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Curt Anderson
Curt Anderson performs amazing mental and physical stunts and demonstrations as part of his Jail Break the Mind series. He will blow your mind with his unique blend of magic, mentalism, and unique demonstrations! He has performed his magic and illusions across the USA and around the globe.

Dane Ault
Dane Ault is the artist and designer behind Monkey Minion Press, who's artbook about science, Eureka, was one of the most backed non-comics publishing projects on Kickstarter. He is releasing his second artbook, Beyond, this year. Ault has done work for Fox, We Love Fine, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and others.

Hawkings Austin
Hawkings Austin is a DoD subject matter expert in survivability, space, radiation environments, and historical combat. He has published numerous science and history articles, but his first fantasy novels The Broken Man (February) and Pure Poison(May) are out this year. He’s also a trained swordsman and Martial arts Sifu.

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Demore Barnes
Actor Demore Barnes has appeared in a variety of shows throughout his career including 12 Monkeys, The Flash, Hemlock Grove, Defiance, Hannibal, Supernatural, Fringe, and The Unit. Most recently, he can been seen as Mr. Ibis in the STARZ series American Gods.

Carole E Barrowman
In collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Dr. Who), Carole Barrowman has written two biographies and five novels, including the acclaimed Hollow Earth, a middle grade fantasy series about a brother and sister who can bring their drawings to life and animate into art. 

John Barrowman
John Barrowman most recently he wowed fans with his role as Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. He is also iconically known as Captain Jack Harkness from the Doctor Who series and the spin off Torchwood.

» Jim Beard
Jim Beard has written Star Wars and Ghostbusters comics, co-edited Planet Of The Apes: Tales From The Forbidden Zone, wrote Spider-Man: Enemies Closer, a story for X-Files: Secret Agendas, and Gotham City 14 Miles, a book on the 1966 Batman TV series, as well as worked for since 2003.

Joe Benitez
Joe Benitez is a comic book artist who has worked on such titles as JLA, Superman/Batman, Detective Comics, Supergirl, and Titans for DC Comics and The Darkness for Image Comics. He also co-created and penciled the sci-fi series Weapon Zero and the dark fantasy mini-series Magdalena: Blood Divine for Image. 

Ed Binkley
Ed Binkley is an artist and art educator who has created fantasy artwork for three decades. He has illustrated several dozen book covers and magazines and his artwork has appeared in numerous issues of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Binkley is a 2018 Art Show Guest Juror.

Zac Brewer
His name is Zac Brewer...but you can call him Z. Under the name Heather Brewer, Zac is a New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, as well as many other books.

2018 Art Show Guest of Honor Brom has lent his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games, to comics and film. He is the author of these award-winning illustrated horror novels Lost Gods, Krampus the Yule Lord, The Child Thief, and The Devil’s Rose.

Chuck Brown
Chuck Brown has written The Punisher and Black Panther comics for Marvel, is the writer and co-creator of Rotten Apple for Dark Horse Comics, and the writer and co-creator of Bitterroot that will debut in 2018 at Image Comics. He has been self-publishing for more than 18 years

Jason Bulmahn
Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc, creators of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games and leads the team responsible for rules and game balance. His design credits include the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Bestiary, Advanced Player's Guide, Beginner Box, and the Advanced Class Guide.

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

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Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry), a retired US Navy officer, writes the New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series, the Genesis Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the "steampunk meets high fantasy" Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are Ascendant and Destiny of Dragons.

Erica Cerra
Actress Erica Cerra is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the Syfy series Eureka, and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. and her creator Becca on The 100. She has also appeared in various guest roles in series such as Warehouse 13, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, and iZombie.

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

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

David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of more than twenty books, and as many short stories. As David B. Coe, he writes epic, contemporary, and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.

Myke Cole
Myke Cole is the author of the dark fantasy Sacred Thronetrilogy (, and the military fantasy Shadow Ops and Reawakening trilogies (Ace/Roc). His military history, Legion vs. Phalanx, is published by Osprey. He recently starred on CBS’ hit reality TV series, Hunted.

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Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido's is an author of novels, comics, nonfiction, and short fiction. His fiction takes place in thirty different licensed universes from television to movies to comics, plus original work in the fictional Super City and Cliff's End and the kinda real Key West and New York.

Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey enjoys acting and costuming and is the organizer of the Dragon Con Skeptic Parade Entry. She has portrayed Madame Bonneville, Eva Ingersoll, and various Suffragists. She created a character known as “The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse” in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth.

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

Bill Fawcett
Bill Fawcett has been games designing, writing, and editing since the early 80s. He has edited or co-edited over 40 science fiction anthologies. His non-fiction books include two Navy SEALs histories and books on mistakes in history. He is also a game and computer game designer.

» Matt Frank
Matt Frank, the "Kaiju King," was an artist for IDW's Godzilla comics from 2011 to 2016. He has also worked on many Transformers projects for IDW and Fun Publications. In 2018, Frank will debut a new comic based on the cult-classic superhero Redman from Tsuburaya Productions.

Esther Friesner
Nebula Award-winning author Esther Friesner's publishing history of forty-one novels, two hundred three short stories, three single author collections, eleven anthologies and more is highlighted by her creation/editing of the popular Chicks In Chainmail  anthologies and the YA historical Princesses of Myth series.

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Gabo (Gabriel Bautista) is the artist for Dead of Winter written by Kyle Starks, as well The Life After written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, (Oni Press). He is a Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nominee, as well as an Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist.

For 20 years, Gerhard worked with Dave Sim as background artist, environmental designer, and cover colorist on the Cerebus graphic novel. A 300-issue series, it is a milestone in comic book publishing as the longest running creator-owned comic book series!

Christopher Golden
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Ararat, Snowblind, and many more novels. He is the co-creator (with Mike Mignola) of the comics series Baltimore and Joe Golem and his media tie-in works include Buffy, Hellboy, X-Men, and others. Giolden is an editor, screenwriter, podcaster, and lecturer.

Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in lasers and robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, tracked drones, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He’s the host of NASA's No Small Steps YouTube series and has won awards for presenting to non-scientist audiences.

Kevin Grazier
Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist specializing in Solar System dynamics, and was a member of the Cassini Mission. He was the science advisor for several TV series and features, and wrote the pilot for the animated series Space Quest. Grazier is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science books.

Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. They are also the creators of the Vampire Empire series of novels.

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Robert E. Hampson
Scientist, author, educator: Dr. Robert E. Hampson, teaches and writes science and sci-fi while working to develop the first prosthetic for human memory using the brain's native neural codes. He advises SF/F writers, game developers, and TV writers and is the most likely scientist to create a zombie apocalypse!

Scott Hanna
An Eisner Award winning artist in the graphic novel industry, Scott Hanna has been drawing and inking comic books for over 30 years. His work has been published in over 1,000 comics and graphic novels, and he’s inked over 22,000 pages of comics art.

Jessica Harmon
Jessica Harmon is perhaps best known for her supporting roles in iZombie as FBI agent Dale Bozzio, Niylah The 100 and as Esrin in Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy. She has also appeared in Agent Cody Banks, Black Christmas, and The Magicians.

Kim Harrison
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 bestselling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her life within an easy drive. Traditionally published, she’s written urban fantasy, YA, thrillers, and graphic novels, but she got her start with traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook.

A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley (also writing as Andrew Hart) is the international bestselling author of 19 novels, including the award winning Steeplejack series; Lies That Bind Us (thriller), the Cold Bath Street (a ghost story), Cathedrals of Glass (sci-fi), and the Sekret Machines series, (co-written with Blink 182 front man, Tom DeLonge).

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, as well as the award-winning author of urban fantasy, and horror novels and short stories. He is the creator of The Black Knight Chronicles, Bubba the Monster Hunter, and the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series.

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

Leanna Renee Hieber
An award-winning, bestselling author, Leanna Hieber writes gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor Books such as the Strangely Beautiful series, The Eterna Files, and the Magic Most Foul saga. A classically trained actress, she been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum.

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

Kathryn Hudson
Kathryn Hudson is a professional comic artist, illustrator, and character designer. Hudson spent several years as a character designer on Fxx Network's Archer. She is the current artist for DreamWorks Trolls comic series. Currently, she enjoys full time employment at Warner Brothers Animation working on such projects as DC Superhero Girls.

Faith Hunter
New York Times and USAToday bestselling author Faith Hunter has 40+ books under various pseudonyms, including the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram, and the Rogue Mage series.

Megan Hutchison
Megan Hutchison is an illustrator of Rockstars for Image, co-creator and illustrator of An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp for Archaia and is debuting OGN Vesna. In addition, she is a cover artist for Boom!, Valiant, and Black Mask.

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Les Johnson
Les Johnson is a physicist, a science, science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His latest novel, Mission to Methone and popular science book, Graphene, were released in 2018. Johnson works at the Marshall Space Flight Center where he is lead for NASA’s first interplanetary solar sail mission.

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

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

» Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans, her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on shelves. Since 2003, she’s placed more than 80 novels on the NYT list in all formats including manga and comics.

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

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Bruce Langley
Bruce Langley is best known for playing Technical Boy, a “New God” who is the personification of the internet, in the STARZ series American Gods. Langley made his acting debut in the short film Lie and has since appeared in Deadly Waters and the short film Dox.

Comfort Love
Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). In 2017 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing the collected addition of their first webcomic, Kitty Game.

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

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

Brianne Marie
Brianne Marie is a cast member and co-producer of Dungeons and Randomness, having played multiple characters on the show including Jadzia Grace, Thantos, and Klara U'rath-Dale, and is the co-host of the Morning Theria podcast. Both of these she does alongside her best friend Jason Massey. 

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Warhammer, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Deadly Curiosities, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)

Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale is known for editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town and as the writer of Bard's Road and stories in anthologies edited Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her first novel, Camino Unreal, has been delayed until 2018.

Jason Massey
Jason has been the host and DM of Dungeons and Randomness for over six and a half years. Building up from one group, all the way up to multiple groups in the same world. The show eventually became large enough for him to quit his day job and work on it full time.

Georgia McBride
Owner of Georgia McBride Media Group, her books are Junior Library Guild selections, Whitney Award nominations, Kirkus Best Books of Year listed, School Library Journal starred, Kirkus starred, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble category best-selling titles. Georgia McBride's books have been optioned for film/TV and are published as audiobooks.

Eddie McClintock
Eddie McClintock is best known for his role in Syfy’s network most successful series Warehouse 13 as the unexpectedly amusing yet authoritative, Pete Latimer, whose mission was to search and warehouse mystical items wreaking havoc on the world. He recently starred in USA Network’s conspiracy thriller Shooter as Jack Payne

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

Mark Meer
Mark Meer is internationally known as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, and Chapterhouse Studio's new Captain Canuck animated series, The Prometheus Protocol.

Sarah Milkovich
Dr. Sarah Milkovich is a systems engineer and planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She works on spacecraft operations, where science and engineering meet. Sarah is the lead Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover, which will seek signs of ancient life on Mars.

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

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Bobby Nash
When not wandering around the con, star-struck, award-winning author Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novels, and screenplays for multiple publishers. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.

Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series, begun with His Majesty’s Dragon. Her latest novel, Uprooted, is a new fantasy influenced by the Polish fairy tales of her childhood. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own.

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

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» George Pérez
George Pérez is an illustrator and writer of comic. Along with John Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate style.

» Bob Pendarvis
Artist and illustrator Bob Pendarvis taught the first comics and animation illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to create the country's first full BFA and MFA Sequential Art degree programs. His former students include many successful comics, gaming, and animation artists.

Diana Peterfreund
Diana Peterfreund is the author over a dozen books for adults, teens, and kids, including the Killer Unicorns series; For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion; and the adventure series Omega City. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies.

Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is a New Pulp and Pulp Factory Award-winning author best known for his nine-volume Sentinels superhero novel series and multi-award-winning Shattering space opera novels and comics, as well as two books about Marvel’s Avengers. He writes and edits for a variety of publishers.

Robert W Pope
For nearly 30 years, Robert Pope has been a cartoonist, animator, and comic book artist who has worked for DC, BOOM, IDW and more. He currently draws Looney Tunes  for DC and the PEANUTS gang for Simon and Schuster, among others.

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» Trina Ray
Trina Ray is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (JPL/NASA). She coordinated the Titan opportunities and was the Science-Planning and Sequencing Team Deputy. She is also an Investigation Scientist for the Mission to Europa and an active public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation

Chelsey Reist
Chelsey Reist is the best known as Harper McIntyre on the CW post-apocalyptic drama The 100. Her other credits include work on The Tomorrow People, during its first season, Psych, Sole Custody, Aftermath, No Tell Motel, Embrace of the Vampire, and several others.

Corinne Roberts
Corinne Roberts has written and illustrated Trip to Trekka, Imaginary Sea 1,2,3!, and more. Along with her books, she illustrated the webcomic, Kitty Game and the card game, Unreal Estate. Her recently released comic Out and About will be available as a webcomic in March 2018.

» Naomi Romero
Naomi Romero is an illustrator for animation and kid's lit, with credits ranging from Illumination, Nick Jr, Facebook, and more. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery Nucleus, a renowned animation gallery in California. She is currently the character designer for the 2018 Dragon Con baby dragon mascot.

» Don Rosa
Well known in American comics fandom since the '60s for his fanzine work, Don Rosa became internationally famous in 1987 for writing and drawing Carl Barks' Uncle $croog and Donald Duck comics for international publishers, making Rosa one of the world’s best known cartoonists.

Jacob Rougemont
Jacob Rougemont is an American comic book writer and researcher, most often known as part of the writing team on the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Official Index to the Marvel Universe.

Craig Rousseau
During his 20+ year career, comic book artist Craig Rousseau has worked for various comic book companies, but is best known for his work on DC Comics titles like Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, and Impulse. He also worked for Disney, Beckett, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics' Creative Services.

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» Matt Santorelli
Matt Santorelli is a freelance inker currently working for DC Comics on New Super-Man. He's worked on titles such as DC Universe Rebirth #1, Superwoman, Green Lanterns, Action Comics, Superman, Nightwing, and Trinity. Santorelli  has also illustrated sketch cards from Upper Deck's Marvel Comics, Firefly, and Clerks card sets.

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl programming language, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz hosts the successful FLOSS Weekly podcast and is a sought-after speaker for his combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. 

Gail Simone
Gail Simone is a multiple award-winning writer of comics and animation. Her work in comics includes fan-favorite the Simpsons, Deadpool, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Birds of Prey, as well as the recent creator-owned books Crosswind and the Eisner-nominated Clean Room. She is also a fierce advocate for diversity in comics.

Samantha Sommersby
Samantha Sommersby left her day job to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of a dozen novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed paranormal romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren series for Penguin/Roc as S.J. Harper in collaboration with author Jeanne C. Stein.

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

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

Tj Sterling
TJ Sterling is a midwestern born, NYC based artist/illustrator and president of RAE Comics. He creates interesting stories featuring unique characters from all walks of life. This year being his first at Dragon Con, he looks forward to sharing his work with the amazing artistic community of Atlanta.

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

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

Tad Stones
Tad Stones is a producer, writer, and artist who started his career at Walt Disney Features then moved to Disney Imagineering to design rides for EPCOT. He was one of the founders of Walt Disney TV Animation where he created the shows Chip ’n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.

Jamy Ian Swiss
Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, author, and public speaker. Television appearances include CBS's 48 Hours, PBS's Nova, The Today Show, and The Late, Late Show. He is the author of books including three collections of essays. Swiss has been a founder, fellow, or advisor to four major skeptic organizations.

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» Adam Bryce Thomas
Adam Bryce Thomas is a comic artist currently working freelance. He most recently completed SEGA's Sonic Forces comic series and has contributed works to other comics in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. In addition to penciling, Thomas has collaborated as lead artist, a recent example Ian Flynn's upcoming comic, AcademX.

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Jean Marie Ward
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she co-edited the 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to

» David Thorn Wenzel
David Thorn Wenzel’s is an artist who has taken fantasy lovers down many paths. His vision of Tolkien’s Hobbit, in graphic novel format, has been updated over the years and is still in print worldwide. This year he returns with a new vision for Kingdom of the Dwarves.

Ricky Whittle
In 2014, Ricky Whittle captivated audiences everywhere after appearing in The CW's post-apocalyptic drama The 100, playing the role of Lincoln, a "Grounder." Since then, he has played the protagonist and central character, Shadow Moon, in the STARZ television series American Gods.

Allen Williams
Since the start of his professional art career, Allen Williams' client list has grown from game companies to book publishers and beyond. His focus is now on his personal work but also includes concept work for films and television. Williams is a 2018 Art Show Guest Juror.

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

Adam Withers
Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). In 2017 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing the collected addition of their first webcomic, Kitty Game.

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Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of 11 Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn and Cobra Traitor. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances and A Call to Vengeance, the third of the Manticore Ascendant series written with David Weber.

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