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Lynn Abbey has been called the “Godmother of Shared Universes” for her part in creating Thieves' World. She, CJ Cherryh, and Jane Fancher run Closed Circle, an Internet publishing house.
Lori Alan has starred as Diane Simmons on Family Guy, Pearl the Whale on SpongeBob: Squarepants, and Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four, among many other fantastic animated roles.
Melody Anderson is a retired actress whose most high-profile role was playing Dale Arden in the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon. She is also a licensed social worker and public speaker specializing in the impact of addiction on families.
» Andrew Aydin
Andrew Aydin is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author as well as an Eisner and Harvey award nominee. Aydin is the creator and co-author of March with Rep. John Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell.
For the past 20 years, Daren Bader has been a concept artist and art director for the video game and entertainment industry, working with a large variety of companies, including Disney, Nintendo, Capcom, and Rockstar Games.
Michelle Belanger is a world-renowned expert on the occult, paranormal phenomena, and vampires. She starred on A&Es hit show, Paranormal State. Her books have been sourced in university courses and TV shows such as CSI and True Blood. Michelle's Shadowside series is published through Titan Books.
» John Bell
John Bell is a Scottish actor who played Bain in two installments of the Hobbit film series, Angus in Battleship, Helius in Wrath of the Titans and as Toby Coleman in Tracy Beaker Returns.
» Bob Bergen
Bob has voiced Porky, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Henry Hawk, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales in a variety of feature films, albums, toys, games, and television series', including the two-time Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers.
In the world of anime, Beau has voiced a multitude of characters including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotmon in Digimon, Michael in Argentosoma, Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain, Gohei inRurouni Kenshin, Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II and many others.
Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptozoologist known for his acclaimed book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, and appearances on television shows such as Monsters and Mysteries in America and Finding Bigfoot. Lyle is also founder of the band Ghoultown, and staff writer for the horror magazine, Rue Morgue.
Jennie Breeden is the creator of The Devil's Panties, a daily slice-of-life webcomic
Seraphina E. Brennan
A video game community manager and author with a passion for massively multiplayer games, Seraphina has worked on games varying from The Lord of the Rings Online and Batman: Arkham City to her current title, ArcheAge.
Patricia Briggs is a #1 NYT bestselling Urban Fantasy author. She is best known for the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books, but has also penned numerous fantasy novels. She currently has twenty-two books in print, with two more scheduled for 2016.
Mark Brooks is a Marvel exclusive illustrator known most recently for his creative cover art on variety of titles such as the new Marvel Now titles Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, and A+X.
Rodger is best known for voicing Squidward on Spongebob Squarepants and Professor Membrane on Invader Zim.
James Burns is a television graphic designer, comic book creator, and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia.
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and his new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Fantasy artist Ciruelo was born in Argentina and has been living in Spain since 1987. He has worked for the most important publishing houses in Europe and in the United States illustrating book covers, prints, calendars and trading cards mainly with dragons. He is currently writing and illustrating his own books.
» Mike Capps
Dr. Michael Capps has been a game designer, executive producer, head writer, lead programmer, and studio executive. He's best known for his decade as the president of Epic Games, makers of the mega-hit Gears of War and Infinity Blade franchises and the award-winning Unreal Engine.
» Chris Chalk
After starring opposite Jeff Daniels in Aaron Sorkin’s award winning series The Newsroom, for 3 seasons, Chris Chalk can now be seen playing “Lucius Fox” on Fox’s drama series Gotham and the hit WGN series Underground.
Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry with her most notable credit on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Alina’s artwork have been highly sought after for exhibitions world-wide.
Cinda Williams Chima
New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. Her teen fantasy series include the Heir Chronicles, the Seven Realms Quartet, and the newly launched Shattered Realms series. These days, she daydreams on the page.
Freddy Clements has designed costumes for theaters, including Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA, CPCC in Charlotte, NC, Converse College in Spartenburg, SC, Barter Theatre in Abington, VA, and Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA. At the university level, he has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up.
David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.
Monte James Cook
Monte Cook has written hundreds of role-playing game products, along with short stories, novels, nonfiction titles, and comics. Probably best known for his work on such notable titles as Planescape, Ptolus, the 3rd Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, Numenera, and the Cypher System, he is also a cofounder of Monte Cook Games.
Bruce R Cordell
Bruce Cordell has written well over 100 Dungeons & Dragons and Cypher System roleplaying game products, including Return to the Tomb of Horrors, The Strange, and Gods of the Fall. He’s also penned nearly a dozen novels, including Sword of the Gods and its sequel Spinner of Lies.
Charlie Cox is an English actor best known for his roles as Tristan Thorn in Stardust, Owen Sleater in the second and third seasons of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Marvel's Daredevil TV series by Netflix. Charlie will be joining Dragon Con for Friday and Saturday only.
Roger Cross can currently be seen playing 'Six' aka 'Griffin Jones' on the hit SYFY show Dark Matter, 'Reggie Fitzwilliam' on Guillermo Del Toro's series for FX, The Strain, and playing 'Travis Verta' on Continuum.
Brett Dalton is an American actor who is best known for playing Grant Ward in ABC's series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, currently in its third season.
Kathleen O'Shea David
Kathleen O’Shea David has been working in puppetry for over 30 years. She has had short stories publishing in various anthologies over the years. She has done costuming for theater, film, and television. She worked as an associate editor at Del Rey Books on Star Wars.
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.
Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, short stories, comics, and Wake of Vultures, written as Lila Bowen.
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written a ton of tie-in fiction set in the worlds of Star Trek, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate SG-1, Heroes Reborn, Marvel Comics, etc., and original fiction set in the fictional Cliff's End and Super City and the mostly real New York and Key West.
A native of Edmonton, Canada, Trevor Devall spent 15 years in Vancouver’s voice-over industry as one of the city’s most sought-after animation and commercial voice actors. He is currently working in Los Angeles on hit shows such as the new animated Guardians of the Galaxy.
Mark Dos Santos
At conventions, Mark is known for his Norman Rockwell inspired Gotham Evening Post illustrations. He has illustrated Imperial from Image Comics and A Train Called Love from Dynamite Entertainment. In the literary world Mark’s illustrations can be seen in various titles from Silence in the Library.
Downey has been published in three books: Parenting Beyond Belief, A Better Life, and 50 Voices of Disbelief. Downey's unique character "The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse" was created in 1996 to teach critical thinking skills as a representative of the Skeptic community.
» Elonka Dunin
Elonka Dunin is a professional game developer, writer, and cryptographer. A leading expert on the world's most famous unsolved codes, such as "Kryptos" at CIA Headquarters, she is also namesake for the "Nola Kaye" character in Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Lost Symbol.
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Mike Faber is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the highly geeky and ever expanding ESO Podcast Network. Mike also hosts The Earth Station One and Earth Station Who Podcasts. He is also the Webmaster for esopodcast.com, which celebrates all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy & much, much more.
Jodelle is currently starring in the SyFy’s latest space epic Dark Matter as the mysterious 'Five'. When not working on feature films, Jodelle keeps herself busy guest starring on series and lending her voice to the world of animation.
Scott M. Fischer is an artist who has made contributions to Magic - The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons, created covers for Joss Whedon's comics, and has illustrated numerous books including The Magisterium series of books by Cassadra Clare and Holly Black.
Sam Flegal is a fantasy illustrator working on such projects as Warhammer Fantasy, Legend of the Five Rings, and Monster Hunter International. His clients include Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight Games, Alderac Entertainment Group, and Hero Games. Sam's work has been featured on book covers, box covers, and in card games.
Quinton has played such famous characters as: Jonny Quest, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon and Snowbell. His animated television appearances include: Robot Chicken, The Last Airbender, Animaniacs, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Avengers and many more.
Matt Frank is best known for his work with IDW's Godzilla comics, including Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, the longest-running title in the franchise. He has also contributed to numerous Transformers titles for both IDW and Fun Publications, as well as indie titles such as Project Nemesis from American Gothic Press.
Will Friedle is an actor know for playing Eric Matthews in Boy Meets World and voicing characters such as Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible and Batman in Batman Beyond.
Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of over forty novels, two hundred-plus short stories as well as being the editor of eleven anthologies. She is best known for having created the popular six-volume Chicks in Chainmail series and for her YA series, the Princesses of Myth.
Ryan Gage is best known for playing Alfrid Lickspittle in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy as well as starring as Louis XIV in the BBC hit TV series The Musketeers.
Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Professor/Fulbrighter Charles Gannon’s award-winning hard SF Caine Riordan novels are multiple best-sellers and Nebula finalists. His other novels in the Ring of Fire and Starfire series are National & WSJ Bestsellers. Rumors of War & Infernal Machines won the 2006 ALA Choice Award. A frequent SME at TLAs, NPR, Discovery Channel.
Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux
Richard Garriott authored the famed Ultima series and is credited with creating the category of massively multiplayer games. A leader of commercial human spaceflight, he co-founded Space Adventures, the only company to arrange spaceflights for private citizens, and was the sixth private astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station.
Shanna Germain claims the titles of writer, editor, vorpal blonde, Schrodinger’s brat, and co-owner of Monte Cook Games. Her recent work includes As Kinky As You Wanna Be, No Thank You, Evil!, and Torment Tides of Numenera: An Explorer’s Guide.
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress and former model, best known for playing the role of Amy Pond in the hit British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who. Karen will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only.
Jack Gleeson is an Irish former actor, best known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones. Gleeson will be appearing at Dragon Con on Sunday only.
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind, Tin Men, Dead Ringers and many other novels, and the co-creator of two Dark Horse Comics series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. His novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.
Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and creator of Tiki Zombie, a comic series celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016. He can also be heard saying "Howdy!" on the weekly Earth Station One podcast.
» Chris Gore
Chris Gore is a comedian and writer who was a regular on G4TV's Attack of the Show where he did the DVDuesday segment as well as film coverage. He is also the founder of Film Threat, the author of several movie books and a voice actor.
Dr. Stephen Granade
Dr. Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in lasers and robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, 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.
Lois H. Gresh
Lois H. Gresh is the New York Times Bestselling Author (6 times) and USA Today Bestselling Author (thrillers) of 30 books and 65 short stories. Look for Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions (Titan Books, April 2017), the first in a new trilogy.
Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Geomancer, a new book in their Vampire Empire series which blends pulp adventure, steampunk, and romance. They are also the authors of the Crown and Key trilogy, which is a story of Victorian magic and monsters.
Nick Groff is paranormal investigator that has starred in The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (Seasons 1-10) and is the star of Destination America's Paranormal Lockdown.
RJ Haddy is best known for his work on Syfy's Face Off. He appeared on both season 2 (runner-up) and season 5.
Kishore is a science educator communicator, founder of the Bay Area Science Festival, host of the science podcast Inquiring Minds, and science correspondent for Tested.com.
A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley is the international bestselling author of 14 novels, the most recent of which are Steeplejack, a YA, African steam punk fantasy, Cathedrals of Glass (YA scifi), and Sekret Machines, a sweeping multimedia investigation of unexplained aerial phenomena co-written with Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves front man, Tom DeLonge.
John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the creator of the award-winning urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles, the host of the Literate Liquors podcast, and author of dozens of novels, novellas and short stories. He is the publisher and founder of Falstaff Books.
Internationally known award winning actor, writer, director, and teacher Richard Hatch has sustained recognition from the series Battlestar Galactica (classic and re-imagined), has written several BG comics, novels and compentium, and just finished starring in The Enchanted Cottage.
Kevin Hearne is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles and Heir to the Jedi.
Tom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of 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
Actress, playwright, award-winning, nationally bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber writes Gothic Victorian Fantasy for adults and teens such as the Strangely Beautiful, Eterna Files and Magic Most Foul series. A ghost tour guide in NYC, she is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, working in film and television.
Single-handedly creating three daily comic strips beginning with his first in 1984, Bill Holbrook has produced over 80 year's worth of material. On the Fastrack, Safe Havens and the Internet's longest-running webcomic Kevin and Kell continue their uniquely skewed viewpoints in all forms of new media.
» Joshua Hood
Josh Hood started drawing comics professionally in the mid 90's with the capes and tights of Marvel and DC. Josh worked on Spider-Man, Superman, The Flash, Venom, The Justice League, Ghost Rider and is the artist on Black Mask Studios break out hit We Can Never Go Home.
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder based in North Kansas City, MO. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Mesner Puppet Theater and creator of Timey Wimey Puppet Show.
Fans will recognize Richard Horvitz as the voice of many iconic characters, including Invader Zim, Billy from The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, Daggett from The Angry Beavers, and Alpha 5 from the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers, including the Skinwalker series, featuring rogue-vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock, The Rogue Mage series set in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage, and the Soulwood series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram.
Jason Isaacs is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the sinister Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, but he brandishes an extensive list of credits including The Patriot, Peter Pan, voice acting in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and many more.
» Mark Jacobs
Mark Jacobs is one of the pioneers in online game development. With a career staring in the early 80s, he has more than two dozen titles to his credit, including the world’s third MUD, to one of the most successful MMORPGs of all time, Dark Age of Camelot.
With such titles as Bishop the Last X-Man, Gambit, Weapon X and Deadpool for Marvel and Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern for DC in his portfolio, Georges Jeanty, a Miami native, now calls Atlanta home has accumulated an impressive run in comics.
Sam J Jones
Sam J. Jones is best known throughout the world as Flash Gordon, The Highwayman, The Spirit and as Aris Boch, in Stargate’s SG-1. He has starred, co-starred and guest starred in over 40 films and 100 television shows is currently developing a new Action-Adventure Television Series.
Jarod Joseph has been in a myriad of great shows including extended stints on Fringe as FBI agent Tim, Once Upon A Time as Billy, Arrow as Alan Durand, and Rogue as Nicholas Fleming. He is currently starring on CW's The 100 as Nathan Miller.
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Some of his other books include The Perdition Score, The Everything Box, Butcher Bird, and Dead Set. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.”
Astronomer Bill Keel, author of "The Sky at Einstein's Feet" and "The Road to Galaxy Formation", has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight "Live Astronomy" sessions, and spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism.
Alex Kingston is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the NBC medical drama ER and as River Song in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who. Alex will be appearing Sunday and Monday only.
» Nancy Knight
Nancy Knight is an award-winning author of twelve novels, six produced plays and one produced screenplay. Knight has taught creative writing for nearly 30 years. She is a professional editor and agent. Her latest novel and two YA novels will be published in mid-2016. She is creative director of Gilded Dragonfly Books.
Alethea Kontis is a bestselling author, fairy tale princess, YouTube celebrity, and host of Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow.
» Katherine Kurtz
Katherine Kurtz's first novel, Deryni Rising, was the first original fantasy published after the success of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and helped establish the modern fantasy genre. The Deryni series now extends to nearly twenty novels. Her Adept series helped launch the occult fantasy genre.
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes the films The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Hunger Games; TV shows such as Dinosaurs!, Homeland, and Outcast; the live properties Star Trek: The Experience and Avenue Q; and books Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dress Puppet, Creating the Character Costume, and more.
Megan Lara is a professional illustrator who has worked on covers for Dark Horse, as well as official artwork for Syfy, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and more.
Anthony Lemke is an actor who is known for portraying 'Brian Becker' on CTV's fantasy drama The Listener, 'Dan Malloy' on Bravo's police drama 19-2, and for his guest star appearances on shows like the sexy, supernatural series Lost Girl. He is currently appearing as 'Three' on Syfy's science-fiction drama Dark Matter.
Todd Lockwood's illustrations have appeared on NY Times best-selling novels, magazines, video games, and fantasy role-playing games. His debut novel, The Summer Dragon, from DAW Books, was released in May of 2016.
Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian, author of Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget, and a co-host of NatGeo’s Emmy-nominated late-night science and pop culture show, StarTalk, with Neil de Grasse Tyson.
Caity Lotz is an actress, dancer, martial artist, singer, and model. She is best known for her roles as Sara Lance / Canary in The CW's series Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Comfort Love & 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 2016 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing their first webcomic called Kitty Game.
Jim Maddox is a professional sculptor in the comics and entertainment industry specializing in the creation of action figures, busts and statues.
Mark Maddox is a Rondo Award and Pulp Factory Award winning artist. His illustrations and covers include Doctor Who Magazine, Screem Magazine (including Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Warner Brothers, EMCE Toys Star Trek line, HorrorHound, Little Shoppe of Horrors, Moonstone Comics, Mad Scientist Magazine, Alchemy Werks DVD and more.
Maitz’s artwork has been around 40 years receiving two Hugos, a Howard, an Inkpot, ten Chesleys, and a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Rum character, completed 350 published commissions, produced art collections and concept art for animated features.
Mari Mancusi is a bestselling and award-winning author of teen and adult fantasy fiction and a former Emmy award winning TV producer.
Jamie Marchi is the voice of Ellie from Borderlands II, The Witchblade from Witchblade, Freya from Smite, Rias from High School DXD, and Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. In addition to voicing over 200 video game and anime characters, she’s also adapted hundreds of anime scripts into English.
» James Marsters
James Marsters may best be known for the role of Spike, the punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He's a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide. He's appeared in numerous Sci-fi series, including: Smallville, Torchwood, Caprica, Supernatural, and Andromeda.
Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin has three new books for 2016 in three different series. Shadow and Flame (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga Book Four, Orbit Books), Vendetta - the second book in the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Shadowed Path, set in her Chronicles of the Necromancer world (both Solaris Books).
Lee Martindale is the editor of Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town. As a writer, she’s known for Bard's Road and stories in anthologies edited Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson, Roby James, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and others.
Stephan Martiniere is an acclaimed multi-award winning science fiction and fantasy artist. In the past 30 years he has become known for his talent, versatility and imagination in every entertainment field including feature films, animation, video games, theme parks, editorial, commercial and book covers.
David Mazouz first came to prominence for his lead role as mute Jacob "Jake" Bohm in the TV series Touch, but in 2014 he landed the role he is best known for: young Bruce Wayne in FOX's TV series Gotham.
Georgia McBride is a fantasy author and publisher at Month9Books, speculative fiction for teens and tweens, where nothing is as it seems. She is also a book packager and film/TV producer.
New York Times bestselling author Todd Johnson McCaffrey wrote his first science-fiction story at age twelve. He has published over a dozen novels and many shorter works. He lives in southern California with his kid and a fearless cat.
CAPT Mark McDonagh
Mark McDonagh is a retired 30-year Navy Captain with 12 years at the Naval War College who runs National Security Decision Making Inc., an educational organization using gaming as a fun means to teach current, historic and futuristic issues. He is also a physicist who lectures on military and science topics, doomsday scenarios and submarine warfare history.
As Stargate's rocket surgeon, tv and movie science consultant, field geophysicist, and disaster researcher, Mika is irrepressibly and possibly disturbingly enthusiastic about all things science.
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. He also appears in the Dragon Age and Baldur's Gate games, and is a co-creator, writer, and star of Tiny Plastic Men, available on Hulu in the USA.
Travis Scott Merrill
After a career in professional theater as a costume crafts artisan specializing in leatherwork, mask-making, millinery, puppetry, and armor construction Travis "Scott" Merrill began work in the film industry. His work can be seen in films like Allegiant, Live by Night with Ben Affleck , and in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Mike S. Miller is a NYTimes best selling artist on DC Comics Injustice: Gods Among Us, and was cover artist for a Game of Thrones comic adaptation. Among his near quarter century bio, he has worked on titles such as JLA, Adventures of Superman, X-Men, Wolverine, Batman: Arkham, and more.
James A. Moore
James A Moore is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels, including the Seven Forges fantasy series, Alien: Sea of Sorrows and more. With Jonathan Maberry and Christopher Golden he is the co host of the Three Guys with Beards pop culture podcast.
Lindsey Morgan plays one of the main characters, Raven Reyes, on the hit CW show The 100. She has appeared in all 3 seasons.
» Sabutai Musashi
Subatai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes bare-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at DragonCon since 2005.
E. C. Myers is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy short stories and three young adult novels: the Andre Norton Award winning Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, and The Silence of Six.
Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.” She lives near Chicago with one cat and her husband. She has written over forty books, including The Ship Who Won with Anne McCaffrey, eight books with Robert Asprin, a humorous anthology about mothers, and over 140 short stories.
Fresh from her turn in Broadway's Les Miserables, and Jesus Christ Superstar, Melissa O'Neil has had a flourishing theatre career in both Canada, and abroad, leading her to now star in Syfy's series Dark Matter
Samantha R. Oester
Samantha (Dr. Cyborg) is an aquatic scientist, specializing in marine conservation, aquatic microbiology, exploration research, and science communication. She dabbles in coding and programming and is a self-proclaimed movie/TV/book geek. She is Chair of the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress and PhD research fellow at George Mason University.
Zoie Palmer can currently be seen playing Dr. Lauren Lewis in the Showcase/Syfy hit series Lost Girl and The Android in the TV series Dark Matter.
» Jimmy Palmiotti
Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi award winning character creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, film writing, development and production, media presentation and video game development. His current work includes: Harley Quinn and Starfire for DC Comics, The Con Job for Boom!, and he currently has three feature films in development: Painkiller Jane, Random Acts of Violence, and Killing Time In America.
Jamie Roush Pearce
Jamie Pearce is the founder of Historic Haunts Investigations. She has been professionally involved in the paranormal for over 20 years, is a Paranormal Investigator, has a certificate in Parapsychology, and is also a genealogist. She has also been featured on Most Terrifying Places in America and My Ghost Story.
Sean Pertwee consistently captivates audiences with his compelling performances in a variety of roles that span film, television, and stage including his portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth in the hit television series Gotham.
Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is the award-winning author of the Sentinels superhero novels and the Shattering space opera series, and creator of the Assembled books about Marvel's Avengers. He has more than a dozen novels and many stories in print from various publishers and hosts the White Rocket Podcast.
To the Dragon Con community, Drew is best known for his role of Butch Gilzean, chief enforcer for Fish Mooney, on the hit series Gotham.
Cherie Priest is the author of twenty books and novellas, including the acclaimed gothic horror novels Maplecroft and Chapelwood from Roc, the hit young adult book I Am Princess X from Scholastic, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series from Tor.
Chad Ramey is a computer science student at Georgia Tech and professional researcher in wearable computing, robotics, and machine learning. In his freetime, Chad builds high energy experimental physics apparatus in his garage. To date, Chad is most known for having built the world's smallest nuclear fusion reactor.
Ciara Renée is an actress, singer, and musician. She is best known for her roles on Broadway and as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl in the CW series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash.
Mike Resnick is the winner of 5 Hugos and a Nebula, author of 70 novels, 275 stories, 3 screenplays, and editor of Galaxy's Edge magazine and Stellar Guild books.
Monica Rial is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 350 anime as well as a slew of video game titles.
Well known in American comics fandom since the 1960’s for his vast comic book collection and comics fanzine activities, Rosa became internationally famous starting in 1987 when he began writing and drawing new stories based on Carl Barks’ world-famous Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck comics.
Andy is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring a little owl who's always searching for new friends. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.
Sachin Sahel is best known as Jackson on CW's The 100 and also just starred in the NEW X-files as Jack Budd. He is currently also filming the Electra Woman and Dyna Girl mini series.
» Brandon Winn Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy & sci-fi author known for finishing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The final book debuted at #1 on the NY Times Hardcover Fiction List. Sanderson’s Mistborn series has sold over 1.5 Million copies and is currently being adapted as a video game.
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, all for best science-fiction novel of the year. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and he was one of the writers for that program.
Robert J. Schwalb
Robert J. Schwalb is a writer, game designer, and game developer best known for his contributions to Dungeons and Dragons, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Schwalb launched his own imprint in 2014, Schwalb Entertainment, and produced the wildly popular Shadow of the Demon Lord in 2015.
Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a programmer, corporate trainer, and published author (primarily on the Perl programming language), and hosts and produces the popular FLOSS Weekly podcast (for over a decade).
Catherine M. Scully
Catherine Scully is a middle grade and young adult writer/ illustrator, an editor with Cornerstones Literary Consultant Agency, and the YA Editor for the Horror Writers Association.
William Alan Shatner is an actor and novelist who gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise, in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films. Shatner will be joining Dragon Con for Monday only.
NY Times best-selling author Scott Sigler has created fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. Scott co-founded Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series.
Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM.
Aiden Sinclair is a professional Paranormal Illusionist who presets theatrical seances around the world. His show Illusions of the Passed is a regular feature at the historic, haunted Stanley Hotel.
Jamie is a freelance illustrator that has worked with IDM publishing, Marvel, Image, LucasFilms, Topps and Upperdeck. His work includes Marvel, Indiana Jones, Mars Attacks, Transformers, Star Wars and much more.
» Thomas E. Sniegoski
Thomas E. Sniegoski is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy series Fallen was adapted into monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Legacy, as well as the series The Brimstone Network.
David Sobolov is known for his work as a voice actor playing creepy villains, scary aliens, and edgy heroes on television, in games, and in feature films including Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Sarah Soderlund is a forensic psychologist and published author who specializes in psychopathy and extreme paranormal phenomenon. She has been featured on television, international publications and researches violence both within and outside of the human consciousness.
Samantha Sommersby is the author of many novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Paranormal Romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren novels as S.J. Harper in collaboration with author Jeanne C. Stein. The fifth title in the series will be released in the summer of 2016.
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.
Austin St. John
Austin St. John starred as “Jason Lee Scott, Red Ranger” in one of the most iconic, groundbreaking, live-action children’s television series of all time: The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
» Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is the award-winning author of over 50 novels, including the New York Times bestselling novels I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron.
Kim Steadman is a Science Planning Engineer and Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn. She holds a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Jeanne C. Stein
Jeanne Stein, bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and most recently the Fallen Siren Series, written as S. J. Harper. Her short story credits include "Love Story" in the NYT Bestselling Dead But Not Forgotten, and "The Wolf’s Paw" in the bestselling Nightmares Unhinged.
“Jake” Tarbox spent most of his adult life in Japan, working as a media manager and television personality. After working at Coamix Inc. as senior editor of Raijin Comics, he took the position of Group Editor at DC Comics. He now runs Arashi Productions.
Karen E. Taylor
Karen E. Taylor, a two time Bram Stoker Award nominee, is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series. Her most recent works include Cellar, a ghost novel, and Mexican Moon and Other Stories, a collection. She is currently writing screenplays for Star.Ella, a new science fiction web-based series.
Robin Lord Taylor
Robin Lord Taylor has appeared in several acclaimed television series, such as The Walking Dead, Law & Order, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, but is best known for being Penguin in the hit series Gotham.
Rich Tommaso has been writing and drawing original comics for over 20 years now, working for such publishers as Dark Horse Comics, Top Shelf, Chronicle Books, Hyperion Books For Children, Alternative Comics and Fantagraphics Books. He currently works at Image Comics.
Karl Urban is best known for playing éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Cupid and Julius Caesar in Xena: Warrior Princess, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, and Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd. Karl will be appearing at Dragon Con on Sunday and Monday.
Carlos Valdes is an actor and musician with roots in the theatre. In addition to his work on Broadway and on national touring companies, his most recent portrayal is nerdtastic tech genius Cisco Ramon on the hit CW series The Flash.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wicked series and three dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Witch Hunt trilogy, and the Kiss trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory.
Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, author, actor, attorney, and creator of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach series exploring concepts from science fiction and relating them to scientific breakthroughs. He created Doctor Geek’s Science Fair, a traveling show combining a science fair and a science fiction convention.
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 BUZZYMAG.com.
Katrina Weidman is a paranormal researcher who starred in A&E's hit show Paranormal State. She also hosted The Chiller Channel's Real Fear and Real Fear 2. Katrina is now co-starring along side Nick Groff on Destination America's Paranormal Lockdown.
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and others. With Josepha Sherman she wrote the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.
Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a best-selling and award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy, a #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor, a consultant for film and TV, a bladesmith, gunsmith and collector of fine weapons, of fine Scotch, and of outrageous jokes.
Roy Wooley FX Artist on season 3 Runner-Up and season 5 SyFy's Face Off.
Janny Wurts is a professional Author/Illustrator who has 18 published novels for HarperCollins Voyager and 29 short stories anthologized. She is a Chesley Award winning artist with paintings in collection of the Delaware Art Museum.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
A professional writer for forty-eight years, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro writes in many genres, including horror, fantasy, science fiction, and westerns. She is presently working on her ninety-fifth book.
David Yost is an American actor most notably known for his role as Billy, the Blue Ranger on the international television series The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Since leaving the series, Yost has turned his attention to behind-the-scenes work in the Entertainment Industry.