American Ninja Warrior veterans Joyce and Marc Shahboz will be attending SwampCon: Total Annihilation!

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From her first appearance on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior three years ago, Joyce Shahboz has been one of the strongest and most consistent female competitors featured on the show.  ANW pits competitors against a series of brutal obstacles and is based on the long-running Japanese show “Sasuke” which is currently in its 30th season.  At 43 she is one of the more senior competitors but manages to match or best both male and female competitors that are almost half her age.

Joyce has the distinction of being the top female competitor on the Miami qualifier course two years in a row and the top female competitor on the Vegas final course during the 5th season of ANW.

Joyce is a graduate of the University of Florida in Physical Therapy.


Marc Shahboz is professor of video production, FX and multimedia at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.  He is also the lead instructor for the colleges new baccalaureate degree program in video production.  Professionally, Marc worked on projects for SYFY Network, Spike TV, and NBC and continues to produce animation, independent film and music video projects. His music video “Quicksilver” for the band The Cruxshadows was honored as one of the top 15 goth videos by Huffington Post.   He is also a long-time producer with the Tampa-base animation house Humouring the Fates ( Marc is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds an MFA in electronic media.

Outside of production, Marc was a competitor on the 4th season of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and featured on season 5 and 6 as well.

Professional Cosplayer JezzabellGem will be attending SwampCon: Total Annihilation!

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I’m JezzabellGem! I am honored and EXCITED to be a part of SwampCon 2015, right here in my home town!

I’m a Florida based cosplayer, costumer and prop maker. I am also a ‘positive cosplay’ and ‘anti-bullying’ advocate, and I founded Heroes United Against Cosplay Bullying.

I’ve been attending conventions for nearly six years, and I’ve been cosplaying on a more serious level for the last 2.5 years.

I’m a comic book, graphic novel, movie, art and video game fan for life. I make my own props and costumes whenever my growing skillset allows me to, which is most of (but not all of) the time. If I don’t make it then I commission it in order to learn from what others can do. I believe in knowledge sharing. I’m not afraid to ask for help, because for any dedicated artist, there’s always more to learn.

To know the character is to love the character. To love the character is to become the character. To become the character is to bring that character to life through your eyes for the rest of the world to see. I know I’ve accomplished something when a fan spontaneously hugs me out of appreciation for what I’ve done, or when I make a child happy. THAT is what it’s ALL about.

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Author Richard Lee Byers will be returning for SwampCon: Total Annihilation!


Richard Lee Byers is the author of forty fantasy and horror novels including The Reaver, Blind God’s Bluff, and the best-selling Dissolution and the creator of the post-apocalyptic superhero series The Impostor. His short fiction can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has collected some of the best of it in the eBooks The Q Word, The Plague Knight, and Zombies in Paradise.

A resident of the Tampa Bay area, the setting for a substantial portion of his horror fiction, he spends much of his leisure time fencing and playing online poker. He invites everyone to Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and to read his blog at

Author/Musician Bill Hatfield will be returning for SwampCon: Total Annihilation!

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William Hatfield was born in a small town in northern Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, earning a B.S. in History and Communications. He worked in bookstores and as a professional musician to pay most of his bills through his years in school.

Musical engagements led him to Gainesville, Florida in 1979. He had every intention of moving to the coast as soon as possible, but still lives there to this day with his wife and two feline daughters. Rumor has it, he may have grown up, but it seems unlikely.

William published his first science fiction novel, Captive Audience, in 2004, and Duel Roles is the sequel. They are the first two installments in his “Fists of Earth” series.

Key Notes, a collection of short stories from across the spectrum of genres, came out in the spring of 2012. Although science fiction is in his roots, 2012 also saw publication of Menu for Murder, a quirky mystery based in Key West. Although labeled a mystery, Menu for Murder is really more of a ‘coming of age’ story of two young women in love, making it a candidate to be considered a LGBT story.

William relishes the opportunity to create interesting and challenging characters that never cease to amuse and surprise him with their inherent independence.

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