McKenna Michaels is a songwriter and storyteller from Austin. Hear how she committed herself fully to her career as an artist and how she's using her music to continue to heal.
Deborah Foreman's first starring role was the feature film Valley Girl with the then-little-known Nicolas Cage, which brought her national fame. Sit down with her to hear about her career.
Kaylee Hottle is part of a deaf family going back four generations. Only two of her siblings are not deaf. Her fluency in ASL helped give her acting opportunities including her starring role in Godzilla vs Kong. Watch and listen to her powerful message.
Erik Estrada has had a long and storied career with over 160 credits to his name beginning in 1970. He captured our hearts as Officer Frank Poncherello on Chips in 1977, and has remained a force in pop culture. From TV appearances, to movies and cameos, to lending his voice to animation in shows like Sealab 2021 he has grown with his audience for generations.
We all dream of doing what we love for a living. For our prestigious panel they get to do just that. They have created characters who have held a place in pop culture for decades. Sit with us as we talk with Val Mayerik (Co-creator of Howard the Duck), Mark Nelson (Marvel and D.C Artist), and Guy Gilchrest (Co-creator of the Muppet Babies) as they talk about the highs and lows of working with the pros. Bring your questions, and strap in for some epic stories.
Join us on the small stage at the end of Artist Alley as we see the best Cosplay New Braunfels has to offer!
Join us for a look at the comic book industry outside of the big labels. What’s it like to create your own characters from start to finish? How to cultivate a fandom outside of a major label.
Steve Whitmire is a puppeteer who has worked on The Muppets and Sesame Street. Beginning his involvement with the Muppets in 1978, Whitmire inherited the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie, after Jim Henson’s death in 1990; he performed the characters until 2016 and 2014, respectively.
As part of the Muppet cast, he has appeared in multiple feature films and television series, performing a variety of characters on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock such as Statler, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Wembley Fraggle, Bean Bunny, and Sprocket and during such occupations has worked for The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and The Muppets Studio. Steve has also worked on The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Dinosaurs, The Witches, and much more.
Indy producers are largely Jacks of All Trades. Sit down with Drew Edwards, Joe Khachadourian, and Terry Wagner to discuss the indie realm from the writer’s perspective.
If you are signed up for the Adult Cosplay Contest today, please meet in Panel Room B to partake in pre-judging!
The year, 1986. The place, your living room. Goku first captured the hearts of fans as the lovable monkey tailed fighter from another planet. His epic journey for the dragon balls begins in those early days and continues through worlds, realms, and even death itself. Enemies become allies, and new enemies hide around every corner. Join us as we chat with Linda Young (Frieza), and Cynthia Cranz (Chi-Chi) and get a closer look at what its like to be a part of such an epic story.
Pokemon! One of the post popular brands in pop culture these creatures stormed on the scene, and have lasted for generations. From trading cards, to video games, movies, and tv shows Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and the full catalog of pokemon show no signs of leaving the pop culture lexicon anytime soon. Join us for a chat with Jay Goede (Mewtwo, Dr. Fuji), and the Owner of PokePawn to discuss what it is that keeps these characters on the forefront of fandom.
Avatar the Last Airbender has been captivating fans since it hit the screen in 2005 on Nickelodeon. We laughed and cried as Aang embarked on his epic journey out of the ice to reach his full Avatar potential. With the help of his companions Sokka, Katara, Toph, and of course Appa and Momo he learns how the world has changed since he initially ran from the overwhelming responsibility of taking on the mantle of The Avatar. Join voice actors Greg Baldwin(Uncle Iroh), Jesse Flower (Toph), Olivia Hack (Ty Lee), and Jack De Sena (Sokka) as they talk about the series that captured the hearts and minds of fans for the last seventeen years.
We all know that theme song. Go go power rangers! The power rangers have remained a fandom power house for over thirty years. Join us for a chat with Walter Jones (Zack Taylor - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1993-1994) and Johnny Young Bosh (Adam Park - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1994-1996)
Join us on the small stage at the end of Artist Alley as we see adorable cosplay from our pint size contestants!
Cosplay! That beloved staple of any convention. These dedicated fans pour their heart into breathing life into some of fandom’s favorite characters. Countless hours, pennies, and no small amount of ingenuity that would shock even the maddest of scientists go into these epic and at times award winning renditions of pop cultures characters large and small. Join us as we chat with Ithileryn, Logermeister, and Sillythig about the world of professional cosplaying.
Everyone loves a hero. We all know Almight, and Goku, and Sailor Moon. We all root for the underdog, and want to see Ang reach his full avatar potential. But what about our villains? Who would the Elrick Brothers be without the homunculus? Would Naruto’s journey to acceptance be as epic without his battle with Nagato? Join us as we chat with John Swasey (My Hero Academia - All For One) and Eric Vale (My Hero Academia - Shigaraki) as we explore what it is to portray these antagonists who go head to head with our pesky protagonists.
A laid back conversation with women in the art and literary industries. What are some of the challenges? What has the experience been like? Hear from the source how it is to traverse a historically male driven industry. With PJ Hoover, Julia Mann, and Nikki Ward.