The Midwest Gaming Classic is pleased to welcome the following industry professionals to our event this year! We expect to host more than 100 special guests, so make sure to stop back as we update the list.
List subject to change.
Andres Canals teaches step by step digital artistry for aspiring artists! Andres has created work as the art director for Epic Quest Productions for more than five years. During this time, Andres has also created artwork for numerous RPG games and concept art for miniatures and films. He has worked in varied genres including fantasy, sci-fi, post-apocalypse, cyberpunk, and modern. Game titles include DragonWars of Trayth (Pathfinder), Reclamation RPG, Wreck-Age, End Times, Elemental Lands, Dragons at Dawn & Twilight, Chaos & Alchemy (1st Edition), Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution, Systems Malfunction, SPLINTER and many more.
TSR, Inc, FASA, Mayfair Games, Game Designer’s Workshop, White Wolf, Iron Crown Enterprises, Dragon Magazine, Amazing Magazine, Wizard Press, D. C. Comics, First Comics, Eclipse Comics and Frank Frazetta’s Fantasy Illustrated
Larry Elmore has been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years. After receiving a BFA degree from Western Kentucky, he married Betty Clemons and was drafted into the army almost at the same time. After two years in the service, he got a job at Fort Knox, Kentucky as an illustrator. In addition, he started freelancing at home and was published in a few magazines, including Heavy Metal and National Lampoon. During this time he produced his best work with his wife, his two children, Jennifer and Jeremy.
Eventually, he was contacted by TSR Inc., the company that produced the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and he went to work there from 1981 to 1987. While at TSR, he helped set the standards of gaming art in the role-playing genre. Besides creating covers for Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Star Frontiers and other gaming books, he created SnarfQuest Tales for the company’s Dragon Magazine. He may be best known for his work with the world of Dragonlance, exemplified by the covers of the DRAGONLANCE book series.
Keith Matejka is a game designer, game publisher, and avid gamer out of Madison, Wisconsin. His small board gaming publishing company, Thunderworks Games, was founded in 2013 and has published eight games to date: Bullfrogs, Roll Player, Roll Player: Monsters & Minions, Roll Player: Fiends & Familiars, Blend Off, Dual Powers: Revolution 1917, Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, and Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale -of which he designed Bullfrogs, and Roll Player (plus expansions).
Keep an eye out for the next offering from Thunderworks- Roll Player Adventures, a cooperative narrative adventure game set in the world of Roll Player for 1-4 players. Keith has also partnered with Pencil First games to design many of the solo modes for their games as well as the 2-player game Skulk Hollow. He is married to is very supportive wife, Claire, and has an amazing son named Isaac
Charles Urbach is an award-winning writer and colored pencil illustrator with more than 25 years of experience in design, publishing, and illustration. His detailed original concepts and drawings have appeared on book covers and merchandise, and hundreds of his illustrations have appeared in gaming products including: Magic: The Gathering, Heroclix, Legend of the Five Rings, A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, various Star Wars products, Das Schwarze Auge, Infinite City, Mage Knight, Everquest, Call of Cthulhu, Esper Genesis, DoomTown Reloaded, and many others. He is frequently a guest and instructor at conventions and tournaments around the world, where his artwork is displayed and sold. Charles enjoys blending spiritual, literary, and surrealistic references with the more familiar archetypes of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror. Among his accomplishments, he is a two time Chesley Award winner and has won awards at Gen Con, Dragon Con, Origins, CONvergence, and many other conventions around the U.S.
More information about his work is available at his website: www.charlesurbach.com
Below are some of our guests from past shows