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Special Guests & Panels

Planet Funk Con strives to be the best experience around, and to do that we want to bring you the best guests and panels in our area. We are working hard to secure a wide array of special guests and presenters to share their talents and experience with you. Please see our currently confirmed guests below and keep checking back for updates!

The Portrait Dude

Wes (The Portrait Dude) has been specializing in making people feel amazing in their cosplay for nearly five years. He loves working with everyone from first-time cosplayers to internationally known personalities and everything in between. With over 80 conventions,...

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Don Kramer

Don Kramer is an illustrator that has worked for Marvel,DC, Valiant Comics and Penguin Publishing that has worked on JSA, Batman, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, The Thing, Captain Marvel and the Outsiders as well as New York Times best selling graphic novel...

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HDC Cosplay

Tim Harrison is an award winning, master level costumer and fabricator who first dove in to the prop and costume scene in August 2012 when he decided to make a pair of steampunk blasters for a Halloween costume. From then on, there was no turning back. Always being a...

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Laila Hailey

Laila Haley is best known on the national and International screen for playing Emma in the 2015 Blumhouse horror film Sinister 2. Laila is a 15 year old actress from right here in the QCA! Born and raised in the Quad Cities, Laila has been seen on stages across the...

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The Tripp Brothers

Jimmy & Sean Tripp, are two midwestern horn players that live the funk. Forging the sounds of saxophone & trombone, fused with heavy bass music, their tones reverberate shockwaves throughout the crowd. Their ability to keep the groove makes dancing inevitable....

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Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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...

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Mogchelle

Mogchelle started in cosplay by just being an average geek attending an anime convention in 1999. Her love for the artwork in anime, video games, and comic books made her want to bring the 2D images from the pages and screen to real life. She’s also been featured in...

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Brad Jones

For the past 11 years, Brad Jones has been the creator and star of the popular YouTube and Channel Awesome series The Cinema Snob, a satirical look at exploitation cinema throughout the decades. As well as portraying The Cinema Snob on a weekly basis, Brad also keeps...

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Cory Hamscher

Cory Hamscher is a comic book artist from the great state of Indiana. Breaking in as a penciller/inker in the late 90s, Cory's first major work was as an inker for Devil's Due Publishing where he worked on various titles including G.I.JOE and G.I.JOE vs Transformers....

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Chris Jai Alex

Born in Lansing Michigan to a comic book collector and a musician, Chris Jai grew up in a creative home. Upon graduating high school he moved out to New York city as a producer for an independent record label shortly after returning home to start his own label and...

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Max Mittelman

A Los Angeles native, Max has been entertaining audiences from behind the mic, onstage, and in front of the camera since he was in high school. His fearlessness has been the foundation for his versatility and he’s enjoyed creating a wide range of characters for TV...

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Brian Colin

Creator of such video game classics as RAMPAGE, XENOPHOBE and GENERAL CHAOS, Brian F Colin is a vastly experienced Game Designer, Artist, Animator and Development Group Leader over 80 video game titles to his credit.... including the creation of some of the...

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Phil Hester

Eisner-nominee Phil Hester has been writing and drawing comics since the dawn of time. He has drawn Kevin Smith's Green Arrow, Mark Millar's Swamp Thing, Warren Ellis' Shipwreck, Robert Kirkman's Ant-Man, as well as notable runs on Nightwing, The Flash: Season Zero,...

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Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell is a comic artist and colorist. He did storyboards for the Emmy winning Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall and won an Eisner award for drawing comics based on that show. He has also worked as a comic colorist for Marvel, Spongebob Comics, and...

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Samantha Newark

With a wildly loyal global cult following for her voice-over work as "Jem" and "Jerrica" in the cartoon classic "Jem and the Holograms" Samantha is also a part of the iconic Hasbro brand "Transformers" with guest-starring roles on the original cartoon series as...

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Pappy’s Corner

With season 5 underway...  The Corner brings a plethora of subject matter from a self-proclaimed chief buffoon and founder of "Buffoonism". Pappy has three YouTube channels, over 150 videos, and public figure with a small cult following. Focusing on fix it and how to...

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David Casas

Local professional magician David Casas, has been entertaining audiences for the last 20 years with his award winning magic.  He has worked on the prestigious stages of Las Vegas, and travels all over the country performing full time.  Whether on stage, or close-up,...

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Alan Scholting

Regarded as one of the top cosplay writers and editors working today, Alan Scholting has contributed to nearly every major pop-culture and cosplay magazine in print. As one of the founding members of Cosplay Culture, Alan has worked with some of the biggest names in...

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