A Collaborative Creative Community
At its core, the Trashgoblins are anyone and everyone - past, present, and future - who create or collaborate with us, contribute to the work we do in any way, or support our endeavors (this includes people that just literally hang with us while we are doing the things). We aspire to be a true collaborative community because we believe that, above all, the people are what makes this worthwhile for us. Come meet the fam!
These peeps were putting up with our nonsense since before we knew what we were even doing. There from the very beginning, they showed up, threw down, and just...never left...? While our original group is in varying forms of figuring out post-Covid life, they are very much still Gobby Fam. Although elusive these days, we know they'll be back with us at a Con someday soon, and likely with some Littles in tow (ya'll even know the Goblin reproduction rate? It's terrifying. We are a few short years from an Empire).
This lot is some of our nearest and dearest. They are there at Trashgoblins HQ working alongside us on projects - cosplay or otherwise - or just keeping us company while we are tinkering with our latest obsession until 3 a.m. Some you'll see joining us on a Con floor, others are our very own Gobby Support, propping us behind the scenes and enthusiastically leaning-in every time Mike goes "hey there's this new game I made that I wanna test out..."
Sam Torres (He/Him) - Chicago
Epic Level Massage Therapist
Trashgobby Con Buddy since 2015
Sonja "Suesu" Hartgrove (She/Her) - Chicago
Corporate Office Manager/Events Coordinator
Former (Professional) Disco Queen, Greaser, Biker, and Ballerina
Life of the Party & Hostess with the Mostest
"Creepy Old Lady"
Everyone's Favorite Flop House Patron
Cleaning Lady of Eastern European Caliber
President of TGHQ Party Planning Committee
Jeff DeFrancisco (He/Him) - Chicago
Builder of Anything You Can Imaginet
Pickle & Beef Jerky Pedller
Former Swimmer & Diver
Suesu's Flop House
Who's Suesue? What's a Suesu? An enigma. Nuff said. For our purposes, lovelies, this little fam section is dedicated to Niki D's actual fam, because they have always been and continue to be her inspiration and her best friends. There's a total of 19 years difference between Nicole's (featured) cousins. And it's both sides of the fam, folks, so there's no singular source of weird, here. While cosplaying together is relatively new and too few and far between,don't be fooled by their overly ambitious LinkdIn profiles. The nerd is strong with this clan.
The DeFran Clan
Nik's Dad's side of the fam - primarily cousins Chris (DC) DeFran and Amanda (Mander D.) Mitchell and their fams. The cousins cosplayed together for the first time at Wizard World Chicago 2015, but Mander D. has since been hard at work on making such adorable Gobby Babies (FEATURED BELOW! YOU'RE WELCOME!) that her Insta is gonna wreck your ovaries. Without further adeu...
The Galambos/Hedl Tribe
Nik's Mom's (Suesu's) side; natural and raised performers. While all of the cousins of this side have cosplayed together (because they were just one mass horde as kids, shifted around from house-to-house), only Tay Tay and Nani have hung with Trashgobbies recently. We're working on the rest...
Associates are the folks that we want to give a shout out to for their contributions and individual creativity, but who wouldn't necessarily consider themselves part of our little Troop of weirdos. This can include things like other cosplayers we've worked with, photographers, artists whose work we've incorporated into our own and/or supported, people who have commissioned us for items, etc.