Guests

"Count of California" Black Pearl

The "Count of California" Black Pearl is a wrestler, promoter, and an owner, founder, and trainer of KnokX Pro Academy & Entertainment.

Miguel Angel Acedo

Born and bred in East LA, Miguel Angel Acedo's writing is featured in POE NOIR. He is the co-writer of CHANO'S BATHROOM TRIP. He is also a Screenwriting Lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles.

Akanesi

Anapeta Akanesi Tangitau is a Polynesian actress and wrestler. She had her wrestling debut April 29th of this year as Akanesi The Warrior Princess of The Pacific Islands.

Mark A. Altman

Mark A. Altman is a television and motion picture writer/producer/director. He is also the author of SO SAY WE ALL.

Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is a novelist, essayist, and television showrunner. He is also the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a monologist, and an amateur boxer.

Dino Andrade

Dino Andrade is an American veteran voice actor in video games and animated projects. He manages dual careers as both a voice actor and the Creator/Owner Operator of the geek dating/community website SoulGeek.com.

David Baron

David Baron is the creator and writer of STAINED, the smash-hit and sold out sci-fi mini-series published by 451 Media.

Keri Bean

Keri Bean is a mission operations engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She works on the Mars Exploration Rover opportunity and the Dawn mission at the dwarf planet Ceres.

Kathleen Behun

Kathleen Behun is an award-winning indie film writer and director. 

Bison

Bison Beltane is a professional wrestler with KnokX Pro Wrestling.

Eric Borden

Eric Borden is the creator of DEADWEST: LAST RIDE OF THE CARVER. He’s currently the writer/creator on SCRIMSHAW distributed by Alterna Comics.

Bernie Bregman

Cosplay Contest Host. The Geek Gatsby! A renaissance nerd - master at bringing people together & showing them great times.

Robert Broski

Robert Broski is an actor who appeared as a Woodsman in the 2017 series of TWIN PEAKS. He has also portrayed President Abraham Lincoln.

Brian Buccellato

Brian Buccellato began his comics career as a colorist in 1994 and has worked for Marvel, DC, Dynamite, and Image Comics since. He is a New Yorker turned Los Angeles resident and co-created SONS OF THE DEVIL.

Nakia Burrise

Nakia Burrise will speak on GeekFest's Women of SciFi Panel and will appear at the GeekFest Booth.

Morgan Cable

Morgan Cable is a Research Scientist and Instrument Collaborator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Ryan Cady

Ryan Cady is a writer of comics and horror fiction based in Brooklyn, New York.

Jim Calafiore

In 28 years working in comics, Jim Calafiore is an artist who has spent extended time at Valiant, DC, and Marvel and has worked on a variety of critically-acclaimed titles.

Jonathan Callan

Jonathan Callan is a writer for television and animation, and a narrative expert in games and virtual reality.

Christian Calloway

Christian Calloway is an actor known for his role as a Woodsman on TWIN PEAKS.

Jessica Cameron

Jessica Cameron is an actress, director, producer, and model. She has appeared in TV shows, film, music videos, and web series.

Melina Chavarria

Melina Chavarria is a Xicana/Latinx writer and the co-creator of THE MAGIC GLASSES. Her writing focuses on the empowerment of young woman of color.

Chrysta Bell

Chrysta Bell (her first name) is a performing artist, recording artist, songwriter, and actress who portrayed FBI Agent Tammy Preston in TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN.

Ryan Cody

Ryan Cody is the Series Artist and Cover Artist for ADVENTURE VAN.

Comadres Y Comics

Comadres y Comics is a podcast co-hosted by Kristen Parraz, Jennifer Lopez, and Sara Bazan.

David Coren

David Coren is the Instrument Engineer for the ICEMAG and PIMS instruments on NASA's Europa Clipper mission.

Jackie Dallas

Jackie Dallas will speak on GeekFest's Women of SciFi Panel and will appear at the GeekFest Booth.

Michael Dennin

Professor Michael Dennin is a world-renowned physicist at UC Irvine.

Ivy Doomkitty

Ivy Doomkitty is an internationally recognized cosplayer, artist, gamer, and published model, based in Los Angeles.

Kim Dwinell

Kim Dwinell is the creator of the graphic novel SURFSIDE GIRLS: THE SECRET OF DANGER POINT.

Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman is the co-creator of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

Gigi Edgley

Gigi Edgley will be moderating the Women of SciFi Panel, the GeekFest Filmmaker Panels, and GeekFest Awards. She will also appear at the GeekFest booth.

Paul Eiding

Paul Eiding is the co-writer for BLASTOSAURUS. In addition to being a writer, Paul is also a legendary voice actor known for TRANSFORMERS, METAL GEAR SOLID, BEN 10, and many others.

El Presidente

El Presidente is a professional wrestler who began his in-ring career on June 11, 2009, when he began training with Black Pearl and Rikishi.

Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis is the illustrator and co-creator behind The Silencers and High Moon (with David Gallaher). His work has been featured on CD covers, computer games, trading cards, books, RPGs, magazines, toys and comics.

Doug Ellison

Doug Ellison joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2010 and has been an Engineering Camera Payload Uplink Lead for both the Opportunity and Curiosity Mars Rovers since 2016.

Eric M. Esquivel

Eric M. Esquivel a comic book writer and the co-creator of Vertigo Comics' BORDER TOWN and Starburns Industries' FANTASMAGORÍA.

Eyez in Disguize

Eyez in Disguize is a is a professional wrestler with Knokx Pro Entertainment.

Richard Fairgray

Richard Fairgray is the creator, writer, artist, and colorist for BLASTOSAURUS.

Sefa Fatu

Youngest Brother of the 5x Smackdown Tag Team Champs Jimmy and Jey the Usos. Son of WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, and newest member of the Samoan Dynasty.

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn is best known as Twin Peaks' Audrey Horne. She's enjoyed a 30+ year career in Hollywood appearing both television and film.

Bob Fingerman

Writer/artist Bob Fingerman is best known for his comic series MINIMUM WAGE and is now a regular contributor to MAD magazine.

Marco Finnegan

Marco Finnegan is a comic book artist known for his work with 12 Guage, Vault, Image, and Lerner books.

Tony Fleecs

Tony Fleecs is the writer and artist of In My Lifetime, an autobiographical comic book. His comics have been published by Random House (Villard), Image Comics, Silent Devil Productions, Boom!, IDW and Terminal Press.

David Gallaher

David Gallaher is the award-winning author of HIGH MOON and THE ONLY LIVING BOY and an early pioneer of digital comics.

Jandro Gamboa

Jandro Gamboa is the creator of MONTY GOMEZ IS THE LUCHADOR.

Genevieve Marie Cosplay

Genevieve Marie Cosplay will appear at the GeekFest Booth all weekend.

Hallie Gengl

Hallie Gengl is a Data Visualization Developer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Adam Glass

NYC native and current LA resident, Adam Glass is a TV Writer/Executive Producer as well as a writer of graphic novels.

Daniel Glenn

Daniel J Glenn, Analystical Mastermind, is host of the YouTube series FASCINATING FIGHTS and the FASCINATING NONS podcast.

Harry Goaz

Harry Goaz is an actor best known for his role as Andy Brennan on TWIN PEAKS.

Esther Goodstein

Esther Goodstein is an independent film producer and actor known for THE BLACK ROOM, NIGHTMARE MAN and ONE IN THE GUN. Upcoming releases include the holiday horror SLAY BELLES and AUTOMATION.

Benjamin Harper

Benjamin Harper is co-author of the BUG GIRL series and author of many works. He has worked in licensing and the children's publishing industry for over twenty years.

Norm Harper

Norm Harper is an Eisner Award-nominated writer of graphic novels and children's books.

Jordan Hart

Jordan is the creator and writer of DOPPELGANGER (Alterna Comics) and TERMINARCH (OSSM Comics). EMERGENCE, his latest comic short story, is set to release in late 2018.

Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel is a creator, writer, and illustrator, was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, helped pioneer personal webcomics, and is the co-founder of Hang Dai Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins is President/COO of Top Cow, and has created and written over 30 new franchises for Top Cow and Image.

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez is a cartoonist and independent publisher. He launched his imprint, Los Comex, in 1998, and in 2011, he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo.

Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez, is the co-creator of LOVE AND ROCKETS. He also created WHOA, NELLIE!, MAGGIE AND HOPEY COLOR FUN, and PENNY CENTURY.

Gary Hershberger

Gary Hershberger is a professional actor, writer, and director who has been part of the Hollywood community for over thirty years.

Bryan Edward Hill

Bryan Edward Hill is a writer and journalist. Excerpts from his critical essays have been published in Newsweek and D.C. Comics (Warner Books).

Larry Houston

Larry Houston is an Emmy-nominated professional and Golden Reel Award-winning director, writer, and producer known for shows such as THE X-MEN, JONNY QUEST, THE CARE BEARS, and G.I. JOE.

Jason Inman

Jason Inman is a writer and creator. He also hosts a weekly podcast and a YouTube channel.

James Jameson

James Jameson worked on the comic book adaptation of AMERICAN GODS, and is also an actress, musician, composer, and photographer.

Herbert Jefferson Jr

Space Expo Guest of Honor Herbert Jefferson Jr portrayed Lt. Boomer on the classic BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and has also been featured in a number of other shows.

Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson is an artist who has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Archie/ Dark Circle Comics, IDW, Top Cow, DDP, BOOM! Studios, Disney Publishing and Sports Illustrated.

K-Dubb

K Dubb is a professional wrestler with KnokX Pro Wrestling.

Sebastian Kadlecik

Sebastian is the creator of the Eisner-nominated story QUINCE and the epic action saga PENGUINS VS. POSSUMS.

Ryan M. Kincaid

Ryan M. Kincaid is an artist doing variant cover and homage covers for a variety of books.

Scott Koblish

Scott Koblish is an American comic book artist specializing in inking. Best known for DEADPOOL, he has also worked on EXCALIBUR, CABLE, X-MEN, IRON MAN, SPIDERMAN, and many more.

Krakken Zero

Krakken Zero is a professional wrestler with KnokX Pro Wrestling.

Monica Kubina

Monica Kubina has colored hundreds of comics, including super hero series, manga titles, kids’ comics, horror and science fiction stories.

Yancey Labat

Yancey Labat is the illustrator of the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novels.

Susan Lee

Susan Lee is a comic book creator, fine artist, writer, director, and founder of Life On Its Side Productions.

Eric and Julia Lewald

Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald are two of the premier writer-producers in youth-oriented and animated television.

Darth Lexii

Darth Lexii is an actress, cosplayer, wannabe philanthropist, failing comedian, lover of sharks, and your best friend.

Logan Lubera

Logan Lubera is an illustrator, creative/art director, and concept designer who has worked in comics, film, toys and video games.

David Lucarelli

David Lucarelli is the writer of TINSELTOWN from Alterna Comics and THE CHILDREN'S VAMPIRE HUNTING BRIGADE graphic novels.

James Marshall

James Marshall is an actor best known for his role as James Hurley on TWIN PEAKS.

Jamisin Matthews

Jamisin Matthews is an actor and stunt performer. He's known as Resident Evil's Leon Scott Kennedy.

Maverick

Maverick is a former Navy pilot and is now a professional wrestler.

Kelli McCoy

Kelli McCoy is the Europa Clipper Project Systems Engineer Analysis Team Lead.

Michael McMillian

Michael McMillian is the creator and writer of ADVENTURE VAN.

Peter Mellini

Peter Mellini is the owner of Nostalgic Books and Comics.

Dan Mendoza

Dan Mendoza is the creator of ZOMBIE TRAMP, DOLLFACE, and SAD GIRL PSYCHO BABY.

Chris Moreno

Chris Moreno is a comics creator and art director who has worked on many titles and TV shows.

Kristian Nairn

Kristian Nairn is an actor and DJ best known for his role as Hodor on Game of Thrones.

Rafael Navarro

Rafael Navarro is the artist for GUNS A' BLAZIN'!

Sarah Nicklin

Sarah Nicklin is an actress and producer known for her roles in Nun of That (2009) and The Haunting of Alice D (2014).

Patrick Owsley

Patrick Owsley creates cartoon art for licensing, publishing, advertising, logo design, lettering, character design and more!

Janae Patino

Janae Patino is a Latina L.A. native, and Long Beach resident. She is the co-writer of the comic series Chano's Bathroom Trip.

Robert Pilkington

Rob Pilkington is a Los Angeles-based writer. His short comic, THE OLIVE, appears in the 2017 IF Anthology from Alterna Comics.

Lisa Pinelli

Lisa Pinelli is a professional model and cosplayer from Southern California.

John Pirruccello

John Pirruccello is an actor best known for his roles as Deputy Chad Broxford on TWIN PEAKS and Detective John Loach on BARRY.

Christopher Priest

GUEST OF HONOR Christopher Priest is a critically acclaimed novelist and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer.

Joe Pruett

Joe Pruett is the CCO and Publisher of AfterShock Comics. He's been involved in the comics industry for 25 years.

Barbara Randall Kesel

Barbara Randall Kesel is a veteran writer/editor who has worked on staff for DC, Dark Horse, and CrossGen comics and freelanced for pretty much everybody else.

Tom Raney

Tom Raney has spent the last 20 years drawing for Marvel and DC, and is currently drawing DREAD GODS for Ominous Press.

Norm Rapmund

Norm Rapmund is an inker who made a name for himself during the early years of Image Comics on such titles as BRIGADE, SUPREME, and BLOODSTRIKE. He is currently inking BATGIRL and BATMAN BEYOND.

Christina Richey

Christina Richey is an Astrophysicist & Planetary Scientist and is the Europa Clipper Project Staff Scientist.

Rikishi

Rikishi is a Samoan American professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he is a one-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time World Tag Team Champion Champion, and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion.

Kimmy Robertson

Kimmy Robertson is an actress best known for her role as Lucy Moran on TWIN PEAKS.

Ashley Victoria Robinson

Ashley Victoria Robinson is the co-creator & writer of JUPITER JET, and has written for DC Comics/IDW, Top Cow, Action Lab Comics, Alterna Comics, Not Forgotten Comics and Colonial Comics. She is also an actress and podcast host.

D.E. Schrader

D.E. Schrader is the writer and co-creator of the new Action Lab Danger Zone comic, BABY BADASS. He is also involved in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.

Mairghread Scott

Mairghread Scott is an animation and comic book writer specializing in action-comedy.

Sgt. Syko Stu

A former Army sergeant, Sgt. Syko Stu is a professional wrestler.

Bekah Siegfriedt

Bekah Sosland Siegfriedt is a Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 Flight System responsible for testing and validating components on the rover before it heads to Mars in July of 2020.

Ben Siepser

Ben Siepser is a rocket scientist for a leading local aerospace company. He will be on the Science of Acme Products and Black Panther panels at Space Expo.

Rikki Simons

Rikki Simons (AKA Rosearik Rikki Simons) is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice GIR and Bloaty on Invader ZIM.

SLC Green Arrow

SLC Green Arrow is a cosplayer from the greater Salt Lake area. Through his social media accounts, he wants to be a positive force in the world.

Jessica Sonneborn

Jessica Sonneborn is an actress and producer known for The Haunting of Alice D (2014), Dog Eat Dog (2016), and Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (2012).

Michele Specht

Michele Specht will speak on GeekFest's Women of SciFi Panel and will appear at the GeekFest Booth.

Wes St. Claire

Wes St. Claire is an artist who is working with Aftershock on FU JITSU by Jai Nitz and BEYONDERS by Paul Jenkins.

Michael Staab

Michael Staab is a Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Flight Director, and the Lead Systems Engineer for Dust Storm Operations for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

Sarah Stephens

Sarah Hines Stephens is a children's bookseller, editor, reader, and author. She has published more than 100 books for kids.

Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is a #1 New York Times bestselling YA author of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, two BLACK WIDOW novels, as well as MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL, the ongoing life of Captain Marvel comics.

Stewart Strauss

Music, acting, photography, film, radio and sports, they’ve all been a part of Stewart Strauss’s life since he was 8 years old. Stewart is best known for his work on TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN as the first Woodsman.

Ashley Stroupe

Ashley Stroupe has been at Jet Propulsion Lab since 2003 and she was the first woman to drive on another planet.

Jamie Sullivan

Jamie Sullivan is a cover artist and the creator, artist and co-writer of 4 REASONS TO OWN A DEATH RAY.

Bernyce Talley

Bernyce Talley is the LA-based illustrator behind MONTY GOMEZ IS THE LUCHADOR as well as the writer/creator of LE MENAGERIE and other stories.

Tara Cosplay AKA Tara Azarian

Tara Cosplay is the energetic, quirky host of the hit webshow, "Nerdtabulous," a cosplayer, indie filmmaker, model, and actress.

Hank Tucker

Hank Tucker is an animator, storyboarder, and creator of THE ACTUAL ROGER (Alterna Comics).

Koi Turnbull

Koi Turnbull is an artist known for his work with DC Comics (FLASH and SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL), Marvel Comics (TERROR INC, NEW WARRIORS, BLACK PANTHER and the "One Month 2 Live" storyline) and other comic projects.

Steve Vance

Steve Vance is an Astrobiologist, Geophysicist & Europa Clipper Investigation Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Gus Vazquez

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more.

VIP

Half Samoan and half Italian, VIP is a boxer and former soldier in the U.S Army.

Angi Viper

Angi Viper is a multi-award winning cosplayer who has been part of the community since 2000.

Otto Von Clutch

Born in Baja, California Otto Von Clutch is a self-proclaimed world-renowned competitive surfer turned pro wrestler.

Mike Wellman

Mike Wellman is the writer for GUNS A' BLAZIN!

Fred "The Hammer" Williamson

Fred "The Hammer" Williamson is an American actor and former professional American football defensive back

Ray Wise

Ray Wise is best known for his roles as Leland Palmer in TWIN PEAKS (1990) and the Devil in the CW television series REAPER (2007).

Marv Wolfman

Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies, video games, and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. He is currently writing several titles for DC as well as other projects.

Wonder Woman is Real

Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter aka Wonder Woman is Real is a Wonder Woman cosplayer and the founder of the Real League of Justice, a nonprofit, disability advocacy foundation and law firm that helps families affected by disabilities.

J.K. Woodward

A Long Beach, CA-based illustrator, J.K. Woodward has worked on titles for IDW, BOOM! Studios, Archaia, Dark Horse and Marvel.

Asta Young

Asta Young is a cosplayer, artist, and gamer based out of Phoenix, AZ. She is most well known for her Ewok and Teemo cosplay.

Tim Zajac

Tim Zajac is a storyteller, whether it be on the comic book page, the stage, or the screen.