Media Guests

You know them from stage and screen, and they’re here to share their stories and insights with attendees via Q&A sessions that are open to all OCC attendees. When they’re not in Q&A sessions, you’ll find them in the Arena at their autograph tables, where you will be able to purchase autographs or photos.

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Alison Arngrim, best known to viewers world-wide for her portrayal of the incredibly nasty “Nellie Oleson” on the much loved, long running hit television series “Little House On The Prairie,” continues to amuse audiences through her many film, television and stage appearances. She can currently be seen in the independent films “For the Love of May” with Ru Paul and Patricia Neal, and “The Last Place On Earth” with Billy Dee Williams and Phyllis Diller. She recently began her foray into French cinema with the role of “Edith” in the French detective comedy, Jean Pierre Mocky’s “Le Deal”. Read more …

 

 

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Mat Fraser

Mat Fraser burst forth onto the American consciousness during the fourth season of American Horror Story.  While the series was subtitled Freakshow, the characters that fell under that banner were far from freaks – they were the ones with empathy and heart. Mat Fraser’s character, Paul the Illustrated Seal was a standout. Read more …

 

 

 

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Marty Grabstein

Marty Grabstein shaped a generation of kids with his work as the titular character, Courage The Cowardly Dog. Conveying so much with little dialogue, Marty Grabstein used a combination of paranoia and panic to create Courage’s singular voice. In addition to Courage Read more…

 

 

 

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Naomi Grossman

Naomi Grossman is best known for her portrayal of the fan-favorite, “Pepper” on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum  and American Horror Story: Freakshow.

Previously, Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in her second hit solo show, Carnival Knowledge:  Love, Lust, and other Human Oddities, which enjoyed a twice-extended, sold-out run and rave reviews  Read more …

 

 

 

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James C. Leary

James C. Leary took a five line appearance on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and turned it into a recurring role of Clem, the loose-skinned, kitten poker playing demon. Clem’s sweetness and pathos made him a character that was memorable and a bright spot in some of the more grim seasons of Buffy. James C. Leary has also had roles in HBO’s The Comeback Read more … 

 

 

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Jonathan Lipnicki

Jonathan William Lipnicki has been a serious actor since his award-winning breakout role at the age of six in the Academy Award® nominated Jerry Maguire. Following the success of Jerry Maguire, Lipnicki took on leading roles in a string of other hit movies, including The Little Vampire, Like Mike and both Stuart Little films, as well as gathering numerous TV credits, perhaps most notably in The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Meego and popular teen-drama Dawson’s Creek. Read more…

 

 

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Jack O’Halloran

Jack O’Halloran played the memorable Kryptonian Non in Superman: the Movie and Superman II. Now that he’s finished causing chaos with Zod’s crew, you can find him at O Comic Con. Read more… 

 

 

 

Ray Park

Ray Park

Ray Park is best known to Star Wars fans as Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the murderous, demon-like duelist with the double-bladed lightsaber. A Scottish actor, gymnast and martial artist, Park began studying the art of Wushu as a youngster, and was the first Wushu athlete from Europe to place top seven at the 1st World Wushu Championship held in Beijing in 1991. Read more … 

 

 

 

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Rob Paulsen

Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or Read more…

 

 

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Caroll Spinney

Caroll Spinney has been Big Bird since the beginning of Sesame Street, and has, in fact, spent half of his life inside a giant puppet. The times that he wasn’t inside a giant puppet, he was in a trashcan, for he is also Oscar The Grouch. He is an author, an artist, and speaker, as well as the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and the National Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is the subject of the fascinating documentary, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story  Read more…

 

 

 

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David Yost is an American actor most notably known for his role as Billy, the Blue Ranger on the international television series The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Yost
completed over 200 episodes of the series and starred in the feature film Power Rangers: the Movie. The feature film was produced by some of Hollywood’s leading producers like Jon Landau (Titantic & Avatar) and Suzanne Todd (the Austin Powers Read more...

 

 

Creator Guests

They draw or write comics– sometimes both. Many are experienced in illustration and animation. Whether they’re working for the “Big Two,” indies, or their creator-owned enterprises, these creator guests have plenty to offer attendees. When they’re not presiding over how-to panels or Q&A discussions, you will find them at their booths in the Arena in the F and G flanks. Stop buy and have a sketch, get a book signed, and browse their wares.

 

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Cam Adams

Cam Adams is a Kansas City-area freelance comics artist. For examples of his previous commissions, check out his work at camadams0925.artstation.com/.

 

 

 

 

Ali Cantarella

Ali Cantarella

We’re pleased to welcome back Featured Artist Ali Cantarella. Ali works in watercolor and inks to create comics, illustrations, children’s books, and more. Since last year’s show, Ali has been working on a  collaboration with Sun Bros Studios: Eisegesis: Kings + Queens is a full-color, all-ages comics anthology that explores the thin boundary between our everyday interactions and the unexpected inner worlds we inhabit. It just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter, and we can’t wait to see what this talented illustrator has in store for us! Learn more about Ali at her website or Read more …

 

 

CW Cooke

CW Cooke

CW Cooke is a comic book writer living in the Kansas City area who has been working in comics since 2007. He has been published by Action Lab, Big Dog Ink, Viper, Bluewater, Arcana, Image Comics, Ragnarok Publications, and Devil’s Due Entertainment with his creator-owned series Solitary.  CW has been solidly building a resume over the last 10 years Read more … 

 

 

David DeGrand

David DeGrand

David DeGrand has been drawing comics professionally for over five years. He has written and drawn for publications and comic books including MAD Magazine, SpongeBob Comics, The Simpsons and Uncle Grandpa among others. He is currently working on his first graphic novel and lives with his wife and two sons in Texas.

 Learn more about his work at degrandland.com or Read more … 

 

 

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Bobby Delaney

Bobby Delaney has been drawing and creating art professionally for over a decade. He’s had work published in Reptiles Magazine, dot to dot and coloring books, as well as sports publications. Read more … 

 

 

 

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Bryan Fyffe

Bryan Fyffe creates art that he often refers to as “digital collage.” His work is a combination of traditional ink drawings, texture photography, and digital software. Read more … 

 

 

 

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Aaron Gillespie

Aaron Gillespie has written an extensive run on Bionic Man from Dynamite Entertainment, as well as Purgatori and Lady Demon miniseries. Read more …  

 

 

 

 

Bob Hall

Bob Hall

Bob Hall was born in Lincoln Nebraska and attended Elliott Grade School, Whittier Junior High School, Lincoln High School, The University of Nebraska, Lincoln and The University of Iowa.  Before leaving Nebraska, he was Artistic Director of The Omaha Junior Theatre and directed in the first four seasons of The Nebraska Repertory Theatre. Read more…

 

 

 

Phil Hester

Phil Hester

Eisner-nominee Phil Hester has been writing and drawing comics since the dawn of time. He has drawn Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow, Mark Millar’s Swamp Thing, Warren Ellis’ Shipwreck, Robert Kirkman’s Ant-Man, as well as runs on Nightwing, The Flash, Batman Beyond, and many more. He currently draws backups in Young Animal’s Mother Panic, and lays out Teen Titans. He will soon be drawing Jeff Lemire’s Family Tree for Image. Read more … 

 

 

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Damont Jordan

Damont Jordan is a Kansas City- based illustrator Read more … 

 

 

 

 

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Megan Levens

Megan Levens is a comic book artist best known for her work on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 for Dark Horse Comics, and her collaborations with writer Jamie S. Rich on Image Comics’ MADAME FRANKENSTEIN and Oni Press’s ARES & APHRODITE. She has also contributed to several Vertigo anthologies, including the finale of FABLES, and illustrated the creator-owned SPELL ON WHEELS with Kate Leth and Marissa Louise (also for Dark Horse). Read more … 

 

 

 

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Bruce McCorkindale

Bruce McCorkindale was born in Omaha, and currently lives nearby in Gretna, Nebraska. He has worked on comics projects for a number of publishers, including Marvel, DC, Malibu, Fantagraphics, and IDW. Read more … 

 

 

 

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Jim Mehsling

Iowa artist and animator Jim Mehsling specializes in Flash animation, comic book art, character design, storyboarding, visual development, and motion graphics. He has worked with clients that include LEGO, Marvel, and Nanobugs. Read more … 

 

 

 

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Ande Parks

Ande Parks has worked as a comic book artist for close to twenty years, inking titles such as Daredevil, Ant-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman and Nightwing. Parks has worked for every major American comic book publisher. He is best known for his four year stint on Green Arrow, with frequent collaborator Phil Hester and writers Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer and Judd Winick. Green Arrow was highly acclaimed as a series, and the book was named as one of 2003’s Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Service. Parks also worked with artist Tony Moore, on Read more …

 

 

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Max Riffner

Max Riffner has been creating comics for the last 15 years, starting with his graphic novel, Golden Boy. He won the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics in 2007 for his mini-comic Quick Step. In 2008, he started his long running webcomic Read more … 

 

 

 

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Deryl Skelton

Writer and illustrator Deryl Skelton has spent four decades illustrating the heck out of everything from the cast of TV’s “Dallas” to the crew of the USS Enterprise to dozens of characters in Marvel and DC comic books, as well as in newspapers, ads and – yes – the ceiling above Donald Trump’s bed. That was not a joke

This year marks the 44th anniversary of Deryl’s professional life as an artist.  After several years of working on a local strip, Skelton drew the Dallas comic strip for the LA Times Syndicate. Read more … 

 

Sun Bros

Sun Bros Studios

O Comic Con is glad to welcome back Comics Guests Brad and Wesley Sun of Sun Bros Studios. The Sun Bros are Wesley and Brad Sun.  They grew up in Orlando, FL reading comics and playing Sega Genesis.  Wesley went on to become a hospital and jail chaplain, who now teaches at the University of Chicago.  He knows kung fu.  Brad studied art and worked as a gallery preparator before joining his brother to create Sun Bros Studios. When he isn’t working furiously at his drawing table, he enjoys playing video games and punk rock guitar.The Sun Bros released Chinatown (2012)Apocalypse Man (2013), and Monkey Fist (2014) after tremendously successful Kickstarter campaigns, and Read more … 

 

 

Cosplay Guests

They dedicate months out of the year to building elaborate cosplays for convention attendees to enjoy. Whether pros or hobbyists, these cosplay guests will be happy to take photos with attendees– just make sure you ask first! You can find them in Cosplay-themed panels, judging the cosplay contest, roaming the convention, or at their booths in the Ex Hall.

 

Arena FeaturedChris “Papa Bear” English

Chris “Papa Bear” English began his journey into the wild world of cosplay with a small local con in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. Fueled by the positive vibes of the community and a love for the craft Chris has definitely expanded his knowledge of costume creation/ prop making as well as attending more conventions. Part of his continued costume efforts is being involved in the community and attending various costumed events as a member of Cosawesome Studio Read more …

 

 

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Benito Garcia and Wetworks Sfx Studios

You may remember Benito of Wetworks Sfx Studios for his very huggable Baymax Stormtrooper cosplay at O Comic Con 2016, and for his spot-on Comedian cosplay from 2015. This year we are proud to have the Wetworks crew as official cosplay guests. Their booth will be jam-packed with interactive elements such as film props and photo ops. Check out their Facebook to see more incredible special effects or Read more … 

 

 

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IBOT (Iron Brothers of Topeka)

O Comic Con is pleased to welcome cosplay guests IBOT (Iron Brothers of Topeka) and their larger-than-life cosplay creations. Iron Brothers of Topeka or IBOT for short, are three brothers who bring fantasy to reality with their large wearable sculptures. Although they have full time jobs, children and family lives, they find time to imagine, build, and share their creations. Read more… 

 

 

Sophii

Oh My! Sophii

Sophii (previously apart of Ultra Girls Cosplay) is a cosplayer out of Kansas. Cosplaying since 2009, she made the jump to a more professional role in 2014. Since then she’s had the pleasure of earning spots as cosplay guest, contest judge, correspondent and more at conventions and events across the country. Read more … 

 

 

 

Guest Cancellations

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following previously announced guests will not be able to make it to the show this year. In the event of any cancelled guests, we will announce them here and on Facebook.

Jon Schnepp (Cancelled)

Jon Schnepp is an American Director, Writer, Producer, and Host. Jon has created programming for Cartoon Network , FX, MTV, Nickelodeon, , SpikeTV, Machinima, Comedy Central, Collider, and Showtime.