Many of our visiting professionals from RadCon 7A will be returning this year. Here are the visiting professionals for RadCon 7B (2018). We’ll have profile pictures posted shortly.
RadCon 7B (2017) Pros
Alma Alexander’s life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website (www.AlmaAlexander.com), her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Alexander/67938071280) or her blog (http://anghara.livejournal.com)
I wear many hats. I am academically trained as a paleoanthropologist. I spend my summers digging up Eocene lemurs in the badlands of Wyoming. I am also a writer and an artist. I have had published everything from fantasy novels to peer reviewed scientific journal articles. My fannish art includes fantasy sculptures, SF, fantasy and astronomical paintings and cartoons.
Gene Armstrong has been a figure in Fandom for over 30 years. He is a founder of Rainfurrest. He has Chaired Imperiacon, Knightcon, Anglicon, ConComCon, Rustycon, and Rainfurrest. He has vice-chaired Omni-con (was given the position the day of the convention) Anglicon, Rustycon, Orycon, Rainfurrest, and ConComCon. He has held virtually every position one can in fandom he has held executive positions on two Westercons, a Nasfic and is on the programing he worked in Programming for the Chicago Worldcon, and is the Advisor to the Chair for Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. He is an expert in most aspects of convention running.
Darla is a costumer and crafter. She centers her costumes around all her geeky loves. Her cosplay philosophy centers around doing costumes that make her confident and others smile.Having done pirates to princess peach. She recently was reborn of the toxic waste and became the radcon fairy, Princess Radiant!
Pastor Ed Backell is a Washington state native, and has taught for 30 years in churches in Oregon, Washington and Nebraska, currently in Warden, WA. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with various musical groups. As a youth minister, he specialized in creating teen performance groups that helped students use their gifts and talents to explore and share their own faith. He holds an M. Div. from Bethel Seminary in St Paul, MN, as well as an M. A. in Ministry. Ed and his wife Jami (originally from Ephrata, WA), his bride of 28+ years, have been involved in fandom for many years. They were very involved with the I.S.S. Mystery, a Mirror Universe Star Trek club based in Seattle, and even wrote a Trek themed cookbook called Mysterious Foods. They have three daughters. Both Elizabeth and Rachel are in college, and Jandica is in high school. The entire family have competed in the costume contests at RadCon, and have done well for themselves.
Adriane Ceallaigh writes gritty urban fantasy and paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Unbound: Kayla Blackstone book one, is available in both electronic and print formats and her short story, Earth’s New Masters, appeared in the Wandering Weeds anthology. She lives in Eastern Washington with her family, and uses her spare time to homeschool, sew, and create fiber arts.
Christine Barkl is a costume designer, seamstress, and cosplay creator. She has been involved with costuming since she was 6 years old, and her mother made the costumes for her dance studio. She participated in 4-H and in High School Theater productions, as a young person. After high school, she started a family, and made clothes and costumes throughout their childhood. She got back into costuming in 1990, when her children began performing in community theater. She has worked on over 50 productions, 25, of which, were productions she was the costume designer. She began designing and constructing for cosplay in 2011. At SpoCon, she has judged the Masquerade event. She also has competed in the Masquerade event at the master level.
Rodney has been running RPGs since 1978. He has a Masters in Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and is a Licensed Southern Baptist minister, a moderate Calvinist. He is an NRA certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He has written an RPG and several articles on theology and gaming. He is President of the Christian Gamers Guild, a post he has held since 1998. They are known for their worship services and panels at many conventions including Orgins and GenCon, and for their articles and reference materials regarding where faith and gaming intersect. He has been on DesCon and RadCon’s ConComs in the early 90s, and has been on ConCom for Gamestorm since 2002, including Chair in 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife, running RPGs, reloading ammunition, training new shooters, polemics, apologetics, theology, riding his GR650, petting his three cats, watching Anime and SciFi, coaching the Portland/Estacada jr. rifle and pistol team, and doing “church stuff”. He lives in Portland Oregon. He has been married to Luana since 1997.
We are the Ye Merry Greenwood Gypsy Dancers, also known as the Bare Naked Bellies! Our style of dance connects elements from jazz, ballet, hip hop, middle eastern dance and many other styles to create a fusion as free and diverse as the individuals that make up our troupe. With the addition of playful acting and colorful costuming and you have a performance that’s full of excitement.
Jeanette M. Bennett was born in Washington State long, long ago and has yet to find the exit door. She is currently living in the southern fringe of the Scablands of Eastern Washington with her indulgent husband and some furry child-substitutes. Although she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Arts, she is a history geek who loves to spout obscure history facts to those who cannot escape fast enough. Channeling that obsession into writing time travel novels seemed far more socially acceptable. Her hobbies include collecting maneki-nekos (Japanese Lucky Cats), Viking wire weaving and drinking tea. Contrary to popular belief, she has been certified sane and normally doesn’t talk about herself in the third person. For interviews, previews, short stories and links to self-publishing go to www.scablander.com Also check out Wendell’s blog on his travels in the Victorian Age at: www.wendellhowe.blogspot.com Current published works: The Adventures of Serendipity Brown series – Walking a Fine Timeline – The Fairhaven Home for Wayward Time Travelers available in ebook and tradeback from Flight of Fancy Publishing Also a short story, “The Spirit of Tea,” is featured in Gears and Levers 2: A Steampunk Anthology from Sky Warrior Books
S. B. Sebrick was raised in Vancouver, Washington. He has been published since 2005 in Clark College’s annual “Phoenix” Anthology. He recently finished “Persuader’s Might”, the last of the “Shattered Realms” novels. He often posts updates and teasers about the rest of his works from his website at http://www.sbsebrick.com
Bobbie Benton Hull was born to migrant farm worker parents from Arkansas and raised 20 miles west of Yakima, Washington. Despite growing up in a one bedroom cabin (indoor plumbing was a sink and a toilet!) near a small farming community called Tampico on the northwest border of the Yakama Indian Reservation, Bobbie has gone on to accomplish things she wouldn’t have dreamed possible as a child. Bobbie is a Soil Scientist by education, a full time mom by choice, and a writer, musician, and artist as gifts from the Creator who is known by many names. She is also a liberal born again Christian. Yes, they DO exist! Her greatest claim to fame thus far is a short story in the anthology “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” v. 1 (Simon and Schuster, Pocket Books, 1998). Additionally, she is an award-winning artist creating Native American-style baskets and pottery, as well as clay sculpture. Bobbie has written 2 yet unpublished series, a middle school level science fiction series (open ended) that takes place on Mars 100 years in the future and a young adult chick lit series (4 books) that follows the life of a poor, rural, white trash teenage girl set in the 70s (write what you know!). She also has several other adult-level novels in outline form. Currently residing in Kennewick, WA with her husband Brian, when not writing or creating art, you will find Bobbie working in the garden. Or out on their boat, “Weekend Therapy.”
Kurbii KahlevRa Model/Cosplay/Costuming/Promotions/Auxiliary Performer/Character Actor Never the shy one Kurbii. thrives in front of an audience of any size. Always aiming to be positive, easy going, and motivational Kurbii’s goal when performing is to share that emotional experience with you! Her audience! Regardless if its through her dance, her words, her costuming or character choice she is there to share a story. As a freelance model Kurbii leaves her options open to promotional modeling at events for a multitude of companies, product modeling for different clothing and jewlery designers, and of course cosplay for graphic novel artists and just for fun. Soon to join the competition circuit. As a performer Kurbii’s skills range from a variety of charater acting gigs, stage production dance ensembles, 4 continental U.S tours with Drum Corps International, a multitude of auxiliary and gogo dance performances for many electronic artists, and oportunities to produce, direct and chorograph a handful of local shows. Born and raised in Spokane Wa Kurbii will be celebrating 28 years of life this year and over 15 years of model/performance life. Since the first time she picked up an instrument in the 4th grade she never stopped looking for the next opportunity to be in front of the crowd or a lense.
I grew up in Oregon and live in Washington with my son. As far as education, I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oregon (I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eleven years old) and an MBA from the University of Colorado (because I had rent to pay). When my first novel Hammerhead unexpectedly reached bestseller status, I began to receive emails from veterans who’d served in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan. These men and women told me I’d done right by those who’d survived war. Realizing recommendations from these vets had put Hammerhead on the bestseller lists, I decided to dedicate a percentage of my profits from the Hammerhead series to disabled U.S. veterans. As far as my writing, I take a hands-on approach. When SCUBA research couldn’t wait for summer, I found myself certifying in Puget Sound in January. Perhaps not my brightest moment. Outside of writing and my son, martial arts and swing dancing are important parts of my life. At nineteen years old, I entered an Aikido dojo for the first time and have since trained in Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Shudokan Karate, Goshin Jutsu, Judo, and Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.
Joy Bragg-Staudt has been costuming since the day she first figured out how to dress herself. Her school photos are a documentary of inspirations; Kindergarten was Thumbelina, followed by ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ in the first grade. As time went on, she learned to sew her own clothing and her muses were quickly integrated into everyday wear. Since that time, she has earned degrees in Visual Arts and Substance Abuse Counseling, worked several jobs, (her favorite being a 15 year run as a Visual Merchandising Director for a major retail chain…What could possibly be better than playing with life size dolls and having your own theatrical budget?!), and found her true love. When she’s not sewing, crafting, or helping out at conventions, her hobbies include snuggling her husband, reading, historical reenactment, gaming, art, playing MMOs, and cooking.
*special invite radiation specialist. No bio available.
Ted Butler is author of five Belt Republic books and is working on number 6.
Syn has been cosplaying for over 15 years in the pacific northwest, worked several years in the retail side of the gaming industry, and she is formerly known as Kiddo of the D20 Girls. Cosplay has been a major passion of hers, with an emphasis on creating a different but distinctly identifiable version of beloved characters in order to make each cosplay truly unique. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences degree at the Evergreen State College. Syn also co-owns a cosplay and apothecary online shop called Gamer Geek Chic, in which they feature homemade natural apothecary items and cosplay commissions, and occasionally feature props, accessories, and weaponry.
Stunt performer turned indi game publisher, costumer and business man. Will Carson is a jack of all trades. Always working to do what he loves, be it game design, working with leather or setting things on fire. More recently he has taken his leather working to a place of fashion design. He has a focus on Corsets, Long Coats, and leather Cosplays. That said he is still hard at work, developing new games for you and yours.
Mark Chapman worked as a professional sand sculptor for 15 years all over North America. As a Mechanical Engineer and machinist he has worked on projects that have led to 17 US Medical Patents. As Manfred Kriegstreiber, Mark spent 18 years in the SCA. He made some of his own costumes and his skills as an armorer were always in demand. He competed at the elite level in tournaments. Mark is an accomplished sculptor of SF & Fantasy themes. His gargoyle sculpture “Just Keeping an Eye on Things” won Best 3D Art (non-jewelry) at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan).
I grew up in the Portland area and attended Benson Polytechnic school studying drawing and aviation maintenance. Went into the Army in 1966 and flew combat helicopter missions for a year. I was shot down and captured during Tet 1968 and was released from captivity in 1973. I studied Anthropology at American University in Wash. DC and went to work for the Smithsonian while I was a student and continued on there after school. I developed an interest in pre-history while a student and wrote and researched Aviation history as well. I have stayed in the Museum field ever since and went to work for the National Park Service in 1990 as curator for the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. I returned to the mainland in 1992 as curator at a cattle ranch in Montana and came to work at Nez Perce National Historical Park in 1995, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. In Hawaii I began studying Kyudo, Japanese archery. In 2004 I became interested in European Medieval archery and became active with Realms of Avalon, a Moscow based education group. Archery interest has expanded to Prehistoric, and Asian in general. Along with archery I began to research Medieval ships, ship building and trade and began making models of period ships. My interest now includes Classical ship building Greek, Roman and Phonecian. My particular focus is on the evolution of ship design and construction and the cross influence of Northern European and Mediterranean construction.
DIY Artist and Crafts Person.
Wade Chitwood is a graduate from the University of Central Missouri and Bellevue College, Washington. He is an award winning film maker and published writer. He has continually produced and written in various art mediums through the years. As a fine artist, he developed his own line of comics and comic books, book illustrations and one man art shows. Through his production and visual effects company “Hoplight Productions” he wrote, directed and produced the award winning films “The Comet Chronicles” and “Rocket Man Adventure Series” – created the digital effects for the feature films “ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction”, “Render Me Dead”, “Of Yesterday and Tomorrow”, “Junk”, “The Lost Colony” and the PBS TV show “The Artist Toolbox”. Currently, Wade has just finished the fourth Rocket Man Adventure, just finished his latest science fiction short film, “The Prospector” and is writing new episodes of “The Comet Chronicles” series.
Jaleta Clegg loves to tell stories, especially ones involving the fantastic. She writes science fiction adventure, all flavors of fantasy, and silly horror. She has twelve novels and numerous short stories in print, but alas, she has not published a single poem, mostly because she doesn’t write poetry. When not writing, she enjoys cooking bizarre foods, exploring ethnic spices, crocheting cuddly monsters, and doing ugly crafty things. She is not allowed to use the hot glue gun anymore, however. She recently moved to the dry side of Washington state with a horde of children, too many animals, and a very patient husband.
Bridgit Langdell became the newest member of Renegades Effect Group in June 2017. Since starting with R.E.G she has worked on Dark Avengers 3 a video game in Korea, 7-11 commercial for Dallas Cowboys, Game of Thrones white walker display just to name a few. Her skills include: make up, weapon/ prop making, casting plastics, and professional cosplay. Originally from the Tri-cities she now resides in California working with husband Jess Langdell and their talented daughter Olivia at Renegades Effects Group.
Klarissa “The Volcano Lady” Davis. Scientist, Gamer, Writer, Lunatic. Vital Stats Age: Old enough to be your mom Height: Can’t reach the top shelf Weight: More than a bread box Degrees: Many (mostly rock related) Favorite Author: Brandon Sanderson Favorite Musician: Lindsay Sterling Favorite Mineral: Labradorite Hobbies: Making things, blowing things up, lighting things on fire, sleeping Job: Playing with rocks
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 Trek television 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 o
“Known to many in northwest US fandom since 1980, Kahboi (pronounced Cowboy in English) has for many years been the Editor for the H.R. McMillan Planetarium’s affiliated space and astronomy educational BBS “”SpaceBase(tm)”” At the peak of Fidonet’s success, the results of Dan’s editing effort were reaching out to over 5,000 amateur BBS’s world wide weekly and a readership estimated in the tens of thousands. Dan has also witnessed space launches as an accredited journalist representing SpaceBase (including the US Space Shuttle) and on his annual holidays he can be found prowling the aerospace bone yards of the Arizona desert studying American aerospace history (but they still won’t let him into the B-52 that dropped the X-15).”
Michael Ehart writes a bit. His two fantasy novels, Servant of the Manthycore and Tears of Ishtar are set in Mesopotamia in the bronze age. He most reecently collaberated with the extraordinary Nisi Shawl on the short story “In Blood and Song” set in modern day Africa. His next novel will be set pretty much everywhere.
Celebrating his forty-fourth year of book publication Elton Elliott is the author of over two hundred published short works (fiction, essays, articles, poems) in numerous publications including current and former SF magazines Amazing, Analog, and Galaxy; eight novels, two chapbooks, and two anthologies. His latest works include a novel THE INFINITY ANOMALY, co-written with Craig Philip Peterson and Doug Odell. He is the Senior Editor at MVP Publishing. His latest anthology, co-edited with Bruce Taylor, LIKE WATER FOR QUARKS, is now available in e-book format from Baen Books. Works underway include the concluding volume in the Nanoclone Trilogy, KING OF JERSUSALEM, co-written with Doug Odell. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of a West Coast-based technology start-up, VASE SOFTWARE. The former Editor and Publisher of Science Fiction Review his work has been reviewed in publications as diverse as Analog Magazine, and Scientific American. He tweets about cybersecurity and much more on Twitter: @EltonElliott56.
In 1994, J.E. Ellis began writing professionally, from magazine articles to technical brochures to TV pilots. In 1999, he co-wrote and co-produced the low-budget thriller, “The Harvesters.” In 2007 Mr. Ellis wrote the award winning documentary, “A Glimpse of Heaven and a Taste of Hell.” He created and wrote the sitcom pilot, “Two for Tee,” in 2010. Mr. Ellis is the creator of the upcoming sci-fi series, “Starfall,” as well as the Starfall prequel novel, “The Essence of Humanity.”
One day Cass got bored. So on a whim and with no prior savings, she quit her job, packed a bag, and hopped in a van with a cat, a dog, a chicken (yes, a chicken), and two people from the internet… and off they went across the country. Nigh the very definition of a multipotentialite, Cass is a lifelong chaser of adventure and gatherer of stories, and she pulls her experience through in her curriculum development. Whether it’s interviewing senior citizen women from all walks of life, exploring sustainable landscapes and horticulture systems, helping change the face of education as we know it, or advocating on the behalf of current and future sex workers, her mission in life is to empower others and leave the world better than she found it.
Tamra is passionate about deviance – the nonconformity required to push past the naysayers to make things happen. She is even more excited when this involves an individual or group actualizing a potential unique to them. It is all about empowering personal agency. From creating education programs – including an accredited world-wide school – to helping others succeed in their own projects, Tamra has had a rewarding career helping her “fellow freaks” find their way. Her clients include travelers, artists, athletes, writers, neurodivergents, and – of course – fellow convention and festival enthusiasts. Interest areas include environmental sustainability, nature and animals, neurodiversity, empathy, the value of creativity, how perception impacts personal reality, and the right of each individual to seek happiness and design a life that is best for him or her.
“Luna Lindsey grew up in the Tri-Cities, but now lives in Seattle. Her first story (about a hippopotamus) crawled out of her head at the early age of 4. After running out of things to say about hippopotami, she switched to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and then became an accidental expert on mind control, computers, autism, and faeries. She began writing full-time in 2010 and has been published in Unlikely Story, Penumbra eMag, Crossed Genres, and the Truth Beyond Paradox anthology. She tweets like a bird @lunalindsey, intermittently blogs at www.lunalindsey.com, and publishes entire novels on Kindle, including Emerald City Dreamer about faeries in Seattle and the women who hunt them.”
Internationally known for his efforts in pitching a Star Trek television series for the 50th anniversary, David has been a producer, writer, and consultant on several film projects. With his finger still on the pulse of Star Trek, Paramount, and CBS, he is additionally known for his expertise and insight into both the current state, and future of the franchise. It was this insight that he credits for having a pilot script being heralded as one of the best scripts ever written, and the best script pitch ever made. He has worked with Tri-City area schools and events to promote education in the film industry.
Every year for the past several years I have had to write a bio for the book. Every year, I dread writing said bio. I really hate it. I never know what to say about me. So here’s a little you might already know, or maybe not. I am Radcon’s Masquerade director. This year makes 5 years… really has it been that long? Wow, time flies. That’s the biggest thing about me, really. I’m a fellow cosplayer and love seeing all the costumes that people bring. I have been a panelist for costuming panels, a judge for our masquerade before I was it’s director, plus have helped out with costume contests at other conventions. If you see me out and about, as I am likely to be, stop and say hi. And as always, enjoy the con 🙂
Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but thought of it as just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. She made her first sale, a children’s poem, in 2000. Fredericks has five fantasy novels in print. The latest is The Seven Exalted Orders, published by Sky Warrior in 2012. She has also published children’s stories and poetry under the byline Lucy D. Ford, and volunteers for the Inland Empire region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Ruth Frey (aka Dame Ruth online) has spent over a decade involved in fandom and historical education, and is a founder of the Realms of Avalon medieval and renaissance nonprofit. Professionally, she works in a university neurobiology lab, and she still wants to write fiction when she grows up.
Manny Frishberg was born just south of New York City and spent the first half of his life learning what to write about and the second half of his life learning how to write it. He’s now spending the third half of his life getting it done. Thus far he has sold more than 25 stories on his own and with co-author Edd Vick. He is the editor of two anthologies: “Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic” (2016,Knotted Road Press)and the forthcoming “After the Orange” (B-Cubed Press). He is working on his second Urban Fantasy-Mystery novel. Like him on Facebook (MannyJFrishberg), please!
For over one-million years Mr. Giugni has toured puppet shows around the globe and on the small and large screen. Emmy Award winner. Artistic Director for Tears of Joy and Teatro Calamari theaters.
Eric Gjovaag is a major fan of both The Wizard of Oz and Doctor Who, and has taken on convention duties for both fandoms. He has won numerous awards in Oz circles, including the Winkie Award from OzCon International and the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from the International Wizard of Oz Club. Along with Karyl Carlson, he is the co-author of the novel “Queen Ann in Oz”. He also founded, and is the Head Chef, of the Emerald City Androgums, one of the Seattle area’s top Doctor Who/eating clubs. He has twice chaired OzCon International, and was the programming chair for Anglicon when it was revived in 2015. In his mundane life, he is a math teacher.
Founding member and current Chancellor of The Galactic Alliance, a Spokane based Star Wars charity costuming group.
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.
Raised on scifi and fantasy, a natural craftsman, writer, former eSports manager, and roleplaying enthusiast: Daniel “Danheim” Greeno has a deep interest in the pursuit of creativity and the developing world of competitive electronic gaming. With a passion for people and the belief that one person can help change the world, Danheim works to empower those around him. With the right attitude and a drive fueled by positivity, it’s within each of us to leave a lasting impression in the environments we interact with. When once asked why he does the little things that seemingly nobody ever wants to do he responded, “well, somebody has to, and if that somebody happens to be me then maybe my actions could inspire someone else, then they can inspire someone else, and then before you know it everyone is doing it!”
Mr. Hugh S. Gregory, Spaceflight Historian A survivor of a recent battle with cancer, Hugh is an avid Spaceflight Historian based in Vancouver, Canada. His career includes Engineers’ Surveyor, Industrial Paramedic/EMT and managing his own OHS Program consulting service. His research portfolio includes the conceptual theory work on the E.L.D.S.R.R. space reactor, Project M.O.S.S. (Musk Observatory Supernova Search), Project M.A.S.T. (Mars Analogue Simulation Trainer) for the Mars Society and co-authoring a paper published in Cartographia on mapping on Mars. From 2005 to 2008 he was the Mars Society Engineering Team’s Chief Training Documents Editor, Chief Cartographer and Waypoint Database Curator for both the MDRS and FMARS research stations. From 2006 to 2015 he was the Official Spokes person for the Orbital Commerce Project, the world’s first non-government funded flight school for training sub-orbital pilots and payload specialists. He’s produced and sold videos on “Voyager 2 at Neptune”, “The Gas Planets”, “SSTO-The DC-X”, “Soviet Space Disasters” and “The Flight Of Buran-The Russian Shuttle Story”. Hugh’s slide/video shows have been appearing at Conventions across North America and also overseas for over 26 years, including 11 world cons and 8 Dragon Cons. On weekends he’s a private pilot, amateur astronomer, wind tunnel Bodyflyer & competition judge, skydiver & skydiving judge, and enjoys mountain hiking with his wife Anne. This is Hugh’s 10th RadCon appearance.
Vandy H. Hall is a multi-media creator who makes: reproduction viking, medieval, and renaissance blown glass vessels, sculptural glass art, illuminated sculptures, multi-media collages /drawings /paintings, coloring books, and illustrations. Vandy went to school for art history and sculpture, has interned at the Smithsonian Institution, been a teaching assistant at the Corning Museum of Glass, and has traveled North America and Europe to blow glass and participate in viking and medieval reenactments and museum demonstrations. Vandy lives on a small farm near Portland, Oregon, with her cats, goats, and chickens. Vandy also enjoys hiking to waterfalls, climbing mountains, rock climbing, juggling, & aerial circus arts.
Star Fleet Battles Judge for miniatures Tourneys, Turtle member for 40+ years, Harlan III brings his own brand of humor, sarsasm, and insight to every con he visits. As a former member of Civil Air Patrol, he has been to Australia, Canada, as well as Fiji, and New Caledonia for a minute, became a solo pilot in a Cessna 150, ran a Squadron as Cadet Commander, helped start a Cadet Squadron, become a communications FM operator, taught LSAR for three years, and participated in numerous search and rescue missions over his 14 years in CAP. As a gamer, he runs board games, card games, and participates in RPG’s. His particular point of study is Star Fleet Battles by Amarillo Design Bureau, with his judging skills, miniature collection, and knowledge of SFB, he will have a Tournament this year in the gaming room, for all Captain’s wishing to test their skill, in flying a Tournament ship, against one another, for prizes, and rank. As a Turtle member he has recruited many members over the years, and is looking forward to initiating many more over the weekend, in his 1/2 – 1 hr. panel.
My Name is James Hayes. I have a thirst for knowledge. My Father was a barterer and a trader , I grew up with Trade and Barter. I learned to do these things and have always done them. I have degrees in Psychology and Sociology. I love Cosplay and I am a tie Dye Wizard. In 1977, I started brewing because a friend told me I could learn things from books. By the 80’s I was one of the best brewers in the Northwest. I learned Juggling in high school on a bet with my cousin. I grow about 30 herbs and use them in medicines, teas and brewing. In 1993 I started writing and doing riddles online. I make and fly kites. I build furniture and write poems , short stories and songs. My Friends call me a Renaissance Man because I do everything. I have been a Pro at Miscon since 2014. I hope I can share some knowledge with you that will inspire you to do all the things you ever wanted to do.
Arlene Henriques has an Associate of Arts and Sciences from Walla Walla Community College but her real passion is in widening cultural awareness in the Tri-Cities. She has studied Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Sinhalese, American Sign Language and is currently studying Sumerian Cuneiform. She loves learning about everything and has taken part in many events and clubs in the area. Her interests, however, are not just local: she has extended her travels to cover Canada, Asia, and Europe. She has been a member of The Realms of Avalon, The Kingdoms of Chivalry, Phi Theta Kappa, ASCBC Leadership Council, and local Japanese, Anthropology, Art, History, and Astronomy Clubs. She designs costumes (once dressing a KNDU Newscaster as a Klingon at Radcon in 15 minutes flat for live TV), reads a lot of books, takes far too many photographs of life, enjoys sewing, cross stitching, games, arts and crafts, astronomy, Egyptology, attending cons, taking classes at CBC, and absolutely loves traveling!
“Laurel Anne Hill grew up in San Francisco, California, with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life. Sand Hill Review Press recently released Laurel’s spirits-meet-steampunk novel, The Engine Woman’s Light (which has won several awards). Laurel is also the author of the award-winning novel, Heroes Arise. Her published short stories and nonfiction pieces total forty. She serves as a participant at many science fiction/fantasy conventions. She’s the Literary Stage Manager for the annual San Mateo County Fair in California, a writing contest judge, and an editor for Fault Zone. Visit http://www.laurelannehill.com for more information.”
I grew up in an Alaskan village of only a few hundred people with no roads in or out. Where my elders still shared stories of fantastical creatures. So early on I came to appreciate the types of stories that inspired writers such as Tolkien and Miyazaki. More than this, I knew that these stories were part of the culture which they came from and that people really believed in the fairies, spirits, and other magical beings within them. My love of these stories lead me to get a degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawaii, focusing on folklore and folk religion. Since graduating I have written a number of books including “A Writer’s Guide to Fairies, Witches, and Vampires” and “From Celtic Fairies to Romanian Vampires.” In these books I explore the nature of the most interesting characters in fairy tales, the fairies themselves.
Spyder has led an extremely eclectic life, at various times being a professional actor/director/playwright, corporate training expert, IT guru, award-winning journalist, and dishwasher. A long-time fixture in Puget Sound area fandom (including two years on staff at the recent revival of Anglicon), he has recently relocated to the Tri-Cities to work as Training Department Compliance Officer with Washington River Protection Solutions. He lives in Richland with his wife, Kate Clark, and would love it if you asked him about his first theatrical experience here.
Meg James is a nonbinary artist from Kennewick, Washington. They do illustration, comics, and sometimes other neat things at Meg-James.com and Azdion.com.
L James is an agender vector artist from Kennewick, WA with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. They draw, animate, make music, make websites, and tell stories.
Bio – Judy R. Johnson – Oct2017 I’m Judy R. Johnson, living in NorthWest Washington State and studying Web Design. Living deep in a temperate rain forest just suits me. Now past retirement age, I was born in Hollywood, CA, but I’m media-impaired, not having seen most of the movies and SF TV my friends in SF Fandom talk about because, earlier, I was mostly living somewhere remote, and now because I’m too far behind to ever catch up anyway. Having dabbled at writing in the Speculative Fiction genre for several decades, in the 1990s I developed a “shirtsleeves” asteroid-habitat setting for a planned three-novel series, and put together a huge database with ideas and plans for the writing. I have opened this worldbuilding effort to anyone who cares to use it, so long as they give credit to me and the designer — http://entwifejudy.net/ — (For extensive use of images, please arrange to pay Brady.). I still litter my surroundings with further post-it notes and spend a lot of thinking time on my WIP, which is taking on form and substance, plot-wise, and the characters have become old friends.
Frog Jones is the love child of Peter Torkelson and Davy Jones, conceived on the set of the hit TV show “the Monkeys, he carried their names with pride into a live filled with Mystery and Adventure. He is will known for his gentle loving personality. His Parents disowned him upon discovering that he had attended Law School, and passed the Bar, but even today, he can be found serenading his lovely wife Esther with the words to angel of the morning. Unfortunately, his nickname, Frog, was given to him following his first studio attempt, the ill fated album, Chimp Songs, Beyond the Monkees. He lives with his Pygmy mountain lion in the outer reaches of Washington State.
Esther Jones writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories with her husband Frog Jones. She lives in the mists of the Olympic Peninsula because authors should play in a rain forest from time to time.
Award winning cosplayer specializing in props and leather work
Madison has been published in several short story anthologies, most recently in TANSTAAFL Press’s Enter the Apocalypse, and also has two ongoing series of self published novels. She hails from the great state of Utah, but for the last 10 years has made the PNW her home. When not writing Madison enjoys riding her bicycle, knitting, and playing tabletop role playing games. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two adorable Chihuahuas.
Kay Kenyon is the author of 14 science fiction & fantasy novels, most recently At the Table of Wolves, a historical fantasy. It is set in 1936 England when Talents have come into the world, and a woman uses her gift for hearing the truth, the spill, to uncover a Nazi plot to subdue England with a mysterious power over ice and cold. Publishers Weekly called it “a superb adventure, worthy to launch a distinguished historical fantasy series.” (Starred review) Book 2 of the trilogy, Serpent in the Heather, releases April 10. She is a founding member of Write on the River in Wenatchee, dedicated to helping aspiring writers improve their craft and navigate the writing life. Follow Kay: Twitter, @KayKenyon and www.kaykenyon.com.
Princess of Tea is a cosplayer from the Pacific Northwest. After getting her degree in Theatre Performance and minor in Apparel Design, she has gone on to compete in many cosplay competitions, recently winning Best Tailor at Rose City Comic Con. She has helped costume some of the local theatre shows at Columbia Basin College, and loves seeing characters brought to life. She currently works as an Alterations Specialist as well as does cosplay commissions in her spare time. When she’s not sewing, she is either drinking tea, admiring lolita clothing, or binge-watching the latest anime shows. She also runs a YouTube channel where she creates Cosplay Music Videos, Cooking Show, and Tea Reviews! You’ll find her around the convention running multiple cosplay panels as well as joining the judging panel for the cosplay contest for her second year.
Sanan Kolva is a native of eastern Washington. A technical editor by day, and writer of epic fantasy by night, break, and whenever else she makes free time, she has short stories in several anthologies. Her epic fantasy novel Shrouded Sky is the first book in the Chosen of the Spears series. She can be found at http://sanankolva.com.
Jess Langdell is a special effects artist who started with makeup in 2003 and has over the years added more to his skills and talent. Besides working with makeup Jess also does costuming, weapons, armor, props, LED/Servo/electronics work and cosplay to name a few. He has been going to Conventions for 20+ years and considers RadCon his home Convention, where he has volunteered his time along with doing moulage makeup for local fire departments. Jess is originally from the Tri-Cities WA, but now lives in Los Angeles CA to further his career working along side Dragon Dronet and the talented crew at Renegade Effects Group. In his first year in LA he has done many amazing projects, has worked with very talented people, and helped with charities/foundations like Magic Wheelchair. With a blossoming career he still loves coming back to the Convention where he got his start and considers home.
I started conventions in 1988. My experiences grew through running and attending artshows. I have been rewarded with many wonderful artists and their experiences. The Irish Deathcoach is published in “Lands and Legends”.
Rebekah Leib is a medievalist & historical re-creationist specializing in the Norse & Viking-era as well as Bronze Age Scythian cultures. She has far too many sheep, goats & other livestock running amok on her homestead & is a spinner, weaver, dyer, feltmaker & obnoxiously enthusiastic textiles geek. In addition to teaching various textile-oriented and primitive skills in a historical setting, she has enough hobbies/passions for at least 8 people, has no brakes when it comes to learning historical skills, and does not comprehend the meaning nor possibility of “boredom”. When not shoveling manure, fixing fences or shouting at escaped sheep, she also enjoys target and combat archery, arrow-making, sewing linen & wool garments, making glass beads with her lampworking torch, and spending quality time with her horses. Her Viking-era alias,Aerngaldra Hrafnskald emigrated from the fjordlands of Norway in the late 9th century to Iceland to escape King Harald Fairhair’s rule. A shield-maiden in her youth, retiring to a nice green place to contentedly raise her fine-fleeced flocks and enjoy soaking in Icelandic hot springs sounded like a most excellent idea.
Herb Leonhard was born in Munich, Germany, but grew up in the United States. One of his earliest memories was of a series of German children’s books beautifully illustrated by Fritz Baumgarten. This, along with a childhood spent within the pages of comics, inevitably led to a career as an artist and a love of many of the classic illustrators, both traditional and contemporary, including the Pre-Raphaelites; Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Mucha, N.C. Wyeth, Brian Froud and Roger Dean. Because of this he remains able to observe the natural world around us with a sense of wonder, and sees every subsequent painting and drawing as a new learning experience. In a career spanning over 30 years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, Herb has illustrated more than 50 books and has earned numerous awards and international acclaim. His clients have included musician Tori Amos, Pelican Publishing, Omnibus Press, Ashgate Publishing, Raven Publishing, Steiner Korea and D Magazine. Through his own company The Prancing Pony he has published a series of popular fantasy coloring books, storybooks and various related products. He lives in Prosser, Washington, with his wife, son, two horses, four cats and a plethora of chickens. Herb’s work can be seen at: herbleonhard.com and facebook.com/HerbLeonhardArt
Ron Leota is the creator of the Carmine, Laser Metal, and DnDizzle tabletop role-playing franchises. He is the host and producer of the NW Nerdcast (nwnerdcast.com), a podcast all about tabletop and live-action role-playing. He also co-created Washington’s premier science-fiction larp experience, Spite (spitelarp.com).
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Started as a movie producer and technical adviser, John has contributed to numerous films, documentaries, and video games — including “Band of Brothers” and “Pearl Harbor.” Lovett consulted for and assisted Dreamworks Interactive, Greystone Productions, Legacy Interactive, Silvertouch Pictures, Nichols Productions, and Warriors Inc. Taking notice of the quality of screenplays he read as a producer, Lovett started writing his own scripts. After studying under screenwriting gurus Syd Field and Pilar Allesandra, John had two of his scripts produced: the comedy “Two Weeks” and “Cathy Morgan,” a science-fiction drama. He has taught writing and screenwriting for more than ten years and has actively been a writer’s career coach.
37 years in Medieval Recreation (SCA). Retires AirForce Master Sergeant. 20+ years Computer Network Engineer. Many years RadCon ConCom. 5+ years Cosplay (Royal Manticorian Navy)
Once upon a time, there was a man who lied for a living. He told tales of strange worlds, fantastic places, and other adjective plural nouns. In truth, over the last 20 years Scott James Magner has lied about pretty much everything, and people keep paying him to do it. You can find his work in Role-Playing, miniatures, tabletop, board, card, and video games. He was a contributing editor to several now defunct online magazines, once ran the largest Dungeons and Dragons campaign in the world, avenged the deaths of his parents by becoming a shadowy vigilante, and can (verb) an (adverb)(past participle) (noun). He also writes books.
Joseph Malik has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. His debut novel, Dragon’s Trail reached bestseller status internationally in 2017 and is considered the pioneering work of a new genre: the fantasy technothriller. A sequel, The New Magic, is scheduled for release in 2018. Member, SFWA.
I have been a storyteller since I was a childhood. (I wrote my first Thanksgiving pageant at 4) I have written novels ( Winning NANOWRIMO in 2014) and have done worldbuilding since I was 16. I am an active cosplayer and an all around geek. I love game playing, performance art,writing science fiction /fantasy and Supernatural/ Horror Romance. I like in Yakima with my husband 3 dogs,a cat,6 rahabits and 4 chickens on what we affectionately cal Shepherd’s Fold Farm.
Relatively new to cosplay but years of experience as a Craftsman working as a model Maker I can send examples of my work if needed
Barbara Martin is a Seattle native with a flare for the nerdy and geeky. She started young in computers and computer gaming, and came much later to the console gaming crowd. College introduced Barbara to role playing games and LARPing, which she took to with enthusiasm. Barbara is an avid crafter and loves to make her own geeky clothing. Barbara currently adores LARPing and playing her biweekly Hunter game. She runs logistics for SPITE, and is a technomancer and NPC for SPITE as well. Barbara also plays Alliance Oregon, ran logistics in Alliance Seattle for several years, has played World of Oz and Shadow Accord. Her regular Hunter game is run by fellow NW Nerdcast co-host Ron.
A champion of NaNoWriMo, Vanessa MacLellan is an avid reader of anything with pizzazz. Words have been her companions since she was ten, forcing atrocious adverbs upon her mother. Her fantasy novel, Three Great Lies, released August 2015 by Hadley Rille Books. She’s had several short stories published by magazines and anthologies. When not in the office or writing, she bird watches, runs and hikes. Vanessa can be found at http://vanmaclellan.com. Her debut novel, Three Great Lies, published by Hadley Rille Press, can be found at all the major booksellers.
Julie McGalliard is a writer, occasional cartoonist, and scientist-enabler. Her first novel in the Tales of the Rougarou series, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015. A sequel, Stripping Down to Scars, is coming soon. She lives in Seattle with her husband Paul, a fellow lover of books and New Orleans.
“Mike McWatters has been a researcher and collector of antique arms and armor since 1989. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, and is a consultant for historical societies, small museums, and normal people with sword questions. He periodically writes for antique magazines, and has contributed to reference books on the topics of cavalry equipment and antique swords. He also has a hands-on approach to learning about swords and armor. In college he fenced with foil and epee in the Junior Olympics, currently fights with rapier and dagger, does blacksmithing in his own forge, smelted his own iron from ore, has done test-cutting with modern-made swords, and has visited museums across Europe. He currently lives north of Spokane, periodically repelling sieges from his tower. Not related to that, he has a degree in physics, loves to pick apart sci-fi movie details, and works in a lab during the daylight hours. “
DARRAGH METZGER makes her living in the world’s two lowest-paying professions: acting and writing. Her resume includes stage and screen credits, and umpteen years performing with The Seattle Knights as a jouster, actor/combatant, MC, and whatever else is needed. Publishing credits include plays, articles, and short stories, one of which made The StorySouth Millions Writers Award Notable Stories of 2005. She has nine novels, two short story collections, and a game book in print (TRIAD: the Game), available from TFA Press, and a non-fiction work about Operation Magic Carpet pending publication. Most of her works are now available at TFAPress.com. For some of her short stories in e-book format, check out Smashwords.com. She really misses singing, writing songs, and filking. A lot. If she had any free time, she’d spend it with horses and her husband, Artist/Fight Director Dameon Willich.
EM Prazeman is a pseudonym for Kamila Miller. She’s published 8 books and has short fiction in magazines and anthologies including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, “Asylum” and “Artifact”. Prazeman has a background in martial arts, math, physics and horticulture. Check out emprazeman.com and kzmiller.com for more info!
Mike Moceri is a Northwesterner living and working in the Greater Tacoma Area. After graduating from Hanford High School in 2006, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with honors from Central Washington University in 2010 and a Juris Doctor degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. He owns a small law firm in Tacoma, WA and currently is serving as Chairperson of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee.
Karena Montée & Troupe du Soleil. Karena debuted the Red-Eye Workshop at RadCon in 2000, then with her studio, formed Troupe du Soleil in 2003 & appeared at RadCon for the next 11 consecutive years, creating the RadCon exclusive “Between the Shadows Dance Show,” with scores of new repertoire & costumes, many workshops & panels, working & dancing with so many wonderful & interesting people over the years, including Ye Merrie Greenwood Players & Gypsies, & our own Soleil member & dear friend, Denise Lynn Rush. Karena has attended every RadCon since 1995, all but one of those with Infinite Frontiers [who has been at every RadCon since its conception, by the way]. Born into the health foods & nutrition retail business, Karena began working in the family store, Western Natural Foods, in Downtown Seattle at age 5. She was irresistibly drawn to the performing arts, has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, began belly dance in 1992, has been privileged to have worked & performed with an amazing variety of musicians, actors & dancers, from accomplished & brilliant to promising in-&-up coming newbies. Karena relocated to Tri-Cities in late 1995, worked with Dave & Patty at Pet Care Specialties, the Bobs at Filter Queen, Killian Towers, Dan at Infinite Frontiers, Kennewick Recreation, Dr. Liz, & the US Postal Service. Now semi-retired, Karena enjoys the Spartan life of the Bohemian, teaching dance & yoga, choreographing, designing & constructing costumes. Call or text, 509-547-2551
I am an author in fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal. I’ve hosted several podcasts. And I’m a huge gamer, reader, and all around fangirl for sf and fantasy.
Sara is an escaped Yooper. She has been through every state in the lower 48, and has lived in six of them. She has ridden horses in multiple disciplines, including dressage, reining, jumping, vaulting, and side saddle. She is informed by reliable parties that her attachment to ‘project horses’ is a form of mental instability. Among other things, Sara has worked as a paid Elizabethan recreator, a knitting instructor, and a stage hand. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with majors in Anthropology and English with a side of History, and did post-graduate work in teaching.
A talented designer and artisan, having worked with many industry talents, and being involved with multiple projects. Scott has worked on a number of film projects including Star Trek Renegades, Star Trek Continues, Starfall, Star Trek Secret Voyages, and Star Trek of Gods and Men. Other projects include past Radcon shorts and indie films, often in prop design and fabrication. Scott has worked as Production Designer, Art Director, and Property Master for film, and has worked with many great artists, and prop makers from trek and the film industry. Currently Scott is involved with the web production of “Renegades” and also owns xscapesprops.com. If you need something created for a film, or just because, feel free to contact me at the website and facebook.”
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My name is George, and I am a fan. I learned to read quickly because I suspected my mom wasn’t telling me everything that was happening in the comic books I bought. I found my first science fiction book in the school library and away I went. It was hard to find anyone else who shared my preferences at the time, but 1st grade isn’t known to be tolerant of different people. As I went thru my early teens I found the poorly edited, badly cut and woefully commercial filled reruns of “Star Trek” and I knew that somewhere there were people just like me. In high school, I found D&D. I spent my days making modules, my nights making maps and my weekends playing. Fortunately, most of the skills I needed for good DM’ing transferred well to my school work, otherwise I’d probably still be there. I discovered conventions in college and my world got much bigger. My first convention was MosCon in 1983. Fans, authors and people in costume — I was in heaven, nirvana, and other such places. My friends and I were there to find out how a convention was supposed to be run, since we were having one later that year. Few of my stalwart companions had actually been to a convention, so we needed to do a little research. I had lots of fun and managed to learn a little bit. I did two years as part of the original ConCom for SpoKon, and then went back to occasional gaming and raising a family. In 1992, my friends down in Richland called to tell me they were having a big party and I should come down.
“G. David Nordley is the pen name of Gerald David Nordley, an author and astronautical engineer. A retired Air Force officer, he has extensive experience in spacecraft systems, operations, engineering, and testing as well as research in advanced spacecraft propulsion. As a writer, his main interest is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, and his stories typically focuses on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future. He is a past Hugo and nebula award nominee as well as a four-time winner of the Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact annual “”AnLab”” reader’s poll. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA, with his wife, a retired Apple Computer programmer. His latest novel is The Black Hole Project, with C. S. Lowe, and the latest publications at this writing are “Last Call” in the “>How Beer Saved the World II” anthology and his single author collection “Prelude to Stars”. His website is www.gdnordley.com.”
Former Managing Editor of Science Fiction Review and current publisher for MVP Publishing, Doug Odell has co-authored (with Elton Elliott) the first two books of the Nanoclone Trilogy (PRINCE OF EUROPE and BISHOP OF ROME) as well as the short story, A Quantum Field of Ghosts and Shadows (published in the anthology LIKE WATER FOR QUARKS). His most recent work, THE INFINITY ANOMALY (written with Elton Elliott and Craig Philip Peterson) debuted November 2016.
Kirsten was born and raised (mostly) in Seattle. She’s also spent time in China and Japan and enjoys learning new cultures and languages. She also has an expensive addiction to learning new crafts and currently has multiple projects in leather work, beading, needle point and stained glass. Kirsten became a theater rat at the early age of 7. She has done play acting and backstage technical support for more than 20 years. Her love of the stage and the prodding of some friends lead her to her first LARP at the impressionable age of 18. She started in a World Of Darkness: Vampire parlour LARP and has branched out into multiple boffer LARPs since then including Alliance LARP, World of Oz, Beyond The Aether, SPITE: A science-fiction LARP and several others. She has written plot for Emerald City Cronicles (Vampire), Alliance, and is part of the founding Plot team and writers for SPITE. She also enjoys running a regular table top RPG for a few friends in her spare time. Kirsten joined the cast of the NW Nerdcast in 2016 and has been enjoying getting to discuss all kinds of issues around LARPing and tabletop RPGs.
Better known as ‘Bri’, Frieda Orsborn makes stuff, knows stuff, does stuff, and teaches stuff to those interested in learning it. She’s particularly geeky about making things by hand, “rescuing” stuff from thrift stores, using recipes as “guidelines”, and puns. Sometimes she dances with fire swords. You might enjoy some of that stuff.
Frances Pauli writes multiple books and series across the Speculative genres. She is published both independently and with various small presses. When not writing, she crochets, shows hairless dogs and keeps far too many tarantulas for her family’s comfort.
Dylan Plung has studying (and continues to study) Japanese at four universities over a course of almost 10 years. Columbia Basin College (Pasco, WA), Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA), Kansai Gaikokugo College (Osaka, Japan), and through the Japan Studies program at the University of Washington. He has a BA in Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese and has received academic merit scholarships from Japan and at domestic universities, as well as having lived in Osaka. He taught and tutored Japanese and Japanese Cultural classes through Kennewick Community Education (as well as privately), and spends his spare time pursuing his own artistic interests. Currently he is working towards a Master’s Degree in International Studies (emphasis Japan Studies) at the University of Washington.
Computer Scientist during the week, Cosplay adventurer by weekend! Eric has been cosplaying since 2001 and kept adding to the cosplay costume over time. By 2007 after joining and soon leading the Seattle Zombie Walk flash mob, Eric went pro with his costuming bringing zombies to local horror films, commercials and music videos. Naturally horror movies leads to children entertainment and soon Eric was chasing children with a foam hammer. Wotan the Faeriesmasher is a friendly giant from the emerald city who performs on both coasts of United States, for the last seven years the silly barbarian loses every fight to children and faeries of all ages. As an antagonist it is his goal to let the children be the heroes of their own fairytale story and go home bragging they defeated the giant. Wotan hates all things beautiful and magical, he is allergic to fairy dust and blown kisses send him running away!
Sara Quinn is the current webmaster for Pinnacle Entertainment Group (http://www.peginc.com) creators of the Savage Worlds RPG. She’s an accomplished writer and artist, and an avid tabletop and video gamer.
Brendan Quinn is one of the founding partners of Squid&Crow: a design studio building websites for publishing companies such as Pinnacle Entertainment Group (the creators of Savage Worlds) and 12 to Midnight (modern-horror RPG experts) Additionally, he’s authored and designed a handful of RPG supplements, plays games avidly, and is always happy to help game designers get their games ready for publication.
Shannon L Reagan is the owner and creator for Wyndwolf Puppets and Creations. As a writer, playwright, puppet artist and costumer she thrives on giving characters and stories life. She was born in California, but found her art grew best in the lush Northwest where she now frequents events with her puppets and a stack of books. Shannon has a particular love for oversized puppets and for puppet films.
Realms of Avalon, Inc. is a Northwest-based nonprofit educational organization whose members are dedicated to studying, teaching and publicly demonstrating historical material, including western martial arts, archery, and crafting skills.
Suzette of SuGu Illustration is a local Tri-City artist & instructor with a passion for comics, cosplay, illustration, sculpture and more! Shes been attending Radcon since 2005, and showcases artworks yearly in Radcons art exhibit. Suzette has extensive background in arts education, starting with private mentoring in middle school, Life Drawing and Illustration courses at Columbia Basin College, and has graduated from the Northwest College of Art & Design in Poulsbo, Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art & Entertainment Art. Not only does she create work herself, she has a passion for educating artists of all ages. In one year alone she provided arts education to six school districts in Okanogan County, expanding the minds of over a thousand students, K – 8th grade, and provided engaging after school courses such as clay monster making & creating comics. For the last three years Suzette has been the instructor of a week long comic book making course provided by Allied Arts as a part of their yearly summer arts program.
Joyce Reynolds-Ward splits her time between Portland and Enterprise, Oregon. A former special education teacher, Joyce also enjoys horses, skiing, and other outdoor activities. She’s had short stories and essays published in First Contact Cafe, Tales from an Alien Campfire, River, How Beer Saved the World 1 and 2, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and Trust and Treachery. Her novels Netwalk: Expanded Edition, Netwalker Uprising, Life in the Shadows: Diana and Will, Netwalk’s Children, and Alien Savvy as well as other works are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and other sources. Alien Savvy is also available in audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Follow Joyce’s adventures through her blog, Peak Amygdala, at www.joycereynoldsward.com, or through her LiveJournal at joycemocha. Joyce’s Amazon Central page is located at http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Reynolds-Ward/e/B00HIP821Y.
In everybody’s lives there major plot points. One of Gibbitt’s is when she picked up a copy of The Last Unicorn when she was 8. Another is when she got the series Narnia when she was a little older, with pages falling out, from her older sister. Yet another was when she was 13 and picked up Wolf Moon, by Charles De Lint. And yet, another was when she took her editing of newspaper skills to help her husband put out an RPG. Other plot points along the route include going to her first con in 1991, being on her first staff in 1995, running her first fanzine, and getting married at Norwescon 20. Gibbitt currently works closely with her husband, Dustin Gross, as an editor on his RPG Neverwhen and company, Dragondyne Publishing, as well as her friend at SinCyr Publishing. In her spare time, she freelances, taking in book of all genres. When asked she shrugged and said “I’m just trying to find my niche”. Gibbitt is a “geek of all trades”, an editor, a writer, a blogger, an art collector (her walls, and her skin), and a fan of fandom. She is 5’9″ (Though her doctor disagrees), hazel eyes, loves short walks on the beach and chocolate pie; Anything else can change in the blink of the eye (and by “blink of the eye”, I mean a nap).
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The first book Mark Rounds read, other than “See Spot Run” was “Rocketship Galileo” in the second grade. He was restricted from the library in the third grade because it was such a wondrous place, that he forgot to do his “real” homework. Things haven’t changed much since then. Mark has been an Air Force officer fuzzing radars in B-52’s, a bouncer in some of Spokane’s least classy bars, a consultant in information technology, geek in a cube in a couple .com’s, folk singer, and currently faculty at the University of Idaho in MIS. He has published papers and conference proceedings on Computer Security, Hacking Motivations, Geographical Information Systems, and Grizzly Bear Habitat. Academically, Mark has a BS in Computer science from Montana State University in 1978, MBA from University of North Dakota in 1985, MS in Computer Science from Washington State University in 2000, and a PhD at the University of Idaho in 2014 focusing in Cyber Security, projected Mark has promised his wife that he will enter into a 12 step program to kick his education habit. When he was younger and more foolish, he competed as an IPF power lifter and has a first ascent in Glacier Park on Red Rock Point. Mark’s current hobbies include Civil War Reenacting, Reading, Folk Guitar, competing in Practical Pistol meets, and cooking gourmet food for his wife of 37 years and 3 kids. Mark is also known as a gamer and has recently published his second novel, “At This Hour, Lie at My Mercy All Mine Enemies.”
The TRIFI film festival director. Over the last ten years screening over 800 short and feature independent films. Also was the Film Festival director for Renovation (Reno NV), Chicon7 (Chicago Ill) and Lonestarcon 3.(San Antonio, TX) Also the Media Area Head for Sasquan Worldcon 2015 in Spokane WA. Panelist at Seattle Crypiton horror convention as well as screening films there. Co-Founder of 2047 Productions and executive producer of the short films, Clockwork Infinity (IMDB),The Seeker, Tweeds, The Screamwriter, and Itch.(IMDB)
Tana Savage is a master class cosplayer that has been cosplaying for going on 10 years. She has hand made over 30 costumes for herself and competed in multiple costume contests in washington and oregon. At radcon in 2014 She won best craftsmanship for her Ruby Rose costume, and has since won best master class at kumoricon. Tana loves sewing and crafting large complex props. She also performs as Sirena the Mermaid at Greenwood Renaissance fair. This year marks her second year judging for Radcon’s masquarade costume contest. She will also be co-hosting panels on cosplay with Princess of Tea Cosplay.
Bruce Schmoetzer began his martial arts training in 1981 studying Karate at Johnson Space Center. He found his vocation in Aikido in 1997 when he began studying with his teacher Wendy Whited Sensei. In 2005 Bruce’s name was added to the wall of yudansha (Black Belts) at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his Nidan (2nd Degree) in 2014. Since 2007 he has been the chief instructor & dojo cho of Beartooth Aikido in Richland, WA. In his day job, Bruce is the founder and chief consultant for Wilke Systems where he makes technology invisible. In previous lifetimes he has worked for NASA (twice!), Apple and AT&T among others. He holds a BS in Physics from Purdue and an MS in Nuclear Physics from Kent State. Originally from Kentucky, Bruce now lives in the Tri-Cities where he curates a comics collections built over 30+ years, is valet for 2 cats, indulges his addiction to cooking/eating and organizes an annual Doctor Who Marathon.
Hailing from the small college town of Pullman, WA. Alix aka Trinket, has been very active in the cosplay community in the Inland Northwest since 2011. She learned how to sew from the age of 5 and while she left it behind for a short time in high school, majoring in Theatre and costume design in college re-kindled the old love so when cosplay came onto her radar it was an easy transition from dressing up others for the stage to dressing up herself for a convention. Alix actively managed both Washington and Idaho chapters of the D20 Girl’s Project until 2014, where she wrote for the online blog and had several of her own cosplay creations featured in their national magazine. She has been successfully competing in costume competitions and sitting on panels across the inland northwest. She is currently the mastermind behind Bloody Trinkets Cosplay, the cosplay competition duo of herself and BloodCountess Cosplay. The two of them have been working together since 2014 and continue to create larger and crazier costumes. On top of her activity in the cosplay community Alix also is a fearless roller derby chick and skates under the name “Eff-U Trinket” with the Rolling Hills Derby Dames, works at a pet grooming salon, and still finds time to spend with her husband Kenny and their daughter, Gemma.
For over 10 years Kenneth has been running his webcomic, “Catboy at the Con”, YouTube Channel streaming games and commentary, as well as reviews of anime and movies.
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. was born in Melbourne, Florida but now resides in California. He is an actor and known for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Planet of the Apes (2001) and video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012) and in other films and video games as a voice overs.
Doug Staudt has been an avid gamer since painting his first miniature in 1980. Doug has held several regional and global storytelling positions with the Minds Eye Society, a Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) organization. It was also through the Minds Eye Society where Doug met his wonderful wife. Doug has been active in martial arts since before rolling his first character. He is currently practicing Aikido under the direction of Bruce Schmoetzer Sensei. As if these were not enough, Doug is also an amateur photographer and filmmaker, having worked on thirteen short films over the past decade.
Brad has worked in film and video production since 1993 when he graduated with a degree in radio/tv/film from Sam Houston State University. He started in corporate video production in Dallas, TX then moved to Houston to freelance in commercial and feature production. He’s been a PA, AD, grip, pyrotechnician, carpenter, camera operator, line producer and almost anything else that will earn money. He is currently a Producer and D.P. for Allied Video Productions in Salem, OR. His free time is spent making films, acting and playing with his kids.
Mick Strawn Bio Mick Strawn Designed either the effects or the sets of some of your favorite 80’s and 90’s horror and fantasy films. From the roller coaster originality of the sets in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4, to the Dark horror of Leatherface. From the futuristic low budget retro look of Cormans Fantastic Four to the adventures of Hercules, Mortal Kombat, and the town of Grovers Bend from Critters 2. Tales from the Darkside, Ouja Board, the Kindred, Blade, Night of the Scarecrow, the list goes on and on. He is a guide to what you can’t see out the corner of your eye, and funny as hell if you ask him nicely to tell you a story.
Jeff is an award winning illustrator\visionary with a nearly 30 year career as an artist, game designer, art director,writer and 2x Radcon AGOH. Jeff lives In Monroe WA with wife and fellow artist Leslie Kreher and sons Duncan and Corwin. www.jeffsturgeon.com
“Bruce Taylor, aka. “Mr. Magic Realism” (think “Twilight Zone”) writes magic realism. The anthology, “Like Water for Quarks,” co-edited with Elton Elliott, former editor of “The Science Fiction Review” illustrates the blending of magic realist writing style with science fiction and with such writers as Ray Bradbury, Connie Wills, shows the direction that Bruce and Mr. Elliot believe science fiction can go. Bruce has been called, “The transformational figure for science fiction.” Bruce has many titles out: “The Final Trick of Funnyman” (Introduction by John Dalmas) “Edward: Dancing on the Edge of Infinity” “Kafka’s Uncle and Other Strange Tales” (forward by Brian Herbert and nominated for the &NOW Award for Innovative Writing, at SUNY, NY) Two of three spiritual books are available (“Mountains of the Night”, “Magic of Wild Places”). He is co-author with Brian Herbert on “Stormworld”, a novel about global warming. Recent novels are “Industrial Carpet Drag” (For recent titles, go to ReAnimus Books) He is in the ground-breaking anthology, “Darke Phantastique” edited by Jason and Sunni Brock and, similar to “Like Water for Quarks,” illustrates the impact of Magic Realism on horror. He resides in Seattle with his partner, Roberta Gregory and their hyper-bright Tuxedo Cat, Roo-Prrt,
The Tea Lady
Biography Victor L. Thorn was born in November of 1951 under another name, one best left unmentioned and forgotten. Oldest son of one of Hoffman Estates’s first town drunks, he escaped the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago (and evaded the draft) in 1972 by voluntarily joining the United States Navy. A veteran of nearly 15 years, he has been nearly everything from avionics tech to truck driver, father, grandfather, college student (X3) (Grand Inquisitioner: “Vic, wouldn’t it have been easier if you hadn’t partied your way out of college in the first place?” Vic: “Only if you don’t take into account what I would have missed by not.”), editor, haunted house monster, female(?????) (Grand Inquisitioner: “What?” Vic: “Go ahead and laugh if you want. I’ve built hours of comedy material around that one!”), and only God knows what else. His hobbies include computer graphics, spending way too much time modifying and flying an FSX Lake 250 Renegade (he still wouldn’t mind having a real one, but at a price tag of $250k or so, he keeps dreaming someone will donate him one), pastel chalk, knitting, cross shtick… ahhh … stitch, and anything else that happens to strike his fantasy … fancy, rather.
Kaye Thornbrugh is a reporter, urban fantasy author and aspiring dungeon master. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest, and though she hasn’t seen any faeries in the woods just yet, she remains optimistic.
S. Evan Townsend has been called “America’s Unique Speculative Fiction Voice” and writes novels that cause thrills and rapid page-turning. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives in central Washington State with his wife and has three grown sons. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel. He currently has ten published fantasy and science fiction novels. Learn more at sevantownsend.com
Tammy is a PNW artist. Her work is light fantasy, her style-bright colors, with a focus on symbolic associations. She lives in Oregon, works full time for a conservation district, and tends a small hobby farm with her husband.
Chad Volpe Composer, Technologist, Swordsman Simply put, Chad hates to be bored so he does as many interesting things as he can squeeze into the day. Lifelong musician, dedicated martial artist, actor, stuntman, filmmaker, film composer, Information Technology professional, renaissance faire, cosplay, etc — Chad has been doing RadCon every year since 2010 due to his more than 20 year friendship with Dragon Dronet. They met at a renfaire in 1994 and have been best friends, swordfighting partners, music partners, film partners etc. ever since. Chad is Dragon’s #2 at all the cons. About the only thing Dragon does that Chad does not do is special effects! Though Chad still helps out when he can, lacing all the Samurai armor, sword handles, waraji sandals and things like that requring the finger dexterity of a classically trained pianist who happens to have a deep love and interest in Japanese art, culture and martial arts history….
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Engineer by trade and mindset. Worked on an experimental project to develop a space deployed fusion reactor in the 1980’s. Spent the 1990’s as a computer consultant fixing broken Windows. The 2000’s were spent restoring old houses from the 1900’s and teaching my kids to build. Recently installed the start of a solar farm on my actual farm. I fill in the cracks with singing, cooperative games and reading books written by my family.
Elizabeth R. Alix is the pen name of Elizabeth Wilmerding. She is the author of Dreams of Fire and Sylvan Dreams, both available on Amazon. She has a PhD in archaeology and spent time in the Aleutians researching the prehistory of the ancient Unangan. She is an avid convention goer, board gamer, role play gamer, knitter, and filker.
Andy is a Sit-Down Comedian, Filmmaker (Director, Producer, Writer…), Puppeteer, Improv Teacher/Creative Drama Specialist, and actually other things, too. Trained at Northwestern University, he has a healthy love of the mid-west, but grew up and lives in Southern California. He’s working on a bunch of projects, from running Film Festivals, to producing feature films and television pilots, to performing comedy when asked (and sometimes when not asked….)
Scott Woodard is a Los Angeles-based author, game designer, award-winning TV promo writer/producer, voice actor, copywriter, and podcaster. He is one of only five Americans to have written officially-licensed Doctor Who scripts for Big Finish Productions including The Juggernauts (with Colin Baker), Absolution (with Paul McGann), and I, Davros: Guilt. More recently, Scott was the brand manager and lead writer of the Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game and The Sixth Gun Roleplaying Game, both for Pinnacle Entertainment Group, as well as the ENnie Award-nominated book, Cinema and Sorcery: The Comprehensive Guide to Fantasy Film published by Green Ronin Publishing. Follow him on Twitter at @sawoodard.
Matt Youngmark is best known for Chooseomatic Books, a series of irreverent, snarky choose-your-own-ending books geared toward adults. He also wrote and drew a daily webcomic called Conspiracy Friends for three years, and worked on a card-based storytelling RPG called Weave that’s due out in late 2017. He’s currently writing Futhermucking Classics, a series of (very profane) young adult books starring an angry fifteen-year-old girl trapped in public domain literature. Matt lives in Seattle, writes during evenings and weekends, and spends the rest of his time looking after a three-year-old child who won’t stop throwing every single thing he can get his hands on behind the couch.