Several Major Guests Coming to Minneapolis Comic Con

Jul 23rd 2014
Minneapolis, MN - July 23, 2014 - Meta Con, the third annual comic convention in Minneapolis, is excited to announce several major guest stars attending the convention in 2014, including stars from Futurama, Nerdcore music, and the Power Rangers. For details on Meta Con, happening October 31 - November 2, 2014, visit http://metaconvention.com/

Billy West
William Richard "Billy" West is best known from numerous voices in Futurama, including Philip J. Fry, Zoidberg, The Professor, and Zapp Brannigan. He has starred in other famous shows including The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Howard Stern Show, Doug, and Jimmy Neutron. He also voiced Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Popeye during later renditions of the respective characters. He voices Corky Shumatsu, Poultra and Sam Melnik on Jimmy Neutron.

Lauren Tom
Lauren Tom is a stage, film, television and voice actress possibly best known as voicing Amy Wong and her mother Inez on Futurama. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the NBC sitcom Friends, and the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voiced Amy Wong and her mother Inez, while on King of the Hill she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone. She also played Numbuh 3 in Codename Kids Next Door.

Jason Faunt
Jason Faunt was born outside of Chicago, IL. After years of playing college and then a brief stint in pro baseball he hung up the cleats and decided to move out to L.A. to pursue a longtime dream of becoming an actor. Initially having some success on the commercial and print side Jason started doing bit work on soap operas which led to his role of ‘Kane’ on Port Charles and ‘Carson’ on Passions. Soon after he booked the lead as the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Time Force, playing two different characters, one from both the present and the future. Since completing work on the Power Rangers Jason has done a lot, such as co-Producing and starring in his own film that appeared and received festival acclaim in several national festivals. The film is entitled 'Pact'. The past year Jason has been working in the motion capture world as the Leon S. Kennedy, lead character in Resident Evil 6. Jason resides in Newport Coast, CA with his wife Stephanie and two daughters Keira and Makayla. Ages 6 and 4.

Blake Foster
Blake's film work has included Danielle Steeles' Family Album, as well as Above Suspicion, and Kids World. When not on the big screen, Foster was making small-screen appearances on shows like Walker: Texas Ranger, the TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House as Peter Brady, and an appearance on the famed Beverly Hills: 90210. Blake is perhaps best known for his role as Justin Stewart, the Blue Ranger in the hit TV show Power Rangers Turbo. Blake assumed the mantle of the Blue Turbo Ranger at only the age of 12, making him the first and only pre-teen Power Ranger in history. He made his debut for the show in the feature-film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. After leaving the show, Blake stayed in television with appearances on Two of a Kind with the Olsen Twins, Boy Meets World, and landed a lead role in the TV film Casper Meets Wendy alongside Hillary Duff. Blake reprised the role of Justin, making his final appearance in an episode of Power Rangers In Space, wrapping up plot holes left behind from his abrupt departure at the conclusion of Turbo. Foster currently holds a 3rd degree master black belt in American Tang Soo Do style karate, and is training for his 4th degree master black belt testing under master Tom Bloom.

Schaffer The Darklord
In the ten years since creating his act, NYC-based rapper and comedian Schaffer the Darklord (STD) has employed a cartoonishly commanding stage presence and brainy, rapid-fire rhymes to skewer such topics as hedonistic substance abuse, sexual compulsion, gender identity, urban anxiety and obsessive cat-enthusiasts. With five full-length albums under his belt and experience touring the nation with such acts as mc chris, MC Frontalot and MC Lars, STD's music and live show are equal parts Bill Hicks, Beastie Boys, Prince, Ozzy Osbourne and Darth Vader. He's made multiple appearances on the Science Channel television program "Oddities," and when he's not on the road, he serves as emcee for countless NYC burlesque shows and produces/co-hosts his podcast, "The Epic Piecast." His latest record "Sick Passenger," a concept album set during a mysterious therapy session, was released in October 2013 to glowing praise from his cult-like fan base and critics alike. Schaffer the Darklord continues to write, record and perform with great frequency and has no intention of giving up until his masochist rock-n-roll lifestyle destroys him. http://schafferthedarklord.com

Meta Con is a celebration of geekiness and anime culture. People interested in attending are encouraged to buy their advance tickets early on http://metaconvention.com/register to save as much as $20 per person through advance discounts. Autographs for some of these special guests may come at a fee between $10 and $20 per item signed.

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