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By Lee Roberts

10 Conventions Happening between May 12, 2018 and Sep 3, 2018 In and Near Atlanta and NC

It’s getting to be Summer time, and do you know what that means? Nope, not beach time. It’s time to put on the capes and cowls, lace up the boots, and stock up on money, because it’s con time. Though there have been a lot of cons happening, with the weather changing and the Summer coming, more cons will be happening pretty much every weekend.

Now I would like to be able to post about every con but I can’t. I don’t have the time and I just can’t find out about every single con that will happen. There are some that happen on just a single day that’s not posted about online at all leaving me with never even knowing they happened.

With Shakefire being an Atlanta, GA based site, I am only focused on the conventions that are in the surrounding area of ATL. These will be cons that can be drove to in a day and be back home later that night. Some you might want to stay for the whole weekend if you have the money but if not it would be easy to just make it for the day.

  1. May 12-13 Savannah Mega Comic Con. Located at Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31402​.

Show Hours

Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Sunday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


$15 for Adults a day


$25 for 2 day passes

Kids 12 & under Free

both days

Sunday Mothers day special!  Mothers get in free!


Christopher Sabat

Autograph $TBA

Photo Op $25


Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 6 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM


Autograph $TBA

Photo Op $25

Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 5 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM


Eric Vale

Autograph $TBA

Photo Op $20


Signing times 11 AM to 2 PM & 5 PM to 6 PM 

Photo Op         4 PM to 5 PM


Autograph $TBA

Photo Op $25

Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 5 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM


Monica Rial

Autograph $TBA

Photo Op $20


Signing times 11 AM to 2 PM & 4 PM to 5 PM 

Photo Op         5 PM to 6 PM


Autograph $TBA

Photo Op $20

Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 5 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM


WWE Hall of Famer Jake the Snake Roberts

Autograph $20

Photo Op $20


Signing times 11 AM to 2 PM & 5 PM to 6 PM 

Photo Op         2 PM to 3 PM


Autograph $20

Photo Op $20

Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 5 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM




Autograph $20

Photo Op $20


Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 6 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM


Autograph $20

Photo Op $20

Signing times 11 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 5 PM 

Photo Op         1 PM to 2 PM


John Anderson

Savana Jade Wehunt From the Walking Dead.

Micheal Copon


  1. May 19th Asheville Comic Con. Located at 1301 Fannig Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC. Hours are 10am to 5pm. Facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/pg/AshevilleComicCon/about/?ref=page_internal
  2. June 2, Hickory Comic Con. Located at Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr. SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

Only $5.00 Admission for Adults

$3.00 for children under 13

3 and under are free!

  1. June 15-17 Heroes Con. Located at Charlotte Convention Center 501 S. College St., Charlotte, NC 28202. http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/


1-day Pass: $25 per person FRI-SAT $20 SUN

3-day Pass: $50 per person

Kids 12 & Under get in FREE!



Windhaven, Rebels: These Free Independent States, Ghostfleet, Buzzkill


SpongeBob, Dora, Shimmer & Shine, Blaze, Zombies!!!


Cankor Comics


Stan Lee's Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock


Alter Ego magazine, Jughead, Sonic Universe, Archie and Friends


Mamuna, Meanwhile


Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson


Spider-Man, Venom, X-Men, Avengers


Sonic Universe, Mega Man


Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA


Cursed Pirate Girl, The Guild: Tink, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard


Southern Cross, Vampirella, WWE


Vampire: the Masquerade, The Phantom, Kolchak the Night Stalker


Zeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues


Doom Patrol, Wayward, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur


Youngblood, X-Men '92, Down Set Fight!


Green Lantern, Micronauts, Nibiru and the Legend of the Anunnaki


Undead Speed Equipment, Grim Riders


Choosing Sides, BitterRoot, Femme Magnifique


Loose Ends, Southern Bastards, Batman: LOTDK


JSA, Vampirella, Atomika


Darkness Visible, Sable & Fortune, Transformers


New Avengers: Luke Cage, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man


Editor at Boom Studios, Hit 1955,1957


Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo


Spongebob Comics, Plants Vs. Zombies, The Mighty Skullboy Army


Batwoman, Shoplifter, DC/Marvel Cover Artist


Legend of the Dark Knight, Ghost Rider, Wonder Woman


The Cat, Nightcrawler


Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom


Cody the Cavalier, Star Wars Insider


Deadly Class, Blackhand Comics, Guardians of the Galaxy


Punisher, Spider-Man, Carnage, X-Force


Ratchet & Clank, 9 lives (Spider Kitty), The MONSTER VOLUME


Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch


Jeremy Dale Skyward Omnibus


Sonic the Hedgehog, Archie


FLUKE, Big Deal Comics & Stories


Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Black Panther


Redlands, Scarlet Witch, Hit 1955, 1957


Memetic, Cognetic, Eugenic, Quantum Teens Are Go


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Grimm Fairy Tales, Gizmo


Blackwood, The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!


Star Wars, Aliens, The Wasted Lands


Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD


Leaky Timbers


Fhtagn and Loathing, Regression


Velvet, Captain America, Avengers


Copra, Zegas, Bloodstrike


Powers, Heartthrob, Deadpool 2099


Grumpy Cat, Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers


Paper Girls, Black Cloud, Southern Bastards


KULL, Elektra, Vampirella, Heavy Metal, Magic The Gathering


Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cosmo


Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone, Action Lab: Dog of Wonder


Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer


Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, Hawkguy


Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics


Tiny Titans, Aw Yeah Comics, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Patrick the Wolf Boy


Misfit City, Bitch Planet, Power & Magic


GI Joe, Torchwood, Shrek, Monsters vs Aliens


Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Deadman, Twilight, Atari Force


New Mutants, Black Monday Murders, Leviathan


Ghost Racers, Horizon


Encounter, G-Man, Mini Marvels


Mouse Guard, Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales & The Dark Crystal Tales


Superman, Batwoman, Copperhead


The Nam, Punisher, Micronauts


DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night


La Mano Del Destino


BPRD, The Legacy of Luther Strode, Dark Horse Presents


Power Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool


Page by Paige, Will & Whit, Sketchbook Dares


TMNT: Urban Legends, Nailbiter, Saucer State


1962: The Age of Marvels


Dennis the Menace


The Question, Red, Batman


The Once And Future Tarzan, Batman, 3 Devils?


American Gods, Hellboy: Sleeping and the Dead, Batman, Sandman




Wildstorm: Michael Cray, Solarman, Watson and Holmes, Aztek


Blood Blister, Starman, JSA, Ex Machina


The Beauty, The Realm, Batwoman


Hogan's Alley Magazine


Nailbiter, Iluminati, Secret Wars


Black Lightning, Archer and Armstrong, Uncanny X-men, Suicide Squad


Spiderman/Deadpool, Orchid, Star Wars


The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield


Archer, Frisky Dingo, Science!, Redline, Sealab2021


Star Trek, We Can Never Go Home, The Flash, Superman


Spider-man/Deadpool, Punisher, Octo Skull


Elektra, Emma Frost


Aw Yeah Comics, Ninjasaur, Gruff


Assassinistas, Hack/Slash, Rick and Morty


Trolls, Character Designer at Warner Brothers, Floyd County Productions


The Damned, The Sixth Gun, Table Titans


Conan, Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Namor


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Spider-Man




Nightwing, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Excalbur, New Warriors


Batman, Supergirl, Lady Killer, Mockingbird, Hellheim


Luther Strode, Spread, The Family Trade, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern


Red Vengeance, Fallout, Negative Burn, Fantastic Worlds


Dept. H, Mind MGMT, X-O Manowar


Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency


Insexts, Mata Hari


Uncanny X-Men, Weapons X, The Incredible Hulk


Batgirl, Goldie Vance, Compass South & Knife's Edge, A Wrinkle in Time


Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Black Cloud


Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower, Fantastic Four




Angel City, Spell on Wheels, Star Trek


Merry Men, Play Ball, Lion of Rora


Tick, Grimm Fairy Tales, Nightwing, Vampirella


Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets


Grimm Fairy Tales, Game of Horror, Abraham's Journey


Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack


Grrl Scouts, Tank Girl, Visual Funk: the Psychedelic Adult Coloring Book


Galaktikon, Fearless Dawn, The Bomb, Tales from the Crypt, Spook House


Hunters, Cave Carson, Bloodstrike


Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Vampblade


New Mutants, Spider-Man, Kraven's Last Hunt


Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck


Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Sad Girl Psycho Baby


Spook House, Batman Haunted Gotham, The Crusades, Evil Ernie Destroyer


Avengers, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Invincible


Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark


Heroines, Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates


Atomic Elbow, FLUKE


Conan, X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Mutant X, Daredevil


Dr Strange, Batman, Hellboy, Man-Thing


Star Wars, Avengers, X-Men, Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, Kick-Ass


Slots, John Tiffany, Batwing, All Star Western


Archie, Die Kitty Die, Betty & Veronica


Tank Girl, New Romancers


TMNTU Karai’s Path, Misfit City, Jonesy


Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions


Hawkeye, Tale of Sand, Spider-Man


Mouse Guard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Designs, Wizzywig, American Splendor


Adhouse Books


Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Aquaman, Justice League, Superman


Cash & Carrie, Kentucky Kaiju, F.O.R.C.E.


The Phantom, GI Joe: Declassified, Necrotic


Black, Scarlet Spider, Mosaic, Techjacket, Deadpool


Damnation, Secret Empire, C.O.W.L., Hadrian's Wall


Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem


The Fifth Beatle, Dusty Star, Batman, Winter Soldier


Green Lanterns, Justice League vs Suicide Squad, Supergirl


Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force


The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories


Snuffy Smith


Space Ghost, Batman Animated, X-Men Adventures


Street Angel, Supermag, Afrodisiac




DC Rebirth, Superwoman, New Super-Man


GWAR: Orgasmageddon, Running Blood, WE(L)COME BACK


Black Science, Dead Body Road, Ghosted, Hulk, Avengers


Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Fairies, Joe Death and the Graven Image


The Ideal Copy, Volcano Trash, Night Air, Double+


Shanghai Red, Crowded, Heartthrob, High Crimes, Injustice, Suicide Squad


Injection, Moon Knight, Deadpool vs Old Man Logan


Superman, Future Quest, Flash Gordon, Shazam


LARP!, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends


X-Men '92, Down Set Fight!, Swordquest


Adventures in Crime, Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi


My Pretty Vampire, Twisted Romance, Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine


Demi-God, Thanos, X-Men, Stormwatch, Wolverine, Superman, Batman


Tree Mail, The Castoffs, The Stuff of Legend




Heavy Metal, FX2


Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen


Green Lantern, E-Man, Dick Tracy, Scooby Doo


Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder


Black Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics, Batman


Zodiac Starforce, Goldie Vance, Cindersong


Black Panther, Serenity, Thors, Tom Strong, Nightwing


Tribe, X-Factor, Alien Legion, Incidentals


All-New Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Armor Wars, Batman


Pigs,12 reasons to die, Cupid, Doctor Fate


MotorCrush, Batgirl


Harley Quinn




Conan the Barbarian, The Mighty Thor, Uncanny X-Men


She Wolf, Dark Corridor, The Horror Of Collier County, Clover Honey


Legion, Jupiter's Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens


Fearsome as the Night, the Misadventures of Clawberry & Friends, I’m So Goth!


Faust, EO, Webwitch, Frank Frazetta's Dark Kingdom


Nighthawk, E Is For Extinction


X-Men, Nova, Avengers: X- Sanction, Buffy, Hulk


Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee


Plastic, The Hard Place, Legends of the Dark Knight, The Ride


Villains Supreme, Femme Noir, Transformers, Sonic The Hedgehog


Amy of Darkness, Evil Dead 2, Robyn Hood


Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man


Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants


X-Men: First Class, GI Joe, Incredible Hercules, Hulk & Power Pack


Metaphase, Creepy, This Nightmare Kills Fascists


Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny


Heartthrob, Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads


Darth Maul, Thrawn, Totally Awesome Hulk, All-New Wolverine


Sonic the Hedgehog, Cosmo, The Adventures of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl


Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

  1. June 29-July 1 Fanboy Expo. Located at Knoxville Convention Center 701 Henley Street Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

Friday 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Saturday 10:00AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday 11:00AM – 5:00PM

*Times Subject to change.


Friday $22 per pass

Saturday $30 per pass

Sunday $17 per pass


$50 per pass


$69 per pass

GOLD VIP (All 3-Days)

$145 per pass


Guests (just a few not all listed for the complete list go here https://fanboyexpo.com/knoxville/celebrity-guests/ )

Richard Dreyfuss

Ian McDiarmid

Ron Perlman

Selma Blair

Doug Jones

Peter Cullen

Timothy Zahn

  1. July 8, Atlanta Comic Convention. Located at Marriott Hotel-Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd, Atlanta, Ga 30345.

Free Parking! $5.00 Admission! Free gifts for Cosplayers! The guests sign up to 3 items you bring them for free. Please ask them if they will do more, it might cost for more than 3 though.

Guest list here http://www.atlantacomicconvention.com/past.html

  1. July 13-15 Atlanta Comic Con. Located at the Georgia World Congress Center Hall C1, 285 Andrew Young International BLVD NW, Atlanta GA


3 Day $60 + $10.81 Fee & Sales Tax

Friday $30 + $6.50 Fee & Sales Tax

Saturday $40 +$7.94 Fee & Sales Tax

Sunday $30 + $6.50 Fee & Sales Tax

Guests (just a few not all listed for the complete list go here https://atlantacomiccon.com/)

Sean Astin

Nichelle Nichols

Ray Park

Lea Thompson

Sean Young

Brianna Hildebrand

Chad Hardin

Adam Hughes

Joe Jusko

  1. July 27-29 Raleigh Supercon. Located at Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601.


3-Day VIP Admission Pass

Valid July 27-29, 2018$250 $212.50 w/ code SUPER15 for a limited time

3-Day Pass - Fri/Sat/Sun

Valid July 27-29, 2018$65 $55.25 w/ code SUPER15 for a limited time

2-Day Pass - Sat/Sun

Valid July 28-29, 2018$55 $46.75 w/ code SUPER15 for a limited time

Friday Pass - Single Day

Valid July 27, 2018$20 $17.00 w/ code SUPER15 for a limited time

Saturday Pass - Single Day

Valid July 28, 2018$40 $34.00 w/ code SUPER15 for a limited time

Sunday Pass - Single Day

Valid July 29, 2018

Guests (just a few not all listed for the complete list go here https://raleighsupercon.com/guests/)

Michael Cudlitz

John Barrowman

Dave Bautista

Alice Cooper

Mike Colter

Sean Gunn

Lou Ferrigno

Pom Klementieff

William Shatner

Kevin Conroy

  1. July 27-29, Rob Con. Located at MeadowView Convention Center 1901 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport, Tennessee.

Fri. 6pm-9pm Sat/Sun 9am-530pm


Saturday Pass


Sunday Pass


Two Day Pass (Saturday/Sunday)


Weekend Pass (Fri/Sat/Sun)


  1. August 30-Sep 3 Dragon Con. Located in 5 hotels in downtown Atlanta.


4 day ticket $115 (price possible to go up closer it gets to con days)

Day passes will have to be checked while at the con.

Guests (for list and updates go here http://www.dragoncon.org/)


» Jarrod Carl Alberich

Jarrod “The Yard Sale Artist” Alberich is a trading card artist for Marvel/Upper Deck & a published cover artist for sci-fi/fantasy books. He is the creator of his original comic book, Hamilton vs. Burr: A Werewolf Tale. He's the Art Director for White Rocket Books.


Paul Amos

Paul Amos is perhaps best known for his recurring characters Dr. Roberts in the Murdoch Mysteries and Vex in the Showcase/Syfy hit Lost Girl, but has also worked on several projects including Combat Hospital, Warehouse 13, Degrassi goes to Hollywood, Mudpit, She's the Mayor, and Casualty (BBC).


Curt Anderson

Curt Anderson performs amazing mental and physical stunts and demonstrations as part of his Jail Break the Mind series. He will blow your mind with his unique blend of magic, mentalism, and unique demonstrations! He has performed his magic and illusions across the USA and around the globe.


Dane Ault

Dane Ault is the artist and designer behind Monkey Minion Press, who's artbook about science, Eureka, was one of the most backed non-comics publishing projects on Kickstarter. He is releasing his second artbook, Beyond, this year. Ault has done work for Fox, We Love Fine, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and others.


Hawkings Austin

Hawkings Austin is a DoD subject matter expert in survivability, space, radiation environments, and historical combat. He has published numerous science and history articles, but his first fantasy novels The Broken Man (February) and Pure Poison(May) are out this year. He’s also a trained swordsman and Martial arts Sifu.



Demore Barnes

Actor Demore Barnes has appeared in a variety of shows throughout his career including 12 Monkeys, The Flash, Hemlock Grove, Defiance, Hannibal, Supernatural, Fringe, and The Unit. Most recently, he can been seen as Mr. Ibis in the STARZ series American Gods.


Carole E Barrowman

In collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Dr. Who), Carole Barrowman has written two biographies and five novels, including the acclaimed Hollow Earth, a middle grade fantasy series about a brother and sister who can bring their drawings to life and animate into art.


John Barrowman

John Barrowman most recently he wowed fans with his role as Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. He is also iconically known as Captain Jack Harkness from the Doctor Who series and the spin off Torchwood.


Peter S. Beagle

Peter S. Beagle is the bestselling author of The Last Unicorn, and is a SFWA Grand Master, science fiction's highest honor. His novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song, Tamsin, and Summerlong. He's won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Jim Beard

Jim Beard has written Star Wars and Ghostbusters comics, co-edited Planet Of The Apes: Tales From The Forbidden Zone, wrote Spider-Man: Enemies Closer, a story for X-Files: Secret Agendas, and Gotham City 14 Miles, a book on the 1966 Batman TV series, as well as worked for Marvel.com since 2003.


Joe Benitez

Joe Benitez is a comic book artist who has worked on such titles as JLA, Superman/Batman, Detective Comics, Supergirl, and Titans for DC Comics and The Darkness for Image Comics. He also co-created and penciled the sci-fi series Weapon Zero and the dark fantasy mini-series Magdalena: Blood Divine for Image.


Ed Binkley

Ed Binkley is an artist and art educator who has created fantasy artwork for three decades. He has illustrated several dozen book covers and magazines and his artwork has appeared in numerous issues of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Binkley is a 2018 Art Show Guest Juror.


» Jennie Breeden

Jennie Breeden is the creator of the autobiographical webcomic The Devil's Panties. She has been updating her comic daily since 2001 with over 5,000 comic strips online and multiple graphic novels that are in comic shops and book stores around the world.


Zac Brewer

His name is Zac Brewer...but you can call him Z. Under the name Heather Brewer, Zac is a New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, as well as many other books.



2018 Art Show Guest of Honor Brom has lent his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games, to comics and film. He is the author of these award-winning illustrated horror novels Lost Gods, Krampus the Yule Lord, The Child Thief, and The Devil’s Rose.


Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown has written The Punisher and Black Panther comics for Marvel, is the writer and co-creator of Rotten Apple for Dark Horse Comics, and the writer and co-creator of Bitterroot that will debut in 2018 at Image Comics. He has been self-publishing for more than 18 years


Jason Bulmahn

Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc, creators of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games and leads the team responsible for rules and game balance. His design credits include the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Bestiary, Advanced Player's Guide, Beginner Box, and the Advanced Class Guide.


» Erik S Burnham

Erik Burnham is a comic writer/artist that first broke into comics by way of the Nick Landime feature from Shooting Star Comics. He is currently works on IDW's Ghostbusters series, and has worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, Galaxy Quest, Scarlet Spider, New Warriors, and KISS.


James Burns

James Burns is a graphic designer, illustrator, and comic artist. He creates autobiographical comics, notably his long-running Grumbles series. In 2002, he was diagnosed with a detached retina, which threatened his eyesight. After recovering, he wrote and drew his first comic book, Detached, about that experience.



» Kirsten Z. Cairns

Stage director, public speaker and singer Kirsten Z Cairns is a senior staffer for TheOneRing.net. Seen at events as panelist for TORn, a performer, or interviewing Hobbit cast members, Cairns brings her knowledge of literature, music, theatre, and all things fantasy to all her interactions with fans and celebs!


Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry), a retired US Navy officer, writes the New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series, the Genesis Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the "steampunk meets high fantasy" Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are Ascendant and Destiny of Dragons.


Erica Cerra

Actress Erica Cerra is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the Syfy series Eureka, and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. and her creator Becca on The 100. She has also appeared in various guest roles in series such as Warehouse 13, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, and iZombie.


Michael Cho

Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. Cho has drawn a few stories and a large variety of covers for publishers including Marvel, DC, Image, Boom and others. His first graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List.


Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark is a comic book artist. A fan of comics since his teens, he has had the pleasure of creating art for many of his favorite series - everything from well-known DC characters in comic book history, to innovative new takes on characters with Marvel, to his own original concepts.


Freddy Clements

Freddy Clements is currently a Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in early Twentieth Century corsetry, kilt construction, and costume technology.


Peter Clines

Peter Clines is the author of Paradox Bound, the sci-fi/ thriller The Fold, the acclaimed 14, and the bestselling Ex-Heroes series. His other works include The Junkie Quatrain, the Dead Men Can't Complain collection, numerous short stories, and countless articles about the film and television industry.


David B. Coe

David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of more than twenty books, and as many short stories. As David B. Coe, he writes epic, contemporary, and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.


Myke Cole

Myke Cole is the author of the dark fantasy Sacred Thronetrilogy (Tor.com), and the military fantasy Shadow Ops and Reawakening trilogies (Ace/Roc). His military history, Legion vs. Phalanx, is published by Osprey. He recently starred on CBS’ hit reality TV series, Hunted.


K.C. Collins

K.C. Collins, also known as Chris Collins, is a Canadian film, voice and television actor best known for his role as Hale on the Canadian television show Lost Girl. His other credits include Andre Daniels in the 2014 RoboCop, Saving Hope, Single Ladies, Roman on The Strain, and more.


» Mike Colter

Mike Colter is best known for his roles as Lemond Bishop in the television series The Good Wife, Malcolm Ward in Ringer, and Luke Cage in Marvel's Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Jessica Jones, all set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He will be appearing Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


Sean Andrew Copeland

Sean Copeland is the head of Blizzard lore team within story & franchise development. His team enables developers to create with confidence for the games, goods, and IP development of Blizzard’s blockbuster franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.



» Kathleen O'Shea David

Kathleen O'Shea David is a puppeteer, writer, editor, costumer, Equity Stage Manager, No Strings Attached Custom Puppets, co-creator of Headcases, canonical Dr. Who author, Star Wars editor, Star Trek writer, Ghostbusters comic-book writer, Shakespeare lover, admirer of Dumas and Verne, Sherlock Holmes aficionado, wife, and mother.


» Peter David

Peter David is a prolific New York Times best selling author and self-proclaimed "Writer of Stuff". He has written in all most all forms of prose and gained followers in each. David's career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades.


Felicia Day

Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous shows and films, including Buffy, Eureka, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Guild, Dragon Age, Supernatural, and many more. She currently stars in the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.


Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido's is an author of novels, comics, nonfiction, and short fiction. His fiction takes place in thirty different licensed universes from television to movies to comics, plus original work in the fictional Super City and Cliff's End and the kinda real Key West and New York.


Emilio Delgado

Emilio Delgado is a Mexican-American television and film actor, singer, and voice artist. He is best known for his long-running role as Luis, the friendly Fix-it Shop owner, on the children's television series Sesame Street. Delgado joined the cast of Sesame Street in 1971 and remained until 2016.


Margaret Downey

Margaret Downey enjoys acting and costuming and is the organizer of the Dragon Con Skeptic Parade Entry. She has portrayed Madame Bonneville, Eva Ingersoll, and various Suffragists. She created a character known as “The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse” in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth.



» Nick Eftimiades

Nicholas Eftimiades is an author and teaches at Penn Sate University. His 34 year government career includes employment in CIA as a technical operations officer, special agent in the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and a senior intelligence officer in Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).


Joanna Estep

Joanna Estep is an Eisner-nominated artist who has worked on projects such as Bitch Planet (Image), Fantastic Four (Marvel), Death Head (Dark Horse), and Thrilling Adventure Hour (Boom!/Archaia). She has also worked on Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock comic book series.



Mike Faber

Mike Faber is the founder and CCO of the geeky and ever expanding ESO Network. He hosts The Earth Station One and Earth Station Who podcasts. He teaches and mentors new podcasters on starting and producing new projects. The ESO Network celebrates all things sci-fi, fantasy and much, much more.


Bill Fawcett

Bill Fawcett has been games designing, writing, and editing since the early 80s. He has edited or co-edited over 40 science fiction anthologies. His non-fiction books include two Navy SEALs histories and books on mistakes in history. He is also a game and computer game designer.


Matt Frank

Matt Frank, the "Kaiju King," was an artist for IDW's Godzilla comics from 2011 to 2016. He has also worked on many Transformers projects for IDW and Fun Publications. In 2018, Frank will debut a new comic based on the cult-classic superhero Redman from Tsuburaya Productions.


Esther Friesner

Nebula Award-winning author Esther Friesner's publishing history of forty-one novels, two hundred three short stories, three single author collections, eleven anthologies and more is highlighted by her creation/editing of the popular Chicks In Chainmailanthologies and the YA historical Princesses of Myth series.


» Bryan Scott Fyffe

Bryan Fyffe is a commercial illustrator focused on works rich in color and steeped in dark atmosphere. His work has been featured in publications from Dark Horse Comics to the galleries of Disney. He lives and works in Kansas City.




Gabo (Gabriel Bautista) is the artist for Dead of Winter written by Kyle Starks, as well The Life After written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, (Oni Press). He is a Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nominee, as well as an Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist.



For 20 years, Gerhard worked with Dave Sim as background artist, environmental designer, and cover colorist on the Cerebus graphic novel. A 300-issue series, it is a milestone in comic book publishing as the longest running creator-owned comic book series!


» Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman is the Nebula and Endeavor award-nominated author of the best-selling Devil’s West series, as well as the story collection Darkly Human, the long-running Cosa Nostradamus UF series, and the Vineart War trilogy. Her recent short fiction has sold to Daily Science Fiction and Lightspeed.


» Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owed comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for over half a decade. Gordon can also be heard saying, “Howdy!” on the weekly Earth Station One podcast, as well as a number of other shows.


Dr. Stephen Granade

Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in lasers and robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, tracked drones, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He’s the host of NASA's No Small Steps YouTube series and has won awards for presenting to non-scientist audiences.


Kevin Grazier

Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist specializing in Solar System dynamics, and was a member of the Cassini Mission. He was the science advisor for several TV series and features, and wrote the pilot for the animated series Space Quest. Grazier is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science books.


Clay and Susan Griffith

Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. They are also the creators of the Vampire Empire series of novels.



Robert E. Hampson

Scientist, author, educator: Dr. Robert E. Hampson, teaches and writes science and sci-fi while working to develop the first prosthetic for human memory using the brain's native neural codes. He advises SF/F writers, game developers, and TV writers and is the most likely scientist to create a zombie apocalypse!


Scott Hanna

An Eisner Award winning artist in the graphic novel industry, Scott Hanna has been drawing and inking comic books for over 30 years. His work has been published in over 1,000 comics and graphic novels, and he’s inked over 22,000 pages of comics art.


Kishore Hari

Kishore Hari is a science educator and communicator working with Adam Savage's Tested.com, Mother Jones, and the Science and Star Wars show from Lucasfilm. Currently, he’s the director of the Bay Area Science Festival, which attracts over 75,000 each year.


Jessica Harmon

Jessica Harmon is perhaps best known for her supporting roles in iZombie as FBI agent Dale Bozzio, Niylah The 100 and as Esrin in Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy. She has also appeared in Agent Cody Banks, Black Christmas, and The Magicians.


Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 bestselling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her life within an easy drive. Traditionally published, she’s written urban fantasy, YA, thrillers, and graphic novels, but she got her start with traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook.


A. J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley (also writing as Andrew Hart) is the international bestselling author of 19 novels, including the award winning Steeplejack series; Lies That Bind Us (thriller), the Cold Bath Street (a ghost story), Cathedrals of Glass (sci-fi), and the Sekret Machines series, (co-written with Blink 182 front man, Tom DeLonge).


John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is the founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, as well as the award-winning author of urban fantasy, and horror novels and short stories. He is the creator of The Black Knight Chronicles, Bubba the Monster Hunter, and the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series.


Tom Heintjes

Tom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of the Eisner Award-winning Hogan's Alley magazine, one of the leading magazines on contemporary and classic cartooning. He is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and for years wrote biographical essays for Will Eisner’s Spirit magazine for Kitchen Sink Press.


Leanna Renee Hieber

An award-winning, bestselling author, Leanna Hieber writes gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor Books such as the Strangely Beautiful series, The Eterna Files, and the Magic Most Foul saga. A classically trained actress, she been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum.


Bill Holbrook

Bill Holbrook is the creator of the daily comic strips On the Fastrack, Safe Havens, and Kevin & Kell. The later debuted in 1995 and is the longest continually-running webcomic on the internet. In 2016 he was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for Best Webcomic (Short form).


Kris Holden-Ried

Having played the cool shape-shifting Fae and detective, Dyson on Showcase’s drama series, Lost Girl, Kris Holden-Ried's most memorable roles include Sir William Compton on the historical drama The Tudors, Quint in Underworld 4, Eyvind on Vikings, Nylander in Arrow, Galactic Authority Inspector Kierken in Dark Matter, and many more.


» Joshua Hood

Josh Hood is best known as the artist on the series We Can Never Go Home. Currently, he is working on the IDW Publishing Star Trek books as well as a previous artist for over two decades on a host of DC and Marvel titles.


Trip Hope

Trip Hope is the producer of feature films The Human Race and Innocent Blood, and the steampunk web series The League of S.T.E.A.M. The Human Race won Best Feature at Dragon Con Film Festival. He won The Spirit of Dragon Con twice, plus Best Comedy Short, and Best Steampunk Short.


Rick Howland

Rick Howland is an actor who is best known for his portrayal of Trick in the hit series, Lost Girl. Over the five seasons he appeared in an impressive 73 of the 77 episodes. Other performances include guest starring on Sanctuary, Billable Hours, Murdoch Mysteries, and Sue Thomas F.B.Eye.


Kathryn Hudson

Kathryn Hudson is a professional comic artist, illustrator, and character designer. Hudson spent several years as a character designer on Fxx Network's Archer. She is the current artist for DreamWorks Trolls comic series. Currently, she enjoys full time employment at Warner Brothers Animation working on such projects as DC Superhero Girls.


Faith Hunter

New York Times and USAToday bestselling author Faith Hunter has 40+ books under various pseudonyms, including the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram, and the Rogue Mage series.


Megan Hutchison

Megan Hutchison is an illustrator of Rockstars for Image, co-creator and illustrator of An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp for Archaia and is debuting OGN Vesna. In addition, she is a cover artist for Boom!, Valiant, and Black Mask.



Les Johnson

Les Johnson is a physicist, a science, science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His latest novel, Mission to Methone and popular science book, Graphene, were released in 2018. Johnson works at the Marshall Space Flight Center where he is lead for NASA’s first interplanetary solar sail mission.



Richard Kadrey

Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series. The tenth book, Hollywood Dead, will be published in August 2018. He also writes comics, including Lucifer and Hellblazer. Some of his other books include The Everything Box, Metrophage, Dead Set, and Butcher Bird.


Joseph James Karg

Joe Karg is an illustrator who has worked on the FX show Archer and whose client list includes Comedy Central, FOX and Viacom. He currently works as a program coordinator for design at The Art Institute of Atlanta and regularly freelances for Comedy Central producing album art and animated shorts.


Bill Keel

Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight Live Astronomy sessions, has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, and astronomical tourism.


Sherrilyn Kenyon

New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans, her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on shelves. Since 2003, she’s placed more than 80 novels on the NYT list in all formats including manga and comics.


Alethea Kontis

Alethia Kontis is a voice actress and award-winning author of over twenty books. A former student of Jane Yolen, Andre Norton, and Orson Scott Card, Kontis is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con. She lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.



Bruce Langley

Bruce Langley is best known for playing Technical Boy, a “New God” who is the personification of the internet, in the STARZ series American Gods. Langley made his acting debut in the short film Lie and has since appeared in Deadly Waters and the short film Dox.


» Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly is best known for her work as an actress in the television series LOST, and films such as The Hurt Locker, Real Steel, The Hobbit, and Ant-Man, but her foremost passion has always been writing. She will be appearing Sunday and Monday only.


Comfort Love

Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). In 2017 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing the collected addition of their first webcomic, Kitty Game.



Don Maitz

The award winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications worldwide and as concept art for two feature animated films. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character. His A-Maitz-ing images have delighted audiences for over forty years.


Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, the Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code, being published by Disney Hyperion.


Brianne Marie

Brianne Marie is a cast member and co-producer of Dungeons and Randomness, having played multiple characters on the show including Jadzia Grace, Thantos, and Klara U'rath-Dale, and is the co-host of the Morning Theria podcast. Both of these she does alongside her best friend Jason Massey.


Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Warhammer, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Deadly Curiosities, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)


Lee Martindale

Lee Martindale is known for editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town and as the writer of Bard's Road and stories in anthologies edited Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her first novel, Camino Unreal, has been delayed until 2018.


Jason Massey

Jason has been the host and DM of Dungeons and Randomness for over six and a half years. Building up from one group, all the way up to multiple groups in the same world. The show eventually became large enough for him to quit his day job and work on it full time.


Georgia McBride

Owner of Georgia McBride Media Group, her books are Junior Library Guild selections, Whitney Award nominations, Kirkus Best Books of Year listed, School Library Journal starred, Kirkus starred, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble category best-selling titles. Georgia McBride's books have been optioned for film/TV and are published as audiobooks.


Eddie McClintock

Eddie McClintock is best known for his role in Syfy’s network most successful series Warehouse 13 as the unexpectedly amusing yet authoritative, Pete Latimer, whose mission was to search and warehouse mystical items wreaking havoc on the world. He recently starred in USA Network’s conspiracy thriller Shooter as Jack Payne


Bob McGrath

Robert Emmet "Bob" McGrath is a singer, musician, actor, voice artist, and children's author best known for playing original human character Bob Johnson on the long-running educational series, Sesame Street. Bob had been one of the two longest-lasting human characters on the series since the show's debut up until 2016.


Mike McKone

Mike McKone’s first published work was for DC Comics’ Justice League of America and Marvel Comics’ Punisher series. In the years since he has illustrated almost every major character for the big two publishers, including lengthy runs on Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four


Mark Meer

Mark Meer is internationally known as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, and Chapterhouse Studio's new Captain Canuck animated series, The Prometheus Protocol.


Travis Scott Merrill

Travis Scott Merrill is currently working as an ager/dyer in IATSE local 479. His work can be seen in Macgyver season 1 and 2, Allegiant, Stranger Things, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Live by Night, and Avengers Infinity War .


» Vic Mignogna

Vic Mignogna is an actor known for his prolific voice-over work in the English dubs of Japanese anime shows including Fullmetal Alchemist, Digimon, Naruto, and many more. In live-action work, he has participated in several Star Trek fan productions, including Star Trek Continues where he plays Captain Kirk.


Sarah Milkovich

Dr. Sarah Milkovich is a systems engineer and planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She works on spacecraft operations, where science and engineering meet. Sarah is the lead Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover, which will seek signs of ancient life on Mars.


Mike Miller

Mike S. Miller is a 26 year veteran of the comics industry working for all the major companies and independents alike. He is a key artist on the #1 Injustice series for DC, and cover artist for A Game of Thrones comics.


» Dean Motter

Dean Motter is best known for the comics sensation, Mister X, his mini-series, Terminal City, and the graphic novel The Prisoner: Shattered Visage, based on the 1968 TV series (and is being reissued this year). Motter served as art director at both DC Comics and BPVP.


Sabutai Musashi

Sabutai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes empty-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at Dragon Con since 2005.


Bobby Nash

When not wandering around the con, star-struck, award-winning author Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novels, and screenplays for multiple publishers. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.


Jeff Nimoy

Jeff Nimoy has adapted, voice directed, and served as story editor for Digimon: Digital Monsters (and also voiced many characters). He adapted and voice directed Digimon: The Movie and Digimon: Revenge of Diaboromon. The anime community also knows him as the voice for Wolfwood, from the hit series Trigun.


Larry Niven

Larry Niven is an American science fiction author. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. Other works include The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall, Neutron Star, The Gripping Hand, Protector, and many more.


John Noble

John Noble is perhaps best known for his roles as Walter Bishop in the series Fringe and as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Two Towers. Most recently he has starred in Sleepy Hollow and voiced Mallus in Legends of Tomorrow.


» Nooligan

HaiNaNu "Nooligan" Saulque is an artist, comic creator, and graphic designer based in Sacramento, Ca.From the cartoons of his youth to films he missed by decades, from golden age comics to classic newspaper strips, you will find a creator who has immersed himself in what he loves.


Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series, begun with His Majesty’s Dragon. Her latest novel, Uprooted, is a new fantasy influenced by the Polish fairy tales of her childhood. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own.


Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of books and over 160 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium (Baen), Moon Beam (with Travis S. Taylor, Baen), and Myth-Fits (Ace). She also teaches the annual Dragon Con Two-Day Writers Workshop.


Colleen O'Shaughnessey

Colleen O’Shaughnessey is the voice of Sora on Digimon and Digimon Tri, Ino, Konohamaru on Naruto, Kelsey/Glitter Sunny on the Glitter Force, Anna from K Return of Kings, Nel on Bleach, Tails on Sonic Boom, Wasp on the Avengers, and Jazz on Danny Phantom, to name a few.


Roscoe Orman

Roscoe Hunter Orman is an American actor, comedian and writer, best known for playing Gordon Robinson, one of the central human characters on Sesame Street. Orman joined the show in 1974, becoming the third actor to play Gordon until 2016.


» Justin Orr

Justin Orr is an illustrator, concept artist and animator who has worked in numerous artistic fields including animation, gaming, and commercial advertising. His work has encompassed time with companies such as Nickelodeon, MTV, Picture Plane Illustration, Wild Brain Animation, and Leap Frog.



Zoie Palmer

Zoie Palmer is perhaps best known for playing Dr. Lauren Lewis in the Showcase/Syfy hit series Lost Girl and The Android in the TV series Dark Matter. Her other credits include the Taken TV series, Real Detective, Flashpoint, Nikita, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Guard, and more.


George Pérez

George Pérez is an illustrator and writer of comic. Along with John Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate style.


Bob Pendarvis

Artist and illustrator Bob Pendarvis taught the first comics and animation illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to create the country's first full BFA and MFA Sequential Art degree programs. His former students include many successful comics, gaming, and animation artists.


Diana Peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund is the author over a dozen books for adults, teens, and kids, including the Killer Unicorns series; For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion; and the adventure series Omega City. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies.


Van Allen Plexico

Van Allen Plexico is a New Pulp and Pulp Factory Award-winning author best known for his nine-volume Sentinels superhero novel series and multi-award-winning Shattering space opera novels and comics, as well as two books about Marvel’s Avengers. He writes and edits for a variety of publishers.


Robert W Pope

For nearly 30 years, Robert Pope has been a cartoonist, animator, and comic book artist who has worked for DC, BOOM, IDW and more. He currently draws Looney Tunesfor DC and the PEANUTS gang for Simon and Schuster, among others.


Brian Pulido

An American creator, writer, and producer of comic books and films, Brian Pulido is known for his unique brand of edgy, pop cultural entertainment and merchandise. Pulido has created, written or co-written hundreds of comic books, including Lady Death, Evil Ernie, and Purgatori.


Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray is a stand-up comedian, actor, director and podcast host. Ray currently stars as Jonah Heston in the Netflix series Mystery Science Theater: 3000 The Return and also co-hosts the Nerdist (now ID10T) podcast, while working as a writer and producer at Attack of the Show and Web Soup.


Trina Ray

Trina Ray is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (JPL/NASA). She coordinated the Titan opportunities and was the Science-Planning and Sequencing Team Deputy. She is also an Investigation Scientist for the Mission to Europa and an active public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation


Chelsey Reist

Chelsey Reist is the best known as Harper McIntyre on the CW post-apocalyptic drama The 100. Her other credits include work on The Tomorrow People, during its first season, Psych, Sole Custody, Aftermath, No Tell Motel, Embrace of the Vampire, and several others.


Afua Richardson

Afua Richardson is a Native/African American comic creator best known for her work on Top Cow's genius. Richardson is the artist of Marvel's new Blade series, All Star Batman, and Attack on Titan's American anthology. She is the singer and flute player in the band Waking Astronomer.


Corinne Roberts

Corinne Roberts has written and illustrated Trip to Trekka, Imaginary Sea 1,2,3!, and more. Along with her books, she illustrated the webcomic, Kitty Game and the card game, Unreal Estate. Her recently released comic Out and About will be available as a webcomic in March 2018.


Naomi Romero

Naomi Romero is an illustrator for animation and kid's lit, with credits ranging from Illumination, Nick Jr, Facebook, and more. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery Nucleus, a renowned animation gallery in California. She is currently the character designer for the 2018 Dragon Con baby dragon mascot.


Don Rosa

Well known in American comics fandom since the '60s for his fanzine work, Don Rosa became internationally famous in 1987 for writing and drawing Carl Barks' Uncle $croog and Donald Duck comics for international publishers, making Rosa one of the world’s best known cartoonists.


Jacob Rougemont

Jacob Rougemont is an American comic book writer and researcher, most often known as part of the writing team on the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Official Index to the Marvel Universe.


Craig Rousseau

During his 20+ year career, comic book artist Craig Rousseau has worked for various comic book companies, but is best known for his work on DC Comics titles like Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, and Impulse. He also worked for Disney, Beckett, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics' Creative Services.


» Andy Runton

Andy Runton is the creator of the all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring a little owl who's always searching for new friends. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.


» Noel Saabye

Noel Saabye has spent the past 20+ years in the 2D animation industry working on TV shows, commercials, and video games with a list of clients that includes Cartoon Network, PBS, KidsWB,Warner Bros., Disney, Mattel, Activision, and the rock band Skid Row.


Tara Jayne Sands

Tara Sands played over 50 roles on Pokemon including Bulbasaur, Richie, Jasmine, Oddish, and Tori. Some other roles include: Hunter x Hunter’s Biscuit, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s Mokuba, Digimon Adventure Tri’s Kari, One Punch Man’s Kombu Infinity, Generator Rex’s Circe, Slayers’ Filia, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Death 13/, Fire Emblem’s Sonya, and more!


Matt Santorelli

Matt Santorelli is a freelance inker currently working for DC Comics on New Super-Man. He's worked on titles such as DC Universe Rebirth #1, Superwoman, Green Lanterns, Action Comics, Superman, Nightwing, and Trinity. Santorellihas also illustrated sketch cards from Upper Deck's Marvel Comics, Firefly, and Clerks card sets.


» Allison Scagliotti

Allison Scagliotti is an actress who is best known for her roles as Mindy in Drake & Josh and Claudia Donovan in the SyFy television series, Warehouse 13. Other notable roles include One Tree Hill, CSI, Zoey 101, Stitchers, Eureka, Smallville, and many more.


Randal L. Schwartz

Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl programming language, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz hosts the successful FLOSS Weekly podcast and is a sought-after speaker for his combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport.


Joshua Seth

Millions of kids grew up listening to Joshua Seth as Tai, the leader of the Digimon. To adult fans of animation, he's best known as the villainous voice of Tetsuo, the starring role in the animated masterpiece, Akira (2001) and as Hige in Wolfs Rain and 009 in Cyborg Soldier 009.


Anna Silk

Anna Silk most recently starred as the lead character Bo on the Syfy/Showcase hit series Lost Girl. The series follows the life of Bo, a succubus learning to control her supernatural abilities, and discover her origins. Other appearances include various roles in popular shows in the United States and Canada.


Gail Simone

Gail Simone is a multiple award-winning writer of comics and animation. Her work in comics includes fan-favorite the Simpsons, Deadpool, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Birds of Prey, as well as the recent creator-owned books Crosswind and the Eisner-nominated Clean Room. She is also a fierce advocate for diversity in comics.


Rachel Skarsten

Rachel Skarsten is an actress who is best known for her role as Dinah Lance on the television series Birds of Prey, Tamsin in Lost Girl, and Elizabeth I of England in Reign. Her other roles includeTransporter: The Series, Flashpoint, The LA Complex, and CW's Beauty and the Beast.


Dietrich O Smith

Dietrich Smith is comic book artist, animator and designer who has been in the field of entertainment and publishing since the early 90s. His work has been circulated thru a variety of publishers like Marvel, DC, Dynamite and others while working on characters ranging from Spider-man to Shaft.


Ksenia Solo

Actress Ksenia Solo most recently has starred as the quick-witted and playful Kenzi in the hit series Lost Girl. She also has been a series regular on the hit AMC series Turn and had a recurring role on the cult BBC America Hit, Orphan Black for it's 3rd season.


Samantha Sommersby

Samantha Sommersby left her day job to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of a dozen novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed paranormal romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren series for Penguin/Roc as S.J. Harper in collaboration with author Jeanne C. Stein.


Anne Sowards

Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints. Some of the great authors she works with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, and more.


Eric P. Spana

Eric Spana is a biology professor at Duke University specializing in genetics and molecular biology who explains the unusual and fantastic occurrences in science fiction, fantasy and video games using the biological mechanisms already identified on Earth. Sometimes he has to point out the really, really bad science, too.


Caroll Spinney

Caroll Edwin Spinney is an puppeteer, cartoonist, author, and speaker most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. Spinney has performed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over 45 years. Other notable characters include Picklepuss and Pop, Bruno the Trashman, Granny Bird, and more.


» Richard Alan Starkings

Richard Starkings, creator of Elephantmen and co-creator of The Beef and Ask For Mercy, has worked as a lettering artist on just about every mainstream comic book you know; his company Comicraft currently letters Buffy and Doctor Who. He loves Yorkshire Tea, Cadbury’s Flake, and Lori Perkins.


Kim Steadman

Kim Steadman is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. Her job is to enable science while keeping the spacecraft safe and happy.


Tj Sterling

TJ Sterling is a midwestern born, NYC based artist/illustrator and president of RAE Comics. He creates interesting stories featuring unique characters from all walks of life. This year being his first at Dragon Con, he looks forward to sharing his work with the amazing artistic community of Atlanta.


E.J. Stevens

E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series. Her fantastical novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.


S.M. Stirling

S.M. Stirling was born in France. His latest books are The Sea Peoples (October, 2017), Black Chamber (July 2018) and The Sky-Blue Wolves (October, 2018). His hobbies include history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel. He also pursued the martial arts, until knees. Currently he lives with Janet and the compulsory authorial cats.


Tad Stones

Tad Stones is a producer, writer, and artist who started his career at Walt Disney Features then moved to Disney Imagineering to design rides for EPCOT. He was one of the founders of Walt Disney TV Animation where he created the shows Chip ’n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.


» Tara Strong

Tara Strong is an actress and voice actress perhaps best known for her work in animated films and television. She has enjoyed a very successful career including, Bubbles in The Power Puff Girls, Timmy in The Fairly Odd Parents, Dil in Rugrats, Raven on Teen Titans, and many more.


Jamy Ian Swiss

Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, author, and public speaker. Television appearances include CBS's 48 Hours, PBS's Nova, The Today Show, and The Late, Late Show. He is the author of books including three collections of essays. Swiss has been a founder, fellow, or advisor to four major skeptic organizations.


» The Shiflett Brothers

The Shiflett Brothers began their careers sculpting iconic character statues for Marvel Comics. The brothers have won the Spectrum Gold Award for Dimensional Work in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art and have created master class instructional sculpting videos for the Gnomon Workshop in Hollywood.


Adam Bryce Thomas

Adam Bryce Thomas is a comic artist currently working freelance. He most recently completed SEGA's Sonic Forces comic series and has contributed works to other comics in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. In addition to penciling, Thomas has collaborated as lead artist, a recent example Ian Flynn's upcoming comic, AcademX.


Billy Tucci

William "Billy" Tucci is an illustrator, writer and filmmaker best known among American comic book audiences for his creator-owned title and character Shi. He has also worked with Marvel, DC, Apostle Arts, and founded Crusade Fine Arts in 1994. Tucci is very active in raising awareness, honoring, and remembering veterans.


» Alan C. Tupper

Alan Tupper is an animator, comic artist and CEO of Moving Ink Media. He's worked for multiple properties and franchises for PBS, Hulu, Cartoon Network, the Georgia Aquarium, and more. Tupper's current focus is his companies GLYPH award-winning comic series Kamikaze.


Trevor S. Valle

Trevor Valle is a paleontologist, a certified cicerone, and an outspoken science communicator on Twitter. He has appeared on the television including History Channel, The Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and BBC, in documentaries, and at Nerd Nite meetings across the country.


Emmanuelle Vaugier

Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier is perhaps best known for her role on the innovative series Lost Girl, a Canadian supernatural drama. She had a recurring role on this highly rated original show playing the role of the vain and dangerously sociopathic The Morrigan.


Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she co-edited the 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BUZZYMAG.com.


David Thorn Wenzel

David Thorn Wenzel’s is an artist who has taken fantasy lovers down many paths. His vision of Tolkien’s Hobbit, in graphic novel format, has been updated over the years and is still in print worldwide. This year he returns with a new vision for Kingdom of the Dwarves.


» Jeremy Scott Whitley

Jeremy Whitley is a comic book writer and the creator of Princeless and Raven Pirate Princess as well as the writer for Marvel's Unstoppable Wasp and Titan's Sea of Thieves series, as well as a frequent contributor to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


Ricky Whittle

In 2014, Ricky Whittle captivated audiences everywhere after appearing in The CW's post-apocalyptic drama The 100, playing the role of Lincoln, a "Grounder." Since then, he has played the protagonist and central character, Shadow Moon, in the STARZ television series American Gods.


Allen Williams

Since the start of his professional art career, Allen Williams' client list has grown from game companies to book publishers and beyond. His focus is now on his personal work but also includes concept work for films and television. Williams is a 2018 Art Show Guest Juror.


Michael Z. Williamson

Michael Z. Williamson is a multiple bestselling and award winning author in science fiction and #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor. An immigrant from the UK and Canada, he served 25 years in the US Army and USAF. Williamson consults on TV and movie productions.


Adam Withers

Comfort and Adam are the award nominated duo responsible for The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). In 2017 they will continue their work on The Uniques as well as releasing the collected addition of their first webcomic, Kitty Game.


Janny Wurts

Janny Wurts is a professional author/illustrator of 20 published books and 34 works of short fiction, including the Wars of Light and Shadows epic fantasy published by HarperCollins Voyager, London, and the Empire trilogy in collaboration with Ray Feist.


Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the author of 11 Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn and Cobra Traitor. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances and A Call to Vengeance, the third of the Manticore Ascendant series written with David Weber.