Scheduled to Appear

Dave Fennoy

Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for commercials, narrations, TV promos, award shows, animation and games. Lately he is known by 30+ million Hulu viewers as “The Hulu Guy”, the omnipresent voice of Hulu.com. His promo clients over the years include ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, The Disney Channel and TV One. His campaign spokesvoice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel and Southern Company.

Gamers enjoy his work on The Walking Dead gaming series as Lee Everett, StarCraft II, Metal Gear, That’s So Raven, Ultimate Spiderman, Delta Force, Star Wars, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and many others. Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s popular series, “When Earth Erupts.”

His various film voices include Ghost Rider, Happy Feet and King’s Ransom, and he has proved a cartoon favorite in such series as The LeBrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on the Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and for the past 15 years The NAACP Image Awards.

Mr. Fennoy is a sought-after VO instructor, and the subject of a chapter in the book iSecrets of Voice Over Success by Joan Baker.

Melissa Hutchison

Melissa has been earning her keep as a voice over actress for almost a decade. A Bay Area local since 1989, Melissa divides her work between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her resume includes a wide variety of work, ranging from TV and radio commercials, to children’s interactive toys, animation, and video games.

Melissa’s most current claim to fame is being the voice of Clementine, From Telltale Games, The Walking Dead. This role just earned her a Spike TV VGA for best performance by a female, and the game itself has pulled in over 55 Game of The Year awards for 2012.

When not fighting zombies, Melissa has also voiced for League of Legends (Ashe), Deadly Premonition (Anna Graham and Sallie Graham), Sonic and the Black Knight (Merlina), Bakugan: Defenders of the Core (Marucho), Back to the Future: The Game (Trixie Trotter) Sam & Max Save the World (Stinky), Death Jr. II: Root of Evil (Pandora), and the list goes on! Melissa also got to dip her acting chops into the world of anime, by doing the voice of Chise, in Saikano: She the Ultimate Weapon, back in 2002, as well as the voice of Katie Forester in the Yo-kai Watch TV series. Currently Melissa is working on an animated series, called the Space Racers.

Patricia Summersett

Canadian American actor Patricia Summersett began her career with figure skating in a small town in Upper Michigan. With a dream to pursue competitive ice dancing, it eventually led her to Quebec where she discovered her passion for stage, screen and voicework.

Having always loved video games, it led her to working on numerous projects from indie to AAA. Just recently she was the voice of Princess Zelda in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. She has also provided full performance capture for two assassins in the Ubisoft series Assassin’s Creed (Hope Jensen/Galina Voronina). Other selected titles include: Rainbow Six: Siege (Ash); For Honor (Knight Warden); Far Cry: Primal (Wenja) for Ubisoft; Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Eidos, Suikoden Tierkreis (Diadora/Servillah) for Konami and rumors of a new project with Spearhead Games.

You can also find Patricia in the Syfy world where she has portrayed Cmdr Patty Winger in Ron Moore’s Helix S2. Other TV/film credits include: CBC’s Bellevue, Go90’s Lost Generation with Katie Findlay, 19-2 (Bravo/CTV), Emma (BBC), MAZ by filmmaker Federico Hidalgo and The Saver by Wiebke Von Carolsfeld. She was also the official “Onset Smurf” representing Smurfette, Vexy and Clumsy as a voice/puppeteer for the making of Sony’s Smurfs 2.

Patricia has also performed in theatres across Canada, the US and the UK. She has been nominated for three META/MECCA (Montreal English Theatre/Critics Circle Awards) for “Best Lead Actor” and has been featured in roles such as Rosalind in As You Like it, Jacqueline in Trench Patterns (a captain with PTSD), Jill in Equus, Pinter plays and as the title role in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.

When she’s not on-set or in studio, she returns to Upper Michigan to sit with her family by Lake Superior. She is also a songwriter and singer for the band Summersett in Montreal. Patricia loves to travel, share fan art, practice stage combat, and she can invent a mean cookie and a bad joke, sometimes simultaneously.

Carolina Ravassa

Born in Cali, Colombia, Carolina Ravassa has appeared on The Affair opposite Dominic West, she’s done a few projects with comedian Reggie Watts and produced, directed, and starred in the web series Hispanglosaxon. She is known for her voice work in the video games, Overwatch (Sombra), Grand Theft Auto V (Taliana Martinez) and Max Payne III. Ravassa’s Off-Broadway credits include Every Love Story Ends in Tears, Romeo and Juliet, and Two Sisters. She will appear in the upcoming television series Dopamine and the films Havana DarknessEl Gallo, and Saint Nicholas. She is also slated to shoot a film in Italy in the fall.

Anjali Bhimani

Actress/Singer Anjali Bhimani is best known as the voice of Symmetra in Overwatch and Nisha in Fallout 4: Nuka-World. On TV, fans know her as Nina Patel on Modern Family and Wendy on Cassandra French’s Finishing School (currently airing on Fullscreen), and from appearances on such hit shows as NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Sopranos, Law and Order: SVU among many, many others. She can be seen in the upcoming film Trafficked with Ashley Judd, and played pageant queen Pinky Matthews in the hit movie, Miss India America. On Broadway, she played Bollywood diva Rani in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and Myrrha in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. She’s the creator of the I Am Fun Size series of life hack/positivity YouTube series.

Mark Meer

Mark Meer is internationally known for his role as Commander Shepard in Bioware’s Mass Effect Trilogy, in which he also stars as Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and many more. He’s also featured in the Dragon Age series, and provides numerous voices in the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Editions and in Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear from Beamdog.

Mark stars as the player character William McKenzie in The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio, and voices Canadian government agent Horse in the new Captain Canuck web series, The Prometheus Protocol, from Chapterhouse Studios. Mark is a writer and cast member on CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show, and a co-creator, writer, and star of Tiny Plastic Men, available on Super Channel in Canada and Hulu in the USA.

Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee. She provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series. She is the only person to have her voice in all of the games included in the Orange Box.

McLain sang the ending credits song to Portal, “Still Alive” and Portal 2, “Want You Gone,” both written by Jonathan Coulton. She also sang the opera-style turret song featured at the end of Portal 2, referred to by fans as the Turret Opera.

Ellen is married to John Patrick Lowrie, a fellow voice actor

John Patrick Lowrie

We are excited to announce that John Patrick Lowrie will be attending Game On Expo 2017! John Patrick Lowrie is the voice of the “Sniper” in Team Fortress 2, as well as many other characters from Halo 3, Infamous, F.E.A.R. 2, Half Life 2, DOTA 2 and more!

John was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was.

He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this.

He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.

John and his wife now reside in Seattle, where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice acting for computer games and radio dramas.

Quinton Joseph Flynn

Quinton Joseph Flynn, known to friends and colleagues as “Q,” is an American voice actor, actor and writer.

He is most notable for providing the English voices of video game characters such as Raiden in the Metal Gear series, Croix in La Pucelle: Tactics, Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, Reno in Final Fantasy VII and its sequels and prequels, Myifee in Ninety-Nine Nights, and as Henry in No More Heroes. He can also be heard in the strategy game Command & Conquer: Generals as the Hum-vee, Missile Defender, Pathfinder, Raptor, and U.S. Pilot units.

He is also a frequently recurring actor on the stop-motion sketch series Robot Chicken and the video game series Crash Bandicoot. His younger brother Bart Flynn is also a voice actor, both of whom have voiced characters on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. He is also the current voice of Silver the Hedgehog. Outside of voice acting, he has a 3 track record in digital format titled, Puzzled Yesterdays. He is also the narrator of the Investigation Discovery TV Series I’d Kill For You.

Josh Petersdorf

Josh Petersdorf is a voice actor originally from the San Francisco Bay area but has been a native to Los Angeles for 7 years. With a background consisting of music production and improv work it was only natural his booming voice made it into your living room. Josh is best known for his work as Roadhog in Overwatch, Jace Darkweaver, Maxwell Tyrosus and various others in World of Warcraft as well as various characters in Hearthstone and Starcraft II and most recently Galio in League of Legends. He also voices Optimus Prime and Megatron at Universal Studios Hollywood and is also a featured VA in AMC’s Walking Dead Attraction. He has also performed as The Grinch in the annual Grinchmas event at Universal Studios Hollywood since 2012. Other projects he’s been featured in include the character Shade in Maple Story and Thorgrim in Breakaway.

Not just limited to animation and improv work, Josh’s commerical resume of work includes Shock Top, The Clorox Company, the San Diego Zoo and Dockers.

Master Daniel Pesina

Master Daniel Pesina, a gold medal winner in international as well as USA sanctioned martial arts tournaments, gained his notoriety for his contribution to the Mortal Kombat franchise. He gave life to Johnny Cage, father of all MK characters, Scorpion, the mascot for MK, SubZero, Scorpions nemesis, Reptile, first discoverable/hidden or secret character, Smoke and Noob Saibot. Master Pesina is also featured on the side art of the first MK arcade cabinets.

The creator of Mortal Kombat, John Tobais, asked his friend Master Daniel Pesina to help him construct a fighting game for a video game. Master Pesina was then given the task of translating ideas into physical motion, helping to create special moves of each character and recruiting athletes for the game. Master Pesina then guided characters in the transition to video game action or video game fighting.

During the early promotional development of the franchise, Master Pesina was often asked to get a group of characters together for local, national and international tours, including choreographing fight scenes to be video taped for ideas on how to translate the franchise into movies and a live tour. Interviews and photo ops for media events were also left up to Master Pesina for organization and implication. He feels his biggest contribution was helping develop a fight engine that could be easily applied to future projects and continues to live on in the series.

Master Pesina has done stunt work for the TMNT II movie as well as work on other independent movie projects.

He still teaches martial arts, attends retro gaming events nationally and internationally. Because of his vast experience in teaching and iconic characters he portrays, his seminars are popular for both martial artist cosplayers and the casual enthusiast or fan. Fun Fact, The Rope Dart for Scorpion’s weapon was Master Pesina’s idea.

Brian Glynn

Brian Glynn is an American actor who was best known for playing as the physical body of Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy. He also made a minor appearance in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero as the God of Water, and as a monk. He also appeared in War Gods, performing as Warhead.

Despite the imposing stature of Shao Kahn, Glynn was in fact shorter than the majority of the other Mortal Kombat actors, necessitating the resulting captured images of him to be upscaled in order to properly represent Shao Kahn.

Kerri Ann Hoskins

Kerri Ann Hoskins is a former glamour model and video game actress. Hoskins is best known for portraying Sonya Blade in several incarnations of Mortal Kombat beginning with Mortal Kombat 3, she toured the United States and Europe portraying Sonya Blade in the Mortal Kombat: Live Tour, appearing at venues like Radio City Music Hall. Hoskins also appeared in a number of other games produced by Midway Games including Revolution X (where she played the main villain, Mistress Helga), NBA Jam and War Gods (in which she lent her likeness to Vallah). She appeared as a secret character in NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC. Her character played suffocating defense who blocked every shot. She trained for two years in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art.

Nowadays, Kerri dedicates her life to family, painting, photography, and drawing.

Dr. Phillip Ahn

Phillip Ahn, M.D. holds a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He and his brother Eun both trained under their father Grand Master Sung Kie Ahn. Both Phillip and Eun have over 30 years of training experience and over 20 years of teaching experience. He is not an actor, but by starring as Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat II, he gained fame with younger people. He also wrote and directed a short film called The Hinder Play.

Nowadays, Kerri dedicates her life to family, painting, photography, and drawing.

Lia Montelongo

Lia Montelongo first appeared in the Mortal Kombat franchise as Sindel in Mortal Kombat 3, and subsequently Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 & Mortal Kombat Trilogy. She was only 19 years old at the time.

She then appeared in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero as Sareena; one of Quan Chi’s personal assassins.

Although Mortal Kombat 4 did not use digitized graphics, the new character of Tanya was modeled after Lia, and she performed the motion capture for the character as well, and traveled to E3 conventions meeting fans.

Recently, with the 20 year reunion of Mortal Kombat just 5 years ago, she has reunited with her cast mates through the help of Doc Mak the owner of Galloping Ghosts arcade in Brookfield, Illinois. Since she has been invited to several conventions and trade shows all around the US. She loves visiting with fans and feeling connected to the gaming community.

She continues to train and develop new workouts and exercise programs, and is a well recognized group fitness instructor at the the world famous fitness facility, Equinox in Santa Monica, California.

Lia still aspires to achieve personal and professional goals and since becoming a single mother realizes that in life we all have to face the dark side.

She shares the message with fans that you must fight all your demons for the ultimate victory, and always be prepared because you never know what may be around the corner. Though when faced with challenges, she never quits. She continues on to the next fatality!

Lia is excited to visit with fans this coming August, and looks forward to meeting new faces and hopefully see some familiar ones also.

John Parrish

John is a 52 year old actor, who is best known to gamers for his portrayal of Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs in Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat 4, and Mortal Kombat Advance.

He started power lifting in 1987 thru 1989. He became a personal trainer and also completed in body building in 1989 thru 1994. He was a personal trainer at Bally’s for a few years and left Bally’s to join Lake Shore Athletic Club also as a personal trainer. Also during that period, he was asked to be the model/character of Jax in the video game Mortal Kombat.

He also practiced in Northern Kung Fu, and runs two companies called 1st. Computer Experts (IT consulting) and newly formed Beyond Human Fitness (B.H.F) in the Chicagoland area.

John has recently earned two Pro Cards in Natural Bodybuilding, Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (PNBA) and Natural Amateur’s Bodybuilder’s association (NABBA).

Phil Moore

Phil Moore is best known as the energetic host of the 90s hit gameshow Nick Arcade on Nickelodeon. Moore hosted and appeared on many other Nickelodeon shows, including the hidden camera show You’re On, regular appearances as a panelist on Figure It Out and a guest spot on the first episode of All That.

Phil also won an Emmy Award for best host for the show Aqua Kids. Behind the camera, Phils’ been a producer for G4’s X-Play, E! Entertainment and BET. When he’s not producing, Phil is co-host of the Let’s Make A Deal live tour.

Mark Crowe

We’re excited to welcome Mark Crowe to Game On Expo this year. Mark Crowe is an American video game designer, artist, and writer who developed several adventure games, mostly for Sierra On-Line and its subsidiary Dynamix. He later worked at Pipeworks Software as Studio Design Director. Crowe is best known for creating the Space Quest series, mostly with his fellow “Guy from Andromeda”, Scott Murphy.

Mark started working at Sierra in its art department, creating designs for boxes and manuals. Crowe worked on several Sierra games, including Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood and King’s Quest II, before collaborating with Scott Murphy on The Black Cauldron. Crowe was the Art Director for the game when Murphy was added as a programmer.

During the development of The Black Cauldron, Murphy and Crowe discovered their mutual fondness for science fiction. Eventually, they created a four-room concept to propose to Sierra founder Ken Williams that would eventually become the beginning scenes of Space Quest. First released in 1986, Space Quest was a quick hit among adventure game fans and Murphy worked with Crowe to develop another three games, ending with Space Quest IV in 1991. During this time, Crowe also worked on games from other series, including King’s Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and Police Quest. After Space Quest IV, Crowe moved to work at Eugene, Oregon, home of Sierra subsidiary Dynamix, where he developed Space Quest V without Murphy’s input. During his time at Dynamix, Crowe worked on several other games, including the Earthsiege series.

Following major layoffs at Sierra and Dynamix in 1999, Crowe joined some of his former co-workers from Dynamix at Pipeworks Software, where he served as Studio Design Director. At Pipeworks, Crowe worked on a number of games including Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

In 2012, Crowe left Pipeworks to join with Murphy and Chris Pope to start their own company called Guys from Andromeda. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, they began work on a project called SpaceVenture as a spiritual successor to the Space Quest series.

Mega Ran

If you put videogames, the ’80s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit “puree,” you’d have something close to The Mega Ran Experience.

The Penn State graduate and self-proclaimed “Teacher/Rapper/Hero” made waves by by combining 8-bit videogame sounds and hard-hitting hip-hop tracks, and has become a trailblazer in the budding genres of chiptune and nerdcore hip-hop, while maintaining a career as a middle school teacher.

Ran’s first album “The Call” was a critical success, featuring tracks with some of the underground’s most respected heads. Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.

Retro videogames were the catalyst. Random began the transformation into Mega Ran, his alter-ego, an ode to the classic video game character Mega Man. After creating a tribute album and receiving an unprecedented level of support and blessing from Capcom to continue, Ran was reborn and became a trailblazer in the budding “nerdcore” and chiptune subgenres, while coining his own term to describe what he had done, “Chip-Hop.”

Andre Meadows

Andre Meadows is the creator and “Black Nerd” of the YouTube channel. Every week, he posts rants, interviews and vlogs filled with a passion for geek culture, comic conventions, 80’s retro and 90’s nostalgia. Andre has met former Power Rangers and Nickelodeon stars, sang Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, and even did the Ninja Rap for Vanilla Ice! He’s an official ambassador for Nintendo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers, and has a huge collection of Smurfs, Gremlins and cartoon collectibles.

Andre is not a Brony… he’s a Care Bro!

Metal Jesus Rocks

Jason is a long haired rocker dude with an unhealthy passion for video games. He used to work at game publisher Sierra On-Line in the 90s, and he makes videos about his love of video games & music on YouTube.

The Gaming Historian

Norman is the creator of Gaming Historian, a YouTube documentary series that explores the history of video games. Want to learn about the landmark lawsuits that changed the industry? Or why the Power Glove wasn’t so bad after all? The Gaming Historian has you covered.

The show has more than 27 million views and over 300,000 subscribers, and has been featured on Destructoid, Polygon and Nintendo Life. Norman earned his history degree from Elizabeth City State University.

Pat “The NES Punk” Contri

Pat Contri is a video game player, collector, and historian known for his web shows Pat the NES Punk, Flea Market Madness, and The Completely Unnecessary Podcast. He is the author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, and conducts the live annual NES Charity Marathon benefiting children’s hospitals.

In his spare time he enjoys eating nachos, and hanging out with an old Jersey hippie named Frank.

Ian Ferguson

Ian is co-host of the CU (Completely Unnecessary) Podcast along with Pat Contri. They discuss the latest in video game news, movies, retro game and collecting topics, and take Q&A from the audience!

Game Sack

Joe and Dave are Game Sack. What is Game Sack? Well, it’s a YouTube show about games with two guys from Denver. Game Sack often takes detailed looks at popular as well as obscure game consoles, video games, series, companies, and the like. They even like to parody other YouTubers as well as do the occasional unconventional episode.

Since we’re writing our own bio we don’t really know what else to say except watch our show and come say Hello! Game Sack’s YouTube channel has more than 1,000 views and is getting over a dozen new views every day.

People watch an average of 16 minutes before they click away to something better.

AntDude

Anthony is simply a goofball who likes Kirby far too much. Going by the name AntDude, he’s a YouTuber who makes videos highlighting random games, such as Kirby, Kingdom Hearts, even some fan-made ROM hacks, and makes jokes while doing so. He’s traveled around the country to different conventions, and is looking forward to coming out to Game On Expo.

The Game Chasers

Billy and Jay from The Game Chasers will be coming out to Game On Expo! Billy and Jay make up the dynamic game collecting duo known as The Game Chasers. Their mission: to scour the land far and wide to uncover gaming treasures of old. Whether it be gaming stores, flea markets, thrift stores, or even peoples attics, they seek out retro games and have a blast while doing it.

Wood Hawker

Since starting his channel over four years ago, Wood has crossed almost every state in the US, Australia and now Canada on his search for retro video games. He captures it all on film and makes the documentary-style show The Game Quest, as well as sharing his opinions on the gaming world and culture in his multiple weekly uploads. Now it’s time for this Aussie to pack up his boomerangs and pet kangaroo, and make the big trip to America once again for Game On Expo!

8-bit Eric

Eric “8-bit” Perez started playing video games at the age of four when his older brother bought a Sega Master System. From there he was instantly hooked on playing with anything he could get his hands on. Shortly after, his life was forever changed when he received his own NES for Christmas and the rest is history.

In 2010, he created a video game review show called The 8-bit Eric Show on YouTube. Since then, he decided to start collecting video games again and became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.

Chris Pope

Chris Pope is an internet personality, video game developer, producer, social media professional, podcaster, and business owner. Pope is best known by fans as the SpacePope. Pope first gained internet notability in 2001 when “The Day Report” announced his breaking of the arcade Pac-Man Turbo world record as recorded by chief scoreboard record keeper Walter Day with Twin Galaxies. In 2008 he launched Tech Jives LLC, a social media and podcast production company. Pope is the creator of multiple live interview-based podcasts, including some of the first to do live interviews with celebrity film and voice actors.

In April 2012, Pope co-founded Guys From Andromeda LLC as an Executive Producer, programmer and community manager, overseeing their Kickstarter campaign and interacting with fans. Chris played a key role in helping Guys From Andromeda LLC get crowd funding through Kickstarter by taking the reins to generate excitement around the return of the Two Guys From Andromeda. This was in regards to their new game idea SpaceVenture. After the SpaceVenture Kickstarter campaign successfully raised $539,767, he began works with his partners, Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe (original creators of the Space Quest series from Sierra On-Line) in making the new game become a reality. Fans of his involvement with Guys From Andromeda also sometimes refer to him as the SpacePope.

In 2015, Pope and Crowe shifted focus on to a portion of SpaceVenture that didn’t require as much writing. This was due to Murphy needing some time away from the project for personal reasons. The game sequence features a hero character named Cluck Yegger. The Cluck Yegger sequence of SpaceVenture was planned from the beginning to play a key role in the game. To bring more funding into the project, Crowe and Pope decided to make the Cluck Yegger sequence into a game and release it to the public. The game was named Cluck Yegger in Escape From The Planet of The Poultroid. It was released to Kickstarter backers of SpaceVenture on October 29. 2015, and then was greenlit on Steam and released publicly on November 9, 2015. Pope voice acted in the Cluck Yegger in Escape From The Planet of The Poultroid video game as the Radio Announcer.

Amanda Hosler

Amanda is a Costume Designer for digital media, film, television, music videos, and commercials. Specializing in costume fabrication, past work includes costumes for NVIDIA, Atari, Technical Illusions, specialty fabrication at Frontline Design, and a host of features, short films, and music videos where she designed and fabricated their wardrobes. She’s also previously been a teacher at SCROC in Fashion Design. Currently, she heads up the Costume Department as Wardrobe Manager at The Walt Disney Company. There she runs a fabrication shop, a 5,000-piece inventory, and designs, develops, and manages costumes for Disney Digital Network productions. Costume awards include 2015 and 2014 Streamy Nominations in Costume Design, BlizzCon 2008 First Place Costume (Draenei Shaman Vengeful Gladiator Armor on Turtle Mount), and BlizzCon 2007 First Place Costume (Warlock Tier 6). She enjoys PC video games including League of Legends, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and Bemani/Konami music arcade machines. She also possesses an impressive video game collection with focus on handhelds.

Amanda will be a judge in this year’s Game On Expo cosplay contest.

Thor Aackerlund

Thor Aackerlund was the winner of the very first Nintendo World Championships. The national video gaming tournament that toured 30 cities in 1990, was a special three game contest on the NES, consisting of Super Mario Brothers, Rad Racer and Tetris. He took the top score in a match up between the three age group champs, and took home the gold Mario Trophy.

Riding his new found fame, Thor was the child spokesperson for Canadian based Camerica reselling Codemaster’s games in North America. Thor also did numerous appearances at department stores as well as doing radio and television interviews. He even appeared on The Home Shopping channel as a regular guest alongside the likes of Vanna White and Hulk Hogan, promoting video game products! By 1993 Thor was burnt out on the gaming scene, and quit gaming all together for a number of years. During this time, he studied mixed martial arts, trained in some Thai Boxing, with a little bit of wrestling as well. He’s excited to be once again involved in the gaming community, and being a father to his 5 year old son. He was given a NES and for the first time in almost 20 years and fired up the NES Tetris for a round. Currently Thor holds a top Tetris score at Twin Galaxies and is listed in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. Thor makes an appearance in the upcoming feature-length documentary tentatively titled Ecstasy of Order.

John “Numbers” Goldberg

John is the reigning Nintendo World Champion, besting everyone at the Nintendo World Championships 2015 tournament! John is a lifelong gamer, who’s been at it since the NES era of gaming. John is an avid competitor in Super Smash Bros. tournaments – using Wii Fit Trainer in the latest installment – and a strong player of puzzle games such as Dr. Mario and Tetris. His prowess has earned him a sponsorship from KickPunchBlock, which keeps him busy traveling to tournaments all over the country.

Courtney Leigh

Courtney Leigh is a costume designer, makeup artist, gamer, horror enthusiast, and cosplayer. She’s a graduate of a performing arts school as well as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 2010 she began a costuming business and today she makes and sells costumes to people around the world full time. So far she has made over 1,000 costumes for cosplayers, fan films, haunted houses, and theatre. Courtney has also been a featured designer in 3 fashion shows and plans to release another fashion line this coming fall. Along with her costuming, Courtney is a self-taught makeup artist and body painter and former makeup department manager at Fear Farm. Whenever she’s not working she’s writing, playing video games, or finding new outlets for her creativity.”

Amber Brite

Amber Brite has been obsessed with making costumes since she was very young, but only discovered there was a word for what she was doing a few years ago! Now she works full time as a professional cosplayer, building costumes and props on commission for other cosplayers all over the world. Her skills are widely varied, having experience working with all sorts of plastic and foam armor, fabric and latex clothing, and bodypaint, clay sculpting, mold-making and casting. Her real specialty is headpieces for her favorite Star Wars aliens. Her favorite costume is her Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: Rebels.

Amber spends a lot of her time sharing her knowledge with others. Whether it be live streaming her crafting sessions, creating tutorials and and how-tos, or hosting panels, Amber is a firm believer that the community should be able to learn from each other and grow together.

Chris Tang

Chris Tang is a multi-talented gaming enthusiast with accomplishments as a tournament champion, game designer, and cosplayer. His many titles include: “Rock the Rock” $25,000 Sega World Champion, Nintendo World Championships 1990 Los Angeles City Champion, Hawaii State Nintendo Champion, and 3-time California Extreme Street Fighter II Turbo Champion. In 2016, Chris was invited to join the U.S. National Video Game Team – a pioneering organization promoting positive advocacy and competition in gaming. In the same year, he was voted to be inducted into the International Video Game Hall Of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa in 2017.

Success in competitive gaming led Chris to a career in game development with credits that include favorites such as Gauntlet IV, Primal Rage, Marvel Vs. Capcom, Street Fighter III: Third Strike, and Tetris – in addition to being the game designer of the infamously cancelled-but-now-mythical Primal Rage II. He is currently the Senior Game Designer of a high-speed action shooter, code-named “Flight Armor Project” being developed for PC, arcade, and current game consoles.

Chris is passionate about the study and preservation of game history and cultural expression, participating in various projects that celebrate the enjoyment of games. He is featured in films such as Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters and Gamer Age, can be seen as a cosplayer on HBO’s Entourage and various Tiger & Bunny video releases, and is the emcee of the Classic Tetris World Championships ongoing since 2010.

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