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Beechen has written scripts for various cartoons, such as Teen Titans, The Wild Thornberrys, Rugrats, Pink Panther and Pals, The Batman, Edgar and Ellen and the Ben 10 franchise. He was also the story editor on Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi for Cartoon Network. He was an executive producer on The Adventures of Chuck and Friends.
Beechen has written for the Nickelodeon live-action series, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and for the short-lived drama Savannah.
Beechen wrote several Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power comic strips for Nickelodeon Magazine.
Beechen's first credited published work was a graphic novel named Hench, with artist Manny Bello, was published by AiT/Planet Lar in 2004. He's also written scripts for Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Unlimited for DC Comics.
Currently, Beechen is under contract with DC. He wrote issues of DC's weekly mini-series Countdown to Final Crisis  and the mini-series Countdown to Adventure, featuring Animal Man, Starfire and Adam Strange, for DC. He is currently writing a Batgirl mini-series.
His follow up original graphic novel with Bello, Dugout, was released by AiT/Planet Lar in 2008. At the New York Comic Con, Wildstorm announced he would be writing a new series, Killapalooza, with Trevor Hairsine on art duties. Also at Wildstorm he took over writing Wildcats during the World's End storyline.
Agnes has worked with many of the major comic book publishers, most recently illustrating titles for "My Little Pony" (IDW) and "Lil' Vampi" (Dynamite). She has also done cover art for "Powerpuff Girls" (IDW) "Samurai Jack"(IDW), "Red Sonja" (Dynamite), "Soulfire" (Aspen), and "Unity" (Valiant). Agnes has worked with Marvel Comics, providing artwork for "Girl Comics" and "Spider-Ham", and is the creator of "You, Me, and Zombie" - an all ages zombie tale. You can read that story and see more of Agnes' work at her website http://www.agnesgarbowska.com
Amara is an Arizona native, cosplayer, and aspiring writer and photographer. She officially began cosplaying in 2005, creating many costumes since. More recently she has begun assisting and running panels at local conventions. Along with her friends, she hopes to bring entertainment and fun to these panels, while also being helpful to those hoping to learn from them!
Amy K. Nichols has been crafting stories for as long as she can remember. She earned a Master’s in literature and worked for years as a web designer before realizing what she really wanted to be was an author. Her first novel, young adult sci-fi thriller Now That You’re Here, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on December 9, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, will be published in 2015. She is mentored by award-winning crime novelist James Sallis, and lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children.
Andy Kubert graduated from The Kubert School, founded by his father, Joe Kubert. He began his drawing career at DC Comics then went on to Marvel Comics popular X-Men. He later returned to DC comics. Along with his teaching and other duties at the Kubert School, Andy is currently an exclusive contract artist to DC comics. He has been named to Wizard Magazine’s Top Ten Artists list on numerous occasions over the course of his career.
Clients: DC, Marvel
Characters: Batman, The Flash, Captain America, X-Men, Thor, Ka-Zar, Wolverine (Origin), Marvel 1602, The Punisher, Ghost Rider.
Also associated with: Flashpoint, Before Watchmen/NiteOwl, DC Legacies, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader and Damian/Son of Batman
Andy Runton is the creator of the graphic novel series Owly, first published in 2005 by Top Shelf. Before he worked on Owly he was a graphic designer. His artwork is a reflection of his affection for wildlife. Andy currently resides in Atlanta, GA. In 2005, Runton won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. His work was also nominated for "Best Publication for a Younger Audience" in Eisner Awards the same year, which he won in 2006.
Aprilynne Pike is an internationally best-selling American author best known for her debut novel Wings, which was released in English on May 5, 2009. Her first novel debuted as a New York Times best-seller and reached the #1 spot on the Children's Best Seller list, making Pike the best-selling non-celebrity children's author to debut in 2009. Her second novel likewise debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. When her debut series reached three books and was moved to the New York Times best-selling Children's Series list, it became a best-selling series. Illusions and Destined also debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list, which combines books across all genres.
Founded to provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the Arizona Avengers is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.
The Arizona Avengers is a Marvel Comics fan club dedicated to celebrating the Marvel Universe through costuming. The Avengers is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Arizona Avengers seeks to promote interest in reading Marvel Comics through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Marvel Comics-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
The Arizona Avengers recognizes it holds no claim over the costumes and characters it portrays. The members of the Arizona Avengers acknowledge and accept that while in costume, we represent the Marvel Entertainment brand and will do so professionally and responsibly at all times.
Austin graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a degree in Wildlife (seriously…Wildlife Biology). Later that year he successfully appealed his only parking ticket. David Copperfield once made him dissappear in front of 2,000 people at Caesar’s Palace, but he found his way back. He has appeared in two movies: The Getaway with Alec Baldwin and The Postman with Kevin Costner (Huzzah!). Starting in 2001, he served a three-year stint in the Peace Corps in Honduras. While saving the world, he freaked out way too much about colorful birds and made lots of hideous tortillas. Upon returning to the States in 2004, he served as the campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional bid.
From 2004 – 2011 Austin worked as a professional community organizer in Sacramento, California. He spearheaded several comprehensive strategies to reduce youth violence in the Sacramento region. He met with important people all the time and always got what he wanted by headbutting them. Out of many worthwhile accomplishments, he is particularly proud of a successful campaign to remove the name of a sordid Sacramento eugenicist from a county park and a middle school (the school was renamed Rosa Parks). Once his wife completed her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis, they quickly vacated to the Hawaiian Islands, where they set up shop for a year in the rainy town of Hilo on the Big Island.
In Hawaii, it was his turn to go back to school while his wife earned the paycheck. He completed his Master’s degree in Tropical Conservation Biology in the spring of 2013. In the spring of 2012, Austin won a competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for his work on rare Hawaiian plants and their non-native bird pollinators.
Meanwhile, Austin and his wife have been successfully raising two awesome kids that seem to have been given to us as gifts for something they must have done really well in past lives.
For the past ten years Austin has been constantly writing. Novels, screenplays, picture books, short stories, essays (and a thesis, urgh!). He writes because he has to, but he has long dreamed of seeing his own published works on the shelves of bookstores and libraries.
While in Hawaii, Austin wrote a YA disaster/survival novel with sci-fi elements cover to cover in less than three months, knowing that something was very different about this particular manuscript. (He had always thought his writing was the real deal–but trust him–something really felt different this time.) He sat on the rough draft for a while and then polished the book to a nice glossy sheen over the spring and summer of 2012. Less than two months after starting the query process for “The Islands at the End of the World,” he landed a great agent at one of the best literary agencies in the world.
Then came 12.12.12. The day he got “the call.” ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, sold, to Wendy Lamb of Random House, in a two book deal.
The journey was tough. He knows how heartbreaking the quest for publication is, and in addition to promoting his works, one of his principal aims is to be a guiding light for other prospective authors out there. He made a lot of mistakes that unnecessarily lengthened his time in the wilderness, and he learned so much along the way. He hopes he can pay this knowledge forward as he enters this exciting new phase of his writing career.
Autumn has been creating fantasy worlds since early childhood. After moving to Los Angeles with her buddy, the pink haired monster Freddy Scribbles, she launched Daydreams & Giggles in March 2012. Since then, Autumn and Freddy have hit the comic-convention circuit, traveling from coast to coast whilst peddling their wares. Crayon scribbles of unicorns gave way to stylized paintings of caped heroes and other popular characters. Her ever growing brigade of watercolor Lemonheads has become increasingly popular with children and adults alike.
In addition to commissioned art and conventions, Autumn still continues to work on a personal body of illustrations that draws from numerous mythological and fairytale sources as well as her own, personal brand of humor.
Ben Creighton is an actor and writer, known for Dragon Ball Z: Abridged (2008), Batman: The Abridgimated One-Shot (2011) and Lord Slug (2011).
Ben is a part of Team4Star.
Beth Cato's debut steampunk novel THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be released by HarperCollins Voyager on . Her stories can be found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nature, and many other magazines. She's originally from Hanford, California, but now resides in Arizona with her husband and son. Her short fiction, poetry, and tasty cookie recipes can be found at http://www.bethcato.com.
Beth Meacham is an American writer and editor, best known as a longtime top editor with Tor Books.
Meacham has written one novel with Tappan King, Nightshade (1976, Pyramid), in addition to a number of short stories on her own. After a stint as a travel coordinator in New York after college, she worked at the Science Fiction Shop bookstore for two years in the late 1970s. In the late 1970s and early 1980s she and her husband were regular reviewers for Baird Searles' and Martin Last's SF Review Monthly. She was an editorial assistant at Ace Books from 1981 to 1983, and an editor beginning in 1978, then joined Ace in 1981 as an editorial assistant. In 1984 she became an editor for Tor Books, where she rose to the position of editor-in-chief. After her 1989 move west, Meacham continued working for Tor long distance as an executive editor. Among the major books she has edited she cites Greg Bear's Blood Music, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Pat Murphy's The Falling Woman and Tim Powers's The Anubis Gates.
Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director.
He is currently working at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like The Age of Ultron, AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men.
Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum
After cartooning for a local newspaper, Blevins became a professional comic book artist in the early 1980s. During that time, Blevins drew Marvel Comics adaptations of films such as The Dark Crystal, Krull, andThe Last Starfighter. Blevins was a guest artist on a number of titles before becoming the regular artist of The Bozz Chronicles, which was published under Marvel's creator-owned Epic Comics imprint.
Blevins first regular job on a superhero comic was on the 1987 revival of Strange Tales. Strange Tales was an anthology that featured two ongoing features produced by two different creative teams — Cloak and Dagger drawn by Blevins, and Doctor Strange.
That same year, Blevins became the regular penciler on New Mutants. Blevins drew the majority of issues from #55 to #83. Blevins later became the regular artist on Sleepwalker.
Blevins then began to work primarily on comic books produced by DC Comics, especially Batman comics.
In 1996, Blevins moved into the field of television animation. He primarily drew storyboards for Warner Brothers-produced cartoons such as Superman, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, andthe Justice League. In 1996, Blevins won two Emmy Awards for his storyboard contributions to some of those shows.
Blevins stopped regularly drawing storyboards in 2005. He now does gallery art, primarily oil paintings, and boosts his income with freelance storyboard work.
Blevins's freelance work has appeared in Disney Magazine as well.
Brett currently works for DC Comics drawing Teen Titans. Some of his past works include art for Justice League of America, The Larfleeze Christmas Special, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, Backlash, Fantastic Four: Heroes Reborn, Thundercats Dogs of War and various others. He also, when the mood strikes, works as a paleoaritst, with artwork appearing on BBC news, Fox News and scientific papers. He currently resides in the Desert SouthWest, with his wife Jess and his dogs.
Brian Pulido's words and creations have been infecting the world of comics and beyond, creating a legacy of edgy characters and stories with a dark, sensibility that has influenced pop culture and made underground images mainstream.
Pulido’s experience ranges from award-winning comic book writing and publishing, to screenwriting, producing and directing. He founded Chaos! Comics and has published and written hundreds of comics including Lady Death, Evil Ernie and licensed comics including A Nightmare on Elm St., Chucky, Friday The 13th andTexas Chainsaw Massacre.
He is on The Hero Initiative’s fundraising board, has received the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Defender of Liberty Award and is the Chief Creative Officer for Mischief Maker Studios.
Pulido wrote and directed the feature film “The Graves”, starring Tony Todd (Candy Man) distributed by Syfy, Lionsgate, Netflix & Fear.net.
He is the co-writer of Lady Death, a monthly series from Boundless Comics and the owner of Coffin Comics Shop, crafters of authentically limited Lady Death editions.
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Bryan Q. Miller is an American television and comic writer most notable for his work on the CW’s television series Smallville and DC’s comic book Batgirl.
Miller began work on Smallville as an unpaid intern during Season Five, a job he held for two seasons before being hired as a Writers’ Assistant in Season Seven. After completing the WB Writers’ Workshop, he was promoted to Staff Writer for Season Eight. Before the show ended, he served as the show’s Executive Story Editor.
Through his work on Smallville, Miller met acclaimed comic writer Geoff Johns, who introduced Miller to editors at DC Comics. Through these meetings, Miller landed a three-book arc for Teen Titans in 2009.
From October 2009 to July 2011, he wrote the re-launched Batgirl book, featuring Stephanie Brown as the cowl-wearing superhero. The series met critical acclaim. He went on to write the Smallville Season 11 comic book series.
He is among the authors contributing to Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Chanties, a graphic novel anthology that will serve as a prequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It was expected to be published on April 19, 2011, though was held back due to the production not being satisfied with the final product. Its current fate is currently unknown.
Miller is currently writing a Kickstarter-funded graphic novel, titled Earthward, with Marcio Takara producing the artwork.
CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft. Her first book with her pen name is called Slayers, a book all about dragons.
Carole was born and raised in a small town outside Glasgow, Scotland, which explains her sophisticated sarcasm gene and her inherent cheekiness. Carole has written six books, including the acclaimed “Exodus Code: A Torchwood Novel” (BBC Books), “Hollow Earth” (Aladdin Books) a middle grade fantasy series, and the Sunday Times best-seller “Anything Goes” (Buster Books) in collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (“Dr. Who,” “Torchwood,” and currently on “Arrow”). John and Carole have also collaborated on a comic “Captain Jack and the Selkie” (Titan). When Carole is not bossing around her wee brother, she writes a monthly crime fiction column and regular reviews and features for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and WTMJ4’s The Morning Blend (NBC affiliate). She contributed a chapter to the Hugo award-winning non-fiction anthology “Chicks Dig Time Lords,” and she and John penned the introduction for “Queers Dig Time Lords.” Carole is an English professor and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A voracious reader who still finds time to watch lots of SciFi television, Carole adheres to Elmore Leonard’s philosophy of writing. Adjectives tread softly. Adverbs run!
The phrase "Air Force Brat" sums up most of Carrie Vaughn's childhood. When she was born in January 1973, her father was co-piloting a B-52 all over southeast Asia and her mother was having her umpteenth nervous breakdown at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, California. That explains so much, doesn't it? Both of her parents must be credited with her current career path: her mother gave her Heinlein's Red Planet when she was eight. Shortly thereafter her father sat her down to watch 2001. Carrie's brain just hasn't been the same.
She was a high school valedictorian (tied with five others--it was that kind of high school) and received a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles (She went there the same time as Ben Affleck, but never met him, much to her anguish.) Carrie lived in York, UK, for her junior year abroad (ask the Freaksoc crowd about the time she was the Goddess of the River Ouse). She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and as the ever-popular 'administrative assistant.' She went back to school. (University of Colorado at Boulder this time.) Once, she was the student. Now, she is the Master. ("Only a Master of English, Carrie.") Doh!
In 1998, Carrie attended the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, a six-week long summer workshop directed by Jeanne Cavelos.
Carrie lives in Boulder, Colorado, and still has to do her own laundry.
When Carrie was about six and her little brother Robbie was four, she threw a coffee can at him in the sandbox. Smacked him right on the head. She didn't mean to. He had to have stitches. Now that his hairline is receding, the scar is becoming visible. She knew she was never going to live that one down.
Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times Bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her husband, two dogs, one enormous friendly cat and one less enormous, less friendly one, six chickens, a red accordion, an uncompleted master’s degree, a roomful of yarn, a spinning wheel with ulterior motives, a cupboard of jam and pickles, a bookshelf full of folktales, an industrial torch, an Oxford English Dictionary, and a DSL connection.
She has written over a dozen volumes of fiction and poetry since her first novel, The Labyrinth, was published in 2004. Her full-length novels include (chronologically) Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, The Orphan’s Tales (a duology consisting of In the Night Garden and Cities of Coin and Spice), Palimpsest, The Habitation of the Blessed, Deathless, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
She is also the author of two novellas, Under In the Mere and The Ice Puzzle as well as several collections of poetry, including Apocrypha and Oracles (2005), The Descent of Inanna (2006) and A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects (2008). Her first collection of short stories, Ventriloquism, came out in the winter of 2010.
Her poetry and short fiction can be found online and in print in such journals as Clarkesworld Magazine, Tor.com, Fantasy Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Lightspeed Magazine, Subterranean Online, and Weird Tales, as well as in anthologies such as Interfictions, Salon Fantastique, Welcome to Bordertown, Teeth, Paper Cities, Steampunk Reloaded, Haunted Legends and featured in numerous Year’s Best collections.
She has been nominated for the Hugo (2010), Locus (2010 & 2011) and World Fantasy Awards (2007 & 2009). In the Night Garden won the James Tiptree Jr. Award for expanding gender and sexuality in SFF (2007), and the series as a whole won the Mythopoeic Award for Adults (2008). Palimpsest won the Lambda Award for LGBT fiction (2010). Her story Urchins, While Swimming, received the Million Writers Award for best online short fiction in 2006 and her poem The Seven Devils of Central California won the Rhysling Award in 2008.
In 2010, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making became the first self-published work to win a major literary award, winning the Andre Norton Award for YA literature before it saw print in 2011, going on to become a national bestseller.
In 2012 she recieved the Locus Award for Best Novella (Silently and Very Fast), Best Novelette (White Lines On A Green Field) and Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making).
As part of the SF Squeecast she won the Hugo for Best Fancast in 2012. She was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for her dystopian novelette Fade to White in 2013.
Charlaine Harris is the author of several series of mysteries, but is best known for the Sookie Stackhouse series of books that inspired the cable TV series True Blood. A 1973 graduate of Southwestern (now Rhodes) College in Memphis, Tennessee, Harris published her first book in 1981, the mystery novel Sweet and Deadly. She went on to crank out genre books at an impressive pace, starting with the Aurora Teagarden novels about a feisty librarian. That series began with Real Murders in 1990.
Charlaine Harris then moved on to what are known as her Shakespeare books, mysteries featuring the character Lily Bard that began with 1997's Shakespeare's Landlord. Harris's biggest success came with the Sookie Stackhouse series, a modern-day soap opera about a telepathic Louisiana waitress who's in love with a Southern-gentleman vampire named Bill.
2001's Dead Until Dark, the first Sookie Stackhouse novel, was a little slow to catch on but eventually hit the right chord in the book market, blurring the lines between young adult themes -- humorously macabre supernatural adventures -- and very adult violence and sex.
Over the next decade, Harris published one Sookie Sackhouse novel a year. Her popularity skyrocketed with the success of the True Blood cable series that began in 2008 (starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin and developed by Oscar winner Alan Ball), and several of her Stackhouse novels turned into bestsellers. In order, the novels are: Dead Until Dark (2001);Living Dead in Dallas (2002); Club Dead (2003); Dead to the World (2004); Dead as a Doornail (2005); Definitely Dead (2006); All Together Dead (2007); From Dead to Worse (2008); Dead and Gone (2009); Dead in the Family (2010); and Dead Reckoning (2011).
Writer Chris Claremont has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. His stories have achieved best-seller status, won numerous awards, and are trend-setters for the industry. Although best known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series, he has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman; originated several creator-owned series; is published throughout the world in many different languages; authored nine novels. His papers are in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, in New York. His work has touched millions.
His initial unbroken 17 year run on Marvel Comics The Uncanny X-Men is the stuff of industry legend. During that tenure he took a lackluster title and transformed it into the dominant, best-selling title in the industry. His run culminated with the launch of the new title, X-Men, whose first issue sold over 7.6 million copies. No one has yet come close to breaking this record. It is a conservative estimate that Chris has sold in excess of 500,000,000 comics, world wide.
Chris’s work on the X-Men has brought resounding creative success as well as outstanding sales. The story arc “Dark Phoenix,” with its radical treatment of the story’s central character, paved the way for the reinterpretation of superhero mythos throughout the comics industry. That story still resonates throughout the X-men canon.
Chris is well known for his progressive treatment of women in a genre that oftentimes relies on stereotype. Active, intelligent, courageous women characters such as Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, Rogue, and Storm have made Chris’s X-Men as popular with women readers as men.
The Summer of 2000 saw the release of the feature film, X-Men, based largely on material created by Chris. The sequel, X-2, contains characters and key story elements from Chris’s best-selling graphic novel, God Loves, Man Kills. X-Men: The Last Stand, released in May 2006, is grounded in the Dark Phoenix saga. X-Men: First Class used Chris’s origin of Magneto, and included many of Chris’s character creations, such as Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost (The White Queen), Moira MacTaggart, and Mystique. The forthcoming second Wolverine movie is based largely on the graphic novel, Wolverine, by Chris and Frank Miller.
Chris is especially proud of his creator-owed work, which includes Sovereign 7, a unique, otherworldly young adult comic series whose three-year run was published by DC Cmics; and the historic fantasies The Black Dragon and Marada, the She-Wolf (artist: John Bolton) and Wanderers: The Winter King (artist: Phillip Briones). Chris’s prose novels include the science fiction High Frontier Series (First Flight, Grounded!, Sundowner), the fantasy series Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn, Shadow Star and the dark fantasy Dragon Moon.
Chris has just completed work on a dark fantasy prose novel, Wild Blood, and is beginning work on Silk Road, a thriller set on that fabled route.
Chris Roberson’s writings include the novels Here, There & Everywhere, The Voyage of Night Shining White, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, X-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on Fire, The Dragon’s Nine Sons, End of the Century, Iron Jaw and Hummingbird, Three Unbroken, and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II, and the comic book series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love and I, Zombie. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov’s, Interzone, Postscripts, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Live Without a Net, FutureShocks, and Forbidden Planets.
Along with his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent publishing house specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies, and he is the editor of anthology Adventure Vol. 1. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times—once each for writing and editing, and twice for publishing—twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four times for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History (winning the Short Form in 2004 with his story “O One” and the Long Form in 2008 with his novel The Dragon’s Nine Sons). Chris and Allison live in Austin, Texas with their daughter Georgia.
Chrissie Zullo is a comic book artist whose notable works include the covers for Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love. She works on pencils and traditional media and colors her work in Photoshop. She names James Jean as among her influences, and her work has also been compared to that of Tara McPherson.
Christian Beranek is a writer, producer, musician and consultant. She has worked in comics with such companies as Zenescope, Markosia, Image, and IDW. From 2000 - 2008 she co-ran Silent Devil with her family. In 2008 she signed a producer deal with Disney to launch Kingdom Comics. In 2010 she helped launch the successful website The Webcomic Factory. Currently Beranek is focusing her time on creating her own graphic novels.
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London.
A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. In addition to his recent work with Tim Lebbon, he co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of multiple novels, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent and The Sisterhood, both currently in development as feature films. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.
As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson) and a network television pilot.
The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.
Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him atwww.christophergolden.com
Christopher Herndon has been feeding himself by way of the funnybook industry for over a decade. He is the co-creator of the acclaimed series Living With Zombies but has professionally drawn everything from extinct animals, to grotesque monsters, to sassy ladies, to gun toatin’ cowpokes, to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most recently he has undertaken the gargantuan task of illustrating the Terra Tempo series. This has given him the great opportunity call on his love of science to educate and entertain those young and old about the real life monsters living in our Earth’s past. Smilodons, Mammoths, and Dinosaurs. Oh MY! His work may be found in numerous comic books, album covers, games, magazines, and natural history museums.
Chuck BB is the Eisner award winning artist & Co-Creator of the Black Metal graphic novel series published by Oni Press. He is also the creator of the comic strip Stone Cold Lazy published monthly in the pages of Decibel Magazine (Americas premiere and ONLY dedicated extreme music publication). He has been published by the likes of Marvel Comics & IDW Publishing. His only vices are brutal extreme metal and kitty cats.
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He is the author of the novels BLACKBIRDS, MOCKINGBIRD, THE BLUE BLAZES, THE CORMORANT and UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is the coauthor of the Emmynominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsyltucky with wife, son, and two dopey dogs. You can find him on Twitter @ChuckWendig and at his website, terribleminds.com, where he frequently dispenses dubious and very NSFW advice on writing, publishing, and life in general.
Curtis Arnott was born on July 31, 1987. He is an actor and writer, known for Bardock: Father of Goku Abridged (2009), Spoof Movie No Jutsu! (2011) and Dead Zone Abridged (2013).
Curtis is the Creative Director for Team4Star.
Having written or drawn most every major title published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, Dan Jurgens is recognized by fans everywhere as a major creative force.
Jurgens began his career with DC Comics as artist on THE WARLORD. Shortly after, he created, wrote and drew BOOSTER GOLD for DC. He continued with stints on FLASH GORDON, GREEN ARROW, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Most notably, he logged a ten-year run as writer/artist on SUPERMAN, including the best-selling Death of Superman for which he won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best in Comic Book Division. Jurgens followed up with the mega-hit crossover ZERO HOUR, which redefined the DC Universe.
He moved to Marvel Comics and launched a new Spider-Man series, THE SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN. Jurgens then logged seven years writing THE MIGHTY THOR and also wrote and drew CAPTAIN AMERICA.
In 2005 Jurgens moved into the world of book publishing to write and illustrate You Can Draw Marvel Characters for Dorling Kindersley Publishing.
Jurgens has since returned to DC Comics where he helped relaunch, write and draw BOOSTER GOLD, which he first created in 1985. He moved on to write and draw TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT and revisit the Death of Superman in DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES. In 2011, Dan returned to writing and drawing BOOSTER GOLD in order to make it part of a very special storyline involving the entire universe of DC characters.
As part of DC Comics' major NEW 52 launch, Dan was heavily involved in two projects. He started with JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, which focused on a team of global heroes serving as earth's protectors. The team was lead by Dan's creation, Booster Gold. In addition, Dan drew the newly launched GREEN ARROW series, featuring a dramatic new vision of DC's Emerald Archer. Dan followed that up with a return to the SUPERMAN and FIRESTORM titles, which he wrote and drew.
In 2014, Dan will be one of the artists and writers on DC Comics' dynamic new weekly series, NEW 52: FUTURES END, which explores both the present and future of the DC Universe of stars. Dan also launches a new series for DC called AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS, featuring Aquaman and the enigmatic new group of heroes simply known as The Others.
Dan Parsons started out in comics in the late 1990s working part-time writing and illustrating his creator-owned series Savage Planet and Harpy while employed as a research scientist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. In 2002, he began working steadily for Dark Horse Comics, penciling and primarily inking titles such as Star Wars: Republic, King Kong and Star Wars: Jedi. More recently, Parsons has been part of the creative team that introduced the acclaimed Star Wars: Legacy series and has been a regular inker on Knights of the Old Republic, Clone Wars and other Star Wars titles.
Dan Wickline is a published writer and photographer. Born in Norwalk, California, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Debbie, dog Artemis and three cats: Tiger, Panther, and Crash. Dan has written for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Humanoids Publishing, Zenescope Entertainment, Avatar Press, Cellar Door Publishing and Moonstone Books. Recently Dan has written the re-launch of ShadowHawk for Image Comics and the Sleepy Hollow and Lovecraft/Wonderland mini-series for Zenescope. He also has written the screenplay for Shelter Me, an episode of the Metal Hurlant Chronicles starring James Marsters and Michelle Ryan. If you would like more information about Dan Wickline, his work, or wish to contact him, please visit www.danwickline.com.
Daniel James Abraham (born November 1969) is a prolific American science fiction / fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His collaboration with Ty Franck under the name James S. A. Corey,Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Hisnovelette "Flat Diane" was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette "The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics" was nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.
Daniel has contributed to George R. R. Martin's Wild Card series, as well as having written the Wild Cards: Hard Call comic for Dynamite Entertainment. He has also adapted several George R. R. Martin works for comics including A Game of Thrones, Skin Trade, and Fevre Dream. He also writes urban fantasy under the name M. L. N. Hanover.
Abraham is a graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop 1998.
Started his inking career at Marvel in the early 90's as Art Thibert's inking assistant. Joined Image comics under Rob Liefeld Extreme Studios banner in 1993. Danny Miki started inking Youngblood comics in 1993. After finding his style at Extreme Studios, Danny’s tremendous inking talents have since led him to the pages of Supreme, Bloodstrike, Brigade, Team YoungBlood, Spawn, The Darkness, Moonknight, The New Avenger, Ultimate Six...etc. Danny also, held down a freelance job with Mattel, designing toys.
David Morrissey is a versatile actor, having performed in an eclectic range of productions for film, television and stage.
Born in Liverpool, Morrissey left to study in London at RADA. Most recently, Morissey finished filming the new BBC program The 7.39. Prior, Morrissey starred opposite Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough in Eran Creev’s Welcome to the Punch, and in Rupert Goold’s Richard II and in Dominic Savage’s improvised dramaTrue Love for the BBC.
Morrissey has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed television dramas, such as Our Mutual Friend; Clocking Off; Holding On, which earned him a prestigious RTS nomination; the six-part BBC political drama State of Play, a role for which he received a BAFTA nomination; and one of Channel 4′s most controversial dramas, The Deal, directed by Stephen Frears, for which Morrissey won an RTS Award. In 2006, audiences saw Morrissey in Viva Blackpool on BBC One. Morrissey received the Best Television Actor Award at the Arena Awards, and the series received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Recent television credits include Red Riding, The Field of Blood and South Riding, as well as Thorne: Sleepyhead and Thorne: Scaredycat — two films based on the hugely popular Mark Billingham’s crime novels for Sky1 — in which he played the lead role and also served as an executive producer.
His stage work has included a number of productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National, and he has worked with highly regarded stage directors, including Adrian Noble, Deborah Warner and Declan Donnellan. Most recently, he performed in Neil LaBute’s In a Dark Dark House at the Almeida Theatre.
In film Morrissey has acted in Hilary and Jackie; Some Voices; Born Romantic; Captain Corelli’s Mandolin; Miramax’s Derailed; Stephen Woolley’s Stoned; The Reaping, opposite Hilary Swank; The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep; The Other Boleyn Girl; Neil Marshall’s Centurion; Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy and Earthbound.
In addition to his acting career, Morrissey founded his own production company, Tubedale Films, which co-produced Patrice Leconte’s film L’Homme du Train, starring Johnny Hallyday and Jean Rochefort. David Morrissey also directed the short TV project Sweet Revenge, the two-part BBC drama Passer By and the feature film Don’t Worry About Me.
David Wellington is an author of horror, fantasy, and thriller novels. His zombie novels “Monster Island”, “Monster Nation” and “Monster Planet”(Thunder’s Mouth Press) form a complete trilogy. He has also written a series of vampire novels including “Thirteen Bullets”, “Ninety-Nine Coffins”, “Vampire Zero”, “Twenty-Three Hours”, and “32 Fangs”. His werewolf series comprises “Frostbite” and “Overwinter”, known in the UK as “Cursed” and “Ravaged”. In 2004 he began serializing his horror fiction online, posting short chapters of a novel three times a week on a friend’s blog. Response to the project was so great that in 2004 Thunder’s Mouth Press approached Mr. Wellington about publishing “Monster Island” as a print book. His novels have been featured in Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and the New York Times.
Costume Designer and Celebrity Stylist, Dawn Ritz has become a worldwide name for her courageous styles and inspirational designs.
Some of her work includes Costume Designing the opening sequence for American Horror Story “Coven”, The X Factor, The Voice, and JJ Abram's, “Undercovers”.
Her love for film was never more evident with the brilliant costumes she designed for the soon to be cult classic, “The Devil’s Carnival”, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Her work was so influential that it lead to a cult following that soon inspired Cosplay’s across the nation.
Dawn’s next big endeavor came on the set of Lost In Austin, Directed by Will Raee, starring Linda Cardellini, Craig Robinson, Skeet Ulrich and Ursula Parker. This clever dark comedy was met with some real challenges when Dawn had to turn LA into Austin. Her ability to hit the fashion mark in every scene was nothing short of brilliant. Her versatility as a Stylist and Costume Designer helped bring the vision of Lost in Austin to life.
Dawn also recently completed a Short film for New Regency Films, 'The Liar's Chair', Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero.
Like many Artists, Dawn’s drive for artistic perfection is haunting and her consistency to build beautiful wardrobes with detailed designs is a testament to her creative genius.
Favorite Quote: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”
Dawn has also found herself submerged in many music videos such as, Panic at the Disco, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, Mika featuring Ariana Grande, The Beat Freaks, and many more.
Some of Dawn’s more notable clients reads like a list of Who’s Who:
Marilyn Manson, Slipknot (Art Director: Shawn Crahan), Country Legend Glen Campbell, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Marie Presley, Liam Hemsworth, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun White, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Asking Alexandria, Escape the Fate and Amy Lee of Evanescence.
When she is not working she is inspired by her Boston Terrier “Yoda” and supports saving the animals!
A member of the Local 892 Costume Designer’s Guild, Dawn Ritz is represented by the management division of the Up Late Entertainment Group and will be accompanied by Producer and Manager, Danny Costanzo. Danny is one of the Producers from Lost in Austin and Partner at Up Late Productions, a division of the Up Late Entertainment Group
Emmy-Nominated screenwriter, Dean Lorey, is currently an Executive Producer (with David E. Kelley) on THE CRAZY ONES, a comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar that premieres on CBS this fall. His past TV credits include ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, MY WIFE AND KIDS and RUNNING WILDE.
His movie credits include MAJOR PAYNE, MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 9: JASON GOES TO HELL. He has also done uncredited work on many movies, including HAPPY GILMORE and GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE.
His novels include the young adult series NIGHTMARE ACADEMY (the first book, MONSTER HUNTERS, was awarded “Best Children’s Novel of the Year — 2008” by the SCIBA). The series is published in over 20 countries and is in development at Universal Studios. Currently, he is the co-author (with Vinnie Tortorich) of the recently released non-fiction bestseller FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL.
He lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, one sort-of normal looking dog and one sort-of weird looking one.
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the steampunk paranormal Blud series for Pocket, the upcoming paranormal YA Servants of the Storm and the Delinquent series for Simon Pulse, and a variety of short stories and comics, including a short story in the Carniepunk anthology and a novelization of Valiant's Shadowman.
Dennis Calero is the award winning and internationally recognized artist of Alex Ross: Masks, X-Men: Noir and Legion of Superheroes. He has also leant his talents to CCG Properties such as Magic andLegend of the Five Rings, as well as Dungeons & Dragons. His work includes X-Men: Mark of Cain, X-Factor, 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, Cowboys and Aliens, Dark Tower, Fallen Angel, Hawkgirl, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Supergirl , Magic The Gathering, Countdown to Final Crisis, Wolverine: First Class and JSA Classified. During his tenure on X-Factor the title was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best New Series .
Calero has also provided illustrations for role-playing games, beginning in 1996 for White Wolf. He has done interior artwork for Dungeons & Dragons books for the Forgotten Realms setting, such as Silver Marches,Faiths and Pantheons, and Races of Faer. Calero also co-founded Atomic Paintbrush, one of the first computer-coloring companies working in the comic-book field.
Currently, Dennis is the penciler and inker on "Army of Darkness" with writer Steve Niles, as well as a cover artist on numerous titles.
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.
Well known in American comics fandom since the 1960’s for his vast comic book collection and fanzine writing & cartooning, Rosa became internationally famous starting in 1987 when he began writing and drawing “Uncle $crooge” and “Donald Duck” comics for various licensed publishers in Europe. Just as they once were in America, Donald Duck comics (based on Carl Barks’ work) continue to be the best selling comic books in Europe and South America where the *weekly* Duck comics have been read by hundreds of millions of fans for over 60 years. This makes Rosa one of the world’s best known and most popular cartoonists, but still very easy to visit with at American shows where he can relax in “relative obscurity”. American comics fans are mostly familiar with his most famous and oft-reprinted work, the Eisner Award winning “Life and Times of $crooge McDuck” series.
Developed by the Israeli Defense Forces during violent and tumultuous times, Krav Maga in Tempe is an easy-to-learn combat system that EVERY man, woman and child could deploy. It’s currently used by civilians, as well as law enforcement agencies, Military and S.W.A.T. teams around the world.
Over the last 22 years Eliza Dushku has starred in numerous well-known film and television projects. She has maintained a cult-like following for her role as Faith, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spinoff show Angel, both from creator Joss Whedon, as well as rebel cheerleader, Missy, in the hit cheerleading film Bring It On.
Eliza was discovered by casting agents in Boston, MA, at the early age of 10, for the lead role of Alice in the Warner Brothers film That Night. Immediately following, she landed the role of Pearl alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy’s Life, a role that caught the attention of many in the industry. The following year, she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in James Cameron's True Lies.
Most recently she starred and produced for Fox’s Dollhouse, also created by Joss Whedon. She is currently producing a biopic of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as a documentary about her father's homeland, Dear Albania, through her Boston Diva Productions company. Eliza is currently starring in the upcoming television reboot of the Roger Moore international-espionage classic, The Saint, as the feisty Patricia Holm.
Dushku is deeply involved in a number of charities, including THRIVE-GULU (www.thrivegulu.org) a Trauma, Healing and Reflection Center for former child soldiers and victims of the war in Northern Uganda, founded by her mother Judy in 2009, as well as Camp Hale (www.camphalealumni.org), a camp for inner-city Boston kids. Traditionally an all-boys camp, Camp Hale established an all-girls program in 2012 to provide inner-city girls with the chance to experience the unique opportunities that Camp Hale has to offer.
With over 1.3 million Twitter followers @ElizaDushku, Eliza has a strong voice and provides advocacy in areas such as LGBT, women's and civil rights.
I was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year (I can only hope that this presages that I, too, will live to be eleventy-one) — but because my parents were hippies, I was nearly named after Peregrin Took. With the exception of seven years in Faerie, or perhaps Las Vegas (they are not so different, really) I have been a New Englander all my life — Connecticut, Vermont, and now Massachusetts. I serve as an alloparent to two amazing (very) young men, Sunil and Naveen, from whom I am constantly learning new and amazing things.
I share my living quarters in a drafty Victorian (which, as of this writing, has just celebrated its eleventy-first) with a giant, ridiculous dog (he happens to be a Briard). I am a terrible but enthusiastic guitarist, a reasonably good and even more enthusiastic cook, and a hobby outdoorswoman. My sports are hiking, running, yoga, archery, kayaking, and rock climbing (sport and top rope, though someday I hope to learn trad).
I am the author of a number of novels and short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genre, and have been fortunate to receive a good deal of recognition for that work including two Hugo Awards, the John W. Cambell Award for Best New Writer (2005), a Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award, an Asimov’s Reader’s Choice award, a Spectrum Award, and an honorable mention for the Philip K. Dick Award. I have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Lambda Award, the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and several others.
My work has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Polish, and Portuguese, among other languages.
I enjoy teaching workshops, and have done instructor stints at Clarion, Clarion West, the WisCon Writer’s Respite, and Odyssey. I am a regular instructor at Viable Paradise.
…I spend a lot of time on planes.
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FANGORIA sliced its way onto the scene in 1979, becoming the only national publication devoted to the modern horror genre. Three and a half decades later, FANGORIA is still the number one authority on all things scary! FANGORIA provides the best in horror entertainment and news coverage including the website, magazine, film production and distribution divisions, convention circuit, and Dreadtime Stories series hosted by Malcolm McDowell. FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT: We know what scares you!
Rebekah McKendry is the Director of Marketing for FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT as well as a staff writer. She has been with FANGORIA since 2004, and began as a research assistant working for FANGORIA RADIO on Sirius XM. Additionally, she is a college professor teaching classes focused on film history and horror films. She has Bachelors degrees in Film and English, a MA in Media Education, a MFA in Film Production, and she is currently completing her PhD in Film Theory focused on horror and exploitation cinema. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast on GeekNation called KILLER POV.
Francis Manapul is an artist currently working for DC comics. In 2011 he was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist. He is best known for his work on Top Crow comic's Witchblade and Necromancer. Since then he has gone on to work on titles like Adventure Comics, and Superman Batman. Manapul is currently the writer/artist for the New 52's revamp of The Flash.
Comic book writer and artist Freddie Williams II is notable for working almost entirely in a digital format. Starting in 2005, Williams worked on the DC series Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle. He's continued his work with DC Comics on many titles including Robin, Flash, Countdown, 52, Blue Beetle, Aquaman, Final Crisis Aftermath: Run and JSA Classified.
Williams is active in the online comic book world and has contributed to comic book podcasts like Comic Geek Speak, Raging Bullets and Fanboy Radio. He also shares digital drawing technique tutorials on YouTube and has written a book on digital artwork: The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics.
Gareth Von Kallenbach is a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site “Skewed and Reviewed” as well as Skewed and Reviewed: The Magazine. Gareth has worked in the video game industry and has written three books of reviews and interviews and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit.
Gareth has appeared in movies including the video game based films “Postal” and “Far Cry” and voiced a character in the Postal 3 video game and is a regular guest on the top rated Seattle morning show BJ Shea's Morning Experience and BJ Shea's Geek Nation which is syndicated via KISW FM to a world wide audience.
Gareth and his wife returned to Phoenix in 2011 to open a second office for Skewed and Reviewed and in 2012 launched the beta version of his second Skewed and Reviewed site, Skewednet and will have a new project with KISW FM in 2013.
Military Historian and international weapons expert for motion picture and television, Gary is best known as the Gatling gun expert for such movies as The Last Samurai and as consultant for movies, Master and Commander and 3:10 to Yuma. Mail Call, starring R. Lee Ermey. Recently, Gary and his production company, Harperhaus, was Firearms Expert for all of Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior, Season 3. This included him as on-air Teddy Roosevelt historian and Gatling gun expert for the episode, Teddy Roosevelt versus Lawrence of Arabia. Gary’s expertise with military history and weapons has made for the greatest of experiences and He was also Master Armorer for the History Channel’s series, adventures.
Gene Ha has worked since 1992 on books like Fables, Action Comics, Justice League, The Shade, and his upcoming book Mae. He is most celebrated for his collaboration with Alan Moore and Zander Cannon on Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. The books won three Eisner Awards, the highest honor in comics, and have been reprinted in countries such as Poland, France, Brazil and Japan. Phoenix Comicon 2014 will be his first trip to Arizona, a land he's wanted to visit since seeing Raising Arizona in high school. He lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa and their rescue dog Fina. Find him online at http://www.geneha.com/
Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. She also writes under a variety of pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to rock music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com.
Greg Horn is currently the lead artist on Disney's MARVEL: WAR OF HEROES, a Top Ten mobile game app designed for APPLE IPHONE and NDROID. Horn was brought on to this high-profile DISNEY project to create 30 unique MARVEL COMICS character illustrations, most of which are highly sought-after rare cards. The game ranks in Apple iTunes store's top 5 apps for nearly a year straight, with more than 20 million downloads in just the past 3 months! Greg's other current work includes variant covers for two of Marvel Comic's best selling titles: AVENGERS #1 and THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1! While best known in the comic world for his unforgettable visions of Marvel's female leads such as EMMA FROST, MS MARVEL, ELEKTRA, and SHE-HULK, he has also been assigned as variant cover artist on iconic event books such as DC COMICS' BLACKEST NIGHT.
One of the most prolific artists in the world, Horn has worked on 20 major advertising campaigns across the globe, and has illustrated covers for nearly 70 magazines. His video game work for industry heavy-hitters like EA SPORTS, CAPCOM, SONY, ROCKSTAR, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, BLIZZARD, 2K GAMES, DIGITAL EXTREMES, 3D REALMS and HIP GAMES can all be viewed in his art galleries at www.greghornart.com.
Greg van Eekhout is the author of CALIFORNIA BONES (Tor Books), the first volume in a contemporary fantasy about wizards who gain their powers by eating the remains of extinct magical creatures. His other books include the urban fantasy NORSE CODE, and middlegrade novels KID VS. SQUID and THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. His work has been nominated for the Nebula, Andre Norton, and Locus awards. He lives in San Diego. For more information, visit www.writingandsnacks.com or @gregvaneekhout on Twitter.
Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.
She hasn’t changed much.
Today, Heather can be found wandering cemeteries, lounging on her coffin couch, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in costume (and in character).
When Heather's not writing, dressing up, or reading, she's hanging out with her Minions, whom she adores right down to their lil black hearts.
Heather is the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, The Slayer Chronicles, and The Legacy of Tril series. She's penned several short stories, consumes entirely too much caffeine, and will not stop until she has achieved world domination in the name of her Minion Horde.
Herbert "Herb" Trimpe is an American comic-book artist and occasional writer, best remembered for his work on The Incredible Hulk and credited with the co-creation of the X-Men's Wolverine in the early 1970s.
Trimpe joined Marvel Comics in 1967 and stayed until 1996. He was laid off when Marvel went bankrupt, went back to school for his master's degree, and taught art at a rural middle/high school for two years. He occasionally takes on comic-book projects.
Recognition for his work includes a nomination for the Shazam Award for Best Inker (Humor Division) in 1973, as well as Humanitarian of the Year Award at the San Diego comic convention in 2002, for his work as a chaplain at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Herb Trimpe has participated in an upcoming documentary film called Adventures Into Digital Comics. The film discusses, among other things, the crash of the comic book industry in the 90s and the emergence of webcomics.
Brian and Kristy Miller are no strangers to the Phoenix Comicon. As co-owners of Hi-Fi Colour Design that are an important part Arizona comic culture and the comic book industry as a whole. Employing artists who do work for many different publishers including DC, Marvel, Disney, Wizard, and Lucasfilm (Star Wars). Brian was a colorist working under several different pen names till 1998, when he started Hi-Fi Colour. The pair now run Hi-Fi together and continue to help comic book artists grow. With their first two books Hi-Fi Color for Comics and Master Digital Color they share some of what they have learned over the years with aspiring comic book artists.
Ivy Doomkitty is an International Costumer/Cosplayer, Host, Artist, and Figure Model for comic book artist/writer, Frank Cho, based in Los Angeles. She is also an avid gamer on both PC and Xbox 360. Ivy has been attending conventions for many years, before deciding to take the plunge by showing her fandom through cosplay.
She now uses this new found passion to create her own costumes and use them to bring to life her favorite characters from gaming and comics as well as creating a positive impact in the cosplay community. She strives to show others in the community that you can do something you love, regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, body shape/size.
Ivy was recently the Featured Cosplayer on the Premier Episode of the webseries, "Cospladies", a short documentary on the trials, tribulations, and love of cosplay. Ivy is also a member of the West Coast Avengers/Avengers Initiative, taking part in charity events in Southern California.
Ivy heavily promotes the art of Cosplay at every convention that she is a guest at, including participating in panels, judging the costume contest, and meeting many fans that are interested in starting in the craft. In the past, she has interviewed some incredible talent, including Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno, Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden, and more.
She has also written comic book reviews, co hosted Cosplay Con, in addition to presenting and hosting the costume contest.
Ivy also handles promotions and cosplay talent coordination for Big Wow! Comicfest.
Ivy has been a Guest at multiple conventions, Judged costume contests, as well as participated as a Guest Panelist, with more coming soon for 2014.
Jon Samuel Lewis is an American writer best known for the acclaimed Grey Griffins series published by Scholastic’s Orchard Books. After selling nearly a million copies in the original trilogy, Lewis and his writing partner, Derek Benz teamed with Little Brown to produce the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles .
He is also the author of CHAOS Novels , a young adult adventure series that combines supernatural, science fiction, and urban fantasy to create an exciting hybrid of non-stop adventure.
He currently resides in Arizona with his wife and children.
Jake Parker is an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years he has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. He has lived in six states, working at the best studios with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Now he freelances out of his home studio.
James O’Barr, is the award-winning creator of "The Crow," and writer of two hit series currently from IDW Publishing, entitled "Curare" and "Skinning the Wolves."
He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing.
When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since.
While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70's he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiancé at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it ("too gloomy, too confusing...”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989.
It is currently the best-selling independent graphic novel of all time at over 1 million copies sold.
In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children's charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent 3 sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production in 2014.
He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy, 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.
Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of "The Crow," his most recent book is a the new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing "James O'Barr: Unconfined."
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After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie Wyman fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. (However, she can eat/spin fire, tell you a lot about auditioning to be a Blue Man, and read/write in Circular Gallifreyan.) As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.
Jamie’s debut novel Wild Card (Entangled Edge, 2013) is available wherever ebooks are sold. You can also find her short story “The Clever One” in the anthology When The Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press, August ’13). Jamie has contributed to the SF Signal’s “Mind Meld” feature as well as the flash fiction contests on Chuck Wendig’s blog.
Janni Lee Simner's post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy is set after the war between the human and faerie realms has destroyed the world, leaving behind a land filled with deadly magic: trees that seek human blood, glowing stones that burn with cold fire, and forests whose shadows can swallow a person whole. The first book, Bones of Faerie, was dubbed, "Pure, stunning, impossible to put down or forget," by World Fantasy Award winner Jane Yolen, School Library Journal describes the second book, Faerie Winter, as “A hauntingly exquisite portrait of a postapocalyptic world."
Janni is also the author of Thief Eyes, a contemporary young adult fantasy based on the Icelandic sagas and called "a captivating modern odyssey" by Publishers Weekly, as well as of four books for younger readers and more than 30 short stories.
Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is a former 3D Artist and Game Designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). Writing fiction became a hobby for him in 2007 and quickly turned into an obsession. He started writing THE DARWIN ELEVATOR in 2008 as a Nanowrimo project, and kept refining the manuscript until 2011 when it sold to Del Rey along with a contract for two sequels. The book released on July 30th in the US and reached the New York Times Bestseller list the following week.
The trilogy, collectively called THE DIRE EARTH CYCLE, was released in the summer of 2013. Jason's next book, currently untitled, is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2015.
He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two young sons.
Jason Spisak has been in the Voice Over business for more than 15 years. Starting out on the Nickelodeon series Rocket Power, Jason has created the voices of Kid Flash on Young Justice, Lux on Star Wars:Clone Wars, Razer on Green Lantern the Animated Series, the Voice of the disembodied Silias for Vampire Diaries on CW, as well as many famous game titles, including Vulpes Inculta in Fallout: New Vegas, Dante in Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Marty in Mafia 2, Guild Wars 2, Xenogsa, multiple Final Fantasy titles, and Jester in Socom Navy Seals. He has appeared in several films and television series over his career including; Piranha 3D, Everything Must Go, Ingenious, NCIS, Lie to Me, and Locker 13 which is making its Con debut here in Phoenix.
Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.
Jenevieve Broomall is currently working as a freelance Cover Illustrator for clientele such as Big Dog Ink, Bluerainbow Online and Zenescope Entertainment. Her character design work has been primarily for Big Dog Ink's Legend of Oz Series.
Jenevieve has also worked with several independent companies such as Louisville local comic book creators Astounding Tales comics, the Louisville Cartoonist Society, and Derby City Comic Con.
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.
All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.
Jim Cheung is a comic book artist best known for his work on series such as Scion from 2000 to 2004, New Avengers: Illuminati from 2005 to 2006 and Avengers: The Children's Crusade from 2010 to present. In 2005, he was named one of Marvel Comics “Young Guns” for his potential to be “a future superstar pencillier.” Cheung currently illustrates for the miniseries Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
Jim Di Bartolo is a mixed media illustrator, painter, and visual storyteller. In his freelance career he has illustrated novels, comic books, role-playing games and done paintings for private commissions. His upcoming collaborative novel with New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White entitled IN THE SHADOWS will be released from Scholastic on April 29th, 2014.
He and his wife, (also a New York Times bestselling author) Laini Taylor, have collaborated on several books, and their most recent joint effort, LIPS TOUCH, was a National Book Award finalist. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their daughter.
Chances are, he probably could use more sleep.
Jim Hanna is an Artist/Writer based in Mesa, Arizona. He has provided art for Arcana Studio, Upper Deck, Red 5 Comics, Cryptozoic Entertainment and Marvel/The Hero Initiative. Jim’s newest project is the creator-owned title, Jack Rabbit, part of Contraband Comics’ initial wave of titles. Follow Jim on Twitter: @jimhanna
Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Other comic books he's illustrated include Star Trek, GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing, Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak The Night Stalkerand The Phantom for Moonstone Books and Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics. Currently, he's providing cover art for IDW's new True Blood series and BOOM! Studios' Farscape comic books, developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.
Some of the other licenses and professional publishers he has illustrated for are DC Comics, Hasbro, The Lord of the Rings, Heroes, Wizards of the Coast, XBox, Dragon Magazine, Sony Picture's Men In Black, Xena: Warrior Princess,ThunderBirds: The Movie, IDG Entertainment, Rittenhouse Archives, Paizo Publishing, White Wolf Publishing, Cinemagraphix, Last Unicorn Games, West End Games, Image Comics, Blue Line Pro, and Microsoft's Age of Empirescollectible card game.
He was also the instructor for the Comic Book Illustration Course at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio (from 1998 - 2008) and has also taught the Ohio State University's Summer Comic Book Workshop.
Joe Harris is the creator and writer of myriad comics and graphic novels such as the hit Image Comics environmental sci-fi series, Great Pacific, and the fan-favorite, monthly paranormal investigations of Agents Mulder and Scully in The X-Files: Season 10 for IDW.
As a young creator at Marvel Comics, Joe launched the cult-classic Spider-Man spinoff, Slingers and the Bishop: The Last X-Man series. He has written for just about all major comics publishers and characters including DC Comics, Dark Horse and others.
Harris conceived, and co-wrote the screenplay for, the hit Sony Pictures horror film, Darkness Falls after his short film, Tooth Fairy was acquired by Revolution Studios and developed into a feature. He went on the co-write the politically-themed slasher movie and Fox release, The Tripper with David Arquette before returning to comics with a focus on creating original, creator-owned titles such as the Hitchcockian portrait of spontaneous human combustion, Spontaneous and the fantasy graphic novel, Wars In Toyland for Oni Press.
His supernatural thriller, Ghost Projekt was also published by Oni. Lauded by Ain’t It Cool News as “one of the finest” miniseries of the year, the tense tale of ghosts, gambits and Cold War secrets is currently being developed for television.
A native New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan.
John Barrowman is an Entertainer with a capital E. He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges - he is a unique talent in the British entertainment industry.
Born on 11 March 1967 in Glasgow, where he spent his early years, John moved with his family to Illinois in the United States and later studied Musical Theatre at the US International University in San Diego, California.
In 1989, while in the UK to study Shakespeare as part of his university course, he landed his first professional role starring as Billy Crocker opposite Elaine Paige in the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. Since then, John’s career as a leading man in musical theatre has seen him star in many West End shows, including Matador, Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. He also reprised the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway. Sam Mendes' premiere production of The Fix at the Donmar Warehouse garnered John an Olivier Award nomination as "Best Actor in a Musical", and in 2002 he returned to the role of Billy Crocker for the hugely successful National Theatre revival of Anything Goes.
He appeared in the West End most recently as Albin/Zaza in the Menier Chocolate Factory's award-winning production of La Cage Aux Folles, performing to full houses for nine weeks in 2009. This role won John the 2010 What’s On Stage award for "Best Take-over in a Role".
John has also made his name in American television drama, playing Peter Williams in the Aaron Spelling series Titans for NBC and starring in Darren Star's Central Park West for CBS. He returned to US television in Spring 2010 with a five-episode guest-starring role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. He recently appeared in the recurring role of Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comic books, for The CW network in the US. He also had a guest-starring role as a political fixer in the ABC series, Scandal.
His most famous television role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped Doctor Who created such an impact that he was given his own spin off series, Torchwood. The show achieved the best viewing figures ever on BBC America and has been broadcast around the world. For the fourth series, titled Torchwood: Miracle Day, the BBC teamed up with the US Starz Channel, filming in Wales and the US. The show aired on the Starz Channel and BBC One from July 2011.
On the big screen, John has appeared as the Lead Tenor in The Producers, as Jack in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely and starred in cult classic Megalodon: Shark Attack 3. He had a supporting role in the Oscar-winning film Zero Dark Thirty, and appears in Vertigo Films' All Stars, which is due for release on 3 May 2013.
Alongside his acting career, John has also hosted his own primetime Saturday night BBC1 entertainment show, Tonight's The Night, a co-production between the BBC and Barrowman Barker Productions, in which he makes people’s performance dreams come true.
Other shows he has presented include The Kids Are All Right, BBC’s Live and Kicking, Children in Need for BBC Wales in 2008 and for BBC Scotland in 2010, and Keys to the Castle for US channel HGTV. In 2008, John was the subject of a BBC documentary, The Making of Me, in which he underwent tests and researched the science of homosexuality. He also hosts the children's show, Animals At Work, which is broadcast on BBC2 and CBBC. He will shortly be seen hosting the new ABC celebrity singing competition, Sing Your Face Off, and BBC1's new high-tech quiz show, Pressure Pad which has been recommissioned for a second series. He also presents Channel 4's Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts, which sees dogs and their owners competing in agility and obedience tests to win a place at Crufts.
John was a judge on BBC1's Saturday night shows searching for new West End stars (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything), competed in celebrity skating show, Dancing on Ice, stood in to present Elaine Paige's BBC Radio 2 show and has guested on numerous television chat and panel shows. On Christmas Day 2010, he was one of five celebrities competing to win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, partnering Kristina Rihanoff to victory with a sparkling quickstep.
John embarked on his third concert tour in October 2010 to promote his self-titled album "John Barrowman", his third solo CD with Sony following on from 2008's Another Side (which brought John a Gold Disc) and Music Music Music in 2009. He toured the UK and Ireland again in October and November 2011 to promote his CD, The Very Best of John Barrowman, which was released on 5 September 2011. In June 2012, he performed at open-air concerts in Scarborough and Glasgow, and at the Hampton Court Palace Festival.
In December 2010, John returned to his Scottish roots for his sixth panto outing, reprising the role of Aladdin at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. John has since returned to Glasgow for the 2011-12 pantomime season to star as Robinson Crusoe in Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, and starred in the title role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk the following year. He will play Dick in Dick McWhittington at the Clyde Auditorium for the 2013-14 panto season.
In collaboration with his sister, Carole E Barrowman, John has released two volumes of his autobiography, Anything Goes and I Am What I Am, published by Michael O'Mara Books. In January 2008, Anything Goes reached number 2 in the Sunday Times bestsellers' list and remained in the list for twelve weeks. A sci-fi/fantasy novel for young adults, Hollow Earth, co-authored by John and Carole, was published by Buster Books on 2 February 2012, with a second novel in the series, Bone Quill, published on 7 February 2013. Hollow Earth was published in the US by Aladdin Books (the children's division of Simon and Schuster) on 30 October 2012. The third book in the series, titled The Book of Beasts, will be published in 2014. John and Carole have also collaborated on a Torchwood novel, Exodus Code, which was published in the UK on 13 September 2012.
John's multiple talents continue to delight audiences whether members of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance, full houses at his pantos and concert tours, sci-fi fans or Saturday night TV viewers. As he says in closing his first book:
"My show's not over. Stay in your seats. This is only the intermission."
John Eaves has had over 20 years experience in cinema and television scenic art, model making, and illustration production. He is perhaps most famous for his work on Star Trek where he worked on the television shows Deep Space Nine and Enterprise as well as the four Star Trek movies featuring The Next Generation cast.
John has also worked on numerous other projects, many of which are in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, including: Innerpsace, Alien 3, Batman Returns, Sky High, and X-Men: The Last Stand.
John Ratzenberger is best known for playing mail carrier 'Cliff Clavin' on one of the most popular sitcoms of all time "Cheers." He had read for the part of Norm Peterson, but after the audition, he could tell they weren't going to give him the part. Sensing an opportunity, he asked if they had written a “bar know-it-all”, which the producers decided was a great idea. Cliff became known for his outlandish stories of plausible half?truths, irrelevant trivia, and ignorant misinformation, and was known for being an overall pretentious blowhard.
Star Wars fans worldwide know John for his role as ‘Major Derlin’ as seen in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” and those same fans will recognize him from another huge franchise; “Superman 1 & 2”! Horror fans remember him from "House II" and "Motel Hell", films which are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it come sto what kids know him for today!
John’s popularity has crossed over from the sitcom, Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds into another huge demographic, being recognized by kids off all ages for his various roles in the Disney/Pixar animated films!
John is the sole actor to have starred in all of Pixar's 11 feature films made to date. His roles include:
· Hamm the Piggy Bank in ALL three “Toy Story” films
· P.T. Flea, the Circus Ring Leader in “A Bug's Life”
· The Abominable Snowman in “Monsters, Inc.”
· School of Moonfish in “Finding Nemo”
· The Underminer in “The Incredibles”
· Mack the truck in “Cars” & “Cars 2”
· Mustafa the Waiter in “Ratatouille”
· John in “WALL-E”
· Tom the construction worker in “Up”
This impressive body of work makes him the 6th most successful actor of all time, as measured by a total box office of over $3,000,000,000!
John produced and hosted “Made in America”, a show for the Travel Channel, which established an unscripted television presence and cemented icon status. John created the show in order to bring viewers the stories of the best products made in the U.S. It honors American men and women who invent and build the goods that are the backbone of our economy. He co-authored “We’ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country”, which was published by Time Warner.
John can currently be seen on TV in several series including his re-occurring roles on FX's “Legit”, TNT's “Franklin and Bash”, and Lifetime's “Drop Dead Diva”.
Off screen John is on the boards of Pepperdine and Sacred Heart Universities, and John is actively putting together a foundation to support American manufacturing and is an avid supporter of Made In America brands across the United States. As John has always said "Manufacturing is to America what Spinach is to Popeye."
Iconic British actor John Rhys-Davies, best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits Raiders of the Lost Arc and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was introduced to a new generation of fans in the blockbuster trilogy The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) in the role of Gimli the dwarf. When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he portrayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him one of the more well-rounded and revered entertainers from across the pond, but one who was so chameleon-like in all of his projects that he was able to live a comfortable life of relative anonymity off-screen.
Born May 5, 1944 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, Rhys-Davies spent much of his formative years in his mother's hometown in Ammanford, Wales, while his mechanical engineer father worked in Tanzania. Rhys-Davies and his family later joined his father in Africa, residing there until he was nine, when he was sent back to England for his studies at the Truro School in Cornwall. There, Rhys-Davies saw his first theater shows, and by his teenage years, he was top-billed in school productions of classical plays. After graduating from the University of East Anglia and a brief stint as a schoolteacher, Rhys-Davies decided to devote himself fully to acting, enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1992, he began lending his voice to animated series, starting with Batman, and video games, including the Wing Commander series. He performed in quite a few animated features such as Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Shark Bait, and Tom and Jerry. In 1995, he revived Sallah again in a short feature filmed for the Indiana Jones ride at the Disneyland resorts. That same year, he enlivened the science fiction series Sliders, as blustery science professor Maximillian Arturo, who traveled through time with three younger companions. Rhys-Davies also penned two episodes of the series. He also appeared as a holographic Leonardo Da Vinci in several episodes of Star-Trek: Voyager. Most recently, John is the narrator of The Truth & Life dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour celebrity-voiced, fully-dramatized version of the New Testament and has appeared on the television series Psych, as well as in the features Sophie, Return to the Hiding PLace, and Concrete Blondes. John spends his time between The Isle Of Man and New Zealand.
John Scalzi is a writer. He's best known for writing science fiction, for which he won the John W. Campbell Award (2006) and has been nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel (2006, 2008, 2009) and best novella (2010) and been awarded Hugos for best fan writer (2008), best related book (2009), and Best Novel for Redshirts in 2013.. His novels include Old Man's War, Agent to the Stars, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts, The Human Division and the forthcoming Lock In. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series, is a former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and is working on the video game Midnight Star and related graphic novel for Industrial Toys.
Jon Goff is a Writer/Artist/Toy Designer from Tempe, AZ.
Companies: The McFarlane Companies (Todd McFarlane Productions, McFarlane Toys, Todd McFarlane Entertainment), 343 industries (Microsoft Games Studio).
Credits (Comics): SPAWN (200-present), The Adventures of SPAWN Online, The Adventures of SPAWN: Director’s Cut, The Adventures of SPAWN #2
Credits (Novels): Halo Evolutions -- “Headhunters” (short story), “Beyond” (poem), “Acheron-VII” (poem), “ICON,” “Connectivity” (poem).
Credits (Action Figures*): HALO (McFarlane Toys), LOST (McFarlane Toys), SPAWN, The Adventures of SPAWN, Movie Maniacs, McFarlane’s Dragons, McFarlane’s Twisted Christmas, McFarlane’s Monsters, more. * - All action figure development done in conjunction with Todd McFarlane and the McFarlane Toys Design Group.
Jon’s current projects include plotting and providing scripting assistance on Todd McFarlane’s monthly SPAWN comic book. He is also developing a handful of creator-owned comics including BIG HITTERS (with Travis Sengaus) and JACK RABBIT (with Jim Hanna), as well as a series of episodic science-fiction/noir novels.
This June, Jon’s fan-favorite short story, “Headhunters,” set within the expanded Halo universe, will be adapted into a special three-part motion comic premiering on Halo Waypoint on XBOX Live. More information can be found at www.halowaypoint.com.
Joseph Nassise is an American urban fantasy writer and the author of more than twenty novels. His debut novel, Riverwatch, was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series (Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky and Infernal Games), the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle (Eyes To See, King of the Dead, and Watcher of the Dark), the Great Undead War series (By the Blood of Heroes and On Her Majesty's Behalf), as well as several books for Gold Eagle's Rogue Angel line. His work has been translated into German, Russian, Polish and Italian. Nassise served as the president of the Horror Writers Association from 2002 to 2005 and a Trustee of the same from 2008–2010.
The Justice League Arizona is a DC Universe fan club dedicated to celebrating the DC Universe through costuming; specifically the costumes and characters of the heroes, villains and denizens. The JLAz is an all-volunteer club formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity to promote interest in DC Comics and properties through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
Katie Cook is a comic book artist and writer that lives somewhere in that state that looks like a mitten. Her writing for the pop-culture phenomenon comic tie-in to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is gaining her headlines this year... But it's her work for Star Wars, Marvel, the Jim Henson Company and more that have made her a popular name. Her weekly webcomic, Gronk: A Monster's Story, was nominated for the Harvey award for Best Online Comic last year. You can see more of Katie's work at www.katiecandraw.com and www.gronkcomic.com.
Kelci Crawford is an independent comic artist best known for the webcomics "Validation" (co-created with Christian Beranek) and "Johnson & Sir." She currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. You can see more of her work at www.kelcidcrawford.com
Kristensen received an MFA in 2008 from Columbia University Film School. While still in film school he was selected to both the Sundance and IFP labs, and worked as an associate producer under Gary Winick (CHARLOTTE’S WEB) and Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS).
After graduating, he won the prestigious Academy Award Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and was a finalist for the Disney Feature Fellowship. On the heels of that he was hired by Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Chabon to write a graphic novel spinoff of The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which will be published by Dark Horse Comics.
A rabid comic book geek, Ken co-created the critical and commercial hit Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth — an Image Comics (The Walking Dead) series. The series is one of many projects Ken has in development with his longtime creative partner, Eisner-nominated comic book artist M.K. Perker.
In 2014 Ken was hired to take over the writing chores on INDESTRUCTIBLE, a monthly super-hero comic book series published by IDW/Darby Pop Publishing. The series was created by Jeff Kline (Transformers Prime).
Ken served as Producer on four seasons of JAIL (Spike), two seasons of INSIDE AMERICAN JAIL (TruTV), and the TV special ROAD WARRIORS (Spike). He has also produced pilots for Fox, Spike, and Discovery.
Ken recently sold his pitch PRISON BUS to A&E. He’s currently serving as Executive Producer on the one-hour pilot.
The sci fi anthology series FUTURESTATES (PBS), which Ken produced, had its Season 3 premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival before rolling out on multiple PBS platforms.
His work and life have been written about in publications as varied as The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, and National Geographic Adventure.
Ken’s current projects in development include a feature with writer/producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID), TV series with Ryan Seacrest Productions and Discovery Studios, and comic book series with Image Comics (THE WALKING DEAD) and Dark Horse Comics (Hellboy).
Ken is represented by ICM Partners and Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
Kevin Coulston is an accomplished Web Comic Author, Illustrator, Website Designer and Digital Art Director. Kevin broke into the Web Comics scene back in 2009 with his Pop Culture Parody Comic, StaleBacon. His other works include the Time Travel Comedy Teenage Paradox and more recently Dylan McVillain - A Super Villain with the Best Intentions.
His first book StaleBacon: Stomach Caterpillars was released in 2012, a second StaleBacon collection is slated for this year and the first Dylan McVillain book is set to be released May 2013.
Kevin Hearne is a native of Arizona and really appreciates whoever invented air-conditioning. The author of The Iron Druid Chronicles from Del Rey Books, he graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has been known to obsess over fonts, frolic unreservedly with dogs, and stop whatever he’s doing in the rare event of rain to commune with the precipitation. He enjoys hiking, the guilty pleasure of comic books, and living with his wife and daughter in a wee, snug cottage.
In 1987, Maguire was the artist on the re-launch of Justice League written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis. The two writers and Maguire reunited in 2003 for the Formerly Known as the Justice League miniseries and its 2005 sequel, "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League" published in JLA Classified. Maguire's collaborations with Giffen and DeMatteis also include Defenders and Metal Men back-ups in the latest volume of Doom Patrol.
Maguire has frequently collaborated with writer Fabian Nicieza on series such as Adventures of Captain America, X-Men, andBatman Confidential. In 2007, he was the subject of Modern Masters #10 from TwoMorrows Publishing.
Maguire and George Pérez are alternating as artist of a revival of the Worlds' Finest series, which is written by Paul Levitz.
Konstantin Komardin is an award-winning Russian sequential artist, graphic artist and animator currently living in Moscow. This marks his first appearances in the United States, providing a rare opportunity to see some amazing originals never before offered in the US. Konstantin was born in Ekaterinburg, where he fell in love with sequential art as a child, and went on to attend the Academy of Book Design. And has worked with numerous publishing houses on book covers and interior illustrations, while also working with anthology magazines in the role of graphic artist.
Some of his published work includes the BD magazines "Veles," "Hacker," "Max Cooler," "Moulin Rouge," "Timof" which published his story "Siberian Dreams," and the renowned comics "Agent Z," "Sit-o-city," "Gate of Alice," and "Mechanics of Senses." Other works include the upcoming Judge Dredd project, and the Russian/Polish project "City Stories." Konstantin was awarded the Grand Prize for "The Site of Polis" at the Moscow Comics Festival in 2003.
A talented illustrator for print, Konstantin is also an award-winning animator as mentioned. His works include the concept designs on "Elka," "Man with the Wind in his Head" which appeared in the Suzdal Film Festival in 2008, "Tram," "Spindel" which was honored at the Moscow Short Film Festival in 2010, and "The Man in Penze Nez," which screened at both the Suzdal Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival in 2010.
Several shorts by Konstantin will he aired at the convention, so check your programming for time and place. Konstantin will be in artist alley sketching throughout the show.
For more information on Konstantin and his work be sure to visit him at his table in artist alley. For information on ordering sketches before the show, contact Renee at email@example.com
L.E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre.
Mr. Modesitt has been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; a director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; and a college lecturer and writer in residence. In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first story was published in 1973. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Laini Taylor, a writer-artist-daydreamer-nerd-person, is joining Phoenix Comicon this year! Laini has written the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy for young adults as well as collaborated with her illustrator husband on a richly illustrated graphic novel, Lips Touch: Tree Times. The final book in Laini's Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy will be out April 8, 2014. Just in time for Phoenix Comicon!
He's worked 20+ years in "Trekland," so that's the name of his brand—and now, native Okie Larry Nemecek's latest credits include the new Amazon maps/book hit "Star Trek: Stellar Cartography" and appearing as Dr. McCoy in the first two episodes of indie online hit Star Trek Continues, remaining a creative consultant. Best known as author of the classic "Star Trek: Next Generation Companion" and longtime editor of official ST Communicator magazine and Fact Files UK and Japan, Larry still writes his "Fistful of Data" column for Trek Magazine, guest-blogs at startrek.com, shares often on podcasts and the CBS Trek Blu-ray documentaries, plus released two editions on CD from his own hundreds of hours of remastered archival Trek interviews as the "Trekland: On Speaker" series.
Come July, guess who's once again heading up Geek Nation Tours' next "LA2Vegas Trek Film Site Tour With Larry Nemecek"? Most of all, make sure to find time Saturday night for another bonus "Dr. Trek" show of prize trivia, rare clips and late-night tales as a meetup-fundraiser for Larry's true-life "Con of Wrath" documentary project. Along with story credit for the “Prophecy” episode of Voyager, appearances in docs like "Trek Nation" and "The Green Girl," and working as a producer at the original startrek.com, Larry shares two Associated Press statewide awards from his news days—and roots mightily for his Oklahoma football Sooners. Whatever you do, corner Larry sometime over the weekend for some great Trek stories of yore and insights into the franchise future.
Actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a Theatre degree and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has published short plays and adapted works of 19th Century literature for the professional stage. Her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the American Booksellers Association "Indie Next List" and is a Scholastic edition "highly recommended" title. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY, on Tor.com, in QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) among others. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES, launches in 2014 alongside a reissue of the Strangely Beautiful novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple national book club editions. She is a four time Prism Award winner in fantasy and novella categories among other genre awards. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she's telling ghost stories, cavorting at Goth clubs, corset shopping, channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards and adventuring about New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.
Wein's first professional comics story was "Eye of the Beholder" in DC's Teen Titans #18 (Dec. 1968), where with co-writer and fellow future-pro Marv Wolfman he introduced the male character Starfire who was eventually renamed Red Star. Late the following year, Wein was publishing anthological mystery stories for DC's The House of Secrets and Marvel's Tower of Shadows and Chamber of Darkness. He additionally began writing for DC's romance comic Secret Hearts and the company's toy-line tie-in Hot Wheels; Skywald Publications' horror-comics magazines Nightmare and Psycho and its short-lived Western comic books; and Gold Key's Mod Wheels, Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery, the toyline tie-in Microbots, and the TV-series tie-ins Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.
Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 60 SF/F authors. She is the co-author of Special Collections 2.0, with Beth Whittaker (Libraries Unlimited, 2009), as well as academic articles about cross-dressing in dime novels and using libraries to survive the zombie apocalypse.
She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis , all published by Mad Norwegian Press. Along with the Geek Girl Chronicles book series, Lynne is the former Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-nominated (2012 & 2013) Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like, and contributes to the Verity! Podcast, where a bunch of smart women talk about Doctor Who.
Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael (a writer and editor), their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael is her full-time caregiver and an advocate for children with disabilities.
Marat grew up in Los Angeles CA, where he first fell in love with comics working as a store clerk at the Golden Apple comic book store. At 13 while at a local comic book convention he met another aspiring young artist Rob Liefeld (16 at the time) the two struck up a friendship and kept in touch. Years later as Rob Liefeld was working on Marvel Comic’s New Mutants he hired on a fresh out of high school Marat as his assistant. It didn’t take long before Rob realized Marat was ready to step up and start penciling his own book…thus he offered Marat Brigade. Marat has had a long and successful career in both comic books and freelance graphic design. He has worked at Marvel Comics on titles such as X-Force:Shatterstar and Deadpool Corp, and a number of DC 52 titles including Hawk and Dove and Grifter. He currently resides in Brea, CA where he freelances as a graphic designer and comicbook illustrator. Marat is currently working on his creator owned projects Blindside and Notti & Nyce published by Contraband Comics.
Marc Bernardin has been a managing editor of Starlog magazine, a consulting editor for Fangoria magazine and a senior editor for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com. He just wrapped up his first season as a television writer, for Syfy’s Alphas and is currently an editor for The Hollywood Reporter as well as a blogger for sites like GQ.com, io9.com, Vulture.com, and Blastr.com. He’s also a comic book writer, having authored or co-authored Static Shock (DC), X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, Wolverine (Marvel), The Authority (WildStorm), The Highwaymen (WildStorm), GENIUS (Top Cow), Hero Complex (Kickstart), and Monster Attack Network (AiT/Planetlar). Some of those books are being adapted for the screen, while others are quite content to look quite handsome on a shelf. All of the following are true: He has sat in James T. Kirk’s chair, gotten drunk with Mal Reynolds, and been flipped off by Xena.
Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online. She also had two collections published in 2013 (Tales of Sand and Sorcery and Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways), and is currently hard at work on the second book in a trilogy based on an exciting comic book property created by one of the biggest names in fantasy today. You can find out more here: http://www.marsheilarockwell.com/
Mark Bagley was born to a military family in Frankfurt, Germany. He had always wanted to break into the comic book business. At age 18, he joined the military so that he could qualify for the G.I. Bill and go to art school.
After his work in the military and art school, he continued trying to break into the comic industry but ended up working for Lockheed Martin making technical drawings.
Later in life, he fathered a child, a daughter named Angela, who is a teacher.
In 1983, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter created the Marvel Try-out Book to draw new talent into the comic book industry. The contest involved a deconstructed comic book in which contestants could complete the comic and submit it to Marvel. The winner would be awarded a professional assignment with Marvel.
At 27 years old, Mark Bagley entered the contest and won first place for penciling. This led to a series of low profile penciling jobs including jobs for Marvel's New Universe line and backup stories in Captain America. A majority of his work during this time was for the first series of Marvel Universe Trading cards.
In 1990, Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz created a team of teenage superheroes called the New Warriors. Given the positive fan reaction, Marvel created a new series based on these heroes and assigned Bagley and Fabian Nicieza to the title.
Though not an instant success, the title rose in fame to become one of Marvel’s more successful titles in the 1990s.
A couple of years into the New Warriors run, New Warriors editor Danny Fingeroth became responsible for the Spider-Man line of titles. At the same time, Erik Larsen vacated his spot as penciler on Spider-Man’s flagship title Spider-Man illustrated by Mark BagleyThe Amazing Spider-Man.
Fingeroth decided to take a chance on Bagley, who was a relatively inexperienced artist to be assigned what is arguably Marvel’s flagship title. After a rough start, Bagley hit his stride on The Amazing Spider-Man and eventually grew to be considered the definitive Venom illustrated by Mark BagleySpider-Man artist of the mid-1990s. His artwork was used extensively for licensed material, appearing on everything from plates and cups to credit cards.
Bagley also holds the distinction of being the artist on Marvel’s first web-based comic book, featuring Spider-Man, which appeared on Marvel’s official website.
After working on Spider-Man for several years, Bagley began to feel burnt out on Spider-Man. Needing a change, he next collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek on a new team of superheroes, the Thunderbolts. The concept behind the Thunderbolts was that of a team of super villains who posed as superheroes in order to gain the public’s trust. As the title progressed, some of the villains began to realize they enjoyed the role of a hero and no longer wanted to be villains.
The title enjoyed modest success and though its sales did decline over time, the decline was so slow and the fan base was so dedicated that the title continued to be published even after Bagley left the title in 2001 (at issue #50).
Bill Jemas, publisher at Marvel in the year 2000, was looking to relaunch Marvel’s primary franchises in a way that would make them accessible to younger readers. Designed as a six-issue mini series, Ultimate Spider-Man would be a title that began the Spider-Man mythos from the beginning set in modern times. Marvel wanted Bagley on the title from the beginning, but, still being burnt out from his earlier run, he resisted.
Eventually though, he (reluctantly) agreed and was assigned Ultimate Spider-Man with writer Brian Michael Bendis. The title was an instant hit and soon turned from a limited series to an ongoing series by Bendis and Bagley.
They went on to enjoy the longest continuous run of any creative team on a mainstream Marvel superhero comic beating the record set by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby with Ultimate Spider-Man #103 (published in December 2006). He eventually left the title after #111 was published in July 2007.
Bagley collaborated again with Bendis on the latter's second story arc of Mighty Avengers. That was his last work for Marvel before he becomes exclusive to DC Comics.
It was reported in January 2011, that starting with issue 156 of Ultimate Spider-Man, Bagley will reunite with longtime collaborator and writer Brian Michael Bendis for an eight issue story arc entitled 'Death of Spider-Man' which will prelude in February and kicks in with the actual storyline in March and will conclude in July 2011.
Born 3/2/52 in Santa Monica, California. Mark is one of those people who made the long, hard struggle to Hollywood all the way from West Los Angeles. "Evanier" (pronounced ev-uh-near) is not French; it was probably made up by some Immigration Officer at Ellis Island one day who said, "Hey, here come some more Jews! Let's give them real stupid last names!" He prefers being on a first name basis with everyone if only because "Mark" is easier to spell.
His father had the worst job in the world: He worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Hated it. As a result, he urged his only kid to do whatever he wanted to in life, as long as he loved it. At about age eight, Mark decided he would love to be a professional writer and that, by God, was that. He has never had a "Plan B" since. His decision was only reinforced when The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted and he jumped to the conclusion, sadly erroneous, that all writers get to sleep with women who look like Laura Petrie.
Mark started reading 'n' collecting comic books shortly after he got out of the womb but didn't figure on them for a career since the business, he thought, was wholly in New York and didn't cotton to outta-towners. It turned out that was only partly true — and would become even less true as the years went by. He graduated high school in '69, became a professional writer about a week later when he sold a mess of articles to a couple of local magazines, and have never been without work since.
The week after his first sale, Mark met Jack Kirby, one of the true geniuses of his lifetime. Soon after, Jack asked Steve Sherman and Mark if they would like to become his assistants. They thought it over for, oh, about three seconds before agreeing. There was never any money in the job, but to "apprentice" like that was invaluable, for reasons he is still coming to understand. You may too if you read a book Mark wrote, Kirby: King of Comics, which came out in 2008.
About the same time he started working for Jack, Mark started writing foreign comics for Disney Studios — that is, stories of Donald Duck and Goofy that were published overseas. This led to his writing stories for the American Disney comics, which were then published by Western Publishing Company, aka Gold Key Comics. This, in turn, led to Mark working on other Gold Key Comics — primarily the Warner Brothers characters (Bugs, Daffy, Porky, et al) but also Woody Woodpecker, Scooby Doo and others. It was on Scooby Doo that he was first teamed with one of his favorite artists, Dan Spiegle. Dan and Mark worked together for over a quarter of a century after that.
Around '74, Mark spent a year running an overseas comic book division for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, writing comics of Tarzan and Korak (the latter drawn by Mr. Spiegle) and he also met a very fine writer from Pittsburgh named Dennis Palumbo, who'd moved to L.A. to try his hand at TV work. As young comedy writers tend to come in pairs, they decided to team up and try to get work. They wrote for The Nancy Walker Show (it was cancelled in 13 weeks), they wrote for The McLean Stevenson Show (it was cancelled in 6), they sold a series to CBS (it never got on) and then they got hired as story editors for Welcome Back, Kotter and wrote a few other things that did okay.
After Kotter, Dennis and Mark decided to go their separate ways, parting as friends. He began writing for (and eventually running) the Hanna-Barbera comic book division, where he again did — among other books — Scooby Doo, drawn by Dan Spiegle. He also began writing TV shows either on his own or in tandem with a clever lady named Marion C. Freeman.
Eventually, Mark somehow became typed as a variety show writer and wrote many a special or series in that dying genre, thereby hastening its demise. Most of them were for the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft and included the infamous Pink Lady and Jeff, which toplined two Japanese ladies who spoke almost no English, and a series with the Bay City Rollers, who spoke English but were no more intelligible.
He also started writing cartoon shows: Scooby Doo, Plastic Man, Thundarr the Barbarian, The Trollkins, ABC Weekend Special, CBS Storybreak, Rickety Rocket, Superman: The Animated Series and many others. Mark story-edited Richie Rich for a couple of years, wrote the pilots for Dungeons & Dragons, The Wuzzles and a few series from which he removed my name. Somewhere in there, he wrote That's Incredible! for three years and a whole lotta material for stand-up comedians.
Throughout all this, Mark dabbled in and out of comic books, including Blackhawk, which he wrote (and later edited) for DC and which featured spectacular artwork by Dan Spiegle. But he also started doing a lot of what we call "creator-owned" comic books. F'rinstance, his longtime pal Sergio Aragonés asked him to become his co-conspirator on Groo the Wanderer, which has become one of the longest-running comic books of those owned by creators and not companies. And him and his pal Will Meugniot created (Mark wrote, he drew at first) a super-hero book called The DNAgents. That led to a spin-off called Crossfire, which was drawn by Dan Spiegle and which is probably my favorite of all the non-comical comic books he has written.
Mark's favorite animation project is Garfield and Friends, which was the top-rated Saturday morn show on CBS for most of its seven year run. A close contender would be Mother Goose & Grimm, based on Mike Peters' brilliant newspaper strip. He has also written for Pryor's Place, Bob (the series wherein Mr. Newhart played a comic book artist), The Half-Hour Comedy Hour, a couple of specials with Dick Clark, a script for Cheers which they bought but didn't film, a number of shows he wished they hadn't filmed, and a number of stand-up comedians. Until she finally won one, he told people he was becoming "The Susan Lucci of the writing Emmys," being oft-nominated but never a bride. Since 2009, Mark has been Supervising Producer on The Garfield Show, which is seen in darn near every country on the planet and in every language. He has no idea what a Supervising Producer is supposed to do but he writes, story-edits and directs the voices.
A New York Times Bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole is best known for his work as a science fiction and fantasy author and game designer. He is also an advocate for digital publishing.
Originally from Vermont, where we was awarded a BA in History at the University of Vermont, Stackpole now resides in Scottsdale.
Stackpole has written numerous Star Wars novels, including books in the X-Wing and The New Jedi Order series. He's also worked on the BattleTech series for over 20 years.
Along with being the former Managing Editor of the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine, Michael Damian Thomas co-edited Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press) with Sigrid Ellis, Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry (Meatball Trouble Productions) with Shira Lipkin, and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He also has worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea) and Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis).
Michael lives in DeKalb with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.
Michael has also worked as an advocate for children with disabilities. He was chair of the City of DeKalb Advisory Commission on Disabilities, co-chair of the DeKalb County Local Interagency Networking Council, and on the convention planning committee for the Aicardi Syndrome Family Conference.
Michael is an active volunteer in SF/F fandom. He was head of programming for Capricon 32, Hugo Voter Packet Administrator for Chicon 7 (Worldcon), and has contributed to the Enlightenment, Hugo Award-nominated Argentus , and Hugo Award-winning SF Signal fanzines.
He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival. with gallery shows of his work in Spain, New York, Maryland and Moscow.
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Michael R. Underwood was born in Bloomington, IN to parents who met doing musical theater. He was, from birth, doomed to be a performer. He saw Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi in theaters before the age of one, instilling a love of mythic storytelling and speculative fiction from a very young age. He has lived in Wichita Falls, TX, Brooklyn, NY, Montclair, NJ, Eugene, OR, Queens, NY, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He hates moving. A lot.
Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.
As a teen, Mike was raised by gamers at the Game Preserve in Bloomington, IN, playing nearly every CCG known to humanity, as well as miniatures games, lots of RPGs, and other whacky geek ephemera. His experience at the Game Preserve was a primary inspiration for the Ree Reyes series of novels.
In the proud tradition of writers everywhere, Mike has held a variety of jobs, ranging from retail mascot to web design instructor. He has also worked as a hobby game store cashwrap monkey, a student archivist, submissions reader for Fantasy magazine, a webmaster, essayist and reviewer for PopMatters, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and is currently the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books (including sister imprints Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A).
In 2003, he participated in the Semester At Sea program, circumnavigating the world in a ship of someone else’s making. On the journey, he visited Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazi, and Cuba, and went on a bit of a Brazil bender, learning the martial art/dance style of Capoeira, performing in a Bossa Nova ensemble, and learning the joys of Samba Pagode, which can accurately be described as backyard BBQ party music.
Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines & stuffed animals. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast, due to Sharknado-related hilarity.
In years past, when his life was not scheduled around novel deadlines, he danced Argentine Tango, performed an an alternative tango band, and was an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Mike Baron broke into comics with an illustrated text piece in the 1974 debut issue of Marvel Comics's Comix Book. In 1981, he published his first formal comics script with Nexus, the science fiction title he co-created with illustrator Steve Rude; the series garnered numerous honors, including Eisners for both creators. A prolific creator, Baron is responsible for The Badger, Ginger Fox, Spyke, Feud, and many other comic book titles.
Baron has also written numerous mainstream characters, most notably DC's The Flash and Batman, Marvel's The Punisher, and several Star Wars adaptations for Dark Horse. He has been nominated for Best Writer in the Kirby, Harvey and Eisner Awards, and has won two Eisners for his work on Nexus
Mike Grell is a legendary artist who has worked on many titles including Legion of Super-heroes, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Warlord, and his own Jon Sable. Mike has also just completed the New Jon Sable Freelance "Bloodtrail" Mini-series in 2006. Mike is now accepting commission art requests. You can view a few samples of Mike's work at the bottom of this page.
British born comic book artist Mike McKone is perhaps best known for his work on Teen Titans and Fantastic Four. Interested in comics from an early age, particularly Fantastic Four, McKone got his start in the industry after showing his portfolio to an editor for DC in London in 1988.
This launched his career with DC and he worked on many notable titles including Justice League of America, Justice League International, Green Lantern and Superman. He's also completed art for Marvel titles Amazing Spider-Man, Punisher: War Zone, Thor, and X-Men. Currently, McKone is working on the Avengers Academy series.
Molly Idle began her career as an artist working for DreamWorks Animation, and from there she leapt into the world of children’s books. Her latest book; Flora and the Penguin will be released October 2014. In this frosty follow-up to the 2014 Caldecott Honoree Flora and the Flamingo, Flora forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin as they dance above and below the ice. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other’s graceful ice dance. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do. Molly is local to Arizona, and lives in Tempe.
Phoenix Comicon welcomes award-winning author Myke Cole! Best known for writing the Shadow Ops series, Myke’s career outside of being a novelist has encompassed everything from counterterrorism to cyber warfare and federal law enforcement, as well as three tours in Iraq. But, don’t let his tough exterior fool you. He has a huge soft spot for fantasy novels, comic books and late night games of Dungeons and Dragons.
Myke recently celebrated the publication of Breach Zone, the third book in the Shadow Ops series, and has already begun drafting the much-anticipated sequel, Gemini Cell. Learn more at http://mykecole.com/
Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.
Her first novel, His Majesty’s Dragon, was published in 2006 along with Throne of Jade and Black Powder War, and has been translated into 23 languages. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. The fourth volume of the Temeraire series, Empire of Ivory, published in September 2007, was a New York Times bestseller, and was followed by bestsellers Victory of Eagles and Tongues of Serpents.
On April 26, 2011, she will publish Will Supervillains Be on the Final?, volume one in a new graphic novel series titled Liberty Vocational. She is also currently writing Crucible of Gold, the seventh Temeraire novel.
She is one of the founding board members of the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the fair-use rights of fan creators, and is herself a fanfic writer and fan vidder.
Nathan Fillion is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity.
NEN is a concept artist, illustrator, and low brow artist who occasionally dabbles in comics. Specializing in integrating violence, gore, and horror with the beautiful and the surreal, NEN pulls a rarely spoken vision of the human condition from the fluidity of water, the subtlety of second glances, and her ability to pair painstaking attention to detail with the freedom of frenzied motion.
Currently, NEN works as a character/costume designer and promotional illustrator for various clients. Her characters are uniquely charismatic and her figures twist and twine in rare and unseemly ways. NEN may be a painter and a designer, but her talent lies in making characters breathe.
NEN has worked on the card game SHINOBI CLANS by POSTHUMAN STUDIOS, Project Paradigm by Eschaton Media, and has published pinups and covers in many collections, anthologies, and comics. NEN is working on a graphic novel called ISCARIOT, various paintings for publication in books slated for release in 2014, and paintings for a low brow showing in the works.
Nick Landis was born on September 28, 1988 in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Bardock: Father of Goku Abridged (2009), Revenge of Cooler Abridged (2012) and Dragon Ball Z: Abridged (2008).
Nick is a part of Team4Star.
Norm Rapmund is an inker who made a name for himself during the early years of Image Comics on such titles as Brigade, Supreme and Bloodstrike. From there, Norm moved to Marvel where he worked on several titles including WOLVERINE, FANTASTIC FOUR & ROGUE. He later became known for his work with penciller Ian Churchill on COVEN, LIONHEART, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, SUPERGIRL and TITANS.
Norm has continued to make his mark on a variety of DC titles including 52, INFINITE CRISIS, a 3-year run on BOOSTER GOLD and TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT. Currently, you'll find Norm on 2 titles of DC's New 52. TEEN TITANS and THE FURY OF FIRESTORM.
Paige Braddock knew at the age of 7 that she wanted to be a cartoonist. Early in her career she worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution. In 1991, she began crafting her long-standing comic, "Jane's World," the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate. She launched her own publishing company, Girl Twirl Comics, in 2001 to make the strip available in comic shops and bookstores.
In 2006, “Jane’s World” received an Eisner Award nomination for best humor book. Now distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, daily installments of “Jane’s World” appear on GoComics website. There are currently 10 volumes of “Jane’s World” in print.
Paige also co-created the graphic novel series The Martian Confederacy with writer Jason McNamara. Paige’s other comic features include “Stinky Cecil” and “Rabbit Stew.”
By day she is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. She has illustrated several Peanuts-themed children's books, including a pop-up book released by Simon and Schuster, and several books featuring the Peanuts characters published by Running Press.
Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and poetry to teach himself what not to do.
Patrick matriculated at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, initially studying chemical engineering which led to a revelation that chemical engineering is boring. He then spent the next nine years jumping from major to major, taking semesters off, enjoying semesters at part-time, and generally rocking the college student experience before being kindly asked to graduate already. Surprisingly enough, he had enough credits to graduate with an English major, and he did so grudgingly.
Patrick then went to grad school. He’d rather not talk about it.
All this time Patrick was working on “The Book,” as he and his friends lovingly titled it. When he returned to Stevens Point he began teaching half-time while trying to sell The Book to publishers. In the process, he disguised a chapter of The Book as a short story and won the Writers of the Future competition in 2002. This put him into contact with all the right people, and after deciding to split The Book into three installments, DAW agreed to publish it. In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published to great acclaim, winning the Quill Award and making the New York Times Bestseller list.
All this success was wonderful. Patrick eventually had to stop teaching in order to focus on writing, though he screwed that up by having an adorable baby with his adorable girlfriend. He started a charity fundraiser called Worldbuilders and published a not-for-children children’s book called The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in July of 2010 through Subterranean Press, which was adorable, and seriously isn’t for children.
After a great deal of work and a few cleared throats and raised eyebrows from his patient editor, Wise Man’s Fear came out in March 2011 to even more acclaim, making #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Life continues to rock for him, and he’s working hard on writing the final installment of the series.
Peter Orullian has had several short stories published, and is the author of The Unremembered, the first in a new epic fantasy series from Tor Books. He’s also a professional musician, who has toured internationally with various groups. By day, he works for Microsoft in the Xbox division, where he leads entertainment marketing strategies.
Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for over two decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. He established himself in the world of indie comics with the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch, and broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. He also drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks, also for DC. He wrote The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston which was optioned by James Cameron, and Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning television feature for Cartoon Network.
His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of publications from nearly every major American publisher. Phil currently writes Invincible Universe for Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for IDW. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his wife and two children.
Phil Plait is an astronomer, blogger, author, lecturer, and TV science documentary host. His blog, Bad Astronomy, is hosted by Slate Magazine, and his TV show, "Phil Plait's Bad Universe" aired on the Discovery Channel.
Get ready to read this summer with the Phoenix Public Library! Make a button, and other fun activites! Find them in the South Building near the Art Room.
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.
Rachel Autumn Deering was born and raised in the backwoods of Kentucky, far from the influence of pop culture. She cites her love of Hammer horror films and monster magazines from the 70s as the biggest influences on her writing. She has written comics and prose for such companies as Blizzard Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and many more.
Ray Fawkes is a Toronto-based fine artist and writer of comics, graphic novels, prose fiction, and games. Ray's work ranges in styles from introspective, dreamscape narrative to bombastic slapstick. He is an Eisner, Harvey, and three-time Shuster Award nominee, and a YALSA award winner for "Possessions Book One: Unclean Getaway". His recent book, "One Soul", debuted in July 2011 to critical acclaim, including a starred booklist review, and was nominated for the 2012 Eisner award and 2012 Harvey award.
Renee Witterstaetter is the author of "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira," the critically acclaimed "Nick Cardy: The Artist at War," "Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan," "Kerry and the Scary Things," "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash," and much more.
Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel to boot. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and the co-creator—with artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, Spartan X.
Her newest books include "Santa Confidential," by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne and the sketchbook "James O'Barr: Uncoffined."
In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from the Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour Two, Red Dragon , and To ease the lose, among others.
A member of the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan, in addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Little Eva Ink Toys. Renee is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group, and is the co-producer of the DVD series highlighting creative in many fields.
In her not so abundant free time, she fishes, dances and is also curating several major art exhibits in the United States and in Europe, and lectured in places as diverse as Spain, China and Russia.
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Richard Dean Anderson is probably best known as MacGyver, the clever and inventive nonviolent hero who solved problems in his own unique way for seven successful seasons on ABC. In his roles before and since, this gifted actor has continued to demonstrate his remarkable talent and versatility.
Richard came to national attention in 1976 as Dr. Jeff Webber on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. After five years in that role, he felt it was time to move on, and he left to try his hand at prime time television. He appeared in two short-lived television series for CBS, as the eldest brother in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1982, and as a hot-shot Naval pilot in Emerald Point N.A.S. in 1983, as well as numerous guest appearances in other series.
In 1985 Richard was cast in his signature role as MacGyver, on ABC. He has told the story of how he won the role. He had been called in for an audition, and asked to "cold read" an unfamiliar script. Being very nearsighted, he asked to wear his glasses for the reading, and that simple unselfconscious gesture immediately convinced the show's producers that they had found the right man to become their unpretentious hero. MacGyver ran for seven successful years, and continues to enjoy popularity all around the world.
Richard made his TV movie debut in 1986 in Ordinary Heroes, with Valerie Bertinelli. In this remake of the 1945 movie Pride of the Marines, Richard gave a moving performance as a soldier who is blinded three days before returning home from Vietnam. In preparation for the emotional demands of the role, he studied with the late Peggy Feury before shooting began. He demonstrated his incredible talent for a variety of roles when he appeared in several movies for CBS television following the finale of MacGyver. In 1992 he starred as a disillusioned cop opposite Justine Bateman in the movie In the Eyes of a Stranger, and as a psychotic stalker pursuing Marg Helgenberger in Through the Eyes of a Killer. His chilling performance as an abusive husband opposite Susan Dey in the 1994 movie Beyond Betrayal caused Daily Variety to remark, "...credit Richard Dean Anderson with a performance so creepy that masks of his character could be Halloween bestsellers." In June of 1995 he explored the opposite end of the acting spectrum with a powerful and touching performance as a father grieving the loss of his young son in Past the Bleachers, for ABC.
As MacGyver came to an end, Richard and his partner, Michael Greenburg, had signed an overall deal with Paramount Pictures to develop and produce several films and series for television for their own production company, Gekko Film Corp. In their first project, Richard acted as both star and executive producer of two MacGyver movies for television, both of which were filmed in London in 1993. MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday aired in 1994 to critical acclaim. Their next project for Gekko was the 1995 TV series Legend for UPN. In it, Richard portrayed Ernest Pratt, a dime novelist who reluctantly takes on the role of his literary hero, Nicodemus Legend, in a lighthearted blend of western and science fiction. Once again Richard took on the role of executive producer, as well as demonstrating a considerable talent for comedy, in what he has described as his favorite role to date.
Following the premature cancellation of Legend, Richard signed an agreement with CBS television, and filmed a pilot episode for a new television series, Firehouse, although the series was not picked up by the network. His next appearance was as the heroic captain of a doomed airliner in the 1996 blockbuster NBC miniseries Pandora's Clock, which received critical acclaim and was an important ratings winner for the network. He followed this success by joining with MGM/UA and Showtime television in a joint deal with Gekko Film Corp to produce and star in the new science fiction series Stargate SG-1, based on the 1994 movie. His new series began production in Vancouver in February of 1997, and debuted to outstanding ratings on Showtime on July 27, 1997.
Sam Sykes is the author of The Aeons’ Gate trilogy, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. Suspected by many to be at least tangentially related to most causes of human suffering, Sam Sykes is also a force to be reckoned with beyond literature.
At 25, Sykes is one of the younger authors to have arrived on the stage of literary fantasy. Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo are currently published in nine countries. He currently resides in the United States and is probably watching you read this right now.
I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, I'm just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.
The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this sort of author bio-- dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer.
I'm very much your standard-issue geek-of-all-trades; I like history, literature, films, contemporary and classic Macs (huzzah beige boxes!), gaming, and game design. I collect old Choose Your Own Adventure novels and Infocom text adventure games. I'm also a volunteer firefighter. I was initially trained and certified in Minnesota, and have served in Wisconsin since 2005.
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.
Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.
Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.
In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.
Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.
Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.
Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.
SHANNON ERIC DENTON is a veteran storyteller and artist with credits at Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Jerry Bruckheimer Films, NBC, Disney, Sony, ToyBiz, Marvel Entertainment, FoxKids, Paramount, CBS, Dimension Films, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon.
He was a storyboard artist on the OSCAR NOMINATED feature "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and directed the original commercial animations for the movie. He has written for Cartoon Network and worked in live action on shows like LAS VEGAS, and his projects have been featured in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
Shannon is featured in a section of the book Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and contributed to the cover art. In 2001, he won Comic Shop News's Readers Choice Red Kryptonite Award for Favorite New Creator.
Shannon is co-founder of the online website KOMIKWERKS, which has partnered with AOL and comics legend Stan Lee. Komikwerks has also launched a new line of illustrated children's action books under the ACTIONOPOLIS imprint.
In addition to having worked for publishers TOKYOPOP, Desperado Publishing, AiT/Planet Lar, IDW, BOOM Studios, Dynamite and Image Comics, Shannon is the Senior Editor for Lion Forge Comics.
Shannon was also nominated for the 27th, 28th, & 29th Annual ComicBuyersGuide Fan Awards for Favorite Editor.
His book GRAVESLINGER was nominated for a 2010 Harvey Award. Shannon won the 2011 Shel Dorf Award for Editor Of The Year and was again nominated in 2012.
SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novel Cinderella's Dress, out June 3, 2014 with Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. While writing Cinderella’s Dress she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows—it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.
Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragonball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.
As a voice actor, Sonny is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. Besides Dragonball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.
As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. Sonny is considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.
In 2007 Sonny wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.
Recently, Sonny has reprised his roles in both the new Dragonball Z Kai and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood series and plays the title role in the Xbox game S’plosion Man. Sonny also began illustrating Marvel Comic’s sketch cards recently for Rittenhouse and fetches ebay prices up to $800 per card for his depictions of Marvel’s superheroes.
His current ventures are being contracted to write a biography called “Line of Beauty; The Art of Wendy Pini.”and performing in the the band, White Girl.
Stan "The Man" Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books. At 91 years of age, Stan Lee is more active than ever with an unmatched career as a Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer, and Actor.
Stuart Sayger is best known for his moody and expressive style, inks, gouache, chalk and oil pastels are standard when creating his comic book pages. He first broke into the industry as the creator of SHIVER IN THE DARK, producing the comic independently from start to finish.
Currently Sayger is producing artwork for this summer's "Man of Steel" Superman movie, as well as a video game adaption of Robert Kirkman's "Thief of Thieves"
Recent comic book projects include producing art for various IDW projects including: "30-Days of Night", "Robert Rodriguez's Machete", and "Bram Stoker's Death Ship".
Toy fans may remember Stuart's work from a 2-year run drawing the "Bionicle" comic book based on the popular Lego toy line of the same name. The series was translated to 8 different languages and distributed internationally boasting the largest circulation of any comic book in the world.
Gamers will know Stuart's work from various sets of collectible card game, "VS" from Upperdeck as well as "Vampire the Eternal Struggle" from White Wolf Games.
Stuart is often drawing during conventions, so please stop by and see his inky fingers at work!
S T U A R T S A Y G E R http://www.stuartsayger.com
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked. Her next novel is The Treatment, due out in April of 2014. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @Suzanne_Young, and visit Suzanne-Young.blogspot.com.
Ted McKeever's first published work appeared in 1986, when Vortex Comics published the first 5 parts of his unfinished series Transit, establishing his trademark style. This was followed in 1987-1988 by his 12-part series Eddy Current (Mad Dog Graphics), a 12-hour book centering on an escapee from an asylum -- obsessed with the exploits of the superhero "The Amazing Broccoli." Eddy Current was nominated for the Eisner Awards for Best Single-Issue (#1), Best Black-and-White Series, Best New Series, and Best Artist (for McKeever) for 1988.
These seminal works are quintessential McKeever: darkly humorous, showing an "ordinary" person caught up in extra-ordinary events.
His 5-parter Plastic Forks (Epic 1990) explored the world of animal experimentation, albeit in a surreal and comical way.
Metropol (Epic 1991-1992) is an epic story of the fight between angels and demons, but set in a modern industrial landscape. An apocalyptic work in which non-entity Jasper Notochord becomes involved in a surreal fight between the forces of good and evil.
McKeever then followed with a number of works exploring alternative realities within the world of DC Comics. He produced an Elseworlds trilogy: Superman's Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon, with Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier,
Though his artistic style is darkly distorted and far less clean than many of his contemporaries, he went on to produce alternate interpretations of some of Marvel's most popular characters, such as Spider-Man, Wolverine and Dr. Strange.
As well as with Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, McKeever has collaborated with an array of renowned creators such as Peter Milligan, Dave Gibbons and writer/singer Lydia Lunch.
His most recent works, META 4 (2011), Mondo (2012) and his most successful and acclaimed series since Metropol, Miniature Jesus (2013), have been released exclusively from Image/Shadow-line. Who will also be publishing his forthcoming 6-Issue series The Superannuated Man out in June 2014.
The DREAD Fleet is comprised of five ships, each specializing in a spectrum of pirate talents; belly dancing, sword fighting, living chess matches, stage shows, contra dancing, and all manner of pirate history! Our ships sail Arizona executing educational and entertaining performances. If ye think us merely a sailor’s grog induced ramblings, we beg you visit when we make port at Phoenix Comic Con. Our adventures promise to amuse and may entice the wayward free-booter!
The Renegades (also known as the Rogue Panelists) is easily one of the craziest and most diverse groups currently on the con scene. Sit in on one of their panels and you will understand they’re not your ordinary panel group. As a matter of fact, it’s very rare to remain seated in a Renegade panel. As you experience emotions ranging from shock to amusement, to utter hilarity, you will be transported deep into the heart of anime and otaku culture. So prepare yourselves for a journey, but only if you dare, for once you pass the threshold there will be no turning back!
From a lovable alien frog and nerdy kid who sees paranormal activity to heir of the Death Meister Academy and a red headed personification of the country of Italy, Todd Haberkorn has created unique voices for a variety of characters for cartoons and video games. Add to this a healthy production life in front of and behind the camera as well as partaking in theatre arts on stage, and he's had the pleasure of a wonderful career in the entertainment industry thus far. Let's hope it continues to grow for many years to come!
Todd Nauck is the artist of the newly announced Marvel Comics series, Nightcrawler with legendary X-Men writer, Chris Claremont. Nauck is also the artist of the series Invincible Universe and Guarding the Globe for Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics.
Todd Nauck is a well known artist of the comic book industry and works regularly for Marvel, DC, and ImageComics with credits including Amazing Spider-Man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Teen Titans Go, and Young Justice, as well as countless others. Nauck is the artist of the best selling comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #583: the Spider-Man/Barack Obama Team-Up.
Tom is the author of four young adult novels: SICK (a YA zombie novel), PARTY, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, and ZERO (an ALA/YALSA Best Young Adult Novel for 2013). His fifth book, RANDOM, will be released in August. Tom brings 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director to both his writing and classes on writing and publishing. He is available for school visits, classes, and other presentations, having been a teacher, panelist, and/or lecturer for Phoenix ComiCon, the Tucson Festival of Books, ASU, RWA, SCBWI, Kennesaw State University, Western New Mexico University, NCTE, ALAN, and many more. He can be reached via his website at www.tomleveen.com.
Tony Moore is an American comic book artist, whose work consists mainly of genre pieces, most notably in horror and science fiction, with titles such as The Walking Dead, Fear Agent, and The Exterminators.
Moore was born in Lexington, Kentucky and was raised in the small town of Cynthiana, Kentucky. His single mother raised him and his younger brother with a good deal of help from her parents, who nurtured his love of drawing from a very early age.
In 7th grade History class, Moore met Robert Kirkman, who would later become a long-time partner in creating comics. Together, Moore and Kirkman launched the Funk-O-Tron small press publishing label in 2000, and its flagship title, Battle Pope. Moore studied drawing, painting, and printmaking at the University of Louisville while working on Battle Pope, though he left his studies before obtaining his degree to pursue his career as a comic book illustrator, when he and Kirkman were asked to produce work for the Mattel-licensed Masters of the Universe property. Shortly afterward, they launched Brit and The Walking Dead at Image Comics. Although Moore ceased regular interior artist duties onThe Walking Dead with #6, he continued to contribute to the title as cover artist through issue #24, and also illustrated the covers for the first four collected volumes of the series. Moore was nominated for two Eisner Awards for his work on The Walking Dead, (2004: "Best New Series", and 2005: Best Cover Artist.
Moore has since moved on to his own co-created properties, The Exterminators with Simon Oliver at DC/Vertigo, and Fear Agent with Rick Remender at Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed covers to numerous titles, including Claudio Sanchez's The Amory Wars and Rob Zombie's Spookshow International. He has also contributed to Marvel Comics' titles Ghost Rider (with Jason Aaron), and Punisher (with Rick Remender).
Ty Franck has spent most of his life in the West and Southwest. He developed the world of the Expanse series as the setting for a role-playing game. He has broken rocks at a quarry, built masts for sailboats, sold newspaper and radio ads, worked as a reporter, renovated high-rises, served as director of operations for Northgate Computers, and co-founded a financial software consulting firm. For the past several years he has been George R.R. Martin’s personal assistant. Franck began publishing SF with the story ‘‘Audience’’ in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (2006), which qualified him to join professional writing group Critical Mass, where he met Daniel Abraham, which he co-writes The Expanse series with under the name James S. A. Corey. He also has contributed several stories to the recent Wild Cards series created by George R. R. Martin Franck lives in New Mexico with his wife Jayné.
James S.A. Corey is the pseudonym for collaborators Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck. Together they write the Expanse SF series: Hugo Award finalist Leviathan Wakes (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), and Abaddon’s Gate, with a further three books to follow and an option for a television series in development. They are also a Star Wars novel about Han Solo,Honor Among Thieves, coming out in March.
Van Jensen is the writer of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and Green Lantern Corps and The Flash for DC Comics. As a journalist, he has served as a magazine editor and newspaper crime reporter, and still writes the occasional freelance piece. He grew up outside a village in western Nebraska but now lives in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife and dog.
Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the ‘Signs of the Zodiac’ series, which features reluctant superhero, Joanna Archer, and which is set in her hometown of Las Vegas.
Her Celestial Blues ‘para-noir’ series features a P.I/angel from the 50′s who pairs up with a modern-day rockabilly reporter. Together, they fight crime. Those books are The Taken, The Lost, and The Given (out in 2014).
Though she’ll always consider Sin City her home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she’s learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you’d think).
By the way, Pettersson is pronounced “Pet-ter-suhn” – it’s Swedish.
Walter Emanuel Jones is an American actor and dancer, known for playing the role of Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger on the hit television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Wendy Pini is the co-creator, writer, artist and colorist for America's longest-running fantasy graphic novel series "Elfquest." She has worked for every major comics company, has written and painted two "Beauty and the Beast" graphic novels based on the original TV series, and has birthed a critically acclaimed 400-page dark, futuristic reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death," currently in development as a Broadway-style musical thriller.
Richard Pini is the co-creator, sometimes-writer, and full-time editor for "Elfquest." He has also published books on the art of Alex Schomburg ("Chroma") and Wendy Pini ("Law and Chaos" and the upcoming "Line of Beauty"). A graduate of MIT in astronomy, and a planetarium writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has written outside of comics on the wonders of the heavens and on the challenges of running a successful two-person company for over 35 years.
Wesley Chu’s best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog Eva who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago.
Unfortunately, Chu’s goals of using Hanes underwear commercials to launch a lucrative career following in Marky Mark’s footsteps came to naught. Despite phenomenal hair and manicured eyebrows, his inability to turn left led his destiny down another road. Instead of creating new realities with his skills as a thespian, Chu would dazzle audiences with his pen. Well, it’s a computer really, but the whole technology thing really sucks for metaphors. He had spirit fingers maybe?
Chu’s debut novel from Angry Robot Books, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao.
Chu is currently working on the third book in the Tao series, The Rebirths of Tao, due out later this year. He’s also recently finished the first draft of a new novel from Tor Books called Time Salvagers, featuring an energy stealing time traveler with addiction issues.
Weston Ochse is the author of twenty books, most recently two SEAL Team 666 books, which the New York Post called 'required reading' and USA Today placed on their 'New and Notable List of 2012.' His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work as appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with 29 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan
Hi! I'm Zack, a 33-year-old writer from Northern Arizona.
My first novel, No Return, is a science fiction/fantasy tale filled with sex, violence, looming middle-age angst, and people in weird skintight costumes (including one capricious god). It came out in March of 2013 from Night Shade Books, and has been reviewed in a lot of cool places by people much cooler than me.
The sequel, Shower of Stones, is forthcoming n 2015.
My short fiction has appeared in a variety of places, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and Escape Pod. I've been nominated for the Pushcart a couple times and shortlisted once for the Spectrum Award. I released my first collection, The Bottom Of The Sea, independently at the end of 2013 to generous reviews.