Guests of Honor


Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn
Star Wars - Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Legendary Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will be our 2019 Author Guest of Honor.

In some circles Tim is known as “the man who saved Star Wars.” His Thrawn Trilogy — which introduced the infamous villain Grand Admiral Thrawn to Star Wars canon, as well the Imperial capital planet of Coruscant, and the assassin-turned-hero Mara Jade — kickstarted widespread interest in the EU in 1991.

Since then, Tim has published over forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction.

You can learn more about Tim here. Got a question for Tim? Ask it here!


Want to talk Star Wars with the creator of Grand Admiral Thrawn? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson

Avacyn, Guardian Angel by Winona Nelson

Science fiction & fantasy illustrator Winona Nelson will be our 2019 Artist Guest of Honor.

A member of the Ojibwe First nations tribe of Minnesota, Winona’s work focuses on the experience of women and minorities. She professionally develops illustrations, concept art, comics, and fine art.

Fans will recognize her work from Kabam’s The Hobbit: Kindoms of Middle Earth and Ravenmarch, the indie comics UNIKRON and Artifice, and, of course, several Magic: The Gathering cards.

You can learn more about Winona here.


Want to talk illustration with the woman who painted your favorite Magic cards? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Featured Guests

Featured Cosplay Guest HarleenQuartz

Well regarded plus-sized cosplayer and anti-bullying activist HarleenQuartz will be our 2019 Featured Cosplay Guest. Harleen spreads the gospel of cosplay as a powerful and positive form of self-expression.

“Beauty is not defined by the size of dress you wear and cosplay is not defined the type of material used in your costume. COSPLAY IS ABOUT FUN! And fun we shall have.”

You can learn more about HarleenQuartz here.


Want to talk cosplay with HarleenQuartz? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Featured Performers Level Up Lightsaber Dojo

Level Up Lightsaber Dojo

Professional martial artist and lightsaber combat instructor Alan White will bring his Level Up Lightsaber Dojo to perform during intermission of our 2019 Cosplay Masquerade. Alan is a veteran martial arts competitor and instructor who has adapted his traditional training for use in mock lightsaber combat. Level Up Lightsaber will thrill and excite the audience of our Cosplay Masquerade and will also be on hand to offer a few tips on safely wielding “a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”

You can learn more about Level Up Lightsaber Dojo here.


Want to spend Easter weekend honing your lightsaber skills? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Featured Fan Group The Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and Prop Builders (ORCs)

Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and Prop Builders

Nationally known and locally beloved cosplay tribe The Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and Prop Builders — AKA the ORCs — will be our 2019 Featured Fan Group. At ConGlomeration, the ORCs will stage their infamous Cos-ER to provide on-the-spot emergency repairs to any and all cosplayers and Masquerade participants, as well as a host of panels and workshops to help you create better cosplays and become a better cosplayer.

You can learn more about the ORCs here.


Want to spend Easter weekend with a squad of ORCs? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Also Attending

Attending Performer John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell

John Cowgell, AKA Pocket the Fool

John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell will be an Attending Performer at ConGlomeration 2019. Pocket is one of the most memorable attractions at the annual Kentucky Highlands Renaissance Festival, and was our 2018 Masquerade Halftime Act. His persona is that of a 13th century Scottish jester from the court of Robert the Bruce. He’ll be running cosplay, improv, and KidCon panels all weekend long.

You can learn more about Pocket the Fool here.


Attending Artist Melissa Gay

Dragonship by Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay will return in 2019 as an Attending Artist. For those that haven’t met her yet (which is weird, because she attends almost every year) Melissa is a critically-acclaimed artist of speculative fiction book covers, roleplaying games, botany manuals, and even a tarot deck. Her character redesigns have been featured on io9 and Tor.com, and her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world.

You can learn more about Melissa Gay here.


Attending Cosplayer Eden “Cutie Cute” Grey

Cutie Cute Cosplay

Eden Grey, AKA “Cutie Cute Cosplay,” will be an Attending Cosplayer at ConGlomeration 2019. Originally from Michigan and now residing in Lexington, KY, Eden has been cosplaying for over 10 years. You’ll find Eden at her fan table, hosting cosplay panels, and assisting staff with our Cosplay Masquerade.

You can learn more about Eden “Cutie Cute” Grey here.


Attending Artist Cris Griffin

'In The Cards' by Cris Griffin

Cris Griffin will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2019. Christine ‘Cris’ Griffin works in the genre book cover industry (Dreamspinner Press, Bell Bridge Books, Gryphonwood Press, to name a few), as well as providing RPG interior illustrations (White Wolf/Onyx Press), images for collectible card games (A Game of Thrones, Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars) and private commissions (you know who you are!). She was also our 2015 Featured Artist.

You can learn more about Cris Griffin here.


Attending Cartoonist William Levy

Bill Levy

William Levy will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2019. Bill is a Louisville native author, illustrator, and game designer best known for his Nightmart online comic strip. A fixture at ConGlomeration (and RiverCon before us); con wouldn’t be the same without Bill

You can learn more about William Levy here.


Attending Fan Group The Louisville Anime Community

Louisville Anime Community

The Louisville Anime Community will be an Attending Fan Group at ConGlomeration 2019. Louisville Anime is local collective of anime fans who organize, attend, or infiltrate events and activities that appeal to aficionados of Japanese animation. Louisville Anime partners with ConGlomeration to develop our Anime program track and video exhibitions.

You can learn more about the Louisville Anime Community here.


Attending Author Lydia Sherrer

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus by Lydia Sherrer

Lydia Sherrer will be an Attending Author at ConGlomeration 2019. Lydia is the Louisville-native, award-winning and USA Today bestselling fantasy author behind the Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus series of novels, and the new Dark Roads trilogy. When not writing or promoting her next snark-filled urban fantasy, Lydia enjoys ocarina playing (think Zelda), traditional archery, costume design, and art. She subsists on liberal amounts of dark chocolate and tea, and hates sleep because it keeps her from writing.

You can learn more about Lydia Sherrer here.


Attending Filmmakers UNM, Micro-Studios, ANDtv

Blue Sun Green Winter from UNM Micro-Studios ANDtv

UNM, Micro-Studios, ANDtv will be Attending Filmmakers at ConGlomeration 2019. Composed of Creator/Producer/Director J. Wellin, Lead Writer/Actor Sheridan C. Hall, Actor Katie Floyd, and Actor/Prop Builder/Costume Maker Chesarae Bonnevie, the Underground Media Network, Armed & Dangerous Television (UNM ANDtv) filmmakers created and produced “The Sentinel Chronicles (TSC)” sci-fi short film series and the upcoming “Blue Sun/Green Winter” science fiction web series.

You can learn more about UNM, Micro-Studios, ANDtv here.


Attending Artist Kevin Ward

Guardian of the Hyaline Deep by Kevin Ward and Lynn Harris

Kevin Ward will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2019. Kevin has been a professional artist since 1980, providing illustrations and cover art for such authors as Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, and Norman Spinrad. His clients have included the Doubleday Publishing Group, Grolier Science Encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnalls, TSR, Inc., and NASA, among others. He was also our 2013 Featured Artist.

You can learn more about Kevin Ward here.


Attending Editor Lynn West

Dreamspinner EiC Lynn West

Lynn West will be an Attending Artist at ConGlomeration 2019. Lynn is one of the founders of Dreamspinner Press and was one of the first two editors employed by the press in January 2007. She was named Editor in Chief in January 2009. She has edited the work of more than a hundred authors, including most of the bestsellers in Dreamspinner’s catalog.

You can learn more about Lynn West here.


Attending Author Michael Z. Williamson

Michael Z. Williamson will be an Attending Author at ConGlomeration 2019. “Mike Z” was our 2010 Author of Guest of Honor, but you probably know him best for his novels Freehold and The Hero, the latter of which was written with John Ringo. He is both an author and an armorer/bladesmith, so you’ll find him on panels and in the Dealer’s Room alike (just don’t play with his wares on-premises, please).

You can learn more about Michael Z. Williamson here.


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We are working feverishly to secure Guests of Honor for ConGlomeration 2019, 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.


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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 2019 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 our Programming Chairs [programming@conglomeration.info]