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)
Durlyn Alexander: I started conventions in 1988. My experiences grew thru running and attending artshows. I have been rewarded with many wonderful artists and their experiences. The Irish deathcoach is published in “Lands and Legends”.
John P. Alexander: 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 Babcock 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! Please ask her about her flowers and buy one to help Radcons charity of choice!
Amanda Baldwin is a writer, event planner, Dj, bouncer, vocalist, body positive model and cosplayer that is also very active as an advocate in the LGBT and alternative lifestyle community. Amanda has been published in the D20 Girls Magazine, both for writing and modelling, and blogs for D20Girlsmagazine.com. She has done interviews with influential names in the industry such as Elfquest creators Wendy and Richard Pini. Amanda is also the President and Founder of the Northwest Nerd Alliance, a community of folks united under the purpose of creating a safe, welcoming and genuine community of fans across the Northwest Region that also fights to redefine an inclusive definition of what being a geek/nerd/dork means. Finally, she does work for several groups promoting and planning events, including Kings Bar in Spokane Wa, Bloodlust Cabaret, and PAC CON.
Rodney Barnes 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, shooting, studying theology, riding his GR650, petting his three cats, watching Anime and SciFi, and doing “church stuff”. He lives in Portland Oregon. He has been married to Luana since 1997.
Jeanette M. Bennett: Ink free for twenty years, Jeanette M. Bennett fell off the wagon in 2007 and has been on a writing binge ever since. The consequence of that spree is her series The Adventures of Serendipity Brown. Ms. Bennett lives in the Scablands of eastern Washington State with five cats, a dog and Mike, her long-suffering husband. Her hobbies are dark-age embroidery, watching BBC history documentaries and time traveling. Between 2009 to 2013, her character, Dr. Wendell Howe, Temporal Anthropologist, was on Twitter reporting his fact-finding missions in the Victorian Age. You can see his blog on his adventures at http://wendellhowe.blogspot.com/. This is set in a time before he meets Serendipity. Check out Jeanette’s website at http://scablander.com/ for more background on her characters, interviews, useful links for Indies and other surprises. You can also find her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/scablander as well as her blog http://scablander.blogspot.com/. Current published works: Walking a Fine Timeline, available in ebook and trade back from Flight of Fancy Publishing “The Spirit of Tea” featured in Gears and Levers 2: A Steampunk Anthology from Sky Warrior Books.
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 ‘70’s (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.”
S. A. Bolich is the author of several fantasy novels, the first of which, “Firedancer” was a finalist for the 2013 EPIC Award for Fantasy. Her recent works include “The Heart of God,” Book 3 of her epic fantasy/soft SF Fate’s Arrow series, and “In Heaven’s Shadow”, a Civil War ghost story/fantasy. She also has many short stories in print, writes the “Horses in Fiction” blog to help writers get their fictional equines right, and is the moderator of the Other Worlds Writers Workshop at www.otherworlds.net. Keep up with her at www.sabolichbooks.com.
MH (Maggie) Bonham is a multiple award-winning author and editor of more than 35 books, including Kindle bestsellers Prophecy of Swords, Howling Dead, and Samurai Son, among others. She is the publisher of Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC., a publishing house dedicated to quality fiction and nonfiction, specializing in SFF and genre fiction.
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2015 from WordFire Press. David has had over forty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet and Veronica Mars. His RPG work includes Interface Zero and Deadlands: Noir for Savage Worlds. David regularly tours the country speaking on writing and publishing at schools, libraries and conventions. He’s a single dad, Summa Cum Laude graduate, part-time temp worker and believer. His weirdest job was as a professional Beetlejuice impersonator. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. You can find out more on his fanpage, www.facebook.com/dboop.updates or Twitter @david_boop.
David Brown is an authorpreneur determined to discover the natural evolution of digital storytelling. His published works span across all ages and several genres. Mostly, he enjoys exploding things. If you‘ve read for twenty pages and nothing has been blown up or shot, then David must be losing his edge. Feel free to google, poke, fan, or like him. But do so quickly, before he is disappeared by the FBI. Raised in Central Texas, David Mark Brown learned to ride horses at a young age. Then learned to hate them after a disastrous attempt to impress a girlfriend. He was five. Turning to a life of prose, he migrated north to the University of Montana (the Berkeley of the Rockies) and became the Redneck Granola. Falling in love with a chainsaw-wielding mountain woman forced him to reconsider his chosen career path—Hemingway on a sailboat—and embrace the sultry world of commercial fiction. Having been labeled master of the tightly-focused action scene and lord of diabolical dialogue, David turned his double-barreled literary genius toward the familial relationship. Blasting relationships apart with all the subtle grace of a two-bit thug sticking up a Kwik-E-Mart, he deftly stitches them back together without losing sight of tightly paced plotlines. Whether reading Fistful of Reefer, De Novo Syndrome, Paraplegic Zombie Slayer or the first season of The Green Ones, readers can expect flawed characters, atmospheric worlds and gripping stories. Enjoy the show!
Scott C. Brown: Attendees will most likely recognize Scott C. Brown from his role as the gamer Leo and the hapless bard Flynn in The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. He and fellow Dorkness actor Christian Doyle responded to an actor’s call sheet when they were performing together in A Few Good Men. Scott’s secret shame is that at that time he had not played D&D since it was just that: Dungeons and Dragons. Period. No numbers, no subtitles. He has since rectified his paucity of gaming experience. Scott’s acting resume has far more stage credits than film credits on it, but (trivia fact!) he actually went to school at Western Oregon State College to be an elementary teacher. On a whim he auditioned for The Merchant of Venice, hoping to play a bit part, and ended up as the romantic lead. He has not looked back since. It took 15 years post-college, but Scott got to play his dream role: Salieri, the forever second-best composer in Amadeus. Scott has also played a number of other notable roles in his theatrical outings, including Reverend Brown in Inherit the Wind, Father Flynn (not a bard) in Doubt, and McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He has also appeared in 34+ film projects, including the JourneyQuest, Gamers: Hands of Fate, and Demon Hunters Orientation Video for DG and ZOE. Some of his his more niche work is not widely available, however, including his outstanding work in industrial films. Tragically, unless you plan on getting your food handler’s card in Tacoma or take a tour of the Stimson Lumber Company, you won’t get to see his magnificent performances. During the last year Scott appeared in “Depth” and a TV Pilot “Camp Abercorn”. Look for him to appear soon in the features “Scrapper” and “A Bit of Bad Luck”, as well as, of course, “The Gamers: Hands of Fate” and “Humans and Households”.
Zach Brockway is currently doing the community management for a local video game startup called Red Level Games. His moniker is RageBerry on the Steam Forums. Zach has lived in the Tri-Cities for a few years, and has grown up doing a lot of nerd things.
Chris Bruscas spent many years in the Gaming industry before realizing he didn’t have any time left to actually play games. These days he works for the Feds (don’t ask – he’ll have to kill you) during the day and plays games at night. He has been a buyer, playtester, editor, and writer but he is most proud of being a player and Game Master. He has also been an opera-singing cockroach, a knight in shining armor, an evil mastermind bent on world domination, a serial killer, and a demon-possessed sewing machine. His other major accomplishments come from his experiences as a US Marine and as a father. Of the two, parenthood is infinitely harder and much more frightening.
Synthia Caldwell has been cosplaying for over 10 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 degree at the Evergreen State College with a focus in Prop Making and Costuming. 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, props, accessories, and weaponry.
Amy Calkins is a Local Spokane Artist that works in all mediums of Art from Painting, drawing and clay. Amy has be doing Special Effects make-up for over 20 years. For the last 5 years Amy has done makeup for local small movie productions, Spokane Civic Theater, public or personal projects, and was nominated for Best FX Makeup in a feature film for the Fantastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego 2014. Amy loves to create anything with gore and is becoming Spokane’s go-to for Blood Squib effects . Amy’s Favorite Theater show she worked on was “Evil Dead the Musical” at the Civic 2015. You can find Wild Angel FX Make-up on Facebook.
Martin Cameron‘s introduction to game art was when he was asked to draw the pyramids a face on Mars and Elvis with 4 colors (one had to be black) and was the first 3D artist to work on a Star Wars game. Additionally he has been a traditional illustrator and an application developer. He also owns a fez.
Will Carson: 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.
Bob Chenoweth: 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. the Park is located on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. While in Hawaii I began the study of Kyudo, or Japanese archery. In 2004 I became interested in European Medieval archery and became active with Realms of Avalon, a Moscow based education group. Along with archery I began to research Medieval ships, ship building and trade and began making models of period ships. While I am interested in Classical ship building and use my real interest begins with Frankish ship building and ranges through the Tudor era. My particular focus is on the evolution of ship design and construction and the cross influence of Northern European and Mediterranean construction.
Nicole Clark: My name is Nicole and I have been making zombie props and various artistic pieces for the past three years. I use mixed media art while attempting to use as many recyclables as possible. As an artist, i work to make pieces correlated to darker fictitious topics. My art has been displayed at holiday events, banquet halls, and online at Demoniq Props. I hope to allow my work to continue to grow as i learn to improve my artistic ability with new mediums.
Clay Cooper: An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany. He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents. He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He lives by the motto “be prepared.”
At age five, Lillian Csernica discovered the Little Golden Books fairy tales. From there she moved on to the works of Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, and Terry Pratchett. Her very first short story sale, “Fallen Idol,” appeared in After Hours and was later reprinted in The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXI. Ms. Csernica has gone on to publish stories in various magazines and anthologies including These Vampires Don’t Sparkle, Fantastic Stories, and All Our Yesterdays. Her Christmas ghost story ‘The Family Spirit’ appeared in Weird Tales #322 and ‘Maeve’ appeared in #333. Ms. Csernica has also published an historical romance novel, SHIP OF DREAMS. Ms. Csernica has written nonfiction in the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has been a columnist for Speculations, writing “The Fright Factory” and “The Writer’s Spellbook.” Both columns are now available as ebooks. Ms. Csernica’s controversial column of literary criticism and short fiction reviews, “The Penny Dreadful Reader,” ran in Tangent, earning praise from such leading lights of the field as editor Ellen Datlow. Born in San Diego, Ms. Csernica is a genuine California native. She currently resides in the Santa Cruz mountains with her her husband, two sons, and three cats.
Klarissa Davis fell in love with volcanoes after (literally) stumbling into a geology class and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Eastern Washington University and a Master’s Degree at Washington State University where she works teaching introductory Geology classes and is continuing work on her PhD. She lives in Albion with her husband,son, one dog, and three extremely social cats. When not focused on her work in large-scale volcanic eruptions, Klarissa is an active member of the SCA and enjoys spinning, dying, weaving, embroidery, and period costume recreation.
Andy Dopieralski – the ‘jollier’ half of Two Bards Productions – has been working in fan-centric film production in Seattle Washington since 2009. In addition to film, audio, and podcasting Andy works a day job with a large Seattle company complaining about other people’s work. He has also had roles in a number of projects including The Gamers: Hands of Fate, Rude Mechanical, and The Gamers: Natural One and will be providing the voice of a major character in the upcoming Starr Mazer video game series.
Daniel Dubrick: 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).
Elton Elliott is the author of over two hundred published short works (stories, essays, articles, etc.) in dozens of publications including current and former sf magazines like Amazing, Analog, and Galaxy; and ten books under his own name. His latest work is a novel BISHOP OF ROME, Volume Two in the Nanoclone Trilogy, co-written with 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. Upcoming works include a solo pseudonymous serialized romance/thriller novel in blog form on the net, plus the concluding volume in the Nanoclone Trilogy, KING OF JERSUSALEM, co-written with Doug Odell. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of a Pacific Northwest-based technology start-up company, VASE SOFTWARE (their encryption technology has been featured in an article in the online edition of Popular Science). 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 science, technology, cars, sports, popular culture and more on Twitter: @EltonElliott56
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Tamra Excell 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. Tamra created the Personalized Education Philosophy, something which has gained interest from a variety of groups, including university students, school district leaders, and education change agents. Her favorite university class analysis stated that while her ideas “resonated” they were too “radical” to try to pull off all at once. Which is, of course, something she has already managed to do by co-founding CMASAS.org, a world-wide private school based on this philosophy. The result: the school, both regionally and internationally accredited – was ranked #5 in best online high schools. From big projects such as creating schools, to private coaching, 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 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.
Mark Ferrari has been a professional fantasy illustrator since 1987, and a published novelist since 2007, when his first fantasy novel, The Book of Joby, was published by TOR. The Book of Joby has since sold nearly 30,000 copies, been honored as a Booksense Pick, made Booklist’s ‘Top Ten’ for science fiction/fantasy in 2008, was selected as a finalist for the Endeavor Award, and re-released as a mass market paperback in January of 2012. It is being published in China this coming year. He has also published several short stories in various anthologies during the past year in collaboration with his wife, author Shannon Page, and has two new novels in the works. Mark currently resides in Portland, Oregon. More info on his art and writing can be found at www.markferrari.com.
John Fisher: General fx make up artist and prop builder for over 10 years. Past been machinist engineer teacher and social worker.
Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes speculative fiction. He is the author of Evenstad Media Presents (The Park, The Mall, The Inn), Tartaros and the King Jester Trilogy, the first two books of which (Zirkua Fantastic, The Jester Prince) are currently available for purchase online. When he can be pried away from his keyboard, he can be found cooking, singing, playing trombone, and belly dancing.
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.
Misty Gibson has lived in the Tri-cities since 1999. She is an avid reptile lover, pirate and mermaid. Misty has been a part of RadCon since she moved to the area and looks forward to attending many more to come.
Ari Goldstein is a licensed attorney in the state of Washington and has been involved in Northwest Fandom, Alternative lifestyle culture, and various other forms of activism for the past 19 years. He holds double bachelor degrees in both political science and the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington as well as Juris Doctor from the Seattle University School of Law He has been very active in the Polyamorus and other alternative lifestyle culture in the Northwest for over a decade Ari has been involved in running Cons since 1994 he is currently on the Board of directors for both SWOC and RAIn as well as being on staff for several other Cons Ari is a rabid feminist, gamer, and total uber geek.
Tom Gondolfi, father of three, gamer and loving husband, claims to be a Renaissance man and certified flirt. Educated as an electrical engineer and working in high tech for over twenty years Tom has also worked as a cook, most phases of construction, and even as the personal caregiver to a quadriplegic. Tom enjoys games and most weekends can be found playing some role playing variation, board game and/or Texas hold-em. As the son of a career Air Force member Tom moved around a great deal. He has lived in Boloxi,Mississippi; Benton, Pennsylvania; Madison, Wisconsin; Niceville, Florida; Rapid City, South Dakota; San Antonio, Texas; Long Beach and Riverbank, California; Fairborn, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; Lacey and Yelm, Washington. Education: Graduated from Fairborn Baker High School, BSEE from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Career: Worked for two household-name electronics firms as a senior engineer for a total of 30 years. Sports: Table Tennis, Pickleball, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball. Watches football and cheers for the Cowboys and the Seahawks. Hobbies: Texas Hold-em, Board Games, Chess, Role Playing Games, Reading and, of course, Writing.
John R. Gray III has been showing his artwork at convention art shows nationally since 1981. At these, he has received numerous awards, including, Best Fantasy, Best Color, Best Use of Humor and Most Unusual Concept. Publishing history includes book and cassette covers, a series of fantasy bookplates, CD-ROM fantasy clip art collections and illustrations in various convention program books and fan publications. He is also currently working as a freelance commercial artist and as a luthier, building custom autoharps. As for music, he played electric bass for a wide range of bands from the late 1960’s through 1991. Bands ranged from Heavy Metal to Country and just about everything in between. He recently became interested in Filk and soon joined up with ‘Stardust’.
Roberta Gregory has been writing and drawing and publishing comics since the mid 1970s, best known for Winging It and her notorious Bitchy Bitch character. She has recently published True Cat Toons, but is still collecting true cat stories to illustrate. She would love to be better known for her non-comics writing as well. She has been writing her four book series Mother Mountain for an ungodly length of time, but that ought to be out pretty soon, as well. Visit her at robertagregory.com and also at truecattoons.com
Elizabeth Guizzetti : Much to her chagrin, Elizabeth Guizzetti discovered she was not a cyborg and growing up to be an otter would be impractical, so she began writing stories. She is the author and illustrator of independent comics and science fiction novels. Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award. Guizzetti currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.
Vandy H. Hall is a multi-media visual artist specializing in blown glass, drawing, fiber art, and sculpture. She draws her inspiration from art history and popular geek culture, and enjoys combining organic and man (or alien?) made visual elements. Vandy obtained an honors degree in Art History and Sculpture from Portland State University, and has studied, taught, and blown glass in a number of places ranging from Oregon, to Sweden. She has also been an intern in art conservation for a private practice in Portland, and an intern in rights and reproduction at the Smithsonian Institution.
J Tullos Hennig: With an inveterate fascination in other times and places, J Tullos Hennig has managed a few professions in this world–equestrian, teacher, artist, dancer–but has never successfully managed to not be a writer. Ever. Drawn to both Speculative and Historical Fiction, Jen’s lifelong passion for history, folklore, and myth is given its due in her most recent work: a darkly magical, award-winning series based on the legends of Robin Hood. Jen lives with her longstanding Amazing Spouse in a remote cottage in the Pacific Northwest. An equally remarkable daughter and grandkids, as well as many students–human, equine, avian and canine–have taught her much of what she knows. Wild places, travel, and inter-library loan fill the gaps in said education… And merely encourages the boundless escapades of a press gang of invisible friends who Will. Not. Be. Silenced. Ever. Further information about present and future work can be found at http://www.jtulloshennig.net
Douglas Herring has been a free-lance illustrator/artist for hire since High School. He has recently retired from a fifteen year stint as an artist/art director in the computer game industry and has returned to free-lance work full time. He has been doing illustration, book covers, comics, photography, videography, sculpture, and a host of other creative endeavors almost since time began. His book collection is legendary, for reference is his life. For a look at some of his other photos and artwork: http://douglasherring.com/
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 and American Sign Language. 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 (or soon 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‘s award-winning novel, Heroes Arise was published in 2007. Her many short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, most recently in the anthologies The Horror Addicts Guide to Life, A Bard Day’s Knight, How Beer Saved the World, Fault Zone and Shanghai Steam. Shanghai Steam was nominated for an Aurora Award in 2013 and has been recommended by Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. More at www.laurelannehill.com.
David Hirzel: Engineer. Winemaker. Teacher. Lab rat. Bad Santa. Rodeo Clown. Prankster. You have been warned.
Khan Ironfist began his training in martial arts in 1993 in Koi Yama Ryu Aikido under Sensei Phil Pedersen. Studying in his dojo was a life altering experience, and the knowledge he gained there he still uses today. Since then Khan has studied primarily on his own until he was introduced to a teacher known affectionately by many simply as “The Old Man”. Shortly after being introduced, he moved up to the Old Man’s horse ranch and began training in Escrima, Tai Chi, and various other weapon forms. In 2008 the IGNITION Fire Troupe was born and Khan stepped into the role of Troupe Leader. IGNITION has grown into a tight knit family of friends. Khan’s strength in fire breathing has influenced all of his performers into being strong fire breathers themselves. He also dabbles in fire eating, whip, poi, staff, sword, double and single sticks, Kwan Do, Pudao and sparring with weapons on fire. He desires to learn much, much more and continue growing his skills. In addition to the fire arts, Khan performs in full contact fight demos and crafts custom leather work.
Craig Jackson: Born in the wastelands of Orange County and raised by cats, Craig went on to study astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. These days he lives on a horse ranch near Seattle and works in the computer industry. In his spare time he volunteers as a submissions editor for the SF short story podcast Escape Pod, and also volunteers for fantasy podcast Podcastle. By night, Craig organizes kinky events for Seattle’s Center for Sex Positive Culture, as well as the local polyamorous community. He’s been active in both poly and kinky communities since the late 80’s. He’s also an avid player of boardgames, roleplaying games, and computer games. In addition he has a passion for partner dancing, is a WA state forest steward, and studies religion and folklore. Anything for a weird life.
Judy R. Johnson: Sept2015 I’m Judy R. Johnson, living in NorthWest Washington State and working intermittently on contract as an Analyst; 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.
Esther Jones began life as a strange, fey child who always made up her own bedtime stories and sometimes even managed to scare her parents with them. At some point during her childhood, she decided she would grow up to be a world famous illustrator of fairies or a poet. But during college, as a concession to providing herself with future food and clothing, switched her major to a technical communications degree instead. She wrote legal briefs, grant proposals, business brochures, and similar documents, but didn’t pick up a pen creatively for a decade after abandoning her poetic hubris. In order to prove to herself that she could still write a short story, she set herself a goal of entering the SpoCon League of Extraordinary Writer’s competition. To do so, Esther consulted with Frog, and about her story idea and began generating the world that would eventually envelop The Gift of Grace series. The short story she produced as a result not only entered, but won that competition. Following that, Esther has collaborated with Frog on The Gift of Grace, as well as more short stories. Her interest in writing has driven the team of Frog and Esther to heights that neither could have reached alone.
Peter 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.
David Kania was born in a farming community in Illinois. He spent six years in the US Navy Nuclear Power Program in the submarine service. After leaving the Navy, David worked with the problems of nuclear and hazardous waste in the areas of treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal. He has worked on local films helping to produce, direct, and edit short films. He is involved with and supports the RadCon Let’s Make a Movie since its inception. He enjoys studying space exploration, photography, and Sci-Fi.
Sam Knight: A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California’s wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California, he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home. As well as being Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, he is Senior Editor for Villainous Press and the author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation. He can be found at SamKnight.com and contacted at Sam@samknight.com
Eytan Kollin: I am hoping my name matches the name and picture to the left. That being said I was born in a place you probably don’t care about in a year getting far enough away I don’t want to remember, (just kidding, it was 1967). I could tell you about what I do other than writing but seriously why would you really care. Let’s get to the author part! I write novels and short stories with my brother Dani as well as on my own account. We wrote the Unincorporated Series published by Tor. We have been nominated multiple times and won the Prometheus Award once. Love the gold coin. Although we have been published in deep thought, hard SF we just finished a novel that is Steampunk YA. We are also published in the latest 5 X 5 anthology with Wordfire Press and will have a compilation of short stories called ‘Grim Tales of the Brothers Kollin’ later this year. I have finished my first solo novel, ‘Balancers’ and may have a publisher nibbling at it. I have been fortunate in selling a “solo” novel to Baen called ‘Benjamin Franklin: Wizard for Hire’. The solo is in quotations because I have been honored to join a group of authors in creating a shared world of which this novel is only a part. I am almost halfway done with the manuscript and with luck it should see publication this year. That’s about it. Look forward to seeing you at RadCon.
Elly Leaverton is an engineer, puppeteer and puppet maker in the Seattle area. She performs Punch and Judy at the local Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire in Richland, WA as well as at other similar events in the Pacific Northwest. She performs Japanese folktales for Japanese festivals in the Seattle area including the Aki Matsuri at Bellevue College and Sakura Con, an anime convention in Seattle. She is a founding member of the West Cascade Puppet Brigade and very active in the local puppeteer guild, The Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Elly spent a year in Japan teaching English and learning “Kitsuke” or kimono dressing. She has also spent time learning to build Japanese traditional clothing; Origami, the art of paper folding; and Kumihimo, the Art of Japanese braiding. She has taught kitsuke, papier-mache and Muppet-style puppetry at RadCon and is looking forward to attending once again.
Rebekah Leib is a medievalist & historical re-creationist specializing in the Norse & Viking-era and 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, and does not comprehend the meaning or existence 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. Aerngaldra Hrafnskald emigrated from the fjordlands of Norway in the late 9th century to Iceland to escape King Harald’s draconic 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 with 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. Herb’s over 30 year career as a professional illustrator and graphic designer has earned him numerous awards and international acclaim. 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. Herb has illustrated over 30 books, his published illustration works include: “Lyrics” by Tori Amos, an ongoing series of children’s books for Pelican Publishing, a set of classic fairy tales for Steiner Korea and his own stories, “The Faerie Garden Coloring Book”, “Fae Nouveau Coloring Book”, “Faerie Nouveau Coloring Book” and “Sir Norman & the Dreaming Dragon”. He lives in Prosser, WA with his wife, son, two horses, four cats & a plethora of chickens
Ron F. Leota is the creator of the Carmine, Laser Metal, and DnDizzle tabletop role-playing franchises. He is the former host and producer of the NW Nerdcast, a podcast all about tabletop and live-action role-playing. He is currently working on his new podcast Sincerely Geek and the live-action sci-fi game Spite.
Luna Lindsey grew up in the Tri-Cities, but now lives near Seattle, WA. 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. She also became an accidental expert on mind control, computers, and faeries. She began writing full-time in 2010 and has been published in the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Penumbra eMag, and Crossed Genres. 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.
Rhiannon Louve is a freelance writer. Professionally, she writes video game dialogue, short stories, table-top role-playing books, and privately commissioned fiction. She’s in the process of adding novels to the list. In addition, Rhiannon has a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, has taught World Religions at the college level, and has published essays on contemporary Pagan thea/ology. Outside cons, Rhiannon games (mostly table-top), sings and plays keyboard for a Geek Metal band, and cuddles her household dogs and cat. She studies languages and primate behavior for fun.
CthulhuBob Lovely helps run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen. He also helps out, however he can, at RadCon, SpoCon, The Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, the GAMA Trade Show and the Origins International Game Fair. Always a dreamer and very imaginative, CthulhuBob began playing Dungeons and Dragons at the age of 13. Prior to this, he had seen H.P. Lovecraft’s books in the collection of his older brother, Brian, who is also responsible for introducing him to Monty Python, Star Wars and many other things geek. When Call of Cthulhu was first published, he played with his friend Wrich as Keeper. CthulhuBob immediately fell in love with the game, and the system, and has been running Call of Cthulhu ever since. He is a Missionary for Chaosium, as well as a MIB for Steve Jackson Games and Demo Monkey for Cheapass Games.
John Lovett: 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.
Tonya Macalino lives in that space between where the intoxicating juxtaposition between past and present teases the senses, taunts the gossamer of almost-memory. Haunted by story, she seeks it in the shadows of the landscapes of history and in the blinding glare of what-may-come, both alone and with her family of children’s book authors, Raymond, Damien, & Hel’na Macalino. Tonya’s national award-winning urban fantasy thrillers, THE SPECTRE OF INTENTION and THE SHADES OF VENICE series, combine the mythic surrealism of Pan’s Labyrinth with the thrill ride that is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Watch for the debut of her children’s chapter book series GATES with the release of INTO THE HARE WOOD. Need another glimpse behind the veil? Subscribe to Tonya’s 99 Cent New Release Alerts at www.tonyamacalino.com! For weekly news and events, you can also drop by and chat with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyaMacalino or Twitter @TonyaMacalino.
Scott James Magner: 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. He has two novellas in The Foreworld Saga: Hearts of Iron (a tale of soldiers and sneaky people doing bad/heroic things) and Blood and Ashes (Gladiators vs Zombies, in Pompeii). His science fiction novel Homefront (Starship Troopers meets Firefly) is available from Resurrection House, and his series The Hunters Chronicle (superhero monster-fighting medieval monks) just released its second volume, Empire of Night.
Vanessa MacLellan: 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 six 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.
John McDonald: John discovered science fiction at the age of 8 when he learned that the ‘rocket ship’ symbol on spine of a library book guarenteed a good read. Dodging the Vietnab era draft by joining the Marine Corps, he spent the next 29 years working for Uncle Sam. After retiring from the military, he worked in several libraries, and just retired as the head of information services from a public library in Idaho.
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.
Kamila Miller: EM Prazeman is a pseudonym for Kamila Miller. She’s published 8 books and has short fiction published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the anthology “Asylum”. Prazeman has a background in martial arts, math, physics and horticulture. Check out emprazeman.com and kzmiller.com for freebies and more info!
Mike Shepherd Moscoe: Kris Longknife and Vicky Peterwald will continue to make Mike’s life hell and your life fun as Kris returns to the Human side of the galaxy to face a problem you’d have to be dumb, crazy or the BOLDest person alive to tackle. Vicky has had enough of just staying live and is ready to see just what kind of a REBEL a Grand Duchess can make. You can follow Mike on Facebook as Mike Moscoe or visit his website www.mikeshepherd.org to learn about his latest.
Mark Niemann-Ross is a Portland-based writer of hard science-fiction with an emphasis on the impact of technology on society. He is a two-time winner of Analog Magazine Reader’s Choice Award, has appeared in Stupefying Stories, narrated audio books, and is working on his first novel, a murder mystery solved by a refrigerator. During the day he manages developer content for lynda.com.
Matt Oostman is the President of Northwest Role Playing Games (NWRPGs), a 501c7 non-profit that hosts Live Action Role Playing (LARP) games, events, conferences, and community programming. NWRPGs has hosted such local LARPs as Spite, the World of Oz, two different Alliance chapters, and a handful of small one-shot games and events. NWRPGs is also the host of NWLARPFest, an annual festival dedicated to LARP and community building. Along with Ron Leota, Matt co-wrote Spite, a science fiction LARP set during an alien invasion in the year 2045. Spite reflects the writers’ desire to run events with low entry barriers; keeping the required rules knowledge, equipment, and costs low so that the hobby is more accessible to newcomers, casual players, and seasoned larpers looking for new experiences. The game runners pride themselves on creating a game that is easy to start playing while still providing the flexibility and support for people to create very elaborate characters, wear amazing costuming, and shape world events within the setting. Additional information about Spite can be found at spitelarp.com. Matt has been running and writing LARPs for 14 years and tabletop games for 20 across a variety of systems, genres, and styles. When not working behind the scenes on the writing or logistics of games, Matt is usually building props and costuming such as humanoid bug carapaces and sci-fi armor, flying monsters or gigantic puppets, or building foam weapons and leather goods.
Frieda Orsborn is a teacher of English, Art, and critical, subversive thought. She is also a practitioner of both visual and kinetic arts, and traditional historical crafts. When she is not teaching, wielding flame (or other implements of Kali-esque creation), or getting trampled by men three times her size, she has plenty else to fill her time. Whether it is working on a project queue the length of Wan Li Chang Cheng, gardening, or attending cons, faires, and SCA events, Bri always has something keeping her busy, and, most recently, that would be her spawnling.
Jen Page: If there was such thing as real life Experience Points, Jen Page would be racking up the geek stats. She has modeled for various game art including Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms. Her likeness appears in three different graphic novels and she has been made into a mini, twice. She is also ambitiously pursuing her own art contributions to RPGs including illustrating maps, mythical races and monstrous creatures. She enjoys genre writing for film, web series and short subjects. Her acting career embraces gamer and sci-fi/fantasy interests such as the explosively visual smash-hit Project London and the beloved Gamers films. Catch her in new web episodes of Chop Socky Boom and The Coffee Table.
Shannon Page was born on Halloween night and spent her early years on a back-to-the-land commune in northern California. A childhood without television gave her a great love of the written word. At seven, she wrote her first book, an illustrated adventure starring her cat Cleo. Sadly, that story is out of print, but her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, the Proceedings of the 2002 International Oral History Association Congress, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include Eel River; the collection Eastlick and Other Stories; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include The Queen and The Tower, first book in The Nightcraft Series, and a sequel to Our Lady. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches, from Evil Girlfriend Media, as well as several well-received novels from Per Aspera Press. Shannon is a longtime yoga practitioner, has no tattoos, and is an avid gardener at home with her husband, Mark Ferrari, in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.shannonpage.net.
Frances Pauli writes speculative fiction, usually with romantic tendencies. Her series include: The Changeling Race, Shift Happens, Kingdoms Gone, Princes of the Shroud, and Kundalis dragons.”
Dylan Plung studied Japanese at three universities over a course of 5 years. Columbia Basin College (Pasco, WA), Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA), and Kansai Gaikokugo College (Osaka, Japan.) He has a BA in Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese and has received academic merit scholarships from Japan, as well as having lived in Osaka. He taught Japanese and Japanese Cultural classes through Kennewick Community Education, and spends his spare time pursuing his own artistic interests.
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.
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.
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 such as her 13 foot dragon, Athanasis. Some day soon creating puppet films will be part of the adventures in Shannon’s life, too.
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.
Gibbitt Rhys-Jones has been going to conventions since 1991, when she was invited to a -party with a science fiction bent.- She has been on the staff of a several (Rustycon, Norwescon, Anglicon, Vikingcon, Dreamcon, Rainfurrest, Sasquan, and Westercon 69 ), been a pro and panelist some of them, even got married at Norwescon 20. She was in Clan Burnout, ran a fanzine, was part of House Madubi, put out an 4 RPG books (so far!) with her husband, Dustin Gross, is part of a fan group called Manzala Rangers (the party throwers), and wrote a manual on how to throw a party at conventions in Washington. She is a writer, a poet, an editor, layout artist, a self-taught makeup zombie and wound (in makeup) artist, an art collector(on her walls, in her house, and on her body), a geek, a gamer (old school), a Whovian, a Browncoat, a history nerd, and a fan of fandom. Currently, she is the Head of Programming for Rustycon, The Vice President and Registration for Cascade Writers, and is the Interim Chair for Concomcon 2016, as well as the president of SWOC and on the Rustycon Board of Directors. Also, she is 5’7″, hazely eyes, loves short walks on the beach, chocolate pie, and fandom.
Mark Rounds: 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 first novel, “Hell is Empty and All the Devils Are Here”.
Nat Saenz is the TRIFI film festival director. Over the last seven 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)
Bruce Schmoetzer is a Physicist by training; a Technologist by vocation and an Aikidoka by calling. Bruce is a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Aikido and teaches at Beartooth Aikido located in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richaland, WA. Bruce began his training under Wendy Whited Shihan in 1997. Currently he teaches and trains both empty-hand & weapons techniques. Among the weapons used are katana, bokken, jo & tanto. When he is not teaching or training, Bruce is the president and manages the daily operations of Wilke Systems – a business consultancy with offices in the Tri Cities, WA & Chicago, IL. Bruce is the founder of several companies – e.g. Wilke Systems, Beartooth Aikido, Fuse SPC – just to name a few. During his professional career Bruce has worked for: Ameritech Advanced Data Services, Apple, AT&T and NASA. In his *copious spare time* Bruce reads, cooks, catches up on The Blacklist, Doctor Who & Marvel Agents of SHIELD and runs the annual Who-a-thon at Fuse.
S. B. Sebrick was raised in Vancouver, Washington. He has published short stories in 2005 and 2006 of Clark College’s annual ‘Phoenix’ Anthology. He recently finished ‘Dire’, the last of the ‘Assassin’s Rising’ novels. He often posts updates and teasers about the rest of his works from his website at http://www.sbsebrick.com
Alexandra Shackelford: 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 working with the NWNA to help spread inclusiveness and positivity in the nerd community, and loves encouraging people to reach out and express themselves and not be ashamed of loving what they love. 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 new daughter, Gemma.
Kenneth Siefring: Creator of the 10 year old webcomic Catboy at the Con, Online reviewer for Youtube Channel ” The Catboy Rants”, Gamer, and all around Anime Otaku from Yakima, WA.
Brad Stiener 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.
Jeff Sturgeon is a northwest artist known for his beautiful award winning metal paintings and is considered one of the top astronomical and science fiction artists working in the field today with guest of honor appearance at exhibitions and conventions around the country and his newest works are highly sought after by collectors. Jeff paints primarily with acrylics on textured aluminum and over the years has gatherered an impressive client list from book, music and magazine publishers to JPL NASA. Jeff was an art director and game designer in the computer game buisness for many years most notably Electronic Arts before turning to illustrating and painting full time. Jeff is working on his own book project for WordFire Press called Jeff Sturgeon’s Last Cities of Earth due summer of 2016. Jeff lives in the Cascade foothills with sons Duncan and Corwin. www.jeffsturgeon.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Greg Bear, Brian Herbert and many others and shows the direction Bruce ando 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 (” 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” and (New!) “Kafka’s Uncle: the Unfortunate Sequel and other Insults to the Morally Perfect. 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.
Kaye Thornbrugh is an award-winning reporter and the author of the bestselling Flicker series. Kaye 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 seven published fantasy and science fiction novels. Learn more at www.sevantownsend.com
Tammy Tripp 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.
Josh Vogt has been published in dozens of genre markets with work covering fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, pulp, and more. He also writes for a wide variety of RPG developers such Paizo, Modiphius, and Privateer Press. His debut fantasy novel, Forge of Ashes, is a tie-in to the Pathfinder roleplaying game. WordFire Press has also launched his urban fantasy series, The Cleaners, with Enter the Janitor and The Maids of Wrath. He’s a member of SFWA, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and a Scribe Award finalist. You can find him at JRVogt.com or on Twitter @JRVogt.
Ryan Wells, from Portland OR, has been doing props and sets for various theater and haunt productions throughout the years and only recently started cosplaying in September of 2013. Ryan can be found featured on several cosplay and special effects panels as well as workshops at various convention, podcasts, cosplay websites, web series, multiple publications and even featured in cosplay at Seattle’s EMP museum for Science Fiction ribbon cutting ceremony. Ryan is admin for his local online cosplay group and is a huge advocate for sharing ideas, community, volunteering, as well as a builder for the Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization. Most recently Ryan has joined talents on Cosplay Cruises and is super excited for future international adventures! “Cosplay was a natural progression for me since there was simply not enough Halloween in my life. I love to learn new skills, trades, make challenges for myself, getting inspiration and ideas from friends (new and old) and making connections through this great community. Known for being a “creature cosplayer” I tend to draw inspiration mainly from film but I’m trying to branch out into other genres.”
Brad Wheeler: I’ve been writing for most of my life. All that time I’ve been interested in science fiction, especially adventure space opera. My hard science fiction novel, Fugitives from Earth, tries to merge that interest with my love of astronomy and space science. During the day, I work with cutting-edge wireless technology and at night I’m usually doing gaming of some sort.
Kevin Wiley is a crowdfunding expert, Burning Man veteran, fire performer, and artistic project manager specializing in the support of independent artists, storytellers, and musicians. He speaks based on his experience from dozens of media projects – including albums for musicians (studio-recorded and shoe-string), small event production (concerts and conventions), video/film production and logistics (feature-length and web series), and print projects (hardcovers, paperbacks, and digital).
Dr. Elizabeth Wilmerding: Elizabeth R. Alix is the pen name of Elizabeth Wilmerding. She self published her first book, Dreams of Fire, on Amazon in October 2015 and is working on the next book. 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, and filker.
Andy Wolf is a Sit-Down Comedian, Filmmaker, 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….)