Each year Geek.Kon brings in Anime, Gaming and Science Fiction guests. Guests include voice actors, authors, game developers, artists and more! Check back throughout the year as we unveil our guest list for 2013!
'By day, an aloof, billionaire, philanthropist, gamer playboy. However, when night falls and the city's villainous element come out to play, he dons cape and cowl and valiantly... sits in his office drawing cartoons. For the internet.
For the last ten years he has been the author and artist of Ctrl+Alt+Del, a comic strip about video games and the gamers that play them, as well as an animated series by the same name.
Matt Forbeck has been a full-time creator of award-winning games and fiction since 1989, designing games and toys and writing stories of all sorts. He has twenty-three novels published to date, including the award-nominated Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon and the critically acclaimed Amortals and Vegas Knights. His latest work includes the Magic: The Gathering comic book, the MMOs Marvel Heroes and Ghost Recon Online, and his novel The Con Job, based on the TV show Leverage. For more about him and his work, visit Forbeck.com.
Bridget Landry was educated as a chemist and planetary scientist, trained as an engineer, and has worked in spacecraft operations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for more than 20 years. Most of her career has been in what is known as sequencing: building sets of commands that are sent to and stored on the spacecraft to execute the bulk of the spacecraft activities over a specific period of time. She has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the joint US-French oceanographic Earth-orbiter Topex, the (wildly successful!) Mars Pathfinder project, the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Dawn mission to the main asteroid belt. Ms. Landry is currently a team member of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, where she supports the orbiter's mission and relay for both currently functioning Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity.
Ms. Landry takes great interest in the advancement of women in technical fields, and the helps and bars to their progress, as well as in the problem of sparking and maintaining girls' early interest in science and math. In her technical hat, she has been on science-related panels at WorldCons, local, and regional conventions and has been a Science GoH at several regional cons, as well as participating in outreach activities outside the fannish community.
With the other side of her brain, Ms. Landry is a Master Level costumer with a twisted sense of humor, (google "Strauss Waltz Assault Team"), and a fondness for ST:TOS. She has been on panels and won Masquerade awards from the local to the WorldCon level.
Matt M McElroy is the Director of Marketing for DriveThruRPG.com, DriveThruComics.com, and other related sites. Here, he works with companies like White Wolf Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, and many more to deliver RPGs, comics, games, and genre fiction to fans around the world. A long-time horror, dark fantasy, and dark science fiction fan, he is also the owner of Flames Rising Press which publishes the type of fiction and games he loves. Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror, an award winning anthology, is Flames Rising's most popular book in its current catalog.
Matt also occasionally dabbles in freelance writing and editing in the role-playing game industry. Currently, he is working on supplements for Vampire: the Masquerade and Hunter: the Vigil.
Wisconsin author John Jackson Miller has written many media-related novels, graphic novels, and games. He is the author of three Star Wars novels from Del Rey including the national bestseller Star Wars: Knight Errant and the just-released Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith; his hardcover novel Star Wars: Kenobi, focusing on the early days of Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine, releases in September.
He has also written more than a dozen graphic novels for Dark Horse, including three Knight Errant comics volumes, ten Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic volumes, and for 2013, a Lost Tribe of the Sith comics volume. He also writes for Bart Simpson for Bongo Comics, and has written three Mass Effect comics volumes.
With a master's in comparative politics from Louisiana State University, he's sought to play on international and political elements in his fiction and games. His other comics work includes titles such as Marvel Comics' Iron Man and Crimson Dynamo, and he also wrote the comics adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His fiction website is www.farawaypress.com.
In non-fiction, his research specialties include studies into comic-book circulation history, which in 2002 spawned the first of four Standard Catalog of Comic Books volumes. He has also edited magazines including Comics Buyer's Guide, Comics & Games Retailer, and Scrye: The Guide to Collectible Card Games, serving also as Collectibles Editorial Director and later, Interactive Media Editorial Director for F+W Publications. Since that time, he has continued his research interests on his website, The Comics Chronicles, where he maintains the world's largest database of comic-book sales figures. He has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, Wisconsin Public Radio, and many major newspapers and magazines.
For more than a decade, anime has had a fan in Ryan Reynolds. Needless to say, when she got the opportunity to do some voice work at Funimation Entertainment it was like a dream come true for her. Ryan's big break came when she was given the chance to voice Latvia in a little show called Hetalia - Axis Powers. Since then she has voiced such characters as Amarty in the second season of Spice & Wolf, the younger version of Gray Fullbuster in Fairy Tail, Toto Sakigami in Deadman Wonderland, Mikihisa in Level E, and Yoshiko Mikami in Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts. Along with voice acting, Ryan also works as a Graphic Designer for an advertising agency in Dallas, Texas.
Alexis Tipton has been a Voice Actor for FUNimation Entertainment since late 2008. She has been in over 40 titles and has voiced roles such as Julia Chrichton in Full Metal Alchemist: The Star of Milos, Yomi Isayama in Ga-Rei: Zero, Musubi in Sekirei, Sun Seto in My Bride is a Mermaid, Moka Akashiya in Rosario+Vampire, Yuki Saegusa in Dance in the Vampire Bund, Mizuki Himeji in Baka and Test, and many more both announced and unannounced. Alexis has also provided vocals for character songs and a few of FUNimation's trailers. On top of voice work, Alexis has been an active cosplayer for the past eight years and has been featured in a handful of magazines as well as the book Cosplay in America.
An author, blogger, pop culture writer and game designer that writes about pirates, gangsters, Jedi, dragons, zombies and whatever else pays. He is most well-known for his work on Firefly RPG, Star Wars Saga Edition, Shadowrun and CAMELOT Trigger. Other projects include work on Honor and Intrigue, Edge of Midnight, Hillfolk, Our Last Best Hope, 7th Sea/Swashbuckling Adventures, Night's Black Agents and 13th Age. His online presence includes multiple game blogs, interviews and articles for The Onion AV Club. He lives in scenic Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, who has many more skills useful for the zombie apocalypse.
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