Guests


2019 Fangaea Guests

 

2019 Fangaea Special Guest – Bill Kopp

Two-time Academy Award-winner Bill Kopp has been making funny cartoons for over 30 years. He is the co-creator of EEK! THE CAT and voiced the beloved title character.

Kopp directed the animation in the feature films ONE CRAZY SUMMER and BETTER OFF DEAD and was one of 3 animators on the early SIMPSONS shorts on the TRACY ULLMAN SHOW. He wrote and produced THE SHNOOKUMS AND MEAT FUNNY CARTOON SHOW, which included TEX TINSTAR and PITH POSSUM SUPER-DYNAMIC POSSUM of TOMORROW!

Kopp also created the cartoon MAD JACK THE PIRATE and also voiced Mad Jack himself. His other producing and writing credits include ROLLER COASTER RABBIT and TUMMY TROUBLE, TOONSYLVANIA, THE TWISTED WHISKERS SHOW, the TOM & JERRY movies BLAST-OFF to MARS and THE FAST and the FURRY, and the animated episode “The Third Pig” for TALES FROM THE CRYPT (possibly the bloodiest cartoon ever made).  Check out more at www.billkoppanimation.com.

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2019 Fangaea Special Guest – Joe Ochman

Connecticut native Joe Ochman has acted professionally in films, television, stage, commercials, video games, animation, anime and recorded books for almost forty years. For a TV-addicted, movie-cartoon-avid-reading-comic-book-sci-fi freak, it’s been the perfect way to make a living.

Joe’s voice has been heard in diverse roles all over the anime universe, in shows like Naruto, Marvel’s Blade, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Digimon, Gundam Origins, JoJos Bizarre Adventure, Hunter x Hunter, Twin Star Exorcists, Duel Masters, Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Mon Colle Knights, Shinzo, and many, many more.  In animated TV, Joe recurs as Mayor Billington on Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins, and as Mayor Bourgeois (Chloe’s father) on Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.

In the gaming world, Joe most recently worked on World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth. He voiced (another!) Chloe’s father, William Price in Life Is Strange, and voiced (and motion-captured) Professor Harold MacDougall in Red Dead Redemption and its Undead Nightmare DLC. He also voiced roles in Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, World of Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Evil Within, Murdered: Soul Sacrifice, Lichdom: Battlemage, Diablo III, Command & Conquer 4 and many more. He has several huge upcoming titles he’s not allowed to reveal… at pain of death.

On camera on TV, he guest starred on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever, Bones on Fox, Showtime’s House of Lies and Weeds, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior for CBS. Joe recurred as a guest star on CSI and Sleeper Cell. He has shown up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lois & Clark, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, House, West Wing, NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, That’s My Bush and many others.

In film, he has worked on Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare and The Purge:Anarchy, Never Been Kissed, Space Jam, Officer Down and a bunch of indie films: Saving Lincoln, House of the Rising Sun, Black And Blue, Dead Game and Donald And Dot Clock Found Dead In Their Home, among others. In animated film, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine, the National Film Award winning Delhi Safari and the Annie and Cesar Award winning Zarafa.

In animated film, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine, the National Film Award winning Delhi Safari and the Annie and Cesar Award winning Zarafa. Historically speaking, he played a very stoned ghost of Benjamin Franklin in How High (a role he also played – straight and alive – in The Franklin Spirit, a multi media presentation in the US Pavilion at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan…and on the Today Show!).

The stage has always been Joe’s first love, though, and he has fulfilled that romance in dozens of plays. He also writes for film and TV, coaches acting to an eclectic celebrity clientele (including Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and rock legend Alan Parsons), and is an award winning stage director.  Learn more at www.joeochman.com

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2019 Guests and Panelists

 

4DSci 

4DSci is 3D Visualization done over time. The ability to explore locations, events, data, or concepts in what was, till now, only a dream. 4DSci was developed for the sole purpose of bringing Virtual Reality to education, bridging the gap between textbook and reality. Our goal is to ensure 4D education becomes accessible to all. Through technical services, software, hardware, and consulting, 4DSci brings content standards to life for students.

Take your students back to Medieval Europe, inside a plant cell, or to see the pyramids! 4DSci develops the tools, technology, and systems to take students on an educational adventure without having to leave their seat. Learn more at www.4dsci.com

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Steven Chung

Steven is an avid connoisseur of everything Gundam and Dragon Ball related. As the godfather of San Diego Gunpla, he has created multiple avenues for people of common interests to meet and connect. Card games and excel spreadsheets are a definite weakness alongside his strong addiction to youtube and different varieties of music.

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Cosplay Crafts

Cosplay Crafts is an up and coming online cosplay supply store based in Los Angeles, California. They source everything you need to craft your own high quality cosplay easily and affordably.  Visit their website for colorful and unique ideas and supplies at www.cosplaycrafts.com

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Cumberpunch Cosplay

Cumberpunch Cosplay AKA The Wig Dr. was introduced to the world of cosplay in 2004 and has been completely obsessed ever since. In 2010 her skills as a wig stylist began to stand out and is now a nearly full time wig commissioner. She supports and encourages fellow cosplayers as The Wig Doctor, performing miraculous repairs and spreading her knowledge and positivity around every con she attends.

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Rebecca and Matthew Eusey

Rebecca and Matthew Eusey have been semi-professionally costuming across many genres for nearly 20 years. Matt and Rebecca helped co-found the Society for Creative Anachronism chapter in the country of Iceland.

They have been panelists at SDCC, Wondercon and across the southwest. They are often found teaching sewing and leatherwork at their home in Chula Vista, CA.

The cosplay and geek culture home for Matt and Rebecca Eusey is BexandRedCosplay. Rebecca is a Royal Guard in the 501st, and has led workshops on persona development, creating costumes on a budget, multicultural steampunk and couples cosplay.

Matt has been recognized for his ability to clearly explain complex topics. He’s a leatherworker, painter, and nerf gun modifier.

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Galactic Journey

Imagine living in the Silver Age of science fiction and fantasy.  LBJ has stepped into the shoes of his assassinated predecessor, JFK.  The Mercury and Vostok space programs are over, and the Moon Race is on.  Dr. Strangelove has graced the silver screen.  Joanna Russ and Ursula K. Le Guin are promising new science fiction authors.  Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and the Avengers are bursting onto the comics scene.  What would it be like to actually be there, experiencing life, the movies, the books, the music, day by day?

The Traveler and his team live in 1964, regularly commuting 55 years into the future to write about then-contemporary science fiction and fantasy, particularly fiction found in magazines.  But that’s not all there is to life 55 years ago!

There is nothing like the Journey anywhere else in the universe.  Come jump through the portal and see a world you may but dimly remember, or which you may never have seen before, but without which your time could never have been.

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Gamercon

Gamercon is a San Diego company formed by a group of passionate geeks and gamers that is dedicated to bringing you exciting experiences throughout the year! We have specialists in all areas of gaming, who bring their passion for gaming to our organization. Doing research on their area of expertise isn’t work, it’s something they do for fun. And we bring that experience and excitement to you.

Gamercon’s vision of the future is to unite Southern California gamers, geeks, cosplayers, and fun-loving folks have come together in a strong community that we can continue to develop. We want to live in the gamer utopia where our events are the biggest thing happening each month, because we provide the best tournaments, prizes, and community atmosphere available.  Learn more at www.gamercon.com

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The Kingdom of Terre Neuve

The Kingdom of Terre Neuve is a chartered division of the Adrian Empire. They  are committed to historically accurate reenactments of medieval life, art, and combat. The Adrian Empire covers primarily southern San Diego County and Imperial County, CA. The Adrian Empire is an international organization with chapters throughout the United States and Canada, including some U.S. military bases.

The Adrian Empire is a non-profit, educational organization that recreates history from the time frame of 793 to 1624 AD. This time frame covers what was known as the Middle Ages (Medieval) through the Renaissance period. Every month they have many local events which include Live Steel / Ren fighting, Archery Tourneys and Arts and Sciences displays and competitions.

To learn more, you can visit the Adrian Empire website or their facebook group page below:

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Charlie Kowai

Charlie has a lot of experience in the cosplay and convention circuit, organizing and running various groups and gatherings, as well as volunteering for other conventions, as well as being a cosplayer himself. Current passions include JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Kingdom Hearts, but has delved into many other fandoms. In his free time, Charlie plays video games and covers various Vocaloid producer’s songs.

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Mickey Lyle

Exiled from the wintry north at a young age for a dissenting opinion of the established power structure, Mickey has roamed the golden lands hungry for knowledge and opportunity.

Already a jack of all trades as a result of his travels, Mickey currently trains in the darker arts of technomancy in secret circles in the area.

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Gideon Marcus

Award-winning science fiction author Gideon Marcus is founder of Galactic Journey, blogging from 55 years ago, day-by-day. The Managing Editor of Journey Press, his newest release is Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (1958-1963).

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Janice Marcus

By day a mild-mannered writer, cosplayer, and all-around nerd, Janice has a degree in Japanese Studies and an ongoing interest in Japanese pop culture. She’s also the editorial backbone of Serling-Award winning and Hugo-nominated web project, galacticjourney.org, a time machine that brings context and relevance to the world of fifty-five years ago. An inverate member and moderator of countless convention panels, Janice runs the Galactic Journey presentations when the Journey hits the road. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s helping support her daughter’s dreams of becoming a musician, a comic artist, and taking over the world.

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Lorelei Marcus

A teen taking on the world. An artist, musician, and fan of scif-fi. Has written and illustrated fiction, nonfiction, music, and comics. Known for being raised in 3 different decades: currently living in 1964, 1989, and 2019.

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Mochi Cafe

Mochi Cafe is an eclectic blend of Japanese pop culture and the celebration of friendship and fun based in San Diego, California, founded by Andrea Cash and Stephanie Moore in 2009.

Inspired by the maid cafes in Akihabara, Japan, Mochi Cafe entertains guests through games, dance, and song. Unlike the traditional black and white attire, maids and butlers of Mochi Cafe bring a colorful and fun brand of cultural entertainment for all ages.  They bring a unique experience of Japanese Maid Cafes to the United States so all fans of Japanese Culture could enjoy!

Follow them on facebook at MochiMaidCafe

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Anna Nguyen

With her 13 year background in visual arts, Anna has been cosplaying for 4 years. Her cosplays are from a range of video games and anime.

Some of her cosplays include Ahri from League of Legends, Female Izuku Midoriya, from My Hero Academia, and Panther from Persona 5. Two of her favorite games are Monster Hunter (Hunting Horn) and Final Fantasy XIV (Red Mage).

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Lisa Pinelli

Lisa is a model in the Southern California Area. She is a city girl who enjoys being outdoors and belongs in the country. Lisa loves the beach, and sports such as snowboarding, cheer leading, gymnastics, aerial arts, and football.

Lisa is a gamer and loves Marvel. She is a college student majoring in Animal Science and is a very compassionate person who loves helping others. She can get along with almost anyone and has a great personality. Her favorite word is SMILE, so start doing it!

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Silverio “Kalani” Queja

Silverio “Kalani” Queja has been playing D&D for 14 years and DMing for 10. An IT professional by day and a dragon slayer by night, he is known for his crazy characters and his blatant abuse of the Wild Magic Surge Table. His abysmal dice rolls rival the famously terrible rolls of Will Wheaton.

After a long rest, he fills his time with video games and culinary exploration, audio editing and other oddball projects. Currently, he is helping edit “Die By The Dice” podcast.

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San Diego Star Wars Society

The San Diego Star Wars Society is a Non-Profit charitable and community service organization. We have been celebrating all things regarding the Galaxy far, far away since 2002. We are a family friendly organization and there is no cost to participate. Visit their website at www.sandiegostarwars.com

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Science Fiction Coalition

Science Fiction Coalition is a private club of science fiction fans that loves to give back to the community.  We support charities,fundraisers, conventions, and special events.  We also love to show and express our fandom of Sci fi to the Universe.  Learn more at www.scificoalition.org.

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  • Sci Fi Museum Exhibit in the Golden Eagle Room

 

Starburner Galactic Courier Service

Starburner Galactic Courier Service is a San Diego based makers guild. We focus on creating props for exhibits and installations centering around science fiction/fantasy themes colored with the imaginative world of steampunk. Our work encompasses a wide range of genres and subjects such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Victoriana, Steampunk, Dieselpunk and more. Our talented team specializes in everything from miniatures to costumes and accessories to full scale flying machines. And that’s just scratching the surface! We don’t just create an exhibit, we create an adventure!

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More guests to be announced soon! Line up subject to change without notice