Special Guests

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Linda Miller

Linda Jo Miller enjoyed a successful career as a model and an actress, best known for her starring role in KING KONG ESCAPES.

Upon graduating high school, Linda moved to Japan with her family in 1965, where she enrolled in a charm school for young women. The Tokyo school also served as a modeling agency, supplying Western talent for advertising and commercials in Japan. She soon began appearing on television in ENGLISH FOR MILLIONS (百万人の英語) with James B. Harris, a 30-minute language program utilized to teach English in Japanese schools.

Linda was regularly featured on the cover of popular magazines such as Josei Seven and Mademoiselle, as well as in numerous print advertisements for Noritake China, which garnered interest from producer Arthur Rankin. Rankin cast her as Lieutenant Susan Watson in KING KONG ESCAPES (キングコングの逆襲 ), opposite co-stars Rhodes Reason and Akira Takarada. Widely distributed in the USA and throughout the world, the Toho sci-fi film cemented Linda’s place in popular culture as she joined the prestigious ranks of King Kong’s cinematic leading ladies.

She had a supporting role in another Japanese/USA co-production, THE GREEN SLIME (ガンマー第 3 号 宇宙大作戦) for Toei and MGM, the cast of which was almost entirely comprised of American and European actors. Linda also guest-starred in a TV episode of SEVEN FACES of MAN (七つの顔の男), an hour-long detective series produced by Toei in late 1967.

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Carl Craig

At age 10, Carl Craig lived the dream of starring in a Japanese giant monster movie, playing the role of Jim Morgan, the all-American boy scout who helps GAMERA thwart an alien invasion from the planet Viras in 1968's DESTROY ALL PLANETS, also known as Gamera vs. Viras.

Dore Kraus

Dore Kraus (ドーレ・クラウス Dōre Kurausu) is an Australian actor who is well known for his role as Jack Shindo/Ultraman Great in ULTRAMAN: TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

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Jon Provost

Jon Provost is a national treasure. The check shirt and jeans he wore for seven years as Timmy on television's beloved LASSIE hang in The Smithsonian next to Archie Bunker's chair. 

 

Jon was already a seasoned professional when he won the role of Timmy at age seven. He was barely three when cast as Jane Wyman and Sterling Hayden's son in So Big. During his career as a child actor and teen heart throb, he worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood: Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in The Country Girl, Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in This Property is Condemned, Rod Steiger and Anita Ekberg in Back From Eternity, Clint Eastwood in Escapade in Japan, Kurt Russell in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and on television with Kim Novak, Jack Benny, Ann Sothern and even with that famous talking horse, Mr. Ed.

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Laurie Jacobson

Laurie Jacobson is an award-winning Hollywood author. A reformed stand-up comic, Laurie worked out in Harvey Lembeck's Comedy Improv Workshop for years with classmates Robin Williams, John Ritter and John Larroquette. While performing improv, she immersed herself in the history of those who came before her. The stories she uncovered became the basis for her debut, archetype book, Hollywood Heartbreak, a 75-year history of Hollywood told through the lives and deaths of 31 celebrities. Following its publication, Laurie emerged as a leading Hollywood historian. Since then she has written and produced documentaries, television series and specials, including: The 20th Anniversary of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Warner Bros. Studio Rededication Party and The Suzanne Somers Show.

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Walden Wong

Walden Wong is a well-respected comic book artist/inker and has a wide range of experience in the industry. He has worked for practically every publisher out there, including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and VIZ media. You can see his name on a variety of titles every year. Just a few of his titles include Deadpool, Wolverine and The X-Men, JLA, Superman The Man of Steel, The Avengers, Guardians Infinity, The Warlord, Black Panther, Amazing X-Men, Superboy, Action Comics, The Flash, Hulk, Scarlet Spider, Guardians of The Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spiderman, Captain Marvel, Cable, Aquaman, Titans, Batgirl, Uncanny X-Men, Bat Man, Green Lantern, Wonder Women, Captain America, Star Wars, Wolverine, Stargate, Iron Man and Excalibur. He is available for sketches and commissions.

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Warren Montgomery

Warren Montgomery is a comic book artist, colorist, letterer and publisher. He has provided comic book lettering and/or coloring for such publishers as Albatross Funnybooks, BOOM! Studios and many independents. With Will Lill Comics, he self-publishes titles like John Kirby: Firefox, The Adventures of Lightning Marval, Monty’s World and Fun Adventure Comics!. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit: www.wlcomics.com

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Blake Coker

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Blake is a published illustrator who strives to tell new and engaging stories. His work often pulls from his background of reading comics and watching films and has always been inspired by the detailed storytelling.

He is a BFA graduate from the University of Idaho and is currently working on a comic book about his brother with Autism. Blake wants to share his personal experiences that he has had with his brother to help spread knowledge and empathy towards all people with disabilities.

 

Blake has had the pleasure of illustrating four children’s books and has taken the experiences he has learned to help him tell his own creative narratives. Along with children’s books, Blake has also done album artwork as well as posters and other advertisements for numerous events.

Blake is also a Team Colossus comic book artist.

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Peter Secosh

Peter Secosh is an American graphic artist born in San Francisco. He has worked on posters, board game logos, tattoos and storyboards. He has also worked on various comic books over the years. Credits include: The Bod (Image), Doll and Creature (Image), Elvira #108-111 (Claypool), Nocturnals: Troll Bridge, Vampirella Quarterly #1, Soul Searchers, The Software that Held The Developer Captive, Out with a Bang.

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Lory De Vera

Lory De Vera started out as one of the Nestor Redondo’s associates during the 1960’s doing several sketches for Nestor Redondo’s short stories and some of his novels. After moving to the States in 1982, his first comics work was illustrating Cowboy series in small size comics and assisting Argentinian illustrator Hector Lustre in sketching and inking his horror story works. Lory did several graphic novel illustrations, religious comics illustrations for Kingston Publication with Danny Bulanadi.

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Tobe Daranouvong

Tobe, pronounced “2 B” and not “toe bee,” co-creator and artist of Alpha Q Comics (Villain Comic) and artist of Sumo Geisha, has wanted to draw comics since he picked up Silver Surfer #1 for $1.50 off of Lunar’s orange ice cream truck when he was 9 years old and after seeing how awesome a ninja turtle could be drawn, he set his heart on art. He created his way through school getting a degree in graphic design and illustration as well as Film from Sac State. During a horrific accident his drawing pencil was fused to his hand and Tobe is now ready to bring this story to life. He currently resides in Vacaville, CA with his talented and supportive wife, his daughter, who is the apple of his eye, and a tiger.

More guests to be announced!

All guests are subject to change. 

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To learn about our special guests from the previous years, please visit the convention archive: 2017, 2018, 2019