*Guest events can be found under “Eclectics” in the Event system and Event book

Celebrity Guests


Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer:

Sam Witwer headlines the SyFy series, Being Human, the U.S. adaptation of the popular British television series.

A favorite in the science-fiction world, Sam began his career in the memorable role of “Lt. Crashdown” in SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica and played “Davis Bloom/ Doomsday”, the character fated to kill Superman, on CW’s Smallville. Star Wars fans and the gaming community will also recognize Sam as Darth Vader’s vengeful apprentice, “StarKiller” in the LucasArts’ video game sensation Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Parts One and Two). Through high-tech digital referencing and motion capture, Sam has become the voice and face of this LucasArts’ creation in which the first title grossed over 500 million dollars.  Sam has also done extensive voice work for the fan-favorite Clone Wars, the animated series airing on the Cartoon Network. Working opposite Jon Favreau and Clancy Brown as the voice of “Darth Maul” on Clone Wars, Sam received recognition with an Annie Award nomination for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/ Broadcast Production in 2012. Outside of sci-fi, audiences remember Sam in his recurring role of “Neil Perry” on the Emmy winning Showtime series Dexter. Sam’s edge was a perfect compliment to the ground-breaking series in its first season.

A Chicago native and a Juilliard-trained actor, Sam is also an accomplished musician who performed in the LA music scene with his band, The Crashtones.

Sam’s Schedule:

Q & A    Saturday  (6/6)  11:00 – noon (Event #670)

Origins Awards   Saturday  (6/6)  7:00 pm


Friday (6/5)

11:00 – noon  (Event #653)

1:00-3:00  (Event #654)

4:00 – 6:00 (Event #655)

Saturday (6/6)

1:00 – 3:00  (Event #656)

4:00-6:00  (Event #657)

Sunday (6/7)

11:00 – 1:00  (Event #658)

2:00-4:00  (Event #659)



Chloe Dykstra

Chloe Dykstra

Chloe Dykstra:

Chloe Dykstra was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, which she escaped regularly to go urban exploring and attend Rocky Horror.  With a foot where her mouth should be, Chloe never quite fit in at school (or at work modeling) and so turned to technology to keep her little green “Social” bar full…  And thus Chloe became an expert of all things interweb and video games.  A lover of many things including cosplay, make-up, dogs, space, baking and the paranormal, Chloe spends most of her time writing, attempting to make obscure references to failed viral videos, and trashtalking noobs on Xbox Live. Known most for her role in the Syfy original series, Heroes of Cosplay, she also hosts a weekly show called Pizza and Porn, and films her own silly weblog, “Cool Story Chlo” on her Youtube channel.

Chloe’s Schedule:

 Q & A  Saturday (6/6)  1:30 – 2:30  (Event #680)

Costume Contest  Saturday (6/6)  3:00 pm


Friday (6/5)

11:00 – noon  (Event #660)

1:00-3:00  (Event #661)

4:00 – 6:00 (Event #662)

Saturday (6/6)

11:00 – 1:30  (Event #663)

4:00-6:00  (Event #664)

Sunday (6/7)

11:00 – 1:00  (Event #665)

2:00-4:00  (Event #666)

Guests of Honor: 

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Mike Mearls


Mike Mearls:

(Designer Guest)

Mike Mearls is the senior manager for the D&D research and design team. He was co-lead designer of the fifth edition of D&D. His works over a 17-year career in game design include numerous D&D products, the Castle Ravenloft board game, fiction, numerous tabletop RPG designs, and the text on the back labels of the D&D-themed Jones sodas. He has won numerous awards for his work, but is still only the second-best Mario Kart player in his household.





Dennis L. McKiernan

Dennis McKiernan:

(Author Guest)

Dennis L. McKiernan is the bestselling fantasy and science-fiction author of the highly acclaimed Mithgar series, the Faery series, the Black Fox series, various short stories, as well as a number of eBooks and other works. Internationally published, his works are translated into German, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and even Hungarian (who knew?). He began his professional career as a writer with how-to articles, guest editorials, and humorous tales for various dirt bike magazines, but didn’t turn to fantasy and science fiction until he was run over by an automobile while riding his Husqvarna 250 on a back country road during an enduro. While trapped in a cast that went from his armpits to his toes, he wrote a sequel to The Lord of the Rings (completely unpublished). Nevertheless, at the behest of an editor at Doubleday, he continued to stick with fantasy, and his Iron Tower trilogy was published in 1982. Since then, he has written twelve more Mithgar books, five Faery books, two Black Fox books, and twenty or so short stories, and several eBooks. Before becoming a writer, Dennis spent four years in the US Air Force during the Korean War, graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, got his Masters Degree from Duke University, worked in Antiballistic Missile Defense Systems, in software and hardware in telephone systems, and as a consultant in a think tank. He has been a fantasy role player for over 30 years, and an Xbox gamer for ten years. He and Peter Busch designed the Destiny Deck, an Origins GAMA award winner in 1993.




Jeff Carlisle

Jeff Carlisle:

(Artist Guest)

Jeff Carlisle is a freelance illustrator and concept designer who has designed or illustrated for various projects such as Books, Magazines, Web Comics, Role-Playing and Miniatures Games, Trading cards, Posters, Art Prints, Sketchcards, Webshows and Short Movies, a Video Game, and even Paper Airplanes featuring Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, The Guild, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder–and many others.

Raised on Fantasy and Science Fiction by his mother, who also encouraged him to draw and write, his love of Epic Fantasy and Movies were encouraged by his father who took him and his older brother to see Star Wars in 1977 when Jeff was 4 years old. Teenage years reading Ray Bradbury and Edgar Rice Burroughs and playing Role Playing Games sealed the deal–and he has been drawing and dreaming ever since.

After his Art Education at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Jeff’s professional career began at the Origins Game Fair in 2000, when he met award winning fantasy artist and author Tony DiTerlizzi who encouraged him to “Get into the Game” and be more than a fan artist. Fifteen years later, Jeff is the Origins Artist Guest of Honor…and the symmetry isn’t lost on him.

In the last decade and a half, Jeff has worked on illustrating and designing Games (both Video and Tabletop), Comics, Sketchcards, Limited Edition Art Prints, Book illustrations, Magazine covers, and even a bit of writing for clients including: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), BBC/Her Universe, Becker & Mayer! Book Producers, COSI Studios, Decipher, Goodman Games/Sword and Sorcery, Gameshark studios, Green Ronin Publishing, Geek & Sundry/Knights of Good Productions, Lucasfilm Ltd., Paizo Publishing, Presto Studios/Microsoft Game Studios, Red5 Comics, Room 101 Productions, The Scarefactory, Inc., Topps, TRIPWIRE magazine and Wizards of the Coast.

Jeff lives in Ohio with his wife Lisa and their hellcat, Snow.
Life is Good.