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Mark Waid

Mark Waid is a New York Times-bestselling author whose work has appeared in countless languages across the globe. Over the course of his almost four decades in the comic book industry, Mark has developed characters and stories for Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Archie, Star Wars, the Incredibles, and almost every other franchise currently enjoying success across all media platforms. Kingdom Come, which he created with artist Alex Ross for DC Comics, has become one of the highest-selling graphic novels in history. Many of the storylines and characters he wrote and created in his eight-year run on The Flash comic books can be seen every week on the current hit television show. He has written and edited over 2,000 comic titles and has received every major award in the industry. Since March of 2020, he has also been the U.S. Publisher of Humanoids, the European publishing house responsible for the Incal and dozens of other international graphic novels.

Dante Basco

Dante Basco's breakout performance was when he appeared as the leader Rufio of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Basco has done voice acting for many animated productions, including Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jai Kell in Star Wars Rebels and Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long. He also voice acted Kwok Wong in The Proud Family. He contributed additional voices for Aion, Mortal Kombat X and Saints Row. He also voiced Shingo in the Skate series and Seeing Farther in the Call of Juarez series. His directorial debut, the Fabulous Filipino Brothers was released in 2022 to critical acclaim.

Ross Marquand

Ross Marquand is an American actor native to Denver. Upon receiving his BFA in Theatre from the University of Colorado he moved to Los Angeles and quickly garnered attention in various film and television projects. After portraying the late Paul Newman on "Mad Men," Marquand went on to land perhaps his best known role, Aaron, on "The Walking Dead." Following this came notable credits on "The Mindy Project," "The Last Tycoon," "Brockmire," as well as numerous appearances in the Marvel universe ("Avengers: Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame," & "What If") as two of the MCU's most notorious super villains - Red Skull & Ultron. Also an accomplished voice actor, Ross has lent his unique vocal talents to such animated projects as "Invincible," "What If," "Family Guy," "Robot Chicken," and "American Dad." He is known for impersonating a plethora of celebrities including Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and over 60 others.

Jim Shooter

Jim Shooter

The legend returns! Jim Shooter has been behind some of the most beloved comic stories ever told. Jim Shooter achieved his first professional comics work at the age of thirteen, selling a Legion of Super-Heroes story to DC Comics and going on to write Superboy, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman and other titles. In 1978, he accepted the position of Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics under the condition that he would be allowed to improve things for Marvel’s creators. Jim introduced royalties and a spectrum of other incentives, rights and benefits, attracting a Who’s Who of talent. Later, he founded VALIANT, DEFIANT and Broadway Comics and was the principal creator of their characters and universes. Today, he's the Editor in Chief of Illustrated Media, a custom comics company. Jim will be on site for both days of our celebration!

Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons was the first African American to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, and was thus the first officially recognized African American World Champion. Simmons was a Florida State University All-American football player, and played for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League. He became a professional wrestler in 1986, and went on to wrestle in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under his real name and in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under both his real name and the ring names Faarooq Asad and Faarooq. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Jake "The Snake" Roberts, is an American professional wrestler and actor currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) where he performs as manager to Lance Archer. He 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 1996 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, Roberts was known for his intense and cerebral promos, dark charisma, extensive use of psychology in his matches, and innovative use of the DDT finishing move (which was later named the "coolest" maneuver of all time by WWE). He often brought snakes into the ring, most famously a python. He was one of the subjects of the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat. In 2012, he moved in with fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to seek help in getting his life back on track following years of alcohol and drug addiction, a period covered in the 2015 documentary The Resurrection of Jake the Snake. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014, and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2020.

Renee Witterstaetter

Renee Witterstaetter

Renee Witterstaetter is sometimes credited as Eva Renee Witterstaetter, is an American comic book colorist, editor, producer, and writer. She has worked on comics such as the Avengers, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Superman. She is best known for her work as an editor with John Byrne on the Marvel Comics series The Sensational She-Hulk. Witterstaetter was also featured as a fourth wall breaking character in the same series.

Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn is a Los Angeles based actor, director, and producer whose work ranges from film to anime to video games and beyond. With over 400 credits spanning cartoons, commercials, audio books, video games, and film & TV, Mr. Haberkorn has worked with some of the industry’s best including Warner Bros., Sony, Gearbox, and Nintendo. He’s also collaborated with  top voice directors such as Andrea Romano and Colette Sunderman. Anime fans know Todd as the voice actor from many popular series such as Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball Z, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sailor Moon. Video game fans will undoubtedly recognize him from numerous titles including Dragon Ball Z game series, Dishonored 2, and Fire Emblem Heroes.   And critics know Todd as well. He is a multi-Earphone Award Winner for Narration, a 2015 Audie Award finalist, and his performance as Mr. Spock in Star Trek Continues has contributed to the beloved fan series’ numerous awards and accolades.   When not working on camera or as a voice actor, Todd runs The Habertat, a private voiceover recording studio in Los Angeles. The studio’s professional facilities and service make it a favorite for clients like Gearbox, Funimation Entertainment, Spinmaster, and others.  Though working on-screen and as a voice actor, and running a professional recording studio keeps him busy, Todd still makes time for public appearances at domestic and international conventions where he mingles with his Kornstars: tens of thousands of the coolest fans on the planet who follow him on his journey.

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin

Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor, and singer for over 20 years. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe, Katie's film and television career has been colourful to say the least. Her true strength and success, however, has come in the form of voice-over. She's voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials, sung on numerous radio jingles, and continues to star in popular cartoons. Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show Sailor Moon, she's also known for her portrayal of Alex on Totally Spies, Yoko on Team Galaxy, Zair on Redakai, as well as voicing Julie and Sellon on Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and Hikaru on Beyblade. She was also Nina Harper on Emmy award winning Braceface, Ruby on Max and Ruby, and Laugh-a-lot Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as 6-teen, Stoked, and The Dating Guy.

Linda Ballantyne

Linda Ballentyne

For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon, Mia and Me, Toot and Puddle, Will and Dewitt, Disney's Yin Yang Yo, Gerald McBoing Boing, Meteor, Cyber Chase, Mischief City, Corduroy, Timothy Goes to School, Air Master, Bakugan, Beywheelz, and Animal Shelf, as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Care Bear's Journey to Joke-A-Lot, Care Bear's Big Wish Movie and Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Linda was contracted as the "voice" of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I'm Just Sayin' with Ballantyne and St.John on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Arthur Suydam

Arthur Suydam

Arthur Suydam is a massively influential and accomplished artist known for his work on Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, Black Panther, and KISS Zombies. He has done artwork for magazines including Heavy Metal, Epic Illustrated and National Lampoon, while his comic book work includes Batman, Conan, Tarzan, Predator, Aliens, Death Dealer, and Marvel Zombies. Arthur burst onto the scene in the 1970s by infusing sequential art with classical painting. His extraordinary work helped revolutionize the industry and began the comic art renaissance of the 1980's, opening doors for mainstream writers and artists to create literature for a more mature readership.

Catherine Sutherland

Catherine is an Australian actress who played Katherine Hillard in massive series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), and Power Rangers Turbo (1997). As well as the major motion picture film, Power Rangers Turbo and critically acclaimed film the Cell. She was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and is now living in the United States. She currently produces and hosts "Power Rangers Playback" with her Rangers co-star and friend, Nakia Burrise. Recently she's been announced to return to the Rangers franchise for the 30th anniversary in 2023 on Netflix!

Nakia Burrise

Growing up in Stockton, CA, Nakia was introduced to musical theater and performance in elementary school. She began performing acrobatics by the age of five and later ventured into theater, musical theater, dancing, singing, and modeling. While attending Edison High School in Stockton, California, Nakia auditioned for UCLA’s prestigious theater department. She was the only African American female freshman accepted into the theater department that year. By the time she was a junior at UCLA, her professional career had begun. She booked her first role as a series regular on Power Rangers, as Tanya Sloan, the yellow ranger; while simultaneously recording her first pop album with her singing group, Divine. She has played an array of characters in such shows and movies as Danger Force, Atypical, Unsolved, Jane the Virgin, Baby Daddy, The Mindy Project, Murder in the First, Angie Tribeca Hart of Dixie (recurring), Star Trek Continues… Along with her television and web series credits, she has appeared in numerous films, national commercials, musicals, and print ads. In 2006 Nakia began producing her own projects. She co-wrote the comedy pilot, A Day in the Life. The project had great reviews. In 2009, she wrote, produced and starred in ,Crazy Daze, comedy series. The series received honorable mention in various tv/ film festivals. In 2012 Nakia launched Sovereignty Entertainment Inc. a production company dedicated to producing family friendly television, web series, and films. Nakia takes great pride, passion, and joy in producing, writing, and acting! “Everything is possible for him who believes..” Mark 9:23. Nakia currently produces and hosts "Power Rangers Playback" with her co-star and friend, Catherine Sutherland.

Megan Hollingshead

Born in the wilds of LA’s San Fernando Valley and honed in the 99-seat theatres of New York City, Megan is best known in the voiceover world as the original Nurse Joy in Pokémon, a role she carries on in Pokémon Journeys, and Yu-Gi-Oh!’s original Mai Valentine. Other stand-out roles include Rangiku in Bleach, Shizune (and Ton Ton) in Naruto, Caster in Fate/stay night, Lenneth in Valkyrie Profile, Re-L Mayer in Ergo Proxy, Villetta Nu in Code Geass, Glenna in Guild Wars, the twisted twin sisters Mion and Shion in When They Cry, Sigrun in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Ylgr and Yune in Fire Emblem: Hereos. She can be heard on the recently released Final Fantasy VII Remake, and has projects in the works for Cup of Tea, Bang Zoom!, and Funimation. Other memorable characters include Nemu in Bleach, Adiane in Gurren Lagann, Hilda in Eureka 7, Sala in Mars Daybreak, Gloria in Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Dr. Abigail Finn in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, reporter Scarlet Garcia in Sonic the Hedgehog, Rose Marinade in Fighting Foodons, Kano in His and Hers Circumstances (don’t skip the previews!), Maharu and Ebi in Girls Bravo, Neneko in DearS, Captain Iruma in Ultraman Tiga, Trixie in Ultimate Muscle, and in Pokémon: Cassidy, Whitney, Duplica, Gloom, Mary of the Pokemon Mystery Club, the Ghost of Maiden's Peak, May's mother, and James' mother, as well as Annie in Pokémon 5: Heroes and Diane in Pokémon 6: Jirachi Wish Maker. Are you a gamer? Then you already know Megan as Lenneth in Valkyrie Profile, Roxanne Ritchi (voicematch for Tina Fey) in Megamind, Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Shion Kasugai in Akiba’s Space Trip: Undead and Undressed, Viola in Eternal Sonata, Edy Nelson in Valkyria Chronicles, Autarch Kayleth in Warhammer 40,000, The Third Kiki DeWynter in Saints Row, Five in Drakengard 3, and Battle Nun in Jack Black and Ozzy Osbourne’s Brutal Legend. Commercial highlights include American Express, Armed Forces Radio/Television, AT&T (campaign), Fred Meyer, Hometown Buffet, JC Penney, Malibu Pilates, Mercedes, Publix, Serta, Taco Bell, and World of Coca-Cola. Geek creds include braving volcanic hot springs with Captain Sulu himself, George Takei, and writing Steven Spielberg a 6-page letter after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark 11 times. (Steven, Megan still checks her mailbox everyday.)

Christian Gossett

Gossett was one of the first designers ever hired by Lucasfilm Licensing to retro-design the Star Wars galaxy in 1992. Gossett was only 23 years old when his radical concept drawing of a 'double-bladed lightsaber' was personally approved by George Lucas. (Gossett was also the first to suggest and design a curved-handled variant). Seven years later, this design would be made famous as Darth Maul's signature weapon in The Phantom Menace. Since then, no new Star Wars show has been released without some new kind of lightsaber. Bringing this same unique talent to bear when designing characters and weapons across the entertainment industry, Gossett's character and concept designs have been sought by such visionaries as Sir Richard Taylor, Peter Jackson, (Gossett worked on Peter Jackson's 'King Kong') and Tim Burton for Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland'. His videogame career began at Activision on the PSX. He quickly moved from concept design into a one man cinematics department, writing, storyboarding, directing, voice directing and performing motion capture across several Activision titles. Since then, he has designed for Sega, Namco, Microsoft and others. His most recent game was as a Story Artist for Activision's flagship franchise Call of Duty. Moving to live action directing in 2009, Gossett's first film, 'Only Child', won the prestigious ECA award from the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) and played at premiere festivals worldwide. Eager to get some sci-fi on his reel, he directed and co-wrote a Star Trek fan film, 'Prelude to Axanar,' that featured as many professionals behind the camera as it did beloved Trek actors in front. Prelude has gathered over three million views on YouTube so far. Gossett's ongoing project, The Red Star, has sold over a million units worldwide, was voted among the "Top 100 graphic novels of all time".

Tim Seeley

Tim is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, WILDCATS and EXSANGUINE. His writing work includes NY TIMES bestselling HACK/SLASH, NIGHTWING, BATMAN ETERNAL, MONEY SHOT and the critically acclaimed REVIVAL. He has also done consultation work for Cacao Barry, artist Hebru Brantley and Dreamworks Animation, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and daughter, and works at home where he is never far from his 80s action figure collection.

Rick Leonardi

A massive talent who began his career in 1980. Notable works include The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men, Cloak and Dagger, the first 25 issues of Spider-Man 2099, Daredevil, Vision and the Scarlet Witch, New Mutants, Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern vs Aliens, Predator, Star Wars, Aliens, Hellboy, Darth Vader vs Darth Maul, General Grievous, Darth Vader:Lost Command and many more! He is credited, along with fellow illustrator Mike Zeck, of designing the black-and-white costume to which Spider-Man switched during the 1984 Secret Wars miniseries, and later wore for a time and is a known fan-favorite since it’s inception.

Ron Marz

Ron Marz is an American comic book writer, known for his work on Silver Surfer and Green Lantern, as well as the DC vs. Marvel crossover and Batman/Aliens. Marz is the co-creator of Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner and the Emerald Twilight storyline. He co-created Genis-Vell in Silver Surfer Annual #6 (1993). Marz worked on the CrossGen Comics series Scion, Mystic, Sojourn, and The Path. At Dark Horse Comics he created Samurai: Heaven and Earth and various Star Wars comics. He has written for Devil's Due Publishing's Aftermath line including Blade of Kumori. In 1995, he had a brief run on X-O Manowar for Valiant Comics. The following year, Marz wrote the DC/Marvel: All Access limited series which was an intercompany crossover between DC and Marvel characters. In 2011, Marz was the writer on Voodoo, which was part of DC Comics' company-wide title relaunch, The New 52.

Mostafa Moussa

Mostafa Moussa always loved drawing as a kid, way more than studying at least. After graduation, he thought he may as well try it as a career, so he hopped on a plane and went to every Convention and talked to every editor that he could. He was able to get work right away, and has never looked back. During his career he's worked with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, IDW, Dark Horse, Hasbro, Mirage Studios, Zenescope, Devil's Due, Big Dog Ink, Stratum, Penny Farthing Productions, Overground Comics, and many, many others. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Michael Golden

Michael Golden is an American comics artist and writer best known for his late-1970s work on Marvel Comics' The Micronauts, as well as his co-creation of the characters Rogue and Bucky O'Hare.

Ian McGinty

Ian McGinty is an artist & writer, known as the creator of SHOWSIDE as well as artist for Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Bravest Warriors, the INVADER ZIM movie, and Last Comicbook on the Left!

Guy Dorian SR

Guy is an professional American comic book artist and creator. Having been in the comic book industry for over 25 years he has worked for large, mainstream companies such as Marvel, DC, IDW and Storm King Productions, as well as many independent companies. Guy's bold, distinctive style shows in every piece he creates. Not only a comic book artist, his talents expand into other art fields such as sculpture, fine arts, character design and toy design, having worked for companies such as Marvel Entertainment, Just Toys, 20th Century Fox and Capital One.

Claire Lim

Claire Lim is a Scottish presenter, writer and podcaster, originally from Glasgow, currently based in London. As a presenter, she has worked with the BBC, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sounds, BAFTA, NME, and Rotten Tomatoes, amongst others, across radio, TV and digital, and hosts panels for comic cons all over the UK and USA. Claire is best known for her engaging conversation and sense of fun with every panel she hosts, and has previously hosted panels for Tom Hiddleston and the cast of Loki, Sebastian Stan, David Harbour, Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg, the cast of The Walking Dead, Supernatural, The Sandman and many more. Outside of the comic con circuit, Claire has spoken to Jeff Goldblum, Jamie Lee Curtis, Keanu Reeves, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and lost more over her career. Claire also hosts two podcasts, "Real Imagined Futures'' and "Hot Pod Time Machine". Real Imagined Futures explores that famous movie characters did after their stories ended, with guests like Katee Sackhoff and Sean Gunn, whilst Hot Pod Time Machine has featured guests like Steve Agee (Suicide Squad), David Ajala (Star: Trek Discovery), Maggie Robertson (Resident Evil Village), and others discussing a decision from their past that changed their future. Having been raised on a strict diet of sci-fi and horror movies, TV shows, comics and video games, Claire understands nerd culture and various fandoms across genres, connecting not only to the guests but fans as well.