Guests

Media Guest of Honor, Tony Amendola

AmendolaIt’s difficult to imagine that Tony’s simple dream over 30 years ago to “work as an actor” would take him to Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, England, Bulgaria, Canada, and across the United States. Even to the stage of the Disney Concert Hall.
Tony spent the first 12 years of his professional life almost exclusively in the theatre; appearing Off-Broadway in an acclaimed production of FILUMENA and in lead roles on the stages of America’s top regional theatres, including the Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Old Globe. Theatrical credits include Cyrano, Iago, Skylock, Uncle Vanya, and Jack Henry Abbot in IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST.
Hoping to expand his craft and career, Tony moved to Los Angeles to seek work in film and television; where the opportunities have been varied and rewarding. His film work includes appearances opposite Johnny Depp in Ted Demme’s BLOW, Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins in THE MASK OF ZORRO and THE LEGEND OF ZORRO, and Chris Cooper in John Sayles’ LONE STAR. His TV Guest appearances include recurring roles on DEXTER, CSI: NY, SEINFELD, THE PRACTICE, and a long running role on STARGATE: SG1 as Master Bratac. Tony has also  been seen on the ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME.

And, oh yes-he was thrilled to appear on the Disney Concert Hall stage in their premiere First Night series for Stravinsky’s RITE OF SPRING.

Media Guest of Honor, Aaron Douglas

DOUGLAS_AaronAaron Douglas is best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica.  Before joining the Battlestar cast Aaron had roles on many films and TV shows including: X-Men 2, iRobot, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Outer Limits and many many more.  Since Battlestar Galactica we have found Aaron in his own show “The Bridge” and as the evil Bill Marsh on “Hellcats”.  Aaron guest starred in an episode of “Eureka”, an episode of CBS’ “Flashpoint” and in a couple of Syfy creature features “Ghost Storm” and “Killer Mountain” where Aaron is teamed for the first time, since Battlestar, with his good friend and former cast mate Paul Campbell. Most recently, Aaron played Sheriff Tom Sworn in Hemlock Grove and Evan Henderson in the Killing.

Aaron does a lot of work for charities and the majority of his efforts go to the Canadian Cancer Foundation and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Anime Guest of Honor, Tiffany Grant

tif22007CoastCon 38’s ANIME GUEST is none other than Tiffany Grant, the voice of Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion as well as the voice of Marta in Full Metal Alchemist!

Tiffany Grant is best known as the English voice of Asuka in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and was the first anime voice actor hired in Texas [Feb. 1994].

She has now voiced characters in 1200+ TV episodes, OVAs & movies including AZUMANGA DAIOH (Kaorin), CHRONO CRUSADE (Satella), BLUE SEED (Kome), GOLDEN BOY (Madame President), FMP? FUMOFFU (Bonta-kun), GODANNAR (Shizuru), FULL METAL ALCHEMIST (Marta), MABURAHO (Kuriko), ONE PIECE (Nojiko), THE WALLFLOWER (Auntie), NOIR (Altena) and TSUBASA RESERVOIR CHRONICLES (Ashura). Video game credits: UNLIMITED SAGA, DEUS EX II: INVISIBLE WAR. Recent projects include INFINITE STRATOS, TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 and EVANGELION 3.33.

Ms. Grant has adapted English dubbing scripts for 200+ TV episodes such as ANGELIC LAYER, HELLO KITTY’S ANIMATION THEATER, TEARS TO TIARA, AH! MY GODDESS 2, THE WALLFLOWER and the live-action Korean film JUNGLE JUICE. She also penned English subtitles for projects including MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live-action TOKYO – THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.

Additionally, Tiffany contributed to the albums “Voices for Peace” and “Voices for Tolerance” www.voicesfor.org. CDs and downloads are available at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes. All profits benefit charities like Doctors Without Borders.

Non-anime work includes ARLINGTON ROAD (with Jeff Bridges) and locally produced independent films LAUGHING BOY, DEAD OF KNIGHT and LARS THE EMO KID. Tiffany has years of experience in theater and commercials and an incurable Hello Kitty addiction. For more, visit http://tiffanygrant.eva-r.com/

Gaming Guest of Honor, Kenneth Hite

HiteKenneth Hite has been writing games since 1981 and full-time since 1995. Some of his early design work was featured in the Nephilim role-playing game for Chaosium before the line closed down in 1997. After working freelance, Hite came to Last Unicorn Games and joined in the developers working on the “Icon system” for their line of licensed Star Trek role-playing games; to get Star Trek: The Next Generation Role-playing Game ready for GenCon 31, Hite was flown out to Los Angeles for two weeks. After the design of Icon was done, Hite was made the line developer for the Star Trek: The Original Series role-playing game, and by 1999 he became a full-time employee of Last Unicorn Games. In February 2001 Decipher, Inc. offered the remaining staff of Last Unicorn after their purchase by Wizards of the Coast; Hite eventually left and joined the Steve Jackson Games staff.

He writes the “Suppressed Transmission” column for Pyramid magazine, which has been collected into the volumes Suppressed Transmission: The First Broadcast and Suppressed Transmission 2: The Second Broadcast, as well as the “Out of the Box” column (previously for the GamingReport, now IndiePressRevolution).

He also contributed a guest comic strip for Dork Tower in 2004.

Hite is also one of many contributors to the book Gamemastering Secrets, which won the 2002 Origins Award for Best Game Aid or Accessory. In 2008, Atomic Overmind Press published a few Cthulhu books Hite and he wrote Where the Deep Ones Are (2008) and The Antarctic Express (2009) for Atlas Games as parodies of children’s books featuring the Cthulhu mythos essay, “Cthulhu’s Polymorphous Perversity”, appears in Cthulhurotica, published by Dagan Books, December 2010.

In February 2008, Pelgrane Press published Hite’s Trail of Cthulhu, a role-playing game using the GUMSHOE System developed by Robin Laws. Hite won two silver ENnies in 2008 for his work on Trail of Cthulhu: Best Writing, and Best Rules (with Robin Laws). Hite has since added to the Trail of Cthulhu line with Shadows Over Filmland, Rough Magicks, and Bookhounds of London.

Kenneth Hite has written or contributed to several GURPS supplements, the Decipher/Last Unicorn Star Trek RPG, Nephilim, as well as many supplements for other role-playing games.

He has also written several books, including Cthulhu 101 (with John Kovalic), Where the Deep Ones Are and Cliffourd the Big Red God (both with Andy Hopp), and Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales.

Author Guests of Honor, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck
S.A.CoreyDaniel James Abraham (born November 1969) is a prolific American science fiction/fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His collaboration with Ty Franck under the name James S. A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. His novelette “Flat Diane” was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette “The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairyt
ale of Economics” was nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.

Abraham is a graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop 1998, and sometimes collaborates with George R. R. Martin, another New Mexico resident.

Ty Franck was born in Portland, Oregon, and has had nearly every job known to man, including a variety of fast food jobs, rock quarry grunt, newspaper reporter, radio advertising salesman, composite materials fabricator, director of operations for a computer manufacturing firm, and part owner of an accounting software consulting firm. He is currently the personal assistant to fellow writer George R.R. Martin, where he makes coffee, runs to the post office, and argues about what constitutes good writing. He mostly loses.

James S.A. Corey is the pen name used by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Under that name they wrote Leviathan Wakes (2011), the first of several science fiction novels in a series called The Expanse.

Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. The second novel, Caliban’s War was released June 2012, and the third novel in the series, Abaddon’s Gate, was released June 2013. Cibola Burn is the fourth full length story in the series, which was published on June 17, 2014, along with the announcement that Orbit Books has signed Corey for additional books in the Expanse series, bringing the total to 9.
As with many authors in recent years, between each pair of full-length books short novellas have been published. The first, a short story entitled The Butcher of Anderson Station: A Story of The Expanse was released as an eBook October 2011 and 69-page novella, followed by Gods of Risk, which was released as an eBo
ok on September 2012. A third, The Churn, was released April 29, 2014. All are set in The Expanse.

They have also written the Star Wars novel Honor Among Thieves, which was published by Random House on March 4, 2014.

The first and last name are taken from Abraham’s and Franck’s middle names, respectively, and S.A. are the initials of Abraham’s daughter.

Our Fan Guest of Honor is Rebecca Anne Smith. A biography will be posted soon.

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