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Anderson, Laurie, so many more added to Dragoncon

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Anderson, Laurie, so many more added to Dragoncon

Announced: 04/16/2013Will Aymerich
Will Aymerich is a Latin American paranormal investigator, public speaker, traveler, radio/podcast host of The Darkside…, published author Souls of Norcross, filmmaker, photographer and founder of The Darkside Syndicate, a popular paranormal investigation team out of Atlanta, GA.

Allan Gilbreath
Allan Gilbreath is a nationally recognized and award-winning author, publisher, speaker, and actor. In addition, Allan is an accomplished skeptic, cook, gardener, computer geek, and martial artist. He appears on television, stage, movies, radio/web/podcast, and tours the country in live appearances.

Richard Kadrey
New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published eight novels, including Sandman SlimKill the DeadAloha from Hell,Devil Said BangButcher Bird, and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, CA.

Miracle Laurie
Miracle Laurie wowed audiences as not one, not two, but three characters in one on the Joss Whedon series Dollhouse, bringing Mellie, November, and Madeline Costley to life. She recently co-starred in the feature film Any Day Now and in 2013 can be seen in Scenic Route with Josh Duhamel.

Eve Myles
Eve Myles is best known for her role as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood.

Kathy Najimy
Kathy Najimy is an American actress, most notable as Olive Massery on the television series Veronica’s Closet, Sister Mary Patrick inSister Act and the voice of Peggy Hill on the animated television series King of the Hill.

Jonathan Bradley Strickland
Jonathan Strickland is a writer, podcaster and video host for and Discovery Communications.

Travis Walton
Travis Walton’s book Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience was the basis for the Paramount film Fire in the Sky. He has appeared in live venues and media worldwide. He has many new projects in development, including an ongoing effort to get a remake of his movie.

Announced: 04/13/2013Richard Dean Anderson
Richard Dean Anderson is best known for his roles as MacGyver and Jack O’Neill in Stargate SG-1

Teryl Rothery
Teryl Rothery is best known for her starring role of Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG-1.

Genelle Williams
Genelle Williams portrayed Leena on the Syfy series Warehouse 13.

Announced: 04/12/2013Lev Grossman
Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling fantasy novels The Magicians and The Magician King. In 2011 he won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer at Worldcon. Grossman is also the book critic at Time magazine, and has literature degrees from Harvard and Yale.

CCH Pounder
CCH Pounder can currently be seen playing Mrs. Irene Frederic on Warehouse 13.

Announced: 04/10/2013Abney Park
Abney Park is a Steampunk band based out of Seattle, WA. During their stage show they perform a variety of songs off of their nine albums, coupled with a dynamic light show, on stage dancers, and guest musicians.

William C. Martin
William C Martin, Ph.D., is “Atlanta’s own Forry Ackerman.” A Buck Rogers Solar Scout and First Fandom member, he has been reading and collecting SF since the 1930s. He has penned numerous professional papers on SF’s history and development as the “Literature of the 20th Century.”

Announced: 04/09/2013The Gekkos
The Gekkos are a high energy nerd rock band that deliver a sound unlike any other! Utilizing accordion, keytar, they create sonic bliss singing songs about Pokemon zombies, MST3K, and dividing by zero!

Announced: 04/08/2013Darwin 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.

Brad Bell Cheeks
Brad Bell is Executive Producer, co-writer, and star of the award-winning newlywed sitcom Husbands. In addition to his work as Consulting Producer for VH1’s Pop Up Video, Bell, along with Jane Espenson, has written the Husbands comic book, available at

Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson created the award-winning sitcom Husbands with Brad Bell (aka Cheeks). She is also known for her work as a writer/producer of shows including Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelFireflyThe O.C., Gilmore Girls, Battlestar GalacticaGame of Thrones, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and others.

John D. Ringo
John Ringo is an award winning author of science fiction, fantasy and action thrillers.

Don Rosa
Internationally acclaimed and award-winning writer & illustrator best known for his comics adventures featuring $crooge McDuck, Donald Duck and the other characters featured in the Disney comics as originally created by Carl Barks.

The Blibbering Humdingers
The Blibbering Humdingers are a “wizard rock” band from Cary, NC performing songs primarily about Harry Potter and the wizarding world created by J. K. Rowling. They’re also into all kinds of other nerd stuff like Dungeons & DragonsDoctor Who, medieval history, steampunk, Star Wars, Lego, Ren Faires, SCA, etc.

Laura Layne Tyler
Laura joined Season 3 of SyFy’s original reality TV series Face Off in 2012. She is a professional FX makeup artist who has worked in her field for more then 10 years and cant stop talking about cos-play and makeup.

Announced: 04/06/2013Kathleen O’Shea David
Kathleen O’Shea David is a professional puppeteer, a master costumer, a book editor, and published writer. She is a member of the Puppeteers Guild, UNIMA-USA, Actors’ Equity, and the International Costumers Guild. Her puppets are in private collections and museums all over the world.

Peter David
Peter David is a New York Times bestselling author.

Stephen W. Ramsden
Stephen W. Ramsden is the founder and director of the worlds largest Solar Astronomy outreach program, The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, a nonprofit 501c3.

Jennifer Spence
Jennifer Spence’s recent roles include the brainy and secretly libidinous Dr. Lisa Park on SyFy’s  Stargate Universe. She is presently appearing in a recurring role on the highly anticipated new Shaw Media series Continuum.

Announced: 04/05/2013Luvia Petersen
Luvia’s first professional job came at the age of 25–she was cast in the Emmy nominated TV series The L-Word (2004-2005). She has since appeared in projects including, The X-Files (2008), Battlestar Galactica (2009), Reaper (2009), Sanctuary (2010), Endgame(2011), and Falling Skies.

Announced: 04/04/2013Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche is known for the many voices he had done on Futurama including Kif Kroker. He is also know for being The Brain onPinky and the Brain.

Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos is well known for his role as Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica.

Announced: 04/03/2013Michael Cerveris
Cerveris’ most visible television role to date has been as the observer called September in the FOX science fiction television seriesFringe. His character, a mysterious man seen attending many unusual events, has appeared regularly during the series and became one of the main characters to bring the story to its end.

Annie Erskine
Annie Erskine is a cartoonist, comic book artist, illustrator, writer, graphic designer, etc. Basically, a jack of all trades. She works as a freelancer for Cartoon Network doing various graphic design and illustrative work while simultaneously working on her own comic book creation, Magia High.

Stage director, public speaker and singer Kirsten Z Cairns is a senior staffer for Seen at conventions as a panelist for TORn and as a performer, Cairns brings her knowledge of acting, literature and traditional music to the talks which are beloved of fans of all things Tolkien!

Sarah Milkovich
Dr. Sarah Milkovich works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the science operations systems engineer for Mars Science Laboratory (the Curiosity rover) and the investigation scientist for the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Tee Morris
Tee Morris is an award-winning author and podcaster, and one of the pioneers of social media.

Tahmoh Penikett
Tahmoh Penikett starred as Lieutenant Karl “Helo” Agathon on the Emmy Nominated Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica.

Chad Ramey
Chad Ramey is a amateur nuclear physicist, engineer, and NASA intern. Chad owns and operates the world’s smallest nuclear fusion reactor.

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Announced: 03/26/2013D. A. Adams
D.A. Adams is the author of The Brotherhood of DwarvesRed Sky at DawnThe Fall of Dorkhun, and Between Dark and Light.

Ginger Campbell, MD
Dr. Ginger Campbell is the host of the highly-rated Brain Science Podcast, “the show for everyone who has a brain.” She is also the author of Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty.

Sheyne Fleischer
Sheyne Fleischer, an entertainment professional in the Los Angeles area, is a founding member of the fashion department at Pacific Media Expo. Named one of LA Weekly’s People of LA 2010, Sheyne is currently a member of The League of S.T.E.A.M.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is a publicist, editor, and author. Her projects include the anthologies Rigor AmortisBroken Time Blues, and Geek Love. She is the publicist for Paizo’s Pathfinder Tales and the Nebula Awards Weekend, and Public Relations Manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

David Macinnis Gill
Young adult novelist David Macin­nis Gill is the author of the award-winning novels Soul EnchiladaBlack Hole SunInvisible Sun, &Shadow on the Sun. His short sto­ries have appeared in sev­eral mag­a­zines, includ­ing The Cres­cent Review and Writer’s Forum.

Donna Governor
Master teacher and recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Governor is activity involved in the science education community at local, state and national levels. She is published in several education and research journals on topics that include engineering education, family science nights and using science songs to engage learners.

Aaron Lathrop
Aaron has performed his puppets all over the country, with Tears of Joy, Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, and others. He creates new works of all types with his partner Gina Leigh and is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Dragon*Con.

Gina L Leigh
Gina Leigh is a puppeteer and playwright. With her partner Aaron Lathrop, Gina has toured both coasts with puppet theatre companies. She played Alfreda The Cheetah in The Jim Henson Company’s X.Tink.Shun. She has produced shows, classes, and workshops; and played in puppet slams across the country.

Comfort Deborah Love
Comfort Love & Adam Withers are the three-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the seriesThe Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. They are currently working on a massive How To book for Random House – The Complete DIY Guide for Comics, Manga, and Webcomics Self-Publishing.

Farah Jane Mendlesohn
Farah Mendlesohn’s work includes Diana Wynne Jones and the Children’s Fantastic Tradition (2005) and the acclaimed Rhetorics of Fantasy (2008). She won the Hugo in 2005 and has been nominated five times. Farah Mendlesohn is Director of Exhibits for the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (London).

Midtown Brass
Made up of some of the top musicians in the Southeast, Midtown Brass Quintet is a dynamic chamber group based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their diverse palate includes classical, jazz, pop, and commercial music, which means we can meet any musical need.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker
Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho) is an academic scholar, activist, and publishing professional. She works in editorial for Tor Books and She is a well-known media expert on steampunk and science fiction. Her contributions are found in Steaming into a Victorian FutureFashion Talks, and Steampunk Magazine.

Carla Rhodes
Carla Rhodes is a rock n’ roll ventriloquist and comedienne. Mentored by the legendary Shari Lewis, Carla has performed since her teens and appears regularly in New York City when not touring nationally. Most recently, she was honored to be a finalist in the 2012 Andy Kaufman Awards.

Shane Simek
Shane Simek has been a Deputy Sheriff in North Eastern Ohio for 13 years. He studies Special Warfare and Counter-Terrorism and will be sharing his experiences with fans as part of The Armory track.

Tom Smith
Acoustic musician – mostly comedy, mostly folk-rock. Lots of laughs, lots of puns, many sf/fantasy-technology-pop culture references and jokes. Lots of audience interaction and silliness.

Jeanne C. Stein
Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. Her award winning series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK. Her newest book, Haunted, was released August 28.

Constance G.J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, poet, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. Her book The War Within: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero is scheduled for release by Oloris Publishing in 2014.

Adam Withers
Comfort Love & Adam Withers are the three-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the seriesThe UniquesUniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. Currently working on a massive “How To” book for Random House – The Complete DIY Guide for Comics, Manga, and Webcomics Self-Publishing.

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Announced: 03/25/2013Cassie Alexander
Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and author of the Edie Spence trilogy out now from St. Martin’s Press. NightshiftedMoonshifted, and Shapeshifted, are about a nurse who works with vampires on a supernatural medical floor.

Allen Bellman
Allen Bellman became a staff artist at Timely during Golden Age of comics. He did the backgrounds for Syd Shores’ Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as: The Human TorchAll Winners ComicsMarvel MysterySub MarinerYoung Allies, and more.

Ken Feinberg
Feinberg is best known for his work as an actor on Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire SlayerCharmed and many others. He is also an award-winning director most recently having directed the new film Santa’s Boot Camp. Four of his films debut at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Michael Gilkey
Michael Gilkey is the Marketing and Operations Manager for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine. He earned two degrees from Case Western Reserve University, a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, 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 and now leads the informal education efforts of the citizen science project CosmoQuest.

Laura Hayden
As a kid, when Laura Hayden wasn’t watching TV, she was reading. As a result, her seventeen books and short stories straddle multiple fiction genres and include vivid characters with action, suspense, and humor. A recovering military independent, she now lives in Alabama after years of moving around the US.

Herbert Jefferson Jr.
Herbert Jefferson Jr. is probably best known for his role as Lieutenant Boomer in the original Battlestar Galactica.

Deidre Knight
Deidre Knight wears many hats as an award-winning fantasy author and president of The Knight Agency, one of the top literary agencies in the Southeast. As an agent, she’s shepherded countless authors onto every major bestseller list, and is considered an industry expert on urban fantasy and paranormal fiction.

Anya Martin
Anya Martin is a writer/ journalist specializing in SF/F, horror and comics. “Stuffed Bunny in Doll Land,” her contribution (with Spanish artist Mado Pena) to the critically acclaimed Womanthology (IDW Comics) has been called “wonderfully weird,” “a smart adventure,” and “delightfully fanciful.” Her many other projects include

Tom Merritt
Tom Merritt is an award-winning podcaster and writer. He co-hosts the hit scifi/fantasy podcast Sword and Laser with Veronica Belmont, and the award-winning Tech News Today. He also hosts FSL TonightFrame RateAutopilot, and more. He also writes the comicTenState with Len Peralta.

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