The People of Chattacon 

All guests of honor, panelists, performers, presenters, artists or any other individual who may present in some way at Chattacon are booked in good faith and we have their guarantee that they will appear when we announce they will be at the convention. However, unforeseen events (illness, family emergencies or production work) may cause a particular guest to cancel. 

Joesph Ard

Joseph Ard, also known as Joe “Embrace the Underscore” Ard, is a multifaceted individual with a passion for blending technology, creativity, and fatherhood. As the founder and co-host of the Pokemon Go Podcast, he has brought together a community of enthusiasts to explore the exciting world of augmented reality gaming. Additionally, Joseph is the visionary behind Assorted Geekdom, a platform that celebrates various facets of geek culture.

Currently, Joseph Ard serves as the Co-host of Wise_N_Nerdy: Where Fatherhood Meets Fandom, where he skillfully navigates the intersection of being a devoted husband and a father to three boys while embracing his love for all things geek. Beyond his roles in the podcasting realm, Joseph is an accomplished artist and programmer, showcasing his diverse skill set and creative prowess.

Known for his amiable personality and genuine demeanor, Joseph Ard is not just a geek but an all-around nice guy, making him a beloved figure in both the online and offline communities he engages with.

Programming Sessions

Late Night Double Feature Picture Show

Join our young couple, Brad and Janet, as they encounter unconventional conventionists and colorful characters in a night they will never forget. Warning: singing and

Vision Ballroom C

The Arctic and the Aether

A survey of the cultural traditions and fairy tales of the Inuit, their environment and the very real monsters which dwell within the Arctic. Stanley

Vision Ballroom B

Culture, Mythology and Spirituality

Moderated by Brian Cooksey The panelists discuss how the study of cultures, myths and legends, and spiritualism of past civilizations plays a part in the

Vision Ballroom A


AGoH Melissa Gay asks the audience for key words and then makes a coherent painting out of all of those suggestions! Ongoing discussion will include