday:
Mainstage – 9pm – Concert

88BitMusic

Trevor Gomes (88bitmusic) is a Los Angeles native and a composer, pianist, producer and performer.

His discography includes the most comprehensive piano album of Pokemon Red and Blue and the official piano album for the indie hit Celeste.

He is perhaps best known for his Twitch channel, 88bitmusic, where he performs viewer requests live.

In 2018, he opened the TwitchCon keynote with an hour-long live set comprised of music suggested by the audience. He has performed twice alongside Felicia Day as part of charity fundraisers.

Saturday:
Mainstage – 7pm – Concert followed by Meet and Greet

2ToneDisco

Fusing passion for music, gaming, and anime culture comes easy to James Campbell. Known as 2ToneDisco, he uses these different facets interchangeably to create his own path through the Asian&US circuits.

Between making his Japanese label debut via Attack The Music with a successful show in Tokyo and his recent performances at the 2018 Anime Expo&Miku Expo’s, 2ToneDisco is taking his upbeat, DDR influenced music globally.

Growing up in a household filled with strong rock & electronic musical influences, videogames, and anime, 2ToneDisco began tapping into his musical side at a young age – purchasing his first set of turntables in his teens. As his love for DJing grew, so did his passion for producing. With multiple releases under his belt and via indie labels such as Buygore and Play Me Records, 2Tone has more up his sleeve than ever before. Be on the lookout as he has some major collaborations in the works with some Japanese all-stars, taking over the Tokyo club circuit one uplifting beat at a time. In the meantime, tune into Block.FM and checkout 2Tone’s latest mix and get your day started off right.

Saturday:
Mainstage – 9pm – Concert followed by Meet and Greet

Industry

KP5ive

KP5ive is a former professional Fortnite player and a Battle Royale enthusiast. KP has acquired over 7,000 Hours worth of experience in Battle Royale since the genre starting taking off in 2015 with the release of H1Z1.

He moved out to Los Angeles, CA in August of 2018 where he lived in the CLG Fortnite house and spent his days at the CLG Training Facility in Culver City,CA. During his career he’s played with and competed against the biggest names in the space. Gamers such as Ninja, DrLupo, Tfue, Cloak, CourageJD and many more.

Although he isn’t competing anymore he still enjoys streaming and playing when time allows and is heavily invested in the E-Sports scene. KP’s mission is to inform people of the lucrative future E-Sports can offer and loves giving some insider advice.

We are so excited for him to attend our event this year! Make sure to bring your A game because he will be available for 1-1 plays and be doing a Q&A about professional eSports. If we are lucky maybe he will bring his puppy!

Saturday:
Panel Room – 7pm – Talk with real eSports professionals! Ask questions and hear about their experiences.

Sunday:
LAN Area – 12pm – 5pm

Andrew Reiner

Andrew Reiner has been the executive editor of Game Informer Magazine for over 20 years as well as being the host of Replay.

He recently branched out in his writing to co-author the science-fiction novel Prime: A Genesis Series Event with writer Chris Kluwe.

He is also working with Kluwe on a board game codenamed Project Grendel which was tested for the first time at 2D Con last year.

Reiner is an accomplished musician, playing guitar in a wide range of bands including Fidget, Before We Burn, Tripping Icarus, and his newest venture The Rapture Twins, with Justin Courtney Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack
fame.

All Weekend: Wandering Guest – Track him down and take a photo!

Cosplay and Crafts

Alan Scholting

Regarded as one of the top cosplay writers and editors working today, Alan Scholting has contributed to nearly every major pop-culture and cosplay magazine in print.

As one of the founding members of Cosplay Culture, Alan has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and produced some of the most anticipated and well-received cosplay articles of the last several years.

In the world of fiction, his writing has spanned over several different mediums, and has accumulated many local and national awards including the E.M. Koeppel Story of Distinction for his short story, Whiskey Sours. Alan resides in Illinois with his wife, two children, and enormous comic book collection.

 

KnightMage

Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio.

A current decorated 19 year veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012 but the love for the comic and video game genre has been in his heart since he was little as it shows when he creates his costumes. Having created over 140 costumes, Michael is an award winning cosplayer along with many of his creations being praised and displayed on numerous platforms in print and online. Michael has been noted as one of the most influential male cosplayers in the world. Along with judging cosplay contests Michael often hosts cosplay panels and workshops at conventions showcasing the creative, positive, inspiring and supportive side of cosplay.

Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions. Michael was also an alternate for the 2006 reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” hosted by Stan Lee. Michael has worked on and has been featured in several fan films and productions such as “Flash Fall” by Together Brother Productions and the popular YouTube series “MAN AT ARMS: Reforged”. Michael is a spokesperson for FX latex product, Zombie-Skin. Michael has also created various costumes for World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.

 

SuperKayce

SuperKayce is a international cosplayer, artist, gamer, and all around fan-girl from Indiana!

She began her journey into the convention world in 2009 when she attended her first Superman Celebration in Metropolis Illinois! Her first costume was Supergirl made from dyed clothing, tube socks, and a cut-up bedsheet from Goodwill! Since then she has definitely expanded her knowledge of costume creation as well as the convention scene! As of 2016 Kayce has gone on to create over 100 costumes including Astrid, Belle, Natsu, Robin, MegaMam, Electra, Raven, and many more! She attends around twenty cons per year and has been featured as a guest at more than 30 shows across the United States and Canada! While Kayce has judged and hosted multiple cosplay events, she has also won several of her own awards, been featured in the 2015 issue of Icosplay Magazine, as well as countless podcasts and fan-sites for her creativity and charity work!

As part of her costuming, Kayce uses a majority of her time and effort to participate in many charitable events such Superheroes Fighting Cancer, SOSI, and Superhero Reading day at local libraries! After losing her father in 2012, Kayce has raised nearly $8,000 for Pancreatic Cancer through donating from booth sales solely! She has also worked personally to raise money for Spina Bifida and Needy families sponsored by The United Way Indiana!

 

KikiCraft

A full-time graphic artist with a Bachelors Degree in Video Game Design. She was voted “Best Costumer” by CityPages in 2016, featured on the cover of a local magazine and has been part of the cosplay scene for several years.

In her free time she enjoys attending cons, crafting and using her artist powers by participating in game-jams, doing commissions and various side-projects with friends. She has several artistic credits in published board/video games, sells custom art/cosplay at conventions and online!

 

BrixBri

Bri is a fulltime variety streamer and freelance artist. She streams games like Halo, League of Legends, Sea of Thieves, and all types of indies! You’ll also see her streaming art, prop making, cosplay!

 

Gaming Personalities

NSquared

Nester and Natasha, collectively NSquared, have been broadcasting on Twitch for the last 4 years.

Joined by their endearingly talkative cat Felix, they broadcast a variety of Nintendo games. They enjoy playing everything from the latest Mario game to the many unique Nindies available and especially Pokémon! In their spare time, they enjoy attending conventions, watching wrestling, and being typical Minnesotans. Both lifelong gamers, they love sharing their passion for everything geeky!

 

Simply

Simply started speedrunning Super Mario 64 in 2012, inspired by Siglemic. Simply has grinded the game on and off since then, with a few hurdles along the way. In 2017, he had to take a break from speedrunning due to tendinitis and carpal tunnel.

Devastated, he thought he would never play again. He started commentating for Speedgaming. He is now a main commentator and staff member of GSA – Global Speedrun Association – and has been able to recover from his tendinitis (mostly) through rigorous stretching, icing, and strengthening exercises. He continues to work on his hand health and hopes to return to the grind for a world record in Super Mario 64.