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We are proud to announce our lineup of fantastic guests for Conbust 2018!
Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy books that break past the traditions of the fantasy genre to feature teenage girls as knights, wizards, and above all: heroes. A #1 New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards award, Tamora has written over 30 books, including her latest, TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER.
Pierce was drawn to books from a young age. A self-proclaimed "geek," she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. But Tamora's novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenage girl warriors.
Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce's heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following. Now, with over 30 critically-acclaimed books to her name, Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their menagerie of nine cats, two birds, a flock of pigeons, various raccoons and squirrels, and one opossum.
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 elegance and choosing art over plenty. They document this madness on www.steampunkfamily.com.
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge was raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds. She writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance, where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds. She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power. She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now. GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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, she has contributed to academic presentations on comic books. Ellie writes RPGs for Spectrum Games and Density Media, and is beta testing her RPGs BFFs! Magic, Adventure, Sparkles, and Hugs and Powers High. Her costumes have been featured in Comic Alliance, Marvel Comics, and IDW Publishing.
Barak Blackburn is a gamer, comic book and pop-culture fan who figured out a way to beat the system and channel his creative energy into designing games. 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 comic book RPG), Retrostar (1970s sci-fi), and the storytelling game Dance ‘Til Dawn, as well as a contributor to most of Spectrum’s other lines and releases.
Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others.
Michael “Mookie” Terracciano
Michael “Mookie” Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. He has spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, “Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire,” and now also writes “Star Power”. 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.
Sharyn November is an editor, marketer, honorary librarian, and troublemaker. For many years, she was the senior editor for Viking Children’s Books and Puffin Books and now is the editorial director for Firebird Books. She’s a two-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award for her editorial work, including FIREBIRDS RISING, the second anthology she edited for the imprint. Her personal website is www.sharyn.org.
David Peterson is a linguist who creates artificial languages for TV shows and movies. After receiving a B.A. in English and Linguistics from Berkeley, and an M.A. in Linguistics from UC San Diego, he helped found the Language Creation Society. In addition to creating Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones, he has crafted languages for Defiance, The 100, Thor: The Dark World, Penny Dreadful, Warcraft: The Beginning, and Doctor Strange. Most recently, he created two languages for the Netflix film Bright and produced a documentary film, Conglang - The Art of Crafting Tongues. He is the author of Living Language Dothraki and The Art of Language Invention.
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
Sarah Hodge Wetherbe
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. Sarah lectures on a variety of geek cultural topics, and has been touring and speaking for over 10 years.