Category: Gaming Guest

E.L. Fortner, Jr.

E.L. Fortner is a voice-over performer, artist, actor, author, scriptwriter, producer, director, lyric and music composer, music producer, and photographer with years of experience in these industries.

He has 25+ years of experience programming video games, starting in the early to mid-eighties—working for Apple while in high school. He also developed one of the first gaming BBSs in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region.

During the 80s and early ’90s, he honed his skills as a semi-professional gamer. On Saturday, August 10th, 2013, he received an award for his work in the video gaming industry, and his visage was adorned on one of Twin Galaxies’ familiar video game trading cards.

He has worked on projects across the above industries, ranging from indie games and voiceovers to music to independent productions in film and television. His projects have allowed him to work for industry giants like Blizzard Entertainment, Disney, Marvel, and many others. Edwards’s favorite and most memorable project to date has been voicing characters on the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He has also voiced several characters in the audio horror series Tales from Beyond, Volume 2.

He has performed in the theater and in both film and television projects, appeared in the American Revolution period drama, TURN on AMC, wrote a TV pilot entitled Experiment Kelly, and directed the TV show Wishes. He has also completed three different 48-hour film festivals and one of the films he worked on advanced to the finals.

He is currently completing his second book titled, Dreams of Reality. His new studio company, Tanuki Productions, was formed in 2022.

Nikole McDonald-Jones

Nikole McDonald-Jones–a.k.a Spooni* in some circles–is an artistic and technical professional in the entertainment industry. She produces and directs works for industry professionals, musicians, publishing houses, magazines, both tabletop and video gaming studios, and internet professionals. She is a holder of a BFA in Illustration and Kinetic Imagery, a classically trained multilingual operatic singer and pianist, a trained dancer and choreographer, and an avid martial artist.

She is mostly known for her illustrative works highlighting a deep understanding of cinematics, rich kinetic storytelling, detailed costuming, and dramatic lighting. All of which have been influenced by her love of fashion design; exploitation and HKcinema; Wuxia; pulp fiction comics; native, Eastern-Asian, and African Cultures; street racing, and her faith.

Originally from Richmond, VA, she is currently based in what is rapidly being considered the “Second Silicon Valley”—“The Triangle,” located in central NC, surrounded by top game studios, creative studios, and tech giants. She also works internationally (however, since the Covid-19 outbreak her travel has slowed).

Her unique blend of expertise has landed her various roles in the entertainment industry with major companies, including Ubisoft, YellowHouse Films, Image Comics, DC, and more

Her story “A Tale of Peach-Blossomed Hems and Opal Rain” will be available in CORVID-19: The Second Wave. You can find any and all of her works all across the internet but she is mostly found on Instagram or live streaming via her official YouTube Channel.

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a Renaissance woman. Engineer, game designer, author, juggler, and sometimes stand-up comic. She can do almost anything but sew or draw. She lives in northern Virginia but is still a Jersey girl at heart. She is married to a fellow engineer and has a disturbing lack of cats.

Her story “Table For One” can be found in CORVID-19: A RavenCon Anthology and “The Tale of the Baker’s Wife” will appear in CORVID-19: The Second Wave.

Joan’s fine card games can be found at

Her writing blog is located at

Her Twitter handle is @BandCGames.

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