GUESTS

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Lori Petty

Lori Petty is now starring in “Station 11,” a post-apocalyptic miniseries streaming on HBO Max. Petty continues to be revered by fans for her acting prowess and is still considered one of the most respected “actors‘ actor” in the industry, as evidenced by her nearly 70 film and TV credits. Her recent TV roles include guest starring on the hit series “Gotham,” the reboot of “Hawaii Five-0 and “Orange Is the New Black.” She is also well known for playing iconic roles in films such as “Point Break,” “A League of Their Own and “Tank Girl.”

Beau Billingslea

In the world of anime, Beau has voiced a multitude of characters including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotmon in Digimon, Michael in Argentosoma, Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain, Gohei in Rurouni Kenshin, Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II and many others. He is also the voice of The Fourth Raikage and Homura in the animated series Naruto. He voices Abraham Douglas in the soon-to-be released animated feature War Of The Worlds: Goliath (which won Best Animated Feature at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival in 2012). He has narrated several series on The History Channel including Suicide Missions, Hero Ships and Modern Marvels. His video games include: Safari, Outlaws, Dynasty Warriors, Zino, Breakdown, Ace Combat 5, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. A full listing of his 30 year television and feature film career can be found on IMDB.

Mark Rolston

Mark knew he wanted to be an actor at age nine; he took his career and studies took him to London, England where he attended the Drama Centre London; the institution that has produced the likes of Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy. Mark has created iconic roles: Pvt. Drake in ‘Aliens’, Bogs Diamond in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, the original Alistar in the mega hit series ‘Supernatural’, and recently as Clive Davis in the Lifetime Feature ‘Whitney’ directed by the incomparable Angela Bassett, and as Admiral Ernest King in the feature ‘Midway’ directed by Roland Emmerich. You will also know him  as Walter Pierce in  ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ . He later appeared as Kuroda and later Magh in  ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and 2008’s Saw V and 2009’s Saw VI of the Saw franchise.

CONCERT

Bit Brigade

Bit Brigade will kick off Spa-Con 6.0 with a concert Friday, September 23rd in Horner Hall! Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m.
🕹️🎮👾 Bit Brigade performs rock covers of full NES game soundtracks as their gamer speed-runs the game live on stage!
“When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn’t count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between “Oh! Agh!! Please don’t die!!” and “YES! He’s doing it!!” Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you’re seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock ‘n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, “Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!,” to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done – which it always is – on the first (and last) try. Once Noah’s NES buzzes on, there’s no turning back.”
— Metalhead Mike of The Shizz

COSPLAY

Cowbutt Crunchies

Always pushing the envelope of cosplay creativity, Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay specializes in creating mixed media masterpieces using a wide variety of techniques, including advanced needlework, extreme wigwork, moldmaking, armor detailing, and more. Their passion for craftsmanship has taken them around the world, judging contests and teaching cosplayers everywhere, from at home in New England to Sydney, Australia. Regan occasionally competes herself, and in 2019 was crowned Global Champion at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay finals. With 20 years of experience, their focus is on learning, creativity, and introducing newcomers to the art of cosplay – you can find more of their work online as well as in their line of cosplay books: The Art of Extreme Wig Styling, Fabulous Cosplay Footwear, and The Cosplay Book of Ballgowns.
Check out more of Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay, here: cowbuttcrunchiescosplay.com!

Notgrima

A Denver-based cosplayer and crafter of 8 years. Notgrima has attended several conventions all over the United States, winning craftsmanship or Best in Show awards from their cosplay contests. She specializes in sewing, wig styling, and latex work. Her ultimate goal for cosplay is not only to showcase her work, but to make everyone feel accepted and loved in the cosplay community by spreading important messages, memes, and love in any way she can. Some of her awards include: Audience Favorite at Colorado Anime Fest in 2017, 2018, and 2019 , Best Journeyman Craftsmanship at Nan Desu Kan in 2017, Best Journeyman Craftsmanship at Saboten Con in 2018, and Best in Show at Saboten Con in 2019. Check out more of Notgrima’s Cosplay, here: https://www.instagram.com/notgrima/

Bruce Holt

Bruce Holt is a Master Costume Builder, costume building techniques instructor, airbrush artist, and a cosplayer with over 40 years of experience as a Master Foamsmith. He has created and built costumes for decades, and loves sharing his knowledge with the Cosplay community.

Cheeky Cheetah

Cheeky Cheetah (Anita Holmes), is a professional Arkansas-based costume designer, maker, and artist with over 7 years of costuming experience. She has won multiple “Best in Show” awards in Master competitions throughout the United States and has also competed internationally.

Gregory Harris

Gregory Harris has been a cosplayer since 2016. During this time, he has performed in the prestigious international cosplay contest, Crown Championships of Cosplay, in Chicago twice and performed in the Masquerade at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018 and 2019. He has been interviewed and photographed by Good Morning America, Netflix, FXM (Fox Movie Channel), and by over 50 other reporters nationwide. He has appeared in Cosplay Magazine, and on Cnet.com, PerezHilton.com, and PopSugar.com. In a review of the SDCC Masquerade in 2018, C/Net stated: “This cosplayer blew us away with a hologram to make his cosplay even more impressive.” In 2019, three of his Cosplays were featured in national publications of best cosplays of San Diego Comic-Con. Gregory emphasizes the Play in Cosplay and enjoys using special effects including a floating Cloak of Levitation and hologram projector to cast spells (Dr. Strange) and long extended flex arms (Reed Richards). Gregory has won Cosplay awards in several different states including Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Illinois, and California.

Tony Buck

TonyBuckFx Studios, a locally based company that specializes in custom sculpt halloween masks/prosthetics and props for any cosplay haunt enthusiast. ‘Making monsters for a living’ right here in the Spa City! Tony Buck of TonyBuckFx Studios and his “FX Sculpting Masks” Workshop will return on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10a.m.! This workshop was a huge hit with attendees last year. Space is limited so arrive early to grab your seat. VIP passes get priority admittance! You can also find Tony & his frighteningly awesome display of masks available for purchase or special order all weekend in the Expo Hall!

ARTISTS

Tom Cook

Tom Cook is a Classic TV Animation/Director who began his career as an animator and artistic director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones, and is widely known for his work on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, Super Friends, Ghostbusters and more!

Rodney Ramos

Rodney Ramos has been a professional penciler/inker in the comic book industry for over 15 years. He started penciling on such titles as Thundercats, Marvel Presents, What If, Conan, and Toxic Avenger. He also started inking on a wide variety of books such as Gen-X, Ironman, Gambit, Punisher War Journal, Spider-man, and Peter Parker the Amazing Spider-man. He went on to Valiant to work with Jim Shooter to pencil Legend of Zelda and inking titles Armorines, Bloodshot, X-O Man Of War. His inks have graced many titles such as Spider-man, X-men, Iron-man, Peter Parker, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the critically acclaimed Transmetropolitan with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Recently, he has worked for DC Comics on 52, Countdown, Green Lantern, Batman, JSA, Magog, Vertigo, Bang Tango and many more titles! Please help us welcome Rodney to the Spa-Con line-up!!

Chris Meeks

Chris Meeks is a freelance illustrator who has worked for Topps, Lucasfilm, AMC, Upper Deck, DC Comics, Image Comics and Dynamite Comics. Chris is an amazing artist who has illustrated many sets and trading cards for collection from series like The Walking Dead and Garbage Pail Kids. Chris and the gross kids at Topps recently participated in a “Topps x Garbage Pail Kids Trading Card Hunt” at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con.

Chad Maupin

For over 25 years, Chad Maupin has plied his trade as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator shoehorning his love of retro comic books, horror movies and mid-century illustration into every project he could. Maupin runs Big Bot Design, his personal design studio which provides commercial illustration and design and is home for Maupin’s personal artwork and world-building. big-bot.com Chad has had the pleasure of working on and developing many of your favorite brands such as Fayettechill, Houndstooth Clothing Company and many more. Chad has also offered his services for the second year in a row to illustrating the official Spa-Con 6.0 kaiju event poster and t-shirt. Both will be available at the merchadise booth in the Expo Hall!