Here's where you'll find the list of guests for our 2015 show. More guests will be announced as contracts are finalized. Stay tuned...and sign up for our e-Newsletter to be notified with the latest news.
Most of our guests will have scheduled autographing times. Most will also be giving talks.
We're thrilled-- and just a little bit scared-- to announce the return of WonderFest alumni/The Walking Dead exec producer/director Greg Nicotero for 2015! Greg's been in super-high demand for the past five years due to his creative input and directorial duties on the most successful cable series of all time! We're happy to have him back among the living to celebrate his leap from long-time (and Oscar and Emmy-winning) FX-makeup-maestro to helming The Walking Dead and its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead!
Most WonderFesters know the name Gerry Anderson, creator of television adventure programs with a difference: Most starred marionettes and were filmed using brilliant miniatures. Thunderbirds, Supercar, Fireball XL-5, and Captain Scarlet entertained more than one generation. Gerry died in 2012, but his son, Jamie Anderson, is using crowd-sourcing to develop some of his father's unproduced ideas. Firestorm just exceeded its fundraising targets and is moving forward into production. Jamie, and designer Eric Chu, will present exclusive material from Firestorm. Please welcome Jamie, who is coming in from England for us, to his first WonderFest! To learn more about Firestorm, visit the web page.
The Cylon God returns! Conceptual designer for SyFy's hit retooling of Battlestar Galactica, storyboard and layout artist for animated series including Beetlejuice, Droids, Babar and the legendary J Michael Straczynski-penned kid's show Captian Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Eric has crossed the globe from Hong Kong to Vancouver, leaving a trail of broken hearts and shattered minds — yet still eludes capture by INTERPOL! He's been busy with some shadowy projects including Firestorm with Jamie Anderson and a very talented team. We must learn more. We have ways... Visit Eric's Paranoid Delusions Facebook page.
Ken Palkow's career in the film industry began while watching shows like... Battlestar Galactica, Space 1999, and Buck Rogers. His love for s-f would ultimately take him to Hollywood as a special effects, weapons, and prop fabricator. He's built everything from serum canisters in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Kate Beckinsale's weapons in Underworld: Awakening, Colonial sidearms in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Recent projects include TV's The Flash, Star Trek Into Darkness, the Robocop remake, Almost Human, and the new Godzilla. Ken will bring screen used props to give WonderFesters an up close sneak peek. To see more of his work, check out his imdb page.
The Daughter of Frankenstein herself, the incomparable Sara Karloff, returns to WonderFest 2015 this May! The head of Karloff Enterprises-- and quite literally a living, tribute to her beloved father Boris Karloff-- Sara will be on hand to show rare home movies and behind the scenes footage.
An internationally-recognized interior designer, renowned author, art consultant, public speaker, screenwriter…all these titles describe one individual: Victoria Price. Her father, horror icon Vincent Price once said: "A man who limits his interests, limits his life." His daughter is clearly the embodiment of that sage advice. In fact, she wrote the critically-acclaimed "Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography" in 1999. Join her as she shares unique anecdotes and insight on one of the screen’s most cherished actors.
Sadly, C. Martin Croker has had to cancel his appearance because of a family member illness. We hope he will return in 2016!
Has it really been 11 years since we first welcomed the delightful Marta Kristen to WonderFest? Or 50 years since her first appearance as Judy Robinson in Lost in Space? During her acting career Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Beach Blanket Bingo, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mannix, Murphy Brown, and even the Lost in Space movie in 1998. She also appeared in more than 40 commercials. For the past few years she has concentrated on her family, only recently appearing at special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her best-known job. While her Lost in Space role was not as prominent as promised by Irwin Allen, her following has proven that she made a great impact on generations of dreamers. Visit Marta's website.
Marta Kristen's appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!
Our pal John Eaves will not be able to attend this year after all because of movie deadlines. He sends his regrets to all his WonderFest friends and says "I'll be back!"
It's highly likely you've seen Jeff Gaither's work. His art has graced the covers of records, CD's, band shirts and merchandise for bands such as: The Misfits, Guns-N-Roses, GG Allin, Municipal Waste, Testament, The Undead, and many more. Jeff has even worked under the legendary Ed "Big Daddy" Roth" (creator of Rat Fink). His recent projects include a solo exhibit, “Burning Temples,” and he's currently painting an original Gaither design on a life size horse statue for Gallopalooza, which celebrates the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. To keep up with Jeff and what he's up to, be sure to visit his website and follow his Facebook Fan Page, Jeff Gaither – Art for the Criminally Insane.
It's a delight to welcome back the multi-talented Frank Dietz! He's a founding member of the Damn Dirty Geeks podcast, co-owner of Benevolent Monster Productions (with past guest Trish Geiger), and author/artist of the upcoming book Sketchy Things: The Art of Frank Dietz. The Beast Wishes documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns that he and Trish cooked up was fantastic...and now we can look forward to seeing their mockumentary short A Zombie Next Door and even a special preview of their upcoming Kong doc Long Live the King! Visit Frank's website and view his latest podcast here.
Brandon is a bi-coastal actor working in film and television. He's known for advancing the five-year mission through space as the multi-layered and beloved Mr. Spock in the acclaimed web series Star Trek: New Voyages/ Phase II. Brandon can also be seen on NCIS-New Orleans, American Horror Story and the upcoming series Zoo, as well as Terminator: Genisys.
Robert portrays Admiral Robert "Bob" Withrow, Chief of Operations of the sector the Enterprise patrols in Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II. The character recently appeared in the vignette "Going Boldly" and in the episode "Mind-Sifter," and will be seen in future New Voyages episodes including the soon to be released "The Holiest Thing." Robert is a lifelong fan and has one of the largest screen-used Trek uniform collections in the country. When not enjoying his collection with his wife and 3 children, he owns and runs a successful window manufacturing and home improvement company.
Clay is a very disturbed 49-year-old who thinks he's still 25, surrounds himself with vintage toys and still plays Star Trek with his friends. He plays Kor in the Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II episode "Mind Sifter." He is a high school art teacher who has worked as a professional makeup artist, as well as doing artwork for Cryptozoic Entertainment's The Walking Dead and The Hobbit trading card sets, as well as sets for Leaf, Breygent, and upcoming sets from Cult-Stuff.
Dale is owner of DALE MORTON STUDIO, a company in West Virginia that creates professional mascot character costumes for schools and corporations all across America. In addition to mascots Dale also creates custom masks, creatures, makeup, props & armor. In addition to costumes and creatures Dale has also sculpted model kits for Three Kings Resin.
Jeff is a professional cinematographer with years of experience filming everything from feature films and music videos to Superbowl commercials winning many awards for his work including 2 Emmys, 5 Tellys, and 5 Addys. He had the privilege of working and learning from the original TOS cinematographer Gerald "Jerry" Finnerman.
Shawn Tabor, Capt, USAFR (RET) is CEO of Battlegrounds Productions. He serves as a military technical advisor, writer, prop maker, stock footage provider, and researcher to the entertainment industry. He has contributed to over 300 features, television shows, commercials and music videos to date. In addition to his New Voyages/Phase II duties as Assistant Property Master he is currently producing the movie "Vilkova" that he also co-wrote.
Visit the Star Trek New Voyages website.
Mark Cantrell, long-time WonderFest friend and attendee, returns this year as a guest author. His new book, "A Weird-Oh World - The Art of Bill Campbell" is now published--and it's fantastic! Campbell's art spanned the monstrously silly Hawk Weird-Ohs—a series of models in the early 1960's featuring monsters in hot rods—to serious aircraft and other subjects. We're delighted to learn more about Mark's journey of creating the book, as well as seeing an exhibit of Campbell original paintings! Visit Mark's website.
There's really only one word to describe our long-time WonderFest guest artist, collaborator and friend: Legend. From underground comix and album art from the LA rock scene to movie posters and production design to consistently dazzling the world of Paleo-art and Dinosaur science, Bill has done it all as a master of all media. He's been as prolific as ever, recently completing his Pleistocene wildlife mural for the San Diego Zoo, designing a new poster for his favorite film King Kong and moving into a new studio space. Watch for updates on his WF 2015 tee shirt design, coming soon! Feast your eyes on Bill's work on his website.
Twin titans of terror Cortlandt Hull and Bill Diamond return to WonderFest in 2015 with three figures: Uncle Henry Hull, Dr. Phibes, and Karloff as "Dr. Hohner" from The Climax, as well as original Dick Smith pieces from The Exorcist, Little Big Man, and his original Karloff "Frankenstein Monster"! Film preservationists, documentarians — The Aurora Monsters, Phantom of the Opera: Unmasking the Masterpiece — artists, sculptors and master puppeteers, Cortlandt and Bill have been a big part of the 'Fest for many years now and we encourage you to visit preservehollywood.org and billdiamondproductions.com to learn more about their efforts and support our heritage of horror, fantasy and science fiction history!
Rondo and Pulp Factory award-winning artist Mark Maddox returns for WonderFest 2015! A fan-favorite for many years, Mark's been busy lately with cover and illustration work for Doctor Who Magazine, as well as Warner Brothers, EMCE Toys, SCREEM Magazine, HorrorHound, Little Shoppe Of Horrors, Video Watchdog and many, many more efforts! His exclusive WonderFest print from 2014 was a beauty, and he'll have many new and dazzling works on display and for sale this year as well...
We're thrilled to welcome writer and modeler Andy Pearson, Specials Editor of the fine British magazine, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller. He's taking the trip across the pond to Louisville because, as he put it, "I recently met a UK based modeller at a local garage kit show who had attended this year's event and was so enthusiastic that, after a while, we had to wrap him in a blanket and lock him in a cupboard to stop him talking about it." Andy will talk about the joys of producing an independent specialist model book in the UK. Visit Andy's blog.