Guests of Honor
Jennifer Brozek is an award-winning editor, game designer, and author. Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited fourteen anthologies with more on the way, including Chicks Dig Gaming and Shattered Shields. Author of Apocalypse Girl Dreaming,Industry Talk, In a Gilded Light, and the Karen Wilson Chronicles, she has more than sixty published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions. Jennifer is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of both the Origins and the ENnie awards, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, andWhite Wolf SAS. Jennifer is the author of the YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, and the Shadowrunnovella, Doc Wagon 19. She has also written for the AAA MMO Aion and the award winning videogame, Shadowrun Returns. When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW. Read more about her atwww.jenniferbrozek.com or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek.
the great Luke Ski
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “”the great Luke Ski”” to be his radio program’s “”Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century””. Since then, Luke held onto that title by having songs on “”The Dr. Demento Show’s”” annual year-end “”Funny 25″” countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 11 years in a row, including three of them at #1 (“”Peter Parker”” 2002, “”Stealing Like A Hobbit”” 2003, “”Snoopy The Dogg”” 2011) and two of them at #2 (“”You Don’t Know Jack”” 2006, “”Too Much Stuff”” 2009). His song parodies, originals, stand-up and sketches about pop culture phenomena (doot doo, do-do-do!) have make him a favorite performer at science-fiction and fandom conventions all across the midwest and beyond.
He’s released ten albums and a DVD over the past sixteen years, many of which feature collaborations and cameos by his fellow comedy musicians of the Funny Music Project (www.theFuMP.com), most significantly Carrie Dahlby, who often sings lead vocals on Luke’s parodies of female musicians. His past hits amongst his fans include songs about Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Battlestar Galactica, Batman, Firefly, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, and Family Guy, with more recent hits about Disney buying Marvel, Twitter, Anime, Bruce Campbell, The Big Bang Theory, and Monty Python.
He has won two awards at the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards For Excellence In Comedy Music (www.loganawards.com). The first for his Peanuts tribute, “”Snoopy The Dogg””, winning ‘Outstanding Parody Song’ of 2011, and the second for his song about Disney buying Star Wars, “”When You Wish Upon A Death Star”” winning ‘Outstanding Parody Song’ of 2012. And in 2013, Carrie Dahlby and the acts of the FuMP dot com surprised him at his Kickstarter event ‘LukeSkiCon 2013’ by presenting him with a 2-CD set full of their cover versions of Luke Ski songs spanning his whole career, titled “”Worst Tribute Ever””, featuring an introduction by Dr. Demento, where Dr D. reiterates that Luke Ski is still his show’s most requested act of the 21st Century. He is the musical jester of sci-fi, the emissary of rap dementia, the pimp of the geek nation, and a prominent bacon enthusiast. So join the Dementia Revolution, and become a Luke Ski fan today! www.thegreatLukeSki.com
For more information on the great Luke Ski please visit the artist’s web site at: http://www.thegreatlukeski.com
Around the world, countless movie fans remember Toby Froud for his role as the baby “Toby” who is wished away by Jennifer Connelly, his half-sister “Sarah,” to David Bowie, the Goblin King “Jareth,” in director Jim Henson’s 1986 feature film, Labyrinth.
The son of the film’s conceptual designer Brian Froud and puppet builder Wendy Froud, Toby Froud was born in 1984 has spent a lifetime steeped in a world of goblins, faeries, trolls, puppet theatre and magic-making. Appropriately enough, in 1999, when he was 15, Toby did his first apprenticeship at the Muppet Workshop in New York.
In 2004 Froud was fortunate enough to go out to WETA. The special effects studio owned by Richard Taylor, to be part of the team to sculpt and fabricate on the first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia in the feature-film series. Continuing with miniature work and sculpting at WETA on director Peter Jackson’s movie, King Kong.
An accomplished stilt-walker and fire-juggler, Toby has appeared as a costumed performer in collaboration with Faerieworlds LLC, William Todd Jones and The Daughters of Elven and as one of the puppeteers for the opening act for the band, Scissor Sisters at the 2005 Brit Awards. He created and built props and sets for What’s Your News, the British television program for children, and character suit performance for Nickelodeon’s, Bunny Town. Froud also created performance masks and puppets, for the London theatre productions of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.
In 2006, Toby Froud graduated Wimbledon School of Art, receiving a BA in Technical Arts and Special Effects and continued as a free-lance artist, creating work for theater, film, video and television.
In 2009 Froud joined the Michael Curry Workshop, responsible for the award winning Broadway show Lion King, in Portland, Oregon, as a fabricator and video artist.
In 2010, Legacy Effects, the special effects studio, in San Fernando, CA, known for such films as Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Avatar, hired Froud as a fabricator on part of the Jimmy Dean commercial campaign, as well as fabricating on feature film Cowboys & Aliens.
Since 2010, Toby Froud has been with Laika Entertainment, the stop-motion and animation company in Portland, Oregon, producer of the award winning animated feature film, Coraline. Toby was hired as puppet fabricator for the film, ParaNorman and became a sculptor on Laika’s movie, The Boxtrolls. Toby has just finished directing his first puppet short film, titled “Lessons Learned” premiering in festivals this year.
An American painter and illustrator who works predominantly in watercolor and whose art is inspired by, and depicts scenes of fantasy, the Other World, and the surreal. She has also been influenced by the art of the Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelites, and Surrealists, as well as other contemporary popular fantasy artists.
Wizards of the Coast has used Law’s work in products for their Forgotten Realms campaign setting, as well as their Magic: the Gathering collectible card game. Her work has appeared in three books by David Riche (The Art of Faery, World of Faery and Watercolor Fairies) and she has done cover art for several books by Catherine Asaro, published by Luna Books (an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises). She did the cover art for Young Arcan and the Garden of Loc, by Matthew R. Milson. She is also the author of tutorial book “Dreamscapes: Creating Magical Angel, Faery & Mermaid Worlds In Watercolor” published by Impact Books.
Law’s portfolio of published work and list of clients also includes White Wolf (Changeling: The Lost), Precedence Entertainment (Wheel of Time collectible card game, Rifts collectible card game), HarperCollins (covers for The Demon Child Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon), Realms of Fantasy magazine, Michael Swanwick’s Field Guide to Mesozoic Megafauna by Michael Swanwick and published by Tachyon Publications, Carus Publishing Company (known for their magazines for elementary/junior high/high school readers such as Cricket and Cicada), Elemental Designer Games (ChessMage collectible card game), Skotos (Castle Marrach role-playing game), Alderac Entertainment Group (Warlord, Seventh Sea, and Legend of the Five Rings collectible card games), Talislanta, and Black Knight Games.
“Taking fantasy in a unique direction.”
That’s the motto and driving force behind J. Dean and the creation of his epic Vein series. Hooked on writing since the fifth grade, and cutting his teeth on the great authors like Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, J. Dean held tight to his love for stories through high school and college, and in 2008 officially launched into the world of professional writing with The Summoning of Clade Josso: The First Descent into the Vein, following this up two years later with The Summoning of Old Velt, and adding the third installment in 2014. In addition to the Vein series, J. Dean has published the short story collection Alternate Endings, and is currently working on top secret projects yet to be fully revealed. He resides with his family in Michigan, and enjoys playing the guitar, martial arts (when he gets the time to get back into it), and spending Sunday afternoons after church arguing with television referees who throw yellow flags on the football gridiron. His
blog can be found at http://enterthevein.wordpress.com
My first memory of SFF is watching Star Trek and Space 1999 with my dad in early reruns, the first SciFi book I can remember reading was “Stowaway to the Moon: The Camelot Odyssey” by William R. Shelton, sometime in 4th grade, I have not stopped reading good SFF since. I’ve been playing RPG’s, & LARP’s since about 14, however it took me more than a decade from that point to discover Convention Fandom, and I have been attending conventions regally for the last 20 years. By the way, just as a piece of advice, if you ever say to the concom, “I can do that better”, that is called volunteering, you just did it, and now have a job. I have been on multiple convention committees, Board of Directors, and just plain adviser to many P.N.W. concoms over the last 15 years, this is where I met my beautiful wife, Bobbie, among other things we ran the following conventions and convention Bids. Cascadia con (2005 NASFIC, Bid and convention), Seattle in 2011 (Worldcon Bid) Seattle in 2012 (Westercon Bid and Convention), Spokane in 2015 (Worldcon Bid), Sasquan (the Worldcon for 2015, Spokane). In 2006 I wrote a suite of software tools to help automate a lot of the drudgery of programming conventions, Orycon was the first to use it, and it is now being used by half a dozen conventions including Radcon, and conventions as large as Chicon 7 (the 2011 worldcon in Chicago).
Fan Guest in Memoriam:
Bobby Dufault is a well remembered Seattle fan who worked tirelessly to bring a Worldcon to the Pacific Northwest. She worked for more than 20 years on RustyCon in well as on ConComCon.Bobbie has chaired the 2005 NASFIC,CascadiaCon, and Conclusion, the 2012 Westercon. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon. She chaired C-Cubed 8, Rustycon 17, Rustycon 18, Rustycon 2011,Rustycon 2012, and Rustycon XXX. Bobbie was instrumental in winning the 2015 bid for Worldcon in Spokane, Sasquan. Bobbie served the board of directors for Reading for the Future, for which she has written a Teachers’ guide to internet resources.
She was a member of OSFCI, the SWOC, the Northwest Science Fiction Society, NW Club League, and NW Con League.
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.