Episode 16 – Fandomfest 2016

Fandomfest 2016

Episode 16 – Fandomfest 2016

In this episode, we talk with Ken Daniels and Chris Rowe of Fandomfest 2016. We talk about the history of Fandomfest, mistakes made, and how the convention continues to grow and improve. This year the convention has a huge selection of celebrities, events, panels, and gaming to participate in, including the Stan Lee Experience where you can meet the comic legend himself.


  • Introductions
  • What is Fandomfest?
  • Origins of Fandomfest
  • Fandomfest expansion
  • Louisville as the “possibility city”
  • Martial Arts Combat & Steroids
  • “Matt McCloud is a great guy” but his underbelly…
  • Mistakes at past Fandomfests and straightening those problems out
  • Nerdy Planet – the Fandomfest Store
  • Ken loves Andy’s Definitive Guide to Gaming Stores in Louisville
  • Stan Lee
  • Stan Lee loves Ken’s wife and her calming voice
  • Acquiring Stan Lee
  • Gene Simmons & visiting L.A.
  • Gene Simmons’ nerddom
  • “Life’s a Game”
  • The Stan Lee Experience
  • Least expensive convention
  • Louisville and being local
  • Events at Fandomfest
  • Cosplay competitions
  • Pokemon Go! at Fandomfest
  • Fandomfest charity work
  • Gaming at Fandomfest
  • Analogue Gaming
  • The size of Fandomfest
  • Backstreet Boys & Nsync private show
  • Movie props at Fandomfest
  • Ken’s salary
  • How awesome Nerd Louisville is
  • Passion and labor of love
  • Stranger Things on Netflix
  • Where to buy tickets for Fandomfest?
  • Nerd Louisville Secret Marvel Unveil
  • Fandomfest Ticket Giveaway!

To buy tickets to Fandomfest, visit their website. As noted, Nerd Louisville is also giving away a pair of Saturday passes to the convention to a lucky winner. Find us on Facebook, like our page and share this post!

The Crew:

  • Mike Pfaff
  • Matt McCloud

Intro / Outro music is The White of Noon by STRFKR, graciously provided by Polyvinyl Records.

ConGlomeration: Louisville’s Grassroots Gaming Convention

Spring has sprung, and with it, the usual sights and sounds we are used to in the Ohio valley—Derby hoopla, allergies, and people cruising Bardstown Road just to be seen. But for Louisville gamers, spring means the sound of rolling dice, smells of tasty junk food, and dreams of worlds to be conquered or lost. April marks the start of gaming convention season with the homegrown fan convention: ConGlomeration.  A descendant of the late, great RiverCon, Conglomeration has entertained local gamers with an exciting mix of games, engaging panels, and an entertaining dealer’s room/artist alley for over a decade.

There were tons of games to play at the con, including RPG and board games.  D6 or Die came down from Indiana to revel would be rebels with sessions of civil war in a galaxy far far away: West End Games’ version of Star Wars.  Cthulhu games were the next favorite, including the campy fun of the Star Trek/Cthulhu mashup that I personally ran. All the board games were supplied by local gaming club Louisville Boardgamers who have always assisted ConGlomeration with their gaming needs.  

The panels were well attended this year, starting with the lovely Jenna Busch, who you might have seen on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop web show. Jenna gave some thrilling personal tales during her panels while also engaging the audience on sensitive topics like Gamergate. Our intern Amber was fascinated by the “Girls in Fandom” panel, which discussed the often overlooked role of women in the culture. I agreed with Amber that women are often more fanatical, especially with attention to detail and authenticity in cosplay. Other panels ranged from fun to educational including “How to pitch your story” on the writers’ track and “Rules to being a great DM” for gamers.

The dealer’s room was full of everything a gamer needed to get their hobby fix—boxes of books, dozens of dice, tabletop miniatures, art, handcrafted jewelry and plenty more. The vendors were knowledgeable and friendly, including our favorite sponsors Heroes Comics and Gaming and Role of the Die. ConGlomeration goers experienced little bit of gamer heaven to whet their appetite for the coming season. The convention has ended, the con suite has closed, but the memories of playing there will live forever.

For a longer discussion about ConGlomeration, listen to our latest podcast!