Special Guests



Guest of Honor

Madame Askew is a time-traveling tea aficionado, obsessed with tea, fashion, and the proper uses for headgear. She is often the center of tea-inspired escapades, particularly Tea Duelling and Splendid Teapot Racing, and a great advocate of Compliment Duelling. When Madame is not preoccupied with tea or training interns in her laboratory, she operates a small atélier where she teaches various sartorial arts and creates fanciful garments for ladies and gentlemen.




Guest of Honor

The Grand Arbiter is the highest authority on compliments, wit, and Tea-based Justice. Not only is the Grand Arbiter an enthusiast of the fine art of Tea Duelling and the splendours of Splendid Teapot Racing, but he is also a vocal proponent for extraordinary waistcoats paired with the perfect coiffure. He is also an Avatar of Chaos, but one rarely mentions that at a proper tea. With his penchant for entropy, tumult, and cunning, it can be no surprise that the Grand Arbiter spends his time away from the tea table creating table games. When not walking his widow’s walk in far off Cascadia or judging matters of honor, he is normally found living a deeply hedonistic lifestyle.


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Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of the novels The Weller, War of the Worlds: Goliath, Birthright, and Vengeance For My Valentine, as well as dozens of short stories and poems spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. A fantasy enthusiast from a young age, his interest in science fiction was first sparked at the age of ten when his father played the infamous 1938 Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio broadcast for him on Halloween. It's a tradition Adam carries on to this day. ​ From 2012 to 2015, Adam worked as an associate editor for Minnesota-based small press publisher KHP Publishers, managing their science fiction imprint, Retro Rocket Press. Adam resides in southeast Iowa with his wife and children.