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Actress, Singer, Writer

Ashly Burch is an American actress, voice actress, singer, and writer known for her role as the voice of Tiny Tina in the video game Borderlands 2, the web series Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, and Mayuri Shiina from Steins;Gate among others.

She is a storyline writer on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time and voiced Chloe in the video game Life Is Strange, for which she won the Golden Joystick Award for Best Performance. She is also the host of Geek & Sundry's Unplugged series.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 13th
Actor, Musician, YouTube Personality

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.

Calling in:
5:00pm PST, Nov. 13th
The Bad Astronomer

Phil Plait, also known as The Bad Astronomer, is an American astronomer, skeptic, writer and popular science blogger. Plait has worked as part of the Hubble Space Telescope team, images and spectra of astronomical objects, as well as engaging in public outreach advocacy for NASA missions. He has written two books, Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies. He has also appeared in several science documentaries, including Phil Plait's Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel. From August 2008 through 2009, he served as President of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Additionally, he wrote and hosted episodes of Crash Course Astronomy, which aired its last episode in 2016. He has a regular column at Slate.com and just wrapped production of the new series Bill Nye Saves the World as the head science writer.

Calling in:
11:30am PST, Nov. 14th
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.

Visiting:
6:00pm PST, Nov. 14th
Musicians, Songwriters

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."

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 15th
Writer

Jerry Holkins is the primary writer of the webcomic Penny Arcade along with its artist Mike Krahulik. Holkins sometimes uses the pseudonym "Tycho Brahe", the name of his Penny Arcade character.

Together with Krahulik, Holkins created the Penny Arcade Expo beginning in 2004, a series of gaming festivals held in Seattle, Boston, Australia, and San Antonio. He is also a co-founder of Child's Play, a multimillion-dollar charity which supports a network of hospitals worldwide and US domestic violence support facilities through donations of toys and games.

Visiting:
12:00pm PST, Nov. 15th
Humor Scientist

Kris is a writer, web cartoonist, and a podcaster making web content since 2000. You may know him from his webcomics Chainsawsuit or Broodhollow. He also co-hosts podcasts 28 Plays Later and Scared Yet?.

Recently, viral creepypasta "Candle Cove" penned by Straub was adapted into a Syfy original series Channel Zero. You can find Kris on Twitter @krisstraub.

Calling in:
3:00pm PST, Nov. 15th
Writer, Extra Credits

James Portnow is an active member of the indie games community, a lecturer on on game design and game culture, and writer of hit web series Extra Credits. The over 300-episode video series takes a deep dive look at games: how they are made, what they mean, and how we can make them better.

Calling in:
12:00am PST, Nov. 16th
Songwriter, Ukulele Player

Molly Lewis writes songs and plays 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, participated in Jonathan Coulton's January 2011 JoCo Cruise Crazy, and has toured multiple times with The Doubleclicks. In 2014 Molly wrote and performed an original musical, Thanksgiving vs. Christmas. She co-hosts a podcast titled "The Peanuts Gallery" with Thanksgiving vs. Christmas co-writer Josh A Cagan, and runs a successful song-based Patreon.

Visiting:
12:00pm PST, Nov. 16th

Tifa Robles: Tifa Robles is the founder & organizer of the Lady Planeswalkers Society (LPS), a welcoming, friendly environment to learn and play Magic: The Gathering regardless of gender, skill level, or anything else. The organization also teaches Magic and participates in panels at many conventions. Tifa has also worked in the gaming industry, fighting for diversity and inclusion, for 6 years. When she is not attending gaming conventions or drafting Magic with friends, she occasionally creates content on her blog about being a feminist gamer and on her and her husband's YouTube channel about gaming as a couple.

Mike Robles: You might remember Mike from such companies as Wizards of the Coast, Microsoft, and Lone Shark Games. When he's not managing communities he's playing lots of video games, streaming, and trying to keep his YouTube pages relevant. He spends a lot of his time helping Tifa raise their wonderful baby boy Xander, as well as helping run LPS behind the scenes.

Xander Robles: Xander is a professional cuddle monster and a very expressive young man. He loves his parents, laughing during the most appropriate moments, being held upright, and high contrasting colors. He does not like falling asleep. Recently, he has gotten very good at eating his own hand. He has been enjoying watching Desert Bus and is looking forward to being on stream.

Calling in:
4:00pm PST, Nov. 16th
Chief Creative Champion of Gearbox Software, Writer, Voice Actor, Content Producer

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.

Calling in:
6:30pm PST, Nov. 16th
Podcasters

Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy are the creators of My Brother, My Brother, and Me, a weekly comedy advice podcast. This podcast is one of many the brothers do, often including their friends, family, and other special guests into the adventure. See the full list of shows at mcelroyshows.com.

Calling in:
8:00am PST, Nov. 17th
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. 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:
11:00am PST, Nov. 17th
Magicians

Penn and Teller are American magicians and entertainers who have performed together since the late 1970s, noted for their ongoing act which combines elements of comedy with magic. The duo, having been featured in numerous stage and television shows, currently headline in Las Vegas at The Rio. When not performing magic, they are authors, directors, podcasters, television producers, and perhaps most importantly, creators of the infamous "Desert Bus" game.

Calling in:
6:30pm PST, Nov. 17th
Singer/Songwriter

Seth Boyer is a singer/songwriter from Alaska, and currently lives in Seattle. His music has been featured in Welcome to Night Vale and on the blog Tiny Cartridge. He often tours with Marian Call, and successfully completed a Kickstarter for his newest album, Get Rekt, which came out in December 2015.

Calling in:
11:00pm PST, Nov. 17th
of Cards Against Humanity and Friendshipping

Jenn and Trin work at Cards Against Humanity and host Friendshipping, a weekly podcast where they answer tricky questions about friendship and etiquette surrounding relationships. They recently raised 314% of their initial goal on a Kickstarter campaign for Friendship Postcards, which are estimated to release in September 2017.

Calling in:
11:00am PST, Nov. 18th
Director of Operatives, Penny Arcade, Inc. & Child's Play Charity

Kristin Lindsay is not everyone's mom, she just plays one on the internet. Kristin is Director of Operatives at Penny Arcade, Inc. and Child's Play Charity where she has been since 2005. She is also PAX Enforcer Commander and has a knack for coordinating thousands of volunteers and making it look easy.

Calling in:
2:00pm PST, Nov. 18th
Host

Grant Imahara is an American electronics, robotics and radio control expert and television host. He previously co-hosted Discovery Channel's MythBusters, and is a co-host of Netflix's upcoming White Rabbit Project, premiering December 9th.

Calling in:
4:00pm PST, Nov. 18th