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Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt is an International Bestselling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His current novel is The Operative – A San Angles Novel, published by DAW.  His first novel, The Courier, also in the San Angeles series was listed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of the 10 Canadian science fiction books you need to read. Both The Courier and The Operative appeared on the Locus Bestsellers List. By day, he’s an IT professional specialising in virtualisation. In his limited spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, rock climbing, camping, and spending time with his family.  He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marnie, and their two sons Jared and Ryan.  You can find Gerald online at, on Facebook as Gerald Brandt – Author, and on Twitter @geraldbrandt.

Melinda Friesen

Melinda Friesen authored the sci-fi/dystopian One Bright Future series. Enslavement, book one, was released in 2014 and its sequel, Subversion was released in 2016. Enslavement has been shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow Award and nominated for Sunburst Young Adult Award. She also co-wrote The High-Maintenance Ladies of the Zombie Apocalypse which launched in the fall of 2016. Her short Stories have placed in numerous contests and have been published in the Forging Freedom II Anthology, Freefall Magazine, and the Metro News. Her unpublished Sci-fi novel, Solar, was shortlisted for the Writers’ Village International Novel Contest. She’s also a regular contributor at Operation Awesome, a blog for writers. When she’s not writing, Melinda works as marketing director and acquisitions editor at Rebelight Publishing Inc., a Winnipeg based publisher of young adult and middle grade novels.

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Timothy Gwyn

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M. C. Joudrey

M. C. Joudrey, Canadian writer, artist and designer. His second novel Of Violence and Cliché was released September 2013, followed by his collection of short stories Charleswood Road: Stories in August 2014, which was nominated for a 2015 Manitoba Book Award. His forthcoming novel Fanonymous will be released by At Bay Press. M.C. Joudrey has also been a member of the submission selection committee for the CBC Short Fiction Prize and a jury member for the Manitoba Book Awards. His titles reside in permanent legislative and national government collections. He is also a bookbinder and a number of his works are held in galleries internationally. His work can be seen at

Lindsay Kitson

Lindsay is Manitoba born, daughter of a beekeeper, and spent a lot of time as a child out in the country, catching small animals, exploring abandoned buildings, and lighting fires. 
She’s a writer of dieselpunk fantasy and science fiction, and long time member of several face to face writing groups as well as the OWW – While she started writing when she was thirteen, she actually started telling stories at five years old in a friend’s basement, using cardboard boxes as props. Those boxes became castles, circus trains, soup pots, and we were princesses, circus animals, and rabbits escaping from the stew. That was when it started. 
Her parents complained that she always had her head in the clouds, and she did. After spending several years researching aviation for a work in progress, she realized writing about it was never going to be enough. She now holds a commercial pilot’s licence, multi-engine and float ratings.

Van Kunder

Van Kunder, writer/editor from Winnipeg. She has published work exploring dance, music, theatre, and culture. As the art director of SANDBOX magazine, she was one of four individuals who brought the world of fashion, culture, and lifestyle to print in the Canadian prairies. Van Kunder’s science fiction and fantasy stories have been included alongside Stephen King, Peter S. Beagle and Charles de Lint. She has received her diploma in Creative Communications from Red River College in Winnipeg. Her work can be seen at


Ronald Hore

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Daria Patrie

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Sherry Peters 

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The Questgiver

The story behind the idea to portray a Quest Giver is a simple one.  Once her love for nerdy conventions had blossomed, a new era of craft time hobbies started – cosplay. Spending hours playing the beloved World of Warcraft series for many years sparked an idea. What if she dressed up like a quest giver and gave out actual quests? Thus Quest Giver was born. The debut of Quest Giver was at the very first Anime Fargo convention in 2013.  The costume of choice was an old renaissance festival outfit and a hand-made foam exclamation point painted yellow. The quests started out small with finding such common objects as pens, napkins, etc, as well as taking pictures of items around Con. 

The Quest Giver idea received positive feedback from Anime Fargo and turned into being invited to Core Con, Valley Con, and later on, Key Con. Quests have morphed into finding specific objects posted all over the convention, visiting key areas of the con, participating in activities in fan suites, and completing on-the-spot challenges all in exchange for Epic Loot.  Prizes of coins, gems, knickknacks, and badge ribbons are handed out with completion of questlines. You even have the chance of leveling up with the completion of challenges. 

Being the Quest Giver has allowed her to meet more people who love the things she does and interact more in the con community. It has expanded her knowledge and allowed her to be more immersed in what each con has to offer. So find the Quest Giver and let your adventure begin!


Den Valdron 

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