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.
DMC
Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels is a legendary musician. For more than 30 years he’s been an undeniable influence on pop culture. He remains at the forefront of hip hop history. As a founding member of Run DMC, he is used to being an innovator. From being the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first to appear on MTV, the Grammy nominated artist has changed music, culture, fashion and language. An Emmy Award winner for the VH1 documentary about his life changing discovery, DMC: My Adoption Journey he is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Felix Organization. DMC has been invited to the White House by President Obama to address youth groups on responsibility and he’s appeared before Congress in support of adoptees and foster children. A Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee as well as a celebrated author with his novel, King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life With Run-DMC he’s also a philanthropist. Even with this long lists of accomplishments and 30 million record sales later DMC is still releasing new music as he continues to create, inspire and motivate.
DMC’s bringing his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house, Darryl Makes Comics. Working alongside his partner and collaborator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, DMC #1, their first full length graphic novel is completed and a limited edition Hardcover will be available at Sac-Con! DMC grew up reading comics and developed a passion for them. In his first graphic novel, it’s 1985 in New York City and graffiti covers subway cars as b-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Drugs and crime rule the streets. The city’s brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to “clean up” the City for the benefit of a select few. The rest whisper a different name: DMC, who dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defend the city’s marginalized citizens against super villain and super hero alike.
The story was created by DMC and Damion Scott with Ronald Wimberly serving as creative consultant to develop the script. Each chapter is visualized by different teams of artists, including Chase Conley, Jeff Stokely, Felipe Smith, Mike & Mark Davis the Mad Twiinz, Shawn Crystal, and colorist Chris Sotomayor, not to mention cover art from industry legends Sal Buscema and Bob Wick and graffiti pioneer MARE 139. www.dmc-comics.com
VIC MIGNOGNA
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But his anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than two hundred animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokemon, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many many more. Vic also played roles G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic is currently playing characters in Free, Sailor Moon, World Of Warcraft, Karneval, Attack On Titan, Space Dandy, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, La Grange and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Avengers, Pac Man, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series Star Trek Continues, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.
RETURN OF THE JEDI REUNION  
DAVID BARCLAY
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David Barclay was hired by Lucasfilm and Stewart Freeborn to help out on the filming of The Empire Strikes Back as a teenager. While on set, one of the assistants to Frank Oz, the chief puppeteer for Yoda, became ill and David was selected to replace her. In doing so, he started a career as one of the most sought after puppeteers in both Hollywood and England. Not only did David get to assist Frank Oz in his work, but he also received the opportunity to fully operate the Yoda puppet for a week when Frank was forced to return to his work on the children’s show Sesame Street. His many accomplishments on The Empire Strikes Back were not forgotten as he was chosen to play the most disgusting creature in the Star Wars universe, the galactic gangster Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. David’s work in these two memorable films lead to a further collaboration with Frank Oz in Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and Little Shop of Horrors. His growing resume enabled David to garner a coveted position as chief puppeteer for the Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Further evidence of David’s achievements as Chief Supervising Puppeteer and Effects Supervisor can also be seen in the films Lost in Space and The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas. Catch some of David’s current work in the Warner Bros. film Stuart Little 2 and Cats and Dogs.
ERICK BAUERSFELD
Erick Bauersfeld is perhaps best known to STAR WARS fans around the world as the voice of the Rebel Alliance’s fearless leader ADMIRAL ACKBAR and Jabba the Hutt’s loyal servant BIB FORTUNA; both seen in the film RETURN OF THE JEDI! His unique and booming voice will forever be remembered for uttering the phrase It’s a trap! Bauersfeld is a noted reader, for radio and audio books, and provided other famous film voices including that of GARDINER in the Steven Spielberg’s film AI!

Between 1960 and 1965 stations KPFA (Berkeley) KPFK (Los Angeles) WBAI (New York City), presented a series of horror and fantasy dramas under the title The Black Mass which included over forty dramatizations of stories from Edgar Allan Poe to Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and Ambrose Bierce.

From 1962 to 1991 Bauersfeld was Director of Drama and Literature for Pacifica Radio KPFA, producing a wide range of daily readings, radio drama productions, interviews with leading figures in Film, Drama, and the other arts.

In 1986 he set up BARD (Bay Area Radio Drama) and is President and Director. This non-profit corporation is still actively producing radio drama.

STEPHEN COSTANTINO
A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, Stephen Costantino developed a passion for music at a young age, when he drew notice for playing guitar, singing & songwriting. It’s a pattern that has continued to this day.
Soon after moving to California in 1978, he began studying martial arts in Los Angeles with Hugh van Patten, who introduced him to another young musician in one of his classes, Corey Dee Williams, son of the actor and painter Billy Dee Williams. Stephen and Corey hit it off immediately and started a band they called Incognito. Later it would reincarnate as Atmosphere.
When Billy Dee was readying his character Lando Calrissian for movie Return of the Jedi, he asked Corey to be his stand-in when the film company went on location in Yuma, AZ. Stephen was invited to come along so that he and Corey could continue to play and write music.
Before long, he was recruited for a part in the film; he was to portray a Gamorrean Guard in service to Jabba the Hutt, fighting Luke Skywalker in defense of his despicable master.
Stephen has played guitar on sessions with Crazy Town, New Edition, Bel Biv Devoe, and the Black Eyed Peas, working with resident music producer Brett Epic Mazur at Scotti Brothers Records.
Another one of his most enduring musical partnerships has been with actor/director Billy Wirth, still haunting as a vampire in Lost Boys. They formed a band called The Cronies in the early ’90s and continue to write songs and perform them at venues throughout Southern California.
In addition to providing songs for film soundtracks (Me & Will, Last Lives, Looking for Jimmy, Java Heads, Starlight), Stephen has ventured into movie making himself, having served as a producer of the documentary Walking After Midnight and the short Lone Greasers and the feature Starlight.
In 2012, Stephen will be releasing a CD of his songs which he has been producing and mixing to showcase his myriad talents and interests.
JULIUS LEFLORE
Julius worked on RETURN OF THE JEDI as one of only 3 stuntmen hired who could also act! HE IS NOT AN EXTRA OR BACKGROUND PLAYER! He was hired since as both an actor and stuntman he could perform many of the stunts needed for RETURN OF THE JEDI! This allowed him to not only be the stunt double for BILLY DEE WILLIAMS (Lando) but also to be numerous characters from the film that required stunts, and that includes:

SKIFF MASTER & YOTTS OREN & BIKER SCOUT & STORMTROOPER

Julius was the ONLY stuntman willing to dive HEAD FIRST into the Sarlac Pit making him be in great demand on set. He’s also the Biker Scout that flips head of heals off the bikes in several scenes on Endor. And as silly as it may sound, when EWOKS attack, it was required by union rules that stuntmen be the ones attacked so every time you see a Stormtrooper or Biker Scout getting beaten its usually Julius (or Dicky Beer and one other guy). Imagine 3 guys doing it all? HOW COOL!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES REUNION  
JEREMY HOWARD
Jeremy Howard is perhaps best known for his roles in iconic films such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Galaxy Quest & Men in Black II. His other feature film credits include Accepted, Sydney White, Hotel for Dogs, Catch Me If You Can among others.

With an elaborate career spanning so many genres of film it was only natural for his talent to take the next step and move into a hugely successful franchise. That step is now a reality with the success of Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in which Jeremy portrays Donatello, the bo staff wielding brother, who dons the color purple, in the comic book foursome that became a world renowned property. The film has broken box office records and Paramount studios has plans for at least 2 more films with Jeremy on board to continue bringing Donatello to life!

A whole different demographic of kids can catch Jeremy on his recurring role for Disney’s television show Mighty Med which airs on Disney XD.

Jeremy’s other television credits include roles in Suburgatory, Grey’s Anatomy, House M.D., Monk, My Name is Earl, The Drew Carey Show, Entourage, and Scrubs. and most notably, a recurring role on the hit series Breaking Bad!

MICHELAN SISTI
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Michelan Sisti (Micha) is thankful to have a long and varied career as musician, actor, director and puppeteer. From Broadway to Hollywood, his favorite performances include: Michaelangelo, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I & II, Charlene Sinclair, in the television series Dinosaurs, all of his work with the Muppets, and Tol, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Bloodlines. Yes, Micha was a Ferengi! How cool is that?
NICK PALMA
Nick Palma was born in Palo Alto, California. He was inspired by Kirk Douglas in Ulysses and The Vikings staged Viking and Gladiator bouts in his backyard with his older brother. He was fortunate that some of his mischeif, i.e. hopping fences and skipping up and down rooftops, dodging cars and playing in construction sites, did not lead him down the wrong path. His love for physical fitness was his salvation. At thirteen, he was inspired by Bruce Lee’s film, Enter the Dragon, and immediately took up the martial arts.

He joined a Choy Li Fut kung fu school. Choy Li Fut emphasizes horse stances and low swift kicks in combination with hand techniques. He also pursued western boxing and grappling skills, which he found to be effective against taller stronger bullies at school. He wanted to become a versatile fighter who could handle himself in different types of conflicts. Eventually, his thirst resulted in two Golden Glove boxing awards and led to other studies including Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling. Gymnastics, Fencing, and Tai Chi (Yang style).

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (Human Movement Studies) from San Francisco State University and an Army officer’s commission (2nd Lt.) from the University of San Francisco ROTC program. While in the Army, he earned numerous citations, including two Iron Mike awards, and was voted third in his battalion at a leadership camp at Fort Lewis, Washington. As a member of the Second Infantry Division in Korea, he won the 119lb. weight division in boxing at the Indian Head Olympics and received his 1st degree black belt at the world Tae Kwon Do center (Kuk Ki Won) in Seoul.

After college and the Army, he moved to southern California and began a career in the movies and martial arts. His movie credits include being the Action Turtle (the performer in the suite) for Michaelangelo, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooz. He did stunts for The Last Action Hero, Stargate, Newsies, and The Run Down, in which he, and five other stuntmen for the movie, where nominated for a Taurus Stunt Award for best fight sequence in 2004. He also recently worked on the movie John Carter.

ERNIE REYES JR.
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Reyes, Jr. is probably best known for his film debut in ’80s cult classic The Last Dragon. The same year he shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen in Red Sonja. During this time, he also had his own television series Sidekicks, a spin-off of the original Walt Disney one-time special, The Last Electric Knight, alongside Gil Gerard presented by Michael Eisner. He also appeared in an episode of the hit television series MacGyver in 1988. Reyes had starring roles in Surf Ninjas and in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film The Secret of the Ooze as Keno, the pizza delivery boy. He also served as the martial arts stunt double for Donatello in the first Ninja Turtles film. He later appeared in movies such as Rush Hour 2 playing Zing and in The Rundown alongside WWE wrestler Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Reyes guest starred in the TV series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues alongside David Carradine.
In 2006, Ernie Reyes Jr. hosted the MTV martial arts reality show Final Fu.
Ernie Reyes Jr. has a professional fight record of 3–0 in Strikeforce which was a large Mixed martial arts organization but started out as a Muay Thai and kickboxing organization. Ernie fought Anthony Elkaim the WKA ISKA Champion. Reyes knocked out the champion in the 3rd round. His next two fights would be won by decision, including a unanimous decision over Veasna Thach which aired on ESPN. Ernie Reyes Jr.’s fight against the champion Anthony Elkaim also aired on ESPN.
Ernie Reyes Jr. has done motion capture stunts for blockbuster movies such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Most recently, Reyes guest starred on NCIS: Los Angeles The Frozen Lake playing Jay Thapa, a Nepalese soldier who is an expert in knife fighting.
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.
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.
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
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
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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