SIOUXPERCON 2017: THE SIOUX EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

May 12th – May 14th

at The Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel

3200 W Maple Street , Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Otis Frampton

Comic Book Writer/Artist

Otis Frampton is the creator of the graphic novel series "Oddly Normal" (published by Image Comics) and the webcomic/animated series "ABCDEFGeek." He is also one of the two artists on the popular animated web series "How It Should Have Ended." He enjoys drawing and pizza, often at the same time.

Kaiji Tang

Voice Actor

An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles CA since 2007.  In the world of video games, he has done such roles as Odin/Narcian ( Fire Emblem Heroes ), Faust ( Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- ), Munehisa Iwai ( Persona 5 ) Yamato Hotsuin ( Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker ), Dr. Qada ( Bravely Default ), Owain ( Fire Emblem: Awakening ), Wingul ( Tales of Xillia ), Jann Lee ( Dead or Alive 5 ), Lee Chaolan/Violet ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ), Yasuhiro Hagakure ( Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ), Fang ( Fairy Fencer F ), Sima Zhao ( Dynasty Warriors ), Kenshiro ( Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage ) and others including roles in Bioshock InfiniteLightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIResident Evil 6 and Batman: Arkham Origins.  When it comes to Anime, you can hear him as Guts ( Berserk 2016 ), Vegeta ( Dragon Ball Super, Toonami Asia ), Archer ( Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Tsumugu Kinagase Kill La Kill ), Koichi Kizakura ( Danganronpa 3: End of Hope's Peak Highschool ), Kouen Ren ( Magi ), Schmidt ( Sword Art Online ), "Big G" ( Doraemon ), Akifusa Keikain ( Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ), Shiro Takamachi/Graf Eisen ( Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ), Colbert/Derflinger ( Familiar of Zero ) and other roles in titles such as Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaAccel WorldMonsterSquid Girl and Karas to name a few.

Sean E Williams

Comic Book Writer

Sean E. Williams is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling comic book writer of GATEHOUSE, UNNATURAL SELECTION, FAIREST: THE RETURN OF THE MAHARAJA, SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and more!  He is the co-founder of the diversity-focused, digital-first comics publishing company Comicker LLC, which ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016 to bring two of its creator-owned series to print via its Comicker Press imprint.

charActors

charActors, LLC is an entertainment company based out of Sioux Falls, SD, that specializes in bringing characters to life, for any event. The actors of charActors share their talents through numerous performance opportunities, including birthday party character portrayals, children's theatre productions, and specialty productions, such as interactive murder mysteries.

Ken F. Levin

Producer

Ken F. Levin makes the deals for a select handful of comics superstars (like Mike Mignola, Bill Willingham, Max Allan Collins, and Garth Ennis) and helps produce their projects (he's Executive Producer on QUARRY and Executive Producer on the coming series THE BOYS (both for HBO/Cinemax), among others).  He co-founded and is the President and Executive Editor of the iconic comics and graphic novel publisher 1First Comics.  In his last case before retiring as a national civil trial lawyer he was lead counsel for Neil Gaiman in his suit against Todd McFarlane and, in oral argument before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully defended all elements of Mr. Gaiman's federal jury verdict, a decision which established the controlling precedents for comics creators' copyright interests.  And he negotiated and or set up, among other projects, the feature films ROAD TO PERDITION, WANTED, HELLBOY, THE SCRIBBLER (which he produced), and, on television, SABLE, PAINKILLER JANE, and – pulling off the impossible – PREACHER (on AMC Network), on which he’s also an Executive Producer.

Nick Dinsmore

Nick Dinsmore is the owner of Midwest All Pro and the head instructor of the Midwest All Pro wrestling training center. Nick is known around the world as WWE Superstar Eugene as well as WWE NXT coach. Nick has wrestled around the world in over 20 countries. He worked for WWE, WCW, ECW, USWA, OVW, and countless independent promotions across the U.S. Early in his career, Nick was hired to WWE’s developmental system as an on-air performer as well as a coach. Nick worked side by side and helped teach the WWE developmental talent at that time which included: John Cena, Batista, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Victoria, and Shelton Benjamin to name just a few. In 2004, Nick debuted on Monday Night RAW as the lovable character Eugene. Eugene was an instant success and the character’s popularity skyrocketed. Some of Eugene’s most memorable moments include: Eugene becoming friends in the ring with "The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. Main Eventing Summerslam against Triple H. Winning the WWE Tag Team Championships with his partner William Regal. Scoring a pin fall victory over WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon. Living his boyhood dream by having his Wrestlemania moment at Wrestlemania 21 in the ring with Hulk Hogan.

Erik Burnham

Comic Book Writer

Erik Burnham is a cartoonist and writer. His first comics were gag strips posted online, followed by his creator owned "Nick Landime" feature in the Shooting Star Comics Anthology. From there, he went on to work for such publishers as IDW, Marvel, Insight Editions, Cryptozoic, and Panini on titles including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, Galaxy Quest, Scarlet Spider, and, most notably, Ghostbusters, which he's been writing since 2011. In addition to the comics, he's written Ghostbusters material for board games, trading cards, and the official Tobin's Spirit Guide. He makes Minnesota his home, if only because he no longer knows how to live without winter.

Tom Nguyen

Comic Book Writer/Artist

Tom Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American visual artist who began his professional career freelancing for comic book publishers such as DC Comics and Marvel Comics from the age of 19.  Building his name as an inker, he has worked on major titles such as Batman, Green Lantern, JLA, and Superman: The Man of Steel among others.  

Tom has since quickly branched out into other areas professionally, such as pencilling, painting, and authoring two instructional books on comic book art.  In addition, Tom has added photography to his resume in recent years with his commercial work for catalogs and portraits of glamour and fitness models.

Along with writer/artist Keith Champagne, Tom is the co-creator of the successful Kickstarter hit comic book The Switch.

In his spare time, Tom teaches art via his online workshop Art Samurai, runs photography lighting workshops, lifts weights, and plans his next areas of travel.

Traivs Nye

Magician

For the last 16 years, Travis Nye has been performing magic across the Midwest. In 2011 he moved to Sioux Falls where he has performed in schools, theatres, fundraisers, private events, and you may have even seen him eating fire on Phillips Ave. Travis is known best for his crazy stunts, only a few select audiences has seen. He shoves a 4" nail into his face, a needle all the way through his hand, eats light bulbs, walks on broken glass, and even spent 24 hours on a bed of nails and had a 100lb rock crushed on top of him with a sledgehammer. Make sure to come watch the Magic of Travis Nye live at SiouxperCon. It’s guaranteed to be a good time.

Bill Willingham

Author

Bill Willingham is the New York Times bestselling writer and creator of the long running Fables comic series, along with writing many other comic books and prose novels, some of which have been published and some of which will be published.

Bill has just announced LARK’S KILLER, his first original fantasy series since he created Fables in 2002, which became one of the best loved (and best selling) comics series of all time over its more than 14 year run.  LARK’S KILLER, for all ages, will begin publishing monthly from 1First Comics starting this September with a 33 story page first issue, but Bill and editor Megan Sloane will be bringing to Siouxpercon a Convention special Exclusive advance LARK’S KILLER first issue.

Megan Sloane

Megan Sloane is an editor for 1First Comics and also edits other comics and prose works.  She is the editor on Bill Willingham’s new series LARK’S KILLER starting this summer.

Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine

The DeLorean Time Machine as seen in the film “Back to the Future” will be appearing for photo opportunities! The DeLorean automobile was a central character throughout the famous “Back To The Future” movie trilogy, used by the character Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd.) Brown’s rationale for choosing the DeLorean was stated in the first film: “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” The stainless steel, gull-winged vehicle sent Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) racing through time to save himself and others throughout the trilogy.

Don’t miss your chance to sit inside this faithful, street legal replica, driven by Christopher Lloyd himself for numerous commercials and videos.  It has toured 28 countries raising funds and awareness for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and as an ambassador for the official web site BackToTheFuture.com.   Meet the builders and owners, Terry and Oliver Holler, featured in the documentary, "Back In Time.”  

Gordon Purcell

Comic Book Writer/Artist

Gordon Purcell is a comic book artist, perhaps best known for his Star Trek work, in particular his photorealistic renditions of the actors who play that franchise’s characters, as well as those of similarly licensed books, such as The X-Files, Xena and Lost in Space. He also has drawn a lot of super hero books, including JLA, FF, Avengers, Silver Sable, Flash, Protectors Inc., Ben 10 and Flare. He's worked for all the major comic companies, and is currently enjoying drawing Black Enchantress for Heroic, Star Trek for IDW Publishing, and Vanguard of Freedom stories.

Eliot Rahal

Comic Book Writer

Eliot Rahal is a Minneapolis-based comic book writer and creator. He is known for his work on THE PAYBACKS (Dark Horse Comics), THE DOORMAN (Heavy Metal Comics), SPACE TAILS (Stela Comics), and has been featured by Valiant Comics (Archer & Armstrong #25, Unity #25, Divinity III: Escape from the Gulag).

Eliot will also be performing stand-up comedy during SiouxperCon’s After Dark events.