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Guests of Honor


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Media Guest of Honor

Christopher R. Mihm

Christopher R. Mihm is the writer, director, and producer of the films of the "Mihmiverse," a series of award-winning, loosely interlinked feature-length films which pay homage to 1950s-era "drive-in cinema."

Mr. Mihm's filmmaking career began in 2006 with the release of his first retro-styled film, "The Monster of Phantom Lake." Made on a nearly non-existent budget, the film went on to garner much critical acclaim, appear in numerous film festivals, win multiple awards and, to this day, continues to screen across the world.

Since his first film, Mr. Mihm has released one new as-authentic-as-possible 1950s-style feature a year, many of which have received numerous accolades, nominations, and awards. "Attack of the Moon Zombies" raked in the most 2011 Dead Letter Awards at mailorderzombie.com. "House of Ghosts" beat out several big budget films to win the coveted Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Independent Feature in 2012. Mr. Mihm's ode to the "big bug" films of the 1950s, "The Giant Spider," won the Forrest J. Ackerman Film Award at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival and the Best Action/Horror Feature award at the Highway 61 Film Festival.

Christopher R. Mihm has been featured in many publications, both online and off, including SCI-FI Magazine, Screem, Famous Monsters of Filmland and Scary Monsters Magazine. Mr. Mihm was the recipient of the first-ever Roger & Julie Corman Intrepid Filmmaker award at the ninth annual Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, won the Best Director award from mailorderzombie.com and received the key to the city of Forest Lake, MN, where July 30th was officially declared "Christopher R. Mihm Day."


Monica Valentinelli

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Literary/Game Design Guest of Honor

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer who lurks in the dark. She writes both original and media tie-in fiction and works on games and comics, too. To date, she has over seven dozen creative credits with more on the way. She is best known for her work related to the Firefly TV show by Joss Whedon. She was the lead writer and developer for the award-winning line of Firefly RPG books, and also wrote the Firefly: The Gorramn Shiniest Language Guide and Dictionary in the ‘Verse which was released from Titan Publishing in April 2016.

Published stories and games include “Tomorrow’s Precious Lambs” for Extreme Zombies, “The Dig” for the Lovecraft Zine, Dread Names, Red List for Vampire: the Masquerade, and Unknown Armies Third Edition. Monica also recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for a co-edited anthology titled Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling from Apex Book Company. Her debut comic Man Zombie Standing was published in 2013 as part of the Unfashioned Creatures: A Frankenstein Anthology from Red Stylo Media. You can discover more of the author’s creative works through her fiction publications or her game publications.

Her non-fiction repertoire includes online articles, worldbuilding games, reference materials, and essays. She has written for sites including HowtoWrite Shop.com, Sony’s Crackle.com, SFWA.org, GeeksDreamGirl.com, and BookLifeNow.com. Her essays have appeared in books such as Family Games: The 100 Best, The Bones: Us and Our Dice, and For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher.

Monica holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with two very spoiled cats nicknamed Lord Lardbottom and Captain Whinypants, an albino water frog named Al, and her fiancé. In addition to writing and editing, she enjoys traveling, designing jewelry, cooking, taking photos, gaming, watching anime and martial arts movies, exploring old places, and hiking. She is represented by Jennie Goloboy from Red Sofa Literary.


Tad Williams

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   Literary Guest of Honor

The Bobby Dollar Series; Shadowmarch Series; The Ordinary Farm Adventures; The War of the Flowers; Otherland; Caliban’s Hour; Child of an Ancient City; Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Trilogy; Tailchaser’s Song

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide. His considerable output of epic fantasy and epic science-fiction series, fantastical stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the Otherland epic now plays as an MMO on steam.com. Tad is currently immersed in the creation of The Last King of Osten Ard, planned as a trilogy with two intermediary novels.

He, his family and his animals live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house.

@tadwilliams @mrstad


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Featured Panelists

Every year Odyssey Con has some of the most interesting panelists.


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Featured Panelist

Deborah Beale

Deborah Beale is an editor, publisher, writer and businesswoman.  She worked for 15 years in British book publishing, and created two of the six science fiction and fantasy imprints then current in England.  Married to Tad Williams, she manages the business arising from his books and their ventures and is a mother to three tweens and many furry critters.  Co-author with Tad of two children’s books - The Dragons of Ordinary Farm and The Secrets of Ordinary Farm - she is currently revising a science-fiction novel about consciousness and writing The Heirs of Ordinary Farm.


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Featured Gamers


Odyssey Con hosts one or more Game Room with both scheduled and open gaming. Game Masters who attend our convention are some of the best


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Featured Game Master

Daniel J. Bishop

Daniel J. Bishop was introduced to gaming in 1979. His first published rpg work was for Dragon Roots Magazine #0 in 2008. His first published adventures utilized 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules, but he is best known for his work on Dungeon Crawl Classics. He has worked with Goodman Games, Purple Duck, Straycouches, Moon Dice Games, and others. His best-known adventures may be The Arwich Grinder, in Crawl! #9, Bone Hoard of the Dancing Horror, The Dread God Al-Khazadar, and Through the Dragonwall. He has done every conversion to DCC published by Goodman Games to date.

You can find out more about him on his website at http://www.danieljbishop.ca/

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Featured Game Master

Brendan J. LaSalle

Brendan J. LaSalle is the creator of Xcrawl and one of the earliest authors in the Dungeon Crawl Classics line of adventure modules. He has been writing and publishing in the game industry since 2001. He has written for Goodman Games, Fat Dragon Games, Troll Lord Games, Pandahead Publishing, and Hand Made Games. He is best known for creating Xcrawl, the game of televised “live-on-pay-per-view” dungeon crawling, which was nominated for D20 Game of the Year in the Gen Con Ennie Awards. He has written a number of adventure modules, including Dungeon Crawl Classics #10: The Sunless Garden, and the award-winning Age of Cthulhu: A Dream of Japan. He lives in Salem, MA, with his wife, dog, and cat. 

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Contest Judges

2017 OddContest Judge

Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

OddContest Judge

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. Crowned, which won the 2016 Elgin Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association, is the first part of her epic fantasy-in-verse about the heroic King Xau, The Sign of the Dragon. Crowned is available at Dark Regions Press, http://darkregions.com. Several poems from this epic, including the Rhysling Award-winning poem “Interregnum,” may be read at http://www.thesignofthedragon.com.

2017 Costume Contest Judge

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 Costume Contest Judge

Stace Feldmann

Stace Feldmann is the owner of Strange Land Costuming, a costume commission business for custom-tailored cosplay from all genres and styles. With 17 years of overall sewing and costume experience, 18 major awards including Best in Show Workmanship at Costume-Con 31, 42 personal costumes and customer projects numbering close to 200 individual costumes, there is plenty of experience to draw from. Stace is also the founder and currently president of the Madison Area Costuming Society, a non-profit club for local costumers, has served as Vice-President of the International Costumers Guild, and will be directing the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Masquerade at Costume-Con 34 in May 2016.

SLC can be found on Etsy, Facebook, and at www.strangelandcostumes.com.


Musical Guests

Each year Odyssey Con has had evening musical events DJs, bands, karaoke, etc. We try to provide a variety of entertainment, and endevor to bring something new and interesting.

Sarge's Karaoke

Returning this year DJ Sarge of Highland Entertainment will be bringing back nighttime karaoke! Fun for young and old, Sarge has the largest karaoke selection in the state. Show off your singing skills, or sit back and listen to the songs we know and love!


Odyssey Con 17 sees the return of filking to our programming line-up, with dedicated room for filking Friday and Saturday nights.  So bring your instruments, songs, and/or ears to join in the musical fun, or sit back to relax to some good music.