Guests

MEDIA GUESTS

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Kyle Phillips

(My Hero Academia, One Piece)

Kyle Phillips is a Dallas-based anime voice director and actor, who’s primarily worked with FUNimation Productions since 2008. Kyle started his career as an ADR Engineer, working on numerous titles such as One Piece, xxxHolic, Fairy Tail, and many more. He started getting behind the mic almost immediately, doing crowd scenes and the occasional bit part. Eventually, voice acting turned into one of his favorite parts of his job, so he decided to really pursue it and has been acting ever since. His more notable roles include Jason the reporter in Fairy Tail, Marco the Phoenix in One Piece, Genshiro Saji in High School DxD, Sosuke Sugaya in Assassination Classroom, Sho Tokugawa in Cheer Boys!!, Hairo Kineshi in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Denki Kaminari in My Hero Academia, and Suigin Riku in The Silver Guardian.

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Kara Eberle

(RWBY)

Kara Eberle is most known for her role as Weiss Schnee in the award-winning anime series, RWBY. Kara first stepped into the industry working at Rooster Teeth Productions, where she
met Monty Oum (RWBY ) in 2011. They became close friends, and Oum shared a "crazy idea" that would turn out to be a global phenomenon.

 

In addition to voice acting and interacting with fans, Kara works as an executive at Powerhouse Animation Studios, located
in Austin, TX. She enjoys seeing all aspects of the animation world! You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @Kara4tx.

Karan Ashley

(Power Rangers)

Karan Ashley has had a career as an actress, singer, TV host, radio DJ, reality star, writer and TV and film producer. Karan Ashley is currently Producing her graphic novel series The Order Icarus Rising and The Order Movie. She began her entertainment career as a child singer in the girl group KRUSH. Karan also had her first acting audition while in the group for Sister Act 2. She didn’t get the part but she got bit by the acting bug and she knew that she wanted to transition into acting. Her big break came when she went to an open call audition and beat out over 10 thousand hopefuls and landed the lead role of Aisha the Yellow Power Rangers on the #1 kids show in America, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. She was able to do over 80 episodes and star in the hit movie “Power Rangers the Movie” produced by 20th Century Fox. She reprised her role as Aisha in 2018 on the Interactive Gaming Power Rangers spinoff Hyper Force.

Facebook: @officialkaranashley
Instagram: @karanashley
Twitter: @KaranAshley

Paul Schrier

(Power Rangers)

Best known as the longest running character in the Power Rangers franchise, Paul Schrier’s role of Farkas “Bulk” Bulkmeier has delighted generations and appeared in over 300 episodes of the series. Most recently in 2018 he plays a new character, “Jack D. Thomas”, the PR Hyperforce Yellow Power Ranger. In addition to Directing more than 10 episodes of the long-running series, he’s also been in two PR feature films (20 th Century Fox).
As an animation voice actor Paul in 2018 performed as “Flonk” in the Cartoon Network series Mighty MagiSwords. Other voice credits include UPN’s Teknoman as the evil “Saber”. As the Owl, “Ollie” in Eagle Riders, and in 2002’s JETIX series Daigunder he voiced “BoneRex”. Finally, he’s most proud of Directing and performing numerous roles on Toon Disney’s Hello
Kitty and Friends.

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Ming Chen

(AMC's Comic Book Men)

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.

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George Lowe

(Space Ghost, Robot Chicken)

George Lowe started his career in radio in 1974 while still in High School. Even then he was known for breaking rules by inserting fake commercials in pre-recorded programming. He moved to WUSF in Tampa while in college, first the FM station then television. 

The next few years he bounced from Q-105 to Magic 96 then it was off to Lakeland, Florida to help a start-up television station get off the ground. He moved to Atlanta in August of 1988 to take a morning show there from worst to first. 

In 1993, after a stint doing promos at TBS, TNT and Turner Home Entertainment, George became the voice of Space Ghost for 11 years in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet, and the Brak Show. 

Today, George is still producing commercials and voicing television and radio out of his house, and he still produces art which is in several major museum collections including the High Museum in Atlanta, The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, The Georgia Museum, and The Foundation for the Advancement of Self-Taught Art.

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LITERARY GUESTS

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Castillo Studios

Tommy and Sammy Castillo have been in the illustration industry a combined 46+ years. Together they have put paint and pencil to such projects as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Tales from the Crypt, Green Arrow, Toetags, Horror legend George Romero, and various storyboards and designs for films. They have also worked with: Strathmore Artist Papers, DC Comics, Regal Cinemas, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro. Since Tommy’s passing in 2017, Sammy mans the helm of their Studio now and continues on with their projects and legacy under the flag of Castillo Studios. When not on the road at conventions you can find Sammy in her studio likely live streaming regaling her viewers with tales and adventures.

Kate Carleton

Kate is a freelance illustrator and full time graphic designer from Tampa, FL. Her clients include Fanatics, Harley Davidson, Topps, Upper Deck, Cryptozoic, Zenescope, DC Comics, Marvel, Netflix, and Cartoon Network just to name a few. She has done work on licensed sketch card sets, color work in comics, as well as getting published recently by Del Rey/ Printed in Blood/ Netflix's Visions From the Upside Down : Stranger Things Art Book. 

Josh Dykstra (Okay Stuff)

Josh is a designer who focuses on enamel pins. He likes to make new innovative pins and some times collaborates with his wife Kate Carleton. 

He also loves exploring other mediums like 3D Printing, video editing, writing and drawing. He first started out making comics with his wife. Their biggest series they made was Facebeast which was a Staff Pick on Kickstarter. He also made his own comics as well. 

Daniel Govar

Daniel has worn many hats over the years; Animator for SYFY, Programmer/Director of Interactive children’s media, Creative director of a media firm, comic creator, illustrator, and father. His clients have included Marvel, Sony, DC, Valiant, Dynamite, Amazon, Heavy Metal, and Naamco/Bandai. He’s worked on major properties in a variety of capacities; as an animator, an interior and cover artist, a storyboarder, and as a concept artist. Some properties include The Avengers, Captain America, Wolverine, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-man, Punisher, Grimm, Thanos, and Lord of the Rings. He illustrates the self-published comics Lovecraft, Relaunch, and So Dark. He has also done covers recently for Valiant and has 2 other creator-owned projects in production. Daniel’s illustration work is in everything from watercolor, pencil, ink and traditional mediums to Digital.

Eric Z Goodnight

Eric is a professional artist born and educated in the Carolinas. He's worked for 13 years as art director, designer, and illustrator, with work for international clients in all 50 states and destinations abroad.

Currently based out of St Petersburg, Florida, Eric is making a mark on the local graffiti-style mural scene, where he created murals during the inaugural first years of Tampa Bay's first mural festival, Tampa Bay Fresh Fest.

Eric is a collaborator with the likes of the Chicago's legendary Screwball Press, and renown French surreal digital painter, Bernard Dumaine. Occasionally, you can find Eric touring the national comic convention scene to promote his independent comic projects and hand-printed screenprint posters. He currently is a working artist in the studios of the Pinellas Arts Village, where you can find his studio on Park Blvd.

Eric's artwork comes from a place of both high and lowbrow artistic interests; he is as likely to be inspired by French comic artists, Viennese Art Nouveau, or Japanese professional wrestling. You can see his work at:

ericzgoodnight.com; freewillunlimited.com; 

Instagram/Twitter @ezgoodnight

Jeff Balke

Jeff Balke is an entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, colorist and producer/director who created his own animation studio, Jeff Balke Studios, which focuses on 2D Animation (including CEL Animation). All characters and stories are created by Jeff himself. In addition to creating animation, his studio also produces weekly Comic Strips coming in 2020 and debuting their first kids books in the Summer of 2020. The Studio was founded in 2015 while Jeff was working as an Award Winning Comic Book Colorist. He’s worked on hundreds of comic books, and has worked with companies such as Marvel, Image, Zenescope, and Storm King  Productions just to name a few. Jeff has also been nominated twice for the Eagle Awards for Best Comic Book Colorist, and won the Shel Dorf Award in 2011 for Colorist of the Year. In 2007 he created Sketch Coloring™ (HIS version of commissions) where he hand colors using markers on most anything black and white (comic covers, print, poster etc.) making what’s colored POP right off that piece but leaving some of the piece black and white, so you get the best of both worlds. This makes each piece a one of a kind unique piece.

Primo Cardinalli

Although Primo has worked on a variety of illustrations for paperback novels, comics, and trading cards, he finds his true calling to be creating bright and bold artwork directly for his fans and private collectors. Specializing in Horror and Sci-Fi characters from classic films, he puts his life-long passion for these films into his work every day. Beyond the mainstays of the genre, one can look to Primo for a fine selection of the quirky and obscure characters that populate your favorite B pictures. As the Ringmaster of “Cardinalli’s Carnival O’ Cult”, Primo’s creations now include not only traditional canvas paintings but also found object art on everything but the kitchen sink (not yet, anyway). Primo says, “I like to take broken, unwanted, and discarded things and make them fun and interesting again.” He is also the creator of the classic monster inspired board game Angry Villagers. 

Martin Pierro of Cosmic Times

Martin Pierro is the owner/publisher/author of Cosmic Times, a nationally distributed independent comic book publisher located in South, Florida.  His love for comics and a desire to tell stories prompted him to start Cosmic Times in 2008.  

 

Under his leadership, Cosmic Times has published a wide array of diverse titles including Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew, Deep Space Tragedy, Void of Heroes and the all-ages hit series Sugar Boogarz. Martin is also the author of Cosmic Times’s recent hit - Decisions: A Minor Variation as well as their first breakout series Arthur: The Legend Continues. Along with the Cosmic Times creative director - Zach Bassett, Martin has co-authored From Blood, Decisions: The Faces of the Stranger and the brand new all-ages mini-series The Good, The Bad and the Prehistoric.  

 

Beyond his work with Cosmic Times, Martin has worked with other publishers including TidalWave where he wrote the immensely successful Bill Gates biography.  He is also heavily involved with the comic book community on a national and local level, advocating for the medium to be accepted beyond the traditional markets. 

Jackie Sonnenberg

Jackie Sonnenberg is a local author and performer specializing in the Horror industry. In addition to being an author she is a veteran haunted house "scareactor" where coming up with original characters and costumes comes easily. 

Sonnenberg is known around the convention scene using this very method to promote her books: she dresses up and acts as her original story characters and interacts with people to introduce them to her work.

She has a growing YA/Horror book collection inspired by the classic Nursery Rhymes. They are all available on Amazon as ebooks and paperbacks. 

 

Check out her world here: www.jackiesonnenberg.com 

COSPLAY GUESTS

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Mana-T Cosplay

Mana-T Cosplay is a Central Florida cosplayer who has always had a passion for creation. She began cosplaying in 2012 when she was only 16. Starting out with comic and cartoon characters, she has since brought over 100 costumes to life and discovered her love of anime. In 2015, she made it a small goal to cosplay every Naruto character and is well on her way. In the past year, she has gained attention on Tiktok for cosplaying goth versions of beloved Naruto characters. Her most impressive costume to date is Princess Bubblegum which exhibits her mastery of sewing and body paint. In the upcoming year, Mana is looking forward to working on bigger projects and learning new skills. 

CorruptedVee

SFO of Cosplay Multiverse Mag

Published Cosplayer

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Asgard Armory

CEO of Cosplaydames.com and Cosplay Multiverse Mag

Published Cosplayer

2020 Western Championships of Cosplay Finalist

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Steve Conley

Steve is the cartoonist behind a number of cartoon projects including The Middle AgeAstounding Space ThrillsBLOOPThe Kid Knight, and others.

Steve is a also a web designer responsible for the design of the original USATODAY.com and COMICON.com web sites. Steve has gone on to create hundreds of sites, logos and illustrations for organizations of all sizes including Universal Studios, McGraw-Hill Education, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TIME magazine, The Wallace Foundation, DC Comics, The Inter-American Development Bank, The Washington Post, The World Bank, and many, many others.

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