Guests of Honor

Mike Shepherd – Author Guest of Honor

Mike was born in the Philadelphia Navy Yard Hospital — and left that town at the age of three days for reasons he does not presently recall. But they had to draft him to get him back there. He missed very little of the rest of the country. Growing up Navy, he lived about everywhere you could park an aircraft carrier. It wasn’t until high school that he finished a year in the school he started. This gave Mike an early introduction to geography, change … and the chain of command. More …

Aaron Duran – Media Guest of Honor

Born in San Bernardino in 1976, Aaron spent most of his formative years in the high desert wasteland of Susanville, California, a small farming and logging community better known for its prison population. Upon realizing he had little interest in farming, logging, prison, or any combination in between, Aaron turned to fantasy, science fiction, and all manner of speculative work. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1998. More …

Jess Hartley – Editor Guest of Honor

Jess Hartley got her start in 2004, editing roleplaying game products for Steampower Publishing, where she was thrilled to discover that her talent for nit-picking and passion for the English language could finally both be put to use. More …

Vance Kovacs – Artist Guest of Honor

Vance Kovacs is a professional freelance concept artist and illustrator. Vance has worked for more than 15 years as an illustrator, cover artist, creative designer, and concept artist for Films, Games & Publishing. More …

Michael Longcor – Filk Guest of Honor

Michael Longcor is a folk and filk singer. His songs span a range of topics including military history, Indiana history, and humor. He has won six Pegasus Awards and has been nominated for six others. His music has appeared on Dr. Demento and on NPR’s “Folksong Festival,” and his music has provided the background for a BBC documentary on Rudyard Kipling. More …