Caesar the No Drama Llama is many things to many people. He is a therapy llama, a llamactivist, a school educator and an internet celebrity. Juggling all these roles keeps Caesar and his human team busy.
Caesar’s human counterpart, farmer and activist Larry McCool owns the Mystic Llama Farm in Jefferson, Oregon. McCool is a Hewlett-Packard retiree with an impressive resume including previous work with GreenPeace in Salem and as a founding member of the Llama Fiber Cooperative of North America.
The book “Caesar the No Drama Llama” will be available with author and illustrator Bee Dugan in attendance to sign it along with Caesar. She has been lucky enough to spend time with Caesar that helped her create this book.
Nate Quarry is a life-long consumer and collector of Comic Books. As a child born and raised in a religious cult, comic books gave him worlds to disappear into and escape from his own reality. Once he found his way out of the cult at the age of 24, he found himself on a new path through Mix Martial Arts (MMA). Nate appeared and was a fan favorite on SPIKE TV's The Ultimate Fighter season 1. His fighting career spanned over 13 years. During those years he got a shot at the UFC's world title, fighting in front of thousands at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. One of the many notable moments of his career was his highly publicized 'Comeback Fight', bringing him back into the ring just 15 months after an innovative spinal fusion back-surgery.
Zombie Cage Fighter is an Autobiographical Horror story based on the creator; Nate “Rock” Quarry’s life. After many requests to write an autobiography, Nate decided to do just that, though he did not want it to be “just another fighter’s story”. His life experiences are more than that, and there was more to share with the world.
Nate went on to create the Zombie Cage Fighter brand in 2010.
The ZOMBIE CAGE FIGHTER brand has grown into a selection of T-Shirts, multiple comic books, stickers, bags, posters, and its very own Bowen ZCF Statue.
“This is my story with a few embellishments. Every one of my flights was to the death. They were just stopped early” – Nate “Rock” Quarry
Nate lives in Portland, OR with his wife. They stay busy with their children, exploring the outdoors and local comic book stores.
Randy Emberlin is a comic book artist/inker and animator who has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of creative fields. Whether as a comic book artist, an illustrator of educational books or an animator on over 50 television commercials, Randy has made his presence felt through both style and sensibility.
Over the last 30 years Randy Emberlin is best known for his work as an inker on over 4000 pages of comic art, with a resume that includes long runs for Marvel on Amazing Spider-Man #339- 410, (Co-Creator of Carnage, Maximum Carnage etc.) Web of Spider-Man #117-129, (the Clone Saga), GI Joe #65-126, (5 years) Doctor Strange/Strange Tales #76-81 & #1-19, (3years) and Alien Legion #8-20 (2 years), plus additional work on the X-men, Avengers, Punisher, Silver Surfer, She Hulk, the Defenders, Quicksilver, Captain America and Conan. For Dark Horse he had long runs on Ghost #12-36, Star Wars: Crimson Empire II #1-6, Aliens and Predator, plus the R.I.P.D. graphic novel the movie is based on!
For DC comics: Batman; “Legends of the Dark Knight” and “Shadow of the Bat”.
Randy has worked with a wide range of pencilers and has many distinctive styles that fans are well acquainted with.
Dave Warren is an Emmy-winning animation artist and creative director with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has worked on some of the most beloved animated shows of all time, including The Simpsons, Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs, and The Minions. His exceptional skills in character design and animation direction have helped bring countless beloved characters to life on the small screen.
Dave is renowned for his exceptional technical skills and boundless creativity, always pushing the boundaries and bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the table. In 2020, he founded Pixlhaus to develop original animated content for the digital world. He has worked on a variety of live shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, and more.
With a career that has spanned some of the most iconic shows in animation history, Dave Warren is truly a master of his craft.
Jonathan Case is an Eisner award-winning cartoonist whose works include Over the Garden
Wall: Distillatoria, Dear Creature, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen, and
The New Deal.
He writes/draws comics and publishes them with companies like Dark Horse, DC, Disney, BOOM, and Margaret Ferguson Books!
His middle-grade graphic novel, Little Monarchs, was selected as a best book of 2022 from
many publications including NPR, School Library Journal, and Booklist. Kirkus Reviews, in a
starred review, says: “Superbly written and illustrated; keeps readers breathless and guessing
until the end.”
Jonathan is an honoree of the Harvey, Reuben, and Oregon Book Awards.
He lives in Silverton, Oregon, with his family.
Stephanie Nadolny is an American voice actress with well over 33 years of voice acting experience with voice roles in television series, films, commercials, radio spots, anime dubbing, tv specials, and video games.
She is most known for her English dubbing role as the child version of Goku, the protagonist of the Dragon Ball series and the child version of Goku’s son, Gohan, in Dragon Ball Z. She reprised both roles in several Dragon Ball related video games and media. She formerly worked for Funimation and ADV Films.
In 2013, Stephanie voiced K.O. in the pilot of the Cartoon Network Series original program Lakewood Plaza Turbo and Cartoon Network’s “OK K.O! Let’s Be Heroes” from 2017 to 2018.
Keith Tucker is a veteran animation and comics art professional. He is a top animation storyboard artist for studios including Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, and Marvel.
Keith is best known for his storyboard work for cartoon shows of the eighties and nineties such as Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, Tiny Tunes, He-Man, Rescue Rangers, Duck Tailes, GI Joe, Transformers, Spiderman, GhostBusters and many others.
Keith’s comic book work includes two years as a cover artist for Disney Comics and he penciled Roger Rabit, Recue Rangers, Goofy, etc.
His film credits include creating animated sequences for “John Carpenter’s The Thing”, “Robo Cop 3”, “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan” and additional films.
Ron Randall is the creator and writer/artist of the scif-fi comic series TREKKER, featuring bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair.
In addition to his work on TREKKER, Ron is known for his work with DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and others on titles as varied as Supergirl, Star Wars, Swamp Thing, Venom, Predator, Justice League, and many more.
Currently Ron is funding the continuing of his passion project, TREKKER, through a series of highly successful Kickstarters.
Quoted from Ron’s website:
"Throughout my thirty-plus years of work in comics, storyboards and commercial illustration, my goal has remained to always to put my drawings in the service of clear and compelling communication. And that job never grows old.”
Melanie Kohn was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started in theatre at three years old. Her first on screen performance was in The Godfather as an extra.
Melanie went on to voice the Charles Schulz's Peanuts character "Lucy" from 1974 to 1977 in four specials, two commercials and a full-length movie.
Melanie has worked in radio as an announcer and marketing specialist. She enjoyed writing and voicing many of her clients' ads.
Television special - "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown"
Television special - "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown"
Television special - "It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown"
Television special - "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown"
Film - "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown"
TV Commercials - Weber's Bread and Millbrook Bread
Yuki Saeki is a freelance artist based in Oregon. She has taught herself through years of creating comics, using traditional and digital media to produce a wide range of art styles.
Her newest work is the Webtoon original series, “Gates of Hell”, co-created with Dennis Culver.
Her previous work includes “Golgotha” (Image/Top Cow), “GameSpace” (Phoenix Dreams Publishing), along with several self-published mini-comics and books such as “Illustrated Moments of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”.
She loves tea, donuts, and collecting cute things.
Colleen Cosplay is a cosplayer and
youtuber from the Pacific Northwest. Through her YouTube channel, she shares tutorials for how to make your own costumes including sewing, foam work, prop building, wig styling, and makeup.
In addition, Colleen uses her YouTube platform to share her experiences as a cosplayer including convention vlogs and reviews from conventions she attends. Covering the unique intersection between disability and cosplay, she covers topics such as accessibility in cosplay spaces and how to make cosplay more inclusive for disabled cosplayers.
She has competed in cosplay competitions and cosplay lip sync battles winning awards for craftsmanship and adaptive dance.
We are pleased to have Star Wars Oregon at our event.
The bad guys of the 501st Legion and the good guys of the Rebel Legion work together in Oregon and SW Washington to bring Star Wars joy to children and adults at hundreds of local events each year.
Their members have costumes in Cloud City Garrison (501st Legion), Kashyyyk Base (Rebel Legion), or both groups (double agents).
Z Fighters Worldwide will be returning to our 2023 Mid Valley Comic Art Expo!
They are a charity base "Dragon Ball Z" themed cosplay group dedicated to helping their communities by doing charitable causes to help out those in need and to bring smiles to fans of all ages. This cosplay group was founded in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and it is open to anyone anywhere in the United States or around the world.
Event Note: "Dragon Ball Z" is definitely a pop culture phenomenon — created in 1989 and brought to the USA in 1996. The anime series (and its accompanying animated movies) is about a group of warriors defending the earth from various strange and powerful threats was a watershed moment for the rising popularity of Japanese animation world-wide.
The Original Neontendo will be returning for our 2023 Mid Valley Valley Comic Expo!
Here is your chance to stop by and check out this amazing Mario themed car. It is fully equipped with retro Nintendo video game systems letting people enjoy hands-on interactive gaming which includes playing the Original Classic Nintendo NES video games along with the Super Nintendo games and two Classic Gameboys, so definitely check out this car as you will enjoy your retro game experience.
As an added bonus for kids (17 and under) who stop by the Neontendo, they can receive a free “Mario Hot Wheels” from the #mariocarforallkids movement. Please do note that we have a limited supply of these cars and will hand them out while supplies last.
Portland Ghostbusters is a donation-based charity cosplay group. They participate and volunteer in community events throughout the Pacific Northwest. The group takes part in charity events, screenings, cons, fundraisers, birthday parties, and more.
The Portland Ghostbusters was formed in the spring of 2012 by James Nelson and Boone Langston. The pair met on a regional forum of GBfans.com and quickly made plans to form a local franchise. A new Comic Con was going to begin in September and it seemed like good a time to make their first public appearance. In addition to James and Boone, three more Busters came out for the first Rose City Comic Con: Jason Groschopf, Nolan Sternkopf, and Catie Rose. That original group of five Ghostbusters grew to a roster of over 20 active members by 2021.
Remember Garbage Pail Kids? Remember how your mom and anyone over 30 thought they were disgusting and gross but you LOVED them?
Well they are STILL around and Mid Valley Comic Art Expo is welcoming some of the best current sketch artists that are creating them! Jeff Cox, Shane KID GRIMM Garvey, Chad Scheres, Floydman Sumner and perhaps a surprise guest or two will be set up in MVCAE’s very own TRASH ALLEY!
Stop on by and relive your childhood with stickers, prints and a bunch of other trashy stuff you can buy!
While you are there have one of the Team Trash gang draw you or your family AS Garbage Pail Kids! Team Trash will also be taking the stage for the very first Quick Draw competition filled with lots of fun and a special free raffle for audience members!
Don’t miss out on YOUR chance to be a kid again!