Guests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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