Welcome to Lilac City Comicon 

Your Friendly Neighborhood Comicon in Spokane, WA since 2007! 

2019 Special Guests

Special Guest Actor & Comedian:

Chris Kattan! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Autograph Fee: $40, Selfie Fee: $40
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Chris Kattan

is best known as one of the longest serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In the 8 years Chris starred in the landmark late night program, he became best known for his characters ‘Mango,’ ‘Mr Peepers,’ and one of the ‘Butabi Brothers’ in the ‘Night at the Roxbury’ sketch alongside Will Ferrell. Chris starred with Ferrell in a 1998 movie adaption of the sketch.

Since his time at SNL, Chris has worked as the series regular ‘Bob’ on ABC’s ever-popular ‘The Middle’ as well as had memorable appearances in the recent hit features ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘The Ridiculous 6.’

Chris trained at Los Angeles’ The Groundlings Theater is one of its most famous alumni. 

He currently tours the country with his extremely popular stand-up act.

You can view Chris' full list of work HERE

Special Guest: Hall of Fame Wrestler:

Hacksaw Jim Duggan!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Autograph Fee: $20 for 1 item, $40 for 2 items, $50 for 3 items. Items include: 8x10, 2x4, t-shirt or personal item. 
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No Superstar in history was as patriotic as “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.

A true red-blooded American, the tough, but lovable big guy always marched to the ring with a 2x4 slung over his shoulder and a red, white and blue flag gripped tightly in his hand. Often going up against underhanded foreign villains, Duggan would always get the crowd behind him by inspiring massive chants of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" that would shake the rafters and intimidate his opponents. For more than two decades, "Hacksaw" defended America's honor in the ring and enjoyed distinction as one of the most recognizable Superstars in the world.

The 2x4 would be firmly in Duggan's grasp when he joined WWE in 1987. Wasting no time in displaying his patriotism, "Hacksaw" immediately locked up with the massive Russian known as Nikolai Volkoff and had many hard-hitting matches with the dangerous Soviet. The following year, "Hacksaw" had one of the biggest victories of his career when he won the inaugural Royal Rumble by eliminating One Man Gang. The victory was proof that Duggan was the real deal.

In the years that followed, the patriot continued to cultivate a massive fan following through his heroic battles against hated villains like Dino Bravo, Bad News Brown and Boris Zhukov. Duggan even defeated Haku in 1989 to win the right to call himself the “King of Wrestling.” The shiny crown may have looked out of place atop “Hacksaw’s” smiling mug, but he wore the prize with great pride.

Throughout the early '90s, Duggan's reputation as a fan favorite carried on, but he eventually suffered a series of disappointing losses to the likes of Yokozuna and Bam Bam Bigelow. The losing streak led "Hacksaw" to make a surprising change when he joined World Championship Wrestling in 1994. The move proved to be a good one for him, though, as he defeated "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to win the United States Championship on his first night in the company. Duggan would battle the likes of Big Bubba Rogers and Diamond Dallas Page over the next four years before something changed his life forever.

In 1998, "Hacksaw" was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The disease was an intimidating opponent for a man who had locked up with the likes of Andre the Giant, but Duggan refused to go down without a fight. Thanks to early detection and "Hacksaw's" unbreakable spirit, he beat cancer and amazingly returned to the ring with little time off.

Duggan has made sporadic appearances in WWE over the last few years, but his popularity has never waned. Still carrying his 2x4 and waving Old Glory proudly, "Hacksaw" is a bona fide legend in the ring and truly deserving of his spot in WWE's Hall of Fame class of 2011.

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Check out Hacksaw's Facebook Page to learn more: LINK

Special Guest Actor:

Randy Havens! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Autograph Fee: $30
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It’s easy to understand how Randy Havens, as Mr. Clarke, quickly became everyone’s favorite teacher/A.V. Club supervisor after binge-watching season one of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things. He revised the role of Mr. Clarke in Season 2 and fans are looking forward to seeing him the third installment of the popular series.  

No stranger to the odder side of the tech world, Randy has a recurring role on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, where he plays Stan—an accidental adversary to Scoot McNairy’s character, Gordon Clark.

During Archer’s seventh season, Randy provided the voice for Mr. Rompers, the leader of a party-crashing clown gang out to steal something valuable. He has appeared twice on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow as McKenna, a pawnbroker who should probably rethink his associates. Randy has also appeared on The Vampire Diaries, Resurrection, Reckless, The Game, Past Life, and House of Payne. Other credits include Let’s Be Cops and Good Intentions, the sci-fi action/thriller Geostorm and the TV series Living the Dream. 

Randy recently completed work on the films Boy Erased, The Front Runner and the upcoming Warner Brothers film Godzilla: King of Monsters, set to release in May 2019.

You can view Randy's IMDB page HERE

Special Guest Artist:

Ben Templesmith! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
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Ben Templesmith
is a New York Times best selling artist and writer most widely known for his work in the comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV Scream Award.

As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote.

He has also worked on the Star Wars, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Army of Darkness, Silent Hill and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer properties and produces art and design for music bands, dvds, toys, and film concept work. 

You can view more of Ben's work on his website: LINK

Special Guest Artist:

Bernard Chang!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday 
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Bernard Chang is an Asian American artist/designer best known for his work in the comic book industry and entertainment design.

After 4 years of working for Valiant Comics & Marvel Comics, Bernard has gone on to be one of DC Comics most prolific artists working on some of their most famous superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Demon Knight, Batman Beyond, Nightwing and most recently the relaunch of The New Teen Titans! 

A former Walt Disney imagineer, Bernard was a concept designer, responsible for Blue sky design which is is coming up with the ideas that will become the next theme parks, entertainment centers, attractions, shows and rides. his projects included the new Disney MGM studios icon and interactive games for the 100 years of magic celebration, as well as the animation pavilion (California Adventure), the millennium village event (Epcot), and Pirates of the Caribbean: battle for buccaneer gold (Disney Quest), all of which received the awards for best new attractions.

You can learn more about Bernard via his website: HERE

Special Guest Artist:

Jacen Burrows! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
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Jacen Burrows is a professional comic book artist from Seattle, WA. Jacen has been working in the comic industry since 2000 where he instantly got attention as the artist on "Dark Blue" written by Warren Ellis from Avatar Press. After that Jacen partnered up with Warren Ellis again for 2001's "Bad World". 

In addition to Warren Ellis, Jacen has gone on to collaborate with some of the industries most prolific writers in comics such as Brian Michael Bendis, Alan Moore & Garth Ennis.  

Since December 2017 Jacen has been the regular series artist on "Moon Knight" for Marvel Comics which has been helped reinvigorate the series. 

You can view all of Jacen's list of credits HERE

Special Guest Writer & Artist:

Jen Vaughn! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
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Jen Vaughn is a freelance cartoonist and narrative designer from Seattle, WA. Jen is responsible for terrifying children by writing Goosebumps: Download and Die! series for IDW, drawing Betty and Veronica's Vixens for Archie, contributed comics to the The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (and Geeks!) as well as illustrating covers for the comic series My Little Pony, Pathfinder, The Wilds a and more. 

Jen also writes for mobile video games like Episode, Nicki Minaj: The Empire, and Plants vs Zombies. If she's not making comics or games, she's throwing down dice as a tiefling ranger named Riot for her podcast, d20 Dames, or goofing on her boyfriend's character constantly in another D&D group.

Special Guest Writer & Artist:

Falk Hentschel! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Autograph Fee: $40
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Falk Hentschel worked in London as a professional backup dancer for artists such as Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Paulina Rubio, Jamelia and others. Later he was hired as a choreographer and worked on many music videos and tours in Canada and Asia.In 2003, Falk decided to stay in Los Angeles for good and pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He made his acting debut in the Emmy Award-winning show Arrested Development in 2005.  

In 2009, Falk landed his first big-budget feature film role as Bernhard the assassin, co-starring next to Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Knight and Day. The following year, Falk played the role of drug addict Richard Conway on TNT's The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick. In 2011, Hentschel played opposite singer Justin Bieber in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Targets of Obsession". He also starred in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode "Archangel". In August, 2015, it was announced that Hentschel will portray the Carter Hall version of Hawkman in the 2016 show DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and also Arrow and The Flash. In 2018 you can see him in the movie Welcome to Marven

You can learn more about Falk on his FB page HERE

Special Cosplay Guest:

Alkali Layke!

Sponsored by Secret Fortress Comics! 
Appearing Saturday & Sunday 
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Alkali Layke is a cosplayer hailing from a city far, far away called Boise. Yes, Boise, IDAHO! Alkali is proving to the world that there’s more to come out of the state than just potatoes! Alkali, or Ally as she’s known to her fans, got her start in Cosplay after appearing at a convention as a Special Effects Makeup artist. After that, it wasn’t her makeup skills making the headlines…it was her cosplay! Ally still does special effects for short films and commercials when she’s not jet-setting across the country to geekfests and comic conventions.

Ally considers herself an “equal opportunity geek” because she regularly geeks out on a multitude of fandoms. Although she prides herself on her ‘90s Saturday cartoon knowledge, she’s also a HUGE Star Wars fan, loves X-Men (hint hint…take another look at her cosplay name), Game of Thrones, Batman, and anything on the SyFy channel. Ally’s most popular cosplays include WonderFETT (a mashup of BobaFett and WonderWoman), Harley Quinn, Dark Phoenix, SheRa Princess of Power, HarleyPOOL (another mashup), and many more! Alkali is also on her way to becoming a big name on Twitch Creative, regularly streaming 4 days a week and teaching her craft!

You follow the “Ally Adventures” via Social Media:

Instagram: HERE

Facebook: HERE. 

Special Guest Actor: 

Christopher Khayman Lee!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Autograph Fee: $30. Combo Selfie & Autograph: $50
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Christopher Khayman Lee his first major role in a film was as the character Danny in Kickboxing Academy. Chris had an audition in Hollywood, Florida for Power Rangers. He didn't know it at the time, but the Saban Company was doing a nation-wide search for their next Red Ranger. Nine months after his initial audition, he heard back from Saban for a callback. It wasn't long before he was signing a contract, and getting ready to move out to Los Angeles to play Andros in Power Rangers in Space totaling over 43 episodes! 

Currently Chris is the head writer/owner of his own comic book company, West Coast Comics. www.westcoastcomics.net

Special Guest Actor:

Tracy Lynn Cruz!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Autograph Fee: $25. Combo Selfie & Autograph $40
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Tracy Lynn Cruz is most famously known for her role as Ashley Hammond, the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers Turbo (1997) totaling 30 episodes and Power Rangers In Space (1998) totaling 43 episodes. Tracy also guest-featured in two Power Rangers Lost Galaxy episodes, “The Power of Pink” and “To the Tenth Power” (1999).

Check out Tracy's Instagram page for more of her adventures: HERE.

Special Guest Artist:

John Delaney!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
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John Delaney is an Emmy Award winning storyboard artist, director, designer, animator and comic book artist with over 20 years of experience in live action production and both 2D & 3D animation as well as Gaming. John's client list is extensive and includes MGM, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Disney, Nelvana and Klasky Csupo to name just a few.

For the past 17 years John has worked freelance as a comic book artist for DC Comics and Bongo Comics. He has penciled a wide variety of characters such as Superman, Batman, WonderWoman and the Justice League as well as Dexter's Laboratory, Scooby-Doo, Futurama, and The Simpsons.

He was the penciller for the entire run of Adventures in the DC Universe (including covers) as well as the Superman VS Lobo one shot and several issues of Justice League Adventures as well as many covers for the JLAdvs. He has designed covers for JLA and Scooby Doo.

Joining John at his table will be collaborator & writer George Michail (Cover of Darkness, Fire Engine Red). 

You can check out John's long list of published comic credits here: LINK

Special Musical Guest:

Kyle Stevens aka Kirby Krackle! 

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Special Live Performance Saturday (Main Stage)
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Kirby Krackle
is an internationally touring nerd-rock artist featuring the music of songwriter and performer Kyle Stevens. Pioneering the genre in 2009, Kirby Krackle is known the world over as the go-to band for heartfelt songs dedicated to the best in comic books, video games, and geek-culture with YouTube videos totaling over 3.5 million views and has been featured on MTV, iO9, Boing Boing, Gizmodo and more.

With a reputation for putting on high-energy and empowering live shows, Kirby Krackle has served a headlining performer at all the major comic cons and pop-culture after-hours events over the past six years including San Diego Comic Con, as well as 8 international tours across Canada and Australia. 

In 2013, Kirby Krackle became the only act to ever open for Weird Al Yankovic as part of his spring tour. 

In 2017, Kirby Krackle was a featured performer at D23; the famed Disney/Marvel fan-fest in Anaheim, CA.KK has released six independently released albums in as many years. With a multitude of singles while the band additionally continues to create musical content for industry giants such as Mondo, Cards Against Humanity, and Disney / Marvel by writing original soundtrack music for 2016's Disney XD "Guardians Of The Galaxy" cartoon.

With geek-music on the cultural rise, Kirby Krackle continues to lead the way with energetic live shows, emotionally resonating songs about the fandoms we all love, and an entertainment factor guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your convention guests and event attendees.

Rock out with Kirby Krackle on their website: kirbykracklemusic.com

Special Cosplay Guest:


Appearing Saturday & Sunday
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Zabracus (Zaah-Bruh-Cuss) is a level 26 cosplay nerd with a voracious appetite for video games, and when she’s not hiding in her hobbit hole with her welsh corgi, Smee, she is out exploring the planet like a true Lara Croft. Her cosplay repertoire includes Snow White, Goku, Poison Ivy, (S)He-Man, and so many more. 

She is a self-proclaimed film/tv critic, book enthusiast, foodie and dungeon slayer. Not just a hero in cosplay, Zabracus volunteers much of her time in the “real world” as a member of Rotary International. An entrepreneur at heart, Zabracus co-owns Super Sonic Speed Dating and Nerdvana Talent, in which she tried to unite the geekdoms and promote talented artists, respectively. Zabracus loves spending her free time streaming on Twitch where she shares her love of video games and her cosplay knowledge with viewers.

Social Media:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/zabracuscosplay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/zabracuscosplay

Special Guest Artist:

Blacky Shepherd!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday
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Blacky Shepherd is a professional comic book artist from Seattle, WA. A self proclaimed nerd, Blacky is a lover of comics & movies especially Horror, Sci-Fi and Cheesecake. 

Blacky's professional debut into mainstream comics came in 2015 with the series Voltron From The Ashes from Dynamite Comics. After Voltron Blacky found critical success with Pumpkinhead limited series. 

Currently Blacky is working on a life long dream book Vampirella vs Reanimator from Dynamite Comics.  

You can view more of his work on his website: HERE

Special Guest Artist:

Alex Wer 
aka The Pumpkin Geek!

Appearing Saturday & Sunday   
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Who is "The Pumpkin Geek"? 

My name is Alex Wer and I started this "Orange Empire" in 2009, quite by accident.  My wife asked me to carve a pumpkin for her office Open House.  I've always enjoyed carving pumpkins so I thought it would be fun.  Since it was a few weeks until Halloween, my options were to carve a real pumpkin and have it die within a week, or try my hand at craft pumpkins which would last forever (I know, I haven't "lived forever" yet, so how do I really know?).  It was a simple logo and script and was a big hit at the Open House.  Soon I had about 35 orders for business logos and even children's portraits!  Not even knowing WHAT I was doing, The Pumpkin Geek was born!!!!
I started experimenting with what is called "4 color" carving...1 area is completely cutout, 2 different levels of depth, and finally, a layer untouched for the darkest portion of the image.  I found this style gave me great versatility and the most realistic final product and seemed to impress my clients!  As I gained more business, I was able to fine tune my process and create more elaborate carves.  Each pumpkin is hand carved and takes anywhere from 4-6 hours, depending on the complexity.  I have now moved up to 5 layers of carving...always trying to get that "perfect carve"!
In 2010, The Pumpkin Geek started to take to the road!!!  I was able to be a vendor at the National Star Trek Convention in August - Las Vegas (thus the MANY Star Trek carves!!!).  My wife, Rebecca, and I had such an exciting venture and definitely went "Where no one has gone before"!!!!!!  There were over 10,000 fans in attendance this year over the 4 day event and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, and over 50 other iconic Trek actors were guest speakers.  Some of the actors even came to our booth to get pictures of themselves with MY carves!!!!  The fans were wonderful and really appreciated the detail of my work! I attend various conventions in California such as Comikaze, WonderCon & Frank & Sons each year...follow me on Twitter & Instagram (@ThePumpkinGeek) for the latest updates on my whereabouts!
In 2013, I was nominated for a Geekie Award for my work in the Art/Craft category and WON!!!!!  It was an amazing experience & event.  I have since become a judge each year for the Geekie Awards, being able to see amazing artist from around the world and been hired to do projects for Netflix, ESPN, Legendary Entertainment and featured in People Magazine...all for carving pumpkins!  Quite a crazy ride, for sure. :-) 

As of 2017, everything changed!!!!  I finally quit my day job to pursue carving full time!  I am now traveling to approximatley 20 Comic Cons a year, selling my work and taking custom orders!  I have been featured on E!News, appeared on Pickler & Ben and been doing projects for Michael's Craft Stores as well!!  Life has certainly been a HUGE blessing, and unexpected surprise...hope to see you at the next Con!  ~Alex Wer


All Guests Subject to Change. 

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