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Cole Houston

Half-Ass Productions

Cole Houston
Half-Ass Productions

While often mistaken for an All-Con partner, Cole “JediCole” Houston is actually just an avid fan of the convention who has been involved in one capacity or another since 2005. From dealer room vendor to content provider, to volunteer, to Group Captain of All-Con Games and Theory (the Game Shows track), he's been a permanent fixture.

When not running herd on his department (with the tremendous assistance of Cat Houston and the whole Games and Theory team) he's a prolific podcaster who produces two audio and two live-streaming video podcasts which appear on The JediCole Universe and Dallas on Air respectively. Star Wars fan since 1977, toy collector even longer, and self-proclaimed “Fandom's Biggest Fan” you can find him involved in All-Con every year!

Producer: Half-Ass Productions; “Hey Kids, Comics!”; “The Rantcor Pit Live”; “Aisle of Toys”; “All the Toys”

 

 



THU 10:00 PM: Half-Ass Round Table (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Mature

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Catherine Houston; Andrew Farmer; Zach Schrotter


From the twisted minds of Cole ''JediCole'' Houston and Andrew Farmer comes the most unique two hours you can spend at All-Con 2021! An amalgam of two former The JediCole Universe audio podcasts, ''Half-Ass Roundtable'' and ''Super Geek-Out!'', the hosts of ''Hey Kids, Comics!'' are bringing together a to-be-announced panel of guests to talk about movies, television, comics, and other geeky fare in the most random and organic way possible.

This audience participation-heavy panel will feature a rotating cast of participants, the advent of ''Speed Guesting'', a mini game show or two, and an embarrassment of riches in the half-assery department! If you love all things pop culture and don't mind a collection of characters with no filter in place, this is the show for you!


Category: Panel

 



THU 11:00 PM: Half-Ass Round Table (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Mature

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Catherine Houston; Andrew Farmer; Zach Schrotter


From the twisted minds of Cole ''JediCole'' Houston and Andrew Farmer comes the most unique two hours you can spend at All-Con 2021! An amalgam of two former The JediCole Universe audio podcasts, ''Half-Ass Roundtable'' and ''Super Geek-Out!'', the hosts of ''Hey Kids, Comics!'' are bringing together a to-be-announced panel of guests to talk about movies, television, comics, and other geeky fare in the most random and organic way possible.

This audience participation-heavy panel will feature a rotating cast of participants, the advent of ''Speed Guesting'', a mini game show or two, and an embarrassment of riches in the half-assery department! If you love all things pop culture and don't mind a collection of characters with no filter in place, this is the show for you!


Category: Panel

 



FRI 10:00 AM: What Were You Thinking? Meet the Dept.of Games and Theory (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Catherine Houston; Andrew Farmer; Zach Schrotter


Start your ALL-CON game show experience with a glimpse behind the curtain.

Group Captain Cole ''JediCole'' Houston of ALL-CON Games and Theory, your game show track, presides over an opportunity to meet some of the folks behind your favorite game shows.
This lively, interactive panel will feature scheduling guru Mrs. JediCole as well as a variety of show producers for 2020. Meet the teams from The JediCole Universe/Half-Ass Productions, In Our Nerdy Opinion, Bacon Samurai, Animagic, and more. Discover the creative process, the ups and downs, and challenges behind challenging contestants over the prior 15 years of game shows at ALL-CON.

Keen on joining the Game and Theory team in 2021? Find out how and pick up some tricks of the trade on Thursday.


Category: Presentation

 



FRI 11:00 AM: Podcasting Day Camp (Day 1) (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer; Zach Schrotter


Podcasting Day Camp - Day One: ''Accidental Podcaster'' Cole ''JediCole'' Houston brings his popular day camp back to All-Con with special guests and a lot of insights on podcasting in the 21st century. With over 1,500 hours of podcasting logged, much to his surprise, your host has a lot to share with you, campers!

If you are an avid listener, a fellow podcaster, or just someone who's keen to learn all about this phenomenon, you need to attend the Podcasting Day Camps! Get advice and anecdotes from veteran podcasters and find out what it takes to create your own. Plus giant marshmallows on sticks!

If you have a podcast yourself you might just wind up on the panel, so be sure and let old JediCole know!
There will be two Day Camps over the All-Con weekend, one on Friday and one on Saturday, so check the schedule.


Category: Discussion

 



FRI 2:00 PM: Do You Like The Star Wars? (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


For the first time ever, DYLTSW? will feature a category for every one of the nine films of the ''Skywalker Saga''! Three contestants who really know their Star Wars will compete for one of a variety of amazing prizes! All questions will be from Episodes 1 through 9 of the Saga, with a random surprise category sprinkled throughout the game. If you consider yourself an expert on the cinematic incarnations of ''The Star Wars,'' this is your game show!
As with all game shows, get there early to get in on the potential contestant pool. Some game shows have a pre-show qualifying quiz and contestants are chosen at random from the contestant pool.


Category: Game Show

 



FRI 6:00 PM: Don’t Lose Your Geek Card Comic Book Edition (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer


COMICS! Yep, that is what the hosts of ''Hey Kids, Comics!'' love to read, collect, and enjoy (and talk about on their podcasts). So naturally they want to challenge fans with a new batch of comic book trivia with their own version of Don't Lose Your Geek Card.

In keeping with the format of all incarnations of the game, each contestant collects three Geek Cards and faces the big board of trivia questions, in this case based on comics old and new. Each contestant who answers incorrectly loses one of their Geek Cards, lose them all during the game and you have to sit the rest out. But have no fear! Bonus Cards randomly included with some questions can save the day as they are effectively extra Geek Cards. Hidden Prize Cards add extra incentive as correct answers mean extra prizes for lucky contestants. Are you at the local comic shop every Wednesday to get the latest releases? Do you think you have ALL-CON comic book trivia champion Starman Morrison-level knowledge of the medium? Well true believer, you had best get in the contestant pool for this version of Don't Lose Your Geek Card!

Points are awarded for every correctly answered question as well as for each Geek Card retained and every Bonus Card earned (and retained). Prize Cards do not add to the point total, but at least there is a nice prize involved! Should comic books not be your cup of tea, check out the other incarnations of Don't Lose Your Geek Card on the schedule.

As with all game shows, get there early to get in on the potential contestant pool. Some game shows have a pre-show qualifying quiz and contestants are chosen at random from the contestant pool.


Category: Game Show

 



FRI 9:00 PM: Onliners – Friday Edition (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Mature

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Andrew Farmer; Cole Houston


If you are missing Comedy Central's ''@Midnight'' as much as Half-Ass Productions producer Cole Houston and Hey Kids, Comics! producer Andrew Farmer, this is a show you need to attend!

While it has a game show format, Onliners pits a hand-picked panel of some of the wittiest folks Andy and Cole know going head to head in a pointless competition to come up with the most hilarious answers and observations on all manner of things found on the internet! JediCole is both Executive Producer of Onliners and a panelist in at least one round annually.

Original host Andrew Farmer is back with a wide variety of internet-inspired games for the panel which will include the likes of Kevin Jackson (In Our Nerdy Opinion) and Devin Pike (Universal Remote).
Points are awarded for cleverly answered questions, but at the end of the day they are meaningless.
However, in the final round only two panelists will have the opportunity to vie for the coveted title ''King of ALL-CON''! There can be only two!
(Because there are two shows of Onliners over the weekend.)

Needless to say, this show will be VERY adult-oriented in both language and content.
No one under 18 will be admitted.


Category: Exhibition

 



FRI 10:00 PM: BS or Not? - Comic Book Edition (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Teen

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer


It started innocently enough. A little challenge for Mrs. JediCole when she was a guest on the ''Hey Kids, Comics!'' podcast's 99th episode. Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston challenged her to determine if various characters were part of the Great Lakes Avengers or just ones they made up in advance. It was so much fun that now it has become a new feature for All-Con!


Category: Exhibition

 



FRI 11:00 PM: Screen Time: Rated R (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Mature

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


Screen Time is one of the most popular game shows at ALL-CON. But it can be a bit reserved in keeping with the family atmosphere of the convention. But late at night...that's a different story!

Host JediCole reveals that he does in fact know all the ''swear words'' when Screen Time lets loose with the ''Rated R'' version. Expect lots of movie trivia, fun starring role movie games, and all the drolly read movie quotes you love with Screen Time, only with a large volume of cussing found in favorite movies that are assuredly not appropriate for children. Audience members must be 18 years of age or older to attend or be contestants in this edition of the show.
Three contestants will vie for some amazing movie-themed prizes, with lots of dirty words and dirty themes getting them one step closer to being a new Screen Time champion!
As with all game shows, get there early to get in on the potential contestant pool. Some game shows have a pre-show qualifying quiz and contestants are chosen at random from the contestant pool.


Category: Game Show

 



SAT 10:00 AM: Podcasting Day Camp (Day 2) (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer


Hey campers!

Podcasting Day Camp returns for a second session around the virtual campfire, complete with real giant marshmallows on sticks!

Join JediCole, the ''Accidental Podcaster'' himself as he imparts tales from over a decade of pre-recorded audio and live-streaming video shows. A variety of special guest podcastes will be on the panel as well with their own stories, tips, tricks, and advice.

If you're not careful you might get the podcasting bug and be part of 2021's Day Camps!

This is the second and final Podcasting Day Camp of 2020, so be sure to check the schedule and don't miss out!(Did we mention giant marshmallows?)


Category: Discussion

 



SAT Noon: JediCole's Prize Pile (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


IT'S BACK! Seven years after it was retired--and that after three years of successfully defending the Prize Pile against all comers--JediCole is bringing back the most prize-heavy game show in ALL-CON history!

Cole ''JediCole'' Houston hosts the first part of the show, which brings to bear trivia from the full spectrum of fandom in a lively competition in which three contestants are hopefuls to take home the Prize Pile, an array of various prizes valued at over $300! Only one will make it to the final round to face off head-to-head against the show's host!

In Round Two, the lowest-scoring contestant steps aside and JediCole becomes a contestant with no foreknowledge of any of the questions to be asked for the remainder of the game. At that time his co-host, Nathan Cochenour (original co-host from 2011 to 2013), will take over the show as the remaining contestants battle it out against one another and the former host for the opportunity to face JediCole himself in a 60-second, 10-question challenge that will determine the fate of the Prize Pile!

Should the contestant take the day, they get 100% of the Prize Pile prizes! If JediCole yet again defends the Prize Pile, well...he doesn't want to take it all home so he is forced (like in those fateful three years in the past) to spend the rest of the weekend giving away every single prize! That's right! The entire Prize Pile will be in either one person's hands or a lot of people's hands before the end of the ALL-CON weekend. The finalist does not go home empty-handed as there is one prize in the ''Pile'' that is theirs for making it that far!

As with all game shows, get there early to get in on the potential contestant pool. Some game shows have a pre-show qualifying quiz and contestants are chosen at random from the contestant pool.


Category: Game Show

 



SAT 3:00 PM: The JediCole Universe Live! (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Teen

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer


ALL-CON's other talk show, a retooling of the one-time show ''Fandom at Random DFW Live,'' returns to ALL-CON with more talk show fun! If you feel like you just can't make it to JediCole's Morning After, this is your chance to enjoy some similar antics with lots of audience participation.

There is so much more to JediCole (Group Captain of the Game Shows track at ALL-CON) than Star Wars. Attend The JediCole Universe Live to discover this for yourself with a unique edition of ''It Came From the Dollar Store!,'' a mini game show, and even (pending) a surprise guest or two!


Category: Talk Show

 



SAT 5:00 PM: Hey Kids Comics Live! (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Teen

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Andrew Farmer; Cole Houston


With Andrew Farmer's return to All-Con, he and co-creator Cole ''JediCole'' Houston are producing a special live presentation of the HKC! podcast as they record their annual Halloween Special (Which will ideally be released online in time for Halloween.) Normally produced with both hosts in different states, this long-running audio podcast will happen in person with an audience. Join the Gentlemen Scholars of Comics along with their guests and plenty of audience participation. If you love you some comic books you will love this show!


Category: Presentation

 



SAT 9:00 PM: Match Game (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Teen

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Catherine Houston


It's an ALL-CON twist on an all-time classic game show! Back for its fifth year, it's a laugh riot to watch our contestants match their fill in the ________ answers with our celebrity panelists to outrageous questions like: ''The Zatanna cosplayer drank too much at the Bunny Hutch last night. She woke up with a hangover and pulled ______________ out of her hat.'' And “Batman asked Robin, 'Did you clean the Bat Pole? Because I think it gave me a Bat ________.'''

Hosted this year by Games and Theory Group Captain Cole ''JediCole'' Houston and featuring a crazy panel of guests hoping to match our contestants.


Category: Game Show

 



SAT 10:00 PM: Onliners – Saturday Edition (45 mins.)

Room: QUARTZ (Lincoln, Upper) Rated: Mature

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Andrew Farmer; Cole Houston


If you are missing Comedy Central's ''@Midnight'' as much as Half-Ass Productions producer Cole Houston and Hey Kids, Comics! producer Andrew Farmer, this is a show you need to attend!

While it has a game show format, Onliners pits a hand-picked panel of some of the wittiest folks Andy and Cole know going head to head in a pointless competition to come up with the most hilarious answers and observations on all manner of things found on the internet! JediCole is both Executive Producer of Onliners and a panelist in at least one round annually. Original host Andrew Farmer is back with a wide variety of internet-inspired games for the panel which will include the likes of Kevin Jackson (In Our Nerdy Opinion) and Devin Pike (Universal Remote).
Points are awarded for cleverly answered questions, but at the end of the day they are meaningless. However, in the final round only two panelists will have the opportunity to vie for the coveted title ''King of ALL-CON''! There can be only two! (Because there are two shows of Onliners over the weekend.)

Needless to say, this show will be VERY adult-oriented in both language and content. No one under 18 will be admitted.


Category: Exhibition

 



SAT 11:00 PM: Screen Time: Rated R (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Mature

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


Screen Time is one of the most popular game shows at ALL-CON. But it can be a bit reserved in keeping with the family atmosphere of the convention. But late at night...that's a different story!

Host JediCole reveals that he does in fact know all the ''swear words'' when Screen Time lets loose with the ''Rated R'' version. Expect lots of movie trivia, fun starring role movie games, and all the drolly read movie quotes you love with Screen Time, only with a large volume of cussing found in favorite movies that are assuredly not appropriate for children. Audience members must be 18 years of age or older to attend or be contestants in this edition of the show. Three contestants will vie for some amazing movie-themed prizes, with lots of dirty words and dirty themes getting them one step closer to being a new Screen Time champion! As with all game shows, get there early to get in on the potential contestant pool. Some game shows have a pre-show qualifying quiz and contestants are chosen at random from the contestant pool.


Category: Game Show

 



SUN 9:00 AM: JediCole’s Morning After (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


Created over a decade ago in answer to the lack of early Sunday morning programming, ALL-CON's longest running talk show is back! To make it worth sleepy, hung-over, and otherwise worn out ALL-CON attendees' efforts to wake up early on Sunday morning, JediCole brings the fun in the A.M. with all kinds of laughs and surprises. Get over that hangover from Saturday night, drag yourself to the Pecan Room at 9 AM on Sunday, and join in on the annual antics!
Cole ''JediCole'' Houston brings aspects of The JediCole Universe Live to Sunday morning, along with some new surprises. JediCole's Morning After is not so much a panel as just a gathering place for early birds. There will be laughs and fun and if all goes well, maybe even a special guest or two! Plus another episode of ''It Came From the Dollar Store!'' with brand new $1 finds!
JediCole and friends will be looking for YOU on Sunday morning!


Category: Talk Show

 



SUN 10:00 AM: Screen Time (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


The ever-popular Screen Time game show returns with lots of movie trivia and movie quote surprises! Four games in one show--the biggest challenge being recognizing famous movie quotes that are read as if you typed them out and gave them to your grandma to read!

If you love movies, really LOVE movies, you have found your game show with Screen Time, which will be produced twice over the course of the weekend and offer the biggest selection of prizes ever!

As with all game shows, get there early to get in on the potential contestant pool. Some game shows have a pre-show qualifying quiz and contestants are chosen at random from the contestant pool.


Category: Game Show

 



SUN 1:00 PM: Monster Minds (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston


All-Con can't fall on Halloween weekend without something decidedly ''Halloween'' in the game show mix!

Beginning in 2016 (the year of ''Elevatormageddon''), Games and Theory Group Captain ''JediCole'' Houston introduced the tradition of having one game show that matched the theme of All-Con each year. 2021 will be no exception, but with more of the timing than the theme in mind with ''Monster Minds''!
This ambitious new game show will pit three contestants against the Monster Minds - hardcore horror fans who are willing to put their knowlege to the tetst over two elimination rounds and a final head-to-head winner takes all challenge.
Games and Theory team members Kevin Jackson (In Our Nerdy Opinion), Zach Schrotter (Bacon Samurai), and Shawn Padilla (Yellow Memo Note) are the horror experts who challenge the contestants and each other as one contestant and one Monster Mind are eliminated each round. In the end one of our experts and one of the challengers will have to show their horror chops to determine the winner of the show. A treat with a some tricks for Halloween!


Category: Game Show

 



SUN 4:00 PM: Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! (with Grand Prize Drawing) (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer; Zach Schrotter; Shawn Padilla


Brainchild of Games and Theory Executive Producer Cat Houston, this is the game show where EVERYONE is a contestant!

The Games and Theory producers will divide the audience into teams and then ask each group trivia questions in turn. Anyone who thinks they know the answer is encouraged to raise their hand with an enthusiastic ''Oooh! Oooh! Oooh!'' with the first to acknowledge being picked to answer. A correct answer sends the audience member to the prize table to draw for a prize level and take home something fun. Each team makes the rounds until the questions arrive back at the first team and the rotation starts anew.

Audience members are encouraged to let others have a chance at prizes if they have already won two themselves, insuring everyone gets a little something for joining the fun. By far the most chaotic game show annually. It is also the show that has the highly anticipated Grand Prize drawing! All weekend long Games and Theory game shows, as well as many other non-game show events produced by the Games and Theory crew, give out two-part raffle tickets to all who attend these shows from beginning to end. On Sunday, after Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! concludes, tickets are gathered and one lucky attendee will take home the Grand Prize for 2020!

Last year, courtesy of The JediCole Universe and Half-Ass Productions, the Grand Prize was a 1:1 scale Star Wars Black Series Poe Dameron X-Wing Pilot Helmet with electronic sound effects valued at $90!
It never ha a chance, so...
That prize will FINALLY be given away this Sunday, as well as, a bonus SECOND Grand Prize (to a seperate ticket) for this year! WOW!


Category: Game Show

 



SUN 5:00 PM: It's a Wrap! (45 mins.)

Room: LONGHORN (Lincoln, Lower) Rated: Everyone

Produced By: Half-Ass Productions

Moderated By: Cole Houston; Andrew Farmer; Zach Schrotter; Shawn Padilla


Your Favorite Con is drawing to a close after an amazing four full days. You've attended panels, game shows, parties, costume contests, and gaming events. You've met some great celebrity guests and heard amazing tales in their panels. You've taken in the scope of fandom and have plenty of goodies, photos, and memories.

While all good things must come to an end, following Games and Theory’s annual Grand Prize Drawing (as part of Sunday's ''Oooh! Oooh! Oooh!''), there’s still fun to be had at the ''It's a Wrap!'' panel! ALL-CON Games and Theory’s own JediCole and Happy Cat, along with any of the staff still remaining on site, bring you an interactive post-convention wrap-up. When the last game show has awarded its prizes and a lot of leftover stuff has been given away in raffles, the fun continues as the exhausted crew share the highlights and laughs from the long weekend they looked forward to since last year.

This panel has become a favorite end-of-convention haunt for many who are looking for a chance to share their own experiences with a casual crowd. Close out the weekend in style with the kids from the Game Shows track and friends!


Category: Discussion