Notable Roles in Power Rangers: Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Notable Roles in Anime: Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach,
Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia”, Makoto in Free!!, Jonathan Joestar in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, etc.
Notable Roles in Video Games: Nero in Devil May Cry 4, Kuhn in .hack//G.U., Adachi/Narukami in Persona 4, Almaz in Disgaea 3, Emil in Tales of Symphonia, Guy in Tales of the Abyss, Firion in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3. Yukimura in Sengoku Basara and Torian Cadera in Star Wars The Old Republic, etc.
Other Cool Facts: Johnny is a native of Kansas City, MO and led the award-winning rock band, “Eyeshine”. He is also a martial artist drawing inspiration from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. He is the father of two and loves meeting his fans!
A native of Spokane, Washington and known as the "man of 10,000 sound effects", Michael Winslow solidified himself as a pop culture icon when he played the hilariously mischievous Larvelle Jones in the Police Academy franchise. He is also largely remembered as the eccentric Radar Technician from the Mel Brooks’ movie hit “Spaceballs” where he enchanted audiences with several funny faces and interesting sounds.
Michael’s resume is truly impressive and includes various work spanning decades from the ever-popular 1990 TV show “New Kids on the Block” to the 1992 classic “Harry and the Hendersons” all the way to popular cartoon series such as “Robot Chicken” (2006) and “Family Guy” (2002). You may also remember him as Spencer Wilson from the 1986 TV series “The Love Boat”! And Michael is no stranger to video games - he can even be heard in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas! Michael's unique, wacky brand of comedy alongside his unparalleled gift as a voicetramentalist is what makes him so well loved around the world. A respected comedian and actor of both television and film, Michael is also a staple in other realms of entertainment such as voiceovers and stand-up comedy. This versatility has enabled him to travel from country to country leaving audiences breathless from laughing and astonished by his superhuman sound making talent.
While Michael's claim to fame is largely associated with the nostalgia of 1980s lore, he has kept busy in the film industry by starring in such films as “Sharknado”, “Lavalantula”, and “Killing Hasselhoff”. His most recent appearances include work from “Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece” and “Brock’s Diner vs. the Undead” (in production). Currently Michael is focused on creating music which comes as no surprise for one of the most prominent innovators of beat boxing. Recently Michael has collaborated on projects with Run the Jewels, Jon Anderson of Yes, and Grammy award winner Victor Wooten.
Stephen Robert Bennett IV was born *@?! years ago at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan. Being a military brat, Steve moved all over the place in his younger days and now gives back frequently to veterans at every opportunity. He spent his early years in Alaska and Colorado, and lived for almost eight years in Germany during elementary and junior high. The family moved back to Japan when Steve was in his teens, and while he was there he was lucky enough to land a job with Studio Aoehyma, and work under the great Japanese animator, Noboru Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) During his time at Studio Aoehyma, Steve learned quite a bit about anime, and worked on such titles as Cat's Eye, the Urusei Yatsura TV Series and Only You, as well as others. Steve has also contributed a great deal to more popular titles you may know including GUNDAM AND MACROSS!!
But finally, the family moved back to the States and settled in Virginia. Steve finished up high school, took some college courses, and ended up working at a bunch of different jobs. He worked at King's Dominion amusement park (where he met his future & current wife Nikki), and he also worked in a Japanese restaurant, a video store, and ended up working in construction. About the time Steve and Nikki tied the knot (1994), Steve attended his first anime convention as a guest--Katsucon 1-- and finally remembered his true calling. He started up Studio Ironcat, a Japanese manga publisher, in 1997 and quit his construction job. Ironcat ran until 2004. Although Steve enjoyed his time with Ironcat, the job kept him too busy to focus on his own art. With the close of Ironcat, Steve was finally free to create his own comics, and get back into the artistic side of the industry. Today, Steve is busier than ever at conventions, has two new webcomics on-line ("Shakespeare Rodeo" and "Life With Steve") and is finally letting his creative juices flow! Steve is also currently working as a character designer and artist for Scrollquest.com and Angel Of St Thomas as well. Steve has been to numerous anime conventions over the years (too many to mention here!) and has also lent his talents to other venues, such as Loyola University in Louisiana, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Iowa Gallery of Art.
Steve is really quite a character and just an all-around good guy who loves the fans and much like the Gump fam, is very community-oriented. He will be offering some panels this year talking about his career and teaching us how to draw anime!
Bruce Carr aka No Ordinary Balloon Man is a professional balloon artist living in Kissimmee, FL serving the Central Florida area. He has had a life long love of all things in the realm of what he calls “nerd swag” and there is nothing that he enjoys more than making people smile. This professional balloon artist has made balloons since the age of twelve.
Bruce has entertained and built balloon creations for companies such as Belk, Dunkin Donuts, Dot Net Nuke, Charleston Town Center Mall and Chick-fil-a. Bruce is also a full-time balloon artists for a multitude of restaurants including Chili’s, Landry’s, Orlando Ale House, Joe’s Crab Shack and Giordano’s through the balloon art companies Twisted Artz, Sculpted Air LLC and the Orlando Party Store.
Bruce combines balloon art, acting, singing and puppetry to build beautiful lightweight costumes to delight attendees of any large event. Bruce has even won costume awards at the Florida Supercon, Holiday Matsuri, Omni Expo and Chibi Pa, becoming a fan favorite at many anime conventions. Bruce’s work has been recognized in social media and made into countless memes featured on such websites as Kotaku, MTV, Dorkly, Reddit, Equestria Daily, IGN, Imdb, Bungie, Fluffle Puff Pony, Screw Attack, Geek Tyrant, Cartoon Network, Gamefaqs, Know Your Meme and Memebase. Bruce has also used his entertainment to bring awareness to charities such as Children’s Miracle Network. Bruce looks forward to entertaining and serving many more people in the future.