Guests of Honor

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2015 Guests of Honour include the bestselling steampunk author Leanna Renee Hieber, the notorious steampunk maker Thomas Willeford, the beautiful steampunk model Sarah Hunter (aka Lady Clankington), the renowned steampunk artist Myke Amend, and multi-cultural Steampunk scholar Diana M. Pho (aka Ay-Leen the Peacekeeper).

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Diana M. Phodiana-pho_credit_rachael-shane 680x400 (aka Ay-Leen the Peacekeeper) – Scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser, she is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk, and the oldest-existing blog on this topic. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues and fandom.

 

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Willeford 680x400Thomas Willeford – Writer, artist, and maker. He is particularly known for his work appearing on television, and for his book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos. He lives and works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, doing business as Brute Force Studios. His steampunk subculture persona, aka “steamsona”, is Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone.

 

 

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Sarah HunterAlso known as the infamous adventurer Lady Clankington, Sarah Hunter is a professional model and a woman of many varied proclivities.  Clankington’s lust for life is so insatiable, in fact, that mere mortals can never hope to keep up with it.  In order to avoid injuring her traveling companions, Lady C commissions the mad Dr. Visbaun to construct infernal devices to appease her appetite…for adventure.

 

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Myke Amend – Known by many for his grand paintings of airships, the famous of which was commissioned by the band Abney Park, creates many visions from dreamy absurdity to darkest nightmares.

 

 

 

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Leanna Renee HieberLeanna Renee Hieber – Actress, playwright and author Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards. This currently out-of-print series will reissue in revised editions from Tor/Forge in 2015 and is currently being adapted into a musical theatre production.

 

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Grant WilsonGrant Wilson . . . isn’t he that guy from Ghost Hunters? Yes… yes he is. A world respected paranormal investigator, he knows a thing or two about weird stuff. outside of his vast experience in the field of paranormal investigation, Grant grew up a goofball, constantly in a state of creativity. He has been drawing and composing music since he was almost too young to start. At the age of twelve he started building literary worlds; cultures, magic, languages, and more. When wasn’t feasting on geekiness or creating his own, he was bruising himself up hiking, biking, camping, and playing soccer. Now that he has finally grown up, he’s added more to that list including; cooking, ghost hunting, playing with his band, and pretending he isn’t twelve. He has one piano CD under his belt and another on the way.

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