Guests of Honor

Artist Guest of Honor

photo Darcy Bell-Myers has been a professional illustrator for more than 30 years. She has illustrated more than 100 books as well as countless magazine and newspaper features, stickers, greeting cards, games, cartoons, websites, and educational software. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Illustration Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

“Over the years I’ve worked on a variety of projects in a variety of mediums, though have come to specialize in making art for children. This does not mean that the work is less serious or important to me; indeed I consider work for children to be very important and very worthwhile. I try not to talk down to my audience and strive to communicate to them in the same way that I would to any adult audience. I always figure that if something seems humorous to me, it will be to the kids looking at my work too! Likewise if it seems to ring false to me, to be clichéd or too cutesy, my audience of children will be the first to discern this and unlike most adults will be sure to let me know!”

For further information and samples of Darcy’s work, please see:

Author Guest of Honor

photo Patricia “Pat” Christine Hodgell is an American fantasy writer and former academic. Hodgell taught in the English Department at University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, but retired in 2006 to pursue a full-time writing career. She has won several awards for her works.

Partial Bibliography:
God Stalk (1982)
Dark of the Moon (1985)
Chronicles of the Kencyrath (1987)
Seeker’s Mask (1994)
Dark of the Gods (2000)
To Ride a Rathorn (2006)
plus a collection of short stories: Blood and Ivory (1994)

P.C. Hodgell Kencyrath page -
P.C. Hodgell at Wikipedia -

Media Guests of Honor

photo Bradley Galey is born and raised in Pomona California.

“I have worked in entertainment since 2000, my first gig was a Whoop Ass Chili commercial. From there I worked at Disneyland as The #1 Donald Duck and also the lovable Dopey. Taking after my dads 35 year career as the famous Duck!I also worked at Universal Studios Hollywood. I left amusement parks and started a 13 year run with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. During that time I have appeared on The MTV Video Music Awards with Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Americas Best Dance Crew, The Ones, Still Waiting, Brospehs, The Mandalorian Season 1&2, The Book or Boba Fett Season 1. ”

photo Christine Galey is born and raised in Pomona California.

“I have worked in entertainment since 2012. My first gig was working at Universal Studios Hollywood as a suit performer “scare actors.” I played the character of Chuckie Bride “Tiffany Bride” and a zombie. From there, I got an offer working out of the county at Universal Studio Japan. I was hired as a Entertainer performance character named “Moppy””in a Sesame Street show and also “Chopper” in The One Piece show. In 2014, I booked The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall. I was a Principal Actor, playing one of the Santa’s elf and also the fussy Baby Bear in the Nutcracker number. During the year 2015, I appeared in a reality television show. “The Little Women of New York” show as myself. They had a little women fashion show in NYC and I was one of the models. In 2017, I was hired in at The Disneyland Resort Entertainment Department as a Cosmetologist. (Where I make the magic happen.) Astronaut Costume In the year of 2019, I was cast on the The Mandalorian Season 1 as an Astronaut and then I was booked on The Book of Boba Fett Season 1 as R2-D2, R5 and Jawa.”

Music Guest of Honor

photo MarsCon was introduced to Bonnie Gordon in 2016 when she first performed there in the Comedy Music Track along with her partner Xander Jeanneret as the duo “The Library Bards”.

Bonnie‘s many epic credits include the following: Being a regular performer at the world famous “Magic Castle"” in Hollywood for over 13 years; ABC‘s reality TV series The Quest where she became known as the Paladin of Everealm; Geek & Sundry‘s roleplayer gaming Star Trek series Shield Of Tomorrow where she played as Lieutenant Lark Sage; The Library Bards‘ two full albums of nerdy comedy parody music “Bardcore” and “BomBARDed” (available on Bandcamp) as well as many hilarious music videos; As a video game voice actor she plays Rainbow Mika in Street Fighter V, Silque in the Fire Emblem Heroes series, and Bounce Man in Mega Man 11, and many others; And as an animation voice actor she played multiple characters on Cartoon Network‘s Mighty Magiswords including Nana Mewfles, Candi Carrots, and Darlin‘ Narwhal Magisword, and she is the voice of the ship‘s computer, the USS Protostar, on Nickelodeon‘s Star Trek: Prodigy!

As well as appearing and performing at conventions all over the world regularly, Bonnie has been working on her debut solo album “Con Artist” following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2021. The album will feature original songs alongside some “hint of nerdy” cover songs, some special guests and more. All of her friends and colleagues from the Funny Music Project (The FuMP .com) are thoroughly excited to have Bonnie Gordon make her return to MarsCon as our 2023 Music Guest Of Honor.

Featured Guests

Astro Bob logo Robert P. King (known professionally as AstroBob), born in 1953, is an American photographer, writer, and an amateur astronomer. He publishes an astronomy blog called Astro Bob.

King moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1979 to become a photographer for the Duluth News Tribune and became a photo editor in 1990, retiring in 2018. The darker skies of Duluth helped him renew his interest in astronomy. He taught community education astronomy classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Marshall Alworth Planetarium since 1992 and astronomy classes at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center since 2011.

King started his Astro Bob blog in 2008 to share knowledge on astronomy events and discoveries from NASA. His articles have also been published online with Sky & Telescope and Universe Today.

Partial Bibliography:
Night Sky With the Naked Eye (2016)
Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die: The Guide to Extraordinary Curiosities of Our Universe (2018)

Additional guests to be announced!

MarsCon 2023

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