Special Guests 2015
FEATURED GUESTS FROM 2015
Andrea Libman– My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Andrea Libman has worked as a voice over actor for more than twenty years. She has had roles on numerous animated TV series, including Madeline in Madeline and The New Adventures of Madeline, Emmy in DragonTales, young AndrAIa in Reboot, and Cathy in Monster Buster Club. Recently, she’s played Cylindria on Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, and Lemon Meringue, Pupcake and Princess Berrykin in Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures. Andrea recently won the Union of BC Performers Award for Best Voice for her portrayal of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Andrea teaches and plays the piano and enjoys running, skiing and snowboarding, yoga and volunteer work. She holds her Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Gigi Edgley -Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Farscape, Hashtag
Edgley has recently completed shooting Hashtag a short SyFy film. Her team were successful in raising over $44000 with a Kickstarter in order to fund the production. Previously she was filming Whisky Sour which was also produced in Los Angeles. As host of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Gigi Edgley was charged with introducing each week’s challenge to the group of contestants. The internationally renowned actress is originally from Australia. Gigi has a long and rich history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically – acclaimed sci-fi cult series, Farscape. In which she starred for over four years. Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series.
The Doubleclicks– Musical Nerd Duo
The Doubleclicks are two sisters who sing sincerely about the things geeks love: dinosaurs, super-villains, Dungeons & Dragons, and more. The duo has gained renown for their youtube videos including the geek girl song “Nothing to Prove,” for appearing on Wil Wheaton’s web show Tabletop, and for writing the theme song for Cards Against Humanity. The Doubleclicks have toured conventions, bars and clubs across the US and Canada including at w00tstock, Comicon and JoCoCruiseCrazy. Their 2013 album “Lasers and Feelings” hit the top 10 on Billboard’s comedy charts. Their 2014 album “Dimetrodon” features songs about burritos and cats and was funded by an $80,000 Kickstarter project. Doubleclicks concerts are perfect for fans of cellos or the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series.
RK Post– Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard, Lucasfilm, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, The History Channel
A farmboy from Illinois with a gift for sketching, RK Post was planning on a career as a veterinarian until illustration finally took over in his college experience. By 1994, RK Post was freelancing for the fantasy gaming industry doing interior illustration for several major game companies, gradually teaching himself how to paint with acrylics and oils. RK garnered a staff illustration position at TSR and after its acquisition, continued in this capacity with new parent company Wizards of the Coast painting cover illustrations for games and novels. Passionate about expanding his skill set, RK moved into 2D and 3D art for video games in addition to his ongoing freelance illustrations for Magic the Gathering and other franchises. RK’s freelance career has encompassed a lot over the years, with clients including White Wolf, WizKids, Fanpro, Microsoft (Mythica, X Box), LucasFilm, 20th Century Fox (both Aliens VS Predator), Sega (Dreamcast), Nintendo, Ballantine Books, Science Fiction Book Club, Hasbro (television and animation), Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, the History Channel, and Blizzard Entertainment (Diablo 2, World of Warcraft) and SOE (The Agency). RK Post published his first volume of collected works in the hard cover release, Postmortem: the Art of RK Post. Though this first edition has sold out, it still appears on amazon.com as one of the more valuable fantasy art books in trade. News, art, and more can also be found at www.rkpost.net, www.facebook.com/rkpostart.
David Carl -Game Developer
David Carl, better known as DC within the gaming community (or anywhere else that isn’t his mom’s house) is a professional game developer who has worked on tabletop miniatures games, board games, card games, and role-playing games. In 2015, he started up his own mercenary game company, Clockwork Phoenix Games, from which he currently works with Privateer Press, Ninja Division, and other game studios consulting on game designs and creating new games of his own.
Mike Olson -Game Developer
Mike Olson is a freelance RPG writer, designer, and editor. His credits include — in chronological order! — Legends of Anglerre (Cubicle 7), The Kerberos Club (Fate Edition) (Arc Dream), Fate Core System (Evil Hat), Fate Accelerated Edition (Evil Hat), and Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat). When he’s not doing that, he’s a full-time dad and husband, although his wife gives him more vacation days than his two boys do.
Dr. Eric B Vogel -Game Designer
Dr. Eric B Vogel has been a published game designer since 2004. His published games include Cambria (Sandstorm LLC), Hibernia (Sandstorm LLC), Romans Go Home (Editions Lui-Meme/Asmodee), Zeppelin Attack (Evil Hat Productions/Shanghai Creative Tree Cultural Spreading Co. LTD.), and Don’t Turn Your Back (Evil Hat Productions). He is also professor of clinical psychology at John F Kennedy University. His cognitive psychotherapy game for children, Land of Psymon, is published by Western Psychological Services.
Ron Randall– DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Trekker
Ron Randall has been drawing comic books, graphic novels and storyboards for over thirty years. He has worked for all the major comics publishers in the United States, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse and IDW on properties as varied as Spider-man, Supergirl, Predator and Star Wars. His own science fiction series Trekker, telling the adventures of bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair, is his signature project. Ron is busier than ever these days, producing new Trekker stories as well as serving as artist on several other creator-owned projects and various commercial clients both in and out of comics. www.trekkercomic.com
Lukas Ketner– Witch Doctor, Dark Horse, DC, Image, BOOM!, IDW
Lukas Ketner is the artist and co-creator of Witch Doctor, the hit launch title for Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics. He was a 2009 nominee for the Russ Manning Award for his Witch Doctor work, which has earned praise from fans and creators alike. Other work includes stories for Dark Horse Comics’ Creepy Comics, Thief, and Supersized: Strange Tales From a Fast-Food Culture, several stories for DC’s Batman ‘66, along with covers for Skybound, Image, BOOM! Studios and IDW. He has twice won entry into the Communication Arts Illustration Annual for his album cover artwork. He survived a successful full-body transplant from his hometown in Anchorage, AK to Portland, OR in 2000 where he currently resides. You can check out his work and drop him a line on Facebook facebook.com/lukasketnerart.
Terry Blas – BOOM!, Oni Press, Briar Hallow
Terry Blas is the illustrator and writer behind the web series Briar Hollow. His work has appeared on covers for Bravest Warriors, Regular Show and Adventure Time with Boom! Studios and The Legend of Bold Riley with Northwest Press. He was also the first guest artist on what is one of the most popular, widely read and longest running webcomics of all time, PVP by Scott Kurtz. As the host of The Gnerd Podcast, he runs a weekly pop culture examination show. He is a member of Portland’s own, Periscope Studio, a powerhouse collective of over two dozen award winning illustrators, cartoonists, and writers who contribute heavily to the comics and art community within Portland and the world at large. His latest project is with Oni Press the publishers of Scott Pilgrim. It is an original graphic novel, a murder mystery set at a fat camp.
Cat Farris– Emily and The Strangers: Breaking the Record, Li’l Sixth Gun, The Last Diplomat
Cat Farris is a talented artist from Portland, OR, and a member of the comics collective, Periscope Studio. She is the artist for Emily and The Strangers: Breaking The Record, as well as Li’l Sixth Gun. Her adventure webcomic, The Last Diplomat, updates every Tuesday. Visit all of the ZappCon special guests from Periscope Studio in our Artists’ Alley this October and don’t forget to bring your comics with their art and get them signed.
Drew Green– Nickelodeon, Disney, BOOM!, Lotus For Help
Drew Green is a Burbank-based comics and animation industry professional. He has worked for such clients as Nickelodeon, Disney, BOOM! Studios, Titmouse Inc., and more. When he isn’t watching copious amounts of cartoons or eating lots of junk food, Drew is usually working on his webcomic, “Lotus For Help,” or just drawing other cool stuff. You can find his work at http://drew-green.tumblr.com and www.lotusforhelp.com
Paige “Rampaige” Halsey Warren– Busty Girl Comics
Paige is a webcomic artist and founding Zapper who put herself on the map with her series Busty Girl Comics. When BGC concluded, she relocated to Burbank, California, to pursue storyboarding. To ward off homesickness, she began a new webcomic series set in a small town in her native Massachusetts about 6 artists sharing a warehouse space together. This new series, AHTspace, and Paige’s other comic work can all be found at PaigeOneComics.com.
Eben Burgoon– 916 Ink, Eben07
Eben is a creative writer and a founding Zapper, returning to ZappCon to teach is popular panels Create Comics and Kids Create Comics. He primarily wrote short fiction and sketch comedy for over a decade before embarking into comics in 2007 with his first webcomic series Eben07: Covert Custodian and again with B-Squad: Soldiers of Misfortune in 2012. He is currently working for a Sacramento non-profit, 916 Ink. Teaching youth how to write comic books, teaming the kids with professional artists willing to illustrate the kids’ scripts and then publishing the results. His work has been featured in the Sacramento Bee, Comic Book Resources, Capital Public Radio, the Sacramento News & Review, and many blogs and podcasts.
Nor Sanavongsay -Artist
Lao American artist Nor Sanavongsay was born in Thailand. The founder of Sahtu Press, his work has appeared in publications and exhibitions such as Strange Horizons, Lao Vision, Asian American Press, SatJaDham, the National Lao American Writers Summit, Little Laos on the Prairie, and for the Diversicon convention in Minnesota. His family came to the US when he was four years old, arriving in Kingport, Tennessee, before resettling in Elgin, Illinois. He grew up watching Transformers, Bruce Lee movies, Thundercats, and all of the great 80’s cartoons. He also has a fascination with comic books and graphic novels. He began drawing at the age of six with his uncle as a mentor. He is author and illustrator of the Lao children’s book Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess. He recently moved to the Bay Area with his family, and he volunteers widely in the community. For more information visit: http://artofnor.tumblr.com or http://www.sahtupress.com
Starla Huchton– Author
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. She is a three-time finalist for Parsec Awards for her podcast fiction work, and was the first place winner for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Sandy competition in 2012. Her work spans science fiction, fantasy, New Adult Romance, Young Adult titles, Steampunk, Contemporary, and various other varieties of stories. She is greedy and likes all the genres!
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at DesignedByStarla.com.
Bryan Thao Worra -Writer
Bryan Thao Worra holds over 20 awards as a Lao American writer, including an NEA Fellowship in Literature and the Science Fiction Poetry Association Book of the Year for his 2013 collection, DEMONSTRA. He appears in over 100 international publications including Tales of the Unanticipated, Innsmouth Free Press, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, Astropoetica, Expanded Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and more. He has been a pivotal figure in Laotian science fiction and fantasy, and his work frequently explores the Weird Horror traditions of writers such as H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. He is a professional member of the Horror Writer Association and an officer of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He is the Creative Works Editor of the Journal on Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. Bryan Thao Worra’s work is on display at the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” He represented the nation of Laos in 2012 as a Cultural Olympian during the London Summer Games. You can learn more about Bryan Thao Worra at his blog, thaoworra.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter at @Thaoworra
Christine Sprankle “Cspranklerun” -Cosplayer
Christine Sprankle, also known as Cspranklerun online, has been passionately cosplaying since 2004. Christine began her journey cosplaying from Magic: The Gathering when she appeared as Elspeth at the 2011 Magic: The Gathering World Championship in San Francisco. She is the winner of the Fan Favorite Magic: The Gathering Ignite your Spark contest posing as Elspeth, Knight Errant. She’s also brought to life many of your other favorite characters from Magic: The Gathering such as: Liliana of the Veil, Nissa Revane and Chandra Nalaar to name a few. In her spare time Christine enjoys working on costumes, playing Magic: The Gathering (usually Commander with a few friends), hanging out, playing video games, and going to any anime/comic conventions she can. You can follow Christine’s work on facebook, twitter, and instagram @Cspranklerun.
Holly Brooke -Cosplayer
Holly Brooke is a cosplay artist based in Northern California, but was born and raised in Fresno California. She has always had a love of costuming, but began attending conventions in 2009. She is a girl that loves playing dress up, expressing herself creatively, and showing admiration to her favorite characters. She is best known for her Zero Suit Samus, Batgirl, and most recently her Leela cosplay; however, she has many costumes spanning several geeky genres! Holly Brooke has been known to “nerd-out” over anything DC comics and Capcom related, but aside from all things geek, her other passion in life is animals. Holly is currently studying in northern California to become a veterinarian, but still manages to find time to be a superhero on the weekends.
Loki Hates You -Cosplayer
Hailing from Los Angeles, Loki Hates You has been cosplaying since 2006 and has been all over Southern California’s convention scene since 2012. Lately, he’s been seen hosting panels and events at conventions throughout California and you can be there to witness his evil plans unfold. Loki’s promised to keep the mischief to a minimum but anyone who knows of his reputation can attest that his word isn’t worth a whole lot. He’s making his way up to Fresno to gather new recruits for his growing army in his quest to conquer the Earth by way of social media and shameless self promotion. Keep an eye out for Loki Hates You and his heroic brother ThorTV but try not to get caught up in the crossfire when they get to quarreling. Come by their booth and check out their prints or wave them down in the hallway for a picture. Some people have thought they were seeing the characters from right out of Marvel’s Avenger’s films when they see these two together. Loki Hates You and ThorTV are happy to welcome fans of all ages so bring the whole family.
The Mighty ThorTV will be trekking south from his home in the Northlands of California to bring you good tidings and regale you with stories of his adventures in the perilous realm of cosplay. Known throughout all the nine realms and especially throughout the internet for his Youtube videos and his dubsmash video shorts, ThorTV is coming to Fresno’s Zappcon to lay the hammer down. Get a picture with him at his booth or while he walks the hallowed halls of the Fresno convention center but watch out, mere mortals. Thor makes fast friends at conventions but you may not be ready for a high five or a firm handshake from the God of Thunder, so brace yourself. You’ll most likely see him with his mischievous brother, Loki Hates You as they test the strength of their already shaky alliance. Say hello and ask for costuming tips. Grab a picture or a selfie with these Asgardian brothers who look as if they’ve come straight out of a screening of Marvel’s Avengers films. ThorTV is here as your champion at this year’s Zappcon. Bring the whole family by and meet one of Earth’s mightiest heroes in real life!
Margarita Guzman -Cosplayer
Margarita Marie Guzman is a gamer, model, and upcoming cosplayer from Merced, CA. Margarita has always wanted to cosplay while growing up, but was always afraid to coslay. She felt it was time to face her fears and decided to start cosplaying on February 4th of last year. First cosplaying as Catwoman from the DC Comics. Now a year later she attends conventions around the California area meeting fans and people. Margarita also enjoys playing discgolf, loves the outdoors, and being around her family. Margarita is also, going to college majoring in Humanities and multiple languages. Margarita has a very big heart and passion to help others people in need. To express that love Margarita is running a campaign that she started in the beginning of this year in January, and will finish in the November 2015. She will use all funds she raises to donate to her local animal/homeless shelter and to the National Army. If you would like to help her with this amazing cause feel free to go by the cosplay booth and donate. She will only be appearing at ZappCon on October 17th all day. She will be doing a raffle every hour at her booth!
501st Legion -Star Wars
The 501st Legion is an international STAR WARS™ costuming organization dedicated to celebrating the STAR WARS universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent the villainous characters from the STAR WARS sagas.
The Legion promotes interest in STAR WARS and facilitates the use of these costumes for STAR WARS-related events as well as contributes to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. Since 1997, the Legion has spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide and has become the leading force in fan-based charity events. The 501st, also known as “Vader’s Fist,” is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate.
Joey Oglesby -Actor, The Walking Deceased
Joey Oglesby is an actor, writer, and producer originally from Dallas, Texas and now residing in Los Angeles. After receiving a BFA in theatre performance from Baylor University(sic-em Bears) Joey began working on stages in New York and Dallas among others across the country,and then in 2007, Joey shifted his focus to film and tv. He has been seen in dozens of commercials, as well as guest starring on many shows, including “Law and Order SVU”, “NCIS”, “Private Practice”, “Prison Break”, “Trauma”, and “Salvation”. Joey is most well known for playing villains and none more memorable than Guy Raston on the first few seasons of “Friday Night Lights” and Daniel Cale in “Fruitvale Station”, winner of the Grand Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Joey was recently seen in “The Walking Dead” parody film: “The Walking Deceased”, where he played Chicago, a Woody Harrelson from Zombieland inspired redneck. Joey is also a sketch comedian whose work has been seen on many platforms including Funny or Die and Crackle, as well as playing the character of “Donnie Davies”, a satirical right wing preacher whose music videos were youtube viral sensations. Joey is married to Summer Herriage, a Los Angeles based stylist and they have one beautiful baby boy: Jameson Gray Oglesby
Troy Ogletree -Actor, The Walking Deceased
Troy Ogletree is a 21 year-old actor and music artist from San Antonio, Texas. Although he still attends The University of Texas at Austin, he landed his first starring role in the feature film The Walking Deceased. Along with acting in the film he also has a song featured on the official soundtrack. The Walking Deceased (2015) cast members will be providing a panel and screening their film on Sunday at ZappCon.
Tribal Black Ops -Local Film
Local filmmakers discuss their films: TRIBAL BLACK OPS and BLOOD DRIVE TRIBAL BLACK OPS is about a Tommy & Simona, Native-American wounded warriors, that have been abused with ‘friendly fire’ lab experiments in a Black Ops VA Hospital by a Rogue General. Tommy is a native ex-ranger who protects areas around Casinos/Tribal lands with his wolf morpher. This panel includes: Tommy Wolfe (Big Sky) Simona Bearcub (Zenaida) Art Paul (Lamb Feed, Rhonda Rides To Hell) and BD Kevin Searcy (Bigfoot’s Wild Weekend,Trespass Into Terror) and Moderator Chris Mackey (A Dove Among Pigeons, Movie Night 2 and The Asylum).Blood Drive, a film about vampires,cars and wolves, will also be discussed – Humans have driven the roads long enough, a new breed now ‘Rules The Race,’ and when you lose against them it’s not for pinks. It’s going to be a bloody good time.
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