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The 6th Doctor Who!
The amazing Colin Baker has made a fantastic career in film and television. His most iconic character was that of the 6th Doctor Who on the long running BBC science fiction series. Beloved by fans for decades, Colin is always a favorite at conventions and Dr. Who events world wide. He was recently seen in "The Five Doctors Reboot" and his latest film, "Shadows of a Stranger" will debut this year. We are excited to have him at this year's con and we are sure Tyler, TX will never be the same afterwards!
Kris is an amazing actor and athlete. He has starred in "Underworld Awakening", "Lost Girl", "Night of the Demons 3" and "The Tudors" to name a few. He is a Canadian born gentleman with an easy going, likeable style and flare. His character on Lost Girl is "Dyson" the Fae Werewolf and he plays it so well it almost makes you believe he will sprout fur and fangs at any moment. When Kris isn't acting, he enjoys adventure, traveling, and being outdoors. Some of his interests include sailing, scuba diving, surfing, and yoga, with one of his favorite films being Gandhi. If he could work with anyone, it would be some of the great, classic directors, such as Scorcese, Scott and Spielberg, as Kris would love to transition behind the camera one day. Kris live in Toronto with his son and his Black Labrador, Hopper. We are very excited to have him at this year's comic con in Tyler! Make sure you stop by and meet this talented actor and all around good guy!
Ksenia Solo was born in Riga, Latvian SSR, and is of Russian heritage. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Toronto, where she was raised. She studied ballet until the age of 14, when a back injury forced her to stop; her mother is a former ballerina-turned-actress. Solo played Zoey Jones on the APTN series renegadepress.com. In both 2005 and 2006, she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her work on the show. She went on to appear in other Canadian television series and movies, such as the films Love Thy Neighbor and Mayday, as well as guest-starring on the television series Kojak. In 2010, Solo was cast in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Since 2010, she has starred as Kenzi in the Showcase seriesLost Girl; Solo's heritage and fluency in the Russian language were written into the role. She had a recurring role as Natasha "Tasha" Siviac in Life Unexpected. She was cast as Dodge in the pilot episode of Locke & Key. She is as beautiful as she is talented and her star is skyrocketing to the heavens! We are proud and happy to have her come to Tyler, TX for this year's con!
Amazing comic book author and artist Mike Grell will be at this year's con thanks to sponsor: Ground Zero Comics! He is a legend in the business, having made the Green Arrom and Green Lantern cool long after many had given up on them! His work on "The Warlord" and "Legion of Super Heroes' is reknown! Make sure you stop by his booth and visit with him...he has had a fantastic career!
Neil Napier is amazing! He is well known as a star of such films as "300", "Immortals", "Riddick" and has recently landed a lead role in the brand new SyFy channel hit: "Helix". His voice and motion capture work in video games such as "Assassin's Creed III" and "Assassin's Creed IV" is fantastic. Originally from Montreal, he now resides in Ontario, Canada and is fluent in both English and French. Described as funny, charming, and handsome by his fans, Neil is always in high demand and we are tremendously excited to have him at this year's con!
Jennifer Spence is a beautiful Canadian actress. Her acting credits include playing the part of Dr. Lisa Park on the Stargate Universe television series. Other television series in which she has had principal roles are Exes and Ohs, The 4400, Reunion, Write & Wrong, and recurring roles on Killer Instinct and DaVinci's Inquest.
Immediately following the cancellation of Stargate Universe, Spence joined some other of the show's cast in a pilot of the new show Echoes, produced by Stargate's Mark Savela and Ken Kabatoff. In 2012, Spence had roles in episodes of three network television shows, The Killing, Alcatraz and Supernatural. Spence has a recurring role in the science fiction television series Continuum, which premiered May 2012. Spence will feature in a third season of Continuum and also a film called “Down River”, which was written and directed by her husband Ben Ratner.
We are very lucky to have her aboard for this year's con and we hear her personality matches her beauty.
We are very proud to have Mr. Peter Kelamis as one of our VIP guests this year at the con. He is not only a talented actor of stage, TV, and Movies, but he is a versatile voice actor and continues to amaze the world through his talented performances. He is an Australian-born Canadian actor known for playing Dr. Adam Brody in Stargate Universe and Goku in the original English dub of the animated television series Dragon Ball Z.
And he is also the voice of none other than YODA in Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles!
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978 (“Ernie,” Analog, September 1979). In 1980 he left grad school and began writing full time.
Since then he has published forty-five novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Slave, the first book of the Cobra Rebellion Trilogy, and Star Wars: Scoundrels.
Upcoming books include Cobra Outlaw, the second Cobra Rebellion novel, and A Call to Duty, the first of the Manticore Ascendant collaborations with David Weber set in the Honor Harrington universe. You can contact him at Facebook.com/TimothyZahn.
James Ward is an amazing man. He has developed many role playing game systems in his life...the most famous of which is Dungeons & Dragons. James is known as the "Godfather of Gaming" and is still writing and producing games to this day. His latest work, Metamorphosis Alpha, is a stunning sci-fi extravaganza rebooted from the first Science Fiction role playing game ever invented (by Ward of course!)! He is also the author of several books, including: Pool of Radiance, The Curse of Time, Greyhawk Adventures and more. He was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame. Jim has also worked on the Dragonball Z card game and Westeros Game of Thrones minature rules. We are incredibly happy to have him at this year's con and cannot wait to see what games he will run!
aka "Big Tiny" of the Walking Dead
Theodus Crane is an American actor who portrayed Big Tiny in AMC's The Walking Dead. He started his professional acting career in 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, his hometown. He has performed on stage, in burlesque and vaudeville shows, and sideshow acts, and began his film and TV career in 2010. He currently resides in New Orleans, LA. Theodus is also a fighter and holds the amateur world heavyweight title in San Shou, a Chinese form of kickboxing. He is a fantastic guy and a wonderfully talented man. We can't wait to meet him!
He has partnered with Fangoria Magazine to produce an unprecedented exclusive series of art prints featuring some newly painted, reimagined versions of classic horror films including Re-Animator, Cannibal Holocaust, Friday The 13th and many others, as well as prints of his original works. He is also a feature writer for Fangoria and is working on Fangoria’s recently resurrected sister publication, GoreZone, as a centerfold and cover artist. Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (central) on horrorradionetwork.com he hosts his own live radio show, "A Bunch of B.S. with Brian Steward". Every week Brian welcomes guests from the fields of film, music and art. Past guests include cast members of AMC's The Walking Dead, Friday The 13th, Dawn Of The Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as members of the bands Danzig, Type O Negative, The Misfits and Ratt. The list goes on and on! This is one heck of a talented man! Make it a point to chat with him at the con!
Michael Stewart is a professor of United States history at Tyler Junior College. He is a published author with several books and articles to his credit, and has earned Masters degrees in Nineteenth Century European History as well as American History. He was a contributing designer on the Castles & Crusades Fantasy Roleplaying Game from Troll Lord Games, and has published two modules for this system. His upcoming RPG is called Victorious: Steampunk Adventure in the Age of SuperMankind and is expected to be out in winter of this year.
Blake Ovard is a professional artist and animal rescuer. He has won numerous awards for his realistic pen and ink stippling art of wildlife, with pieces featured in gallery exhibits, art festivals, charitable organization posters, stamps, and hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the world. He is also an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator with “Whose Feet Are Those?” “Flamingos Everywhere” and “Tugg’s Doggie Rulebook.”
The elements for art and animal rescue came together for Blake in one small rescue dog that was wrapped in a blanket that was staked down beside a busy six-lane highway in the hot July, Texas heat. That 4-month-old puppy was Tugg, and as Blake and his wife, Kim, nursed Tugg back to health, it became apparent that Tugg was a real-life super hero dog. Soon “Tugg: A Hero Among Us” was born. The quarterly series is a super-fun ride for all ages, following along as Tugg saves the world from things he didn’t even know were dangerous.
Blake created and developed anti-bullying and self esteem programs featuring Tugg for schools and created therapy programs with Tugg for various local elderly care facilities. Tugg received the Award for Canine Excellence, Companion Animal by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Blake and Tugg were featured guests at Dallas Cowboys Stadium’s Rally Days celebrations for the last two seasons, and helped team owner Jerry Jones present the award to the 1 millionth visitor to Cowboy’s Stadium. Tugg has also been featured on T.V. and in newspapers, was the “celebrity guest dog model” at the annual Fashion Group International show in Dallas, and has been a spokes-dog for charitable organizations ranging from cancer research to children’s advocacy groups.
Blake also creates sketch cards of all kinds of heroes and villains, fine art paintings, and blank sketch comic cover commissions featuring Tugg as a character from whatever book it is. He and Kim work in animal rescue every day and have started a non-profit rescue, Tugg’s Pink House of Wuff, Inc. All of the proceeds from the sale of Tugg’s series go to the rescue.
Erin Marie Hogan
Erin is a beautiful and talented lady who is a star with grace and wit! She had the leading role in the cult favorite Paranormal Entity (2009), and went on to star in Hold Your Breath (2012), and numerous award winning short films. She has appeared in such television hits as Seven Lives Exposed, The Bold & The Beautiful, Femme Fatales, and 1,000 Ways to Die. She won Best Actress In A Drama at the Playhouse West Film Festival for her portrayal of an agoraphobic young woman, haunted by the memory of her fiancé's murder. After the first screening, a man approached Erin to compliment her on her performance, and explained that he was a recovering agoraphobic. Erin maintains this is the greatest compliment she has ever received.Erin considers herself extremely lucky to have starred along side actors such as Mischa Barton, Danny Trejo, Aaron Paul, and Vinnie Jones. Erin and her friends also produced an Arrested Development (2003) fan series entitled Paul Goetz's Last Ditch Effort (2012) about Erin's real-life friend Paul, and his attempt to get cast on the new season of his favorite television series, Arrested Development. Erin is a wonderful person and we are excited to have her at the con!
Ty Tyner is an artist from Austin, Texas. He has worked on stories for publishers such as Hound Comics, Comix Tribe, Arcana Comics and Shot in the Dark comics. His latest work includes coloring the covers for the highly acclaimed series The Red Ten from Comix Tribe with CP Wilson III (Stuff of Legend, Marvel), color work on the upcoming SCAM anthology book from ComixTribe and coloring the weekly web comic Masters Of The Obvious for Hound Comics. Visit www.TyTyner.com to learn more.
John Brightman, founder of New England Paranormal Research, has taken part in several paranormal documentary productions, as well as his own historically haunted film project. John’s outstanding research and state-of-the-art precision to gather evidence has lead him to being featured on shows like: Ghost Adventures, My Ghost Story, Worlds Most Scariest Places and even international shows in over a dozen countries, world-wide. Specializing in the infamous murder cases of cult leader Carl Drew, as well as Mary Lou Arruda, John’s lectures will captivate every audience with his macabre tales and astonishing evidence. John’s experiences and stories will be showcased in his book,Dark Gift based on the Bridgewater Triangle. We were lucky enough to have John at our Paranormal Conference earlier this year and he was a break out star of the show! He is a big tall man with a gentle demeanor and an incredible amount of knowledge to share. We love this guy! Make sure you stop by and give him a high five during the con!
Please welcome Funimation Anime' Voice Talent of such TV series as Dragon Ball Z, and Toriko...and actor in such movies as Drive Angry, W., and Shadow People...and voice talent for video games such as Infinity Blade...Mr. BRYAN MASSEY! Not only is he an incredibly talented actor, he is also one of th efunniest guys you are ever likely to meet.
Kristen is a Con favorite! Her voice talents have been featured on many anime' series from Funimation. Her manga style art and comics are mind blowingly good. She is quickly becoming one of the best things about the Anime' Cons around the US. The best thing about Kristen, is she doesn't realize how awesome she is...she is easily approachable and a pleasure to talk to. Spend some time with her at this year's con and see what we mean!
TV horror host and mortician macabre, Harvey is after all the ghoul's hearts. His hit show. "Festival of Fear" airs in the fall on METV and is abhorred by millions...um...we mean adored by millions. He was a hit at the last Rose City Comic Con and he has graciously agreed to return and gross us out again!
The man with the plan, the guy with the guts, the Merc with the Moves is back! The hilarious hit of last year's comic con is coming back to do it again and this time he's bringing a couple...friends(?)! Give it up for our hero, D. Piddy!
Make Up Artist
She stunned with her amazing Hollywood Make Up skills at last year's con and she's back again to wow you all over again. Her classes were a huge hit at our break out session at Spirit Halloween Super Store and thisyear she will have her own classroom session at the con where you can learn some amazing techniques to help you with your own cosplay designs!
A going on 14 year veteran Deputy Sheriff, Michael hasn’t been cosplaying for long but he’s quickly making a name for himself. The love for the comic and video game genre has been in his heart since he was little and it shows when he creates and puts his costumes on. Having many of his creations praised and displayed on numerous platforms. Michael has also judged costume contests.
Michael has had the opportunity to work on 4 different Hollywood comic book movie productions. First on the 2006 film “Spiderman 3”. Having being bit by the creative bug, that same year Michael auditioned for the reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” hosted by Stan Lee. Michael developed a character named “Knightmage” for the show and was made a possible alternate for the broadcast. Michael would once again capture an opportunity in 2011 when he was cast in the Hollywood blockbuster film “The Avengers” as well as in “The Dark Knight Rises”. While filming “The Dark Knight Rises” he was selected for the “Stunt Action Team” which allowed him to work closely with the stunt team, the coordinator, director and main actors filming in both Pittsburgh and New York. Most recently he was an extra in Captain America 2: Winter Soldier. Michael is also a member of the independent production company “Together Brother Productions” which produced such fan films as “Clash in the Knight, The Legion of Injustice and most recently The Joe Files and Flash Fall”. Michael and Together Brothers are currently working on a documentary titled “Cosplay is Colorblind”. Other projects include "Project: Lex" brought to you by Superhero Photography by Adam Jay and Bat in the Sun Studios. Project: Lex is a recreation of the DC Online Universe Cinematic Trailer. Michael will play Cyborg.
Michael also is a spokes model for the independent comic company “Shot In The Dark Comics” having his likeness used for an upcoming original superhero comic character.
Genuinely loving to entertain, make a positive impact and bring smiles, Michael most often uses his costuming by participating in many charitable events, benefits, parades, birthdays and hospital visits to children. This has led him to becoming a member of esteemed costuming groups such as “The League of Heroes, The Heroes Alliance-Ohio Branch, East Coast Avengers and Superheroes to Kids in Ohio”. Michael has also worked closely with local and national charity organizations as a sponsor, such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Putting Downs First and Angels for Animals. This has led Michael to making the "Knightmage: Cosplay Against/Awareness Campaign".
If you wish, become a fan at www.Facebook.com/Knightmage1 and follow on Twitter @Knightmage
Bill "Batman" Necessary
Local Cosplayer legend, Bill Necessary, returns to Comic Con again this year. Specializing in classic characters such as the 1966 Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel, the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet, Bill has appeared at a variety of events since the early 80's. These include Wizard World Dallas, parades, TV spots, church events, retail promotions and scores of private parties. "I was making costumed appearances years before the term 'cosplay' was invented!" says Bill. He is available to appear at your function or party! Contact him here: firstname.lastname@example.org If you have an event and need a hero, call Bill!
These folks are the hottest rising stars in the paranormal world! With their live pod casts and audience involving expeditions, they are fan favorites with a huge following. Their investigative experience will amaze you and the things they show and tell you will blow your mind. They are official members of the Ghost Adventures Crew, and I must say they are the friendliest, most easily approachable bunch of folks I have ever met. Make sure you don't miss their presentation!
Shadows of the Paranormal
Chris Vickers is co-host of "Misguided Souls" Radio show on Ztalkradio.com and Lead Investigator with Shadows of the Paranormal. He was featured on Travel Channel & My Ghost Story: Episode 23; where he talked about one of his most interesting urban legend investigations. Chris has conducted many lectures and workshops on various aspects of paranormal related topics and has been investigating in the paranormal field for the past 5 years where he uses his knowledge of science blended with the spiritual side to investigate all claims given. Chris searches for the answers to what may lie beyond this life.
Shawn Paine Stowe
Shawn Stowe or as most people know me Shawn Paine Stowe. I am currently the host of Walk In The Darkness Radio. I am also an independent paranormal investigator that works with a lot of different teams in the field. I wanted to let you all know a little bit about myself and my start in the Paranormal field....I grew up in a old haunted farmhouse that was owned by my grandparents. We inherited the house when my grandparents passed away and whatever was in the house I don't think liked the idea of them being gone and new owners moving in. My parents didn't really experience a lot of activity besides a couple things here and there that they chalked up to imagination. Whatever was there was attracted to me!!! Whenever my parents would go out which happened quite frequently due to my father being a drummer in a popular band, the spirits would play tricks on me and terrorize me. It started out with sounds of footsteps walking around upstairs in the house to something knocking on the walls and windows of the house. I had a normal ritual when my parents would go out for the night that I went through which was running around the upstairs turning on all the lights before they left and then putting a chair under the door handle ( I know now that it didn't stop whatever from coming through the door), checking all the doors and windows to make sure they were locked up tight, closing the bathroom door and any doors that led into other rooms, turning on all the lights and turning on MTV cranking it up to avoid having to listen to the strange sounds that were occurring. Apparently whatever was there didn't like this because the noises got louder like it was trying to compete with the TV. I remember one night I actually called the police because I thought that someone was trying to break in, of course no one was...It was already in the house. That same night the apparition of the woman in white began appearing to me. I wanted to know why all of this was happening so after I moved out of the house and was on my own I joined a paranormal group to begin to try to communicate with the other side to get answers why I was terrorized!
Please welcome DoDad Burton, Race Car Driver to our line up of guests at this year's con! He is a local legend and has been racing since he was 12 years old and is like a super hero of the tracks! His car "Free Spirit" is a fan favorite and we are glad to have him at this event!
Alex McVey is a Chesley-nominated, award-winning illustrator whose work has been published internationally. He has illustrated the works of Stephen King, Joe R.Lansdale, William Peter Blatty, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, H.P. Lovecraft, Fantasy Flight Games, Steve Jackson Games, Weird Tales Magazine, and Richard Matheson, among others. HIs talent is only matched by his friendliness and kindness. Give him a warm welcome when you meet him at the con!
"The Puffskein Experience"
The Puffskein Experience is the solo nerd rock project of 20-year-old Miranda Caddell. The Puffskein Experience came to fruition when Miranda decided to combine her two loves of music and fandom. With her ukulele in tow, she began producing music in 2011, focusing on parodies and original music about the Harry Potter franchise. Since then, she's has written and performed songs based on Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and The Fault in Our Stars. She has released two EPS, with a third coming out soon! When Miranda isn't rocking out as The Puffskein Experience, she likes to talk about Harry Potter and Doctor Who and tell bad jokes.
The Pathfinder Society
Amazing Fantasy Role Playing
Welcome to Pathfinder Society Organized Play! Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a worldwide fantasy roleplaying campaign that puts YOU in the role of an agent of the Pathfinder Society, a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers dedicated to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world beset by magic and evil. The campaign’s home base is sprawling Absalom, the so-called City at the Center of the World, that stands astride the great Inner Sea on the mountain-capped Isle of Kortos. A Pathfinder’s adventures explore the dark alleys and political intrigue of Absalom between far-flung travels to the most interesting and exotic locales in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. In Pathfinder Society Organized Play, you play a member of the Pathfinder Society, seeking fortune and glory all over the face of Golarion. At the same time, your character works for one of the competing factions, all with their own motivations and secret agendas. Play is organized into Seasons, throughout which the actions and achievements of you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 Pathfinder Society scenarios (short, 4-hour adventures) set in a variety of exotic locations across Golarion
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The coolest gang on the planet...our buds at Ground Zero Comics are back again! We could not have pulled it off last year without these wonderful folks and their tireless efforts! With gaming, Magic, and comics galore, you will dig it!
Soft Drinks, Old Time Candy, and Novelties!
Rocket Fizz is amazing! With over 500 flavors of soft drinks you can't fins anywhere else, and old school candy like you haven't seen in years, and novelties that will definitely make you smile, this place is an instant classic! We are glad to have them aboard with their tasty root beers and salt water taffy! If you don't leave their booth with a happy face and heart something is wrong!
Geek World is a very cool comic book, gaming, and more store located at 410 Loop 323 in Tyler, TX. These guys handled the war gaming at the first con and brought some amazing stuff to the event! Rest assured, Geek World will help make it a Rockin' event!
Gaming Schedule released by Geek World:
10am-12pm: Munchkin / Flux Demos
12pm-3pm: Open/free Munchkin Tournament
3pm-6pm: RESISTANCE!!!!!! Come for a few rounds of an amazing game that is sure to get you hooked!
6pm-12am:ZOMBIE GAMES!!!!!!!!!! BOARD GAMES! CARD GAMES! MINIATURE GAMES! RPGS! ALL THINGS ZOMBIE!!!!!
10am-12pm: Dominion/ Red Dragon Inn
12pm-3pm: Open/Free Dominion Tournament
3pm-6pm: GET CURED!!! COME PLAY PANDEMIC!!!
6pm-12am: TABLE TOP!!!! We will be doing demos featuring games from Will Wheaton’s popular web series Table Top!!
All Day, Both Days:
• Card Game Demos
- War Game Demos
- Various Board Game Demos
And we will be holding a War Machine and Hordes Tournament both days!!! Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/NETWarmachinehordesGroup
RC Comics is a fantastic comic and gaming store in Kilgore Texas at 20 E. Main St. in downtown. These guys are growing like mad with new gaming and stock constantly popping up! And the owner, Ricky Custer, is a terrific friend to us and the con! We look forward to having them with us and Ricky will be heading up the Children's events at this con!
We are pleased to announce that returning vendor, Abbott Design Studio, will be handling official Tyler Rose City Comic Con merchandise! We will have T-Shirts, Collectibles and more with our logo and the limited edition dated design! And yes, for those of you who have requested them we will have a few shirts commemorating the past first Tyler Con since we did not have much in the way of memorabelia there. You will love what Abbott Studios has in in store!
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