Panel Programing Guest List

Panelists

James Thompson

James Thompson

James Thompson is a writer, publisher, and lifelong geek. He geeks out about a great many things. From movies to cartoons, comics, and books James is generally just a huge geek. When he’s not on panels he’s at his home in Lehi.
Cindy Phippen

Cindy Phippen

Cindy is a marketing coordinator by day, an aspiring author and hobby painter by night, and a member of many fandoms around the clock. She turned her enduring love for all things nerdy into a graduate thesis on the Harry Potter fandom, earning her master's degree from BYU in 2015. Cindy has ...
Hunter Farris

Hunter Farris

Hunter Farris is an award-winning, professional director. In his free time, he runs a social media presence that teaches film and plays D&D.
Julie Langan

Julie Langan

Julie has been in the cosplay scene for a little over 15 years and has over 20 characters under her belt! She stands firm in the belief that cosplay is for everyone, no matter your shape size or color!
Eric Browning

Eric Browning

Eric was late to the cosplay game but rose fast to be featured in an internationally published book. He loves to share his knowledge and experiences about geek culture and crafting in panels. Eric is also an avid Star Trekker and all things sci-fi and according to his friends, he is an ...
Bryan Z. Richards

Bryan Z. Richards

Bryan is a Designer, Podcaster, and Marketing Consultant. He is the host, producer, editor, and cat herder for the Funnybooks and Firewater Podcast. As a design ninja who has worked on projects, you have probably heard of. He could tell you about them, but then he would have to kill you. He is ...
Michael S. Anderson, Esq.

Michael S. Anderson, Esq.

As a leader of Parr Brown’s Entertainment Law practice, Mike has represented numerous executives, entertainers, and artists on a variety of deals, litigation, and other projects throughout the entertainment industry, including directors, screenwriters, actors, producers, record labels, bands, ...
September C. Fawkes

September C. Fawkes

Sometimes September C. Fawkes scares people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. She has worked in the fiction-writing industry for over nine years, editing for both award-winning and best-selling authors as well as beginning writers. She is also perpetually writing her own fiction. She
Jonathan Decker

Jonathan Decker

Jonathan Decker is a licensed therapist, film critic, and actor. He is a co-host and founding member of the hit YouTube channel Cinema Therapy. Jonathan is known as the clinical director of Mended Light, for his movie reviews with The KJZZ Movie Show, and for his performances in CTU: Provo and ...
Eric Swedin

Eric Swedin

Eric G. Swedin is a Professor of History at Weber State University. His doctorate is in the history of science and technology. His publications include numerous articles, six history books, four science fiction novels, and a historical mystery novel. His "When Angels Wept: A What-If History of ...
Kyle J. Steenblik

Kyle J. Steenblik

Kyle J. Steenblik is a resident of Davis County Utah, husband, and father of two children. A Podcaster and YouTube Creator (Utah Outcasts) with a passion for comedy, fantasy, art, the natural world, science and discovery, and road trips to various landmarks, and historical sites around the ...
Charlie Pulsipher

Charlie Pulsipher

Charlie Pulsipher sculpts with cardboard and writes science-fiction and fantasy, but he’s best known for his velociraptor impression. It’s pretty great. He plans on surviving the inevitable fluff-pocalypse, when dust bunnies revolt against their vacuum masters. Find him online everywhere, but ...
Mike Bacera

Mike Bacera

Mike occasionally writes science fiction and fantasy by night, engineers business processes by day, and lifts heavy objects by choice.
John Steiner

John Steiner

John Steiner is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as a STEM tutor at Salt Lake Community College for twenty years.
Rachelle Hardy

Rachelle Hardy

Rachelle Hardy is an award-winning artist, actor, filmmaker, writer, & producer, known for films and series such as Permafrost, WROL Series, Beach Retreat, Dear Lord, Nine Days, and Kids Purge. She is also a screenwriter, editor, acting coach, and talent agent. As an artist, she does ...
Alyssa Krug

Alyssa Krug

Alyssa is the Founder and Director of The Foundation for the Prevention of Violence. She’s been in the security industry for more than ten years—during which she also taught self-defense to both individuals and groups. As co-creator of the Cooper-Krug Risk Assessment, she worked with renowned ...
John M. Olsen

John M. Olsen

John M. Olsen uses writing to harness his burning desire to create, hoping to entertain and enlighten others as well as himself. A love of science fiction and fantasy about ordinary people stepping up to extraordinary circumstances permeates his writing. He approaches writing and editing like ...
Val Cameron

Val Cameron

Val Cameron has been a morning show radio host on B98.7's Val & Mike in the Morning for 6 years. She is also a podcaster for the Stolendroids Network on Movies that Makes Us and Multiplane Podcasts. You can see and hear her movie reviews on B98.7 and Good Things Utah. She is also a member ...
Chris Hoffman

Chris Hoffman

Chris Hoffman is co-founder of comic book/game publisher Velleity Studios (Salt City Strangers, The Gull, and Ruthless). Velleity Studios has also helped local comic-creators publish their own work (Kermann and The Mighty Utahn).
Sean Dahl

Sean Dahl

A lifelong fan of Pop Culture. Those passions began at the tender age of 10, when Star Wars was released, followed by my falling in love with music, by way of Cheap Trick. Ever since I've explored the far reaches of both universes... and, for me, nothing is better when both worlds collide...
Robert J Defendi

Robert J Defendi

Robert J Defendi was one of the writers for Savage Seas, Exalted, Spycraft, Shadowforce Archer, Stargate SG-1 roleplaying game, Spacemaster, and critically acclaimed setting The Echoes of Heaven. He was featured in Writers of the Future XIX, and When Darkness Comes. He’s in several anthologies.
Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw has been Arts & Entertainment Editor and Film Critic for Salt Lake City Weekly for 20 years. He covers Disney+ series for MiceChat.com, and is the author of the 2016 book "Happy Place: Living the Disney Parks Life" about Disney Parks fandom.
Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker

Host of the Nerd Dome Podcast, and the Push My Buttons Games Podcast! Veteran panelist and expert cat wrangler!
Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Jon Smith is the Morning Guy on Utah's Classic Rock, 103.5 The Arrow. He's a huge Disneyland fan, loves anything that came out of the 1980s, and spends way too much time hunting for action figures. Jon is also a type 1 diabetic, so if he's in a bad mood take away his Oreos. That usually means ...
Rachie Moon

Rachie Moon

Rachie is a model, award-winning actress, panelist, dancer, and cosplayer from Salt Lake City, UT. She is captain and founder of BMK, a local kpop dance cover team, and founder of the CREATIVE photography and cosplay group.
Richard Newman

Richard Newman

Retired FX artist/body painter. Has a behind-the-scenes outlook on the artistic side of the entertainment industry. Just fills his days now with art video game consumption.
Josh Twelves

Josh Twelves

Josh Twelves is a Utah actor seen in Ephraim’s Rescue. He also has done many panels at FanX.
Breezy Weekes

Breezy Weekes

Breezy Weekes, also credited professionally by her maiden name, Breezy Douglas,  has worked on and off-screen in the entertainment industry for several years. She has worked in TV, Film, Music Videos, Modeling, and Body Double/Stand-In for many actresses including Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth ...
Joseph Darowski

Joseph Darowski

Joseph Darowski has a Ph.D. in American Studies, specializing in popular culture. He has published books on the X-Men, Cheers, and Frasier, as well as publishing research on topics ranging from Star Wars to the tv show Chuck.
Lee Falin

Lee Falin

Lee first fell in love with science while watching old Star Trek episodes with his mother. After eventually completing a Ph.D. in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, he discovered that real science wasn’t at all like Star Trek. One day he realized that he enjoyed the fiction ...
Jodi L. Milner

Jodi L. Milner

Jodi L. Milner is the author of the YA fantasy Shadow Barrier series, which includes Stonebearer’s Betrayal, winner of the League of Utah Writer’s Recommended Read award. As an avid student of the interesting and obscure, Jodi has an unhealthy fascination with medical science which led to her ...
Shiann Johns

Shiann Johns

Shiann is a life-long fan of Pokemon and a lover of all things Dragon Age and Mass Effect. She is also an avid comic book fan, a long-time member of the historical reenactment community, a Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, and Warhammer 40K Player, and more recently, a fan of the Five ...
Holli Anderson

Holli Anderson

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. ...
Tony Toscano

Tony Toscano

Tony Toscano celebrating over 50 years as a celebrity interviewer and film critic. Tony is also the producer and creator of the nationally syndicated TV program & podcast, "Talking Pictures" and "Screen Chatter."
Winterstar Cosplay

Winterstar Cosplay

Emiline, AKA Winterstar Cosplay, is a US-based cosplayer with a passion for making cool things and helping others make cool things. A cosplayer since early 2018, she uses her skills to create many different costumes and props and makes tutorials and videos to help teach others to do the same. ...
Brian Higgins

Brian Higgins

Brian Higgins is a creative Imagineer and mental health advocate. Using creative expression through film, comedy, art, and storytelling to shine spotlights on our shadows to end stigma. He is the founder of the nonprofit Mental Healthy F.i.T. (films, ideas & tips) and strives to change ...
Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 60+ books. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires
Travis Hysell

Travis Hysell

Travis Hysell is the 2018 addition to the FanX Cosplay Hall of Fame, and the founder of The Legacy Initiative, a charity group that has drawn attention at the local and national level for their work. Their homeless outreach program has drawn much attention and has been widely praised. Travis is
Dane Johns

Dane Johns

Dane Johns is a Historian and Professor at Boise State University where he teaches classes on Ethics and Diversity using superheroes and StarWars as examples of real-world issues. He's been a LARPer for 21 years and enjoys cosplay, airsoft, and TTRPS
Shandra Mutchie

Shandra Mutchie

Shandra is a professional cosplayer featured at events around the world and a member of the Hall of Fame. She is passionate about cosplay, filmmaking, acting, and teamwork, especially valuing mentoring amateur and up-and-coming cosplayers. She is most notably a prolific cosplayer in the ...
Chelsy Bloomfield

Chelsy Bloomfield

Chelsy Bloomfield was born in Antarctica but spent the majority of her childhood in Pallet Town until she left home at the age of 12. She later landed the career of her dreams professionally reviewing comic books and WWE Wrestling for BleedingCool.com. Shortly after, she became co-host of ...
Jacob Lyngle

Jacob Lyngle

Jacob is a huge movie buff, an independent filmmaker, and an expert in the art of Tokusatsu--- practical effects that are used heavily in Kaiju films and transforming superhero shows.
Haley Cavanagh

Haley Cavanagh

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She was awarded the League of Utah Writers 2020 Silver Quill Award for Retaliation, the second novel in her Oceanstone Initiative series. Haley is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book ...
John Lundwall

John Lundwall

John is an author, lecturer, and editor. He holds academic degrees in comparative myth and religion and is the Team Leader of the Utah Cultural Astronomy Project, researching ancient sites and petroglyphs across the Utah landscape. He also has served on the Utah Valley Astronomy Club's board. ...
M. Brooke Wilkins

M. Brooke Wilkins

A customer with nearly 20 years of professional experience in Utah. Besides working in costumes, Brooke enjoys playing in costumes. Her favorite fandoms are Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Shakespeare.
Megan Golden

Megan Golden

Megan Golden is an actor, singer, cosplayer, and dancer-- appearing with the K-Pop dance team Black Moon Krew. Most known for cosplaying Lara Croft, her work includes figure-modeling for Dark Horse Comics Tomb Raider: Inferno series.
Ash Vulcain

Ash Vulcain

Ash Vulcain is a content creator, cosplayer, and producer recognized for her video game-inspired cosplays and whimsical game sessions on Twitch TV. Her passion for games has given her a career as a Producer in video game development for six years — She is currently with one of Southern ...
Melissa Merlot

Melissa Merlot

Melissa Merlot is a comedian and a podcaster who loves all things nerdy. She's currently on the Area 52 Podcast dealing with the paranormal. She's very interested in aliens and still believes the truth is out there. She's also obsessed with horror movies.
Steve Lence

Steve Lence

Movie buff, pop culture moderator, and new wave music aficionado currently hosting Don’t You Forget About Me - The New Wave Music Podcast.
Larry Curtis

Larry Curtis

Journalist, photographer & filmmaker, Larry was invited to be an embedded reporter on THE HOBBIT films & has been a Tolkien speaker from Germany to Georgia and then worked on the home video appendices for the films.
Garrick Dean

Garrick Dean

As a Creative Director at Bioworld Merchandising, Garrick works daily with Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Hasbro, Star Wars, only too many a few major entertainment licenses. Garrick creates illustrations for these major licenses as well as freelance illustrations for many newspapers, ...
Alan Seawright

Alan Seawright

Alan Seawright is a director, producer, writer, editor, and actor. He is a founding member and co-host of the hit YouTube channel Cinema Therapy. Alan is known for his work on Inside BYU Football, Relative Race, and CTU: Provo. He lives in Provo, Utah with his wife and children.
Jaclyn Weist

Jaclyn Weist

Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho girl who has devoured books since she was a child. She now chases her six kids from one sport to another, and when she's not doing that, she's working at her local high school, helping her local arts council, or writing books. She publishes under Jaclyn Hardy (romance) ...
Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty is a Film Critic, Podcaster, and On-Air Contributor for ABC4 Good Things Utah. Patrick has been reviewing film and television for over 6 years and is involved in numerous film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW. Patrick is also the creator of the Gaggle of Geeks ...
Mark Woodring

Mark Woodring

Mark Woodring is a podcaster, best known as the host of the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast. He loves movies of all types (especially B-scifi films). He is also a frustrated author and cat dad.
Travis Richardson

Travis Richardson

Travis is a business advisor for one of the 5 big banks, a professor teaching entrepreneurial finance, and an addict for world-building, independent comics, and anything Ninja Turtles. He specializes in guiding companies in the startup to expansion stages and in building brands for creators.
Jenny Cottam

Jenny Cottam

Jenny has been cosplaying since 2010 and dressing up for even longer. She loves to make large weapons and do tricks underwater as a mermaid.
Ben Jeppsen

Ben Jeppsen

Dr. Ben Jeppsen is a counseling psychologist and professor at Augustana University where he teaches Applied Batman Psychology and is writing a book by the same name. Using the Dark Knight, he highlights mental health skills to help others be super versions of themselves. He has been a ...
Mark Dago

Mark Dago

Mark Dago loves video games, science fiction, and making noise. Mark has been working on his debut novel(s), writing for powerhouse geek destination Bigshinyrobot.com and of course, turning up the fuzz and distortion from state to state in musical groups Rotten Musicians, Numbs, and as a solo ...
Melissa Dalton Martinez

Melissa Dalton Martinez

Melissa has worked in entertainment since 1998, including television, film, music, online shows, and books. Melissa has a BA in Communications & Business Management, and an MA in Publishing. Melissa hosts the online show, The Book Break, where she interviews authors and others in ...
John W. Morehead

John W. Morehead

John W. Morehead blogs at TheoFantastique.com, and is the editor and co-editor of books including Theology and Horror, The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro, and The Paranormal in Popular Culture.
Mark Avo

Mark Avo

Technologist by day, indie game designer/comics writer by night.
Noelle Faen

Noelle Faen

The final final girl, future cult leader, and fairy pogmother; Noelle can be heard on the weekly podcast Chelsy And Noelle Go To Hell. A place for deviants, nerds, and the occasional conspiracy theorist. Overall a bad gamer, mediocre cosplayer, and late-night film reviewer.
Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson was raised in Southern California before moving to Utah to attend high school. While a teenager, he conceived and began writing his teen adventure series, “The Starriders Saga”. Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, he continued exploring different story concepts and ...
Jay Boyce

Jay Boyce

Jay Boyce is the bestselling author of A Touch of Power and the Rise of the Mystic Mage series. As a member of SFWA, Jay also won the Warriors and Wizards award for best new LitRPG author in 2019 and was nominated as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards in 2020. She is an ...
Damon Ricks

Damon Ricks

A life-long fan of all things science fiction and fantasy, from Star Wars to Star Trek, Buck Roger's to Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings to Shannara, and Dr. Who to Dragonlance, Damon has dedicated decades to collecting, studying, costuming, and immersing himself in these fandoms. He is ...
Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum has worked in publishing since 1997. She has been the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain since 2014 and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors. She is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello), several ...
Jake Dietz

Jake Dietz

Jake Dietz is a pop culture podcaster with the Stolendroids network. He can be heard and seen on the shows Movies That Make Us and Stolendroids Podcast. He loves all things movies and most things pop culture. He has also appeared as a guest on multiple podcasts including Matinee Heroes, ...

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