Past Events


Past Events:

Thank you to everyone who came out to yesterday’s Here There Be Monsters Con 2013 and made it a true celebration of all the joys that “nerdiness” has to offer. The kind of crazy joy that makes two buddies put together some of the most kick-ass Boba Fett and Iron Man costumes ever created, and wear them in August heat just because someone should. That sick, beautiful glee that leads someone into swamps looking for monsters, or drives someone to take up pen, or needle, or brush, or blowtorch and make something amazing out of nothing. Thank you for talking, laughing, eating, cooking, and playing with us. Thank you all for spending the day with us, reminding us of why we do this, and giving us the inspiration to keep on carrying that torch. Nerd is bond.


Hawgfly Productions- A local make-up and SFX team. They will be presenting two workshops: one on the business of film and stage make-up, and the second a technique workshop for all skill levels to help you take your make-up game to the next level. With Halloween coming up, both of these are a must! Click here to see some of their terrifying creations. 

Lyle BlackburnTexas cryptid researcher extraordinaire! This guy is like the Bear Grylls of cryptozoology. A prodigious writer, he currently acts as a staff writer and cryptozoology advisor for Rue Morgue magazine. Lyle also authored the book The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster. Lyle will be at Here There Be Monsters Con to give a presentation on Texas wood apes and answer all of your cryptid questions. 


Tony SalvaggioTony is the author of the Psy-Comm series and the beautiful graphic novel Clockwerx. You may have seen the French printing at our last convention. Well, if you're like us and not exactly a francophile, then you will excited to hear that the English version is now available! Check out Tony's Q&A on writing Clockwerx and writing in general, then get your hands on a signed copy for your very own! All of your other books will be jealous, but they'll get over it. 

False Matters- False Matters is an Austin-based improv group that creates improv in the style of sci-fi great Phillip K. Dick! That means androids, amnesia, false memories, hallucinogenic drugs, and secret identities galore. Watching this show will have you questioning your perception of reality. Is my dog really trying to warn me about a government conspiracy involving ravioli filled with mind-controlling nanites? Or am I actually the dog trying to warn my self of... ugh. Brain. Hurts. Also, for those of you Red vs. Blue fans, the mad genius behind False Matters, Shannon McCormick, is also the voice of Washington! Or is he? No, he really is. So bring your copies of Red vs. Blue, ask nicely, and he'll probably sign it for you.


Games and Demos:

Against the DeadSo, you've been planning your zombie bug-out plan for years, have you? Think you've got it all figured out? Well time to see if you really have what it takes! Against the Dead is a role-playing game set in a zombie apocalypse, and designed to be accessible by gamers of all skill levels. So grab your best friend and trusty shotgun (In a zombie takeover, they're really the same thing), and get to splatterin'!

Dust: Okay, Saving Private Ryan was a great movie and all, but it could have used a few more super-genius gorilla soldiers, maybe some zombies, a super-hero or two, and a whole mess of giant, clanking mechs making a big ol' mess of things! Well, with Dust, you get all of those things. Dust is a table-top miniatures game that re-imagines WWII with humans having recently discovered alien technology which they naturally use to create the aforementioned monstrosities. Good times!

CavemasterCavemaster is a serious Stonepunk tabletop fantasy role-playing game of Pleistocene adventure using the Habilis game system. The creature list is extensive and authentic, with a few cool anachronisms. And with Cavemaster, you don't need no fancy dice or paper! That's sissy stuff! All you need for this one-of-a-kind wonder are some good old sticks, rocks, and the occasional animal pelt. Beringian cave lion works best, but any hide will do in a pinch. Demo the game in the morning, and sign on to run through a full scenario in the afternoon!

ShadowfistShadowfist is the mile-a-minute, sword-clashing, butt-kicking, Uzi-spraying, boat-exploding, car-chasing, monster-crunching, Hong Kong cinematic action card game that is so epic it would take fourteen John Woos to film and a cast the likes of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh. And that's just in the first five minutes!It's like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hard Boiled, Drunken Master, Wing Chun, The Killer, Storm Riders, Heroic Trio, Iron Monkey, Supercop, Master Killer, Ballistic Kiss, and the rest of your favorite Hong Kong action films all rolled into one.

Zombie Dash: Ah the good old days. When board games were simpler, and you got to eat your opponents. What? In my day, we played for keeps. And now you can too with Zombie Dash! This classic style board game has you simultaneously playing a human sprinting for safety, and a zombie trying to make sure no one else makes it to the finish line but you! It's fun and easy to learn, with just the right amount of meanness to it. 

And don't forget, Here There Be Monsters Con is a great way for you to introduce people to your own favorite games! Feel free to bring games from home that you just want to see more people playing. Grab a seat at one of the shaded outdoor tables, where good food and cold drinks are just within reach, and make some new friends!



12:00 pm - Hawgfly: Breaking into SFX 
1:00 pm - Bigfoot in Texas with Lyle Blackburn
2:00 pm - Maximize Your Game Experience w/ Jeff Dee and Aaron de Orive
3:00 pm - Clockwerx Author Q&A: Tony Salvaggio
4:00 pm - Hawgfly: Pro Tips for Homemade Terror
6:00 pm - False Matters Improv
Hawgfly: Breaking into SFX : Come learn what tools, skills, training, and know-how it takes to make it in the monster making business. Hear these two pros talk about their experiences, and talk face-to-face in our Q&A. 
Bigfoot in Texas with Lyle Blackburn: Believe it or not, Bigfoot doesn't belong exclusively in the frozen North. Come learn about the extensive Texas history around this elusive creature from one of the foremost experts on the subject. 
Maximize Your Game Experience w/ Jeff Dee and Aaron de Orive: This is a great panel discussion for both long-time role-playing gamers and those who are just now expressing their curiosity about these games. Discuss with Jeff Dee and Aaron de Orive, two highly-experience game designers, about how to take your GMing up a notch, and choose the best systems, genres, and settings for your game. 
Clockwerx Author Q&A: Tony Salvaggio: Aspiring writers, comic collectors, and steampunkers alike need to all rush to this Q&A with author Tony Salvaggio. Get an inside look at what writing, and more importantly getting published, is like in the comics industry. Bring your questions, and hear the advice and opinions of an established author. 
Hawgfly: Pro Tips for Homemade Terror: Halloween is just around the corner, and if you're like us, you want to take your game to the next level. Let the ladies of Hawgfly show you how! They have brought their bag of gruesome tricks to share with all of you, and give you a chance to see how it's done by some serious masters of the macabre. 
False Matters Improv: This combination of high-energy improv combined with the paranoia and insanity of a Phillip K. Dick story will leave you as bug-eyed and breathless as jogging on Mars. Come watch Shannon McCormick and his travelling band of replicants create some of the best live theater in Austin. 



Hawgfly Productions-  What better way to say "I appreciate you" than to buy your friend a massive abrasion? Hawgfly, a local make-up and SFX team, will be selling their intensely realistic transfer wounds and tatoos for your Halloween enjoyment. They will also have gallons of Hawgsblood, their own secret concoction designed to make the most realistic looking stage blood known to man. Because who hasn't wanted to recreate that elevator scene from The Shining?

Lyle Blackburn- Before and after his presentation, be sure to stop in and check out Lyle's booth at the show for all kinds of monstrous goodies and copies of his book, The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster.

Cody Schibi- Cody Schibi: artist, Austinite, and generally cool dude. Our first Here There Be Monsters Con alum on the list, Cody creates art that is exquisite, disturbing, hilarious, and touching in equal parts. We fell in love with his artwork last year, and we practically begged him to come back this year. Check out his art at and then come to Here There Be Monsters Con so you can take home some of his beautiful work yourself. He'll be taking commissions and doing sketches, so take advantage of this opportunity and buy his work before he gets huge and only Nicholas Cage can afford his work. 

Michael Johnston, a.k.a. Truth- Truth is a part of Austin the same way that Town Lake and Threadgills are a part of Austin. If you ask me, he IS Austin weird. His street art and murals can be seen all over Austin. And when you see them, you know it's his work because it just makes your day better on a lot of different levels. Come meet this Austin icon, and pull back the curtain a little on Austin culture.

2013 Monster Spawn: Robby Cairns- In an effort to promote art and a new generation of artists, HTBM is giving away one free artist's space to a promising young artist. Meet: Robby Cairns! I met Robby two years ago when he was a middle-school student and knew right away that he was something special. Robby brought me a comic he was creating, and I was blown away! Let me stress that Robby is not pretty good at drawing. What he brought me looked like someone's special edition sketch section out of a premium graphic novel. It was phenomenal!  He will be at the show, taking commissions and selling some of his prints. Stop by, shake his hand, and see that I am not exaggerating one whit about his ability.

No Borders Studio- Aritstan Monica Knighton is an alum of last year's Here There Be Monsters Con. You may have seen her handmade tarot decks, jewelry, and paintings. Monsters, faries, and creatures of myth abound!

Rhapsodical Hats- Don't let the "hats" in the name fool you, there is a lot more going on here. Mallory is another Here There Be Monsters alum, so you may remember her Cthulhu soap  from last year. This year she is bringing more of her unique crafts, including monsterous clothing, bags, custom leather masks, and (Yes!) more Cthulhu soap.

Totes Uncommon- At Here There Be Monsters Con, you can't throw a twenty-sided die without hitting a roleplayer in the crowd. So it is a good thing that Totes Uncommon is going to be on hand to take care of all of those RPG needs! These folks make beautiful custom dice bags that will have everyone at your next game night session offering up their choicest loot in exchange for your sweet, sweet dice carriage. 

Art Genius- Alright all you Lego heads; time to take your obsession to the next level. Art Genius turns your favorite obsession into hot, hot jewelry. What better way to tell that special nerd in your life that you love them than with one of these original beauties?

Nothing But A Pigeon- Sometimes we all need something soft in our lives to hug or shake in frustration. If that soft, adorable thing is also a monster, so much the better. Check out this booth for hand-crocheted monsters and critters of all kinds!

Fashion Outlaws- Winter is coming. No really, it's just a few months away. Cover up your noggin with some of the most original and creative headgear anywhere from Fashion Outlaws!

Hidden Dragon Art- The epitome of "heavy metal": Hidden Dragon Art will be selling their beautifully and painstakingly crafted metalworks, featuring nerdy pop-culture statues as well as nerdy Austin photography prints on metal sheets. I already have my "Godzilla in Town Lake" on hold, so you'll have to get yer own!

Inner Kingdom Games- Yet another HTBM Con alumni,  Inner Kingdom games produces one of the most dynamic card games on the market. The genre of Shadowfist is also one of the most unique, and has been since its creation in the mid-90s. It's like every awesome kung-fu movie ever made with cyborgs and demons to boot!

Whose Turn Is It Games- These guys are a new and local gaming store who are bringing good gaming back to South Austin. They'll be onhand to demo games as well, so when you find one you like, you can pop into their booth and take it home. And don't forget to check them out on S. Lamar and Manchaca. They have so much gaming space that it is unreal. 

Robotcat's Comics and Collectibles with special guest Palfloat- Whatever you do, DON'T call him Lasercat! Robotcat is much friendlier and less destructive. Sort of like a mechafeline tooth fairy that brings good little fanboys and girls all the comics and toys they can shake a stick at. So grab those checklists and spreadsheets, and get ready to dive in to the boxes and boxes of comics and toys that Robotcat has to offer. Also, check out the art of Palfloat. It's the best kind of weird!

Brandon Wilhelm, Bookseller- Okay, now this is for serious book collectors. I have personally seen Brandon's collection, and it is no joke. There are dozens upon dozens of first prints, signed, rare, and just bizarre sci-fi, horror, fantasy, comics, presidential, and Texana that will just leave you in awe. 1st edition signed Game of Thrones? Of course! See what I mean?

Uni Games- Jeff Dee, co-founder of Uni Games, has roots in gaming that go way, way back. Like, he and Vecna were roomies in college. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but he does have over 15 years of experience in the gaming industry. Stop in and play his neolithic RPG Cavemaster, and then peruse his many modules and RPG creations. 

Shard RPG- I saw this game demoed a few months back and knew it HAD to be at Here There Be Monsters Con. It's gorgeous. Based around Indian and Far Eastern aesthetics, it is a very cool, very fresh take on the RPG model. Also, all of the characters are anthropomorphic, so you can finally play that were-elephant character you've always dreamed of!

Zit Pop Goblin Games- For the role-player that wants to take it to the next level, come check out the Zit Pop Goblin booth for info on their LARP Mystic Crossroads. Focusing more on the whole role-playing experience than just beating people with foam boffers, Zit Pop brings a mature, interesting look at LARPing. Plus, you still get to hit people. Win!

Here There Be Monsters- Games and Comics- Oh yeah, and we'll be there! We've got thousands and thousands of comics, as well as toys, games, and genereal weirdness brought just for you!


Food will be available from the delicious Noodles & Co. ! And Austin Beerworks has genrously donated FIVE cases of beer for us to just give to you! It's first come, first serve, and you must show a valid i.d. 



Free raffles throughout the day!


The 1st Annual Here There Be Monsters Con

Two of our featured guests were Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese, who were kind enough to talk about their killer grapic novel The Art of War. If you like your dystopian science-fiction full of assasins, espionage, demon robots, and bugs (so many bugs), then check out this interview for a taste of one of the most original graphic novel concepts I've ever seen.