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Guests of Honor


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Media Guest of Honor

Michael Butt

"I thought long and hard about joining Odyssey Con. I learned that one of the Members had made choices that upset people in the past, and how it was handled was not the best. I believe that the damage that was done has been contained and separated from the convention. I understand many people are still upset by this, and some would like to see Odyssey Con fail. I do not believe that is right. Because of the actions of a few, is all of the labor and love so many fans have put into this event to be discarded? Should the whole barrel of apples be discarded because some were bad? I say no. What happened is horrible but it is not beyond repair. And I want to see this convention raised up to become a shining beacon of decency. I am giving them a second chance, will you? And remember, before you judge all on the actions of a few, I would like to remind you that 'Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes' (Obi Wan Kenobi)."

Now on to my Bio

I was born in a small town of less then 500 people. I grew up poor but i always had a love for movies. I was terrified by the Horror genre when I was little but in college i suddenly grew a taste for it, and combining what i learned from my acting and directing classes i was able to pull a feature called "YETIS" out of thin air, plus 700 dollars and the help of friends and family. From there I created "Vampire Ticks from Outer Space" and started to get my films shown on television and internet channels thanks to my tenacity until horror hosts and roku channels decided to give them a try. last year I had my first theatrical Premier and my film "This Woods is Cursed" Sold more tickets in the Red Wing Cinema 8 then the 7 other films being shown at that time combined. That was thanks almost entirely to the posters I hung up in local taverns and businesses and word of mouth. I now have five feature films completed and released, and I have started on my sixth.


Brent Chumley

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Artist Guest of Honor

Brent Chumley has been a fantasy/science-fiction/horror illustrator for over twenty years;sixteen in the gaming industry. Brent received his Bachelor's Degree in Art & Design from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL. in 1999. After graduating from SlUE, Brent went on to further study graphic arts at the Center for Advanced Imaging at St. Louis Community College at Meramec in Missouri.

Brent has produced art for a multitude of media including cover paintings, interior illustrations, collectible card art, comic book illustration, cartography (maps), graphic design, page layout, t-shirt designs, miniatures paintings, concept art, and commercial photography for a plethora of clients including: Wizards of the Coast, AEG, Catalyst Labs (Shadowrun), Dave Arneson's Blackmoor, 5th Epoch Publishing, Mongoose Publishing, Steve Jackson Games, and many others. Brent lives in southern mid-Illinois and is available for commissions.


Guests will be added as announced. Check back to this page for our current guest of honor list, or see our News Page for the latest Odyssey Con News

Featured Panelists

Every year Odyssey Con has some of the most interesting panelists.  A few are listed below.

Erin Burke

Erin Burke is a Senior Writer for Funcurve.com where she covers anime and video games. Additionally, she is a staffer for Geek.Kon as well as a Twitch live streamer, creator of the Lounge L33ts MMORPG podcast, creator of the Mystikk Tales blog, and regular guest on An Unearthly Podcast.

Richard Chwedyk

Richard Chwedyk is a Nebula Award-winning writer of short fiction and teacher of science fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. His latest novella, "The Man Who Put the Bomp" can be read in the March/April 2017 issue of F&SF.

L.L. Lemke

L.L. Lemke is a dreamer from Oconomowoc, WI. She spends most of her time creating worlds, weaving stories, and having a terrible grasp on what a sleep schedule is. Her free time is spent playing video games and writing with friends. She can often be seen rooting for fictional villains or picking out a morally grey character as her favorite. When she grows up, she would like to pilot giant robots. She has an endless amount of stories floating around her mind and hopes to get them all on paper one day.

Deirdre M. Murphy

Deirdre M. Murphy is a writer of speculative fiction, artist, musician, and cat-lover. You can find her work a number of places online, including www.tornworld.net, a world with steam technology, unique temporal anomalies, deadly sea monsters, and mischievous snow-unicorns. Her blog is at wyld_dandelyon.livejournal.com.

Jennifer Reinfried

Jennifer Reinfried is a native Madisonian. After a lifetime of her nose stuck in a book, she tried her hand at writing her own. She released Grim Ambition, the first book in her trilogy about a troubled superhero, in March 2017 along with its short story prequel. She is thrilled to finally have her dreams come true, and looks forward to releasing the already much-anticipated second book in A Grim Trilogy later this year.

Rich Staats

Rich has been a soldier (commanding general), a scholar (MIT Ph.D.), and a director at a think tank. His experience ranges from the tactical to developing national level, strategic guidance. Rich has contributed to six books and dozens of articles ranging from Operations Research to Artificial Intelligence to military logistics and game design. Rich has been active in the game design community since the late 1970s. Mark Rogers and Rich published Khymir in 2006. Rich has run seminars on world building for authors and game designers for almost 40 years including several years when it was a for-credit course at MIT. Check out more about Rich at www.drgames.org.

More will be added as they are confirmed. Check back to this page for updates, or see our News Page for the latest Odyssey Con News

Featured Gamers


Odyssey Con hosts one or more Game Room with both scheduled and open gaming. Game Masters who attend our convention are some of the best.  Below are our Featured Gamers.


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Featured Game Master

Daniel J. Bishop

Daniel J. Bishop was introduced to gaming in 1979. His first published rpg work was for Dragon Roots Magazine #0 in 2008. His first published adventures utilized 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules, but he is best known for his work on Dungeon Crawl Classics. He has worked with Goodman Games, Purple Duck, Straycouches, Moon Dice Games, and others. His best-known adventures may be The Arwich Grinder, in Crawl! #9, Bone Hoard of the Dancing Horror, The Dread God Al-Khazadar, and Through the Dragonwall. He has done every conversion to DCC published by Goodman Games to date.

You can find out more about him on his website at http://www.danieljbishop.ca/

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Featured Game Master

Brendan J. LaSalle

Brendan J. LaSalle is the creator of Xcrawl and one of the earliest authors in the Dungeon Crawl Classics line of adventure modules. He has been writing and publishing in the game industry since 2001. He has written for Goodman Games, Fat Dragon Games, Troll Lord Games, Pandahead Publishing, and Hand Made Games. He is best known for creating Xcrawl, the game of televised “live-on-pay-per-view” dungeon crawling, which was nominated for D20 Game of the Year in the Gen Con Ennie Awards. He has written a number of adventure modules, including Dungeon Crawl Classics #10: The Sunless Garden, and the award-winning Age of Cthulhu: A Dream of Japan. He lives in Salem, MA, with his wife, dog, and cat. 

More guests will be added as they are confirmed. Check back to this page for updates, or see our News Page for the latest Odyssey Con News

Contest Judges

2017 OddContest Judge

Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

OddContest Judge

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. Crowned, which won the 2016 Elgin Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association, is the first part of her epic fantasy-in-verse about the heroic King Xau, The Sign of the Dragon. Crowned is available at Dark Regions Press, http://darkregions.com. Several poems from this epic, including the Rhysling Award-winning poem “Interregnum,” may be read at http://www.thesignofthedragon.com.

2017 Costume Contest Judge

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 Costume Contest Judge

Stace Feldmann

Stace Feldmann is the owner of Strange Land Costuming, a costume commission business for custom-tailored cosplay from all genres and styles. With 17 years of overall sewing and costume experience, 18 major awards including Best in Show Workmanship at Costume-Con 31, 42 personal costumes and customer projects numbering close to 200 individual costumes, there is plenty of experience to draw from. Stace is also the founder and currently president of the Madison Area Costuming Society, a non-profit club for local costumers, has served as Vice-President of the International Costumers Guild, and directed the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Masquerade at Costume-Con 34 in May 2016.

SLC can be found on Etsy, Facebook, and at www.strangelandcostumes.com.


Musical Guests

Each year Odyssey Con has had evening musical events DJs, bands, karaoke, etc. We try to provide a variety of entertainment, and endevor to bring something new and interesting.

Sarge's Karaoke

Returning this year DJ Sarge of Highland Entertainment will be bringing back nighttime karaoke! Fun for young and old, Sarge has the largest karaoke selection in the state. Show off your singing skills, or sit back and listen to the songs we know and love!


Odyssey Con 17 sees the return of filking to our programming line-up, with dedicated room for filking Friday and Saturday nights.  So bring your instruments, songs, and/or ears to join in the musical fun, or sit back to relax to some good music.