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Matthew Atchley is a celebrity artist known for his detailed drawings and illustrations. His subjects span across all fandoms and different forms of pop culture including characters from popular TV, film, comics, and more. Matthew has created artwork for several actors from The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Breaking Bad, Arrow, The Flash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Napoleon Dynamite to just name a few. Matthew appears at comic conventions and events as a special guest all across the country. His artwork has also graced book covers, company logos, and art gallery walls. He was recently ranked in 4th place in an international poll for Best Portrait Artist by the Spacie Awards. artofmattewatchley.com
John Anderson is an actor, comedian, and self-proclaimed professional "Trick Talking Meat" who hails from Birmingham, Alabama. He landed his first major motion picture role as a Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. John also appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sleepy Hollow, Logan Lucky, Discovery Channel’s Manhunt: Unabomber, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Case for Christ, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, MacGyver, Being Mary Jane, and Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home.John's involvement in the Birmingham cosplay community ignited his interest in acting, and he can frequently be found around town volunteering at charity events as Batman, The Joker, and Green Arrow.
MeLeesa Swann grew up in the small town of Millbrook, AL. She always loved reading and frequently wrote stories to live out her own adventurous dreams. One day, on a whim, she entered a competition and out of tens of thousands of people, she placed in the top 100. She then embraced her destiny and became an author. She has written many genres including, Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adult, Horror, and Middle Grade. Her current favorite is Middle Grade; she never really grew up anyways, so it works perfectly. MeLeesa recently published her first novel, Legendary Lex: An ODD Beginning. She is working on the second book of the series and plotting future stories in her spare time.
Kelli Smith and Monique Fuqua are award winning costumers, cosplay guests, panelists, performers, and artistic models, and artists based out of Memphis, TN and have been active in the costuming and entertainment community for a combined 15 years. They have been envited as guests, performers, and featured cosplayers to over 20 conventions across the United States.
Ministry Of Silly Suits
Founded in 2008, Ministry of Silly Suits is a cosplay group from Mississippi. They are comprised of tailors, prop makers, and wig stylists. Most of their members have been cosplaying and going to conventions since 2004. In addition to having won over twenty awards at multiple conventions across the Southeast, they have also been invited as guests, held panels, judged costume contests, and even hosted events.
Keith Wahl is a professional celebrity artist hailing from Anniston, Alabama. To all he meets, he's known as 'That Spray Paint Guy!’ His subjects span across tv, film, comics, games, and anime. His work has been displayed in art gallery shows and conventions across the Southeast. He’s truly passionate about helping people live happier lives through art and geek culture. He is also an accomplished photographer. He loves anything and everything art!