As always, we will be inviting a number of special guests along to BronyCAN this year, from show actors to musicians. We're working hard to finalise arrangements, and we will announce all our guests here as the year progresses, so keep checking back to see who you can meet and talk to at BronyCAN 2014!
Nicole Oliver Voice of Princess Celestia, Cheerilee
Nicole Oliver has worked for over twenty years in the entertainment industry as an actor, producer, and director. Ms. Oliver has been nominated by her peers for several Leo Awards for her work on both the small and big screen and just recently won the UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Voice for her work in animation. She is the recipient of both the Founders Award for leadership and sustainability and the Chancellors Award for highest academic achievement. The multifaceted Ms. Oliver is in high demand in the television, feature film, animation, corporate communications, advertising, and video game markets. She has provided her voice-over expertise to over 100 companies including American Express, Wireless Wave, Club House, and McDonald’s, and she has voiced innumerable animation programs such as Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, Tom and Jerry, Strawberry Shortcake, and the Barbie franchise. Ms. Oliver’s credits in film and television include numerous leads in various MOWs, television shows, and feature films in both Canada and the United States (See IMDB.com for a more detailed list of credits). Ms. Oliver has worked for every major network in the US and Canada, and has projects debuting in 2013 for Lifetime, City-TV, and Entertainment One.
As a Director, Producer, and Host, Ms. Oliver worked on the hit Slice Network series Crash Test Mommy for four seasons, helping 52 well-deserved mothers get a break and a heap of praise from their families for all the work moms do to keep a household running smoothly. Other Directing/Producing credits include The Centre (pilot- Producer/Director), 12 episodes of the animated series Mira and Marie (Director), and the feature film NOROC (Co-Producer). As co-founder of Predator Communications, Ms. Oliver has conceived, produced, and directed content for such clients as the City of Vancouver, the City of Ottawa, and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.
Sam Vincent Voice of Flim
Sam was born and raised in Vancouver and has been working in the film and television industry as an actor and voice performer for over 25 years. One of his first animated series was performing the voice of AFC Blinky in Bucky O’ Hare and the Toad Wars. He also provided the voice for the much beloved character Double D on the popular Cartoon Network series Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy. Sam was very honored and excited to bring to life the iconic characters of Baby Bugs, Daffy, and Tweety for the Baby Looney Tunes series. His first introduction to the world of My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic was playing the role of Flim, one half of the notorious Flim Flam brothers. The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 song is one of Sam’s favourite performances to date. He is currently working on several shows which include Pac Man, Max Steel, and Slugterra. He has also started producing films and is in pre-production for a teen comedy entitled Last Night in Suburbia.
Richard Ian Cox Voice of Snails
Richard Ian Cox has been acting in film and television since the late 1700’s. Understandably, work was hard to come by in the early days before the invention of either medium. It wasn’t until the release of the first talkies in 1927 that Richard’s career started to show signs of life. He first became known to the viewing public with the airing of “The Adventures of the Black Stallion” in 1990. Richard’s modern career has included regular stints on Cold Squad, Beggars and Choosers, Breaker High, as well as guest starring roles on Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Eureka, Fringe, Once Upon a Time and films including Alive, R.V., Battle in Seattle, Ghost Rider.
Richard has also enjoyed a varied career in animation . . . well not the animation part, the talking part. Roles in Ranma 1⁄2, Inuyasha, Botsmaster, Trouble Chocolate, First Gundam, Mega Man, Gundam Seed, Hamtaro, Gundam 00, Being Ian, X-Men Evolution, Will and Dewitt, Care Bears, Disney XD’s Max Steel, and of course, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, along with a bunch of other stuff, has earned Richard a reputation as a guy who knows which end of a mic to speak into. Richard is excited to be attending BronyCAN and telling everyone about the upcoming movie he is writing and directing for, Last Night in Suburbia.
Andrew Francis Voice of Shining Armor
Andrew Francis is a working actor in the highly competitive film and television industry. He’s been working steadily since he was a toddler. His credits include numerous feature films, including “Fakers”, in which he was nominated for a Male Lead Actor Gemini Award in 2013. Andrew is also a very talented voice artist. He has voiced several well know animated shows. Most recently, Andrew has entered into the Production side of Film-making and is co-producing several films including “The Circle” and “Suburbia”.
Veena Sood Voice of Ms. Harshwhinny
Veena Sood is well known Vancouver actress – known for her versatility in theatre, film, television, cartoon voices, improv comedy, and hosting. She’s been a series regular on 5 different TV shows, as well as co-hosting her own talk show, TV specials, galas, & awards events, throughout Canada.
She has numerous film & television credits including 50/50, A Fairly Odd Summer, Bates Motel, Endgame, Stargate SGI, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Battlestar Galactica, & Saving Hope. She’s been a featured performer at many theatre festivals including; The Glasgow Comedy Festival, The Vancouver Comedy Festival and The Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Veena is a 3 time Jessie Richardson nominee & winner, as well as a Leo Award winner for her work over the years.
Currently Veena is involved in numerous projects, including the voice of Ms. Harshwhinny on My Little Pony, appearing in the upcoming Movie of the week Buried Secrets, as well as being co-artistic director of Truth Be Told Theatre, which produces the improvised The Life Game show.
Jayson Thiessen Director / Co-Executive Producer / Animator
Jayson Thiessen was raised in western Canada on a healthy cartoon diet of Looney Tunes, Disney and 80’s Saturday morning shows. His love of the animated medium spawned a desperate desire to draw and create, filling numerous sketchbooks with silly cartoon ideas and characters. Ever since 1998, he has worked in the Vancouver animation industry starting as a classical animator, then transitioning to digital Flash animation and working his way up the ranks to become a Director. In 2009 he took on the role of Supervising Director for the latest incarnation of the Hasbro series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and applied his complete love and attention towards the show, which went on to become a runaway cult sensation around the world. In 2012, Jayson directed the spinoff My Little Pony movie; Equestria Girls, which debuted at the LA film festival in 2013. He was later elevated to Co-Executive Producer on the series and continues to direct the latest season. He also appears as a guest speaker at various fan and industry conventions, where he talks about his experiences and expertise in animation production and directing.
‘Big’ Jim Miller Co-Director
Big Jim Miller is a storyboard artist, cartoonist, director and improvisor living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has worked primarily as a storyboard artist, most notably for 10 years at a.k.a. Cartoon Inc. on Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, where he was a part of all 5 seasons, the 3 holiday specials and the TV movie. He has also done storyboard work on Kid Vs. Kat, Capcom’s Dead Rising 3 and the Hub’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. After starting on MLP, he has since moved on to storyboard supervising seasons 2 and 3 of that series, as well as the Equestria Girls movie. Season 4 of MLP saw Jim promoted to co-director, episodes of which are currently airing on the Hub Network. You can also see his work on the comic strip Mystery: Solved! available bi-monthly in Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
Daniel Ingram Composer, Songwriter
A multi-Emmy nominated and award-winning composer, Daniel is best known for his songs on the phenomenally successful TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. He is one of the most prolific and identifiable composers working in television today, with a credit list that spans hundreds of episodic scores and over 200 original songs. Daniel has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and enjoys the unusual distinction of inspiring thousands of YouTube remixes and covers of his music by fans of all ages. His many television shows include Littlest Pet Shop, Martha Speaks, Pound Puppies, Dr. Dimensionpants, Kate & Mim Mim, and Equestria Girls. Daniel Ingram will only be attending on Saturday (August 23rd) of BronyCAN 2014 due to professional commitments.
Steffan Andrews Composer, Orchestrator
An award-winning composer & orchestrator, Steffan has written over 2000 minutes of score for internationally-recognized television series watched by millions around the world. Steffan is best known for having orchestrated the majority of songs from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic including the Daytime Emmy-nominated “May The Best Pet Win” as well as composing the underscore and orchestrating songs for both musical episodes to date, including the Leo Award-winning “Magical Mystery Cure” and Weird Al Yankovic extravaganza “Pinkie Pride.” He is regularly working on many projects, with credits including Littlest Pet Shop, League of Super Evil, Voltron Force & more.
Stephanie Mahoney Layout/Posing Supervisor
Steph has been in the animation industry for 9 years. She’s had the privilege to work on shows such as Atomic Betty, Ruby Gloom, Kid vs. Kat, Pound Puppies and of course, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has been at DHX Media since 2008. When she heard about the possibility of working on MLP, she pestered Jayson until she was locked into animating on Season 1. On Seasons 2 and 3 she was in the Layout/Posing department. In Season 4 she went on to supervise Layout/Posing.
Steph has been an avid Con-goer and cosplayer for 14 years but this will be her first appearance as a guest.
Christopher Leinonen Layout/Posing Supervisor
Christopher has been in the animation biz since 2007, and at DHX since 2008 (back when it was Studio B). He started on Season 1 of MLP as a Layout/Posing Artist, and was a Layout/Posing Supervisor on Seasons 2 and 4. Other shows he’s worked on include Kid vs Kat and Packages from Planet X. When not ponying or engaging in armchair radicalism, he sometimes makes comics with the Cloudscape Comics Society (www.cloudscapecomics.com), a group of independent Vancouver comic artists. His work has been published in four of their annual anthologies.
Rebecca Dart Art Director on Season 5
Rebecca Dart is a Vancouver artist that has been working in the local animation industry for 17 years. In the past she’s worked on such shows as Ned’s Newt and Mission Hill. She has worked on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic since season 2 and is the designer of such characters as Queen Chrysalis and her changelings, Princess Cadence, Shining Armor, Ahuizotl, the Power Ponies, Sunset Shimmer and many others. She also did character design for the first Equestria Girls movie. Rebecca is currently the art director on MLP:FiM season 5.
Nicole Gauss Character Designer
Nicole has worked in the animation industry for almost 15 years and she was hired on MLP:Friendship is Magic as a character designer for season one. Nicole is also a character designer on Littlest Pet Shop and she has worked on Atomic Betty, Braceface, Milo’s Bug Quest, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; she was also a clean-up artist on Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
We are very excited to have her attend our convention once again. Like last year, she will be selling art at her vendor table, so why not have your own character drawn by an official My Little Pony artist?
Kora Kosicka Season 5 Character Designer
Kora is a children’s media illustrator who primarily works in character and toy design; her background includes design work for Disney Canada, DHX Media, and Hasbro Studios. She is currently the character designer on Season 5, and her other MLP credits include character design for Season 3, and initial concept art for Equestria Girls. Kora is also the character designer for seasons 1-3 of LPS. Her favourite things include cookies, the BBC, and her rabbit, Colbert—one of these things would be her cutie mark, but probably not the BBC. Because how even?
Comic Book Guests
Georgia Ball Comic Book Writer
Georgia worked for several years as a Flash animator for IBM and the Cartoon Network, where she met and married fellow animator Scott Ball. They collaborated on a series of animated shorts and games and promoted them by launching a webcomic called “Scooter and Ferret” in 2004. While Georgia grew as a web developer, she also had to grow as a writer to keep the strip afloat. In 2010 an editor for Ape Entertainment contacted her and asked her to write for their new Strawberry Shortcake comic book series. Since then she’s published stories for Kung Fu Panda, Fruit Ninja and My Little Pony for IDW. Her latest comic book series, Littlest Pet Shop, will be released in stores in May 2014.
Amy Mebberson MLP Comic Book Artist
Amy Mebberson is an Australian comic artist and illustrator. Amy started her career as an inbetweener and assistant animator at Walt Disney Animation Australia, before moving to the USA and beginning a career in comics for Disney, Pixar and the Muppets at Boom! Studios. Her Muppet artwork has also featured in five storybooks for Little Brown & Co. As an animation artist, Amy worked on Return to Neverland, Cinderella 3, Lion King 1.5 and An Extremely Goofy Movie at Walt Disney Animation Australia. Amy currently draws My Little Pony comics for IDW publishing as well as her Disney Fine art with Acme Archives and other art projects for the Walt Disney Company and other licensors. Amy also writes and draws the internet Disney fan-comic ‘Pocket Princesses’ . Amy lives in Southern California and spends too much time at Disneyland. Her Best Ponies are G1 Surprise and Gusty Her much of her portfolio and further information about Amy can be found at her website. Amy will also have a table set up in the vendor’s hall to sell her art and take sketch requests.
Brent Hodges Director of 'A Brony Tale'
Brent Hodges started his directing career with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), directing two seasons of R3TV for CBCMusic. Brent has directed TV documentaries including Leo Nominated “Winning America” and “What Happen’s Next” about Canadian singer Dan Mangan. Brent recently won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Non Fiction Online Content. Brent has also worked with National Geographic, National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Canada, and OLN Network and has done web video content for Mcdonalds, GAP, Samsung, TIME Magazine, and Uber. Brent runs his own company Hodgee Films which focuses on video content for agencies, tech start ups, travel documentaries, and filming live events around the world.
Legends of Equestria
Now with more than 85,000 players and growing, Legends of Equestria is an in-development MMORPG inspired by the show. The game has multiple cities, group combat, hundreds of NPCs and quests, and over 50 developers. This year, Legends of Equestria staff will be hosting a panel displaying their progress, as well as offering insight into how the game is made. They will also be showcasing new content in the gaming room over the convention weekend, so be sure to stop by!
Here’s a look at the panelists who will be speaking:
Blue Ink – Head Writer and Public Relations Director
She oversees the story, characters, and social media for game. She may or may not be addicted to Twitter.
Liska – the Concept Art Leader
She keeps the art style throughout the game consistent and provides concept art for almost every item in the game. She has a rather healthy obsession with tea and tea accessories.
Cerebrate – Software Developer
He manages servers, tests and creates content in C#, and really, really wants to go to space.