Guests, Professionals, and Performers by Announcement Date

Announced: 05/23/2017

Nick Edelstein
The captain of Trek Rock is back! Set faces to stun with the electric guitar wizardry and lyric wit of Nick Edelstein. Described by Performer Magazine as "dazzling, mesmerizing ... breathtaking guitar work," Nick has been igniting starbases across the galaxy for two decades.

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Announced: 05/21/2017

Ben Armstrong
This twisted horror show host has an Emmy nomination for Tales from 6 Feet Under and a Telly Award for The True Netherworld Story of the Harvestman. In recent years he has hosted many events and spent his spare time creating evil scenarios and vile experiences for Netherworld Haunted House.

Keith Cotter-Reilly
He is the head instructor for the Atlanta Freifechter group. They are a Historical European Martial Arts group that predominately studies Longsword fencing of the German Tradition. He has taught workshops at several of the HEMA events in the USA.

Paige Gardner
Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose unique masks, bizarre props and eccentrically original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Gardner’s high-profile costume projects are exhibited across the U.S. and are regularly featured in multiple media channels as well as bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay.

Joe Granato
Joe Granato is a filmmaker, game developer, musician, and fantasy novelist. His film, the New 8-bit Heroes, explores the development of a brand new fantasy game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The project has been featured on ABC’s The Goldbergs, lauded by USA Today, and featured on IGN.

K. M. Herkes
K. M. Herkes is a full-time author, part-time gardener, and occasional baker. Butterfly wrangling and kitchen chemistry also rank high on her list of interests. Professional development has included teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, retail operations, and customer service. Personal development is ongoing. Cats are involved.

James A. Hunter
James A. Hunter is an active member of the SFWA and a full-time novelist with nine titles currently available. He is the author of the Yancy Lazarus series (Urban Fantasy), The Golem Chronicles (Urban Fantasy), and The Viridian Gate Archives (Epic Fantasy/litRPG).

Talloolah Love
Talloolah Love celebrates her sixth year producing The Dragon Con Burlesque Glamour Geek Revue. As a lifetime nerd and 15 year burlesque veteran, she really knows how to put on a show! She is a multi-title winning performer, producer, part-owner and teacher at Atlanta's only school for burlesque, The Atlanta School of Burlesque!

Corvis Nocturnum
Eric R. Vernor, best known to his fans under the pen name Corvis Nocturnum, has written more than thirty books. His research includes subjects such as the occult, vampire lore, and the paranormal. Mr. Vernor has also been a consultant for 2010’s A&E’s Paranormal State.

Meredith Rose
Meredith Rose is a public interest policy geek defending consumer rights in the digital age in Washington, DC. She works extensively on copyright, telecommunications, and tech policy issues. She’s also a gamer and cheerleader for fandom who works on mobilizing fan communities to take part in national policy debates.

Susan Leigh Spencer
Susan Spencer is a patternmaker and fashion/costume designer, and former network security analyst. She has developed groundbreaking techniques to produce custom-fitted patterns by hand and with software. She is the Product Manager for Valentina free open source pattern software (valentina-project.org), and is Costume Track director for Anachrocon.

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is an author, screenwriter, and film historian from Atlanta, GA. His books include The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim and Arctic Adventures! An Official Thunderbirds Original Novel. His work has appeared in Famous Mosnters, Fangoria, Screem, SFX, and many other magazines.

Savannah Teems
Savannah Teems works as a Community Manager for SMITE at Hi-Rez Studios, locally in Alpharetta. She is a recent graduate from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Computer Game Design and Development.

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Announced: 05/20/2017

Christina N. Kieffer
Along with Christina's background in Biology/Ecology, she has 10 years of experience in the paranormal. She is an investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations and is the co-host of The Aymerich Show with Will Aymerich.

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She is the author of a law school text book on Intellectual Property and several academic articles which are not as boring as they sound. Ms. Lytle represents artists, authors and start-up companies.

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Announced: 05/17/2017

Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a world-renowned artist working in the fantasy, pop surrealism, and new contemporary genres. Her Strangeling lines of merchandise, projects with companies such as Disney, Lucasfilm and the Bradford Exchange, and the extensive fine art gallery showings of her original acrylic paintings make her a fan favorite!

Tom Biondolillo
Tom Biondolillo is currently co-creating a graphic novel adaption of Frenzy (Hyperion/Disney)- a fanged and furry summer camp horror- with author Rob Lettrick. For 20 years, Tom's worked as a comic artist, illustrator, concept artist, and storyboard artist for comics, cards, toys, RPGs, video games for well known companies.

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner is an American comic book artist and commercial art illustrator. She began her career in the late 1980s for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics, before moving on to contribute work for Claypool Comics' Soulsearchers and Company and Harris Comics' Vampirella in the 1990s. Amanda's current work can be seen in Harley Quinn and Starfire monthly for DC Comics.

Adam Croasdell
Adam Croasdell is a film, TV & voice actor who's worked with Alan Rickman on the West End. He starred as Baldur in Supernatural, Hook's father in Once Upon A Time, is Bothwell on Reign. For video games he's Torvin in Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor & Ignis Scientia in Final Fantasy XV.

Larry Flaxman
Best selling author and researcher, Larry Flaxman, is on a mission to inform, empower, and entertain those fascinated by the paranormal. Flaxman has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab” as well as the History Channel’s popular shows “Ancient Aliens” and “Time Beings: Extreme Time Travel Conspiracies.”

Chandra Free
Chandra Free is the artist/writer/creator behind the dark fantasy graphic novel series, The God Machine. She's the creator of the comics SKIN and Matilda TIKI, an illustrator on books like MADNESS, Fraggle Rock, and the Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar and Sullengrey.

Josh Greathouse
Josh Greathouse has been a comic artist since 2009. Working on such properties as the Regular Show, Looking for a Group, and Jason & The Argonauts.

RJ Haddy
You may have seen RJ Haddy on SyFy's Face Off, season 2 (where he was runner up) and season 5, or the spin off show, Foxy & Co. You've definitely seen him conducting makeup workshops at Dragon Con. RJ specializes in elaborate self-made cosplay.

Tom Heintjes
Tom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of the Eisner Award-winning Hogan's Alley magazine, one of the leading magazines on contemporary and classic cartooning. He is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and for years wrote biographical essays for Will Eisner’s Spirit magazine for Kitchen Sink Press.

Comfort Love
Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). In 2017 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing the collected addition of their first webcomic, Kitty Game.

James A. Moore
James A. Moore is the best selling, award winning author of over 40 novels, is one of the hosts of Three Guys with Beards podcast, and has worked in comics and role playing games as well. Forthcoming novels include Alien: Devil inside and The Last Sacrifice.

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

Bobby Nash
An award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, & more. Bobby has several projects slated to premiere in 2017.

Chloe Neill
New York Times best-selling author of the Chicagoland Vampires, Devil's Isle, and Dark Elite novels.

Jimmy Palmiotti
Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi award winning character creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, film writing, development and production, media presentation and video game development.  His current work includes: Harley Quinn and Starfire for DC Comics, The Con Job for Boom!, and he currently has three feature films in development: Painkiller Jane, Random Acts of Violence, and Killing Time In America.

Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Inheritance Cycle: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. The Official Eragon Coloring Book, illustrated by Ciruelo, was just published this spring.

Rachel Pendergrass
Rachel Pendergrass is a writer, humorist, and science communicator. She hosts the quirky and fun internationally touring Solve for X Science Variety Show.  Her writing can be seen on McSweeneys, National Lampoon, Redbook, HowStuffWorks, Eater, Martha Stewart Living, and the ever-beloved Dragon Con TV.

Livio J. Ramondelli
Livio Ramondelli currently draws Transformers for IDW Publishing. He recently provided the cover art for the 2016 blu-ray of the classic Transformers animated movie. Other credits include Star Trek, Star Wars, Pacific Rim, and DC Universe Online.

Tony Shasteen
Tony Shasteen was the illustrator behind the Talisman graphic novel, co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and 12 Gauge/Image Comic’s The Occult Crimes Taskforce (the O.C.T.), co-created by David Atchison and Rosario Dawson. 

Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo rose to international stardom in the title role of the hit series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, but has become equally well known as Dylan Hunt in the science fiction series, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda.

Adam Withers
Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). In 2017 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing the collected addition of their first webcomic, Kitty Game.

Kelly Yates
Kelly Yates is an illustrator best known for his work on Doctor Who with both IDW and Titan Comics. In addition, his writes and illustrates the creator-owned books, Amber Atoms and MonstHer.

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Announced: 05/16/2017

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp is an artist, writer, podcaster, and librarian. His art has been used by BBCA, the Geek Gala, and GnomeCon. He has now started working on book covers. Davey is currently working on artwork for Penguin UK/BBC Children's Books for their Doctor Who the Illustrated Adventures. The two Doctor Who adventures he has illustrated are Robot, the first Tom Baker adventure as the 4th Doctor, and Black Orchid featuring Peter Davison the 5th Doctor. 


Shawn Boettner
Shawn is constantly searching and questing for the truth regarding the paranormal and the existence of sasquatch. He is an investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations and a Georgia law enforcement officer.

Clint Brownlee
Clint Brownlee (Charter Member, Director, Trainee Coordinator) – Clint became interested in paranormal activity during high school. This interest came from personal experiences and questions about the world in which we live.

Nancy Capps
Nancy Capps is a proud country girl who investigates, as she puts it, "haints." Her equipment case is full of trigger objects, technology, and snacks. She is the Case Manager for Paranormal Georgia Investigations.

Heather Dobson
Heather is a nine-year veteran of the Atlanta paranormal community as co-founder of Paranormal Georgia Investigations. She is a scientist, mother, wife, blogger, and writer.

Jordan T. Duncan
Jordan is one of the co-founders of Paranormal Georgia Investigations and is a nine-year veteran of the Atlanta paranormal community. He is a historian, researcher, podcaster, and part-time blogger.

Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly podcast covering various geek-friendly subjects for the ESO Broadcast Network, and is the author of a science fiction story in this year’s ESO anthology. He is an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and hosts their monthly Skeptics in the Pub events.

Taylor C Fischer
TC Fischer is a concept artist in the video game industry for near 10 years, working on titles such as Elderscrolls Online, Xcom, and Civilization 5 and 6, and as well in book form for Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder and Starfinder series.

HiRezAmanda
HiRezAmanda is the Community Producer for SMITE and avid cosplayer.

Chris A. Jackson
Writer, sailor, gamer, and scientist Chris A. Jackson has written over 20 fantasy novels for game publishers and small presses. Recent works include Pirate’s Curse, from Paizo, Watery Graves, from Privateer Press, and Weapon of Mercy for his own imprint, Jaxbooks. He’s been sailing and writing full time since 2009.

Gwen Pearson
Gwen Pearson is a professional entomologist working at Purdue University. She also writes as a freelance science writer for WIRED Science, the Washington Post, Science, and other news outlets. She calls herself an insect evangelist because her mission is to help everyone discover they love bugs.

Dacre Calder Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012).

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Announced: 05/15/2017

Dane Ault
Dane Ault is the artist and illustrator behind Monkey Minion Press. He is a space/science artist, pop-culture propagandist and designerd. MMP published Eureka: The Art of Science in 2016 via a super successful Kickstarter.

Mark Bagley
Mark Bagley is an American comic book artist. He has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, New Warriors, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

Kate Baker
Kate Baker is a two-time Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award winner alongside the staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. She is the current director of operations for SFWA. Along with her sales of fiction in the genre, she is a narrator with over 300 hundred credits to her name.

Jenevieve Broomall
Jenevieve Broomall is a popular Cover Illustrator with clientele ranging from IDW, Aspen, Tales Told LLC (Lady Death), Big Dog Ink, Zenescope, Devil's Due Publishing and more independent companies.

Mark Dos Santos
Mark Dos Santos comic credits include A Train Called Love from Dynamite Entertainment, Imperial for Image Comics, Fall of Cthulhu, and Eureka for Boom Studios. In the literary world h has illustrated Icarus, A Hero By Any Other Name Vol. 1 & 2 and Apollo’s Daughters from Silence in the Library.

Claire M. Eddy
Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for over 30 years, focusing primarily in science fiction and fantasy.

Andrew E.C. Gaska
Author Andrew E.C. Gaska is a franchise consultant to Fox on Aliens and Planet of the Apes, founder/creative director of the guerrilla integrated media studio BLAM! Ventures. His graphic novel and prose work include Critical Millennium, Space:1999, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Planet of the Apes.

GLANK
GLANK performs exciting, rhythmic music on unique "found-object" percussion instruments while incorporating the audience INTO the performance. GLANK features multi-media elements, anonymous performers, welded and tuned "metallophones" and hundreds of audience-participation instruments. It's a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly, science-like musical "experiment" with fun cover tunes and energetic grooves.

Bill Holbrook
Bill Holbrook creates three comic strips: On the Fastrack and Safe Havens which are syndicated by King Features, and the internet's longest-running daily webcomic Kevin & Kell which debuted in 1995.

Kathryn Hudson
Kathryn Hudson is a comic artist for DreamWorks Trolls, character designer on Fxx's Archer, and freelance illustrator

Travis Scott Merrill
Working as an Ager/Dyer and member of Iatse local 479, Travis "Scott" Merrill has worked on some very large movies and tv shows.You can see his work in Stranger Things, Macgyver (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and in some very large upcoming Marvel Productions .

Dean Motter
As both designer, and art director Dean has created a multitude of award-winning book and record covers, from Ray Bradbury to Motorhead. As a graphic novelist he is best known for Terminal City, The Prisoner, Batman: Nine Lives, and his seminal creation, Mister X (now in it's fourth decade.)

Andy Runton
Andy is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring a little owl who's always searching for new friends. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.

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Announced: 05/14/2017

American Murder Song
A performance of original murder ballads by Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, the star of Repo! The Genetic Opera, and songwriters of The Devil's Carnival. Hitch yer wagons, don yer blackest veils, and explore a rogues gallery of cutthroats, murderesses and killer songs.

The Blibbering Humdingers
The Blibbering Humdingers embody original comedic rock and pop music celebrating various fandoms such as Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Firefly, Steampunk, comics, D&D, etc.

Frenchy and the Punk
Internationally touring New York duo, French born lead singer, punk veteran guitarist, high energy show, folk punk cabaret, French & English vocals, raucous live guitar looping. Rio meets Tokyo drumming instrumentals. Danceable & eclectic cabaret style spectacle. Named Top 25 duos by Yahoo Music!

Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is the New York Times best-selling author of multiple young adult paranormal and science fiction novels, including the Evernight series and the Firebird series. She is also the author of Star Wars tie-in novels Lost Stars and the best-selling Bloodline.

The Pyrate Queen
The Pyrate Queen is not your mom's favorite ukulele player. She prefers rowdy strumming, nerdy lyrics, and unexpected covers. Expect songs about Star Trek, Die Hard, Philip K. Dick, jackalopes, and submarines.

Tom Smith
One man, one guitar. Mostly comedy, mostly folk-rock, except for all the other stuff. Tom Smith is uplifting, inclusive, topical, pretty much guaranteed to be goofy. Audience participation welcome.

Frank Tieri
Frank Tieri is a comic book writer. He has written New Excalibur, Wolverine, Underworld, a post Avengers Disassembled Hercules mini-series, Wolverine/Darkness, Dracula vs. Apocalypse, Civil war: War crimes, as well as World War Hulk: Gamma Corps for Marvel Comics. 

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

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Announced: 05/11/2017

KyL T Cobb
KyL T. Cobb is an adventurer, a historian, a demonologist-paranormal investigator and an author. Having explored 59 countries and studied 22 religions, Cobb loves unraveling the unknown. Cobb’s paranormal textbook Ghost and Demons: The Lost Things arrived in 2015. Subsequently, he published The Truth of the Bell Witch and Disturbed Destinations.

Richard Estep
Richard Estep is the author of seventeen books, most in the field of paranormal research. His investigating and publishing career spans 21 years and both sides of the Atlantic. Several of his best cases are featured on the TV show "Haunted Case Files," currently airing on the Destination America channel.

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Announced: 05/08/2017

Paul Blackthorne
British born actor Paul Blackthorne will be returning to primetime TV this fall for a third season as Quentin Lance on the CW’s hit series Arrow.  

Willa Holland
Willa Holland is an American actress, voice actress, and model. She is best known for her role as Thea Queen / Speedy in Arrow.

James Mathis III
James Mathis III is currently the voice of Black Panther in Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Other animation credits include Star Wars:The Clone Wars, Ben 10, WordGirl, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., pop culture classic Celebrity Deathmatch, and the anime film Ironman: Rise of Technovore.

Dina Meyer
Dina Meyer is perhaps best known for her roles in Starship Troopers and the SAW franchise films. Her role in the cyberpunk thriller Johnny Mnemonic was perhaps her earliest breakthrough performance.

Patrick Muldoon
Patrick Muldoon is perhaps best known for his role in the 1997's hit Starship Troopers which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Since then, he continues to star in many television movies for the Lifetime & Hallmark Channels.

Casper Van Dien
Casper Van Dien's breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi film Starship Troopers which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year.

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Announced: 05/07/2017

Jon Boutelle
Jon Boutelle has been hosting and producing podcasts for over 12 years. He’s a host of 50 Days of Dragon Con, a podcast dedicated to the directors, staff, and culture of Dragon Con. He can also be found on Need Coffee's Weekend Justice and The Unique Geek.

Tyra A Burton
Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media. An award-winning professor, Tyra teaches at Kennesaw State University and is a frequent workshop presenter and panelist on topics including social media, education, gaming, and gender and sexuality in pop culture.

Gennie Gebhart
Gennie does research and advocacy for the Electronic Frontier Foundation on consumer privacy, surveillance, and security issues. Her work revolves around the conviction that, as access to information and communication technologies expands and becomes more complex, so too do threats to user security and privacy.

Aleta Pardalis
Aleta Pardalis has been designing and creating costumes for over 15 years and has specialized in Steampunk designs for the last 8 years. She has also been a costuming guest and panelist at various events.

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Announced: 05/01/2017

Peter Abrahamson
Peter Abrahamson is a builder of animatronic puppets and robots. His work includes movies such as Men in Black II, Hellboy and I Robot. Peter also competed in Robot Wars, Battlebots, and Sozbots, and judged Robogames. Currently he designs industrial robotics and is a producer on ABC's BattleBots.

Linda Ballantyne
Linda Ballantyne is best known as the voice of the long running animated series Sailor Moon. She continues to work in animation with roles on shows as; George of the Jungle, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Gundalian Invaders, Care Bears, and The Avengers animated series.

Peter David
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them

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

Jill Frappier
Jill Frappier is known for voicing Luna in the hit animation series Sailor Moon, Mrs. Prysselius in Pippi Longstocking, and Fifi in Hello Kitty and Friends. She appeared in television & movies such as Friday the 13th: The Series, The Dating Guy, TekWar, The Twilight Zone, and The Hitchhiker.

Katie Griffin
Katie Griffin has been a professional actor, voice actor and singer for over 20 years. Best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show Sailor Moon, she's also known for her portrayal of Alex on Totally Spies, Hikaru on Beyblade,  Nina Harper on Braceface and Ruby on Max and Ruby.

Jim Mahfood
Jim Mahfood aka "Food One" is a muralist, comic book artist, painter, live art show rocker and drunken freestyler extraordinaire. He has been working professionally as an artist since 1997, amassing an impressive cult following across the globe. His comic book work includes: lllustrating filmmaker Kevin Smith's Clerks comics and illustrating various Spider-Man projects at Marvel Comics.

E.C. Myers
E.C. Myers is the author of four young adult novels: the Andre Norton Award winning Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, The Silence of Six, and Against All Silence, as well as dozens of science fiction and fantasy short stories in various publications.

Garrett Reisman
Garrett Erin Reisman is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short time before becoming a member of Expedition 17.

Susan Roman
Susan Roman is known for voicing the role of Lita/Sailor Jupiter in the anime series Sailor Moon. She is one of few voice actors to remain throughout the entire run of the series. Her other role was the voice of Melissa Raccoon from The Raccoons.

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Announced: 04/27/2017

Doug Dandridge
Doug Dandridge, an Amazon bestseller, has sold over 200K books online, and has hit number one in the UK on several occasions, top five US. He has over thirty books online, and has also been published in many anthologies. Doug has several future projects in the works with traditional publishers.

Kristin Jackson
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and web graphic designer, working both freelance and in the visual communications, set photography and social media aspects of the film industry. She is the Director of Communications for Frostbite Pictures.

DN Lee
Danielle N. Lee is an outreach scientist who studies animal behavior and behavioral ecology. Dr. Lee studies the behavioral biology of small mammals across urban gradients. She is passionate about science outreach and is well known for her science promotion and outreach in social media.

David Maass
Dave Maass is a muckraker/noisemaker on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's activism team, covering police surveillance, free speech, transparency, and government accountability. Prior to joining EFF, he worked as investigative journalist for alt weeklies across the Southwest. He currently serves on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.

Amie Stepanovich
Amie Stepanovich is the U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel at Access Now, where she works at the intersection of human rights and technology.

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Announced: 04/25/2017

Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
ARTC has been producing and performing audio drama since 1984!

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Announced: 04/19/2017

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson is the NY Times bestselling author of the alt-hist/military/sci-fi Destroyermen Series. He has a master's degree in history, is a gun maker, forensic ballistic archaeologist, actor, and technical consultant for movies and documentaries involving 18th, 19th and early 20th century combat.

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

Jamie Chambers
Jamie Chambers is an award-winning tabletop game designer who recently re-launched the classic Metamorphosis Alpha RPG, but is also known for his work on Dragonlance, Serenity, Battlestar Galactica, and Supernatural. He lives in north Georgia, constantly juggling projects great and small.

Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas Gofton founded Lynnvander Studios producing the award-winning The Gamers films, Natural One and Hands of Fate. Thomas designed several tabletop games such as Albion’s Legacy, Galaxy Quest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dragon Ball Z, The Terminator, and Cowboy Bebop before being published in Shadowrun: A World of Shadows.

Kim Harrison
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her life within an easy drive. Traditionally published, she’s written urban fantasy, YA, thrillers, and graphic novels, but she got her start with traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook.

Jon Heder
Jonathan Heder debuted in feature film as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama's Boy, When in Rome, and more. Jon will be a co-host at the Night at the Aquarium event.

Kathryn Hinds
Kathryn Hinds is the author of The Healer’s Choice, an epic fantasy published by Dark Oak Press. She is also a poet, short-story writer, editor, and author of fifty-one nonfiction books, including the six-book series Creatures of Fantasy. She teaches English at the University of North Georgia.

Stan Lee
Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other fictional characters.

Nick Maley
Over the course of 54 movies Nick Maley has worked as a make-up artist, prosthetics designer, director of special make-up and creature effects, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, and video director/producer. His credits include Star Wars, Superman I & II, The Shining, Flash Gordon, Krull, Lifeforce, Highlander, and many more.

Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen is an American voice actor who is well-known as Raphael in the older TMNT series and Donatello in the new TMNT series, Arthur in The Tick, the title role in The Mask, Max in Mighty Max, Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, and Jack in Danny Phantom.

Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of more than twenty books and novellas, including the new release Brimstone as well as haunted house thriller The Family Plot, acclaimed horror novel Maplecroft, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series. She's also an active member of George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards Consortium.

Michael Rosenbaum
Michael Rosenbaum is a film and TV actor, producer, and comedian. He is known for his performance as Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of "The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time." Michael will be a co-host at the Night at the Aquarium event.

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

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Announced: 04/18/2017

Michael Bunker
Michael Bunker is a USAToday Bestselling author. Called the "father of Amish Sci-fi," Michael writes in many genres. In 2015, Variety announced that Michael had sold a film/tv option for his Amish Sci-Fi novel Pennsylvania to Jorgensen Pictures. JP is developing Pennsylvania for a feature film or Television series.

Tayliss Forge
Tayliss is a cosplay model and artisan crafter. She was also a contestant on the show "Steampunk'd" now streaming on Netflix. A majority of her time is spent making costumes and accessories for her online business: Nonconformity Accessories. Most of her costumes are inspired by Victorian and steampunk fashion.

Heather Kaczynski
Heather is an author of young adult speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Dare Mighty Things, is a near-future sci-fi about a girl who competes for a chance to go into space. It’s releasing on October 10, 2017 from HarperTeen, with a sequel coming Fall 2018.

Alistair Jerry Kimble
Alistair Kimble is a Special Agent with the FBI, and has served in Los Angeles, D.C., and Denver. With Eric Flint, Alistair co-wrote Iron Angels, an urban fantasy with police procedural bones, which will be published by Baen Books in September 2017.

Lisa Manifold

Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling indie author of paranormal and urban fantasy. Her series include The Realm, The Aumahnee Prophecy, Heart of the Djinn, and Sisters of the Curse, and in summer 2017, The Dragon Thief. She is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2016 Independent Writer of the Year.


Ed Masessa
Ed Masessa is the #1 NY Times Bestselling author of the Wandmaker's Guidebook. Specializing in children's books, Ed has also written several non-fiction books along with the picture book Scarecrow Magic. His novels, Wandmaker (2016), and Wandmaker's Apprentice (2017) are companions to the Guidebook.

Tobias McCurry
Tobias McCurry is a costumer and prop maker out of Seattle, best known for his works on "Steampunk'd" as a maker, he specializes in genres from Steampunk to Post-Apocalyptic. Participating in events across the country, Tobias is also an advocate of Live Action Roleplaying and its artistic benefits.

Christi J. Whitney
Christi J. Whitney is the author of the YA urban fantasy series The Romany Outcasts, (HarperCollins/HarperVoyagerUK) which include the books Grey, Shadow, and Midnight. She has also written for the theater, including critiques and scripts, and has directed numerous productions for the stage.

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Announced: 04/14/2017

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and his new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Gary Gianni
Gary Gianni is an Eisner and Spectrum award-winning illustrator. His comics include the Shadow, Batman, Indiana Jones, Tom Strong, and MonsterMen.

Lucas Graciano
Lucas Graciano, a 2017 Art Show Guest Judge, is a multi-award-winning freelance artist focusing primarily on fantasy illustration doing book covers, card art, and other promotional works. 

Michael Hogan
Everybody knows the XO, Colonel Saul Tigh, of the Battlestar Galactica! Michael Hogan has well over a hundred film TV and audio credits to his name.

Zach McGowan
Zach McGowan is currently playing the series regular role of Roan on the CW Hit show The 100 as well as Captain Charles Vane in the Michael Bay executive- produced STARZ original series Black Sails.

Petar Meseldzija
2017 Art Show Guest of Honor Petar Meseldzija is a book artist and illustrator who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest artists in the field of contemporary fantastic art.

Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. He made his comics debut in 2014, writing Batman for Detective Comics.

Rekha Sharma
Rekha Sharma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Core, Battlestar Galactica and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

Annie Stegg Gerard
2017 Art Show Guest Judge Annie Stegg Gerard's art career began at 7 years old, when she had her first art show at her school. Since then, she has never stopped painting and has worked for clients across the world.

Tasya Teles
Tasya Teles was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her work on The 100, Rogue, and Supernatural.

Karl Urban
Karl Urban is best known for playing éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Cupid and Julius Caesar in Xena: Warrior Princess, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, and Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd. He recently played the main character John Kennex in the television series Almost Human.

Kate Vernon
Kate Vernon boasts a strong resume of performances but is best known for her role in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.

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Larry Correia
Larry Correia is a Dragon Award winning, New York Times bestselling author with Baen Books.

Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion is an and voice actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle, as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity. Fillion will be appearing Friday only.

Trina Ray
Trina is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (JPL/NASA). She coordinates the Titan opportunities and is the Science-Planning/Sequencing Team Deputy. She is also a newly named Investigation Scientist for the Mission to Europa and an active public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation.

Shag
Josh 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 designed working in Southern California.

S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling published his first novel Snowbrother in 1984. In 1995 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became an American citizen in 2004. His latest books were Prince John and The Sea Peoples, and next is And Carry a Big Stick (March 2018) all from Roc/Penguin.

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Announced: 04/11/2017

Mark Barlet
Mark Barlet is the executive director of the AbleGamers charity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization helping people with disabilities play video games no matter their disabilities.

Katie Correll
K80 is a robotics engineer, puppeteer and enthusiastic dork living in Orlando Fl. Find out more at www.K80Bot.com.

Brian Lee Durfee
Brian Lee Durfee is the author of The Forgetting Moon and The Blackest Heart vol one & two of The Five Warrior Angels series published by Simon & Schuster's SAGA PRESS

Ali Fisher
Ali Fisher is an editor in the Children’s and Young Adult Division of Tor/Forge Books.

RJ Foster
RJ Foster is the Owner / Operator of Steps In Tyme Designs, a One of a Kind Steampunk Costume and Prop Company. He is a Multi Award Winning Costume Designer and builder, Including Journeyman Division Winner at DragonCon 2014. RJ was also a Panelist for the Alt. History Track in 2014.

Bruce Gehweiler
Bruce Gehweiler is an author, speaker and writing and publishing coach. He is a prize winning author, a former award winning publisher and was the publishing coach for The Elf On the Shelf.

Karianne Gottschalk
Karianne was a contestant on the reality TV show, "Steampunk'd" by being involved with many artistic mediums and especially her skills with leather which reflect the steampunk style. She's been a leather worker for 10 years and specializes in leather masks which has won her many awards and publishings.

Jeffrey Grant
Jeff Grant is Senior VP of Research for Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoon Network and truTV. He oversees the teams responsible for research conducted in support of programming, marketing, digital/mobile, ad sales and gaming/consumer products across the four networks, with a specialty in generational research regarding Millennials and Plurals.

David J. Hewitt
David J. Hewitt is a Propulsion Engineer at Dynetics, Inc. His job has him supporting various projects in the Space and Defense realms. Additionally, Mr. Hewitt participates in STEM educational outreach activities on behalf of his employer and gives talks about Space and Propulsion to the public.

Brett King
Brett is an award-winning steampunk maker, costumer, and convention organizer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his work with automatons.

Jason R Merrill
When asked to describe Jason R. Merrill, the word ‘Dapper’ is the inevitable answer. After having Victorian style clothing made for his wedding in 1999, he embraced his inner peacock and hasn’t looked back. Jason started Blackbird Finery in 2013, providing vintage and reproduction Gentlemen’s Accessories to a modern audience.

Sara E Neathery
Sara Neathery is a Steampunk Model, Maker, and Artist from Nashville, Tennessee.

Sam Sykes
Sam Sykes is a fantasy author and comics writer. He has written the Aeons' Gate trilogy, The Bring Down Heaven trilogy and, most recently, Brave Chef Brianna.

Constance G. J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, editor, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. She is currently at work on a book about Frodo as sacrificial hero and a chapbook of fantasy and faerie-themed poetry.

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Anne Sowards
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints.

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Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Five-time Fulbrighter Charles Gannon’s best-selling Caine Riordan sci-fi novels were all Nebula finalists. While working on the forthcoming Broken World fantasies, he collaborates with Eric Flint and appears in various anthologies.

Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux
Richard “Lord British Garriott is a founding father of both the video game industry and commercial spaceflight industry. He is the originator of the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre through his pioneering Ultima series and is the first 2nd generation American astronaut.

Kevin Grazier
Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist specializing in the early Solar System. He was the science advisor for the TV series Eureka, Defiance, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as the movies Gravity, and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. He is also the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.

Lena Headey
Lena Headey is best known for her roles as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, Queen Gorgo in the film 300, and Sarah Connor in the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Lena with be a guest at Dragon Con on Sunday and Monday only.

Mike Horner
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder and is the Artistic Director of Kansas City’s Mesner Puppet Theater. Mike is a fixture at pop culture conventions across the country with his puppet parodies of Star Wars and Doctor Who.

Mika McKinnon
Master of Disaster and scientist for fiction Mika McKinnon gleefully interjects science anywhere it can fit and a few places it doesn't.

Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of books and over 150 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium, Moon Beam, and Myth-Fits. She also teaches the annual Dragon Con Two-Day Writers Workshop.

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a published author, corporate trainer, and podcaster, and best known for his FLOSS Weekly podcast (now in its 10th year), covering open source projects and people.

Jonathan Tarbox
“Jake” Tarbox spent most of his adult life in Japan, working as a media manager and television personality. After working at Coamix Inc. as senior editor of Raijin Comics, he took the position of Group Editor at DC Comics. He now runs Arashi Productions.

Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a best selling and award winning author of science fiction, and a #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor. A veteran of the US Army and USAF, he also consults to private clients and TV and movie productions.

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

Christopher James Ahrendt
Chris has always had a love of the Victorian esthetic and literature. Many of the time-periods require custom made items, so the choices were to either make it or find someone to custom make it. So in a sense Chris has been cosplaying in a sense for over 25 years.

Lauren Brown
Lauren brown is currently a Lead Environment Artist at Electronic Arts Mobile. She is experienced in both the animation and games industry, and has worked on various projects, such as Archer, The Simpsons tapped out, and The League.

Kelly E Cercone
Kelly Cercone is a freelance costumer based in LA; sewing and pattern drafting for TV&Film (Thor Ragnarok, Westworld, American Horror Story). In 2015 she won judges choice at the Her Universe Fashion Show, subsequently teaming up with McCalls creating a line of patterns

Julie Fooshee
Julie is a student in science communication and public engagement as well as a professional in the world of live public science events. In her 9-5 job she works to bring science to anyone everywhere and in her free time she cries a lot over her Star Wars feelings.

Anthony Francis
By day, Anthony Francis is a roboticist; by night, he’s an author and comic book artist. He writes the Dakota Frost, Skindancer urban fantasy series including Frost Moon, Blood Rock and Liquid Fire, and his latest novel is the steampunk adventure Jeremiah Willston And The Cloclwork Time Machine.

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

Tom Hutchens
Tom Hutchens is the founder of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club as "Mandalore the Uniter". Working from his armory, Tom is the creator of some of the world's most realistic Mandalorian costumes and props, and focus of various television shows and documentaries on Star Wars cosplay.

Stephen Richard Letnes
Stephen Letnes is a film composer with credits ranging from international WWII documentaries to feature films with Sony Pictures. Stephen is also blind; he is an advocate for persons with disabilities and speaks on their behalf at schools and clubs around the Midwest.

Margaret S. McGraw
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes speculative fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at www.WritersSpark.com; and edits fiction, academic, and technical writing.

Jay Novella
Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 science podcast with over 600 episodes.

Teresa Patterson
Work includes: The World of Shannara (Terry Brooks), The World of the Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), No Quarter (Robert Asprin), Combat Corpsman (Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin), as well as numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. She is also an editor, artist and manages The Armory at DragonCon.

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area, Emmy and Knight Foundation award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster.  Cara created/hosts a weekly science podcast called Talk Nerdyand, cohosts the popular Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. She cofounded the annual science communication retreat #SciCommCamp.

Trisha J. Woldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge, former president of Broad Universe, writes short stories and weird poetry for anthologies and magazines that occasionally win awards. She’s edited two anthologies and over sixty novels. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s published three scary children’s novels. More at www.anovelfriend.com.

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Steven-Elliot Altman
Steven-Elliot Altman is a bestselling SciFi author (Depreivers, Zen In The Art Of Slaying Vampires, The Killswitch Review, Batman: Fear Itself), Screenwriter, graphic novelist (The Irregulars) and videogame writer, director and designer (9Dragons, Pearl’s Peril, Ancient Aliens).

Tony A Ballard-Smoot
Model, cosplayer, speaker and enthusiast. Tony works diligently to promote the steampunk, cosplay, modeling and maker communities as a whole. He travels extensively around the United states working within the various communities in a variety of roles.

Evan Bernstein
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He has given live presentations around the world on topics including; the direct harms of pseudoscience, woo in the martial arts, and the truth behind paranormal investigations.

David Boop
Denver-based author David Boop’s She Murdered Me with Science re-released in 2017. His tie-ins include Predator, Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars. He edited Straight Outta Tombstone for Baen. David's worked on Savage Worlds' Rippers Resurrected, Deadlands: Noir and Flash Gordon

Jonathan P Brazee
Jonathan P Brazee is a retired Marine colonel, writer with 25+ fiction titles and 130k books sold to date. and member of SFWA.

Raychelle Burks
Raychelle is a chemist in the Ivory Tower, though she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture and can be seen on Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of science. She also writes a monthly forensic science column for Chemistry World.

Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is the UI/UX Designer for Red Crow Austin, a mobile game studio created by Electronic Arts. A seasoned mobile developer, she is currently the first female designer for The Simpsons: Tapped Out. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in video games.

Myke Cole
Star of CBS' hit TV show Hunted. Author of military fantasy Shadow Ops series from Ace/Roc and The Sacred Throne  series from Tor.com. Author of military history Legion vs. Phalanx from Osprey.

Evan Currie
Evan Currie is a military science fiction author of more than 15 novels, notably the Odyssey One series and the Silver Wings series.

Paul B Currie
Paul Currie is a Professor of Biology and Chemistry, specializing in online science education and a world traveler. He presents on using pop culture in to explain science in the classroom and how science influences pop culture. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia.

Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing and science outreach. Together with her co-hosts in the Curly Hair Mafia (curlyhairmafia.com), she tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.

Ken Feinberg
Ken Feinberg is known as the Chaos Demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as the Alien Captain from Star Trek Enterprise as well as an award-winning producer, director and writer having worked on over 100 projects.

Emily A Finke
By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator, Emily has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, and anywhere else there's an audience.

Ben Fisher
Ben Fisher writes comic books (including the best-selling Grumpy Cat and the acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller The Great Divide) and performs techno-inspired nerd rock as the band Tesla Deathray Survivors Anonymous.

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

Mark W. Gura
Mark W. Gura is an author, the Vice President of the Atheist Alliance of America and also the Executive Director of the nonprofit Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism (AMMSB.org).

Nancy Holzner
Nancy Holzner is the author of the Deadtown urban fantasy series, published by Ace. There are six books in the Deadtown series, which features Boston shapeshifter and demon exterminator Vicky Vaughn.

Rachel Kimberly
Rachel is a podcaster, entertainer, educator, and cosplayer. She lends her unique inelegant brand of comedy too many different shows on the Geek IO media network.

D.Alan Lewis
D. Alan Lewis is an author of steampunk, fantasy, and new-Pulp. His debut novel, The Blood in Snowflake Garden is being developed into a television series. Alan’s other works include The Lightning Bolts of Zeus, The Bishop of Port Victoria, and Keely, along with twenty published short stories.

Michael Livingston
Michael Livingston’s historical fantasy series The Shards of Heaven is being published published by Tor Books. An award-winning writer and professor, Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. He teaches at The Citadel, specializing in the Middle Ages and speculative literature.

Kelly Lockhart
Robot Battles founder Kelly Lockhart has been entertaining crowds for nearly 30 years now, overseeing the popular sport of mechanical mayhem. He is also a science fiction editor; check out his latest anthology (co-edited with John Ringo) Black Tide Rising, a collection of zombie apocalypse stories.

Angela F. Mattke
Practing Emergency Physician with a passion for protecting patients from scams, frauds, and charlatans.  A staunch supporter of science, she has been a guest speaker at skeptics conferences in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Australia. 

Melinda R. Mock
Co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's.

Julien Musolino
Julien Musolino is a cognitive scientist, public speaker, and author who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. His research has been published in top scientific journals and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

James Neathery
James Neathery is a professional steampunk artist who appeared on the TV series Steampunk'd on GSN

Steven Novella
Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a popular and award-winning weekly science podcast. An internationally known science communicator with multiple TV appearances, two popular blogs (NeuroLogica and Science-Based Medicine), and has produced two courses for The Great Courses.

Melissa F Olson
Melissa F. Olson is the author of seven Old World novels for 47North as well as the Tor.com novella Nightshades and its sequels. She lives in Madison, WI with her husband, two kids, three dogs, and two jittery chinchillas. Read more about her work and life at MelissaFOlson.com.

Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards, a "method writer", has trained professionally in sword fighting to learn how to write the perfect fight scenes. She still has yet to hit George Lucas levels of severed limbs though.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs and serious things. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, his first novel is forthcoming from WordFire Press, and his songs have been played on The Dr. Demento Show. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books, and a USAF veteran.

Tedd Roberts
Tedd Roberts / Dr. Robert E. Hampson, writes SF as well as the science behind hard-science fiction. He has advised more than a dozen SF/F writers, game developers and TV writers, and is considered by many to be the most likely scientist to create a Zombie Apocalypse!

Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist turned award-winning science journalist. She writes about DNA, cells and all things microscopic for Science News magazine.

Dr. Eli Sheff
Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. An expert witness, speaker, and author of three books and 20 academic articles, Dr. Eli is also a relationship coach and blogs for Psychology Today.

R Alan Siler
R. Alan Siler is the author of Doctor Who's Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Stories From Time and Space, and Star Trek's Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Stories From the Final Frontier. He's had essays published in collections about Doctor Who, Star Trek and David Bowie.

Fr. Bryan Small
Catholic Priest and pop culture geek, Fr. Bryan has been participating in discussions on various tracks for a number of years. He brings his insights from academia, spirituality, and fandom into the mix.

Ken Spivey
Ken Spivey is a musician, entertainer, songwriter, & author who is best known for his MTV & NPR praised Doctor Who themed band, "The Ken Spivey Band," plus his avant-garde, multi city, one day Doctor Who convention called "Time Lord Fest." In addition, Ken is an expert in gender theory.

Laurie S. Sutton
Laurie S. Sutton is the author of an ongoing series of novels for young readers featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. Her other work includes writing Star Trek comics for Marvel, DC, and Malibu Comics. She is a former editor for Marvel and DC Comics.

Alexi Vandenberg
Alexi Vandenberg, Geek Entrepreneur and Commentator. He is also the owner of Rabid Fanboy Marketing, Bard's Tower and the Supervillain Network

R.R. Virdi
R.R. Virdi is the Dragon Award-nominated author of the paranormal investigator series: The Grave Report

Mark H Wandrey
Mark Wandrey has been a writer his whole life, creating diverse and best selling books that compel and delight fans of all ages.

Mel. White
Dr. Mel. White is an anthropologist and science educator who writes and draws silly cartoons.

Will Wight
Will Wight is the Amazon best-selling author of the Traveler's Gate trilogy, the Elder Empire cycle, and the Cradle series. He has sold over 300,000 books.

Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde is the author of the Andre Norton- and Compton Crook Award-winning, Nebula-nominated novel Updraft (Tor), its sequels, Cloudbound, and Horizon (2017). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com and the 2017 Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror.

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Gil Gerard
Gil Gerard is best-known to SF audiences as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers in the SF TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. His other roles include several movie and TV series appearances. 

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is the writer of Doctor Whooligan blog, arts and culture writer for ALIVE Magazine, music and pop culture writer for several publications, blogger and podcaster for needcoffee.com, and occasional contributor to ESO Podcast. He is also the host of Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.

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Lynn Abbey
Lynn Abbey moved to Florida in 1997 which she says is nice, but she misses snow.
She has been called the “Godmother of Shared Universes” for her part in creating THIEVES’ WORLD. She, CJ Cherryh, and Jane Fancher run Closed Circle, an Internet publishing house.

Jean Marie Ward
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she co-edited the 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BUZZYMAG.com.

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Announced: 03/13/2017

Gabo Bautista
GABO, (Gabriel Bautista) is the artist for The Life After written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, (Oni Press.) He is a Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nominee, as well as an Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist.

Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series as well as numerous traditional fantasy books.

James Burns
James Burns is a television graphic designer, comic book creator, and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia.

Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the Ladycastle comic from BOOM! Studios, the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched, and the Shadows series, written as Lila Bowen and beginning with Wake of Vultures.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of a ton of fiction over two-plus decades in the worlds of TV shows, movies, comics, and games, as well as his own universes from the fictional Cliff's End and Super City to the fantastical Key West and New York.

Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee.

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

Sean M Forney
Sean Forney is a professional artist working on Lord of Gore, Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Badger, Cyberines, Bloodstrike, TMNT, Back to the Future, Notti & Nyce, Do You Pooh?, Blindside. Sean self-publishes Scarlet Huntress and Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney.

Robert Jimenez
Robert Jimenez's art can be seen in sets from Topps and Upper Deck, most notably the 8 paintings he created for Upper Deck’s Firefly The VerseStrangewise No.9.

Cheralyn Lambeth
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes the films The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Hunger Games; TV shows Dinosaurs!, Homeland, and Outcast; live properties such as Avenue Q and Star Trek: The Experience; and the books The Well Dressed Puppet, Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers.

Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His novels Mars One and Joe Ledger are in development for film. His board game, V-Wars, is now available.

Don R Maitz
The award winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications worldwide and as concept art for two feature animated films. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character. His A-Maitz-ing images have delighted audiences for over forty years.

Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale is known for editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town and as the writer of Bard's Road and stories in anthologies edited Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her first novel, Camino Unreal, is slated for release in 2017.

James Minz
Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has worked in genre publishing for more than two decades, first at Tor for more than a decade, then briefly at Del Rey, until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth, landing at Baen Books.

Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon has published twenty-seven novels including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, over fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines, and four short fiction collections, most recently Deeds of Honor. Her most recent novel is Cold Welcome (Del Rey, April 2017.)

Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is a multi-award winning and best-selling author of fifteen novels and many more non-fiction books, short stories and audio books from a variety of publishers. He won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards in both the Novel and Anthology categories, and is best known for his Sentinels superhero series.

Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, all for best science-fiction novel of the year. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and he was one of the writers for that program.

Catherine M. Scully
Catherine Scully is a book illustrator (Winterspell, Labyrinth Lost) and writer of middle-grade, young adult, and adult ficiton

Samantha Sommersby
Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her "real life" day job to write full-time in 2007. She is the author of a dozen works including the critically acclaimed paranormal romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren series as S.J. Harper in collaboration with Jeanne C. Stein.

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

Adam Bryce Thomas
Adam Bryce Thomas is a comic artist currently penciling for Archie Comic's Sonic Universe series. Additionally, Adam has collaborated with many writers as lead artist.

John J Wick
John Wick makes games. He also writes short stories, novels and scripts, but mostly, he makes games. His most recent project is 7th Sea: Second Edition.

Janny Wurts
Janny Wurts, published author of 18 novels, a short story collection, and thirty two short stories. Also a Chesley award winning illustrator, she also paints her own book covers, and has a painting in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
In her 49-year-long career, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres. She is best-known for her Saint-Germain series of historical horror stories.

Jane Yolen
2017 Literary Guest of Honor Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is the creator, writer and artist of the superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes and an animation writer. He has also written and drawn IDW’s My Little Pony as well as his creator owned work, Long Distance and Time and Vine.

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of ten Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include StarCraft: Evolution and A Call to Arms, the second of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn, and Sibyl’s War Chronicles I: Pawn.

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Announced: 03/08/2017

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

Mike Faber
Director Mike Faber is the founder and chief creative officer of the highly geeky and ever expanding ESO Podcast Network. Mike also hosts The Earth Station One & Earth Station Who podcasts. He is the webmaster for esopodcast.com, which celebrates all things sci-fi, fantasy and much, much more.

Leanna Renee Hieber
Leanna Hieber is an award winning, nationally bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor Books, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, The Eterna Files, and Magic Most Foul series. Hieber, an actress, playwright, ghost tour guide, and proud goth, also loves working in television in NYC.

Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and consultant for the National Science Academy’s Science and Entertainment Exchange. He created Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach web series exploring concepts from science fiction and relating them to scientific breakthroughs, and Doctor Geek’s Science Fair.

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Announced: 02/20/2017

Lucienne Diver
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent of over twenty-three years experience and author of the popular Vamped YA series and Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, as well as numerous short stories and the essay “Abuse” in the Dear Bully anthology.

J.D. Horn
J. D. Horn is the author of the standalone dark fantasy Shivaree and the bestselling Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo). The Witching Savannah series has been/is being translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish , and Romanian.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a writer and podcaster. He's currently the co-managing editor of the Austin based website OneOfUs.net and writes for Gruesome Magazine. His podcasting history includes co-hosting Horror News Radio, The Hannibal Fan Podcast, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast & The Monster Movie Podcast.

Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Titan Books, acquiring science fiction, fantasy (epic and modern), horror, and licensed fiction including Alien, Predator, Mass Effect, Flash, and more. He's worked with Greg Bear, Alan Dean Foster, David Gemmell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Lebbon, David Morrell, Timothy Zahn, and more.

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Announced: 02/17/2017

Curt Anderson
Curt is a professional magician and speaker about lying and deception. Curt has performed extensively across the US as well as internationally.

Jake Bible
Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake Bible is the author of over 40 novels including the bestselling Z-Burbia, as well as Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (Dead Mech, The Americans, Metal and Ash), the Mega series, and others.

Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times bestselling series The Lost Fleet which has been published in 14 languages, and the steampunk meets high fantasy series The Pillars of Reality. His most recent books are Vanguard and Daughter of Dragons. Jack/John is a retired Navy officer.

Freddy Clements
Freddy Clements is currently a Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in Early Twentieth Century Corsetry, Kilt Construction and Costume Technology.

David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe he writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.

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

Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in lasers and robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He’s the host of NASA's No Small Steps YouTube series and has won awards for presenting to non-scientist audiences.

Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. They are also the creators of the Vampire Empire series of novels.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K Hamilton is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series of Paranormal Thrillers.

A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley is the international bestselling author of 14 novels, the most recent of which are Steeplejack, a YA, African steam punk fantasy, Cathedrals of Glass (YA scifi) and Sekret Machines, a sweeping multimedia investigation of unexplained aerial phenomena co-written with Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves front man, Tom DeLonge.

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the award-winning author of several urban fantasy and horror series, the host of the podcast Writing Rants, and the co-founder & publisher of Falstaff Books.

Faith Hunter
Faith Hunter is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author. She writes two Urban Fantasy series: Jane Yellowrock ( a Cherokee skinwalker) and Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels and RPG are post-apocalyptic fantasy featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage.

Les Johnson
Les Johnson is a science and science fiction author and a NASA scientist. His novels include On to the Asteroid and Rescue Mode. Les was the featured Interstellar Explorer in National Geographic magazine, a technical consultant for the movie, Europa Report and is leading an asteroid rendezvous mission for NASA.

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

Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. Since 2003, she's placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter, Nick Chronicles, Deadman’s Cross, Lords of Avalon, and The League.

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon) and multi-award winning author of the Books of Arilland fairy tale series. She is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con.

Katherine Kurtz
Katherine Kurtz's first novel, Deryni Rising, was the first original fantasy published after the success of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and helped establish the modern fantasy genre. The Deryni series now extends to nearly twenty novels. Her Adept series helped launch the occult fantasy genre.

Starr Long
Starr Long has been making video games for twenty-five years, partnering with visionaries like Richard Garriott. He was the Director of the groundbreaking MMO Ultima Online. He is currently working on Shroud of the Avatar, the second highest crowd funded videogame ever.

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for adults, kids and teens.

Mark Meer
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy, and appears in the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series. He also voices Will MacKenzie in The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio, and stars in the Canadian TV series Tiny Plastic Men and CAUTION: May Contain Nuts.

Diana Peterfreund
Diana Peterfreund is the author of eleven books for adults and children, including the Killer Unicorns series and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And the Goonies-meets-spaceships series Omega City.

Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He has written 76 novels, 280 stories, 10 books of non-fiction, 3 screenplays, and currently edits Galaxy's Edge magazine and Stellar Guild books.

Scott Sigler
#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. He is also a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his young-adult Galactic Football League series.

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

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

Karen E. Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series, Cellar, numerous short stories, and a collection which earned her a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She’s currently working on a new urban fantasy series, new Vampire Legacy novellas, and a sequel to Romancing the Pterodactyl.

Debbie Viguié
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series and four dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie is also a demonologist and an actress. She plays a recurring character on the show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory.

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Announced: 02/14/2017

Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress and former model, best known for playing the role of Amy Pond in the hit British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who. Karen will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only. 

Charles Martinet
Charles Martinet is an actor and voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Mario, the titular character in Nintendo’s flagship video game franchise. He has held this role since 1994, longer than any other actor. He also voices Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi.

Billie Piper
Billie Piper’s transition into acting began when she joined the BBC series Doctor Who as companion 'Rose Tyler'. After, Piper currently stars as ‘Brona Croft’ in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. She will be appearing at Dragon Con Sunday and Monday Only.

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Announced: 02/10/2017

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin is the author of four epic fantasy series (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Fallen Kings, Ascendant Kingdoms, Darkhurst), an urban fantasy series (Deadly Curiosities) and a Steampunk series (Iron & Blood) for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Scourge (2017) launches her new Darkhurst epic fantasy series for Solaris.

Sarah Milkovich
Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D, is a planetary geologist and system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sarah works on spacecraft science operations, at the point where science and engineering meet. Sarah is lead Science Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover, which will seek signs of ancient life on Mars.

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Announced: 02/07/2017

Matt Smith
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK at age 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who. Since leaving Doctor Who, Smith has launched himself into a film career.

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Announced: 02/06/2017

Lou Antonelli
Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 104 short stories published, His debut novel, Another Girl, Another Planet, was published this year by WordFire Press.

Griffin Barber
A veteran police officer, Griffin Barber is also a lifelong Speculative Fiction fan and gamer. He's had several shorts published in the Grantvile Gazette and penned a well-received novella for RSI’s website called: A Separate Law. 1636: Mission to the Mughals, co-authored with Eric Flint, is available from Baen Booksg.

The Black Saint
I still toil daily at horrornews.net, gruesomemagazine.com, and whatever other outlets are fool enough to publish my ramblings. I'm also a co-host at the Horror News Radio podcast, and the Decades Of Horror: The 70's podcast.

CJ Boat
CJ is a podcaster, comedian, author, and professional geek. He runs the Geek IO Media Network and its podcasts.

Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He also writes graphic novel and contributes to the development of electronic games. He invites everyone to Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and/or Ello.

ALYSSA DAY
Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Warriors of Poseidon and Cardinal Witches paranormal romance series and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries, a paranormal mystery series. RWA RITA award winner, RT Book Club best paranormal novel of 2012.

David P. Dreher
An avid horror fan - Dave is the lead news reporter at The Horror Channel as well as co-host of Horror News Radio. He has also worked as Tom Savini's webmaster since 1997.

Andy Dykes
Andy is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology.

Marc Alan Edelheit
Best Selling Author, Marc Alan Edelheit writes Military Science Fiction and Fantasy. He authored the award winning Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Office Series and Tales of the Seventh. Marc is the Host of the 2Cent History Podcast, A historical Consultant for PC Video Games, A hardcore History Fanatic,Adventurist.

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and an author in the SF, military SF, fantasy, alt history, horror, noir... etc. genres. She lives with her husband and two daughters.

Michael Falkner
Michael is an award-winning writer and podcaster in pop culture. He also contributes to the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps new attendees to the convention.

Moe Ferrara
Musician turned law school graduate turned literary agent, Moe Ferrara holds the dual roles of literary agent and subsidiary rights director at BookEnds Literary. A fandom girl and cosplayer at heart, she represents Sci-Fi and Fantasy for all ages and is LGBT+ friendly.

Declan Finn
Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to SciFi, including the 2016 Dragon Award Nominated Novel for Best horror, Honor at Stake. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay. With Bob Blackwood, Flynn penned the humorous and witty Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond.

Christine Foltzer
Christine is the Associate Art Director for Tor.com Publishing, which she helped launch in September 2015. She been working in publishing for over ten years, creating hundreds of book covers.

Marina Fontaine
Marina Fontaine is the author of Chasing Freedom (2016 Dragon Awards finalist for Best Apocalyptic Novel) and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.

Ronald Thomas Garner
Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction. He also a writer with works published in multiple anthologies, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is an author, editor, and communications consultant. Her anthologies include WAR STORIES, GENIUS LOCI, and LEGENDS OF STRATEGY, she and has written for the FIREFLY, BLUE ROSE, and TIANXIA RPGs . She is also active in crisis management consulting and education, and in her spare time, trains horses.

Donna Governor
Dr. Governor is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of North Georgia. Her book, Big Data, Small Devices was published in 2016. She has over 30 years teaching experience in the K-12 classroom. Donna holds a PhD in Science Education and earned multiple teaching awards.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film documentaries. He is also the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 300 television series on Netflix.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy, did a postdoc in science education, and is an assistant professor of physics in New Hampshire.

David Harmer
David Harmer is a disaster preparedness and game author and illustrator, as well as a certified gunsmith and competitive marksman. Recent works include Aftermath! Cybele; Aftermath! The Fleet; Aftermath! Lords of London; Hand of Death, Run Away from Zombies, Disaster Survival Guide, Alley Rabbit, and Survival Weapons and Techniques.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer living in Massachusetts. His most recent novel, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues, was nominated for a Dragon Award in 2015.

Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson is a Screenwriter, Martial Artist and Fight Choreographer/Stunt Fighter. His screenwriting credits include Templar Nation, The Freemason & The Freemason 2: Retaliation, with several more projects in development. He has performed in several independent films and stage plays as well as being an active member of the Palmetto Knights.

Chris Kennedy
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. He is also the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, "Self-Publishing for Profit," as well as the leadership training book, "Leadership from the Darkside."

Roy Kilgard
Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear. When not studying the heavens, he lectures on astronomy in science fiction and pop culture.

Jeff M. Leininger
Jeff Leininger is the Founder and Owner of Robot Costumes USA, LLC which produces for theme parks, entertainment, film and television

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

Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald, PhD is an expert on the intersection of science and science fiction. Her background is in gravitational waves and general relativity, and includes education at museums and community colleges. She works as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions, Inc. and is Global Education Manager for World Space Week.

Misty Massey
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, KESTREL'S VOYAGES and KESTREL'S DANCE. She co-edited THE WEIRD WILD WEST and LAWLESS LANDS: TALES FROM THE WEIRD FRONTIER. Misty is a founding member of Magical Words, and recently became the audiobook editor for BellaRosa Books.

Stephen Mazur
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Christopher G Moore
Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore is a co-host of Decades of Horror 1980's, American Horror Story and Horror News Radio podcasts. He's a cowriter on Beat Down Boogie's web series, Mario Warfare and is currently in preproduction on a horror comedy feature, a haunted house feature and female-centric sci-fi project.

Bill Mulligan
Bill Mulligan is an active member of the North Carolina indie film community where he works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. His two dozen credits include several award winning films. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.

Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy is an indie author and SFWA member whose debut book, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a 2016 Dragon Award finalist for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. Her books have appeared in the Amazon Top 50 for Military Science Fiction and Space Opera.

Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is chair of the Biology Department at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera), and he is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.

James Palmer
James Palmer is a versatile, award-nominated author of science fiction and pulp adventure. His latest novel is Star Swarm, the first book in a new space opera trilogy. He is also co-creator of the alternate history giant monster anthology series Monster Earth.

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with six urban fantasy novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series. For her newest novel, the contemporary dark fantasy JOVIENNE, she also composed a full musical score. She a won the 2006 Florence B. Allen writing competition, and hosts workshops about writing.

Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the host of the shows Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and American Horror Story Fan Podcast. He is also the editor-in-chief of Gruesome Magazine.

Ashley Ruhl
Ashley Ruhl has worked in professional game development for 5 years as a cinematic designer. Her credits include Star Wars: The Old Republic, Defiance, and many episodic titles from Telltale Games, including Tales From the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Walking Dead Season 2, and Minecraft: Story Mode.

Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon’s novel, All Those Broken Angels, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (YA fiction) and was named a ‘Book All Young Georgians Should Read’ by The Georgia Center For The Book. His poetry has been performed on BBC Radio 6 and he has published three poetry collections. 

Scicurious
Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American; hosts the podcast Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 52,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two YA Urban Fantasy Series, The Sabrina Grayson Novels and Windfire, plus the Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education (minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare), she currently lives in NYC. www.tamsinsilver.com

Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the USMC and an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons series and her Star Wars tie-in fiction. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

J A Sutherland
J.A. Sutherland is the author of the Alexis Carew series, a space opera with a strong Age of Sail influence. He also writes the occasional short story based on drug-induced dreams.

George Taylor
George Taylor, a Disney, theme parks and roller coaster historian, was part of one of the biggest Disney-related podcasts and wrote for one of the largest websites. He’s forgotten more about Disney than most people know. He also wants to time travel. And read.

Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen is the Owner of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making Scale, Chainmaille, and leather armor for 13+ years.

Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author, journalist, filmmaker and podcaster.

Mark Zoran
Mark owns and operates the award winning costume and prop house Razorfly Studios and has been featured on CNN.

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Announced: 02/01/2017

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson has published 125 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.

Shamier Anderson
Shamier Anderson plays the role of the mysterious Agent Xavier Dolls in SyFy's Wynonna Earp. He will be seen recurring on the 2017 FOX miniseries Shots Fired and has appeared in Trailer Park Boys, NBC's Constantine, SyFy's Defiance and Killjoys, The CW's The Tomorrow People, and BBC America's Intruders.

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

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

Bill Fawcett
Bill Fawcett has been games designing, writing, and editing since the early 80s. He has edited or co-edited over 40 Science Fiction anthologies. His non-fiction books include two Navy SEALs histories and books on mistakes in history. He is also a game and computer game designer. 

Rebecca Moesta
Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.

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

Tim Rozon
Tim Ronzon’s first major role was playing heartthrob Tommy Quincy on the teen drama series Instant Star. Recent series leads include two seasons playing Mutt Schitt on CBC’s runaway comedy Schitt’s Creek and charismatic gambler Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp.

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Announced: 01/17/2017

Ben Jacobs
Ben Jacobs works at Tools for Life, Georgia's assistive technology program at Georgia Tech. Ben is an expert in finding technological solutions for people with disabilities to become independent in every facet of their life. Ben is a lifelong gamer and champions the importance of video game accessbility for all.

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Announced: 01/08/2017

Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the YA dystopian Steamborn trilogy.

Kevin Bachelder
Kevin has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. Along with speaking on multiple panels at Dragon Con yearly since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.

Zoraida Cordova
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost.

David Haddock
Dave Haddock is currently the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic crowdfunded space sim.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is an educator from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Florida. He has a BA in Integrated Animal Biology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide with the NAI (National Association of Interpretation).

Mary G. Thompson
Mary G. Thompson is the author of Flicker and Mist and other YA novels. She was raised in Oregon, was a JAG Corps officer in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.

Phantom Troublemaker
Phantom Troublemaker is the co-host of The Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show, the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com and the Needless Things Podcast, and the voice of Dragon Con Championship Wrestling.

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