Mineola Convention

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Do you like science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, comics, gaming, or anime?  Then come join us at MinCon!  MinCon is a pop culture convention taking place at the Mineola Memorial Library.  Please join us for our first convention!

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 10:00AM-5:00PM

Where: 195 Marcellus Rd., Mineola, NY 11501
Map & Directions to Mineola Memorial Library

Price: FREE

Parking: Mineola Intermodal Center (located at the LIRR’s Mineola Station) ($6 per day, up to 20 hours)
Walking Directions from the Mineola Intermodal Center to the Mineola Memorial Library

Public Transportation: Take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to the Mineola Station, or the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) buses: N22, N23, N24, N40, N41, N78, and N79.
Walking Directions from the Mineola Intermodal Center to the Mineola Memorial Library


Brittany Lauda - a New York-based voice actress (Mirim, Queen’s Blade Rebellion, Pinkie Pie, Double Rainboom).

Brittany Lauda

Yoshi Amao – An actor, martial artist and comedian from Nara, Japan. He moved to New York in 1990. He is the founder of the performance group, Samurai Sword Soul (SSS), and the exercise group, Samurai Boot Camp!(SBC). They have performed in several states in the US. Following the group’s success, Yoshi obtained the title character for the TV series, “Samurai Sportsman” on Outdoor Life Network. He was then invited to host reality game show, Big In Japan, which played in several European countries. Theatre credits include the leading role of Rogue and co-choreographer in DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDON!, which was highly acclaimed by New York Times. His latest hosting game show, “Japanizi Going Going Gong” has been aired on Disney XD Channel.

501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison – officially recognized by Lucas Film as their preferred Star Wars costuming group.


Shadows of the Paranormal – a Long Island based non-profit organization that scientifically researches paranormal claims and is comprised of members with many years of investigative experience.

Shadows of the Paranormal

Sara Varon - Sara Varon is a printmaker, illustrator, and children’s book author living in Brooklyn, New York.  Her books include Robot Dreams, Bake Sale, Chicken and Cat, and Odd Duck.  You can visit her online at www.chickenopolis.com

Sara Varon

Sara Varon

Robot Dreams

Chris Van Wickler – Are you a fan of Game of Thrones or interested in medieval warfare?  Then join Chris Van Wickler for his “Tales of a Knight” panel about what knights wore and used in battle, with hands-on examples of handmade arms and armor.  He will also be running chainmail making demos at his table throughout the day.


Clive Young - Clive Young has covered the music industry for 20 years at Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review, where he is managing editor. He is also the author of Homemade Hollywood (Continuum), which covers the history of amateur genre filmmaking, and Crank It Up (Backbeat), which profiles more than 70 sound engineers on tour with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Beyoncé.  He will present his “The What, Where and How of Doctor Who” panel at MinCon.

Doctor Who

Artists’ Alley:

Francis Bonnet is the creator, writer and illustrator of the innovative and laugh-out-loud comic strip SUBURBAN FAIRY TALES, which continues to immerse readers in the modern day high school adventures of their favorite fairy tale characters.  In addition to having three books published in the series (with a fourth coming in July), SUBURBAN FAIRY TALES is regularly featured in other comic publications such as RAYTOONS CARTOON AVENUE and THE FUNNIES.

Rebecca Friedman is the founder of GraphicAnime®.

As Director/Animator of THE VILLIKON CHRONICLES: RETURN TO MAYHEM, she animated a vignette inspired by the film THE VILLIKON CHRONICLES: GENESIS OF EVIL, that is based on characters appearing in THE VILLIKON CHRONICLES graphic novels. She has collaborated with creator and executive producer Bryan J. Kinnaird to create the animated short to a worldwide fan base of VC franchise enthusiasts.

Rebecca has animated and directed animated shorts for the radio personality The Greaseman Show and is the web comic illustrator for the Adaptation of Griffith Picture’s award winning movie “Cockpit:The Rule of Engagement.

With a Master of Science degree, Rebecca Friedman has freelanced with 3D Mirage in 3D modeling and 3D Animation. Her professional portfolio also includes 3D animation for the FIAO (Federation of Italian American Organization). Additionally, she is a writer, composer, character developer, programmer, college lecturer, and creator of LOVELY DEMON: DEMONIC- REAPER CHRONICLES, an original Manga comic book and cross-interactive media venture published under her GraphicAnime label and under her pen name ZANNY LANE®.

Aremo Massa is a NYC native, and DIY creator and publisher of a comic book series called “The Remnants”. Growing up on a healthy dose of comic books, fantasy sci-fi flicks, and of course video games, much of his youth was spent trying to mimic the art from all of these mediums. Eventually, he began creating things from his own imagination and it was during this time, a story of magic and mystery, “The Remnants”, was born.


Traveling Exhibition:

The Museum of Interesting Things (presented by curator Denny Daniel) - a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions inspiring innovation and creativity – learning from the past to invent a better future.  Includes “steampunk” antiques, such as a steam engine and a telegraph.

Museum of Interesting Things

Schedule: TBD

MinCon is open to attendees of all ages, from all locations.

If you have any questions, or want to pre-register for MinCon (free of charge), please contact us with your information (name(s) and how many people are attending, including children, if any), addressed to “MinCon Staff” or “Attn: MinCon Staff”:

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