The event has quite a zero-to-hero origin story itself: the first Def-Com was planned as part of a grant application that was, unfortunately, unsuccessful.
“We thought, ‘Hey, why not throw a mini-con anyway?’” said Angela Powell, branch manager at Johnson Memorial Library and one of the event’s founding organizers. “We had one without a budget that year, using just our local artist friends and musicians, a few crafts, a cosplay contest, and the library’s side yard.
“Fast forward to 2020—unfortunately cancelled—when we had signed on the Farscape actress to join us. [In the past] we’ve even had famous cars from Supernatural, Jurassic Park, and a TARDIS.”
Local artist Steve Miller will return to DefCom with his orignial art.
Stephanie is a cosplayer with 12 years of experience. She specializes in handmade cat-related items, resin crafts, Pokemon necklaces, & worry stones.
Jacob is a professional artist who has worked for publishers such as Action Lab Entertainment and Devil’s Due, as well as a vendor of collectibles and comics.
The Kawaii-est Little Stationery Store
A veteran con vendor with an eye for detail, ‘The Kawaii-est Little Stationery Store’ will bring bookmarks, sticker sheets, washi tape, notebooks, and more.
Maliik is CEO & Director of MVNIFVST LLC, a multimedia company and lifestyle brand with a team of artists specializing in pop culture art.
Zimmerman is a cosplayer and artist returning to Def-Com for her fourth time! She’s selling resin art, cosplay prints, and small trinkets.
Artist Craig Graham will be on hand selling his pastel chalk paintings.
Muehlfeld is a self-taught artist who will bring her illustrations, prints, stickers, and pins.
Perrine of Patsy Cakes & Confections will vend her fun and fantastic pop culture-themed treats, including cookies, cupcakes, brownies & candies.
ReyneSong is a digital & traditional artist bringing stickers and prints for sale.
The Losers Club
Horror and Nostalgia! That’s all you need! Collectibles! Vintage Toys! Art! We love it and it’s a bonus if you do too.
Schneider creates resin goodies, including keychains, phone grips, painted tiles and coasters, paintings, jewelry, & more.
Rodriguez specializes in laser cut, engraved, and painted 3D art, and will offer home decor and gifts for sale.
O’Connor is an independent artist specializing in anthropomorphic cartoon animals.
Simply from Scratch Bakery
Simply from Scratch Bakery is bringing flavor to Def-Com with decorated sugar cookies, marshmallows, cupcakes, puppy chow, & more.
Loading Crew Crafts
Specializing in Dakimakura (anime and video game body pillow covers), plushes, charms, keychains, lanyards, pouches, buttons, & pins of their original artwork.
Bethany Black of Creambi Arts makes & sells zines, necklaces, keychains, charms, needle-felted figurines, & stickers.
Rachel will be offering her resin-made keychains, coasters, earrings, & more.
Madalyn & Kasey Hedge
These young entrepreneurs will offer their perler bead jewelry and printed book pages.
Auzins will have a variety of retro video games on offer, as well as video game & anime collectibles.
Stottlemyer specializes in crocheted stuffed animals, blankets, & kitchen items, plus sewed rice bags and paintings.
Tracy is an artist and author, and will be bringing YA fiction books as well as monster and dragon coloring books, stickers, pins, & keychains.
Stop by Julianna’s booth to get your nerdy wreaths from Fantastic Little Wreaths by Jules.
Midwest R2 Builders Club
Come meet R2-D2, and learn about various parts and tools used to build and maintain a ‘droid!
Treat yourself to a wiener! Breckler’s Wieners on Wheels will be serving up their hotdogs to hungry con-goers.
Returning vendor Silas Sanchez is a young artist with a passion for all things pop culture.
Artist, writer, and creater of the webcomic Blank Eyes, Marsh will bring digital art, stickers, pins, & earrings.