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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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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