Guests

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Jarrod Carl Alberich
Jarrod “The Yard Sale Artist” Alberich is the creator of the comic book, Hamilton vs. Burr: A Werewolf Tale. He is also a trading card artist for Marvel & Upper Deck. He’s currently working for White Rocket Books providing cover art for novels & inking the Cold Lightning comic book.

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, more than 50 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.

Emily Andras
Emily Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the showrunner and executive producer of SyFy’s new hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the showrunner and executive producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the supervising producer on Killjoys.

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Tom Bancroft
Tom Bancroft has 30 years of experience in the animation industry, much of which was for Walt Disney Feature Animation where he was an animator on shorts and feature films of which Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Brother Bear were part of the list. 

Katherine Barrell
Katherine Barrell has appeared in numerous television shows in both Canada and the USA. She has a strong love for comedy performance and studied improvisation at the famous Groundlings Comedy School in California. She is most known for her role as Officer Nicole Haught in The SyFy Network's Wynonna Earp.

Drew A Blank
Drew Blank is an artist and writer known for the indie novel Memoirs of an Antihero and his children’s book Aldo Tanners! Where Are Your Manners?! Blank has also developed a huge following with his collection of fake album art, horror children’s art, adult coloring books, and enamel pins.

Patricia Briggs
Patricia is the bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series. She has published 26 books and has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on both of her series.

Ed Brisson
Ed Brisson is a comic book writer who first started to garner attention with his self-published crime series Murder Book and the crime/time-travel thriller series Comeback. He’s written and co-created four other series published by Image: Sheltered, The Field, The Mantle and The Violent.

Jason Bulmahn
Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc. He was the creator of the Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying game and the team leader behind the second edition. Over his 20-year career, Jason has written dozens of books and articles for Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, Modiphius, and more. 

» Erik S Burnham
Erik Burnham is a comic writer/artist that first broke into comics by way of the Nick Landime feature from Shooting Star Comics. He is currently works on IDW's Ghostbusters series, and has worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, Galaxy Quest, Scarlet Spider, New Warriors, and KISS.

James Burns
James Burns is a graphic designer, illustrator, and comic artist. He creates autobiographical comics, notably his long-running Grumbles series. In 2002, he was diagnosed with a detached retina, which threatened his eyesight. After recovering, he wrote and drew his first comic book, Detached, about that experience.  

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly.

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Rachel Caine
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Charts, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the internationally bestselling Morganville Vampires, Stillhouse Lake, Weather Warden, and Great Library series. She's written in many genres and categories.

Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry), a retired US Navy officer, writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, Genesis Fleet series, Lost Stars series, and "steampunk meets high fantasy" Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are Triumphant, Pirate Of The Prophecy, and the Corsair comic series.

Cecil Castellucci
Cecil Castellucci is an award-winning author of novels and comics for young people including Shade, The Changing Girl, Boy Proof, The Plain James, Soupy Leaves Home, Don't Cosplay with My Heart, and the New York Times bestselling Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

Ray Chase
Ray Chase is a voice actor most known as Noctis (Final Fantasy XV). You may also know him from Kingdom Hearts (Master of Masters), One-Punch Man (Puri Puri Prisoner), My Hero Academia (David Shield), and Persona 5 (Subway Announcer). He’s also a founding member of Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying.

Ciruelo
Fantasy artist Ciruelo was born in Argentina and has been living in Spain since 1987. He worked for publishing houses in Europe and in the United States illustrating book covers, prints, calendars and trading cards with dragons as the main subject. He is currently writing and illustrating his own books.

Matthew Clark
Matthew Clark is a comic book artist. A fan of comics since his teens, he’s had the pleasure of creating art for many of his favorite series - everything from well-known DC characters in comic book history, to innovative new takes on characters with Marvel, to his own original concepts.

Sean Andrew Copeland
Sean Copeland is the Historian Supervisor of Creative Development at Blizzard Entertainment where he oversees its team of historians. This team enables developers to create with confidence for Blizzard’s blockbuster franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.

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Robbie Daymond
Robbie Daymond is a voice-actor who has voiced characters such as: Spider-man/Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-man, Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, Akechi in Persona 5, Sorey in Tales of Zestiria, Mumen Rider in One Punch Man, and Raymond in OK-KO among others.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written an appalling amount of fiction, both in 30+ media tie-in universes from Alien to Zorro, and in worlds of his own creation in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real cities of New York and Key West.

» Jeff Dekal
Jeff Dekal is a freelance illustrator. After being educated about art history in college, he was inspired to focus more on figurative art. Dekal is currently working in the comic industry as a cover artist. His clients include Marvel, DC, Creature Entertainment, and Dark Horse.

Dan dos Santos
Well known for his colorful oil paintings, Dan dos Santos' work includes novels, comics, film, and video games. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Activision, Boeing Aircraft, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, UpperDeck, Hasbro, DC Comics, and many more.

Margaret Downey-Schottmiller
Margaret Downey created a character known as The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth. Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. 

Tamara Duarte
Tamara Duarte is perhaps best known for her heated love story with Fiona on the hit television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (Nickelodeon). She has just been announced as a recurring guest star on Wynonna Earp as Rosita Bustillos and is currently shooting the fourth season of Hard Rock Med.

» Barbara Dunkelman
Barbara Dunkelman is an actor/voice actor who is known for her voice roles in various Rooster Teeth Productions including Yang in RWBY, Jensen in Red vs. Blue, Nerris in Camp Camp, and ORF in X-Ray & Vav. She is also one of the main on-camera personalities at Rooster Teeth.

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» Kara Eberle
Kara Eberle is an American voice actress and Internet personality. She's most known for her role as Weiss Schnee in the award-winning anime series, RWBY. In addition to voice acting and interacting with fans, Kara works as an executive at Powerhouse Animation Studios, located in Austin, TX.

Gigi Edgley
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, FX's Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Kringle Time, Enuattii, Diminuendo, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Peacekeeper Wars, Beastmaster, Lost World, Star Trek Continues, and Nexus.

» Nick Eftimiades
Nick Eftimiades in an author and lecturer. He's spent 34 years in US intelligence and diplomatic positions with several postings in Europe and Asia. Eftimiades authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology and society, and outer space issues.

Michael Eklund
Michael Eklund is known for disappearing into every role and radically transforming his look for each new character. Television appearances include guest starring or recurring roles on Altered Carbon, Wynona Earp, Gotham, Bates Motel Season 2, Continuum, Almost Human, Alcatraz, Fringe, Intelligence, and Battlestar Galactica.

Larry Elmore
Larry Elmore is one of the world's leading fantasy artists. His works have graced the covers of National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, and Dragon magazine, among others. He is best known for his covers for the original Dragonlance novels. Elmore makes Dragon Con an annual event.

Joanna Estep
Joanna Estep is the critically acclaimed illustrator of such titles as The Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics), Bitch Planet (Image), Death Head (Dark Horse), and The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Boom!/Archaia). Her work has earned her the S.P.A.C.E. Prize, and nominations for Eisner and Harvey awards.

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is a USAF helicopter pilot who writes sci-fi/fantasy/alt history. She was a Dragon Award finalist in 2018, and her stories have twice been featured in Baen’s Year’s Best Mil/Adventure SF compilation. In 2018, her story won the 2018 Baen Reader’s Choice Award.

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Mike Faber
Mike Faber is the founder and CCO of the geeky and ever expanding ESO Network. He hosts The Earth Station One and Earth Station Who podcasts. He teaches and mentors new podcasters on starting and producing new projects. The ESO Network celebrates all things sci-fi, fantasy and much, much more.

Bill Fawcett
Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged and edited over 400 Science Fiction novels, two Navy SEALs histories and other military titles. He co-authored Mycroft Holmes Mysteries and has written numerous non-fiction books, many on great mistakes in Hhistory. He was a founder of Mayfair Games and still designs board and computer games.

Esther Friesner
Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of over 40 novels, 200 short stories, and has edited numerous anthologies. Her best known, most popular works are the Chicks in Chainmail series (Baen Books) and the Princesses of Myth series (YA historical from Random House.)

Bryan Scott Fyffe
Bryan Fyffe is a commercial illustrator focused on works rich in color and steeped in dark atmosphere. His work has been featured in publications from Dark Horse Comics to the galleries of Disney. He lives and works in Kansas City.

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» Sean Galloway
As the series' lead character designer, Sean Galloway provides the defining look that serves as a jumping-off point for the stories of the new half-hour Sony Pictures Television animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man. Before this, Galloway lent his artistic talents to several comic books for Marvel, DC, and more.

Gawki
Gawki is a bold illustrator of fantastical, surreal creatures and characters that spawn only from her brain soup. Ki is known for being in Spectrum 4 times, her interesting use of color, and for establishing the Drawtober art challenge with Vonnart where 2000 artists participated the first year.

Rick John Goldschmidt
Rick Goldschmidt has been the official Rankin/Bass Productions historian/biographer for over 30 years and has authored six books. He worked with producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. who produced Thundercats, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Hobbit, and more! Rick appears around the country at conventions and has done award-winning panels.

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» Gene Ha
Four-time Eisner Award winner Gene Ha is a comic artist best known for his collaboration with writer Alan Moore on Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. He is currently working on his book, Mae, about a girl who follows her missing sister to a world of science and mystery

Scott Hanna
An Eisner Award-winning artist in the graphic novel industry, Scott Hanna has been drawing and inking comic books for over 30 years. His work has been published in over 1,000 comics and graphic novels, and he’s inked over 23,000 pages of comics art.

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and podcaster from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple novel series, co-founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, and a member of the Authors & Dragons podcast. He spends far too much time and money playing Magic: the Gathering.

Bill Holbrook
Bill Holbrook is the creator of the daily comic strips On the Fastrack, Safe Havens, and Kevin & Kell. The later debuted in 1995 and is the longest continually-running webcomic on the Internet. In 2016 he was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for Best Webcomic (Short form).

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Samantha Inoue-harte
Samantha Inoue-Harte is a 20 year veteran in the entertainment industry. She stars in the James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez Alita: Battle Angel movie, is a anime producer with two series on Netflix, and is most known as the voice of Chocobo from Final Fantasy Unlimited in her voice acting career.

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» E.K. Johnston
E.K. Johnston is the New York Times bestselling author. Her books range from speculative fantasy and sci-fi (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire, That Inevitable Victorian Thing), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka).

» Lindsay Jones
Lindsay Jones is an actor/voice actor based in Austin, TX, and is known for her voice roles in various Rooster Teeth Productions including Ruby in RWBY, Kimball in Red vs. Blue, Space Kid in Camp Camp, and more. She is also one of the main on-camera personalities at Rooster Teeth.

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Bill Keel
Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight Live Astronomy sessions and has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in pop-culture universes, spy satellites, and astronomical tourism.

» Sherrilyn Kenyon
Since her first book debuted in 1993, Sherrilyn Kenyon has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times in all genres, including manga and graphic novels, and has more than 70 million books in print worldwide. Her current series include: Dark-Hunters, Deadman’s Cross, and The League.

Barry Kitson
Barry Kitson has been a professional illustrator since the 1980’s, he has drawn most of the flagship characters of both DC and Marvel comics. Kitson continues to work on the creator-owned series Empire and is one of the main contributors to The Liberty Brigade.

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is a voice actress and award-winning author of over 20 books. A former student of Jane Yolen, Andre Norton, and Orson Scott Card, Alethea is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con. She lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.

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Greg Land
Greg Land has been a professional illustrator for 34 years, the past twenty- something as a comic book artist. Some past projects include The Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Mighty Avengers and The Ultimate Fantastic Four, The Uncanny X-Men, Monsters Unleashed, Sojurn, and Weapon X, among others.  

Jae Lee
Eisner Award-winner Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. His art can be seen in Stephen King's Dark Tower, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Marvel's The Inhumans, and Batman/Superman.

» Zachary Levi
One of the most respected actors of his generation, Zachary Levi has become known for his captivating on screen presence. He is known for his roles in the fan-favorites Chuck, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tangled, Thor: the Dark World, and as the titular character in the highly-anticipated movie Shazam!

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Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres.

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award-winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, The Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek, published by Disney Books

Brianne Marie
Brianna Marie is co-owner of the Dungeons and Randomness podcast, as well as co-host on many other podcasts such as Good Morning Theria and The Buffy Breakdown. For the past year she has been handcuffed to her desk writing the setting book for Theria with her partner Jason Massey.

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Assassins of Landria, the Night Vigil, and Deadly Curiosities.

Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale is known for teaching writers’ workshops, editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies Of Trade Town, and stories in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her short fiction currently appears in the collection Bard’s Road.

Jason Massey
Jason Massey is professional Dungeon Master and a co-owner/host of the Dungeons and Randomness podcast. Since 2012, it has grown into a huge show and his full time profession. He has just finished writing a setting book for his campaign setting in Theria alongside his partner Brianna Marie.

» Jack McDevitt
Jack McDevitt has written 23 novels, 12 of which have been Nebula finalists. His awards include a Nebula for Best Novel, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Robert Heinlein Lifetime Achievement Award. Stephen King has declared him "the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke."

Mika McKinnon
Mika McKinnon is a sci-fi scientist, disaster researcher, geophysicist, journalist, and irrepressibly enthusiastic about doom. Currently, she gleefully interjects truth for far stranger fiction for projects still within the veil of not-yet-aired secrecy and is a science communicator with work on BBC, New Scientist, io9, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, and others.  

Mike McKone
Mike McKone’s first published work was for DC Comics’ Justice League of America and Marvel Comics’ Punisher series. In the years since he has illustrated almost every major character for the big two publishers, including lengthy runs on Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four

Mark Meer
Mark Meer stars as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, 1980's horror homage Slayaway Camp, and Chapterhouse Studio's Captain Canuck animated series.

Sarah Milkovich
Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich is the Science Operations Team Chief for the Mars 2020 Rover at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sarah specializes in the science operations of robotic spacecraft, bridging the science and engineering teams. She has previously worked on Mars Phoenix, Cassini-Huygens, Mars Science Laboratory, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

» Amanda Miller
You can currently hear Amanda Miller as Sailor Jupiter in the Viz dub of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, as Boruto Uzumaki in Boruto: Naruto the Movie and TV series, Mikage in Durarara!!x2, Menchi in Hunter x Hunter, and as Ride in Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans on Toonami.

Max Mittelman
Max Mittelman has been entertaining audiences since high school, but you're likely most familiar with his work as the voice of Saitama (One-Punch Man), Ryuji Sakamoto (Persona 5), Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug), and King (Seven Deadly Sins). He also voices Harry Osborn (Disney XD's Marvel's Spider-Man) alongside best friend Robbie Daymond.

Rebecca Moesta
Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.

Jorge Molina
Jorge Molina is a Mexican comic artist and illustrator. He has been working exclusively with Marvel for the past couple of years, drawing titles such as A- Force, Star Wars, X-Men Blue, and many more. He is the current artist for the latest spidey event, Spiddergedon.

James A. Moore
James A. Moore is the bestselling and award-winning author of over 40 novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls, and his most recent novels, The Tides of War series and Avengers: Infinity.

Sabutai Musashi
Sabutai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes empty-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at DragonCon since 2005.

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Bobby Nash
When not wandering around the con, star struck, award-winning author Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, graphic novels, and more. Nash is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. 2019 will be his 31st Dragon Con.

Jai Nitz
Jai Nitz is a comic book writer of Latino descent who has worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Disney, and other publishers. He co-created El Diablo with Phil Hester and he co-created Dream Thief with Greg Smallwood. El Diablo made his big screen debut in 2016's Suicide Squad.

Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of books and over 160 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium (Baen), Moon Tracks (with Travis S. Taylor, Baen), and Myth-Fits (Ace). She also teaches the annual Dragon Con Two-Day Writers Workshop.

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» Yanick Paquette
Yanick Paquette began his career as a comic book illustrator in the United States in 1994. He worked for Topps, Marvel and DC Comics, illustrating titles including Wonder-Woman, Superman, Batman, Avengers, JLA, X-Men, Wolverine Weapon X, Terra Obscura, Seven Soldiers, and New 52 Swamp Thing.

Dan Parent
Dan Parent is a comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. He has also written and/or illustrated for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Felix the Cat Productions, Mattel, IDW, Boom, Valiant Comics, Chapterhouse comics, and Harpercollins to name a few.

Bob Pendarvis
Bob Pendarvis taught the very first comics and animation illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to create the school's Sequential Art BFA and MFA programs. He is currently working on a series of art education graphic novels designed to inspire girls to be artists.

Diana Peterfreund
Diana Peterfreund is the author of over two dozen books for adults, teens, and children, including the Omega City series for kids, the Killer Unicorns series for teens, the upcoming Clue novels, and the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion: For Darkness Shows the Stars.

Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is the multi-award-winning author of more than twenty novels including the Sentinels superhero novel series and the Shattering space opera series, plus the best-selling crime novel VEGAS HEI$T, and military SF such as ALPHA/OMEGA, and the Cold Lightning comic book series.

Tim Powers
Award-winning Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Anubis Gates, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, most recently The Agony House, Family Plot, and the hit YA project I Am Princess X. She is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker.

Dominique Provost-Chalkley
Dominique Provost-Chalkley began dancing and acting at the age of 4 after she quickly discovering her passion for all performing arts. Her favorite project to date is filming Wynonna Earp where she plays Wynonna's younger sister Waverly. Other credits include 12 MonkeysMurdoch Mysteries, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Trina Ray
Trina Ray is an Investigation Scientist for the ice penetrating radar instrument on NASA’s newest flagship mission - Europa Clipper. She worked on the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (JPL/NASA) for over 20 years, specializing in Titan, and is an active public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation.

Corinne Roberts
Corinne Roberts writes and illustrates the ongoing web comic series Out and About. She has written/illustrated Trip to Trekka and Imaginary Sea 1,2,3! Along with her books, she illustrated the web comic, Kitty Game and the card game, Unreal Estate. She is releasing/announcing two more comics in 2019.

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Noel Saabye
With 25 years in the animation industry, Noel Saabye has had the opportunity to work with some exciting companies that include Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Disney, PBS, Mattel and Activision. Saabye continues to work as an animator and has his hands in several recent independent comic book titles.

Brandon Sanderson
Literary Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson’s novels are the Mistborn books, The Stormlight Archive, which includes the Dragon Award winning Oathbringer, his most recent bestseller The Rithmatist, and Steelheart, among others. He completed the final volumes of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and is published in 35 languages. 

» Mark Dos Santos
Mark Dos Santos credits include A Train Called Love from Dynamite Entertainment, Imperial for Image Comics, Eureka! for Boom Studios. and Lark’s Killer for FIRST Comics. In the literary world he has illustrated Icarus, A Hero By Any Other Name and Apollo’s Daughters for Silence in the Library.

Richard Saunders
Richard Saunders starred as the Skeptical Judge on the TV show The One: The Search for Australia's Most Gifted Psychic. He is the host of the weekly podcast The Skeptic Zone, in its 11th year. An origami expert and children’s author, CSI Fellow, and life member of Australian Skeptics.

Scott Sigler
#1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler is the creator of 15 novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories. He gives away his stories as weekly, serialized, audiobooks, with over 40 million episodes downloaded. Scott launched his career by releasing his novels as author-read podcasts.

Thomas E. Sniegoski
Thomas E. Sniegoski is a New York Times bestselling author of books for adults, children, and teens. He is also a comic book scripter who has worked for just about every major comic book publisher and is the author of the ground-breaking teen series The Fallen.

Anne Sowards
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House. Some of the great authors she works with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Taylor Anderson, Anne Bishop, Rachel Caine, Jack Campbell, Karen Chance, and Stephen R. Donaldson.

Eric P. Spana
Eric Spana is a biology professor at Duke University specializing in genetics and molecular biology who explains the unusual and fantastic occurrences in science fiction, fantasy, and video games using the biological mechanisms already identified on Earth. Sometimes he has to point out the really, really bad science, too.

Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning novelist, graphic novelist, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, and screenwriter. He has worked in the franchise worlds of Conan, Star Wars, BattleTech, ShadowRun, Dark Conspiracy, World of Warcraft, and Magic: The Gathering.

Kim Steadman
Kim Steadman is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. Her job is to enable science while keeping the rover safe and happy.

E.J. Stevens
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series. Her books are available worldwide in multiple languages.

S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling was born in France. His latest books are The Sea Peoples (October, 2017), Black Chamber (July 2018) and The Sky-Blue Wolves (October, 2018). His hobbies include history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel. He also pursued the martial arts, until knees.  

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Jonathan Tarbox
Jake Tarbox spent most of his adult life in Japan, working as a media manager and television personality. After working at Coamix Inc. as senior editor of Raijin Comics, he took the position of Group Editor at DC Comics. He now runs Arashi Productions.

Roy Thomas
Roy Thomas is a legendary comic book writer and editor, who was Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is known for co-creating some of comics' greatest characters such as Wolverine, Carol Danvers, Morbius, the Vision, Iron Fist, and Ultron.

Jamie Tyndall
Jamie Tyndall is a penciler, inker, and colorist with over seven years of experience. Tyndall has worked for various publishers including Zenescope , IDW Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, Lady Death, Contraband, Absolute Comics, and Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment. His newest project is White Widow under Absolute comics.

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Mark H Wandrey
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Three time Dragon Award finalist as well as author of 16 novels and growing, he’s just getting started.

Jean Marie Ward
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, two popular art books and editing CrescentBlues.com. Her short stories have appeared in ASIMOV’s and numerous anthologies, and her video interviews are featured on BuzzyMag.com

Chris Warner
H. C. Warner produced the first install for Dragon Con's Pop Art & Comic show at the Sheraton in 2007. Over the past 20 years, he owned and operated Alcove Gallery, producing monthly shows, designing and building installations in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most art-centric boroughs.

David Weber
David Weber has perpetrated over 60 solo and collaborative novels and an unconscionable number of anthologies upon an innocent and unsuspecting public. He is perhaps best known for his character Honor Harrington, whom he hopes never to meet in a dark alley.

» Toni Weisskopf
Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.

David Thorn Wenzel
David Thorn Wenzel has been part of the fantasy movement since the 1970s. He has continued to work on fantasy projects in the children's book, trade book and graphic novel markets. Wenzel's better known books include The Hobbit graphic novel and the newly released Kingdom of the Dwarfs.

Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a multiple bestselling, award winning author and editor in science fiction and a #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor. An immigrant from the UK and Canada, he served 25 years in the US Army and USAF. Williamson also consults on TV and movie productions.

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
In her 49-year-long career, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres. She is best-known for her Saint-Germain series of historical horror stories. She writes in a number of genres and under five different pseudonyms.

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Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is a comic creator and animation writer. He created the Webtoons hit series Warning Label and the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes, Long Distance, and Time and Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW's My Little Pony series. He's written for Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of 12 Star Wars books (soon to be 13) and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances and Sibyl’s War 1: Pawn. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason and Sibyl’s War 2: Knight.

» Arryn Zech
Arryn Zech is an actress best known for her roles as Blake Belladonna from RWBY and Dr. Emily Grey in the web-based series, Red vs. Blue. With over 10 years of training in theatre, acting, and voice, Arryn is now based in LA pursing her career in film and television.

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