Professor Sparks AKA John “Grizzy” Grzywacz

Professor SparksGrizzy, as he likes to be called, has been recognized by OSHA’s National Office in Washington D.C. as both a National Electrical Code (NEC®) historian as well as “the best electrical safety trainer in the country!” Certainly, at the very least, Grizzy has been OSHA’s electrical safety “go-to guy” and has been instrumental in shaping and interpreting OSHA policy and regulations for several decades.

Grizzy has trained OSHA compliance officers, appeared as OSHA’s electrical expert, and guided literally hundreds and hundreds of electrical fatality investigations. Grizzy continues to train OSHA compliance officers and personnel coast to coast, as well as still providing investigative assistance to the Agency on fatality investigations and significant cases.

Licensed by the Department of Education, and prior to his OSHA career, Grizzy had been both an educator and administrator for various public and private schools and held the position of Electronic Department Chairman and Director of Education at a New York City proprietary school.

In addition to being a professional speaker and nationally recognized seminar leader with over 40,000 hours of platform experience, Grizzy has lectured at numerous colleges and universities all across the US and has numerous published works in video and print which have assisted safety professionals and helped workers for decades.

Recognized nationally as preeminent in regulatory electrical safety training, Grizzy conducts training all across the country providing insight into navigating the complex regulatory requirements.

Recently Grizzy has been presenting unique and spectacular high voltage keynote presentations at conventions, demonstrating some of the rare and unique electrical artifacts and high voltage apparatus which he has been collecting for decades.

 

Declan Finn

Declan FinnDeclan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to sci-fi. The most popular of these books includes the 2016 Dragon Award-nominated novel for Best Horror, Honor at Stake: Welcome to New York City, where vampires don’t sparkle, they burn. The sequels, Murphy’s Law of Vampires and Live and Let Bite are already out.

Finn is one of a legion of writers over at The Catholic Geeks blog (a legion, for we are many). Other books he has written include the comedy-thriller It Was Only on Stun! where he blows up a sci-fi convention (no, not this one). The sequel is Set to Kill, a novel that spun off of his parody, Sad Puppies Bite Back.

He co-authored the science fiction espionage novel Codename: Winterborn, and Codename: UnSub. However, he is most proud of his Pius Trilogy—book one of which, A Pius Man, will be re-released from Silver Empire Press in 2017.

Finn also hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.

 

Dimensional Riffs

Dimensional Riffs is a nerd rock band that was born from a joke at RavenCon last year. Our members include Jenny Hendrix as the lead singer and former member of Paradox Machine. Chuck Parker is lead guitarist and is the bass player for The Blibbering Humdingers. DJ McGuire plays bass, and Kat Sinclair is our other beautiful singer.

Dimensional Riffs

Dave Lee

David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester, VA. David’s steampunk art has been featured in numerous art exhibits such as “Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit” with Dr. Grymm and has had exhibits in steampunk conventions, festivals, and art galleries throughout the US, Europe, and New Zealand. He has received numerous nominations and awards for his costuming and props. David played Steampunk Darth Vader in Trial of the Mask and Mask of Vengeance, two steampunk Star Wars fan films from Unruly Mile Films. In July of 2013 he teamed up with other authors, artists, and professional editors to establish HCS Publishing, a non-profit publishing house dedicated to publishing high-quality, great stories. In 2013, his steampunk western novel, entitled Country in Ruin: 1865, was published and its sequel World in Ruin: 1870 is due out in 2017. David is also a contributing “DIY” author for the Steampunk Chronicle and has been featured in three published books about steampunk fashion and costuming as well as the 2014 summer edition of Victorian Homes.

Sean CW Korsgaard

Soldier, scholar, writer and freelancer, Sean CW Korsgaard is a US Army veteran, award-winning journalist, and freelance writer.

As a reporter, Sean has had articles published in more than a dozen newspapers across Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Progress-Index, The Free Lance-Star, and the Daily Press, and online has been featured on websites including Screen Rant, Collider, Boing Boing, and the Alternate History Weekly Update. He won the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for his coverage of the trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, has covered events ranging from military deployments to comic book conventions, and has interviewed people ranging from movie stars to U.S. Senators. Work has taken Sean everywhere from traveling to Poland with a Holocaust survivor to being attacked by a shark in downtown Atlanta, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Like many others here at RavenCon, Sean is a hopeful speculative fiction author, and has a handful of short stories he’s hoping to have published by the end of the year. In the meantime though, if you see him taking photos or video around the convention, be sure to say hello and to pose for the camera!

Sean lives in Richmond, VA, and is always on the hunt for another byline and his next grand adventure.

www.korsgaardscommentary.com

 

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonaldJames McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.

In addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and artificial intelligence.

He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.

His newest project is The Writer’s Mind (thewritermind.com), a book, podcast, and video series on business practices for individual creators, such as authors, artists, and musicians.

 

Joshua LeHuray

Joshua LeHurayJoshua LeHuray is the author of Virginians Will Dance or Die! The Importance of Music in Pre-Revolutionary Williamsburg, as well as an adjunct history instructor at Rappahannock Community College and an educator at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. In addition to having presented numerous history lectures in Virginia, he will also be appearing this spring in the documentary The Story of Two Tredegars about the Tredegar Ironworks of Richmond and its sister site in Wales. Josh is also the co-director of the Janesville Fife and Drum Corps from Janesville, WI and spends many of his weekends wearing Revolutionary War uniforms and playing colonial drums.

 

Toi Thomas

Toi ThomasA self-proclaimed techie and foodie, Toi Thomas was born in Texas, but considers Virginia to be home. She enjoys reading, cooking, painting, geek culture, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with her family. Currently working as a special education teacher’s assistant while blogging and writing full-time, Toi finds comfort and peace of mind in chocolate, green tea, and naps. Toi and her best friend have been married for eleven years and share their home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie, who’s sure to inspire future publications.

Thomas has entertained paranormal fans with her Eternal Curse series, an angels, demons, and others tale with a Christian world view. She stretches minds and imaginations with her short story collection, Legend of the Boy…, featuring works of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and suspense. Glorie Townson, Thomas’s pen name, brings along a bit of romance and comedy in the first book of her Sayings series, It’s Like the Full Moon. Thomas has even delved into the world of educational children’s books to enlighten and entertain little minds. She has something for the whole family.

 

Joshua Werner

Joshua WernerJoshua Werner is an author and illustrator working in multiple entertainment fields. He’s the author of books such as Rampant and Adoration for the Dead, and founder of the horror and sci-fi publisher Source Point Press, where he’s now Art Director.

Josh has done illustration work for products for several licensed characters and properties, including Doctor Who, Transformers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Deadworld, and many others. He’s also achieved international popularity for his Dracula and Sherlock Holmes illustrations.
He’s worked on many comic books and graphic novels, including Zombie Rush: Riot (licensed from the iOS videogame), Jack of Spades, The Painting, Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus, Horrors and Heroes, and Holliston: Friendship is Tragic (licensed from the television series). He’s currently working on the follow-up graphic novel Holliston: Carnival of Carnage and the graphic novel The Creepshow in Necrogeddon (officially licensed from the Toronto-based psychobilly band). Josh also recently did the artwork and lettering on an exclusive Superman comic story appearing in the program for the theatrical musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman. His illustrations can be found in numerous books such as Sherlock Holmes: On the Air, Zelda’s Zombie Zoo, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Tomb and H.P. Lovecraft: Early Stories.

As Art Director at Source Point Press he oversees a multitude of projects, working with up-and-coming writers and artists as well as legends in the industry. Much of his time is spent collaborating with creators to make their comics a reality, from initial pitch and conception through to the finished product. Some of the titles he has such credits in include Classic Pulp, Dead Duck and Zombie Chick, Hank Steiner, Monstrous, Norah, Up the River, The Rot, and more. He is currently doing art direction and editing on an upcoming officially licensed Evil Dead 2 craft book.

 

Mark Wandrey

Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to write. After penning countless short stories, he realized novels were his real calling and hasn’t looked back since. A lifetime of diverse jobs, extensive travels, and living in most areas of the country have uniquely equipped him with experiences to color his stories in ways many find engaging and thought provoking. His current works include the Earth Song series (space opera), Turning Point (zombie apocalypse), and the Four Horsemen series (mil-SF).