2024 Guests

2024 SiouxperCon Guests

Billy Bryan

You’ve, no doubt, seen the South Dakota Ghostbusters around town at events. But, have you ever seen who they are hunting? We, and the South Dakota Ghostbusters, are excited to announce the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man himself, Bill Bryan, will be coming to SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After!
 
Bill Bryan was born in Newport News, VA on Sept 20 1954 to an opera singing artist/engineer father who taught him to draw and sing and a choir directing ball-of-fire preacher’s-daughter mother who taught him to pattern, to sew, and to smile.
The middle child of seven, he grew up on seven acres of Piney woods in Bedford Mass, making art and music from an early age. Inspired by Jim Henson and the Muppets, he started building and performing puppet shows while in High School.
 
At Syracuse University, where he earned a BFA in Metalsmithing, he was told by the Lost-In-Space Robot to “Go west, young man”, so he stuck out his thumb and hitch-hiked and hopped freights to arrive in Los Angeles on July 18, 1976. Within two weeks he was building a banana costume for Elton John’s tour, and he’s been working fairly steadily ever since.
 
Five years at NBC Wardrobe Department prepared him for the hectic pace of the movie effects industry. He was also introduced to the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, where he lived and performed in various Shakespearian productions, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in which he played Puck, (after building an ass’ head for them, to insure that they would do the play.)
 
After leaving NBC in 1981, Bill served a short term at Sid and Marty Krofft’s shop where he met Mark Siegel who subsequently recommended him as the one to design and construct the still suits for DUNE. After that, he was offered the task of fabricating and portraying the Staypuft Marshmallow Man in GHOSTBUSTERS at Richard Edlund’s Boss Films. There Bill met and befriended fellow department heads, Randy Cook and Steve Johnson, who each eventually employed him at their respective FX houses, Ruckus Inc. for 3 years and XFX, (later Edge FX.) for over 15 years, where Bill might be foam fabricating on one job, then inventing a new art form on another, designing and constructing at the beginning of a job, and supervising and puppeteering at the end of the job. Bill spent most of a year working for Stan Winston on AI and JURASSIC PARK 3. While there, Stan described him as “A great find! Taking us places we’ve never been before!” Several jobs with Carlo Rambaldi, several more with KNB, All Effects, Alterian and various other independent FX shops have rounded out his career as a problem solver and innovator.
 
Characters with which he has been associated include: Mr. Staypuft, SIL, The Pit Bitch, Doc Ock, Andrew Martin, Captain Eo, Teddy Ruxpin, King Kong, Chucky, Rex, The Ninja Turtles, The Puttermans, The Energizer Bunny, The Shit Weasel, the Cat in the Hat, and The StubHub Ticket Oak, among others.
 
Throughout this career, Bill has experienced the joy of fatherhood, raising a daughter and three sons, and now, a grandson, two granddaughters and another on the way!
 

BREED

We’re delighted to bring the ART of BREED to SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After benefitting Make-A-Wish of South Dakota & Montana!

BREED is a professional Sequential/Pre-Production/Animation artist with over 28 years experience in the Comic Book/Graphic Novel, TV & Motion Picture, Toy/Action Figure, Licensed Property (IP) Conceptualization industries as a Penciler/Inker/Painter, Writer, Animator, Sketch/Storyboard/Concept Artist.

His work has been featured by Marvel Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, 20th Century Studios, IDW, Source Point Press, Counterpoint Comics, Stranger Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Mountaineer West Productions, UpperDeck Co./MCU, Kymera Press, Entity Eye Entertainment, Warrant Publishing, and multiple Film/TV Production companies.

BREED is collaborating on the highly anticipated, fan-favorite “Blindside” series with creator/artist Marat Mychaels (Deadpool Corps, X-Force, Brigade) and Sal Regla (Marvel, Wildstorm). He is currently co-creating upcoming series “The Ascendancy” with talented writer Christopher Brian Dorsey (War Angels) as well as penciling & inking lavish details into action/adventure series “Genesis II” for GenSeven Comics. He’s also creating gorgeous painted art for the soon-to-be-released graphic novel adaptation of bestseller “Flesh of the Blood”.

 

Cerina Vincent

Cerina Vincent is an actress, writer, and producer born and raised in Las Vegas. She had a childhood in the theatre, in many productions and musicals from the age of 12.  And after hanging up her crown as Miss Nevada Teen USA 1996, she moved to Hollywood and began working in film and television.  

Cerina starred in the #1 kids series in the world, “Power Rangers Lost Galaxy” as Maya, the Yellow Power Ranger. She quickly went from a TV super hero to a silver screen siren with her Saturn Award Nominated performance in the horror sensation “Cabin Fever”, and her daring, comedic role in “Not Another Teen Movie”. 

Horror fans also love her in “Return To House On Haunted Hill”, “It Waits”, “Monika”, and dozens of other thrillers. Cerina’s comedic chops can be seen on the dozens of hit shows she’s guest starred on, including “Two and a Half Men”, “Mike and Molly”, “Workaholics”, and ”Californication”. 

She also co-wrote a successful book series from Harper Collins. The best-selling “How to Eat Like a Hot Chick”, “How to Love Like a Hot Chick”, and “Live Like a Hot Chick” – She’s been seen dozens of times on “The TODAY Show” giving lifestyle advice for women, as well as blogged for “The Huffington Post”. 

Currently, Cerina is becoming Disney’s favorite “TV mom” on “Stuck In The Middle”, the new #1 single camera comedy from Disney. Cerina is having a blast in her very comedic role of Suzy Diaz, the mother of 7 kids.

Chris Rager

We’re excited to announce that Chris Rager will be joining us this September for SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After benefitting Make-A-Wish of South Dakota & Montana!

Chris Rager is most well-known as the voice of Hercule/Mr. Satan in the Dragon Ball franchise and Torque from Borderlands. He’s also voiced Mingeatron, a parody of Megatron, for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Prior to being cast as Hercule, Rager performed in a comedy troupe with Josh Martin.

A huge thank you to our friends at CaveGamers for sponsoring Chris Rager’s and Josh Martin’s appearances! 

Dave Wheeler

Dave Wheeler aka Dave Wonder is a jack of all trades when it comes to comics and design–working as an: inker, colorist, letterer, writer and book designer in comics for the better part of two decades!

Dave currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with his family, two dogs and his dreams! He is proud to be one of the co-founders of the kid-friendly comic company MIND WAVE COMICS–doing his part to bring back fun to comics!

Along with comics Dave has worked as a toy designer for Boss Fight Studios and streams regularly about his love of toys on his Youtube channel: Youtube.com/davewonder Stop by and join the conversation! 

Outside of comics and toys, Dave also has worked as a graphics, gear and merch designer in the professional wrestling industry, having his work seen on AEW, ROH, NJPW and WWE! When he’s not in the studio he enjoys long walks on the beach, making toys and professional wrestling!

David Ajala

From “Star Trek: Discovery” to Shakespeare to the Fast & Furious franchise, our next guest does it all! David Ajala trained at the Anna Scher Theatre and Courtyard Theatre drama schools, then began his career performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company at in Stratford-upon-Avon where he performed in productions of “Hamlet,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” among others.

Ajala’s Film credits include the independent feature STARRED UP alongside Jack O’Connell and Rupert Friend; the Wachowski feature JUPITER ASCENDING with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum; and FAST & FURIOUS 6 alongside the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.

Ajala was nominated “Best Acting Performance” by the Royal Television Society in 2009. On TV he has appeared in many TV shows with major roles in Black Box, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, Nightflyers, Falling Water and Supergirl. In addition, Ajala has also had major guest roles in award winning shows including “Law & Order: UK,” “Death in Paradise,” “Silent Witness,” and the wildly popular “Dr. Who.”

In October 2019, he joined the regular cast of season three of Star Trek: Discovery.

Dawn Dininger

In late 2019, the force that we first knew as “Baby Yoda” and now know to be named “Grogu” captivated the imagination of millions. Two members of the team responsible for creating the phenomenon that is The Mandalorian will be joining us for SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After benefitting Make-A-Wish South Dakota & Montana!

TaMara Carlson-Woodard is a Los Angeles-based practical creature effects artist and performer, specialty costumer, and puppeteer. She and fellow puppeteer Dawn Dininger are both part of the team that brings Grogu to life for The Mandalorian.

It doesn’t stop there, though. Both of these ladies are woven throughout The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett creating, puppeteering and/or playing multiple characters.

Dawn Dininger is known for her role as the prisoner Rodian in The Book of Boba Fett as well as the mom Rodian and the oboe playing Bith. Besides the Star Wars franchise, she has appeared as Monster Marie in One Missed Call.

Since 2018, TaMara Carlson-Woodard has worked in a galaxy far, far away as a puppeteer and suit performer on The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett where she appeared as everyone’s favorite blue, keyboard-playing Ortolan, Max Rebo.

Doug Jones

Doug’s illustrious career spans 30+ years in television and on film! Currently, Doug can be seen as Captain Saru on the CBS series “Star Trek Discovery”!

Fans will long remember Doug for his work as THE SILVER SURFER in FANTASTIC FOUR RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. He also breathed the life and soul into ABE SAPIEN in HELLBOY and HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY.

In the Oscar-winning film he wants to be remembered for, Doug portrays 2 characters, both Pan and The Pale Man in PAN’S LABYRINTH. He teamed up again with director Guillermo del Toro to bring an original story to life in the Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water”.

Another fan favorite is the Halloween cult classic, HOCUS POCUS, in which Doug plays the goofy zombie BILLY BUTCHERSON, a role he reprised in HOCUS POCUS II. His earliest comic book movie appearance was alongside Danny De Vito as a circus clown henchman in BATMAN RETURNS.

Doug moves seamlessly from film to TV. He can currently be seen in “What We Do In The Shadows”! Previous notable television work includes FALLING SKIES, TEEN WOLF, FEAR ITSELF, THE NEIGHBORS, and the lead Gentleman on the Emmy-nominated “Hush” episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!

Dylan Jacobson

Dylan is known for his comics and illustrations. You may be familiar with his original comic series “Champions”, or his coloring book, “Together With Goblins”. He has worked in comics, writing, character art, and graphics and he has been working with schools and communities teaching comic art, character art, storytelling and roleplaying since 2016.

Dylan will be bringing his fun After Dark panel, Dylan’s Drink and Draw, back too!

Elias Toufexis

Come on – deep down, you’ve always wanted to meet a TV villain haven’t you? How about a video game character (or six)?

Elias Toufexis portrays the villain L’AK in Star Trek Discovery, along with a number of other television characters, including Kenzo in “The Expanse” and Weber in “Supernatural”.

He also portrays extremely popular characters in video games and animation–Adam Jensen in “Deus Ex”, Federico and Leonidas in “Assassin’s Creed”, Ragnarok and Major Oswald in “Fortnite”, Antonov in “Call Of Duty” and Seraphim in the hit Netflix series “Blood Of Zeus”.

Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan Freeman is the voice of Jafar in Disney’s 1992 animated feature “Aladdin”.  He recreated the role for 8 years on Broadway and continues to voice Jafar for video games and special events. He received a Tony nomination for his hilarious turn as the Headwaiter in “She Loves Me” on Broadway, has worked extensively on and Off-Broadway, regionally, and in concerts for the last 50 years.  

His numerous television appearances include the long running series “Shining Time Station” for PBS and “Remember Wenn” for AMC. Jonathan is proud to be a part of the 2017 Oscar nominated documentary “Life Animated”.  

Josh Martin

Josh Martin will be joining us (and friend Chris Rager) at the Sioux Falls Convention Center this September 27-29, 2024!

You may or may not know that he played Barney the Dinosaur in a few episodes of Barney and Friends and on a live tour called Barney’s Big Surprise. You may or may not have seen him perform in comedy clubs as Pillsbury Homeboy, a rapping parody of the Pillsbury Doughboy. But, if you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise, you know him as the voice of Majin Buu, Kid Buu and Evil Buu! He also voiced Commander Red in Dragon Ball.  

A huge thank you to our friends at CaveGamers for sponsoring Chris Rager’s and Josh Martin’s appearances! 

Kat Cressida

Kat Cressida is famous for her many characters she’s brought to life for Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Studios, Marvel Studios, Cartoon Network… and several iconic AAA video games!

Among her famous characters are “JESSIE THE COWGIRL” (Disney Pixar’s TOY STORY)…

“DEE DEE” from the Cartoon Network’s classic DEXTER’S LABORATORY… 

“ELEKTRA” for MARVEL STUDIOS…

“PRINCESS LEIA” for several LucasArts Star Wars video games-

AND:

Kat is legendary for Disney & horror fans, for providing the voice (and face!) of the HAUNTED MANSION BRIDE, “CONSTANCE HATCHAWAY” for Disney parks worldwide (as well as Disney Games, Toys, and Shows) – as well as the spooky “LITTLE GIRL LOST” in Disney’s “TWILIGHT ZONE: TOWER OF TERROR”!

Other iconic shows include:  ARCHER (FX), TARZAN (DISNEY), SOLAR OPPOSITES (FX/ HULU), GOOSEBUMPS (DISNEY), DOOM PATROL (DC UNIVERSE/ WB) and Blockbuster video game titles including WORLD OF WARCRAFT, STARFIELD, GOD OF WAR: RAGNAROK, HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST, and EPIC 7!

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Kat will have on hand several 8 x 10’s of her most-requested characters – as well as all her Funko Pops (“JESSIE”, “DEE DEE”, the new exclusive glow-in-the-dark “CONSTANCE”, and “ELEKTRA”) and her VAULTED POPS (50th Anniversary Haunted Mansion CONSTANCE HATCHAWAY and JESSIE THE COWGIRL Toy Story 4).

She’ll also have a very special DREAM SHARK TOYS “EXCLUSIVE” – Limited Edition HAUNTED MANSION and TOWER of TERROR authentic DISNEY PARKS plaques from Disney Imagineering (Limited supply – come early!) 

Keith Champagne

We are excited to welcome back Keith Champagne to SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After benefitting Make-A-Wish of South Dakota & Montana!

Keith Champagne is a veteran comic book writer/artist/inker best known for almost three decades of work with DC and Marvel Comics. Currently, he’s producing Masters Of The Universe: Revolution for Dark Horse Entertainment and is the co-publisher and CCO of New Pain Productions. He secretly letters comic books under the pseudonym ‘Alfie Betts.’ 

Linda Larkin

Linda Larkin is the speaking voice of Princess Jasmine in Walt Disney’s classic animated feature film, “Aladdin”. Ms. Larkin has provided the voice for Princess Jasmine in every animated Aladdin sequel and spin-off, including “The Return of Jafar”, “Aladdin and The King of Thieves”, and the Emmy-nominated 100-episode “Aladdin” television series. She can also be heard as Princess Jasmine in the critically acclaimed “Kingdom Hearts” video game series, Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First”, and in the 2018 Oscar-nominated animated feature “Ralph Breaks the Internet”. From read-along story books, Jasmine toys, and interactive educational tools, to Disney on Ice and Tokyo Disney’s Aladdin theme park attraction, Ms. Larkin’s voice can be heard wherever Princess Jasmine appears. In 2011, Ms. Larkin was honored with the Disney Legends Award, recognizing her extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Phil Hester

Phil Hester has been writing and drawing comics since the dawn of time – or maybe time started when he started drawing… It certainly may have for a number of characters he’s drawn, including Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow, Mark Millar’s Swamp Thing, Robert Kirkman’s Ant-Man, and Jeff Lemire’s Family Tree. He has also had notable runs on Nightwing, The Flash, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and many more. His recent penciling assignments include Kevin Smith’s Tales from the Quick Stop, and Gotham City Year One with Tom King.

Phil has written Wonder Woman, The Darkness, Deathstroke, Mythic, Titans Giant, Swamp Thing Giant, and his co-creations The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, and Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning feature on Cartoon Network.

He wrote and drew The Wretch, which was nominated for an Eisner Award.

Thank you to our friends at Wednesday Comics for sponsoring Phil’s appearance. 

Renee Witterstaetter

If you’ve been to SiouxperCon before, you’ve probably met writers, editors and color-artists, but have you ever met someone who has also been included as a character in comic books? SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After guest Renee Witterstaetter is not only the real-life editor of “She-Hulk” but is also written into the comic books as a character, as well.

In addition to “She-Hulk” comics, she has worked as an editor for a long list of other comic titles such as “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Superman”, “Silver Surfer”, “Conan The Barbarian”, “X-Files”, “Jurassic Park”, “Xena” and “Hercules”.

She has worked as a colorist on hundreds of comics including “The Avengers”, “Spider-man”, “Captain America”, “Jurassic Park” and many, many more.

Beyond her comic book work, she writes books, works on music videos and movies, curates gallery shows and currently represents a number of artists and actors through her own talent agency.

TaMara Carlson-Woodard

In late 2019, the force that we first knew as “Baby Yoda” and now know to be named “Grogu” captivated the imagination of millions. Two members of the team responsible for creating the phenomenon that is The Mandalorian will be joining us for SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After benefitting Make-A-Wish South Dakota & Montana!

TaMara Carlson-Woodard is a Los Angeles-based practical creature effects artist and performer, specialty costumer, and puppeteer. She and fellow puppeteer Dawn Dininger are both part of the team that brings Grogu to life for The Mandalorian.

It doesn’t stop there, though. Both of these ladies are woven throughout The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett creating, puppeteering and/or playing multiple characters.

Dawn Dininger is known for her role as the prisoner Rodian in The Book of Boba Fett as well as the mom Rodian and the oboe playing Bith. Besides the Star Wars franchise, she has appeared as Monster Marie in One Missed Call.

Since 2018, TaMara Carlson-Woodard has worked in a galaxy far, far away as a puppeteer and suit performer on The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett where she appeared as everyone’s favorite blue, keyboard-playing Ortolan, Max Rebo,.

Todd Langen

What Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is your favorite? If it is the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or “The Secret of the Ooze”, you’re not going to want to miss this guest! If you’re a fan of “The Wonder Years”, or if you are interested in screenwriting or aerospace engineering – well, he knows a lot about those things too!


Todd W. Langen is an American screenwriter and former engineer, best known for his work on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (the original 1990 live-action film).

Langen was born in Detroit and earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He was 23 years old and working on the Space Shuttle for Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles when he decided what he really wanted to do with his life was to be a screenwriter.  His first sale was an episode of “The Pursuit of Happiness”, a television comedy series that lasted less than two months.

 

Langen soon became a regular writer of “The Wonder Years”.  His biggest success would come when he was hired to work on the film adaptation of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. The initial treatment of 1990’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was written by Bobby Herbeck; Langen was called in to do a “Page One rewrite,” that is, a complete revision based on a screenplay that the studio had deemed interesting but unworkable as submitted.  Langen and Herbeck did not work together and did not meet until the film opened.  He is listed first in the credits.  Langen would return to write the sequel “The Secret of The Ooze” in 1991.

 

Travis Bentley

SiouxperCon and Turbulent Games are excited to bring you Travis Bentley as a guest for SiouxperCon 2024: Happily Ever After benefitting Make-A-Wish of South Dakota & Montana!

Travis Bentley is a giant robot enthusiast. Now, does that mean he’s enthusiastic specifically about GIANT robots, or that he’s hugely enthusiastic about robots of all sizes? You’ll get the chance to ask him when you meet him September 27-29!

Primarily, however, he’s a graphic designer and illustrator with projects that include cover work and colorist for Brimstone Studios’ Champions comic series, as well as a logo designer, mechanical designer, inker, and colorist on various comic projects throughout the midwest including an upcoming project with Mindwave Comics! 

He feeds his creativity with giant mecha anime (which sounds like a clue to an earlier question), classic science fiction, and tabletop roleplaying of all kinds.

Walter Koenig

We’re boldly going where no SiouxperCon has gone before! Best known for his role as Ensign Pavel Chekov in Star Trek’s Original Series, Walter Koenig has a wonderfully varied career on screen and stage and beyond. He first played Checkov in Star Trek in 1966, and continued to reprise that role, not only through all seven of the original Star Trek movies, but also in subsequent video games, videos and television episodes.

In addition to his Star Trek credits, Koenig has performed in numerous movies, television shows, radio productions and stage shows. And he’s also a writer! A one-character piece that Koenig wrote and performed entitled “You’re Never Alone when You’re a Schizophrenic” was a finalist in the 1996 New York Film Festival awards. autobiography, “Warped Factors – A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe” was released through Taylor Publishing on April 1, 1998. He’s written for television shows, seen publication with the non-fiction “Chekov’s Enterprise” and the satiric fantasy novel “Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot”, and created the three issues of the comic book story “Raver” published by Malibu Comics.

Koenig has taught classes in acting and directing privately at UCLA, The Sherwood Oaks Experimental Film College and at the California School of Professional Psychology. Most recently, he has been an instructor at the Actor’s Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles, California.