Guests

BRYCE PAPENBROOK
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps. Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Theodore in Persona Q, Makoto Naegi in DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc, Nagito Komaeda in Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Staz Charlie Blood in Blood Lad, Numerous roles in Call of Duty : Ghosts, Tiz Arrior in Bravely Default, Adol Christin in Ys: Memories of Celceta, Inky in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Game, Black Ranger in the Power Rangers Megaforce Game, Sultan in Disney Princess Palace Pets, Lest in Rune Factory 4, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.
MIKE GRELL
Mike Grell is a storyteller. Since his comics debut in 1973, he’s brought his own creations and their worlds to life with a cinematic style of visual storytelling. Some of his more famed work includes:

THE WARLORD for DC COMICS, STARSLAYER for PACIFIC/FIRST COMICS, JON SABLE, FREELANCE for FIRST COMICS/IDW/COMICMIX/ABC TV, SHAMAN’S TEARS for IMAGE COMICS, BAR SINISTER for ACCLAIM COMICS and MAGGIE THE CAT for IMAGE COMICS.

These, along with successful runs on such features as BATMAN, IRON MAN, GREEN ARROW, JAMES BOND: PERMISSION TO DIE, the TARZAN Sunday comic strip and the internationally acclaimed LONGBOW HUNTERS, have won him the comic industry’s coveted INKPOT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMIC ART. His own SHAMAN’S TEARS has garnered widespread acclaim in the Native American community as a celebration of Indian traditions and lore. He’s been voted to WIZARD MAGAZINE’S TOP TEN LIST OF COMICS WRITERS. In 1999, he published his first novel, SABLE.

Current projects include: THE WARLORD, a return to his first comic creation, writing and painting covers for a new series celebrating the 35th anniversary of DC Comics #1 fantasy adventure; THE PILGRIM, currently being published by IDW, a collaboration with his good friend MARK RYAN, the noted British stage and television actor who currently provides the voice for Bumblee and Jetfire in the TRANSFORMERS movies and video games.

In addition, he’s done design and illustration work for; LUCASFILM, LIGHTSTORM ENTERTAINMENT, FIREWORKS ENTERTAINMENT, HALLMARK ENTERTAINMENT, DISNEY, COCA COLA, PEPSI COLA and TOR BOOKS.

Born in the Midwest in 1947 he grew up in Florence WI. He was an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, where he was re-introduced to comics by a fellow illustrator who came to Saigon with a stack of his prized comics. That’s what started his on my career path. He took the FAMOUS ARTISTS SCHOOLS correspondence course in cartooning and later attended the CHICAGO ACADEMY OF FINE ART, while working as an advertising illustrator and assisting DALE MESSICK on her comic strip BRENDA STARR.
In 1973, inspired by a meeting with ALLEN ASHERMAN and IRV NOVICK, he showed his portfolio to DC editor JULIE SCHWARTZ and JOE ORLANDO, who gave him my first break in comics. His first regular assignment was SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES.

GLENN FABRY
Glenn Fabry
Fabry is an Eisner Award winning British comics artist known for his detailed, realistic work in pencils, pen & ink and painting. Fabry’s career began in 1984, drawing Slaine for 2000 AD. Painted work followed in Crisis, Revolver and Deadline. In 1991 he took over painting the covers for DC Vertigo’s John Constantine, Hellblazer (then written by Garth Ennis). In 1995, Fabry won the “Best Cover Artist” Eisner Award, for John Constantine, Hellblazer and has had many Eisner Nominations throughout the years. Hellblazer went on to be a major motion picture and is now a syndicated TV show. He continued working with Ennis, painting the covers for his DC Vertigo series Preacher, and drawing Ennis-written stories in The Authority and Thor: Vikings. Fabry got much critical acclaim for his painted covers for the whole 66 issue run of Preacher as well as providing covers for spin-offs and collected volumes. Preacher has recently been confirmed to run as a TV series produced by AMC, who currently runs The Walking Dead TV series. In 2003 Fabry drew a story in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman anthology Endless Nights, and in 2005 worked on the comics adaptation of Gaiman’s TV series/novel Neverwhere with writer Mike Carey. Other projects include providing art and or covers for Judge Dredd, Greatest Hits, Batman/Judge Dredd: Die Laughing, Global Frequency, Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target, Transmetropolitan, The Dead: Kingdom of Flies, Outlaw Nation, Magic: The Gathering- Ravnica: City of Guilds expansion, Birds of Prey, Batman vs Bane, Church of Hell, Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, Aliens vs Predator, Deadpool vs Carnage, House of Mystery, Lobo, Locke & Key, Rogue Trooper, Spider-Man, Spawn: The Dark Ages and X-Factor. Fabry’s more current labor of love can be found in DC’s 5 issue series “Lot 13″, a modern day horror story, gorgeously illustrated by Fabry and written by veteran horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night). A combination of a George A. Romero meets Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. It’s some of the best work Glenn Fabry has ever done to date. Fabry will be flying in from Belfast, Northern Ireland for a rare California appearance and will be taking art commissions at our show.
BRANDON MCKINNEY
Illustrator who has worked on storyboards, videogames, comics and books for over a decade. Storyboard artist for animated television shows such as Secret Saturdays, Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force, Batman Beyond, Ultimate Spider-Man, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Transformers Prime, Transformers Rescue Bots, Dragons (TV Series), G.I. Joe Renegades, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Batman The Brave and the Bold, Men in Black (TV Series), Spawn and Static Shock. Concept artist for video games Superman, Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King & The Third Age. Comic book work includes Godzilla, Elfquest, Switchblade Honey, Planet Of The Capes, New Warriors, City Of Heroes, Childs Play 3, Doberman, and Spider-man Team Up. He also provided book illustrations for numerous Star Wars projects such as Mighty Chronicles: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, and Attack of the Clones; Star Wars Heroes and Villains, Jedi Training and Trials Quiz Book, The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons, as well as Star Wars Topps Sketch Cards: 30th Anniversary, Heritage, and Revenge of the Sith. Brandon wrote, animated & directed the cult classic animations of “Chainsaw Bob” that aired on the Spike and Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation.
RON LIM
Ron Lim
APPEARING SATURDAY ONLY
Working as a professional comic book artist for over 25 years, Lim is best known for his work with Marvel Comics on their various “cosmic” titles such as Silver Surfer, which he pencilled for almost 6 years (1988-1994), along with the Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War and Infinity Crusade, Thanos Quest and Thanos series. Other titles he has contributed to include: Captain America, X-Men 2099, X-Men Unlimited, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Rann/Thanagar: Holy War, The Flash, Daredevil, Excalibur, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sovereign 7, The Avengers, Avengers Next, Cable & Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Cosmic Powers, Conan The Barbarian, Deadpool Corps, Iron Man, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mystery in Space, Metallix, Thor, Venom, Zombie Tales, J2, Generation X, Mutant X, Skarr: Son of Hulk, GI Joe, Ex-Mutants, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hero Allience, What If…?, Badger, Stormwatch, Dragon Lines, Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme, Superman, Xena, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Five, War of Kings and the comic adaptations of Laurell K. Hamilton’s “Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter”. Recently, Ron has once again collaborated with Thanos creator Jim Starlin on Thanos Annual #1.
Dan Brereton
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Dan Brereton’s crime/noir NOCTURNALS, come and celebrate this monumental event with Dan Brereton and several artists that also contributed to his series. The comics and illustration of writer and artist Dan Brereton has garnered him awards, critical praise and a loyal fan base over the last quarter century. His creator-owned comics work includes: Nocturnals, Giantkiller, The Psycho( with James Hudnall) and The Last Battle ( with Tito Faraci).
Popular mainstream credits include: Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman:Thrillkiller, JLA: Seven Caskets, Superman: Silver Banshee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, Clive Barker’s Dread, Red Hulk, Red Sonja, Legends of the World’s Finest, The Immortal Iron Fist, Vampirella, Thor and Punisher. His artwork has graced the comic covers such characters as Captain America, Legends of the Dark Knight, Creepy, Conan, Mars Attacks, Hellraiser, Godzilla, GI Joe, Animal Man, Sargent Rock, Lobo, Dracula and many more . He’s painted card art for Topps’ Mars Attacks, and Blizzards’s World of Warcraft trading card game, and Star Wars for Wizards of the Coast. His client list includes The Walt Disney Co., NBC, Hasbro and more. Dan has also contributed artwork for horrormeister Rob Zombie’s various albums. The Last Battle, set in Ancient Rome and Gaul, was #4 on the Top 100 best selling Graphic Novels of 2011. Dan has collected much of his art in a series of hardcover art books featuring Brereton’s artwork has been released over the years. The Goddess & the Monster, Siren, Sorceress and Enchantress, all beautiful art compilations from this amazing artist. Phantomcanvas.com offers museum-quality prints and high-quality posters of his work. Though Dan is a local, we are no less happy and fortunate to have him as a frequent guest and supporter of our show for over two decades. Visit him on Facebook or www.nocturnals.com
TED NAIFEH
Ted Naifeh
Comic book writer and artist, creator of the Eisner-Award-nominated series Courtney Crumrin, published by Oni Press. Naifeh gained notoriety for his illustrations in the goth romance comic Gloomcookie, published by Slave Labor Graphics. Other works by Naifeh include Star Wars: Zam Wesell (collected in the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection HC Vol.4), How Loathsome (with Tristan Crane), the comic adaptation of the PSP video game Death, Jr.; Seven Seas Entertainment’s Unearthly (he wrote); Teen Titans (2003 Dark Harvest storyline), Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: (Mouse Guard Free Comic Book Day HC Anthology (he wrote Labyrinth story), Ame-Comi Girls: Duela Dent, Batman 80-Page Giant 2011, Batman: Arkham City (Riddle Me story), Batman ’66, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayers, Glenn Danzig’s Verotika, Dark Horse Comics: The Machine, Holly Blacks “Good Neighbors” and the Oni Press series Polly and the Pirates along with his newest series Princess Ugg. He also provided illustrations for Caitlín R. Kiernan’s short-fiction collection, Alabaster. Ted is also a guest at Sac-Con in celebration of Dan Brereton’s 20th Anniversary of Nocturnals. Ted contributed to Dan’s Nocturnals series and Dan’s Nocturnals spinoff, The Gunwitch: Outskirts of Doom.
JOE WEEMS V
Joe Weems is an Illustrator/Inker. For nearly 20 years he has been inking comic books and has worked for almost every major publisher. Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez, Brandon Peterson, Dale Keown, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio are just a few of the amazing Artists he’s had the honor of working with over the years. In 2000-2005 Joe was employed by the Skateboard company Darkstar and drew all of their Illustrated decks, wheels and misc. merchandise. Joe has provided work on such comic book titles as The Darkness, Cyberforce, Aphrodite IX, Fathom, Fantastic Four, Hunter-Killer, The Incredible Hulk, Justice League, The Magdalena, New X-Men, Vampirella, Weapon Zero, Witchblade, Wraithborn, Arcanum and Artifacts.
NATE WATSON
Comic Book Artist who’s worked on the adventures of Buzz Lightyear & Woody in the “Toy Story” comics released through BOOM! Studios, on “Scream Queen” (BOOM! Studios), the Ghostbuster’s & Star Trek Manga’s (Tokyopop), Grimm’sFairy Tales, 10th Muse, Wraith of the Titans, Tomb Raider, VSS: Nemesis Rising, The Legend of Isis, Hero Squared 2: Love and Death, The Dealbreakers, and worked as visual development artist for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Detours! Nate illustrated a comic for Mark Waid’s Thrillbent website (www.thrillbent.com) called The Incapables. He contributed merchandise art for the Dreamworks feature animation “The Croods” as well as the comic book prequel. Punch Drunk Mustache- an artbook collab by fellow Lucas Film alumni was recently released. For art card collectors, Watson contributed art cards for the Batman: The Legend card series! Nate’s newest project is his creator owned comic “Runner” being published by Action Lab. A Sci- fi/Fantasy action packed book, RUNNER tells the story of sixteen year-old and her adventures fighting alien monster and saving the planet! Nate is also providing’ illustration on Ken Thomas’ (aka Lazy Bone) comic “Anne Frankenstein”.
JOHN HEEBINK
APPEARING SUNDAY ONLY
Penciler for everyone from Marvel to independents. Work includes: Vampirella, Doll and Creature, Put the Book Back on the Shelf: A Belle and Sebastian Anthology, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Soulsearchers & Company, Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD, Quasar, Judge Parker (strip), MetaCops, Action Planet Comics, Astronauts in Trouble, The Big Book of Vice, Daredevil, Double Image, Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe, Hot Twisted Love, and Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. John is a teacher at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He is also a guest at Sac-Con in celebration of Dan Brereton’s 20th Anniversary of Nocturnals as John contributed to the Nocturnals series.
TIM VIGIL
APPEARING SATURDAY ONLY
Tim is an artist, mostly working in the horror/adult genre, known for his work on the uber violent indy comic book “Faust.” Faust was adapted as the movie Faust: Love of the Damned (2001) by director Brian Yuzna. The followup comic book Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative. He is praised for his attention to detail in his anatomy and his extremely graphic art. His works include Grips, Omen, Gunfighters in Hell, Webwitch, Gothic Nights, Jack The Lantern, Zero Tolerance and Cuda. Tim is currently working on the Frank Frazetta line of Image comic books: Moon Maid, Dark Kingdom & Neanderthal. When not working on comics, Tim can be found painting fine art in the fantasy genre. He will be taking art commissions at the show.
RAMON VILLALOBOS
APPEARING SUNDAY ONLY
Artist/writer Ramon Villalobos has broken into the big leagues this year as artist on Marvel’s What If? Age of Ultron #2: Iron Man. Prior to his big break, he independently published the comic “LP”, wrote and colored the independently published “Vitruvian Underground”, contributed a short story for “Psychotronik Comics Presents”, co wrote and drew the independently published “Frank and Elenore In” and has provided several pin ups and covers for various indy comics. Ramon’s next Marvel Comics was on the “Original Sins” series with a story featuring the Young Avengers going against the Hood. Ramon is currently working on more projects for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and another independently published comic called “Abstract 3″. Ramon lives in Stockton, California.
CHRIS MARRINAN
APPEARING SUNDAY ONLY
Chris has worked with every major comic book company since the 90′s from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics to Image Comics. He had a long run on DC’s Wonder Woman. At Marvel, he did the Nova series in 1994 and 1995, and contributed to ‘Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme’ in 1991. He was also present at Moonstone with “World of Darkness” and “Kochak: Tales of the Night.” Batman, Wolverine, Excalibur, Nexus, Thunderbolts, The American: Lost in America, Champions, Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice, The New Warriors and most all of the Spider-Man & Superman titles are all other comics he’s illustrated. Headhunters, a creator owned series of his, was released through Image Comics. He has extensive experience in layouts, comps, and storyboards, with clients such as Coca Cola, Mattel, and Nike. Chris Marrinan is also an illustrator for roleplaying games.
TIMOTHY GREEN II
APPEARING SATURDAY ONLY
Timothy Green II, also known as “Timo”, is an American artist with a European & Asian comics influence. Much like his favorite artists Moebius and Otomo, he displays a fine attention to detail with sharp steady lines and has the range to cater to the European, Asian and American audiences. He is known for his work on such titles as Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot and The Guardians of the Galaxy (Timo was thanked at the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie because of his work on the recent comic series).Timo’s first published works started back in 1996 with the comic book “Leitmotiv” which he created, wrote and illustrated. In 1999, Timo got a taste of the big leagues. He landed art duties with Dark Horse Comics illustrating stories for issues #13 & 15 of Star Wars Tales. This led into him also illustrating an issue of “Syn” for Dark Horse Comics in 2003. It wasn’t until 2005 that he got critical acclaim for his astonishing pencils & inks on the comic book motion picture adaption of MTV’s Aeon Flux movie (Based off Peter Chung’s animated TV show). This exposed Timo to an international audience and gave him creditability as a comic book heavy weight. Timo since has worked for both Marvel and DC and has illustrated such books as Swamp Thing, Annihilators, Ender’s Game, Fraction, The Immortal Iron Fist, Rush City, Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?, Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated, Immortal Weapons, Wolverine #1000, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Avengers Academy and Skaar: Son of Hulk to name a few.
MIKE HAMPTON
Mike Hampton is the artist and writer of Hot Zombie Chicks, Captain A-Hole, Gunja Rabbit, Zodiac Killers and the Smash-Bang Pulp: Eagle Eye & The Quail comic books. Mike is the winner of the 2007 DIY award for best comic book/zine for his How to “Do” Comics featuring Captain “A” comic book. This comic book is a step by step guide on how to create and make your own comic book. Captain A, Mike Hampton’s hip-hop/alternative alias, has released several albums. Hampton is the subject of a documentary “I Dream Of Being An Artist… And It Makes Me Sick”, a film about a year in the life of a starving artist, much filmed on his Hot Zombie Chicks Love BrAiNs Comic Book Tour 2009. Mike will have comic books, prints, original art, statues and t-shirts for sale. He’s known to draw caricatures of attendees as superheroes or zombies in 15 minutes or less for commission! www.thereisnohalo.com
BRANDON BRACAMONTE
Local multi-award winning tattooist extraordinaire, and co-owner of Imperious Rex in Citrus Heights, CA, Brandon Bracamonte has been been working in comics for serveral years with his debut comic “Hey Rube!” (Co-written with Melissa Rose Ordway) and more recently “The Mustache Ride.” A Western Revenge story set deep in the future, where society has risen and fallen many times ‘Marucs Elroi’ and his Donkey, ‘Kong’ set off on an epic quest for revenge through a western wasteland! The Mustache Ride is co-written with Johnathon Weiss “Foodie”. Bracamonte’s newest comic book creation “Smash-Bang Pulp Double Feature” features his story of The Homicide Chicks! Brandon will be selling his comics, prints & sketchbooks at the show as well as taking appointments for art commissions and tattooing! (specializes in comic book art tattoos!)
BORDIN MARSINKUL
Traveling the anime, comic book & toy conventions for several years across the world, Bordin has been creating and publishing comics. He’s enjoyed working on several projects including graphic design, freelance commission work and being sponsored by Copic Markers doing art demos with their popular art products all over the nation. He occasionally teaches cartooning to students and enjoys both writing and illustrating story lines. Bordin’s most famously known for his lightning fast full color character commissions at the conventions in 15 minutes or less! Bordin has been influenced by many manga artists from Japan and always had a passion for comic books. Traces of his love for comics started out in his early years of school while in Bangkok. When he reached the age of sixteen he returned to the U.S. (he was born in the US and raised here till six then went to Thailand till age of 16). In 2001 he decided to attend the Academy of Art University in pursuit of becoming an Illustration major. Through his studies and determination he came forth with his first release in 2006, Zacklin, which is now published through Scattered Comics. He incorporated his love of brush strokes and calligraphy into his product as well as his translation of the inspiration he received from traditional Japanese mangas. He is currently on his way to building up his reputation with his own style of digital and traditional painting. Hyperbooster’s Studio is the creation of Bordin Mark Marsinkul. He has cultivated a love for Japanese comic (“manga”) art and calligraphy to create a unique art style that has become his signature which is recognized at conventions across the country.
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