Attending Professionals

For a list of guests, performers, and attending professionals ordered by confirmation date, please click here.


Peter Abrahamson
Peter Abrahamson is a builder of animatronic puppets and robots. His work includes movies such as Men in Black II, Hellboy and I Robot. Peter also competed in Robot Wars, Battlebots, and Sozbots, and judged Robogames. Currently he designs industrial robotics and is a producer on ABC's BattleBots.

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.

Jeanne P Adams
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning multi-genre author who knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body… Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, her books are consistently hailed as “Best Suspense of the Year!” - Romantic Times., Twitter @JeanneAdams 

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is the series editor of The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, from Baen Books. His short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Nancy Aldrich
Nancy has been a puppeteer for over 35 years, 15 of which she was the artistic director of Tears of Joy Theatre in Portland, Oregon. She is a performer, director, and builder of puppets. She has also adapted many stories into scripts for the puppet stage.

Eric M Allen
Eric Allen is the Associate Chair of Interactive Design and Game Development at SCAD Atlanta. He is known for his best selling 3D character rigging book Body Language.

Quincy J Allen
Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author with two active series and a litany of short story publications.

Andrew Alonso
Andrew is a writer/producer for Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck's Brand Creative team where he creates all flavors of promotional, social, and interstitial content.

Roger Altizer
Roger Altizer, Jr., Ph.D. is an award-winning speaker on esports, game design, VR/AR, and medical games. He has hosted delightful parties at conferences, industry, and fan events including, GDC, PAX Prime, and Dragon Con. A former games journalist Roger believes in bringing industry, the academy, and players together.

Michael Anderle
Michael Anderle is a top 100 Amazon best-seller. He is a life-long whale reader who released his first book in November of 2015. Since then, he has penned the Kurtherian Gambit series and built a publishing company (LMBPN) which releases over one hundred eighty books a year.

Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter, and the YA trilogy Steamborn.

Davis Ashura
Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of the Castes and the OutCastes trilogy. His new series, the Chronicles of William Wilde, is due to be published starting in February 2018. When not writing, Davis is a physician who practices endocrinology and a warrior who battles the scheming insurance jackals.

Stanley Aughtry
Stanley Aughtry has been acting for more than a decade. During this time, he has appeared in several major films including The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In 2018, he appeared in Black Panther as the Merchant Tribe Warrior.

Will Aymerich
Will Aymerich is Host of The AYMERICH show, Cast member of True Ghost Stories, Paranormal Researcher for over 20+ years, Author of paranormal books, Cinema, Taco & Coffee Addict. ▲

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Kevin Bachelder
Kevin has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. Along with speaking on multiple panels at Dragon Con annually since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.

Grant Baciocco
Grant Baciocco is a puppeteer for Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Wet Hot American Summer, The Jim Henson Company, and more. He is a 2018 inductee into the Podcast Hall of Fame.

Michael R Bailey
Michael Bailey has been podcasting and blogging since 2007 and has hosted or co-hosted such shows as Views From The Longbox, The Overlooked Dark Knight, It All Comes Back to Superman, From Crisis to Crisis and Bailey’s Batman Podcast, all through The Fortress of Baileytude Podcast Network.

Tony A Ballard-Smoot
Model, cosplayer, speaker and enthusiast. Tony works diligently to promote the steampunk, cosplay, modeling and maker communities as a whole. He travels extensively around the United States working within the various communities in a variety of roles.

Griffin Barber
A veteran police officer, Griffin Barber is also a lifelong Speculative Fiction fan and gamer. He's had shorts published in the Grantvile Gazette and penned a well-received novella for Roberts Space Industry’s website called: A Separate Law. 1636: Mission to the Mughals, with Eric Flint, is available from Baen Books.

Rodney Barnes
Rodney Barnes is a Peabody Award winning Writer/Producer best known for his work on Boondocks and Marvel’s Falcon (comics).

Aretta Baumgartner
Aretta is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask and movement. She's been a professional puppeteer since 1992 and is proud to be the Education Director at the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)--the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of puppetry in the United States.

Jim E Beall
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for 40+ years, a war gamer for 50+, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. Experience: operations (nuclear officer USN), design (Duke Power), construction (United Engineers & Constructors), inspection (USNRC), and energy policy (USNRC Commissioner Reactors Assistant).

Davey Beauchamp
I have already been approved as a professional. I am just redoing this to get consideration for an artist table.

Robert Jackson Bennett
Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. His seventh novel, City of Miracles, is available now.

Evan Bernstein
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning science podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe (SGU) and is the co-author of the forthcoming book by the same title (due for release in 2018).

Alexa Black
Alexa Black is a artist and costume maker for film and television, having worked on such features as Rampage and Venom as well as TV series like Originals, Daytime Divas and Greenleaf.

Bobby Blackwolf
Bobby is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network internet radio station and podcast network, and has hosted a live internet radio show and podcast about video games since 2005. He is also a Virtual Reality evangelist and developer for enterprise applications, having worked most notably with Salesforce.

Randy W Blades
Randy Blades is currently the Department Head of Drama at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. He holds a MFA from Penn State in Costume Design and has designer and constructed costumes for theaters across the country.

Bob Blaskiewicz
Bob Blaskiewicz is Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First-Year Studies at Stockton University. He writes the Conspiracy Guy column for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and contributes essays about skepticism and the humanities to the Skepticality podcast. His research focuses on conspiracy theory, medical quackery, and critical thinking in education.

Charles Blue
Charles Blue, the radio astronomy guy, has been a science communicator and writer for nearly 30 years -- publicist for the world's most advanced telescope, ALMA.

Kris Bluett-Woolen
Kris was hired by Tears of Joy Theatre as a professional puppeteer in 1988 based on her vocal and movement skills. Over 30 years she performed thousands of times for audiences of all ages, sizes and cultures. Puppet shows have taken her to Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

CJ Boat
CJ runs the Geek IO Media Network, where he is a podcaster, comedian, interviewer, journalist, entrepreneur, streamer, and professional geek.

Shawn Boettner
Shawn is an investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations where he uses his New Jersey sensibilities and ex-military know-how to investigate claims of the paranormal and further our knowledge of cryptids.

David Boop
Denver-based David Boop is the author of She Murdered Me with Science and The Soul Changers.  David’s media tie-in work includes Predator, Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars. He edited Straight Outta Tombstone for Baen. His RPG work include Flash Gordon, Deadlands:Noir and Rippers:Resurrected. For More:

Jon Boutelle
Jon Boutelle has been hosting and producing podcasts since early 2005. He co-hosts and produces 50 Days of Dragon Con, a podcast dedicated to the directors, staff, and people of Dragon Con. He can also be found on Need Coffee's Weekend Justice and The Unique Geek.

Kurt Boutin
Kurt is a 20+ year veteran of the video game industry working on titles from Ultima 3,4, and 5 to Roller Coaster Tycoon, and more! He's worked for company such as Origin Systems, Infocom, Spectrum Holobyte, Microprose, Atari, and Hasbro Interactive.

Jonathan P Brazee
Jonathan is a retired Marine colonel and now full-time writer with over 60 publications in military SF, paranormal, military fiction, and historical fiction. His novelette Weaponized Math was a 2017 Nebula Finalist, and his novel INTEGRATION is a 2018 Dragon Award Finalist.

Bill Bridges
Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer, most known for developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness setting and HDI’s Fading Suns science-fiction universe.

Bethany Brookshire
Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American; hosts the podcast Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 57,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

CW Brown
CW Brown is the Executive Director of Atheist Alliance of America, Vice President of Association of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Secular Buddhism, Co-host of iSecularBuddhist Podcast, and board member of Atheist Alliance International.

Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown is a Lead Environment Artist working at Electronic Arts in Austin. Her previous experiences include working on environments on animated series such as Archer, and she has over 50 credits on various animated series. In her spare time, she loves playing Overwatch, and relaxing with her two cats.

Matthew J. Brown
Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D is a professional scholar of comics and popular culture and Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has presented at San Diego Comic-Con and has organized an academic conference at DragonCon since 2008.

Raychelle Burks
Raychelle 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.

Jeff Burns
Jeff Burns is the creator of superhero comedy series Super Knocked Up and the host of geeky improv comedy show Super Geeked Up LIVE, which he performs at comic cons across North America. He also hosts DC Action Hour, live tabletop RPG streams, and loves Ewoks!

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, Tyra teaches at Kennesaw State University on subjects including social media, gaming and pop culture. Her first science fiction novel, Penduli Station, will be released in 2018.

Darin M. Bush
Darin M. Bush is an award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author. He is also a professional speaker with a 15-year chip from Toastmasters.

D.J. Butler
Dave (D.J.) Butler used to be a lawyer and still teaches financial and business acumen. He writes adult fantasy for Baen (WITCHY EYE and sequels), middle reader adventures for Knopf (THE KIDNAP PLOT and sequels), and in various genres for WordFire Press. Dave is also WordFire's acquisitions editor.

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Tony Cade
Tony Cade has been a comics and games retailer since 1994 and is the owner of Challenges Games and Comics. He founded Terminus Media, a comics publishing, an animation studio and functions as it’s editor in chief. He is also the organizer of The Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo.

Denise Baker Camacho
Denise is the President and co-founder of Intrigue Publishing, which, for over 5 years, has published YA, crime, and romance fiction. She is also the director of the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity 3-day fan and writer conference. She lives in the DC metro area with her author husband, Austin S. Camacho.

Dale Campbell
Dale Campbell is an avid podcaster, producer, entertainer, and has been branded as the lovable Aussie! Dale is the creator, host, and producer of The Generic Live Show, as well as the Chief of Production and co-host of multiple shows on the Geek-IO Media Network.

Kelly A. Campbell
Kelly Campbell is a puppeteer based out of Portland, OR. After touring with Portland's Tears of Joy Theatre for 10 years, she created her own company, KCPuppetree, and has since created puppet plays based on environmental themes, worked with governmental agencies, and teaches puppetry in schools throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is the Senior UX Designer for Certain Affinity, an independent game studio in Austin, TX. As a seasoned developer, she is currently working on an unannounced third-person action game. Alison is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in video games.

Bobby Cary
Bobby Cary is the founder and co-host of the No Religion Required Podcast and the Hope After Faith Podcast with Jerry DeWitt. He is also a current co-host of the iSecular Buddhist Podcast with Mark Gura and CW Brown.

Stephen Cass
Stephen Cass is an NYC-based science and technology journalist and science fiction editor and critic. He is the co-author of Hollyweird Science, Vol. 1 and 2 and was the editor of acclaimed science fiction anthologies, TRSF, Twelve Tomorrows, and Coming Soon Enough.

Corey Castellano
Corey has been a professional makeup artist for 25 years. His credits include: The Gifted, The Dirt, 3 Billboards, Creed, Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Tropic Thunder, War of the Worlds, Quarantine, Fear Clinic, The Prestige, The Crazies, Zombieland, GI Joe, X-Men 3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more.

Jamie Chambers
Jamie Chambers designs tabletop games, writes weird stories or sometimes about bizarre culture, and runs a small press game company based in north Georgia. He survives on a coffee, books, games, bourbon, and karaoke. Find him on Twitter: @Jamie1km.

Kara J Chappell
Formerly a Freelance writer for White Wolf's Vampire The Masquerade and senior litigation paralegal, Kara is a FOIA Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Human Services Department. Over the years, she has been a frequent panelist on the EFF track, most notably Busted! and 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters.

Character Lab
Bryan Doell, aka Character Lab, is an award winning costume and prop designer, fabricator, and cosplayer. Bryan is also owner of Bryan Doell's Character Lab.

Michael Chatfield
Michael Chatfield is a Canadian bestselling SciFi and Epic Fantasy Author with a following of 30,000 readers/buyers per month, 11 bestsellers on Amazon, regularly ranked within top 50 authors on, his books attaining ranks in the top 100 and creating more than $710,000+ of revenue in 2017.

Alison Cherry
Alison Cherry is the author of seven books for kids and teens, most recently The Pros of Cons a YA novel co-written with Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Blair B. Chintella
Blair is an attorney based in Georgia. Once asked by the FBI in college to help spy on his fellow college students, he now speaks on a variety of important social and legal issues involving technology and civil liberties.

Christopher Clingerman
Chris Clingerman, a software engineer at Exyn Technologies, develops core algorithms as well as designs software for prototype platforms. His main areas of expertise are motion planning and machine learning.

Sahrye Cohen
Sahrye Cohen and Hal Rodriguez are the authors of the exciting new book Make It, Wear It: Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers. She is the co-founder and chief designer of the tech couture design group, Amped Atelier. She teaches workshops on wearable electronics for costumers and cosplayers.

Pamela A. Cole
Pamela Cole is a professional Costumier, graduated from Goodman Theater- Chicago over 40 years ago and continues working with dance companies, movies, museums, reenactors, in the greater Atlanta area and is head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She has been involved with Dragon Con’s costume track from the beginning.

John Compton
John Compton is the organized play lead developer at Paizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder and Starfinder tabletop roleplaying games. He’s overseen creative content for both the Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society organized play programs since 2013, managing production of more than 100 published adventures played by 80,000+ players worldwide.

Jason Cordova
A John W. Campbell Award finalist, Jason Cordova has published over 30 works of fiction and is currently featured in two national bestselling anthologies. He resides in Virginia

Go Big or Go Home Cosplay
Emily Schmidt of Go Big or Go Home Cosplay is best known for winning her episode on Syfy's Cosplay Melee series, "Throne Off." She is a professional cosplayer concentrating on making armor and props out of foam and thermoplastics. Emily is a member of her local maker space, Geekspace Gwinnett.

Aaron Crash
As Aaron Crash, his adult sci-fi/fantasy novels have broken into Amazon’s Top 100 Paid Store, and he was an Amazon All-Star in January of 2018. As Aaron Michael Ritchey, he is the author of seven young adult novels including The Juniper Wars published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press.

Paul B Currie
Paul Currie is a professor, photographer, and philosopher from the hills of Kentucky. He is a science education and a world traveler. He presents on using pop culture in to explain science in the classroom and how science influences pop culture. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia.

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Daisy Viktoria
Daisy Viktoria is a costume designer and works on film and theatre projects while growing her own fantasy costuming line, focusing on gowns with a historically inspired fantasy touch. Daisy has a background in corsetry and historical fashion and teaches classes on period costuming and research.

Doug Dandridge
Doug Dandridge has been a full-time science fiction and fantasy writer for the last 5 years, selling over 200K books. He has been ranked in the top five in military science fiction and space opera multiple times in the US and UK. Doug lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida.

Veronica Dashell
Felt Nerdy is the husband and wife Atlanta-based puppetry team of Charles Kelso and Veronica Dashell. They have been bringing their own brand of nerdy puppets to conventions across the Southeast for over five years.

L. M. Davis
L. M. Davis is a writer, background actor, and scholar. She has written three novels. skinless (A Novel in III Parts), and Interlopers and Posers. Forgers, the third book in her Shifters Novel series, is forthcoming. She has appeared in Black Panther, The Gifted, and other SFF film and tv.

Milton J. Davis
Milton J. Davis is a science fiction/fantasy writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small press specializing in scifi/fantasy by and about people of African/African Diaspora descent. He has published over 17 novels as a writer and 30 books as a publisher.

Millie de Chirico
Millie De Chirico is 14-year member of the programming department at Turner Classic Movies. She co-created TCM Underground, the channel’s late night cult movie franchise and now lends her programming expertise to FilmStruck, the new streaming service created by TCM and the Criterion Collection.

Walter Dean
Walter Dean is a premiere costume designer who specializes in custom-made costumes. He brings characters to life. He has been featured in Marvel Studio’s Marvel Becoming: Dora Milaje, and Yaya Hahn’s book, 1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas. He was cited in Huffington post as a “designer to watch.”

Susan Dennard
New York Times Bestselling author Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she traveled the world, six out of seven continents to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!), before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

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. With the Curly Hair Mafia (, she tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.

Lucienne Diver
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent of 25 years experience as well as the author of the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, the Vamped paranormal YA series and young adult suspense.

Cecilia Dominic
Author, psychologist, and champion sleeper Cecilia Dominic focuses on helping people overcome insomnia at her private practice by day, and then writes urban fantasy and steampunk books that keep her readers up all night. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on the internationally popular Self-Publishing Formula podcast.

Chris Donio
Chris Donio is a specialty costumer for film and television, with his most recent credit being Antman & the Wasp.

Alexa Donne
Alexa Donne’s debut novel, Brightly Burning, is Jane Eyre... in SPACE!, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 1, 2018. Alexa worked on three HP fan cons, and was part of the YA Literature Track Staff at DragonCon from 2012 to 2017. Find her online and on YouTube @alexadonne.

Chuck Dorsett
With 35 years of experience in leather costuming Chuck has had products appear in a number of major motion pictures, television series and theatrical productions.   He produces and appears in all the on-line leather craft videos for Weaver Leather Craft.

Arthur M Doweyko
Dr. Doweyko is a world-renown scientist who shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of a new anti-cancer drug. In addition to award-winning science fiction novels and short stories, he has lectured on science in science fiction including Shelley's Frankenstein and in popular motion pictures.

A Let's player/streamer hoppy writer. Does mostly older games in his streams and let's plays. Is part of a podcast with 3 others talking on various subjects.

Bonnie Duncan
Bonnie Duncan blends puppetry, dance, and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. She currently makes & tours super fun theater for families throughout the US & abroad as part of The Gottabees. She also creates shows for adult audiences, performing in living rooms and on fancy stages.

Jordan T. Duncan
Jordan is the Assistant Director and for Paranormal Georgia Investigations. He is a 10 year veteran of the Atlanta paranormal community. He is a historian, researcher, mythology/folklore enthusiast, vlogger, podcaster, and part-time blogger.

Brian Dunning
Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast (, with a weekly audience of 175,000 listeners. He is the author of seven books on scientific skepticism. His background is in computer science and he is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Andy Dykes
Andy 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. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology. This is his 9th DragonCon.

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Hans Eckman
Hans Eckman is the coordinator for the Apocalypse Rising: For Survival panels and also serves as moderator and panelist. Hans is a business transformation consultant, keynote speaker, and shares his life simplification tips at conferences in the US and Canada and on

Marc Alan Edelheit
Best Selling 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. Marc is the Host of the 2Cent History Podcast, A historical Consultant for PC Video Games, A hardcore History Fanatic,Adventurist.

Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly pop culture comedy podcast for the ESO Network, and is the author of a science fiction story in the ESO Tales of the Station anthology. He is an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and hosts their monthly Skeptics in the Pub events.

Austin Ellefson
Clawing his way out of the Appalachian mountains, Austin Ellefson spends his days slinging drinks and his nights behind the mic on Botched Podcast. He builds worlds and rigs encounters on one side of the screen, while also coming up with wacky characters on the other! Amateur voice-actor, Professional goof.

Dax ExclamationPoint
Dax ExclamationPoint, is a cosplaying drag performer that has taken the world by storm...literally. The "queen of all nerds" (as seen on season 8 of Rupaul's Drag Race) is paving the way for LGBTQ+ nerds to make their way into the forefront of popular culture!

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and author of speculative fiction. She has stories in several bestselling Baen anthologies, and writes novels for both Baen and Chris Kennedy Publishing.

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Michael Falkner
Michael Falkner is an award-winning writer and podcaster from Atlanta, GA. He is the author of the Timestamps Project, a first-time watcher's guide to Doctor Who. He writes for RevolutionSF, podcasts for The Chronic Rift Network, and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

Sarah Falls
From creating superhero costume armor to sculpting super large scale set pieces, fabricator of fantasy, Sarah Falls, can tell you the horrors and joys of working in the film business, as one of the sets of hands that makes movie magic happen.

Susan Fichtelberg
Susan Fichtelberg is the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens. The first edition was published in 2006 and the second in 2015 by Libraries Unlimited. She has presented fantasy booktalks and programs for many conferences including Dragon Con and World Con.

Emily A Finke
By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator, Emily has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, and anywhere else there's an audience.

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. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and contributes to SuperversiveSF, the Catholic Geeks blog, and can be found at

Ben Fisher
Ben Fisher is an author of comic books and prose spanning a wide spectrum of genres, including horror, alternate history, sci-fi, and comedy. His most recent works include The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat, The Great Divide, and C.H.U.D. Lives.

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.

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is a SFWA and MWA author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His 2014 thriller, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series soon to be produced for cable. Flynn also penned the humorous and thoroughly amusing Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond, with 17 other books.

Christine Foltzer
Christine Foltzer is the Associate Art Director for Publishing, which she helped launch in 2015. With over 10 years of industry experience, she has worked with St. Martin's Press, Oxford University Press, Grand Central Publishing, and Forever to create book covers for several bestselling and award-winning authors.

Marina Fontaine
Marina Fontaine is the author of Chasing Freedom, a 2016 Dragon Awards finalist, and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.

Julie Fooshee
Julie Ann is a student in science communication and public engagement and a professional in the world of live public science events. In her 9-5 job she works to bring science to everyone, everywhere and in her free time she cries a lot over her Star Wars feelings.

Dr. Allan Fowler
Fowler is an academic, game developer, and award winning author. He is known for dropping words of game development wisdom on current and future game developers.

Barr Foxx
Barr Foxx (JaBarr) is an award-winning cosplay model, television/film producer, and stylist. His national brand, #CosplayYourWay, encourages individuals to cosplay without limits and choose desired characters regardless of race, size, age, or gender; providing a platform to expound on the art of cosplay through imagery, fan-films, and live events.

Anthony Francis
By day, Anthony Francis is a roboticist; by night, he’s an author and comic book artist. He writes the Dakota Frost, Skindancer urban fantasy series including Frost Moon, Blood Rock and Liquid Fire, and his latest novel is the steampunk adventure Jeremiah Willston and The Clockwork Time Machine.

Amber N Freidenfelds
Amber Freidenfelds writes editorial and produces video content for Boomerang streaming service, the home of all of your favorite cartoons.

Jonathan French
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga and The Grey Bastards.

Michael D. French
Michael is co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's which is now in its 6th year with over 30K subscribers. He maintains a large archive of vintage toys and often restores them to preserve our collective history.

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Maribeth Gandy
Maribeth Gandy is a Principal Research Scientist at GT and a three-time graduate, receiving a Ph.D., M.S., and a B.S. in CS. She is the Director of the Interactive Media Technology Center, whose work focuses on mobile & wearable computing, augmented & virtual reality, gaming, and health systems.

Paige G Gardner
Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose eccentric masks, bizarre props and original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Gardner’s high-profile costumes have featured in multiple media channels as well as bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay. Her costume art projects have exhibited across North America.

Marya E Gates
Marya E. Gates has been writing online, and appearing on podcasts and panels about film and feminism for over 15 years.

Andrien Gbinigie
Andrien Gbinigie is a Product Marketing Manager for Ubisoft, and an up and coming cosplayer, best known for his Black Panther costumes.

David R. George III
David R. George III is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty produced and published works, including an episode of Voyager and eighteen Star Trek novels.

Susan M Gerbic
Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the cofounder of Monterey County Skeptics and a self-proclaimed skeptical junkie.

Tristan Gibbon
Tristan is a member of the five man show that is Botched: A DnD Podcast. Botched is weekly release evergreen comedy podcast centered around Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.

Seressia Glass
Seressia Glass is an award-winning author of more than twenty contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. Her current contemporary series, Sugar and Spice, deals with love and addiction while her paranormal series. (Shadowchasers, Sons of Anubis) are steeped in Egyptian mythology. 

Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas founded Lynnvander Studios producing the award-winning “The Gamers” films, “Natural One” and “Hands of Fate”. Thomas designed several tabletop games such as "Albion’s Legacy", “Galaxy Quest”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Dragon Ball Z”, “Star Trek Alliance”, “Terminator Genisys” and “Cowboy Bebop”, before being published as a Shadowrun author.

Honey Goodenough
Honey Goodenough is educator/puppeteer/clown/magician and Resident Teaching Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater, Boston. Credits: Heather Henson’s Ibex Puppetry, Puppet Slam Network, received a Jim Henson Foundation Grant. Founded Good Hearted Entertainment and performs “WORD PLAY” and “Sock Monkey Circus.” THAT really is her name.

Craig B Greathouse
Dr. Craig Greathouse is a Professor of Political Science, University of North Georgia. An expert on issues of foreign, security, and defense policy and strategic studies with an emphasis on Europe and the U.S., he has lectured and written extensively on the international system, including security and strategic studies.

Andrew Greenberg
Best known for his work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association and Georgia Esports League. He chairs the DeKalb Entertainment Commission. Greenberg has credits on more than 100 game products and is currently developing Fading Suns: Noble Armada for the PC.

Rob Greenlee
Rob Greenlee is VP/Head of Partnerships, Voxnest/Spreaker. 2017 Inductee, Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame, Former EVP/CTO, PodcastOne, Former Manager, Podcasts, Microsoft’s Xbox/Zune. Hosts Spreaker Live Show and co-hosts New Media Show. Former host, WebTalk World Radio Show recognized as first syndicated radio program to podcast on 9/15/2004.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is a documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film history and classic genre television. For the past ten years, he has been the official documentarian for "Mystery Science Theater 3000", now on Netflix. He is the owner of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, educator, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy, did a postdoc in science education, and is an assistant professor of physics in New Hampshire.

Mark W. Gura
Mark Gura is an author, the president of the Atheist Alliance of America, the Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism, and the co-presenter of the Richard Dawkins Award. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in practicing mindfulness meditation/Vipassana which he learned from the late S.N. Goenka in India

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Abby Hafer
Abby Hafer is an Anatomy & Physiology professor with a D.Phil. in zoology from Oxford University. She debunks Creationism/Intelligent Design, and the gender binary. Writings include her book The Not-So-Intelligent Designer, chapters in Christianity in the Light of Science and Women v. Religion; and co-authorship of Darwin’s Apostles.

Sam Koji Hale
Sam Koji Hale is a filmmaker and puppetry artist. Sam’s short “Yamasong” received “Best Animated Film” at Dragon-Con Independent Film Festival in 2010. Sam returns to Dragon-Con with the feature film “Yamasong: March of the Hollows,” produced by Dark Dunes Productions and executive produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud.

Jen Haley
Jen Haley paints gaming miniatures for companies including CMON, Inc., Reaper Miniatures, and Dark Sword Miniatures. She's won a number of notable awards, twice taking a Golden Demon Slayer Sword and Privateer Press' Grandmaster title. Jen, with numerous judging credentials, currently manages CMON's Crystal Brush Awards.

Aaron-Michael Hall
Aaron-Michael Hall is an award-winning author residing in Georgia. She writes diverse epic fantasy with an edge and science fantasy romance. Since August 2015, she has written nine full-length novels and published five. Her first novel, The Rise of Nazil has won numerous reader awards.

Nick Hall
Nick Hall is an artist who recently moved from rural New England to Chicago in order to expand her artistic interests. She has collaborated with local artists on graphic novels, murals and poster designs and assisting businesses with advertising and designing logos. This is her first time working with puppets.

Valerie Hampton
Dr. Valerie Hampton is a history professor, author, who founded the American Society for Neo-Medievalism, speaking often at academic conferences on the intersection between popular fantasy and history. Writing Urban Fantasy and Horror. She has a Film degree and is an associate producer for the film Star of the Guardians.

Scott Harris
Scott Harris is the staff planetary geologist at Fernbank Science Center and Planetarium. A science educator and planetarium producer who recently has appeared on regional and national television, he also is an active researcher investigating asteroid impact deposits around the world, primarily in South America.

Blake G Harrison
Blake Harrison is the Lead Producer for SMITE: Battleground of the Gods, at Hi-Rez Studios. He was previously their producer for the Platform and Operations Division, and as the manager for international publishing. He studied production at the University of Utah. Before gaming, Blake practiced law and taught in California.

William Hayashi
William Hayashi is an international award winning screenwriter, an author of short stories and novels, and is the host of the Genesis Science Fiction Radio Program.

M. Haynes
M. Haynes has dedicated his life to showing and educating others on the importance of inclusion across all forms of media. He is the mind behind the popular Elemental novel series, an educator, a blogger, and public speaker who hopes to show that anyone and everyone can be “super.”

Darrell C. Hazelrig
Darrell C. Hazelrig is an award-winning filmmaker based in Atlanta, GA. He is a founding member of the New Puppet Order, a mature and experimental puppet film collective that have screened at film festivals worldwide.

Tony P Henderson
Tony P. Henderson is the creator, producer and co-host of the "Geek Vs" podcast. With over 170 episodes, the Geek Vs podcast has been providing a nerd's eye view of pop culture for over four years.

Diana Tixier Herald
Diana Tixier Herald, writer, reviewer, artist, and librarian is on a mission is to bring people and the books that will change their lives together. Her passion for fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy has made her a popular presenter at genre conventions and library conferences.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is an animal biologist who works as an educator for the Florida Aquarium. His focus is teaching people about the natural world using pop culture.

David J. Hewitt
David J. Hewitt is a Propulsion Engineer at Dynetics, Inc. His job has him supporting various projects in the Space and Defense realms. Additionally, Mr. Hewitt participates in STEM educational outreach activities on behalf of his employer and gives talks about Space and Propulsion to the public.

Lyon Forrest Hill
Lyon is Artistic Director for the Columbia Marionette Theatre in South Carolina. His puppet shows have been performed at venues across the country and abroad. Three of his short films are part of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams film series. His film Junk Palace received an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence.

Lexa Hillyer
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment. She is also the author Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books.

Daniel Fishman (HiRezFish) grew up loving games, and after getting his Masters in Computer Science from Clemson University, was lucky enough to be hired by HiRez Studios in Alpharetta, Georgia. He began there as a gameplay programmer, and now works as a Senior Game Designer on Smite and Smite: Adventures.

Jonathan Andrew David Hofe
Jon is a member of Botched Podcast were he plays various characters in games of dungeons and dragons and does funny voices.

Kali Holder
Kali is a professional poker-of-dead-things and zombie-prevention expert. As a veterinary pathologist for the National Zoo, she has decapitated a wider variety of species than anyone else you know.

Kim F Holec
Kim Holec is a historical costumer who now recreates "Doctor Who" costumes. She moderates the Doctor Who costuming forum on LiveJournal. She is the Costuming Track Director for WHOlanta. She was Poetry Editor for Aphelion. A former editor for an SF publisher, Kim has various writing projects in the pipeline.

Ginger Holley
Ginger Holley is a costume designer, wardrobe supervisor and creature fabricator for film.

Nancy Holzner
Nancy Holzner is the author of the Deadtown urban fantasy series.

Nick Householder
Nick Householder is an aerospace engineer, television host, and fabricator. He is best known for his work as the lead builder and science communicator on the Science Channel television show Street Science. He also designs and builds the larger-than-life science demonstrations featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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

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 published at Wordfire Press.

James A. Hunter
James A. Hunter is a best-selling fantasy and sci-fi writer and an active member of SFWA with twelve books currently under his belt. He’s the author of the Yancy Lazarus Series, the MudMan Chronicles, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online.

Tom Hutchens
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.

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Kevin Ikenberry
Kevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, and science fiction writer. His debut novel Sleeper Protocol was heralded as “an emotionally powerful debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the popular Four Horsemen Universe.

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Kristin Jackson
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and web graphic designer, working as a freelancer in the visual communications, set photography and social media aspects of the film industry. She is the Director of Communications and Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures and the Graphic Designer/Communications Consultant for the Vancouver WebFest.

Shareef K Jackson
Shareef is a STEM diversity advocate and the founder of Math Looks Good LLC tutoring. He is a professor for Video Games & Learning, University of Wisconsin. Shareef is a co host of the Spawn On Me podcast.

Ben Jacobs
Ben Jacobs works at Georgia Tech helping individuals with disabilities find technology to be independent in every facet of their life. Ben speaks at conferences around the country and is regarded as an expert in accessible technologies. Ben's a lifelong gamer and advocate for the importance of gaming for all.

Catherine Lee Jones
Catherine Jones is the owner of GSTQ Fashions, a costume company in Atlanta, GA. Catherine and her team have done work for Microsoft, Blizzard, and Hi-Rez Studios. Their work has been seen on Sony's POWERS, NBC's Constantine, AMC's Preacher, Fox's The Gifted, and Netflix's True Memoirs of an International Assassin..

Stu Jones
Stu Jones is a veteran law enforcement SWAT officer and award-winning author of epic genre blending fiction. Known for his character-driven stories and blistering action sequences, Stu strives to create relentlessly engaging reading experiences that readers will return to again and again. He is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, Fountain Literary.

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Kate Katz
Kate Katz is an LA based Puppeteer and Special Effects Artist for film, television and theater.

Charlie Kaufman
Charlie has worked in extensively in environmental consulting (where he fed generations of mosquitoes in swamps) and academia where he studied coastal erosion, and natural disaster impacts (he also managed to put Star Wars action figures into the upper atmospheres, run Godzilla damage estimates, zombie outbreak models, and sharknado predictions).

Philip Daniel Keating
Philip Keating is the creator and lord champion of Botched: a D&D Podcast and is one of the hosts on Breaking The Panel. He is also one of the creative directors on the Giant Size Team Up Network.

Kevin Joseph Kelly
Kevin Kelly is an indie director whose work incorporates puppetry, stop motion animation and old school practical effects! The new season of his cult web series, “Welcome to Anhedonia”, premieres this Fall, and features many guest appearances, including Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000 as the main antagonist.

Charles Kelso
Felt Nerdy is the husband and wife Atlanta-based puppetry team of Charles Kelso and Veronica Dashell. They have been bringing their own brand of nerdy puppets to conventions across the Southeast for over five years.

Chris Kennedy
A bestselling SciFi/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris has written 20 books and published more than 35 others. Chris’ stories include the The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen universe. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website,

Bethany Kesler
Historian, writer, reader/reviewer, cat parent to four fuzzballs, Bethany is currently working on several things all at the same time. She has a Patreon for short stories, book and media reviews on Murderboarding Inc. as well as her own blog under her pen name, DJ Gray.

Diana Khoury
Diana Khoury is an internet analyst by day and costumer at night. She has spent the last 20 years specializing in costumes for the subcultures of the world: Burlesque, Drag, Cosplay, Fashion models and everyone in between. She has designed and built costumes internationally for stage, film and television.

Christina N. Kieffer
Christina is a Biologist, Ecologist, Co-Host of The AYMERICH show, cast member True Ghost Stories & Paranormal Researcher and Investigator for over 10 years... She has investigated many location in the USA with many teams and researchers recently she has been told by evil entities that I am too good. 

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. When not studying the heavens, he lectures on astronomy in science fiction and pop culture.

Rachel Kimberly
Co-Owner and Podcaster on the Geek-IO Media Network. When Rachel is not podcasting or cracking the whip at her favorite Podcasting team she is a full time mother, wife, and teacher of special needs students.

Sue Kisenwether
Sue’s been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network. Sue’s been speaking on panels at Dragon Con since 2012 and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

Kevin E Kling
Kevin Kling is a marketing analyst for Boomerang's OTT streaming service. By keeping a pulse on the fans, Kevin helps manage Boomerang's social media presence, dissect viewership behavior, and create marketing campaigns to best engage with fans of all ages.

Erica Borgers Klonkowski
Erica is a biochemist working on a doctoral thesis in bacterial peptide sequencing. Her body of work focuses on chemical & biological warfare defense and decontamination / protection methods.

Marko Kloos
Marko Kloos is the author of the bestselling Frontlines series of military SF and a member of George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards trust.

Aleron Kong
Aleron Kong is a physician who became a writer two years ago. Since that time, he has published seven novels that were all best sellers! He lives by the words: Peace, Love and the Perfect Margarita!

Matthew Kressel
Matthew Kressel is a three-time Nebula Award finalist, a World Fantasy Award finalist, and a finalist for this year's Eugie Award. His short and long fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, and his work has been translated into six languages. Find him online @mattkressel.

Robert A Kroese
Robert Kroese is the author of Mercury Falls, Starship Grifters and The Big Sheep. His novel The Dream of the Iron Dragon is a Dragon Award finalist for Best Alternate History Novel.

Bonnie Kunzel
Bonnie Kunzel, retired young adult librarian, is a nationally-known speaker at library, education and science fiction conferences. She presents seminars on What’s New in SF, Fantasy and the Paranormal, etc. Her professional works include Fluent in Fantasy: The Next Generation, and Strictly Science Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests.

K`Tetch went from fighting robots in the UK/US to fighting for privacy, government transparency/accountability, and other rights. He is the lead researcher for TorrentFreak, as well as a contributor to Techdirt.

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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. Dr. LaMassa organizes Astronomy on Tap DC, a public outreach event featuring astronomers giving short, fun talks in a bar.

Amy Lambeth
Amy Lambeth is a human-computer interaction researcher at Georgia Tech's Interactive Media Computing Center, with a focus on UX standards, practices, and ethics regarding gaming, multimodal wearable interfaces, and augmented reality. Her interests include human-computer interaction in real-world and fictional contexts, ethics in design, and emergent behavior in technology.

L. Jagi Lamplighter
L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the Prospero's Children series and the YA series The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, the third of which was nominated for the 2017 YA Dragon Award.

Michael Latini
Michael Latini is a designer, fabricator, puppeteer and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions. Recently Michael puppeteered with The Muppets for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Saturday Night Live!

Dr. Leigh A. Willis, is a self-styled renaissance, passionate second-generation geek. He is a scientist, gamer, cosplay photographer, podcaster, comic collector. He is the founder of Dr. LAW's Photolab, which specializes in cosplay photography and a part of the Stuff We Like Stuff We Hate Podcast on soundcloud.

David Anthony Lee
Dave Lee is an artist, author, actor and producer. He is a cast member of two TV shows in production "Paradox City" and "HCS Creates". He best known for his large steampunk vehicles and costumes.

DN Lee
Biologist & Outreach Scientist who studies behavior and natural history of rodents across urban gradients. National Geographic Emerging Explorer, TED Fellow, The Root 100, EBONY Power 100, The Griot 100 Most Influential African Americans - Science, STEM, Social Media, White House Champion of Change - STEM Diversity

Jeff M. Leininger
Founded Robot Costumes USA in 2002 producing custom costumes for Corporations, TV, Film and Theme Parks all over the world.

Stephen Richard Letnes
Stephen Letnes is a composer and founder of a nonprofit for people with disabilities, Able Artist Foundation. Stephen has scored over 100 films (including films for Sony Pictures) and appeared multiple times in Variety Magazine.

Laura Levy
Laura Levy is an engineering psychologist at Georgia Tech specializing in serious game design, AR/VR, and human-computer interactions research. Laura “fights for the user” by using science to design and validate technology from the human perspective to make it more helpful, playful, and easier to use.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is a published writer, blogger and columnist for, and several other publications.

Allyssa A Lewis
Prime-time Emmy winning Animator, Allyssa A Lewis, is also a Recruiter and Consultant most noted for her animation on over 75 episodes and promos of FX's Emmy winning series Archer. She has also produced content for NBC's 30 Rock, and Animation Domination. She is also a judge for The EMMY® Awards.

Ann Margaret Lewis
Ann Margaret Lewis has written tie-in children’s books and short stories for DC Comics along with two editions of the book Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species for Random House. She also writes Sherlock Holmes pastiches (Wessex Press, Superversive) and space opera (Superversive Press).

Courtland D Lewis
Courtland Lewis, PhD, is author of Way of the Doctor: Doctor Who’s Pocket-Book Guide to the Good Life, and co-editor of Doctor Who and More Doctor Who and Philosophy.

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.

Kelly Lockhart
Kelly Lockhart is a book editor, screenwriter, and the founder of both the popular Robot Battles competitions and the Southern Fandom Resource Guide online convention calendar.

Talloolah Love
Producer, teacher, performer, and this year's DragonCon Burlesque producer and emcee, Talloolah Love's list of accomplishments are on a pretty impressive resume that catalogs her 16 years of experience. She currently resides in Atlanta, where she owns a Burlesque dance and movement Studio called Metropolitan Studios.

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. Ms. Lytle represents artists, authors and start-up companies. She is the author of a law school text book on Intellectual Property and several academic articles which are not quite as boring as they sound.

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David Maass
Dave Maass is senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald has a PhD in astrophysics and currently works as a technical consultant in engineering and for the entertainment industry. She hosts an online series called "Dr Erin Explains the Universe". Her research experience was in the UK in gravitational waves with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Blair MacIntyre
Blair MacIntyre is a Professor teaching AR/VR and Video Game Design, and a Research Scientist at Mozilla leading the effort to bring AR to the Web.

Moxie Anne Magnus
Lt. Moxie Anne Magnus, chief xenocosmetologist on the USS Enterprise of the 23rd Century, is the only cadet in the history of the fleet to pass the Kobayashi Hairdo (a no-weave scenerio). She's a comedienne, ukulelist, and queen of outerspace and she's here to put the drag in Dragoncon!

Lisa Manifold
Lisa Manifold is the indie USA Today Bestselling author of the paranormal romance series The Realm and Djinn Everlasting; as well as the urban fantasy series The Aumahnee Prophecy and the Dragon Thief. She is the 2016 RMFW Independent Writer of the Year.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s.

Joanie Mars
Joanie King is an entomologist and PhD student at Texas A&M University who is active in science communication (SciComm) and outreach. She and two other entomologists (Nancy Miorelli and Joe Ballenger) run a SciComm and outreach project called, “Ask an Entomologist,” which uses social media to connect with communities.

Craig Martelle
Craig is a retired Marine who now writes science fiction full time. He is an international bestselling author of space opera, post apoc, and military scifi.

Anya Martin
Anya Martin's debut collection, Sleeping with the Monster, is coming this autumn from Lethe Press. Her fiction appears in anthologies, magazines, chapbooks and comics. She’s also a journalist, editor of and producer of The Outer Dark podcast on This Is Horror. Visit

Cody Martin
Cody Martin has collaborated with Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee and Veronica Giguere on the epic superhero series SWC. He has also collaborated with Mercedes Lackey on Silence and the upcoming Breaking Silence, and on Reboots for Phoenyx Pick.  He lives in Orlando, FL.

Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the critically acclaimed author of the DAEDALUS series of Napoleonic space opera novels and the MAJESTIC-12 spy-fi thriller series.

Mike Massa
Mike Massa has lived an adventurous life, including stints as Navy SEAL officer, an investment banker and a technologist. Newly published by Baen Books, he is coauthor on books five and six of the Graveyard Sky apocalyptic thrillers with NYT bestseller John Ringo.

Angela F. Mattke
Dr. Angela F. Mattke, MD is a practicing Emergency Physician and is passionate about protecting patients from charlatans and other purveyors of snake oil, in all its forms.

Stephen Mazur
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Faith McCombs
Faith McCombs spends her weekends working for Princess Productions, attending children’s birthday parties all over Southeast Georgia as a character entertainer. When not in costume, she works full-time as a Systems Analyst for a paper mill and she lives outside of Savannah, GA, with her family.

Charles McFall
Currently The Rock God of Podcasting is the host of multiple award-nominated shows including “Rock God of Podcasting”, “Pokemon GO Podcast”, and “Breaking the Panel” In January of 2016, along with Brian Ibbott and Paul Klotz, Charles launched a comic based podcasting network called “Giant-Size Team-Up” network.

Jonathan B McFarland
Jonathan is a career law enforcement professional and special victims detective with a metro Atlanta police department. He also designs, develops, and writes role-playing games for Onyx Path Publishing and Growling Door Games.

Joseph Edward Meany
Author and scientist Joseph Meany, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Crimson Alkemist) is a coauthor of the 2018 novel Graphene alongside NASA physicist Les Johnson.

Jason R Merrill
When asked to describe Jason R. Merrill, the word ‘Dapper’ is the inevitable answer. He is known for speaking across the country on matters of vintage style and etiquette while exemplifying both.

Bethany Michel
Bethany Michel is the founder and sole employee of JackMonkey FX. She started down this bloody and fantastical road in 2010 thanks to a job which embraced her desire to make all things moulage. Constantly learning, her current favorite phrase is "What does this do?"

Melinda R. Mock
Melinda is co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's which is now in its 6th year with over 30K subscribers. She also hosts Dreamland: The RetroBlasting Podcast, a show about music, movies, and pop culture.

Christopher G Moore
Christopher G. Moore is an awarding filmmaker whose films have screened at fests and cons across the country. He's co-writer on the popular YouTube series Mario Warfare and cohost on Gruesome Magazine’s podcasts Horror News Radio and Decades of Horror: 1980s. He's known for his Doctor Stranger Things cosplay.

David Moscato
David is a paleontologist, science writer, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he brings his experience as a fossil hunter and researcher to entertaining and educational discussions about past and present life on Earth.

Robert Mosher
Robert A Mosher is a retired diplomat, military historian and philosopher, amateur and professional war gamer, reenactor/living historian. His government service with the State and Defense Departments led to work in retirement assisting in training of US Army, Marine, and Navy units at DOD training locations across the country.

Bill Mulligan
Bill Mulligan is an active member of the North Carolina indie film community where he works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. His two dozen credits include several award winning films. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.

Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy is an indie author of military sci-fi and space opera. She’s a 2016 and 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction Novel & a 2017 Kindle Book Awards finalist as well as SFWA member. Learn more at or follow on twitter @selatyron.

Quatoyiah Murry
Quatoyiah Murry is the Editorial Manager at TCM and FilmStruck. She also writes and researches film and film history under the moniker The Cinephiliac.

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Vera Nazarian
Vera Nazarian is a Nebula Award Finalist, award-winning artist, and author of the bestselling dystopian apocalyptic series THE ATLANTIS GRAIL, with WIN, book 3, nominated for the 2018 Dragon Award. She uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.

Neon the Glowgobear
International DJ Neon the Glowogobear has performed around North America and has performed as such events as Toronto Pride, Chicago Market Days, and GayDays! He plays a blend of music from every decade with his signature sound and DragonCon gets a special set just for us!

Heather Ness
Heather Ness teaches psychology courses at Middle Georgia State University and has developed “Psychology of Superheroes” and “Psychology of Video Games” honors introduction classes. She is the author of Broken Heroes: The Psychology and Trauma of Marvel's Defenders. Heather hosts a podcast “Super-Psych: Psychology of Superheroes” on iTunes.

Matt Nitchie
Matt Nitchie has been the co-host of the Dragon-Con Puppet Slam since it's inception as the hand behind Bob, the Sci-Fi Janitor.

Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is a professor of biology and former department chair at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera). He is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.

Bob Novella
Bob Novella is a co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and the Alpha Quadrant 6 podcasts. He also blogs and co-wrote the book: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake.

Jay Novella
Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 science podcast with over 650 episodes.

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 with multiple TV appearances, two popular blogs (NeuroLogica and Science-Based Medicine), had he has produced two courses for The Great Courses.

Bob Nygaard
Bob Nygaard is a retired NY police officer-turned-private investigator-turned actor who specializes in the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of non-traditional organized crime suspects. Nygaard specializes in debunking and causing self-proclaimed psychics to be arrested all across the USA recovering millions of dollars for psychic fraud victims.

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Mallory Anne O'Meara
Mallory O'Meara is an author and a producer for Dark Dunes Productions. Her latest film is the feature Yamasong: March of the Hollows. Mallory cohosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. Her book, The Lady From The Black Lagoon, a biography of Milicent Patrick, is out March 5th, 2019.

Casey R Oakes
Casey Oakes is a professional podcaster for the Geek Vs podcast, as well as publishing articles on various aspects of "geek culture." He has a background in writing and performance at the state theater of Georgia - the Springer Opera House.

Leah N. Olbrich
Leah is a Los Angeles-based performer and puppet fabricator for stop motion animation. Most recently, she built puppets for “Supermansion: Season 3,” out now on Crackle. She also fabricates specialty props, puppets and costume items for theater and film and frequently performs in local puppet slams in L.A.

Melissa F Olson
Melissa F. Olson is the author of nine Old World novels for 47North as well as the Nightshades novellas for She lives in Madison, WI with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and two jittery chinchillas. Read more about her work and life at

Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega is deputy manager at Marshall Space Flight Center Partnerships Office. Since June 2015, Mr. Ortega develops relationships between NASA and commercial companies, academia and technology organizations. NASA looks to partnerships to help enable the execution of the Nation’s space program on its journey to explore.

Jon R Osborne
Jon R. Osborne lives in Indianapolis, where he runs role-playing games weekly and writes less often than he should. Jon has written short stories in the Four Horsemen Universe as well as two novels in his urban fantasy series. Learn more at

Chantelle Aimée Osman
Chantelle Aimée Osman is Acquisitions Editor for Dagger books, former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews, and a freelance editor. She is also a writing instructor and author of numerous works of non-fiction and short fiction.

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Stephani Page
Stephani Page, PhD is a biochemist and the creator of the #BLACKandSTEM and #marginsci communities.

Joshua Palmatier
Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy author with DAW Books with a PhD in Mathematics. He is also an editor and the founder of the small press Zombies Need Brains. His most recent novel is Reaping The Aurora.

James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated author of science fiction, space opera, steampunk, and pulp adventure. He is the co-creator, with former comics scribe Jim Beard, of the shared world cold war kaiju anthology Monster Earth and its sequel, Betrayal on Monster Earth. James lives in Northeast Georgia with his family.

Cherie Panek
Cherie has over twenty years experience as a freelance puppeteer, actor and director. She is inspired by the nuanced movement and emotional intricacy of tabletop puppetry. In 2016, Cherie co-founded the PDX Puppetry Collective which holds bi-weekly Puppet Labs and builds a network of practitioners to develop their craft collaboratively.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli is a novelist and retired sports journalist. His second science fiction novel, Escaping Infinity, was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel. His third sci-fi novel, When The Gods Fell, will be released during DragonCon 2018.

Thomas Parham
Dr. Thomas Parham has written for CBS’ military drama JAG and the Family Channel sitcom Big Brother Jake. He has also contributed chapters to Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment; The Gospel According to Super-Heroes: Religion and Popular Culture; and Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture.

Jessica M Parilla
Dr. Jessica Parilla is a Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Director of Biology at Georgia State University.

Glenn Parris
Glenn Parris has leveraged his medical/science background to write science fiction, fantasy as well as medical thrillers and mysteries.

J. Patrick
J. Patrick has been a radio programmer for over twenty years. In 2011 he began using his radio experience to produce and host podcast. Currently, he is co-host of the popular Pod Casserole: An Adam and Jp Show and is the Digital Program Director for WSM Radio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Teresa Patterson
Work includes: The World of Shannara (Terry Brooks), The World of the Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), No Quarter (Robert Asprin), Combat Corpsman (Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin), as well as numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. She is also an editor, artist and manages The Armory at DragonCon.

Sean M. Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and principal for SMP Designs and has designed more than 40 stage productions, 8 short films, 5 features and numerous media projects for clients around the world.

Lars Pearson
Lars Pearson is publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Norwegian Press, a Des Moines-based producer of SF books. Along with Lance Parkin, Pearson is the co-author of Ahistory, the definitive timeline to Doctor Who that’s now more than a million words, and incorporates nearly 2500 Who-related stories into a single timeline.

Rachel Pendergrass
Rachel is a writer, performer, and professional nerd. She's written for everyone from National Lampoon to McSweeneys to Dragon Con TV and she produces the nationally touring Solve for X science variety show.

PeninaChan is an artist, a gamer, and a content creator. PeninaChan makes videos on YouTube sharing her passion for art, video games, and current events.

D.R. Perry
D.R. Perry writes and publishes speculative fiction set in New England. Among her works is Dragon Award nominated Alternative History novel A Change In Crime and Providence Paranormal College, a humorous Paranormal series for Young Adults.

Marc Petrosino
Marc Petrosino is a puppeteer, builder, designer, and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions. He’s frequently seen on the stages of Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, & Lincoln Center. Television credits include: Sesame Street, Blue’s Room, Crank Yankers, Saturday Night Live!, The Muppets on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Phoenicia has been a belly dancer since 1983 first as a troupe member, then solo performer, and finally a teacher. In addition to cabaret, ethnic, tribal, and fusion belly dance styles she is also a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor. 

Chris Pope
Chris Pope is a video game developer known for his work on the Two Guys From Andromeda's (Developers of Sierra Onlines Space Quest Series) $539,767 successfully funded video game, SpaceVenture. He is game designer and voice actor from Cluck Yegger: Escape From The Planet of the Poultroid. He is a one time Pac-Man Turbo world record holder.

Thomas Pope
Thomas Pope is the founder of BuNine, a collection of professionals assisting David Weber in defining and documenting the Honorverse. Tom served as lead editor for House of Steel and is collaborating with David and Timothy Zahn on the Manticore Ascendant series of novels.

Erica Portnoy
Erica Portnoy is a technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she develops the Let's Encrypt client Certbot (the web's https-enabling robot buddy) and works with lawyers and activists to achieve EFF's policy goals, including ensuring net neutrality and promoting secure messaging.

Ashley Poston
Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella, which was named one of Seventeen's "12 Life Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer," Paste Magazine's Best YA Books of 2017, and a GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist. She is also the author of Heart of Iron, a starred-reviewed IndieNext pick.

Kasey Price
 Kasey Price makes a living wrangling Superheroes. She was inducted into the secret society of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 and has since made four films with Marvel Studios as a talent/producer’s assistant including Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming untitled Avengers 4.

Mark Putnam

Marx Pyle
Marx authored the book Television on the Wild Wild Web, co-hosts DC Action Hour, co-hosts the podcast GenreTainment and creates web series/films. He has been a panelist at various cons, including San Diego Comic-Con, Boston Comic Con, and Gen Con. As a professor he teaches script analysis & film production.

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Octavia Randolph
Octavia Randolph's seven book Circle of Ceridwen Saga transports the reader to 9th century England and Scandinavia, during the most critical years of the Viking incursions. Meticulous research combined with deep imagining have driven the Saga to cult status popularity among readers and listeners across the English-speaking world.

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. As a writer she has been previously published in Nightmare Magazine and several anthologies.

Lindsay Ribar
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels The Pros of Cons (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies; The Art of Wishing, and The Fourth Wish.  She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books.

Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards is a "method writer", having trained professionally in sword fighting to learn how to write the perfect fight scenes. She still has yet to hit George Lucas levels of severed limbs though in her work.

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson
Executive producer of Dragon*ConTV, host of the audio podcast WhatTheCast, part-time video producer and all-around professional nerd.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart is the author of the near-future science fiction novel Walking on the Sea of Clouds. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, and his songs have been played on The Dr. Demento Show. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books and a USAF veteran.

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 for over 15 years. He is also a host of cult cinema screenings throughout Northern California.

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. Since winning the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition in 2006, she has written two Urban Fantasy series, publishing eight novels since 2010. She also wrote, created, and produced an original musical score/CD for her Immanence series.

Dennis Lee Robinson
Dennis is the co-creator, host, writer, producer and editor for Botched: A D&D Podcast on the Giant Size Team Up Network.

Merle S Robinson
Lead wargame designer National Security Decision-Making Game (DoD-like geopolitical live action roleplay). With broad DoD experience in information technology, analysis and process improvement has lead over 400 events exploring past, present and future geopolitical challenges and delivered over 200 presentations on historic/contemporary topics. Graduate: Military Operations Research Wargaming Certificate program.

Hal Rodriguez
Hal Rodriguez and Sahrye Cohen are the authors of the exciting new book Make It, Wear It: Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers. Hal Rodriguez is the co-founder and chief technologist of the tech couture design group, Amped Atelier.

Meredith Rose
Meredith is a tech policy wonk, lawyer, fandom fangirl, and occasional podcaster with Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

Madeleine Roux
Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, which has sold into eleven countries around the world and whose first book was named a Teen Indie Next List Pick, and the House of Furies series. Madeleine now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Ginger Rowland
Ginger Rowland Wig and Hair Stylist. I am head hair extension and special occasion styling educator for Van Michael as well as creative director for the Midtown location.

Christopher Ruocchio
Christopher Ruocchio is the Assistant Editor at Baen Books and the author of the Sun Eater series from DAW Books. Empire of Silence is his debut novel.

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Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist turned award-winning science journalist who covers all things microscopic as the senior writer, molecular biology for Science News magazine.

Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books, editing original science fiction, fantasy, horror, as well as some crime fiction and graphic novel / comics related projects. He also edits media tie-in fiction including Alien, Predator, Mass Effect, the Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and many more.

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is an award-winning science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. Cara is a correspondent on National Geographic's “Explorer” and Netflix's “Bill Nye Saves the World.” She hosts the weekly science podcast “Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria” and cohosts the “Skeptics' Guide to the Universe” podcast.

Shellie Schmals
Since 2014, Shellie Schmals works as the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Film Programming Manager. With 20 years of non-profit experience in multiple roles, she’s earned an MBA & EDM; is the Women in Film and Television Atlanta (Secretary), co-chairs the Short Film Showcase; and produces/emcees Roxie Roz Burlesque.

Sarah Schoemann
Sarah Schoemann is a founding member of Different Games Collective and a PhD Student at GA Tech. Her design/research work includes designing games, creating digital music hardware from conductive textiles and studying the way the way radical, DIY game developers are changing games as a field.

Michelle Schusterman
Michelle is the author of the I Heart Band and The Kat Sinclair Files series and the middle grade novels Olive and the Backstage Ghost and Spell & Spindle. She's also the co-author of the YA novel The Pros of Cons, and co-author of the Secrets of Topsea series under the pseudonym M. Shelley Coats. 

Nancy Miorelli (SciBugs) is an entomologist and scicommer living in Quito, Ecuador. She conducts customized tours in Ecuador focusing on insect ecology. She spent her first two years in Ecuador in a cloud forest ecolodge working with tourists. She was the scientific advisor and insect videographer for Naked and Afraid.

Deb E Scott
Deb Scott’s stage experience includes actor/writer/director. She toured regionally with Tears of Joy Puppet Theater for two seasons. While with Tears of Joy, she had the great privilege to be directed by internationally renowned puppeteer, writer and director Jan Wilkowski and toured his show Tymoteusz Rymcimci.

David S. Serchay
David S. Serchay is a youth services librarian with the Broward County (FL) Library System where his responsibilities include ordering graphic novels for over 30 branches. He is the author of several books on graphic novels and has contributed to a number of graphic novel related reference books.

Pam Severns
Pam Severns is an accidental vaudevillian and zero-time Academy Award winning performer, taking her silent puppetry acts to puppet slams, comedy and variety festivals around the country. She has produced and performed on projects with PBS, IFC and Amazon and enjoys writing short autobiographies in the third person.

Lisa Shackelford
Lisa is the Founder and Lead Investigator of the Georgia Paranormal Files and a cast member of the new paranormal reality show True Ghost Stories.  Lisa blogs as the Haunted Flight Attendant where she writes of her ghostly travels through the US and abroad. She has investigated the paranormal since 2008.

Angela Sheehan
Angela is an artist and educator passionate about craft electronics, costuming, and the combination of arts and technology. She has been working with wearables since 2005 and is currently the product manager for the LilyPad line at SparkFun Electronics. Angela has taught over 90 e-textile and e-craft workshops.

Eve Siebert
Eve Siebert is a college English instructor with a Ph.D. in medieval English literature. She blogs at, contributes to the Skepticality podcast, INSIGHT at, and is a panelist on the Virtual Skeptics webcast.

Aron Siegel
Aron Siegel, producer and sound mixer whose work includes “The Unwanted”, “Implanted”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Black Lightning”, “The Walking Dead”, “Vampire Diaries". Aron’s worked with Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael B. Jordan, James Wan, Jonathan Demme. Dragon Con showcased three films he's mixed: "Blood Car", "The Signal", "20 Years After".

R Alan Siler
R. Alan Siler is an essayist, occasional blogger, and librarian who has published three Doctor Who books (Doctor Who's Greatest Hits, Facing the Raven, and Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who) and one Star Trek book (Star Trek's Greatest Hits), plus essays on numerous topics.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two Urban Fantasy Series, The Sabrina Grayson Novels and Windfire, plus the Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education (minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare), she currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.

Herb Silverman
Herb Silverman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston, author, founder of the Secular Coalition for America and the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC, and a recipient of the American Humanist Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shayne Silvers
Regularly a Top Ten Worldwide Best Fantasy Author on Amazon, Shayne considers himself a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his mystery...

Latoya Simmons
Latoya's a Creative Director, Cosplayer, & Comic Fan. But when "adulting", is an Emergency Management Specialist.

Austin Sirkin
Austin Sirkin is a prominent Steampunk scholar, writer, maker, and costumer who has been featured in books, music videos, and -- most importantly -- memes.

Michelle Sleeper
Michelle Sleeper is an Atlanta based maker, artist, and educator. She specializes in special FX and prop and costume making.

Fr. Bryan Small
Geeky priest with a take on sci-fi/pop culture commingled with religion and spirituality.

Shawnee Small
Shawnee Small is a USA Today bestselling author & creator of the dark urban fantasy series, the Shining Ones. Drawing on inspiration from her time in the Goth subculture of the '80s and '90s, she is currently working on several projects including the Night Kind series, which launches Summer 2018.

Daviorr Snipes
Daviorr is a New York University theater graduate who is a professional actor with the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. He has voiced radio ads, hosted video docs and been featured on the podcast, Scottscope.

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. Roxanne is the director of Spazhouse, Intuitive Research, specializing in research assistance for authors and writers.

Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today Bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles, aka Jennifer Saints, J.L. Saint is a Golden Heart, three-time Maggie, two-time National Reader's Choice, Marlene, RT Reviewer's Choice and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author. Jennifer writes in multiple genres, including: romance, paranormal, contemporary, historical and military and paranormal crime

Kevin Stallard
A 30 year video gaming and information security professional, Kevin has developed award winning software in both genres.

Roxanne Starr
Roxanne Starr is best known as arguably the first comic book letterer to bring workable digital comic book fonts to the industry in Bob Burden's FLAMING CARROT COMICS.

Amie Stepanovich
As U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel at Access Now, Amie Stepanovich works to ensure that laws and policies on surveillance and cybersecurity recognize and respect human rights.

Dacre Calder Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead, and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker. His next novel Dracul, expected out in 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam with film rights to Paramount Studios.

Myra Su
Myra Su is a Chicago-based narrative artist specializing in storytelling through shadow puppetry on overhead projectors. Her puppetry also includes experimentation in paper craft, sculpture, video, animation, and even taxidermy. In addition, she is a touring puppeteer with Manual Cinema, performing worldwide. For her portfolio, please visit:

Thalia Sutton
Thalia is an editor of manga and light novels whose work includes Sword Art Online and Durarara. She also writes and speaks academically in the emerging field of fandom studies.

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Douglas Wayne Talk
Dr. Douglas Talk is a physician and consultant for SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc., assisting in the design of human hibernation-based space missions for deep space exploration. He has been featured on numerous news and media outlets and presented multiple lectures on his research in human hibernation and aerospace reproductive medicine.

Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is a fandom and geek culture expert, public speaker, event planner, and author. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones convention in the US, and co-hosts the webcast "FEELINGS...with The Geekiary".

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is a writer and the licensing and brand manager for the Bram Stoker Estate.

Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen Taylor has been creating costumes for over 15 years. He is the owner and operator of Lone Wolf Armory, and is also known as the Tattooed Santa. He works primarily in chainmaille and leather armor, but also dabbles in jewelry and cloth.

Lesia Miller The Haunted Librarian
A former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian. She blogs at Listed as a Top 50 Paranormal Website, contains the latest in paranormal news. Lesia investigates the most popular theories along with obscure and shows how they simply do not hold up.

The Wicked Tailor
Frank T. Puricelli, AKA "The Wicked Tailor" is a Charleston, SC based costume and prop maker. By day he is a college History Professor, but by night he has been making award winning professional costumes and props since 2010.

Jakita O Thomas
Jakita O. Thomas, Ph.D. is a Philpott Westpoint Stevens Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Dr. Thomas is also Director of the CUltuRally & SOcially Relevent (CURSOR) Computing Lab and a co-founder of Pharaoh's Conclave (PCX), the connector of the eSports industry.

Jerry Trachtman
Mr. Trachtman worked at the Kennedy Space Center as an Apollo spacecraft operations engineer on all the Apollo missions. He participated in the engineering support provided by Kennedy Space Center to the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which ended with the crew’s safe return to earth.

Phantom Troublemaker
Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock concerts as his alter ego, Phantom Troublemaker. As the owner/operator of he has been providing commentary on toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture for over a decade.

Gleb Tsipursky
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is passionate about promoting truth, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He is a professor at Ohio State, serves as the volunteer President of the nonprofit Intentional Insights, is a co-founder of the Pro-Truth Pledge, and the author of a number of a number of books.

Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker has over twenty years’ experience as a wargame designer for the National Security Decision Making Game. In addition, he has been lecturing as part of the NSDMG team's programs on a wide range of political, military and historical subjects.

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Vanessa S Valliere
Vanessa Valliere has toured nationally as a solo performer and was also in a clown ensemble for Tour De Fat. Vanessa tours internationally with Manual Cinema, a cinematic shadow puppetry company. She tours with Theater Unspeakable and is a proud nerd-cheerleader for Mucca Pazza, a thirty-piece circus punk marching band.

Alexi Vandenberg
Dubbed “the Merchant Prince of Fandom”, Alexi Vandenberg is a entrepreneur and expert in marketing, promoting, comics, science fiction, fantasy and was a leading contributor to the Evil Overlord List. He is also the owner Bard’s Tower the only nationally operated literary celebrity experience for pop culture entertainment.

R.R. Virdi
 R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award finalist.  He is the author of two urban fantasy series: The Grave Report, and The Books of Winter.  He will be releasing a space western from Bolide Publishing in late 2018 as well as a portal fantasy titled, Goblin King

Henry Vogel
Henry is a former comic book writer, currently performing storyteller, and a science fiction author with twelve books in print. His novels reflect his love of space opera and planetary romance. He also has an illustrated children's book containing three of the most popular stories from his performances.

Hemrani Vyas
Hemrani Vyas is the programming coordinator for Turner Classic Movies. Hemrani helps with content curation and also manages the US and Canadian linear schedule. Hemrani does not like talking about herself in the third person.

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Jessica Wade
Jessica Wade is a senior editor at Penguin Random House. She primarily acquires science fiction and fantasy for Ace Books.

Constance G.J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, poet, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. She is currently at work on a book about Frodo as sacrificial hero and a chapbook of fantasy and faerie-themed poetry.

Jack H. Walsh
Jack Walsh is a television producer and writer best known for his Emmy-winning work on “Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity,” “Four Days at Dragon Con,” and “Secret Atlanta,” as well as for his appearances at storytelling and comedy events around town.

Mark H Wandrey
Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. He launched his professional career in 2004 with the release of Earth Song - Overture. Now, 12 years later, he has more than 10 books out, including an unbroken chain of 6 best sellers, and a Dragon Award finalist 2 years in a row. His most popular work is the Four Horsemen universe, with 9 books published in 2017, and 20 more due out in 2018! Check him out at

Roman JC Weaver
10 Years as a Producer, Director, DP and carpenter based in Atlanta, Roman Weaver has worked with Steve Harvey, Zach Galligan and Robin Thicke, and on films like ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Star Trek: First Frontier’. Catch his latest film, ‘Evil Little Things’ this year at the DragonCon Film Festival.

Jacob Weisman
Jacob Weisman is the publisher at Tachyon Publications. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon. He is the editor of Invaders, The New Voices of Fantasy (with Peter S. Beagle), and The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (with David G. Hartwell).

Kevin Michael Wesson
Kevin Michael Wesson is a 24-year-old Chicago-based puppeteer/playwright. Originally from Tampa, FL, he received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida with a minor in creative writing. Currently he is an artistic associate with the Chicago Puppet Theatre Company, Rough House Theater.

Zeb L West
Zeb West is a puppeteer and writer in Berkeley. A collaborator with Austin’s Trouble Puppet and Brooklyn’s Alphabet Arts, he graduated from The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater. West recently toured Canada with his one-man show, Innocent When You Dream, about a man trapped in a whale.

Alex White
Alex White writes science fiction and fantasy for major publishers. His books include A Big Ship At The Edge of The Universe  (Orbit), Alien: The Cold Forge  (Titan/20th Century Fox) and Every Mountain Made Low (Solaris). His podcast, The Gearheart, was a three-time Parsec finalist.

Mel. White
Dr Mel. is a PhD Information Scientist, author, artist, storyteller, fossil preparator, and science educator

Nathan White
Nathan is the Senior Legislative Manager at Access Now where he directs campaigns related to tech policy and human rights in Washington D.C. and around the world. He previously operated a political advocacy firm, and worked in the U.S. Congress.

Jo Whittemore
Jo Whittemore is the author of the Supergirl novel trilogy (all-new adventures based on the CW television show), as well as numerous middle grade humor novels, including the Girls Who Code novel Lights, Music, Code!, Me & Mom vs. the World, and the Confidentially Yours series.

Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde has been a finalist for three Nebulas, a Hugo, a Locus, a Dragon award. Her debut novel, Updraft, won the Andre Norton and Compton Crook awards. She writes fantasy, science fiction, and high-tech nonfiction. Her work appears in Asimov's,, The Washington Post, iO9, and Clarkesworld.

Edward Willett
Edward Willett is the author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction. He won the Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel for Marseguro (DAW) in 2009. The Cityborn is his most recent SF novel for DAW. His next, Worldshaper, launches a new series this September.

Damien Patrick Williams
Damien Williams is an instructor, researcher, and writer on philosophy, technology, religion, popular culture, and the occult. For the past eight years he's been a member of the Comics & Popular Arts Conference programming committee, engaging Dragon Con's interests from an academic perspective. Damien maintains and

Jonathan Williams
Award-winning blogger, podcaster, journalist, wrestling promoter, and film festival judge are just some of the Jonathan Williams' prolific professions . Founder of the award-winning and co-host of the Pro Wrestling Roundtable, he's also a set dresser/on-set dresser for genre productions like Stranger Things, The Gifted, and Rainy Season.

Michael George Williams
Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror, paranormal fantasy, and science fiction genres. Michael’s best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles, Days of Autumn, and Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton, from Falstaff Books. He’s also a gaymer, wisecracker, activist, and podcaster.

Shae Williams
Dr. Williams is an aerospace engineer and spacecraft propulsion designer at Moog, Inc. who has designed, built, and tested in-space propulsion systems at multiple companies.

Betty Windsor
Betty Windsor is a co-host for the podcast Geek Versus. When not behind a mic, she spends her time balancing being a student, gaming, and writing laborious film reviews often filled with not much else but humor. Her background in improv has not managed to make her funnier.

Christopher Woods
Christopher Woods is writer of fiction, teller of tales, and professional liar. He is a proud holder of the original BS degree. He has nine works out in three different story lines. He has recently joined the writers in the Four Horsemen Universe.

Trisha J. Wooldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge is the former president of Broad Universe, a former acquisitions editor for a mid-size press, a freelance editor, writer, and journalist. She’s published dozens of stories and poems, plus three child-friendly novels and a poem as T.J. Wooldridge. Find out more at

Gareth Worthington
Scientist. Writer. Muay Thai Fighter. Award-winning author of sci-fi. Gareth Worthington travels the world bringing cancer medicine to patients and writing novels in his spare time. Published by Vesuvian Books, his work is in development for TV and film.

Philip R Wyatt
Philip is an Experienced Paranormal Researcher with an extensive background in ITC Spirit Communication.  Instrumental Trans Communication . He Combines Science, Technology and Intuition in his Paranormal Research and Investigations.

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author and journalist. He writes for StarWars.Com, Star Wars Insider, and wrote the bestselling book on Dragon Con "Lost at the Con."

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Jose P Zagal
José Zagal is faculty at the University of Utah's top-ranked game development program. He wrote Ludoliteracy and edited the Videogame Ethics Reader and Role-Playing Game Studies, a book on the study of role-playing games. He was also honored as a distinguished game scholar by the digital games research association (DiGRA).

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