Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana


MisCon is a 4-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, and horror that takes over the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown every Memorial Day Weekend.

Through discussion panels, hangouts, games, readings, craft demos, and workshops, we bring fans together with authors, artists, game designers, actors, costumers, and other professionals in the world of speculative fiction.

View and buy art from our Art Show, watch our film festival submissions, participate in our Costume Pageant, play RPGs, board games, and Magic the Gathering, and check out Merchants' Row. Whatever your interests, MisCon has something to fascinate, educate and entertain you.


MisCon 38 Mini Painting Contest

MisCon 38 Mini Painting Contest

MisCon 38 Miniature Painting Contest
Bring a miniature down to the Art Show and get registered in both your class and your mini’s category. We’ll put your handiwork on display until Sunday when we meet up in the Artist’s Corner in the Dungeon and reveal the winners of each category.

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MisCon 38 Guests of Honor

Stan! Brown, Gaming Guest of Honor
Stan! Brown

Stan! is the author of numerous short stories, novels, roleplaying products, comics and cartoons. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games, an editor and game designer for TSR, Inc., and an author, senior game designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast. He has also been the creative content manager at Upper Deck Entertainment.

Stan! has worked on a variety of role-playing titles, including Paranoia, Dragonlance, Marvel Super Heroes, Ravenloft, and Forgotten Realms, as well as being a principal designer for d20 Modern. He is also the author of two novels published by Wizards of the Coast.

About Stan! Brown

Paul Jenkins, Special Guest of Honor
Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins is a British born comic writer who lives in Atlanta, GA. He began his career at Mirage Studios working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jenkins has written some of the biggest characters for Marvel and DC Comics, including Spider-Man, Batman, Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and Hellblazer. He is best known for reviving The Inhumans as part of Marvel Knights and creating the Sentry for Marvel Comics. He also writes for video games on hits like The Darkness, Incredible Hulk, and God of War.

About Paul Jenkins

Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Author Guest of Honor
Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Over the past four decades, Nebula and Stoker Award-winning writer Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, novellas, and more than 400 short stories. Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards.

Nina does production work for the The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She teaches fantasy, science fiction, and horror short story classes through Wordcrafters in Eugene and Fairfield County Writers' Studio. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with two cats and a mannequin.

For a list of Nina's publications, check out: http://ofearna.us/books/hoffman.html.

About Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Cait May, Artist Guest of Honor
Cait May

Cait May is an illustrator, Balti-Moron, purveyor of poisonous plants, and absolute super nerd. She is obsessed with cryptozoology, D&D, ghost stories, and all things that go bump in the night. She has worked with Dimension20, The Adventure Zone and Critical Role; and has been published in The Atlantic, Vengeful Ghost, and Cryptid Culture Magazine. Her graphic novel "Another Kind" debuted October, 2021. She wants to tell stories that appeal to all ages and help readers face the crazy world we live in using their personal superpowers.

About Cait May

Steven K Smith, Cosplay Guest of Honor
Steven K Smith

Steven K. Smith, also known online as SKS Props, is an award-winning artist, fabricator, and owner of SKS Prop and Costume Supply. While he makes and sells professional-grade cosplay props and replica costumes, his goal is to teach people the techniques and fundamentals they need to create their own props and costumes.

Steve has uploaded over 200 instructional cosplay and prop videos to his Youtube channel, SKS Props, and is active in various Facebook cosplay communities.

About Steven K Smith

Jeff Grubb, Gaming Guest of Honor
Jeff Grubb

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

About Jeff Grubb

MisCon 38 Featured Professionals

Jeff Sturgeon, Artist
Jeff Sturgeon

Jeff Sturgeon is a northwest artist known for his beautiful, award-winning metal paintings. His career spans over thirty years, coming up through the ranks as a young fan artist in the 80s to being hired in the first wave of computer game artists in the late 80s/early 90s. A long career in the 90s as an artist, animator, concept artist, lead artist, game designer, and art director followed most notably for Electronic Arts. He continued to paint and display his work at science fiction conventions around the country and created new cover and interior work for clients such as Harper Collins Publishing and NASA JPL.

About Jeff Sturgeon

Todd Lockwood, Artist/Author
Todd Lockwood

Todd Lockwood is an illustrator and author, whose work has appeared on NY Times best-selling novels, magazines, video games, collectible card games, and fantasy role-playing games. It has been honored with multiple appearances in Spectrum and the Communication Arts Illustration Annual, and with numerous industry awards. Always known for the narrative power of his paintings, Todd's debut novel, "The Summer Dragon" was released by DAW Books to rave reviews, named by B&N and Amazon both on their shortlist of "Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels of the Year." View his art at http://www.toddlockwood.com or get chummy at https://www.facebook.com/artoftoddlockwood

About Todd Lockwood

Jim Wright, Artist/Author
Jim Wright

Jim Wright is a retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer and freelance writer. He lives in Floridaa where he watches American politics in a perpetual state of amused disgust. He's been called the Tool of Satan, but he prefers the title: Satan's Designated Driver. He is the mind behind Stonekettle Station. You can follow him on Twitter @stonekettle, or you can join the boisterous bunch he hosts on Facebook at Facebook/Stonekettle. Remember to bring brownies and mind the white cat, he bites. Hard.

About Jim Wright

Cosplaimee , Cosplayer

Cosplaimee is a Pacific Northwest Cosplayer who has been cosplaying for 10 years. She has won multiple awards for both cosplay performance and craftsmanship. She enjoys hosting events, panels, and meeting new people at con.

About Cosplaimee

David Gerrold, Author
David Gerrold

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

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

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

About David Gerrold

Dragon Dronet, Hollywood Special Effects Designer
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 Spiderman No Way Home, Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, 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).

About Dragon Dronet

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MisCon Theme

Our theme changes every year. The yearly theme influences panel topics, invited guests, decoration, and sometimes convention-wide events. We encourage guests, members, and attendees to take each year's theme to heart, and let it influence your thoughts of, and preparation for, MisCon each year.

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest

Laughter through the trees, rustling leaves, then silence.

Was it a goblin? A korok? Totoro?

Mist clings to the ruins of a cottage built of gingerbread and decorated with candy, making the sun an almost-forgotten memory. It's safe enough here, I think, if the oven isn’t lit.

You’d never know this used to be a convention hotel with a nice normal park behind it.

I still remember the time before the fairies returned to claim MisCon, when sunlight was bright, days were long, and bargains didn't

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