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Brandon Sanderson was born in December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested for him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This all changed in eighth grade when an astute teacher, Mrs. Reader, gave Brandon Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon thoroughly enjoyed this book, and went in search of anything similar. He discovered such authors as Robert Jordan, Melanie Rawn, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon continued to be an avid reader through junior high and high school. He liked epic fantasy so much that he even tried his hand at writing some. His first attempts, he says, were dreadful.
In 1994 Brandon enrolled at Brigham Young University as a biochemistry major. From 1995 to 1997 he took time away from his studies to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brandon often says that it was during this time in Seoul, Korea that he realized that he didn’t miss chemistry one bit, but he did miss writing. Upon his return to BYU, Brandon became an English major, much to the dismay of his mother, who had always hoped he would become a doctor.
Brandon began writing in earnest, taking a job as the night desk clerk at a hotel because they allowed him to write while at work. During this era he went to school full time during the day, worked nights to pay for his schooling, and wrote as much as he could. He says it made for a rather dismal social life, but he finished seven novels during his undergraduate years. Brandon submitted many manuscripts for publication . . . and accumulated quite a pile of rejection letters. In spite of this he continued to be a dedicated writer.
Volunteering for The Leading Edge, BYU’s science fiction/fantasy magazine, was a wonderful experience for Brandon. He read many submissions, formed some lifelong friendships, and served as Editor in Chief during his senior year.
Brandon learned much about the business side of being a writer by taking a class from David Farland, author of the popular Runelords series. One piece of advice Dave gave Brandon was to attend conventions, such as Worldcon and World Fantasy, in order to connect with industry professionals. Brandon and a small group of friends who were also aspiring writers began to do so. He eventually met both his current agent and one of his editors at conventions.
In 2003 Brandon was in the middle of a graduate program at BYU, when he got a call from editor Moshe Feder at Tor. Brandon had submitted the manuscript a year and a half earlier, and had almost given up on hearing anything. He was surprised and delighted to receive the offer to buy one of is books. In May 2005 Brandon held his first published novel, Elantris, in his hands. Over the next few years, Tor also published Brandon’s Mistborn trilogy, its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings, the first in a projected ten-volume series called The Stormlight Archive. Other projects continue to be in the works.
In 2004 after graduating with his Master’s degree in creative writing from Brigham Young University, Brandon was asked to teach the class he had taken as an undergraduate student from Dave Farland. In spite of his busy schedule, Brandon continues to teach this one section of creative writing focused on science fiction and fantasy because he enjoys helping aspiring writers. Additionally, along with Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Dan Wells, he hosts the doubly Hugo-nominated writing advice podcast Writing Excuses, which has twice won a Parsec Award.
In July 2006 Brandon married Emily Bushman. Emily and Brandon ran in many of the same circles at BYU during their student days, since Emily majored in English as well. They never met, however, until a mutual friend set them up on a date in 2005. Emily had spent seven years as a teacher, but chose to quit with the birth of their first child in October 2007. Emily now works from home part time as Brandon’s business manager.
Brandon’s repertoire expanded into the children’s market when Scholastic published Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a middle-grade novel, in October 2007. Nancy Pearl gave this book a very favorable review on National Public Radio, which pleased Sanderson fans. Three more volumes of the series have been released so far. Brandon also moved into the young adult market in 2013, when The Rithmatist was released by Tor and Steelheart will come out from Delacorte.
Brandon’s focus has always been novels, but he has published some short fiction as well. Novelettes “Defending Elysium” and “Firstborn” were released in 2008, and in 2011 Brandon’s novella Infinity Blade: Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Subterranean Press released the novella Legion in 2012, and Tachyon Press released The Emperor’s Soul that year as well.
In December 2007 Brandon was chosen by Harriet McDougal Rigney to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after his untimely passing. 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final volume in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings and was on the short list again in 2012 for The Alloy of Law. He has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy twice and has been nominated three other years. He was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has hit the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller List six times, with both Wheel of Time books hitting the #1 spot. Towers of Midnight was on the list for a Wheel of Time record eighteen straight weeks. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians was optioned for film by DreamWorks Animation, Mistborn was optioned by Paloppa Pictures, Legion was optioned by Lionsgate, and Steelheart was optioned by FilmEngine. A Mistborn video game, Mistborn: Birthright, will be released by Little Orbit in 2014 for multiple platforms, and the tabletop RPG Mistborn Adventure Game was released by Crafty Games in 2012. Brandon’s books have been published in over 20 languages, and he has won Spain’s UPC Science Fiction Award.
Cam Banks is Brand Manager for Atlas Games. He was born in the antipodean paradise of New Zealand, a nation whose geography doubles for such fictional landscapes as Mythic Greece and Middle Earth. Despite his uneventful education in history, philosophy, and psychology at NZ's Waikato University he learned his true passion was in playing games and making things up. Forsaking his homeland, he emigrated to the USA to marry his soul mate and pursue such diverse careers as retail manager, cafe manager, client engagement manager, and library annex manager. He spent the last decade working for Margaret Weis Productions and helped create, develop, and manage over fifty roleplaying games and sourcebooks, including award-winning RPGs based on Marvel Comics and Leverage. Now living in Saint Paul with his wife and two sons, Cam is thrilled to add "brands" to things he can manage.
Doug Walker (That Guy With The Glasses)
Doug Walker, from ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic, who reviews bad movies and TV shows from childhood. He also plays the roles of That Guy With The Glasses, who answers the weirdest questions fans can come up with, Chester A. Bum, the hyper active bum who loves every movie ever made, and Dominic, a bartender who has talked with the video game world's biggest stars. He's also noted for having a long standing "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd. His online shows averages one to two hundred thousand viewers a week. His fans include Roger Ebert, Paul Dini, and the creators of Animaniacs. He's appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, has worked with the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards in 2010. Often his convention appearances end up turning into comedic videos featured on his site, so don't miss your chance to possibly be featured in one!
James C. Burns
The 2010 release of CALL OF Duty: Black Ops smashed records and introduced the world to James C Burns in the role of Sgt. Frank Woods, the gritty central character of the story. An instant fan favorite, Burns received 2010 VGA “CHARACTER OF THE YEAR” award and a world wide fan base 40 million strong.
FAll of 2013 should see the release of the highly acclaimed COLDWATER which took the 2013 SXSW ﬁlm festival by storm and BLACKJACKS, an SYFY action thriller.
"Tell the kid he’s got it,” said the legendary Mel Blanc with a smile, after listening to a young man’s first demo tape of cartoon character voices. The year was 1984, “the kid,” was Jim Cummings. Since then, the kid has gone on to give life and voice to some of America’s most beloved animal Characters, even a few of the late Mel Blanc’s, and he was even nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as the lovable Tigger on Disney Channel’s “My Friends Tigger and Pooh,” in which he also voices everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh.
Cummings is a proud father of four and resides in California with his beautiful two younger daughters Grace and Lulu Rose…and their critters.
Jon St. John
Jon St. John is an American voice actor who has provided the character voices for more than 120 video games and countless commercial projects.
Best known as the voice of DUKE NUKEM, Jon is also heard on games such as: World of Warcraft, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Sonic Adventure, Conduit 2, Heroes of Newerth, Call of Cthulhu, The Die Hard Trilogy, Rochard, Gears of War, and Guild Wars 2.
Jon has also provided character voices for theme parks such as Legoland California, and Dollywood in Tennessee.
A regular honored guest at cons from coast to coast, Jon says he’s thrilled to have a job that he loves, and having fans worldwide doesn’t suck, either.
Marble Hornets is a horror series on YouTube created by Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage in the summer of 2009. The series follows the narrator, Jay, as he goes through old footage of a cancelled film project by his old college friend, Alex. As he goes through more tapes, he discovers that Alex was being stalked by a paranormal entity and decides to continue to try and unravel the mystery behind the tapes.
The series has overcome a near complete lack of budget through the use of a first person narrative that helps create an atmosphere that portrays a sense of fear from both the seen and unseen. This limited perspective along with the cryptic responses from the ever-present "totheark" has helped provoke discussion on many message boards across the internet and helped to boost what started as a pastime into a channel boasting almost 290,000 total subscribers and over 59 million total upload views with minimal self-promotion. With this overwhelming show of support from its fans, the series now has its first two seasons available on DVD as well as t-shirts. The series was also an official honoree at the 15th annual Webby Awards in 2011.
Troy acts as co-creator, director, and editor of Marble Hornets, as well as playing Jay, the "narrator" of the series. He has also been working for multiple production companies on various commercial and narrative film projects in the Birmingham, AL area since 2005. In December of 2011, Troy graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Production and a minor in Theatre.
Joseph, in stark contrast with Troy, had absolutely no experience in film prior to his involvement in Marble Hornets. Despite his work as co-creator, writer, and actor in the series, Joseph still spends much of his time focusing his creative efforts on music. Having grown up in a musical household, he began playing trumpet 15 years ago and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Alabama.
After meeting Troy through a mutual friend in late 2008, Tim Sutton became more involved in Troy’s various film projects. Having become a fan favorite, Tim has become more and more involved in the writing process of Marble Hornets in addition to his acting. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Alabama.
In addition to their work on Marble Hornets, the three were recently signed as writers for the horror game Slender: The Arrival, the much-anticipated follow-up of the indie hit, Slender: The Eight Pages. The game was developed by Blue Isle Studios in association with Parsec Productions and was released on March 26th.
Marina Sirtis is recognized worldwide as the sexy and cerebral Starfleet Commander “Deanna Troi” of the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION series and STAR TREK feature films. Over time, Marina skillfully transformed the popular character from reserved beauty to delicious diva by inserting her own trademark wit and comedic timing.
Marina was born in London, England to Greek parents who did not want her to become an actress. After high school, she secretly applied to the prestigious Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. After graduating, Marina earned her acting chops performing on British television and stage. In 1986, Marina moved to Los Angeles hoping to make her mark in American film and television.
After six months, Marina was ready to call it quits and head back to the UK. Legendary STAR TREK creator GENE RODDENBERRY would change her mind. He was casting for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. After what she thought was a terrible audition, and just moments before boarding a plane for London, Marina got the call that would launch her career.
Producers wanted her for the role of “Deanna Troi.”
Marina’s dramatic and comedic range has created opportunities on stage, television and feature films beyond the STAR TREK franchise as well. Her feature films include the Academy Award-winning Best Picture CRASH for which she received a SAG Award (Ensemble). On the small screen, she starred as “Queen Wealhteow” in the SCI-FI Channel’s movie GRENDEL as well as numerous guest starring appearances on shows like WITHOUT A TRACE, GIRLFRIENDS, THREAT MATRIX, THE CLOSER and ENTERPRISE. Most recently, Marina wrapped a guest-starring role in the UK’s HOBIE CITY.
Matt M McElroy
Matt M McElroy is the Director of Marketing for DriveThruRPG.com, DriveThruComics.com, and other related sites. Here, he works with companies like White Wolf Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, and many more to deliver RPGs, comics, games, and genre fiction to fans around the world. A long-time horror, dark fantasy, and dark science fiction fan, he is also the owner of Flames Rising Press which publishes the type of fiction and games he loves. Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror, an award winning anthology, is Flames Rising's most popular book in its current catalog.
Matt also occasionally dabbles in freelance writing and editing in the role-playing game industry. Currently, he is working on supplements for Vampire: the Masquerade and Hunter: the Vigil.
Michael Curtis has been playing role-playing games since 1980 and a freelance writer and game designer since 2008. He has written or contributed to more than two dozen roleplaying games, supplements, and articles. Best known for Goodman Games’ The Dungeon Alphabet (for which he was awarded the 2011 Three Castles Award for Game Design) and Stonehell Dungeon, he’s also worked on the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, Goblinoid Games’ Realms of Crawling Chaos, and Secret Fire Games’ forthcoming Fragments I: The Way of Tree, Fire & Flame. Author of the DCC RPG adventures The Crawling Corruption, Emirikol Was Framed! and The Sea Queen Escapes!, Michael’s work has appeared in the pages of Gygax Magazine and he is a regular contributor to Fight On! magazine. He’s also had a cameo appearance in the web-comic Marvin the Mage. He writes the popular old school gaming blog, “The Society of Torch, Pole and Rope” (poleandrope.blogspot.com) when not working on RPG projects. Michael’s upcoming projects include contributions to Chapter 13 Press’ Tales from the Fallen Empire, the Dungeon Crawl Classics adventures Frozen in Time, In the Court of Chaos, and The Croaking Fane, a soon-to-be-release RPG from Goblinoid Games entitled MAJUS, and his own indie RPG, Shiverwhen.
Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, co-creator of Rogue of the X-Men, Spartan X and Bucky O'Hare is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on "The 'Nam," "Micronauts," "G.I. Joe Yearbook," and "Dr. Strange, " among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and storytellers in the business.
Golden's work can be seen on covers from "Spawn," "Nightwing", "Iron Man", "Heroes for Hire", "Exiles," "Demon's Regret," "Spiderman," to "Hulk," as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there.
It's no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades:
"....unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does," said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden's work.
"Michael blithely puts down on paper exactly what he sees in his head. It's like he's got a cosmic opaque projector that shoots a laser beam from his brain through the kundalini eye in his forehead straight down onto the drawing surface where all he has to do is trace it," continues Hama. "The result is hard-edged and fully realized in every way. No fuzzy impressions here. No using the side of the pencil. No squiggly space-filling lines blocked in on automatic pilot. To paraphrase Neal Adams (who was referring to Golden), there is not a single millimeter of line on the page that is not directed by conscious thought."
Recent books covering the colorful life and amazing art of Michael Golden include a Manga version of the "Bucky O'Hare" series, as well as the top selling art retrospective "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," written by Renee Witterstaetter, which sold out and has gone into a second printing, as well as his recent sketchbooks "Heroes and Villains," "MORE Heroes and Villains, " and "Michael Golden: Alchemy."
In fact, as a conceptual cover artist, Golden has penciled everything from Batman and Captain America to Vampirella! - And the list keeps growing.
Michael has served as an editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as Gijon, Barcelona, New York, Antwerp and Brussels, while his class on storytelling has been conducted from Spain to Brussels to France to Canada to the United States... And most recently China.
He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival.
Michael J Sullivan
After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night and a shot rang out. He was just eight years old at the time. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck...just to name a few. During that time he wrote twelve novels, and after finding no traction in publishing, he quit and vowed never to write creatively again.
Michael discovered that never is a very long time, and he ended his hiatus from writing after a decade. The itch returned when he decided to create a series of books for his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who was struggling in school due to dyslexia.
Michael is one of the few authors who have successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big six. He has been named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors list as well as making #6 on EMG's 25 Self Published Authors to Watch. As of January 2013, he has sold more than 250,000 books, been translated to 14 languages, and has had books appear on more than 65 "best of" or "most anticipated" lists including:
* 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Theft of Swords
Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages and has several projects under development: Antithesis (modern fantasy), and The First Empire (traditional fantasy). He also has three releases scheduled including: The Crown Tower (Orbit, Aug 2013), The Rose and Thorn (Orbit, Sep 2013), and Hollow World (Self-published, Jan 2014)
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Michael Trucco is an American actor known for his role as Samuel T. Anders on the re-imagined ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and as Justin Patrick on the USA Network television series ‘Fairly Legal.’
Born and raised the son of a police officer in San Mateo, California, Michael graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for a couple of years until the desire to reach for bigger parts drove him to Los Angeles. He appeared in six plays over the next 2 years, but it was his appearance in “A Few Good Men" that got Michael noticed by a talent manager and thus began his upward climb in film and television.
Trucco became active in television in the late 1990s with appearances in episodes of ‘Touched by an Angel,’ ‘Silk Stalkings,’ ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ ‘Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman,’ and ‘Pensacola: Wings of Gold’ with James Brolin among others. He continued appearing in shows of similar genres like ‘CSI,’’ Heartbeart,’ ‘Strong Medicine,’ ‘CSI: Miami,’ and others into the 2000s. He played Cooper Lee in six episodes of ‘One Tree Hill’ from 2005 to 2006.
In 2002, Trucco starred in ‘Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled.’ In 2005, he joined the drama ‘Battlestar Galactica’ in the role of Samuel T. Anders, and in 2007 played Jessica Biel’s boyfriend on the Sony/Revolution feature Next starring Nicolas Cage. In 2008, he guest-starred on NBC's ‘Law & Order: Special Victims’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ In 2010, he guest-starred on ABC's series ‘Castle,’ as Detective Tom Demming, and in the same year Trucco was cast as a series regular in the USA Network series ‘Fairly Legal’.
Trucco went on to guest star in a season 6 episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ in 2011, and got a recurring role in the show's eighth season. He is now starring in this season's ‘Revenge’ as Kenny's brother.
Trucco is also the lead guitarist of the band Simpleworld.
Born and raised in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Neil Grayston caught the acting bug while participating in his high school drama club’s performance of Hamlet, where he played the titular Danish Prince. Following graduation, Neil had a number of guest star and leading roles in Canadian television, including the critically acclaimed CBC young adult series Edgemont.
Neil’s credits include a series regular role as ‘Alec,’ the mouth-breather, on FOX’s critically acclaimed dramedy Wonderfalls and his Leo Award nominated performance for his portrayal of ‘Martin,’ the stoic sous-chef in CTV’s dramedy Godiva’s. Selected guest star roles include: The CW’s Smallville and Supernatural, as well as CBS’ The Dead Zone.
American audiences best know Neil Grayston for his leading role as ‘Douglas Fargo’ for five seasons on the hit series, Eureka. Eureka is the second highest rated show on the SyFy Channel and was nominated by TV Guide for the "Fan Favorite Award." Neil’s character, ‘Douglas Fargo’ appeared in a crossover arc on SyFy’s #1 show, Warehouse 13.
With very little time between series, Neil has had the pleasure of being able to work on a number of independent films and movies for television. Most recently, Neil can be seen in the leading role ‘Steve Palmer’ in SyFy’s soon-to-be-released movie for television End of the World.
Neil currently resides in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nicki Clyne enjoyed a typical
Oscar Rios is an author of horror fiction and role playing scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Since 2002 he has written countless Call of Cthulhu scenarios for nearly every historical era possible. He’s authored five monographs for Chaosium, including Ripples from Carcosa and The Ravenar Saga. His scenarios appear in various Chaosium monograph collections, including every Halloween themed one produced to date. His work has appeared in The Unspeakable Oath, Worlds of Cthulhu and Independent Roleplayer’s Magazine. Oscar works for Miskatonic River Press, as a staff writer and editor. His scenarios appear in several MRP books, including More Adventures in Arkham County, New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, Lux in Tenebras and Tales of the Sleepless City. He is also the author of The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, a campaign for Cthulhu Invictus published by Miskatonic River Press. Oscar has several scenarios included in the upcoming expanded re-release of the classic Chaosium campaign, Horror on the Orient Express. Most recently he has launched a new Chaosium Licensee called Golden Goblin Press, to produce material for the Call of Cthulhu RPG line.
Paul and Storm
Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage. The duo’s original webseries musical, “LearningTown“, debuted on YouTube’s Geek & Sundry channel in January 2013.
Elena "Yamino" Barbarich
Tahmoh is delighted to have starred as Lieutenant Karl “Helo” Agathon on the Emmy Nominated Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica for which he has received the prestigious Peabody Award. Prior to Battlestar Galactica, Tahmoh joined the cast of the critically acclaimed Canadian series, The Cold Squad, for their final season. His performance on that series earned him a LEO award nomination. Tahmoh’s next major public production was Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series, Dollhouse, which was cancelled after 2 seasons.
Tahmoh has also be seen in a Guest Starring capacity in a variety of other series including a recurring Guest Star on Whistler (The N), Smallville (FOX) and The L Word (Showtime ). Tahmoh stars in the short film, Trapped Ashes, directed by renowned director Monte Hellman, which debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Tahmoh had two films which came out in 2007, Trick 'r Treat (Warner Bros) and The Green Chain (Movie Central) and debuted at the Vancouver Film Festival. Most recently Tahmoh Penikett played the lead role of Matt Ellman on Syfy's four-hour TV adaptation of Riverworld.
Tahmoh was born in the city of Whitehorse in the Yukon, Canada and his background, which includes strong ties to the Upper Tanana tribe and their traditions, led him to his love of storytelling. Tahmoh has a very strong connection and devotion to his family with whom he spends time with whenever possible.
In his spare time enjoys a variety of athletic pursuits including being a competitive kick boxer.
Tim Buckley - CtrlAltDel
By day, an aloof, billionaire, philanthropist, gamer playboy; However, when night falls and the city's villainous element come out to play, he dons cape and cowl and valiantly... sits in his office drawing cartoons. For the internet.
For the last ten years he has been the author and artist of Ctrl+Alt+Del, a comic strip about video games and the gamers that play them, as well as an animated series by the same name. ConnectiCon was the very first convention he ever attended as a creator, and he is excited to be returning yet again for 2013!