PortConMaine: Maine's Geek Culture Celebration!
Michael "Talien" Tresca (Game Industry)
PortConMaine is proud to welcome Michael "Talien" Tresca as a guest for 2014!
Michael "Talien" Tresca is a game designer, author, communicator, and artist. He is the National RPG and Sci-Fi Movie Examiner and recently
published three books, the non-fiction history of gaming, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games from McFarland Publishing, his fantasy fiction debut, The Well of Stars, from Three Ravens Books, and the young adult fantasy Awfully Familiar from Dark Quest Books. Michael has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of Open Game License and D20-compatible games, including AEG, MonkeyGod Enterprises, Goodman Games, Otherworld Creations, Privateer Press, RPGObjects and Ronin Arts. A top reviewer for Amazon, his articles and reviews have appeared in Allgame.com, D20 Filtered, Dragon Magazine, Gamers.com, Pyramid, RPG.net, and Sharktopus. He has participated in panels about electronic and tabletop role-playing games at ConnectiCon, Dragon*Con, and I-Con. When he's not writing, Michael can be found as his alter ego, Talien, on RetroMUD as an administrator. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Dark Follies (Variety Show)
PortConMaine is proud to welcome the Dark Follies as a guest for 2014!
Mary Bichner & Planetary Quartet (Band)
PortConMaine is proud to announce musical guests Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet!
Mary Bichner (www.marybichner.com) is an eclectic classical-meets-pop composer with the bizarre musical superpowers of perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played) and synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes Mary to “see” splashes of specific colors when she hears their corresponding pitches sounded). Called a “musical genius” by CBS News (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIPASlZibFQ), and invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.
Planetary Quartet is a rotating ensemble of some of Boston's finest string players founded to bring Mary's unique double-viola string quartet works and arrangements to life. She is thrilled to be joined by Planetary Quartet for this performance!
Join composer Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for a musical set celebrating everyone's favorite magical girls, the Bishoujo Senshi of Sailor Moon! The ensemble will perform the contents of Mary's forthcoming Sailor Moon-inspired EP (due out in early August 2014), as well as theme songs, image songs and instrumental pieces from the Sailormoon anime specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. (Moonlight Densetsu singlalong, anyone? :)) In the name of the moon, they will rock you!
Catherynne M. Valente (Writer)
PortConMaine is proud to announce writer Catherynne M. Valente as a guest for 2014!
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.