CCR Ontario 2018 Welcomes Kevin Conroy & Andrea Romano

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Comic Con Revolution, the Inland Empire’s only comic convention is pleased to announce that legendary voice actor Kevin Conroy, who has provided the iconic Batman voice since 1993 will be appearing at Comic Con Revolution on Saturday May 19.  Joining Conroy for this rare appearance is celebrated casting and voice director Andrea Romano.

Conroy has been the voice of The Dark Knight since the launch of the groundbreaking debut of Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and has gone on to record the voice of DC Comics most recognizable hero in Warner Bros. animated films, the Batman Beyond series, both Justice League animated series, the critically acclaimed Arkham series of video games and more.  In total, Conroy has appeared as the Batman well over 300 times and has portrayed him longer than anyone else.

I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to play the complex character of Batman for over 27 years and to work with such a talented crew of actors, writers and producers,” said Conroy. “And behind the scenes guiding us all was the passion of Andrea Romano.

Romano has well over 100 casting and voice directing credits dating back over 30 years. She is the driving force behind the voices of the animated DC Comics movies as well as many other Warner Bros. properties.  Her credits include Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Justin League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Superman: The Animated Series, Scooby Doo, Pinky and the Brain and many more.  Romano has also contributed to some of animations most beloved animated series including Avatar: The Last Airbender, DuckTales (1987), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) and Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016).

“Looking forward to meeting the fans at Comic Con Revolution.  Come say hi and get an autographed picture,” said Romano.

“To me, and the vast majority of fans worldwide, Kevin Conroy IS Batman. There are very few people you can undeniably associate with the character they portray,” said owner and co-founder of Comic Con Revolution Mike Scigliano.  “Having him join us in Ontario this May is going to be an unforgettable experience for our attendees.”

“Andrea Romano has an ability to bring animated characters to life through the sound of their voices.  Her contribution to the DC animated universe is truly remarkable,” said owner and co-founder of Comic Con Revolution Drew Seldin.

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For the most up to date information about the show, including our latest guest list additions, head over to www.ComicConRevolution.com

Voltron’s Shiro & Allura Appear at MomoCon 2018

Excited about the Voltron Season 5 premiere on Netflix last week? Join us at MomoCon 2018 to meet Josh Keaton and Kimberly Brooks, the voices of Shiro and Allura!

Kimberly Brooks is an industry proven voiceover dynamo, gaining recognition for her performances on many respected animated shows and interactive video games, and has been performing since she was eight years old. She got her start in animation voiceover on Nickelodeon’s, Rugrats. She can also be heard on Netflix’s reboot of Voltron voicing Princess Allura, on Nickelodeon’s Winx Club voicing Stormy, on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe as Jasper, on Comedy Central’s South Park as Classi, as well as many other animated shows. Kimberly’s work in interactive video games includes Ashley Williams on the Mass Effect Series. She can also be heard on the Batman: Arkham game series as the ORACLE, as well as the notable roles as Daisy Fitzroy in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea and BAD JUJU in the more recent Skylanders: Imaginators. Kimberly will provide the first autograph free at MomoCon.

Josh Keaton was blessed by the gods (well, except Hades) not too long after he won the role of Young Hercules in Disney’s Hercules animated film. But that wasn’t enough to satiate his thirst for being awesome, and thus Josh proceeded to work his way up the ladder of being as many superhero voices as he could. He ended up lending his vocal performances to such iconic heroes as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: The Animated Series. He sped his way into things such as Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and DC Superhero Girls as The Flash, and voiced human Jack Darby, in Transformers: Prime. Recently, Josh decided all that still wasn’t enough for him, he had to have his own giant robot to bring justice to the entire galaxy! And so he stepped into the role of Shiro in the hit Dreamworks series Voltron: Legendary Defender, out now on Netflix. He has also started taking on smaller roles, such as Ant-Man in Avengers: Secret Wars. Yet, despite all of these previous voice over accomplishments and more (Like Revolver Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 3, King Graham in the King’s Quest revival, Spyro in Skylanders, Valerian Mengsk in Starcraft II, King Anduin Wrynn in World of Warcraft, and Lann in World of Final Fantasy), he just had to give it all up and be the bad guy; namely Norman Osborn in the new animated series Marvel’s Spider-Man.  Josh will provide the first autograph free at MomoCon.

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Have you registered for MomoCon 2018 yet?  Register as soon as possible to get the best rate on your 4-day membership for MomoCon 2018. Register today for a 4-day membership for $60, a $15 savings versus at the door! Also don’t forget to get your hotel room. Rooms are selling out!

About MomoCon   

Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to the largest event in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games.

With 28,300 unique and over 71,000 turnstile attendance in 2016, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much much more over this 4 day event.

Rose City Comic Con 2018 Tickets Go On Sale March 15th

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With guests Felicia Day (The GuildSupernaturalDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), John Barrowman (ArrowTorchwoodDoctor WhoLegends of Tomorrow), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and Jody Houser (Mother Panic) already announced, you know 2018’s Rose City Comic Con is going to be amazing. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 15th to get your passes as soon as they’re available. We’ll be announcing more special guests after tickets are on sale, so be sure to check our social media channels in the coming weeks.

For further details, please visit the Rose City Comic Con website: www.rosecitycomiccon.com

Star Wars Rebels’ Steve Blum & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Appear at Anime Boston 2018

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Voice Actors Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Steve Blum will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 30th through April 1, 2018.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer, and director. As an actress, she is currently playing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels, Dr. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Zahra Hydrus in Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, Valkyrie in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Talis in StarCraft II, Johanna in Heroes of the Storm, Queen Metalia in Sailor Moon Crystal, and Brooha in Glitter Force.

Mary Elizabeth portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society, and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

“Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has one of the most recognizable voices in anime. Female heroes have long had a prominent place in anime and Mary’s portrayal of Major Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell series stands as the most iconic,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, the villain Amon in Legend of Korra, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men, Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII, Leeron from Gurren Lagann, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, dozens of Digimon, and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

Currently you can find him as Zeb Orrelios and other characters in the incredible saga that is Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album The Incredible True Story and his latest release Everybody.

Added Victor Lee, “What more can be said about Steve Blum? If you watched anime, you’ve heard his voice. If you don’t think you’ve heard his voice, you’ve probably heard his voice. It’s been too long since Steve was last in Boston!”

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, and Yūji Mutō.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2018 Programming Schedule

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Visit Dark Horse Comics at Booth #1708 during Emerald City Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out our signings and panels, too!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
FEMINA AND FAUNA: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO, RAINBOW CHILDREN, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE: Patric Reynolds

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara, Sebastián Fiumara

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RASPUTIN: THE VOICE OF THE DRAGON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955: Chris Roberson

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Jonathan Wayshak, John Jackson Miller

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, DJ Kirkbride

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
LOBSTER JOHNSON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954: Stephen Green

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
AMERICAN GODS, KABUKI, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: TURF WARS: Irene Koh

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Patrick Rothfuss, Amy Chu, Vita Ayala

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
TREKKER: Ron Randall

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS: Max Fiumara

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin

PANEL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:15-  1:15 PM: Seriously, What’s Up With Editors

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Oni Press want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse’s Katii O’Brien, BOOM! Studios’ Cameron Chittock, IDW’s Sarah Gaydos, and Oni Press’ Desiree Wilson for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Geeking Out On Secret Loves

(Location: WSCC 604)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join speakers Hope Nicholson, Priya Huq, Levi Hastings, Amy Chu, and Harris O’Malley AKA “Dr. Nerdlove” for personal stories of modern love across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

 

4:45 – 5:45 PM: ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointy Ears

(Location: TCC L3-R2)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind the scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series will hit the stands the day before ECCC opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! Moderated by Tia Vasiliou of comiXology.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Dark Horse Manga

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and CubBerserkBlade of the ImmortalAstroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a HeroFate/ZeroDanganronpaDrifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

 

1:15 – 2:15 PM: Artists Who Write

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Whether it’s the adventures of a teen bandit, a villain with a heart of gold, a rabbit ronin, a superhero girl, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Colleen Coover (Bandette), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Joe Golem: Occult Detective artist Patric Reynolds will moderate this star-studded panel!

CA – Grimbeard Launch Party

Samwise Didier, Blizzard’s legendary art director, appears at Alakazam Comics on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 PM for the launch and signing of his new book, Grimbeard: Tales of the Last Dwarf.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SAMWISE, aka Sam Didier, is senior art director at Blizzard Entertainment. He joined the company in 1991 and is responsible for directing the art style for Warcraft, StarCraft, and Heroes of the Storm, as well as for creating artwork for World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo.

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Alakazam Comics and Games
17777 Main St., Ste E, Irvine, California 92612
(949) 854-3744

MA – Dark Duets Signing

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dd_psbChristopher Golden, Rio Youers, and Nate Kenyon appear at Porter Square Books on Wednesday January 22nd at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

Dark Duets is a feast of eerie and mesmerizing horror, thriller, and dark fantasy tales–an ambitious and unique anthology featuring biting and atmospheric original stories from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all collaborating together for the first time. Penned by two authors–and in one case, a trio–who have never worked together before, the stories in this enthralling literary chemistry blend diverse elements and rich themes into mesmerizing and highly combustible tales that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored realms of the imagination.

The readers for this event will be:

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. His latest novel is Snowblind.

Rio Youers is the author of two novellas, Mama Fish and Old Man Scratch—the latter earning him a British Fantasy Award nomination in 2010, the novels End Times and Westlake Soul, and the short story collection Dark Dreams, Pale Horses. His novelette, This is the Summer of Love, was the title story of PS Publishing’s first new-look Postscripts anthology. His short fiction has also been published by IDW Publishing, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Shroud Magazine.

Nate Kenyon is the author of Bloodstone, a Bram Stoker Award finalist and winner of the P&E Horror Novel of the Year, The Reach, also a Bram Stoker Award finalist, The Bone Factory, Sparrow Rock, StarCraft: Ghost Spectres, Diablo III: The Order, and Day One. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. He lives in the Boston area.

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25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413
617-491-2220

WA – Star Wars Reads Day 2013

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Gus Lopez and Jeff Grubb appear at University Book Store on Saturday October 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm for Star Wars Reads Day!!

Gus Lopez created The Star Wars Collectors Archive in 1994, the first Star Wars collecting website on the Internet and a virtual museum of the rarest and most unusual Star Wars collectibles. He is a frequent speaker at conventions on Star Wars collecting and has led the collecting track for all of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration conventions. He has been an author and contributor to Star Wars Insider, and DK’s Star Wars: Year by Year.

Jeff Grubb is an author and game designer. He is the co-creator (with Ed Greenwood) of the Forgotten Realms setting and one of the co-founders of the Dragonlance setting. He has written fifteen novels and thirty short stories set in such worlds as Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Starcraft, Warcraft, and Guild Wars. His most recent book is Star Wars: Scourge. He has written and contributed to more than a hundred games and game support products, including the Star Wars RPG, the Star Wars miniatures game for Wizards of the Coast, and Star Wars Attacktix for Hasbro. He is also the creator of the Whappamanga VoxBox, a handy device that allows Wookiees and Gamorreans to be understood in Basic. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two cats, and currently builds worlds for ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars game.

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4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

GraniteCon Hosts Avengers Reading with Voiceover Stars

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Press Release:

GraniteCon hosts an event unlike any other on the evening of Saturday September 28th at 7:00 pm! We’ll be assembling our voice acting guests Grey DeLisle, Quinton Flynn, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Jim Cummings, and Richard Horvitz to read selections from Marvel’s The Avengers in their character voices! Yakko & Wakko Warner as Thor & Loki? Winnie the Pooh as Tony Stark? You never know what’s going to happen! Please be advised this is a ticketed event! Tickets can be purchased at the door. VIP passes include entry into the script read!

PLUS the voice actors’ panel schedule:

20 Years of Animaniacs: Come celebrate 20 years of the hit show
“Animaniacs” with members of the cast itself. Join Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky and more), Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Jim Cummings (Narrator and more) as they talk the impact of Animaniacs all these years later! Who knows? Maybe you’ll also hear a song or two! Ballroom A at 11:00 am Saturday.

Finding the Right Voice: Join Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim), Grey DeLisle (Scooby Doo) and Quinton Flynn (Final Fantasy VII) as they discuss the characters they’ve portrayed, how they got into voice acting and more! Ballroom B-D at 2:00 pm Saturday.

Saturday Night Voice Actor Script to “The Avengers”: Join our cast of voice actors as they read the script to “The Avengers” in the voices of characters they have brought to life in game, TV and movies! Could we see Yakko and Wakko as Thor and Loki? How about Tigger as The Hulk? Or maybe even Invader Zim as Nick Fury! Guaranteed to make you laugh and be a once in a lifetime event! This is a ticketed event. Ballroom A-D at 7:00 pm Saturday.

Voicing in Video Games: Join Quinton Flynn (Axel on Kingdom Hearts, Raiden on Metal Gear), Rob Paulsen (Gray Fox on Metal Gear) and Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon) as they discuss what it takes to voice in the gaming industry! Ballroom A at 11:00am Sunday.

Characters You Grew Up With, Past and Present: Join Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh), Grey Delisle (Daphne on Scooby Doo, Azula on Avatar) and Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim, Alpha 5 on Power Rangers) as they talk about the various roles they portrayed for some of your favorite characters you grew up with! Ballroom B-D at 3:00pm Sunday.

Autograph Cost: First FAN provided item (DVDs, posters, comics, etc) they will sign FOR FREE! Each additional autograph, as well as photos, phone calls, video and voice recording will be $20!

Autograph Schedule:
Saturday:
10:00-11:00 – Quinton Flynn, Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz, Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
11:00-11:30 – Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz, Quinton Flynn
12:00-1:30 – Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
3:00-4:30 – Quinton Flynn, Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz, Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

Sunday:
10:00-11:00 – Quinton Flynn, Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz, Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
11:00-11:30 – Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz, Jim Cummings
12:00-1:30 Quinton Flynn, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
1:30-3:00 – Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz
3:30-5:00 – Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Quinton Flynn
4:00-5:00 – Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle, Richard Horvitz

More information at the website: granitecon.com

ABOUT THE GUESTS:

Grey DeLisle
Grey DeLisle is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning and Annie nominated veteran voice actress who got her start doing the role of Reptar on Rugrats in 1994. Since then she has starred in hundreds of popular cartoons including The Fairly Odd Parents (Vicky), Avatar: The Last Airbender (Azula), Clone Wars (Asajj Ventress / Amidala), Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (Mandy), Danny Phantom (Sam), Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (Frankie), Batman (Black Canary), Green Lantern (Aya), Wow Wow Wubbzy (Wubbzy), Clifford the Big Red Dog (Emily Elizabeth), and most notably the voice of “Daphne” on Scooby-Doo since 1997.

Gamers may recognize her voice from such titles as Doom, Mass Effect, Star Wars Old Republic, and Monkey Island. She also played “Nova” in Starcraft, the “Female Wizard” in Diablo 3, and “Vicky Vale”/”Catwoman” in this year’s hugely popular Arkham City.

 

Quinton Flynn
Quinton’s voice has been burning up the voice over industry since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland, Ohio. He is an A-list voice actor, having played such famous animated characters as: Jonny Quest, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Elmer Fudd, Timon & Snowbell, just to name a few. His animated television appearances include: Robot Chicken, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Animaniacs, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Avengers and many more.

His best known roles in Video Game franchises have been his work providing the English voices of Raiden (Metal Gear Series), Axel (Kingdom Hearts Series), Kolyat Krios (Mass Effect), Henry (No More Heroes), Arlon & Rexus Ragespear (Guild Wars 2) and Reno in (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) the motion picture.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the Video Game world in which Quinton’s also portrayed: SPIDERMAN, VENOM, BANSHEE, ABYSS, MERRY, GOLLUM, CROIX & ORPHEN.

If you’re hip to the Anime scene you’ll know him as: Kon in Bleach, Iruka-sensei and Deidara in Naruto, Marcus Damon in Digimon Data Squad, Carl/Phantom in Blood+, Shingo Shouji in Initial D, Dr. Riddles & Victoreem in Zach Bell to name a few.

He is well known in the industry for his skills as an impressionist and improvisationalist, having played the role of Paul McCartney and tested for NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Comedy Network’s The Daily Show. Quinton is always happy to do the animated and anime characters he is known for when he performs “Live” and rolls out his favorite impressions and yours!

 

Rob Paulsen
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those committed to their craft that combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed. Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break apart from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what got me in trouble in the 7th grade,” jests Rob Paulsen, who is one of the most popular voices in animation and won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and the Brain (WB). Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to the most formidable competition ever – fellow nominees Louis Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dom DeLuise, and Jeffrey Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty five years of full time employment in this business,” he admits. Interestingly, in those twenty five years, Rob now has the unique opportunity to have gone full circle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series; having voiced Raphael in the original show, he is now voicing Donatello in Nickelodeon’s latest version of TMNT.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rob “loved cartoons like most kids ” and aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, I learned pretty quickly that I had neither the talent, temperament nor dental insurance to pursue a career as a pro hockey player”. Ironically, acting was something to “fall back on” and Rob has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs and Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in two hit series Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain for Warner Brothers.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a gangling mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides… where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!’, ‘Narf!’, ‘Poit!’, ‘Splonk!’, and ‘Zort!’ are allowed?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Dr. Scratch’N’Sniff and Pinky in the Peabody and the two-time Emmy award-winning series, Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs also for Warner Brothers. Currently, he can be heard as Peck in Back at the Barnyard, Birdbrain in T.U.F.F. Puppy, Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom and various characters, including Mark Chang in Fairly Odd Parents, all on Nickelodeon, as well as a number of Disney projects including The Little Mermaid III; Ariel’s Beginning, Jacques and the Grand Duke in Cinderella and the role of Bobble in the Tinkerbell DVD series. For young fans of Play House Disney, Rob provides the voices of Al in Can you teach my Alligator Manners? and Ze Fronk in Tasty Time with Ze Fronk and Toodles in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlock. His television acting credits include guest starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 of them including the voice of Mr. Opportunity on behalf of Honda automobiles from 2004 thru 2010. Rob is also the host of a successful podcast, Talkin’ Toons, available at www.robpaulsenlive.com and iTunes.

Realizing how fortunate he is and passionate about giving back, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly Operation Smile, The Wounded Warriors Project and cancer and Muscular Dystrophy research.

A certified “gearhead”, Rob is also passionate about sports cars and motorcycles in addition to being an avid golfer. He also still laces up the ole skates every now and then to scratch that hockey itch. Rob spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, son Ash and two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

 

Jess Harnell
Peabody Award Winner and Emmy Award Nominee Jess Harnell has been named by Variety Magazine as one of the top ten voice actors in the world. With literally hundreds of roles in feature films such as all three “Transformers” films, all three “Toy Story” films and “Up”, animated series from “Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs” to “Spongebob Squarepants” to “The Simpsons” and The Cleveland Show, thousands of promos and commercials and even announcing “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for the last fifteen years, Jess has done it all. His celebrity impersonations have led to him being featured on Entertainment Tonight no less than four times as the top voice match in the business. With a rock star look and huge vocal range to match, Jess had a stint singing lead with mega band Journey and now fronts the world’s first live metal/pop mash up band “Rock Sugar”, sharing stages with bands from Aerosmith to AC/DC to Kiss and logging millions of hits on youtube. And with seven new animated series currently in production and a worldwide summer tour with Rock Sugar, for Jess Harnell the best is yet to come.

Jim Cummings
“Tell the kid he’s got it,” said the legendary Mel Blanc with a smile, after listening to a young man’s first demo tape of cartoon character voices. The year was 1984, “the kid,” was Jim Cummings. Since then, the kid has gone on to give life and voice to some of America’s most beloved animal Characters, even a few of the late Mel Blanc’s, and he was even nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as the lovable Tigger on Disney Channel’s “My Friends Tigger and Pooh,” in which he also voices everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Cummings spent Saturday mornings riveted to the TV screen as he mimicked the characters in his favorite cartoons, all the while dreaming that one day he would voice them himself. At age 19, he moved to New Orleans, where he performed as a drummer, a singer, a deck hand on riverboats, and even designed and created Mardi Gras floats, all the while absorbing the rich characters and accents that would someday find expression in animation.

Years later, Cummings relocated to Southern California and managed a video store as he pursued his childhood dream. He gave his first demo to a customer who was also a movie producer, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1984, Cummings landed his first role as Lionel the lion, in Disney Channel’s “Dumbo Circus.” During his illustrious career, he has worked extensively for the Walt Disney Studios voicing classic characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, King Louis, Kaa the Snake, Pete (formerly peg legged Pete), and more. His many other credits include Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Fat Cat, and Monterey Jack on “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” Don Kamage on “Tailspin,” and too many others to mention here.

Cummings has done scores of voices for Warner Bros, as well, including Taz the Tazmanian Devil himself, Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Batman,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Tazmania,” “Duck Dodgers,” and more. Other credits include “King of the Hill,” “Bump in the Night,” “Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “The Replacments,” “The Addams Family,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Star Wars Clone Wars,” “The Simpsons,” “Barnyard,” and “Catdog.”

Not Limited to the small screen, Cummings has acted in several blockbuster feature films for Dreamworks including “Shrek,” “Antz,” “Kung Fu Panda’s Furious 5,” “Hook,” “The Bee Movie,” “Balto,” and more. His credits read like a top-list of animated and live-action films. Credits include “Who framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Little Mermaid,” ‘Aladdin,” “Tarzan,” “Pocahontas,” “The Lion King,” “Babe: Pig in the City,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Brother Bear 2,” “The Princess and The Frog” to name a few.

Cummings’ uncanny ability to sing in character and voice match for stars who are, in his words, “great actors, just not great singers,” has led to many platinum and gold records for soundtracks like “Anastasia,” “The Lion King,” “Fox and the Hound,” “Pocahontas,” “Hercules,” and more. He was also AC, the lead singer of the famed California Raisins.

As of late, Jim is enjoying being the only American performer in the primary cast of “Gnomeo and Juliet,” where he plays the amorous garden flamingo, Featherstone. He is excited for the release on July 15th of the sequel to the animated Disney Classic, “Winnie the Pooh” in which he plays both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too! He will also be playing an evil African Warlord, Budzo, in the upcoming feature film, “Zambezia,” which is being released later this year.

Cummings’ work in voice over includes hundreds of television and radio commercials, movie trailers, promos, and videogames. “Pretty much anything involving microphones, music, noise in general, and padded walls,” jokes the affable actor, and “remember, only you can prevent forest fires,” so says Smokey the Bear, aka Jim Cummings. No matter how busy Cummings, schedule may be, it all stops when Famous Fone Friends of Make a Wish Foundation call on behalf of a very ill child and distraught family in need of a phone call from their favorite cartoon character. “Just bringing a respite, however brief, and perhaps a smile and giggle or two, means so much to the child and their family. I consider it a true blessing to be able to do that.”

Cummings is a proud father of four and resides somewhere in California with his beautiful two younger daughters Grace and Lulu Rose… and their critters.

Richard Horvitz
Fans of animation will recognize Richard Horvitz as the voice of many iconic characters, including INVADER ZIM, Billy from THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY AND MANDY, Daggett from THE ANGRY BEAVERS and Alpha 5 from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS. In addition to Richard’s animation work, gamers will recognize him from his many video game roles in such classics as PSYCHONAUTS (RAZ), RATCHET AND CLANK series (Zoni, Pollyx, Zurgo) DESTROY ALL HUMANS (Orthopox) and SKYLANDERS (Kaos) to name a few. Richard began his acting career on camera and many may recall his role as Alan Eakian in Paramount Pictures 1980’s cult classic SUMMER SCHOOL. www.richardhorvitz.com