Meet the ConQuesT 49 Guests

Steven BarnesElizabeth LeggettAurora CelesteMatt JacobsonScott Washington | Panelists & Program Participants

Steven Barnes | Author Guest of Honor

Steven Barnes
Steven Barnes

Hugo and Nebula award nominated author Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author of over thirty novels.   He has written episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE OUTER LIMITS, STARGATE SG-1, and ANDROMEDA, has lectured at UCLA, Mensa, and The Smithsonian Institute.   He created the “Lifewriting” system of personal development, and holds three black belts and a Master level certification in Ericksonian hypnosis.  He lives in Southern California with his wife and writing partner, British Fantasy Award winning author Tananarive Due.

Elizabeth Leggett | Artist Guest of Honor

Elizabeth Leggett
Elizabeth Leggett

Elizabeth Leggett is a Hugo award-winning illustrator whose work focuses on soulful, human moments-in-time that combine ambiguous interpretation and curiosity with realism. In 2012, she ended a long fallow period by creating a full seventy-eight card tarot in a single year.  From there, she transitioned into freelance illustration.  Her clients represent a broad range of outlets, from multiple Hugo award-winning Lightspeed Magazineto multiple Lambda Literary winner, Lethe Press. She was honored to be chosen to art direct both Women Destroy Fantasy and Queers Destroy Science Fiction, both under the Lightspeed banner. She has been working for Lightspeed Magazine since 2014. [source]

Aurora Celeste | Fan Guest of Honor

Aurora Celeste
Aurora Celeste
Aurora Celeste
Aurora Celeste

Aurora Celeste is a costume dabbler with more than 10 years of experience. Her costuming interests are all over, but her main experience is in reproducing costumes. She gives panels and enters masquerades all over the country, has won Best in Show at Costume Cons 24 and 30 as well as Chicon (WorldCon 2012) and LoneStarCon (WorldCon 2013) and has served on the International Costumers’ Guild Board of Directors. Outside of costuming, Aurora can often be seen running conventions. She has served as staff on many conventions, including DragonCon in Atlanta and a con chair at Naka-Kon Anime Convention in Kansas City and is a co-chair of Costume Con 37 in Salem, MA. Visit her costuming blog at www.dramaticthreads.com.

Bio: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/mac2/en/participants/669/Aurora+Celeste

Matt Jacobson | Special Guest

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson

Matt Jacobson is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. His films with creative partner Kevin Willmott (also a professor at the University of Kansas) include CSA: Confederate States of America and The Only Good Indian, both of which premiered at Sundance. His latest film, The Association, will be released later this year [2016]. He is currently working on a behind-the-scenes documentary about the process of putting on a Worldcon, planned for completion in 2017. His hobbies include model making and Corgis (the dogs, not the cars.)  [source]

Scott Washington | Special Guest

Scott Washington
Scott Washington
Scott Washington
Scott Washington

Scott Washington, a New Jersey native born in 1964.  Started his life as an artist at 4 years old and excelled throughout his school years.   Graduating from high school with Honors in Art, he then attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia where he sharpened his skills and learned airbrushing techniques.  Scott became the premiere airbrush artist for a company introducing air brushed nail art to the East Coast. Yet he never forgot his passion for illustration and model making.  In recent years he has been recognized as a profound airbrush artist and model maker capturing the very essence of his subjects. 

After serving a 4-year tour in the U.S. Army, Scott began a career as a professional model maker.  He has won numerous awards in the US and Canada, at various shows like Wonderfest, Monsterama, IPMS Nationals, just to name a few.  Scott presently works for an architectural firm as Senior Model Maker where he builds architectural and concept models. Model making and sculpting is a passion of Scott’s.  When he’s not working his 9 to 5, he’s scratch building models of his own design.  His ultimate goal is to bring the world of model making a new soul steering form of graphic designs and modeling that will earn him a place among the top artist in the world. 

Scott can be reached at swashington4753@gmail.com or ep1creations@yahoo.com.

Panelists & Program Participants

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