Attending Professionals

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Mary Abreu
Author/seamstress Mary Abreu left an award-winning journalism career to stitch up a new career. She has worked in the wardrobe department of a boutique film studio. Her second sewing book will be published in the fall of 2015.

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is a writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. He is the editor of The Year's Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera, from Baen Books, and is the fiction editor at the online lit magazine Pinball. His stories have appeared in various online publications.

Tracy A. Akers
Tracy A. Akers is the multi-award winning author of The Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series. In addition to being named "a talent to celebrate" by author William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), Ms. Akers was recognized by the governor for her contribution to YA literature during the 2008 Florida Heritage Awards.

Lou Anders
Lou Anders is the author of the Thrones and Bones series, a fantasy adventure that begins with the novel Frostborn, published by Random House's Crown Books for Young Readers. He is a Hugo award winning editor and Chesley Award winning art director. Visit him online at

Stephen L. Antczak
Antczak wrote, produced, and directed the short film Not the End of the World, co-edited Zombiesque for DAW Books and Clockwork Fairy Tales for ROC Books, and his story "To Die a Great Death" appeared on April 2015 edition of the Perihelion Science Fiction web site.

Ben Armstrong
This twisted horror show host has an Emmy nomination for Tales from 6 Feet Under and a Telly Award for The True Netherworld Story of the Harvestman. In recent years he has hosted many events and spent his spare time creating evil scenarios and vile experiences for Netherworld Haunted House.

Eric R Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik series, an urban fantasy about a necromancer named Damian and his misadventures. Eric's new steampunk serial begins in late summer, 2015, and he has also appeared on Travel Channel's Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough.

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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 yearly since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.

Chuck Ballard
Chuck Ballard first became interested in Stop-Motion Animation after seeing The Nightmare Before Christmas. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis on Film/Video Production at Georgia State University in 2011. In 2015 he completed his Master of Arts at Georgia State University.

Mark Barlet
Mark is the founder and executive director of the AbleGamers Charity.

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp created Writers for Relief anthology series and the award nominated Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show. It was turned into a RPG: Scaldcrow Games and card game: Foxhammer Press. He hosts of "Gallifrey Pirate Radio," a podcast dedicated to Doctor Who and just wrote an essay for You and Who.

Gregory S 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 award-winning The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe and The Skeptics' Guide 5x5 science podcasts. He serves as the Connecticut chapter chairman of the New England Skeptical Society. Evan is a technical adviser for official NESS investigations.

Jenna Black
Jenna Black is the author of the Morgan Kingsley series, the Faeriewalker series, and the Guardians of the Night series, among others. She is a full-time author of fantasy, romance, and young adult fiction. She currently writes for Tor Teen and Pocket Books as well as doing some indie publishing.

Ben J Boardman
Ben is the co-creator of the digital series Star Command, and co-writer and director of Suspension of Disbelief.

Professor Boggs
Silly Songs of Serious Science! Professor Boggs performs songs that actually teach real science, on topics from Avogadro to Kepler to electricity and heat transfer. Original songs and ultimate geek music!

Gwenda M Bond
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. Visit her online at

Jon Boutelle
Jon has been hosting and producing podcasts for nine years. For the last six years he has been the 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.

Brian D. Bradley
Brian Bradley is a television writer/producer and actor. He's written/produced for MadTV, Scrubs, and Happy Endings. His latest project, Uncle Buck, will premier next year on ABC. He co-founded the hit storytelling show 5 Truths and a Lie. His acting credits include World Cup Comedy, Scrubs, Cougartown, and Angel,

Bill Bridges
Bill Bridges is an award-winning writer and narrative designer of 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.

John Bridges
John Bridges is a concept artist in the game industry. Currently working on SMITE at Hi-Rez Studios, his past experience includes Lichdom: Battlemage at Xaviant, and the World of Darkness MMO for CCP Games, a game setting he's been involved with from the earliest days of White Wolf Game Studio.

Keith Brooks
Keith Brooks is an actor, writer, and director. An Atlanta native, he is most known for his work on The Walking Dead, Constantine, The ABC'S Of Death 2, and Stan Lee's Bean Dip Explains it All.

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.

Peter L Brown
Peter Brown is a passionate gamer. After working in gaming retail for two years, he founded his own online retail company Digital Veda Games. In the four years that followed the company has grown to celebrate all things in the gaming culture.

Clint Brownlee
Clint Brownlee has been a paranormal investigator for the past 8 years and is the current Director and a founding member of Paranormal Georgia Investigations. He has previously lectured on professionalism, electronic voice phenomena, and photographic evidence.

Raychelle Marie Burks
Raychelle is a chemist and researcher in academia. A blerd in the Ivory Tower, she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture. She also smuggles pop-culture into the classroom.

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.

Dan Bush
Dan Bush in an American director, writer, producer, and editor. In 2007, Dan co-directed The Signal. Dan's sci-fi thriller, The Reconstruction of William Zero, was released in theaters and VOD April 10th of this year. Currently, Dan has two new features, The Dark Red (in production), and The Trust (in preproduction).

Erin Leigh Bushko
Erin Bushko is an actor, the head of Dogwood Motion Picture Costumes and was the co-founder and Lead Costume Designer for Penny Dreadful Productions. Most recently she has designed for, as well as acted in the feature film The Secret Garden and appeared in AMC's The Walking Dead.

David A Byers
David Byers is a paranormal educator that infuses the paranormal with genealogy research and lectures in the southeast on how to incorporate the two. He has been featured in the Day Trip documentary shown on EATV 7 and filmed the requested pilot for American Ghost Towns for PBS.

Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels including Blind God's Bluff, The Reaver, and Called to Darkness. He created the post-apocalyptic superhero series The Impostor, and his short fiction can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Shannon Faye Byers
Shannon Byers, The Paranormal Genealogist, is a paranormal educator that infuses the paranormal with genealogy research and lectures in the southeast on how to incorporate the two. She has been featured in the Day Trip documentary shown on EATV 7 and filmed the requested pilot for American Ghost Towns for PBS.

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James L. Cambias
James L. Cambias is a science fiction writer and game designer. He wrote the novels Corsair and A Darkling Sea, both from Tor. He co-founded Zygote Games, and wrote several GURPS and HERO system books.

Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell is Lead Level Designer at BioWare Montreal, working on the next entry to the Mass Effect franchise. Colin's previous titles include Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends, and the Xbox Live title, Catan.

Nancy Capps
Nancy has been involved in Paranormal Investigating for more than 11 years and has been with Paranormal Georgia Investigations for about 3 years. She started out as a open minded skeptic but has had some experiences that has led her into believing and a thirst for learning more. Scientifically of course....

Raymond Daniel Carr
Raymond has been a Puppeteer filmmaker, and designer for more then 15 years in Atlanta Ga. He’s Puppeteer for Nick Jr's Lazytown and Head puppeteer for Walking with Dinosaurs: North American Tour, GA Aquarium, and Dropbox. He has written/directed a dozen award winning films that played at festivals around the world.

Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is the current UI/UX Designer for Red Crow Austin, a mobile game studio created by Electronic Arts. Known for her passion to deliver world-class user experiences, she has worked several EA mobile projects, including her most recent work, The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Corey Castellano
Corey has been a professional makeup artist for over twenty years. His genre credits include: Sleepy Hollow, Teen Wolf, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, 3, 4, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds, Quarantine, Fear Clinic, The Prestige, The Crazies, Zombieland, GI Joe, X-Men 3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many more.

Chance Chancellor
Chance Chancellor has been both an award winning leather artisan as well as a leather instructor for 11 years. Since starting his career in Atlanta, GA. He's taught well over 2200 hours of leather classes that range in topic from the mundane to other worldly.

Blair B. Chintella
General practitioner based in Decatur, Georgia. One of the few attorneys in Georgia that has defended against "copyright troll" cases involving the BitTorrent protocol. Blair received a CALI award for the highest grade in his law school First Amendment class and continues to follow First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment issues.

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

KyL T Cobb
KyL T. Cobb serves a historical researcher, paranormal investigator, demonologist, and is dedicated to unraveling historic mysteries. As a world traveler and religious scholar, Cobb's specialty is placing ancient texts in context and determining the original, lost meanings. His new book, Ghosts and Demons: The Lost Things arrives in 2015.

Molly Coffee
Molly is the production designer for the television show The Carbonaro Effect and has made a long career out of prop fabrication, set design, and building puppets.

Adam Cogan
Adam Cogan is the Design Director at Spark Plug Games, and is honored to be leading the design and story development of Firefly Online. His past credits include Robotech: Battlecry, inFAMOUS 2, and Kingdoms of Amalur.

Myke Cole
Myke Cole is the author of the military fantasy Shadow Ops trilogy (Control Point, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone). His 4th novel, Gemini Cell is set in the Shadow Ops universe, but stands alone.

Pamela A. Cole
Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater in Chicago 40 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, and reenactors in the Atlanta area. She is head of costuming for Atlanta's Capitol City Opera Company and has been involved with Dragon Con’s Costuming Track from the beginning.

Brenda Jean Cooper
Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy. Her most recent novel is Edge of Dark, March 2015, from Pyr. She will be releasing a short fantasy collection and slightly longer science fiction collection in 2015. Brenda is also a technology professional and a futurist, and writes about the environment and the future.

L. Andrew Cooper
L. Andrew Cooper is a horror writer and film scholar. His work includes novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines and short story collection Leaping at Thorns. His non-fiction work includes Gothic Realities and Dario Argento. He directs the Film and Digital Media Studies program at the University of Louisville.

Katie Correll
Katie Correll is a roboticist and puppeteer best known for her appearance on Season 2 of King of the Nerds.

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.

Lindsay Cummings
Lindsay Cummings is the author of YA and MG Sci fi and Fantasy books at HarperCollins.  She is the author of The Murder Complex duology and Balance Keepers trilogy, both at HarperCollins.

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Leah D'Andrea
Leah D'Andrea is an actress and seamstress currently living in Nashville. Her credits include Paul with Simon Pegg and Boulevard with Robin Williams. She also works as a seamstress specializing in gown alterations, but also has a passion for wig making.

J. C. Daniels
Writing as J.C. Daniels, Shiloh Walker released Blade Song in 2011. Her first urban fantasy, the award-winning title was an iBooks Book of the Week. Author of over 80 titles, Shiloh/J.C. is well-acquainted with the term hybrid, using digital-first, traditional and self-publishing platforms.

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.

Milton J Davis
Milton Davis is a writer/publisher of Black Speculative Fiction focusing on Sword and Soul and Steamfunk.

Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson is the writer of the Blud series, including Wicked as She Wants, winner of RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence and Steampunk Book of the year, 2013. Other works include the YA Southern Gothic Horror Servants of the Storm, the upcoming Hit, comics, and short stories.

Joe M Deese
Joe is a costumer based out of Los Angeles.  Currently employed as the Wardrobe Director for Global Effects Inc, he focuses his talents on the art of specialty garment design and construction for film and television.  He continues to take work as a freelance costumer.

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

J L Doty
Jim is a full-time SF&F writer, scientist (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering), laser geek. He has been writing for 30 years, has 8 published books, and sold 50,000 eBooks in the last two years. He spent 4 decades in the laser industry, but recently quit his day-job to write SF&F full time

Barbara A. Drescher
Barbara's a former researcher/lecturer in cognitive psychology and statistical methods, developed material for teaching statistics, research methods, skepticism, and critical thinking for K-12 and college classrooms. Barbara promotes science and skepticism at, and contributes to Insight at, Virtual Skeptics, and The Odds Must Be Crazy.

Jordan T. Duncan
Jordan is the Assistant Director with Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI) and is currently working on a degree in World Histories & Cultures.

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Jennifer Estaris
Jennifer Estaris is a game designer, writer, and mommy to a toddler gamer girl. For the past decade, she's been creating games for kids at Nickelodeon, Disney, Atari, Majesco, Fuel Youth, and other companies. She has spoken about games at Comikaze, Los Angeles Film School, Columbia University, and others.

Richard Estep
Paramedic and paranormal investigator Richard Estep is the author of In Search of the Paranormal, published by Llewellyn Worldwide in September 2015, and has been a ghost hunter for nearly twenty years.

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Tim Farley
Tim Farley is a computer security professional in Atlanta who also writes, podcasts, and lectures about critical thinking and misinformation on the Internet. He's known for his website What's the Harm ( which catalogs cases where people have been hurt by bad information.

Timothy Farrell
Animator on the television show Archer and Compositing Director on Chozen and Unsupervised. Resume includes Squidbillies, Aqua Teen, and more.

Ken Feinberg
Ken Feinberg is an award-winning filmmaker having directed over 100 films including four films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. He is known to as The Chaos Demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. He also played an Alien Captain on the series Star Trek Enterprise and the Kevmay Demon on Charmed.

Susan Fichtelberg
Susan Fichtelberg is the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for teens published by Libraries Unlimited. She has served as a speaker at national conferences about science fiction and fantasy for children, young adults, and adults. She is currently working on the second edition of Encountering Enchantment.

HiRez Fish
Daniel got his M.S. in computer science from Clemson University, before joining first the programming, and later the design team on Smite. Between the two, he's worked on roughly half of the gods since Smite launched.

Rob Fitz
Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist and film director with 20 years experience. Most recently he worked on films like American Hustle, The Equalizer, and the upcoming Ted 2 to name a few. He also recently won several awards for his new feature film Blessid.

Larry Flaxman
Best selling author and paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman writes ground-breaking books on cutting-edge research that leave readers, researchers, and reviewers open-mouthed in disbelief of the truth as it’s presented to them.

Dustin M Fletcher
Dustin Fletcher is an up and coming costumer for film and television focusing on the super hero and horror genre.  He has worked on films and television shows such as Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Captain America: Civil War, Goosebumps, Constantine, and Powers just to name a few.

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. He has written 14 books, 2 screenplays, many shorter works. His recent novel, Intimate Bondage, was a complete sell-out at the Romance Writers Convention, and as an erotic thriller with sci-fi elements, forms the basis of a future film.

Evan Fowler
Evan Fowler is an award-winning screenwriter, actor, and stand-up comedian. His first feature film, Good Grief Suicide Hotline, recently premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival, where it was awarded the Homegrown Award. He was also voted "Best Atlanta Comedian" by Creative Loafing magazine in 2013.

Anthony Francis
By day, Anthony Francis works on search engines and robots; by night, he writes science fiction and draws comic books. He's the author of the Dakota Frost, Skindancer series including Frost Moon, Blood Rock, and Liquid Fire, and is the co-author of the 24 Hour Comic Day Survival Guide.

Ian S. Frazier
Ian 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
Michael French is the co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80s.

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
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 work is regularly featured in multiple media channels and bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay. Her costume art projects have been exhibited across the U.S.

Ronald Thomas Garner
Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing and a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies, and in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and the Communications Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Michael Gilkey
Michael Gilkey is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine and CEO of Trailhead Biosystems. He is responsible for the development and execution of organizational strategy, external and internal marketing efforts, coordination of education programs and provides administrative, financial and operational oversight.

Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas started Lynnvander before producing the award-winning The Gamers films, Natural One, and Hands of Fate. Thomas created many tabletop games including the Arthurian adventure Albion's Legacy, the space parody Deep 5 and the Robin Hood co-operative Sherwood's Legacy before being published in Shadowrun's A World of Shadows.

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. She puppeteers on The Bob & Angus Show, a web-series 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 experience. She is the 2014-15 President of GSTA and the current Executive Director. She is also the District V Director for NSTA. Honors include the 2014 Georgia Outstanding Earth Science Teacher and the Georgia 2007 Presidential Award for Science Teaching.

Fred J. Grant
Fred Grant is an independent film director/producer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for directing Dekiru: The Three Stones, which won Best Independent at the 2015 Georgia Entertainment Gala. He has also been involved in the productions of Elf on the Shelf, VHS: Viral, +1, and Invasion of the Undead.

Brian Green
Brian Green, known by the online pseudonym 'Psychochild', is an experienced online game developer. In his nearly two decades of professional experience he has done programming, designing, writing, and administrating. He and edited the book Business & Legal Primer for Game Development and blogs about game development at

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, Dungeon Crawlers, and the upcomng Noble Armada.

Melissa Grey
Melissa Grey's debut novel, The Girl at Midnight, is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy coming from Random House in 2015. Her work has appeared in IGN, Starburst Magazine, Bloody Disgusting, and Engadget. She lives in New York City.

Michelle Griffin
For more than a decade, Michelle has been pursuing the connection between the spiritual, metaphysical, and paranormal philosophies. She is the founder of Through The Veil Productions and directs the popular annual Atlanta event of the same name.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is a documentary filmmaker specializing in cult cinema and retro-television. He has produced and directed features about Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Twilight Zone, Empire Pictures, Ed Wood, and several Hammer horror classics. He is also the owner of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, maker-of-tiny-comets, and 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, is finishing a postdoc in science education, and will be an assistant professor of physics starting in August 2015.

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Torey P Haas
Torey Haas is an independent filmmaker whose first feature film Invasion of the Undead is now available on VOD. He is also a visual effects artist whose credits include V/H/S: Viral and The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie.

David Haddock
Dave Haddock is the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic space sim.

Gordon L Hall
Gordon is a Senior Software Engineer at BitPay, dividing his time between developing payment processing infrastructure for bitcoin along with a variety of other free and open source projects. Gordon is passionate about using technology as a means for protecting personal liberty .

Lloyd E. N. Hall
Lloyd E. N. Hall holds BS degree from USF 1973 and JD law degree Emory University 1976.  He is now a semi-retired trial attorney.  Hall was the first GA attorney on the NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) Kink-Aware Professionals Alternative Lifestyles referral list.

Valerie Hampton
Dr. Hampton is an history professor with 10+ years experience teaching, and research in academia. She founded the American Society for Neo-Medievalism, and speaks often at academic conferences on the intersection between popular fantasy and medieval history. She brings pop culture into academia and the classroom via history and archaeology.

David Harmer
David S. Harmer is a Disaster Preparedness Consultant, and author of the Survival Weapons and Techniques, Aftermath! Cybele, Disaster Survivor's Guide, Aftermath! Survival Guide, Aftermath! Magic!, Aftermath! Technology!, and other works.

Ian Harris
Ian is a nationally touring comedian and speaker on critical thinking. Fresh of the heals of his first Hour TV special Critical & Thinking, that AXS TV called "A truly masterful hour of wit, humor and derisive jabbing." Ian has been seen on Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles and the Bubba the Monster Hunter short stories. He is also the host of the Literate Liquors podcast.

Darrell C. Hazelrig
Darrell C Hazelrig is an award winning filmmaker, co-founder of the New Puppet Order, and 2015 Atlanta Film Festival Filmmaker in Residence. Edgor & Izzy, his debut feature film will premiere 2016.

Jeff Heimbuch
Jeff has been a Disney Historian for almost 15 years. He has done presentations about Disney all over the US, and co-hosts the popular theme park podcast Communicore Weekly. He has written two books: Main Street Windows and It's Kind of a Cute Story, with former Imagineer Rolly Crump.

Steve Hill
Steve Hill performs as an activist all across the United States.  The mortgage meltdown and Wall Street corruption cemented his decision to speak for those in the middle class with no voice, lobbyist or advocacy group. With an extremely keen sense of humor, he hits the stage with a stand up performance that enables people to see relevant issues from a very funny, but drastically different, perspective.

Amanda Erickson is the community manager for SMITE, the 3rd person MOBA on both PC and Xbox One. She's also the creator of "Console to Closet," the video game fashion blog.

Jason Hodges
Jason Hodges is a contestant on Season 7 of SyFy's Face Off. He has worked in the Atlanta film industry and is one of the lead make up effects artists at Chambers of Horror. He also owns and operates Undead Forest Studios selling high quality silicone masks and props.

Jim Hodgson
Jim Hodgson is the world's only adventure humorist. He has completed the rigorous vetting process necessary to obtain a "web site" on the "internet." He's the Editor In Chief of The Atlanta Banana, a Dirge Magazine contributor, and author of sci-fi novel Dangerous Dan.

Kenneth Mark Hoover
Kenneth Mark Hoover has sold over 60 short stories. His fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons. He is a member of SFWA, HWA, and WWA. His novel, Haxan, was published by CZP/HarperCollins. You can find out more from his website:

Mike Horner
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director with the Mesner Puppet Theater in Kansas City. Mike is the creator of Timey Wimey Puppet Show, a Doctor Who themed puppet parody.

John Hudgens
John Hudgens is a award-winning filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed documentaries, several award-winning Star Wars parody films, and worked professionally on such varied licensed properties as Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction author with six published novels and a seventh expected in summer 2015. He is the librarian for the Massachusetts Masonic Grand Lodge and lives in that state with his wife and daughter.

Sarah Hunter
Sarah Hunter is a professional model, actress, performer, and cosplayer, best known for her steampunk character Lady Clankington, proprietress of Lady Clankington’s Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities.

Tom Hutchens
Tom Huthchens is founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He specializes in the creation of hyper-realistic Star Wars costumes/props, has helped collaborate on various Star Wars books, and is a regular contributor at

Shaun David Hutchinson
Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, and We Are the Ants, and edited the anthology about a school shooter, Violent Ends. All books published by Simon Pulse.

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Sascha Illyvich
Author of over 50 titles in a variety of subgenres, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance's Recommended read list, and he's been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

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Chris A Jackson
Chris A. Jackson’s releases include Pirate's Promise, from Paizo Publishing, Flesh and Bone, a short story in the Privateer Press Skull Island Adventures, Sweating Bullets, a Shadowrun short story in the latest Catylist Game Labs anthology, and Weapon of Fear, book one of the Weapon of Fear Trilogy.

Ben Jacobs
Ben Jacobs is the Accommodations Specialist at Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology program, at Georgia Tech. Ben enjoys finding solutions for people with disabilities, helping them regain independence. Ben is an expert in video game accessibility, and an advocate for the need for recreational outlets for people with disabilities.

John Hornor Jacobs
John Hornor Jacobs, is an award-winning author of genre bending adult and YA fiction. He is the author of Southern Gods, shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, This Dark Earth, The Twelve-Fingered Boy, The Shibboleth, The Conformity, The Incorruptibles, and the forthcoming Foreign Devils.

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, the Gillian Boone novels, The Bluesman comic book and short story series, and much more. He is also the co-host of The Eclectic Review - a weekly podcast about science, art, and well, everything.

Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson is a South Carolina based professional screenwriter and fight choreographer. His screenwriting credits include The Freemason, staring Sean Astin and Templar Nation, featuring Erik Estrada. He currently has three other films in pre-production, has written several stage plays, and has also staged fights for theatre and independent films.

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Richard Kadrey
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. The seventh book in the series, Killing Pretty, will be out in July 2015. Some of his other books include Metrophage, Butcher Bird, Dead Set, Kamikaze L’Amour, and the graphic novel, Accelerate.

Kato is a young, British entrepreneur and one of the most recognizable faces in Steampunk. Making her mark over a decade ago by launching the world's first Steampunk clothing company, she went on to launch several businesses and brands under her S Corp, Lambee Co.

Nadia Kayyali
Nadia Kayyali is a member of EFF’s activism team. Nadia's work focuses on surveillance, national security policy, and the intersection of criminal justice, racial justice, and digital civil liberties issues. Nadia earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from UC Hastings.

Audrey Kearns
Audrey Kearns is a writer, actor and producer. She founded the geek/pop culture website Geek Girl Authority and the hit storytelling show 5 Truths and a Lie. She hosts the interview podcast Kneel Before Aud and wrote the hit comedic one-person show Obsessively Okay about her struggles with OCD.

Bethany Kesler
Bethany Kesler is a writer and historian, with a primary focus in the Crusades and Renaissance and a secondary focus on the Cold War era. She's working on her first novel, an alternate history novel blending present day events with some mythological figures.

Andrea Mast Kessel
Andrea Mast Kessel is an Atlanta based Media & Special Effects Makeup Artist and Educator. Her work includes traditional and special effects/fantasy makeup in theatre, stage, 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 Kieffer is a paranormal researcher with Paranormal Georgia Investigations. She has a Master's degree in Biology/Ecology. She uses 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.

Brett King
Brett is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic explorer character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist.

Deidre Kitcher
Deidre Kitcher (Dee) is a film Producer and Writer who has used her previous business experience as an accountant and her passion for filmmaking to establish Filmscope Entertainment as a leading Australian film production company, with a focus on making quality genre films for worldwide audiences. 

Konora the Klingon
Hannah Hoyt (Konora) is the first Earth-based Klingon opera singer. She is dedicated to translating and performing classic opera repertoire so audiences can hear it in the "original" Klingon. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music, and is an Artist in Residence at Opera Carolina.

Artix Von Krieger
Adam Bohn (Artix) is the Founder/CEO of Artix Entertainment, which makes weekly updated web games including the popular AdventureQuest Worlds, AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest, EpicDuel, and their first mobile game, Battle Gems.

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 four decades, including SJG, FASA, TSR, Origin, Bullfrog, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, and other MMOs. Currently, he’s publishing Cloud Imperium Games’ Star Citizen magazine, Jump Point, and new ship brochures, managing their freelance authors, and contributing to design.

Matthew Laird
Matthew Robert C. Laird is a designer, fabricator, and puppeteer based in Nashville Tennessee where he works as the assistant supervisor of the Fabrication and Finishing shop at Animax Designs. The team at Animax creates dynamic characters and creatures for themed attractions, commercial, film, and television industries.

Roger Lang
Roger is a patent attorney with experience representing multi-national companies as well as single inventors. His practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution. Roger's technological experience ranges from medical devices to telecommunications to consumer appliances to agricultural equipment to router and server technologies.

Chris Lee
Chris Lee an award-winning steampunk prop maker and founder of the Apparition Abolishers.

Jeff M Leininger
Jeff is founder and owner of Robot Costumes USA. He, along with his team, has been producing award winning costumes for 15 years worldwide.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is the writer of Dr. Wholigan blog, podcaster/writer for, and occasional contributing guest podcaster for "Earth Station Who." He is also a music, film, and pop culture writer for Eleven Magazine and and host of Juxtaposition on KDHX radio for 20 years.

J. F. Lewis
J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of the Void City series and The Grudgebearer Trilogy. One got him excommunicated; the other did not.

Ben Lichius
Ben is a 17 year veteran of the video game industry and has worked on such titles as Robotech: Battlecry and Robotech: Invasion. He is currently the Vice President of Spark Plug Games, developing Firefly Online.

Kelly Lockhart
Newspaper and book editor, musician, actor, screenwriter, founder of Robot Battles, longtime radio and TV guy, amateur chef, and social media junkie.

Talloolah Love
Talloolah Love is an award winning internationally known performer, producer, podcaster, and teacher. She is the matron of the Burlesque Atlanta Society, has entered her fourth year as the producer of the Dragon Con Burlesque show, and is one of the contributing authors of The Steampunk's Guide to Sex.

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing intellectual property and corporate attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She is the author of a recent law school text book on Intellectual Property and several academic articles. Ms. Lytle represents artists and authors as well as start-up companies.

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David Maass
Dave Maass is an investigative researcher and activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he uses transparency to counterbalance the surveillance state. He is also a journalist who has written for alt weeklies across the Southwest, including the "No Life Offline" column for San Diego CityBeat.

Moxie Anne Magnus
Lt. Moxie Anne Magnus is the chief xenocosmetologist on the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. She performs live, does a video podcast and has her own webcomic.

Mike Malloy
A genre film journalist turned filmmaker, actor, and on-camera personality, Mike Malloy has created the projects Django Lives, Plastic Movies Rewound, and Eurocrime! and has also been involved in Samurai Cop 2, Hi-8, The Scarlet Worm, and Hot Lead Hard Fury.

Anya Martin
Anya Martin has 2015 stories in Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Giallo Fantastique, Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, Cassilda's Song, Xnoybis #2, and more. "Stuffed Bunny in Doll-Land," her dark comics fable with Spanish artist Mado Peña in Womanthlogy: Heroic, received praise in multiple reviews. A long-time journalist, Anya founded

Michael Martinez
Michael Martinez is the author of Parma Endorion, Visualizing Middle-earth, Understanding Middle-earth, and Mindfaring through Middle-earth. He has written hundreds of articles for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and has been active in online and convention fandom for more than 20 years.

Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the author of the historical-fantasy/space-opera Daedalus trilogy: The Daedalus Incident (2013), The Enceladus Crisis (2014), and The Venusian Gambit (2015). He likes good coffee, fine beer, and kind people.

Jason Massey
Jason Massey is a podcaster who hosts Dungeons and Randomness. He has written for the show since the beginning and created a "living" world inhabited by over 25 player characters and over 100 NPC's. Every group and player can impact the story and world. The show has been going for over 3 years.

Angela F Mattke
Angela F. Mattke is Skeptical Emergency Physician with a passion for protecting patients from pseudoscience and alternative medicine scams.

Jon McCoy
Jon McCoy is a Documentary Filmmaker, accomplished Paranormal Investigator and Case Manager of The Canadian Paranormal Society; radio personality and host of Paranormal Swamp Talk on Z Talk Radio; Jon also has been published in The Spectral Times, a paranormal magazine out of Great Britain; currently a film school student.

Laurenn McCubbin
Laurenn McCubbin is an Associate Professor of CORE Studies and Illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. McCubbin has illustrated comics and graphic novels for McSweeneys Publishing, Marvel Comics, Vertigo, Last Gasp and Dark Horse, and has collaborated with writers like Warren Ellis, Stephen Elliott, Matt Wagner and Joyce Carol Oates. She was the Art Director for Image Comics and the co-creator of the graphic novel Rent Girl (with writer Michelle Tea). 

Charles McFall
Podcasting since 2004 Charles has been a consultant in community building, and is currently the co-host of Success Freaks and From the Helicarrier - both featured featured shows on Blog Talk Radio. He is the Technical Producer for Entrepreneur Radio and a phenomenal comedic motivational speaker.

Maryn McKenna
Maryn McKenna is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about science, food and scary diseases.

Melinda R Mock
Melinda Mock is co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80s.

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

Jef Murray
Jef Murray ( is an internationally known artist, author, and illustrator best known for his Tolkien and Narnia illustrations and for his fantasy/sci-fi fictional series, The Framerunners (

Blake Myers
lake Myers is a fixture in the Atlanta film community as both a filmmaker and designer. Blake specializes in blood and special effects makeup and works on various short and feature films including Blood Car, Yellowbrickroad, and V/H/S (Amateur Night).

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Bobby Nash
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novel, and screenplays. Visit him at

John Ngoc Nguyen
John Nguyen is a CG Animator currently at HiRez Studios where he has contributed to the hit MOBA called SMITE.

Jeremy Tyce Nichols
Jeremy Nichols is the Tech Manager for Paranormal Georgia Investigations and an educator. He blends his passions for both fields to ease the minds of clients.

Sarah Nicolas
Sarah is a 31-year-old YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She is the author of Dragons are People, Too. Sarah writes adult romance as Aria Kane.

Travis is a huge anime and Japanese culture fanatic. He has worked in Japan for the Japanese education system, teaching English to students of kindergarten age through middle school. Science fiction and anime credentials include anime and video game reviews for various websites, including Digital Veda Games.

Corvis Nocturnum
Eric Vernor is an author, publisher and lecturer who has written books on popular culture. The content ranges from vampires and zombies to the Devil. He has been a consultant for A&E Channel's Paranormal State. He has appeared as a guest speaker at Dragon Con, Scarefest and others.

Laura Liddell Nolen
Laura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent most of her time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. She lives in Texas with her husband and children and on Twitter @Laurallnolen. The Ark is her first novel.

Bob Novella
Bob Novella is co-host of the award winning Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast and science blogger.

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Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega works for NASA offering millions of dollars in prize money to advance technology that benefits NASA and the nation through NASA's Centennial Challenges Program.

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James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated author and editor of science fiction, New Pulp, and space opera.  He is best known as the co-creator of the award-nominated alternate history giant monster anthology series Monster Earth.

Lauren Panepinto
As the Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press for the past 7 years, Lauren Panepinto has designed and art directed hundreds of SFF book covers and graphic novels for best-selling authors such as Gail Carriger, Brent Weeks, Iain Banks, and many more.

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.

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

Sean M Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year veteran costumer and principal for SMP Designs. He has designed more than 40 stage productions, 8 short films, 5 features and specializes in pieces for film, television and media for clients including: AutoTrader, Cartoon Network, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power, Turner Studios, and Verizon Wireless.

Penina is a gamer, an artist, and a cosplay enthusiast. She helped her friend Peter found his own online retail company Digital Veda Games, providing graphics, website updates, booth desig, and managing the company’s social media.

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. 

Cindy Pon
Cindy Pon is the author of Chinese inspired fantasies Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, and Serpentine. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and an advisor on the We Need Diverse Books board. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.

Shawn Porter
Shawn appears on the new season of Ghost Hunters and is a leading tech investigator in the paranormal field. Shawn is the owner of GhostStop, the go-to workshop for ghost hunting gear.

Aristotle Christopher Pramagioulis
Aristotle Pramagioulis is the creator of The Goblin Market community and live events. A multimedia artist in his own right, he is also the art director of the Steampunk World's Fair for the past four years,

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» James Hugh Reeves
James Hugh Reeves is the author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Ultra-Chick children's series, a sci fi/fantasy adventure where Ultra-Chick protects both the human and animal population of Earth. Check out

Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards is a self-published writer of two novels - A Fine Line: Herrick's Tale and Lost Child of Hermes - who has spent the last five Dragon Cons teaching aspiring writers in the most important author survival skill - what not to do with this thing called writing.

Chris Rickwood
Chris Rickwood is a composer known for creating dramatic musical scores for videogames. His past work ranges from catchy melodies underscoring fights with cartoon evil geniuses to massive soundscapes suitable for building empires. Credits include Smite, Age of Empires Online, Orcs Must Die!, Ghostbusters: The Videogame, and Tribes: Ascend.

T. S. Rider
T. S. Rider has had two short stories published. An Artist and Writer, T. S. Rider has been working on making quality hand made wands from naturally sourced materials and her longer fiction.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, and his songs have appeared on The Dr. Demento Show. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books, and a USAF veteran whose career included space operations, disaster response, and other interesting things.

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction at Baen Books.  A neuroscientist with 35 years experience in laboratory & clinical research, teaching and public speaking, he writes science articles, short fiction for the SF/F audience and advises authors on cutting edge science for their novels. 

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is the author of six novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series. She blogs and gives workshops about the craft of writing.

Louis John Robinson
During a thirty-five year career in the BBC Louis began as a film editor and ended as a producer and scriptwriter, and an on air performer in local radio and Radio 4. He is now a performing singer songwriter.

Justin Rojas
As FUNimation's front man, Justin Rojas builds relationships with both consumers and companies alike. You can find him at conventions, live streams, and anywhere else FUNimation has a presence. When not busy making the anime world a better place, Justin avidly plays video games and practices the martial art Kenju-ryu.

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

» Meredith Rose
Meredith is a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on copyright and telecommunications matters. She’s also worked on IP and tech issues at the FCC, Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, and Knowledge Ecology International. When not lawyering, she's an avid gamer and fan nerd. 

Madeleine Roux
Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker Is Stranded. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books, the world's premiere popular culture publisher, acquiring original SF, fantasy (epic, heroic, and dark), horror, crime fiction, art books, and media tie-ins such as Alien, Planet of the Apes (new and classic), Batman: Arkham Knight, Mass Effect, and more.

Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon's debut novel, Henry Franks, was named a "Book All Young Georgians Should Read" by The Georgia Center For The Book. His second novel, All Those Broken Angels, has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award.

Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer at Science News. She's written for Slate, The Guardian, and Scientific American; appeared on radio shows like Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 34,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Catherine M Scully
Catherine Scully is the Young Adult Editor for the Horror Writers Association and runs the blog Scary Out There with Jonathan Maberry as seen on CNN. She's a published illustrator with Simon and Schuster and REUTS publications as a well as an agented MG/YA author with Donadio and Olson.

Stephen H. Segal
Stephen H. Segal is the editor & coauthor of Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, the Hugo-winning former editor of Weird Tales, and the current editor of Philly Weekly. Quirk Books will publish his next, Earth's Mightiest Parents: How Geek Culture Helps Us Raise Good Kids, in 2016.

David S Serchay
David Serchay is a librarian and writer whose works include The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens and The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults. He has lectured on the topic of graphic novels and libraries in various locations and conventions and in webinars.

Mike Shoemaker
Mike has been writing for the comic book industry since 1990, charting the adventures of such 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 and scripting Project: Leviathanne with artist C.B. Zane.

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

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin L. Silver is the creator/writer of the YA Urban Fantasy Series, Windfire, and the Horror Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education, and minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare, she now lives in New York City.

» David Silverman
David Silverman is President of American Atheists and was the creator and Executive Producer of the 2012 Reason Rally. His upcoming book, Fighting God: an Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, comes out in December.

Shane Simek
Shane Simek has been serving as a Deputy Sheriff and involved in Law Enforcement in NE Ohio for 15 years. He studies Security and Special Warfare and will be sharing his experiences as part of the Armory track.

Lane Skye
Lane is a writer/producer of thrillers and dark dramas. She works in concert with her husband/filmmaking partner Ruckus Skye. Their film The 7 Sevens is making its festival rounds. In 2014, their screenplay Rattle the Cage won the Atlanta Screenplay Competition and was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist.

Ruckus Skye
Ruckus’ film The 7 Sevens stars Brad Carter (True Detective, Sons of Anarchy, Ascension) is currently making its festival rounds.  His screenplay Rattle The Cage won the Atlanta Screenwriting Competition and was a Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist (Top 50).

He is developing Rattle The Cage as his feature debut.

Fr. Bryan Small
A Catholic priest with his own take on pop-culture and sci-fi.A geek-priest!

Mary Kate Smith
Mary Kate is an aerospace engineer who appeared on TBS' King of the Nerds.

Melinda M. Snodgrass
Melinda M. Snodgrass is a novelist & screenwriter. She worked on Star Trek: TNG & many other shows. She writes occult thrillers, space opera and writes for & co-edits the Wild Card series with George R.R. Martin. She is also a grand prix dressage rider and studied opera in Vienna.

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.

Ken Spivey
Ken Spivey is a songwriter, Doctor Who and Harry Potter expert, award winning convention runner, and band leader of the and Creative Loafing praised Steam Punk Time Lord and Wizard Rock Band, "The Ken Spivey Band."

Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Jennifer St. Giles (JL Saint, Jennifer Saints) now successfully indie publishes in the paranormal, suspense, and historical genres of romance. Her 2015 release will be a time-travel.

Brian Stabile
Brian Stabile is the Co-Owner/Project Lead for the indie game studio Astro Crow. He also teaches Video Game Design at Full Sail University, and has published works as an author, musician, podcast host, and Japanese translator.

Amie Stepanovich
Amie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access. Amie is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance.

Helen Stringer
Originally from the UK, Helen Stringer is the award-winning author of the middle-grade fantasy novels, Spellbinder and The Midnight Gate, as well as the scifi novel, Paradigm. She is currently writing and directing the paranormal scifi series, The Gloaming.

Stan Zubrin (Stryche) is the General Manager for Artix Entertainment’s HeroMart.

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Douglas Wayne Talk
Douglas Talk is a former US Navy nuclear chemist and Warfare Officer. He currently is a licensed physician and consultant for SpaceWorks, Inc., managing a medical research team investigating human hibernation and designing the Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitat to Mars, a human hibernation based space mission for the NASA.

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is the author of Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History from Insight Editions. He's also a screenwriter, novelist, and pop culture journalist who's written Arctic Adventure! an official Thunderbirds™ novel, and The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim.

George Taylor
George Taylor is the co-host of Communicore Weekly, a podcast dedicated to covering all things related to theme parks. He has been writing about Disney parks since 2007 at, and He's read more books about Disney than most people have read. And he knows it.

Stephen F Taylor
Stephen Taylor is the father of 12+ children by birth, adoption, and foster care. He is the owner/operator of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making costumes for 12 plus years focusing highly on armor and weapons.

Juliana Texley
Juliana Texley is President of the National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional society of teachers in the nation. She represents science teachers through presentations, authorship and advocacy throughout the United States and in other nations. During her presidency she has emphasized reaching beyond the classroom to lifelong science learners.

Marisa Tontaveetong
Marisa (Ginger) Tontaveetong is an animator who currently serves as ASIFA-Atlanta's Programming Director, Atlanta Film Festival's Artist-in-Residence, and co-director of Starlight, recipient of the the Atlanta Film Festival's Oscar-Eligible Animated Short Jury's Choice Award.

Phantom Troublemaker
Phantom Troublemaker is the host of Monstrosity Championship Wrestling and of the hit Dragon Con game show Whose EFF Is It Anyway, the owner and operator of and the Needless Things Podcast, and co-host of the ESO Network's Doctor Who podcast, Earth Station Who.

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Elizabeth Valentino
Elizabeth Valentino is the author of two steampunk romance novels for Harlequin Spice. She has three published short steampunk stories in notable anthologies and he's the writer and director for the Naughty Dreadful, a quarterly publication that's a modern take on the Penny Dreadful with dark steampunk stories and photos.

Nick Valentino
Nick Valentino is the author of two novels in the Thomas Riley steampunk adventure series. He has five published short steampunk stories in notable anthologies and he's the chief writer and curator for the Scary Dreadful, a quarterly publication that's a modern Penny Dreadful with new steampunk monsters and stories.

» Lilah Vandenburgh
Lilah Vandenburgh is writer/director of the multi-award winning short Bitch, and recently co-wrote the award-winning BBC 3/Baby Cow sitcom, Uncle. She's currently in development with a pilot about gaming, for Momentum/Greenroom, and a pilot based on the comic, Nemi, for Retort/FreemantleMedia.

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» Jessica Wade
Jessica Wade is a senior editor of science fiction and fantasy for Ace and Roc Books, imprints of Penguin Random House. A few of the authors she currently works with include Faith Hunter, Robert Sawyer, Aliette de Bodard, Chloe Neill, Amber Benson, and Django Wexler.

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. Her book The War Within: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero is scheduled for release by Oloris Publishing early in 2016.

Jack H Walsh
Jack Walsh is an Emmy-award winning writer/director whose work includes the public TV documentaries Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity and Four Days at Dragon Con as well as the live storytelling series Life Stories: True Tales from Carapace.

Brantly Jackson Watts
Brantly Jackson Watts is an Atlanta Writer, Producer, Director, and Marketing Professional. She currently curates the Homespun Documentary Film Series, is Chair of the New Mavericks Program for female filmmakers, and serves as Filmmaker in Residence for the Atlanta Film Festival.

Chuck Wendig
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter and game designer. He's the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic, the feature film Vessel, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. 

Alex White
Alex White is a novelist and podcaster. His podcast, The Gearheart, is a three-time Parsec Finalist, and he is the cohost of Disasterpiece Theatre. His debut novel, Every Mountain Made Low, was just sold to Solaris Books, and will be available in the US, UK and Canada in 2016.

Christi J. Whitney
Christi J. Whitney is the author of the young adult adventure novel Grey (Book 1 in the Romany Outcasts series) with HarperCollins/HarperVoyagerUK. She has also written for the theatre, including critiques and scripts, and she has directed numerous productions for the stage.

Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde's first novel, the high-flying fantasy Updraft debuts from Tor September 1, 2015. Her short stories appear in Asimov's, Nature, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her interview series Cooking the Books, about the intersection between food and fiction, has appeared at Strange Horizons,, and at

Thomas Willeford
Thomas Willeford is the owner of Brute Force Studios (purveyors of quality corsetry and steampunk accoutrements since 1995) and the author of Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts (McGraw-Hill) and The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make (McGraw-Hill).

King Williams
King Williams is a NYC/Atlanta based filmmaker who's currently finishing up his debut film The Atlanta Way. He's worked for filmmaker Spike Lee as well as worked on films by Martin Scorsese and Ben Stiller to name a few.

Shae Williams
Dr. Shae Williams is the Chief Engineer of Digital Solid State Propulsion, a spacecraft propulsion company, and has built motors that have been tested in orbit.

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.

Gregory A Wilson
Gregory A. Wilson is a published author of both speculative fiction and academic writing, Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, podcaster, musician and Twitch TV channel host. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his family.

Trisha J. Woldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge is president of Broad Universe and a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press. She writes grown-up stories and poems, including Epic award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries contributions. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s authored 3 novels, The Kelpie, Silent Starstrong, and The Earl's Childe.

» 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, and the Programing Chair for the Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference at Dragon Con.

Matt Woomer
Matt's game credits include the MMOs City of Heroes, City of Villains, Global Agenda and Dungeon Blitz. He is currently the Creative Director of Blue Mammoth Games, makers of the popular platform fighter Brawlhalla.

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is a writer and journalist. He literally wrote the book on Dragon Con with Lost at the Con and writes for Star Wars Insider,, and Big Shiny Robot! among others.

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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.

Miss Mecha Zero
Miss Mecha Zero (Jessie) is a video game developer and writer. She has written for Phoenix Labs in Vancouver and was a Production Coordinator on League of Legends where she shipped features including Team Builder and Custom Item Sets.

Mark Zoran
Mark Zoran is the creative mind behind the Award-Winning Custom Prop and Costume House, Razorfly Studios.

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Due to professional commitments, the following previously confirmed guests will not be able to attend Dragon*Con this year. 
Scott AmplefordRachel GitlevichXander JeanneretTim Waggoner