JASON DAVID FRANK
Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in the long-running children's television show Power Rangers. His character has morphed into the most different power rangers in the show's twenty year history. He first morphed on the scene as the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, a bad boy turned good, who after only ten episodes was intended to be written out of the show. However, due to his popularity, Jason David Frank's character was able to morph into the Mighty Morphin White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo and then returned in 2004 as the
Black DinoThunder Ranger.
Throughout Power Ranger history, Jason David Frank's character has appeared in 225 total episodes and counting, more episodes than any other ranger. He also starred in the series both full-length movies, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie" (1995) and "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" (1997). In 2013, Jason David Frank reprised his role of the Green Ranger in the Power Ranger's 20th Anniversary season, which features a mega war that features many rangers from the show's history. With his dynamic screen presence and outstanding martial arts, he has catapulted Tommy to legendary fame in the Power Ranger fandom and to this day maintains a fan base that stretches around the world.
His martial arts is not an act, Jason Frank, an inductee of the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, is a highly accomplished and respected martial artist with 37 years experience. In 1994, he created his own martial arts system, "Toso Kune Do," which means "Way of the Fighting Fist" and incorporates many different aspects of martial arts. Jason David Frank currently holds a seventh degree black belt in American Karate, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and in February 2013, he received the title of Master of Muay Thai by the world-renowned Muay Thai trainer Grand Master Toddy (Arjan). He is the owner and operator of Rising Sun Karate and MMA, with three schools in Texas and one in California.
With his recent achievements in 2013, Jason Frank has begun to document his momentous endeavors in a reality series, "My Morphing Life." The first season episodes include his world record achievement, receiving his prestigious Arjarn title in Muay Thai, his return to Power Rangers as the Legendary Power Ranger, his notable convention touring, and more. The reality show’s first season can be viewed via Bat in The Sun’s Youtube Channel and currently has more than six million views. Season one through three of My Morphing Life can be viewed on the ConTV channel, a netflix of sorts for people who enjoy pop culture, and youtube.
In March 2017, Jason David Frank had a cameo in Saban’s Power Rangers movie, a re-envision of the hit show, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, distributed by Lionsgate Films and Saban Entertainment.
Jason David Frank portrays superhero Bloodshot, a former soldier with powers of regeneration and meta-morphing made possible through nanites injected into his blood. The series, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, which is Valiant Entertainment’s Valiant Digital division. He also voiced Emissary in Machinima’s and Warner Bros.’s Transformers Titan’s Return series. More recently, he starred as Lord Drakkon in an exclusive trailer for Boom! Studios’ Shattered Grid comic book event.
(Walking Dead, Shazam!)
Cooper Andrews quickly became a fan favorite as Jerry, right hand man of King Ezekiel during The Walking Dead’s seventh season. As the show continues into its tenth season he has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a lot more to Jerry than peach cobbler and a winning smile.
Cooper is also known for his role as Y0-Yo on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. He also appeared alongside Jason Momoa and Julianne Nicholson during the second season of Sundance’s The Red Road, and his other television work includes time spent on sound departments for various productions, as well as guest starring on Hawaii Five-O, and Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. He has filmed several independent films, including Golgotha, Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the TV film Thin Ice and the heist action thriller Den of Thieves. Most recently, Cooper appeared in the DC superhero hit Shazam!
Cooper was born in Smithtown, Long Island, NY. He enjoys cooking, screenwriting, archery, weightlifting, and his mother’s Raspberry Mountain Pie.
(RWBY, Red vs. Blue)
Arryn Zech is best known for her role as Blake Belladonna from RWBY. She also voices the character Dr. Emily Grey in the longest running web-based series, Red vs. Blue, created by the Austin-based production company, Rooster Teeth.
Arryn was born in Rota, Spain, but was raised in the city of New Braunfels, Texas. She attended the North East School of Arts high-school in San Antonio, Texas, where she majored in Musical Theatre.
She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Journalism in Copy Editing and Design, but found her passions still lie with acting and singing. She worked at the university's student run television station, TSTV, where she worked as an actress, writer, and host for multiple shows including Videogame Hour Live and Still Life.
With over 10 years of training in theatre, various acting methods, and classical voice, Arryn is now based in LA pursing her career in film and television. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @ArrynZech.
(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.
Austin Tindle is an american actor. His birth was foretold by a swallow, in a remote location in Orlando, Florida. At the moment he burst forth from the womb a new star formed and illuminated the sky, the seasons suddenly changed from winter to spring and a double rainbow appeared. At three weeks old he had learned to walk and by eight weeks he was talking. His voice over career began soon after. He was raised in Austin, Texas, which was retroactively named after him. He has since voiced many characters in English dubbed anime including: Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul), Marco Bodt (Attack on Titan), Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom), Avilio Bruno (91 Days), Seborgia (Hetalia), Raspberry (Dragon Ball Z), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun), Ichirohiko (The boy and
the Beast). You can also hear him voicing leading roles in many other shows including: Is This a Zombie, Guilty Crown, D-Frag, Gonna Be The Twin-Tail, Prince Of Stride, Prison School, Tamo No-Rin, ACCA, Maria the Virgin Witch, Snow White with the Red Hair, Trickster, Shangri-La, Cross Ange, My Love Story and more. I’m pretty sure he does video games too, like Raspberry in Dragonball Xenoverse and Hou Yi in Smite. Austin currently resides in Dallas Texas, where he enjoys his leisure time as a master golfer, after picking up the game for the first time in 2016 when he shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. He consists on a humble diet and employs a servant to inspect every grain of rice that is served to him; any with the most minor of flaws is discarded. He has never used a toilet as his body recycles everything it consumes with flawless efficiency. Also, he invented the hamburger.
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.
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.
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.
Professional doodler. Clients include Lucasfilm, WB, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Halo, Fox, Dreamworks, Mattel, Sony & more. Will draw for pizza and Ninja Turtles toys.
AARON REYNOLDS is a humourist, professional speaker, and the man behind the @EffinBirds and @swear_trek Twitter accounts. When he’s not on Twitter, you can find him producing a series of podcasts and at ComicCons dressed as George Lucas. He has been a baseball writer, a fine art printer, and a mall Santa Claus photographer. Aaron was raised in Mississauga, Canada, a suburb where they cut down all the trees and named the streets after them. He currently splits his time between Toronto and Ottawa.
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.
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:
John Crowther is an award-winning freelance comic book writer and professional wrestling historian. He has created and written series for several publishers, most notably "Blizzard" for Heavy Metal Magazine, "Rochelle," "Exciting Comics," and "Horror Comics" for Antarctic Press, and a collection of authorized biographical wrestling series for Squared Circle Comics.
Hocus Pocus Comics
Launched in January 2017, Hocus Pocus Comics was founded by Harvey and Eagle Award-nominated writer, Dwight L. MacPherson, and his wife, NAACP Award –nominated producer, Rebecca MacPherson, to create magical stories that anyone can read. After they were contacted by several Educators about their graphic novels being used in classroom curriculum, they decided to widen their original plan to include equipping parents of reluctant readers and teachers with captivating media that educates and inspires.
Hocus Pocus Comics has been awarded a 2019 Maker of Note award from The Lakelander Magazine. Their flagship title, The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, won the BareBones Entertainment 2017 Comic Book of the Year, which was followed by their second graphic novel, ELEVATOR, published in 2018. Their third graphic novel, Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits, will be published on Amazon in January 2020. Hocus Pocus Comics will continue to publish stories that will fuel the imaginations of the next generation of readers. For more information, please visit www.hpcomics.net
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.
Martin Pierro of Cosmic Times
Martin is author/owner/publisher for Cosmic Times, the largest independent graphic novel/comic book publisher in the southeastern United States. His love for comics and a desire to tell stories prompted him to start Cosmic Times in 2008. He has written many titles including Arthur: The Legend Continues vol. 1,2,3, Bills Gates biography by Blue Water, Arianna Huffington biography from BlueWater, Decisions: Collected short stories vol. 1 (Tanya’s Story, Saving Father, A Circular Presence), Decisions: Faces of the Stranger (considered for an Eisner Award). Cosmic Times was an underground success story until 2014 when it became nationally distributed to comic shops through Diamond and just recently to schools and libraries through Baker and Taylor. Under his leadership, Cosmic Times has published a wide array of diverse titles including Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew, Deep Space Tragedy, the socially relevant Flesh of White and the all-ages-series Sugar Boogarz. Martin is also author of the critically acclaimed one shot Decisions: faces of the stranger, Reading with a Flightring called it “Raw, powerful, stark, and honest storytelling....”. He has inspired countless numbers of children to read, through his engaging presentations at schools, libraries, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Daniel entered the Comic Book world recently, after years of working in the Gaming and Animation industry as an Illustrator Concept Artist and Art Director for companies like Fantasy Flight Games and Sega. Daniel collaborated with Creature Entertainment on a number of projects and fell in love with the comic world and culture, creating art for collectors and publishers like Creature Entertainment and most recently Image Comics.
Jose’s passion for art and design can be traced back to his early childhood when his parents would ground him repeatedly for drawing on his bedroom wall. They soon discovered Jose’s creative potential and encouraged him to develop his talents. Since then, Jose has continued to hone his skills as an illustrator, winning regional and national competitions and collaborating with local Miami artists and community businesses. Jose’s style ranges from traditional drawing and painting to comic book art and graphic design. In 2009, Jose partnered with Creature Entertainment, becoming there Art Director and Lead Artist for The Gun and Ravenous. Jose has also worked on other indie titles such as The Mighty Titan, Soulfire “The Dying of the Light,” and Soulfire “Hope.”, The Faro Chronicles, Light Earth, Alpha and The Beach Chronicles. Currently, Jose is working on expanding his brand within mainstream comics, as well as developing outside projects within the field of gaming and motion pictures to name a few.
B. Brian Blair
B. Brian Blair is a former professional wrestler and politician best known for his appearances with the WWF (now WWE) as one-half of the fan favorite tag team, The Killer Bees; and Championship Wrestling from Florida, where he debuted at the age of 18 against Hulk Hogan, following an illustrious high school athletic career at Hillsborough County High School in Tampa, Florida. Blair is also a former Hillsborough County Commissioner and currently serves as the President of the Cauliflower Alley Club.
Elliot Fernandez is a Tampa based American illustrator, storyboard artist, concept artist, comic book and cover artist.
Elliot is best known for his contributions to DC's Harley Quinn, Dynamites Army of Darkness, and Archie Comics Riverdale and Jughead as well as his work with MARVEL Animation.
Mark Pennington was born and raised in northern Ohio, his love for comics, sci fi and fantasy started early as a child.
After high school he joined the Army for three years, got married, and went to the Joe Kubert school of Cartoon and Graphic art. After graduation he got a call from Hasbro, they needed a new concept artist for the G.I. Joe action figures. After two and a half years at Hasbro he started his freelance art career. He broke in at DC as an inker and spent the next 30 years working for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW and many others.
During this time, he also illustrated various card art, designed toys and children’s books.
The last few years he has been moving away from comics and concentrating on portrait, landscapes and fine art.
Mark Pennington “wanted to be Tarzan, had to settle for artist”