Guests

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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For a list of guests, performers, and attending professionals ordered by confirmation date:

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  • Kevin J. Anderson

    Kevin J. Anderson has published 140+ books, more than 50 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 novel, Clockwork Angels.

  • Dino Andrade

    Recently featured as Speedy Gonzales (New Looney Tunes) also Dino Andrade is Mekkatorque, Putricide & Mimiron (WoW), plus The Scarecrow (Batman: Arkham Asylum.). Other credits: Star Trek Online, Prey, Dishonored 2, Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter, Brutal Legend, Call Of Duty,Sophia the 1st, M*F*K*Z*, Hellsing Ultimate, and Pop (of Snap, Crackle and Pop)!

  • Dane Ault

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

  • Hawkings Austin

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

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  • Anjali Bhimani

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

  • Tom Biondolillo

    Tom Biondolillo, a Georgia-based comic artist and illustrator, has worked on titles such as: Alien versus Predator, Star Wars, Saint Germaine, Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance, Myst, Duke Nuk’em, Vampire, Mage, Shadowrun- For entities such as : Darkhorse, HASBRO, WOTC, TSR, SJGs, AEG, FASA, Random House, National Wildlife Service and more.

  • April Borchelt

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

  • BREED

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

  • Patricia L. Briggs

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

  • Ed Brisson

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

  • Jason Bulmahn

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

  • Bob Burden

    From the seminal days of Atlanta Fandom to the red carpet in Hollywood, Bob Burden created Atlanta's first super hero - Flaming Carrot - who rose from fanzine to spinning off into a major motion picture with Mysterymen.

  • Raychelle Burks

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

  • Jeff Burns

    Jeff Burns is the creator of superhero comedy series Super Knocked Up and host of geeky improv comedy show Super Geeked Up LIVE. He’s also the author of several sci-fi and fantasy books and moderates celebrity, fan, and Tabletop RPG panels at cons across North America. And secretly wishes he was an Ewok!

  • Jim Butcher

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

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  • Corey Castellano

    Corey Castellano is a professional makeup artist/designer who’s credits include: Sweet Girl, Into the Dark, Devil All The Time, Roswell, Ghosted, Lady and the Tramp, The Gifted, The Dirt, First Purge, Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean, War of the Worlds, Prestige, Crazies, GI Joe, X-Men, Buffy, and more.

  • Ciruelo

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

  • Freddy Clements

    Freddy Clements is professor of Drama and Faculty Costume designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, and advanced stage make-up He has also designed costumes for various theatres in the Southeast Region.

  • Hunter Cressall

    Hunter is a writer and director working in Birmingham Alabama. He, with his partners Brian Pace, David Woods and Phil Sutton run Obvious Notion a multimedia production company.

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  • Kathleen O'Shea David

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

  • Peter David

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

  • Keith R.A. DeCandido

    Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, in tons of licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own milieus in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the (mostly) real New York and Key West. He also writes about pop culture for Tor.com.

  • Mark Dos Santos

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

  • Margaret Downey-Schottmiller

    Margaret Downey created a character known as The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth. Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. 

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  • Scott Edgington

    Dr. Edgington is a Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory whose research specialties are giant planets, spectroscopy, and photochemistry. He is Cassini’s Deputy Project Scientist and Investigation Scientist for Cassini’s thermal infrared instrument. He is currently a Science Planning Integrator on the Mars InSight Mission.

  • Gigi Edgley

    Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress. She hosts https://www.twitch.tv/gigiedgleytv.

    Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including: FX's Feud, Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, Diminuendo, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Hashtag, Peacekeeper Wars, Beastmaster, Lost World, Star Trek Continues and Nexus.

  • Nick Eftimiades

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

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  • Mike Faber

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

  • Bill Fawcett

    Bill Fawcett has been games designing, writing, and editing since the early 80s. He has edited or co-edited over 40 science fiction anthologies. His non-fiction books include two Navy SEALs histories and books on mistakes in history. He is also a game and computer game designer.

  • Chandra Free

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

  • Esther Friesner

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

  • Jason Fry

    Jason Fry is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more than 40 other novels, short stories, and other works set in the galaxy far, far away. His other books include Minecraft: The Voyage and the young-adult space-fantasy series The Jupiter Pirates.

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  • Dr. Charles E. Gannon

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

  • Andrew E.C. Gaska

    Andrew E.C. Gaska is the Ennie and UKGE Award-winning settings and adventure writer for the ALIEN Role Playing Game. A sci-fi author and franchise consultant for 20th Century Studios, Drew has written for Predator, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, Buck Rogers, Space:1999, and Choose Your Own Adventure.



  • Annie Stegg Gerard

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

  • Gil Gerard

    Gil Gerard has starred in numerous successful made-for-television movies as well as feature films. He is best-known to SF audiences as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers in the SF TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. His other roles include several movie and TV series appearances. 

  • Justin Gerard

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

  • Michael Gordon

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

  • Stacey Gordon

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

  • Daniel Govar

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

  • Dr. Stephen Granade

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

  • Kevin Grazier

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

  • Matt Green

    Matt Green is a filmmaker as well as a creature and special effects coordinator. Matt taught animatronics and sculpture at the Tom Savini makeup effects school. He has directed nine feature films as well as a number of web commercials, music videos and short films.

  • Andrew Lee Griffith

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

  • Clay and Susan Griffith

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

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  • Jonathan Hallett

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

  • Robert E. Hampson

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

  • 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.

  • Ian Harris

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

  • A. J. Hartley

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

  • John G. Hartness

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

  • Tom Heintjes

    Tom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of the Eisner Award-winning Hogan's Alley magazine, one of the leading magazines on contemporary and classic cartooning. He is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and for years wrote biographical essays for Will Eisner’s Spirit magazine for Kitchen Sink Press.

  • Leanna Renee Hieber

    Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor and Kensington Books, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, The Eterna Files, Magic Most Foul, and The Spectral City series. An actress and playwright, Hieber has appeared on Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum.

  • Kenneth Hite

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

  • Bill Holbrook

    Bill Holbrook is the creator of three comic strips; the internationally syndicated On the Fastrack and Safe Havens which are distributed by King Features, and the internet’s longest-running daily webcomic Kevin & Kell.

  • 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.

  • George Hrab

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

  • Faith Hunter

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

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  • D.B. Jackson

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

  • Steve Jackson

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

  • Les Johnson

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

  • Dan Jolley

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

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  • Bill Keel

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

  • J. Gregory Keyes

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

  • Nancy Knight

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

  • Alethea Kontis

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

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  • Cheralyn Lambeth

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

  • Leo Leibelman

    Leo Leibelman began his professional career for Marvel comics in the pages of Savage Sword of Conan. Where he provided painted covers and interior artwork. From there, Leo went on to work for Acclaim comics. Working on such titles as Turok Dinosaur Hunter and Magic the Gathering.

  • Todd Lockwood

    Todd Lockwood is an illustrator and author, known for his fantasy art on novels, games, and CCGs. His dragon designs for 3rd edition D&D changed the way people see dragons. His debut novel, The Summer Dragon (DAW) released to rave reviews. He has a thing for dragons...

  • Leighann Lord

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

  • John Lotshaw

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

  • Comfort Love

    Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics. They also run an art studio called Team Comfort and Adam, and in 2020 will run their first massive Kickstarter for The Uniques Season 2.

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  • Jonathan Maberry

    Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestseller, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winning novelist, comic book writer, producer, and creator of the hit show V-WARS.

  • Erin P MacDonald

    Erin Macdonald (PhD, Astrophysics) is an internationally recognized space science expert, writer, speaker, and consultant. Her academic research background is in gravitational waves and general relativity. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is working as a writer and science consultant for the Star Trek franchise.

  • David Mack

    David Mack is an Emmy nominated, New York Times bestselling author and artist of Kabuki, writer of Daredevil, cover artist of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Jessica Jones, and Fight Club 2. He is the artist on Jessica Jones Netflix opening titles and Captain America The Winter Soldier film titles.

  • Don Maitz

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

  • Terry Mancour

    Terry Mancour is the New York Times best-selling author of the epic fantasy Spellmonger Series, with 12 books of a planned 30 book series published, as well as the ST:NG #20 novel Spartacus, two sequels to H. Beam Piper's novel Space Viking, and other works of sci-fi and fantasy.

  • Mari Mancusi

    Mari Mancusi is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy and paranormal novels, including The Scorched series and The Blood Coven Vampires. She is also a former Emmy award winning TV producer. She lives in Austin, TX.

  • Brianne Marie

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

  • Gail Z. Martin

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

  • Jason Massey

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

  • Georgia McBride

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

  • Eddie McClintock

    While most notable remembered for his role as Pete on Warehouse 13, you may also recognize Eddie McClintock from Agents of SHIELD, Supergirl, SHooter, Bones, and No Good Nick.

  • Mark Meer

    Mark Meer is known worldwide as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, the Vorcha, Niftu Cal and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Dragon Age and Baldur's Gate series, and player character William Mackenzie in Hinterland Studio's ungoing survival saga, The Long Dark.

  • Travis Scott Merrill

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

  • Sarah Milkovich

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

  • Rebecca Moesta

    Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.

  • Mikal Mosley

    Mikal Mosley is an accomplished actor, costumer and professional wrestler. He has built costumes professionally for several celebrities and works as a Costumer for the WWE when needed.

  • Dean Motter

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

  • James 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

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

  • Mohamed A Noor

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

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  • Kurt Opsahl

    Kurt Opsahl is the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. In addition to representing clients on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, Opsahl counsels on EFF projects and initiatives.

  • Zu Orzu

    Zu Orzu is an artist and animator who has worked on the DC Comics series Cover. Along with coloring the series, she did the art for the first issue's variant cover and is also the cover artist for Valiant Comics on titles such as X-O Manowar and Punk Mambo.

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  • James Dean Pascoe

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

  • Bob Pendarvis

    Bob is the original founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Sequential Art BFA and MFA programs (the first in the country). His ongoing ANA graphic novel series focusing on teaching girls how to be artists has been featured in USA TODAY online.

  • Diana Peterfreund

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

  • Lan Pitts

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

  • Van Allen Plexico

    Van Allen Plexico is an award-winning writer of novels, stories and comics, best known for the ten-volume Sentinels illustrated superhero novel series, the Shattering military SF/space opera series, and Cold Lightning comics. He also hosts podcasts on many SF & pop culture topics including The Mandalorian and James Bond.

  • Robert W Pope

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

  • Benny R Powell

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

  • Jenna M Powell

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

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  • Trina Ray

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

  • John D. Ringo

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

  • Corinne Roberts

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

  • Caleb Roehrig

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

  • Andy Runton

    Andy Runton is the creator of the all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring a little owl who's always searching for new friends. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.

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  • Noel Saabye

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

  • Steve Saffel

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

  • 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.

  • John Scalzi

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

    Scalzi's non-fiction books cover film, astronomy, writing and humor, and include the Hugo-winning essay collection Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded. He wrote three stories adapted for the first season of the Netflix series Love, Death and Robots, and has several other film/TV projects in development. His personal blog, Whatever, published since 1998, is one of the longest-running in the world. He plays the ukulele, poorly. He enjoys pie, and if he offers you a burrito, you should run. He lives in Ohio with his family and pets. He can't wait to see you at Dragon Con.




  • Catherine M. Scully

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

  • Dietrich O Smith

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

  • Anne Sowards

    Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Berkley imprints. Some of the great authors she’s worked with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, to name a few.

  • Kim Steadman

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

  • Jeanne C. Stein

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

  • Tj Sterling

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

  • S.M. Stirling

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

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  • Brian Urbanek

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

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  • Trevor S. Valle

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

  • Dr. Scott Viguié

    Dr. Scott Viguié holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and storytelling.  He is the creator of Dr. Geek's Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, The Science From Fiction Audio show; where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow.

  • Debbie Viguie

    Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series and two dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Witch Hunt trilogy, and the Kiss trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the science outreach show, Dr. Geek’s Lab.

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  • Mark H Wandrey

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

  • Garrett Wang

    Garrett Wang is best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager which ran from 1995 to 2001. He was keen to participate in a new role for the 2007 fan production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

  • Jean Marie Ward

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

  • H. C. Warner

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

  • David Weber

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

  • Toni Weisskopf

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

  • Michael Z. Williamson

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

  • Adam Withers

    Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics. They also run an art studio called Team Comfort and Adam, and in 2020 will run their first massive Kickstarter for The Uniques Season 2.

  • Janny Wurts

    Professional fantasy and SF author/illustrator, with nineteen novels, a short story collection, and thirty six works of short fiction. Wars of Light and Shadows series currently published by HarperCollins Voyager UK and the Empire series in collaboration with Ray Feist by Simon and Schuster.

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  • Derek Yaniger

    Derek Yaniger is a toothless hillbilly that’s got a way long history of scratchin’ out art for lots of king-sized bigwigs like Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. But nowadays he strictly digs the gigs that let him beat his own bongos.

  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

    In her 49-year-long career, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres. She is best-known for her Saint-Germain series of historical horror stories. She writes in a number of genres and under five different pseudonyms.

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  • Thomas F. Zahler

    Thom Zahler is a comicbook creator and animation writer. creating the Webtoons 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. He has written for Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.

  • Timothy Zahn

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

Cancellations

Due to professional commitments, the following previously confirmed guests will not be able to attend Dragon Con this year.

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