andyvanoverberghe (an-dee van-over-burg) is a Pacific Northwest Fine Artist and Creator currently working in a style of high detail ink and charcoal illustrations on wood, stone, and paper. Formal studies in animation and multi-media production at The Columbus College of Art and Design lead him to an early career in motion graphics and music video/animation production. While working for years on independent animation and video projects his Fine Art Illustration remained in a form of concept design for storytelling, storyboarding, tattooing, and expressive anatomical representation. As years evolved his work now pushes the imagination of story telling into world building concept and design. Conceptual storytelling in a single image. Using the natural elements of the organic canvas he subconsciously draws and consciously designs storied worlds inviting viewers to lose themselves in the layers of endless contemplation. His works span several genres including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Sacred Geometry, Philosophy, Nature, Anatomy, and the Cosmos. For the past 8 years his artwork has shown in galleries in Los Angeles, CA and annually through out the Pacific North West. His creations have collected numerous honors including Best of Show at WorldCon 73. To view his work online visit http://www.andyvanoverberghe.com.
“A tree lived once some time ago. I don’t know where and I don’t know when. Over time this tree branched out in random organic direction. This tree grew in a fractal pattern and grew to a random size. It was cut down at a precise height and sent to a mill where it was divided into slabs of specific proportion. These different slabs were transported to places you will never know and further cut down by different objects to deliberate specifications. Eventual pieces of the pieces crossed my path at a given place and a given time. Presented with only a small piece of the once breathing life form, a particular section of grain of a particular cut out section of this particular slab of wood from somewhere, somewhen, and somehow, my subconscious happened to see recognizable shapes and images based on the grain and layout of knots. I see what I see, I think as I do, and I draw what I draw. Ink, stone, colored pencil, wood, and time all converge in a balance of design; dictated by my subconscious and translated into a recognizable language. Pulling inspiration from a myriad of angles, my subconscious mind respects, dissects, and cultivates the differences between fusing them into one. This collision of timelines of the living universe presents my current artwork. Balancing the organic unforgiving random.”
Cathy Plesko is a planetary scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where she studies asteroids and comets, and how to prevent them from hitting the Earth. She did her undergraduate work in Astronomy and Physics at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in Computational Geophysics at University of California Santa Cruz. Her first con was NorWesCon 1993.
John’s been playing RPGs for over three decades. In spite of publishing dozens of works for various gaming systems, his first solo project, the dime novel Night Train for Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands steampunk/western/horror RPG—also known among players as the “PC Death Train”—remains to this day probably his best-known work.
Over the years, he’s served as the line developer for the Deadlands and Conspiracy X roleplaying games, as well as the Showdown miniatures game. His first full-length novel, Deluge, was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Game-Related Book. His latest major work, Deadlands Noir, won the 2014 Silver Ennie for Best Setting.
In addition to his work in gaming, John has been an interrogator for the US Army, a firearms instructor, a bodyguard, and a private investigator.
Clay Cooper: An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany. He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents. He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He lives by the motto “be prepared.”
Special Guest of Honor:
At the age of ten, Dragon Dronet won a year-long scholarship to the Renaissance School of Art in Oakland, California. Ten years later he began a career in the entertainment industry in Seattle, where he shared a business designing and manufacturing costumes and honing his skills as a sci-fi artist and illustrator. He was also entering and winning science-fiction costume contests all over America. At the same time, he was studying martial arts and swordsmanship. By the time he arrived in Los Angeles in the ’80s, Dragon was not only experienced in props and costumes; he was a seasoned professional in stunts, martial arts and swords as well as a celebrity on the sci-fi convention circuit.
His expertise led to work on films and television, including Alien: Resurrection, Batman and Robin (assisting on Mr. Freeze’s suit of armor), Eraser, the Star Trektelevision series and films, Babylon 5, A.I. and many more.
As a twenty-year veteran stunt choreographer, stuntman and actor, Dragon Dronet not only knows how to make the props, weapons and costumes but he also knows how to use them. As a result, Dragon was hired to be one of the lead Red Army gorillas in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. Dragon choreographed many of the fight scenes and invented the sword fighting technique used by the Red Army gorillas. He was also one of the memnon warriors in The Scorpion King and created the hero armor pieces that were worn by the scorpion king’s army. He worked on the new release of Chronicles of Riddick, making the knives and the gauntlets Vin Diesel used in the movie.
Dragon’s philosophy on life is simple: My word is my bond and integrity. The only way to truly know yourself is to follow your dreams, do your best and never give up.
Special Guest of Honor:
Soldier, casual laborer, merchant seaman, logger, student, district forester, ecological research, novelist, and beloved friend to so many in the Northwest. He’s our Onkel Sven.