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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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.