[SUPANOVA COMIC-CON] Interview with Ryan Potter

STM’s Sarah had a great chat with Ryan ahead of ADELAIDE & BRISBANE SUPANOVA in a few weeks.

Actor, martial artist, photographer, and philanthropist, Ryan Potter is shapeshifting in his latest role as “Beast Boy/Gar Logan” on the critically appraised original series, Titans. The show premiered earlier this month on DC Universe, the new DC streaming service and early next year, internationally, on Netflix. Ryan stars opposite Brenton Thwaites (Robin), Teagan Croft (Raven), and Anna Diop (Starfire) in this darker interpretation of the young superhero team.

He was most recently leading the cast as the voice of “Hiro Hamada” in Disney’s Big Hero 6: The Series. The series is based on Disney’s 2014 Academy Award Winning animated feature, Big Hero 6. Ryan is delighted to continue his work alongside original cast members, Maya Rudolph, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, and Scott Adsit as “Baymax.” Season two will begin airing in 2019. Ryan was raised in Tokyo until the age of seven, and like “Hiro”, his first language was Japanese. Having grown up captivated with manga, anime and the characters of Marvel’s original Big Hero 6comic, it’s as if the role was made for him.

Ryan got his start as the lead, “Mike Fukanaga” in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas when he was just fifteen. He had the pleasure of working alongside one of his role models, the legendary George Takei.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys travel and photography, often in unison. Documenting his travels, Ryan is currently piecing together several years of photos and compiling them into an immersive gallery titled ‘Every Corner Covered.’ An upcoming exhibition will showcase his incredible work.

Ryan also devotes much of his energy to raising awareness for several charities including Covenant House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He is grateful for his “Big Brother” of 15 years and is one of the organizations Celebrity Ambassadors. In addition, Ryan will be working closely with Karmagawa, a new and innovative charity community that is helping organizations across the world secure social awareness with beautiful photographic content.

Supanova Comic Con & Gaming’s annual celebration of all things pop culture will soon tour Adelaide (3-4 November) and Brisbane (9-11 November), and there’s a reason the event has “comic con” in its title. It brings amazing international and local “Supa-Stars” of the comic book world together under the one roof.

Joining previously announced artists Carlo Pagulayan (Wonder Woman RebirthDeathstroke vs Batman) and Philip Tan (Suicide SquadNew Superman) in both cities are:

  • Alejandro Barrionuevo – StormTeen Titans, Batman: Gotham Knights
  • Tom Taylor – X-Men: RedInjustice, Star Wars: Age of Resistance
  • Mark Raats – poster artist for Solo: A Star Wars StoryReturn of the Jedi
  • David Yardin – Justice LeagueInjustice: Gods Among Us
  • Alisha Jade – Starrytellers, Neither Here Nor Hair
  • Dean Rankine – Rick and MortyThe Simpsons
  • Jon Sommariva – Star Wars AdventuresBatman/TMNT Adventures
  • Stewart McKenny – Batman: Brave & BoldStar Wars: Clone Wars

Adelaide’s Guest lineup will include some additional local comic book creators, exclusive to its city event, such as:

  • David Follett – Uncle SilasFia & Miguel
  • Michal Dutkiewicz – ElectronautWolverine
  • Miranda Richardson – The Banksia Project Recipient, Hail

…as will Brisbane’s event, including:

  • Darren Close – KillerooStruggle
  • Jamie Johnson – The Phantom
  • Ryan Lindsay – Negative SpaceDeer Editor
  • Rye Crothers – The Banksia Project Recipient, Amalthea; Stories of a Herald

And beyond the promoted comic book talent, each Supanova in its respective city is home to the largest collection of creators and indie self-publishers annually!

Not only that, American voice actress Morgan Garrett (Tokyo GhoulAttack on Titan) will be attending both events, while Aurealis award-winning author Alison Goodman (The Lady Helen trilogy, EONEONA) will have pre-release copies of her latest book, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, available to buy only at Supanova in Brisbane.

Previously announced Supa-Stars include:

Christina Ricci – The Addams FamilyCasper, Mermaids

Ian Somerhalder – The Vampire Diaries, Lost, V-Wars

John Barrowman – TorchwoodArrowLegends of Tomorrow

Dean Cain – Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman

Daniel Gillies – The OriginalsSpider-Man 2SEAL Team

Zach McGowan – Black SailsThe 100Shameless

Julie Benz – Buffy The Vampire SlayerAngelDefiantDexter

Bonnie Wright – Harry Potter films

Gareth David Lloyd – Torchwood, Warehouse 13

Gary Lockwood – 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Keir Dullea – 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Thin Red Line

Drake Bell – Ultimate Spider-ManDrake & Josh

Josh Grelle – Attack On TitanYuri On IceMy Hero Academia

Arryn Zech – RWBY

Timothy Zahn – Star Wars: ThrawnCobra series, Dragonback series

Carole Barrowman  Hollow Earth series, Conjurer

Maria Lewis – Who’s Afraid?It Came From The Deep

Lynette Noni – The Medoran ChroniclesWhisper

Amanda Bridgeman – The SubjugateThe Aurora series, The Time Of The Stripes

Sam Hawke – City Of Lies

Jodi McAlister – The Valentine series