||CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) will have a representative on hand at our show and will be witnessing Signature Grades and will be taking submissions for a fee (They will only be taking books for signature authenticity grading). You can find their table near the Guest Area of our show.|
|SCCG(Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group)
||SCCG: Serious about breaking into the comic book industry. The SCCG (Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group) is a great way to help you do it. The group is a Free weekly meet-up of comic book writers, artists, and creators. Each week, Neill Brengettsey hosts and presents tutorials that are helpful for creators looking to make it in comics. Also a great place to network and participate in a quarterly Jam comic book where members can all collaborate on. If you are a writer, artist, or creator and live in the Sacramento,Ca area, we encourage you to join us as we help each other in this crazy industry. Meets each week at Metropolis Comix: 7411 W Stockton Blvd, Ste 150, Sacramento, California 95823|
David will be charging for his autograph.
|David Yost is an American actor and producer. He is best known for portraying Billy Cranston in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and Power Rangers Zeo.|
Vincent will be charging for his autograph.
|Vincent Ward is an American actor. He is best known for playing a bodyguard in many television shows, as well as his recurring roles as Bo on The Starter Wife and as Oscar on the hit television show The Walking Dead.|
Lew will be charging for his autograph.
|Lew Temple is an American film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Locus Fender in the action film, Domino, Cal, the diner manager in the comedy-drama Waitress, and Axel in the third season of The Walking Dead.|
Kathy will be charging for his autograph.
|Kathy Coleman is a former American child actress who is known for playing Holly Marshall in the children’s TV show Land of the Lost.|
Wesley will be charging for his autograph.
|Wesley Eure is an American actor, singer, author, producer, director, charity fundraiser, and lecturer. He is best known for appearing as Michael Horton on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1974 to 1981, during which he also starred on the popular children’s television series Land of the Lost. He later hosted the popular children’s game show Finders Keepers in 1987 and 1988, and co-created the children’s educational television show Dragon Tales in 1999. He subsequently published several books (for children and adult), and has produced plays and raised funds for HIV/AIDS and other causes.|
Mike will be charging $5 for autographs
$150 full figure sketches – $75 head sketches
|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.
||Scott Koblish started his career as a member of an apprentice program in Marvel Comics in 1993. He is currently the artist for Marvel’s Deadpool.|
||Ethen Beavers has worked as a penciler, inker, and colorist on a slew of comics and children’s books for the last 12 years or so. He has worked on titles like Star Wars, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Samurai Jack, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ben 10 and Indiana Jones. In Children’s Publishing he was responsible for (among other things) the art on several DC Superhero Little Golden Books and was the regular artist on the NY Times bestselling series NERDS.|
||A well-respected veteran inker with a wide range of experience in the industry, Walden Wong has worked with all of the major studios, including many high profile projects. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Walden has worked for practically every publisher out there, including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and even VIZ media. You can see his name on a variety of titles every year. He can currently be found working around the clock at his studio inking.|
||Brandon McKinney is a storyboard artist for television animation, a comic book artist and children’s book illustrator. He’s worked for Warner Bros., Hasbro Animation, Marvel Animation, Darby Pop Comics, Warp Graphics, Dark Horse Comics, Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm, among many other companies over his thirty year career.
Growing up, Brandon became enthralled by Spider-Man comics and the Star Wars films. Those propelled his desire to tell stories with pictures, and he started drawing every day. He got his first job in comics drawing ‘Legion X1’ for Silverwolf comics while he was still in high school. Brandon went on to draw the Child’s Play 3 Movie Adaptation, Elfquest and Godzilla comics. In 1996 he got his dream job illustrating hundreds of scenes from Star Wars for the Big Little Book adaptations of the movies. Brandon wrote and drew a 3 issue series called ‘Journeyman’ that was published by Image Comics. Then in 1999, he got his first job doing TV animation storyboards for ‘Batman Beyond’, which launched a new chapter in Brandon’s career working as a storyboard artist. He still kept a foot in the comic book world, drawing a Graphic novel based on the ‘Army of Two’ video game, the comedy/ action series ‘Doberman’ for Darby Pop as well as the new ‘Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises’ comic book series.
He was raised in California where he attended many conventions in the San Francisco and Sacramento area. After living in Florida for over a decade, he has returned to the Golden State. He is the father of four incredible kids who watch a few of the cartoons he’s worked on.
||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. He currently finished drawing the “Happy Holidays! From The Avengers” hardcover as well as 2 volumes of The World of Reading, featuring The Guardians of the Galaxy and a storybook Guardians of the Galaxy: Beginnings HC!|
||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.|
||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.|
||Jason has been self-publishing under his comic book company Scattered Comics for over 20 years. He has published and/or worked on such titles as Scattered, Panda Days, Wildflower: Lost Yesterdays, Night Owl, Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice, The Blonde Assassin, Shadow Hunters, Caffeine Poisoned, and Waiting for Something to Happen. He has been putting out monthly webcomics which include the new Artist-themed comic “COMICS VS MANGA“, and branched out to releasing his titles to download on I-tunes. Jason’s also working as a fulltime freelance comicbook artist and has worked as illustrator, colorist, typesetter and layout artist for several independent companies. (Companies include NEKO PRESS, BLUE WATER PRODUCTIONS, COMICBOOK DIVAS, and ZEPHID COMICS). He also runs Scattered Comics Studios and works with several other Artists to create comicbooks for clients. Locally, Jason Dube founded the SCCG (Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group) in which comic book artist, writers and creators can meet each week, share, motivate and support each other in their endeavors. Jason recently is lending his writing chops to the new horror anime comic book series “Shadow Hunters” which is illustrated by Benjamin Jordan. www.scatteredcomics.com|
||Ben has made an empire in Sacramento, where he has lived most of his life. 12 years ago he opened Empire’s Comics Vault and has continued to grow the business and promote the local community ever since. From food drives to collecting toys for kids, from Free Comic Book Day Mini-Cons to Creative Women Mini-cons, and from Drink and Draw Sac to supporting Sac City Rollers, Empire’s Comics Vault has hands in every pie around town. Ben writes, edits and publishes for ECV Press, which has 6 titles. He is married to ECV Press’s Editor-In-Chief, Jennifer Schwartz, and has an unhealthy affection for pugs. In addition to the writing duties for his ECV Press books such as “Trixie Dynamite”, a post-apocalyptic all ages sci-fi romp, Ben writes “Union Street Choir” with illustrator Hai-Na-Nu “Nooligan” Saulque. More of Ben Schwartz can be found at www.ecvpress.com|
||During early years of Image Comics, which was founded in 1992, co-founder, Marc Silvestri shared a studio with Jim Lee, where he created his first creator-owned comic book, Cyberforce, as part of Image’s initial line-up. After setting up his own studio, Top Cow Productions, he expanded into other comics, launching Codename: Strykeforce, a new Cyberforce series and various spin-offs.
The company attracted several professionals known across the industry, including artist Brandon Peterson, writer Garth Ennis and former Marvel staffer David Wohl. It also helped launch the careers of various writers and artists, such as Christina Z., Joe Benitez, Michael Turner and David Finch. Benitez, Turner and Finch have since worked forDC and Marvel Comics.
In 1996, Top Cow briefly departed from Image. At the same time, Top Cow was moving more into the fantasy genre. New properties were Witchblade (where Turner had his first big success) and The Darkness (where Marc Silvestri returned to artist duties). Thanks to the success of Witchblade Top Cow was able to expand, adding to its line with titles that included The Darkness, Magdalena, Aphrodite IX, and others. Silvestri was heavily involved in training and developing new talent through the studio and Top Cow was known for a time for its “house style”.
In addition to company owned properties Top Cow has from time to time worked with creators to develop creator-owned properties. These properties have included Turner’s Fathom which eventually ended up at Aspen Comics, and Joe’s Comics, created exclusively for J. Michael Straczynski, which included Rising Stars and Midnight Nation.
Top Cow is also known for bringing Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft to comics, with various graphic novels written and drawn by some of the industry’s best known creators, including Dan Jurgens, Paul Jenkins, and artistAndy Park. The cartoon Battle of the Planets is another licensed property in which Top Cow has invested, collaborating with cover artist Alex Ross.
In 2006, Top Cow made a business agreement with Marvel Comics to use several of their licensed properties in their own series, with characters including Wolverine and the Punisher, appearing in crossovers (Darkness/Wolverine and Witchblade/Punisher). Also, as part of this agreement, several Top Cow artists are to provide art chores on various Marvel series, such as Tyler Kirkham (Phoenix: Warsong and New Avengers/Transformers), Mike Choi (X-23: Target X), and Silvestri himself (X-Men: Messiah CompleX). In 2007 an announcement was made by Marvel Comics extending the deal into 2008.
Also in 2007 it was announced that Top Cow will be one of the first major comics publishers to offer online distribution, through a partnership with IGN. The initial titles offered was Tomb Raider #1–50, The Darkness #1–50 and Witchblade #1–50, at around $1 per issue. They have also announced a deal with Zannel to license their comics as mobile comics. Their “Darkness” comic has been adapted into 2 successful video games and their “Witchblade” comic has been adapted for TV and an anime series. A Top Cow rep will be displaying a large array of their books for sale at Sac-Con!
||Graphic illustrator & painter Emonic has been making waves on the comic convention circuit and art gallery receptions with his high octane fueled live art shows over most of the last decade. Emonic (aka Emo Gonzales) has been creating art since he was a child. As a youth he was heavily influenced by skateboarding, comic books, music, movies and graphic design. When working on projects he will often employ a mix of mediums ranging from traditional means (pencil, acrylic and marker) to digital manipulation. He’s worked on a comic book project “Gevaudan” and has produced art for the Replicant Art Book, Monsters & Dames Art Book and a series of self published sketchbooks. Emonic will be available for commission work at the event and will have several of his masterful art/sketchbook collections & prints for sale. Emonic resides in Milpitas,CA. www.emonic.net|
||Casey Leonard is a professional artist specializing in hand-drawn charcoal portraiture. She currently works independently and for Chuck Jones Gallery/Warner Brothers. Casey has also done art design and photography for theater, including the Broadway show “RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles”. Casey’s Wizard of Oz series and Gone With The Wind artwork is currently on sale at the Chuck Jones Gallery. Casey’s independent work includes pieces from the worlds of science fiction, film, music, and pop culture.
Please join her on her website: www.caseyleonardfineart.com
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|| Kepi Ghoulie- Punk rock legend, Kepi, was the bassist and vocalist for the pop-punk band the Groovie Ghoulies. He has been recording and touring both with full bands and as an acoustic soloist since the Groovie Ghoulies’ break-up in 2007.
Kepi is also known as an artist with his paintings being displayed in galleries around the world. “The Art of Kepi: The Rise of Kepiland 2000-2012” a 200 page book with 500 images of his art is his 1st book compilation. Kepi is currently re-releasing his Groovie Ghoulies catalog with new album covers, several illustrated by artist Tom Neely. Kepi will have various original paintings, music and awesome merchandise for sale! www.kepiland.com
||Freelance artist, illustrator, comic book enthusiast, and conqueror of tea that is currently residing in San Francisco, CA. Melissa is the creator of the comic & webcomic “Above the Clouds”, about a heartbroken girl who is offered a book in which she finds herself happily getting lost in the story. Only this story isn’t finished, and to her horror, the one who wrote it may not be able to complete it. Melissa draws inspiration from fairy tales, Norse mythology, and as a kid growing up… magical girl power. She is primarily a digital artist but has a background working with mix media and has enjoyed working with musicians and video game developers. Melissa has been featured in the 2013/2015/2016 Monsters & Dames ECCC art books, ARTDOLL quarterly, and has worked as a comic book cover artist for both professional and indy comics such as Boom! Studios (Adventure Time cover artist), Jakk’s Pacific inc. (Disney Doll Designer), and Committed Comics (Haunting Refrain). She has been a panelist at both Comic Con International and Wonder-Con. Her current online webcomics of “Above the Clouds” can be found at www.ATCLOUDScomic.com|
|BORDIN “MARK” MARSINKUL
||Traveling the anime, comic book & toy conventions for several years across the world, Bordin has been creating artwork and 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.
||Brandon Bracamonte (aka The Bracamonster) debuted as a self-publisher with his 2008 comic book “Hey, Rube!” and immediately followed up with the popular indie title “The Mustache Ride”. His unique style on pop-culture art comes from many years of a professional award-winning tattoo artist, with over 60 award winning tattoos. Partial owner of “Imperious Rex” a popular tattoo shop in Sacramento, his art has been featured in such publications as “Skin & Ink”, and “Tattoo Magazine”. Brandon is also a contributor to the Topps Star Wars sketch card sets, including Galactic Files series 1 & 2, and the popular 2015 Masterworks. Brandon’s work has also been published in the San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book, and Boom Studios. www.Bracamonster.com|
||Mike Hampton has been self-publishing comics for over 15 years, with popular indie titles such as “Captain A-hole” and “Hot Zombie Chicks”. Since 2012 Mike has been a regular contributor to Topps as a sketch card artist for Mars Attacks, and most notably Star Wars including Galactic Files Series 1 & 2, Masterworks, and the late 2015 Hi Tek set. Also in 2015 Mike had a piece of work featured in the official Robot Chicken 10th Anniversary Art Show. Mike is also a regular artist featured on The Howard Stern Show’s website and social media sites. He is also known for his clever mash-ups and stylized pinups of some of pop-culture’s most famous characters. Also a colorist and graphic designer, Mike has worked on images for the City of San Pablo, Dark Horse Comics, the San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book, AIG, and the Golden State Warriors. www.MikeHamptonArt.com|
||A veteran comic book artist working for such companies as Marvel, DC, and Hasbro. He brings his years of professional experience and know how to the SCCG to help the members break into and succeed in the comic book industry. Stop by the SCCG table and meet with him and learn more about this free Sacramento based comic group.|