Participants

Dee Astell

Dee Astell aka Countess Chaos is heavily involved in the world of Steampunk.  She is the Steampunk Coordinator for Phoenix Comicon as well as the fashion/costuming Director for WildWildWestCon. She also coordinates and runs events for many conventions, especially fashion shows and costume contests and assorted workshops.  She is a freelance photographer and one of the founding members of the Arizona PennyDreadfuls. You can find her and them on FaceBook.

Hal C F Astell

‘m a kilt wearing, invader from the rain and beauty of northern England to the sun and desolation of Phoenix, AZ. I’m also a traveller through the world of film, exploring the medium from many different starting points. I am here to sack, plunder, and whisk impressionable, young maidens off in to the visual revelries of the film world

Christine Bedell

Chrissi is a costumer and Victorian couture enthusiast.  With 10 years of self-taught sewing experience, she strives for perfection in everything she does.

Johnna Buttrick

Lover of Cosplay, sewing, books, and comics! Makes own Cosplays from scratch. Find me at https://www.facebook.com/jaydeecosplay

Alex Canto

As a child Alex constantly ran around wearing a cape. Also his parents are dancers that took him to many different dance events. Aside from a few boring conformist teenage years he has been costuming and dancing socially ever since.

Timothy Collier

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Collier moved to Arizona in August of 2009 to study and practice law. In his spare time, Mr. Collier volunteers as Chairman of the Board for Young Ones United, a child abuse prevention and awareness nonprofit organization located here in Arizona. I strive to ensure your rights have not been violated and continue to be protected throughout the legal process.

Brenda Cranson

Sounds in the dark?  Bumps in the night?  Brenda Cranson deals with the things that make kids and adults wonder what is going on in the dark.  Her children’s books entertain and inspire and bring laughter and joy to the topics of common childhood fears.  An Arizona native, Brenda writes the kind of books that she and her daughter love to read.  Visit her online at www.BrendaCranson.com .

Jasper Crawford

Jasperino likes horror. A lot. A Graphic Designer by trade, he started designing and selling horror-themed shirts in 2006 on his website, Freakywearz.com (Currently under construction. Jasperino also likes procrastinating. A lot.) Aside from screen printing and graphic design Jasperino spends his time creeping in the shadows of thrift stores and on the internet hoping to expand his ever-growing collection of VHS tapes. Jasperino will be lending a hand with members of the Cult Classics crew on a horror-based podcast coming later this year.

Darryl Dawson

Darryl Dawson is the author of the novellette IF IT BLEEDS and the short story collection THE CRAWLSPACE. His short stories and flash fiction have been published in the anthologies JOURNALS OF HORROR, WHEN RED SNOW MELTS, DARK BITS, VIGNETTES FROM THE END OF THE WORLD, and NECON E-BOOKS BEST OF FLASH FICTION. He is currently working on another, as-yet-untitled short story collection and another long-form story for release in late 2015 or early 2016. He is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, but was born and raised in Los Angeles. For more info, visit www.darryldawsonbooks.com.

Kevin Dilmore

Kevin has teamed with author Dayton Ward for 15 years on novels, shorter fiction and other writings within and outside the Star Trek universe. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including Native Lands by Crazy 8 Press. His essays on Star Trek, Star Wars and comics have been published in anthologies by Sequart and Crazy 8 Press. As a journalist for more than 25 years, he has contributed to publications including the Village Voice, Amazing Stories, Hallmark and Star Trek Communicator magazines as well as web sites including Hallmark.com and Star Trek.com. By day, Kevin works as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo. In 2014, a short film written by Kevin, “Outside of Town,” was selected for screening in the Short Film Corner of the Cannes

Mack Duncan

Mack Duncan has been an active performing artist in Phoenix, AZ since 1999, and has been a professional educator since 2001. He has a degree in Directing from Arizona State University. At ASU he wrote and performed with The Farce Side and Barren Mind improv. He was a member of the Phoenix ComedySportz team from 99-2002, directing the troupe from 01-02. He has directed numerous short films, including Menagerie of Space, and the award winning Big Benevolent Wolf and ALONE, and the web series Vincent and Me. Duncan is the President and co-founder of CareFree Write Productions, which produces The Phoenix Improv Festival. In 2007, he helped launch The Torch Theatre. He was a teacher of High School Theatre Arts from 2003 to 2011 and is currently performing with The Torch Theatre’s Apollo 12 and The Foundation, as well as Dutchman, Mack Duncan: 1-Man Show and the puppet troupe Die Puppet Die.

Ember Aeonic: Thomas Blake, Damian James and Scott Mitting

A local Phoenix act. Melodic electronic music, vocals are sung over. A balance of old and new, simple and twisted beats, dreamy synthscapes and cutting sequences.

Diana Gallegos

Diana Gallegos had been a comic and sci-fi nerd since her pre- teens, but it wasn’t until her early 20’s that an interest in costuming came into her life.  After ten years of building upon her craft, she has now won many awards for her costume and performance skills. She has made costumes for theatre and personal use as well as organizing and participating in local fashion shows with her own designs.  During the day, Diana is a teacher and has brought that skill to the convention scene by teaching attendees to sew, make armor, hats, flower crowns, origami and much more. She is always willing to share what she has learned.

Gilead

Gilead is an Arizona artisan who specializes in fantasy and science fiction paintings with a classic pulp impression, often using recycled materials like scrap wood as his canvas. His unique style has been featured in magazines, books, role playing games and in murals throughout the Valley. In addition to his incredible fine art, Gilead is also the creator of a popular series of fantasy themed coloring books called Gilead’s Goblinz, Dragonz, Alienz, Faeriez and Wild Animalz. Raised in the small town of Prescott in the mountains of central Arizona Gilead now resides in Gilbert Arizona with his wife Stellar and a cat named Mischief. After more than twenty years of freelance commercial art Gilead has retired to his home studio to make coloring books and to paint from his own inspiration. “My address may be in Gilbert but that’s just where the portal is. I travel daily to Narnia, Cimmeria, Middle Earth, Barsoom and the mountains of Central Arizona. People say that I’m mad, but they really do exist.” Gilead draws and paints on location in the realms of fantasy and myth. Usually after convincing the most beautiful women in all the worlds to take their clothes off for him. It’s a tough gig.

Dain G Gore

Dain Q Gore is a Faculty Adjunct that teaches college level art classes ranging from Life Drawing to Color Theory across the valley at three different campuses. His interest in art is figural narrative, often employing inspiration from cartooning, video games, the fringes of pop/iinternet culture and lowbrow art. Additionally, he occasionally performs at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix, and is currently merging his paintings into puppets…or is it the opposite?

Cat Greenberg

Cat Greenberg is a fiction writer, song writer and filker from St. Louis, Missouri, part of the filk band The Unusual Suspects along with her daughter Valerie Ritchie and friend Mark Ewbank, (and of whom Cat’s late husband, Bari, was an integral part). She’s appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, the DAW anthologies Sword & Sorceress 11 and Four Moons of Darkover, (under the name Sandra C. Morrese) and most recently in Sword & Sorceress 29 with a story co-authored with Bari. She spent 14 years as the advertising director for the SFWA Bulletin. She and Bari opened Mountain Cat Media LLC, producing their band’s 2012 debut CD, Accidental Filk Band, and in 2013 the couple’s duet CD, Romancing the Filk.

Ileana Herrera

Illeana Herrera has been involved in the Steampunk community since 2012 , sharing her love for the genre through workshops, panels and fashion shows.  Illeana loves to make glamorous costumes and enjoys helping others make their costume ideas come to life.

Lori Herrin

Lori Herrin is returning to the local convention scene after a more than a decade. Her previous activities include advocate for the local gaming community and support roles in programming.

Mark Horning

Mark Horning is a Physicist hailing from the East Valley. Originally from California, he moved to Arizona in 1996. An avid folk musician, he is known for his space and SF based songs, he is often found in the company of a 6 or 12 string guitar. His first professional CD, Space & Freedom, was officially released at the 62nd annual Westercon, in Tempe AZ. Mark has physics degrees from Cal Poly (BS), San Luis Obispo, and Arizona State (MS). While at ASU, he developed a hybrid lighting system to calibrate the sensors used in the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) located at the Mt. Graham Observatory. Mark works in the aerospace industry developing and testing Night Vision Image Intensifiers. He may often be found at conventions with his wife and three children who are, naturally, also SF fans.

Eileen Johnson

Eileen has been a lifelong lover of Star Trek, majored in English & received a Masters degree for the love of the craft of writing, storytelling, and science fiction. She has been a teacher for 25 years. For the last 5 years at Phoenix Comicon, she has been a panelist, announcer, and moderator, serving both the programming and guest relations departments.  Her greatest joy is geeking out and playing music with her kids.

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay enjoys writing about things that normally don’t go together, like Star Wars and the Avengers, and imagining what normally inanimate things would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a steampunk fantasy world. When she’s not writing, she can be seen dancing with Batavia, a tribal fusion belly dance troupe, or donning her lightsaber in defense of the Dark Empire.

Chaz Kemp

Bram Stoker Award-nominated artist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color scheme into fantasy and steampunk art that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, Chaz Kemp’s influences of Alphonse Mucha & Ivan Bilibin are evident in his award winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed possibilities of steampunk and fantasy.  Chaz Kemp is a featured artist in steampunk legend Paul Roland’s book “Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians.” He has been featured in Steampunk Magazine, Steampunk Tribune and the November 2014 issue of Amazing Stories.  His visual style has been sought for the works of Aurealis Magazine, Anomaly Con, Kalijor Games, Savage Insider Magazine, MalCon and most recently LepreCon. He’s done several book covers including the recent anthology “Cthulhu Passant” and in 2013, his Bram Stoker Award nomination was for the graphic novel, “Behind These Eyes.” He also performs with the dark faerie, Celtic a capella band, Pandora Celtica.  You can see more of his work at www.ChazKemp.com

Khurt Khave

Author, cult leader, steampunk philanderer, tea dueling world champion.

Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen is author of six novels at imprints of Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Abrams. His novel SICK (about a group of students trapped in their drama department during a zombie apocalypse) won the Westchester Fiction Award in 2014, and his young adult novel ZERO (set in Phoenix in the 90s) was a Best Book of 2013 with the American Library Association. Additionally, Tom has more than twenty years of theatre experience as an actor and director in the Valley. Visit him on Facebook at /AuthorTomLeveen and on the web at tomleveen.com

Sheila Logan

Sheila Logan, a local face and body painter is known for painting guests with colorful, bright designs, corporate logos, and themed events with Venetian masks, super heroes and other whimsical characters. You will see her around town painting live in events and performances. Her work has been featured in tv shows and other media outlets. Enjoy featured live body paintings throughout the weekend here at LepreCon 2015.

See her at:  Candyfacepainting.com , FB, and Instagram: Candyfacepainting

Luluko

Forged in the fires of Phoenix, Arizona, Luluko has crafted over fifty costumes and won several awards in her six years as a cosplayer. By day, she works as a social media manager and often lends her talents as a model and promoter to local fashion designers, conventions, and websites like Cospix.net and Crunchyroll. Her specialty is helping other cosplayers by hosting panels and blogging about her cosplay progress. You can learn more about Luluko and find all her social media sites by visiting http://www.luluko.net/.

Stellar Miller

Stellar has been attending local conventions since 1988. When she is not working and going to school she is the accounts manager, IT department, business partner, sounding board, cheering squad, art critic, career counselor and sometimes model for Gilead, her husband.

Kirby Nelson

Kirby Nelson is a longtime volunteer for Cult Classics AZ, one of the hosts of the Cult Following podcast, a former contributor to ICanSmellYourBrains.com and the vocalist of the horror-focused death metal band, Splatterkill.

Nerdzerker: Tyler Hadley, Garrett Nelson and Dustin Wells

Nerdzerker is a Nerdcore Punk group that began performing in Tempe, AZ in 2010. Nerdzerker plays fast paced, in-your-face punk rock inspired by Video Games, Comic Books, Uncleanliness, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and general nerdy culture. Nerdzerker’s music will have you throwing elbows and spin kicks while chanting of the land of Tamriel or the frustrations of a broken NES cartridge.

Bernard Ong

Bernard is a local student who has trained himself in many different sword styles. He has taken three years of fencing, three years of Japanese swordsmanship, a year of rapier fighting, and a year of European long sword fighting. He has also taken two years of judo and a year of aikido. So come and watch how to be safe on stage!

Jeff Perryman

Artist, Animator, Level designer and general walking cartoon character.

Valerie Ritchie

Valerie Richie comes from a long line of music makers and story tellers.  This modern day bard hopes to bring a new generation to the bright world of  music and stories.

Serena Jade Ross

Troublemaker Cosplay, as she is known, has always loved the thrill of dressing up and portraying a character. So cosplay was the subculture for her. Since 2009 she has been running around and causing mischief where ever she goes. She loves making friends.

Emma Sansone

Emma Sansone first came across taiko as an abstract concept in the RPG Bushido, back in the last century. She first heard taiko being played in Hyde Park, London, as part of a series of events celebrating Japanese culture. She first saw a taiko concert in 1991 when Wadaiko Ichiro were on tour in the UK. She finally hit a taiko in 2002, after going to Phoenix Matsuri, seeing a performance by the local group, Fushicho Daiko, and finding out that the group’s founder, Esther Vandecar, held taiko classes in her studio.  Emma continues to attend taiko classes in the new Fushicho Daiko dojo at 925 Grand Avenue, where Eileen Morgan now teaches after Esther retired, and with the other students Emma plays taiko at Matsuri every February. Most recently, she joined eleven other dojo members in performing a brief set at the North American Taiko Conference, which was held in Las Vegas, NV on June 12-15.

Eileen Smith

Bringing the fun to young and old with the magic of balloons is Madam Eileen, 6th generation Irish.  From balloon animals to balloon decor, Eileen has created wonderlands of fun at many events.  It all started when she saw her first unicorn made from balloons two years ago.  To see more of her creations go to eileensballoons.com

David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories and poems. His most recent novels are the western steampunk adventure called Lightning Wolves and the historical vampire thriller Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order. He just sold his novel The Astronomer’s Crypt to Lachesis Publishing.  His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Cemetery Dance and Realms of Fantasy.  When he’s not writing, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.  Find David on the web at http://www.davidleesummers.com

Wendy Wasson

Wendy Wasson is an artist and children’s book illustrator.  Working closely with author Brenda Cranson, she created the illustrations for the beloved “Boomsnickle” books.  Wendy loves to draw people and is fascinated with the human face.  Her work is beautiful and magical and brings life to characters on a page.

Dr. David A. Williams

Dr. David A. Williams is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, the NASA Regional Planetary Information Facility at ASU. He is also the Director of the NASA Planetary Aeolian Laboratory, which administers wind tunnels at ASU and the Ames Research Center in California. David is currently performing research in volcanology and planetary geology, with a focus on planetary mapping, geochemical, and remote sensing studies. His research has included computer modeling of seismic wave propagation through planetary interiors, visible and near-infrared spectroscopy of the lunar surface, planetary geologic mapping of the satellites of Jupiter, the planet Mars, and the asteroid Vesta, computer modeling of the physical and geochemical evolution of lava flows in a variety of planetary environments, and petrologic study of lava samples from Mount St Helens. He was involved with NASA’s Magellan Mission to Venus and Galileo Mission to Jupiter. He is a Co-Investigator on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter mission, and he is a Science Team Member on NASA’s Dawn Mission to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. In 2014 David was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and asteroid 10,461DAWILLIAMS was named in his honor.

Murray Writtle

Murray Writtle is a performing member of Fushicho Daiko, Phoenix Taiko Drummers who were founded in 1992. Murray started practicing taiko in 2002 after developing in interest in Japanese culture through role playing games. Since then he has attended conferences and workshops by many leading teachers, made two study trips to Japan for taiko and performed on three continents including to a paying theatre audience in Nagoya. “I did not just hear taiko for the first time. It reached into my chest and gripped my heart.”

Jason Youngdale

Jason Youngdale is an artist, gamer, and entrepreneur. He has successfully ran three successful game convention MaricopaCon funded though Kickstarter.