Guest List by Announcement Date

The Definitive Guide

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Dragon Con welcomes guests from around the globe – with new people announced all the time! Take a look at the inventive minds, luminaries, and celebrities you’ll be spending the weekend with.

Announced: 05/25/2020

  • Matthew J. Brown

    Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D is a scholar of comics and pop culture. He is co-editor of More Critical Approaches to Comics and has organized an academic conference at Dragon Con.

  • Douglas Burbey

    Doug Burbey, author of the Blood War urban fantasy series. Burbey served in the Army while having adventures around the world before retiring.

  • Addie Dove

    Dr. Addie Dove is a planetary scientist and professor who studies dusty planetary surfaces. She has flown on microgravity flights, and has flown about a dozen experiments in space.

  • Anthony Francis

    By day, Anthony Francis teaches robots to learn; by night, he writes science fiction and draws comic books. His latest novel is Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine.

  • Nick Householder

    Nick Householder is an aerospace engineer, television host, and fabricator. He is best known for his work designing and building science demos featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

  • Stefan Price

    Stefan Price is a professional artist and maker with 23 years in film, entertainment, and themed attractions. He founded Roundtable Productions as a props and special effects company.

  • Aron Siegel

    Aron Siegel, producer and sound mixer whose work includes The Unwanted, Implanted, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Lightning, Walking Dead, and Vampire Diaries. Aron mixed the recent Star Trek fan film: Axanar.

  • Benjamin Wallace

    They told him to take things seriously. Instead, Benjamin Wallace wrote a book called Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors. Now he’s making reading more fun than it should be.

  • Jonathan Williams

    Award-winning blogger, podcaster, journalist, wrestling promoter, art curator, and on-set dresser are just some of the prolific professions held by Jonathan Williams.

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Announced: 05/20/2020

  • Jeff Burns

    Jeff Burns is the creator of action/comedy series Super Knocked Up and the host of geeky improv comedy show Super Geeked Up. He also moderates celebrity, fan, and gaming panels and performs RPG liveplays at super-fun cons across North America.

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Announced: 05/11/2020

  • Alison Carrier

    Alison Carrier is a Co-Lead Designer for Certain Affinity. She is currently working on an unannounced third-person looter-shooter while passionately advocating for diversity and equity in video games.

  • Mikey Grenier

    Mikey G is a published game designer, panelist on the Which Game First Podcast, and an avid gamer and playtester.

  • Edward Povilaitis

    Edward Povilaitis is a co-host on Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast. For the past eight years, he has been a developer with Angry Duck Games.

  • Amie Stepanovich

    Amie Stepanovich is the Executive Director at Silicon Flatirons at Colorado Law. She is a nationally recognized expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law.

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Announced: 04/30/2020

  • Michael Gordon

    Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owed comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for nearly a decade. Gordon can also be heard saying, “Howdy!” on the weekly Earth Station One podcast, as well as a number of other shows.

  • Brianne Marie

    Brianna Marie is a player on the Dungeons and Randomness podcast, as well as one of the co-owners of the show. In this past year she was also one of the co-authors of the D&R setting book The Adventurer's Guide to Theria Volume 1: Ellara.

  • Jason Massey

    Jason Massey has been the DM for the Dungeons and Randomness Podcast for 8 years. He now has over 11 years of podcasting under his belt and has co-authored the first book about his setting called The Adventurer's Guide to Theria: Vol 1 with his partner and an incredible team.

  • Jody Lynn Nye

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

  • Jamie Tyndall

    Jamie Tyndall is a Canadian Comic book artist, that is known for his depictions of sexy, strong female characters. He is the co-creator of the #1 indie comic White Widow as well as a cover artist for Zenescope, Coffin Comics, IDW, and many more popular publishers.

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Announced: 04/20/2020

  • Dane Ault

    Dane Ault is the artist behind Monkey Minion Press, an art company he runs with his wife and business partner, Ashlie Hammond. Monkey Minion Press has been publishing art books, kid’s books, and all manner of POPaganda, science, and space-related art prints and posters for over a decade.

  • Hawkings Austin

    Hawk’s current supervillain title is Director of Radiation Effects. In his quest to take over the world, Hawk has landed a series of jobs with NASA, DoD, and Missile Defense, testing spacecraft for natural (and unnatural) environments. Hawk has published professionally in engineering, science, history, and fantasy.

  • Tony A Ballard-Smoot

    Model, cosplayer, speaker and enthusiast. Tony Ballard-Smoot works diligently to promote the steampunk, cosplay, modeling and maker communities as a whole.

  • Jim Butcher

    Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly.

  • Jeffrey A. Carver

    Jeffrey Carver is a Nebula-nominated SF novelist, author of The Chaos Chronicles and Battlestar Galactica. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including Eternity’s End

  • Kara J Chappell

    Formerly a freelance writer for White Wolf's Vampire the Masquerade and senior litigation paralegal, Kara Chappell is the FOIA Coordinator for Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VB DHS).

  • Heather Dobson

    Heather Dobson is, like everyone else, a future ghost. With 12 years' experience, she's well-equipped to bring understanding to the haunted while guiding others to meet the afterlife head-on.

  • J.M. Dragunas

    J.M. Dragunas is a freelance illustrator currently working on his creator owned book L.C. Noir. He is best known for his contributions to the Little Nemo anthology, the 1001 Knights anthology, and for being the illustrator for Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery.

  • Jordan T. Duncan

    Jordan Duncan is a paranormal investigator of 12 years in the Atlanta area. He is also a historian, podcaster, and vlogger.

  • Matt Frank

    Matt Frank has become known in both Japan and America as the "Kaiju King!" He has contributed covers and interiors to nearly every Godzilla comic published by IDW, as well as many Transformers titles. Frank has also worked on comics for Power Rangers, Adventure Time, Gamera, Ultraman, and Mars Attacks!

  • Chandra Free

    Chandra Free is the writer/artist of The God Machine comic series, and co-founder of Machina Corpse, a spooky comic book company. She’s an illustrator on books like John Carpenter’s Tales For A Halloween Night, FIRST OFFERINGS, Odie, Fraggle Rock, and Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar.

  • Esther Friesner

    Nebula Award winning author Esther Friesner has seen the publication of 41 novels, over 200 short stories, nine anthologies, and three collections of her work. She created the popular Chicks in Chainmail series (Baen Books), and the Princesses of Myth series of YA novels (Random House). She keeps busy.

  • Dr. Charles E. Gannon

    Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s Caine Riordan hard sf novels have all been national bestsellers. Four (including the latest, Marque of Caine) have been Nebula finalists; two have been Dragon Award finalists, and the first was also a Compton Crook winner. An overlapping series, Murphy's Lawless launched this year.

  • Andrew E.C. Gaska

    Senior Development Editor at Lion Forge Comics and Animation, Andrew Gaska is also 20th Century Fox’s freelance consultant on POTA, ALIEN, and Predator. An author, designer, game-writer, and graphic novelist, his work includes SPACE:1999, Buck Rogers, Death of the Planet of the Apes, and the ALIEN Role Playing Game.

  • Gil Gerard

    Gil Gerard has starred in numerous successful made-for-television movies as well as feature films. He 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. 

  • Daniel Govar

    Daniel Govar is a comic, children's book, and fantasy artist known for covers and interiors (Marvel, DC, Valiant, etc). Most recently, Govar has self-published a children’s book: Mr. Trunk Builds a Wall, and a 200 page artbook comprising of his daily illustrations.

  • Andrew Lee Griffith

    Andrew Griffith is an American comic book artist best known for his work on the Transformers franchise, currently working on a three-part story for IDW as part of the Galaxies anthology stories as well as developing a number of creator-owned projects.

  • Jonathan Hallett

    Emmy-nominated animation producer Jonathan Hallett is a professional storyboard artist/ concept artist for the film, television, and video game industries. His next project will be for TokyoPop Comics as the artist on the upcoming Stitch Manga series! He received an Emmy Nomination for his animation work on The Aquabats Supershow!

  • Scott Hanna

    Scott Hanna is an inker in the comic book industry who has worked with DC Comics and Marvel. He started his career with Eternity Comics and worked for DC for five years. He has worked for Marvel Comics for almost 14 years and inked almost every major character.

  • Will Harris

    Will Harris is a paleontologist, educator, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter, researcher, and educator to entertaining and educational discussions.

  • George Hrab

    Multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, story teller, science advocate, Emmy Award nominee George Hrab has produced six independent CDs and a concert DVD; published two books; recorded over 650 episodes of an award-winning podcast; is a science conference emcee; a TEDx speaker; and drummer/musical director with Philadelphia Funk Authority.

  • Steve Jackson

    Steve Jackson has been designing games for over 40 years and has no plans to stop. His creations include Munchkin, Illuminati, the GURPS and Fantasy Trip roleplaying systems, Ogre, Car Wars, and Zombie Dice. He is either a citizen of the internet or a Texan, depending on who’s asking.

  • Charles Kelso

    Charles Kelso is half of the husband and wife puppetry team Felt Nerdy. They have been performing at conventions across the southeast for over seven years.

  • J. Gregory Keyes

    Greg Keyes is the author of over 30 science fiction and fantasy novels, from original works like The Age of Unreason and Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, to licensed universes including Star Wars, Babylon 5, Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, and the Elder Scrolls. He lives in Savannah Georgia.

  • Nancy Knight

    Nancy Knight has been an award-winning, bestselling author since 1986 with 12 novels and numerous short stories published. She has also edited anthologies. A produced playwright and screenwriter. with Co-writer Yasmin Bakhtiari, she wrote a screenplay filmed in 2018 and now in distribution. She's taught creative writing since 1987.

  • George Krstic

    As Director of Story for Blizzard Entertainment’s Story and Franchise Development division, Emmy, Annie, and Saturn Award nominated George Krstic helps shepherd the narrative expressions of all of Blizzard’s game IPs including Warcraft and Overwatch. Krstic has also worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, League of Legends, and Transformers.

  • Cheralyn Lambeth

    Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Hunger Games), TV shows (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), and live/interactive properties (Avenue Q, Star Trek: The Experience). She is also author of Creating the Character Costume and Introduction to Puppetry Arts.

  • Leo Leibelman

    Leo Leibelman began his professional career in the mid 90's, in pages of Marvel Comics for Savage Sword of Conan. After working in the comics industry, he later moved to the film/tv industry where he has worked on dozens of movies and tv shows doing storyboards and concepts.

  • Laura Levy

    Laura Levy is Research Director of GEAR (Gaming & Esports Applied Research) at Georgia Tech and an engineering psychologist specializing in esports, game design, AR/VR, and human-computer interaction research.

  • 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. They also run an art studio called Team Comfort and Adam, and in 2020 will run their first massive Kickstarter for The Uniques Season 2.

  • Erin P MacDonald

    Dr Erin Macdonald is an astrophysicist, science fiction consultant, aerospace engineer, and host of the online series Dr Erin Explains the Universe. Her specialty is in general relativity, having previously worked in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration searching for gravitational waves. She has since found her home in science fiction.

  • T.C. McCarthy

    T.C. McCarthy is an award-winning and critically acclaimed southern author whose latest science fiction book, Tyger Burning, was published in 2019. The sequel, Tyger Bright, will be available in 2020.

  • Sarah Milkovich

    Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich is a scientist and an engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she currently works on the Mars 2020 Rover. Sarah specializes in the science operations of robotic spacecraft, bridging the science and engineering teams.

  • David Moscato

    David Moscato is a paleontologist, science writer, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter and researcher to entertaining and educational discussions.

  • Dean Motter

    Dean Motter, artist/writer/designer is best known for the comics sensation, Mister X. He has written The Spirit, Superman, and the film-noir graphic novel, Batman: Nine Lives. His mini-series, Terminal City was nominated for Eisner and Kurtzman Awards. He is known for his graphic novel The Prisoner: Shattered Visage.

  • James Dean Pascoe

    James Pascoe has been an inker/artist in comics for over 30 years. He has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and Malibu, among others. He is currently working on a cover for Flying Sparks and inks for The Liberty Brigade.

  • Lan Pitts

    Lan Pitts likes watching, talking, and writing comics about wrestling including the official WWE book from BOOM! Studios. He also co-created his self-published book Beast Heart! Strikers with Joe Hunter. He's also co-written Nasquatch with Kelly Williams from Starburns Publishing. Ask him about wrestling and The Simpsons. He loves that.

  • Benny R Powell

    Benny Powell is a publisher, writer, and artist most known for the hit White Widow comic and upcoming spin-off I Make Boys Cry. He is also the creator and writer for Wayward Legends, Darchon, AMPED, Duel Identity, Wayward Sons, Markiplier, and dozens more.

  • Jenna M Powell

    Jenna Powell is a cover artist for the hit White Widow comic and the spin-off I Make Boys Cry. She also is the editor for the entire Absolute Comics Group and Red Giant Entertainment lines and is the co-writer for the hit Duel Identity series.

  • Afua Richardson

    Afua Richardson is a Native/African American comic creator best known for her work on Top Cow's genius. Richardson is the artist of Marvel's new Blade series, All Star Batman, and Attack on Titan's American anthology. She is the singer and flute player in the band Waking Astronomer.

  • John D. Ringo

    John Ringo is an American science fiction and military fiction author. He has had several The New York Times best sellers. His books range from straightforward science fiction to a mix of military and political thrillers. To date, he has over two million copies of his books in print.

  • Dennis Lee Robinson

    Dennis Robinson is a professional podcaster and Twitch streamer for the past four years. He will excitedly be performing his podcast, Botched: A D&D Podcast live.

  • Ginger Rowland

    Ginger Rowland is an master avant garde hair styling and hair extension specialist. She has been awarded best stylist in Atlanta and nominated for best stylist North America.

  • Andy Runton

    Andy Runton is the creator of the 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.

  • Lesia Miller Schnur

    Former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian, a Top 15 Paranormal Website. Schnur investigates popular theories, hoaxes, and the obscure and forgotten.

  • Fr. Bryan Small

    Every DND group needs a cleric, no? A priest for over 15 years, Fr. Bryan Small loves to share in the fandoms with his fellow nerds. 

  • Tj Sterling

    TJ Sterling is the President and Lead artist of RAE Comics, a dynamic indie comic company that focuses on telling powerful stories about unique and diverse characters. He also is a 10 year comic industry veteran with art in Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Aspen comics.

  • 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.  

  • Douglas Wayne Talk

    Dr. Douglas Talk is the chief medical consultant for SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc., collaborating on human hibernation-based space missions for deep space exploration.

  • Trevor S. Valle

    Trevor Valle is a paleontologist, a certified cicerone, and an outspoken science communicator on Twitter. He has appeared all over television including The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, BBC/BBC America, in documentaries, and at Nerd Nite meetings across the country.

  • H. C. Warner

    HC Warner is responsible for the birth of the Comics and Pop Art installation in a double suite poolside at the Sheraton featuring an array of present leaders in the lowbrow and pop art arena. Warner's been part of Atlanta's lowbrow scene since the early '90s .

  • 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. They also run an art studio called Team Comfort and Adam, and in 2020 will run their first massive Kickstarter for The Uniques Season 2.

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Announced: 04/14/2020

  • Mandisa Thomas

    Mandisa Thomas is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers. She has a number of media appearances to her credit, including Playboy, The Humanist, CNN, and CBS Sunday Morning.

  • William Alan Webb

    In only three years William Alan Webb has published more than 20 titles, and won both the Darrell and the Imadjinn Awards.

  • Garon Whited

    Garon Whited is a long-time fantasy and science fiction author, as well as a veteran tabletop gamer. His works include LUNA, Dragonhunters, and the long-running vampire fantasy series, Nightlord.

  • Jennifer Whitworth

    Jennifer Whitworth is an engineer at Teledyne Brown Engineering. For the past 20 years she has supported science operations onboard the International Space Station as a flight controller.

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Announced: 04/07/2020

  • Daniel S Humphreys

    Daniel Humphreys is the Amazon bestselling author of the Z-Day series of post-apocalyptic sci-fi thrillers and the Paxton Locke urban fantasy series. 

  • Linda Lessmann Reinhold

    Linda Lessmann Reinhold, with Barry Windsor-Smith, formed The Gorblimey Press in 1974. She was staff colorist at Marvel Comics New York offices in the mid 1970’s. In the 1980's-90’s, a colorist at First Comics and Marvel Comics. Today she often assists her husband, Bill Reinhold, on various comic projects.

  • Colm Mulcahy

    Colm Mulcahy is a mathematician long at Spelman College, in Atlanta. He is Vice President of Gathering 4 Gardner, which works to promote the intellectual legacy of Martin Gardner (1914-2010).

  • Bill Reinhold

    Bill Reinhold is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and has been a professional comic book artist since 1981. Over his long career he’s worked for Noble Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, DC comics and others. Reinhold is currently illustrating the graphic novel The Flying Column.

  • Marie Whittaker

    Marie Whittaker is an award-winning essayist, cross-genre author, and the creator of The Adventures of Lola Hopscotch book series for kids. 

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Announced: 03/19/2020

  • Roger Altizer

    Dr. Roger Altizer makes and teaches people to make games for fun and human good. He’s helped students find work at studios ranging from Blizzard to Zenimax.

  • Jessica Cail

    Featured on NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists for her dual life as psychopharmacologist and stuntwoman, Dr. Cail also serves as scientific consultant for Hollywood sci-fi.

  • Veronica Dashell

    Veronica Dahshell is half of the husband and wife puppetry team, Felt Nerdy! She and her husband Charles Kelso can be see at contentions across the Southeast.

  • Walter Dean

    Walter Dean is a premier costume designer who specializes in custom-made costumes for the cosplayer in you. He has been spotlighted in many publications and interviews.  

  • Vanesa R. Del Rey

    Cuban artist Vanesa R. Del Rey began her career doing concept art for animation. Her work in comics has been described as dark, gritty, and mysterious with great dominance of figurative work. She has illustrated Scarlet Witch, Spider-Women Alpha, and Daredevil Annual (2016). Redlands is her first creator-owned series.

  • Dax ExclamationPoint

    Dax ExclamationPoint is a cosplaying drag performer that has taken the world by "Storm" (literally) ever since walking onto the set of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8. 

  • Jim Farmer

    Jim Farmer is the festival director and executive director of Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ film festival, as well as a long-time area arts reporter

  • Rob Fitz

    Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist and film director with 25 years experience. Recently, he's worked on films like Patriots Day, Castle Rock, and Shrine, to name a few.

  • Barr Foxx

    Barr Foxx is an award-winning cosplay artist, television/film producer, and influencer. His national brand, Cosplay Your Way, encourages individuals to cosplay regardless of race, size, age, experience, or gender.

  • Philip Daniel Keating

    Philip D Keating is the creator of Botched Podcast, host on Breaking the Panel, Twitch streamer, and partner of the Giant Size Team Up Network.

  • Jay Novella

    Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer, author, producer, and host. He is best known for The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 science podcast.

  • Mandy L Pursley

    Mandy Pursley is an actress and cosplayer who created Be the Spark Cosplay to encourage body positivity, especially for those with disabilities. 

  • Anthony Reed

    Anthony Reed is the Dungeon Master and show runner for the Adventure Incorporated Podcast. He has been running tabletop RPGs for over 20 years.

  • Meredith Rose

    Meredith Rose is a consumer advocate, copyright and tech policy wonk, and professional nerd in Washington, DC. She gives voice to the concerns of fans, consumers, and end users.

  • Cheryl Sleboda

    Cheryl Sleboda is a professional cosplay educator and award-winning fiber artist. She's taught nationally in person and on television, and is the host of Con Crunch Challenge!

  • Spat

    Spat is a special effects makeup artist, costume and prop maker, and general ne’er do well who is known in the indie/low budget film circles and the sci-fi/comic con world.

  • Mark Zoran

    Mark Zoran is the foundation of Razorfly Studios, inc. With innumerable awards and appearances in print and on the silver screen, he is truly a master in his craft.

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Announced: 03/09/2020

  • Anjali Bhimani

    Anjali Bhimani is the voice of Symmetra in Overwatch, Nisha in Fallout:4 Nuka World, Kala in Indivisible, Stingray in We’re Alive: Frontier, Miriam on UnDeadwood, and more. TV credits include Modern Family, Grace and Frankie, S.W.A.T., Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, Silicon Valley, and many more.

  • Zach Callison

    Zach Callison is a music artist, actor, voice actor, and content creator who is best known as Steven in Cartoon Network's Steven Universe and Winger in DreamWorks’ Dragons: Rescue Riders, as well as Chuck in Amazon Studios' Just Add Magic and Corbett in ABC’s The Goldbergs.

  • Estelle

    Grammy award-winner singer/songwriter Estelle achieved mainstream success in the U.S. with her single “American Boy” featuring Kanye West. However, fans of Cartoon Network recognize her as the voice of Garnet, the leader of the Crystal Gems in the insanely popular Steven Universe series.

  • Deedee Magno Hall

    Deedee Magno Hall is currently the voice of Pearl on Cartoon Network’s Emmy nominated series, Steven Universe and Snuggs the hedgehog in Doc McStuffins. Magno Hall's resume boasts and extensive list of credits including theater performances, TV and film appearances, and voice recordings.

  • Michael Avon Oeming

    Michael Avon Oeming is the Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle award-winning co-creator and artist of Powers. Oeming has written and drawn Thor Ragnarok, Red Sonja, Batman, Superman, but is best known for works such as Hammer of the Gods, The Mice Templar, Takio, United States of Murder Inc, and many others.

  • Jennifer Paz

    Jennifer Paz is the voice of Lapis on Steven Universe. She is an award-winning musical stage actor and concert-er with Broadway, regional, and international tour credits, including Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, to name a few.

  • Carolina Ravassa

    Carolina Ravassa is the voice of Sombra in Overwatch. She also worked on RDR2, GTA5, Max Payne 3, and Just Cause 4. She's been on The Affair and Mr. Robot, and does voices in cartoons for Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Netflix.

  • Grace Rolek

    Grace Rolek is best known for playing Connie on Cartoon Network’s hit show Steven Universe. You may have heard her voice as many characters including Marlene in Final Fantasy VII, Louise in Lou and Lou: Safety Patrol, and Lucy van Pelt in Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.

  • Taki Soma

    Taki Soma is an HUGO award nominated artist, writer, and a colorist. She’s worked on projects such as Rapture, Sinergy, The Victories, United States of Murder, Inc., Dick Tracy, Bitch Planet, Iron Man, and others. Her work can be found throughout different publishers.

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Announced: 03/03/2020

  • R. S. Belcher

    R.S. Belcher is a former private investigator, journalist, and editor. He is author of the Golgotha, Nightwise, the Brotherhood of the Wheel series, and the Queen's Road series.

  • Megan Mackie

    Megan Mackie has published four novels including The Finder of the Lucky Devil, The Saint of Liars, Death and the Crone, and Saint Code: The Lost through eSpec Books. 

  • Scott Sutherland

    Scott Sutherland is The Weather Network’s resident science nerd, and he supplies them with a steady stream of content about weather, space weather, astronomy, and space exploration.

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Announced: 02/27/2020

  • BREED

    BREED has been in the comic book/graphic novel, licensed property, TV, and motion picture industries for over 24 years as a penciler, writer, animator, and sketch/storyboard/conceptual artist. His work has been featured by Zenescope Entertainment, IDW, UDC/Marvel, Action Lab, Counterpoint Comics, MNS Cards, Stranger Comics, and Source Point Press.

  • Patricia L. Briggs

    Patricia Briggs is a New York Times best selling author of both the Mercy Thompson and the Alpha and Omega urban fantasy series. Briggs began her career writing traditional high fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy.

  • Ed Brisson

    Ed Brisson is a comic book writer who first started to garner attention with his self-published crime series Murder Book and the crime/time-travel thriller series Comeback. He’s written and co-created four other series published by Image: Sheltered, The Field, The Mantle, and The Violent.

  • Jason Bulmahn

    Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo, creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and team leader for Pathfinder 2nd Edition. Bulmahn is also the GM and host for a number of actual play RPG shows on Twitch and YouTube.

  • Sean Andrew Copeland

    Sean Copeland is the Historian Supervisor of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment where he leads its team of loremasters. This lore team directly enables the developers of Blizzard and beyond to create with confidence when crafting our award-winning games, goods, and cinematic story content for Activision Blizzard’s franchises.

  • Mark Dos Santos

    Illustrator and comic artist Mark Dos Santos has worked with celebrated creators such as Steve T. Seagle (IMPERIAL), Garth Ennis (A Train Called Love) and Bill Willingham (Lark's Killer). He has created book covers for Silence in the Library(Apollo's Daughters),Star Trek TNG, and Hugo award-winning writer, Morgan Gendel (Planet 6).

  • Nick Eftimiades

    Nicholas Eftimiades is a professor and author. He spent 34 years in US intelligence and diplomacy with postings in Europe and Asia. Eftimiades is a renowned expert on China and authored books and articles on national security, emerging technology, and outer space related issues.

  • Annie Stegg Gerard

    Annie Stegg Gerard exhibits her work in galleries and has done notable publishing work for clients such as Disney, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Easton press, Ballistic Publishing, and more. Her work is found in private collections all over the world.

  • Justin Gerard

    Justin Gerard is an illustrator whose client list includes Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Harper Collins, Penguin, Random House, Sony, Riot, Blizzard, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, and Riotminds. His work has won awards in art competitions such as Spectrum Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators, Infected by Art, and Expose.

  • Kevin Grazier

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

  • Clay and Susan Griffith

    Clay Griffith is a writer of fiction and comic books. With his wife, Susan, he is the co-author of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers. They are also the creators of the Vampire Empire series and the upcoming Monstrance series.

  • Chris Hamer

    Chris Hamer, raised by Sasquatch in suburbs of Georgia also know as urbnpop, is the creator of the comic book series called The Adventures of Byron, published thru Scout Comics. Hamer has several independent comics published and has done licensed work for Star Wars, Mara Attacks, Rick and Morty, and more. 

  • Ian Harris

    A fascinating and funny mix of spot-on impressions and clever, cutting-edge comedy, Ian Harris' act has landed him coveted appearances on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Comedy Central, as well as two, one-hour TV specials Critical and Thinking and ExtraOrdinary. Harris has performed at Dragon Con since 2014.

  • Greg Hildebrandt

    Artist Guest of Honor Greg Hildebrant is known for his iconic illustrations, including the original Star Wars movie poster. He has created pieces for comic books, movie posters, children's books, posters, and novels for properties such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, DC Comics, to name a few.

  • Kenneth Hite

    Kenneth Hite has written 100+ tabletop roleplaying game books, including Trail of Cthulhu, The Dracula Dossier, Night’s Black Agents, The Fall of DELTA GREEN, and Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition. He is half of the multiple-award-winning podcast Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff.

  • Greg Horn

    Greg Horn is an illustrator best known for his Marvel Comics covers. Currently, he is working on new variants for DC Comics’ Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 with Unknown Comic Books and ComicXposure. Other recent projects include Marvel's Edge of Venomverse, Generations/ Legacy, Champions, Venom, and Avengers VS Zombies.

  • Tini Howard

    Tini Howard is a comic book writer and swamp witch from the Carolina Wilds. Currently, she writes Euthanauts, Assassinistas (with Gilbert Hernandez), and Hack/Slash: Resurrection, with occasional stories for two of her favorite things: Rick and Morty and WWE. Previous work includes Power Rangers: Pink and The Skeptics.

  • Dan Jolley

    Dan Jolley is a multi-media writer. Over a 20+ year career, he co-created the Jason Rusch incarnation of DC Comics' Firestorm, wrote the main story for the video game Dying Light, and has published more than a dozen original novels, including the Gray Widow Trilogy and The Storm.

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Defying odds is what New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does best. With dedicated legions of fans known as Paladins, thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her genre-defying series, she’s become one of the most popular and influential authors in the world (in both adult and young adult).

  • Leighann Lord

    Smart, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at it’s finest. She is the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do it Standing Up. She been a co-host on StarTalkRadio with Neil de Grasse Tyson and is the 2019 winner of the Humanist Arts Award.

  • Mikal Mosley

    Mikal Mosley is a avid convention goer and costume designer. He has presented at several major conventions over the past 10 years, such as Dragon Con, Momo Con, and San Diego ComicCon. His professional costume credits include building costumes for the WWE, NFL, and various tv shows

  • Trina Ray

    Trina Ray is currently the Investigation Scientist for the radar instrument on NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission. She worked 20 years on Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (specializing in Titan), and started her career working on the Voyager Spacecraft. She is a public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation.

  • Caleb Roehrig

    Caleb Roehrig is an author of young adult thrillers, including Last Seen Leaving, White Rabbit, and Death Prefers Blondes. As a former actor and television producer, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV.

  • 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.

  • Dietrich O Smith

    Dietrich Smith is an artist in the field of comics who has illustrated a variety of titles such as Superman, Spiderman, Shaft, and a bevy of others. He has been nominated or awarded various honors and currently has his hand in development of a diverse group of projects.

  • 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. She writes in a number of genres and under five different pseudonyms.

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  • Cecilia Dominic

    By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this USA Today bestselling author writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime.

  • Rob Howell

    Rob Howell is a retired soda jerk, a reformed medieval academic, a writer in the Four Horsemen Universe, and created the Shijuren fantasy setting.

  • Alex LaVelle

    Alex LaVelle is an Atlanta-area podcaster and theater professional. His current podcasting projects include Panelology, Minds at Yeerk and The Rob Thomas (No, Not That One) Robcast.

  • Jeffrey Falcon Logue

    Falcon is a professional indie author, video game maker, woodcarver, chef, plot developer, game writer, music composer, former pre-med and genetics student, and inventor.

  • Tara Lynne

    Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con and is host of the Geek Saga podcast.

  • M. C. Williams

    M. C. Williams is a structural engineer, podcaster, and writer. He spends his nights getting lost in ancient mythologies, futuristic civilizations, and unspeakable horrors.

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Announced: 02/25/2020

  • Brian D Anderson

    After a stellar career as an indie author, Brian D. Anderson has been snatched up by Tor Book with a three book deal. 

  • Corey Applegate

    Corey Applegate is a travel professional who is currently working for Pixie Dusted Travel and Events. She is also a member of the Mandalorian Mercs and writes for their website.

  • Ken Applegate

    Ken Applegate is the owner and DJ of Mad Hatter Music and Crafts. He will be the DJ for the Kids Dance hosted by the Kids Track.

  • Daniel K Beahn

    Daniel Beahn is the Lead Art Producer for ZeniMax Online Studios. He has worked on The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Skyrim, Fallout Shelter, and many others.

  • Bill Bridges

    Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer most known for developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness and the Fading Suns science-fiction universe.

  • D.J. Butler

    D.J. (Dave) Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, an editor, and a corporate trainer. His novels include Witchy Eye, The Cunning Man, The Kidnap Plot, and many more.

  • Ryan A Consell

    Ryan Consell teaches engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has written on science, art, costuming, and culture for madartlab.com since 2011.

  • Harmon Cooper

    Harmon Cooper is a bestselling independent author of Way of the Immortals, Cherry Blossom Girls, House of Dolls, Pilgrim, and Death's Mantle.

  • Tracy Deonn

    Tracy Deonn is a young adult author, scholar, and geektivist. Her debut YA fantasy series, Legendborn, will be published Fall 2020. 

  • Jon Garon

    Jon Garon is Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, and Technology Law program at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law, and an author.

  • Thomas Michael Gofton

    Thomas Gofton founded Lynnvander Studios producing the series The Gamers: Natural One and Nights at the Round Table. He has designed several tabletop games.

  • Todd Alan Harris

    Todd Harris co-founded Hi-Rez Studios, one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast, and is currently Founder & CEO of Skillshot Media and Chairman of Atlanta Esports Alliance.

  • John Hudgens

    John Hudgens is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed documentaries and short films. His work on licensed properties includes Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

  • Christopher Kao

    Christopher Kao has worked in video games for over a decade as a designer, producer, and product manager. He has worked on some of the top properties in the world.

  • Roy Kilgard

    Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear.

  • Dakota Krout

    Dakota Krout is a bestselling author of fantasy and LitRPG with over 15 titles in his Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series.

  • Meredith Langford

    Meredith Langford is a shark biologist with the Coastal Carolina University Shark Project. As a member of the lab she heads research on the migration of the Spiny Dogfish Shark.

  • DN Lee

    Dr. Danielle N Lee is a scientist who studies the natural history and behavioral biology of rodents across urban gradients. She engages broad audiences in science communication on social media.

  • J.F. Lewis

    Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that get him into trouble.

  • Courtney Lytle

    Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in intellectual property law and serves as General Counsel at Wally Products, LLC. 

  • Mandah

    Mandah is a special effects and theatrics makeup artist working professionally in theatre, film, and haunted houses. She is also a costume designer, fabricator, and motivational panelist.

  • Samantha McVey

    Samantha McVey is a social worker and the co-host of the show Stuff Mom Never Told You. She has spoken at the Podcast Movement 2019 and She Podcasts! conferences.

  • Alec Niccum

    Alec Niccum is a martial artist that has cross trained in Muay Thai, Tomiki Style Aikido, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Filipino Martial arts/Silat. 

  • Melissa F Olson

    Melissa F. Olson is the author of more than a dozen novels in the Old World universe, PI mystery The Big Keep, and numerous short stories and novellas.

  • A.B. Osborne

    A.B. Osborne is an Animation Professor at Augusta University, where he built the newly launched Animation program. Osborne is currently developing an animated series called the Forest of Forgotten Things.

  • Rick Partlow

    Rick Partlow is an Army veteran and military science fiction writer with 28 novels published since 2011, including Glory Boy, the Recon series, and the Wholesale Slaughter series.

  • Frank Puricelli

    Frank T. Puricelli,"The Wicked Tailor" is a professional costume and prop builder from Charleston, SC. He has been producing national award winning costumes and movie grade props since 2010. 

  • Anney Hollis Reese

    Anney Reese is an actor, writer, and podcaster known for Stuff Mom Never Told You and Savor. Through the process of podcasting, she has also produced and written scripts.

  • Daviorr Snipes

    Daviorr Snipes is a Peabody Award winning stage, film, and voice over actor who has appeared in the BET Series, American Soul.

  • Shami A Stovall

    Shami Stovall is a multi-award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction who started at the traditional presses and later moved on to independent publishing.

  • J.M. Tuffley

    JM Tuffley writes about pop culture for various outlets, including Need Coffee Dot Com. He is also a regular contributor to the Weekend Justice podcast.

  • Brian Urbanek

    Brian Urbanek is a professional video game designer and developer with 25 years of experience working on such titles as Call of Duty and XCOM2, as well as many others. 

  • David VonAllmen

    David VonAllmen is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Factor Four, the Writers of the Future anthology, and other professional publications. 

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  • Mary Abreu

    Author Mary Abreu has worked as a seamstress for the film and TV industry, including Fox's Sleepy Hollow, and has wardrobe department credits on two short films.

  • Quincy J Allen

    National bestselling author, Scribe Award finalist, and Colorado Gold finalist Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author with novels in sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, noir, and mil-sci-fi. 

  • Ariana Bauer

    Ariana Bauer is a sewing teacher and cosplayer who focuses on teaching cosplayers how to make costumes that fit their body and make them feel great while looking amazing.

  • Evan Bernstein

    Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning science podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He is also a co-host of Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast.

  • Lali DeRosier

    Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier promotes youth involvement in science through student writing, art, and, outreach. She tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror.

  • Tristan Gibbon

    Tristan Gibbon is one of the founding members of the Giant Sized Team Up Network’s evergreen show Botched: A D&D Podcast.  

  • M. Haynes

    M. Haynes is the mind behind the popular Elemental novel series, an educator, a blogger, and public speaker who hopes to show that everyone has the elements of a hero.

  • Charon E Henning

    Charon Henning is a visual science communicator and art director. She writes and illustrates the webcomic Kei’Phavian, and is a semi-retired variety arts performer, swordswallower and fire eater.

  • Alan Isom

    Alan Isom began his adventure with science fiction and fantasy literature as it should begin: with JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Cayn Trilogy is Alan's first published work.  

  • David Mack

    David Mack is an award-winning and bestselling author of 36 novels and numerous short works of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure. His credits span television, film, and comic books. 

  • Jason R Merrill

    Jason R. Merrill is a SQL DBA by day who curates Blackbird Finery. His expertise in vintage men's fashion, etiquette, and 19th century soda fountains have enthralled audiences nationwide. 

  • Marx Pyle

    Marx Pyle authored the book Television on the Wild Wild Web, co-hosts DC Action Hour, co-hosts the podcast GenreTainment, and creates web series/films.

  • Tina Hesman Saey

    Tina Hesman Saey is a former molecular geneticist who is now an award-winning science journalist at Science News magazine. Her work has won multiple awards.

  • Rox of Spazhouse

    Roxanne Henkle aka Rox of Spazhouse is Need Coffee's Director of Zine studies, as well as a podcaster on Weekend Justice and cohost on 50 Days of Dragon Con

  • Constance G. J. Wagner

    Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, editor, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. 

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Announced: 02/04/2020

  • Lou Anders

    Lou Anders is the author of Once Upon a Unicorn, the Thrones & Bones trilogy, and Star Wars: Pirate’s Price. He has designed RPGs for numerous game companies.

  • Jim Azevedo

    Jim Azevedo is the marketing director of Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks. A sought after speaker, Azevedo has delivered approximately 150 ebook publishing workshops at conferences.

  • Dan Fraga

    Dan Fraga is a director and comic book artist who’s career as a storyteller started in late 1991 when he was hired to join the newly formed Image comics. Over the span of his 28 year career, Fraga has worked on a number of the comics industry’s top titles. 

  • Ronald Thomas Garner

    Ronald Garner is a publisher and author of speculative fiction. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and lives and works in the DC area.

  • Jenna Garrett

    Jenna Garrett is a proud member of the Giant-Size Team-Up Network. She hosts the show Craft Boos and is also a co-host of the weekly podcast Panelology.

  • William Hayashi

    William Hayashi is an award-winning screen writer, and author of short stories and novels, and has been the host of the Genesis Science Fiction Radio Show.

  • F T Lukens

    F.T. Lukens is an award-winning author of young adult fantasy and sci-fi. She's best known for her book, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic.

  • Melissa McArthur

    Melissa McArthur is the Associate Publisher at Falstaff Books. She's an author and editor who has worked with presses and authors worldwide. 

  • Kevin Nowlan

    Kevin Nowlan is a comics artist who works as a penciler, inker, colorist, and letterer. He has been called "one of the few artists who can be called 'artists's artist'", a master of the various disciplines of comic production, from "design to draftsmanship to dramatics".

  • Gary Poole

    Gary Poole is the co-editor of the anthologies Black Tide Rising and Voices Of The Fall with John Ringo, and the upcoming series We Shall Rise.

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Announced: 01/21/2020

  • April Borchelt

    April Borchelt is an illustrator that works in both the animation and gaming industries while keeping true to her fine art roots. She's worked with Nickelodeon, Hi-Rez Studios, illustrated for multiple published board games, TCG companies, children's books, and has had her fine art exhibited in galleries around Atlanta.

  • Raychelle Burks

    Raychelle Burks is a chemistry professor with a crime lab background. On the Smithsonian Channel, she brings her expertise to The Curious Life and Death Of… to examine unusual cases. Burks is an award winning science communicator, presenting on the science of true crime and fandoms.

  • Ben Caldwell

    Ben Caldwell is an artist for games, toys and animation, as well as writing/illustrating comics. His clients range from DC to Disney. Some projects include Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. He left the toy biz to branch out, doing visual development for various animation projects.

  • Ciruelo

    Fantasy artist Ciruelo was born in Argentina and has been living in Spain since 1987. He worked for important publishing houses in Europe and in USA illustrating book covers, prints, calendars, and trading cards with dragons as the main subject. He is currently writing and illustrating his own books.

  • DC Douglas

    Actor and voice over talent, DC Douglas, is best known as the voice of Albert Wesker in the Resident Evil franchise, Legion in Mass Effect 2 & 3, Chase in Transformers: Rescue Bots, as well as countless film & TV shows, most recently Sharknado 2.

  • Bill Fawcett

    Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged and edited over 400 Science Fiction novels and two oral histories of the Navy SEALs. He co-authored the official Mycroft Holmes Mysteries and has written almost a dozen books, many on Mistakes in History. Founded Mayfair Games and designs board and computer games.

  • 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 Renee Hieber is an actress, ghost tour guide, and award-winning bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels such as the Strangely Beautiful, Magic Most Foul, Eterna Files, and Spectral City series. She’s been featured in film and television on shows like Mysteries at the Museum.

  • Bill Keel

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

  • Daniel Kraus

    Daniel Kraus is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Coming soon is The Living Dead, a posthumous collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.

  • Katherine Kurtz

    With her first Deryni Trilogy, Katherine Kurtz helped found the modern fantasy genre, and has more than a score of novels to her credit, along with nearly a dozen co-authored with others. Her first novel, Deryni Rising, is currently optioned and in development with Sony Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.

  • Tim Lattie

    Tim Lattie, half artist; half amazing, now does graphic novels for IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, Boom! Studios, and UNICEF. works on projects such as Ghostbusters, WWE, and Plants vs Zombies, as well as on his creator owned book about teenage time travelers and UFOs called Night Stars!

  • John Lotshaw

    John Lotshaw is a cartoonist and animator from Atlanta, GA. He is the creator of Accidental Centaurs, which has been running since 2002. In addition, he has been a publisher of cartoonists such as Bill Holbrook and Greg Cravens, and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society.

  • Don Maitz

    The award-winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications worldwide and as concept art for two feature animated films. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character. His A-Maitz-ing images have delighted audiences for over 40 years.

  • Travis Scott Merrill

    Travis Scott Merrill has worked professionally for over 20 years in theater, television, and film. He is currently working as an ager/dyer in IATSE local 479. His work can be seen in Macgyver seasons 1-4, Allegiant, Stranger Things, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Live by Night, and Avengers Infinity War.

  • James C Mulligan

    James Mulligan has been a Disney artist for over two decades, with properties featuring everything from the classics to recent favorite Frozen. His design, fine art and gallery work includes Playboy, Coca-Cola, Fox, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, the Chuck Jones Family, Marvel, DC, Lexus, and the Elvis Presley Estate.

  • Van Allen Plexico

    Van Allen Plexico writes award-winning novels, comic books and stories about superheroes, space opera, military SF, and crime fiction. A professor and podcast host, he is the only 3-time winner of Novel of the Year from the Pulp Factory Awards in Chicago.

  • Robert W Pope

    Cartoonist, comic book artist, and animator Robert Pope currently draws Peanuts for BOOM and Simon Spotlight and Looney Tunes for DC comics. He has drawn Scooby-Doo, Batman the Brave and the Bold, The Powerpuff Girls, Space Ghost C2C, Foster’s Home, Johnny Bravo, Grim Adventures, Chowder, and more.

  • Corinne Roberts

    Corinne Roberts writes/illustrates the web-comic series Out and About. Her other books are Trip to Trekka and Imaginary Sea 1,2,3! Along with her books, she illustrated the web comic, Kitty Game and games Unreal Estate, Dodgy Dinos, and Founding Fathers Fisticuffs. Her next published comic will be released in 2020.

  • Noel Saabye

    With 25 years in the animation industry, animator and artist Noel Saabye has had the opportunity to work on projects ranging from TV shows to mobile games with companies that include Cartoon Network, Warner Bros, PBS, Disney, Mattel, and Activision.

  • Kim Steadman

    Kim Steadman is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover and the Operations Lead for the SHERLOC instrument. She has also worked on the Opportunity rover, Curiosity rover, and the Cassini Mission.

  • Thomas F. Zahler

    Thom Zahler is a comic creator and animation writer. He created Webtoons Cupid's Arrows and Warning Label and IDW's Love&Capes, Long Distance, and Time&Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW's My Little Pony and Star Trek and the Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac shows.

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Announced: 01/14/2020

  • Davey Beauchamp

    Davey Beauchamp is an artist and librarian. His art has been used for Doctor Who, Los Bastardz Productions, Falstaff Books, and Scaldcrow Games for book covers.

  • Kaitlin Bevis

    Kaitlin Bevis is best known as the author of the young adult Greek mythology series, The Daughters of Zeus and the young adult horror story, Blood and Other Matter.

  • Aaron Crash

    Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of 21 novels and numerous short fiction. The first book in The Juniper Wars series was a Dragon Award Finalist. 

  • JC De La Torre

    JC De La Torre, along with his wife Rita, is a filmmaker, audio drama producer, screenwriter, and director for Transmissions From Atlantis Entertainment.

  • Rita De La Torre

    Rita De La Torre, along with her husband JC, is a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, editor, and an actor for Transmissions From Atlantis Entertainment.

  • Dustin M. Fletcher

    Dustin Fletcher is a specialty costumer for film and television focusing on the superhero and horror genres and co-DM of D4.  

  • EM Kaplan

    EM Kaplan writes humorous Josie Tucker mysteries, as well as the critically acclaimed Rise of the Mask high fantasy trilogy. 

  • Phillip Eugene Pournelle

    Phillip Pournelle is a futurist, science fiction author, game designer, and former naval officer. He conducted many wargames for the Department of Defense in exploration of future conflicts.

  • Gray Rinehart

    Gray Rinehart is a writer who sings, and a singer who writes. He's written science fiction and fantasy stories, nonfiction, and songs on myriad topics. 

  • John Scalzi

    2020 Literary Guest of Honor John Scalzi is the New York Times bestselling author of Old Man's War, The Collapsing Empire and Redshirts, which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Novel. Other awards include the Locus, the Seiun, the Geffen and the Governor's Award for Arts in Ohio.

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Announced: 01/07/2020

  • Bishop O'Connell

    Bishop O'Connell is the author of the American Faerie Tale (urban fantasy) series and his first book, The Stolen, launched the Harper Voyager Impulse imprint.

  • C. Taylor-Butler

    C. Taylor-Butler is the award winning author of more than 80 books for children and young adults. Her current series is The Lost Tribes, illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith

  • Rick Wilber

    Rick Wilber is an award-winning science-fiction writer with 55 published short stories for Asimov's and other markets and a half-dozen novels and collections for Tor, WordFire, and others. 

  • Christopher Woods

    Christopher Woods is known for his popular Soulguard series, The Fallen World series, and his participation in the Four Horsemen Universe.

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Announced: 12/18/2019

  • Day A Al-Mohamed

    Day Al-Mohamed is author of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, and a regular host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot. Her most recent novella is The Labyrinth’s Archivist.

  • Luke Chmilenko

    Luke Chmilenko is best known for two blockbuster series, Ascend Online and The Shattered Reigns which have received critical acclaim by readers everywhere! 

  • Stephanie Crugnola

    A story-teller at heart, Stephanie Crugnola is a figure skater turned author, actress, and podcaster. She focuses on using her technical and performance background to create well-rounded, grounded characters.

  • Mike Ellison

    An actor, improviser, and podcaster, Mike Ellison is best known for his role as Jebeddo on the D&D liveplay podcast Adventure Incorporated

  • Jessica Kupferman

    Jessica Kupferman is the co-host and co-founder of the She Podcasts brand, which currently supports over 14,000 female podcasters and has a digital marketing reach of over 50,000 content creators.

  • L. Jagi Lamplighter

    L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the YA fantasy series: The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, the third book of which was nominated for the YA Dragon Award in 2017.

  • Philip Ligon

    Philip Ligon is the author of the steampunk-fantasy Engine trilogy and the Falconbone Chronicles. The King's Regret was nominated for a 2019 Dragon Award.

  • Thomas Mariani

    Thomas Mariani is a writer and host of the podcast Double Edged Double Bill. He is a born geek with a bit of nerd mixed in for good measure.

  • Morgon Newquist

    Morgon Newquist is the cofounder of Silver Empire Publishing, publisher of the best up and coming science fiction and fantasy authors, including five Dragon Award nominated authors. 

  • Russell Newquist

    Russell Newquist is the owner and operator of Silver Empire Publishing, publishers of science fiction and fantasy novels. Silver Empire has published dozens of the best new SFF authors.

  • L.H. Nicole

    L.H. Nicole is a young adult fantasy author whose stories feature strong, independent female leads, epic adventures, fantasy worlds, and creatures and unforgettable heroes. 

  • Smashie

    Smashie can be found co-hosting her podcast Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, hitting the keys on her next writing adventure, engaging in spirited bouts of Dungeons and Dragons, or fast asleep.

  • Jenna Wolfhart

    After completing a PhD in Librarianship, Jenna Wolfhart became a full-time author and now spends her days typing the fantastical stories in her head.

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Announced: 12/10/2019

  • Michael J. Allen

    A USA Today bestselling sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Michael J. Allen has released 16 novels in space opera as well as urban, contemporary, and western fantasy.

  • Griffin Barber

    Griffin Barber gets around in Eric Flint's 1632 series, but also in several anthologies across the spectrum of SF. 2nd Chance Angel, coauthored Kacey Ezell, is forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing.

  • Amy A Bartol

    Amy A. Bartol is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Secondborn Series, The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.”

  • Aretta Baumgartner

    Aretta Baumgartner is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask, movement. She’s proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

  • Bobby Blackwolf

    Bobby Blackwolf is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network podcast network, and has hosted a live internet video show and podcast about video games since 2005.

  • RJ Blain

    RJ Blain is the award-winning author of the USA Today bestselling Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with a comedic flair.

  • Freddy Clements

    Freddy Clements is currently a distinguished professor of drama/costume design at Jacksonville State University. 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.

  • Ellie Collins

    Ellie Collins is a writer, voice actor, and game master based in Atlanta. Her horror audio drama, The Blood Crow Stories, has spanned four seasons and numerous live shows. 

  • Paul B Currie

    Paul Currie is a science educator, photographer, and philosopher from the coal fields of Appalachia. He specializes in using pop culture to teach undergraduate science courses.

  • Kathleen O'Shea David

    Kathleen O'Shea David started working with puppets when she was two and over 50 years later she is still "wiggling dolls" for fun and profit. Along the way she picked up a few more skills and careers. She has done just about everything from cancer research to rock and roll. 

  • Peter David

    Peter David is a prolific New York Times bestselling author and self proclaimed "writer of stuff." He has written in all most all forms of prose and gained followers in each. He is the proud father of four daughters and proud grandfather of two grandsons and one granddaughter.

  • Keith R.A. DeCandido

    Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of tie-in fiction in more than 30 different licensed universes from Alien to Zorro, and also the author of original fiction set in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales of New York and Key West.

  • Margaret Downey

    Margaret Downey created the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse character in 1996. She is the only one who teaches critical thinking skills dressed in costume every Friday the 13th. Downey is a costumer, event planner, and social activist and has represented the interest of the nontheist community at several United Nations conferences.

  • Mike Faber

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

  • John L. Flynn

    Dr. John Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay.

  • Stacey Gordon

    Stacey Gordon is a puppeteer in from Phoenix, Az. She operates Puppet Pie, an art studio in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, and has the honor of performing one of Sesame Street’s newest friends, Julia, a curious 4-year-old girl with autism.

  • Dr. Stephen Granade

    Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in robotics and sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from 10-feet away, tracked drones, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He was most recently seen on NASA's Unexplained Files. If you're afraid of the robot revolution, Dr. Granade is someone to watch out for.

  • Andrew Greenberg

    Best known for his work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association and Georgia Esports League. 

  • Darrell Z. Grizzle

    Darrell Z. Grizzle writes horror, dark urban fantasy, and crime fiction. He is the author of Ghostwood Crossing and I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult.

  • Nicole Gugliucci

    Dr. Nicole Gugliucci (aka NoisyAstronomer) is a physics professor, education researcher, astronomer, science communicator, and all around geek. Her passion for science education drives a number of projects.

  • L.J. Hachmeister

    Amazon bestselling author and editor L.J. Hachmeister writes and fights. The world champion stick-fighter is best known in the literary world for her epic science fiction series, Triorion.

  • Robert E. Hampson

    Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a scientist, author, editor, and educator. From developing a prosthetic for human memory to advising SF authors, from anthologies and novels for Baen Books and CKP, he turns science fiction into science, and brings real science into SF.

  • A. J. Hartley

    A.J. Hartley (AKA Andrew Hart) is the international bestselling, Dragon Award nominated author of 23 novels for kids and adults, including the Steeplejack series, Cold Bath Street, Cathedrals of Glass, and Sekret Machines (co-written with Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge). He is UNC Charlotte’s Robinson professor of Shakespeare.

  • John G. Hartness

    John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and podcaster from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple novel series, including the award-winning Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series. He is also the co-founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, and a member of the Authors & Dragons Live D&D podcast.

  • Faith Hunter

    Award-winning New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes the fantasy bestselling series: the Jane Yellowrock series and Soulwood series. Most recently, Audible released the SciFi Junkyard Cats series.

  • Topher Hunter

    Topher Hunter is a professional biomedical science communicator and amateur droid builder with a passion for trying new things and helping others to not make the same mistakes he made.

  • Alledria Hurt

    Alledria Hurt is an African-American author, actress, playwright, and podcaster. Her most recent novel is 13, but she is best known for the Fate Circle Saga trilogy.

  • D.B. Jackson

    David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of more than two dozen 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.

  • Les Johnson

    Les Johnson is a physicist, science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His books include: Stellaris (Baen 2019), Mission to Methone (Baen 2018), and Graphene (Prometheus 2018). Johnson is the lead for two NASA space robotic missions and was featured in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic.

  • Darin Kennedy

    Darin Kennedy, doctor by day and novelist by night, has written the Fugue & Fable series including The Mussorgsky Riddle, The Stravinsky Intrigue, and The Tchaikovsky Finale, and more.

  • Alethea Kontis

    New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a voice actress, a storm chaser, and a geek. She is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow every year at Dragon Con. Alethea narrates stories for multiple award-winning online magazines, and she contributes regular book reviews to NPR.

  • Steph LaMassa

    Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Her research focuses on the growth and evolution of supermassive black holes.

  • Mari Mancusi

    Mari Mancusi is a former Emmy award-winning TV producer, current video game writer, and author for Disney Books. She’s published more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy novels including The Camelot Code, Gamer Girl, Scorched, and Dragon Ops. She also works as a writer for FoxNext Games.

  • Lisa Manifold

    Lisa Manifold is the USA Today bestselling author of paranormal and urban fantasy series. She is currently writing The Deadwood Sisters and The Mostly Open Paranormal Investigative Agency series.

  • Gail Z. Martin

    Gail Z. Martin writes epic and urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Reckoning, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, CHARON, and Wasteland Marshals. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail series.

  • Georgia McBride

    Georgia McBride is one of Publishers Marketplace’s most prolific editors, and has spent most of 2014 through 2019 atop the editors lists in editors, young adult, digital new adult, children's, and digital deals. She’s completed over 200 publishing deals on behalf of three imprints since March 2012.

  • Scottye Moore

    Scottye Moore is a podcaster and author. He owns and operates the BS Network series of podcasts where he hosts A Load of BS, Me Again, Fight Boyz, and more!

  • Susie M Murph

    Susie Murph produces the Daily Space podcast Mondays through Fridays, Astronomy Cast, and the Weekly Space Hangout and manages the CosmoQuest, Astronomy Cast, and Weekly Space Hangout YouTube channels.

  • Bobby Nash

    Award-winning author/artist Bobby Nash is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. He writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and the odd short screenplay. Nash also appears in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor. 

  • Russell Patrick Nohelty

    Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author of novels and graphic novels. He has raised over $125,000 on Kickstarter across nine projects, including three that have raised over $25,000.

  • Sean M. Patton

    Sean Patton has designed costumes more than 40 stage productions, 10 short films and TV shows, 5 features, and numerous media projects for clients around the world.

  • D.R. Perry

    D.R. Perry writes fiction for both YA and adult audiences. Among her works is Dragon Award nominated Alternative History novel A Change In Crime, Providence Paranormal College, and Hawthorn Academy.

  • Diana Peterfreund

    Diana Peterfreund has published 13 novels for adults, teens, and kids. Her latest trilogy of YA novels is based on the classic board game, Clue, and began with In the Hall With the Knife, which Kirkus called "ingeniously plotted and vastly entertaining."

  • Steve Saffel

    Steve Saffel is a senior acquisitions editor at Titan Books, where he acquires science fiction, fantasy, horror, media tie-in fiction, and occasionally illustrated books. 

  • Catherine M. Scully

    Cat Scully is the writer and illustrator of YA horror comic-novel Jennifer Strange. Scully has worked with a variety of publishers as a professional illustrator. She works in video game development for the Deep End Games and is currently working on their next title.

  • Jeanne C. Stein

    Jeanne C. Stein is the award winning, national bestselling author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and the Fallen Siren Series written as S. J. Harper. She has published 14 full length books, several novellas, and numerous short stories both here and in the U.K.

  • E.J. Stevens

    E.J. Stevens is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

  • Mel Todd

    Mel Todd is the author of 17 stories, nine under Renee Lovins. The series Twisted Luck is her first foray into urban fantasy. She is co-authoring the Blood War series.

  • Debbie Viguie

    Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder. She is a screenwriter and a staff writer for several audio shows. She is also an actress working in indie genre films and audio dramas.

  • Scott Viguie

    Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and consultant for the National Science Academy’s Science and Entertainment Exchange. He writes espionage, science fiction, and fantasy novels. He is the creator of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach series, and the creator of Doctor Geek’s Science Fair.

  • Mark H Wandrey

    International bestselling author of military sci-fi, space opera, and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey is also the only 4 time Dragon Award finalist! He launched his professional career in 2004 with the release of Earth Song - Overture. Now, 15 years later, he has more than 20 books out.

  • Jean Marie Ward

    Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, two popular art books, and editing CrescentBlues.com. Her short stories have appeared everywhere from ASIMOV’s to the anthologies of Zombies Need Brains. Her video interviews are featured on BuzzyMag.com.

  • David Weber

    David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Many of his stories have military, and particularly naval themes, and fit into the military science genre. His most popular and enduring character is Honor Harrington, whose story, together with the Honor-verse she inhabits.

  • Sean D Weiland

    Sean Weiland is a voice actor, podcast producer/host, audio editor, and game developer. He publishes his own podcast series under the Wasted Knowledge name.

  • Toni Weisskopf

    Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Eric Flint, Larry Correia, and many others. With Josepha Sherman, she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.

  • Alex White

    Alex White is a science fiction writer from the American South who enjoys taking photos, writing music, great makeup, and occasional blacksmithing. 

  • Michael Z. Williamson

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

  • Bryan Young

    Bryan Young is an award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist, and comics writer. He's the co-author of the Robotech RPG and writer for StarWars.Com, The Huffington Post, Syfy, and /Film

  • Timothy Zahn

    Timothy Zahn is the author of 13 Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason and Sibyl’s War 2: Knight. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Book 1 and Sibyl’s War 3: Queen.

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  • Jeanne P Adams

    Jeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, UF, paranormal, and space adventure. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and hailed as “Best Suspense of the Year!”

  • Stephen Adams

    Stephen Adams is the host of the long running comedy podcast, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, and founder of the 2Dorks network of podcasts and livestreams.

  • Clinton Alvord

    Launching the award-winning comedy4cast podcast, Clinton Alvord has one of the longest-running comedy shows in all of podcasting. He also co-hosts The Topic is Trek, a Star Trek podcast.

  • Eric R. Asher

    Eric R. Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Steamborn YA steampunk series, Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter, and Havenwood Falls: Redemption’s End

  • Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of two epic fantasy series, the Castes and the OutCastes and the Chronicles of William Wilde

  • Kevin Bachelder

    Kevin Bachelder has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. Along with speaking on multiple panels at Dragon Con, he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group.

  • Michael R Bailey

    Michael Bailey has been podcasting since 2007 and currently runs The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network. He currently co-hosts WGBS LIVE for the Homepage.

  • Alexa Black

    Alexa Black got her start in the film industry as a seamstress and tailor, creating costumes for productions like Venom, Stranger Things, Doom Patrol, and Pride & Prejudice.

  • Jennifer Blackstream

    Jennifer Blackstream is a bestselling author. She has made a writing career out of watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and from research into mythology and fairy tales.

  • David Boop

    David Boop’s debut novel is a sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science. He's published across genres including media tie-ins for Predator, Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars.

  • Bethany Brookshire

    Bethany Brookshire is a PhD neuroscientist, science writer, and podcaster. She has written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American, and hosts the podcast Science for the People.

  • Tyra A Burton

    Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of  Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media and the creator of The Geeky Side and Geek Meets Social podcasts.

  • R E Carr

    R. E. Carr is the Kindle Scout winning author of urban fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Rules Undying series is an award-winning Amazon bestseller.

  • Kelly Lynn Colby

    Kelly Lynn Colby is a fantasy writer as well as the Editorial Director of Cursed Dragon Publishing, LLC. She hosts the Writers Meetup on Friday night.

  • Jason Cordova

    A 2019 Dragon Award finalist, Jason Cordova is known for his contributions to the Four Horsemen Universe. He is also a contributor to the bestselling anthology Black Tide Rising.

  • Sydney Duncan

    Sydney Duncan is the writer of Dark Horse Comics' Kill Whitey Donovan. She is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel series, The Revelation Saga, from Medallion Press.

  • Marc Alan Edelheit

    Marc Edelheit is an accomplished fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction author with 12 national bestsellers, including the award-winning Chronicles series, The Karus Saga, and Tales of the Seventh.

  • Kevin Eldridge

    Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a pop culture comedy podcast. He is a published science fiction author, an organizer and host of skeptic events, and a comedy musician.

  • Michael Falkner

    Michael Falkner is a writer and podcaster at Creative Criticality. He is the author of the Timestamps Project and is also one of the leaders for Dragon Con Newbies.

  • Emily A Finke

    A forensic anthropologist by training, but a science communicator by passion, Emily Finke has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, conventions, and more.

  • Declan Finn

    Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to sci-fi, including the 2016 Dragon Award Nominated Novel for Best horror, Honor at Stake

  • Marina Fontaine

    Marina Fontaine is an author of Chasing Freedom, a Dragon Awards finalist in Apocalyptic Novel category, and The Product, a dystopian novella from Superversive Press.

  • Clay Gilbert

    Clay Gilbert has published 11 novels: the Children of Evohe tetralogy, The Kind, Pearl, Eternity, Dark Road to Paradise, and Cassie's Song.

  • Seressia Glass

    Seressia Glass is an award-winning author of more than 25 works including Sons of Anubis and Shadowchasers. She is currently working on Faking It, a story about a plus-sized cosplayer.

  • Rachel Graves

    Rachel Graves writes scary, sexy mysteries. Her books include Under a Blood Moon, Fire in Her BloodBlood, Dirt, and Lies, and The Mermaid and the Murders.

  • Tony P Henderson

    Tony Henderson is a podcaster and moderator known for the Tony P. oddcast and the Geek Vs podcast. Henderson’s moderating work was featured in a BET black nerd culture segment.

  • Walter H. Hunt

    Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction author. He has written military SF as well as novels on mesmerism, the Templars, and in the world of 1632. 

  • James A. Hunter

    James Hunter is a full-time ink slinger, a member of SFWA, and the bestselling author of the Yancy Lazarus series, Rogue Dungeon, Bibliomancer, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online!

  • Kevin Ikenberry

    Kevin Ikenberry is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and sci-fi writer. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the bestselling Four Horsemen Universe.

  • Chris A. Jackson

    Chris Jackson is the author of over 20 novels in fantasy, sci-fi, horror, gaming, and media tie-in. He's written in the Pathfinder, Iron Kingdoms, Arkham Horror, Shadowrun, Starfinder, and Traveller gaming IP's. 

  • Kristin Jackson

    Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print/digital designer, working in the film industry as an artist, set photographer, and social media manager. She's the Director of Communications/Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures.

  • Stuart Jaffe

    Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, the Water Blade series (upcoming from Falstaff Books), and more. 

  • Charlie Kaufman

    Charlie Kaufman has worked in extensively in environmental consulting and academia where he studied coastal erosion and natural disaster impacts. He currently works in the emergency management field.

  • Chris Kennedy

    A Webster Award winner and three-time Dragon Award finalist, Chris Kennedy is an author, speaker, and small-press publisher who has written over 25 books and published more than 100 others.

  • Sue Kisenwether

    Sue Kisenwether has been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network.

  • Aleron Kong

    Dr. Aleron Kong, author of the internationally bestselling series The Land, which has sold over 1,000,000 worldwide, and was voted Audible's Customer Favorite. 

  • Rob Levy

    Rob Levy is a pop culture writer, podcaster, and blogger who has been published in several books and appears on several podcasts including Weekend Justice for needcoffee.com.

  • Ann Margaret Lewis

    Ann Margaret Lewis is the author of The Kizan Trilogy and a former Star Wars tie-in author. She is also a professional singer and theatrical director.

  • K.A. Linde

    K.A. Linde is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels with a million books in circulation. Her breakout paranormal romance series Blood Type released with Random House.

  • Terry Maggert

    An author of more than 30 titles across four genres, Terry Maggert is an international bestseller who writes about witches, space warfare, and everything in between.

  • Mike Massa

    Mike Massa's work encompasses sci-fi, military sci-fi and fantasy, as well as non-fiction. His most recent novel, with John Ringo, is national bestselling River of Night

  • Violette L Meier

    Violette Meier has been writing since her preteen years. She has written over 1,200 poems, 25 short stories, and 11 books.

  • Bill Mulligan

    Bill Mulligan works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor, and producer. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.

  • Amy J. Murphy

    Amy J. Murphy writes epic sci-fi adventures with kick-ass heroines, power armor, and lots of explosions. Books in her Allies and Enemies series have been Dragon Award finalists.

  • James Nettles

    James Nettles is a business and technology consultant, speaker, author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction, and media author on the business of creativity, futurist topics, science, and technology.

  • Corinne O'Flynn

    Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and mystery stories. She loves all flavors of paranormal but always finds herself drawn back to witches.

  • James Palmer

    James Palmer is an award-nominated writer of science fiction and pulp adventure and author of four books in the Shadow Council Archives series for Falstaff Books.

  • Rachel Rawlings

    Rachel Rawlings, is the bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She has produced nine novels, two novellas, and three shorts.

  • Rob Roberts

    Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio. He is also a host of cult cinema screenings and variety shows throughout Northern California.

  • Robert W Ross

    Robert W. Ross is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of Creation urban-fantasy series. This year he debuts a new sci-fi series, Paradigm.

  • Madeleine Roux

    Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, House of Furies, Salvaged,and the upcoming World of Warcraft book, The Shining Blade.

  • Christopher Ruocchio

    Christopher Ruocchio is the author of the Sun Eater space fantasy series from DAW Books and the Junior Editor at Baen Books, where he has edited four anthologies.

  • R Alan Siler

    R. Alan Siler is an author, editor, and the owner of kOZMIC Press LLC. His published works include non-fiction books, essays on numerous topics, and television, movie, and music reviews.

  • Tamsin L. Silver

    Tamsin Silver is the author of Mark of the Necromancer, The Windfire Series, Scourge of Souls Series, Moon Over Manhattan, and a web series/novel trio, Skye of the Damned. 

  • Janine K. Spendlove

    Janine K. Spendlove is an author, pilot, and U.S. Marine who is primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series and her Star Wars tie-in story Inbrief.

  • Kimbra Swain

    Kimbra Swain began publishing in 2017. Her Fairy Tales of a Trailer Park Queen series is a favorite among urban fantasy readers. She currently has 25 published novels.

  • Stephen F. Taylor

    Stephen Taylor, (AKA The Tattooed Santa) is the owner of Lone Wolf Armory. He has been making armor, leather, chainmaille, scalemaille, and props for 15 years.

  • Gleb Tsipursky

    Bestselling author Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in truth-seeking and decision making. The CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, he spent 7 years as a professor.

  • R.R. Virdi

    R.R. Virdi is an Amazon bestselling author, Nebula award-finalist, and two-time Dragon Award-finalist for Best Fantasy (Paranormal). He writes urban fantasy, sci fi, and fantasy.

  • Dave West

    Dave West is the subject of the award-winning documentary, Troublemaker. As the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com he has been providing commentary on pop culture dorkery for over a decade.

  • Michael George Williams

    Michael G. Williams writes award-winning stories full of macabre humor and subverted expectations: The Withrow Chronicles, Servant/Sovereign, and A Fall in Autumn.

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