Sam Jones

Sam Jones made his screen debut in Blake Edwards' comedy film 10 (1979). In 1980, he was cast in the iconic role of Flash Gordon in the cult classic of the same name, Flash Gordon (1980). A solid acting career in mostly television roles followed. Jones made cameo as a version of himself in the comedy film Ted (2012).

Carla Perez

Carla Perez is an actress who is best known as playing Rita Repulsa in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994-1996), and Ziktor’s Beauty in the series VR Troopers (1995). Her other credits include Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), and False Affairs (2018).

Richard Oldfield

Richard Oldfied is an American actor who came to the UK in the 60’s. He is best known for his role of Hobbie Rogue 4 in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. His scene with Carrie Fisher which he utters that now infamous line “Two Fighters against a Star Destroyer?” along with his flying sequences as Luke Skywalker's wing man have become part of the iconic Star Wars legend.


His other TV and film credits include Superman 1, Rag Time, Life Force, Omen 3, The Lords of Discipline, The Razors Edge, The Martian Chronicles, Blake’s 7, and Space 1999. Richard still lives in the UK and he is flying to the States specifically to meet his fans in Boise.

Stephen Costantino

Stephen Costantino is an actor best-known for portraying one of Jabba's Gamorrean Guards in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Stephen is also a musician and singer-songwriter. He has played guitar on sessions with Crazy Town, New Edition, Bel Biv Devoe, and the Black Eyed Peas, working with resident music producer Brett "Epic" Mazur at Scotti Brothers Records.

Jackie Lastra

Jackie Lastra is a professional voice actress from Marietta, GA. She began her acting career on stage and film, but being a lifelong anime fan, it seemed only natural that she found her home behind the mic. Jackie believes in aggressive optimism and giving your all to reach your dreams. She appears weekly as the net idol, A-set, on the YouTube channel: Lemniscate. Her most notable roles are Melty (The Rising of the Shield Hero), Conny (The Promised Neverland), Selka (Sword Art Online: Alicization), Nika (Beyblade Burst Turbo), Saki and Larissa (Sirius the Jaeger), and Io (Granblue Fantasy)! Jackie loves crafting, singing, and anything cute! Follow her on Twitter @JackieLastra and Instagram @JackieLynnVO

Steven Eric Gordon

Steven Eric Gordon is an American film director, character designer and animator, who is perhaps most well known for his work with animation film director Ralph Bakshi and on X-Men Evolution.

Gordon was one of the directors on the first Marvel/Lionsgate direct-to-video Ultimate Avengers as well as the character designer for that DTV as well as the sequel. He was one of the directors for the TV series Wolverine and the X-Men. He directed the direct-to-DVD film Stan Lee presents: The Condor featuring Wilmer Valderrama. He was an uncredited storyboard artist on the feature film Terminator Salvation and is a director on the second (yet un-aired) animated TV show The Avengers for Marvel and Starz. In 2009, he co-directed the direct-to-video sequel to Happily N'ever After at Vanguard Animation alongside Boyd Kirkland. It was called Happily N'ever After 2: Snow White Another Bite @ The Apple and it turned out to be a very lucrative seller on DVD. Over one million copies of the film were sold on DVD worldwide. Currently he is Supervising Director on Voltron Force airing on NickToons for Kickstart and WEP Productions. He was also one of the directors for Pigs Next Door, an un-aired animated series produced by Saban Productions featuring the voices of John Goodman and Jaime Lee Curtis. Steven is also a storyboard artist on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020). His work with Disney and Dreamwork’s hits are abundant.

Rick Hoberg

Rick Hoberg began his career in the mid-1970's, working for Russ Manning on Tarzan comic books for overseas distribution (1975–1976).


Shortly afterward, Hoberg began freelancing for Marvel Comics via Roy Thomas. This included penciling on Kull The Destroyer, Savage Sword Of Conan, What If...?, and Star Wars. Hoberg mainly drew for such DC Comics in the 1980's working on titles such as All-Star Squadron, Batman, Brave And The Bold, Captain Carrot, Checkmate, DC Challenge, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, New Gods, and Justice League Annuals. He later co-created and penciled Eternity Smith at Hero Comics. Rick also contributed to Roger Rabbit at Disney’s short lived comics line.


In the 1990s, Hoberg co-created The Strangers with Steve Englehart for Malibu’s Ultraverse line. He drew The Strangers until the Ultraverse line was shut down upon being acquired by Marvel.


In 2002–2003, Hoberg worked with Stefano Gaudiano on the art for the Batman Family series for DC Comics.


Besides his comics work, Hoberg has been active in animation since 1978 as a storyboard artist, model designer, and layout man for Hanna Barbera, Ruby-Spears, Filmation, Marvel Productions and Marvel Films, DIC, Universal Animtion, Walt Disney, Cartoon Network, Film Roman, Warner Bros, and many others. Among the many animated series Hoberg has contributed to are Godzilla, Super Friends, Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, GI Joe, Defenders Of The Earth, Jem, Spider-Man The Animated Series, Justice League, X-Men, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hoberg also served as a director/producer for Marvel Productions, where he co-created the first X-Men cartoon, Pryde Of The X-Men. More recent animation work includes Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, War Of The Worlds: Goliath, Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H., Transformers:Robots In Disguise, and The Swan Princess DTVs.


Hoberg has done some live action film work as well on movies such as Cyborg and the TV miniseries Stephen King’s IT.


In addition, Hoberg has drawn line artwork for the official Star Wars style guide for Lucasfilm over the years. He was also the Lead Cinematic Storyboard Artist at 343 Industries for Halo 4 and Halo 5.


Hoberg has received an Inkpot Award, as well as Toonie Awards for his work.

Ethen Beavers

Ethen Beavers lives in Central California and has been working in Children's Books, Comics and Animation for fifteen years. He works traditionally and digitally on a variety of projects in many different styles and thematic tones. He also loves fly fishing for trout across the western U.S. Some of his credits include Star Wars, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ben 10, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans Go, Legion Of Superheroes, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack.

Matt Brundage

Matt Brundage is a respected Art Instructor, illustrator, animator, sculptor and comic book artist which has seen him produce work for many of the major Western publishers including Marvel DC, Dark Horse Comics. He has illustrated iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, Star Wars, Judge Dredd Ren and Stimpy and the Simpsons amongst others. In addition, he works as an illustrator in book, record and magazine publishing and undertakes design and storyboarding work for multimedia and the entertainment industry and illustrated for movies like Chasing Amy, Astroesque, and Eyes to Heaven.


Matt also teaches in schools and colleges around the country. He works with charitable organizations and local authorities producing  Illustrations spotlighting issues such as children’s rights, drug abuse, homelessness, safe sex and even proper foot care!

Peter Secosh

Peter Secosh is an American graphic artist. He has worked on posters, board game logos, tattoos and storyboards. He has also worked on various comic books over the years including The Bod, Doll and Creature, Elvira, Nocturnals: Troll Bridge, Vampirella, Soul Searchers, The Software that Held The Developer Captive, Out with a Bang. Peter also co-created Gem Star, Gem State Comic Con's mascot and Idaho's own superhero.

Jay "TOOFLESS" O'Leary

Jay "TOOFLESS" O'Leary is a Boise-based artist drawing sketchcards for Topps. A Garbage Pail Kids artist making masterpiece sketch cards for series Oh, The Horror-ibles, Return of the Horror-ibles, I Hate the 90's, Scratch and Stink, Late for School. Jay has also done Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Topps. He has self- published his own comics and sell his fine art. Jay has also come up with 5 series of his own cards. Come down and have Jay draw you into a 80's style bubble gum card and meet a local trying to become a gpk base card artist some day.

Ice Dragon Cosplay

Chelsea of Ice Dragon Cosplay started her cosplay career back in 2007 and has been addicted ever since. Her passion for Cosplay led her to teach herself how to sew and learn many other techniques. after 10+ years she now helps others accomplish their cosplay dreams with her business as a Seamstress and costumer. This local Cosplayer is most known for her panels on Lolita fashion. She loves the challenge of making fantastical outfits a reality. 

Camasu Cosplay

I’m a 20 year old cosplayer from Boise, ID. I started cosplaying in 2016 and have been attending cons ever since! Most of my cosplays are anime based due to my everlasting love to anime. I take pride in my cosplays and make sure that they’re top tier and try to improve them everyday! Can’t wait to spread my creativity to others! 

Project Sheik Cosplay

Hey there! My name is Julia, creator of Project Sheik Cosplay! I am a fan of all things video game and anime, and absolutely love getting to bring my favorite characters to life.

I’ve been cosplaying for just a little over 3 years, and have enjoyed every moment of it! I’m local to Boise, but have had the opportunity to travel to and compete at a variety of different cons. With each new project I take on I find myself learning more and more skills, meeting new people, and making wonderful memories. I’d love to have you stop by to grab a pic and chat with me about cosplay!

All guests are subject to change. 

Contact Us

Gem State Comic Con

April 10th, 2021

10 am - 5 pm

Expo Idaho

5610 N Glenwood St

Boise, ID 83714

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