CEO of Geeks A Gogo
Monica (Gonzales) Paprocki is the founder and CEO of Geeks A Gogo - a geek news website that covers local comic book conventions and promote geek culture events, products and services. Monica is also an award winning cosplayer who has competed and won several major competitions in the region.
Artist & Panelist
Fawn Szymoniak, aka “Sanzaki Kojika” has been a residence of the fantasy world from a young age, growing up in a house full of books and mythology. She spends her time drawing and writing, capturing her imagination on paper. She will also be teaching our Japanese Writing Class.
Alien Entertainment, the company behind Chicago TARDIS, is a local small business dedicated to bringing you new and vintage toys, collectibles, apparel, accessories, and more – all from your favorite nerdy fandoms. The showrunner and founder, Gene Smith, began Chicago TARDIS because of his love of and desire to connect with the community.
Kalea is a freelance artist and has been drawing for many years. She works in various different medias such as paint, pencil, and ink. Her most popular media is ink or digital and takes commissions from anime, comic book, D&D, and more.
WTTW Big Idea
Come meet Clifford The Big Red Dog at WTTW's Big Idea Traveling Lab Tour! Join us for an exciting 45-minute FREE live show, perfect for children 2 to 7 years old, bringing to life the fun and learning from WTTW Kids’ most popular and beloved children’s shows.
Chris "Papa Bear" English
Chris “Papa Bear” English began cosplaying in 2012. Co-founder of Chicago P.O.C. Cosplayers and Customers with a Cause (a costume charity organization). He has been featured on the SyFy Channel, guest speaker at various conventions, cosplay affiliate for Wizard World, internationally published, competed and judged in multiple cosplay events and won multiple awards.
Co-owner of Southgate Media Group, home to over 100 podcasts, blogs, vlogs and more, along with a number of podcast groups on Facebook (Chicago Podcasters Unite & Chicago Podcasters), co-created the Women in Podcasting Festival and SMG Podcast Marathons, and is known for live shows and panels that he runs and produces. Rob also has hosted or guested in over 1,000 podcasts, soon-to-be a published author, and is a professional actor/director.
A professional actress who recently portrayed Cora in The Winter Wolf at Otherworld Theatre; along with her role as Young Ellie in Rogue Aviator. Molly ‘s stage work includes: The Artistic Home and EDGE of Orion Theatre Co. She has also played the role of Princess Raven in Chronicles of the Realm and has her own food blog “What’s Molly Makin’.” When she’s not performing, Molly loves cooking, writing, drawing and singing.
With a Cause
Costumers With a Cause is a group of volunteer costumers and cosplayers with big hearts and some creative talents who choose to make a difference in the world. We do this with visits to children in the hospitals, visiting children who are at home suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses, and by supporting various non-profits, organizations, and foundations!
In addition to providing a network for fans to meet, MWG is committed to the community. We offer support at charity events, fundraisers, and social functions by appearing as film-authentic Star Wars characters. While there is no cost to engage our services, we encourage donations to charity on our behalf instead.