Jeff Dee has worked in the gaming industry for over 25 years. His artwork appeared in numerous games and magazines, including TSR's Deities and Demigods (as well as many AD&D modules and other early TSR products), Villains & Vigilantes, adventures for the Star Wars RPG from West End Games, and others. He co-designed Villains & Vigilantes, TWERPS (The World's Easiest Role-Playing System) from Gamescience, and Pocket Universe from UNIgames. Jeff has also worked in the computer games industry on games such as Ultima VI, Master of Orion, Master of Magic, and Wing Commander.
Featured Guests for 2014
Jon attended The Kubert School for two years to pursue his passion for drawing comics. He got his start illustrating classic fairy tales, which never saw the light of day, but he was glad for the experience and ability to pay his bills. He got his start in comics working for IDW Publishing a few years later and has done penciling, inking and coloring work for the company. Jon currently works under the Hi-Fi umbrella as a color artist on books for DC and Marvel/Disney Worldwide Publishing.
ED GREENWOOD is an amiable, bearded Canadian writer, game designer, and librarian best known as the creator of The Forgotten Realms® fantasy world. He sold his first fiction at age six, and in the forty-some years since has published more than 200 books, that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over two dozen languages. The most recent of these include the bestselling Sage of Shadowdale trilogy from Wizards of the Coast.
Jeff Grubb is an award-winning game designer and best-selling author. He has had a long and tawdry career in creating, caring for, and explaining worlds of his own and others design, including the Al-Qadim and Spelljammer campaign settings for AD&D and the original Marvel Super Heroes game. He is also the Eternal Sidekick, having been both a co-founder of the Forgotten Realms (with Ed) and Dragonlance (with Tracy) campaign settings.
Tim Kenyon’s writing career began in short stories and novels, but quickly migrated to the more visual mediums of comic and film where he spends a majority of his creative time. His graphic novel series, Endtime, is officially underway with the recent publication of the series’ first book, Endtime: The Arrival. He is currently working on the second installment. His most recent comic project is the script for a 5-issue series, Paradise Prison, which patiently awaits the right artist. Tim is also a screenwriter and filmmaker.
Kait Mayne is a digital illustrator from southwest Michigan with a passion for environment design and writing. Apart from her artistic talents, Kait has been involved with equestrian sports for 15 years and has had her own horse for 11 years. In the future, Kait wants to take the stories she has written and bring them to life in comics. Check out Kait’s work at the “Double Trouble Art” table.
Mick McArt was raised in Tawas, Michigan and was a young man when he gave his heart to the Lord. After high school he became an assembler in an automotive plant. Inspired to pursue more, he applied for college at 22 years old. He delivered pizza to help pay his way through college. After graduating, he started a professional career in multimedia design at a large manufacturing facility, where he is currently employed.
Mark McKenna is a 28 year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time he has worked on Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more recently on Star Wars, counting over 450 comics in all.
Talzhemir "Talzy" Mrr is the artist and co-creator of FURCADIA, a multiplayer online game for the PC featuring anthropomorphic animals. She is also the co-designer of TWERPS (The World's Easiest Role-Playing System) from Gamescience, and co-designer of Quicksilver, the fantasy rpg from UNIgames. Her career began as an artist and writer on Ultima VI. She worked for Apogee (now known as 3D Realms) and Optigon (now known as TEN, Total Entertainment Network).
My artistic journey has allowed me to research everything from the prehistoric to contemporary symbols and images from cultures around the world. It has also focused on our relationships with animals, their stories and fables and how they differ from culture to culture. The salamander during Medieval times was thought, “to be born of fire”, an amphibian phoenix. For many cultures, insects are the signs of rebirth and growth, but also the harbingers of death and pestilence. So, if I have to classify myself, it would be as an image-maker.
Scott Rosema's legendary career in the comic book industry spans over 30 years. He has worked for the Big Two, and his pencils and inks have touched just about every character large and small during his long career. He is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design, and he currently resides in Muskegon MI where he and his lovely wife Suzie continue to pursue their love of art and creation. From Scooby Doo artist to major publication illustrator, this is Scott Rosema. A Renaissance Man of printed entertainment.
Boyan Radakovich is a producer for Geek & Sundry's wildly popular show “TableTop,” hosted by Wil Wheaton and the creator of the gaming holiday International TableTop Day. Bo is also an Origins Award-finalist game designer, the creative director for Gamesmith, sought after creative consultant, the former marketing director of one of the largest games distributors, valued community organizer, and an outspoken advocate for the cognitive and social benefits of tabletop gaming.
Steven’s professional life began in February of 1990 as a games editor at TSR, Inc. Since then, Steven has worked on dozens of fictional worlds as a freelance or full-time editor, developer, game designer, fiction writer, or assistant manager for numerous publishers including Wizards of the Coast; Bastion Press; Green Ronin; Paizo Publishing; and Rite Publishing. He’s published two Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast and seven short stories with DAW Books and other publishers.
Sara Sowles is a painter, comic book colorist, and designer. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2007 with a BFA in illustration. Sara owns Killustration Studios LLC, a professional art business, with her husband Tyler. She has much experience in deadline oriented jobs including newspaper, feature film, and comic industries. (Sara's Website)
Tyler Sowles is a painter, illustrator and comic book artist. He graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in illustration. Tyler owns Killustration Studios LLC, a professional art business, with his wife Sara. He is currently working on 2 trade graphic novels, The Numbered for Arcana Comics and Deadman's Land. (Tyler's Website)