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Thomas Sanders

Thomas is a storyteller. A hilarious Vine-based storyteller. He fills our lives with laughter six seconds at a time.

AT GEEKYCON: Thomas will give us a sneak peek at his upcoming tour, Ultimate Storytime!

Thomas Sanders

Thomas Sanders has become one of the most recognizable personalities on the hugely popular six-second social media platform, Vine. He entertains and delights his 7.9 million followers with his Disney pranks, musical shoutouts, and positively geeky persona.

Ty Simpkins

Not only is 14-year old film actor Ty Simpkins a veteran of the big-budget films (having appeared in such blockbusters as Steven Spielberg's War of the World, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, and as Harley Keener in Marvel's Iron Man 3 and most recently as Gray Mitchell in Jurassic World), he's also a proud geek and veteran GeekyCon attendee!

AT GEEKYCON:Ty will be lending his voice to panels and programs all over GeekyCon!

Ty Simpkins

Ty Simpkins has been acting since he was born, first appearing as an infant on the iconic soap opera series “One Life to Live”. Eleven years later, Simpkins is the breakout star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Marvel’s Iron Man 3, the second highest grossing superhero film of all time. Ty played the role of Gray Mitchell in 2015's smash hit Jurassic World.

Simpkins also stars in the upcoming psychological drama Meadowland opposite Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Moss and Luke Wilson. Simpkins plays the role of ‘Adam’ a special needs child who often gets in trouble at school. He will also star in the upcoming independent film Conversations With Andy for director Rotimi Rainwater.

Ty made his feature debut in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Simpkins starred in the psychological horror flick Insidious, which grossed close to $100 million worldwide. Previously, Ty was featured in films such as the award-winning Revolutionary Road, New Line’s Pride and Glory opposite Colin Farrell and Edward Norton, and Little Children starring Kate Winslet. Ty was also seen in the Insidious franchise.

Simpkins currently resides with his family in Los Angeles.

Jon Cozart

Jon is the geeky YouTuber responsible for “Harry Potter in 99 seconds,” and the “After Ever After” Disney parodies.

AT GEEKYCON: Jon will talk about what it means to be a geek on the internet. He’ll lead improv workshops and sing his heart out at the Disney Sing-along.

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an internet personality with over 270 million views on his YouTube channel, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After," a Disney parody.

Tessa Netting

Besides being a beloved GeekyCon staple, Tessa is an actor, singer, YouTuber, and fangirl extraordinaire!

AT GEEKYCON: You’ll find her up to just about anything— from panels on creativity, to improv workshops, to the most hard core Harry Potter debates you’ve ever seen!

Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will not stop until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative force in the industry. Since moving to California, Tessa has booked recurring roles on both Nickelodeon and "Glee", as well as a national commercial and numerous voiceover opportunities.

Osric Chau

You probably know Osric as the lovable Kevin Tran on the hit CW series Supernatural.

AT GEEKYCON:  Osric will join his Supernatural co-star Kim Rhodes to talk about the show, it's legacy, and why we love it so freakin' much. He'll also join panels about voice acting, dying on TV, and his geeky guilty pleasures.

Osric Chau

Osric was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He was a Canadian National Wushu Team member before landing his first leading role in the feature Kung Fu Killer, opposite Darryl Hannah and the late David Carradine, which was shot in Hengdian, China.

The following year Osric landed the role of Nima, the young Tibetan monk, in Roland Emmerich’s 2012 for Sony Pictures that grossed over $760 million worldwide. That success brought Osric back to China where he worked on the Chinese remake of What Women Want alongside Andy Lau and Gong Li, and Universal's The Man with the Iron Fists” opposite Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and the RZA.

In 2011, Osric also co-led in the Paramount feature FUN SIZE opposite Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann and Jane Levy. Directed by Josh Schwartz, the Halloween comedy also stars Chelsea Handler, Josh Pence and Johnny Knoxville.

In 2012, and for 3 seasons after, Osric was on the hit CW series SUPERNATURAL as the beloved Kevin Tran, an unwilling prophet who becomes the pawn in the show's never ending fight between good and evil. That year, Osric was also one of the core characters in the long anticipated live action Halo film, Forward Unto Dawn.

Osric also finds the time to work on a number of independent film projects whether it be as an actor, producer, director, or writer. His passion is in filmmaking and to this end, he has produced, written and directed a number of short films.

Osric speaks fluent English and Mandarin, and maintains residences in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Beijing.

Kim Rhodes

Kim is an awesome actress who you will probably know from one of two places: Sheriff Jody Mills from “Supernatural” or Carey Martin from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Either way, you know she's a boss.

AT GEEKYCON: Kim is returning to GeekyCon to rep the SPN Family. We'll also have her on panels talking about acting and being a kickass lady in media. We'll definitely have her popping-up elsewhere so keep your eyes open when walking around the con!

Kim Rhodes

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Kim Rhodes attended Southern Oregon State College, where she earned her B.F.A. in Acting. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. With such extensive training, it’s no surprise Rhodes has graced all acting venues, from the stage to the small and big screens.

Kim Rhodes hails from Portland, Oregon. She portrays 'Sheriff Jody Mills' on the CW series Supernatural with competence and sarcasm. She is also well known as 'Carey Martin' on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and currently as 'Vicki Bowen' on Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street on Amazon. Kim's other memorable roles include 'Ensign Lyndsay Ballard' on Star Trek Voyager and guest roles on CSI, Extant, NCIS and countless other roles. Kim is coming out on an exciting new series COLONY from Carlton Cuse (LOST) on the USA network.

Joe Moses

He sure knows how to put on a Showses! You might recognize Joe from his role as Snape in Team StarKid’s “Very Potter” series. He’s also a writer, producer, and director.

AT GEEKYCON: You can bet you’ll find him making people laugh on the GeekyCon MainStage, but he will also lend his voice to panels and programs about producing geeky content, acting, and more.

Joe Moses

Joe Moses first rose to Internet stardom portraying Severus Snape in StarKid Production’s A Very Potter Musical. He is the creator of the viral sensations "The Potion Master’s Corner" and The Joe Moses One-Man Showses (JMOMS). Since its original run in August of 2011, the ever-changing JMOMS has sold out theaters in NYC and across the country. He has been featured on CNN.com, in print in The New York Times Magazine, and on television on Fox News. Joe holds a BFA in acting from the University of Michigan and is a National Merit Scholar.

The Hillywood Show

Returning for a second year, this dynamic sister duo would ace their Transfiguration exam as they transform themselves into Supernatural, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and more in their parodies of pop culture staples.

AT GEEKYCON: Hilly and Hannah Hindi will be showing off their cosplay chops, chatting about the magic behind their popular parody videos, discussing the massive online geeky video world, and much more fun!

  • Hannah and Hilly Hindi of The Hillywood Show®

    The Hillywood Show® is the brainchild of internet celebrities, comedy sister duo Hilly & Hannah Hindi. Each parody features song & dance parodies of blockbuster films such as The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, and Twilight along with popular TV shows & celebrities such as Supernatural, Doctor Who, & Lady Gaga! The Hillywood Show® has been recognized and approved by the CAST OF SUPERNATURAL, BBC AMERICA, THE CAST OF DOCTOR WHO, LADY GAGA, SEAN ASTIN, BILLY BOYD, CHRIS HARDWICK, PSY, IAN SOMERHALDER, NINA DOBREV, PAUL WESLEY, TERESA PALMER, THE CAST OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA, MTV, RYAN SEACREST and more! With over one million subscribers, The Hillywood Show® continues to grow!

    Check out their YouTube Channel for all their awesome geeky parody videos!

Curt Mega, Dominic Barnes, & Titus Makin Jr.

We met Curt, Dominic, and Titus at our 2012 event, when all we knew of them was how sharp they looked (and sounded) while wearing that Warbler blazer on a certain hit FOX show. Since then, these actors, singers, and performers have taken part in a host of projects both online and off.

AT GEEKYCON: These guys really get what GeekyCon is all about. This year, you’ll see them all over the con as our official GeekyCon emcees! They even made this awesome music video to kick things off:

  • Curt Mega

    Curt is a Los Angeles based actor, writer and singer from Dallas, TX, best known for his four season recurring role as Nick the Warbler on Fox’s hit show "Glee." He led the Warblers in Billy Joel’s "Uptown Girl" and toured with the "Glee" cast for the 2011 Glee Live International Tour. Additional credits include "Switched at Birth" on ABC Family opposite "Breaking Bad’s" R.J. Mitte, the comedy feature film Spare Change from the producers of "Orange is the New Black," his own original digital comedy series "Buffering" and the upcoming workplace comedy series "Brian Remus, Science Genius" from Relativity Media. Theatre credits include the 2014 Ovation Award nominated Les Miserables at Cathy Rigby’s La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Damn Yankees with Richard Kind at Casa Mañana Theatre and the regional debut of The Light in the Piazza at Theatre Three in Dallas, TX. He toured the country in the original sketch comedy show The JoMoShow, is a company member of Second City’s TMI The Show, and can be seen in various comedy shorts on Funny or Die and YouTube. Curt is also a writer and producer, most recently creating the psych thriller digital series "Chaos Theory," as well as the successfully crowd-funded upcoming horror/thriller film project "POV." He teaches improv and scene study at Gray Studios. It’s widely rumored that he is actually Batman.

  • Dominic Barnes

    Dominic Barnes is best known for being Trent the Warbler from Dalton Academy on the smash hit FOX television series "Glee." He was also a part of the "Buffering" series, and he will soon be seen in the film Spare Change. When he isn't acting, he does covers with his friend Lauren on YouTube.

  • Titus Makin Jr.

    Titus Makin Jr.is best known for being one of the Dalton Academy Warblers on the smash hit FOX television series "Glee." He also appeared on the CW show "Starcrossed," and he will be playing the character Clark Wilkins on "Pretty Little Liars." In addition, he is releasing a new EP titled "Shadowbox" this summer.

Potter Puppet Pals

Potter Puppet Pals is the hit smash hit web series responsible for fan favorites like “"Mysterious Ticking Noise", and "Wizard Angst."

AT GEEKYCON: Potter Puppet Pals will share their unique Harry Potter geekiness with us in panels and programs throughout the weekend.

Potter Puppet Pals

The Potter Puppet Pals are a popular puppeteering group that make absurdist Harry Potter parody videos featuring an egomaniacal Harry Potter, a completely oblivious Ron, an overly morose Professor Snape, and an occasionally naked Dumbledore. Their "Mysterious Ticking Noise" video is one of YouTube's most popular comedy videos of all time with over 150 million views and Daniel Radcliffe as a proclaimed fan.

Jackie Emerson

Jackie came to our attention as Foxface in The Hunger Games, but that's only the beginning: She’s an actress, a director, a singer, a speaker, and she even formed her own web series devoted to promoting female leadership and equality.

AT GEEKYCON: Jackie loves to get fully into the geeky spirit, acting in comedy shows and being part of big-time MainStage fun while also working to create programming to inspire us all.

Jackie Emerson

Jacqueline Emerson is an actress (The Hunger Games), singer/songwriter, TEDx speaker, and co-founder of She's So Boss, a movement focused on giving girls tools to identify and nourish their inner boss. This past summer Jackie released a new single called "Glass Fire in a Jar," which can be seen on YouTube. She is a graduate of Stanford University and is a massive Geek.

Game of Owns

Game Of Owns is a Thrones community standard, with over 300 audience interactive episodes adventuring through HBO's Game Of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Join the podcast season by season, chapter by chapter, with visits from actors, writers, and producers of the HBO series.

AT GEEKYCON: The Game of Owns crew will be recording a live podcast from the GeekyCon MainStage as well as leading several Game of Thrones courses for Geeky U.

Game of Owns

Game Of Owns is a Thrones community standard, with over 300 audience interactive episodes adventuring through HBO's Game Of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Join the podcast season by season, chapter by chapter, with visits from actors, writers, and producers of the HBO series.

VFX Artists from Game of Thrones

Ever wonder what goes into creating the gorgeous vistas we see each week on Game of Thrones? You're in luck because visual effects wizards William O'Donnell and Jörn Grosshans from Mackevision who are responsible for beautiful shots like this one are coming to GeekyCon!

AT GEEKYCON: Hear from William and Jörn about the process for bringing George R.R. Martin's fantasy world to life.

Mackevision

Mackevision is a global market leader in Computer Generated Imagery. They design and produce high-end 3D visualizations, animations and visual effects for images, films and interactive applications. They're work can be seen in Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

William O'Donnell

Based in New York City, William O’Donnell is the Director of Creative Services for Mackevision. William has spent the last 3 years working in 3D & Vfx, and currently oversees Mackevision’s creation of all 3D assets for Mercedes Benz North America. Leveraging 10+ years in the digital agency space in New York, He has spent much of the last year working with VR / AR / MR partners on retail solutions. William most recently worked at Mother New York.

Jörn Grosshans

After studying audiovisual media at the Media University in Stuttgart, Jörn Grosshans quickly made his name as lead compositor and later as VFX supervisor of leading international movie productions. Among other productions, he played a pivotal creative-direction role in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer”, Dennis Gansel’s “The Fourth State”, or Florian David Fitz’s “Jesus loves me”. From 2009 to 2013, Jörn Grosshans worked for VFX specialist Pixomondo in Stuttgart and London. As a division VFX supervisor, the productions he was involved with included “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, Anthony Hemingway's “Red Tails”, or Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret” which won the Best Visual Effects Oscar. Jörn Grosshans won an Emmy Award and a VES Award as a VFX supervisor in 2013 for his work on the third season of the TV series “Game of Thrones” and has won another Emmy Award for his work for Mackevision on “Game of Thrones” Season 4. He has continuously worked on “Game of Thrones” since Season 2 and has just finished supervising Mackevision’s VFX work on Season 6.

Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate is best known for her work as Lydia Bennet in the Emmy-award winning web series, “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” She can also be seen in the short film I Ship It.

 

AT GEEKYCON: Mary Kate will talk about creating art for the internet, her work with GeekyCon’s Make Magic fellowship winner Yulin Kuang, and more!

Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles is best known for her work as Lydia Bennet in the Emmy-award winning webseries “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” as well as her other web work in series “Squaresville” (Zelda), “School of Thrones” (Sansa), and “Kissing in the Rain” (Lily). She can also be seen in the short film I Ship It, and feature films Dreamworld, Dark Woods, and the upcoming Hello My Name is Frank and The Sound and the Shadow. She also is an active YouTuber. She loves Lord of the Rings more than pretty much anything and is a bona fide cat lady.

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been seen and heard basically everywhere. From the "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" to tons of other great web content, to TV, commercials, and over 60 audiobooks. He also created “How 2 Disney”, the perfect show for fans of the Disney theme parks.

AT GEEKYCON: Maxwell is going to geek out on panels about everything from Voice Acting, to digital media, to Disney.

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been seen all over the Internet in various hit shows such as "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," "School of Thrones," and "lonelygirl15." In addition to the web, he has appeared on numerous TV shows such as The Office, Castle, and The Mentalist. He’s also recorded over 30 audiobooks, mostly in the YA genre. Most recently, he was part of the "Muzzled the Musical!" series.

David Peterson

David invents languages. Dothraki? That’s one of his!

AT GEEKYCON: David will be imparting his linguistic knowledge as a part of our educational Geeky U programming track, doing a course on geeky linguistics, and a lot more!

David Peterson

David Peterson is a writer and language creator. While you might not recognize his face, if you’ve seen an episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Defiance,” and “Dominion,” from SyFy, or “Star-Crossed” and “The 100″ from The CW, you will recognize his work. David Peterson created the alien languages that populate each of these incredible shows! His first book, Living Language Dothraki, was published in the fall of 2014, and his next book, The Art of Language Invention, is being published by Penguin in the fall of this year!

James Moran

If you’re a fan of “Doctor Who” or its spin-off “Torchwood,” you know James Moran’s work. He penned “The Fires of Pompeii,” the memorable episode when the Tenth Doctor and Donna travel back to ancient Rome and discover the mysterious cause of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

AT GEEKYCON:James will lend his voice to a number of panels about the process of screenwriting, storytelling, and being creative within the constraints of someone else’s story universe.

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, “Cheap Rate Gravity,” which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.

Joanna Sotomura

You probably know Joanna as the young, ambitions Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved, Pemberley Digital's Emmy winning modernization of Jane Austen's Emma. You can also see Joanna in the web series Classic Alice, and the 2013 film Geek USA!

AT GEEKYCON: Joanna will be a part of panels and programs throughout GeekyCon. She'll join her Pemberley Digital pals to talk about transmedia storytelling, and being a geek on the Internet and more!

Joanna Sotomura

Joanna Sotomura plays Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved. Joanna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Joanna was cast in her first feature film Madison County. Since then, she has had the fortune of working such shows as "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" and "Video Game High School." as well as the features The Poising and Geek USA.

Dayeanne Hutton

Dayeanne is a GeekyCon veteran who you probably recognize from her role as Harriet Smith in Pemberley Digital's Emmy winning web series, Emma Approved. You can also hear her as the voice of Kate Marsh in the Life is Strange game.

AT GEEKYCON: Dayeanne can be seen geeking out across the convention, in programs and on panels discussing everything from voice acting, to transmedia. She's also a huge Potter nerd so you can bet she'll be in on our Cursed Child surprises!

Dayeanne Hutton

Dayeanne Hutton is best known for playing the awkward, yet loveable assistant, Harriet Smith, on the Emmy Award winning web series, Emma Approved! She is also well known for her voice acting in the video game, Life is Strange.

She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. She has also studied at Second City Chicago, Emerson's Summer Stage Program, and at the Dublin Institute of Technology's Conservatory of Music and Drama.

When not busy acting, she often dreams of owning her own llama or having sweet banjo skills. Other hobbies include spinning pinwheels, crocheting, plunking away at the ukulele and singing loudly in the car.

Ashley Clements

Ashley starred as the lovable Lizzie Bennet from the Emmy Award-winning Pemberley Digital series The Lizzie Bennett Diaries.

AT GEEKYCON: Hear Ashley talk about Lizzie's latest adventures, creating stories for the internet, and more!

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Ashley Clements

Ashley Clements plays Lizzie Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Ashley won a Streamy Award for Best Actress in a Drama for starring as Lizzie Bennet in the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. You may have seen her pop up elsewhere on the web, like on Geek & Sundry’s TableTop and BlackBoxTV or on your television trying to sell you things. She’s the narrator of several audiobooks, including The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, the novelization of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. You can see her singing in a tiara in the musical series Muzzled: The Musical (2015), and take a darker turn opposite Fairuza Balk in the film August Falls (2015). Ashley has more theatre credits than fit in a bio and more tea cups than fit in her cupboard. Ashley received her MFA in Acting from The Old Globe/University of San Diego, so she’s, like, classically trained and stuff. Most days she can be found under a sleeping cat.

Brent Bailey

You know Brent as Alex Knightley in Pemberley Digital's Emma Approved.

AT GEEKYCON: Hear Brent talk about his latest adventures, creating stories for the internet, and more!

Brent Bailey

Brent Bailey

Brent Bailey plays Alex Knightley in Emma Approved.

Brent began his acting career in 2005 and joined SAG three months later. Brent was first seen in the hit music video, “Take Me There” by the Rascal Flatts. Soon after that he was landing multiple national commercials, short films and music videos, including his first network TV role in 2007 on NBC’s life. He next appeared on Showtime’s Californication alongside David Duchovny, before landing roles in four feature films. He first appeared as Dean in Embrem Entertainment’s Going Down in La-la-land, followed by Interwoven Studios Crimson Winter as Ferghas. Next it was Sony’s surprise box-office hit Think Like A Man as Michael Ealys co-worker/friend, and finally a top of show lead role in boxer films Republic of Two with Janet Montgomery. In addition, Brent recently finished filming multiple national commercials directed by such well-known industry names as Doug Liman (Bourne Identity) and Antione Fuqua (Training Day). Brent’s continued success is an indicator of many more great roles and opportunities to come.

Mark Oshiro

If there's one thing you need to know about Mark Oshiro, it is that Mark Does Stuff. He brings us along as he reads, watches, and experiences fandom in real time. It's awesome.

AT GEEKYCON:  Mark will join us to geek out on panels about our favorite fandoms and fan culture.

Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. All of this earned Mark a Hugo nomination in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014, and he has no plans on stopping. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015. His first novel, a YA sci-fi book set in a pre-dystopian world, is being edited, and his life goal is to pet every dog in the world.

PotterCast

PotterCast is the Harry Potter podcast that started it all, and now hosts Melissa, John, and Frak are teaming up again at Geekycon!

AT GEEKYCON: PotterCast will reunite to talk all things Potter while hosting our epic Cursed Child Midnight Release Party!

PotterCast

Now in its 12th year, PotterCast is the official podcast of The Leaky Cauldron. Hosts Melissa, John, and Frak talk all things Harry Potter.

MuggleCast

MuggleCast is the official podcast of MuggleNet and a talk show dedicated to everything Harry Potter!

AT GEEKYCON: MuggleCast will join PotterCast to talk all things Potter while hosting our Cursed Child Midnight Release Party!

MuggleCast

MuggleNet.com's podcast, appropriately titled "MuggleCast," is an informative talk show dedicated to everything Harry Potter.

The idea of creating a podcast surrounding Harry Potter was spawned back in April of 2005, when MuggleNet staff member Sarah tossed the idea around in our staff forum. The idea was met with a mixed reaction from the staff, but over the three months it was in development, MuggleCast grew as an idea. Originally, MuggleCast was only going to be a weekly news round-up with discussion of the latest news stories. The format quickly changed, though, as we began coming up with new ideas. By early August we had created a great format for the Internet's first ever Harry Potter talk show.

The show's premiere in mid-August was met with great reviews from visitors of MuggleNet. Now in its seventh full year online, MuggleCast continues to reach thousands of listeners with news, theories, analysis, and much more. For more information about the show and its hosts, read on!

Sean Persaud

Sean is best known for his role in "I Ship It" and his work with Poe Party..

AT GEEKYCON: Sean joins us to talk about Poe Party, making shows on the internet, and more!

Sean Persaud

Sean Persaud has been on television screens in numerous commercials and shows like Without a Trace, Cougar Town, and Chasing Life. He has been on computer screens in the Shipwrecked Comedy series "A Tell Tale Vlog" and "Kissing in the Rain," as well as the New Form Digital short "I Ship It" (featured at Sundance Film Festival 2015) and the upcoming Poe Party. One time, one of his commercials played in front of the first Hobbit movie, so we can say he's been on movie screens too. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his cat and a crippling inability to grow a mustache.

Sinead Persaud

Sinead is the co-founder of Shipwrecked Comedy, a YouTube sketch comedy channel!

AT GEEKYCON: You'll find Sinead talking about making people laugh on the internet

Sinead Persaud

Sinead Persaud is a writer, actress, UCB-er and proud ouija board owner. She is also perpetually haunted by one of the hitchhiking ghosts from Disney's "Haunted Mansion". While studying Film and TV production at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she interned at The Colbert Report and Saturday Night Live. Upon graduating, she packed her tarot cards and moved to Los Angeles for a job as an NBC Page at Universal Studios (like a West Coast Kenneth Parcell). After leaving the page program, Sinead co-founded Shipwrecked Comedy, a YouTube sketch channel (focusing on historical literary comedy) with over 16k subscribers and over 1.1 million channel views. Sinead has since starred in many short films, sketches and commercials and some say, on particularly brisk and overcast nights she can be found performing stand up. She continues to write pilots, features and sketches as well as fanfiction. Yes. Fanfiction.

Jonathan Callan

Jonathan is a writer from some of the geekiest series on television including Ben 10: Omniverse, Generation Rex, Slugterra and more!

AT GEEKYCON: Hear from Jonathan about being a geek in the Animation business and how he incorporates his geekiness into his work.

Jonathan Callan

A graduate of New York’s Ithaca College, Jonathan Callan has utilized his extensive pop-culture knowledge and life-long love of all-things-“geek” to become widely recognized as one of the consistently hardest working writers in the industry.

Mr. Callan has written for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Sony, and Disney XD just to name a few. He has worked on such prestigious shows as Cartoon Network’s BEN 10: OMNIVERSE; Nickelodeon’s boys’ actioner, GENERATOR REX; The Hub’s DUELMASTERS; and was a go-to writer for Disney XD’s SLUGTERRA, including contributing writing to the theatrically released SLUGTERRA: RISE OF THE ELEMENTALS.

Some of his other work includes the feature screenplay HELL SCHOOL HIGH, which was named as a semi-finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. Following that success, he was hired to freelance an episode of the animated WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN series for Marvel Studios.

Jonathan currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she edits and publishes books for children, teenagers, and discerning adults.

AT GEEKYCON: Cheryl will spill the secrets to writing great books for children and young adults. She'll also be a part of our Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party!

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she edits and publishes books for children, teenagers, and discerning adults, including books by Varian Johnson, Megan Morrison, Daniel José Older, Kate Beaton, Bill Konigsberg, and Francisco X. Stork. She is also the author of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, and The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults, to be published by W. W. Norton in September 2016. Cheryl lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and cat, and can be found online at cherylklein.com and @chavelaque.

Brian Rosenthal

You might know Brian from his memorable roles as a part of Team StarKid. These days, he's still making us laugh as an actor, writer, and producer.

AT GEEKYCON:  Brian will team up with his fellow Tin Can Bros and Spies Are Forever cast mates to discuss their latest hilarious show!

Brian Rosenthal

Brian Rosenthal is an actor/writer/producer based in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of StarKid Productions (A Very Potter Musical Trilogy, Apocalyptour) and Tin Can Brothers (Spies Are Forever, Seriously. Not A Joke., TCB: Alive! On Stage!). Brian also performs regularly in Los Angeles with his improv troupes Merlin and DreamWolf. He has appeared nationally in commercials and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan.

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Joelle Sellner

Joelle has written for Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heros, , and many web series. She has also written comics and is currently working on several graphic novels.

AT GEEKYCON: Alyssa will give us a look into being a geek in the TV business and how she incorporates her geekiness into her work.

Joelle Sellner

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Joelle has written a wide variety of animated series including boys action (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ben 10: Omniverse) and comedy (Sonic Boom). Her animated web series work includes Mattel’s Monster High, Samurai! Daycare for Smosh/Alloy Digital, and Fifi: Cat Therapist for Dreamworks TV. Her recent live action projects include several made-for-cable romantic comedy and family features. Joelle has also written comics for DC, Marvel, and was published in IDW's Harvey Award-nominated anthology Womanthology: Space. She is currently writing several graphic novels for IDW/Lion Forge Comics including a reboot of the NBC classic shows Saved By the Bell and Punky Brewster. She has also written for videogames, including the upcoming Supernova for Bandai Namco. Joelle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two very spoiled cats.

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Alyssa Clark

Alyssa is best known for her work in TV, including writing episodes of Teen Wolf and Dominion.

AT GEEKYCON: Alyssa will give us a look into being a geek in the TV business and how she incorporates her geekiness into her work.

Alyssa Clark

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Alyssa Clark grew up in a little redneck town where she was the punk scene. She got a degree in Economics, then studied editing at the Academy of Art (proving art and commerce can live together) then moved to Hollywood to make horror movies. After working on Prophecy III, Hellraiser V, and Children of the Corn VII, the roman numerals got too confusing, so she jumped into the even scarier world of reality television. She edited America’s Next Top Model, Wipeout, and Making the Band, which she also directed. Alyssa moved into scripted TV to cut the pilot for MTV’s hit Teen Wolf. After convincing the showrunner that she really wanted to write, she earned her first staffing gig but continued to edit, including an episode she wrote. She’s written for SyFy’s Dominion, but happily let others cut that. Alyssa has a black belt in jujitsu and a brown belt in rescuing animals. She lives in Los Angeles with her tagteam partner Jesec, a one-eyed dog, some dumb cats, and a respectable amount of bourbon

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Ray Utarnachitt

You know Ray from his work on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

AT GEEKYCON: Hear from Ray about being a geek in the TV business and how he incorporates his geekiness into his work.

Ray Utarnachitt

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Ray Utarnachitt is currently an Executive Story Editor on DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. He is a Michigan native and like any good Asian student, was pre-med at the University of Michigan for 3 years. Much to his parents’ dismay, he switched tracks and graduated with a Film degree. Ray broke into the business working in production on commercials, music videos, and indie features. He worked his way up to studio features and TV shows such as FLIGHTPLAN, MATCHSTICK MEN, and SEX AND THE CITY. His first TV writing credit was a freelance on season one of PERSON OF INTEREST where he was a Script Coordinator. He became a Staff Writer on season two of the show. He is an alumnus of the Warner Bros. Drama Writers Workshop.

Brendan Bradley

You know Brendan from his work on Pemberley Digital's Frankenstein MD, Muzzled the Musical, and The Fine Bros.

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Brendan will be a part of panels and programs throughout GeekyCon. He'll join his Pemberley Digital pals to talk about transmedia storytelling, and being a geek on the Internet and more!

Brendan Bradley

Brendan Bradley is a multi award-winning actor, writer and director known for over 100 digital shorts and sketches, most notably Pemberley's Frankenstein MD, Muzzled The Musical and The Fine Bros. You may also recognize his face from Staples commercials and television guest appearances ranging from CBS's Elementary to Disney's Wizards of Waverley Place. For his upcoming film, Non-Transferable, he created a partnership with the Turkish Ministy of Tourism, Turkish Airlines and VIP Tourism to host several YouTube artists across three continents to tell a millennial love story.

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Katie Rain Hill

Katie Rain Hill is a graduate of the University of Tulsa majoring in anthropology and sociology. She wrote her memoir while studying for exams, writing term papers, working part-time as a pharmaceutical technician, and advocating for LGBTQA rights. Rethinking Normal is her first book.

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison began as an editor and active staffer of The Leaky Cauldron. She was an avid writer of fan fiction and co-founded The Sugar Quill. Her debut novel Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel was published by the same imprint as the US Harry Potter books!

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book.

Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009) and Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015). The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Learn more about her books and art at cindypon.com.

Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels Ash, Huntress, Adaptation, and Inheritance. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. Her website is www.malindalo.com.

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. Jason is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); and As Brave as You, his middle grade debut. JasonWritesBooks.com.

Megan Whalen Turner

Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newberry Honor Book The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings. A Conspiracy of Kings won the 2011 LA Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature and the series of books was awarded the 2011 Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature. meganwhalenturner.org.

Renée Ahdieh

Renée Ahdieh is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and its sequel THE ROSE & THE DAGGER. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds.

Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novel Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and teens. Currently, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta, where she spends her days writing books for teens. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie's debut novel, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award, and named to YALSA’s list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, will be released on October 4, 2016, and WILD BEAUTY is forthcoming in 2017.

Sona Charaipotra

Sona Charaipotra is a journalist and author who’s written for everyone from the New York Times to Teen Vogue. The co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. She’s the co-author of the dance drama Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel Shiny Broken Pieces, due in July from HarperTeen. She is VP of content for We Need Diverse Books. SonaCharaipotra.com

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult author of DUMPLIN’ and SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY. She lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. Before writing full time, she held numerous jobs such as a wedding dress consultant, purified water saleswoman, failed barista, and ultimately a librarian. Her next book, RAMONA BLUE, will be out in 2017. Learn more about her at www.juliemurphywrites.com.

Dhonielle Clayton

Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. She is co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent — and decidedly diverse — books for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. She is COO and Sr. VP of Librarian Services for the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. She is the co-author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces with Sona Charaipotra, and the author of the forthcoming fantasy series The Belles coming Fall 2017.

Kat Zhang

Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional–the former allows for better souvenirs, but the latter allows for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. HarperCollins published her first YA trilogy, the Hybrid Chronicles, which are about a girl struggling to survive in an alternate universe where people are born with two souls, and one is doomed to disappear. You can learn all about Kat at her site, or listen to her ramblings on Twitter.

Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington.

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Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. The Potters are often referred to as the first wizard rock band.

The Whomping Willows

The Whomping Willows is actually The Greatest Band On The Planet. This honor was bestowed upon the band by Treebeard and the Ents of Fangorn Forest, after a weeklong Entmoot. Frontman Matt Maggiacomo has a full-body tattoo of himself, only two inches taller. That’s why he appears to be 5'10'' when, in fact, he is only 5'8".

Tonks and the Aurors

Fronted by Steph Anderson, the band quickly gained popularity among wizard rock fans after Steph was dubbed “The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock”. Since those early days, Tonks & the Aurors has been extremely prolific in their musical releases, and has gained the attention from news sources such as TIME Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, and Paste Magazine, along with many local periodicals and blogs.

Draco and the Malfoys

Draco and the Malfoys are a wizard rock band founded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 2004. The group is composed of half-brothers Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher, who perform under the persona of Draco Malfoy. Since the band’s formation in 2004, they have released two full-length studio albums, one extended play release, and have collaborated on four compilation albums.

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. She's is also a member of prominent wizard rock band The Moaning Myrtles and groundbreaking collaborative YouTube channel, fiveawesomegirls.

Tianna and the Cliffhangers

Tianna Mignogna is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2008 she's recorded four albums and two EPs full of music based on books and fanfiction. Four US tours led up to Tianna's latest CD, "Picking Up Where You Left Off" that is entirely based on LGBTQ media. After all, Harry Potter is gay.

Kirstyn Hippe

Kirstyn Hippe has been on the wizard rock scene since 2011. After winning the first LeakyStars competition in 2012, she went on to play mainstage at LeakyCon Portland and has toured with Tonks & the Aurors for three summers. She's released two EPs and one full-length album. Additionally, Kirstyn has written songs for the “I Ship It” short film and series, as well as Pemberley Digital’s “March Family Letters.” Most importantly, she thinks Hufflepuffs are the coolest..

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Koo Koo Kanga Roo are like the Happy Meal of music - fun for little kids, big kids and grown-ups who never quite grew-up. Their music captures the constant desire we all share to eat pizza, push all the buttons on the elevator and hang out with the cute girls on Sesame Street. With sounds that vary from rap to pop punk to whale noises, they translate the narrative of our collective inner kid into songs that stick with you like delicious gum in your hair.


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