Geek Discussion Guests, Pros, and Panelists
Discuss anything and everything related to science fiction, fantasy, or horror. This includes Opening and Closing Ceremonies and 2 kinds of panels: 1. Panelist led discussions of topics, and 2. Group discussions of topics. Come have fun talking about cool stuff.
- Missoula Ministry of Magic
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Klarissa Davis
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Cheryl Glenn
Cheryl Glenn is 30 year veteran of federal law enforcement.
- Tony Gregori
professional comic book artist and illustrator
- 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.
- 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 .
- Sierra Dawn Holt
- 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!
- 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.
- MaryAlice 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
- 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
- Rebekah Leib
Rebekah Leib is a medievalist & historical re-creationist specializing in the Norse Viking era & Bronze Age Scythian cultures.
- John Logan
- Matt McAdoo
- 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,
- Pat Nelson
- 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. .
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.