We are speaking about Bill Blair, an actor in his late 50s whose claim to fame is that he has played more than 200 roles in special-effects makeup and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the person with the most appearances in that category. He was at 202 a couple of years ago and has worked regularly since then, notably in the Oscar-winning "Argo" (as "Humanoid Robot") and the hit TV series "Community" (as Morbidor in the episode "Conventions of Space and Time"). He looks like this in his everyday clothes:
This is the kind of chap you're likely to meet this weekend at ConCarolinas, which runs May 31-June 2 at the Charlotte Hilton University Place. Other guests include writer Timothy Zahn (a Hugo-winner for "Cascade Point" and author of The Thrawn Trilogy of "Star Wars" novels), actress Kandyse McClure (Dualla on TV's "Battlestar Galactica") and game designer Wolfgang Baur, currently kobold-in-chief (what a great title!) for Open Design LLC.
If this sounds like ancient Assyrian to you, you don't dwell in the science fiction-fantasy world (with a touch of horror) that provides the audience for ConCarolinas, which officially started in 2002. (It actually began in 2000-2001 as Southeast Convention Fandom Inc., which sprang out of a failed effort to get the massive WorldCon to come to Charlotte. You'll find out more at concarolinas.org.)
The primary focus remains a literary one, because the initial impetus sprang from the world of speculative fiction. But there's a strong gaming element, along with the traditional speeches, workshops, film festival (devoted to short science fiction movies), costume competition and dealers' tables. If your inner kobold is curious -- that's a sprite from German mythology, by the way -- get over to University Place and indulge it.