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Each year Geek.Kon brings in Anime, Gaming, and Science Fiction guests. Guests include voice actors, authors, game developers, artists, and more.
Bill Bodden
Bill Bodden
Bill Bodden is a wholesale sales rep for Green Ronin Publishing, as well as a freelance writer. He's done writing work for Mongoose Publishing, the Black Library/Games Workshop, Madison Magazine, Fantasy Flight Games, Scrye magazine, Avalanche Press, Knucklebones magazine, Game Cryer.com, Chaosium, Geek Monthly magazine and Green Ronin Publishing. He is currently a game reviewer Amrchairgeneral.com, Flames Rising.com and ICv2's quarterly Guide to Games.
Troy Denning
Troy Denning
Troy Denning is the author of the New York Times bestselling Star Wars®: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star and thirty additional novels.

Troy entered the adventure gaming industry after graduating from Wisconsin’s Beloit College with BAs in Sociology and English Composition. He started as an editor at TSR Hobbies, then quickly moved into TSR’s design department. Over the next ten years he served as a creative supervisor for several game companies (TSR, Pacesetter, and Mayfair), and designed more than two dozen game titles, including the Black Morn Manor board game (a GAMES 100 selection) and the Dark Sun role-playing world (with Tim Brown).

Troy launched his fiction career with the New York Times bestseller Waterdeep. His work since then includes novels such as the groundbreaking Prism Pentad (the first Dark Sun series), Pages of Pain and Star Wars®: Tatooine Ghost. He has also written for Ace Science Fiction’s Combat Command series.

Troy is a veteran shared worlds writer, contributing dozens of novels and games to settings such as THE FORGOTTEN REALMS, DARK SUN, PLANESCAPE, and Star Wars. A native of Colorado, Troy currently lives with his wife, Andria, in western Wisconsin. Star Wars®: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex is his latest book.
Matt Forbeck
Matt Forbeck
Matt Forbeck has been a full-time creator of award-winning games and fiction since 1989. He has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games, board games, and toys, and has written novels, short fiction, comic books, motion comics, nonfiction, magazine articles, and computer game scripts and stories for companies including Angry Robot, ArenaNet, Del Rey, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster, Atari, Tor.com, Wired.com, Boom! Studios, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, WizKids, Mattel, IDW, Image Comics, and Playmates Toys. His latest novels — the critically acclaimed science fiction thriller Amortals and urban fantasy Vegas Knights — are on sale now. For more about him and his work, visit Forbeck.com.
Jim Frenkel
James Frenkel is a Senior Editor for Tom Doherty Associates. A native New Yorker, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook In 1971. He has worked in publishing since shortly after that. His editorial career has included stops at various publishers, including stints at Dell Publishing and Grosset & Dunlap. He was the funder and publisher of Bluejay Books Inc., an independent publisher in the mid-1980s. He has edited science fiction and fantasy since 1971, and continues to do so. He also edits sundry other fiction and non-fiction, as he has throughout his career. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with SF author Joan D. Vinge. They have two grown children.
Jerry Jewell
Jerry Jewell
Jerry is excited to be making his first appearance at Geek.Kon. It is also his first trip to Wisconsin!

He can be heard as; Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket), Jimmy Kudo (Case Closed), Taira (Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad), Barry the Chopper (Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Achemist: Brotherhood), Happiness Bunny (Shin-Chan), Russia (Hetalia), Rin Tsuchimi (Shuffle), Lau (Black Butler), Zellman Clock (Black Blood Brothers), Dio (Casshern Sins), Tony Frost (Blue Gender), Suzaku (Yu Yu Hakusho), Jin (Yu Yu Hakusho), and Akito Hayama (Kodocha).

His voice can also be heard in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT, Black Cat, Ouran High School Host Club, One Piece, Tsubasa, Trinity Blood, Soul Eater and a lot of other things that he may or may not remember or admit.

Jerry is very honored to have had the opportunity to work with a very talented and dedicated group of people at FUNimation, that take the quality of what they do very seriously. Well...seriously enough.
John Kovalic
John Kovalic
USA Today called John Kovalic a “hot pick.” His creations include the multi-award-winning comic Dork Tower, as well as Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink, Snapdragons, and many other features. His work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times and Rolling Stone to Dragon Magazine. John is co-founder and co-owner of Out of the Box Games, and is a frequent conributor to the madness that is Steve Jackson Games. John has illustrated more than 2,500 cards for the Munchkin game, which must be some kind of record somewhere... John has illustrated more than 100 games and supplements, and is also responsible for toys such as My Little Cthulhu and Mythos Buddies. John was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in July 2003, the first cartoonist to receive such an honor. John calls Madison home. It never calls back.
Matt McElroy
Matt M McElroy is a professional within the gaming industry. He is the Publisher Relations Manager at DriveThruRPG.com, working with publishers such as White Wolf, Fantasy Flight Games, Chaosium and more. His award-winning horror webzine FlamesRising.com features reviews, interviews and previews of games, fiction and comics. Matt's publications include Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas from 12 to Midnight and Tales of the Seven Dogs Society from Abstract Nova.
Aaron Pavao
Aaron Pavao
Aaron Pavao started his career in geekery as a child playing D&D with the babysitter, and sold his first game (Live Role-Playing Chess) as a teen. Since then, he has been involved in many aspects of gaming. He has run campaign-style LARPs, designed board, card, and role-playing games, run a game company, and yes, bought games just to read them. His most recent work includes a card game and expansions licensed to Atlas Games and freelance work in over a dozen titles for Catalyst Game Labs.
David Salo
David Salo
David Salo is the author of A Gateway to Sindarin, a description of J.R.R. Tolkien's Grey-elven language, and is a longtime student of all of Tolkien's invented languages. He is the moderator of the Elfling mailing list on yahoogroups for the discussion of Tolkien's languages and linguistic writings, and was the linguistic advisor for the Lord of the Rings films. He is currently doing language-related work on The Hobbit.
Sonny Strait
Sonny Strait
Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragonball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.

As a voice actor, Sonny is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. Besides Dragonball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.

As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. Sonny is considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.

In 2007 Sonny wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.

Currently Sonny is reprising his roles in both the new Dragonball Z and Full Metal Alchemist series and plays the title role in the Xbox game S’plosion Man. Sonny also began illustrating Marvel Comic’s sketch cards recently for Rittenhouse and fetches ebay prices up to $800 per card for his depictions of Marvel’s superheroes.
Monica Valentinelli
Monica Valentinelli
Monica Valentinelli is a professional author and game designer. Described as a "force of nature" by her peers, Monica is best known for her work in the horror, dark fantasy and science fiction genres and has been published through Abstract Nova Press, Eden Studios, White Wolf Publishing, Apex Magazine and others. Recent publications include: SCENES OF THE EMBRACE from White Wolf Publishing and "The Saint, the Pickpocket and the Manticore" from Pill Hill Press for their DAILY BITES OF FLESH anthology. She is also a developer of the HACK/SLASH card game based on the horror comic by Tim Seeley.
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