Presenters & Artists

Kids Create AGE OF GEEKS
The Age of the Geeks Cosplay Group are a group of seasoned Cosplayers that have come together to create and organize some of the premiere cosplay events in Chicago to provide a safe and inviting environment for the geek community. AoG tends to host and emcee cosplay contest as various Comic Cons, events and gatherings. Now The Age of the Geeks have expanded to their new brand AoG Orlando Florida. The Age of the Geeks are putting the “PLAY” back in COSPLAY.
You can find them roaming FanCon, posing for pictures, and hosting our gaming tournament!
A long time fan of all things Star Wars, Andrew Trygstad has made it a life's passion to learn how to teach and fight with weapons safely and effectively for the Stage.  He recently completed his Bachelor's degree from Columbia College Chicago, where he spent an extensive amount of time studying Stage Combat more extensively.  Outside of his work as a fight Choreographer in and out of Chicago and the suburbs, he's begun comprehensively mapping out each of the seven lightsaber forms, and preparing a manual to allow hardcore fans to dive deeper into the world surrounding this "Elegant weapon from a far more civilized Age."  He hopes you enjoy Fancon, and will help you learn a thing or two about how to swing a saber without hurting your fellow Jedi.
Dave Scheidt is a radical dude from Chicago, Illinois. When he's not writing comic books he enjoys eating pizza. He has written comics for Cartoon Network, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon. He is the writer and co-creator of Wrapped Up published by Lion Forge Comics.
Come find Dave in our Artists' Alley.
Don Cardenas is the Co-Creator and Artist of the independent comic series PACKS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY, as well as the artist for several anthologies including the Kickstarter hits THIS NIGHTMARE KILLS FASCISTS, and BANDTHOLOGY. His work can also be seen in the official THE THING ARTBOOK, as well as the titles THE ORDER OF DRACULA and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Come find Don in our Artists' Alley.
Edward is a member of Northside Comic Artists, a collective of comic creators on the North side of Chicago. Northside Comic holds weekly drawing events and publishes group members' work. Membership ranges from amateurs to professionals. Check them out and join a meeting at
Come find Edward in Artists' Alley.
Jane Labowitch, aka Princess Etch, is a full-time Etch-A-Sketch artist living in Chicago. Jane started playing with an Etch-A-Sketch when she was 4. Because she never stopped, she now has over 20 years of experience. Jane's Etch-A-Sketch art has allowed her to travel all over the US, as well as Paris and India.Notable clients include Disney, MTV, Cartoon Network, The Ritz-Carlton, Callaway, and Toys R Us. Notable shout-outs include the Huffington Post, the Art Institute of Chicago, NPR, the Chicago Blackhawks, CNN, Pee-wee Herman and Britney Spears.
Princess Etch will be teaching a fandom-themed workshop in the Lindsey Room.
By day, Russell Lissau is a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night he battles evil writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES and the critically acclaimed OLD WOUNDS. His newest projects include the devil-comes-to-dine drama DINNER AT DANTE’S and the science fiction tale BUSTED.  For more, visit
Come find Russell in our Artists' Alley.
Kids Create SEAN DOVE
Sean Dove is an Illustrator based out of Chicago, Il. He's the co-creator of BROBOTS from Oni Press, colorist on WRAPPED UP and has worked on other several other titles including MADBALLS, RICK AND MORTY, and INVADER ZIM. You can find more of his work at
Steph Stanga is an illustrator from Chicago, IL. She specializes in freelance work involving character illustration, shirt designs, portraits, logo designs, and more! Steph loves making not-so-cute things cute, and she draws her inspiration from nature and animated films.
Come find Steph in our Artist Alley!
Zach is no longer able to attend.
Kids Create 501st MIDWEST GARRISON
Come and meet members of the 501st Midwest Garrison, who will be posing for photos throughout the day. The 501st is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. They have spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide through authentic-looking costumes since 1997, and are truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate.
Spending over 15 years on the stage, and even more with a video game controller in his hand, Anthony Mele is a big ol' nerd.  Literally.  You'll find him easily by looking up, he's 6'5".  If you're not sure where he is, look for where the food is.  There's a good chance he's stuffing his face.
Anthony will be leading an interactive gaming experience in the Training Center.


Jeffrey Brown is the best selling author and illustrator of the middle grade Jedi Academy series as well as the Darth Vader and Son series. He's also written about cats, robots, superheroes and funny things his kids say. Jeffrey's current series has been 40,000 years in the making: Lucy & Andy Neanderthal! Book three - Bad To The Bones - will be out this fall.
Kids Create JENNY HALE
Jenny Hale is a web and graphic designer with Masters Degrees in HCI and LIS. She’s currently studying Egyptology at the University of Manchester. She’s also a competitive cosplayer and belongs to Rebel Legion, We Are Cosplay, and other cosplay groups. Recently she won 3rd Place in L.A. Comic Con's Prop Competition and Best in Show at Wizard World Chicago. She also acts, recently appearing in a Harry Potter fan film and Lyric Opera’s Die Zauberflöte; is a violinist with the NSO, OPRF Symphony Orchestra, and the Renaissance Faire; and plays for the Rockford Peaches, a living history softball league.
Kids Create LISA HALE
Lisa Hale (aka Haelstorm Cosplay) is a professional theatrical Costume Designer, costume maker, an award-winning cosplayer, and musician/performer at the Bristol RenFaire (Bristol Buskin’ Frolic). For 20+ years, she has made her own costumes, but officially started cosplaying in 2010. Some of her favorite cosplays—and ones that she is known for—are Ted “Theodore” Logan (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), Queen Amidala (Star Wars: Ep.1), and Diva Plavalaguna (Fifth Element)
She is affiliated We Are Cosplay, Costumers with a Cause Midwest, and Rebel Legion. Through these groups, she’s participated in many charitable events, movie premiers, parades, and panel discussions.
George Gant is a Chicago-based cartoonist, illustrator, and colorist. He is the creator of The Reset Button and On the Grind, and is a colorist for Hero Cats of Stellar City. Some of his clients include Tru-Vue, Michaels Arts and Crafts, and Aaron Brothers.
Come find George in our Artists' Alley.
Justyna Babinska - penname Justasuta - is a local Artist, Illustrator, and Storyteller who blends both traditional and digital mediums in colorful and kinetic art centering around cool fandoms, mythical creatures and cinematic scenes!
Come find Justyna in our Artists' Alley.
Kids Create LEO PEREZ
Leo Perez is born and raised in The Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, Il. Leo's art is heavily influenced by graffiti art and all the colorful palette that Mexican culture offers! Leo is one half of CheeseLord Comics! Leo has also worked on Cryptozoic Entertainment's Ghostbusters trading card set and is currently working on a secret project for Upper Deck! 
Come find Leo in our Artists' Alley.
Kids Create RAZ ORTIZ
Raz is unable to attend this year.
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