Guests

MEL RUBI
Mel Rubi is a Filipino-American Professional Comic Book Artist/Penciler whose works have graced the comic pages of top publishers such as Marvel, Image, Valiant, Dark Horse and Dynamite over the last two decades. He has a large following of devoted fans from his work on such titles as The Punisher, Uncanny X-men, Aliens vs Predator, Angel, Deathblow, Gen13, Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters, Stormwatch, The Terminator, Wetworks, Wolverine, X-Factor, Excalibur, Doctor Strange, Grifter, Kiss, and Red Sonja. He started off as an aspiring self-taught artist. Some of his influences came from Frank Frazetta, John Buscema and Bernie Wrightson. He began his artistic career as a draftsman in an engineering firm but soon realized his true passion towards becoming a comic book illustrator. After three years of submissions, it was during the 1993 Wonder-Con where he finally broke in the field of superheroes and was offered a position right on the spot as a penciler for both Marvel and Valiant. The rest is history. Mel has worked for major game companies such as Electronic Arts, Bioware and Klicknation. He is now working full-time as a Senior Artist at 5thPlanet Games and continues to enjoy freelancing at his spare time.
C.P. Smith
Professional comic book artist known for his rigid art, occasional photo realism and gritty detail, C.P. Smith is inspired by such artists as Bill Sienkiewicz, Katsuhiro Otomo and Kevin Nowlan. His most recent comic projects are Ten Grand with J Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5) and Topeka with Steve Lisberger (co-writer/director of Tron) and Syd Mead (concept artist for Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron). In the past he’s drawn Storm Watch Team Achilles, Wolverine, The Punisher, New Invaders, Star Wars, Wolverine Noir, Resistance and The Programme. C.P. Smith has also worked in advertising, animation and in games as a lead designer for BioWare.
ERIC NGUYEN
Eric Nguyen- Eric Nguyen has created art for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image. He’s worked as a penciller, inker, colorist, and cover artist. Credits include such comic books as the video game adapted Halo: Helljumper, X-Men First Class, Strange Girl, Gigantic, Eternals, inFAMOUS, Iron Man: Kiss and Kill, Sandman Mystery Theater: Sleep of Reason, Tales of the Fear Agent, X-Factor Forever, Arrow, Batman Arkham Unhinged, Batman Beyond Unlimited, Dark Horse Comic’s X, Ultimate Fantastic Four/Ultimate X-Men Annual, Newuniversal: Conqueror, Crossing Midnight, Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide, Mystic Arcana: (Black Knight, Scarlett Witch, Sister Grimm, Magik), Thundercats: Dogs of War, Wildcats Version 3.0, Justice League Beyond, Masters of the Universe, Ultimate Fallout: Spider-Man No More, and the Heroes graphic novels based on the hit TV show. http://shadedgrey.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
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
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.
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.
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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