All Guests

CONvergence Guests of Honor are chosen very carefully. Of course we want our guests to attend panels and share their knowledge and experience with us, but we also try to invite guests whom we genuinely think will enjoy CONvergence and have fun themselves! It’s not at all uncommon to see current and past Guests of Honor hanging out with members in room parties, mingling with the crowd, and actively participating in CONvergence culture!

Here you can find out all about the CONvergence 2017 Guests of Honor! Be sure to check out the Also Appearing page for alumni Guests of Honor and other professionals planning to attend CONvergence 2017.


Norman Cates

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As part of the prosthetics department at Weta, Norman made all of the elf ears, all of the fake noses worn by some of the actors, some of the hobbit feet, and various other prosthetics for Lord of the Rings. After that he joined the Weta digital department, where he helped with the post-production of the whole trilogy. Since then, he’s worked on King Kong, Avatar, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, and many others.

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Eric Chu

photo of Eric Chu crouching next to a model of a cylon ship Eric has been in the film and animation business for over 30 years, having worked on Droids, Beetlejuide, Captain Power, and countless others. In 2002 he contributed concept designs for the new Battlestar Galactica where he was responsible for visualizing the look of the new Galactica, the Cylons, Raiders, Basestars, and consequently upset millions of die-hard fans of the original series.

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Seanan McGuire

Head shot of Seanan McGuireSeanan is the author of the October Day and InCryptid urban fantasy series—just part of her 28 novel list. She has won 5 Pegasus Awards, entirely on her own merits. At last count she has written: 20 novels under her own name and another 8 under the pen name Mira Grant, 93 works of short fiction, 11 Essays or works of non-fiction, and 9 poems and books of poetry (all together, not 9 of each).

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Ian Truitner

IPhoto of Ian Truitner wearing a Twins baseball capan Truitner is a writer, director, and producer who has brought numerous projects from concept to reality. He forged a unique path into the film industry by merging the incongruous worlds of military training and theater, having learned the technical aspects of film as a combat photographer in the U.S. Army while practicing stage craft at the University of Minnesota. By applying guerrilla tactics to filmmaking Ian became a prolific creator of numerous award-winning endeavors, including Teleios (2016), W.M.D. (2013), Expecting Love (2009), Cutting Room (2006), and Richard Roe (2001).

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More CONvergence 2017 Guests coming soon!

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