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We are currently talking to a number of potential guests from around the Westercon region and have proudly announced the following Guests of Honor thus far:
Our Artist GoH is Julie Dillon.
Julie Dillon is a freelance sci-fi and fantasy artist whose work has earned her two Hugo Awards, four Chesley awards and a World Fantasy Award nomination.
She has done work for a wide range of clients, including Simon & Schuster, Tor Books, Penguin Books, Wizards of the Coast, Popular Science magazine, Subterranean Press, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Paizo Publishing and Dark Horse Comics. Colorful and vibrant, her artwork combines the fantastic with the mundane in a way that stirs the imagination and encourages the viewer to create their own stories.
Julie currently lives in Northern California, where she enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, and volunteering at a local equine rescue.
Here's a link to Julie Dillon's website.
Our Local Artist GoH is Tom Deadstuff.
Tom makes stuff.
Here's a link to Tom Deadstuff's website.
Our Special Artist GoH is Larry Elmore.
Larry has been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years. After two years in the service, he got a job at Fort Knox, Kentucky as an illustrator. In addition, he started freelancing at home and was published in a few magazines, including Heavy Metal and National Lampoon.
Eventually, he was contacted by TSR Inc, the company that produced the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and he went to work there from 1981 to 1987. While at TSR, he helped set the standards of gaming art in the role-playing genre. Besides creating covers for Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D;, Star Frontiers and other gaming books, he created SnarfQuest Tales for the company's Dragon Magazine. He may be best known for his work with the world of Dragonlance, exemplified by the covers of the Dragonlane book series.
Since 1987, he's been working as a freelance illustrator, creating covers for comics, computer games, magazines, fantasy and science fiction books and many other projects. He's worked for other publishers such as Baen Books, Bantam, Warner Books, Ace/Berkley, Doubleday, and Del Rey. I am also the co-author of Runes of Autumn and creator of the Sovereign Stone series. In the gaming and comic industries, he has freelanced for TSR, Inc, FASA, Mayfair Games, Game Designer's Workshop, White Wolf, Iron Crown Enterprises, Dragon Magazine, Amazing Magazine, Wizard Press, DC Comics, First Comics, Eclipse Comics and Frank Frazetta's Fantasy Illustrated.
Here's a link to Larry Elmore's website.
Our Local Author GoH is Gini Koch.
Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine 'Kitty' Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. She also has a humor collection, Random Musings from the Funny Girl.
As G J Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she's made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A E Stanton, and J C Koch. She has stories featured in a variety of excellent anthologies, available now and upcoming, writing as Gini Koch, Anita Ensal, and J C Koch.
Here's a link to Gini Koch's website.
The photo of the author is courtesy of Nancee Lewis Photography.
Our Filk GoH is Tim Griffin.
Tim Griffin is an award-winning teacher, musician, and storyteller with four albums out and a fifth coming in the summer of 2016. He runs the educational nonprofit GriffinEd, using music to teach science, math, history, and other subjects to grades K-8 for no charge.
Tim Griffin was chosen by the Annenberg Foundation in 2013 as a member of their Alchemy academy for leaders of nonprofits showing exceptional promise. In 2014, they chose him again. He is also an artist in residence teaching songwriting to at-risk kids for several art and science organizations in Los Angeles county, and a semi-finalist in the 2016 Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a Shark-Tank-like competition for innovative nonprofits.
Tim has been a featured musical guest of the National Science Teachers' Association, California Science Teachers' Association, AAAS, Mensa, Interfilk, hundreds of schools, and a bunch of sci-fi and filk conventions; yet he remains totally approachable and not at all stuck up or anything like that.
Tim's music, along with lyrics, notes on classroom use, chords, etc. is all free at GriffinEd's website. Tax deductible donations (PayPal etc) are always appreciated but never required.
Here's a link to Tim Griffin's website.
Our Toastmaster is Weston Ochse.
Weston is a military veteran with 29 years of service and the author of 20 books. His debut, Scarecrow Gods won him the Bram Stoker Award. A film adaptation of his novel, Seal Team 666, is slated to feature Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as star and executive producer.
Here's a link to Weston Ochse's website.
Watch this space for more updates as we firm up further guests.
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