Guests of Honor

Media Guest of Honor J.G. Hertzler

J G HertzlerThe Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, General Martok, will appear live and in person at ConGlomeration 2017. Granted, he’ll look more like the guy on the right, because the man behind Martok, actor J.G. Hertzler, will be the ConGlomeration 2017 Media Guest of Honor.

Besides his legendary portrayal of Chancellor Martok, J.G. Hertzler has also appeared in numerous roles across the Star Trek franchise, as well as memorable appearances on Quantum Leap, Highlander, Zorro, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Charmed, The Golden Compass, and Seinfeld.

You can learn more about J.G. Hertzler here.

Want to spend a weekend with J.G. Hertzler? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!

Author Guest of Honor Les Johnson

les_johnsonRescue-Mode-Cover-for-web.7375636_stdThis year’s Author Guest of Honor Les Johnson is a two-for-one special, as Les is both an accomplished sci-fi scribe and an actual, honest-to-Zod rocket scientist.

Les is the author or co-author of multiple popular science and science fiction books, including Rescue Mode with co-author Ben Bova (our 2007 Author Guest of Honor), and Back to the Moon and On to the Asteroid with co-author Travis Taylor. By day, Les is the Technical Adviser for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office and the Solar Sail Principal Investigator for the Near Earth Asteroid Scout mission at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. (Keen-eyed platypi will recall that Les appeared as our 2014 Featured Science Guest.)

You can learn more about Les Johnson here.

Want to hang out with Les Johnson? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!

Artist Guest of Honor Christine Mitzuk

Christine Mitzuk's Woman of PowerChristine MitzukConGlomeration is excited to announce that Christine Mitzuk will be our 2017 Artist Guest of Honor.

Christine is a freelance artist whose clients include Fantasy Flight Games, BAEN, Petersen Games, and Lightspeed Magazine. She also teaches art classes at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis, as well as The Art Academy in St. Paul.

You can learn more about Christine Mitzuk here.

Want to workshop with Christine Mitzuk? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!

Returning Artist Guest of Honor Kristin Kest

"Just Doing My Job" by Kristin Kest

ConGlomeration is elated to announce that once again our 2011 Artist Guest of Honor, Kristin Kest, is returning as an Attending Artist in 2017.

Kristin has been an illustrator for over 25 years and has created the interior and cover artwork for books, textbooks, magazines, calendars, and cards for scores of publishing companies such as McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Random House, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many, many more.

For nearly nine years, Kest has taught illustration, drawing, and professional development courses at York College of Pennsylvania, and lectures at conferences on aspects of illustration and storytelling. You can learn more about Kristin Kest here.

Featured Musical Guests il Troubadore: The Klingon Music Project

il Troubadore Klingon Music ProjectIndianapolis’s own Klingon musical act, il Troubadore, will appear as the Featured Musical Guests at ConGlomeration 2017.

il Troubadore’s mission is to record and perform all existing songs in the complete musical oeuvre of the Klingon Empire. You can catch il Troubadore as the halftime entertainment at the ConGlomeration 2017 Cosplay Masquerade.

Featured Artist Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay - Liberty SkyLongtime friend-of-the-con Melissa Gay will be a 2017 ConGlomeration Featured Artist.

Melissa Gay makes book covers, illustrations, roleplaying game art, and gallery art. Her game credits include The Dresden Files, Night’s Black Agents, Trail of Cthulhu, Part-Time Gods, Demon Hunters, Psi-Punk, and Sagaborn, and her character redesigns have been featured on io9 and She has done covers and interiors for books, magazines, academic publications, and even a tarot deck, while private collectors around the world have bought her award-winning original paintings. You can learn more about Melissa Gay here.

Attending Artist Kevlen Goodner

Kevlen Goodner - the FlashLouisville’s own Kevlen Goodner will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2017.

Kevlen (AKA The Illest-Strator) is a highly skilled sequential storyteller, and technically gifted draftsman. His ability to capture gestures, along with his eye for rendering detailed human anatomy, are evident in all of his work. Kevlen is a supportive teacher of illustration, with a student list that includes both professionals and those aspiring to achieve varied artistic goals. He’s Co-founder of several art projects, including, EUREKA! COMIC LABS, Attilan Studios, and Heavy Black Design Group. You can learn more about Kevlen Goodner here.

Attending Artist Cris Griffin

Cris Griffin - UnnamedLongtime friend-of-the-con Cris Griffin will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2017.

For the past umpteen years, Cris has been freelance-arting and writing and exploring the genres of dark fantasy and subtle horror — the quiet, creepy things that live under, and sometimes in, your own bed. She hails from central Ohio and her work has appeared in RPGs and on book covers, as well as in the occasional gallery. Even sometimes the bottom of a birdcage. She’s proficient in digital art, but has a heart-deep fondness for graphite drawings, just to keep her hands dirty. You can learn more about Cris Griffin here.

Attending Artist Brian Rodman

Louisville native Brian Rodman will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2017.

Brian is a comic book creator, artist, and writer. He has been featured in Rebel Rouser Comics and has also been published through various projects with the Louisville Cartoonist Society. Currently, he is working on a self-published horror/fantasy graphic novel series titled Memoirs of an Angel. You can learn more about Brian Rodman here.

Attending Artist Lily Alanna

Yarnboy Heroes by Lily AlannaConGlomeration’s own Lily Alanna will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2017.

Lily has been creating things for as long as she can remember. In 2011, she found ConGlomeration, and from that point on she had found a home and her muse. Focusing mainly on fiber- and yarn-based art, she creates a multitude of pieces including her signature Dragons and Octopi, alongside hats and dice bags. Lily sources yarn from sweaters and scarves to make it all one of a kind. You can learn more about Lily Alanna here.

Want to spend a weekend with these awesome guests? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!

We are working feverishly to secure additional Guests of Honor for ConGlomeration 2017, and beyond. Watch this space for announcements. For reference, past guests have included Walter Koenig, Boris Vallejo, Peter David, David Drake, Harry Turtledove, Ben Bova and many more.

If you are an established science-fiction, fantasy, horror or science-fact author, artist, filmmaker, game designer, actor, musician, engineer, researcher, journalist, extraterrestrial visitor, time traveler, paranormal being, artificial intelligence, and/or indescribable non-human entity and would like to be considered for a Guest of Honor slot at ConGlomeration 2017 or a future convention, please contact our Programming Chair.

If you would like to serve as a dedicated fan liaison for our Guests of Honor — which means you’ll spend most of the convention hanging out and helping out with one of our guests — please contact our Volunteers Chair.

Guests of Honor questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair []