GUEST BIOS
Astronomer, Skeptic, Writer, and Popular Science Blogger

Phil Plait, PhD, is an American astronomer and the mind behind the science blog Bad Astronomy, and the author of, "Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"" and "Death from the Skies!: These are the Ways the World Will End". When he's not punching holes in poorly made FOX documentaries discussing how we faked the moon landing, Phil is a frequently called upon specialist and guest for science programs. He also has an asteroid named after him.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 15th
Songwriter, Ukulele Player

Molly Lewis is an internet musician known for playing the ukulele. She is currently signed on with DFTBA records, where she released her first EP "I Made You A CD... But I Eated It". She is a regular performer at W00tstock, has participated in Jonathan Coulton's January 2011 JoCo Cruise Crazy and went on tour twice with The Doubleclicks.

She can be found on her own blog, twitter, and youtube.

Calling in:
5:00pm PST, Nov. 15th
Software Developer

Michael Davis is a software developer for the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at the University of Alabama. He enjoys reading and playing video games, particularly JRPGs. His username in most places (including DB chat) is Nereidum, a name he picked because of his love for the Zone of the Enders series. He's been watching since DB3, possibly DB2 though the lines of reality have blurred too far together to be certain.

For DB8 he made The Device™.

Calling in:
8:00pm PST, Nov. 15th
Gaming Outreach Professionals

Mike Robles was the Community Manager for Wizards of the Coast specializing in Magic: The Gathering for almost three years from 2010 until March 2013. For the last year and a half, however, he has been the Community Coordinator for Microsoft. He has created content for the social media pages for the Age of Empires franchise, Microsoft Flight, Wordament, Team Crossword, and AlphaJax. He is also responsible for planning and carrying out some convention activities. He also writes, edits, and hosts the weekly Youtube show for the Official Wordament channel.

Tifa Robles was the Assistant Brand Manager for Magic: The Gathering for two years until the end of 2013. Here she managed design and copy processes for products and advertising, helped with promotions and partnerships, and was a co-host of the DailyMTG podcast. For the last year she's been the Games Producer for the Xbox Dashboard, creating and managing content for the Games section of the Xbox Dashboard for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Tifa is the Organizer and Founder of The Lady Planeswalker Society in Seattle. A group with a focus on creating a welcoming environment for women who want to learn and play Magic.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 16th
Film Critic, Gamer, Pop-culture Commentator, Independent Film Maker

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman is a writer, film reviewer and host of Escape to the Movies, The Big Picture and MovieBob: Intermission on the The Escapist, Overbytes on ScrewAttack, and The Adventures of Game OverThinker. Bob has also written a book titled "Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick", in which he deconstructs the game in the form of a "novelized Let's Play" while analyzing the cultural significance and history of the Mario Bros. franchise. Bob is also very active on his blog and on Twitter.

Calling in:
7:15pm PST, Nov. 16th
Actress, Voice Actress, Writer

Ashly Burch is best known for Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? (HAWP). Created with Anthony Burch, HAWP is a comedic series of videos focusing on video games as well as industry trends and social impact. If you're an anime fan you may have also heard her voice Sasha Braus from Attack on Titan. Or perhaps in video games such as Borderlands 2 voicing Tiny Tina. Recently she's made a vocal appearance in the web series Bee and PuppyCat as Cass.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 17th
Musicians, Songwriters

Angela and Aubrey Webber are sisters who started their Youtube channel in 2011 with a song-a-week project lasting 6 months. Since then the duo has continued releasing songs on Youtube and CD. Angela plays the guitar, ukulele, and keyboard cat. Aubrey plays the cello. Known for writing songs that emphasize geeky topics they are found performing at conventions, events such as W00tstock, comic shops, game stores, and online.

In 2014 they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their latest album, Dimetrodon.

Calling in:
3:00pm PST, Nov. 17th
Comic Book Writer/Artist

Known around Desert Bus as Ken "Value Added" Steacy thanks to his legacy of creating some of the most exciting live auctions we’ve seen, Ken decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book writer/artist, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has chronicled the exploits of Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has collaborated with Harlan Ellison, Dean Motter, and Douglas Coupland. The recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, Ken was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, a lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators for their contributions to the industry. Alongside his wonderful wife, graphic novelist Joan Steacy, Ken is currently teaching Comics & Graphic Novels in a program they created at Camosun College here in Victoria - please check it out at: www.camosun.ca/comics!

Visiting:
6:00pm PST, Nov. 17th
Writer, Web Cartoonist, Podcaster

Kris Straub is a writer, webcartoonist, podcaster, and a generally busy guy. He is the creator of chainsawsuit, Checkerboard Nightmare, Starslip, and F Cords, and BroodHollow. Kris is the co-founder of the webcomics collectives Blank Label Comics and Halfpixel. Kris also hosts chainsawsuit the podcast with Mikey Neumann. And he is the creator of the awesome creepypasta Candle Cove, which you should really check out if you’re into spooky stuff.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 18th
Musicians

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a "nerd-ish" bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, and co-produce JoCo Cruise Crazy. The duo's original webseries musical, "LearningTown", debuted on YouTube's Geek & Sundry channel in January 2013. Also in 2013, their song "Another Irish Drinking Song" was featured in the hit movie Despicable Me 2, and in July had their guitar smashed on stage by George R. R. Martin (and deserved it). Their fifth full-length CD, Ball Pit, came out in 2014, and was the central item of the duo's wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.

Calling in:
6:00pm PST, Nov. 18th
Eisner Award-Winning Comic Book Writer

Matt Fritchman, best known by his nomme de plume Matt Fraction, was the Eisner Award-winning brain behind The Invincible Iron Man, The Immortal Iron Fist, Uncanny X-Men, and Hawkeye for Marvel Comics. He also wrote Casanova and Sex Criminals for Image Comics.

Calling in:
9:00pm PST, Nov. 18th
Writer, Performer, Cult Icon

Bill Corbett is an American writer and performer known for his work as the voice and puppeteer of Crow T. Robot (v.2.0) on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Bill is a playwright and screenwriter who body of work includes his screenplay, Starship Dave (released as the Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave), and the plays The Big Slam, Hate Mail, The Stuff of Dreams, and Super-Powered-Revenge-Christmas #1. He is a regularly contributor to NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered. Bill reunited with his MST3K teammates Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy to create Rifftrax, which creates MST3K style riff commentaries for movies ranging from the obscure to blockbuster hits.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 19th
Creative Software Champion at Gearbox Software, Voice Actor, Author

Mikey Neumann is a Chief Creative "Champion" at Gearbox Software. His works include Brothers in Arms, Borderlands, and Borderlands 2. When not creating and voicing phenomenal video games Mikey keeps busy with personal projects such as his online serial, The Returners. Mikey also appears on the Chainsawsuit Podcast with Kris Straub and is the creator and star of the web series Anthony Saves the World. Recently he started Season 2 of Movies with Mikey. He's also on Twitter a lot.

Calling in:
6:00pm PST, Nov. 19th
Computer Game Designer, Founder of Double Fine Productions

After spending over a decade at LucasArts, Tim Schafer founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000. He is best known for his work on Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Broken Age. Most recently Costume Quest 2 was released, a beta for Massive Chalice was released (for kickstarter backers with the beta access pledge level) and Double Fine is working on a remastered version of Grim Fandango.

Tim can be found actively posting on Twitter.

Calling in:
9:00pm PST, Nov. 19th