DerpyCon 2017 - November 17 - 19, 2017 - Morristown, NJ

Guests

Guests

Walter Emanuel Jones

Walter E Jones was raised on the west side of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a low-income, single parent home was just one of the many obstacles that Walter would beat. Provided with love and strong family values, Walter over came the drugs and violence of the neighborhood; has defied all odds of an oppressed environment and developed a talented and successful presence in the entertainment industry. He is truly a compassionate person and it’s easy to see and feel his enormous zest for life. With a vibrant grin Walter says “I love to make people smile. When they smile I smile”.

Walter was recently made an Honorary Ibo Chief by His Majesty Igwe P.N. Anugwu, JP,OFR Ezeukwu Mbaukwu in Nigeria. He was given the Ibo name Ugomba, which means “The National Eagle”. Walter is also part of “The Motherland Group”. This African American company is in the process of creating a historical resort development in the city of Badagary, Nigeria. Walter has spent the last three years building international relations in the continent of Africa and hopes to help bring fresh water to villages that need it.

Walter’s training has developed him into a “triple-threat”. He has proven himself successful as an actor, dancer and singer. Walter is internationally known for his creation of the character Zach The Black Ranger from the Children’s Action Adventure Phenomenon “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various shows and has been featured in 7 films. Some of his credits include: The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning police drama “The Shield” , the top-rated series drama “CSI”, the long running comedy hit “Moesha, and the upcoming action feature “Speed Demons”. Walter works regularly as a voice actor lending his voice to radio television and film and video games. Walter’s recent voice over acting jobs includes work on Step up 4, Death Race 3 and “GI Joe 2”.

Walter’s dance credits prove to be equally as impressive. He has been trained in Salsa, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Tap. Walter has worked as a teacher and a choreographer and has shared his love for dance both in the United States and abroad. He was chosen as one of fifty dancers to represent the United States in the 1992 Olympic Closing Ceremonies in Barcelona, and has traveled much of the world as a dancer and singer for Princess Cruise lines.

In the Salsa World, Walter made his presence known as he captured the title of the 2004 Mayan World Champion. He has been a salsa instructor in some of the most prestigious salsa clubs in Los Angeles including the world famous Conga Room, The Mayan, the Rumba Room, Stevens Steak house, and the popular Mama Juana’s. He can be seen showcasing his talents on ESPN’S First Annual World Salsa Competition. Walter’s belief is “To teach someone to dance is to give them a gift that last a lifetime”. Walter has shared this gift with some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Some of the Celebrities include: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Van Diesel, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eric LaSalle, Sheila E, Mario Van Peebles, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas and Essence Atkins. Walter is developing his own Celebrity line of Salsa and Stepping Shoes and is also developing a traveling dance show for television.

Walter resides in Los Angeles, California and spends his free time salsa dancing, camping, scuba diving, snowboarding, and traveling. Walter Emanuel Jones is the new generation of entertainer, teacher, and action adventurer.


David Yost

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 franchise & Alice in Wonderland).

Yost was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa but moved around considerably while growing up as child. He has been able to call Death Valley, CA, Denver, CO and Billings, MT home.  He graduated high school from Amador Valley High located in Pleasanton, CA. Yost attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa graduating with a degree in Communications and Dramatic Arts. Like many actors, Yost moved to Hollywood with the dream of making it big and within three months of being in the city, he landed the role of Billy, the computer literate superhero, on Power Rangers.

Since leaving the series, Yost has turned his attention to behind-the-scenes work in the Entertainment Industry. He has worked on and produced many reality television shows most notably The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Bravo and Temptation Island for FOX. He recently completed the second season of NTSF:SD:SUV:: – a comedy spoof of shows like CSI or NCIS and just finished production on NEWSREADERS – a comedic take on the people who bring us the news. As well as being a producer, Yost has held the title of Director of Production at the Sci Fi Lab, a television development entity for the SyFy Channel and Manager of Licensing for Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment in which he sold completed television series to international distributors, domestically closing deals with MTV & Showtime.

Yost is involved with several charitable organizations. He starred in the play Fallen Guardian Angels at the Complex in Los Angeles which benefited AIDS Project L.A. (APLA). The play was about six different individuals dealing with HIV/AIDS in various situations. The proceeds from the play went to benefit Children’s Hospital AIDS Center and the entire production raised over $25,000. Yost is credited with raising $5,000 for the hospital and the reviews for his performance from LA Weekly Theatre were highly favorable. Yost continues to raise money and advocate for APLA as well as Project Angel Food and The Trevor Project.


Terri Doty

Terri Doty Sing Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog to warm up, think diabolically (even if the session doesn’t call for it), make nachos, read the latest issue of Snotgirl, record, do post-production, make more nachos… Everyone has their process.

Since her (un)forgettable debut as Woman A in Tsubasa: The RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Terri Doty has lent her voice to a multitude of characters, like, Kyouko Machi in Interviews with Monster Girls, Kirara Hazama in Assassination Classroom, Yuko Tachikawa in Parasyte, Virgo in Fairy Tail, Sophie Randle in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, Chutaro Kumo in Laughing Under The Clouds, Alice Kiriki in Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions, Fem! Germany in Hetalia: The Beautiful World, Margaret Connor in Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, Kate Preston in Wasteland 2, and Rachel Alexi in Backstage Pass, just name a few.

Staff credits include Baka and Test Summon the Beasts (Voice Director), Rideback (Voice Director), Corpse Princess (Voice Director/Adaptive Scriptwriter), RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne (Voice Director) and Big Windup! (Voice Director).

Terri teamed up with J. Michael Tatum and Stephen Hoff in early 2010 to Terri started producing and co-hosting That Anime Show. Listeners are given an… interesting look into their unpredictable and often hilarious, lives. NSFW! Hours of mayhem are available through iTunes and ThatAnimeShow.com.

Terri manages to work on a plethora of projects, in and out of the booth. Her science-fiction novel One of Few is available in paperback and Kindle via Amazon with the audiobook currently in production.


E. L. Fortner

E. L. Fortner E.L. Fortner is a Voice Over Artist, Actor, Author, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director, Lyric and Music Composer, and Photographer with years of experience in these industries. He has also just recently produced several songs and is currently working on an Ep release.

He began, what is now over 25 years of experience, by programming video games in the early to mid-eighties, while he was in high school, and developing & distributing titles for Apple Computers. He developed one of the first gaming BBS’s in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region from the knowledge he gained working in this industry. He also set out to refine his Photographic Arts with classes in High School and then later while in College.

During the 80’s and early 90’s, he honed his skills as a semi-professional gamer on a number of titles, managing to set a variety of records. On Saturday August 10th, 2013, he received an award for his work in the video gaming industry and his visage was adorned on one of Twin Galaxies familiar video game trading cards. A card you can all now happily collect from the Twin Galaxies website.

He has worked on a number of projects across all of the above industries, ranging from indie games & voice over’s, Music, to independent productions of film and Television. His projects have even allowed him to work for industry giants, Blizzard Entertainment, Disney, and many others. Edwards’s favorite and most memorable project to date has been voicing characters on the amazingly popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He has also voiced several characters in the Audio Horror Series “Tales from Beyond Volume 2” coming soon to ITunes and Amazon.

He has done Theater and both Film and Television Projects in a number of different Genres. He recently appeared in the American Revolution Period drama, “TURN” that showed on AMC and wrote for a TV Pilot project in Miami Entitled “Experiment Kelly” in which did additional writing and editing. He also directed a Christmas related project called “Wishes” for Television and is currently working on a number of different projects. He has also completed to 2 different 48 hour film festivals and a film he worked on advanced to the finals.

He is also currently completing his second book titled, “Dreams of Reality”, through Caffeine & Ink Publishing, releasing in 2018.


Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he’s even been an action figure or two. Haberkornmobile sold separately.

In the world of voice over, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the Call of Duty Series, Xenoblades, Final Fantasy, Defiance, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as a multi-award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children’s books.

As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn’t working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company Out of the Office Productions. This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts. When he isn’t fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at gnarly pop culture conventions as a guest to meet super cool fans and sign autographs. He is represented by The Horne Agency, Jeff Zannini Management, and VOX Inc.


Matthew Kressel

Matthew Kressel Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award finalist. His first novel, King of Shards, was hailed as, “Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness,” from NPR Books. His short fiction has or will soon appear in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Nightmare, Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, and the anthologies Mad Hatters and March Hares, Cyber World, Naked City, After, The People of the Book, as well as many other places. His work has been translated into Czech, Polish, French, Russian, Chinese, and Romanian. From 2003 to 2010 he ran Senses Five Press, which published Sybil’s Garage, an acclaimed speculative fiction magazine, and Paper Cities, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award in 2009. His is currently the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow, and he is a long-time member of the Altered Fluid writers group. By trade, he is a full-stack software developer, and he developed the Moksha submission system, which is in use by many of the largest SF markets today. You can find him at online at http://www.matthewkressel.net, where he blogs about writing, technology, environmentalism and more. Or you can find him on Twitter @mattkressel.

Antipode

Antipode Antipode was originally founded in 2006 and performed their first skit/dance show at Setsucon ‘07. The eccentric dance group has combined their love of otaku/nerd culture with their love of belly dancing to create a unique form of dance known as geek belly dancing. Antipode performs throughout the year at numerous conventions.

The group is primarily made up of co-directors Ayla, the choreographer and Merika, the costumer; along with troupe member Linwe, featured guest dancer Tomatsu, and our newest guest dancer Kaiya. Antipode has had multiple guest dancers grace their shows.

Fusing the theatrics of acting with a mix of cosplay, pop-culture, and off- beat humor Antipode brings the audience not just dance, but full geek entertainment.

Photo by J. Pecora Photography


Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque Cosplay Burlesque is the East Coast’s premier burlesque troupe specializing in fandom and convention entertainment! Featuring a rotating cast of 30+ performers of all genders and orientations, Cosplay Burlesque has entertained audiences at over 40 events since 2008. We feature striptease artists, comedians, dancers, singers, sideshow, acrobats, & drag acts – all dressed as your favorite characters from TV, comics, movies, video games, and more!

For more information about Cosplay Burlesque, visit their website at http://www.cosplayburlesque.com/.


Aurelio Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years. He’s released 11 full length CDs.

Website: www.voltaire.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/voltairefanpage
Youtube: www.youtube.com/voltairemusicpage
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aureliovoltaire
Instagram: www.instagram.com/aureliovoltaire
Contact: voltaire@voltaire.net


Uncle Yo

Uncle Yo Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer is a geek podcaster, puppeteer, wedding officiant, and, I guess, stand-up comedian. Like, I’ve seen him walking around, so at least we know he stands. I dunno about the comedian part, though, I don’t really get jokes, wordplay, pop culture references, cultural cross-references. I didn’t grow up on cartoons, comic books and George Carlin rants accentuated with Lewis Black delivery and scathing social commentary so, like, I can’t even vouch for that. He made a narrative, horror podcast off his Youtube Channel called The Chroniclers of Darkness and self-produced a fantasy puppet sitcom called Dungeon Crawlers? I don’t know what those words even mean. Well, even if he had produced 2 DVD’s and 4 albums on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes, I don’t think I’ve listened to them. I’m not very cool.

Byron Connell

Byron Connell Byron Connell is a long-time costuming and science fiction/fantasy fan who likes to help at masquerades and similar costume events rather than entering them – entering once a decade is about right! Usually, he’s found running their green rooms. However, since being part of the best-in-show entry at Torcon III (the 2003 World Science Fiction Convention, in Toronto), when he does enter, he does so in the Master division.

Byron’s been participating in Costume-Cons since Costume-Con 3 (Columbia, MD, 1985). He’s participated in Costume-Cons 5 and 7 (New Brunswick, NJ, 1987, and Albany, NY, 1989, respectively) and every Costume-Con since, with the exception of CC 20, which was in Melbourne, Australia. He co-directed the Costume-Con 10 science fiction and fantasy masquerade (Lincoln, NE, 1992). He directed the historical masquerades at Costume-Cons 24, 25, 29, and 32, and will run the one at Costume-Con 37 (Boston, MA-area) in 2019. He ran masquerades at Arisia (Boston) and Philcon (Philadelphia-area) but he was shocked when he was asked to run the first of two world science fiction convention masquerades, at Anticipation (Montreal, 2009). The second was at Chicon 7 (Chicago, 2012). He’s also served as a stage judge for masquerades at AnimeUSA, Lunacon, Archon, Denvention 3 (Denver, CO, 2008), and other local, regional, and world science fiction convention masquerades.

Byron was Archon 25’s Costuming Guest of Honor (St. Louis-area, 2001), Albacon 2005’s co-Fan Guest of Honor (Albany, NY), and Lunacon 2006 Fan Guest of Honor (New York City area). He chaired Albacon 2015. He is a member of three chapters of the International Costumers’ Guild: the Sick Pups of Greater Monmouth County (New Jersey-New York Costumers’ Guild), where he’s currently the president, the SLUTs (St. Louis Ubiquitous Tailoring Society), and the Armed Costumers’ Guild); that makes him an Armed SLUT Puppy! Byron was President of the International Costumers’ Guild from 1999 to 2002. The ICG honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. His citation reads, “A true gentleman of costume fandom, Byron Connell nonetheless has very strong opinions on the proper way to run things, and most importantly the will to get them done. He was ICG President at a major time in its history, and his parliamentary skills made all the difference. Byron has been a part of multiple Best in Show costume groups at the international level, but most people will remember seeing him running a great green room, judging, or otherwise helping others be able to do their best.”

A historian by training, Byron enjoys reading “hard” science fiction, alternate history, alternate worlds, and fantasy fiction (not necessarily in that order).


Tina Connell

Tina Connell Tina Connell has been costuming at conventions since the early 1980s. She started off with hall costumes, and then was introduced by a friend to the fatal appeal of Costume-Con, which is an entire weekend of costuming and creative education, all day, every day. After she had attended a couple of these annual events, she gained the courage to make and compete a recreation costume based upon a piece of art she had admired, an ambitious project since it involved a headpiece with double spiral horns spanning almost three feet in width. That took a year to complete, but it was awarded “Best Recreation-Novice (Performance)” at Costume-Con 8 in 1990. The scarey part was when the judges’ names were announced – the artist who created the piece of art she was costuming was one of the judges!

After that, Tina became more involved in working backstage, assisting other costumers before they went on stage. She was one of the pioneers of the “Repair Table” concept at cons, and is always on the lookout for new repair materials to add to her repair kit. She has also served on numerous occasions as either a workmanship judge or a stage/presentation judge.

These days, she seldom creates new costumes (about once every five years is typical), preferring to help out backstage, but her costumes have appeared at several World Science Fiction Convention and Costume-Con competition events, and have included a ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Best Workmanship’ award at Torcon (World SF Con, Toronto, 2003), and the ‘Best Master – Original Design’ group at LACon 4 (World SF Con, Anaheim CA, 2006).

When she does create a new costume, her inspirations are frequently drawn from Art Deco and other artistic sources. Her idea of ‘fun tourism’ is traveling to costume and fashion exhibits at museums and other locations, and taking hundreds of close-up photos of the detail bits that are often overlooked. She is an avid science fiction fan, and also collects books and other resources about sewing and decorative embellishment techniques.

She is an active member of the NJ/NY (aka ‘The Sick Pups’) chapter of the International Costumers’ Guild, which meets (approximately) bi-monthly, normally in the central NJ area. Many of her costume and museum exhibit photos are included in the albums on the Sick Pups web site (sickpups.org).


Jessie Pridemore

Jessie Pridemore Jessie Pridemore, known as RuffleButt, is a 17 year veteran of the diverse and colorful cosplay community. You may have seen her on Syfy’s cosplay competition show “Cosplay Melee!” An accomplished and award winning seamstress in her own right, she has served as a cosplay model/seamstress for some of the biggest companies in the Anime and Gaming industry, including Machinima, Gungho, Ubisoft, Aniplex, Funimation, Bandai, NIS America and others. She has also made costumes for Amazon.com, Blizzard Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment. For conventions, she has judged numerous Masquerades, coordinated competitions of all kinds and hosted many panels. She has also had the honor of judging the 2012 Eurocosplay Championship finals in London. She has been featured in an episode of Subcultures as well as videos by Machinima and Nerdist and was the seamstress for the second season of Super-fan Builds. She also volunteers her time for the Combat Radio’s Breakfast with Santa charity and CASA. Early in 2014, she was featured in a Microsoft Windows Phone ad representing cosplay and was featured in a full page spread of Airbrush Action with a cosplay body painting project coordinated by Webble.

When not working on her latest costume creation, Jessie’s passion is photography, with her work being published in various online and print publications including Newsweek. She is currently a seamstress and designer for Sypher Arts studios and SpiritHoods.


Comiku Girls

Comiku Girls The Comiku Girls, Akiko Meigetsu & Li Izumi, are celebrating their 10-year anniversary attending the convention circuit along the eastern seaboard and beyond. Each has had a pencil (or brush) in their hand since they could hold one, & have been telling stories since they could talk. At conventions, they are artists, cosplayers, & Japanese cultural panelists. In 2004, we debuted our popular Japanese Tea Ceremony Panel, and have continued to create unique panel options in the decade since.
Akiko is an artist, working in both digital and traditional media (watercolor and Asian Brushpainting). Li has studied Japanese language & culture for over a decade, including a semester in Akita, Japan.

Credentials:

Akiko has a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University. She has studied Brush Painting with Chinese master, Cong Yuan, and watercolors with artist Luna Lee Ray. She has been painting in water media for more than a decade.

Li has a B.A. in East Asian Studies and a Master’s degree in Classical Japanese Language and Literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spent 4 months in Akita, Japan living and going to school, where she studied, among other things, how to wear a kimono, calligraphy, and tea ceremony.


Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar Charles Dunbar is graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, where he received a BA in Religion and Anthropology and an MA in Cultural Anthropology. His thesis, Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities was published in 2011 and focused on anime convention participation, including spending habits, cosplay, demographics, communal behaviour and convention culture.

Charles has previously given talks before the Joseph Campbell Foundation, has worked in the music industry as an A&R talent scout and promoter, excavated a Roman Villa in the United Kingdom, studied Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, acted as a teacher and mentor for at-risk students in a charter school, shipped books for a comic shop and had his own weekly radio show for 5 years.

These days you can usually find him at a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, working diligently on whatever project is currently occupying his time, or traveling the roads of the East Coast to various anime conventions. In addition to his own site, he also has written for the websites Insert Disc and Real Otaku Gamer.


Super Art Fight

Super Art Fight Logo The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe, Super Art Fight was founded in 2008, and has captivated audiences all across the US (and recently, even Canada!) with their unique mixture of live art, pro-wrestling style characters and storytelling, and improv comedy. Cheer your favorite artists on as they create a masterpiece before your eyes, but beware the unpredictable topics from the fan-generated WHEEL OF DEATH! You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, you’ll never see the same show twice, this is Super Art Fight! For more, check their website, http://www.superartfight.com/!

Children Driving Robots

At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not a word. Check us out online at childrendrivingrobots.com.

Nerdfit Network

Nerdfit Network The Nerdfit Network (“Nerdfit”) is a Boston-based entertainment group that has delivered hours of laughs and amazement at events since 2007. Nerdfit provides a versatile list of talents including (but not limited to) hosting and performing in panel presentations, game shows, concerts, DJ sets and dance parties. Outside of events, they provide live streams, videos and comedy articles about anime, video games, technology, and silly conspiracy theories. You can find them at www.Nerdfit.com.

Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.greggosgameshows.com for more information.