ValleyCon strives to bring the best and most relevant guests featured in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, gaming and film & TV! These guests include Media Icons, Artists, Authors, Psychics and many more. Autographs are available at one of the industry's LOWEST price point ever. The guest will do panels, readings and demonstrations for your education and entertainment.
With over 30 films and 200 hours of television experience, versatility, discipline and a solid work ethic have been the underpinnings of Adrian’s very successful 30-year acting career. Internationally recognized for his role as Duncan Macleod, in Highlander-The Series”, Adrian has also produced and directed both film and television projects.
Born and raised in London, England, Adrian arrived in the United States in 1984, working as a choreographer and a model. After a year of taking acting classes with acting coaches, Ivana Chubbuck and Roy London, his first series role came on the ABC television show, The Colbys. This led to a role in the Broadway play, "Bouncers", in 1987, a guest role on the television show, Beauty and the Beast (1987) and his first film role in the film Last Rites (1988), with Tom Berenger.
After a starring role in Roger Corman’s,” Masque of the Red Death “(1989),he became a series regular in the second season of the television series “War of the Worlds”(1988), followed by four episode arc on the MGM Dark Shadows series. Fast becoming known for his solid work ethic, CBS cast him as the lead in the television pilot, The Owl (1990). Although the series wasn’t picked up, Adrian didn’t stop working, guest starring on Angela Lansbury’s “Murder She Wrote”, and co starring opposite the up-and-coming Sandra Bullock in "Love Potion Number 9". But it would be his next role that would bring him international recognition...that of "Duncan MacLeod" in the syndicated series, Highlander (1991-1997). During the 6 year run, Adrian directed four of the series’ episodes, including the epic 100thepisode, shot in Bordeaux France. Three of these episodes were voted in the top ten best of series for the 117 episode run.
When the series ended in 1997, although he was in demand, Paul wanted to go back to his acting roots. After studying with renowned acting coach Larry Moss, he worked on John Landis’ romantic comedy, “Susan’s Plan”, the action thriller, “Dead Men Can’t Dance”, and helped found Actors in Process, a theater group, where actors could meet weekly to ”showcase” current work and receive positive critique from their peers. After two years, a production of an original play, "Things Just aChange", was showcased at the Odyssey theater in Los Angeles, with Paul in the lead role.
The success of the Highlander series however, was still current, leading Paul to be offered to star opposite Christopher Lambert in “Highlander : Endgame”(2000), to take over the franchise’s lead position. Other films followed, including the now cult classic “The Breed” (2001), shot in Budapest, Hungary where Adrian met his future wife, Alexandra.
In 2001, Lionsgate signed Adrian to a 3 picture deal, as well as to star in and executive produce the Sci Fi action thriller, “Tracker” (created by Gil Grant) for Lionsgate Television. With the advent of so many new media outlets, however, the syndicated series was not renewed for a second season. Adrian continued to work on films such as “Nemesis Game” (Lionsgate) and “Tides of War”, along with the Spelling Television and Paramount Pictures’ hit TV series, ”Charmed”. This was the first time in thirteen years that Adrian had actually filmed again on US soil.
In 2006 the Highlander Franchise was back again, this time filming in Lithuania, with Adrian starring in and Executive Producing, what would become his last sortie as Duncan Macleod, in “Highlander :The Source”. After that came, ”The Legend of Roanoke”(2007) and the Sci Fi Action Comedy “The Immortal Voyages of Captain Drake”(2009), a film in which Paul choreographed all the fight scenes.
Always looking for interesting roles, Adrian found himself in Hungary and Tunisia, filming the Seven Arts production, ”Nine Miles Down”(2009), that he now considers one of his most emotionally challenging roles. Next, he was off to London, in an out of character role, as a Conservative member of Parliament in the thriller, “The Heavy ”(2010), with Gary Stretch, Stephen Rea and Christopher Lee. Also in 2010, Adrian co-founded his first production company Filmblips Inc., in an attempt to bring compelling material to advertising companies.
Since 2010, while working as an actor on several other films and TV movies, Adrian also wrote three screenplays, developed financial and artistic presentation packages for film and television, along with spearheading his charity, The Peace Fund, that he founded in 1997. Peace stands for Protect. Educate. Aid. Children. Everywhere. Over the past 17 years, Adrian has overseen the work of the fund in countries such as Romania, Bellarus, Niger, Hungary, Haiti, Cambodia, Thailand and the United States. In 2012, Adrian launched Peace Fund Radio that he currently co hosts with Ethan Dettanmaeir, with an estimated audience of between 1.8 and 2 million listeners a month. The innovative radio show, has been host to many celebrities with causes of their own and is the catalyst behind the Peace Fund’s partnership and donation to bring computers into LAUSD schools. Through the radio shows influence the fund has also partnered with Kimberly Moore’s,” Adopt a Letter” program to fulfill children’s wishes at Christmas, brought books for libraries and lights for homes in El Salvador, along with connecting like minded charities to fulfill their initiatives.
In 2014, Adrian helped launch his second production company, Radical Road, aimed at lower budget films. Radical Road is in the funding stages of a slate of pictures for the next five years, some of which Adrian is set to direct and act in.
Adrian has two movies, “The Secret of Emily Blair” and “Stormageddon”, about to be released in 2016 and currently, Adrian is getting ready to direct his first feature, “Chemical Influence”, a screenplay he wrote from an original script. Adrian is also launching, "The Sword Experience". Half day seminars of sword training, that include stage and real life combat and safety tips aimed at individuals, corporations, film, stage, re-enactment societies, martial artists and role playing groups.
Billy West was born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. Best known for his work on Ren & Stimpy, West has a career in radio and television that began in the 1980's when he did comedic impersonations for Charles Laquidara's Big Mattress morning show on Boston's WBNC FM radio network. By the mid-90s, he had moved to doing impersonations of Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott on The Howard Stern Show, giving him greater exposure. From there, West became involved with the Nickelodeon shows Doug and Ren & Stimpy. Portraying the title characters on both shows, Billy West saw his voiceover work reach an even larger, yet younger audience. This led to Warner Bros. hiring him for the film Space Jam in 1996. Featuring Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and the cast of Looney Tunes, West voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, two characters whom he has sporadically voiced throughout the next decade. He is also known for his portrayal of Philip J. Fry on the cartoon Futurama, which began in 1999 and has continued on through a number of changes through 2012 and currently airs on Comedy Central. In addition he is also the voice of the iconic Red M&M.
After breaking into the industry at a young age, Sean Murphy made a name for himself in the world of indie comics. Writing and illustrating Punk Rock Jesus, Sean showed his versatility as a creator; while he is widely known for his work with some of the industry’s top writers on titles like Joe the Barbarian, American Vampire, The Wake, Chrononauts and Tokyo Ghost, Sean enjoys writing for himself. His Batman: White Knight, Curse of the White Knight, and Beyond the White Knight story arcs have garnered critical and popular acclaim. After finishing his self-published project The Plot Holes, Sean is moving onto his next self-published project: Zorro, coming to a crowdfunding platform in 2023!
Adrian Lee is the founder of The International Paranormal Society and a member of the Luton Paranormal Society in England. He has investigated ghosts and paranormal activity all over the world for twenty-five years. Lee first came to Minnesota early in 2008 to work on several paranormal video productions and spent two years working in Minneapolis as the national and international news correspondent for a live paranormal talk radio show on 100.3 KTLK. He currently hosts the only weekly paranormal news quiz show, More Questions than Answers, every Friday on the Dark Matter Digital Radio Network. A show that was nominated for the 2018 Comedy Awards. Lee has also appeared on My Real Ghost Story, Fox 9, WCCO, Eyewitness News, KSTP, KGRA, KSAX and KARE 11.
Lee has written the following books: Ghosts & UFOs, Connecting Paranormal Phenomona through Quantum Physics; How to be a Christian Psychic: What the Bible says about Mediums, Healers and Paranormal Investigators; Mysterious Midwest, Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead and Mysterious Minnesota, Digging up the Ghostly Past at Thirteen Haunted Sites. He currently lectures on all aspects of the paranormal, including ghosts, UFOs, psychic development and angels.
Brad Thingvold is a comic book artist/creator hailing from Bismarck, ND. He has worked on a few different comic properties over the years, and is also a teacher's assistant for art courses at comicsexperience.com. Currently, he's been putting together his own webcomic, "Bingo!" You can see it - and more - at bradthingvold.art.
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Ivy Cosplay, originally from Puerto Rico and currently, a resident of Florida, began cosplaying in 2010. Her first cosplay was of Lara Croft in a photoshoot directed by her husband Michael of MC Illusion Photography, who she assists in his work.
Ivy’s first public appearance in cosplay was during Star Wars Celebration VI where she appeared as Princess Leia during the convention, sparking her love for the cosplaying community thanks to their acceptance of her.
She has appeared in various magazine photoshoots for COSPLAYology, Cosplayzine, as well as Surreal Beauty Magazine and has appeared on the cover of Vengeance of Vampirella.
As part of her ongoing cosplaying, she has been a guest at a number of conventions including Comix Megazone in Puerto Rico, Geekfest Florida and CONjure.
Ivy has cosplayed more than 100 characters from various movies and comic books as well as a number of original characters. Her favorite cosplays are of Catwoman, Wonder Woman, and Lara Croft.
At the end of 2020, Ivy was asked to become the official model of Bianca Bordeaux from the independent comic book series known as Vampire Bloodlines. She is on the cover of issue 2.
Ivy creates her own unique costume designs, making them herself by hand, costume design being a passion. Her future goals include becoming a professional costume designer.
A librarian and a crafter, Karlene spends non-writing time working on hand crafts like crotcheting and cross-stitch. Married to an amazing husband, they have the care of a sassy African Grey that has no problem speaking her mind about things! The bird may have been some inspiration behind the gryphon in "Assassin's Gift."
Terry has been reading fantasy and science fiction books since his early teens and was introduced to the world of tabletop gaming and Dungeons and Dragons when he was 11. When not working in the IT industry and writing, he enjoys several hobbies including wood and leatherworking, DnD minature painting, reading, console gaming, online RPGs and playing in different tabletop RPG groups. He is married to the love of his life, Karlene, and the two of them are raising a sassy African Grey Parrot named Nisse. He lives in the upper Midwest, straddling the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.
North Dakota native Martin Keller is a former pop culture journalist, published author and unproduced screenplay writer, whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Leaders, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Final Frontier, Billboard, Utne Reader, Right On! the Star Tribune, the Mpls-St. Paul Business Journal, City Pages and many others, with appearances on “Today,” “48 Hours,” PBS, Public Radio, Coast To Coast AM, and many strange podcasts.
Keller also has written Hijinx & Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota’s Pop Life and contributed to The Minnesota Series. For the past 25 years, he has worked as an award-winning public relations pro, including an adventurous stint for The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), founded by Dr. Steven Greer’s, MD, The Space Pen Club is based, in part, on that period.
Dave Wheeler is a jack of all trades when it comes to comics, working as an: inker, colorist, letterer, writer and book designer. In addition to the comics industry he has worked in the advertising and graphics industry for 10 years. Dave currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. with his family. He is proud to be one of the co-founders of the kid-friendly comic company MIND WAVE COMICS doing his part to bring back fun to comics! When he’s not in the studio he enjoys long walks on the beach, making toys and professional wrestling!
John Bivens’ work has appeared in the Eisner and Harvey Award winning Comic Book Tattoo, the Harvey Award winning Popgun volume 4, and the Harvey nominated Reading with Pictures. He has also received nominations for an Eagle Award and a Ghastly Award. He has worked for IMAGE Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, Vault Comics, Valiant Comics, IDW Publishing. and others.
John’s work spans the genres of crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and education. His education includes the undergraduate illustration program at Northern Illinois University and the Graduate program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University, Dakota County Technical College, and participated in multiple visiting workshops and panels.
John currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he is a proud member of World Monster HQ studios.
She-Squatchers came together in 2015 to begin their "all female bigfoot experiment" as the midwest's first all female bigfoot research team. Jen Kruse founded the team after receiving a suggestion from cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman who had shared his idea that the recipe to success for interacting with bigfoot would be to send women into the woods without men, dogs or guns.
She-Squatchers isn't just women in the woods, they are psychic women, utilizing their extra senses while looking for bigfoot. Team leader, Jen Kruse is an energy worker who specializes in geographic remote viewing. Her teammates, Jena Grover & Tammy Treichel, are also gifted intuitives as well as adventurous woodswomen! Together they have had some amazing, sometimes scary experiences, collecting evidence along the way. The team is based primarily out of Minnesota, but have literally been traveling from coast to coast searching for bigfoot while sharing what they have found.
As seen in: Tubi Original, "Scariest Monsters in America"
To be released soon: Searching For Sasquatch 8, Enter Ohio Grassman