Horror Guests for Comicon 2016
Guests are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Acclaimed illustrator Basil Gogos was born in Egypt to Greek parents. He moved with his family to America when he was sixteen years old. Gogos attended several New York area schools which include the National School of Design, the Phoenix School of Design, and the School of the Visual Arts. Moreover, Basil studied with noted illustrator Frank J. Reilly at the Art Students League of New York.

After winning a competition sponsored by Pocket Books, Gogos began his professional career with his first cover painting for the Western paperback novel "Pursuit" in 1959. He provided cover illustrations for men's adventure magazines in the early 1960's. Basil achieved his greatest enduring popularity with his remarkable cover illustrations for nearly 50 issues of the beloved horror cinema magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. Gogos not only did drawings of such iconic horror thespians as Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Lon Chaney, and Peter Cushing, but also such classic horror characters as Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein's monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla, King Kong, the Wolf Man, and the Phantom of the Opera.

Other publications Basil did cover art for are "Eerie," "Creepy," "Spaceman," "Wildest Westerns," and "The Spirit." In the late 1970's Gogos decided to focus more on fine art; he did personal art pieces in watercolor and other media. He also worked as a photo retoucher in the ad department for United Artists, did occasional illustrations for movie posters, and later moved into advertising where he produced presentation sketches and storyboards for a major ad agency. Basil returned to the horror genre in the mid-1990's; his work has appeared on trading cards, lithographs, and the covers of the magazine "Monsterscene." In addition, Gogos has painted CD covers for Rob Zombie, the Misfits, and Electric Frankenstein. The coffee table book "Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos" was published by Vanguard Productions in 2005. In 2006 Basil Gogos was the recipient of the Rondo Hutton Classic Horror Awards' Special Monster Kid Hall of Fame Award for his exceptional contributions to classic horror.

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Rebekah McKendry is the Editor-in-Chief of Blumhouse.com run by BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS, as well a co-host of KILLER POV, the popular weekly horror podcast on GEEKNATION. Previously, she was the Director of Marketing at FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT for over a decade. Additionally, she is an award winning horror filmmaker with a number of festival accolades over the past several years and is currently working on her PhD which is focused on the horror and exploitation genres.

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Carl Gottlieb (born March 18, 1938) is a screenwriter, actor, comedian, and executive. He is best known for co-writing the screenplay for Jaws, as well as directing the 1981 low-budget cult film Caveman.

He began writing comedy for TV, contributing to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for which he won an Emmy Award in 1969, The Music Scene, The Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family, and The Odd Couple. Minor acting roles have included Robert Altman's M*A*S*H and the film Clueless. Gottlieb also cowrote David Crosby's two autobiographies, 1989's Long Time Gone and 2006's Since Then.

Gottlieb was hired as an actor to appear as Harry Meadows, the editor of the local newspaper, in Jaws. He was hired by his friend, Steven Spielberg, to redraft the script, adding more dimensions to the characters, particularly humour. Ironically, his redrafts reduced the role of Meadows (who still appears in the Town Hall corridor and the Tiger Shark scene). He wrote a book, The Jaws Log, about the notoriously difficult production of the film. Bryan Singer has referred to it as being "like a little movie director bible".[3] He was enlisted under similar circumstances to work on the Jaws 2 screenplay. He co-wrote the screenplays for The Jerk and Jaws 3-D. Gottlieb contributes to Jaws related activities, such as interviews (including the documentary The Shark Is Still Working) and attended JawsFest on Martha's Vineyard in June 2005.

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Jay Fotos is a long time comics veteran beginning his professional career in 1998 with Todd Mcfarlane on Spawn and Spawn related spin-off series comics.

From there Fotos has branched off to work with other publishers on many-many great titles, to name a few, Godzilla, Transformers, Clive Barker¹s The Great and Secret Show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, 30 Days of Night to the #1 New York Times Best Seller series Locke & Key at IDW Publishing. Co-creating the epic series '68, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer and spearheading the Frazetta Comics line both through Image Comics.

Jay is currently working on the IDW Publishing's series Wynonna Earp(that now has a SyFy Channel live action series) Godzilla: Oblivion and of course the continuing'68 series.

For all things '68 please visit www.68zombie.com and also join the '68 ZOMBIE COMIC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/68zombie

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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.

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Best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees, in four of the Friday the 13th films, he is to this day the most memorable Jason. To date, Kane Hodder starred in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X.

Kane is also well known for his role as Victor Crowley in Hatchet, which rolled into the film franchise, Hatchet II and in Hatchet III.

Kane Hodder is the true definition of dichotomy: he is possibly the most beloved horror icon in the film industry, as well as with his millions of fans. Kane towers at 6'3" and has an intimidating and unforgettable, powerful presence. And a heart of gold.

Kane Hodder is often compared to legendary film stars such as Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.

Take a look at Kane's full IMDb here. You can also follow him on Twitter and on Instagram.

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Creepy Pasta is the new Urban Legend. Horror stories and experiences from around the internet are crawling out of the wood work and coming to your ears from one specific voice.

MrCreepyPasta, horror story teller of YouTube, is a well known voice for such famous horror characters such as Jeff the Killer, Smile.Dog and Eyeless Jack. He started 4 year ago and over that time the Creepy Pasta narrators have grown exponentially over the years to becoming a staple in the YouTube community and in the horror genre.

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Raven Gregory was born in Phoenix, Arizona 1979, the youngest of three brothers.

Discovered in 2000 by then Vice President of Publishing at Top Cow Productions, Renae Geerlings, his first professionally published work was the critically acclaimed creator-owned comic series, The Gift, in 2003. The hit series would later be published by Image Comics as the writers’ popularity continued to grow.

Years later, the young writer would come to the attention of Zenescope Editor in Chief and co-founder, Ralph Tedesco, who recruited him to the position of Executive Editor/Staff Writer of Zenescope Entertainment. Gregory would go on to co-create and write the best-selling Wonderland Trilogy series as well as numerous other Grimm Fairy Tales spin-offs, crossovers and creator owned titles.

In 2014, Raven left Zenescope to produce his own new line of creator owned titles set to debut in 2015.  Known for his incredibly dark, yet realistic stories of horror, his use of relatable personal tragedy, and powerful themes have made the writer a fan favorite across the nation.  Raven currently resides in Arizona with his four children.

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An American author who has published over twenty books, the titles AfterAge, deadrush, Final Impact, Red Shadows, DeadTimes, That's Not My Name and Mirror Me were solo novels, or fiction created solely by her. Her most recent works Highborn and Concrete Savior are part of The Dark Redemption Series. She lives in Arizona and is married to author Weston Ochse.
AfterAge was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association's 1993 Bram Stoker Award, in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Deadrush was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association's 1995 Bram Stoker Award, in the category of Superior Achievement in a Novel. Her 'Buffyverse' novel, The Willow Files, Vol. 2, won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award in the category of Works for Young Readers. Final Impact won the 1997 Chicago Women In Publishing Award for Excellence in Adult Fiction, and the Rocky Mountain News "Unreal Worlds" Award for Best Horror Paperback of 1997.
That's Not My Name was the First Place Winner of the Illinois Women's Press Association's 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest in the Fiction Novel Category. 
That's Not My Name was also the First Place Winner of the National Federation of Press Women's 2001 Communications Contest in the Fiction Novel Category. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Paleo was the First Place Winner in the Illinois Women's Press Association's 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest in the Juvenile Book Category, and the Third Place Winner, National Federation of Press Women's 2001 Communications Contest in the Juvenile Book Category.
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