Through discussion panels, hangouts, games, readings, craft demos, and workshops, we bring fans together with authors, artists, game designers, actors, costumers, and other professionals in the world of speculative fiction.
View and buy art from our Art Show, watch our film festival submissions, participate in our Costume Pageant, play RPGs, board games, and Magic the Gathering, and check out Merchants' Row. Whatever your interests, MisCon has something to fascinate, educate and entertain you.
MisCon 31 Guests of Honor
- David Farland, Author GoH
David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his SF novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his novel In the Company of Angels, and he has won over seven awards—including the International Book Award and the Hollywood Book Festival, Grand Prize—for his fantasy thriller Nightingale. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords.
He has written for major franchises like Star Wars and The Mummy and worked in Hollywood greenlighting movies and doctoring scripts.
- Aaron Douglas, Special GoH
Aaron Douglas is best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on Battlestar Galactica. Before joining the Battlestar cast Aaron had roles on many Films and TV shows including: X-Men 2, iRobot, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Outer Limits and many many more. Since Battlestar Galactica we have found Aaron in his own show The Bridge as well as Series Leads in Hellcats, Hemlock Grove, The Killing and The Returned. Besides Guest Star Appearances in Falling Skies, The Strain, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, iZombie, The X-Files, The Flash, Once Upon A Time, and more, Aaron is currently filming his new shows Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and My So Called Wife.
- Philo Barnhart, Artist GoH
Philo Barnhart is a professional film animator from Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
For tv and video games, he's worked on The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can find his artwork being used on toys, books, home electronics, apparel, and posters.
His latest comic title, with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc., is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID.
- Claire Eddy, Editor GoH
Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor Books and has edited such authors as Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier (among many others).
See our other attending professionals and panelist volunteers.
Our theme changes every year. The yearly theme influences panel topics, invited guests, decoration, and sometimes convention-wide events. We encourage guests, members, and attendees to take each year's theme to heart, and let it influence your thoughts of, and preparation for, MisCon each year.
Our cities grow tall and glitzy, and cars take to the smoky skies. The post-apocalyptic era of mobsters and airships gives way to generations of scientists and solarpunks determined to advance the technology of their ancestors.
Pretty soon, we take to the stars again and rebuild New Hong Kong Orbital University, teaching about replicants, the Three Laws of Robotics, and all five elements.
Is this the Jetson's-style utopian dream we've always yearned for, or is it a dystopian nightmare we'd all rather awaken from? Should we pack up and colonize space or return to a simpler time without robot servants? Is our bright future another wasteland waiting to happen? Does Kuato still live? Will the Nostromo make it home safe? What's a Cylon, anyway?
While you're working on costumes, panel ideas, and game scenarios, think about cyberpunks, space colonies, robot uprisings, flying taxis, and the future of humanity. To get in the mood, play some Shadowrun or Final Fantasy, and watch Blade Runner, the Fifth Element, District 9, iRobot, Alien, Total Recall, Battlestar Galactica and Firefly. Join us at MisCon 31 and help explore the convention's bright future. We promise not to hire any robot police like RoboCop or Chappie. Oh, and it might be wise to brush up on your Chinese before you hop aboard the Serenity and leave Earth behind.