Chris Ayres
Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen regionally, nationally and on Broadway. Chris currently works as a voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment and is an A.D.R. Director for Amusement Park Media. His first project with Amusement Park Media was the hit anime musical comedy The Nerima Daikon Brothers. Chris has also directed XENOSAGA: The Animation, Magikano, Mermaid Melody Pitchi Pitchi Pitch, and as co-director with Matt Greenfield on The Wallflower.

Chris' voice work includes the roles of Kei Kourono in Gantz, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, Von Kampher in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Nakamaru in Maburaho, Yaminami in Peacemaker, Johnny in One Piece, Sid in Devil May Cry, Koji in Godanner, Kenji Kurata in Diamond Daydreams, and Woogy in Michel. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Claymore, Tokyo Majin, Ouran High School Host Club, Cannon, Gravion Zwei, Utwararerumono, Coyote Ragtime Show, and Desert Punk, to name a few. Chris can also be heard as Wagram in the new Square Enix Game The Last Remnant. Most recently Chris has been heard as the Covenant Commander and various other roles in HALO: Legends.

Aside from voice acting and directing, Chris works as a professional fight director, bringing his workshop "Mock Combat for Coplay" to many conventions, and is also one of the Anime industry voice actors who sings on Voices for Peace. He is very proud to be a part of the "Voices For..." organization.

You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website
Bill Bodden
Bill Bodden is a wholesale sales rep for Green Ronin Publishing, as well as a freelance writer. He's done writing work for Mongoose Publishing, the Black Library/Games Workshop, Madison Magazine, Fantasy Flight Games, Scrye magazine, Avalanche Press, Knucklebones magazine, Game, Chaosium, Geek Monthly magazine and Green Ronin Publishing. He is currently a game reviewer, Flames and ICv2's quarterly Guide to Games.
Matt Forbeck
Matt Forbeck has worked full-time as a writer and game designer since 1989 with many top companies, including Angry Robot/HarperCollins, Atari, Boom! Studios, Games Workshop, High Voltage Software, IDW, Image Comics, Mattel, Penguin, Playmates Toys, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Ubisoft, and Wizards of the Coast. He has designed board games, collectible card games, roleplaying games, and miniatures games and has written comic books, computer games, magazines, novels, nonfiction, screenplays, and short fiction. His work has been published in over 10 languages. His projects have been nominated for 24 Origins Awards and won 13. He has also won five ENnies. He is a proud member of the Alliterates writers’ group, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and the International Game Developers Association. He lives in Beloit, Wisconsin, with his wife Ann and their children: Marty, Pat, Nick, Ken, and Helen. Visit for more details about him and his work.
Jim Frenkel is a sci-fi and fantasy editor at Tor books, and has edited works by esteemed authors such as Philip K. Dick and Orson Scott Card.
John Kovalic
SA Today called John Kovalic a "hot pick". His creations include the multi-award-winning comic Dork Tower, as well as Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink, Snapdragons, and many other features. His work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times and Rolling Stone to Dragon Magazine.

John is co-founder and co-owner of Out of the Box Games, and is a frequent conributor to the madness that is Steve Jackson Games. John has illustrated more than 2,500 cards for the Munchkin game, which must be some kind of record somewhere...

John has illustrated more than 100 games and supplements, and is also responsible for toys such as My Little Cthulhu and Mythos Buddies. John was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in July 2003, the first cartoonist to receive such an honor.

John calls Madison home. It never calls back.

Matt M McElroy is a professional within the gaming industry. He is the Publisher Relations Manager at, working with publishers such as White Wolf, Fantasy Flight Games, Chaosium and more. His award-winning horror webzine features reviews, interviews and previews of games, fiction and comics. Matt's publications include Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas from 12 to Midnight and Tales of the Seven Dogs Society from Abstract Nova.
Aaron Pavao
Aaron Pavao
Aaron Pavao started his career in geekery as a child playing D&D with the babysitter, and sold his first game (Live Role-Playing Chess) as a teen. Since then, he has been involved in many aspects of gaming. He has run campaign-style LARPs, designed board, card, and role-playing games, run a game company, and yes, bought games just to read them. His geekiness even extended to his romantic life when he encoded his marriage proposal into a Shadowrun book. His most recent work includes a card game and expansions licensed to Atlas Games and freelance work in over a dozen titles for Catalyst Game Labs.
Raven Software
Raven Software has been a force to be reckoned with in the video gaming industry for 20 years. A local company to Madison, they have developed a number of games including: Heretic, Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Quake IV, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Wolfenstein. A new Raven title, Singularity, is slated to come out this June.
Eric Vale
Eric Vale is an actor who has generally spent the bulk of his acting time under lock and key in sound booths voicing characters in anime such as Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, the Tournament Announcer in all of the Dragon Ball series, Sanji in One Piece, Yuki in Fruits Basket, Kanta in Desert Punk, and Kymblee in Fullmetal Alchemist among many others. In addition to the time he has spent as an ADR director, Eric is also a prolific writer, having scripted over fifty anime programs as Head Writer with FUNimation Productions. Outside of this, he also writes his own material for the film and the literary worlds. Most recently, his story The Beautiful Middle of Nowhere was published in Slice Magazine. On the weekends, he builds bridges to the future, crafts a superconducting supercollider in his backyard, and moves mountains with his bare freaking hands.
Monica Valentinelli
Monica Valentinelli is a professional author and game designer. Described as a “force of nature” by her peers, Monica is best known for her work in the horror, dark fantasy and dark science fiction genres and has been published through Abstract Nova Press, Eden Studios, White Wolf Publishing, Apex Magazine and others. For more information about Monica, her work and her contact information, visit
The Spoony Bards
After meeting at Anime Central 2004, the group of musicians calling themselves the Spoony Bards have come to be known for their ability to assemble any available combination of vocal and instrumental talents to create a unique musical atmosphere at anime conventions. Hailing from different parts of the country, this network of musicians has grown in reputation and number, having played video game and anime music by request for days at a time at conventions. Count on the Spoony Bards to provide a fun, spirited concert at Geek.Kon. They will be playing on Friday, September 3rd from 6 to 8 PM in the Video Game room, and will be playing Saturday, September 4th from 10 AM to Noon in Main Programming.
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