Over 80 Confirmed Guests!
Joe R. Lansdale
Author Guest of Honor
Author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories, including Paradise Sky, the Edgar Award-winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.
Dr. William K. Hartmann
Artist Guest of Honor
A noted astronomer, author and artist. He is senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. He was an investigator on the Mariner 9 Mars probe which mapped the Red Planet for the first time in 1972. An asteroid (#3341) is named for him. He has written and illustrated several widely-used textbooks on astronomy, and also co-authored and co-illustrated five pictoral books of space art, The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, Out of the Cradle,The History of Earth, and In The Stream of Stars:The Soviet-American Space Art Book.
Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the multi award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men for Discovery networks and two seasons of the educational series STEM Journals, for which he received two Emmy Awards. He has also appeared in shows for Nat Geo, History Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, PBS, A&E, NASA EDGE, and the BBC. He is an author, publisher, photographer, world traveler, meteorite specialist, TEDx speaker, and President of both Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., and Desert Owl Productions, Inc. Geoff has appeared on Coast to Coast and the Today show, and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Space.com, and Universe Today, among others. He is also a television and film producer and credits include Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth and the documentary Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. An award-winning author, Geoff has published hundreds of articles on meteoritics, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts. His work has appeared in Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, All About Space, USA Today, Wired, Reader’s Digest, The Village Voice, Seed, Rock & Gem, Geotimes, Meteorite, and many other national and international publications. He is the author of three books including the IPPY Award-winner Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space and a popular science and arts blog, Searching the Skies, at GeoffNotkin.com. Geoff has worked with most of the world’s major institutions including The American Museum of Natural History, New York; The Natural History Museum, London; the Vienna Museum of Natural History, and The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University. He is a member of The Explorer’s Club, is on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, the Advisory Board of Deep Space Industries, and the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute. The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named after Geoff in recognition of his contributions to science and education. Adventuring has taken Geoff to over fifty countries and some of our planet’s most remote areas, including northern Siberia, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback, and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle. By the age of seven, Geoff was already an avid rock hound, fossil collector and amateur astronomer. “I was amazed that you could see other worlds from a suburban London garden,” Geoff states. “The epiphany came when I visited London’s Geological Museum as a child. In the Hall of Meteorites, I realized that studying meteorites would be the perfect combination of geology and astronomy. I have been hooked ever since.” Geoff was born on 14th street in Manhattan and grew up in London, England. He studied in London, Boston and New York, and now resides in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Contact: Public Relations: Beth Carrillo 520-742-3333
Local cartoonist and creator of Pissed OFF Panda, FRANK!Powers is himself a living cartoon character. He's your BF!F- that's Best FRANK! Forever and is doing his best to make more fun art fueled events around Tucson and entertain you endlessly by raising money to buy a bus and turn into the Incredible Comic Bookmobile: WINNER of the Startup Tucson small business competition GRAND PRIZE just last month. #TootTootTucson!
Yuhki has been attending conventions since 2001, and along that time has done cosplaying since about 2002. In recent years, he has turned himself more towards comedic entertainment panelist and a talent for emcee work for various events around Arizona.
Founded in 2010, BurlEscapades combines elements of Comedy, Modern Pop Culture, Classic Vaudeville, and Strip Tease. BurlEscapades features five talented individuals, each with their own specialty.
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, BurlEscapades creates new unique acts catering to theme-driven audiences.
Special Guest Artist
I am a Puerto Rican self taught illustrator/ Special FX make-up artist whose work tends to center around horror, fantasy and science fiction. I was one of the Coordinators of the Tucson Zombie Walk as well as their artist. I have done make-up for a few student films and some small productions such as Cordial Dead, Copper Creek and Finley Wade.
Mistress of Chaos
Madame is a time traveling tea aficionado, obsessed with tea, fashion & the proper uses for headgear. While she is often the center of tea inspired escapades, especially Tea Duelling and Splendid Teapot Racing, and a great advocate of Compliment Duelling, Madame loves nothing so much as meeting charming and talented individuals across time, throughout the universe, and in tea houses wherever she may appear. When Madame is not preoccupied with tea, she operates a small atelier where she creates fanciful and charming bespoke garments, underpinnings, and hats for ladies and gentlemen. Find the Madame’s regular teatorials on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MadameAskew/
Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, border crossers, narco-bad guys, and human smuggling punks. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His work has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, Publishers Weekly, Peter Straub, Joe Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon and Christopher Golden. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character.They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter.
Linda D. Addison
Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of four collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award, recipient the 2018 HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, co-editor of Sycorax's Daughters, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women. Addison is a founding member of the writer’s group Circles in the Hair (CITH), and a member of HWA, SFWA and SFPA. Her site: www.lindaaddisonpoet.com.
Dee Astell aka Countess Chaos is the chair of LepreCon 45 in 2019, and Chaired Westercon 70 and LepreCon 43 in 2017. She is the current Vice Chair and programmer for CoKoCon, as well as the Fashion Manager for Wild Wild West Con. She’s held the title of Steampunk Event Coordinator/programmer for a variety of Arizona conventions. She’s been set photographer for many independant films, occasionally venturing in front of the camera for odd roles as well. She’s the founding director of the Arizona Penny Dreadfuls.
Hal C. F. Astell
Hal C. F. Astell is a film critic and author with five books in print and a number coming soon. He runs the Apocalypse Later Empire, which keeps on expanding. He reviews the sort of films most people don't at Apocalypse Later Reviews. He publishes his books (and others) through Apocalypse Later Press. He brings quality international short films to new eyeballs at conventions across the southwest through the Apocalypse Later Roadshow. And he runs a full film festival: ALIFFF, the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival. In his spare time, he sleeps.
DiAn is an artist, costumer, and storyteller with a deep love for dramatic fashions. They are know for using bright colors and unexpected fabrics to create unique looks. They are one half of the team running TheIndigoPath.com a local brand selling art and fashion inspired by pagan life.
Gaius is a long time cosplayer and a fan of fun fashion. He is an artist and scientist and loves integrating the two subjects for unique costumes. He is also one half of the team running TheIndigoPath.com, a local brand selling witchy art and fashion.
Jill Bauman has been a freelance illustrator/designer for 38 years. In that time she’s produced hundreds of covers for horror, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and bestselling books and other products for publishers such as: Ace Books, Tor Books, Avon Books, Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, TSR, White Wolf, Inc., DAW Books, Berkley/Putam Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, Cemetery Dance Publications, Easton Press, Amazing Stories magazine, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, The Horror Express magazine, Dark Discoveries magazine and Weird Tales magazine. Jill has illustrated works by such authors: Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Lilian Jackson Braun, Charles L. Grant, Robert McCammon, Richard Laymon, Jack Williamson, Hugh B. Cave, Fritz Leiber, Pamela Sargent, Michael Resnick, J. G. Ballard, Steward O'Nan and Justin Cronin and many more. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award five times and nominated for the Chesley Award several times. Her art has been exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, the Moore College of Art, NY Art Students League, the NY Illustrators Society and the Science Fiction Museum of Seattle.
Evie Betz is a costumer currently located in beautiful downtown Burbank making character costumes for parks, cruise ships, and shows as well as mascots for schools. She is fairly new to the cosplay world: she only found my way there in the last few years. Evie believes firmly that cosplay is EXACTLY what it's roots are - part costume, part play.
Earl H. Billick
Earl Billick is a native son, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. From youth he has been an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy works by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, JRR Tolkein and Isaac Asimov (to name a few). Earl developed an imagination and an appreciation for not just what is, but what might be and brings that to the fore in his artistic endeavors. An award winning traditional and self-taught artist, Earl captures and combines in his art a vision reflecting his love for fantasy, sci-fi, space and aerospace. His creations span both the real and the speculative. He strives to promote interest in space science and exploration through his artistic endeavors. Earl has been an Artist Guest at Leprecon and has run the TusCon Art Show many times (and many years ago). His illustrations have appeared in magazines, non-fiction literature and gaming publications. He also produced many of the TusCon program book covers and badges over the years. Earl’s work has been displayed at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Flandrau Science Center, Pima Air and Space Museum and Biosphere 2.
Ms. Black in her all her maniacal ways is usually plotting and planning her next evil doings, that is, when she isn’t shifting between her many spirited personalities. Being a clockwork doll, that has repaired herself a time or two, has lead her to a variety of talents including, costuming (necessary to cover one’s clock parts and gears, brain fittings (it has been referred to as hair/wig styling), and face patching and spackling (some call this makeup), just to name a few. She is always a hoot and keeps you on your toes in any panel or workshop she partakes in.
If it's Sci-Fi, fantasy and/or Horror, I know something about it. I'm a fringer of all sorts of groups.
Screenwriter, director, producer from Tucson/OKC-based Pondo Enterprises LLC film production company.
Diana Terrill Clark
Diana was born in Oregon, grew up in California, and lived in many other places before settling in Arizona. She and her co-writer, D.S. Harders, have two books in the Chloe's Story series, Cause and Effect, and Ice and Fire. The third in the series, Life and Death, is coming soon. She lives in Old Town Scottsdale and enjoys, in no particular order, dark chocolate, coffee, and Jamesons.
Liz is best known for her art and illustrations, primarily created for the games industry. She also writes fiction and game material, edits the work of others, and worked as the lead illustrator and co-creator for the Deluxe Edition of the second-oldest role-playing game,Tunnels & Trolls. Recently she provided counter art and rules illustrations for Steve Jackson's reboot of The Fantasy Trip. Since 1978, Liz has worked steadily as an artist, writer, editor, and/or game developer on role-playing games, card games, and board games. She has been a writer and scenario designer for computer and video games. Her credits include work for licensed Middle Earth and Star Trek projects, Wasteland, and work on more than a dozen different collectible card games. She has created maps and illustrations that appear in mainstream and fantasy novels and anthologies. She was inducted into the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design's Hall of Fame (1995). Fun fact: with a BA in Anthropology, Liz learned the practical skills to repair her own car on a dark country road using made-on-the-spot stone tools. Liz is very active creating Mages and Sages on Patreon (www.patreon.com/LizDanforth). She continues to freelance in art, writing, and game design from her home in Tucson Arizona. Her Instagram is https:\/\/instagram.com\/inkandsnow\/ and she occasionally tweets from @LizDanforth. Her website is grown cobwebby for lack of time to attend to it, but you can still find a lot of information there at www.lizdanforth.com.
Steve deFrance is known for his work on Lethal Weapon (1987), Rambo III (1988) and Night of the Lepus (1972).
Jim is a full-time SF&F writer, scientist (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering), laser geek, and former running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment. He's been writing for over 30 years, with 10 published books. His first success came through self-publishing when his books went word-of-mouth viral, and sold enough that he was able to quit his day-job, start working for himself and write full time--his new boss is a real jerk. That led to contracts with traditional publishers like Open Road Media and Harper Collins Voyager, and his books are now a mix of traditional and self-published. His tenth novel, the third in his urban fantasy series The Dead Among Us, was released in February of 2017. Right now he's submitting his eleventh novel, The Witch of Val d'Ossa, to publishers; he's fleshing out ideas for the next book in The Dead Among Us; he's writing another episode in The Treasons Cycle; and he's just finished his twelfth novel, A Hymn for the Dying, the first in a new SF series, The Blacksword Regiment. Science is a passion, but writing is an addiction.
CI Erasmus Drake
David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse are the San Diego-based authors of “The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell,” a serialized steampunk tale detailing the adventures of Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell. The duo’s many adventures are provided in weekly penny dreadful-style episodes on the web (www.DrakeAndMcTrowell.com). They have produced four novellas since 2010 and can be seen cosplaying their alter egos at conventions all over the West.
Jessica Feinberg is a quirky author/illustrator best known for her paintings of wildlife, trees, dragons, faeries, clockwork, and other strange creatures. She has successfully funded over 30 Kickstarter projects for books, cards, games, and more. Jessica also runs a monthly Patreon.
His young life was changed irreparably by simultaneous events---the release of the “Shock Theater “ package (Universal’s classic monster films of the 30s and 40s) to television, and his discovery of Famous Monsters of Filmland #8 in Dawson’s Drugstore. Since then his articles and illustrations have appeared in such diverse publications as Boy’s Life, Backyard Bugwatching, and Salem Press’ “Critical Insights” series on science fiction writers. His love of astronomy has taken him to places like Bolivia and Mongolia, yet he is gradually suffocating under the weight of movies, books and toys that he refuses to stop accumulating. He finds room, and time though, to keep at it--currently working on a children’s book about a mis-directed whale, and a proposal and script for public television about the Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz.
Janie Franz comes from a long line of liars and storytellers with roots deep in east Tennessee. Her work is honed by the frigid winters of the Northern Plains and the high desert and mountains of New Mexico and influenced by her degree in anthropology. She is an author, a professional speaker, editor, ghostwriter, and reviewer. Previously, she ran her own online music publication (Refrain Magazine) and was an agent/publicist for a groove/funk band, a radio announcer, and a yoga/relaxation instructor. She is the author of twelve novels, a freelance writing manual, and co-author of two wedding how-to books. “Refrain,” the second book of The Lost Song trilogy, was a Top 10 Finisher, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, 2013 Preditors & Editors Reader Poll. She writes fantasy, archaelogy thrillers, paranormal, and contemporaries, and occasional poetry and prose poems.
Scott Glener's hobby is fandom. in addition to being part of the TusCon Programming team he has been volunteering at conventions for over 30 years.
In my role as Vice President of Operations for the Rhoynish Turtle Conservation Society, I make sure we keep functioning. We keep educating the public on the importance of conserving the delicate ecosystems in & around the Mother Rhoyne and how important the turtles can be to maintain the balance. I updated our social media page updated with these modern things called \"memes,\" and where we'll be making appearances spreading the good news about the RTCS. Nobody wants another turtle war. Do your part to save the turtles.
Larry Hammer writes fantasy stories and translates Japanese poetry, and sometimes both at once.
Hackert Helmets is a Phoenix based costume and prop maker who focuses on helmets and practical cosplay budget superpowers. He is most known for his work in the Arizona Steampunk and Superhero communities.
Visionaries, migrants, soldiers, and thieves-Will, as his friends call him, surrounds himself with all of these, and more. Obsessed with "the wisdom of the lowest classes," he views the world as a perennial outsider, in the company of men and women most would not want to meet in a dark alley. His work reflects this, as he winds dramatic irony and sarcasm together with romance and drama to paint a picture of the world that others prefer not to see. William R. Herr was raised on the road, and continues to live there. When not travelling the United States behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, he can be found in Central Pennsylvania, either writing, editing, or arguing with college students over hot cups of coffee. He lives with his wife and an extremely vocal Irish Stafford-shire Terrier named "The Duke," and a premadonna pit-bull mix named Daisy.
H. Paul Honsinger
H. Paul Honsinger describes himself as a \"reformed attorney.\" After practicing law for more than twenty years, as well as trying his hand at teaching, selling Pontiacs and GMC pickup trucks, and counseling teenagers, Honsinger retired from the practice of law. He now. writes full time and is an Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He lives in rural Mohave County, Arizona with his wife, stepson, and two fantastically eccentric cats. His daughter is a Music major at a university in Southern California.\r\n\r\nHis wife, Kathleen, is better known as the successful fantasy-romance author, Laura Jo Phillips, the author of the well-loved \"Soul-Linked Saga,\" as well as the \"Orbs of Rathira\" Trilogy, and the \"Hearts of ICARUS\" series.\r\n\r\nHe is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a graduate of Lake Charles High School, the University of Michigan, and the Louisiana State University law school. \r\n\r\nPaul is the author of the \"Man of War\" Science Fiction trilogy, consisting of the novels TO HONOR YOU CALL US, FOR HONOR WE STAND, and BROTHERS IN VALOR. This trilogy will be followed by another continuing the story line with the first volume, TO STATIONS MY LADS due out in 2008. These books are epic space combat tales, in the vein of the Age of Sail novels of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester
Brenda Huettner is an independent technical communication consultant who has worked for the past 25 years as a writer, editor, trainer, and manager, for both software and hardware companies. She’s a principal of Microwaves101.com, an online encyclopedia of microwave engineering knowledge. Brenda is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and a Senior Member of IEEE, active in the Professional Communication Society, the Engineering Management council, and the Tucson section. She’s also a member of the Usability Professionals Association. In addition to supporting the documentation needs of her clients, Brenda has published several books and articles, and presented half-day, full-day, and multi-day courses on writing, project management, usability, and career management. She also participates in NASA’s volunteer Solar System Ambassador and OSIRIS-ReX Ambassador programs.
Born in Safford Arizona Autumn Ivy was born to create and has prided herself in always being a jack of all trades. She creates costumes and brings to life characters from various genres as well as acts, narrates, writes and generally creates chaos with her wife Sarah/Twin Skeletons and her various animal kids.
KJ Kabza has sold over 70 short stories to places such as F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform (by VICE), and more. His first print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, is out now from Pink Narcissus Press.
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed diversity of steampunk and fantasy. You can find his art at ChazKemp.com or better, become his patron at: Patreon.com/ChazKemp
Producer, Screenwriter, Director, Editor, from Tucson/OKC based Pondo Enterprises LLC film production company
Eric T. Knight
Born in 1965, I grew up on a working cattle ranch in the desert thirty miles from Wickenburg, Arizona, which at that time was exactly the middle of nowhere. Work, cactus and heat were plentiful, forms of recreation were not. The TV got two channels when it wanted to, and only in the evening after someone hand cranked the balky diesel generator to life. All of which meant that my primary form of escape was reading. At 18 I escaped to Tucson where I attended the University of Arizona. A number of fruitless attempts at productive majors followed, none of which stuck. Discovering I liked writing, I tried journalism two separate times, but had to drop it when I realized that I had no intention of conducting interviews with actual people but preferred simply making them up. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing in 1989, I backpacked Europe with a friend and caught the travel bug. With no meaningful job prospects, I hitchhiked around the U.S. for a while then went back to school to learn to be a high school English teacher. I got a teaching job right out of school in the middle of the year. The job lasted exactly one semester, or until I received my summer pay and realized I actually had money to continue backpacking. The next stop was Australia, where I hoped to spend six months, working wherever I could, then a few months in New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. However, my plans changed irrevocably when I met a lovely Swiss woman, Claudia, in Alice Springs. Undoubtedly swept away by my lack of a job or real future, she agreed to allow me to follow her back to Switzerland where, a few months later, she gave up her job to continue traveling with me. Over the next couple years we backpacked the U.S., Eastern Europe and Australia/New Zealand, before marrying and settling in the mountains of Colorado, in a small town called Salida. In Colorado we started our own electronics business (because, you know, my Creative Writing background totally prepared me for installing home theater systems), and had a couple of sons, Dylan and Daniel. In 2005 we shut the business down and moved back to Tucson where we currently live.
Jill writes dark fantasy, horror and paranormal romance. Her latest book, "Cutter's Wolf" is an erotic romance with a hint of mystery. This Tucson resident works in a bookstore and spends far too much time reading.
Gemma Lauren Krebs
Gemma Lauren Krebs was born in Tucson Arizona. Her favorite smell (as is the case with most Tucsonans) is creosote in rain and her favorite color is green. Gemma loves studying philosophies, quantum physics, archaeology, qi, and so many other things which inspired many parts of this series. Her dreams, besides writing awesome books, are to move someplace with a lot of trees and water, meet Harrison Ford and Kwon Ji Yong, see the Lock Ness Monster, travel the world, fly, and learn more about qi power. 'Nothing Lost' is her debut novel and the first book of 'The Locked Series', which will total four books in all.
Ross B. Lampert has been in love with both science and words—and hence science fiction and fantasy—since at least third grade, when he wrote a one-act SF play. After detours through public school, college, and the Air Force, he returned to writing full time in, appropriately enough, 2001. Today he blogs, writes occasional op-ed pieces, newspaper articles, and short stories, and crafts novels in southeastern Arizona. His debut novel, The Eternity Plague, was published in 2013 and its sequel, Chrysalis, in 2015. The final book in the series, working title Wild Spread, is in draft. You can follow him on Twitter, be his friend on Facebook or follow him on his Facebook author page, and connect with him on LinkedIn.
Kathryn Lance (KL) has been devoted to science fiction since she was a child. As a pro writer of both fiction and nonfiction, her first adult sf novel, Pandora's Genes, won Best New Science Fiction (Romance Times) in 1986. She has since published The Pandora's Trilogy, The Ptorrigan Lode, and other works of fiction focusing on the intersection between the artist and society.
Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than 70 novels, including thrillers Empty Rooms and The Devil’s Bait, supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, horror epic The Slab, the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet, and others. With wife and writing partner Marsheila Rockwell, he wrote the science fiction/horror/thriller 7 SYKOS and the video game tie-in Mafia III: Plain of Jars, and has published numerous short stories. He also writes comics, including the long-running horror/Western series Desperadoes and original graphic novels Zombie Cop and Fade to Black. He was VP of Marketing for Image Comics/WildStorm, Senior Editor for DC Comics/WildStorm, and Editor-in-Chief for IDW Publishing.
Kevin J. McAlonan
Kevin J. McAlonan is a graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law and has been admitted to practice law in Arizona since 1990. He has been an attorney with Solomon & Relihan PC since 1993, where his practice focuses on nursing home litigation.
Gloria McMillan received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in literature from Indiana University. She is a Research Associate at the University of Arizona and teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson. She is a co-founder of the Arizona Theatre Company\u2019s Old Pueblo Playwrights, a group which works closely with ATC in developing new playwrights and play scripts. She has developed science and science fiction-oriented curricula for the University of Arizona\u2019s first-year composition classes, including a library unit on H. G. Wells. Her plays have been produced in Tucson and in the Chicago area. Her play Universe Symphony, about modern composer Charles Ives, was jointly produced by the Flandrau Planetarium and the Music and Theater Departments of the University of Arizona. She is a contributor to a number of academic journals, including Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Across the Disciplines, Kairos, The Adjunct Advocate, Extrapolation: MLA Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Text Technology.
Dr. Sparky McTrowell
David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse are the San Diego-based authors of “The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell,” a serialized steampunk tale detailing the adventures of Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell. The duo’s many adventures are provided in weekly penny dreadful-style episodes on the web (www.DrakeAndMcTrowell.com). They have produced four novellas since 2010 and can be seen cosplaying their alter egos at conventions all over the West.
Owner of Silver Sea Jewelry, Lizzie Mead makes it sparkle! After all, she is the force behind one of Tucson’s favorite events, \"Return of the Mermaids\". And her nautical inspired jewelry only adds to the fanfare. Lizzie is a native Tucsonan. Her parents own and operate a 1950’s style boutique motel on the south side of town, and her business has been in operation since 1993. \“I was raised in the land of self-employment and I spent some time traveling, performing, and exploring other places, but always came home to Tucson.\” While Lizzie has had many ventures, Silver Sea is her main focus. She makes 20-50 pieces for the shop each week and is the curator for the store. She also has a passion for supporting local causes and runs an animal rescue organization with her friends called \“Beading Divas to the Rescue\” (501-c3). They make and sell one of a kind bracelets with all the profit going to a different animal charity each month.
Lois Miller was born in San Francisco. Her grandfather moved the family there from Arizona to live in the city of “muddy streets, whiskey, and wild, wild women.” Perhaps it was a genetic predisposition or maybe it was the environment, but Lois grew into one of those wild women. She writes erotica and enjoys science fiction and fantasy. She has also chaired a panel discussion on surviving the Zombie Apocalypse at DundraCon, held annually in San Ramon, CA. She is an also an avid gamer (RPGs).
Nathan O. Miller
Nathan is an actor, writer, stunt coordinator and most recently director of his first feature thriller film \"Fractured\". He has always been fascinated and driven towards the film industry. Through his studies in acting and cinematography at Pima Community College, Nathan has participated at shows and showcase within the school. Nathan's first film role was the lead in \"SOL\" as Victor, when he first met Yuri Machado on set in Feb 2011. From there he has continued in such films as \"Smitty\" the 1950's serial killer of Tucson Arizona and local student films for the U of A, Pima Community College and the Arts Institute of Tucson. As of recent he is attached to local tv show, \“You Only Live Twice\” as co-lead Devon and feature film \“Tiny House\”. He is thankful for the friendships and working relationships he has made here and is looking forward to future endeavors.
Yvonne is the author of twenty-three published novels and a bunch of short stories, articles and a reference dictionary. Her most recent published book is Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices (based in the Supernatural Universe). Her writing has won a bunch of awards and stuff. Lately she’s been really getting into painting and artwork. She lives way down in the southeastern corner of Arizona, about twenty miles from the Mexican border, and is married to author Weston Ochse and dotes on their rescued Great Danes, Ghoulie, The Grimmy Beast, and I Am Groot. They also have a talking, people-loving parakeet named BirdZilla. Instead of a To Do list, she has an I Want To Do list. It has about 4,274 projects on it and won’t stop growing.
In 1994, Bob co-founded Anthology magazine with writer J.A. Giunta. The magazine would run for ten years and print a wide variety of up and coming poets and writers. Also in 1994, Bob started the Essenzaslam Poetry Slam, which ran 13 years. In 1999, Bob founded Spokenworld.com, a pioneer internet radio station focusing on spoken word programming. In 2001, writer Sharon Skinner and Bob founded Anthology, inc. as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Currently, Bob is the chief of Brick Cave Media, a media microglomerate for the crazy ideas that he dreams up. In 2006, He released his second spoken word CD, Boboratory, available through the Brick Cave Media Store as either a physical CD or downloadable MP3's. He serves on the Board of Anthology, Inc., and still occasionally wanders around the local poetry scene.
Samantha Nocera is a Navy veteran, a practicing Witch and a lover of the written word. She writes and creates full-time, under the supervision of her beloved cats. Hellscape: The Fifth Horseman is her first novel. She is a long-term resident of Tucson, an avid science fiction and horror fan and active in the online roleplaying community. Her website is located at www.darkestdawn.black
Gareth Ortiz-Timpson started cosplaying with the Star Trek fan club 4 years ago. He joined the Rebel Legion 3 years ago, and has been an active cosplayer working with charities through both Star Trek Tucson and the Rebel Legion. Lots of experience with costume making and design as well as prop making and leather work. Gareth has a degree in Audio Production and currently a UofA student working toward an ISTA and computer science degree. Recently worked on the post production for a local Fallout fan film: Recon 6.
Lady B Pepper
Lady B Pepper works with the Gentleman Robot in the Foundry, southeast of Tucson. She is a current board member with the Tucson Steampunk Society and co-manager of the Arts and Science Exhibit for the last 4 years Wild, Wild, West Con. Lady Pepper started her Steampunk adventure in 2010 after being exposed to the genre while attending Phoenix Comicon.
Jennifer Roberson is the author of several popular fantasy series, including Chronicles of the Cheysuli, the Sword-Dancer saga, Karavans, and is very happy to introduce her upcoming urban fantasy series, Blood & Bone, here at TusCon.
Frankie Robertson, an Amazon All-Star author, writes romantic fiction with an otherworldly twist. She is the author of the romantic fantasy series, Vinlanders’ Saga, and the urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, Celestial Affairs and Celestial Affairs: The Trust. She is also the author of stand-alone paranormal mystery Veiled Mirror, and writes sensual paranormal Victorian romances as Francesca Rose. Her most recent release is Dark Winter's Night, a Vinlanders' Saga novella.
Multiple Scribe and Rhysling Award nominee Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of twelve books to date. Her work includes Mafia III: Plain of Jars, co-written with writing partner/husband Jeff Mariotte and based on the hit video game; 7 SYKOS, a near future SF/H thriller (also with Mariotte); The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular fantasy MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online; an urban fantasy trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books; a trilogy based on the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (co-written with Mariotte); dozens of short stories and poems; multiple articles on writing and the writing process; and a handful of comic book scripts. She resides in the Valley of the Sun, where she writes dark fiction and poetry in a home she and her family have dubbed ‘Redwall.’ Find out more here: http://www.marsheilarockwell.com/.
Eric Schumacher is a multi award winning and critically acclaimed, film, TV and multi-media actor, director and producer. Credits include Wyatt Earp (Legends and Lies the Real West-Fox TV), Doc Holliday (Alex Cox's feature film Tombstone Rashomon, Agent David Killjoy (the widely acclaimed sci fi webseries Zhon: the Alien Interviews) and many more. Eric has also performed voice work for national, regional and local projects and has directed or produced music videos, multi media web released series, feature films and more. He is the Creative Director for Seelie Studios, which has produced hundreds of hours of sci fi/fantasy and geek culture programming and is often interviewed about the entertainment industry. He is a proud fan of all things sci fi/fantasy and loves sharing his experience in the entertainment industry and love for the arts with fans and aspiring creators.
As the Sanitation Engineer for the Rhoynish Turtle Conservation Society, I'm not afraid of tackling the messy jobs. It takes hard work and perseverance to keep Mother Rhoyne clean. And speaking of clean, have you ever tried to scrub a giant turtle shell? They are no joke, let me tell you. But it’s all in a day’s work. I’m dedicated to ensuring that our Old Men survive in the very best conditions. Because no one wants another Turtle War.
Annette Sexton-Ruiz was born in Chicago and has lived most of her life in Arizona. Her work has been displayed nationally and internationally. She participated in the Chicano Art Movement in Chicago’s “Little Mexico” in the 80’s, and also Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles throughout the 90’s. She also has lived in Mexico City and visited and studied art in Puerto Rico, Italy, England, Ireland and Cuba. Annette has a Bachelor of Art from ASU in Art History. She has created public art though artist residencies and commissions, beginning with a residency the Phoenix Center in 1999. The majority are ceramic piece murals which now number over twenty and hang throughout the Phoenix Metro area. Annette focuses on the importance of all cultures. Her students not only learn how to make art, but also study art’s historical purposes and it’s cultural importance. Her exposures to Latino, Chicano and Irish Cultures are apparent in the use of bold colors, cultural imagery, and social messages in her work. Annette has also been a social change activist since the 1980’s. In the past years, she has focused her efforts with local pro-immigrant groups, curated art exhibitions which raise the viewers awareness of laws and practices like SB1070 and has devoted her own recent art efforts on social messages from within Arizona.
Janni Lee Simner
bound for the Sahara and spent the next decade as a seeker of lost cities, hidden tombs, and ancient artifacts. While hiding from assassins in the lost Library of Alexandria, however, she discovered she really preferred telling stories, and so she settled down in the Sonoran desert to write, interrupted only by the occasional map-bearing stranger or man-eating Gila monster. She’s the author of eight novels, including the post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy, more than 30 short stories, the first two books of the Writing Life series, and the script for the video game The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse. Her kids’ adventure story, Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer, was recently re-released in paperback.
Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist responsible for the Parsec winning horror series HG World, the Parsec finalist The Diary of Jill Woodbine and Hidden Harbor Mysteries. Jay’s books include the Geek noir novel THE RESURRECTION PACT, gamer-geek satire Rise of the Monkey Lord, Blue Collar Gods, Seven ‘til Sunrise, The Diary of Jill Woodbine, HG World: The Audio Scripts, and the forthcoming Hidden Harbor Mysteries: Anatomy of A Modern Audio Drama Series. Currently, Jay writes and produces audio for Onder Librum based on Ed Greenwood's multiverse of speculative fiction including the ongoing urban fantasy series Hellmaw. Jay holds a Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University. He attends and speaks at various science fiction and literary conventions about podcasting, writing, audio drama, and zombies. http://www.hiddenharbormysteries.com http://thirtyfifteennorth.podbean.com www.jaysmithaudio.com
T.L. Smith was born in Louisiana, but calls Phoenix, Arizona home between bouts of wanderlust. Even a stint in the U.S. Air Force as a radar specialist, training pilots in enemy detection, brought her back to the desert. Her time in the service taught her to appreciate the military culture and ever-changing technologies. Experience gives life to the Science Fictions she loves so much and helps her write about the strong women, holding their own as humanity reaches out into the universe. Come check out her current releases and where you can meet her next.
Mermaid Spectra is a desert mermaid who has been enchanting the public since 2016. When donning her legs, she enjoys cosplay, giving each character a twist.
I have been costuming for many years. I have a degree in Technical Theater from the University of Arizona. I love all types of costuming but my greatest passion is Steampunk. I am a member the Tucson Steampunk Society. I am also an avid gamer.
Ken St. Andre
Ken St. Andre is a long-time Phoenix fan and a professional game designer best known for Tunnels & Trolls. He's an ex-member of SFWA and has done more shit than anyone can keep track of. :)
David Lee Summers
David Lee Summers is the author of eleven novels along with numerous short stories and poems. His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror. His most recent novels are The Astronomer's Crypt and Owl Riders. His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and Straight Outta Tombstone. He’s been twice nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Learn more about David at davidleesummers.com
Wendy Trakes brings over 30 years of convention volunteering experience and a lifetime of science fiction fandom. Her costuming background comes from several decades of involvement in a reenactment and science fiction/steampunk communities. An avid supporter of Independent Film, she has assisted behind the scenes with several local films over the years including Seven Mummies and Blood Moon Rising. An internationally traveled archaeologist, historian, and researcher, Wendy volunteers as a Public Historian and Writer for Salt River Stories (saltriverstories.org) and has taken on a new adventure as a graduate student in Public History at Arizona State University. As if her schedule weren't busy enough, she also performs as lead singer of a classic rock band called Jen X and the Boomers based out of Phoenix, AZ.
David VanDyke is a Hugo Award and Dragon Award finalist and bestselling author of the Plague Wars, Stellar Conquest, and Galactic Liberation sci-fi adventure series, which have sold more than 400,000 copies to date. He is co-author of BV Larson's million-selling Star Force Series, Books 10, 11 and 12. He's a retired U.S. military officer, veteran of two branches of the armed forces, and has served in several combat zones. He lives with his amazing wife and business partner Beth near Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Peter Valentine has had a love a science since early childhood, he studied Chemistry and Micro Biology in school, and then got a job programming computers and designing test equipment for the US Army. He has been involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism since the early 90’s, and has taught medieval fencing for over 20 years. He has played roleplaying games since the days of \"Greyhawk\" in the 70’s, is an avid reader of SciFi since the age of 8, and as an autodidact picks up several new \"hobbies\" every year. About 7 years ago he started designing his own micro electronics as an adjunct to Cosplay and Steampunk, creating \"props\" that actually \"worked\" and had built-in behavior, lights & sound! His latest endevours, include 3D Modeling & 3D printing, creating physical fractal art & custom fit 3D printed Masks.
A car builder for over 40 years, Larry has had the opportunity to work his skills with many interesting projects that cover cars,trucks, planes, boats and many other things . The projects that let Larry be most creative were the ones that were featured and or on the cover of major magazines. Larry is mostly known for his airbrush work on many of these projects.
Julie is an artist and writer, living in Bullhead City, Arizona. Under the psudonym Tabitha Bradley, she has written several novels for various e-book publishers, including Loose Id and eXtasty Books. As an artist, her medium is fiber arts, though she does work in digital and abstract acrylics. She is an experienced crocheter and enjoys creating characters from television and movies as well as custom characters from fellow artists' works. Her technique is called Amigurumi, a Japanese crochet form for creating soft-sculpture with standard crochet techniques. She will be showing several of her current projects in the Art Show at Tuscon this year.
Author of 65 novels with major publishers, 30-some Star Trek novels, many kids books, comic books, TV shows, and currently president of APCOT, the Alliance Performance Center of Tucson.
Cynthia Ward has sold stories to Analog, Asimov's, Nightmare, Weird Tales, and other magazines and anthologies. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West Volumes One and Two for WolfSinger Publications. With Nisi Shawl, she co-created the acclaimed Writing the Other fiction writers workshop and coauthored the diversity fiction-writing handbook, Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press). Her short novels, the Locus Award finalist The Adventure of the Incognita Countess and its sequel, The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, are available from Aqueduct Press.
I’m a local writer and science fiction fan, author of the five part War of the Second Iteration series – The Luck of Han’anga, Founders’ Effect, The Plight of the Eli’ahtna, The Courage to Accept, and Setha’im Prosh. My most recent book is The Gryphon Stone, a blend of science fiction and fantasy elements. Among my other interests, I’m an amateur astronomer, and have published two short books – Mr. Olcott’s Skies: An Old Book and a Youthful Obsession and Tales of a Three-legged Newt: Essays and Anecdotes for Amateur Astronomers – that explore my relationship with the night sky.
Catherine Wells is the author of numerous novels and short stories of speculative fiction, including the AnLab Award-winning Best Novella of 2015, "Builders of Leaf Houses." For more about Catherine, her books and short stories, visit http://www.catherine-wells.com.
If he had to describe his Super Power, Bruce would list his uncanny ability to speak (nearly) intelligently on just about any topic. Or at least fake it Really Darn Well.\r\n\r\nA bundle of Formers (not Fomors): Former IT Manager at the L5 Society, as well as the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. Former professional Movie extra. Former Contributing Editor to Questbusters magazine.\r\n\r\nCurrently working as a Systems Administrator.
T.M. (Tina) Williams began her writing career by accident when a song inspired a story about a woman named Carter. What started off as a blip of an idea turned into the Bohemian Grove trilogy, a science-fiction adventure based on the Anunnaki and ancient Sumerian texts. Soon after, the completed manuscript was picked up by a small-press publishing house. Bohemian Grove was released in early 2013. Since then T.M. Williams has gone on to write over a dozen other books in paranormal mystery, thriller, and twisted fairy tales - including 3 best-sellers. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and son. She enjoys spending her weekends conducting paranormal investigations around Arizona, finding herself in some of the most unique small towns and abandoned places.
Dania Wright is a scientist, engineer, and consultant out of Phoenix, Arizona. Her background covers a broad range of disciplines, including Bachelor's degrees in anthropology and biology from Wellesley College; she is currently working towards yet another degree, this time in engineering. After reading one too many bad science fiction books, she now puts these varied interests to use helping authors and creatives do science accurately. As Science Producer on seasons 2 and 3 of Bill Nye Saves The World, she was responsible for bringing the science into reality, and coordinated and tested every experiment on the show. After several years of experience as a Content Specialist at the Arizona Science Center, where she set stuff on fire and occasionally exploded things in public, she remains active in the field of informal science education. She is currently working on the Psyche Mission at Arizona State University in partnership with NASA, as well as with the RAIN Project, helping improve access to informal science resources in rural communities throughout the state of Arizona. When not playing with fire, she is an accomplished fencer and swordswoman.
Madame Nelly Zelle
Madame Zelle is the time traveling relative of Margeretha Zelle, better known as Mata Hari. Nelly idolized her dead aunt and has lived her life on the edge of propriety, trying her hand at everything from acting to big game hunting. She is a bit accident prone, and is often lead astray by Dr. Thaddeus Phul, who gets her to try out his new invention. Madame Zelle is the brain child of Carol Lewis, a long time costumer who found steampunk and fell in love with the genre. Like her alter ego she is a jack of all trades, creating most of her costumes from the ground up.
Rosie Zwaduk has been Producing films and TV pilots in Tucson, AZ since 2008, after selling her commercial photography business in Kansas. Her highlights include Emmy’s from her work with Crown Chimp Productions, Winning \“Best Action Adventure Short\” for \“El Patron\” at the Chandler International Film Festival, and had international distribution/success for her horror feature film \“Strange Blood\”.
What is TusCon 45?
Hello, fellow fans. Welcome to TusCon, Arizona! More specifically, welcome to TusCon 45, our 45th annual Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror convention in Tuscon.. ah, we mean rather Tucson, Arizona. Attendees of TusCon are among the most dedicated fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and many attendees are professional writers, film producers, artists, and reporters who keep others informed about the goings on in the industry.
TusCon is an annual science fiction convention sponsored by the Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA), a Southern Arizona section 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. The primary focus of TusCon is science fiction, fantasy and horror, but we also pay attention to art, animation, science, media and gaming.
Every year, dozens of professional writers, artists, editors, performers, and filmmakers attend the convention. We invite you to attend the convention, especially if you are a fan of reading, writing, gaming, and generally having fun. Besides, we have a Cookie Fairy in our ConSuite.
What else does TusCon 45 offer? How about an Art Show, Panel Discussions, Vendors Room, Gaming, Round-the-Clock Video Room with Eclectic & Unusual Films plus Anime, Q&A with Film Makers, Science Presentations, Cosplay Fashion Show, Learn from The Pros, and So Much More!!
TusCon attracts between 300 to 500 attendees each year. Our attendees are an eclectic and diverse bunch, ranging from pre-teens to senior citizens. Income and education levels for TusCon attendees vary widely. The common denominator is a love for the written word, especially fantasy and science fiction.
Our Author Guest of Honor is Joe R. Lansdale, the author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories, including Paradise Sky, the Edgar Award-winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.
Our Artist Guest of Honor is Dr. William K. Hartmann, a noted astronomer, author and artist. He is senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. He was an investigator on the Mariner 9 Mars probe which mapped the Red Planet for the first time in 1972. An asteroid (#3341) is named for him. He has written and illustrated several widely-used textbooks on astronomy, and also co-authored and co-illustrated five pictoral books of space art, The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, Out of the Cradle,The History of Earth, and In The Stream of Stars:The Soviet-American Space Art Book.
TusCon 45 will be held November 9th-November 11th 2018 at the in Tucson, Arizona.
Please make sure to register early; we like to keep this convention small and intimate so that everyone has a chance to interact with our amazing guest authors, artists, and panelists. Attendance is limited to 500 registered attendees annually.
At TusCon, we do things a little differently. We have a relaxed, friendly atmosphere surrounding three days of fascinating events and up close and personal discussions with some of today’s finest Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror creators.
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