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: 02/21/2024

  • Hawkings "Hawk" Austin

    Hawk is a radiation effects engineer, building the fastest computers in space, but he has had a number of other careers including: survivability engineer (DoD) and environmental scientist (NASA). Hawk is a published author in history, science, and fantasy. He has also been a fight instructor for self-defense and stage.

  • Chuck Brown

    Chuck Brown is an Eisner and Ringo award winning comic book writer. He is the current writer for Aquaman. He has written Bitter Root (co-creator), The Punisher, Black Panther, and Wolverine. He is also the writer and creator of The Quiet Kind and On the Stump

  • Jessica Cage

    Jessica Cage is an international award winning and USA Today bestselling author from Chicago, IL. She is an independent publisher who focuses on writing strong characters of color in fantasy. Cage recently signed with Webtoon to produce exclusive content for their new reading app, Yonder.

  • Esther Friesner

    Multiple Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner has published over 40 novels, more than 200 short stories, and has edited 11 anthologies including the Chicks in Chainmail series for Baen Books. She is also the author of the Princesses of Myth YA series for Random House.

  • Jeaniene Frost

    Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy romance. She is best known for the following series: Night Huntress, Night Prince, Night Rebel, and Broken Destiny. Frost's novels have also appeared in Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, ABA Indiebound, and international bestseller lists.

  • Stephanie Mirro

    Stephanie Mirro is an Amazon Charts bestselling author and best known for The Last Phoenix urban fantasy romance series.

  • Thomas Parham

    Dr. Thomas Parham chairs the Department of Visual & Media Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a WGA member with produced credits.

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Announced: 02/16/2024

  • aSwanNamedEmily aSwanNamedEmily

    Emily Swan is a graphic designer and illustrator. Swan is showrunner of the Doodle Crew, co-host of Sketching Shakespeare, and a member of In Addition and Surprise Attack Book Club.

  • Judy Black

    Judy Black is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta. She loves games, books, cats, things with caffeine, and is an Ennie-nominated writer of Dungeons and Dragons modules.

  • Ryan Cahill

    Ryan Cahill is the award winning author of the bestselling epic fantasy series The Bound and The Broken.

  • Jordan Duncan

    Jordan is a historian, researcher, and educator. He has been part of the Atlanta area paranormal community since 2008. He is also a podcaster and vlogger.

  • Adam Friedman

    Adam Friedman is scientist and artist exploring intersections between art and environmentalism. Friedman is an actor, director, and writer in the Atlanta theatre community, co-founding the Atlanta Green Theatre Alliance.

  • Vandy Beth Glenn

    Vandy Beth Glenn is a screenwriter, director, comedian, and civil rights pioneer. She has a journalism degree from UGA and is on Instagram @vandybethglenn, Bluesky @vandybethglenn.bsky.social, and Twitter @RedVelvetCakes.

  • Laura Grabowski

    Laura Grabowski is Executive Director of Middle-earth News, has presented with the Mythopoeic Society and Popular Culture Association, holds a PhD in Computer Science, and is a professor at SUNY.

  • Joe Hansen

    Joe is a marine biologist, has studied bottlenose dolphins, worked as a protected species observer, and has interned for agencies conducting research on killer whales, humpback whales, and sea otters.

  • Gary Poole

    Gary Poole is the founder and host of Robot Battles, edited four bestselling anthologies set in John Ringo's Black Tide Rising universe, and runs the Southern Fandom Resource Guide website.

  • Anne Schlea

    Anne Schlea writes two series: The Retribution Universe and The Fallen. She enjoys blending true history into urban fantasy to create a dynamic world for her readers to step into.

  • Jonathan Thompson

    Jonathan Thompson is a veteran filmmaker and author from England. He has helped develop over $150 million worth of content and his clients sell their films to major studios.

  • Tara Lynne Walker

    Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom culture expert, and public speaker. They founded Ice & Fire Con and are host of the Geek Saga and Sagas & Sass podcasts.

  • Rilo Ward W Ward

    Rilo Ward is an animation enthusiast who hosts Guild of Calamitous Podcasts, centered around The Venture Bros; as well as a writer for the [adult swim] news website adultswimcentral.com.

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Announced: 02/15/2024

  • Jason Lane

    Jason Lane is a longtime writer of various stuff - mostly concerning horror, martial arts films, giant monsters, giant robots, pro wrestling, comic books, and any type of vanguard/cult cinema.

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Announced: 02/13/2024

  • Birma Gainor

    Dr. Birma Gainor is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Clemson University. She has been engaged in college mental health for just over two decades.

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Announced: 02/12/2024

  • Kim Harrison

    Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestselling Hollows series, but she has traditionally published more than two dozen books spanning multiple genres. She is currently working on a new Hollows book between other, non-related, modern fantasy projects.

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Announced: 02/10/2024

  • Raychelle Burks

    Raychelle Burks is a chemistry professor with a crime lab background. She brings her expertise to examine unusual cases, both real and fictional.

  • Chris Cummins

    Chris Cummins is a professional nerd who writes for Archie Comics and is the producer/host of Sci-Fi Explosion - which celebrates the weirdest moments in science fiction history.

  • Paula Purcell Kelly

    Paula Kelly is the co-owner of In the Shadows Entertainment Group. With a diverse professional career from research and history to acting and screenwriting, her book Ghostly Tales of McCracken County showcases her storytelling.

  • Cary Nord

    Cary Nord is the award winning artist of comic books and graphic novels such as Daredevil, X-Men, and Conan The Barbarian. Throughout his career, Nord has drawn virtually every major character in comics; having worked on Superman, Wolverine, Mutant X, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Thor, and Star Wars.

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Announced: 02/09/2024

  • Will Aymerich

    Will Aymerich is the co-author of Souls of Norcross and Shadows of The Past, and founder of The Darkside Syndicate, a paranormal investigation team from Atlanta.

  • Colleen Doran

    Colleen Doran is the New York Times bestselling artist for the Neil Gaiman graphic novel Troll Bridge and Stan Lee's autobiography Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible Stan Lee, which earned a Young Adult Library Services Great Graphic Novels for Teens nomination. Books she has illustrated have won Eisner and Harvey Awards.

  • Jason Dorough

    Jason Dorough is the author of the epic fantasy Teshovar series, has worked as a voiceover artist for more than a decade, and is also a content creator on BookTok.

  • Tana Ford

    Tana Ford is the artist on Marvel's Silk. She has done work on Gwenpool, Star Trek, Jem and the Holograms, VenomVerse, and Amazing Spider-Man. She is the creator of the award winning lesbian comic book series DUCK! She has recently collaborated with writer Nnedi Okorafor in the Black Panther universe.

  • Alicia Fox-Lenz

    Fox-Lenz is co-host of Queer Lodgings: A Tolkien Podcast, a steward of the Mythopoeic Society, and scholar interested in studying Tolkien through a cultural studies lens.

  • 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.

  • Gavin Kelly

    Gavin Kelly, the head honcho of In the Shadows Entertainment Group. As a digital cinematographer, he captures the essence of the unseen. He is the author of Ghost Hunting: Sensationalism in Social Media.

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Announced: 02/08/2024

  • Gordon Andrews

    “Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Gordon and Ilona reside in Texas with their many dogs and cats. They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy The Edge, paranormal romance Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles.
  • Ilona Andrews

    “Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Gordon and Ilona reside in Texas with their many dogs and cats. They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy The Edge, paranormal romance Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles.

  • Matthew J. Brown

    Matthew Brown, PhD, is a scholar of comics and pop culture. He is co-editor of More Critical Approaches to Comics and has organized academic panels at Dragon Con.

  • Creees Lee

    Creees is a variant cover artist and is the interior artist for Black Mask's Lab Raider. He has worked for Image, Dynamite, and Chapterhouse Comics.

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Announced: 02/07/2024

  • Mark Dos Santos

    Illustrator and comic artist Mark Dos Santos has worked with creators such as Steve T. Seagle (Imperial) and Garth Ennis (A Train Called Love). He has created book covers for Silence in the Library and writer Morgan Gendel (Planet 6). He is currently working on the board game Tokyo S.O.S. Kaiju Attack.

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Announced: 02/06/2024

  • Dr. Nicole Gugliucci

    Dr. Nicole Gugliucci aka "NoisyAstronomer" is a physics professor, education researcher, astronomer, science communicator, and geek. Their passion for science education drives a number of projects, including home-built radio telescopes.

  • James A. Hunter

    James Hunter is a bestselling author of Rogue Dungeon, Vigil Bound, Discount Dan, and the LitRPG epic ViridianGate Online! In addition to writing, he also runs Shadow Alley Press.

  • J.D. Monroe

    J.D. Monroe is a Georgia-based author who loves all things paranormal, magical, and downright fantastical. She is currently writing the Cursed Blood series, an action-packed vampire romance.

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Announced: 02/05/2024

  • D.B. Jackson

    D.B. Jackson/David B. Coe is an award winning fantasy author and has edited several anthologies. As D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles. As David B. Coe, he has recently published The Chalice Wars Celtic fantasy series. He has a PhD in US History from Stanford University.

  • Lisa Manifold

    Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal women's fiction, urban fantasy, and romance; with her most recent releases in her series, The Oracle of Wynter.

  • Brandon H Strauss

    Brandon Strauss is a doctoral candidate in entomology at Texas A&M. They're described as the real-life Hodgins and will definitely tell you all about decomposition and the wonderful smells it produces.

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Announced: 02/04/2024

  • Sunlight of Astora

    11 time award winning, Johnny Goodwill "Sunlight of Astora" creates costumes based off of dark fantasy and horror video games, along with props and effects for tv and film.

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Announced: 02/03/2024

  • Jason R. Merrill

    When asked to describe Jason R. Merrill, the word "dapper" is the inevitable answer. Merrill runs Blackbird Finery, providing antique, vintage, and reproduction gentleman's accessories to a modern audience.

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Announced: 02/02/2024

  • Matt Frank

    Since 2011, Matt Frank has been known in both Japan and America as the "Kaiju King", one of the most prolific American artists associated with the Godzilla franchise. In addition to many Godzilla comics, he has also provided art for franchises like Ultraman, Gamera, Power Rangers, Tremors, and more!

  • Clay Shepard Griffith

    Clay Griffith is the co-author of the Vampire Empire series, the Crown & Key trilogy, The Flash, and Arrow. He is a comic book writer for characters such as The Tick, The Simpsons, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He recently wrote fiction in the Throne & Bones RPG universe.

  • Toni Weisskopf

    Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of SF and fantasy for 40 years. She is also a member of the Interstellar Research Group board of advisors. She has edited numerous anthologies, and is the co-author of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.

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Announced: 02/01/2024

  • Wayland Smith

    Wayland Smith calls himself pan-authorial because it is funnier than multi-genre. His novels include In My Brother's Name, a terrorist thriller, and the Wildside series about superhuman mercenaries.

  • Wen Spencer

    Wen Spencer is the winner of the 2003 Astounding Award for Best New Writer and author of 15 books, including the Elfhome series.

  • Timothy Zahn

    Timothy Zahn is the author of sixteen Star Wars novels and the Cobra, Quadrail, Sibyl's War, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil, The Icarus Twin, and A Call to Insurrection (with David Weber and Thomas Pope). Upcoming books include The Icarus Job and The Icarus Changeling.

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Announced: 01/31/2024

  • Alison Carrier

    Alison Carrier is a Design Director at Scopely. As a developer, she has worked on Star Wars: Hunters and Halo Infinite, while advocating for diversity and equity in video games.

  • Mike Crugnola

    Mike Crugnola can be seen on the D&D live play podcast Adventure Incorporated, on Ask the Pokedexpert, and on Twitch as a host on Swoontower Soccer and InAddition.

  • 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.

  • Randy Evil-H Hutchings

    Randy Hutchings has been a field investigator of fortean phenomenon since the mid 1990s, investigating cryptid sightings in Tennessee and Northern Georgia. Hutchings is the head investigator with Fortean Tennessee.

  • Roy Kilgard

    Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies and how they grow over cosmic time, and lectures on astronomy in history, science fiction, and pop culture.

  • Muscle Nerd Jerry Peacock

    Jerry Peacock co-founded Muscle Nerdz 10 years ago to help promote fitness and healthy lifestyle within the geek and nerd communities.

  • Marx Pyle

    Marx Pyle is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster, adjunct professor, martial artist, the author of Obsidian Monsters, and co-editor/co-author of the award winning anthology Dragons of a Different Tail.

  • David Weber

    David Weber is a science-fiction and fantasy author best known for his Honor Harrington and Safehold series. He lives in South Carolina with his wife Sharon Rice-Weber, whom he loves a lot.

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Announced: 01/30/2024

  • Stephen Adams

    Stephen Adams is the host of the podcasts, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and Those Were The Days, and a founder of the 2Dorks network of podcasts and live streams.

  • Jer Alford

    Jer Alford is a comic historian and owner of Mini-Komix. He's the head of the Stupid Comics retrospective group, and reviews for the Anime Anyway website.

  • Jess L. M. Anderson

    Jess, aka @stressinabox on social media, is a content creator with over two million followers and the author behind the fantasy series The Source Keepers.

  • Paul Barrett

    Paul Barrett is an author and filmmaker. He has six published novels, has produced two features and two documentaries, and works in film and television production as his day job.

  • Davey Beauchamp

    Davey Beauchamp is a librarian and artist. He has worked for BBC, BBCA, Penguin UK Falstaff Books, Distraction Dragon Press, and others. He is currently art director for Tavern Publishing.

  • Jamie Bernstein

    Jamie Bernstein is a data scientist who specializes in building statistical models that predict human behavior. She has previously been a contributor to blogs like Skepchick and Mad Art Lab.

  • Bobby Blackwolf

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

  • Marco Bossow

    Marco Bossow is a director and producer best known for the hit Star Wars web series Bucketheads - starring Troy Mundle and Mark Meer.

  • Jonathan Brazee

    Jonathan Brazee is a retired Marine colonel, full-time hybrid writer, USA Today Bestseller, two-time Dragon Award finalist, two-time Nebula Award finalist, and the current Nebula Award Commissioner for SFWA.

  • Doug Burbey

    Doug Burbey is the author of the Blood War military urban fantasy series. In addition to writing, he is a DoD Program Manager for advanced military technology development efforts.

  • Martha Carr

    Martha Carr was a stringer for the Washington Post, national columnist, co-creator of Oriceran Universe, author of bestselling UF series, The Leira Chronicles, and a new trilogy, The Mermaid Detective.

  • Cathalson

    Cathalson is an American author and screenwriter of over 50 publications. He is a fiction developer for Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and AntiMatter Games.

  • Catieosaurus

    Catieosaurus is a mental health advocate, content creator, and actual play performer. As a professional streamer and TTRPG influencer, she opens conversations about neurodiversity and accessibility into the gaming community.

  • Cinda Williams Chima

    New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima writes fantasy stories for teens of all ages, including the Heir Chronicles, the Seven Realms Quartet, and the Shattered Realms series. Her newest duology, Runestone Saga, marries Norse mythology and witchcraft with swordplay (axeplay?) romance and cut-throat politics.

  • Crystal Cleveland

    Crystal Cleveland is an award winning actress, published model, horror short director, and Gruesome Magazine YouTube host for all things happening in horror films.

  • Ryan A Consell

    Ryan Consell is an engineering professor, costumer, prop maker, and author with particular expertise in engineering science with research focused on composite materials and bicycle destruction.

  • Jason Cordova

    Bestselling author Jason Cordova has had his novels published in multiple languages around the world. The author is both a John W. Campbell Award and Dragon Award finalist.

  • Michael Andrew Corrie

    Michael Corrie, aka Props To History, is a prop maker/SFX artist and prop master for film, TV, and theatre. Props To History is a film, prop, and SFX historian.

  • Ryan Crissey

    The MuscleNerdz host with the most. You have seen him on social media, with his Superman cosplays and Nerd Traps! Ryan Crissey is back to bring you an amazing showdown!

  • Stephanie Crugnola

    Stephanie Crugnola is a chaotic, wholesome content creator specializing in Shakespeare, collaborative storytelling, soccer, and all things niche nerd.

  • Keith R.A. DeCandido

    Keith R.A. DeCandido has written tons of novels, short fiction, and comics in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro, in his own milieus in the fictional Cliff's End and Super City, and also New York and Key West.

  • Lali DeRosier

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

  • Lucienne Diver

    Lucienne Diver is a slinger of snark, specifically within Vamped and Latter-Day Olympians series. Falstaff Books will release her epic fantasy, The Shadow Girls, in July/August 2024.

  • Sean Fletcher

    Sean Fletcher is the Amazon bestselling, award winning author of a number of YA fantasy series. He can be found speaking, teaching writing, and working as a professional editor.

  • Dr. John L Flynn

    John L. Flynn, PhD is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His Kate Dawson series has been optioned by Netflix. Flynn's China White—Black Death has received critical attention.

  • J. B. Garner

    Talented author and top flight editor, Jamie Beth "J.B." Garner has written over a dozen novels across multiple genres and edited hundreds more.

  • Seressia Glass

    Seressia Glass is an author of 30 works including Sons of Anubis and Shadowchasers. Her latest works are The Love Con and Game On.

  • Nicoli Gonnella

    Nicoli Gonnella writes Unbound, a bestselling LitRPG saga that has 10 books and counting.

  • Andrew Greenberg

    Best known for work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association, Southern Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo, and has credits on 100+ game products.

  • Isabelle Hardesty

    Isabelle Hardesty is the author of several YA book series, The Destroyer Witch Chronicles, The Delacourt Shapeshifter Trilogy, Viola the Vampire Witch, and Sea Witch High.

  • Hayden

    Laura Hayden writes in a wide variety of genres. With 15 novels under her belt, she is also a founder and an eleven-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

  • Hugh Howey

    Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool, Beacon 23, Sand, and over 20 other titles. His novel, Wool, was adapted into the TV show Silo on Apple TV and his book, Beacon 23, has two seasons on MGM+.

  • Storm Humbert

    Storm Humbert has published in Andromeda Spaceways, Apex, Interzone, Galaxy's Edge, Cast of Wonders, and many anthologies, including Writers of the Future #36.

  • Kristin Jackson

    Kristin Jackson is the director of communications and graphic designer for Frostbite Pictures, and worked on international and domestic art for Paramount Pictures and art for Dutch Boy Pictures.

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Defying odds is what #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does best. She has placed more than 80 novels on the NYT list in all formats and genres. With more than 70 million books in print, her series include: Dark-Hunters®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman's Cross™, and The League®.

  • Dakota Krout

    Dakota Krout is an internationally bestselling author of fantasy and LitRPG with over 45 titles in his Completionist Chronicles, Divine Dungeon, Full Murderhobo, and Cooking with Disaster series.

  • K. N. Lee

    K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. She is also the host of Needed on Set.

  • Rob Levy

    Rob Levy is a writer, blogger, DJ, and podcaster who has been published in several anthologies. He co-hosts the Modern Musicology and Weekend Justice podcasts, and Juxtaposition on KDHX radio.

  • Jeffrey Falcon Logue

    Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue has been a professional writer for over seven years. He has published 20 books, having started the dungeon core subgenre with his original, The Slime Dungeon.

  • Mackie

    Amazon bestseller, Megan Mackie is the author of The Lucky Devil series, the Dead World series, The Adventures of Pavlov's Dog and Schrodinger's Cat, and the Working Mask series.

  • Scott Macmann

    U.S. Army veteran Scott Macmann writes, edits, and publishes a range of speculative fiction; as well as writing and producing independent films.

  • Thomas Mariani

    Thomas Mariani is a staff writer for Film Cred, host of the podcast Cinema To The Letter, and has been a panelist for nine straight Dragon Cons.

  • Morgan A McLaughlin McFarland

    Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland owns Salt Circle Games, publisher of the horror RPG Chill. She is a published fiction, nonfiction, and TTRPG author who also teaches writing and gaming classes.

  • Mark Meer

    Mark Meer is known for his work on Bioware's Mass Effect trilogy, voicing Commander Shepard, Blasto, and more. Other voice credits include the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Neverwinter Nights, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, Starro the Conquerer in WB Games' Gotham Knights, and Deadalus in Beamdog's MythForce.

  • Travis Scott Merrill

    Travis Scott Merrill currently works as a specialty costumer and break-down artist with IATSE local 479. He has worked on some of the biggest budget movies in the world. You can see his art in professional theater, television, and across the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes.

  • Savannah Miller

    Savannah Miller is a public health professional that has studied a range of public health topics including climate change, infectious disease, vaccines, toxicology, and health policy.

  • Mark Muncy

    Mark Muncy is the bestselling author of the Eerie Florida and Eerie Appalachia book series from History Press. He is also the host of the Eerie Travels podcast.

  • Jody Lynn Nye

    Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats". When not engaged in this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction. She has published over 50 books and more than 170 stories. Nye teaches writing seminars and is Coordinating Judge for the Writers of the Future Contest.

  • Jon R. Osborne

    Jon R. Osborne hails from Indianapolis. He writes modern fantasy and military science fiction, and his novel A Tempered Warrior was a 2018 Dragon Award Best Fantasy finalist.

  • Rachel Rawlings

    Rachel Rawlings is a USA Today and international bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Her book, Ink It Over, is currently in development for film.

  • TJ Reynolds

    Rose Reynolds has published 31 novels under the pen names TJ Reynolds and Atlas Kane. A transgender woman, she has found a home in the progression fantasy and LitRPG communities.

  • B. A. Richards

    B.A. Richards aka Alison Sky Richards received an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Colorado University. Their passion involves teaching students to find their unique voice.

  • Seth Ring

    Seth Ring loves telling stories, building worlds, and sharing those stories and worlds with other people. Check out his YouTube channel for his advice on writing and being an author.

  • Rob Roberts

    Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about video games online since 2002.

  • Jynxie Rose

    Jynxie Rose is a LGBTQIA+, Neurodivergent/Audhd, family friendly content creator. Her community, The CephaloSquad, fosters a safe/cozy environment that fights bullying and raises awareness of mental health and self-care.

  • Amber Kayla Satterfield

    Amber Satterfield realized she could actualize her dreams of becoming a Disney Princess through character entertainment! She works as a character performer and volunteers with Cosplay Volunteers of Atlanta.

  • Bruce Sentar

    Bruce is a veteran fantasy writer spinning vibrant fantasy tales in his polyamorous fantasy series. He has over three dozen novels, most of which have reached international bestseller lists.

  • Shirtaloon

    Shirtaloon is the author of the bestselling LitRPG series He Who Fights with Monsters.

  • R Alan Siler

    R. Alan Siler is an author, editor, musician, podcaster, owner of kOZMIC Creative, and the author of four books about Doctor Who and a children's book (Lucy Can't Dance).

  • Daviorr Snipes

    Daviorr Snipes is the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada and a Peabody Award winning actor working in theatre, film, and voice.

  • Anne Sowards

    Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and speculative fiction for the Ace and Berkley imprints. The talented authors she works with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and Kim Harrison.

  • Ash Sroka

    Ash Sroka, most adored for her work as Tali'Zorah in Bioware's Mass Effect trilogy, has been acting professionally since age six. She has worked for Comedy Central, CBS, Fox, ABC, Nickelodeon, NickJr. and countless commercials. In addition to being a voiceover, TV, film, and theater actor, Ash is a writer, dancer & Medical Clown.

  • Jeanne C Stein

    Jeanne C. Stein is the author of the The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and The Fallen Siren Series written as S. J. Harper. In 2021, she co-authored a Sci Fi adventure trilogy, 180 Degrees Magnetic. Her most recent short story appeared in Shadow Atlas, Dark Landscapes of the Americas.

  • Andrea Stewart

    Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of The Drowning Empire trilogy. Her debut, The Bone Shard Daughter, was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

  • Alain TheDungeonMeowster

    Alain TheDungeonMeowster is an entertainer, performer, and tabletop professional. He is the co-founder of Goblins and Growlers, co-creator of the Quid Pro Roll podcast, creator of CelebriD&D, and Madlibs Tabletop.

  • Jesse A Trotter

    Solar Wolf Cosplay is an award-winning cosplayer and has been published in several cosplay magazines such as Cosplay Realms. His work has been in several cosplay show cases.

  • Marie Vibbert

    Hugo and Nebula nominee Marie Vibbert's fiction has appeared in top magazines like Nature, Analog, and Clarkesworld. Her debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, was listed by the British Science Fiction Award.

  • Arras Wiedorn

    Arras Wiedorn is an animal behaviorist and professional informal science educator. She is also the owner of Endangered Art Books, which aims to bring scientific education to the public.

  • 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.

  • Tao Wong

    Tao Wong is a full-time author in the scifi and fantasy genres, writing predominantly in the LitRPG and xianxia sub-genres. He is multiple times international Amazon bestseller.

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Announced: 01/29/2024

  • Paris K Arrowsmith

    Paris Arrowsmith's career has spanned stage, voice acting, and screen. After moving to LA, he started working as a podcaster (No Latency) and freelance TTRPG writer for RTalsorian Games.

  • Jay Boyce

    Jay Boyce, daughter of a librarian and wielder of words, is primarily an editor turned writer. She currently writes A Touch of Power and Rise of the Mystic Mage series.

  • Rachel A. Brune

    Rachel A. Brune is an Army veteran, former military journalist, novelist, and editor of the creepy and macabre. She is the Senior Editor of Falstaff Books's new horror imprint, Falstaff Dread.

  • Wesley Chu

    Wesley Chu is the NYT bestselling author of many novels, including The Art of Prophecy, Time Salvager, and The Walking Dead: Typhoon. He co-wrote The Eldest Curses with Cassandra Clare. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the YALSA Alex Award. He won the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

  • Joe Corroney

    Corroney has been illustrating Star Wars artwork for Disney and Lucasfilm and Star Trek artwork for CBS Studios since 1997, as well as a host of other properties. New Star Wars artwork and various other licensees are in the works for publication later this year.

  • Milton J. Davis

    Milton Davis is an award winning Black speculative fiction author and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in science fiction and fantasy based on African/African Diaspora history, culture, and traditions.

  • Charles E. Gannon

    Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s 25+ bestselling books have won the Dragon, ALA Choice, and Compton Crook Awards. He is best known for the hard sci-fi Caine Riordan series (four Nebula and two Dragon finalists) and the Vortex of Worlds epic fantasy saga (the most recent was a 2023 Dragon finalist).

  • Michael A. Gordon

    Michael Gordon is a writer, editor, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owned comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for over a decade. He can also be regularly found saying “Howdy!” on the Earth Station One, Earth Station Who, and Dragon Con Report podcasts.

  • 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.

  • Madaug Hishinuma

    Intense gamer, former teacher, and current mastermind of all around mayhem, Madaug Hishinuma first started writing in grade school. His current series include: Shadow Wars, Space Sovereign, and Sherrilyn's Worlds.

  • 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/they made.

  • Richard Kadrey

    Richard Kadrey is the NYT bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series, which was included in Amazon's 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime. He has been nominated for the Locus and BSFA awards, appeared in Year's Best Horror, and written for comics, film, and games.

  • Sue Kisenwether

    Sue Kisenwether has been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp, exploring Star Trek through a feminist lens.

  • Andy Presby

    Andy Presby is currently the Deputy Project Manager for the Fission Surface Power Project and leads NASA Glenn Research Center's team supporting the Space Nuclear Propulsion Project.

  • David Sherrer

    David Sherrer is the marketing director and lead game designer of Chenoweth Press. His debut card game, Cat Magic: The Game, released in 2022 and was funded on Kickstarter.

  • TJ Sterling

    TJ Sterling is an former Marvel and DC comics artist. TJ also publishes comics through his own imprint RAE Comics. TJ is also a teacher at the Joe Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art.

  • Vanessa Ionta Wright

    Vanessa Ionta Wright is an Atlanta based filmmaker who founded and runs the Renegade Film Festival.She recently produced a feature film, SpookT that should be released sometime in 2024.

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Announced: 01/28/2024

  • Matt Dinniman

    Matt Dinniman is the author of the bestselling Dungeon Crawler Carl book and manga series.

  • Naomi "Nao" Romero

    Naomi Romero is a character designer for animation and illustrator for children's literature. They have worked for DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Sesame Workshop, Illumination Studios, Hasbro, Spin Master, and more. Romero is the current artist for the new baby dragon plush for Dragon Con.

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Announced: 01/27/2024

  • Corinne Roberts

    Corinne Roberts is an illustrator working in comics and children's books (Bug Bites, Drawing Dragons, and the Out and About series). Her other illustration projects include: Dragon Calendars, Wanderlust card deck, Unreal Estate, and more.

  • M.A. Rothman

    Bestselling author, M.A. Rothman is an engineer first and foremost, and somehow or another this writing habit of his has turned into a bit more than just a run-of-the-mill hobby.

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Announced: 01/26/2024

  • Jarrod Carl Alberich

    Jarrod Alberich is the creator of his own original comic book, Hamilton vs. Burr: A Werewolf Tale. He is the writer for Z2 Comics, a trading card artist for Marvel Comics & UpperDeck, cover artist & inker for White Rocket Books, and a US Air Force combat veteran.

  • Tim Doyle

    Tim Doyle is an illustrator and printmaker from Austin. He self-published Amazing Adult Fantasy and was the art director/lead designer for Mondo. He has produced art for Marvel, Dark Horse, Cartoon Network, Studio Canal, and art directs poster series for bands such as Metallica, Failure, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

  • Rye L Hickman

    Rye Hickman (previously published as Jen Hickman) is a visual storyteller. Past work includes Buzzing, Lonely Receiver, TEST, Moth & Whisper, Jem and the Holograms, and more. They get really excited about dystopian fiction, good coffee, and drawing hands.

  • Kenneth Hite

    Kenneth Hite has written 100+ tabletop roleplaying game books, including the Star Trek Roleplaying Game, 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.

  • Bobby Nash

    Bobby Nash is an award winning author, artist, and actor. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, audio dramas, and more. Nash is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, International Thriller Writers, and Southeastern Writers Association.

  • Robert Pope

    Atlanta-based cartoonist, animation director, and illustrator Robert Pope draws Looney Tunes for DC comics, and Snoopy and the Peanuts gang for Simon and Schuster. Over the past 35 years, Pope has drawn Scooby-Doo, Batman The Brave And The Bold, Johnny Bravo, Grim Adventures, Powerpuff Girls, and many, many more.

  • 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.

  • Jamie Tyndall

    Jamie Tyndall is a Canadian Comic Book artist that has worked in the industry for over 10 years. He has worked for various publishers including Red Sonja, Vampirella, The Boys, Lady Death, TMNT, and Zenescope. Tyndall worked with Fox Studios on movies like Deadpool and Xmen.

  • Jennifer Whitworth

    Jennifer Whitworth is a NASA engineer working at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. She supports Artemis and Gateway Payload Integration destined for the Gateway Station or Lunar surface.

  • Bryan Young

    Bryan Young has written in the BattleTech, Robotech, Doctor Who, and Shadowrun universes. Most recently, he wrote the companion book for The Big Bang Theory.

  • Thomas Zahler

    Thom Zahler created the Webtoon Cupid's Arrows and Warning Label as well as Love and Capes, Long Distance and Time and Vine. He writes and draws for IDW's My Little Pony series, has written for Disney Tsum Tsum, Star Trek, Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.

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Announced: 01/25/2024

  • BREED

    BREED is a professional Sequential/Pre-Production/Animation artist whose work has been featured by Marvel Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, 20th Century Studios, IDW, Source Point Press, Counterpoint Comics, Stranger Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Mountaineer West Productions, UpperDeck Co./MCU, Kymera Press, Entity Eye Entertainment, Warrant Publishing, and multiple Production companies.

  • Jennie Breeden

    Jennie Breeden is the creator of The Devil's Panties, a slice of life webcomic that has been posting daily since 2001. She has also been chasing kilted men around Dragon Con with her leaf blower for years.

  • Richard Lee Byers

    Richard Lee Byers's books include The Things That Crawl, The Hep Cats of Ulthar, and This Sword for Hire. He has also written short fiction, a graphic novel, and gaming material. His screenplay The Plague Knight, based on one of his fantasy novelettes, is in pre-production.

  • Chandra Free

    Chandra Free is the creator of The God Machine graphic novel and webcomic series, and co-founder of Machina Corpse. She illustrated on books like John Carpenter's Tales For A Halloween Night, Fraggle Rock, and Graphic Canon. She has worked on TTRPG books like Carbon Grey.

  • Bernadette Johnson

    Bernadette Johnson has written 50+ articles for HowStuffWorks.com, The Big Book of Spy Trivia, The Big Book of Horse Trivia for Kids, and The Big Book of Cryptid Trivia.

  • Amy J Murphy

    Amy J. Murphy is a two-time Dragon Award nominee, a SFWA member, and a submissions reader for Apex Magazine. Murphy lives in Vermont where she works as a registered nurse.

  • Van Allen Plexico

    Van Allen Plexico is a multi-award-winning writer best known for the Sentinels illustrated superhero novels and comics, 1960s crime novels, and the Shattering space opera universe. His White Rocket Entertainment network features multiple video and podcast channels covering James Bond, Babylon 5, The Avengers, and more.

  • j m tuffley

    JM Tuffley writes about Pop Culture for various outlets, and contributes to Need Coffee Dot Com's Weekend Justice Podcast.

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson IV is a comic artist and illustrator living in Dallas, TX. He is the co-creator and artist of Heartthrob at Oni Press with writer Christopher Sebela and colorist Nick Filardi. He also co-created Knuckleheads at IDW / Monkeybrain with Brian Winkeler and Like A Virus with Ken Lowery. 

  • L. Marie Wood

    L. Marie Wood is a psychological horror author, recipient of the Golden Stake Award, a MICO Award-winning screenwriter, a two-time Bram Stoker Award® Finalist, VP of HWA and English Professor.

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Announced: 01/24/2024

  • Kevin Grazier

    Kevin Grazier, PhD is a planetary physicist and was a scientist on the Cassini Mission to Saturn team. He has served as the science advisor for several television series and feature films and is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.

  • Bill Mulligan

    Bill Mulligan is an author, indie filmmaker, and podcaster. He can be heard on The Videostore Junkies and Decades of Horror podcasts. His novel, RAUM, was published by Falstaff Books.

  • Joelle Presby

    Joelle Presby is a veteran U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and author of crunchy SF Dabare and steampunk telepaths at war with mages SF Multiverse (co-written with David Weber).

  • Aaron Michael Ritchey

    Aaron Michael Ritchey has written over 50 novels. He has been an Amazon All Star, and the first book in The Juniper Wars series was a Dragon Award finalist.

  • Torrey Stenmark

    Torrey Stenmark is an organic chemist, associate instructor, and an award-winning costumer. She has taught almost every chemistry course on offer at Shoreline Community College.

  • DL Wainright

    DL Wainright uses their degree in world religions and lifelong love of horror to write creepy books that incorporate folklore and mythology, which means someone gets eaten in every one!

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Announced: 01/23/2024

  • Michael Bailey

    Michael Bailey has been a podcaster since 2007, when he launched his first show Views From The Longbox. He has hosted, co-hosted, or guest hosted on a number of podcasts.

  • D.J. Bodden

    D..J. Bodden is a sci-fi and fantasy author of 10 books and counting. He has written in the LitRPG Viridian Gate Online universe and created the science fiction FiveFold Universe.

  • Brad Bradley

    Robert "Brad" Bradley is a former industrial chemist and the Research Coordinator for the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation. He has appeared in an episode of Ghost Hunters.

  • 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.

  • Jack Campbell

    Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry), retired US Navy officer, writes the series Doomed Earth, New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet, Genesis Fleet, Lost Stars, and "steampunk meets high fantasy" Pillars of Reality. His latest books are In Our Stars, The Empress of the Endless Sea trilogy, and Rendezvous at Corsair.

  • Harmon Cooper

    Writer of over 75 fantasy novels, Harmon Cooper is the award winning independent author of Pilgrim, Cowboy Necromancer, Arcane Cultivator, A Pub in the Underworld, and Reborn Assassin: Battledeck Academy.

  • Paul B Currie

    Dr. Paul Currie is a health science administrator and recovering biology and chemistry professor. He has given numerous talks on the use of pop culture in teaching.

  • 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.

  • Craig Greathouse

    Dr. Craig Greathouse, professor of political science at UNG, has published on topics European foreign policy, security and defense policy, strategic culture, strategic thought, international relations theory, and cyber war.

  • Matthew Curtis Jarrett

    Matthew Jarrett has extensive experience as a manufacturing engineer, process engineer, and quality engineer supporting development and manufacturing in the aerospace, defense, and implantable medical device industries.

  • Erika Lance

    Erika Lance is a writer of horror, suspense, sci-fi, and a little fantasy. She is also the host of the Eerie Travels and Drinking With Authors podcasts.

  • Sarah J. Sover

    Sarah J. Sover is the author of the urban fantasy Fractured Fae series (Fairy Godmurder, Faed to Black) and the comedic fantasy Double-Crossing the Bridge, from Falstaff Books.

  • Shami A Stovall

    Shami Stovall is a Dragon Award-nominee for best YA Fantasy. She loves her husband John, reading, video games, and her doggos. She co-owns her publishing company, Capital Station Books.

  • Marisa Wolf

    Marisa Wolf writes science fiction, fantasy, and every point in-between. She has six co-written novels in shared universes, a solo novel from Baen (Beyond Enemies), and over 20 short stories in print.

  • Jessi Ann York

    Jessi Ann York's stories have been featured at PseudoPod, Vastarien, Cemetery Gates Media, Love Letters to Poe, and more.

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Announced: 01/22/2024

  • AJ Hartley

    A.J. Hartley AKA Andrew Hart is the bestselling author of 26 novels including Hideki Smith, Burning Shakespeare, Cold Bath Street, Impervious, Steeplejack, and (with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182) Sekret Machines. He is Professor Emeritus of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte and has a J-rock YouTube channel.

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Announced: 01/19/2024

  • Courtney Lytle

    Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in intellectual property law and is a partner at Culhane Meadows.

  • Gray Rinehart

    Gray Rinehart is a USAF space operations veteran, a writer, and singer/songwriter. His music has been on Dr. Demento and he is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books.

  • T. L. Trent

    Tiffany (T. L.) Trent is the author of the Hallowmere series, The Unnaturalists duology, and the forthcoming adult fantasy Rise of the Iron Lotus series, among others.

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Announced: 01/18/2024

  • Jennifer Blackstream

    Jennifer Blackstream is a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She is amazed to have made a writing career out of a master's degree in psychology.

  • Tyra Burton

    Burton is an author, professor, marketer, live-stream producer, and podcaster. Her podcast, Geek Meets Social, explores living a digital life and her love of Disney, Star Wars, coffee, and geekdom.

  • Beth Dolgner

    Beth Dolgner writes paranormal fiction and nonfiction, including Nightmare, Arizona Paranormal Cozy Mysteries. She gives talks about Victorian death customs and Spiritualism, is a ghost tour guide and ghost hunter.

  • Marc Alan Edelheit

    USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Edelheit has captivated millions with his Stiger's Tigers fantasy series. His passion for history and military seeps into his works, earning him multiple awards.

  • Kevin Eldridge

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

  • Jess Eppstein

    Jess Eppstein is a former immortal hydra wrangler who spent a year putting tiny contacts on mutant mice in the dark. She now tells scientists how to do their job.

  • Robert E Hampson

    "Dr.Rob" Hampson hasn't quite figured out what he wants to do when he grows up. He's a neuroscientist who recently joined an issue engineering and regeneration institute, an SF/F consultant on nonfiction topics ranging from brain science to bionics, and writes fiction ranging from zombies, to military SF, to…bionics!

  • Drew Hayes

    Drew Hayes is an author from Dallas who has written several series including Super Powereds, Villains' Code, NPCs, Fred the Vampire Accountant, and 5-Minute Sherlock.

  • Leanna Renee Hieber

    Actress, playwright, narrator, and author for Tor and Kensington, her Strangely Beautiful saga won numerous genre awards and her nonfiction, A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist. She has been featured on Mysteries at the Museum and Beyond the Unknown.

  • Walter H Hunt

    Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer from Massachusetts. He has 11 published novels and is currently working on his third novel in the 1632 universe.

  • Chris A. Jackson

    Author of fantasy, SF, horror, post-apocalyptic fantasy, fantasy/romance, and many tie-in novels with gaming publishers and other IPs; Chris Jackson has been at the writing game a long time.

  • Howard Andrew Jones

    Howard Andrew Jones is the author of Baen's Chronicles of Hanuvar, the fantasy series Desert of Souls, The Ring-Sworn Trilogy from St. Martin's, and four Pathfinder novels.

  • Charlie Kaufman

    Charlie Kaufman has worked extensively in environmental consulting, academia where he studied coastal erosion, and natural disaster impacts. He currently works for the government, so he is here to help.

  • Bill Keel

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

  • Darin Kennedy

    Dr. Darin Kennedy writes and practices medicine. Works include the Fugue & Fable trilogy, The Pawn Stratagem trilogy, the Songs of the Ascendant series, Carol, and The April Sullivan Chronicles.

  • Steph LaMassa

    Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on JWST and researches supermassive black holes.

  • Philip Ligon

    Philip Ligon is an international bestselling author and Dragon Award finalist. His works range from steampunk to alternate history to fantasy.

  • FT Lukens

    F.T. Lukens is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult speculative fiction. Their most recently release is Otherworldly.

  • Alex Matsuo

    Alex Matsuo is an author and paranormal investigator who has been seen on shows: Paranormal Revenge, Tubi's Scariest Places in the World, Haunted Hospitals, and Most Terrifying Places in America.

  • Bob McGough

    Bob McGough is an author, podcaster, and indie tabletop game designer. He is the author of the Jubal County Saga series and host of the Books, Beards, Booze Podcast.

  • Joseph Meany

    Dr. Joseph Meany is a science consultant and director of The Interstellar Research Group. He is a co-producer of the podcast series, From Here to the Stars.

  • Violette L Meier

    Violette Meier, the great-granddaughter of a dream interpreter, is a lover of all things supernatural and loves to write paranormal, fantasy, horror, among other genres.

  • James P. Nettles

    James Nettles is a business and technology consultant, speculative fiction and nonfiction author, founder of Author Essentials workshop company, and a founder of the ConTinual convention.

  • JM Paquette

    When JM Paquette is not writing fantasy and paranormal romance novels, she can be found teaching English, dissecting grammar, discussing Tolkien, editing, and guest co-hosting the podcast Drinking with Authors.

  • Sean Patton

    Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and has designed more than 40 stage productions, eight short films, five features, and numerous media projects.

  • Berta Platas

    Berta Platas is an award winning author of YA and urban fantasy. Her current title in a new paranormal cozy mystery series set in Charleston, SC, is Fine Ground Murder.

  • Noel Plaugher

    Noel Plaugher writes fiction and nonfiction. Author of Standing Qigong for Health and Martial Arts and The Lady Dragon of Chinatown, he has written for Black Belt Magazine.

  • Phillip Pournelle

    Phillip Pournelle is a science fiction author, war game designer, operations analyst, and military strategist. He has published several short stories for Baen and contributed to the latest Janissaries novel.

  • Ellie Raine

    Ellie Raine is a Writer's Digest award winning author of the NecroSeam Chronicles. She is fueled by coffee concoctions brewed by the finest caffeine alchemists in the kingdom of Atlanta.

  • William Joseph Roberts

    William Joseph Roberts is an award-winning author, editor, and publisher with Three Ravens Publishing who lives with his loving wife, three freaky-smart nerd children, and a small pack of fur babies.

  • Merle Scott Robinson

    Retired DoD analyst Merle Robertson is the designer for National Security Decision Making Game. He has spent 40+ years examining human decision-making processes and leading events on geopolitical challenges.

  • Robert W Ross

    Robert W. Ross is the author of the award winning Sentinels of Creation contemporary fantasy and Paradigm 2045 sci-fi series, and is a guest lecturer at Ga Tech and KSU.

  • Steve Saffel

    Steve Saffel has worked at Del Rey and Titan Books editing SF, fantasy, horror, and licensed fiction. He has collaborated with Eric Flint, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Graham Jones, Stan Lee, Robert McGinnis, David Morrell, Scott Sigler; and on Alien, Batman, Black Panther, Conan, Mass Effect, Spider-Man, Star Wars, among others.

  • Tony Sarrecchia

    Tony Sarrecchia creates audio dramas including the award winning Harry Strange Radio Drama, the Scarlett Hood Adventures, and the Lady Sherlock Mysteries. He also writes screenplays, novels, and short stories.

  • Kim Steadman

    Kim Steadman is a Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Systems Engineer for the Perseverance Rover Engineering Operations team and the Technical Group Supervisor for the Integrated Planning and Sequencing for Surface Missions group. She has also worked on Opportunity, Curiosity, and Cassini.

  • Mel Todd

    Bad Ash Publishing owner, Mel Todd has published over 40 stories. Between her Kaylid Chronicles, anthologies, Blood War, and Twisted Luck series she has over two million words published.

  • Jack Trammell

    Jack Trammell is professor, author, researcher, and student of the paranormal. His books and talks range from vampires to Artificial Intelligence.

  • R.R. Virdi

    R.R. Virdi is a USA Today bestselling author, 2 time Dragon Award-finalist, Nebula Award-finalist, and has published over 10 novels under science fiction and fantasy, including Tales of Tremaine.

  • 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.

  • 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 CrescentBlues.com, she is the author interviewer for Book Bale and a frequent contributor to the online convention ConTinual.

  • Sean Weiland

    Sean Weiland is the program manager for Kingsisle Entertainment, voice actor, award winning game developer, bartender and podcaster. He currently hosts Wasted Knowledge and Tipple Theory.

  • Dave West

    Dave West is an actor and interviewer who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock n' roll concerts. He can be found on the Needless Things YouTube channel.

  • Ben Yalow

    Ben Yalow has attended 900+ conventions, and worked on about a third of them, including co-chairing the 2023 Worldcon in Chengdu, China. He is also a Hugo nominated editor.

  • Mark Daniel Zoran

    Mark Zoran is an internationally recognized and award-winning restorer of screen-used creations, costume and prop creator and the creative mind behind Razorfly Studios.

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Announced: 01/17/2024

  • Curt Anderson

    Curt Anderson is a professional magician and speaker. He has performed across the country, around the world, and on worldwide television. His brand of performance is a fusion of magic, mental feats, and physical stunts that will leave you wondering what is real and what is magic.

  • Kevin Bachelder

    Kevin Bachelder's podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. He also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group, which puts on events to help new attendees.

  • D.J. Butler

    D..J. "Dave" Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, a corporate trainer, and a registered investment banking representative. He is now a Consulting Editor for Baen Books.

  • Kevin Cafferty

    Kevin Cafferty is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, head of creative at a Fortune 500 company, and podcaster.

  • R. E. Carr

    R.E. Carr is the award winning author of the Rules Undying series, as well as exploring horror comedy and science fiction over her 20+ year book career.

  • Freddy Clements

    Freddy Clements is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Jacksonville State University, where he taught classes in costume/makeup design and technology for the department of theatre and film. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in early 20th century corsetry and kilt construction.

  • Kacey Lyn Ezell

    Kacey Ezell is a retired helicopter pilot who writes multigenre speculative fiction. She is a two-time Dragon Award finalist for Best Alternate History and has written multiple bestselling novels.

  • Clay Gilbert

    Clay Gilbert has always believed in the power of the imagination to dissolve differences and forge connections between people. His most recent novel is the space fantasy Binary Sunset.

  • Dwayne Keith Goetzel

    Dwayne Goetzel is an Austin-based intellectual property attorney specializing in trademarks, copyrights, contracts, licensing, and trial work in those areas. He takes a special interest in politics and governance.

  • Darrell Z. Grizzle

    Darrell Z. Grizzle is a queer horror, urban fantasy, and thriller writer. He is the author of I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult.

  • K.T. Hanna

    K.T. Hanna is an author known for her series Somnia Online, Library System Reset, and System Apocalypse Australia (with Tao Wong). She is entirely powered by caffeine, Chipotle, and sarcasm.

  • John G. Hartness

    John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and editor from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple series, including the award winning Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series. He is also the publisher of Falstaff Books and founder of the SAGA Genre Fiction Writers' Conference.

  • Tony P Henderson

    Tony P. Henderson is a moderator, podcaster, and voice over artist known for the Tony P. Oddcast, In Addition, and Geek Vs podcasts.

  • Stuart Jaffe

    Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, the Max Porter paranormal mysteries, the Ridnight Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more.

  • G. S. Jennsen

    G.S. Jennsen is a bestselling author of 20+ novels and short stories. Starshine was named one of the best sci-fi novels by a woman in the last 50 years.

  • Gail Z Martin

    Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy, steampunk, and more. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and Night Vigil. Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, Chronicles of the NecromancerFallen Kings Cycle, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and Assassins of Landria.

  • Kenneth Newsome

    Dr Kenneth Newsome has been teaching science for 19 years in Virginia, while scientifically investigating the perceived paranormal events with the Centers for Paranormal Research and Investigation (CPRI).

  • Tamsin L. Silver

    Tamsin Silver is a fantasy author based out of Albuquerque, NM, with a background in theatre and education. She writes both historical fantasy (about Billy the Kid) and urban fantasy.

  • Allen Slonaker

    Slonaker has been involved in paranormal research, as a member of the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation (CPRI), since 2007 and currently serves as the Central Virginia Regional Director.

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Announced: 01/06/2024

  • Patrick Dugan

    Dugan is author of the award winning Darkest Storm Series (Falstaff Books), Stone Cold Witch, Never Steal From Dragons, The ShadowBlade Chronicles, and Watchers of Astaria series (Distracted Dragon Press).

  • 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.

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Announced: 01/05/2024

  • James Palmer

    James Palmer is an award winning writer of sci-fi and pulp adventure, author of the Shadow Council Archives series, and editor of the Monster Earth series and League of Monsters.

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