Guest List by Announcement Date

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.

Announced: 08/18/2019

  • Atlanta Swing Orchestra

    Atlanta Swing Orchestra is an eighteen piece Swing Band playing dance tunes from the big band era.

  • The Black Amigo

    Armed with the drive and passion to become one of the most sought after musical forces in the world, Bay Area born, Atlanta-bred, The Black Amigo (born Adriano Gomez) is not your average open format DJ. This versatile party-rocking general is the force the nightlife has been waiting for. 

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Announced: 08/17/2019

  • Laura Levy

    Laura Levy is an engineering psychologist at Georgia Tech specializing in serious game design, AR/VR, and human-computer interactions research. Laura "fights for the user" using science to design and validate technology from the human perspective to make it more helpful, playful, and engaging to use.

  • DJ Spider

    It's hard to categorize DJ Spider's style - with a love of multiple genres, she'd had a chance to spin just about everything over the last 30 years, including pop, rock, dance, house, indie, retro, darkwave, country, R&B, swing, jazz, and just about everything in between.

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Announced: 08/16/2019

  • Black Sunshine

    Over the span of 20 years in Atlanta, Black Sunshine has expanded his horizon to include Britpop, 80s, hip-hop, indie rock, punk, goth/industrial, downtempo... you name it, you've probably heard him spin it (or you need to!). You can catch him at his weekly residency at Joystick Gamebar.

  • Jamie Chung

    Jamie Chung is an actress and former reality television personality. She has become known for films such as Dragonball Evolution, Grown Ups, Premium Rush, Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, Sucker Punch, and Big Hero 6 and the shows The Gifted and Once Upon a Time.

  • Emma Dumont

    Emma Dumont is an actress, model, and dancer. She is best known for her roles as Melanie Segal in the ABC Family series Bunheads, as Emma Karn in the NBC series Aquarius, and as Lorna Dane/Polaris in the FOX series The Gifted.

  • Ruthanna Emrys

    Ruthanna Emrys is the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series, including Winter Tide and Deep Roots. She co-writes's Lovecraft Reread series; her short stories are collected in Imperfect Commentaries.

  • Bryce Hodgson

    Bryce Hodgson is best known for his role as Don Everhart on the hit CW series iZombie. Other television credits include Battlestar Galactica for SyFy and Supernatural and The Tomorrow People. On the big screen, Hodgson is known for appearances in X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.

  • Sebastian Roche

    Sebastian Roché is a Scottish-French actor and screenwriter. He is known for his roles as Kurt Mendel in Odyssey 5, Thomas Jerome Newton in Fringe, Balthazar in Supernatural, Mikael in both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and Reichsminister Martin Heusmann in The Man in the High Castle.

  • Noemi Romero

    Noemi Romero is a traditional sculptor for maquettes and toy prototypes. She enjoys hand making all her pieces in clay, with includes armature building, sanding, molding, and casting. She has worked for Disney TV and DreamWorks TV, including developing the Dragon Con baby dragon resin toy prototype. 

  • 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.

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Announced: 08/14/2019

  • Scott Van Domelen

    Scott Van Domelen began his artistic journey copying diagrams from the Starfleet Technical Manual and illustrations from the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set. He went on to study illustration and figure drawing. Now, he is a penciler/inker for Scout Comics.

  • mc chris

    mc chris is rapper known for rap, nerdcore, hip hop, and comedy. His last album, mc chris is good music charted on Billboard, debuting at #2 in the comedy genre. A Marvel Album is expected in 2019 followed by a Middle Earth themed album in 2020.

  • James Pruett

    James Pruett is the Publisher of Scout Comics and writer/creator of Mindbender and the upcoming Midnight Sky series which will premiere at Dragon Con with a special very limited edition Foil Variant edition. He  brings extensive industry experience stretching over two decades.

  • Joe Pruett

    A noted comic book editor, publisher, and writer with over 25 years of experience, Joe Pruett has been nominated for numerous Eisner and Harvey awards for his work, including Best Editor, Best Short Story, and multiple nominations for the anthology Negative Burn.

  • Jack Quaid

    Jack Quaid, the son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, made his acting debut with a minor role in the science fiction film The Hunger Games. Quaid went on to play the leading role of a vigilante in the Prime Video superhero series The Boys.

  • Karl Urban

    Karl Urban is best known for playing éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. He recently played Billy Butcher in the series The Boys.

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Announced: 08/13/2019

  • Christine Adams

    Christine Adams stars opposite of Cress Williams as Lynn on the CW’s newest DC Comic series Black Lightning. Prior to this, she portrayed Agent Weaver on the hit ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and had recurring roles on The Mentalist, Legends, Pushing Daisies, and more. 

  • Jason Anspach

    First published in 2015, Jason Anspach has authored over 25 novels and several short stories. He is the author and co-creator of the epic military science fiction series Galaxy's Edge.

  • Gilbert Carrizales

    Gilbert Carrizales performs his own music productions and remixes live with keyboards, laptops, and midi controllers. Gilbert has over 25 releases on various record labels that have support from super stars like Armin Van Buuren, Sean Tyas, and Paul Van Dyk.

  • Mary Chieffo

    Mary Chieffo, who portrays L'Rell, the battle deck commander of the Klingon ship, on Star Trek: Discovery, has acting in her blood. Among her film and television credits are Natural Disasters, Girls!, Girls!, Girls!, The Pefect Fit, Miss Dial, and Shelby’s Vacation.

  • Peter Linz

    Best known as Walter from the Disney feature films, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, Peter Linz has had a long acting career in film and tv puppetry. His characters can be seen on Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, Between the Lions, 30 Rock, and many more.

  • Jes Macallan

    Before her current series regular role in DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Jes Macallan starred in Mistresses. She also starred in the pilot Crash and Burn, and has guest-starred in numerous other series, including Red Band Society, NCIS: Los Angeles, Grey's Anatomy, Shameless, Justified, and The Protector.

  • Metalsome Live Rock Band Karaoke

    Metalsome is live rock band karaoke. Guests sign up like regular karaoke but sing onstage with the actual band! They have been a staple go to event in Atlanta for 15 years and counting, still selling out every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Brad R Torgersen

    Author Brad R. Torgersen's latest novel from Baen Books A Star-Wheeled Sky has been nominated for the prestigious Dragon Award.

  • Keegan Connor Tracy

    Keegan Connor Tracy can now be seen on ABC's Once Upon a Time as the Blue Fairy.Other work includes roles on Beggars and Choosers, Stargate SG-1, Jake 2.0, The 4400, Psych, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, and the Geoffrey Sax film, White Noise.

  • Steve Whitmire

    Steve Whitmire is a puppeteer who started working for The Jim Henson Company and The Muppet Show, where he developed his first major character, Rizzo the Rat. When Jim Henson passed away in 1990, Whitmire took over the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie.

  • Nafessa Williams

    Nafessa Williams is currently starring opposite Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce) in CW’s drama Black Lightning playing the role of Anissa Pierce, the passionate and quick-witted daughter of Pierce. Williams can also be seen in Netflix’s Burning Sands, playing Toya. She also recently appeared in the highly-anticipated reboot of Twin Peaks.

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Announced: 08/12/2019

  • Jordan Calloway

    Jordan Calloway can currently be seen as Khalil/Painkiller on CW’s Black Lightning and on CW’s Riverdale as Chuck Clayton. Previously, Calloway has appeared in DISconnected, Unfabulous, Drumline 2, House of Lies, FREAKISH, Life of a King, Pure Genuis, and more.

  • James Remar

    James Remar is an actor and voice artist. He has played Richard in Sex and the City, Ajax in The Warriors, Albert Ganz in 48 Hrs., and Harry Morgan in Dexter. In 2017, Remar was cast as Peter Gambi on the superhero drama Black Lightning.

  • Aurelio Voltaire

    Aurelio Voltaire is a media personality and respected authority on all things gothic, horror, sci-fi, steampunk, and involving "geek" culture. He is often referred to as a modern day renaissance man having achieved success in the fields of animation, music, comics, books, and toys.

  • Cress Williams

    Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, the titular character in The CW's Black Lightning. Audiences may recognize Williams from Friday Night LightsCold Case, Prison Break, Close to Home, The West Wing, Veronica Mars, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, E.R., NYPD Blue, Grey’s Anatomy, and Living Single among others.

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Announced: 08/11/2019

  • Joshua Dalzelle

    Joshua Dalzelle is the author of the bestselling Omega Force Series and Black Fleet Saga. He has worked in aerospace and aviation for the majority of his non-writing career.

  • Erin Gray

    Erin Gray is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Kate Summers in the situation comedy Silver Spoons and as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. For over two decades, Gray has performed in over a dozen feature films.

  • Philip Ligon

    Philip Ligon is the author of This Strange Engine and This Deadly Engine. The first book of his newest series, The King’s Regret, was released in June.

  • Alex Lobato

    Alex Lobato is a writer and comic book creator. Some of Lobato's achievements include being the author and creator of Gateway Comics' Max Hunter and co-creating Scout Comics' Shadow Play, a comic that focuses on Bard and Joy, two ninth graders who embark on a mission in the Shadow Realm.

  • Mark Steger

    As an actor and choreographer, Mark Steger has worked in feature films, television, and live performance, creating characters with unique physicality and emotion. His work includes Stranger Things, American Horror Story, World War Z, The Pact, I Am Legend, At The Devil's Door, and Stan Against Evil

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Announced: 08/10/2019

  • David Blue

    David Blue is an actor, best known for playing geek hero Eli Wallace on SyFy's Stargate Universe, vampire hacker Logan Griffen on CBS' Moonlight, the lovable Cliff St. Paul on ABC's Ugly Betty or the nefarious Rick Twitler on Nickelodeon's Henry Danger

  • Claudia Gray

    Claudia Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of Master and Apprentice, Leia: Princess of Alderaan, Bloodlines, Lost Stars, the Constellation series, the Firebird series, the Spellcaster series, and the Evernight series. She writes novels full-time and hopes to be able to do it forever.

  • Curtis Hickman

    Curtis Hickman is co-founder and chief creative officer of The VOID, a leader in immersive entertainment that brings consumers closer to stories, characters, and places than they’ve ever been before.

  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts

    Jake "The Snake" Roberts, is an American actor and semiretired professional wrestler. Throughout his career he was known for his intense and cerebral promos, his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches, and his invention and use of the DDT finishing move.

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Announced: 08/09/2019

  • Alexander Ahn

    Alex Ahn started the violin over two decades ago and gradually transitioned from the strict structure of classical violin to developing his own free flowing style stemming from the culture of Atlanta. Now Alex has played all over the United States playing at private events, fashion shows, International events. 

  • Curt Anderson

    Curt Anderson is a professional magician and expert in the field of "Lying, Deception, and Deception Detection."

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Announced: 08/08/2019

  • DJP

    DJP was the DJ for last year’s 8-bit ball, to the largest crowd they have ever had on an opening night. They currently do approximately 75-100 nights a year on the decks from 80s/90s/00s to current, swing to EDM, rock to pop, and everything in-between. 

  • Jenna M Powell

    Jenna Powell started out at Red Giant Entertainment as an assistant editor and worked her way up the ladder. She was next a Production Assistant, then became the Production Director and is now the editor for all of the Red Giant Entertainment and Absolute Comics Group lines of comics.

  • The Murder of Jane Crow

    The Murder of Jane Crow is ruffling feathers around the world with their unique fusion of goth, cabaret, classical music and gypsy storytelling, at once theatrical and deeply personal. This quartet of crows delivers their very own style featuring piano, violin, guitar, and rich vocal harmonies.

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Announced: 08/07/2019

  • Crippled Critic

    Michael Matlock writes articles for an independent website dedicated to helping gamers with disabilities called Dager System. He created his own YouTube channel (under the name Crippled Critic).

  • Thomas Michael Gofton

    Thomas Gofton founded Lynnvander producing the award-winning The Gamers films, Natural One, and Hands of Fate. Thomas also designed several tabletop games.

  • Martin Kove

    Martin Kove is best known for his role as Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese in The Karate Kid. He reprised his role as Kreese in the 1986 hit sequel The Karate Kid, Part II, the 1989 sequel The Karate Kid, Part III, and the new series Cobra Kai.

  • Ralph Macchio

    Ralph Macchio starred in the Outsiders movie as Johnny, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, he also starred in Karate Kid 1 and 2, the new series Cobra Kai, as well as My Cousin Vinnie. He recently competed on Dancing With The Stars.

  • Jason Marsden

    You’ve seen Jason Marsden on Boy Meets World, Step by Step, and Full House and heard him in A Goofy Movie, Hocus Pocus, Spirited Away, Fairly Odd Parents, and Young Justice. He’s “that guy from that show,” having performed in film, television, video games, apps, for over 30 years!

  • Palmetto Knights

    The Palmetto Knights is a historic steel combat team that brings all of their sword clashing and live fighting to center stage. These European weapon and armor experts will expand your mind with their wide array of panels and then blow your mind with intense combat tournaments.

  • William Shatner

    William Shatner is an actor and novelist who gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk, in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films.

  • William Zabka

    William Zabka is an Academy Award nominated American actor, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known for playing bully types in several popular '80s films, such as his role as Johnny Lawrence in 1984's The Karate Kid. Zabka recently reprised his role for the new series Cobra Kai.

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Announced: 08/06/2019

  • François Chau

    Francois Chau is known for his roles as Dr. Pierre Chang in ABC's Lost, Dr. Chang in the film 21 & Over and, since 2015, as industrialist Jules-Pierre Mao, a recurring character in Syfy's The Expanse. Chau has also appeared in Stargate SG-1, The X-Files, K.C. Undercover, and more.

  • Geekapella

    Geekapella is a Florida-based a cappella group specializing in songs from anime, video games and pop culture. They're here to bring you fun; singing, cosplay and laughter abound. Enjoy a live performance featuring songs from Dragonball Z, Mario, and other nerdy geeky goodness you won't want to miss!

  • Colton Haynes

    Colton Haynes landed the role of Jackson Whittemore in the 2011 MTV series Teen Wolf. Beginning in 2012, he was a recurring member on The CW's Arrow, playing Roy Harper, a street thug who idolizes the Arrow and later becomes his protegé, Arsenal

  • C. Taylor-Butler

    C. Taylor-Butler is an award winning author of more than 80 books for children and young adults. Her current series is the The Lost Tribes, illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith.

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Announced: 08/05/2019

  • Randy W Blades

    Randal Blades is an Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Drama at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. He joined the faculty at JSU in 2006 as a Costume Technician and Designer and was appointed as Department Head in 2012.

  • Eric Flint

    Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with over thirty novels and anthologies in print. He’s also written many other science fiction and fantasy novels. 

  • Dawn Humphrey

    Life-long performer Dawn Humphrey is a podcaster, critic, horror enthusiast, pop culture consumer, and a jack of many nerd activities.  Along with Jen Brown, she founded, produces and hosts the Women In Caskets podcast (part of the Bloody Disgusting Network).

  • Paul Jenkins

    Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing, and building franchises for over 30 years in the graphic novel, film, and video game industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons.

  • Greg Lawson

    Born in Toronto, Ontario, Greg Lawson is a Canadian actor who is best known for his portrayal of Goodman in the miniseries Klondike and Dr. Emerson in Dawn Anna, as well as his recurring roles in Wynonna Earp, Heartland, and Blackstone.

  • Mayhayley's Grave

    Southern gothic swing sensation, Mayhayley's Grave is a merry band of miscreants who bring a rockin' ragtime sound peppered with gypsy spirits. This big band hot jazz soundtrack of southern sin, hard livin', vigilante justice, and more than a touch of voodoo is dark and dance-able!

  • Paul Mercer

    Paul Mercer is a violinist and composer from Atlanta, GA. A member of acclaimed neoclassical pop quintet The Changelings. He made his Dragon Con debut in 1993.

  • Karl Moline

    Karl Moline is a comic book artist and the co-creator (along with Joss Whedon) of Fray. He has also provided the Fray-centric storyline in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season eight: "Time of Your Life." Moline has pencilled the Willow one shot named Goddesses and Monsters and the Riley one shot.

  • Nemesis

    DJ Nemesis really can't be put into one music category, and that's what makes him unique and in demand.  His high energy shows, amazing mixing, song choice and ability to constantly get an audience involved in the event make his performances not one to miss!

  • Matt Nitchie

    The Sci-Fi Janitors are Dragon Con's very own geek ambassadors to puppetry. Bob and Carl were conceived by Michael Goodwin and are performed by Matt Nitchie and Beau Brown.

  • Kim Rhodes

    Actress Kim Rhodes is most known for her portrayal Sheriff Jody Mills on Supernatural and for the brief lived spinoff, The Wayward Sisters. She is also known as Ensign Lydnsey Ballard in "Ashes to Ashes" episode of Star Trek Voyager.

  • Melanie Scrofano

    Melanie Scrofano is best known for the titular role on Syfy’s modern Western drama Wynonna Earp. She has multiple credits in the sci-fi/horror genre. With notable roles in the Saw franchise and recent RoboCop reboot, she has also appeared on popular series such as Designated Survivor, Supernatural, and Warehouse 13. 

  • Dacre Calder Stoker

    Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker. 

  • Saida Temofonte

    Saida Temofonte is a veteran pro comic letterer collaborating offsite for DC, Lion Forge, Valiant Zenescope, IDW, Oni, Kymera. She does lettering and design work on digital/ print comics pre-press.

  • The Muckers

    The Muckers are a five-piece folk-rock band from Atlanta. With a strong emphasis on Irish music, the band also blends influences of Gypsy music, sea shanties, country, rockabilly, and anything else they can get their hands on. The name doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  • Widgett Walls

    Widgett Walls is the pen name of John A. Robinson. Walls is the chief cook and bottle washer of Need Coffee Dot Com, an author of one novel and multiple short stories, a podcaster, an audiobook narrator, a publisher, a musician, and a freelance iconoclast.

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Announced: 08/02/2019

  • Bit Brigade

    When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between "Oh! Agh!! Please don't die!!" and "YES! He's doing it!!" Combining the dread and daring of a live speed run with the spot-on technique of a band covering the music to everything you're seeing on-screen in real time.

  • Fable Cry

    Fable Cry is a whimsical rock band that incorporates violin, piano, flute, extended range bass, catchy melodies, and spooky harmonies that sing out tales of love, loss, murder, and revenge. A little bit swing, a little bit classical, a little bit metal, and a whole lot of grease paint.

  • Michael Gilkey

    Michael Gilkey founded Cleveland Understands Biotech, a group consulting practice. He has been responsible for the development and execution of organizational strategy, marketing, education programs, and financial oversight.

  • Clint McElroy

    Clint McElroy is a podcaster, comic book writer and former radio personality known for The Adventure Zone, a role-playing podcast he launched with his sonsHe is also a New York Times bestselling author for The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (2018) from First Second.

  • Travis McElroy

    Travis McElroy is a writer, producer and podcaster, known for My Brother, My Brother and Me; The Adventure Zone, and Trolls World Tour (2020). He is also a New York Times bestselling author for The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (2018).

  • September Mourning

    Created by Emily Lazar and comic book legend, Marc Silvestri, September Mourning is a dark culture, fantasy that resides in the pages of a comic book published by Top Cow/Image Comics and comes to life as a musical art project on stage.

  • The Slants

    The Slants are a dance rock and synthpop band that offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed." They have been featured on 3,000+ radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites in over 125+ countries.

  • The Tomb Tones

    Weird and mysterious rock-'n'-roll! The Tomb Tones are a campy horror rock trio from Atlanta, GA that play a mean set of originals that range from zombie girlfriends to parties at horror beach. The Tomb Tones will put on a show that will have you SCREAMING for more!


    URAEUS is the Chief Creative Officer of Black Heroes Matter, Creative Director at BlackOps, LLC, and Creative for Wesley Snipes' Dark Matter Majic Studios.

  • Wesley and the Crushers

    Wesley and the Crushers is a modern, one-of-a-kind musical exploration that is both geeky and passionate -- passionate in their admiration and love for all things geeky -- and completely geeked-out in their approach to their number one passion: music!

  • Wreck The System

    Wreck The System is a hip-hop music group made up of musicians Cam3, LadyJ, Twill Distilled, and Osiris Green. They formed Wreck the System under the motto “be who you are without fear” and inspire each other to go push themselves and make the best music possible.

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Announced: 08/01/2019

  • Karen Ceesay

    Karen Ceesay is an actor and writer. She can currently be seen as Bertie, on The Walking Dead, as Mrs. Sinclair, on Stranger Things, and Gina, on The Gifted.

  • Scott McGee

    Scott McGee is Senior Director of Original Programming for Turner Classic Movies, where he oversees the creation of original productions for the network. 

  • Jonathan Oakes

    Jonathan Oakes is the founder and owner of the award winning Trivial Warfare Podcast. He is currently nominated for election into the Trivia Hall of Fame.

  • Stephen K Robinson

    As a NASA Astronaut, Dr. Stephen Robinson flew on four space shuttle missions, including three spacewalks, visited the ISS twice, and has extensive expertise in spacecraft systems, human/systems integration, operational safety, space robotics, aerodynamics, and fluid physics. He has received numerous awards, including NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.

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Announced: 07/30/2019

  • Tala Ashe

    Tala Ashe is an actress known for her roles on the television series Smash, American Odyssey, and As the World Turns, as well as her regular role as Zari Tomaz on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow from which she drew praise from critics and fans alike.

  • Paul Blackthorne

    Paul Blackthorne is a British born actor, director, producer and philanthropist currently stars as Captain Quentin Lance in the hit series Arrow. Blackthorne is also well known for his starring role as the inimitable Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files.

  • Peter Brooke

    Peter Brooke is Creative Supervisor for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Brooke started at the shop in 1988 as a sculptor on Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. Credits include Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Where the Wild Things Are, Dinosaurs, and the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

  • Ben Browder

    In 1999, Jim Henson productions teamed with the Sci-Fi channel to produce Farscape (1999), where Ben Browder was cast to play the main character, American astronaut John Crichton. Browder returned to the Sci-Fi Channel as he joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 for its ninth season in 2005.

  • Alice Dinnean

    Alice Dinnean is a puppeteer and writer. Credits include The Muppets, Jack's Big Music Show, Sesame Street, Puzzle Place, and multiple projects for The Jim Henson Company including Splash and Bubbles, Sid the Science Kid, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, and Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

  • Brian Henson

    Brian Henson is the Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and an award-winning director, producer, and writer for film and television. He is also a technological innovator and skilled puppeteer. Credits include Farscape, Labyrinth, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppet Christmas Carol, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and The Happytime Murders.

  • Rockne S O'Bannon

    Television writer, screenwriter, and producer Rockne S. O'Bannon prides himself on creating "shows that truly aren't like anything else" and pushing the boundaries of the science fiction genre. He has created five original television series (Farscape, seaQuest, Defiance, Cult, and Alien Nation).

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Announced: 07/27/2019

  • Crossed Swords

    Nicole Harsch and Mike Sakuta are the Crossed Swords. Broadswords, rapiers, and even batlefs clash in this dazzling display of Hollywood-style combat. Harsch and Sakuta reveal secrets and demonstrate many behind-the scenes moves that make up your favorite movie, TV, and theater sword fighting stunts.

  • Steve Gonsalves

    Steve Gonsalves is the lead investigator of TAPS for the Syfy Channel's hit show Ghost Hunters. He works alongside TAPS Founder Jason Hawes carrying out the upper management duties of the organization. Gonsalves has been a public speaker and educator about paranormal phenomena for more than 15 years.

  • Nicole Harsch

    Nicole Harsch and Mike Sakuta are the Crossed Swords. For over 20 years, their Crossed Swords Stage Combat Shows have been seen across the continental U.S. and Canada at renaissance festivals and science fiction conventions and, of course, previous Dragon Cons.

  • 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.

  • Dustin Rhodes

    Ever since the WWE Universe, everyone has come to know the dangerous decadence of the man in gold. And it’s safe to say that they will truly never forget his name: Dustin Rhodes FKA Goldust. Goldust is a twisted enigma wrapped in a package of many surprises.

  • Rogue

    Rogue is the lead singer, song writer, front-man, and founder of the band the Cruxshadows. With close to 200 song-writing credits, over 20 CDs, several chart-topping hits in Europe and the U.S., and well over a thousand live performances all over the globe.

  • Mike Sakuta

    Nicole Harsch and Mike Sakuta are the Crossed Swords. For over 20 years, their Crossed Swords Stage Combat Shows have been seen across the continental U.S. and Canada at renaissance festivals and science fiction conventions and, of course, previous Dragon Cons.

  • William Stout

    William Stout is an American fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological art. His paintings have been shown in over seventy exhibitions, including twelve one-man shows. He has worked on over thirty feature films, doing everything from storyboard art to production design.

  • Dave Tango

    Dave Tango has worked with TAPS for the past several years on the Syfy Channel's hit show Ghost Hunters. His current role is as an investigator and evidence analyst. Tango has always been interested in the paranormal and loves being able to find answers to the questions he has.

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Announced: 07/26/2019

  • Wes Chatham

    Wes Chatham has appeared in films such as In the Valley of Elah, W., The Help, and The Philly Kid, and plays Castor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Since 2015, he stars as Amos Burton in Prime Video's The Expanse.

  • Steven Strait

    Continuing to emerge as one of Hollywood's most engaging and sought after talents, Steven Strait is currently starring as Jim Holden, the lead on the hit SyFy series The Expanse, which is moving to Amazon for its fourth season. Steven was previously seen on the Starz hit series Magic City

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Announced: 07/24/2019

  • Greg Horn

    Greg Horn is an illustrator best known for his Marvel Comics covers. Currently, he is working on new variants for DC Comics’ Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 with Unknown Comic Books and ComicXposure. Other recent projects include Marvel's Edge of Venomverse, Generations/ Legacy, Champions, Venom, and Avengers VS Zombies.

  • Afua Richardson

    Afua Richardson is a Native/African American comic creator best known for her work on Top Cow's genius. Richardson is the artist of Marvel's new Blade series, All Star Batman, and Attack on Titan's American anthology. She is the singer and flute player in the band Waking Astronomer.

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Announced: 07/23/2019

  • Hale Appleman

    Hale Appleman is known for playing Tobey Cobb in the 2007 film Teeth and Eliot in the television fantasy series The Magicians, a TV series based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman. He has played the magician Eliot since 2015.

  • Olivia Dudley

    Olivia Dudley is an actress who is known for her horror film roles such as Chernobyl Diaries, The Vatican Tapes, and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, for her television roles such as the Syfy fantasy series The Magicians, and for her work in the internet sketch group 5-Second Films.

  • Lou Ferrigno

    A world-renowned bodybuilder and actor, Lou Ferrigno has played many roles calling for someone really big, but none as famous as The Incredible Hulk. Since then, Ferrigno as appeared on Con Man, King of Queens, lent his voice to Adventure Time, and much more.

  • Harvey Guillen

    Harvey Guillen is currently one of the leads in the new FX series dark comedy What We Do in the Shadows. Guillen previously appeared in The Magicians, Eye Candy, Huge, Little America, Room 104, The Good Place, Raising Hope, and more.

  • Tracy Hickman

    International and New York Times bestselling fantasy author Tracy Hickman is known for the Dragonlance series of fantasy novels and has over sixty books in print. He is a pioneer of New Media Publishing and is currently the Director of Story at THE VOID.

  • Jesse J Holland

    Jesse J. Holland wrote the NAACP Image Award-nominated Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?novel and Star Wars-The Force Awakens: Finn's Story junior novel. He is currently editing Marvel's Black Panther: Worlds of Wakanda short story anthology as well as hosting the Saturday edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

  • Ant Lucia

    Very few alternate visions of established characters have captured the imaginations of fandom like the DC Comics Bombshells. When Ant Lucia unveiled his designs for such characters as Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Harley Quinn, and the rest in the series the popularity exploded!

  • Blake Smith

    Author and Podcaster Blake Smith is the host of MonsterTalk. He's also a writer and researcher and has been published in Weird Tales and Fortean Times.

  • Jill Thompson

    Jill Thompson is a comic book writer and illustrator who has worked for stage, film, and television. Well known for her work on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman characters and her own Scary Godmother series, she has worked on The Invisibles, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman as well.

  • Henrik Warpefelt

    Henrik Warpefelt studies the user experience of artificial intelligence, and works to provide designers with the tools they need for better gaming experiences.

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Announced: 07/18/2019

  • Benny R Powell

    Benny Powell is a publisher, writer, and artist most known for the hit White Widow comic. He also is the creator and/or writer for Wayward Legends, Darchon, AMPED, Duel Identity, Wayward Sons, Markiplier, and a dozen more. He began his career in the mid 90's at Marvel.

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Announced: 07/17/2019

  • Jaime L. Botero

    Comic book artist Jaime L. Botero is an award-winning freelance artist, illustrator, writer, and contributor to Nexus anthology. Botero  also specializes in creating artwork and cover pieces for children's books. She works in a variety of mediums, ranging from digital painting to gouache. 

  • Luke Chmilenko

    The author of the best selling Ascend Online series, Luke Chmilenko is considered one of Canada's best exports to the science fiction fantasy scene. 

  • Tony Daniel

    Tony Daniel is a senior editor at Baen Books. Daniel is also the author of 10 science fiction books, many short stories, two Star Trek novels, and screenplays.

  • Matt Dillahunty

    Matt Dillahunty is the President of the ACA and has many years touring the world to teach skepticism, humanism, and atheism. He's turned his lifelong passion for magic into a tool to teach skepticism. A prominent debater, he's also the primary host of the live, call-in program, The Atheist Experience.

  • Ben Jacobs

    Ben Jacobs works at Georgia Tech helping individuals with disabilities find technology to be independent in every facet of their life. 

  • James Jameson

    James Jameson worked on American Gods (Dark Horse) including photography, layouts, and portrays all the lead female characters, including Laura Moon and Zorya P.  She has also worked on Deadpool and The Power Rangers. She co-wrote The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish book. 

  • Aaron David Lanterman

    Aaron Lanterman is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He directs the Retrofuturistic Hardware: Music, Gaming, and Computing vertically integrated Project.

  • Merle S Robinson

    Merle Robinson is the lead wargame designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game with broad DoD experience in information technology, analysis, and process improvement projects.

  • Jonathan Williams

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

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Announced: 07/15/2019

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson IV is a comic artist and illustrator living in Dallas, TX. He is the co-creator and artist of Heartthrob at Oni Press with writer Christopher Sebela and colorist Nick Filardi. He also co-created Knuckleheads at IDW / Monkeybrain with Brian Winkeler and Like A Virus with Ken Lowery. 

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Announced: 07/12/2019

  • The Blibbering Humdingers

    The Blibbering Humdingers are magical masters of musical hi-jinx and mayhem will wizard rock the tea towel right off your house elf! Their unique blend of 80s new wave, 50s do-wop, straight up pop rock, and old-timey sing-songy comedy will leave you laughing and crying for more.

  • Brobdingnagian Bards

    The Brobdingnagian Bards take traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, mix it up with Lord of the Rings music to create a unique brand of Celtic Filk. And when they say "unique," believe it! How many bands do YOU know that play autoharp, recorder, and mandolin...while wearing KILTS?!

  • Crüxshadows

    One of the most notable dark-wave bands internationally, The Crüxshadows' motto is "live, love, be, believe," and it serves as a reminder that while The Crüxshadows may write catchy songs, the band has depth that extends beyond the dance floor.

  • J.M. DeMatteis

    J.M. DeMatteis has written a variety of memorable projects for comic books, television and novels from the epic drama of Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt to the comedy-adventure of Justice League International; the autobiographical Brooklyn Dreams to the surreal space-fantasy of Moonshadow.

  • Colleen Doran

    Colleen Doran is the New York Times bestselling artist for the Neil Gaiman graphic novel Troll Bridge, and Stan Lee’s autobiography Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible Stan Lee which earned a Young Adult Library Services Great Graphic Novels for Teens nomination. Books she has illustrated have won Eisner and Harvey Awards.

  • Erin Hill

    Singing harpist Erin Hill (aka Dave Chappelle’s Pretty White Girl) performs original sci-fi songs, plus covers (Bowie, Beatles, Radiohead) with her electric harp. She’s played and sung with Cyndi Lauper, Kanye, Enya, moby, a-ha, Jewel, for two First Ladies, and for royalty. 

  • Dan Fogler

    Dan Fogler is an actor, comedian, and writer. He has appeared in films Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and currently stars on The Walking Dead as Luke.

  • Keith Giffen

    Keith Giffen is a comics artist and writer. He is best known for his work for DC Comics on their Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice League titles as well as for being the co-creator of Lobo. His next project (soon to be announced) is a dream come true for him.

  • Aaron Hawkins

    Aaron Hawkins has spent the past 15 years in animated television. He is currently a director at Bento Box Entertainment, creatively overseeing production on a wide variety of series.

  • Hawthorn & Holly

    Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter. Started in 2007, these wizards hail from Charlotte, North Carolina. Leah Hamm and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars and Dave Beaucar of Baltimore, MD on bass.

  • Jess-O-Lantern

    Jess-O-Lantern is a spooky songstress! She is acoustic horrorpunk with a a graveyard! She has performed at conventions such as Dragon Con, Horror Hound Weekend, and more, and shared the stage stage with spooky songwriters such as Aurelio Voltaire and Argyle Goolsby. To Jess-O-Lantern, EVERY DAY IS HALLOWEEN!

  • LandLoch'd

    From the highlands of Scotland and the Moor-infested plains of Spain, two men met upon the seas and decided to share their love of Celtic and pirate music with the masses. LandLoch’d plays music that ranges from traditional Irish tunes to voice-and-drum sea shanties, along with modern Celtic pub favorites.

  • Donal Logue

    Donal Logue is an actor, producer, and writer. His roles include The Tao of Steve, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, and the sitcom Grounded for Life. He portrayed detective Harvey Bullock in Fox's Gotham and had a recurring role in NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Lt. Declan Murphy.

  • Kevin Maguire

    Kevin Maguire is an artist/writer/creator primarily known for his 1987 debut series Justice League International with writers Keith Giffen and Marc DeMatteis. From there he was penciller on Adventures Of Captain America, Batman Confidential: The Cat and The Bat, Created Equal, and X-Men Forever with writer Fabian Nicieza.

  • Misbehavin' Maidens

    Performing in cosplay, pirate garb, and occasionally plain clothes, The Misbehavin' Maidens are a bawdy nerd-folk band comprised of four women from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area with a love and repertoire of feminist, sex-positive music, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, and fandom references.

  • Fabian Nicieza

    Fabian Nicieza has written and created dozens of characters for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. The list of titles Nicieza has written form a diverse cross-section of the most successful franchises in modern pop culture, including Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Superman, Batman, and Justice League.

  • Tom Smith

    Tom Smith has been breaking hearts, shattering minds, and violating rules of propriety since 1985. His quirky mix of fannish sensibilities, outrageous puns, high-energy folk-rock-etc., and audience interaction has resulted in over two dozen albums and a fan base that extends around the world. 

  • Jason A Stiff

    Jason Stiff's credits include King of the Hill for Fox; SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, Dora the Explorer, in addition to numerous other series.

  • Atlanta Trombone Ensemble

    The Atlanta Trombone Ensemble started in 1997 and continues today as one of the premier community trombone ensembles in America. Members come from the Atlanta area music community, and consist of professional musicians, educators, and weekend warriors who all share a love of the trombone.

  • Valentine Wolfe

    Valentine Wolfe is a neoclassical metal/gothic ambient duo consisting of soprano, solo double bass, and prepared electronics. Inspired by seances, post-mortem photography, and gothic literature, 2018 saw two new releases: The Haunting of Mary Shelley, a celebration of Frankenstein, and sounds of a ghostly Christmas, Winternight Whisperings.

  • Marv Wolfman

    Marv Wolfman has created more characters for television, animation, movies, and videogames than any other creator since Stan Lee. At Marvel, Wolfman was writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Black Cat, Bullseye, and more. At DC, Marv co-created The New Teen Titans, Deathstroke, Vigilante, and dozens more. 

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Announced: 07/09/2019

  • Karan Ashley

    Karan Ashley's diverse talents in acting and dancing redefined the Yellow Power Ranger character, and made her character's name, Aisha, an overnight household name, when she joined the show in 1994. She will be appearing at the J&J Collectibles Booth at Dragon Con 2019.

  • Keith Baker

    Keith Baker is an award-winning game designer and co-founder of Twogether Studios. In addition to creating the Eberron campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons and the innovative RPG Phoenix: Dawn Command, his best selling board games include Illimat, the Gloom franchise, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game, and Action Cats.

  • Tony Cade

    Tony Cade is the owner of Challenges Games and Comics. The founder and EIC of Terminus Media LLC. He is also the founder of The Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo.

  • Dr. Julia Ann Cartwright

    Dr. Cartwright is a planetary scientist who studies meteorites. Her research uses different techniques to characterize extra-terrestrial materials for composition or chronology. 

  • Benjamin Cheaves

    Benjamin Cheaves is a programmer for Turner Classic Movies and former curator for several Atlanta based independent festivals and organizations including MondoHomo and PinkEye.

  • John Compton

    John Compton is the organized play lead developer at Paizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder and Starfinder RPGs. He’s overseen creative content for the Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society programs.

  • Bill Corbett

    Bill Corbett is a former writer and performer for Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the Sci-Fi Channel, and previously on Comedy Central. He provided the second incarnation of the robot Crow and other strange characters, including the all-powerful but clueless alien The Observer, a.k.a. "Brain Guy."

  • Craig B Greathouse

    Dr. Craig Greathouse is a Professor of Political Science at the University of North Georgia. He is an expert in security and defense issues. 

  • greendragon

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

  • John P. Helfers

    John Helfers is the fiction director for Catalyst Game Labs. Last year he also became a game designer with the release of Henchman, co-created with Dylan Birtolo.

  • Mark Jacobs

    Mark Jacobs is a pioneer in online game development. With a career starting in the early 80s, he has more than two dozen titles to his credit, including the world’s third MUD, as well as one of the most successful MMORPGs of all time, Dark Age of Camelot.

  • Allyssa A Lewis

    Creative Strategist, 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. 

  • 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.

  • Robin R Murphy

    Dr. Robin R. Murphy is a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University and author of over 150 papers and books, including Robotics Through Science Fiction: Artificial Intelligence Explained Through Six Classic Robot Short Stories. She writes about science fiction/fact for Science Robotics and

  • Erica Portnoy

    Erica Portnoy is a technologist at EFF, where she develops the Let's Encrypt client Certbot and works with lawyers and activists to achieve EFF's policy goals.

  • Symphony Sanders

    Symphony Sanders is an actress who voices Tamika Flynn in Welcome to Night Vale. Her first appearance was in the live show titled The Librarian (although this was not released publicly until after multiple other podcast appearances). Her first podcast appearance was in Old Oak Doors Part A.

  • Fabrice Sapolsky

    Fabrice Sapolsky edits, designs, draws and, of course, writes. He the co-creator of Spider-Man Noir and is known for known for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man Noir. He has many projects in development and likes the quote: “To Be Continued."

  • Joseph Scrimshaw

    Joseph Scrimshaw is a critically acclaimed comedian and writer who has brought his "geek flavored" comedy to w00tstock, the San Francisco SketchFest, Chicago Improv Festival, Jonathan Coulton’s JoCoCruiseCrazy, Dragon Con, and more. He is currently a contributing writer for RiffTrax.

  • Carmela Smith

    Trivial Warfare is the largest independently owned trivia podcast in the world and has won People's Choice Podcast Awards in the Games and Hobbies category in 2017 and 2018.

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Announced: 07/08/2019

  • Jenn Ellis

    Jenn Ellis is co-founder of Twogether Studios and a designer who's worked with Fortune 500 countries across the world. Through Twogether Studios, Ellis creates games that bring people together, encouraging storytelling and creativity including Action Cats, Phoenix: Dawn Command, and more.

  • Aaron Fever

    Aaron Fever is a writer and comedian from Dublin, Ireland. He is currently the writer of multiple comic series, has previously co-written and performed a comedy sketch show, was the director of an animated short, co-hosts the podcast Fever Talk, and hosts the interview podcast series Aaron Fever Talks To.

  • Anthony Francis

    Anthony Francis writes science fiction and draws comic books. Some of his titles include the Dakota Frost, Skindancer urban fantasy series and Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine.

  • Stacey Gordon

    Stacey Gordon is a puppeteer in Arizona, where she runs Puppet Pie, an art studio in downtown Phoenix dedicated to teaching puppeteering and puppet-building (and general silliness). She coordinates the programming for the Puppet Program at Gen Con every year and serves on the board of the Puppeteers of America.

  • May Hemmer

    May Hemmer began her burlesque career in New Orleans, LA but has been performing all of her life. She is a multi-award-winning and international performer. 

  • Robert Hendrickson

    Since launching his career, Robert Hendrickson has created artwork for the entertainment, advertising and publishing worlds. Clients include, Lucasfilm, Disney, AMC, HBO and more. He has produced art for over a decade in the Star Wars universe seen worldwide in pages of Star Wars Insider, exclusive collectibles and apparel.

  • Talloolah Love

    Talloolah Love is an internationally recognized burlesque performer, producer, and educator. A teacher, part owner, and performer at The Atlanta School of Burlesque, and the Award Winning Candybox Revue. 

  • CAPT Mark McDonagh

    Mark McDonagh is a physicist and retired Navy submarine force Captain who has been running the National Security Decision Making Game since 1990. He lectures extensively on contemporary geopolitical and military history topics, particularly WW II and the early Cold War, modern weapons technology and the history of submarine warfare.

  • Jessie Pridemore

    Jessie Pridemore is a 20 year veteran of the cosplay community. She has made costumes for several video game studios, some of which include: Blizzard, Capcom, Ubisoft, Gungho, Amazon, and many others. She also does videos with Nerdist and Machinima. In 2017, she was a contestant on Syfy's Cosplay Melee.

  • Catherine M. Scully

    Cat Scully is a writer, illustrator, and artist. She is the author of comic-novel Jennifer Strange, which released July 2019. She's illustrated maps and characters for publishers like Random House, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Knopf, Disney Hyperion, Scholastic, and more. She works at Haverhill House Publishing as a Marketing Designer.

  • Janet Varney

    Janet Varney is an actress and comedian best known for hosting TBS's Dinner and a Movie and as the voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra. Varney has performed in numerous Rifftrax commentaries for films such as Footloose, Poltergeist, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Jaws 3-D, Flatliners, and The Lost Boys.

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Announced: 07/06/2019

  • Karen David

    Karen David is an actress, singer, and songwriter best known for portraying Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia in Galavant, Layla in the The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Princess Jasmine in Once Upon a Time, Grace in Fear the Walking Dead, and in Legacies as Emma.

  • Cary Elwes

    Cary Elwes is best known for his roles in The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Saw. Other notable films include Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Jungle Book, and Ella Enchanted. On TV, he has appeared in The X-Files, Psych and most recently, Stranger Things.

  • Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore’s career led to roles in both television and film including Mad Men and Hawthorne. On the big screen he starred in A Nanny for Christmas, The Back-Up Plan, Opposite Day, and Overnight. He is best known for his role in the series Once Upon a Time as Henry.

  • Rebecca Mader

    Rebecca Mader is an English actress, best known for her roles as Charlotte Lewis in the ABC series Lost, as Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West, on ABC's Once Upon a Time, and for her appearances in the Devil Wears Prada, Fringe, 30 Rock, and more.

  • Lana Parilla

    Lana Parrilla was a regular cast member in the fifth season of the ABC sitcom Spin City from 2000 to 2001. She later starred in Boomtown, Windfall, Swingtown, Miami Medical, and 24. Recently, Parrilla starred as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series, Once Upon a Time.

  • Shannon Purser

    Shannon Purser burst onto the scene with her scene stealing, fan favorite role of Barb on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. She has not stopped working since and has appeared in Riverdale, Life of the Party, Wish Upon, and as the lead in Sierra Burgess is a Loser

  • Amie Stepanovich

    Amie Stepanovich is U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel at Access Now, where she works to protect human rights in laws and policies involving technologies and their use. Stepanovich manages and develops the organization's U.S. policy and leads global projects at the intersection of human rights and government surveillance.

  • George Takei

    With an acting career spanning six decades, George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.

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Announced: 07/04/2019

  • Katie Adkins

    Katie Adkins is a cast member of the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch stream and podcast, D4. She is also known for her role in Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks.

  • Steve Agee

    Steve Agee Agee is an actor/writer/comedian best known for his roles on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program and Fox’s New Girl and recurring characters on Superstore and You’re the Worst. Most recently, Agee can be seen in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

  • Robert Allsopp

    Robert Allsopp has worked professionally in costume for film theatre and TV for over 30 years, he is perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who and various Ridley Scott projects. Other movie work has been featured in the Bond film Spectre, Dredd, and Spiderman.

  • Andrew Alonso

    Andrew Alonso is a writer/producer for Turner Classic Movies, where he creates promotional and social content. Additionally, he works as advocate for Atlanta's filmmaking community.

  • Stephanie Arriola Anderson

    For the past 10 years, Stephanie Anderson has served as the Lead MUA for LED Experience, a corporate entertainment firm that creates magical, cirque-styled events for clients across the continent.

  • Qate Bean

    BEAN! of Bean & Bear is Qate Bean. She is an arts educator, puppet builder, and performer of puppetry, magic, and other bizarre stuff.

  • BEAR

    BEAR, of Bean & Bear, is Michael Butler. He is an improvisor, magician, and performer in the realms of puppetry, magic, and other bizarre stuff.

  • Jon Boutelle

    Jon Boutelle co-hosts and produces 50 Days of Dragon Con. He can also be found on Need Coffee's Weekend Justice and The Unique Geek.


    BREED is an internationally recognized artist, writer, and animator specializing in sequential/storyboard/concept/sketch art working for varied comic book, non-sports card, gaming, TV, and movie production companies including UDC/Marvel, IDW, and Stranger Comics. He has always had a love for things geeky, nerdy, artistic, and imaginative. 

  • Bill Bridges

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

  • Devon M Chulick

    Devon Chulick is the Dungeon Master for Total Party Chill Twitch Stream and runs games professionally. Over 20 years of experience in Table Top Games, he created Total Party Chill as a unique viewer engagement stream. He also runs several ecommerce brands related to gaming.

  • Hunter Cressall

    Since 1990, Hunter Cressall has worked in film and television as a production designer, actor, miniature effects artist, and weapons handler. Working in HD and non-linear editing since its inception, Cressall now speaks about film making and the exploding age of media we all enjoy today.

  • Veronica Dashell

    Felt Nerdy is the Atlanta-based, husband and wife performance team of Veronica Dashell and Charles Kelso. Together, they produce a unique blend of family-friendly entertainment and nerdy pop-culture comedy.

  • Millie de Chirico

    Millie De Chirico is the programmer of the late-night cult film franchise TCM Underground and has provided programming and writing for A24, Alamo Drafthouse, and the TCM Classic Film Festival.

  • Katie Downey

    Katie Downey, also known as Goblinkatie, is a cast member of the D4 D&D stream as well as the Stellar Arcanum Podcast.

  • Dustin M. Fletcher

    Dustin Fletcher is the Co-DM of D4. He is also a set and specialty costumer and ager/dyer for film and television focusing on the superhero and horror genres. 

  • Matt Frank

    Matt Frank has become known in both Japan and America as the artistic "Kaiju King"! He has contributed covers and interiors to nearly every Godzilla comic published by IDW, as well as many Transformers titles. Frank has also worked on Power Rangers, Adventure Time, Gamera, Ultraman, Redman, and Mars Attacks!

  • Yacov Freedman

    Yacov Freedman works for the fan club of Turner Classic Movies, TCM Backlot, where his job is to bring fans behind the scenes of history, cinema culture, and film preservation.

  • Michael D. French

    Michael French is a co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80s.

  • Maribeth Gandy

    Maribeth Gandy is a principal research scientist. She is the Director of the Interactive Media Technology Center, whose work focuses on augmented/virtual reality, wearable computing, gaming, and health systems.

  • Chris Gore

    Chris Gore runs and hosts the Film Threat Podcast. The author of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, a filmmaker having produced My Big Fat Independent Movie. Gore has hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC, and was on G4TV’s Attack of the Show.

  • Sanford Greene

    Sanford Greene has worked in the comics and animation industry for almost 10 years. Greene is currently working on two creator owned projects: one called Rotten Apple published by Dark Horse Comics, and 1000 with MTV Entertainment. He has co-developed a young illustrated chapter novel called An Army of Frogs.

  • Valerie Hampton

    Dr. Valerie Hampton, historical archaeologist, author, film producer, founded the AmericanSociety for Neo-Medievalism, speaks on the intersection between popular fantasy and history, with a game-company startup.

  • Yaya Han

    Yaya Han is a celebrated cosplayer and designer in the fandom community. Her licensed McCall patterns, cosplay fabric and trim collections as well as EVA foam in JOANN Fabric stores have given cosplayers world wide better access to key materials and opened the sewing/crafting industry to the cosplay market.

  • Brian Holloway

    Brian Holloway is a professional actor/director/costumer/makeup artist with credits that include touring companies for musical theatre and makeup supervision for the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II.

  • Tim Jacobus

    Tim Jacobus is an American artist and illustrator best known for illustrating the covers for nearly 100 books in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series. He has done over 300 book covers and paintings for various different series, novels, and video games.

  • Robert Jeffrey II

    Robert Jeffrey II is a comic book writer whose written for DC Comics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Agenda Publishing, and Terminus Media. 

  • Charles Kelso

    Felt Nerdy is the Atlanta-based, husband and wife performance team of Veronica Dashell and Charles Kelso. Together, they produce a unique blend of family-friendly entertainment and nerdy pop-culture comedy.

  • Patrick Logan

    Patrick Logan originally was a professional wrestler before transitioning into acting. He has been an actor for four years since then before joining the D4 stream.

  • Mandah

    Mandah is a multitalented artist. She is best known for her fx makeup, artwork, theatre, motivational panelist/speaker, and upcoming voiceover projects. 

  • Michael J. Martinez

    Michael J. Martinez is the author of the critically acclaimed historical fantasy Daedalus series and the spy-fi Majestic-12 novels, along with various short fictions and a couple of tweets.

  • Bethany Michel

    Bethany Michel is a special makeup effects artist with more than nine years of experience. Primarily self taught, she does enjoy sharing what she has learned with others. 

  • Ethan Monsour

    Ethan Monsour is a cast member of the live action roleplaying group D4. He is known for quick improv and laughing heartily at the antics of himself and his friends.

  • Laura Montgomery

    Laura Montgomery practices space law in private practice. She spent over two decades with the Federal Aviation Administration, where she served as manager of the Space Law Branch.

  • Quatoyiah Murry

    Quatoyiah Murry is the Editorial Manager at Turner Classic Movies and also writes under the moniker The Cinephiliac. She is a horror fanatic, budding film historian, and Beatles devotee.

  • Bob Novella

    Bob Novella is a co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and the Alpha Quadrant 6 podcasts. 

  • Glenn Parris

    Glenn Parris has leveraged his medical and science background to write science fiction, fantasy, as well as medical thrillers and mysteries.

  • Phoenicia

    Phoenicia has been a belly dancer since 1983. In addition to cabaret, ethnic, tribal, and fusion belly dance styles she is also a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor. 

  • Andy Price

    Since issue one, Andy Price has been the lead pencil/ink artist for the incredibly successful and record breaking My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book from IDW Publishing. MLP broke the 100,000 pre-sale mark, the first independent book to beat out DC or Marvel in 9 years!

  • John D. Ringo

    John Ringo is an science fiction and military fiction author. He has had several New York Times bestsellers. To date, he has over seven million copies of his books in print, and his works have been translated into seven different languages. 

  • Fr. Bryan Small

    Fr. Bryan Small is a Catholic priest with a great love for sci-fi and pop culture. In the past he has taught Homiletics and been a chaplain for the FBI.

  • Dia Starr

    Dia Starr curates art events, does custom bodypaint, logos, and graphic design for web and print. They specialize in online branding, social media development and management, online promotions, and more

  • Yale Stewart

    Yale Stewart is a cartoonist from St. Louis, MO, who's best known for his long-running and award-winning webcomic JL8, which explores the lives of the Justice League as a class of third-graders! He's also known for his commission work, as well as freelance work for Marvel, Image, BOOM! and Dynamite.

  • Mark Texeira

    Having movie credits in the last four Marvel/ Disney movies, Mark Texeira has been noted and credited for comic book artwork as far back as 1980, with House of Mystery, Swamp Thing (movie adaptation), Heman (Mattel mini toy comics), Warlord, and Hex.

  • Allan Trautman

    Allan Trautman is a professional puppeteer, actor, and director. He is a puppetry technique instructor with the Jim Henson Company, for whom he worked on Babe, Dr. Dolittle, Muppets from Space, Muppets Tonight, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and Dinosaurs.

  • Dexter Vines

    Dexter Vines is one of comics most prolific and well respected artist inkers in the business with over 18 years experience. Having worked on some of the biggest titles from Superman/Batman, Civil War, and Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Vines is still going strong with no end in sight.

  • Hemrani Vyas

    Hemrani Vyas is the programming coordinator for Turner Classic Movies. She has taught numerous courses on film and television history. 

  • Aurora A Walker

    Aurora Walker is a professional seamstress and tailor since 2009. She is currently working in film and television with IATSE local 479 and also does private contract work from home.

  • Raya W Watkins

    Raya Watkins costars in D4. She has also begun using her voice as a transwoman in the geeky community to develop long lasting changes.

  • Kristen Welch

    Kristen Welch is a Sr. Manager at TCM who has written about fashion on film, Jane Austen, and Audrey Hepburn. Her work on Coco Chanel was published in Vanity Fair.

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Announced: 07/03/2019

  • Elonka Dunin

    Elonka Dunin is a professional game developer, writer, and cryptographer. A leading expert on the world's most famous unsolved codes, such as Kryptos at CIA Headquarters, she is also namesake for the Nola Kaye character in Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Lost Symbol.

  • Faith McCombs

    Faith McCombs is a cosplayer who loves bringing joy and magic to children through the art of cosplay. She enjoys getting to spread that happiness through the Kids Track.

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Announced: 06/26/2019

  • David Anders

    David Anders is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias and as Adam Monroe on Heroes, and has also appeared in The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Warehouse 13, and more. Anders can be currently seen on iZombie.

  • Jen Brown

    Jen Brown is an actor, art model, podcaster, producer, writer, director, and overall nerd extraordinaire living in Austin, TX. She is most known for her voice work on several popular Rooster Teeth series, for DC Universe Online, and much more.

  • Caitlin Glass

    Caitlin Glass is an American voice actor and director, working in anime and video games since 2004. Notable roles include Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist), Haruhi (Ouran High School Host Club), and Cammy (Street Fighter IV & V). She currently portrays Mina Ashido in My Hero Academia and Vados in DragonBall Super.

  • Malcolm Goodwin

    Malcolm Goodwin, who hails from Brooklyn, New York, has had roles in various films and TV shows, such as American Gangster, Detroit 1-8-7, Leatherheads, The Longshots, Mississippi Damned, Breakout Kings, and Crazy on the Outside. He is best known for playing Clive Babineaux on iZombie.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Matthew Hawkins loves to make things, fun things, innovative things, inspired things. Whimsical, animated, colorful and beautiful papertoys are his passion and priority. Transforming flat paper into 3D objects is still magic to him! Hawkins loves that toys bring families together and inspire kids to create!

  • Samantha Ireland

    Samantha Ireland is an award-winning actress as well as a writer, director, and producer. She is most known for her work with Rooster Teeth Productions voicing such characters as Nora Valkyrie from RWBY, The Flower Scouts from CAMP CAMP, and C.T. from Red Vs. Blue

  • Cherami Leigh

    Cherami Leigh is best known to anime and gaming fans as Makoto Nijima/Queen (Persona 5), Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail), Asuna (Sword Art Online), A2 (Nier:Automata), Gaige (Borderlands 2), Sarada (Boruto), and the iconic Sailor Venus (Sailor Moon). She has also been featured on television and film, including Fast Food Nation.

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Announced: 06/18/2019

  • Joe Benitez

    Joe Benitez is an American comic book artist who has worked on such titles as Titans and Superman/Batman (DC Comics), Magdalena and The Darkness (Image Comics), and Soulfire (Aspen Comics). He is also the creator of the modrn fantasy Wraithborn and the steampunk series Lady Mechanika.

  • Tom Biondolillo

    Atlanta-based Tom Biondolillo is a professional comic artist, illustrator, writer, and college professor of sequential art, illustration, and animation. Through the years, he’s created for a variety of companies and properties. Currently he’s working hard at writing and illustrating his own books. 

  • Jenevieve Broomall

    Jenevieve Broomall is a popular cover illustrator work in the comics industry. She has worked with clientele such as: Valiant, IDW, Coffin Comics, Aspen, Devil's Due and more. She currently resides in south Florida where she is publishing several art books through Kickstarter and enjoying working within the comic genre.

  • M. M. Chen

    M. M. Chen is an American comic book writer whose credits include Magdalena and Ascension for Image Comics, as well as several indie books such as the urban fantasy Wraithborn, the steampunk series Lady Mechanika, The Darkness: Origins, and La dama de la muerte

  • Jeremy Clark

    Jeremy Clark, has been able to work on various comic projects for multiple publishers including cover ink/finishing work for Image Comics Prodigy, Zenescope Entertainment, Coffin Comics, Source Point Press, Alterna Comics, Caliber Comics, Counterpoint Comics, etc.

  • Todd Robert Cochrane

    Todd Cochrane has worked in the podcasting space since 2004. He is the host of Geek News Central and The New Media Show.

  • Emily Coutts

    Emily Coutts co-stars on Star Trek: Discovery as Keyla Detmer, helmsman of the U.S.S. Shenzhou. The Canadian redhead previously appeared in such films and television shows as Transporter: The Series, Barn Wedding, Crimson Peak, The Girlfriend Experience, Dark Matter, Murdoch Mysteries, and Goliath.

  • Chuck Dorsett

    Chuck Dorsett has been a hobbyist and professional leathercrafter for over 30 years and his work has appeared in a number of motion pictures, television series, and theatrical productions.

  • Francesco Francavilla

    Francesco Francavilla is known for his moody, pulpy brushwork, and brilliant colors. He has lent his artistic talents to covers for well-known comic titles Hellboy, Zorro, and many others. He is currently the series artist on Marvel's Black Panther, DC's Detective Comics, and the upcoming Swamp Thing.

  • Todd Alan Harris

    Todd Harris is co-founder of Hi-Rez Studios, one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast, and President of Skillshot Media, the largest east coast esports production company.

  • Darrell C. Hazelrig

    Darrell C. Hazelrig is an award-winning filmmaker. He is a founding member of the New Puppet Order, a mature and experimental puppet film collective that has screened at film festivals.

  • Robert Kurtzman

    For three decades Robert Kurtzman has been an icon in the world of special make-up, creature effects, and genre filmmaking. His award-winning, photo-realistic effects work can be seen in hundreds of movies including Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, franchises and television series. 

  • Eloy Lasanta

    Eloy Lasanta runs Third Eye Games, one of the most unique tabletop RPG companies, creating very different experiences than what can be found at most tables. With titles like Part-Time Gods 2E, Sins of the Father, and the Pip System, Eloy has created games that fit almost any gamer.

  • Shazad Latif

    Captivating and an immensely talented actor, Shazad Latif can most recently be seen in the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery. Additional recent credits for Latif include starring in Penny Dreadful and appearing in The Man Who Knew Infinity and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

  • Annie Lockwood

    Annie Lockwood works in casting, as a wardrobe stylist assistant, writer, actor, and stand-up comedian. Presently, she produces several live stand-up comedy shows around Atlanta.

  • George Lowe

    Cartoon Networks wildly popular Adult Swim block was built on the cult hit Space Ghost Coast to Coast which ran for a decade with legions of fans responsible for its success. George Lowe is the ad-libbing madman behind Space Ghost.

  • Melinda R. Mock

    Melinda Mock is the co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80s and also hosts Dreamland: The RetroBlasting Podcast.

  • Kenya Morgan

    Kenya Morgan is a film and television costumer whose career began with her education at the Georgia Film Academy. Since then she’s worked on Annabelle 3 and Stranger Things.

  • Anson Mount

    Anson Mount is known for his television roles as fictional character Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, Jim Steele on the short-lived NBC series Conviction, the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in Marvel's Inhumans, and Captain Christopher Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.

  • Rebecca Kate Myers

    Rebecca Myers has designed and produced ensembles from steampunk and rococopunk inspired to tiki and everyday wear. Myers is collaborating with family on costumed events at Hightower Creek Vineyards.

  • Annalise Ophelian

    Annalise Ophelian is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and clinical psychologist. She's the creator of the upcoming documentary Looking for Leia, about women and non-binary Star Wars fans.

  • Prof. Orlando

    Thom Orlando is a Professor at Georgia Tech who serves as the Director of the Center for Space Technology and Research. He is also the Principal Investigator of REVEALS.

  • George Pérez

    George Pérez is an illustrator and writer of comic. Along with John Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate style.

  • Ethan Peck

    Actor Ethan Peck is best known for his roles in the movies The Sorcerer's Apprentice and In Time, and the series 10 Thing I Hate About You and Star Trek: Discovery. In addition, Peck has lent his voice to Halo 4, Halo 5: Guardians, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

  • Rachel Pendergrass

    Rachel Pendergrass a writer, performer, and gigantic dork who has written for everyone from National Lampoon to HowStuffWorks. She's the producer of the Solve for X Variety show.

  • Cat Rambo

    Cat Rambo’s 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her most recent works include Hearts of Tabat, Neither Here Nor There, and Moving from Idea to Finished Draft.

  • Alison Sky Richards

    Alison Sky Richards has given up her sword for the pen. She is an author of paranormal romance, sci-fi, and fantasy, she is currently getting her MFA in Creative Writing.

  • Shellie Schmals

    Shellie Schmals is Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Film Programming Manager, the Women in Film and Television Atlanta secretary, co-chair of the Short Film Showcase, and producer/emcee of Roxie Roz Burlesque.

  • Randal L. Schwartz

    Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl programming language, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz hosts the successful FLOSS Weekly podcast, covering Free/Libre Open Source Software by interviewing the project leaders and legends in the industry. 

  • Jason Shwartz

    Jason Shwartz is an animation director. His credits include Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Alien News Desk, Paradise PD, The Awesomes, The Who Was? Show, Chozen, and Lazor Wulf.

  • Aron Siegel

    Aron Siegel, producer and sound mixer whose work includes The Unwanted, Implanted, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Lightning, Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, and more.

  • Melissa Simpson

    Melissa Simpson is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Film Impact Georgia. She has also has worked for multiple film festivals and is actively involved in the Atlanta film community.

  • Catherine Tate

    Actor and writer, Catherine Tate is well-known in the UK and internationally for a diversity of work in television, film, and on the stage - in particular, for the award winning The Catherine Tate Show and her roles on Doctor Who and the Office.

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Announced: 06/14/2019

  • Atlanta Radio Theatre Company

    ARTC has been performing original audio drama since 1984. Specializing in science fiction, horror, and fantasy, but branching out into other genres as well, Atlanta Radio Theatre Company brings audiences throughout the southeast region an audio experience specifically designed to immerse the listener in the performance.

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Announced: 06/10/2019

  • Lori Alan

    Lori Alan has starred as Diane Simmons on Family Guy, Pearl the Whale on SpongeBob: Squarepants, and Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four, among many other fantastic animated roles including Monster's University, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me 2, and WALL·E.

  • Mike Baron

    Mike Baron is the creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger two of the longest lasting independent superhero comics. Baron has won two Eisners and an Inkpot award and written The Punisher, Flash, Deadman, and Star Wars, among many other titles.

  • Dauna L Bartley

    Ethics attorney by day, Dauna Bartley enjoys talking about science fiction, fantasy, space, and of course, the law and how it applies to all of the above.

  • Shawn Boettner

    Shawn Boettner is sometimes mistaken for a Sasquatch, but he is simply a paranormal investigator searching for the truth about America's favorite cryptid. 

  • Andy Brase

    Andy Brase, known for his character and cover illustrations, has done art for Predator, Doctor Strange, Assassin's Creed, Dragon Age, Star Wars, Punisher, Black Panther, Swamp Thing, Dark Sun, Kull, Hulk, Daredevil, Spider-Man, The Darkness, and more, including book covers for stories by George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman.

  • Jennie Breeden

    Jennie Breeden started drawing the adventures of her friends in the dorms in 1998 and in 2001 she began posting those journal comics online. From a 21-year-old angry college student to a 38-year-old bumbling adult-ish Jennie still documents her adventures with friends and family. 

  • Matthew J. Brown

    Matthew 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.

  • Rodger Bumpass

    Emmy-nominated for the voice of Squidward on SpongeBob Squarepants, Rodger Bumpass has been in acting for 38 years, and he’s going to keep on until he gets it right. In addition to Squidward, he has also provided various voices in many Disney and Pixar featured animated movies.

  • Alison Cherry

    Alison Cherry is the author of Red, For Real, and Look Both Ways and the novels The Classy Crooks Club, Willows Vs Wolverines, Ella Unleashed, and She's the Liar.

  • Izzie Colpitts-Campbell

    Izzie Colpitts-Campbell is an artist, designer, educator, and technologist whose work inhabits the interfaces between the body, leather, and computational fashion. 

  • D'Vinci

    D'vinci is a high energy DJ that loves to get the crowd involved within the show. Ultimately, he believes his creativity and love for music can bring everyone together.

  • Rita De La Torre

    Rita De La Torre is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and voice actor. De La Torre co-wrote, produced, and directed Seekers of the Lost Worlds and co-created the animated series Star Mage.

  • Barnaby Dixon

    Barnaby Dixon is an artist who designs and builds innovative and dynamic puppets. Dixon has a strong online presence and his work has achieved international acclaim through media coverage, competitions, and viral success, which has lead to collaborations with companies like Bad Robot Productions, the Jim Henson Company, and Netflix.

  • Heather Dobson

    Heather Scarbro Dobson is a paranormal investigator and author of Memoirs of a Future Ghost. You should check it out before she expires.

  • Jordan T. Duncan

    Jordan Duncan is an investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI). He is also an academic historian, educator, vlogger, and podcaster.

  • Jeff Ello

    Jeff Ello (aka "jello") is a filmmaker/technologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of the latest technology, techniques and tricks for independent filmmakers and CG artists. He has developed solutions that power high-volume video production facilities, real-time visual effects and media distribution hubs. 

  • Sarah Falls

    From sculpting large scale set pieces to creating props and supersuit armor, Sarah Falls regularly deals with unusual projects to create movie magic.

  • Ben Fisher

    Ben Fisher is a reformed attorney who writes bestselling comics across multiple genres, including The Great Divide, The Underfoot, and The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat & Pokey.

  • Stephan Franck

    Stephan Franck is an award-nominated animator/writer/director/comic book creator. He was a supervising animator on the cult classic The Iron Giant, and contributed story to Despicable Me. Silver, his graphic novel debut under the Dark Planet Imprint, earned a nomination for the prestigious Russ Manning Award.

  • Mark Gagliardi

    Mark Gagliardi is best known for the viral hit Drunk History and his work in The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a monthly live hit show and podcast. He is a veteran of The Second City and National Lampoon, and works at Disneyland and Universal Studios as an actor and improvisation coach. 

  • Paige Gardner

    Paige Gardner is an award-winning costumer who regularly appears as a guest presenter on unconventional costuming at science fiction and anime conventions in the U.S. and Canada.

  • 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. 

  • Jennifer Gilley

    Jennifer Gilley is an artist from Virginia who concentrates her work around body arts including special effects, body painting, tattooing and illustrating. 

  • Josh Greathouse

    Josh Greathouse is a master of color, a wizard of lines, a crafter of stories, and okay in the eyes of his cat. He's a comic and children's book artist, and is a featured artist of the Regular Show, Looking for a Group, and the children's book the Big Hit

  • Matt Green

    Director, producer, teacher, and FX artist Matt Green has directed ten feature films and created creature and physical FX on countless others. Green has over 33 years of professional experience in the film business and loves to teach the art and craft of film-making.

  • Andrew Greenberg

    Award-winning game designer Andrew Greenberg has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. He has also worked on products with other rpg companies. 

  • Terran Gregory

    Terran Gregory is a cinematic project director working for Blizzard Entertainment's Story and Franchise Development team. Since joining the company in 2006, he has been directing cinematics, cutscenes, trailers, and other media for World of Warcraft as well as other games in Blizzard's portfolio.

  • Mikey Grenier

    Mike Grenier is a co-designer of the game Student Bodies for his company Angry Duck Games. He is also an editor and panelist for the podcast Which Game First.

  • Scott Harris

    Scott Harris is the staff planetary geologist at Fernbank Science Center and Planetarium. He also is an active researcher investigating asteroid impact deposits around the world, primarily in South America.

  • M. Haynes

    M. Haynes is the mind behind the popular Elemental novel series, an educator, blogger, and public speaker who hopes to show that anyone and everyone can be "super."

  • Erica Henderson

    Erica Henderson is a comic artist, writer, and animator. She's best known for her work on Marvel's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with Adventure Time. Henderson is part of a new generation of female cartoonists bringing their own unique, expressive style to the traditionally male-dominated world of superhero comics.

  • G. Scott Huggins

    G. Scott Huggins is a fantasy and science-fiction writer. He has won runner-up honors in both the Writers of The Future and the Baen Adventure Fantasy Awards.

  • Alledria Hurt

    Alledria Hurt is an author of multiple long form works for both adults and YA. Her most well-known pieces are the Fate Circle Saga and the She Becomes Death universe.

  • Mark Jackson

    Mark Jackson has most recently been cast as series regular Isaac in The Orville for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Other screen work includes performing with Paul Nicholas and Steve Huison in The Royal Today for ITV and various short films such as Peppermint and The Kissing Booth.

  • Stefanie Jones

    Stefanie Forte grew up having paranormal experiences that she could not explain. Eleven years ago she joined Paranormal Georgia Investigations and has been exploring the “other side” ever since.

  • Katherine Kurtz

    With her first Deryni Trilogy, Katherine Kurtz helped found the modern fantasy genre, and has more than a score of novels to her credit, along with nearly a dozen co-authored with others. Her first novel, Deryni Rising, is currently optioned and in development with Sony Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.

  • K`Tetch

    K`Tetch is a Robotics engineer and research journalist. After working on several seasons of BattleBots and other TV shows, he became the lead researcher for

  • Valeria La Saponara

    Dr. La Saponara is a tenured professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She is the co-Investigator of The Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces (REVEALS).

  • J. Lee

    J. Lee is an actor, writer, and occasional musician who is known for playing Lt. John LaMarr on the Fox science fiction comedy television series The Orville. Lee landed his first industry job as the receptionist for Family Guy. Eventually became a writer for The Cleveland Show.

  • Lips Down on Dixie

    Lips Down On Dixie is an Atlanta based Rocky Horror Picture Show cast which performs weekly Friday midnight shows at The Plaza Theater. Known nationally for their screen accuracy, the cast has made appearances at venues around the Southeast region including Masquerade, Club Future, Chamber, Tongue & Groove, and others.

  • Peter Macon

    Peter Macon is an actor and voice-over artist who plays the role of Bortus the second officer aboard the The Orville. Macon is a veteran actor who has had recurring roles on the cable series Shameless and streaming series Bosch. He also starred in the cable movie High Moon.

  • Moxie Anne Magnus

    Lt. Moxie Magnus travels through time and space to deliver her own brand of sci-fi comedy! She's proof that your physics professor was wrong; there IS drag in space!

  • Matthew Charles Malis

    Matthew Malis is an established podcaster. His longest running show is Polyhedron, an RPG podcast. He also co-hosts The Great Movie Draft and is an editor for The Grimdark Podcast

  • Anya Martin

    Anya Martin’s horror collection, Sleeping with the Monster, debuted in 2018. She co-produces The Outer Dark podcast, with Scott Nicolay, on This Is Horror, and co-chairs The Outer Dark Symposium.

  • Mikey Mason

    A nationally touring performer, and with hits with "She Don’t Like Firefly," "Best Game Ever," and "Opposite of Cool," Mikey Mason is a ball of contagious enthusiasm who makes songs that make geeks happy. A truly must-see event each time he performs.

  • Eddie McClintock

    Eddie McClintock is perhaps best known for his work as Pete Lattimer on Warehouse 13. He has also appeared as Special Agent Tim Sullivan on Bones and has guest-starred on Sex and the City, My Boys, Felicity, Friends, Less than Perfect, Better Off Ted, and The King of Queens.

  • Holly Sullivan McClure

    Holly Sullivan McClure is published in fiction and non-fiction. All her books have elements of paranormal and supernatural. She now writes, teaches writing, and mentors a few select writers.

  • Brett A McGuire

    Dr. Brett McGuire is currently a research fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Virginia and the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian in Massachusetts.

  • Travis Scott Merrill

    Travis Merrill, textile artist, specialty costume creator, combines 20 years working in professional theater as a crafts artisan, prop builder, and puppeteer into a career in the film and television. See his work in Macgyver, Stranger Things, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Live by Night, and Avengers Infinity War.

  • Christopher Morgan

    Born and raised in Texas, Christopher Morgan received a BA from Mississippi State University in History and English. He began working for Tor books in 2014.

  • Night Sabers

    Night Sabers play nerd pop music about video games, anime, and comic books. Imagine if Tom Petty and Debbie Harry played too much NES growing up and you're starting to get an idea! Their new record, Welcome to Saber School just came out, and the future is looking Saber-riffic!

  • 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. 

  • Ashley Poston

    Ashley Poston is the author of the YA series Once Upon a Con (Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl), as well as the space opera duology Heart of Iron.

  • Cassandra Quave

    Cassandra Quave is Curator of the Herbarium and Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, where she leads drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses.

  • Brian Reber

    Brian Reber is a professional colorist who has worked on over 80 different series for Marvel, DC, TopCow, Image and Valiant. He has worked on titles such as Batwing, Runaways, X-factor, New Mutants, and X-Men Legacy. He is currently an exclusive artist under Valiant Comics.

  • Lindsay Ribar

    Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels The Pros of Cons, Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, The Art of Wishing, and The Fourth Wish.

  • Roy Richardson

    Roy Richardson has worked for all the major publishers. Currently, he is the inker of the new sci-fi series Captain Ginger from Ahoy Comics. He is also the inker/letter/colorist for the Mary Worth comic strip, over his wife June Brigman's pencils.

  • Ashley Ruhl

    Ashley Ruhl is a game designer with over eight years of experience. She's worked on titles including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Telltale series, and Darksiders III.

  • Steve Saffel

    Steve Saffel is Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books, acquiring original SF, fantasy, horror, and media tie-ins including Alien, Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man, Batman, and Mass Effect

  • Allison Scagliotti

    Allison Scagliotti is an actress who is best known for her roles as Mindy in Drake and Josh and Claudia Donovan in the SyFy television series, Warehouse 13. Other notable roles include One Tree Hill, CSI, Zoey 101, Stitchers, Eureka, Smallville, and many more.

  • Michelle Schusterman

    Michelle Schusterman is the author of Spell & Spindle, Olive and The Backstage Ghost, Kat Sinclair Files, and I Heart Band, and is the co-author of The Pros of Cons.

  • Roxanne Starr

    Roxanne Starr is a graphic designer/comic book letterer, best known for being a pioneer of computer lettering specifically created for comics. 

  • Brandon H Strauss

    Brandon Strauss is a forensic entomologist whom has trained and worked with many experts in the field of forensics. He has also consulted on Ozark and various novels.

  • Anne Sullivan

    Anne Sullivan was a game developer at EA before getting her PhD in Expressive Artificial Intelligence. She is now an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Georgia Tech.

  • Jamy Ian Swiss

    Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, author, and public speaker. Television appearances include CBS's 48 Hours, PBS's Nova, The Today Show, and The Late, Late Show. He is the author of books including three collections of essays. Swiss has been a founder, fellow, or advisor to four major skeptic organizations.

  • Douglas Wayne Talk

    Dr. Douglas Talk is the chief medical consultant for SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc., assisting in the design of human hibernation-based space missions for deep space exploration. 

  • Natalie Zina Walschots

    Natalie Zina Walschots is an essayist, video game writer, ARG developer, and creator of award-winning poetry about supervillians. She is the author of HENCH (William Morrow, Fall 2020).

  • Dan A Williams

    Cosplayer Dan Williams is better known as Parthenon from the SYFY TV show Who Wants To Be A Superhero? hosted by Stan Lee. 

  • Philip R Wyatt

    Philip Wyatt is an experienced paranormal researcher with an extensive background in spirit communication. He combines science, technology, and his Clairvoyant abilities in his research and investigations.

  • Ben Young

    Ben Young is better known as "Mr. Literature," a co-host of Trivial Warfare, the largest independently-owned trivia podcast in the world. Trivial Warfare is a winner of the People's Choice Podcasting Award in the Games and Hobbies category, and Young is nominated for election into the Trivia Hall of Fame. 

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Announced: 06/02/2019

  • Freema Agyeman

    Freema Agyeman is an actress, best known for her role in Doctor Who and the spinoff series Torchwood as Martha Jones. She is also well known for her character Amanita Caplan in the acclaimed Netflix series Sense8. Freema will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only.

  • Cooper Andrews

    Actor Cooper Andrews is best known for his popular ongoing turn as the Kingdom's Jerry on AMC's megahit The Walking Dead. Most recently, Andrews has drawn praise for his portrayal of foster father Victor Vasquez in DC's 2019 hit, SHAZAM!

  • Aimee Garcia

    Aimee Garcia is an award-winning actress, currently starring on the hugely popular series Lucifer, which recently moved to Netflix for its fourth season earlier this year. She previously appeared on Showtime’s hit Dexter as Jamie Batista. Her other credits include Trauma, The George Lopez Show, RoboCop, and more.

  • Ty Olsson

    Ty Olsson is the man in everything. He is best known for his role as Benny Lafitte the Vampire in Supernatural. He currently plays Nyko on CW's The 100. He has had great character roles on Battlestar Galactica, V, Eureka, Falling Skies, Continuum, Arrow, Dirk Gently, and iZombie

  • DJ Qualls

    DJ Qualls is one of the most recognizable actors working today. He has a huge fanbase of his roles including the movies Road Trip, The New Guy, The Core, and even Hustle and Flow. He has been an icon of TV with his roles on Supernatural and on ZNation.

  • David Tennant

    David Tennant is a Scottish actor and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and most recently, Crowley in Good Omens. He will be appearing Friday and Saturday only.

  • DB Woodside

    DB Woodside is currently seen as the series regular, Amenadiel on Lucifer on Netflix. Concurrently, he has been starring on the cable drama Suits. Prior to that, he was a recurring regular on the network drama Parenthood and he played Wayne Palmer on the Emmy Awarding-winning 24.

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Announced: 05/30/2019

  • Andrew Aydin

    Andrew Aydin is co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir series, March, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. March is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor.

  • Ed Binkley

    Ed Binkley served as a judge/juror for Dragon Con 2018. His artwork has appeared in 25 years of competitive publications and exhibits and has won numerous awards, including Gold and Silver awards in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and commissioned work for film director George Lucas.

  • April M Borchelt

    April Borchelt is a professional artist working in the animation and gaming industry for 5+years. She's worked on SMITE, Paladins, was the lead artist on Clutter VI, and painted backgrounds for SpongeBob SquarePants. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, published in magazines, featured in board games, and children's books.

  • Dr. John E. Bradford

    Dr. John Bradford is President of SpaceWorks, an Atlanta-based aerospace company supporting NASA, the U.S. Air Force, DARPA, and New Space industry. He is a Mars settlement proponent, a lunar economy supporter, and a hypersonics advocate. He has recently been pursuing low metabolic, human stasis capabilities for spaceflight missions.

  • June Brigman

    June Brigman has enjoyed a long and varied career as a cartoonist, drawing such comic book titles as Alpha Flight, Supergirl, and Star Wars. She is the co-creator (with Louise Simonson) of the Power Pack series from Marvel Comics, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

  • John Delaney

    John Delaney is a veteran comic book artist, with more than 25 years in the business. He’s done everything from Superman to Scooby-Doo, Bart Simpson to Batman. He’s an Eisner nominated artist, Emmy award winning storyboard artist and animation director.

  • Annie Stegg Gerard

    Annie Stegg Gerard has always loved to paint. Her art career began at 7 years old, when she had first art show at her school. Since then she has never stopped painting and has worked for clients across the world. 

  • Justin Gerard

    Most known for his work illustrating scenes from the works of JRR Tolkien, Justin Gerard's illustrations have also been used in films, games, magazines, and books by clients such as Disney, Penguin, Warner Bros., Sony, Harper Collins, Riot, and Blizzard.

  • Molly Lewis

    Molly Lewis (aka Sweetafton23) is an internet musician who is known for her ukulele playing, playing both covers and original songs. Her original music consists of comedic songs about pop culture topics that trend towards the nerdy. Her first EP was I Made You A CD... But I Eated It.

  • Hal Lublin

    One of the creators and co-hosts of We Got This with Mark and Hal on the Maximum Fun Network, Hal Lublin is an accomplished actor and improviser. Best known as Steve Carlsberg on Welcome to Night Vale, Lublin also plays Wide Wale and Manolo on The Venture Brothers.

  • Ted Naifeh

    Comics creator Ted Naifeh is responsible for many dark, delicious worlds. These include the gothic romance Gloomcookie (with Serena Valentino), Courtney Crumrin (optioned for a movie by DreamWorks in 2007), and the all-ages Polly and the Pirates. Currently he is illustrating The Good Neighbors by bestselling author Holly Black.

  • Jamie Pearce

    Jamie Pearce has been involved in the paranormal for over 20 years, has published seven books in her Historic Haunts series, has conducting hundreds of investigations, has been on numerous paranormal television shows, and is working on her PhD in Parapsychology.

  • Mike Phirman

    Mike Phirman attended UCLA where he met Chris Hardwick, a fellow comedy enthusiast with whom you began performing silly musical acts under the name Hard 'n Phirm. Together, they've made an album, driven through a lot of corn, and taped a Comedy Central Presents special that they feel went not-too-badly.

  • Ken Plume

    Ken Plume runs FRED Entertainment where he hosts the interview series A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume, has produced animation and podcasts, produced Milius, co-authored There's A Zombie In My Treehouse, and is the co-author of Go Team Venture: The Art & Making Of The Venture Bros.

  • Sara Richard

    Illustrator Sara Richard is best known for her work on My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms, and the Eisner nominated book Kitty and Dino. In 2018, Sara collaborated with Eisner winner Franco to create The Ghost, The Owl, published by Action Lab.

  • Riddle

    Riki Lecotey, known by Riddle, is an internationally recognized cosplayer who has been cosplaying for over 15 years. While she continues to cosplay, she has transferred the skills she learned into working on films such as Infinity War and Marvel's Endgame as a specialty set costumer.

  • Will Rosado

    Will Rosado started his career at Marvel Comics drawing his favorite childhood book, GIJOE, and later DC Comics. His work can also be found in the pages of Detective Comics, Nightwing, Robin, Birds of Prey, Superman One Million, Flash, Deathstroke, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes 2, Incidentals, Noble, and Summit.

  • 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.

  • Dana Swanson

    Dana Swanson is a voice actor, musician, game reviewer, and person who improvises too much from Atlanta, GA. She provides the talky-parts of Toonami’s SARA, Dark Ages’ Malison, and Glenn’s Wife on Squidbillies while also recording music and voice nonsense for various other Adult Swim projects.

  • Kirk Thatcher

    Kirk R. Thatcher is a writer, producer, director, creature designer, and actor with credits on Return of the Jedi, Star Trek IV, the Muppet movies and TV series, both Gremlins films, Robocop 2, Dinosaurs the TV series, and much more!

  • James Urbaniak

    James Urbaniak provides the voice for Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros., as well as the Doctor's brother, Jonas Venture Junior, and the super-villain Phantom Limb. He has also been acclaimed for his acting in the films Henry Fool and American Splendor.

  • Matt Wilson

    Coloring comics since 2003, Matt Wilson has colored thousands of comic pages over hundreds of issues for most major comic book publishers. You may know his work from books such as The Wicked +The Divine, Paper Girls, The Mighty Thor, Black Widow, Runaways, and Conan the Barbarian

  • Lucky Yates

    Lucky Yates plays Dr. Krieger on the hit show Archer on FX. He also played a bazillion characters on the show Good Eats on the Food Network along side his pal Alton Brown. He has a podcast with Amber Nash (Pam on Archer).

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Announced: 05/20/2019

  • Stanley Aughtry

    Stanley Aughtry has been acting for more than a decade and has appeared in several major films including The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Black Panther.

  • Jane Badler

    Jane Badler, is the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader Diana in the NBC mini-series V, its sequel V: The Final Battle, the subsequent TV series V, and the last season of the latest series V. 

  • Tony A Ballard-Smoot

    Model, cosplayer, and speaker, Tony Ballard-Smoot works diligently to promote the steampunk, cosplay, modeling, and maker communities. He travels extensively, working within these communities in a variety of roles.

  • Esther Beltran

    Dr. Beltran, expert in Human Space Exploration works in NASA projects, trains military pilots in tactical and combat operations. She was the doctor at Tektas Burnu, anunderwater archaeological excavation.

  • Chad Coleman

    Chad L. Coleman became known by portraying Dennis "Cutty" Wise on The Wire, voicing Coach in the video game Left 4 Dead 2, and portraying Tyreese Williams on The Walking Dead. He currently stars in SyFy’s The Expanse as Fred Johnson and as the alien Klyden, on The Orville.

  • Ruth Connell

    Ruth Connell is a Scottish theatre, television and film actress and producer. She is also a former professional dancer and choreographer. Connell is best known for her recurring role as Rowena in the CW series Supernatural, one of the longest running female characters on the show.

  • Lisa Corrao

    Lisa Corrao left her lucrative career as a public middle school teacher to travel the world doing stand-up comedy. Her material is clever, sarcastic, and a little dark, delivered with the smile and warmth of your favorite grade school teacher.

  • Quinton Flynn

    Quinton Flynn is most notable for providing the English voices of video game characters such as Raiden in the Metal Gear series, Croix in La Pucelle: Tactics, Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, Reno in Final Fantasy VII and its sequels and prequels

  • Frenchy and the Punk

    Eclectic genre-bending New York Cabaret Rock Duo w/french born singer and veteran punk rock guitarist. Sultry powerful vocals, live looped raucous guitar riffs, named top 25 duos in America by Yahoo Music. A rollicking two person powerhouse. Fun with a capital F!

  • Maggie Geha

    Actor and model Maggie Geha is best known as Poison Ivy on Fox's Gotham. Geha has worked with Mark Wahlberg in Ted 2 and with Hugh Grant in The Rewrite. She will next be seen in the psychological thriller, The Harrow

  • Courtney Lytle

    Courtney Lytle is a practicing intellectual property and corporate attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law. Lytle represents artists, authors and start-up companies.

  • David Mazouz

    David Mazouz first came to prominence for his lead role as mute Jacob "Jake" Bohm in the TV series Touch, but in 2014 he landed the role he is best known for: young Bruce Wayne in FOX's TV series Gotham.

  • Christopher G Moore

    Christopher G. Moore is an award-winning filmmaker, was a co-writer of the YouTube series Mario Warfare, and is co-host of the podcasts Horror News Radio and Decades of Horror 1980s.

  • James Nettles

    For 30 years, James Nettles has been consulting for dozens of clients. He is a media contributor, speaker on a multitude of subjects, and is a sci-fi and fantasy author.

  • Sean Pertwee

    Sean Pertwee consistently captivates audiences with his compelling performances in a variety of roles that span film, television, and stage including his portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth in the hit television series Gotham and as Sgt. Harry G. Wells in Dog Soldiers.

  • John Sabol

    John Sabol is a professional archaeologist/cultural anthropologist and actor. He has written 40 books, and has spoken at scientific conferences in the U.K, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, and Hungary.

  • Lesia Miller Schnur

    Former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian. Lesia investigates popular theories, hoaxes and the obscure and forgotten. She is a contributor in Celebrity Ghosts & Notorious Hauntings.

  • Mark A. Sheppard

    Mark Sheppard is a British-American actor and musician. He is known for his recurring roles as the demon/King of Hell Crowley on Supernatural, lawyer Romo Lampkin on the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Interpol investigator James Sterling on Leverage, and small-time crime lord Badger on Joss Whedon's Firefly.

  • Marc Singer

    A star of both television and feature films, Marc Singer's popularity stems from such title roles as The Beastmaster in the three original films of that name, and his portrayal of Mike Donovan in the three acclaimed sci-fi TV epics V, V: the Final Battle, and V: the Series.

  • Samantha Smith

    Samantha Smith is best known as Mary Winchester in the wildly popular show, Supernatural, which recently celebrated its 300th episode. Samantha has been a recurring character for multiple seasons. She has also had guest appearances on Rizzoli & Isles and Criminal Minds. Her film work includes Jerry Maguire and Transformers.

  • Cybertronic Spree

    More than meets the eye, The Cybertronic Spree are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! Join Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave, Bumblebee, Shockwave and a Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour.

  • Steam Powered Giraffe

    From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves. The quirky act combines comedic sketches, improvised android banter, and original music fused with multimedia visuals, billowing steam effects, and robot pantomime.

  • Robin Lord Taylor

    Robin Lord Taylor has appeared in several acclaimed television series, such as The Walking DeadLaw & Order, The Good WifePerson of Interest, and most recently John Wick 3: Parabellum, but is best known for being Penguin in the hit series Gotham.

  • The PDX Broadsides

    Nerd-pop powerhouse trio The PDX Broadsides make nerdy music for nerdy people about their favorite things: science, space, Shakespeare, and Nathan Fillion's bum. They've played all over the U.S. and they're ready to share their new album with Dragon Con!

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Announced: 05/08/2019

  • Hawkings Austin

    Hawk is currently Director of Radiation Effects for a spacecraft company, but he’s had a number of other careers including: survivability engineer (DoD) and environmental scientist (NASA). Hawk is a published author in history, science, and fantasy. He has also been a fight instructor for both self-defense and stage.

  • Christopher Bivins

    Chris Bivins has worked on a variety of projects, from storyboards on The Belko Experiment, to animation on slot game Dragon's Lair. Along with his partner in crime Joe Karg, they are the art collective Combo Break and have combined to take the comic book and animation worlds by storm!

  • Ronee Blakley

    Ronee Blakley is an actress, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, and director. Her most well-known role was the fictional country superstar Barbara Jean in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville. She has also appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Return to Salem's Lot, Murder by Numbers, and more.

  • Cinda Williams Chima

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima tells lies for a living. Her teen fantasy series include the Heir Chronicles, the Seven Realms Quartet, and the Shattered Realms series. These days, she daydreams on the page.

  • Shawn Crystal

    Shawn Crystal got his first job while in school, Resident Evil: Fire and Ice, a mini-series for Wildstorm. Around five years ago, Marvel hired Shawn on Deadpool, living his childhood dream. He is currently an artist for Marvel comics and Valliant Entertainment.

  • Kathleen O'Shea David

    Kathleen O'Shea David is a puppeteer, writer, editor, costumer, Equity Stage Manager, No Strings Attached Custom Puppets, co-creator of Headcases, canonical Dr. Who author, Star Wars editor, Star Trek writer, Ghostbusters comic-book writer, Shakespeare lover, admirer of Dumas and Verne, Sherlock Holmes aficionado, wife, and mother.

  • Peter David

    Peter David is a prolific New York Times best selling author and self-proclaimed "writer of stuff." He has written in almost all forms of prose and gained followers in each. David's career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades.

  • Scott Edgington

    Dr. Scott Edgington is a Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Sciences. He researches giant planet atmospheres. He is Cassini’s Deputy Project Scientist and Investigation Scientist for Composite Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. He has recently joined the Mars InSight mission.

  • Athena Finger

    Heiress to the Dark Knight, Athena Finger fought for her grandfather, Bill Finger, to receive co-credit recognition for Batman and won in 2015. She has been actively attending conventions as the historian of the creation of Batman, artist, and upcoming author.

  • Rob Greenlee

    Rob Greenlee is VP of Podcaster Relations at Voxnest’s Spreaker and a 2017 inductee into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. In his role at Voxnest, Rob is responsible for managing relationships with the 25,000+ podcast producers who entrust the company’s Spreaker platform for their podcast needs.

  • Robert E. Hampson

    Scientist, author, educator: Dr. Robert E. Hampson turns science fiction into science. His research team developed the first prosthetic for human memory using the brain's native neural codes. He advises SF/F writers, game developers and TV writers and is the most likely scientist to create a zombie apocalypse!

  • 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 or designed 100+ RPG books, including Call of Cthulhu d20, Trail of Cthulhu, Bookhounds of London, the Delta Green RPG, The Fall of Delta Green, The Dracula Dossier, Night’s Black Agents, and Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

  • Georges Jeanty

    With such titles as Bishop the Last X-Man, Gambit, Weapon X and Deadpool for Marvel and Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern for DC in his portfolio, Georges Jeanty, a Miami native, now calls Atlanta home and has accumulated an impressive run in comics.

  • Todd Lockwood

    Todd Lockwood's illustrations have appeared on New York Times bestselling novels, magazines, video games, TCGs, and RPGs. Todd's debut novel, The Summer Dragon, from DAW Books, was named by B&N and Amazon both to their shortlist of Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels of the Year.

  • Leighann Lord

    Dr. Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian and author. She has been seen on StarTalkRadio, Comedy Central, HBO, and The View. She was a national finalist in the ABFF-HBO Comedy Wings Competition. A nerd’s nerd, Leighann is a proud member of House Ravenclaw (with a dash of Slytherin).

  • Comfort Love

    Comfort and Adam are an award-nominated comic making duo. Creators of the acclaimed series The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, a massive how to book for Random House called The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics, and Kitty Game (with artist Corinne Roberts).

  • Paul McGillion

    Paul McGillion's television credits include Fox's 24, ABC's Once Upon a Time, AMC's award-winning drama The Killing, CW's The Flash, Netflix's Frontier, the cult classic The X-Files, and the hit sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis where he portrayed the loveable Scottish physician, Dr. Carson Beckett, for five seasons.

  • Mikal Mosley

    Mosley is a designer/creator of professional stagewear and cosplay costumes for clients and celebrities, including various WWE Superstars, rappers and NFL football players. In addition to creating more than 350 unique costumes from a variety of genres, he also designs and fabricates props for stage plays and television shows.

  • Dean Motter

    Dean Motter is an artist/writer and designer, best known for the comics sensation Mister X, has created works for DC, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics. His Vertigo mini-series, Terminal City was nominated for Eisner and Kurtzman Awards. He is also known for his graphic novel The Prisoner: Shattered Visage.

  • Larry Niven

    Larry Niven is an American science fiction author. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. Other works include The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall, Neutron Star, The Gripping Hand, Protector, and many more.

  • Robert W Pope

    Cartoonist, animator and comic book artist Robert Pope currently draws Looney Tunes for DC comics and the Peanuts gang for BOOM and Simon Spotlight. Thirty years in comics and animation, he has drawn Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, Batman the Brave and the Bold, Johnny Bravo, Foster’s Home, and more.

  • Rebecca Riggs

    Rebecca Riggs, best known as Commandant Mele-on Grayza in the Saturn Award winning Farscape. She appeared in many Australian television series: Backberner, All Saint’s, Day of the Roses, Medivac, and Fire. She has decades of experience on the stage with the Bell Shakespeare Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company.

  • Don Rosa

    Writing and drawing $crooge McDuck and Donald Duck comics for international publishers for 30 years has made Don Rosa one of the world’s best known cartoonists. American comics fans are mostly familiar with his most famous work, the Eisner Award winning Life and Times of $crooge McDuck series.

  • Matt Ryan

    Matthew Ryan is perhaps best known for portraying John Constantine in NBC's Constantine and The CW's Arrowverse and along with his current adaptation on Legends of Tomorrow, and voicing the character in the 2017 film Justice League Dark and its CW Seed spin-off web series Constantine: City of Demons.

  • Chris Schweizer

    Eisner-nominated Chris Schweizer is the cartoonist that divides his time between two graphic novel series: the award-winning historical fiction Crogan Adventures (Oni Press), and the upcoming horror series The Creeps (Abrams/Amulet). Schweizer has previously taught aspiring artists at SCAD-Atlanta for five years.

  • Anthony Simcoe

    Anthony Simcoe is a graduate of Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). He is best known in Australia for his role as Steve Kerrigan in The Castle and better known throughout the rest of the world for his portrayal of D’Argo on Farscape.

  • Joonas Suotamo

    With childhood interests in music, arts, and movies Joonas Suotamo studied film and video. He was a body double for Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and played the role for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Solo spinoff film.

  • Lani John Tupu

    Multi-talented Lani John Tupu has two major roles in the prestigious Saturn Award-winning TV series Farscape. He is the cranky, unpredictable Captain Crais, and the voice of Pilot, the ship's navigator. He is currently putting his voice to a series of books by Candice Fox.

  • Christian Waggoner

    Christian Waggoner is known worldwide for his Star Wars Reflection series paintings. He as been working with Lucasfilm over 12 years. His uniquely enhanced, photo-realistic style makes viewers wonder how he achieves such detail with a mere brush and canvas.

  • Adam Withers

    Comfort and Adam are an award-nominated comic making duo. Creators of the acclaimed series The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, a massive how to book for Random House called The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics, and Kitty Game (with artist Corinne Roberts).

  • Amanda Wyss

    Amanda Wyss is a film and television actress who first gained notice for her role as Lisa in the comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She then rose to international prominence after playing Tina Gray in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). 

  • Justin Robert Young

    Justin Young is a podcaster and comedian. He been heard by millions both on his own podcasts as well as appearances on NPR, The Morning Stream, This Week in Tech, and Bittorrent News. He recorded two comedy albums with Brian Brushwood as Night Attack.

  • Nick Zano

    Nick Zano portrays Nate Heywood/Steel in a lead role in the second, third, and fourth seasons of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and in the fifth season of Arrow. His recurring roles on television include Melrose Place, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, 90210, and 2 Broke Girls.

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Announced: 05/07/2019

  • Mary Abreu

    Author Mary Abreu juggles writing sewing books with her work as a seamstress for film and TV productions and teaching sewing to people of all ages.

  • Jamieson S Alcorn

    Jamieson Alcorn has been a part of the Dungeons & Randomness cast for going on two years, and serves as editor for the D&R setting book and many other projects. 

  • 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. 

  • Marie Brennan

    Marie Brennan is the author of the Hugo-nominated The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

  • 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).

  • 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 the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services.

  • Sahrye Cohen

    Sahrye Cohen is the co-author of the book, Make It, Wear It: Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers. Sahrye is the lead designer of the design group, Amped Atelier.

  • Daisy Viktoria

    Daisy Viktoria is a costume designer specializing in corsets and fairytale gowns. Daisy has a background in corsetry and historical fashion and teaches classes on period costuming and research.

  • Milton J Davis

    Milton Davis is an award-winning Black Speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small publishing company specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and sword and soul.

  • Walter Dean

    Walter Dean is a designer, specializes in custom-made costumes. He was spotlighted in the book, 1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas and The Huffington Post as a “designer to watch”. 

  • 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) since 1992.

  • Chris Donio

    Chris Donio is a Key Specialty Costumer for Film and TV. His most recent work was for Antman and the Wasp and for Marvel’s End Game.

  • Kenneth L. Feinberg

    Ken Feinberg, an international award-winning director and actor, mentors young actors and is co-author of The Conquest of Canaan graphic novel series.

  • Tom Fleming

    Four time Chesley Award nominee, known for his work for Marvel, DC, WWE, Dark Horse, WOW, Magic the Gathering, Heavy Metal Magazine, Iron Maiden, and Screen Gems movie studios.

  • Marc Gerst

    In 2017 Marc Gerst started The Templin Institute, an online series that produces documentary videos covering some of the most critical elements of science fiction, alternate history and fantasy genres. 

  • Jeffrey Grant

    Jeffrey Grant is senior vice president of research for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang. He is responsible for research for those brands across linear, digital, and mobile platforms.

  • Mark W. Gura

    Mark W. Gura is an author, speaker, president of Atheist Alliance of America, Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism, and the secretary of the board of the Atheist Republic.

  • Devan Clark Henderson

    Devan Henderson is the Co-DM for D4 and a set and specialty costumer, prop maker, set dresser, and ager/dyer for film and television.

  • James A. Hunter

    James A. Hunter is a full-time ink slinger and the bestselling author of the Yancy Lazarus series, Legend of the Treesinger, Rogue Dungeon, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online!

  • Julie Kenner

    Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and #1 international bestselling author of over 100 books across multiple genres.

  • Bethany Kesler

    Historian and writer Bethany Kesler currently has a Patreon for short stories, reviews on Murderboarding Inc, as well as her own blog under her pen name, DJ Gray.

  • Jairus Khan

    Jairus Khan is a hacker, musician, writer, activist, and recovering goth. He works on Mozilla's Internet Health Report, an open-source project that examines the health of the internet. 

  • Paul Klotz

    Paul Klotz is a managing partner of the Giant Size Team Up podcasting network, a podcaster of more than five years, and a variety streamer on Twitch, as SoapboxGSTU. 

  • Aaron Lathrop

    Actor, singer, puppeteer, and designer Aaron Lathrop has worked with The Jim Henson Company, Enchantment Theatre, Granpa Cratchet Puppets, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, Mystic Seaport Museum, and more.

  • K.N. Lee

    K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the author of the Dragon-Born Saga, Eura Chronicles, Wonderland University, and the Chronicles of Koa series.

  • Talia Lin

    Talia Lin is an actress from Birmingham, AL. She currently stars in So True, Y'all, the flagship sketch comedy show on the internet brand, It's a Southern Thing. 

  • Jonathan B McFarland

    Jonathan McFarland is a career law enforcement officer who found his calling as a Special Victims Unit detective. He also designs, develops, and writes role-playing games for Growling Door Games.

  • Tim Miller

    Dr. Miller is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, where he works on various NASA space and astrophysics projects. 

  • L.H. Nicole

    L.H. Nicole is the author of the Legendary Saga series and tells the stories of fun, strong, and clever females and the heroes that fight beside them.

  • Thomas Parham

    Dr. Thomas Parham is executive director of screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University. His book Communication Contexts on Star Trek: The Next Generation will be published in 2019.

  • Stefan Price

    Stefan Price is a professional artist and maker of 22 years in film, entertainment, and themed attractions. He founded Roundtable Productions, a props, scenic, and special effects company. 

  • Dennis Lee Robinson

    Dennis Robinson is the co-creator of the outrageous Botched: A D&D Podcast. Dennis also writes, edits, produces and hosts the show along with his four cohorts.

  • Hal Rodriguez

    Hal Rodriguez is the co-author of the book, Make It, Wear It: Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers. He is the lead technologist of the design group, Amped Atelier.

  • Emily Ann Schmidt

    Emily Schmidt of Go Big or Go Home Cosplay is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She has been cosplaying for around 5 years and loves the cosplay community.

  • Spat

    Spat Oktan of SpatCave Studios is a makeup artist and costume and prop maker who is well known in the indie/low budget film circles and the sci-fi/comic con world.

  • Doc Stone

    With 25 years of experience as a leather artist and metal work, Doc Stone imbues his original quintessentially steampunk designs with his dedication to superlative craftsmanship

  • Derrick Vener

    Derrick Vener is a costumes ager/dyer and specialty costumes fabricator living and working in Atlanta best known for his work on AMC's The Walking Dead and Marvel's The Gifted.

  • Constance G.J. Wagner

    Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, editor, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005.

  • Sean D Weiland

    Sean Weiland is and actor and producer for podcasts and video games. He currently executive produces two podcasts and has a third game in development.

  • Damien Patrick Williams

    Damien Williams is an instructor, researcher, and writer on philosophy, technology, religion, popular culture, and the occult, writing at and

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Announced: 05/06/2019

  • Julie Dillon

    2019 Artist Guest of Honor Julie Dillon is an internationally recognized and award winning fantasy artist living in the Pacific Northwest. Her previous clients have included Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, Tor Books, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, Subterranean Press, and Llewellyn Worldwide.

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Announced: 04/30/2019

  • 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.

  • Pamela Cole

    Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater in Chicago over 40 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, and reenactors in Atlanta.

  • Rob Fitz

    Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist and film director with 20 years’ experience. Most recently he worked on films like The Equalizer, Patriots Day, and Super Troopers 2.

  • Julie Fooshee

    Julie Ann Fooshee is a professional science communicator and public engagement professional in the world of live public science events. She works to make science accessible to everyone.

  • Barr Foxx

    Barr Foxx (JaBarr) is an award-winning cosplay model, television/film producer, and influencer. His brand, Cosplay Your Way, encourages cosplay without limits and choosing characters regardless of race, size, or gender.

  • Abigail Gardner

    Abigail Gardner is a writer and podcaster. Having co-founded Yes Have Some Podcast in 2016, she has become a leading voice in the Ghostbusters fan community.

  • Craig Goldberg

    Craig Goldberg is podcaster and podcast producer. He founded Yes Have Some Podcast, which is a leading source of news and opinion on Ghostbusters, nostalgia culture, and toy collecting.

  • Bailey Harris

    Bailey Harris is a 12-year-old science author, speaker, and activist. She is on a mission to inspire a love of science and a sense of wonder at the universe.

  • Ronah Harris

    Dr. Harris is an arts and technology educator. She is also a costume designer focusing of wearable tech. Her commissioned works are found in museums, films, television, and on runways.

  • David J. Hewitt

    David J. Hewitt is a Propulsion Engineer at Dynetics, Inc. Additionally, he participates in STEM educational outreach activities and gives talks about space and propulsion to the public.

  • Chris Hofmann

    Chris Hofmann launches the rockets for a Stealth Space Company and has previously been involved with NASCAR, Aviation maintenance, SpaceX, and Masten Space Systems.

  • Ginger Holley

    Ginger Holley is a costumer for film and television. Best known for her work on the web series Star Trek Continues, she has gone on to fabricate for multiple projects.

  • Alex LaVelle

    Alex LaVelle is a podcast host and producer whose current projects include Panelology, Minds at Yeerk, and an upcoming project focused on the works of Rob Thomas.

  • Jeff M. Leininger

    For more than 20 years, Jeff Leininger has produced costumes for theme parks, film, TV and corporate clients like Disney, Universal Studios, Hasbro, Nasa, Blizzard Entertainment, and Samsung.

  • Sarah Glenn Marsh

    Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of dark fantasy novels and children’s picture books. She is perhaps best known for her fantasy-horror series Reign of the Fallen.

  • Rose McIver

    Rose McIver can currently be seen playing the lead character Liv Moore on CW's iZombie. She also recently played Tinkerbell in ABC's Once Upon a Time and has previously been seen on Masters of Sex, Petals on the Wind, The Lovely Bones, and more.

  • L.L. McKinney

    L.L. McKinney is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She writes for Hallmark, Marvel, DC, Disney, and others

  • AJ Michalka

    AJ Michalka is an actress and platinum recording artist as one half of the band Aly & AJ. In addition to her film and television credits, Michalka has had a recurring role on the sitcom, The Goldbergs. She now reprises her role in spin-off series, Schooled.

  • Aly Michalka

    Aly Michalka is an actress and platinum recording artist as one half of the band Aly & AJ. She has appeared in the films Easy A, Bandslam, Sequoia, and Weepah Way for Now, among others. Her television credits include iZombie, Hellcats, and Two and a Half Men.

  • David Moscato

    David Moscato is a paleontologist, science writer, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his professional experience to discussions about past and present life on Earth.

  • Neon the Glowgobear

    DJ Neon the Glowgobear is based in Atlanta spinning his edgy big room vocal sounds at the annual SPECTRUM Party.

  • 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. 

  • Marx Pyle

    Marx Pyle authored the Television on the Wild Wild Web, co-hosts DC Action Hour, the podcast GenreTainment and creates web series/films. He teaches script analysis, film production, and web series.

  • Adam Schwartz

    Adam Schwartz is one of the creators and stars of So True, Y'all, the flagship sketch comedy show on It's a Southern Thing

  • Smashie

    While not procrastinating, Ashley can be found co-hosting Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, hitting the keys for her next book, engaging in spirited bouts of Dungeons and Dragons, or fast asleep.

  • Jennifer St. Giles

    USA Today bestselling author Jennifer St. Giles’s is an award-winning author of paranormal crime thrillers, paranormal, historical, military, and contemporary romantic suspense.

  • Jacob Walsh

    Jacob Walsh is a podcaster, musician, and tattoo artist. He is a co-founder and hosts of Yes Have Some Podcast and is a longtime member of The Georgia Ghostbusters.

  • Mark Zoran

    Mark Zoran, the creative mind behind Razorfly Studios, inc., has been professionally involved in costuming and props for more than 15 years.

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Announced: 04/29/2019

  • Chuck Brown

    Chuck Brown has written The Punisher and Black Panther comics for Marvel. He is the writer and co-creator of Rotten Apple for Dark Horse Comics and of Bitterroot at Image Comics. He has been self-publishing for more than 18 years and has written comics for IDW, Zenescope,12Gauge, and LINE Webtoons.

  • Chris Campana

    Fan favorite, Chris Campana has worked on everything from comics to video games, to storyboards.  Comic book credits include work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vampirella/Pathfinder, and Tellos, along with creator owned titles First World and the upcoming Adventures of Parker Reef and an upcoming title with Scout Comics.

  • J.M. Dragunas

    J.M. Dragunas is a freelance illustrator currently working on his creator owned book L.C. Noir. He is best known for his contributions to the Little Nemo anthology, the 1001 Knights anthology, and for being the illustrator for Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery.

  • Claire M. Eddy

    Claire Eddy is a executive editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for over three decades. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and has has broadened her projects to include horror, historicals, and thrillers.

  • Dave Fennoy

    Dave Fennoy is perhaps best known for voicing Lee Everett from The Walking Dead game, Bluebeard from The Wolf Among Us, Vol'Jin from World of Warcraft, Gabriel Tosh from StarCraft 2, and General Pong Krell from Star Wars: Clone Wars.

  • Zach Galligan

    Zach Galligan made his debut in the MGM film Nothing Lasts Forever. His most notable role was as Billy Peltzer in Gremlins, which finished as the third highest grossing film in 1984. Other credits include Gremlins 2, Tales from the Crypt, Melrose Place, and Waxwork.

  • Mike Grell

    Mike Grell has brought his own creations and their worlds to life with a cinematic style of visual storytelling. Some of his more famed work includes: Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and The Warlord for DC Comics, as well as Starslayer, Jon Sable, Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, and Maggie the Cat.

  • Clay and Susan Griffith

    Clay Griffith is a writer of fiction and comic books. He is the co-author of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. He is also the co-creator of the Vampire Empire series.

  • Joe Karg

    Joe Karg is an illustrator who has worked on the FX show Archer and whose client list includes Comedy Central, FOX and Viacom. He currently works as a program coordinator for design at The Art Institute of Atlanta and regularly freelances for Comedy Central producing album art and animated shorts.

  • Nancy Knight

    Nancy Knight is a novelist, editor, and screenwriter. Her latest screenplay, Evil Little Things, will be released this summer. As an editor, she's produced several titles. Her book, The Creative Writer, will be released this fall. She is in demand as a speaker and has taught workshops across the country.

  • 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.

  • Joe Staton

    Joe Staton has been in comics since 1971. He has an Inkpot, an Eisner, and three Harveys. He's co-created E-Man, The Huntress, Omega Men, and lots of Green Lanterns. He's been drawing the Dick Tracy comic strip for the last eight years.

  • Tj Sterling

    TJ Sterling is the President and Lead Artist of RAE Comics. He has worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, and Aspen Comics. Currently he is producing his creator owned series Okemus, a sci-fi martial art action story. Dragon Con is one of TJ's favorite cons! He looks forward to 2019's show.

  • Trevor S. Valle

    Trevor Valle is an accomplished Field Paleontologist, a Certified Cicerone, and an outspoken critic of pseudoscience, conspiracies, and science denialism. In addition to his National Geographic documentary, he has appeared on everything from the History Channel to the Weather Channel, with some IMAX presentations in between.

  • Janny Wurts

    Janny Wurts is a professional author/illustrator of 20 published books and 36 works of short fiction, including the Wars of Light and Shadow epic fantasy published by HarperCollins Voyager, London, and the Empire trilogy written in collaboration with Raymond Feist.

  • 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.

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Announced: 04/17/2019

  • Kimberly Brooks

    Kimberly Brooks' voiceover roles include Dexter's Laboratory, Mucha Lucha, What's New Scooby-Doo?, Steven Universe, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Doc McStuffins, Ozzy & Drix, Static Shock, Phineas and Ferb; Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Powerpuff Girls, Chowder; Winx Club, Shuriken School, Danny Phantom, Rugrats, and Fairly Odd Parents, to name a few.

  • Josh Keaton

    Josh Keaton is perhaps best known for his work on Hercules, General Hospital, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. He also voiced voiced Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. Recently, he stepped into the role of Shiro in the hit Dreamworks series Voltron Legendary Defender, out now on Netflix.

  • AJ LoCascio

    AJ LoCascio is best know as Prince Lotor in Dreamworks smash hit Voltron: Legendary Defender, Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future: The Game, Thunk Crood in the Dreamworks series Dawn of the Croods, and Han Solo in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

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Announced: 04/15/2019

  • Dave Chapman

    Dave Chapman is best known for his role as one of the two puppeteers behind BB8 in Star Wars. He has performed on Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Most Wanted, and 101 Dalmatians. In 2011, he was an assistant puppeteer for Animal during an appearance on The X Factor.

  • Robert Englund

    Robert Barton Englund actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film and its seven sequels. Since 1973, Robert has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. 

  • Brian Herring

    Brian Herring is perhaps best known for his performance as BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015) as well as his work in Doctor Who, The Muppets, Hellboy II, Prometheus, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and much more.

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Announced: 04/12/2019

  • Dane Ault

    Dane Ault is the artist behind Monkey Minion Press. With his wife, Ashlie, he has published 16 books. Their newest kid's book about space, Ham & CHEEZ Guide to the Solar System is being released this year. Dane has worked with clients such as Fox, Lucasfilm, and Marvel among others.

  • Evan Bernstein

    Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and co-author of SGTU: How To Know What's Really Real In A World Increasingly Full Of Fake.

  • Peter Capn' Cutler

    Peter Capn' Cutler works as a freelance artist and cartoonist for comics t-shirts, video games, movie concept designs, and book illustrations for the last 30 years. He's been penciling and inking comic books like Hero Cats, The Might Mites, and Tiki Zombie with Mike Gordon.

  • Andrew E.C. Gaska

    An author, designer, game-writer, and graphic novelist, Andrew Gaska is Senior Development Editor at Lion Forge Comics and franchise consultant to 20th Century Fox on POTA, ALIEN, and Predator. His work includes SPACE:1999, Buck Rogers, the new novel Death of the Planet of the Apes, and the ALIEN RPG.

  • Michael Gordon

    Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owed comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for over five years. He has also written a variety of other books that can be found at Michael can also be heard saying, “Howdy!” on the weekly Earth Station One podcast.

  • 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.

  • John Hudgens

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

  • J. Gregory Keyes

    Greg Keyes is the author of 28 science fiction and fantasy novels, including The Age of Unreason quartet and Kingdoms of the Thorn and Bone. He has also written for Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Pacific Rim, Babylon 5, The Elder Scrolls, and other media-related works.

  • Erin Macdonald

    Dr Erin Macdonald is an astrophysicist, science fiction consultant, aerospace engineer, and host of the online series Dr Erin Explains the Universe. Her specialty is general relativity and spacetime in science fiction and she has found her home consulting with writers and teaching STEM through popular culture.

  • Jay Novella

    Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer, co-author of a national best seller The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe.

  • Jacob Rougemont

    Jacob Rougemont is a comic book writer and researcher and is a member of Marvel's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe writing team. He has worked on other series such as the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Official Index to the Marvel Universe.

  • Andy Runton

    Andy Runton is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring an 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.

  • Billy Tackett

    With an art career spanning 25 years, over 200 of Billy’s illustrative works have been published. His “splatter” technique is what’s getting attention these days though. By dipping his fingers into paint and flicking it onto the canvas he’s able to capture an image without the use of brushes!

  • Christopher Uminga

    Christopher Uminga is a Connecticut based painter and illustrator. He has spent the last ten years developing a unique style that blends together creepy and cute. You can find the influences of classic movies, Saturday morning cartoons, graffiti and low brow/outsider art in his work. 

  • Chrissie Zullo

    Chrissie Zullo has created comic book covers for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Vampirella, Life With Archie, and Vertigo’s Fables: The Wolf Among Us series. She has worked for DC Comics, Fandango, Mattel, Dark Horse, Devil’s Due, IDW, Topps, and Harper Collins. 

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Announced: 04/09/2019

  • Dino Andrade

    Dino Andrade is Speedy Gonzales (New Looney Tunes), Mekkatorque, Putricide and Mimiron (WoW), plus The Scarecrow (Arkham Asylum). Other credits: Star Trek Online, Prey, Dishonored 2, D&D: Neverwinter, Brutal Legend, Call Of Duty, Sophia the First, SMITE, M*F*K*Z*, Hellsing Ultimate, and Pop (Snap, Crackle and Pop)!

  • Richard Case

    Richard Case has been illustrating comics for more than 30 years.  His run on Doom Patrol inspired much of the new TV series for DC Universe. He has also worked on Sandman, Preacher, and Shade the Changing Man, as well as runs on Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and Batman '66.  

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Announced: 04/08/2019

  • Jeff Burns

    Jeff Burns is the creator of superhero comedy series Super Knocked Up and host of improv comedy show Super Geeked Up LIVE, which he performs at cons across North America.

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Announced: 04/02/2019

  • Cary Nord

    Cary Nord is the award-winning artist of comic books and graphic novels such as Daredevil, X-Men, and Conan The Barbarian. Throughout his career Cary has drawn virtually every major character in comics, having worked on Superman, Wolverine, Mutant X, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Thor, and Star Wars.

  • Kyle Starks

    Kyle Starks has, the longest tenured writer and occasional artist of Oni Press's Rick and Morty. He is well known for his action-comedies, like Kill Them All and his two Eisner nominated books Sexcastle and Rock Candy Mountain both from Image Comics

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Announced: 03/27/2019

  • Asher Angel

    Asher Angel began his career as a child actor in the 2008 film Jolene, starring Jessica Chastain. He is known for his role as Jonah Beck in the 2017 Disney Channel series Andi Mack and as Billy Batson, alongside Zachary Levi, in DC Comics' SHAZAM!

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Announced: 03/26/2019

  • Tiffany Lauren Beckler

    Tiffany Beckler is a professional award winning makeup and body artist. She is a contestant on season 3 SkinWars and the new organizer of Dragon Con's Body Paint Challenge competition. Beckler has been devoted to spreading positivity through her passion of art.

  • Andy Belanger

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

  • Bob Burden

    Eisner Award winning artist, graphic novelist and screenwriter Bob Burden is the creator of the world’s first surrealist superhero Flaming Carrot and Atlanta’s first comic book superhero. Also known for major motion picture Mystery Men and his award winning work on Gumby.

  • Mike Capps

    Dr. Mike Capps is CEO of Diveplane, dedicated to keeping the humanity in AI. He's best known for a legendary career in video game development, as an executive, writer, designer, and lead programmer on games like Gears of War, Fortnite, and Unreal Tournament.

  • Freddy Clements

    Freddy Clements is currently a Distinguished Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in early twentieth century corsetry, kilt construction, and costume technology.

  • Ellie Collins

    Ellie Collins is a writer, director, and voice actor based in the Atlanta area who has worked in podcasting and audio dramas for nearly 10 years. 

  • Chandra Free

    Chandra Free is the artist/writer behind the graphic novel series, God Machine. She's the creator of the comics SKIN and Matilda TIKI, illustrator on books like John Carpenter’s Tales for A Halloween Night, Faye, Odie, Modern Dread, Fraggle Rock, and the Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar.

  • Dr. Charles E. Gannon

    Charles Gannon’s best-selling Caine Riordan novels are award finalists (Nebulax3, Dragonx2) and winners (Compton Crook). Current projects: The Broken World fantasy series, a 1632 novel with Eric Flint, and one set in John Ringo’s BTR universe. Gannon credits include games, TV/film, and an SME for national agencies/media.

  • Dr. Pamela L. Gay

    Dr Pamela L. Gay is an astronomer, technologist, and creative focused on using new media to communicate astronomy and space science. She is co-host of the award winning Astronomy Cast podcast, director of the CosmoQuest citizen science community, and still finds time to make science-related art on Twitch.

  • Kevin R. Grazier

    Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. is a NASA scientist, and is the science advisor for the series Another Life. Grazier was the Science Advisor for SyFy series Battlestar Galacitca (and others), and the features Gravity (and others). He is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.

  • Aaron-Michael Hall

    Aaron-Michael Hall is an award-winning author who enjoys writing diverse epic fantasy with a grimdark edge, high fantasy, and science fantasy romance. 

  • Chris Hamer

    Chris Hamer is an Atlanta artist who refers to himself as URBNPOP. He has worked on licensed property’s such as Star Wars, Marvel, Adventure Time, Mars Attacks, and Rick and Morty. Hamer is an accomplished painter and illustrator who has shown his work all over the world.

  • Ian Harris

    Ian Harris, is one of the most brilliant and skeptical minds in comedy, with two one-hour TV specials, and considered one of the best impressionists in the business. His unique brand of comedy fueled by science and skepticism should not be missed.

  • 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.

  • Greg Houser

    Greg Houser is known for his vocal work with companies like PetSmart, DuPont, American Express and many others. In anime, Houser has had the privilege to be a utility actors for titles such as Evangelion, Ikki Tousen, Shiki, Tales of Vesperia, and many others.

  • 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 properties (Avenue Q, Star Trek: The Experience). She is also the author of Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas and Creating the Character Costume.

  • 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.

  • Mark Pennington

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

  • Lan Pitts

    Atlanta born Lan Pitts has been working in comics professionally for over a decade, most recently contributed to BOOM! Studios' WWE series as well as his own creator-owned comics Beast Heart Strikers with Joe Hunter and Kill Queen with Liana Kangas.

  • Gray Rinehart

    Gray Rinehart has written nonfiction, fiction, and two albums of music, some songs of which were played on The Dr. Demento Show.

  • Richard Rivera

    Richard Rivera is the writer/creator of several comic book series including Stabbity Bunny, Scout Comics best selling title. Other titles include Shadow Play, Stabbity Ever After, currently published by Scout, and Wild Bull and Chipper as well as Storm Pirates which are in production for Scout Comics.

  • Tim Waggoner

    Tim Waggoner writes dark fantasy, horror, and media tie-ins. He’s published over  40 novels and five collections of short stories. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He also teaches college creative writing courses.

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Announced: 03/18/2019

  • Charles Blue

    Charles Blue is an internationally recognized science and astronomy communicator and writer with the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory, promoting the discoveries of the ALMA telescope and the GBT. 

  • Lauren Brown

    Lauren Brown is a Lead Concept Artist working at Electronic Arts. She previously worked at Floyd County Productions, where she is credited on over 50 episodes of animated series.

  • Jessica Cail

    Featured on NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists for her dual life as psychopharmacologist and stuntwoman, Dr. Cail also serves as scientific consultant for Hollywood sci-fi. 

  • Austin Ellefson

    Austin Ellefson is a returning guest, he is a member of Botched Podcast which in turn is a part of the Giant Size Team Up Network. 

  • Dax ExclamationPoint

    Dax ExclamationPoint, is a cosplaying drag performer. Ever since she walked onto the set of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8, she has taken the world by storm...literally!

  • Laura Seward Forczyk

    Laura Forczyk is the owner of space consulting firm Astralytical, founder and Executive Director of the Georgia Space Alliance, and a NASA Subject Matter Expert for planetary science missions.

  • Jenna Garrett

    Jenna Garrett could have been anything she wanted, but she chose to be a podcaster and the awkward geek that you hear on Panelology and Minds at Yeerk today.

  • Dwayne Keith Goetzel

    Dwayne Goetzel is an intellectual property attorney who specializes in copyrights, trademarks, and related matters across multiple industries, such as books, music, computer hardware and software, among other fields. 

  • Gene Ha

    Four-time Eisner Award winner Gene Ha is a comic artist best known for his collaboration with writer Alan Moore on Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. He is currently working on his book, Mae, about a girl who follows her missing sister to a world of science and mystery

  • Albin Johnson

    Albin Johnson is founder of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming organization with over 20,000 members. In 2006 he helped launch R2-KT, the pink charity droid.

  • Philip Daniel Keating

    Philip Keating is the creator of Botched: A D&D Podcast, a host of Breaking The Panel, FTH Beyond: Booze and Borderlands, and partner of the Giant Sized Team Up network.

  • Kelly Lockhart

    Kelly Lockhart is a book and newspaper editor, radio personality, voice actor, screenwriter, musician, and host of the popular Robot Battles competitions.

  • Terry Maggert

    Terry Maggert is left handed; loves pie, giraffes, coffee, and dragons, with 26 novels in five years under two names, his own and pen name Daniel Pierce.

  • Joseph Edward Meany

    Joseph Meany, Ph.D., is a material scientist, board member of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, and coauthor of the eponymous book Graphene with Les Johnson.

  • Linda Robertson

    Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with seven novels in two separate fantasy/speculative fiction series, and has several short stories to her credit. 

  • Ginger Rowland

    Ginger Rowland is an avant garde hair styling and hair extension specialist, was voted best hairstylist in Atlanta 2018, and is a styling and hair extensions educator.

  • Rox of Spazhouse

    Roxanne Henkle (aka Rox of Spazhouse) is Need Coffee's Director of Zine studies, as well as a long-time podcaster on Weekend Justice and cohost on 50 Days of Dragon Con

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Announced: 03/12/2019

  • Barbara Dunkelman

    Barbara Dunkelman is an actor/voice actor who is known for her voice roles in various Rooster Teeth Productions including Yang in RWBY, Jensen in Red vs. Blue, Nerris in Camp Camp, and ORF in X-Ray & Vav. She is also one of the main on-camera personalities at Rooster Teeth.

  • Kara Eberle

    Kara Eberle is an American voice actress and Internet personality. She's most known for her role as Weiss Schnee in the award-winning anime series, RWBY. In addition to voice acting and interacting with fans, Kara works as an executive at Powerhouse Animation Studios, located in Austin, TX.

  • Gabriel Gonzalez

    Gabe Gonzalez is a game designer for Red Crow, an Electronic Arts studio. He’s worked on the Madden NFL series, and is the lead designer on The Simpsons: Tapped Out. 

  • Lindsay Jones

    Lindsay Jones is an actor/voice actor based in Austin, TX, and is known for her voice roles in various Rooster Teeth Productions including Ruby in RWBY, Kimball in Red vs. Blue, Space Kid in Camp Camp, and more. She is also one of the main on-camera personalities at Rooster Teeth.

  • Larissa Thompson

    Larissa Thompson, along with her business partner Marc Gerst, founded the entertainment company The Templin Institute which covers critical and often overlooked elements of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history. 

  • Heather D Walker

    Heather Walker has been in the film industry for eight years. She is able to use her skills as an actress/writer/director/producer and combine that with her love of geek culture.

  • Arryn Zech

    Arryn Zech is an actress best known for her roles as Blake Belladonna from RWBY and Dr. Emily Grey in the web-based series, Red vs. Blue. With over 10 years of training in theatre, acting, and voice, Arryn is now based in LA pursing her career in film and television.

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Announced: 03/11/2019

  • Amanda Miller

    You can currently hear Amanda Miller as Sailor Jupiter in the Viz dub of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, as Boruto Uzumaki in Boruto: Naruto the Movie and TV series, Mikage in Durarara!!x2, Menchi in Hunter x Hunter, and as Ride in Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans on Toonami.

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Announced: 03/08/2019

  • Aretta Baumgartner

    Aretta Baumgartner has been a professional puppeteer since 1992, and is proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. 

  • Erik S Burnham

    Erik Burnham is a comic writer/artist that first broke into comics by way of the Nick Landime feature from Shooting Star Comics. He is currently works on IDW's Ghostbusters series, and has worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, Galaxy Quest, Scarlet Spider, New Warriors, and KISS.

  • Jeff Dekal

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

  • Nick Eftimiades

    Nick Eftimiades in an author and lecturer. He's spent 34 years in US intelligence and diplomatic positions with several postings in Europe and Asia. Eftimiades authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology and society, and outer space issues.

  • Charon E Henning

    Charon Henning is a visual science communicator and Art Director for March Mammal Madness. She writes and illustrates the webcomic Kei’Phavian, and is an arts performer, swordswallower, and fire eater. 

  • E.K. Johnston

    E.K. Johnston is the New York Times bestselling author. Her books range from speculative fantasy and sci-fi (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire, That Inevitable Victorian Thing), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka).

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Since her first book debuted in 1993, Sherrilyn Kenyon has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times in all genres, including manga and graphic novels, and has more than 70 million books in print worldwide. Her current series include: Dark-Hunters, Deadman’s Cross, and The League.

  • Zachary Levi

    One of the most respected actors of his generation, Zachary Levi has become known for his captivating on screen presence. He is known for his roles in the fan-favorites Chuck, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tangled, Thor: the Dark World, and as the titular character in the highly-anticipated movie Shazam!

  • Yanick Paquette

    Yanick Paquette began his career as a comic book illustrator in the United States in 1994. He worked for Topps, Marvel and DC Comics, illustrating titles including Wonder-Woman, Superman, Batman, Avengers, JLA, X-Men, Wolverine Weapon X, Terra Obscura, Seven Soldiers, and New 52 Swamp Thing.

  • Mark Dos Santos

    Mark Dos Santos credits include A Train Called Love from Dynamite Entertainment, Imperial for Image Comics, Eureka! for Boom Studios. and Lark’s Killer for FIRST Comics. In the literary world he has illustrated Icarus, A Hero By Any Other Name and Apollo’s Daughters for Silence in the Library.

  • Toni Weisskopf

    Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.

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Announced: 03/06/2019

  • Matthew Clark

    Matthew Clark is a comic book artist. A fan of comics since his teens, he’s had the pleasure of creating art for many of his favorite series - everything from well-known DC characters in comic book history, to innovative new takes on characters with Marvel, to his own original concepts.

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Announced: 03/04/2019

  • Jae Lee

    Eisner Award-winner Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. His art can be seen in Stephen King's Dark Tower, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Marvel's The Inhumans, and Batman/Superman.

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Announced: 03/01/2019

  • Tamara Duarte

    Tamara Duarte is perhaps best known for her heated love story with Fiona on the hit television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (Nickelodeon). She has just been announced as a recurring guest star on Wynonna Earp as Rosita Bustillos and is currently shooting the fourth season of Hard Rock Med.

  • Barry Kitson

    Barry Kitson has been a professional illustrator since the 1980’s, he has drawn most of the flagship characters of both DC and Marvel comics. Kitson continues to work on the creator-owned series Empire and is one of the main contributors to The Liberty Brigade.

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Announced: 02/27/2019

  • Emily Andras

    Emily Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the showrunner and executive producer of SyFy’s hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the showrunner and executive producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the supervising producer on Killjoys.

  • Kat Barrell

    Kat Barrell has appeared in numerous television shows in both Canada and the USA. She has a strong love for comedy performance and studied improvisation at the famous Groundlings Comedy School in California. She is most known for her role as Officer Nicole Haught in The SyFy Network's Wynonna Earp.

  • Dominique Provost-Chalkley

    Dominique Provost-Chalkley began dancing and acting at the age of 4 after she quickly discovering her passion for all performing arts. Her favorite project to date is filming Wynonna Earp where she plays Wynonna's younger sister Waverly. Other credits include 12 MonkeysMurdoch Mysteries, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Announced: 02/26/2019

  • Tom Bancroft

    Tom Bancroft has 30 years of experience in the animation industry, much of which was for Walt Disney Feature Animation where he was an animator on shorts and feature films of which Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Brother Bear were part of the list. 

  • Jack Campbell

    Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry), a 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 most recent books are Triumphant, Pirate Of The Prophecy, and the Corsair comic series.

  • Larry Elmore

    Larry Elmore is one of the world's leading fantasy artists. His works have graced the covers of National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, and Dragon magazine, among others. He is best known for his covers for the original Dragonlance novels. Elmore makes Dragon Con an annual event.

  • Esther Friesner

    Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of over 40 novels, 200 short stories, and has edited numerous anthologies. Her best known, most popular works are the Chicks in Chainmail series (Baen Books) and the Princesses of Myth series (YA historical from Random House.)

  • Bryan Scott Fyffe

    Bryan Fyffe is a commercial illustrator focused on works rich in color and steeped in dark atmosphere. His work has been featured in publications from Dark Horse Comics to the galleries of Disney. He lives and works in Kansas City.

  • Brianne Marie

    Brianna Marie is co-owner of the Dungeons and Randomness podcast, as well as co-host on many other podcasts such as Good Morning Theria and The Buffy Breakdown. For the past year she has been handcuffed to her desk writing the setting book for Theria with her partner Jason Massey.

  • Jason Massey

    Jason Massey is professional Dungeon Master and a co-owner/host of the Dungeons and Randomness podcast. Since 2012, it has grown into a huge show and his full time profession. He has just finished writing a setting book for his campaign setting in Theria alongside his partner Brianna Marie.

  • Mike McKone

    Mike McKone’s first published work was for DC Comics’ Justice League of America and Marvel Comics’ Punisher series. In the years since he has illustrated almost every major character for the big two publishers, including lengthy runs on Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four

  • Sabutai Musashi

    Sabutai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes empty-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at DragonCon since 2005.

  • Trina Ray

    Trina Ray is an Investigation Scientist for the ice penetrating radar instrument on NASA’s newest flagship mission - Europa Clipper. She worked on the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (JPL/NASA) for over 20 years, specializing in Titan, and is an active public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation.

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Announced: 02/21/2019

  • Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of the Asian Indian trilogy the Castes and the OutCastes. He has also written the YA epic fantasy, the Chronicles of William Wilde.

  • Kurt Boutin

    Kurt Boutin spent over 20 years in the video game industry and now is a voice over artist, podcaster, Twitch streamer, and member of the Giant Size Team Up network!

  • Raychelle Burks

    Raychelle Burks is a chemistry professor and true crime writer. A blerd in the Ivory Tower, she blends science with pop-culture in and out of the classroom.

  • Michael Chatfield

    Author Mike Chatfield uses his past experience in the military and other personal experiences, plus copious amounts of online research, to bring readers on epic character-based adventures.

  • Gina L Leigh

    Gina Leigh is a writer and puppeteer. She is the creator of the puppet webseries Circus Town, about physics and the circus. Leigh has toured with two national companies.

  • F T Lukens

    F.T. Lukens is an award-winning author. She is best known for her novel The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic and for the Broken Moon trilogy.

  • Scottye Moore

    Writer Scottye Moore is the host of various podcasts (A Load of BS, Fight Boyz) and also the founder of the BS Network. 

  • Steven Novella

    Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a popular and award-winning weekly science podcast. He is an internationally known science communicator.

  • Chantelle Aimée Osman

    Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. She is also the author of multiple fiction and non-fiction works.

  • Meredith Rose

    Meredith Rose is a policy advocate and lawyer at Public Knowledge, an advocacy group, where she advocates for consumers and fans on copyright, internet policy, and other tech issues.

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Announced: 02/19/2019

  • Ray Chase

    Ray Chase is a voice actor most known as Noctis (Final Fantasy XV). You may also know him from Kingdom Hearts (Master of Masters), One-Punch Man (Puri Puri Prisoner), My Hero Academia (David Shield), and Persona 5 (Subway Announcer). He’s also a founding member of Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying.

  • Robbie Daymond

    Robbie Daymond is a voice actor who has voiced characters such as: Spider-man/Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-man, Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, Akechi in Persona 5, Sorey in Tales of Zestiria, Mumen Rider in One Punch Man, and Raymond in OK-KO among others.

  • Max Mittelman

    Max Mittelman has been entertaining audiences since high school, but you're likely most familiar with his work as the voice of Saitama (One-Punch Man), Ryuji Sakamoto (Persona 5), Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug), and King (Seven Deadly Sins). He also voices Harry Osborn (Disney XD's Marvel's Spider-Man) alongside best friend Robbie Daymond.

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Announced: 02/07/2019

  • Jason Bulmahn

    Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc. He was the creator of the Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying game and the team leader behind the second edition. Over his 20-year career, Jason has written dozens of books and articles for Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, Modiphius, 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.

  • Dan dos Santos

    Well known for his colorful oil paintings, Dan dos Santos' work includes novels, comics, film, and video games. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Activision, Boeing Aircraft, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, UpperDeck, Hasbro, DC Comics, and many more.

  • Gigi Edgley

    Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, FX's Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Kringle Time, Enuattii, Diminuendo, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Peacekeeper Wars, Beastmaster, Lost World, Star Trek Continues, and Nexus.

  • Rick John Goldschmidt

    Rick Goldschmidt has been the official Rankin/Bass Productions historian/biographer for over 30 years and has authored six books. He worked with producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. who produced Thundercats, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Hobbit, and more! Rick appears around the country at conventions and has done award-winning panels.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bob Pendarvis

    Bob Pendarvis taught the very first comics and animation illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to create the school's Sequential Art BFA and MFA programs. He is currently working on a series of art education graphic novels designed to inspire girls to be artists.

  • Van Allen Plexico

    Van Allen Plexico is the multi-award-winning author of more than twenty novels including the Sentinels superhero novel series and the Shattering space opera series, plus the best-selling crime novel VEGAS HEI$T, and military SF such as ALPHA/OMEGA, and the Cold Lightning comic book series.

  • Anne Sowards

    Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House. Some of the great authors she works with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Taylor Anderson, Anne Bishop, Rachel Caine, Jack Campbell, Karen Chance, and Stephen R. Donaldson.

  • 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.  

  • Jamie Tyndall

    Jamie Tyndall is a penciler, inker, and colorist with over seven years of experience. Tyndall has worked for various publishers including Zenescope , IDW Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, Lady Death, Contraband, Absolute Comics, and Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment. His newest project is White Widow under Absolute comics.

  • H. C. Warner

    H. C. Warner produced the first install for Dragon Con's Pop Art & Comic show at the Sheraton in 2007. Over the past 20 years, he owned and operated Alcove Gallery, producing monthly shows, designing and building installations in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most art-centric boroughs.

  • 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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Announced: 02/06/2019

  • Davey Beauchamp

    Davey Beauchamp is an artist and librarian. His art has been used by BBC, BBCA, and Penguin UK for Doctor Who, Los Bastardz Productions, Falstaff Books, and Scaldcrow Games. 

  • Paul B Currie

    A scientist, philosopher, and photographer, Dr. Currie seeks to bring the light of knowledge to all he encounters. His weapons are a sharp wit and fast shutter speed.

  • Greg Land

    Greg Land has been a professional illustrator for 34 years, the past twenty- something as a comic book artist. Some past projects include The Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Mighty Avengers and The Ultimate Fantastic Four, The Uncanny X-Men, Monsters Unleashed, Sojurn, and Weapon X, among others.  

  • Dan Parent

    Dan Parent is a comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. He has also written and/or illustrated for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Felix the Cat Productions, Mattel, IDW, Boom, Valiant Comics, Chapterhouse comics, and Harpercollins to name a few.

  • Roy Thomas

    Roy Thomas is a legendary comic book writer and editor, who was Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is known for co-creating some of comics' greatest characters such as Wolverine, Carol Danvers, Morbius, the Vision, Iron Fist, and Ultron.

  • Apollos Thorne

    Apollos Thorne is the bestselling LitRPG author of the Underworld and Codename: Freedom series. With over 50,000 books sold, he has published four books since July of 2017.

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Announced: 02/01/2019

  • Brandon Sanderson

    Literary Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson’s novels are the Mistborn books, The Stormlight Archive, which includes the Dragon Award winning Oathbringer, his most recent bestseller The Rithmatist, and Steelheart, among others. He completed the final volumes of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and is published in 35 languages. 

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Announced: 01/29/2019

  • Tyra A Burton

    Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media. An award-winning professor, Burton teaches at Kennesaw State University. 

  • R E Carr

    R. E. Carr is the Kindle Scout Winning author of urban fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Rules Undying Series is an award winning Amazon bestseller.

  • Alison Carrier

    Alison Carrier is the Senior Lead UI/UX Designer for Certain Affinity, an independent game studio. As a seasoned developer, she is currently working on an unannounced third-person looter-shooter.

  • Casey Renee Cosplay

    Casey Renee Cosplay was 2018's Twitchcon Cosplay Contest Champion, she is a costumer/livestreamer who is dedicated to sharing her craft with the world.

  • Daniel Griffith

    Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film and television. He has also been the official documentarian for Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the past ten years. 

  • Jason R Merrill

    Jason R. Merrill is a SQL DBA by day, purveyor of vintage gentlemen's accessories by night. His interest in vintage fashion have led to him speaking across the country. 

  • Stormy Mystique

    Stormy Mystique: The Renegade Raven is an accomplished woman of many trades, as a gamer, cosplayer, aviation engineer, UAS pilot, model, commercial photographer, and soon to be author.  

  • Robert W Ross

    Robert W. Ross is the author of the critically acclaimed Sentinels of Creation print and audiobook series. His fourth book in the seven-part series debuts in Spring 2019.

  • Alexi Vandenberg

    Alexi Vandenberg is an expert in marketing and featured writer in fandom and contributor to the Evil Overlord List. He owns of Rabid Fanboy Literary Services and Bard’s Tower.

  • M. C. Williams

    M. C. Williams is a engineer, podcaster, and writer. He spends his days designing nuclear plants and mixed-use spaces and nights getting lost in mythologies, futuristic civilizations, and unspeakable horrors.

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Announced: 01/25/2019

  • 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.

  • Drew A Blank

    Drew Blank is an artist and writer known for the indie novel Memoirs of an Antihero and his children’s book Aldo Tanners! Where Are Your Manners?! Blank has also developed a huge following with his collection of fake album art, horror children’s art, adult coloring books, and enamel pins.

  • Jim Butcher

    Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new 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.

  • Sean Andrew Copeland

    Sean Copeland is the Historian Supervisor of Creative Development at Blizzard Entertainment where he oversees its team of historians. This team enables developers to create with confidence for Blizzard’s blockbuster franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.

  • Joanna Estep

    Joanna Estep is the critically acclaimed illustrator of such titles as The Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics), Bitch Planet (Image), Death Head (Dark Horse), and The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Boom!/Archaia). Her work has earned her the S.P.A.C.E. Prize, and nominations for Eisner and Harvey awards.

  • Bill Holbrook

    Bill Holbrook is the creator of the daily comic strips On the Fastrack, Safe Havens, and Kevin & Kell. The later debuted in 1995 and is the longest continually-running webcomic on the Internet. In 2016 he was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for Best Webcomic (Short form).

  • Samantha Inoue-harte

    Samantha Inoue-Harte is a 20 year veteran in the entertainment industry. She stars in the James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez Alita: Battle Angel movie, is a anime producer with two series on Netflix, and is most known as the voice of Chocobo from Final Fantasy Unlimited in her voice acting career.

  • Lee Martindale

    Lee Martindale is known for teaching writers’ workshops, editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies Of Trade Town, and stories in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her short fiction currently appears in the collection Bard’s Road.

  • Sarah Milkovich

    Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich is the Science Operations Team Chief for the Mars 2020 Rover at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sarah specializes in the science operations of robotic spacecraft, bridging the science and engineering teams. She has previously worked on Mars Phoenix, Cassini-Huygens, Mars Science Laboratory, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

  • Bobby Nash

    When not wandering around the con, star struck, award-winning author Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, graphic novels, and more. Nash is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. 2019 will be his 31st Dragon Con.

  • 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.

  • Tim Powers

    Award-winning Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Anubis Gates, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

  • Corinne Roberts

    Corinne Roberts writes and illustrates the ongoing web comic series Out and About. She has written/illustrated Trip to Trekka and Imaginary Sea 1,2,3! Along with her books, she illustrated the web comic, Kitty Game and the card game, Unreal Estate. She is releasing/announcing two more comics in 2019.

  • Noel Saabye

    With 25 years in the animation industry, Noel Saabye has had the opportunity to work with some exciting companies that include Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Disney, PBS, Mattel and Activision. Saabye continues to work as an animator and has his hands in several recent independent comic book titles.

  • Michael Stackpole

    Michael A. Stackpole is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning novelist, graphic novelist, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, and screenwriter. He has worked in the franchise worlds of Conan, Star Wars, BattleTech, ShadowRun, Dark Conspiracy, World of Warcraft, and Magic: The Gathering.

  • David Thorn Wenzel

    David Thorn Wenzel has been part of the fantasy movement since the 1970s. He has continued to work on fantasy projects in the children's book, trade book and graphic novel markets. Wenzel's better known books include The Hobbit graphic novel and the newly released Kingdom of the Dwarfs.

  • Thomas F. Zahler

    Thom Zahler is a comic creator and animation writer. He created the Webtoons hit series Warning Label and the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes, Long Distance, and Time and Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW's My Little Pony series. He's written for Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.

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Announced: 01/24/2019

  • Jarrod Carl Alberich

    Jarrod Alberich is the creator of the comic book, Hamilton vs. Burr: A Werewolf Tale. He is also a trading card artist for Marvel and Upper Deck. He’s currently working for White Rocket Books providing cover art for novels and inking the Cold Lightning comic book.

  • James Burns

    James Burns is a graphic designer, illustrator, and comic artist. He creates autobiographical comics, notably his long-running Grumbles series. In 2002, he was diagnosed with a detached retina, which threatened his eyesight. After recovering, he wrote and drew his first comic book, Detached, about that experience.  

  • Cecil Castellucci

    Cecil Castellucci is an award-winning author of novels and comics for young people including Shade, The Changing Girl, Boy Proof, The Plain James, Soupy Leaves Home, Don't Cosplay with My Heart, and the New York Times bestselling Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

  • Lucienne Diver

    Lucienne Diver is a literary agent with 25 years of experience as well as the author of the Latter-Day Olympians series, Vamped series, and novels Faultlines and The Countdown Club.

  • 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.

  • Gawki

    Gawki is a bold illustrator of fantastical, surreal creatures and characters that spawn only from her brain soup. Ki is known for being in Spectrum 4 times, her interesting use of color, and for establishing the Drawtober art challenge with Vonnart where 2000 artists participated the first year.

  • David R. George III

    David R. George III is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. In addition to writing for Star Trek on television, he has penned various other genre stories.

  • Alethea Kontis

    Alethea Kontis is a voice actress and award-winning author of over 20 books. A former student of Jane Yolen, Andre Norton, and Orson Scott Card, Alethea is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con. She lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.

  • CB Lee

    CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship.

  • Mika McKinnon

    Mika McKinnon is a sci-fi scientist, disaster researcher, geophysicist, journalist, and irrepressibly enthusiastic about doom. Currently, she gleefully interjects truth for far stranger fiction for projects still within the veil of not-yet-aired secrecy and is a science communicator with work on BBC, New Scientist, io9, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, and others.  

  • R M Meluch

    R.M. Meluch's first novel was published when she was 19 years old. She's pretty sure she has never written a novel in which she didn't blow something up. 

  • Heather Ness

    Author Heather Ness has taught the psychology of superheroes and the psychology of video games courses, hosts the podcast and website Super-Psych, and speaks at conventions in the Atlanta area.

  • Russell Newquist

    Russell Newquist operates Silver Empire publishing, publishers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, horror, superhero, and steampunk novels. Their author roster includes four Dragon Award nominated authors. 

  • Eric P. Spana

    Eric Spana is a biology professor at Duke University specializing in genetics and molecular biology who explains the unusual and fantastic occurrences in science fiction, fantasy, and video games using the biological mechanisms already identified on Earth. Sometimes he has to point out the really, really bad science, too.

  • Kim Steadman

    Kim Steadman is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. Her job is to enable science while keeping the rover safe and happy.

  • Simon Tam

    Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and troublemaker. He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants and for numerous TEDx talks on race and identity.

  • Mel Todd

    Mel Todd is the author of 17 stories, nine under Renee Lovins. Her new series, the Kaylid Chronicles, is six books strong with three more releasing in the upcoming months. 

  • Chuck Tomasi

    Chuck Tomasi has been producing and hosting several podcasts since 2004. His passion for creating podcasts directly benefits his professional career where he creates audio and video content.

  • Timothy Zahn

    Timothy Zahn is the author of 12 Star Wars books (soon to be 13) and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances and Sibyl’s War 1: Pawn. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason and Sibyl’s War 2: Knight.

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Announced: 01/15/2019

  • Griffin Barber

    Griffin Barber writes all over the place, most notably in Eric Flint's 1632 series, but also in several anthologies across the spectrum of speculative fiction.

  • Rudy Campos

    For the last 5 years, Rudy Campos of Rcc Creations has been traveling to cons to teach makeup, fx , and bodypaint techniques to cosplayers, both new and seasoned.

  • Cecilia Dominic

    By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this multi-published author writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime, hence the secret identity.

  • J.F. Holmes

    J.F. Holmes was a 2017 two-time Dragon Award finalist and writes military science fiction. He is a retired US Army soldier and Iraq War veteran.

  • Kristin Jackson

    Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and digital designer, working in the film industry as an artist, set photographer, and social media manager. 

  • 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.

  • Sue Kisenwether

    Sue Kisenwether has been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network.

  • Bob Nygaard

    Bob Nygaard is a retired NY police officer, turned private investigator, turned actor. He specializes in the investigation of confidence crimes, most notably psychic fraud.

  • Melissa F Olson

    Melissa Olson has published ten novels and a short story compilation in her Old World series for 47North, three novellas for, and a standalone mystery. 

  • PeninaChan

    PeninaChan is an aspiring content creator and streamer who has been using websites such as YouTube and Twitch as tools for personal growth, development, her hobbies, and for social interaction. 

  • Trisha J. Wooldridge

    Trisha J. Wooldridge writes short stories, novellas, and poetry that occasionally win awards. She’s edited four anthologies and over 60 novels.

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Announced: 01/07/2019

  • Michael R Bailey

    Michael Bailey has hosted or co-hosted such podcasts as Views From The Longbox, From Crisis to Crisis, Overlooked Dark Knight, It All Comes Back To Superman, and Bailey’s Batman Podcast.

  • Bobby Blackwolf

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

  • Patricia Briggs

    Patricia is the bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series. She has published 26 books and has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on both of her series.

  • Keith R.A. DeCandido

    Keith R.A. DeCandido has written an appalling amount of fiction, both in 30+ media tie-in universes from Alien to Zorro, and in worlds of his own creation in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real cities of New York and Key West.

  • Amanda DeWees

    Amanda DeWees’s novels of Victorian gothic suspense include With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for historical mystery/suspense.

  • 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. 

  • Bill Fawcett

    Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged and edited over 400 Science Fiction novels, two Navy SEALs histories and other military titles. He co-authored Mycroft Holmes Mysteries and has written numerous non-fiction books, many on great mistakes in Hhistory. He was a founder of Mayfair Games and still designs board and computer games.

  • Nicole Gugliucci

    Professor, astronomer, education researcher, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe.

  • Scott Hanna

    An Eisner Award-winning artist in the graphic novel industry, Scott Hanna has been drawing and inking comic books for over 30 years. His work has been published in over 1,000 comics and graphic novels, and he’s inked over 23,000 pages of comics art.

  • John G. Hartness

    John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and podcaster from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple novel series, co-founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, and a member of the Authors & Dragons podcast. He spends far too much time and money playing Magic: the Gathering.

  • Lucas Hernandez

    Lucas Hernandez is a Lead Educator at The Florida Aquarium. His programs use pop culture as a medium for education. He is the co-host of The Science of Pokemon podcast.

  • Rob Levy

    Rob Levy is a pop culture writer, blogger, podcaster, and contributor to,, and other websites. Since 1995 he has hosted Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.

  • Jonathan Maberry

    Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres.

  • Mari Mancusi

    Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award-winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, The Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek, published by Disney Books

  • Gail Z. Martin

    Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Assassins of Landria, the Night Vigil, and Deadly Curiosities.

  • Mark Meer

    Mark Meer stars as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, 1980's horror homage Slayaway Camp, and Chapterhouse Studio's Captain Canuck animated series.

  • Mohamed A Noor

    Mohamed Noor is a professor of biology and Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University. He is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science in science fiction.

  • Diana Peterfreund

    Diana Peterfreund is the author of over two dozen books for adults, teens, and children, including the Omega City series for kids, the Killer Unicorns series for teens, the upcoming Clue novels, and the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion: For Darkness Shows the Stars.

  • Richard Saunders

    Richard Saunders starred as the Skeptical Judge on the TV show The One: The Search for Australia's Most Gifted Psychic. He is the host of the weekly podcast The Skeptic Zone, in its 11th year. An origami expert and children’s author, CSI Fellow, and life member of Australian Skeptics.

  • Scott Sigler

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler is the creator of 15 novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories. He gives away his stories as weekly, serialized, audiobooks, with over 40 million episodes downloaded. Scott launched his career by releasing his novels as author-read podcasts.

  • E.J. Stevens

    E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series. Her books are available worldwide in multiple languages.

  • Scott Sutherland

    Scott Sutherland is a meteorologist and science writer with Canada's The Weather Network, where he is an expert regarding weather, climate change, space weather, astronomy, space exploration and science.

  • Mark H Wandrey

    Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Three time Dragon Award finalist as well as author of 16 novels and growing, he’s just getting started.

  • 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 Her short stories have appeared in ASIMOV’s and numerous anthologies, and her video interviews are featured on

  • David Weber

    David Weber has perpetrated over 60 solo and collaborative novels and an unconscionable number of anthologies upon an innocent and unsuspecting public. He is perhaps best known for his character Honor Harrington, whom he hopes never to meet in a dark alley.

  • Bryan Young

    Bryan Young is an author, screenwriter, and novelist. He's also renowned for his work in the Star Wars universe. Most recently, he's the co-author of the new Robotech RPG.

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Announced: 01/04/2019

  • K.A. Linde

    K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels. Her breakout paranormal romance series, Blood Type, released last year with Random House. 

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Announced: 12/10/2018

  • JC De La Torre

    JC De La Torre is a screenwriter, award-winning filmmaker, and voice actor. DeLaTorre co-wrote, produced, and directed Seekers of the Lost Worlds and created the animated series Star Mage.

  • Clay Gilbert

    Since 2013, Clay Gilbert has been a professional editor and author of science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy. He has published eight novels.

  • 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 there. 

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Announced: 12/05/2018

  • Jeanne P Adams

    Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal author who is both traditionally and independently published. Her books are on all major digital outlets.

  • David Afsharirad

    David Afsharirad is the editor of The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series, from Baen Books. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and journals. 

  • Michael J. Allen

    A bestselling sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Michael J. Allen has written 12 novels in space opera, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, and western fantasy.

  • Quincy J Allen

    Quincy J Allen is a cross-genre author with series covering western, steampunk, fantasy, sci-fi, noir, paranormal, and action/thriller…and he’s just getting started.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Bachelder

    Kevin Bachelder has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. 

  • Kelly Lynn Colby

    Kelly Lynn Colby is a writer whose novel, Tarbin’s True Heir, won the IPPY bronze medal. She hosts the Writers Meet Up at Dragon Con.

  • Ryan A Consell

    Ryan Consell is an acclaimed theorist on the science of fiction. He has consulted on such titles as The Science of Game of Thrones and has spoken at many events.

  • Ben Davis

    Dr. Ben has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He is a professor of mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. 

  • Andy Dykes

    Andy Dykes is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. 

  • Marc Alan Edelheit

    Bestselling Author, Marc Alan Edelheit writes military science fiction and fantasy. He authored the award-winning Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Office Series and Tales of the Seventh.

  • Kevin Eldridge

    Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly pop culture comedy podcast. He is also an author of sci-fi stories, an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and a comedy musician.

  • Michael Falkner

    Michael Falkner is a writer and podcaster who runs the Timestamps Project. He is a host of The Weekly Podioplex as well as Who’s the Doctor: Talking Outside the Box

  • Emily A Finke

    A forensic anthropologist by training, but a science communicator by passion, Emily Finke has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, conventions, and more.

  • Declan Finn

    Declan Finn is a three-time Dragon Award finalist, known for his urban fantasy series Live and Let Bite, and his Pius thrillers, published by Silver Empire Press. 

  • John L. Flynn

    Dr. John L. Flynn is 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 2016 Dragon Awards finalist) and The Product, a dystopian novella. She also contributed short stories to several themed anthologies.

  • Tina Glasneck

    Tina Glasneck, a USA Today bestselling author, enjoys creating stories that combine history, mythology and Norse Gods. Her tales include murder and magic. 

  • Rick Gualtieri

    Gamer, geek, and writer; Rick Gualtieri is the author of over two dozen novels, including the bestselling Tome of Bill horror/comedy series. 

  • Tony P Henderson

    Tony P. Henderson is the creator, producer of numerous podcasts including his flagship show, the Geek Vs podcast. which spans over 250 episodes over the past 5 years.

  • K. M. Herkes

    Karen Morris Herkes writes and publishes science fiction and fantasy. Before settling down to write full time, she earned a degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Walter H. Hunt

    Walter H. Hunt is a science and historical fiction writer. He currently collaborates with Eric Flint on Ring of Fire related and other projects, and has two novels with Ring of Fire Press.

  • 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 his first published fantasy work.

  • Chris A Jackson

    Chris Jackson is an author of over 20 novels in fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, including Pirate’s Prophecy, Watery Graves, The Deep Gate, Dragon, and the bestselling Weapon of Flesh series.

  • Stuart Jaffe

    Stuart Jaffe is the prolific madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Real Magic, and much more.

  • Chris Kennedy

    A Dragon Award finalist, sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written 20 books and published more than 50 others. 

  • Roy Kilgard

    Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear. 

  • Aleron Kong

    Doctor by day, author by night, Dr. Aleron Kong is known for his bestselling series The Land which has sold over 500,000 copies. 

  • Dakota Krout

    A best-selling author of fantasy and LitRPG, Dakota Krout is a full-time author and indie publisher. His debut novel, Dungeon Born, was in the top 5 fantasy audiobooks of 2017. 

  • Steph LaMassa

    Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Her research focuses on the growth and evolution of supermassive black holes. 

  • L. Jagi Lamplighter

    L. Jagi Lamplighter is an author of fantasy and YA novels. She also edits for Superversive Press and is a founding member of the Superversive Literary Movement.

  • 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.

  • Tara Lynne

    Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice and Fire Con and co-hosts the webcast FEELINGS...with The Geekiary.

  • Lisa Manifold

    Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling author of the The Realm series, Sisters of the Curse series, the Djinn Everlasting series, the Aumahnee Prophecy series, and The Dragon Thief.

  • Mike Massa

    Mike Massa draws upon his experience as a Navy SEAL, banker, and technologist to write exciting SFF. His solo novel The Genius War is available in 2020.

  • 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.

  • Amy J. Murphy

    Amy J. Murphy wields this power to write kick-butt space opera, most notably the Allies and Enemies series, which was a Dragon Award Finalist.

  • Corinne O'Flynn

    Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of The Expatriates, Witches of Tower Hill, and the Aumahnee Prophecy series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books. 

  • Joshua Palmatier

    Joshua Palmatier has published the Throne of Amenkor series, the Well of Sorrows series, and the Ley series. He is the founder/owner of the small press Zombies Need Brains LLC.

  • James Palmer

    James Palmer is an award-nominated writer of science fiction, pulp adventure, steampunk, space opera, and more. He has written for Falstaff Books, Moonstone, Airship 27, and much, much more.

  • Aleta Pardalis

    Aleta Pardalis has been designing and creating costumes for over 15 years. She specializes in steampunk adaptations of pop culture characters. She loves teaching people about costume design and history.

  • Sean M. Patton

    Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and has designed more than 40 stage productions, eight short films, five features, and numerous media projects.

  • D.R. Perry

    D.R. Perry writes and publishes speculative fiction. Her works is Dragon Award nominated A Change In Crime, Supernatural Vigilante Society, and Providence Paranormal College.

  • Rob Roberts

    Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about video games online since 2002. 

  • Christopher Ruocchio

    Christopher Ruocchio is the author of The Sun Eater, a space opera fantasy series from DAW Books. He is also the Assistant Editor at Baen Books.

  • Tina Hesman Saey

    Tina Hesman Saey is the senior science writer at Science News magazine. She covers things that contain DNA and a few that don't.

  • Tamsin L. Silver

    Tamsin Silver is a fantasy author with books such as Mark of the Necromancer, The Windfire Series, Weird of the West, and a web series, Skye of the Damned

  • Shawnee Small

    Shawnee Small is a USA Today bestselling author and creator of the Shining Ones. She is currently working on several projects including the last installment in the Shining Ones saga.

  • The Wicked Tailor

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

  • R.R. Virdi

    R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award-nominated author for Best Fantasy. He writes two multiple award-nominated urban fantasy series, the Shepherd of Light space western series, and Monster Slayer Online.

  • Dave West

    Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock concerts as his alter ego, Phantom Troublemaker. 

  • Michael George Williams

    Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories. Williams’s best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles, A Fall in Autumn, and Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton

  • Christopher Woods

    2018 Dragon Award finalist Christopher Woods is a writer known for his Soulguard series and for being an author in the Four Horsemen Universe.

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Announced: 12/04/2018

  • David Boop

    David Boop is a Denver-based author/editor. His novels include She Murdered Me with Science, and many shorts work featuring media tie-ins for Predator, The Green Hornet, and Veronica.

  • Aaron Crash

    Aaron Crash is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series and the author of the American Dragon series, both bestsellers. His books have broken into Amazon’s Top 100.

  • Caroline Ratajski

    Caroline Ratajski is a senior software engineer at Twitch, as well as a writer. At Twitch she works on content discoverability, helping connect streamers and viewers. 

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Announced: 11/27/2018

  • Bill Keel

    Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight Live Astronomy sessions and has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in pop-culture universes, spy satellites, and astronomical tourism.

  • Thomas E. Sniegoski

    Thomas E. Sniegoski is a New York Times bestselling author of books for adults, children, and teens. He is also a comic book scripter who has worked for just about every major comic book publisher and is the author of the ground-breaking teen series The Fallen.

  • 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.

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Announced: 11/16/2018

  • D.J. Butler

    D.J. (Dave) Butler's novels include Witchy Eye and sequels from Baen Books, The Kidnap Plot and sequels from Knopf, and City of the Saints, from WordFire Press.

  • Lali DeRosier

    Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing, SciArt, and science outreach, tackling themes of science and diversity in pop-culture.







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