Toon-Con is a joint effort between business partners, buddies, and convention royalty Scott Zillner and Loryn Stone. While Scott has been running and promoting conventions for years, Toon-Con is Loryn’s debut as co-show runner. However, the two of them are no strangers to the convention scene and have worked in every conceivable role from vendor relations, guest outreach, press and media management, programming director, social media and promotions, up to volunteer coordination.
Toon-Con is a labor of love from two convention lifers who want to see animation from all genres and eras get the love and celebration it deserves. From the Golden Age of animation to the present, these two will make sure it is celebrated at Toon-Con!
In addition to working conventions together, Loryn and Scott are the respective Editor-in-Chief and owner of the successful toy news website Toy Wizards, comprised of the two of them plus fellow toy collectors, journalists, and convention associates Ricky DeWeese and Aaron Sparrow.
Outside of their joint business ventures, Loryn is a toy collector and the owner of the pop culture website PopLurker, which is often on the convention press scene. She is also SyFy Wire’s toy journalist and writer of the weekly column ‘Important Toy News’. Loryn’s writing has appeared on Cracked, Loadscreen, Nerdbot, Temple of Geek, and That Hashtag Show. She is also the author of a young adult novel titled My Starlight, which is a high school slice of life story about fandom and the convention scene.
Scott is the owner of Planet X Toys, which is not only the name of his booth when he exhibits at conventions, but also his online toy store where his merchandise is sold. He is a world renowned toy collector, an uber collector more specifically, whose collection fills and displays across his entire house. He will appear in season three of Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, as well as Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest. In addition to Toon-Con, his other shows include Pasadena Comic Con, Sac Toy Con, Power Morphicon, Power Morphicon Express, Robo Toy Fest, and Japan World Heroes.
You can contact Loryn or Scott at: OfficialToonCon@gmail.com