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.

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  • 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.

  • Brian D. Anderson

    Brian Anderson is the bestselling fantasy author of The Godling Chronicles, Dragonvein, The Sorcerer's Song, Akiri (with co-author Steven Savile), and is currently writing short fiction in the Conan the Barbarian Universe. His books have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and his audio books are perennially popular.

  • Curt Anderson

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

  • Kevin J. Anderson

    Kevin J. Anderson has published 170+ books, more than 58 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy trilogy, Clockwork Angels, with Neil Peart, legendary drummer from Rush.

  • Jon Armstrong

    Jon stars in the NetFlix's Magicians: Life in the Impossible. You have seen him amaze on The Today Show, cause Penn on CW's Penn and Teller's Fool Us to exclaim his act as “the most original I've ever seen!”, and wow Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

  • Eric R. Asher

    Eric R. Asher is the author of over 30 titles, including the Vesik urban fantasy series and the YA steampunk series, Steamborn. He is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri, where the local folklore often finds its way into his Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter rural fantasy series.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Aydin

    Andrew Aydin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner. Andrew is co-author with Rep. John Lewis of March and Run, co-writer of The March, VR experience for TIME Inc, and has written characters such as Captain America and Batman for Marvel and DC Comics.

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  • Andy Belanger

    Andy Belanger works as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator. He does work in the mainstream comic market, plus a wide variety of work for the Canadian Film and Television industry. In the mainstream comic market, Belanger has worked for such comic publishers as D.C. Comics, Wildstorm, Devil's Due, and Boom! 

  • Sweeney Boo

    Sweeney Boo is a comic artist and illustrator. When she's not busy drawing witchy girls and hairless cats, she works with various publishers. She is also the author and illustrator of graphic novel Eat, & Love Yourself, and Over My Dead Body out with Harper Collins.
  • Jennie Breeden

    Jennie Breeden is the creator of the journal webcomic The Devil's Panties which she had been posting daily since 2001.

  • Patricia L. Briggs

    Patricia Briggs is the #1 NYT Best Selling Author of both the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series. She lives near the Tri-Cities and often plays truant from her keyboard in favor of her ever growing herd of Arabian horses.

  • 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.

  • Madi Buckingham

    Madi Buckingham is a Historian on the Lore Team within Story & Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment. In the last five years, Madi has contributed to over 50 publications and 15 game credits crossing the universes of Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.

  • Jeff Burns

    Jeff Burns is the creator of superhero comedy series Super Knocked Up and the host of improv comedy show Super Geeked Up. He's also a sci-fi/fantasy author, contributing to anthologies and penning over thirty Riley Rose Erotica books when he's not traveling the galaxy with Spike Spiegel and Faye Valentine.

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  • Jessica Cage

    Jessica Cage is an International Award Winning, and USA Today Best Selling Author from Chicago, IL. She is an independent publisher who focuses on writing strong characters of color in fantasy. Jessica recently signed with Webtoon to produce exclusive content for their new reading app, Yonder.

  • Jack Campbell

    Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry), retired US Navy officer, writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, Genesis Fleet series, Lost Stars series, and steampunk meets high fantasy Pillars of Reality series. His latest books are Implacable, The Empress of the Endless Sea trilogy, and the Corsair comic series.

  • Michael Cho

    Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. Cho has drawn a few stories and a large variety of covers for publishers including Marvel, DC, Image, Boom and others. His first graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List.

  • Freddy Clements

    Freddy Clements is currently a Distinguished Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in Early Twentieth Century Corsetry, Kilt Construction and Costume Technology.

  • Sean Andrew Copeland

    Sean Copeland is the principal loremaster of Story & Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment leading its team of historians. His team guides all development partners so they can create award-winning games, goods, and cinematic content for our blockbuster franchises with confidence.

  • 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.

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  • Delilah S Dawson

    Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma and Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, The Violence, the Minecraft Mob Squad series, the Hit series, the Blud series, the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen), and the Tales of Pell, written with Kevin Hearne.

  • Keith R.A. DeCandido

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

  • Jeff Dekal

    Jeff Dekal is a freelance illustrator. After being educated about art history in college, he was inspired to focus more on figurative art. Dekal is currently working in the comic industry as a cover artist. His clients include Marvel, DC, Creature Entertainment, and Dark Horse.

  • Dan dos Santos

    Dan dos Santos is globally recognized for his illustrative work, gracing the covers of authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher and more. His distinctive style has helped shape what the Fantasy Art market is today.

  • 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 LibraryStar Trek TNG, and Hugo award-winning writer, Morgan Gendel (Planet 6).

  • Margaret Downey

    Margaret Downey has had a prolific career in skepticism creating unique events and services. Dressed in the character of a "Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse," she helps cure superstitions. Downey organizes and provides the costumes, banners, and signs for the Skeptics entry in the Dragon Con parade.

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  • Nick Eftimiades

    Nicholas Eftimiades is a professor at Penn State University, Homeland Security Program.​ He retired from a 34 year government career that included employment in the CIA, the Department of State, and Defense Intelligence Agency. ​Eftimiades has appeared as an expert on dozens of television and news shows.

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  • Bill Fawcett

    Bill Fawcett has packaged and edited over 400 Science Fiction novels and many history books including oral histories of the Navy SEALs. He co-authored the official Mycroft Holmes Mysteries. He's also written dozen non-fiction books, many on Mistakes in History. He founded Mayfair Games and designs board and computer games.

  • Matt Frank

    Matt Frank is known in both Japan and America as the "Kaiju King," having been an official Godzilla artist on comics, statues, and posters since 2011. He has also worked on Transformers, Ultraman, Gamera, Power Rangers, and original comics like Miss Medusa and State of the Monsters.

  • Chandra Free

    Chandra Free is the writer/artist of The God Machine graphic novel series, and co-founder of Machina Corpse, a spooky comics imprint. She's an illustrator on books like John Carpenter's Tales For A Halloween Night, Fraggle Rock, Graphic Canon. She is currently working as a character designer.

  • Esther Friesner

    Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner (Ph.D. Yale University), is the author of forty-one novels and over two hundred short stories. Editor of eleven anthologies, she is best known for the Chicks in Chainmail series (Baen Books). She is also the author of the Princesses of Myth YA series (Random House).

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  • Charles E. Gannon

    Dr. Charles E. Gannon's 20+ books have won the Dragon Award, the ALA Choice Award, the Compton Crook Award, and had multiple Nebula nominations. He is best known for the Caine Riordan series of hard sci-fi novels, novels in Eric Flint's 1632 and John Ringo's Black Tide Rising universes.

  • Andrew E.C. Gaska

    Andrew E.C. Gaska is the UKGE and Ennie award-winning settings/adventure writer for Free League Publishing's Alien RPG. A franchise consultant to 20th Century Studios on Alien, Predator, and POTA, he's also the lead writer on The Terminator RPG and two Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novels.

  • Annie Stegg Gerard

    Annie Stegg Gerard is a gallery artist and illustrator known for her mythical and captivating oil paintings of women, nature and mythological figures.

  • Justin Gerard

    Justin Gerard is an independent artist who has worked within the publishing and film industries providing illustrations for clients such as Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Sony, Riot, Blizzard, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast and Riotminds.

  • John Giang

    John is an acclaimed Cover and Concept Artist. John's covers include: Spider-Man, Batman, and Last Ronin. John's film credits include: Rogue One, Avengers, TMNT, and Transformers. John has jammed with Marvel, DC Comics, Paramount, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Hasbro.

  • Daniel Govar

    Daniel Govar is a comic, children's book, and fantasy artist known for covers & interiors (Star Wars, Marvel, DC, etc). Currently Daniel is the illustrator for Naomi Novik's 3-book Temeraire omnibus, Artist for various Star Wars Cards sets for Topps, and is releasing his second art book later this year.

  • Stephen Granade

    Stephen Granade is a physicist, writer, and interactive narrative designer specializing in robotics and machine learning. He was most recently on the Science Channel's NASA's Unexplained Files, and his game, Professor of Magical Studies, is out now from Choice of Games.

  • Kevin Grazier

    Kevin R. Grazier Ph.D. is a planetary physicist who was 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.

  • greendragon

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

  • Andrew Lee Griffith

    Andrew Lee Griffith is a pop culture artist best-known for his stints as the lead artist on books such as Transformers , G.I.Joe, Star Wars and Micronauts. He is currently working on a soon-to be announced creator owned project and has recently provided art for Magic the Gathering.

  • Clay Shepard Griffith

    Clay Griffith (with wife, Susan) is the co-author of the Vampire Empire series, the Crown & Key trilogy, and Flash: The Haunting Of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation Of Vipers. He is a comic book writer for characters such as The Tick and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

  • Susan Anna Griffith

    Susan Griffith is the co-author of fantasy fiction including the Vampire Empire series, Crown & Key trilogy, and The Flash: The Haunting Of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation Of Vipers. She is a comic book writer for characters such as The Tick and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

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  • Robert E. Hampson

    Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a world-renowned Neuroscientist, leading a team to develop the first prosthetic device for restoration of human memory. He is also an SF author with five novels, two anthologies, and 50 works of short fiction and nonfiction.

  • Ian P Harris

    The skeptic comedian Ian Harris is known for his biting social commentary on third-rail subjects. If you cannot prove it with science, Harris will likely poke holes in it... in a hysterical way. Clever comedy, science, social commentary, characters, and sometimes impressions!

  • AJ Hartley

    A.J. Hartley (AKA Andrew Hart) is the bestselling author of 25 novels including Hideki Smith, Burning Shakespeare, Cold Bath Street, Impervious, Steeplejack, and, with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, Sekret Machines. He is Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte, and has a J-rock YouTube channel.

  • 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.

  • Matthew L Hawkins

    Matthew Hawkins is a maker, paper toy artist and illustrator. Hawkins weaves humor and energy into bold, whimsical art for humorous and often surprising results. He has made work Disney, DC, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, Sega and WWE.

  • Leanna Renee Hieber

    Actress, ghost tour guide and award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy fiction and paranormal non-fiction such as A Haunted History of Invisible Women for Tor and Kensington Books. A 4-time Prism award winner, Hieber has been featured on Mysteries at the Museum and Beyond the Unknown.

  • 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, and DC Comics, to name a few.

  • Bill Holbrook

    Bill Holbrook is the creator of three daily comic strips: On the Fastrack features the modern office through the eyes of Dethany, the corporate Goth. Safe Havens is a science fiction fantasy set in a genetics lab. In 1995 he launched Kevin & Kell, now the longest running daily webcomic.

  • 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.

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  • J. Gonzo

    J. Gonzo is a Chicano Comicbook Artist best known as the writer and artist of his own title La Mano del Destino (self-published singles; collected edition – Image Comics) and the artist of La Voz de MAYO: Tata Rambo.

  • 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 Radiants supernatural thriller series. He has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University.

  • Steve Jackson

    Steve Jackson has been designing games for 45 years and has no plans to stop. His creations include Munchkin, Illuminati, the GURPS and Fantasy Trip role-playing systems, Ogre, Car Wars, and Zombie Dice. He is a citizen of the Internet until Texas cleans up its act.

  • Van Jensen

    Van Jensen is an acclaimed comic book writer. He has crafted stories for Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, James Bond and many others. His original series and graphic novels include ARCA, Two Dead, Cryptocracy and Pinocchio Vampire Slayer.

  • Les Johnson

    Les Johnson is a physicist, author, and NASA technologist. His recent books include A Traveler's Guide to the Stars (Princeton Press) , Saving Proxima, The Spacetime War, and The Ross 248 Project (Baen). He leads two NASA space missions and was featured in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic.

  • EK Johnston

    EK Johnston is the critically acclaimed, New York Times Bestselling author of multiple YA novels, as well as a writer of Stars Wars and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves tie-ins.

  • Dan Jolley

    Dan Jolley has written professionally for 30+ years in comic books, video games, children's books, and novels. He is most well-known for co-creating the Jason Rusch incarnation of DC Comics' character Firestorm, co-writing the narrative for the game Dying Light, and scripting the Eisner-nominated graphic novel JSA: The Liberty Files.

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  • Bill Keel

    Astronomer Bill Keel, is 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.

  • Jason Keith

    Jason Keith is an Eisner Award nominated color artist, who for the past 15 years has colored exclusively for Marvel Comics. Credits include The Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider, Ultimate Avengers, Star Wars, and Darth Vader

  • 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).

  • Gini Koch

    Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh, and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, as well as many other novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories in all the genres and under a variety of pen names, including G.J.Koch, Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch.

  • Mike Kunkel

    Cartoonist Mike Kunkel has worked for nearly 30 years in Animation and Publishing drawing cartoon stories for Film, TV and Comics. He's won the Annie Award for Best Character Design in an Animated TV Production and is the creator of the 2-time Eisner Award-winning comic series Herobear and The Kid.

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  • Cheralyn Lambeth

    Cheralyn is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, The Hunger Games), TV shows (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Legacies), & live/interactive properties (Star Trek: The Experience, Avenue Q). She also currently holds the Guinness World Record for Largest Collection of Finger Puppets.

  • 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. 

  • Leighann Lord

    Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian who has performed at Dragon Con for several years. She is the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do it Standing Up. Leighann has also co-hosted on StarTalkRadio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson. She has been seen on Comedy, HBO & Showtime.

  • Lothlenan Lothlenan

    Lothlenan (Andrea Tamme) is a Canadian/Estonian illustrator known for her clever recreations of famous historical paintings. She is also a YouTuber and comic artist, with several published works under her belt.

  • Comfort Love

    Comfort and Adam are an award-nominated comic creating team. Their acclaimed series The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark put them on the map, and they also wrote/illustrated The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House) Kitty Game (with artist Corinne Roberts).

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  • Mari Mancusi

    Mari Mancusi is the award-winning author of over 30 books for kids, teens, and adults. She writes Frozen novels for Disney Press as well as sci-fi/fantasy books for other major publishers. An Emmy-award-winning former TV news producer, she also writes branching narrative fiction for mobile gaming companies.

  • Gail Z. Martin

    Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy, steampunk and more for Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and Night Vigil. Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, Chronicles Of The Necromancer, Fallen Kings Cycle, Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and Assassins of Landria.

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    Kevin McLaughlin is the multiple USA Today bestselling author of over 100 SF&F novels. He loves traveling around the world to help teach newer authors the art and craft of producing books readers love!

  • Mark Meer

    Mark is known worldwide for his work on Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy, voicing Commander Shepard, the Vorcha, and more. Other voice credits include the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, ChaosForge's Jupiter Hell and Starro the Conquerer in WB Games' Gotham Knights.

  • Sarah M Milkovich

    Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich is a scientist and an engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has spent over 15 years exploring the solar system with a variety of spacecraft. Milkovich enjoys sharing the stories of the people behind the robots.

  • John Jackson Miller

    New York Times bestselling author and Dragon Award winner John Jackson Miller has written novels and comics in many universes. Star Trek novels include Strange New Worlds: The High Country; Star Wars works include Kenobi and Knights of the Old Republic; plus titles for Battlestar Galactica, Halo, and Mass Effect.

  • James Minz

    James Minz has worked in genre publishing for 30 years, first at Tor for more than a decade, then briefly at Del Rey, until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein's birth, landing at Baen Books, where he is currently Executive Editor and Director of Subsidiary Rights.

  • Andrea Lorenzo Molinari

    Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Ph.D. is co-writer of The Shepherd series with Scout Comics and editorial director. He was submissions editor/ editor for Caliber Comics, an editor for Amigo Comics, and has edited books published by Action Lab Entertainment, Behemoth, Second Sight, Cosmic Times, and Lev Gleason's New Friday Comics .

  • Tony Moy

    Tony Moy is an international comic artist known for The 4Forty2nd. He creates artwork for D&D, X-files, and more. He teaches watercolor and streams on Twitch and Paint Bros.

  • 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.

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  • Bobby Nash

    Bobby Nash is an award-winning author (comic books, novels, short stories, screenplays, audio). On occasion, he acts in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor, but every once in a while they let him speak.

  • Larry Niven

    Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Larry Niven is a legend in the field of science fiction. Among his many stories and novels are Ringworld and The Magic Goes Away. He co-authored such best-sellers as The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall and the Bowl of Heaven novels.

  • Nooligan

    HaiNaNu "nooligan" Saulque is an artist, comic creator, and graphic designer based in Sacramento, Ca.  From the cartoons of his youth to films he missed by decades, from golden age comics to classic newspaper strips, you will find a creator who has immersed himself in what he loves.

  • Mohamed Noor

    Dr. Mohamed Noor is a professor and vice-provost at Duke University and a contracted science consultant for the Star Trek universe. He merges his passions by teaching genetic and evolutionary concepts using depictions from Star Trek in the classroom, in writings, in online videos, and in-person presentations at conventions.

  • 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.

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  • Ande Parks

    Ande Parks is an American comic book artist, known for his works as an inker and writer. His greatest notoriety comes from his stint with fellow artist Phil Hester on DC Comics' Green Arrow series, and writing the graphic novels Union Station and Capote in Kansas by Oni Press.

  • Mark A Pennington

    Mark Pennington's art career started at Hasbro designing GI Joe action figures. Three years later moved on to freelance art, inking comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and various others. He also illustrated for gaming cards, children's books, educational books and is currently illustrating Carson of Venus.

  • Lan Pitts

    Lan Pitts was born in Atlanta, now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he writes comics and is a Staff Writer for Gamespot. He loves wrestling, The Simpsons, 1980s' animation. He's written for several entertainment sites for almost 20 years and has been writing comics for what feels for so much longer.

  • 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.

  • Robert Pope

    Cartoonist/animator Robert Pope draws the Peanuts gang for Simon and Schuster and Looney Tunes for DC. He's drawn Scooby-Doo, Batman, Powerpuff Girls and more for DC, IDW, as well as animating for CN classics Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Animaniacs, The Brak Show and others!

  • Cherie M. Priest

    Cherie Priest is the author of more than two dozen books and novellas, including the Booking Agents mysteries (Grave Reservations and Flight Risk), southern horror novel The Toll, acclaimed gothic Maplecroft, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series, beginning with Boneshaker.

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  • Trina L. Ray

    Trina Ray is the Deputy Science Manager and 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), starting her career working on Voyager.  She invited to speak around the nation.

  • Corinne Roberts

    Corinne Roberts is an illustrator working in comics and children's books (Bug Bites, Drawing Dragons, the Out and About series, Kitty Game and Unreal Estate). She teaches throughout Michigan and continues her passion of painting in watercolor and pen.

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  • Steve Saffel

    Steve Saffel has been in publishing for decades including at Titan Books acquiring SF, fantasy, horror, and illustrated books. He's the fiction editor for Alien and Predator novels, books based on Marvel Comics (including Black Panther), the Conan fiction, and novels based on Gears of War and Mass Effect.

  • 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 Flash Forward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and he was one of the writers for that program.

  • Anne Sowards

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Jamie Tyndall

    Jamie Tyndall is a Canadian - American Comic book cover artist. He is the founder and co creator of Absolute Comics and Merc Publishing with such titles as Miss Meow, Deathrage, Born of Blood and many more.

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  • Urbnpop

    Chris Hamer aka URbnpop Is an Georgia Based Artist, Who Paints, Draws Comics and Envisions the world in a Very different way.

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  • Trevor Valle

    Trevor Valle is a paleontologist, science writer, and professional DM who has appeared on Doomsday: 10 Ways The World Will End and Mammoths Unearthed, as well as a TTRPG writer, Actual Play regular, the dinosaur creator for Atlas Games' Plangea D&D setting, and Creative Director of the GeekyJerseys D&D jerseys.

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  • Jean Marie Ward

    Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. 

  • Toni Weisskopf

    Toni Weisskopf has been the publisher of Baen Books since 2006. Baen is known for its innovative e-publishing program, which has expanded under Weisskopf's leadership to include titles from other publishers. She is interested in space science and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Interstellar Research Group.

  • Adam Withers

    Comfort and Adam are an award-nominated comic creating team. Their acclaimed series The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark put them on the map, and they also wrote/illustrated The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House) Kitty Game (with artist Corinne Roberts).

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  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

    Literary Guest of Honor, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold over 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres in her 57-year-long career,. 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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  • Thomas Zahler

    Thom Zahler is a comic book creator and animation writer. He created the Line Webtoons hit series Cupid's Arrows and Warning Label as well as the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes (recently with new volumes Home for the Holidays and In the Time of Covid).

  • Timothy Zahn

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

  • Jim Zub

    Jim Zub is a writer, artist, and art instructor who has worked for a wide array of publishing, movie, and video game clients, including Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and a professor teaching drawing and storytelling courses in Seneca College's award-winning Animation program.


The following previously confirmed guests are unfortunately not able to attend this year’s Dragon Con.

  • Rebecca Moesta