Attending Professionals

For a list of guests, performers, and attending professionals ordered by confirmation date, please click here.


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.

Roger Altizer
Dr. Altizer is a professor of games who teaches game design, makes medical games, and regularly speaks at cons and in the media about games being good for you.

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).

Stephanie Arriola Anderson
Stephanie Anderson is an Award Winning Body Painter and Special Effects Artist from Atlanta, Georgia who creates make-up and costuming for film, TV, Video Games and Corporate Events.

Cooper Andrews
Actor Cooper Andrews quickly emerged as a fan favorite for his heartwarming portrayal of Jerry, purveyor of smiles and peach cobbler, on The Walking Dead. Andrews is also known for his work on Halt and Catch Fire, The Red Road, and more.

Dr Bug Appetit
Marianne Shockley received her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and researches insects as food and feed at UGA. She is a founding member of the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture (NACIA) and is on the Board of Directors for several edible insect organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

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.

Eldritch Arts
Eliza Eldredge is the owner of the costume and prop-making company, Eldritch Arts. She has crafted and sold costumes and props full time since 2012. She is known for her obsessive attention to detail and creating exquisite, screen-accurate replicas of props and costumes from films, TV, and video games.

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

Alexandrea is a costumer and fabricator working at Tinsley Studio. Her last completed projects were: HBO's Westworld, Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, and Starz's American Gods.

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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.

Michael R Bailey
Michael Bailey has been a podcaster and blogger for over ten years. He has hosted or co-hosted such shows as Views From The Longbox, From Crisis to Crisis, and Radio KAL Live. He is also a longtime contributor to the Superman Homepage and hosts a blog called Fortress Of Baileytude.

Dan Baker
Dan Baker is one of the founders of Oxide Games. He has worked on many games, most note-ably the Graphics Lead for Civilization V and Ashes of the Singularity.

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.

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.

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.

Dave J Barrett
Dave Barrett lives with his wife, three children, and an active imagination in Maine, where he teaches financial accounting at the University. It’s All Fun and Games is the first in his series of Young Adult novels and was selected as a winner of the inaugural Nerdist Collection Contest.

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.

Steve Berman
Steve Berman is an accomplished editor and author. His work is mainly queer speculative and young adult fiction. His novel, Vintage, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award.

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.

Robert Bevan
Robert Bevan is the author of the Caverns & Creatures series of comedy/fantasy/LitRPG novels and short stories.

Thomas Edward Bevan
Thomas (Dana) Bevan is an expert on transgender science. She has published three books which disprove many common myths. Bevan received her doctorate from Princeton University in Physiological Psychology and her B.A. from Dartmouth College with Distinction in Psychology. Bevan has presented papers at many scientific and transgender conferences.

The Black Saint
I still toil daily at,, 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.

Bobby Blackwolf
Bobby is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network internet radio station and podcast network, and has hosted a live internet radio show and podcast about video games since 2005. He is also a Virtual Reality evangelist and developer for enterprise applications, having worked most notably with Salesforce.

Elly M Blake
Elly Blake is the NYT bestselling author of Frostblood . After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs before becoming a library assistant and writer. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.

Charles Blue
Charles Blue, science writer. Charles is public information officer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He has more than 20 years of experience communicating the wonders and discoveries of science, engineering, and technology.

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

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.

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

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.

Brian D. Bradley
Brian Bradley is a television showrunner. He's written and produced for MADtv, Scrubs, Happy Endings and created ABC’s Uncle Buck. He co-founded the hit show 5 Truths and a Lie and contributes to Geek Girl Authority.

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.

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

John Bridges
John is concept art lead for SMITE at Hi-Rez studios, creating gods and monsters for the Battleground of the Gods. He lives in Atlanta, drinks coffee and walks his faithful doggo.

Darwin Bromley
Darwin P Bromley is a game designer known for Empire Builder. Darwin co-founded Mayfair Games in 1981 and was the its President from 1982 to 1997. Darwin led Mayfair as it published its train games, card games, and RPGs (RoleAids, DC Heroes). Darwin started Mayfair re-publishing games from Europe, including Settlers of Catan.

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.

Matthew J. Brown
Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D is a professional scholar of comics and popular culture and Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has presented at San Diego Comic-Con and has organized an academic conference at DragonCon since 2008.

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.

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.

Jeff Burns
Jeff is the creator of the Amazon Prime series Super Knocked Up, host of geeky improv show Super Geeked Up LIVE, and a published comic book writer. He moderates panels at cons across North America, including San Diego Comic-Con, Fan Expo Canada, Emerald City Comicon, WonderCon, and Montreal Comiccon.

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.

Mary Kate Butler
The 'oil' in the well-oiled machine of Lunar Lander Development at NASA. She works to stretch tax payers' dollars as far as possible in the endeavors to put Lunar Landers on the Moon and even Mars.

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.

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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.

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.

Corey Castellano
Corey has been a professional makeup artist for over twenty years. His credits include: The X-Men spinoff "Gifted", Sleepy Hollow, Teen Wolf, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, 3, 4, Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds, Quarantine, Fear Clinic, The Prestige, The Crazies, Zombieland, GI Joe, X-Men 3, Buffy, and many more.

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

David Chen
David Chen is currently a part of the Character Animation Department at HiRez Studios, where he worked on games such as SMITE and Paladins. He has experience in the games and Animation industry, working on shows such as The Awesomes and Chozen.

Blair B. Chintella
An attorney knowledgeable about surveillance, copyright, and a litany of other issues. Once asked by the FBI to spy on his fellow college students, he now speaks on a variety of important issues.

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.

Molly Coffee
Molly Coffee spends her nights writing and directing her own strange quirky content. By day she is a puppet extraordinaire and art department champion. Her work can be seen in “The Walking Dead”, “The Carbonaro Effect”, FX series “Atlanta”, and IFC series “Stan Against Evil” just to name a few.

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 Author of military history Legion vs. Phalanx from Osprey.

Pamela A. Cole
Pamela Cole is a professional Costumier, graduated from Goodman Theater- Chicago over 40 years ago and continues working with dance companies, movies, museums, reenactors, in the greater Atlanta area and is head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She has been involved with Dragon Con’s costume track from the beginning.

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

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

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.

Jackie (Ruth) Craft
Jackie is a contestant on Syfy's Cosplay Melee and has been dedicating the last few years to learning every medium and material she can get her hands on. She works to help all level of creatives get excited about costuming. Jackie's recent work includes a commercial for Blizzard's game Hearthstone.

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.

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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.

Joseph Titus Davis has dedicated the last 7 years to perfecting the art of makeup and body art. Coming from Christian Dior into independent business owner. Joseph has worked with Highrez Studios in creating makeups and cosplay costuming for not only Dragon Con, but also for Smite World Championship from 2013 through 2017.

Walter Aldro Day
I am considered by many "The Father of eSports, the Founder of Twin Galaxies, creator of the SCIENCE FICTION HISTORICAL TRADING CARD set. SERIES

Annabelle DeCamillis
Annabelle has worked at the UAB Alys Stephens Center costume shop and the Santa Fe Opera Properties Department as a prop painter. Her experience as a fine art painter and teacher has influenced her work as a costumer and she seeks to share her unique processes with the cosplay community.

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 (, she tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.

Betsy DiSalvo
Dr. Betsy DiSalvo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Her research explores the impact of cultural on technology use and production. DiSalvo’s work includes the development of several games, leveraging games for learning, and analyzing the performance of masculinity in game play.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

Patrick Edwards
Patrick Edwards is a husband, a father, and an all around silly silly fun boy. Space Tripping is his first novel and he got it published by winning the Nerdist Space Opera contest at Inkshares. Space Tripping is nominated for best new sci-fi at the 2017 Dragon Awards.

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.

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.

Dax ExclamationPoint
Dax ExclamationPoint, is a cosplaying drag performer that has taken the world by storm...literally. The "queen of all nerds" (as seen on season 8 of Rupaul's Drag Race) is paving the way for LGBTQ+ nerds to make their way into the forefront of popular culture!

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Susan Fichtelberg
Susan Fichtelberg is the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens. The first edition was published in 2006 and the second in 2015 by Libraries Unlimited. She has presented programs on fantasy and science fiction for many national conferences and conventions including World Con and Dragon Con.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Rob Fitz
Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist and film director with 20 years experience. Most recently he worked on films like The Equalizer, Patriots Day and Manchester by the Sea to name a few. He also recently won several awards for his feature film "Blessid" and “God of Vampires”.

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.”

Tom Fleming
Four time Chesley Award nominee. Known for his work for Marvel, DC, WWE, Dark Horse, WOW, Magic the Gathering, Heavy Metal Magazine and Screen Gems movie Studios.

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 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.

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.

Laura Seward Forczyk
A scientist with entrepreneurial leanings, Laura Seward Forczyk has desired to dance on the Moon and explore the stars from a young age. She holds degrees in astrophysics and planetary science. She founded space consulting firm Astralytical and specializes in planetary science research, space policy, and space industry analysis.

Dr. Allan Fowler
Dr. Fowler is a Professor in Game Design at Kennesaw State University. Fowler is originally from New Zealand and now lives in Atlanta, GA. Fowler is a published author, game designer, dedicated educator, dad, and wannabe martial artist.

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.

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

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Maribeth Gandy
Maribeth Gandy is a Principal Research Scientist at GT and a three-time graduate, receiving a Ph.D., M.S., and a B.S. in CS/Cmpe. She is the Director of the Interactive Media Technology Center, whose work focuses on mobile & wearable computing, augmented & virtual reality, gaming, and health systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Macinnis Gill
David Macinnis Gill is the author of the YA horror novel, Uncanny, as well as Soul Enchilada, Black Hole Sun, Invisible Sun, and Shadow on the Sun, all from HarperCollins.

Jacqueline Goehner
Jacqueline Goehner is a long time cosplayer who's known for her work in costume design, acting, modeling, and hair & makeup. She was also a contestant in Cosplay Melee. Her work can also be seen on SMOSH, Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Star Trek Continues, Star Trek Renegades, and many other productions.

Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabe Gonzalez is a Game Designer for Red Crow, an Electronic Arts studio based out of Austin. His first role in the industry was designing features for Madden NFL. He now writes fart jokes for The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Jessica Gore
Jessica Gore is the Marketing Manager for SMITE at Hi-Rez Studios.

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.

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.

» Tony Gowell
Tony Gowell is a moderator for Dragon Con.

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.

Andrew Greenberg
Andrew Greenberg, co-creator of HDI’s “Fading Suns” and original developer of “Vampire: The Masquerade,” has developed numerous traditional and digital games. His credits include Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Crawlers and the upcoming Noble Armada.

Kania A Greer
Dr. Greer is an avid informal science educator. She has a background in organizational psychology and educational leadership and has a passion for learning science every day through informal and unplanned activities. She currently serves as a Project Development Specialist for the STEM Institute at Georgia Southern Univeristy.

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.

Tina Grossrieder
Tina Grossrieder is a Game Designer for the 3rd person MOBA, SMITE, at Hi-Rez Studios. Her main responsibilities include: in-game events (such as the Odyssey event), database management for purchasable content, and her favorite - writing scripts, co-directing skin dialogue and getting to know all the voice actors.

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.

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 (

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

Robert E. Hampson
Dr. Robert E. Hampson (Tedd Roberts), 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!

Valerie Hampton
Dr. Valerie Hampton is a history professor, author, who founded the American Society for Neo-Medievalism, speaking often at academic conferences on the intersection between popular fantasy and history. Writing Urban Fantasy and Horror. She has a Film degree and is an associate producer for the film Star of the Guardians.

Lynne Hansen
Lynne Hansen is an award-winning director and screenwriter. Her films have appeared in over 65 film festivals and won over 30 awards.

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.

Scott Harris
Scott Harris is the planetary geologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta. A world traveler, petrologist, and educator, he has published extensively on the record of asteroid impacts around the world, most notably in the Eocene strata of North America, the Miocene-Pliocene of Argentina, and the 2007 Carancas (Peru) crater.

Darrell C. Hazelrig
Darrell C Hazelrig is an award winning filmmaker, co-founder of the New Puppet Order, and 2015 Atlanta Film Festival Filmmaker in Residence. Edgor & Izzy, his debut feature film will premiere 2016.

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.

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).

Travis Herring
Travis is an anime and video gaming fanatic with 30+ years in the field.  He is the Marketing Director for Digital Veda Games and primary presenter at conventions for DVG’s many video game-trivia games.  He has written two novels and is in the middle of his third, is an active cosplayer and is an avid reader and geek show watcher.  If you see him, say “hi” and you're sure to get an earful of great anime to watch, awesome video games to play, and the latest on the current geek TV shows that are coming out.

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.

Lyon Forrest Hill
Lyon Forrest Hill is the Artistic Director for the Columbia Marionette Theatre in SC. He specializes in marionettes and paper puppets. Three of his short films are part of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, which are shown internationally. His film Junk Palace received an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence.

Kali Holder
Dr. Kali Holder is a veterinary pathologist diligently combating potential pandemics and threats to endangered species for Smithsonian Global Health. With her diverse knowledge of horrific diseases and a cheerfully morbid imagination, she is the only known human who can win a game of Worst Case Scenario against WebMD.

Kim F Holec
Kim F. Holec is a former historical costumer who now recreates "Doctor Who" costumes. She is the Costume Track Director for Wholanta. She served as the Poetry Editor for Aphelion. She runs the Doctor Who cosplay forum on LiveJournal. Her favorite job was editorial assistant at a SF/Fantasy publisher.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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Sascha Illyvich
Romance author Sascha Illyvich has been published with various e-houses over the last 18 years, is also an editor and trained speaker, focusing on craft.

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JackMonkey FX
JackMonkey FX was created in 2010 by MUA Bethany Michel. Working in Atlanta, she is enjoying the booming independent and studio film industry. Feel free to follow her bloody adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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.

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.

Shareef K Jackson
Shareef is a STEM Diversity advocate, podcaster, blogger, and YouTuber who has appeared in NPR, Scientific American, and Boing Boing's Offworld.

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.

Mahsati Janan
Mahsati Janan specializes in modern and folkloric belly dance styles. Through her more than 20 year dance career, she has taught and performed at more than 150 workshops across the United States. Mahsati's dance classes and lectures emphasize technique, cultural context, and the historical folkloric derivations of modern belly dance.

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.

Catherine Lee Jones
Catherine Lee Jones runs GSTQ Fashions, a costume shop based out of Atlanta, GA. Her shop's work has been seen on SONY's Powers, NBC's Constantine, AMC's Preacher, and Netflix's True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Catherine's team has also done work for 2K Games, Hi-Rez Studios, Microsoft, and Blizzard.

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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.

Lauren Karcz
Lauren Karcz is the debut author of the YA magical realism novel The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, releasing 7/25/2017 from HarperTeen / HarperCollins.

Audrey Kearns
Audrey Kearns is a writer, actor and producer. She founded the influential pop culture website, Geek Girl Authority for which she is editor-in-chief. She hosts and produces the podcasts Kneel Before Aud, Booze and Phasers, the live storytelling show, 5 Truths and a Lie and the upcoming Endling Anthology.

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."

Bethany Kesler
Historian, writer, reader/reviewer, and all-around nerd of many fandoms, Bethany is currently working on a fairytale apocalypse novel as well as several short story pieces and book and show reviews for and Murderboarding Inc. under her pen name, DJ Gray.

Andrea Mast Kessel
With over 20 years experience, Professional Makeup Artist, Andrea Mast Kessel, has worked in all genres of makeup application including theater, television, film, fashion, runway, editorial and commercial. Andrea teaches students nationwide how to create any look imaginable through the use of makeup, proper tools, tips and techniques.

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.

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.

Rebecca Kim
Rebecca Kim serves as IT Manager and Information System Security Officer at NASA’s Marshall Space and Flight Center. Rebecca is an expert-level advisor to the Human Exploration Development & Operations Office in the formulation, development, implementation, management, and oversight of Agency mission critical IT strategy, policy, systems, and services.

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.

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.

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.

Sue Kisenwether
Sue’s been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010 and is a three-time Parsec Award finalist. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network. Sue’s been speaking on panels at Dragon Con since 2012 and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

Bonnie Kunzel
Bonnie Kunzel, retired young adult librarian, is a nationally-known speaker at library, education and science fiction conferences. She presents seminars on What’s New in SF, Fantasy and the Paranormal, etc. Her professional works include Fluent in Fantasy: The Next Generation, and Strictly Science Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests.

K`Tetch went from fighting robots in the UK/US to fighting for privacy, government transparency and accountability, and other rights. Now a technology journalist and researcher, he started the net neutrality fight. When not working, he's writing about Discworld and designing particle accelerators in his spare time.

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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.

» Marc Lee
Marc Lee is a moderator for Dragon Con.

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

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.

Laura Levy
Laura Levy is an engineering psychology at Georgia Tech specializing in the psychology of design for video games and novel technologies. Laura “fights for the user” by designing and scientifically validating technology from the human perspective in order to make it more intuitive, helpful, and playful to use.

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, and occasional contributor to ESO Podcast. He is also the host of Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.

Allyssa A Lewis
Lewis is most noted for animation on over 75 episodes/promos of FX's Emmy winning series Archer, NBC's 30 Rock, and Animation Domination. She is also the Founder of the animation resource and staffing agency, My Animation Life, the Animation Director of re:imagine/ATL, and Advisory Board member of ASIFA South.

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.

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.

» Christopher "Crispy" Lloyd
Crispy is a Dragon Con moderator.

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.

John W Loftus
John Loftus is a leading atheist writer and thinker. He is the author of numerous books, including Why I Became an Atheist.

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!

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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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.

Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald, PhD is a space science speaker, educator, and science fiction consultant who gives talks around the world teaching the public about space science through popular culture. She is based in the Los Angeles area advising writers on space science in their work, and works as a voice actress.

Blair MacIntyre
Blair MacIntyre is a Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, Principal Research Scientist at Mozilla, researchers, educator, entrepreneur and designer with more than 25 years of experience in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality.

Moxie Anne Magnus
Lt. Moxie Magnus, chief cosmetologist on the USS Enterprise, is a mediocre comic and even mediocre-er ukulelist. She has a weekly web comic (Tales from Salonbay) and a Youtube channel (The Moxie Pod). She likes long walks on alien beaches at sunset and gothic romance novels.

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.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a writer and podcaster. He's currently the co-managing editor of the Austin based website 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.

Anya Martin
Anya Martin writes Weird words. Her fiction includes Passage to the Dreamtime (Dunhams Manor Press) and Grass (Dim Shores) and her stories have appeared in Looming Low, Eternal Frankenstein, Giallo Fantastique, Cthuhu Fhtagn!, Womanthology, Cassilda's Song, Resonator, Borderlands 6, and more. She's also a producer of The Outer Dark podcast.

Mike Massa
Mike Massa draws upon his experience as a Navy SEAL, security contractor, investment banker, and technologist to write exciting science fiction. He is currently co-authoring a Black Tide Universe novel with New York Times bestseller John Ringo. His previous work appears in two Baen Publishing SF anthologies.

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.

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. 

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

Charles McFall
Charles McFall is known as the Rock God of Podcasting and is currently the host of "Rock God of Podcasting", "Breaking the Panel", and the "Pokemon Go Podcast." In everything he does Charles uses his energetic sense of humor, infectious passion, and creative coaching style to inspire others.

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; and edits fiction, academic, and technical writing.

Joseph Edward Meany
Dr. Joseph Meany, the Crimson Alkemist, is a chemist from Atlanta, GA. In 2017, he published a book with another DragonCon guest, physicist Les Johnson, on the new super-material graphene. Dr. Meany is a consultant by day, and avid futurist by night. He volunteers with the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

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.

Billy Mitchell
Billy Mitchell, Jr. is an American video game player. He has recorded high scores on classic games from the golden age of arcade video games. David Ramsey, writing for the Oxford American in 2006, called Mitchell "probably the greatest arcade video game player of all time." Mitchell's signature achievement is earning the first perfect score of 3,333,360 points on the original Pac-Man arcade game on July 4, 1999. 

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

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.

Christopher Mueller
Chris is a master cutter/draper, tailor, and textile expert working in the Atlanta TV and film industry. Credits include: Sleepy Hollow, The Originals, Constantine, and several others.

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.

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.

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

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

Neon the Glowgobear
Neon the Glowgobear is a DJ with a penchant for costuming. His unique gear and high energy music will be featured at the Spectrum Party.

Matt Nitchie
The Sci-Fi Janitors are Dragon Con's very own geek ambassadors to puppetry. Catch Bob and Carl on Dragon Con TV and LIVE in the Puppetry Track. Since their debut on Dragon Con TV in 2010 they have been entertaining audiences at Cons as well as at home with their web series.

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.

Bob Novella
Bob Novella is a co-founder and Vice-President of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast.

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.

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.

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Robert R Occhialini
Robert Occhialini, in his role as Vice President of  Esports Products and Technology at Turner Sports, has been involved in virtually every aspect of Turner's foray into competitive esports, and manages the portfolio of digital products.

Philip Odango
Philip Odango is a producer, director, costume designer and actor who has appeared in Birdman, Oblivion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Under the Dome and Wicked Attraction. With over a decade of experience in directing, producing and stage managing over two dozen productions, he fuses design and performance in his costumes.

Daphne Olive
Daphne Olive is a jewelry designer and podcaster. She produced the Black Sails podcast, Fathoms Deep, covering themes and story arcs of the show as well as cast and production interviews for Common Room Radio. She also covered American Gods for Point North Media. 

Melissa F Olson
Melissa F. Olson is the author of seven Old World novels for 47North as well as the 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

Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega has been fortunate to work throughout NASA for 29 years on everything from microgravity experiments to solid rocket motors. He has flown on the "vomit comet" microgravity simulator, trained astronauts on experiment operations, and worked with international partners from Italy, Ukraine, and the Netherlands.

Chantelle Aimée Osman
Chantelle Aimée Osman is a freelance editor and and creative consultant, as well as a published author of mystery flash fiction, short stories, and the six-volume non-fiction Quick and Dirty Guide To... series on writing. Find out more at

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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.

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.

J. Patrick
J. Patrick has been a Program Director for the top radio broadcast companies in the US. In 2011 he turned his professional knowledge to the increasing world of internet content via podcasting. Currently, J. Patrick is the co-host of the new podcast Pod Casserole: An Adam and Jp Show

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.

Sean M. Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and principal for SMP Designs and has designed more than 40 stage productions, 8 short films, 5 features and numerous media projects for clients around the world.

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.

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.

Chris Pope
Chris Pope aka The Space Pope is known for his work in video games. He is the co-creator of the Two Guys From Andromeda's SpaceVenture along with Cluck Yegger In Escape From The Planet of the Poultroids.

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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.

Rob Roberts
Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about Video Games online which celebrated 15 years of shows this year. He is also a host of cult cinema screenings throughout Northern California.

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.

Dennis Lee Robinson
Dennis is a part of Botched Podcast. Botched Podcast is part of the Giant Size Team Up Network. Accompanying me, and part of the podcast is Tristan Gibbon and Austin Ellefson.

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.

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.

Madeleine Roux
New York Times Bestselling Author of ASYLUM, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded & the new YA series, House of Furies.

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.

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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.

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.

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. 

Dana J Samborski
Dana Samborski is a Nashville-based puppeteer and animatronic technician at Animax Designs. He is an MFA candidate in UConn's Puppet Arts Program and an undergraduate alumnus of the same. In 2015 he was the Assistant Festival Director of the National Puppetry Festival. Dana is also a board member of Unima-USA.

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.

Professor Satyre
Professor Satyre  "also known as Mike Langford " is a versatile comedian, actor, writer, and director. The Prof's voice impressions -- ranging from Hitchcock to Daffy Duck " in his own wild parodies, such as "Waffle House of Frankenstein" and "Salvador Dollywood" have rocked con audiences for over a dozen years.

Emily Ann Schmidt
Contestant on Cosplay Melee - SyFy's new cosplay competition show. Best use of Technology and Favorite Social Media Vote at Dragon*con 2016, Professional Division. Best in Show Journeyman Momocon 2015. Member at Geekspace Gwinnett, maker space.

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.

Shelley Segal
Spirited singer-songwriter and guitarist Shelley Segal creates music that challenges, reflects, and inspires. Her debut release, An Atheist Album has become a voice for the secular world. An artist, an activist, and an explicit story-teller, Shelley uses her music to create the world she wants to see.

Elisabeth Sheff
Elisabeth Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US. Author of three books and 20 academic articles, Sheff’s writings report findings from her research on polyamory and BDSM. You can find her blogs on Psychology Today at and

Jason Shwartz
Jason Shwartz began his career in Atlanta animating on the [adultswim] shows Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Perfect Hair Forever, and Squidbillies. He currently works as a Director at Bento Box Animation Studio having worked on shows including The Awesomes for Hulu and Legends of Chamberlain Heights for Comedy Central.

Aron Siegel
Aron Siegel's a producer and sound mixer whose work includes “The Unwanted”, “Implanted”, “Walking Dead”, “Stranger Things”, “Vampire Diaries". Aron’s worked with Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Dakota Fanning, James Wan, Jonathan Demme, John Schneider, etc. Dragon*Con showcased three films he's mixed: "Blood Car", "The Signal", "20 Years After"

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.

David Silverman
David Silverman is President of American Atheists, the Author of Fighting God, and was the creator and Executive Producer of the 2012 Reason Rally.

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.

Christopher L Smith
Chris began writing in 2012, and has published short stories in genres such as Sci-fi, Horror, Weird West, or a combination of all the above.  His first novel, Kraken Mare (Severed Press) with Co-author Jason Cordova, was released in 2016.

He resides outside of San Antonio with his family.

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 (, and is Costume Track director for Anachrocon.

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).

Steven Spohn
Steve Spohn is the Chief Operations Officer for AbleGamers charity, an award-winning author, and advocate for people with disabilities. Featured on CNN, NBC and other mainstream news outlets.

Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today Bestselling Author of Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical, Military, and Crime Romantic Suspense.

Brian Stabile
Co-Owner/Project Lead for the indie game studio Astro Crow, Brian Stabile also teaches Video Game Design at Full Sail University, and has published works as an author, musician, podcast host, and Japanese translator.

Kevin Stallard
Kevin is a 30-year veteran of the Information Security business and is currently CEO of Validentity, a company dealing with online fraud and harassment in the video game industry.

Brian Starkey
Brian Starkey is a dedicated and avid eSports fan with 4 years of experience managing a growing collegiate eSports organization at Kennesaw State University. While there he helped found the club, grow it to over 250 members, and then founded the first official eSport club sport for CS:GO at KSU.

Thad Starner
Thad Starner is a Georgia Tech professor, technical lead on Google Glass, and a wearable computing pioneer.

Roxanne Starr
Roxanne Starr is a graphic designer and comic book letterer. A pioneer of digital lettering, she worked on projects which spanned the entire comic book industry. Her publishers have included Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image as well as Caliber, Malibu and Paradox Press.

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.

Elizabeth Rae Stevens
Elizabeth Rae Stevens is a writer and podcaster. With Common Room Radio, which she started in 2015, she has produced over one hundred and fifty episodes, including the popular Fathoms Deep podcast, dedicated to the TV show Black Sails.

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).

Josh Peter Straub
Straub is editor-in-chief of DAGERS, the webs premiere source of accessibility reviews and other accessibility centric video game themed content. He also runs a consulting agency that helps AAA developers understand how to design games that are both fun for the able bodied and accessible for the physically disabled.

Shannon Strucci
Shannon Strucci is an editor and videographer known for her "SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD" web series.

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.

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.

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Susan Tamasi
Susan Tamasi is Professor of Pedagogy and Director of the Linguistics Program at Emory University. She is a sociolinguist whose work focuses on language change, American English dialects, and health communication. She teaches Philosophy of Language and enjoys questioning the very definition and future of language.

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.

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.

Lesia Miller The Haunted Librarian
A former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian. She blogs at A researcher for 25 years, she is currently debunking the debunking of Mothman, which turns 50 this year. She investigates the most popular theories along with obscure and shows how they simply do not hold up.

The Wicked Tailor
Frank T. Puricelli, know as "The Wicked Tailor" online, is an national award winning costume and prop maker from Charleston, South Carolina. By day he is a college history professor who specializes in 19th and early 20th century fashion and technology.

Sarah Olmsted Thomas
Sarah Olmsted Thomas is an actor, puppeteer, accordionist, and one half of the puppetry duo Alex & Olmsted which was recently awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Grant.

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 and the Needless Things Podcast, and the voice of Dragon Con Championship Wrestling.

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Vanessa S Valliere
Vanessa. S. Valliere is a Chicago based performer who has toured nationally with her devised solo puppetry and clown work. She also tours internationally with Manual Cinema, and nationally with Theater Unspeakable and Tour De Fat. She is a proud nerd-cheerleader for the thirty-piece circus punk marching band, Mucca Pazza.

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

Alex Vernon
Alex Vernon is an actor, puppeteer, maker, silhouettist, and automata repairer.

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

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

Jack H. Walsh
Jack Walsh is a public television producer and writer, best known for his Emmy-winning work on “Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity,” “Four Days at Dragon Con,” and “Get Delicious!”

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.

Celestia N. Ward
Celestia Ward, cartoonist and illustrator, has lent her talents to the webcomic "Astounding Tales of Science" and to skeptical publications such as Skeptical Inquiry and Skeptical Briefs. Her design work also promotes skeptical podcasts and Facebook pages, and she serves as content producer for the podcast "Squaring the Strange."

William Alan Webb
Bill is an Active member of SFWA, #1 bestseller on Amazon Australia and published military historian. He draws of the many illustrations for his fantasy work and has seven books on the schedule for 2017. A lifetime in sales and marketing has served him well in his publishing career.

Jeri Westerson
Los Angeles native and award-winning author Jeri Westerson writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mysteries, the urban fantasy series Booke of  The Hidden, and The Skyler Foxe LGBT mysteries. To date, her medieval mysteries have garnered twelve industry award nominations, from the Agatha to the Shamus.

Alex White
Alex White was born and raised in the American south. He takes photos, writes music and spends hours on YouTube watching other people blacksmith. He values challenging and subversive writing, but he'll settle for a good time.

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

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.

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.

Shaun Wightman
Shaun Wightman is an Artist, Professor, and Game Designer. He is the Department Chair for Digital Media Technology at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce Florida. He also Co-owns Astro Crow Games, where he serves at Art Director.

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, and the 2017 Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror.

Damien Patrick Williams
Damien Williams is an instructor, researcher, and writer on philosophy, technology, religion, popular culture, and the occult, writing at and For the past six years he's been on the programming committee of the Comics & Popular Arts Conference, tackling Dragon Con's interests from an academic perspective.

Jonathan Williams
Award-winning blogger, podcaster, journalist, wrestling promoter and art curator are just some of the prolific professions held by Jonathan Williams. Founder of the multi-award-winning, he now works as a set dresser for genre productions such as Stranger Things, Stan Against Evil, Rainy Season and more.

Michael George Williams
Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror, paranormal fantasy, and science fiction genres. Michael's best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles and The Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton, both from Falstaff Books. He's also a game developer, gamer, wisecracker, activist, and podcaster.

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

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

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Jose P Zagal
José Zagal is faculty at the University of Utah's top-ranked game development program. He wrote Ludoliteracy and edited the Videogame Ethics Reader and a forthcoming book on the study of role-playing games. He was also honored as a distinguished game scholar by the digital games research association (DiGRA).

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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