Guests

Every year Pyrkon gathers many guests, each representing a different way of harnessing the power of fantasy - literature, comic books, movies, video games and many others. Our guests do not come from Poland exclusively. Indeed, Pyrkon is a place where you can meet prominent authors and creators from many parts of the world. You can meet them, attend their lectures or discussions.

Below you will find a list of the guests who already confirmed their presence - we would like to thank everyone who shared their suggestions at PyrForum and helped to gather this fine group together.

Guests from abroad:

Guests - Literary Section:

Guests - Comic Book Section:

Guests - Video Games Section:

Guests - Science Section:

 

Tad Williams

from the author's archive

TadWilliams

Author born in 1957 in California. In 1985 he made himself known with Tailchaser's Song, but he became famous for his multivolume Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, which actually inspired George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. He is also known for his books: Child of an Ancient City, Caliban's Hour, The War of the Flowers and the series: Otherland, Shadowmarch. Apart from novels, he writes short stories, essays, comic book scripts for DC Comics. An MMO Otherland was based on his book. In 2007 he attended Warsaw's Polcon as a guest. He lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco.


 

Sandy Petersen

from the author's archive

Sandy Petersen

A very unique person, whose contributions to the gaming industry cannot be overstated. Known primairly as a creator of the legendary RPG system Call of Cthulhu and co-creator of the extremely-popular RuneQuest. In the 90s he took part in the making of such games as Civilization, Doom, Quake or the series Age of Empires. He still takes part in the gaming giving Game Design lectures at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His newest creation is the board game Cthulhu Wars, funded last year by a Kickstarter campaign he led. Sandy was also the Executive Producer for the movie The Whisperer in Darkness which is an adaptation of one of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories. He received many awards: In 1990 his name was added to the Game Designers Hall of Fame. Only last year, during a H.P. Lovecraft movie festival he received a Howie Award for lifetime achievements.


 

Cameron Stewart

fot. Wojciech Nelec

Cameron Stewart

The Canadian Comic Book artist. Stewart is best known for his work on Catwoman with writer Ed Brubaker, numerous collaborations with writer Grant Morrison, including Batman and Robin, Seaguy, and Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian, and The Other Side, a miniseries about the Vietnam war (written by Jason Aaron), for which he travelled to Vietnam for research. The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Limited Series category of 2007.


 

Olga Gromyko

from the author's archive

Olga Gromyko

Born in 1978 in Vinnytsia (Currently Ukraine). She is a Biologist and for a few years she worked at a Scientific-Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. She made her debut with Wolha Redna 1 (2003)*, the protagonist of which is Wolha Redna. Other books of the series are Wolha Redna 2 (2003) and Wolha Redna 3 (2004).She's a member of the Belarus Writer Union. She has received multiple awards for her work, including Nikolai Gogol's Medal for developing fantasy writing (2009). Currently she lives in Minks and will be attending Pyrkon 2014 with Marina Makarevskaya, who translates her books into Polish.


 

Charles Stross

from the author's archive

Charles Stross

His first published short story, The Boys, appeared in "Interzone" in 1987. His first novel, Singularity Sky was published by Ace Books in 2003 and was nominated for the Hugo Award. A collection of his short stories, Toast: And Other Rusted Futures appeared in 2002. Subsequent short stories have been nominated for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and other awards. His novella "The Concrete Jungle" won the Hugo award for its category in 2005. He also received a 2006 Locus Award for his novel Accelerando as well as 2007 Locus Award for best novella for Missile Gap. He has been nominated for many other awards and his books are translated into 12 languages. He holds degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science. Before he entirely committed to writing books he was responsible for the monthly Linux column in the magazine "Computer Shopper" and wrote some articles about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the "White Dwarf" magazine.


 

Lauren Beukes

from the author's archive

Lauren Beukes

Born in 1976, she is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist as well as a TV and comic book scriptwriter. She was first recognized as a fantasy writer for her cyberpunk novel Moxyland (2008). She gained international fame for her Zoo City (2010), for which she received a prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2011 and Kitschies Red Tentacle award for the best novel, as well as nominations for World Fantasy Award and BSFA Award. Published in 2013, her novel The Shining Girls is being adapted into a television series. Currently lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter.


 Umberto Pignatelli

Umberto Pignatelli An Italian Role-playing games creator as well as a Game Master, a gamer, a publicist and an athlete. He started playing in 1984 thanks to his ignoble uncle and a "Lone Wolf" handbook. He wrote his first professional scenario at the age of 16 and immediately published it in "KAOS", an Italian magazine about games. Years later he finished his studies in Social Communication with his B.A. thesis discussing the possibility of analyzing RPG scenarios as if it was a drama/play. Umberto had his works published by many companies, such as GRAmel, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Adamant Entertainment, Ganesha Games, Triple Aces Games and Fajne RPG. His most famous production, heartily recommended by fans and critics alike, is "Beast and Barbarians", with a typical might and magic setting within the Savage Worlds universe. His latest creation would be "Adventurers!", which goes back to the old-school dungeon crawling, treasure hunting and adventure seeking. Umberto, when not playing or writing his own games, like to run long distances.

Tony Swatton

Tony Swatton

A Californian of British origin and one of the first blacksmiths of Hollywood. The creator of unique gadgets, jewellery and weapons for movies like The Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Last Samurai, Hellboy or Blade. Swatton is also the creator of an internet series Man at Arms in which, as a fan service, he creates real weapons based on the designs appearing in video games and movies (i.a. League of Legends, Batman, X-men). Tony will be accessible on Pyrkon via video conference.


Guy Delisle

Guy Delisle

Born in 1966 in Quebec, Canada. He studied animation at the Sheridan College in Toronto, although he learned the most during his 10 year work at various animation studios in Canada, Germany, France, China and North Korea. His experiences from the last two countries were transferred into his graphic novels Shenzen (2001) and Pjongjang (2003). Their international success contributed to Delisle focusing almost entirely on drawing comic books. Apart from the subsequent descriptions of his journeys - Burma Chronicles (2007), Jerusalem (2011) - he also published a collection of short, humorous stories about women and men entitled Albert and Alina, three albums from the series Inspecteur Moroni, and two volumes of the ever so popular A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting which is a comic book journal of parenting.


Ewa Białołęcka

photo Anna Tess Gołębiowska

Ewa Białołęcka

Born on 14 December 1967, she is one of the progenitors of Polish fantasy writing. Her literary debut was her short story Wariatka (1993), published in "Feniks". Tkacz Iluzji has earned her a Sfinks award in 1994 and she received a Śląkfa Award (A name coined by the Silesia Fantasy Club, which also bestows the award). Eight times nominated for the Zajdel Award - For her Tkacz Iluzji and Błękit Maga (1997), included in her most recognizable series Kroniki Drugiego Kręgu which in turn, apart from containing the short story collection Tkacz Iluzji 1998, also includes Naznaczeni Błękitem  (vol. 1 and II, 2005), Kamień na Szczycie (2002), Piołun i Miód (2003). She is also the author of Róża Selerbergu (2006) and Wiedźma.com.pl (2006). She published short stories in "Feniks", "Nowa Fantastyka" and "Fantasy Click", some were translated into Czech, Russian, Lithuanian and English.

 


 

Sylwia Błach

Sylwia Błach

 


 

Michał Cetnarowski

photo Anna Tess Gołębiowska

Michał Cetnarowski

Editor, writer, critic, translator, popular science journalist, historian. Since 2012 he's taking care of the prose section in "Nowa Fantastyka". Formerly the chief of the Polish Literature section in the native edition of "Fantasy & Science Fiction"; contributor to "Czas Fantastyki", e-zine "Creatio Fantastica"; he also published articles in "Polityka", "Wiedza i Życie", "Fokus: Historia", "Odkrywcy", "Archeologia Żywa". He made his book debut with a short story collection Labirynty (2009), but he is mainly known for his work as the selector for the anthologies: Nowe Idze (2008), Głos Lema (2011). In 2013 Powergraph published his novel I dusza moja. He also translates comic books (i.a. Miller and Darrow's Hard Boiled,  Gaiman and McKean's Signal to Noise).


 

Jakub Ćwiek

photo Agata Krajewska

Jakub Ćwiek

Born in 1982. The brains behind the Rock&Read Festival (as well as it's organizer) - an event that popularizes both reading and rock music. In 2005 he made his debut with a short story collection Kłamca and since then nine more of his books have been published: Kłamca 2. Bóg Marnotrawny (2006), Liżąc ostrze (2007), Ciemność Płonie (2008), Kłamca 3. Ochłap Sztandaru (2008), Gotuj z Papieżem (2009), Ofensywa Szulerów (2009), Krzyż Południa. Rozdroża (2010), Kłamca 4. Kill'em all (2012), Chłopcy (2012), comic book album Kłamca. Viva l'arte (2012), Dreszcz (2013), Chłopcy 2: Bangarang (2013) and Świetlik w Ciemności (2013). A columnist (i.a. in "Nowa Fantastyka" in 2013), screenwriter, director, actor, critic, organizer of cultural activities, pop culture amateur - in a word: jack of all trades. He has been nominated for the Zajdel nine times, and was Awarded with same for Bajka o Trybach i Powrotach (2011). His work has been translated to Czech. Also, he's an honorary member of ZKF Ad Astra (Zielona Góra Fantasy Club).


 

Maciej Guzek

Maciej Guzek

Born in 1977. Lawyer, attached to the fantasy club "Druga Era" and one of the creators of "Inne Planety" fanzine. He made his debut with a short story Brzask (2001), published in "Science Fiction". He was runner-up in a competition announced by "Nowa Fantastyka" and British Council for his text Królikarnia and was nominated for Zajdel. This was a turnaround for his career. Afterwards he was nominated several times more for his stories Zmiania (2006) and Adwent (2007) and the novel Trzeci Świat (2009), which was also nominated for the Jerzy Żuławski Literary Award. On the 2010 Eurocon he received the European Science Fiction Society Encouragement Award for The Most Promising Young Author. In 2007 he published a collection of stories named Królikarnia where Poland becomes a world power thanks you the discovery and subsequent exploitation of pathways to a different, magical realm.


 

Jarosław Grzędowicz

Jarosław Grzędowicz

A Polish fantasy writer, founder (1990) and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Fenix" (1993-2001). He published stories in "Nowa Fantastyka", "Feniks", numerous anthologies of Polish stories. He translates comic books and published 3 series of stories and 4 volumes of Pan Lodowego Ogrodu. In 2006 he received a Zajdel Award both for the first volume of Pan Lodowego Ogrodu and his story Wilcza Zamieć, included in the Deszcze Niespokojne anthology, thereby becoming the first writer to be awarded in both categories at the same time. In November 2012 he published the forth (and the last) volume of Pan Lodowego Ogrodu, a series that combined elements for both fantasy and science fiction.


 

Marek Huberath

Marek Huberath

A Polish fantasy writer, founder (1990) and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Fenix" (1993-2001). He published stories in "Nowa Fantastyka", "Feniks", numerous anthologies of Polish stories. He translates comic books and published 3 series of stories and 4 volumes of Pan Lodowego Ogrodu. In 2006 he received a Zajdel Award both for the first volume of Pan Lodowego Ogrodu and his story Wilcza Zamieć, included in the Deszcze Niespokojne anthology, thereby becoming the first writer to be awarded in both categories at the same time. In November 2012 he published the forth (and the last) volume of Pan Lodowego Ogrodu, a series that combined elements for both fantasy and science fiction.


 

Jacek Inglot

photo Michał "Watson" Gniot

Jacek Inglot

 


 

Aneta Jadowska

photo Przemek Bednarczyk

Aneta Jadowska

 


  

Michał Jakuszewski

photo A. Mason

Michał Jakuszewski  

 

Dawid Kain

Anna Kańtoch

 


 

Anna Kańtoch

photo Elżbieta Gepfert

Anna Kańtoch

 Born in 1976. She is affiliated with the Silesia Fantasy Club. She has made her debut with the short story Diabeł na Wieży (2004), published in the magazine "Science Fiction". The winner of the European Science Fiction Society Encouragement Award (2007) and the three time laureate of the Zajdel Award for the following short stories: Światy Dantego (2007) and Duchy w Maszynach (2010) and the novel Przedksiężycowi (2009). Moreover, she authored the following: Miasto w Zieleni i Błękicie (2004), Diabeł na Wieży (2005), Zabawki Diabła (2006), 13 Anioł (2007), Czwarta nad Ranem (2012) as well as Czarne (2012), for which she was awarded the J. Żuławski Award. In 2013 the second and third volume of the series Przedksiężycowi were published. In October 2013 Uroboros has published her Tajemnica Diabelskiego Kręgu, a novel for teenagers.


 

Tomasz Kołodziejczak

photo Paweł Dembowski

Tomasz Kołodziejczak

 


 

Jacek Komuda

photo Szymon Sokół

Jacek Komuda

 


 

Rafał Kosik

Rafał Kosik

 

 

Maja Lidia Kossakowska

Maja Lidia Kossakowska

 She is a Polish fantasy author, who became famous for her stories about Angels. One of those stories, Beznogi Tancerz, was awarded a Silver Globe in 2001. She published the following angel-themed books: the short story collection Obrońcy Królestwa i Żarna Niebios (2003) as well as the novels Siewca Wiatru (2004) and Zbieracz Burz (2010). In 2009 she published four micro-novels sharing the title Upiór Południa and in 2007 she was awarded the Zajdel for her short story Smok Tańczy dla Chung Fonga, and another one for the novel Grillbar Galaktyka in 2012.


 

Kazimierz Kyrcz Jr

Kazimierz Kyrcz Jr

 


 

Iwona Michałowska-Gabrych

photo Piotr Gabrych

Iwona Michałowska-Gabrych

 


 

Marcin Mortka

photo Paweł Paszko Matuszak

Marcin Mortka

 


 

Łukasz Orbitowski

photo Jarek Urbaniuk

Łukasz Orbitowski

 


 

Maciej Parowski

photo Piotr "Prezes" Derkacz

Maciej Parowski

 He was born in 1946. He was the editor of the prose section in "Fantastyka" (later "Nowa Fantastyka") in the years 1982-2012 as well as the editor-in-chief from 1992 to 2003. Both adored and hated by generations of those who write fantasy prose. Also an amateur and popularizer of comic books and movies. At the moment he is entirely devoted to creating and maintaining a magazine for advanced fantasy fans called "Czas Fantastyki". Author of the books: Bez Dubbingu (1978), Twarzą ku Ziemi (1982), Sposób na kobiety (1985), Czas fantastyki (1990), Burza. Ucieczka z Warszawy '40 (2010), Małpy Pana Boga. Słowa (2011) and Małpy Pana Boga. Obrazy (2013). Co-author of coming books such as Funky Koval and Wiedźmin. In 2006 he received a "Papcio Chmiel" award for his contributions to Polish comic book development and in 2007 the Gloria Artis medal.


 

Andrzej Pilipiuk

Andrzej Pilipiuk

 Born in 1974. An unusually prolific author, the proof of which can be seen in any good book store - Polish fantasy section. He made his debut with a series of books about Jakub Wędrowycz - a moonshiner and an exorcist - for which he is sometimes called the greatest bard of the Polish village since Reymont. He also wrote the following series: o kuzynkach Kruszewskich and Michale Sędziwoju (Kuzynki, Księżniczka, Dziedziczki), Norweski dziennik (Ucieczka, Obce ścieżki, Północne wiatry), and Oko jelenia (Droga do Nidaros, Srebrna Łania z Visby, Drewniana twierdza, Pan Wilków, Triumf lisa Reinicke, Sfera Armilarna). He also published a few short story collections. Under the pseudonym (let him say it) he has committed 12 volumes of Pan Samochodzik. His latest releases: Apartus (2011), Wampir z M-3 (2011), Szewc z Lichtenrade (2012), Wampir z MO (2013) and Cesarska manierka (2013). Laureate of the Zajdel Award for the short story Kuzynki in 2002.


 

Krzysztof Piskorski

Krzysztof Piskorski

 


 

Michał Protasiuk

photo Anna Tess Gołębiowska

Michał Protasiuk

 


 

Marcin Przybyłek

from the author's archive

Marcin Przybyłek

 


  

Martyna Raduchowska

from the author's archive

Martyna Raduchowska

 


 

Wit Szostak

Wit Szostak

 

 

Wojciech Szyda

photo  Piotr "Prezes" Derkacz

Wojciech Szyda

Born in 1976. A member of the "Druga Era" fantasy club, formerly affiliated with the fanzines "Semtex" and "Inne Planety". He majored in Law at the Adam Mickiewicz University and is currently working as a Solicitor. His first publication was a short story Psychonautka (1997) in "Nowa Fantastyka", which caused heated debated and lively controversy. The author of two novels: Hotel Wieczność (2005) and Miasto Dusz (2008); two short story collections: Szlak Cudów (2006), Stroiciel Ciszy (2011), the novel Fausteria (2012) and several dozen articles published in i.a. "Nowa Fantastyka", "Feniks", "Science Fiction" and "Magazyn Fantastyczny". Twice nominated for the Zajdel Award for the short stories Hexenhammer (2004) and (2005).


 

Witold Vargas

Witold Vargas

 Born in 1968. He lives in Warsaw, teaches drawing and illustrates children's books (his portfolio sports over 20 titles, three of which he authored). One of those three, Stwory Baśniowe Małe i Duże, has inspired the Slavic Bestiary, which was co-authored by Paweł Zych whom Vargas met thanks to their shared passion for illustrating and folk demonology. They started the work on this book about two years ago, relentlessly sifting through the multitude of sources, looking for what is most likely the genuine demonological lore of the Polish lands. In 2013 they published the second volume of the Bestiary: Duchy Polskich Miast i Zamków.

 

Andrzej Zimniak

Andrzej Zimniak

 


 

Paweł Zych

Paweł Zych

 


 

Katarzyna Babis

Katarzyna Babis

 


 

Jakub "Dem" Dębski

Jakub Dębski

 


 

Łukasz Kowalczuk

Łukasz Kowalczuk

 


 

Ilona Myszkowska (Kobieta-Ślimak)

Ilona Myszkowska

 


 

Dawid Pochopień

Dawid Pochopień

 


 

Marcin Rustecki

Marcin Rustecki

 


 

Robert Sienicki

from the author's archive

Robert Sienicki

 Born in July, 1987. A would-be English teacher, currently freelancing from his flat in Wrocław. A moviegoer and comic book screenwriter. His adventure with comic books began when he started creating the satirical series Wild Pussy. In 2006 he started publishing an authorial comic book series The Movie (published in the magazines "Ok-no" and "Za...iste", currently on the website stopklatka.pl). He became a member of the netKolektyw (a group of internet comic book authors) and the editor of the "Kolektyw" magazine. Also the creator of a popular podcast "Schwing!", which he conducted with Konrad Okoński, Karol Kalinowski and Artur Sadłosem. He is one of the founders of the "Dolna Półka" publishing initiative. Screenwriter of the graphic novel "Scientia Occulta", published by Mroja Press in 2011 and awarded at the Łódź International Comic Book Festival. Together with Janek Mazur he created a new comic book magazine "Profanum", which publishes comic books of various authors. He constantly complains about the lack of time and sleep, regardless of not actually going to work.


 

Agata Wawryniuk

photo Robert Sienicki

Agata Wawryniuk

 


 

Tomasz "Quaz" Drabik

Tomek

 


 

Artur Ganszyniec

Artur

 


 

Dominik Gotojuch

Dominik Gotojuch

 


 

Arkadiusz "Dark Archon" Kamiński

Arkadiusz

 


 

Marcin Kosman

Marcin Kosman

 


 

Marta 'Denae' Matyjewicz

Marta 'Denae' Matyjewicz

 


 

Paweł 'MrJedi' Musiałowski

Paweł Musiałowski

 


 

Kamil "CTSG" Popielski

Kamil Popielski

 


 

Piotr Rogoża

Piotr Rogoża

 


 

Agata "duds" Rutkowska

Agata  

 

Joachim Snoch

Joachim Snoch

 


  

Łukasz "Ichabod" Stelmach

Łukasz

 


 

Piotr "Mithrandir" Żygadło

Piotr Żygadło

 


 

Piotr Zychowicz

Piotr Zychowicz