2020 Guests of Honor
Max DeGroot, also known as Max Goof and Dipper Draper is a puppeteer, musician, and stand-up comic who lives in Dublin, Ohio, USA. He is now retired from employment, and at 66 years old, is one of the oldest furries you are likely to meet.
Of all his puppet characters, Max is best known for Ozark, a gruff-talking redneck sheepdog with a straw hat inseparably glued or sewn onto his head. Some rumors say that the hat is there to hide male-pattern baldness, extremely rare among sheepdogs. Ozark often performs with Hayseed, an equally unsophisticated raccoon who sports a John Deere ball cap. Other puppet characters include Twitch, and airhead ferret, and George, a chimpanzee who specializes in deconstruction.
He is also known for his parodies and folk. He recorded his first parody, The Ferret National Anthem, in 2004, and there it sat until 2008, when he recorded his second parody, Campaign News. Since then, he has recorded more parodies and funny music. Max's first public performance of his work occurred in October of 2009, and he has since rocketed to obscurity. He did manage to hit Dr. Demento's Top Ten for March, April, and May 2010 with "Census" and it managed to end up as the #3 song of the year for 2010. He returned to the Funny 25 in 2013 at #7 with "I'll Lose Weight" and in 2015 with "Spicy".
In February of 2011, he began a project known as The Beach Bears Story, which is a series of audio plays with music. After a total of 205 chapters made, Max ended the Beach Bears Story in June 2018. But beginning at the same time he is now working on a continuation of the story that takes place several years after the Beach Bears story called Life Goes On. That story is now his new ongoing project.
Exit Mouse is an animal rock band based in Memphis, Tn. We fuse elements of alternative rock, jazz, and punk into anxious energy with autistic eccentricity and feral nerve.
Buck Riley is is the founder and frontman for Exit Mouse, and he’s no stranger to the furry music scene. Formerly Husky In Denial, his music has been featured in The Bedfellows cartoon and video game, and more recently in CatGhost and Evi Dents: Mastermind Detective. Riley also helped create the virtual rock band Hyper Combo Finish, whose hyper-positive-energy EP is available for free online!
“Who is Exindiv?” “Why is he a Guest of Honor?” “Why am I reading this bio?” These questions and more might be answered in the paragraphs below.
When most people are asked what they associate with this celebrity of the hour their response is, “I’m sorry. Who?” Exindiv is a Little Brown Bat that flies around in a teacup. You may not have seen him in any one of his roles as an imaginary friend, celebrity potato look-alike, Telegram sticker pack, and general sass-talker on the Tweeter. Exindiv has enjoyed relative anonymity on Furaffinity and other sites (i.e. Weasyl, Sofurry, Inkbunny, DeviantArt, etc.) as a traditional and digital artist. He also has the distinction of helping display the arts and crafts of others in the annual art gallery at Mephit Furmeet (another furry convention). Don’t feel bad if you’ve missed this flapping star in our midst: no one has ever seen Exindiv in person (with the sole exception of Nathan Higginbotham, his personal manager and public relations Meat Sac, through which all communications, activities, and shenanigans are funneled into The Meat Space) as his existence is entirely fictional.
Exindiv’s known interests include tea, gaming, art, mycology, not dying, the aerodynamics of certain drinkware, and the Lobster Quadrille.
For those interested in Nathan Higginbotham: He is happily married to his husband Tim; his day job includes work as a Bankruptcy Paralegal; and his past times include gaming with friends, art, good food, and pretending to be a Little Brown Bat that flies around in a teacup on the internet.