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 check this page for future updates on MinCon 2015!
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Where: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Rd., Mineola, NY 11501 (located in Mineola Memorial Park)
Map & Directions to Mineola Memorial Library
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
Limited street parking, library parking lot (parking reserved for library employees, vendors, and artists)
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
Nearby ATM Locations: American Community Bank (southeast corner of Marcellus Rd. & Jericho Turnpike), Bank of America (corner of Mineola Blvd. & Jericho Turnpike), Capital One Bank (Mineola Blvd., between Lincoln Ave. & Grant Ave.).
Costumes/Cosplay is encouraged! Please read the Costumes/Cosplay Rules before attending. By attending MinCon, you give your consent to be photographed and appear on camera for the press/media. If you would like to join our Cosplay Contest, please see the Cosplay Contest Rules.
Jennifer Cihi – has been performing since she was a young girl in San Francisco, California. Before reaching her teen years, she landed the role of Pepper in the National Tour of Annie. After establishing herself as a Broadway performer, she moved to Los Angeles, where she honed her skills as a professional singer. Without skipping a beat, Jennifer made the transition from stage to screen playing the lead singer on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show Roundhouse. When not belting out ballads on the small screen, she was performing openings with legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith at the Hollywood Bowl. Some of her most recognizable recordings have been the famed Hot Pockets national jingle as well as national jingles for TV’s Third Rock from the Sun and Suddenly Susan.
While in L.A., Jennifer landed the coveted title role of the English dub singing voice for the hit anime series, Sailor Moon. Her songs quickly became popular and cultivated a huge fan base. To this day, she is still being invited regularly to perform at national anime conventions.
She is scheduled to perform Sailor Moon songs at MinCon from 11:00AM-12:00PM in the Ann C. Hurley Community Room, and her autograph session is scheduled for 12:00PM-1:00PM.
Stefanie DeLeo – is a produced and published playwright and novelist. She has a Masters Degree from New York University in Educational Theatre and is currently teaching twelfth grade English. When not in the classroom or behind a computer screen writing, she can be seen on stage starring in local theatre productions. A New York native, Stefanie has enjoyed traveling the world to gain inspiration for her written works. She lived and worked in South Africa for two and a half years with the Peace Corps, where she taught English and Drama and created several intercultural theatre programs at a multiracial school. Stefanie loves to tackle difficult issues hoping to foster social dialogue.
Her novel Cry My Safari addresses issues of race, class and identity set in New York and Nairobi, Kenya, while her published play tackles autism and the idea that art can serve as a means of communication. She also loves to entertain, and has recently written a lighthearted comedy, Answer the Question, Iris, which has been performed all over the United States. Stefanie recently left the Big Apple in exchange for Nashville, where she continues to teach, act and write. Currently, she has been a guest at Anime and Comic Cons all over the US and Europe talking about the legality of publishing fan fiction based on international copyright laws as well as the general ins and outs of how to get published.
Her “Publishing Fan Fiction” panel at MinCon is scheduled at 10:00AM-11:00AM by the fireplace.
Brittany Lauda – a New York-based voice actress (Mirim, Queen’s Blade Rebellion, Fluttershy, Sweetie Belle, and Applebloom in the official My Little Pony app series on IOS). Her autographing session at MinCon is from 2:30PM-3:00PM, and her Voice Acting panel is from 3:00PM-4:00PM by the fireplace.
Ryu Shu Taiko – presents traditional Japanese Taiko drumming and dance throughout the Long Island and NY metro area. The Samurai used the Taiko on the battlefield to control troop movement and to scare their enemies; and in their castles to sound the alarm of impending attacks. Gerard Senese, together with his wife, Hiroko, (who is from Shikoku, Japan) travel to Japan to research the art of Taiko and Folk Dance to expand their group’s repertoire. They will give a 30-minute Taiko drums performance and 15 minute workshop at 10:00AM-10:45AM.
Brimstone – Born in Mineola, William Kucmierowski is an American professional wrestler, actor, author, fashion mogul, philanthropist, and comic book hero, better known by his shortened name Will Kaye or his professional name, Brimstone. As the co-founder, President and CEO of Hound Comics, Inc. (Hound Entertainment Group), Brimstone and his team of creators launched his comic book series, Brimstone and The Borderhounds. The Borderhounds brand has since expanded with a variety of Brimstone branded products including but not limited to the “Border-Pups” children’s book series, coloring books, video games, plush toys, and the Animated Series. Furthermore, under the leadership of Brimstone, Hound Entertainment has also expanded tremendously and aggressively over the course of 2012 and 2013 with the addition of publishing over thirty different creator-owned projects between the brands Hound Comics, Hound Publishing and Hound Kids.
He is scheduled for a children’s book reading and Q&A at 11:30AM-12:00PM, and a panel at 12:00PM-1:00PM in front of the fireplace.
Empire Saber Guild – is the New York Temple of Saber Guild, an international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a Lucasfilm-recognized, not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events around the world.
We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers, all who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.
The Empire Saber Guild is scheduled to perform “The Force Experience,” showcasing the classic battle of Jedi versus Sith, and lightsaber training, from 1:00PM-2:00PM. Suitable for families.
inboccaallupo Cosplay – a NY/NJ cosplay group that will run a fun “Attack on Titan” panel with truth or dare, Q & A, and cosplay dating game at 1:00PM-3:00PM on the deck (weather permitting). (In case of rain, the panel may be by the fireplace at 11:00AM-11:30AM.)
Rachel Klingberg – is the founder of the Bartitsu Club of New York City, which is dedicated to the study and revival of the Victorian art of self-defense. Rachel is also the webmaster of NYC Steampunk, and organizes and documents events of historical interest around the city. She has been featured on the Travel Channel, NPR radio, and Time.com, and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, and many other publications. A native New Yorker, amateur historical costumer, and self-described “nineteenth-centurist,” she resides in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Join her at MinCon for an introduction to Bartitsu, the lost and found scientific self-defense of Sherlock Holmes.
At 2:00 p.m., she will give an introduction to this esoteric system which incorporates: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self-defense); grappling (judo/jiujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace Victorian accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc. all employed in an effort to maintain “preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne’er-do-wells of nefarious intent.”
Kazha – Kazha is a rock band formed by Japanese singer/songwriter Kazuha Oda. Kazuha Oda was born in Japan, and spent her childhood in Brazil and U.S.A. She started out as a solo singer in Japan, and had worked with wide variety of performers including grammy winning pianist Bob James. She had worked on more than 20 records/projects in Japan until now.
In September 2009, Kazha released their first EP “Breath Through Your Dreams” and toured Japan and Korea. With the release of their first album “Overture” in 2010, they made their first North America tour debuting at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, and went through 15,000 miles. The band continues to tour around the world, including Europe, Mexico, as well as appearing at various festivals and conventions in USA including Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Phoenix Comicon, KatsuCon, Nan Desu Kon, Ohayocon, Sacanime, and Saboten Con.
They released their 2nd album “Evolution,” and continue their musical adventure armed with their strong belief in their music and aspirations of achieving their goal. Their music combines the softness of a falling feather, and the heaviness of a hurricane.
Kazha represents a new future of the world music: a fusion of cultures and musical view points that creates their sound.
Kazha is scheduled to perform a concert from 3:30PM-4:30PM in the Ann C. Hurley Community Room.
Joe Liotta – artist, calligrapher, and world traveler. Join him for his panel, “The Ninja: Fact vs. Fantasy,” at 1:00PM-2:00PM by the library’s fireplace.
Ian Rubin – Comedian, Actor, sexy Hobbit! Ian Rubin is extremely thrilled to be at MinCon. Host and founder of UProv Comedy, he has been traveling all around the east coast, entertaining crowds of geeks, and expressing what it is like to be a nerd when no one around him understands! His stand-up focuses around the important issues such as: Why does he only get Pidgey’s in “The Wonder Trade”? Why does the song “Tank!” groove so hard? And for the love of everything, why do some people think it is okay to just pick someone up? (I MAY BE HOBBIT SIZED, BUT THAT IS NOT AN INVITATION TO “TAKE ME TO ISENGARD.”) Ian is the greatest comedian ever*, you can see him at his Stand-Up Comedy Show at 4:00PM-5:00PM by the fireplace, and hosting the Cosplay Contest in the Ann C. Hurley Community Room from 12:15PM-12:45PM. Hope to see you there!
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. Check it out in the Children’s Room from 10:00AM-5:00PM!
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 four books published in the series, SUBURBAN FAIRY TALES is regularly featured in other comic publications such as RAYTOONS CARTOON AVENUE and THE FUNNIES.
Rebecca Fedun – A Long Island-based illustrator, Rebecca has worked on various projects in comics, video games/mobile apps, book illustrations, and animation. Prints, buttons, stickers, and more featuring her artwork will be available at MinCon!
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®.
GentleMoonBell – Residing in the city that never sleeps, Melva Harris creates cute and cuddly Japanese inspired creations, including, but not limited to, plushies (stuffed animals), keychains, stickers, prints, and glassware. Art blog: http://melvatoast.tumblr.com/
Kelly Gordon; Artist name McKel Supreme – an artist/writer, self-publisher and cofounder of Night and Day Anime Studios. A freelancer for over 10 years, McKel Supreme worked on a variety of projects and continues to promote and offer great quality work to his clients. But with the burning passion since a child to self-publish his own stories and drawings he set a goal to create a Indy comic book company called Night and Day Anime Studios. Author of his own urban anime comic book series called “Jus Blaze – Legend of the Fiery Fist!” It’s about a man with ability to manipulate fire at will with his fists in the urban slums of Brick City with no memory of his past. He is confronted by hoodlums, thugs and gangstas that always seem to gain notice of his abilities to the residents of Brick City. McKel does hope someday to have an animation series and video game based on his book. Want to see how HOT Jus Blaze truly is? Well come by Mineola’s MinCon to find out. You might JUS get burned. www.facebook.com/NightandDayAnime
Meet him in the Children’s Room for a Drawing Workshop at 4:00PM!
Jen Scrimenti; Artist name J Scribble – Cofounder of Night and Day Anime Studios. Over the years, as a teen, she developed a passion for the arts through watching various Japanese anime cartoons, as well as through video games. The video game that gave her the most inspiration was the Megaman series. She was very interested in the game’s characters and use of storyline. Today several of her characters have a Megaman style to them, as well as another one of her favorite animes; Dragonball Z. She began to draw around the age of 15, having no prior practice or lessons in how to draw. From watching anime and other cartoons, Jen also developed a liking for story writing. Linking these two skills together, she began to create her own comic series called Reign Star. A graphic novel about a little girl name Rainy. She is the Princess of her alien race called the Rubians. One day war struck her home planet. Her people extinguished due to an galactic tyrant who wants six sacred gems for the ultimate power. Want to hear more? Just come on by and check it out! www.facebook.com/Reignstar01
Karen Kaye Llamas – Freelance since 2007, with a focus on digital.
Steiner Palomino – is a professional digital artist/illustrator/author/
Derwin Roberson – is a Freelance Illustrator living and working in NYC. Over the past 16 years under the pseudonym Blue Hanzo, he has worked on a variety of projects including illustrations for doujinshi, video games, childrens’ books as well as movie production art. A child of two cultures, his artistic influences vary from Naruto and Macross, to The X-Men and Star Wars. He can be reached at email@example.com and http://bluehanzosdojo.blogspot.com.
Rose Lux Studios – is a small media collaborative effort between graphic designer and cartoonist Rosa Roman and writer, film-maker, and entertainer Hero Lux. It was founded 2011 with the purpose of weaving visionary narratives, with stunning visuals, and bringing them to local audiences at a low and affordable cost. Since then they have been at several conventions in the New Jersey and New York area and are currently working on their third short film, two weekly web-strips, and other artistic endeavors.
Tom Travers – is a Long Island based artist. Tom’s current passion project is bringing to life the adventures of his original character Battle Skull. Drop by to see an exciting variety of prints, art books, stickers and more!
More to come!
Gaming: The Busamove Gaming Bus will be on the street, in front of the Mineola Library, from 3:00PM-5:00PM. It holds 20 gamers at a time!
The Mineola Memorial Library’s Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Used Book Sale – buy science fiction, fantasy, horror, and graphic novels for only 10 cents per paperback, and 25 cents per hardcover!
Anime Castle – an anime-related merchandise warehouse/showroom at 77 Searing Avenue, in Mineola.
Bit Happens – perler bead art based off comic books,anime, and video games, as well as a variety of other items.
ChibiChon – anime related goods as well as cute Japanese charms.
Fantastical Fancies – Comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy jewelry and accessories. Find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FantasticalFancies and Twitter @fantasyfancies
Kyoto Anime – imported anime merchandise such as small figurines, larger plastic statues, model kits, plush dolls, key and cell phone charms, and t-shirts.
Victoria Sierra – handmade anime related necklaces as well as other anime related products.
More to come!
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