CONvergence guests of honor are chosen very carefully. Sure, we want our guests to attend panels and share knowledge in their areas of expertise with us. In addition to that, we also want them to have fun! Guests of Honor are also highly encouraged to experience all the other activities that the convention has to offer. Over the convention weekend, CONvergence guests of honor are highly encouraged to go to room parties, to mingle with the crowd, and to get to know us as much as we get to know them.
Amy Berg is a writer/producer/geek hyphenate. She’s written for numerous television shows including Person of Interest (CBS), Eureka (Syfy), Leverage (TNT), and The 4400 (USA) and created the digital series Caper for YouTube’s Geek & Sundry network. She’s currently developing two pilots and a feature film as well as occasionally lending her awkward public speaking skills to such geektastic ventures as w00tstock.
Amy has scripted kiddie comedy, soap operas, crime dramas, science fiction and has also dabbled in comic books. She plainly needs to focus. Until then, you can find her @bergopolis on Twitter.
Emma Bull was born in Southern California. Several states and a college graduation later, she moved to Minneapolis, which led directly to her doing the stuff that landed her at this convention. She fell in with bad company (Minn-STF), went to her first Minicon, where she discovered the Minneapolis fannish music community, and helped found the Interstate Writers Workshop, better known as the Scribblies.
The latter put her in close regular contact with such questionable sorts as Steven Brust, Pamela Dean, Pat Wrede, Nate Bucklin, Kara Dalkey, and Will Shetterly (though, since she was and is married to Will, that was unavoidable). Under their influence, she gave up an unpromising career as a corporate publications editor and wrote her first novel, War for the Oaks. It’s one of the works credited with starting the urban fantasy subgenre.
She’s written short fiction for the Bordertown anthology series, and a novel set in Bordertown, Finder. She’s written space opera (Falcon), historical fantasy (Territory and, with Steve Brust, Freedom and Necessity), and near-future post-apocalyptic science fantasy (Bone Dance). With Will, she’s written several unproduced screenplays, including one for War for the Oaks. An attempt to film that resulted in an eleven-minute trailer (it’s on YouTube!), in which Emma plays the queen of the Seelie Court.
Will and Emma sold a treatment for a series titled Masters of Earth to SyFy. But the network made Battlestar Galactica instead. Emma has written a mission for the Zombies, Run! game; when it comes to falling in with bad company, you really can’t beat zombies.
Emma’s also the executive producer, along with Elizabeth Bear, of Shadow Unit, which is episodic television drama in prose form, or as Bear and Bull like to say, “The best TV show you’ll never see on television!” Contributing writers include Holly Black, Leah Bobet, Amanda Downum, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly, Chelsea Polk, and Stephen Shipman. You can find it on the web, for free, at www.shadowunit.org.
And those Minneapolis musicians? They lured her into…bands. Albany Free Traders; a duo with Fred Levy-Haskell; Cats Laughing, with Adam Stemple, Lojo Russo, Steven Brust, and Bill Colsher; and the Flash Girls, with the Fabulous Lorraine Garland. Cats Laughing made two albums, and the Flash Girls made three. Shocking.
Emma knits, crochets, sews, and claims to be “a little bit obsessed with coffee.” At age 58, she’s become a runner, that being the only group of ne’er-do-wells she hadn’t hung out with yet.
C. Robert Cargill
C. Robert Cargill began his career with Ain’t it Cool News under the pseudonym Massawyrm, writing there for over a decade, subsequently becoming a staff writer for film.com, hollywood.com and co-founding the animated movie review site Spill.com. In the meantime he appeared on countless podcasts, webshows and in the occasional local film. During a fateful drunken night in Vegas, Cargill pitched the idea for the film SINISTER to friend and director Scott Derrickson, resulting in both the film and a screenwriting partnership between the two. When not writing films with Derrickson, Cargill spends his time writing novels and painting miniatures.
Along with his film career, Cargill has written one novel, Dreams and Shadows and is following it up with a sequel, Queen of the Dark Things.
Cargill is a regular at CONvergence, adding his voice and talent to many panels and long conversations. We are looking forward to having him as one of our Guests of Honor for CONvergence 2014.
Cargill lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and (as he is contractually obligated to tell you) two dogs. And really, if you find yourself in Austin, in a diner, in the middle of the night, and someone is talking way too loud, there’s a good chance it’s him.
Sarah Clemens graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in fine arts and art history, and the conviction that she would always be an artist in one capacity or another. She has freelanced in logo design and bookcover illustration and photography, worked as the curator of exhibits at a science museum and for the last fifteen years been a medical illustrator.
But the need for self-expression is most important, and she began creating her own challenges, in the form of large oil paintings of friends and family members. Her realistic approach was second nature, after so many years of meticulous detailing in medical illustration.
Sarah’s fantasy illustration work includes everything from character portraits and landscapes to her famous pair of mischief makers, Magnus & Loki. Sarah lives in Mesa, Arizona and has shown her work at galleries in Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Florida, as well as in Scottsdale, Arizona and Beverly Hills, California. Her art has been exhibited at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach as well as at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
Scott Lynch is the author of the World Fantasy Award nominee The Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequels, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. His short fiction has been published in anthologies and in Popular Science. Born in St. Paul in 1978, Scott began attending CONvergence in 2000 and has missed only a few since then. He currently lives just across the border in Wisconsin, where he has been a volunteer firefighter since 2005.
Greg Weisman (BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C.) has been a storyteller all his life. His first professional work was as an Associate Editor and Freelance Writer for DC Comics, where he worked on the Captain Atom title, among others.
Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996. In 1991, Greg and his team created and developed a new series for Disney: GARGOYLES. Greg left his position as an executive to become the Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of the first 66 episodes of that series. In 1996, Greg left Disney for DreamWorks Television Animation, where he also developed numerous projects.
In October of ’98, Greg left DreamWorks to become a full-time Freelance Writer, Story Editor, Producer, Voice Director and Voice Actor. More recently, Greg wrote the new Gargoyles and Gargoyles: Bad Guys comic books for SLG Publishing plus an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, all while producing, writing, story editing and voice acting for Sony’s The Spectacular Spider-Man. He then moved over to Warner Bros., where he wrote the Green Arrow direct-to-DVD short for DC Showcase and produced, story edited, wrote and voice acted on the new Warner Bros./DC Comics/Cartoon Network series, Young Justice, as well as co-writing the companion Young Justice monthly comic book for DC.
Greg is now a writer and Executive Producer on Star Wars Rebels for Lucasfilm and Disney. His first novel, Rain of the Ghosts and its sequel Spirits of Ash and Foam arrive in bookstores in December 2013 and May 2014, respectively.
Greg is blessed to have a wonderful wife and two great teenagers.