Come join our cast of characters as you experience Auburndale’s third annual City Con. The event will be held Jan. 20‐21, 2017 in the city’s beautiful downtown park. We will announce our celebrity guests in October.
City Con Guests
Chuck Dixon is a veteran comic book writer with thousands of titles to his name including a record run on Batman at DC Comics (where he co-created the villain BANE) and seminal work on Marvel’s The Punisher. He adapted J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit into one of the most successful graphic novels in publication. He is also the author of the bestselling SEAL Team 6 novels from Dynamite. Chuck currently writes the monthly Winterworld comic and the upcoming Joe Frankenstein for IDW as well as as working on new entries in the Bad Times and Levon Cade series.
HOW TO LAND ROLES IN MAJOR MOTION FILMS: Michael Jaegers started his career in film unexpectedly in 1995 as a civil war soldier for TNT’s Andersonville. Michael started working background bits on CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries when production began in 2009. His most notable appearance is in AMC’s The Walking Dead where he has worked four seasons and portrayed 18 different walkers and racked up 7 kills. Jaegers is also featured in the Hunger Games Catching Fire. In 2014, Jaegers worked on Stephen King’s upcoming film Cell w/ John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
HOW TO LAND ROLES IN MAJOR MOTION FILMS:
He helped captured the Terminator in Genisys,
Was slaughtered by raptors in Jurassic World,
Defeated by Koba in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,
And killed by Snake Eyes in GIJoe: Retaliation…
Since 2011 John has progressed from background artist to featured parts and various roles in many Hollywood blockbuster films such as Escape Plan, Broken City, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and various television programs such as True Detective, NCIS: New Orleans, American Horror Story and Scream Queens. John has also appeared in print ads and various commercials as well. His preferred niche is as ‘special ability’ which typically involves battle scenes and firefights, and applies his icy stare, intensity and presence in the roles of a police officer, soldier or thug, even as an assistant prosecutor facing off with Keanu Reeves in the upcoming courtroom drama ‘The Whole Truth’.
John enjoys working with stunt teams on various productions, including the upcoming Key & Peele comedy, ‘Keanu’, as well as on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, GIJoe: Retaliation and Terminator: Genisys.
He is a lifelong fan of Star Wars, GIJOE, Back To The Future, and Star Trek. He has many amazing stories to share with fellow movie fans about his experiences meeting and working with Hollywoods biggest stars, including Robert DeNiro, Arnold Schwarzennegger, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Scott Bakula, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Russell Crowe, Bill Paxton, Sylvester Stallone, Robin Williams and countless others.
John will happily discuss with fans on how THEY can break into Hollywood South!
John is also a cancer survivor, and is a volunteer mentor through the Imerman Angels Foundation. for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Rocket Fizz owner Marianne Banales
GOING UNDER COVER: The ROCKET FIZZ STORY: Marianne Banales is the proprietor of Rocket Fizz in Lakeland & Tampa. Earlier this year, she was featured on ABC’s “Under Cover Boss.” In addition to its cool drinks and nostalgia candy, Rocket Fizz features some of the best swag in comic book/sci-fiction must have items. Marianne will share her story of opening Rocket Fizz and being featured on Under Cover Boss.
SAVE THE UNIVERSE LIKE A GIRL: John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls, challenges the audience to look beyond what is labeled as “girly” or “feminine” to explore how such labels limit the potential of future generations. John Marcotte is the founder and writer of Heroic Girls, a comic book organization dedicated to empowering girls. Much of Marcotte’s stories are based off of his experiences as the father of two girls who love superheroes. He has been covered by several media outlets including the Huffington Post KXTV, USA Today, and others. His girls are well known and often drawn in the comic book and geek scenes across the U.S. John has garnered quite a following and speaks to a topic that’s on the forefront of the minds of people around the globe. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
MAKING A MASSIVE MOVIE WITH MINIMAL MONEY: And You Films will discuss their motion picture FlashBack. The movie was featured at the Cannes Film Festival, where it obtained a worldwide distribution, including airings on HBO and Cinemax. Flashback has screened at numerous venues, including the Daytona Beach Film Festival where it received the “Audience Choice” Award. And You Films has appeared at other Comic Book Conventions including Ancient City Con, Geekonomicon and UmiCon.
U.S. Haven Star Trek Club
The U.S. Haven Star Trek Club is named after U.S. Naval Hospital Ship USS Haven AH-12. We are based in Orlando, FL. Our mission is to promote fandom and serve our community by sharing Star Trek & Science Fiction information, fan activities, ideas, news, and promoting a positive future for Humankind by our involvement in educational and charitable activities. Our friends include hundreds of members, fans, friends, media persons, dealers, and Star Trek/Science Fiction Clubs worldwide.
The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
Guardians of Justice
Guardians of Justice was initiated by local residents of Central Florida to merge their passion of costuming and combine it with a deep-rooted desire to give back to the community. Each member of the Guardians embodies the mantra to “inspire, support, motivate and empower” children and adults alike by fully bringing the characters they portray to life.
Tracy Adams (moderator)
I began costuming back in 2010 when I wanted to bring my sewing abilities back to the surface with my first costume Jem (from Jem and the Holograms). In the years since, I have discovered many amazing things about this new hobby that I fell in love with. First, you make some of the most amazing friends that can share in your passion. Secondly, the sky is the limit when it comes to your own abilities…You can do anything you set your mind to. And lastly, with great costume, comes great responsibility…You are in the public eye and you want to do your character justice…for the kids…and the fans!
David Simpson (moderator)
David Simpson is a real-life G-I Joe. The Arizona native has traveled the world as a member of the U.S. Air Force. His primary job in the Air Force was Security Forces. With his K-9 Robson, he provided explosive detection services in Lebanon, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Iraq. They conducted over 75 combat missions, found several improvised explosive devices, and discovered a weapon cache filled with mortar rounds. In between missions, he volunteered time at a hospital transporting injured U.S. military personnel from the helicopter pad to the hospital emergency operating room. He now lives in Polk County with his wife and three children.
Ricardo Williams (Host of Cosplay Contest)
Ricardo Williams is a film artist, musician, and activist. Since studying communications at Pace University in New York City, he has appeared in commercials and independent films; and produced numerous albums. He has also guest lectured on film theory and video production at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Currently, Ricardo is the chief media officer at IDEAS For Us, Inc. and the boss for Nerd Nite Orlando.
Nadine Burns, also known as “Elsa of Auburndale,” has been on the convention scene since 2011. While she’s always grown up wearing costumes, she didn’t officially label herself as a cosplayer until 2012 going by the name “Fantasy Twilight”. However, when the Disney movie “Frozen” hit theaters last year, she fell instantly in love with the character Elsa. She had been playing around with finding a name that fit her style and personality all while making her’s unique in the cosplay and convention going community. While she still enjoys dressing up as non-Elsa related outfits, her main focus has been various mashups and redesigns of Elsa, including a Pirate, a Mortal Kombat character, a Christmas themed design as well as both the Coronation and Ice Dress that Elsa wore in the movie. She can be found on most forms of social media such as Tumblr (elsacosplay.tumblr.com), Twitter (@elsacosplay), Instagram (elsacosplay), and Facebook (Elsa of Auburndale).
Cathalina Liebel, is a Cosplay Circus Entertainer. She tours annually across the United States. Cathalina is a 16th generation Circus performer and award winning Cosplayer. She performs a wide variety of circus acts all completely themed for Comic Conventions.