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Brian Pulido's words and creations have been infecting the world of comics and beyond, creating a legacy of edgy characters and stories with a dark, sensibility that has influenced pop culture and made underground images mainstream.
Pulido’s experience ranges from award-winning comic book writing and publishing, to screenwriting, producing and directing. He founded Chaos! Comics and has published and written hundreds of comics including Lady Death, Evil Ernie and licensed comics including A Nightmare on Elm St., Chucky, Friday The 13th andTexas Chainsaw Massacre.
He is on The Hero Initiative’s fundraising board, has received the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Defender of Liberty Award and is the Chief Creative Officer for Mischief Maker Studios.
Pulido wrote and directed the feature film “The Graves”, starring Tony Todd (Candy Man) distributed by Syfy, Lionsgate, Netflix & Fear.net.
He is the co-writer of Lady Death, a monthly series from Boundless Comics and the owner of Coffin Comics Shop, crafters of authentically limited Lady Death editions.
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Dawn Ritz is a stylist/costume designer who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas.
Dawn has made a name for herself doing fashion and styling in music videos including “My Heart Is Broken” by Evanescense and Panic At The Disco’s “Ready To Go” and “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa’s Smile” as well their short film “The Overture”.
Dawn has done costuming for Slipknot’s Mayhem Tour and Marilyn Manson’s Twins of Evil tour as well as styling Manson for the cover of Revolver Magazine.
A member of the Local 892 Costume Designer’s Guild, Dawn has worked with various artists including costume designing for the 2012 Grammy performance of country legend Glen Campbell and his family.
Some of her most recognized work was as costume designer for the 2012 experimental film The Devil’s Carnival, directed by Darren Lynn Bausman (Saw II and Saw III).
Dawn has also worked on television shows such as The X Factor, The Voice, Ellen, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson as well as commercials for Nintendo, Wipe Out, Sims 3, LG Nitro and Nintendo King.
Over the last 22 years Eliza Dushku has starred in numerous well-known film and television projects. She has maintained a cult-like following for her role as Faith, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spinoff show Angel, both from creator Joss Whedon, as well as rebel cheerleader, Missy, in the hit cheerleading film Bring It On.
Eliza was discovered by casting agents in Boston, MA, at the early age of 10, for the lead role of Alice in the Warner Brothers film That Night. Immediately following, she landed the role of Pearl alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy’s Life, a role that caught the attention of many in the industry. The following year, she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in James Cameron's True Lies.
Most recently she starred and produced for Fox’s Dollhouse, also created by Joss Whedon. She is currently producing a biopic of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as a documentary about her father's homeland, Dear Albania, through her Boston Diva Productions company. Eliza is currently starring in the upcoming television reboot of the Roger Moore international-espionage classic, The Saint, as the feisty Patricia Holm.
Dushku is deeply involved in a number of charities, including THRIVE-GULU (www.thrivegulu.org) a Trauma, Healing and Reflection Center for former child soldiers and victims of the war in Northern Uganda, founded by her mother Judy in 2009, as well as Camp Hale (www.camphalealumni.org), a camp for inner-city Boston kids. Traditionally an all-boys camp, Camp Hale established an all-girls program in 2012 to provide inner-city girls with the chance to experience the unique opportunities that Camp Hale has to offer.
With over 1.3 million Twitter followers @ElizaDushku, Eliza has a strong voice and provides advocacy in areas such as LGBT, women's and civil rights.
Gareth Von Kallenbach is a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site “Skewed and Reviewed” as well as Skewed and Reviewed: The Magazine. Gareth has worked in the video game industry and has written three books of reviews and interviews and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit.
Gareth has appeared in movies including the video game based films “Postal” and “Far Cry” and voiced a character in the Postal 3 video game and is a regular guest on the top rated Seattle morning show BJ Shea's Morning Experience and BJ Shea's Geek Nation which is syndicated via KISW FM to a world wide audience.
Gareth and his wife returned to Phoenix in 2011 to open a second office for Skewed and Reviewed and in 2012 launched the beta version of his second Skewed and Reviewed site, Skewednet and will have a new project with KISW FM in 2013.
Jason Spisak has been in the Voice Over business for more than 15 years. Starting out on the Nickelodeon series Rocket Power, Jason has created the voices of Kid Flash on Young Justice, Lux on Star Wars:Clone Wars, Razer on Green Lantern the Animated Series, the Voice of the disembodied Silias for Vampire Diaries on CW, as well as many famous game titles, including Vulpes Inculta in Fallout: New Vegas, Marty in Mafia 2, Guild Wars 2, Xenogsa, multiple Final Fantasy titles. and of course Jester in Socom Navy Seals. He has appeared in several films and television series over his career including; Piranha 3D, Everything Must Go, Ingenious, NCIS, Lie to Me, and Locker 13 which is making its Con debut here in Phoenix.
Iconic British actor John Rhys-Davies, best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits Raiders of the Lost Arc and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was introduced to a new generation of fans in the blockbuster trilogy The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) in the role of Gimli the dwarf. When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he portrayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him one of the more well-rounded and revered entertainers from across the pond, but one who was so chameleon-like in all of his projects that he was able to live a comfortable life of relative anonymity off-screen.
Born May 5, 1944 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, Rhys-Davies spent much of his formative years in his mother's hometown in Ammanford, Wales, while his mechanical engineer father worked in Tanzania. Rhys-Davies and his family later joined his father in Africa, residing there until he was nine, when he was sent back to England for his studies at the Truro School in Cornwall. There, Rhys-Davies saw his first theater shows, and by his teenage years, he was top-billed in school productions of classical plays. After graduating from the University of East Anglia and a brief stint as a schoolteacher, Rhys-Davies decided to devote himself fully to acting, enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1992, he began lending his voice to animated series, starting with Batman, and video games, including the Wing Commander series. He performed in quite a few animated features such as Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Shark Bait, and Tom and Jerry. In 1995, he revived Sallah again in a short feature filmed for the Indiana Jones ride at the Disneyland resorts. That same year, he enlivened the science fiction series Sliders, as blustery science professor Maximillian Arturo, who traveled through time with three younger companions. Rhys-Davies also penned two episodes of the series. He also appeared as a holographic Leonardo Da Vinci in several episodes of Star-Trek: Voyager. Most recently, John is the narrator of The Truth & Life dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour celebrity-voiced, fully-dramatized version of the New Testament and has appeared on the television series Psych, as well as in the features Sophie, Return to the Hiding PLace, and Concrete Blondes. John spends his time between The Isle Of Man and New Zealand.
SHANNON ERIC DENTON is a veteran storyteller and artist with credits at Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Jerry Bruckheimer Films, NBC, Disney, Sony, ToyBiz, Marvel Entertainment, FoxKids, Paramount, CBS, Dimension Films, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon.
He was a storyboard artist on the OSCAR NOMINATED feature "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and directed the original commercial animations for the movie. He has written for Cartoon Network and worked in live action on shows like LAS VEGAS, and his projects have been featured in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
Shannon is featured in a section of the book Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and contributed to the cover art. In 2001, he won Comic Shop News's Readers Choice Red Kryptonite Award for Favorite New Creator.
Shannon is co-founder of the online website KOMIKWERKS, which has partnered with AOL and comics legend Stan Lee. Komikwerks has also launched a new line of illustrated children's action books under the ACTIONOPOLIS imprint.
Shannon is currently writing and producing on the animated series WORLD OF QUEST for Warner Bros. as well as working for publishers TOKYOPOP, Desperado Publishing, AiT/Planet Lar, IDW, BOOM Studios, and Image Comics on his creator owned titles.
Shannon was also nominated for the 27th as well as 28th Annual ComicBuyersGuide Fan Awards for Best Editor.
His book GRAVESLINGER was nominated for a 2010 Harvey Award.