Guests of Honor

Timothy Zahn

Photo Credit: Kent Akselsen
Photo Credit: Kent Akselsen

Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby; writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually grew more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978 (“Ernie,” Analog, September 1979). In 1980 he left grad school and began writing full time.

Since then he has published fifty-one novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and five collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series.

His latest books are Pawn’s Gambit, his fifth short-story collection; A Call to Arms, the second of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber; Soulminder, and StarCraft: Evolution. Upcoming books include A Call to Vengeance (with David Weber), Pawn: A Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War, and Star Wars: Thrawn, a prequel to Grand Admiral Thrawn’s appearance in Season Three of the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels. You can contact him at


Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra)

Photo Credit: Elyse Lavonne
Photo Credit: Elyse Lavonne

15 years ago Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra) were two fanfiction writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil.  Now?  They’re still geeks and still have their fandoms, but they’re also a cosplaying couple who write books, make crafts, and are generally nerdy women. Snow is the seamstress of the couple, meanwhile, Brichibi talks about issues in the cosplay community and how the most important thing about cosplay is to love yourself and have fun. They’re also working on an urban fantasy series of books called “The Hunters Series” and Brichibi is working on a black, queer, magical girl series called “magnifiqueNOIR.” The two also have several published fiction novels and novellas, and each woman has (or continues to) write freelance for places like Apex Magazine, xoJane,, Twin Cities Geek, and more.

When going to conventions they always bring their best so that they can promote their work.  You can enjoy their crafts, get lost in their urban fantasy series, or heck, you can come by for a hug and fun conversations about cosplay, anime, or video games.  Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Brichibi and Snow are smiling their way through the geek scene.

Check out their websites here:
Main site
The magnifiqueNOIR site
* Brichibi Cosplays on Facebook
* Brichibi on Twitter 
* Snow Tigra on Facebook 
* Snow on Instagram
 Kickstarter for new book series!


David Boop

34453_405676314023_4896874_nDavid Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, copywriter, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief of, David’s team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage.

His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, returns to print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus. Additionally, Dave is prolific in short form with over fifty short stories and two short films sold to date. While known for weird westerns, such as editing Straight Outta Tombstone for Baen, he’s published across several genres including horror, fantasy, and media tie-ins for Predator, the Green Hornet, the Black Bat and Veronica Mars. His RPG work includes Flash Gordon, Interface Zero, Rippers Resurrected and Deadlands: Noir for Savage Worlds. He also created the flash fiction mystery series, the Trace Walker Temporary Mysteries, which appear regularly on

He’s a single dad, Summa Cum Laude graduate, part-time temp worker and believer. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. You can find out more on his fanpage, or Twitter @david_boop.

Sarah Clemens

sarah2Sarah Clemens graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in fine arts and art history, and the conviction that she would always be an artist in one capacity or another. She has freelanced in logo design and bookcover illustration and photography, worked as the curator of exhibits at a science museum and for the last fifteen years been a medical illustrator.

But the need for self-expression is most important, and she began creating her own challenges, in the form of large oil paintings of friends and family members. Her realistic approach was second nature, after so many years of meticulous detailing in medical illustration. She has shown her work at galleries in Palm Beach, Florida and Boca Raton, Florida, Scottsdale Arizona and Beverly Hills, as well as exhibiting at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach and the Mesa Art Center in Mesa, Arizona. A recent move to the Southwest has been inspiring, and trips to the Grand Canyon for intensive photographic shoots are sure to show up in her paintings. Visit Sarah’s website here.