Guests of Honor
- Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks is an American fantasy writer widely known for his Shannara, Landover, and Word and the Void series. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written movie novelizations for Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace and the film Hook).
He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.
- Anne Groell
A native New Yorker and former biologist, Anne Lesley Groell has been working in science fiction and fantasy publishing for close to twenty-two years, although she has been a devotee of the genre far longer. She worked for two and a half years at Avon Books, then moved on to Bantam Spectra. In the past twenty years, though she has never changed jobs again, she has worked for three different companies under two different imprints. She is currently an Executive Editor for Penguin Random House, and a member of Team Del Rey, where she works with such authors as George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Naomi Novik, Connie Willis, Peter Hamilton, and Harry Turtledove.
- John Picacio
JOHN PICACIO is a two-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His artwork is noted for its diversity and range, often combining traditional drawing and painting with digital finishes, as well as exploring methods such as hand-made assemblages. His works have illustrated the covers of books by Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Simmons, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree Jr., Mark Chadbourn, and many more. He has produced cover artwork for franchises such as STAR TREK and the X-MEN, as well as the 2012 calendar for George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.
About MisCon Guests, Pros, and Panelists
Biography information is only posted on the MisCon web site for individuals who are scheduled on one or more panels during the Con and where the Guest, Pro, or Panelist is listed in the same category as one or more of the panels they are on.
Attending pros are available to con attendees as a resource. These individuals are special guests of the con and are professionals in their industry or art. There expertise on panels and in sessions is valuable to many of MisCon attendees.
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Game Masters and Storytellers
GMs (also known as Game Masters, Story Tellers, Judges, Referees, Game Facilitators, or Dungeon Masters) are the people responsible for running the game. GMs referee the outcome of character conflicts (with other player characters or with non-player characters), run all (or most) of the non-player characters, describe the setting, and arbitrate die rolls.
Guest of Honor
Each year MisCon invites three professionals in the realm of speculative fiction to be our Guests of Honor (GoHs, Guests). These three individuals include at least one artist, at least one author, and one other professional each year. Guests generally participate in more panels than other individual pros or panelists. Learn more about the MisCon guests through the links above.
MisCon is run by a group of volunteers, ConCom, who work hard all year to put MisCon together. Many members of ConCom also help on panels and programs during the convention.
MisCon couldn't have the diversity in our programming without the many Panel Volunteers and Panelists that show up and agree to take time out of their schedule to help with a panel or two. These paying attendees help MisCon greatly each year!