Guests

BERNIE WRIGHTSON
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Living legend Bernie Wrightson has created art for comic books, major motion pictures, and literary books for over 45 years. His achievements in the horror genre are the most admired with his pen-and-ink illustrations for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein being widely considered the definitive visual interpretations of the material. Wrightson spent 7 years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany this edition of Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968 (he illustrated several other issues over a decade). In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. Swamp Thing would continue on in comics to this day with various writers and artists at the helm. It spawned two theatrical movies, a live action TV series and animated cartoon series.

He continued to work on a variety of horror/mystery and anthology titles for both DC and Marvel Comics. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series. By 1974 Bernie had left DC to work at Warren Publishing, for whose black-and-white horror-comics magazines “Creepy” and “Eerie”, he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

The “Captain Sternn” segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on a character created by Wrightson (first appearing in the June 1980 issue of Heavy Metal magazine). The Freakshow graphic novel, written by Bruce Jones and illustrated by Wrightson, was serialized in Heavy Metal magazine in the early 1980s.
In 1983 Bernie Wrightson illustrated the comic book adaptation graphic novel of the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf”, the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, The Stand, and Wolves of the Calla, the fifth installment of King’s Dark Tower series.

Jim Starlin and Wrightson produced Heroes for Hope, a 1985 one-shot designed to raise money for African famine relief and recovery. Published in the form of a comics “jam,” the book featured an all-star lineup of comics creators as well as a few notable authors from outside the comic book industry. Wrightson and Starlin produce a second benefit comic, Heroes Against Hunger featuring Superman and Batman which was published by DC and like the earlier Marvel project featured many top comics creators. In 1986, Wrightson and writer Susan K. Putney collaborated on the Spider-Man: Hooky graphic novel. Starlin and Wrightson collaborated on two miniseries in 1988, The Weird and Batman: The Cult, as well as Marvel Graphic Novel featuring the Hulk and the Thing for Marvel. Other notable comics Wrightson has worked on include: House of Secrets, Batman/Aliens mini series, City of Others, and Punisher: P.O.V. Recent comic works include: Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre (IDW), all co-created with writer Steve Niles. Wrightson currently collaborated with Steve Niles on Frankenstein Alive, Alive! published by IDW, for which he won a National Cartoonists Society’s award.

For film, besides Swamp Thing and Heavy Metal, Wrightson did creature design for The Mist, Land of the Dead, The Faculty, Serenity, Galaxy Quest & Ghostbusters. Bernie Wrightson currently resides in Texas.

MIKE ZECK
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When discussing comics heavy hitter, Mike Zeck, you’d have to argue which is his most influential work, or which is most deeply embossed on our pop culture. His series “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” took Spider-man to a whole new level and has been voted by readers as the “Greatest Spider-Man story ever told.” His subsequent work on the Punisher with “Circle of Blood,” cemented him as one of the THE artists for the character, while the series “Secret Wars,” set comic book readership on their ears, and heralded Zeck’s creation of the black and white Spider-Man costume, still around as the attire of the super-villain, Venom. His work on Captain American also stands out as some of the most influential in the industry, and iconic images of this and other characters such as Superman and Batman, are etched in comic history. In fact, Zeck images are featured on Marvel merchandising ad nauseam year after year, evidence of his enduring popularity. It’s hard not to notice all those “Secret Wars” t-shirts!

Recent books on Mike include “Raw Fury: The Art of Mike Zeck,” while Zeck’s series with writer Steven Grant (creator of the hit movie “Two Guns”), “Damned,” was released in a recent volume by IDW Publishing, which has also just released a deluxe volume of Mike’s classic Marvel covers. Other comic books Zeck has worked on include: Adventures Into The Unknown!, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, G.I. Joe, Hulk, Legends of the DC Universe, Master of Kung-Fu, Power Man and Iron Fist, and The Savage Sword of Conan.

JOHN KRICFALUSI
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John Kricfalusi, animator/artist who created The Ren & Stimpy Show. Canadian-born cartoon cartoonist Kricfalusi began his career by working on Saturday morning cartoons like the Jetsons revival, Smurfs, Richie Rich, Super Friends, The New Adventures of Tom and Jerry, Snorks, Flash Gordon, Pac-Man, and Fat Albert and the Cosby kids. In 1987, Kricfalusi’s mentor, Ralph Bakshi, hired him as supervising director on his show “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”. He then went on to work on The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil, based on the old classic TV shows. Soon afterwards, Nickelodeon bought his twisted brainchild “The Ren & Stimpy Show” (1991) that became a pop culture phenomenon of the 90’s MTV generation. Such iconic characters as Ren Hoek, Stimpy J Cat, George Liquor, Mr.Horse, Powdered Toast Man, Muddy Mud Skipper was introduced through this cartoon as well as video games, toys, comic books and more.

John K went on to produce the first ‘made for the web’ cartoon series “The Goddamn George Liquor Program” as well as creating some of the world’s first interactive web-based cartoons featuring his characters Dirty Dog and Cigarettes the Cat. Between 1998 and 2001 he worked on several Hanna-Barbera cartoons for Cartoon Network: three Yogi Bear cartoons which he directed and animated, and two Jetson cartoons which he produced. In 2001 he returned to TV with the Saturday morning cartoon for Fox Kids called “The Ripping Friends”, which he created and produced. In 2003, Spike TV produced a new show featuring Ren & Stimpy, which was written and directed by John K. This show was called Ren & Stimpy Adult Cartoon Party, and was aimed at a more mature audiences.

He animated the opening couch gag on the episode “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts” for The Simpsons which aired in October 2011 and he also did the Treehouse of Horror XXVI couch gag sequence. He collaborated with streetwear brand Stussy to create a short series of apparel based on his designs in 2012. With music videos, John K has directed and or provided work for such videos as Bjork’s I Miss You (featuring his character Jimmy The Idiot Boy, who also appeared in his Ripping Friends show), The Rolling Stones Harlem Shuffle, Weird Al’s Close But No Cigar, and several videos for the comedy rock band Tenacious D such as the video “Classico”. More recentley with the music industry, he designed visual art for singer Miley Cyrus. As a voice actor, John K voiced many of the Ren & Stimpy episodes as Ren Hoek and Mr.Horse! He also voiced Citracett / Dr. Rootin The Ripping Friends, Boo Boo in his episodes of Yogi Bear, and Jimmy the Idiot Boy in The Goddamn George Liquor Program.

STEVE DOWNES
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Voice Actor for Master Chief in the Halo Franchise! Steve Downes has been working in video game voice acting since 1999. His first experience in voice acting for video games came when he played the role of Gunnar in the video game Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator by Valkyrie Studios. Despite the relatively minor role, his performance caught the attention of the voice acting director and music composer of the game, Martin “Marty” O’Donnell. When Marty began working on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved at Bungie, he invited Steve to voice the game’s main character, Master Chief, and the rest is history. Steve has voiced Master Chief in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Halo 4, and Halo 5: Guardians. He also voiced Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the animated “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”.

Steve worked as a disc jockey at Los Angeles, California, Album-oriented Rock radio stations KWST (1978-1981), KEZY-AM (1981-1982) and KLSX (1994), but is best remembered working evening drive at KLOS from 1982 to 1991. He frequently hosted the live call-in talk show, Rockline in the early 90s. Most recently, he worked as the morning show host for 97.1 WDRV “The Drive” in Chicago, Illinois. Steve also hosted the nationally syndicated radio show “The Classics”.

STEVE ENGLEHART
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Writer, Artist & Co-Creator of Star-Lord/Peter Quill! Steve Englehart and Steve Gan introduced the character Star-Lord into the Marvel universe in Marvel Preview #4 (Jan.1976). In 2008, Star-Lord became leader of the space-based superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy in the relaunch of the comic book of the same name. This led into Star-Lord making it to the big screen with the Guardians of the Galaxy as a major motion picture and one of Marvel’s highest grossing films with actor Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill. Star-Lord was featured in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon (voiced by Steve Downes) as well as various other Marvel cartoons. Englehart’s first work in comics was as an art assistant to Neal Adams on a 10-page story by writer Denny O’Neil in Warren Publishing’s black-and-white horror comics magazine Vampirella #10 (March 1971). Steve was offered a job as an assistant editor at Marvel Comics, which led to a shot at writing a comic. It was a failing series called Captain America — but six months later it had become Marvel’s leading seller, and Steve became Marvel’s lead writer, adding The Hulk, The Avengers, Thor, Dr. Strange, The Defenders, and half a dozen other series. Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin co-created the character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu for Marvel Comics.

Steve was hired away by DC Comics to be their lead writer and revamp their core characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern). He did, but also wrote a solo Batman series (Detective Comics #469-476), which was hailed as the “definitive” version and adapted as Warners’ first Batman film. In Detective Comics #470 of this run, Steve created the character Silver St. Cloud, who became a recurring love interest of Batman through the years. Silver St. Cloud appears in Season 2 of the TV Series “Gotham”, portrayed by Natalie Alyn Lind. Batman The Animated Series even adapted from this story. These Batman comic book stories were reprinted several times over the years (The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told). He wrote the treatments and acted as a consultant on the first Batman film, whose success led to the series of Batman films and the rise of superhero movies in general. Coming full circle, his latest Batman comics series, Batman: Dark Detective, was adapted for the latest Batman films, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

After Batman he wrote a novel “The Point Man” which years later was followed by The Long Man, The Plain Man, and The Arena Man. He then went to design video games for Atari (E.T. Phone Home-Computer Game, Garfield). Steve wrote for the Tron 2.0 video game for Monolith which later was adapted to comics through SLG/Disney. For Sega Genesis, he wrote for the Spider-Man game. Meanwhile, he continued his game design for Activision, Electronic Arts, and other gaming companies. He still liked the pace and immediacy of comics, so he introduced the comic book series “Coyote”, which fans rated one of America’s ten best series. Other comic projects (Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four), led to the San Diego Comic-Con calling him “comics’ most successful writer, having had more hits with more characters at more companies than anyone else in comics history.”

In 1992 Steve was asked to co-create a comics pantheon called the Ultraverse for Malibu Comics. Two of his contributions were The Night Man and The Strangers, and they were soon starring in episodes of DIC’s animated TV series Ultraforce. The Saban “Silver Surfer” animated TV series, based on his Marvel stories, followed. His Justice League America #140-141 stories were adapted into a two part story for the “Justice League: The Animated Series. So then Steve was asked to write animation for Street Fighter TV Series (U.S.A.), G.I. Joe Extreme, Disney’s Atlantis: Milo’s Return, and Saban’s Captain America…while Glen Larson (creator of Battlestar Galactica) optioned Night Man for live-action television. Steve then became a writer for that series, which ran two seasons. Steve also co-created Shadowman for Valiant Comics, which also spawned a video game. www.steveenglehart.com

NICK KING
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Nick King (actor/stuntman) has really hit his stride as an actor in the chilling horror film series Sinister and Sinister 2. His role as the haunting Bughuul, aka, Mr. Boogie, has been called “One of the more authentically scary horror thrillers to haunt the screen in some time.” Nick was born January of 1989 in Laguna Beach, California into a show business family. His dad and 2 brothers are stuntmen and Nick quickly followed suit, performing in his first movie at age 12. He has spent most of his career as a stuntman in featured films such as Paranormal Activity 3, The Green Hornet, Cowboys and Aliens, The Babymakers, and The Last Stand, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville. Nick’s first movie was the 2001 film, Max Keeble’s Big Move, where he not only performed stunts but also had his first actual first role as an actor.
MICHAEL GOLDEN
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(Artist/Writer/Consultant/Designer)- One of THE storytellers in the industry, influencing generations of comics fans and professionals, Michael Golden boasts creations that are some of the most licensed and enduring in the industry since 1977.

Co-Creator of X-Men’s “Rogue” in The Avengers Annual #10 (1981), Bucky O’Hare, Micronauts and “The ‘Nam,” among much more, Golden is known as one of THE artists on such characters as Batman, Doctor Strange, G.I. Joe and the Punisher. Golden’s recent covers can be seen on everything from “Spawn” to the “Walking Dead,” to World Wrestling work. Recent covers include works on “The Walking Dead,” “Deadpool,” and “DareDevil,” to name a few. Golden’s co-creation of “Bucky O’Hare,” led to an animated series and toy line designed by him as well. Other comic titles he has worked on include: Jackie Chan’s Spartan X, Avengers, Vampirella, House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Howard The Duck, Mister Miracle, Savage Tales, The Uncanny X-men, and Star Wars!

Golden’s work was also appropriated by musician Glenn Danzig as a logo for his bands Samhain and Danzig. In short, no history of comics is complete without touching on the influence that this legendary artist has had on this industry. Recent books on the colorful life and vibrant art of Golden include “Michael Golden: Alchemy” “Modern Masters: Michael Golden” and “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” and “Michael Golden: Dangerous Curves.”

In addition, having served as both Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics and Senior Editor at DC Comics, Golden’s lectures and classes in storytelling are sought after world wide, with recent venues including places as diverse as Spain, France, Russia, Norway, Brazil, Chile and China. With recent gallery shows mounted in New York City, Maryland, Spain and Russia.

DARICK ROBERTSON
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Darick Robertson is a veteran comic artist that has worked at DC Comics, Marvel for nearly twenty years. Robertson is best known as the artist / co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning series TRANSMETROPOLITAN and the edgy super hero satire THE BOYS. Darick co-created TRANSMETROPOLITAN with writer Warren Ellis, which was hailed by Wired magazine as “The Graphic Novel of the Decade. THE BOYS, released through WildStorm, was written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. Darick broke into the mainstream drawing JUSTICE LEAGUE for DC and went on to work for Marvel where he penciled titles including Wolverine, Spider-Man, Fury, Nightcrawler, The Punisher: Born, Cable, X-Men Unlimited, Deadpool, The Incredible Hulk and the New Warriors. Darick illustrated other DC Comics titles such as Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Justice League Europe, American Splendor, The Exterminators, Birds of Prey: Batgirl/Catwoman, Action Comics, The Authority: Prime and, in DC’s 52, relaunching The Question with Greg Rucka. Other works by Robertson include Conan: The Weight of the Crown (he wrote & illustrated), Creepy, Prototype, Child’s Play, Image Comic’s “HAPPY!”, The Guild: Vork, Man of the Atom, and most of all of the Malibu Comics titles. More recently, Robertson launched the 5 issue series BALLISTIC “a psychedelic, transreal, hard sci-fi adventure” with co-creator and writer Adam Egypt Mortimer, from Black Mask Studios. Before his big break at DC, he self-created Space Beaver, an independent black-and-white comic for which he supplied all art and story at the age of 17!
JAMES O’BARR
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(Artist/Writer/Film Consultant)- Creator of the comic book “The Crow,” which was adapted into a successful film of the same name in 1994, staring Brandon Lee, son of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, and spawned several sequels and a TV series. James O’Barr’s newest books, “The Crow: Curare,” was one of the most well received new books in recent years, along with his writing on “The Crow: Skinning the Wolves,” both from IDW. The recent release of the original “Crow” graphic novel in Italy, broke sales records for the publisher during his country-spanning Italian tour with capacity only crowds in Sicily, Naples, Rome, Bologna and Milan. While in the US, new generations of Crow fans ensure that the graphic novel is still one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, and has never gone out of print.

O’Barr won the Yellow Kid Award (pretty much the Academy Award in comics) in 1995 for Best Storyteller. Recent events include gallery shows in Maryland and Moscow, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Recent books on O’Barr include the sold out sketchbook “James O’Barr: Uncoffined,” with another sketchbook hopefully in the works. Other comics in which O’Barr has worked on include: Northstar Presents, Caliber Presents, Deadworld, Hard Looks, Slash, Original Sins, Pink Dust: Morphine Dreams, Dark Horse Presents, Razor and a recent cover for IDW’s Judge Dredd. “The Crow: Author’s Edition”, a re-release of the original Crow story that was adapted into film, is available in stores and contains about 60 pages of new material that no one has ever seen!

James is also, much to the relief of fans, the consultant on the upcoming “The Crow” movie to start filming soon. Q and A’s with James are sought after world-wide, most recently in the Middle East, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Spain and venues all over the United States. James currently resides in Texas.

VINCE LOCKE
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Locke began work in 1986 illustrating & co-writing the original zombie pandemic comic book known as “Deadworld,” and contributed to a large body of work on the series throughout the years. Since then, his illustrative talents in comics have included work on such titles as The Sandman, Judge Dredd Magazine, Sandman Mystery Theater, Sandman Presents: Love Street, Spider-man, The Unwritten, Legends of the DC Universe (The Spectre story arc), Baker Street, The Books of Faerie, American Freak, Witchcraft Le Terreur, 2000AD, Saint Germaine and A History of Violence. A History of Violence was later made into a major motion picture film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt. Locke has also gained notoriety by creating ultra-violent watercolor paintings & illustrations used as album covers, t-shirts and comic books for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse for the last 20+ years. He has provided many illustrations for dark-fantasy author Caitlin R. Kiernan’s writings such as A is For Alien, Frog Toes and Tentacles, and Tales From The Woeful Platypus. Locke is well known among the role playing game community for providing artwork for over 70 books by Wizards of the Coast and White Wolf, most notably “Vampire The Masquerade.” More recently, Locke released two graphic novel collections of his works “Deadworld Classic” and just released his fully painted graphic novel “Junction True” a cyper-punk tale from Top Shelf/IDW. Recently, Vince has been providing artwork for Adult Swim’s shows “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”. Vince Locke currently resides in Michigan and rarely makes West Coast appearances. www.vincelocke.com
TIM BRADSTREET
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Eisner Award–nominated artist Tim Bradstreet is a self-taught illustrator whose career spans role-playing/video games, comic books, book publishing, and film. Bradstreet is well known for his long tenures as cover artist for The Punisher & John Constantine: Hellblazer (which is now a TV Show!) and has created over 70 covers for both books. He continues to be a “go-to” cover artist and was the series regular on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (Boom!), Jennifer Blood (Dynamite), Star Trek, and True Blood (IDW). Bradstreet’s work on White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade garnered him much critical praise. This, in turn, led to the addition of many major comic book publishers to his clientele. He has since drawn for several comics-related projects including: Dark Horse’s Hard Looks & Another Chance to Get it Right (with author Andrew Vachss), Star Wars, Clive Barker’s Age of Desire, Blade, Vertigo’s Gangland, Unknown Soldier, Human Target (which was made into a TV Show too!) and The Shadow. Bradstreet entered the comic book industry in 1990, working with industry legend Tim Truman on Dragon Chiang. Bradstreet was awarded the 1996 Best Artist award by the International Horror Guide. In 2000, he joined director Guillermo del Toro as a conceptual artist helping work on the visual design for the film Blade II. Bradstreet has also been nominated for the 2002 Best Cover Artist Eisner Award for his Hellblazer covers.

In 2003, Bradstreet worked on a number of movie posters for The Marvel/Lionsgate film, The Punisher as well as the cover for The Punisher: Countdown mini-comic that was packaged with the original DVD release. Tim partnered with actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mist, Hung) in 2004 to form RAW Studios. Together they create and develop projects for comics and film (Bad Planet, Alien Pig Farm 3000). He was nominated for the 2005 Art award for the International Horror Guild for his Hellblazer covers. In 2006 Bradstreet provided artwork for a black and white stop motion animated scene set in Kuwait for the extended cut DVD for The Punisher. In 2007, Bradstreet provided cover art for Iron Maiden’s album “A Matter of Life And Death”. Bradstreet has also done posters for the films – Punisher: War Zone, Dark Country, Give ‘Em Hell: Malone, I Melt With You and a poster for the hit TV Show The Walking Dead Season 1. Bradstreet currently lives in Southern California.

JON SCHNEPP
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Director, Writer, Producer, Artist, and creator of the doc “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” Jon is also known for designing and created the band characters of Dethklok as well as directing/co-producing on all seasons of the mega-hit Adult Swim animated series “Metalocalypse”. He has made original programming for Cartoon Network, FX, MTV, Nickelodeon, SpikeTV, and Comedy Central. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA, winning 3rd place ranking of all BFA/MFA’s in awarded fellowships. He was also the Student Union President. Schnepp started his career as Art Director /Animation Director / Editor for MTV’s live action interactive movie “Club Dead”, and then immediately moved into editing/animating many episodes of “Space Ghost: Coast to Coast” back before Adult Swim was Adult Swim. He then went on to direct the Pilot and multiple segments for “The Upright Citizens Brigade” on Comedy Central.

Jon then moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue further adventures in media. After working on many different projects in CA., Jon designed and created the band characters of Dethklok for Tommy Blacha and Brendon Small, and they sold the series to Adult Swim a few months afterwards. Schnepp went on to direct 34 epsiodes and co-produce on all four seasons of the mega-hit Adult Swim animated series “Metalocalypse”. Jon also directed over 15 animated music videos for the Dethklok live concert tour. Schnepp co-plotted and did covers for the new Dark Horse Comic Book Series based on “Metalocalypse”. Jon has also co-directed season 4.1 of “The Venture Bros.”, co-directed two episodes of Marvel’s “The Black Panther”, and wrote the three episodes produced for the “Underworld” animated series. He is one of the 26 Directors from all across the globe picked for the feature film horror anthology called “The ABCs of Death”. His segment “W is for WTF” is a high octane blend of Horror and Comedy, mixed into a multi-media meltdown. Jon directed the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” 3D Origin, was backround artist on 18 episodes of the series, and provide voices for the characters “The Wisdom Cube” and “Gary The Dairy Fairy”.

He recently produced and ran a very successful Kickstarter Campaign, raising over $188,000 to make the animated pilot episode for Zenescope’s “Grimm Fairy Tales”, of which he executive produced, wrote and directed. Currently, Jon completed his “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?”, documentary about the proposed 1998 “Superman Lives” feature film that would have been the most original and strangest Superman ever. Nick Cage as Superman? Screenplay by Kevin Smith? Christopher Walken as Brainiac? Tim Burton as director? Nuff said. Jon’s been touring the world screening the film to sold out crowds! The film is available on bluray and is now downloadable. It will also be available from Jon at our show.

AARON ALEXOVICH
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Artist/Writer/Animator whose first professional art job was drawing deformed children for Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim animated series (created by Jhonen Vasquez). He currently has been illustrating the Invader Zim comic book series issues 1-5 and layouts for 6 & 7 for IDW! He’s been deforming children for various animation and comic projects, including Avatar: The Last Airbender (animated series), Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (animated series), Disney’s Haunted Mansion, DC’s Fables, DC Minx Imprint’s GN: Kimmie66, DC Vertigo’s Lucifer, Tutenstein (animated series), DC Minx Imprint’s GN: Confessions of a Blabbermouth, the Lovecraftian horror/comedy ELDRITCH! (with art by Drew Rausch) and three volumes of his own beloved Serenity Rose (several in which were published through SLG Publishing). Aaron was born and raised under seventeen beautiful miles of ice in Chicago, IL, but currently lives in Southern California, where the bright light makes him sneeze for mysterious reasons. His work can be found at www.heartshapedskull.com
RIKKI SIMONS
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Rosearik Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from the Invader ZIM animated TV show and the voice of Bloaty the Pig. Simons also provided voice for the anime “NieA Under 7 as the alien, Borby. As an artist and writer he is known for science fantasy graphic novels such as Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, the ShutterBox manga fantasy series (which he co-created with his wife, Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons) and wrote the science fiction and fantasy novel Hitherto a Lion. Simons also co-created and wrote the Robotech: Clone comic series and colored both issues of Jhonen Vasquez’s comic I Feel Sick. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM and Jackie Chan Adventures. The 3 weekly web comics that he creates with Tavisha are The Trinkkits of the Sad Circus by the Sea, @Tavicat, and Rumbaghost. All can be read at www.tavicat.com Recently, Rikki has provided coloring duties for the first few issues of the Invader Zim comic book series.
MARK BODE
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Son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode, Mark Bode is known for his work on the comic book COBALT 60 and as the creator of the hit comic Miami Mice and for his work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to color his father’s strip Zooks, the First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. His publications also include GYRO COMICS, GWAR comics and LIZARD of OZ. He has worked on designing clothing lines for companies such as Marc Ecko Clothing & Puma International and has designed multiple vinyl toys based on his fathers characters. He is also a well known tattoo artist and can be found tattooing at Sacred Rose Tattoo in Berkeley and SF. When not illustrating comics, Mark is one of the leading artists in the mural/graffiti art scene and is constantly flown all over the word each month to work on murals and exhibiting at galleries. Mark is currently working on another chapter in the Cobalt 60 story. He currently released a collection of Cheech Wizard, “Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me”. Bode resides in the NorCal Bay Area. Bode’s work can be found at www.markbode.com
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER
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(Writer/Editor/Color Artist)- Writer, editor, colorist and publisher Renee Witterstaetter has worked on such books as Hercules, Xena, X-Files, Conan, She-Hulk, The Marvel Holiday Special, Impossible Man Summer Special, Jurassic Park, Silver Surfer and too many books to mention here.

As a film professional, she has worked on such movies as “Red Dragon” and “Rush Hour 2,” while also behind the scenes, racking up credits on dozens of music videos and commercials for artists as diverse as Madonna, Seal and Usher.

Her books as a writer include: “Jackie Chan: Dying for Action,” “Nick Cardy: The Artist at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash,” “Art of the Barbarian,” “Michael Golden: Excess,” “The Art of Mark Texeira,” and her children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things.”

In addition, combining her film work with comics, she is a producer of DVD’s on various comic book creators and talents in other fields through her partnership with Amdale Media, and has spearheaded mounting art shows and retrospectives in the United States, Spain, China, Russia and other venues worldwide. She has lectured on the industry in China, Spain, Norway, and numerous other countries, not to mention the United States!

RON LIM
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!
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
JOE WEEMS V
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 that have worked with Joe 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, Chains of Chaos, Superman, Tomb Raider, Iron Man, Thunderbolts, Titans, Star Wars, Avengers and Artifacts.
CHRIS MARRINAN
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 VIGIL
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 DUBE
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 SCHWARTZ
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
TOP COW
TOP COW
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!
BORDIN “MARK” MARSINKUL
Bordin Marsinkul 1 FINAL
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.

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