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Amber Nash has been in show business since 2006. Best known for her roles as Pam Poovey on Archer and as Valerie on Frisky Dingo, she has starred in several other short works and is an accomplished stage actor and improviser.
Lucky Yates is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He is known for his voice-over roles as Dr. Krieger on Archer and Xtacle on Frisky Dingo. He studied theater at Wayne State University. In addition to voicing Dr. Krieger, he is also the model for Ray Gillette.
Louis Small Jr.
Best known as the defining artist on Vampirella in the 1990s, Louis Small Jr. is a writer, penciller, inker, and cover artist who has been active in the professional comics world for more than two decades. He has also worked on several projects for DC comics, among others.
Sonya Thompson is best known for her roles in The Walking Dead (including the Season 1 DVD case) and Zombieland. She has been featured on the magazine covers of Entertainment Weekly, SFX, DVDReview, SFX’s Ultimate Zombie Guide, SFX’s A-Z of Horror and inside of many others. Her film credits include Halloween 2, All Hallows Evil: Lord of the Harvest, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Due Date, Van Wilder: Freshman Year, The Blind Side, Life as We Know It, and many more.
The Extraordinary Contraptions
A lawman, a time traveler, a gentleman explorer and a mad genius join forces… To alter the sound of steampunk as we know it! The Extraordinary Contraptions, Atlanta’s own steampunk rock band combines superb musicianship with visuals from a time that never was. A little band from Terminus is coming to GeekOut 2013!
Minority Report (The Last Word Benders) are coming to GeekOut! this trio of hip-hop wordsmiths will bring their distinctive pop-culture themes and dynamic fandom-themed hooks to the floor stage May 4.
Check them out on Reverbnation here!
Who ya gonna call?
Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night?
Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic?
Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter, or ghost?
If the answer is yes, then get to GeekOut and talk to the professionals! Back in Asheville with proton packs and their famous Ecto-1, The Carolina Ghostbusters are ready to believe you!
Sharon Feingold and Jacqui Fehl
With hundreds of voiceover credits between them from animation to television commercials, theme park attractions to software, chances are you’ve heard Jacqui Fehl and Sharon Feingold. We’re excited to have them as featured panelists at GeekOut to lend insight into the world of sounding awesome!
Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth
For over five years, Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth have been Asheville, North Carolina’s premiere—excuse me—ONLY juggling troupe. They love juggling, 80s music, and unicorns, and guarantee two of those three things in each and every show.
Figures Sold Separately
What happens when three of the biggest geek masterminds in WNC decide to team up? Lots of cocktails, for starters! Hundreds of listeners tune in every week to hear geek culture musings, debates, philosophy, and antics from Jimmy, Plucky, and Ken on Figures Sold Separately. Your parents help you put it together, batteries not included!
“When I was five, I was a salmon.”
To you that might sound strange, but to Mackenzie Vanover’s family, it was normal. You see, she has the good fortune of having been raised in a family of storytellers, steeped in the oral tradition of Virginia and Kentucky. Through interpreting well-known stories and presenting her own original pieces, Mackenzie builds a connection between her audience and her stories.
Barbie Dockstader Angell
If Shel Silverstein and Dorothy Parker had conceived a child, the result might have been Barbie Dockstader Angell. Razor wit and simple rhyming verse combine to create an innovative style that Barbie has named “poetry for the common man.” (Although she does have plenty of women readers as well)!
David H. Claunch
After 21 years as an engineer in the construction industry, David H. Claunch‘s his right brain demanded equal time. He went back to college and got a master’s degree in storytelling and began studying the arts of clowning and ballooning. Now, David is a full-time traveling storyteller, clown, and balloon artist. He looks forward to partnering with his good friend, Marcie McGrath, performing Larry Moss’s MouseTrap: Simple Machines at Work at GeekOut!
As a child, Marcie Annamora McGrath was a right-brained kid trapped in a left-brain classroom. Today, she makes a living by giving the child in everyone an interactive creative life experience through wow moments of magic and colorful balloon art. She has won several awards, including being voted #1 Birthday Party Entertainer by the WNC Parent Magazine Readers.
Ian Riddell is the founder and the head instructor of Tek-Kids. He began his career as an educator in Southern California working in under-performing schools as an auxiliary math tutor, and spent seven years at STAR Education, designing curricula and training teachers to run after-school enrichment programs. The goal behind Tek-Kids is to empower children with knowledge and experience, and encourage their imagination, their curiosity and their innate sense of play.
Tom Heck is a long-time MAKER (even before there was such as term), who enjoys sharing his passion for technology and Making with his kids and their friends. He hopes his Ignite Asheville-winning talk inspires dads to explore tech and make things with their kids. Tom is published in MAKE Magazine and the GEEK DAD blog.