Joy Knight-Richards, cosplay performer
You can find her on Facebook at TheGirlNextDoorCosplay, GypsyRealmProductions or VisionsbyVictory.
Damon Runyan, actor
Damon Runyan was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is currently playing Ujilli, a Klingon leader of the House Mokai in Star Trek Discovery. Damon is best known for his portrayal of Charles Falco in the series Gangland Undercover. His TV credit include Suits, Haven, Nikita, Lost Girl, Degrassi: TNG and Covert Affairs. Recent stage credits include Mike Bartlett’s Canadian premiere of Bull, and Neil LaBute’s In a Forest Dark and Deep. Damon won the Best Actor Award for his film Cassidy in the 2013 National Film Challenge. He will appear alongside Amanda Seyfried and Clive Owen in Andrew Niccol’s film Anon. For more information about Damon Runyan check out his page on IMDB.
Jeremy Howard, actor
Jeremy Howard is perhaps best known for his roles in iconic films such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Galaxy Quest and Men in Black II. His other feature film credits include Accepted, Sydney White, Hotel for Dogs, and Catch Me If You Can among others.
With an elaborate career spanning so many genres of film it was only natural for his talent to take the next step and move into a hugely successful franchise. That step is now a reality with the success of Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in which Jeremy portrays Donatello, the bo staff wielding brother who dons the color purple, in the comic book foursome that became a world renowned property. The film has broken box office records and Paramount studios has plans for at least 2 more films with Jeremy on board to continue bringing Donatello to life!
A whole different demographic of kids can catch Jeremy on his recurring role for Disney’s television show Mighty Med which airs on Disney XD.
Jeremy’s other television credits include roles in Suburgatory, Grey’s Anatomy, House M.D., Monk, My Name is Earl, The Drew Carey Show, Entourage, Scrubs, and most notably, a recurring role on the hit series Breaking Bad!
Kat Cressida, voiceover actor
Kat graduated from UC Berkeley in Shakespeare (in her words “highly impractical”) and the American Conservatory Theater. She landed her first gigs on camera on several comedy shows and soap operas. But when she took her first voice-over workshops – she found her calling; the magic of animation plus storytelling at the microphone. Soon after she had her first voice-over gig as Dee Dee in the smash hit Dexter’s Laboratory for Cartoon Network. She was Jessie in Disney Infinity, Electra in Marvel Heroes, Madame Hydra in Marvel Heroes and Henchwoman in Gotham Stories.
Kat has also provided voice matches for several of Hollywood’s actors including Kim Basinger, Joan Cusack, Claire Danes, and Nicole Kidman. She is the current voice for the attic bride, Constance, in the Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion. For more information about Kat Cressida check this out: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0187570/
Ryan Wells, professional cosplayer
Ryan Wells, Portland, OR, is a professional cosplayer prop builder and builder for Magic Wheelchair @ magicwheelchair.org Known for being a “Creature Cosplayer” building larger than life costumes and drawing inspiration from fantasy and science fiction, he has been featured on such sites as Stan Winston School for Character Art’s and Muppets Henson. Ryan is administrator for an online cosplay group and is a huge advocate for sharing ideas, community, and volunteering.
“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. I tend to draw inspiration mainly from film but I’m trying to branch out into other genres.”
Hey, did you hear the Batmobile will be at WEN-CON in April? Not only that but we will also have a special panel, “The Batman from Walla Walla: A 90th Birthday Remembrance of Adam West”. Join us for a look back at the life and career of the native Washingtonian who was TV’s original defender of Gotham City (and later the mayor of Quahog). This tribute to the iconic actor will include highlights from Walla Walla’s first annual “Adam West Day” celebration that took place on Sept. 19, 2017 during what would have been Adam West’s 89th birthday. This panel will be hosted by David Goehner, a Dryden native, former cartoonist for Comics Buyer’s Guide and local pop-culture extraordinaire.
The only 1966 Batmobile in the world that has been ridden in and autographed by Adam West, Burt Ward (Robin) and Evel Knievel. Also jumped over and signed by Robbie Knievel, famous daredevil and son of Evel Knievel. Watch the video!
WEN-CON appearance sponsored by Numerica Credit Union
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 try to recreate some of the interest and excitement of the STAR WARS films by modeling one of their most endearing characters, R2D2.
Because a simple, remote controlled toy would just be not enough fun and hard to share, he decided to build a drivable, functional replica in 1.5=1 scale.
The results is a 60” tall motorized vehicle suitable for public exhibition and display.
Artoo 1.5 features authentic details, electric power, music and voice, and a rotating dome.
Preston Smith, Splotch Comics
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.
Splotch Comics and Preston Smith are returning to WEN-CON, bringing three times as much original material than last year! Catch up with the Crossfire team and introduce yourself to Lucky Shot in the exciting connected universe! As well as books they’ll have tee shirts, postcards, coloring books and more! See them at WEN-CON 2018! More can be found at www.splotchcomics.com.
Jason Sims, magician
Jason Sims is a local magician specializing in illusions, subterfuge, and astonishment! A Wenatchee local, Jason has been doing magic for several years. A six year veteran of the Army, he deployed to Iraq in 2007. There he entertained his fellow soldiers, local kids, and even coalition forces from around the world.
Jason does magic locally part time and he enjoys sharing his mystical gifts with everyone.
Check back to discover more special guests for WEN-CON 2018!
Please note: all guests subject to change.