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Guests of Honor

Anne Bishop

Author Guest of Honor

Anne BishopAnne Bishop is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy and Written in Red, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. Her stories have been embraced by readers around the world and have been translated into several languages including Czech, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian. When she’s not writing, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music. You can visit her at www.annebishop.com or keep up with news at the official Facebook fanpages, DarkRealms (for all her books) or at AnneBishopsCourtyard (for the new series about the Others).

Larry Elmore

Artist Guest of Honor

Larry ElmoreLarry Elmore has been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years.  He set the standard for role-playing game art with his Dungeons & Dragons and Dragonlance book covers, created the Sovereign Stone roleplaying game system, and co-authored the fantasy novel Runes of Autumn.  He has done numerous freelance illustrations for books, magazines, comics, computer games, toy manufacturers, and many other projects.  Larry is now working on his Kickstarter-funded Complete Elmore Art Book, and continues to create original commissioned artwork for collectors and fans around the world.

Jay Lake

Special Guest of Honor

Jay Lake

Jay Lake is the author of the Mainspring and Green series from Tor, as
well as several independent press novels and numerous short stories.
In 2013, his steampunk novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”, was nominated
for the Nebula, Hugo and Locus awards. Lake lives and writes in
Portland, OR.

Liz Gorinsky

Editor Guest of Honor

Liz GorinksyLiz Gorinsky is an editor at Tor Books, where she edits a list that includes acclaimed speculative fiction authors Fred Chao, Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, George Mann, Cherie Priest, Lev Rosen, Brian Francis Slattery, and Catherynne M. Valente. She also acquires and edits short stories for Tor.com and assists editors Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. She is a four-time nominee for the Hugo Award in the Best Editor, Long Form category—the youngest person yet nominated in the editor categories.

Liz came to Tor after studying English, psychology, and computer science at Columbia College in New York City, but draws just as frequently on the skills she learned during a three-year stint as president of the Columbia University Science Fiction Society. In her free time, she cooks exotic foods and watches a ton of theatre. She lives in Alphabet City in Manhattan.

Matt Vancil

Media Guest of Honor

Matt VancilMatt Vancil is a writer, director, and creative producer based in Seattle. His work has screened at film festivals and conventions worldwide, sold tens of thousands of DVDs, sparked a role playing game, and been viewed over 4 million times on YouTube. His most recent project, The Gamers: Hands of Fatebroke Kickstarter’s all-time funding record for a film or video project. He has worked professionally across multiple platforms of narrative media, including features, television, and web series; hand drawn, rotoscoped, and computer generated animation; video games and pen and paper role playing games; and live interactive events.

Debs and Errol

Filk Guest of Honor

Debs and Errol

Friends of Filk announces the OryCon 35 Filk Guest of Honor for OryCon 35

Debs & Errol is a Toronto-based musical comedy duo with a penchant for ph?, cuddly tree spirits and starships. And they’re funny.

After meeting through their local chapter of National Novel Writing Month, the two joined forces in 2011 after a mutual friend put out a call for geeky musical acts and have been entertaining audiences with nerdy showtunes and ridiculous on-stage banter ever since. Feedback from their shows has ranged from “cleverness and wit mixed with a healthy dose of cute” and “awesome music talent, fun artistry and accessible geek humor” to simply “adorable.”

They were thrilled when their “Geek Love Song,” was featured on CBC Radio’s “Here and Now” in February 2012 during its Valentine’s Day special. This song in addition to many other Debs & Errol originals are featured on their debut CD, “Songs in the Key of Geek”, released to critical acclaim in April, 2012.

When not together, Debs focuses on writing serious things and Errol works on becoming tactful in public.


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