Attending Professionals

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Mary Abreu
Mary Abreu left an award-winning journalism career to pursue her passion for sewing and costuming. She writes books about sewing, teaches other people to sew, designs projects other people can sew, and sews for a local filmmaker.

Tracy A. Akers
Tracy A. Akers is the author of The Souls of Aredyrah, a multi-award winning fantasy series. Named "a talent to celebrate" by author William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run), Ms. Akers has received numerous recognitions for YA literature. Her books have been on Florida Department of Education recommended reading lists.

Scott Ampleford
Scott Ampleford is a composer, arranger and synthesist from the North East of England. He has co-written musicals, been in award-winning bands, and composed for stage and television. Scott is best known for scoring and narrating the web series, Doctor Puppet.

Cooper Andrews
Cooper Andrews has been a boom operator for over 10 years in the Atlanta film community. This past year he has opened a film studio and he is also on the cast of Halt and Catch Fire, playing the computer coder Kenneth "Yo-Yo" Engberk.

Stephen L. Antczak
Stephen L Antczak is a writer, editor, producer, and comic book publisher. After co-editing the anthologies Zombiesque or DAW Books and Clockwork Fairy Tales for ROC Books, Antczak set his sights on directing. He directs his first short film in 2014.

Neon Armour
Stephanie Anderson is an Award Winning Body Painter and FX Artist. Work includes the Michael Bay Film, Welcome to Yesterday, Maxim, Patriot Pictures Film Halloween House, The Demon's Rook, The Originals, Welcome to the Bubs. She organizes Body Art events with comic greats David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz, and James O'Barr.

Nancy Atkinson
Nancy Atkinson is the Senior Editor for the popular space and astronomy news website Universe Today. She also works with the Astronomy Cast podcast and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Lady Attercop
Lady Attercop co-hosts the weekly steampunk podcast, The Clockwork Cabaret. She is also the creative force behind the webcomic, Strange Fiction.

Will Aymerich
Will Aymerich is a reverend-doctor, paranormal researcher, philosopher, artist, published author, entrepreneur, Patriot, host of DARKSIDE Radio, and a bacon/coffee addict.

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Christina Barber
Christina Barber is an award-winning author and paranormal researcher. Christina began researching the paranormal in 2003. Her passion for the phenomena has grown. Christina’s published books include Spirits of Georgia’s Southern Crescent and Georgia’s Ghosts (Coming 2014). Christina’s fiction works, also about ghosts include Seely’s Pond and Greystone.

Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is the author of Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, both of which were New York Times bestsellers on the young adult list. Her third book, Ruin & Rising, comes out in June 2014. She lives in Los Angeles.

Randy Begel
Randy Begel (AKA Riot Entropy) is a writer at Riot Games currently crafting the legends in League of Legends. His previous work includes Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Michelle Belanger
Best known for her work on TV's Paranormal State, Michelle is an author and researcher with books on vampires, demons, the paranormal and occult. Her fictional Shadowside series debuts with Titan Publishing in 2015.

Roger Bellini
Roger Bellini owns and runs Neverland Books, an independent publisher of fantasy anthologies. He’s also the marketing manager at Ragnarok Publications, an independent publisher focusing on dark fantasy and speculative fiction. When he’s not buried in a book, you can find him con-organizing Mysticon or theater managing.

Gregory Berns
Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Neuroscientist at Emory University is best known for using MRI to study human decision-making. Most recently, he led the first team to train dogs to go into an MRI "completely awake" to decode their thoughts and feelings in How Dogs Love Us.

Evan Bernstein
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, an award-winning podcast on science, pop-culture, and skepticism.

Ian Bogost
Ian Bogost is an author and game designer. He is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in media studies and a professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

Darlene Bolesny
Darlene Bolesny has lived many adventures - which made writing fantasy action-adventure a natural, next step. Her second book in the Duanor series, Sagril’s Tower, is to be released in 2014.

Rudi Bonaparte

Rudi “Riot Reboot” Bonaparte joined Riot Games in 2013. At Riot, he’s responsible for a team that analyzes data to help Rioters make more player-informed decisions.




Gwenda M Bond
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels The Woken Gods and Blackwood, with Girl on a Wire coming in October 2014. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on twitter.

Jon Boutelle
Jon has been hosting and producing podcasts for 8 years. For 5 years he has been hosting the "50 Days of Dragon Con," a podcast countdown dedicated to the directors, staff, and people of Dragon Con. He can also be found on "The Unique Geek" and "Need Coffee's Weekend Justice."

Bill Bridges
Bill Bridges is an award-winning writer and content designer for numerous games. He was one of the original developers of White Wolf’s World of Darkness and is the co-creator and developer of the Fading Suns science-fiction universe. He is a Fellow at Atlanta’s Mythic Imagination Institute.

June Brigman
June Brigman is the co-creator of Marvel's Power Pack, which celebrates it's 30th anniversary this year. Ms. Brigman has drawn such diverse comics as Alpha Flight, Supergirl, Star Wars, and was the artist on the Brenda Starr comic strip for 15 years.

Darwin Bromley
Darwin Bromley is a game designer best known for Empire Builder. Darwin co-founded Mayfair Games in 1981 and was the its President from 1982 to 1997. Darwin led Mayfair as it published its train games, card games, and RPGs (RoleAids, DC Heroes). Darwin started Mayfair re-publishing games from Europe, including Settlers of Catan.

Matthew J. Brown
Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D is a professional scholar of comics and popular culture and a 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 Dragon Con since 2008.

John Edgar Browning
John Edgar Browning has 12 published or forthcoming academic and popular trade books and over 40 published or forthcoming articles, book chapters, and reviews on subjects clustered around Cultural Studies, Horror, the Un-Dead, Bram Stoker, and the Gothic. He is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Clint Brownlee
Clint Brownlee is a paranormal investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations. He has been an investigator for seven years and brings 20 years of photography and tech experience to the team.

Chesya Burke
Chesya Burke’s collection, Let's Play White, received acclaim in 2011. She's recognized for critical analysis of genre/race issues, including articles, "Race and The Walking Dead" and "Super Duper Sexual Spiritual Black Woman: The New Magical Negro" published by Clarkesworld. Chesya is getting her MA in AA Studies.

Raychelle Burks
Currently a postdoctoral researcher in Nebraska, Raychelle is an analytical chemist that spends her days designing systems to find specific chemicals in a stew of chemicals. Research chemist and science writer, Raychelle loves to talk about the science of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and real stuff.

Laura A. Burns
Laura Burns has been a contract engineer on NASA missions since 1998. She spent the summer of 2007 in Beijing at the International Space University and has returned to ISU as a Guest Lecturer. She is the head of the Parsec Awards Steering Committee.

Emilie P. Bush
Emilie P. Bush is Editor-in-Chief of Steampunk Chronicle, a bestselling Children's book author, and Steampunk Novelist. She guides authors as Co-Founder of the Gwinnett County Writer's Guild and has been an award-winning professional broadcast journalist for 20 years. Also she is Miss December 2014 - Girls of the Con Calendar!

Erin Leigh Bushko
Erin Bushko has been a professional costumer for over ten years. She has also been an actor on all four seasons of The Walking Dead and recently released her first book Zombie Girl and Other Somewhat Grimm Poetry. She can be seen on Stellar City Geeks' webseries Under the Table.

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Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is a self-proclaimed UI/UX Designer by day, Batman by night. She currently works for Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts studio, on an undisclosed project. Among other mobile games, Alison was the lead UI Artist for Monopoly Hotels, and even has a character named after her.

» Stephen Cass
New York-based Stephen Cass is a science and technology journalist who has spent a lot of his career exploring the porous boundary between reality and sci-fi. The founding editor of Discover's "Science, Not Fiction" blog, Cass also edited the TRSF and Twelve Tomorrows original hard SF anthologies for MIT Technology Review, and the just-released Coming Soon Enough anthology for IEEE Spectrum, where he is a senior editor. As well as contributing chapters to books such as Fringe Science and Hollywood Chemistry, he is working with Kevin Grazier on an upcoming book about science and storytelling on the screen called Hollyweird Science.

Chance Chancellor
Chance Chancellor has been leather artisan for 10 and a leather instructor for 8 years. Since starting his career in Atlanta, GA. he's taught well over 18 hundred hours of leather classes. His areas of expertise encompass everything from the design and construction of leather accessories through professional consultation and custom costume design.

Kristin Charney
Kristin is an actress, puppeteer and voice artist. Credits include The Muppets, Team America: World Police, Sid the Science Kid, Imagination Movers, and more. Kristin has also designed educational programs that employ puppetry and storytelling for students. Her passion is inspiring children to learn to love learning.

Blair B. Chintella
Blair Chintella is a lawyer that lives in the Atlanta area and practices throughout Georgia. His primary expertise is copyright infringement defense but he has experience handling a wide range of matters.

Suzanne Church
Suzanne Church is a Canadian author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

John Cmar
John Cmar, MD, is an Instructor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Director of Infectious Diseases at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He the regular monthly co-host of Midday On Health with Dan Rodericks on 88.1 WYPR radio, and regularly blogs and podcasts at http://saintnickanuck.com/.

KyL T Cobb
KyL T. Cobb, Jr. serves a historical researcher, paranormal investigator, consulting demonologist, and is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of the past. Known as a world traveler and religious scholar, Cobb’s specialty is placing ancient texts in context and determining the original, often lost meaning.

Pamela A. Cole
Pamela Cole is a costumier.  She graduated from Goodman Theater in Chicago 41 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, reenactors, in the greater Atlanta area and is head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She's been involved with Dragon Con’s costume track from the beginning.

Katie Correll
Engineer, roboticist, and puppeteer best known for her appearance on King of the Nerds.

Anamaria Cristina Craciun
Anamaria Craciun is the Artistic Director of the Romanian theatre company Uninvented Theatre, a second year graduate student in the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut through a Fulbright Scholarship.

» Robert Scott Crane
Robert is now cast as Norman Mailer in Matthew David Wilder's upcoming Feature Film, Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. 

Madison J. Cripps
A professional puppeteer since 2006, now based in Asheville, NC. Cripps brings his unique hand carved wooden marionettes to life with song, interaction, and pun.

Cysero
Cysero has been the Project Lead for Artix Entertainment games AdventureQuest Worlds and DragonFable, and most recently served as Project Coordinator for their first major mobile game, Battle Gems.

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Leah D'Andrea
Leah D'Andrea is a professional seamstress, costumer and actress in Nashville, TN. She splits her time between acting and bridal alterations and can be seen in both film and television. She is also one of the core members of the Apparition Abolishers, where she is known as Chloe Seachord.

Kelly Damerow
Kelly Damerow is the only full-time lobbyist for nonbelievers. As the Director of Federal and State Affairs for the Secular Coalition for America in Washington DC, she drives our nation’s leaders to recognize and respect nonbelievers and the nonreligious, and defends a strong separation of religion and government.

Emmett Davenport
Miss Emmett Davenport co-hosts the weekly steampunk podcast, The Clockwork Cabaret. She has been hosting the show since it's inception in 2007. She is also a veteran DJ with over 16 years of experience.

Ben Davis
Dr. Ben Davis holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He's a former college professor of mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He has a successful career in software and engineering. His interests include history, futurism and skepticism.

L. M. Davis
L. M. Davis is the author of three MG/YA novels, Interlopers: A Shifters Novel, Posers: A Shifters Novel, and Skinless. She holds degrees in English with areas of specialization in African American and Native American fiction and critical race theory.

Milton J Davis
Milton Davis is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publisher specializing in speculative fiction by and about people of color.

Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education blogger, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth in science through student writing and kitchen science outreach. Together with her co-hosts in the Curly Hair Mafia (curlyhairmafia.com), she tackles themes of science in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film and TV.

Debra Dixon
Debra Dixon is the SF/Fantasy Acquiring Editor for Bell Bridge Books, whose authors include Kalayna Price, John Hartness, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Parker Blue, and Anthony Francis. Debra is the author of the classic, how-to bible for writers GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.

Barbara A. Drescher
Barbara taught quantitative and cognitive psychology, primarily at California State University, Northridge. In addition to developing educational materials for the James Randi Educational Foundation, Barbara currently leads workshops, speaks, and advises for several nonprofit organizations. Barbara also promotes science education and skepticism at ICBSEverywhere.com and other blog sites.

Drybear
Drybear is the Community Manager for Hi-Rez Studios and the game Smite. He is also a eSports Commentator, Youtuber, Streamer, and website owner.

Jordan T. Duncan
Jordan is a paranormal investigator and a Charter Member with Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI). He is currently pursuing a degree in World History and Cultures.

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» Nathan Edmondson
Writer of Ultimate Iron Man, Who Is Jake Ellis?, Splinter Cell: Echoes, The Activity, Grifter, Dancer, The Light, and Olympus.

Kim Ellington
Kim Ellington is co-host of The Humanist Hour, a one-hour talk show produced by the American Humanist Association. Every episode explores a different area of humanist thought, from politics to pop culture. She also owns a digital forensics company in Raleigh, NC.

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Jill Wong is the Web Lead (aka Empress of the Web) for Artix Entertainment. In 2008, she brought her software application and front-end design talent to help inject AE’s websites with more undead-slaying, zombie-smashing, battle-tastic craziness!  


Steve E Engelhard
Steve is the Director of Paranormal Georgia Investigations. Steve has been investigating the paranormal since 2008. He has worked as an electrctian for over ten years. It's those skills that make his investigating skills unique. He has investigated some of the most popular locations in the Atlanta area.

Richard Estep
Richard is director of the Boulder County Paranormal Research Society, and author of the forthcoming book Fear in the Dark (published 2014). He has appeared in the film The Ghosts of Elitch Theatre, and numerous videos for www.about.com. He is a full-time paramedic/educator in Colorado.

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Tim Farley
Creator of the What's the Harm website, blogger at Skeptools.com, Past Fellow of JREF and computer security analyst.

Timothy Farrell
Tim Farrell is the director of compositing for Chozen on FX. Over the last 8 years he has worked as a compositor and animator on half a dozen animated television programs including Archer, Squidbillies, Unsupervised, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Susan Fichtelberg
Susan Fichtelberg, a children's librarian, is the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens. She has presented programs on Fantasy and Science Fiction for teens and adults at national conventions and professional library association conferences. She is currently working on the second edition of Encountering Enchantment.

Rob Fitz
Rob Fitz is a makeup artist working in the film business for 17 years. Rob is also an award winning filmmaker with two feature films under his belt, an indy cult vampire movie  God of Vampires and his most recent, a moody supernatural drama called Blessid.

Tom Fleming
Four time Chesley Award nominee, worked for the largest companies in the entertainment industry including: World of Warcraft, Magic the Gathering, Heavy Metal Magazine, Marvel & DC comics, Dark Horse comics and many movies and TV productions seen on his IMDB page.Tom has also been featured in Spectrum Fantastic Art.

Billy Flynn
The Wonderful Billy Flynn is a pioneer of New Media and host of the multiple Parsec Award-nominated podcast, Geek Radio Daily. He is a renowned voice actor, starring in speculative fiction productions and audio dramas. Flynn has also hosted the Parsec Awards and emceed convention auctions and trivia game shows.

Stephen L Fox
Stephen Fox has worked as a freelance illustrator and writer since he was sixteen. His work has been published by Dream Pod 9, Palladium, Mongoose Games and others. Currently Stephen publishes his own comics and books under Fox Storytelling, and writes exclusively for Geeks Unleashed.

Ian S. Frazier
Ian S. Frazier is the Lead Designer at BioWare Montreal, where he's channeling his lifelong love of RPGs into the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise. Ian’s previous titles include Titan Quest, Dawn of War: Soulstorm, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Michael D French
RetroBlasting is a web channel that analyzes all things retro, always with a sense of humor. They put under the microscope everything from Atari to Zorro. They pride themselves on being an independent and honest voice that doesn't pull punches when reviewing toys, cartoons, movies, comics, and geek culture.

Peter H. Friedman
Peter H Friedman is the managing director of Peter Friedman CPA with offices in San Francisco and New York. The company specializes in e-commerce, tax litigation support, US and international tax compliance and Business Consulting. Their motto is "we do what others can't or will not do."

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Paige Gardner
As a popular costuming Guest, Paige Gardner's work has appeared in books, magazines, multiple media channels and art exhibitions cross-country. Her panel specialty is taking existing garments/found items and repurposing them into gear, masks, creative costumes and art with the most basic of tools, skills and elements.

Ronald Thomas Garner
Ron Garner lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. A former active duty Marine Corps officer, he now runs the small press Silence in the Library LLC and, in his spare time (chuckle here) writes science fiction and fantasy.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is a publicist, editor, and author. Her work includes Geek Love, and Rigor Amortis. She is the Communications Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Dr. Bill Gibson
Dr. Gibson is a Canadian Geneticist best known for discovering the gene for Weaver syndrome. He uses next-generation sequencing techniques to find rare genes for common diseases such as obesity, overgrowth and aneurysms. He is a member of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences.

Michael Gilkey
Michael Gilkey is the Marketing and Operations Manager for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine. He is responsible for the development and execution of organizational strategy, external and internal marketing efforts, coordination of graduate, undergraduate, and high school education programs and provides administrative, financial and operational oversight.

Diana Gill
Diana Gill is an Executive Editor with Ace/Roc Books and Berkley at Penguin Random House, publishing science fiction/fantasy/horror.

Rachel Gitlevich
Rachel Gitlevich is an animator and puppet builder currently at Titmouse New York, where she’s worked on shows like Superjail, Dreamworks Turbo, and China IL. She has also animated for the stop motion web series Doctor Puppet, and made puppets for Maxwell Atoms' new show, Dead Meat.

Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas created/produced Mind's Eye, The Gamers: Natural One and Hands of Fate (co-produced), as well as Secrets of Cosplay. Thomas designed the Pathfinder RPG compatible Legacy of Mana setting and the Arthurian board-game Albion’s Legacy. Thomas travels the world hosting panels and workshops for creators and fans.

Stacey Gordon
Stacey Gordon is an improviser and puppeteer in Phoenix, Arizona, where she's been building puppets, teaching, and performing in Puppet Slams since 2001. Stacey co-directs & puppeteers for The Bob & Angus Show, a web-series produced for Mayfair Games. Her puppets have been featured in music videos, commercials, and on ABC's The View.

Donna Governor
Dr. Governor is a science teacher with 30 years K-12 experience. Dr. Governor is active in the science education community on the local, state and national level, serving as the GSTA President for the 2014-15 year and the NSTA District V Director from 2013-2016.

Alan Gratz
Alan Gratz is the author of a number of books for young readers, including Samurai Shortstop, The Brooklyn Nine, Prisoner B-3087, Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game, and The League of Seven trilogy from Tor/Starscape. Visit him online at www.alangratz.com.

Brian "Lionheart" Grayson
Brian “Lionheart” Grayson is the legal and business development manager at Hi-Rez Studios, Inc., a video-game company located just outside of Atlanta, GA, and a former play-by-play eSports commentator for the video-game SMITE.

Andrew Greenberg
Andrew Greenberg, co-creator of HDI’s Fading Suns and original developer of Vampire: The Masquerade,has developed numerous traditional and digital games. His credits include Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, and Noble Armada mobile.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an independent documentary filmmaker specializing in cult cinema. Since 2008, when he founded Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, Griffith has produced and directed over 45 bonus feature documentaries and shorts. He recently directed the feature-length documentary on the history of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Lev Grossman
Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy: The Magicians, The Magician King, and (forthcoming in August) The Magician's Land. He's also the book critic at Time magazine and a widely published journalist.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, 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 and now leads the informal education efforts of the citizen science project CosmoQuest.

Pilar Gut-Rod
Pilar Gut-Rod has a wide variety of experience working in all different sized start-up organizations. Having started her career in the games industry by way of Project Management, she ended up in Video Production, a creative personal passion.

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David Harmer
David Harmer is a Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Consultant since 1993. He has advised Major corporations and government agencies on their Disaster Planning. David is the author of Disaster Survival Guide, Alley Rabbit, Survival Weapons and Techniques, and various supplements for the Aftermath! Post Apocalypse RPG system, among others.

Jessica Imoto Harney
Imoto Harney is a filmmaker and owner of Captain Crazy Productions, INC, a media production company based in Atlanta, GA and co-founder of Doobious.org, a nonprofit media outlet for up-and-coming artists of all mediums. Imoto has produced feature films and documentaries in various cities and countries around the World.

Cameron Harris
Cameron Harris worked at Microsoft on such franchises as Gears of War and Fable. She was managing editor of BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic and ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2. She is now senior editor at BioWare Montreal, working on Dragon Age: Inquisition and the next Mass Effect game.

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the best-selling author of The Black Knight Chronicles urban fantasy series and the creator of the Bubba the Monster Hunter series of short stories. He is the creator and co-editor of The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil.

Laura Haywood-Cory
Laura Haywood-Cory is a lifelong sf/f fan who joined the editorial staff at Baen Books in 2008. She has a decade of editorial experience and enjoys connecting people with books that they'll love.

Darrell C. Hazelrig
Darrell C. Hazelrig is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Atlanta, GA. He is a founding member of the film collective the New Puppet Order. His films have screened worldwide at festivals, including the New York Friars Club Comedy Film Festival and L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival.

Lance Heiskell
Lance Heiskell is a professional geek and has the title of Director of Corporate Strategy at FUNimation Entertainmet to prove it. Yup. Living the dream. He's been with FUNimation for over 11 years working on titles like Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, and Fairy Tail.

Al Hess
Al started writing in college for the campus news magazine for twenty dollars a week. When his son, Ricky, the creator of the Horror Hotel, was little, they would make long road trips together making up scary stories for entertainment. His vivid imagination creates the intriguing scripts for Horror Hotel.

Debbie Jo Hess
Debbie Hess is Executive Producer of the Horror Hotel series filmed in Atlanta, GA. She has extensive experience working in marketing platforms including newspaper, television, radio and ad agencies. Currently she oversees all production for Horror Hotel the series including casting, distribution, media, and scheduling.

Ricky Hess
Ricky Hess is an independent filmmaker in Atlanta, Georgia and creator of the award winning series Horror Hotel, an intriguing anthology of unusual tales spanning sci-fi/horror/fantasy/suspense. He is also an award winning costume designer and special effects artists.

Leanna Renee Hieber
Leanna is an actress, playwright and award-winning, nationally bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels such as the Strangely Beautiful, Magic Most Foul, and Eterna Files sagas for Tor/Forge. She works in film, television, and musical theatre (Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA).

HirezChris
Employee of Hirez Studios. Current held position is the Smite Producer.

David Hobbins
Concept designer David Hobbins has designed for film and games projects that include Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Dead Space 3, and Star Wars: Underworld, the live-action TV series. He studied transportation at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is currently working with Chris Roberts on Star Citizen.

Jason Hodges
Jason is a special effects makeup artist and contestant on Season 7 of Syfy's Face Off. Jason also makes and sells silicone masks through his company Undead Forest Studios and is a lead make up artist for Chambers of Horror.

Michelle Hodkin
Michelle Hodkin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mara Dyer trilogy. Her books have drawn praise from, among others, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, and Lev Grossman. She grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. Visit her at michellehodkin.com.

Myke Hoff

Myke "DontHassleDaHoff" Hoff joined Riot Games in 2013. At Riot, he manages projects that surface relevant content to players and strive to bring value to League of Legends fans.  

Joshua Holden
Joshua Holden is an award-winning puppeteer and joy-maker in NYC. Broadway tour of AVENUE Q; Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360; Banksy's Sirens of the Lambs. In 2013, Joshua performed his own show, The Joshua Show, at The Puppeteers of America’s National Festival (awarded "Best Performance" and "Audience Favorite"). www.TheAmbassadorOfJoy.com

Kim F Holec
Kim Holec is a costumer in various fields, from Regency garb to Doctor Who. She is the founder and current Director of the Costuming track at TimeGate. Kim is also a sketch comedy actor and short film director whose favourite job was copy-editing for a SF & fantasy publisher.

» Eddie Holecko
Eddie Holecko is a special effects artist/contestant on SyFy's competition series Face Off Season 5- where artists put their special effects skills to the test, creating full character makeup under intense pressure and extreme deadlines. At age 20, Holecko was the youngest contestant to compete.

Lisa A Hoopes
Dr. Lisa Hoopes is currently the Nutritionist at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, where she manages clinical nutrition for the animal collection and maintains an active research program on numerous marine taxa. She is a marine biologist at heart and has experience in the fields of physiology, energetics, and nutrition.

» Rebecca Housel
Dr. Rebecca Housel, #PopCultureProfessorTM, is author/editor in the Pop Culture & Philosophy series, as well as a Comic Con moderator/ entertainer. Her books are sold in 30 countries & 9 languages. Housel performs her show, "Vampire Myth & Superhero Legend" at Comic Cons across America. Clients include Jason David Frank, James Hong & Grant Wilson.

Elizabeth Howell
Elizabeth Howell is a Canadian space journalist. She is senior writer at Universe Today, founder of Spaceshippers (a website about astronauts) and a freelancer for organizations such as Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute and NASA Astrobiology Magazine.

John Hudgens
John Hudgens is an award-winning filmmaker and artist. His credits include the documentaries American Scary and Backyard Blockbusters, several Star Wars projects (both fanfilm and licensed properties), Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, and Mechwarrior.

Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes is the author of the Mindspace Investigations series from Roc (Penguin). She is a Semi-Finalist of 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, a Finalist in the 2013 Silver Falchion Awards, and a graduate of the pro-level Odyssey Writing Workshop. Her short fiction credits include "Every Day Fiction" and "Thunder on the Battlefield."

Diane Hughes
Diane Hughes, LCSW, Ph.D is a clinical social worker and cognitive psychologist. She has presented at Dragon Con on topics ranging from Native American Mythololgy in SF&F to poetry reading.She specializes in working with individuals in alternative lifestyles, including the LGBTQIQ, Polyamory, BSDM, and Pagan communities.

Tom Hutchens
Tom is the founder of the Mandalorian Mercs, recognized by Lucasfilm LTD. as the "Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization." As an accomplished armor-smith, Tom's unique Mandalorian armor creations have won costume contests across the US. His costume character "Mandalore the Uniter" was recently added to the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

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Chris A Jackson
Chris A. Jackson’s 2014 projects include a sequel to his first Pathfinder Tales novel, Pirate’s Honor, Pirate’s Promise, in December, his first release with Privateer Press, a "Skull Islands Expeditions" novella, and the culmination of the Kindle Bestselling, Weapon of Flesh Trilogy, Weapon of Vengeance.

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the author of the Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series, and the Gillian Boone series. Numerous short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He also co-hosts one of the oldest genre podcasts: The Eclectic Review podcast (now in its 8th year).

Brodrick Jones
Brodrick Jones is a writer and puppeteer best known for Warsheep (a 6-minute parody of the Broadway hit Warhorse) and his online video puppet experiment Jigsaw.

Catherine Lee Jones
Catherine Jones is an award winning seamstress and owner of GSTQ Fashions. Her work has been seen on College Humor, Cosmode Magazine, and Kotaku. She also appeared as a featured cosplayer on the PBA documentary Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity as well as a judge on Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay.

Tony "RadarX" Jones
Tony "RadarX" Jones is a Senior Community Relations manager at Sony Online Entertainment. Having spent the last 8 years in the industry he's been fortunate enough to work on more than a dozen products including EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, and currently H1Z1.

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Jennifer Dawn Kalmanson
From space plasmas to asteroid missions to Hubble Space Telescope repair, Jenny Kalmanson has seen it all from a systems engineering perspective in the space industry.

» Kalen Rainbow Keir

Kalen Rainbow Keir is a theatre maker and musician in Minneapolis who enjoys working and playing under the influence of dreams, personal mythologies, and bits and pieces of the everyday. 


Bethany Kesler
Bethany Kesler is a writer and historian, with a primary focus in the Crusades and Renaissance period and a secondary focus in the Cold War era. She graduated from UMBC in 2011 and is presently working on her first novel.

Andrea Mast Kessel
Andrea Mast Kessel is a Pro Media & Special Effects Makeup Artist, Hair/Wig Stylist and Educator specializing in traditional and special effects/fantasy makeup in theatre, television, film, fashion, editorial, commercial and runway. Some of her credits include NBC TV, Fox TV , The Bet Hip Hop Awards and more.

Christina N Kieffer
Christina is a paranormal researcher with Paranormal Georgia Investigations. Her background is in Biology/Ecology. Being a Biologist she takes her scientific knowledge and applies it to her paranormal research.

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.

Donna Kimball
Donna Kimball is an actor and puppeteer based in Los Angeles. Film and TV credits include Team America, Crank Yankers, Sid the Science Kid, Pajanimals, and Doc Ock's upper right claw in Spider-Man 2. She also performs puppet improv with the Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up!

Brian Kittrell
Brian Kittrell is a speculative fiction author. He has published seven novels, and he has sold over forty thousand copies of his books.

Erin Kubinek
Erin Kubinek is the illustrator of the Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination, a long time comic collector, avid nerd, and writer.

Bonnie Kunzel
Bonnie Kunzel is a retired young adult librarian who loves to read and talk about books. An acknowledged expert on the subjects of young adult literature, science fiction and fantasy, she presents programs nationally. Her publishing credits include Strictly Science Fiction, Fluent in Fantasy and Tamora Pierce among others.

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David Ladyman
David has edited, developed and created games and game books for almost four decades, including SJG, FASA, TSR, Origin, Bullfrog, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, and others. Currently, he’s publishing Cloud Imperium Games’ Star Citizen magazine, Jump Point, and new ship brochures, managing their freelance authors, and contributing to design.

Mick Larkins
Mick is a senior software engineer at Hi-Rez Studios and is focused on gameplay systems, being a creative project lead, and creating e-sports/spectating features. Mick has published three books and has been a professor at SCAD. He holds a BS in computer science and a Masters of Fine Arts.

Chris Lee
Chris Lee is a founding member of the Apparition Abolishers, (apparitionabolishers.com) an award-winning steampunk costuming group. Chris is a maker, and has been building things and creating costumes and props as a hobby since 1977.

David Anthony Lee
David Lee is an award winning costume and prop maker. He’s created costuming and props for television (Villains pilot), fan films (Trial of the Mask), and corporate clients. His specialty is Steampunk vehicles; namely his tank, Dalek and TIE Fighter. He is the author of Country in Ruin:1865.

» Kit Leffler

Kit Leffler is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work questions the natural and artificial through appropriation, alteration and manipulation of images, recalling the worlds of advertising and science fiction. 


Ann Lemay
According to her co-workers, Ann is a fire Pokémon by day; by night, she fights crime with her cats. As part of her civilian cover, Ann is a 17-year veteran of the videogame industry. She joined BioWare Montreal in 2010 and is now working on the next Mass Effect title.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is the writer of Dr. Wholigan blog, podcaster/writer for needcoffee.com, and contributing podcaster for Earth Station Who. He is also the writer for Eleven Magazine and film writer for ink19.com. Staying busy, you can also find him as host of Juxtaposition on KDHX radio and as a pop culture writer for several pop culture publications.

J. F. Lewis
J. F. Lewis is the author of the Grudgebearer Trilogy and The Void City series. Jeremy is an internationally published author and thinks it's pretty cool that his books have been translated into other languages. He doesn't eat people, but some of his characters do.

Kelly Lockhart
Kelly Lockhart is the founder of Robot Battles, consulting editor & anthologist with Baen Books, screenwriter, and television and radio personality.

» Blake Love
Blake Love has been doing puppet and mask theater since he met In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre seven years ago in Minneapolis. 

Talloolah Love
Talloolah Love has performed, taught and produced shows all over the world. Notably, she produces the Dragon Con Burlesque show. She was Pin Curl Magazine's February 2013 covergirl and finally, she is a contributing author along with Alan Moore, in The Steampunk's Guide to Sex.

Matthew P Lowry
Matt is a high school and college physics professor with almost 20 years of experience as a professional educator. He has a strong interest in promoting skepticism, critical thinking, and a science-oriented worldview among his students and the general population, believing in Sagan’s adage that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She is the author of the recently published law text book Skills and Values: Intellectual Property as well as several academic articles. Ms. Lytle represents various artists, authors and entrepreneurs.

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David Maass
Dave Maass is an investigative researcher and media relations coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Erin Patricia Macdonald
Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics and up until this year was working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration conducting research in gravitational waves and gamma-ray bursts. She is now producing and directing a documentary about postdoctoral research life and working as an educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science in Colorado.

Anya Martin
Anya Martin delves into the darker side of fiction, comics and journalism. Recent works include the critically-acclaimed "Stuffed Bunny in Doll-Land" (Womanthology: Heroic; with Mado Pena), "The Toe" (Feet), "The Courage of the Lion Tamer" (Daybreak) and "Still Life with Peckerwood" (Cities of Night).

Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the author of the science-fiction/historical fantasy genre-benders The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis. He puts sailings ships in space and is a coffee addict, beer snob, and genial fellow.

Patrick Mason
Patrick Mason is a Control Room Supervisor at the largest Nuclear power plant in the Western Hemisphere. When not moving control rods or reloading nuclear fuel he travels to spread the good word of nuclear power. Over the last several years he has become Dragon Con’s resident nuclear power expert.

Bob Mayer
Bob Mayer is a New York Times Bestselling, West Point graduate, former Green Beret, and author of more than 55 books including 3 #1 science fiction bestsellers on Kindle.

Georgia McBride
Georgia McBride is a publisher, novelist, screenwriter and producer. Her debut fantasy novel Praefatio was published in 2013. Georgia is publisher and executive editor at Month9Books, Tantrum Books, and Swoon Romance.

David McRaney
David McRaney is an internationally bestselling author and journalist who created the blog You Are Not So Smart where he writes about the psychology behind biases, heuristics, and fallacies. That blog became a book and a sequel. David currently hosts a top-100 podcast in which he interviews scientists and experts.

Adam "HiRezAPC" Mierzejewski
Adam's passion in gaming allowed for him to obtain a full time job with Hi-Rez Studios. He runs and manages the SMITE eSports scene and its players with weekly tournaments and large scale LAN events.

Melinda R Mock
RetroBlasting is a web channel that analyzes all things retro, always with a sense of humor. They put under the microscope everything from Atari to Zorro. They pride themselves on being an independent and honest voice that doesn't pull punches when reviewing toys, cartoons, movies, comics, and geek culture.

Charles D. Moisant
Artist, writer, and publisher Charles D. Moisant is currently publishing a comic book adaptation of Myth Told Tales. His original titles are Whispers from the Void, Roller Derby Drama, Zombie Annihilation.

Sharon Morgan
Sharon Morgan is the owner of Altered Tyme Corsets and a corset maker with Romantasy Exquisite Corsetry (www.Romantasy.com). She is one of the foremost experts on modern corsetry and is currently the Costume Studio Supervisor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Alison Mork
Alison Mork began puppeteering in the art world collaborating with Wayne White and Michael Smith. Credits include Sesame Street, Crank Yankers, The Man Show, Hollow Man, and Team America. She’s best known for playing Chairry on PeeWee’s Playhouse. Alison improvises with the Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up!

KT Morris
Once a villainous necromancer terrorizing the isles, KT Morris a.k.a CajunCatfish has joined forces with Missing Worlds Media to bring the super-powered City of MMOs back to life!

Marta Mozelle
Marta Mozelle MacRostie is a puppet performer and builder from NYC. She's worked at some fancy places like the New Victory Theater and the Kennedy Center, and with some fancy folks like Lemony Snicket and Moises Kaufman. Theater Highlights include: Baby Universe (Wakka Wakka Productions), La Divina Caricatura (Mabu Mines), Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead (Phantom Limb Company).

Colette "Dexella" Murphy
Colette "Dexella" Murphy is a Community Manager at Sony Online Entertainment, currently working on Landmark and EverQuest Next.

Jef Murray
Jef Murray is an internationally known artist, author, and illustrator. Best known for his renderings of works by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, he is also an author in his own right, with numerous essays and short stories appearing in journals, websites, and television specials worldwide.

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Bobby Nash
2013 Pulp Ark Award Winning Best Author, Bobby Nash writes a little bit of everything including novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novels, screenplays, media tie-ins, and more. He is also an actor, podcaster, and conventioneer. Learn more about Bobby at www.bobbynash.com

Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson studied puppetry at the International Puppetry Institute with the late Jim Henson of the Muppets. Additionally, Nelson has taught puppet theatre arts at the Napa Valley College; was a California Arts Council Artist in Residency; has been a regular writer for the national journal of puppetry; is a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild; and is a past-President of UNIMA-USA.

Valerie Nelson
Valerie Nelson is trained in Montessori method, majored in vocal music, has been and is a member of numerous choirs, and has been featured on a number of recording projects. She co-founded Magical Moonshine Theatre with husband Michael in 1979. She is past faculty member of Tennessee Arts Academy, past workshop director of the National Puppetry Festival, and currently, along with Michael, is a California Arts Council Artist in the Schools.

Jeremy Tyce Nichols
Jeremy Nichols is a paranormal investigator and educator. He is the assistant tech manager in Paranormal Georgia Investigations. His passion of history and the paranormal is melded in his investigations.

Corvis Nocturnum
Corvis Nocturnum is author of over a dozen books, consultant for A&E’s Paranormal State and guest panelist at Dragon Con and Parafest in Bethlehem, PA in alongside paranormal and vampire authors such as Michelle Belanger and Rosemary Ellen Guiley. He is the executive producer for Eerie America Travel Guide of the Macabre.

Sarah Nolen

Sarah Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker from Austin, Texas. She is currently an MFA Candidate in the Puppet Arts program at the University of Connecticut. 

Bob Novella
Bob Novella co-hosts the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast and is a co-founder and Vice-President of the New England Skeptical Society.

Jay Novella
Jay is a co-host on The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, an award winning top ten science podcast with over 450 episodes.

Steven Novella
Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, an award-winning science podcast. He authors NeuroLogica Blog and is the Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine. He is an internationally known promotor of science and critical thinking with multiple tv and radio appearances.

» Skyler Nowinski

Skyler Nowinski is an actor and musician who plays drums in a variety of situations throughout the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.


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Rhonda Oglesby
Rhonda Oglesby is co-host, co-producer, and herder of ideas of the GameOnGirl podcast. As Dr. Regina McMenomy's partner, Rhonda is a student of the portrayal and treatment of gender identity in the real and cyber gaming community. She juggles a million projects in cosplay, programming, writing, gaming, and illustration.

Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega has worked for over 25 years at NASA training astronauts, making microgravity experiments work in space, playing with Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motors, and advancing technologies for NASA and the nation with multi-Million dollar prize purse competitions. Sam lives in Huntsville, AL and works at Marshall Space Flight Center.

Doctor Osborn
Controlled chaos ensues when a mad scientist takes over the convention! Bent on world domination through the use of his haphazard and flaky experiments and Balloons of Doom, Doctor Osborn uses the con-goers as laboratory rats to carry out his diabolical schemes!

Stephanie Osborn
Veteran of 2+ decades in the civilian and military space programs, Stephanie worked on Shuttle flights and ISS. She holds degrees in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, and is "fluent" in several more. She has more than 20 books in print, including the critically-acclaimed Displaced Detective series.

» Ozzy

Born in Puerto Rico, Osvaldo (Ozzy) Fernández is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Photographer currently working for Artix Entertainment as a graphic designer and illustrator. 


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Teresa Patterson
Teresa Patterson’s work includes The World of the Wheel of Time with Robert Jordan, The World of Shannara with Terry Brooks, No Quarter with Robert Asprin, Combat Corpsman with former Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin, numerous short stories, and articles in history anthologies. She currently edits for Event Horizon Books.

Bob Pendarvis
Bob Pendarvis is the editor/publisher of Sugar Ninjas (an all-girl's sequential art anthology), the writer/artist of the graphic novel A Girl Called Ana, the founder of storydrawingschool.com, and the original creator of SCAD's Sequential Art BFA & MFA program, the first in the country.

Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins is the internationally bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. She’s always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, now as a novelist. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Diana M Pho
Diana M. Pho is an editor at Tor Books as well as an academic scholar, anti-racist activist, and performer under the name Ay-leen the Peacemaker. She is a well-known media expert on steampunk and science fiction, and she runs the award-winning blog on multicultural steampunk Beyond Victoriana.

Phoenicia
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. 

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 a new series set in the early days of the Manticoran Navy.

Professor Satyre
Professor Satyre, also known as Michael N. Langford, is a versatile comedian and voice actor, who writes his own material. His surreal comedy routines -- filled with dozens of bizarre character voices and clever song parodies -- have rocked audiences with stunned laughter for over two decades.

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Charles Ricciardi
Charles Ricciardi is the Producer of the documentary feature film Drew: The Man Behind The Poster (with George Lucas, Harrison Ford & Steven Spielberg).

Kat Richardson
Kat Richardson is the author of the bestselling Greywalker paranormal noir novels.

Roy Richardson
Roy Richardson has worked as an inker for all the major publishers, on such books as Captain America, Iron Man, the Flash, Star Wars, and his own co-creation, the Tomorrow Knights.

Jus Riddick
Jus's short, "Hero Story", premiered at Comic Con Int'l. His feature, Only in L.A., was selected to the Costa Rica Int'l Film Fest 2014 and was an official finalist at the Barcelona Int'l Film Fest. He directed, Bruce Malloy, Private Investigator, winning the audience award at the Faux Film Festival.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs. His stories have appeared in Analog, Asimov's, and elsewhere. His songs appear on his album, Truths and Lies and Make-Believe. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books, and a USAF veteran whose career included disaster response, space operations, and other interesting things.

Crystle Clear Roberson
Crystle Clear Roberson is a Director/Writer of film who has garnered several accolades during her decade of filmmaking. Perhaps most applauded for winning the HBO Filmmaker Award for her short film Next Door's Next which is about a couple who moves in next door to their future selves.

Tedd Roberts
Robert E. Hampson is a Neuroscientist whose cutting edge research on memory encoding has led to a Neural Prosthetic to restore memory function following brain injury. Writing under the pseudonym Tedd Roberts, he is committed to public science education via blogging (Teddy's Rat Lab), fiction, nonfiction and convention appearances.

Linda Robertson
Linda is the author of six novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series for Pocket Books.

Conor Robinson
Conor Robinson is an atheist speaker and activist from Los Angeles, California. He was the founder of Yale’s Humanist Society and Pathfinders Project, a yearlong global humanist service trip. Conor is currently working with Foundation Beyond Belief to launch the Humanist Service Corps.

Romily
Romily is an MMO gamer, software analyst, machinima director/producer, and voice actor. She has been presenting machinima at Dragon Con annually since 2006.

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Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a senior acquiring editor at Titan Books, the London-based publisher specializing in original science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime fiction, graphic novels, art books, and media tie-ins. He has also worked for Random House and Marvel Comics, and has acquired multiple projects from Dragon Con attending authors.

Aaron J. Sagers
Aaron Sagers is a TV personality, author and entertainment pundit, as well as a professional nerd and moderator, who speaks on zombies, geek culture and paranormal entertainment for CNN, MTV, Huffington Post and on his Travel Channel show Paranormal Paparazzi, where he serves as Host/Co-Executive Producer.

A.J. Scudiere
A.J. Scudiere is the author of five award-winning suspense novels. Her new novel releases in April. A.J. has been on numerous radio and TV shows. She is also working with Game Nation to write their hybrid graphic novel series, Archives, two of which are already published.

Michael Sellers
Mike Sellers has been designing award-winning MMOs, online, and mobile games for over twenty years, from the first 3D MMO, Meridian 59, to recent mid-core games. He has also developed groundbreaking social artificial intelligence with grants from DARPA, and has published original research on emotions for artificially intelligent agents. He recently accepted a position with Indiana University as a Professor in their new Games program.

» Toby Sells
Toby Sells, professional Make Up FX Artist based out of Atlanta GA, owns the east coasts busiest fx house. Also freelances for KNB EFX Group, Almost Human. Some of Toby’s Credits are: THE WALKING DEAD, ZOMBIELAND, QUARANTINE 2. Toby also has been featured on The Discovery Channel’s DIRTY JOBS.

Joel Shepherd
Joel Shepherd is the author of nine Science Fiction & Fantasy novels, including the Cassandra Kresnov series, and the A Trial of Blood and Steel quartet. He is currently living in Adelaide, South Australia.

David Shiffman
David Shiffman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami studying shark biology and conservation.

Mike Shoemaker
Mike has written for the comic book industry since 1990, charting the adventures of well-known properties as Galaxina, Razor, Stryke, Tommi Gunn, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. He is currently writing the Graveyard Girls series for Hartsoe/Most Publishing. For more information, visit him online at www.cobraclutch.com.

Aron Siegel
Aron Siegel's a producer and sound mixer whose work includes Implanted, Quarantine 2, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, and Vampire Diaries. Aron’s worked with Samuel L. Jackson, Dakota Fanning, James Wan, Jonathan Demme, John Schneider, Ernie Hudson, etc.. Dragon Con showcased three films he's mixed: Blood Car, The Signal, 20 Years After.

Shane Simek
Shane Simek has been a Deputy Sheriff in North Eastern Ohio for 14 years. He studies Special Warfare and Counter-Terrorism and will be sharing his experiences with fans as part of The Armory tract.

Jessica Simon
Jessica Simon recently workshopped her piece Ruby and Charlie as an Emerging Artist at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference. This is her 3rd appearance in the National Slam.

Fr. Bryan Small
A Catholic priest who looks at sci-fi and pop culture through the lenses of faith.

Jay Smith
Jay is the award-winning author and producer of serveral audio drama series and podcasts including HG World and Hidden Harbor Mysteries.

Stephanie "Conundrum of Furballs" Smith
Stephanie Smith is also known as Conundrum of Furballs. As a Staff Writer at MWM working on the CoT game, she created the Fire of 1908, and keeps the rest of the writers organized. She is a force to be reckoned with, but not figured out, because, you know, conundrum.

John C. Snider
John C. Snider is the co-host (with David Driscoll) of the American Freethought podcast. He blogs at AmericanFreethought.com.

Jack Snyder
Jack Snyder is a Staff Writer for the superheroic adventure MMO City of Titans currently in development by Missing Worlds Media.

John F Sokol
John Sokol’s background of 15 years in law enforcement, 5 years as an insurance fraud investigator; two decades in the airlines industry, three of which were as a computer forensic investigator, will give a unique perspective about pitfalls of living safely in our computer society.

Eric P Spana
Eric Spana is a Biology faculty member at Duke University who uses common science fiction and fantasy culture to help students understand basic tenets of genetics, genomics, and developmental and molecular biology.

Tiffany Spence
Tiffany "Amnerys" Spence is a Community and Content Manager at Sony Online Entertainment.

Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the USMC. In Sci-Fi/Fantasy she is known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who like to run and have fun. Find out more at JanineSpendlove.com.

Ken Spivey
Ken Spivey is a musician, songwriter, professional MC, convention organizer, and Doctor Who aficionado. Ken runs the largest Doctor Who convention in Florida, Time Lord Fest, and plays in the world famous, MTV.com praised, Victorian Steampunk Time Lord Rock band, "The Ken Spivey Band."

Jon Sprunk
Jon Sprunk is the author of four fantasy novels through Pyr Books. His first book, Shadow's Son, was a finalist for the 2010 Compton Crook Award. He is also a mentor at the Seton Hill University fiction writing program.

Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer St. Giles is the award winning author of paranormal thrillers, romantic suspense, gothic historicals, and contemporary romance.

» Davey T Steinman

Davey T Steinman is an artist, educator, and explorer based in Minneapolis, who often combines music, puppetry, and projection. This summer, Davey toured by motorcycle across the United States and Canada with a shadow puppet show and ukulele strapped on the back seat, performing in livingrooms, taverns, and campsites along the Great Lakes and the Atlantic. 


Alisa Stern
Alisa Stern is an animator and puppet maker based in New York City. She has worked on shows for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and taught stop motion animation classes. Alisa is best known for creating the web series, Doctor Puppet, a stop motion animated tribute to Doctor Who.

Todd Richard Stiefel
Todd Stiefel is an activist for equality for the nonreligious. He is the Founder and President of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and the Chair of Openly Secular. He has won the Freedom From Religion Foundation 2014 Emperor Has No Clothes Award and American Atheists' 2010 Activist of the Year.

Ted "Mepps" Stone
Ted "Mepps" Stone is a Senior Community Manager at Sony Online Entertainment, working on the superhero action MMO, DC Universe Online.

» Stryche

Stan Zubrin (Stryche) is the General Manager for Artix Entertainment’s HeroMart.  His love for Photography and Videography led him to travel the world, working as a designer and marketing strategist on many interesting projects before finding a home with the Artix Team in 2011. 

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Douglas Wayne Talk
Douglas Talk is a former U.S. Navy nuclear chemist and Naval Officer. He is now a licensed MD and medical consultant with SpaceWorks, Inc. assisting in the research and design of the Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitat to Mars, a human hibernation space mission for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts.

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is an expert on retro-futurism and the author of Arctic Adventure!, an official Thunderbirds™ novel.

Stephen F Taylor
Stephen Taylor, a mild-mannered technical analyst by day, a master costumer by night. Stephen has been costuming most his life; he learned the basics of leatherworking and sewing at a young age. As a father of 12+ (by birth, foster, and adoption) he loves to make costumes for his children and their friends.  As his children grew in age and number the costumes became bigger and more elaborate. About ten years ago armor was thrown into the mix. His costumes have won multiple prizes at a few conventions and festivals. After a few prizes, innumerable suggestions, and dozens of requests a business was born. Stephen is now the owner and founder of Lone Wolf Armory and can be commissioned for pieces via E-mail at lonewolfarmory@comcast.net or on Facebook at Lone Wolf Armory.

The Sci-fi Janitors
The Sci-fi Janitors are Dragon Con's very own geek ambassadors to puppetry. Catch Bob and Carl on Dragon Con TV and LIVE in the Puppetry Track. Since their debut on Dragon Con TV in 2010 they have been entertaining audiences at Cons as well as at home with their webseries.

Sarah Olmsted Thomas
Sarah Olmsted Thomas is a puppeteer and performer who has worked with The Kennedy Center, Bread and Puppet Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Strathmore, Vermont Vaudeville, No Rules Theatre Company, and the Helen Hayes Award nominated Happenstance Theater (company member). B.A., Sarah Lawrence College.

Tiffany Trent
Tiffany Trent is the author of the young adult books The Unnaturalists, The Tinker King, and the Hallowmere series. She has published many short stories in numerous venues, both adult and young adult. Visit her at www.tiffanytrent.com.

Phantom Troublemaker
Phantom Troublemaker is the host of Monstrosity Championship Wrestling, the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com and the Needless Things Podcast, and co-host of the ESO Network's Doctor Who podcast, Earth Station Who. Phantom has been a strong presence in many pop culture panels; especially about toy collecting.

James R. Tuck
James R. Tuck is the multi-published author of the Deacon Chalk series. He is also a professional Tattoo Artist and Photographer.

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Alex Vernon
Alex Vernon is a professional puppeteer, actor, and visual artist. Based out of Washington, DC, he has made a career solely in the arts. As a company member with Happenstance Theater he has helped devise, design, construct, and perform 4 full length shows in the last 2 years.

Chris Vickers
Chris Vickers is co-host of Misguided Souls Radio show on Ztalkradio.com and Lead Investigator with Shadows of the Paranormal. He was featured on Travel Channel & My Ghost Story: Episode 23; where he talked about one of his most interesting urban legend investigations. Chris has conducted many lectures and workshops.

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Peter J. Wacks
Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted, he has designed—and written story-lines for—games, written novels and other fiction, and even gotten nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his first graphic novel. Currently, he is the managing editor of Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta's WordFire Press.
He has been a panelist at over 100 conventions and been a guest speaker at the GAMA Trade Show, Mensa, and UCLA.

Constance G.J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, poet, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. Her book The War Within: Frodo Frodo as Sacrificial Hero is scheduled for release by Oloris Publishing in 2015.

Jack H Walsh
Jack Walsh is the Emmy-winning writer and director of the American Public Television documentaries Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity and Four Days at Dragon Con.

Thomas Raymond Webber
Thomas Webber is a physicist by training and a Trekkie by choice! Beginning his career in academia he has since turned to informal education in the role of planetarium director in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also a science writer and is involved in the new fan-based series Exeter Trek.

Thomas Willeford
Thomas Willeford is the author of Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos and The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide (McGraw-Hill). His work has been featured on television (MTV, BBC, Oddities, Castle), in print (Art of Steampunk, Steampunk Bible, True West Magazine), and in numerous museums worldwide.

June K Williams
June Williams is the vice president of Buzzy Multimedia. Buzzy is a Sci-Fi & Fantasy publishing company and produces audiobooks as well as the online magazine BuzzyMag.com

Shae Williams
Dr. Shae Williams is the Chief Engineer at Digital Solid State Propulsion, a small company developing new energetic materials and designing spacecraft propulsion for small satellites. Dr. Williams has built and tested small rockets launching to space in Summer 2014, and before that spent 6 years teaching rocketry.

C. L. Wilson
C.L. Wilson loves to combine her two favorite genres: epic fantasy and romance. Thankfully, a number of readers share that same love, thus keeping her employed. Her award-winning novels have appeared on a variety of best-seller lists, including the USA Today, the New York Times, and Publisher's Weekly.

Joshua Wilson
Joshua Wilson is an editor for Mad Norwegian Press, publisher of Doctor Who and other genre reference books such as About Time, Whedonistas!, and Chicks Dig Time Lords. He also hosts The Oncoming Storm podcast.

Wolven
Damien Williams makes his name exploring the various intersections of pop-culture, weird science, and the practical applications of occult theory. He is currently an instructor at Kennesaw State University, a staff writer at NeedCoffee.com, and the Programing Chair for the Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference at Dragon Con.

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is a filmmaker, writer, and journalist. He's the author of novels like Lost at the Con. He writes for the official Star Wars website and Star Wars Insider. He's a contributor to The Huffington Post and the editor-in-chief of Big Shiny Robot.

Justin Robert Young
Justin Robert Young is a comedian and writer. He is the co-host of the Night Attack podcast (formerly NSFWshow) as well as the Weird Things Podcast. His comedy albums with Brian Brushwood (Night Attack: Enjoy the Garden and Night Attack Live) both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart.

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Zazul
Jean-Paul Gagnon, popularly known to millions of game players as Zazul, is the Customer Support Manager and Purgatorio Ringmaster of Doom and Destiny for Artix Entertainment, LLC. He has supported and contributed to the Artix stable of family-friendly videogames (while growing impressive and award-winning facial hair) since 2009.

Scott S Zier
Scott is the Lead Designer of Hi-Rez Studios latest game, SMITE.

Mark Zoran

Mark Zoran is the creative mind behind the Prop and Costume Company "Razorfly Studios". Mark started building props as a child and has, over the past few years, worked with some companies of note including Wayside Creations and DeLorean Motor Company. This year Mark has teamed up with DMC to create new OEM style parts and pieces for their cars. As of January 2014 Mark received the International Academy of Web TV award for best costume design in a series for his work on the critically acclaimed Nuka-Break: The Series Season 2. Mark has been brought on as one of the costume, set and prop designers for Wayside Creation's new line-up of shows including The Legend of Grimrock and Nuka-Break: Tales from the Wasteland

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Cancellations

Due to professional commitments, the following previously confirmed guests will not be able to attend Dragon*Con this year. 
AlinaJason V BrockDrew CurtisCandy Keane
E.E. King Rolith Stormy "of the Bad Kitties"