Rick Farmiloe, Disney and Dreamworks animator for “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Shrek”
Rick Farmiloe has been animating childhoods for over 30 years, and is best known for breathing hilarity into iconic Disney sidekicks Scuttle, LeFou, and Abu in the beloved Academy Award-winning films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
This American animator was first bitten by the cartooning bug at age five, while watching Walt Disney’s beautifully drawn, feature-length cartoon masterpiece, Pinocchio. At age twelve, after years of creating his own cartoons for family and friends, Rick was determined to be a Disney animator. In January 1982, after only one portfolio review, he was hired by Walt Disney Productions.
During his 11 years under contract with Disney, Rick animated on seven features, which also included The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company, and The Rescuers Down Under.
Beyond his body of work for Disney, Rick’s feature film credits include The Swan Princess, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek, Rugrats Go Wild, Curious George, The Simpsons Movie, The Boxtrolls, The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, and four Tom and Jerry direct-to-DVD films.
In 2011, Rick was an animator on two Annie Award-winning productions: Adam and Dog, which also received an Oscar nomination, and Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters. In 2015, Rick animated on yet another Annie Award winner, Coca-Cola’s Man and Dog.
T Lewis, artist and co-creator, “Over the Hedge”
T Lewis is artist and co-creator – with writer Michael Fry – of the “Over the Hedge” comic strip, distributed internationally by Universal Press Syndicate to 150 newspapers including the Wenatchee World, where it has run since June 12, 1995 its first day of syndication. A native Texan, he has lived, studied and worked in a variety of far-flung locales including West Africa, Switzerland and Mexico before happily settling in the exotic outpost of Omak, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas and taught art at the University of Alaska and above the Arctic Circle for the Alaska State Arts Council’s Artists in Villages program. T has illustrated several children’s books for national publishers including his favorite, 3 series for Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach. He illustrated and co-wrote, with author Lorrie Moore, The Forgotten Helper, a Christmas story published by Random House which has appeared in English, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese editions. T cut his teeth in the newspaper comics world drawing, from 1991 to 1994, the “Mickey Mouse” strip for Disney Productions and King Features Syndicate.
DreamWorks Animation’s film adaptation of “Over the Hedge” opened in the summer of 2006, earning $336 million worldwide. The film features the voices of Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne, Allison Janney, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Nick Nolte.
John Alexander, actor in “Hellboy II,” “Men in Black,” “Return to Oz”
An astounding and prolific actor from stage and screen John Alexander has been right in front of us for years, however you may not have realized it since he always seems to have his face covered up.
Hellboy fans will recognize him as TWO characters from the GOLDEN ARMY movie. The first is the leader of the BPRD, Johann Krauss (a role he created and then due to his workload of portraying two characters shared with James Dodd). The second role is that of the Bethmoora Goblin (AKA the Troll who had a cart for legs).
Sci-Fi fans/experts would totally recognize JOHN from TWO very popular films, MEN IN BLACK and its sequel MEN IN BALCK II. In MIB John played the “Mexican fugitive alien” MIKEY, who Tommy Lee Jones blasted into bits. Then in MIB II John played Will Smith nemesis JARRA.
BUT long before Hellboy and MIB fans thought they discovered John you would have seen his seamless and what seems to be effortless work as some VERY believable “real life creatures” from right here on Earth! Movie goes MAY have thought that the Gorillas in GORILLAS IN THE MIST were real, well SOME shots were real BUT they blended those shots together with JOHN’S performance of the Gorilla known as DIGIT, how else do you think actress Sigourney Weaver would have been able to come face to face with Silver Back? He also played JOE in Walt Disney’s MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and well as WHITE EYES in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Then there was the lifelike COWARDLY LION in cult classic RETURN TO OZ.
John’s career has spanned over 20 years in some of the most memorable films ever to touch the silver screen!
Steve Blum, voice actor in “Naruto,” “Cowboy Bebop,” “Diablo 3” and much more
With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)
Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon “Starscream” and as “Heatwave” on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots! Also as “Devil Dinosaur” on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying anti-bender “Amon” on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra!
And after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, every Saturday night, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as “TOM” the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.
Johnny Yong Bosch, actor in “Power Rangers,” “Bleach,” “Trigun”
Johnny Yong Bosch is an American actor, martial artist, voice actor and musician. His first major role was portraying Adam Park, the second Black Power Ranger and later, the Green Zeo Ranger and the first Green Turbo Ranger in the Power Rangers franchise, which led to roles in some martial arts television and feature films. He provides the English voices for a number of anime productions and video games, including “Akira,” “Trigun,” “Bleach,” “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal” dubs, “Eureka Seven,” and many others.
Read more about Yong Bosch’s accomplishments on IMDb.
Jacob Miller, Graphic Designer/Cartoonist
Jacob Miller is the lead designer for Viscid Studio. He looks forward to bringing a variety of print pieces to sell during WEN-CON and will also be selling exclusive merchandise during the event. He can’t wait to meet you!
Dan McConnell, local artist
Well-known and widely published Cashmere artist Dan McConnell will bring his insightful and often hilarious work to Wen-Con. He began his artistic career when, as an orchard owner, he launched the comic strip “Apple Andy.”
Since then, his work, often political, has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including Readers Digest. He also is a regular gag writer for the internationally syndicated comic strip “Bizarro.” His collections have been displayed at libraries throughout North Central Washington. He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society
Cheryl Matthynssens, author
The Dragons’ Geas was created to create an Icon for the novels and children’s books written by Cheryl Matthynssens. She works with two different Illustrators at this time. Rebecca Hunt is her children’s books illustrator, and Heather Scoggins works on the novel covers and other artwork. The three make a dynamic team of writing and art that comes together to form The Dragons Geas. Learn more about the world the books are set in. Meet the writer and illustrators that created the books. Follow their journey through the playful, the sad, the mystical, and the dark.
Devri Walls, special guest author
Devri Walls is a #1 Amazon and international bestselling author. Having released six novels to date, she specializes in all things fantasy and paranormal. Devri is best known for her uncanny ability to build imaginative worlds and intricate storylines while still managing to present them in a delightfully easy to digest voice.
Settled in Meridian, Idaho Devri lives with her husband, two kids and the cutest mutt you’ve ever seen. When not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, reading, cooking or binge watching whatever show catches her fancy.
Theresa Snyder, author
Theresa Snyder is a multi-genre writer with an internationally read blog. She grew up on a diet of B&W scifi films like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. She is a voracious reader and her character driven writing is influenced by the early works of Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard. She loves to travel, but makes her home in Oregon where her elder father and she share a home and the maintenance of the resident cat, wild birds, squirrels, garden, and occasional dragon house guest.
Havoc Squad, special guest appearance
The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. Havoc Squad will be at WEN-CON and will be available to for photos and will also be displaying a variety of props. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of your favorite Bad Guys!
John Gillespie, Seattle artist
Michael’s Heroes is dedicated to Michael, the 14 year-old cousin of the artist, who died as a result of children playing with a gun. Michael loved to draw and was very much into comics, so John is hoping to promote such hobbies and activities for kids to keep them away from situations such as the one which took Michael’s life. John is also trying to raise money to travel to all 50 states to draw each of the city’s major landmarks, memorials and monuments in remembrance of Michael and other children who have died at a young age.
Alex Haley, cosplay contest emcee
Alex Haley is a local promoter, comedian, writer, actor, DJ, dancer, grown up, philanthropist admirer, Big Dog t-shirt collector, skier, beer snob, cinephile, chainmail forwarder, 3rd term Hugh Grant Fan Club President, backseat life-coach, professional wrestler (leg & thumb), and is up-to-date on: House of Cards, Stranger Things, and Fuller House.
He is excited to be apart of this inaugural event in Wenatchee as the emcee of the cosplay competition and even more excited to find out what cosplay means.
Dagan Anderson, special guest artist
Dagan Anderson is a local 15 year old with a penchant for Anime art. Dagan has been drawing since the age of nine years old, and has recently decided to leap into the world of salesmanship. If you’d like to see more amazing Anime artwork by Dagan, be sure to stop by the Dagenchar Art booth at WEN-CON!
Preston Smith, independent comic creator
Preston Smith is an independent comic creator based in Spokane Washington, having just released his first book in October of 2016 he plans to build a new and exciting universe through collaboration and creativity. He has loved comic books since a young age and has created stories for most of his life and is incredibly excited to share them. More can be found at www.splotchcomics.com, or see his promotional video on YouTube.
Cosplayer Conner Monroe as Crossfire will be joining Smith at WEN-CON 2017. Stop by the Splotch booth to meet both and receive a free gift!
Jason Edmon Sims, magician
Jason Edmon Sims is a Wenatchee native and a local magician. He honed his talents while serving in the Army and especially overseas in Iraq performing for fellow troops, the Iraqi Army, and even the children over there. Since getting out of the service, he has been moonlighting as a magician in the greater Wenatchee area while working as a Resource Specialist for Cascadia Conservation District. He enjoys sharing his mystical gifts and looks forward to bringing some astonishment to the first ever Wen-Con!
Melissa Hudson, graphic novelist/artist
Melissa Hudson is a graphic novelist/artist who matriculated at Wenatchee High School, class of 2002. Her dark historical fiction graphic novel, Witchfire, was published by Markosia (http://markosia.com) in 2015. She has also had short stories and comics appear in literary magazines; most recently “The Cave Painters” in the OffBeat (http://offbeat.msu.edu/) Vol. 17. Melissa is currently producing a YA fantasy webcomic entitled Wildskies on Tapastic (http://tapastic.om/series/Wildskies) and Patreon (http://wwwpatreon.com/melissahudson). You can read more about Melissa Hudson at her website mhudson-illustration.com.
Ole Soul tattoo parlor, exhibitor
Ole Soul Studio, Wenatchee’s premier custom tattoo studio, will be joining us at WEN-CON! Meet the artists, check out some of their prints, t-shirts and other art. And of course, share your personal ink stories
Brian Dorsey, special guest author
Brian Dorsey is the author of the Gateway science fiction series as well as non-fiction historical works. His Gateway series has been well reviewed and is frequently in the Amazon Top 100 for the Space Marine genre. He has also been nominated for a Manticore Award for best author of a scifi novella, Draxius Redeemed, which is now part of Cold Planet.
He has three adult children and lives with his wife, Kira, near Seattle, Wa. When not spending time with his family, Brian enjoys reading and researching US and Native American history, watching good TV shows or films (anything by Joss Whedon), hunting, teaching the occasional history class, or working on his next writing project.
His series has been well reviewed and is frequently in the Amazon Top 100 for the Space Marine genre.
Jeremy Colwell, special guest artist
Jeremy Colwell was born and lived his first 22 years in Wenatchee, WA. He spent two years at Wenatchee Valley College and then continued to study painting at the University of Washington. He got married, got a ‘real’ job, had a son, and said adios to said job to be a stay-at-home dad. Had another son.
He volunteered a lot in their schools. The kids grew up and he decided to get another job—one he would love. Coloring comics. So now that’s what he does for the likes of DC, Top Cow, IDW, Dark Horse, and others.
He lives in Camas, WA with his wife, two sons, and three work-interrupting cats.
Herb Leonhard, professional illustrator and graphic designer
Herb Leonhard was born in Munich, Germany, but grew up in the United States. One of his earliest memories was of a series of German children’s books beautifully illustrated by Fritz Baumgarten. This, along with a childhood spent within the pages of comics, inevitably led to a career as an artist and a love of many of the classic illustrators, both traditional and contemporary, including the Pre-Raphaelites; Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Mucha, N.C. Wyeth, Brian Froud and Roger Dean. Because of this he remains able to observe the natural world around us with a sense of wonder, and sees every subsequent painting and drawing as a new learning experience.
In a career spanning over thirty years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, Herb has illustrated more than thirty books and has earned numerous awards & international acclaim. His clients have included musician Tori Amos, Pelican Publishing, Omnibus Press, Ashgate Publishing, Raven Publishing, Steiner Korea and D Magazine. Through his own company The Prancing Pony he has published a series of popular fantasy coloring books, storybooks and various related products.
He lives in Prosser, Washington, with his wife, son, two horses, four cats and a plethora of chickens.
Ryan Wells, professional cosplayer
Ryan Wells, Portland OR, is a professional cosplayer and prop builder as well as builder for the Magicwheelchair.org. Wells is known for being a “Creature Cosplayer” and has been featured on such sites such as Stan Winston School for Character Art’s and MuppetsHenson.
“Cosplay was a natural progression for me since there was simply not enough Halloween in my life. I love to learn new skills, trades, make challenges for myself, getting inspiration and ideas from friends (new and old) and making connections through this great community. Known for being a ‘creature cosplayer’ I tend to draw inspiration mainly from film but I’m branching out into other genres.”
Sam “Doc” Castañón, Sony Playstation tester and pro gamer
Think you can game? You’ll get a chance to show off your skills against one of the best: Sam “Doc” Castañón. Castañón, a Sony Playstation tester, will be available for “Beat the Pro” challenges at Wen-Con. Castañón has been gaming since Atari 2600 was released. In his own words: “Space Invaders was my game and technically my first shooter. I was the kid that always toted his Turbo Graphics 16 Turbo Express around with him playing Devil’s Crush Pinball because I believed I was going to be the next Digital ‘Tommy.’ I won my first game competition in 1998 having the fastest time in the world for Resident Evil 1 and 2 back to back at my local GameWorks, before games were seriously tracked. …Sony took notice of me and asked me to be part of a groundbreaking experience, the first console-only gamer reality show: “The Tester.” As a response to the fans, the show “Replay with Doc” in the PlayStation Home community theater was born.”
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away… well, no, actually quite recently and close by, a retired television technician looked back on one of his favorite movies and decided to recreate some of the interest and excitement of the STAR WARS films by modeling one of their most endearing characters, R2D2.
The result is a 60″ motorized vehicle suitable for public exhibition and display.
“Back to the Future” movie-accurate Delorean replica
This replica of one of film’s most famous cars is scheduled to be on display at WEN-CON 2017 and available for you to snap a selfie with. The Wells Yellowstone Time Machine “Back to the Future” Delorean replica prides itself in sharing the fan experience for young and old. Pictures are not only allowed, but encouraged at no cost. There is a Hoverboard prop they can stand on next to the car for the perfect photo-op and for that up close and personal interaction.
Please note: all guests subject to change.