Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 32

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

Missoula Ministry of Magic

About Missoula Ministry of Magic

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

The Troupe

A ragtag crew of circus freaks and performers, The Troupe is a collective of Missoula-based circus artists. Whether performing at gigs around Montana or hanging out under a local bridge, they can mostly be found upside-down on something or someone!

About The Troupe

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

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

BJ Allen-Prudden

About BJ Allen-Prudden

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

John Barba

About John Barba

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

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

Chris Blazer

About Chris Blazer

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

David Boop
David Boop

David is a Denver-based single dad, returning college study, temp worker and author. He has one novel (the sci-fi/noir "She Murdered Me with Science" release in '08) and over thirty short stories, novellas and flash fictions across several genres including weird western, zombie horror, urban sci-fi and pulp hero. His most recent is the Steampunk Western, "Kit Carson versus the Toad Men of the Rio Gila" in Gears and Levers 3 and "Most Dangerous Honeys" for Moonstone Books' Honey West anthology (his second media tie-in. He's also worked as an MC and Toastmaster, interviewing such names as Kevin J. Anderson, James Marsters and the Tron 30th reunion.

About David Boop

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

Court Cathers
Court Cathers

About Court Cathers

Cheyanne Chadwick

About Cheyanne Chadwick

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

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

Stephen Decker

About Stephen Decker

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

Marty Essen
Marty Essen

Marty Essen began writing professionally in the 1990s, as a features writer for Gig Magazine. His first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, won six national awards, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named it a “Top Ten Green Book.” His second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, won four national awards. Marty is also a popular college speaker. He has performed the stage-show version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on hundreds of campuses, in forty-five states. Marty’s latest book, Time Is Irreverent, is a science-fiction political-comedy.

About Marty Essen

Erik Evjen
Erik Evjen

Erik Evjen is the Company Founder and Lead Designer for IGRE Publishing, and a freelance writer for EN World's EN5IDER series of articles.

Erik is also the standing President of the Sandbaggers Game Club of Great Falls, Montana. He has assisted with the running of multiple conventions, such as the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous (Board of Directors), OokkiiSoraCon (Gaming Head), NaguCon Anime Convention (Staff), and AetherCon Online RPG Convention (Fest Hall Coordinator).

At IGRE Publishing Erik is the Lead Developer of Sword Land RPG, a d12-based Roleplaying Game, and is the Lead Writer of "Songs of Ahrea", an ongoing fantasy webcomic based on the Iellos setting he devised.

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

Eric Scott Fischl
Eric Scott Fischl

Eric Scott Fischl writes novels of speculative historical fiction and the supernatural, including DR. POTTER'S MEDICINE SHOW and THE TRIALS OF SOLOMON PARKER. He lives in the Bitterroot mountains.

About Eric Scott Fischl

Diana Pharaoh Francis
Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. Her award-nominated novels include The Path series, the Crosspointe Chronicles, the Diamond City Magic books, and the Mission: Magic series. Her novels have been translated into German and French. She holds a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and literary theory, and an MA in fiction writing. She’s been teaching for more than 20 years. She’s a member of SFWA and NINC. She’s owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. For more about her writing, visit www.dianapfrancis.com.

About Diana Pharaoh Francis

Max Franicevich

About Max Franicevich

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

Jessa Fuerst-Hinther
Jessa Fuerst-Hinther

This aspiring designer, cosplayer and entertainer draws on historical references and research for costumes.

About Jessa Fuerst-Hinther

Jayne Fury
Jayne Fury

About Jayne Fury

Ann Gimpel
Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a USA Today 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 several 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 fifty books to date, with several more planned for 2018 and beyond.

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

Cheryl Glenn

Cheryl Glenn is 30 year veteran of federal law enforcement.

About Cheryl Glenn

Tony Gregori
Tony Gregori

professional comic book artist and illustrator

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 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

Becky Harouz
Becky Harouz

About Becky Harouz

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

Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held writes urban fantasy, along with space opera and weird western (as R. Z. Held). She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. At work, she mostly uses her degree for copy-editing technical reports; in writing, she uses it for cultural world-building; in public, she'll probably use it to check the mold seams on the wine bottle at dinner.

About Rhiannon Held

Michael Hodges
Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges is an American speculative fiction writer. His debut novel, The Puller, was released in 2015. Film rights for The Puller were purchased by Hollywood shortly after publication. The Puller was also translated and released in Germany.

In addition to being a member of SFWA and HWA, Hodges' is represented by Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary Agency. He's also taught a writing panel with Game of Thrones editor Anne Groell.

Along with writing fiction, Hodges is a professional nature photographer, with work appearing in Outside Magazine (Adventure Photography of the Year) and newspapers, amongst other places.

His latest novel is Black Friday, a sci-fi thriller based on the

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

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

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

Jeff Howe
Jeff Howe

Jeff spent most of his writing career as a newspaper and magazine journalist, focusing on diverse topics as aviation, aerospace, sports, automotive, and outdoor activities. After leaving daily journalism writing, he moved into his other passion, that of travel, and continues to this day. Not one to leave writing behind, though, he is now working on short and long fantasy, realizing that this writing stuff is hard!

About Jeff Howe

Luke Hutson

About Luke Hutson

Something Funny Improv

Hello we are the Something Funny Improv Comedy troupe! We specialize in making people laugh and having an amazing time with our audience. We all have an incredible love of gaming, film, science, art and everything in between. Our troupe is based at Montana State University and we have all kinds of majors among our ranks. We are so excited to perform at Mis Con and would love to make you all laugh.

About Something Funny Improv

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

Esther Jones

Esther Jones writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories with her husband, Frog Jones, from the mists of the rainy Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

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

About James Jones

MaryAlice Jones

About MaryAlice Jones

Sir. James Jones
Sir. 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 Sir. James Jones

Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel
Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

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

About Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

Elliott Kay

Elliott Kay is the author of the military sci-fi series Poor Man's Fight and the fun, steamy urban fantasy series Good Intentions. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and is a former member of the US Coast Guard. Kay has survived a motorcycle crash, severe seasickness, high school in Los Angeles, summers in Phoenix, and winters in Seattle.

About Elliott Kay

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

Alisha Knaff

Alisha A. Knaff lives in Seattle with her two cats, Hal and Odin, who consistently assure her that she is in no danger of becoming a crazy cat lady. By day, she works to promote other people's products, and by night she weaves bizarre imaginations into hopefully coherent tales. Her urban fantasy novel, School of Sight is available through Razorgirl Press.

About Alisha Knaff

Sanan Kolva
Sanan Kolva

Sanan Kolva is a native of eastern Washington. A technical editor by day, and writer of epic fantasy by night, break, and whenever else she makes free time, she has short stories in several anthologies. Her epic fantasy novel Shrouded Sky is the first book in the Chosen of the Spears series. She can be found at http://sanankolva.com.

About Sanan Kolva

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

Danielle Lincoln Hanna
Danielle Lincoln Hanna

About Danielle Lincoln Hanna

Molly Lloyd

About Molly Lloyd

John Logan

About John Logan

Joseph Malik

Joseph Malik is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Dragon's Trail, which is being hailed as the first fantasy technothriller. He writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the U.S. military, and has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he lives in the Pacific Northwest along with his wife and their two dogs. Member, SFWA.

About Joseph Malik

Gabe Marmin

About Gabe Marmin

Lynn Martyn

About Lynn Martyn

Patty Mascia
Patty Mascia

Kids' Activities, Programming (Geek Discussion), Rainbows

About Patty Mascia

Matt McAdoo

About Matt McAdoo

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

Paul Morton

About Paul Morton

Lee Moyer
Lee Moyer

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,

About Lee Moyer

Pat Nelson

About Pat Nelson

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

Andy Nickerson

About Andy Nickerson

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

Dakota Nyght
Dakota Nyght

About Dakota Nyght

Sabrina Nystrom

About Sabrina Nystrom

Lily Oliver

About Lily Oliver

John Olsen
John Olsen

Motivated by his lifelong love of reading, John M. Olsen writes about ordinary people doing extraordinary things as a way to entertain and inspire others. His father's library started him on this journey as a teenager, and he now owns and expands that library to pass his passion on to the next generation of avid readers.He loves to create things, whether writing novels or short stories or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and processes to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways. He usually prefers "Renaissance Man" to "Mad Scientist" as a goal and aesthetic.

About John Olsen

Cale Panetaude

About Cale Panetaude

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

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

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

Brian Rathbone
Brian Rathbone

Brian Rathbone writes fantasy fiction, software for writers and publishers, and he tells a few too many bad dragon jokes on Twitter.

About Brian Rathbone

Julie Reeser
Julie Reeser

Julie has been published in Black Denim Lit, Zoetic Press and their imprint NonBinary Review, Grendel-Song, Whirlwind Magazine, One Sentence Poems, & Timeless Tales Magazine. Her poetry chapbook is Terracotta Pomegranate.

About Julie Reeser

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

Katie Rhodes

I have been cosplaying since I was 8 years old and started making my own cosplays when I was 10. I started DigiKat Cosplay in 2007 after the birth of my first daughter, mostly teaching kids how to make their own cosplays. My family moved to Missoula in 2012 where I opened as a licensed costume studio. I work in commissions as well as teaching.

About Katie Rhodes

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

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

Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson

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

About Brandon Sanderson

The SCA

About The SCA

Greg Schneider
Greg Schneider

Greg is the founder and "person vaguely in charge" of Black Shield Productions an professional interactive storytelling and entertainment group in the pacific northwest. He claims (without evidence) that he has run more hours of gaming events at Miscon than anyone else. Greg loves people, so feel free to come talk to him about gaming, Black Shield, the wilderness, parenting, technology, or his personal specialty "injuring yourself while playing basketball."

When acting like a responsible adult, he is attempting to solve the nation's political money problems as the IT Director for followthemoney.org

About Greg Schneider

Meagan Scruggs

About Meagan Scruggs

Rikki Simons
Rikki Simons

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

About Rikki Simons

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 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

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

Eldon Thompson
Eldon Thompson

Eldon Thompson is the author of the epic fantasy trilogy The Legend of Asahiel, which launched with The Crimson Sword in 2005. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. In 2007, he sold a screenplay adaptation of Terry Brooks’s The Elfstones of Shannara to Warner Bros—his favorite book since the age of nine. Since then, he has primarily written for Hollywood, with numerous assignments both original and adapted. His next set of novels will feature fan-favorite character Kylac Kronus, whose origins can be glimpsed in in a short story appearing exclusively in the popular Unfettered anthology from Grim Oak Press.

About Eldon Thompson

Tex Thompson
Tex Thompson

Arianne "Tex" Thompson is the author of the Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional speaker and writing instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex is blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country. Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com!

About Tex Thompson

Kaye Thornbrugh

Kaye Thornbrugh is an award-winning reporter and the author of the bestselling Flicker series. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest, and though she hasn’t seen any faeries in the woods just yet, she remains optimistic. Visit Kaye online at www.kayethornbrugh.com

About Kaye Thornbrugh

Andy Vanoverberghe

About Andy Vanoverberghe

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 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

Emily Westfall

About Emily Westfall

Danica Winters
Danica Winters

About Danica Winters

Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons
Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

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 Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

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

Lacy Zee
Lacy Zee

Lacy Zee is an international tattoo artist with over 19 years in the industry. She is capable of any style of tattooing but prefers realism and new skool. Lacy is also known as "Her Sexcellency" Vox Moxxi of The Cigarette Girls Burlesque, with whom she has been teasing and tantalizing audiences for the last
seven years.

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