Our generous GoFundMe contributors made it possible for us to book one more guest for WHOlanta 2019! EDWARD RUSSELL was the Doctor Who Brand Manager for eleven years, from Series Two through the end of the Peter Capaldi era. If you watched it, read it, listened to it, or collected it, he was involved in it. His era included three Doctors, two showrunners and, of course, the 50th anniversary in 2013. He was the main point of contact for Publishing, Licensing, Digital, Sales and Events, so there’s pretty much nothing with the name Doctor Who on it that didn’t cross his desk. Edward will be on our main stage as well as signing autographs and selling merchandise.
It just wouldn’t be WHOlanta without this gentleman – Doctor Who comics artist and merchandise designer KELLY YATES will be here in May You know Kelly’s work on the Doctor Who comics line for both IDW and Titan, including his work on “The Prisoners of Time” and “The Forgotten,” plus the exclusive WHOlanta cover of the Twelfth Doctor comic for Free Comic Book Day in 2017. He has two creator-owned comic series to his name, Amber Atoms and MonstHer. More recently, he is the creator of the Kawai’i line of Doctor Who merchandise, which includes vinyl figures and apparel, including exclusives for Hot Topic. Kelly will be appearing on Doctor Who and comics panels throughout the weekend, and you can visit his table to say hi and buy art prints. Welcome back to WHOlanta, Kelly!
We have two guests to share with you – a returnee and a first-timer! MARK MADDOX has been around WHOlanta for a while now. He’s a four-time Rondo Award winner for Artist of the Year (it’s like every time he comes to our con he’s just won the award again!) and he’s contributed cover art and illustrations to numerous publications, including Doctor Who Magazine, HorrorHound, Screem, Infinity, and has produced artwork for Shout Factory, New Legend Productions, Flying Lab Software, White Rocket Books and many others. ETHAN McDOWELL is a newcomer to WHOlanta. He’s an actor you may have seen on Dynasty, The Gifted, Doom Patrol, MacGyver, and more. He’s the star of the sci-fi pilot Space Command, created and written by Marc Scott Zicree (TNG, DS9, Babylon 5, etc). Go to our GUESTS page to learn more about them!
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Welcome JANET FIELDING to WHOlanta! Janet is of course best known to Whovians for playing Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. With over 3-1/2 seasons on the show, she’s one of the longest-running companions ever, and that doesn’t even count her numerous Big Finish appearances. She’s also been an agent (she got Paul McGann the job as the Eighth Doctor!), been involved in an international organization called Women in Film and Television, and currently runs a non-profit organization. She’ll be doing a couple of Q&As on Saturday and Sunday and will be available for autographs and photo ops all weekend. To learn more about Janet Fielding, visit our GUESTS page!
We have a guest double-header today! Two previous guests are making return visits to WHOlanta this year. The first is PixelWho (Nathan Skreslet and Ly Cao). You know them for Nathan’s artwork, focused on creating a complete visual character dictionary and episode guide for Doctor Who fans in limited edition pixelated style art prints. They’ve been fixtures at the past four WHOlantas and we’re thrilled to have them back with us! Joining us for her second time (last year was her first visit to WHOlanta) is performer Cat Smith, an actor, a musician, and a cosplayer since before there was a word for it! You’ll be seeing all three of these lovely folks at their tables as well as on panels, game shows, and cabaret. Visit our Guests page to read more about them and all of our guests!
We’re very pleased to announce that JASON HAIGH-ELLERY, founder of BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS, will be making a return appearance at WHOlanta this May! Jason first visited us in 2016. Since its inception in 1998, Big Finish has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Survivors, The Prisoner, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. His animation studio, Planet 55 Studios, produced two Doctor Who animated features (“The Moonbase” and “The Tenth Planet”). Jason has an extensive in television, film and theatre (he’s produced 33 stage productions in West End and on tours throughout the UK). Find out more about Jason Haigh-Ellery on our Guests page.
WHOlanta (and our lovely Atlanta neighbors 221B Con) got featured in a January 10 article on SYFY Wire about local fan-run cons, along with a few other smaller cons around the country. You can check out the article here. Thanks to Kristina Manente from SYFY for inviting us to be part of this excellent article.
If you’ve been watching the current season of Doctor Who, or you’ve been to the cinema to see Bohemian Rhapsody, then you’ve seen the most recent work of our new guest, ROBERT ALLSOPP. Robert began working on Doctor Who all the way back in 1987 and is still actively involved today, working heavily on Series 11 with Jodie Whittaker. His most recent work was seen in the November 11 episode “The Demons of the Punjab” — Robert created the costumes for the Thijarians. You’ve seen his work in countless films, including Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Florence Foster Jenkins, Robin Hood, and many more. If Rami Malek looked convincing in Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s largely due to Robert’s work of recreating all of Freddie Mercury’s onstage costumes for the film. To learn more about Robert Allsopp and all of our other guests, please visit the Guests page.
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