Intervention 7 is happy to announce the following guests to appear at the event:
René Auberjonois – Odo, Star Trek: Deep Space 9
RENE AUBERJONOIS – received a Tony Award for COCO (starring Katherine Hepburn,) and Tony Award nominations for THE GOOD DOCTOR, BIG RIVER (Drama Desk Award), and
CITY OF ANGELS. Other Broadway credits include “METAMORPHOSIS” with Baryshnikov and “Sly Fox” with Richard Dreyfuss.
His many films include THE PATRIOT, EYES OF LAURA MARS, and five films with Robert Altman: THE PLAYER, IMAGES, MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER, BREWSTER McCLOUD, and M.A.S.H.
Soon to be released – CERTAIN WOMEN and BLOOD STRIPE
TV series: BENSON (Emmy Nomination,) STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE . “BOSTON LEGAL”. MADAM SECRETARY (recuring) Innumerable guest-starring roles include: THE PRACTICE (Emmy Nomination,) FRASIER, JUDGING AMY, CHICAGO HOPE, L.A. LAW, GEPPETTO, and for the B.B.C., THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRANES and ASHENDEN.
Countless animated characters include Chef Louie in THE LITTLE MERMAID. His voice is also familiar from many PBS documentaries, radio dramas on N.P.R., recorded books, and
Symphony Space recordings.
He has worked extensively in repertory theater at Lincoln Center, Shakespeare in The Park, the Mark Taper Forum, the Alley Theater, Arena Stage , and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He
was a founding member of San Francisco’s A.C.T.
He was last seen at The Shakespeare Theatre as Argan in Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid.”
He has directed for the theater, television, and radio, and taught at Juilliard and U.C.L.A.
He has served as a panelist on The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Council of the Arts and a board member of The California State Summer School for the Arts.
He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a recipient of their Merit Award and Distinguished Alumni Award and was Keynote Speaker at the CMU 2001 Graduation Ceremonies.
Juliet Landau – Drusilla, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel
Juliet Landau (actress, director, producer) co-starred in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Theodore Rex. She created the role of Drusilla on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, appearing on Buffy and Angel over the course of six seasons.
Juliet directed the documentary Take Flight about, and for, Gary Oldman, and co-directed Dream Out Loud, which features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson.
She is currently immersed in co-directing two feature length documentaries about the vampire phenomenon. A Place Among the Dead covers crime, reality: when people take the fantasy of vampirism too far. A Place Among the Undead covers every aspect of vampires in myth and pop culture: movies, TV, art, literature, comics, music, video games and young adult literature.
Ms. Landau has starred in over 20 films, guest starred repeatedly on television and done extensive voiceover work in features, television and video games. Her voiceover work includes Justice League (Features and TV series), Green Lantern (Feature and TV series), Thundercats, Ben10: Omniverse, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Bioshock 1 & 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
She has garnered outstanding reviews and awards for her work in the theater every time out. Some of her favorite leading roles include Roberta in Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Hennie in Awake And Sing!
Landau co-wrote two issues of the Angel comic book for IDW. She is now penning the companion coffee table book to A Place Among the Undead called Book of the Undead.
Thomas Dolby – Professor, Composer, Musician
Thomas Dolby is an English musician and producer best known for his 1982 hit “She Blinded Me with Science” and 1984 single “Hyperactive!” He has also worked extensively in production and as a session musician, as a technology entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and as the Music Director for the TED Conference. He is currently a Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University.
In 1993, Dolby successfully established the Headspace company. Headspace developed a new downloadable file format designed specifically for Internet usage called Rich Music Format with the RMF file extension. In 1999, Headspace, Inc. was renamed Beatnik, Inc., and specialised in software synthesizers for mobile phones, which it licensed to mobile phone manufacturers including Nokia.
While still remaining on the Beatnik board, Dolby stepped down from his position as CEO to pursue other technologically innovative interests, such as founding Retro Ringtones LLC in 2002, which produces the RetroFolio ringtone asset management software suite for companies involved in the mobile phone ringtone business. At the second annual Mobile Music Awards, Miami, Florida, in 2004 RetroFolio won “Best of Show” and “Best New Technology” awards.
Dolby’s musical talents have also been put to use creating hundreds of digital polyphonic ringtones now found on mobile phones everywhere. He is often a major speaker at technology conferences such as Comdex, Websphere, and Nokia.
Since 2001 Dolby has acted as Musical Director of The TED Conference, an annual event held first in Monterey, California, and subsequently in Long Beach, California. In this capacity he provides live musical introductions to sessions, sometimes with a TED House Band, as well as helping secure guest musicians and entertainers for the event.
In March 2014, Dolby was named Homewood Professor of the Arts at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University.
Dolby will be making a special limited speaking-only appearance on Friday, September 16.
Gigi Edgley – Chiana, Farscape
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including USA’s The Starter Wife, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51 and Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats and Day of The Roses.
Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed Sci-fi cult series, Farscape, in which she starred for over five years.
Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers, and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times, controversial characters in the series. Recently the SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
Edgley’s team also raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a Sci-Fi short called Hashtag. They are planning to take it to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Currently she is filming Nexus. Gigi was nominated for the Film’s Critic’s Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe.
Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: Kill Everything You Love, 4.48 Psychosis, The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables.
Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director, and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions along side hundreds of other candidates.
She is also starring in an upcoming episode of Star Trek Continues alongside our other guest Todd Haberkorn.
Dwight Schultz – “Howling Mad” Murdock, The A-Team; Lt. Barclay, Star Trek
Dwight Schultz first rose to fame as Captain “Howling Mad” Murdock on the popular TV series “The A-Team.” From there, he played a variety of roles in films and television series, including Lt. Reg Barclay in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — a role he would reprise in “Voyager” and “First Contact.”
Schultz has also lent his voice to several video games and animated TV series. He appeared as Dr. Animo in “Ben 10″ and can be heard in shows such as “Family Guy,” “Invader Zim,” “Avengers Assemble,” and “Ultimate Spider-Man.” Video game fans may know him from his roles in the “Dragon Age” and “Skylanders” series and “DC Universe Online,” among many others.
In recent years, Schultz has also made appearances on many political TV and radio shows, and hosted his own podcast, “Howling Mad Radio,” until March 2009.
David Gerrold – Writer, Star Trek: TOS
David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer that will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.
TV credits include episodes from Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated (“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Bem”), Babylon 5 (“Believers”), Twilight Zone (“A Day In Beaumont” and “A Saucer Of Loneliness”), Land Of The Lost (“Cha-Ka,” “The Sleestak God,” “Hurricane,” “Possession,” and “Circle”), Tales From The Darkside (“Levitation” and “If The Shoes Fit”), Logan’s Run (“Man Out Of Time”), and others.
Novels include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against The Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, the Trackers duology, and many more sci-fi classics.
Additionally, the autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child, won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie, Martian Child, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack.
Todd Haberkorn – Voice Actor: Hetalia, Fairy Tail; Actor: Spock, Star Trek Continues
Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he’s even been an action figure or two. *Haberkornmobile sold separately*.
In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others.
As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the Call of Duty Series, Defiance, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful.
His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as an award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children’s books.
As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn’t working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company Out of the Office Productions. This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts.
Todd is currently starring as “Spock” in the online series “Star Trek Continues” to great acclaim.
Robert Axelrod – Voice Actor: Lord Zedd, Power Rangers
Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.
Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and is in the soon-to-be-released horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”.
Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spiderman”, Rico on “Robotech”, and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women” and voicing four Anime series, “Gaiking”, “Vanguard Ace”, “Captain Harlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.
Jon St. John is an American voice actor who started out as a radio DJ at the age of 14.
Best known as the voice of the first famous FPS – DUKE NUKEM, Jon is also heard on games such as: World of Warcraft, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Sonic Adventure, Heroes of Newerth, Rochard, Guild Wars 2, Counter-Strike, DoTA2, Star Trek: Online, and D&D Neverwinter and Bombshell to name just a few.
Jon is often heard on national advertising campaigns such as Bud light, Brisk Ice Tea, Ford Motor Co., Disney DVD’s, Concert Tours such as Steely Dan, Bill Maher, and Barry Manilow, and TV promos on Nickelodeon. Jon has also provided various character voices for attractions at theme parks including Legoland California, Dollywood in Tennessee, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.
An honored guest at gaming conventions around the world, Jon is one actor who really enjoys meeting his fans – so be sure to step right up and shake his hand.
John Peel – Author
John Peel was born in Nottingham, England, and grew up hearing stories about local hero Robin Hood. This may have influenced him to start making up his own tales. To date, he’s written over 100 books, mostly fiction. His books include TV tie-in novels for shows like “Doctor Who”, “Star Trek”, “The Outer Limits” and “The Avengers”. He has created the fantasy series “Diadem: Worlds Of Magic” and “Dragonhome”. He’s also written a number of horror novels for young adults, including “Talons”, “Shattered” and “Dances With Werewolves”. From time to time he also writes short stories, many of which have been included in various horror anthologies such as the upcoming “Ghosts On Drugs”.
He moved to New York in 1981 to get married. He and his wife still live there, accompanied by Penny and Peaches, their miniature pinschers.
Pete Abrams – Sluggy Freelance
Pete Abrams is the creator of the highly addictive niftiness that is Sluggy Freelance, a remarkably twisted daily online comic strip that has been appearing at www.sluggy.com since August 25, 1997. Starting the comic strip as a creative outlet, his world with the switchblade-wielding rabbit quickly expanded into uncharted territory and grew into over a decade of alien vampire missile-launching fun. Since its Satan-spamming beginnings, Sluggy Freelance has attracted a devoted global following and is one of the most popular and well-known comics on the web.
Pete holds the honor of being twice-invited as a speaker at Harvard conventions as well as at a Vassar convention, making him all ivy-league-ish. Pete has gained recognition not only online, but through such high profile appearances as the original comics included in NY Times bestselling author John Ringo’s Hell’s Faire, and as part of the New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art webcomics exhibition in Fall, 2007, as well as appearances on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen. Pete is reputed to be the first person to ever make a living by drawing a webcomic.
Currently, Pete lives in New Jersey (and doesn’t even mind it) with his wife, Rachel, and two daughters, Leah and Sarah. Click here to read his comic.
James Suriano – Author
James Suriano, originally from New York and educated at Johns Hopkins, is the author of Inbiotic, The Antarcticans, Dark and To Catch a Breath. His first novel, Inbiotic, garnered him an interview with the Huffington Post and went on to sell around the world. Fresh off his guest appearance at the Museum of Science Fiction’s pre-opening summer event, Escape Velocity, James Suriano is thrilled to be a guest author at Intervention 7. His next book, The Cult of Mao, will come out later this year.
Steven Archer and Donna Lynch – Ego Likeness
Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland–taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune’.
Steven, a graduate of The Corcoran School of Art, continues to exhibit paintings, sculpture, and mixed media pieces in various galleries, stores, conventions, and venues throughout the US, and online through the band’s website, Facebook, and his Etsy store. He has been a regular contributor to Weird Tales Magazine and Steampunk Magazine. He is the author and illustrator of one children’s book, ‘Luna Maris’ (Imaginary Books, 2008), and the graphic novel ‘Red King Black Rook’.
In addition to numerous poems and short stories, Donna has done various spoken word performances, and released two collections of poetry: ‘In My Mouth’ (2000) and ‘Ladies & Other Vicious Creatures’ (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2007). Her first novel ‘Isabel Burning’ debuted in 2008 through Raw Dog Screaming Press and a prequel is scheduled for release in early 2013. A novella, ‘Driving Through the Desert’ was released on Thunderstorm Books in 2012. She is a recurring guest reader at Pseudopod.org, and is an active member in the Horror Writer’s Association.
Ego Likeness has released 5 (soon to be 6) Studio albums, 4 EPs, and appeared on numerous compilations–while sharing the stage with the groups The Damned, Peter Murphy, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Ayria, Angelspit, The Ludovico Technique and many more.
Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg – Writer / Podcaster
He’s known as the “Doctor of the Dead” in horror circles, a world-renowned zombie expert that teaches media courses in zombies, science fiction, superheroes, and comic book literature at the University of Baltimore and UMBC. But it’s Doctor Who that has been a huge part of Arnold’s career as writer, publisher, and public personality. He hosts two ongoing podcasts:Doctor of the Dead and The G2V Podcast: The Pop Culture Audio Magazine – both of which are produced and co-hosted by Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama writer Scott Alan Woodard.
He’s the co-owner of ATB Publishing (Outside In – covering the entire classic series – and the forthcoming Outside In Vol. 2 on the New Series as well as Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America), co-author of the Howe’s Transcendental Toybox guides to Doctor Who merchandise from Telos Publishing, designer of and contributor to many other Doctor Who Telos books including The Target Book, and writer of officially licensed Doctor Who stories “Stolen Days” in Short Trips: How the Doctor Changed My Life and “Mardi Gras Massacre” in Short Trips: Indefinable Magic. He contributed to Doctor Who essay collections Time, Unincorporated 3 for Mad Norwegian and You and Who: Contact Has Been Made Volume Two for Miwk Publishing. He has been a regular guest at numerous Doctor Who and other genre conventions for almost fifteen years, served as an staff member for the two largest online Doctor Who fan communities, and provided commentary on the show for worldwide media as well as websites like BBC America’s Anglophenia, Find him on Twitter at @arnoldtblumberg, @DoctoroftheDead, @G2VPodcast, and @WhosTalkingCast.
Joe Wos – Cartoonist
Joe Wos has been professionally connected to cartoons since the age of 14. For over 30 years his career path has taken as many twists and turns as one of his popular cartoon illustrated mazes.
For 20 years he toured nationwide with his program Once Upon a Toon, combining storytelling and live cartoon illustration.
In 2002 Joe became the first visiting resident cartoonist at The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. He has returned to perform and lead workshops every year since.
In 2007 Joe leveraged his expertise as a cartoon historian to found the ToonSeum, a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh, PA. He would serve as the executive director for 7 years before returning to focus on pursuing his art. Joe remains a sought after expert in animation, speaking at conventions worldwide.
He continues to find unique ways to pursue his passion for cartoons. He illustrates live performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, exhibits his art in museums and his MazeToons, a unique edition to the funny pages that is part cartoon and part puzzle, is syndicated nationwide by Creators Syndicate.
Besides his work in the cartoon arts, Joe is a freelance writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and pop culture contributor to WESA, an NPR affiliate. His writing often explores the role of pop culture in American history.
Shaenon Garrity – Skin Horse, Narbonic
Shaenon K. Garrity is an award-winning cartoonist and scriptwriter best known for the online comics Narbonic, Li’l Mell, Smithson and Skin Horse. She works as a manga editor for Viz Media and teaches at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her writing on comics appears in The Comics Journal, Otaku USA and Comixology.com. She lives in Berkeley with her husband Andrew and their cat Tesla.
Michael Terracciano & Garth Graham – Star Power
Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him “Mookie.” He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, “Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire.” He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats. His favorite planet is Jupiter because it’s awesome. He wants having superpowers to be fun again, and for this to be a universe you want to escape to, not from. He hopes you enjoy reading his new comic Star Power.
Born in Known Space, raised by the likes of Lazarus Long, Dr. Susan Calvin, and Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, Garth Graham has only ever partially shared the same reality as most of us. Fascinated by what might be and what isn’t, rather than weighed down by the drama of what is, he has forged a tenuous bridge made of ink and paper between our world and some strange unknowable scape where improbable dreams are born. Perhaps it has driven him a little mad. Yet such madness has born fine delectable fruit for our eye organs. His previous works include the webcomics Comedity and Finder’s Keepers. In his spare time Garth likes to laugh maniacally about the abstract and fictional concept of “spare time” and does his level best to refute entropy.
Oni Hartstein – Founder: Intervention and (Re)Generation Who. Artist, and Indie Creator Marketing Expert
After briefly working in Disney animation Oni Hartstein left and started her own independent creative presence online. She first gained global notoriety through her work writing, drawing, and marketing the comic, Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos. She’s always been drawn to helping other creative people. In 2010 she leveraged the cult following she had built as an artist to crowdfund and found Intervention: The Intersection of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Future Media where she is a teacher and artist in residence.
Next she founded (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Celebration for Every Generation which also works to help empower the fan community. She has been honored as the #2 woman changing geek culture by Kernel Magazine, maintains an impressive speaking calendar, and has been featured in Haunt World, CNN, Wired, The Washington Post, and many other places both online and in print. An artist at heart, her name is also synonymous with quality events that put families first and truly go the extra mile to their attendees, guests, and staff.
She loves coffee, horror films, heavy metal, Disney, and her husband. In addition to that, she believes that Escape from New York was the best Chick Flick ever. You can see her most recent work at OnezumiVerse.com.
James Harknell – Con Chair of Intervention / (Re)Generation Who, Work on: Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos / My Annoying Life / AWSOM.org / Erfworld / Skin Horse / Sluggy Freelance
Harknell has been working with Onezumi for over 16 years. After noticing that there was very little online to help artists, he decided to do something about it.
Harknell customized his first art-centric Content Management System in 2003. Today he releases WordPress plugins at AWSOM.org and has worked as a webmaster and guide for the online comic and blogging industry.
He has helped design and customize sites for the comics Erfworld, Skin Horse, Sluggy Freelance, Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos–and his plugins power many other sites across the web.
In addition to this he helped found and Co-Con Chairs the events Intervention and (Re)Generation Who.
Today he lives in New Jersey with Onezumi and way too many computers and mobile devices.
Chris Flick – Capes -N- Babes
Chris is a professional web and graphic designer and freelance illustrator working in the Washington DC area. When he’s not doing any of those things, he’s usually working on his Capes & Babes webcomic – which he created back in 2007. Chris has over 1000 Capes & Babes strips. You can read them all by going to his website, www.capesnbabes.com.
He also contributes articles and participates in two monthly podcast with The Webcomic Alliance. And, when he’s not doing ANY of those other things, somehow he manages to find time to attend several dozen conventions on the east coast of the United States throughout the year.
In the past two years, Chris has been a guest in the Kid’s Corner sections of Awesome Con and Baltimore Comic Con and continues to be a very vocal supporter of Intervention Con ever since its inception. Chris specializes in caricatures, both kid and adult friendly art, sketch cards, sketch covers and so much more.
Mary Ratliff – Good Game / Nine Hour Films
Mary Ratliff is a storyteller at heart, whether it’s through documentary films, podcasts, or writing fiction. Through her production company, Nine Hour Films, she has written and directed several short films and the feature documentary “Good Game” which follows a team of professional competitive video gamers. She has focused the distribution of her films on digital platforms, including being among the first filmmakers able to sell their movies on several new platforms like Humble Bundle, Steam, and GOG.com.
Currently, Ratliff is the director and narrator of Introductions Necessary. This podcast project is posting a new episode every day during 2016 featuring a brief bio and history of a notable woman in STEM fields.
Ratliff also works as a social media and communications specialist in Washington D.C. and is an active member of the D.C. film community.
Liz Staley – Adrastus / Mastering Manga Studio 5
My name is Liz Staley and I write and draw comics, as well as the occasional novel. I When I was younger I wanted to start my own animation company, I have since discovered I have a passion for comics and changed my focus. Really, loving comics shouldn’t have been much of a shock, as my favorite courses in college were scripting and storyboarding. I’ve been working onAdrastus “seriously” since 2010, and the comic began to post to the web in April of that year. I had the characters and story for much longer than that but was too afraid to do anything with them. Finally though the story wouldn’t let me not tell it, and Adrastus began.
Last year I wrote “Mastering Manga Studio 5″ for Packt Publishing. My love of the Manga Studio software is pretty widely known, and I get asked a lot of questions online and offline about the program. I was honored to write a book to help comic artists and illustrators use Manga Studio faster and more efficiently than before.
Rob Balder – Writer, Erfworld
Rob Balder is the author of Erfworld, an online series of comics and illustrated prose. It tells the story of Parson Gotti, a strategy-obsessed gamer who is summoned into a gamelike fantasy universe and forced to command a real war.
Erfworld began in 2006 and comprises four books, two of which are ongoing. A fan-created wiki with more than 10,000 articles helps to catalog the details of this multifaceted fictional universe. Since 2011, Erfworld’s fans have contributed half a million dollars in support of the series and its related creative projects, via various crowdfunding initiatives.
In 2015, Rob began volunteering as a member of SFWA, the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He serves on the self-publishing committee, manages the SFWA curated Kickstarter page, and administers the Project of the Month program of distributed grants to worthy projects in genre publishing.
From 2005-2011, Rob was a comedy musician and filker. He was co-founder of the Funny Music Project and the Logan Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music. His songs are sometimes played on the Dr. Demento Show, including the #3 most requested song of 2009, “Gamer Funk.” In 2007, his song “Rich Fantasy Lives” with Tom Smith won the Pegasus Award for Best Filk Song.
From 2001-2010 he wrote the comic strip PartiallyClips, which appeared in two dozen newspapers and other publications. In August 2010, he wrote and published “A Duel in the Somme”, a collaborative project with 6-time Hugo award winner Ben Bova, illustrated by Bill Holbrook of Kevin and Kell.
Since 2002 he has been the Associate Editor of Nth Degree, a popular fanzine covering genre fiction, gaming, comics, fandom and more.
More Guests to be announced soon!