Saskatoon Blitz 2013 Special Guests
Guests will be announced periodically leading up to the event!
Aaron Douglas is best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica. Before joining the Battlestar cast Aaron had roles on many films and TV shows including: X-Men 2, iRobot, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Outer Limits and many many more.
Since Battlestar Galactica we have found Aaron in his own show “The Bridge” and as the evil Bill Marsh on “Hellcats”. 2011 has found Aaron on the screen guest staring in an episode of “Eureka”, an episode of CBS’ “Flashpoint” as well as a couple of Syfy creature features “Ghost Storm” and “Killer Mountain” where Aaron is teamed for the first time, since Battlestar, with his good friend and former cast mate Paul Campbell. Aaron is currently part of the Netflix series, “Hemlock Grove”.
Aaron does a lot of work for charities and the majority of his efforts go to the Canadian Cancer Foundation and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
You will recognized his talented voice as Jake the Dog from Adventure Time, Bender the Robot from Futurama, and a host of other animation, anime, games and live action movies and series! Official Bio coming soon!
James Davidge is the author of numerous prose and graphic novels including Mathemagick & Mystiphysics, the Driftwood Saga and his newest – My Modern Panic, a collection of short stories featuring art by a diverse group of illustrators, including Judd Palmer, Bob Proder and Fiona Staples. A teacher at the Willow Park School for Arts-Centred Learning, James lives just outside of Calgary with his wife and daughter. For more information please visit jamesdavidge.blogspot.ca.
Todd Haberkorn received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and continues to work professionally, primarily in Los Angeles as an actor, director, producer, and writer.
After doing several bit roles for the anime shows Peach Girl and Black Cat, Todd got his first major role in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. Shortly thereafter, Haberkorn began directing anime under Line Producers Colleen Clinkenbeard and Chris Sabat while continuing to voice in numerous properties for Funimation and video games. A few notable roles include Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Keroro from Sgt. Frog, Keiskuke from Initial D, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. This also led to a stint as a director and writer for animated properties as well. Triple A title video games such as Street Fighter IV and Rage involved Todd’s voice as well. But not only in LA, but also recording overseas in Asia too.
As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn’t working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company Out of the Office Productions. This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts.
When he isn’t fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at pop culture conventions as a guest to meet fans and sign autographs. He is represented by The Horne Agency, William Morris Endeavor, BBR Talent, and managed by Bensky Entertainment.
Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor. Cherami began her work in the “Anime World” voicing Sae in “Peach Girl”, and has since played Aisa, Pepper, and Miss Golden Week in “One Piece,” Yaz in “Shin Chan,” Primula in “Shuffle,” Setsuna and Akira in “Negima,” Naomi in “Witchblade,” Himawari in “xxxHolic,” Makoto in “Sasami: Magical Girls Club,” Mai in “Ghost Hunt,” Ayano in “Stigma,” Road in “D. Grayman,” Shijima in “Nabari,” Shinooka in “Big Windup,” Honoka in “Kenichi,” Kirimi in “Ouran Host Club,” and recently released “Bamboo Blade” as Tamaki, “Sergeant Frog” as Natsumi, and “Soul Eater” as Patty. She has voiced many video games including Lux Pain as Nami.
Cherami began acting at 6 and has worked with LeAnn Rimes, Bernadette Peters, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Wilmer Valderamma, Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Avril Lavigne and many others. She has worked on “Fast Food Nation” (directed by: Richard Linklater), “The Hottest State”(directed by: Ethan Hawke), and “The Mist” (directed by: Frank Darabont), she recently appeared as the overachieving “Ginnie Warwick” on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” , you can also recognize Cherami working alongside Claire Danes in HBO’s film “Temple Grandin”. She has also appeared on NBC’s “CHASE” & ABC’s “The Deep End”.
Cherami is currently working on several projects, on and off camera, that she is anxious to share with her fans.
The success of his chapbook Humble Beginnings inspired Wes to keep plugging away at his sort-of-memoir Dead Rock Stars. Shortly after being released, his novel was shortlisted in the Readers’ Choice category of the Saskatchewan Book Awards and received an Honourable Mention in Writers’ Digest’s International Self-Published Book Competition. Currently in its fourth printing, the book has now sold over a thousand copies and has been incorporated into both University and high school curricula. Wes’ second novel Baggage, a tale of a group of Saskatoon misfits, has also become a Saskatchewan Bestseller and a pick-of-the-month of several book clubs across Canada.
Besides participating in author readings and signings in many parts of Canada, Wes has conducted numerous independent publishing and marketing workshops around the prairies. A love of Saskatchewan, a strong belief in diversity, and a passion for rock ’n’ roll, are all strong themes in Wes’ books. Currently, he is the host of the Saskatoon Shaw weekly TV Program, Lit Happens. Cherry Blossoms, his most powerful novel yet, was released in 2012. This book catapulted Wes to the title of Saskatoon’s Second-Most-Favourite Author in Planet S Magazine’s annual Best of Saskatoon survey!
Atalie Nicole Gauss is an illustrator and character designer for television animated series work. She is a graduate of Capilano University’s animation program and was instantly hired by Atomic cartoons in 1999 to start production on the television series, Milos Bug Quest. During her 13 years in the animation industry, Nicole has worked as a clean up artist for the Dream Works feature, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and her Television series work on popular titles such as, The Zeta Project, Brace Face, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys, Timber Wolf and Atomic Betty. Nicole’s most recent work has been for Hasbro. Character designing for, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series. She currently resides in Saskatchewan with her husband and two sons working as a freelance artist.
Don Sparrow is a writer and illustrator in Saskatoon. Over his ten-year career, Don’s retro-comics inspired work has been featured in numerous publications, including Computer Arts UK, NUVO, Ohio Magazine and several others. His artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Hamilton, Oakville, Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery, and most recently in Vancouver’s Seymour Art Gallery.
Closer to home, he has been voted Saskatoon’s Best Artist three years running in Planet S Magazine.
Having previously been a featured guest at the WizardWorld Toronto Comic-Con, Don is pleased to once again take part in a great event so close to home.
Skylar Urbaniak, aka Lyeric, is a cosplayer from Prince Albert, SK. Skylar has been cosplaying for the last 3 years, specializes in cosplay armor, and is best known for her Diablo 3 Barbarian armor set. Her cosplays have reached an international scale, have been published in magazines as well as featured on numerous websites, and have earned her the title of a ‘Crunchyroll Ambassador’.
Skylar’s main goal while cosplaying is to help break common cosplay stereotypes and encourage others to start cosplay no matter who they are.
Riley Rossmo graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004. He began his career in editorial and advertising illustration. Riley”s works have appeared in publications such as Scratch, Avenue, Up, Calgary Inc. and Swerve (Calgary Herald). As well, his illustrations have been featured in Applied Arts and CMYK. He has produced work for Star Choice, ESPN, and Jump Studios.
Since 2006 Riley has been involved in narrative illustration. His first graphic novel, Seven Sons, was published by AIT/Planet Lar, and was followed by Proof, Cowboy Ninja Viking and Green Wake, all published through Image Comics. In addition to his creator-owned projects, Riley has also worked for IDW Publishing and Marvel Comics.
Maria brings with her an excellent repertoire and experience in the comic and pop culture industry. Having worked as the creative director for Wizards of the Coast, and DC Comics, she has played an instrumental role in Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon Card Games, numerous comics and graphic novels.
Maria is also an exceptional film maker and director. Her film “Better Things” recounts the life of Comic legend Jefferey Catherine Jones, and features commentary and input from industry greats such as Mike Mignola, and Neil Gaiman.
Tom Grummett returns to blitz with a new panel! Tom is one of Saskatoon’s legendary comic artists. He has worked on multiple titles from both Marvel and DC. He is also well known for “The Death of Superman” a classic title from DC!
Elaine has been drawing comics since she was five years old and self-publishing since 2002! Her graphic novel serial Look Straight Ahead is a 2011 Joe Shuster Award nominee and a 2012 Xeric Award winner. She also draws the comic strip On the Bus which appears every Friday in Verb magazine. Elaine currently resides here in Saskatoon.
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