Kevin Nash is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler hailing from Detroit, Michigan and currently signed to WWE under their Legends program. Following a college basketball career for the University of Tennessee, Nash played professionally for German Bundesliga squad GieBen 46ers for a short time, until a knee injury ended his career. Nash has wrestled under several ring names, but is best known for his work under his real name in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Nash also found success in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) where he was originally billed as Diesel. In 1994, Nash (as Diesel) won all three titles comprising the WWF Triple Crown and at that year's Slammy Awards won the MVP (now Superstar of The Year) and (with Shawn Michaels) Best Tag Team (now Tag Team of the Year) awards. Between WWE, WCW, and TNA, Nash has won a total of 21 championships, including being a six-time world champion (five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF Champion and a 12-time world champion between the three promotions. Nash's 358-day WWF Championship reign is the longest of the 1990's. During this time in WCW, Nash became the first wrestler to defeat Goldberg and in the process ended his undefeated streak of 173-0 at Starrcade in 1998. Nash was a member of "The Kliq", an influential backstage group that included Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman. He is also one of the three founding members of the New World Order (nWo), along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Nash. Nash was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015.
Kevin Nash also has an extensive resume in the geek world starring in several movies including Magic Mike XXL with Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. He has also appeared in John Wick with Keanu Reeves, Steven Soderberg's Magic Mike with Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, as well as, Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti and Russell Brand. Kevin's additional roles also include work in Paramount Picture's "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds, in Marvel Comics'/Artisan Entertainment's "The Punisher" opposite John Travolta and Thomas Jane and as Bass Armstrong in "DOA: Dead or Alive" based on the popular video game. You may also remember Kevin as Super Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 back and the Giant in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch back in the day!
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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.
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.
A native of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Matt is a celebrity artist known for his hand drawn intricately detailed illustrations. His subjects span across all fandoms and different forms of pop culture including characters from popular TV, film, comics, and more. Matthew has recently announced his partnership with ever-popular actor, Sean Astin. They have begun to produce a political cartoon series together with Sean writing and Matthew illustrating.
He has created artwork for several actors from The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Breaking Bad, Arrow, The Flash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Napoleon Dynamite to just name a few. Matthew appears at comic conventions and events as a special guest all across the country. His artwork has also graced book covers, company logos, and art gallery walls. He was ranked in 4th place in an international poll for Best Portrait Artist by the Spacie Awards. Matthew has also recently returned to his acting roots and can soon be seen in several upcoming projects including "The Originals", "Murder Calls", and "Nashville".
Shiro Ulv is a twenty-three year old British Columbia Wolf & Red Fox therian from Brunswick, GA. Shiro has been in the Furry Fandom and the Otherkin community for over twelve years. From a young age, Shiro felt that he was "not human" on the inside. After watching the anime series Wolf's Rain at age twelve, he gained a fascination with wolves in general, and, as he read more about them and began to understand then, he began feeling as if he was "a wolf in a human body". Shortly after, he was featured in the 2013 documentary “What?! I Think I’m an Animal”. The documentary spawned the infamous meme “on all levels except physical, I’m a wolf" which has been widely popular for years!
"Drawing and art are a part of me: it defines me, it's boiled deep within my blood. It's who I am and always will be."
Lashawn Colvin began her art journey at a very young age, but before she found that she was blessed with a tremendous talent there was another gift she found herself having. Writing. Lashawn's passion for writing and creating stories go very deep, as a child she drew inspiration to create and write stories from one of her favorite child hood tv shows. Power Rangers. That seed of creating a team of female fighters started there. From there, Lashawn fell in love with another show which is the number one inspiration for the Beautiful Soldiers series, Sailor Moon, it was because of this show she owes tribute for helping her find her gift of drawing. Lashawn has stated that she used to sit in front of her TV and draw Sailor Moon as a young child, this is when the idea of her creating a female led fighting force took off and followed her into her adult life where it was flushed out into the Beautiful Soldiers. Beautiful Soldiers is Lashawn Colvin's life work, the series first started in 2013 under a completely different title called "The 4 Elements" with a totally different story premise with the main 4 girls as witches.
Fast forward to today Beautiful Soldiers has a huge following, has been featured 3 times in a nationally distributed magazine HHH, interviewed by podcasts, websites, radio stations, YouTube Channels, showcased at comic stores and more. When asked what's the future of her Beautiful Soldiers series, Lashawn Colvin has stated she is in talks with IDW Publshing to publish and pick up the book. She has also signed on BOOM! studios "Power Rangers" artist Hendry Prasetya, BOOM! Studios "Power Rangers" letterer Ed Dukeshire and Image Comics "Witch Blade" colorist Bryan Valenza ALL on her Beautiful Soldiers Creative Team Her Beautiful Soldiers Creative Team as they all are gearing up for production on her second issue.
Lashawn Colvin got into the comic book industry professionally in late 2013 as a Comic Book Editor, she is currently "running" Editor-n-Chief of RedBand Comics with Short Fuse Media Group where she oversees the production of different comic book series, Short Fuse is an indie Publishing Company that houses dozens and dozens of comic titles created by numerous writers and creators.
Lashawn Colvin has stated that her series is what drives her to get up every morning, to create something so female centric to show case female empowernment, sister hood and GIRL POWER! Beautiful Soldiers debuts in 2019!
You've seen him on the "Flea Market Montgomery" commercial (with over 11 MILLION views on YouTube) and you've seen the shout-out on "The Cleveland Show" - yes, that's right - GET READY TO MEET THE LOCAL SENSATION HIMSELF, MR. SAMMY STEPHENS!!
Sammy is a jam-up guy and an all-around HOOT! Y'all know we're big fans of promoting and celebrating our local talent and who better than one of our very own that helped put the gump on the map!
In only five short years Rob Mello has gone from starring in indie films such as "Crazy Lake" and "10 seconds to run..." to acting in some of the biggest Hollywood films such as the Magnificent 7. His most recent film, Blumhouse's Happy Death Day, where he plays Joseph Tombs, was a huge international box office hit.He has been in films such as Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me"; Syfy Channel's "Trailer Park shark"; "Badasses on the Bayou with Danny Trejo, as well as roles in TV's The Outsiders, Nashville, and most recently the Season Four premiere of AMC's "Fear the walking Dead". Rob has roots in Alabama as he spent 10 years in Greenville, Butler County, and he's looking forward to coming back to visit Alabama.
Returning to Gump City Con 2018 is our Hometown Hero, Brother John Anderson! A native of Millbrook and current resident of Birmingham, Brother John is a beacon of inspiration to all of us at Gump City Con and is just an all-around good guy that we're excited to have with us as always! He's one of "the good guys", y'all!
John Anderson is an actor, comedian, and self-proclaimed professional "Trick Talking Meat" who hails from Birmingham, Alabama. He landed his first major motion picture role as a Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. John also appeared in Tag, Black Panther, Stranger Things, Sleepy Hollow, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Discovery Channel's Manhunt: Unabomber, Logan Lucky, Pitch Perfect 3, I, Tonya, Jumanji, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Case for Christ, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, MacGyver, Being Mary Jane, and Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home. He also appeared in Make-up Artist Magazine, displaying his alien movie make-up as a Hurctarian Ravager. He recently appeared in Variety and Rolling Stone's review of the movie Tag.
John was given his first speaking role by Oprah Winfrey in her production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. He was one of 10 Ravagers from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 selected to attend a 2016 Comic-Con surprise celebration in San Diego. The event was filmed and is now airing on CONtv. Further, art featuring John's likeness as a Ravager was included in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: The Art of the Movie.
John's involvement in the Birmingham cosplay community ignited his interest in acting, and he can frequently be found around town volunteering at charity events as Batman, The Joker, and Green Arrow. He refers to himself as "Trick Talking Meat" as coined by the late Carrie Fisher in an interview she did with CNN in 1997. In the interview, she explained that the cast had shirts made with "Trick Talking Meat" printed on them, as they felt that is how George Lucas treated them on the set of Empire Strikes Back.
in 1982 Tom and Mart Shearer founded the "Sapphire Records" label in South Alabama and released their first record through "Hieroglyph Publishing Company" in Jackson Mississippi. Tom has recorded with various artist in various studios, and has performed and worked with Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Jimmy Jigger (Doobie Brothers), and Jim Rone (Doc Severinson’s Band).
Tom also co-wrote several computer games in 1986 for the TRS-80 computers including the popular "StarLords" game. Later Tom was involved in the board game industry working on games like "Starfleet Battles", Robert Aspirin's "Myth Fortunes" game (published by "Mayfair games"), and more recently the "Ora-Moa" Polynesian CCG and "Off World Digs" Prototype Game . Tom is the original founder of "Service Bay 12, Inc." Game developers (Atlanta) and has been a part of GGDA, AudioGiant, and IGDA. After a long career in the Radio & TV broadcast industry, which included WCOV-TV, WKMX-FM, and many others, he left the broadcast industry and opened the "Gemstone Books & Games" retail store in Troy Alabama .
Many companies such as "WhiteWolf", "FASA", "Flying Buffalo", WotC, would ask Tom to directly rep them, carry tournament prizes, and promotionals to the conventions that he toured yearly. The very first convention Tom ever went to was in 1979. Tom also worked as a composer for games and film, and has worn many hats within the film & Media industry. He has worked on films with Faye Dunaway, David Carradine, Cassandra Gava, and many others.