Appearance Courtesy of Galactic Productions www.GalacticProductionsEvents.com, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Warped Factors – A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe
Walter Koenig is best known for his roles as ‘Pavel Chekov’ in the original Star Trek series, and as ‘Alfred Bester’ in Babylon 5.
Game Designer and Author
Brendan J. LaSalle is a writer, game designer, and odd-job man who had the good fortune to discover his true calling in 1977 when he was introduced to AD&D. He is the author of several DCC adventures and supplements for Goodman Games, Fat Dragon, Savage Mojo, Hand Made Games, Pandahead Publishing, Troll Lords Games, and others. He is best known as the creator of Xcrawl, the dungeon-adventure-cum-alternative-modern-death-sport he has published since 2002.
Actor, Voice Over Artist, Director, Producer, Writer
Star Trek Continues, Attack on Titan, Full Metal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball Super, Escaflowne, Borderlands II
Chuck’s most recent anime roles are Reever in D-Gray Man Hallow, Austria in Hetalia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro (Sleepy Ash) in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Petra’s Father in Attack on Titan, Kyūta's Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, Jason the Toymaker in Creepy Pasta and Emperor Pilaf in
Author, Writing Instructor, Movie Producer, Screenwriter
The Runelords, In the Company of Angels, Nightingale, On My Way to Paradise, StarCraft: Brood War - Design Team Co-leader, Guinness World Record for the largest single-author, single-book signing
**[David will not be able to appear at Fan Nexus this year. He has, however, agreed to appear at our 2018 event, so look for David, then]**
Author, Scriptwriter, Voice Actor
The War Against The Chtorr, The Martian Child, Star Trek, When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, Land Of The Lost, Twilight Zone, Tales From the Dark Side, Babylon 5, Sliders
David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer that will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.
Vice President - Amazon.com Inc., Scientist
Creator of Google Glass, NSF Career Award, MIT Technology Review 35, Time magazine’s best invention of the year (2008 and 2012), IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award, Your Health Top 10 Medical advance of the year, About.com top invention, Selected by Ad Age as one of the 50 most creative people in the United States
Babak Parviz is a Vice President at Amazon.com.
He received his BA in Literature from University of Washington, BS in Electronics from Sharif University of Technology, MS in Physics from University of Michigan, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Univ. of Michigan; and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.
Special FX Makeup Artist
Face/Off, Ender's Game – Special Effects Technician, Man of Steel – Special Effects Technician, Snow White and the Huntsman – Special Effects Technician, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – Animatronics Technician
**[Due to unforeseen circumstances, George will not be able to appear at Fan Nexus this year. He has, however, agreed to appear at our 2018 event, so look for George, then. Also, he has helped us out by arranging for KC Mussman to be his replacement. Check out her page... she is awesome!]**
George Troester's passion for special effects was first realized when he watched Evil Dead at the age of 15.
GM, Publisher, Game Developer
Outbreak: Undead RPG, Saving Throw, Geek & Sundry, Hunters Books and Apparel - Owner/Partner, Kung Fu Panda - Production Assistant
Ivan Van Norman currently spends his waking hours spreading the love and joy of gaming to anyone and everyone he can. A celebrated GM, he is a frequent host on Geek and Sundry's Twitch Channel and often contributes to the company. He is also a partner of a publishing company, Hunters Books, which makes board and role playing games. He's worked in front of and behind the camera his entire life and wants to 'make things worth participating in'.
Crazy gemstone paintings, Art and service dogs, as aids to persons with mental disabilities
Jessica Douglas was born in a small town in Mississippi in 1977. After much destructive arting of the walls, furniture, neighbor's dog, and other assorted places, Jessica's parents enrolled her into the Visual Arts Institute at the tender age of 6 years old.
Special FX Makeup Artist, Makeup Artist, Owner of Nocturnal Designz
Face/Off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Life Casting , Six Hours - Makeup Department Head, Special Makeup Effects Artist, The One - Makeup Department Head, Special Makeup Effects Artist, The Dungeon Master's Lament - Key Makeup Artist, Lovely Day - Hair Department Head, Makeup Department Head
Production Designer, Propmaker, Special Effects Designer, Miniatures, Art Director, Set Construction
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Fantastic Four (1994), Hercules: The Legendary Journies, Mortal Kombat, Critters 2, Tales from the Darkside, The Kindred, Blade, Night of the Scarecrow, M.A.N.T.I.S., Freddy's Nightmares, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Witchboard, Candyman
Miq Strawn Designed either the effects or the sets of some of your favorite 80’s and 90’s horror and fantasy films. From the roller coaster originality of the sets in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4, to the Dark horror of Leatherface. From the futuristic low budget retro look of Corman's Fantastic Four to the adventures of Hercules, Mortal Kombat, and the town of Grovers Bend from Critters 2.
Author, Actor, Game Designer, Consultant
Second Paradigm (novel), Heroes Reborn: A Long Way From Home (novella), Cyberpunk CCG (game), Behind These Eyes (comic), Revenge of the Nerds (movie) – Little Boy (uncredited), Thunder Alley (movie) – Video Game Kid (uncredited)
Peter J Wacks was purportedly born in California sometime during 1976. He has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Throughout the course of his life, he has hitchhiked across the States and backpacked across Europe on the Eurail. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.
Inventor, Body Painter, CosPlay, Photographer
Holds Multiple U.S. Patents
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?)
Ryan Wells, from Portland OR, is a professional cosplayer, prop builder and builder for the Magicwheelchair.org.
Special Effects Technician, Prop-Maker, Sculptor, Actor, Illustrator
2013 Winner, Long Sword, Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament, Held her first sword at the age of four, Warcraft: The Beginning – Scenic Sculptor, Elysium – Specialty Costume & Props Model Making (WETA), The Hobbit- An Unexpected Journey – Art Department- Armour, Props and Costume, District 9 – Props Builder (WETA), Superman- Man of Steel – Art Department, Chronicles of Narnia- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Art Department
Samantha is an artist, craftsperson, fighter and performer from Wellington, New Zealand, who grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She works in the film industry and has been involved with world-renowned special effects facility Weta Workshop since 2008, on productions including The Hobbit, Superman: Man of Steel, The Chronicles of Narnia, District 9 and Elysium. Productions outside of Weta include The Interview and Warcraft.