Category Archives: Media Guests

Austin Amelio

 

Guest Info

Appearing
Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$60

Guest Bio

Austin Amelio is an actor and writer, known for playing Dwight on AMC’s  The Walking Dead, Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Putting the Dog to Sleep (2014) and Over Again (2014).

LeVar Burton

Guest Info

Appearing
Sat | Sun

Autograph
$45

Photo Ops
$45

Panel/Q&A
Saturday 12:30pm – Speaker Room 1

Guest Bio

Best known for his work as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek The Next Generation and hosting duties on the long running PBS series Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton’s career has been punctuated by exceptional roles in landmark series.

LeVar Burton made his acting debut in 1977 when he played Kunta Kinte in the ABC award-winning drama series Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. Burton’s audition for the role of Kinte was the first of his professional career. As a result of his performance, he was nominated for the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

For a remarkable 23 seasons Burton served as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow, making it one of the longest running children’s programs on PBS. Furthermore, the series garnered over 200 broadcast awards over its run, including a Peabody Award and 26 Emmy Awards, 11 of which were in the “Outstanding Children’s Series” category.

In 1986, Gene Roddenberry approached him with the role of the then Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. La Forge is blind, but is granted “sight” through the use of a prosthetic device called a VISOR, which is worn over his eyes. La Forge is the USS Enterprise’s helmsman, and as of the show’s second season, its Chief Engineer.

Burton also portrayed La Forge in the subsequent feature films based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, beginning with Star Trek Generations in 1994 through 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Burton directed the season one episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Ex Post Facto” as well as season two episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Dreadnought.” Also an accomplished director, Burton has directed and appeared in the season five episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Timeless” and directed several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise.

In 2014, Burton spearheaded a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow back. Now focused on reaching children through web videos and mobile apps, Reading Rainbow is introducing an entirely new generation of children to the joy of reading.

Tony Todd

Guest Info

Appearing
Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$50

Panel/Q&A
Sunday 12:30pm – Speaker Room 5

Guest Bio

Tony Todd is perhaps best known for his chilling portrayal in the title role of CANDYMAN. Since his film debut in the motion picture SLEEPWALK in 1986, followed almost immediately by a starring role in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award winning film, PLATOON. This charismatic six foot five-inch-tall actor has consistently turned in compelling performance after compelling performance. Tony has become a film icon in the horror and sci-fi realms starring in not only the CANDYMAN franchise, the HATCHET franchise, and also in the FINAL DESTINATION franchise of hit films. Films grossing more than $6 Billion at the box office worldwide have made the name Tony Todd box office gold. Tony has added his unique talents to the films TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, THE ROCK, THE CROW, LEAN ON ME, BIRD, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and THE SECRET from the award-winning team of Erick Zonka and Virginie Wagon (Dream Life of Angels). A few of the smaller gem films that Tony has starred in have been MANSFIELD 12, THE MAN FROM EARTH, A NIGHT AT THE BIJOU, CHANGING THE GAME, and starring and producing the cult classic SUSHI GIRL. Tony has recently completed starring in the films COLD DESCENT alongside Lance Henriksen, and renewed his relationship with CANDYMAN director Bernard Rose in the upcoming FRANKENSTEIN. Tony has also made his impact on television having starred recently as the Number 1 villain ‘Zoom’ on the hugely successful CW series THE FLASH. Tony has also made his presence felt on the hit CBS show HAWAII 5-0, and in the NBC series THE EVENT and recurred on two television series CHUCK for NBC and 24 for FBC. Some of Tony’s past guest starring TV appearances include MASTERS OF HORROR, CRIMINAL MINDS, WITHOUT A TRACE, BOSTON LEGAL, NYPD BLUE, BOSTON PUBLIC, SMALLVILLE, LAW AND ORDER, CROSSING JORDAN, HOMICIDE, XENA, HERCULES, THE X-FILES, ANDROMEDA, as well as recurring roles on all three incarnations of STAR TREK. Tony’s television movies include starring roles in TRUE WOMEN, THE BLACK FOX, BUTTER, THE LAST ELEPHANT, BABYLON 5: A CALL TO ARMS, and the UPCOMING CONTROL FACTOR, among others.

Vic Mignogna

Guest Info

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$25

Photo Op
$35

Panel/Q&A

Friday 5:30 – Speaker Room 5

Guest Bio

A man of many hats, Vic Mignogna is best known to audiences for his prolific voice over work in the anime industry and his work with Japanese anime characters and video games, the most notable being Edward Elric from the Fullmetal Alchemist series.

While working in video production, Mignogna got involved in voice acting in anime at ADV Films. His first role was as Vega in the video game Street Fighter II V. The role eventually lead to being noticed by Funimation where he landed the voice role of Broly in the Dragon Ball Z films.

In 2007, the American Anime Awards presented Mignogna with an award for Best Actor for his work on Fullmetal Alchemist. Mignogna can also be heard as Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai D. Flowrightin Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Dark Mousy in D.N.Angel, and Zero and Ichiru Kiryu in Vampire Knight. In video games, he is the voice of E-123 Omega in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and Junpei Iori from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. He was involved in music production in the Houston area, and several Star Trek fan productions. After moving to Los Angeles, he continues to be involved in anime shows such as Bleach and Naruto: Shippuden.

Not just one of the industry’s most recognizable voices, Mignogna has also produced hundreds of jingles for commercials and has sung the U.S. national anthem at several Houston Astros baseball games. As a musician, Mignogna has released several albums, some of which feature English cover versions of anime songs from shows including One Piece and the Dragon Ball series. He also handled some of the ADR direction for the English dub of Claymore, in which he voices Rigaldo.

Mignogna has been involved with several fan productions throughout his career, most notably the highly successful web series Star Trek Continues as Captain Kirk. A direct continuation of the original series, Mignogna not only stars in the series but has also directed several episodes.

Mignogna can next be heard in the upcoming video game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and can be seen in the TV movie production Humber City: The Rising Tide.

Wil Wheaton

Guest Info

Appearing
Sat | Sun

(Until 3:45pm on Sunday)

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$50

Panel/Q&A

Sunday 1pm –  Speaker Room 1

Guest Bio

Wil Wheaton‘s successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular ‘Wesley Crusher’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite Robin Williams in Flubber. He also had a reoccurring role in The Guild, Eureka, and the Big Bang Theory. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an authorblogger, voice actor, Columnist for the LA Weekly and Suicide Girls, widely-followed Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture.

Wil currently splits his time between acting and writing. He has recently appeared as serial killer Floyd Hansen on Criminal Minds, computer hacker Chaos on Leverage, and Doctor Isaac Parrish on Eureka. His most popular current role, however, is as Sheldon Cooper’s nemesis, Evil Wil Wheaton, on The Big Bang Theory. He’s published three acclaimed books: Just A Geek, Dancing Barefoot, and The Happiest Days of Our Lives. His latest books are Sunken Treasure and Memories of the Future, Volume One. All of his books grew out of Wil’s immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he created at WIL WHEATON dot NET and currently maintains at WIL WHEATON dot NET: in Exile. While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil took a decidedly different turn when he started blogging in 2001. He designed, coded, and maintained WWdN entirely on his own, until he “blew up” his sites’ database in 2005 and moved his blog to the TypePad service. In 2003, Forbes.com readers voted WWdN the “Best Celebrity Weblog.” Wil’s blog was chosen by C|Net for inclusion in their 100 most influential blogs, and is an “A” lister, according to Blogebrity.com. In the 2002 weblog awards (the bloggies) Wil won every category in which he was nominated, including “Weblog of the year.” In 2007, Wil was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Bloggie, alongside Internet powerhouses Slashdot and Fark. In the 2008 weblog awards, Wil was voted the “Best Celebrity Blogger,” and in 2009 Forbes named him the 14th most influential web celebrity. This is all amusing to Wil, who doesn’t think of himself as a celebrity, but is instead, “just this guy, you know?”

Aaron Sagers

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Aaron Sagers is a TV personality, journalist, and author. He has been on The Today Show, was Host/Co-Executive Producer on the Travel Channel (where he remains as a Travel Expert) and hosted an after-show show for Syfy, where he still appears. Sagers appears as the host of TLC’s new show, Paranormal Lockdown Evidence Revealed. He worked with HBO as a “Game of Thrones” expert for morning shows across the nation and filmed a “Travels With Dracula” travel show in Transylvania (with Bram Stoker’s direct descendant) — which led to him returning to Romania for his “Vlad vs. Vlad” segments with Luke Evans for the film “Dracula Untold.” He joined TruTV’s “Super Into” with Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad,” and was turned into a “The Walking Dead” Walker by effects guru Greg Nicotero. Sagers hosted filmed “Back to the Future” and “The Breakfast Club” reunions for Universal Home Entertainment. He appeared numerous times on AOL Build, Fuji TV, CNN, MTV, BBC, HLN, Huffington Post Live. Sagers is currently Editor At Large for Syfy’s entertainment site, and hosts the weekly NBC Universal/Syfy Wire podcast “Who Won The Week.” He has performed as a guest or host at live events for Fox, Esquire TV, Focus Features, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel/Destination America, Syfy, and Universal, and at conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, South By Southwest. Along with a decade of experience as a journalist and syndicated columnist for MSNBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, and more, Sagers has been profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, is author of “Paranormal Pop Culture: Rambling and Shambling Through the Entertainment of the Unexplained” and contributing author to The Psychology of Doctor Who. He has an extensive social media reach, and is a verified personality. Follow his adventures on Twitter and Instagram.

Lou Ferrigno

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Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$50

Guest Bio

Louis “Lou” Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno 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 his title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

Lou Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victoria and Matt Ferrigno, a police lieutenant. He is of Italian descent. Soon after he was born, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75 to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. Hearing loss caused Ferrigno to be bullied by peers during his childhood: “They used to call me ‘deaf Louie, deaf mute’, because of my hearing and because of the way I sounded”.

Ferrigno started weight training at age 13, citing body builder and Hercules star Steve Reeves as one of his role models. He was also a fan of the Hercules films that starred Reeves. Ferrigno’s other personal heroes as a child were Spider-Man and the Hulk.

 

Kelly Le Brock

Guest Info

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Solo Photo Op
$50

Weird Science Reunion Photo Op
$100

Panel/Q&A
Friday 2pm – Speaker Room 1

Guest Bio

Kelly Le Brock is an American actress and model. Her acting debut was in The Woman in Red, co-starring comic actor Gene Wilder. She also starred in the films Weird Science, directed by John Hughes and Hard to Kill, with Steven Seagal.

Le Brock was cast as the “perfect” or “fantasy” woman in films such as The Woman in Red (1984) and Weird Science (1985). As a result, she was considered one of the sexiest women in Hollywood in the 1980s. In 1990, she starred opposite her then-husband, Steven Seagal, in Hard to Kill. Le Brock also appeared in Betrayal of the Dove (1993), Tracks of a Killer (1995), and Hard Bounty (1995).

She had roles in the films Wrongfully Accused (1998), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2002), Zerophilia (2005), and Gamers: The Movie (2006). She has appeared in four films since 2000, as well as a thriller entitled Hidden Affairs, released in 2013.

Kelly joins her cast mates  Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith  for a Weird Science reunion at Motor City Comic Con 2017!

Hannah Kasulka

Guest Info

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$50

Panel/Q&A
Saturday 3:30pm – Speaker Room 5

Guest Bio

From Macon, GA, actress Hannah Kasulka most recently starred as the lead role of “Casey Rance” in the Fox Series “The Exorcist”. Other feature roles include “Filthy Preppy Teens,” co-created by Paul Scheer and Curtis Gwinn. “The Fosters,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “True Blood” and “Nashville.” Hanna has studied and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

Barbara Eden

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Appearing
Fri|Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$50

Panel/Q&A
Friday 5pm – Speaker Room 1

Guest Bio

Barbara Eden is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. Her “I Dream of Jeannie” NBC Television series, launched in 1965, became an instant hit. The network series ran for five seasons (139 episodes) and has been airing continuously on cable and in syndication in the United States and abroad for over 40 years.

Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, has recently published Barbara’s memoir JEANNIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE, which debuted at number 14 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

It is also on Australia’s Best Seller List, published there by HarperCollins, Inc. The autobiography chronicle’s Eden’s colorful life and remarkable Hollywood career that spans more than 50 years.

One of Hollywood’s busiest actresses, Barbara filmed a starring role in “Always and Forever,” a movie for the Hallmark Channel, which aired multiple times during 2009. On the road, she hosted productions of “Ballroom with a Twist,” the new groundbreaking show that stars rotating celebrity emcees and dancers from “Dancing with the Stars.” Barbara has also appeared recently in a recurring role in Lifetime’s “Army Wives” TV series; guest-starred on ABC’s “George Lopez”; enacted a recurring role on “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch”; toured nationally in Neil Simon’s female version of “The Odd Couple”; and starred on-stage with Hal Linden and separately with Larry Hagman in “Love Letters” which toured in major cities in the United States. During 2012, Barbara appeared on stage at The New Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri in the play “Social Security,” which had a month long run in Jacksonville Florida in summer of 2014.

During her long career, Barbara has starred in 25 feature films, five network TV series, 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies and headlined at many of the major hotel resorts and casinos including Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. She also was the star attraction at the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and Harrah’s, as well as on concert stages and in legitimate theaters across the country.

People Magazine named Barbara “One of America’s 200 Greatest Pop Icons of the 20th Century.” She has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard near the front of the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; named one of TV Guide’s Most Popular Comedy Stars and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the TV Land Television Network.

To celebrate the 2002 Yuletide season, responding to an invitation from President Bush, Barbara journeyed to Washington D.C. and sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the annual White House “Lighting of the National Christmas Tree” event where she also hosted the show and pageant with President and Mrs. Bush for an audience of 6,000 cheering fans on the Elipse near the White House.

Barbara has been featured in TV commercials for Old Navy, AT&T, and she introduced the LEXUS SUV, which was later named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine.

On stage, Barbara toured in the national touring musicals “Sound of Music” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” In the latter production, she played Lorelei Lee, the character created on Broadway by Carol Channing and performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 20th Century Fox film version. She appeared on stage in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Same Time Next Year,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” and the female version of “The Odd Couple.”

Also a movie star, Barbara starred in over 20 feature films at 20th Century Fox, MGM, Columbia Studios, and Universal Studios. Films included “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm,” “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao,” and “Flaming Star,” as Elvis Presley’s leading lady.

Performing for over five decades, Barbara starred on more than 50 variety TV shows including 21 Bob Hope specials. During the Persian Gulf war, she traveled with Hope to the middle-east to perform for the combat troops and then continued on with Hope in a whirlwind eight-day around-the-world USO tour entertaining servicemen during the Christmas season.

When there is time in her crowded schedule, she works actively on behalf of numerous charities including The Trail of Painted Ponies Breast Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp USA.

Born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in San Francisco, Barbara resides with her architect/real estate developer husband Jon Eicholtz in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills with their dog, Djinn Djinn, an adorable, chocolate brown, Australian born Labradoodle.