Welcome to our blog!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Erma Nell Witterstaetter... A Life Well Lived: 1-5-33 to 2-13-18

Erma Nell Witterstaetter (born Hicks), age 85,  passed from this world unexpectedly on February 13, 2018 in a local hospital. Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandma and Friend, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years,  Calvin Raymond Witterstaetter, Sr. They lived their married life in Wake Village, Texas, and raised their family there, and Erma continued to make it her home after Raymond’s death in 1993. 

Erma  was born January 5, 1933 to Eva Inez Vann Hicks and George Lester Hicks, in Texarkana, Tx. during the great depression. Her beginnings were humble, as her parents tried to build a life for her and her two sisters.  Times were hard. Erma often talked about the two room house that her father built for them, the dresses her mother made for her from flour sacks, how her father’s foreman job with WPA was a godsend and source of pride, and how amazing it was to her as a young person, when they were able to move into a house with indoor plumbing. 

This hard life was buffered by a close family and a strong willed mother who instilled in her a work ethic that would stay with her for literally her entire life. 

She would often comment on the changes that she saw in the span of her life. 

She had seen wars come and go— albeit during some she was a child listening to the radio and fireside chats; She saw TV become commonplace and marveled when they started being in color, and now… the digital age; She listened to the first words of the first man on the moon in real time; Saw the Berlin Wall go up... and saw it go down; She saw Elvis first hand at the downtown Texarkana auditorium, She heard, a young preacher talk about  'his dream" and became part of it first hand with her job as a personnel manager at Sears; She saw it unfold in a fragile nation when our young President lost his dream so suddenly in Dallas; She heard about the "British Invasion” as it happened; And saw loved ones go off to Vietnam;— She saw the advent of the message machine, fax machine, cell phones, internet, emails, Facebook, twitter, texting…so much…  all coming in fast succession. 

And through it all, she was there. The reed in the wind. 

Erma was no doubt a Pioneer. 

She and Raymond met at East Texas Motor Freight, and after taking time off to have her first child, her friend Barbara Hall led her to a job opening at Sears Roebuck.  

The rest is history…

Erma worked at Sears in Texarkana for 54 years, where many people in town knew her. In fact she rose to a management position becoming the very first Personnel Manager, AND  at one time being the #2 in command only to store manager David Zimmerman, and THAT at a time when most women did not make it to those levels.  Through that position that she enjoyed so greatly, she was able to give many people their first jobs. Believing in them. Giving them a chance. She loved that.   

There is hardly a time that she was out in Texarkana when someone didn’t say "Hello Mrs. Witterstaetter," and “Thank you.”

Even after her retirement and her husbands death, she went back to work at Sears in sales, in various departments, ultimately staying  in appliances for many years. As she would always say she went back to work  “To keep her mind sharp.”  In her usual “I’m not going anywhere manner,” she  survived many changes in store managers and protocols, in the newly evolving corporate environment that sought to pasture older employees.  But she’d have none of that, and she endured until she was 84 and a back problem would not allow her to continue. 

We like to joke that Sears in Central Mall, just could NOT survive without her.  And it didn’t. 

Erma served as a true role-model is so many ways, most evidenced by the way she handled her first diagnosis with breast cancer mid-life, her second diagnoses 10 years later, and her most recent battle with Uterine and breast cancer.  She was a regular face at the Race-for-the Cure, and even with her most recent battle, she was optimistic and determined to stay around for as long as possible, and her treatments were showing progress. 

Through it all, Erma stayed a wonderful woman of faith.  

She was a member of  Wake Village First Baptist Church for 65 years, and at the time of her death was the person who had been there the longest at her church home.  She was actively involved  with her Sunday School class and Evergreens. And true to her Christian spirit, she was there whenever someone needed help, a meal delivered, a prayer said. 

She loved traveling and made it to such diverse places as Egypt, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Italy, Cuba and more.  Some of her favorite trips were with Raymond to Copper Canyon in Mexico.  And since his death, she continue to travel extensively with her daughter. She loved playing Dominos, and playing with her Tuesday night card group, and  really enjoyed almost any game for that matter. 

But what she most loved was spending time with her family.  Her happiest times were when all of her every growing family was at her house for dinner. The smile on her face… said it all. 

In fact, if you asked my Mom what her greatest achievement was, this is what she'd say: My Family.

Erma is survived by her three children that she loved and wanted so much— Ray, Robert and Renee; One Daughter-in-law Melissa Witterstaetter; Eight grandchildren: Amanda (and husband Danny), Randy (and wife Elodia), Robbie (and wife Stacey), Scott, Rachel, Brennan, Matthew, Ally ; Fifteen great grandchildren: Randall, Ryan, Riley, Benjamin, Natalie, Nathan, Brittany, Noah, Kloe, Laken, Payton, Clare, Macelyn, Conner, Kyle. Two sisters: Lana Murphy and Sandra Steger. Two brothers-in-law Arthur Murphy and Kenneth Steger,  her aunt, Maude Salyer, one step-daughter, Carol Martin Hale, and many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

She worried about, fretted over, and adored them all. Taking every opportunity to pick them up from school or driving across town to take them to church. And she never forgot a Christmas or a birthday or an anniversary. She always sent those she loved out to eat for their anniversaries.  At her death, some of the notes in her purse were about what restaurants  to buy the gift certificates at for this years milestones… she so wanted to be here for them… 

And like all true love, she asked nothing in return but maybe... a phone call or a visit.  And sometimes if that didn’t happen, she forgave even that. "They'd do it if they could." 

It's hard to imagine her journey of 85 years—

How do we describe this wonderful, spirited and determined woman?  The constant for us.  In a world still changing, always... changing. She was always the same. 

The touchstone in a storm. 

How do we describe Erma, our Mom-- a pioneer in her work aspiring to raise herself up from her depression era beginnings pursing business school after High School, and fashioning herself into the christian and self-less person that she was?

There are two words that describe her most accurately: Unconditional Love. 

And she would not have had it any other way. 

In a 2008 interview that her sister Lana was doing for genealogy books she said:  “My family is so important to me, and I love them all very much.” 

We love you too, Mom. On February 13, we lost our rock, our best friend and our biggest fan. 
And we missed you the very second you were gone. 


Visitation for Erma will be from 5:00-6:30, February 16, at Chapelwood Funeral Home.  Her funeral is planned for 2:00 in the afternoon on February 17th at Chapelwood. She will be buried next to Raymond. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

INTERVIEW: Artist/Animator Konstantin Komardin

Mixed Media by Komardin
Award-winning artist and animator, Konstantin Komardin recently sat down with writer Renee Witterstaetter to conduct an interview for Nashville Arts Magazine to give a few details on his influences and his life in the art world. Growing up in Russia, now living in India, and visiting the United States once a year for signings and screenings, he gives a unique perspective on the world as he sees it.

Konstantin Komardin

Renee Witterstaetter:  Describe your introductory experience to the world of art.

Konstantin Komardin: Actually I started to draw when I was a child,  in kindergarten. I have a bunch of papers still left from my drawing when I was just a kid-- 4 or 5 years old, so even then,  I was trying to express what I had inside. Then in school I found out I really liked to tell stories , but I wasn't capable in writing to express myself the way I wanted. I was writing books, just for an excuse to draw pictures for these books. I didn't like to tell the stories by words, I liked to tell them by pictures. So when I first saw comics, I understood that this was my art, that this was my world, so I started telling stories by sequential pictures. It was something like around 7th grade when I saw comics for the first time (Editors Note: Comics were not readily available in Russia at that time.), so it was from that age that I decided to work and pursue a career in sequential art. I was making illustrations for books, covers for books, making comics, making posters for cinema, which is an interesting story... making animation, working for theater-- anywhere that you could draw--I was doing it as I got older.

RW:  What influences have shaped your art?

KK: When I was a kid, I think I was mostly influenced by cinema, because I have a lot of pictures from when I was four that I know were taken from cinema-- different images that I saw. Later I started to study art, and there are a lot of artists that influence me--that I like. I wanted to do something like they were doing. By names-- Gustave Doree, a French artist, he was an amazing illustrator and amazing artist, making mostly engravings for books, serious restoration about London, the Bible-- a lot of things. Big break through in illustration art as a graphic artist. In comics, of course I like Dana it was the beginning of soviet art, post revolutionary, creating a new sexuality, trying to find a new form and how to express it. This impressed me, because soviet art wasn't about sexuality or feeling. But  these guys they did it. In the 20s and 30's. Seroff is also a very great artist. But actually if you go to my childhood if you go to comics, what really sweep me away , I just remember this book was "Ronin" by Frank Miller, and "Circle of Blood by Mike Zeck, and "Gotham by Gaslight" by Mike Mignola. These books gave me an understanding of comic art. And then it was a breakthrough with French artists like Inki Bilai and Moebius. They give more of an understanding of cyber punk and things  out of our consciousness that they like to express. And if you come back to sexuality, Milo Manara, because he draws very sensually. You can feel the emotion. About sensuality , it's the most important thing to draw so that you can feel something, not just nakedness, but to go deep inside you, because everyone can draw a naked lady.

She came at Sunset

About the comic art, the storytelling, how they tell a story, not just to tell it a simple way, but with emotion, what I like in art actually when you can smell this art. Like there are some writers like Faulkner who can make you when you are reading a book, just smell the atmosphere. Frank Miller can make this atmosphere. Mike Zeck can, I could go through his book and it was like I was seeing a movie as I went through his book. IT was amazing. A movie on paper. Same with Mignola. So much rich atmosphere in his books. You can go again and again into this atmosphere and enjoy it. That's real art when you can go back again and again and enjoy it. Not like a movie when you've seen it once and that's enough. With a story like this you can go back again and again and feel this atmosphere and smell it. That's real art, and I never tire of going back again and again to these stories.

RW: How did you “break in” to the industry?

KK: When I stated to work on real projects, I started a comic with one of my friends, after some Russian sci fi writers, it was the 90's in Russia, a time of possibilities. We were young, so we decided to go to a famous magazine that was publishing some sci fi stories and show them our art, and it just started from there. My first jobs. Then people started to ask me to draw illustrations. It also happened that my teacher in art school,  before University, the teacher he also drew comics and we met and he was studying sequential art, and classical art, and we started to talk about comics.There was a group of them, older than us, one guy from the group who had come back form the army started to draw and publish comics, in this magazine, and in other publishing houses, organized by his friends from the army time. Because we were communicating he just invited me to draw something for this magazine. So from both sides, book illustrations and covers for this sic fi project,  and on the other side I started to draw comics. These were my first projects. From this from then I was invited to be an art director in one of the publishing houses-- publishing mostly sic fi books they could sell at that time. I was doing most of the illustrations and covers for these books. In Ekentrenaburg.

In my hometown it was too far from all the foreign influence. People in Moscow could find some comics even in Soviet times, but where I lived it was almost impossible. The first time I saw a comic, my friends from school, whose parent were working in larger cities, brought some comic magazines from there. French ones too. Also accessible in Mosocow because it was published by the communist company in France. A whole generation of Russian comic artists grew up on these. I have very few examples of comic that I get from my friends, then I met some other guys with the comics magazine, and he showed me American comics with Miller, Zeck, Mignaola, etc. We exchanged the comics, somebody would get them from somewhere, traveling, in the late 80's when I saw some of these. Later we were able to order American comics from Amazon.com-- "X-Men" with Adam Kubert. When I was working on one project and trying to make it very American style, what I saw in the X-Men books was influential. French, English and Italian works. Then came American comics for me.

Miller and Mignola were not really mainstream art to me. Kubert was more main stream.

Then when I came to Moscow, where it was mostly French comics influencing me. Expression of artists.

Sci Fi work by Komardin

RW: Are there any current trends that have changed your outlook of making art?

KK: For me its now very interesting this conceptional art. People making new reality. It's impressive, and incredibly interesting, new details, new worlds. I like to follow conceptional artists because actually a comic artist is also a conceptional artists. He's inventing his own world and he has to invite all things in his world. Nature, clothes, techniques, everything, if they are inventing their own world. Modern things on the Internet are the things I following, talking about modern reality. People who draw concepts for movies video games, etc. They just invent. Arms, tanks, cars, planes, for movies, for video games etc.

RW: How does an idea for a piece begin? What are the steps to your creative process?

KK: Actually it's for me it's coming from somewhere from beyond. Sometimes I want to draw Cyber Punk, so I want to put all these interesting cyber Punk things in one piece and it starts getting bigger and bigger and then the story comes. Most of my plots of my stories on my own, they come from a bus in India, and it was difficult to sleep on a bus going a whole night somewhere, half a sleep and half awake thinking about what's going on around  me and a plot comes to me. So I have a few stories that just come this way. Sitting and thinking, then the plot starts to reveal itself, and unveil itself. And it come very fast that I write a whole story. I don't know sometime where it's coming from. I'm not really a writer. I'm a storyteller.

But I think the most genius is when it comes by itself.

It's like traditional ways. First you have the vision of a new world that is more interesting, bending reality. Then you draw the pictures of this new world if you are working on a new project, then you are working on the characters for the story. I can do a few pages of storyboards 15-18 pages, roughed out, then I go right into the real pages, fully rendered. I never know what will be next or where it will finish or who it will finish. I think it's a little boring if you know how the story is going to end. During this work, I just invent what's going on next. Very often the subject of the story can change and the characters you draw can dictate what will be next actually. They become real. Give a new feel. And they tell you what they do or don't do. The characters become real.

Travels of Komardin

RW: What projects are you currently working on?

KK: The most hated question because it's like the most common question hated by most artists because the new project is the most important thing and if you start to talk about it, you are sharing this thing not really done, but it's very much yours and a very private thing. And it can influence on the process of making this thing, actually.

We just finished working on an animated movie about  Human Rights, and it's rather sci-fi and take place on a different planet. This movie we explain what human rights are, and where they come from. We were hired to do this movie as a teaching tool.

I'm also working on comics story, marathon project. A huge project involving a lot of artists. A huge project. Very big. Comics story, then motion comics, for mobile devices, etc.

But for me personally, I am working on a travel book as well as another animated project I have in mind.  Which I won't talk about yet.. too close to me...

Travels of Komardin

RW:  Are there any mistakes that you frequently see other artists making? If so, what are those mistakes and how do you think they can be avoided?

KK: That's a  killing question. So if I answer that, folks would want to kill me. I won't name names. I think most of what's going now in art and the movie and comic industry everything goes too much to special effects to catch up the audience and hold them, and it doesn't let them think about anything or feel anything  It just presses them in a chair in the cinema and holds them, but it's not about art again, all Hollywood movies are the same. It's all about special affects, but the plot is the same, but you don't feel what's going on on the screen. You have to feel it. You have to be involved in the process of the story and now it's all modern things in cinema and in music. All the same. Put spectators in some new reality let him be inside the story. Let him feel what's going on with the personalities of the characters, absorb it all.  Like when you are really scared or when you really start to cry with something you are seeing. These are things that are cathartic. When you feel something from deep inside of you and you believe what's going on, and it shocks you. This is why people in my opinion should go to the cinema, go to the theater, read books, so that when it's finished you feel something. You have left your reality for a bit and you have lived a whole life in these couple of hours in a cinema. Book of remark, "Three Comrades," I was reading it on a bus. I just wanted to duck like bullet was flying over me. Or for example, I was so deep inside of this movie. This, the Matrix movie, you understand this terrible reality, and you go out and you think you are not in the real world, the real world was back in the cinema.

RW:  What are your favorite characters you like to depict, and why?

KK: There are a couple to them. Sure. I really like Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I'd love to draw some of those. Neil Gaiman invents a reality that I really like. I'd really like to draw some of his characters.  Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, I still adore it. One of the most vivid personalities in the whole history of comic arts.

RW: What kind of stories are you looking to tell through your art?

KK: In my art I actually like to tell it depends on the time of life. All the time I am telling different storeis and using different styles. What I really like to tell is what is happening with me and my relationship with reality and other people. It can be metaphysical relationships. poetic stories that are touching me, or a relationship with a new reality.  How we can create new realities and live in these realties. We are creators by nature. We shouldn't be artists or musicians but so we can create realities anyway, everywhere. All things going on with the people. What's boiling in my brain, I'm illustrating it. I accept reality of what I'm thinking about this world. So even if I draw a funny story, and it doesn't look very deep, in anyway I just put all these things that are going on in my brain in this story. All the details. And there are layers that way.

Becauese for an artist it's how we think. It's a different way of thinking about everything. We are thinking beyond. If you don't draw you don't think, you are dead. You just stop. The meaning of life is just movement. You have to move all the time, and continue to move. If you are an artist you need to continue to draw and to move. I like to share what I've invented in my mind with people When people come and tell me it was great and they thought it amazed them or sweep them away, I feel it wasn't in vain. It's a great feeling.

RW:  In the world of comic books, what liberties and restrictions do you observer?

KK: The main thing is that you can do it alone by yourself, not involving other people in this process, so you don't depend on other people like in movie or animation. It also involves a lot of money, but to draw comics you can do it at home for nothing and not involving other people. You are the director, actor, script writer, everything. I don't see a lot of limits. Sometimes I think I need sound in this scene, but really I just become to be more involved in how I can tell a story and make this reality have a sound anyway. It's proceeded from your picture. It's not so difficult. You just have to find the proper line and the proper colors. So it is a very private thing that you can express yourself without involving too many other people.

RW:  Any advice you'd like to offer for up-and-coming artists?

KK: The main advice is that don't be afraid of anything in art. Just be bold and brave. And try to express what's in you. Deep in you. Try to find this very personal thing and try to express this one thing because it's very unique. And if you do this, people will see this and they will like it. Because notboy wants an artist to be like someone else. You can draw like someone else, but if you are expressing what's really inside of you , people will see it and it will be very personal and unique.

TALKING ABOUT: Voice Actor Neil Kaplan for 2018 Bookings!

Announcing Neil Kaplan, Versatile Voice Actor Available for 2018 Bookings! 

Fo the past four seasons, fans around the world of the Netflix animated series, “VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER” have known Neil Kaplan as the evil galactic Emperor Zarkon.

Not to mention (although of course we ARE), Neil Kaplan is also the actor that gave voice to iconic hero Optimus Prime-- one of the most recognizable characters in animation--on the original "TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISQUISE."

His work in animation includes playing Albus Dumbledore on “ROBOT CHICKEN”, as well as roles on “The Wacky Races”, “Penn Zero: Part Time Hero”, “Bunnicula”, “Ask the Storybots”, “Higglytown Heroes”, and more.

“DESTINY 2”, the highly anticipated video game sequel has finally been released worldwide. At the center of this epic story is the antagonist, Dominus Ghaul. The fear inducing voice for Ghaul is provided by Mr. Kaplan.

Millions of video game players & fans around the world already know him for his captivating work in Blizzard’s massive hits “STARCRAFT II” and “HEROES OF THE STORM” as the roguish anti-hero, Tychus J. Findlay, as well as Lord of the Forest, Cenarius in “WORLD OF WARCRAFT”. He is adored by “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS” fans as the voice of space dragon Aurelian Sol. “STAR WARS” fans know him as any number of humans, aliens or droids such as Skadge, Governor Adlehard, Boss Ganne, Darth Bandon and Bendak Starkiller from the video games “Old Republic”, “Uprising”, “Battlegrounds” and “Knights of the Old Republic”.

Anime fans loved Neil as Hawkmon on “DIGIMON” and continue to love to hate him as villainous Madara Uchiha on “NARUTO: SHIPPĂ›DEN”.

He has been the voice of numerous MARVEL characters in such works as: "Spider-Man: Battle for New York," "Marvel Anime: Iron Man," "Marvel Anime: Blade," "Spider-man Unlimited," "Marvel Heros," and "Justice League Heroes." His popular voices include such notables as Green Gobin, Venom, Sabretooth and Gorilla Grod!

His voice was heard for years on “MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS” and he was featured voicing fan-favorite villain, Diabolico on “Power Rangers: Timeforce”. And on “Power Rangers: Time Force” he played the lovable henchman, Gluto.

Audiobook enthusiasts know him as the narrator for several books including the popular YA series, “I AM NUMBER FOUR”.

Currently, he’ is also the voice of CNNN on Chuck Lorre’s “Disjointed” airing on Netflix.

Neil is available for panels at your show, and even has a few he'd like to suggest. Custom voice work to promote the show is also possible. 

For more information, contact Renee at Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking: evaink@aol.com

"Black Panther" Cover Artist Looks Towards New Marvel Movie

New York, NY--

The Buzz on the new Marvel "Black Panther" movie has been hitting the Internet in a big way!

As one review wrote:

"Black Panther looks, feels and sounds unlike any Marvel film to date. A visual feast. Wakanda is amazingly realized, the antagonist actually has an arc with emotional motivations. Marvels most political movie. So good."

One piece by Arthur Suydam for Black Panther. 

And just as happy to see that as anyone is one of the Black Panther cover artists, Arthur Suydam.

Known for his pivotal work on "Marvel Zombies," it was Arthur's cover work on that series that helped catapult it into one of the most successful series of all time, and add to the growing zombie craze that writer Robert Kirkman continued with "The Walking Dead." (On which Suydam has also provided the frontage.)

Coupled with his work on George Romero's "Empire of the Dead," and his work on "Deadpool,"  Suydam was a natural choice for his run of work on "Black Panther," as well.

Some of Suydam's humorous turns on Black Panther. 

"I was happy to work on pieces for that character," said Suydam.  "I've always found him to be one of the Marvel characters with a great deal of depth to be explored.  And it's no surprise that he'd be the subject of one of the upcoming movies."

As to which of his many works is his favorite, Suydam says he really couldn't say. "Like every piece, the one I'm working on at the time is my favorite. But working with the Black Panther series was certainly a pleasure.

As part of his appearances at conventions world wide, Suydam often does free quick sketches for kids on Sunday.  The subject matter is wide ranging, but as Suydam notes:

"Black Panther is always a favorite."

Black Panther cover by Arthur Suydam. 

For more information about booking Arthur for 2018 appearances, contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Media Guests-- 2018 Season-- Pros & Cons Celebrity Bookings!

Hey Everyone-- 

We are beginning to accept convention bookings for the 2018 season! And with a range of talent that encompasses writers, artists, editors, directors, film professionals and actors!

If  you are interested in inquiring about any of our great talent, please get with me ASAP.

If you are a fan, and would love to see some of these folks at a show near you, be sure to let that venue know.

Looking forward to seeing you in the coming year!


R. Witterstaetter
Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking

Check the bios of some of our great creators below:

Alan Harris-- (Actor-- Bossk from "Star Wars")

Alan Harris IS Bossk from the "Star Wars" movies:  "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." And does he have some behind the scenes stories to share!

In "Empire Strikes Back,"  Alan was already acting as one of the stand ins for  actor Anthony Daniels (C3PO), as well as portraying a Storm Trooper from time to time, when he was tapped to take on the role of the  Trandoshan bounty hunter, Bossk. The character became so popular that it has spawned many stories and comic books of his own, and is featured in the “Bounty Hunter Wars,” trilogy, and other volumes.

In "Return of the Jedi," the character became so "in demand" during that filming, that Alan, again one of the stand ins for Anthony Daniels who was in most of the scenes, sometimes had very little time to go from CP3O mode to getting into and out of his Bossk costume!

Aside from the wildly popular bounty hunting bad boy, Harris had his hand (and actually whole BODY), in other "Star Wars" facts and fun as well:

For example: Alan was engaged for the development of the Boba Fett costume. "Three months before filming started, at the concept stage, they built the Boba Fett costume around me," explains Harris.  "Boba Fett was originally meant to be a Super Trooper and would launch from a space ship using the rocket that can be seen in his back pack, and be able to fire at the enemy on the ground. I was totally unaware of the flame thrower built in the costume. When they tested it, it gave me quite a fright."

He was also the body for "Han Solo in Carbonite."

"When the plaster cast was dry they cut my face out and put Harrison Ford’s in.  Kershner and I were looking at the finished product on set and Harrison came over and said he was thinking of turning one of these into a coffee table. I don’t know if he ever did,” he laughs.

Programming Notes:  Alan is available for signing, photo ops, and for panels about the making of "Star Wars."  (Specific booking details apply.)

Neil Kaplan-- (Voice Actor/Actor/Comedian-- Optimus Prime, Star Wars, PowerRangers)

Master of many characters, Neil Kaplan, IS Optimus Prime!  AND Emperor Zarkon!  The "Voltron" Netflix series has just been renewed for a second season! 

But his creations give life to numerous other  hot properties as well, including: "Star Wars," "Power Rangers," Marvel Heroes, "Avatar," "Gears of War"… The list goes ON! In fact, his chorus of  resonating heroes and villains touches many a childhood and demographic the world over.

Just to name a few of Neil Kaplan’s characters: - Optimus Prime - The original "Transformers: Robots in Disguise"; "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (VG); Diabolico "Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue" (TV); Gluto - "Power Rangers: Time Force" (TV); "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" (TV & movie); "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy" (TV); Skadge - "Star Wars the Old Republic" (VG); Governor Adlehard - "Star Wars: Uprising" (VG); Bendak Starkiller - "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" (VG); Boss Ganne - "Star Wars: Battlegrounds" (VG); Green Goblin & Norman Osborne - "Spider-Man: Battle for New York" (VG); Venom & Sabretooth - "Marvel Heroes" (VG); Gorilla Grodd - "Justice League Heroes" (VG); Hawkmon - "Digimon" (TV & movie); Tychus Findlay - "StarCraft II" and "Heroes of the Storm"; Madara Uchiha - "Naruto Shippuden" (Anime - TV, movie and VG); Albus Dumbledore & Leader of the G.I. Joe EXTREME - "Robot Chicken"; Kinnect "Disneyland Adventures" (VG);"Avatar: The Game" (VG); "Final Fantasy XIII" (VG); "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution" (VG); "Gears of War 3" (VG); "God of War: Ascension" (VG)--And that's only a partial list!

Programming Notes: Neil is currently available to meet fans, delight crowds and sign autographs at your convention or event. He is open to various types of programming, and meeting fans at his table. 

Chris Parsons-- (Actor, 4-LOM from "Star Wars")

Chris Parsons

Born in London in 1960,  Chris Parsons would soon find himself in the "galaxy far, far, away" via his  involvement in the Star Wars saga of the late 1970's and early 1980's! 

His various work in the trilogy includes:

Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back (1980) 
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) in which he portrayed: C-3PO (double), K-3PO, E-3PO, R-3PO, a Death Star Droid, a  Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper, a Hoth Rebel soldier and a Hoth Snow Speeder pilot.

All making his stories from the set varied and insightful.

Chris has also been in various other Television and film productions including:  Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Quadrophenia, Superman ll, Yentl, The Shining and James Bond. 

But of all his various work, the one most resonating with Star Wars fans is his portrayal of 4-LOM, the Bounty Hunter. 4-LOM is remembered as the cold, calculating and ambitious LOM-series protocol droid, resembling the insectoid species he was designed to serve,  who overrode his programming and became an intergalactic thief and later a bounty hunter, often working with Grand Findsman Zuckuss. 

Following the Battle of Hoth, 4-LOM was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo, Captain of the Millennium Falcon and hero of the Rebel Alliance. For this, the mechanical teamed up fellow Bounty Hunters Boba Fett, Dengar, Bossk, and IG-88.

Chris Parson's unique part in the Star Wars trilogy allowed him to give life to this unique creature, spawning Legos, trading cards, toys and more!

Programming Notes:  Chris is happy to take part in panels talking about his behind the scenes experiences on the Star Wars set, alone or with other cast members. For Booking information, contact Renee at Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking: evaink@aol.com 

Butch Patrick-- Actor/ Munster Car Display

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick is synonymous with pop-culture and cars.  After all, he is best known for his character role as Eddie Munster on The Munsters.  Butch continues the Munster’s legacy touring with the Munster Koach and Dragula Tribute Cars.    

Remember that The Munsters is a unique and multi-generational American classic show.  Butch’s presence enhances any gathering.  Promoters gain media attention by his visits; and fans get to see the awesome display and create a cherished memory.

Butch has a huge following of fans worldwide and his fan base alone is a great promotional source.

Butch tours with his Munster Koach and Dracula Tribute Cars, original 1964 Barris/Von Dutch Chain Link Schwinn Stingray Bike, and other Munster props to include Munster Go-Cart, Baseball Bat, Wolf Wolf, Miniature Spot, and Street Signs All Inclusive Display.

(Butch is available with or without the Munster cars, but what a great display! Contact me for more info!  )

HAMID THOMPSON-- (BLUE from "Jurassic World")

Hamid Thompson

“Jurassic World” is one of the top grossing movies of all time. The reason why is simple: DINOSAURS. Meet Hamid Thompson, actor, dancer, stunt person.  Also known as the Rator BLUE from the blockbuster film!

Originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, Hamid Thompson IS Blue in the movie, all the interactions with the main actors, and the creature that drove much of the story, was motion captured with Hamid acting the part! 

In case you haven't seen Golem in "Lord of the Rings," or Hamid's performance in "Jurassic World," Motion-Capture Acting (or MoCap), is a type of acting in which an actor wears markers or sensors on a skintight bodysuit or directly on the skin. Several cameras from different angles record the actor's movements.

Hamid Thompson's other credits include "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (2016), "Kenau" (2016) and "Chi-Rag" (2015), among others.

Now is a great opportunity to book Hamid Thompson into your convention or event and hear about his world. 

Programming Notes: New to any conventions, anywhere, not only will Hamid be available for signings and photo ops, but he can also do workshops and even panels about working on one of the biggest movies of recent times, "Jurassic World!" 

Kenn Scott-- (Actor, Director-- Raphael from TMNT)

Kenn Scott is beloved by millions for his well known portrayal of "Raphael" in the world famous "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" films-- One of the most enduring franchises in comics,  film and pop culture history.

Aside from the great Turtle connection, Kenn has cross over appeal in other markets as well. He is internationally acclaimed for his starring role in the cult martial arts hit "Showdown," as well as roles in "Sworn to Justice," "Star Hunter," "Shootfighter," "Recoil,"  "Dr. Mordrid"  and much more!

Here is a sampling of his audience and participation programming tailored for your event, which could include:
1.  "Breakin' In the Movie Business with Kenn Scott" - Cowabunga dudes and dudettes!  In this 45min-1 hour engaging presentation, Kenn Scott, "Raphael" in the hit films TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 1 & 2, uses film clips and photographs to share the entertaining and comical story of how a North Carolina boy with dreams of Hollywood, fought his way into the role of a lifetime.

2.  "Ninja Turtle Interactive Theater" - Watch the original TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film (or #2) with Kenn Scott, the stuntman and actor who portrayed "Raphael."  With control of the remote, Kenn shares behind- the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and fun facts to enlighten and entertain turtle fans of all ages. 

3.  "Turtle for a Day!  Train One on One with Raphael"-- Kids can suit up and share an interactive hour with Kenn as he teaches them some of Raphael's signature moves. A highly popular event! 

Programming Notes: Kenn is available to conduct panels and interactive events for your show. Certain Guarantee and booking details required.

Rikki Simons-- (Voice Actor- Invader Zim, Writer, Artist)

Rikki Simons

Rikki Simons--Voice Actor, writer, and artist, is now available for booking via Eva Ink Artist Group/ Pros & Cons Celebrity Bookings.

You know Rikki as the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM! And the pop culture scene does too, as fans embrace the chance to meet Rikki in person at his appearances worldwide.

As a writer he is known for the science fiction and fantasy novel Hitherto a Lion.

Original illustrated books and comics that he created with Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons include Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, ShutterBox, and now The Trinkkits.

He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM.

Programming Notes:  Rikki is available for panels designed for your show, focusing on the art of voice acting, as well as his various writing projects.

Veronica Taylor--(Actress/Voiceover Actress--Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, TMNT)

Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is a classically trained actor who has performed in NYC and around the U.S. in contemporary and classical theatre. 

Her voice has been a part of Saturday morning cartoons for some time now. She is probably best known for playing the roles of Ash and May on “Pokemon”, April on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and roles in “Cubix”, “Dinosaur King”, “Yu-Gi-Oh!”, “Huntik”, “Tai Chi Chasers”, and more. She can be heard on PBS kids’ “Word World” (Sheep), “Lunch Lab” (Mixiebot), and “Chuck Vanderchuck’s ‘something something’ Explosion!” (Ramona). 

Current projects include Sailor Pluto on “Sailor Moon”, “Mofy” (Mofy, Mogu, Sora), “Astroblast” (Sputnik), and “Welcome to the Wayne (Spy from 8-i).  Some anime favorites include Amelia on “Slayers”, Yukino on “His and Hers Circumstances”, all 7 Nana’s on “Nana Seven of Seven”, and Narue on “World of Narue”, as well as many others. 

She has done numerous voices for animation, video games, audiobooks, commercials, and documentaries. 

Programming Notes: Veronica loves to be at her booth to sign autographs for fans. Inquire as well for various programming opportunities. 

Robert Trebor -- (Actor, Writer--Hercules, Xena)

Renowned and versatile Actor, Robert Trebor is known worldwide for his pivotal role as Salmoneus on the “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess” television series. 

He is equally as well know for his parts in feature films such as “Purple Rose of Cairo,” “52 Pick Up,” "Universal Soldier," “Making Mr. Right,” “The Shadow,” “My Demon Lover,” “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood,” (among MUCH more) and no doubt for his upcoming role in the much anticipated  Coen Brother’s movie “Hail, Caesar!”

One of his most mesmerizing roles was the role of David Berkowitz in “Out of the Darkness,”  a haunting portrayal that still resonates today. 

On television, in addition to “Herucles” and “Xena,” Mr. Trebor  has appeared on the small screen in “Miami Vice,” “Murphy Brown,” “Empty Nest,” “Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “Baywatch,” “Wedding Daze,” “Missing Persons,” and Boomtown.”

A writer, some of Mr. Trebor's credits include stories for the "Xena" comic book for Topps Coomics, as well as "Dear Salmoneus: A Guide to Love and Money," from Eva Ink Publishing / Image Publishing, in addition to an upcoming autobiography.

Program Notes: A versatile actor and comedian, Robert Trebor is available for shows in 2016 to fit around his various filming schedules.  He is open to group panels or solo panels. We can also discuss acting classes or critiques available to a limited number of shows.


Okay, let's get the ball rolling! 

I may be adding a few more very exciting talent names before the end of the year.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and discussing your show, gallery event or store appearance.


R. Witterstaetter
Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Butch Patrick-- "Eddie Munster" and the Munster Tribute Cars!

Renee Witterstaetter
Eva Ink Artist Group
Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking

Butch Patrick is synonymous with pop-culture and cars.  After all, he is best known for his character role as Eddie Munster on The Munsters.  Butch continues the Munster’s legacy touring with the Munster Koach and Dragula Tribute Cars.    

Remember that The Munsters is a unique and multi-generational American classic show.  Butch’s presence enhances any gathering.  Promoters gain media attention by his visits; and fans get to see the awesome display and create a cherished memory.

Butch has a huge following of fans worldwide and his fan base alone is a great promotional source.

Butch tours with his Munster Koach and Dracula Tribute Cars, original 1964 Barris/Von Dutch Chain Link Schwinn Stingray Bike, and other Munster props to include Munster Go-Cart, Baseball Bat, Wolf Wolf, Miniature Spot, and Street Signs All Inclusive Display.

Butch and one of his tribute cars. 

FREE Media!  Free media is a gimme.  We provide media coverage of Butch Patrick’s appearance through local radio, television, local publications, and social media.  Plus, his Munster Koach is street legal and can be driven to local radio or television stations for promotion of the event (weather and other conditions permitting).  The Munster Koach is great for parades and interviews.  Butch is also available for other reasonable media and press for events. 

Short List and Example of Events that Butch and his Munster Tribute Cars have appeared at around the U.S. and internationally:
  • Car Dealerships, NSRA Shows, Motoramas, Hot Rod Rallies, Cruise Nights, and auto related events
  • Pop Culture Events
  • Collectible and Memorabilia Shows
  • Autograph Conventions
  • Ghost and Paranormal Events
  • City, County, and State Festivals and Fairs
  • Comic Cons
  • Horror Cons

Butch Patrick

For more information, contact Renee at Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking: evaink@aol.com