FAN EXPO PHILADELPHIA TEAM
MELISSA "MISSY" MORRIS (SHE/HER)
Star Wars action figures vs. Barbie Dolls. Who would win? If you asked Missy and her brother when they were kids, they'd say Barbies would always reign triumphant. Playing with all sorts of toys as a child launched Missy into the world of Fandom and she has never left. Speaking of leaving, Missy is currently building a camper setup in the back of her truck because she loves to travel explore. This makes total sense as she’s distantly related to American pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone.
JENNIFER NORMOYLE (SHE/HER)
EVENT CONTENT COORDINATOR
Jennifer is the ultimate Disney fan. From first visiting the Parks at 5-years-old and still going to this day, to dreaming of the Nightmare Before Christmas Tsums series, and adding to her toy collection from all-things Disney (including Star Wars and, yes, more Nightmare Before Christmas), Jennifer has always been the biggest Disney enthusiast. When she’s not living and breathing Disney, you can find Jennifer working through her over 40 TV shows. A self-proclaimed TV junkie, she literally has an app dedicated to tracking every show she watches. She’s also a huge fan of Howl's Moving Castle. Between the characters, the stories, and Sophie's transformation, what's not to love?
JASMINE CURL (SHE/HER)
If you’re thinking Jasmine’s name sounds familiar, you're right. Being named after the iconic Disney princess from Aladdin, she was destined to be in the Disney fandom. For as long as she can remember, Jasmine has always wanted an animation cel from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938). Maybe she’d settle for a Snow White Pop! Vinyl. She used to live near the Funko HQ, so she has quite the collection now. Jasmine’s greatest achievement is graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa during a pandemic. Her worst achievement? Jumping off the Maunawili Falls on Oahu, Hawaii. She will never do that again. When Jasmine isn’t working, you can always catch her hanging out at local theme parks.
LIAM FLEMING (HE/HIM)
When Liam Fleming is not busy being the Partnerships Director US, he’s a man who has many questions about this thing called life. For instance, he asked on one particularly frigid Sunday, “Why ride an e-scooter with one wheel and not two”? Then, in the early hours of dawn on a Wednesday, he said under his breath: “ Does February truly exist? Also, why do people get on the subway before other people have gotten off”? Perhaps, Liam, some questions aren’t meant to be answered. Fortunately, his curiosity is an asset to FAN EXPO HQ.
RICHARD CAPOBIANCO (HE/HIM)
We advise not doing a TikTok dance in front of Richard. He’s not gonna like that. You can ask him about his interview with Todd McFarlane though. He managed to successfully get through an interview on stage without prepping anything in advance. Richard says it’s his greatest achievement. He got hooked on fandom when he was only six years old and met Jerry Robinson (creator of The Joker). He’s been in the fandom world (and collecting Comic Sketches) ever since. Speaking of comics, if Richard could have anything in the world that he doesn’t already have, it would be an Action Comics #1. Someone get this man his comic!
DD HERNANDEZ (SHE/HER)
CLIENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR
With her 75lb pomsky named Koa at her side, DD is ready to take on the robot uprising. No really, why are you all giving AI and ChatGPT so much power? If you are going to keep talking to them, then at least befriend them like how DD would with Light Yagami. It’s always a smart idea to be on the good side of the guy with the pen and scary notebook. Along with her real dog, she’s also a big fan of dog plushies, but has rules about collecting them: they must be found at a convention as DD loves the thrill of the hunt. However, she may slow down on buying Gundam models as she already has many in boxes yet to be built. Hey, it’s a commitment to start one.
CLAUDIA WIESE (SHE/HER)
EXHIBITOR & SPONSORSHIP RELATIONS MANAGER
Claudia’s earliest adventure into Fandom was waiting in line for the 4th Harry Potter book release at Chapters. Since then, you can catch her watching True Detective (Season 1), Grand Budapest Hotel, or daydreaming about being best friends with Deb Morgan from Dexter. If someone from the Fandom world were going to play Claudia in a movie about her life, it would have to be Jennifer Lawrence. That’s for sure. If you’re the type of person to wear socks & sandals while watching TikTok, it’s generally best to steer clear of Claudia. Just a fair warning. If you like yoga, hiking or veggies & humus however, you and Claudia will get along just fine.