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Check this page often for more information about the special guests we have lined up for CoilCon 7.



Here is some information about our guests from last year.

 

Sean Forney

Forney_Headshot baroness_color Sean is a professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on colors for Home By Midnight (Ape Entertainment), Superbeasts (Mini Comics Included) and he just released his 2013 Sketchbook. Sean has recently completed work for the Warlords of Wor mini-comic (ManOrMonster? Studios), New-Gen New Dawn #4 (APNG Entertainment), Lego, Inc., Mice Templar Vol. 3: A Midwinter’s Night Dream trade (Image), Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope). He also completed color work on My Adventures with Spider-Man by Marvel and Identity Direct. His pinup work can be seen in Moonstone’s Voltron: United and Drawn, Image’s Hack Slash: My First Maniac, Approbation’s Chaos Campus and DC’s Transmetropolitan Art Book. Sean has published work in the Panels on Pages 2012 and 2011 Fangirl of the Month Calendar and the Big Dog Ink Pinpoint 2011 Calendar, along with the cover to the Kaiju Kaos RPG. He created Star Wars promotional material for LucasFilm/Disney/Blue Planet Gear for the 2009 and 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios and used to spend his days coloring Bakugan illustrations for the national toy line. Sean co-created and illustrated Scarlet Huntress #1, Scarlet Huntress #2, Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids, and a children’s book tie-in called Little Red Riding Hood: Origins of a Huntress. Sean’s early work was for Twisted Gate Entertainment including two short Scarlet Huntress stories for the anthology books The Portal #1 and #2, and covers for various titles. He has worked for various comic book companies including Sundragon Comics, Funky Ninja Comics, Stormchaser Comics, Camp Comics, Paper Dragon Ink, Fusion Studios, and more. See more of Sean’s work on the web and request commissions at www.smcomics.com and www.facebook.com/SeanForneyIllustration

 

Bryan K. Borgman

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Bryan K. Borgman (aka Stratos) is the founder of Bailey Records and creator of Kaiju Kaos - The Miniatures Game. The two-time award-nominated recording artist/soundtrack composer has worked on dozens of projects over the past decade, including CyberNet, Warlands, Rezolution, Pulp City,Spycraft, and more. In addition to music duties, Stratos has worked on several tabletop miniatures games over the years, including creating his own Kaiju Kaos!

Kaiju Kaos is a tabletop miniatures game where two or more players pit their hand-painted metal and resin armies against one another. Kaiju Kaos is a strategic skirmish game. It’s not just a matter of lining up models on the table and the person who goes first is the winner. Kaiju Kaos requires cunning and adaptability because at any time an opponent can drastically alter the current situation with an unexpected action or a lucky roll of the dice. A solid strategy and good implementation combined with a little luck will enable the weakest troopers to bring down the mightiest monster. There are various unnamed troopers and specialists to build armies with, but the true heart of Kaiju Kaos is in the characters – whether they’re human, Kaijin, or colossal Kaiju bent on destroying everything in their path.

For COIL Con IV, Bryan is offering a specially designed 28mm metal gaming miniature of Naja Bhoot, the 2013 Convention exclusive action figure. Sculpted by industry veteran Phil Murphy of Company D Miniatures, the Naja Bhoot miniature will be cast in pewter and feature unique packaging for COIL Con IV. Naja Bhoot will also feature gaming stats for use in Kaiju Kaos. In addition to Naja Bhoot, Bryan will have 28mm metal miniatures of Scarlet Huntress and Vincent Malakov (aka the Big Bad Wolf) from Sean Forney's Scarlet Huntress comic book series.

For Stratos's discography, visit www.baileyrecords.com. For more information on Kaiju Kaos, visit www.kaijukaos.com or check both out on Facebook.

 

James Kavanaugh

aka KuuKuuSon

James "KuuKuuSon" Kavanaugh Jr. is the author of the R.A.H.C. Guide, printer of the Declassified newsletter and a contributor to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club and the Declassified Booth.
 
While KuuKuuSon is a member of many online G.I. Joe forums, he is more known for his "in person" approach to the community, co-founding two Ohio area collectors clubs and a regular attendee at the International Convention. A collector of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures since their debut in 1982, KuuKuuSons paused in 1990 to pursue other avenues only to be drawn back in by his late discovery of the then cancelled Marvel Comic series in 1996; a move which inevitably led to his "no turning back" full-on collecting point in 2002.
 
KuuKuuSon utilized his graphic design skills produce a supplemental fullback card for the Collectors Club renewal figures that are given away free at conventions as well as design the official 2007 exclusive Sigma Six Red Ninja file card. It has also been stated that he put G.I. Joe costuming on the map. KuuKuuSon also collects Transformers Comics, Starscreams, World of Springfield and Masters of the Universe.
 
James is traveling from Dayton, OH U.S.A. to promote his new book R.A.H.C. A Guide to Second Generation O-Ring G.I. Joe Action Figures.

 

Gary Head

aka Gyre-Viper

Gary Head aka Gyre-Viper

A Gyre-Viper is a qualified Gyre-Viper that is the most smug, arrogant, and elitist Gyre-Viper there is, to the extent that there is only one Gyre-Viper at all. He is armed with aristocratic, often crucial prototype weapons that your armies don’t have yet and might never wield and has a body that was surgically implanted onto a pair of goggles. Or was it the other way around?

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“Even Cobra doesn’t know a Gyre-Viper exists. What a $@#!!ing elitist. I heard he’s actually an Iron Grenadier from Cobra-La who calls himself a Viper just to be a jerk. What. A. Jerk. He’s standing behind me… isn’t he? Damn.”

 

Gary Godsoe

aka cmdrinchief

Gary is a long time member of the GI Joe Collectors’ Community, active both online and off. As a collector, he has been collecting Joe toys and comics since 1982.

Online he has been participant in the community since the late 90’s within the old Usenet newsgroups and the former YoJoe mailing list. He is a member of most Joe forums in the community and has been awarded mods duties at YoJoe, assists with admin roles at JoeIntel, JoeDeclassified, JoeBattleLines, COIL Club and he’s a part-time contributor to GeneralsJoes.com.

Offline Gary has been member of the Official GI Joe Collectors’ Club and a participant of every GI Joe Convention since 2002. Since 2008, he has been a yearly volunteer for the GIJCC during the convention weekend. Founded during the convention in 2004, he is among the Founding Fathers of the Crappy Figure Brigade (CFB), the official 3.75” collector sub group of the Collectors’ Club. In 2007, Gary was elected as the CFB’s second President.

Locally, since 2005, Gary networks with other collectors in Indiana via the COIL Club. In 2011, along with voice of COIL Con, Mike Irrizary, GeneralsJoes.com Admin Justin Bell , and YouTube Toy Reviewer Chuck Emanuele, became one of the co-hosts of the community’s first Joe-only variety podcast, “What’s on JOE Mind?” (WOJM).

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James Kavanaugh Jr on Gary: What can I say about Gary? I've known him for years, he's been around for years prior to that and he'll be around for years to come. It's integrity and loyality that drives this man, not only to the brand but the community and espcially to his close friends. He is quick to get involved and known to be a dependable component of any project he touches whether it be hands on or project management. He's so good, he can even keep me in line. All in all, Gary's loyalty seems to be his driving factor and what shines the most; unless you cross him. Yeah, don't cross him...

 

Mike Irizarry

aka Beach-Head

Mike started collecting G.I. Joe in 1982, got away from it for a few years (like most collectors his age), and found his way back with the advent of eBay in the mid-'90s. He's been a part of the internet community from the beginning and remembers what Yojoe.com looked like before it was Yojoe.com. Mike is most publicly involved in the community as a regular host on the popular podcast "What's On Joe Mind?" Despite the best efforts of Mike and co-hosts Justin Bell, Charles Emanuele and Gary Godsoe, WOJM attracts over 7000 listeners per episode and is heard in over 40 countries, making it the largest G.I. Joe-specific podcast online.

In the past, Mike has also served as a writer, moderator and/or administrator for Joesightings, JoeBattleLines, and any number of G.I. Joe-related projects and websites. Currently he serves as a contributing writer to General's Joes and Yojoe.com, and is a part of the forum and magazine staffs for JoeDeclassified. Mike has been an active part of the COIL Club since its inception and serves on its Executive Board as its Secretary. He is also the Project Manager for COIL Con IV.

Mike lives in St. Louis but is also a not-uncommon sight in the Indianapolis area. When not working on G.I. Joe-related projects, he can be found at his job or, on the off chance, sleeping.

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"And knowing is half the battle!"