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Jewel Staite


Jewel Staite starred as 'Raquel' in the CW series "The L.A. Complex", which premiered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to that, she was seen starring in the Hallmark Channel telefilm "Call Me Mrs. Miracle" opposite Doris Roberts. This premiere was the highest rated Hallmark Channel telecast of the year. Prior to that, Jewel was seen as 'Dr. Keller' in the SyFy Channel hit series "Stargate:Atlantis". Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada's prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role' in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for 'Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series'.

At the age of six, Jewel began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years. This hard work paid off when she booked the lead role in the Disney Channel series "Flash Forward" with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for 'Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series', as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award.

Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures "Serenity", Joss Whedon's adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series "Firefly," of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic 'Kaylee', a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.

Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family's "Higher Ground" with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series "Wonderfalls", NBC's "Just Deal" and Nickelodeon's "Space Cases." Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime's "Widow on the Hill", Showtime's "Damaged Care" opposite Laura Dern, as well as SyFy’s “Mothman” and "Doomsday Prophecy." Some guest appearances include the CW’s “Supernatural”, her memorable role in the Showtime pilot "Huff" with Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, Syfy's "Warehouse 13”, as well as Showtime's "Dead Like Me" opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, and FOX's "The X-Files" opposite David Duchovny.

Samantha Inuoe-Harte


Samantha Inoue-harte is an established and varied entertainment industry veteran. She is currently consulting for an untitled Hollywood Anime live action adaptation feature, she will be seen this February 2019 in the James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez live action adaptation of the anime/manga Battle Angel Alita, and is currently producing 2 anime projects for Netflix with partner studio Gonzo.

Samantha is also an accomplished entertainment veteran as a voice actress in over 43 Japanese anime (approximately 500 individual episodes on last count) and videogame titles since 1998. Samantha's most known roles are in KingsIsle Entertainment's Wizard 101 and Pirate 101 and in Daybreak Game' DC Comics' DC Universe Online as DC Comics' The Mighty Isis and Lust, Sakura Wars as Kohran Ri, Magical Play as Pipin, Final Fantasy Unlimited as the Chocobo and Cactar. Her other titles include: Ascension the Videogame, Birth, Blade of the Phantom Master, Bratz, City Hunter the motion picture, Cosplay Complex, Dai Guard, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, DearS, Devil Lady, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Eden's Bowy, Gatchaman, Getbackers, Getter Robo, Gun Crazy, Happy Lesson, Jing: King of Bandits, Legend of Crystania the motion picture, Lost Universe, Mazinkaiser, Moeyo Ken, Nadia the Secret of Blue Water, Negima!, New Fist of the Northstar, Ninja Resrrection, Petite Princess Yucie, Princess Blade, Pumpkin Scissors, Queen Emeraldas, Sakura Diaries, Samurai X the OVAs, Samurai X the Motion Picture, Shuten Doji the Star Hand Kid, Soul Hunter, Steam Detectives, Tekken the Motion Picture, Trinity Blood, Wedding Peach, World of Warcraft, and Zone of the Enders

Samantha's resume also includes non anime specific work as well. She has been an animation director for SpikeTV on the series, Fresh Baked Videogames with Rick& Morty creator Justin Roiland, animated on Kevin Smith's Clerks: The Lost Episode, Lilo & Stitch 2: the Origins of Stitch, Disney's Villains' Revenge, Lonestar's "Mr. Mom" music video and many more.

Samantha has acted and has been a stunt worker in many on camera features including: Appaloosa, Blacktino, Beatdown, Elvis & Annabelle, Exterminators, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Grindhouse: Panet Terror, How to Eat Fried Worms, Idiocracy, DC Comic's Jonah Hex, Kabluey, Machete, Machete Kills, Man of the House, National Lampoon's the Stoned Age, No Pain No Gain, Office Space, Shorts, Sin city, Sin City 2, Teeth, The 2 Bobs, Tree of Life, True Grit, and can be seen refularly in From Dusk Till Dawn the series.

Samantha also dabbles in SFX makeup, which can be seen in the movies: Teeth, Predators, Shores of Another Sea, and Grindhouse Planet Terror

When not working in film, Samantha is often cooking, cowboy action shooting, and playing Dungeons & Dragons or table top games.

Creator Guests

Timothy Chiasson


As a 22 year veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corps, (SFC RETIRED) Timothy Chiasson, began his art career in 2007. Timothy was picked up by AT-Products out of Linden, New Jersey (usmilitaryart.com) for his artwork of military Themed pieces, which covered people, vehicles, and aircraft leading him to be the companies number one artist 3 quarters in a row his first year. Over the course of ten years while working with military themed art, Mr. Chiasson, grew a name for himself, which provided him the ability to sell artwork worldwide. His name was well known within the military community where he designed Challenge Coins, Combat patches, Battalion, and Company level themed art pieces. Mr. Chiasson, currently has various works of art on display at the Fort Leonard Wood Military Museum, which is located on Fort Leonard Wood. During his service, he has supported many events by donating personal funds and original artwork to help various charities in the Springfield and Branson, MO area.

After he retired in August 2016, Timothy continued working with his art and was picked up by Robotech, Harmony Gold, USA Inc. as a licensed Fan Artist. He has only just started his new path in March of 2018, and has already had several pieces shown on various Robotech related sites. In his own words for his artwork that covers Robotech, "It's for the fans, by a fan!"

Cosplayer Guests

Margie Vizcarra Cox


Margie Vizcarra Cox is an actress, model, costume designer, entrepreneur, children's charity coordinator, and professional geek based in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with a Bachelors in Art from the University of South Florida in 2006. Since then, she's worked for the Georgia Aquarium as a costume designer. She's modeled for legendary comic artist George Perez' Huntress in DC Comics New 52 World's Finest and is now the model for a main character in Perez' new series with BOOM! Studios Sirens. Cox first gained national recognition as a costume designer and model when she placed in Wizard Magazine's costume contest with her home-made Star Sapphire costume. Since then her photos have gone viral on the internet and have given her international recognition. Her interviews have been translated several different languages and featured in Uno (The Philippines), X-Box (Brazil), Mundo dos Super-Herois (Brazil), and Previews Magazine (International) to name a few.

Of the costumes she's made, she's probably most well known for her Wonder Woman in which she does most of her charity work. For eight years Cox has been involved with Heroes Alliance, an organization whose mission is to bring a real life superhero experience to children who are medically fragile or have special needs. She's currently the Atlanta Branch Leader of Heroes Alliance and it's her favorite part of costuming.

This year, Cox launched her Etsy Store ThatChicGeekBoutique which has been very successful. There she designs and sells geeky kitchenware, clothing, and personal accessories. She's also been studying to be an actor for a few years. She lives with her husband and two dogs in their home in Atlanta.

Michael Cox


Michael Cox is a superhero cosplayer from Atlanta, GA. He, along with his wife Margie Cox, have worked with the superhero costume charity group, Heroes Alliance, since its early days nearly ten years ago and have served in various leadership roles in the group. While he's more recognized for The Flash, Cyclops, and Green Lantern, he also plays Giant-Man on the Avengers Assemble! web series and regularly directs large superhero photo shoots at Dragon Con.

Spotlight

Lars


Booyah!

Daryl Dixon is coming to Visioncon 2019 in Springfield!

He's "nobody's b***h," and he's our Local Spotlight Guest! Missouri's Daryl- the St. Louis-based cosplayer, Lars Van Crafter, is an uncanny lookalike for Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead.

As Daryl says, "people in hell want slurpees." Similarly, fans of the Walking Dead are thirsty to meet their hero- the crossbow wielding, warrior angel, Daryl Dixon. That's why Visioncon is stoked to announce that Missouri's own SHOMEDaryl, Lars Van Crafter, will be our special guest for Visioncon 2019 in Springfield! Lars will be on hand at Visioncon 2019 to take photos, sign autographs and meet all fans, both living and undead.

Lars, as a cosplay model and actor has a portfolio of amazing looks, but is best known for his spot-on portrayal of Norman Reedus and the fan-favorite Daryl Dixon. It's Visioncon's Homecoming, and Lars is one of the great guests we are bringing back "home." He tells us that Visioncon is the second con he ever attended, and remains his favorite. He appreciates how the con gives back to local charities and while having plenty to do, is "small enough for a first timer to not feel overwhelmed." Lars loves the family vibe of the con, and recommends it highly as "an experience that can change your life forever."

We're very excited to welcome back Lars Van Crafter for our Visioncon Homecoming. We're back in Springfield, at the Expo Center May 10-12. Visioncon, Missouri's premier ComicCon is bigger, better and more exciting than ever. Pre-registration is OPEN! Visit visioncon.net to buy your passes to the con and get ready to make friends and enjoy the world of pop culture!

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