WIZARD WORLD AND GENESE DAVIS PRESENT VIDEO GAMES AND OUR FUTURE: WE’RE ALL GAMERS PANEL
Genese Davis is an American author, host, columnist and media personality. She is the author of The Holder’s Dominion, a next-generation thriller heralded as a breakthrough novel by Publishers Weekly. Davis is the founder of The Gamer In You and was recently awarded iGR Woman of the Year. Her writing expertise expands across various literary genres including thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, gamer-lit, new adult, and young adult, along with screenplay, playwriting, video game lore, characterization, and narrative.
Davis is an in-demand host, speaker, and moderator, appearing internationally for TV, web-series, conventions, academic fairs, publishing workshops, as well as literary and entertainment expos. In addition, she is a featured columnist at MMORPG.com. Residing in Irvine, CA, Davis advocates for her other passion, animal rescue. To learn more, visit GeneseDavis.com | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Flickr
Antonia “Toni” Phillips
A veteran of the online gaming industry, Antonia “Toni” Phillips had the good fortune to be raised by a father who fed her a steady diet of creative imaginings and computer science. She built games in LOGO from an early age, whetting her appetite for more complex adventures. Phillips soon discovered the wild worlds accessible via her modem’s AD-DT command and embarked on a series of daring journeys through the distant lands of BBSs, MUDs, and MUSHes.
One fateful day while exploring message boards in 1995, Phillips’ life changed forever when she joined the first residents of a town called Jasper in a place known as Meridian 59. The experiences she had surviving and thriving in that watershed of MMORPGs drove her to become more than a player. She accepted a position as Game Designer at Meridian 59’s studio 3DO in 1998, beginning a career that has taken her to some of interactive entertainment’s biggest developers: Eidos, Electronic Arts, and BioWare. Phillips has accepted many different challenges over the years, building an arsenal of knowledge that includes game design, web and media production, marketing, project management, localization, and executive production for multiple MMO, Action, RPG, and Console titles. She’s excited to share what she’s learned with everyone who dreams of creating the next great game. Phillips’ top-secret plans to conquer the world of fiction are available at http://legendofthefive.com/
Billy Joe Cain
Billy Cain started his game industry career at Origin Systems in 1992, and has participated in the creation of over 250 hit games for home game systems, mobile platforms, and PC / Mac, and has launched three game development studios in Austin, Texas. He believes that games are going to save the world through improving brain plasticity in adolescents as well as making education fun.
Joe Currivan is a video game producer for BattleCry Studios (ZeniMax Media). He has been an avid gamer since he could walk, having played games across all genres since childhood. With close to a decade of experience as a video game professional, Currivan has worked for AAA studios such as BioWare and Blizzard Entertainment. Through all this experience, Currivan wishes to share what he’s learned with those interested in gaming and gamer mentalities. In addition to loving games, he is an avid tattoo collector, car enthusiast, amateur 2D artist, and social butterfly who resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Jamie.
Wizard World Comic Con
Wizard World Comic Con brings pop culture to life in the most extraordinary way. By producing these one-of-a-kind conventions across North America, Wizard World celebrates the entertainment industry, bringing together epic fandom, esteemed creators, and breathtaking artwork.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Friday, August 1, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, August 3, 2014 – 11am – 5pm