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Geek Resume

I picked up the fan mentality when I was very young, but didn't really find fandom per se until much later, to a large degree after I moved to the States in 2004. I didn't hear about Eastercon, the UK's national science fiction convention since 1948, until I'd attended a Westercon in San Diego!

I discovered science fiction when I was ten, when the BBC broadcast their version of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids. I was enthralled and my mother, a science fiction fan from way back when, promptly put a copy of the source novel into my hands to read. It proved to be too much of a challenge for me at the time, even though I'd read The Hobbit a few years earlier, so I came back to it later.

However, my interest had been engaged and I asked her what books I should start with to learn about science fiction. She gave me Robert A Heinlein's juveniles, the Lije Baley books by Isaac Asimov and Clifford Simak's Way Station. I was off and running and haven't looked back since.

I was already a horror nut and was collecting everything I could find, in print and on film. I built an especially large collection of the works of Guy N. Smith, to the degree of hand-written manuscripts of unpublished novels. I was proud to move from a fan to friend, IT support guy and eventually colleague as I handled desktop publishing for a number of issues of his fan club magazine, Graveyard Rendezvous, and laid out three of his novels for Black Hill Books.

Beyond a brief dalliance with groups like ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society, I didn't tap into wider fandom or discover the convention scene until relatively recently. However, over the last few years, I've been going to and working a whole bunch of them and the critters breed. Now I'm documenting the history of Arizona fandom.

In fact, I ended up finding myself active within the film community first, having enjoyed the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in 2007 so much that I had to become part of it. The two sides tied together when I began, under my Apocalypse Later banner, to program mini-film festivals at conventions and, now, to run my own event, the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival.

So, here are my varied geek credentials:

Official Positions

Overlord of the Apocalypse Later Empire
Founder and Director of the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival
Co-founder of the Arizona Penny Dreadfuls
Leader of the Awesomelys
Quartermaster for Leprecon, Inc. from 2014
Vice Chair (Chair's General All-Purpose Minion) and Publications/Post-Con Events for Westercon 70 in 2017
Assistant Manager of Fashion for Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention from 2014
Staff Reviewer for the The Nameless Zine from 2014
Ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and Archpriest of Chaos in the First United Church of Cthulhu

Film Festival Programmer

Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival
Phoenix FearCon de los Muertos! 2014 (short film track)

Convention Mini-Film Festival Programmer (as Apocalypse Later)

LepreCon 39 in Mesa, AZ in Aug 2013
CopperCon Revolution in Mesa, AZ in Aug 2013
DarkCon 2014 in Phoenix, AZ in Jan 2014
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention III in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2014
LepreCon 40 in Phoenix, AZ in May 2014
Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival 2014 in Jerome, AZ in Jun 2014
Geeks4Good Charity Show for Oakwood Creative Care in Mesa, AZ in Jul 2014
FANtasm in Avondale, AZ in Aug 2014
San Diego Comic-Fest 2014 in San Diego, CA in Oct 2014
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 4 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2015
Phoenix Comicon 2015 in Phoenix, AZ in May 2015
LepreCon 41 in Phoenix, AZ in Jun 2015
Westercon 68 (Conjecture 13/Conchord 27) in San Diego, CA in Jul 2015
Jerome 89A Indie Film & Music Festival 2015 in Cottonwood, AZ in Sep 2015
Gaslight Gathering in San Diego, CA in Sep 2015
Comic & Media Expo in Mesa, AZ in Oct 2015
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 5 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2016
Cirque du Livre 2016 in Mesa, AZ in May 2016
Phoenix Comicon 2016 in Phoenix, AZ in Jun 2016
LepreCon 42 in Phoenix, AZ in Jun 2016
Gaslight Gathering 6 in San Diego, CA in Oct 2016
BASIS Mesa Comic Con in Mesa, AZ in Nov 2016
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 6 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2016

Film Festival Submission Screener

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival since 2009
Phoenix Film Festival since 2010
Phoenix FearCon since 2011
Filmstock since 2014
Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival since 2014

Film Challenge Judge

Intercollegiate UAT vs GCC Film Challenge 2013
IFP Phoenix Mystery Box Challenge 2014
IFP Phoenix Beat the Clock Challenge 2014
Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge 2014-2016
Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival since 2015
Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival Blood Moon Midnight Horror Film Challenge in 2015
Jerome Indie Film Festival One Shot Film Challenge in 2016

Panelist/Moderator

Phoenix Comicon from 2011
LepreCon from 2012
CopperCon from 2012
DarkCon from 2012
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention in 2013
San Diego Comic-Fest in 2014
Gaslight Gathering from 2015

MC and/or DJ (as Count Chaos)

Steampunk Fashion Show MC/DJ at Phoenix Comicon 2013 in Phoenix, AZ in Jun 2013
Steampunk Fashion Show MC at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention III in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2014
Steampunk Fashion Show MC/DJ at Phoenix Comicon 2014 in Phoenix, AZ in Jun 2014
Steampunk Fashion Show MC at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 4 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2015
Steampunk Fashion Show MC at Phoenix Comicon 2015 in Phoenix, AZ in May 2015
Steampunk Fashion Show MC at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 5 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2016
Steampunk Fashion Show MC/DJ at Phoenix Comicon 2016 in Phoenix, AZ in June 2016
Steampunk Fashion Show MC at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 6 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2017
Steampunk Costume Contest MC at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 6 in Tucson, AZ in Mar 2017

Author

Huh? An A-Z of Why Classic American Bad Movies Were Made (2013)
Velvet Glove Cast in Iron: The Films of Tura Satana (2013)
Charlie Chaplin Centennial: Keystone (2016)
The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival: The Transition Years (2015)
A Hundred in 2016 (2017)

Writer

As a schoolchild I contributed an article to the Domesday project
I write or have written for Barkisland and Deanhead News, Village Voice (no, not that one), Graveyard Rendezvous and The WOD in print
I write or have written for Cinema Head Cheese, The WOD and Nerdvana online
I wrote The Soul Hunters, the first two unwritten chapters of a proposed novel synopsis by Guy N. Smith for the hardback book, Hell of a Guy: Fans on the Rampage, edited by J. R. Park and Chris Hall

Editor and Publisher

I founded and operate Apocalypse Later Press
I edited the Barkisland and Deanhead News for a year or so
I founded, edited and published the Village Voice (no, not that one)
I laid out Graveyard Rendezvous for a couple of years
I laid out three books for Guy N Smith's Black Hill Books: The Busker, Cornharrow and An Unholy Way to Die

Web Archivist

I've run Smithland, the unofficial (formerly official) Guy N. Smith website since 1998
I've run Cosmo's Conundrum, a site dedicated to the game of that name, including the Challengers to the Chimp gallery, since 1998
I've run Arizona Fandom History on the Arizona Penny Dreadfuls website since 2015

Actor

Fight Spectator in The Prometheus Project (2010)
Voice actor (two different roles) in Shaolin vs Frankenstein (2012)
Extra (two different roles) in A Familiar Fate (2013)
Marketplace Extra in Mantecoza (2014)
Airline Passenger in Flight Fright (2015)

Podcast Guest

Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast #100 (2013)
Papago Presents: The Podcast #3 (2014)
Cult Film in Review #13: Bad Taste (2015)
Cult Film in Review #44: Gymkata (2016)
John Carpentcast #4: Someone's Watching Me (2016)

Memberships

I am or have been a member of Mensa International, ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the Toranaga Bastard Squad and the Heinlein Society
I carry life membership #1 in the Guy N Smith Appreciation Society


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