Special Guests 2018

Andrew Nelson is an award winning artist, actor, writer, consultant, and motivational speaker. Andrew spent four years as a visual effects artist at Industrial Light & Magic.  His VFX credits at ILM include Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Perfect Storm, Jurassic Park III, The Time Machine, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Prior to joining ILM, Andrew worked nearly six years at LucasArts Entertainment Company where he served as a visual effects supervisor. At LucasArts he helped create and design such popular games as Dark Forces, Rebel Assault II, Full Throttle, The Dig, Jedi Knight, Curse of Monkey Island, Masters of Teras Kasi, Shadows of the Empire, Rogue Squadron, and Indiana Jones & the Infernal Machine.  Andrew has worked extensively with sister companies Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Learning, Lucas Licensing, and THX.

Andrew is probably best known for having played the character of Darth Vader in the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy as well as in the Rebel Assault II and Dark Forces games from LucasArts.  Andrew, who began playing Vader for Lucasfilm in 1994, has portrayed the infamous dark lord for commercials, television shows, print, games, and live appearances.  He has managed to spend more time in the official Vader costume than any other actor.

In addition to his tenure with the Lucas companies, C. Andrew Nelson is a consulting VFX supervisor and art director for some of the top effects, animation, and post-production facilities in the U.S.  His credits include Rocky Balboa, The Last Mimzy, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Rush Hour 3, Enchanted, The Kite Runner, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Jumper, Race to Witch Mountain, and Witness 11.  Andrew also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society.

No stranger to academia, from 2002 to 2004 Andrew took on the role of Visual Effects Director for the School of Animation & Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  At the university, he presided over the school’s visual effects curriculum and trained the next generation of VFX artists who are now working throughout the industry.  Andrew routinely consults for various networks, studios, and developers such as Disney, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS, Fox, Hasbro, Electronic Arts, and others.

When he’s not at a workstation conjuring up images for motion pictures and television or speaking on the lecture circuit, Andrew can be found in front of the camera or behind a microphone as a performer.  Andrew has appeared in numerous feature films, television series, commercials, and print ads.  He has shot national spots for ESPN, Wal-Mart, M&Ms, Taco Bell, and Kenner.  Andrew is also a much sought after voice-over artist having lent his vocal talents to many games, animated films, and interactive multimedia projects.

Andrew and his wife Veronica Loud – a gifted actress, voice-over artist, singer, print model, and photographer in her own right – live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two children.

www.candrewnelson.com twitter.com/C_Andrew_Nelson www.facebook.com/candrewnelson

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Kepi Ghoulie is at heart an Artist, whether it is performing solo, with a band or painting.  You may have seen him performing with his band The Groovie Ghoulies, the Haints or Kepi the Band. You may have seen him sitting in with Dog Party or Chixdigit or performing solo as an opening act with for the Aquabats. You may even have an original piece of art from him hanging on your wall. Regardless how you know Kepi come out and say hello to Kepi at Graffiti-Con July 1st at Modesto Centre Plaza.

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Dominic Davi is well known in the Northern California Convention community as a graphic artist. He has written and released his own comics and also was the artist of Punk Rock Confidential with writer Joe Escalante(of the Vandals.) Dom is the owner and creative force of the Dinosaur Factory and has 3 successful PodCast. Of all the things he does he is most well known for being the founding member and bassist for Tsunami Bomb. So regardless of how you know him come out and say hi and pick up something from him when he is in Modesto for Graffiti-Con where Pop-Culture meets Subculture.
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Adam Davis is a very talented Artist/Musician. He does art for album covers and kids books and more. He currently performs with Gnarboots and was in LINK 80 Flat Planet and for a short time Luckie Strike. You can often find him at his local library playing songs for his kids and others. We are happy to have Adam at Modesto’s Graffiti-Con where Pop Culture meets Subculture.

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We are happy to have Dennis Knight of Pronto Comics as a special guest at Graffiti-Con. Dennis returns to Modesto for his third time in as many years. Creator Dennis Knight has been creating comics for over six years. On the suggestion of his penciler, he decided to submit his book Cross to Pronto Comics. Fusing science fiction with urban living, Knight’s book has been greeted with accolades on the convention circuit, leading to a special kind of alchemy between Pronto Comics and Cross.
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Dez Demise of Pronto Comics is a writer who hails from the far and distant land of California. She enjoys the finer things in life such as Comics, video games, cats and wine. She spends most of her time writing silly tales of dream worlds of magic, doing the mom thing and occasionally knitting. “Let us Create”

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Angelique S. Anderson is an award-winning author of several science fiction and fantasy novels. She majored in English, and creative writing in high school then went on to study psychology at Liberty University. She currently homeschools four little girls, has a love for comic-cons and cosplay and writes full-time from home. After living in Nashville, Tennessee for four years, Angelique and her family moved back home to Stockton, California where they currently reside.

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Mike Hampton has been self-publishing comics for over 15 years, with popular indie titles such as “Captain A-hole” and “Hot Zombie Chicks”. Since 2012 Mike has been a regular contributor to Topps as a sketch card artist for Mars Attacks, and most notably Star Wars including Galactic Files Series 1 & 2, Masterworks, and the 2015 Hi Tek set. Also in 2015, Mike’s art was featured in the official Robot Chicken 10th Anniversary Art Show. Most recently Mike contributed to the 2017 Marvel Premier set by Upper Deck. Mike is also a regular artist featured on The Howard Stern Show website and social media sites. He is also known for his clever mash-ups and stylized pinups of some of pop-culture’s most famous characters. Also a colorist and graphic designer, Mike has worked on images for the City of San Pablo, Dark Horse Comics, the San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book, AIG, All Things Weezer, and the Golden State Warriors.

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Haro George is a comic artist and for the past 5 years, he has ventured to create his own comic book with some of the characters he created as a kid. He got together with some of his old drawing buddies to start off with the creation of The Show Comic’s first issue. Through self-web-publishing, he was able to connect with Tony DiGerloamo and become the illustrator for his webcomic “I Hate My Kids” as well as land some storyboarding gigs here and there.  Haro also had the privilege to work on 3 issues of Fleischer and The Group as a penciler. Haro is also a member of the Turlock Toon Skwad.

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Adam Harris or 1800getatom lives in Turlock California, he along with members of the Turlock Toon Skwad created the poster art for Graffiti-Con and along with all the poster art for NorCal Cosies. Adam also is Upper Deck and Topps SketchCard Artist – Storyboard Artist.

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Omar Salinas is an Art Teacher and an Art Maker and one third of the Turlock Toon Skwad. Omar also draws SketchCard Artists for Topps including Star Wars Galactic Files and Solo.  For commissions or questions, contact: omarsalinasart@gmail.com

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Mike Pascale will be joining us at Modesto’s Graffiti-Con on July 1st. This is his first Convention in the area and we are thrilled about it. He is the Creator of Bru-Hed, Nasti: Monster Hunter and more. Mike has done storyboarding for movies and has even had his work seen in a Super Bowl spot.

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Ashley Fee is from Central California and has been cosplaying since her sophomore year in high school. She never tried sewing costumes until a friend asked if she could sew her a costume. Ash was like “I’ll try” and to her surprise, it came out okay. She has improved since then and rises to meet new challenges. Her attention to the detail with all of her cosplays is very special indeed. In addition, her love for Lord Of The Rings drove her to create the Lord Of The Seams fashion line which will be featured in the Geek Fashion Show. Along with being a designer, Ash is also a model for Geek Fashion Show WOWing the crowd most recently at Silicon Valley Comic Con. Ashpash Cosplay brings whimsy and fun with her wherever she goes and everyone has a better time because of her!

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