Faith Hunter - Guest of Honor
Award-winning New York Times, and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes the fantasy bestselling series: the Jane Yellowrock series and Soulwood series. Most recently, Audible released the sciFi Junkyard Cats series.
Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue-vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role-playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG. Facebook – Twitter
Ashley Chappell writes satire and young adult epic fantasy featuring expansive world-building and universes filled with magic, mayhem, and monsters. Upcoming releases include A Mother of Gods: Dreams of Chaos Book 4 and Harrowers: Hawk of Hell, a gritty adventure in which Hell is a job for life. Or rather, a job for the afterlife. Ms. Chappell currently resides in Huntsville, AL. When not writing, reviewing, or burying her nose in one of her well-worn Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman novels, she can be found working alongside her husband building their off-grid, semi-underground dream home in the foothills of the Appalachians. Facebook – Twitter
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he appears in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor. Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – Patreon
By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this USA Today bestselling author writes steampunk and urban fantasy books that keep her readers turning pages past bedtime. She prefers the term “versatile” to “conflicted” and has published both short story and novel-length fiction. Her books have been finalists in prestigious contests such as the Maggie Award for Excellence in romance and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and the world’s cutest cat. Instagram – Facebook – Twitter
Multi-award winning fantasy author Ellie Raine is a voracious BookWyrm when it comes to epic adventures, detailed world-building, and thrilling battles. Fueled by coffee-bean concoctions brewed by the finest caffeine alchemists in the land, she only emerges from the depths of these daring tales when she is summoned by her loving king and their darling daughter: the Dragon Princess Felicity, in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA.
Her works include the Hard Fantasy Adventure series, The NecroSeam Chronicles (Willow of Ashes (Edition I: 2016/ Edition II: 2018), Orbs of Azure (2018), Pearl of Emerald (2018), Phoenix of Scarlet (2019), Blossom of Gold (2020), Princess of Shadow and Dream (2019)) and the paranormal-noir novella entitled Nightingale (published with Pro Se Productions in 2018).
Her first book, Willow of Ashes, has won First Place in Fantasy for the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Ebook Awards in 2019, as well as Honorable Mention in Fantasy for the Readers’ Favorite Awards in 2019.
Elwin Escari Chronicles
Dr. David Ekrut wrote his first epic fantasy novel while earning a PhD in Biomedical Mathematics, raising three energetic children, and teaching elementary mathematics at Florida State University. Somehow he survived all of this self-inflicted torture without a caffeine overdose, though he did push the limits his brain could sustain by consuming copious amounts of coffee. To this day, he likes to tease his thesis adviser that while waiting on feedback on his dissertation, he wrote an entire novel.
After retiring from a career as a cancer research scientist, he now writes full time and teaches Shaolin-Do Kung Fu at a school he opened in Tallahassee, Florida. Taming the Elements, the first book in the Elwin Escari Chronicles has sold tens of thousands of copies in 8 different countries–digital, print, and audio formats are available. Two more novels exist in this series with more in the works.
He grew up reading and rereading the Wheel of Time series. Having influenced him for decades, Jordan and Sanderson are colossal figures in his writings. Whenever stuck in his own works, he studies their worlds for inspiration.
His greatest joy, besides writing about himself in the third person, is to work out believable mechanics for magic systems–a place for him to apply his understanding of physics and engineering in a creative way. Though his first novels have found a modicum of success, he is more excited about the drafts he has in the pipeline, as well as the ideas he has yet to discover. Audible – Amazon – Facebook
Gerald L. Coleman
Gerald L. Coleman is a Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Author residing in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, he did his undergraduate work in Philosophy, English, and Religious Studies, concluding with a Master’s degree in Theology. He is the author of the Epic Fantasy novel saga The Three Gifts, which currently includes When Night Falls (Book One) and A Plague of Shadows (Book Two) and his short stories have appeared in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and other Speculative Fiction Anthologies. He has appeared as a Guest at JordanCon, SOBSFCon, Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo, the Outer Dark Symposium, Blacktasticon, DragonCon, Boskone, World Horror Con, Imaginarium, and Multiverse. He served as the Programme Content Consultant for WorldCon Dublin, and the Director of the Fantasy Track for Multiverse. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and has released four collections of poetry entitled the road is long, falling to earth, microphone check and Nappy Metaphysic. You can find him on Twitter: @Iconiclast – Facebook
James P. Nettles / Author Essentials
James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also a founding partner for Author Essentials.
In addition, having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series, and soon to be released techno-thriller series under the name James P. McDonald. Amazon – JamesPNettles.com – AuthorEssentials.net – Twitter – Instagram – Facebook
His latest release is the first in a series of books on business for creates called “Business Essentials for Writers” from Author Essentials.
Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She is the author of The Black Parade urban fantasy series and the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction series. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small. Twitter – Facebook
Mocha Memoirs Press
Paige L. Christie
Paige L. Christie is originally from Maine and now lives in the NC mountains. She is best known for The Legacies of Arnan fantasy series (#1 Draigon Weather). She strives to tell stories that are both entertaining and thoughtful, and that open a space where adventure and fantasy are not all about happy endings. When she isn’t writing, Paige is director of a non-profit, runs a wine shop, and teaches belly dancing. She is a proud, founding member of the Blazing Lioness Writers, a small group of badass women writing badass books. Twitter – Facebook
Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, inexpiable connections, and second chances. Her favorite things are lonely beaches, untamed cliff tops, and sunlight through the leaves of trees. She’s from Kentucky and lives in North Carolina, but left her heart in Alaska. She’s tougher than she looks and softer than she likes to let on.
She writes The Menopausal Superhero series of novels, and other feminist leaning speculative fiction. When she’s not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys family time, watching old movies, baking, reading, gaming, walking in the woods with her rescue dog, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything) http://samanthabryant.com – Twitter – Instagram – Facebook
Sarah J. Sover
Sarah J. Sover writes fantasy crossover novels while raising two little people. Her debut, a troll caper entitled Double-Crossing the Bridge became an Amazon bestseller in humorous fantasy, and she’s been featured in both JordanCon Anthologies. Twitter – Facebook
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings out the best in a variety of SF/F sub-genres. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, two cats, two aquatic turtles, and fifteen chickens. The horse is now at a new pasture. She’s having a wonderful time hanging with a herd of thirty other horses. Much better for her. As best as he’s been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens do not live in the house. Facebook
Spiral Arm Press
Dave Schroeder (SHRAY-der) is the author of the Congruent Mage fantasy series and the Xenotech Support science fiction humor series. He is a retired IT executive from Atlanta who enjoys performing with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, where he is a writer, voice actor, and foley sound effects artist.
Dave also runs a small publishing house called Spiral Arm Press that primarily handles his own work, including an audio-book version of Xenotech Rising, the first book in his SF Humor series. Podium Publishing, from Toronto, Canada, produces audio-book versions of Dave’s Congruent Mage fantasy series. In 2003-2004, Dave wrote and produced an original comedic musical, Softwear.com, and put it on off-off-Broadway in New York. Look for Dave Schroeder’s books, ebooks, and audio-books on Amazon and Audible.
Alexandra Klimek, Elegant Gore
Alexandra Klimek is a 2nd time JordanCon attendee. Her work includes abstracted portraits, twisted creatures, and fantastical monsters from myth and fandoms alike. Working under the brand Elegant Gore, she specializes in alcohol ink paintings and hand painted boxes, and has shown her work in various art galleries in Greenville, SC, as well as the Oddities and Curiosities Expo and other conventions across the country. Etsy – Facebook – Instagram
Aradani Studios opened its doors in 2002. What started off as a fun adventure at the local Renaissance Festival for siblings, Michael, Paul, and Sara Bielaczyc, Aradani has grown into a truly fantastical endeavor. Some have even described it as an Elf Ear Empire of sorts. Known the world over for their 15+ (and growing!) styles of Elf Ear prosthetics, Aradani also produces assorted resin horns, latex masks, costumes, and other assorted geeky accessories. In addition, Michael and Paul are accomplished artists, Michael having started up his own role-playing system, Sagaborn, and Paul having had the opportunity to be one of the lucky few officially licensed Wheel of Time artists.
A DC area native, Ariel always wanted to be an artist. Published internationally by 19, she was a Wheel of Time licensee for 8 years and has won multiple awards for her work. Ariel uses a hyper-realistic style and attention to detail to enhance her art, often including Easter eggs for her fans.
Art of Amanda Makepeace
Amanda Makepeace is a Chesley Award winning illustrator, working in both digital and traditional mediums. Through her art she explores mythology, magical begins, our connection to the planet and even distant worlds. She is the co-founder of the Bird Whisperer Project, a monthly art challenge focused on spreading the love of birds and art making. Amanda’s art has appeared in ENnie award-winning games and on the covers popular independent novels and anthologies. She is a regular at Fantasy and SciFi conventions in the southeast. Her latest endeavor is a Patreon campaign focused on her love of graphite art, poetry, nature and philosophy. If you need a little Zen in your life this is the place to be. You’ll also get a look at Amanda’s tools and process for creating her unique drawings. Facebook – Twitter – Instagram
Art by Charles Urbach
Charles Urbach is an award-winning writer and colored pencil illustrator with more than 25 years of experience in design, publishing, and illustration. His detailed original concepts and drawings have appeared on book covers and merchandise, and hundreds of his illustrations have appeared in gaming products including: Magic: The Gathering, Heroclix, Legend of the Five Rings, A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, various Star Wars products, Das Schwarze Auge, Infinite City, Mage Knight, Everquest, Call of Cthulhu, Esper Genesis, DoomTown Reloaded, and many others. He is frequently a guest and instructor at conventions and tournaments around the world, where his artwork is displayed and sold. Among his accomplishments, he is a two time Chesley Award winner and has won awards at Gen Con, Dragon Con, Jordan Con, Origins, CONvergence, and many other conventions around the U.S. His artwork is available as fine art prints, room banners, greeting cards, mouse-pads, gaming accessories, and more.
Andrea Fornero (Ariescapes)
Andrea Fornero is a Canadian that has been transplanted to Eugene, Oregon. She grew up spending more time with her nose in a book, instead of in her homework or playing on a playground.
Exploring creative expression through knitting, painting, and other creative art. Andrea works to cultivate a style in multiple mediums including watercolor, acrylic, resin and hopefully soon in Oils. Inspirations stemming from other JordanCon artists as well as Stephanie Law, Kate Jobling, and just about anyone on YouTube that calls to her eclectic sense of colors and style.
In another lifetime, Andrea writes under the pen-name Aubrey Queen. She grew up to have an early love of Horses thought the Thoroughbred Series, and later murder Mysteries with Agatha Christie and Rita Mae Brown (& Sneaky Pie Brown). Romances were always a guilty pleasure, loving Karen Moning and Nalini Singh. With a bit of an eclectic collection on both her bookshelf and kindle, Andrea loves reading JK Rowling, Garth Nix, Jonathan Stroud, CS Friedman, Robert Jordan, Catherine Asaro, and many many more.
Books, Roleplay, and Fanfiction taught Andrea her various craft, and while she has a few creative classes under her belt, her biggest inspiration has been both the greats in literature and art but also her friends and writing allies. Etsy – Ariescapes.com – Society6 – Patreon – Twitter – Instagram – AuthorFacbook – ArtFacebook
Angela Sasser Art
Angela creates dark, elegant Fantasy Art and hand-tooled masquerade masks.
Support Angela directly for digital perks on Patreon – Angela’s Art Nouveau shop for her Birthstone Goddesses art prints, coloring books, enamel pins, etc can be found on http://angelicshades.etsy.com – Angela’s Fantasy Art shop for Kushiel’s Legacy, ttrpg, and geekery http://angelasasserart.etsy.com – Angela’s Artisan Crafts for dark, elegant masks http://angelicartisan.etsy.com
Bound in Chain
Sarah has been making chainmaille for over a decade. She started out with an interest in jewelry and it expanded into all sorts of work from dice bags to veils to armor, and all things nerdy and good. She has been a vendor at JordanCon for 4 years running and is a longtime fan of the Wheel of Time and fantasy in general.
Grey Haven Art
Galadriel Coffeen is a self-taught artist and art teacher from Huntsville, Alabama. She enjoys working with ink, marker, acrylic paint, and digital paint and has grand plans for drawing a webcomic someday soon. She spends most of her time drawing character portraits and is always open for commissions. Facebook – GaladrielCoffeen.com – Instagram
Joe Slucher Art and Illustration
Joe is an artist best known for his digital paintings of fantasy and surreal subjects for games such as Magic the Gathering and The Strange. He loves to paint the drama involved in gaming art and enjoys the beautifully melancholy in his personal work. Joe lives in the Cincinnati area with his wife,son and two dogs.
Lisa Sell LLC
With more than 14 years experience in sculpture, graphic design, and illustration, Lisa Sell is an award winning artist with a passion for fantasy art. Her sculpted masquerade masks, fantasy sculptures, and illustrations are published, sold, and collected around the world. A graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, Lisa is best known for her work in 2 part resin sculpture, along with her graphic design and illustration work for the sportswear industry, tabletop game companies, conventions, and private collectors. In addition to masks and freestanding sculptures, her detail oriented creations include jewelry, figurines, and wall art – all hand sculpted and hand painted from her original designs.
Many of her works feature dragons and creatures from mythology, their graceful compositions and intricate designs winning awards at Dragon Con (Best in Show), Gen Con (Best 3-D), CONvergence (Best Professional Collection), and JordanCon (Best 3-D), among many others. She is a 2018 Chesley Award nominee in the best 3 Dimensional Work category, and is well-known at conventions for her sold-out classes in sculptural techniques and professional development. Each year, Lisa explores new mediums and avenues of artistic expression even as she adds to her ongoing lines of masks and figurines. You can find out more about her current and future work at:
Etsy: Lisa Sell
Facebook: Lisa Sell Artist
Marc Gunn - Music
Marc Gunn plays Sci F’Irish music. He fuses his love of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy with his Scots-Irish heritage. You will laugh and smile to songs inspired from Firefly to hobbits, dragons to cats, to traditional Irish drinking songs. He’s topped the charts on iTunes and Amazon and won numerous awards. He is a leading innovator on his musical weapon of choice, the autoharp. Youtube – Instagram – Facebook – Twitter
Medusa’s Mirror Jewelry
Sara Glassman is a jewelry artist with a focus on wire jewelry and upcycled books. In 2006 she founded Medusa’s Mirror Jewelry and has been making jewelry ever since. She also works as school librarian, thus furthering her love affair with books. Twitter – Intagram – Facebook
Rachel Rieckenberg grew up in a tiny farm town in Southern Illinois surrounded by her families misfit farm and huge backyard forest. It was there her imagination and love of fairy tales blossomed.
Rachel primarily works with pyrography which is the art of drawing with fire.
Ribbon & Charm
Ribbon & Charm features unique, often quirky, handmade bookmarks and earrings. The bookmarks are made with premium velvet ribbon and feature unique charms. Jessica Taylor, the owner and crafter behind Ribbon & Charm, loves doing custom work, so feel free to message her on her Etsy shop! Use the coupon code JCon2020 for a 10% off discount at Ribbon & Charm’s Etsy ship! Etsy – Facebook – Instagram
The Art of Paul Bielaczyc
Known for his time as a licensed The Wheel of Time™ artist, Paul Bielaczyc found his true calling bringing the unique ideas from his own mind to life. From horror to humor, science fiction to fantasy, his passion and energy shine with the freedom to play with whatever subjects his mind conjures. Facebook – Instagram – AradaniCostumes.com
Melissa Gay, Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Fine Art
Melissa Gay looks for stories everywhere. From the microscopic life inside a simple patch of moss to the violent collisions of stars, her inspiration comes from the natural world and the myths and legends people create while trying to understand it. She strives to find the magical within the mundane and the extraordinary within the ordinary.
Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals and later doing black and white line art for roleplaying games, her award-winning work has since appeared on the covers and interiors of many games, books, magazines, academic publications, and even a tarot deck, for clients such as Baen Books, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, Apex Press, and many, many game companies. Her Imaginative Realist work has been featured in ImagineFX Magazine, io9, tor.com, and several of the Infected By Art anthologies, while her impressionist-influenced “I Dream of Space” works have won critical acclaim and are in the hands of collectors around the world. She is a member of ASFA and of the Changeling Artist Collective, and she co-founded the Birdwhisperer Project (http://birdwhispererproject.com).
Apart from drawing and painting, she is never happier than when in the woods hunting for secret waterfalls and climbing on rocks. She can whistle a passable screech owl call.
Wildcat Mountain Artistry
Leia Powell has been producing stained glass masterpieces for over twenty years and is the maker of the stained glass dragons and faeries flying around the convention. Licensed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., she is first stained glass artist in history to be the sole licensee to create glass art of an author’s trademarked characters. She is also a writer, with nearly a dozen books in varying genres. Etsy – Facebook
The Whimsy starts with you. It all depends upon the fabric and theme you choose. WhmZcoat does custom work, but has several ready-made coats which range from Steampunk to pirates to Dr. Who to Renaissance. All coats are one of a kind, and made and sewn by the owner. In order to be more versatile, designs are sleeveless so that one can wear them in nightclubs, with other clothing, or in warmer climates. WhmZcoats are made to wear over one’s clothing and go as well with jeans as with evening dress. Emphasis is made on shoulder and neck line decoration. Sleeves can be added upon request. Designs are meant to “give” as far as the ribbons in the back so there are always a few inches to spare should one’s size change a bit. Attention to small detail is essential, as is the lining of a WhmZcoat, as the inside of a coat should be as nice as the outside. Size is not a problem because WhmZcoat can take measurements and make that coat you have always seen yourself wearing! Empower imagination. WhmZcoat.com