Last Updated: 13 July 2018
GUESTS / BRAND TALENT
Wellinton Alves is a Brazilian artist with a robust resume in comics, including work on titles such as Marvel’s Nova, She-Hulk and Thunderbolts. But MOTU fans will know him best for his artwork in the first three MOTU Classics minicomics produced by Dark Horse Comics and packaged with the MOTUC toys from Mattel.
Bill Benecke is the Design Manager for the Warner Bros business, and has worked on all things DC for the last decade. He’s a huge fan of MOTU, and was design lead on MOTU Classics for a run that included Whiplash, Clawful, Orko, and his favorite character, Man-E-Faces.
Katherine Benecke was part of the Packaging Team on MOTU Classics, developing the line looks for Club Grayskull (Filmation), MOTU Minis, and the 12″ vintage MOTU Giants. She has also worked on Justice League Action, Batman, and is the package design lead on Jurassic World.
JOHN F CARROLL
John F Carroll is a professional voice actor, writer, and director. He contributed to the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium.” He’ll be offering DVDs of his documentary “Playtime Masters: Our Memories of He-Man” and Masters of the Universe toys and collectibles.
Rob David is the Head of Development for Boys and Girls Global Content at Mattel. He has also co-plotted and helped develop much of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe comics published in recent years by DC Entertainment.
The Four Horsemen are the toy designers behind the Masters of the Universe Classics and new 5″ vintage style collector lines, as well as the 200X He-Man relaunch from Mattel. Their own Mythic Legions line has grown into an immensely popular action figure legacy.
“PIXEL DAN” EARDLEY
Pixel Dan Eardley is one of the most popular toy reviewers on YouTube today. MOTU and POP fans know him from his extensive coverage of He-Man and She-Ra product. This is the first year Eardley will have a table at Power-Con, where we’ll be helping to celebrate TEN YEARS of Pixel Dan video reviews.
James Eatock has worked on numerous MOTU Dark Horse books, has appeared on The Toys That Made Us, and will be premiering the first act of the incredibly well-received Filmation fan cartoon “The Return of Faker” at Power-Con.
Axel Giménez has worked on the Masters of the Universe Classics minicomics and box art as well as the DC Comics monthly He-Man and the Masters of the Universe comic book series.
Rowby Goren is an Emmy-winner writer who wrote for Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, typically focusing on humorous episodes. Goren has also written for many other shows including TMNT, Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, Three’s Company, and Hollywood Squares.
Terry Higuchi is a Senior Project Manager at Mattel who has worked on many brands. He also worked on numerous MOTU Classics figures, and created the figure Cy-Chop.
Robert Lamb was a staff writer for Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. In addition, he also storyboarded at Filmation for both series along with Fat Albert, Ghostbusters, Blackstar, Shazam!, and BraveStarr.
Randall Lobb is writer/director/producer of Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He has also worked on numerous commercials and shorts, as well as documentaries including features about TMNT and Conan the Barbarian.
Robby London was a writer on the Filmation He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon. In addition to writing for a number of other cartoons, London has been a producer on many series including The Real Ghostbusters, the early 90s G.I. Joe, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Don Manuel is a renowned storyboard artist who worked on many episodes of Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power! He has also worked on many other cartoons including Teenage Mutant Turtles, The Real Ghostbusters, X-Men, and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Ruben Martinez is the Senior Manager of Project Design at Mattel where he has worked on numerous brands over the years. But fans know him best for his contributions to MOTU Classics as well as his designs for the 200x relaunch.
Scott Neitlich is the Director of In-House Brands at Entertainment Earth. He was the writer for the Masters of the Universe Classics minicomics and the former marketing manager for that brand.
Rudy Obrero was the original vintage MOTU box art painter and also painted a number of the maps and some box art for MOTU Classics. He has worked on many properties and was the style guide artist for E.T., Woody Woodpecker, Peter Pan, The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns, Universal Monsters, Curious George, Sitting Ducks and The Power Rangers.
Tim Seeley was the writer for the minicomics from Dark Horse Comics for the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line. He also worked on Dark Horse’s The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe hardcover book. And he is the writer on the upcoming Injustice VS. He-Man and The Master of The Universe miniseries from DC Comics.
TOM SITO *Sunday only
Tom Sito was a storyboard artist, animator, and director on the original Filmation He-Man and She-Ra cartoons. Sito has also worked on such other famous features as Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and DreamWorks’ Shrek.
Brandon Sopinsky is a Project Designer and Brand Builder at Mattel. But fans know him best for his figure and packaging design work on the Masters of the Universe Classics line for both Collector’s Choice and Club Grayskull.
Michael Swanigan was a storyboard artist at Filmation Studios who worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. He has also worked on a wide array of cartoon series including Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Tiny Toon Adventures, DuckTales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Real Ghostbusters, Gargoyles, and X-Men.
TOM TATARANOWICZ *Saturday only
Tom Tataranowicz was a storyboard artist and director on both Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power! He has also worked on many other cartoons including Bravestar: The Legend, Biker Mice From Mars, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Disney’s Aladdin and Lion King.
Mark Taylor was one of the original toy designers to work on Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line. He was key in helping to create the look for the first group of figures ever released, including the iconic He-Man and Skeletor. Taylor’s MOTU illustrations have inspired artists and fans for years.
Rebecca Taylor is the former Creative Director at LJN Toys, and freelance packaging and fashion design for Barbie. But He-Man fans know her best for her labels and stickers on various Mattel “Boys Toys” including the stickers adorning Castle Grayskull for Masters of the Universe.
David Voss was the Senior VP of Design at Mattel who played a key role in the early development of Masters of the Universe Classics. He is now the CCO of Loot Crate where he drives the vision and strategy around the company’s creative efforts.
Tony Washington was the colorist on MVCreations’ Masters of the Universe: Icons of Evil and Masters of the Universe: Rise of the Snake Men comic book series. Washington has also created artwork for Lady Gaga’s Monsters Ball Tour, Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, and numerous video games.
Gwen Wetzler directed several episodes of Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. These included such favorites as “The Problem With Power,” “Not So Blind,” and “Into Etheria”. In addition to He-Man and She-Ra, Wetzler has worked on a variety of other animation programs such as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Tiny Toon Adventures, Transformers, The Legend of Prince Valiant, and Jem.
Wilkins is an illustrator and painter who has created He-Man and She-Ra art for DC Comics and Sideshow. He has also worked on such titles as Batman: Arkham Unhinged, New Mutants, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic – War, and G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes.
Charles Zembillas was a member of the original development team for the Filmation He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon and a lead designer on the She-Ra Princess of Power series as well as Filmation’s Bravestarr.
COSPLAYERS & ARTISTS
Alkali Layke, or Ally as she’s known to her fans, got her start in cosplay after appearing at a convention as a special effects makeup artist. Ally’s cosplay include She-Ra, WonderFETT (mashup), HarleyPOOL (another mashup), and many more. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Martin Ruffer is a Germany-based collector of 1987 Masters of the Universe movie props. But fans know him best for his elaborate full-body cosplay that focuses primarily on a vintage action figure aesthetic.
BEATRICE VON B
Beatrice von B is a Germany-based cosplayer known for her fantastic costumes based on characters from Princess of Power. Follow her on Instagram.
Zabracus (Zaah-Bruh-Cuss) is a level 26 cosplay nerd whose cosplay repertoire includes (S)He-Man, Snow White, Goku, Poison Ivy, and many more. She is also streams on Twitch, where she shares her love of video games and cosplay. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.