YC3 is thrilled to be the premiere source of entertainment in the Texas Panhandle! This year we’re thrilled to bring the following guests to Amarillo on April 28th-30th:
Karan Ashley, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Veronica Taylor, Carl Martin, Jessi Arntz, Krystle Starr, Cory J Phillips, Savvi Sunshine, Swimsuit Succubus, Neko Neko Maid Cafe and Host Club, Take One Improv, Smart Family, BattleBorn Cosplay, NoodleRama, Dark Prince, Nikachu Cosplay, and Shori Cosplay!
Jake “The Snake Roberts”
Menacing, intimidating and totally hypnotic in the ring, Jake “The Snake” Roberts was a Superstar capable of taking you down physically as well as psychologically. Slithering to the ring with a monstrous python concealed in a burlap sack, Jake used fear as a weapon as deftly as he used pain. His DDT finishing move is still one of the most brutal finishers ever unleashed on a Superstar.
The son of noted grappler Grizzly Smith, Roberts was born into a sports-entertainment family. Eager to follow in his father’s footsteps, Roberts began competing in the early ’70s, making a name for himself in promotions throughout the South. In 1983, he tasted success for the first time, winning the NWA World Television Championship while wrestling with Georgia Championship Wrestling.
Roberts then took his talent, and his patented DDT finisher to the pinnacle of entertainment, WWE, arriving at the promotion in 1986. Right out of the gate, the Snake sought to make a name for himself, targeting fan favorite Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. He made his intentions known when he savagely DDT’d Steamboat onto a concrete floor, putting him in the hospital for weeks.
As if that wasn’t enough to curry hatred from the WWE Universe, Roberts stirred the pot further each week, hosting his show, The Snake Pit. A talk segment in the vein of Piper’s Pit, Roberts’s show was the perfect forum for him to rile both Superstars and fans alike with his twisted point of view.
As time wore on, Roberts soon became a fan favorite, thanks in part to his memorable rivalries with the Honky Tonk Man, the Million Dollar Man and Andre the Giant. WWE Universe fans from that generation will never forget the Giant’s paralyzing fear of Jake’s pet python, Damien.
In the early 90s, after a series of bizarre skirmishes with the likes of Earthquake and Randy Savage, and Rick “The Model” Martel, with whom he faced off against in a Blindfold Match at WrestleMania VII. In 1992, after six extraordinary years, Roberts and WWE parted company and the Snake spent four years competing in WCW and other smaller promotions. Four years later, he returned to WWE and faced Stone Cold at the 1996 King of the Ring. Roberts came up short in the bout but had a role in the creation of WWE history when Stone Cold mocked Roberts’s perpetual quoting of the Bible verse “John 3:16,” by barking “Austin 3:16 says ‘I just whooped you’re a$$!’” In that moment, a catchphrase was born and a legend was launched.
Following that historic event, Jake’s appearances in WWE have been sporadic but memorable, including a 2005 appearance on Raw when he confronted a young Randy Orton prior to The Viper’s WrestleMania match against the Undertaker. Later that year, he worked with the company to produce the tell-all DVD Pick Your Poison, which offered a no-holds-barred look at his tumultuous career.
Whether competing in the ring, or burrowing into the psyches of his opponents, Jake “The Snake” Roberts will go down in the annals of WWE history as one of the most cunning and lethal Superstars ever to step between the ropes. The reptilian warrior ultimately slithered into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2014.
Yellow City Comic Con is thrilled to have Jake the Snake Roberts in Amarillo from April 28-30th!
Karan Ashley has had a career that has span over 20 years.. She was born in Odessa, Texas and raised in Dallas, Texas. She began her entertainment career as a child singer in the girl group KRUSH. They were signed to Perspective, A&M Records and had their first single, “Let’s Get Together” on the Mo Money soundtrack. They worked under the world famous Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as their exclusive artists. She has an extensive background in dancing and was able to choreograph KRUSH’s dance routines alongside the world famous Tina Landon. With the group they earned a platinum record and had a hit dance song, Let’s Get Together (So Groovy Now) and worked with such artists as Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill, Karen White, Lo-Key and Mint Condition.
After 5 years in KRUSH, Karan decided to dive head first and begin an acting career. She did several national commercials for such companies as Southwest Airlines, TGI Fridays, Chevrolet and AT&T.
Her big break came when she went to an open call audition and beat out over 10 thousand hopefuls and landed the role of Aisha the Yellow Power Rangers on the #1 kids show in America, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. She was able to do over 80 episodes and star in the hit movie “Power Rangers the Movie” that was released by 20th Century Fox.
Not stopping there she has beat the pavement for years and has been on many different TV shows and films such as, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, The Steve Harvey Show, One on One, The Parkers, Kenan & Kel, Chat Room, The Opposite Sex, Taylor’s Wall, Wicked Weekend, Jazz Scene, The Encounter and many other projects. She has worked with many successful companies such as MTV, BET, ABC, Nickelodeon, Disney, The WB, 20th Century Fox, Asiatic Productions and formed the production company GAG Order films.
Although acting is her passion, while with GAG Order Films, she ventured into producing, writing and has starred in two feature films, Unto Thee and Devon’s Ghost. In both films she served as lead actress, writer and producer. Both films did well in film festivals and sold in over 17 countries in DVD sales. She worked as a producer for BET and did exclusive work with their BET on Jazz channel.
Last year she branched out on her own to form her very own production company and produced two television pilots. Her production company, KASH Pictures and Entertainment produced, created and wrote, A Day in the Life. A Day, paired Karan and Kel Mitchell as co-hosts to a reality based talk show. She also produced, created and wrote a show called Turning Point which she submitted to the OWN network and received over 14 thousand votes in one week.
Even though Karan Ashley has worn many hats she still has the desire to take her career to an all new level and studies with BANG Improv. She is first and foremost an actress and never wants to stop honing her craft. She also makes several personal appearances at conventions who host thousands who still want to meet their childhood hero from Power Rangers. She never forgets the original audience that supported her. With a hit show under her belt and a platinum album, she still considers herself a beginner in this business and is excited at the possibilities to come.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Karan Ashley
YC3 is thrilled to have the Karan, aka the Yellow Ranger, Aisha, in Amarillo! Check out our YouTube channel for more info!
Veronica Taylor is a classically trained actor who has performed in
NYC and around the U.S. in contemporary and classical theater. Her
voice has been a part of Saturday morning cartoons for some time now.
She is probably best known for playing the roles of Ash and May on
“Pokemon,” April on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and roles in “Cubix,” “Dinosaur King,” “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” “Huntik,” “Tai Chi Chasers,” and more. She can be heard on PBS Kids’ Word World (Sheep), Lunch Lab (Mixiebot), and “Chuck Vanderchuck’s ‘something something’ Explosion!” (Ramona). Some anime favorites include Yukino on “His and Hers Circumstances,” Amelia on “Slayers,” all 7 Nanas on “Nana Seven of Seven”, and Narue on “World of Narue,” as well as many others. She has done numerous voices for animation, video games, audio books, commercials, and documentaries.
Carl Martin gave SyFy channel fans plenty of entertainment when he starred in the hit show “Heroes of Cosplay.” Carl has been cosplaying since 2009. Since then he’s won several major awards-Best in Show-Ikkicon 2009, 1st in Masters-Animefest 2010, 1st in Open-Ikkicon 2010, Best Group-Animefest 2011, Best in Show-SXSW 2012, Best Videogame AKON 2013, and Best Masters- Anime Matsuri 2015. He’s been featured in Game Informer, Forbes, had a costume featured in Cosplay in America, and starred in the SyFy’s hit show, Heroes of Cosplay. It’s his goal to travel the country, learn from other creators and prop makers, and become a compendium of knowledge for others to use to better themselves in an effort to better the cosplay and prop-building community.
Be sure to stop by Carl’s booth to grab an autographed print, attend his panels on Cosplay and Prop-Building, and get a professional photo with him during his scheduled Celebrity Photo Op!
Krystle Starr is one of Texas’ biggest cosplayers with over 30,000 followers! We’re excited to bring Krystle Starr to YC3! Krystle is a cosplayer, YouTuber, Twitch streamer, and co-founder and host of NerdNinja.com, a news website geared toward nerd culture with the latest events and news. She also teaches adults with disabilities and started a massively successful Comic Club, which has been featured on TV and newspapers. She’s worked for MoCap Online designing Video Games with Motus Digital working as a mocap model and a junior animator and has been featured in Otaku magazine, HerUniverse, Dorkly, CollegeHumor, and many more. TV appearances include “Screen Machines” to rebuild the Ecto1.
Come grab an autographed photo of Krystal at her booth this weekend, catch her panels, watch her judge our cosplay contest, and grab an official Celeb Photo during her Photo Ops!
JA FANTASY ART
Jessi’s fascination and love for costuming started at her first convention when she was thirteen. In 2008 she created her first costume; a suit of Mandalorian armor. She developed from there and after going to many conventions and meeting many fascinating people across the spectrum of cultures became very involved with the steampunk community and started learning leatherwork on her own.
Years and hundreds of leather hides later, she still strives to create incredible, themed works of wearable art and costumes that her customers proudly wear. She loves to help people bring their original concepts to life and work hard to give her customers exactly what they need.
You can find Jessi and her staff all along the convention circuit where they run panels and judge costume contests throughout Texas. She has been featured in numerous publications including Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders and her work was used in several film projects and webseries including Song of the Starslayer and Antideluvian.
“At JAFantasyArt, we like to describe our work as “Next Level Costuming.” We are constantly trying new things with new materials and techniques to make our work more interesting and more unique. We love combining illustration and leatherworking to create fantastical three dimensional images on wallets, book covers, play mats, and all other sorts of items.”