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
- Rikki Simons, Special Guest of Honor
Rikki Simons (AKA Rosearik Rikki Simons) is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice GIR and Bloaty on Invader ZIM. He plays various characters on Mighty Magiswords (Red Trollblin). As a writer he is known for the science fiction and fantasy novel Hitherto a Lion. Original illustrated books and comics that he created with Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons include Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, ShutterBox, and now The Trinkkits. He was also once a background painter in animation, on Invader ZIM and the Jackie Chan Adventures. The comics and books he creates with Tavisha can be read and purchased at www.tavicat.com
- 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.
About MisCon Guests, Pros, and Panelists
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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
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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.
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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!