Special Guests

VOICE ACTORS/CELEBRITY GUESTS

MUSICAL GUESTS

SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS AND AUTHORS

 

FEATURED PANELISTS/DEMONTRATIONS

 

EXHIBITS

 

Autograph Policies and Information

  • Please limit the number of items you bring to get autographed to three items. If you have more than three items you’d like to get signed, you are welcome to get back in line or attend another autograph session.
  • Please do not line up for an autograph session more than 30 minutes in advance.
  • Autograph sessions will be held in the back of the dealer room and artist alley (LeConte Hall).
  • You are welcome to take photos with the guests, but please ask permission first. Please have your camera on and ready to go when you get to the front of the line.
  • Autograph times will be posted on the schedule.
  • Please do not ask guests for autographs outside of schedules autograph signings, they need a break too!
  • Most Guests are free signers but some do charge for their autograph. Prices are as follows:

     

 

VOICE ACTORS/CELEBRITY GUESTS


JOHNNY_BOSCH

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Atemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia” and many more.

Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games. Providing voices for Nero in Devil May Cry 4, Kuhn in .hack//G.U., Adachi/Narukami in Persona 4, Almaz in Disgaea 3, Emil in Tales of Symphonia, Guy in Tales of the Abyss, Firion in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3. Yukimura in Sengoku Basara and Torian Cadera in Star Wars The Old Republic.

Johnny’s also the frontman for the band Eyeshine. Winners of Ford Motor Company’s world wide band search and produced by Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer…etc.). They’ve played Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call Of Duty Endowment project. Eyeshine is also known for recording the song “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for the game Silent Hill: Book of Memories.


CHARLET_CHUNG

Charlet Chung (born Chihye Takahashi Chung) is an American actress of Japanese and Korean descent. She landed her first role as a guest star on CBS’s Cold Case and has made many notable appearances on television and film since then. She has guest starred on such shows as Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Shake It Up, and most recently ABC Family’s new comedy series Mystery Girls. She enjoys filling up her days with work in TV, film, voice-over and writing but she also loves mentoring and connecting with others by sharing about her faith and journey in Hollywood.

Personal Items -$15, Signed Photos -$25, Photos with Attendees -$10


KYLE_HEBERT

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other fan faves include Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodcast podcasts. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com

 


ROBERT_AXELROD

Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.

Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and is in the soon-to-be-released horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”.

Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spiderman”, Rico on “Robotech”, and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women” and voicing four Anime series, “Gaiking”, “Vanguard Ace”, “Captain Harlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.

 


ROBERT_AXELROD

David is an award winning professional voice actor / TV producer based in Los Angeles. He’s lent his voice to hundreds of animation/anime episodes, series and video game titles, as well as guest star appearances on hit TV shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS. David was nominated “Best Voice Actor in an Anime” by the American Anime Awards for his work as VAN in GUN x SWORD. He is currently starring as the talking sailor uniform SENKETSU on the hit TV Series KILL LA KILL, currently airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim; and can also be heard in the mega-hit video game SUPER SMASH BROS., as the character Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Well known credits are:

KILL La KILL as SENKET
BLEACH as GRIMMJOW JEAGERJAQUES
GILGAMESH in FATE / ZERO
GILGAMESH in FATE STAY NIGHT Unlimited Blade Works
Li Xingke in CODE GEASS
GUNDAM: The Origin II as Gaia
JO JO’s BIZARRE ADVENTURE as Narrator
VAN in GUN X SWORD
Seiji in DURARARA!!
Arthur August Angel in BLUE EXORCIST
Duval in ONE PIECE
Robin in SUPER SMASH BROS. for Nintendo 3DS and SUPER SMASH BROS. for Wii-U
Robin in FIRE EMBLEM: AWAKENING
STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT as Rebel Alliance
JIN KISARAGI & Hakumen in the hit video game and Anime series BLAZBLUE
Richard in TALES of GRACES
MARSHALL LAW & Forest Law in the hit video game franchise TEKKEN
STREET FIGHTER Franchise as T-Hawk
Raymond Vester in RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS
CASTLEVANIA as Richter Belmont.
FINAL FANTASY Crystal Chronicals as Keiss

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDavidVincentFanpage or join his fan club at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DavidVincentsWindorPanthers/ for prizes and Autograph giveaways!

 


BARBARA_GOODSON

Barbara Goodson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of three sisters. She lives in Santa Monica, CA and has been happily married to her husband Bruce for 27 years. Their son Andrew recently graduated UC Berkeley as an English Major and is pursuing a career in New York in production and screenwriting.She became aware of her mimicry skills early while imitating friends and family and quickly got wise to the positive attention she received. The camaraderie and connection that her antics sparked in others filled her heart with joy.Barbara delights in the task of putting her own stamp on a character, whether it be dramatic, musical, comedic; in film, cartoons, V/O, nightclubs, theater, TV, the supermarket, you name it.Being stuck in a tiny woman’s body has always been a challenge for her since she experiences herself as being much bigger than her under 5 foot stature. Among other talents, Barbara has been recognized for her powerful vocal range, playing many nasty, humorous and/or sinister “bad ladies” on screen and off.She is what you would call a “lifer” in Show Biz. Barbara has no intention of ever retiring and continues to focus on working with more of the Industry “heavyweights” and being cast in meaningful, well received projects that also make her oodles of dough!She truly believes acting is a blessed career that can move mountains. It’s not for sissies and contains a community of (mostly) evolved, concerned humans. Barbara is proud of the successes she has achieved and is still awed and inspired by the magical unfolding of this wild and crazy business.

Signed Photo or Personal item -$25, Voice message or Phone Shout Out – $40, Photos With Attendees – $25, A combo of all 3 – $75.


PAUL_STPETER

Paul St. Peter is a voice actor from Los Angeles whose many anime’ and video game credits include KINGDOM HEARTS (Xemnas), NARUTO (Nine Tail Fox), ROBOTECH (Zor Prime), BLEACH (Yammy), WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Boden The Imposing), DYNASTY WARRIORS I-IV (Yuan Shao), DIGIMON (KOKOMON), ZETMAN (Sugito), MAJIN (Majin), and RESIDENT EVIL 5 (Swahili Zombie). Paul has comical voices too, from COWBOY BEBOP (Punch) to DIGIMON WARRIORS (Wormmon). Among his other game, anime, and feature anime credits are GURREN LAGAAN (Jorgun), THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Mondego), MONSTER (Dr. Reichwein), PAPRIKA (Konakawa), LUPIN III The Secret of Mamo (Mamo), DURARARA (Higa), X-COM (Dr. Heinrich), BATTLE B-DAMON (Armada), DIABLO III (Demented Spirit), and DEFIANCE (Burgess). He has recently wrapped work on MONSTER STRIKE (Death Panda), DRAKENGARD 3 (Michael the Dragon), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURES (Dire/Jack The Ripper/Wamuu), NARUTO 7: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Kurama), THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Armor Giant), ANJIN (Hirazawa), KILLER (Colonel Derick), and GODEATER II (various roles).

A versatile performer, Paul also sang for four seasons with the San Diego Opera Company, three seasons with The San Diego Civic Light Opera, and appeared in several productions at the Old Globe Theatre. In Los Angeles, Paul has acted on the stage at The Globe Playhouse, Richard Basehart Theatre, Palos Verdes Shakespeare on the Meadow, and has “gone on the road” with Nevada Shakespeare in the Park for eleven seasons.

As an instructor, he has taught speech, accents, dialects, phonetics, vocal production, and Shakespeare at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cal State University Los Angeles, San Diego State University, Los Angeles Broadcasting School, The Windward School, and is a speech and acting coach for Native Voices at The Autry, a Native American theatre company, and The Rogue Artists, a hyper-Theatre Company.

Paul’s TV appearances include work on NCIS, LAST MAN STANDING, RINGER, TIM AND ERIC’S AWESOME SHOW, JESSIE, LEGIT (FX) and the hilarious KEY AND PEELE (Comedy Central).

 


ERIC_STUART

Brooklyn born and raised singer/songwriter Eric Stuart is a special blend of talent. He has successfully combined the world of music, voice acting and directing for many years. Besides starring in hit shows including Pokémon (Brock, James) and Yu-Gi-Oh! (Seto Kaiba), Eric has toured with such rock legends as Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Dave Mason, Julian Cope, Dave Davies, The Alarm, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, and Jeffrey Gaines.

The Eric Stuart Band released their latest album, Lipstick and Barbed Wire, in June 2013. This is their sixth full-length release on the indie label Widow’s Peak Records and it features Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton.

In the summer of 1997, Eric’s classic rock and roll style was noticed by Ringo Starr who invited him to open the Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band tour, featuring Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce (Cream), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) and Simon Kirke (Bad Company). That exposure served as a springboard for Eric to open for the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Paul Rodgers tour that same summer. Since then, Eric Stuart has been touring on a regular basis including two U.S. tours with Peter Frampton. In 2000, Frampton produced Eric’s next album, Blue, Dressed In Black, along with John Regan and Harvey Jay Goldberg.

Now living in Nashville, Eric’s songwriting talents have given him the opportunity to begin co-writing with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters. The band’s great live show of all original, guitar-driven rock/pop has made the Eric Stuart Band a must-see in the area.

Other projects in Eric’s impressive career are Viva Piñata, Ultimate Muscle, Dinosaur King, Kirby, Slayers, Chaotic, Sonic X, TMNT, GoGoRiki, One Piece, F-Zero, Magical DoReMi, Fighting Foodons, Shaman King, Descendants Of Darkness, Labyrinth Of Flames, Valkyrie Profile, Tama And Friends, and voicing many national radio and TV commercials and audiobook narrations. Eric also stays busy attending anime conventions as a VIP guest.


LARRY_MAINLAND

Larry Mainland has been on the covers of Entertainment Weekly, SciFiNow (SFX) and many other magazines around the world. Promotional photos with Larry have been used to promote The Walking Dead in magazines articles, on billboards, t-shirts, cups, postcards, buttons and many other kinds of merchandise in over 120 countries, usually along with fellow zombie, Sonya Thompson. Together, they are one of the most promoted images of The Walking Dead around the world.

Larry is not just a familiar zombie though. He has also been featured in other great roles in movies such as Contagion, Level Up, Lawless, and The Three Stooges.

For more information, visit his IMDb page at http://imdb.me/larrymainland or follow him on Facebook at http://facebook.com/larrymainlandfanpage.


SONYA_THOMPSON

Promo Zombie Model. As seen on the covers of Entertainment Weekly(Dec 2010); SFX (Oct 2010); DVDReview (March 2011), SFX Ultimate Zombie Guide(Oct 2011), SFX The A-Z of Horror(Sept 2012), and in The Walking Dead Comic book issue #75. Main Episode 4 of Season one, Snarling car Zombie when awakened by Glen as he is approaching the bag of guns. Top of tank in Pilot and in alley in ep 2. Season 2 – Fema camp female military walker and also in season finale. Sonya Thompson professional zombie

 

MUSICAL GUESTS


EYESHINE

Eyeshine is an American underground rock band formed in 2004 by front man Johnny Yong Bosch. In 2006, they found success with a unique blend of pop punk and post grunge called Edge Rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut EP, ‘How About That?’, and their first full length album, ‘Red Stripes White Lights’. But it was their sophomore effort, ‘My Paper Kingdom’, that achieved nationwide fame in 2009. The album featured their award-winning song “Alone” with its honest and simple lyrics making a connection with a steadily growing fan base. Since forming, the band has self-produced over 13 albums, including their current album, ‘Sidewalk Dreams and Chalk Dust’.

They have been touring across the U.S. since 2006 and have also made their way to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Brazil. The list of conventions and festivals the band has appeared at is extensive, including performance spots on Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

Of the many notable achievements, Eyeshine won the worldwide Ford sponsored competition “Gimme The Gig II” in May 2012. They then recorded their single “Stratosphere” and filmed a music video with the seven-time Grammy Award winning Producer Don Was and Krish Sharma. The recording process utilized a customized mobile studio built into a Ford Focus by “Mad” Mike Martin from ‘Pimp My Ride’. West coast news stations affiliated with The CW TV Network filmed and aired the one-hour special.


PROFESSOR_SHYGUY

Professor Shyguy can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. His performance consists of him singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and drums, sometimes three of those things at the same time. He has toured the Southeast, from Baton Rouge to Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, Wichita, etc. and has shared the stage with Ellen McLain of Portal and Jonathan Coulton fame, opened for and performed with Samantha Newark of Jem and the Holograms. Performed in venues of surprised and entertained crowds that range from the legendary dive bar Springwater in Nashville to a Microsoft conference for High Schoolers.

SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS


CHALK_TWINS

Two-time Inkwell Award winner (2010/2015) for his Pen & Ink work on the STAR WARS comic books, Dan Parsons is also known for his definitive fully rendered pencil drawings featured on the Season One GAME OF THRONES Blu-ray/DVD Box Set. Parsons most recent project, AVATAR The Last Airbender: LEGACY, has become an international phenomenon. He is currently painting a new SHERLOCK HOLMES Graphic Novel and continues to work on a number of STARS WARS projects.


CHALK_TWINS

Scott and Callie West are a husband and wife art studio specializing in comic art and graphic design. Scott is best known for his cover work on the IDW Jericho comic series. His credits also include the toy packaging art and mini-comic cover art for Zoloworld, and the co-artist and co-writer for the children’s comic The Unlikely Trio and The Last Barn On the Left. Scott is a classically trained portrait artist that doesn’t want to paint classic portraits. He prefers to paint things that relate to his interests in movies and comics. Callie is a diverse artist/illustrator and graphic designer. Her credits include co-artist and co-writer for The Unlikely Trio and The Last Barn On the Left. Her interests vary from comic heroines to medical oddities. She is currently interested in incorporating the medium of block printing to illustrate various female heroines from the comic scene. Scott currently teaches art in the Sevier County school system and works on freelance commissions and designs. Callie is an ER nurse in a hospital in downtown Knoxville, TN and also does freelance design. Scott and Callie live in Sevierville, TN with their three daughters Rhiane, Micah and Ava and their two dogs Maggie and Batson.


DAN_PARSONS

Lexi and Devon (the Chalk Twins) graduated from Furman University where they both received majors in studio art. They have had the chance to study several different art media along with the unique opportunity to study a semester through the University of Georgia program in Cortona, Italy. In addition to their formal study in art, Devon and Lexi have enjoyed tremendous success as chalk artists. Since they were sixteen they have been participating in chalk art competitions throughout the Southeast.

They now perform at conventions and events around the country from New York to Hawaii! Dragon*Con, MegaCon and Anime Expo are some of the larger conventions where the Chalk Twins have entertained attendees.

DAN_PARSONS

James E. Lyle’s artwork has been published by such companies as Acclaim/Valiant Comics, Caliber Comics, Now Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, IDW and most recently Resilient Comics. He presently very active in the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.

They now perform at conventions and events around the country from New York to Hawaii! Dragon*Con, MegaCon and Anime Expo are some of the larger conventions where the Chalk Twins have entertained attendees.

MATTHEW_ATCHLEY

Matthew Atchley –is a celebrity / character artist well known for his detailed drawings and illustrations that span across all fandoms and different forms of pop culture including characters from popular TV, film, comics, and more. Matthew has created Artwork for several actors from The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Breaking Bad, Arrow, The Flash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Napoleon Dynamite to just name a few. Matthew appears at comic conventions and special events all across the country showing and selling his artwork. Whether it may be through creating artwork for celebrities and clients, appearing at shows and special events, or through teaching, art will always be Matthew’s heart and soul.

GREGBO_WATSON

Gregbo Watson is a professional artist and comic illustrator with a twisted imagination and dark sense of humor. Both of which are mirrored in his art and illustration style. His work is heavily influenced by the many ghostly legends and southern folktales he was raised on during his childhood. Spooky stories filled with offbeat characters, wicked witches, ghosts and goblins fascinated his imagination. Gregbo does commissions and works on freelance projects from his studio in Easley, SC. He has worked on projects for Marvel Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, Upper Deck, among others. Some of his credits include: “Alice In Wonderland” 10th Anniversary One-Shot, “Death” 10th Anniversary One-Shot, “Wonderland : Down The Rabbit Hole” (mini-series), “Grimm Fairy Tales” Holiday Special, “Van Helsing Vs. Dracula” (Cover), “Grimm Tales of Terror” (Cover) and his creator owned book Jill Tales.

JOHN_WYCOUGH

John “Waki” Wycough has been with Tsunami Studios since 2000. Since that time his artwork has been in many titles, including Star Wars, Avengers, Doctor Who, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Back to the Future, and many others. He is fond of Bacon, and ATV’s. Favorite anime is Gundam :0083 Stardust Memories.

KEVIN_HAWKINS

Kevin Hawkins is a freelance artist from Knoxville, TN. His art is a reflection of his passion. Kevin uses a mixed assortment of media to create works that span all genres.


SETH_TALLEY

Seth is an independent comic creator and aspiring novelist. He has co-created Dalrak the Mighty with his friend and co-creator Shawn. Be on the look out for his stories anywhere you can.


GREG_LANE

Gregory Lane is a freelance comic book artist specializing in Manga Style
Comics. His professional comic book art Includes Robotech, DangerGirls, Shuriken and RoboDojo


JOHNDELL_SNEAD

Johndell Snead was a protégé of the late Rick Ketcham. Johndell has been a frequent fixture at many of the South’s largest comic shows. He is currently working for Zenescope and has many other projects that have not been officially announced.


STEPHEN_SEMONES

Best-selling author, journalist, and former filmmaker, Stephen J. Semones began writing at an early age to satisfy his compulsion to tell stories. Since then, he has gone on to develop some of the most ambitious projects in the worlds of independent film, literature, and online radio.

Retired from film, Stephen decided to put all of his focus on writing. His candid how-to-book on filmmaking, Beyond the Lens: A Beginner’s Guide to Filmmaking, hit the best-seller list five times and further established him as a formidable force in both the film and literary worlds. Since then, Stephen concentrated everything on writing fiction and received high praise upon release of his own superhero novel series, GLOOM. His other fiction works include contributing three short stories to the horror and science fiction compilation Timeless Requiem from Millenia Press and short stories for the Coscom Entertainment Metahuman anthologies. He’s also received critical acclaim with his frightening novella, THE SACRIFICE OF CANDACE BLAKE, and his horror novel, UNHINGED. Now writing full time and co-hosting a horror podcast, MORTIS, Stephen finds himself constantly interviewing, writing, and touring conventions.

Stephen currently resides in Tennessee with his beautiful wife and their four children.


JR_MOUNTS

J.R. Mounts is an indie comics creator/writer/artist in Atlanta, Georgia for Scairy Tales Noir (spell scary with an “i” for the “not-so-scary-fairy-tales” to make clear these are humorous comics, not horror). J.R. self- publishes the veggie crime parody, Fried Pickle Noir graphic novel series (think Sin City meets Veggie Tales) starring fried pickle detective, Q Cumbersome. He also has the all-ages comic strip Scairy Tales: the not so scary fairy tales (think Calvin & Hobbes meets Nightmare Before Christmas) about misfit kids who discover a monster town. New in 2016, STUCK IN MY HEAD, the first adult graphic novel/cd music project created, written drawn and performed by Mounts. Successfully funded on Kickstarter within 3 hours, the comic and cd companion contain over 200 pages of art/story and 46 songs on two discs. J.R. has made not only comic books out of his characters but musical cds, card games, coloring books and MORE! He promotes all his projects at various conventions everywhere… and beyond. Visit www.scairytalesnoir.com for more fun!


SHAWN_MCCAULEY

Shawn McCauley is an American illustrator, story teller, and educator.
His specialty is sequential art and comic illustration, he studied at University of Connecticut, graduating with a BFA in illustration. His first comic was “Ritual” published in 2009 by Markosia/AAM. Not too long after he went on to illustrate books for Zenescope entertainment which include “Grimm Fairy Tales” and “Monster Hunter Survival Guide.” He’s gone on to Illustrate for Discovery’s “Top 10 Deadliest sharks.” as well as Moonstone’s publication of the Will Eisner classic, “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.” All the while writing and illustrating his creator owned comic “Shadows of Oblivion.” He now continues working on his creator owned comics, “Dalrak the Mighty” and “Shadows of Oblivion,” as well as teaches youngsters how to draw comics in Atlanta, Georgia.


BOB_HEPNER

A jack of all trades in the art world. He does all styles of art as the Tattoo World does not limit him as you need to do all styles. He is currently doing cards sets for Marvel artist and Star Wars for Upper Deck and TOPPS 2016. Bob is also a Tattoo Flash artist for some of the top Tattoo Flash sites like Tattoo Johnny and Cam Supply, Plus as a Tattooist for more than 35 years. He has tattooed all over the world and does a few for friends and family. And also has a few Celeb clients that see him in LA For a few old school styled Tattoos. Bob started selling his art in 2010 At Many styled conventions as a Freelance Artist but things changed at the Lone wolf show in Nashville tn. Bob submitted a fan art sketch to actress Linda Blair and she was blown away by how real it looked and asked bob to do more for her home, After some other celebrities saw the sketches he done for Linda they ordered sketches and art for their homes. And this started a career as a Sketch artist for some of Hollywood’s top celebrities of rock, pop and movie icons at every show he attends. And to date Tattoo Bobs art can be found on the walls of Rock Icons like Gene Simmons, Eric Singer. Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne, Rock Icon Lita Ford Plus Danny Trejo,as they ordered commissions from Bob all the time and well over 400 other celebrity’s. And so Many more as his original art he sells at every convention will sell out fast. See Tattoo Bob on Facebook at Mr Tattoo Bob.


KEVIN_SHARPE

For nearly 20 years , Kevin Sharpe has been a illustrator in comics and graphic art . Since his debut for DC comics in Showcase 94#12, Kevin has worked on various projects for DC comics ( Steel, Man of Steel, Legion of Superheroes, Adventure comics, Rise Of Arsenal, REBELS ) as well as Marvel ( Nova, Marvel Adventures Avengers and Thor, X-Treme X-men: Savage Land, New Mutants, X-force) and Army of Darkness for Dynamite Ent. and GI Joe for Devils Due. Currently Kevin has worked on the Legendary Card Game from Upper Deck and expansions based on the movie Alien and TV show FIREFLY And Capcom vs Marvel 3.


ALEX_OGLE

Alex Ogle is a co-founded at Tubatomic and a visual storyteller. He has had several successful Kickstarter projects and illustrates a comic book series called “Midnight over Stellar City” for Action Lab Entertainment. His past projects include illustrating Spider-Man and Captain America toy box art, The animated online series “Jonni Nitro”, and the comic book “The Iliad” from Amaze Ink.

FEATURED PANELISTS/DEMONSTRATIONS


Vitamin H

Vitamin H Productions is the professional panelist group that has been sweeping the South. Founded in 2013 by Kidd the Maniac (Public Relations Director) and Pathos Prime (Technical Coordinator) and fueled by a love of all things geeky, Vitamin H aims to create convention programming that is professional, visually appealing, and educationally stimulating. No monotone delivery or Comic Sans PowerPoints, and not just confined to the current “popular” fandoms either. When they’re not frantically preparing for a con, you can find them tooling around on their website.


KNOXVILLE_ACADEMY_OF_THE_BLADE

The Knoxville Academy of the Blade (KAB) is excited to be back at Yama Con for the second year in a row! Once again, they’ll be offering demonstrations of fencing and sword fighting as well as short lessons for con attendees! Those lessons will be $5 for a ten minute spot and will be open to everyone 18 and up, or under 18 with a parent signature. KAB started in 2008 as an Olympic Sport Fencing school. In 2013, KAB added a Historic Fencing (also known as HEMA – Historic European Martial Arts) program that covers the sword arts of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment. Since 2014, they also offer youth classes starting at 5 years old. Tom and Stephanie Farmer are the husband and wife team that run the HEMA side of their classes. Tom has been fencing since 2001, and teaching off and on since 2007. In 2012, he started preparing KAB for a HEMA program because, in his words, “I needed people to fight, so I had to train them.” He holds a nationally-recognized certificate from the USFCA (United States Fencing Coaches Association) for coaching. When he’s not being Dark Lord, he moonlights as a science-fiction author. Stephanie came into fencing when the two of them were dating in 2005 and recently has started teaching and competing herself. Tom Farmer Moniteur d’Escrime Historique and Assistant Head Coach


HAIDEN_HAZARD

From a very young age Haiden has loved costumes and dressing up. While attending her first convention in 2013 she discovered the world of cosplay and fell in love. Since that time she has taken her love for anime, gaming, super heroes and sci-fi and brought them to life through the art of cosplay.

All of her hard work is paying off. Haiden is an award winning cosplayer many times over, not only for her outfits, but props as well. When not working on crafting costumes, armor and props you can find her either working on her YouTube channel or streaming on Twitch.

Her skills include but are not limited to: Waiting until the day before the convention to finish her costumes, touching her nose with her tongue, spray painting, telling bad jokes and writing in third person.


Seraphina

Seraphina is a professional bellydance instructor & performer with over twenty-five years of dance experience. With a passion for anime and Japanese culture she created her own style of bellydance, Otaku Fusion: a mix of tribal fusion bellydance with Nihon Buyo (Japanese traditional dance) set to anime/video game soundtracks. When not dancing Seraphina enjoys sewing and is an avid cosplayer. Her newest project is “Cosplayers for Hope”, bringing awareness to Endometriosis by sharing her story of battling the illness herself.

Visit her Facebook page for more info: https://facebook.com/OtakuBellydance

EXHIBITS


Cosplay Kasterborous

Cosplay Kasterborous is a (mainly) Doctor Who themed group. They bring a to-spec TARDIS and Dalek based on the design from the Classic Doctor Who episode Destiny of the Daleks to conventions. They also bring very accurate costumes from the show and interact with con-goers as the character they are portraying, as well as give several panels based in multiple genres, not exclusively Doctor Who.

 


PIKA 3

PikaFreakRachel was born and raised in Kentucky. She fell in love with the Pokemon games and anime and became a Pokemon Trainer at the age of 10 in 1998. Years later, and still a 10 year old Trainer at heart, she has a collection of over 5,000 Pokemon items mostly featuring her favorite, Pikachu, which includes one of the original 10 Pikachu Volkswagen Beetles, Pika 3. Pika 3 was used by Nintendo from 2000-2006 when it was sold at auction. It was bought by a used car dealership and nearly destroyed, having the ears and tail removed, mouth and feet painted over, then left parked on the streets of New York until February 2012, when it was put up for auction again. It was love at first sight. Rachel bought the Pikabug sight unseen and has lovingly restored it. An avid otaku, she now takes it to the many conventions that she attends in Kentucky.


Miku Scion XB

Mike’s 2006 HATSUNE MIKU Scion XB is custom vinyl wrapped by Autoimage. It’s wheels are powder coated white with a custom “box” exhaust done by NHF Motorsports. It has air bag suspension and an air train horn with the air tank powder coated by NHF Motorsports and wrapped by Autoimage. Custom VIP table on the passenger side is fitting for a spot of Saké!

Image credit goes to Rick Bartock with Beast Works Productions. His facebook page is
https://www.facebook.com/beastworkproductions/

 


UTAI_MITSUMO_KAITO_CAR

Utai Mitsumo (Fallen Feathers Cosplay) has been a fan of the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA games for years. Having seen all sorts of Hatsune Miku cars (known as itasha) at different cons, she’s always wanted one of her own, though her favorite Vocaloid is Kaito. Not one to follow the others with Miku, she’s created her own itasha for, you guessed it – Kaito. It’s back for a 2nd visit to Yama-con!