||CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) will have a representative on hand at our show and will be witnessing Signature Grades and will be taking submissions for a fee (They will only be taking books for signature authenticity grading). You can find their table near the Guest Area of our show.|
|BRANDON JAY MCLAREN
||Brandon Jay McLaren has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry for the diverse characters he has brought to life on the big and small screens. Brandon most recently starred as Dale “DJ” Jakes on the hit USA series GRACELAND, which ran for three seasons. The series, created by Jeff Eastin, followed a group of undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies in the US who live together in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as “Graceland.” Brandon shined as ‘DJ’, a quick-tempered, wise beyond his years ICE agent whose hard exterior is tough to crack, however deep down his commitment to his team and his career is unprecedented. Brandon won a Golden Maple Award in its inaugural year for “Best Actor in a TV series broadcasted in the U.S.” for his work on the show’s third season.
Aside from his work on GRACELAND, Brandon is well known for his breakout role as ‘Bennett Ahmed’ throughout season one of the critically acclaimed AMC series THE KILLING.
He was nominated for a 2012 Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series, for his work on the show. He shined as ‘Marco’, an organic vegetable farmer, on Bravo’s first scripted series GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE, with his character returning on its second season. Brandon is also well known for his portrayal of ‘Jamil Dexter’ on season two of Steven Spielberg’s summer blockbuster series FALLING SKIES on TNT. He will next be seen recurring on the NBC hit CHICAGO FIRE, and starring on the Chiller Network’s series SLASHER. Additional credits include appearing on the Canadian smash hit series BEING ERICA, CBS’ HARPER’S ISLAND and guest star roles on CSI, HUMAN TARGET, and THE WANDA SYKES SHOW.
On the film front, Brandon executive produced and starred in the independent film MILWAUKEE, which premiered at Cinequest. Other film work includes the comedy-horror feature DEAD BEFORE DAWN 3D, directed by April Mullen. Brandon co-starred in cult-hit TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL, which made its way through the film festival circuit in 2011 after becoming a Sundance Film Festival Favorite, and winning the 2012 SXSW Audience Award. Brandon first made his mark in Hollywood as Toby, in the DreamWorks smash comedy hit SHE’S THE MAN opposite Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Brandon is of Trinidadian and Grenadian descent. He attended high school at Johnston Heights Secondary, where he took theater courses and his love for acting was born. He also was a star soccer player, and he was offered (and accepted) a full scholarship to the New York State University at Albany to play soccer. Brandon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, and then moved back to Vancouver to pursue acting full time. Once moving back to Vancouver after college, Brandon booked his first real project, a WB series called THE BLACK SASH. After being on set, he was forever hooked. He has gone on to appear on some of the highest rated series on television and in blockbuster films. Behind the camera, Brandon recently made his directorial debut on the music video “The Valedictory Address” for ALMA MATER, reaching an impressive 40,000 views within four days of being released, and garnering attending from: ET Canada, Hype Magazine, Hip Hop Canada, The Huffington Post, Variety, and The Toronto Star. In his spare time, he loves to cook, read, and run.
||Brandon McKinney is a storyboard artist for television animation, a comic book artist and children’s book illustrator. He’s worked for Warner Bros., Hasbro Animation, Marvel Animation, Darby Pop Comics, Warp Graphics, Dark Horse Comics, Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm, among many other companies over his thirty year career.
Growing up, Brandon became enthralled by Spider-Man comics and the Star Wars films. Those propelled his desire to tell stories with pictures, and he started drawing every day. He got his first job in comics drawing ‘Legion X1’ for Silverwolf comics while he was still in high school. Brandon went on to draw the Child’s Play 3 Movie Adaptation, Elfquest and Godzilla comics. In 1996 he got his dream job illustrating hundreds of scenes from Star Wars for the Big Little Book adaptations of the movies. Brandon wrote and drew a 3 issue series called ‘Journeyman’ that was published by Image Comics. Then in 1999, he got his first job doing TV animation storyboards for ‘Batman Beyond’, which launched a new chapter in Brandon’s career working as a storyboard artist. He still kept a foot in the comic book world, drawing a Graphic novel based on the ‘Army of Two’ video game, the comedy/ action series ‘Doberman’ for Darby Pop as well as the new ‘Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises’ comic book series.
He was raised in California where he attended many conventions in the San Francisco and Sacramento area. After living in Florida for over a decade, he has returned to the Golden State. He is the father of four incredible kids who watch a few of the cartoons he’s worked on.
||Darick Robertson is a veteran comic artist that has worked at DC Comics, Marvel for nearly twenty years. Robertson is best known as the artist / co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning series TRANSMETROPOLITAN and the edgy super hero satire THE BOYS. Darick co-created TRANSMETROPOLITAN with writer Warren Ellis, which was hailed by Wired magazine as “The Graphic Novel of the Decade. THE BOYS, released through WildStorm, was written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. Darick broke into the mainstream drawing JUSTICE LEAGUE for DC and went on to work for Marvel where he penciled titles including Wolverine, Spider-Man, Fury, Nightcrawler, The Punisher: Born, Cable, X-Men Unlimited, Deadpool, The Incredible Hulk and the New Warriors. Darick illustrated other DC Comics titles such as Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Justice League Europe, American Splendor, The Exterminators, Birds of Prey: Batgirl/Catwoman, Action Comics, The Authority: Prime and, in DC’s 52, relaunching The Question with Greg Rucka. Other works by Robertson include Conan: The Weight of the Crown (he wrote & illustrated), Creepy, Prototype, Child’s Play, Image Comic’s “HAPPY!”, The Guild: Vork, Man of the Atom, and most of all of the Malibu Comics titles. More recently, Robertson launched the 5 issue series BALLISTIC “a psychedelic, transreal, hard sci-fi adventure” with co-creator and writer Adam Egypt Mortimer, from Black Mask Studios. Before his big break at DC, he self-created Space Beaver, an independent black-and-white comic for which he supplied all art and story at the age of 17!|
||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!|
||A five-time Eisner nominee and Inkpot winner, Comics Artist and Writer Dan Brereton has garnered critical praise and a loyal fan base over the last 28 years for vibrant painted comics, illustrations and stories. He considers comics a perfect medium which feeds a life-long obsession with storytelling . Dan is fond of monsters, history, pulp magazines and crime fiction. His creator-owned comics work includes NOCTURNALS, GIANTKILLER, THE PSYCHO (with James Hudnall) and THE LAST BATTLE (with Tito Faraci).
Dan recently wrote and illustrated a four-part arc for DC Comics Digital, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: SIX FINGERS, and prepping a new NOCTURNALS graphic novel published by Big Wow. He has five art books collecting his various artwork: THE GODDESS & THE MONSTER ( Image), SIREN, SORCERESS, ENCHANTRESS, NOCTURNALS: LEGEND. Popular credits include: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, BATMAN:THRILLKILLER, JLA: SEVEN CASKETS, RED HULK, SUPERMAN: SILVER BANSHEE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR, CLIVE BARKER’S DREAD, RED SONJA, LEGENDS OF THE WORLD’S FINEST, THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST, VAMPIRELLA, THOR and PUNISHER: FRANKENCASTLE.
His artwork has graced the comic covers such characters as Captain America, Creepy, Conan, Hellraiser, Godzilla, GI Joe, Animal Man, Sargent Rock, Lobo, Dracula and many more . He painted 15 cards for the now classic Fleer Ultra 94′ X-Men trading card set, several Topps’ Mars Attacks covers and sets , and Blizzards’s World of Warcraft trading card game, and Star Wars for Wizards of the Coast. His client list includes The Walt Disney Company, NBC, Hasbro and many more. Dan has also contributed art to horrormeister Rob Zombie’s albums HELLBILLY DELUXE and HELLBILLY DELUXE 2. THE LAST BATTLE, set during the heyday of Julius Caesar, was #4 on the Top 100 best selling Graphic Novels of 2014. Visit Dan 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 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 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 has been self-publishing under his comic book company Scattered Comics for over 20 years. He has published and/or worked on such titles as Scattered, Panda Days, Wildflower: Lost Yesterdays, Night Owl, Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice, The Blonde Assassin, Shadow Hunters, Caffeine Poisoned, and Waiting for Something to Happen. He has been putting out monthly webcomics which include the new Artist-themed comic “COMICS VS MANGA“, and branched out to releasing his titles to download on I-tunes. Jason’s also working as a fulltime freelance comicbook artist and has worked as illustrator, colorist, typesetter and layout artist for several independent companies. (Companies include NEKO PRESS, BLUE WATER PRODUCTIONS, COMICBOOK DIVAS, and ZEPHID COMICS). He also runs Scattered Comics Studios and works with several other Artists to create comicbooks for clients. Locally, Jason Dube founded the SCCG (Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group) in which comic book artist, writers and creators can meet each week, share, motivate and support each other in their endeavors. Jason recently is lending his writing chops to the new horror anime comic book series “Shadow Hunters” which is illustrated by Benjamin Jordan. www.scatteredcomics.com|
||Ben 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|
||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!
|Jamaica Dyer||Jamaica hit the ground floor running towards the comic book industry starting out with her first job working at a comic book store. She graduated with an illustration/animation BFA followed by an internship after college as a Flash clean-up animator. In 2005, Jamaica started self-publishing zines and comics when she was in her teens. By 2009, Myspace Dark Horse Presents published her “Nightmare of Wine Hobo story & art. That same year she got critical acclaim for “Weird Fishes” which was published by Slave Labor Graphics (it also appeared as a webcomic prior to print, on her website in 2008). Weird Fishes is about growing up a little weird, imaginary monsters, talking goldfish and bunny suits. Staying strong with her self-publishing endeavors, she released her watercolor graphic novel “Fox Head Stew” in 2012. Fox Head Stew is a story of college heartbreak, daydreams, rock music and depressed cats. Her quirky and whimsical themes are often shared throughout her works. She provided art for Noise Pop Culture Club Comics based on real band performances, published online by Noisepop and SPIN 2011-2012. Autobio Comics featured her “Ultimate Bedhead” and other stories throughout 2012-current. Image Comics’ Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #2 featured “The Ice Storm”, a short story written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Jamaica Dyer (2015). Jamaica’s latest work is “Lake Imago” a horror comic written by Eddie Wright (2016). She is currently living in Oakland and working as a designer, creating art and UI for mobile games. www.jamdye.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 2013/2015/2016 Monsters & Dames ECCC art books, ARTDOLL quarterly, and has worked as a comic book cover artist for both professional and indy comics such as Boom! Studios (Adventure Time cover artist), Jakk’s Pacific inc. (Disney Doll Designer), and Committed Comics (Haunting Refrain). She has been a panelist at both Comic Con International and Wonder-Con. Her current online webcomics of “Above the Clouds” can be found at www.ATCLOUDScomic.com|
|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 in Southern California with his bride and an army of 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|
|Robert Love||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 pencils & inks (illustrating & writing) 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 for a live action TV show as well as NUMBER 13 with Legendary Pictures. He is currently working on a new title for Dark Horse Comics called “Children of the Plague” as well as a book for Rosarium Publishing titled “S.P.O.O.K.S.. Robert currently calls the city of Sacramento his home.|
|Greg Espinoza||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.|
|Adrian “Age” Scott||Adrian “Age” Scott draws comic books featuring hip hop characters and calls himself a “raptoonist.” He has a following for his characters Won and Phil. A prolific and relevant cartoonist, Age stays informed about all the latest news and trends and keeps a healthy background in popular culture. A teacher’s assistant who has been bringing the world of hip hop to life through his comic strip characters for the past 15 years. Knowing comic books are a powerful tool, Age learned to read from comic books. He terms himself a “raptoonist,” someone who first brought the hip hop culture out in cartoon strips. By regularly traveling Adrian “Age” Scott would like to be the next Charles Schultz, in the meantime he wants to blaze a trail for local artists. Traveling to comic book conventions with a backpack full of his self-produced comic books for years, Scott has built up a modest but devoted following for his “Won and Phil” characters through 50+ comic book editions. When Scott isn’t sitting at his worktable penciling, he works with troubled kids in Concord, CA. At the Olympic/Alliance High School in Concord, Scott is a teacher’s assistant, basketball coach, conflict mediator and art teacher. The kids he works with help keep him connected to the latest trends, while he tries to open their eyes to their artistic potential. Scott also occasionally teaches art classes at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo, CA. Scott’s “The Age Page,” is a somewhat autobiographical comic that chronicles the life of a cartoonist always looking for new inspiration, be sure to check it out. He is also writer of the urban superhero comic book Superhood! Won & Phil has been collected in a trade paperback by SLG. As a hip hop musician, Age just released a new CD titled “The Black Bukowski”. www.agescott.com|
|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. Issues 1-3 of Union Street Choir will be available from Nu at Sac-Con. More of Nooligan’s work can be found at www.nooligan.com|
|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 produced art for the Replicant Art Book, Monsters & Dames Art Book and a series of self published sketchbooks. 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, teacher 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. He is also currently contribution to the webcomic “Dramagic”. www.pencilforhire.com|
|Eddie Wright||Comic Book Writer& Novelist. His latest comic is a horror comic which is illustrated by Jamaica Dyer titled “Lake Imago”. Other comics works include writing for BOOM!’s “Regular Show” comics based on the hit cartoon series, Tyranny of the Muse (published by Alternative Comics), Chrysalis (art by Jamaica Dyer). Published novels include: Broken Bulbs (the source material for the Tyranny of the Muse comic book series), and The Confabulous Existence of Korsakoff Blight. www.eddie-wright.com|