Guests, Professionals, and Performers by Announcement Date

Announced: 05/20/2019

Stanley Aughtry
Stanley Aughtry has been acting for more than a decade and has appeared in several major films including The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Black Panther.

Jane Badler
Jane Badler, is the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader Diana in the NBC mini-series V, its sequel V: The Final Battle, the subsequent TV series V, and the last season of the latest series V. 

Tony A Ballard-Smoot
Model, cosplayer, and speaker, Tony Ballard-Smoot works diligently to promote the steampunk, cosplay, modeling, and maker communities. He travels extensively, working within these communities in a variety of roles.

Esther Beltran
Dr. Beltran, expert in Human Space Exploration works in NASA projects, trains military pilots in tactical and combat operations. She was the doctor at Tektas Burnu, anunderwater archaeological excavation.

Osric Chau
Osric Chau is best known for his role on Supernatural as high school student pulled into the role of prophet, Kevin Tran, as Vogel from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and for his roles in 2012, Fun Size, Kung Fu Killer, and more.

Chad Coleman
Chad L. Coleman became known by portraying Dennis "Cutty" Wise on The Wire, voicing Coach in the video game Left 4 Dead 2, and portraying Tyreese Williams on The Walking Dead. He currently stars in SyFy’s The Expanse as Fred Johnson and as the alien Klyden, on The Orville.

Ruth Connell
Ruth Connell is a Scottish theatre, television and film actress and producer. She is also a former professional dancer and choreographer. Connell is best known for her recurring role as Rowena in the CW series Supernatural, one of the longest running female characters on the show.

Lisa Corrao
Lisa Corrao left her lucrative career as a public middle school teacher to travel the world doing stand-up comedy. Her material is clever, sarcastic, and a little dark, delivered with the smile and warmth of your favorite grade school teacher.

Quinton Flynn
Quinton Flynn is most notable for providing the English voices of video game characters such as Raiden in the Metal Gear series, Croix in La Pucelle: Tactics, Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, Reno in Final Fantasy VII and its sequels and prequels

Frenchy and the Punk
Eclectic genre-bending New York Cabaret Rock Duo w/french born singer and veteran punk rock guitarist. Sultry powerful vocals, live looped raucous guitar riffs, named top 25 duos in America by Yahoo Music. A rollicking two person powerhouse. Fun with a capital F!

Maggie Geha
Actor and model Maggie Geha is best known as Poison Ivy on Fox's Gotham. Geha has worked with Mark Wahlberg in Ted 2 and with Hugh Grant in The Rewrite. She will next be seen in the psychological thriller, The Harrow

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing intellectual property and corporate attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law. Lytle represents artists, authors and start-up companies.

David Mazouz
David Mazouz first came to prominence for his lead role as mute Jacob "Jake" Bohm in the TV series Touch, but in 2014 he landed the role he is best known for: young Bruce Wayne in FOX's TV series Gotham.

Christopher G Moore
Christopher G. Moore is an award-winning filmmaker, was a co-writer of the YouTube series Mario Warfare, and is co-host of the podcasts Horror News Radio and Decades of Horror 1980s.

James Nettles
For 30 years, James Nettles has been consulting for dozens of clients. He is a media contributor, speaker on a multitude of subjects, and is a sci-fi and fantasy author.

Mark Pellegrino
Mark Pellegrino is an actor of film and television. He is best known for his work as Lucifer in Supernatural, Paul Bennett in Dexter, Jacob in Lost, and as Bishop in Being Human. He also recurred in the role of Clayton Haas in the ABC thriller Quantico.

Sean Pertwee
Sean Pertwee consistently captivates audiences with his compelling performances in a variety of roles that span film, television, and stage including his portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth in the hit television series Gotham and as Sgt. Harry G. Wells in Dog Soldiers.

Jill Robi
Talking Dead ultimate fan Jill Robi is a writer, social media influencer and star of Love & Cosplay. Robi is heavily passionate about The Walking Dead, cosplay, and entertainment.

John Sabol
John Sabol is a professional archaeologist/cultural anthropologist and actor. He has written 40 books, and has spoken at scientific conferences in the U.K, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, and Hungary.

Mark A. Sheppard
Mark Sheppard is a British-American actor and musician. He is known for his recurring roles as the demon/King of Hell Crowley on Supernatural, lawyer Romo Lampkin on the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Interpol investigator James Sterling on Leverage, and small-time crime lord Badger on Joss Whedon's Firefly.

Marc Singer
A star of both television and feature films, Marc Singer's popularity stems from such title roles as The Beastmaster in the three original films of that name, and his portrayal of Mike Donovan in the three acclaimed sci-fi TV epics V, V: the Final Battle, and V: the Series.

Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith is best known as Mary Winchester in the wildly popular show, Supernatural, which recently celebrated its 300th episode. Samantha has been a recurring character for multiple seasons. She has also had guest appearances on Rizzoli & Isles and Criminal Minds. Her film work includes Jerry Maguire and Transformers.

Cybertronic Spree
More than meets the eye, The Cybertronic Spree are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! Join Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave, Bumblebee, Shockwave and a Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour.

Steam Powered Giraffe
From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves. The quirky act combines comedic sketches, improvised android banter, and original music fused with multimedia visuals, billowing steam effects, and robot pantomime.

Robin Lord Taylor
Robin Lord Taylor has appeared in several acclaimed television series, such as The Walking DeadLaw & Order, The Good WifePerson of Interest, and most recently John Wick 3: Parabellum, but is best known for being Penguin in the hit series Gotham.

Lesia Miller The Haunted Librarian
Former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian. Lesia investigates popular theories, hoaxes and the obscure and forgotten. She is a contributor in Celebrity Ghosts & Notorious Hauntings.

The PDX Broadsides
Nerd-pop powerhouse trio The PDX Broadsides make nerdy music for nerdy people about their favorite things: science, space, Shakespeare, and Nathan Fillion's bum. They've played all over the U.S. and they're ready to share their new album with Dragon Con!

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Announced: 05/08/2019

Hawkings Austin
Hawk is currently Director of Radiation Effects for a spacecraft company, but he’s had a number of other careers including: survivability engineer (DoD) and environmental scientist (NASA). Hawk is a published author in history, science, and fantasy. He has also been a fight instructor for both self-defense and stage.

Christopher Bivins
Chris Bivins has worked on a variety of projects, from storyboards on The Belko Experiment, to animation on slot game Dragon's Lair. Along with his partner in crime Joe Karg, they are the art collective Combo Break and have combined to take the comic book and animation worlds by storm!

Ronee Blakley
Ronee Blakley is an actress, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, and director. Her most well-known role was the fictional country superstar Barbara Jean in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville. She has also appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Return to Salem's Lot, Murder by Numbers, and more.

Cinda Williams Chima
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima tells lies for a living. Her teen fantasy series include the Heir Chronicles, the Seven Realms Quartet, and the Shattered Realms series. These days, she daydreams on the page.

Shawn Crystal
Shawn Crystal got his first job while in school, Resident Evil: Fire and Ice, a mini-series for Wildstorm. Around five years ago, Marvel hired Shawn on Deadpool, living his childhood dream. He is currently an artist for Marvel comics and Valliant Entertainment.

Kathleen O'Shea David
Kathleen O'Shea David is a puppeteer, writer, editor, costumer, Equity Stage Manager, No Strings Attached Custom Puppets, co-creator of Headcases, canonical Dr. Who author, Star Wars editor, Star Trek writer, Ghostbusters comic-book writer, Shakespeare lover, admirer of Dumas and Verne, Sherlock Holmes aficionado, wife, and mother.

Peter David
Peter David is a prolific New York Times best selling author and self-proclaimed "writer of stuff." He has written in almost all forms of prose and gained followers in each. David's career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades.

Scott Edgington
Dr. Scott Edgington is a Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Sciences. He researches giant planet atmospheres. He is Cassini’s Deputy Project Scientist and Investigation Scientist for Composite Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. He has recently joined the Mars InSight mission.

Athena Finger

Heiress to the Dark Knight, Athena Finger fought for her grandfather, Bill Finger, to receive co-credit recognition for Batman and won in 2015. She has been actively attending conventions as the historian of the creation of Batman, artist, and upcoming author. 

Rob Greenlee
Rob Greenlee is VP of Podcaster Relations at Voxnest’s Spreaker and a 2017 inductee into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. In his role at Voxnest, Rob is responsible for managing relationships with the 25,000+ podcast producers who entrust the company’s Spreaker platform for their podcast needs.

Robert E. Hampson
Scientist, author, educator: Dr. Robert E. Hampson turns science fiction into science. His research team developed the first prosthetic for human memory using the brain's native neural codes. He advises SF/F writers, game developers and TV writers and is the most likely scientist to create a zombie apocalypse!

Leanna Renee Hieber
Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor and Kensington Books, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, The Eterna Files, Magic Most Foul, and The Spectral City series. An actress and playwright, Hieber has appeared on Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum.

Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite has written or designed 100+ RPG books, including Call of Cthulhu d20, Trail of Cthulhu, Bookhounds of London, the Delta Green RPG, The Fall of Delta Green, The Dracula Dossier, Night’s Black Agents, and Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

Georges Jeanty
With such titles as Bishop the Last X-Man, Gambit, Weapon X and Deadpool for Marvel and Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern for DC in his portfolio, Georges Jeanty, a Miami native, now calls Atlanta home and has accumulated an impressive run in comics.

Todd Lockwood
Todd Lockwood's illustrations have appeared on New York Times bestselling novels, magazines, video games, TCGs, and RPGs. Todd's debut novel, The Summer Dragon, from DAW Books, was named by B&N and Amazon both to their shortlist of Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels of the Year.

Leighann Lord
Dr. Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian and author. She has been seen on StarTalkRadio, Comedy Central, HBO, and The View. She was a national finalist in the ABFF-HBO Comedy Wings Competition. A nerd’s nerd, Leighann is a proud member of House Ravenclaw (with a dash of Slytherin).

Comfort Love
Comfort and Adam are an award-nominated comic making duo. Creators of the acclaimed series The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, a massive how to book for Random House called The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics, and Kitty Game (with artist Corinne Roberts).

Dirk Manning
Dirk Manning is best known as the writer/creator of comic series such as Tales Of Mr. Rhee (Devil’s Due) and Nightmare World (Image Comics/Shadowline), as well as the author of the ongoing inspirational column/book collection Write Or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide To Creating Comics (Caliber/Bleeding Cool).

Paul McGillion
Paul McGillion's television credits include Fox's 24, ABC's Once Upon a Time, AMC's award-winning drama The Killing, CW's The Flash, Netflix's Frontier, the cult classic The X-Files, and the hit sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis where he portrayed the loveable Scottish physician, Dr. Carson Beckett, for five seasons.

Mikal Mosley
Mosley is a designer/creator of professional stagewear and cosplay costumes for clients and celebrities, including various WWE Superstars, rappers and NFL football players. In addition to creating more than 350 unique costumes from a variety of genres, he also designs and fabricates props for stage plays and television shows.

Dean Motter
Dean Motter is an artist/writer and designer, best known for the comics sensation Mister X, has created works for DC, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics. His Vertigo mini-series, Terminal City was nominated for Eisner and Kurtzman Awards. He is also known for his graphic novel The Prisoner: Shattered Visage.

Larry Niven
Larry Niven is an American science fiction author. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. Other works include The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall, Neutron Star, The Gripping Hand, Protector, and many more.

Robert W Pope
Cartoonist, animator and comic book artist Robert Pope currently draws Looney Tunes for DC comics and the Peanuts gang for BOOM and Simon Spotlight. Thirty years in comics and animation, he has drawn Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, Batman the Brave and the Bold, Johnny Bravo, Foster’s Home, and more.

David Ramsey
David Ramsey is an actor and martial artist, best known for his roles in Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash as John Diggle/Spartan, Anton Briggs on the Showtime TV series Dexter, and the film Mother and Child (2009) as Joseph.

Rebecca Riggs
Rebecca Riggs, best known as Commandant Mele-on Grayza in the Saturn Award winning Farscape. She appeared in many Australian television series: Backberner, All Saint’s, Day of the Roses, Medivac, and Fire. She has decades of experience on the stage with the Bell Shakespeare Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company.

Don Rosa
Writing and drawing $crooge McDuck and Donald Duck comics for international publishers for 30 years has made Don Rosa one of the world’s best known cartoonists. American comics fans are mostly familiar with his most famous work, the Eisner Award winning Life and Times of $crooge McDuck series.

Matt Ryan
Matthew Ryan is perhaps best known for portraying John Constantine in NBC's Constantine and The CW's Arrowverse and along with his current adaptation on Legends of Tomorrow, and voicing the character in the 2017 film Justice League Dark and its CW Seed spin-off web series Constantine: City of Demons.

Chris Schweizer
Eisner-nominated Chris Schweizer is the cartoonist that divides his time between two graphic novel series: the award-winning historical fiction Crogan Adventures (Oni Press), and the upcoming horror series The Creeps (Abrams/Amulet). Schweizer has previously taught aspiring artists at SCAD-Atlanta for five years.

Anthony Simcoe
Anthony Simcoe is a graduate of Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). He is best known in Australia for his role as Steve Kerrigan in The Castle and better known throughout the rest of the world for his portrayal of D’Argo on Farscape.

Joonas Suotamo
With childhood interests in music, arts, and movies Joonas Suotamo studied film and video. He was a body double for Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and played the role for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Solo spinoff film.

Lani John Tupu
Multi-talented Lani John Tupu has two major roles in the prestigious Saturn Award-winning TV series Farscape. He is the cranky, unpredictable Captain Crais, and the voice of Pilot, the ship's navigator. He is currently putting his voice to a series of books by Candice Fox.

Christian Waggoner
Christian Waggoner is known worldwide for his Star Wars Reflection series paintings. He as been working with Lucasfilm over 12 years. His uniquely enhanced, photo-realistic style makes viewers wonder how he achieves such detail with a mere brush and canvas.

Adam Withers
Comfort and Adam are an award-nominated comic making duo. Creators of the acclaimed series The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, a massive how to book for Random House called The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics, and Kitty Game (with artist Corinne Roberts).

Amanda Wyss
Amanda Wyss is a film and television actress who first gained notice for her role as Lisa in the comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She then rose to international prominence after playing Tina Gray in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). 

Justin Robert Young
Justin Young is a podcaster and comedian. He been heard by millions both on his own podcasts as well as appearances on NPR, The Morning Stream, This Week in Tech, and Bittorrent News. He recorded two comedy albums with Brian Brushwood as Night Attack.

Nick Zano
Nick Zano portrays Nate Heywood/Steel in a lead role in the second, third, and fourth seasons of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and in the fifth season of Arrow. His recurring roles on television include Melrose Place, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, 90210, and 2 Broke Girls.

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Announced: 05/07/2019

Mary Abreu
Author Mary Abreu juggles writing sewing books with her work as a seamstress for film and TV productions and teaching sewing to people of all ages.

Jamieson S Alcorn
Jamieson Alcorn has been a part of the Dungeons & Randomness cast for going on two years, and serves as editor for the D&R setting book and many other projects. 

Ariana Bauer
Ariana Bauer is a sewing teacher and cosplayer who focuses on teaching cosplayers how to make costumes that fit their body and make them feel great while looking amazing. 

Marie Brennan
Marie Brennan is the author of the Hugo-nominated The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

Kenneth G Carpenter
Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is currently the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Project Scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Kara J Chappell
Formerly a freelance writer for White Wolf's Vampire the Masquerade and senior litigation paralegal, Kara Chappell is the FOIA Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services.

Sahrye Cohen
Sahrye Cohen is the co-author of the book, Make It, Wear It: Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers. Sahrye is the lead designer of the design group, Amped Atelier.

Daisy Viktoria
Daisy Viktoria is a costume designer specializing in corsets and fairytale gowns. Daisy has a background in corsetry and historical fashion and teaches classes on period costuming and research.

Milton J Davis
Milton Davis is an award-winning Black Speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small publishing company specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and sword and soul.

Walter Dean
Walter Dean is a designer, specializes in custom-made costumes. He was spotlighted in the book, 1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas and The Huffington Post as a “designer to watch”. 

Celeste DeAngelis
Celeste DeAngelis is the host of Which Game First: The Board Game Podcast. She has been active in the promotion, writing and running of games (and game events) since 1992.

Chris Donio
Chris Donio is a Key Specialty Costumer for Film and TV. His most recent work was for Antman and the Wasp and for Marvel’s End Game.

Kenneth L. Feinberg
Ken Feinberg, an international award-winning director and actor, mentors young actors and is co-author of The Conquest of Canaan graphic novel series.

Tom Fleming
Four time Chesley Award nominee, known for his work for Marvel, DC, WWE, Dark Horse, WOW, Magic the Gathering, Heavy Metal Magazine, Iron Maiden, and Screen Gems movie studios.

Marc Gerst
In 2017 Marc Gerst started The Templin Institute, an online series that produces documentary videos covering some of the most critical elements of science fiction, alternate history and fantasy genres. 

Jeffrey Grant
Jeffrey Grant is senior vice president of research for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang. He is responsible for research for those brands across linear, digital, and mobile platforms.

Mark W. Gura
Mark W. Gura is an author, speaker, co-host of the Richard Dawkins award, the President of Atheist Alliance of America and also the Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism. 

Devan Clark Henderson
Devan Henderson is the Co-DM for D4 and a set and specialty costumer, prop maker, set dresser, and ager/dyer for film and television.

James A. Hunter
James A. Hunter is a full-time ink slinger and the bestselling author of the Yancy Lazarus series, Legend of the Treesinger, Rogue Dungeon, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online!

Julie Kenner
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and #1 international bestselling author of over 100 books across multiple genres.

Bethany Kesler
Historian and writer Bethany Kesler currently has a Patreon for short stories, reviews on Murderboarding Inc, as well as her own blog under her pen name, DJ Gray.

Jairus Khan
Jairus Khan is a hacker, musician, writer, activist, and recovering goth. He works on Mozilla's Internet Health Report, an open-source project that examines the health of the internet. 

Paul Klotz
Paul Klotz is a managing partner of the Giant Size Team Up podcasting network, a podcaster of more than five years, and a variety streamer on Twitch, as SoapboxGSTU. 

Aaron Lathrop
Actor, singer, puppeteer, and designer Aaron Lathrop has worked with The Jim Henson Company, Enchantment Theatre, Granpa Cratchet Puppets, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, Mystic Seaport Museum, and more.

K.N. Lee
K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the author of the Dragon-Born Saga, Eura Chronicles, Wonderland University, and the Chronicles of Koa series.

Talia Lin
Talia Lin is an actress from Birmingham, AL. She currently stars in So True, Y'all, the flagship sketch comedy show on the internet brand, It's a Southern Thing. 

Jonathan B McFarland
Jonathan McFarland is a career law enforcement officer who found his calling as a Special Victims Unit detective. He also designs, develops, and writes role-playing games for Growling Door Games.

Tim Miller
Dr. Miller is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, where he works on various NASA space and astrophysics projects. 

L.H. Nicole
L.H. Nicole is the author of the Legendary Saga series and tells the stories of fun, strong, and clever females and the heroes that fight beside them.

Thomas Parham
Dr. Thomas Parham is executive director of screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University. His book Communication Contexts on Star Trek: The Next Generation will be published in 2019.

Justin K Parker
Justin Parker has been with Blizzard Entertainment a long time, first as a game tester then wandering down a strange road that led him to being a historian.

Stefan Price
Stefan Price is a professional artist and maker of 22 years in film, entertainment, and themed attractions. He founded Roundtable Productions, a props, scenic, and special effects company. 

Dennis Lee Robinson
Dennis Robinson is the co-creator of the outrageous Botched: A D&D Podcast. Dennis also writes, edits, produces and hosts the show along with his four cohorts.

Hal Rodriguez
Hal Rodriguez is the co-author of the book, Make It, Wear It: Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers. He is the lead technologist of the design group, Amped Atelier.

Emily Ann Schmidt
Emily Schmidt of Go Big or Go Home Cosplay is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She has been cosplaying for around 5 years and loves the cosplay community.

Spat Oktan of SpatCave Studios is a makeup artist and costume and prop maker who is well known in the indie/low budget film circles and the sci-fi/comic con world.

Doc Stone
With 25 years of experience as a leather artist and metal work, Doc Stone imbues his original quintessentially steampunk designs with his dedication to superlative craftsmanship

Derrick Vener
Derrick Vener is a costumes ager/dyer and specialty costumes fabricator living and working in Atlanta best known for his work on AMC's The Walking Dead and Marvel's The Gifted.

Constance G.J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, editor, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005.

Sean D Weiland
Sean Weiland is and actor and producer for podcasts and video games. He currently executive produces two podcasts and has a third game in development.

Damien Patrick Williams
Damien Williams is an instructor, researcher, and writer on philosophy, technology, religion, popular culture, and the occult, writing at and

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Announced: 05/06/2019

Julie Dillon
2019 Artist Guest of Honor Julie Dillon is an internationally recognized and award winning fantasy artist living in the Pacific Northwest. Her previous clients have included Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, Tor Books, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, Subterranean Press, and Llewellyn Worldwide.

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Announced: 04/30/2019

Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams is the host of the long running comedy podcast, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and founder of the 2Dorks network of podcasts and livestreams.

Pamela Cole
Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater in Chicago over 40 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, and reenactors in Atlanta.

Rob Fitz
Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist and film director with 20 years’ experience. Most recently he worked on films like The Equalizer, Patriots Day, and Super Troopers 2.

Julie Fooshee
Julie Ann Fooshee is a professional science communicator and public engagement professional in the world of live public science events. She works to make science accessible to everyone.

Barr Foxx
Barr Foxx (JaBarr) is an award-winning cosplay model, television/film producer, and influencer. His brand, Cosplay Your Way, encourages cosplay without limits and choosing characters regardless of race, size, or gender.

Abigail Gardner
Abigail Gardner is a writer and podcaster. Having co-founded Yes Have Some Podcast in 2016, she has become a leading voice in the Ghostbusters fan community.

Craig Goldberg
Craig Goldberg is podcaster and podcast producer. He founded Yes Have Some Podcast, which is a leading source of news and opinion on Ghostbusters, nostalgia culture, and toy collecting.

Bailey Harris
Bailey Harris is a 12-year-old science author, speaker, and activist. She is on a mission to inspire a love of science and a sense of wonder at the universe.

Ronah Harris
Dr. Harris is an arts and technology educator. She is also a costume designer focusing of wearable tech. Her commissioned works are found in museums, films, television, and on runways.

David J. Hewitt
David J. Hewitt is a Propulsion Engineer at Dynetics, Inc. Additionally, he participates in STEM educational outreach activities and gives talks about space and propulsion to the public.

Chris Hofmann
Chris Hofmann launches the rockets for a Stealth Space Company and has previously been involved with NASCAR, Aviation maintenance, SpaceX, and Masten Space Systems.

Ginger Holley
Ginger Holley is a costumer for film and television. Best known for her work on the web series Star Trek Continues, she has gone on to fabricate for multiple projects.

Rahul Kohli
Rahul Kohli is an English actor who is best known for playing Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti in the television series iZombie, and also for his appearances on the YouTube channel Funhaus. He has recently lent his voice to the upcoming Harley Quinn animated web series as Scarecrow.

Alex LaVelle
Alex LaVelle is a podcast host and producer whose current projects include Panelology, Minds at Yeerk, and an upcoming project focused on the works of Rob Thomas.

Jeff M. Leininger
For more than 20 years, Jeff Leininger has produced costumes for theme parks, film, TV and corporate clients like Disney, Universal Studios, Hasbro, Nasa, Blizzard Entertainment, and Samsung.

Sarah Glenn Marsh
Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of dark fantasy novels and children’s picture books. She is perhaps best known for her fantasy-horror series Reign of the Fallen.

Rose McIver
Rose McIver can currently be seen playing the lead character Liv Moore on CW's iZombie. She also recently played Tinkerbell in ABC's Once Upon a Time and has previously been seen on Masters of Sex, Petals on the Wind, The Lovely Bones, and more.

L.L. McKinney
L.L. McKinney is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She writes for Hallmark, Marvel, DC, Disney, and others

AJ Michalka
AJ Michalka is an actress and platinum recording artist as one half of the band Aly & AJ. In addition to her film and television credits, Michalka has had a recurring role on the sitcom, The Goldbergs. She now reprises her role in spin-off series, Schooled.

Aly Michalka
Aly Michalka is an actress and platinum recording artist as one half of the band Aly & AJ. She has appeared in the films Easy A, Bandslam, Sequoia, and Weepah Way for Now, among others. Her television credits include iZombie, Hellcats, and Two and a Half Men.

David Moscato
David Moscato is a paleontologist, science writer, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his professional experience to discussions about past and present life on Earth.

Neon the Glowgobear
DJ Neon the Glowgobear is based in Atlanta spinning his edgy big room vocal sounds at the annual SPECTRUM Party.

Edward Povilaitis
Edward Povilaitis is a co-host on Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast. For the past eight years he has been a developer with Angry Duck Games. 

Marx Pyle
Marx Pyle authored the Television on the Wild Wild Web, co-hosts DC Action Hour, the podcast GenreTainment and creates web series/films. He teaches script analysis, film production, and web series.

Adam Schwartz
Adam Schwartz is one of the creators and stars of So True, Y'all, the flagship sketch comedy show on It's a Southern Thing

While not procrastinating, Ashley can be found co-hosting Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, hitting the keys for her next book, engaging in spirited bouts of Dungeons and Dragons, or fast asleep.

Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer St. Giles’s is an award-winning author of paranormal crime thrillers, paranormal, historical, military, and contemporary romantic suspense.

Jacob Walsh
Jacob Walsh is a podcaster, musician, and tattoo artist. He is a co-founder and hosts of Yes Have Some Podcast and is a longtime member of The Georgia Ghostbusters.

Mark Zoran
Mark Zoran, the creative mind behind Razorfly Studios, inc., has been professionally involved in costuming and props for more than 15 years.

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Announced: 04/29/2019

Chuck Brown
Chuck Brown has written The Punisher and Black Panther comics for Marvel. He is the writer and co-creator of Rotten Apple for Dark Horse Comics and of Bitterroot at Image Comics. He has been self-publishing for more than 18 years and has written comics for IDW, Zenescope,12Gauge, and LINE Webtoons.

Chris Campana
Fan favorite, Chris Campana has worked on everything from comics to video games, to storyboards.  Comic book credits include work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vampirella/Pathfinder, and Tellos, along with creator owned titles First World and the upcoming Adventures of Parker Reef and an upcoming title with Scout Comics.

Larry Dixon
Larry Dixon is a cover and interior artist for books from Daw, Baen, Tor, Disney/Hyperion and many gaming companies. He is the co-author with his wife Mercedes on many of the Valdemar books and SERRAted Edge books, and is the most-read commentator on Quora in humor, comics, and standup.

J.M. Dragunas
J.M. Dragunas is a freelance illustrator currently working on his creator owned book L.C. Noir. He is best known for his contributions to the Little Nemo anthology, the 1001 Knights anthology, and for being the illustrator for Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery.

Claire M. Eddy
Claire Eddy is a executive editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for over three decades. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and has has broadened her projects to include horror, historicals, and thrillers.

Dave Fennoy
Dave Fennoy is perhaps best known for voicing Lee Everett from The Walking Dead game, Bluebeard from The Wolf Among Us, Vol'Jin from World of Warcraft, Gabriel Tosh from StarCraft 2, and General Pong Krell from Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Zach Galligan
Zach Galligan made his debut in the MGM film Nothing Lasts Forever. His most notable role was as Billy Peltzer in Gremlins, which finished as the third highest grossing film in 1984. Other credits include Gremlins 2, Tales from the Crypt, Melrose Place, and Waxwork.

Mike Grell
Mike Grell has brought his own creations and their worlds to life with a cinematic style of visual storytelling. Some of his more famed work includes: Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and The Warlord for DC Comics, as well as Starslayer, Jon Sable, Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, and Maggie the Cat.

Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay Griffith is a writer of fiction and comic books. He is the co-author of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. He is also the co-creator of the Vampire Empire series.

Joe Karg
Joe Karg is an illustrator who has worked on the FX show Archer and whose client list includes Comedy Central, FOX and Viacom. He currently works as a program coordinator for design at The Art Institute of Atlanta and regularly freelances for Comedy Central producing album art and animated shorts.

Nancy Knight
Nancy Knight is a novelist, editor, and screenwriter. Her latest screenplay, Evil Little Things, will be released this summer. As an editor, she's produced several titles. Her book, The Creative Writer, will be released this fall. She is in demand as a speaker and has taught workshops across the country.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey had always written from her early teens, and developed this hobby by writing fan-fiction for various amateur magazines. She now has 126 books in print, which include the Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Elvenbane, SERRAted Edge, Secret World Chronicle, Hunter, Diana Tregarde, Obsidian Mountain, Joust, and other series.

Don Maitz
The award winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications worldwide and as concept art for two feature animated films. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character. His A-Maitz-ing images have delighted audiences for over forty years.

Joe Staton
Joe Staton has been in comics since 1971. He has an Inkpot, an Eisner, and three Harveys. He's co-created E-Man, The Huntress, Omega Men, and lots of Green Lanterns. He's been drawing the Dick Tracy comic strip for the last eight years.

Tj Sterling
TJ Sterling is the President and Lead Artist of RAE Comics. He has worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, and Aspen Comics. Currently he is producing his creator owned series Okemus, a sci-fi martial art action story. Dragon Con is one of TJ's favorite cons! He looks forward to 2019's show.

Trevor S. Valle
Trevor Valle is an accomplished Field Paleontologist, a Certified Cicerone, and an outspoken critic of pseudoscience, conspiracies, and science denialism. In addition to his National Geographic documentary, he has appeared on everything from the History Channel to the Weather Channel, with some IMAX presentations in between.

Janny Wurts
Janny Wurts is a professional author/illustrator of 20 published books and 36 works of short fiction, including the Wars of Light and Shadow epic fantasy published by HarperCollins Voyager, London, and the Empire trilogy written in collaboration with Raymond Feist.

Derek Yaniger
Derek Yaniger is a toothless hillbilly that’s got a way long history of scratchin’ out art for lots of king-sized bigwigs like Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. But nowadays he strictly digs the gigs that let him beat his own bongos.

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Announced: 04/17/2019

Kimberly Brooks
Kimberly Brooks' voiceover roles include Dexter's Laboratory, Mucha Lucha, What's New Scooby-Doo?, Steven Universe, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Doc McStuffins, Ozzy & Drix, Static Shock, Phineas and Ferb; Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Powerpuff Girls, Chowder; Winx Club, Shuriken School, Danny Phantom, Rugrats, and Fairly Odd Parents, to name a few.

Josh Keaton
Josh Keaton is perhaps best known for his work on Hercules, General Hospital, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. He also voiced voiced Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. Recently, he stepped into the role of Shiro in the hit Dreamworks series Voltron Legendary Defender, out now on Netflix.

AJ LoCascio
AJ LoCascio is best know as Prince Lotor in Dreamworks smash hit Voltron: Legendary Defender, Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future: The Game, Thunk Crood in the Dreamworks series Dawn of the Croods, and Han Solo in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

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Announced: 04/15/2019

Dave Chapman
Dave Chapman is best known for his role as one of the two puppeteers behind BB8 in Star Wars. He has performed on Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Most Wanted, and 101 Dalmatians. In 2011, he was an assistant puppeteer for Animal during an appearance on The X Factor.

Robert Englund
Robert Barton Englund actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film and its seven sequels. Since 1973, Robert has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. 

Brian Herring
Brian Herring is perhaps best known for his performance as BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015) as well as his work in Doctor Who, The Muppets, Hellboy II, Prometheus, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and much more.

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Announced: 04/12/2019

Evan Bernstein
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and co-author of SGTU: How To Know What's Really Real In A World Increasingly Full Of Fake.

Peter Capn' Cutler
Peter Capn' Cutler works as a freelance artist and cartoonist for comics t-shirts, video games, movie concept designs, and book illustrations for the last 30 years. He's been penciling and inking comic books like Hero Cats, The Might Mites, and Tiki Zombie with Mike Gordon.

Andrew E.C. Gaska
An author, designer, game-writer, and graphic novelist, Andrew Gaska is Senior Development Editor at Lion Forge Comics and franchise consultant to 20th Century Fox on POTA, ALIEN, and Predator. His work includes SPACE:1999, Buck Rogers, the new novel Death of the Planet of the Apes, and the ALIEN RPG.

Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owed comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for over five years. He has also written a variety of other books that can be found at Michael can also be heard saying, “Howdy!” on the weekly Earth Station One podcast.

Will Harris
Will Harris is a paleontologist, educator, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter, researcher, and educator to entertaining and educational discussions.

John Hudgens
John Hudgens is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed several documentaries and short films. His work on properties includes Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

J. Gregory Keyes
Greg Keyes is the author of 28 science fiction and fantasy novels, including The Age of Unreason quartet and Kingdoms of the Thorn and Bone. He has also written for Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Pacific Rim, Babylon 5, The Elder Scrolls, and other media-related works.

Erin Macdonald
Dr Erin Macdonald is an astrophysicist, science fiction consultant, aerospace engineer, and host of the online series Dr Erin Explains the Universe. Her specialty is general relativity and spacetime in science fiction and she has found her home consulting with writers and teaching STEM through popular culture.

Jay Novella
Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer, co-author of a national best seller The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe.

Monkey Minion Press
Dane Ault is the artist behind Monkey Minion Press. With his wife, Ashlie, he has published 16 books. Their newest kid's book about space, Ham & CHEEZ Guide to the Solar System is being released this year. Dane has worked with clients such as Fox, Lucasfilm, and Marvel among others.

Jacob Rougemont
Jacob Rougemont is a comic book writer and researcher and is a member of Marvel's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe writing team. He has worked on other series such as the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Official Index to the Marvel Universe.

Andy Runton
Andy Runton is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring an owl who's always searching for new friends. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.

Billy Tackett
With an art career spanning 25 years, over 200 of Billy’s illustrative works have been published. His “splatter” technique is what’s getting attention these days though. By dipping his fingers into paint and flicking it onto the canvas he’s able to capture an image without the use of brushes!

Christopher Uminga
Christopher Uminga is a Connecticut based painter and illustrator. He has spent the last ten years developing a unique style that blends together creepy and cute. You can find the influences of classic movies, Saturday morning cartoons, graffiti and low brow/outsider art in his work. 

Chrissie Zullo
Chrissie Zullo has created comic book covers for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Vampirella, Life With Archie, and Vertigo’s Fables: The Wolf Among Us series. She has worked for DC Comics, Fandango, Mattel, Dark Horse, Devil’s Due, IDW, Topps, and Harper Collins. 

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Announced: 04/09/2019

Dino Andrade
Dino Andrade is Speedy Gonzales (New Looney Tunes), Mekkatorque, Putricide and Mimiron (WoW), plus The Scarecrow (Arkham Asylum). Other credits: Star Trek Online, Prey, Dishonored 2, D&D: Neverwinter, Brutal Legend, Call Of Duty, Sophia the 1st, Smite, M*F*K*Z*, Hellsing Ultimate, and Pop (Snap, Crackle and Pop)!

Richard Case
Richard Case has been illustrating comics for more than 30 years.  His run on Doom Patrol inspired much of the new TV series for DC Universe. He has also worked on Sandman, Preacher, and Shade the Changing Man, as well as runs on Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and Batman '66.  

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Announced: 04/08/2019

Jeff Burns
Jeff Burns is the creator of superhero comedy series Super Knocked Up and host of improv comedy show Super Geeked Up LIVE, which he performs at cons across North America.

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Announced: 04/02/2019

Cary Nord
Cary Nord is the award-winning artist of comic books and graphic novels such as Daredevil, X-Men, and Conan The Barbarian. Throughout his career Cary has drawn virtually every major character in comics, having worked on Superman, Wolverine, Mutant X, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Thor, and Star Wars.

Kyle Starks
Kyle Starks has, the longest tenured writer and occasional artist of Oni Press's Rick and Morty. He is well known for his action-comedies, like Kill Them All and his two Eisner nominated books Sexcastle and Rock Candy Mountain both from Image Comics

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Announced: 03/27/2019

Asher Angel
Asher Angel began his career as a child actor in the 2008 film Jolene, starring Jessica Chastain. He is known for his role as Jonah Beck in the 2017 Disney Channel series Andi Mack and as Billy Batson, alongside Zachary Levi, in DC Comics' Shazam!.

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Announced: 03/26/2019

Tiffany Lauren Beckler
Tiffany Beckler is a professional award winning makeup and body artist. She is a contestant on season 3 SkinWars and the new organizer of Dragon Con's Body Paint Challenge competition. Beckler has been devoted to spreading positivity through her passion of art.

Andy Belanger
Andy Belanger works as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator. He does work in the mainstream comic market, plus a wide variety of work for the Canadian Film and Television industry. In the mainstream comic market, Belanger has worked for such comic publishers as D.C. Comics, Wildstorm, Devil's Due, and Boom! 

Bob Burden
Eisner Award winning artist, graphic novelist and screenwriter Bob Burden is the creator of the world’s first surrealist superhero Flaming Carrot and Atlanta’s first comic book superhero. Also known for major motion picture Mystery Men and his award winning work on Gumby.

Mike Capps
Dr. Mike Capps is CEO of Diveplane, dedicated to keeping the humanity in AI. He's best known for a legendary career in video game development, as an executive, writer, designer, and lead programmer on games like Gears of War, Fortnite, and Unreal Tournament.

Freddy Clements
Freddy Clements is currently a Distinguished Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in early twentieth century corsetry, kilt construction, and costume technology.

Ellie Collins
Ellie Collins is a writer, director, and voice actor based in the Atlanta area who has worked in podcasting and audio dramas for nearly 10 years. 

Chandra Free
Chandra Free is the artist/writer behind the graphic novel series, God Machine. She's the creator of the comics SKIN and Matilda TIKI, illustrator on books like John Carpenter’s Tales for A Halloween Night, Faye, Odie, Modern Dread, Fraggle Rock, and the Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar.

Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Charles Gannon’s best-selling Caine Riordan novels are award finalists (Nebulax3, Dragonx2) and winners (Compton Crook). Current projects: The Broken World fantasy series, a 1632 novel with Eric Flint, and one set in John Ringo’s BTR universe. Gannon credits include games, TV/film, and an SME for national agencies/media.

Dr. Pamela L. Gay
Dr Pamela L. Gay is an astronomer, technologist, and creative focused on using new media to communicate astronomy and space science. She is co-host of the award winning Astronomy Cast podcast, director of the CosmoQuest citizen science community, and still finds time to make science-related art on Twitch.

Kevin R. Grazier
Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. is a NASA scientist, and is the science advisor for the series Another Life. Grazier was the Science Advisor for SyFy series Battlestar Galacitca (and others), and the features Gravity (and others). He is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.

Aaron-Michael Hall
Aaron-Michael Hall is an award-winning author who enjoys writing diverse epic fantasy with a grimdark edge, high fantasy, and science fantasy romance. 

Chris Hamer
Chris Hamer is an Atlanta artist who refers to himself as URBNPOP. He has worked on licensed property’s such as Star Wars, Marvel, Adventure Time, Mars Attacks, and Rick and Morty. Hamer is an accomplished painter and illustrator who has shown his work all over the world.

Ian Harris
Ian Harris, is one of the most brilliant and skeptical minds in comedy, with two one-hour TV specials, and considered one of the best impressionists in the business. His unique brand of comedy fueled by science and skepticism should not be missed.

Tom Heintjes
Tom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of the Eisner Award-winning Hogan's Alley magazine, one of the leading magazines on contemporary and classic cartooning. He is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and for years wrote biographical essays for Will Eisner’s Spirit magazine for Kitchen Sink Press.

Greg Houser
Greg Houser is known for his vocal work with companies like PetSmart, DuPont, American Express and many others. In anime, Houser has had the privilege to be a utility actors for titles such as Evangelion, Ikki Tousen, Shiki, Tales of Vesperia, and many others.

Cheralyn Lambeth
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Hunger Games), TV shows (Dinosaurs!, Homeland) and live properties (Avenue Q, Star Trek: The Experience). She is also the author of Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas and Creating the Character Costume.

HaiNaNu "nooligan" Saulque is an artist, comic creator, and graphic designer based in Sacramento, Ca.  From the cartoons of his youth to films he missed by decades, from golden age comics to classic newspaper strips, you will find a creator who has immersed himself in what he loves.

Mark Pennington
Mark Pennington's art career started at Hasbro designing GI Joe action figures. Three years later moved on to freelance art, inking comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and various others. He also illustrated for gaming cards, children's books, educational books and is currently illustrating Carson of Venus, a weekly strip.

Lan Pitts
Atlanta born Lan Pitts has been working in comics professionally for over a decade, most recently contributed to BOOM! Studios' WWE series as well as his own creator-owned comics Beast Heart Strikers with Joe Hunter and Kill Queen with Liana Kangas.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart has written nonfiction, fiction, and two albums of music, some songs of which were played on The Dr. Demento Show.

Richard Rivera
Richard Rivera is the writer/creator of several comic book series including Stabbity Bunny, Scout Comics best selling title. Other titles include Shadow Play, Stabbity Ever After, currently published by Scout, and Wild Bull and Chipper as well as Storm Pirates which are in production for Scout Comics.

Dietrich O Smith
Dietrich Smith is an illustrator and designer who has worked in the field of comics for two decades. His recent title is the critically acclaimed book Destroyer from Boom!Studios, which is a story of loss, mourning, and revival from the Frankenstein lineage.

Tim Waggoner
Tim Waggoner writes dark fantasy, horror, and media tie-ins. He’s published over  40 novels and five collections of short stories. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He also teaches college creative writing courses.

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Announced: 03/18/2019

Charles Blue
Charles Blue is an internationally recognized science and astronomy communicator and writer with the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory, promoting the discoveries of the ALMA telescope and the GBT. 

Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown is a Lead Concept Artist working at Electronic Arts. She previously worked at Floyd County Productions, where she is credited on over 50 episodes of animated series.

Jessica Cail
Featured on NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists for her dual life as psychopharmacologist and stuntwoman, Dr. Cail also serves as scientific consultant for Hollywood sci-fi. 

Austin Ellefson
Austin Ellefson is a returning guest, he is a member of Botched Podcast which in turn is a part of the Giant Size Team Up Network. 

Dax ExclamationPoint
Dax ExclamationPoint, is a cosplaying drag performer. Ever since she walked onto the set of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8, she has taken the world by storm...literally!

Laura Seward Forczyk
Laura Forczyk is the owner of space consulting firm Astralytical, founder and Executive Director of the Georgia Space Alliance, and a NASA Subject Matter Expert for planetary science missions.

Jenna Garrett
Jenna Garrett could have been anything she wanted, but she chose to be a podcaster and the awkward geek that you hear on Panelology and Minds at Yeerk today.

Dwayne Keith Goetzel
Dwayne Goetzel is an intellectual property attorney who specializes in copyrights, trademarks, and related matters across multiple industries, such as books, music, computer hardware and software, among other fields. 

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

Albin Johnson
Albin Johnson is founder of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming organization with over 20,000 members. In 2006 he helped launch R2-KT, the pink charity droid.

Philip Daniel Keating
Philip Keating is the creator of Botched: A D&D Podcast, a host of Breaking The Panel, FTH Beyond: Booze and Borderlands, and partner of the Giant Sized Team Up network.

Kelly Lockhart
Kelly Lockhart is a book and newspaper editor, radio personality, voice actor, screenwriter, musician, and host of the popular Robot Battles competitions.

Terry Maggert
Terry Maggert is left handed; loves pie, giraffes, coffee, and dragons, with 26 novels in five years under two names, his own and pen name Daniel Pierce.

Joseph Edward Meany
Joseph Meany, Ph.D., is a material scientist, board member of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, and coauthor of the eponymous book Graphene with Les Johnson.

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with seven novels in two separate fantasy/speculative fiction series, and has several short stories to her credit. 

Ginger Rowland
Ginger Rowland is an avant garde hair styling and hair extension specialist, was voted best hairstylist in Atlanta 2018, and is a styling and hair extensions educator.

Rox of Spazhouse
Roxanne Henkle (aka Rox of Spazhouse) is Need Coffee's Director of Zine studies, as well as a long-time podcaster on Weekend Justice and cohost on 50 Days of Dragon Con

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Announced: 03/12/2019

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.

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.

Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabe Gonzalez is a game designer for Red Crow, an Electronic Arts studio. He’s worked on the Madden NFL series, and is the lead designer on The Simpsons: Tapped Out. 

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.

Larissa Thompson
Larissa Thompson, along with her business partner Marc Gerst, founded the entertainment company The Templin Institute which covers critical and often overlooked elements of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history. 

Heather D Walker
Heather Walker has been in the film industry for eight years. She is able to use her skills as an actress/writer/director/producer and combine that with her love of geek culture.

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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Announced: 03/11/2019

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.

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Announced: 03/08/2019

Aretta Baumgartner
Aretta Baumgartner has been a professional puppeteer since 1992, and is proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charon E Henning
Charon Henning is a visual science communicator and Art Director for March Mammal Madness. She writes and illustrates the webcomic Kei’Phavian, and is an arts performer, swordswallower, and fire eater. 

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).

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.

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!

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."

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.

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.

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.

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Announced: 03/06/2019

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.

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Announced: 03/04/2019

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.

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Announced: 03/01/2019

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.

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.

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Announced: 02/27/2019

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.

Kat Barrell
Kat 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.

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.

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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Announced: 02/26/2019

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Announced: 02/21/2019

Davis Ashura
Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of the Asian Indian trilogy the Castes and the OutCastes. He has also written the YA epic fantasy, the Chronicles of William Wilde.

Kurt Boutin
Kurt Boutin spent over 20 years in the video game industry and now is a voice over artist, podcaster, Twitch streamer, and member of the Giant Size Team Up network!

Raychelle Burks
Raychelle Burks is a chemistry professor and true crime writer. A blerd in the Ivory Tower, she blends science with pop-culture in and out of the classroom.

Michael Chatfield
Author Mike Chatfield uses his past experience in the military and other personal experiences, plus copious amounts of online research, to bring readers on epic character-based adventures.

Gina L Leigh
Gina Leigh is a writer and puppeteer. She is the creator of the puppet webseries Circus Town, about physics and the circus. Leigh has toured with two national companies.

F T Lukens
F.T. Lukens is an award-winning author. She is best known for her novel The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic and for the Broken Moon trilogy.

Scottye Moore
Writer Scottye Moore is the host of various podcasts (A Load of BS, Fight Boyz) and also the founder of the BS Network. 

Steven Novella
Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a popular and award-winning weekly science podcast. He is an internationally known science communicator.

Chantelle Aimée Osman
Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. She is also the author of multiple fiction and non-fiction works.

Meredith Rose
Meredith Rose is a policy advocate and lawyer at Public Knowledge, an advocacy group, where she advocates for consumers and fans on copyright, internet policy, and other tech issues.

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles area Emmy and Knight Foundation award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, author, and podcaster.

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Announced: 02/19/2019

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.

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.

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.

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Announced: 02/07/2019

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

DN Lee
Dr. Danielle N. Lee is a scientist who studies the natural history and behavioral biology of rodents across urban gradients. She engages broad audiences in science communication on social media.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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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Announced: 02/06/2019

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp is an artist and librarian. His art has been used by BBC, BBCA, and Penguin UK for Doctor Who, Los Bastardz Productions, Falstaff Books, and Scaldcrow Games. 

Paul B Currie
A scientist, philosopher, and photographer, Dr. Currie seeks to bring the light of knowledge to all he encounters. His weapons are a sharp wit and fast shutter speed.

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.  

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.

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.

Apollos Thorne
Apollos Thorne is the bestselling LitRPG author of the Underworld and Codename: Freedom series. With over 50,000 books sold, he has published four books since July of 2017.

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Announced: 02/01/2019

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. 

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Announced: 01/29/2019

Tyra A Burton
Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media. An award-winning professor, Burton teaches at Kennesaw State University. 

R E Carr
R. E. Carr is the Kindle Scout Winning author of urban fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Rules Undying Series is an award winning Amazon bestseller.

Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is the Senior Lead UI/UX Designer for Certain Affinity, an independent game studio. As a seasoned developer, she is currently working on an unannounced third-person looter-shooter.

Casey Renee Cosplay
Casey Renee Cosplay was 2018's Twitchcon Cosplay Contest Champion, she is a costumer/livestreamer who is dedicated to sharing her craft with the world.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film and television. He has also been the official documentarian for Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the past ten years. 

Jason R Merrill
Jason R. Merrill is a SQL DBA by day, purveyor of vintage gentlemen's accessories by night. His interest in vintage fashion have led to him speaking across the country. 

Stormy Mystique
Stormy Mystique: The Renegade Raven is an accomplished woman of many trades, as a gamer, cosplayer, aviation engineer, UAS pilot, model, commercial photographer, and soon to be author.  

Robert W Ross
Robert W. Ross is the author of the critically acclaimed Sentinels of Creation print and audiobook series. His fourth book in the seven-part series debuts in Spring 2019.

Alexi Vandenberg
Alexi Vandenberg is an expert in marketing and featured writer in fandom and contributor to the Evil Overlord List. He owns of Rabid Fanboy Literary Services and Bard’s Tower.

M. C. Williams
M. C. Williams is a engineer, podcaster, and writer. He spends his days designing nuclear plants and mixed-use spaces and nights getting lost in mythologies, futuristic civilizations, and unspeakable horrors.

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Announced: 01/25/2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Announced: 01/24/2019

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.

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.  

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.

Lucienne Diver
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent with 25 years of experience as well as the author of the Latter-Day Olympians series, Vamped series, and novels Faultlines and The Countdown Club.

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.

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.

David R. George III
David R. George III is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. In addition to writing for Star Trek on television, he has penned various other genre stories.

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.

CB Lee
CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship.

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.  

R M Meluch
R.M. Meluch's first novel was published when she was 19 years old. She's pretty sure she has never written a novel in which she didn't blow something up. 

Heather Ness
Author Heather Ness has taught the psychology of superheroes and the psychology of video games courses, hosts the podcast and website Super-Psych, and speaks at conventions in the Atlanta area.

Russell Newquist
Russell Newquist operates Silver Empire publishing, publishers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, horror, superhero, and steampunk novels. Their author roster includes four Dragon Award nominated authors. 

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.

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.

Simon Tam
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and troublemaker. He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants and for numerous TEDx talks on race and identity.

Mel Todd
Mel Todd is the author of 17 stories, nine under Renee Lovins. Her new series, the Kaylid Chronicles, is six books strong with three more releasing in the upcoming months. 

Chuck Tomasi
Chuck Tomasi has been producing and hosting several podcasts since 2004. His passion for creating podcasts directly benefits his professional career where he creates audio and video content.

Greg Tremblay
Greg Tremblay is the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks in diverse genres, bringing listener favorites to life for Disney, Audible Studios, Harlequin, Ballantine, Hachette and more.

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.

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Announced: 01/15/2019

Griffin Barber
Griffin Barber writes all over the place, most notably in Eric Flint's 1632 series, but also in several anthologies across the spectrum of speculative fiction.

Rudy Campos
For the last 5 years, Rudy Campos of Rcc Creations has been traveling to cons to teach makeup, fx , and bodypaint techniques to cosplayers, both new and seasoned.

Cecilia Dominic
By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this multi-published author writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime, hence the secret identity.

J.F. Holmes
J.F. Holmes was a 2017 two-time Dragon Award finalist and writes military science fiction. He is a retired US Army soldier and Iraq War veteran.

Kristin Jackson
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and digital designer, working in the film industry as an artist, set photographer, and social media manager. 

Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman has worked in extensively in environmental consulting and academia where he studied coastal erosion, and natural disaster impacts. He currently works in the emergency management field.

Sue Kisenwether
Sue Kisenwether has been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network.

Bob Nygaard
Bob Nygaard is a retired NY police officer, turned private investigator, turned actor. He specializes in the investigation of confidence crimes, most notably psychic fraud.

Melissa F Olson
Melissa Olson has published ten novels and a short story compilation in her Old World series for 47North, three novellas for, and a standalone mystery. 

PeninaChan is an aspiring content creator and streamer who has been using websites such as YouTube and Twitch as tools for personal growth, development, her hobbies, and for social interaction. 

Trisha J. Wooldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge writes short stories, novellas, and poetry that occasionally win awards. She’s edited four anthologies and over 60 novels.

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Announced: 01/07/2019

Michael R Bailey
Michael Bailey has hosted or co-hosted such podcasts as Views From The Longbox, From Crisis to Crisis, Overlooked Dark Knight, It All Comes Back To Superman, and Bailey’s Batman Podcast.

Bobby Blackwolf
Bobby Blackwolf is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network podcast network, and has hosted a live internet radio show and podcast about video games since 2005. 

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.

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.

Amanda DeWees
Amanda DeWees’s novels of Victorian gothic suspense include With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for historical mystery/suspense.

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. 

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.

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.

Nicole Gugliucci
Professor, astronomer, education researcher, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe.

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.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is a Lead Educator at The Florida Aquarium. His programs use pop culture as a medium for education. He is the co-host of The Science of Pokemon podcast.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is a pop culture writer, blogger, podcaster, and contributor to,, and other websites. Since 1995 he has hosted Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.

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

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.

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.

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.

Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is a professor of biology and Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University. He is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science in science fiction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scott Sutherland
Scott Sutherland is a meteorologist and science writer with Canada's The Weather Network, where he is an expert regarding weather, climate change, space weather, astronomy, space exploration and science.

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 Her short stories have appeared in ASIMOV’s and numerous anthologies, and her video interviews are featured on

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.

Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author, screenwriter, and novelist. He's also renowned for his work in the Star Wars universe. Most recently, he's the co-author of the new Robotech RPG.

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Announced: 01/04/2019

K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels. Her breakout paranormal romance series, Blood Type, released last year with Random House. 

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Announced: 12/10/2018

JC De La Torre
JC De La Torre is a screenwriter, award-winning filmmaker, and voice actor. DeLaTorre co-wrote, produced, and directed Seekers of the Lost Worlds and created the animated series Star Mage.

Clay Gilbert
Since 2013, Clay Gilbert has been a professional editor and author of science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy. He has published eight novels.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a writer and host of the podcast Double Edged Double Bill. He is a born geek with a bit of nerd mixed in there. 

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Announced: 12/05/2018

Jeanne P Adams
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal author who is both traditionally and independently published. Her books are on all major digital outlets.

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is the editor of The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series, from Baen Books. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and journals. 

Michael J. Allen
A bestselling sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Michael J. Allen has written 12 novels in space opera, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, and western fantasy.

Quincy J Allen
Quincy J Allen is a cross-genre author with series covering western, steampunk, fantasy, sci-fi, noir, paranormal, and action/thriller…and he’s just getting started.

Eric R. Asher
Eric R. Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Steamborn YA steampunk series, Mason Dixon Monster Hunter, and Havenwood Falls: Redemption’s End.

Kevin Bachelder
Kevin Bachelder has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. 

Kelly Lynn Colby
Kelly Lynn Colby is a writer whose novel, Tarbin’s True Heir, won the IPPY bronze medal. She hosts the Writers Meet Up at Dragon Con.

Ryan A Consell
Ryan Consell is an acclaimed theorist on the science of fiction. He has consulted on such titles as The Science of Game of Thrones and has spoken at many events.

Jason Cordova
Jason Cordova is best known for his popular Kin Wars Saga series. He was also featured in the Black Tide Rising anthology and the Forged in Blood anthology.

Ben Davis
Dr. Ben has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He is a professor of mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. 

Andy Dykes
Andy Dykes is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. 

Marc Alan Edelheit
Bestselling Author, Marc Alan Edelheit writes military science fiction and fantasy. He authored the award-winning Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Office Series and Tales of the Seventh.

Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly pop culture comedy podcast. He is also an author of sci-fi stories, an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and a comedy musician.

Michael Falkner
Michael Falkner is a writer and podcaster who runs the Timestamps Project. He is a host of The Weekly Podioplex as well as Who’s the Doctor: Talking Outside the Box

Emily A Finke
A forensic anthropologist by training, but a science communicator by passion, Emily Finke has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, conventions, and more.

Declan Finn
Declan Finn is a three-time Dragon Award finalist, known for his urban fantasy series Live and Let Bite, and his Pius thrillers, published by Silver Empire Press. 

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay. 

Marina Fontaine
Marina Fontaine is an author of Chasing Freedom (a 2016 Dragon Awards finalist) and The Product, a dystopian novella. She also contributed short stories to several themed anthologies.

Tina Glasneck
Tina Glasneck, a USA Today bestselling author, enjoys creating stories that combine history, mythology and Norse Gods. Her tales include murder and magic. 

Rick Gualtieri
Gamer, geek, and writer; Rick Gualtieri is the author of over two dozen novels, including the bestselling Tome of Bill horror/comedy series. 

Tony P Henderson
Tony P. Henderson is the creator, producer of numerous podcasts including his flagship show, the Geek Vs podcast. which spans over 250 episodes over the past 5 years.

K. M. Herkes
Karen Morris Herkes writes and publishes science fiction and fantasy. Before settling down to write full time, she earned a degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science and historical fiction writer. He currently collaborates with Eric Flint on Ring of Fire related and other projects, and has two novels with Ring of Fire Press.

Kevin Ikenberry
Kevin Ikenberry is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and sci-fi writer. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the bestselling Four Horsemen Universe.

Alan Isom
Alan Isom began his adventure with science fiction and fantasy literature as it should begin: with JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Cayn Trilogy is his first published fantasy work.

Chris A Jackson
Chris Jackson is an author of over 20 novels in fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, including Pirate’s Prophecy, Watery Graves, The Deep Gate, Dragon, and the bestselling Weapon of Flesh series.

John Hornor Jacobs
John Hornor Jacobs is the award-winning author of Southern Gods, This Dark Earth, and The Incorruptibles. His fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Cemetery Dance, and Apex Magazine

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the prolific madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Real Magic, and much more.

Chris Kennedy
A Dragon Award finalist, sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written 20 books and published more than 50 others. 

Roy Kilgard
Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear. 

Aleron Kong
Doctor by day, author by night, Dr. Aleron Kong is known for his bestselling series The Land which has sold over 500,000 copies. 

Dakota Krout
A best-selling author of fantasy and LitRPG, Dakota Krout is a full-time author and indie publisher. His debut novel, Dungeon Born, was in the top 5 fantasy audiobooks of 2017. 

Steph LaMassa
Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Her research focuses on the growth and evolution of supermassive black holes. 

L. Jagi Lamplighter
L. Jagi Lamplighter is an author of fantasy and YA novels. She also edits for Superversive Press and is a founding member of the Superversive Literary Movement.

J.F. Lewis
Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that get him into trouble.

Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice and Fire Con and co-hosts the webcast FEELINGS...with The Geekiary.

Lisa Manifold
Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling author of the The Realm series, Sisters of the Curse series, the Djinn Everlasting series, the Aumahnee Prophecy series, and The Dragon Thief.

Mike Massa
Mike Massa draws upon his experience as a Navy SEAL, banker, and technologist to write exciting SFF. His solo novel The Genius War is available in 2020.

Misty Massey
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking high seas fantasy, the sequel Kestrel’s Dance, and the Shadow Council Dead Man novellas featuring Doc Holliday. 

Bill Mulligan
Bill Mulligan works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.

Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy wields this power to write kick-butt space opera, most notably the Allies and Enemies series, which was a Dragon Award Finalist.

Corinne O'Flynn
Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of The Expatriates, Witches of Tower Hill, and the Aumahnee Prophecy series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books. 

Joshua Palmatier
Joshua Palmatier has published the Throne of Amenkor series, the Well of Sorrows series, and the Ley series. He is the founder/owner of the small press Zombies Need Brains LLC.

James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated writer of science fiction, pulp adventure, steampunk, space opera, and more. He has written for Falstaff Books, Moonstone, Airship 27, and much, much more.

Aleta Pardalis
Aleta Pardalis has been designing and creating costumes for over 15 years. She specializes in steampunk adaptations of pop culture characters. She loves teaching people about costume design and history.

Sean M. Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and has designed more than 40 stage productions, eight short films, five features, and numerous media projects.

D.R. Perry
D.R. Perry writes and publishes speculative fiction. Her works is Dragon Award nominated A Change In Crime, Supernatural Vigilante Society, and Providence Paranormal College.

Rob Roberts
Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about video games online since 2002. 

Christopher Ruocchio
Christopher Ruocchio is the author of The Sun Eater, a space opera fantasy series from DAW Books. He is also the Assistant Editor at Baen Books.

Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is the senior science writer at Science News magazine. She covers things that contain DNA and a few that don't.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is a fantasy author with books such as Mark of the Necromancer, The Windfire Series, Weird of the West, and a web series, Skye of the Damned

Shawnee Small
Shawnee Small is a USA Today bestselling author and creator of the Shining Ones. She is currently working on several projects including the last installment in the Shining Ones saga.

Daniel Orrett is the presenter of the popular science fiction web series Spacedock which currently boasts 140,000 subscribers and almost 25,000,000 views (October 2018).

The Wicked Tailor
Frank T. Puricelli, "The Wicked Tailor," is a professional costume and prop maker from Charleston, SC. He has been producing national award-winning costumes and movie grade props since 2010.

R.R. Virdi
R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award-nominated author for Best Fantasy. He writes two multiple award-nominated urban fantasy series, the Shepherd of Light space western series, and Monster Slayer Online.

Dave West
Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock concerts as his alter ego, Phantom Troublemaker. 

Michael George Williams
Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories. Williams’s best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles, A Fall in Autumn, and Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton

Christopher Woods
2018 Dragon Award finalist Christopher Woods is a writer known for his Soulguard series and for being an author in the Four Horsemen Universe.

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Announced: 12/04/2018

David Boop
David Boop is a Denver-based author/editor. His novels include She Murdered Me with Science, and many shorts work featuring media tie-ins for Predator, The Green Hornet, and Veronica.

Bethany Brookshire
Bethany Brookshire is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for multiple publications and hosts the podcast Science for the People.

Aaron Crash
Aaron Crash is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series and the author of the American Dragon series, both bestsellers. His books have broken into Amazon’s Top 100.

Caroline Ratajski
Caroline Ratajski is a senior software engineer at Twitch, as well as a writer. At Twitch she works on content discoverability, helping connect streamers and viewers. 

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Announced: 11/27/2018

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.

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.

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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Announced: 11/16/2018

D.J. Butler
D.J. (Dave) Butler's novels include Witchy Eye and sequels from Baen Books, The Kidnap Plot and sequels from Knopf, and City of the Saints, from WordFire Press.

Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing, SciArt, and science outreach, tackling themes of science and diversity in pop-culture.

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