Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff are alien infiltrators sent by our future robot overlords to Earth to subvert human culture by ruining popular music. Their mission is to parody peoples' most beloved songs, causing mass confusion and softening up society for the inevitable robot takeover. They cleverly hide their insidious plan by mixing in an occasional original song with the parodies. To further their evil designs, they have released three parody CDs: Retro Rocket Science, Aliens Ate My Homework! and Grated Hits; as well as two CDs of original songs: Manhattan Sleeps and Möbius Street. If you value your freedom, avoid them at all costs. You have been warned.
What is a Filk convention without guests?
Probably a lot of fun, really, but it is better to have guests, and we have a very good set of them this year. The concentration of talent and personality in these five honored guests is almost scary; which is appropriate for a convention held close to Halloween. And if you think that this looks a lot like last year's flavor text; you're not quite right. All bits are guaranteed recycled every year- we're going green, you see.
Juanita Coulson has been filking
since the early 1950s, when she first set Heinlein's Grand Canal, Green Hills of Earth, and other Future History ditties to music
and wrote a few original songs of her own. Through the decades, she has
filked in hotel hallways, elevator lobbies, room parties, the roof of a
HolidayDome sauna, etc. etc. etc.; until filking started getting respect
and we started getting actual rooms reserved for our use at cons. She has
accumulated several awards, somehow ending up in the Filk Hall of Fame (her
words, it's really richly deserved- Ed.), is recognized as a Den Mother,
and as an OVFF Grandmistress. Intends to keep it up until the lungs, or
something else equally vital- might give out.
Tim has been active in D/FW fandom for more than 20 years, going to his first SF convention in 1988. Not long after that he was involved in running conventions in the Dallas area. Since then he has worked on too many conventions to count and has attended even more. He is one of the founders of FenCon (and is one of the main people involved in the filk programming there) and In addition to his work with FenCon, has been involved with the Texas 2013 Worldcon bid and is also on the InterFilk board of Directors. He was introduced to filk even before he started attending conventions by his then-girlfriend-now-wife Mary Miller.(who was the OVFF Interfilk guest in 1999)
On a dark and stormy afternoon, wolves howled as Cindy entered the world. She's pretty much been making people bay at the moon ever since.
A geek and a nerd long before these things were fashionable, Cindy has been a die-hard science fiction fan since childhood. While the other kids were watching Romper Room, she cut her teeth on Lost in Space and ST:TOS. One day, while looking for Star Trek books in the library, she discovered the existence of other science fiction. Heinlein, Ellison, L'Engle and McCaffry all led to deeper levels of addiction. A true SF junkie, she reads voraciously, ever in search of the next fix.
Cindy runs the filk track for VCON, and has been involved with putting together the songbook and running hospitality for Conflikt since its inception. When not actively convention planning, she amuses herself by cooking up fanfics about Sexy English vampires and Stargate personnel. When inspiration strikes, she adds music, stirs vigorously and bakes up a filk.
19 Action News is sci-fi rock from Cleveland. A two-man band, 19 Action News write and sing indie rock songs with original sci-fi narratives, inspired lyrically by Issac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Terry Gilliam, among others, and inspired musically by The Beatles, The Zombies, and The Flaming Lips. Introspective songs with themes of space travel, time travel, apocalyptic scenarios, and zombies, 19 Action News is sad-yet-danceable rock and roll. You can find them at their website of 19actionnews.net or on
Nick and Linda Winks have been active in central Ohio science fiction fandom for decades. In their mundane lives, Linda is a seamstress and Nick is a self-described IT dork. They consider their crowning achievement to be raising five rambunctious children into responsible adults.
While raising said children, Nick made the mistake of volunteering to run a game of D&D simplified for kids for Marcon's Children's Programming Dept. Next thing they knew, Nick & Linda were RUNNING the Children's Programming dept. Things snowballed from there and over the years Nick & Linda have worked on concom for Marcon, Context, OVFF, and the 2010 World Fantasy Convention as programming directors, guest liaison, publicity, conchairs - you name it. Heck they even founded a new convention - DeCONpression.
For the last several years, they have been the hardworking, self-sacrifing folk responsible for running OVFF's con suite. They're supposed to taking a vacation from volunteering this year, so if you see either Nick or Linda raising a hand to work, tell them "No, no, BAD fan. Go listen to the music!"