Guests, Entertainers, Vendors, and More!

We hope you're ready to meet all sorts of guests and creators for our first year!  Whether it's a favorite actor, a Youtube sensation, or an artist and writer of a new story, we hope you'll get the chance to meet everyone.

 

VOICE OVER GUESTS

 
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Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Marvel Vs Capcom/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves), Kakyoin (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure:  Stardust Crusaders) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z and currently voices Gohan in Dragonball Super.  Other fan faves include One Punch Man (Atomic Samurai), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow).  Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”, Eusine in “Generations”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodcast series of podcasts . For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.

 
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Deedee Magno Hall

Currently the voice of “Pearl” on Cartoon Network’s Emmy nominated series, Steven Universe & “Snuggs” the hedgehog in Doc McStuffins on the Disney Channel.


Theater credits include: “Kim” Miss Saigon (Broadway, 2nd US National Tour & Asian Tour), “Nessarose” Wicked (1st US National Tour), "Diana" Next To Normal (East West Players), If/Then (Broadway & US National Tour), “Mrs. Walker” The Who’s Tommy (East West Players), "Lehua" Honu By The Sea (Johnson Enos).


TV & Film: Original cast of Disney Channel’s “New Mickey Mouse Club”, Third Watch, Dellaventura, Rear Window, Face, Sister Act 2. Recordings: 4 albums with Hollywood Record’s pop group, “The Party” (touring the US, Canada, Europe & Asia, opening up for Taylor Dayne, Hi 5, Color Me Badd & Vanilla Ice) & co-founder of mommy singing group, “Mama Bares”.


Proud wife & mommy of 2, grateful to God for family, friends & the opportunity to do what I love!

 

ARTIST & WRITER GUESTS

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LORENZO LIZANA

Lorenzo Lizana is an artist and toy designer with a focus on development and production of unique characters, illustrations, toys and art for the entertainment industry. He has 25 + years of character design and product design experience and specializes in comic book art and storytelling. He is the creator of Scarab, St. Louis newest superhero!

 
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Ian McGinty

Ian McGinty is an American artist, writer, and designer. He is the creator of Welcome to Showside!, the animated series (Modern Prometheus Productions), as well as the Welcome to Showside! comic books series (Z2 Comics). Ian has worked on Nickelodeon's INVADER ZIM movie and is currently lead artist on Boom Studios' Rocko's Modern Life comic series. He has worked on Adventure Time & Fionna and Cake (Boom! Studios), and is a contributor for PowerPuff Girls (IDW/PRH) and the Invader Zim comics (Oni). His art is also featured in the Steve Jackson Games' Munchkin card and comic book line. You'll also be able to see his art in the original graphic novel, GLINT: Cloud Raiders, which will be published by STL's own Lion Forge next year.

Ian has previously worked on Rick and Morty (Oni), Bravest WarriorsBee & Puppycat and Steven Universe (kaBoom!), as well as the Eisner Nominated Hello Kitty series and Uglydoll (Viz Media), Lil' Bionic Kids (Dynamite), Rocket Raccoon (Marvel), and Bartkira (Various). 

 
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Marcus Emerson

Marcus Emerson is the author and illustrator of several highly imaginative children's books including the popular DIARY OF A 6TH GRADE series, RECESS WARRIORS, and THE SUPER LIFE OF BEN BRAVER. His goal is to create children's books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for kids of all ages - even the adults who secretly never grew up.

He also still dreams of becoming an astronaut someday and walking on Mars.

 
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Craig Skaggs

Craig started his career as an artist in 1983 illustrating children's books for a small publishing company when he was a junior in high school. In the early nineties, he became a full-time freelancer working for multiple advertising agencies, and publishers of teaching material. He was then picked by Skywalker Ranch to illustrate licensed Star Wars art when they were re-releasing episodes 4, 5 and 6 with new special effects. He also began designing all kinds of toys and products for over thirty companies, doing illustrations for several magazine, game, comic, children's book and journal publishers, and was a cover artist for Random House Pub. and Wings Press for several years. Seven years ago, Craig became a lead medical illustrator for the American College of Cardiology, and the Journal of Allergy and Immunology. About three years ago he started doing conventions, and fine art gallery shows. Just recently, Craig started doing illustrations for Altered Creatures Pub., and toy design work for SG labs.  Craig is also currently working with Lucasfilm as one of their official fine artists.

 

ENTERTAINERS

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BRASS ENGINE PRODUCTIONS

Brass Engine Productions is a Missouri based media production team that has created short films, board games, and youtube videos. Join them for panels, get interviewed on their cosplay video, and sing your heart out at Nerdy Night Lounge’s Karaoke hosted by Brass Engine!

 
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iCon Tournaments

Welcome to iCon Tournaments! Stop by to join our tournaments for lively and exciting games like Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Super Smash Bros, Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and more where you can battle our team members and your friends to see who comes out on top (and even if you’re not a tournament type gamer, we have free play stations with a variety of fun games as well)! Also, be sure to check out our artist shop full of unique, custom work, and get your face painted before you leave!

 
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Dancakes (appearing both days from 11 am - 3 pm only)

DANCAKES is the brainchild of Daniel ‘Dr. Dan’ Drake and Henry ‘Hank’ Gustafson, two young sons of Saint Louis, MO just trying to make their mark on the world.  You see, the story goes that Dan was working a greasy job at a greasy-spoon, flipping burgers and frying eggs, when one day he had an idea – could he make better tips if he drew pictures in pancake batter? He decided to give it a try one slow afternoon and the first Dancake ever served netted him a neat $15. The guy who ate it loved it, and may have changed the world forever. Dan got into the habit of serving smiley-face pancakes because, hey, if one guy thought it was worth it, there would definitely be more.

Fast forward five years – Dan’s 23 now, and it’s late summer of 2013 – when all of a sudden, the internet finds out about him. A photo has been posted to Facebook, then Reddit, and Dan’s cell phone is ‘blowing up’. “Dan,” say his friends, “You’re internet famous now.” The Reddit post leads people to Dan’s Facebook fan page – ‘Dr. Dan the Pancake Man’ – and a few weeks later a producer from NBC’s The Today Show is calling Dan while he’s on the job. “Hey there,” says the voice on the other end of the line, “Am I speaking with, uh, Dr. Dan the Pancake Man?”

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They wanted to fly him out to NYC the next day so that he could be on air the morning before Thanksgiving. Not wanting to go alone, Dan invited Hank, his best friend and band mate, and Hank said yes without hesitation. The night before the broadcast the pair applied for their LLC and the company that would become Dancakes was born.

Now, they’re quickly becoming the most prestigious name in pancake art. Dancakes productions are known for their quality and finesse, their no-nonsense approach to artistic integrity. They blend wit, skill, and style into their videos, and they bring a personal charisma to live events that’s impossible to replicate. They are to pancake art as Dave Brubeck is to jazz, pushing the envelope and making the medium cooler with every cake flipped. If you want to be the talk of the town, hire Dancakes.

 
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Unchained STL Escape RooM

Come join Unchained STL at Gateway Comic Con as they offer a mini-Escape Room experience.  Can you work as a team to crack codes, find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles?  Take part in the adventure captivating the country with a room specially designed for our convention.  Each 15 minute session is $5 per person or use a special group rate of $25 for 6 people.  Get code-cracking with your friends at Gateway Comic Con! (Please note: An event badge is still required to participate in the experiences).

 

LOCAL & SPECIAL GROUPS

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St. Louis Game Developer Co-op

The St. Louis Game Developer Co-op provides support, resources, and events for game developers in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area. We exist to help game creators of all kinds, including those interested in video games, tabletop games, card and board games, and other unique and innovative methods of gameplay.

 
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GATEWAY LEGO USERS GROUP

The Gateway LEGO Users Group (GtwLUG) is a group of adults in the St. Louis area who enjoy building with LEGO® brand building blocks.  The club puts on displays throughout the year and meets monthly for club meetings.  You can learn more about them in this December 2016 article in the Belleville News-Democrat.

Visitors and prospective members are always welcome to join in on meetings. See the schedule on their website for details.

 
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Arch Reactor

A local, 501c3 Educational Non-Profit Organization that specializes in the hackerspace and makerspace movements. Their space is a communal workshop for members to share tools and work on projects. It is also a place to learn new skills, either in one of their classes, or from the many experts that make up their membership. Most importantly, they are a welcoming and creative place for all makers in the St. Louis area.  (By hacking, they mean either the re-purposing or modification of a commercial product, DIY hacking together of a project, or just the act of exciting, creative work.  You won't have any fear of getting your phone or computer hacked by visiting their space.)  To learn more about Arch Reactor, visit their website at https://archreactor.org/.

 
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Wizible

Wizible is a St. Louis, MO based tech startup company that is building a fully immersive magical experience for users to have in any environment. A magical Wizible wand is a powerful piece of technology that will enable the user to control things in their environment as well as allow them to duel against an opponent in a laser tag format anywhere.

 

Thank you to our Exhibit Hall Sponsor!

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Vendors

  • Far East Emporium

  • Wizard Wagon & Haha Anime

  • Brass Engine Productions

  • Star Clipper/Fantasy Books Inc.

  • Toys of Our Youth

  • Nerds at Nite Gaming

  • Decades of Excess

  • Hero Initiative

Artists & Crafters

  • Radiant Grey

  • Sew-it-All Creations

  • Magpie's Masquerie

  • Andy Kluthe

  • Mountain of Knives

  • Alexe Brewer Art

  • Art of Tabby

  • Seifer's Stitches

  • SaBasse Studios

  • NC ILLUSTRATION

  • Poddig's Paintings