John Anderson is an actor, comedian, and self-proclaimed professional "Trick Talking Meat" who hails from Birmingham, Alabama and landed his first major motion picture role as a Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He has also starred in Sleepy Hollow, 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 as well as several other television shows and movies premiering later this year. He was most recently featured in Make-up Artist Magazine for his alien movie make-up as a Hurctarian Ravager. John has been accepted into the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and was given his first speaking role by Oprah Winfrey in her production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. John was also selected by James Gunn to be one of the ten Ravagers from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 to attend a surprise celebration at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016 which is now showing on CONtv. John's involvement in the Birmingham, Alabama Cosplay Community is what led to his career in acting. He can often be found volunteering at charity events around town as Batman, The Joker, and Green Arrow. He refers to himself as " Trick Talking Meat " as coined by the late Carrie Fisher during an interview she did with CNN in 1997 where she explained that the cast had shirts made up with Trick Talking Meat on them as they felt that is how George Lucas treated them on the set of Empire Strikes Back.
Don Teems has worked on The Walking Dead as more than 25 featured walkers. Some of his zombies appear on t-shirts, mugs, cards and various other merchandise. He is also featured on The Walking Dead exclusive pinball machine. He has appeared in more than 100 other TV and film projects such as The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Anchorman 2, Dumb and Dumber To, Identity Theft, Trouble with the Curve, The Change Up, and most recently Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk. He has a fan page at www.Facebook.com/DonTWDZombieTeems and he can be followed on Twitter @djsuperdon
Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana at 6'7" and 325 lbs, Randy "Swoll" Thornton has an extensive career as both a professional wrestler and professional footballer. Randy “Big Swoll” Thornton attended the University of Houston from 1994-1998. His Pro Football career included stints with the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Pro Football World League, Sacramento Gold Miners, and the CFL Sacramento Surge. His Pro Wrestling career was with New Japan and the WCW. Former member of the No Limit Empire with Master P. On June 13, 1999 at The Great American Bash, Swoll assisted fellow Soldiers Konnan and Rey Misterio, Jr. in defeating the Rednecks' Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum, Jr. On the June 24 episode of Thunder, Swoll made his in-ring debut as he and B.A. defeated Disorderly Conduct (Mean Mike and Tough Tom). At Bash at the Beach, the Soldiers (Swoll, Konnan, B.A. and Misterio, Jr.) defeated the Rednecks (Hennig, Duncum, Jr. Barry Windham and Kendall Windham) in an elimination tag team match. After defeating a few other teams over the next few weeks, Swoll and B.A. lost to the Windhams on the August 3 episode of Saturday Night, thus ending both Swoll's undefeated streak and the feud between the Soldiers and the Rednecks. After retiring from wrestling, Thornton began working for the American Center For Character and Cultural Education. He is a born again Christian and also speaks for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Randy is an avid horseback rider and active in the professional equine community. Randy has a wonderful daughter who shares his name.
Ever since she was a kid, Little Red Fox Cosplay has loved costuming. A self-proclaimed pattern and fabric junkie, she can usually be found wandering the aisles in a fabric store, if she isn't sitting behind her sewing machine or draping fabric on her dressform and dreaming up her next creation. Having judged many cosplay contests over the past few years, she loves the creativity and artistry of the cosplay community, and is a stickler for detail and a sucker for beautiful, clean seams. Always willing to lend a helping hand, she enjoys holding impromptu cosplay workshops and teaching the next generation of cosplayers all of the tips and tricks she has learned over the years. When she isn't working on a project, she loves to read comic books and play video games, and says Bioware owns her soul. She is also an avid Harry Potter fan (Slytherin house) and loves all things in the fantasy genre. Martha is an active cosplayer in the Southeast and certainly one of the nicest people you'll ever meet!
Chris Skipper of Alpha Cosplay is a Mobile, Alabama native that began his cosplaying career in 2014 as his favorite DC villain, The Riddler and is best known for a handful of characters including the elusive and never forgotten, Barnacle Boy! Chris will be joining us at Gump City this year to talk about some of his favorite cosplays and will host a panel on cosplay techniques on any budget! Chris's favorite aspect of cosplay is "seeing the kids get excited when they think you're really their favorite superhero"
Angie Starr is an Atlanta based cosplayer and go-go dancer. She has over a decade of experience in dance and performance arts. Dancing and performing go hand in hand with the fun themes and costumes involved with the cosplay industry. Angie, has also been cosplaying since 2009 and performing on stage for thousands at Dragon Con several years in a row. Follow her on Twitch.tv/missangiestarr Angie is our 4th and final cosplay guest this year and we're so very excited to have her in the Gump! She will be teaching us about gogo during the afterhours (18 and up) panel sessions and will have several prints available for purchase as well!
Kyle Miller (Foamsmeef) is a Cosplayer and Costume Designer from Northwest Florida; where he is currently enlisted and serves active duty in the United States Airforce. He spends all his free time working to build his cosplay business and portfolio. He is most known for his insanely large builds and engineering prowess; especially when it comes to making articulating wings or additional body parts. He started cosplaying in late 2015 and since then has received several awards and best in shows at various conventions throughout the Southern United States. He has recently come out with a line of Foam specifically designed for cosplayers and will be opening up his creative space/ costuming school around summer 2018. He is currently in the process of expanding his cosplay supply line to include thermoplastics as well as other mediums at an affordable cost for the everyday cosplayer!
Dava Renee is a cosplayer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Best known for her Tank Girl and Black Canary costumes, she is committed to bringing fun, personality and body positivity to the cosplay community. She has a firm belief that cosplay is for everyone regardless of age, gender or body type. In addition to cosplay she is involved with several volunteer organizations and is strongly committed to hunger programs in the southwest.
Special Guest Info:
All guest appearances are confirmed, but guest schedules are always subject to change. Gump City Con cannot guarantee appearances, but we will always try to tell you in advance of any changes to the guest line-up in our News Section, should there be any.
Some guests will charge a nominal fee for autographs and those fees are at the sole discretion of the particular guest in question. In general, they will range from free all the way up to $50 per autograph. Gump City Con DOES NOT set, monitor, or control pricing of autographs and all transactions are per each guest specifically.
All guests are scheduled to appear throughout the duration of the event unless otherwise informed, but signing times may vary. These times are set typically impromptu as demand dictates. (i.e. if a guest has no line, they may take lunch and when the line builds up, they may come back - this is standard protocol)
Photos are also at the sole discretion of each guest. Some may allow in booth photos, others may not. If a guest does not have information posted, don't hesitate to ask - they are here for YOU!