||Best known as the voice of Ghostface in the SCREAM films and Mojo Jojo on THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, Roger is a theatre trained actor, director, and puppeteer. His work includes films, television, commercials, videogames, recorded books, and theatre.
He has appeared on ROBOT CHICKEN, LEGEND OF KORRA, THE REGULAR SHOW, CODE NAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR, THE BOOK OF POOH, and CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH. His film work includes MARS ATTACKS, CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK: DARK FURY, KHUMBA, THE ADVENTURES OF MR. INCREDIBLE, TITAN A.E., EDtv, and WHITE HOUSE DOWN.
Roger’s videogame titles include TALES FROM THE BORDERLANDS, AMONG THE SLEEP, WALKING DEAD, LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT, FINAL FANTASY, MASS EFFECT, ASSASSIN’S CREED, American McGee’s ALICE games and GRIMM, THE SIMS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, YAKUZA, JADE EMPIRE, several STAR TREK games, and more STAR WARS games than we can list.
He has been a voice double for Liam Neeson, John Goodman, Sir Christopher Lee, James Woods, and Max von Sydow.
He is also an award winning graphic artist and illustrator.
Roger is appearing courtesy of www.GalacticProductionsLLC.com
||Jim Starlin- Joining us for a rare convention guest appearance is the legendary writer/artist Jim Starlin, whose work has spanned for over 4 decades thrilling us with his many stories and art for primarily Marvel & DC. Most famously known as the creator of “Thanos, The Mad Titan” which he created in early issues of Marvel’s Iron Man. Thanos is the plotting villain protagonist for Marvel’s blockbuster movies The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron (portrayed by actor Josh Brolin) and is the main focus for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie and the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie. Starlin also created the comic book characters Drax The Destroyer (portrayed by actor & WWE Wrestler, Dave Bautista) and Gamora (portrayed by actress Zoe Saldana), who each have been the main characters of Marvel’s blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Starlin helped revamp and forge such characters as Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel. He wrote the very popular revival of the Silver Surfer series (Ron Lim illustrated) in which he introduced his creation Thanos into the story arc, which led to “Thanos Quest” and “The Infinity Gauntlet” (art by Ron Lim & George Perez) miniseries and its crossover storylines (which is being adapted for the 2 part Avengers films “Avengers: Infinity War”. The Infinity Gauntlet proved successful and was followed by the sequel miniseries Infinity War and Infinity Crusade. Thanos stories and art by Starlin would follow over the years with his Infinity Abyss, Marvel: The End, Thanos (the mini series), Thanos: A God Up There Listening, Thanos Vs. Hulk, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, and Thanos: The Infinity Relativity.
Marvel’s Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu was co-created by Starlin. He also created/wrote/drew the long running comic book Dreadstar, Breed, and The Price GN. Starlin (and Bernie Wrightson) produced Heroes for Hope: Staring The X-Men, a 1985 one-shot designed to raise money for African famine relief and recovery. He and Wrightson produced a second benefit comic for famine relief. Heroes Against Hunger featuring Superman and Batman was published by DC and like the earlier Marvel benefit project featured many top comics creators. Starlin became the writer of Batman and one of his first storylines for the title was “Ten Nights of The Beast” which introduced the KGBeast. Starlin then wrote the four-issue miniseries Batman: The Cult drawn by Wrightson and the controversial storyline “Batman: A Death in the Family”, in Batman #426-429 (Dec. 1988 – Jan. 1989), in which Jason Todd, the second of Batman’s Robin sidekicks, was killed. The death was decided by fans, as DC Comics set up a hotline for readers to vote on as to whether or not Jason Todd should survive a potentially fatal situation.
He’s worked on other comic titles such as the gripping “The Death of Captain Marvel GN”, Star Reach, Hulk, Spider-Man, Avengers, Iron Man, Legion of Super-Heroes, Detective Comics, DC Comics Presents (where he co-created the character Mogul), The Weird, Cosmic Odyssey, Strange Adventures, Rann-Thanagar Holy War, Death of the New Gods, Mystery in Space, Stormwatch, Daredevil / Black Widow: Abattoir, Gilgamesh II, Hardcore Station, Punisher, Thor, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, Superman, Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Cosmic Guard, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe, and Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection.
Starlin has been the recipient winner of such awards as the Shazam Award, Eagle Award, British Fantasy Award, Haxtur Award, and the Eisner’s “Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award”. He also co-wrote four novels with his wife Daina Graziunas: Among Madmen, Lady El, Thinning the Predators, and Pawns.
||Don Bluth is one of the most acclaimed directors and animators in the industry. He is also known as a producer, writer, production designer, video game designer and animation instructor. Bluth is considered by some critics to be unique in that he successfully challenged the powers of the ‘Mouse House,’ as a serious competitor, bringing to the silver screen such classic animated films as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Anastasia, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Rock-A-Doodle, Titan A.E., Thumbelina, A Troll In Central Park, Banjo the Woodpile Cat, The Pebble and the Penguin, and Bartok The Magnificent. All in all, Don and his partners, Gary Goldman & John Pomeroy, produced several animated features and three video games including, Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp and Space Ace. For Disney, Bluth worked on as either animation director, assistant director, character animator or assistant animator on Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood, Pete’s Dragon, The Sword in the Stone, The Rescuers, Sleeping Beauty, Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too, and The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. Other animated studio works include: Fantastic Voyage, Archie and his New Pals, The Groovie Ghoulies, Journey Back To Oz, and Xanadu (animated sequence).
His peers from all over the world admire him for his creative talents as well as his versatility in bringing memorable characters to life. He designs the characters, serves as Key Storyboard Artist, and when the mood strikes him, he has also been known to compose some clever songs and collaborate on most of the scripts for his projects. Both he and his partner, Gary Goldman are responsible for the training of over 1000 artisans that currently populate the industry. In 1955 he graduated from high school, and immediately took a portfolio of his drawings to the Disney studios in Burbank where he landed a position in the animation department as an in-betweener. Bluth worked at Disney from 1955 through 1956 on the classic motion picture Sleeping Beauty. He left after one year to follow other life pursuits, re-entered the animation field in 1967 at Filmation Studios and finally returned to Disney in 1971. In 1979, Bluth, along with Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, founded Don Bluth Productions after leaving Disney. Bluth’s passion for the Art of Animation is the driving force that fueled his film career for a period of more than five decades. He resides in Phoenix, AZ.
||Goldman began his career in animation when he joined Walt Disney Productions in February 1972. His first assignment was as an in-betweener to legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas on the film Robin Hood. He then worked alongside Don Bluth, as an animator, on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Fox and the Hound and The Rescuers before serving as Directing Animator on Pete’s Dragon and The Small One. United by the common goal of restoring the lost techniques of classical animation, Goldman and Bluth, along with animator John Pomeroy, produced, directed and animated the classically animated 27 minute, filmed-featurette Banjo the Woodpile Cat. It received the National Film Advisory Board Award for Excellence, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Divided by disagreements over story and production values, Goldman, along with Bluth and Pomeroy, resigned from Walt Disney Productions to establish their independent animation studio, Don Bluth Productions, in 1979. Since leaving Disney, the team produced several feature films, starting with The Secret of NIMH, which won the Saturn Award for “Best Animated Feature” from the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Academy. Their first collaboration with Steven Spielberg, which began production in January 1985, An American Tail, released in November, 1986, ushered in a new era of success for the full-length animated feature, becoming the highest-grossing animated film up to that time. Other films Goldman worked on are: Anastasia, The Land Before Time, Bartok The Magnificent, Titan A.E., The Pebble and the Penguin, A Troll in Central Park, Thumblelina, Rock-A-Doodle, Banjo the Woodpile Cat, and All Dogs Go To Heaven.
Goldman was a producer on the highly successful animated laser disc interactive video games Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp. All three he collaborated on once again with Don Bluth and John Pomeroy. Dragon’s Lair received the Inkpot Award for the “First Interactive Laser Disc Arcade Game” and an Arkie Award for the “Best Arcade Audio/Visuals”. In August 2007, Goldman was named an artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the college’s 10-week winter quarter starting in January 2008. Goldman lectured on animation, as well as taught undergraduate and graduate level classes in traditional 2-D animation production. Goldman has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1978. In 2001 Goldman & Bluth received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their dedication and contribution to the art of animation from Animation Magazine, and in 2005, at the Savannah Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Awards for animation, from the Savannah College of Art & Design, to which they gave their animation art archive. He resides in Phoenix, AZ.
||John Pomeroy, animator, directing animator, producer, screenwriter, and character designer, started work at The Walt Disney Company in 1973 as a background artist, and became a full animator in 1974 to work on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. For Disney, he also worked on The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, The Rescuers, Pete’s Dragon, and The Fox and the Hound. While working at Disney, he met fellow animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, and began working with them on an independent short film project, Banjo the Woodpile Cat.
In 1979 John Pomeroy, Don Bluth, Goldman and several other Disney animators left the studio to form the independent studio Don Bluth Productions (later to become Bluth Group), which produced the film Secret of NIMH and the animation for laserdisc video games Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. The independent studio later reformed as Sullivan-Bluth Studios and opened a major animation facility in Dublin, Ireland.
Pomeroy remained at the Dublin studio to work as the directing animator and producer on An American Tail and The Land Before Time, before moving back to the United States in 1989 to form a new US wing of the company. With Bluth Studios, Pomeroy also worked on All Dogs Go To Heaven, Rock-A-Doodle, Thumbelina, A Troll In Central Park and The Pebble and the Penguin.
When Sullivan-Bluth Studios closed, Pomeroy returned to Disney to work as the supervising animator of John Smith in Pocahontas. He then continued on to create masterful animation for Disney like: the Firebird in Fantasia 2000, Rabbit in The Tigger Movie, the lead character Milo in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Captain Flint and His Crew for Treasure Planet.
He also has worked on the Curious George movie and more recently, The Simpsons Movie, Planes, and Tom and Jerry’s: The Wizard of Oz, The Lost Dragon & Spy Quest. He is presently storyboarding for DisneyToon Studios on projects like the Tinker Bell series of films and their “Sofia the First” TV series, among other commercial animation for major studios and products. Pomeroy is also a talented sculptor, painter of historic events, and builder of historic weapons used in movies. He resides in Nashville, TN.
||Klebba has acted in various productions, most notably Pirates of the Caribbean as “Marty”, one of Captain Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl crew, in all three of the first trilogy. In 2003, he played the ring announcer in the Cradle 2 the Grave. In 2009, Klebba played the role of “Count Le Petite” in All’s Faire in Love, a romantic comedy set at a Renaissance fair. He has also been in low budget horror/comedy films Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds & Feast 3: The Happy Finish as “Thunder.”
He has numerous stunt credits as well including Hancock, Zombieland, Bedtime Stories, Evan Almighty, Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, and Van Helsing. Wearing motion capture pajamas, “Marty” portrayed the Pteranodon who battled Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.
||Don Frye began acting in movies with Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), playing the role of Captain Douglas Gordon. In an interview, Frye mentions that unlike his fights where he has complete control, acting in a Godzilla film he had no control but enjoyed the experience nonetheless. The director of the film, Ryuhei Kitamura, mentioned that he wrote the role with Frye in mind since he was a fan of Frye’s matches. Kitamura found Frye’s tough-guy/good-heart demeanor to be the perfect role for the character of Gordon. Curiously, for a prominent character in a Japanese-language film, all of his dialogue was spoken in English.
2005 turned out to be a busy year for Frye as he made several appearances. In Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy, he played Rocco Piedra, the father of a wrestling family who dreams on marrying their child off to a famous wrestler. He also appeared in No Rules and starred in Nagurimono. In 2006, he made an appearance as an Aryan Brotherhood member in Miami Vice and even lent his voice for The Ant Bully.
Frye is also set to appear in Apparitions: The Darkness (formerly Paper Dolls) and in the Rob Schneider prison comedy Big Stan, along with fellow mixed martial artists Randy Couture and Bob Sapp.
He played Clarence Hurt, a Texas Ranger, in Public Enemies, by director Michael Mann.
Since he competed in Pride FC, he has also appeared in several commercial ads in Japan. The latest one is a television ad for a yakisoba product named “UFO” produced by Nissin Foods (an executive officer was a fierce fan of Frye). His significant popularity in Japan in the 2000s might be attributed to his “good old tough fuddy-duddy” character reminiscent of sheriffs in some 1960s American movies.
||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!|
|THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
||The Hernandez Bros (Jaime & Gilbert)- AKA Los Bros Hernandez, the creators of of one of the most influential/prominent indy and alternative comics of all time, Love and Rockets.The brothers grew up in Oxnard, California. In the 1980s they gained fame with their comic book Love and Rockets, which drew influences from a wide range of influences, including mainstream and underground comics, punk rock, and Mexican-American culture. They began publishing the black-and-white series themselves in 1981, and Fantagraphics Books published it from 1982 to today. The brothers normally worked independently of each other on their own stories. Gilbert’s most significant work features prominent magic realist elements in Central American settings; Jaime’s has centered on multicultural Southern California. Gilbert and Jaime have taken on a great variety of other projects, they frequently returned to their most familiar characters.
Both brothers released many solo books, with Jaime doing several books featuring his Locas characters (including Whoa Nellie, Penny Century, and Maggie and Hopey Color Fun) and Maggie generally occupying a supporting role. Jaime has also done occasional work for DC Comics and The New Yorker, and he has done many album covers for such artists as Michelle Shocked. Earlier in his career Jaime also did album covers for some “Nardcore” punk bands, such as Ill Repute and Dr. Know, and also created the artwork for the critically acclaimed Los Lobos album The Town and the City. He’s also provided comics work for Marvel Comics Strange Tales II GN, Weird Tales of the Ramones, Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales, and Measles. In 2010, Jaime released his hardcover book, The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secret of Life and Death. Jaime has won Kirby, Ignatz, Harvey, Inkpot and Eisner Awards for his comics works.
For solo projects, Gilbert created New Love, Luba, Luba’s Comics and Stories, Girl Crazy, Sloth, Birdland, Fatima: The Blood Spinners, Grip: The Strange World of Men, Marble Season, Maria M., Loverboys, Bumperhead, The Troublemakers, Chance in Hell, Speak of the Devil and Blubber. He also collaborated with Peter Bagge on the series Yeah! for DC Comics and collaborated with Mario Hernandez on the series Citizen Rex for Dark Horse Comics. Star Wars Tales #20 featured a “Young Lando Calrissian” story by Gilbert and he’s also provided work for Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror and Marvel Comics Strange Tales II GN. He’s won the Eisner, Kirby, Harvey, Inkpot, Fellow, and PEN Center USA’s Graphic Literature Awards, for his comics works.
Jaime, Gilbert and co-creator of Love and Rockets, Mario Hernandez (their younger brother) collaborated on Mister X, a sci-fi comic book series from Vortex Press, with Jaime handling the art and Gilbert and Mario plotting. The book’s noirish look has been cited as an influence by the creators of Batman: The Animated Series among other retro-futuristic works. The alternative rock band Love and Rockets was named after the Hernández brothers’ comic book.
||Liam Sharp is a British artist, writer and publisher. Liam provided the artwork for the comic adaptation of the seminal XBox video game GEARS OF WAR comic book series with Gears of War 2 video game writer & novelist Joshua Ortega. He made his debut in the late 1980’s drawing Judge Dredd for 2000AD. He later moved to Marvel UK, where he drew the best-selling Marvel UK title ever, Death’s Head II. Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman, and The Possessed (for DC Comics and Wildstorm), Spawn: The Dark Ages (for Todd McFarlane and Image) and Red Sonja for Dynamite comics. Liam has also worked on more mature themed books for Verotik drawing GOTH, Jaguar God, Frank Frazetta’s The Death Dealer, and a strip originated by Stan Winston called Realm of the Claw. Liam illustrated the controversial DC Vertigo title Testament with best-selling novelist and media commentator Douglas Rushkoff, and the Aliens graphic novella Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven for Dark Horse. More recently he’s been working on an epic personal comic book project that he is co-writing with wife Christina McCormack called Captain Stone is Missing. In 2004 Liam established Mam Tor Publishing with wife Christina. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Event Horizon, and the prestigious collaboration with Mother (London) Advertising, Four Feet From a Rat, which appears as a quarterly comic in Time Out magazine. This has led on to work on three major advertising campaigns for the Coca-Cola Company, as well as producing art and design work for Strange Beast, Passion Pictures, Knuckleheads, Shots Magazine and Red Arrow Entertainment amongst others. Liam also worked on designs for the movies Lost in Space, Small Soldiers and the animated series Batman Beyond. Liam’s critically acclaimed first novel GOD KILLERS: MACHIVARIUS POINT & OTHER TALES was published in 2008 with a second edition in 2009. Liam’s CCO, Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer, and head of content for Madefire. Madefire is a first of its kind technology company that is awakening a new era of storytelling and online publishing. The Madefire iPad app brings a new identity to digital reading, delivering a continuous flow of comics in a fully immersive reading experience, marrying sound, pictures, words and motion. www.madefire.com & www.liam-sharp.com|
||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
|C. ANDREW NELSON
||An award winning artist, actor, writer, consultant, and motivational speaker, C.Andrew Nelson is best known for having played the character of Darth Vader in the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy as well as in the Rebel Assault II and Dark Forces games from LucasArts. Andrew, who began playing Vader for Lucasfilm in 1994, has portrayed the infamous dark lord for commercials, television shows, print, games, and live appearances. He has managed to spend more time in the official Vader costume than any other actor.
Andrew spent four years as a visual effects artist at Industrial Light & Magic. His VFX credits at ILM include Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Perfect Storm, Jurassic Park III, The Time Machine, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Prior to joining ILM, Andrew worked nearly six years at LucasArts Entertainment Company where he served as a visual effects supervisor. At LucasArts he helped create and design such popular games as Dark Forces, Rebel Assault II, Full Throttle, The Dig, Jedi Knight, Curse of Monkey Island, Masters of Teras Kasi, Shadows of the Empire, Rogue Squadron, and Indiana Jones & the Infernal Machine. Andrew has worked extensively with sister companies Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Learning, Lucas Licensing, and THX.
In addition to his tenure with the Lucas companies, C. Andrew Nelson is a consulting VFX supervisor and art director for some of the top effects, animation, and post-production facilities in the U.S. His credits include Rocky Balboa, The Last Mimzy, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Rush Hour 3, Enchanted, The Kite Runner, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Jumper, Race to Witch Mountain, and Witness 11. Andrew currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society.
No stranger to academia, Andrew served from 2002 to 2004 as the Visual Effects Director for the School of Animation & Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the university, he presided over the school’s visual effects curriculum and trained the next generation of VFX artists who are now working throughout the industry. Andrew routinely consults for various networks, studios, and developers such as Disney, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS, Fox, Hasbro, Electronic Arts, and others.
When he’s not at a workstation conjuring up images for motion pictures and television or speaking on the lecture circuit, Andrew can be found in front of the camera or behind a microphone as a performer. Andrew has appeared in numerous feature films, television series, commercials, and print ads. He has shot national spots for ESPN, Wal-Mart, M&Ms, Taco Bell, and Kenner. Andrew is also a much sought after voice-over artist having lent his vocal talents to numerous games, animated films, and interactive multimedia projects. www.candrewnelson.com
|HERBERT 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.
||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 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! In 2015 Image Comics began publishing Jimmie’s “The Empty”, a science-fiction story in which two unlike women set out together to save a dying world. Jimmie Robinson resides in the Bay Area. www.jimmykitty.com|
||Coker began drawing comics professionally when he was still in high school in Sacramento,CA. As an illustrator in the comic book scene, Coker has illustrated other such books for Marvel, DC and Images as: Gen 13/Maxx, Daredevil Noir, 5 Ronin, Wolverine: Under The Boardwalk, Logan: Shadow Society, The Ride, Undying Love, Moon Knight, Avengers Assemble, Blue Estate, Gen 13 Bootleg, Secret Avengers, Strange, Exiles, Foolkiller, Agents of Atlas, Generation X, Stephen King: The Stand, Global Frequency, Near Death, The Big Book of Urban Legends/Death, Marksmen, Vanguard, Stormwatch: Team Achilles and Nightfall: The Black Chronicles. In 2003, he debuted his creator-owned (along with Pulitzer Prize nominee Judd Winick) horror series Blood and Water through DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Currently, Tomm is illustrating covers for Marvel’s Secret Wars. In 2009, he drew MTV’s “motion comic” series Audio Quest: A Captain Lights Adventure, starring the singer Lights. Selected toy and cartoon design work includes such brands as Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Jumanji and Transformers. Tomm also provided artwork for various Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games such as “Eberron Campaign Setting” and “Sharn: City of Towers”. He has worked as an artist at Columbia-TriStar Children’s Entertainment, most notably on “Men in Black.” He has story-boarded and provided production design for numerous commercials and music videos, including Aaron Carter’s “How I Beat Shaq.” His feature film work includes story-boarding and designing the Keanu Reeves film “The Watcher” and contributing boards to Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy.” He wrote and directed his first live-action short film, “A Day Between,” which won Grand Jury and Audience Favorite Awards on the festival circuit. Coker made the jump with directing and writing his 1st feature length horror film “Catacombs” staring pop star “Pink”. Tomm now resides in Los Angeles, CA.|
|TIMOTHY GREEN II
||Timothy Green II, also known as “Timo”, is an American artist with a European & Asian comics influence. Much like his favorite artists Moebius and Otomo, he displays a fine attention to detail with sharp steady lines and has the range to cater to the European, Asian and American audiences. He is known for his work on such titles as Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot and The Guardians of the Galaxy (Timo was thanked at the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie because of his work on the recent comic series).Timo’s first published works started back in 1996 with the comic book “Leitmotiv” which he created, wrote and illustrated. In 1999, Timo got a taste of the big leagues. He landed art duties with Dark Horse Comics illustrating stories for issues #13 & 15 of Star Wars Tales. This led into him also illustrating an issue of “Syn” for Dark Horse Comics in 2003. It wasn’t until 2005 that he got critical acclaim for his astonishing pencils & inks on the comic book motion picture adaption of MTV’s Aeon Flux movie (Based off Peter Chung’s animated TV show). This exposed Timo to an international audience and gave him creditability as a comic book heavy weight. Timo since has worked for both Marvel and DC and has illustrated such books as Swamp Thing, Annihilators, Ender’s Game, Fraction, The Immortal Iron Fist, Rush City, Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?, Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated, Immortal Weapons, Wolverine #1000, Red Hood and the Outlaws, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants-Blade, Ultimate Comics, Avengers Academy, Avengers Undercover, Animal Man, Convergence Supergirl: Matrix, Iron Man, Threshold, Amazing Spider-Man, Justice League United and Skaar: Son of Hulk to name a few.|
|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 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.|
||Artist/writer Ramon Villalobos got his big break as artist on Marvel’s What If? Age of Ultron #2: Iron Man. Prior, 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 the Marvel Comics Secret Wars/X-Men Characters series “E is For Extinction”, projects for Dark Horse Comics, and another independently published comic called “Abstract 3”. Ramon lives in Stockton, California.|
Robert will be unable to make the show.
|Have you felt the Love yet? Yes? No? Well let us share some of Robert Love just in case! Mr.Love has been diligently pressing the inks working on books for such publishers as Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Ghettosake Comics for over a decade now. He’s worked on Number 13 (Dark Horse), Alpha Girl (Image), Never Ending (Dark Horse), Fierce (Dark Horse), Shadow Rock (Dark Horse), Popgun (Image), Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse), Kenji Master of the Blind Monkey Style (Ghettosake), Chocolate Thunder (Ghettosake), Nanoman (Gettosake), and Bayou (Zuda Comics). Love also has a few animated shorts created from his works such as “Fearless Grasshopper” and “Chocolate Thunder”. Robert Love and writer David Walker, creators of the comic book series “Number 13” published by Dark Horse Comics, teamed up with commercial director Steve Petersen and producer David M. Uslan to create the official teaser/short film for their newest live action project based on said material. The trailer and more info can be found at www.number13.info He sold the rights to a movie to 20th Century Fox called THE ADVENTURES OF VENUS KINCAID, Optioned FIERCE to Zucker Productions as well as NUMBER 13 with Legendary Pictures. Robert currently calls the city of Sacramento his home.|
||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- 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.|
||Dorway Studios is the home of illustrator Michael J. Dorman. Michael specializes in comic book illustration, penciling, inking and commissions. He’s worked as artist for Bluewater Productions’ “William Nolan’s Dark Universe” and “Logan’s Run: Aftermath” which are stories inspired by the sci fi classics. Michael has also worked on such books as Legend of Isis, ECV Press: Fist, ECV Press: Spades, ECV Press: Trixie Dynamite, Immortal Deception, Anatomy of War, The Spider and Domino Lady, as well as Bluewaters’s Evil Knievil comic book. Mike also wrote for Jason and the Argonauts for Bluewater. He currently is working on on Black Bat / Domino Lady: Danger Coast to Coast for Moonstone books and Santa Claus, Private Eye for Thrillbent. Mike resides in Sacramento, California.|
||Co-founder & artist for Binary Winter Press. Cody Vrosh lives in a perpetual state of not-enough-sleep. Cody is the illustrator of “The Irrelevant Redemption: A Steampunk Fairytale”. It’s a cyborg coming of age fable, a post-human Pinocchio meets Alice in an apocalyptic Wonderland Story. Cody designs his own clothes line with Sheatiel Sarao for Binary Winter Press and will have their t-shirts, ties, prints, art and more for sale at our show. His arts been displayed on the tv series Heroes season 3 as well as prestigious art galleries all around America. Cody has also released the following books: Coffee Creatures, The Android’s Astrological Companion, The Zodiac of Teeth, Root & Whim, and The Gas Mask. He also has an unhealthy obsession with animals (he can’t help it, they won’t stop staring at him). www.binarywinter.org|
||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 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 will be unable to make the show.
|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 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|
||Artist who’s worked freelance primarily in comics, animation, gaming, and film. Greg’s Image Comics Graphic Novel titled “Pug” is an unsparing tale of a good man trapped in a life of brutality. Greg’s worked in the comics industry for such companies as Blackthorne, TSR, Malibu, Eclipse, Antarctic Press, and Tundra/ Kitchen Sink Press. He was one of the earliest U.S. artists to work in the anime/manga style. He did covers in this style for Shiruken, Lensman, and Zetraman. Greg was a co-artist on Adolescent Black Belt Hamsters Massacre The Japanese Invasion, Sambu Gassho Special, contributed to Jimmie Robinson’s Bomb Queen II: Queen of Hearts series for Image Comics and he did a manga-style version of Larry Welz’ Cherry Poptart in Cherrie’s Jubilee. Recently, Greg contributed art for the Shadow of Oz Tarot Card Set.|
||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.|
||Co-Creator of the Image Comics zombie comic “Dead Ahead” and publisher of Rock & Roll Biography’s: Primus, Slayer, Faith No More/Mr Bungle. Born in Evensville, Indiana, Mel Smith began his career in 1985, at the ripe age of 16, penciling and writing for Pinnacle Comics. He has worked in the field ever since, and during those twenty plus years he has produced countless pages for many companies. In 1991, Smith helped develop the animated short and character “Chainsaw Bob”, that aired on the famous “Spike & Mike Festival of Animation” as well as expanding artistically towards work for the music industry, and designing material for many popular groups. Today he is happily back involved with comics, first producing the charity comic Feed America’s Children and then the Eisner Award Winning “Gumby” comic book series (based on the claymation tv show) with his own imprint Wildcard Ink and Acme Ink. Concurrent with this he has worked on other such comic series for other publishers such as Vincent Price Presents, Iron Siege, Conan, The Final Death Race, God’s Janitor, Recoil, Savage, Creepy KOFY Movie Time and the follow-up “Dead Ahead 2”.|
||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|
David will be unable to make the show.
|Dave is an artist, filmmaker and writer that’s been entertaining us with the arts for the last decade. His paintings and illustrations tend to veer towards the seedy underbelly of life and pop culture, parodying reality, and has appeared in art galleries, conventions, comic stores and live art shows across the West Coast. Comic’s work include: She That Kills The Dead, Fowl (Webcomic), and Decimation Vacation as well as several other mini comics and sketch books under the Taco Comics banner. He has worked with Iota Arcane’s Imaginary Slave and has also contributed album cover art for Iota Arcane’s Dead Androids as well as for the band Radioactive Chickenheads. Aside with collaborating with several other musicians with his art and cranking out his occasional comic zine, D.Castr enjoys kicking out original art sketch covers and sketch cards. Many live action film shorts of “She That Kills The Dead” can be found online as well as his dark humor short “Wolf Hands” or you can also see them at his website www.zarstarstudios.com D.Castr hails from the “Island of the Long” located somewhere near Southern California.|
||During early years of Image Comics, which was founded in 1992, co-founder, Marc Silvestri shared a studio with Jim Lee, where he created his first creator-owned comic book, Cyberforce, as part of Image’s initial line-up. After setting up his own studio, Top Cow Productions, he expanded into other comics, launching Codename: Strykeforce, a new Cyberforce series and various spin-offs.
The company attracted several professionals known across the industry, including artist Brandon Peterson, writer Garth Ennis and former Marvel staffer David Wohl. It also helped launch the careers of various writers and artists, such as Christina Z., Joe Benitez, Michael Turner and David Finch. Benitez, Turner and Finch have since worked forDC and Marvel Comics.
In 1996, Top Cow briefly departed from Image. At the same time, Top Cow was moving more into the fantasy genre. New properties were Witchblade (where Turner had his first big success) and The Darkness (where Marc Silvestri returned to artist duties). Thanks to the success of Witchblade Top Cow was able to expand, adding to its line with titles that included The Darkness, Magdalena, Aphrodite IX, and others. Silvestri was heavily involved in training and developing new talent through the studio and Top Cow was known for a time for its “house style”.
In addition to company owned properties Top Cow has from time to time worked with creators to develop creator-owned properties. These properties have included Turner’s Fathom which eventually ended up at Aspen Comics, and Joe’s Comics, created exclusively for J. Michael Straczynski, which included Rising Stars and Midnight Nation.
Top Cow is also known for bringing Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft to comics, with various graphic novels written and drawn by some of the industry’s best known creators, including Dan Jurgens, Paul Jenkins, and artistAndy Park. The cartoon Battle of the Planets is another licensed property in which Top Cow has invested, collaborating with cover artist Alex Ross.
In 2006, Top Cow made a business agreement with Marvel Comics to use several of their licensed properties in their own series, with characters including Wolverine and the Punisher, appearing in crossovers (Darkness/Wolverine and Witchblade/Punisher). Also, as part of this agreement, several Top Cow artists are to provide art chores on various Marvel series, such as Tyler Kirkham (Phoenix: Warsong and New Avengers/Transformers), Mike Choi (X-23: Target X), and Silvestri himself (X-Men: Messiah CompleX). In 2007 an announcement was made by Marvel Comics extending the deal into 2008.
Also in 2007 it was announced that Top Cow will be one of the first major comics publishers to offer online distribution, through a partnership with IGN. The initial titles offered was Tomb Raider #1–50, The Darkness #1–50 and Witchblade #1–50, at around $1 per issue. They have also announced a deal with Zannel to license their comics as mobile comics. Their “Darkness” comic has been adapted into 2 successful video games and their “Witchblade” comic has been adapted for TV and an anime series. A Top Cow rep will be displaying a large array of their books for sale at Sac-Con!
||Comic book artist whose worked on such titles as X-Factor, New Mutants, Tales of the Legion of Superheroes, X-Force, Akira, Gen13, Excalibur, Iron-Man, Cloak and Dagger, and Alpha Flight. Terry started working in the comic book industry in 1982. His first work for DC was published in New Talent Showcase #7 and “Tales of the Legion of Superheroes” drawing the characters he loved and drew as a kid. Soon he was pursued by Marvel Comics where he worked on “Spellbound”, a mini series collaboration with Louise Simonson & Carl Potts. He then moved onto many of the “X” titles. Terry continued to work then for Jim Lee at Image/Wildstorm Comics where he was an artist on “Zealot” and was one of the pencilers on “Stormwatch”. He now does freelance art and will be doing commissions at our show.|
Nate will be unable to make the show.
|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.|
||Comic book artist and writer Marcus Clawson is best known for his flagship comic book Mallow Man. He started making comics in college, working at the Sacramento State Hornet and before that the Solano Tempest. As an award winning cartoonist he started two ongoing comic strips titled Life 101 and Nuts and Bolts, as well as numerous editorial comics. During those years, Mallow Man was starting to be produced as an independent, self-published comic under the banner Red Eye Comics. The first 5 issue story arc is a tribute to the idea that anything can be a comic book hero, and that anyone can make a successful comic their own way. Mallow Man issue 1 premiered at Sac Con in 2012 and the first 5 issues have now been collected into a trade paperback, Mallow Man vol.1: The Sweet Taste of Justice. Marcus has since been hired as the artist for the children comic book Sugar Rush by LHV Publishing, will be contributing to Trixie Dynamite at ECV Press, and is a regular contributor to the Geek Life podcast that reviews independent comics.|
||Dan Parsons started out in comics in the late 1990s. While employed as a research scientist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Parsons worked part-time writing and illustrating his creator-owned series Savage Planet and Harpy. In the early 2000s, Dan worked on a number of projects for Topps, contributing artwork for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Lord of the Rings card sets. In 2002, he began working for Dark Horse Comics, penciling and primarily inking titles such as Star Wars: Republic, King Kong, and Star Wars:Jedi. His relationship with Dark Horse would expand further into the LucasFilm universe with the acclaimed Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the new Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi,and the best selling ongoing series simply titled Star Wars (2013). Needless to say, inker Dan Parsons has stared at more Storm Troopers than…possibly even George Lucas. Other books Dan has contributed to include Empire of the Wolf, Threshold, Convergence Nightwing/Oracle, Ghost, Strange Kiss, and many other Star Wars titles!|
||An illustrator and photographer who is most known for his work as bassist for bands such as TSUNAMI BOMB (Kung Fu Records) and LOVE EQUALS DEATH (Fat Records). He founded and led TSUNAMI BOMB from 1999 until late 2003 when he departed and formed LOVE EQUALS DEATH, which he continued to tour professionally with until his departure in 2007. He often performs as bassist for the band CRASH & ATTACK, as well as developing his newest band, THE PHANTOM SKULLS. On October 31, 2006, Davi created a comic strip loosely based on the real life adventures at the house which he lived at in Petaluma called THE ROCK N ROLL PALACE OF LOVE. This weekly webcomic gathered an extremely loyal following and continued for four years, until it was put on hiatus on December 29, 2010. In 2010, he began to design clothing and art under the name of THE DINOSAUR FACTORY and continues to sell a line of artwork and merchandise under that name. During the summer of 2013, Davi started working in photography and has been featured in a number of magazines such as GLAM ROCK and GOTHESQUE. Davi currently lives in Oakland, California with is wife, Alt/Fetish Model & Burlesque Performer Olivia Dantes. He also is working as Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for both KUNG FU RECORDS and ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES RECORDS. He is releasing two comics this year, FEAR OF A PUNK PLANET published by KUNG FU RECORDS, featuring Davi’s artwork and written by Joe Escalante of the punk band “The Vandals” and will be available to purchase at our show. The other comic project is THE MIDNIGHT FOREST, which will be self-published sometime soon.|
|JOSE GABRIEL ANGELES
||“Man lives in a sunlit world of what he believes to be reality… but there is unseen by most an underworld that is just as real but not as brightly lit… a dark side”. Writer/Artist of cute fuzzy artwork, Saturday morning cartoons, pop culture, TV & film and/or weird, disturbing, violent, insane, comic books, zines, album covers & t-shirts of all of the above. Crayola crayons are his weapon of choice. This is the new age of underground comics art. You have been warned.|