Hypericon | Nashville, Tennessee

A weekend popular arts conference; festively uniting creators, makers, and performers with those who appreciate and aspire to their craft.

Guest of Honor

Television & Film Guest of Honor, Nicholas Brendon

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Nicholas Brendon is an American actor and writer. He was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the LA. Dodgers, but had to pursue other options when he hurt his arm about a year after graduating high school.

He got his big break as an actor when he landed the role of Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). The series ran from 1997 until 2003, garnering a huge cult following as well as a large fan base for Brendon. Brendon and brother Kelly appeared together in the episode “The Replacement”, in which Xander has to cope with having a seemingly sinister double. His first major role in a feature film came with the Charles Busch satire Psycho Beach Party (2000). Brendon has also starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004). The following year, he returned to Fox as part of the cast of Kitchen Confidential, based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain. In 2006, he voiced Huntsboy #89 for season 2 of the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. That same year, he reunited with his former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Charisma Carpenter in the ABC Family TV movie Relative Chaos.

From July 26 through August 30, 2006, Brendon co-starred with Noah Wyle in the play ‘Lobster Alice’ at the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He subsequently appeared in the Blank Theatre’s annual Young Playwrights Festival and its productions of The SantaLand Diaries (Nov 20-Dec 2009) and ‘Why Torture is Wrong’, and ‘The People Who Love Them’.

In 2007, Brendon began appearing on the popular TV series Criminal Minds in the recurring role of FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch. He appeared in episodes in each season through the tenth season. In September 2010, he premiered his web comic ‘Very Bad Koalas’, co-created with animation director/producer Steve Loter. The comic follows the journey of two sheltered and innocent koalas experiencing a variety of people and places while on the run from the law in a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado. In October 2010, Brendon began a four-episode arc on ABC’s Private Practice playing Lee McHenry, a mentally disturbed man who assaults Charlotte King.

In 2014, he played a pivotal role in Carter Covington’s MTV series Faking It as Jackson Lee, a mentor to Gregg Sulkin‘s character Liam Booker. That same year, Brendon was part of a summit for writers of the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ comic books from Dark Horse which included Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Andrew Chambliss and the then-incoming Buffy writer Christos Gage. He is credited with co-writing several issues of the show’s canonical comic book series with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Ten, Vol. 1 (co-authored by Nicholas) reaching the New York Times Best Seller List.

Most recently, Brendon’s movie Redwood won Best Thriller at The National Film Awards UK and he completed filming The Nanny and Dark/Web.

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Author Guest of Honor, Sherrilyn Kenyon

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New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2003, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels.

Current series are: Dark-Hunter®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross, Nevermore, Silent Swans, Lords of Avalon® and The League®. Her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. The Chronicles of Nick® and Dark-Hunter® series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter®, Lords of Avalon® and The League® are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon


Gaming Guest of Honor, Jamie Chambers

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Jamie Chambers was born in Atlanta and grew up running around barefoot in the pine forests and kudzu fields of north Georgia. The son of a Trekkie and an early D&D player, Jamie was doomed early to a life of geeky pursuits. He began playing roleplaying games at the age of seven and writing his own fiction at eight.

He spent his youth reading fantasy and science fiction, flipping through comics, watching cartoons, and playing any game he could get his hands on — video games, board games, card games, and especially role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. Eventually he became an online volunteer for TSR, Inc. while the Internet was in its infancy and became involved with the RPGA (Role Playing Game Association) as a club president and convention coordinator. He went onto create best-selling and award-winning tie-ins to fantasy novels and popular entertainment.

After a lifetime of creating (and playing) games, as well as writing (and reading) stories, Jamie launched Signal Fire Studios to create game and entertainment products. He’s had stories, game products, and articles published by many companies and is pursuing creative writing projects for publication—having recently published the newest incarnation of the Metamorphosis Alpha Roleplaying Game.

Jamie lives in north Georgia with two huge dogs, a beautiful woman, and a blended family filled with wonderfully geeky children.

Cosplay Guests of Honor, Ginger Oh Snap & Ms. Pepper Potts

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Ginger Oh Snap

Ginger Oh Snap is a costumer, model, cosplay entertainer, and burlesque performer based in Nashville, TN. She discovered cosplay in high school when she landed her first gig as a juggling fairy with a local Renaissance faire. As a fabricator, Ginger specializes in textiles, but also enjoys building armor and props from thermoplastics, creating and styling wigs, and weathering things within an inch of their life.

Over the years, Ginger has grown a successful business in the cosplay community, creating custom costumes, props, and adorable geeky things that are available for purchase online and at conventions, Her intricate and accurate costumes have won both awards and acclaim (for herself and clients), and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to conventions and events all across the country.

Alongside Ms. Pepper Potts, Ginger was honored to accompany the legendary Stan Lee during his Grand Marshall ride in the Dragon Con Parade in 2017 – cosplaying together as one of  “Spidey’s Leading Ladies” – MJ.

Ginger is a self-proclaimed fantasy and sci-fi obsessing, video game loving, D&D playing, friend of canon who is most likely just a bunch of cats in a costume and is so excited to be a part of Hypericon!


Ms Pepper Potts

Ms Pepper Potts is a cosplayer, model, and designer from Nashville Tennessee. Pepper has been cosplaying for 14 years. She has created and crafted over 100 costumes for herself, friends, and clients over the past 10 years. Pepper fell in love with cosplay when she went to her very first anime convention, MTAC, and eventually auditioned and was selected for MTAC’s sister convention, GMX, as a “GMX Girl” Xia.

She has been sought after as a judge and participant in a number of cosplay contests, and most recently won the honor of riding alongside the Dragon Con Parade 2017 Grand Marshall, Stan Lee, as Gwen Stacy in as one of “Spidey’s Leading Ladies.”

When Pepper is not working on costumes she loves to dance and play with her energetic and adorable corgi, Rocket. She enjoys attending an increasing number of conventions, meeting new cosplayers of all skill levels, and learning new techniques to improve her cosplay even more.

Melissa Gay

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Melissa Gay is a critically-acclaimed, genre-spanning artist of the Imaginative Realism style. Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals, she later used those same skills to do black and white line art for roleplaying games, her true passion. Her award-winning work has since appeared on the covers and interiors of many games, books, magazines, academic publications, and even a tarot deck, while her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world. She loves featuring people of diverse genders, colors, sizes and ages in her illustrations. Whether depicting criminal masterminds, comic book heroes, historical fiction, eldritch horror, child mermaids or sentient bugs, she tries to imbue her scenes or subjects with a sense of dreamlike wonder. She has worked with publishers such as Mythopoeic Press, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, Apex Press, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, DOJ, Margaret Weiss Productions, Third Eye Games, Blackwyrm Press, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, Lone Wanderer Productions, and more.

Her game credits include illustrations for the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement Book of Dragons, Trail of Cthulhu supplements such as Dreamhounds of Paris and Soldiers of Pen and Ink, the Firefly RPG supplement Freedom Flyer, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement, the ENnie Award nominated Mermaid Adventures and Camp Myth, Part-Time Gods and its supplements, Psi-Punk and its supplements, the Dungeon World supplement Plague of Storms, The Algernon Files NPC superheroes sourcebooks by Blackwyrm Press, The Elves of Uteria and its supplements, and Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and HebrewPunk (Apex Press) and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar. Recently she has branched into children’s illustration with Cathy Coley’s Felix the Comet.

Master of Ceremonies, Big Daddy Cool Johnny Delarocca

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“Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He is a tough as nails ex-gangster turned entertainer and Chicago night club impresario supreme.

Step back in time to the swing-era, and swing hard, baby! “Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca is the performance persona of award-winning actor, singer and magician John B. Pyka. He is a lifelong comic reader and collector, a Star Wars “freakasaurus”, pro wrestling personality, and movie fanatic, but is best known for his work onstage as a new vintage variety artist, fusing music and magic with comedy and dance in a 1920s – 1940s style in what is described as “Dieselpunk.” He can be seen performing in theaters, at festivals and cons around the country. He has been seen previously as an official guest/performer at Geekonomicon, Midsouth Con, Indy Pop Con, Nashville Comic Festival, River City Comic Expo, Fandom Fest Louisville, GMX and many more!

“Big Daddy Cool” is also the subject of the Dieselpunk pulp adventure series, Tales From the Flip-Side from Pro Se Press and the star of the upcoming web series Big Daddy Cool in the 21st Century! In addition, he is a manager personality with NWA Wrestling and can be heard on the Diesel Powered Podcast, THE Voice of Dieselpunk on iTunes and Stitcher, which consistently is ranked in the top 10 performing arts podcasts!