Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 30

Abney Park
Abney Park

Abney Park is an American musical project, the life work of Robert Brown. Robert founded Abney Park over 20 years ago, and since then they’ve released 19 albums, three novels, a role playing gamed a board game, and a DVD. They've appeared on MTV, G4tv, in the New York Times, and the L.A. times, licensed music to HBO's Trueblood, and played all over the world, from Moscow, Russia, to Kalispell, Montana.

About Abney Park

Butte Magic
Butte Magic

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the chance of a lifetime! Watch, as Eric the Excellent and Sir James of Butte Magic take the stage, to amaze, puzzle, and awe!

Fire eating, sword swallowing, magic, and more! Sideshow? Hardly! This is the main event!

About Butte Magic

Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville

A collaboration of talent and performance including dancers, vocalists, actors and performance artists all paying homage to their favorite films, television shows, video games, comic books, Manga and Japanese Animation.

Creative Directors - Jessa Hinther & Erika Noble
Media Director - Lily Oliver
Tech Director - Alex Saint

About Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville

Eekie and Snow Cosplay

Montana natives Eekie and Snow are ready to help you create and conquer the costumes of your imagination. Eekie has been an active performer for 6 years and a costumer for 10 years: crying and sewing her way through many an event and creation. She specializes in cosplay that can be worn for performance purposes whether it be for dance, music, or LARP as well as thermoplastics and EVA foam armor. Snow has been an active costumer and prop builder for 4 years. She specializes in working with thermoplastics, craft/EVA foam, and electronics to bring an otherworldly flair to the design. They have been a team for the past 6 years and look forward to sharing their passion with you.

About Eekie and Snow Cosplay

Lord & Lady Towers
Lord & Lady Towers

Lord and Lady Towers are aTime Traveling Duo located out of Medford Oregon. Often spotted walking around trying to find their wayward time vortex, they are known for their Larger than Life outfits,Mechanical Birds, Smoke Producing Backpacks, and other Mechanical Marvels.

Lord Towers is currently featured as Mr. March in the Men of Steampunk Calendar, and together they won best costume at Wild Wild West Con 2 years in a row and are currently featured in the the game Twisted Skies and Zephyr. As professional steampunk and cosplay artists they have developed a large fan following. www.steamtowers.com

About Lord & Lady Towers

Ministry of Magic

About Ministry of Magic

Realm of Stygia
Realm of Stygia

Stygia is the Montana chapter of the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society.

Belegarth is a medieval sword fighting sport where foam padding is used on the weapons to prevent serious physical injury to participants.

There are different levels of play, there are gatherings were a lot of people play at once, and there are small groups and teams that intermingle with other groups. But most importantly Belegarth is a semi-competitive sport where participants can strive to just enjoy playing with others or work at being physically and mentally the best fighter they can be.

About Realm of Stygia

Realms of Avalon
Realms of Avalon

Realms of Avalon is a medieval re-enactment group. We actively study historical subjects and skills. This means instead of just reading about activities and skills used in the past, we actually do them.

About Realms of Avalon

Valhalla's Workbench

As an artisan and small business owner, teaching and learning is hisprimary focus. He has taught blacksmithing and other artisanal crafts for several years and graduated with honors in psychology program.

About Valhalla's Workbench

Word Fire Press

WordFire Press, a publishing company owned by New York Times bestsellers Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, seeks to publish quality works of fiction and nonfiction, while pioneering new models of cooperation and profitability among authors, readers, booksellers, and the publisher.

About Word Fire Press

Christian Ackerman
Christian Ackerman

Christian Ackerman is an Indy Feature Filmmaker and owner of FastCoast Productions. He specializes in low-budget-no-budget movies and special effects. His works have been seen worldwide on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and on Television. He teaches media classes at Corvallis High School and is a production trainer at the local MCAT television station. He's a professional mime that has performed in First Night Missoula for over 25 years. He's Produced, Written, Directed, and Starred in his personal motion pictures, "Wisconsin Project X", "Terror Vortex", "Zombies of the Living Dead", and currently in production "Grid Street" that can and will be seen on many platforms and TV.

About Christian Ackerman

Kevin J Anderson
Kevin J Anderson

Kevin has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written many novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited many anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

About Kevin J Anderson

Josh Aronoff

Josh is a full time therapist in Madison Wisconsin. He has led a life of adventure, most of which occurs inside his own head, but some of which occurred IRL. He has a lifetime of gaming experience on both sides of the screen and three lifetimes of useless trivial knowledge.

About Josh Aronoff

Darla Babcock

Darla is a costumer and crafter. She centers her costumes around all her geeky loves. Her cosplay philosophy centers around doing costumes that make her confident and others smile.Having done pirates to princess peach to Merida.

About Darla Babcock

Justin Barba
Justin Barba

Justin Barba came to his first MisCon as a freshman in high school in 1990 (it was MisCon 5!). It was held at what is now the Days Inn, just a block from MisCon 30. Little did he know that years later he would end up agreeing to help work the hospitality room for MisCon 20. Then he took on managing the writer's workshop. Then MisCon Operations. Then Vice Chair, then Chair. Now he spends all his time planning MisCon, trying to be a good husband, and raising his funny daughter.

About Justin Barba

Christine Barkl

About Christine Barkl

Jason Benner

General Manager of "Muse Comics and Games." I GM several game demos and manage our stores table in the merch room.

About Jason Benner

Carol Berg
Carol Berg

Carol Berg’s fifteen epic fantasy novels have won the Prism Award, the Geffen Award, and multiple Colorado Book Awards. Her duology, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Carol is a regular panelist/presenter at writers conferences and science fiction conventions and is a two-time Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year. All amazing to one who majored in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado to avoid writing papers. Her latest novel is Ash and Silver from Penguin Random House. A former software engineer, she calls writing “the hobby that ate my life.” She lives in Colorado.

About Carol Berg

Pete Berg

About Pete Berg

Jen Bernosky

About Jen Bernosky

Black Shield Productions

About Black Shield Productions

Chris Blazer

About Chris Blazer

S. A. Bolich
S. A. Bolich

S. A. Bolich's books often open quietly—but don’t be fooled. By page 10 you may be hooked so thoroughly you’ll forget to get off at your bus stop. She writes everything from “straight” and alternate history to steampunk, epic fantasy and science fiction, filled with characters who remain in your heart long after the book is closed. She is also an accomplished rider who helps aspiring writers get their fictional equines right through her “Horses in Fiction” series on her blog. Learn more and find the complete list of her works at www.sabolichbooks.com.

About S. A. Bolich

Larry Bonham
Larry Bonham

LJ Bonham is an author, historian, and former commercial pilot whose novels include Shield of Honor, The Debt, Wolves of Valhalla, and the exciting new thriller, Sector 21, also the non-fiction book, Prepper Blades. Short fiction: Sancho in Tales from the Front Lines, Blood Allies in No Horns on These Helmets, A Horse Fit for a King in Hoof Beats—Flying With Magical Horses, Retread in Disharmony of the Spheres, and A Very Public Hanging in Kepler's Cowboys. Current projects: follow up books in the Shields of Honor and Sector 21 series, plus three other novels. Numerous non-fiction articles and web content.
An avid mountaineer with a congenital weakness for fast cars and airplanes, LJ

About Larry Bonham

M. H. Bonham
M. H. Bonham

Maggie (MH) Bonham is a multiple award-winning author and editor with more than 35 books and thousands of short pieces published. She is the author of the bestsellers Prophecy of Swords, Howling Dead, and Lachlei as well as the publisher of Sky Warrior Books. Visit her website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.

About M. H. Bonham

David Boop
David Boop

David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at IntraDenver.net, David’s team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage.
His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, is back in print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus. Additionally, Dave is prolific in short fiction with over fifty short stories and two short films

About David Boop

Chuck Bordell
Chuck Bordell

Writer/artist Chuck Bordell. Source of comic art, pin-ups, fantasy/sci-fi illustrations and various caustic ramblings on whatever Chuck has on his mind at the moment. If you are easily offended, you might want to back up now and save yourself from a seizure.

About Chuck Bordell

Matt Buscemi
Matt Buscemi

Matthew Buscemi is a speculative fiction author and founder of Fuzzy Hedgehog Press. He grew up in Illinois, but left to explore the world. He has taught English in Japan and Thailand, and has studied linguistics in Hawaii.

Nowadays he lives with his partner in Seattle, Washington, where he types code by day and prose by night. He dreams of exploring the multiverse himself, but until humanity gets around to inventing inter-dimensional travel, his imagination will suffice.

Image Copyright © Mary Grace Long Photography 2014

About Matt Buscemi

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. He is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.

Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.

About Jim Butcher

Jean Carlos

About Jean Carlos

Rob Carlos
Rob Carlos

Rob started his art career working as a graphic designer for a printing company in Florida, playing D&D with friends and drawing and painting whenever possible. When that ended, he started selling prints on his website and was asked to do some paintings for the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time TCG, starting his time as a fantasy artist.
For years, Rob concentrated on illustrating for independent and small-press writers and musicians.
In 2007, Rob started showing his work at Norwescon, and other sci-fi/ fantasy conventions. Recently, Rob started down a new path, as the Art director for "Dragon" a PC-based RPG that allows you to play as the dragon in a fantasy world.

About Rob Carlos

Brenda Carre
Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre writes long and short fiction in a variety of genres many of which have a dark mythic twist. She is also a visual artist and does workshops in map making. Her stories have appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and SF, Fiction River Anthologies, Ragnarok's Blackguards Blacklist, A number of independent Story Bundles through Bundle Rabbit and in Pulp Literature's excellent bi-monthly magazine.

About Brenda Carre

Robert Chenoweth
Robert Chenoweth

Bob joined the Army in 1966 and flew combat helicopter missions for a year before being shot down and captured during Tet 1968. He was released from captivity in 1973.

About Robert Chenoweth

C.J. Cherryh
C.J. Cherryh

Jane Fancher and I are more than sharing ideas on upcoming novel Alliance Rising, an Alliance-Union novel---we are sharing writing: we pass it back and forth and have arrived at a modus operandi that lets each of us work at our best.
We hope this will be an ongoing set of stories in a universe many of you have asked for---not that we're stopping Foreigner; but with two of us going at it, there's time.

About C.J. Cherryh

Clay Cooper
Clay Cooper

An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.

He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.

He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.

About Clay Cooper

Kent Davis
Kent Davis

About Kent Davis

Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond is a Hugo Nominated YA/Adult Horror author from Utah. He is published by Baen, Raganarok, Privateer Press, and by several other small publishers. He is a freelance editor, writes for RPG companies, and founded the Hugo Nominated book review site Elitist Book Reviews. He is also the co-owner of the specialty publisher Vault Books

About Steve Diamond

Ben Donnelly
Ben Donnelly

My name is Benjamin Donnelly, and this will be my 22nd time at Miscon. I am currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU, where I teach all kinds of historical subjects, mainly military history and including a course on anime and Japan. I was born in Georgia, but I've lived in Montana most of my life, and it's home. For the past decade or so, I've hosted the AMV Party at Miscon, as well as run the famous (or infamous) Destroy UM Battletech game. I'm also a longtime member of the Sandbaggers Game Club in Great Falls, and part of the ConCom for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, as well as an avid--though amateur--cosplayer.

About Ben Donnelly

Dragon Dronet
Dragon Dronet

Dragon Dronet is a weapon specialist, armorer, actor, prop master, and Sith Lord who has worked in Hollywood for decades. He appears as Darth Malgus from the video game Star Wars; the Old Republic.

Dragon has build props for tv shows and movies such as Heroes, Lost, True Blood, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Total Recall, RoboCop 2, Batman Returns, Eraser, Alien: Resurrection, MacGyver, Alien Nation, Space Rangers, The X-Files, Babylon 5, and Earth 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: First Contact, (among many others).

About Dragon Dronet

Amber Edwards
Amber Edwards

Geeky gamer girl who is 99.9% certain that she is a Disney princess.

About Amber Edwards

Kyle Elliott
Kyle Elliott

Kyle Elliott, a Seattle native, has been building gaming communities for the last decade online as well as off. His latest accolades include Volunteer of the Year for Paizo Publishing, and the first Campaign Service Coin Award. Professionally he has worked in the gaming industry as both an in house QA tester for AAA video game titles, and as a marketing and Kickstarter guide for the tabletop gaming industry. Chances are, you have pledged to at least one of the Kickstarters he has worked for.

Kyle served in Israel as a combat medic and designs, operates, imports, and wholesales fireworks from China, which has allowed him the chance to travel extensively throughout Asia.

About Kyle Elliott

Lauren En Kuldes

About Lauren En Kuldes

Erik Evjen
Erik Evjen

Erik Evjen is the Fest Hall Coordinator for AetherCon Online RPG Convention, and the Schedule Head Manager for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. He has been playing RPGs for 5 years, and has seen or played just about every ruleset under the sun. He is proud to have his work with Ophelia's Shop of Roleplay Specialties published in June, and also has contributed articles to the 23rd Stage web blog. Currently, Erik is working on finishing the Sword Land Role Playing Game he created, and will be starting a publishing business named IGRE in order to publish his own work and the work of other authors.

About Erik Evjen

Eric the Excellent
Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the chance of a lifetime! Watch, as Eric the Excellent and Sir James of Butte Magic take the stage, to amaze, puzzle, and awe!

Fire eating, sword swallowing, magic, and more! Sideshow? Hardly! This is the main event!

About Eric the Excellent

Jane Fancher
Jane Fancher

CJ Cherryh and I are more than sharing ideas on upcoming novel Alliance Rising, an Alliance-Union novel---we are sharing writing: we pass it back and forth and have arrived at a modus operandi that lets each of us work at our best.
We hope this will be an ongoing set of stories in a universe many of you have asked for---not that we're stopping Foreigner; but with two of us going at it, there's time.

About Jane Fancher

Justin Farrington
Justin Farrington

I enjoy facilitating fun for an entire group and encourage a cooperative storytelling style of play rather than an adversarial one. It's easy to kill characters. It's harder to keep a group coming back for more, week after week. I consider myself fortunate to have a group of players who want to help tell stories, and who keep coming back to find out what happens next.

About Justin Farrington

Diana Pharaoh Francis
Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of over a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT Magazine’s Best Urban Fantasy. Find out more about her at www.dianapfrancis.com.

About Diana Pharaoh Francis

Tony Francis

About Tony Francis

Deby Fredericks
Deby Fredericks

Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but considered it just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. Her first sale, a children's poem, was in 2000. Fredericks has six fantasy novels in print through two small presses. The latest is the Grimhold Wolf, from Sky Warrior Books. Her web site is www.debyfredericks.com, and her blog is wyrmflight.wordpress.com.

About Deby Fredericks

Ruth Frey

Ruth Frey, also known as Dame Ruth, has a wide range of interests. Professionally, she works as a technician in a University biology lab, but in her free time she enjoys studying Medieval and Renaissance history as part of Realms of Avalon.

About Ruth Frey

Manny Frishberg

Manny Frishberg was born in the shadow of New York City and has lived up and down the West Coast for more than 40 years. He spent the first half of his life learning to write stories and the second half learning what to write. He is spending the third half of his life getting it done.
His stories have been appearing in anthologies and magazines since 2010. Before that he held jobs shaping wood, sheet metal and words (not all at once).
He is a contract editor, for two small presses and independent authors. His first anthology, “Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic” was published by Knotted Road Press in 2016. He and his partner have make their home near Seattle.

About Manny Frishberg

Julie Frost

Julie Frost writes every shade of speculative fiction and lives in Utah with her family--which consists of five guinea pigs, three humans, a tripod calico cat, and a kitten who thinks she's a warrior princess--and a collection of anteaters and Oaxacan carvings, some of which intersect. Her short fiction has appeared in Writers of the Future, StarShipSofa, Cosmos, Unlikely Story, Plasma Frequency, Stupefying Stories, and many other venues. Her first novel, "Pack Dynamics," was released in 2015 by WordFire Press. She whines about writing, a lot, at http://agilebrit.livejournal.com/

About Julie Frost

Ann Gimpel
Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over forty books to date, with several more planned for 2017 and beyond. Keep up with her at www.anngimpel.com or http://anngimpel.blogspot.com

About Ann Gimpel

Gail Glass
Gail Glass

Gail Glass is a retired recreation therapist who has been costuming and dancing for fun since childhood. For twenty five years she has mostly stayed behind the scenes at masquerades, doing panels on costuming, alternative medicine and healing dance. Essentially a master hall costumer, she attends several cons a year with her husband, physicist, writer and artist James Glass.

About Gail Glass

James Glass
James Glass

Jim won the golden pen award of writers of the future in 1991, has published nine novels and over sixty stories in magazines such as Analog. A new novel is now circulating. He is also an artist, painting desert and mountain scenes in oils, pastels and watercolors. He divides his time with wife Gail in Spokane and Desert Hot Springs.

About James Glass

Tod Glenn
Tod Glenn

Tod Glenn is a lifelong weapons enthusiast. He has been variously a competitive shooter, federal firearms licensee, firearms manufacturing consultant, knife maker, sword maker, fencing coach and HEMA instructor. He is currently the head coach for the Helena fencing club. He is a frequent contributor to the American Smallsword Symposium and has collaborated on several HEMA related publications.

About Tod Glenn

John Goff
John Goff

John’s served as the line developer for the Deadlands and Conspiracy X roleplaying games, and written extensively for Steve Jackson Games, White Wolf, FASA, and other game companies.
His first full-length novel, Deluge, was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Game-Related Book. His RPG setting, Deadlands Noir, won the 2014 Silver Ennie for Best Setting. In spite of publishing dozens of products, his first project, the dime novel Night Train for Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands RPGremains to this day probably his best-known work.
In addition to his work in gaming, John has been an interrogator for the US Army, a firearms instructor, a bodyguard, and a private

About John Goff

Tony Gregori
Tony Gregori

Professional illustrator and cartoonist, published in Image comics, IDW, 215 Ink, and Vault. Also done spot illustrations for various RPG manuals, was a courtroom sketch artist for the local Fox affiliate, assists children w learning disabilities w their reading issues through comics (Camp Chronicle).

About Tony Gregori

Hugh S. Gregory
Hugh S. Gregory

Hugh S. Gregory: A cancer survivor who is professionally an avid Spaceflight Historian based in Vancouver, Canada, he has produced and sold videos on spaceflight history since 1989. His latest research includes the conceptual theory for the ELDSRR space reactor, Project MOSS for the Musk Observatory and co-authored a paper in Cartographica about mapping on Mars. Hugh’s slide/video shows have been appearing at Conventions across North America and also overseas for over 29 years, including 11 world cons and 8 Dragon Cons. On weekend's he's an amateur astronomer, vertical wind tunnel Bodyflyer and skydiver. This will be Hugh’s 6th appearance at MisCon.

About Hugh S. Gregory

Vandy Hall
Vandy Hall

Vandy H. Hall is a multi media artist and glass blower from Wilsonville, Oregon.collages /drawings /paintings, & coloring books. Vandy went to school for art history and sculpture, has interned at the Smithsonian Institution, been a teaching assistant at the Corning Museum of Glass, and has traveled North America and Europe to blow glass and participate in viking and medieval reenactments and museum demonstrations. Vandy lives on a small farm near Portland, Oregon, with her family, cats, goats, and chickens. Vandy also enjoys hiking to waterfalls, rock climbing, juggling, & aerial circus arts.

About Vandy Hall

James Hayes
James Hayes

GMy name is James Hayes and I will once again be doing Cordials, Liqueurs and Potions for Miscon. This will be the forth instalment of this panel. I am skilled in many areas and have run panels and classes for over twenty years. Hope to see you all at some of them .

About James Hayes

Wayne Heinz
Wayne Heinz

A Historical European Martial Arts instructor from Spokane, WA, Wayne has been teaching various weapons from the Lichtenauer Tradition since 2010. He has taught and competed at events ranging from the southwest to the northwest. Wayne founded along with Shaunn Wenig, Steve McDougall, and Amanda Trail, Iron Crown Kunst des Fechtens, and is the current vice president.

About Wayne Heinz

Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she’s “lucky” enough to have two sexy careers that don’t make her much money. In her proverbial copious free time, she sings in a community choir, games online, and occasionally enjoys betting on the ponies.

About Rhiannon Held

Randy Henderson

Randy Henderson is an author, milkshake connoisseur, Writers of the Future grand prize winner, relapsed sarcasm addict, and Clarion West graduate.
His "dark and quirky" contemporary fantasy series from TOR (US) and Titan (UK) includes Finn Fancy Necromancy, Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, and Smells Like Finn Spirit. http://www.randy-henderson.com

About Randy Henderson

Josh Hiday

Josh Hiday teaches Special Education in Missoula, Montana. He's an origami enthusiast and loves working with kids.

About Josh Hiday

Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska where she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles, the Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, and the Farseer Trilogy. Under the name Megan Lindholm she is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves.

About Robin Hobb

Michael Hodges
Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges is an American speculative fiction writer. His debut novel, The Puller, was optioned by Hollywood. Foreign publishing rights were purchased by Luzifer Verlag, and The Puller was translated and released in Germany. In addition, over twenty of his short stories have been published in various magazines.

Michael is represented by Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary, NYC.
He also taught a writing panel with Game of Thrones editor Anne Groell.
Michael is also a verified public figure on Facebook and nature photographer, with work appearing in places like Outside Magazine.

https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHodgesAuthor/

About Michael Hodges

Jason A. Holt
Jason A. Holt

Jason writes books and works in the board game industry. He helped design the English-language word list for Codenames, which won the 2016 Spiel des Jahres. He co-authored the rule book for Alchemists, which won the 2015 Essen Feather, a prize for best board game rule book. Jason has also worked on rule books for Galaxy Trucker, Space Alert, Dungeon Lords, and every other game ever published by Czech Games Edition. On the digital side of CGE, he writes and translates the character dialogues for the Galaxy Trucker app.

When he's not working on games, he writes the Edgewhen series of fantasy adventure novels..com.

About Jason A. Holt

Meradeth Houston
Meradeth Houston

Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

She's a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.

When she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA.

She's also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.

If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she's terrified of heights.

About Meradeth Houston

Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe

Andrea Howe has been adeptly wrangling the written word for two decades. As a freelancer, she has edited books for such notable publishers as Wizards of the Coast, McGraw-Hill, and Random House as well as for individual authors. She has been called a "natural" and truly enjoys her work. She offers tips and tools for writers on her Web site and posts fun tidbits about language and grammar on her Facebook page. More information can be found at www.bluefalconediting.com and www.facebook.com/bluefalconediting.

About Andrea Howe

Fiona Jallings
Fiona Jallings

Author of "A Fan's Guide to Neo-Sindarin," linguist Fiona Jallings has been teaching, translating, and obsessing over Tolkien's Elven languages for the past 16 years.

About Fiona Jallings

David Lewis Johnson
David Lewis Johnson

D.L. Johnson is a professional illustrator working in the tabletop gaming industry. He has currently illustrated for 36 books and counting, including the award-winning Eternal Lies from Pelgrane Press, as well work for the Hydra Cooperative, Sine Nomine Publishing, Engine Publishing, Gnome Stew, and more. He also designs adventures and settings for old school D&D, including Grandpappy Cromdar's Whizbang Zoo! and Gathox Vertical Slum. His claim to fame is something along the lines of 1/18th of a number of Silver and Gold Ennies, having worked on teams for winning products. He lives, plays, and works in Missoula, Montana.

About David Lewis Johnson

Crystal Jones

About Crystal Jones

Esther Jones

Esther Jones began life as a strange, fey child who always made up her own bedtime stories– and sometimes– even managed to scare her parents with them. At some point during her childhood, she decided she would grow up to be a world-famous illustrator of fairies or a poet. She became an author instead. She writes with her husband and co-author Frog Jones. Together they have published three novels in the Gift of Grace series, many short stories, and are currently working on "super secret stuff" that she looks forward to sharing in the future.

About Esther Jones

Frog Jones
Frog Jones

Raised by jackalopes in the hills of the Palouse, Frog Jones managed to obtain a law degree through combination of trickery and the use of 500 cocktail umbrellas. He now runs the legendary Office of Public Defense in Mason County, Washington. On the side, he has conspired with his wife to write many books, including the Gift of Grace urban-fantasy series, in which he has planted subliminal messages that his alien masters can more readily control the minds of humanity.

About Frog Jones

James Jones
James Jones

Butte Magic provides magic shows, side-shows, and variety style entertainment to all of Montana and the surrounding area.

Together with our sister company, Sound Geeks DJ and Sound, the Butte Magic team is dedicated to providing top quality shows and jaw dropping feats! We perform at private parties, corporate events, fundraisers, and just about anywhere our talents are appreciated.

Check us out online, at www.buttemagic.com or drop us a like on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/buttemagic

Web site: http://www.buttemagic.comhotmail.com

About James Jones

MaryAlice Jones

About MaryAlice Jones

Leslie Kreher

About Leslie Kreher

Matt Lees

About Matt Lees

Rebekah Leib
Rebekah Leib

Rebekah Leib is a medievalist & historical re-creationist specializing in the Norse Viking era & Bronze Age Scythian cultures.

About Rebekah Leib

Todd Lockwood
Todd Lockwood

Todd is a world-renowned illustrator of the fantastic, seen on book and game covers, in art competition catalogs and art shows internationally. He is best known for his work on the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and for his covers for the books of R.A. Salvatore. His art has also appeared in books from Tor Books, DAW Books, and on magazine covers, including Satellite Orbit magazine in 1984-1985, Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, Realms of Fantasy, Dragon Magazine, and Dungeon Magazine.

About Todd Lockwood

John Logan

About John Logan

Tundra Malamute

Tundra Malamute builds "fursuits" (animal costumes) with his wife, Koyuk, through their Montana-based business, Dr. Moot's Fursuits, LLC. Their primary focus is on building realistic canine costumes using resin masks with high-quality, realistic faux fur. We both have been active members of the furry community for several years now.

About Tundra Malamute

Seth McClain

About Seth McClain

Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy is a Seattle writer whose work has appeared in Starward Tales II, Asimov’s, The People’s Apocalypse, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he’s the publisher of Hydra House, whose catalog includes Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, and two collections by Cat Rambo: Near+Far, which generated a Nebula nomination, and Neither Here Nor There.

About Tod McCoy

Rob McDonell
Rob McDonell

I am the Chief Executive Officer of FanNexus, and Vice-President of nerDNA LLC, a Fannish convention and convention/event management corporation, respectively. Mega gaming enthusiast, retired infantryman from the U.S. Army, husband and father. I love my life, and I
love how fandom has been an integral part of making me who I am today! I feel that fandom contributes to our growth as a society in a meaningful and profound way, and this is why I live a significant part of my life as a member of fandom. I believe in fandom so much so, I went so far as to get married to my lovely wife here at MisCon, in 2014 at her request, and happily so!

About Rob McDonell

Gene Mealey

23 years learning and teaching the art of Rapier combat.

About Gene Mealey

Theresa Miller

About Theresa Miller

Vicki Mitchell
Vicki Mitchell

V.E. (Vicki) Mitchell has been writing for as long as she can remember—mostly, but not entirely, in the field of science fiction. In 1986, she won the national Amazing Stories Calendar Story Contest and sold a short story to a mainstream anthology. (This story was later cut when the book ran too long.) In 1987 one of her stories appeared in the legendary The Moscow Moffia Presents Rat Tales anthology. She sold a different "Rats" story to Pulphouse Publishing for their own Rat Tales anthology (1994).

About Vicki Mitchell

John D. Nilles
John D. Nilles

About John D. Nilles

Erika Noble
Erika Noble

Slightly eccentric computer tech with a love of costuming and dance.

About Erika Noble

C.L Norman
C.L Norman

C. L. Norman can talk all day about books and stories. Her first job was in a bookstore where she's honed that talent and now she continues using it both in her day job and her writing. Look for her on Facebook or Twitter to continue the conversation. She has four children, a wonderfully geeky husband, and lives in Washington state.

About C.L Norman

Chris Organ
Chris Organ

Game designer, game master, artists, scientist, martial arts instructor

About Chris Organ

Peter Orullian
Peter Orullian

Peter Orullian has worked at Xbox for over a decade, which is good, because he’s a gamer. He’s toured internationally with various bands and been a featured vocalist at major rock and metal festivals, which is good, because he’s a musician. He’s also learned when to hold his tongue, which is good, because he’s a contrarian. Peter has published several short stories, which he thinks are good. The Unremembered and Trial of Intentions are his first novels, which he hopes you will think are good. He lives in Seattle, where it rains all the damn time. He has nothing to say about that. Visit Peter at: www.orullian.com

About Peter Orullian

Guy Pace
Guy Pace

Guy L. Pace, born in Great Falls, MT, grew up throughout the Northwest. He served in the US Navy, and on the USS Newport News (CA-148), including combat operations in Vietnam in 1972.

A Navy journalist, as a civilian he worked primarily in community newspapers as a reporter, photographer, editor, and managing editor. He changed careers, getting into computer support, training, networking and systems, and information security. He retired in 2011 after more than 20 years working in higher education.

He lives with his wife, Connie, in Spokane, where he gets to spend time with children and grandchildren, and ride his Harley-Davidson.

About Guy Pace

Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains that rise on one side of Paradise Valley inspired the fantastic scenery in Eragon, the first novel in his Inheritance cycle, written when he was fifteen. The bestselling series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance) has been licensed in 49 languages and is available in more than 125 countries. Together the four books in the series have sold 35 million copies worldwide.

About Christopher Paolini

Bob Patten

After Bob Patten retired from the topographic mapping Division of the U.S. Geologic Survey, he wrote three books about how the ancient craft of flintknapping was used to survive and flourish in every environment. He has appeared twice on Nova to demonstrate the creation of stone weaponry used to hunt mammoth and bison over ten thousand years ago.

About Bob Patten

L.F. Patten
L.F. Patten

L.F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as “A.D.D of the right brain.” Degreed in history and anthropology, her checkered career has included work as an archaeologist on medieval/castle sites in England, a tour guide at the Smithsonian, a history teacher, herbalist, book editor, actress, jewelry designer, and pottery/jewelry instructor. She has also been a writer
for more than 30 years, publishing both articles and short stories. Her debut novel, the heroic fantasy The Talent Sinistral, launched at World Fantasy Con in 2014, was written in loving tribute to fellow right-brainers everywhere. .

About L.F. Patten

Joanne Percy

About Joanne Percy

Ann Peters
Ann Peters

Come belly dance with Sparky and she will teach you one of her skirt choreographies. No prior dance experience necessary, although it is helpful. Bring a big skirt if you have one, but Sparky will have extras if you don't. Anyone can belly dance, and Sparky's class in the Tri-Cities exemplifies this; her class consists of all ages, all body types and all genders who share a passion for belly dance and wine...although not necessarily in that order. The wine is for medicinal purposes only, of course - it's good for your heart! Really! We read it on the internet, and everything there is true, right? In fact, we should all go have wine after the class to make sure we are all heart

About Ann Peters

J.A. Pitts
J.A. Pitts

John (JA) Pitts is an award winning author of both novels and short fiction. Selected as one of the nicest people in the business at two different conventions. Dreams of being a full time writer if for no other reason than chucking his alarm clock into the bin.

About J.A. Pitts

Kathy Pitts

About Kathy Pitts

Frank Pruett

Frank is a passionate gamer and avid reader of various genres. With close to 20 years of DMing and playing experience he is an asset to any gaming group. He is also prior military with 6 years of service in the US Army Signal Corps.

About Frank Pruett

Corey Ragsdale
Corey Ragsdale

I am a visiting assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana. My research specializes in bioarchaeology, which is the study of the biological and cultural processes of historic and prehistoric populations. Additionally, I participate in work related to forensic anthropology. I teach courses related to these subjects at the University of Montana, and have published in numerous academic journals as well as edited volumes. I received my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.

About Corey Ragsdale

Brian Rathbone
Brian Rathbone

Brian Rathbone is a bit odd. Best known for his World of Godsland fantasy series, Brian also tells a few too many bad dragon jokes on Twitter.

About Brian Rathbone

Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, Tales from an Alien Campfire, River, How Beer Saved the World 1, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and Trust and Treachery among others. Her books include Netwalk: Expanded Edition, Netwalker Uprising, Life in the Shadows: Diana and Will, Alien Savvy, Seeking Shelter at the End of the World, Netwalking Space, and Challenges of Honor. Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

About Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Nikki Rossignol
Nikki Rossignol

Nikki Rossignol is an illustrator and ballerina from Montana. She is currently illustrating a mythology-based brand for Down The Road Brewing Company in Boston, MA. Previously, Rossignol worked as a court-room sketch artist for Dateline NBC, concept artist for Peach Pit films, and dancer in multiple companies including Donlavey and Mimoda of Los Angeles, and Chicago Light Opera Works. Rossignol currently lives in a wooded glen with her husband Jordan, daughter Elke, and dingo.

About Nikki Rossignol

Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, THE NAME OF THE WIND, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, THE WISE MAN'S FEAR, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list.

About Patrick Rothfuss

The SCA

About The SCA

Paula Scarborough
Paula Scarborough

About Paula Scarborough

Ken Scholes

About Ken Scholes

D.L Solum
D.L Solum

D.L. Solum is an author currently living in Seattle but will always be from Butte, Montana. A collector of odd friends and odder hobbies, including - medieval combat, fishing, hunting and computer games. This latest obsession of writing Urban Fantasy is only made possible via the tough encouragement and impatient tolerance of Kate.

About D.L Solum

Brooke Stanley
Brooke Stanley

Brooke H. Stanley, RN is modern day Bard. Scrapping, skulking and schmoozing are reoccurring themes in his as yet never ending story. With Bachelor’s degrees in English and Nursing as well a fist full of apparently useless graduate work he is both over educated and very friendly. Stanley has been burned, shot and driven for spymasters and U. S. Presidents. In 2016, he was named Arctic Logistics Officer for Team Monkey, an international research organization devoted to the advancement of Anthropoid/Simian commensalism (for realsies!) He has a lovely singing voice and likes both cats and dogs equally.

About Brooke Stanley

Beth Stoops
Beth Stoops

Beth Stoops is "three feet tall and dresses kooky." There's mounting evidence she might not be human. Or even a she. But she's interesting to talk to, unintentionally funny, and can help your sewing go to the next level and beyond. If you are looking for her and don't see her, look down. If that doesn't work, carry around a cup of English Breakfast -- eventually she'll come out of hiding.

About Beth Stoops

Jeff Sturgeon
Jeff Sturgeon

Jeff is a northwest artist known for his award-winning paintings usually involving space in one form or another. He paints primarily with acrylics on either textured metal or canvas. His work has appeared on many book and magazine covers.

In a former life Jeff was a long time computer game artist/ art director most notably with Electronic Arts Seattle. He lives in the Cascade foothills of Washington with sons Corwin and Duncan.

About Jeff Sturgeon

Patrick Swenson
Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared last summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. He is a high school teacher and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his sixteen-year-old son Orion.

About Patrick Swenson

Chad Volpe
Chad Volpe

Composer, Technologist, Swordsman
(Keyboardist, IT Professional, Martial Artist)

About Chad Volpe

Peter Wacks
Peter Wacks

Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.

About Peter Wacks

Krista Wallace

Krista writes mostly Fantasy, in novel-length and short fiction. She has been a finalist in several contests (SiWC, PNWA, Colorado Gold), and won a couple of them (Pulp Literature, Fraser Valley Writers). Her work is published in Pulp Literature magazine and Electric Spec, with another one coming out in the 49th Parallels anthology later this year. Her passion for reading aloud has recently taken her into the realm of audiobook narration. She is an actor, and sings jazz in both a big band and a duo. Besides writing, a favourite pastime is working as Musical Director for high school shows (In the Heights, Les Mis, Anything Goes, etc). She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC.

About Krista Wallace

Dean Wells
Dean Wells

Dean Wells is author of the ongoing Clockwork Millennials story cycle published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Other works have appeared in Ideomancers, 10Flash Quarterly, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. Dean is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About Dean Wells

April White
April White

APRIL WHITE has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys and a lifetime collection of books.

All four books in the Immortal Descendants series are on the Amazon Top 100 lists in Time Travel Romance and Historical Fantasy. More information and her blog can be found at aprilwhitebooks.com.

About April White

Jason Williams
Jason Williams

Jason is an illustrator, cartoonist, comic book artist, graphic designer, caricature artist, and storyboard artist with over 20 years experience. He has worked with clients big and small, from illustrating for TOPPS trading cards on the Star Wars properties, animation illustration for McDonalds and Wells Fargo, or T-shirt designs for national parks around the country. He has been the artist and writer of Barwench Tales comic since 2011 (www.legendofbill.com) as well as the Realm of Gallimore webcomic (realmofgallimore.com). He is also the current artist on Sewers of fire comic book and the upcoming Ultrabot Go Go Go comic.

About Jason Williams

John Wright
John Wright

Freelance illustrator living in Missoula.

About John Wright


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