2013 Guests of Honor

We are pleased and excited to introduce our Guests of Honor for 2013:

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AUTHOR: Gail Carriger

GailParasolRosesHighRezNew York Times Bestselling Author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit.

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Her books are urbane fantasies mixed with steampunk comedies of manners. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award and was nominated for the Compton Crook, Campbell, and Locus awards. Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless, Soulless Vol. 1 (the manga) and Soulless (ebook) were New York Times Bestsellers. The first in her steampunk adventure Finishing School series for young adults, Etiquette & Espionage, launches Feb 2013. She is also working on a new adult series, the Parasol Protectorate Abroad.

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Her other hats (neither pith helmet nor fedora) have included tromping the globe excavating ancient cultures, torturing undergraduates with science, and writing cryptic reviews of YA novels for the Horn Book Guide.

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You can find Gail through her agent, Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency (http://www.nelsonagency.com/), via her website (http:///www.gailcarriger.com), on livejournal, blogspot, twitter, or facebook.

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MAKER: Thomas Willeford

ThomasWillefordWith degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone) would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing a piece, one does not ask “Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure.

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Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for more than 20 years.  Thomas is also the author of the critically acclaimed steampunk how-to book “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos” (McGraw-Hill).  He and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, “Castle”, “Oddities”), online (Wired, BoingBoing, Popular Mechanics, Playboy TV), and in print (Art Donovan’s “The Art of Steampunk”, Morgan Spurlock and Stan Lee’s “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”, Bizarre Magazine, Hustler Magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Marquis Magazine, Leg Show Magazine, Pirates Magazine, DDI Magazine, Culture Asylum Magazine). Satisfied customers include musician Rick Springfield, director David Silverman (The Simpsons), and actresses Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5) and Virginia Hey (Farscape).  Thomas also contributed to the design of Alchemy Gothic’s “Empire Collection”, a line of steampunk jewelry and accessories.

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Thomas’ artwork has also been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including Penn State’s “STEAMpunk!”, Dr. Grymm’s “Steampunk Bizarre”, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation’s “Steampunk: Form and Function”, and the Ashmolean Museum of the History of Science at Oxford’s “Steampunk”, “20,000 Leagues” at Patriot Place, and “Mobilis in Mobili” at The Wooster Street Social Club (home of TLC’s “NY Ink”). His clockwork spider “Arachnae Mechanica” is currently housed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  He is currently a consulting creator of the new steampunk television series “Lantern City”, produced by Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5), coming soon.

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