Guests

KEVIN EASTMAN
Kevin Eastman
Born in Portland, Maine in 1962 Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired my master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self publishing creators Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode and Dave Sim, all of his early work focused more on Science Fiction influences than traditional superhero style comics.
In 1982, while trying to sell some of his illustrations to local fanzines, he met Peter Laird in Northampton, Massachusetts and the partnership studio; Mirage Studios was formed. Less than a year later in a late night jam session, Eastman doodled a new character he dubbed a “Ninja Turtle” to make Laird laugh- several sketches a final drawing of four characters later “Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” had officially entered the universe!
Self published in May of 1984 the first issue sold out of it’s 3000 copies overnight and quickly became a fan favorite. Catching the eye of merchandising agents and Hollywood Producers, Eastman and Laird maintained full control over their creations while guiding them through Toy Licencing, TV Series adaption, as well as Feature Film exploration, and by 1989 the TMNT’S were number 1 in all three categories!
Thanks to “THE BEST FANS ON THE ENTIRE PLANET!” according to Eastman, after 30 amazing years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles STILL continue to find their way into the hearts and imaginations of kids, large and small.
In between TMNT projects, Eastman found time to establish the “Words and Pictures Museum of Cartoon Art”, created an artist friendly publishing company “Tundra Publishing”, where projects like “The Crow”, “From Hell”, and “American Splendor” first flourished, as well as purchased world renowned “Heavy Metal Magazine”.
Currently spending most of his creative time working on a new TMNT series with IDW Publishing. Eastman resides in San Diego with his wife Courtney, (aka First Lady of the Turtles), son Shane, as well as a few insane Dachshunds.
CJ GRAHAM
Actor who became one of of the actors/stuntmen to play legendary horror icon slasher “Jason Voorhees” in the Friday the 13th film series, 6’3″ former nightclub owner C.J. Graham was spotted as a potential Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives when he was playing Jason in a night club act, impressing the casting people who were in search of a new Jason since the current stuntman wasn’t coming across as imposing or powerful as they had hoped for. Graham also performed all of the character’s stunts in the film. He reprised this role in the Alice Cooper video for “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)”, which was written for and featured in the film. Graham also appeared in the horror cult film Highway to Hell as the main antagonist, a heavily made-up, silent monster called the Hell Cop. Since acting as a horror icon, Graham has managed various successful casinos across California and frequently visits his fans at conventions around the world. C.J. Graham resides in Southern California.
HERB JEFFERSON JR.
Veteran actor, Herbert Jefferson Jr. is known to many as Lieutenant Boomer from the original Battlestar Galacica. In a career spanning over 4 decades, Jefferson was a series co-star in Rich Man Poor Man opposite Nick Nolte, as well as it’s sequel, Rich Man Poor Man Book II. He also co-stared in the Revolutionary War mini series The Bastard, the western series The Yellow Rose with Sam Elliott and Cybill Shepard, and The Devlin Connection with Rock Hudson.
Jefferson has also guest starred in scores of episodes of series TV over these years including ER, Sister Sister, Hill Street Blues, Airwolf, Knight Rider, T.J. Hooker, Quincy, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Story, McCloud, The White Shadow and Mission Impossible to name but a few. His most recent recurring TV role was of Police Chief Price on the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach. His many feature film credits include Apollo 13, Outbreak, Detroit 9000, Black Gunn, The Slams, and most recently, Star Trek: Of Gods And Men as freedom fighter Captain Galt.
Jefferson’s extensive legitimate theater credits (his first love) include two Pulitzer Prize winning Plays, The Great White Hope and No Place To Be Somebody. He was directed by Mike Nichols in the hit David Rabe play Steamers, originating the role of “Roger”, which went on to win Best New American Play of the Year Award by the New York Drama Critics. Herb is a New York trained actor studying at the Herbert Bergof Studio. The Actors Studio with Lee Strasburg and is an Alumnus of New York’s historic American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and Regionally.
In his spare time, Jefferson has been and continues to be an active supporter with the U.S. Military by way of The USO, The IAVA, The Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Stand Down, U.S. Navy Public Affairs, and The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program. Herb has also been a coach, awards presenter, and ambassador for The Special Olympics from 1974 to present. Herbert Jefferson Jr. resides in Southern California.
MICK GRAY
Mick Gray has a long career as an inker in comic books starting in 1988 on SLG Publishing’s THE GRIFFIN. Mick has worked at Marvel, DC and many independent publishers most famously with the likes of JH Williams III and Ryan Sook and on books like Alan Moore’s Promethea, and DC’s Best Selling “Joker’ hardcover. Mick’s impressive career has included inking on Batman, Batman and Robin, Superman, Brightest Day, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, JLA, JSA, Legion of the Superheroes, The Punisher, Wolverine and much more! He also has his own character, Al B. Mouse, who is the star of his very first children’s book. Mick’s been an artist since he was a kid. His father built him a drafting table so he could have an artistic career. After getting bored in drafting and technical illustration, he fell into comic books. Comics has been his life long passion ever since! Mick Gray resides in the NorCal Bay Area.
DREW RAUSCH
Artist who’s currently bringing all new adventures to Tim Burton’s EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (with Kate Leth) for IDW. Drew is known for being the artist/ co creator (with Jocelyn Gajeway) of the webcomic MY BLACKS DON’T MATCH!, and such abnormal sequential literature and tentacled masterpieces as ELDRITCH! (with Aaron Alexovich), Tokyo Pop’s THE DARK GOODBYE, the subculture hit SULLENGREY (with Jocelyn Gajeway) and a few scribbley materializations in SLG’s Haunted Mansion anthology as well as SLG’s SECRETS OF SARAH WINCHESTER. More of Drew’s haunting artwork can be found in Boom Studio’s comics CTHULHU TALES and their ZOMBIE TALES comics. While waiting for the elder gods to rise from the deep, he enjoys classic horror movies (The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari being his favorite) and cubcakes. He currently haunts a dusty apartment in Southern California with his bride and three cats. Proof of his artistic existence can be found at www.drewrausch.com
THOMAS YEATES
“Tom” began his career in the underground comics scene, working on Alien Encounters at FantaCo Enterprises. He studied at the Joe Kubert School of Art. He did several sword & sorcery comics for DC Comics in the early 1980′s, and eventually revived the Swamp Thing series with “Saga of the Swamp Thing”. He has also drawn for Dark Horse, where he worked on Conan and Tarzan, as well as Marvel, where he did Universe X: Cap/Beasts and Paradise X: Ragnarok. He also worked on Zorro, House of Mystery, Ghosts, Jonah Hex, Timespirits, The Outlaw Prince, John Carter of Mars, Unknown Soldier, Sgt. Rock, Alien Worlds, Michael Jackson’s Captain EO 3D comic adaption, and Claw The Unconquered & Dragonsword backup stories in Warlord.For the “Graphic Myths and Legends” series published by Graphic Universe, Tom drew several graphic novels in the series such as Arthur & Lancelot, Perseus, Robin Hood, King Arthur, and Odysseus. His x-over comic with Sergio Aragones, Groo vs Conan, is his most recent work along with art reigns on Prince Valiant! www.thomasyeates.com
JIMMIE ROBINSON
Creator/Artist/Writer of America’s Best Villain Comic Book “Bomb Queen”, published by Image Comics. Robinson’s produced seven Bomb Queen series and three one-shots including Bomb Queen Vs. Hack/Slash. He’s worked on a variety of comic books and graphic novels for almost two decades and created several comic series for publishers such as Image Comics, Shadowline and Marvel Comics. Robinson’s exhibited at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum and has participated as a judge for the Will Eisner Spirit of Independence Award. His career spans from print to animation, TV to online digital, and even films. His work has been used for commercial manufacturing, marketing, libraries and collage text books. Robinson worked with writer Che Gilson as artist on the graphic novel Avigon. He wrote and drew Cyberzone, The Adventures of Evil And Malice, Code Blue and Amanda & Gunn. All of which he created. Other works he’s contributed to: Comic Book Tattoo, Go Girl!, Love In Tights, What If? Wolverine Enemy of the State, and Mythography. In 2009, he released his first children’s book, T. Runt!, written by Derek McCulloch. Jimmie Robinson’s newest Image Comic’s series is “Five Weapons” a story about when the world’s deadliest, stealthiest, and most infamous assassins need a place to educate their children, an institution that respects and upholds their values, they turn to the prestigious School of Five Weapons! Jimmie Robinson resides in Southern California. www.jimmykitty.com
AARON ALEXOVICH
Artist/Writer/Animator whose first professional art job was drawing deformed children for Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim animated series (created by Jhonen Vasquez). Since then 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
CRAB SCRAMBLY
Rooted in fantasy & surrealism, Crab Scrambly creates dark yet whimsical imagery. You have seen his art on various products such as comics, T-Shirts, books, skateboards and much more. His list of clients incude Disney, Harper Collins, SLG Publishing, Hot Topic, Elephant Brand Skateboards, Black Label, Scarecrow, and the band Stolen Babies to name a few. Comics fans will know him for his work with Jhonen Vasquez on Everything can be Beaten and with Serena Valentino on Nightmares & Fairy Tales. But that’s not where the story ends, Crab Scrambly has also illustrated his own book (the 13th of Never) and illustrating (The Floods) written by Colin Thompson. More of Crab’s work can be found in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Your Skeleton is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder From Six Feet Under, Deady, and Strange Eggs. A majority of his comics works have been published through SLG Publishing. Crab also did the art design for the band “Stolen Babies” music video “Push Button”. Crab Scambly’s dwellings can be found in NorCal’s Bay Area. Crab’s works can be found at www.crabscrambly.com
DAVE DWONCH
Writer/Artist/Creative Director at Action Lab Entertainment, Dave Dwonch spends his days as an analyst for a wine & spirits company, and his nights consuming said wine & spirits. Somehow he finds the time to work his way through his “Space-Time Condominium” weekly webcomic strips as well as supplying artwork for Angry Gnome Comics, PKD Media, UFO Anthology, and the Subculture and Mystery Solved! Webseries. He co-writes “Vamplets” a coming of age tales of monsters, mayhem, and magic (perfect for fans of Emily Strange and My Little Pony). Other books he’s written include Ghost Town, Double Jumpers and Mercury & The Murd (which he also provided art for). Dave features The Geek Savants (http://thegeeksavants.podbean.com/ ) geek & comicbook culture podcast episodes. He has produced the graphic novels– Special Ed: From Zero to Hero, SRG Presents: Gnome and the collected Space-Time Condominium. He also released his book “Back In The Day”. As Creative Director of Action Lab Entertainment, Dave is responsible for acquiring new projects for Action Lab Entertainment, and oversees the entire creative processes at ALE, working hand in hand with Action Lab’s writers, artists, designers and editors to produce some of the best comics on the market. His recent writings can be found in the comic “Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab” a four issue supernatural crime noir comic series. When a young boy named Michael dies from a gunshot wound in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins is thrust to the role of unlikely hero as Michael’s spirit is trapped in his cab. Cyrus must solve his murder, and give him the peace to pass into the afterlife. Inspired by Dave’s real life experience in a taxi cab! Dave lives in the California Bay Area with his tolerant wife and extremely needy cat, when not touring the convention circuit peddling his comics and his prints of pop culture art.
SUPER UGLY
Super Ugly- Aka John Williams has an art style that is very unique. It’s, well, ugly, but it’s done in a way that is completely outrageously rockin! Super Ugly is known for his paintings & drawings of monsters, characters from Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Justice League, Star Wars and several other pop culture references. He has an art book collection out titled Pretty Ugly, and has released other such books as The Lonely Life Of Mister Maple, Monsters Are Just Like Us (now published by Action Lab), This Ugly Life, and How To Color The Ugly Way. Did we mention Super Ugly’s a former Hip Hop performer? One half of the dynamically undynamic duo: Unified School District. A fantastic blend of geekiness and funkiness delivered through underground hip-hop & video game sampled tracks such as Castlevania, Punch Out, Metroid and Tetris. Super Ugly also works on The Geek Savants ( http://thegeeksavants.podbean.com/ ) geek & comicbook culture podcast episodes. Super Ugly resides in the NorCal Bay Area.
EMONIC
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 several other comic projects in the works. 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
MIKE GRAY
Mike Gray is an award–winning writer, cartoonist, animator, director, and stand-up comedian who lives and works in Northern California. Mike’s Studio, Pencil for Hire, has produced work for many animated projects and games including shorts for Nicktoons’ “Ape Escape”, all animation for Fox’s “The Garcia’s” animated shorts, all animation, music, and voice-acting over for the “Royal Heist” animated slot machine, backgrounds and layouts for the “Chipper” animated dvd series, to name a few. As a writer, Mike was awarded 6th place in the 1995 Hanna-Barbera Storyboard Contest, Honorable Mention in the 1996 Hanna-Barbera Storyboard Contest, and 9th place in the 1997 Nickelodeon Storyboard Contest. Mike’s cartoon, “The Three Pigs,” which he wrote, animated, directed, and voiced, appeared in the 2002 Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival and has recently gained a following on Youtube. As a stand-up comedian, Mike was a finalist in the 2005 Rooster T. Feathers 3rd Annual Amateur Stand-Up Comedy Competition. His cartoon, “The Infinite Goliath,” which he wrote, storyboarded, directed, co-created, and co-produced premiered on the “Random Cartoons” show on Nicktoons in January 17, 2009. His cartoon, “Thom Cat,” which he created, wrote, and co-produced, premiered on the “Random Cartoons” show on Nicktoons on January 31, 2009. “Thom Cat’s” awards include: Honorable Mention and Official Selection of the 4th Annual Brooklyn Kidsfilmfest of 2008, Official Selection of the 2008 & 2009 San Diego International Children’s Film Festival, and Official Selection of the 2008 Fire Island Festival. Mike’s webcomic, Clumsy Love, which is updated three times a week, can be seen at www.clumsylove.net. Mike’s work and updated news can be found at his website: www.pencilforhire.com. Mike currently works as Creative Director of the educational gaming site “Brainzy” for Education.com, which he developed all of the characters for and the world they live in. He directs a large team of internal and external artists and musicians to complete the many animated teaching moments, stories, and game art for each release. www.pencilforhire.com
MELISSA PAGLUCIA
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 ECCC 2013 art book, ARTDOLL quarterly, and has worked as a comic book cover artist for both professional and indy comics. Her current online webcomics of “Above the Clouds” can be found at www.ATCLOUDScomic.com
RAMON VILLALOBOS
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.
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”. Nate resides in the NorCal Bay Area.
JOHN HAGEMAN JR.
Popular underground cartoonist who has been garnering a very loyal following through his web comic, Social Vermyn, story about being anti-social and the problems that causes in everyday life.. Based in Northern California, John Hageman continues in a strong tradition from that area of poignant comic illustrators. His art is a modern take on these classic influences that runs the gambit from Basil Wolverton to John K’s Ren & Stimpy. His newest comic is “The Woodland Welfare Manifesto” drawn by Hageman and written by Justin Sane while being published through SLG Publishing. The Woodland Welfare Manifesto, narrated by the character Uncle Stas, details the adventures of Burnt Bear in his quest against the Capitalist Government. The pacing is quick, the characters nutty, and the artwork oodles animated cute for the insane! NorCal Bay Area fans of KOFY TV’s Creepy KOFY Movie Time will recognize his work from the Creepy Kofy Movietime Comic and CKMT Live show posters. Hageman has feature his artwork in various galleries across the Wild West and beyond. His work bleeds humor to the dark and demented. But hey kids, fret not! He has something for all of the masses! Maybe.. Check out Hageman’s webcomics at www.socialvermyn.com
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
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.
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.
MARK BODE
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 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
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! Mike resides in Berkeley, CA www.thereisnohalo.com
BRANDON BRACAMONTE & IMPERIOUS REX
Specializing in comic book art & pop culture tattoos, Brandon will be TATTOOING LIVE AT OUR SHOW! He will have several comic book, horror, sci fi, fantasy and other pop culture awesome tattoo flash at our show for you to choose from. 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! (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 and accepting art commissions. Brandon resides in the Sacramento area.
HAINANU ‘NOOLIGAN’ SAULQUE
Born and raised in California and now settled in Sacramento, Hai-Na-Nu “Nooligan” Saulque has dedicated his life to his craft. After attending art school in San Francisco, he gravitated towards comics and his design skills have been invaluable. He broke into comics with ECV Press as a penciler and quickly expanded his art as a graphic designer, penciler, inker and writer. His first Kickstarter for the art book “Rumluck” recently finished and gave his fans the quality work they were clamoring for. You can find him at cons up and down the west coast with a variety of prints, posters, bookmarks, buttons and other fun items that showcase his love for classic cartoons and Americana. His newest works can be found in his book “Union Street Choir” which he works on with writer Ben Schwartz. Union Street Choir immerses you in an age of American history that captivates our imaginations–the crazy 30′s. Set in San Francisco during a time of immense economic despair, the Great Depression, in a world where fascism and hardships were strangling the common man, it introduces you to five free spirits. Blues, Smiles, Lucky, Knuks and Sourdough will show you how it was for young men in the 1930′s who were just trying to get by. More of Nooligan’s work can be found at www.nooligan.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
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