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.
Sunday, April 15:
Boxwars, a new kind of Costuming panel, is coming to MisCon!
MisCon 32 Guests of Honor
- Brandon Sanderson, Author Guest of Honor
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s
- Lee Moyer, Artist Guest of Honor
Specializing in Illustrations and posters for national and regional clients in nearly every conceivable style and medium.
His award-winning illustrations were featured in Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators Annual, D'Artiste, Design Graphics Magazine and many Spectrums. The New York Times nominated Lee for a Webby in 1999.
Clients include: Paramount, Sony, Fox, Smithsonian, Discovery, National Zoo, Domaine Ste Michelle, McGraw Hill, BET, The Alliance Theatre, CareerBuilder, Electronic Arts, IDW, and Hasbro. Recently worked as a design lead on 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons and created posters for world premieres by Stephen Sondheim, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen King,
- Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, Science Guest of Honor
Dr. Jones-Engel likes to think of herself as a macaque—the consummate generalist! Her primate research career has straddled the field, the natural habitat for nonhuman primates, and the research laboratory. For 30 years she has worked at the human-primate interface in Asia, characterizing the way that humans and macaques interact and developing strategies to detect the infectious agents that are transmitted at this porous boundary. Her research continues to illustrate the concept that both historically, as well as contemporarily, humans and nonhuman primates often constitute a single reservoir in which pathogens can evolve and emerge. She began her exposure to primates at the age of 17
- Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Special Guest of Honor
Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons is a Japanese and German American artist who has spent nearly three decades drawing and publishing manga-influenced comics. Tavisha's comics and illustrations have been published by Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Digital Manga, Andrews McMeel Universal, and SLG Publishing, among many others. Original illustrated books and comics that she created with Rikki Simons include Ranklechick and his Three-Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, ShutterBox, and The Trinkkits. @Tavicat, a comic strip about her cats, can be read at gocomics.com/tavicat.
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.
The skyscrapers are devoid of webs and bat ropes. Calls for help go unanswered. The taverns are empty of dwarven rogues with hearts of gold, idealistic mutants, and fledgling reporters ready to save the world.
Where have all the heroes gone? Read on