2023 Special Guests:
Professional Voice Actor
Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Slayers, One Piece, TMNT, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Veronica Taylor is a classically trained actor who found her way into voice acting while performing in the Batman Stunt Show at Six Flags Great Adventure. She became a mainstay of Saturday morning cartoons, best known for playing the original Ash and May on the first 8 seasons of “Pokemon”, April on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2003-2007) and roles in “Yu-Gi-Oh!”, “Cubix”, “Dinosaur King”, “Winx Club”, “One Piece”, and more. Shows for PBS include “Word World” (Sheep), “Lunch Lab” (Mixiebot), and “Chuck Vanderchuck’s ‘something something’ Explosion!” (Ramona). Current projects include Nickelodeon’s “Welcome to the Wayne” (Spy from 8-i), “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” (BerryBlue), “Dragon Ball Super” (Brianne/Ribrianne), “Sailor Moon” (Sailor Pluto), Sprout’s “Ollie and Moon” (flight attendant/ensemble) and “Astroblast” (Sputnik), “Aria” (Akari), “Mofy” (Mofy, Mogu, Sora), “Fire Emblem Heroes” (Macaiah) and “Valkyria Chronicles 4” (Crymaria). Anime favorites include “Slayers” (Amelia), “His and Hers Circumstances” (Yukino), “Nana Seven of Seven” (all 7 Nanas), among others. She has done numerous voices for animation, video games, audiobooks, commercials, and documentaries.
Follow her adventures on Twitter (@TheVeronicaT), Instagram (@theveronicat) and Facebook (The Veronica Taylor).
Veronica will be appearing all day Saturday & Sunday.
Table No. SG1
$50- combo (auto/selfie)
The Walking Dead, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers Endgame, What If...?, Robot Chicken
Autograph on Pop: $60
Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Ross Marquand attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. After completing college, Ross Marquand moved to LA and steadfastly garnered the attention of several television and film projects as an actor with a highly versatile range of character personas. A highlight of his acting career was that of playing the role of the legendary Paul Newman on Mad Men, but he is still most regarded for playing Aaron on The Walking Dead on AMC.
Since 2018, Ross has portrayed and voiced multiple characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is widely recognized for Red Skull in the films Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame and his role in Ultron in the virtual reality experience Avengers: Damage Control. Another notable role is his portrayal of an alternate version of the character in the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ultron in the Disney Plus series What If...?
Ross will be appearing all day Saturday & Sunday.
Table No. SG7
Bleach, Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan
Professional Voice Actor
Neil Kaplan is possibly best known around the world for having provided the voice for the iconic hero Optimus Prime on 2001’s “TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”. On the opposite end of the spectrum of good and evil lies Neil’s award winning portrayal of galactic Emperor Zarkon, on Dreamworks Animation’s spectacular “VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER”.
Tens of millions of video game players & fans around the world know Neil for his captivating work in Blizzard’s massive hits “STARCRAFT II” and “HEROES OF THE STORM” as roguish anti-hero, Tychus Findlay, as well as Lord of the Forest, Cenarius in “WORLD OF WARCRAFT”. Meanwhile, at the center of the epic story of “DESTINY 2” is the primary antagonist, Dominus Ghaul, a character most players have a difficult time forgetting.
Anime fans loved Neil as Hawkmon (as well as ALL of his digi-volutions) and a variety of others on “DIGIMON”, as Dozle Zabi in “MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM”, and as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto (Bleach; 82 episodes), Conversely, anime fans continue to love to hate him as the villainous Obito, Tobi, and Madara Uchiha on “NARUTO: SHIPPÛDEN" (111 episodes). Not to mention fan favorites: Magath in "Attack on Titan" and various voices in Star Wars Visions on Disney+.
And lest we forget, he was once the voice of Funshine Bear. That’s right, Neil Kaplan was even a CARE BEAR.
Neil will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. SG2 / Autograph Fee $40 or $50 for items brought by fans
Dorian Kingi is a second-generation stunt performer and the son of Lindsey Wagner. He is a regular stunt double for Doug Jones and has appeared in nearly 100 different projects. Most recently he can be seen portraying the bounty hunter Cad Bane in Disney+ The Book of Boba Fett. You can also see him as the stunt double and motion capture for Tom Hardy in Venom. Other projects have included Stranger Things (Season 4 Demogorgon), Green Lantern (Movie), Antlers, Westworld, Teen Wolf, NCIS: Los Angeles, Captain America Winter Soldier, Robocop and many more!
Dorian will be appearing all day Saturday & Sunday.
Table No. SG5 / Autograph Fee $40
Professional Actor & Stuntman
The Book of Boba Fett, Stranger Things, Venom, Robocop, Green Lantern, The Suicide Squad
Professional Actor & Stuntman
The Mandalorian Season 1 & 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Congo, Word Party
Misty Rosas is a dynamic and incredibly versatile artist. She is best known for her work on, The Mandalorian. She is the Performance Artist for the character, "Kuiil" in Season One (2019) and "Frog Lady" in Season Two (2020). Her performance in Season 2 led to her 2021 Hollywood Critics Association award win for her work on the television series. She is more than a triple threat! This actress, dancer, stunt woman, motion capture artist, suit performer has created characters in blockbuster movies, television series, commercials, and the theater including: The Mandalorian, Seasons 1 & 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Congo, Instinct, The Country Bears, Van Helsing, Boston Legal, Sid The Science Kid, Word Party...just to name a few! Misty is also a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Misty released her first full-length album of original songs entitled, "Life, Lessons, Love" in December, 2017. She received an HMMA Award nomination for the incredible music video she created for her song, "Panic Button." In 2021 her song, "Tell Me" from the, "Work In Progress" release landed at #1 on Spotify just a week after the EP's release.
Misty will be appearing all day Saturday & Sunday.
Table No. SG4 / Autograph Fee $40
Batman Beyond, Wildcats, Batman, Suicide Squad, Spider-Man, X-Men
Ryan Benjamin is a professional artist who started his career in comics in 1994 with Image and Wildstorm. His credits include such top-selling comics as Brothers Bond, WildCats, Grifter, X-men, Star Wars, Iron Man, Grifter/Midnighter, Batman Beyond (#1 in the NY Times), Batman, and many more. Ryan’s current works include the Brothers Bond Board Game and his creator-owned comic, Spark. He also founded Comic Pro Boot Camp in 2019, where he teaches how to draw comics alongside top industry professionals.
Ryan will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. AA F1
Alex Sinclair has worked in the comic book industry as a colorist for 25 years. He has spent most of his career coloring for DC Comics and their many iconic characters. Alex worked on many series including Batman, Superman: Unchained, Green Lantern, Justice League, Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman. His collaborations with Jim Lee and Scott Williams on Batman Hush, as well as Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on Blackest Night earned him global recognition and multiple awards.
Alex was born in Mexico where he lived until he turned 16. His family then moved to San Diego where he continues to live. He attended the University of California San Diego where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from UCSD’s Warren College in 1991.
All along, Alex’s love for comics was reflected in his artwork. After graduating, he built a portfolio and showed it to various comic book artists and editors with aspirations of becoming a professional in that industry. His career path took a turn for the better when he answered a Talent Search from a new and well revered comic Studio. The studio’s owner, Jim Lee, hired Alex as the first digital colorist for his company, WildStorm. There, Alex helped establish and head the studio’s acclaimed coloring department.
Alex will be appearing all day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. AA F2
Batman Hush, Flashpoint, Blackest Night, Justice League
Wonder Woman, The House of Lost Horizons, Shutter
Professional Artist & Writer
Leila del Duca
Leila del Duca is a comic book artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She drew The House of Lost Horizons, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, Sleepless, Shutter and wrote Afar. Leila has also drawn for titles such as Wonder Girl, DC Comics Future State, The Wicked + The Divine, Scarlet Witch, American Vampire, and The Pantheon Project. Her client list includes DC, Marvel, Vertigo, Image Comics, ONI Press, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and National Geographic. She is a member of Helioscope, a comic arts collective in Portland, Oregon.
Leila will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. AA F3
Moon Knight, Warhammer 40,000, Punisher
Jacen Burrows is a Pacific Northwest based artist who has been drawing comics for 20 years now. He has worked extensively with Alan Moore and Garth Ennis on projects including Crossed, Neonomicon, and Providence. Recently he has been drawing for Marvel, including Punisher, Moon Knight, Black Panther and Warhammer 40,000.
You can view Jacen's list of work on Marvel's Website: LINK
Jacen will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. AA F4
Hall of Fame Wrestler
WWW Intercontinental Champion
The Honky Tonk Man
The Honky Tonk Man is a professional wrestling icon. He is world famous for his WWE career where he held the Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks. The Honky Tonk Man has been a wrestling superstar for over 40 years. HTM has been in the ring with all the legends like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Savage and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He is a 2019 Hall Of Fame inductee and known around the world as The Greatest WWE Intercontinental Champion of All Time. HTM’s character is featured on dozens of wrestling video games and action figures. Honky Tonk Man is a fan favorite and regularly appears at comic cons around the globe.
HTM will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. SG6
Autograph Fee $50, Photo $50 or Combo $90
Action Figure Signed $60, Poster Signed $80, Guitar Signed $100
The Mark of Chaos and Creation, Horror Scope
Award Winning Novelist
My name is Arabella Federico, I'm a local fantasy/scifi author and I was curious if you're accepting authors to attend the con and sell books? My debut novel "The Mark of Chaos and Creation" has done really well, it's hit #1 new release on its 2nd day and hit #1 in 7 categories. It got to #2 for a best seller spot, both on Amazon. It also won 2nd place at The BookFest Awards just a few weeks ago. I think it would be an amazing fit for the comiccon and fit in so well there. As a local author I really think it's important to try and do local events and I'd love to be involved. If there's an application to fill out or anything I'll happily do so, thanks so much! Hope to hear from you soon.
Arabella will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. AA L1
Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers is a Pop Culture Icon, an American dancer and actor, known for his role as "Turbo" in the 1984 film Breakin' and its sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, in which he is credited as "Boogaloo Shrimp". Chambers rose to fame during the Hollywood phase of popping, boogaloo and robot dancing, as well as the freestyle art of b-boying. Chambers, along with his Breakin' series co-star Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quiñones and other dancers from the films, were prominently featured in the music videos for Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" (1983) and Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You" (1984) along with various roles in other movies like Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and "Robot Urkel" in Family Matters.
Shrimp will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. 724 & Jedi Alliance Booth / Autograph Fee. TBA
Sponsored by Jedi Alliance
Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Family Matters
aka Boogaloo Shrimp
Melanie Kohn started in theatre at three years old and landed a role as an extra in The Godfather at seven. She went on to voice “Lucy van Pelt” from 1974-1977 in “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” “It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown,” “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,” “You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown,” and the full-length feature film “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.” She also voiced “Lucy” in TV commercials for Weber’s and Millbrook bread.
In college, Kohn was passionate about poetry, drama, creative writing and broadcasting. In her 20’s, Kohn was employed at a radio station as an on-air personality and marketing specialist prior to working in the medical and dental fields, traveling, teaching and raising three children.
While her children were young, Kohn returned to college to earn her degree. She later returned to work as a marketing specialist at radio stations where she enjoyed every aspect of her career, particularly writing and voicing many of her clients’ ads.
Melanie will be appearing All Day Saturday & Sunday
Table No. SG3 / Autograph $40 each (buy one get one free)
Voice Actor of Lucy
It's the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown, Race for Your Life Charlie Brown, It's a Mystery Charlie Brown, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown
Cosplay & Local Guests:
Look for these special cosplay guests out and about the show floor during Lilac City Comicon 2023!
Crypt is a seasoned cosplayer and horror enthusiast who’s been an avid fan of bringing people's favorite characters to life since 2018. Since 2018, Crypt has brought to life several iconic names throughout pop culture including, but not limited to: Mike Afton (Five Nights at Freddy’s), The Nurse (Dead by Daylight), Karl Heisenberg (Resident Evil), Cecil Palmer (Welcome to Nightvale), Dipper Pines (Gravity Falls), Link (The Legend of Zelda series), Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon), and Sammy Lawerence (Bendy and the Ink Machine). Currently, almost all of their cosplays are handmade or at least largely personally modified in some way or another giving them years of craftsmanship under their belt. Outside of the world of cosplay, Crypt is an avid horror writer and is currently co-writing an apocalyptic horror podcast that's expected to be out in 2025. This is their fourth year attending Lilac City Comicon and are ecstatic to be back!
Ara Gotham is a 30 year old digital artist specializing in character design and pop art influences raised in, and currently residing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She began drawing as a very young girl, practicing both traditional and digital art, and started working as a professional freelance artist at 16 years old.
Ara’s worked on projects with Procreate, Lenovo, DC Fandome, and is currently a sponsored artist with DeviantArt. Though accidental, and through no fault of their own, Ara gained over 80 thousand followers on social media basically overnight. She claims that she’s “really good at faking it”.
Ara’s current projects include: wiping cat hair off her tablet while she works through several custom commissions, going on art trips, and projects with DeviantArt.
You can follow Ara on social media on instagram @AraGothamArt and DeviantArt Ara Gotham Art.
Dev is an artist living in the Seattle area with over 30 years in the video game and comic book industries, currently serving as Director of Art with Toys for Bob.
Previous positions have included Creative Director for the Plants Vs Zombies Franchise at PopCap Games, founder of Loose Cannon Studios, Art Director at Sucker Punch Productions for the Sly Cooper series as well as helped launch Humongous Entertainment with such characters as Putt Putt, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam.
Comic book work has included art for Image, Marvel, Dark Horse and DC Comics. Notable titles with DC Comics include the Co-Creation of the cult hero series ‘Young Heroes in Love’, as well as pencil assignments for titles such as Plastic Man, Judge Dredd, Batman Adventures and the Justice League Adventures.
Freelance Clients have included Funko, Sony Entertainment, Snap On Tools, Cartoon Network, Squaresoft, Warner Brothers, Wizards of the Coast and The Seattle Supersonics.
World's Tallest Spartan from Northern Idaho
6'11" flat footed and 7'5" in armor. WTS has cosplayed as a Spartan for 12 years.
Spartan themed cosplay: Honor Guard. WTS has served at 343 industries' galas and Microsoft Corporate events as the official Master Chief. WTS is proud member of the 405th infantry division online and volunteer at children's hospitals and other charities.
Boones Leone is a SteamLion from the Island of GreenBlee located on the Erticla Ocean under the Northern Cloudsea . Captain of the infamious pirate airship "The Eventide Pride", Boones is secretly empoyed by the Goddess Shraha Lreen as the Lord Defender of the GreenBlee soul hub and is stationed on the outskirts of the "Dark Abyss" in the Lreen Bay. When Captain Boones isn't tending to his duties as Lord Defender, he can be found running raids on Jahabalee, doing paperwork in his bar "The Dark Abyss pub" (known to locals as DA pub) seeing his shrink (people are NOT fewd) or rehersing a crew musical number. Captain Boones is also known for his "BOONESWAGGER TOUR" where he travels to PEOPLE events to flex his entertainer skills through mingling with the humans.... while also secretly recruiting new members to replace the frequent crew turnover on the ship due to consumptionary discipline. don't ask about it though.. shhhh.
Brandy Seistrup is the owner of Opal Fox Fine Art. Working in acrylics, inks, and watercolors, she focuses on invoking emotion through color. She’s always looking for the next opportunity to translate her everyday experiences into artistic expressions sometimes with the addition of characters we already love. Her works can be found in several public spaces and galleries; along with the exhibit shows and festivals she takes part in.
Brandy currently resides in Spokane, Washington where she works within the community to open others to the necessity of art and encouraging the growth of community art projects.
Karin Yamagiwa Madan lives in the Seattle area, working in the video games industry as a 3D modeler, Lighting and Texture artist. Game titles include: Fortnite (Epic), Rocket Arena (Final Strike Games), Plants Vs Zombies: Heroes and Solitaire Blitz (PopCap Games), Tornado Outbreak (Loose Cannon Studios), the Sly Cooper Series and Rocket: Robot on Wheels (Sucker Punch Productions).
She also works in a variety of media, including everything from pencils, paint, clay and fabric to shrinky dinks. Karin creates memorable and endearing artwork exploring themes of innocence, loss, love, kinship and alienation.