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Dragoncon Guests announcements for May

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Dragoncon Guests announcements for May

From the official website http://www.dragoncon.org/
Announced: 05/24/2013
Lou Ferrigno
A world-renowned bodybuilder and actor, Lou Ferrigno has played many roles calling for someone really big, but none as famous asThe Incredible Hulk.
Brian Green
Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green is an experienced MMORPG developer. In his more than 15 years of professional experience, he has done game programming, designing, writing, and live game administrating. He co-wrote a book on business and legal issues in game development, and maintains the game development blog at http://psychochild.org/
Molly Lewis
Molly Lewis (aka Sweetafton23) is an American Internet musician who is known for her ukulele playing. She plays both covers and original songs. Her original music consists of comedic songs about pop culture topics that trend towards the nerdy. She is currently signed with DFTBA Records through which she released her first EP “I Made You A CD… But I Eated It”.Mike Phirman
Mike Phirman is a musician and comedian and original partner in “Hard ‘n Phirm” with Chris Hardwick.

Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. His most recent credits include The Walking Dead andCall of Duty Black Ops 2.

William Shatner
William Alan Shatner is an actor and novelist who gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise, in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films. 

Irone Singleton
Best known to audiences as the menacing thug Alton in the 2010 Academy® Award-nominated film The Blind Side, IronE Singleton’s ability to play strong, multidimensional characters has made him a memorable actor in both film and television. His most recent role is T-Dog in The Walking Dead.

George Takei
George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.

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Announced: 05/16/2013Tim Farley
Tim Farley is a computer security analyst and Research Fellow for the James Randi Educational Foundation. He created the skeptic website What’s the Harm, blogs at skeptools.com and podcasts for Skepticality and Virtual Skeptics. He has developed software for two decades and holds three patents.Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an independent documentary filmmaker specializing in cult cinema. Since 2008, when he founded Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, he has produced and directed over 45 bonus feature documentaries and shorts, as well as three feature-length productions. He is also the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series.Sam Ortega
For 25 years Sam has been with NASA working on everything from the space shuttle solid rocket motors to microgravity science research and is now focused on reaching out to technical communities outside of NASA for unique solutions to NASA’a technology barriers.John C. Snider
John C. Snider blogs and podcasts about skeptical and secular concerns at AmericanFreethought.com.

Garrett Wang
Wang is best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager which ran from 1995 to 2001. He was keen to participate in a new role for the 2007 fan production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

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Announced: 05/15/2013Bill Corbett
Bill Corbett is a former writer and performer for Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the Sci-Fi Channel, and previously on Comedy Central. He provided the second incarnation of the robot Crow and other strange characters, including the all-powerful but clueless alien The Observer, a.k.a. “Brain Guy.”Kevin D. Dockery
Kevin Dockery has written or contributed to 39 books, numerous magazine articles, and appears on PBS, the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Military Channel. His additional work has been with weapons, as a gunsmith, consultant, or in the U.S. Military. He holds a patent on a round of 40mm ammunition.Stanton Friedman
Stanton T. Friedman is a physicist, lecturer, and professional Ufologist.Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite is a writer and game designer, creator of the roleplaying games Trail of CthulhuDay After Ragnarok, and Night’s Black Agents, and over 70 other titles. Among his non-game works are Cthulhu 101The Nazi Occult for Osprey Publishing, three Lovecraftian children’s books, and several short stories.

Jamie Hyneman
Jamie Hyneman is best known for his role as co-host and executive producer of MythBusters.

Todd Lockwood
Todd Lockwood”s illustrations have appeared on bestselling novels, magazines, video games, TCGs, and RPGs. They’ve received numerous industry awards. Known for the narrative power of his paintings, Todd now turns to writing, with a novel to be published by DAW Books. Please visit his website, http://www.toddlockwood.com.

Adam Savage
In addition to co-hosting Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, Adam teaches advanced model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Somehow he also finds time to devote to his own art — his sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, W.Va.

Joseph Scrimshaw

Joseph Scrimshaw is a critically acclaimed comedian and writer.

 

Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is a New York Times Bestselling author of over 45 novels, including I, Jedi, Rogue Squadron, and Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.

James Urbaniak
James Urbaniak provides the voice for Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros., as well as the Doctor’s brother, Jonas Venture Junior and the super-villain Phantom Limb.

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Announced: 05/14/2013Lynn Abbey
Lynn Abbey’s first novel, Daughter of the Bright Moon, was published in 1978. She is also responsible for the creation and resurrection of Thieves’ World. Since 2009, she, along with CJ Cherryh and Jane Fancher have been operating the digital publishing company, Closed Circle.Skip Williams
Skip Williams, is an American author and game designer. He is best known as co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, as the longtime author of Dragon Magazine’s column “Sage Advice,” and onetime director of the Gen Con Game Fair.>> Back to Top
Announced: 05/10/2013Pamela Cole
Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater, Chicago, 40 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, and reenactors, in the greater Atlanta area,  She us head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She has been involved with Dragon*Con’s costume track from the beginning.Drew Curtis
Drew Curtis is the CEO and Founder of Fark.com, a social news aggregator website, and the author of It’s Not News, It’s FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News.Mercedes Lackey
Author of Heralds of ValdemarElemental MastersBedlam BardsObsidian MountainSERRAted EdgeDragon JoustersDragon Prophecy500 KingdomsSecret World Chronicles, Bardic VoicesDiana Tregarde MysteriesMage WarsShadow Grail, and other series and solo books.Lee Majors
Lee Majors is known and loved world wide for his iconic role as Col. Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man television series.

Aaron Poole
A writer and director, Aaron is the producer of the animated short film How the Whale Got His Throat, co-host of the comedy podcast Cabin Fever, and is a contributor at asitecalledFRED.com. He is also Irish…very, very Irish.

S. M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling is a fantasy and science fiction author; latest books The Given Sacrifice and A Shadow of Falling Night.

William Stout
William Stout is an American fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological art. His paintings have been shown in over seventy exhibitions, including twelve one-man shows. He has worked on over thirty feature films, doing everything from storyboard art to production design.

Lindsay Wagner
Lindsay Wagner received household recognition worldwide when she broke the mold for women on television with her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers. As she collaborated with the writers,  The Bionic Woman became an inspiration around the world and in 1977 Lindsay won the Emmy for “Best Actress in a Dramatic Role.”

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Announced: 05/09/2013Tracy A. Akers
Tracy A. Akers is the author of the award-winning Souls of Aredyrah Series. Her books have been included in the Florida Department of Education’s recommended reading lists, are frequently used by teachers in the classroom, and were acknowledged by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony.Alina
PJ Beemer Renehan (Alina) is currently the Co-Project Lead of Artix Entertainment’s flagship game, AdventureQuest Worlds, as well as AE’s Writing Coordinator. She works with their many talented writers to ensure high-quality game storylines and marketing content.Artix
Adam Bohn (Artix), is the Founder/CEO of Artix Entertainment, which makes weekly updated web games including AdventureQuest,DragonFableMechQuestEpicDuel, and the popular AdventureQuest Worlds. Artix Entertainment’s game lineup also includesHeroSmash, several minigames, and the newly released OverSoul, AE’s first card based PVP MMO game.Cysero
Cysero has been the Project Lead for Artix Entertainment’s flagship game AdventureQuest Worlds, a free-to-play, Flash based MMORPG, since its release in 2008.

Susan Dennard
Susan is a reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. Her debut novel, Something Strange and Deadly, was released last year from HarperTeen. It’s the first in a steampunk gothic trilogy, and the sequels (A Darkness Strange and LovelyA Dawn Most Wicked) are also now available.

Scott Edgington
Dr. Edgington is a Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory whose research specialties are giant planets, spectroscopy, and photochemistry. He is Cassini’s Deputy Project Scientist and Investigation Scientist for Cassini’s thermal infrared instrument. Previously, he was a Science Planning Engineer leading Saturn atmosphere planning for Cassini.

Susan Fichtelberg
Susan Fichtelberg is the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, published by Libraries Unlimited. In her 25 years as a children€™s librarian in NJ, Susan has presented fantasy booktalks and programs on the state and national level.

Galanoth
Tony Deller (Galanoth) is Senior VP of Game Operations for Artix Entertainment and heads the continued development of AE games after launch. He has worked with AE since 2002, and was instrumental in the launch and growth of AE’s first game, AdventureQuest, one of the world’s first played Flash RPGs.

Sonia Gensler
Sonia Gensler, author of The Revenant (Knopf ’11) and The Dark Between (Knopf ’13), grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full-time in Oklahoma and spends summers in England.

Honey Goodenough
Honey Goodenough is a New York City based puppeteer, producer, educator, clown, and magician. Puppetry credits include Phantom Limb’s The Fortune Teller, Puppetworks, and The National Marionette Theater, and No Strings International. She produces Puppet Pandemic, a nationally touring showcase of puppetry works. And yes, that really is her name.

Cheralyn Lambeth
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional prop, costume, and puppet builder/performer whose work includes films (The Muppet Christmas CarolLeatherheadsEvan AlmightyThe Hunger Games), television (Dinosaurs!Homeland) and various interactive properties (Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.) She also writes nonfiction ghost books with Schiffer Publishing.

Georgia McBride
Georgia McBride is a former music and internet executive, founder of #yalitchat, publisher and owner of Month9Books and Swoon Romance. She also writes speculative fiction for young adults and tweens, and packages books under Georgia McBride Books. Her first novel for teens is called Praefatio coming in May 2013.

Nythera
Stacia Spradlin (Nythera) is Head of Player Support for Artix Entertainment and has been with the company since 2006. AE’s Player Support includes their customer support, game forums and in-game moderation teams.

M. B. Weston
Award-winning author MB Weston writes YA, fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, and science fiction. Her first paranormal thriller,Unleashed, will debut Summer 2013, and her short stories have appeared in paranormal, steampunk, and science-fiction anthologies. Weston, a gifted orator, speaks to thousands at schools and conventions about the craft of writing.

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Announced: 05/08/2013Dan dos Santos
Well known for his Mercy Thompson covers, Dan’s colorful and highly rendered paintings often depict strong women. His work spans a variety of genres including novels, comics, and film. The recipient of many awards, Dan’s work has graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list numerous times.RJ Haddy
RJ Haddy was a season two contestant and fan favorite on SyFy’s Face Off.  He is an accomplished professional effects artist whos work includes big budget Hollywood films such as Batman and RobinTheres Something About MaryContact, and Sleepy Hollow.Paul and Storm
Paul and Storm are an Arlington, Virginia-based comedic musical duo consisting of Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo. They are favorites of Dr. Demento and regular guests on the Bob and Tom radio show.Anne Sowards
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc., where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints. Some of the authors she works with include Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Jack Campbell, Rachel Caine, Anne Bishop, Ilona Andrews, and Karen Chance.

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Announced: 05/07/2013Veronica Belmont
Veronica is a technology and gaming-centric video host. Her projects include TekzillaFact or Fictional, and The Sword and Laser (a science fiction and fantasy podcast and community). Recently Veronica appeared on BBC America as the co-host of Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers.Blue Gillespie
Blue Gillespie is a progressive metal band featuring Gareth David-Lloyd from Torchwood.Gareth David Lloyd
Gareth is best known for his role of Ianto, the long suffering side kick to Captain Jack on the hit BBC series Torchwood.Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the author of international bestseller Throne of Glass, a young adult fantasy novel now available from Bloomsbury Children’s. The sequel, Crown of Midnight, will release August 2013.

James Marsters
James Marsters may best be known for the role of Spike, the punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He’s a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide. He’s appeared in numerous Sci-fi series, including:SmallvilleTorchwoodCapricaSupernatural, and Andromeda.

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned open-source technologist and published author, specializing in the Perl and Smalltalk programming languages, and is the host of the FLOSS Weekly open-source podcast.

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Announced: 05/06/2013Sabutai Musashi
Subatai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes bare-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at Dragon*Con since 2005.>> Back to Top
Announced: 05/01/2013Larry Elmore
Larry Elmore is one of the world’s leading fantasy artists. His works have graced the covers of National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, andDragon magazine, among others. He is best known for his covers for the original Dragonlance novels.Josh Gates
Josh Gates is an American adventurer, explorer, photographer, and television personality. He is currently the host of Destination Truth on Syfy, a weekly one-hour show filmed in remote locations around the world that explores some of the world’s mysteries and unexplained phenomena.Steve Gonsalves
Steve Gonsalves has been on the Paranormal television circuit for close to 5 years on the wildly popular Sci-Fi hit show Ghost Hunters.Kathryn Hinds
Kathryn Hinds is a novelist, poet, editor, and author of more than fifty nonfiction books. Her 2013 publications include the six-book seriesFantastic Creatures and a volume of poetry. Kathryn’s fiction includes steampunk, epic fantasy, and a YA novel in free verse. She teaches English at University of North Georgia.

Brad Linaweaver
Brad Linaweaver is a Nebula finalist and Prometheus Award winner. He has 17 books to his credit, a lot of short stories and 3 times as many articles. (One article was praised by Ronald Reagan!) He publishes his own pop culture magazine, Mondo Cult.

Ken Plume
Ken Plume writes, does interviews, co-hosts podcasts, plots, and sings horribly. He runs FRED Entertainment (www.ASiteCalledFRED.com), where he hosts the interview series A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume.

Erin Ryder

Erin, known by friends as Ryder, is a veteran member of Destination Truth.

 

Dave Tango
Dave is one of the investigators/evidence analyst on the popular SyFy Channel TV show Ghost Hunters.  Besides the paranormal, Dave enjoys photography, music, and magic.

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Announced: 04/28/2013The Slants
As the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band, The Slants’ bombastic live show and hook-filled music is not to be missed. Featured on NPR, MyxTV ,LA Weekly, City Beat, IGN, KROQ, & over 1,500 radio/tv stations/magazines in over 80 countries worldwide.>> Back to Top
Announced: 04/26/2013Stephen L. Antczak
Stephen L. Antczak most recently edited the anthologies Zombiesque from DAW Books and Clockword Fairy Tales from ROC Books.>> Back to Top
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