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Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol. 2. Cecil has performed at The Shakespeare Theatre DC, Studio Theatre (including the world premier production of Neil Labute’s Autobahn), The Kennedy Center, The National Players, LaMaMa E.T.C., Emerging Artists Theatre, and at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Film/TV credits include Braden in The Outs (Vimeo), the voice of Tad Strange in Gravity Falls (Disney XD), The Fool in Lear (with Paul Sorvino), and indie film Billie Joe Bob. Cecil has been featured on podcasts such as Ask Me Another (NPR), Selected Shorts (PRI), Shipwreck, Big Data and Our Fair City.
Cecil was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and currently resides in New York.
Mr. Knauf created and served as Executive Producer of his Emmy Award-winning series, “CARNIVÁLE” (HBO). Mr. Knauf has since written episodes of “SUPERNATURAL” (The CW) and “FEAR ITSELF” (NBC). He served as a Consulting Producer on “STAND OFF” (FOX) , “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” (NBC) and the hit cult series, “SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND” (Starz) and as Executive Producer-Showrunner of the short-lived but innovative, critically acclaimed network series, DRACULA (NBC).
Additionally, he and his son, Charles Knauf, have collaborated on comic books, “THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN,” “CAPTAIN AMERICA, THEATER OF WAR” and “THE ETERNALS” for Marvel, and the SyFy pilot/mini, “THE PHANTOM.” Mr. Knauf has recently turned to screenwriting, developing a feature trilogy for Will Smith and Overbrook Productions, “THE LEGEND OF CAIN,” as well as “HONEY VICARRO” for Flame Productions. He has also been active with creating internet content since 1999, developing several award-winning trans-media websites. Currently, he is an Executive Producer and Writer on the hit network series, “THE BLACKLIST” (NBC).
Joshua Lou Friedman
Joshua Lou Friedman has worked in film and television production since 1991, and today commonly serves as Assistant Director on a wide range of independent features. His television credits range from children’s animation (Inspector Gadget, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures, Sonic the Hedgehog), to award-winning favorites such as Heroes, CSI: New York, Monk, Alias, and Californication. His feature film credits include Transformers, 9, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Midnight Meat Train, Bitch Slap, Detention, The Dark Knight Rises, the recent hit Big Ass Spider!, 2015’s internet sensation Power/Rangers, as well as last year’s wildly popular horror anthology, Tales of Halloween. Joshua also made his acting debut in the UK feature, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011) where he co-starred alongside Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) and is currently gearing up to direct his first feature, The Nightmare Game.
Guest of Honor — Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties.
He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also the MIT Media Lab’s Activist in Residence. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.
David Gerrold has been sitting alone in a room and talking to himself for more than fifty years. If he hears anything good, he types it up. When he has enough words, he sends it to an editor. Occasionally some editor somewhere is so desperate for something to publish, he sends David Gerrold a check. This proves that David is not crazy for sitting alone in a room and talking to himself.
The New York Times recently declared Caitlín R. Kiernan “one of our essential writers of dark fiction.” Her novels include Silk, Threshold, Low Red Moon, Daughter of Hounds, The Red Tree(nominated for the Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy awards), and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. and Bram Stoker awards, nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards). In 2015, both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl were optioned for film and are currently in development. To date, her short fiction has been collected in thirteen volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, From Weird and Distant Shores, Alabaster, A is for Alien, The Ammonite Violin & Others, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One), Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two),Dear Sweet Filthy World, and the World Fantasy Award winning The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, Mythos Tales. She has also won a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction for “The Prayer of Ninety Cats.” During the 1990s, she wrote The Dreaming for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and has recently completed the Bram Stoker Award winning three-volume Alabaster series for Dark Horse Comics. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her partner, Kathryn Pollnac.
Keith R.A. DeCandido attended his first I-Con as a college student in 1988, where he got to meet Harlan Ellison for the first time. Over the years, he has attended the show as a fan, as press, as security, as a musical guest, and most commonly as an author guest. Keith’s recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel’s “Tales of Asgard” trilogy of prose novels, including Thor: Dueling with Giants, Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Warriors Three: Godhood’s End; the Stargate SG-1 novel Kali’s Wrath; the Heroes Reborn novella Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World; Mermaid Precinct, the latest in his fantasy/police procedural series; A Furnace Sealed, the first in his new urban fantasy series about a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters; three novellas in the Super City Cops series, Avenging Amethyst, Undercover Blues, and Secret Identities; the short-story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido; and short stories in the anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt, Altered States of the Union, Baker Street Irregulars Volumes 1 & 2, A Baker’s Dozen of Magic, Humans Wanted, Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Limbus Inc. Book 3, Nights of the Living Dead, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, TV Gods: Summer Programming, V-Wars: Night Terrors, and The X-Files: Trust No One. In 2009, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. His rewatches of classic TV shows (various series in the Star Trek and Stargate franchises, as well as the 1966 Batman) have been appearing twice weekly on Tor.com since 2011. He’s also a professional musician (currently the percussionist for the parody band Boogie Knights), an editor of more than 25 years’ standing (working for clients both corporate and private), a second-degree black belt in karate (which he teaches to both children and adults), and probably some other stuff that he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at DeCandido.net.
Drew holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Medical Technology/Biomedical research from the State University of New York at Fredonia, a Master of Science degree in Immunology / Medical Biology from the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University, and a Post Masters Certification in Science Education from Dowling College.
After years of being a laboratory supervisor for North Shore University Hospital, he began teaching science at Amityville Memorial High School in New York, right down the street from the famous Amityville Horror house. Studying the martial arts under Renshi George Santiago, he is now a Sensei at Master Santiago’s Bushido Karate dojo in Islip, New York. He has been a stuntman in the Long Island Produced “A Merry Little Christmas.” He was in a fight scene playing a squid with an axe in “Cold Feet, Wet Dreams, and the Kitchen Sink.”
Writing and BSing have always been a hobby for Drew. He likes to take the world of science and throw a monkey wrench into its thought process. He feels that nobody knows it “all”, and loves to prove it. Teaching high school biology and forensic science for Syracuse University has proven more rewarding than lab work. Everyday you learn something new.
In a career spanning over two decades as a professional graphic designer, Roy Mauritsen is also an award-winning digital fantasy artist of the Chess Pieces series and author of the Shards of the Glass Slipper series. Presently, Mr. Mauritsen is an art director overseeing both Perseid Press and Padwolf Publishing, and has designed nearly a hundred published book covers so far. Roy Mauritsen has added “audiobook producer” to his growing list of endeavors. In March 2015, Mr. Mauritsen released his first audiobook for Book One: Queen Cinder in his Shards of the Glass Slipper series, collaborating with professional narrator Christopher Crosby Morris. Mr. Mauritsen spent nearly two months editing over 16 hours of recordings to professionally mix in sound effects and music scores to create a more enhanced listening experience ( much like a radio drama). A similar audiobook is planned for Book II: Queen Alice.
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is excited to return to I-Con! Best known as Asuka in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Tiffany was the first anime voice actor hired in the US state of Texas [Feb. 1994].
She’s voiced characters in 1700+ TV episodes, OVAs & movies including AZUMANGA DAIOH (Kaorin), CHRONO CRUSADE (Satella), BLUE SEED (Kome), INFINITE STRATOS (Laura), FMP? FUMOFFU (Bonta-kun), GODANNAR (Shizuru), FULL METAL ALCHEMIST (Marta), MARIA HOLIC (Yonakuni), ONE PIECE (Nojiko), THE WALLFLOWER (Auntie), AKAME GA KILL (Koro) and GIRLS UND PANZER (Sodoko). Video game credits: UNLIMITED SAGA, DEUS EX II: INVISIBLE WAR. Recent projects include GATCHAMAN CROWDS INSIGHT, DEN-NOH COIL and AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK.
Ms. Grant has adapted English dubbing scripts for TV series such as HELLO KITTY’S ANIMATION THEATER, AH! MY GODDESS 2, THE WALLFLOWER, INFINITE STRATOS, TEARS TO TIARA, PARASYTE-THE-MAXIM and DEN-NOH COIL, as well as scripts for several subtitled projects including MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live-action TOKYO – THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.
Additionally, Tiffany contributed to the albums “Voices for Peace” and “Voices for Tolerance” www.voicesfor.org. Profits benefit charities like Doctors Without Borders. CDs and downloads: www.cdbaby.com & iTunes.
Non-anime work includes ARLINGTON ROAD (w/Jeff Bridges) and indie films LAUGHING BOY, DEAD OF KNIGHT & LARS THE EMO KID. Tiffany has years of experience in theatre and commercials and an incurable Hello Kitty addiction! For more, visit TiffanyGrant.net
Kristen Nelson is a Singer and Voice Actress living on Long Island New York. She is available for singing and acting work. She is a classically trained vocalist with a huge range capable of executing everything from Ave Maria to Led Zeppelin’s Rock N’ Roll, and all the pop and dance you might say is in-between. Her most recent projects include fronting a classic rock band and a Heart tribute band. Kristen is also an accomplished actress and performer. Her professional experience includes voice-over looping work for Japanese Animation (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1242964/) . Kristen has also been active in local theater where she directed her local Rocky Horror Picture Show and participated in the local Shadowcast of REPO the Genetic Opera. She has also provided the voices of the characters Give and Give in the online cartoon about everybody’s favorite vampire superhero, Dr. Shroud (check it out at http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/569533) Kristen is a recurring guest year after year at various anime conventions and tracks, most notably ICON (www.iconsf.org) and Philcon (www.philcon.org) Whatever Kristen is doing, she is never afraid of speaking her mind and will reach out in support of anyone who wants to get into singing or acting by honestly and earnestly sharing her experiences and her advice with them. On stage she is known for delivering performances that are technically challenging and energetic.
JON TANTON is new to the voice acting scene but has had trained in stage acting and other performance trades for years. His VO credits include the English Dubs for both “Charger Girl Juden-Chan” and “Rio: Rainbow Gate” as well as the popular animated web series, “Super Hero Clock”. He is also a Carnegie Mellon University alumni with a degree in Creative Writing. He would like to thank I-CON for putting on such a great convention and for inviting him to be a part of it.
Lost Silver Productions
This is Lost Silver Productions.
Right Stuf, Inc. is an independent video publisher that specializes in packaging and distributing pre-recorded programming to English-language audiences – from Japanese animation (anime) to foreign live-action content.
In addition to selling its own publishing division’s products, Right Stuf, Inc. also resells and distributes anime-related and Asian live-action merchandise – including DVDs, Blu-ray discs, books, apparel, artwork, audio CDs and more – on behalf of other North American suppliers.
Right Stuf’s unique position as a publisher, distributor and retailer gives it a distinct advantage in the anime marketplace, as it operates in both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors. Right Stuf is the largest of North America’s anime-specific retail and distribution companies, selling products both direct to fans and to other retailers, via its web site, phone and mail-order. It also provides business services for firms throughout the North American anime industry, from phone banks and data entry to demographic research, the creation of online storefronts, and more.
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of SNOWBLIND, ARARAT, TIN MEN, and many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two cult favorite comics series, BALTIMORE and JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE. As an editor, his anthologies include SEIZE THE NIGHT, THE NEW DEAD, and DARK CITIES. He is one-third of the popular podcast Three Guys with Beards. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family and far too many books.
James A. Moore
JAMES A. MOORE is the author of over forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, Blood Harvest, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) Cherry Hill, Alien: Sea of Sorrows and the Seven Forges series of novels. He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association, first as Secretary and later as Vice President.
Never one to stay in one genre for too long, James has recently written epic fantasy novels in the series SEVEN FORGES (Seven Forges, the Blasted Lands, City of Wonders and The Silent Army). He is working on a new series called The Tides Of War. The first book in the series The Last Sacrifice, came out last January and the sequel, Fallen Gods, is due out early in 2018. Pending novels also include A Hell Within (a Griffin & Price Novel) co-written with Charles R. Rutledge and an apocalyptic Sci-Fi novel tentatively called Spores.
Long Island artist and designer Steve Price has been kicking around the comic book business as a fan, retailer, and published pro his entire life. Recent comics credits include the logo and book design for NIGHTWORLD: MIDNIGHT SONATA (Image Comics) and an illustration in JUNGLE TALES of TARZAN (Dark Horse Comics). Older works include short comics in anthologies by Radio Comix, House of Twelve, and Manual Comics and a cartoon featured on one of the final tour shirts for the seminal punk band, the Ramones.
With artwork featured in group shows at the prestigious Merry Karnowski (LA) and Last Rites (NYC) galleries, Steve Price has also had cartoons published by Newsday, the Village VOICE, and WCBS New York. He is currently at work on a new chapter of the self-published KARMIKAZE; Princess of Payback and a couple of other projects.
John Broglia is a New York based cartoonist who’s love for comics dates back to his early childhood. He attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he studied animation. Early on in his career he worked on several creator owned projects such as Billy Tucci’s Zombie Sama and Image Comics’ God Complex with Michael Avon Oeming. He has also supplied art for anthology series such as Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures and the FUBAR books. John has been a part of several successful Kickstart campaigns, his most prominent one with writer Michael Sarrao on Unmasked volume 1 which will be seeing a volume 2 in 2017. John is currently working on a handful of new projects including a reboot of Zombie Sama , Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer and other creator owned projects.
Joe Corallo is a queer cisgender white guy who tries to keep his privilege in check while residing in Queens, NY. He’s self published multiple issues of a cyberpunk comic titledElectronic with Danny Luckert, and has work published in Geeks OUT Presents: Power anthology with Sam Johns, Margins Publishing’s Our Hearts Still Beat zine, and Grayhaven’s The Gathering: Music anthology both with Randy Haldeman. He’s currently back at self publishing with a new series, Saturn’s Call, alongside co-creator and illustrator Robby Barrett. Joe is also a reporter and columnist at ComicMix as well as a contributor at Geeks OUT, [insertgeekhere], and Geek.com.
Molly Jackson is a many-fandomed geek living in NYC. Basically, name the fandom and she has an opinion. When she isn’t working her day job, you can usually find her waiting on line for a comic signing. You can also read up on her exploits as Wilderowens at [insertgeekhere].
Science & Technology
Guest of Honor — Pamela Gay
Pamela Gay ia an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. Through CosmoQuest.org, she works to engage people in both learning and doing science. Join her as we map our Solar System in unprecedented detail through our citizen science projects, and learn astronomy through media productions like Astronomy Cast. Through this weekly podcast, Fraser Cain and Pamela take you on a facts-based journey through our Cosmos, exploring not only what we know, but how we know it.
John Grant / Paul Barnett
John Grant has written over 70 books. His fiction has included novels like The World (1992), The Far-Enough Window (2002), The Dragons of Manhattan (2008) and Leaving Fortusa (2008), as well as numerous short stories, some of which have been collected as Take No Prisoners (2004) and Tell No Lies(2014). With artist Bob Eggleton he created the two “illustrated fictions” Dragonhenge (2002) and The Stardragons (2005); the former brought him a Hugo nomination.
For a number of years he ran the Paper Tiger imprint of fantasy art books. This work brought him a Chesley Award and a World Fantasy Award nomination. His nonfiction has included The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters (three editions: 1987, 1993, 1998), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997, with John Clute), The Chesley Awards (2003, with Elizabeth Humphrey and Pamela D. Scoville) and a series of books on the misuse and misunderstanding of science: Discarded Science (2006), Corrupted Science (2007), Bogus Science (2009) and Denying Science (2011). Related to this series have been his YA nonfictions Debunk It! (2014) and Eureka! (2016).His A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir (2013) is the largest film noir encyclopedia in the English language. For his nonfiction he has won two Hugo awards, a World Fantasy Award and others.
Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys. As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
Aurelio Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for 20 years. He’s released 11 full length albums. The first five were released by Projekt Records. These days, Voltaire self-releases most of his CDs.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast featuring Project the Night
What better way to complete your I-Con experience than seeing Rocky Horror. Join Project the Night for a complete audience participation performance of the favorite cult classic! Prop Bags will be Availiable!
NY Repo! is a group of veteran shadowcasters who have been in numerous performances of both Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It has been a long time since there has been a screening of Repo! on long island and specifically at I-Con so we are proud to bring this shadow cast production of Repo! The Genetic Opera back to I-Con. Come on down and get your Zydrate fix with us at the Genetic Opera!
Pathfinder Society of Long Island
Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a worldwide fantasy roleplaying campaign that puts YOU in the role of an agent of the Pathfinder Society, a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers dedicated to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world beset by magic and evil. The campaign’s home base is sprawling Absalom, the so-called City at the Center of the World, that stands astride the great Inner Sea on the mountain-capped Isle of Kortos. A Pathfinder’s adventures explore the dark alleys and political intrigue of Absalom between far-flung travels to the most interesting and exotic locales in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Fandom & Groups
U.S.S. Britannic is a chapter in STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. and has been serving the Long Island area since 2006. Members meet monthly for chapter meetings and participate in such events as film festivals, BBQs, movies, parties, trips to NYC, gaming and, of course, gathering in Star Trek costumes for local as well as out-of-state conventions.
The Dragon Demands
A dragon does not ask, it demands.
Co-Head Administrator for Game of Thrones Wiki, the largest online encyclopedia for the Game of Thrones TV series, with an average 1 million daily site hits. There are three top-level Admins for GoTWiki: the other two live in Peru and Louisiana, but the Dragon already lives in the New York City area near I-CON. If you’ve ever read the wiki’s obsessive episode notes sections, that’s the Dragon.
Offline, the Dragon also holds a Master’s Degree in medieval history, with a focus on medieval women and political power – and enjoys applying medieval scholarship to the world of Westeros.