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Meta Con features numerous guests from Television, Science Fiction, Anime, Video Games, and Comic Books. Guests appear at Q & A sessions, special panels and presentations, and autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Please note that some guests may charge a small fee for autographs and pictures.
Multimedia GuestsAutographs are either $10 or $20 for these guests, even for things you provide to be signed.
Billy WestAutographs: $20
William Richard "Billy" West is best known from numerous voices in Futurama, including Philip J. Fry, Zoidberg, The Professor, and Zapp Brannigan. He has starred in other famous shows including The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Howard Stern Show, Doug, and Jimmy Neutron. He also voiced Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Popeye during later renditions of the respective characters. He voices Corky Shumatsu, Poultra and Sam Melnik on Jimmy Neutron.
Lauren TomAutographs: $20
Lauren Tom is a stage, film, television and voice actress possibly best known as voicing Amy Wong and her mother Inez on Futurama. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the NBC sitcom Friends, and the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voiced Amy Wong and her mother Inez, while on King of the Hill she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone. She also played Numbuh 3 in Codename Kids Next Door.
Jason Faunt was born outside of Chicago, IL. After years of playing college and then a brief stint in pro baseball he hung up the cleats and decided to move out to L.A. to pursue a longtime dream of becoming an actor. Initially having some success on the commercial and print side Jason started doing bit work on soap operas which led to his role of ‘Kane’ on Port Charles and ‘Carson’ on Passions. Soon after he booked the lead as the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Time Force, playing two different characters, one from both the present and the future.
Since Power Rangers Jason has had continued success on both the commercial and print side; along with co-Producing and starring in his own film that appeared and received festival acclaim in several national festivals. The film is entitled 'Pact'.
The past year Jason has been working in the motion capture world as the Leon S. Kennedy, lead character in Resident Evil 6. Jason resides in Newport Coast, CA with his wife Stephanie and two daughters Keira and Makayla. Ages 6 and 4.
Blake's film work has included Danielle Steeles' Family Album, as well as Above Suspicion, and Kids World. When not on the big screen, Foster was making small-screen appearances on shows like Walker: Texas Ranger, the TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House as Peter Brady, and an appearance on the famed Beverly Hills: 90210. Blake is perhaps best known for his role as Justin Stewart, the Blue Ranger in the hit TV show Power Rangers Turbo. Blake assumed the mantle of the Blue Turbo Ranger at only the age of 12, making him the first and only pre-teen Power Ranger in history. He made his debut for the show in the feature-film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. After leaving the show, Blake stayed in television with appearances on Two of a Kind with the Olsen Twins, Boy Meets World, and landed a lead role in the TV film Casper Meets Wendy alongside Hillary Duff. Blake reprised the role of Justin, making his final appearance in an episode of Power Rangers In Space, wrapping up plot holes left behind from his abrupt departure at the conclusion of Turbo. Foster currently holds a 3rd degree master black belt in American Tang Soo Do style karate, and is training for his 4th degree master black belt testing under master Tom Bloom.
Born in New York City, New York, Hilary Shepard is a Hollywood actress. Appearing in numerous motion picture and television series, Shepard is best known for playing the character of the evil pirate queen, Divatox, in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and later returned to the role during the latter half of Power Rangers Turbo. She also had two roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: the Benzite ensign Hoya and Lauren, one of the genetically enhanced humans. She played Zena in the film Scanner Cop. Shepard and actress Daryl Hannah co-created two board games, "Love It or Hate It" and "LIEbrary," the latter having been previewed by Hannah on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Michael Sowell Copon is an actor, model, producer, and singer, known for his role of Felix Taggaro in the television series One Tree Hill, playing Vin Keahi in the television series Beyond the Break, and starring in Power Rangers: Time Force.
Michael has also starred as the lead in numerous films, including Night of the Demons, All You've Got, Dark House, Music High, and Bring It On: In It To Win It. He has also starred as the lead while producing or co-producing on Killer Holiday and Boyband.
Michael Copon has also played recurring characters on Beyond the Break, Greek, and That's So Raven, in addition to guest starring on Hawaii 5-0, CSI: Miami, and Reno 911.
Voice actor David Kaye, born in Canada, is recognized for roles such as Sesshomaru in the anime InuYasha, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Megatron in five different Transformers' series (Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron), Cronus in Class of the Titans and Clank in the Ratchet & Clank series of video games.
Olivia OlsonAutographs: $20
Olivia Olson is known for playing Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time, Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb, and for her role as Joanna singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in Love Actually. Olivia was adopted at birth and raised in Los Angeles, California, and currently lives with her mother, brother, and her father, who is a comedy writer. She has appeared as a singer and actress on television shows and in live theatre, including Comedy Central Stage, the HBO Theater, and The Fake Gallery. Olson has also appeared on The Tracy Morgan Show and guest starred on The Ellen DeGeneres Show singing with DeGeneres, actor Jack Black and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.
Anime & Fan GuestsAutographs are free from the below guests for things you provide, such as your own DVD copy or your program book.
Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Han in Blue Gender, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ashe in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood, Austria in Hetalia and many more. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf and others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day - The Musical, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti.
Chris Patton has been Voice Acting in Anime for well over 13 years for almost every company imaginable, including ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and Okratron 5000. His most famous roles include Sousuke Sagara in all the Full Metal Panic series, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood, Akuto Sai in Demon King Daimao, Asura in Soul Eater, Keima in The World God Only Knows, Ikki in Air gear, Sho in Guyver, Fakir in Princess Tutu, Nishi in Gantz, and Turles in Dagonball Z: The Tree of Might. Some more of his Anime credits include: Inu X Boku SS, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, Hajime in Ghost Stories, Ayato in RahXephon, Daley Wong in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Ranmaru in The Wallflower, Eiji in Gravion and Gravion Zwei, Haruka in Tactics, Graham Spector in Baccano, Komyo Sanzo in Saiyuki, Gintoki in the Gintama movie, Hiroki in The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and tons and tons more! Chris is also a stage performer, a music freak, a horror film nerd, a roller coaster guru, and a huge fan of Sharon Needles, Freddie Mercury, and Aleister Crowley.
Chris Rager is an American voice actor for Funimation studios. More notable performances are as Mr. Satan and King Yemma on “Dragonball Z”, as well as, Arlong the leader of the fish people on the popular “One Piece”. Chris has been seen in national and regional T.V. commercial ads like Taco Bell, Southwest Airlines and Visa. Although he enjoys the T.V. exposure, Christopher holds voice acting closer to his heart. You may have also heard Chris in Animes such as Blue Gender, Case Closed, Black Cat, Desert Punk, Lupin III, Full Metal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Samuri 7 and Sgt. Frog. Chris has also been heard in such video games Spike out: Battle Street, Stuntman Ignition, Bloodrayne, Roadkill and many others. Chris always looks forwards to his next voice over role, hoping he can bring a high level of talent and professionalism to such characters.
Sonny Strait is a prolific voice actor who is best-known for roles such as Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist and Arsène Lupin III, in addition to Krillin in DBZ. Sonny is also known as an illustrator for one of the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.
Besides Krillin, Hughes, and Lupin, Sonny has worked on many popular animated characters including Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.
According to Anime News Network, John Swasey is the most prolific male voice actor in North America with more roles and titles under his belt than any other male VA. John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with ADV Films, Funimation, and Illumitoons. Being more of the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Karl Haushofer in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has directed include Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki Extend and Shinobi (live action co-directed with longtime pal, Kyle Jones). John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor! Recently, John voiced the evil villain, General Disdain in the animated feature, Last Flight of the Champion. In addition to anime, John has voiced thousands of radio and tv commercials – even a few films. But the coolest acting job was being the Beer Delivery Guy in Dazed and Confused.
Clifford is a voice actor whose breakout role was Keita Tsuwabuki in Good Luck Girl! Binbogami-Ga! Since then, he has gone on to voice characters across the many anime worlds, including Kaito Yashio in the third installment of the Science Adventure series Robotics;Notes, and Conny Springer in Attack on Titan! Outside of his voice acting work, Clifford spends his time gaming and telling (really bad) jokes on the internet! You can keep up with all of Clifford's voice acting and bad comedy antics by following him on Twitter (@CliffordChapin) and liking his "Clifford Chapin (Voice Actor)" page on Facebook.
Dr. Awkward is a Nerdcore rapper with several hit songs and performances at Nerdapalooza and after parties at Comic Con, Florida's Nerd Invasion, and Texas' Comicpalooza. In 2009, Dr. Awkward released his first solo project "Next Gen," in which Doc proclaims that he is the future of Nerdcore Hip Hop. The EP was hailed as an instant classic, with hits like "Geekquilibrium" and "Imposter." Dr. Awkward release his latest album, "Unlimited" in April 2010, which features an amazing fusion of Nerdcore, Hip Hop, and R&B.
YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster.
Schaffer The Darklord
In the ten years since creating his act, NYC-based rapper and comedian Schaffer the Darklord (STD) has employed a cartoonishly commanding stage presence and brainy, rapid-fire rhymes to skewer such topics as hedonistic substance abuse, sexual compulsion, gender identity, urban anxiety and obsessive cat-enthusiasts. With five full-length albums under his belt and experience touring the nation with such acts as mc chris, MC Frontalot and MC Lars, STD's music and live show are equal parts Bill Hicks, Beastie Boys, Prince, Ozzy Osbourne and Darth Vader. He's made multiple appearances on the Science Channel television program "Oddities," and when he's not on the road, he serves as emcee for countless NYC burlesque shows and produces/co-hosts his podcast, "The Epic Piecast." His latest record "Sick Passenger," a concept album set during a mysterious therapy session, was released in October 2013 to glowing praise from his cult-like fan base and critics alike. Schaffer the Darklord continues to write, record and perform with great frequency and has no intention of giving up until his masochist rock-n-roll lifestyle destroys him. http://schafferthedarklord.com
Jacob is a web developer from Boston, Massachusetts. As a teenager he made websites for his favorite video games and anime, which sparked his interest in web design and development. In college he majored in Marketing and while there created FAKKU, now the largest English speaking hentai website in the world. His site attracts over 800 million pageviews a month and over 9 million unique visitors. He now works at BioWare as a Web Developer on Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Having started working together almost five years ago, Joseph DeLage, Tim Sutton, and Troy Wagner have accumulated a massive fan base entirely through word-of-mouth. Between their YouTube channels, marblehornets, totheark, and troyhasacamera, they have over 400,000 subscribers and 73 million total upload views.
Their most popular series, Marble Hornets, follows the character of Jay as he tries to unravel the mystery behind strange happenings in the raw footage of an old class project his friend, Alex, abandoned without warning. However, the more he looks into things, the more unpredictable and dangerous his own life becomes.
The series is shot in a found-footage style, which causes narration to be extremely limited and adds to the sense of fear and confusion of Jay that the creators try to share with the audience. To simply call Marble Hornets a horror series would be disingenuous as the creators try to rely more heavily on suspense and the tension caused by the limited perspective of the camera to create an atmospheric paranormal series that doesn’t rely entirely on jump scares and gore to keep the audience guessing. Marble Hornets is in its third and final season at the time of this writing but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the series. The web series is coming to the big screen under the direction of James Moran (Paranormal Activity series) and stars Doug Jones (Hellboy series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) as the mysterious and menacing antagonist, The Operator. The film is slated for a spring 2014 release.
Troyhasacamera (THAC), which started out as Troy Wagner’s personal YouTube account, has evolved into a place for the guys to share whatever ridiculous ideas they have caught on film with the world. Many of the videos are humorous one-offs that came into being in random conversations throughout the making of Marble Hornets. Though sporadically updated in the past, the channel is expected to go into full production mode at the conclusion of Marble Hornets. A couple of series that have already seen at least their first episode released are the Nature Break series (hosted by the great Craig Digsby) and Earth and You, an instructional series aimed at helping those new to our planet.
In addition to making videos, the boys have started a bi-weekly podcast available for free for anyone that cares to listen. Topics include regular updates on Marble Hornets and THAC production, answering fan questions, and whatever white-hot opinions they serve up in conversation.
Brandy Green is an international traveler, having been to forty countries and six continents. She is a published writer and photographer, historian, educator, and mixed martial artist. Brandy spent a number of years working for NBC’s SyFy Channel as a historian, case manager and researcher for “Ghost Hunters International” and has also appeared on “Ghost Hunters”. She was born and raised in Minnesota and is proud to announce her newest project, Dark Dispatches, a comic book adventure and supernatural series co-created with graphic artist Lazaro Suarez.
As a Professional Commercial Illustrator, Anthony has worked in a wide rage of mediums. From Digital Illustration, Story boarding, Illustrations for Children’s books, Comic books & Graphic Novels. In 2009 he co-founded ANA Comics as an online studio. In 2012 he bought out the company to move it forward as an independent publisher and currently operates as the CEO/EIC for the company. In 2014-15 Anthony is planning to release FIFTEEN MINUTES graphic novel, and THE MIDNIGHT RAIDER comic book mini series.
Now calling the city of Minneapolis home John Bivens' current project is the sci-fi/fantasy epic, Dark Engine, written by Ryan Burton from Image Comics. In the past his work has appeared in the Eisner and Harvey award winning Comic Book Tattoo, the Harvey award winning Popgun volume 4, and the Harvey nominated Reading With Pictures anthology. He has done work for the creators of the hit phone app Battle Bears, DC comics ZUDA initiative, and Pop Goes the Icon's quarterly anthology Omega Comics Presents. John has taught as an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University and is now attending Minneapolis College of Art & Design in pursuit of his MFA in comic books.
Gordon McAlpin is the writer and illustrator of Multiplex, an online comic about the staff of a movie theater. It has been running continuously since 2005, and its second print collection, Multiplex: There and Back Again was released last spring. Although he has never worked at a movie theater, he has had several equally terrible jobs.
Otis Frampton in a comic book writer and artist, best known for the "Oddly Normal" series originally published by Viper Comics. He is one of the two artists on the popular animated web series "How It Should Have Ended". He has also done illustration work for such clients as Topps Trading Card Company, Upper Deck, Rittenhouse and Crypotozoic Entertainment. You can see his work at www.otisframpton.com!