MisCon 29 Guest of Honor
Todd Lockwood was born in Boulder, Colorado. Lockwood received his education at the The Art Institute of Colorado, in Denver, Colorado, graduating in 1981 with the award for "portfolio par excellence," and went to work immediately in the design and advertising world. Lockwood worked for a design agency for a year and a half, and won numerous awards in the Art Directors Club of New York's annual show. He then focused his career on illustration, doing freelance illustration for about fifteen years.
In 1994, he attended Worldcon, his first science fiction convention, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, taking some of his Asimov's covers and some other work to show to artists and art directors in hopes of making contacts with people in the science fiction and fantasy publishing world. "It was a revelation! ... I met other artists and saw so much amazing work. I met Michael Whelan, who responded very favorably to the black and white work I had done, particularly Cerberus." Lockwood began illustrating cards for Chaosium and Phil Foglio's XXXenophile card game, and soon his friend David Martin suggested him to an art director at TSR, the publisher of the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. In 1997, Wizards of the Coast acquired the TSR properties and moved Lockwood and his family to Washington state. Working for Wizards, he continued to work on the D&D line and on Magic: The Gathering.
Lockwood produced art for the Ravenloft, Forgotten Realms, and Dragonlance campaign settings, as well as cover art for novels based on the Forgotten Realms setting. His work is included in the book Masters of Dragonlance Art. Lockwood also became the Vice President of ASFA (the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists), which sponsored the Chesley Awards for fantasy art at the World Science Fiction Convention. In 1999, he helped to redefine the look of the Dungeons and Dragons game for the Third Edition release. In 2002, after Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast, Lockwood returned to freelancing.
He and his wife and three children reside in Washington state.
Web site: http://www.toddlockwood.com/
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Meet the Artists, Great Hall (Upstairs)
Panelists: Durlyn Alexander, Chuck Bordell, Jean Carlos, Rob Carlos, Michael Greytak, Vandy Hall, Joe Harris, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Darrell Sweet, Robin Walker
Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 29's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee, whatever you want. Just come hang out.
- Break Fri 3:50 - Sat 10:00
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Moderator: John Picacio; Panelists: Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio
Top industry publishing pros present some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) covers in books and comics. Learn what they think makes a cover succeed (or not), and which covers make them envious.
- Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Forget the Beginnings--Writing Endings, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, Eldon Thompson
There is a lot of focus on getting the beginning of your story or book just right, but what about the ending? A satisfying ending can make or break a book. What are some ways you can be sure that your ending won't alienate your readers? Or better yet, keep them coming back for more? In this panel we'll discuss this all things endings.
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Artists' Corner, Hotel Lobby of Doom
Panelists: Durlyn Alexander, Rob Carlos, Vandy Hall, Todd Lockwood, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Darrell Sweet, Robin Walker
Hang out with some of MisCon's artists as they draw, paint, or play around with whatever catches their interest. Want to bring your own art materials and make your own stuff? Please do. Want to ask questions about anything art-related? Now is your chance. Just want to eat a sandwich and watch Rob Carlos draw some awesome dragons? Come have a seat. This is an informal hangout session--come and go as you like, or drop in for a few minutes between panels.
- Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 8:00
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM, Scotch Tasting For Charity, Programming Tent 1 (The Tent)
Panelists: Todd Lockwood, Tim Martin, John Picacio
Come taste and learn about Scotch and help raise money to get books for school libraries at the same time. For a $10 donation to INREAD (a 501c3 non-profit based in Spokane) yo'll get to sample various fine scotches. It'll be fun, educational, and Artist GoHs John Picacio and Todd Lockwood will be there. If you are so inclined, votes in the form of cash will be taken to decide the 2015 "Fan Favorite." 100% of the funds raised go to school libraries. If you donate a bottle, the $10 fe
- Break Sat 8:50 - Sun 10:00
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson
All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.