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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Josie Beaudoin
- 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!
- Chris Blazer
- 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
- 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
- Dragon Dronet
Dragon Dronet is a weapon specialist, armorer, actor, prop master, and Sith Lord who has worked in Hollywood for decades. He appears as Darth Malgus from the video game Star Wars the Old Republic.
Dragon has build props for tv shows and movies such as Heroes, Lost, True Blood, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Total Recall, RoboCop 2, Batman Returns, Eraser, Alien: Resurrection, MacGyver, Alien Nation, Space Rangers, The X-Files, Babylon 5, and Earth 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: First Contact, (among many others).
- 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.
- David Gerrold
- 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.
- Cheryl Glenn
Cheryl Glenn is 30 year veteran of federal law enforcement.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 .
- 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.
- Sierra Dawn Holt
- 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.
- 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.
- James Jones
- 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
- Brent Kellmer
I'm a former professional historian, who gave it up for the untold riches of the writing field. In the daytime, I work with artificial intelligence, while at night I write science fiction and fantasy.
- Rebekah Leib
Rebekah Leib is a medievalist & historical re-creationist specializing in the Norse Viking era & Bronze Age Scythian cultures.
- John Logan
- 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.
- Patty Mascia
Kids' Activities, Programming (Geek Discussion), Rainbows
- Matt McAdoo
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson is a local artist and body painter.
- 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
- 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.
- Emmett Worthey
Medieval combat & history enthusiast, gamer, amateur experimental archaeologist.