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.
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.
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.
Will Aymerich is the founder and owner of ATL Radio X, co-host of The K & A Show with Christina Kieffer, and former host of The Aymerich Show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doug Burbey, author of the Blood War urban fantasy series. Burbey served in the Army while having adventures around the world before retiring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celeste DeAngelis is the host of Which Game First: The Board Game Podcast. She has been active in the promotion, writing and running of games (and game events) across New England since 1992. Celeste, regularly covers gaming conventions across the U.S. with a focus on premiering games and up-and-coming designers.
Tracy Deonn is a young adult author, scholar, and geektivist. Her debut YA fantasy series, Legendborn, will be published Fall 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William F Fairchild
Bill Fairchild is a twitch streamer and podcaster. He's the host of multiple gaming podcasts including Nintendo Switch Craft, StadiaCast, RunJumpStomp, and 143 Pixels.
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.
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
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 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 is an author of Chasing Freedom, a Dragon Awards finalist in Apocalyptic Novel category, and The Product, a dystopian novella from Superversive Press.
Abigail Gardner is a podcaster, writer, and digital content creator. She is a host and producer of Yes Have Some Podcast, and is a leading voice in the Ghostbusters community.
Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose eccentric masks and bizarre original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Her costume projects are regularly exhibited across the U.S and Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Tristan Gibbon is one of the founding members of the Giant Sized Team Up Network’s evergreen show Botched: A D&D Podcast.
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 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.
Dwayne Keith Goetzel
Austin based intellectual property attorney Dwayne Goetzel specializes in trademarks, domain names, copyrights, licensing, and litigation relating to those fields.
Craig Goldberg is the host and producer of Yes Have Some Podcast. Founded in 2016, YHS has become a leading voice in the Ghostbusters fan and toy collecting communities.
Rachel Graves writes scary, sexy mysteries. Her books include Under a Blood Moon, Fire in Her Blood, Blood, Dirt, and Lies, and The Mermaid and the Murders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May Hemmer has been making her way around the country as well as internationally. This 2017 Miss Montreal Burlesque is not only a burlesque performer but a cosplayer.
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.
Rob Howell is a retired soda jerk, a reformed medieval academic, a writer in the Four Horsemen Universe, and created the Shijuren fantasy setting.
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!
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 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.
Since 2010 Bethany Michel has been traveling all over the US providing her makeup services to film productions and live events.
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.
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.
EM Kaplan writes humorous Josie Tucker mysteries, as well as the critically acclaimed Rise of the Mask high fantasy trilogy.
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.
Kavura, along with Nayr, are the hosts of StarPodTrek and, StarPodLog. She, along with fellow Trekkie Jen Foley also produce the regular podcast segment Ladies Trek Library.
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft. Chris' novels include the "Occupied Seattle" military fiction duology, "Theogony" and "Codex Regius" scifi trilogies, "War for Dominance" fantasy trilogy, and the #1 Amazon self-help book, "Self-Publishing for Profit."
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.
Historian, writer, reader/reviewer, and cat parent to four fuzzballs, Bethany Kesler is currently working on several things all at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
Dakota Krout is a bestselling author of fantasy and LitRPG with over 15 titles in his Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Nayr, along with Kavura, are the hosts of StarPodLog and StarPodTrek. Having attended, as well as presented, at literally hundreds of conventions, their panels are engaging, entertaining, and informative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Michael Ritchey
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.
Dennis Lee Robinson
Dennis Robinson is a professional podcaster and Twitch streamer for the past several years. He will excitedly be performing his podcast, Botched: A D&D Podcast live.
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.
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.
Alan’s novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, â€œA Clash of Eaglesâ€, won the Sidewise Award, and his books, Clash of Eagles, Eagle in Exile, Eagle and Empire, are available from Del Rey. 40+ stories in Asimov’s and other magazines. Also a NASA astrophysicist performing black hole research.
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.
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.
Daviorr Snipes is a Peabody Award winning stage, film, and voice over actor who has appeared in the BET Series, American Soul.
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.
Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan
Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan is a working filmmaker and a YouTuber. He is also the creator of the Trekspertise YouTube channel and the Wikisurfer Podcast.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Daisy Viktoria is a costume designer specializing in corsets and fairytale gowns with a historically inspired fantasy touch. Viktoria teaches classes on period costuming and research.
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.
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.
Alex White is a science fiction writer from the American South who enjoys taking photos, writing music, great makeup, and occasional blacksmithing.
Marie Whittaker is an award-winning essayist, cross-genre author, and the creator of The Adventures of Lola Hopscotch book series for kids.
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.
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.
Marisa Wolf is the co-author of Assassin and Hunter, and co-editor of Negotiation, all of which are a part of the bestselling Four Horsemen Universe.
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge writes award-winning novels, short fiction, and poetry. She’s edited six anthologies, seventy novels, and runs bookstore events. Find her in Wicked Weird, The Book of Twisted Shadows, HWA Poetry Showcase, Don’t Turn Out the Lights, and more. www.anovelfriend.com
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.