“St. George and the Dragon” © 2010 Donato. All rights reserved.
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Mark Your Calendars Today:
Future Dragon*Con dates are now confirmed on Labor Day weekend through 2014:
Mark Your Calendars.............................................................. 1
Special Convention Ribbons................................................. 2
Charity Auction...................................................................... 2
Blood Drive............................................................................. 2
August 31–September 3, 2012
Daily Dragon Onsite Updates................................................3
September 6–September 9, 2013
September 5–September 8, 2014
2010 Convention Directors............................................................ 4
Staff Service Awards................................................................5
September 2–September 5, 2011: Come Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary with Us!
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton Towers, and Atlanta Sheraton hotels will co-host our next grand event. Please join us next (and every) year for North America’s premier annual event for those who dare to dream!
Souvenir Collectibles..................................................................... 7 In Memoriam................................................................................. 8 Awards Ceremony and Banquet................................................... 10 Guests of Honor............................................................................ 12
Dragon*Con Would Like to Thank Our 2010 Sponsors
Featured Guests............................................................................ 14 Concerts and Performances....................................................... 105 Art Show Participants..................................................................119 Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival.......................... 121
Program Book Credits EDITORS
Cassy Gordon & Saleena Terry
GRAPHIC DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY
PROGRAM COVER/COMMEMORATIVE LITHOGRAPH “St. George and the Dragon” © 2010 Donato Giancola. All rights reserved. MEMBERSHIP BADGE All rights reserved.
Artwork © 2010 Bobby Chiu.
2010 SOUVENIR T-SHIRT Adult’s T-shirt © 2010 Derek Yaniger. Kid’s T-shirt © 2010 Bobby Chiu. All rights reserved. 2010 COMMEMORATIVE HYATT HOTEL ROOM KEY Created especially for Dragon*Con © 2010 Shag. All rights reserved.
The Dragon*Con 2010 Program Book, Volume XXIV, September 2010, published by Dragon*Con, Inc. office of publication: P. O. Box 16459, Atlanta, GA, 30321-0459. Published annually at Dragon*Con, Copyright © 2010, Dragon*Con, Inc. All rights reserved. Price: $15.00 postpaid US and Canada, $20.00 elsewhere.
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General Information Special Convention Ribbons During the course of the convention, you are likely to see various individuals running around with different colored ribbons hanging from beneath their badge. Just for clarification, we thought we’d let you know what they all mean.
Red, White, and Blue Ribbon ........................Guest of Honor
Canary Ribbon.................................................Featured Guest
Hot Orange Ribbon................................ Program Participant
Black Ribbon...................................................Senior Director
Navy Ribbon.......................................................... Office Staff
Blue Ribbon........................................................Area Director
Sky Blue Ribbon........................................ Tournament Judge
Red Ribbon.................................................................... Dealer
Hot Melon Ribbon..........................................................Artist
Hot Chartreuse Ribbon........................................Press/Media
Peach Ribbon................................................. Eternal Member
White Ribbon................................... Masquerade Participant
White Ribbon............................................ Parade Participant
White Ribbon................ Dawn Costume Contest Participant
Emerald Green Ribbon ..................... World Record Attempt
Lilac Ribbon .................................... Film Festival Participant
Maroon Ribbon ..................................................... Interpreter
Purple Ribbon ...........................Onsite Volunteer Registrant
Purple Lanyard ............................................... Volunteer Staff
Dragon*Con Charity Auction Dragon*Con raised over $25,000 for the American Heart Association in 2008 and the Alzheimer’s Association in 2009. We are excited to announce that the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America (www.lupus.org) has been chosen for 2010. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause damage to any part of the body. In some ways, lupus represents a kind of allergic reaction by the body, in which the immune system sees the body’s own healthy tissues and cells as foreign, and attacks them. It is an incredibly unpredictable disease that can range from mild to deadly. There is no cure for lupus and more than 1.5 million Americans have the disease. Please help us raise awareness and much needed funds for research by joining us at our Charity Auction! September 3–6, 2010
Selected items may be previewed, as they are available, at the Charity Events booth, located in the Marquis Registration Booth at the Marriott Marquis. Direct donations to the Lupus Foundation of America can be made at the Charity Events booth from 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as before the Auction on Sunday. Remember, only you can help us in our quest to raise over $20,000 by coming to this year’s charity auction, to be held on Sunday, September 5, 2010, from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in the Regency V Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel! All proceeds will be donated to the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.
2010 Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” Blood Drive In 1976, only a few years after recovery from two years of extensive illnesses that prevented his final editing “cuts” of I Will Fear No Evil, Robert Heinlein put his own words into action. With the help of other science fiction devotees, including many well-known authors, he organized a blood drive at MidAmericon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention. It was the first of many such blood drives and was the start of a tradition. In 2009, we registered 2,439 people and drew 2,012 donors, resulting in a final tally of 2,623 units being put into inventory! Stop by and help us break last year’s record, and beat our goal of 3,000 units! If you’ve ever enjoyed the Grand Master’s work as we have, thank him by “paying it forward” in the way he would have appreciated the most, and join us at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, on the Atrium Level, rooms A701–A702, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., and on Monday from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Each donor receives a cloisonne pin originally designed by Heinlein for the MidAmericon blood drive, as well as a t-shirt and a chance to win other cool stuff! We’ll see you there!
Daily Dragon Onsite Updates Additions and changes to our programming and activities schedule, our award winners, rumors and innuendo, general news, and most importantly the nightly room-party roster will be featured in our daily ’zine, the Daily Dragon. If your group or club will be hosting an open room party, please stop by one of the Information Booths and let us know! The Daily Dragon is also updated live on the web at: dailydragon.dragoncon.org. Realizing the simple impossibility of attending over thirty-five programming tracks simultaneously, we’ve come to your rescue. We will be video recording such memorable events as the Dawn Look-Alike Contest, Masquerade, Costume Contest, as well as many of our Main Programming events and live concert performances and re-broadcasting the events live or on tape delay throughout the the day on DC*TV. And don’t miss the Dragon*Con Late Show, live every morning at 9:00 a.m.!
Disability Services At Dragon*Con we welcome everyone! Our staff wants everyone who attends to have fun and enjoy the convention with as little hassle as possible—that’s where Disability Services comes into the picture. If you feel that you are in need of our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us and sign up for our special services. Disability Services can be located during regular registration hours at their table in Convention Registration area of the Georgia Ballrooms in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. If you ever need any assistance, just look for Security, or someone wearing our “Disability Services Assistant” badges.
Convention Policies As a Dragon*Con 2010 Member, Guest, Staff, or Program Participant, you have received a membership badge. Please wear it at all times during the convention and in convention public areas. Staff personnel, recognizable by the DRAGON*CON STAFF imprint on their purple lanyards, can usually assist you with problems or questions, or at the very least direct you to those who can. Our Information Desks are located in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at the base of the escalators, just outside the Centennial Ballroom, and over at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, at the base of the escalators, the Atlanta Hilton Towers in the main lobby near the elevators, and in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in the main lobby. They’ll have the answers to all the questions.
Convention Rules 1. You must wear your membership badges at all times to be admitted to any convention function. In other words: Yes, you have to wear your steenkin’ badge! 2. Possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 is grounds for expulsion from the convention without refund. 3. Please keep all behavior that polite fans would find offensive in your hotel rooms. 4. We’ll offer sympathy, but Dragon*Con is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property, or for injuries sustained during the course of the convention.
5. In accordance with state law, there will be NO SMOKING allowed inside any of the convention facilities. Please take all smoking outside the hotels. 6. Cameras are not permitted in the Art Show/Print Shop or the Walk of Fame areas. Flash photography will not be allowed during the Masquerade; please check with Masquerade personnel for scheduled pre- or postMasquerade photo sessions. Due to the rennovations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, there will be no photography allowed on the lobby level at any time. 7. We reserve the right to ask you to leave the convention and refuse to refund your membership money if you are behaving - in technical terms–like a jerk. 8. Announced events and guests are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Every effort will be made to announce any changes via the internet and preconvention publications and our onsite newsletter, but sometimes last minute changes will occur. 9. Please abide by our weapons policy: All weapons must be nonworking and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated and rule 7 will be enforced. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow peace-bonded weapons. 10. Dragon*Con security staff, hotel security, and local law enforcement officials will treat anything that looks like a real gun as a real gun. We do not post bail. Read rule 7 and 9 again. 11. NO CAMPING IN THE HALLS OR LOBBY! If you are found sleeping in the public areas, you will be asked to go to your hotel room. If you do not have a room, hotel, or venue security will be forced to ask you to leave. 12. Please do not abuse our hotels or convention facilities. This includes putting signs on walls. Room Parties and other announcements may be dropped off at our Information Desk for inclusion in the Daily Dragon. 13. Costumers remember that no costume is no costume is NO costume, and there are public nudity laws in Georgia. Please wear appropriate (or at least enough) clothing in the common areas. 14. All Dragon*Con members and attendees at the Dragon*Con Convention are prevented from taking, recording, or creating film, or digital pictures, videos, tapes, sound recordings, or any other visual or auditory recreation of any kind whatsoever, of any Dragon*Con guest, member, volunteer, or employee, or of any Dragon*Con event, including but not limited to the Dragon*Con parade, any Dragon*Con forum, seminar, session, dance, or performance, for any commercial use, or for the solicitation of funds for any commercial or other purpose, without the express written permission of Dragon*Con/ACE, Inc. 15. Please abide by the above rules and a good time will be had by all!
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2010 Convention Directors Administration/Facility Liaison
Vendor Relations.......................................... Mark Fingerman
Dealer Hall..............................................Robyn Chappell
Administrative Assistant..................................Rachel Reeves
Exhibit Hall 1...............................................Mike Dillson
Art Show & Print Shop............................. John & Anne Parise
Exhibit Hall 2................................................ Sarah Steele
Art Show Marketing.......................... Ingrid Eichelbaum
Art Show Operations................................... Sam Wallace
Art Show Programming............................Heidi Wallace
Convention Office........................................... Brenda Tackett
Convention Registration......................................Gus Furlong
Board Games.........................................................Phil Collins
On-Site Pre-Registration.................................... Troy Bradley
Campaign RPG’s.................................................Brooks Banks
On-Site Registration.......................................... John Bunnell
Card Games............................................................ Jim Colson
Comics............................................................... Thom Trainor
Digital Gaming.................................................... Don Stauffer
Comics & Pop Artist Alley.........................Jesse Hamrick
Game Programming........................................ Rucht Lilavivat
Comics Programming................................... Sean Taylor
Gaming Registration..........................................Shy Aberman
Creative Director................................................ Billy Messina
Live Action Role Playing................................ Wayne Melnick
Internal Audit.........................................................Ben Collier
Miniature Games..........................................Steve Mc Farland
Special Events.................................................... Robert Rector
Convention Operations/Hyatt Liaison Senior Directors..............Robert Dennis & Mark Brown Band Table Area............................................... Paul Cashman
Gaming Division Senior Director.............................................. Dave Cody
Non-Campaign RPG’s.................................... Mark Liberman
Guest Operations Division Senior Director...........................................Mischa Hess
Child Care.........................................................Regina Reagan
Guest Hospitality.............................................Michael Green
ConSuite............................................................. Joe Campbell
Guest Operations...................................................Kat Haines
Disability Services............................................... Cherie Wren
Guest Transportation......................................... John Liszeski
Fan & Free Table Area..............................Sara McCorkendale
VIP Badge Pick Up.............................................Chris Ceraolo
Information Services................................Sara McCorkendale
Walk of Fame..................................................... Tom Gennaro
Outside Security......................................... Pete Montgomery Parade.........................................................................Jan Price Security......................................................................Len Scott Security–Marriott............................................Jeff Moore Security–Hilton...........................................Richard Bass Volunteers...................................................... Richard Sanders
Finance/Marriott Liaison Senior Director......................................... Sherry Henry Administrative Assistant Finance....................Mandy Collier Charity Events..................................................... John Tackett Dragon*Con Store....................................................Tracy Bell
September 3–6, 2010
Programming Senior Director..........................................Regina Kirby
Program Operations Senior Director..........................................Bill Harrison Masquerade................................................. Marilee Coughlin Production Director............................................Cat Harrison Lead Technical Services–Night...................Thomas R. Kerns Technical Services–Day...............................Danielle Walther Video Rooms.................................................Michael Allgood
Publications & Public Relations Senior Director.........................................Cassy Gordon Daily Dragon.........................................................Eugie Foster Media Relations.....................................................Dan Carroll Photography...........................................................Fong Dong Signage.............................................................. Jason Mitchell Social Networking.................................... Finesha Colton Lee Videography................................................ Brian Richardson Web Master......................................................... Jamey Reeves
Fan Track Operations Senior Director........................................ David Gordon On-Site Fan Track Coordinator.................. Bill & Lucy Smith Alternate History.......................................... Cindy Mac Leod American SF Classics......................................... Ron Nastrom American SF Media..........................................Kelley Harkins Animation Programming............................Jessica Merriman Anime-Manga Programming.......................Jonathan Tarbox Anne Mc Caffrey’s Worlds............................Charlotte Moore
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Apocalypse Rising............................................... Kelly Brewer British SF Media.......................................... Carolyn Mc Cully 5
Costuming................................................................... Lee Cox Dark Fantasy....................................................... Derek Tatum Electronic Frontiers Forum................................... Scott Jones Filk ...................................................................Robby Hilliard Independent Film & Festival......................... Matthew Foster Paranormal...........................................................Marc Tetlow Podcasting................................................... Robyn Mc Carthy Robotics............................................................. Valerie Macht Science Track...........................................................Dru Myers Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature...................................Sue Phillips Silk Road Asian Cinema & Culture............... Susan Shockley
Staff Service Awards Over 1600 volunteers comprise our 2010 Dragon*Con convention staff—without them, Dragon*Con would not be possible. We would like to take this opportunity to again thank our staff who often work far in excess of their regularly assigned hours, and sleep little-to-none over the course of the convention to ensure everything is running smoothly or if it isn’t, to minimize any problems, and to recognize our convention staff that has been assisting us for fifteen years of volunteer service. Service Awards for 1995-2010:
Skeptic Track...............................................Derek Colanduno
Space Track......................................................Lorraine Glynn
StarGate Multiverse...................... Jennifer M. Breland-Dykes
Star Wars Track.............................................. Brandy Roatsey Tolkien’s Middle Earth................................... Jean Baughman Trek Track...........................................................Garrett Wang Whedon Universe.................................... Wayne Hutchinson Wheel of Time...................................................Jennifer Liang Writers’ Track.................................................... Nancy Knight
Over 125 additional Fifteen Years Service Awards have been presented since 2001. Our inaugural convention was held in 1987. 2010 marks our 24rd year! The following volunteers will be honored for 20 years of service: Mark Fingerman
X-Track................................................. Leigh Bennett-Conner Young Adult Literature...........................................Bev Kodak Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
Souvenir Collectibles To commemorate your Dragon*Con experience, we have designed a number of souvenir collectibles that are available at the Dragon*Con Store located in Registration Booth #2 on the Marquis Level at the Atlanta Marriott. We also have a satellite location in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, where we will be selling t-shirts and lanyards only. We strive to present fine fantasy illustrations on our souvenir t-shirts. Shirts from previous years featured the work of such notable artists as Roger Dean, Arthur Suydam, Olivia DeBerardinis, Rowena, Jim Steranko, Dave Stevens, and Joseph Michael Linsner. Our Dragon*Con 2010 T-shirt features original artwork by renowned low brow artist Derek Yaniger. They are available in adult sizes (XL–2XL @ $18; 3XL @ $20) and the ever popular “baby doll” style (all sizes $18). New this year! Featuring the fantastic art of Bobby Chiu, T-shirts will be available in limited quantities in children’s sizes. Dragon*Con 2010 Commemorative Poster: We produce a limited number of lithographs to commemorate each convention year. The 2010 lithograph features the fabulous work of artist Donato Giancola and are available at the convention for $20. Additional prints from past years feature original artwork by Tara McPherson, Steve Hickman, Joseph Michael Linsner, Larry Elmore, Arthur Suydam, Alex Grey, Syd Mead, Yoshitako Amano, Stephen Youll, Roger Dean, Tom Canty, Keith Parkinson, Bob Eggleton, Alan M. Clark, Tim and Greg Hildebrandt, Jim Steranko, Charles Vess, and a special six-artist composite poster with Jeff Jones, Jon Muth, Kent Williams, George Pratt, Walt Simonson, and Dave McKean. Limited lithographs remain in our inventory and are available for purchase. Our Dragon*Con logo was originally designed by Atlanta artist Stan Bruns over two decades ago. Dinosaur illustrator William Stout updated it, rendering it in brilliant color (with a touch of computer magic by artist David Robinson).
New Stainless Steel Travel mugs and Water Bottles are available this year, and look for our very own logo’d lanyards, which will be available exclusively at both Dragon*Con Store locations. Pendants and key chains: We have extra-heavy brushed pewter designs for both pendants and key chains, as well as pendants hand cast in pure sterling silver. You’ll also see our logo embroidered in both gold and green on baseball caps. You’ll also find it emblazoned on travel clocks, mouse pads, and a host of merchandise, including duffle bags and luggage tags, key chains, refrigerator magnets, and Christmas ornaments. We’ve added new shot glasses to our inventory this year and Dragon*Con logo’d wine glasses are available. Why not advertise your fan status every time you get in the car with window flags featuring the Dragon*Con logo? Also available are two auto window stickers featuring a die cut logo, as well as a simpler printed logo. Memberships for Dragon*Con 2011 (at the lowest rate available all year), as well as DVD’s from previous years will be available in the main store location. Follow us on Twitter@ dragoncon_store for updates and special “at convention only” deals during the show. Dealer dollars: Sculpted by Tom Meier and cast in pewter by Iron Wind Metals, these coins are awarded to select contest and event winners and are good for a five-dollar credit from any Exhibitor or Dealer in the Dragon*Con 2010 Exhibit/ Dealer Halls and at the Dragon*Con store.
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In Memoriam Kage Baker
Best know for historical time travel science fiction, Baker penned the Company series. Her last novel in the series, Not Less than Gods, was published earlier this year. Her most recent novella “The Women of Nell Gwynne’s” won the 2009 Nebula Award and is a nominee in the 2010 Hugo Awards.
An illustrator of comic books, movie posters, and paperback book covers, Frazetta began drawing for comic books of all stripes—westerns, mysteries, fantasies. His most prominent work, however, was on the cover of book jackets, where his signature images were of strikingly fierce, hard-bodied heroes and bosomy, damsels in distress. His style defined fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, and influenced many artists within the genres of fantasy and science fiction.
(June 10, 1952–January 31, 2010)
Maury Chaykin (July 27, 1949–July 27, 2010)
American-Canadian actor, Maury Chaykin best known for his startling cameo in Dances With Wolves and who more recently spoofed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on HBO’s Entourage. A master of the show-stopping cameo, Chaykin created a dizzying variety of memorable eccentrics. His characters included Dustin Hoffman’s nosy superintendent in Hero, the slow-witted Southern yokel grilled by Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, and the intergalactic gourmand Nerus in Stargate SG-1. 8
(February 9, 1928–May 10, 2010)
(December 23, 1971–March 10, 2010) Haim’s role as the title character in Lucas followed by his role as as the younger Emerson brother in The Lost Boys established the lanky young man with a cheeky grin as a teen heart-throb and turned him into a cult icon.
George DiCenzo was an American character actor and onetime associate producer for Dark Shadows. He was in show business for more than 30 years, with extensive film, TV, stage and commercial credits including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, The Ninth Configuration, About Last Night..., and The Exorcist III.
English novelist and author best known for his works of Celtic, Nordic, Gothic, and Pictish fantasy literature, in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction, His breakthrough novel Mythago Wood is recognized as Holdstock’s first major fantasy work and begins the Ryhope Wood series.
(April 21, 1940–August 9, 2010)
Roy E. Disney
(January 10, 1930–December 16, 2009)
(August 2, 1948–November 29, 2009)
(May 17, 1936–May 29 2010)
Disney dynasty leader and nephew of the iconic Walt Disney paved the way to the revitalization of the company in the ‘80s. The last member of the Disney family to be actively involved in the company, he has been credited for keeping the authentic “Disney” spirit in the company and changing the face of animated movies by investing in computer animation.
Pop culture icon Dennis Hopper was a Hollywood rebel and acting giant. His foray into acting in films started with his cinematic appearance in two James Dean movies, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. He frequented television and films throughout the 1960’s until his pinnacle directorial and starring role as Billy in Easy Rider. The film became a symbol of freedom, rebellion and masculinity of the 60’s and early 70’s.
Fernandez best known as the voice of Speed Racer, and his brother, Racer X, in the English adaptations of Speed Racer, he was instrumental in introducing many Japanese anime series to English-speaking audiences, including Astro Boy, Gigantor, Marine Boy, Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars, and Superbook.
Big screen star Brittany Murphy was famous for taking comedic and challenging roles that reflected young American pop culture. Her roles were diverse, including gritty roles in films such as Sin City, 8 Mile, and Girl, Interrupted; comedic follies Happy Feet and Clueless; and finally voice work in Futurama and King of the Hill.
(January 29, 1927–July 15, 2010)
September 3–6, 2010
(November 10, 1977–December 20, 2009)
American stage and screen actress Patricia Neal was best known for her roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and middle-aged housekeeper Alma Brown in Hud, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter, Swayze was best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries. Once named by People magazine as its “Sexiest Man Alive” his film and television career spanned over thirty years, and over forty other films including The Outsiders, Red Dawn, and Point Break.
(January 20, 1926–August 8, 2010)
(September 30, 1946–December 17, 2009) Director, actor, and screenwriter, O’Bannon wrote some of sci-fi and horrors most popular titles such as Life Force, Total Recall, Screamers, The Resurrected, and Return of the Living Dead. Together with Ronald Shusett, he wrote the original story for Alien, and is acknowledged along with H. R. Giger and Ridley Scott as being one of the main creative forces behind Alien’s success.
(October 8 1939–July 12, 2010) American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, Harvey Pekar is best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. Stories from the American Splendor comics have been collected in many books and anthologies and inspired the 2003 critically acclaimed film of the same name. With his wife and cocollaborater Joyce Brabner, hew created Our Cancer Year, a graphic novel autobiography of his harrowing yet successful treatment for lymphoma.
(May 28, 1933–January 27, 2010) Rubinstein was an outspoken activist and character actress who fought for the rights of little people and HIV education. Best known for her scene stealing role as Tangina in Poltergeist, Rubinstein also had roles in Sixteen Candles, Teen Witch, Picket Fences, and The Scariest Places on Earth.
David J. Steinberg (1964–March 15, 2010)
Talented, diminutive, and engaging little person actor David Steinberg is best known for his performance as Warwick Davis’ loyal friend Meegosh in the epic fantasy adventure Willow. In addition to film, he made guest appearances on episodes of the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Charmed, Ugly Betty, and Zooey 101.
(August 18, 1952–September 14, 2009)
(May 9, 1920–February 7, 2010) William Tenn, pen name for Philip Klass, and homage to Tennessee Williams, was once called “one of the genre’s very few genuinely comic, genuinely incisive writers of short fiction” by The Science Fiction Encyclopedia. Best known for his novel Of Monsters and Men, Tenn wrote satirical science fiction at a time when few writers in the genre displayed a sense of humor and helped create modern science fiction in the 1940s and ‘50s, when the genre’s dominant form was the short story, published in monthly magazines known as pulps.
Michael Neil Wilmot (September 16, 1960–July 2, 2010)
Husband, father, brother, and friend of Dragon*Con and fandom, Mike Wilmot celebrated his twentieth year anniversary with Dragon*Con in 2009—most of that time spent in our ConSuite. His love of fandom and our convention was ever present and though his health had declined, Mike was always happy to pitch in and lend a hand to get the job done whenever he was needed. Somehow, the ConSuite won’t feel quite the same without his constant smile, generosity, and dedication.
Edward Woodward (June 1, 1930–November 16, 2009)
Edward Woodward was an English stage and screen actor and singer. Among his film credits, Woodward starred as Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the 1973 cult British horror film The Wicker Man, Australian biopic Breaker Morant, and most recently in Simon Pegg’s comedy Hot Fuzz. In 1985 he starred as British ex-secret agent and vigilante Robert McCall in the American television series The Equalizer, earning him the 1986 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Actor.
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The 2010 Dragon Con Awards Ceremony & Banquet The Dragon*Con 2010 Awards Banquet will take place Saturday evening beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Master of Ceremonies for the Banquet is Bill Fawcett. Featured entertainment includes musical performances by Paul Mercer and Filker Tom Smith. Banquet Tickets may be purchased at convention registration, as available, and theatre seating at no charge will be available at the event.
The Hank Reinhardt Fandom Award The Georgia Fandom Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the genre by a Georgia writer, artist, or fan. In 2009, the name of this award was changed to the Hank Reinhardt Fandom Award to honor the memory of the first recipient of the award. Past winners include: Marilyn Teague (1991)
Lamar Waldron (1992)
Gerald Page (1993)
Samanda Jeude (1994)
Stan Bruns (1995)
Thomas E. Fuller (1996)
Guest of Honor Awards Dragon*Con will recognize our 2010 Guests of Honor at this very special event: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Irv Koch (1998) Sue Phillips (2000)
Avery Davis (1997) Brad Strickland (1999) Bill Ritch (2001)
Floyd Chappell (2002)
Wendy Webb (2003)
Nancy Knight (2004)
Regina Kirby (2005)
The Julie Award
John Ringo (2006)
Bill Harrison (2007)
In 1998, Dragon*Con established the Julie Award presented annually in tribute to the legendary Julie Schwartz. The Julie Award is bestowed for universal achievement spanning multiple genres, selected each year by our esteemed panel of industry professionals. Our inaugural recipient in 1998 was science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Ray Bradbury.
Patrick Roberts (2008)
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Hank Reinhardt (1990)
Toni Weisskopf (2009)
“Julie” co-founded the first SF fan magazine, the first World Science Fiction Convention, and the world’s first science fiction literary agency, representing the works of Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Alfred Bester, and H.P. Lovecraft. In 1944, Julie began his 45-year editorial roleat DC Comics, rescuing the superhero genre from near-extinction, and revived and modernized Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Justice League of America, and Superman. Past winners include: Julius Schwartz (1998)
Ray Bradbury (1998) Anne McCaffrey (1999)
Will Eisner (1999) Yoshitako Amano (2000)
Neil Gaiman (2000)
Harlan Ellison (2001)
Alice Cooper (2001)
Carmine Infantino (2002)
Paul Kantner (2002)
Marty Balin (2002)
Jim Steranko (2003)
Forrest J. Ackerman (2003) Chick Corea (2004)
Denny O’Neil (2004) Joss Whedon (2005)
Paul Dini (2006)
Peter David (2007)
Micky Dolenz (2008)
Leonard Nimoy (2009) Peter David Presenting the Julie Award to Leonard Nimoy, Dragon*Con 2009
September 3–6, 2010
*Official Dragon*Con 2010 T-shirt image courtesy of Derek Yaniger. T-shirts available in the Dragon*Con store at the Marriott Marquis. Derek Yanigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table is located at the Comic Artists Alley in the Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency. Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
Guests of Honor Neal Adams
eal Adams has had legendary runs on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from his campy TV show and transformed him into his present “Avenger of the Night.” When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’s Batman. His run directly led to the realistic incarnation seen in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight movies. Adams godfathered a generation of new talent, brought down the Comics Code by introducing “relevant comics,” and gave America its first black comic book superhero. While fighting for creators’ rights, he convinced publishers to return original art to its creators, improved standards of comic book production, forced publishers to pay royalties, and crusaded against work-made-for-hire in the copyright law. In addition, Neal launched a successful production company—Continuity Studios—that has produced the popular Nasonex Bee Campaign and introduced us to the concept of Motion Comics. He designed the popular Terminator-T2 4D ride and the Spider-Man rides at Universal Studios. While setting up his own characters with various Hollywood Studios and producers, Neal is currently writing and drawing the 12-issue Batman Odyssey for DC Comics and writing and drawing a 5-issue Wolverine series for Marvel.
A 128-page book devoted to the legendary Batman and X-Men comic books and Tarzan book-cover art, The Art of Neal Adams, scheduled for release in September 2010 will premiere at this year’s Dragon*Con!
cience fiction and classical art don’t seem to have much in common unless you consider the work of Donato Giancola. While depicting visions of the future he keeps looking back over his shoulder at the work of such great classical artists as Rembrandt and Hans Memling. A Chesley award recipient, Donato credits the old masters with inspiring him to create paintings whose audacious composition, brilliant color, and dizzying perspective have delighted art directors and book buyers. Science fiction entered his life with the Star Wars movies. Around that time the seminal role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons, made its debut, and Donato was quickly hooked. His older brother introduced him to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and from there he immersed himself in the literature of sci-fi and fantasy. However, science fiction and art were only hobbies. Donato had to be practical about selecting an occupation. He relies upon photographic references for the actual figures, either posing and shooting them himself or using professional photographers and models. Donato works at home in his top-floor studio, teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and has curated an exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. September 3–6, 2010
n international phenomenon and the leading pioneer of the current paranormal craze, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than twenty-three million copies of her books in print in over thirty countries. Her books are frequent bestsellers in Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, B.A.D. Agency, and the Chronicles of Nick. Since 2004, she has placed over fifty novels on the New York Times bestseller list. Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins. Her upcoming novels include No Mercy (#19 Dark-Hunters series), Night Embrace (re-release #2 Dark-Hunters series), Deadly Promises, Blood Trinity, and The Dark Hunters Vol. 3 manga.
tan ‘the Man’ Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. His co-creations, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Iron Man have been monster movie hits, helping make Marvel Comics the leader of the comic book industry. Some of Stan’s other great co-creations, such as Hulk, Fantastic Four, and Daredevil have sequels on the way, while Thor, Avengers, and Silver Surfer, plus many others, are now in development. President Bush recently presented Stan a Medal of the Arts, lauding his amazing career. Stan joined, what was to become Marvel Comics, when he was 16 years old. Just one year later he was the youngest editor in the business. But when World War II came around, he joined the Army, serving in the Signal Corps. For three years, the Army had Lee write training films and manuals for all branches of military service. In addition, Stan Lee has the distinction of becoming one of only nine men, including William Saroyan, in the U.S. Army to be given the military classification “playwright.” Chairman of Marvel Comics and Marvel Films, he is known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. It was in the early ‘60s that Stan Lee ushered in what has come to be known as “The Marvel Age of Comics,” creating major new superheroes while breathing life and style into such old favorites as Captain America, The Human Torch, and The Sub Mariner. In 1981, Marvel launched an animation studio on the west coast and Stan Lee moved to Los Angeles to become creative head of Marvel’s cinematic adventures. He began to transform his Spider-Man and Hulk creations into Saturday morning television and paved the way for Marvel’s entry into live-action feature films. He recently ended his exclusive agreement with Marvel Comics, and launched StanLee.Net, an on-line multimedia company dedicated to revolutionizing comics. He also suprised many by going to work for DC Comics for a limited engagement series, retelling some of the classic DC Super Heroes in his own dashing style. Like all of us, Stan’s heroes are plagued with weaknesses and flaws, but they persevere and triumph over evil—always doing what is right—sometimes at great cost to their personal relationships. Stan is currently developing movie and TV projects with his company “POW! Entertainment” while still proudly cherishing the title Chairman Emeritus of Marvel. Only a handful of mythmakers achieve immortality—Stan Lee has achieved more. Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
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Scott Adsit ynn Abbey was born in New York’s Hudson River Valley, in the city of Peekskill, during the so-called “baby boom.” Family legends confirm that she’s been a storyteller pretty much from the moment she learned to talk.
Her first novel was Daughter of the Bright Moon. Since completing Daughter, she’s published over two dozen novels. She also wrote for and eventually wound up editing the Thieves’ World shared-world anthology series which ran for twelve volumes in the 1980s and has resurrected for the third millennium, including a “bridge” novel, new anthologies, and some reprints. In addition, Green Ronin, an award-winning game-design company licensed Thieves’ World for a series of fantasy role-playing supplements.
Pete Abrams ete Abrams is the creator of Sluggy Freelance, a remarkably twisted daily online comic strip that has been appearing at www.sluggy. com since August 25, 1997. Starting the comic strip as a creative outlet, his world with the switchbladewielding rabbit quickly expanded into uncharted territory and grew into over a decade of alien vampire missile-launching fun. Abrams holds the honor of being twice-invited as a speaker at Harvard conventions as well as at a Vassar convention, making him all ivy-league-ish. Pete has gained recognition not only online, but through such high profile appearances as the original comics included in NY Times bestselling author John Ringo’s Hell’s Faire, and as part of the New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art webcomics exhibition in Fall, 2007, as well as appearances on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen. Pete is reputed to be the first person to ever make a living by drawing a webcomic.
Kei Acedera ei Acedera was trained in Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared perennially in Spectrum. Kei joined Imaginism Studios in Toronto in 2005 and became its Art Director. During this time, she illustrated the New York Time best-selling book, How to Talk to Girls. She was also a character designer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. September 3–6, 2010
cott Adsit is an American writer, actor and improviser. In 1994, he joined the mainstage cast of The Second City in Chicago, where he appeared in several Jeff awardwinning revues, including Pinata Full of Bees and Paradigm Lost. A sketch he performed with future SNL head writer Adam McKay, “Gump”, was included as one of Second City’s all-time best in the theater’s 25th anniversary compilation. He also appeared in the 1997 PBS documentary about the theater, Second to None. In 1996, he portrayed an alcoholic and drug-addicted father in the Hazleton Substance Abuse Clinic (Minnesota) short-subject production “Reflections From The Heart of a Child”. This 26minute video/DVD feature is required curriculum in most DWI Repeat Offender classes and substance abuse rehabilitation clinics nationwide to this day. He is currently appearing in 30 Rock on NBC and played an active role in Moral Orel on Adult Swim.
Ana Aesthetic eredith Placko, also known as Ana Aesthetic to most of the online world, is best known for her skilled costume designs and cosplay modeling. She has been featured in publications like Wizard magazine and Cosplex. You can see one of her best known character portrayals, Jean Grey, in the Marvel Masterpieces sketch card series, where she was chosen to represent the Dark Phoenix. As a well-known expert, Meredith has contributed as a host of Radio Sci-Fi, is a frequently featured convention guest, and a correspondent for several media outlets.
Scott Allie cott Allie started his comics career as a self-publisher and is best known as the editor of some of the most notable comics in recent years, including Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, The Umbrella Academy, and The Goon, all from Dark Horse Comics. His writing includes contributions to licensed properties including Star Wars at Dark Horse and Buffy at Pocket Books, but his focus has always been horror comics, most notably his creator-owned series The Devil’s Footprints, a sequel to which is underway.
Aaron Allston ew York Times bestselling novelist Aaron Allston has authored nineteen novels, including Celtic hero-pulp fantasies Doc Sidhe and Sidhe-Devil, and numerous offerings in the the Star Wars series; Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #1: Outcast is his most recent. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Aaron wrote or co-wrote nearly fifty role-playing games and game supplements, including titles for Dungeons & Dragons, the Hero System, GURPS, Car Wars, and Paranoia. He has won awards for his game work and game magazine editing, and has been inducted into the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame.
Work performed and published for NASA includes: investigation of the STS-107 tragedy, modeling of the radiation shielding for the International Space Station, meteor observations for International Leonid Meteor Shower Campaigns, modeling the Van Allen belts and the solar wind, test design for a solar sail, radiation testing of electronics parts for the DART spacecraft, and environment modeling for both Jupiter and the Moon. He is a storyteller, an Eagle Claw sensei, an excellent swordsman, and one of the world’s great experts on catching stuff on fire.
Lou Anders Richard L. Altstatt ichard L. “Hawk” Altstatt produces radiation models and performs radiation effects engineering and design for military and civilian purposes. He received an MS in Nuclear Engineering, specializing in Plasma Physics (fire) and Material Science (burning stuff) from NCSU in 1996 and an MS in Engineering Science and Mechanics, specializing in Thermal Mechanics (fire again) and Instrumentation (sticking stuff in fire) from UTSI in 1992.
Hugo Award nominee, Chesley Award nominee, and World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books’ science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr, as well as the anthologies Fast Forward 2 (Pyr, 2008), Sideways in Crime (Solaris, 2008), Fast Forward 1 (Pyr, 2007), FutureShocks (Roc, 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, 2004), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), and Outside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of Bookface.com, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact (Titan Books, 1996), and has published over 500 articles in such magazines as The Believer, Publishers Weekly, Dreamwatch, DeathRay, Free Inquiry, Star Trek Monthly, Star Wars Monthly, Babylon 5 Magazine, Sci Fi Universe, Doctor Who Magazine, and Manga Max.
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Kevin J. Anderson evin J. Anderson is the author of more than one hundred novels, forty-seven of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over twenty million books in print in thirty languages, and he has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards. Kevin coauthored eleven books in Frank Herbert’s classic Dune universe with Herbert’s son, Brian. The most recent volume is Jessica of Dune, released in August, 2009. Anderson is also a co-producer with Brian Herbert on a major new film of Dune from Paramount Pictures. Anderson’s Star Wars Jedi Academy books were the three top-selling SF novels of 1994. His three original anthologies—”Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina”, “Tales from Jabba’s Palace”, and “Tales of the Bounty Hunters”—are the bestselling SF anthologies of all time. He has also completed numerous other projects for Lucasfilm, including the Young Jedi Knights series (co-written with his wife, Rebecca Moesta). He is the author of three hardcover novels based on the X-Files, and he coauthored a major bestseller with Dean Koontz, Prodigal Son.
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ee Arenberg is best known for his portrayal of Pintel the, “ELLO’ POPPET!” pirate in Walt Disney Pictures’ blockbuster series Pirates of the Caribbean. Although Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End brought instant world wide acclaim to Lee they are the product of an acting career in its third decade. Lee has appeared in over 40 feature films, including Waterworld, Bob Roberts, Dungeons and Dragons, the upcoming indie features Quit, and Ashley’s Ashes. Over the years, he has also charmed audiences with many memorable television roles from Seinfeld, Friends, and Tales of the Crypt to Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Ben Armstrong en Armstrong is the co-owner and producer of the infamous NETHERWORLD Haunted House. Nationally recognized in the haunted house business, Ben has given seminars on haunted house design and operation at many Halloween and themed amusement conventions and has been a featured writer in numerous haunt related publications. He has also designed and acted as a consultant on haunts and other themed events around the nation. Ben is also well known in haunt and convention circles as a twisted character actor and appears as many hideous creatures, including werewolves, vampires, demons, and a certain mad scientist known as Dr. Speculo. Dr. Speculo was a television horror show host in the Emmy-nominated Tales from Six Feet Under. September 3–6, 2010
Other Dr. Speculo adventures have included acting as the master of ceremonies at the 1995 World Horror Convention and a recent full-page photo in Weekly World News. For three years, he hosted Rock N Roll Monster Bash at the Starlight DriveIn, and he has also hosted events at Dragon*Con. Ben also appeared in the Telly award winning UPN 69 horror show in Atlanta, The True NETHERWORLD Story of the Harvestman, based on one of his haunted house characters. In 2007, he hosted “Dr. Speculo’s Superhero/Supervillain Challenge” at Atlanta Comics Expo.
Sean Astin t age 13, Sean Astin debuted on the silver screen as Mikey in The Goonies. He had a small role in The War of the Roses and in 1993 got a memorable part as the title character in Rudy. Astin played Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He provided the voice for Balto’s son, Kodi, in the second direct-tovideo sequel of Balto. In 1994, he directed and co-produced—with his wife, Christine— the Academy Award-nominated short film, Kangaroo Court. In 1995, he starred in the Showtime sci-fi film, Harrison Bergeron, an adaptation of the short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Astin appeared as Lynn McGill in the fifth season of the FOX drama 24. He appeared in the first season of the NBC Show, Las Vegas, as a gambler who wins one million dollars, and his wife and best friend want to take it away from him. He most recently appeared as a sales clerk in an episode of the TV series, My Name Is Earl, in which he, along with co-stars Charles S. Dutton and Chelcie Ross, parodied their hit movie, Rudy.
René Auberjonois ené Auberjonois was a busy actor on stage and screen for thirty years before he played Odo, the shape-shifting constable on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He followed that in 2004 by taking the role of venerable lawyer Paul Lewiston on the jokey drama Boston Legal (co-starring William Shatner), and guest starring in a episode of SyFy channels Warehouse 13. Auberjonois is a reliable character actor whose film credits include M*A*S*H, and McCabe & Mrs. Miller. On television he has been a regular voice actor for cartoons, including The Smurfs, Mighty Max,and Archer. He also was a regular player on TV’s Benson. Auberjonois is also an accomplished video game voice actor, using his talents in games like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and both the Legacy of Kain and Fallout series.
orena landed her first movie role in the improvised fashion world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in the film festival hit, Way Off Broadway (2001). Shortly before moving to Los Angeles, Morena appeared with Natalie Portman and understudied for her role in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull. Firefly was her first television show. Morena reprised her role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005) and also provided the voice for Black Canary in multiple episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited in 2005. Currently Baccarin can be seen on ABC’s 2009 remake of V playing Anna, who is the leader of the Visitors. She also made her off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s 2009 television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City where she played a news reporter whose affair with a television executive lands her a gig as the host of a hit reality show.
n 2006, Michael Baker co-founded New Gravity Media, a privately funded independent film company and began writing, directing, and producing the full length feature film 14 Degrees–A Paranormal Documentary. The two years of extensive research that went into preparing for this film took Michael across United States to document and participate in dozens of paranormal investigations as well as interview and learn from some of the most respected names in the paranormal field.
Mark Bagley ark Bagley began his career as a technical illustrator for Lockheed. He got into comics by winning the contest in the Marvel Try-Out Book. The contest involved a deconstructed comic book which contestants could complete and submit to Marvel. He was assigned to Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man in 1991, and was a regular artist on the title until 1996. In 2000, he began working on Ultimate Spider-man. Besides Spider-Man, Bagley did the first twenty-five books of New Warriors. Bagley’s other credits include Alias, Fantastic Four, Night Thrasher, Robocop, and Thunderbolts. In 2008, Bagley signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics. His first assignment as a DC exclusive, the weekly comic Trinity written by Kurt Busiek, completed in mid-2009 and was, as Bagley described it, one of the most exhausting assignments he has ever undertaken.
Baker is founder of The New England Center for Paranormal Research and honorary member of ParaBoston Investigators, New York Ghost Hunting Team, as well as The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena.
Scott Bakula akula is perhaps best known for his five-year stint on the innovative television series Quantum Leap, which brought him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, as well as three additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. Today, Quantum Leap remains one of the most popular series in syndication around the world. Bakula also starred as Jonathan Archer, the captain of Earth’s first deep-space exploratory starship, Enterprise NX-01, on Paramount’s Star Trek prequel series Enterprise. His work on the show has garnered him a People’s Choice Award nomination. In April 2009, he began a recurring role on the TV show Chuck as Stephen Bartowsk, the title characters long lost father. Beginning in December 2009, Bakula began appearing as Terry, one of the three lead characters in TNT’s hour long comedy/ drama Men of a Certain Age. He recently announced that he will have a role in the upcoming Quantum Leap movie, being penned by Don Bellisario the creator.
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lenn Barr is one of Detroit’s most celebrated and successful underground artists. His paintings have appeared in galleries from Seattle and San Francisco to New York City. Glenn’s work has been featured in a variety of comics and graphic novels such as Mad, DC Comics and Paradox Press as well as in a series of self published books called HEEP. Barr’s contribution to animation include background styling for The Ren and Stimpy Show, Bjork’s “I Miss You” video and The New Woody Woodpecker Show.
race Beaulieu is an American puppeteer, writer, and actor and was a founding writer/performer on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), playing Dr. Forrester and Crow for the show’s first seven seasons as well as the feature film version of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Trace continues to work as both a performer and writer. As an actor, he has appeared on Freaks and Geeks, The West Wing, and several independent features. He was the host of People Traps on Animal Planet. Trace’s writing credits include ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, Fast Food Films on FX, and authoring the popular comic book, Here Come the Big People! Trace is a dedicated visual artist, with pieces in several collections nationwide.
Kristin Bauer ristin Bauer is an American film and television actress, best known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, in True Blood. She has made a number of guest appearances in several television shows, including LA Law, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dark Angel, Two and a Half Men, Star Trek: Enterprise, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Desperate Housewives.
Davey Beauchamp avey Beauchamp is best known for his Writers for Relief charity anthologies, Agency 32 series, Amazing Pulp Adventures series, and award-nominated podcast, The Amazing Pulp Adventure Radio Show Starring Mister Adventure. Writers for Relief has brought together top talents in the realms of science fiction and fantasy, with each volume helping a different worthy cause. The last two volumes have brought help to Hurricane Katrina survivors through the Red Cross and Bay Area Food Bank. The second volume was published by Dragon Moon Press, featuring such authors as Todd McCaffrey, A.C. Crispin, and David Drake. What was once thought dead has returned thanks to Helm Publishing, and in 2009, fans witnessed the return of the Agency 32 series with book two: Agency 32 the Zodiac.The Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show Starring Mister Adventure is old-time radio meets new-time tech. A rebirth of the old action-adventure pulp radio shows of the golden age, the show was nominated for a 2006 and 2007 Parsec Award.
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Veronica Belmont eronica is a technology and gaming-centric video host based out of San Francisco. Currently her projects include Qore (a monthly interactive magazine about the PS3 for Sony) and Tekzilla. She also writes a bi-weekly column for MaximumPC called “Trending Topics”. Veronica initally made her mark as a producer and on-air talent for CNET Networks. She worked on such shows as Buzz Out Loud, MP3 Insider, Crave, and Prizefight. In 2007 she left CNET to host the eclectic video show Mahalo Daily, which was named one of the top new podcasts in 2008 on iTunes. An avid gamer and social-networking junkie (with over 1 million Twitter followers), Veronica often speaks about her interests at conferences and panels. In her spare time, she co-hosts the science fiction and fantasy podcast The Sword and Laser with Tom Merritt.
Robert Beltran obert Beltra’s first professional role was in Luis Valdez’s critically acclaimed film Zoot Suit. A year later, he won the titled role in Paul Bartel’s black comedy Eating Raoul; he worked again for Bartel in Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills. Beltran is perhaps best known for his role as Commander Chakotay in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. He won the Nosotros Golden Eagle Award in 1997. Before being cast as Chakotay, he made guest appearances in dozens of television series, including Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote, and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He is currently a regular in the HBO series Big Love. He is active in promoting Latino poetry through live readings and charity efforts that support the National Down Syndrome Society.
Pierre Bernard ierre is a graphic designer and comedian, most notable for his work on The Tonight Show with Conon O’Brien, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He had a recurring sketch called “Pierre Bernard’s Recliner of Rage”, where he would complain about issues that concern him while sitting in a recliner. The issues that he complains about are typically esoteric in nature and mainly deal with comic books, anime, drawing, or science fiction.
Tom Biondolillo om Biondolillo is currently a professor of Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Atlanta, teaching 2D animation, visual development for animation and game art and design, storyboarding, digital ink and painting, and sculpting for animators. He has worked as a game and story illustrator for companies including White Wolf, TSR (pre-WOTC), AEG, Steve Jackson Games, FASA, and WOTC, and he painted and inked art for titles such as Dragonlance, Legends of the Five Rings, Weird West, Mage, Vampire, and GURPS. He has also penciled, inked, and written for comics for Dark Horse, Caliber, and Image.
Dr. Bob Blackwood r. Bob Blackwood taught film study, photography, science fiction, and other literature and English courses at Wright. He and Dr. John Flynn conducted a survey of the members of the World Science Fiction Society of the Top 10 Science Fiction Films of the 20th Century, published the results, and created a book on the ten films. Blackwood and Flynn’s book, Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films was released by Galactic Books in 2006. Blackwood was the president of the International Press Club of Chicago. He was on the committee for the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame Awards.
As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Ericka is a generational psychic that uses no divination tool for her readings. Ericka has been featured on TV and interviewed by national radio stations across the country. She hosts her own weekly popular radio show Whispers from the Heart.
Dr. John E. Bradford r. John E. Bradford is President of SpaceWorks Engineering. Dr. Bradford’s background is in space systems design with a focus and primary interest in advanced propulsion systems. He has served as the project manager for numerous government sponsored programs with the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), NASA, and DARPA. Working with various NASA field centers, he has provided both concept analysis and disciplinary expertise in the area of propulsion, and aeroheating. Dr. Bradford led the firm’s activities in support of the joint DARPA/Air Force FALCON, DARPA’s RASCAL program, AFRL’s Robust Scramjet Program, the Air Force’s Affordable REsponsive Spacelift (ARES) project, and the ongoing Future-responsive Access to Space Technologies (FAST) program with the Air Force.
Jennie Breeden ennie Breeden began The Devil’s Panties, based widely on her own life experiences and interactions with other people in 2001. The humour contained within it draws from a decidedly eccentric and slightly exaggerated view of her surroundings, sometimes leading to surrealistic moments and other slightly absurd events transpiring throughout the course of any given strip of the comic. With over two thousand free comics on the web, she shares her adventures at conventions, comic shops, and the world.
Ericka Boussarhane nternational Psychic and Medium Ericka Boussarhane is a highly respected psychic known for her amazing abilities to communicate with loved ones from the other side. Ericka has helped countless people with issues in relationships, career, family, health, finance and more. She uses her mediumship, psychometry, clairaudience, clairvoyance, and clairsentience to help others find closure and insight in the lives. Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
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Heather Brewer eather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up, and she’s certainly not your typical adult now. She’s a huge fan of the macabre and when she’s not reading horror, she’s writing it. Heather recalls fondly watching the Twilight Zone as a young child, as well as every cheesy horror film you can imagine. Heather is the author of the bestselling The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as the upcoming Slayer Journals series and Bloodbound series. She doesn’t believe in happy endings, unless they involve blood.
Bill Bridges ill Bridges is a game designer at CCP/White Wolf. He is the cocreator of Holistic Design’s Fading Suns science fiction game universe and was the lead designer of the award-winning storytelling system rules for White Wolf’s World of Darkness games. He designed and developed the award-winning games Mage: The Awakening, Promethean: The Created, and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. His novels include The Silver Crown and Last Battle. He has also written for Chaosium and helped develop Last Unicorn’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine roleplaying games. He co-wrote the scripts for Viacom’s interactive horror movie, Dracula Unleashed, Interplay’s Starfleet Academy, and contributed to world design for Segasoft’s Emperor of the Fading Suns. He is an adviser for the Mythic Imagination Institute, host of Atlanta’s Mythic Journeys conferences.
John Bridges ohn Bridges has been a professional illustrator for almost two decades. He has worked in comics, games, advertising, and entertainment design for clients such as Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, and Marvel Comics. John was also art director of the Fading Suns universe of game projects for Holistic Design, Inc. Currently, John is a concept artist at CCP/ White Wolf games.
Avery Brooks very Brooks is an accomplished actor, director, musician, and teacher. best known as Captain Sisko in Paramount Studio’s Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine. He recently completed performing the title role in the Shakespeare Theater production of Tamburlaine at the Harman Center for the Arts in DC.
Mr. Brooks sang the role of Malcolm in the American Music Theater Festival production of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and the role of Cinque in the Anthony Davis opera, Tania. Mr. Brooks has done extensive work with the Smithsonian Institute’s Program in Black American Culture and was nominated for an ACE award. His film credits include New Line Cinema’s American History: X, Fifteen Minutes, and Sony Picture’s The Big Hit. He Mr. Brooks has served as Artistic Director of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia; was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theater; has been affiliated with Rutgers University for 34 years; was the first black MFA graduate in acting and directing; and is currently a tenured professor of theater at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has taught at Oberlin College and Case Western University and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Oberlin College, Buffalo State College—SUNY, Tougaloo College, and Indiana University.
Mark Brooks ark Brooks is an illustrator contracting with Marvel Comics for the last four years, as well as recently becoming an authorized Lucasfilm artist. Mark has worked on dozens of titles, including Amazing Spider-man, Ultimate Spider-man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, New X-Men, and Cable/Deadpool, as well as co-creating the new Latina Spider-girl character, Arana. Past and current clients include DC Comics/ DC Licensing, Darkhorse Comics, Capcom USA, Upperdeck, Devil’s Due Publishing, Gentle Giant Studios, and Hasbro Toys.
Fiona Broome iona Broome is one of America’s top psychic ghost researchers and an enthusiastic paranormal historian. For over a dozen years, her true ghost stories have fascinated fans online and in real life. She’s the author of three ghost books, including The Ghosts of Austin, Texas (2007), and she’s contributed to books such as Weird Hauntings (2007), Weird Encounters (2009), and Armchair Reader: Weird, Scary & Unusual (2008). Fiona was the inspiration for the “Fiona” character in the Charmed novel, Trickery Treat. In the Fall 2008 issue of Haunted Times, Fiona was listed as one of the world’s top paranormal experts. She starred in the Halloween 2008 special on the TV show, Hollywood New England. Fiona’s popular websites include HollowHill.com, one of the Internet’s oldest and largest ghost-related sites. Fiona appears regularly on the UK radio show, Psychic Sundays, and she is the paragenealogist for the British TV series, Cromwell’s Quest. Fiona also hosts several paranormal podcasts and an Internet radio show on Psychic Rock Radio.
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en Browder moved to Australia during the production of Farscape (1999–2002), on which Browder starred as American astronaut John Crichton. Browder returned to play John Crichton in the 2004 SyFy Channel mini-series, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. The mini-series wrapped up the remaining plot lines of Farscape, while leaving open the possibility of future adventures. He has received two Saturn Awards for Best Actor in a Television Role for his acting in Farscape.
hris was born and raised in Connecticut. He attended college in Vermont, where he discovered a love of acting after an injury sidelined his skiing career. He attended the State University of New York where he took theatre lessons. Upon graduation, Chris moved to New York, where he was offered a two-year contract on NBC’s Another World. A few years later, he was cast in the role of Michael Delaney on ABC’s All My Children, which won an Emmy the year he joined the cast. Before filming began on the Stephen King’s Dead Zone season 4, Chris completed work on the feature film The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, which Chris said was one of the most exciting jobs he’d ever done. Chris was able to exercise his directing skills as he guided an episode of Stephen King’s Dead Zone, entitled Independence Day, which also included his brother, Dylan Bruno.
Browder returned to the SyFy Channel when he joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 for its ninth season in 2005. He played the character of Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell, the new commanding officer of SG-1. Several episodes of Stargate SG-1, most notably “200,” comically alluded to Farscape during Browder and Black’s time on the series.
Matthew J. Brown
atthew J. Brown, Ph.D. is a professional scholar of comics and poplar culture and professor of philosophy and history and ideas at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has presented work for several years at the Comics Arts Conference on topics like “The Psychology and Values of Wonder Woman and her Creator” and, “The Morality of Vigilante Justice. Since 2008 Brown has also organized and presented at Dragon*Con’s academic comics and pop-culture conference which brings together scholars from literature, philosophy, religious studies, film studies, art and art history, and more.
Amy Bruni my Bruni is a good example of what happens when a hobby, turns into a passion, which in turn becomes a way of life. Like many in the paranormal field, Amy grew up in a haunted house. Yet, unlike most in that situation, Amy’s family embraced it. Her father was an amateur paranormal investigator and routinely he and Amy would investigate haunted sites. At a young age she was reading and absorbing everything paranormal related she could get her hands on—and as she grew to adulthood, that didn’t change. Her first investigative job was with a paranormal team in Sacramento, California. Eventually her lifetime of supernatural knowledge drew the attention of Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of The Atlantic Paranormal Society and the Syfy series, Ghost Hunters. She then began helping them with various TAPS activities and shortly thereafter, she helped form the first ever TAPS satellite team, TAPS West. Since then, Jason and Grant have recruited Amy to be part of the TAPS home team on the East Coast and now she travels with the show as a core team member. September 3–6, 2010
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Brian Allen Brushwood rian Allen Brushwood is an American magician who performs nationwide. He is especially well-known for his display of bizarre magic. He is known to perform fire-eating, escapes, breaking a cinder block over his head, sticking nails in his eyes and nose, sticking needles through his palm, reading minds, and “The Human Crazy Straw”. He frequently releases podcasts and vlogs of himself on the road. He has performed on The Tonight Show, as well as performing special demonstrations as a regular on the college circuit. On April 7, 2008 Brushwood’s internet television show Scam School launched on the Revision3 network. The show features quick five minute tips to get free drinks at bars and to impress friends. In late 2009, Brian joined Leo Laporte’s TWiT network, co-hosting the new show “NSFW” along with Justin Robert Young. Each episode of NSFW focuses on late-night internet culture, bizarre games, and interviews with A-list internet celebrities.
Bob Burden elf-taught Atlanta writer and artist Bob Burden hit the comics scene in the 80s with his raw, primitive, and iconoclastic artwork just as a “new wave” of revolutionary independents were pioneering a creative renaissance. His seminal comic work includes Mystery Men (which was the basis for the $60 million Universal film), Flaming Carrot (the further adventures of the strangest man alive), and Gumby. Recently licensed by Burden for comics, the awardwinning Gumby series was written by Bob and drawn by Rick Geary. Burden is currently engaged in developing projects and screenplays for the big screen, and, in 2010, he is planning to introduce a number of properties on the Internet.
Chesya Burke ith more than 40 publishing credits to her name, including the acclaimed Chocolate Park, Chesya Burke has been making her mark in the horror and fantasy worlds. Her work has appeared in such publications as Dark Dream I, II and III: Horror and Suspense by Black Writers, published by Kensington Publishing Corp., the historical, science and speculative fiction magazine Would that It Were, and many more. She received the Twilight Tales award for fiction and an honorable mention in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
Several of Burke’s articles appeared in the African American National Biography, published by Harvard and Oxford University Press. In early 2010, production will begin on the film, The Light of Cree, based on her story by the same name published in Voices From The Other Side by Kensington Publishing.
Patrick Burns atrick Burns is best known for his starring roll as the paranormal investigator on Tru TV’s hit series, Haunting Evidence. He is also the founder and director of Ghost Hounds, the largest paranormal research network in the southern United States. He is one of the most respected and in-demand paranormal researchers today, receiving requests to conduct investigations and lectures from coast to coast. His paranormal enthusiast’s convention, GhoStock, is held annually at a rotating location around the US. A videographer in his own right, his self-produced video production, Haunted, won him acclaim from his peers in the paranormal field and a nomination from Ghost Convention International for best documentary.
LeVar Burton urton made his professional debut as young Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of the classic TV miniseries Roots. He went on to give first-rate performances in such TV movies as Dummy and One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story. Burton created and began to host and executive produce Reading Rainbow for PBS. In 1986, Gene Roddenberry approached him with the role of the then Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. Geordi La Forge was the USS Enterprise’s helmsman and, as of the second season, it’s Chief Engineer. Burton has also portrayed La Forge in every feature film based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, beginning with Star Trek Generations to Star Trek Nemesis. Burton has also lent his voice to several animated projects including Kwame in the cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers and The New Adventures of Captain Planet, Family Guy, Batman: The Animated Series, and Gargoyles. Burton is also on the audio version of The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Burton has been cast as voice actor for Black Lightning in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DVD. Burton has directed more Star Trek episodes than any other former regular cast member. Burton has also directed episodes of Charmed, JAG, Las Vegas, and Soul Food: The Series, as well as the miniseries Miracle’s Boys and the documentary The Tiger Woods Story.
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n the early 90s, Matt Busch began his career in Hollywood working in every aspect of the movie business from concept design work on The Matrix, to storyboards for Con-Air, to poster design for The Devil’s Own. Simultaneously, he began illustrating books, magazines, posters, comics, trading cards, and toys for notable pop culture properties, including Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, The Crow, Heroes, G.I. Joe, Night of the Living Dead, The Hulk, Battlestar Galactica, Reservoir Dogs, Bruce Lee, Witchblade, Robocop, The Mummy, Stargate SG-1, and Star Trek. Busch has written and illustrated dozens of Star Wars books and magazines. He created the cover of Tales from the Empire and has been involved with creating artwork for all three Star Wars prequels. Busch also provided nearly 400 drawings and paintings for the critically acclaimed You Can Draw Star Wars book from DK Publishing.
Erin Leigh Bushko
rin Bushko is the co-founder and lead costume designer for Penny Dreadful Productions. She has been a professional in her field for over ten years specializing in Historical, Steampunk, and Fantasy costuming. She has worked for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Medieval Times, Disney Promotions, Six Flags, Entertainment Design Group, Netherworld Haunted House, as well as over twenty-five theatrical productions and private commissions. Her acting career has led her to appearances on several films including Halloween:H2, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Invasion, Zombieland, The Blind Side, Due Date, Big Momma’s House 3, Hall Pass, The Replacements, and Life as We Know It.
Jim Butcher im Butcher is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and Codex Alera. Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwan Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions. Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming.
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fter spending years as an Industrial Engineer, Shannon learned to write from her husband, bestselling author Jim Butcher. She learned writing craft in order to help him with his stories, but found the idea of writing her own too compelling to resist. Now, with more than a half a dozen books published and more on the way, Shannon has split her time between writing action-laden romantic suspense and her new paranormal romance series, The Sentinel Wars.
Fraser Cain raser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today, one of the most popular space and astronomy blogs on the Internet, read by more than 1 million people a month. In addition to Universe Today, Fraser is part of the “Astronomy Cast” podcast, which he co-hosts with Dr. Pamela Gay. “Astronomy Cast” is a weekly podcast that covers a range of topics in astronomy and space exploration; explaining why Pluto isn’t a planet any more, the ultimate fate of the Universe, the search for extraterrestrials, and why the Universe is trying to kill you.
Ginger Campbell, MD inger Campbell, MD, has spent most of her medical career as an emergency physician, but in 2006, she jumped into the emerging world of podcasting. Her Brain Science Podcast is one of the most highly rated shows in iTunes and has devoted listeners from around the world. Not content to stick with neuroscience, Dr. Campbell uses her second podcast, Books and Ideas, to explore everything from particle physics to science fiction.
J. Scott Campbell ampbell is best known as the original artist and co-creator of Gen¹³ and Danger Girl. He soon gained a reputation in the American comics industry for his illustrations of women.Campbell, together with fellow comics artists Joe Madureira and Humberto Ramos, founded the Cliffhanger imprint as part of Wildstorm Productions. He then launched his comic series Danger Girl through this imprint.
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s the resident parapsychologist on the SCARED! Crew, Brian J. Cano, first recognized his desire to explore the unknown at a young age. Since 2002 he’s been recording his adventures as one of the creators of SCARED!, a series of documentaries on paranormal investigation and urban exploration. Producer, graphic artist, editor, parapsychologist…he, as well as the others, wear a thousand hats on the show, truly making it a labor of love. In 2009 they began doing a weekly internet radio show, SCARED! On the Airwaves which serves as the official companion to the TV show.
ason is an English actor, best known for his role as Ranger Marcus Cole on the science fiction series Babylon 5. Born in London and raised in Gainsborough, a small market-town in Lincolnshire, Carter appeared on stage since he was a child. Advised to pursue a career in rubber technology, Carter opted instead for three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 1982, he landed his first television role on BBC2’s longrunning Jackanory as Hawkwing. He has appeared in numerous television series including Viper, Beverly Hills, 90210, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Angel, and Diagnosis Murder.
Joe Capobianco oe Capobianco arrived in the New Haven area as an established, refined artist in the field of airbrushing and tattooing. He utilizes various techniques and mediums in order to create some of the most fascinating pinup style pieces, resembling those of the late 1950s with an added modern flair. Coined “Capo Girls” this style has directly correlated to his tattoo work as well, winning him numerous awards time and time again, throughout prestigious tattooing events and conventions.
Mike Capps r. Michael Capps is the president of Epic Games, Inc. based in Cary, NC. Epic is the creator of the award-winning, multimillion-selling Unreal and Unreal Tournament series, the 2006 Game of the Year Gears of War, and the highly acclaimed Gears of War 2. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner and current Hall of Fame inductee of Game Developer Magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Michael serves on the board of directors for two major industry organizations: the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which supports the needs of game publishers; and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), which is charged with recognition of outstanding achievement in the entertainment software community. Michael is also an advisory board member of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the industry’s foremost convention for game developers, and he has served as board director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization for game developers. September 3–6, 2010
Tommy Castillo ommy Castillo is a master artist of the twisted and the macabre. Whether creating a slimy corpse reaching for you or the gentle glance of a mighty dragon, Tommy will capture you with the dynamics of his penciling and the intensity of his palette. With a career spanning eighteen years, he is sought after for his dark humor, brilliant attention to detail, and his love of the darker side of art. Tommy has put paint and pencil to such titles as Batman Detective, Legends of the Dark Knight, Toetags with Horror legend George Romero, Evil Ernie, Tales From the Crypt, Alice in Wonderland, King Kong, Dragons, Myths, and Mayhem, and various storyboards and designs for films. Tommy has been sought out by the fields largest companies: DC comics, Paramount Pictures, Warhammer, Wizards of the Coast, and Image. He renders some of the scariest books of today.
James Cawley amed one of the “10 Most Important Star Trek Fans in History,” James Cawley is the driving force behind Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II. He is the Senior Executive Producer; constructs and designs sets, props and costumes; spearheads the FX makeup; and portrays Captain James T. Kirk. Star Trek New Voyages began as a childhood dream to film the 4th and 5th years of TOS and became a passion fueled by James’s work as a costumer under William Ware Theiss on TNG. For ten years he amassed original props, costumes, patterns, blueprints, set construction notes, and a growing legion of friends who loved TOS as much as he did. After constructing nearly flawless sets that Star Trek alumni call “indistinguishable from the originals,” the independent web series of new TOS episodes was launched.
rica Cerra is a Canadian born actress currently starring as Deputy Jo Lupo in SyFy Channel’s successful series EUREKA. Erica began her acting career at the age of eight appearing in several commercials. After taking a break from show business she returned at the age of 22. She was named one of Vancouver’s five hottest up-and-coming actresses by Vancouver’s Lifestyles Magazine in 2005. In 2006 Erica appeared in the music video for Michael Buble’s “Save The Last Dance For Me”. Erica has worked alongside the likes of Lolita Davidovich, Luis Guzman, and Hank Azaria. She is also credited with roles in Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, The L-Word, Smallville, The 4400, Dead Like Me, and The Dead Zone. As well as the feature films Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Man About Town, and Blade: Trinity.
Jamie Chambers amie Chambers, the son of a Trekkie and an early D&D player, was doomed early to a life of geeky pursuits. He began playing roleplaying games at the age of seven and writing his own fiction at eight. After a lifetime of creating (and playing) games and writing (and reading) stories, Jamie now manages Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd., creating game and entertainment products for his favorite author. He’s had stories, game products, and articles published by many companies and is constantly working on personal projects as well as new creations for MWP.
Sandra Anglin Chastain andra Anglin Chastain is the award-winning author of more than 50 novels and numerous short stories. She is currently working on a paranormal novel and a YA paranormal. She is also a partner in BelleBooks/BelleBridge Publishing Company, which publishes paranormal/fantasy novels.
Bobby Chiu obby Chiu is a Toronto-based artist and the founder of Imaginism Studios. He is known for his creature concepts and other fantastical, quirky characters. Some of Bobby’s favorite themes to explore are disguise, irony, and duality. You can see his creatures in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wondeland, as well as upcoming feature films from Sony, Warner Bros., and Disney due in theaters in 2011.
laudia Christian is probably best known for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova on the science fiction television series, Babylon 5. She landed her first TV series at 18 on NBC’s nighttime drama, Berringers, and her first feature at 20 in the cult hit The Hidden. Claudia debuted onstage in Killing Time, at the world famous Edinburgh festival, for which she received a best actress nomination.In 2007, Yard Dog Press published an autobiography of Claudia’s life, My Life With Geeks and Freaks, and she also had a short story, “Wicked Women,” published by Under The Moon in Forbidden Love 2 and another, “Sacred Bands,” appear in Forbidden Love 3.
Colin Christian old and outgoing, Colin showed his rebellious side through music. In 1989, he met Sas as he was was just breaking out as a DJ in the trendy nightclubs of Bournemouth. In 1992, they moved to the United States and launched Hotbox, Inc., a small latex clothing manufacturing business. Parallel to their business, both were continually devoted to their ever-evolving artistic creativity: Sas through her painting and Colin through his sculpture. In mastering the use of fiberglass material, Colin developed a fantastical universe, and in 1998, he created his first sculpture, Suki, a reference to the female archetype in Japanese anime. Colin is fascinated by the Harajuku Kids, young kids living in Tokyo disguised as anime characters. He draws from the anime and provocative artistic characters of Takashi Murakami such as Hiropon and My Lonesome Cowboy.
Sas Christian as Christian was born in London in 1968. Timid and introverted, she took refuge from her rigid religious schooling in drawing. In 1989, she met Colin Christian as he was just breaking out as a DJ in the trendy nightclubs of Bournemouth. In 1992, they moved to the United States and launched Hotbox, Inc., a small latex clothing manufacturing business. Parallel to their business, both were continually devoted to their ever-evolving artistic creativity: Sas through her painting and Colin through his sculpture. Sas defines her evolving style as influenced by the artist Tamara de Lempicka’s “élégantes,” which can be seen in Spun through the use of graphic line and hemmed eyelids.
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Sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller The Gathering Storm
Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time®
The end draws near…. The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way—at long last—to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.
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Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways—the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn—have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost. Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice.
kknight is a World of Warcraft addon developer as well as the lead developer of addon site WowAce.com, CurseForge.com, Starcraft 2-related site SC2Mapster. com, and a software architect for one of Curse, Inc.’s yet-to-be-announced projects. World of Warcraft addons include: FuBar, Cartographer, PitBull, Chinchilla, Parrot, Ace2, and various other addons and libraries. ckknight is also a community manager for the addon sites WowAce.com and CurseForge.com, helping other developers with their projects and providing tools to make their job easier. This includes World of Warcraft but also other games such as Runes of Magic and Warhammer Online. Aside from addons, ckknight recently launched SC2Mapster.com, which is a StarCraft 2 site to provide tools for map developers and enthusiasts.
manda Conner is a comic book illustrator known for several years as penciler on the hit series Vampirella for Harris Comics, the bestselling Event Comic Painkiller Jane vs the Darkness, and Painkiller Jane (the origin book). She also wrote and illustrated a story for Kid Death and Fluffy. Since then, Amanda has worked on many of the top titles in comics, such as Lois Lane, Codename: Knockout, Terra, and Birds of Prey for D.C. Comics’ Vertigo line and X-Men Unlimited for Marvel. She co-created Gatecrasher for BlackBull Comics and The Pro, a creator-owned book for image with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis. Amanda’s work can also be seen outside the comic book community in such places as ABC’s Nightline, the New York Times, Mad Magazine, and character designs for film and television. Amanda’s current work can be seen in POWER GIRL monthly for DC Comics as well as the Supergirl series for Wednesday Comics.
Freddy Clements reddy Clements is Professor of Drama and Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He has been instrumental in the mentorship of many young designers as they continue along the paths to professional careers. He holds a BA in English/Theatre from Emory & Henry College in Virginia and an MFA in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various theaters and has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, and advanced stage make-up.
Olivier Coipel oipel came to prominence and some controversy as the artist of the American DC Comics book Legion of Super-Heroes during the tenure of writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Despite some complaints about his art style by long-time Legion of Super-Heroes fans, who felt his style was “too rough and unrefined”, Coipel continued to draw the series when it was relaunched under the new title The Legion. He signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics in January 2005, and he has had much penciling work to date. He was named in August 2005 as one of Marvel’s “Young Guns,” a group of artists that, according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, have the qualities that make “a future superstar penciller.” It was recently announced that he will provide art in the next Marvel Comics event named Siege, with Brian Michael Bendis.
Frank Conniff rank Conniff is a comedy writer and performer who began his TV career writing for the Peabody award winning Comedy Central series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), where he also played “TV’s Frank,” the bumbling yet lovable mad scientist. He then went on to be a writer, producer and actor on the ABC TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He was a writer and producer on The Drew Carey Show on ABC, The New Tom Green Show on MTV, and the satirical series O2BE on the Oxygen Network, where he was also a cast member. He was also head writer of the animated Nickelodeon series Invader Zim, and was a writer and producer for the Air America Radio network, where he provided material for on-air personalities Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Randi Rhodes, Marc Maron, and Lizz Winstead. He was the creator and executive producer of This Evening With These People, a comedy pilot for the Bravo Network, and has recently written Akihabara@Deep, an anime-style pilot for Nickelodeon International. Currently he is the creator, writer, and star of Cartoon Dump, an original web series, and is also in the cast of The Writers Room, a new series for Sony Digital. He is also writing, producing, and performing on Cinematic Titanic, a new project with his old cohorts from MST3K.
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ombies, Rollergirls, and Rock ‘N’ Roll Monsters! Atlantalocal artist, illustrator, and graphic designer Dave Cook has produced work for the Atlanta Rollergirls, Netherworld Haunted House, and Dad’s Garage, to name a few. Nationally, you can see Dave’s work for rock bands like Ghoultown, Electric Frankenstein, and Scum of the Earth.
unter Cressall is a director and editor who specializes in bridging the narrowing gap between consumer, prosumer, and broadcast video. He is a skilled HD digital editor with a background in feature films that includes art direction, miniatures, and special effects photography. A working member of the film and television community since 1989, Hunter designed special hand props and miniatures for both film and television. He left Hollywood for a position as a Director at Leo Ticheli Productions, where he gained extensive experience with HD video. Now freelancing as a director and editor, he writes and directs his own short films.
Dave is also the creator of Splatter Comix, a retro horror magazine that features gory thrills, sly humor, and “a bucket of blood in every issue” guaranteed.” The title has been picked up by Diamond Distributors, and the first braincrushing issue will be splattering stores in early October.
arwyn Cooke is an Eisner Award–winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist, and animator. He published his first comic book work as a professional artist in 1985 and worked as a storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, animated the main title design for Batman Beyond, and worked as a director for Sony Animation’s Men in Black: The Series. With DC Comics, he wrote and drew Batman: Ego, a graphic novel published in 2000, and in 2001, Cooke and writer Ed Brubaker teamed up to revamp the Catwoman character with a four-issue serial in Detective Comics #759–762. He wrote and drew a prequel, the Selina’s Big Score graphic novel. His next project was DC: The New Frontier, a six-issue miniseries set in the 1950s that featured dozens of super-hero characters.
Bill Corbett ill Corbett is a former writer and performer for Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the SciFi 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.” He now works with former MST3K colleagues Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy at Rifftrax.com. Corbett is also a screenwriter and playwright. His plays have been produced at numerous theaters across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and (seriously) Japan. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Corbett currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Virginia, their two children, and a small Jack Russell Terrier who really runs the house. He hopes someday to raise alpacas. September 3–6, 2010
A.C. Crispin .C. Crispin is the author of the bestselling Star Wars novels The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn. She has also written four top-selling Star Trek novels, Yesterday’s Son, Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders, and Sarek, and the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries, V. She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V series, East Coast Crisis, with Howard Weinstein, and Death Tide, with Deborah Marshall, and she and Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together, Gryphon’s Eyrie and Songsmith. Her teaching credits include a semester-long “Writing for Profit” course at Charles County Community College, two two-day writing workshops for Harrisburg Area Community College, a two-day writing seminar at Towson State University, and numerous mini-workshops at science-fiction and Star Trek conventions. She currently teaches writing workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragon*Con.
C. Martin Croker . Martin Croker (a.k.a. Clay Croker) has been in the animation field for over twenty-two years now, working with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block for much of that time. He helped create Cartoon Network’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast, as well as supplying numerous voices, including regulars Zorak and Moltar. He has also provided voiceover and graphic services for Disney Imagineering, Cartoon Network, DC Comics, Warner Brothers, NASA, and many more. Through his Atlanta-based animation house, Big Deal Cartoons, Inc., Croker has produced and directed the new animation for Space Ghost as well as designing and animating other characters in numerous Adult Swim shows, including The Brak Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Assy McGee. He has lent his voice to all these shows as well and also designed characters and animated sequences for 2006’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie Film for Theaters, including voicing longtime ATHF characters Dr. Weird and his assistant Steve.
enise caught her big break playing Lt. Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. Although not a huge role, the character allowed Denise to build a sizable fan base that exists to this day. In 1988 she left the program due to the diminishing size of her role, but returned as a guest star in the early 1990s. In 1989 she played the mother of a dead toddler who was brought back to life through an ancient curse in Stephen King’s somewhat hokey horror novel film adaptation Pet Sematary. Remaining in the horror genre, Denise played a similar role of a mother who discovers her young daughter’s doll is evil in Dolly Dearest. In the 1990s, Denise worked consistently, appearing in a TV series in 1993, and numerous guest appearances. Since 2000, Denise has appeared on TV in guest roles on various shows including Dexter and can currently be seen on Southland on TNT. Denise has also worn the hat of producer, hosting the feature documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2.
aniel Cudmore is an actor perhaps best known for his role as the mutant Colossus in the X-Men movies. Cudmore attended Gannon University and was one of he tallest on the football team at 6’5”. After breaking his leg in a football Game two years into his liberal arts degree, he returned to hometown Vancouver. He continued with his acting studies and appeared in commercials. In 2001, Bryan Singer selected him for the part of Colossus in X-Men 2. He has had television roles including Stargate, and stars as the Volturi guard Felix in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
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Larry D. Curtis
y day, Larry D. Curtis is mild mannered newspaper and web editor. After hours, Larry is better known as MrCere, a senior staff member at TheOneRing. net, where he plays photographer, reporter, reviewer, merchandiser, and public speaker, produces parties and events, and co-ordinates line parties around the globe. He is an advocate for fans of books, film, and games, especially those involved in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He was also a unit director for Ringers: Lord of the Fans and is involved with Sundance and Slamdance.
aisy Viktoria has 18 years of experience in historical and fantasy costuming, as well as couture fashion. She currently owns her own fashion company, specializing in handmade corsets, couture gowns, gothic ensembles, bridal, and custom fantasy and historical costumes. She also works as a costume designer and set costumer for film. Daisy has extensively researched costuming from many historical periods, from pre-middle ages up through the Victorian period. Daisy holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering, and she has done significant work in cloning and genetic engineering. Her scientific knowledge is currently working its way into her fashion and costuming career, both in character development and in the fashion itself.
amilla d’Errico is an Italo-Canadian artist who has been making waves in the fine art and comic industries with her manga-influenced style. Despite having amassed a wide artistic background in animation, fine arts, illustration and graphic design her passion is, and has always been, comics, most notably manga. She is the creator of BURN a miniseries and graphic novel, she cocreated Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes with Joshua Dysart, and recently drew the five issue mini-series Sky Pirates of Neo Terra based on an upcoming Nintendo DS and Wii videogame. Her ability to seamlessly weave comic art and manga with surrealist elements has propelled her to the top ranks of the painting and comics field.
Bill Daily rom the late 60s through the mid-70s, first on I Dream of Jeannie and later on The Bob Newhart Show, Bill Daily was one of the most visible comic acting talents in television, despite the fact that he’d always intended on a career in music. He hooked up with an NBC station in Chicago, first working behind the camera as a writer and musician and then doing comedy on the air. Eventually, he became a regular guest as a comedian on The Mike Douglas Show, which originated from Chicago. During the early and mid60s, he moved into acting roles on programs like Bewitched and was given a small role in the pilot of I Dream of Jeannie. That part, of Major Roger Healy, turned into the costarring role after the program’s first season. Daily has appeared in two feature films, the made-for-television In Name Only and in Disney’s release of The Barefoot Executive.
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Kathleen O’Shea David athleen O’Shea David started working with puppets when she was two and over forty years later she is still “wiggling dolls” for fun and profit. Her puppets are in collections all over the world. She is a freelance book editor and the owner of No String Attached (Custom Puppets, Masks, and Dolls). Her short story “On a Pedestal” appeared in The Big Finish Doctor Who: Qualities of Leadership anthology. With her husband, Peter David, she adapted the first four issues of the Japanese manga Negima for Del Rey Books. Currently, she is an associate editor for Time & Space Magazine. She is a former associate editor at Del Rey Books and spent a lot of time in the Star Wars universe. Current projects include a couple of novels, the Gawblin Boys, and various art projects that have been on the drawing board for a while, including a set of puppets based on a short story by Neil Gaiman and a set of Scary Godmother puppets based on the characters created by Jill Thompson.
Peter David eter David is a past winner of Dragon*Con’s Julie Award, as well as an Eisner, and is the bestselling author of over eighty novels, including Tigerheart, Mascot to the Rescue, the Sir Apropos of Nothing trilogy, the Hidden Earth series, the Star Trek: The New Frontier series, the fan favorite Star Trek novel Imzadi, and many others. He is also known for his twelve year award-winning stint on The Incredible Hulk. For Marvel Comics, he writes X-Factor, the adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books, and Wolverine: First Class. He also writes the creator-owned Fallen Angel for IDW. His notable comic book work includes an award-winning, twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, and Fallen Angel.
William B. Davis
illiam B. Davis is one of the most recognizable villains in television history, for a decade he played the Cigarette Smoking Man/ Cancer-Man in The X-Files. His show business career has spanned almost six decades. He weaned himself from acting while at university and embarked on a twenty year career as a theatre director and acting teacher. In the early eighties, he drifted back to acting.
orn in the far reaches of Upper Michigan, Brian was an artist almost from birth. Drawing since he could hold a pencil, it was small wonder this unassuming boy from the Midwest would grow to be a well respected, well rounded artist of some repute. His professional career has spanned over twenty-one years and has seen him doing every kind of art, from graphic design, illustration for books and magazine, to a long stint designing and creating video games. Recently Brian left the work a day world to focus on a fine art career, drawing, painting, and sculpting the stories in his head.
Some of his better known credits include: Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, Battlestar Galactica, Sliders, Poltergeist The Legacy, MacGyver, 21 Jump Street, and Stephen King’s It.
Aubrey de Grey r. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. His outreach work includes over one hundred media appearances per year, including numerous high-profile fora such as 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, The Washington Post, Wired and Popular Science. In 2007 he and his research assistant Michael Rae published the book Ending Aging, a general-audience description of SENS.
John de Lancie ohn de Lancie, whose portrayal of the mercurial character, “Q,” in Star Trek: The Next Generation has made him internationally famous. Only appearing nine times in ten years, nevertheless, the character has been the subject of hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines and consistently wins the popular vote for “Best Villain,” “Best Recurring,” and “Best Loved” character. John de Lancie attended Kent State University and the Juilliard Drama School before joining the American Shakespeare Festival at Stratford. For two years he worked at Universal Studios in California on over thirty-five shows, and in 1980, he joined the Seattle Repertory Company. A year later, he created the character of Eugene Bedford for the daytime series, Days of Our Lives. Mr. de Lancie’s feature film roles include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Taking Care of Business, Evolver, and Multiplicity.
Tony DiGerolamo ony DiGerolamo is a New Jersey screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer, game designer, improv comic, and actor. He is best known for his work on The Simpsons, the Bart Simpson comic books, and The Simpsons Books of Wisdom, but his biggest credit is as a joke writer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He has written for Space Ghost: Coast-to-Coast on the Game Tap website. Tony has written the awardwinning short film, “Ten Cents a Minute,” as well as the features, The Evil Within and Mafioso: The Father, The Son. His novels, Fix in Overtime and The Undercover Dragon are available through Padwolf Publishing. Currently, he is a producer, writer, and actor in Zombie Country, an online zombie TV show. He also recently wrote episode 16 of the popular online series, Hero Envy.
John DiMaggio ohn is known for his gruff, deep voice and New Jersey accent, which he uses to voice mainly villains and anti-heroes. He is best known for his voice roles of Bender in Futurama, Dr. Drakken and Motor Ed in Kim Possible, Marcus Fenix in Gears of War, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3, Rico in The Penguins of Madagascar, and Wakka as well as Kimahri Ronso in Final Fantasy X. He now participates in the animated child comedy Chowder as Shnitzel, Jake the dog in the new animated series Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, and The Joker in the eighth installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series Batman: Under the Red Hood.
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estselling author Debra Dixon is the author of umpteen books for NY and small press publishers. She’s also the cult leader of GMC and author of the acclaimed writing text, GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict. She’s won or been nominated for just about every shiny plaque and award out there, including recognition by Romantic Times with a Career Achievement Award for Innovative Series Romance. Most recently she’s penned “Coyote Run,” a young adult fantasy story for an upcoming DAW anthology. In addition to writing, Debra is a business consultant and is the C.E.O. for BelleBooks, an innovative small press begun with six other published authors. Between them, they’ve published close to two hundred books with New York publishers. BelleBooks has published NYT’s bestselling authors Sharon Sala, Sabrina Jeffries, and Deborah Smith.
Kevin Dockery evin Dockery has been working with the military in one form or another throughout his adult life. From being an enlisted man in the President’s Guard in Washington D.C., where he cared for 77 flintlock muskets among other arcane weapons, to an infantry platoon sergeant, he has managed to be a hands-on expert with most of the tools of modern warfare. Beginning his writing career in the role-playing business, he wrote the Morrow Project in the late 70s and received college credit for doing so. He has written a number of biographies as well as a historical overview in his large work, The Complete History of the Navy SEALs. His ordinance-related books include Weapons of the Navy SEALs, Future Weapons, and a history of sniping, Stalkers and Shooters.
Lexa Doig er first professional job came at the age of 19, when she was cast opposite William Shatner in TekWar. She went on to appear in several projects for both the big and small screens, including CI5: The New Professionals, Jungleground, and No Alibi, before landing a lead role in Jason X, the tenth installment in the Friday the 13th series. Shortly after, she captured the title role in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda starring as the Andromeda Ascendant’s sophisticated artificial intelligence system. She has also completed guest stints on several popular television shows, including Traders, Earth: Final Conflict, The Chris Isaak Show.
oktor A is a British artist and musician. Trained in model making, his artwork has been influenced by steampunk and Victoriana, often incorpoarating flourishes like rusted metals, brass, or rivets. He is currently a gallery artist working mostly in the art toy genre. He produces paintings and objects primarily in the Victorian Futurist style and has a range of his own characters called “Mechtorians”.
Elizabeth Donald lizabeth Donald’s first novel, an erotic vampire mystery titled Nocturnal Urges, which won the Darrell Award and was a finalist for the Prism Award. The third book in the series, Abaddon, won the Darrell Award. Current projects include The Dreadmire Chronicles, a role-playing game novelization for Spellbinder Books. Elizabeth has written a number of short stories and essays that have appeared in a variety of online and print publications. One such story, “Wonderland,” won the Darrell Award in 2006. She also co-wrote an episode of Muse City, an urban fantasy web serial, with series author Jason R. Tippitt. Currently, Elizabeth is a newspaper reporter in the St. Louis region and writes “CultureGeek”, a pop-culture reviews blog and column.
Mark Dos Santos ark was born and raised in New Jersey, and discovered comics in the Army, when he rescued some copies of X-Men a fellow soldier was about to toss. Returning home, he attended the legendary Joe Kubert School and after his second year he headed out west to sunny California. He has done work on Grimm Fairy Tales for Zenescope, Cthulhu Tales, Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar and most recently Eureka: Dormant Gene from Boom. He is currently working on a series with Man of Action writer Steve Seagle that will be out through Image some time next year. His art can also be seen on sketch cards for Marvel and DC produced by Rittenhouse Archives.
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aron Douglas is a Canadian actor best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica. Before Battlestar Galactica, Aaron had guest roles on several series including Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Smallville, Outer Limits, Jeremiah, Andromeda, and Dead Zone. Currently, he can be seen weekly starring in his new role of Police Union President Frank Leo in the hit Canadian police drama series The Bridge.
argaret Downey created the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse in 2002 to breath new life into an Anti-Superstition Party she hosts in Philadelphia. Margaret also founded the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Anti-Discrimination Support Network, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. Margaret is a current board member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, The Humanist Institute, Scouting for All, the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, Advisory Board Member of the Robert Green Ingersoll Museum, and the Atheist Alliance International. Margaret has been a guest speaker on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and Radio Times.
Carole Nelson Douglas
arole Nelson Douglas is author of fifty-four novels ranging from fantasy and science fiction to mystery, mainstream, and romance. Her novel Dancing with Werewolves launched a noir urban fantasy series, Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator. Dancing with Werewolves and its sequel, Brimstone Kiss, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and made Nielsen Bookscan bestseller lists. Vampire Sunrise arrives November 24, shortly in after Midnight Louie’s latest, Cat in a Topaz Tango, in August. Good Night, Mr. Holmes, the first Irene Adler novel and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, reissued in trade paperback to coincide with the Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes film. Douglas was the first novelist to use a woman from the Sherlock Holmes stories as a protagonist.
Edward Douglas omposer, filmmaker, and producer Edward Douglas is the founder of the gothic horror Halloween soundtrack band Midnight Syndicate. He is also the president of the band’s indie record label and distributor, Entity Productions, one of the largest distributors of Halloween music in the world. Recently, he scored Robert Kurtzman’s drive-in thriller The Rage as well directed, scored, and co-produced the dark fantasy horror film The Dead Matter. With a catalog of CDs that blend dark, orchestral horror and fantasy movie score music with sound effects, the band (consisting of Edward and Gavin Goszka) has had music featured in everything from Hugh Hefner’s infamous Halloween parties, Barbara Walters’ specials and Monday Night Football to X-Box games, tracks by Three Six Mafia, and countless television shows and documentaries relating to horror films and the supernatural. September 3–6, 2010
Barbara A. Drescher arbara Drescher is a scientist and lecturer at California State University Northridge, studying perception, critical thinking, and attention. Her research into human responses to color has been recognized with several awards and the findings discussed in Psychology Today. Barbara develops material and text for teaching statistics, research methods, general and cognitive psychology, and critical thinking. Her discoveries of the effects of expectation on visual attention were published in Psychological Sciences and her current work identifies impediments to optimal decision-making and reasoning with a focus on flexible thinking. She is a co-founder of the Critical Thinking Education Group (CTEG), which provides resources to teachers, parents, and science/skepticism activists.
Kathleen Duey athleen Duey has published seventy-two books for kids and teens with Simon & Schuster and Penguin. She speaks professionally at schools, writer’s conferences, and book events worldwide. Skin Hunger, first of the Resurrection of Magic trilogy, was widely ravereviewed, a National Book Award Finalist, shortlisted for the Cybil, and featured in Locus. Sacred Scars, volume two, was released in 2009. A champion of fantasy literature in schools, she was delighted to see Skin Hunger on several prestigious best-books-for-teens lists and is excited to know that many adults are reading the trilogy as well. Always interested in new forms, artistic experiments, and the exciting jumble of new story-delivery mechanisms, Kathleen is writing a Twitter novel that is tweeted, in progress, daily.
C E Bradley Sense~Visualize~Experience
The Evangeline Forecasts Experience both physical and metaphysical realms of possibilities through this breathtakingly adventurous, science-fiction collection of short stories. Follow two cadets as they brave The Black Expanse; witness a poor boy’s rise to greatness as he recues both humanity and the universe itself from certain doom in Brilliance; observe a woman’s awakening to the possibility of alien visitations in The Court of Two Sisters; and, many more…
The Herd in the Highest The first novel in the Home World Saga that chronicles the lives of two old souls as they evolve over time. Follow the lives of Stash and Jenny as they meet and fall in love. Experience their adventures as they encounter life-threatening events inflicted on them by alien beings. Meet the various cultures whose spiritualities help them escape these aliens and leave the Earth.
Hellenes Oracle ~ Prophesy 544 The second novel in the Home World Saga about the journey of a group of 2000 Earthlings who departed Earth in search of a new home-world. This group is led by Stash and Jenny who must face complete moral, metaphysical, and ethical transformations in order to find their final destination.
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Elonka Dunin recurring guest at Dragon*Con since 1998, Elonka Dunin is Executive Producer and General Manager of Online Community at Simutronics Corporation, as well as cofounder and the 2007–2009 chairperson of the International Game Developers Association’s Online Games SIG. Her company, Simutronics, is a leading developer of online multiplayer games. One of the Simutronics games, GemStone, is the longestrunning such game in the world. Simutronics is working on a new game for the graphical multiplayer arena called Hero’s Journey, and it has created the game development platform, HeroEngine, which has been licensed by several other MMO companies for their own products. Besides game development, Dunin is known for her work with cryptography. She has been referred to in PBS documentaries as the world’s leading expert on the CIA’s mysterious Kryptos sculpture, and she is webmistress of two popular cryptography related websites. She is the author of The Mammoth Book of Secret Codes and Cryptograms.
Brian Dunning rian Dunning is the host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena, applying critical thinking to paranormal and pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media. He is also the author of two books adapted from the podcast, Skeptoid and Skeptoid 2. A Silicon Valley computer scientist by trade, Brian now uses new media to promote critical thinking in education. His free 40-minute video, Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking, is used in classrooms around the world. Brian is a coexecutive producer and host of the new The Skeptologists television pilot and is the producer and co-host of Truth Hurts.
Carlos East long with his twin brother Ernesto, his childhood was a combination of exploring the natural wonders of the jungle, learning the secrets of movie making from their father, actor Carlos East Sr., and developing his artistic talents by exploring the world of computers, art, sound, and design. Through the years, this pair have used their mighty twin powers to create memorable works for Nike, KidRobot, Reebok, and Vans.
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Ashley Eckstein shley Eckstein is the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the hit animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Born in Louisville, KY and raised in Orlando, FL, Ashley Eckstein grew up a true blue Disney kid with an extensive Alice in Wonderland collection. She fell in love with acting at an early age and started her career doing theater, before landing a role in a television show for Sea World called Shamu TV. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting full-time, and her first appearance on JAG set the stage for a promising career. She was soon cast as Jan Brady in The Brady Bunch in the White House. Since then, she has starred in Blue Collar TV, Phil of the Future, Drake and Josh, That’s So Raven, Alice Upside Down and Sydney White. Recognizing a need and a desire for merchandise created especially for the female fan, Eckstein created Her Universe, a new apparel line featuring fashionable, feminine products for fangirls, starting with Star Wars.
Claire M. Eddy
laire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for twenty-two years. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and has worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Gordon R. Dickson, Fred Saberhagen, and Jack Vance. She has introduced such newcomers to the fantasy scene as Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass, and Juliet Marillier. While she still edits these genres, she has broadened her projects to include historical fiction, thrillers, and mysteries. On the mystery side, she has worked with Stuart Kaminksy, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Sharan Newman. She’s spent the better part of her adult life working with authors to make their stories and dreams be the best they can be, becoming that necessary”third eye” to help writers accomplish their goals.
Barbara Eden arbara Eden, everyone’s favorite Jeannie, is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. She has starred in a score of feature film, five television series, fifteen top rated movies and as a singer, has headlined at many of America’s top hotel resorts and casinos in Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Las Vegas as well as on concert stages and in theaters across America. Eden’s effervescent personality, positive spirit and unique to reach and hold audiences of all ages has made the beautiful green-eyed blonde one of Hollywood’s most recognized, beloved and popular stars both here and abroad. September 3–6, 2010
Her long running series I Dream of Jeannie has been on television screens globally for forty uninterrupted years since beginning on NBC in 1965. Today, Eden works actively on behalf of numerous national and local charities, including such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make A Wish Foundation, The March of Dimes, The American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp.
Scott Edgington r. Edgington worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the ‘Investigation Scientist’ for the thermal infrared instrument onboard Cassini. His is also a Science Planning Engineer on the Cassini Project, where he aids with the planning of Saturn Atmospheric Science. His specialty is the study of the atmospheric chemistry and physics of the Giant Planets.
Nelsan Ellis elsan Ellis is an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood. Ellis attended Juilliard and, while there, wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled Ugly about the devastating effects of domestic abuse, after his sister Alice was shot by her husband in 2002. It was performed at the school and later won the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. Ellis won a 2008 Satellite Award from the International Press Academy for best supporting actor in a television series for his role as Lafayette Reynolds. Ellis also won the “Brink of Fame: Actor” award at the 2009 NewNowNext Awards.
Jeffrey J. Ello eff Ello (aka “Jello”) is a technologist and filmmaker, specializing in digital production and special effects techniques for independent film and commercial projects. Jeff adapts technologies and techniques from a wide range of disciplines to make filmmaking easier, cheaper, and fresh. Jeff is a CG artist/3D animator by training and has enjoyed a 20-year digital career that spans a wide array of visual communication and information technology fields serving as DP, VFX supervisor, and many IT roles. He is constantly experimenting with emerging technologies and distilling tips and tricks for use in the field.
arry Elmore has a broad span of experience in the fantasy industry. His primary area is cover illustrations. Larry has done work for role-playing games, comics, paperback books, hardcover books, magazines, computer games, toys, and cards. His art has been published by all major publishers of paperback books and role playing games. Elmore is best known for his covers for the original Dragonlance novels.
ill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and roleplay gaming company. As a book packager, a person who prepares series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged over 250 titles for virtually every major publisher.
He has co-authored one paperback book, Runes of Autumn. Larry is also the creator of the world of SovereignStone. The first trilogy of SovereignStone hardback novels is entitled The Well of Darkness and was written by bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Larry presented this world and its epic story to Margaret and Tracy as “a project that we could all have fun with.” The SovereignStone role-playing game was subsequently released.
John Everson ohn Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the Leisure Books novels Covenant, Sacrifice, and the upcoming The 13th (November 2009). Over the past fifteen years, John’s short fiction has appeared in more than fifty magazines, including Space & Time, Dark Discoveries, and Grue, as well as in a couple dozen anthologies, most recently in Horror Library Vol. 3, A Dark and Deadly Valley, Damned, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook. John is the editor of the anthologies Sins of the Sirens and In Delirium and co-editor of the Spooks! ghost story anthology.
G. D. Falksen . D. Falksen is the author of several serials, including The Strange Case of the All-Seeing Ear, as well as An Unfortunate Engagement and The Mask of Tezcatlipoca, both of which are appearing in Steampunk Tales. He is also a speaker on the steampunk subculture, having given interviews on the subject to the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and MTV. He is also the lead writer for the video game project AIR: Steampunk. He has given talks on history, the neo-vintage movement, and the steampunk subculture at various conventions on the East Coast.
His novel writing began with the juvenile series Swordquest for Ace Penguin Putnam Publishing. He wrote or co-wrote four fantasy novels, beginning with the Lord of Cragsclaw. The Fleet series he created with David Drake has become a classic of military science fiction. Bill has collaborated on several novels, including mysteries such as the authorized Mycroft Holmes novels, the Madame Vernet Investigates series, and edited Making Contact, a UFO contact handbook. As an anthologist, Bill has edited or co-edited almost fifty anthologies.
Tom Feister om Feister has been a member of Jolly Roger Studio since 2001 and works in the arctic cold of his office in Atlanta’s Studio Revolver. Tom’s work has appeared on the covers of Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Exiles, and Legion. In 2007, Tom and penciller Tony Harris were nominated for an Eisner Award for best penciller-inker team for their work on Ex-Machina. Currently, Tom is providing covers for IDW’s GI Joe: Origins and working on an issue of Witchblade for Top Cow. Tom is also developing a pilot for the SyFy Channel.
Rob Fitz ob Fitz started his film career as a professional make-up artist. He has done FX and straight make-up for over twenty feature films from low budget independents to huge studio features like Surrogates and Edge of Darkness. During this time he also directed short films. One of these, Lost Face, was bought and put on several DVD releases from EI independent cinema. For the last five years, writer, producer, and director Rob Fitz has created the epic gore film God of Vampires. The film has been an official selection in several US and international film festivals and had several nominations including best picture and best special FX. Rob is already preparing to shoot his next film, The Pact, and has been hired to direct several music videos.
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arry Flaxman is a bestselling author, paranormal investigator, public speaker, scientific researcher and screenwriter. He is the author of such popular books as 11:11-The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities, The Resonance Key: Exploring the Links Between Vibration, Consciousness and the Zero Point Grid, and The Déjà vu Enigma: A Journey Through the Anomalies of Mind, Memory and Time.
ric Flint’s writing career began with the novel Mother of Demons, which was selected by Science Fiction Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six novels in the Belisarius series (An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny’s Shield, Fortune’s Stroke, The Tide of Victory, and The Dance of Time), as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, followed by many sequels, several of which made the New York Times extended bestselling list. Other works include the Joe’s World comic fantasy novel series, the alternate history volumes 1812: The Rivers of War and 1824: The Arkansas War, and a major fantasy series with Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer with two novels released, The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough Magic.
Chris Fleming ince childhood Chris has been having amazing and revealing experiences with the supernatural and paranormal. This gave Chris the drive and determination to investigate haunted homes, hold seances, and use electronic equipment to converse and validate these experiences. In the 90s Chris published a paranormal magazine called Unknown Magazine that allowed him to share information with some of the top researchers and experts in the field of the paranormal. Interviewing people from all over the world allowed him to not only understand what he witnessed, but realize there are so many things going on around us we don’t understand. In 2003 Chris began co-hosting the international TV show Dead Famous with European model Gail Porter. Today Chris offers spiritual consultations and continues his research in to the unknown. Chris was most recently featured in episodes of A&E’s Psychic Kids and the Live show for the Ghost Adventurers.
Tom Fleming n 1990, Tom Fleming landed his first full-time position as an artist/designer for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). After three and a half years he was commissioned by DC and Marvel Comics to illustrate characters such as Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and The X-Men, along with fantastic fantasy characters for Magic the Gathering and World of Warcraft. In 2000, Tom landed a job as the official illustrator for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. Since then, Tom has worked on movies and TV shows such as Stateside, Stay Alive, Surface, Private Valentine, and Life. Tom has been featured in Spectrum: the Art of the Fantastic and has won numerous awards in fantasy art, including three nominations for the prestigous Chesley Award.
John L. Flynn ohn L. Flynn, Ph.D., is the author of thirteenral dozen articles and short stories. He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and has been nominated for three Hugo Awards, which is the award given for excellence in the field of science fiction writing. His books include Future Threads, Cinematic Vampires, The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Phantoms of the Opera, Dissecting Aliens, Visions in Light and Shadow, The Jovian Dilemma, Future Prime (with Bob Blackwood), 75 Years of Universal Monsters, 50 Years of Hammer Horror, 101 Superheroes of the Silver Screen, and 2001: Beyond the Infinite.
Michelle Forbes orbes is best known to Star Trek fans for her recurring role as Bajoran Starfleet officer Ro Laren on Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1996, Forbes joined the cast of NBC’s popular police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, playing chief medical examiner Julianna Cox, where she remained for two years. In 2008, Forbes starred in two HBO drama series; In Treatment, portraying the wife of the central character, and in True Blood as a Maenad named Maryann. She reprised her semi-regular roles in both series in their respective second seasons in 2009, as well as joining the cast of the Canadian psychological drama series Durham County for its second season as Dr. Penelope Verity.
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ugie Foster received the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette, is currently a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award, and was named the 2009 Author of the Year by Bards and Sages. Her fiction has also received the 2002 Phobos Award; been translated into Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and French; and been a finalist for the Black Quill, Bram Stoker, and BSFA awards. Her publication credits include stories in Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Cricket, Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Apex Magazine; podcasts Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and PodCastle; and anthologies Best New Fantasy (Prime), The Dragon and the Stars (DAW), and Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (Juno). Her articles and interviews have appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, the Internet Review of Science Fiction, Writing-World, and Absolute Write. Eugie’s short story collection, Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice, is available from Norilana Books.
handra Free is writer and illustrator of The God Machine, from publisher Archaia. Intensely interested in the incorporation of psychology into her art, she focuses on the subconscious and human aspects of her characters. In addition to her comic The God Machine, she has worked on the comic Sullengrey (published by Ape Entertainment), as a digital painter for Issues 5 and 6 and parts of the Sullengrey graphic novel titled Cemetery Things. When not chained to her desk, she can be seen out and about at soirees, dancing to industrial clanging, Goth chanting, and Moz-like croonings.
At Dragon*Con, you can see her wearing her editor’s hat as she helms the Daily Dragon.
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onathan Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Early in his acting career, he became a member of “The Impossible Ragtime Theater” in New York City and did his first offBroadway acting in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. His first Broadway appearance was in Shenandoah. At the same time, he landed a role in the NBC soap opera, The Doctors. When his character was dismissed from the soap, Frakes moved to Los Angeles, California and played guest spots in many of the top television shows of the 1970s and 1980s, including The Waltons and Steven Bochco’s Hill Street Blues. He had recurring roles in Falcon Crest and the miniseries North and South, where he played Stanley Hazard of Hazard Iron, a weak man easily manipulated by his mother and wife, a character in stark contrast to the strong Commander Riker role from Star Trek. He has done animation voice acting, most notably voicing the recurring role of David Xanatos in the television series, Gargoyles, and he provided the voice of his own head in a jar in the Futurama episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.” Frakes is also the only Star Trek regular besides Majel Barrett to appear on four different Star Trek series (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise). He has directed episodes in three of them (TNG, DS9 and VOY) and was a popular and innovative director on the Star Trek set, often finding completely new ways to shoot the show’s familiar sets. September 3–6, 2010
Peter H. Friedman eter H. Friedman is the owner of Peter H. Friedman CPA, a firm that provides specialized consultation in e-commerce and indirect taxation, European acquisitions of US Firms, and US GAAP accounting issues. Friedman is a contributing author to the Business & Legal Primer for Game Development, and he has attended the annual US Securities and Exchange Commission GovernmentBusiness Forum on Small Business Capital Formation since 1992. Friedman was interviewed for the magazine, Business 2.0, for his expertise on internet multi-state taxation, and he was an expert witness at the US Government Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce public forums.
Edward Furlong urlong began his film career as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a role that earned him an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Role and a Saturn Award for best young actor. In 1999, he starred in the film Detroit Rock City, then he played a young inmate in Steve Buscemi’s film Animal Factory. Furlong played the lead in the fourth film in The Crow series, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, alongside David Boreanaz and Tara Reid. The film was planned for a theatrical release, but eventually went straight to DVD. In 2006 and again in 2010, Furlong appeared as a guest star on three episodes of the television program CSI: NY as character Shane Casey. Furlong is also slated to appear in the 2010 film The Mortician 3D alongside Method Man and has a role in the upcoming Seth Rogen film, The Green Hornet.
iana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, NYTbestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon Magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting ‘Scrooge McDuck’ comics.”
avid Gerrold is a prolific Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction author. He started his professional writing career while still a college student by submitting an unsolicited story outline for Star Trek. He went on the write “The Trouble with Tribbles”, by far the most popular and well-known episode of all the Star Trek series. Gerrold’s long involvement with Star Trek included stories, screenplays, novels and acting as story editor on Star Trek: The Generation.
The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander, continued through five more New York Timesbestselling novels— Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, the Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes—and a nonfiction companion volume, The Outlandish Companion, which provides copious details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon has also written two historical mysteries, Lord John and the Private Matter, and Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, as well as several novellas featuring Lord John Grey.
Dr. Pamela L. Gay r. Pamela L. Gay is perhaps best known for her work on the Astronomy Cast and Slacker Astronomy podcasts. Combining a solid background in astronomy with a sexy voice, this young astronomer is working to bring the cosmos to the masses, one download at a time. Astronomy Cast is a featured podcast in iTunes and has been in the top 20 podcasts in the iTunes Science and Medicine section since its creation in September 2006.
After his early success with “The Trouble with Tribbles” Gerrold continued writing televised science fiction for series such as Logan’s Run, Tales of the Darkside, Land of the Lost, Babylon 5, Sliders, and The Twilight Zone, among others. Gerrold’s far reaching and brilliant writing career encompasses dozens of novels, of which the best known are The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against the Chtorr series, and the Star Wolf series. The critically acclaimed auto-biographical novelette The Martian Child, in which Gerrold told the story of the adoption of his son, won both Hugo and Nebula awards. It later went on to become a hit movie in 2007, starring John Cusack, with Gerrold acting as executive producer.
In addition to her podcasting, Pamela also communicates astronomy to the public through her blog Star Stryder. Her writing has also appeared in Astronomy magazine and Sky and Telescope magazine. She also gives frequent invited public talks around the United States.
Martin Quinn Gero artin Gero is a writer and supervising producer on the HBO series Bored to Death and a writer and consulting producer on Stargate: Universe. Previously, he served as an writer/ director/executive producer on one hundred episodes of Stargate: Atlantis (writing more episodes than any other writer), as a writer/ creative consultant on eighty episodes of Stargate: SG-1, and as a writer on twenty two episodes of The Holmes Show. Martin has won a People’s Choice Award, Two Canadian Comedy Awards and has been nominated for 2 Gemini Awards, a Hugo Award and a WGC Screenwriter’s Award. Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
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aura Anne Gilman is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the Retrievers and Paranormal Scene Investigations series), a YA trilogy for HarperCollins, and the forthcoming Vineart War novels from Pocket (10/09), while her short fiction has appeared in major anthologies and magazines, including Unusual Suspects and Apex & Abyss. Her first short story collection, Dragon Virus & Other Stories, will be out in 2010.
n 1959, Mark landed the role as Cully in Johnny Ringo. Mark followed that with The Detectives, where he remained for three years. After leaving The Detectives, Mark joined Lost in Space, the role he is best known for. Many guest starring roles followed, and Mark even tried agenting for a time. In 1978 Mark was hired by director Martin Scorsese to play opposite Liza Minnelli in the Broadway musical The Act. While on daytime TV, he appeared as the villainous killer Ted Clayton on One Life to Live, and had the honor of killing Alec Baldwin in The Doctors. He later made several guest appearances on many shows before deciding to end his acting career. Mark returned to college, received his Masters Degree in Education, and is now a special education teacher for “at risk” youths at the F.L. Chamberlain School in Middleboro, Massachusetts. He recently finished his memoir To Space and Back.
tephanie graduated from Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and began working in the Atlanta animation scene. She started her comics career in 1993, and was soon drawing a wide variety of licensed characters in Looney Tunes at DC Comics, Ren & Stimpy at Marvel, Wolf & Red at Dark Horse, The Simpsons at Bongo, and a lot of other titles. In 1998 she wrote and drew her own comic, Hopster’s Tracks, at Bongo Comics. She worked as a character artist at Cartoon Network for ten years, drawing the Powerpuff Girls, Billy & Mandy, Chowder, and Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends. But she still took time out to draw a lot of comics such as Jim Ottavini’s Dignifying Science, Peter Bagge’s Sweatshop, and Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle. Currently, Stephanie is working on a series of Tom & Jerry books and promoting her most recent creation, Girls of Monster Paradise.
Summer Glau lau’s first television credit was a guest role as a ballerina on the 2002 episode “Waiting in the Wings” of the television series Angel. There she caught the eye of director Joss Whedon, who later cast her in his critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series Firefly as River Tam, a role she reprised for the show’s feature film sequel, Serenity. In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Glau played the role of Cameron Phillips, a Terminator infiltration unit sent back to protect John Connor and Sarah Connor from Skynet. On March 12, 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of NBC’s The Cape in a leading role, finally in June 2010, she was confirmed as the female lead in the black comedy The Knights of Badassdom. Glau will also voice Kara Zor-El in the DC Comics original animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and will reprise the role of Supergirl for the video game DC Universe Online.
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Christopher Golden hristopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film for New Regency. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers.
Steve Gonsalves teve Gonsalves has been on the paranormal television circuit for close to five years on the wildly popular sci-fi hit show Ghost Hunters. Steve has also been showcased on many other television shows as well as all major media outlets. Steve has been investigating the paranormal for over fifteen years, and he is one of the founders of the TAPS Paramagazine. The TAPS Paramagazine is the country’s premiere paranormal publication. Steve is currently the lead investigator and trainer on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters Academy.
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hris Gore is a writer, filmmaker, and a television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the film world. As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine he created as a college student in Detroit. As the magazine evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. Chris is the publisher of FilmThreat.com which has an online audience of over 500,000 readers monthly and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris currently appears on G4TV’s Attack of the Show where he is the show’s film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday is among the most popular on AOTS in addition Asian Underground and Movie Lore. Chris is an author having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made and The Complete DVD Book. His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school. He has recently ventured into indie filmmaking having co-written and produced the feature comedy My Big Fat Independent Movie which toured forty film festivals worldwide and can be seen on Showtime and the Sundance Channel.
r. Kevin R. Grazier is currently the Science Advisor for the series Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, and Virtuality as well as the animated series The Zula Patrol. He co-authored the book Science of Battlestar Galactica and served as author/editor for two books in the BenBella SmartPop series: The Science of Dune and The Science of Michael Crichton.
Dr. Stephen Granade r. Stephen Granade is a senior scientist who is an expert in quantum mechanics and ultra-precise space-based sensors. He was part of the team that developed a video-based sensor to measure the Hubble Space Telescope’s location and orientation. The sensor is part of the Hubble Servicing Mission 4 that, NASA willing, will fly on Shuttle flight STS-125 in May, 2009. His teaching and lecturing career has focused on making science understandable and relevant to non-scientists. He has provided scientific commentary for CBS Marketwatch and The Insider Academia.
Neil Grayston rayston is a Canadian actor who won the 2006 Leo Award (Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series) for his performance in Godiva’s episode “The Bigger Man”. Neil currently plays recurring character Douglas Fargo in Eureka, a SyFy network series that began broadcasting in 2006. Prior to his role on EUREKA he also had guest appearances on Jeremiah, Dead Like Me, and Wonderfalls. September 3–6, 2010
Kevin has been featured in several documentaries, he co-hosted the premier episode of Discovery Channel’s Science Live! Kid’s Edition, and even co-anchored CNN’s coverage of Cassini’s Saturn orbit insertion with Miles O’Brien (the CNN guy, not the DS9 guy).
Brian Green rian Green, often known by the online pseudonym of ‘Psychochild’, is an experienced online game developer. In his six years of hobbyist and ten years of professional game development, he has done programming, designing, writing, and administrating. Brian finished college and received degrees in both Spanish and Computer Science with a minor in Business. He started his professional career in 1998 working on the classic PvP online RPG, Meridian 59. He then left to work on “The Palace”, a noted graphical chat product, a bit before 3DO finally shut down the US version of Meridian 59 in August of 2000. Brian later co-founded Near Death Studios, Inc. In late 2001, the company had the opportunity to purchase Meridian 59 and work on it again. In May of 2002 Meridian 59 was re-launched by Near Death Studios, much to the delight of the game’s fans. Brian helped maintain Meridian 59 until it closed down in 2009. Brian was co-editor on the book Business & Legal Primer for Game Development, published by Charles River Media.
Chris Marie Green hris Marie Green writes the Vampire Babylon series for Ace, which is best described as “noir fantasy-mysteries” featuring a vamp hunter. The six books, Night Rising, Midnight Reign, Break of Dawn, plus A Drop of Red, The Path of Razors and Deep in the Woods have all been released. Starting in August, 2011, Chris will have a new trilogy from Ace—the Bloodlands series, which is a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy western trilogy. Five years ago, she became a full-time author who has published over thirty-five books under this name as well as the pseudonym Crystal Green.
Matt Green att Green has been a working professional in the Atlanta film business for over twentyfour years as both a special effects coordinator on over 30 films as well as preparing to direct his seventh feature film, The Barrow, in Kentucky. He has also taught animatronics for three years at the Tom Savini school of Makeup FX.
Andrew Greenberg ndrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer games and role-playing games, co-created the Fading Suns role-playing and computer games, and was the original developer of White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade. He has credits on more than fifty White Wolf products and more than twenty HDI books. Currently helping develop Kaneva. com’s cutting-edge virtual world, he has also worked on products with other role-playing game companies, including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. His computer game credits include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Lords, and more. He is currently working on the Global Agenda MMO. He is also the organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).
Lois H. Gresh ois H. Gresh is the New York Times bestselling author and Publishers Weekly bestselling paperback author of twenty-three books. Recent works include vampire horror novel Blood and Ice (2010) as well as a vampire romanc written under a pseudonym. Recent stories are in Tales Out of Miskatonic, Ancient Shadows, Hungry for Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance, and others. Watch for her fiction collection, Eldritch Evolutions in 2011. She’s the author of dozens of published mystery/ suspense, dark fantasy, and weird science fiction stories. She’s been nominated for national fiction awards six times.
Joel Gretsch oel Gretsch is currently playing Father Jack Landry in the new remake of V: The Series. He started his television work in the early 90s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place, and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS.
More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC’s Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser. Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including The Legend of Bagger Vance, Minority Report, The Emperor’s Club, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer’s love interest, on the TV series Women’s Murder Club. Recently, he guest starred on Emmy Award nominated Showtime comedy-drama The United States of Tara.
D.J. Grothe rothe is President of the James Randi Educational Foundation, the international educational nonprofit founded by celebrated social critic and activist James Randi. Grothe has lectured widely on topics at the intersection of education, science, superstition and belief at universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and dozens of others. Formerly a professional magician, he has special interests in the psychology of belief and processes of deception and self-deception. He hosts the radio show and podcast “For Good Reason”. Previously, Grothe hosted over two hundred episodes of the popular interview program Point of Inquiry, which he founded with his partner Thomas Donnelly in 2005.
Rosemary Ellen Guiley osemary Ellen Guiley is one of leading experts on the paranormal and supernatural. She has written more than forty books and hundreds of articles on ghosts, hauntings, vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and other paranormal topics. She possesses an exceptional and broad knowledge of the field. Her popular encyclopedias on ghosts and spirits, angels, vampires and werewolves, magic and alchemy, witchcraft, demons, dreams, mystical and paranormal experience and saints are considered essential sources for authors, researchers, film and documentary producers, and paranormal investigators. She conducts original field investigations of haunted and mysterious sites and works with leading developers and inventors of spirit communications devices. She is co-authoring a book on spirit communications with Noory, scheduled for hardcover publication in 2010 by Tor Books.
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arry is an American film and television actor, producer and director known for playing J.R. Ewing in the 80s primetime television soap opera Dallas and Major Anthony Nelson in the 60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
oc Hammer is a multidisciplinary artist, most notable as co-writer, editor, and voice actor (Doctor Girlfriend, Henchman #21 and Master Billy Quizboy) for the animated television series The Venture Bros. He has appeared in films such as Lisa Hammer’s Not Farewell, Sweet Flesh, Pus$bucket, Ben Edlund’s Crawley, and his own film Rub.
After years of guest-starring in many TV roles, and starring in a less successful series the previous year, he hit the jackpot in 1965 playing Barbara Eden’s TV “master” and eventual love interest, Captain (later Major) Anthony Nelson in the sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Once I Dream of Jeannie ended, Hagman was cast as conniving older son and businessman, J.R. Ewing, a man whom everybody loved to hate in the series Dallas. The series ran for an unprecedented thirteen seasons (from 1978–1991) and the “Who shot J.R.?” episode remains the second highest rated TV show in history.
n Assistant Editor at Tor Books, Stacy Hague-Hill works with an expanding list of sci-fi and fantasy novels, including works by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dave Farland, John Brown (the forthcoming Servant of a Dark God), Kage Baker, and more. She is also the editor for the tie-in to BioWare’s RPG, Dragon Age, and works with the Dune titles, FlashForward, and others.
Laurell K. Hamilton aurell K. Hamilton’s writing is characterized by vivid prose, erotic sensuality, complex characters, and detailed world building. She is a regular on the New York Times Bestseller List through titles in her two series Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry: Fairy Princess/Private Eye. The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, published by Penguin Group under the Berkley Books imprint, spans sixteen novels, including recently released Blood Noir. Marvel Comics has worked closely with Hamilton to adapt her books in the Anita Blake series into comic book medium with a stunning amount of success. The first installment of the graphic novel, Guilty Pleasures, was the number one best selling graphic novel for that month. The medium also allowed Hamilton—writing for the first time with her husband, Jonathon Green—to give Anita fans the prequel they have been clamoring for in the form of a special two-issue limited series entitled First Death. The Meredith Gentry series published by Ballantine Books features Meredith Gentry as a part-human, part-fey private investigator. Under orders from her aunt Andias, Queen of the Unseelie Court, Meredith is in a race to become pregnant and ascend the throne before her cousin Cel does. The last “Merry” book, Divine Misdemeanors released in 2009. September 3–6, 2010
He is also an oil painter whose work was exhibited at the Arcadia gallery of fine arts in SoHo. One portrait, of Liz Vassey who played Captain Liberty from the live-action incarnation of The Tick, can be seen in the background of the Venture Bros. episode “Return to Spider-Skull Island”.
Cully Hamner ully Hamner is these days mainly known for drawing DC Comics’ latest Blue Beetle series, and as the co-creator, with Warren Ellis, of Red, now in development as a feature film from Summit Entertainment. In 2006, he re-teamed with Ellis on the well-regarded Down for Top Cow. For years, though, he’s also been the go-to guy for a long list of projects likes of Batman: Tenses, The Ride, The Titans, Green Lantern, X-Men, Daredevil, Spider-Man Unlimited, and many others. In January of 2009, DC began releasing his six-issue, bi-weekly project with writer Jen Van Meter, Black Lightning: Year One. In June, his feature with writer Greg Rucka, “The Question,” begins monthly in Detective Comics. He brings the ruckus.
Yaya Han aya Han is a cosplay idol, model, and costume designer with over ten years experience. She has graced the pages of countless media publications and is a house hold name in the fandom world. Yaya has also modeled for renowned fantasy illustrators such as Nene Thomas and Echo Chernik, been featured in the popular “Hot Pirate Babes” calendar by Tiger Lee, and and is the lead costume designer on the TV Show Desert Foxes. Ever a lover of movies, Yaya has been involved in numerous independent films, either as actress or designer, including the award winning Jedi Hunter, Ninjas vs. Pirates and Desert Foxes. Yaya has taught a multitude of workshops on costume craftsmanship, presentation, makeup more; judged countless costume contests; and performed on stage in front of peers and fans from all over the world.
Graham Hancock raham always wanted to make a Biblical flood movie” said famed Hollywood director Roland Emmerich discussing his recent blockbuster 2012, “but I never felt I had the hook. I first read about the Earth’s Crust Displacement Theory in Graham Hancock’s Fingerprints of the Gods.” In addition to “Fingerprints”, his most acclaimed work, Hancock is the author of The Sign and the Seal, Message of the Sphinx, Heaven’s Mirror, Supernatural and other bestselling investigations of historical mysteries. His public lectures and broadcasts, including major documentaries and TV series for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and the Learning Channel have further established his reputation as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. Hancock’s latest work is Entangled, a timeslip novel that plunges deep into realms of fantasy and adventure.
Sarah Harmon arah Harmon is a Forensic Psychology student working towards her PhD in Forensic and Clinical Psychology with focus in neuro-linguistics, para-research and hypnotherapy. Sarah is a gifted psychic medium and paranormal researcher who enjoys to travel and explore the unknown! Between books, lectures, investigations and grant research in the paranormal field, Sarah’s goal is to bridge the gap between science and spirituality. When she is not doing investigations across America or doing lectures around the nation, Sarah is proudly joining some of the fields best researchers while investigating at some of the world’s most haunted locations.
Danielle Harris fter a twenty-year hiatus from starring as “Jamie Lloyd” in Halloween IV & V, and to the delight of horror fans everywhere, Danielle Harris returned to the Halloween franchise—this time starring as Annie Bracket in the Dimension Films, Rob Zombie—directed of the classic Halloween. She has reprised her role once again in Halloween II.
She is presently shooting the vampire drama, Steakland with Kelly McGilles. Danielle also has a thriving voice over career and is the voice of the segmented animated feature film, God Killer. She plays the voice of Sierra on the NBC series Father of the Bride and is the voice of Debbie Thornberry on the Nickelodeon animated series, The Wild Thornberrys.
Nicole Harsch icole Harsch and Mike Sakuta are the Crossed Swords. Nicole is a co-author of the Dragonlance sourcebook, Knightly Orders of Ansalon, and creator of twenty-eight illustrations therein. Nicole wrote two stories and eleven pieces of music (including a fourpart string quartet) published in The History of the Dragonlance, More Leaves from the Inn of the Last Home, and Lost Leaves. Nicole has drawn over seventy-five spacescapes for collectible card games such as Galactic Empires, Star of the Guardians, and Wing Commander. Most recently, Nicole wrote lyrics for three songs for the Dragonlance animated film.
Raven Hart aven Hart writes the Savannah Vampire Chronicles series from Ballantine books. The series started with The Vampire’s Seduction and continued with The Vampire’s Secret and The Vampire’s Kiss. The latest book in the series is The Vampire’s Betrayal, released April, 2008. Raven created a vampire series of their own, starring two sexy Savannah vampires, southern aristocrat blood drinker William Cuyler Thorne and Jack McShane, a blue-collar, NASCARloving vampire, who didn’t know what he was getting into when he volunteered for everlasting undeath.
A.J. Hartley .J. Hartley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hawthorne Saga. Hartley is also the author of the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, One the Fifth Day, and What Time Devours. All of these center on issues of history, archaeology, and culture, the last drawing expressly on his experience as UNC Charlotte’s Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare. Hartley is a director and a prominent critic who has authored many articles and books on Renaissance drama, and is the editor of the academic journal, Shakespeare Bulletin.
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nternationally known actor writer, producer, and Golden Globe nominee Richard Hatch “classic and re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Streets of San Francisco, and All My Children” has had a career spanning four decades. Among his many accomplishments, he starred as Jan Berry in the cult classic Dead Mans Curve, Charlin Chan and the Curse of The Dragon Queen. He co-authored eight Battlestar Galactica novels, comic, and most recently So Say We All, and a forthcoming Battlestar Galactica manga for Tokyopop focusing on his character Tom Zarek in the new BG series currently playing on the SyFy channel. Most recently, Richard just completed the film Season of Darkness and is currently filming a new reality show entitled Who the Frack is the Real Richard Hatch. Between acting, writing, and directing, Richard teaches and lectures all over the country on acting, filmmaking, and “Taking Your Career To The Next Level.”
ary Kim Hayes has been a Navy flyer, a keyboard player for several not-so-famous local rock bands, a classically trained concert pianist, a stand-up comedian, magician, and photographer, and at present, he makes his living as a senior master instructor in Taekwondo and other martial arts. He is a multi-award winner for his short fiction—an example of his work may be found in Tales of the Dark River, an audio production of Atlanta Radio Theater. For a time, he was managing editor of Critical Mass, an Atlanta based, small press magazine about science fiction. He is a member of Dark River Writers, one of Georgia’s oldest and most prestigious professional writers’ organizations. His radio play, Biting A Fat Man’s Neck, was produced by Horror House and has aired annually during Halloween. The play is now available as part of a multi-CD set by Audio Realms. At present, he is polishing the final draft of his fantasy novel, Sleag’s Quest.
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om Heintjes joined the staff of The Comics Journal in 1984 and became its Managing Editor in 1985. While there, he helped to spearhead the battle to help Jack Kirby obtain his original art from Marvel Comics. In 1994, he co-founded Hogan’s Alley, the magazine of the cartoon arts, which focuses on vintage and contemporary cartooning and is circulated around the world. His founding partner on Hogan’s Alley is the renowned comics historian Rick Marschall. Tom has extensively chronicled the career of Will Eisner for reprints of his work. He is the founder of the Carolina Comic Book Club and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society.
self-confessed science fiction fan, Hewlett has been quoted saying that Doctor Who is what first sparked his love for the genre and that he made science fiction when he was younger in England on his 8 millimetre camera with friends. Hewlett more or less had his early dreams of working in science fiction made into a reality when he first had a four-episode guest role on Stargate SG-1 as the Stargate expert Rodney McKay, which eventually grew into his starring role on Stargate Atlantis. In 2007, David appeared as a guest star in the first episode of the TV series Sanctuary. He played Larry Tolson—a patient suffering from a form of psychosis, who was shot and wounded before being taken into custody by police as a homicide suspect.
John P. Helfers ohn Helfers is an author and editor that has edited more than fifteen short story anthologies for DAW, as well as other publishers in all genres. He has also published more than forty short stories in anthologies such as “If I Were An Evil Overlord”, “Time Twisters”, and “Places to Be, People to Kill”. His media tie-in fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, and novels for the Dragonlance, Transformers, BattleTech, and Shadowrun universes. He has written both fiction and nonfiction, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on The Twilight Zone television series, the YA novel Tom Clancy’s Net Force Explorers: Cloak and Dagger, and a history of the United States Navy. His most recent non-fiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion, co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award.
J.G. Hertzler est known for his portrayal of the Klingon, “General Martok” on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hertzler holds the honor of being one of only four actors to play seven different characters on Star Trek. Hertzler has appeared in TV movies and has made guest appearances in TV shows such as Six Feet Under, Roswell, Charmed, Quantum Leap and Highlander: The Series. He also appeared in the series Zorro (1991–1993) as Alcalde Ignacio De Soto alongside Duncan Regehr and Henry Darrow. Most recently, Hertzler played the role of Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind productions at Geva Theatre Center and Cornell University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, where he is presently a professional teaching associate.
Virginia Hey irginia is best known for her role as the alien priestess Zhaan, which she played for three years on the award-winning television series, Farscape. Her acting career began following a successful modeling career, where she was spotted by casting directors and placed in her big screen debut in the film classic, Mad Max 2: Road Warrior. In 2000, she was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” on television by the 26th Annual Saturn Awards of America, and, in 2002, she was nominated for a LOGIE (Australian “Emmy” award) as “Best Actress.”
Leanna Renee Hieber ward-Winning author, actress, and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Miami University, focusing in the Victorian Era. A scholarship to London helped set the course for her Strangely Beautiful series. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is the first in her critically acclaimed series of ghostly, Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels. Leanna is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW).
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aelee Hill originally auditioned for the very different role of Commendant Grayza. When that went to Rebecca Riggs, Farscape’s producers decided to create the role of Sikozu Shanu for her. This Australian actress has had a swift rise to fame in her own country, with a number of recurring parts on Oz’s top programmes, including playing Serendipity Gottlieb in Neighbours, and Constable Tayler Johnson in Water Rats. She also appeared in a Baywatch spoof, Shark Bay, and lists Audrey Hepburn as one of her favourite actresses.
ane Warren Hodder is an American actor and stuntman, best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th film series. Hodder is the only actor to portray Jason more than once, in a total of four movies. He has also portrayed horror icons Leatherface in the stunts of the third Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and Freddy Krueger when he pulls Jason’s mask to hell in Jason Goes to Hell. Hodder stars in the slasher flick Hatchet as main character Victor Crowley, a physically deformed young boy who comes back from the dead to kill the people who invade the swamp in which he lives. In 2008 Hodder completed filming on the BTK movie in which he plays the BTK Killer.
athryn Hinds has written more than forty books for young adults about ancient, medieval, and early modern cultures—most recently the four-book series Life in the Medieval Muslim World. A six-book series, Barbarians!, will be published by Marshall Cavendish Benchmark at the end of this year, and next year will see the publication of another six-book series, Fantastic Creatures. Much of Kathryn’s work for young people has been focused on social history, with particular interests in belief systems, the lives of everyday people, and the roles of women. In addition to her writing, Kathryn has worked for more than fifteen years as a freelance copy editor of children’s and YA books, including numerous works of speculative fiction.
Frazer Hines razer has been acting since the age of nine, appearing in films with Charlie Chaplin, Lizabeth Scot, Michael Caine and Omar Sharif. He has appeared in many television shows in particular as Jamie (longest serving companion) in BBCs Dr Who. He has appeared on the London stage starring in many plays and pantomimes. His movies include Zeppelin, The Last Valley, and X the Unknown. He currently has a book out on his life called Hines Sight.
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Joel Hodgson oel Hodgson started his comedy career while at Bethel College in Minneapolis Minnesota by opening for Christian rock bands. He then moved to Los Angeles and performed stand-up in comedy clubs across the country, becoming a regular performer on Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and selected to be on HBO’s Eighth Young Comedians Special. Joel created MST3K, which he also hosted for five seasons. Joel has written several movies, including Disney’s Honey We Shrunk Ourselves with Nell Scovell. Over the last ten years, Joel has been a consultant with his brother, studio artist and designer Jim Hodgson, on projects as diverse as The Beatles Yellow Submarine, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Penn and Tellers Sin City Spectacular, and Robot Wars and Everything you need to Know.
Brian Holloway fter appearing in Fiddler on the Roof as a child, the acting bug hit Brian hard and it became a full-time commitment. After receiving his BFA in Performance Arts, he toured nationally with several theatre organizations. He received theatre degrees in costume and makeup design and has won national awards for his design work. Actress Paula Crist help him get connected to the film industry and since then he has landed work on The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Domestic Disturbance, Doctor Who: The Movie, Highlander: The Series, Shallow Hal, and Star Trek. He is currently the Special Make-Up F/X Supervisor for Star Trek:Phase II.
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perations Branch which is responsible for astronaut operations of experiment aboard the ISS. His technical expertise spans payload design to space operations. He is the electronics and computer expert for a NASA outreach program, Highschools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH). Kriss was the lead software developer at the University of Alabama, Birmingham’s scientific ISS experiment called Commercial Protein Crystallization Growth-Video (CPCG-V). The payload was ready for the ULF-1 misson, but was scrubbed after Columbia’s energetic disassembly. He also contributed to developing UAB’s GLACIER payload.
errie Hughes, is a Wisconsin writer and editor who has eight anthologies by DAW, two of which came out last year; Gamer Fantastic in June, and Zombies Racoons and Killer Bunnies in October. She has also published seven short stories which run the gamut of paranormal, fantasy and western. She has also done research and editing for two compendiums; The Vorkosigan Companion, and the Valdemar Companion. Currently she is working on five anthologies, and is also branching out into YA anthologies while working on her first novel, collaborating on another one with her husband John Helfers and compiling research for several nonfiction books.
Kristina Leigh Howard ristina Leigh Howard is a costume designer and costume technician with a BA in Theatre. She specializes in costume history and period costume construction. She has worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Last year, she studied abroad in Bulgaria and Greece for her design for UAB Theatre’s production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. She also designed Theatre UAB’s production of The Rivals, which she placed as a finalist at KCACTF Southeastern region. 54
Brandt Howell randt Howell is an attorney who specializes in legal issues relating to technology, intellectual property, and licensing. As an attorney with a computer engineering background, Brandt has a thorough understanding of both technology and the law as it applies to technology. Brandt has extensive experience dealing with copyrights, trademarks, patents, and the issues that arise when those items are transmitted over the internet and related channels.
Alaina Huffman laina Huffman is a Canadian film and television actress best known for her role on the Canadian television series Painkiller Jane, in which she played Maureen Bowers. Most recently she played Dinah Lance/ Black Canary on Smallville and now has a regular part as Tamara Johansen in the TV series Stargate Universe.
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Matt Hughes ith obvious influences from the Romantics to the Pre-Raphaelites to the Fin de Siecles, Matt Hughes’ ethereal visions deliver a novel approach that is pioneering a new movement that is best defined as Gothic Art Nouveau. By blending the romantic aesthetic beauty of Art Nouveau with the beautiful dark concepts of Gothic art, he invites the viewer to not only interact with other worldly realms but delve into self-reflection and introspection. His elaborate poses of striking woman draped in extravagant textiles and patterns appear to blend seamlessly with the abstract surroundings, resulting in a refreshingly new interpretation of Art Nouveau. And while the Gothic subjects of religion, mythology, death, and spirituality are present, they are addressed more subtly in his contemporary methodology. In addition, the decorative elements associated with Art Nouveau are ingeniously incorporated into the surroundings, fabrics, ornamentation, and even pose of the subjects to deliver a well balanced artistic statement.
Richard Jakiel or nearly twenty years, Richard has been known in the astronomical community as an advanced observer, writer, and more recently, as an imager. Dozens of his articles have appeared in mainstream astronomy and professional publications over the years. In 2006, he co-authored Galaxies: How to Observe Them, and he is currently working on several related projects. Richard has a master’s degree in geochemistry. For the past fifteen years, he has been a research scientist for the State of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division. He runs a small observatory about thirty-five miles west of Atlanta where he images the solar system and deep-sky objects.
eorges Jeanty has been in a whirlwind of work this year, stretching from Hellmouth to Hellmouth. His continuing work on the critically acclaimed, award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer series for Dark Horse Comics has kept this fan favorite artist quite busy. Most of the year has been devoted to drawing the adventures of everyone’s favorite Slayer. The series continues to receive critical acclaim and has won numerous awards, such as best new ongoing series as well as securing a position on the New York Times hot one hundred books for the collected trade paperback Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Fate for You. With credits including Green Lantern, Superboy, Gambit Bishop the Last X-Men, Wonder Woman, and Superman, Georges has amassed quite a checklist.
es Johnson is the deputy manager for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He is also the co-investigator on a Japanese space experiment. During his career at NASA, he served as the manager for the Space Science Programs and Projects Office, the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program, and the Interstellar Propulsion Research Project. He is an author of two popular science books, Living Off the Land in Space and Solar Sailing: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel. Les was the technical consultant for the movie, Lost in Space.
Paul Jenkins aul Jenkins is one of the premier creators and writers of comic books, graphic novels and video games in the world today. After five years working with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he began his freelance writing career in 1993 as scribe of the DC Comics Hellblazer. In 1997 Paul won an Eisner for his work on Marvel comics Inhumans series. He has since worked on virtually every comic character in the business, including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, and the smash hit Wolverine: Origin, for which he won five Wizard Fan Awards. His latest work for Marvel includes the blockbuster Frontlines series, a part of the Civil War event, and the Mythos series.
Bill “Splat” Johnson ill “Splat” Johnson has been working on films since the late 1970’s. He started out working on elaborate home movies and student projects, but eventually worked his way into bigger things. His first break came in 1987, when he got the make up effects job on Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3. Since then his work can be seen in projects like: Hoodlum, In Dreams, The Stand, October Sky, The Patriot, Eight Legged Freaks, Dumb and Dumberer, Zombieland, The Crazies, Ben 10 Alien Swarm, Halloween 2, The Book of Eli, and Past Life. Bill is about to start working with KNB Effects group on The Walking Dead.
Benjamin Curtis Jones nown for his masterful artwork based on science fiction films and entertainment, Ben curtis Jones brings to life the heart of characters and stories throughout the world of film. Ben is one of Lucasfilm’s official artists where he has created licensed artwork for both Star Wars and the Indiana Jones franchise. Ben’s art can be viewed on posters, cover art, trading cards, ad designs, and more.
Catherine Lee Jones atherine Jones is an award winning seamstress and has been the proud owner of God Save the Queen Fashions, LLC. Growing up as the daughter of a seamstress, she has always had a deep desire to create magic with fabric. She studied costume design at Emory University and has done work for Theater Emory as well as Georgia Shakespeare. Upon exiting college, Catherine began doing work with nationally known Atlanta-based female impersonators, most notably the infamous Charlie Brown. She now spends her work week creating custom costumes and wigs for anime fans, comic connoisseurs, and convention attendees alike.
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ones, along with inker John Beatty, first collaborated with writer Moench on a series of Batman tales including Batman: Dark Joker the Wild and the vampire Batman trilogy beginning with Batman and Dracula: Red Rain. Both of these comics were very dark and moody, crossing into horror. In addition to his run on Batman, Jones also illustrated the “Dream Country” and “Season of Mists” story arcs for Sandman. More recently, Jones has drawn the series The Crusades for Vertigo Comics (20002001), and the four-issue mini-series Conan: The Book of Thoth for Dark Horse Comics with writers Kurt Busiek and Len Wein in 2006.
udge is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of Teal’c on the television series Stargate SG-1. He entered a contest to host the West Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show. His witty five minute monologue help him beat out thousands of other hopefuls for the job. This break led him to several guest star appearances on such television comedies as Martin, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and The Jamie Foxx Show.
Since 1997, Jones has also produced a number of works as a writer-artist for Dark Horse, including several miniseries and one-shots starring his creation The Hammer (1997-1999): the one-shot ZombieWorld: Eat Your Heart Out (1998; later included in the 2005 trade paperback ZombieWorld: Winter’s Dregs), and the fourissue miniseries The 13th Son (2005-2006). He is currently working on illustrating the graphic novel adaptation of The Messengers for Dark Horse.
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Television series guest star credits included The Burning Zone, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, and Gabriel’s Fire before he became a series regular on Sirens. Judge’s feature film credits include lead roles in The Glory Years, Little Feet, Bird on a Wire, Cadence, and House Party II. More recently, Judge co-starred opposite Jennifer Beals in the film Out Of Pocket.
Cortney Kane s a small girl, Cortney often saw messages in dreams that would later touch her life. When she was fifteen, her mother passed away and about a week after her death, she came to visit Cortney in a dream. Since then Cortney has had many interactions with family members and friends who have passed on. Kane’s interest in the paranormal and spiritual world peaked in her late teens. Cortney has always been a creative person and about four years ago she had an unexplainable urge to paint. With no formal training she started to hand paint the visions that were coming to her. The visions Cortney receives are auras, guides, angels and energy. With this art she is able to help others become more aware of their energy.
Stacia Kane tacia Kane’s debut urban fantasy novel, Personal Demons, started off the Megan Chase series and was chosen by Barnes & Noble’s Paul Goat Allen as one of the best paranormal releases of 2008. Her new Chess Putnam series is a cross between Ghostbusters and Escape From New York, with an awesome punk rock soundtrack, black magic, greasers, drugs, human sacrifices, and a black 1969 Chevelle. It kicks off with Unholy Ghosts, which will be released in late 2009 by Del Rey Publishing.
Lloyd Kaufman loyd Kaufman is president of independent film studio Troma Entertainment and has written, produced, and/or directed more than thirty films, including The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.
Susan Kearney usan Kearney is a USA Today bestselling author, having written paranormal sci-fi fantasy romance for Tor, romance for Harlequin Blaze, romantic suspense for Harlequin Signature and Tor, and is now writing her new sci-fi fantasy paranormal trilogy, The Pendragon Legacy, for Grand Central Publishing.
She authored a Star Trek book, The Battle of Betazed, collected widely by Trek fans everywhere and is well known for her Rystani series—The Challenge, The Dare, The Ultimatum, and The Quest. She released two books in 2008, the second book in her new series, Solar Heat, and Dancing With Fire. She was the lead author in the anthology Beyond Magic. Susan Kearney has been part of a paranormal fantasy anthology called Midnight Magic with authors Rebecca York and Jeanie London and a Berkley fantasy anthology titled Unleashed with Rebecca York and Diane Whitestead.
Jim Keefe graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Keefe started his career as the colorist in the bullpen of King Features Syndicate, coloring such worldrenowned strips as Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible. While on staff he was hired as the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon newspaper strip. Keefe’s original tenure ran from 1996 to 2003 and it is currently being redistributed through King Features Syndicate. Keefe currently provides graphic art for numerous syndicated features and companies including King Features Syndicate, Viz Media, Jantze Studios and Manuscript Press.
Bill Keel ill Keel is an astronomer with research interests encompassing the sweep of cosmic evolution. He has been called on to participate in the NASA proposal reviews for the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, as well as mission concepts and extensions for astrophysics satellites. His latest research coup has involved the GalaxyZoo public-participation sky survey. Keel’s book, The Sky at Einstein’s Feet, celebrated the penetrating role that the insights of relativity have played in the last century of astronomical discovery. The second revised edition of The Road to Galaxy Formation appeared this year, recognizing the pace of progress in our understanding of the history of galaxies; it was just named one of the top academic titles of 2008 by Choice magazine. His next major writing effort traces the history of astronomy from space in its political as well as scientific and technological aspects.
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Jackie Kessler ackie Kessler writes about superheroes and demons. Her demon protagonist, Jezebel, interviews the characters of other authors (in all of Jackie’s spare time). She is the coauthor with Caitlin Kittredge of the novels Black and White and the forthcoming Shades of Gray from Bantam Spectra. She is also the author of Hell’s Belles, The Road to Hell, Hotter Than Hell, and a number of short stories.
artin Klebba, a veteran of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Martin Klebba repeated his role as the diminutive but tough and loyal Marty, in both sequals; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End. His most current apperance was in Zombieland. He has numerous movies that he will be co-starring in coming out this year and next such as Feast 2 & 3, All’s Faire in Love, Bloodshot, and Apollo Thorne as the title character. Martin has recently founded a non-profit charity called CoDA (Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy) with his friend Matt Roloff raising money to help get dwarf children adopted.
Deidre Knight eidre Knight is an awardwinning fantasy author and prominent literary agent. She worked behind the camera in the film and television industry before founding The Knight Agency in 1996. As agency president, she has shepherded numerous authors onto every major bestseller list and is considered an industry expert on urban fantasy and paranormal fiction. Her company has sold more than 1,000 titles to every major publisher, and its extensive client roster includes New York Times bestselling urban fantasy authors Gena Showalter, Rachel Caine, Marjorie M. Liu and P.N. Elrod, as well as Christie Golden, NYT bestselling sci-fi/fantasy author of the World of Warcraft novel Arathas. September 3–6, 2010
After a more than a decade of helping clients discover their own creative potential, Deidre penned Parallel Attraction, the first book in her sci-fi/fantasy timetravel series, Midnight Warriors. The innovative series also included Parallel Heat, Parallel Seduction, Parallel Desire and the e-novella, Parallel Fire. Last year, Deidre launched her new urban fantasy series, Gods of Midnight with Red Fire and Red Kiss, based on the concept of immortal Spartan warriors battling evil in modern-day Savannah, Georgia.
Nancy Knight ancy Knight is the author of twelve published novels, numerous short stories, seven produced plays and a produced screenplay. Her film Insanity du Jour was accepted by the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival in 2008. She is a partner in BelleBooks Publishing Company, parent company to BelleBridge, a new publisher which publishes fantasy and paranormal novels. She is also a partner in Soundhole Publishing Company, which helps people who want to self-publish. She has taught fiction writing since 1988 in venues across the country.
Alethea Kontis ew York Times bestselling author and selfproclaimed genre chick Alethea Kontis’ first foray into the literary world was a mixed-up picture book— AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First. She co-edited the critically acclaimed SF all-star Elemental: New Stories of Science Fiction and Fantasy for Tor Books. She also penned the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Companion. Her short stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Writer’s Eye. Her “Beauty & Dynamite” essays are featured in Apex Magazine. She currently works as a buyer for Ingram Book Company, and a freelance copyeditor.
Mary Robinette Kowal ary Robinette Kowal is the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her fiction appears in Asimov’s, Cosmos, and Strange Horizons. In addition to writing, she is a professional puppeteer and voice actor. She has performed for Jim Henson Productions, Lazytown, and the Center for Puppetry Arts.
arta Kristen is best remembered for her role of Judy Robinson in the iconic television series of the 1960’s, Lost in Space. Throughout her long career Marta has done many television, film and theatre roles as well as numerous television commercials. Her roles span from playing a young girl kidnapped by Indians in Disney’s Savage Sam, to a stroke victim struggling to find the courage to recover in an acclaimed Los Angeles production of Arthur Kopits play, Wings. For the past five years Marta has stopped working to give her full time and attention to raising her fifteen year old, Lena. However, she has kept her hand in theatre working with Lena on the fourteen musical theatre productions in which Lena has participated. Her other daughter, Lora, is a successful catering chef in Los Angeles. Marta is also a visual artist working in various media, especially oil pastels and assemblage.
onnie Kunzel, now retired, was the youth services consultant for the New Jersey State Library and the Librarian of the Year for the State of New Jersey in 2006. She is a founding member of the Garden State Teen Book Award Committee and was a member of the organizing committee for the annual Youth Services Forum. She also started an annual statewide Children’s and Young Adult Authors Conference in NJ. She is a past President of YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association); has served on the prestigious Best Books for Young Adults Committee and the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee; and is a previous chair of the ALEX committee. She is currently serving a fourth term as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and was appointed to the 2005 Printz Award Committee for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She is a regular reviewer for the journal VOYA, specializing in the areas of science fiction and fantasy.
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essica Lackey is a singer, artist, model, stage performer, and dancer best known for her role in the band the Crüxshadows. As a model she has appeared on the cover of nine Crüxshadows CDs, as well as in art, fashion, and clothing media. As a dancer she spent most of her time as a classical ballerina before expanding into more contemporary styles in recent years. She added the dancers to the Crüxshadows and created the now famous Crüxshadows faeries. Additionally, she has taken an active role as the tour manager and creative director responsible for much of the band’s live visual elements and costuming. Outside of the band she has directed and starred in her own stage productions.
any of Mercedes Lackey’s novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores. She has over eighty books in print including Finding the Way, Intrigues, Much Fall of Blood, The Sleeping Beauty, and Trio of Sorcery. Her current addiction is role-playing gaming in the online game City of Heroes, with the groups RPCongress and CCCP. From this in collaboration with Dennis Lee, Cody Martin and Veronica Giguere came the Secret World Chronicle podcast stories which are currently nominated for the Parsec award, and the first book of which is due to be out in March of 2011.
Maurice LaMarche aurice LaMarche is known for the many voices he had done on Futurama including Kif Kroker. He is also know for being The Brain on Pinky and the Brain. He as also done many episodes on The Simpsons, The Replacements, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Extreme Ghostbusters as Dr. Egon Spengler and many other loved shows. September 3–6, 2010
hil is known for his voice of Hermes Conrad on Futurama as well as the Green Lantern in the Justice League. He also plays Bail Organa in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He is in fan favorite shows such as Family Guy as Judge, King of the Hill, Transformers as Jazz, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and many more.
Cheralyn Lambeth heralyn Lambeth created Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live and worked with Jim Henson Productions on the TV series Dinosaurs! and the film The Muppet Christmas Carol. After her time at Henson, Cheralyn worked with Paramount Production Services, creating costumes and props for properties such as Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. Some of her other credits include work on The Patriot, The New World, Evan Almighty, and Leatherheads, the National Park Service film Manassas: End of Innocence, and the History Channel docudrama Isaac’s Storm. Her most recent work is on the film Blood Done Sign My Name with Rick Schroeder. She also serves as the voice of the Federation starship Montana in the acclaimed Star Trek fan audio series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission.
Rosemary Laurey eorgia Evans is the fantasy pseudonym for USA Today bestseller Rosemary Laurey. This summer she launched Bloody Good, Bloody Awful, and Bloody Right, a dark Dark Fantasy, WWII vampire trilogy. Early years filled with family stories about survival and loss during WWII became a wonderful source for this new series. The magical word of Brytewood and its unusual inhabitants came from a childhood spent surrounded by the remnants and scars of war and the old magic and folklore of the North Downs, all given the free reign of a writer’s imagination and the support of a wonderful editor.
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ans of Heroes know David as the beloved, yet hated villain Eric Doyle. Besides acting, David is also a writer, comedian, and radio personality. His radio show, The David Lawrence Show, airs in numerous markets and on satellite radio. David has appeared in Lost and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has also held appearances in The Unit and Frank T.V. Aside from his acting roles; David was the executive producer for the film short, My Name is Wallace and is the producer/co-writer for the video game Saints Row.
veteran of stage since the ripe old age of three, Misty Lee was never a fan of magic. Finding it “hokey” and “foofoo,” she’d never really delved into the art and dismissed it entirely. When a friend asked her to be his magical assistant, Misty reluctantly agreed and fell in love with it. Magic provided an opportunity to use her background in musical theatre, her flair for character acting, and her natural charisma, all the while connecting with others in a truly meaningful fashion. Determined to create a unique and unusual show, she spent the next two years on an introspective journey, learning all she could about magic and mining deep within her spirit.
Kelly LeBrock elly LeBrock is an actress, model, and ‘80s sex symbol known for her acting debut in The Woman in Red, co-starring with comedian Gene Wilder, and the film Weird Science, directed by John Hughes. LeBrock began her career as a model at the age of sixteen. She went on to appear on thousands of magazine covers and in fashion spreads, including an exclusive Christian Dior campaign, and became one of Eileen Ford’s most sought-after models. In 1985, LeBrock was awarded the ShoWest award for “Female Star of Tomorrow”. LeBrock has been in several films including Wrongfully Accused, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Zerophilia, and Gamers: The Movie. LeBrock is currently in the pre-production stage of the movie The Tambourine Mare as a co-author of the story.
t. Louis based Rob Levy contributes film reviews, music reviews, and content for Needcoffee.com. He also is a regular on the Needcoffee podcast, Weekend Justice. Rob has published pop culture articles and essays for St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Gateway Arts, 52nd City, and Nighttimes. com. He hosts several monthly DJ residencies in St. Louis and has also spun in pubs and clubs in London, New York, and Chicago. Since 1996 Rob has hosted Juxtaposition, an award-winning music program. Since 1996 Rob has served as president of the United States’ oldest Doctor Who/British media fan club, the Celestial Intervention Agency.
ike Lee is an author and game designer whose body of work ranges from role-playing games to video games, short fiction to novels. As a freelance writer for White Wolf Games, Mike contributed to more than two dozen games and sourcebooks, then later went on to join White Wolf full time as the principal creator and developer of Demon: The Fallen. After leaving White Wolf, he was approached to write a five-book series based on the graphic novel Darkblade: Born in Blood. His sixth novel, entitled Nagash the Sorcerer, is part of Black Library’s much-touted Time of Legends series.
.F. Lewis ldecided that he wanted to be a writer when a supposed creative writing teacher questioned his sanity and suggested therapy. Staked, his first novel, was published in 2008, and ReVamped was released in March, 2009. Fortunately, like the protagonist of the Void City series, the author takes very little sleep. Jeremy is a member of the SFWA, where he volunteers as editor for their Press Book pages. He is also a member of the HWA.
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eff Lewis is an alumni of Acme comedy theater and The Empty Stage as well as a graduate of the Groundlings and Second City. He has written and acted in HBO’s Sketch Pad 2 and has written such shows as Nickelodeon’s Catscratch and Dreamworks Animation’s Toonsylvania. His screenplay For Christ’s Sake wrapped production and is now seeking distribution. Acting credits include Glee, My Name is Earl and believe it or not, General Hospital. He currently performs in the improv group “Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘em” alongside his Guild co-stars, Felicia and Sandeep.
ason Limon first showed his artistic expression at a fairly young age doodling characters and sceneries inspired by his bustling neighborhood and surroundings. Following twelve years of commitment to producing award winning logos and designs he then turned his focus and concentration to where his heart truly began: developing artwork by hand and brush, no longer by the clicks of a mouse. He is currently creating gallery work and commercial illustrations, some of which can be seen in Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Illustration, Print Regional Design and Graphics.
Brad Linaweaver rad Linaweaver is a Nebula Award finalist for the novella version, and Prometheus Award winner for the novel version of Moon of Ice. His other novels include Sliders and The Land Beyond Summer. Linaweaver has sold over eighty short stories, and three hundred articles, as well as various scripts and original stories that have been produced as audio dramas and low budget movies. His most recent book is Worlds of Tomorrow with Forrest J. Akerman. Linaweaver is publisher of the popular movie magazine Mondo Cult, featuring literary contributions and articles from and about Linaweaver’s eclectic list of celebrity friends and contacts. Recent editions have also included the poetry of one of the greatest American writers of speculative fiction Ray Bradbury.
oseph Michael Linsner is the creator of Dawn. Dawn is a modern retelling of ancient pagan mythology; a redheaded Goddess figure who could have gotten her wardrobe from “Beezlebub of Hollywood.” Her marks are distinctive: roses on one arm, chains on the other, and three tears that streak down her face. Dawn is the lover of Death, god of the hunt and of changes and of Darrian Ashoka, a young New York warrior who finds his role in the order of things through her. Dawn’s iconic image has appeared all over the world and has inspired the Dawn Look-ALike Contest.
elly Lockhart is a familiar face to conventions, having been involved with them for over twenty years. Among his many fan activities, he founded and still maintains the popular Southern Fandom Resource Guide convention calendar website, has served on the board of several conventions over the years, and for the past nineteen years has overseen the popular Robot BattlesTM competitions across the country. Kelly has written three feature film adaptations with New York Times bestselling author John Ringo and is currently working with novelist Travis Taylor on a screenplay adaptation for One Day on Mars. He is the news editor for Chattanooga’s alternative weekly newspaper The Pulse and the afternoon news anchor for WPLZ-FM 95.3 Pulse News.
Todd Lockwood or seven years, Todd built an impressive body of fantasy images, and helped to redefine the look of the popular Dungeons and Dragons game for the Third Edition release. His work has been honored with multiple appearances in Spectrum and the Communication Arts Illustration Annual, twelve Chesleys, two prestigious World Fantasy Art Show awards, and numerous industry awards. His first art book, Transitions, from Chrysalis books, was released in September of 2003.
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aniel Logan, a New Zealand native, started acting when he was ten years old. He got his break when local children’s rugby teams were being scouted for a TV commercial. He has had several TV appearances, including a recurring role in episodes of the New Zealand medical series Shortland Street and a guest appearance in the international hit Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Daniel’s most recent project was starring in The Legend of Johnny Lingo. At the top of this young actors growing resume sits Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones with the coveted role of Boba Fett.
aniel is the editor of skepticism’s premier critical thinking publication for kids, Junior Skeptic magazine. As a writer and researcher, Daniel is Skeptic magazine’s resident expert on cryptozoology and monster mysteries. He has also written on subjects from Roswell to crystal skulls to sheep herding for Skeptic, eSkeptic, Skeptical Briefs, Ascent magazine, Cryptomundo, and (in Finnish translation) Skeptikko. As an illustrator, Daniel specializes in computer generated and mixed media cover art for magazines relating to science, skepticism, and humanism—especially for kids. Daniel is the author of two illustrated kids books on evolution.
ravis Louie’s early childhood was spent making drawings and watching Atomic Age scifi and horror movies. He did thousands of sketches of genre characters like Godzilla, King Kong, and a host of creatures from Ray Harryhausen movies. paintings and began showing them in local art galleries. Later, he stopped actively pursuing illustration work and began taking on more private commissions and concentrating his efforts on gallery shows. The visual style of his work is mostly influenced by the lighting and atmosphere of German Expressionist and film noir motion pictures from the Silent Era to the late 1950’s. To achieve the dramatic mood in his paintings, they are produced primarily in black and white or limited color. Travis Louie appears courtesy of Circus Posterus Inc.
George Lowe he first original piece of production to hit the air at Cartoon Network was the quirky cult hit Space Ghost Coast to Coast voiced by Atlanta resident George Lowe. Guests lined up to be ridiculed by the ad-libbing Space Ghost, even Metallica, who called the front office themselves to be on the show and, as the story goes, whoever answered the phone thought it was someone playing a joke and promptly hung up on Metallica. Lowe recently performed in five episodes of Assy McGee, two new episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and the Robot Chicken. Other credits include The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, and Perfect Hare Forever. An accomplished artist, Lowe’s landscape drawing from the permanent collection of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art was recently included in a show of Visionary Landscapes. September 3–6, 2010
Jonathan Maberry onathan Maberry is a multiple Bram Stoker Awardwinning author whose novels include Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man’s Song, Bad Moon Rising, and Patient Zero. Upcoming novels include The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues, and The Wolfman. Vampire Hunters and Other Enemies of Evil is due to be released in 2010. Jonathan is doing freelance writing for Marvel Comics. His first story, Wolverine: Ghosts will be released in April and Punisher: Naked Kill is tentatively scheduled for June. Jonathan is the cocreator (with Laura Schrock) of On the Slab, an entertainment news show for ABC Disney/Stage 9.
David Mack avid Mack is the creator, author, and artist of Kabuki published by Image Comics and the writer and artist of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil. He is listed in Wizard Magazine’s Top Ten Writers List. In addition to the writing and cover art for Daredevil, and writing and painting the Kabuki comic books, he has also written the treatment for the Kabuki film which is in preproduction with Fox Animation. Mack has illustrated and designed jazz and rock albums for both American and Japanese labels and worked as a designer for companies in Hong Kong.
ean Maher is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the short-lived science fiction television series Firefly. Maher reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley’s Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen’s Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg’s new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian’s Song. In 2006, he co-starred as John Stamos’s boyfriend in the made-for-television movie Wedding Wars. Having taken a brief break from acting, Sean came back to TV screens in 2009 as a guest star in Lifetime Television’s pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist on CBS and Fox’s first season of Human Target.
nthusiastic reception and international acclaim have surrounded the imaginative paintings of Don Maitz for thirty years. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character. He has worked as a conceptual artist on the animated feature films Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Ant Bully. He has had work represented in National Geographic publications, The History Channel, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. He has created a wealth of book jackets and magazine art. Don Maitz has received two Hugo awards, a special Hugo for Best Original Artwork, a Howard Award, an Award of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators, the Inkpot Award, and ten Chesley Awards. Don Maitz is an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). Two now out-of-print art books of his work have been produced, Dreamquests: The Art of Don Maitz and First Maitz.
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acheline Maltese is the author of The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias, and Particularities and has served as an SF/F columnist for several websites, including Gather and IllusionTV. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous outlets, including the horror anthology Cthulhu Sex: Horror Between the Sheets. She is an active member of Broad Universe, which strives to encourage and promote female writers in SF/F. Also a working actor, Racheline voiced Desire and Delirium in a New York City performance of two issues of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
hree weeks after graduating, Marrus caught a one-way Greyhound bus to New York City. She began illustrating for Valiant Comics and WaRP Graphics, painting book and album covers, and creating interior illustrations for various magazines and entertainment companies. Her new studio finally finished, she is once again creating whimsically sensual paintings and has recently completed an illustrated autobiography which will be published in 2009 by Kissena Park Press. Now, Marrus travels the country selling prints of her paintings and decorating skin at renaissance festivals, sci-fi cons, and anywhere else people are bored with paintings of landscapes and flowers.
ari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning television producer and author of 13 novels for adults and teens. Best known for her teen series Blood Coven Vampire (Boys that Bite, Stake That, Girls that Growl, and Bad Blood), she has also written speculative fiction/cyberpunk romance for Dorchester’s Shomi line. She’s worked at television stations in Boston, San Diego, and Orlando and is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications. In 2007, she left the local TV news world to become a segment producer for the nationally syndicated women’s lifestyle show Better TV. She lives in New York City.
ames Marsters may best be known around the world for his ever popular cult character Spike, the punkgoth vampire he played on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel for seven years. Marsters made his on-screen debut guest-starring on the television series Northern Exposure. Marsters has appeared in Strange Frequency, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Torchwood, Saving Grace, and Cool Money. In addition, Marsters stars in the Richard LaGravenese film PS I Love You and the thriller Shadow Puppets. In the fall of 2005, James joined the cast of Smallville as Brainiac. As a solo singer/songwriter, he has completed very triumphant tours of the UK and Australia in conjunction with the promotion of his album, Civilized Man.
Christopher Mancuso hristopher Mancuso is SCARED!’s resident skeptic. In 2009 Chris had his first paranormal experience at The Grand Midway Hotel in Pennsylvania. Along with Brian, Chris edits their documentary series SCARED!, composes the music and is involved with all levels of its production. In addition, he is a skilled writer, having written many screenplays that have been filmed by local directors. To date Chris has written a dozen feature length screenplays and over twenty short stories and scripts.
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Anya Martin nya Martin is a freelance writer and journalist who has written widely about science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, and rock music, as well as local Atlanta hauntings, happenings, and weird poets. Over the past two decades, she has penned numerous feature articles, reviews, and author, artist, filmmaker, musician, and comic creator interviews and is managing editor for the web magazine Up Against the Wall and a former correspondent for Marvel Age and assorted Marvel Comics collector magazines.
Gail Z. Martin
ail Z. Martin is the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, and Dark Lady’s Chosen (2010)) from Solaris Books. She also hosts the Ghost in the Machine Fantasy Podcast which interviews SF/F and paranormal fiction authors. Her third book, Dark Haven, launched in 2009.
andy Martinez is a Southern California illustrator whose art has depicted everything from Star Wars and rock stars to monsters and aliens. Martinez got his big break in 1999 with Star Wars Kids magazine and then Star Wars Insider. Since 2004 Randy has produced “Sketch Cards” for Topps Trading Cards’ Star Wars Heritage, Revenge of the Sith, Lord of the Rings: Evolution, Heroes, and Indiana Jones collections. In 2008 Randy created an original piece, “Tusken Hero,” for Topps’s much anticipated Star Wars Galaxy 4.
Laura Martin aura Martin makes delicious colors. Her seminal work on Planetary, The Authority, and Ruse earned her many awards. More recently, she has worked on Astonishing X-Men, The Ultimates, Thor, Stephen King’s The Stand, and Black Lightning. Currently, Laura is re-coloring all of Dave Stevens’ seminal series The Rocketeer, and teaming up with Cully Hamner again on The Question co-feature in Detective Comics. She hopes to eventually finish her own book, Telling Stories with Color, one day when she has a chance to come up for air.
William C. Martin illiam C. Martin, PhD, is a longstanding member of First Fandom and the Science Fiction Research Association. He began reading and collecting science fiction and became a member of a fan club in about 1934. His pulp magazine collection goes back to the first issue of Amazing Stories. His book collection contains most important SF books published 1890-1960, as well as most major books published since. He has taught at Georgia State University and penned numerous professional papers on the history and development of science fiction as the literature of the 20th century.
Patrick Mason atrick Mason spends most of his time as a reactor engineer at a nuclear power plant in St. Francisville, LA. When he’s not moving control rods or reloading nuclear fuel, he travels to spread the good word of nuclear power. Patrick also holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and while not utilizing the degree in a professional manner, he does still study rocketry. Patrick is also the owner of a small gaming company known as Ruminant Productions, current producers of the Vanished Lands series of role-playing books.
Menton J. Matthews III enton J. Matthews III is the creator, writer, and artist of his new graphic novel series Ars Memoria. Menton has been painting and illustrating since he was a child. Growing up with comic books only adds to his excitement to bring his unique art, style, and vision to one of his favorite mediums. Ars Memoria is a dark and visually captivating story that he hopes others will enjoy as much as he has creating it.
ee Martindale’s brought grown men to tears in To Stand as Witness, incited belly laughs in Turn the Other Chick, written high-brow in Sword and Sorceress anthologies, and low-brow in Bubbas of the Apocalypse anthology series. Her most recent work appears in the anthology Catopolis.
estselling, award-winning author Liz Maverick is a novelist, adventurer and odd jobs specialist whose assignments have taken her from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality TV shows in Hollywood. Liz is known for writing outof-the-box science fiction/romance novels with unique plots and kick-butt action. Her previous works include Cosmopolitan magazine book club pick What a Girl Wants, the USA Today bestselling Crimson City series, and Wired, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Books of the Year.
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nternational award-winning mangaka of Secrets of Sorcerers and Love Pet, Sara E. Mayhew is a professional illustrator who specializes in producing manga artwork for publishers as well as creating original manga titles. Her series, Secrets of Sorcerers, was named “Best Comic for Teens” by the International Anime and Manga Festival (IMAF). Sara was featured in Applied Arts magazine’s ‘Young Blood’ article on “…new talent commanding our attention”. Currently, Sara is working on producing a new series, Legend of the Ztarr, that aims to introduce manga readers to skeptical and humanist values through storytelling.
aul McGillion is best known for the role of Dr.Carson Beckett, the loveable Scottish physician in Stargate: Atlantis. Paul also recently co-starred in the Lifetime movie Just Breathe, independent feature A Dog’s Breakfast, and appeared in JJ Abram’s Star Trek feature film. Other film credits include The Deal, Jack, A Guy Thing, and the award winning See Grace Fly for which Paul was nominated for a Leo Award. Television credits include lead and guest starring roles on Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cold Squad, Smallville, Stargate: SG1, The Twilight Zone, and The X-Files.
odd Johnson McCaffrey wrote his first sciencefiction story when he was twelve and has been writing on and off ever since. His books include the Pern books Dragon’s Kin, the New York Times Bestselling Dragon’s Fire, Dragon Harper (all in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey), his solo Pern book, Dragonsblood, and the non-fiction work, Dragonholder. His publications include nine short works, including “The Dragons of Prague,” a short story in the anthology Doctor Who— Short Trips: Destination Prague, one animated screenplay, and one novel-length choose-yourown-adventure type book. His most recent short, “Dragon*Con: Trials and Tribulations” appeared in the 2008 Dragon*Con anthology, Here be Dragons: Tales of Dragon*Con.
Eddie McClintock dward “Eddie” McClintock is an American actor who currently portrays the role of Secret Service agent Peter Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. He was a cast member of the television sitcoms Stark Raving Mad and Crumbs. He had recurring roles on Bones and on Desperate Housewives. He has also guest-starred on Sex and the City, My Boys, Felicity, Friends, Ned and Stacey, Less than Perfect, Better off Ted and other television shows.
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Mike McKone ike McKone has penciled many major titles including Teen Titans, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, Punisher War Zone, Justice League of America and Exiles. Mike has recently worked on Amazing Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel. He has also contributed covers for Deadpool: Suicide Kings and Punisher. Currently Mike is penciling and inking an unannounced project for Marvel.
Robert Duncan McNeill cNeill enjoyed early success as a professional actor, winning the role of Charlie Brent on All My Children and starring in the feature film Masters of the Universe. He also starred in an acclaimed episode of the ‘80s version of The Twilight Zone, “A Message from Charity.” He then appeared with Stockard Channing in the Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation before returning to Los Angeles to pursue roles on television. He appeared in featured guest roles on numerous TV series, including Homefront, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Murder, She Wrote and was a featured cast member on the short-lived series, Going to Extremes before earning the role of Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager. In 2007 he signed on as a producer-director of the new NBC show Chuck, helming numerous episodes, including the 3D episode in 2009, the first episode of a TV show to be entirely in 3D.
lex Meraz is an actor/ dancer from Arizona who can most recently be seen in The Twilight Saga. He recently wrapped shooting The Roomate opposite Minka Kelley and Leighton Meister. Currently Alex is shooting Twilight: Breaking Dawn. For twelve years Alex studied mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and capoeira, which led him to train with Andy Cheng as a stuntman. Highly sought after in the indigenous dance world, Alex has worked as a lead dancer.
fter graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1982, he moved to New York City to begin a career in the comic book field. Starting as an inker for Marvel Comics, he swiftly evolved into an artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk. By the late ‘80s however he began to develop his own unique graphic style and moved onto higher profile projects like Cosmic Odyssey and Gotham By Gaslight for DC Comics, and Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser for Marvel. In 1992 he drew the comic book adaptation of the film Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Topps Comics. In 1993 Mike joined several other comic book creators to form the Legend imprint at Dark Horse Comics and there he created Hellboy, a tough and leathery occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse.
Travis Scott Merrill ravis Scott Merrill has been working as an artisan in professional theater for well over a decade, but does not remember a time in his life where he didn’t have a need to create something from something else. In the theatre his art talent flourished, painting murals in the scene shop, sculpting in the prop shop, and various mask making projects. He found his ability to see various shapes and how the could go together clicked with draping and pattern making. It is difficult to tear him away from the costume and props shops. There are so many tools and so many things he can not wait to build. As a costume crafts artisan all his training in art, costumes and props all came together.
Tom Merritt om is executive editor for CNET TV at CNET.com. He hosts the daily Buzz Out Loud podcast and a weekly how-to show called “The Real Deal”. In addition, Tom hosts regular segments on CNET TV like “Top 5”, “How-to”, “Hacks”, and more. Tom served as executive producer for TechTV’s website until 2004. He started at ZDTV as Producer of The Screen Savers website in 1999. Tom has run SuBBrilliant.com, a collection of web experiments including the SuBBrilliant News, a parody news ezine, the East Meets West podcast which features Roger Chang, the National American Title Board, and many more. Tom also co-hosts two other independent podcasts. Sword and Laser is a science fiction and fantasy podcast and book club with Veronica Belmont.
Kara Mikos efore joining the legal profession, Kara Mikos worked on character development for Vampire: The Masquerade. For the last six years, Kara has focused primarily on helping injured parties by fighting for their rights. In 2006, Kara came to Dragon*Con and spoke about First Amendment rights and pornography. Last year, she returned to sit on a panel with the movie Busted! that also discussed the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments and individuals’ rights.
Sarah Milkovich arah Milkovich joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005 as a postdoctoral research fellow, studying martian ice deposits using images, radar, and topography. Sarah was a member of the surface operations team for Mars Phoenix during the summer of 2008, and joined the Cassini-Huygens Mission science planning team later that year. Sarah is also a science planner for the Cassini spacecraft, where she works to maximize science observations while managing spacecraft resources, and plans flybys of icy satellites such as Enceladus, Rhea, and Dione. Her scientific research continues to focus on the geological history of the polar deposits of Mars.
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ames Minz worked in a wide variety of capacities— mostly as an editorial assistant, literary agent and packager of anthologies, including co-packager of the highly regarded annual The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. On the centennial of Heinlein’s birth, Minz joined Baen Books as Senior Editor, working with authors such as Catherine Asaro, Hal Duncan, Terry Goodkind, Robert J. Sawyer, Harry Turtledove, and Timothy Zahn.
ason Momoa is was a series regular as “Ronon Dex,” an elite firearms and melee warrior in Stargate Atlantis. Jason is an actor, artist, and writer who was cast in his television debut as a series regular on the popular syndicated show Baywatch: Hawaii. In 2003, he relocated to Australia, a move that inspired him to pursue and develop his interests as an artist. Momoa made his feature film debut in Johnson Family Vacation and was a series regular on the television drama series, North Shore. Momoa has also recently been cast as the title character in Conan the Barbarian.
Betsy Mitchell itchell served as managing editor at Analog magazine, senior editor of Baen Books, associate publisher of Bantam Spectra, and founded the Aspect line at Warner Books before joining the Random House Publishing Group in 2002 as Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey. In May 2004 she oversaw the launch of Del Rey Manga with the publication of Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC, both by CLAMP; Negima! by Ken Akamatsu; and Gundam SEED by Masatsugu Iwase.
Rebecca Moesta ebecca Moesta is the author or coauthor of thirty books, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Little Things and three novels in the Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights series. With her husband, bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, Moesta wrote all fourteen volumes of the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series. Moesta and Anderson also wrote StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel’Naga, based on the bestselling video game, two original novels based on Fox’s animated feature film Titan A.E., several short stories, two pop-up books, the graphic novel Star Trek TNG: The Gorn Crisis, and the four-issue humorous comic series Grumpy Old Monsters. Moesta and Anderson are currently coauthoring the Crystal Doors young adult series for Little, Brown.
Elizabeth Moon lizabeth Moon has written over twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including two in collaboration with Anne McCaffrey and the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark. In addition she’s had over thirty short fiction pieces published in magazines and anthologies. Her work ranges across the spec-fic genre from blatant humor (the Chicks stories) to hard SF (the stories published in Analog) to military and adventure SF (the seven Serrano/Suiza books, and the Vatta’s War series) to horror (Clara’s Cat and The Last Battle) to epic fantasy (the Paksworld books). Her latest collection is Moon Flights from NightShade books. She is currently working on a new Paksworld books; the first, Oath of Fealty, came out March 2010.
James A. Moore ames A. Moore is the author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy and his most recent novels Deeper and the forthcoming Cherry Hill. He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association. The author cut his teeth in the industry writing for Marvel Comics and authoring over twenty role-playing supplements for White Wolf Games, including Berlin by Night, Land of 1,000,000 Dreams and The Get of Fenris tribe. He also penned the White Wolf novels Vampire: House of Secrets and Werewolf: Hellstorm. He is currently working on three new novels Fresh Kill, Subject Seven: Run, and Subject Seven: Wake Up!
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Ted Naifeh hris Moreno is the artist on Paul Jenkins’ sidekick for 12 Gauge Comics/Image Comics, and an artist on the upcoming World War Hulk: Frontline for Marvel Comics. He’s also the artist on the miniseries Johnny Delgado is Dead from Kompany X/Top Cow. He is also working on the webcomic Super Frat with long-time collaborator Tony DiGerolamo.
hris Mueller is currently embarking on his new career as a freelance costume designer. As a costume technician, Chris has worked in regional theatres across the country as both a cutter/draper and patternmaker and as a costume craftsperson. As a designer, he has barely scratched the surface with work at the nationally acclaimed Hartford Stage Company and Long Wharf Theatres. Chris still dedicates his love of costuming to Star Wars, Halloween, and all things sci-fi.
Kevin Murphy evin Murphy is one of the Master Riffers at Rifftrax.com and author of the book A Year at the Movies, but is perhaps best known for portraying the squat lovable bubble-headed robot Tom Servo for nine seasons on Mystery Science Theater 3000, appearing in 152 episodes.
Sabutai Musashi ubatai Musashi began his training as a young boy in 1966 under Grandmaster Yoshiaki Musashi, from whom he inherited the title of Grandmaster and the Ninkage ryu bujutsu style. Ninkage ryu is a complete martial arts system that includes weapons like Iaijutsu, the sword art of harmonizing the draw and cut and Kenjutsu, the art of the sword. Ninkage ryu also incorporates bare-handed techniques and internal arts. Undefeated in bare knuckle, fullcontact fighting, he was inducted into the United States Karate Alliance (USKA) Hall of Fame in July 1992. September 3–6, 2010
ed Naifeh swooped onto the comics and goth culture scene as the cocreator of Gloomcookie with Serena Valentino in 1998. Ted illustrated the first volume of the gothic romance hit before departing to pursue his own projects. In 2002, he introduced us to the world of Courtney Crumrin. Ted’s next creation was Polly and the Pirates, also published through Oni Pres. Polly and the Pirates was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album “ Previously Published. Ted has also illustrated six volumes featuring videogame character Death Jr. for Image Comics.
Ingrid Neilson ngrid Neilson is a North Carolina artist who is internationally known for her whimsical ink and watercolor drawings of dragons, griffins, and other creatures of fantasy. Her work has appeared in Vampirella, The Comics Journal, and Marvel’s Epic magazine, and various convention publications around the world. She has also designed logos for the Intergalactic Trading Company and performed inking for the comics Space Ark, MythAdventures, and Elfquest: New Blood. A longtime member of the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA), Ingrid oversees nominations for the Chesley Awards and was a consultant for the Hugowinning book The Chesley Awards: A Retrospective.
Corin Nemec orin Nemec’s first acting parts were in the series Webster and Sidekicks. He then got a part in Tucker: The Man and His Dream, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, followed by lead roles in I Know My First Name Is Steven, My Son Johnny, and the lead role in the TV series Parker Lewis. Over the course of his career he has starred in over a dozen television movies and miniseries including the critically acclaimed adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. Over the next decade he would appear in fifteen feature films in addition to seven television movies and miniseries. He also guest starred on many popular television shows, landing roles on Beverly Hills 90210, NYPD Blue, Tales from the Crypt and Smallville. Nemec was cast as Jonas Quinn for Stargate SG-1, and became a series regular in the show’s sixth season. Nemec is scheduled to be part of Supernatural’s much anticipated season six due out this September.
oe Nickell’s autobiography appears in Contemporary Authors, and he has been profiled in The New Yorker and on The Today Show. The 2007 movie The Reaping was based in part on his work as a miracle investigator. In 1995 he took the full-time position as Senior Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Nickell has since become known internationally as an investigator of myths, mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He received the the Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Association in 2004.
obert has left his mark on the stage, screen and television as both an actor and a director. He is best known to his many fans around the world as the wild eyed Klingon Chancellor Gowron on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He reprised his role as Chancellor Gowron on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Robert has appeared in over one hundred films, made-for-TV movies, and television episodes. Robert generally portrays villains or antagonists and is particularly expert in the use of a variety of dialects and accents.
Philip Nutman hilip Nutman is the author of the award-nominated apocalyptic espionage novel, Wet Work, and screenwriter of the feature film Jack Ketchum’s the Girl Next Door. Although Nutman has penned and published over forty acclaimed short stories and novellas over the past twenty years, film and TV projects are now his primary focus. Most recently, he wrote Scream and Scream Again, the definitive history of Britain’s Amicus Productions, published in 2008.
Jody Lynn Nye ody Lynn Nye writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories. Nye has published thirtyeight books and more than one hundred short stories since 1985. Her novels include the epic fantasy series, The Dreamland and three medical science fiction novels. Strong Arm Tactics, a humorous military science fiction novel, begins her new series, The Wolfe Pack. Nye has also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on four science fiction novels, The Death of Sleep, Crisis On Doona, Treaty At Doona, and The Ship Who Won. She also edited an anthology of humorous stories about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth, and legend entitled Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear! Her newest book is A Forthcoming Wizard, the second half of a fantasy duology for TOR Books (after An Unexpected Apprentice).
Kathie Olivas athie Olivas is a multi-media artist who has been featured in galleries across the globe and is represented in the permanent collection at the Tampa Museum of Art. Sugary treats, dichotomous dreamlands, and the cute and corrupted all find their way into Olivas’ series depicting the “misery children.” Her figures are inspired by early American portraiture that often depicted children as small adults in an idealized new land. The series focuses on imperfect characters and postapocalyptic conformity, uniquely documenting Olivas’ mysterious brave new world. Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters appear at Dragon*Con not only as artist guests, but also as representatives of their limited edition company, Circus Posterus, Inc.
Jana Oliver hether it’s tromping through graveyards, dreaming up Hell’s organizational chart or researching Victorian insane asylums, Jana Oliver’s quest for new stories frequently strays into the weird. She likes it that way. Her latest effort is a Young Adult urban fantasy series set in a bankrupt Atlanta plagued by demons, Deaders and scheming necromancers. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter (St. Martin’s Press) will debut in January 2011 in the US and as Forsaken in the United Kingdom.
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Edward James Olmos
dward James Olmos starred in the breakout hit Battlestar Galactica as Admiral William Adama. Eddie found refuge in baseball as a means of staying away from street gangs and drugs. But early in his teen years, Eddie found a new love: music. In 1982 he accepted the role of Gaff in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, and in 1984, Eddie joined the cast of the very popular Miami Vice. Eddie’s popularity and fame grew tremendously with Miami Vice. In 2008 he busily prepared for his next project in which he will act, direct, and produce The Crystal Frontier, a drama that examines US-Mexico border issues and the effects of the two nations’ foreign-policy decisions.
ohn Paladin has been doing SFX makeup for over ten years. John was JG Hertzler’s personal makeup artist for the critically acclaimed internet movie, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, starring Walter Koenig, Nichele Nichols and Alan Ruck. He was the SFX makeup artist for Star Trek: Kitumba. John has appeared in Trekkies and has played a Klingon in the Star Trek: Kitumba film. John will be doing the “Gowron and Martok” makeup for Robert O’Reilly and JG Hertzler at Dragon*Con.
ennifer Ouellette is a recovering English major who stumbled into science writing and has been avidly exploring her inner geek ever since. She is the author of The Physics of the Buffyverse, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics, and the forthcoming Dangerous Curves: A Calculus Diary. Since November 2008, Ouellette has been director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences aimed at fostering creative collaborations between scientists and entertainment industry professionals. In spring 2008, she was Journalist in Residence at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. Ouellette holds a black belt in jujitsu, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Caltech cosmologist Sean Carroll.
Kai Owen wen plays the recurring character Rhys Williams in Torchwood, a spin-off from the science fiction television series Doctor Who, a role which he has become most renowned for. He was elevated to star billing for the third series, broadcast on BBC One in the summer of 2009, reflecting his growing role in the series. A fourth series of Torchwood was commissioned in June 2010 with confirmed involvement of Owen. In 2010 Owen will appear in the first episode of the third series of Being Human as the character Bob.
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James Palmer ames Palmer is an author, editor, short story writer, copywriter, and journalist. He has written articles, interviews, reviews, columns, fiction, and poetry for Strange Horizons, Revolution SF, Vision: A Resource for Writers, The Agony Column, Blood Blade, and Thruster: The Magazine of Speculative Fiction and Satire. James is currently writing several pulp adventure and science fiction tales for a few anthologies to be published this year by Airship 27 Productions. James is also the editor of Voices for the Cure, a speculative fiction anthology to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Voices features stories by Mike Resnick, Cory Doctorow, Robert J. Sawyer, Eugie Foster, Mur Lafferty, and Davy Beauchamp, and is published by White Rocket Books.
Jimmy Palmiotti immy Palmiotti is an award-winning character creator with experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, film writing, development and production, media presentation, and video game development. Together with with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray, they have created and co-created numerous universes, comics, TV series, and characters, including The New West, Monolith, 21 Down, The Twilight Experiment, and the TV series, Painkiller Jane. His current work includes Powergirl, Jonah Hex and Prototype for DC Comics, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, and Vampire Hunter D for Devils Due.
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andeep Parikh wrote and directed Comedy Central and Atom.com’s highest rated and most viewed web-series The Legend of Neil. Since launching the second season, Neil has garnered over two million hits online was nominated for four Streamy Awards including Best Director. Sandeep is also known for his acting work as the co-lead, Zaboo in the acclaimed and multiple award winning webseries The Guild, which won Streamys for Best Comedy Webseries and Best Ensemble Cast.
eresa Patterson is best known as the co-author of The World of Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time with Robert Jordan and The World of Shannara with Terry Brooks. Her newest work, No Quarter, is a murder mystery written with acclaimed writer Robert Asprin and Eric DiCarlo, set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She has also written various fantasy stories, including one published in Here be Dragons: Tales of Dragon*Con, and non-fiction articles, such as those in the humorous collections You Said What? and It Looked Good On Paper.
t’s often hard to believe that the man behind that red and black tattoo make-up is Scotland’s Ray Park. As a martial arts expert with little experience in acting, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace created a huge group of fans for Park. His part as Darth Maul made him want to pursue an acting career, and since that role, he’s appeared in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Sleepy Hollow along with Star Wars costar Ian McDiarmuid.
Adrian Pasdar drian Pasdar stared in NBC’s ensemble drama series Heroes as Nathan Petrelli, Peter’s (Milo Ventimiglia) over-achieving brother who is running for political office. He pretends that Peter is delusional with his fantasies of flight, but, in actuality, Nathan has a secret of his own. Heroes followed the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Pasdar began his career in Top Gun. Since then, he has starred in films such as Secondhand Lions with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Brian De Palma’s Carlito’s Way, opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn, Solarbabies with Jami Gertz, Jason Patric and Lukas Haas, Streets of Gold with Wesley Snipes, Near Dark directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Vital Signs, starring Diane Lane. Behind the scenes, Pasdar has written and directed a short film titled Beyond Belief and directed the feature film Cement, starring Chris Penn and Sherilyn Fenn. September 3–6, 2010
Jason Pearson ason Pearson has been an artistic talent of the industry for twenty years. At some time or another, he has worked for every major publisher (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and a host of others). His past credits include Legion of Superheroes, X-Men, Detective Comics, and the staple of his career- Body Bags. His current works has been Punisher Annual 2009, X Force Special starring Wolverine, and now a new mini-series called Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War.
Carlos Pedraza arlos Pedraza is a screenwriter and co-executive producer of the Hugo-nominated Star Trek: Phase II, and one of the creators of the forthcoming series, Buck Rogers. Before joining Phase II as an associate producer in 2005, Carlos was the staff writer and one of the producers of Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, the world’s longest-running online fan series. Over the course of four seasons, he wrote thirteen of that series’ fifty episodes, and charted the story lines for the final two seasons. Carlos is a regular media reviewer and blogger on the science-fiction website DoorQ.com. He is a former Associated Press writer, deputy press secretary for the Governor of Washington, teacher, consultant, and trainer for nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.
Mary Jo Pehl ary Jo Pehl was one of the writers on the series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). From 1992 to 1996, Pehl played the role of Magic Voice, a disembodied female voice who would announce upcoming commercials at the beginning of the show. In 1996, she began playing the role of Pearl Forrester, the mother of Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu). When Beaulieu left the series at the end of the seventh season, she took over as the head “mad” on the series.
Luke Perry erry’s earliest roles were in the daytime soap operas Loving and Another World. He then won the role of brooding millionaire’s son Dylan McKay on the teen drama, Beverly Hills 90210. While starring on 90210, Perry won a supporting role in the original film version of the Joss Whedon-written Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He starred in the post-apocalyptic TV series Jeremiah. In 2006, Perry co-starred in the ensemble drama series Windfall, about a group of friends who win the lottery.
ob’s graphic novel, The Bristol Board Jungle, was recently named a top ten recommended non-fiction graphic novel for young readers by the Public Schools Library Association. His newest projects include an all-new art textbook called Ana Teaches Kittens How To Draw, as well as Sugar/Spice, a massive all-girls comics anthology featuring over fifty of Bob’s former students. He also writes and records his own music CDs, including his latest release, Midnite Garden Party.
orn in 1974 in Santa Monica, California, Brandt Peters is an illustrator and character, film, and animation designer whose commercial work has thrust him to the attention of the fine art gallery circuit. He is an internationally exhibited self-taught artist whose work is formed from the eclectic backdrop of his childhood; his work is filled with old cartoons, Victorian toys, and vintage Pop ephemera. The subject of Brandt’s paintings is a world of creepy side show icons, deviant animalia, and glorified cartoon alter egos. Peters utilizes these icons and character cultures as antithetical counterparts to what we are lead to believe as being innocent and socially acceptable. Brandt is currently working on several designer toy projects with MINDstyle and Wheaty Wheat Studios, as well as developing his own animation projects including his well known Slap-Happy! property. He lives in Tampa, Florida, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, fellow artist, Kathie Olivas. Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas appear at Dragon*Con not only as artist guests, but also as representatives of their limited edition company, Circus Posterus, Inc.
George Peréz long with John Byrne, George Peréz was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. Following a popular stint on Justice League of America, Peréz’s career took off with the launch of The New Teen Titans, written by Wolfman. Wolfman and Peréz followed this with DC’s 50th anniversary event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. After Crisis, Peréz inked the final issue of Superman for part one of the two-part story “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by writer Alan Moore. In 1991, Peréz signed on to pencil the six-issue limited series Infinity Gauntlet for Marvel Comics. Peréz first returned to DC Comics in fall 1996, returning to another incarnation of the Teen Titans. Peréz finally returned to a major ongoing title for the third series of The Avengers, and he worked to produce the long-awaited JLA/Avengers, which saw print in late 2003. He is currently working on Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.
James and Oliver Phelps ames and Oliver Phelps play the Weasley twins, Fred and George, in the eight Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and their lastest adventure, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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Lisa Phillips or over twenty-nine years, Lisa Phillips, also fondly known as “MamaLisa,” has been assisting and guiding people to the wonderful life that is theirs through her psychic insight and angelic-guided mediumistic abilities. She also works closely with other gifted mediums and energy healers and is in constant communication with the angelic realm which further assists her in her work. In addition, MamaLisa is one the host of MamaLisa Cares TV/Radio Show and Psychics Next Door.
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ohn Picacio is a World Fantasy Award-winning American artist and 2010 Hugo Award finalist for Best Professional Artist. His cover illustrations are wellknown across the science fiction, fantasy and horror fields, for books by Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, Frederik Pohl, and legions of major authors, to franchises such as Star Trek and the X-Men. He is currently working on a forthcoming calendar for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.
Van Allen Plexico omics commentator, editor, professor, and pulp writer Van Plexico created and edited the very popular Assembled! Five Decades of Earth’s Mightiest, a commentary and analysis work covering the history of the Avengers series. He’s also now under contract with Swarm Press to continue the Sentinels series of superhero adventure novels that began with When Strikes the Warlord. His novella, “Conspiracy of Terror,” reviving the classic pulp character “the Griffon,” appeared earlier this year in Thrilling Tales #1 from Adamant Entertainment. His short story, “Spearhead of Invasion,” appeared in the spring issue of A Thousand Faces quarterly. Mars McCoy and the Chaos Horde, the first full-length novel written for Ron Fortier’s throwback pulp-SF universe, from Airship 27 Productions. He has also written for the Rittenhouse Archives and is a regular contributor to RevolutionSF.com. September 3–6, 2010
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READ BY KATE READING AND MICHAEL KRAMER The acclaimed narrators of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series now bring their talent to Brandon Sanderson’s new epic fantasy saga.
Ken Plume en is the Editor-in-Chief of Kevin Smith’s Quick Stop Entertainment and a contributor at Needcoffee.com. He’s the co-host of the award-winning Ken P.D. Snydecast with Adult Swim star Dana Snyder and Nuts on the Road with Needcoffee’s Widgett Walls. He also performs editing duties and music selection for Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier’s Smodcast. In addition to all this, he proudly holds the rank of Honorary Astrobase Cadet, and rumor has it he can even be heard on an episode of The Venture Bros.
Robert Wade Pralgo obert Pralgo has appeared on Matlock, Prison Break, House of Payne, Drop Dead Diva, Past life, ABC’s new werewolf series The Gates, and has recurred on Army Wives. His most popular work came as Mayor Richard Lockwood in eight episodes of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Robert is currently shooting MTV’s sequal to their successful film My Super Psycho Sweet 16 and is gearing up to shoot the lead in the post apocolyptic feature Remnants. The world Premiere of his thriller feature Exhibit A-7 which he produced and co-starred was in July at the “Action on Film” festival.
Cherie Priest herie Priest is the author of six novels, including the Blooker-award winning Four and Twenty Blackbirds, as well as Fathom, Wings to the Kingdom, and the Endeavouraward nominated book Not Flesh Nor Feathers from Tor Books. Her short novels Dreadful Skin and Those Who Went Remain There Still are published by Subterranean Press; and she has two steampunk novels Boneshaker, Tor; and Clementine, Subterranean.
Jackson Publick ackson Publick forsake his literary birthright to pursue comic books and a degree in the liberal arts. He was successful at neither, and after a period of sky country hoboing and soul-searching, he decided to put his limited skillset to use in the creative warfare department of the Marine Corps: Psi-Ops division. Drawing on the powers and influence of his amazing Bilderberg Group superpals, he then made up The Venture Bros.
Patricia Quinn atricia opened the very first performance of The Rocky Horror Show with the song “Science Fiction Double Feature” on June 16, 1973, at The Theatre Upstairs (Royal Court) in London. The show rapidly become a massive success and moved to bigger theatres. The film version of the Rocky Horror Show followed in 1975 and Patricia stepped back into the role of Magenta. Patricia lost her opening song—Science Fiction, Double Feature—to Richard O’Brien. While he sang it, the infamous glossy red lips at the beginning of The Rocky Horror Picture Show most definitely belong to her!
Benjamin Radford enjamin Radford is the managing editor of the science magazine, Skeptical Inquirer. He has written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, film, and media literacy. He is the author of three books Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking (with sociologist Robert E. Bartholomew), Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us, and Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures (with Joe Nickell). Radford is also a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer and the Skeptical Briefs newsletter. He served as a consultant for the MTV series, The Big Urban Myth Show.
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ary Raisor has written the novels Less Than Human, Graven Images, and Sinister Purposes, along with three or four dozen short stories, many of which have been collected in “Year’s Best” collections. He wrote an article for Phil Nutman’s Up Against The Wall online mag, and a story for Nancy Kalanta’s online Horrorworld last year. Gary edited Dark Harvest’s best selling anthology of all time, Obsessions. Currently, he is working to turn Less Than Human and Graven Images into graphic novels.
odney Ramos has been a professional comic book artist for over fifteen years. He has penciled and inked work for Marvel , DC Comics, Marvel UK, Valiant, Acclaim, and various other companies. He has worked on such titles as Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, 52 , Countdown, X-men, Spiderman, Ironman and the critically acclaimed Transmetropolitan. Currently he works for DC Comics inking on a variety of Titles such as JSA, Robin Magog, Bang Tango, and Hellblazer.
Sendhil Ramamurthy endhil Ramamurthy is best known as Dr. Mohinder Suresh, in NBC’s award-winning ensemble drama series Heroes. He will be playing a CIA agent in the upcoming series Covert Affairs. He is guest starring on this season’s Psych and has just completed the feature film Shor.
Stephen W. Ramsden tephen W. Ramsden is an accomplished Solar Astronomer and full time Air Traffic Controller. He runs the nations largest privately funded Solar Astronomy Outreach Program. He has given lectures on Solar Astronomy and is currently preparing to construct the nations only solar observatory dedicated soley to student outreach. He is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and represents several FAA employee associations in their outreach efforts in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
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ames Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. Randi has pursued “psychic” spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water “with a memory”, and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes in the name of the supernatural. He is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural.
ohn Ringo’s highest hopes were to someday upgrade to SQL Server, at which point, he thought, his life would be complete. But then Fate took a hand: John has become a professional author and over course of time has published numerous novels including the Legacy of the Aldenata, Paladin of Shadows, Council Wars, Looking Glass, and Special Circumstances series’ and seven stand-alone novels.
Trina Ray rina started her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a bang. Her first and still favorite experience was working on the Voyager Neptune Encounter in August of 1989. Her current position is Science System Engineer for the Project Scientist on Cassini and the co-chair of the Titan Orbiter Science Team (TOST) where she coordinates the targeted Titan science opportunities. Trina is an active public speaker for NASA, JPL, and Cassini, and a founding member of the Cassini Virtual Singers: a group of project staff that rewrites lyrics to popular melodies and performs at various Project and Laboratory functions.
Mike Resnick ike’s breakthrough novel was Santiago, published in 1986. He has since published Stalking the Unicorn, The Dark Lady, Ivory, Second Contact, Paradise, Purgatory, Inferno, Bwana/Bully!, and the collection Will the Last Person to Leave the Planet Please Shut off the Sun? He has recently completed A Gathering of Widowmakers, Dragon America, and Lady With an Alien. Since 1989, Mike has won five Hugos, a Nebula, and has been nominated for twentyseven Hugos, eleven Nebulas, a Clarke, and six Seiun-shos. In 1993 he was awarded the Skylark Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction.
Tone Rodriguez one Rodriguez is most notably known for his work as a primary artist at Bongo Comics, which was co-founded by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, and fellow artist Bill Morrison. Tone has been producing artwork for many comic books, and graphic novels, as well as designing for television and motion pictures. He was asked to help design and create artwork for the season two episode of Dexter entitled “The Dark Defender”. In addition to creating poster art of the Dark Defender character, Tone was asked to portray the killer in the episode! He was then asked to do background acting for an episode of NUMB3RS that very next week. He is the comic artist who drew Violent Messiahs, written by Joshua D. M. Dysart. He also did the artwork of Snake, written by William O’Neill.
Rogue ogue is the lead singer, songwriter, front-man, and founder of the band the Crüxshadows. With close to two hundred songwriting credits, over twenty CDs, several chart topping hits in Europe and the US, and well over a thousand live performances all over the globe, Rogue has been an active and vital part of the dark-wave and electro-gothic music scene since the early 90s. His lyrics are often poetic, emotional, and imaginative; and his love of science and mythology lend an interesting twist to his subject matter. Rogue’s unique perspective and artistic vision have helped make the Crüxshadows into an enduring underground success all over the world.
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Elisabeth Röhm öhm, who made Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” list in 2002, had her first major television role as Dorothy “Dorf” Hayes on the soap opera One Life to Live. She also had recurring role on Angel as Detective Kate Lockley and a regular role on the TNT drama Bull before being cast in Law & Order. She left the series in 2005. Her other important projects were Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Aftermath, Desperate Escape, and Heroes to name a few. Additionally, she is the author of Nerissa and Desire.
Selina Rosen elina Rosen’s short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including Sword and Sorceress, three of the MZB fantasy mags, Tooth and Claw, Turn the Other Chick, and Anthology At the End of the Universe. Her novels include Queen of Denial, Recycled, Chains of Freedom, Chains of Destruction, Strange Robby, and The Host trilogy. In her capacity as editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press, Rosen has edited several anthologies, including the award-winning Bubbas of the Apocalypse, International House of Bubbas, and Houston: We’ve Got Bubbas!, and two collections of modern fairy tales, the Stoker-nominated Stories That Won’t Make Your Parents Hurl and More Stories That Won’t Make Your Parents Hurl.
Jacob Rougemont longtime fan of Marvel Comics, Jacob Rougemont began writing for Marvel Comics with their Official Handbook of the Marvel Handbook upon their resurgance in 2004. As of the series’ 2008 hardcovers, Jacob became one of the regular writing staff of the Handbooks and soon moved on the renewed Official Index to the Marvel Universe upon their inception in 2009. He currently writes for both series, as well as helping to layout various trade paperback collections.
Brandon Routh outh is an American actor and former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on several television series throughout the early 2000s. In 2006, he was cast as the titular hero of the 2006 film Superman Returns.
In January 2009, Routh was officially cast to play Todd Ingram in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, based on the Scott Pilgrim series by Canadian artist Bryan Lee O’Malley. His character is an arrogant, narcissistic bass player that derives psychic powers from his vegan lifestyle, and is the third of the seven Evil Exes the title character must fight. Routh also plays Daniel Shaw in Chuck, in a recurring supporting role.
Saul Rubinek aul Rubinek began his professional acting career as a child, doing both radio and theatre in Canada. His work on US television included shows such as The Equalizer, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The Outer Limits and Frasier. He played the character Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Most Toys”. He also starred as a TV show director in an episode of the TV series Psych. He appeared in the Eureka episode “Invincible,” in 2006, and in Season two of the TV series Lost. In 2005 he directed the independent film, Cruel But Necessary. Rubinek guest-starred as the first antagonist in the pilot episode of Leverage. He currently plays Arthur “Artie” Nielsen, a covert agent employed by a secretive council to recover super-scientific and mystical artifacts, in the Syfy series Warehouse 13. Saul also managed to find time to write a non-fiction book titled So Many Miracles, which is an account of his parents’ survival growing up in Poland during World War II.
Andy Runton ndy Runton is the creator of the breakout allages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring a little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventures. Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton’s animated and heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike. In addition to winning the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards, as well as the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, his work has also garnered praise from such highprofile publications as People, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today. After only a few years on the comics scene, Andy already shines as one of the industry’s brightest stars. Currently, he’s working full-time on the next Owly graphic novel.
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graduate and former instructor of the Ringling School of Art and Design, Chris Ryniak is now a painter and sculptor of all manner of critters. Chris’ work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the US including Miami, LA, New York City as well as Hamburg, Germany, and Rome, Italy. His paintings have also been published in numerous books and periodicals in the States as well as in Europe and Singapore.
ichard Saunders is best known as an international expert on skepticism and one of the stars of paranormal TV show The ONE, where he takes the role as the Skeptic Judge. Richard is now the producer and host of The Skeptic Zone, the number one podcast in Australia for Social Sciences with thousands of listeners world-wide. He is a past President of Australian Skeptics and is now a Technology Consultant for the Skeptic magazine. An author and origami expert with thirty books and one DVD published, he is also the creator of Origami Pigasus for James Randi. A founding member of the Mystery Investigators live science show, he teaches critical thinking to school students.
Mike Sakuta ike Sakuta and Nicole Harsch are the Crossed Swords. During the school year, they teach history to students all over the country with their swashbuckling educational shows about knights, musketeers, conquistadors, and Roman legionaries. They also run an online sword-selling business, Swordmark.com, which offers a wide variety of sword designs to their fellow sword lovers all over the world. In his spare time, Mike uses his PhD to teach chemistry at Georgia Perimeter College.
im Sale is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist. Tim began doing art for the series Myth Adventures in 1983, and was soon working on Thieves’ World. The body of Sale’s comics work has been with collaborator Jeph Loeb. The duo, credited in their comics as ‘storytellers’, produced popular work such as Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, and the socalled ‘color’ books for Marvel Comics starring characters such as Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Hulk. Tim Sale is currently working on artwork for the television program Heroes. His artwork appears in the show as the work of the precognitive artist Isaac Mendez as well as other artists on the show. Mendez’s work in the 9th Wonders! comic book on the show is also the work of Sale. Additionally, the font used throughout the show in the various captions and credits was created by Sale and is based on his handwriting style. Sale’s frequent collaborator Jeph Loeb was a writer and producer on the show.
Brandon Winn Sanderson randon Sanderson writes epic fantasy books for Tor Books and children’s fantasy books for Scholastic Press. In 2007, it was announced that he would be completing Robert Jordan’s epic masterpiece, The Wheel of Time. Brandon’s current fantasy series is the Mistborn Trilogy, the final volume of which was published in 2008. September 3–6, 2010
Adam Savage dam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what’s in his brain and make it real. He’s built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate—and just about anything else you can think of. Today, in addition to cohosting Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, Adam teaches advanced model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Somehow he also finds time to devote to his own art—his sculptures have been showcased in over forty shows in San Francisco, New York, and Charleston, West Virginia.
Tom Savini n Savini’s insightful book Grande Illusions, he speaks of his early first attempts at applying prosthetics to his face using “spearmint gum”, having misinterpreted that he was meant to actually use ‘spirit gum’. His first work was in low budget fare providing SFX and make up for independently made horror films such as Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile and Martin. However, he really caught the attention of horror buffs with his grisly effects in the cult George A. Romero directed zombie film Dawn of the Dead, and then in the controversial slasher film Friday the 13th, the movie generally identified as the kick start for the aforementioned “splatter movie” genre.
Savini also contributed the incredible EFX & make-up to other splatter thrillers such as Maniac, The Burning, Creepshow, and Romero’s third Dead film, Day of the Dead, for which he won a Saturn Award. In 1990, Savini directed his feature film debut Night of the Living Dead, the remake of the original zombie-classic.
Robert J. Sawyer obert J. Sawyer is one of only seven writers ever to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, which he won in 2003 for Hominids, the Nebula, which he won in 1996 for The Terminal Experiment, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for Mindscan. The ABC TV series FlashForward is based on his Aurora Awardwinning novel of the same name, and he serves as consultant on the TV series and wrote the 19th episode, “Course Correction.” His other novels include Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake.
Jason Schneiderman r. Jason Schneiderman is a neuroscientist who over the last decade has worked for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, NASA’s Space and Life Sciences Directorate, and the National Institutes of Health on a variety of research and educational projects, including those on space medicine, the biological effects of longduration space flight, mental illness, and brain imaging. He has a BS in Psychology from Stony Brook University, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and is currently a researcher at Harvard Medical School. His research has appeared in scientific journals including The Journal of Vestibular Research, Psychological Medicine, Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychobiology, and Schizophrenia Research. Currently, he is working in the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory of Brigham and Woman’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Rob Schwager ob fulfilled a childhood dream and became an artist working on mainstream comic books. He’s spent the last twenty plus years of his life working on such classic icons as Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and the X-Men, and his work has helped shape comic book pop-culture as we know it today. For the past eight years, Rob has been exhibiting his fine art and nose art–faux bomber panels in numerous galleries and group shows all across the US. He creates imagery that encompasses his own journey of faith while enabling him to take a break from the turmoil of day-to-day life and reconnect with the dreamer and cartoon and comic book fanatic he was as a child.
Randal L. Schwartz andal 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 runs a Perl and Smalltalk training and consulting company, and is a highly sought-after speaker for his masterful stage combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. Schwartz is also infamous amongst the System Administration community for his arguable 1995 criminal conviction while performing activities for the Intel Corporation, and publicly advocates for appropriate computer crime laws. His presentation about the landmark case titled “Just Another Convicted Perl Hacker” has inspired action for computer professionals and lobbyists at computer conferences all over the world.
Stephen H. Segal tephen H. Segal is the editorial and creative director of Weird Tales, the world’s oldest magazine of fantastic literature. He also designs book covers for the award-winning fantasy/SF imprints Juno Books and Prime Books, contributes occasionally to Fantasy-Magazine.com, and serves on the executive board of the Interstitial Arts Foundation. He has previously been an editor at In Pittsburgh Weekly and WQED’s Pittsburgh Magazine, a publication designer for Carnegie Mellon University, and a writer for the Philadelphia Weekly.
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elissa Sehgal (better known as Vegan Mel) is an avid animal rights activist. Vegan Mel has devoted much of her time to animal welfare. She has traveled across the country speaking for animal rights, including lobbying and demonstrations. Since childhood she has had many unexplained paranormal experiences and so many questions have gone unanswered. This prompted her to get involved in paranormal investigations. For the past five years she has worked with various investigative teams. During this time, she has encountered not only human but animal spirits.
ekha Shanti Sharma is a Canadian actress best known for her portrayal of Tory Foster on Battlestar Galactica. She has stage experience, but also appeared in television shows like Da Vinci’s City Hall, The Lone Gunmen, Smallville, Supernatural, John Doe, Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone and the 2009 TV series V. In Vancouver, she supports women’s shelters, has taught acting to street youth on the downtown east side, and supports numerous local venues for the performing arts. Rekha’s passion for the arts and human rights fuels her dynamic and inspiring performances.
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osh Agle (probably better known as Shag, a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) is a painter, illustrator, and designer working in Southern California. His initial intention to establish a career as an illustrator-for-hire was sidetracked when his original paintings began to garner considerable attention from galleries and collectors. Since his first solo gallery showing in 1997, Shag has had successful solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Shag paints in a large studio with panoramic views of a wooded valley in the hills above L.A., part of a mid-century modern home. Currently, he is creating paintings for upcoming exhibits in New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
ark A. Sheppard is a British actor and musician, born in London of an Irish-German background. His television work includes the “Fire” episode of the X-Files, a year on the Jerry Bruckheimer action series, Soldier of Fortune, guest-star and recurring roles on CSI, The Practice, Firefly as “Badger,” Special Unit 2, JAG, Star Trek: Voyager, The Chronicle, Monk, Las Vegas, and CSI: NY, among others. He appears as a guest star playing “Romo Lampkin” during the last three episodes of season three of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. Keep an eye out for Mark in the also just completed pilot of The New Bionic Woman, where he plays a very pivotal principle character.
Michael Shanks ichael gained a number of television, movie, and series credits before accepting the role of Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1, the television spinoff of the 1994 movie Stargate. Shanks had a recurring role on the second season of the USA Network spy series Burn Notice, playing Victor, spy and maniacal counterpoint to series lead Jeffrey Donovan’s character. In 2010, Shanks appeared in an episode of Sanctuary. His latest television guest roles were as archaeologist Carter Hall, DC Comics’ superhero Hawkman, in the movie Smallville: Absolute Justice. He would later reprise the role in the final episode of the ninth season of the CW Network television series Smallville, then in a guest spot on Supernatural during the fifth season. He also reprises his role as Daniel Jackson as a guest star on Stargate Universe. September 3–6, 2010
Josepha Sherman osepha Sherman is a science fiction and fantasy writer, editor, storyteller, and folklorist who has written everything from Star Trek novels to folklore titles. Among her books are Son of Darkness, Mythology For Storytellers, and a biography of Bill Gates. In addition, she owns and operates Sherman Editorial Services, which does everything from writing and editing to PR and design.
himerman is best known for his role as the Ferengi bar owner Quark in the long running television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, though his involvement with the Star Trek franchise began with appearances as other Ferengi characters in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes “The Last Outpost” and “Peak Performance”. In addition to Star Trek, Shimerman has had roles as Pascal on Beauty and the Beast and as Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also has starred in Stargate SG-1 as one of the Nox, an evil wizard in Charmed, and appeared as Stan the caddy in an episode of Seinfeld, and as Dr. Patemkin on Leverage.
reg Simkins’ started doing graffiti under the name “CRAOLA” when he was 18, as a progression of his artistic talent. Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. In addition it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics. At Treyarch/ Activision, he worked on video games including Tony Hawk 2X, Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman while attempting to paint with every free moment he had.
Aron Siegel ron Siegel has worked professionally as location sound mixer and independent film producer for over ten years. His feature mixing credits include The Greens-keeper a horror film, Blood Car, Conjurer, 20 Years After, The Way Home, and most significantly, The Signal. He produced Foreign Exchange which was showcased in the Cannes Film Festival short film corner. He recently co-produced the sci-fi/drama I am the Bluebird. Aron most recently worked on all the webisodes and the splinter unit for the CW episodic Television series, Vampire Diaries, and is currently the principal sound mixer on the series Drop Dead Diva.
Scott Sigler ew York Times bestselling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of Infected and Contagious, major hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing. Scott reinvented book publishing when he released Earthcore as the world’s first “podcast-only” novel. His next podcast novel, Ancestor, drew 30,000 listeners and saw 700,000 episodes downloaded by fans. The buzz caused Sirius Satellite Radio to pick up the novel, making it the first audiobook serialized on the satellite network. When Ancestor was released in print from an independent publisher, it tore up the Amazon.com charts.
Marc Singer star of steady productivity in both television and feature films, Marc Singer continues to be a fan favorite for both adults and children. His popularity stems from such title roles as The Beastmaster in the three original films of that name as well as the series, and his portrayal of Mike Donovan in the three acclaimed sci-fi TV epics V, V: the Final Battle, and V: the Series. He also made several guest-starring appearances on television series, including The Twilight Zone, Highlander, and The Ray Bradbury Theatre, to name a few.
Marina Sirtis black-eyed, exotic beauty from Great Britain, supporting actress Marina Sirtis is best known for playing the empathic Lt. Commander Deanna Troi on the Star Trek: The Next Generation series and in the feature films it spawned. She appeared in many classical dramas with the theater, including Hamlet. Sirtis has extensive experience on British television and made her film debut in The Wicked Lady opposite Faye Dunaway. She had a major role in the Charles Bronson revenge vehicle Death Wish III. February 2010 saw Sirtis guest star as a Swiss doctor in two episodes of ABC Family’s Make It Or Break It. In May 2010, Sirtis announced that she would be providing the voice for comic book villainess Queen Bee in the upcoming Young Justice animated series.
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ew York Times bestselling author Susan Sizemore was asked to write a media tie-in novel based on the television series Forever Knight. Her book, Forever Knight: A Stirring of Dust, marked the first time she had written about vampires. This endeavor inspired her to create her own original series about a vampire world. The resulting series, known as Laws of the Blood, is a fantasy series with some romantic elements. She has written numerous fantasy and science fiction short stories.
ctor, comedian, raconteur Dana Snyder is best known for playing Master Shake on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force show, and the film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, both part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim franchise. Snyder can also be recognized as the voice of Gazpacho on the Cartoon Network series Chowder and the voice of Granny Cuyler on the Adult Swim series, Squidbillies.
Paul Smith mith had no formal art training aside from some course in airbrushing. In 1977, he began work on the animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings produced and directed by Ralph Bakshi. He also worked on Bakshi’s film American Pop. Perhaps his best-known work outside of the X-Men are The Golden Age and the young adults comic Leave It to Chance, both collaborations with writer James Robinson. 88
Shawnee Smith ctress, Shawnee Smith, well known for her portrayal of “Amanda Young” in the Saw film series is also widely known for her “loopy” character of “Linda” opposite Ted Dansen in tv’s sitcom Becker. She is also a singer/songwriter and currently has a musical project with fellow actress Missi Pyle called, Smith and Pyle.
John C. Snider ohn C. Snider is the editor of the long-running online science fiction magazine SciFiDimensions.com. He’s also the host of the SciFiDimensions podcast and co-host of the skeptic-oriented American Freethought podcast. His nonfiction work has appeared in such diverse publications as Skeptic, Secular Nation, Philosophy Now, Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest, and INsite Atlanta.
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Samantha Sommersby amantha Sommersby has started to pursue writing and working in the publishing industry fulltime. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. Sam’s background in the psychiatric field is apparent in her work and allows her to bring a unique perspective to her characters and stories. She loves to spend the day in her office spinning rich tales and weaving together interesting plots. Her aim is to create a hero that will literally sweep a reader off her feet. On the rare occasion when Sam manages to set aside some play time for herself, you’ll most likely find her reading a book, at the movies, or out wine tasting.
Kevin Sorbo orbo quickly rose to international stardom in the title role of the hit series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Kevin then starred as “Dylan Hunt” in the science fiction/action hour sensation, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, based on an idea from the late Star Trek creator’s archives. Debuting in 2000, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda ran for five seasons. Kevin made his feature film debut with Kull the Conqueror, a prequel to Conan the Barbarian. Kevin has also appeared on several hit television shows such as Dharma & Greg, Just Shoot Me, Cybill, The Commish, and Murder, She Wrote. In addition to acting, Kevin is the spokesperson for “A World Fit for Kids,” a non-profit organization that provides gang, drug, and dropout prevention programming to kids at risk.
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Anne Sowards nne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc., where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints. Some of the great authors she works with include Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance, Jack Campbell, and Rob Thurman. When she’s not reading, she listens to Chinese rap and spends way too much time playing video games.
ochelle is an internationally known psychic trance channel with an uncanny ability to tune in to the Universe. She has presented classes on psychic development across the United States through the Learning Annex. She has feature articles in The Sedona Journal of Emergence, Mystic Pop, several holistic hardcopy publications across the US and internet Ezines. Her column “Ask Rochelle” is featured on several ezine sites across the world, and is in hardcopy magazines Sedona Journal of Emergence, Natural Awakenings, Phoenix Mind, Body and Soul, and Zodi Habit. She also has a column, “Third Eye”, in Haunted Times Magazine and upcoming Mysteries Magazine. Rochelle has self published two previous channeling books, Healing the Emotional and Physical Body and JFK is Still Alive.
Chaske Spencer merging actor and activist Chaske Spencer was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. Chaske moved to New York City and was cast in his very first off off-Broadway play, Dracula, playing the title role. From there he did a number of New York Theatre pieces, performed at The Public Theatre in NYC and The Roundabout. Spencer was fortunate enough to be discovered and cast in his first feature Skins as well as the lead in Dreamkeeper and Steven Spielbergs’ Into the West.
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He was also cast in his recent and most buzzworthy role to date, playing Sam Uley (the leader of the werewolves) in the Twilight film series sequels: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Chaske has just completed shooting the new film Shouting Secrets and is scheduled to film Winter in the Blood in Fall 2010 along with his Twilight co-star Julia Jones. His production company Urban Dream is in development on a feature film called The Block is scheduled to shoot December 2010. Additionally, Chaske expects to soon be starring in All My Relations—a contemporary Native project that has been developed for television by producers Rene Haynes and Susan England.
Brent Spiner rent Spiner best known for his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation began pursuing his interest in acting while in high school. After graduation, Spiner attended the University of Houston and other local colleges, while also launching his professional acting career in theater and film. Spiner established himself as a stage actor in New York, appearing in a number of off-Broadway and Broadway plays such as A History of the American Film, Leave It to Beaver Is Dead, Sunday in the Park with George, and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. While in New York, he had a bit part in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, and starred in independent film Rent Control. Spiner has made cameo appearances in a number of films and has appeared in small roles in more recent films, such as Dude, Where’s My Car? and The Master of Disguise. He also appeared as Dr. Brakish Okun in Independence Day, an ideal role for his brand of eccentricity and quirky sense of humor.
J. David Spurlock purlock is a prolific, award-winning author, illustrator, and Vanguard publisher, a pop-culture historian and advocate for artists’ rights who, has served as President of the Society of Illustrators in Dallas, in addition to working with and representing many of the greatest names in the history of illustration and cartooning including Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, Julius Schwartz, Basil Gogos, Joe Kubert, the Wally Wood Estate, Carmine Infantino, and more. Many of these talents joined Spurlock on the recent Starz network documentary, Comic Books Unbound.
Spurlock’s career also includes work for Disney, Sony, DC, Dark Horse, and MTV. Works by Spurlock include, Wally’s World: Life & Death of Wally Wood, RGK: Art of Roy G. Krenkel, The Space Cowboy, Frazetta: The Definitive Reference, Joe Kubert: Drawing from Life, and Paintings of J. Allen St. John. Spurlock has founded multiple scholarship funds at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has taught at the university level since 1986. Spurlock and Neal Adams will be premiering the new book, The Art of Neal Adams this year.
Jennifer St. Giles SA Today bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles writes Contemporary Paranormal fiction for Pocket Books and Gothic-Paranormal Historicals for Berkley Publishing. Jennifer has won a number of awards for writing excellence, including two National Reader’s Choice Awards, two Maggie Awards, the Daphne du Maurier Award, Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, and RT Book Club’s Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Gothic/Mystery of 2006. Her published books include The Mistress of Trevelyan, His Dark Desires, Midnight Secrets, Touch A Dark Wolf, Darkest Dreams, The Lure of the Wolf, Silken Shadows, Kiss of Darkness, and Bride of Wolf Book #4.
Michael Stackpole ichael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of over forty novels, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He has won awards for his work as a game designer, computer game designer, novelist, editor, podcaster, screenwriter and graphic novelist. In recognition of his work in the realm of skepticism, he had an asteroid named after him. He is the cohost of the Dragonpage Cover to Cover podcast and the Executive Director of the Phoenix Skeptics. He was the first author to have his work offered for sale in the Apple Appstore and is an acknowledged expert in the realm of digital publishing. This is the second year he and Aaron Allston will be offering their writers’ workshop at Dragon*Con.
Cat Staggs at Staggs joined the Star Wars/Lucasfilm family in 2004, and illustrated over 130 cards for the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith card set for Topps. The highly collectible artist’s sketch cards brought Staggs into the forefront of Star Wars fandom. Having produced exclusive prints for Star Wars Celebrations III, IV, and Europe, Cat has also contributed drawing tutorials and Halloween masks articles to the kid’s section, and illustrated short fiction for StarWars.com. Not content to only play in that galaxy far, far away, Cat’s work has also been featured on The Lord of the Rings Evolution and Masterpieces card sets, and three sets featuring Indiana Jones for Topps. Further cementing her reputation among collectors and fellow artists, her distinctive work can also be seen on Rittenhouse Archives’ Complete Marvel Avengers, X-Men Archives, and DC Legacy card sets, as well as The World’s Finest VS trading card game for Upperdeck.
Jewel Staite ewel Staite is exciting, funny, dynamic, and passionate about everything she does. She is an award-winning, Gemini-nominated actor who is a veteran of the film and television industry. Jewel has nine TV series under her belt. In September 2002, Jewel was seen in Fox’s science fiction series Firefly, created, written, and directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame. In addition, she played “Heidi” on the Fox series Wonderfalls. She reprised her Firefly role in Serenity, a Universal Pictures feature film based on the show. For fun, Jewel sings. She has opened benefits for the Dyslexia Foundation at the Vogue and often offers her talents to benefit her main charity, The Children with AIDS Project.
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Kim Steadman im received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. In graduate school, her research area was launch vehicle design optimization. She spent a summer during graduate school working at Edwards Air Force Base on reusable launch vehicle design. Her first job was as a Systems Engineer on the X2000 Integrated First Delivery, a technology project whose goal was to develop the nucleus for control, communications, and monitoring of a spacecraft. Currently, Kim is a Science Planning Engineer on CassiniHuygens, where her job consists of integrating the science and engineering activities for Titan flybys and leading implementation of sequences.
Jeanne C. Stein
eanne Stein’s first novel, The Becoming, was a Barnes & Noble national bestseller. It was published first by ImaJinn Books, a small Colorado publisher, then picked up by Berkley. Blood Drive, the second in the Anna Strong series, was released by Berkley in June 2007, and Watcher, the third, in December 2007. The fourth in the series, Legacy, hit the shelves in Sept. 2008. She also has a story in an anthology titled Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, which debuted at #30 on the New York Times bestseller list in September 2007. A short story called “Better Lucky Than Good” appeared in the anthology At The Scene of the Crime, edited by Dana Stabenow.
Brian Stelfreeze rian Stelfreeze has the distinction of painting over fifty consecutive Batman: Shadow of the Bat covers. His other covers for DC, Marvel, and various other publishers are beyond the ability of most people to count. He has, over the last few years, turned his attention to interiors, turning out books like Matador (with Devin Grayson), Gun Candy, The Ride: Die Valkyrie!, and Domino.
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His work has been seen in numerous X-Men and Batman books, as well as The Midnighter for Wildstorm and Angelus for Top Cow. Soon, he’ll be out there again with the “Demon/Catwoman” feature in Wednesday Comics, as well as Jonah Hex.
Paul Stevens aul Stevens has been an editor with Tom Doherty Associates for six years. He acquires a wide range of books, including science fiction and fantasy, for Tor Books. Some of his recent books are Blood Groove by Alex Bledsoe, and Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez.
S.M. Stirling tephen Michael Stirling is a French-born CanadianAmerican science fiction and fantasy author. His novels are generally conflict-driven and often describe military situations and militaristic cultures. In addition to his books’ military, adventure, and exploration focus, he often describes societies with cultural values significantly different from modern Western views. One of his recurring topics is the influence of the culture on an individual’s outlook and values, with a particular emphasis on the idea that most people and societies consider themselves (mostly) moral. Stirling also has a fascination with technological development, and frequently turns to explorations of this within the context of many of his novels. The Draka, for instance, chose and faced a different imperative in their conquest of Africa, and turned earlier to breechloading firearms and steam power than the rest of the Western World. The stranded islanders of Nantucket must try to rebuild their technological base once the island is stranded in 1250 BC, while the dazed survivors of the “Change” now face a world where electricity, firearms, and internal combustion no longer work. Stirling is best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels, and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket and Emberverse series. His novels Go Tell The Spartans and Prince of Sparta are set in Jerry Pournelle’s CoDominium future history.
ean Stockwell is best know for his roles as Rear Admiral Albert “Al” Calavicci in the NBC television series Quantum Leap and most recently for the SyFy Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica as Brother Cavil.
illiam Stout began to assist Russ Manning in 1971 on the Tarzan of the Apes newspaper strips and graphic novels. Stout joined Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder on Little Annie Fanny for Playboy. Buck Rogers saw the beginning of Stout’s film career. Stout has worked on over thirtyfive films, including both Conan films, First Blood, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Return of the Living Dead made Stout the youngest production designer in film history. He designed the Predator and the big bug in Men In Black.
In 1945, he appeared in a main character role (Donald Martin) in the musical movie Anchors Aweigh alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Some of his other notable child roles included that of Robert Shannon in The Green Years (1946) and Gregory Peck’s son in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). He also starred in the lead role of the film The Boy With Green Hair in 1948, and in a film adaptation of The Secret Garden in 1949. In 1950, he appeared in a lead role alongside Errol Flynn in Kim, the film of Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name. In 1986, Stockwell made an appearance in another Lynch production, the neo-noir thriller Blue Velvet. In 1988, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Mafia boss Tony “the Tiger” Russo in the comedy Married to the Mob. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 29, 1992 (Leap Day) following the success of Quantum Leap. Along with Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastroianni he has the distinction of having won the award for best actor at Cannes famed Festival twice.
Karl Story arl Story inks, and inks, and inks, and that makes him one of the most sought-after inkers in comics. He’s carved out a vast body of work on Nightwing, Batman, Star Trek, Aliens Vs. Predator, X-Men, and Tom Strong, among many others. Over the last few years, he’s put his ink-stained hands on Terra Obscura, Ocean, The American Way, Ex Machina, Number of the Beast, and DC’s Decisions. And check out his latest stuff on Tom Strong, Ultimate X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Put ‘em on the glass, Karl!
His work for Pan’s Labyrinth and The Prestige helped garner those films three Academy Award nominations (winning two for Pan’s Labyrinth). He is slated to work on Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness and Frank Darabont’s Fahrenheit 451. Bantam Books published Stout’s masterwork The New Dinosaurs, followed by Ray Bradbury’s Dinosaur Tales and The Little Blue Brontosaurus (the basis for The Land Before Time).
Gillian Summers illian Summers is the writing duo of Berta Platas and Michelle Roper. Roper’s whimsical and hilarious Southern tales have appeared in Belle Book anthologies. The Faire Folk trilogies allow her to unleash her wacky sense of humor on the unsuspecting populace. She is currently working on a middle grades fantasy about extreme gaming. Three more Keelie Heartwood books are slated. Berta and Michelle are busily writing the fourth.
Jamy Ian Swiss amy Ian Swiss is world renowned as a sleight of hand performer specializing in close-up card magic. He has performed magic throughout the US and has been featured in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and New York Press. He has also appeared in television programs including 48 Hours, the PBS series NOVA, and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic. He also worked as a comedy writer and chief magic consultant for Penn & Teller on their television program, Sin City Spectacular. He also served as head writer and associate director for The Virtual Magician . Jamy Ian Swiss is the author of the essay collection, Shattering Illusions.
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Art Courtesy of Jason Thomas Jason Thomas’ table is located at the Comic Artists Alley in the Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency. September 3–6, 2010
ave Tango travels throughout the world investigating places said to be haunted. He is the youngest member of the Ghost Hunters team. He has been interested in the paranormal and ghosts since he was a little boy. He loves creating music and art, working out, photography, magic, and people. Dave has a very big heart and loves to be around good people.
he Toy Baroness is Kidrobot’s promotions queen and event planner. It’s safe to say that if she isn’t at a party, she’s planning one. For the past five years she’s helped make sure that the world of vinyl keeps on smiling. At events and parties she’s the HBIC, and does her best to make sure everyone is taken care of and has a good time. Basically her job is to make people happy, which she thinks is pretty awesome.
One of his main goals in life is to educate people on the subject of Tourette Syndrome, which he has had since he was a little boy. He is always trying to raise funds for research. Dave has been an inspiration to many people, especially the young ones who can see that they can succeed in life despite having this affliction.
Angelle Maria Tanner
r. Angelle Tanner is an astronomer working at the Physics and Astronomy department at Georgia State University. She is currently studying extrasolar planets using a variety of astronomical tools. She is also using some of the largest telescopes in the world to collect images of Jupiter-like planets orbiting stars in our stellar neighborhood. She is proud to be able to call herself a stellar cartographer and she looks forward to finding the M class planets that her great-great grand children may one day travel to. Dr. Tanner has written articles for Sky and Telescope, has contributed to popular content on the JPL and NASA home pages and was a guest star in The Next Generation’s Legacy hosted by Wil Wheaton.
am Trammell is a stage, film, and television actor. He is best known for his role as Sam Merlotte in the HBO vampire series, True Blood, which saw him nominated for a 2009 Scream Award for Breakout Performance-Male. Trammell has worked in theater, on-Broadway, off-Broadway, film and television. He is an accomplished New York stage actor whose credits include a Tony nominated performance in Ah, Wilderness! at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway, he starred in Dealer’s Choice, My Night With Reg, If Memory Serves, Ancestral Voices, and most recently, Kit Marlowe at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where he received outstanding reviews. He has had guest appearances on several television series including House, MD, Bones, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, Dexter, Medium, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Jonathan Tarbox hile working for NFL Japan, Jonathan was recruited to join the staff of Coamix Inc., the publisher of Weekly Comics Bunch, as the senior editor of their manga magazine for the North American market, Raijin Comics. He oversaw translation, design, and production for this weekly 200-page magazine, the first of its kind in North America. As Senior Editor for the full line of Raijin Comics, Jonathan managed a team of translators, writers, designers, and editors who produced trade paperbacks including Fist of the North Star, Slam Dunk, and City Hunter. In 2004, Jonathan joined Wildstorm Productions to manage CMX, a new manga line for DC Comics. He oversaw the creation and production of the manga line, and produced over twenty volumes of graphic novels, including Gals, Land of the Blindfolded, and Tenjho Tenge. Jonathan formed Arashi Productions, a manga and anime production company. His clients include DC Comics and Viz Media.
reg Theakston is the publisher of Pure Imagination. He has also worked for all of the major comics publishers, and has written extensively on the topic of comic books. He also published The Betty Pages and Tease! magazine.
Clifton Tunnell liff Tunnell is an attorney whose legal specialty is in the field of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Cliff graduated from Auburn University’s Electrical Engineering program, then attended law school at the University of Alabama. He is currently licensed to practice in law in Georgia and Alabama, and is also licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. Cliff has spoken previously on various topics related to patent law.
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oi Turnbull started his career as a comic artist doing work for DC Comics. However, Koi’s big break appeared at the Wizard World Chicago convention. Koi was able to show his samples to Aspen MLT’s Vice President of Publishing, Peter Steigerwald, and Executive Vice President, Frank Mastromauro. The two vice presidents liked Turnbull’s work so much that they asked him to call back the week following Wizard World Chicago so that they might discuss possible employment. Koi soon became the artist for multiple Fathom comic series, drawn to them by their lack of superhero characters. Koi has since worked mostly with writer J. T. Krul, Aspen’s main script writer. He is soon to be the new artist for Batman and the Outsiders, as well as illustrating an upcoming story in Superman Confidential.
fter commercials and guest-starring roles on Mutant X, Prom Queen, Twice in a Lifetime, Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Troubled Waters, The Dresden Files, and a few Disney TV movies, at age 19 Vandervoort landed a lead role as Sadie Harrison on the CTV television series Instant Star, which ran for four seasons.
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aura J. Underwood is losing count of the number of stories she has had published, but there are a lot of them, and books too. Her many titles include Ard Magister, Chronicles Of The Last War, Magic’s Song: Tales Of The Harper Mage, Tangled Webs And Other Imaginary Weaving, Marking The Signs And Other Tales Of Mischief, Dragon’s Tongue, book one of the DemonBound duology, The King’s Wind, and The Hounds Of Ardagh. She has a paranormal mystery collaboration with Selina Rosen titled Bad Lands, out from Five Star Press, a new short collection from Dark Regions Press titled Song Of Silver, and Yard Dog Press just published her short novel The Lunari Mask as one half of Double Dog #4.
Ethan Van Sciver than Van Sciver is an accomplished artist and perennial fan-favorite. He started winning over fans in the early 1990s with Cyberfrog, and soon went on to become the regular artist for DC Comics’ Impulse and Flash: Iron Heights. He later moved to Marvel where he teamed up with Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly on New X-Men. After a successful run at Marvel, he returned to DC to bring back Hal Jordan in the widely-acclaimed, winner of Wizard’s Fan Favorite and Eisner-nominated Green Lantern: Rebirth. Following on the heels on GLR’s success, he brought back Barry Allen in Flash: Rebirth. September 3–6, 2010
In 2006, Vandervoort shot her first feature titled The Lookout. Several other TV appearances such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation led Vandervoort to the role of Clark Kent’s Kryptonian cousin “Kara Kent” (the woman destined to become Supergirl) on the CW series Smallville. She was a regular in season seven, and appeared in the “Bloodline” episode for season eight. She will return for the 10th and final season in at least one episode. Following the CW and Smallville, Vandervoort then shot the sequel to the feature film Into the Blue titled Into the Blue 2: The Reef. Vandervoort currently portrays “Lisa,” an extraterrestrial Visitor, in the 2009 ABC series V, a reboot of the 1980s science fiction franchise of the same name.
Denise Vasquez enise Vasquez is a professional artist whose talents range from illustration to singing, playing the guitar, acting, dancing, and writing (music, short plays, poetry). In junior high school, Denise performed at Avery Fisher Hall as a violinist. Denise has performed in many theatrical productions, improv shows, educational films, TV (Law & Order, Saturday Night Live, MTV), feature films (Carlito’s Way, Jungle Fever), as well as dancing in music videos. Denise created WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE, which was the beginning of her career as a singer/ songwriter. She has self-produced three albums and is currently working on her fourth. Denise is a five-time winner of the ASCAP PLUS performing songwriters award, has been listed on Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list for six consecutive years. She recently completed fifty sketch cards for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy Red set. Denise has designed and illustrated music posters, CD covers, logos, flyers, and brochures, and has sold many of her original artwork on canvas, glass and clothing.
Vincent Villafranca incent has been sculpting in rural Texas for many years. He has had the opportunity to learn a good deal from sculptors and foundrymen in the American southwest and abroad. Vincent believes in keeping the tradition of “creativity through artisanship” alive. Whether he is working on a wildlife sculpture, a devotional piece or a work dealing with the fantastic, he is grateful to be a link in the long-standing tradition of image-making and artisanship. Vincent’s inspiration comes from several places including the natural world, literature, traveling and unique encounters. These influences have all contributed to the endless collection of images and visuals that are catalogued in Vincent’s mind. He is thankful to be able to select some of the finer ones and translate them, as best as possible, into the realm of 3-D.
Dexter Vines exter Vines is an American comic book artist and inker. He is most well-known for being one half of the “eDex” team, along with artist Ed McGuinness. Vines is an Atlanta, Georgia, native and is one of the comic industries’ most respected inkers, having worked on a multitude of titles for both Marvel and DC. Titles he has worked on include Marvel’s big 2007 summer event Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan. For DC, he has worked on Superman/Batman and JLA Classified.
Jared von Hindman ared von Hindman, Berlin-based painter, cartoonist and humorist, is, among other things, the writer and illustrator of the Dragon Magazine column, and D&D Outsider, a satirical and practical approach to everything wrong with the fantasy genre. This is a natural progression from his infamous 2006 article “Stupid Monsters of D&D.” Jared is a regular cartoonist for Dungeons and Dragons, and his designs have been produced on merchandise ranging from T-shirts to the competitionwinning sneakers, “Goblin Stompers”.
Chris Walker hris Walker represents HeadHunta’ Studios and is the founder and writer on Tiger Style and Raptor.
Widgett Walls idgett Walls is the chief cook and bottle washer of Needcoffee.com, which won the 2006 Bloggie for Best Kept Secret Weblog. He has served in this position since the site’s creation in 1998. He also worked as an editor, content creator, and janitor for the now defunct Corona’s Coming Attractions from 1997 to 2001. He has managed to publish two books over the objections of authorities, the straight fiction novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point and the dark fantasy short story collection Magnificent Desolation.
Garrett Wang arrett Richard Wang graduated from Harding Academy High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and study Asian culture. While there, he was encouraged by a professor to study theater. His work includes Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Into the West (TV miniseries), Demon Island, Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force (video game), The Auteur Theory, Hundred Percent, Ivory Tower, Angry Cafe, Flesh Suitcase, and of course Star Trek: Voyager. He is currently the Star Trek Track Director for Dragon*Con.
Jean Marie Ward ean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith), finaled in two categories of the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Here Be Dragons: Tales of Dragon*Con features one of her stories. Fantasy Art Templates, her latest nonfiction project, will be published in 2010. Other credits include editing the respected web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years, and bylines in periodicals as diverse as Science Fiction Weekly and Romance Writers Report. She is the author of Illumina: The Art of Jean Pierre Targete. Her story, “Most Dead Bodies in a Confined Space,” appears in the Prime Books anthology Strange Pleasures 2.
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J. Elvis Weinstein
raham Watkins, a former researcher at J.B. Rhine’s parapsychology laboratory in Durham, North Carolina, published his first novel, Dark Winds, in 1989. Since then his works in the horror genre include The Fire Within, Kaleidoscope Eyes, the script for Hillbettys, and numerous appearances in horror anthologies, especially the Hot Blood series. His most recent novels are Virus and Interception, thrillers based on current Internet and computer technology. Published works include the novels Dark Winds, The Fire Within, and Kaleidoscope Eyes. He also authored the nonfiction Ghosts and Poltergeists. Scripts include Hillbettys, I Think Maybe We Need to Talk, and That Old Black Magic.
einstein is best known for his roles as Dr. Laurence Erhardt and the original puppeteer and voice for Tom Servo on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Weinstein worked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 during its original appearance on Minneapolis UHF station KTMA-TV from 1988 to 1989, and its first season on Comedy Central (then called the Comedy Channel) from 1989 to 1990. After leaving Mystery Science Theater 3000, he went on to become a writer for My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, Malcolm and Eddie, and the critically acclaimed NBC dramedy Freaks and Geeks. He has also been the head writer for NBC’s late night show Later with Greg Kinnear, and America’s Funniest Home Videos. H is currently touring with his former MST3k co-stars with Cinematic Titanic.
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aul Wesley is currently starring as vampire Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries. He has had a number of roles on shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C. and Wolf Lake. He also starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS’ The Russell Girl and had the lead role in the Fallen miniseries.
ward-winning author M. B. Weston is one of the fantasy genre’s new, emerging voices. The Elysian Chronicles, her fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason, has been referred to as “filling a big part of the void that will be left by the final Harry Potter” by awardwinning author, Vincent O’Neil. The Elysian Chronicles is also being adapted into a graphic novel series by Wandering Sage Press, Inc., with M. B. Weston penning the script and KISS comic book artist Adam Black doing the art. She is also a radio talk show host for The Final Cut in Movies, the show that puts science fiction and fantasy movies center stage; and with Ad Astra Radio, an internet science fiction and fantasy talk radio station. The Final Cut in Movies can also be downloaded as a podcast at M. B. Weston’s Podcast site, or on iTunes.
Billy West ill is an American voice actor best known for his many voices on Futurama. His voice overs include that of Philip J. Fry, Professor, Hubert J. Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg and others. He is also know for The Ren & Stimpy Show as Stimpson J. “Stimpy” Cat. Other voices you would know him from are: Red M&M, Honey Nut Cheerios Bee, Pepe Le Pew, Woody Woodpecker, Wally Walrus, Smedley, Popeye, Pappy and many more. His favorite characters are Philip J. Fry (Futurama) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), both of which he originated. West’s most notable film work was in Space Jam (1996) providing the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; he has provided the same voices for other Looney Tunes films and video games. West has been very outspoken over his displeasure about the influx of movie star actors providing voice-over for films and major shows. In addition to voice over work, West is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter with a band called Billy West and The Grief Counselors.
Mark I. West ark I. West is a Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature. He has published numerous books and articles, many of which relate to fantasy literature. His books include The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki, A Children’s Literature Tour of Great Britain, Psychoanalytic Responses to Children’s Literature, Wellsprings of Imagination: The Homes of Children’s Authors, Roald Dahl, Trust Your Children: Voices Against Censorship in Children’s Literature, A Wondrous Menagerie: Animal Fantasy Stories from American Children’s Literature, and Before Oz: Juvenile Fantasy Stories from Nineteenth-Century America.
Skyler White kyler White crafts challenging fiction for a changing world. Populated with angels and rock stars, scientists, demons and revolutionaries, her dark stories explore the secret places where myth and modernity collide. She lives in Austin, Texas. Skyler’s debut novel, and Falling, Fly (Berkley, March 2010), is a dark fable exploring the nature of feminine desire through its vampiric heroine’s trials in a lush steampunk Hell. Her follow-up, In Dreams Begin (Berkley, November 2010) is a time-travel horror/romance set among the luminaries of the Victorian occult.
Diane Whiteside rriving third in four generations of published authors, Diane Whiteside has a dozen novels, four novellas, and a collection of short stories under her belt. Creator of the Texas vampire series, she has also written fantasy and historical novels.
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hris Wiese is a managing partner at Holistic Design, Inc. (HDI) and developer for the Noble Armada, Carnage, and Fantasy Encounters game lines. He has authored or co-authored many of HDI’s game titles. Game designer, artist, writer, and business owner/operator, Chris brings a vision for taking games from concept to finished product. He is in charge of production, marketing, sales, and licensing for HDI’s Fading Suns, Real Life Roleplaying, and all of the company’s miniatures games.
.L. Wilson is an award winning New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author of a cross-genre series that combines sword and sorcery fantasy with romance. Her first novel, Lord of the Fading Lands, debuted on the USA Today bestseller list in October 2007, and each subsequent book in her Tairen Souls series has gone on to hit the New York Times list.
His background includes service to the Game Manufacturing Association (GAMA) at different times as board member, as vice-president, and as president. Chris has experience as a commercial artist, art/advertising/print production director.
Greg Williams reg “Dark One” Williams is a comic book artist who has published over 30 books, and is best known for creating Animal Mystic. Greg has been published by Cry For Dawn, Sirius Entertainment, Neko Press, Comic Images, Dynamic Forces, London Night Studios, Peregrine Z, and in Heavy Metal, to name a few. He has also worked on Lady Death and Razor. Greg recently started a new company called Void Comics. His published works include Animal Mystic, Water Wars, Klor, Safety Belt Man, (Matt Kimball’s) Brutal Planet, Heavy Metal, Scriptures Of The Third Eye, Lady Death, Razor, and Paleo Pirate.
Michael Z. Williamson ichael Z. Williamson is a science fiction and fantasy author, an immigrant from the UK and Canada, and a 24-year veteran of the US Army, US Air Force, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a competitive shooter, a bladesmith, and an aficionado of fine Scotch. He writes, smiths, provides props for stage and screen, receives products to test and review, and sometimes gets to keep them. He believes he has just about the coolest job in the world. His novels include Freehold, The Weapon, Better to Beg Forgiveness..., Contact with Chaos, The Hero
Ms. Wilson’s novels have won numerous prestigious writing awards, including two coveted National Reader’s Choice Awards, the HOLT Medallion, the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Golden Quill, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and numerous others. She was voted by the members of ParaNormal Romance as the best debut author of 2007, and by LifetimeTV.com’s Michelle Buonfiglio as the best paranormal debut novelist of 2007.
Janny Wurts hrough her career as a novelist and her background in the trade as a cover artist, Janny Wurts has immersed herself in a lifelong ambition: to create a seamless interface between words and pictures that explores imaginative realms beyond the world we know. She has authored eighteen books, including a hardbound collection of short stories, and has published over thirty contributions to fantasy and science fiction anthologies. Her novels and stories have been translated worldwide, with most editions bearing her own jacket and interior art. Beginning in May of 2009, nine of her titles will be returning to North America, distributed for HarperCollins, London by Trafalgar Square. As a writer, she is best known for the Empire trilogy coauthored with Raymond Feist and a recent stand-alone fantasy,To Ride Hell’s Chasm, with her latest Wars of Light and Shadow novel, Stormed Fortress, just released. Painting credits include work hung in museum exhibitions for NASA’s 25th anniversary at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; in the Hayden Planetarium in NY; and a painting currently in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum that hangs in the illustration wing. She has received three Chesley awards, and three times won Best In Show at the World Fantasy Convention. An art calendar from Tide-mark Press is forthcoming for 2010, titled Janny Wurts, Myth and Magic.
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emme clue ya’ to what Derek’s been up to these most recent dims n’brights. He’s makin’ art like no-tomorrowstyle. This cat’s got a 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. He gets a large charge creatin’ art for a whole heap of way-out events such as the Tiki Oasis, The Rock n’ Roll Monster Bash, The Hukilau, and even Spain’s Wild Weekend! He’s also laid out art for several righteous rags like Barracuda,1313, Atomic, and Tiki Magazine.
ohn Zaffis has over thirty-five years in the paranormal field. John has appeared on many televison shows, radio shows and at many conventions. He speaks about being in this field, his book and what he has experienced first hand. Today he lectures to colleges and universities all over the United States trying to inform people on the reality of the paranormal field. He lectures about exorcism, possession, poltergeist and haunted artifacts removed from cases.
But what really flips his switches is makin’ with the Van Gogh routine. Derek’s had his paint splatters well-hung in galleries all over the world. M Modern in Palm Springs, Outré in Australia, and Castor and Pollux in the UK, to name just a few. Derek has also been commissioned to create art for such hi-falootin’ fat cats as Shag and Pixar director Lee Unkrich! Crazy, man! Korero Books in London released a collection of Derek’s retro art entitled Wildsville, the art of Derek Yaniger, and 102 shortly thereafter, Tiki Mugs, which features a heapin’ helpin’ of Derek’s mid-century tiki art as well as several tiki mugs he’s designed for Tiki Farm and Munktiki. If ya’ wanna’ eyeball his work, make with the beeline bit and buzz on over to www.derekart.com and peep it up!
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro professional writer since 1968, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has published over eighty books and more than seventy shorter works in a wide range of genres: science ficttion, mystery, fantasy, western, young adult, horror, and non-fiction. Her Saint-Germain series of historical horror novels, now on book 24, is the longestrunning single-author vampire series in the English language. She received the Grand Master award from the World Horror Association in 2002, and in 2005 the International Horror Guild made her a Living Legend.
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John has been a guest on both SyFY’s Ghost Hunters, and The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventureres. His second DVD was just released based on his haunted museum.
Timothy Zahn imothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. After spending way too many years studying physics, he quit two years short of a doctorate and began a full-time career writing science fiction. Since then he has published over eighty short stories and novelettes, thirty-five novels, and four short fiction collections. Somewhere along the way (1984, to be exact), he won a Hugo Award for the novella “Cascade Point.” He is best known for his eight Star Wars books: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance. Other books include the Quadrailseries, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His most recent books are Dragon and Liberator, the sixth Dragonback book, and Odd Girl Out, the third in theQuadrail series. From the Ashes, a prequel novel to the upcoming movie Terminator Salvation, was published in 2009.
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Concerts & Performances Atlanta Radio Theatre Company he Atlanta Radio Theatre Company triumphantly returns to Dragon*Con for its 24th year of quality, immersive audio dramas. ARTC gets your Dragon*Con off to the right start with an evening designed to rev the imagination into high gear through the Magic of Radio. Their feature presentation will be The House Across the Way by Kelley S. Ceccato. Three sisters are pursuing George Dasher, the music teacher who lives in the house across the way. A pity that one of them is dead. Also included in this presentation: The Proper Thing to Do by Brad Linaweaver and William Alan Ritch. Adapted for audio by William Alan Ritch. It was not your typical alien invasion. No death rays. No destruction of cities. The aliens were killing us with kindness! How do you handle unexpected and unwanted Guests? What is the proper thing to do?
Join ARTC as they celebrate the birth of one of our favorite and most popular writers, H. P. Lovecraft, with their bestselling adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness, adapted for audio by Brad Strickland.
In this classic horror story, an old man consents to a radio interview. In that interview a number of terrible truths come out. The truth about an expedition to Antarctica in the ‘20s where everyone died horribly. The truth about an attempt to find the expedition’s mysterious killers. The truth about a desolate plateau in the heart of a frozen continent. The truth about life and intelligence on the planet Earth. And the truth about the prehistoric horror that still waits lurking—At the Mountains of Madness. With special guest musician Paul Mercer.
Also featured, Time and Time Again by H. Beam Piper, adapted for audio by Ron N. Butler. Major Allan Hartley lies in the snow, dying of burns and radiation poisoning. A victim of the nuclear bomb that destroyed Buffalo, New York in the early days of the Third World War. He drifts into darkness. When he awakens he is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1945. In his childhood home. In his bedroom. In his thirteen-year-old body. He must struggle to retain his sanity as he learns that you can live your life—Time and Time Again.
Attention System ttention System have managed to fuse electronics, post-punk and ‘80s synth pop creating a sound that is fluid and marketable, familiar yet different, sinister yet playful. They’ve been compared to The Faint, The Presets, and Does It Offend You, Yeah? —and while the band certainly counts these among their influences, their music is infused with a brightness that stands out among its darker subtext. Their live shows have generated citywide buzz, landing them opening slots for national acts and the Readers Choice Award for Best New Music Act in The Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2009 edition. Local and regional radio airplay from their “demos” EP, plus a nationally televised commercial, speaks to a promising future. Attention System has recently released their first full-length album, Wait for My Signal, and the band is gearing up for an explosive 2010 with the highly anticipated release of their CD, new high-definition videos and extensive bookings throughout the US.
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Black Tape For A Blue Girl ong-running dark rock outfit Black Tape For A Blue Girl is back with their 10th studio album, 10 Neurotics (Projekt Records, distributed in the USA by Nail. Released in Europe on Trisol Records). It’s a collection of sinister character sketches presented in theatrical cabaret style. “I set out to create an album that looks at our sexuality, obsessions and fetishes with a mature (rather than sensationalized) eye,” writes Sam Rosenthal, the groups founder, keyboardist, and guitarist. The new live lineup also includes vocalist Athan Maroulis (formerly of the pioneering electronic band Spahn Ranch) as well as the dark cabaret infused, guitar playing chanteuse Nicki Jaine.
Brazen Angel razen Angel plays a unique brand of melodic metal unlike any other band in the Atlanta area. Beginning originally as an off-shoot of hard rock band Solar Krush back in 2003. After several line-up and sound changes, a decision was made by founding members Chris Cannon and Joey Phillips to pursue a blend of the thrash, power, traditional, and melodic metal they followed so closely. The addition of Doug Neal to the mix brought an additional element of AC/DC-styled riffs and licks. Despite several prominent shows, including opening for the likes of WASP, the band never fully reached it’s potential. Enter Evans Martin in the fall of 2008. His easy-going nature, love and appreciation of the same types of music as the other members and superb drumming ability filled the drumming void that had existed for so long. Furthermore, he was able to bring his twin brother, Reese Martin, into the fold. Reese’s unique voice, which can range from soft and pleasant to raw and powerful (check out our version of Mob Rules!) fit the band perfectly!
The Brobdingnagian Bards t’s here! The concert you never thought would happen: The Brobdingnagian Bards are back! Experience a wee bit o’ Celtic fun with the original celtic renaissance music duo from Austin, TX one last time with Marc Gunn on autoharp and Andrew McKee on mandolin and recorder as they take traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, mix it up with Lord of the Rings music to create a unique brand of Celtic Filk. Still one of the most popular celtic groups online, the Bards performed from coast to coast from 1999 until 2008 when they parted ways to follow their own artistic pursuits. But they left their fans the “Nagians” feeling as though it were just an intermission; after all, they never played a final concert.
Celldweller elldweller—the versatile outlet of the artist, performer, producer, songwriter, programmer, and remixer Klayton, began as a producer pseudonym in the early 90s. Now, over a decade later, Klayton uses the name to deliver his vision of progressively combining multiple genres of music. Taking a unique approach to mixing styles, Celldweller fuses the electronics of drum & bass and techno, with rock and orchestral elements, meshing the synthetic and the organic, darkness with beauty, into a cohesive blend entirely its own. Having built an extensive list of Film/TV credits over the past several years, its no surprise that Klayton has released a new Celldweller project entitled, Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head Vol 1 (SVH), a primarily instrumental score-based album. The project features Solaris, which has already been featured in a Movie Trailer for Frank Miller’s The Spirit and the track Ursa Minor has been used in trailers for both Ninja Assassin and The Surrogates. The new Celdweller full-length studio album, Wish Upon A Blackstar, is being released in 2-song digital chapters over the next year. Chapter 01 was released in September 2009 and reached #35 in the iTunes Top Electronic Albums Chart. Chapter 02 was released in December 2009 and also reached placed in the Top 35 Electronic Charts. Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
Cemetery Surfers ormed by a group of parapsychologists and ghost hunters in August of 2005, the Cemetery Surfers spend as much time in haunted locations as they do onstage. With an elaborate stage show (with everything from a zombie attack to one of the musicians frying in an electric chair during the guitar solo) they are becoming one of the most popular acts onstage. But every night after they play, look for them in graveyards or haunted houses. “We’re musicians and ghost hunters...If we had a talking dog, we’d be a cartoon.”
Chad Vader had Vader—the internet series about Darth Vader’s younger brother who managers a grocery store—made a big viral splash in 2006, quickly becoming one of the most viewed series on Youtube. Since then it has gotten over fifty million views and has been featured on Good Morning America and in the New York Times as well as on Comedy Central and Spike TV. Matt Sloan, the voice of Chad Vader, now does the voice of Darth Vader for Lucasarts videogames (The Force Unleashed) and television (Deal or No Deal). Chad Vader is still going strong in its 3rd season and entertaining fans worldwide.
Crossed Swords icole Harsch and Mike Sakuta are the Crossed Swords. For over twenty years, their Crossed Swords Stage Combat Shows have been seen across the continental U.S. and Canada at renaissance festivals and science fiction conventions. Recently, they’ve been hired to swordfight in such interesting locations as Honolulu, Hawaii; Blackpool, England; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Moscow, Russia. The duo can also be seen in a TBS documentary on Pirates, in an A&E episode of The Unexplained, on the Larry Elmore cover paintings for two Dragonlance books, and on the “Cure Light Wounds” card in the Spellfire game. They teach stage combat and have been fight directors for renaissance festivals and many historical plays including Hamlet, Cyrano, Camelot, Caesar & Cleopatra, Robin Hood, Romeo & Juliet, and I Hate Hamlet. During the school year, they teach history to students all over the country with their swashbuckling educational shows about knights, musketeers, conquistadors, and Roman legionaries.
Crüxshadows ne of the most notable Dark-wave bands internationally, the Crüxshadows started in the early 90s in a little town in North Florida. Over the last seventeen years their success among fans of gothic, ebm, new wave, & dark electronic music has contributed to their near legendary status in the underground/counterculture scene. The band’s dark electronic rock and introspective lyrics quickly earned them a fan base beyond the United States, particularly in Europe. A blend of new wave, gothic, pop, rock, and electronica, the band’s unique and often catchy songs have become staples of the darkwave, ebm, and electro-alternative scene. With over fourteen CDs, a DVD, and more compilation appearances than you can count, The Crüxshadows have made themselves synonymous with a new breed of electro-goth music. Their energy and intensity on stage led them to be called “the best live band in Europe today” by the host of Hamburg’s popular Crazy Clip Show and their performances have been aired regularly on German national television. Current band members are: Rogue (vocals, songwriting, programming, lyrics, keyboard programming, some violin, front man), Cassandra Luger (guitars), Jen Jawidzik (aka Pyromantic, keyboards/back-up vocals), David Wood (violins), JoHanna Moresco (violins), Jessica Lackey (dancer/back-up vocals) and Sarah Stewart (dancer/back-up vocals). Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
DJ DragonBoy om Rothrock got his start in the 80s playing music for skating rinks, clubs and two radio stations in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 90s he adopted the name DJ DragonBoy and moved into drum and bass, playing at raves all over the eastern US. Now a resident of Huntsville, Alabama, DragonBoy makes breakbeats his primary forte, heavily influenced by the funky Florida sound. He hosts a weekly online radio show for Rainbow Tiger Radio and plays at numerous conventions and parties year round in Pittsburgh, Dallas, Orlando, Chicago, and Detroit.
DJ Nemesis J NEMESIS sank his fangs into Georgia State’s WRAS 88.5FM in 1995/1996 and continues to make believers of his ever-growing congregation of disciples. Mastering the beat in his early teens, this drummer-turned-DJ honed his craft for the next decade in Industrial, Heavy Metal, and Glam Rock bands including Planet Psycho, FUSEBOX and The Glitterdome Allstar Band. This prodigal son came home to the decks for Secret Room in 2001 making his proclamation to a crowd at The Chamber— and continues to inspire the evolution of his coveted underground subculture scene and leads the charge at album and movie release parties, fetish events, club nights and conventions. Don’t fear the temptation, it only takes one bite: Industrial/EBM/Synthpop/Goth and more. Feel and believe.
DJ/VJ Anthony J/VJ ANTHONY started out as a DJ in the Tampa Goth Industrial scene over twenty years ago. In the late 80s and early 90s, he worked at clubs such as The Castle, The Edge, Empire, Rapture, Revolution, and The Masquerade. He came to Atlanta soon after and kicked off Heels and Whips, an underground fetish club. Anthony is able to cater to virtually any crowd. Everything from old school Goth to current Dark Wave, EBM, Synthpop, and Industrial. He found a way to enhance the music experience—mixing and beat matching the actual music videos to create a fluid and energetic night that pleases multiple senses.
Dragon*Con Caberet ack for a third year, the vintage-styled Dragon*Con Cabaret is looking to once again pack the room to standingroom only with acts evocative of Old World Hollywood. Rhinestones, feather fans, and lace, oh my! Stormy Knight, aka Audrey Starphoenix, is an accomplished belly dancer, burlesque performer, makeup artist, martial artist, and the Producer of the Dragon*Con Cabaret. She is proud to have once again assembled an amazing group of performers. Below are some of the highlighted performers: Big Mama’s House of Burlesque—At over four years, this performance group is the longest running burlesque and vaudeville show in Charlotte, NC and have been voted the Best Performance Arts Group three years running. The founder and creative force of BMHoB, Big Mamma D has been voted both Best Female Vocalist and Charlotte’s Sexiest Woman the past three years. Johnny Anonymous and Lefty LeBlue share their Martin and Lewis style of comedy as MC’s as Michele, Stage Kitten Extraordinaire, works her magic between acts. Scarlett Letter was recently named Best Solo performance and Legends’ Choice at the 2010 Great Burlesque Expo and has been delighting audiences throughout the country since 2004. Four feet of red hair and miles of bad intentions indeed! Honey Suckle Duvet was the winner of the Most Beautiful Award at the 2009 Boston Burlesque Expo and currently performs and teaches throughout the Northeast. This innovative performer is passionate about helping women (and some men) off all sizes and backgrounds learn to be more confident in their bodies. Talloolah Love, aka “The Sweetest ‘T’ in the South” is the reigning Spam Queen of Dragon*Con and has appeared in multiple publications. Her notoriously large…eyes…have made a name for her across the country as she’s performed and taught classes from NY to LA and many conventions in between. September 3–6, 2010
Ego Likeness go Likeness, an American darkwave/industrial rock band, was created by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called Songs From a Dead City, recorded on a four track, was released in 1999. After a short hiatus from recording and a lengthy period of trial, error, and revision, and many regional live performances, Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004’s Water to the Dead. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a bit of a heavier rock sound. Ego Likeness released their newest album Breedless on April 13, 2010. The album received critical acclaim from music magazines ReGen and Reflections of Darkness. Ego Likeness also appears as one of eighty-three artists on the cancer-benefit compilation, Electronic Saviors.
Emerald Rose merald Rose (Brian Sullivan, Arthur Hinds, Larry Morris, and Clyde Gilbert) formed in late 1996, releasing their first, self-titled CD in 1998. Since then, they have released four independently produced CDs: Bending Tradition, Fire in the Head—Emerald Rose Live!, Celtic Crescent, and Archives of Ages to Come. Emerald Rose is one of the top Celtic folk-rock bands in the Southeast US. A rich “world fusion” sound with influences ranging from the Chieftains to Jethro Tull has given this band a thirteen year career and national following. The band’s original lyrics address everything from Celtic myth to modern science, often with a touch of humor as noted in their latest release, Con Suite. Blending vocal harmonies, pennywhistle and world percussion with driving guitars and bass, their sound is “rock-n-reel” but not ear-splitting. Emerald Rose music has been included in two soundtracks, Ringers (about Lord of the Rings fans) and Done the Impossible (about the Firefly/Serenity series). They were headliners for the Lord of the Rings Oscar parties in Hollywood in 2003 and 2004. The band performs across the USA and has led multiple tours of Ireland. The band frequently performs at Celtic festivals and sci-fi/fantasy conventions. “Hauntingly beautiful poetic lyrics and the knack for crafting a solid and fluid arrangement. They are tight, close and cohesive as a group, and their latest release represents their roles as musical veterans reaching for the path of musical legends.”
The Extraordinary Contraptions lawman, a time-traveler, a gentleman explorer, and a mad genius join forces to unite the twin forces of scientific romance and rock in an explosive concoction of aural delights. Take a dimension-spanning musical journey with Atlanta’s own analog steampunk band, The Extraordinary Contraptions. Ranging from silly love songs through dark, seething explorations of power to their characters’ own epically orchestrated tales of victorian-influenced sci-fi, this quartet of aural anachronisms will roll up their shirtsleeves, bustle their petticoats and crank the temporal biresonator to eleven to put on the best show in this time stream or any other. No electricity? No worries, darlings. The Contraptions are equally renowned for their unplugged performances. Their acoustic instruments are rumored to go to twelve! Receiving regular play on The Clockwork Cabaret radio show and acclaimed at Michigan’s first World Steam Expo this summer, the Contraptions spent the past year (as measured linearly) splitting their efforts between performing in support of their debut album, Inappropriate on Purpose, and producing their followup release, Scratch The Aether, now available. On both records, The Extraordinary Contraptions strive to combine the rock & roll aesthetic and the steampunk DIY ethic to produce their own quirky, guitardriven vision of the retro-future.
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Leslie Fish long with The DeHorn Crew, in 1976 she created the first commercial filk recording, Folk Songs for Folk Who Ain’t Even Been Yet. Her second recording, Solar Sailors (1977) included the song Banned from Argo, a comic song parodying Star Trek which has since spawned over eighty variants and parodies. These two albums (originally on vinyl) have recently been put back into print on joint CD, entitled Folk Songs for Solar Sailors. She recorded the comic song Carmen Miranda’s Ghost, which was the source for the short story anthology Carmen Miranda’s Ghost Is Haunting Space Station Three, edited by Don Sakers. Her song Hope Eyrie is regarded by some as being as close to the anthem of science fiction fandom as is possible in such a disparate group. Fish often weaves Pagan and anarchist themes into her music. She has also set to music many poems by Rudyard Kipling. She is a popular guest at science fiction conventions, and she can often be seen at the large filksings with her distinctive 12-string guitar, “Monster”, which Leslie says plays best when given good Scotch whisky.
Flynn’s Folly lynn’s Folly entertains with new and exciting arrangements of traditional Celtic and Renaissance music. Storytellers and weavers of dreams in the grand Celtic tradition, Flynn’s Folly brings to life a ceilidh atmosphere with music and stories for one and all. The witty banter flies throughout the show as you hear legends and fables of Grand Uncle Flynn. Be amazed as you watch the talented duo switch among seven different instruments, often during a single song! Flynn’s Folly takes crowd participation to a whole new level as they direct their audience to compose a song on the spot. So join the frolicsome half-a-foursome for a family-friendly performance of Celtic folk music and fun! 110
The Ghosts Project he Ghosts Project are pioneering the underground movement of neoclassical improvised music. Although the sound is based on the sizzling violin and pounding drums of founding members Paul Mercer and Davis Petterson, their live sets have become known for their frequent stage guests from all genres and styles. Opera divas, classical string musicians, jazz trumpeters, hip-hop MCs, and tuvan throat singers have all appeared and combined to form a unique musical experience that has led The Ghosts Project to be invited around the country to appear at the Anne Rice Halloween Ball and Endless Night in New Orleans, where they headlined a show at the House of Blues, to the West Coasts own Edwardian Ball in San Francisco and LA and to Portland for the Conflux Dark Arts festival.
Gavin Goszka avin may be best known as one half of the bestselling gothic horror soundtrack outfit Midnight Syndicate, but he is also an avid fan of anime music. Formally trained in both piano and voice, he discovered anime music mainly through internet radio and quickly became hooked, finding that many of the songs he loved to listen to were equally enjoyable and challenging to play. Gradually picking up the Japanese language along the way, he began performing the material live as a way of sharing his appreciation of it with a wider audience. He will be on-hand for a screening of The Dead Matter movie. His latest project is an all-original English-language album featuring vocaloid Megurine Luka.
September 3–6, 2010
The Green Goblyn Project he Green Goblyn Project hailing from Cape Canaveral Florida have been shocking the world with their unique form of “horror” punk and great live show. The Green Goblyn Project explodes with a southern swampish, florida punk rock and roll...the kind one could easily nightmare, twisting the sultry sounds of primordial boggishness that seeps and creeps the edges of theme parks, and along side manned space expeditions. With Bony Orbit releases Fluke and Secret World of Parasites getting rave reviews from magazines and fans alike 2010 will bring forth a brand new release. 111
Marc Gunn arc Gunn is an acoustic folk musician based in New Orleans and rooted in the American Celtic song tradition and Geeky Comedy. He has been called “The Godfather of Celtic music online” for his steadfast support of indie Celtic music, free Celtic music downloads, and his award-winning Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, one of the mostpopular music podcasts on iTunes. Marc Gunn’s early background in folk and rock music led him to discover the roots of both genres in Celtic music. He worked for many years at Renaissance festivals and events across the country as lead vocalist of the Brobdingnagian Bards. Marc Gunn headlined a Lord of the Rings Oscar night party. Recent work includes parody albums setting cat-inspired lyrics to traditional Irish music, and adaptations of traditional Celtic music to contemporary blues and jazz. He released four albums in 2009 and is already back in the studio with his latest album, Kilted For Her Pleasure, which continues his fun bawdy fusion of Celtic folk music with Geeky Comedy songs.
The Gypsy Nomads dynamic amalgamation of on-stage chemistry, energy and musicality, New York duo, The Gypsy Nomads, also affectionately known as Frenchy and the Punk, channel the spirit of the gypsy sound, lacing it with a cabaret, celtic and neo-medieval flavor rooted in punk, folk and the vineyards of southern France. From raucous, danceable old-world melodies with cheeky stories sung in english and french, to pounding, tribal, march-style drum instrumentals, this creative duo’s quirky and captivating show brings the songs from their four full-length albums to life in a percussive, provocative and theatrical way.
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I:Scintilla hicago’s I:Scintilla returns in 2010 with their new album Dying & Falling. The eleven track collection finds the band redefining their sound once again and pushing genre rules by the wayside. In addition to their metal-infused electronica signature, the quartet still finds room for synthpop, trip-hop, and indie electro explorations. The album marks the fourth straight collaboration with Wade Alin (The Atomica Project, Christ Analogue) and his slick production style. Dying & Falling is also available as a limited edition box set that features a bonus disc containing exclusive new tracks, alternate versions, and club remixes. The album is set for release in May 2010 through Belgian electro label Alfa Matrix. The band is led by dynamic frontwoman Brittany Bindrim, whose words, melodies, and soaring vocals have resonated with a devoted and growing fanbase. Rounding out the lineup are Jim Cookas (guitar/programming), Vincent Grech (drums), and Brent Leitner (guitar/programming). Over the years the band has established a solid reputation as a live act with their high energy shows that feature a mix of rock and electronic elements.
Lips Down on Dixie
n 2002, LDOD spread its focus, keeping The Rocky Horror Picture Show a priority but also establishing itself as a theatre troupe. In May of 2002, a thunderstorm knocked out power for several city blocks, including the Plaza Theatre, but instead of canceling the show, the cast just kept on performing what became affectionately known as LDOD Unplugged. LDOD invaded Atlanta’s fetish nightclub, The Chamber, for a fetish themed show entitled The Rocky Horror Fetish Show. In its later years, LDOD has appeared at other venues in town including Starlight Drive-In’s yearly Rock n Roll Monster Bash performing Rob Zombie’s Brick House, Club Future performing I’m a Slave for You, and Tongue & Groove for their Lingerie Fashion Show. LDOD wants to offer an atmosphere for young adults in the Atlanta area where they can be themselves, without the stigma of peer pressure or the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Not only does the cast achieve its goal, it also puts on a performance that is cohesive, screen-accurate, and, most importantly, energetic and fun. They perform weekly at the Plaza Theatre in Midtown Atlanta every Friday at midnight, in the Rocky tradition.
Pandora Celtica andora Celtica is a five-piece vocal quintet offering soulful Celtic harmonies in rich layering. These talented singers pride themselves on their songs of shipwrecks and troubled times in the mists of Celtic history. With a Renaissance feel, the singers will have you swigging your pints and thinking of the stormy days of Celtic prehistory. Don’t hope for cheery songs from this lot, but if you thrive on mayhem, death, and plunder, then this is your crew! Their motto? “If it sank, we’ll sing about it.”
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Tom Smith here’s every other singer out there... and then there’s Tom Smith. Tom is not your ordinary comedy musician. With the lyrical complexity of Ashman and Sondheim, the vocal fireworks of Meat Loaf, the comedic timing of Robin Williams, and the dynamic physique of the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island, the only thing he won’t do is be boring. The only recording artist to be featured on both NPR’s Sound and Spirit and The Dr. Demento Show, and writer of the official chantey for “Talk Like A Pirate Day,” Tom has been praised by such diverse folk as Christine Lavin, Larry Niven, Phil Foglio, and Randy (Something Positive) Milholland. He has 16 albums so far, blending comedy, tragedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, popular culture, politics, religion, and the occasional recipe with virtually every genre of music you can imagine. Starting out at science fiction and fantasy conventions, Tom has been branching out more to house concerts and regular gigs in the past couple of years. He arranges and records a lot of stuff at home, using MIDI, loops, and all manner of software gadgetry, but on stage, it’s just him and his guitar, in a high-energy, family-friendly performance filled with laughter, shtick, and really, really bad puns. You may think you’ve heard it all, but you have never heard anyone like Tom Smith.
Super 8 Bit Brothers wo nerds, one dream! Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 80s was a great time and place to be a kid. With plenty of bad weather and middle class parents, video games and music in the basement was where it was at. Merging the two past times into an artistic endeavor seemed like an obvious choice for Super 8 Bit Brothers’ masterminds Rob Kleiner and Kevin Gibson. Super 8 Bit Brothers combines danceable indie pop with lyrics ripe with arcade lingo for people who’d rather stay inside or do a basement boogie. Performing live at video game conventions and rock clubs with such artists as Mindless Self Indulgence, Electric Six, Foxy Shazam, The Show is the Rainbow, and Gil Mantera’s Party Dream. Their stylish remixes have also charted on both the Billboard top 200 and CMJ top 200. In 2008 they performed live on Fox’s Fearless TV.
Melee, the bands first record, was released independantly in 2005 which started a buzz in both the music and video game community. After some time working in their underground labs, S8BB decided it was time to present their new album Brawl, full of dance numbers and sing a long hits. Equally ready to fill the sonic space of rock clubs, arcades, and dance parties!
URIZEN RIZEN is an electronic-influenced avante-garde heavy metal band based in Ft. Worth, Texas. The band was formed in early 2003 by brothers Thomas and Daniel Drinnen (guitar/vocals and keyboards, respectively) and drummer Julio Escamilla. The lineup was further fleshed out by Matt Garrison (guitar) in 2004, and James Wicks (bass) in 2007. URIZEN has released two albums; 2005’s autocratopolis and 2007’s Universe EP. URIZEN is well known for their entertaining and highly involved stage shows, featuring the band dressed in full red-and-white armor-style space suits. Other features of their stage show include the appearance of a giant, 8-foot-tall URIZEN Robot, a 12-foot inflatable cycloptic goo monster, a custom-created silicone conjoined twin creature, and much more! URIZEN’s musical style employs the use of heavy, distorted guitars; frantic, speedy drums; and clean, rock-style vocals. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of URIZEN’s sound is the dominant presence of synth and keyboards, specifically the use of orchestral strings and 8-bit Nintendo-style electronic sounds. September 3–6, 2010
Voltaire oltaire is a singer/performer and a creator of comic books, animation, and toys. He is a songwriter whose music can be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his song “Brains!” from the Cartoon Network show The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Voltaire’s live shows are highly theatrical—full of stories and games. Voltaire began animating at the age of ten on a Super-8 camera. Voltaire has created dozens of animated spots for MTV, The SyFy Channel, and many more. Eventually Voltaire embarked on a new career as a comic book creator. His series, ChiChian (a dark Cinderella story for the 31st century), was picked up as an animated web series by the SyFy Channel’s website. It won the Flash Forward People’s Choice Award. Other notable comics and books by Voltaire include Oh My Goth, What is Goth?, Paint it Black—A Guide to Gothic Homemaking, and most recently, Deady. The latter includes collaborations with Clive Barker, James O’Barr, Neil Gaiman, Billy Tucci, David Mack, and other luminaries of the spooky comics realm. In 2004 Hong Kong’s Toy2R made a toy of his comic book character, Deady. It was an instant hit and led to other Voltaire toys, including “Pocket Goth” plush toys.
Weep (Featuring Doc Hammer) oc (Mors Syphilitica, The NCS, and a bunch of bands he forgot he was in... Oh and incidentally the co-creator of TV’s The Venture Bros.), was in The Madison Strays with Alex (Haujobb, Bastion, etc.). That band breaks up. Later, Alex asks Doc “What’s going on?” Doc answers “Working on some stuff a little darker than the Strays, wanna do it?”. So Alex, finds the only NY musicians that could handle the smell of WEEP’s musical truth, trained ninja Fred (Bastion etc.), and master percussionist Bill (Bastion, Day For Night, etc.) Boom, WEEP was born... About seven Months later Doc observed “Wait! You guys were all in the same band before WEEP? Way to tell me!” Mixing all the stuff about music that’s really cool, and deleting all the really crappy parts, WEEP has created a sound that is as new as any great idea executed well, and as fresh the memory of the first time you were laughed at for wearing that floral shirt to school.
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Participating Artists Jon Adelung Jean Alexander R.L. Alexander Lindsay Archer Amy Ashbaugh Drew Baker Rebecca Baldwin Jason Basden Disa Baylis Alan Beck Jasmine Becket-Griffith Michael Bielaczyc Paul Bielaczyc Mike Bocianowski Stephanie Bray Hershel Brewer Michael Budzisz Michelle Burns Melissa Byrd Daniel Byrd Dave Cain Rob Carlos Paulina Cassidy Sarah Clemens Mike Conrad
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Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival e are proud to present the 24th Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival. Each year seems to be a banner year for us as we reach new heights, finding the finest independent short films of the fantastic. We look for films that are thoughtful, skillfully made, and emotional, but above all, entertaining. After a long selection process, we have the best of the best, and we’ll be bringing them to you throughout the convention. You’ll encounter a steampunk airship captain, oblivious superheroes, giant robots, lonely astronauts, irritated angels, a paranormal drug dealer, the Tin Man, and Jesus…twice. You’ll see a man confront the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a humble tea-maker duel with a samurai, a gang of international thieves stealing a painting—the hard way, and a detective stumped by the murders of his clones. There will be films from Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, and Iran, plus most of the English speaking world.
Awards & Judging
The films are placed into genre categories for judging purposes. An award is given for the best film in each category. For 2010 the genres include: fantasy, science fiction, magic realism, horror, horror comedy, comedy, thrillers, animated comedy, animated fantasy, and animated science fiction. Our judges will select three finalists from each category, and choose one of those to award first prize. We also present two Best of Fest awards, one for live-action short and one for animated short, chosen from the category winners. And for the very first time, feature films will be in competition. The winning films will be announced in a ceremony on Monday, September 6th, at 1:00 p.m. The Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival selections for 2010 are: 2095
Writer/Director: Troy Romeo
A man who falls for a co-worker finds his computer may offer more than any human. Live Action, USA, 24 min
The 3rd Letter
Writer: Bastiaan Koch; Director: Grzegorz Jonkajtys
In the future, loss of health insurance means loss of life. Live Action, USA, 15 min
Writer/Director: Nick Narciso
Enter a place where hope and light are absent and sanity fades. 2009 Animated Short - Short Winner, Voltaire Accepting His Award
Live Action, USA 17 min
The talent in front and behind the camera for this year’s films is incredible. Directors, animators, and actors include Mark Hamill, Neil Armstrong, Claudia Christian, Bill Plympton, Amanda Peet, Brent Spiner, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Jason Alexander, Bill Mumy, Jonathan Katz, Angela Cartwright, Marta Kristen, Robert Picardo, Abigail Breslin, Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Oh, the late Jonathan Harris, Voltaire, Chris Pine, and William Shatner.
Aces & Eights
The shorts will screen in blocks built around a theme. There will be a block of all horror, two of science fiction, and one of animation. You’ll be able to find a block of thrillers, one of comedies, and one of family films. Night time will be a mix of zombie films and those that might shock sensitive viewers.
A detective must unravel the mystery behind the serial killings of his clones.
Writer/Director: Matt Allen
A bounty hunter cleans up a zombie-infested, wild-west town. Live Action, USA, 8 min
Writers: Ben Bays, Josh Jackson; Director: John Jackson
Live Action, USA, 7 min
The shorts will be shown over all four days of Dragon*Con. Most screenings will be in the Hyatt Learning Center. Check your Pocket Program for times and locations. Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
Alice Jacobs is Dead
A scientist races to cure the Z-virus before it turns his wife into a zombie.
Mattel’s Ken is none-to-happy about Barbie’s success. Featuring the music of Voltaire.
Live Action, USA, 21 min
Animation, USA, 7 min
Alternative Dragon (Orutana Doragon)
By Her Hand, She Draws You Down
A prostitute and her driver have surreal adventures while disposing of a dead body.
A boardwalk portrait artist struggles with a dark hunger.
Writer/Director: Alex Horwitz
Writer/Director: Takehito WADA
Writer/Director: Elizabeth Dashiell
Writer/Director: Anthony G. Sumner Live Action, USA, 26 Min
Live Action, Japan, 40 min
Writer/Director: Harry Chaskin
As Good As Dead
Writer/Director: Douglas Raymond
When prom is destroyed by zombies, it is up to the geeks to save the day. Live Action, USA, 100 min
A washed-up movie monster relives his halcyon days. Animation, USA, 5 min
Charlie the Breast Fed Hamster
Writers: David Haynes, Jeremy Rubin; Director: Jeremy Rubin
Writer/Director: Brian Lonano
A woman on the run from giant killer robots finds the world isn’t what it seems. Live Action, USA, 6 min
A cute little hamster, with a hidden dark, violent and sadistic side. Animation, USA, 5 min
Chase Thompson, a film by Chase Thompson Writer/Director: Vincent Lin
Bad Mistake (Mauvaise erreur) Writer/Director: Xavier Hibon
Sophie is not scared by horror movies until the day when....
A film produced directed, written by, and starring Chase Thompson…and zombies. Live Action, USA, 12 min
Live Action, Belgium, 6 min
A Complex Villainelle
Writer/Director: John Wardlaw
Writer: Jonathan Goldstein; Directors: Bart Ovaitt, Howard Cook, Nathan Billington, Rebecca Forth, Ryan Porter
The Bolt devises a scheme to take away Christmas from every last Screw.
A pre-villain Penguin, looking for love, meets lovely nanny, Mary Poppins.
Animation, USA, 7 min
Animation, USA, 8 min
Born of Hope
Writer: Paula DiSante, Director: Kate Madison
Writer/Director: Kenney Broadway
A prequel to LotRs telling the story of the Rangers before the return of the King.
An exploration of the talents, enthusiasm, and philosophy behind costuming at D*C.
Live Action, UK, 71 min
Live Action, USA, 23 min
Writer: Samantha Henderson; Director: Jon Stout
Writer/Director: Jamieson Ridenhour
A woman with frightening powers discovers her daughter’s unnatural bottle collection.
A dark fairy tale of a girl who finds the rat-eyed and restless Cornerboys.
Live Action, USA, 20 min
Animation, USA, 11 min
The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas
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The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger
Every 28 Days
A fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life, and a mother’s love.
A new drug creates an army of zombie women. And they are angry, really angry.
Animation, USA, 6 min
Live Action, Canada, 18 min
Death Row Diet
Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer
Writer/Director: Bill Plympton
Writers: Jonathan Katz, Tom Leopold; Directors: Mike Salva, Tom Snyder
Synopsis: Jonathan Katz is a man who is on both death row and Weight Watchers. Animation, USA, 3 min
Writer: Arielle Boisvert; Director: Kenny Chow
Writer/Director: Andrew W. Jones
In Neo-Mega-Ultra Tokyo, reporter Holly Malone tracks a murderous urban legend. Live Action, USA, 8 min
Writer/Director: Aurelio Voltaire
Danny Elfman narrates a tale of mummified cats and artistic metaphors.
Writer: Carl Rossi; Director: Patrick Bosworth
The Angel’s Union has a problem: John. Live Action, USA, 7 min
Animation, USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Franklin P. Laviola
Desert of the Real
Writer/Director: Tal S. Shamir
A short powerful manifestation of the desert of the real.
A troubled starlet has her own twisted ideas about rehab. Live Action, USA, 14 min
Live Action, USA, 3 min
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Writers: Derek F. Meyer, David B. Whitmore; Director: Derek F. Meyer
The Devil’s Toy
Writer: Chris Keaton, Director: Alex Lugones
Sleeping darkness is awakened by Nazi Satanists, a jack-in-thebox, and a young boy.
A Victorian-era thriller about an apprentice hat maker, a flower peddler, and madness. Live Action, USA, 16 min
Live Action, USA, 8 min
Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man Doctor “S” Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie
Writers: Bryan Ortiz, Evan Boston, James Hartz; Director: Bryan Ortiz
Can a cheerleader and a super-powered lab scientist save the world from zombies? Live Action, USA, 80 min
Writers: Brandon McCormick, Charlie Wetzel, Nick Kirk; Director: Brandon McCormick
Ever wonder how The Tin Man of Oz came to be, and how he lost his heart? Live Action, USA, 21 min
Help! Tangent Man!
Writer/Director: Mark Smith
The Duty of Living
Writer/Director: Brandon Hunt
A soldier returns home from fighting the undead after the apocalypse. Live Action, USA, 20 min
A damsel in distress! This is a job for Tangent Man, who’s just in time... well, almost. Animation, USA, 1 min
Writer Chance McClain, Frank Bullington; Directors: Chance McClain, Kevin Ryan
A rich industrialist, a gold digging wife, ruthless thieves, a boy toy, and the Elusive Man.
Live Action, USA, 62 min
Writers: Mark Sanders, Marc Roussel, Mark Thibodeau; Mark Sanders
Live Action, Canada, 15 min
September 3–6, 2010
This prequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog chronicles the creation of Dr. Horrible.
November, 1789. A lone Horseman pursues four dark specters.
An elegant dinner is the last chance for a woman and her oblivious super-hero boyfriend.
Writer/Director: Ben Bays
Writer/Director: Eduardo Munoz
Live Action, USA, 33 min
Live Action, USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Afsaneh Zamani
An old man and a boy travel to the infinite world beyond, seeking any sign of life. Live Action, Iran, 10 min
Writer: JJ Lowe; Directer: Rory Lowe
You’re in the woods… You’re alone… And something wants your blood! Live Action, UK, 11 min
It’s A Dog’s Life
Writer/Director: Harley Hay
A quirky little tale of role reversal in a weird world. Live Action, Canada, 2 min
Writer/Director: Greg Pak
A jaded undersecretary for global warming ends up much greener than he ever imagined. Live Action, USA, 15 min
Jesus Comes To Town
Writer: James Aloysius Von Seitz; Director: Kamal John Iskander
An underworld poker game is interrupted by the second coming of Christ. Live Action, USA, 13 min
League of S.T.E.A.M. “The Fright Before Christmas”
Director/Writer: Miguel Alvarez
A solitary deep-space pilot experiences flashbacks when he learns he’s being sent home. Live Action, USA, 20 min
Writers/Directors: Scott Folsom, Gail Folsom
Steampunk adventurers are awkwardly awakened on Christmas. Live Action, USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Joseph Nanni
The Esoteric Order of the Old Ones and Cthulhu Cultists want to help.
Live Action, Canada, 2 min
A recent widower deals with his grief through his wife’s mystical broken camera.
Writers: Dustin Ballard, Ryan Dunlap; Director: Dustin Ballard
Live Action, USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Matthew Munson
Donald has to help a B-movie star return to life after being turned into a ‘real’ Zombie.
Live Action, USA, 29 min
Clair maintains a normal life in a world of the dead, but a ‘normal life’ is a relative term.
Writer/Director: Paul Moore
Live Action, USA, 17 min
Writer/Director: Kevin Eslinger
In a steampunk world, an air captain searches for her son in an illegal child betting ring.
The Lighthouse Girl
Writers/Directors: Jenna Smith, Ryan Miller
The daily journey of a little girl and her monster friend. Animation, USA, 5 min
Live Action, USA, 16 min
Night of the Punks
Writers: Dan Riesser, Mike L. Kinshella; Director: Dan Riesser
Small town punk rockers meet bloodthirsty monsters from hell. Lorelei
Live Action, USA, 18 min
A sailor drowns his sorrows in drink as he ponders the lost loves of his life.
Writer/Director: Steffan Schulz
Live Action, USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Derek Underwood
A lost squad stumbles upon an orphaned infant in a war zone. Live Action, USA, 16 min
September 3–6, 2010
Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
Rantdog’s “Zombies of the Tar Sands of Death of Doom”
Misguided girl. Murky boundaries. Tragic consequences. Wanna dance?
Can a flock of ducks and a cute bunny dodge the grasp of the Tar-Zombies?
Live Action, USA, 13 min
Animation, Canada, 14 min
One Small Step
1969: 600 million people watched the moon landing. They were not the only ones.
Will no one save the princess from being sacrificed to a dragon?
Writer/Director: Laura Jean Cronin
Writers: Norm Fassbender, Dave Clarke; Director: Norm Fassbender
Director: Stephen Jennings
Animation, USA, 2 min
Animation, Australia, 4 min
The Painter of the Skies (O Pintor De Ceos)
Writer: Jorge Morais Valle, Silvia Pazos Hermida; Director: Jorge Morais Valle
A crazed painter and his faithful assistant try to stop the perpetual storms.
Writers: Davey Sherwinter, Isabelle Carruthers; Director: Davey Sherwinter
A detective interrogates a wife about the brutal “self-inflicted” stabbing of her husband. Live Action, USA, 8 min
Animation, Spain, 20 min
Shocking, Bloody Robot News! Writer/Director: Mike Fisher
The Pledge (Panata)
Writer/Director: Scott Wurth
A documentary on the people of Pampanga who imitate the suffering of Jesus Christ. Live Action, Australia, 25 min
A fun look at the fact that robots will soon kill us all. Animation, USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Stephen Griffin
Pushin’ Up Daisies
Writers: Patrick Franklin, Robert Wagstaff; Director: Patrick Franklin
A making of a documentary on flowers is interrupted by zombies. What an annoyance. Live Action, USA, 86 min
In the year 2029, an ailing scientist transfers his most important memory into an android. Live Action, USA, 6 min
Writer/Director: Lily Sun
Qing Lou Nu
Writer/Director: Bryan Hopkins
An Asian prostitute finds sex, love, and death when a naïve client professes his love.
A girl struggles to revive her beloved dead dog. Animation, Canada, 3 min
Live Action, USA, 25 min
An animated mocumentary about the cataclysmic plight of penguins.
Writer/Director: David Baas
Writer: Harry kloor; Director: Dan St. Piere, Harry kloor
Sci-fi epic starring of Chris Pine, Hayden Christensen, Mark Hamill, & William Shatner.
Animation, Canada, 5 min
Animation, USA, 50 min
Quartered at Dawn (Viergeteilt im Morgengrauen)
An astronaut attempts to cure her regret and ennui by abusing her medication, Solatrium.
Writer/Director: Chris Bower
Writer/Director: Norbert Keil
A snowy landscape, young lovers, and an axe-murderer. Live Action, Germany, 14 min
Live Action, USA, 20 min
Writer/Director: Bryan Papciak
A very short film about church steeples, made using 1970s-era “special effects”. Animation, USA, 3 min
September 3–6, 2010
Dragon*Con Program Book 24th Edition
Pete’s new apartment surveillance system is none-too happy with Pete’s vices.
Finally, a superhero fighting for the rights of children and pregnant women to smoke.
Live Action, Netherlands, 12 min
Animation, USA, 4 min
Trick of Light
A ring girl escapes from a local gangster and burns every bridge on the way.
A sinister gentleman obtains more than he bargained for in pursuit of a young woman.
Live Action, USA, 18 min
Live Action, USA, 4 min
Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks
How do you remember in a world of death, where loved ones are thrown on the pyre?
A guy who can’t commit to his girlfriend accidentally impregnates his bathtub.
Animation, Canada, 12 min
Live Action, USA, 12 min
Whaling and the Inherent Dangers Therein
A work shy boy attempts to solve the mystery of his local pub’s burglary.
An intern from the League of Whalers sets out to stop a string of deadly whale attacks.
Live Action, UK, 21 min
Live Action, USA, 15 min
The Tea Master
Writer/Director: Jonas Klinkenbijl
Writer/Director: Dennis Hauck
Writer: Sean Kennedy; Director: David T. Krupicz
Writers: Geoff Crackett, Jason McDonald; Director: Jason McDonald
Writer/Director: Aaron Au
Writer/Director: Andrew Racho
Writers: David Page, Jennifer Page; Director: J.A. Forbes
Writer/Director: Bobby Miller
Writers: Robert The Green, Joseph Sliker; Director: Joseph Sliker
Writer/Director: Paul Allen Tillery IV
A humble Old tea-maker is challenged by a Samurai to a duel to the death.
When you’re on hold, no one can hear you scream. Animation, USA, 5 min
Live Action, Canada, 10 min
Written By The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell
Writers: Kelly Young-Silverman, Michael H. Harper; Director: David Marshall Silverman
Terrell’s mundane life is up-ended when he meets a seductive young woman. Live Action, USA, 25 min
Writers: Matt Duggan, Trevor Boelter; Directed by: Karni Baghdikian
Two screenwriters lock themselves in a room to write a script about a haunted clown doll. Live Action, USA, 15 min
Writer/Director: Sam K. Hale
Writers: Kelley Slagle, Alex Kristobek; Director: Kelley Slagle
Jesus and Satan seek professional help to settle their eternal differences. Live Action, USA, 7 min
A surreal fantasy epic brought to life with Japanese-style puppets set in a CG world. Animation, USA, 9 min
Zombie Team Building
Writers: Nathan Blackwell, Bracken Batson; Director: Nathan Blackwell
Zombie survival ... The ultimate corporate team building experience!
This Side Up
Writer/Director: Eric Blue
Jack ships himself in a crate to see his girlfriend. Live Action, USA, 12 min
September 3–6, 2010
Live Action, USA, 10 min
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