Guests of Honor

Author Guest of Honor: Saladin Ahmed

Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit. His novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, praised by George RR Martin as “a rollicking swashbuckler,” was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. His short fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, Salon, and BuzzFeed. He has written Black Bolt for Marvel Comics.

Artist Guest of Honor: Kristina Carroll

Kristina Carroll is an award winning illustrator and fine artist. She specializes in art with a Fantastic, Surrealist and Symbolist aesthetic with a focus in Figurative work. While she loves many medias, oil and charcoal are her preferred weapons of choice and she strives to master both the art of color and black and white imagery. Kristina has discovered a second love in education and has taught a variety of art and illustration courses at several universities. In addition to teaching traditional classes, she works with Strathmore Artist Papers and Gamblin Oil Paints running workshops in colleges all around the New England area.

Fan Guest of Honor: Arthur Chu

Arthur Chu is a social critic and commentator for The Daily Beast and Salon on issues including racism and sexism in nerd culture. He works as a voiceover artist for Erfworld, Capitol College, and a number of commercial companies. He's also known for being an 11-time Jeopardy champion. He also juggles, plays piano, and performs stage magic.