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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eric R. Asher

    Eric R. Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Steamborn YA steampunk series, Mason Dixon Monster Hunter, and Havenwood Falls: Redemption’s End.

  • Davis Ashura

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

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ariana Bauer

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

  • Aretta Baumgartner

    Aretta Baumgartner 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Darin Bush

    Darin Bush is a moderator for Dragon Con.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • L. M. Davis

    L. M. Davis is a writer, background actor, and scholar. She has written three novels: Skinless, Interlopers, and Posers. Forgers, the third book in her Shifters novel series, is forthcoming. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Walter Dean

    Walter Dean is a designer, specializing in custom-made costumes.  He was featured in Marvel Studios’ Marvel Becoming for his recreation of the Dora Milaje 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jordan T. Duncan

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

  • 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. 

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  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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!

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Gilley

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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  • Kevin Ikenberry

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

  • Alan Isom

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

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  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Ben Jacobs

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Brian Koberlein

    Brian Koberlein is a computational astrophysicist and Senior Lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology. He writes daily posts on astronomy and astrophysics on his blog, One Universe at a Time.  

  • 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. 

  • 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

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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Laura Levy

    Laura Levy is an engineering psychologist at Georgia Tech specializing in game design, AR/VR, and human-computer interactions research. Levy uses science to design and validate technology from the human perspective.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • J.F. Lewis

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

  • Philip Ligon

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Kelly Lockhart

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Mandah

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

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  • Neon the Glowgobear

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Glenn Parris

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Edward Povilaitis

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

  • Stefan Price

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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gray Rinehart

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Roxanne Starr

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

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hemrani Vyas

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

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  • Constance G.J. Wagner

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Damien Patrick Williams

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

  • 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. 

  • Jonathan Williams

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Mark Zoran

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


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

  • Emily Andras
  • Asher Angel
  • Charles Blue
  • Ed Brisson
  • Bethany Brookshire
  • Robert Buckley
  • Rachel Caine
  • Chris Campana
  • Osric Chau
  • Devon M Chulick
  • Jason Cordova
  • Ben Davis
  • Mason Spence Deaver
  • Amanda DeWees
  • Larry Dixon
  • Michael Eklund
  • Kacey Ezell
  • Sean Galloway
  • Jeremy Gillula
  • Thomas Michael Gofton
  • Aaron-Michael Hall
  • Rachael Harris
  • Curtis Hickman
  • J.F. Holmes
  • John Hornor Jacobs
  • Rahul Kohli
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • Dirk Manning
  • Misty Massey
  • Jack McDevitt
  • Jorge Molina
  • James A. Moore
  • Marisol Nichols
  • Jai Nitz
  • Daniel Orrett
  • Justin K Parker
  • Mark Pellegrino
  • Cherie Priest
  • David Ramsey
  • Jill Robi
  • Naomi Romero
  • Cara Santa Maria
  • Michelle Schusterman
  • Chris Schweizer
  • Dietrich O Smith
  • Jason A Stiff
  • Jonathan Tarbox
  • Keegan Connor Tracy
  • Greg Tremblay






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