Guests

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Lynn Abbey
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.

» Aaron Abrams
Aaron Abrams can currently be seen on NBC's Hannibal.

Robbie Amell
Robbie Amell can currently be seen recurring as "Firestorm" on The Flash

Stephen Amell
Stephen Amell plays the title character in the CW’s hit series Arrow, based on the famous DC Comics superhero, The Green Arrow.

Paul Amos
Paul Amos currently appears as Vex on the Showcase/Syfy hit Lost Girl.

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the 10 volume Historical/Military/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Destroyermen series.

Magda Apanowicz
Apanowicz was Lacy Rand, a series regular, in the television drama Caprica alongside Eric Stoltz. She later appeared in Hellcats. In 2012, she guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson-scripted romantic comedy web series, Husbands. In 2013, Apanowicz began appearing in Continuum in the role of Emily.

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Jamie Bamber
Jamie Bamber is a  British actor known most widely for his roles as Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin on the ITV series Law & Order: UK

Carole E Barrowman
Carole E. Barrowman is Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a reviewer and crime fiction columnist for the Milwaukee Sentinel, also known for her writing contributions with younger brother John Barrowman.

John Barrowman
John Barrowman is best known as Captain Jack Harkness from the Doctor Who series as well as the spin off Torchwood.  Most recently he wowed fans with his role as Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow.

» Allen Bellman
Allen Bellman became a staff artist at Timely during Golden Age of comics. He did the backgrounds for Syd Shores' Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as: The Human Torch, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner, Young Allies, and more.

Veronica Belmont
Veronica Belmont is an Internet and TV presenter based in San Francisco. She is the co-host of the Sword & Laser and Vaginal Fantasy book club podcasts, and recently hosted the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary live stream for BBC America.

» Amber Benson
Amber Benson is a writer, director and actor. She wrote the Calliope Reaper-Jones fantasy series and the middle grade book, Among the Ghosts. She co-directed the Slamdance feature, Drones and (co-wrote) and directed the BBC animated series, The Ghosts of Albion. She played Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

John D Bergmayer
John Bergmayer is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.

Jake Bible
Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.

» Tom Biondolillo
Tom Biondolillo has been a freelance illustrator, comic artist, concept artist, storyboard artist and writer since the early 90s. He's worked on graphic novels, books, trading cards, games, toys designs, and advertising for many well known companies through his career. Currently he's writing and illustrating his own books.

Dr. Bob Blackwood
Dr. Bob Blackwood, Wright College, professor emeritus, teacher of literature, film and photography, bob@blackwood.org Author of From the Silent Era to The Sopranos: Italian American Gangsters in Trend-Setting Films and Television Shows, available at Amazon.com

» Dr. John E. Bradford
Dr. Bradford is President of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. SpaceWorks is an aerospace engineering firm focusing on the design of next-generation space systems, application of future technologies, and the human and robotic exploration of space. His visionary work on human hibernation for space travel has received international acclaim.

» Paul Bradford
Paul is best known for his role on Ghost Hunters International.

» Jennie Breeden
Jennie Breeden is the creator of the autobiographical webcomic The Devil's Panties. Ms. Breeden has been updating her comic daily since 2001 with over 4,000 comic strips online and multiple graphic novels that are in comic shops and book stores around the world.

Heather Brewer
Heather Brewer is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, which has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. Her newest book, The Cemetery Boys, debuts March 2015 from HarperCollins.

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

» Greg Bryk
Greg Bryk can currently be seen in the Syfy series Bitten.

Jason Bulmahn
Jason Bulmahn is the Lead Designer behind the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the creative force behind Minotaur Games, a company dedicated to producing a variety of different games and supplements.

Chris Butler
Chris Butler, also known as Big Chris' Gallery, is a freelance illustrator based out of Orlando, FL. His comic and pinup artwork has been featured on various websites, trading card sets, logos, t-shirts, and cosplay related merchandise.

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Ciruelo Cabral

Artist Guest of Honor Ciruelo Cabral was born in Argentina and has been living in Spain since 1987. He has illustration artwork extensively published in Europe and in the U.S. for book covers, prints, calendars and trading cards with dragons as the main subject. He is currently writing and illustrating his own books.




James Callis
James Callis is a British actor who is best known for playing Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series.

Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series and Lost Stars series, as well as the Stark’s War and Sinclair/JAG in Space series, and the "steampunk with dragons" series The Dragons of Dorcastle. His most recent books are Imperfect Sword and Leviathan.

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.

Freddy Clements
Freddy Clements is professor of Drama and Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, and advanced stage make-up.  He has also designed costumes for various theatres in the Southeast Region.

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner is an American comic book artist and commercial art illustrator. She began her career in the late 1980s for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics, before moving on to contribute work for Claypool Comics' Soulsearchers and Company and Harris Comics' Vampirella in the 1990s. Amanda's current work can be seen in Harley Quinn and Starfire monthly for DC Comics.

Monte James Cook
Monte Cook has worked as a professional writer for more than 25 years. Best known as a game designer for D&D 3rd edition, he also designed Numenera, The Strange, Heroclix, Ptolus, Arcana Evolved, Monte Cook's World of Darkness, and many more.

Larry Correia
Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling, award winning author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, the Dead Six military thrillers, and the upcoming Sons of the Black Sword for Baen Books.

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Kathleen O'Shea David
Kathleen O'Shea David has been a puppeteer for over 40 years now. She has worked behind the scenes in film, television, and theater in various capacities including costuming. She is a book editor and a published writer as well. Her puppets are in collections all over the world.

Peter David
Peter David is a writer of stuff. Name a type of writing and he has done it and has been successful in each. He is currently writing various things for various companies.

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.

Felicia Day
Felicia is the creator and star of the hit web series The Guild, a sitcom about a group of online gamers. She also appears as Penny in Joss Whedon's internet phenomenon Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written novels, comics, and short fiction in more than two dozen different licensed universes from Star Trek to Sleepy Hollow, as well as his original novels set in the fictional Cliff's End and the real-ish Key West. Learn more at www.DeCandido.net.

Larry Dixon
Larry Dixon is both an author and artist of both overs and interior illustrations. His work includes the Gryphon series, the Winds, Storms, SERRAted Edge, and Owl books with Mercedes (Misty) Lackey. He also has interior illustrations in the new Disney novel by Mercedes Lackey, Hunter.

Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee.  She has been published in three books, Parenting Beyond Belief, A Better Life, and Voices of Disbelief.

Margaret has represented the interest of the Skeptic community as the organizer of their DragonCon parade entry.

Patrick Doyle
Patrick is the Lead Investigator on Syfy's original series, Ghost Mine. He has appeared on NBC's hit show Grimm and in the up coming film, Portlangrad. Patrick is an award-winning author of titles, including The Ghost of Zombie and Ghosts From the Ground Up.

Alexandra Duncan
Alexandra Duncan is the author of the YA sci-fi novel Salvage, released in 2014 by Greenwillow Books. Her short fiction has appeared in several Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

» 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
Director Mike Faber is the Founder, Chief Creative Officer, and Host of the highly geeky and ever expanding ESO Network, The Earth Station One Podcast and accompanying blog which celebrates our love for all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics & much, much more since April 2010.

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.

Ashley Field
Ashley Field resides in Georgia and is a partner of Spirit Hunters of the South LLC. She brings over thirty years of paranormal experience to the partnership. She collaborated to develop an investigative methodology based on principals of archaeology and anthropology. Ashley's is an investigator, lead historian and business manager.

Fred Fields

Fred worked as a cover illustrator at TSR Inc. and later with Wizards of the Coast, then spent several years in Arizona painting Western Art.  He has also worked as a concept artist for later Warner Brothers. Currently Fred is self-employed in KY doing a little bit of everything. 




Eric Flint
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with several novels and anthologies in print. He's also written many science fiction and fantasy novels. He resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

Chandra Free
Chandra Free is the artist/writer/creator behind the dark fantasy graphic novel series, The God Machine. She's the Art Director at BLAM! Ventures, creator of the comics SKIN and Matilda TIKI, an illustrator on books like Fraggle Rock and the Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar and Sullengrey.

Esther Friesner
WIth over 40 novels and nearly 200 short stories published so far, Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is best known for creating/editing the Chicks in Chainmail anthologies from Baen Books and for her YA Princesses of Myth series of YA novels from Random House.

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» Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Distinguished Professor and Fulbrighter, Charles Gannon's novels Fire with Fire and Trial By Fire were Nebula finalists and the former won Compton Crook Award.

» Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is co-founder, President, and COO of Escape Dynamics which is developing an electromagnetic externally-powered space launch system to send single-stage reusable rockets into LEO. Prior to this, she had a successful 15 year career in finance with Goldman Sachs, Renaissance Technologies, and then her own investment firm.

» 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 principal shaper of commercial 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.

Andrew E.C. Gaska
Author Andrew E.C. Gaska is the founder/creative director of BLAM! Ventures, a guerrilla design studio that produces transmedia projects for the entertainment industry. Work includes Critical Millennium, Hawken, Space: 1999, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming Charger, Madness, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Killer.

Shanna Germain
Shanna Germain is an award-winning writer and editor of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and games. She is the co-owner of Monte Cook Games, which produces Numenera and The Strange.

Laura Anne Gilman
Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular UF Cosa Nostradamus series and the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War trilogy. Her next fantasy novel, Silver on the Road, Book 1 of The Devil's West, will be published by Saga Press/Simon & Schuster in Fall 2015.

» Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon is a writer, editor, publisher, and creator of the Tiki Zombie comic series. He also co-hosts the Earth Station One and New Legend Lounge podcasts.

Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. He's provided scientific commentary for FoxNews.com, CBS Marketwatch, and Jalopnik, and won awards for presenting to non-scientists.

Erin Gray
Erin Gray is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Kate Summers in the situation comedy Silver Spoons and as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Kevin R. Grazier
Dr. Kevin R. Grazier is a former JPL rocket scientist, and is the science advisor for the Syfy series Defiance and Ascension, and previously for Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, and the film Gravity. He co-authored the recently-released book Hollyweird Science, and its upcoming sequel, Beyond Hollyweird Science.

» Brandy Green
Brandy Green starred in SyFy's Ghost Hunters International, guest starred in Ghost Hunters and is the creator and writer of the new comic book series Dark Dispatches. Brandy is also writer and producer of the Dark Dispatches film which is currently in development.

Sanford Greene
Sanford Greene has worked in the comics and animation industry for almost 10 years. Sanford is currently working on two creator owned projects: one called Rotten Apple published by Dark Horse Comics, and 1000 with MTV Entertainment. He has also co-developed a young illustrated chapter novel called An Army of Frogs.

Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of the Vampire Empire series (Pyr Books) which blends pulp adventure, steampunk, and romance. The fourth book, The Geomancer, premiers at Dragon Con 2015. They are also the authors of the Crown & Key trilogy (Del Rey), which is a story of Victorian magic and monsters, published 2015.

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Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K Hamilton has been writing the about vampires, zombies, werecreatures and other monsters of the night since the early 90s. Her career spans 37 novels and several graphic novels, all of which remind her readers that the dark is both sensual and scary.

Peter F Hamilton
Literary Guest of Honor Peter F. Hamilton is a British author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide.

Richard Harmon
Richard has multiple recurring roles currently. He is Julian Randol on Continnum, John Murphy on The 100, and Richard Sylmore on Bates Motel. He has also guest starred on Fringe, Caprica, and The Cult!

S. J. Harper
Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S. J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name including "Love Story" in the New York Times Bestselling Anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten.

A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley is the international bestselling author of a dozen novels: archaeological thrillers, the Darwen Arkwright children’s series, the Will Hawthorne fantasy adventures, novels based on Macbeth and Hamlet, and two (currently secret) fantasy and scifi projects. He is the Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte.

» Tom Heintjes
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 and bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber writes Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels. Her Strangely Beautiful, Magic Most Foul, and the new Eterna Files series for Tor Books, where she has seven upcoming novels in contract, have won numerous awards, acclaim and been translated into many languages and special editions.

Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite has written over 80 roleplaying games, including Trail of Cthulhu, Night's Black Agents, and GURPS Horror, as well as other nonfiction works including The Nazi Occult and Tour de Lovecraft. He has also written several Mythos stories and three Lovecraftian childrens' books.

Bill Holbrook
Bill Holbrook is the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strips On the Fastrack and Safe Havens, plus Kevin & Kell which is now the Internet's longest continually running daily webcomic. It debuted on Sept. 4, 1995, and at Dragon Con it will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Kris Holden-Ried
Kris Holden-Ried can currently be seen playing Dyson in the television series Lost Girl.

Jason Holmberg
What happens when you blend the world's biggest fish, NASA technology, and social media? Ask Jason Holmberg, the Information Architect for Wild Me, a non-profit engaging "citizen scientists" in collaboratively studying some of the world’s largest and most mysterious animals using cutting-edge computer vision and social media.

Faith Hunter
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers, including the Skinwalker series, featuring rogue-vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock, and the Rogue Mage series, a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality series, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. She has a new series under wraps.

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D.B. Jackson
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of eighteen fantasy novels. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. As David B. Coe he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, an urban fantasy published by Baen.

» Van Jensen
Van Jensen is the author of The Flash and Green Lantern Corps for DC Comics, as well as Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, and The Leg, and the forthcoming Two Dead from Dark Horse.

Les Johnson
Les Johnson is a science and science fiction author and a NASA scientist. His novel, Rescue Mode, is a story of Mars exploration. Les was the featured Interstellar Explorer in National Geographic magazine, a technical consultant for the movie Europa Report and is leading an asteroid rendezvous mission for NASA.

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» Joseph James Karg
Joseph Karg is a writer and illustrator that has worked on shows like FX's Archer and AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. In 2015 he has published his first graphic novel project El Grande with Sprectrum illustrator Elio Guevara.

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, and has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism.

Julie Kenner
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and international bestselling author of over seventy novels in a variety of genres including paranormal romance, urban (and suburban) fantasy, and more. Her novel Carpe Demon is in development as a series with the CW network.

Brian Kesinger
Brian Kesinger is an Annie award winning story artist for Walt Disney animation studios and creator of the popular steampunk duo, Otto and Victoria.

Ciara Knight
Ciara Knight writes to ‘defy the dark’ with her speculative fiction books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, The Neuamrian Chronicles, secured a Night Owl Top Pick, five stars from InD’Tale Magazine, four stars from RT book reviews, featured on USA Today and finaled in the RONE awards.

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale novels, the Sand Point romance series, and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Companion. She hosts the popular YouTube series Princess Alethea's Fairy Tale Rants.

» Clare Kramer
Most fans know from her cult hits, Bring it On with Eliza Dushku and as Glory from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  In 2012, Clare launched the entertainment website and pop culture phenom GeekNation.com

» 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.

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Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey is the author of Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, SERRAted Edge, Bedlam Bards, Obsidian Mountain, Diana Tregarde, and the Fairy Godmother series.  After twenty-five years in the business, she has produced 96 books.

Cheralyn Lambeth
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Hunger Games), TV (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Outcast), live attractions (The Star Trek Earth Tour, Star Trek: The Experience, Avenue Q), and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet, Creating the Character Costume).

Nicholas Lea
Nicholas Lea is a Canadian actor best known worldwide for his portrayal of Alex Krycek on Fox’s smash hit The X-Files and on ABC Family's Kyle XY playing the role of Tom Foss. Currently he appears on Continuum and Arrow.

Jonathan LeCraft
Jonathan LeCraft is a game designer with nearly 15 years of design experience in MMOs and RPGs. He is currently a senior game designer at Blizzard Entertainment, and has worked nearly every aspect of World of Warcraft over the past decade, with a specialization in systems.

Ben Lesnick
Ben Lesnick is Community Manager and Designer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic return to space sims, and has been involved with Star Citizen since the start of the project.

» Stephen Lobo
Stephen Lobo is an actor who plays Matthew Kellog in Continuum. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Canadian television series Godiva's, Painkiller Jane, Falcon Beach, and Little Mosque on the Prairie. In 2011 he appeared in Mike Clattenburg's film Afghan Luke.

» John Lotshaw
John Lotshaw is the creator and artist of Accidental Centaurs, as well as, the editor of Random Acts of Nancy.

Comfort Love & Adam Withers
Comfort and Adam are the six-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife duo responsible for The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. In 2015 they will release The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House), return to The Uniques, and begin releasing an all new webcomic called The Kitty Game.

Yuri Lowenthal
Yuri Lowenthal is a prolific actor with 350 IMDb credits mostly known for his voice work in video games and animation such as The Prince of Persia, Ben 10, and Naruto among others.

» Steve Lund
Steve Lund is currently starring as Nick Sorrentino on the hit TV Show Bitten based on the popular book series. He has also starred in Defiance, Lost Girl, and Alphas.

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Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author, editor, and comic book writer.

David Mack
David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, and comic books. He resides in New York City.

Don Maitz
The award winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications, and as concept art for two feature animated films: Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius and Ant Bully. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Rum character and his A-Maitz-ing images have appeared before a worldwide audience.

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy and paranormal novels, including The Scorched series and The Blood Coven Vampires. She is also a former Emmy award winning TV producer. She lives in Austin, TX.

Sam Marin
Sam Marin is an animator and voice actor best known as the voice of Benson, Pops and Muscle Man on Cartoon Network's Regular Show. He has also voiced characters on Adventure Time, and more recently Over the Garden Wall.

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin has three new books for 2015 in three different series. War of Shadows (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga--Ice Forged, Reign of Ash), the second book in the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron and Blood, a new steampunk series. Gail also writes The Chronicles of The Necromancer series.

Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale's work has appeared in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson, Roby James, and others. Bard's Road, a collection of twenty-nine of her stories, came out in 2014, and she has a story in the newest Chicks in Chainmail anthology.

Mika McKinnon
Mika McKinnon is a science consultant in the entertainment industry, disaster researcher, geophysicist, journalist, and irrepressible educator.

» Mark Meer
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, and Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark. Mark is a co-creator, writer, and star of Super Channel's Tiny Plastic Men.

Travis Scott Merrill
Travis Scott Merrill a of the founders of Sick Sense Productions and currently in his 9th season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, specializing in costume design, leather work, mask-making, dyeing/distressing , puppetry, and armor construction. Scott works with some of the best costume designers in the US.

Tom Merritt
Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, Daily Tech News Show, Cordkillers, and more.

Sarah Milkovich
Sarah Milkovich is a planetary geologist and a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A space exploration enthusiast since childhood, she is delighted to be currently working on the Mars 2020 rover. Sarah has previously worked on Mars Curiosity, Mars Phoenix, Cassini-Huygens, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

» James Minz
Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has worked in genre publishing for more than two decades, having first worked for Tor, then briefly for Del Rey (SF/F imprint of Random House), until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein's birth, landing at Baen Books.

Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon has published twenty-six novels including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, some fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines, and four short fiction collections, most recently Deeds of Honor (2014).   Her most recent novel is Crown of Renewal (Del Rey, May 2014).

Dean Motter
Dean Motter is best known for the comics sensation, Mister X. He has written The Spirit, Wolverine, and the award-winning 'film-noir' graphic novel, Batman: Nine Lives. His series Terminal City was nominated for Eisner and Kurtzman Awards. Dean has also designed a number of award-winning album covers and book jackets.

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 Dragon Con since 2005.

E. C. Myers
E.C. Myers is the award-winning author of the young adult novels Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, and The Silence of Six, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction essays and reviews.

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Pamela Nance
Pamela Nance is an archaeologist, anthropologist, research scientist, and paranormal investigator for the 2-person team Spirit Hunters of the South. Pamela and her business partner Ashley Field formed the team in 2008 and have investigated over 70 mid-Atlantic and southern locations. Pamela resides in the Piedmont Region of NC.

Omari Newton
Newton is a professional actor whose work can be seen on television, film, and stage. He is known to audiences for playing the role of "Lucas Ingram" on SyFy network’s Continuum. As a voice actor, he is known for the role of "Jefferson" on Disney XD's Max Steel.

John Noble
John Noble is perhaps best known as Walter Bishop in the JJ Abrams series Fringe.  He is also well known for his role as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Two Towers.  Currently he stars in Sleepy Hollow.

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 lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats." She lives near Chicago with her cat, Jeremy, and husband, Bill. She has published more than 45 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey and Robert Asprin, and 120 short stories. Her latest books are View From the Imperium and Best Wishes.

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Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos is well known for his role as Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica.

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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 Pearce
Pearce is the author of 4 books in her Historic Haunts series, a paranormal investigator, and lecturer on the paranormal. She has also appeared on Most Terrifying Places in America and on My Ghost Story.

Tara Platt
Tara Platt is an actress known for voice-over and film. She also co-authored award-winning book Voice-Over Voice Actor with husband/fellow actor Yuri Lowenthal, as well being a show-runner for four seasons of acclaimed action-figure web-comedy Shelf Life.

Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is best known as author of the popular Sentinels superhero novel series and creator of the Assembled! books about Marvel's Avengers. He has twelve novels and many stories in print from various publishers and also hosts the White Rocket Podcast.

Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of eighteen books, including the acclaimed gothic horror novel Maplecroft, the award-winning Clockwork Century series (Boneshaker et. al.) and most recently, the hotly anticipated YA project I am Princess X from Scholastic.

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Sara Raasch
Sara Raasch's YA fantasy, Snow Like Ashes, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from HarperCollins.

Livio J Ramondelli
Livio Ramondelli is currently drawing various Transformers projects for IDW Publishing. He also provides Battlestar Galactica covers for Dynamite. He previously worked for Wildstorm Productions, doing design work for DC Universe online.

Stephen W. Ramsden
Mr. Ramsden is the founder and director of the highest volume "hands-on" astronomy outreach nonprofit in the world, The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project.

» Trina Ray
Trina is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn operated out of JPL (NASA). In her current position she coordinates the Titan science opportunities and is the Science Planning and Sequencing Team Deputy. She's an active public speaker for NASA, invited to give many talks around the nation.

Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the author of 75 novels, 300 stories, and 3 screenplays. He was Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon.

John D. Ringo
John Ringo is an author of science fiction, fantasy, action, and supernatural adventure.

Andy Runton
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.

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William Salyers
Perhaps best known for his voice-over work as Rigby in Cartoon Network's Emmy award winning Regular Show, Reverend Putty in Adult Swim's Moral Orel, and popular video games such as Skyrim and Mass Effect 3.

Charlie Schlatter
Charlie is best know as Kick Buttowski in Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Robin and The Flash in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and LEGO Batman: The Movie, Dr. Mindbender in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Dr. Jesse Travis in Diagnosis Murder, and Ferris Bueller in the Ferris Bueller TV Show.

Robert J. Schwalb
Robert J. Schwalb is a writer and game designer best known for his contributions to Dungeons & Dragons, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Robert launched his own imprint in 2014, Schwalb Entertainment. Shadow of the Demon Lord, his first game from his new company, releases Winter 2015.

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal Schwartz is a published author (mostly about the Perl programming language) and frequent speaker at conferences. He also hosts and produces the popular "FLOSS Weekly" podcast covering open source topics.

Chris Seaman

Chris has been a freelance illustrator for over a decade. His work can be seen in such properties as Skylanders, Dungeons & Dragons, Kaijudo: Duel Masters, World of Warcraft, Harry Potter, Hearthstone, Pathfinder, Legend of the Cryptids, Descent and is a contributor to Imagine FX Magazine

Scott Sigler
New York Times best-seller Scott Sigler is the author of fifteen novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories. His hardcovers horror-thrillers are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey. EmptySet Entertainment publishes his YA Galactic Football League series (The Rookie, The Starter, The All-Pro, The MVP, and The Champion).

Aiden Sinclair
Aiden Sinclair is the world's premier Paranormal Illusionist. There are those who hunt for ghosts, Aiden Sinclair brings them to life.

Rachel Skarsten
Rachel Skarsten currently plays Tamsin on the hit show Lost Girl.

Ksenia Solo
Ksenia Solo currently stars as "Kenzi" in the hit series Lost Girl. She is also a series regular on the hit AMC series Turn and is also recurring on the cult BBC America Hit, Orphan Black for it's 3rd season.

Samantha Sommersby
Samantha Sommersby is the author of a dozen novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Paranormal Romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren novels for Penguin/Roc as S.J. Harper along with Jeanne C. Stein. The fourth in the series, Forsaken, will release in the summer of 2015.

» 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
Kim Steadman is a Science Planning Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover and a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She holds a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Yale Stewart
Yale Stewart is an award-winning cartoonist, best known for his webcomic JL8.

S. M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling published his first novel (Snowbrother) in 1984, going full-time as a writer in 1988. His latest books are The Golden Princess (Sept. 2014; upcoming titles are The Change (a shared world anthology) in June of 2015 and The Desert and the Blade (Sept. 2015), all from Roc/Penguin.

» Jonathan Strickland
Jonathan Strickland is a writer, podcaster and video host for HowStuffWorks.com.

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Jonathan Tarbox
"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.

» Babs Tarr
Babs Tarr is the fan-favorite artist on DC Comics' Batgirl (for which she has been nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award), and has provided covers for Gotham Academy, Justice League, and Convergence: Superboy

Courtenay Taylor
Courtenay is best known for voicing Jack in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Ada Wong in Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Resident Evil: Damnation, Audrey and Starla in Regular Show, Wonder Woman in Justice League Heroes, and Angela Weaver in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Karen E. Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series, a ghost novel, numerous short stories, and a collection which earned a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She is currently writing screenplays for the first season of Starella.tv, a new science fiction web-based series expected to air in 2015.

» Scott Thompson
Well known to fans as a member of the famed sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson is anything but your average comedic talent. Scott currently plays "Jimmy Price" on the NBC series Hannibal.

James R. Tuck
James R. Tuck is the author of the Deacon Chalk series and co-author of the forthcoming Robin Hood: Demon's Bane series as well as numerous short stories and comic scripts.

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Trevor S. Valle
Trevor S Valle is a mitigation paleontologist, specializing in the rapid recovery of fossils from large scale construction sites, and has traveled to places far and wide to uncover the mysteries involved in the study of ancient life.

Mark L. Van Name
Mark L. Van Name is a writer, technologist, and spoken word performer who has published five novels, edited several anthologies, and written and performed four spoken word comedy shows.

» Laura Vandervoort
Laura Dianne Vandervoort is a Canadian actress best known for her roles as Supergirl in the television series Smallville and Sadie Harrison in the television series Instant Star. She most recently starred as Lisa on the ABC series V.

Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. She's written several other novels, as well as upwards of 70 short stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series edited by George R. R. Martin.

Debbie Viguié
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 science outreach show, Doctor Geek's Laboratory.

Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and creator of Doctor Geek's Laboratory, a STEM outreach program exploring science fiction concepts and relating them to scientific breakthroughs. He created "Doctor Geek’s Science Fair," a traveling show combining elements of a science fair and a science fiction convention.

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Widgett Walls
Widgett Walls is the author of one novel and three collections of horror and dark fantasy short stories. He also serves as the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer of Need Coffee Dot Com where he has been writing about pop culture for seventeen years.

» Kit Walsh
Kit Walsh is a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation whose work relates to participatory culture such as remix, fandom, and parody. Kit works on a wide range of free speech and tech freedom issues and has previously represented EFF in challenges to government surveillance.

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 art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she co-edited the six-volume, 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con collection Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BUZZYMAG.com.

Margaret Weis
Margaret Weis has written the Star of the Guardians space epic and has co-authored over two dozen bestselling fantasy novels, including Dragonlance, one of the most popular fantasy series of all time.

» Toni Weisskopf
Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books. She has been twice nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form and was awarded the Georgia Fandom Award by Dragon Con. She is an active supporter of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

Natasha Wescoat
Natasha Wescoat is a pop surrealist fantasy artist and Michigan native. Her pop surrealism art has graced private and corporate collections worldwide, garnering attention in both classrooms and Hollywood. Influenced by Tim Burton and Takashi Murakami, she creates adorable and scary creatures.

Jeremy Scott Whitley
Jeremy Whitley is the Writer/Creator of the Award-Winning all-ages series Princeless and a frequent writer for IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic. He is also a member and Educational Programming Coordinator for Action Lab Entertainment.

» Cedric Whittaker
Cedric Whittaker is the founder of Airship Isabella, a leather and costuming company best known for their work in steampunk. He and his companies leather work have been featured in a number of television and movie shorts including Oddities and Aether: Prologue which was featured in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a Locus best-selling science fiction author, veteran, immigrant, bladesmith, weapons collector, and consultant for TV productions on several networks. He is Editor-at-Large for Survivalblog, with 300,000 weekly readers. He recently packaged a collection of his Facebook and Twitter snark, which reached #1 in Political Humor on Amazon.

» Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson was the Lead Technical Designer on Dragon Age: Inquisition. Previously, Mark worked as a designer on Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire, and has intermittently contributed to MUDs for the past 15 years. He is currently developing a new IP at BioWare Edmonton.

Janny Wurts
Janny Wurts is a fantasy author of seventeen published novels, including the War of Light and Shadow series, and twenty-nine short stories.  She is also a fantasy cover illustrator and Chesley award winning artist.

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has been writing professionally for 47 years in a number of genres. In 2014 the World Fantasy Convention presented her with a Life Achievement Award.

» Kelly Yates
Kelly Yates is an illustrator on Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time and The Forgotten comics for IDW Publishing, along with various one-shots and covers. He also writes and illustrates the creator-owned comics, Amber Atoms and MonstHer.

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Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is the creator, writer, and artist of the Harvey-nominated, fan-favorite superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes. He has also written and drawn issues of IDWs successful My Little Pony miniseries. Recently, he sold his first script to the Ultimate Spider-Man animated cartoon airing on Disney XD.

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of ten Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Cobra Outlaw, Soulminder, and A Call to Duty, the first of the Manticore Ascendant series written with David Weber.

Kat Zhang
Kat Zhang is the author of the Hybrid Chronicles, a YA trilogy published by HarperCollins. She sold the books, about an alternate universe where everyone is born with two souls, when she was 19.

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