Announcing ConGlomeration’s 2020 Artist Guest of Honor Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay - Deep Space Station GungnirConGlomeration is thrilled to announce that longtime friend-of-the-con, 2017 featured guest, and two-time Chesley Award-winner Melissa Gay will be our 2020 Artist Guest of Honor.

For those that haven’t met her yet, Melissa is a critically-acclaimed artist of speculative fiction book covers, roleplaying games, botany manuals, and even a tarot deck. Her character redesigns and imaginative realist works have been featured on ImagineFX, Infected By Art, io9 and Tor.com, and her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world. Whether depicting criminal masterminds, comic book heroes, deep space, eldritch horror, child mermaids or sentient bugs, she strives to inject diversity and a touch of dreamlike wonder into all her work.


Want to talk art with Melissa Gay? Register for ConGlomeration 2020!


Melissa Gay - Liberty SkyPublishers she has worked with include Mythopoeic Press, Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., Hay House, Apex Press, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, DOJ, Margaret Weis Productions, Third Eye Games, Dead Gentlemen, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, and Sagaborn.

Her game credits include illustrations for the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement Book of Dragons; Trail of Cthulhu supplements such as The Dracula Dossier, the ENnie award-nominated Dreamhounds of Paris, and Soldiers of Pen and Ink; the Firefly RPG supplement Freedom Flyer, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement, the ENnie Award-nominated Mermaid Adventures, Camp Myth, and Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes; Part-Time Gods and its supplements, Psi-Punk and its supplements, the Dungeon World supplement Plague of Storms, The Algernon Files NPC superheroes sourcebooks, The Elves of Uteria and its supplements, and the Demon Hunters RPG. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and HebrewPunk (Apex Press) and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award-winning author Lavie Tidhar. Recently she has branched into children’s illustration with Cathy Coley’s Felix the Comet.


Want to spend Easter weekend with Melissa Gay? Register for ConGlomeration 2020!


Melissa GayMelissa’s personal work often features colorful palettes, atmospheric haze, and the far-flung telescopic distances of space, in which she lays down marks in a stream-of-consciousness style, letting the images emerge for themselves. “Allowing ‘accidental’ marks and textures onto my canvases helps my subconscious unlock images my conscious mind never would have dreamed up.” Her paintings have been featured in the annual Infected By Art anthologies. Additionally, as co-founder of The Bird Whisperer Project, she seeks to spread the joy of bird art to any who wish to participate.

You can learn more about Melissa on her Facebook page, her Instagram, her Twitter feed or at her website, www.melissagay.com. You can support Melissa’s work on Patreon.


Want to see Melissa Gay create art first-hand? Register for ConGlomeration 2020!


Guests of Honor questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair [programming@conglomeration.info]

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