N. K. Jemisin is a New York-area science fiction and fantasy writer whose 5 novels and numerous short stories have been nominated for 22 awards – including the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Locus (winner). She is currently at work on her latest novel, for which she posts updates and her thoughts on the future of speculative fiction at www.nkjemisin.com.
Jeffrey L. Wilson is a journalist who’s written gadget- and gaming-related nerd-copy for PC Magazine, LAPTOP magazine, Parenting Magazine, WWE Magazine, the sadly defunct 1UP.com, and his own 2D-X.com. He’s a mech-head who believes that the original Macross is anime perfection, and he’s never read a comic by John Byrne or Chris Claremont that he didn’t like. Yes, he’s old.
Emmanuel Ortiz has been working as a journalist, graphic designer, videographer and editor for over ten years at many different organizations. He has worked for The Wall Street Transcript, New York Tokyo and FUSE Music Television. Today, Mr. Ortiz is the owner of Nerd Caliber, a website focusing on the many aspects of nerd lifestyle, from cosplay to gaming. www.NerdCaliber.com
Muse en Lystrala is a musician, author, and political commentator. She is the lead singer of symphonic metal band Crown of Melusine, author of the Clans of the Dark Masque horror series, and author of the Uppityblackwoman blog on Tumblr. A longtime anime and comic fan, this is her first time at NYCC.
Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad is the Founder and Editor of Islam and Science Fiction (http://www.islamscifi.com/) which is the most comprehensive resource on the subject Muslims cultures and characters in Science Fiction and Science Fiction written by Muslims. He also edited the first anthology dedicated to Muslims and Science Fiction - A Mosque Among the Stars. Muhammad has a doctorate in Computer Science and is working as a data scientist at a predictive analytics start up.
Ger Tysk started cosplaying in 2007 and has since turned a part-time hobby into a full-time business. She is a woodworker and prop-maker, seamstress, author, and professional photographer, all supporting various aspects of the cosplay community both in the United States and abroad. Her photography and costumes have been featured on sites such as Kotaku, Polygon, Nerd Caliber, and Cosplay in America. Her latest project is a photobook entitled “Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self-Expression,” a collection of photos and interviews from cosplayers across the USA, on sale November 2013.
Jay Justice is a comic book collector, science fiction & fantasy enthusiast, costumer and cosplayer from New York City. On her tumblr ‘And Justice For All’, she is known for promoting equality, tolerance & awareness among fans & convention goers. As a person with a disability, Jay strives to demonstrate that the only thing it takes to reach your goals is the determination to get there.
Moderated by Diana Pho (a.k.a. Ay-leen the Peacemaker).
Diana is a fandom scholar, activist, and owner of the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana (www.beyondvictoriana.com). Her writing can be found in Steampunk Magazine, Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press), Steaming into a Victorian Future (Scarecrow Press) and the upcoming Anatomy of Steampunk (October 2013 from Race Point Publishing). She has been interviewed about steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets. Diana works for Tor Books and blogs for Tor.com.
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