Kate Elliott – Pro Guest of Honor
Born in Iowa, Kate Elliott grew up in rural Oregon and learned to clean out stalls and shovel out manure early, thus preparing her for adult life. Over an almost thirty year career she has published twenty five novels (SO FAR), one collaborative novel (with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson), and a short fiction collection. She’s been a nominee for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Norton, and Locus Awards, and her novel Black Wolves won Best Epic Fantasy Novel in the RT 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Her spouse’s work as an archaeologist has allowed the family to live in Mexico and in Denmark and to travel, and finally forced her to move to Hawaii where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.
Her web site is HERE.
And the all important essay “Where Should I Start With Your Novels” (boy band style) can be found HERE.
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “the great Luke Ski” to be his radio program’s “Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century”. Since then, he held onto that title by having songs on “The Dr. Demento Show’s” annual year-end “Funny 25” countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 15 years in a row, including four of them at #1. His song parodies, originals, stand-up and sketches about pop culture phenomena made him a favorite performer at science-fiction and fandom conventions all across the Midwest and beyond. He’s released eleven albums and a DVD over the past twenty+ years, many of which feature collaborations and cameos by his fellow comedy musicians of the Funny Music Project, a.k.a. the FuMP dot com. He has won two awards for Outstanding Parody Song at the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards For Excellence In Comedy Music. He has performed at San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, Dragon*Con, WorldCon, NASFIC, Creation’s 40th Anniversary Star Trek Convention, GenCon Indy, Origins, Nerdapalooza, Orlando Nerd Fest, and many more. He also is the chair of the comedy music track at MarsCon in the Twin Cities, and the co-chair of FuMPFeST in Chicago. Luke Ski currently lives in Burbank, California where he works as a writer, storyboarder, and voice-over artist on the Cartoon Network Original series “Mighty MagiSwords”.
His website is HERE
Nisi Shawl – Fan Guest of Honor
Nisi Shawl co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, the go-to instructional text on representing characters of differing racial, religious, sexual, etc. backgrounds. She’s a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit supporting the presence of people of color in the fantastic genres. Her story collection Filter House co-won the 2009 Jame Tiptree Jr. Award, and her 2016 debut novel Everfair was a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, and Campbell awards. Though she now lives in Seattle Nisi is a native Michigander, and the first science fiction convention she attended was ConFusion 101.
Learn more about her work HERE
Follow her on Twitter via @NisiShawl
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