Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 34: Carnival of Wonders, May 22 - 25, 2020 Missoula, Montana

Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 34

Bozeman Paranormal

About Bozeman Paranormal

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

Kid's Activities Staff

About Kid's Activities Staff

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 collaboration between Aerial Alchemy LLC, Inner Harmony Yoga, and the UM Circus Club, The Troupe is a collective of Missoula-based circus artists who believe that you don’t have to run away to join the circus! Whether performing at gigs around Montana or hanging out under a local bridge, they can mostly be found upside-down on something or someone! Come learn some skills at one of their many Level Up! Circus Workshops or check them out from afar during performance times!
See full bio for workshop sign up info!

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

BJ Allen-Prudden

About BJ Allen-Prudden

John Barba
John Barba

John Barba is a local Missoula artist and cosplayer who got into MisCon and fandom at MisCon 27 because his kid runs MisCon and he couldn't escape it any longer.

In both his art and his cosplay, he works mostly with sheet metal, leather, fiberglass, and paint. Most of his artwork is the old art of chasing and repousse.

He has created a number of memorable costumes, including Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Magneto, a Cylon, Stan Lee, and the Rocketeer. In creating these costumes, he uses a variety of things, including pepakura, 3D printing, metalworking, leatherworking, building small electronics for light and sound, etc.

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 the Holiday Inn. 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 person, and raising his funny daughter.

About Justin Barba

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

Chris Blazer

About Chris Blazer

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

Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patty writes books. You can find a complete list of titles elsewhere. You probably don't really care where she was born [Butte, MT] or what her favorite animal is [horse]. The list of jobs she's held over the years doesn't tell you as much about Patty as it does about which jobs were available at various times in our past. I could fill pages with various facts and tallies that detail the events of her life. Instead, I'd like to tell you a bit about who she is.

About Patricia Briggs

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

Wife and manager for artist Rob Carlos, I know a lot of the behind the scenes and business side. I am also a geek travel agent arranging travel for GoH's for a few conventions and travel anywhere in the world for conventions or geek tours.

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’s Carre writes both long and short fiction. Her work can be found in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, Pulp Literature Magazine and in a variety of collaborative works. Brenda challenges herself to write in many genres but with a harkening to native mythologies and the ‘supernatural’ Pacific Northwest where she lives. Find her at www.brendacarre.com

About Brenda Carre

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

Dan Dos Santos
Dan Dos Santos

Well known for his colorful oil paintings, most often depicting strong women, Dan dos Santos' work spans a variety of genres, including novels, comics, film and video games.

He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Activision, Boeing Aircraft, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, UpperDeck, Hasbro, DC Comics, and many, many more.

Dan has been the recipient of many awards. He is a ‘Rhodes Family Scholarship’ winner, a five time ‘Hugo Award’ Nominee for Best Artist, and has received both Gold and Silver Medals from ‘Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art’. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New

About Dan Dos Santos

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

Erik Evjen
Erik Evjen

Erik Evjen is the founder of IGRE Publishing, an independent Table Top Gaming and Entertainment Imprint. As a Game Designer, Erik is currently working on developing the Sword Land RPG System, the Iellos Campaign Setting, and has contributed a number of articles to the EN World En5ider program. As an author, Erik scribed the Songs of Ahrea series, and is currently adapting the series into an ongoing web novel and web comic.

In the past, Erik also was the President of the Sandbaggers Game Club of Great Falls, Montana. He also served as a Board of Directors Member of the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, and the Fest Hall Coordinator of the AetherCon Online RPG Convention.

About Erik Evjen

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

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

James Glass
James Glass

Jim won the Golden pen award of wotf in 1991, has published ten novels and over sixty stories in magazines and anthologies. He is a retired physics professor and dean. His most recent novel, SYNTHS, came out in November of 2018.

About James Glass

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

Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published writer for over thirty-five years. She has written conventional mysteries, hard-edged mysteries, urban fantasy, and science fiction.

Her Sookie Stackhouse books were adapted to the HBO series True Blood.

Her series "Midnight, Texas" was adapted to the NBC show of the same name. It follows the lives of the strange inhabitants of a small town in the middle of nowhere, where the concept of normal is relative. A haven for vampires, witches, psychics, hit men, and others with extraordinary backgrounds, Midnight gives outsiders a place to belong.

About Charlaine Harris

Nicole Harwood
Nicole Harwood

About Nicole Harwood

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

Mary Beth Horvath

About Mary Beth Horvath

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

For more than 20 years, Jeff worked in publishing, focusing on newspapers, magazines, blogs, and newsletters in such diverse subjects as aviation and aerospace, sports, automotive, and the outdoors. From staff writer to editor, Jeff has worked across all facets of publication production on a national and international scale.

About Jeff Howe

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. But during college, as a concession to providing herself with future food and clothing, switched her major to a technical communications degree instead. She wrote legal briefs, grant proposals, business brochures, and similar documents, but didn’t pick up a pen creatively for a decade after abandoning her poetic hubris.

In order to prove to herself that she could still write a short story, she set

About Esther Jones

Frog Jones
Frog Jones

Frog Jones writes alongside is wife, Esther Jones. Together, they appear in numerous anthologies and are the authors of The Gift of Grace series. He is also the acquisitions editor for Impulsive Walrus Books and a staff writer and podcaster for Unified Nerd Theory.

About Frog Jones

James Jones

About James Jones

MaryAlice Jones

About MaryAlice Jones

Reid Jones

About Reid 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

Dean Keith
Dean Keith

Dean has been running/playing RPGs for 30 years.

About Dean Keith

John Logan

About John Logan

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

Patty Mascia
Patty Mascia

Kids' Activities, Programming (Geek Discussion), Rainbows

About Patty Mascia

Matt McAdoo

About Matt McAdoo

Seth McClain

About Seth McClain

Byron McCoy

About Byron McCoy

Bridger Nichols

About Bridger Nichols

John D. Nilles
John D. Nilles

John resides in Montana where he operates With A Cause Productions and teaches a series of in-depth filmmaking classes. He currently has several films in various stages of development. His latest feature, Saving For The Day, is slated to be released later this year.

About John D. Nilles

Erika Noble
Erika Noble

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

About Erika Noble

Neil Norman

About Neil Norman

Lily Oliver

About Lily Oliver

Cale Patenaude

About Cale Patenaude

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 Well…It’s Your Cow, Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, Allegory, River, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine, among others. Her books include Shadow Harvest, Alien Savvy, Netwalking Space, Pledges of Honor, Challenges of Honor, and Klone’s Stronghold. Projected 2019 book publications include Beating the Apocalypse and Choices of Honor. Joyce has edited two anthologies, Pulling Up Stakes (2018), and Whimsical Beasts (2019). Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and outdoor activities.

About Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Jason Rocheleau

About Jason Rocheleau

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

The SCA

About The SCA

Greg Schneider
Greg Schneider

Greg is a life long gamer and has been running events at Miscon for the past twenty years. He has run a game store, run a gaming convention, written a gaming column, been president of a gaming club and started Black Shield Productions, a gaming event company. Greg is currently working on Fantasy Live, a live action D&D style role-playing game and will be hosting a prototype of Fantasy Live Friday and Saturday nights.

Follow Greg's gaming on Twitter @BurnBlackRose or his politics stuff @schneiderlorax

About Greg Schneider

Meagan Scruggs

About Meagan Scruggs

Keith Seyffarth
Keith Seyffarth

An experienced gamer and GM, having run long-term campaigns in multiple systems, I've been role-playing since 1983, and running games since 1986. Of course, those first games were pretty off the wall and unstructured - so nothing's really changed.

About Keith Seyffarth

Lee Stahl

About Lee Stahl

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 nationally knows award winning artist and creator/visionary. He has a 30 year career as a professional artist and was Miscon30 Artist Guest of Honor.

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. The sequel is The Ultra Big Sleep. He has sold stories to the anthology Unfettered III, 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's been a high school teacher for 35 years. He lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his son Orion.

About Patrick Swenson

Krista Wallace
Krista Wallace

Krista writes novel length and short fiction, primarily in the fantasy genre, but also dabbles in science fiction, crime and romance. She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC. Her story "To Serve and Protect" appears in the Aurora-nominated 49th Parallels anthology, (Bundoran Press), and she also has work in Pulp Literature and Electric Spec. She has been a finalist in several contests (SiWC, PNWA, Colorado Gold), and won a couple of them (Pulp Literature, Fraser Valley Writers). Her theatre background has led her to being Musical Director for highschool productions (Rent, In the Heights, Anything Goes, etc.), to co-create a play with her husband and two offspring in the Victoria

About Krista Wallace

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.

About Lacy Zee