Our Guests

Lou Ferrigno
Former Mr. Universe, Motivational Speaker, Incredible Hulk

Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951) is an American actor, motivational speaker, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Lou won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary, Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for portraying the title role in the CBS television series, The Incredible Hulk. He has also appeared in several European-produced fantasy/adventure films such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules. His most recent roles include a part in the 2009 feature film, I Love You, Man, and season five of the reality series, Celebrity Apprentice.

Michael Biehn
Actor, Movie Maker, Father of Five Boys
Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona. His first big role was as a psychotic fan stalking Lauren Bacall in The Fan (1981) and later appeared in The Lords of Discipline (1983). He hit the big-time when he was cast as Kyle Reese, the man sent back through time to stop Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984). This established a good working relationship with Cameron, a relationship that should have catapulted Biehn to international stardom. He starred in Cameron’s subsequent films, Aliens (1986) and The Abyss (1989), the latter a standout performance as unstable Navy SEAL officer Lt. Hiram Coffey. In the 1990s he starred in films like Navy Seals (1990), K2 (1991) and was particularly memorable as Johnny Ringo in Tombstone (1993).
Jim Cummings
Darkwing Duck, Tigger, and countless other voices

“Tell the kid he’s got it,” said the legendary Mel Blanc with a smile, after listening to a young man’s first demo tape of cartoon character voices. The year was 1984, “the kid,” was Jim Cummings. Since then, the kid has gone on to give life and voice to some of America’s most beloved animal Characters, even a few of the late Mel Blanc’s, and he was even nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as the lovable Tigger on Disney Channel’s “My Friends Tigger and Pooh,” in which he also voices everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh. In 1984, Cummings landed his first role as Lionel the lion, in Disney Channel’s “Dumbo Circus.” During his illustrious career, he has worked extensively for the Walt Disney Studios voicing classic characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, King Louis, Kaa the Snake, Pete (formerly peg legged Pete), and more. His many other credits include Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Fat Cat, and Monterey Jack on “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” Don Kamage on “Tailspin,” and too many others to mention here.

Jim Shooter
Comic Creator, Writer, former Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur
Jim Shooter started writing Superman and other titles for DC Comics at the age of 13 in 1965. He worked his way through high school writing stories, laying out pages and designing covers. He was hired by Marvel Comics in 1976 as associate editor and in 1978 became Editor in Chief. He introduced benefits, royalties and other incentives for creators that attracted a legion of phenomenal talents who., under his oversight, authored a decade of brilliant creativity and unparalleled success. Jim wrote several notable series including the Avengers and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. He also headed up the creative teams that developed G.I. Joe and Transformers. Jim went on to found Voyager Communications in 1989, where he was the CEO and President. He also served as Editor in Chief, principal creator, head writer and occasional artist for the highly acclaimed comics published under the VALIANT imprint, which included Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, UNITY and more.
Karan Ashley
Actress, singer, gameshow host extraordinaire

Karan Ashley Jackson (born September 28, 1975), better known by her stage name Karan Ashley, is an American actress, and game show host. She is best known as Aisha Campbell, the second Yellow Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In September 2011, Ashley joined the National Talk Radio Show "UnCensored Radio" (formerly "Unscripted Radio") as a regular Co-Host/ Producer and co-hosted the show with Co-Host Katrina Johnson and Jeffrey Emmette filmed "Uncensored Reality", a reality show tied into Uncensored Radio.

Steven Butler
American Comic Book Artist, and Creator

Steven Butler is an American comic book artist. He is known both for penciling the Archie Comics series Sonic the Hedgehog as well as creating new designs for Archie characters in 2007. Butler's work ranges from inking and providing occasional cover duties for Cat and Mouse to superhero illustrations in the original Silver Storm mini-series to publications such as Marvel Comics' Web of Spider-Man and Silver Sable. The independent comic The Badger by First Comics served to launch his career, but his work at Silverline comics preceded Badger.

Butler has also been involved in several Christian comics projects. From 1999 to 2007 Butler worked on the PowerMark comic series from Powermark Productions. In 1999 he also illustrated 3 tracts for wrestler George South entitled The Greatest Match Ever, Who is Your Tag-Team Partner?, and Who Are You Wrestling Against?, packaged by The Nate Butler Studio and published by PowerMark Productions. In 2005 he penciled the Welcome to Holsom series published by Radiant Life (Gospel Publishing House).

In 2007, Butler redesigned the Archie Comics characters to be more realistic. These designs did not replace the better-known cartoony Dan DeCarlo/Bob Montana look, but are being used alongside the traditional designs for special projects. The first story to use the designs was "Bad Boy Trouble," which Butler also drew, and the second was "The Matchmakers," which was drawn by Joe Staton. These publications are unrelated to the "New Riverdale" Archie reboot of 2015.

Ming Chen
Webmaster, Podcaster, Comic Aficionado, Reality TV Personality

Ming Chen’s road to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash all began in 1995, when the college student, video store employee, and Kevin Smith follower developed a fan website based on the movie Clerks. Smith, who appreciated Chen’s work, reached out and asked him to create the Web site for his production company, View Askew Productions. Twenty Two years later, not only does Chen continue to work on all of Smith’s online projects, but he has also ventured into several other areas within the Kevin Smith empire, most recently hosting a weekly podcast called I Sell Comics! with Michael Zapcic on Smith’s radio network, S.I.R.!: SModcast Internet Radio. Chen is not only the technical expert for The Stash, but he is also the perfect person to send out to do the jobs no one else wants to do. He takes it all with a smile, and is happy to be a part of the team. During his free time, Chen serves on the board for the non-profit organization Root to Rise. He also co-owns a podcast studio with Mike Zapcic called “A Shared Universe” and is a partner in a coffee, gaming and comics café called “Coral Sword” in Houston, Texas with major league ballplayer Hunter Pence. Chen has been married to his wife Debbie for 15 years and has two children, Lillian and Harrison.

Tom Cook
Animator and Director
Tom began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones. A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on Thundarr the Barbarian (had the privilege to meet and work with Jack Kirby), Heathcliff, Fang Face and Plastic Man. Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Garfield Special Babes and Bullets and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special This is America Charlie Brown. He then moved over to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, and the 7 Up Spot campaign. He then became the timing director on Road Rovers, Disney's Mighty Ducks, PB & J Otter, Duckman, King of the Hill, Savage Dragon, HBO's Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Extreme Ghostbusters, Extreme Dinosaurs and many more. He also animated on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney's Prince and the Pauper starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, The Jetson's Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg's We're Back, and Don Bluth's Thumbelina.
Sam De La Rosa
Finish Artist/Inker

Since 1982 Sam de la Rosa did finished art/inks for Marvel, DC, Image, Disney, and Dark Horse. Credits include Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, Black Panther, The Avengers, Star Wars, X-Men and more. He worked on Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Star Trek, Firestorm and others for DC Comics. In 1989 at Dark Horse Comics he worked on the 1st Predator comicbook. Sam’s work on VENOM LETHAL PROTECTOR #1-6 is the source material for the Venom movie.

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
American Patriot, First Royal Rumble Winner, WWE Legend

James Edward Duggan Jr. (born January 14, 1954), better known by his ring name "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE on a Legends contract. His best-known character is that of an American patriot, which sees him use a 2x4 length of wood as a weapon, the battle cry "Hooo!" and the U-S-A! cheer. In the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE), Duggan was the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble match in 1988 and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he was a one time United States Heavyweight Champion and a one time (and the final) World Television Champion.

David Fielding
Actor, Author, and Voice Talent

David J. Fielding is a writer and an actor. He originated the role of Zordon on the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers television series, and also provided voice talent for video games such as Empire Earth, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna, Zeus, Poseidon, and Anvil of Dawn. His published works have appeared in Nevermet Press; Rebel ePublishers LLC, Source Point Press, the recently released Capes and Clockwork Anthology from Dark Oak Press and the upcoming Something Strange is Going On anthology from Flinch! Books. 

Gil Gerard
American Actor, Buck Rogers

Gilbert "Gil" Gerard was born on January 23, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and did a good deal of acting in high school. He attended the University of Arkansas but dropped out before graduation. He landed a job as an industrial chemist. He became regional manager of a large chemical company, headed by (1967-1971) Arkansas Governor "Win" Winthrop Rockefeller. After a few years, Gil's employers said they would name him the firm's vice-president if he pursued his master's degree. Gil resigned rather than tell everyone he did not have a college diploma. He moved to New York where he studied drama by day and drove a cab at night. By chance, Gil picked up a fare who showed a lively interest in the problems of unknown, unemployed actors. Before that passenger left the cab, he told Gil to report in a few days to the set of Love Story (1970), which was being filmed on location in New York City. When Gil arrived on the "Love Story" set, he was hired as an extra. Later that day, he was singled out for a "bit" role, which eventually wound up on the cutting room floor, but Gil now had his first professional credit.

During the next few years, Gil did most of his acting in television commercials, some four hundred of them, including a stint as spokesman for the Ford Motor Company. Then came a leading role in the daytime soap opera The Doctors (1963). He formed his own production company in partnership with a writer-producer, co-authored a screenplay called Hooch (1977) and filmed it as a starring vehicle for himself. With "Hooch" completed, he was summoned to California to co-star with Yvette Mimieux in Ransom for Alice! (1977) and to play Lee Grant's youthful lover in Universal's Airport '77 (1977). A guest shot on Little House on the Prairie (1974) impressed producer-star Michael Landon, who cast him in the leading role in an ambitious television movie, Killing Stone (1978). He signed for his best known role as Captain Buck Rogers in the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).

Michael Golden
American Artist, Creator, Storyteller
One of THE storytellers in the industry, influencing generations of comics fans and professionals, Michael Golden boasts creations that are some of the most licensed and enduring in the industry. Co-Creator of Rogue, Bucky O'Hare, Micronauts and "The 'Nam," among much more, Golden is known as one of THE artists on such characters as Batman, Doctor Strange, G.I. Joe and the Punisher. Golden's recent covers can be seen on everything from "Spawn" to the "Walking Dead," to World Wrestling work. Recent covers include works on "The Walking Dead," "Deadpool," and "DareDevil," to name a few. In short, no history of comics is complete without touching on the influence that this legendary artist has had on this industry. Recent books on the colorful life and vibrant art of Golden include "Michael Golden: Alchemy" "Modern Masters: Michael Golden" and "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," and "Michael Golden: Dangerous Curves." In addition, having served as both Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics and Senior Editor at DC Comics, Golden's lectures and classes in storytelling are sought after world wide, with recent venues including places as diverse as Spain, France, Russia, Norway, Brazil, Chile and China. With recent gallery shows mounted in New York City, Maryland, Spain and Russia.
Mike Grell
American Comic Writer and Artist
Mike Grell (born September 13, 1947) is an American comic book writer and artist, known for his work on books such as Green Lantern/Green Arrow, The Warlord, and Jon Sable Freelance. A writer as well as artist, Grell cemented his status as a fan-favorite with his best-known creation, The Warlord. The character first appeared in 1st Issue Special #8 (Nov. 1975) and was soon given his own ongoing title (The Warlord #1, Jan/Feb 1976). In this series, Air Force pilot Travis Morgan crash-lands in the prehistoric "hidden world" of Skartaris (a setting highly influenced by Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar) The titular character of Jon Sable Freelance was a former Olympic athlete, later an African big-game hunter, who became a mercenary. First appearing with a cover date of June 1983, Jon Sable was a precursor to what would eventually be called, by some, "the Dark Age of Comics," when even long-established super-heroes would become increasingly grim and violent. In 1987, Mike Grell wrote and drew the three-issue prestige format limited series Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters. He redesigned the character's costume, away from the costume Neal Adams had designed in 1969, and recast Green Arrow as an "urban hunter" going up against non-super-powered, real world villains such as serial killers, terrorists, street gangs, American mobsters and Japanese Yakuza. He did away with Green Arrow's arsenal of "trick arrows" and instead rearmed him with penetrating broadheads with which he actually killed his opponents. The Longbow Hunters showed the first instance in which Green Arrow ever deliberately killed someone; in the follow-on series this occurred frequently. The popularity of Longbow Hunters led to an assignment writing – and occasionally drawing – an ongoing Green Arrow series for 80 issues from 1988 to 1993. During this run, Grell avoided references to the fantastical elements of the DC Universe (e.g. in a guest appearance by Green Lantern the character is out of costume and does not use his powers). Notably, believing "Green Arrow" was "a stupid name," in no Mike Grell Green Arrow story (with the exception of Longbow Hunters #1) is the character ever referred to as Green Arrow anywhere other than on the cover. Grell would write a retelling of Green Arrow's origin and very first case in Secret Origins vol. 2 #38 (March 1989). He was the co-writer/cover artist for Green Arrow Annual (1991), drew the cover art for Annual #5 (1992), and wrote Annual#6 (1993). Grell wrote and illustrated the official Post-Crisis origin of Green Arrow in Green Arrow: The Wonder Year miniseries in 1993. We are excited to welcome Mike back to the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo!
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Jillian Hall
Former WWE Diva

Jillian Hall is a Kentucky native that grew up dreaming of a career in pro wrestling and made her way from the Bluegrass State all the way to the top of the WWE. After paying her dues in Louisville based Ohio Valley Wrestling she debuted in WWE as part of the Smackdown brand in 2003 as Melina's personal assistant or "fixer" helping guide the highly successful MNM trio to tag team gold. From there she found herself as part of JBL's "Cabinet" as his Image Consultant helping guide the brash Texan to the United States Championship. While the beautiful blonde bombshell lit up the screen she also had a glaring flaw in the form of a large grotesque mole on her face. This soon drew the attention of Smackdown's most bizarre superstar, The Boogeyman. In a very memorable moment, The Boogeyman trapped Jillian in the ring and proceeded to devour the large mole, gnawing it right off her face! After moving to the RAW brand in 2007 she focused more on her in ring career...and her singing career. The tone-deaf Diva loved to serenade the crowd with all of her greatest hits much to the dismay of most fans. On October 12, 2009 Jillian became the WWE Divas Champion by defeating Mickie James in a shocking upset on an episode of RAW. Later in the night she lost the title to Melina in an unscheduled impromptu matchup. Although her time with the title was short lived, she found herself the focal point of many memorable storylines during her 7 year WWE tenure leaving her mark on the WWE Universe. Don't miss your chance to meet Jillian at this year's Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo as a guest of Heroes & Legends Pro Wrestling Collectibles!

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Clinton Hobart
Disney Fine Artist, Sting participant

Clinton T. Hobart is a Fine Artist and Licensed Disney Fine Artist. He creates original oil paintings of a wide variety of subjects ranging from classical subject matter such as fruit and eggshells to more modern subjects such as Mickey Mouse and Doritos. Even his Disney paintings are technically still-lifes, because he works from real objects in front of him. If he cannot find the objects he desires to paint he frequently will build elaborate "Sets" to work from. For his painting of the tower from the Disney movie Tangled he constructed a four foot tall replica of it made out of stone, mortar, cardboard, plaster and wood. The sculpture has since become as popular as the actual painting. In addition to painting for Disney, Hobart also paints still-lifes, portraits, cosplay paintings, and ocean waves. He has been featured on NBC News, FOX News, The CW, ABC News, and American Artist magazine. He appeared on CBS News with Scott Pelle after a Chinese company sold forged copies of his paintings online. Afterward, the Huffington Post mentioned the story in an article stating that Clinton was part of a “sting operation.” Hobart’s painting “A Portrait of Doritos”  is in the private collection of actor Michael Rooker from Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Walking Dead.

Walter Jones
Actor, dancer, and martial artist

Walter Emanuel Jones (born November 30, 1970) is an American actor, martial artist, and dancer, known for playing the role of Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger on the hit television series Mighty Morphin Power RangersHe also appeared in successful television shows including Family MattersStep by StepSabrina, the Teenage WitchMoeshaBuffy the Vampire SlayerEarly EditionNYPD BlueCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationOff Centre and The Shield. He played in movies including Backyard Dogs (2000), House of the Dead 2 (2005), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and recently in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016). He gave his voice talent to movies as Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Primeval (2007), Post Grad (2009), Warrior (2011), Chronicle (2012) and animated movies including Open Season 2 (2008) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).

George Lowe
American Voice Actor and Comedian

George Edward Lowe is an American voice actor and comedian whose voice roles include Space Ghost on the animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast and its spin-off, Cartoon Planet. He continued to voice Space Ghost in several cameos in other programs for several years following the conclusion of the series.

Lowe has made recurring voice appearances on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken.

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Phil Ortiz
Professional Artist, Animator, Simpsonizer
Phil Ortiz grew up in East LA of Mexican and Spanish/Norwegian parents in 1953. He currently lives and works in the beautiful Lake Arrowhead area. Over his more than 30 years as a professional artist, Phil has worked on everything from daily newspaper comic strips (Bugs Bunny) to layouts and character design for animated cartoons including The Simpsons where Phil had a hand in the look of about 200 characters on the longest running comedy series in TV history. Some of the notable characters Phil designed for the Simpsons include: Flanders, Otto, Herman, Lou and Eddie, Ralph, and Apu. Phil has won five CERTIFICATES of ACHIEVEMENT for his work in TV animation and has been drawing for The Simpsons comic books for many years. One awesome thing is Phil will "Simpsonize" you in a sketch!!
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Actor, Semi-retired Professional Wrestler, Living Legend

Aurelian Jake Smith Jr. (born May 30, 1955), best known by his ring name Jake "The Snake" Roberts, is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler. Roberts is best known for his two stints in the World Wrestling Federation (later called WWE); the first between 1986 and 1992, and the second between 1995 and 1997. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1983, World Championship Wrestling in 1992, and the Mexico-based Asistencia Asesoría y Administración between 1993 and 1994 and again in 1997. He appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the summer of 1997 and made appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2006 through 2008. Throughout his career he was known for his intense and cerebral promos, his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches and his invention and use of the DDT finishing move, which was named the "coolest" maneuver of all time by WWE. He often brought snakes into the ring, most famously a python named Damien. Roberts was also one of the subjects of the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat. In 2012, Roberts moved in with fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to seek help in getting his life back on track following years of alcohol and drug abuse. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014.

Chris Sabat
Voice Actor for Video Games, TV, Anime, and Film

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Currently tallying well over 650 roles spanning video games, anime, television and film, Christopher R. Sabat (@VoiceOfVegeta on Twitter) has been an active part of the  entertainment industry since 1998. Starting his career as the Voice Director of the hit anime series Dragonball Z, he is best known as the show’s antihero Vegeta, and Piccolo the brooding green father figure. Christopher also voiced many other characters in DBZ including Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and many more.
His other popular voice roles include Zoro (One Piece), Alex Luis Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist), Elfman (Fairy Tail), Roronoa, Ayame Sohma (Fruits Basket), Saiga Tatsumi (Speed Grapher), Kurogane (Tsubasa Chronicles), Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III), Father Tres (Trinity Blood), Braun (Stiens Gate), Giroro (Sgt Frog), Rundas (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), Garterbelt (Panty and Stocking), Sakaki (Kenichi), Masa (My Bride is a Mermaid), Saito (Darker Than Black), Woerman (Attack on Titan), and Alex D (Deus Ex: Invisible War).

Sean Schemmel
French Horn aficionado, Voice Actor, Joe Satriani fan, Mario Kart driver
Sean Schemmel is an actor born November 21st (the same day as his Mother and Bjork) 1968 in Waterloo, Iowa.  When he was 12 years old he heard a voice inside his head that said "You must play the French Horn".  So he did.  Professionally.  But then in 1999, there was an open casting call for a show called Dragonball Z.  Sean's friends who had always been thoroughly encouraging and impressed with his ability to do character voices and impressions, insisted he audition.  To which he replied "No, I just wanna be a French Horn player."  But after much prodding, he went to the audition and landed the lead role of Goku as well as King Kai and Nail.  It was at this point, Sean realized that he not only liked voice acting better than playing Horn in orchestras, he was better at it.  So he switched careers moved to New York City, and managed to continue voice acting multiple roles on many hit shows such as Pokemon, Yugioh, Yugioh GX, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kappa Mikey, Speed Racer, Winx Club and 12 different thumbs on Thumb Wrestling Federation.  Sean is also a gear head and in his home studio he uses Blue mics, Rupert Neve Designs pres, eqs and compressors, and UA Audio plugins.
Cybertronic Spree
Literal Band of Transformers ready to Rock your face off!

More than meets the eye, The Cybertronic Spree are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! This band of Transformers has been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll and they can’t be stopped. Join Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave, Bumblebee, Shockwave and a Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour. Known across the galaxy for having cast aside their warring factions in the search for the ultimate party, these rockstars in disguise play music from The Transformers: The Movie, hit film and anime songs, and video game covers. They blend their love for the 80’s and 80’s metal into an energon-fueled, unforgettable live  show.

Austin St. John
OG Red Ranger

St. John's first acting role and most well known role to date came to him when he was just a teenager, when he was cast as teen superhero Jason Lee Scott in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first installment of the Power Rangers franchise, which debuted on Fox Kids in 1993. For his role, he took the stage name Austin St. John, Austin coming from The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin and St. John being a name of his own choosing. Like St. John, his character had a background in martial arts. Though the series was hugely successful and brought St. John international recognition as an actor, long hours on set combined with low pay presented real challenges for him and he, along with co-stars Walter Emanuel Jones and Thuy Trang, decided to leave the show during its second season. St. John went onto reprise the role of Jason several times over, in both film and television, and his last appearance as the character was in 2002, in an episode of Power Rangers Wild Force entitled “Forever Red”. He also appeared alongside Jones, as himself, in the Power Rangers special The Lost Episode in 1999, which focused on the history of the franchise up to that point and showed the original pilot episode for the series, which had never before been aired.

Catherine Sutherland
Actress, Writer, and Super Mom

Australian born actress Catherine Sutherland, is best known for playing Katherine "Kat" Hillard, the Pink Ranger in the legendary hit kids show, Mighty Morphin Power  Rangers. She continued her role for three seasons in Power Ranger Zeo, Power Ranger Turbo, and Power Ranger Turbo the Movie. With over 100 episodes filmed in the series, Catherine has most certainly made her mark in the industry. After Power Rangers she went on to perform in the film,The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez,and various commercials. You may recognize her voice on one of your children's toys/games or see her appear in a commercial from time to time. She recently voiced a character in the online game Battle Battalions. Although, she is rarely in front of the camera these days, Catherine is focusing her creative energy on writing and publishing her first children's book series! Her greatest joy in life is raising her two children with her husband in California.

Arthur Suydam
Cover Artist of: Black Panther | Deadpool | Walking Dead | Marvel Zombies

The Zombie King," as he is known, rose to stardom for his work on the smash hit series "Marvel Zombies," the lines at his booth at any given show are a testament to the enduring "zombie craze," with Suydam as a forerunner. He is also renowned as the Deadpool cover artist on "Merc with a Mouth", "Black Panther, as well as "The Walking Dead." And he is credited as being one of the first artists to bring fine art painting techniques to the world of comics in such books as "Cholly and Flytrap" and "Mudwogs." Recent awards for Arthur include "The Spike TV Scream Award (Best Artist)," "Spectrum Gold Award for Institutional Art," "The San Sebastian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award,"as well as the "University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lifetime Achievement Award," among others. His work can also be seen on works for "The Walking Dead," "Deadpool, "Batman," "Wolverine," "Fantastic Four," "X-Men," "Ghost Rider," "Army of Darkness" "Vampirella," and too many to name here. His "Cholly and Flytrap" series has recently been compiled into a collected volumne, marking that great achievement and it's place in comic history.

Eric Vale
Voice Actor, Director, Writer

Eric Vale has been a professional actor for over 20 years. In the anime world, you’ve heard him as Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Shigaraki in My Hero Academia, America in Hetalia, Kimblee in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Sanji in One Piece, among many others. You may have also heard his voice at a Dallas Stars or in Dave & Busters commercials on TV and radio. In addition to his acting work, Eric is also a prolific writer and filmmaker. Recently, he wrote and produced the feature film Chariot. He is also a member and director for the comedy troupe The Folding Chairs.
Eric started acting when he was 12 and chased that dream through high school and college. Post college-ish, Eric drove a pizza delivery vehicle all over Denton, TX while scraping as many acting gigs together as he could. Once he booked the role of Trunks on DBZ, he was able to make the leap to full-time actor. Of course, diversification helps in the entertainment business, so Eric also took up writing. As it was a passion of his for many years, he began adapting anime scripts at FUNimation, which he did for about ten years before checking out and moving on to other creative enterprises. Currently, Eric continues to hustle the acting game, write screenplays, and try to convince people they should fund the brilliant screenplays he’s writing and help get some magic up on the silver screen.

Marv Wolfman
Writer of comics, animation, videogames, books, and more

Marvin Arthur "MarvWolfman (born May 13, 1946) is an American comic book writer. He worked on Marvel Comics's The Tomb of Dracula, for which he and artist Gene Colan created the vampire-slayer Blade, and DC Comics's The New Teen Titans and the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series with George Pérez. Marv's career has spanned 5 decades, and his influence has been seen far and wide. In fact he is credited with creating more characters that have been adapted into movies, TV, toys, games and animation than any other comics writer except Stan Lee. Along with The Teen Titans, and Blade, Marv is credited with creating Deathstroke the Terminator, Hannibal King, Bullseye, and Cat Grant, all of which have been represented on the big screen by well known actors. His work continues to live on today, as the characters he created continue to reach out and captivate audiences all over the world.

Arryn Zech
Actress and professional flower hoarder. Gif over-user. The Zen of Pancakes ™ 🥞 Coffee and puppy lover.

Arryn Zech is an American actress best known for her role as Blake Belladonna from RWBY. She also voices the character Dr. Emily Grey in the longest running web-based series, Red vs. Blue, created by the Austin-based production company, Rooster Teeth. Arryn was born in Rota, Spain, but was raised in the city of New Braunfels, Texas. She attended the North East School of Arts high-school in San Antonio, Texas, where she majored in Musical Theatre.
She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Journalism in Copy Editing and Design, but found her passions still lie with acting and singing. She worked at the university's student run television station, TSTV, where she worked as an actress, writer, and host for multiple shows including Videogame Hour Live and Still Life. With over 10 years of training in theatre, various acting methods, and classical voice, Arryn is now based in LA pursing her career in film and television.

Renee Witterstaeter
Writer, Editor, Colorist, Publisher, and anything else she feels like doing

We regret to announce that due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, Renee had to cancel this year, however, we may try to get her back to the Expo in the future.

Writer, editor, colorist and publisher Renee Witterstaetter has acted as editor on such books as "Thanos Quest," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Hercules," "Xena," "X-Files," "Conan," "She-Hulk," "The Marvel Holiday Special," "Impossible Man Summer Special," "Jurassic Park," and too many books to mention here. As a film professional, she has worked on such movies as "Red Dragon" and "Rush Hour 2," while also behind the scenes, racking up credits on dozens of music videos and commercials for artists as diverse as Madonna, Seal and Usher. Her books as a writer include: "Jackie Chan: Dying for Action," "Nick Cardy: The Artist at War," "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash," "Art of the Barbarian," "Michael Golden: Excess," "The Art of Mark Texeira," and her children's book "Kerry and the Scary Things." In addition, combining her film work with comics, she is a producer of DVD's on various comic book creators and talents in other fields through her partnership with Amdale Media, and has spearheaded mounting art shows and retrospectives in the United States, Spain, China, Russia and other venues worldwide. She has lectured on the industry in China, Spain, Norway, and numerous other countries, not to mention the United States!

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