GAYLAXICON 2011 GUESTS
AMBER BENSON is best known for her role as Tara Maclay, love interest of Willow Rosenberg, appearing in a total of 47 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer between 1999 and 2002. About her role as Tara, Amber has said: "I got letters from girls saying that I changed their lives and I met people who would cry about it, and that had such an impact on me. You don't realise what an impact television has on people. But when you get letters from young girls saying, 'I came out and I have a girlfriend now because of you', it's great."
As an actress, Benson worked on a number of films of interest to the GLBT audience, including Taboo (2002), Latter Days (2003) and Race You to the Bottom (2005). While still working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Benson wrote, directed, produced, edited, and acted in a digital video feature called Chance (2002) which also featured her Buffy co-star James Marsters. After her time on Buffy, Benson began production on a series of animation films for the BBC with co-creator Christopher Golden and animation studio Cosgrove Hall. Ghosts of Albion: Legacy (2003) and its sequels are available on the BBC Cult website. In 2006, Benson released her second independent feature film Lovers, Liars & Lunatics through her own production company, Benson Entertainment. The film was shot on film and was partly financed by the sale of limited edition "Triangle" Tara Buffyverse action figure. The project, initially called "The Dirty Script," was ultimately titled Lovers, Liars and Lunatics by producer Diane Benson, Amber's mother. She is the co-director with Adam Busch of Drones, a comedy film which will be released early 2011..
Benson also writes novels and comic books mostly in collaboration with Christopher Golden. In 2001, Benson worked with Golden, Terry Moore, and Eric Powell of Dark Horse Comics to create the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara comic book titled "WannaBlessedBe". The following year (2002), she worked with Christopher Golden and AJ (Ajit Jothikaumar) of Dark Horse Comics to create the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara comic books titled Wilderness #1 and Wilderness #2. In 2005, Benson collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a short story within the Image Comics collection Four Letter Worlds. In 2006, Benson collaborated with artist Ben Templesmith on Demon Father John's Pinwheel Blues published by IDW as a four-part split-book, Shadowplay (with work by Ashley Wood and Christina Z). Benson and Golden have also collaborated on two supernatural thrillers: Ghosts of Albion: Accursed and Ghosts of Albion: Witchery. These books follow the fortunes of Tamara and William Swift, who first appeared in the BBC computer animated web movie Ghosts of Albion: Legacy. In December 2006, Benson and Golden released yet another collaboration, the short novel The Seven Whistlers which is distributed through Subterranean Press in a limited number of signed copies. In September 2007, Benson signed a three-book deal with Ginjer Buchanan of Penguin Books. The first book was Death's Daughter, an Ace imprint paperback which was released on February 24, 2009, and the second book is Cat's Claw, released on February 23, 2010. She completed the third book in June 2010, and in an interview indicated there might be a fourth.
MELISSA CARTER (Special Media Guest) has been the Co-Host of The Bert Show on Q100 in Atlanta since 2001, and Co-Host of the Podcast "Pride in Between" since 2008. She was also Co-Host of the nationally-syndicated show "Radio With A Twist" from 2006 until 2009.
DON SCHERMERHORN & WAYNE HERGENRODER (Fan Guests of Honor) —
Don Schermerhorn and Wayne Hergenroder have been together for 18 years as of April 3, 2010. Wayne began gaming in 1984 and attended his first convention, MOBICON in Mobile, Alabama, in 1987. He attended MOBICON sporadically throughout the 1990's. Don, who had been gaming since the age of 13, didn't attend his first convention until MOBICON 1995. Any of you who were at MOBICON 1995 might remember them as Vampire LARPers. Wayne attended his first Dragon*Con in 1996 as part of RAVE - a White Wolf Vampire: the Masquerade demo group from Mobile. Don couldn't go, much to Wayne's distress, but they finally were able to attend their first Dragon*Con together in 2000. This trip peaked their interest in conventions.
Don heard of Crescent City Con (in New Orleans, LA) through friends who worked for the same company as he, and lived in the New Orleans area. They decided to go. At Crescent City Con XVI, they learned what conventions were all about: meeting other Fans. They met many people at that convention and think of many of those fans as close friends today. One of these friends was a merchant. Wayne and Don began traveling the convention circuit assisting her with her tables in dealer's rooms at such conventions as CoastCon, Crescent City Con, Vulcon-Atlanta, Fantasm, and Tenacity/Deep South Con I.
Exoticon 2001 began a new phase for them. The chair of the convention, another close friend, needed help with panels and roped Don, Wayne, and good friend Andy into hosting a panels. The panels they hosted were well received and heavily attended. This was the start of FLAMING FEN. Flaming Fen is a gay fan group that has hosted gay related programming and events at regional conventions including MOBICON, CoastCon, Crescent City Con, CoastCon Jr, Dragon*Con and Frolicon.
After Exoticon, they began volunteering for more conventions. Wayne has been chair-person and/or assistant chair for the dealer's rooms of MOBICON, CoastCon (where he also served as Member-At-Large/Board Member), and Crescent City Con and is presently President of MOBICON the 13th, MOBICON, Inc. He has also been Art Show Director or Assistant Director for MOBICON and CoastCon. He has also been guest and programming director for CoastCon. Don has run the hospitality suite for CoastCon and is presently Treasurer for MOBICON the 13th, MOBICON Inc. He has been Merchant Room Director for CoastCon and has been guest and programming director for CoastCon and MOBICON. Together they have worked the Buffy-track at Dragon*Con.
Wayne and Don attended their first Galaxicon in 2007 and had a blast. They have wanted to go to another one, but have not had the opportunity until now. They would like to thank Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon for the honor of being their first Fan Guests of Honour.
CATHERINE LUNDOFF is the two-time Goldie Award-winning author of Night’s Kiss (Lethe Press, 2009) and Crave: Tales of Lust, Love and Longing (Lethe Press, 2007) as well as over 70 published stories. She is also the editor of Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories (Lethe Press, 2008) and is the co-editor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic (Drollerie Press, 2010). In her other lives, she's a professional computer geek and teaches writing classes at The Loft Literary Center.
EUGIE FOSTER calls home a mildly haunted, fey-infested house in metro Atlanta that she shares with her husband, Matthew, and her pet skunk, Hobkin. After receiving her master's degree in Psychology, she retired from academia and became a corporate computer drone. When her company asked her to leave the phantoms and fairies in the South and return to the dead-cold lands of the Midwest, she said "no" and retreated to her library to pen flights of fancy. Eugie's fiction has been translated into Greek, Hungarian, Polish, and French, and her publication credits number over 100. They include stories in Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Cricket, Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Jim Baen's Universe; podcasts Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and PodCastle; and anthologies Best New Fantasy (Prime Books), Heroes in Training (DAW Books), So Fey (Lethe Press), and Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (Juno Books). Her short story collection, Returning My Sister's Face: And Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice, debuted in March, 2009, from Norilana Books. Visit her online at http://www.eugiefoster.com/.
WARREN ROCHELLE is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born in Durham, NC, he grew up in nearby Chapel Hill. He earned a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977, followed by an MS in library science at Columbia University in 1978. After eleven years as a school librarian, he returned to school to earn his MFA in 1991, followed by his PhD in 1997, both from UNC Greensboro. He has published several articles on rhetoric and literature in Emergency Librarian, Extrapolation, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Foundation, SFRA Review, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Paradoxa, and the North Carolina Literary Review. His short fiction and poetry are published in Aboriginal Science Fiction, Beyond the Third Planet, Forbidden Lines, Coraddi, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, GW Magazine, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, and Romance and Beyond. A critical book on the fiction of Ursula Le Guin, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001. Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, later in 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, the sequel to Harvest, was published in 2010.
Lee Martindale believes in enjoying life, making a difference, and writing good stories. Evidence that she does all three can be found in numerous venues ranging from three Sword and Sorceress volumes, through multiple Yard Dog Press projects, to Esther Friesner’s Turn the Other Chick, Witch Way to the Mall and Fangs for the Mammeries. She's edited a groundbreaking anthology (Such a Pretty Face), released a CD of original filk music (The Ladies of Trade Town) and an audiochapbook CD (To Stand Witness: Three Authurian Tales). Her latest works include Prejudice by the Pound, and a collection of essays and editorials from ten years of Rump Parliament Magazine called Prejudice by the Pound. Her second anthology, The Ladies of Trade Town, will be released in June from HarpHaven Publishing and will feature genre stories on “the world’s oldest profession.”
When not slinging fiction, Lee is a Named Bard, Lifetime Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, and a member of the SCA. She and her husband George live in Plano, TX, where she shares news with friends and fans at http://www.HarpHaven.net
Recently, one of Kiernan fantasy stories, "Dancing on the Head of a Pin," won a place on the 2008 Gaylactic Spectrum Award List of Recommended Reads, sponsored by the Gaylactic Network and the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation.
KAYELLE ALLEN is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers, an open and welcoming group for authors, agents, editors, publishers, author promotion services, and artists to share promotion secrets, ask questions, and hold free workshops. She's also a multipublished author whose worldbuilding skills include a broad sweep of ten-thousand years of future history, a feline language, and tradestandard laws for the empire where her books take place. Her writing captures you inside each hero's head and seduces you with what he feels and thinks. She thrusts you into the hero's heart and mind, teases you with his sexuality and sensual joys, and drags you onto the roller coaster with him when it plunges into the darkness of things-gone-wrong. When you and the hero get off the ride at the end, it's Kayelle's hope you'll be back in line when the next ride starts.
ANGELIA SPARROW is a librarian turned truck driver who lives in the mid-south, with her husband, four children and two cats. She has been writing GLBT fiction professionally since 2004 and has eight novels and more than fifty short stories to her credit, both alone and with co-author Naomi Brooks. Her husband is active in the local PFLAG and they both volunteer time and money to the local Gay & Lesbian Center and gay youth group.
Sabrina Pandora is a constant of the Atlanta nightlife, often seen at parties, clubs and events all over town. She is a comedienne, an author, an instructor and emcee for conventions, events and burlesque shows, and her interests are as varied as the attendees of her famous Halloween parties. She bills herself as a drag queen yet never performs as such, much to the confusion of those who understand the definitions associated with transgendered individuals. Quick-witted, funny and always with a kind word or cutting remark, she has been described as "a guillotine with curves—pretty to look at but dangerous to play with". Sabrina Pandora lives in Atlanta with her partner Wendie and their two daschunds, Hansel und Gretel, whom she is confident will one day trip her into her own oven.
Since moving to Atlanta in 1997, Michael Liebmann has been involved in SF fandom as a fan, a dealer, a convention organizer, and now as a voice actor. Since around 2007 he has lent his voice to quite a few productions produced by Misfits Audio, Darker Projects, Giant Gnome Studios, Imagination Lane, Gypsy Audio, Hidden Frontier Productions, Pendant Audio, Millada Productions as well as others. He has voiced everything from a college sophomore to a Reman, a Romulan, a Klingon, a Vorta, and a rabbit to name a few. Michael will discuss what’s he’s discovered about the fan audio and fan film phenomena as part of Outlantacon.
Davey Beauchamp is the creator of the Writers for Relief anthonlogy series, the Agency 32 series and the Amazing Pulp Adventures Podcast along with Podcastings Rich Sigfrit. When he isn't writing he is getting his Masters of Library and Information Science Degree from UNCG and works at the Lexington Public Library in Davidson County as their Teen Specialist and Technology Guru. visit the podcast at - Pulpadventures.net
Julia Rios blogs regularly for The Outer Alliance, a group which exists to support and celebrate queer speculative fiction. Her interviews have also appeared on the Lambda Literary site and in Stone Telling (a magazine of boundary crossing poetry), and her poetry and short stories have appeared in Reflection's Edge, Goblin Fruit, Everyday Weirdness and I Do Two! (a charity anthology in support of gay marriage). She grew up in California but moved to Boston for the weather. She thinks bi pride is as good an excuse as any for dyeing her hair various shades of pink and blue and purple.
Andrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer games and roleplaying games, co-created the Fading Suns roleplaying and computer games and was the original developer of White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade. He has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. He has also worked on products with other roleplaying game companies, including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His computer game credits include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Lords, The Virtual World of Kaneva, and more. His most recent computer game credits are Railroad Tycoon Mobile and the Global Agenda MMO. He serves as director of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (www.siegecon.net) and Faerie Escape: Atlanta (www.faeatlanta.com). He is currently working on a new Tycoon game that will be announced in 2011.
Jevocas “Java” Green is best known for his long running stent at Dr. Frank N Furter with Atlanta’s own live cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lips Down On Dixie. He is Featured at the Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon, Fridays at Midnight for an amazing 9 of the 10 years the show has been running. LDOD is the longest running theatrical event in Atlanta and Java has definitely made his stamp on Atlanta performing with them. He has also been the headlining Frank N Furter for 7 of the 9 performances of the show for Dragon*Con. Some of which included working with film actors Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors in RHPS, Spin City, Glee, Nip/Tuck, Ghost Whisperer, Supernatural, Lexx ) and Patricia Quinn (RHPS's Magenta, Doctor Who, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life). Along with performing with the acclaimed shadow cast, he is also an actor and filmmaker, appearing in such films as The Blind Side, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, and on television with Drop Dead Diva and as a reoccurring zombie on The Walking Dead. He also co-stars in the superhero/Action webseries Fighting Angels as Rhapsody London, starring in 4 of the 7 films and 2 seasons of the series. Java is an established Makeup Artist, working with Netherworld Haunted House, voted #1 in the nation several years consecutively, and on feature the film ACE: The Zombie. Java has since gone on to launch his own production company, Jymeni Productions, LLC and has 5 films in preproductions for the coming 2011 year and still cranking out sold out shows at the Plaza Theater as Frank N Furter. Also, in the Drag world as his fabulous alter ego Nea D’Angel. You can find him as a Judge on this year’s Project Cosplay here at OutlantaCon!
Keith Hartman grew up in Huntsville Alabama, where he was a weird little boy who didn't fit in. He went to Princeton University, where he was supposed to study economics and instead blew all his time on theater courses. He then started a PhD in Finance at Duke, before realizing that he just couldn't spend the rest of his life teaching MBA's how to screw each other. So he ran away to be a writer.
His parents were thrilled.
He sold his first short story to a tiny magazine that went out of business, and his first book to Rutgers University, which did not.
He moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to direct low budget movies. It turns out that everyone in Hollywood is stark raving mad. And Keith fits right in.
Keith is the author of the Spectrum award winning novel The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse and the sequel Gumshoe Gorilla. This year he has a new novel out The Buried Sky, a new graphic novel called Vampire Strippers Must Die!, and an indie gay film called You Should Meet My Son!
Steve Berman's fiction has been a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. His editorial efforts have been finalists for the Golden Crown and Lambda Literary Awards. He is owner and publisher of Lethe Press, which, for the past decade, has brought acclaimed queer fantasy, horror and science fiction titles to readers. He resides in New Jersey.
JM McDermott is the author of five novels, including Never Knew Another, Last Dragon, and Maze. His short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and many more. As an ally, he often tries to write things that encourage acceptance and open minded tolerance. The Dogsland Trilogy, in particular, is inspired by how hard it is to get people with a conscious or unconscious prejudice to choose to read a book that serves as a message encouraging tolerance.
JoSelle Vanderhooft was born in 1980 in Framingham, Massachusetts when Leo ruled but Gemini was on the rise. By no means a young woman yet, she nonetheless migrated West to Salt Lake City just like her pioneering Mormon ancestors, and she currently calls this city of salt and sand her home. She wrote her first produced play at 16 and graduated from the University of Utah with honors bachelor degrees in English and Theatre Studies. While studying here she received the Steffenson-Cannon fellowship which she held from 1999-2001. She also served as literary intern and/or dramaturgy intern for several theatres including New Dramatists, The Women’s Project and Productions and the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
A dramaturg and something of a lapsed playwright, Vanderhooft now works as a freelance journalist, poet and fiction writer. Her work has appeared or will soon appear in print and online in such venues as Aofie’s Kiss, Byzarium, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, Not One of Us, MYTHIC, Mythic Delirium, Reflections Edge, Star*Line and several others.
To date, she has published seven poetry books: 10,000 Several Doors (Cat’s Eye Publishing, 2005), The Minotaur’s Last Letter to His Mother (2007, Ash Phoenix Press, to be re-released by Sam’s Dot Publishing in the future), Ossuary (2007, Sam’s Dot Publishing), The Handless Maiden and Other Tales Twice Told (2008 Sam’s Dot Publishing), The Memory Palace (2009, Norilana Books) and Fathers, Daughters, Ghosts & Monsters (2009, VanZeno Press).
Her first novel The Tale of the Miller’s Daughter was released from Papaveria Press in June, 2006 and her second and third, Owl Skin, and Ebenezer, a retelling of A Christmas Carol, are forthcoming from Papaveria and Drollerie Press, respectively . She edited the Torquere Press anthology of lesbian fairytales Sleeping Beauty, Indeed (reissued in 2009 by Lethe Press) as well as Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories (2011, Torquere Press) and (with Catherine Lundoff) Hellebore & Rue, an anthology of stories about lesbian magic users (Drollerie Press, 2010). Bitten By Moonlight, an anthology of lesbian werewolf stories, will be released from Zumaya Books in 2011.
As a critic, Vanderhooft reviews novels, poetry and short story collections for The Pedestal Magazine, Publishers Weekly, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Membra Disjecta and other publications.
She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her family and several boistrous cats.
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