Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 33: Level Up!, May 24 - 27, 2019 Missoula, Montana

Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 33

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

Montana Melee

About Montana Melee

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

Nina Alviar
Nina Alviar

Nina Alviar is a film and television makeup artist, specializing in injury makeup effects for feature films. She has worked for over 13 years in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Montana. Most notably, she was Head of the Makeup Department on Far Cry 5: Inside Eden's Gate, starring Greg Bryk (Bitten) and Kyle Gallner (The Outsiders TV Series.) Recently, Nina was the Head of Makeup Effects for "The Bruce," (an original story that follows Robert the Bruce) - starring Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart) and Zach MacGowan (Guardians of the Galaxy,) to be released in 2019.

About Nina Alviar

Carol Berg
Carol Berg

Former software engineer Carol Berg is venturing into unknown territory. After fifteen epic fantasy novels that have won national and international awards, including three Colorado Book Awards, she’s attempting to write short. So far so good, with stories appearing in the "Blackguards" and "Hath No Fury" anthologies from Ragnarok, a novelette in the "Lace and Blade" anthology from the Marion Zimmer Bradley Trust, and a fantasy/detective story in Pulp Literature Magazine. A novella and a novelette are out on submission, and she even has a series of short fantasy spy/caper novels in the works – really!

About Carol Berg

LJ Bonham
LJ 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 LJ Bonham

M. H. Bonham
M. H. Bonham

M. H. (Maggie) Bonham is an award-winning author and editor of more than 35 books and thousands of short pieces. She is the publisher of Sky Warrior Book Publishing LLC. She is also the author of the bestselling novels Prophecy of Swords, Lachlei, and Howling Dead.

About M. H. Bonham

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.
In 2007, Rob started showing his work at Norwescon, and other sci-fi/ fantasy conventions. For years, Rob concentrated on illustrating for independent and small-press writers and musicians. During that time, Add An Accent produced a line of pewter dragons and ceramic tiles based on Rob’s artwork. This year, MGL licensing has chosen to represent Rob.

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, A number of independent Story Bundles through Bundle Rabbit and in Pulp Literature's excellent bi-monthly magazine.

About Brenda Carre

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

H Martin Cox
H Martin Cox

Mr. Cox grew up in Atlanta, Georgia before joining the United States Air Force, and served in Texas, France and Germany. He worked with large mainframe computers, and became a real estate broker before he obtained a nursing degree and practiced as a Registered Nurse. He then began to write and stated he found it more satisfying than his previous endeavors. Finding Fantasy most interesting, intriguing, and rewarding, he currently is working on two series: The Zenith Series and Path of the Flame. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

About H Martin Cox

Klarissa Davis

About Klarissa Davis

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

Jeff Fennel
Jeff Fennel

Jeff is an award-winning artist & designer in a variety of media and disciplines and teaches digital art and entertainment design at Butte College in Northern California. He has always had a deep passion for science fiction and fantasy and was a quarterly winner in the first Illustrators of the Future competition. He is a juried member of the I.A.A.A., and a frequent guest at sci-fi conventions throughout the western U.S.

His skills in art, design, worldbuilding and storytelling have translated into millions of units sold for major clients like Electronic Arts, Sega, Sony, 3DO, Accolade, TSR, Wizards of the Coast, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and Nintendo.

About Jeff Fennel

Stewart Fleming

About Stewart Fleming

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

David Gerrold

About David Gerrold

David Gerrold
David Gerrold

David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer that will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.

TV credits include episodes from Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated (“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Bem”), Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, Land Of The Lost, and Logan's Run.

He has won both Hugo and Nebula awards for his fiction.

About David Gerrold

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

Cheryl Glenn

Cheryl Glenn is 30 year veteran of federal law enforcement.

About Cheryl Glenn

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

Jeff Grubb
Jeff Grubb

Jeff Grubb is an author of novels, short stories, comics, and is an RPG and video game designer. Grubb worked on the Dragonlance campaign setting under Tracy Hickman, and the Forgotten Realms setting with Ed Greenwood. His written works include The Finder's Stone Trilogy, the Spelljammer and Jakandor campaign settings and contributions to Dragonlance and the computer game Guild Wars 2. He now works at Amazon Game Studios.

About Jeff Grubb

Becky Harouz
Becky Harouz

About Becky Harouz

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

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

Sierra Dawn Holt
Sierra Dawn Holt

About Sierra Dawn Holt

Meradeth Houston
Meradeth Houston

I’ve never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:
I’m a California girl now braving the cold winters in Montana.

I am a molecular anthropologist. Translation: I sequence dead people’s DNA.

I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. It’s my hobby, my passion, and I’m so happy to get to share my work!

My other passion is teaching. There’s nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology! This is probably a good thing, since my day job requires me to teach at the local university.

About Meradeth Houston

Luke Hutson
Luke Hutson

Luke Hutson has been gaming for 20 years and GMing for 15 of them. Luke prefers to run rules lite systems that allow players to explore the game imaginatively. He favors comedy games and games that force players to think differently about how they approach situations. He has been with Black Shield for three years and has run many continuous convention games as well his own games. Luke has a degree in English with a minor in Social Science and when he's not gaming he can be found teaching, reading comics, and performing improv.

About Luke Hutson

Dean Keith
Dean Keith

Dean has been running/playing RPGs for 30 years.

About Dean Keith

Darkon: Kingdoms of the Sword Coast

About Darkon: Kingdoms of the Sword Coast

CthulhuBob Lovely
CthulhuBob Lovely

I help run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen.
I run games, primarily Call of Cthulhu, GURPS and other Steve Jackson Games products and various games from Cheapass Games.
As a semi-professional nerd, I believe geekery and gaming can have positive effects on math, reading and writing, and social interaction skills as well as family togetherness.

About CthulhuBob Lovely

Matt McAdoo

About Matt McAdoo

Logan Nickel

Logan Nickel is the creator of RPHQ.org, a website dedicated to promoting and supporting roleplay in its many forms, as well as offering useful resources to help players improve their RP experiences.

About Logan Nickel

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

Tim Nydell

Tim Nydell is the creator and host of the Saturday Morning Rewind Cartoon Podcast. He interviews many of the greats in the world of animation and voice-over. Over the last 5 years he has interviewed: Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck), Michael Bell (GI Joe / Smurfs), Lisa Henson (Jim Henson's daughter), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Dave Coulier (Full House), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Christopher Sabat (Dragon Ball Z), Caroll Spinney (Big Bird), Marc Summers (Double Dare), and many others. Find him online at: www.SaturdayMorningRewind.com (The podcast is available wherever you find podcasts. All of the links can be found on his website)

About Tim Nydell

Lily Oliver

About Lily Oliver

Cale Panetaude

About Cale Panetaude

William C. Riley
William C. Riley

William C. Riley is a recent graduate of the University of Montana, where he received two Bachelors of Arts in English, focusing on geek literature and comics, and in Anthropology, focusing on culture, gender, and identity. He has delivered academic papers at International, National, and Regional conferences on topics spanning from dwarven women and their beards to graphic representations of Irish American super-heroes. He will be pursuing a graduate degree, as he continues to explore super hero comics as a form of Modern American Folklore.

About William C. Riley

Meagan Scruggs

About Meagan Scruggs

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

Jeff Sturgeon
Jeff Sturgeon

Jeff is a thirty year professional artist, illustrator, game designer, writers and the creator visionary of The Last Cities of Earth project. Jeff was the Artist Guest of Honor for Miscon 31. Jeff is also this years Artist Guest Of Honor for Westercon 71 in Denver.

About Jeff Sturgeon

Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson is a local artist and body painter.

About Melissa Thompson

Krista Wallace
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

Clare Wood
Clare Wood

Clare Wood is a co-owner and the editorial director of Self-Publishing Services LLC, along with Danica Winters and Melanie Calahan. She's looking forward to meeting other writers and editors at MisCon 2018.
SPS is a Missoula-based company that helps writers get published by whatever route they choose: traditional, self, or hybrid. We offer a suite of services ranging from writing coaching to marketing.
Clare is also an author in her own right, writing genre fiction under the pen name Clare Tallier.
Before she joined SPS, Clare was a journalist. Her last newspaper was the Austin American-Statesman, and her last website was MSN.com.

About Clare Wood

Emmett Worthey

Medieval combat & history enthusiast, gamer, amateur experimental archaeologist.

About Emmett Worthey