Con on the Cob? What the goose is a Con on the Cob?
Con on the Cob is a FOUR DAY CELEBRATION OF GAMES, ART, FREAKS, AND FUN!
It’s a gaming con, chock full of RPGs, board games, card games, party games, and all sorts of that kind of jazz. It’s also an art fair, with a large selection of talented artists in attendance and an amazing abundance of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and geeky art and art activities. Oh, and it’s The Mother of All Marketplaces, with more than 60 vendors showcasing a wide variety of jazz, snazz, and zazz, boosting the geekonomy like old school Robin Hoods but without the stealing and the archery (ok, not like Robin Hoods. I failed analogy class in Kindergarten). Don’t forget the parties…Did I mention the parties? There are parties. A LOT of them. Also there are other things, like amazing special Guests, the Children of the Cob, the Comedy Music Extravagasm!, a Drag Show, a Burlesque Show, Karaoke, a super sweet Auction, Food Trucks, a Games Library, free snacks in the Con Suite, Panels, Workshops, and Demos, a whole track of Cosplay and Fandom related activities, and a massive horde of potential friends and peeps who dig the same things you dig!
This Kickstarter fundraiser will allow us to bring more value to your Con on the Cob experience. Not only will we hopefully have more funds on hand to cover advertising, guests, and venue expenses, we can also provide exclusive items and rewards, such as the CotC annual yearbook and exclusive d6 provided with almost every pledge.
At Con on the Cob we strive to create a safe, welcoming community for all people regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or strain of geekdom.
Con on the Cob happens October 3-6, 2019 at the Days Inn & Suites in Richfield, Ohio. It's a former Holidome with a huge atrium, indoor pool, miniature golf, playground, and all sorts of other incredibly fun stuff.
Book your stay at the host hotel by June 8th and be sure to tell them you are with Con on the Cob in order to qualify for a FREE COB CRATE (scroll down for more information). Here's the phone number to call: (330) 659-6151.
Con on the Cob Guests of Honor and Special Guests
- Jolly Blackburn (Comics Guest of Honor)
- Amy Ashbaugh (Artist Guest of Honor)
- Sandra Garrity (Miniatures Guest of Honor)
- Worm Quartet (Entertainment Guest of Honor)
- Knightmage (Cosplay Guest of Honor)
- Harrison Hunt (Special Gaming and Podcast Guest)
- Robert Turk (Special Gaming Guest)
- Gandersnitch the Goblin (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Porce Lynn Knights (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Mutha Oith Creations (Special Gaming Guest)
- Sheikahchica Cosplay (Special Cosplay Guest)
- Bryan Donihue (Special Gaming Guest)
- Electro Z Cosplay (Special Cosplay Guest)
- Tony Steele (Special Artist Guest)
- Art Paul Schlosser (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Nerdlesque (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Bar Fleet (Special Party Host Guest)
- Harleen Quartz Cosplay (Special Cosplay Guest)
- Jeff Gishnook (Special Cosplay Guest)
- Geek Watch One (Special Podcast Guest)
- Silvervine Games (Special Gaming Guest)
- Santa Claus (Special Children of the Cob Guest)
- The Tangent Bound Network (Special Podcast Guest)
- Nerd Girl Cosplay (Special Cosplay Guest)
- Leeman Kessler / Ask Lovecraft (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Alpha Riff (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Juice Lee (Special Entertainment Guest)
- Justin Curry (Special Entertainment Guest)
- 2d6 (Special Entertainment Guest)
- More guests coming soon...
What? No Gaming Guest of Honor? Well, see, that's something we'll figure out together during this Kickstarter Campaign. We want to hear from you! Leave a comment with your suggestions for Gaming Guest of Honor and we'll see who we can nab.
CotC Badges: Your 4 Day or 1 Day Badge gets you access to every part of Con on the Cob. A few tournaments and workshops might have additional fees, but games, parties, panels, snacks, and just about everything else is included. $45 (4 Day) $30 (1 Day) $25 (ages 5-10)
Exclusive CotC d6: This custom six-sided die features a coblin in place of the 6 and is only available to backers of this Kickstarter. If you nabbed a badge prior to this Kickstarter campaign you will also get this free die. $5 (included for free in all $45+ pledge levels)
CotC T-Shirt: Although the color might change, the 2019 shirt features a rampant coblin in a monster suit. $20
Coblin Chaos Card Game: This Con on the Cob themed party game is very similar to the popular Are You A Werewolf game. It features coblin art by Andy Hopp. $10
Coblin Button: This 2.25" round button is emblazoned with that adorable coblin in the monster suit. That guy kind of gets around. $3
Coblin Button Set: Ten 2.25" buttons depicting various coblins. $20
CotC 2019 Button: A 2.25" round button featuring this year's coblin and the slogan "Get Your Shiny Wazoo to Con on the Cob". $3
Alphabeast Soup: This illustrated, hardbound, rhyming story book was created by Con on the Cob founder Andy Hopp. Every copy sold through the Kickstarter will be signed and personalized. $25
Foil Sticker: A 2" square foil sticker. It's shiny! $3 (2 for $5)
Enamel Pin: BY POPULAR DEMAND we are offering, for the first time ever, high quality Con on the Cob themed enamel pins. The first one is a coblin but we might add additional characters as stretch goals... $15
Original Coblin Artwork: The original colored pencil drawing Andy did of this year's coblin mascot is up for grabs. Pictures of this nature typically sell for $300-$500, but we're offering it here, to the first person to nab it, as a bundle with the SUPER ULTRA MEGA DEAL in the Pledge Support column, or you can add it to another pledge for only $240 (only one available).
Flying Disk: Holy suffering socks on a stick! Is this a genuine 9.25" flying disk that tells me to get my shiny wazoo to Con on the Cob? It is! $10
Plastic Cup: Lug this plastic drinking cup around to the parties at CotC and you never have to worry about someone swiping your drink. You also use it at the gaming table or to build a sand castle or whatever. $5
Shot Glass: Here, for your pleasure, is a lovely porcelain shot glass. It's green on the inside, black on the outside, and features the CotC logo! $5
Postcard Set: A set of ten 4"x6" art prints depicting coblins and related creatures. $20
CotC Hooded Sweatshirt: HOODIES!!!!! This one has a coblin on the front and the CotC logo on the back. $35
2019 Con on the Cob Yearbook: This finely crafted yearbook will present portraits of 2019's CotC attendees, candid photos, superlatives, group photos, cosplay images, and all sorts of other exciting things. We are shooting for 128 pages, full color, and a hardbound cover (depending on how many people nab one). Although, for obvious reasons, the book itself won't be ready in time for CotC 2019 (we'll either mail it to you or you can pick it up at Oddmall Outpost) we will provide you with autograph booklets onsite so you can have our guests and your friends sign it and remind you to "Keep on keeping on!" Created and compiled by our friends at Mutha Oith Creations and Neuwerld Studios. PDF included for Free with all pledges. Print Version $30
Coblin VOODOO DOLL: Each handmade coblin voodoo doll is lovingly crocheted by artist Brandon Kitchen. Every individual is a unique work of art featuring varying details and body styles. $25
COB CRATE: Scroll down a bit to learn about COB CRATES!
The People's Ovation and Fame Forever: The name of every kickstarter backer (or the name of whatever company or entity the backer wishes to promote) will be featured on a special poster displayed in the hotel lobby and on the Con on the Cob website.
The following events are special fundraisers involving game creators and celebrity guests. All the profits will go to the Adopt-A-Geek fund, which helps pay for badges, travel, food, and lodging for underprivileged gamers and geeks who wouldn't otherwise be able to make it to Con on the Cob.
Play TOFFGUYS with Harrison: Join Harrison Hunt, Gary McCallum, and Eric Lamoureux of The Wild Die Podcast for a rousing game of ToffGuys - new British gangster setting for the Wiseguys (Savage Worlds) game. Participants will receive a signed and personalized Jumpstart copy of ToffGuys (if it's back from the printer by then. If not, they'll nab a copy of Wiseguys instead). Here's the best part, though: The entire game will be livestreamed on The Wild Die Podcast for gazillions of viewers across the globe to marvel at and drool with envy. $75 (five available)
Play LOW LIFE with Andy: Play in a four hour session of Low Life with the creator. Participants get a free exclusive Low Life T-shirt and button available only by playing in the game. Follow this link to download a FREE 113 page preview edition of Low Life. $75 (eight available)
Play GREAT SPACE RACE with Jolly: Jolly Blackburn takes you on a high speed adventure with this innovative board game. Participants get to take home a selection of Knights of the Dinner Table comics and trade paperbacks signed by Jolly Blackburn. $75 (eight available)
Amy Ashbaugh Will Paint Your Character: During a live painting demo Artist Guest of Honor Amy Ashbaugh will create a painting of your character! You get to be there while it happens, ask questions, and provide guidance and input. YOU EVEN GET TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL PAINTING!!!!! $160 (three available)
Drag Queen Makeover with Porce Lynn Knights: If you missed the drag show at CotC last year don't fret. Porce Lynn Knights and her crew will be back at Con on the Cob rocking the stage and blowing our minds Saturday night. Two lucky guests (lucky in the sense that they are the first to pledge the loot to make it happen) will be subjected, I mean treated, to a fabulous DRAG QUEEN MAKEOVER Saturday afternoon before the show and will be brought up on stage during the performance to show off the goods! $100 (two available, all genders are welcome)
Play STARSHIP INFERNUM with Robert Turk: Play Starship Infernum, a pick-up & play, sci-fi survival-horror, tabletop role-playing game, with the game's creator Robert Turk. You get to take a signed copy of the game home with you along with other treats and goodies. $45 (six available)
Play HIDDEN WORLDS: INCURSION with Bryan Donihue: Play Hidden Worlds: Incursion with the game's creator Bryan Donihue and nab yourself a signed and personalized copy of the game! $45 (six available)
Gawd of Coblympus: You are the Patron Deity of Con on the Cob! I (Andy) will construct an awesome idol of you in all your splendor and become your high priest. The idol will be on perpetual display at Oddmall Outpost: Assembly of Odd (www.oddmalloutpost.com) and will be brought to Con on the Cob where I will preside over a worship ceremony extolling your virtues and besmirching your enemies. You'll also get a huge assortment of goodies as tribute, including all the Con on the Cob jazz, a COB CRATE, and a vast collection of original Low Life art and other Low Life products. $9954 (one available)
THE COTC ONSITE GUIDE
Each year Con on the Cob produces a program book that lists the convention events and schedules, introduces the staff and guests, presents maps of the place, and shows off ads and coupons by vendors and sponsors. The book is 8.5"x5.5" inches and is printed in full color. Ads should be 300dpi jpeg format. Anyone who purchases an ad of any size will also have their name (or company name) listed on the front page of the Con on the Cob website.
To nab an ad simply add the amount listed below to any pledge and send us a message letting us know what you added. Please email ads to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2019.
Eighth Page Ad (2.125"x2.25"): $35
Quarter Page Ad (4.25"x2.25"): $50
Half Page Ad (4.25"x5.5"): $100
Full Page Ad (8.5"x5.5"): $200
Back Cover (8.5"x5.5"): $300 (only one available)
Onsite Guide Provider: Your name and logo will be in the onsite guide and on signs proclaiming “Program book provided by YOUR COMPANY”. You also get a 2 page ad in the center of the book (8.5"x11"). $600 (only one available)
Guest Patron: One of our special guests (artist, writer, game designer, performer, etc…) appears courtesy of you. You get name and logo recognition in the onsite book and at the guest's booth as well as a personal introduction to the guest. $250
Party Host: Here's a great opportunity to promote your company! You or your company can be the official host of the Friday Night party. We'll provide the room (right off the lobby), a portable bar, and tables and chairs. The money you pledge toward this will be spent on drinks, food, decorations, and security for the party (see below). You'll also get to name the party and it will be listed, along with your name, in the onsite guide, on the website, and on signage throughout the con. You can decorate however you want and serve whatever drinks and snacks you choose. $200 if you provide the food and drink or $400 if you want us to (only one available).
Sponsor a Room or Event: Your name or company name will be associated with a particular room or event at the Con. For example: The Children of the Cob Kid Cave Presented by Wallowing Wallaby Games, The Mother of All Marketplaces Brought to you by Prancing Panda, or the Grubmunching Games Artitorium. Just about any CotC room or event can be thusly named so message us to discuss possibilities. Recognition will be on onsite signage, the onsite guide, and on the CotC website. $200
These incredible rewards come into effect when we reach certain funding goals and other milestones.
A Side Hug from a Bald-Headed Black Man ($2000): Kylan Toles, International Man of Mystery and self-proclaimed bald-headed black man, has promised to give a side hug to every single consenting attendee at Con on the Cob once we reach this stretch goal! This is not an experience you want to miss. Trust me. ATTAINED
Ask Lovecraft ($3000): At $3000 we will bring in Leeman Kessler, famed HP Lovecraft impersonator to perform his fantastic show (if you've never seen it you have yet to truly live) and perhaps get in a Call of Cthulhu game or two. ATTAINED
An Awesome Concert with 2d6 ($4000): Attaining this goal will bring in ultra awesome nerdcore rappers 2d6, who will perform for our pleasure like well-trained (but not necessarily potty-trained) wallabies. Special appearance by MC Ferretdownthepants. ATTAINED
Potato Salad ($5000): There will be potato salad. ATTAINED
Super Awesome Surprise Guest ($7000): Who could it be? We know a lot of really great people in the gaming industry. Some of them are a pretty big deal. If we hit this goal we will bring one of them in as our Gaming Guest of Honor. In the past, such names as Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Jamie Chambers, Shane Hensley, and Eloy LaSanta have graced the halls of Con on the Cob. Could one of them return? Maybe someone equally famous will attend. You will be involved in the decision making process, should the goal be attained...
Andy will get a Coblin Tattoo ($10,000): Andy will get a tattoo of a coblin, hopefully at the con in front of everybody.
More Stretch Goals to come...
This year's theme is a weird one. Robots and giant monsters is a familiar and perhaps overdone genre but ROBOTS VS GIANT MONSTERS BUT ALSO EVERYTHING IS MADE OUT OF PRETZELS is something completely new and original! See, every year Con on the Cob has a different theme. This theme carries into many of the activities and parties, as well as the decorations, badges, and other such subtleties. In the past we've had some doozies (Cyberfunk Invasion, Cosmic Circus, Rise of the Elder Cobs, Cobs and Cobbers, The Gawds of Coblympus, Some Sort of Enchanted Fairy Forest or Something, etc...). Guests at Con on the Cob get to vote on the theme for the following year and Robots vs Giant Monsters won by a slim margin. However, it wouldn't be Con on the Cob if we didn't weird it up, so there you go...
Coins on the Cob are special collectable plastic tokens we use to reward game masters and others for their exemplary participation in Con on the Cob. To read more about these wondrous artifacts please follow this link.
COB CRATES are special boxes (sometimes bags) of awesome jazz we give FOR FREE to Con on the Cob attendees who meet a few requirements. They are stocked with some really great stuff (board games, card games, jewelry, candy, books, geeky stuff, etc...) donated by our sponsors and by our incredible friends at Alliance Game Distributors. Last year's COB CRATES contained items with a combined average value of over $100. They're a fantastic prize for pretty much doing something you were probably already planning on doing anyway. Here's all you have to do to nab one:
- Back this Kickstarter for at least $45 (at least one 4 Day Badge).
- Book your stay (at least two nights) at our host hotel (Days Inn & Suites in Richfield, Ohio) by June 8th and be sure to tell them you are with Con on the Cob. Here's the phone number to call: (330) 659-6151.
- Send me a message on Kickstarter with your reservation number or the name the reservation is under so we can verify your qualifications.
- You must attend CotC 2019 in order to claim your COB CRATE.
- If you already qualify for a COB CRATE because of actions taken before this Kickstarter launched you will still receive it. No worries.
- We reserve the right to limit COB CRATES to the first 50 qualified backers, so pledge early! We'll make as many as we can, but we can't promise more than fifty.
The contents of the COB CRATES depend on what our generous contributors send us and how many people claim them. If you are interested in contributing to the COB CRATES please send me a message.
"Con on the Cob is the best convention since sliced convention!"
Harrison Hunt, The Wild Die Podcast
"I was honored to be an artist guest at Con on the Cob in the very early start of the convention many years ago. The simple fact that it is run by and created by the genius, kind hearted, artist of all things disgusting, vile and fun, Andy Hopp, wife Heather and daughters just adds to the guarantee of its success all these years later. This con is the most all inclusive, family friendly and loaded with talent event you can be a part of. All hail to the Coblin King!!"
Ed Beard Jr., artist
"Con on the Cob is the perfect blend of family friendly and wild abandon. Games galore, zany entertainment, and just the right size for hanging with friends both new and old."
Robert Turk, Wicked Clever
"Con on the Cob, has been hands down the single best con I've ever attended. Quality people, and an inclusive atmosphere, with enough to do to ensure you only have a bad time if you try to."
Chad Crider, Foolish Media
"Dice Squad gives Con on the Cob two corn cobs up!"
Adam Campbell, Dice Squad
"Con on the Cob was my first convention to ever perform at! Andy was incredibly gracious and supportive of my career, and continues to be to this day. He helped cultivate a great group of friends and fans I have the honor of calling my convention family! I hope to perform at his convention again soon, and am so grateful for his generosity and family fun quality that his show provides. The entire Hopp family is the best!"
Destini Beard, Singer
"Con on the Cob is legit my favorite con. We've been to all of them, and I intend to keep going to all of them! Do not attempt to ingest Con on the Cob though, it's too big to eat even if you've got 4 days. Maybe get a friend and a couple extra plates and forks or something. Goes well with ranch dressing, hot fudge, or wasabi."
Kay Steele, Internet Personality and Miniature Painter
"I attended my first Con on the Cob a little over three years ago. I barely knew anyone walking in, but by the time the first day ended I felt like I found a whole new family! Everyone is so nice and welcoming. Especially the owner, Andy Hopp! He immediately noticed I was new on the scene and treated me exactly like an old friend! I love this convention with all my heart and soul. I can 100% say that Con on the Cob is my favorite convention and no matter what, I'll always be there!"
Doris Rachson, 24 Hour Ninja Exterminator (unsubstantiated)
"I recommend Con on the Cob to all aspiring artists and parents who want to be as young as the children they can take with them."
Sherry Dees, CotC Attendee
"It's like a freak show, in the best way."
Lee Garvin, Righteous Knight of Fawndr...
"I've been coming to Con on the Cob since 2012, after a long hiatus from going to conventions, and this convention renewed my amazement and wonder at the arts, games, and good convention FUN. New friendships, great events, and an amazing amount of activities await the young and old. If you want to venture into the wonderland convention known as Con on the Cob, you will be extremely amazed!"
Ryan Cribley, Guy who has been coming to Con on the Cob since 2012, after a long hiatus from going to conventions.
Risks and challenges
Con on the Cob has been an ongoing adventure since 2004. We've changed a lot over the years, learning from mistakes, expanding options, switching dates and venues several times, and working hard to bring you the greatest, safest, most inclusive, and most fun experience possible.
There's always the risk that guests will have other last minute obligations or a meteorite could crash through the ceiling, crippling Gandersnitch the Goblin and ruining a perfectly good Dungeon Master's Guide, but that's remarkably unlikely.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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