Guests of Honor & Other Professional Guests

DemiCon 30 Guests of Honor

Guest of Honor are our featured guests. We typically select an outstanding professional author and professional artist. In addition, we typically select a fan, or fans, that have had a particularly positive impact on the community at large.

Author Guest of Honor Gail Carriger

 

gail carrigerNew York Times bestselling author and ex-archaeologist Gail Carriger/G.L. Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag.

Miss Gail’s novels have been published in dozens of languages and have made the New York Times, USA Today, and Locus Bestseller lists multiple times. Her NYT listings include Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children’s Series, and #1 in Manga. She has received the Prix Julia Verlanger, the Elbakin Award, the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award, and a Starburner Award. He books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and Romantic Times.

Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award and was nominated for a Compton Crook and Locus Award, and the Prix des Imaginales. It made Audible.com’s best list, and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, IndieBound Notable, Locus Recommended Read, and a Finalist for the 2009 PEARL Award. Gail is still trying to recover from the shock.

Gail’s wildly popular steampunk Parasolverse contains multiple series. The Parasol Protectorate features a proper Victorian spinster who has no soul. It has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her YA Finishing School series follows a young lady secretly recruited to an all-girls seminary for spies. Her Delightfully Deadly novellas follow these young ladies grown up. In the Custard Protocol a crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. The Supernatural Society novellas follow popular LBGTQ side characters from her Parasolverse as they strike out on their own. And the Claw & Courtship novellas feature werewolves caught up in Georgette Heyer style shenanigans.

As G.L. Carriger, Gail writes the San Andreas Shifter books depicting a whimsical San Francisco full of sexy gay werewolves and smart-mouthed mages. She also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crrudrat.

You can find Gail through her agent, Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency or via her website gailcarriger.com. She has a ridiculously silly newsletter, The Monthly Chirrup and a fabulous podcast about travel, 20 Minute Delay.

Fun extra: Gail’s bio as if written by Mangnall in the 1830s.

“Carriger, a comic writer from the Colonies, born in squalor, 197?; died, ?. Famous for her outrageous characters and questionable inclination to dandify. The celebrated Chubbiest of Foqoures was her cat, and, upon said cat’s decease, Carriger engaged the affections of Lilliput la Pumpkinpucci. Carriger’s works are numerous. She had a peculiar mind, in a top heavy body.”

~ Mangnall’s Questions (the update), 1830 ~ 2015

Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio

john picacioJOHN PICACIO is a two-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His artwork is noted for its diversity and range, often combining traditional drawing and painting with digital finishes, as well as exploring methods such as hand-made assemblages. His works have illustrated the covers of books by Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Simmons, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree, Jr., Mark Chadbourn, and many more. He has produced cover artwork for franchises such as STAR TREK and the X-MEN.

His accolades include the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, five Chesley Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards, all in the Artist category. He has been nominated nine consecutive years for the Hugo Award in the Best Professional Artist category (2005-2013), as well as a nomination for Best Related Book in 2007 (for COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO). He won the Hugo for Best Professional Artist in 2012 and 2013. His illustrations have often been featured in the pages of SPECTRUM: THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FANTASTIC ART.

Clients include Ballantine/Del Rey, Bantam, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Tor Books, Pyr, Golden Gryphon Press, Subterranean Press, Roc Books, and many more. Recent works include covers and interiors for new Del Rey editions of Michael Moorcock’s legendary fantasy icon ELRIC as well as the 2012 calendar for George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

Joe & Gay Haldeman

Gay and Joe had an intricate part in growing the love of science fiction in those who created DemiCon when they were members of Science Fiction League of Iowa Students (which Joe created) and running ICON. Gay and Joe have been dubbed by those that were under their tutelage as the “Grandparents” of DemiCon.

Joe Haldeman is a multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning author. For his spectacular career in writing science fiction and fantasy, he was given the honor of SFWA Grand Master. Joe has been our Author GOH for DC 2 and DC 20 where the Haldemans were inducted into the DemiCon Hall of Fame.

Gay Haldeman was our Fan Guest of Honor at DC 2 and was a regular guest, besides Rusty Hevelins’ travel buddy through the many years. Mary Gay Potter Haldeman (a name familiar to those who read The Forever War) has a Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature and another in Linguistics. Joe and Gay are retired in Florida after many years of teaching at MIT . But, Joe is not the only one with an award or two. Gay shared a Skylark Award with Joe in 1996, and in 2011 was given the Big Heart Award at the World SF Convention in Reno, Nevada. Both Gay and Joe have thespian talents and have graced our stage as TICC performers, as well.

Fan Guests of Honor Becky Kinnamon & David Winterton

Becky Kinnamon and David Winterton missed the first DemiCon because they were busy getting married and going on their honeymoon. Although not registered, they visited some friends who were attending DemiCon II, crashing some room parties. Other than a couple of years missed for family obligations, they have attended every DemiCon since. They even renewed their vows at DemiCon X. Becky and David have one son, Dain Winterton, who likes to say that he has attended DemiCon since he was negative two months old.

Becky has been a notable presence at DemiCon (and ICON). She enjoys costuming and has been a frequent participant in Masquerade and Hall costume contests. Humor is the foundation of much of her costuming with her costume ideas often revolving around a play on words or mashup of genres. In addition, Becky has been a judge for DemiCon and ICON Masquerade contests. For a few years, she partnered with Denise Gehling to make and sell fannish fashions in the dealer’s room. Combining her love for Tae Kwon Do (kicky-poundy) with fandom, Becky has participated in panels on martial arts. Becky is also the one behind Zippy’s Karma-Go-Round. (if you don’t know, ask.)

Most of all, Becky enjoys the people. If she doesn’t know you, she’d like to meet you. And it is likely Becky will remember your name when she sees you next year. She loves to talk and she loves to laugh. You can often find her in a common area engaged in a friendly game of Scrabble

IRL, Becky works for the State of Iowa Judicial System on projects related to domestic violence, victim restitution, and other issues. Becky also works doing technical writing for a programmer, translating geek into human service worker language. When not working, Becky helps teach and coach Tae Kwon Do at her local Y

David is Becky’s plus one. He is Griffy to Becky’s Zippy. Let’s be honest, no one would pick him as Fan GOH if he were not attached to Becky. David is the tallish, quiet one lurking around Becky’s center of gravity while she enchants the people around her. David has served as a model, dressing dummy, and general technical assistant for some of Becky’s costuming ventures. His proudest geek moment was being part of getting Dain to put down the video controller and play Dungeons & Dragons

David worked in Human Services for three decades, including working as a mental health counselor, as a substance abuse counselor, and for an Employee Assistance Program. David is currently on a break from the counseling profession from which he may never return.

Toastmaster Susan Leabhart

We welcome Susan Leabhart back as our Toastmaster. This lovely lady hails from DAGOBAH, Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids.  This Science Fiction and Fantasy book discussion group has been meeting at the Davenport Public Library for more than 25 years.  Susan leads this group and is known as Empress of DAGOBAH.

Susan is no stranger to DemiCon. This will be her third time serving as the DemiCon Toastmaster. She became the first woman to be a DemiCon Toastmaster at DemiCon 25.  She has attended all of the past DemiCons except the first one, when the need to look after very small children took priority (and those children grew up enjoying DemiCon). Susan is known for her costuming, steampunk, bellydancing, hand-made journals, as well as hosting, with all her DAGOBAH “minions,” the famous “Win Lose or Draw” panel on Sunday at DemiCon.  (That panel has been around since DemiCon 3.)  Just remember, “The Box is Cruel!”

Professional Guests

We have many local, regional, and national professionals that attend DemiCon. They contribute to many areas of the convention, such as the art show, the music venue, and programming.

Coming soon!

Once the other attending professional guests have been confirmed we’ll add them there.

DemiCon Hall of Fame

At DemiCon 15 we wanted a way to extend special acknowledgement those who have helped make DemiCon what is today. The DemiCon Hall of Fame was created to recognize those particularly influential individuals.

Rusty “James” Hevelin

At DemiCon 15, Rusty Hevelin was our first inductee to DemiCon Hall of Fame. Rusty had started as our Fan Guest of Honor at DC 1, but somewhere before our first convention came around, he was named Toastmaster. From that day forth, he was our Toastmaster. When Rusty became a member of the DemiCon Hall of Fame, he was given the title of Toastmaster Emeritus, but he did not rest on his laurels and has been at every DemiCon until DC22 when health problems kept him away.  Rusty passed away in 2011.

In celebration of Rusty’s amazing life (ask Gay and Joe … they have stories), we will host the 7th Annual Rusty Ice Cream Social on Saturday afternoon in the ConSuite.  Enjoy a root beer float or just a good bowl of vanilla ice cream, which were two of Rusty’s favorites.

To learn more about Rusty, follow this link to the Hevelin Collection.

Joe & Gay Haldeman

Gay and Joe had an intricate part in growing the love of science fiction in those who created DemiCon when they were members of Science Fiction League of Iowa Students (which Joe created) and running ICON. Gay and Joe have been dubbed by those that were under their tutelage as the “Grandparents” of DemiCon.

Joe Haldeman is a multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning author. For his spectacular career in writing science fiction and fantasy, he was given the honor of SFWA Grand Master. Joe has been our Author GOH for DC 2 and DC 20 where the Haldemans were inducted into the DemiCon Hall of Fame.

Gay Haldeman was our Fan Guest of Honor at DC 2 and was a regular guest, besides Rusty Hevelins’ travel buddy through the many years. Mary Gay Potter Haldeman (a name familiar to those who read The Forever War) has a Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature and another in Linguistics. Joe and Gay are retired in Florida after many years of teaching at MIT . But, Joe is not the only one with an award or two. Gay shared a Skylark Award with Joe in 1996, and in 2011 was given the Big Heart Award at the World SF Convention in Reno, Nevada. Both Gay and Joe have thespian talents and have graced our stage as TICC performers, as well.

Glen Cook

Glen was made a member at DemiCon 25. Glen Cook Author guest of honor for DemiCon 5, known for his stellar The Black Company military fantasy series and so much more, told DemiCon this: I was born and am still under foot. Hit the ground in NYC in 1944, lived there, Indiana, and California growing up. Served in the Navy, attended U of Missouri, worked for General Motors and retired therefrom. Began writing with intent to commit publication late 1960s and have since produced 51 published books (#51, Working God’s Mischief, will come out between now and the convention), some short fiction, some articles and some essays. I have three sons, an Army officer, an architect, and a symphony musician, plus numerous grandchildren, all but one of whom seem determined to be female. And I have an amazing wife who has been with me for almost 45 years. These days I am, extremely slowly, working on expanding theBlack Company chronicles by two novels and a story collection. I have become a victim of Ambition Deficit Disorder, which is what has put the slow in slowly.

Glen has been at almost every DemiCon selling books to all who love the joy of reading. Signing his and making DemiCon even more special. Thanks Glen.