Victoria Paege is an actress, model and cosplayer. Victoria began her acting career as a toddler appearing in a commercial for Kimberly Clark. Throughout school, she studied in theater and the arts and underwent years of vocal training as well as training in gymnastics and dance. After High School, she trained in Burbank with AIA acting academy, attending courses taught by Jason Alexander (Seinfeild). Peter Pappas (Two and a Half Men) and Matthew Lessall (Trick 'R Treat). In 2010 Victoria broke out in both the film and comic scene with her appearance in the movie "A Man Called Nereus" and as spokesperson for the Phoenix Comic con. Since then she has appeared on screen in commercials as well as in multiple other films such as, 'Camp 139', 'Death by VHS','Salvation'and 'Geek Cred.' Victoria also serves as a reference model and can be seen on the cover of several comic books like 'Break the Walls,'and Big Dog Ink's 'Legend of Oz.' Victoria also works on all of her own cosplay outfits along with ModifiedMinds, their most memorable piece being 'Grown-up Hit-Girl' which they worked on together with Kick-Ass creator/writer Mark Millar and debuted at the 2013 San Diego Comic COn.
Victoria can be seen at conventions across the United States cosplaying, interviewing guests and hosting and MC'ing events. You can find her online at www.VictoriaPaege.com
Poison Sugar offers unique, quality, and affordable Lolita accessories and clothing made with materials and fabrics straight from Japan. Since its beginning in 2010, Poison Sugar has grown to become a recognizable name in independent Lolita brands. Poison Sugar offers many different handmade items including, buckram hats, jewelry, collars, bags and dresses in various styles inspired by Japanese fashions such as Lolita.
Alfred Trujillo is a Mexican-American comic book artist and writer. Alfred has worked for Zenescope Entertainment, Big Dog Ink, Chameleon, Moonstone and many more. Alfred co-owns 183 Degree Studio, co-creates the independent book Project: Shadows and has illustrated covers for various independent titles. He travels the country to exhibit at comic book conventions promoting art and teaching drawing skills at panels. Alfred has also appeared on multiple interviews and segments on local and national TV that deal with comic book making.
Alfred is a proud father of two and also an activist and strong supporter of equal parenting rights.
Jolene Houser is the heart and founder behind Vivifica Studios. Her original piece "Aries the Ram" was the inspiration for the flagship series, The Timeless. Having been published by both independent companies like Dusk Comics as well as larger publisher IDW, Jolene saw a need for a bridge to help writers and artists see their stories and art realized. After completing a book for Arcana Comics in late 2012, Jolene set out to create something new and exciting for herself and any that would share in her dream.
Ryan McMurry is an artist, comic book creator and cosplayer. He has been attending conventions and cosplaying since 2005 in Arizona and California and is perhaps best known for his cosplay of Spike Spiegel from the classic anime “Cowboy Bebop”.
In 2010, Ryan appeared as Spike in the hardbound book "Cosplay in America" along with fellow cosplayer Illiara as Faye Valentine. The duo's images were used in the book as well as various promotional uses of the book such as gallery pieces, lobby cards, and posters. He is known by either his cosplay or convention badge names “Toshi” or “Tenucha”.
He frequently listens to loud music and watches his DVD collection while working on art. Ryan has been drawing all his life, having started off as a child influenced by his favorite cartoons and movies. In the '90s his art style became influenced by Ninja Turtles, Dragonball, Armitage III, Dominion Tank Police, and Akira. Now, Ryan has since learned to branch out and draw more than just Japanese styles and influences.
In 2012 he contributed original art for the charity Brain Cancer Foundation, "Beer for Brains" auction. He has created art and shirt designs for several bands and musicians, including Tub Ring and Mindless Self Indulgence.
Ryan created the original comic book "Zombie B.C." with contributing cover art from model Aurora O'Brien and legendary artist Steve Rude "The Dude". Ryan wrote, penciled, inked, and did the layouts for the interior work and colored the cover. He self-published it for debut at Saboten Con in 2012. Ryan is currently working on “Zombie B.C. #2” for release in 2014.
James Perry II is an American writer and manga artist who graduated with a BA in Game Art and Design. For a few years he tested cell phone games, and then moved up to console gaming by testing at the former THQ game company. Realizing his true passion was with manga and anime, he decided to submit his story ideas to Tokyopop.
He was accepted in 2009 and published the first volume of his original manga, an action/adventure set in the world of witches and warlocks, titled Orange Crows. The series took an unfortunate break when Tokyopop stopped publishing manga.
Flash forward to 2013, and thanks to fan demand and the help of Kickstarter, James continues the series through self publishing with volume 2 of Orange Crows which will be releasing this year.
James has experience with both professional publishing and self publishing, and welcomes anyone who has questions to come visit his table. Just be warned, you'll probably be engaged in long talks about Air Gear, Evangelion, Persona, or one of his many interests!
Armand Villavert is an American manga artist and graphic novel illustrator. He was done works for Tokyopop, Boom studios' Muppet Robin Hood, and is currently working on a long running series called Gladstone's School for World Conquerors. He has also done illustrations for Nintendo Game boy and Warner bros. animation. Armand lives in Phoenix and spends most of the day trying to top his all time record of how many hard boiled eggs he can fit in his mouth.