Pop Culture Con Guest List

All Guest Appearances are subject to change or cancellation

Face Time Police

Musicians

Who’s ready for Pop Culture Con?! The multi-faceted acoustic masked duo, Face Time Police, is ready to bring some masks and music to the Chicago Pop Culture Con! FTP draws inspiration from all over the pop culture spectrum: pro-wrestling, anime, comics, and video games have all played a part in shaping the band’s direction. From […]

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NERDtorch cafe

Nigel aka Nitro Hot Fire

NERDtorch cafe

Nigel aka Nitro Hot Fire is an entertainer on multiple fronts. He has produced music, comics, short films and has even started the company NERDtorch cafe. While he specializes in social media marketing and branding his mission is to reach out to other aspiring artists and teach them how to turn their art into a […]

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Steve Michaels

Steve Michaels

Professional Wrestler

Steve Michaels is a professional Wrestler coming in at 6’6, 370 pounds from Chicago, Illinois. He has been trained by top wrestlers including The Dudley Boys, Mechawolf 450, and Jesus Rodriguez. Steve Michaels can be seen in multiple independent promotions across the United States delivering his patented ChiTown BeatDown and the unstoppable Chicago Bear Hug. […]

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Vincenzo Badalamenti

Magician/Illusionist

Vincenzo Badalamenti Illusionist Vincenzo is a young magician who intertwines comedy and magic. His main goal is to make people laugh, while leaving the audience in amazement. When he is not on stage making people laugh he is like any other man, long walks on the beach, picnics, and reading romantic novels. But on a […]

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Nick Slicer, Kyle “The Gorehound” Boatright

Podcasting

Title: Podcasting 101 Description: Do have a passion that you want to discuss with the world?  Have you ever wanted to start your own amateur podcast, but you just didn’t know where to begin?  If so, then this is the panel for you!  Join Nick and the Gorehound from the All-New Culture Cast as they […]

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Phil Hore

Phil Hore

Author

Phil Hore is the Paleo-Author for the Prehistoric Times Magazine and the Education Manager at Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum. His first novel, The Order of the Dragon, is set to be re-released with a new publisher and he will be on hand to sign copies of the book and magazine and talk about all things […]

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Craig Hodges

Craig Hodges

Retired Chicago Bulls Player

Craig Anthony Hodges is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach of the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League. He played in the NBA for 10 seasons and led the league in 3-point shooting percentage three times. He won two NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, and along with Larry Bird, […]

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Frank Fosco

Frank Fosco

Free lance artist

Best known for his stint on the 23 issue run of Image comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Done work for DC on Legionnaires, Superman/Elseworlds, Steel, Robin and Zero Hour among other DC works. Contributed with pencils for Marvel on The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine:     A 12 issue 40 year anniversary of The Fantastic Four paying […]

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Chicago Bears Jim Morrissey

Jim Morrissey

Former Chicago Bears Linebacker

Jim Morrissey is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and one with the Green Bay Packers. He was a member of the Bears team that won Super Bowl XX following the 1985 NFL season. He was also a member of the “Shuffling Crew” in the […]

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Richie Ramone

Richie Ramone

Drummer for the punk band the Ramones

Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle tour. Richie performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite songs […]

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CJ Ramone

CJ Ramone

Bassist for the Ramones

CJ Ramone was the bassist for the Ramones up until the retirement of the band. He took over for Dee Dee and helped the Ramones survive and thrive for over seven years.  CJ sang back up, wrote songs and sang lead on a few songs. CJ who was the Ramones youngest member, gave a breath […]

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Kimberly Hauser

Cosplay Medic

Bio: Kimberly Hauser is a part time security guard, a part time nanny, and a part time cosplay medic. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her house spouse of eleven years. She spends her days crocheting and chasing after her two cats. You can contact her at: https://twitter.com/ohsugarfoot. Have yourself a great day! Kimberly Hauser

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Dr. Strange Archive

The Doctor Strange Archive

Collection of Marvel Doctor Strange collectables

The Dr. Strange Archive is very happy to announce it will be exhibiting this year at the Chicago Pop Culture Con at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL on November 24th & 25th, 2018.  Collector Don Comstock will be bringing items from his extensive Dr. Strange collection to display including: posters, art, statues, […]

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Chicago POC cosplayers

Cosplay Group

A group of cosplayers from different culture backgrounds on a mission to show that cosplay is for everyone. The group was founded by Papa Bear Cosplay, and has been growing with cosplayers from different areas.

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RICK GOLDSCHMIDT

Historian/Biographer

RICK GOLDSCHMIDT      Official Historian/Biographer for RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS. His first book, THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS: A PORTFOLIO (TIGER MOUNTAIN PRESS) has sold out of several editions. THE MAKING OF THE RANKIN/BASS HOLIDAY CLASSIC: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (MISER BROS PRESS), which goes into detail of how a Rankin/Bass TV Special was made, also sold out […]

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SirynRae

SirynRae

Cosplay

Rae has been making costumes as long as she can remember. For real, it’s been a long time! Between her time playing dress up and her love for comics and film, cosplaying was the best way for her to combine all her interests. She has been taking her cosplay show on the road for 4 […]

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Karen Schaeperkoetter

Artist

Karen Schaeperkoetter is really a Jack of All Trades. She was born in Normal, Illinois but her family moved around a lot until they finally settled in Branson, Missouri in 1999. She is also youngest of three siblings. Karen has always had a passion for writing, creating new worlds and characters that live within them. […]

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Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Actor

Butch Patrick is an American former child actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of eight, Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966 and in the 1966 feature film Munster, Go Home, and as Mark on the ABC […]

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Jeremy Clark

JEREMY CLARK

Artist

JEREMY CLARK is an artist who has been able to work on various comic projects for multiple publishers including cover work for Zenescope, having publication credits on the series “GFT: Apocalypse,” “GFT: Legacy,” “Grimm Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn,” “Day of the Dead,” “Hellchild: The Unholy,” “Escape From Monster Island,” “Lady Death,” “Light-Earth,” “Notti & Nyce,” […]

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Michael Copon

Michael Copon

Actor

Due to circumstances beyond our control, MICHAEL COPON is canceled and will not be at the November 24 & 25 Chicago Pop Culture Con.

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Chicago Pop Culture Con

Gone Rogue Burlesque

Burlesque-Dance troupe

Gone Rogue Burlesque is a body positive Neo style burlesque troupe based out of Madison Wisconsin. Although these ladies love their roots they spend a lot of time traveling the Midwest teaching Burlesque Workshops and showcasing their talents at Anime and Comic Cons. Some of their guest appearances includes, Animinneapolis, Anime Midwest, Con Alt Delete, […]

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Chicago Pop Culture Con

Kid Yuki and The Otakus

Music Band

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime and video game music to life. Our acoustic show features a list of over 100 songs for you to choose from – songs from anime like One Piece, Attack on Titan, and My Hero Academia; games like Kingdom Hearts, NieR: […]

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Broken Comics

Broken Icon Comics

Independent Comic Publisher

An independent comic publisher ran by comic enthusiast delivering the best horror, supernatural and noir titles. Check us out at www.brokeniconcomics.com Justin Birch Born in the hills of West Virginia and raised on a diet of pepperoni rolls and Ecto Cooler Hi-C, Justin surprised everyone by surviving to adulthood. Now he letters comics for some pretty […]

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Mandatory Fun Facility

Mandatory Fun Facility

Table Top Gaming

Come join us for a weekend of tabletop gaming!  Presenting a massive board game library, tabletop war game space, and dedicated RPG sessions, we’ve got something for everybody.  The Mandatory Fun Facility is a growing non-profit that provides tabletop-games-as-a-service for charities and non-profits to act as a fun raising mechanism.

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Dokidokon

Anime Convention

 The November 24 & 25, 2018 Chicago Pop Culture Con welcomes Dokidokon! Dokidokon’s upcoming convention will be: July 27-29, 2018 Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, MI Our convention name derives from the Japanese word that refers to the sound of a heart beating, doki doki. It took an entire weekend to decide on the name for our […]

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Stephen Calcutt

Cancelled: Stephen Calcutt

Actor

Update 1/16/18:  Due to circumstances beyond our control, Stephen Calcutt has canceled the November 24 & 25, 2018 appearance. Stephen portrayed Darth Vader on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. His other notable roles include Chewbacca’s Stand-in on […]

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Scott Beaderstadt

Scott Beaderstadt

Artist

Writer: The Mummy (1991) Negative Burn (1993) Quest for Dreams Lost (1987) Trollords (1986) Trollords (1997) Trollords: Death and Kisses (1989) Penciller: Amazing Heroes (1981) Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990) Carnal Comics: The Inside Story (2004) Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book (2003)     Comics Code Illustrated (1997) Empty Love Stories (1994) The Mummy (1991) […]

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Mark Patrick Short

Panel Moderator

Mark Patrick Short is a Brit from across the pond who resides in Chicago and assists Chicago Pop Culture Con as a panel moderator. Organizing events in his hometown in England  at the age of 18 he organized  “Ice-con” and “The End of an era” one year later, two well received “Doctor Who” conventions that […]

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Chicagoland Sports Appearance Connection (CSAC)

Chicagoland Sports Appearance Connection

Sports

Chicagoland Sports Appearance Connection (CSAC) provides the sports fan and collector information on pro athlete appearance and autograph events across the Midwest!   Visit csac.biz to find out how to become a member    

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David Taylor II

Author / Panelist

Author David Taylor 2, writer of sci fi and fantasy, talks about one of his first loves. Superhero comics and their related media.  

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John Borowski

producer/filmmaker

John Borowski is an award winning independent filmmaker and author whose works have garnered international acclaim and are distributed internationally on dvd, television, and streaming. John Borowski, producer/filmmaker Waterfront Productions FILMMAKER WEBSITE Film Sites: H.H. HOLMES ALBERT FISH CARL PANZRAM SERIAL KILLER CULTURE & TV Books: The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes Albert FIsh: […]

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Deadgar's Dark Coffin Classics

Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics

Horror/Comedy Television Show

Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics is a Horror/Comedy Television Show that has been airing in Wisconsin for about 6 years and now is being viewed in different parts of the country. The show is Hosted by Deadgar Winter, Celeste Parker, and Maleva Ravic. We bring a new way of hosting old horror movies and Sci Fy […]

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St. Charles Illinois Public Library

St. Charles Public Library

Library

The November 24 & 25, 2018 Chicago Pop Culture Con welcomes the St. Charles Public Library! The St. Charles Public Library will be offering various table top gaming events and a games library of approximately 150+ games.  A list of the games can be found here here: http://bit.ly/1GShRz6 Discover Your Library: Your gateway to information, reading enjoyment, […]

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Chicago Pop Culture Con 2017

ICON Gaming Super Smash Brothers!

Gaming

Chicago Pop Culture Con November 24 & 25, 2018 “Come hang out with the iCon crew to battle your friends in a friendly (or not so friendly!) game of Super Smash Brothers! Whether you’re new or a seasoned Smash veteran, enter our tournaments for a chance to win some awesome prizes and glory for ever […]

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Chicago Midwest Pop Culture Con

Victori Belle

Professional Cosplayer

Professional Cos Player, Co Host on Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics, Actress on the Sitcom – The Deadersons. Contact info, toriclark04@gmail.com

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Chicago Midwest Pop Culture Con

LILA LUCY

Pinup Girl

LILA LUCY is a published Pinup from Chicago. She has worked with amazing photographers from all over the country as well as Europe. Her love for vintage lifestyle has lead her on her journey to spread the love for Pinup to all women. She loves to smile and enjoys meeting new people. You can always […]

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Chicago Pop Culture Con

Ron Fitzgerald

Actor/Gothic Illusionist

Ron Fitzgerald, Master of the Dark Realm, is an Actor, Gothic Illusionist and Host for dark, sticky fun! Fitzgerald has appeared as an actor in the feature films “The Item”, “The Thirsting”, “Blood Gnome”, “MAGUS”, Arkham Sanitarium: Soul Eater and his own movie “Dark Realm” ,as well as others, with more on the way. Fitzgerald […]

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The Age of the Geeks Cosplay Group Chicago Chapter

The Age of the Geeks Cosplay Group Chicago Chapter

Cosplay

The Age of the Geeks (AoG) is a Cosplay Group out of Chicago Illinois. It was established when creator Rob Fury met with two friends, Ken Seli and Nikki Moscinski, at a house party thrown by Fury and that sparked the formation of the group. Currently, AOG are 14 members strong.

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becca-whitaker

Rebecca

Illustrator

Becca Whitaker is a pinup artist/ illustrator/ pop culture junkie. When she is not traveling the universe with the ninth Doctor she is a staff artist for Bachelor Pad Magazine. She is also the illustrator of Tommy Frasier & the Planet of the Slugs.

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