Guests Confirmed for 2015
Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). He's been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls, writes before six in the morning and tries to teach his three kids to act like they’ve been to town before. His novels include WISP OF A THING, THE HUM AND THE SHIVER, HE DRANK AND SAW THE SPIDER, and THE GIRLS WITH GAMES OF BLOOD.
A freelance writer since 2001, Bill has done most of his writing work in the tabletop games industry, with published work for such companies as Modiphius Entertainment, Onyx Path Publishing, Green Ronin Publishing, Margaret Weis Productions, Games Workshop/Black Library, Fantasy Flight Games, and Mongoose Publishing. Bill has more recently worked on writing fiction, with publishing credits "A Quiet House in the Country from Haunted: Eleven Tales of Ghostly Horror (Flames Rising Press, 2011) and "In the Shadow of His Glory" from Sidekicks! (Alliteration Ink, 2013). Check out Bill's website and weekly blog: www.billbodden.com
Emma Bull’s reputation was made with her first novel, War for the Oaks, the story of a musician caught up in a battle by the forces of Faerie for control of Minneapolis. Her third, Bone Dance, was the first book to be a finalist for the Hugo, the Nebula, the Philip K. Dick, and the World Fantasy Award―no one can decide whether it should be shelved under science fiction or fantasy. She was part of Cats Laughing, a psychedelic roots-jazz-rock band that included novelists Steven Brust and Adam Stemple, and the Flash Girls, an acoustic goth-folk duo that won the 1995 Minnesota Music Award for Best World Folk Group. She is the producer for Shadow Unit, a webfiction project she shares with Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly, Leah Bobet, Holly Black, Amanda Downum, and others. And yes, for everyone who asks, she is working on a sequel to Territory, her novel set in Tombstone in 1881.
In her spare time, Emma knits, runs, bicycles, and watches way too much genre TV.
Jan is a Director, Producer, public speaker, storyteller, multi-media artist, art/creativity educator, translator and Japanese animation industry veteran who has been an invited industry guest speaker at over 250 anime, sci-fi, and comics conventions as well as visual media and broadcasting tradeshows.
Jan worked at studios such as Artland (Genocyber, Bubblegum Crash) and Production IG (Ghost in the Shell, Blood), worked freelance with many other studios and had own animation studio, in Thailand. Jan has written textbooks, magazine articles, technical manuals and screenplays, translated manga. Her work has been published in 8 languages. She also founded and produced two albums for non-profit Voices For.
Tiffany Grant is excited to attend her first Geek.Kon! Best known as Asuka in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Tiffany was the first anime voice actor hired in Texas [Feb. 1994].
She’s voiced characters in 1400+ TV episodes, OVAs & movies including AZUMANGA DAIOH (Kaorin), CHRONO CRUSADE (Satella), BLUE SEED (Kome), GOLDEN BOY (Madame President), FMP? FUMOFFU (Bonta-kun), GODANNAR (Shizuru), FULL METAL ALCHEMIST (Marta), MABURAHO (Kuriko), ONE PIECE (Nojiko), THE WALLFLOWER (Auntie), TEARS TO TIARA (Morgan) and TSUBASA RESERVOIR CHRONICLES (Ashura). Video game credits: UNLIMITED SAGA, DEUS EX II: INVISIBLE WAR. Recent projects include FAIRY TALE (movie), LITTLE BUSTERS, EVANGELION 3.33, INFINITE STRATOS 2 and the live-action BIG BAD MAMA-SAN movies.
Ms. Grant has adapted English dubbing scripts for TV series such as ANGELIC LAYER, HELLO KITTY'S ANIMATION THEATER, MABURAHO, AH! MY GODDESS 2, THE WALLFLOWER, INFINITE STRATOS, and TEARS TO TIARA, as well as scripts for several subtitled projects including MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live-action TOKYO - THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.
Additionally, Tiffany contributed to the albums "Voices for Peace" and "Voices for Tolerance" www.voicesfor.org. Profits benefit charities like Doctors Without Borders. CDs and downloads: www.cdbaby.com & iTunes.
Non-anime work includes ARLINGTON ROAD (w/Jeff Bridges) and indie films LAUGHING BOY, DEAD OF KNIGHT & LARS THE EMO KID. Tiffany has years of experience in theatre and commercials and an incurable Hello Kitty addiction! For more, visit http://tiffanygrant.eva-r.com
With over 1200 films and TV episodes to his credit, Matt Greenfield has been writing, directing and producing both animated and live-action programming (plus the occasional comic book) since the dawn of time. His work has been distributed internationally by--among others--ADV Films, Anime Network, FUNimation, Happy Carrot, Madman Entertainment, Maiden Japan, Media Blasters, Sentai Filmworks, Section 23, SoftCel Pictures, Switchblade Pictures and Syren. Born in California, he escaped at an early age and spent his formative years wandering the country, absorbing cartoons, science fiction novels and horror movies like a sponge--knowledge he now squeezes out with a modified colander in order to make a living.
Married to the lovely and vivacious Tiffany Grant (who proofed this bio), a VERY brief list of career highlights includes NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, BATTLE ANGEL, GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE, the Godzilla classic DESTROY ALL MONSTERS and hundreds of other anime hits like BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040, EXCEL SAGA, GANTZ, GODANNAR, GOLDEN BOY, GUNSMITH CATS, MACROSS, NADESICO, NOIR, SPRIGGAN, PRINCESS NINE, TEARS TO TIARA and RAHXEPHON.
And that's not counting managing distribution of such mega-titles as Gene Roddenberry's ANDROMEDA & EARTH FINAL CONFLICT, BEASTMASTER, MEGAMAN, MUTANT X, REBOOT, ROBOTECH, SHADOW RAIDERS/WAR PLANETS, SAILOR MOON, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, STREET FIGHTER 2 (UK) and... we're running out of space, so here are some of his most recent projects: INFINITE STRATOS 2 and BIG BAD MAMA-SAN. Plus, his new company, Kraken Releasing, recently released three classic GODZILLA movies!
Contrary to rumor, his favorite hobbies are NOT eating babies or torturing voice actors (although the latter does make his top ten).
Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic book artist currently providing artwork for the science fiction comic series Parallel Man, due out later in 2014. Most of Chris’ work in recent years has been penciling for DC Comics, including penciling, inking and interiors and covers for Young Justice, based on the hit Cartoon Network animated TV series. He was also the regular penciler on The Batman Strikes. Other DC Comics credits include Batman '66, Justice League Adventures, Batman & Robin, Day of Judgment and the cult series Young Heroes in Love. His work for Marvel Comics includes Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Marvel Superhero Squad. His other comics include the comic book adaptation of Re-Animator, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, Kolchak: Fever Pitch, and he is also the co-creator of Dr. Blink Superhero Shrink with writer/cartoonist John Kovalic.
Chris enjoys a second career as the Chief Creative Officer for CONvergence, the world’s largest fan-run science fiction convention. Chris co-founded the convention in 1998, and served on the parent organization’s Board of Directors for the first 14 years of its life, and has created a wealth of artwork for organization, most of which features the convention mascot Connie.
Chris currently resides in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where he is surrounded by talented friends who seduce him into more projects he doesn’t have time for – including improv, sketch comedy and voice acting.
Matt M McElroy is the Director of Publishing for DriveThruRPG.com and related sites. Here, he works with publishers to deliver your favorite RPGs in digital and print editions. 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. Matt is also a freelance developer of games, primarily working with Onyx Path Publishing on the Vampire: the Masquerade and Hunter: the Vigil RPGs.
Once Upon A Time...
Late one night, 30 years ago, a legend was born ---Ned the Dead took to the airwaves of Northeast Wisconsin (and the UP!!!).With his impeccable timing, barking enthusiasm, and plank spanking, he soon became a Saturday night "must see" for the B-movie horror fans of Northeast Wisconsin. From "Chiller Theater", to "Ned the Dead's Demented Drive-in", back to "Chiller Theater", and finally "The Ned the Dead Show starring Doc Moreau", Saturday nights always held something really good from really bad movies.
Enter Kenobi-Wan!!!! He is truly the rarest of blends-- a technical wizard with the timing and soul of an artist. He took the versions (often as many as 4!!!) of a show that had been "marked up" by Doc, and edited, corrected, and sweetened them into one perfectly crazy presentation. And now, with his proficiency in all things technical, he has arranged and maintains http://nedthedead.vidmeup.com/ a free streaming site where all of the Nedheads can get their fix of lunacy at any time.
Aaron Pavao sold his first game (Live Role-Playing Chess) as a teen. He is now an educator and game designer, spending his time using one discipline to improve the other. He uses his experiences writing tabletop games, running large campaign LARPs, consulting on computer games, and owning a game company in both the games industry and the classroom. He has been known to buy games just to read them, has a pretty good singing voice, has been in the same conversation with James Gee for a full hour, and loves games, teaching, and the intersection between the two: creative learning.
Will Shetterly, author Dogland, Elsewhere, and other stories, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his beloved wife, Emma Bull, and the two cats who rule them, Toby and Barnabas.
Mark Stegbauer is a 20+ year veteran of the comic book industry. He has inked numerous comics for Marvel, DC, Image, and Moonstone on such titles as Spider-Man, Avengers, Flash, JLA, Badger, and the Phantom.
He is the Illustrator of the DIY Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse from Hanson Press.
His current projects include, SURVIVAL, an urban zombie tale written by Russell Lissau, and Dr Goyle, his creator owned all-ages comic.
Find him on the web at www.steg-art.com.
Monica Valentinelli writes stories, games, essays, and comics for media/tie-in properties and her original works from her studio in the Midwest. She’s a former musician of 20+ years and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Creative Writing program who now writes full-time. Recently, Monica has filled the shoes of lead developer and writer for the line of Firefly RPG books based on the Firefly TV show by Joss Whedon. Her sanity is kept by her two cats, water frog, bettafish, and her long-time partner. When she’s not obsessing about deadlines, she designs jewelry and dabbles in other artistic endeavors. For more about Monica, visit www.mlvwrites.com. - See more at: http://www.mlvwrites.com/monica-valentinelli-biography#sthash.9uIrRxA6.dpuf
Greg Weisman (BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C.) has been a storyteller all his life. His first professional work was as an Associate Editor and Freelance Writer for DC Comics, where he worked on the Captain Atom title, among others.
Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996. He rose through the ranks to become Director of Series Development for the division, working on such diverse properties as Darkwing Duck, Gummi Bears, TaleSpin, Bonkers, Raw Toonage, Duck Tales the Movie, Aladdin the Series and The Mighty Ducks, among others.
In 1991, Greg and his team created and developed a new series for Disney: GARGOYLES. Greg left his position as an executive to become the Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of the first 66 episodes of that series. In 1996, Greg left Disney for DreamWorks Television Animation, where he also developed numerous projects.
In October of '98, Greg left DreamWorks to become a full-time Freelance Writer, Story Editor, Producer, Voice Director and Voice Actor. He has written scripts for Men In Black, Disney's Hercules, Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Mummy, Kim Possible, The Batman, Alien Racers, Ben Ten, Bionicle: Mask of Light, Legion of Super Heroes, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, RescueBots, Kaijudo, Octonauts, Beware the Batman, Transformers Prim and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others.
He has written and story edited for Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, and he produced, wrote and story edited on both Max Steel and W.I.T.C.H. He has also voice directed the original DVD Movie, Atlantis: Milo's Return and the English dub of the Japanese anime video series 3x3 Eyes.
More recently, Greg wrote the new Gargoyles and Gargoyles: Bad Guys comic books for SLG Publishing plus an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, all while producing, writing, story editing and voice acting for Sony’s The Spectacular Spider-Man. He then moved over to Warner Bros., where he wrote the Green Arrow direct-to-DVD short for DC Showcase and produced, story edited, wrote and voice acted on the new Warner Bros./DC Comics/Cartoon Network series, Young Justice, as well as co-writing the companion Young Justice monthly comic book for DC.
Greg is a writer and Executive Producer on the first season of Star Wars Rebels for Lucasfilm and Disney. His first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, was published last year, and its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam, arrived in bookstores on July 8, 2014.
Greg is blessed to have a wonderful wife and two great teenagers.
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