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Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Muppet Babies" Artist, GUY GILCHRIST! Available for 2017 Bookings!

Guy and a few of his friends.

Guy Gilchrist, at the age of 24, was hand-selected to create Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic Strip that was printed worldwide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986.  Throughout the years, he has set his hand to such notable cartoons as The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Tiny Toons, Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock,The Pink Panther, Minnie Mouse, and was instrumental in the creation of The Muppet Babies!

Guy's iconic Muppets artwork was enshrined in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. as symbolic of a National Treasure in 1984 after he was Guest of Honor at the White House.

Gilchrist took over the iconic Nancy comic strip in 1995, and 2017 marks his twenty-second year drawing Nancy, her Aunt Fritzi, and of course....Sluggo!

Syndicated internationally in 80 countries and some 400 newspapers, Nancy has a viewership of 57 million readers around the world.

 Gilchrist has been recognized and honored internationally for his creativity and authorship.  He was awarded the National Cartoonist Society's highly coveted Reuben Award in 1997 and again in 1998 for Best Magazine and Book Illustrator, for Night Lights and Pillow Fights – Book One and Book Two.  Also for Night Lights and Pillow Fights, he was awarded the Bank Street Award for Best Book of the Year – 1998.   He is a three-time award winner of the Best Book of the Year from the International Reading Council of the United Nations, for the Tiny Dinos book series.  The Tiny Dinosseries was among the top bestselling books at Walden Books.

A strong supporter of charities and children, Gilchrist has been honored for his contributions by Vanderbilt Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Hartford Children's Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals, and The Angelus.  An active supporter and voice for the military and veterans’ causes, Gilchrist has been honored by the armed forces and veterans organizations for his support and work.

 Guy lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his beloved Anna, when they are not touring America and the world.


We are so pleased to be offering Guy for 2017 bookings, and welcoming his positive attitude and professionalism.  I know you'll appreciate him as well. 

For more information contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

My Mom, The Pioneer

Mom, my brother Robbie, and myself at the old house. 

Saying Happy Birthday to my Mom today. She just turned 84. Hard to believe. I still remember when she turned 40, and she came home from Sears where she worked. She seemed sad that day. I guess because of the milestone, and I said "Mom, you are beautiful to me." And she was.
It's funny sometimes the things that stick in your mind.
We were on a bus trip once in Central America after I was an adult, after my Dad had passed away, and someone started the game, "What's your greatest achievement." When it was Mom's turn she said, "Having a family. That's all I really wanted to do." At the time, I'm sure my 20-something self may have cringed, wondering what these hip people I'd never see again thought of her answer. It was so "mom-like." LOL.
But, you know, as it turns out, from that whole bus load of a dozen people, with all their clever answers, hers is the only one I still remember.
Because it was the most honest. And I do believe it is true.
But somewhere along the way, she did a lot of other things too. In addition to bringing US into the world, Mom helped so many other people in theirs! Working her way from secretary to Personnel Manager, my Mom gave people their first jobs at Sears in my hometown. Taking chances and giving chances. Hardly a visit goes by when I'm home that someone doesn't come up to her to say hello and relate something that my Mom did for them. Showing her respect in some way. She's touched lives through her work and through her church life as long as I've known her.
Part of who she is.
I know my Mom is happy that she's had the opportunity to have the things she's had in life...after growing up in a 2 room house that her Daddy built, no indoor plumbing, dresses made from flour sacks, making her way through school... She worked for every bit of it. And, In truth, she achieved a management position at a time when it wasn't a common thing for women.
She is a role model. Although she'd never describe herself thus.
This year was another milestone for Mom... After being the Personnel Manager and retiring in her 60's, after my Dad died, she went back to work at the same store in sales. To "keep her mind sharp." Only leaving it NOW..she finally quite her job. We were shocked!
But maybe now she'll focus on something for herself, right? (But I doubt it). I buy clothes for my Mom at Christmas, because she simply hardly ever buys anything for herself. There are too many kids, and grandkids and great grandkids... and... and....
This past Christmas-- it was a nice one--when it was all said and done, and the gifts were all put away from everyone. She said to me " I don't think I deserve all of this?"
Of course she does. And more than we could ever give.
And really "gifts" are just a manifestation of something else we are trying to say, aren't they?
One of Mom's favorite "gifts" this year was from her grandson, Brennan. A note talking about the special times they'd had when he was young. (There was a gift card in there as well, I believe. But for her, the NOTE was the thing. I think I heard her talk about it at least five times in 3 days, but it could have been more. LOL)
I know... some get annoyed that she asks so many questions, or she wants to be involved or she wants to be called more often, or wishes that folks would come by when they say they wil... not too much to ask... all considered, I'd think.
After all, in her mind,WE are her greatest achievement. And aren't we lucky that this groundbreaking, giving, feeling and tenacious women feels that way?
What would life had been like if she didn't?
Love you Mom.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SPOTLIGHT--HAMID THOMPSON--Raptor "Blue" from "Jurassic World"-- Available for Booking!

Hamid Thompson as "Blue," with actor Chris Pratt.

When "Jurassic World" opened in 2015, it wasn't long before the much anticipated movie broke not only ONE, but TWO box offices records!

The film immediately shattered the domestic box office debut gross, and over it's first short weekend, "Jurassic World" somehow managed to bring in a record breaking $108.8 million, according to Forbes, which placed it then as the best all-time debut globally, ahead of "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Just what made this astonishing record happen?

Dinosaurs! We love 'em. Always have. Always will. And "Jurassic World" delivered in herds.

Hamid Thompson as Blue in the foreground.

Some of the most interesting dino characters in the film were undeniably the group of raptors who moved the plot along.  Raised by humans, and seemingly making bonds with those humans, the raptors in the movie challenged our previous visits with the species-- encounters that had fueled many a kids nightmares up until now (and a few adults as well)!

What makes this movie magic and helps us connect with these conjured up beings is that they aren't conjured out of thin air at all!  There are actors playing them all!

And that goes doubly for the main raptor, BLUE (the favorite of Chris Pratt's Owen), as performed by the talented actor/dancer/stuntman Hamid Thompson!

Actor Hamid Thompson

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.

A few images of Motion Capture work.

It can be difficult work, but the finished product helps us suspend disbelief!

"It's really incredible to have this representation of the raptors in front of us that react to things that we do, the movements etc," related one of the human actors on set. "You're not acting to nothing, you have these professionals playing Velociraptors in front of you...and they move around exactly like the raptors in the film"

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

Hamid Thompson

Now is the time to pull the trigger with this new opportunity to book Hamid Thompson into your convention or event and hear about his world.  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!"

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

Geof Isherwood and the Good Doctor (Strange, that is!)-- World Premiere Interview!

Geof Isherwood and wife, Amanda Muise at "Doctor Strange" premiere in Los Angeles. 

Comic book artist Geof Isherwood was a special guest at the recent Red Carpet World Première of Doctor Strange – a character he drew for Marvel Comics, with the film’s director taking Isherwood's art for inspiration.

Geof said the invitation to the October 20th event in Hollywood, California, took him by surprise, but he was happy to go. While there, he met the director, Scott Derrickson, and the movie’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange.

"Mr. Cumberbatch himself, is a thoroughly charming and gracious man,” Isherwood recounted.

Director, Derrickson, at the Magic Castle after party, told Isherwood that he used his drawings in the old comic books as a jumping off point for the Doctor Strange movie character. In fact, Isherwood’s contribution was acknowledged in the movie’s credits.

With the good Doctor himself. 

“The movie itself was excellent. No spoilers, but I can say that while the visuals were so inventive and awe-inspiring, Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance of Doc was so human that he grounded the story in reality, and that made it work," explains Geof.

"Also, there is enough humour sprinkled in that adds nervous relief, and in places you would never expect. This was one movie that grows on you in retrospect, and provides a crossover for moviegoers who are not normally Marvel fans, yet it has enough specific references to Dr. Strange lore that us longtime fans (and artists) are left slavering for more. What these movies can show the public is how much imagination went into these characters in the comics. Folks can see what attracted us as readers when we were kids!” 

Movies director Scott Derrikson. 
For Isherwood his career began as just such a kid who loved comics.  He practiced and learned how to draw sequentially, and submitted his work to Marvel and DC Comics. 

“I decided young I could make a living  in comic books. It helped that I enjoyed reading them so much. So, I copied my favorite artists, learned how they drew--the specifics of faces, poses etc. I had the chance to go to the Marvel offices and get encouragement from a couple of artists there. I was 16. I continued to submit work, following their suggestions, and five years later I was assigned a short horror story," he recalls

"Then, a submissions to DC got me a short horror western story. In the spring of 1983 I went to New York to stay until I could get something more substantial. I didn’t take long before I was given a Daredevil fill-in and from there on I would be assigned one story after the next and within the year I had my first series, Swords of The Swashbucklers.  I drew a variety of titles: Conan The King, Conan The Barbarian, Silver Surfer,The ‘Nam, Suicide Squad for DC, Dr. Strange, Namor and many individual stories on Spider-Man, Thor and Avengers to name a few,” noted Isherwood.

Movie costumes (and comic book artist) on display. 

Along with his sequential art work, he has done a great deal of concept art for film. In fact, this is not the first movie where Geof Isherwood’s name appears in the credits.

Earlier this year Isherwood’s name could be spotted in the credits of the the X-Men: Apocalypse movie as a conceptual artist as well as on Battlefield Earth and The Fountain starring Hugh Jackman. He had previously worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past and the horror-thriller Orphan. 

Speaking of the X-Men movie and how these things germinate, Geof says “After moving to Ottawa, it took the Property Master, Claire Alary, some time to find me. I knew her from way back on Battlefield Earth. So, 15 years later, I get an email from her. When we met it was as if no time had passed between," he said. "That’s how it is in movies. It’s like when you see family members after many years: the time apart doesn’t matter and you pick up where you left off.

"At first, I was asked to design staffs, decoration and such that are in the ancient Egyptian scene at the beginning. After that I spent quite a bit of time-- a couple of weeks, working on weapons for Pestilence and then the katana for Psylocke. I cooked up an elaborate pattern for it. We were hoping she could use her psionic power to charge it up and display the pattern, but she wound up getting less screen time and that visual wasn’t able to be used." Perhaps in the future?

Artist Geof Isherwood. 

It’s hard for any artist to pick his favourite work, but for Isherwood, he reflected that a few do stand out. 

“It’s difficult to name a favorite, because every character I draw has to be real and interesting to me or readers will not enjoy the stories. However, Conan always stood out, and Dr. Strange as a modern hero. I can always see Conan as a real person and Dr. Strange’s universe promises great visuals because of his dealings with cosmic sorcery,” 

"Doctor Strange" opened worldwide November 4th. It tells the story of the world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, whose search for help after a car accident destroys the use of his hands leads him to discover a world of sorcery.

Twenty-five years ago, when Geof Isherwood first put pencil to paper on Doc, he never imagined his journey would  take him all over the world for appearances to meet fans at conventions or that it would result in  a world premiere invitation to a blockbuster movie.

“It is still remarkable to me that drawing a comic book that I enjoyed drawing has lead to this," stated Isherwood.

Just a little bit of movie... AND comic... magic!

For information on booking Geof Isherwood into your convention or store, contact Renee at : evaink@aol.com

(The above article is excepted from interviews in "The Cornwell Speaker," article by Jason Setnyk, and from an interview in The Algonquin College News. )

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

JIM SHOOTER Announced for 2017 Convention Bookings!

There are few people in the world of comics that can claim to have their name in as many comic books as this creator.  There are few people in our world of sequential art that can talk about history and characters and stories,  like this man can. 

For these and many other reasons, we are pleased to announce Jim Shooter as part of Eva Ink Artist Group/Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking, and present him for convention bookings in 2017! 

Here is just a brief recap of credits (if for some reason, you've NEVER read a comic book!):

Jim Shooter

James C. Shooter

Jim Shooter started writing Superman and other titles for DC Comics at the age of 13 in 1965.  He worked his way through high school writing stories, laying out pages and designing covers. 

He was hired by Marvel Comics in 1976 as associate editor and in 1978 became Editor in Chief.  He introduced benefits, royalties and other incentives for creators that attracted a legion of phenomenal talents who, under his oversight, authored a decade of brilliant creativity and unparalleled success.  Jim wrote several notable series including the Avengers and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars.  He also headed up the creative teams that developed G.I. Joe and Transformers.


Art by Mike Zeck and John Beatty

Jim went on to found Voyager Communications in 1989, where he was the CEO and President.  He also served as Editor in Chief, principal creator, head writer and occasional artist for the highly acclaimed comics published under the VALIANT imprint, which included Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, UNITY and more.

Later, Jim founded DEFIANT and Broadway Comics.  At each of these he served as CEO, Editor in Chief and principal creator.  DEFIANT properties include Warriors of Plasm and Dark Dominion.  Broadway stars include Star Seed, Fatale and Knights on Broadway.

Artwork by John Romita

In 2009, he was hired by Dark Horse Comics to do a second redevelopment of Gold Key comics characters Turok Son of Stone, Mighty Samson, Doctor Solar, Magnus Robot Fighter and others.  

Currently, Jim serves as Creative Director and Editor in Chief for Illustrated Media Group, which produces custom comics for promotion and advertising and has provided creative services to clients including Intel, the Mill Pond Group, Dark Horse and more.  Under the auspices of Illustrated Media, Jim writes a popular comics-related blog, www.jimshooter.com

Jim Shooter always does panels for free, as well as generally bringing binders of memorabilia to share with fans.  He has specific booking needs, so get with us to hear the details.

For booking details contact Renee at Eva Ink Artist Group/Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking at: evaink@aol.com

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

EVA INK Adds ANIMATOR ALLEY: Tom Cook, Phil Ortiz, Mike Toth-- Available for Show Booking!

Eva Ink Artist Group/ Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking is pleased to announce the addition of THREE amazing animator/artists-- Tom Cook, Phil Ortiz and  Mike Toth!

Tom Cook

TOM COOK (SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, King of the Hill!)

Tom began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones.

A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on Thundarr the Barbarian (had the privilege to meet and work with Jack Kirby), Heathcliff, Fang Face and Plastic Man. Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Garfield Special Babes and Bullets and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special This is America Charlie Brown.

He then moved over to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, and the 7 Up Spot campaign.

He then became the timing director on Road Rovers, Disney's Mighty Ducks, PB & J Otter, Duckman, King of the Hill, Savage Dragon, HBO's Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Extreme Ghostbusters, Extreme Dinosaurs and many more.

He also animated on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney's Prince and the Pauper starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, The Jetson's Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg's Were Back, and Don Bluth's Thumbelina.

Phil Ortiz
Phil Ortiz (Simpsons, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., Muppet Babies!)

Come and be sketchanized by Phil and see what you would look like if you were to appear as a character on the Simpsons! It costs $70 per person to be sketched inked and colored. This is a work of art that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

Phil Ortiz grew up in East LA of Mexican and Spanish/Norwegian parents in 1953. He currently lives and works in the beautiful Lake Arrowhead area. Over his more than 30 years as a professional artist, Phil has worked on everything from daily newspaper comic strips (Bugs Bunny) to layouts and character design for animated cartoons including The Simpsons where Phil had a hand in the look of about 200 characters on the longest running comedy series in TV history. Some of the notable characters Phil designed for the Simpsons include: Flanders, Otto, Herman, Lou and Eddie, Ralph, and Apu. Phil has won five CERTIFICATES of ACHIEVEMENT for his work in TV animation and has been drawing for The Simpsons comic books for many years. He won
three of these Awards for work on Jim Henson's Muppet Babies animated series. He has also worked on Disney's illustrated books and for Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Animation, Ruby Spears, and many other animation studios in his long career. Phil's talents include designing merchandise items and speaking to students from all over the world about his art form.
Mike Toth
Mike Toth (Lone Ranger, Tarzan, Shazam, Peanuts!)

Mike began his long career in the animation field in 1978 at Filmation Studios. Having been inspired by the Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1940s he always dreamed of being an animator. Starting his career at Filmation Studios he worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Tarzan, Lone Ranger Zorro Adventure Hour, Shazam, Blackstar, Bravestarr, Ghostbusters, New Adventures of Tom & Jerry. He also worked freelance for Bill Melendez on This is America Charlie Brown, Snoopy's Reunion and It's Spring Training Charlie Brown.

When Filmation closed it's doors in 1988 he moved over to the Baer Animation Studios where he got to work on many commercials such as the Green Giant, Chevy Lumina and also worked on Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble as well as the Prince and the Pauper short starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. In the mid 1990s he found himself working at Disney Studios Animation in Burbank where he worked on such great Disney Classics as Aladdin, Pocohontas, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Atlantis the Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, Hercules and Home on the Range. 
Now you can create your own ANIMATOR ALLEY at your event with these amazing and engaging guests!  Contact us for details at: evaink@aol.com

Monday, October 10, 2016

Convention Bookings Open--2017--PROS & CONS CELEBRITY BOOKING!

Hey Everyone-- 

We are beginning to accept convention bookings for the 2017 season! And with a range of talent that encompasses writers, artists, editors, directors, film professionals and actors!

Here are just a few of this year's milestones you can promote:

Neil Kaplan:  Voice of Emperor Zarkon.  His Netflix series has just been renewed for a second season as announced at NYCC 2016!

Veronica Taylor: Pokemon Go! and the anniversary of Pokemon has really put Veronica in more demand than ever.  It's easy to find a Pokemon with Veronica in the room!

Alan Harris and Chris Parsons:  Cosplay at a show is always a signal of what's hot.  So:  Star Wars.  Star Wars.  STAR WARS! Alan and Chris can also do "behind the scenes panels" about their famous movie roles. 

Kenn Scott:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is always a fan favorite.  The original Raphael does entertaining Q & A's to rivet the crowd.  Dudes and Dudettes. 

Rikki Simons: Voice of Gir from "Invader Zim," is not only a talented voice actor but artist too.  New books are out this year.

Robert Trebor:  Hercules and Xena fans are always enthralled by Mr. Trebor's industry stories. Most recently you saw him in "Hail Ceasar!"

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 

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