Todd Lockwood

MisCon 30 Guest of Honor

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.

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.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Book Signing: General Session, Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood

    This signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the lines moving, Robin and Jim can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Meet the Artists, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Chuck Bordell, Rob Carlos, Tony Gregori, Vandy Hall, David Lewis Johnson, Todd Lockwood, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Jason Williams

    Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 30's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee, whatever you want. Just come hang out.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Word Fire Press , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, C.J. Cherryh, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood, Jeff Sturgeon, Chad Volpe (The Fin), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Of all the gin joints in the city, you had to wander into this one. Well, come on in, grab a seat, and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 30. We'll meet our GoHs, hand out some Golden Squid Awards, and have a little fun. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos make us go longer. If the weather doesn't allow, we'll move into Ballrooms B&C in the hotel.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Todd Lockwood: From Artist to Author, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Todd Lockwood

    Artist/author Todd Lockwood has a new book, The Summer Dragon, now out from DAW! Join him as he describes what itís like to make the jump from artist to author and how the creative process and promotion differs from illustration. Will include an audience Q&A session.

  • panel Sat Noon - 1:50 PM, Artists' Corner, Atrium
    Panelists: Rob Carlos, Vandy Hall, David Lewis Johnson, Todd Lockwood, Nikki Rossignol, John Wright

    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 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, The Evil Monologue, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood

    Why do villains feel the need to monologue? Is imparting the full impact of the scheme rewarding in itself despite the risks that the hero could subvert such carefully laid plans? Would the victory be somehow less complete if no one knew the villain's true genius? Do monologues serve other purposes? Should your villain give one? What about a hero's monologue?

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 6:50 PM, Virtual Reality Live Art, Atrium
    Moderator: Seth McClain; Panelists: Todd Lockwood, Jeff Sturgeon

    Come watch artist GoH Jeff Sturgeon and past artist GoH Todd Lockwood create live 3D art using the HTC Vive. Will they paint with fire? With snow? Laser ribbons? Yes they will! And you'll be able to watch it on a pathetically normal 2D screen, but the results are amazing.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Conflict, Tension, and Other Gnarly Bits, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Jim Butcher, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood

    Aspiring writers are bombarded with advice: tension on every page, more internal conflict, more external conflict, make it personal, make it organic. Let's make sense out the twists and turns that hook readers and hold them until the end.

  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Fiction Slam Readings, Tent By the Trees (1)
    Moderator: Michael Hodges; Panelists: Michael Hodges, Todd Lockwood, Dean Wells

    Come hear your favorite pro read a selection of their work.
    1200: Michael Hodges
    1220: Dean Wells
    1240: Todd Lockwood

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Maps and Stories, Ballroom C
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Brenda Carre, Vandy Hall, Todd Lockwood, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    How can storytelling and cartography influence each other?

  • Break Mon 10:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Making Characters Resonate, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Patrick Rothfuss

    Howe do you make characters resonate with your audience?

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