Neil Gaiman is one of the most engaging, smart writers we know. Turns out he's pretty funny, too. He's behind the Sandman graphic novels - the only comics to ever make the New York Times bestseller list. He's won a ton of awards for his writing - The Newberry Medal, the Carnegie Medal in Literature the Bram Stoker award. His written books and screenplays - "American Gods", "The Graveyard Book", "Coraline", "Beowulf".
Paste magazine has called him one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters." Stephen King has said of one of Josh's songs: "This is the most exuberant outburst of imagery since Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," in 1963." Most everybody agrees Josh Ritter is a rare talent. He will woo you from the stage of the Fitzgerald at this final Wits show of the season, where you can also be one of the first to get his new novel, "Bright's Passage" (out in bookstores June 28, 2011). It's a book that inspired Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate say "In his debut novel Josh Ritter displays the same love of language and historical detail, the same irresistible combination of wit and earnestness, that make him such a brilliant songwriter. He's created a genuine work of literature."
Adam Savage makes things that amaze you. He's put models together for movies like Star Wars Episodes I and II, the Matrix sequels and Terminator 3. Besides being able to craft Buddhas and spaceships for TV and film, Adam co-hosts The Discovery Channel's cult-hit series Mythbusters. Adam has also appeared on TV in a Billy Joel music video and a Charmin commercial, as Mr. Whipple's stock boy. He's given talks at the annual Maker Faire and is a headliner at w00tstock.
Wil Wheaton most likely first crashed into your consciousness as Gordie in Stand by Me. Or maybe as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He's written lots of acclaimed books including "Just A Geek," "Dancing Barefoot" and "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" and he continues to grace the screen in SyFy's hit series Eureka as well as CBS's The Big Bang Theory, NUMB3RS and Criminal Minds. He's also a celebrated blogger, headliner at w00tstock.