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We are proud to announce our lineup of fantastic guests for Conbust 2017, including many attending for the first time!
Sharyn November is an editor, marketer, honorary librarian, and troublemaker. For many years, she was the senior editor for Viking Children’s Books and the editorial director for Firebird Books. She’s a two-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award for her editorial work. FIREBIRDS RISING, the second anthology she edited for the imprint, was also a World Fantasy Award finalist. Her personal website is www.sharyn.org.
The Smithee Awards
The Smithee Awards, or “Smithees,” is an annual ceremony which celebrates Bad Cinema. Back once again from the grave-the Smithee Awards! Given annually to the worst movies they could find, the Smithee Awards will be screening this year’s “winners” on Friday night at 7:00 in Room 106 (and check out their website at http://www.smitheeawards.com).
Michael "Mookie" Terracciano
Michael “Mookie” Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him “Mookie.” He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, “Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire.” He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats. His favorite planet is Jupiter because it’s awesome. He wants having superpowers to be fun again, and for this to be a universe you want to escape to, not from. He hopes you enjoy reading Star Power.
Sarah Hodge Wetherbe’s dad took her to her first Star Trek convention when she was a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around New England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She’s performed for all sorts of venues from The Norman Rockwell Museum to the Massachusetts library association. She has also staffed many conventions, including a three year stint as head of guest relations at Anime Boston. She advises ignoring the dog park, thinks Bruce Banner is the best Avenger, and takes her tea Earl Gray and hot.
The Steampunk Family
The Steampunk Family spends some of their time as a family of Edwardian mad scientists who live in an airship and have amazing adventures, and some of their time making beautiful and, when possible, functional things. If a thing cannot be useful, let it at least be beautiful, and if it cannot be beautiful, do we really need it? They fight the tide of disposable, plastic-laden consumerism, making a stand for choosing art over plenty. They document this madness on www.steampunkfamily.com.
Kelly Turnbull, called Coelasquid by the Internet, likes drawing comics about unapologetically macho things because she’s not on board with this modern trend of telling men that they should act less like men. She dreams of a world where the beer is cheap and plentiful, violence can still be an acceptable solution to life’s problems, and no one ever has to talk about their feelings.
Annette Curtis Klause
Annette Curtis Klause was born in Bristol, England and moved to the United States when she was a teenager. Her novels include The Silver Kiss, Blood and Chocolate, and Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! Her latest story, “Elf Blood,” appears in Welcome to Bordertown edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black (Random House, 2011). Annette currently lives in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and six cats, where she writes and works full time as a children’s librarian, but in her mind she’s still a werewolf girl. Her website is http://childrensbookguild.org/annette-curtis-klause.
Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1950. His first book, THE FOOLISH GIANT, was published in 1978. It was illustrated by his wife, Katherine, whom he had married in 1969. After a long period of working separately, the Covilles began collaborating again with SPACE BRAT and GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE, both published in 1992.
Before getting published Bruce earned his living as a toymaker, a gravedigger, a cookware salesman, an assembly line worker, and finally as an elementary school teacher (second and fourth grades). He left teaching in 1981 to devote himself to becoming a full time writer - though it took another five years to achieve that goal!)
Bruce has published over 100 books, which have appeared in over a dozen countries around the world and sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS, and THE MONSTER'S RING. In 2001 he founded Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company dedicated to creating unabridged, full cast recordings of the best in children's and young adult literature.
Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. She was born in Qingdao, Shandong, China and now lives in Austin, Texas. Her recent releases include A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock Series Book One), The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy Book 3) and The One in My Heart. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award for Not Quite a Husband (2010) and His at Night (2011). She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.
Ellie Hillis is a blogger, comics historian, and cosplayer. Her writing can be found on Acts of Geek, Geek League of America, and the Geek Initiative.
A Smith College graduate, Ellie wrote her senior thesis, Surviving Superheroines: Costume, Sexuality and Identity of Female Characters in Superhero Comics, with Professor N. C. Christopher Couch. In addition to upcoming scholarly articles, she has contributed to academic presentations on comicbooks.
Ellie writes for RPGs for Spectrum Games, and is currently finishing her RPG "BFFs! Magic, Adventure, Sparkles, and Hugs".
Her costumes have been featured in Comic Alliance, Marvel Comics, and IDW Publishing.
Barak Blackburn is a gamer, comicbook and pop-culture fan who figured out a way to beat the system and channel his creative energy into designing games. As a game designer, he is always looking for a compelling reason for game mechanics to exist, and new and interesting approaches to task resolution. He has done most of his work for Spectrum Games, and loves to problem solve. He was the lead designer for Capes, Cowls, and Villains Foul (a superheroic comicbook RPG), Retrostar (1970s sci-fi), the storytelling game Dance ‘Til Dawn, and contributed to most of Spectrum’s other lines and releases.
Chrissy Williams is a British poet and comics editor living in London, England. She has worked as an editor (on non-fiction, children’s picture books and videogames magazines) for over a decade, and currently works as a comics editor on various series including the New York Times bestselling The Wicked + The Divine (Image Comics). She also edited the UK’s first book on poetry comics: Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics (Sidekick Books) and has published a number of poetry pamphlets, including Angela which fuses together Twin Peaks with Murder, She Wrote.
David J. Peterson is a language creator and author. He is know for having created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones; the languages of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Doctor Strange; the languages of NBC’s Emerald City; and the Trigedasleng language from the CW’s The 100. He is the author of Living Language Dothraki and The Art of Language Invention, and has made appearances on Syfy’s Face Off, as well as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Blue Delliquanti is an Ignatz-nominated artist and illustrator living in Minneapolis. She graduated from Franklin College Switzerland in 2011 and her work has appeared in several comics anthologies such as Womanthology, Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, and Beyond. She also collaborated with Nathan Schreiber on the New York Times bestseller: Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works. She is the creator of the ongoing Sci-Fi webcomic O Human Star that began in 2012.
Kori Michele Handwerker is a painter, cartoonist, and designer. They work chiefly in watercolors, and their comics focus on LGBT experiences. They are a strong advocate for the representation of marginalized voices in media, and they believe very strongly in the power of self-publishing. Their portfolio can be found at: korimichele.com