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Dave Gibbons

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Dave Gibbons established himself in underground comics and fanzines in
Britain before becoming a frequent contributor to the seminal 2000AD,
illustrating Harlem Heroes, Dan Dare and co-creating Rogue Trooper. Since
then, he has drawn and written for most comics publishers on both sides of
the Atlantic. His work has encompassed Dr Who, Superman, Batman, Green
Lantern, Captain America, Dr Strange, Hulk, Predator and Aliens. With writer
Frank Miller he co-created Give Me Liberty and Martha Washington Goes To
War. Watchmen, his collaboration with writer Alan Moore, is the best-selling
graphic novel ever published and became a major motion picture. His
autobiographical graphic novel The Originals won an Eisner Award. His recent
work has involved consultancy on motion books for the MADEFIRE app and other ground-breaking storytelling technologies.

 

Ani-Mia

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Ani-Mia has been cosplaying since 2008 but has been a geek since she was sporting her Knight Rider shirts at age 3. Her love for video games, comic books and anime are reflected in her wide variety of cosplay costumes, many of which she makes herself. She has had the opportunity to travel to conventions across the globe as an International Cosplayer, judge costume contests, appear in both online and print magazines as well as television appearances, and meet many amazing people including those within the industry and fans! She’s also a writer for Otaku USA Magazine, the premiere print magazine about anime and manga in the United States. She covers topics such as convention coverage and various issues within the cosplay community. The one thing she really wants to do is help bring the cosplay community together as a whole and has been involved in numerous charity events and panels. She also has a love for providing her knowledge in costume making to new cosplayers and encourages them to contact her with questions.

Carole E. Barrowman

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In collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Dr. Who), Carole has written two biographies and five novels, including the acclaimed “Hollow Earth” (Simon & Schuster), a middle grade fantasy series about a brother and sister who can bring their drawings to life and animate into art. Their next novel, “Conjuror,” will be released in the UK this spring.

 

Carole and John’s most recent collaboration is for DC Comics. “Arrow: The Dark Archer” explores Malcolm Merlyn’s backstory.

 

Carole is also an English professor and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a regular contributor on WTMJ4’s The Morning Blend, and writes a column and book reviews for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She contributed stories to the Hugo award-winning anthology “Chicks Dig Time Lords” and the Hugo nominated “Queers Dig Time Lords.”

 

John Barrowman

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John Barrowman is an Entertainer with a capital E. He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges – he is a unique talent in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

John can currently be seen in the regular role of Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the hit American drama series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comic books. The show has been a huge success all over the world, and is aired in the UK on Sky 1 and on the CW network in the USA. He has appeared in all four series of the show. He subsequently guested as Malcolm Merlyn in The Flash, and has also guested on the CW’s hit historical drama Reign. Having guested on the hit American political drama Scandal for the ABC network, he hosted a major new entertainment series for the network, Sing Your Face Off. In the UK on Channel 4 he hosted Superstar Dogs (a game show for dogs) and The Small Animal Hospital with John Barrowman, which followed the work of Glasgow University Veterinary Hospital. He hosted two series of the BBC1 game show Pressure Pad and has hosted The National Lottery Awards on BBC1 three times.

Born on 11 March 1967 in Glasgow, where he spent his early years, John moved with his family to Illinois in the United States and later studied Musical Theatre at the US International University in San Diego, California.

In 1989, while in the UK to study Shakespeare as part of his university course, he landed his first professional role, starring as Billy Crocker opposite Elaine Paige in the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. Since then, John’s career as a leading man in musical theater has seen him star in many West End shows, including Matador, Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. He also reprised the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway. Sam Mendes’ premiere production of The Fix at the Donmar Warehouse garnered John an Olivier Award nomination as “Best Actor in a Musical”, and in 2002 he returned to the role of Billy Crocker for the hugely successful National Theatre revival of Anything Goes.

He appeared in the West End most recently as Albin/Zaza in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s award-winning production of La Cage Aux Folles, performing to full houses for nine weeks in 2009. This role won John the 2010 What’s On Stage award for “Best Take-over in a Role”.

John’s initial work in American television drama saw him playing Peter Williams in the Aaron Spelling series Titans for NBC and starring in Darren John Barrowman 1 Star’s Central Park West for CBS. He returned to US television in Spring 2010 with a five-episode guest-starring role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

His most famous television role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped Doctor Who on BBC1 created such an impact that he was given his own spin-off series, Torchwood. The show achieved the best viewing figures ever on BBC America and has been broadcast around the world. For the fourth series, titled Torchwood: Miracle Day, the BBC teamed up with the US Starz Channel, filming in Wales and the UK. The show aired on the Starz Channel and BBC1 from July 2011.

On the big screen, John appeared in the major Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty and the 2013 family movie All Stars. Other film roles include the Lead Tenor in The Producers, Jack in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely and Ben in the cult classic Megalodon: Shark Attack 3.

Alongside his acting career, John has also hosted his own primetime Saturday night BBC1 entertainment show, Tonight’s The Night, a co-production between the BBC and Barrowman Barker Productions, in which he made people’s performance dreams come true.

Other shows he has presented include The Kids Are All Right, BBC’s Live and Kicking, Children in Need for BBC Wales in 2008 and for BBC Scotland in 2010, and Keys to the Castle for US channel HGTV. In 2008, John was the subject of a BBC documentary, The Making of Me, in which he underwent tests and researched the science of homosexuality. He also hosts the children’s show, Animals At Work, which is broadcast on CBBC and in Canada. John was a judge on BBC1’s Saturday night shows searching for new West End stars (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything), competed in the first series of the ITV celebrity skating show Dancing On Ice, stood in to present Elaine Paige’s BBC Radio 2 show and has guested on numerous television chat and panel shows. On Christmas Day 2010, he was one of five celebrities competing to win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, partnering Kristina Rihanoff to victory with a sparkling quickstep.

John embarked on his third concert tour in October 2010 to promote his self-titled album John Barrowman, his third solo CD with Sony, following on from 2008’s Another Side (which brought John a Gold Disc) and Music Music Music in 2009. He toured the UK and Ireland again in October and November 2011 to promote his CD, The Very Best of John Barrowman, which was released on 5 September 2011. In June 2012, he performed at open-air concerts in Scarborough and Glasgow, and at the Hampton Court Palace Festival. In 2014 he self-released the album You Raise Me Up, and undertook a 20 date UK concert tour to support the album.

In December 2010, John returned to his Scottish roots for his sixth panto outing, reprising the role of Aladdin at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. John has since returned to Glasgow for the 2011-12 pantomime season to star as Robinson Crusoe in Robinson Crusoe and The Caribbean Pirates, the title role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2012/13, Dick in Dick McWhittington and as Buttons in Cinderella.

In collaboration with his sister, Carole E Barrowman, John has released two volumes of his autobiography, Anything Goes and I Am What I Am, published John Barrowman 2 by Michael O’Mara Books. In January 2008, Anything Goes reached number 2 in the Sunday Times bestsellers’ list and remained in the list for twelve weeks. A sci-fi/fantasy novel for young adults, Hollow Earth, co-authored by John and Carole, was published by Buster Books in 2012, with a second novel in the series Bone Quill in 2013. The third book in the series, The Book of Beasts, was published in 2014. A new trilogy starts with The Conjuror, to be published in May 2016. The Hollow Earth trilogy has been published in the USA by Aladdin Books (the children’s division of Simon and Schuster. John and Carole have also collaborated on a Torchwood novel, Exodus Code, which was published in the UK in 2012, and in 2016 they started writing specific Malcolm Merlyn editions of the Arrow comics for DC Comics.

Dina Karim

   

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Michigan native Dina Karim is a self-taught artist who has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Showcasing her artwork for the first time, Dina is finally taking the plunge from hobby to pro with her debut at Motor City Comic Con. If you’re looking to add some fun, imaginative, and whimsical art to your collection, come help make Dina’s debut convention a success!

Ilan Mitchell Smith

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Ilan Mitchell-Smith is an American academic and former actor best known as the co-star of the film Weird Science (1985).

Mitchell-Smith’s film career began in 1983 at age 14 when he played a younger version of the title character in Sidney Lumet‘s Daniel. After a starring role in the 1984 film The Wild Life, he was cast as Wyatt Donnelly in the 1985 teen classic Weird Science by writer/director John Hughes. The film focuses on two nerdy teenage boys who create a woman of their own (played by Kelly LeBrock) as they are unable to find girlfriends.

Mitchell-Smith starred in several other films and TV series, most notably The Chocolate War and Superboy. Recently Mitchell-Smith has done select voice over work (recording for two episodes — “Moon Warriors” and “Heads Will Roll” — of Fox ADHD’s “Axe Cop”).

Mitchell-Smith received his BA in Medieval Studies from UC Davis and his MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University. He received a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in 2005, and he is currently an associate professor in the English department at California State University, Long Beach. Mitchell-Smith publishes on chivalry in the later Middle Ages, and he also publishes on cinematic, television, and video game versions of medieval culture

Ilan Mitchell Smith is a Special Guest Game Master for a D&D game or other role-playing games (He can Gammaster any role-playing game out there), or would be a great Special Guest referee or Game Master or host for any “Miniatures Game,” like Warhammer, War Machine, Star Wars X-Wing, Star Trek Attack Wing, etc., and his specialty is historical miniatures – where they recreate ancient battles and scenes from old stories with a miniatures wargame.

 

Ilan Mitchell Smith has been a roleplayer/Dungeon Master, Miniatures gamer, and Indie/Boardgamer for 35 years, he has a PhD in Geek, and he regularly organizes games for local conventions here in SoCal, so he would be a good “celebrity guest” at any games-related Con, where he would be happy to participate and/or completely run any role-playing, miniatures

Big Van Vader

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“It’s time! It’s time! It’s Vader time!”

That fearsome call announced the arrival of the massive competitor known as Vader. Hailing from The Rocky Mountains, the 450-pounder first made a splash in the rings of Japan where he destroyed WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki in a wildly controversial match. The Japanese fans were so distraught over seeing their hero dismantled by the gigantic Vader that a riot broke out in Tokyo’s Sumo Hall. This pandemonium only further fueled Vader’s aggression and a long line of competitors fell to his devastating maneuvers — particularly the bone crushing Vadersault.

The Mastodon continued to assert his dominance in Japan and eventually stomped his way through competitors all over Europe and Mexico. This path of destruction brought the giant to World Championship Wrestling in the early ’90s where he would eventually become one of their biggest stars. With WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race in his corner, Vader battered WCW legends like Sting, Ric Flair and Cactus Jack and captured three World Heavyweight Championships during his time with the company.

In 1996, the powerhouse made his way to WWE where he debuted in that year’s Royal Rumble Match. Immediately impactful, Vader teamed up with manager Jim Cornette and battled Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam that year. The Mastodon then linked up with Paul Bearer and locked horns with Undertaker, scoring a huge victory over The Deadman at Royal Rumble in 1997.

In the months that followed, Vader grew frustrated with WWE and left to return to the rings of All Japan Pro Wrestling where he formed a tag team with his most famous foe, Stan Hansen and the two punished others instead of each other

Matt Peppler

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Matt Peppler is an Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Designer that specializes in retro and minimalist alternative movies posters inspired by many different aspects of pop culture. is an Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Designer that specializes in retro and minimalist alternative movies posters inspired by many different aspects of pop culture.

Kristy Swanson

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Kristy Swanson began her acting career at The Actors Workshop with R.J. Adams and promptly moved into TV advertising roles and several one-off appearances in TV series such as Cagney and Lacey and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1986, she debuted on the big screen in two John Hughes films: Pretty In Pink, in a non-speaking role, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as a character who announces a convoluted excuse for Ferris’ absence in class. Her first starring role was later in 1986, in Wes Craven‘s Deadly Friend as Samantha – “the girl next door”. The next year she played Cathy in the adaptation of V. C. Andrews‘ best-seller Flowers in the Attic.

By 1990, Swanson had made many television appearances, including multiple appearances in Knots Landing (1987–1988), Nightingales (1989), her first starring role in a TV series and a Burt Reynolds television series called B.L. Stryker (1989).

Throughout the 1990s, she starred mostly in films. She played the title role in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She appeared in both starring and supporting roles in movies such as Hot Shots!, The Program, The Chase, or her most critically acclaimed role, playing Kristen Connor, a student discovering her sexuality, in John Singleton‘s Higher Learning. She also appeared in the film adaptation of the comic-book The Phantom and the dark comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag with Joe Pesci

In the 1998–99 season of Early Edition, Swanson played Erica Paget, a love interest of the main character, Gary Hobson. In 1999, Swanson played Vanessa, the girlfriend of Adam Sandler in the movie Big Daddy..

She appeared in and won the 2006 Fox television program Skating with Celebrities, partnered with Lloyd Eisler.

On May 8, 2007, Swanson appeared in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode “Bombshell“, playing a fictionalized variation on Anna Nicole Smith.

In July 2009, she filmed What If…, co-starring Kevin Sorbo and Debby Ryan, released on August 20, 2010. It was her first theatrical film in 10 years.

Swanson made a cameo appearance in the “Don’t You Forget About Me” episode of One Tree Hill, which aired on February 1, 2010. The episode was a homage to John Hughes; Swanson appeared in two films produced by him in the 1980s.

 

Shannon Elizabeth

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Shannon Elizabeth is an American actress and former fashion model. Elizabeth is well known for her roles in comedy films such as American Pie, Scary Movie and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She is also known for her work in horror films such as Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed, and Night of the Demons.

Shannon  was born in Houston, Texas. As a girl, Shannon took dance lessons, including tap, ballet, and jazz. While attending high school, however, she was very interested in tennis. She even considered going pro, and making tennis her life. Also during high school, she was active in cheerleading, dance team, and the student council. As a senior, Shannon was in a music video shot in Waco. The music artists were local ones named “Hi-5”, and the director of that video just happened to be Antoine Fuqua. After graduating, Shannon moved to New York City to model. She then traveled all over the world with her newfound career to places that included Japan, Italy, France, and Australia. After moving to Los Angeles years later, she signed on with Ford Models and, eventually, Elite. Shannon had always wanted to start her acting career and had just modeled in hopes that it could help lead her into the acting. About a year after moving to Los Angeles, she started taking acting classes with several different coaches. She got an agent eventually, and in 1999, she landed the iconic role of “Nadia” in the movie American Pie (1999).

(2016) Shannon is still acting in projects she loves and is enjoying wearing more hats these days. She directed and produced the music video, “More Than Friends”, by the rapper Tha Vill and British sensation Kele Le Roc, and she also started her production company called “Ganesha Productions”. The company is currently (2016) focused on financing and shooting a film called Hazard, based on the Richard Marx song of the same name.

Shannon’s other love, and what she refers to as her purpose in life, is her non-profit, Animal Avengers. Started in 2001 as a Los Angeles animal rescue, the charity became international in 2015 and moved into doing conservation work in Africa.