Ashly Burch is best known for creating Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? alongside her brother Anthony Burch. HAWP is an absurdist comedy series focused on video games and industry trends.
Along with her role as Tiny Tina in the Borderlands franchise, Ashley has lent her vocal talent to numerous projects within both the game and animation industries. Whether it's Adventure Time or Attack on Titan, Ashly can be heard in a wide variety of roles.
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. 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.
LeVar Burton is an award winning actor, director, producer, and speaker. Known for his roles as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and as host of Reading Rainbow from 1983-2009, he has received 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and five NAACP awards.
Through his digital educational company, RRKidz, Burton turned Reading Rainbow into a digital reading service, and thanks to over 105,000 Kickstarter backers, he has been able to bring it online as SKYBRARY. By bringing Reading Rainbow to the web, he has made it accessible to 83% of American households, and it will be accessible for teachers and students beginning in January 2016.
Michael Stevens is the creator of the Youtube brand Vsauce where on Vsauce1 he hosts a video series that seeks answers to big, unexplored questions like, "Why Are Things Creepy?" and "What If You Were Born In Space?". His channel was the largest growing channel in September 2012 and now has over 9.5 million subscribers.
Having been a part of the games industry since the age of nineteen, Mikey is perhaps best known for his work at Gearbox Software where he acts as the Chief Creative Champion. His most notable work with the studio is no doubt the critically and commercially successful titles in the Borderlands series. When not lending his creative talent to the world he can be heard voicing the (slightly) crazy mechanic Scooter.
Aside from this work at Gearbox, Mikey keeps extremely busy with a variety of personal projects. He is one half of the Chainsawsuit Original team alongside Kris Straub and his popular YouTube series Movies with Mikey continues to provide insightful yet comedic commentary on popular films.
In his most recent project, TV Crimes, Mikey watches awful TV so you don't have to. Joined by actor and entertainer Wil Wheaton, they enjoy the worst that TV has to offer.
Jennifer Hale is an actor and voice actor best known for her work in video game franchises including Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid, Soulcalibur, Spider-Man, Bioshock Infinite, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. In 2013, she was recognized by Guinness World Records for "the most prolific videogame voice actor (female)".In addition to video games, Jennifer provides the voice for a number of cartoons including Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, The Powerpuff Girls, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, and Totally Spies!.
Kris Straub is a writer, web cartoonist, and a podcaster. He is the creator of chainsawsuit, Checkerboard Nightmare, Starslip, F Cords, and BroodHollow. Kris is the co-founder of the webcomics collectives Blank Label Checkerboard Nightmare Comics and Halfpixel.
In 2006, Kris became the co-writer and co-producer of PvP: The Series, alongside Scott Kurtz. From there, he and Scott went on to create Blamination, Kris and Scott's Scott and Kris Show, and Mappy: The Beat.
Kris currently co-hosts the gaming podcast 28 Plays Later with Paul Verhoeven.
Steven is also the founder and CEO of Dracogen Inc., which has provided financing to a number of promising gaming, high-tech, and creative ventures. He is also co-founder Wifarer Inc. and the MegaCynics webcomic. Through Dracogen, he has provided financing to a number of influential gaming titles such as Psychonauts, Costume Quest, Stacking, Middle Manager of Justice, DropChord, Project Eternity, Wasteland 2, Torment Tides of Numenera, and Defense Grid 2, and many others.
Steven has supported a wide range of New Media projects, serving as Executive Producer for a number of such productions including The Jeff Lewis Five Minute Comedy Hour, Fallout: Nuka Break, Research, The Silent City, Save the Supers, and My Gimpy Life, and Star Trek Continues. Steven appears in the Veronica Mars Movie, My Gimpy Life, Nuka Break Seasons 1 and 2, and more. He also plays Security Chief Drake in the popular webseries Star Trek Continues.
Harrison Krix, the man behind Volpin Props, is a mainly self-taught designer and maker of props and replicas. He works out of his studio in Atlanta creating stunning one-of-a-kind weapons, helmets and other props, many of them replicas of items from video games and films.
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.
Daniel Saunders is the co-host of the LoadingReadyRun podcast, Fight the Future, where he has spent the last year looking at the worlds of young adult dystopian books and movies, from The Hunger Games to Ender's Game and Battle Royal to Nausicaa. He also wrote the LoadingReadyRun sketches Floating Solo and It's All In Your Head. His greatest achievement, however, is that Daniel is Desert Bus driver Paul's older brother — An honour so stunning that he didn't submit a guest bio, so Paul had to write this for him.
Jimmy Wong is an actor, musician, and podcaster known across multiple platforms across the internet. Best known for this role as the lovable best friend Ted in Video Game High School, Jimmy has since garnered a large fan base from his musical talent on his YouTube channel and his work at Rocket Jump Studios.
His most recent work as a host of the extremely popular Magic: The Gathering podcast The Command Zone has led to a surge of popularity amongst the Magic community. The Command Zone is a weekly podcast focused on all happenings of the multiplayer MtG format known as Commander. Jimmy is now a staple of the MtG community, appearing in numerous Wizards of the Coast Events; chief among them being the Magic Community Cup.
Tifa Robles is the organizer and founder of The Lady Planeswalkers Society, a group that creates welcoming, friendly environments for all genders to learn and play Magic with over 60 chapters in the world. For the last two years she's been the Editorial Games Producer for the Xbox Dashboard, creating and managing content for the Games section for Xbox One and Xbox 360 around the globe. Tifa was formerly a Brand Manager for Magic: The Gathering. She can be found on twitter and writes about her personal experiences on tumblr.
Mike Robles is an internet personality and experienced host. He was formerly the Community Manager for Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Killer Instinct, Minecraft, Age of Empires, and more. Nowadays he does reviews for Marooner's Rock and streams on Twitch. Mike can also be found on tumblr, twitter, moderating panels at conventions, and doing improv in Seattle.
Together Mike and Tifa make videos for their Youtube channel, Video Time with Mike & Tifa, where they discuss their lives, review games, and talk about all things nerdy. They also created Rock Band 4 Charity, a 24-Hour live stream with proceeds going towards the Child's Play Domestic Violence Shelter Initiative.
The Doubleclicks are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting nerd band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast over 2 million views and have been featured on BoingBoing, Kotaku, the Huffington Post, and on NPR shows "Live Wire" "All Things Acoustic" and "State of Wonder."
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. In 2014 Molly wrote and performed an original musical, Thanksgiving vs. Christmas. In addition, this year Molly has appeared in the Nerd Night Out concert series with The Doubleclicks and Joseph Scrimshaw.
Aaron Forsythe is the Director of R&D for Magic: The Gathering and a former pro-tour player. As a member of R&D over the past 10 years, Aaron has been both a designer and developer for Magic: The Gathering and his design credits include Magic 2010 through Magic 2013 and Planechase. As a developer, his work can be seen on many Magic releases including the original Ravnica block, Zendikar, and the Modern Masters set.
Phil Plait, PhD, is an American astronomer and the brains behind the science blog "Bad Astronomy" and author of Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies. He has been a part of the Hubble Space Telescope team, engaged in public outreach for NASA, and appeared in several documentaries including Phil Plait's Bad Universe on Discovery. He has also in the last year joined the Youtube channel Crash Course where he hosts the astronomy unit.