CGC
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 MCKINNEY
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
Darick Robertson FINAL
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!
RON LIM
Working as a professional comic book artist for over 25 years, Lim is best known for his work with Marvel Comics on their various “cosmic” titles such as Silver Surfer, which he pencilled for almost 6 years (1988-1994), along with the Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War and Infinity Crusade, Thanos Quest and Thanos series. Other titles he has contributed to include: Captain America, X-Men 2099, X-Men Unlimited, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Rann/Thanagar: Holy War, The Flash, Daredevil, Excalibur, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sovereign 7, The Avengers, Avengers Next, Cable & Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Cosmic Powers, Conan The Barbarian, Deadpool Corps, Iron Man, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mystery in Space, Metallix, Thor, Venom, Zombie Tales, J2, Generation X, Mutant X, Skarr: Son of Hulk, GI Joe, Ex-Mutants, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hero Allience, What If…?, Badger, Stormwatch, Dragon Lines, Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme, Superman, Xena, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Five, War of Kings and the comic adaptations of Laurell K. Hamilton’s “Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter”. Recently, Ron has once again collaborated with Thanos creator Jim Starlin on Thanos Annual #1. He currently finished drawing the “Happy Holidays! From The Avengers” hardcover as well as 2 volumes of The World of Reading, featuring The Guardians of the Galaxy and a storybook Guardians of the Galaxy: Beginnings HC!
DAN BRERETON
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 MARRINAN
Chris has worked with every major comic book company since the 90’s from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics to Image Comics. He had a long run on DC’s Wonder Woman. At Marvel, he did the Nova series in 1994 and 1995, and contributed to ‘Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme’ in 1991. He was also present at Moonstone with “World of Darkness” and “Kochak: Tales of the Night.” Batman, Wolverine, Excalibur, Nexus, Thunderbolts, The American: Lost in America, Champions, Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice, The New Warriors and most all of the Spider-Man & Superman titles are all other comics he’s illustrated. Headhunters, a creator owned series of his, was released through Image Comics. He has extensive experience in layouts, comps, and storyboards, with clients such as Coca Cola, Mattel, and Nike. Chris Marrinan is also an illustrator for roleplaying games.
TIM VIGIL
Tim is an artist, mostly working in the horror/adult genre, known for his work on the uber violent indy comic book “Faust.” Faust was adapted as the movie Faust: Love of the Damned (2001) by director Brian Yuzna. The followup comic book Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative. He is praised for his attention to detail in his anatomy and his extremely graphic art. His works include Grips, Omen, Gunfighters in Hell, Webwitch, Gothic Nights, Jack The Lantern, Zero Tolerance and Cuda. Tim is currently working on the Frank Frazetta line of Image comic books: Moon Maid, Dark Kingdom & Neanderthal. When not working on comics, Tim can be found painting fine art in the fantasy genre. He will be taking art commissions at the show.
JASON DUBE
Jason has been self-publishing under his comic book company Scattered Comics for over 20 years. He has published and/or worked on such titles as Scattered, Panda Days, Wildflower: Lost Yesterdays, Night Owl, Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice, The Blonde Assassin, Shadow Hunters, Caffeine Poisoned, and Waiting for Something to Happen. He has been putting out monthly webcomics which include the new Artist-themed comic “COMICS VS MANGA“, and branched out to releasing his titles to download on I-tunes. Jason’s also working as a fulltime freelance comicbook artist and has worked as illustrator, colorist, typesetter and layout artist for several independent companies. (Companies include NEKO PRESS, BLUE WATER PRODUCTIONS, COMICBOOK DIVAS, and ZEPHID COMICS). He also runs Scattered Comics Studios and works with several other Artists to create comicbooks for clients. Locally, Jason Dube founded the SCCG (Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group) in which comic book artist, writers and creators can meet each week, share, motivate and support each other in their endeavors. Jason recently is lending his writing chops to the new horror anime comic book series “Shadow Hunters” which is illustrated by Benjamin Jordan. www.scatteredcomics.com
BEN SCHWARTZ
Ben has made an empire in Sacramento, where he has lived most of his life. 12 years ago he opened Empire’s Comics Vault and has continued to grow the business and promote the local community ever since. From food drives to collecting toys for kids, from Free Comic Book Day Mini-Cons to Creative Women Mini-cons, and from Drink and Draw Sac to supporting Sac City Rollers, Empire’s Comics Vault has hands in every pie around town. Ben writes, edits and publishes for ECV Press, which has 6 titles. He is married to ECV Press’s Editor-In-Chief, Jennifer Schwartz, and has an unhealthy affection for pugs. In addition to the writing duties for his ECV Press books such as “Trixie Dynamite”, a post-apocalyptic all ages sci-fi romp, Ben writes “Union Street Choir” with illustrator Hai-Na-Nu “Nooligan” Saulque. More of Ben Schwartz can be found at www.ecvpress.com
TOP COW
TOP COW
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!
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
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
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