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  • Mary Abreu

    Author Mary Abreu has worked as a seamstress for the film and TV industry, including Fox's Sleepy Hollow, and has wardrobe department credits on two short films.

  • Jeanne P Adams

    Jeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, UF, paranormal, and space adventure. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and hailed as “Best Suspense of the Year!”

  • Stephen Adams

    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.

  • Day A Al-Mohamed

    Day Al-Mohamed is author of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, and a regular host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot. Her most recent novella is The Labyrinth’s Archivist.

  • Michael J. Allen

    A USA Today bestselling sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Michael J. Allen has released 16 novels in space opera as well as urban, contemporary, and western fantasy.

  • 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. 

  • Roger Altizer

    Dr. Roger Altizer makes and teaches people to make games for fun and human good. He’s helped students find work at studios ranging from Blizzard to Zenimax.

  • Lou Anders

    Lou Anders is the author of Once Upon a Unicorn, the Thrones & Bones trilogy, and Star Wars: Pirate’s Price. He has designed RPGs for numerous game companies.

  • Brian D Anderson

    After a stellar career as an indie author, Brian D. Anderson has been snatched up by Tor Book with a three book deal. 

  • Corey Applegate

    Corey Applegate is a travel professional who is currently working for Pixie Dusted Travel and Events. She is also a member of the Mandalorian Mercs and writes for their website.

  • Ken Applegate

    Ken Applegate is the owner and DJ of Mad Hatter Music and Crafts. He will be the DJ for the Kids Dance hosted by the Kids Track.

  • 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

  • Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of two epic fantasy series, the Castes and the OutCastes and the Chronicles of William Wilde

  • Will Aymerich

    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

    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.

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  • Kevin Bachelder

    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.

  • Michael R Bailey

    Michael Bailey has been podcasting since 2007 and currently runs The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network. He currently co-hosts WGBS LIVE for the Homepage.

  • 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.

  • Griffin Barber

    Griffin Barber gets around in Eric Flint's 1632 series, but also in several anthologies across the spectrum of SF. 2nd Chance Angel, coauthored Kacey Ezell, is forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing.

  • Amy A Bartol

    Amy A. Bartol is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Secondborn Series, The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.”

  • Ariana Bauer

    Ariana Bauer is a sewing teacher and cosplayer who focuses on teaching cosplayers how to make costumes that fit their body and make them feel great while looking amazing.

  • Aretta Baumgartner

    Aretta Baumgartner is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask, movement. She’s proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

  • Daniel K Beahn

    Daniel Beahn is the Lead Art Producer for ZeniMax Online Studios. He has worked on The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Skyrim, Fallout Shelter, and many others.

  • Davey Beauchamp

    Davey Beauchamp is an artist and librarian. His art has been used for Doctor Who, Los Bastardz Productions, Falstaff Books, and Scaldcrow Games for book covers.

  • R. S. Belcher

    R.S. Belcher is a former private investigator, journalist, and editor. He is author of the Golgotha, Nightwise, the Brotherhood of the Wheel series, and the Queen's Road series.

  • Evan Bernstein

    Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning science podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He is also a co-host of Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast.

  • Kaitlin Bevis

    Kaitlin Bevis is best known as the author of the young adult Greek mythology series, The Daughters of Zeus and the young adult horror story, Blood and Other Matter.

  • Alexa Black

    Alexa Black got her start in the film industry as a seamstress and tailor, creating costumes for productions like Venom, Stranger Things, Doom Patrol, and Pride & Prejudice.

  • Jennifer Blackstream

    Jennifer Blackstream is a bestselling author. She has made a writing career out of watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and from research into mythology and fairy tales.

  • Bobby Blackwolf

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

  • David Boop

    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.

  • Bill Bridges

    Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer most known for developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness and the Fading Suns science-fiction universe.

  • Matthew J. Brown

    Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D is a scholar of comics and pop culture. He is co-editor of More Critical Approaches to Comics and has organized an academic conference at Dragon Con.

  • Douglas Burbey

    Doug Burbey, author of the Blood War urban fantasy series. Burbey served in the Army while having adventures around the world before retiring.

  • Tyra A Burton

    Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of  Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media and the creator of The Geeky Side and Geek Meets Social podcasts.

  • D.J. Butler

    D.J. (Dave) Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, an editor, and a corporate trainer. His novels include Witchy Eye, The Cunning Man, The Kidnap Plot, and many more.

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  • Kenneth G Carpenter

    Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is currently the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Project Scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

  • Alison Carrier

    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.

  • Jeffrey A. Carver

    Jeffrey Carver is a Nebula-nominated SF novelist, author of The Chaos Chronicles and Battlestar Galactica. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including Eternity’s End

  • Kara J Chappell

    Formerly a freelance writer for White Wolf's Vampire the Masquerade and senior litigation paralegal, Kara Chappell is the FOIA Coordinator for Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VB DHS).

  • Luke Chmilenko

    Luke Chmilenko is best known for two blockbuster series, Ascend Online and The Shattered Reigns which have received critical acclaim by readers everywhere! 

  • Kelly Lynn Colby

    Kelly Lynn Colby is a fantasy writer as well as the Editorial Director of Cursed Dragon Publishing, LLC. She hosts the Writers Meetup on Friday night.

  • Ellie Collins

    Ellie Collins is a writer, voice actor, and game master based in Atlanta. Her horror audio drama, The Blood Crow Stories, has spanned four seasons and numerous live shows. 

  • Harmon Cooper

    Harmon Cooper is a bestselling independent author of Way of the Immortals, Cherry Blossom Girls, House of Dolls, Pilgrim, and Death's Mantle.

  • Jason Cordova

    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.

  • Aaron Crash

    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. 

  • Stephanie Crugnola

    A story-teller at heart, Stephanie Crugnola is a figure skater turned author, actress, and podcaster. She focuses on using her technical and performance background to create well-rounded, grounded characters.

  • 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.

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  • Veronica Dashell

    Veronica Dahshell is half of the husband and wife puppetry team, Felt Nerdy! She and her husband Charles Kelso can be see at contentions across the Southeast.

  • 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.

  • Walter Dean

    Walter Dean is a premier costume designer who specializes in custom-made costumes for the cosplayer in you. He has been spotlighted in many publications and interviews.  

  • Celeste DeAngelis

    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

    Tracy Deonn is a young adult author, scholar, and geektivist. Her debut YA fantasy series, Legendborn, will be published Fall 2020. 

  • Heather Dobson

    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.

  • Cecilia Dominic

    By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this USA Today bestselling author writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime.

  • Addie Dove

    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.

  • Jordan T. Duncan

    Jordan Duncan is a paranormal investigator of 12 years in the Atlanta area. He is also a historian, podcaster, and vlogger.

  • Sydney Duncan

    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.

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  • Marc Alan Edelheit

    Marc Edelheit is an accomplished fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction author with 12 national bestsellers, including the award-winning Chronicles series, The Karus Saga, and Tales of the Seventh.

  • Mike Ellison

    An actor, improviser, and podcaster, Mike Ellison is best known for his role as Jebeddo on the D&D liveplay podcast Adventure Incorporated

  • Dax ExclamationPoint

    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. 

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  • Jim Farmer

    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

  • Declan Finn

    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

  • Rob Fitz

    Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist and film director with 25 years experience. Recently, he's worked on films like Patriots Day, Castle Rock, and Shrine, to name a few.

  • Dustin M. Fletcher

    Dustin Fletcher is a specialty costumer for film and television focusing on the superhero and horror genres and co-DM of D4.  

  • John L. Flynn

    Dr. John Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay.

  • Marina Fontaine

    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.

  • Barr Foxx

    Barr Foxx is an award-winning cosplay artist, television/film producer, and influencer. His national brand, Cosplay Your Way, encourages individuals to cosplay regardless of race, size, age, experience, or gender.

  • Anthony Francis

    By day, Anthony Francis teaches robots to learn; by night, he writes science fiction and draws comic books. His latest novel is Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine.

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  • Abigail Gardner

    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. 

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Hanne Madeleine Gates Paine

    Hanne Madeleine Gates Paine is an acclaimed language educator, specializing in classes in constructed languages from fiction. She created a state-of-the-art online dictionary and the first immersion curriculum for Lang Belta, a future creole spoken on The Expanse, and has taught engaging, effective workshops all over North America and Europe.

  • Tristan Gibbon

    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

    Clay Gilbert has published 11 novels: the Children of Evohe tetralogy, The Kind, Pearl, Eternity, Dark Road to Paradise, and Cassie's Song.

  • Jennifer Gilley

    Jennifer Gilley is an artist from Virginia who concentrates her work around body arts including prosthetics, special effects, body painting, tattooing and illustrating at her studio, Sundog Art Studios.

  • Seressia Glass

    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.

  • Thomas Michael Gofton

    Thomas Gofton founded Lynnvander Studios producing the series The Gamers: Natural One and Nights at the Round Table. He has designed several tabletop games.

  • Craig Goldberg

    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. 

  • Tony Gowell

    Tony Gowell is a moderator for Dragon Con.

  • Rachel Graves

    Rachel Graves writes scary, sexy mysteries. Her books include Under a Blood Moon, Fire in Her BloodBlood, Dirt, and Lies, and The Mermaid and the Murders.

  • Craig B Greathouse

    Dr. Craig Greathouse is a Professor of Political Science at the University of North Georgia. He is an expert in issues of European and American security issues, strategic culture, international relations theory, and cyber war.

  • Andrew Greenberg

    Best known for his work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association and Georgia Esports League. 

  • Mikey Grenier

    Mikey G is a published game designer, panelist on the Which Game First Podcast, and an avid gamer and playtester.

  • Karl T Grindal

    Karl Grindal is a policy analyst and information security researcher based in Atlanta, GA. He is a collaborator with the Internet Governance Project and Sam Nunn Security Fellow.

  • 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.

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  • L.J. Hachmeister

    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.

  • Valerie Hampton

    Dr. Valerie Hampton, a historical archaeologist, author, and Indie film producer, founded the AS for Neo-Medievalism, speaks on the intersection between popular fantasy and history, founded many conventions including Conan's Riddle and GoT's Ice & Fire Con. Creator of GrimSisters Production Co, working on a feature films and other projects.

  • Scott Harris

    Scott Harris is the staff planetary geologist at Fernbank Science Center and the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 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.

  • Will Harris

    Will Harris is a paleontologist, educator, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter, researcher, and educator to entertaining and educational discussions.

  • William Hayashi

    William Hayashi is an award-winning screen writer, and author of short stories and novels, and has been the host of the Genesis Science Fiction Radio Show.

  • M. Haynes

    M. Haynes is the mind behind the popular Elemental novel series, an educator, a blogger, and public speaker who hopes to show that everyone has the elements of a hero.

  • May Hemmer

    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.

  • Nick Householder

    Nick Householder is an aerospace engineer, television host, and fabricator. He is best known for his work designing and building science demos featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

  • Rob Howell

    Rob Howell is a retired soda jerk, a reformed medieval academic, a writer in the Four Horsemen Universe, and created the Shijuren fantasy setting.

  • John Hudgens

    John Hudgens is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed documentaries and short films. His work on licensed properties includes Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

  • Daniel S Humphreys

    Daniel Humphreys is the Amazon bestselling author of the Z-Day series of post-apocalyptic sci-fi thrillers and the Paxton Locke urban fantasy series. 

  • Walter H. Hunt

    Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction author. He has written military SF as well as novels on mesmerism, the Templars, and in the world of 1632. 

  • 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!

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  • Kevin Ikenberry

    Kevin Ikenberry is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and sci-fi writer. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the bestselling Four Horsemen Universe.

  • Alan Isom

    Alan Isom began his adventure with science fiction and fantasy literature as it should begin: with JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Cayn Trilogy is Alan's first published work.  

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  • JackMonkey FX

    Since 2010 Bethany Michel has been traveling all over the US providing her makeup services to film productions and live events.

  • Chris A. Jackson

    Chris Jackson is the author of over 20 novels in fantasy, sci-fi, horror, gaming, and media tie-in. He's written in the Pathfinder, Iron Kingdoms, Arkham Horror, Shadowrun, Starfinder, and Traveller gaming IP's. 

  • Kristin Jackson

    Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print/digital designer, working in the film industry as an artist, set photographer, and social media manager. She's the Director of Communications/Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures.

  • Stuart Jaffe

    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. 

  • Justin Jones

    Justin Jones is a prolific independent producer in the genre space focusing high production value film and television series projects.  

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  • Christopher Kao

    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

    EM Kaplan writes humorous Josie Tucker mysteries, as well as the critically acclaimed Rise of the Mask high fantasy trilogy. 

  • Charlie Kaufman

    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

    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.

  • Philip Daniel Keating

    Philip D Keating is the creator of Botched Podcast, host on Breaking the Panel, Twitch streamer, and partner of the Giant Size Team Up Network.

  • Charles Kelso

    Charles Kelso is half of the husband and wife puppetry team Felt Nerdy. They have been performing at conventions across the southeast for over seven years.

  • Chris Kennedy

    A Webster Award winner and three-time Dragon Award finalist, Chris Kennedy is an author, speaker, and small-press publisher who has written over 25 books and published more than 100 others.

  • Darin Kennedy

    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.

  • Bethany Kesler

    Historian, writer, reader/reviewer, and cat parent to four fuzzballs, Bethany Kesler is currently working on several things all at the same time.

  • Hans Klein

    Dr. Hans Klein is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include internet governance, information warfare, and internet and democracy.

  • Aleron Kong

    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

    Dakota Krout is a bestselling author of fantasy and LitRPG with over 15 titles in his Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series.

  • Jessica Kupferman

    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.

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  • Meredith Langford

    Meredith Langford is a shark biologist with the Coastal Carolina University Shark Project. As a member of the lab she heads research on the migration of the Spiny Dogfish Shark.

  • Alex LaVelle

    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.

  • DN Lee

    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.

  • Marc Lee

    Marc Lee is a moderator for Dragon Con.

  • Laura Levy

    Laura Levy is Research Director of GEAR (Gaming & Esports Applied Research) at Georgia Tech and an engineering psychologist specializing in esports, game design, AR/VR, and human-computer interaction research.

  • Rob Levy

    Rob Levy is a pop culture writer, podcaster, and blogger who has been published in several books and appears on several podcasts including Weekend Justice for needcoffee.com.

  • Allyssa A Lewis

    Allyssa A. Lewis is a prime-time television Emmy winning animator most noted for her animation on over 75 episodes and promos of FX's EMMY winning series Archer.

  • 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.

  • J.F. Lewis

    Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that get him into trouble.

  • Philip Ligon

    Philip Ligon is the author of the steampunk-fantasy Engine trilogy and the Falconbone Chronicles. The King's Regret was nominated for a 2019 Dragon Award.

  • K.A. Linde

    K.A. Linde is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels with a million books in circulation. Her breakout paranormal romance series Blood Type released with Random House.

  • Jeffrey Falcon Logue

    Falcon is a professional indie author, video game maker, woodcarver, chef, plot developer, game writer, music composer, former pre-med and genetics student, and inventor.

  • 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.

  • Tara Lynne

    Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con and is host of the Geek Saga podcast.

  • Courtney Lytle

    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. 

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  • David Maass

    Dave Maass is a senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a Visiting Professor of Media Technology at the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism.

  • David Mack

    David Mack is an award-winning and bestselling author of 36 novels and numerous short works of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure. His credits span television, film, and comic books. 

  • Megan Mackie

    Megan Mackie has published four novels including The Finder of the Lucky Devil, The Saint of Liars, Death and the Crone, and Saint Code: The Lost through eSpec Books. 

  • Terry Maggert

    An author of more than 30 titles across four genres, Terry Maggert is an international bestseller who writes about witches, space warfare, and everything in between.

  • Matthew Charles Malis

    Matthew is an established podcaster with several credits to his name. His longest running show is “Polyhedron”, a RPG discussion podcast. He is the editor for Warhammer 40k podcast, “The Grimdark Podcast”, and is a cast member within the Simulacra Studios Actual Play family.

  • Mandah

    Mandah is a special effects and theatrics makeup artist working professionally in theatre, film, and haunted houses. She is also a costume designer, fabricator, and motivational panelist.

  • Lisa Manifold

    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.

  • Thomas Mariani

    Thomas Mariani is a writer and host of the podcast Double Edged Double Bill. He is a born geek with a bit of nerd mixed in for good measure.

  • Mike Massa

    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

  • Melissa McArthur

    Melissa McArthur is the Associate Publisher at Falstaff Books. She's an author and editor who has worked with presses and authors worldwide. 

  • T.C. McCarthy

    T.C. McCarthy is an award-winning and critically acclaimed southern author whose latest science fiction book, Tyger Burning, was published in 2020. The sequel, Tyger Bright, will be available in 2021.

  • Samantha McVey

    Samantha McVey is a social worker and the co-host of the show Stuff Mom Never Told You. She has spoken at the Podcast Movement 2019 and She Podcasts! conferences.

  • Joseph Edward Meany

    Chemist and author Joseph Meany, The Crimson Alchemist, is a researcher for the Savannah River National Laboratory. His expertise in materials science and interest in space combine forces as a board member for the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

  • 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. 

  • Christopher G Moore

    Christopher G. Moore is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and podcast cohost for Horror News Radio and Heroes and Droids. He cowrote the popular web series Mario Warfare and is known for his cosplay, Doctor Stranger Things. He's currently on a film fest tour with his newest horror short, Backward Creep.

  • Scottye Moore

    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!

  • David Moscato

    David Moscato is a paleontologist, science writer, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter and researcher to entertaining and educational discussions.

  • Colm Mulcahy

    Colm Mulcahy is a mathematician long at Spelman College, in Atlanta. He is Vice President of Gathering 4 Gardner, which works to promote the intellectual legacy of Martin Gardner (1914-2010).

  • Bill Mulligan

    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.

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  • Nash

    nash leads EFF's grassroots, student, and community organizing efforts. As the lead coordinator of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, nash works to support the Alliance's member organizations in educating their neighbors on digital-privacy best practices, and advocating for privacy and innovation protecting policy and legislation.

  • Nayr

    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.

  • Neon the Glowgobear

    Neon the Glowgobear is an Atlanta based DJ who performs all over North America and brings his high energy frequencies to the Spectrum Party

  • James Nettles

    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.

  • Morgon Newquist

    Morgon Newquist is the cofounder of Silver Empire Publishing, publisher of the best up and coming science fiction and fantasy authors, including five Dragon Award nominated authors. 

  • Russell Newquist

    Russell Newquist is the owner and operator of Silver Empire Publishing, publishers of science fiction and fantasy novels. Silver Empire has published dozens of the best new SFF authors.

  • Alec Niccum

    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. 

  • L.H. Nicole

    L.H. Nicole is a young adult fantasy author whose stories feature strong, independent female leads, epic adventures, fantasy worlds, and creatures and unforgettable heroes. 

  • Russell Patrick Nohelty

    Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author of novels and graphic novels. He has raised over $125,000 on Kickstarter across nine projects, including three that have raised over $25,000.

  • Jay Novella

    Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer, author, producer, and host. He is best known for The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 science podcast.

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  • Bishop O'Connell

    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.

  • Corinne O'Flynn

    Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and mystery stories. She loves all flavors of paranormal but always finds herself drawn back to witches.

  • 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.

  • A.B. Osborne

    A.B. Osborne is an Animation Professor at Augusta University, where he built the newly launched Animation program. Osborne is currently developing an animated series called the Forest of Forgotten Things.

  • Chantelle Aimée Osman

    Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an award-nominated imprint of Polis Books, as well as an author and instructor.

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  • Rick Partlow

    Rick Partlow is an Army veteran and military science fiction writer with 28 novels published since 2011, including Glory Boy, the Recon series, and the Wholesale Slaughter series.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Pendergrass

    Rachel Pendergrass has written for everyone from National Lampoon to HowStuffWorks and produced semi-drunken, irreverent shows for National Geographic, Smithsonian, and more! She's the host of the Dragon Con fan favorite The Solve for X Variety show, and you have probably seen her face on Dragon Con TV.

  • D.R. Perry

    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

    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.

  • Edward Povilaitis

    Edward Povilaitis is a co-host on Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast. For the past eight years, he has been a developer with Angry Duck Games.

  • Stefan Price

    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.

  • Frank Puricelli

    Frank T. Puricelli,"The Wicked Tailor" is a professional costume and prop builder from Charleston, SC. He has been producing national award winning costumes and movie grade props since 2010. 

  • 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

    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.

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  • Rachel Rawlings

    Rachel Rawlings, is the bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She has produced nine novels, two novellas, and three shorts.

  • Anthony Reed

    Anthony Reed is the Dungeon Master and show runner for the Adventure Incorporated Podcast. He has been running tabletop RPGs for over 20 years.

  • Anney Hollis Reese

    Anney Reese is an actor, writer, and podcaster known for Stuff Mom Never Told You and Savor. Through the process of podcasting, she has also produced and written scripts.

  • Alison Sky Richards

    Beyond Alison Sky Richards' fiction novels, she is also a staff writer with ThreeIfBySpace.net, a screenplay reviewer with the Nashville Film Festival, teaches writing workshops annually at conventions.

  • Gray Rinehart

    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. 

  • Rob Roberts

    Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio. He is also a host of cult cinema screenings and variety shows throughout Northern California.

  • Dennis Lee Robinson

    Dennis Robinson is a professional podcaster and Twitch streamer for the past four years. He will excitedly be performing his podcast, Botched: A D&D Podcast live.

  • Meredith Rose

    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.

  • Robert W Ross

    Robert W. Ross is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of Creation urban-fantasy series. This year he debuts a new sci-fi series, Paradigm.

  • Madeleine Roux

    Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, House of Furies, Salvaged,and the upcoming World of Warcraft book, The Shining Blade.

  • Ginger Rowland

    Ginger Rowland is an master avant garde hair styling and hair extension specialist. She has been awarded best stylist in Atlanta and nominated for best stylist North America.

  • Christopher Ruocchio

    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.

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  • Tina Hesman Saey

    Tina Hesman Saey is a former molecular geneticist who is now an award-winning science journalist at Science News magazine. Her work has won multiple awards.

  • 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. 

  • Lesia Miller Schnur

    Former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian, a Top 15 Paranormal Website. Schnur investigates popular theories, hoaxes, and the obscure and forgotten.

  • Lisa Shackelford

    Lisa Shackelford has more than a decade of experience as a paranormal investigator. Former co-host for the Archer Paranormal Show on ‪LiveParanormal.com‬ as well as guest co-host on ATL Radio X atlradiox.com Lisa is currently working on her first horror novel, The End of the Living.

  • Aron Siegel

    Aron Siegel, producer and sound mixer whose work includes The Unwanted, Implanted, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Lightning, Walking Dead, and Vampire Diaries. Aron mixed the recent Star Trek fan film: Axanar.

  • 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. 

  • Cheryl Sleboda

    Cheryl Sleboda is a professional cosplay educator and award-winning fiber artist. She's taught nationally in person and on television, and is the host of Con Crunch Challenge!

  • Alan Smale

    Alan’s novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, 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

    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.

  • Spat

    Spat is a special effects makeup artist, costume and prop maker, and general ne’er do well who is known in the indie/low budget film circles and the sci-fi/comic con world.

  • 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

  • Janine K. Spendlove

    Janine K. Spendlove is an author, pilot, and U.S. Marine who is primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series and her Star Wars tie-in story Inbrief.

  • Dia BSDcreative Starr

    Dia Starr co-founded BSD Creative design with Micheal Odusanya. These multi-talents curate themed art events. Specialties include bodypaint, graphic design, online promotions, and art framing.

  • Amie Stepanovich

    Amie Stepanovich is the Executive Director at Silicon Flatirons at Colorado Law. She is a nationally recognized expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law.

  • Shami A Stovall

    Shami Stovall is a multi-award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction who started at the traditional presses and later moved on to independent publishing.

  • Ebony Warrior Studios

    Charles Conley is a professional cosplayer best known for his appearance and win on Syfy's inaugural episode of Cosplay Melee.

  • 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

    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.

  • Kimbra Swain

    Kimbra Swain began publishing in 2017. Her Fairy Tales of a Trailer Park Queen series is a favorite among urban fantasy readers. She currently has 25 published novels.

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  • Douglas Wayne Talk

    Dr. Douglas Talk is the chief medical consultant for SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc., collaborating on human hibernation-based space missions for deep space exploration.

  • C. Taylor-Butler

    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

    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

    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.

  • Hayley Tsukayama

    Hayley Tsukayama is a legislative activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on state legislation. She also spent nearly eight years as a consumer technology reporter at The Washington Post.

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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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  • Daisy Viktoria

    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.

  • R.R. Virdi

    R.R. Virdi is an Amazon bestselling author, Nebula award-finalist, and two-time Dragon Award-finalist for Best Fantasy (Paranormal). He writes urban fantasy, sci fi, and fantasy.

  • David VonAllmen

    David VonAllmen is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Factor Four, the Writers of the Future anthology, and other professional publications. 

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  • 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. 

  • Benjamin Wallace

    They told him to take things seriously. Instead, Benjamin Wallace wrote a book called Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors. Now he’s making reading more fun than it should be.

  • Jacob Walsh

    Jacob Walsh is a podcaster, award-winning tattoo artist, and digital content creator from Valdosta, GA.Walsh is a founding member of Yes Have Some Podcast, a movie and toy-collecting show.

  • William Alan Webb

    In only three years William Alan Webb has published more than 20 titles, and won both the Darrell and the Imadjinn Awards.

  • 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

    Alex White is a science fiction writer from the American South who enjoys taking photos, writing music, great makeup, and occasional blacksmithing. 

  • Garon Whited

    Garon Whited is a long-time fantasy and science fiction author, as well as a veteran tabletop gamer. His works include LUNA, Dragonhunters, and the long-running vampire fantasy series, Nightlord.

  • Marie Whittaker

    Marie Whittaker is an award-winning essayist, cross-genre author, and the creator of The Adventures of Lola Hopscotch book series for kids. 

  • Jennifer Whitworth

    Jennifer Whitworth is an engineer at Teledyne Brown Engineering. For the past 20 years she has supported science operations onboard the International Space Station as a flight controller.

  • Rick Wilber

    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. 

  • Jonathan Williams

    Award-winning blogger, podcaster, journalist, wrestling promoter, art curator, and on-set dresser are just some of the prolific professions held by Jonathan Williams.

  • 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

    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

  • Jenna Wolfhart

    After completing a PhD in Librarianship, Jenna Wolfhart became a full-time author and now spends her days typing the fantastical stories in her head.

  • Christopher Woods

    Christopher Woods is known for his popular Soulguard series, The Fallen World series, and his participation in the Four Horsemen Universe.

  • Trisha J. Wooldridge

    Trisha J. Wooldridge (child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge) writes (sometimes 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

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  • Bryan Young

    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

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  • Mark Zoran

    Mark Zoran is the foundation of Razorfly Studios, inc. With innumerable awards and appearances in print and on the silver screen, he is truly a master in his craft.

Cancellations

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

  • Clinton Alvord
  • RJ Blain
  • Bethany Brookshire
  • Jason Bulmahn
  • Jessica Cail
  • R E Carr
  • Michael Chatfield
  • Ryan A Consell
  • Peter David
  • Rita De La Torre
  • Jose Delbo
  • Lali DeRosier
  • Andy Dykes
  • Kevin Eldridge
  • William F Fairchild
  • Michael Falkner
  • Emily A Finke
  • Paige Gardner
  • Tina Glasneck
  • Amanda Goodbread
  • Kevin Grazier
  • Nicole Gugliucci
  • A. J. Hartley
  • Charon E Henning
  • Greg Hildebrandt
  • Faith Hunter
  • Topher Hunter
  • Alledria Hurt
  • Les Johnson
  • Roy Kilgard
  • Sue Kisenwether
  • Steph LaMassa
  • L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Todd Lockwood
  • Don Maitz
  • Gail Z. Martin
  • T.J. Michaels
  • Sarah Milkovich
  • Amy J. Murphy
  • Annalise Ophelian
  • James Palmer
  • Lan Pitts
  • Robert W Pope
  • Daviorr Snipes
  • Anne Sowards
  • E.J. Stevens
  • Stephen F. Taylor
  • Gleb Tsipursky
  • J.M. Tuffley
  • Debbie Viguie
  • Scott Viguie
  • Dave West
  • Michael George Williams
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