Special Guests at ACE 2018!
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Erin Cahill is an iconic actress known for her role as Jen Scotts, the Pink Power Ranger, on Power Rangers Time Force, Power Rangers Wild Force, and Power Rangers HyperForce. She is also known for playing Elizabeth on Supernatural, Heather on How I Met Your Mother, Megan Shelley on Grey's Anatomy, Cassandra on General Hospital, Kendra Burke on Saving Grace, Felicity on Red Widow, Stephanie Fisher on Stitchers, and the voice of Chloe 'Karma' Lynch on Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Her passion project alongside her husband is to raise funds to build schools in Nepal and Malawi and send 10 school children from The Bronx, NY to Haiti on their own build with the prestigious Build On Organization.
Photo op begins at 2pm at the Indulge Images booth and cost $35
Q&A Panel will be from 4:30pm-5pm in Mezzanine Level Meeting Room 4 & 5
Jennifer Cihi began performing since she was a young girl growing up in California. At the age of 12, she began her professional career when she was cast in the role of Pepper in the 1978 Broadway National Tour of Annie. As a young adult Jennifer lived and worked in Japan for two years performing at Tokyo Disney. Ironically, after moving back to Los Angeles, she was cast as the singing voice of Sailor Moon. She also lended her voice to City Hunter and Princess Mononoke. She went on to star in the Nickelodeon television show Roundhouse and has voiced many national jingles, including the now famed Hot Pockets commercials. Just over a decade ago, Jennifer said goodbye to Hollywood and moved to Nashville where her singing career continued to thrive. Now, Jennifer appears at conventions all over the US and Europe singing the now iconic Sailor Moon songs.
Jennifer will have a brief performance from noon-12:30pm in Mezzanine Level Meeting Room 4 & 5.
Stefanie DeLeo is a published playwright and novelist. She has a Master's Degree in Theatre from New York University and had lived and worked in South Africa for two and a half years with the Peace Corps. Her first play, Worth a Thousand Words was published in 2010, which addresses themes of art as a means of communication as seen through the lens of an autistic child. You can find her story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable, where she chronicles her serendipitous story of befriending Jennifer Cihi - Sailor Moon, and traveling to so many conventions! Though a New York City native, she recently relocated to Nashville, where she teaches 12th grade English. She has been a guest at comic cons all over the US and Europe and loves running panels on how to navigate the publishing industry as well as the legality of publishing fan fiction.
I'm a designer and illustrator who simply loves to create and learn. No matter what new project comes my way. I grew up loving comics and cartoons, so much of my reason for getting involved in the arts stems from these roots. However, as technology improves, new methods of creation evolve and I learn more about the world as well as myself, I'm driven to give back to the world. Because of this, I make it a point to only take on projects that I find meaningful, fulfilling and educational, both for myself and others. In the past I've worked with fantastic clients such as Live Nation, AAA, Six Flags, Coca-Cola, Converse, Threadless, Marvel, Adobe, Bud Light, Nike, Cartoon Network, EA, Bioware, SquareEnix, Crystal Dynamics, Entertainment Weekly, StubHub!, Krispy Kreme, Gogo Inflight, Scientific American, The Weather Channel, Go Go, McGraw Hill, Boom!Studios, Pitchfork, Arcade Brewery, The House Theatre of Chicago, and more. I've also had the honor of showcasing my work in 3x3, Communication Arts, and Spectrum.
Chris Giarrusso is the Harvey award-nominated artist and writer best known for creating, writing, and drawing G-Man, a series of books loved by all ages. G-Man features a young superhero who gains fantastic powers when he wears a magic cape. The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins, G-Man Learning to Fly, G-Man Cape Crisis, and G-Man Coming Home are available at bookstores and comic shops worldwide, and at online retailers like amazon.com. Chris’s work has been published by Andrews McMeel, Scholastic, Marvel, Image, IDW, Lion Forge, Valiant, Ahoy Comics, and several independent publishers.
From the Raleigh area, Sandy Jarrell is known in comics for his work on DC Bombshells/Bombshells United, Reggie and Me, Black Canary, Teen Titans Go!, Meteor Men, and Batman ’66!
Georges Jeanty is a New York Times Bestselling comic book illustrator, mostly known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics published by Dark Horse, which won the Eisner Award for Best New Comic Book Series in 2008. His previous work includes being co-creator of the critically acclaimed The American Way, and its sequel The American Way: Those Above and Those Below published by DC Comics/Vertigo. Additionally, he has worked for DC Comics on titles such as Green Lantern, Superboy, and Superman and Marvel Comics on Bishop: The Last X-Man, Deadpool, Gambit, and Weapon X.
Residing in Beverly, Massachusetts, Andrew MacLean is a comic creator, writer, and artist known for creating the Head Lopper series at Image Comics, ApocalyptiGirl, God Hates Astronauts, and Rick & Morty.
Matthew K Manning
Matthew K. Manning is a comic book writer, historian, and fan. Over the course of his career, he's written for many comic book titles including Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, Batman, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans Go!, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, TMNT: Amazing Adventures, and TMNT: New Animated Adventures. When not writing comics, Manning is the author of over 75 books, including his newest chapter book series Xander and the Rainbow-Barfing Unicorns for Capstone.
With a wildly loyal global fan-base for her voice-over work as "Jem" and "Jerrica" in the cartoon classic "Jem and the Holograms," Samantha is also a part of the iconic Hasbro brand "Transformers" with guest-starring roles as "Ariel", "Elise Presser" and "The Zamajon Empress". She can be heard as the gentle British voice of Peter Pan's mother in the classic Steven Spielberg's feature film "Hook." In the late 2000's Samantha was invited into the prestigious Leonard Cohen circle as a back-up singer and went on to tour extensively as a back up singer with the stadium worthy "Bricks in the Wall" belting out the Sights and Sounds of Pink Floyd. Based in Nashville TN since 2014, Samantha continues writing and recording her solo self released solo Pop/electronica/dance studio albums. Her original music and vocals can be heard on many block buster game titles such as God of War and others, movie soundtracks, and hit TV shows such as Smallville, Gossip Girl, and more. Samantha is currently touring for "Hologram" and working on a "Hologram" dance remix album.
Samantha will have a brief performance from 5:30pm-6pm in the Mezzanine Level Meeting Room 4 & 5
Jarrett Rutland is the founder of Escapist Art. He crafts narrative watercolor artworks as well as write and illustrate graphic novels, comics and children’s picture books.
Matthew David Smith
Matthew David Smith is a comic writer and screenwriter from Georgia. His first published work was "Blood-Drenched Creature Double Feature", a flip-book style horror graphic novel. In 2014, Smith ventured into the world of filmmaking by adapting his comic "Bee Sting" into an independent film that was filmed entirely in the middle GA area. He wrote the screenplay and produced the movie, as well as the 2016 sequel, "Bee Sting 2: Bear Sting". Smith is also the writer and co-creator of the all-ages superhero comic "Amazing Age", which was one of the inaugural titles in Alterna Comics' line of newsprint comic books. The successful limited series has been collected as a graphic novel and the follow-up series will be released in May 2019. Find him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as "mdsmithcomics"
Shannon Wheeler is the creator of Too Much Coffee Man. His recent book, Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius (Image) collects various gags and autobiographical comics. His cartoons have been found in The New Yorker, the Onion, American Bystander, and various alternative weekly newspapers.
Kelly Yates is an illustrator best known for his work on Doctor Who comics for both Titan and IDW Publishing. His artwork also inspired the new Doctor Who Kawaii TITANS toy line. In addition, his writes and illustrates the creator-owned books, Amber Atoms and MonstHer.
Alexis Ziritt is originally from Venezuela but has lived in Florida for the past decade. He's been published in Complex Magazine, Heavy Metal, BOOM! Studios and Dark Horse Comics among others. His kung fu is strong.
Alexis is part of the super art collective Out Of Step Arts.