Guests

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Lynn Abbey
Lynn Abbey moved to Florida in 1997 which she says is nice, but she misses snow.
She 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.

Peter Abrahamson
Peter Abrahamson is a builder of animatronic puppets and robots. His work includes movies such as Men in Black II, Hellboy and I Robot. Peter also competed in Robot Wars, Battlebots, and Sozbots, and judged Robogames. Currently he designs industrial robotics and is a producer on ABC's BattleBots.

Curt Anderson
Curt is a professional magician and speaker about lying and deception. Curt has performed extensively across the US as well as internationally.

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson has published 125 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.

Shamier Anderson
Shamier Anderson plays the role of the mysterious Agent Xavier Dolls in SyFy's Wynonna Earp. He will be seen recurring on the 2017 FOX miniseries Shots Fired and has appeared in Trailer Park Boys, NBC's Constantine, SyFy's Defiance and Killjoys, The CW's The Tomorrow People, and BBC America's Intruders.

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson is the NY Times bestselling author of the alt-hist/military/sci-fi Destroyermen Series. He has a master's degree in history, is a gun maker, forensic ballistic archaeologist, actor, and technical consultant for movies and documentaries involving 18th, 19th and early 20th century combat.

Emily Andras
Emily Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the showrunner and executive producer of SyFy’s new hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the showrunner and executive producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the supervising producer on Killjoys.

» Dane Ault
Dane Ault is the artist and illustrator behind Monkey Minion Press. He is a space/science artist, pop-culture propagandist and designerd. MMP published Eureka: The Art of Science in 2016 via a super successful Kickstarter.

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» Mark Bagley
Mark Bagley is an American comic book artist. He has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, New Warriors, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

» Kate Baker
Kate Baker is a two-time Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award winner alongside the staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. She is the current director of operations for SFWA. Along with her sales of fiction in the genre, she is a narrator with over 300 hundred credits to her name.

Linda Ballantyne
Linda Ballantyne is best known as the voice of the long running animated series Sailor Moon. She continues to work in animation with roles on shows as; George of the Jungle, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Gundalian Invaders, Care Bears, and The Avengers animated series.

Katherine Barrell
Katherine Barrell has appeared in numerous television shows in both Canada and the USA. She has a strong love for comedy performance and studied improvisation at the famous Groundlings Comedy School in California. She is most known for her role as Officer Nicole Haught in The SyFy Network's Wynonna Earp.

Gabo Bautista
GABO, (Gabriel Bautista) is the artist for 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.

» Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a world-renowned artist working in the fantasy, pop surrealism, and new contemporary genres. Her Strangeling lines of merchandise, projects with companies such as Disney, Lucasfilm and the Bradford Exchange, and the extensive fine art gallery showings of her original acrylic paintings make her a fan favorite!

Jake Bible
Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake Bible is the author of over 40 novels including the bestselling Z-Burbia, as well as Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (Dead Mech, The Americans, Metal and Ash), the Mega series, and others.

» Tom Biondolillo
Tom Biondolillo is currently co-creating a graphic novel adaption of Frenzy (Hyperion/Disney)- a fanged and furry summer camp horror- with author Rob Lettrick. For 20 years, Tom's worked as a comic artist, illustrator, concept artist, and storyboard artist for comics, cards, toys, RPGs, video games for well known companies.

Paul Blackthorne
British born actor Paul Blackthorne will be returning to primetime TV this fall for a third season as Quentin Lance on the CW’s hit series Arrow.  

Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series as well as numerous traditional fantasy books.

» Jenevieve Broomall
Jenevieve Broomall is a popular Cover Illustrator with clientele ranging from IDW, Aspen, Tales Told LLC (Lady Death), Big Dog Ink, Zenescope, Devil's Due Publishing and more independent companies.

James Burns
James Burns is a television graphic designer, comic book creator, and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia.

Jim Butcher
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.

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Kirsten Z. Cairns
Stage director, public speaker and singer Kirsten Z Cairns is a senior staffer for TheOneRing.net. Seen at events as a panelist for TORn, performer, or interviewing Hobbit cast members, Cairns brings her knowledge of literature, music, theatre, and all things fantasy to all her interactions with fans and celebs!

Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times bestselling series The Lost Fleet which has been published in 14 languages, and the steampunk meets high fantasy series The Pillars of Reality. His most recent books are Vanguard and Daughter of Dragons. Jack/John is a retired Navy officer.

Jamie Chambers
Jamie Chambers is an award-winning tabletop game designer who recently re-launched the classic Metamorphosis Alpha RPG, but is also known for his work on Dragonlance, Serenity, Battlestar Galactica, and Supernatural. He lives in north Georgia, constantly juggling projects great and small.

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 nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe he writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.

» 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.

Larry Correia
Larry Correia is a Dragon Award winning, New York Times bestselling author with Baen Books.

» Adam Croasdell
Adam Croasdell is a film, TV & voice actor who's worked with Alan Rickman on the West End. He starred as Baldur in Supernatural, Hook's father in Once Upon A Time, is Bothwell on Reign. For video games he's Torvin in Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor & Ignis Scientia in Final Fantasy XV.

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Peter David
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 Ladycastle comic from BOOM! Studios, the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched, and the Shadows series, written as Lila Bowen and beginning with Wake of Vultures.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of a ton of fiction over two-plus decades in the worlds of TV shows, movies, comics, and games, as well as his own universes from the fictional Cliff's End and Super City to the fantastical Key West and New York.

» Mark Dos Santos
Mark Dos Santos comic credits include A Train Called Love from Dynamite Entertainment, Imperial for Image Comics, Fall of Cthulhu, and Eureka for Boom Studios. In the literary world h has illustrated Icarus, A Hero By Any Other Name Vol. 1 & 2 and Apollo’s Daughters from Silence in the Library.

Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee.

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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» Claire M. Eddy
Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for over 30 years, focusing primarily in science fiction and fantasy.

Nick Eftimiades
Nicholas Eftimiades in an author and lecturer. He's spent 34 years in US defense and diplomatic positions with postings in Europe and Asia. Eftimiades authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology and society, and outer space related issues.

Larry Elmore
Larry Elmore is one of the world's leading fantasy artists. His works have graced the covers of National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, and Dragon magazine, among others. He is best known for his covers for the original Dragonlance novels. 

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Mike Faber
Director 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 & Earth Station Who podcasts. He is the webmaster for esopodcast.com, which 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. 

Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion is an and voice actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle, as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity. Fillion will be appearing Friday only.

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

Sean M Forney
Sean Forney is a professional artist working on Lord of Gore, Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Badger, Cyberines, Bloodstrike, TMNT, Back to the Future, Notti & Nyce, Do You Pooh?, Blindside. Sean self-publishes Scarlet Huntress and Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney.

Jill Frappier
Jill Frappier is known for voicing Luna in the hit animation series Sailor Moon, Mrs. Prysselius in Pippi Longstocking, and Fifi in Hello Kitty and Friends. She appeared in television & movies such as Friday the 13th: The Series, The Dating Guy, TekWar, The Twilight Zone, and The Hitchhiker.

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

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Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Five-time Fulbrighter Charles Gannon’s best-selling Caine Riordan sci-fi novels were all Nebula finalists. While working on the forthcoming Broken World fantasies, he collaborates with Eric Flint and appears in various anthologies.

Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux
Richard “Lord British Garriott is a founding father of both the video game industry and commercial spaceflight industry. He is the originator of the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre through his pioneering Ultima series and is the first 2nd generation American astronaut.

» Andrew E.C. Gaska
Author Andrew E.C. Gaska is a franchise consultant to Fox on Aliens and Planet of the Apes, founder/creative director of the guerrilla integrated media studio BLAM! Ventures. His graphic novel and prose work include Critical Millennium, Space:1999, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Planet of the Apes.

Gil Gerard
Gil Gerard is best-known to SF audiences as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers in the SF TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. His other roles include several movie and TV series appearances. 

Gary Gianni
Gary Gianni is an Eisner and Spectrum award-winning illustrator. His comics include the Shadow, Batman, Indiana Jones, Tom Strong, and MonsterMen.

Karen Gillan
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. 

Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas Gofton founded Lynnvander Studios producing the award-winning The Gamers films, Natural One and Hands of Fate. Thomas designed several tabletop games such as Albion’s Legacy, Galaxy Quest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dragon Ball Z, The Terminator, and Cowboy Bebop before being published in Shadowrun: A World of Shadows.

Lucas Graciano
Lucas Graciano, a 2017 Art Show Guest Judge, is a multi-award-winning freelance artist focusing primarily on fantasy illustration doing book covers, card art, and other promotional works. 

Dr. Stephen Granade
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.

» Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is the New York Times best-selling author of multiple young adult paranormal and science fiction novels, including the Evernight series and the Firebird series. She is also the author of Star Wars tie-in novels Lost Stars and the best-selling Bloodline.

Kevin Grazier
Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist specializing in the early Solar System. He was the science advisor for the TV series Eureka, Defiance, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as the movies Gravity, and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. He is also the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.

» Josh Greathouse
Josh Greathouse has been a comic artist since 2009. Working on such properties as the Regular Show, Looking for a Group, and Jason & The Argonauts.

Katie Griffin
Katie Griffin has been a professional actor, voice actor and singer for over 20 years. Best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show Sailor Moon, she's also known for her portrayal of Alex on Totally Spies, Hikaru on Beyblade,  Nina Harper on Braceface and Ruby on Max and Ruby.

Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: 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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» RJ Haddy
You may have seen RJ Haddy on SyFy's Face Off, season 2 (where he was runner up) and season 5, or the spin off show, Foxy & Co. You've definitely seen him conducting makeup workshops at Dragon Con. RJ specializes in elaborate self-made cosplay.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K Hamilton is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series of Paranormal Thrillers.

Kim Harrison
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling 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 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 award-winning author of several urban fantasy and horror series, the host of the podcast Writing Rants, and the co-founder & publisher of Falstaff Books.

Lena Headey
Lena Headey is best known for her roles as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, Queen Gorgo in the film 300, and Sarah Connor in the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Lena with be a guest at Dragon Con on Sunday and Monday only.

Jon Heder
Jonathan Heder debuted in feature film as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama's Boy, When in Rome, and more. Jon will be a co-host at the Night at the Aquarium event.

» 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
Leanna Hieber is an award winning, nationally bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor Books, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, The Eterna Files, and Magic Most Foul series. Hieber, an actress, playwright, ghost tour guide, and proud goth, also loves working in television in NYC.

Kathryn Hinds
Kathryn Hinds is the author of The Healer’s Choice, an epic fantasy published by Dark Oak Press. She is also a poet, short-story writer, editor, and author of fifty-one nonfiction books, including the six-book series Creatures of Fantasy. She teaches English at the University of North Georgia.

Michael Hogan
Everybody knows the XO, Colonel Saul Tigh, of the Battlestar Galactica! Michael Hogan has well over a hundred film TV and audio credits to his name.

» Bill Holbrook
Bill Holbrook creates three comic strips: On the Fastrack and Safe Havens which are syndicated by King Features, and the internet's longest-running daily webcomic Kevin & Kell which debuted in 1995.

Willa Holland
Willa Holland is an American actress, voice actress, and model. She is best known for her role as Thea Queen / Speedy in Arrow.

Mike Horner
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder and is the Artistic Director of Kansas City’s Mesner Puppet Theater. Mike is a fixture at pop culture conventions across the country with his puppet parodies of Star Wars and Doctor Who.

» Kathryn Hudson
Kathryn Hudson is a comic artist for DreamWorks Trolls, character designer on Fxx's Archer, and freelance illustrator

Faith Hunter
Faith Hunter is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author. She writes two Urban Fantasy series: Jane Yellowrock ( a Cherokee skinwalker) and Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels and RPG are post-apocalyptic fantasy featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage.

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Robert Jimenez
Robert Jimenez's art can be seen in sets from Topps and Upper Deck, most notably the 8 paintings he created for Upper Deck’s Firefly The VerseStrangewise No.9.

Les Johnson
Les Johnson is a science and science fiction author and a NASA scientist. His novels include On to the Asteroid and Rescue Mode. 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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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 spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism.

Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. Since 2003, she's placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter, Nick Chronicles, Deadman’s Cross, Lords of Avalon, and The League.

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon) and multi-award winning author of the Books of Arilland fairy tale series. She is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con.

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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Cheralyn Lambeth
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes the films The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Hunger Games; TV shows Dinosaurs!, Homeland, and Outcast; live properties such as Avenue Q and Star Trek: The Experience; and the books The Well Dressed Puppet, Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers.

Stan Lee
Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other fictional characters.

Starr Long
Starr Long has been making video games for twenty-five years, partnering with visionaries like Richard Garriott. He was the Director of the groundbreaking MMO Ultima Online. He is currently working on Shroud of the Avatar, the second highest crowd funded videogame ever.

» 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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Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His novels Mars One and Joe Ledger are in development for film. His board game, V-Wars, is now available.

Jim Mahfood
Jim Mahfood aka "Food One" is a muralist, comic book artist, painter, live art show rocker and drunken freestyler extraordinaire. He has been working professionally as an artist since 1997, amassing an impressive cult following across the globe. His comic book work includes: lllustrating filmmaker Kevin Smith's Clerks comics and illustrating various Spider-Man projects at Marvel Comics.

Don R 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.

Nick Maley
Over the course of 54 movies Nick Maley has worked as a make-up artist, prosthetics designer, director of special make-up and creature effects, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, and video director/producer. His credits include Star Wars, Superman I & II, The Shining, Flash Gordon, Krull, Lifeforce, Highlander, and many more.

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for adults, kids and teens.

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin is the author of four epic fantasy series (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Fallen Kings, Ascendant Kingdoms, Darkhurst), an urban fantasy series (Deadly Curiosities) and a Steampunk series (Iron & Blood) for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Scourge (2017) launches her new Darkhurst epic fantasy series for Solaris.

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, is slated for release in 2017.

Charles Martinet
Charles Martinet is an actor and voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Mario, the titular character in Nintendo’s flagship video game franchise. He has held this role since 1994, longer than any other actor. He also voices Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi.

James Mathis III
James Mathis III is currently the voice of Black Panther in Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Other animation credits include Star Wars:The Clone Wars, Ben 10, WordGirl, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., pop culture classic Celebrity Deathmatch, and the anime film Ironman: Rise of Technovore.

Zach McGowan
Zach McGowan is currently playing the series regular role of Roan on the CW Hit show The 100 as well as Captain Charles Vane in the Michael Bay executive- produced STARZ original series Black Sails.

Mika McKinnon
Master of Disaster and scientist for fiction Mika McKinnon gleefully interjects science anywhere it can fit and a few places it doesn't.

Mark Meer
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy, and appears in the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series. He also voices Will MacKenzie in The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio, and stars in the Canadian TV series Tiny Plastic Men and CAUTION: May Contain Nuts.

» Travis Scott Merrill
Working as an Ager/Dyer and member of Iatse local 479, Travis "Scott" Merrill has worked on some very large movies and tv shows.You can see his work in Stranger Things, Macgyver (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and in some very large upcoming Marvel Productions .

Petar Meseldzija
2017 Art Show Guest of Honor Petar Meseldzija is a book artist and illustrator who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest artists in the field of contemporary fantastic art.

Dina Meyer
Dina Meyer is perhaps best known for her roles in Starship Troopers and the SAW franchise films. Her role in the cyberpunk thriller Johnny Mnemonic was perhaps her earliest breakthrough performance.

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

James Minz
Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has worked in genre publishing for more than two decades, first at Tor for more than a decade, then briefly at Del Rey, until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth, landing at Baen Books.

Rebecca Moesta
Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.

Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon has published twenty-seven novels including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, over fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines, and four short fiction collections, most recently Deeds of Honor. Her most recent novel is Cold Welcome (Del Rey, April 2017.)

» James A. Moore
James A. Moore is the best selling, award winning author of over 40 novels, is one of the hosts of Three Guys with Beards podcast, and has worked in comics and role playing games as well. Forthcoming novels include Alien: Devil inside and The Last Sacrifice.

» Dean Motter
As both designer, and art director Dean has created a multitude of award-winning book and record covers, from Ray Bradbury to Motorhead. As a graphic novelist he is best known for Terminal City, The Prisoner, Batman: Nine Lives, and his seminal creation, Mister X (now in it's fourth decade.)

Patrick Muldoon
Patrick Muldoon is perhaps best known for his role in the 1997's hit Starship Troopers which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Since then, he continues to star in many television movies for the Lifetime & Hallmark Channels.

» 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
E.C. Myers is the author of four young adult novels: the Andre Norton Award winning Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, The Silence of Six, and Against All Silence, as well as dozens of science fiction and fantasy short stories in various publications.

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» Bobby Nash
An award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, & more. Bobby has several projects slated to premiere in 2017.

» Chloe Neill
New York Times best-selling author of the Chicagoland Vampires, Devil's Isle, and Dark Elite novels.

Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of books and over 150 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium, Moon Beam, and Myth-Fits. She also teaches the annual Dragon Con Two-Day Writers Workshop.

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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.

» Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Inheritance Cycle: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. The Official Eragon Coloring Book, illustrated by Ciruelo, was just published this spring.

Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen is an American voice actor who is well-known as Raphael in the older TMNT series and Donatello in the new TMNT series, Arthur in The Tick, the title role in The Mask, Max in Mighty Max, Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, and Jack in Danny Phantom.

Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. He made his comics debut in 2014, writing Batman for Detective Comics.

Diana Peterfreund
Diana Peterfreund is the author of eleven books for adults and children, including the Killer Unicorns series and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And the Goonies-meets-spaceships series Omega City.

Billie Piper
Billie Piper’s transition into acting began when she joined the BBC series Doctor Who as companion 'Rose Tyler'. After, Piper currently stars as ‘Brona Croft’ in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. She will be appearing at Dragon Con Sunday and Monday Only.

Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is a multi-award winning and best-selling author of fifteen novels and many more non-fiction books, short stories and audio books from a variety of publishers. He won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards in both the Novel and Anthology categories, and is best known for his Sentinels superhero series.

Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of more than twenty books and novellas, including the new release Brimstone as well as haunted house thriller The Family Plot, acclaimed horror novel Maplecroft, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series. She's also an active member of George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards Consortium.

Dominique Provost-Chalkley
Dominique Provost-Chalkley began dancing and acting at the age of 4 after she quickly discovering her passion for all performing arts. Her favorite project to date is filming Wynonna Earp where she plays Wynonna's younger sister Waverly. Other credits include 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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» Livio J. Ramondelli
Livio Ramondelli currently draws Transformers for IDW Publishing. He recently provided the cover art for the 2016 blu-ray of the classic Transformers animated movie. Other credits include Star Trek, Star Wars, Pacific Rim, and DC Universe Online.

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

Garrett Reisman
Garrett Erin Reisman is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short time before becoming a member of Expedition 17.

Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He has written 76 novels, 280 stories, 10 books of non-fiction, 3 screenplays, and currently edits Galaxy's Edge magazine and Stellar Guild books.

Susan Roman
Susan Roman is known for voicing the role of Lita/Sailor Jupiter in the anime series Sailor Moon. She is one of few voice actors to remain throughout the entire run of the series. Her other role was the voice of Melissa Raccoon from The Raccoons.

Michael Rosenbaum
Michael Rosenbaum is a film and TV actor, producer, and comedian. He is known for his performance as Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of "The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time." Michael will be a co-host at the Night at the Aquarium event.

Tim Rozon
Tim Ronzon’s first major role was playing heartthrob Tommy Quincy on the teen drama series Instant Star. Recent series leads include two seasons playing Mutt Schitt on CBC’s runaway comedy Schitt’s Creek and charismatic gambler Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp.

» 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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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.

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a published author, corporate trainer, and podcaster, and best known for his FLOSS Weekly podcast (now in its 10th year), covering open source projects and people.

Catherine M. Scully
Catherine Scully is a book illustrator (Winterspell, Labyrinth Lost) and writer of middle-grade, young adult, and adult ficiton

Shag
Josh Agle (probably better known as Shag, a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) is a painter, illustrator and designed working in Southern California.

Rekha Sharma
Rekha Sharma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Core, Battlestar Galactica and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

» Tony Shasteen
Tony Shasteen was the illustrator behind the Talisman graphic novel, co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and 12 Gauge/Image Comic’s The Occult Crimes Taskforce (the O.C.T.), co-created by David Atchison and Rosario Dawson. 

Scott Sigler
#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. He is also a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his young-adult Galactic Football League series.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK at age 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who. Since leaving Doctor Who, Smith has launched himself into a film career.

Samantha Sommersby
Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her "real life" day job to write full-time in 2007. She is the author of a dozen works including the critically acclaimed paranormal romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren series as S.J. Harper in collaboration with Jeanne C. Stein.

» Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo rose to international stardom in the title role of the hit series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, but has become equally well known as Dylan Hunt in the science fiction series, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda.

Anne Sowards
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints.

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.

Annie Stegg Gerard
2017 Art Show Guest Judge Annie Stegg Gerard's art career began at 7 years old, when she had her first art show at her school. Since then, she has never stopped painting and has worked for clients across the world.

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 Gothic horror series. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling published his first novel Snowbrother in 1984. In 1995 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became an American citizen in 2004. His latest books were Prince John and The Sea Peoples, and next is And Carry a Big Stick (March 2018) all from Roc/Penguin.

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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.

Karen E. Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series, Cellar, numerous short stories, and a collection which earned her a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She’s currently working on a new urban fantasy series, new Vampire Legacy novellas, and a sequel to Romancing the Pterodactyl.

Tasya Teles
Tasya Teles was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her work on The 100, Rogue, and Supernatural.

Adam Bryce Thomas
Adam Bryce Thomas is a comic artist currently penciling for Archie Comic's Sonic Universe series. Additionally, Adam has collaborated with many writers as lead artist.

» Frank Tieri
Frank Tieri is a comic book writer. He has written New Excalibur, Wolverine, Underworld, a post Avengers Disassembled Hercules mini-series, Wolverine/Darkness, Dracula vs. Apocalypse, Civil war: War crimes, as well as World War Hulk: Gamma Corps for Marvel Comics. 

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Karl Urban
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. He recently played the main character John Kennex in the television series Almost Human.

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Casper Van Dien
Casper Van Dien's breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi film Starship Troopers which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year.

Kate Vernon
Kate Vernon boasts a strong resume of performances but is best known for her role in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.

Debbie Viguié
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series and four dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie is also a demonologist and an actress. She plays a recurring character on the show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory.

Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and consultant for the National Science Academy’s Science and Entertainment Exchange. He created Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach web series exploring concepts from science fiction and relating them to scientific breakthroughs, and Doctor Geek’s Science Fair.

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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 BUZZYMAG.com.

Toni Weisskopf
Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.

John J Wick
John Wick makes games. He also writes short stories, novels and scripts, but mostly, he makes games. His most recent project is 7th Sea: Second Edition.

Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a best selling and award winning author of science fiction, and a #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor. A veteran of the US Army and USAF, he also consults to private clients and 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.

Janny Wurts
Janny Wurts, published author of 18 novels, a short story collection, and thirty two short stories. Also a Chesley award winning illustrator, she also paints her own book covers, and has a painting in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum.

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
In her 49-year-long career, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres. She is best-known for her Saint-Germain series of historical horror stories.

» Kelly Yates
Kelly Yates is an illustrator best known for his work on Doctor Who with both IDW and Titan Comics. In addition, his writes and illustrates the creator-owned books, Amber Atoms and MonstHer.

Jane Yolen
2017 Literary Guest of Honor Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

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Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is the creator, writer and artist of the superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes and an animation writer. He has also written and drawn IDW’s My Little Pony as well as his creator owned work, Long Distance and Time and Vine.

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of ten Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include StarCraft: Evolution and A Call to Arms, the second of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn, and Sibyl’s War Chronicles I: Pawn.

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